25 okt. 2015

Kiko - 392.

What is that? Is it a bird, is it a plane?! No! It's a new blogpost! Hi there friends, how are y'all doing. *Insert mumbo jumbo about being busy and exams and stuff*

Great, now that's out of the way, let's focus on this polish by Kiko. Funny thing is that I bought this shade a while ago (cough, 3 years) but have never ever worn it. Now I actually have worn it, I kinda know why I never busted it out. I feel nothing when I look at it. Nothing. And I have a huge stash of polishes so I can't justify keeping something that doesn't wow me. I think it's time for a blog sale page?

This polish is a forrest green with some soft green/silver shimmer. Quality is typical Kiko: absolutely fantastic. I feel like Kiko polishes are very consistent in the formula, which I really appreciate. This one went on sheer with the first layer, but was very close to opaque the second coat. Wearing time was outstanding: I put this on right before I went to work (because, you know, I don't make sense whatsoever) and it actually lasted. Was kinda wow'ed, not gonna lie.

Oh and lately I found out Kiko polishes are free of a lot of chemical ingredients, yay! Oh Kiko, will you ever dissappoint me? Can we go get a ring already?

Please excuse the fuzzy pictures, my camera is having some difficulties with focusing. I think it might be going through puberty, it doesn't seem to obey me.

Kiko 392 nail polish swatch

6 okt. 2015

Buying Safely on Etsy: My Tips and Tricks.

I'm a huge Etsy fan, for those who don't know or are new on my blog. In the last 4 months (the time since I first started shopping there) I have become, well, an expert. Although I have not had some bad experiences in the past, I know that it can be tricky. On a site that allows you to sell handmade products, you are not always likely to be happy with what you recieve. Here are my tips for having a pleasant experience on Etsy!


3 okt. 2015

HEMA - 850.

This is an old goodie from good old HEMA (do the caps make it seem like I'm screaming the name? Because it does when I read over it in my head and oddly enough I find it hilarious).

This polish is a solid black with subtle blue shimmer. This also can classify itself as a favourite. A go-to when I'm feeling vampy yet ready to party. Which is... well, always. It reminds me of a very cold winter night - just how I like 'em. The shimmer is hard to capture on camera (what else is new) so hence the close-up at the bottom of this post. 

It was part of a Christmas collection from 2011 I think, so I rushed to get a backup. Funny enough it became permanent and my backup is nowhere to be found. I don't know what that means, but I'm sure it's a message from the universe I have yet to decipher. 

Quality: typical HEMA. 2-3 Coats to get full opacity. It can go with two, but I can't handle it when I hold my finger into the light and I discover transparant spots - it just grinds my gears, man. Drying time mediocre, lasting time 3-4 days. All in all nothing special formula wise, but the shade is very rare. Can't come up with a dupe. 

Combined with Essence base coat and Catrice top coat, as always. Keeping it cheapy.

HEMA nailpolish 850 Swatch