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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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Review: Little Diva Bodylotion by LD

A while ago, I got a mail asking if I wanted to try the Little Diva bodylotion. Obviously, I was very excited to try this, so I hit reply and told them I was looking forward to it. I received a package with the bodylotion, and here’s a little review about the product!

For the ones among you who don’t know Little Diva, it’s a Dutch bed/bath/home textiles, cosmetics, tableware and stationary brand that is characterized by four themes: leopard, pink, jeans and gold. Sounds good, right? Little Diva stands for everything that runs through a young woman’s mind. Being loved, being sexy, glamorous, cute, naughty, but most of all: it allows women to be themselves and let them Dare to dream.

 

So, as I said before, I got to test the Little Diva Bodylotion. It comes in this glamorous, golden tube, with baby pink printed letters and a cute little chain with a retro heart and a bow.  It looks really great in your bathroom!

Then, off to the content of the tube. The bodylotion has a very sweet smell, not candy-ish, but very flowery with a hint of fresh, green apple.  The texture is, well, the same as most bodylotions you’re familiar with. Creamy, but not running. The most remarkable feature of this bodylotion is obviously its smell. It moisturizes and leaves your skin feeling soft, just like most bodylotions are made for. My skin is softer after use, but not significantly softer than it would have been with other lotions I have. Nevertheless, I really love it, because of its smell. Even hours after applying it, I can still notice a slight smell. Even other people noticed how nice and sweet I smelt (or smelled, depends if you prefer British or American spelling).

 

Anyway, if you’re interested in this bodylotion or in any other Little Diva product, be sure to check out their website. The items are available at Douglas, V&D and many other Dutch stores. For my Belgian readers, you can purchase Little Diva stuff at Marie Marie (Antwerp) or Vanderhaegen (Waregem). Unfortunately, Little Diva is not purchasable on line, but I made this post anyway because I’m from Belgium and I loved this too much not to share it with you guys!

Prices of items shown above: Little Diva Bodylotion (€7.95), Little Diva Teapot (€34.95), Little Diva Handsoap (€8.95)

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