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Current Nail Polish Obsession

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I know these have been out for a while now but I have to say, nail polishes aren’t really exciting for me this year. The only range that truly impressed me was Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint and I didn’t find myself looking at the nail varnish stands after that.

Because I’ve been out of Norway quite a bit in the past few weeks, I didn’t really have many nail polishes with me, so I picked up one of the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche à L’Huile Nail Varnishes. It was a random purchase but I fell in love with the shade 116 Café de Nuit, a lovely peachy nude. And then I realised that this nail polish is something totally different from anything I’ve used, so far.

The formula has a blend of precious oils: Rose, Lotus Bloom, Camellia Seed and Argan, to create strong and bold shades that are extremely shiny and to give the colours depth and intensity in one coat.
I love the elegant bottles and the shades, they really are vibrant and glossy, the brush is easy to use, as well. That’s why I picked up two more, 224 Rose Ballet (gorgeous terracota pink and my favourite of all three) and 334 Violet de Nuit (a true dark purple without looking black that would be perfect for the winter time).

I use two thin coats, some people apply one thick layer but I have to say, these nail polishes take a little bit longer to dry, so I wouldn’t do it like this. The texture is really smooth and easy to work with, the coverage is quite opaque and I had a bit of difficulties with the darkest shade only. I have to admit, I often apply these L’Oréal Paris Color Riche à L’Huile Nail Varnishes without using base and top coat (Oops!), I’m wearing only the nail colour on the photos, too and yes, they are THAT glossy! I just love how beautiful they look and…smell. The scent of these nail polishes is the same as the brand’s lipsticks one and lingers for about a day or two, it’s not too overpowering and I really like it.
What impressed me the most is that although any nail polish lasts a couple of days on me, these ones stay on my nails for up to 6 days even without base and top coat.

I may be late to the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche à L’Huile Nail Varnishes party but I’m definitely not leaving it now. What are your favourite colours from the range?

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Nail Polish Picks | Summer 2016

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Usually, during the warmer months, I tend to use brighter and brighter nail shades, however, this year it seems I’m reaching for nudes and neutrals most of the time. Of course, everyone has their own taste and preferences but these are the nail polishes I can’t stop wearing at the moment.

I’ve shared my love for the Bourjois La Laque Nail Enamel range here, I used the shade 1 White Spirit a lot last summer and it’s now back on my nails. I love how clean and elegant it looks, the design of the bottle is quite unique, the formula is incredibly pigmented and the finish is beautiful and glossy.

Whenever I go to Germany, I always spend a lot of time in front of the trend IT UP counter and especially, browsing through their nail polish section. They have so many finishes and colours that it’s a bit overwhelming. My favourite range is without a doubt the Double Volume & Shine one and the shade 110 looked quite different in the bottle when I saw it in stores. When I applied the varnish at home for the first time in the winter, I wasn’t a big fan but now I think it’s quite a nice shade for the warmer weather. It looks a bit more beige in the bottle but on nails, it’s much more peachy and warm. Like all the nail polishes from the range, this one is also very glossy and smooth, the colour is opaque and although I use two coats, it looks great with one, as well.

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint varnishes are just amazing, I have most of the shades, you can see more here but at the moment I’m in love with Tiki Hut. At first, I didn’t think it looked good on my nails because it’s a pretty dark brown, almost like a coffee brown but it’s going to be quite nice if you have a bit of a tan going on. I love how fast these nail polishes dry, they don’t need a base coat and they look super shiny.

Out of all, the most summery shade has to be Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 82 A Gallon of Melon. It’s a fresh peachy-pink shade, the finish is quite creamy and I absolutely love the colour. I’ve had some disappointments with Catrice nail varnishes but I have to say, no complaints here. The formula is smooth and doesn’t go streaky, it does require a couple of layers for an opaque look but it wears pretty well. I adore the shade because it’s not too pink or too bright, it’s just the perfect fresh and summer hue.

Topshop Nails in Sweet & Elite is a pretty pastel purple with a bit of a pearlescent finish, it dries really quickly, it goes on smoothly and streak-free. The only downside is that it doesn’t last very long on my nails but there aren’t many nail polishes that actually do.

These are my nails polish shades of choice for the past (and probably the next) few weeks, what are your favourite summer nail varnishes?

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint

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Barry M is a truly impressive brand when it comes to nail polishes. Every time when I travel to the UK, I get a few of their varnishes because they are affordable but the performance is similar to many high-end ones and they always have great selection of colours.

The latest addition is their Coconut Infusion Nail Paint range. Coconut is a big trend in the beauty world and when gorgeous colours are combined with nail care, I need to try it.
There are 9 beautiful shades in total, I have 7 of them: Starfish, Sunkissed, Tiki Hut, Flamingo, Aloha, Surfboard and Bikini. For me, personally, it’s very hard to pick a favourite one.

The product comes with a really nice brush that fits the nail bed and makes the application very easy. I always use two coats but these have such a nice formula that you can easily go with just one.

Coconut Infusion Nail Paint polishes have a caring blend of Coconut Oil and Coconut Water to gently hydrate and nourish the nails while it delivers a smooth and gel-like finish, it’s really glossy and beautiful. The formula is enriched with anti-oxidising properties and Vitamins B & C for repaired and healthy-looking nails. I haven’t been using these nail polishes for such a long time to see a big difference but I can say that my nails really look bright and nourished after taking the colour off. They last for about 4-5 days on me which is a lot, considering I can usually wear a nail shade for about 2-3 days.

These nail polishes have been designed to be worn without base coat to gain the full benefits of the nail care ingredients. Basically, it’s good for the nails and it also saves time!

It’s amazing how such wonderful and flattering colours can be added to a caring and gentle nail polish formula…and you can find all these at the drugstore! I’m really happy I managed to get almost the full range because I’m in love with every single one of them.

Have you picked up a shade or two of the new Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint?

Favourite Nail Polishes | Winter 2016

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In the past couple of months, I’ve been reaching out for always the same nail shades and I decided to share them with you.

As you can see, I like to wear berry and burgundy nail polishes in the autumn and winter but I’m a nude nail lover, so Essie‘s Urban Jungle is the neutral shade here. It’s light grey with beige undertones and looks less sharp than a completely white nail varnish but still sophisticated and pretty.

The more purple shades are actually my most worn ones in the past few weeks. WYCON Nail Lacquer in N. 222 has its own review here simply because I’m in love with this lavender colour, the consistency and the shiny finish of it. A deeper mauve creme that goes opaque even with one coat is the p2 Volume Gloss Gel Look Polish in 021 Young Miss.

Maybelline SuperStay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour in the shade Berry Stain (review here) and Golden Rose WOW! Nail Colour in 62  are really similar berry colours but the Maybelline one is a bit brighter and more vibrant, while the Golden Rose one is kind of creamier and deeper purple.

Golden Rose WOW! Nail Colour in 66 is a beautiful burgundy shade that has the amazing formula of all the nail polishes from this range, I’m in love with these minis.

And last but not least, Essie and Damsel in a Dress (review here). This will always be one of my favourite winter shades, beautiful aubergine colour with a tiny bit of warm purple shimmer. It looks absolutely stunning!

What are your favourite winter nail polish shades?

Lavender Nails

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Happy New Year! Hope you’ve enjoyed welcoming 2016, may it be a happy and healthy one!

For my first post this year, I decided to show you a nail polish that I got in the summer while I was in Italy. The reason is simple, I had such an amazing time there, I really wish it could be June 2015 again and don’t see a better way to start the year than with such a positive and happy memory for me.

I was really curious about the brand WYCON, their stores were so full of excited girls swatching this and that but unfortunately, I didn’t do a proper product research before I travelled to Rome. I’d love to try much more from them now but I wasn’t really prepared back then.

However, I spent really long time staring at their nail polishes, they had so many different finishes and the shade range was incredible. I didn’t know what to pick! I believe I got 3 or 4 bottles but because it was summer, most of them were coral or pink colours. I really loved their purple shades and wasn’t sure which one to get but WYCON Nail Lacquer in N. 222 was the first one that grabbed my attention. This pretty and delicate dusty lavender shade seemed nothing like any of my nail polishes.

It has a bit more runny consistency than most of my varnishes, so the first coat may go a bit streaky but it gets thicker with the time. The brush is pretty small and I wasn’t sure if it would be good but personally for me, it’s very comfortable to work with. I need two coats for an opaque look, the nail polish has glossy finish and lasts pretty well on my nails, as it just wears off at the top.

I can say that I haven’t used another nail varnish in the last couple of weeks, I’m so in love with this one! I adore the shade and looking at it, brings back so many amazing memories…

Have you tried anything from WYCON Cosmetics and do you have a favourite product from them?