Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday Blues: p2 Crazy Beauty and Born Pretty Store Studs

Hello my lovelies! Today's Monday Blues posts comes a little bit later than usual because I'm still facing my post holiday laziness. I have a few things to tell you first. This is probably going to be my last post for this year (and the last Monday Blues of 2013 for sure) so I want to wish you all a very happy and amazing new year. 2013 was not a good year for me and I'm happy that it's over and I get a brand new start. Secondly, for those of you that want to take part in the Monday Blues of 2014, Ariel over at Lacquer: the best medicine has created inlinkz codes for every month of the year. Click here to see the document with all the links. I will also have it linked to the banner in my sidebar for easy access. Hope many of you will join in 2014! Now that we have that out of our way, let's take a look at today's nails. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Maybelline Brocades Rosy Rosettes

Hello my lovelies! I've been a lazy blogger in the last few days, but at least Christmas was nice and I feel very rested now. The polish I'm showing you today was my actual Christmas manicure that I wore from Christmas Eve to yesterday. You all know that I'm not a big fan of red, pink or gold, yet this polish kept me entertained for 3 days and it had all those colors so it must be something special. 

Maybelline Rosy Rosettes indoors, artificial light

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas: Christmas Party!

Hello lovelies! Merry Christmas! As I'm writing this it's still Christmas Eve and I'm waiting for my official Christmas manicure to dry (it's glitter, what a surprise). Here in Romania we celebrate on the evening of Christmas Eve, which means we'll be opening presents and having dinner soon. The last couple of weeks have been very busy for my blog and I posted daily for 10 days straight. I'm gonna take a couple of days off to relax and spend time with my family and friends, so there won't be a post tomorrow. Today's post is the last from the Getting Ready for Christmas challenge and I'm very proud because I've finished it by the actual holiday. To be honest, I've cheated a bit on this challenge. First off, we had to do a manicure and makeup look but I only did a manicure. Secondly, my manicure isn't exactly party inspired but it is Christmas related so I hope you won't mind. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas: Christmas Movie Inspired

Hello my lovelies! It's Christmas Eve! To all of you who are celebrating, I wish a very merry Christmas! For today's entry in the Getting Ready for Christmas challenge we had to do a manicure or a makeup look inspired by a Christmas movie. Of course I chose to do a manicure, the only problem was picking a movie. There are many traditional holiday movies that involve Santa and so on, but the one that I watch every single year is Love Actually. I usually watch it 5 weeks before Christmas, which is when the action in the movie starts, but this year I didn't have time so I saved it for Christmas day. I can't wait to watch it! The manicure I created is very simple because I got inspired by the poster of the movie. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Monday Blues: KBShimmer Hex Appeal

Hello my lovelies! Another week, another Monday. At least there are only two more days until Christmas so everyone is gonna enjoy some rest soon. I'm taking a break from the holiday manicures to show you some blue nails. They are actually very sparkly so they still go well with the season. 

KBShimmer Hex Appeal indoors, artificial light

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas: The Christmas Red

Hello my lovelies and happy Sunday! I feel like this week has been a great one for my blog because I managed to post every single day. So what better way to end the week than another entry from the Getting Ready for Christmas challenge. It's time for me to show you my classic shade of red for the holidays and I've chosen one that everybody knows and loves. I hope you will still enjoy these photos even if I'm sure you've seen this polish a lot. 

China Glaze Ruby Pumps indoors, artificial light

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas: All I want for Christmas...

Hello my lovelies! It's day 7 of the Getting Ready for Christmas challenge, which means that I have to show you my wishlist for this year's holiday. I remember that this time last year I was doing a little thing called Polyvore Collage Day every Sunday and I did a holiday wishlist post too. It's interesting to see what I wished for last year and this year in comparison. Some things haven't changed, while others tend to be a little unusual. Let's see what we have on this year's list!

Christmas wishlist

Friday, December 20, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas: Snowflake Manicure

Hello my lovelies! This week has been full of swatches, which means it's time for some nail art. I've been waiting to post this entry for the Getting Ready for Christmas challenge for a while now because I had these nails ready from the beginning of the month. Snowflake manicures are my favorite thing to do in the winter and this time I went for a more unconventional color. But I love it! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kiko Sugar Mat Nail Lacquer Set - review and swatches part 2

Hello lovelies! As promised yesterday, I'm back with the second half of the Sugar Mat holiday set from Kiko. If you've missed the first post you can go read it by clicking here. In addition to the warmer shades in this collection, the first post also includes photos of the box these come in so make sure you check it out if you are thinking of buying this as a gift for someone. It's the perfect gift for a polish lover in my opinion. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kiko Sugar Mat Nail Lacquer Set - review and swatches part 1

Hello lovelies! This is the first of two posts that are a little different from what I normally do. I don't review whole collections and rarely do a post that includes more than one polish (besides nail art, of course). The lovely people at Kiko have come out with some holiday collections this year, two of which are made out of polish. The biggest purchase on my trip to Germany was one of these sets, and I decided to swatch all the polishes and show them to you as soon as possible in case you wanna get them yourself. These are available in all Kiko stores, as well as on their website that now ships to 25 European countries (including Romania). So without further ado, here are all the polishes in this set. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 105

Hello my lovelies! I finally have a bit more time for blogging and decided to catch up on some posts. These pictures are actually a month old, I just didn't have time to write a post to go with them. This is also a shade that is perfect for winter in my opinion. The finish is suede, which I absolutely love and feel like I haven't shown here in a very long time. 

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 105 indoors, artificial light

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday Blues / Getting Ready for Christmas: Blue and Silver

Hello my lovelies! It's time for day 5 of the Getting Ready for Christmas challenge and since the theme is "blue and silver", I had to schedule it on a Monday to cover the Blues as well. I know most people think of red and green when it comes to winter and holiday manicures, but for me there has to be a lot of blue in there as well. My favorite winter holiday blue is Blue Year's Eve by China Glaze. Last year I used it as a base for a snowflake manicure that turned out to be one of my favorites of all time. I had to do something similar this year too, so here's what I came up with.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

p2 Sand Style Opulent

Hello my lovelies! It's a lazy Saturday for me and I really meant to post this earlier but somehow the morning ran by. You all know that I'm a big fan of textured polish, especially of the sparkly kind. The p2 brand is one of my favorites and they brought out some new Sand Style shades this fall. While I wasn't quite into most of the new shades, I did like one of them and had to buy it. I think it's a very interesting polish. Let's take a look! 

p2 Sand Style 090 Opulent indoors, artificial light

Friday, December 13, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas: Red and Gold

Hello my lovelies! I think everyone is excited that it's Friday today. It's time for day 4 of the Getting Ready for Christmas challenge, which means red and gold. You know that I'm not a big fan of red polish and I don't wear it often, so this challenge will be a record for me. For this theme I went for a darker red, a Christmas polish from a couple of years ago. I paired it with some glitter and some stamping and I love the result. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas: Under the Mistletoe

Hello my lovelies! I'm back from my trip with lots of energy and polishes to show you. The Getting Ready for Christmas challenge is well on its way and I'm a little behind the other girls, but I plan to catch up soon. Today's theme is a little tricky and can be interpreted in many ways. I decided to not take the obvious approach of painting mistletoe on my nails and instead tried to paint something that can be found under the mistletoe: a Christmas sweater. I know a lot of people like to wear this type of patterned sweaters this time of the year, so I tried to recreate it on my nails. It didn't come out quite as I wanted but I still like it. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday Blues: Navy Texture Mix

Hello my lovelies! I'm still away from home but I couldn't miss Monday Blues so this is another post I've scheduled for you. The manicure I'm showing you today involves a lot of stuff I love. You all know that I'm obsessed with blue polish and my absolute favorite polish of all time is China Glaze First Mate. I was very happy when I found out that Zoya came out with a textured version of this color in the form of Sunshine. I immediately knew that I had to combine these two beauties in one manicure and that's how this was born.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rimmel Diamond Dust

Hello my lovelies! This is a scheduled post because when you will be reading this I will be away on vacation. I didn't want to leave you without any blog posts so I decided to show you an older manicure that I haven't had time to post. This polish came to me as a gift and I'm so glad because I probably wouldn't have picked it up myself. I'm happy that I got to try it though! 

Rimmel Diamond Dust with top coat, indoors, artificial light

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas: Glitter Overload

Hello my lovelies! It's time for another post from the Getting Ready for Christmas challenge created by Elsa from Like A Candy Shop. I'm going on vacation today so I will take a little break from the challenge until I return. Today's theme is glitter overload, so I decided to do a manicure inspired by Santa's suit. It looks like this. 

Golden Rose Rich Color 45 and Carnival 01 indoors, artificial light

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Blues: KBShimmer I Got A Crush On Blue

Hello my lovelies! I've got a very special polish to show you today so let's just cut to the chase. We polish lovers all have our lemmings and our wishlists. And usually at the top of that wishlist there's that one polish we always think about and hope we will get someday. The polish I'm showing you today was my number one lemming for many months. And through the kindness of Fingers Polish Mania I finally managed to get my hands on it. Naturally, I had to use it for my birthday mani yesterday. 

KBShimmer I Got A Crush On Blue indoors, artificial light

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Where In The World Challenge: Romania

Hello lovelies and happy Sunday! Today is finally the day when I finish the Where In The World challenge. I'm not proud of myself because it took way more than I wanted it to take but I blame the lack of rules. I guess I just need a bit of a time guide if I wanna make a challenge work. Anyway, the last country of this challenge is my own, so I thought I would do a little special post today. The first of December is my country's national holiday and it also happens to be my birthday. I've always enjoyed having the day off for my birthday and people always joke that the fireworks are in fact for me. I decided to do a manicure with something that represents my country for me and I want to show you that Romania is so much more than vampires and Dracula. We have mountains, rivers and the sea. Beautiful landscapes that deserve to be seen and admired! I tried my best to depict that on my nails. 

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