Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: What's In-Die Box April 2014

Hey everyone,

today I wanted to show you my Whats's In-Die Box April 2014!

I discovered this box about 2 months ago on Instagram. It was created by Rachel from glampolish and is an Australian monthly subsription box containing 5 polishes by different Indie brands - but there is no subscription necessary, which is great! So you can buy a box one month if you want but don't have to the following month.

On Instagram there will be clues posted about the theme of the upcoming box until it is published, which is fun because you can guess what it might be and also decide if you like the clues and the theme before purchasing it. These were the clues for the April box:

The brands that are included in every box vary, although up until now glampolish, Peita's Polish and LilypadLacquer have always had a polish in every box.

I was debating whether i really want this box.. although I was really keen to try some indie polishes, it really is quite expensive. Also, there is shipping, which from Australia to Germany is quite a lot... 
But in the end i gave in and bought the box from Peita's Polish's site for $47,99 plus $30 shipping. Whoa...
Also, the polishes in the box are Special Editions and are only available with the box and will not be released for purchase on their own - which does make it a very special box!

I think what gave me the push to get it, was that I was excited to try the brands that were in the April box, apart from the glampolish polishes I hadn't tried any of the brands that were included.
The brands were glampolish, Peita's Polish, LilypadLacquer, BellaBella NailCouture and MckFresh NailAttire. I have always loved looking at the pictures of the awesome BellaBelle polishes on IG and the creator Vicky is such a sweetheart too, so I just had to have the box so I could try one of her polishes!! ;)

Enough rambling on, here are swatches of the beauties from the April What's In-Die Box!

 First up is this gorgeous pink, shimmering polish by LilypadLacquer, 'Siren of the Sea':

It's a pink-based glitter that slightly shifts to purple and has purple specks of glitter in it. Application was smooth and it also dried pretty quickly. This is two coates topped of with the HKgirlTopcoat by glistenandglow. It's such a gorgeous polish to wear just on it's own!
Also it's a pretty huge bottle, so you get lots of use out of it! :)


Next up is 'Dragon's Breath' by BellaBelleNailCouture. I was so excited to try one of their polishes, and even if this is not the color I would have chosen (I'm not really a red kinda girl), I still think it's really preety! It's a very sheer black with red glitters in it. It needs quite a few coates to be opaque so I layered one coat over black, topped off with HKgirlTopcoat:

It's so pretty! Applikation was really smooth here too and I'm quite excited I have my very first BellaBella polish! :)


Next is 'Lady Scales' by McFresh Nailattire, which is a green glitter with loads of glittery goodness! 

I thought I wasn't going to like this one as much as the others, but after putting it on I really, really liked it! It shimmers beautifully and application was lovely here too, such a cool polish! I also took a sunshine shot to show of the gorgeous glitter! Again I topped it with the HKgirlTopcoat.


Next we have 'Unicorn Whisper' by Peita's Polish, a gorgeous silver and purple glitter! 

This is it on it's own, three coates topped off with the HKgirlTopcoat. It's gorgeous and one coat of this would also look lovely over any other polish! I tried it over black and over light purple (unfortunately I can't find the pictures). Application was ok, it takes a while to dry the individual layers. Still a beautiful glitter!! 


And last, but by no means least, as it is my absolute FAVORITE from the bunch, is 'Dancing in the Moonlight' by glampolish!!

Not only do I now have the song stuck in my head (who can remember that one? ;) but this is hands down one of my favorite polishes i own now! It's a blue/purple holo shimmer polish that sparkles like mad! Application was a dream and it just looks so incredibly cool! Just for this polish it was totally worth buying the box ;) This is my glittery sunshine shot, but it looks just as amazing in the shade:


I hope you enjoyed my review and swatches of the April What's In-Die Box, have a great weekend dolls! xx


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: Bliss Kiss PURE NailOil

Hey everyone,

I decided to do a review for my first proper post on my blog (one that is not the introduction.. ;)

If you frequently paint your nails like me, always wanting to try new polishes and new ideas, you tend to put your poor nails and cuticles through a lot..! 
I use a cheap acetone-free nailpolish remover from the drugstore to take off my polish, just because up until now it's the best one I've come across so far. I'm very impatient, so I can't be bothered scrubbing at my nails for ages to get every last bit of polish off.. This stuff I use is pretty strong (and stinky) and does the job pretty well. But it doesn't seem to be too gentle to my cuticles if you know what i mean.. I'm still going to stick with it until I've found something that works just as well ;) 

So to make up for the harsh treatment with my polish remover, I try and keep my cuticles well moisturized. I use cuticle oil and hand creams at a regular basis and I am actually quite happy with my products and my routine.
Still I wasn't completely satisfied and wanted to see what else was out there that I hadn't tried, and I came across the Bliss Kiss PURE NailOil.

It was created by a lovely girl called Ana, you can learn all about her on her site which is where I ordered the NailOil from. She has a lot of interesting tips and tricks too, she sure is a girl on a misson for perfect nails!

I read about the NailOil on her site first, wanting to make sure I really wanted to try it. There were a lot of positive things said about the product, but what really got me were the ingredients:

  • Jojoba Wax Ester
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Vitamin A Oil
  • Essential Oil Blend
It contains no chemicals, which for me was a huge plus as I am already rubbing in lots of those when removing my polish..! Not only is it supposed to make the skin around your nails soft and healthy, but it is supposed to make your nails strong and healthy, too!

So this is the kit that I chose to try out:

It contains a bottle of the NailOil, as well as a NailOil Pen for on the go. I paid $19,99 for the product and $9,45 for shipping, so a total of $29,44 - and it's worth it!

You're supposed to do a three day trial in which you apply the NailOil to your nails a few times each day. I could only do that if I stayed home the entire weekend, because I hardly ever leave the house without polish on my nails (let's get real here), but I did treat my nails with the oil for two days in a row.
It works best on naked nails, but you can also apply it for your cuticles if you have on polish. I use the bottle at home and a little bit of that oil goes a long way! I put a tiny bit on each nail and then distribute it over and around my nail using the brush. The cool thing is, the oil is absorbed by your skin and your nails in about 5-10 minutes and they feel and look great! Other cuticle oils i've used tend to not sink in at all and leave your hands grasy, putting grease marks on everything you touch. Not this stuff once it has sunk into your skin and nails though!

You can't see properly (because my phone wouldn't focus), but the sticker on the lid says "CRI" which stands for "crisp", which is the signature scent for the NailOil. I thought I'd give it a try, as the reviews said the scent was really nice.
It is a lovely citrus kind of smell and I am not complaining, but as I use the oil quite often, I've gotten a little over it and now kind of wish I had gone for the scentless version. Still I can take it and will keep on using it! :)

The pen is really handy for on the go, I throw it in my purse and use it during the day at work, when I have 2 minutes to spare and my cuticles are looking particularly dry.
You just have to twist the back part of the pen and the oil is pushed into the super soft bristles, so you can brush the oil on to your cuticles (and nails).
I'm trying to not use it that much, because I'm not sure I will be able to fill it up with the bottle I bought with it. But it's still a handy thing to have in your purse!

The kit also came with some instructions on how to use everything, which I really liked. That way you can make sure you get the best results! And also there are tons of instructions and helpful tips on Ana's website

All in all, I really like this product! If I have a lazy weekend, I'll give my nails a break, take all the polish off and apply the NailOil throughout the day while watching TV, sitting in front of the computer, reading, or whatever I do lounging around.It really has improved the state of my cuticles and my nails feel much stronger and healthier. Also, I think they grow faster now, too! Even if it's only for one day, I like to give my nails a polish break and nourish them with the oil.

I hope you liked my review, if you have any further questions please leave them in the comments and I will try to answer them :)

Lots of love,

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Introduction - First post!

Hey everyone,

so this is my very first blogpost ever! I've been thinking of creating a blog forever, but I never got around to it and was also a bit intimidated, as I wasn't sure I'd be able to handle all the technical stuff, but it turns out it's not too complicated after all, yay!

I've been on Instagram for about a little over a year, I stumbled across it one day and thought I could post pictures of my nails there and maybe also get some inspiration for nailart, too. I discovered the nailart community and was totally overwhelmed, it's such a beautiful and ispirational place full of lovely people! 

Like everyone else, I started out with crappy naildesigns, terrible lighting and awful cuticles.. but over time I have improved, if I may say so myself. It just takes a lot of time and practice!
I've met so many lovely ladies, done fun collaboratins like bestie twin nails and mani swaps, nailmail across the planet and have hosted two nailart contests and one giveaway! But one thing I always wanted to do is write a bit more about a picture, and instagrammers tend to not read the whole caption or simply don't want to know anything about the picture (at least I've come to feel that is the case). Of course I have to say that is not the case with everyone on IG ;) 
I don't want to bore people on Instagram with a big fat caption and decided to create a place where I can just ramble on about whatever I want :)

So here goes nothing! I'm going to write about whatever I feel like and I hope to maybe help some of you by sharing my opinion.

Lots of love,