Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Catrice - I Sea You!

Well, I'm back with a new post today. This week I haven't been exactly in the mood to post. The weather has been cold and rainy. So pictures of manicures haven't been turning out that great. Today, I will show you all another Catrice polish. This time it is a dusty green called I Sea You. It's pretty and sort of reminds me of OPI Jade is the New Black. This polish is a lot dustier and is more of a sea green. I was going to do a quick comparison, but apparently I left mine back in the states. I thought I packed it, but I guess not.

Regardless, here is I Sea You! in three coats.

Natural Light

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Catrice - London's Weather Forecast

Ready for another Catrice polish? Today I have London's Weather Forecast to show to you. It's a grey/blue shade that has a very slight shimmer in it. The shimmer is really noticeable in the bottle, but when it's on your nails, it looks like a creme unless you're in sunlight. It's a very striking color and I love it! Took three coats.

Zürich's weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of rain later today. So I only have a flash picture. Which makes me upset because this deserves a sunny picture.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Catrice - Lost in Mud

Next up from Catrice is Lost in Mud. I loved this one! It's a very pretty taupe that needed three coats. Taupe is the hot color to use on your nails these days. So if you haven't tried a taupe nail polish you should give it a go.

Lost in Mud (flash)

Lost in Mud (shade)


On the left is Catrice Lost in Mud and on the right is You Don't Know Jacques! They are fairly similar but I think YDKJ is a bit darker. Consistency and application are great for both brands.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Catrice - Sold Out Forever!

I mentioned yesterday I had more Catrice polishes to show off. Last night I put on Sold Out Forever! and today I took pictures of it. It's a light mint creme with a very slight shimmer to it. From my understanding it is a close possible dupe to Chanel Jade but I do not have it to compare. From the pictures I've looked at they have a really close resemblance. Regardless, it's a very pretty shade and needed three coats. Here in Switzerland Catrice polishes sell for $5.50 CHF which is basically $5.20 USD

The first picture is with flash. Reminds me of the Grasshopper drink my grandma makes during holidays.

This one is in the shade.

I really wanted a picture in the sun to show more shimmer, but I'm sort of locked in the apartment. heh. Yesterday, I went out to the city for the day and when I came home, I couldn't get the door to enter out apartment building to open with my key. I had to call with my cell phone (still has a US SIM card can you say $$$) and ask them what I was doing wrong. I tried a lot of different ways and a lot of times. So they had to leave work and open the door for me. Embarrassing.... I felt so stupid. Before they left for work they tried my key with me and they were also having a hard time too. So I feel better about it. The point is I can't leave the apartment because I won't be able to get in again. lol.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Alessandro - Green Green Baby & Catrice - Pebble Beach

I showed bottle pictures of these two last week. Today I have swatches of both of them. I am going to show my favorite one first!

This is called Green Green Baby and is from alessandro. It's a company from Germany that started in 1989. I think this is from a summer collection, but I'm not positive. It took me three coats and the color is just beautiful. Look at the wonderful orange-red that flashes out from the lime green.

The second one is from Catrice. It is from a limited edition collection called Oceana. I found it in the clearance bin. It's called Pebble Beach and it's a matte light grey that has a light blue tone to it. Took three coats to cover up streaks. It's not the best formula, but the color is rocking.

Stay tuned the rest of the week. I have bought some new Catrice polishes that I will show off this week.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Basic Concept from Woolworth's

Today I will be showing off five nail polishes that I purchased from Woolworth's in Germany. They were €1.50 each. So not too bad price wise. I grabbed them because they looked like very interesting foils. All of them were two coats except for the pink which was three. They were the perfect consistency, the brush was nice, and they were really easy to remove.

This one is called Aqua Shine.

Green Shimmer

Metallic Silver. On the bottle it says Metallic Silver I think they had a proof reading issue.

Gold Shimmer. My favorite! I've been looking for a true gold nail polish and this is it.

Frost Berry. This was the odd one. It's not actually really a foil it's more of a muted holo.

Sally Hansen - Fairy Teal

I picked up Fairy Teal during the first week of June. I was sent to run errands and I made a stop at the Sally Hansen display and chose this one. Yesterday I finally wore it! I really loved the color and I plan to eventually wear it again. It's a very pretty teal and it only needed two coats. I love the brushes for this brand. They are very wide and rounded at the end. Which makes it a lot easier for me to work around my cuticles.

I thought that Hidden Treasure, also from Sally Hansen, would look beautiful on this. So later on in the day I used two coats and the results were jaw dropping.

It was like I had sparkly teal opal's on my fingers. Unfortunately, this manicure was a mess to take off. The teal bled into every inch of my skin as soon as the remover touched it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

International Polish

This is the second post that I have done and I have a feeling since I'm a recent resident of Switzerland for the time being there maybe a few more posts that are similar to this. Today I have two polishes that I have worn and then I have two pictures to tease you with for next time.

First up is a beautiful Magenta with gold shimmer. It's from a company called Manhattan and is based in Germany. I forgot how much I payed for this, but it was around $6-7. I'll have to check next time I'm at a display. It took almost two coats, but I still had bald patches so I added one more. The brush is pretty normal and the cap is unique and surprisingly easy to hold. It doesn't have a name, just a number 64L.
The next color I have is actually from Maybelline but is exclusive to Europe. I can best describe the color as a pewter, dark gray shimmer. I picked it out because it looked unique. I do not plan on buying anymore of the polishes from this collection as it bubbles, the brush stinks, and I hate round caps. The color is nice though. I looked on both the French and German Maybelline websites and I couldn't find this one there anywhere. All I know is that it's numbered 669. It took three coats to be opaque.

It does look really nice with a matte top coat....

Now for the two bottle pictures I have. I plan to wear these the next two days, so check back to see them switched.

This one is from Catrice it is called Pebble Beach. It's a light gray with a blue hint and as you can see from the sticker on the bottle it has a matte finish.

I am going to wear this one during the weekend. It is a lime shimmer that flashes red-orange. I can't wait to try it! It's called Green Green Baby and it is form alessandro.

CND Shellac Day Fourteen

The time has come to see if the the Shellac lives up to it's two week promise....

Unfortunately, for me, I didn't have the best results. I don't think the results I had were typical of the product as I've seen plenty of pictures of what this looks like at two weeks and the results are much better. However, I am still in love with this new technology and my plans to eventually get this done again. I would recommend it to everyone I know and my mom recently got it done too. Everyone should at least give it one try.

On the nails where it is completely off it is because I picked at them once the product was lifted a bit from the tips of my nails. It's a really bad habit of mine. I'm curious to know why it lifted off my nail bed though? I do not know. I made a move overseas, got a cold, and being constantly packed and repacking my things, but I don't think that's the cause of the lifting. Guess I will have to wait to get this done again to see if I have better results in the future when I'm under less stress.

For the first week and a half my Shellac manicure was amazing. So start calling salons or go on here: to locate a Salon that does Shellac!

Monday, July 5, 2010

CND Shellac Day Seven

It has been one week since I had my nails done with CND Shellac. I am very pleased with the results. My favorite part is that I've had absolutely no dents! The color is also just as bright and shiny as the day it was applied. I've had a few chips but they are usually hardly noticeable. And to be fair the chips were from where my nail that peeled and the polish had to peel off with it. The first night I did nick the tip of my nail with my razor so I had to file down that nail a bit.

It's interesting to see the growth of my nails after one week. While I'm going to keep this on the full two weeks I don't know if in the future I am willing to show this much growth between my cuticles and polish.

Here is a picture at seven days...

And for reference again this is Day 2...

I would recommend that anyone who regularly gets manicures and or enjoys wearing nail polish to give this a try at least once. It's totally worth it to get it done as it definitely out lasts normal polish. I think others had better results in the long term then I did but I'm totally itching to get this done again in the future.