My favorite hand creams

I have tried a lot of hand creams, and I like to try new ones when the old ones are empty. But I have a few that I always end up buying again and again. Avoplex from OPI and Many many mani from Essie are two of them.

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Both hand cremes smell lovely and they sink into the skin really fast while still keeping the hands moisturized. They are my favorite hand cremes to use during the day, since they don’t leave your hands greasy. The only downside is that I can’t find Many many mani anywhere in Sweden, so I always have to stock up when I’m abroad.

Which hand creme is your favorite?

IsaDora Twist-up matt lips

With the lastest mail from IsaDora I got not only nail polish but some makeup news too, Twist-up matt lips in 67 Dark Velvet and Sculpting liner in 66 Mulberry.

img_9893Twist-up matt lips & Sculpting lipliner

I don’t use colorful lipsticks that often even though I really like it when I do. Since I don’t use lipsticks that often I’m not super good at applying them, and the more colorful the harder they are to apply.
When I use lipsticks I usually go for light or nude colored lipsticks (MLBB shades) and you don’t have to be super precise with the application then. This lipstick was easy to apply, and even easier after using the lipliner first.

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I didn’t wear the lipstick for that long, but I have a feeling that it will stay on the lips for many hours and still look good (since it was really hard to remove). I really like this shade but I would also like to try the Twist-up matt lips in another shade that is more wearable on a daily basis.

Halloween nail art

Halloween is just around the corner and I have some Halloween themed nail art to show you. Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration!

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What if you really really don’t like spiders? Well make them holo of course! For this mani I used Kimono-over from Essie, Space race from H&M, Spider stencils from Snail vinyls and some freehand skills.

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For this mani I used Lincoln park after dark, O Suzi mio, Purple palazzo pants, Lady in black and Alpine snow, all from OPI together with Graveyard stencils from Whatsupnails.

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And here is a close-up on the thumb just because it turned out pretty good.

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For this black cat french manicure I used New York from piCture pOlish, 5042 Lady Wizard from Depend and Alpine snow from OPI.

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The holo spider decided to leave some holo spider webs on my nails. For this manicure I used Black dress not optional from OPI as the base and I stamped with Space race from H&M using stamping plate Mother nature 04 and the crystal clear stamper from MoYou London.

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This is a recreation of a mani I did last Halloween, but this time with holo. For this mani I used Unicorn dream, Forbidden witchcraft, Sweet elves, 031 and 497 from Depend.

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These spooky fall leaves are inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest. Someone had painted fall leaves white and then painted eyes and a mouth on them to make them look like ghosts. I though that idea would be great as nail art, and I think I was right! For this mani I used Black dress not optional, Alpine snow and Lady in black from OPI together with Autumn leaf stencils from Snail vinyls.

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October is not just Halloween, it’s also breast cancer awareness month, so I decided to combine the two with these pink Hello Kitty skulls. These nails took me forever to make, since I’m apparently not friends with the stamping plate I used. For this mani I used O2 488, 488, 039, black and white stamping polish from Depend, together with stamping plate Fun 9 from Fab Ur Nails.

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For this bat-man(i) I used Meow from piCture pOlish together with stamping plate Festive 15 from MoYou London and silver and black stamping polish from Depend.

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Did someone say holoween, how cool are these orange holo pumpkins!? For this mani I used Forbidden witchcraft as the base together with 039, both from Depend along with Pumpkin faces stencils and Dot zig zag tape from Whatsupnails.

How will you paint you nails for halloween?

 

Essie Haute tub vs Depend O2 501

About a month ago I showed you swatches from Depend’s O2 Rewind collection. I thought that one of the polishes from the Rewind collection was really similar to Haute tub from last year’s holiday collection from Essie. So today I’m gonna show you a comparison of the two polishes.

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Here I’m wearing two coats of each polish over one coat of base coat. And as you can see they are very similar. The only difference is that O2 501 has more puple glitter than Haute tub.

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Out of the two polishes I prefer O2 501, just because the purple glitter is more visible.

Beauty advent calendars

Warning, this post contains spoilers!

Christmas is two months away, and maybe it’s a little early to start thinking about it already. But if you want to have an advent calendar this Christmas you’ll have to get one soon before they’re all gone.

Today I’m showing you some beauty calendars that I’m interested in, because who says advent calendars are just for kids?

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Rituals – The Ritual of Advent contains mini sizes of their most popular products. Rituals is one of my favorite body care brands, so I really want to get this one!

 

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OPI – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mini mani month is filled with 25 mini bottles from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s collection along with other classic OPI shades.

 

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bareMinerals – Countdown to gorgeous is filled with mini sized makeup products. This calendar if perfect if you want to try a lot of different products from bareMinerals or if you just want to have a lot of colors to choose from!

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Ciaté – Mini mani month contains mini sized polishes and treatments and one full sized polish.

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The Body Shop – 24 happy days is available in three different sizes; regular, deluxe and ultimate. It all depends on how much you want to spend, and the more you spend the greater the value is.

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Kicks – Christmas calendar is filled with products mostly from their own brand, but it also contains products from a few other popular brands.

Last year I had two advent calendars, one from Kicks and one from Skincity and I was very happy with both of them. The year before that my boyfriend had made me an advent calendar himself, and it contained nail polish! Isn’t he just the best!? 💕
I have also had the advent calendar from Ciaté. I got it during the Christmas sale two years ago, so that was a bargain.

Are you getting an advent calendar this Christmas?

piCture pOlish autumn

This weekend piCture pOlish had a giveaway on their instagram page. To join the giveaway you had to post a ‘sweater swatch’ on instagram wearing your favorite piCture pOlish shade and your favorite sweater.

Even though I just got autumn, and yesterday was the first time wearing it, it is already a favorite. I have been wanting this shade for a while now, but it has always been out of stock at Pretty polish (my new favorite indie shop!). When I saw that autumn was in stock about a week ago, I got it right away. I’m actually really glad I got it now, during autumn, because it matches the season perfect with its beautiful colors and all the falling leaves.

I paired autumn with a long and cozy black knitted sweater and I think they’re a perfect match for fall. I wanted my picture to really feel autumnal, so I went out to match the polish and my nails with the falling leaves, just like the bottle says “falling leaves favorite season”. 🍂🍁

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The winners of the giveaway won’t be announced until sunday, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

IsaDora Black & White

This fall IsaDora is going for black and white with their new makeup collection Black & White – The monochrome look. The collection consists of a matte fixing powder, an eyeshadow palette, a black and a white eyeliner, lipsticks, mascara and nail polish. I got the nail polishes so that’s what I’m gonna show you today!

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Black lacquer is a black creme polish that covers really well in just one coat. The brush I got was not good which made it hard to apply the polish, so I had to use two coats for it to cover completely. If it had been a regular non faulty brush I think I could’ve gone for just one coat.

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As you can see this brush is not ideal to paint with, so I had to cut away some of the pointy bristles. The bottom of the brush is not even and that made it a bit more difficult to work with.

img_9474IsaDora – 685 White china

White china is a white creme polish that covers in two coats. Guess what, I got a bad brush here again. I mean what are the odds!? After som alteration to the bristles it was okay to paint with.

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This brush had some pointy bristles too, but I could actually just pull them out. And after that the brush was fine to work with.

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Femme fatale is a red creme polish that covers in two coats, though I still have a little VNL, so maybe I should’ve done three coats. No problem with the brush from this polish, yay!!

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I knew right away what nail art to make with these polishes, a monochrome houndstooth design with a red accent nail. And they turned just the way I wanted them too!

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To make the houndstooth pattern I used stencils from Snail vinyls.

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