Sally Hansen Miracle Gel „Spice Age“ – A glimpse of the future?

If you are wondering now, why I titled this „A glimpse to the future“ when the „(Sp)Ice Age“ is clearly history, it just shows that you are way younger than I am.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel "Spice Age" and top coat
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel „Spice Age“ and top coat

 

Of course I have seen and enjoyed the Ice Age series, and I am almost 100% sure that this is where the inspiration for the name came from. But when I read it, the first thought was „Dune“. Dune? Blue eyes? Spice?

Oh my… Now I feel old.

It is a movie released in 1984, based on a series of books, and while it is slightly strange and confusing, it was all the rage when I was younger. It has nothing to do with nail polish though, but it is Sci-Fi, and the assertion Sally Hansen made with „up to 14 days wear time“ did sound futuristic to me.

Never mind.

Let´s see if Sally Hansens Miracle Gel nail polish in „Spice Age“ did live up to the claim.

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My top three holiday nail polishes – Glitters and red

Red is a shade that symbolizes Christmas more than anything else for me. The red leaves of the poinsettia, red lipstick and – of course – red nails.

Not just any red, of course. No burgundy red, no pink red, no, a true red, maybe with a hint of glitter. Only a hint, mind you, I really can´t be bothered with the whole glitter polish removal process.

A little glitter, a little red, a little gold - all I want for the holidays
A little glitter, a little red, a little gold – all I want for the holidays

So if you are curious to know what has been gracing my nails this last month, have a look at my top three holiday nail polishes.

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Colors of autumn – My top three nail polish and lipstick picks

Being a self-proclaimed summer-lover I often forget how much I love to see the seasons changing.
Granted, I could do without the rain and the dull, grey days, but at least for a short time we were blessed with sun and blue skies.
Until the morning I sat down to write this post actually.
That day it started raining and hasn’t stopped since.

Colors of fall

But I digress.
The colorful leafs against the blue skies, the golden light from the evening sun, the grapes and the apples, all that makes me long for deeper, richer colors, so I took the opportunity to sort out my stash and pick a few shades that I will enjoy wearing for the time to come. Read more


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In my belly and on my nails – Watermelon, partly by Essie

Just as strawberries are my go-to fruit in spring (read here how to enjoy the flavor all year round), my indulgence over the summer months are watermelons.

Essie Watermelon

Sweet, fresh and basically zero calories, I could eat my bodyweight in glorious red fruit any day, and may or may not have finished six kilogram in one day all by myself before.
Make sure you stay close to a restroom if you decide to follow my lead here, just saying…
So when I discovered Essies „Watermelon“ this summer, I knew it had to be mine.
Read on for my experience with the polish and a quick recipe.

Now no need to hurry to get it, it is a permanent shade, but one I feel shouldn’t be missing in your collection come summer.
„Flirty and chic. Make a fashion hit in deliciously refreshing juicy red polish. This beautiful, sweet, ripe color is always in season.“
This is how Essie describes it, and to be honest, I would have thought of a totally different color when I read this description.
Red?
Well maybe, although I think it is a very pink red. A raspberry red, most likely.
Sweet?
I would say fierce.
Always in season?
I wear it throughout summer, mostly on my toes. During the other seasons… not so much.

Essie Watermelon on my nail, one swipe, no topcoat

But other than the incorrect description, I have no complaints. Nice wide brush, easy to apply, I like it.
On me it is opaque in one swipe (but I prefer to do two layers with any polish) and lasts for around three days without chipping (quite good on my chip-prone nails).
It retails for 7,95 € in your local drugstore or on Amazon.

Now as far as watermelon the vegetable goes: I eat it happily just like it is, but I understand some people might like a little more variation.
So if you are looking for a twist, try one of these.

1. Watermelon salad with feta cheese:
Cut up a watermelon, crumble some feta cheese, add some fresh mint leaves and drizzle balsamic vinegar on top. Mix and enjoy!

Watermelon salad with feta



2. Watermelon Shake:
This is one my husband will greet me with after a long days work. Refreshing and tasty, as well as easy to make:
Cut up watermelon, add crushed ice and two table spoons of greek yoghurt and put everything in your blender.
I feel like you don’t need any additional sugar, but of course you can add sugar, honey or agave nectar.
Or a cheeky shot alcohol of your choice. Totally up to you.

Watermelon shake, courtesy of Mr. Loca (made with yellow watermelons this time)

Now tell me:
Do you own this or a similar shade?
And how do you like your watermelon best?


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Serenity and Confidence are just one swipe away – Pure Euphoria Nail Polish

When I watch the Little Beans reactions to the world around her, I can’t help but wonder when her High-Self is going to kick in and put a filter on all the excitement.

Colors, sounds and smells trigger emotions within a second, and as she isn’t judging them yet, they are there for the world to see.

Growing up, we learn to conceal our emotions as well as our under eye circles.
But the emotional shortcuts stay, even though hidden, and we use them more often than we think.

Scented candles and a bubble bath for relaxation.
A red lip for conquering the world.
Blue toned light and white noise to destress and focus.

Nail Polish and Chocolate. What more could a girl want?

And starting today: Nail polish to enhance our goals.

Pure Euphoria is a new Australian brand, infusing their polishes with essential oils to help getting into a certain state of mind.

What Pure Euphoria claims:
Enjoy the look of the beautiful colors and experience the aroma (for around 24 hours) while the essential oils are soaking into your body.
Uplift your mind and body with our range of Abundance, Confidence, Focus and Serenity – breathe in beautiful pure essential oils and breathe out pure pleasure.
Pure Euphoria nail polish is fragrant when dry.

Facts:
One bottle contains 15 ml of product and retails for 14,95 € on the Pure Euphoria website. You can switch to your own currency on the website, which helps keeping track of your expenses. (I have to confess I don’t know the exchange rate from € to AUD by heart)

All polishes are 5 free, meaning there is no Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor added.
They are vegan and not subject to animal testing.

The brush

I prefer my brushes wider (think Essie or Maybelline) than the ones in these bottles, but they had just the right amount of „stiffness“ to be easy to work with.

In total, the range is divided into the following lines:
– Abundance (Ylang-Ylang)
Helps increase intuition and minimizes fear of the unknown – promotes movement in new directions to achieve your dreams.


– Confidence (Lime, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Cedarwood Atlas and Yang-Ylang)
It releases negative emotions to build confidence and self-love. Boosts energy.

– Focus (Peppermint)
Helps to relieve anxiety and irritation, to feel more stable and be able to concentrate.

– Serenity (Lavender)
Calms, relaxes and brings balance, eases anger and frustration.


Performance:
What makes or breaks the deal when wearing nail polish for me isn’t the scent, but finish, wear-time and pigmentation.

The finish is high-shine, borderline metallic, which I like a lot.
Obviously you skip the top coat, or else you wouldn’t be able to smell the essential oils, which are noticeable for about one day as claimed. Whenever I held my hand close to my face, a trace of lavender or peppermint would greet my nose.

If they really worked? Well, I wore „Inspiration“ from the Focus line to write this post, so just count the spelling mistakes and see for yourself…

The colors:

„Self Belief“, one coat on the nails

„Self Belief“ (Confidence):
A true red, slightly on the warmer side. Opaque in one coat, slight tip wear on day three. I took it off after five days without major chipping.
My favorite color out of the four.

„Heaven“, two coats on the nail

„Heaven“ (Serenity):
A pearly white. This needed two coats, as one turned a little streaky. Slight tip wear after four days, I took it off after five without major chipping.
My least favorite color, I guess it will look prettier on deeper skin tones.

„Inspiration“, two coats on the nails

„Inspiration“ (Focus):
A deep purple without shimmer. I used two coats, because one just wasn’t opaque everywhere. It lasted five days without chipping.

„Absolute Luxury“, two coats on the nail.

„Absolute Luxury“ (Abundance):
A warm, yellow gold without bronze, opaque in two coats. Lasted five days without chipping. I think this will look very pretty on deeper skin tones.

Would I (re-)buy?
Judging by finish, wear-time, pigmentation and color range, definitely yes.
The one thing holding me back is the expenses on shipping nail polish from Australia to Europe. Shipping is free when you reach 100 AUD, but that would be quite a lot of nail polish.

Who would I recommend it to?
If you are a firm believer in the benefits of essential oils, this is a must have.
If, like me, you are a firm „Yes, may be and at least it won’t hurt“, but you are looking for something special, this is for you.
Essential Oils aside, it is a lovely polish with a great brand attitude and a very nice color range. And certainly something not many people own.

Did you try scented nail polish before?
Or are you into diffusing essential oils in general?
What scent puts you in a certain mood instantly?


These products were sent to me by the manufacturer for consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.


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Growing up and getting faster – the nail polish issue

To me, there is nothing that says: „I am a sophisticated grown up woman that knows how to handle her life“ quite like perfectly done nails in a dark color.

Sadly this is a goal I haven’t met yet.

At first, I was intimidated by the dark colors.
They were so noticeable, looked like you had actually painted your nails! Quite unlike the sheer pinks or barely there glitters you get as a freebie when buying Wendy.
I case you wondered, Wendy is a magazine about horses, aimed at twelve year old girls. I think it is Germany only, but I reckon there are similar magazines everywhere on this planet.

Then, when I finally overcame my fear of looking like I had put makeup on, the „perfectly done“ part was the deal breaker.

As I mentioned before, I am not the most patient girl, and there is always something left to do.
So waiting for the polish to dry is a punishment, leading to chipping and smudging because I just couldn’t wait five more minutes.

Essence nail art express dry drops

But there is hope, brought to me by essence Instant Dry Drops.
Dark months, dark lips, dark nails, this is how I felt for those past few months.
And even if I am not quite sure whether I would call myself a „sophisticated grown up women that knows how to handle her life“ quite yet, I may have looked like one.

The nail polishes that helped me achieve this look were:

1. Essie „Sole Mate“
A deep rich plum with a cream finish. Retails for 7,95 € here.
Essie nail polishes last around five days without chipping on me, and this one is no exception. For reference, other nail polish chips after two days, so five days is good!
Opaque in two coats.

Essie Sole Mate

2. Essie „For the twill of it“
A green/purple duo chrome with a metallic finish. It was part of the 2013 fall collection, but you can still get it at 9,24 € here.
The longevity is again five days and it is opaque in one coat, although I prefer two.

Essie For the twill of it

3. P2 „Rich & Royal“
This is the first nail polish I bought after I started to get into reading beauty blogs, and it will forever hold a special place in my heart.
It is a taupe-grey with a little hint of violet and a dupe for Chanels Particulière. Wearing a nail polish that could have been Chanel made me feel uber-stylish.
Opaque in one coat and with a great longevity.
Much to my dismay you can’t get hold of it anymore, so I dread the day I will run out of it.
Mr. Loca, seldom commenting on anything beauty or makeup related, calls that color the „Hit your thumb with a hammer“-polish…

P2 Rich and Royal

And to ease my impatient soul, I recently introduced the „Nail Art Express Dry Drops“ by essence into my routine.
They claim to dry your nails within 60 seconds while nourishing nail and cuticle with Vitamin E and almond oil.
Although I am not a big fan of the oily part (I have to get up and wash my hands, as it feels that greasy), my nails are dry in an instant.
Retailing at 1,99 € here, they are a bargain.

What are your polish picks for the season?
And your secrets to keeping your polish put and shiny?


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Rainbow nails – My polish picks for summer

Summer.
Think sun, beach, sandals.
Think bronzed skin, denim shorts, a white tank and a pop of color on your nails.

While sun, beach or even just temperatures above 20 °C seem to escape me this year, colorful nail polish is my constant companion.
Maybe just to remind me that, after all, it still IS summer, technically, even though I felt the need to switch on the heating a few days ago.

These were my most-worn shades so far:

Pretty rainbow of color.

On my pinkie I am wearing Allesandro Nail Polish in „Golden Opportunity“, a muted neon orange with a creme finish.

On my ring finger is a newer addition to my stash, Essie Nail Lacquer in „too taboo“, part of the neon collection Essie launched earlier this year, a lovely bright fuchsia. Even though it is said to be a creme finish, it dries semi-matte on me. Also, unlike other Essie polishes I own, it chips really easily.

On my middle finger is MNY Maybelline Nail Polish in 753, a golden green with a shimmer finish, but without glitter. I bought it ages ago, but it is still available here. Just be warned, it takes at least three layers to be opaque.

My index finger is painted with Rimmel 60 seconds in „Green with envy“, although I would call it a blueish turquoise. This nail polish has a shimmer finish, but again no glitter. My ocean-color.

On my thumb I am wearing another recent addition, Essie Nail Lacquer in „turquoise & caicos“, which, short excurse in geography, are tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago, belonging to the British Overseas Territory. Inspired by tropical waters, it is described a „flirty aqua“. I can´t judge the flirty part, but it is quite a green version of aqua. It is the least neon of the above, so maybe the most work-appropriate.

 Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat underneath and two coats of every color. No Top Coat.

And yes, I actually left the house like this.

What are your top picks this summer? Team neon or staying neutral all year long?


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