Essie Retro Revival 2017

Hi guys! Today I will be showing you swatches from this year’s Retro Revival collection from Essie.

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Pure chiffon is a light peachy polish with fine shimmer that covers in two coats. I put three coats of the polish on my middle finger, but I actually prefer it with only two coats. This polish was originally released in 2001.

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Flawless is a light pink creme polish that covers in two coats. This polish was originally released in 2009.

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Chastity is a pink creme polish that covers in two coats. This polish was originally released in 2007.

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Prima bella is a pink polish with silver shimmer that covers in two coats. I can’t actually find when this was originally released, if you know please let me know.

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Sweet tart is a taupe polish with pink and silver shimmer that covers in three coats. This polish was originally released in 2004.

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Bold beauty is a dark and vampy red crelly that dries super shiny (not top coat) and covers in three coats. I can’t find when this was originally released either, so if you know please let me know.

What do you think of this collection? I think that none of the shades are super unique, but I really do like both Chastity and Bold beauty.

Glam Polish Magical creatures

A couple of weeks ago I was super lucky to win Glam Polish’s Magical creatures giveaway. The collection consists of ten polishes and I got to pick five of them. It was a difficult decision, but I’m very happy with the polishes I chose.

Here are some swatches of the polishes I got, enjoy.

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Case full of magical creatures is a plum jelly polish with iridescent glitter, metallic flakies and fine holo microglitter. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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I think your egg is hatching! is a teal jelly polish with iridescent flakies, iridescent glitter, metallic flakies and fine holo microglitter. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Much more to you than meets the eye is a mauve crelly polish with iridescent glitter, metallic flakies and fine holo microglitter. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Paws off what doesn’t belong to you! is a black jelly polish with iridescent flakies, metallic flakies and fine holo glitter. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Swooping evil is a dark blue jelly polish with iridescent flakies, metallic flakes and fine holo hitter. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

Since all polishes in this collection are packed with glitter they do need a thick coat of top coat or maybe even two coats. They look amazing on the nails, but they’re are quite tedious to remove. When I applied the first polish I used a regular base coat, and it took me a long time to remove the polish from all ten fingers. For swatches of the remaining polishes I used a peel off base coat, which made the removal so much easier.

Whats up nails Alchemy powder

Hi guys, how are you? I haven’t been very active here lately, but I’ve just been so busy with work.

To compensate for my absence I have something really cool to show you today, chrome nail powder! You may have seen these powders all over Instagram last year. When they hit the market we were told that you could only use them with gel polish, otherwise the chrome finish would be ruined. I have used gel polish previously, but I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to it, and I wouldn’t want to risk the health of my nails by trying it again. But recently I learned that the powders work with regular polish too, just as long as you use them with a water based top coat.

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by Lena from Whats up nails, asking if I wanted to try some of their new products (of course I said yes!). One of the things I got was the Alchemy Powder, and obviously I had to try it immediately!

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Isn’t the result just magical!? I could stare at my nails for days!

Here’s how I applied the powder using regular polish:

1. Apply a base coat. I used Ridge filler from Essie to get a smooth surface. I know from experience that any imperfections will show up when you use chrome polishes.

2. Paint your nails with a black polish. Black is what Whats up nails recommend, but other colors will work too, though I think the result won’t be as intense over a lighter polish. I painted my nails with two coats of Lady in black from OPI.

3. Apply a top coat. I used Gel Setter from Essie to get a smooth and glossy finish.

This step is not necessary, you can skip it. I used top coat to get smooth surface but applying one more coat of polish also increases the drying time.

4. To protect the skin around my nails I used Cuticle protectors from Born Pretty Store.

5. After letting the top coat dry for approximately 2-3 minutes (just so it’s dry to the touch) I started applying the powder, and a little goes a long way!! You don’t need much powder at all, so make sure that you don’t use too much.

6. Gently buff the powder on your nails using your finger. The more you buff, the better it looks, so give it some time.

7. When I was happy with the result I took a fan brush and gently swept it over the nails to remove any leftover powder.

8. Time for top coat! This is the step where it all can go wrong, so make sure that you use a water based top coat, otherwise the mirror finish will be ruined. I used Secret top/base coat from Little Ondine.

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The wear time when you use powders with regular polish is not that long, but I don’t mind since I change my nails almost every day anyway. I will continue experimenting with powders and see what combination will work best for me!

What do you think of this duo chrome look? And have you tired any powders?

March favorites 

Ooops I totally forgot to post my favorite designs from March here in the blog too, you may have already seen them on my Instagram page.

It looks like bright colors and gradient was my obsession this past month! ❤

My absolute favorite design from March is my freehanded Hufflepuff nails. Which one of these designs do you like the most?