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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

China Glaze - Lubu Heels

Hi dear readers :)
I hope you're having a nice week ^^
I think you all know the polish I'm going to show today. It's soooo pretty, I wonder why I didn't get it sooner !

Lubu Heels is a black base with red glitters from China Glaze's Lubu Heels pack, which also contains Ruby Pumps. Of course, this pack was inspired by Christian Louboutin's famous shoes, and you can wear Ruby Pumps along with Lubu Heels under your nails. I didn't tried this, but I will some day.
Here are the swatches :)

The formula was quite good and the result is gorgeous, but I would have love it even more if the glitter were more visible (it's taken in bright sun here). Anyway, it's still very pretty and glamourous.

On the pic above you can see the result with "normal" light, the glitters are still there but a bit less visible.

I loved to wear this one. It's beautiful, with a hint of "chic". A top coat would have been useful to let the black shine after the second day of wear but you know, as I change my polish every two or three days, I rarely wear a top coat ;)

During the next days, I plan to make a page about my fave care products. And later, there will be a page on my nail care routine. I hope you'll enjoy them, so stay tuned :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Nubar - Hyacinth Sparkle

Hi dear readers !
I wish you all a merry Christmas ! I hope you had a nice day and sweet gifts ;) One of mine was the Metallics collection by Essence, offered by a friend ! I'm so happy to have those polishes, I can't wait to try them on ;)
Did you receive some polish-related gifts ?

Well, today I have something blingy for you. It's Hyacinth Sparkle for Nubar's Sparkle collection (spring 2010).
Hyacinth Sparkle is a clear base with tons of thin lavender glitters. It's very, very pretty and sparkly in the bottle, but I was afraid it would be sheer ... So here it is with two coats:

Hey, it's not sheer at all, what a good surprise ! I loved the result, fully sparkled nails, a bit too blingy for my camera lol ^^


This one is a must have if you're looking for some good purple/lavender glitters. Drying time was very good too.
This makes me want to try other polishes from this collection :)

Do you like it ?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Icing - Blackout

Hi dear readers !
Today's polish will be one of my faves ! It's Icing Blackout and I got it from my swap with LacquerMuse. Remember, she sent me the Mood polishes I wanted so much and added some random shades ... That's how I got my first Icing, Zoya and Nubar ;)

So, back to the polish, Blackout is a totally opaque black creme with thin holographic glitters.
I was afraid that the dark colour would cover the glitters once on the nails, but it didn't happen at all :D

It looks like there are marks on my nails in some pics, but there weren't any, I don't know what my camera did ... This will be a mistery !

There are two coats and no top coat. The glitter didn't make my nails bumpy, it was pretty shiny :)

This first experience with a Icing polish made me happy of it, I'd like to try on some others colors now ;)

Do you like it ?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bubble French Manicure

Hi dear readers :)
You know I love to change my blog layout depending on the seasons or my mood, so here's the new one ! I hope you'll like it :)

On with today's polish, here's a nail art I made some weeks ago :)
It's a classical french twisted with some black and turquoise "bubbles". I also added some blue pearls but I should have left it alone, that's what I disliked in this mani.

Please don't mind the shape of my index finger, I broke it some days before I did the mani :(

How I did this mani ? 

What you'll need: dotting tools with different sizes. Mine look like these; two contrasting polishes: I used Essence Fatal and China Glaze For Audrey.

1. Apply a base coat. I use a nail whitener by Catrice that leaves my nails with a clean look.
2. Make a classical french manicure on the tips. I used my Yves Rocher white for french, as usual.
3. With the large dotting tool, make some spots with the darker color. Let it dry.
4. With a smaller dotting tool and the clearer polish, make some spots on the dark one, and some spots outside.
5. Apply a top coat, and you're done :)

It's easy, isn't it ?
Do you like this style ?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sinful Colors - Smoking Hot

Hi dear readers !
You know I usually don't like sheer polishes ... But there may be some exceptions, no ? :)
I used Sinful Colors - Smoking Hot a day I hadn't time enough to make the full manicure - 2 or 3 coats of polish, top coat, waiting for it all to dry ... You know that. I just wanted a quick bling.
And I was really surprised with the result, pretty enough to share with you ;)

Hello chers lecteurs !
Vous savez que d'habitude je n'aime pas les vernis transparents ... Mais il doit y avoir des exceptions, non ? :)
J'ai essayé Smoking Hot de Sinful Colors un jour ou je n'avais pas de temps pour la manucure complète - 2 ou 3 couches de vernis, top coat, attendre que le tout sèche ... Vous voyez de quoi je parle. Je voulais juste un peu d'éclat, rapidement.
Et j'ai été agréablement surprise du résultat, assez joli pour que je vous le montre ;)
 I'll never understand the name they chose for those Sinful Colors polishes. Smoking Hot has nothing in common with smoke, lol. It's a clear base with green and gold micro-glitters. Those glitters are really pretty and a bit hard to describe, they look a bit holographic in bright light.

Je ne comprends pas les noms qu'ils donnent à leurs vernis chez Sinful olors. Smoking Hot n'a vraiment rien à voir avec de la fumée, lol. C'est une base transparente avec des micro paillettes vertes et dorées. Ces paillettes sont vraiment très jolies et un peu difficiles à décrire, elles ont l'air un peu holographiques dans la lumière.

 I used one coat over a nail whitener base (Catrice), no top coat. I liked it, and now I want to use this again over some laquered polishes, I think it will look great over black or blue ^^

J'ai utilisé une couche par dessus un vernis blanchisseur (Catrice), pas de top coat. J'ai bien aimé cette manucure, et j'aimerais réutiliser Smoking Hot par dessus des vernis laqués, je pense que ça donnerait bien sur du noir ou du bleu ^^

Do you like it ? Do you wear that kind of quick manicure when you have no time or do you prefer to leave your nails alone ?
Thanks for watching :) The rest of this post is for my french speaking readers. I'm asking them if they want me to continue to write in the two languages or if it's ok for them if I write only in english.

Qu'en pensez-vous ? Ca vous arrive de porter ce genre de vernis quand vous n'avez pas le temps, ou vous préférez laisser vos ongles "nus" dans ces cas-là ?
Merci d'avoir regardé :)

Maintenant, j'ai une question très importante pour tous mes lecteurs francophones. Est-ce que vous continueriez à me lire si je n'écrivais ce blog qu'en anglais ? Je rédige toujours mes messages d'abord en anglais, sans traducteur (les résultats sont toujours un peu ... bizarres), avec mes souvenirs de l'école lol, ensuite je traduis en français et tout celà me prend pas mal de temps. J'avais pensé à n'écrire qu'en anglais pour gagner un peu de temps et de place sur le blog, mais je ne le ferai pas sans votre accord.
Je vous demande donc maintenant ce que vous en pensez, histoire de m'adapter aux préférences de tous :)
Merci !

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

OPI - Ink

Hi dear readers !
I have a great and classic polish by OPI for you today. It's Ink ! Ink is a great dark purple with purple and blue shimmer. It's sooo classy !
Of course, purples are always difficult to capture with my camera, so I'll show you the best I could get. Ink is really less blue in real life !

Hello chers lecteurs !
Aujourd'hui, j'ai un grand classique d'OPI à vous montrer. Il s'agit d'Ink ! Ink est un beau mauve foncé avec des reflets mauves et bleus. Tellement classe !
Bien sûr, j'ai toujours du mal à capturer les mauves avec mon appareil photo, donc je vous montrerai le mieux que j'aie obtenu. Ink est beaucoup moins bleu en vrai !

There's nothing to say about application and result, it's OPI quality, nearly perfect. (two coats, no top coat)

Je n'ai rien à redire sur l'application et le résultat, c'est de la qualité OPI, presque parfait. (deux couches, pas de top coat)

The picture below has been altered in Photoshop to bring it closer to the real color ;)

La photo ci-dessous a été retouchée avec Photoshop pour se rapprocher de la couleur réelle ;)

If you love dark and purple polishes, you should get this one ^^

Si vous aimez les vernis foncés et mauves, vous devez avoir celui-là ^^

Saturday, December 4, 2010

H&M - Summer Nails Green

Hi dear readers !
I don't know how it is in your country, but here it's very, very cold with a lot of snow !
So, what about a bit of summer in today's post ? These are old pics I took last summer and haven't posted yet ...  H&M did a nice collection called Summer Nails, made of two boxes, each containing 4 polishes. I have the box with Pure White, Purple, Blue and Green, I think the others were neons.
Here's Green !

Hello chers lecteurs !
Je ne sais pas comment c'est chez vous, mais ici il fait très, très froid et il y a beaucoup de neige !
Alors, que penseriez-vous d'une touche estivale dans le post d'aujourd'hui ? Ce sont des vieilles photos prises cet été que je n'avais pas encore postées ... 
H&M avait sorti une collection sympa appelée Summer Nails, composée de 2 boîtes contenant chacune 4 vernis. J'ai la boîte avec Pure White, Purple, Blue et Green, je pense que les autres étaient des néons.
Voici donc Green !

Green is a pretty green shade with a hint of blue, and green shimmers. I thought I wouldn't like it but finally I did a lot. You may have recognized China Glaze Emerald Sparkle as an accent nail :)

Green est un joli vert avec une touche de bleu, et de fines particules vertes. Je pensais que je ne l'aimerais pas, mais finalement je l'ai adoré ! Vous avez certainement reconnu China Glaze Emerald Sparkle en accent :)

Application was quite OK and there's an important thing to mention, the brush is regular size, which is a very good point. Most tiny polishes have a tiny and difficult to use brush. Nice job, H&M ;)

L'application était bonne, et détail important, le pinceau est de taille normale, ce qui est un très bon point. La plupart des mini vernis ont un mini pinceau difficile à utiliser. Bon boulot, H&M ;)

I think I could wear this one in winter, too ;)
Did you get some polishes from this collection ? Do you like this one ? :)

Je pense que je pourrais le porter en hiver également ;)
Vous avez acheté des vernis de cette collection ? Que pensez-vous de celui-ci ?