16. April 2014

Sol Brillante

If I see an appealing or an unusual "noname" polish in a shop, I rarely grab it without googling some swatches. However, when I saw [b] Basic Sol Brillante from Sevilla LE, I was not pondering even for a second. What is here to ponder, if the polish costed around a euro... Never ever have I regretted later.

[b] Basic Sol Brillante

[b] Basic nagellack

[b] Basic Sol Brillante is a mixture of gold and red glitter in a clear base, whereas the red particles are larger than the gold ones. To get an opaque (more or less) coverage, you will need 3 coats. A top coat would be good to use, too, because this thing doesn't really dry by itself.

[b] Basic sevilla

The bottle was not so poorly designed for a euro-polish, and it sparkled like crazy under the sun. So did the polish itself when applied on the nails - these are the good news.

[b] Basic nagellack

Another piece of good news is that this polish is multifunctional - you can apply it solo, use it for layering or create cool gradients by sponging it on the nail tips. The latter I really want to try once!

[b] Basic nail polish

[b] Basic nail polishes

The bad news is that it was a limited edition launched in like 2012, so I really doubt that you can ever find it. BUT...

[b] Basic nail polish

...if you liked the polish and wanna get something similar, try China Glaze Electrify and Sinful Colors Pumpkin Spice. If they are not dupes, they are extremely close relatives.

14. April 2014

Kiko #338

Thank you for your patience, for you have seen 4 polishes of the same brand shown in a row in my blog :) :) Today I'm showing you the last one out of 4 KIKOs that I own - Kiko #338. The colour is pretty interesting - and hard to photograph, so I'm honestly telling you in advance that I was tuning the colour up in Photoshop.

Kiko 338

Kiko #338 is a bright lavender creme with a good drop of white. By bright I don't mean "in-your-face-bright", but it's more contrast and vivid than it looks in the bottle. The original name of the polish is "Lavanda Chiaro" - well, so be it. 

Kiko 338

Kiko 338

Kiko 338

As it often happens with Kiko, I was more than satisfied with the quality and application. The polish is very opaque and pigmented, yet not goopy and applies very well in 2 coats. If you need a top coat or not - is totally up to you. I often wear Kiko polishes "as they are".

Kiko 338 nail polish

Kiko 338 nail polish

Next post will be featuring another brand, I promise!! ^^ And generally I think I won't be showing Kiko polishes until I buy more of them... which I hope will be soon. Their Cupcake collection is very VERY attractive ;) 

10. April 2014

Flowers'n'Gems

Long time no see from... water decals. Although they are such an easy upgrade to a manicure, I haven't been using them for ages. That's why I was happy when I got my package from Born Pretty Store with a sheet of cute white flower decals to try. Immediately I thought: what a delicate spring pattern - and did a simple manicure with them.

water decals white flowers

But hey, hold on :) I can't omit a couple of words about the base colour - Kiko #340. Oh, sorry, Kiko Celeste. But who cares, noone knows Kiko polishes by names except for the creators anyways.   

Kiko 340


Kiko 340

Kiko #340 is a bright blue creme with a glossy finish. The texture is pleasant to work with, opaque yet not goopy. The application was easy as hell, 2 coats and I didn't even apply a top coat - there was no need in it.

Kiko 340

Sorry for the photo spam, but the shade is pretty (I reckon) and it was so easy to photograph. Couldn't stop. And it's not even a holo.

Kiko 340

Kiko 340

And now finally - on to the decals from Born Pretty Store. They arrived in a pink hard paper and with a protection film on top. Very easy to unpack and prepare for using. There was even a "user guide" printed on the back of the pink carton, but hey, who of us doesn't know how to use water decals.. :P


So, what I did was just applying the flower pattern on 2 nails and placing rhinestones on the other 3. As simple as that.


water decals nail art flowers

I should say that the water decals were so easy and pleasant to use that even my 7yo niece would cope with them! And the quality was great, they slid gently from the paper back, they didn't tear or fall apart during the application. Also, after I applied the final layer of a top coat the decals looked like I hand painted the flowers. People were really asking if I did!

water decals for nail art

You can find the water decals shown in this post here - they retail for 2.86$. As usual, the prices of BPS are very customer-friendly :) 

Moreover: here's a coupon for 10% discount at Born Pretty Store. Check their site, apart from stamping plates they have a whole huge variety of different decorations, nail art tools and supplements and other nice stuff for nails! 

*The stamping plate was kindly provided by Born Pretty Store PR team for my consideration. In this post I expressed my honest and unbiased opinion about the product.

8. April 2014

Rosa Fenicottero

Last week I experienced something which I would describe as KIKOphoria - I was wearing 4 KIKO shades in a row. Out of four that I own. No idea what I would do if I had 20 KIKO polishes, but since I started the topic, I decided to show you one more colour - Kiko #288.

Kiko 288

Kiko Rosa Fenicottero (beautiful name, no?) is a fuchsia creme with a glossy finish. Equally I would describe the colour as "Barbie pink", but apparently the perception of Barbie pink varies from person to person. Easy application on 2 coats (hooray to KIKO cremes), no top coat needed. 

Kiko 288

Kiko 288

The colour is nice, but not so easy to catch on the photos. It strongly depends on the light and its type: the polish by itself has a strong blue (i.e. cold) undertone, but it looks a bit warmer under the sun and under the lamps indoors.

Kiko 288

Kiko 288


Thinking what to do with this nice base for nail art I firstly wanted to stamp over it, but I realised I did it last time - you can check my old swatches by the way :) So this time I just layered a fun glitter on top - Dance Legend Flossy #146.

Dance Legend Flossy 144

Those Flossy tops are fun to play with! Here you can see #144 over red, grey and beige, just for example. Recently Dance Legend has launched the new Rio tops - can't wait to get them! 

Dance Legend Flossy top 144 Dance Legend Flossy 144

Dance Legend Flossy

Oh, and the next post will be also about KIKO. Hehe. 

6. April 2014

Spring Get-together @ Victory Store

Late as usual, but I still wanna share some positive emotions left from attending another gathering of nail polish lovers two week ago. The event took place in the venue of Victory, the official distributor of such brands as China Glaze, Seche, EzFlow, .ibd. etc in Russia. Basically it was just a gathering of nail polish lovers including the bloggers. The people were not so many, but it was very cosy: 


And there were some very-very attractive bottles (which the girls brought by themselves)...


... and more and more were arriving.


What did we do at this get-together? We were staring at our "preciousssss" bottles - I love the pic below, haha!


Painting the nail wheels...


...doing some creative stuff...


...taking pics...


... and listening to a brief presentation of Svetlana, who told us a lot of  fascinating stuff about nails and polishes. She also showed us some Asian nail art magazines with the most grotesque designs I've ever seen! o_O


And another pleasant thing was that we could shop with a 20% discount. Believe me, the assortment was wide enough for us to browse through the bottles for a long time...


...and to be able to find some rare, VERY DAMN RARE things!


And lookie lookie what I brought home: I was modest lol but I managed to dig out China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara!!! Ah, and the lint-free tissues.


The only sad thing was that I was in a hurry and couldn't stay longer. All in all, I had a great time and I hope to attend such a gathering some day again! :)


 Thanks to Victory Store for hosting the event! 
Девушки, если кому-то очень не нравится какое-то из опубликованных фото со своим участием - пишите, уберу :) 

4. April 2014

Stamping Plate QA27 from Born Pretty Store

Let me boast about my new stamping plates: for a while I was not buying any, but I was lucky to get some plates for review from Born Pretty Store. And below is a sneak peek of the result I got with their help:

stamping nail art

But let me tell a couple of words about the base colour first: this is a 1EUR (sale) Alessandro Candy Floss Pink polish that I own for ages. Together with 2 other little Alessandros.

Alessandro Candy Floss Pink 

Alessandro Candy Floss Pink is a baby pink creme wannabe, quite whitened out and with a drop of coral. The application is everything but easy, this little b...baby makes such bald spots that you can't imagine. If you get away with 3 coats - you are lucky.

Alessandro nagellacke

Alessandro Candy Floss Pink

I don't think this polish is still available in stores, but it doesn't matter because I don't recommend it anyway :D The shade is interesting, but not so unique, so you can easily find a substitute. I like how it looked on my nails in the end, and it was a good base for stamping.

Alessandro Candy Floss Pink nail polish pink

Alessandro Candy Floss Pink nagellack

The duty is done - the swatches are posted, the honours are paid to the polish, now it goes to "use-them-up" bin and I move furhter to the stamping plate. Here it is, below - QA27, with a blue protection film on the left and ready to use on the right:

born pretty store stamping plate QA27born pretty store stamping plate QA27

As you might know, I prefer the full nail designs over small ones. And for me the major factor is the size of the image on the plate, as I'm not willing to double-stamp, we are not in 2009 ;P In this particular case the size was not a problem at all, the image is 1.6 x 1,4 cm (for comparison: Bundle Monster (2012) is also 1,6 x 1,4 cm, Konad is 1,5 x 1,2 cm). Quite good, eh?

born pretty store stamping plate QA27

Even better is that this plate retails at $1.99 (!) - you can purchase it here. For this price, the quality was superb - I had no problems with the stamping process whatsoever, I hope it is visible from my pics, even though I used a normal nail polish for stamping - Alessandro Strawberry Daiquiry. 

born pretty store stamping plate QA27

born pretty store stamping plate size

qa27

born pretty store stamping plate QA27
I'm looking forward to testing the other stamping plates as well, but even now I can tell you - I'm quite inspired by the price/quality ratio.


And finally, here's a coupon for 10% discount at Born Pretty Store. Check their site, apart from stamping plates they have a whole huge variety of different decorations, nail art tools and supplements and other nice stuff for nails! 
*The stamping plate was kindly provided by Born Pretty Store PR team for my consideration. In this post I expressed my honest and unbiased opinion about the product.