Monday, March 26, 2012

Skittles mani!

I guess many of you nailpolish-addicts can relate to the situation when you have trouble choosing what to wear on your nails? It happens to me a lot and I when I'm in the mood for something colorful I often decide to go with a skittles-mani!
So this is from thumb to pinkie:
H&M - U must have this
Nicole by OPI - My lifesaver

China Glaze - Happy go lucky 
Misa - Total eclipse of the heart
China Glaze - Rich and famous



I love this bright and colorful combination! It's interesting to look at and I often get a lot of compliments for these kind of fun and silly manis :)


What do you think of Skittles-manis?


Bisou
Isabella

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pretty and Polished Party on my yacht

Wohoo! More franken-indie-home made polish for you today! This polish is so fantastic it goes on my all time favourite list with a big BAM! I love it so much, it's almost like it was made for me. Haha.. Well anyways it's called Party on my yacht and comes from Pretty and Polished!
This is two coats over two coats of a sheer polish from Mavala I don't remember the name off, sorry.. This polish is just, well I don't even know where to start. First, it looks like frosting with "strössel" on top which is just awesome! The base color is a milky white semi-jelly which makes the glitter look like it's trapped inside. AWESOME! And the formula is just perfection! I seriously don't know HOW she created this polish?! The glitter is multicolored small hexagons and you can even spot some tiny bar glitter in there. And it goes one so smooth and the glitter is instantly distributed evenly on the nail without the base beeing thick or goppy. I'm impressed, humbled and greatful that the girl behind Pretty and Polished decided to create this masterpiece! So soft but yet so interesting to look at. I wore it until it was completly chipped six days later, which I seriously doubt has ever happened before :)

The picture is a bit off though, I wasn't even taking this pic for the blog but I had to send it to my sister instantly to show her this beauty but forgot to take better pictures later... So sorry about that!

Oh I almost forgot the most important thing! You can buy Pretty and Polished lacquers at their site on Etsy. Party on my yacht is currently sold out but she updates her stock continously so my tip is to check in every now and then.

What do you think of Party on my yacht?

Bisou
Isabella

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lacquistry A friggin circus

Well I guess everyone allready knows that Indie polish is the new it-thing in the nail polish world :). And I couldn't be happier! It is so much fun to browse around  and see all these hand made polishes that look just awesome. Today I'm wearing the beautiful A friggin circus from Lacquistry!

This is two coats over Zoya Lo which is your standard pink creme. And let me just say HALLELULJAH!! This is just pure perfection!! The formula is impeccable and the glitter is so shiny and reflective which makes this polish so special. The base is slightly pink tinted and the glitters are different sized and shapes of hexagons. Similar to the infamous Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday but this polish does not contain the smaller glitter, which is not a bad thing in my opinion! I love this so polish so much and can imagine a ton of awesome layering opinions.


And like I said I really like the new trend with Indie/home made polishes. I've tried a few polishes so far from different "brands" and two things they have in common is formula perfection, some of the best I've ever tried and orginality of course! It's refreshing to see these original polishes compared to all the same, same we see in all the bigger brands.


You can purchase Lacquistry polish on Etsy 


What do you think of A friggin circus? Have you tried "Indie-polish" yet? What is your opinion about this new trend?


Bisou
Isabella

Sunday, February 19, 2012

H&M Blue my mind

Oh I think blue just might be my favourite nail polish color right now! I have no idea why but lately I've been wearing blue a lot :). And this is one blue polish I really like! H&M Blue my mind


Ugh, I hate my nails in this picture. All short and broken :(.. But they were happier when I put on two coats of Blue my mind with top coat! This is one pigmented blue nail polish, I can tell you that!! It is a über bright medium blue creme that is almost opaque in one coat and has excellent creme formula. I always put on two coats of base coat though when dealing with this polish cause it has big potential to do major staining, so be aware!


What do you think of Blue my mind?


Bisou
Isabella

Friday, February 10, 2012

China Glaze Light as air + Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday

Yes, yes I'm still obsessed with Happy Birthday! The obsession have never really stopped and I've tried it over more colors than I can remember (both good and really bad...) and some of the better combinations have made it into the blog. This is one of my favourites so far!
This is two coats of Light as air, one coat of Happy Birthday and later mattified with Essie Matte about you. I LOVE mattified glitter. It's so insanely awesome and the glitter looks like it's trapped inside a velvet vail or something! Light as air is a great light purple pastel btw, I haven't worn it much and was pretty surprised by how decent the formula is! Opaque in two coats and surprisingly non-streaky is a great grade for a pastel I think.


One more picture that better shows the matte finish


Perhaps you're wondering about the wierd background? No worries, it's just my awesome bull terrier pillow from H&M:
LOVE!

What do you think of this combination? Do you like mattified glitters or do you prefer them sparkly?


That's all I had for you today, have a great weekend!


Bisou
Isabella

Monday, February 6, 2012

China Glaze Hey Sailor

Today I wanted to show you a polish that definitly goes into my Favourite category! China Glaze Hey Sailor


This is two coats with top coat. Hey Sailor is a super bright, light red creme with excellent formula! You could get away with one thicker coat, that's how opaque it is! I also love that it has a pure creme formula, but still has the gloss of a jelly. I'm always on the hunt for the perfect red for my skintone, and I'm not exactly sure this is the one but it's up there in the top at least!


Now I'm really interested in knowing which is your go to red nail polish? What do you think of Hey Sailor?


Bisou
Isabella

Sunday, January 29, 2012

China Glaze Custom Kicks + KleanColor Chunky Holo Fuchsia

I realised a few days ago that I'd actually never worn China Glaze Custom Kicks, despite it beeing one of the first polishes I ever got (post-obsession..). I remember thinking it was to green for my taste. But luckily, things change!

This is two coats with top coat, and the last picture is taken with flash to show you the gorgeous fine golden shimmer that peaks through in good light. And I guess that is what makes this polish stand out from all the outher teal cremes out there! Or is it turquoise? Hmm.. I never learned the difference. It has amazing formula, and goes on smooth and is completly opaque in two coats.


I decided to layer something over this on day two and this is the end result with KleanColor Chunky Holo Fuchsia

This is one coat over Custom Kicks. I just couldn't photgraph this right! As you can see Chunky Holo Fuchsia makes it a few shades darker. It is also a bit more green but I don't know if you can see it in this picture. This is what Swedish winter-light does to you pictures :(... The combination is pretty cool though, and I really like to play around and layer the Chunky Holos over different colors. But I can't get over how awful they smell! Why?? Ugh.


What do you think of Custom Kicks? Do you like this combo?


Bisou
Isabella

Friday, January 27, 2012

Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver + L.A Girl Unhibited

Yes, well I am ashamed how little attention I've been giving this blog lately.. I have no idea why really, could be just lack of inspiration! Anyways, here is a little combo I did last week that I really liked. It is Nicole by OPI - My Lifesaver and L.A Girl Unhibited.


This is two coats of My Lifesaver and one thin coat of Unhibited. I absolutly love My Lifesaver!! I know it's been featured here on the blog before, but I feel it needs another mention :). It's seriously one of my most worn polishes, and I start to think I need a backup of this. And why you ask? Many people would probably say it's nothing special, just another mint green polish. But I couldn't disagree more! For starters, the formula is perfection and it's non-streaky and opaque in two coats which is really rare for colors like this I think. And the color is just perfect! Super bright, creamy mint green with lots of blue undertones. I love it :). And I really like the combo with Unhibited aswell! I love to layer this black glitter over bright colors, it makes the black really stand out. But the application takes a while to get use to though.. You really need to get rid of a lot of excess glitter on the brush before applying it, or you'll end up with way to much glitter on the nail.


What do you think of this combination?


Bisou
Isabella

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

Yesterday I felt like doing a real Christmas inspired mani and what could be better than a real classic! China Glaze Emerald Sparkle is also very fitting this week because Sminkan is having Green Week! :)

Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures though, I just couldn't get the color right! Anyway, this is three thin coats with top coat. Excellent formula and I think you could do two thicker coats aswell. Emerald Sparkle is a deep green jelly packed with glitter, and it has the same finish as its red sister Ruby Pumps! The shine and depth is amazing, so even though I'm not the biggest fan of green I think this is super cool and great for Christmas!


What do you think of Emerald Sparkle? Is it worth the hype?


Bisou
Isabella

Thursday, November 24, 2011

KleanColor Cobalt + China Glaze Treasure Chest

I'd been wanting to try out KleanColor Cobalt for a while but somehow it stayed in my box of untrieds for months. Too bad cause it is such a beautiful color! Here it is paired up with the gold glitter Treasure Chest from China Glaze.
This is two coats of Cobalt and I just dotted on Treasure Chest around the cuticles. I LOVE Cobalt!! It is the perfect blue shade, so pretty! It's like it's almost metallic but without any micro glitter or something similar that usually comes with metallic polishes. The depth and the glow reminds me of the China Glaze Retro Diva collection that had a lot of similar polishes (which I need to get more of btw..). The color, finish and formula is perfect on this one but the drying time is not. I used Poshe top coat for this one but I had to be careful for at least one hour and still I got some dents. I've experienced this with a bunch of the KleanColors I've tried, too bad! But hey, that's just something you have to live with if the end result is this gorgeous!! And Treasure Chest is one of my favourite gold glitters right now. It's fairly opaque and consists of smaller and larger hexagons which creates a beautiful combination. It is also a pure slightly cold toned gold glitter, which I really like!


Sadly my long healthy nails are gone now.. They got too long for me I guess and ended up breaking one after one so I had to file them all down. But I'm really surprised how they managed to stay this long for almost four months!! I can totally say it's all thanks to OPI Nail Envy that I started using at the end of the summer. They got long and stayed hard and flexible without breaking and that has never happened before! Maybe for a week or two, but I always got peeling and breaks on some of the nails anyway. I really enjoyed having longer nails too, it looks great with shimmers, multichromes and holos! But I'm optimistic and have ordered a new bottle of Nail Envy to start all over again :).


What do you think of this combination? Any experience of long drying time with KleanColor?


Bisou
Isabella

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Blue and pink mani with dots!

I haven't done much nail art lately, I just don't have the time for it! But the other day I hade a free night off from school and bf so I decided to do a cute blue and pink mani with some dots :)
The basecolors are two coats of Models Own Baby Blue and three coats of Color Club Vintage Couture. Baby Blue has a pretty decent pastel formula and Vintage Couture is one of the worst, haha. But I love the stark baby pink color so I bare through the awful formula anyway! For the dots I used a dotting tool and the blue one's are Arcancil Bleu Copacabana and China Glaze First Mate. The white is Misa Heavens white and the pink mani is made with China Glaze Heli Yum and Hey Sailor.


This is actually pretty easy and it doesn't take that long to do either! I think I like the blue combo best :)


What do you think of this mani? Have you tried doing nail art with dotting tools?


Bisou
Isabella

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Color Club Puccilicious

I have had this beautiful purple for a loong time without trying it on and I don't really know why! This is Color Club Puccilicious
This is three coats with top coat + accent nail with China Glaze Techno. Puccilicious is a lovely medium purple creme, and it dries semi-matte so I guess it got some neon pigments in it. The formula is a bit thin, so three coats is definitly needed on longer nails. It's really vibrant and sadly it comes out a bit more blue in this picture than it is in real life. I like Techno aswell, it's holo glitter in a bunch of different shapes and sizes.


This is all I have time for today, this week is crammed with school! But I just wanted to show you this colorful NOTD :)!


Bisou
Isabella

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Make Up Store Lea

Hmm.. better late than never, right? I finally got off work last week and now the only focus in my life is school, which is going to be a really nice change of pace. However, this week is crammed with lectures and seminars so I have my hands full either way! Anyway, I soo want to get back to blogging now, it itches in my fingers everytime I think about it. The sad thing is though that I don't have a camera right now :(.. Such a bummer! But I'll try to figure something out cause I have tons of new polish I want to show you! Anyways, today I have a mani from this summer that I wanted to share with you, Make Up Store Lea


Aww just look at that background! Green fluffy grass, how I miss you now!! But well let's move on to the polish. This is two coats with top coat. The picture is not the best one, but I remember having a really hard time capturing Lea. She's a stunning cool toned purple with tons of fine gold shimmer which makes this polish really stand out, I think. The base color and the overall glossy finish reminds me of one of my favourite purple shimmers China Glaze Let's Groove. The only difference is the gold shimmer in Lea. Sadly, as you can see in the picture I hade some problems with bubbles. The formula is really thick, and this polish would probably benefit from a little thinner.


That's all I had for today, now I have to rush off to school! But I will try to fix the camera-issue and until then show you some more stuff from the archive :).


Bisou
Isabella

Sunday, September 18, 2011

China Glaze Cha Cha Cha + Fault Line

Today I have an awesome combo of green and purple to show you! But first up is China Glaze Cha Cha Cha on it's own :).


This is two coats, no top coat. The formula is a bit runny, so you really have to get rid of all the excess polish on the brush to prevent pooling around the cuticles. But overall, it covers in two thick coats so the formula is OK for a shimmer like this. Cha Cha Cha is a color I would never even considered wearing before, haha. But a friend of my mom wore it one day this summer and I actually thought it looked pretty cool! The golden shimmer in it makes it look almost metallic, which I really like!


A few days ago I saw this home design show on tv and they had decorated the living room in purple and lime, which gave me the idea to pair up Cha Cha Cha with the crackle polish Fault Line, also from China Glaze.


This is one coat of Fault Line over two coats of Cha Cha Cha. I love this combo so much!! I'm wearing it right now and I got tons of compliments for it yesterday at work. :)


What do you think of Cha Cha Cha and the combo with Fault Line?


Bisou
Isabella

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nubar Purple Rain

Ahh I'm just stopping by so you don't forget my existance completly, haha :).. Just as I predicted, my life is super busy right now and my nails are a really sad story :(. But today I thought I'd show you a mani I did a while ago, including Nubar Purple Rain!
This is two coats of William tell me about OPI, one of my favourite vampy cremes! I love it cause it's formula perfection, nice and smooth in just two coats and the shine is awesome! It has a lot of brown undertones which I really like. And I used Nubar Purple Rain as accent in this mani, just one coat over wtmao. It's a deep purple glitter with tiny pink and holographic particles in a plum jelly base. I love it so much!! I've tried it on its own too but I actually prefer it layered over a darker color like this cause it makes the finish a lot smoother. If you don't own Purple Rain yet, be sure to get it!! You won't be sorry, I promise :).


My nails are really sad today, I haven't had the time to change my mani since last week so it's super chipped and it looks really bad haha... But my nails are actually pretty strong underneath! And I'm going to give all the credit to OPI Nail envy! I've used it for almost a month now and my nails are growing a lot longer without breaking. It's the first time I've ever experienced a difference using a nail treatment! BUT I have to shout out a bit of a warning. I used it as base coat for a mani with Orly Frisky, which is a awesome polish btw, but my nails stained so bad!! I've never seen anything like it, they were literally green and blue all over!! So now I use Nail envy with Nubar Foundation on top to prevent further staining.


What do you think of Purple Rain? Have you tried Nail Envy or another nail treatment that really made a difference?


Bisou
Isabella

Monday, August 8, 2011

Essie Braziliant

Yet again, I'm so sorry for the lack of posting. My life is insane right now and it's just only begun! This past weekend was the last real weekend of the summer for me, and it was also truly the best! On Friday I wore this beautiful polish - Essie Braziliant


This is two coats with top coat. It was soo hard to capture the really cool pink shimmer that makes this polish stand out from all the other orange polishes in my stash. I love this polish, I really do cause it's super bright and just perfect for summer. However, I hate the formula and the drying time! It's super thick and really hard to get even without making a total mess, I also got tons of cuticle drag :(. I've worn Braziliant twice now, and somehow I ended up getting huge dents even hours after applying it and I used Seche Vite on top both times. Really wierd! So quite a sad story about a beautiful polish :(.. Perhaps I'll try and add some thinner and see what happens!

Anyways, like I've said before my life is super busy right now and I hate that I can't seem to find the time for this blog :(. And it's just getting worse! This week I'm moving back to the city where I attend the University and next week I'll start working again after my summer break. And the week after that school starts up again and I'll be working full time and studying full time until the end of October. So I'm sad to say that there's probably not going to be much time left for blogging :(... But I do love to blog and I hope you can bare with me for a couple of more months until everything turns back to normal again.

Have you tried Braziliant yet? What do you think of the formula?

Bisou
Isabella

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Models Own Grace Green

Green is usually not my first choice of color but lately I've been more and more drawn to all different kinds of green shades. Funny how things can change :)! This is Models Own Grace Green
This is two coats with top coat. Grace Green is a dusty light green with excellent qualities! The formula is great and it covers nicely in two coats which is always a big plus for me. It has some grey undertones which makes it a great match with my skintone. Yay for cooltoned greens! Dusty colors isn't always my first choice cause it easily gets boring, but some colors like green and blue (hey For Audrey!) looks great in dusty versions.


What do you think of Grace Green? Do you like dusty colors?


Bisou
Isabella

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the air

Boo! I have some seriously apologizing to do now, cause I've been totally neglecting the blog for a while now :(.. A lot has happened in my life, both good and bad and the summer is just taking up a lot of my time! But I've enjoyed two great vacations, first up was Norway and then a trip to the north of Sweden to visit friends. So nice! Anyway, today I'm going to show you a polish I've used a lot lately, Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the air
This is two coats layered over OPI Alpine Snow matte. I love how the milky base color in GITA makes the starky white look all soft, such a gorgeous glitter! But I have to say I really love it over light blue aswell, and I also tried it over a light pink which is also a great combo! I really like the idea of a soft glitter like this one, pretty unusual! The only problem I had with GITA is to make the glitter come out even on the nail, so two coats is necessary if you want all the types of glitter to show.


I'm going to be honest with you now and say that I don't know how much I'll be able to post during the rest of the summer. But I'll definitly try my best to keep it up :)


What do you think of Glitter in the air? Do you like this kind of soft glitter?


Bisou
Isabella

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Orly Fancy Fuchsia

Hmm.. My last day at work were supposed to be this Monday, but somehow I ended up saying yes to work until Thursday. You can't say no to money, right? :) But on Thursday I'm definitly taking well earned summer vacation, wohoo! It all starts whith Midsummers eve on Friday which means Champagne, tons of traditional Swedish food and party all night long! Perhaps I will be wearing Orly Fancy Fuchsia...
This is three coats with top coat. I can't say how much I L O V E this polish!! It is in-your-face-Barbie-pink-borderline-neon-pink, and it's a color I've had on my mind for a long time but it was never right - until now! I think it has some neon pigments in it though, cause it dries kind of satin. Sadly the brightness was just impossible to capture with my camera, too bad! 


And for some trivia, this picture is taken under my new Ott-lite that I got for my birthday a few weeks ago. I've been wanting one ever since I saw one IRL at my aunt's. She's using it for crafting and stuff and I was really impressed by how great it was! The one I got is portable and quite small, but it lights up the whole room and makes it so much more comfortable for the eyes. I know they're pretty expensive but I can truly recommend it if you like me easily get tired under poor light.


What do you think of Fancy Fuchsia? What do you think of daylight-lamps?


Bisou
Isabella

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Orly Royal Navy

I guess many of you recognize this scenario: you've seen a cool polish on a blog somewhere and everyone says it's so beautiful and you have to try it! Then you debate with yourself whether or not you actually need that specific polish and if you will really like it as much as the others do. It goes in and out of your Shopping-bag, perhaps for months until you finally decide to let it stay there. Orly Royal Navy is one of those for me! :)

This is three coats with top coat, and I should add right away that the VNL is not at all visible in real life but it insists on showing up in the pictures.. So am I glad I finally got Royal Navy? Absolutly! It's a medium blue jelly with just a hint of sparkle trapped inside, which you can see in the second picture. The formula is typical jelly, a bit glueish and streaky but definitly not the worst kind. And it's all worth it anyway cause it has that depth and shine you can only get out of a true jelly. Love it :)


What do you think of Royal Navy?


Bisou
Isabella