The battle of the chrome powders

Today I have a comparison of chrome powders from three different brands; Born Pretty Store, Whats up nails and Twinkled T. After trying the powder from Born Pretty Store I got a question if I could compare it to some of the more expensive brands, so here it is!

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The powders I’m comparing are: GRB20 from Born Pretty Store, Alchemy powder from Whats up nails and Trapeze powder from Twinkled T.

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As you see the powders are all pretty much dupes, I can’t see a difference between them. They’re all very reflective and shift between the exact same colors.

So is there a difference between them application wise? I have to say that the Alchemy powder from What’s up nails is the easiest to apply. It glides on like a dream, and you don’t really need to buff that much to get it to stick to the polish. The other two powders are not difficult to apply, but they do need just the tiniest bit more of buffing to stick to the polish.

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The Alchemy powder is the most expensive, $21.75 for 1g. The Trapeze powder is $20 for 1g and GRB20 is $4.29 for 0,5g ($8.58 for 1g).

I think it’s great that there is a cheaper alternative that performs so well, though you have to bare in mind that Born Pretty Store ship their orders from Asia, and it will take several weeks for them to arrive (depending on where you live). For me it usually takes 4-5 weeks for a package to arrive to Sweden.

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Born Pretty Store Chameleon chrome pigment powder

By now you all probably know that I love my chrome powders, so when I saw that Born Pretty store also has one I had to give it a try. It is much cheaper than most chrome powders, the one I tried is $4.29 for 0,5g where’s powders from most other brands are around $20 for 1g. Since this powder is so much cheaper I was expecting the application to be a bit more difficult compared to the more expensive ones, but that was not the case. This one was actually really easy to apply, and it looks amazing!

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I used the powder with regular nail polish, which works great. Just remember that you need to use a water based top coat not to ruin the chrome finish. I’m so happy that you can get this beautiful chrome finish without using gel polish!

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This powder was sent to me from Born Pretty Store to review (you can find it here), the shade I got is called GRB20. After trying the powder I had to order a few more shades!

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Pahlish The Wizarding World Bespokes

Hi guys! I’m back with a new post with the Harry Potter inspired Pahlishes! Today we’re going to take a closer look at The Wizarding World Bespoke polishes.

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Lestrange is a dark purple linear holo. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Wingardium Leviosa! is a turquoise linear holo. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Umbridge is a puple polish with holographic silver flakies and purple shimmer. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat. Now that I look at the pictures I see that I could’ve painted one more coat, just to get a deeper color.

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Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes is a pinkish red linear holo. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

I will post the next part of the Harry Potter Pahlishes in a couple of days, so be sure to check back for that!

 

Pahlish Fantastic Beasts Trio

On Black Friday last year Pahlish released quite a few Harry Potter themed polishes, and the Fantastic Beasts Trio was a part of that release. I was lucky to snag them earlier this year, and as of right now I think that a few of them are still available in their store.

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Opaleye is a lavender polish with a subtle violet shimmer. It is very thin on the first coat but it builds up pretty easily on the second one, however I’m wearing three coats (plus top coat) to get it to cover completely.

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Hungarian Horntail is a burgundy polish with shimmer. I’m wearing two easy coats plus top coat. In some lights it looks like the polish is on fire!

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Short-Snout is a blue polish with copper shimmer. It covers really well in just one coat, I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

The next part of the Harry Potter inspired  Pahlishes will be up in a few days!

Essie Happy holidays

If you follow me on Instagram (@hanninator) you may have seen that I’ve posted what I got in my Essie advent calendar on my Instagram stories everyday. Unfortunately I’ve had some bad luck with this calendar, in nine days I got three doublets and one empty door. After four days of disappointment I decided to open it up and see what was really in it.

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This is what I got in my calendar:

Resort fling (mini) x 2
Satin sister (mini) x 2
Mademoiselle (mini) x 2
Tassel shaker (mini)
Many many mani (sample)
Between the seats
Fringe factor
Steal his name
Mrs Always-right
Shades on
Color corrector for nails
Ridge filler
Sleek stick 09
Sleek stick 04
Essie cookie cutter
Heart shaped cookie cutter
Keychain
Nail buffer
Makeup bag
Toe separators

After the first doublet (on day three) I emailed Essie (or rather L’Oréal since they own Essie) and they replied that I should take a photo of everything after I’ve opened all the doors and send it to them (I’ve emailed them now). They said that they would send me the polishes that I’m missing, but I’m still pretty disappointed with this calendar. It cost me 600 kr (60 €) and after seeing what was in it I can say that it’s so not worth it. The first two days was fun but after that it has just been a disappointment.

Had I known what was inside I wouldn’t have bought it. I mean have they ever heard of quality control!?

Also where I bought (eleven.se) it it said that I would get Gel setter, but that was not in my calendar…

Depend 7day Season Sparkle

Yesterday I showed you one of Depend’s new holiday collections Rough Glitter and today I’m showing you the second one. Season sparkle consists of eight glitter polishes in the 7day formula.

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img_2317Depend Season Sparkle – Under the mistletoe

Under the mistletoe is a green glitter polish that covers in two coats.

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img_2333Depend Season Sparkle – Gingerbread disaster

Gingerbread disaster is a brown glitter polish with red and gold glitter that covers in two coats.

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img_2325Depend Season Sparkle – Fill the stockings

Fill the stockings is a purple jelly polish with pink and blue glitter that covers in three coats.

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img_2321Depend Season Sparkle – Santa wishes

Santa wishes is a red glitter polish that covers in two coats and it dries a little bit textured.

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img_2306Depend Season Sparkle – Christmas wonderland

Christmas wonderland is a gold glitter polish that covers in two coats and it dries textured.

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img_2310Depend Season Sparkle – Holiday spirit

Holiday spirit is a silver metallic polish with silver glitter that covers in two coats.

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img_2329Depend Season Sparkle – The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a grey glitter polish with tiny holographic glitter that covers in two coats.

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img_2337Depend Season Sparkle – Bedtime stories

Bedtime stories is a black glitter polish with tiny silver and holographic glitter that covers in two coats.

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I really like this collection and I think that it’s perfect for the holidays! I’m sure I will use many of the polishes for Christmas themed nail art during the upcoming weeks. My absolute favorite from this collection is Under the mistletoe (the green).

LUSH Halloween

A few weeks ago I visited Lush and picked up some bath bombs, I bought both new ones from the Halloween and Christmas collections as well as some old classics. Today I will be showing you two bath bombs from the Halloween collection.

I wish that every bath I take would be with a bath bomb from lush, but sometimes I have to go for a bubble bath too (it would be too expensive otherwise).

 

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This little monster of a bomb is a mash-up of lime and neroli oils, and it smells lovely. It goes from white to pink and purple and blue and looks so pretty in the bath. I’m not gonna lie though, this one stains really bad. I was pink after the bath, not to mention my bath tub…

 

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This lil’ jack-o’-lantern has a spicy, sweet perfume full of exotic pimento, sweet vanilla and warming cinnamon. This one was not as exciting as the Monster’s ball, it just left the water orange (and of course nicely scented).

*I realize that I didn’t take any pictures of them before they went in to the bath, so I borrowed pictures of them from Lush’s website.