Essence Lime Up! and OPI Who The Shrek Are You?

Recently Essence added some new colors to their Colour & Go line. I picked up a few, and Lime Up! reminded me of OPI Who The Shrek Are You? right away. In the picture above I have Lime Up! on my index finger and ring finger, and WTSAY? on my middle finger and pinkie.

They sure do look like each other, but Lime Up! is brighter and lighter than the OPI. Application wise I went with three coats for both, but I might have gotten away with two thicker ones for Essence. They both went on smooth and even, no problems there.
The brush is pretty much the same although I should note that I used a mini OPI, so the Essence Colour & Go brush is very similar to and OPI mini brush. The normal sized OPI brushes are definitely way bigger.
I know I just said that the brushes look alike but there are some differences. The Colour & Go brushes look like a straight thick line but the OPI ones are more compact at the base and the hairs waver out more to the actual shape. Also the OPI brush is shorter. From the top the brush shape is almost the same, but when viewed from the front you can tell the difference.
I'm not sure if these differences matter much, since the brushes seem to flatten into the same width when applying the polish, but I thought I'd mention them anyway.

I'm sure you all now that Essence is a cheap brand over here (and strangely even cheaper in the USA) in the Netherlands. So if you missed out on the Shrek Forever After collection this one would do, although they're not dupes. Personally I prefer the OPI one and the big bottle will soon be added to my stash. It lasts longer on my nails and I like the darker and dustier color over the brighter essence. It's the perfect Shrek color, whereas I'd say that Lime Up! is just a yellow-green.

Some people have called these dupes, but I disagree since they're obviously different shades. So no dupes, but I like them both with a little preference for Who The Shrek Are You? Seriously, just the names and the connection with the Forever After Shrek movie made that collection a must have for me, the great colors added even more to the craving.

Thanks for reading, do you prefer one or do you think both would compliment your polish collection? 


Sweet, sweet holo

Hmm, I already knew I'm a little procrastinator but nevertheless I hoped this part of me wouldn't rear it's ugly head this soon with this blog. It's been what, three weeks since my last post? Shame on me right. And to think I already had this pictures laying around for a while, waiting to be posted. 

At the moment I'm trying to let my nails grow for a bit since they'd suffered quite bad from peeling and tearing. Apparently I can't wear nail polish for longer than a few days before the polish starts to peel. I have this bad habit of pulling at these peels and thus damaging my nails in the process. Now that they've restored a bit I suppose I'll either have to continue searching for the 'perfect' base and topcoat combo that'll prevent the peeling from happening, or I either take of the polish after a day or two. If anyone has tips for the base and topcoats, I'd love to hear them en try it out!

So now let's move on to the shown mani. I started of with China Glaze Something Sweet and layered that with one or two coats of China Glaze Visit Me In Prism. The first one belongs to the Up & Away collection from Spring 2010. It consists of 12 lacquers in both brights and pastels. Something Sweet obviously is one of the pastels. Visit Me In Prism is unfortunately discontinued now. It's part of the Kaleidoscope collection that launched in 2006. 


Nail art frustrations

This was an attempt at some freehand leopard spots. As you can see it's rather messy. Anyhow, the base is Color Club Poptastic, which is way more neon than in the picture, and the spots are China Glaze Something Sweet and essence Ultimate Pink. Well I think it was Ultimate Pink. And you see some tipwear because Poptastic had already been on my nails for a few days before I tried to pimp it with some leopard spots. 
But as soon as I wanted to add the black lining of the spots with the black essence nail art pen it got trickier. It just so happened to be that the tip was apparently dried out. After pumping the pen up and down several times (normally this would result in some liquid in the tip and the pen would be ready to use) all I achieved was a big blob of the liquid that emerged from the sides of the tip somewhere above the point. This big blog ended up on a piece of paper so I figured I'd just dip the tip in this blob and use it this way.

As you can see this idea didn't really go down so well. At first I didn't even do such a bad job on my thumb, as seen below.

Before going with the dipping-the-tip-in-the-blob method I had tried and failed to clean the tip with some non-acetone remover. I guess that what I should've done was take that long and tiring walk down the stairs to the sink and rinse the tip with some (warm) water, since the liquid inside the pen is water soluble. But since I was to lazy I think I've completely messed up my pen with further attempts of cleaning the tip out with various sharp instruments. 

Anyway, I bought a new one and I hope that rinsing the tip after use will solve the problem and will stop the tip from drying out. This is also my tip to anyone who'll be using these essence nail art pens. 
And if you have any tips, go ahead and share them!   


Essence Colour & Go stash swatches part 2

Ugh Monday, how I despise thee. Even now when it's vacation, but that's probably because I'll have to leave for work in an hour. 

Aaaaanyhow, on to the second part of the swatches from my essence colour & go stash! Part 1 can be viewed here

Shown in the picture above are the following polishes, in that order: What Do You Think?, Sweet As Candy, Plum Perfect, Shining Star, You're The One, White Secret and Underwater

Read on after the jump.


Essence Colour & Go stash swatches part 1

Two days ago I got some essence colour & go polishes that were on sale, of which four are pictured above, and decided to swatch all my colour & go polishes and show them on this blog.
I need to find a better location to photograph over here though, cause after uploading and going through the pictures they weren't as good as I liked. It was a little late in the evening so the lightning was rather poor and my skintone sometimes looks weird even though the polish color is accurate. I shot the polishes above in one of the few clutter free places in my room, what happened to be in front of a red drawer in my bookcase. Not the best place either. Anyhow, I'll try to improve my photographing skills from now on and think about the mentioned things before uploading.

Over with the babbling and on to the actual swatches after the jump.


NOTD OPI Funky Dunkey with Nfu Oh 39

Now this really are my nails today although this will probably show up as august the 5th since it's past midnight now. But I'll probably wear this all day tomorrow (or should I say today) since it's so pretty! I even took the shots whilst holding the Nfu Oh cause the green flakies show up really good in the bottle. And the bottle itself is really gorgeous also. I think the blue and green flakies look great over the dark purple from Funky Dunkey.

Imagine this even prettier in real life. And even the back of the bottle looks good with the little corset lace going on.


NOTD white and pink nail art

Oh I'm kinda cheating now, since this is more of a Nails Of The Day Before, but you don't mind right?

I have some essence nail art pens lying around, so I decided to use them for a change. I started with some layers of essence teamspirit. It's a white creme from the Let's Go Girls collection and is the best white creme I have at the moment. It does needs several layers and now that I'm halfway through the (really small) bottle it could do with some thinner. But with the fast drying topcoat from Poshe that arrived last week I could at least start drawing on the white polish very soon with the essence nail art pen Spacey Pink.
I quite liked my nails with just the white polish, might do a mani with them someday.

The essence nail art pen is really easy to work with, I did everything you see above with it. It's also very opaque but a lot lighter than the color of the pen itself suggests as you can see below.
It's advisable to apply a topcoat over the base color so that if you make a mistake, you can easily remove the nail art pen with some remover without having to re-polish your entire nail. And if your done, apply another layer of topcoat over the entire design since the nail art pen scratches of quite easily when it's dry.


Orly Nail Rescue

About a week after I ordered this Nail Rescue kit from Orly it arrived on my doorstep. Being really excited and curious about this product, I immediately took it upstairs to try it on my cracked nails. But since I had mended my last tears with silk wraps those had to come of first. One didn't budge after soaking it with acetone remover and even though I filed the wrap down instead, the tear still wouldn't show up. Well fine, I had another silk wrap on it's neighboring nail anyway. This one did come off with the acetone remover, but didn't leave my nail to be a pretty sight. But at least I could start Brushing, Dipping and Smoothing!

Nude Nails with a Twist

If you'd take a peek at my nail polish stash you'll mostly find some bright, bold or not-very-ordinary shades. Nevertheless I like the naked nails thing that's going on. I've tried it before. Once. I used a H&M color called Pink Mist, but it was quite sheer and I gave up after several layers that I didn't even count. Sure I could have had another go at it and layered this neutral color over a white creme but I was already slapping something bright on my nails.

Above is not that previously mentioned H&M polish.

I recently received some packages with nail polishes. You'd might want to take that 'some' as an understatement though. Anyhow among them were several China Glaze polishes from the OMG collection (I only need OMG itself now and it's complete) including FYI. 
Isn't that a holographic polish, nothing like that bland picture above? Yes it is, that's why I included some holographic goodness after the jump. Unfortunately they're all taken with flash since the sun was hiding at that moment, like it was all day that day. You can still see what I meant with the 'twist' from the title. Although you probably could've guessed that by now, unless you're completely unfamiliar with the China Glaze OMG collection. In which case you should Google it right now and not hold me liable for any unforeseen purchases.


NOTD Color Club Almost Famous topped with China Glaze Lemon Fizz

I just love happy bright colors like this yellow. Unfortunately yellow usually gives me some application issues, but I decided to face those anyhow today. It's advisable to layer yellows over white, but since my white polishes are just as streaky and require about 3 layers to be opaque (thus I really want H&M Love At First Sight) I left them in their drawer (and yay me for finally organizing my polishes) and just went with Color Club Almost Famous. You're looking at three layers.

When I was done polishing my nails I wasn't really done. But since I didn't feel like taking everything off and starting over just for the sake of polishing my nails, I decided to just add some dots with another color. So I grabbed my bottle of China Glaze Lemon Fizz en slabbed on three big dots across my nails. I just used the polish brush itself for that, but I've recently ordered some dotting tools which will probably do a better job at making dots. Anyhow, I wasn't really diggin' it, so I grabbed my rosewood stick and made some small dots above the bigger ones.

Maybe these colors would look better the other way around, Almost Famous on top of Lemon Fizz, but I'm satisfied for today.

Thanks for reading! 


Nail Art: Owl +Tutorial

Today I did some nail art in the form of a little owl. The picture above isn't very neat but I think the owl turned out pretty cute. Just in case anyone else wanted to make one just like him, I photographed all the steps. Unfortunately my camera decided that his batteries were empty when I wanted to photograph the first step (the battery indicator only shows up when you have about 5 seconds of battery life left, very convenient huh), so I used my mobile phone for the step by step pictures.

Update: also check out these newer owl nail art pictures.


OPI Funky Dunkey and Ciaté Talent Scout compared -UPDATE

When Ciaté Paint Pots Talent Scout arrived earlier this week it reminded me of OPI Funky Dunkey from the Shrek Forever After collection (I'll actually go to see the movie soon). But after doing a quick swatch on my right hand I have to say it surpasses 'reminding of'. As I am right handed, my right hand usually  is somewhat sloppy since I'm not so good at polishing my nails with my left hand. This time I didn't swatch on my left hand because I wanted to spare my two silk wraps. But on the swatch below I didn't even do such a bad job as usual, considering I thought I'd take it off after swatching. Yay for me right?

China Glaze - Pool Party

Hi! Welcome to my very first blog post. My name is Cindy and I'm 19 years old. I live in the Netherlands but this blog is in English, even though this is my second language and I might not use it correctly all the time.

Above are my nails from yesterday, sporting Pool Party from China Glaze's Poolside collection, which launched in April this year. Pool Party is a very bright reddish pink. Since it's a neon it dries matte. Shown above is a three-coater and application was okay, but not great. 
You might be able to see some streaks in the photo, but I think I could've gotten this polish on smoother. And if you put on a topcoat it'l be even more smooth and also shiny instead of matte. 
Oh and I'm hiding my index finger, and thus my thumb, cause I made a huge ugly dent in it's freshly polished nail just before taking photo's..

In real life this neon is much brighter, it really pops and is a great summer color. The other colors from the Poolside collection are:
Flip Flop Fantasy, a neon pink coral.
Sun Worshiper, a bright neon orange that is quite sheer.
Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, a neon yellow with a slightly greenish undertone, like the yellow highlighters, and is even more sheer than Sun Worshiper.
Kiwi Cool-Ada, a neon light green that also doesn't get really opaque, but not as bad as the yellow and orange.
Towel Boy Toy, a cool blue neon that is the only one in this collection with a slight shimmer, making me think of water. This one also had somewhat of a hard time getting opaque just like Kiwi Cool-Ada.

To avoid a visible nail line I suggest you'd use a white polish as a base for these. At the moment I own all the colors from this collection apart of Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. I really love these bright neon colors even though they're not application heaven. 

Right now I'm having some issues with the wear time, they usually peel of after barely a day, sometimes even as a complete nail polish piece. But since I'm experiencing this with other polishes too, I'm guessing it's due to my cheap-ass drugstore topcoat. It claims to last up to 10 days but my polish actually lasts longer without it. But there are two topcoats on their way, INM Out The Door and Poshe Super-Fast Drying Top Coat. I'm looking forward to trying these out, not only because they're supposed to cut the drying time. 

Alongside with those topcoats I ordered Orly rescue kit. This review sounds very promising and I can't wait to try it out, since my silk wraps have occasionally peeled off with the polish and this rescue kit seems to give a nice smooth finish. When I've tried it I'll post a review up here.

What do you think about neon polishes? And what about this collection, do you want it/have it/leave it?

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