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REVIEW:: Essence Nail Art Special Effect Topper – 10 Glorious Aquarius

So, as I told you guys yesterday, I went on a little shopping spree. One of the things I bought was the Essence Nail Art Special Effect Topper (who invents these names anyway?) in number 10, Glorious Aquarius. There was a 1+1 sale action, so for the same price I also picked up the Essence Colour & Go in number 147, Miss Universe, because I figured it would look amazing beneath the Glorious Aquarius topper. I’ve combined them on my nails (I’m still admiring my fingers while typing this, haha) so it’s about time to start my review!

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When Essence updated their products, they came up with 6 Nail Art Special Effect Toppers, which is a response to the increasing popularity of nail art worldwide. If you wanted flakies, holographic or magnetic effects, fuzzy nails, caviar nails, newspaper print nails, nail art stickers or something else, you often either had to look between more expensive, specialized brands, or try a DIY tutorial (like the one I’ve got on newspaper print nails!). But search no further, because Essence can help you out with ALL of those.

The nail polish line I’m discussing is their Special Effect Toppers, which, as I mentioned previously, consists of 6 different types of effects. The line includes 02 Circus Confetti, which is a transparant polish with multi-coloured glitters (a lot of purple, with specks of orange, red, green and blue), 10 Glorious Aquarius, which I will discuss in a minute, 15 Glitter on Me, which takes me back to the nineties, when my mum owned a transparant polish with slender bars and rectangles in mostly silver.
Next up is 16 Cool Breeze, which according to Essence is a jewel effect. It is a bit foggy sky blue and contains ditto flakies. I’ve tried these in the store on my nail (don’t tell the store owner, haha) because I was doubting between Glorious Aquarius and this one, but I felt like it didn’t transfer a lot of flakies to my nail, so I didn’t buy it.
And last but not least, the two newest ones in line are 17 Only Purple Matters, which is again a glitter topper with a lot of purple and some hot pink glitter, and 18 Fly Firefly Fly, which is a glow in the dark top coat.
The Essence Nail Art Special Effect Toppers cost about €1,89.

So, how about 10 Glorious Aquarius?

I started with two thin layers of Essence Colour & Go 147 Miss Universe, and actually it took surprisingly long for my nails to dry. They’re also impossible to wear with just one layer, because the polish turned out to be quite transparent for such a dark colour. Miss Universe is a very dark blue colour with blue and green shimmers. It looks amazing in the bottle, but needs a couple of layers on your nails before they match the colour and beautiful shimmer in the bottle.

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I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of only Miss Universe on my nails, but I will update this post as soon as possible. So, next I added one layer of 10 Glorious Aquarius, and wow, it makes my nails look like some underwater version of galaxy nails! Glorious Aquarius consists of a transparant polish, filled with different sized (hexagon) glitters in silver, dark green, dark blue, sky blue and … orange. Yes, orange. For some reason the orange matches reaaaaalllly well with the cold colours without demanding all your attention. I simply love it!

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(I’m sorry for the picture being a bit blurry, but it’s already getting dark and it was really difficult to try and get a clear image)

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How fashion open-minded is your world?

Have you, as the graceful fashion icon you are, ever experienced this? You try something new in your outfit, take one last confident look at the mirror before you strut out the door, but as soon as you see your friends you notice a look of how-am-I-going-to-tell-her-she-looks-weird in their eyes?

You ask them how they like your *insert new item here*, and all you get is a bit of mumbling, a pitiful nod and a “well, it sure looks… different.”. You have no idea how often I’ve experienced this!

I already mentioned it in my Essence + Catrice Nail Polishes Haul: the world (or at least my friends) is not ready for pastel yellow nail polish on your toes. Whereas I absolutely looooved my toes and couldn’t stop admiring them, the comment I got mostly was “Nice colour… But I would prefer it on your fingernails.”. Because apparently, the only colours generally acceptable for your toes are reds and pinks. Perhaps black as well, but there’s still a bit of discussion upon that between my friends. I googled for colourful toe nails (do NOT google yellow toe nails. I warned you) and I found all kinds of beautiful colours, and they absolutely don’t look weird to me!

 

The way I see it: I’m a huge fan of nail polishes. My stash is ashamingly big, and I love bold colours. Painting my toe nails in bright colours is just doubling the fun! If I can’t choose between two colours for my finger nails, hey, it doesn’t matter, I’ve got ten toes to paint as well! (Am I weird? Probably.)

My second experience happened in the H&M, where I was shopping with my sister and a friend. I’ve been looking all over for a mullet skirt, preferably a sheer black or dark blue/green one. I found a blue silk one, with flowers, and I just HAD to try it on. My first mullet skirt, so exciting! Or, well, my excitement quickly faded after I noticed the look of disapproval on my sister’s face. “Eeh, you do realize that skirt’s short in the front, and long in the back, right?”

I tried to lighten up the mood by making a mullet skirts: short in the front, party in the back joke, but I don’t think she got it (If they ever re-make Friends and they need a female version of Chandler Bing -I’m your man woman). Bye bye enthusiasm, and so I was no longer in the mood to buy the skirt. I wasn’t sure I looked good in it in the first place anyway, but still.

Next up: head chains. I tried one on while shopping and my friend immediately responded with “Uhm, that necklace is too small if you can’t even fit it over your head.”. Yeah, very funny. Although she really thought it was a necklace. She never even heard of head chains. “Isn’t that something Bollywood actresses wear?” Funny comment of the day, number two.

I personally really adore head chains. They can give a really cute boho look, compared to a waving skirt (a mullet skirt, perhaps?) and lots of bangling bracelets. But they’re still a bit weird for the average crowd, apparently.

The same goes for hats. I tried on a straw one and although both my mum and sister said that they liked it, I could see the doubt in their eyes. I liked the look of a straw hat on my head, especially since I got that balayage/ombré dye and I no longer straighten my hair -embrace messy hair!

It kinda strikes me how people still look a bit surprised when they see someone wearing a straw hat -even though that’s getting more and more common!

There are still a thousand more things I love and people don’t really get, such as Doc Martens (“Aren’t those only for goths and punks?”), Jeffrey Campbell’s Litas (“They look like clown shoes to me.” -My mum actually said this), crop tops (“The nineties called, they want their top back.”), statement necklaces, bright eye shadows, huge rings, even ombré hair (“Did you do that to your hair on purpose or…?”). Clearly, the world isn’t ready for a bunch of fashionistas like us. Which makes it our job, our duty, our destiny to prepare them! I know I wrote about how I didn’t buy the mullet skirt/head chain/straw hat, but I totally should have! I should NOT let anyone else tell me what I should or shouldn’t wear. If I think it’s pretty (and not too expensive, since I’m still a poor college student), I shall buy and proudly wear it!

Say NO to people all over the world wearing exactly the same, because they are afraid of standing out. Say NO to yet another day of your favourite basic jeans and a basic shirt. Experiment, create, explore, live! Viva la revolución! (Ok, maybe I’m taking this a little bit too far. But it’s true.)

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Essence and Catrice nail polishes haul

I must admit: nail polishes are one of my biggest weaknesses. As I am someone who like looking a bit over the top, I own the most ridiculous colours of nail polish. Yesterday, I was admiring my collection, when I noticed that none of the trending colours at the moment were present in it! I didn’t have any decent nudes, pastels or a nice coral colour!
So today, being the nail polish lover that I am,  I headed directly to the nearest shop (Kruidvat, for my Dutch and Belgian readers), and took a look at their collection.

I’ve always loved the Essence collections -they’re cheap, the bottles are tiny (I have so many polishes I hardly ever finish one) and their quality is great for such a low price.

The first polish I picked was from their brand-new Ready For Boarding collection. The collection consists of an eyeshadow palette with 6 colours and a little guideline, two lip-cheek creams in pink and coral, a blue luggage label, a little make-up bag,  hand&body wipes, double end eye pencils and obviously nail polishes!

They have a base coat, which should peel off rather than chip off, which could be really easy when you’re on vacation -no need for nail polish remover! Furthermore, the collection consists of 5 colours, all for €1,49: 01 Sending You Kisses, 02 Beauty On Tour, 03 Exits On Your Right, 04 Via Airmail! and 05 Destination Sunshine. I bought 05 Destination Sunshine, which is a pastel, sweet tint of yellow.

 

The second polish I chose is also from Essence, this time from their Nude Glam collection. I picked 01 Cotton Candy, which is, as the name already indicates, a pale pink, a lovely nude colour. This one was €1,29.

 

I was continuing my journey through the make-up corner, on my way to the Catrice booth (another one of my all time favourite brands) when a box with bargains demanded my full attention. Most of it was not really interesting, but I managed to find this 05 Nude Or What? colour from a previous Essence Season Of Extremes collection for only €0,50! It’s a cute mix between lilac and grey, but still a nude. I think it’ll be perfect for winter.

 

Last but not least, I eventually reached the Catrice booth, where I picked up 820 Pimp My Shrimp, an orangey coral, for €2,49 -I’ve wanted a coral for soooo long now, yay!

 

So far I’ve already tried Pimp My Shrimp, Destination Sunshine and Cotton Candy. They all need at least three (thin) layers, Cotton Candy even needed four, and it’s still not opaque. Unfortunately, I only have a picture of Cotton Candy on my nails. I tried Destination Sunshine on my toes, which made me feel very summerish, but apparently the world isn’t ready for pastel yellow painted toe nails yet, so I removed it before I took a picture. And I had Pimp My Shrimp on my finger nails a few days ago, but they got covered with face paint (I volunteer working with children) after only one day so that one had to go too. If I apply them again, I’ll take pictures and update this post.

So this is Cotton Candy. Four layers of it. It’s still a bit transparant, which I love actually. It gives a slight hint of a french manicure. If you want an almost transparant polish, I can recommend this one as well, but I really wanted to see the pastel pink so I patiently applied layer after layer. Right now, it’s day two and they haven’t chipped at all, except for a tiny little chip on my left thumb.

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DIY: Tattoo nail art

First of all I would like to apologize for not posting for about -thinks- two weeks. I’ve been extremely busy writing a research paper for school and of course exams are coming up, so I’ll probably be quite busy in the near future as well.

Anyway, I’ll try to keep you guys entertained with frequent posts. This particular one will explain yet another nail art DIY (is it a bit too much lately? I just love nail art) that is very easy and quick!

All you need is:

  • Base/top coat nail polish
  • A white or light grey nail polish
  • A wet sponge
  • Fake tattoos!

Do you remember as a kid, when you would stick fake tattoos on your arms, and pretend to people they were real? I did for sure. I guess my fascination with tattoos started very young. Nowadays, you can still find classy and of very good quality fake tattoos for your body, but have you ever thought about decorating your nails with them?

It works exactly the same as when you stick them to your skin.
First, apply a clear base coat to protect your nails. Follow with one or more layers of a light nail polish, white or grey look best. Let this dry thoroughly. Take your fake tattoo and a pair of scissors, and cut out pieces that fit your nails. You can choose to make all your nails have a similar look, or vary, it’s up to you! Then, take your fake tattoo pieces and remove the transparant piece of plastic that’s protecting the tattoo itself. Put them on the desired place on your nail and take a wet sponge to soak the tattoo. After about 30 seconds, you can remove the piece of paper and the tattoo itself should stick to your nails. Carefully dry your nails and apply a clear top coat. All done!

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DIY: Three nail art designs!

If you scroll further down, you can see my previous post with gorgeous nail designs I found upon browsing Tumblr. Between the nail art pictures, I also stumbled upon a few nail art tutorials, which I’d like to share with you guys!

1. Gold leaf triangle nails: Obviously you can buy expensive gold foil, but I think this will also work out just fine with aluminium foil. Paint your nails in your preferred colour, cut out pieces of foil, put a little bit of glue on them and stick them to your nails. You can easily file the ends.

2. Ethnic/tribal nail art: Basically, you start with taking a ziplock bag, and painting a big rectangle on it with white nail polish. If you want to, apply a second coat as well. Wait for it to dry completely, then peel it off and cut out your decals as shown in step four. Apply a base coat on your nails in your preferred colour. When this nail polish is still slightly wet, a bit sticky, apply the decals to your nail. Cut off as close to your cuticles as possible, and apply a top coat.

3. Galaxy nails: Start off with applying a black coat, even two if necessary. With a make up sponge, apply shimmery silver polish in the middle. Allow for it to dry. Again using a sponge, apply bits of hot pink and dark blue to your galaxy. Finish off with a sheer polish with glitter to get a three dimensional starry effect. This tutorial might remind you of one of my previous posts, Nail art: Galaxy nails.

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Photopost: Nail art

I was on Tumblr, searching for some cool nail art diys, and I found soooooo many stunning photos with nail arts ranging from ‘even-your-neighbour’s-toddler-can-do-this’ to ‘don’t-even-think-about-trying-you’ll-kill-us-all’. As my diy skills are actually quite similar to that neighbour’s toddler, I won’t even make an attempt. But I will show you the gorgeous discoveries I made!

(Fake nails by Elegant Touch, I will be reviewing these soon!)

(fake nails by Elegant Touch, I will be reviewing these soon!)

I don’t really like nails that are waaay too long. If I can’t easily pick up my keys, it’s a no-go for me. And I’m also not a fan of all those accessories women stick to their nails. Flowers, fruits, plastic little toys? Doesn’t really look comfortable to me.
So which ones are your favourites? Some of them seem really easy to do, so easy that I might even try them out when I have the time. I’m also planning on buying a matte top coat, but so far all the ones I tried made the base colour fade. If anyone knows a good matte top coat, let me know!

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DIY: Louboutin nails

With all the shoe posts on my blog lately (DIY Neon shoes, Photopost: Stunning heels), a shoe inspired nail art design obviously had to be included.
This post will show you how to achieve the luxurious Louboutin look… on your nails!

Adele introduced this fierce manicure look to the big crowd by wearing it to the Grammy’s.  The underside of her nails were a deep red, like the famous Louboutin sole, while the upper side of the nails were a glittery, silvery blue.

This look is actually very easy to achieve. I recommend using fake nails though, otherwise your red polish will be all over your skin, and you will probably not get a nice, smooth finish.
Simply take your fake nails, and paint half of the underside in a dark of bright red, whichever you prefer. For the upper side of the fake nails, you can actually choose any colour you like, though I would recommend using dark, simple and cold colours, such as black, grey, silver or dark blue,  to make sure the red bottom catches the attention. Simple apply the fake nails as usual, and you’re ready to go!

Here’s a video, so you can have a better view of how it’s done (video by PicturesqueMakeup):

 

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