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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?

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June Favourites

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The month of June is coming to an end  and the last few weeks have been so crazy and exciting for me and the people around me that I’m going to miss it.

Probably, most of you are having a proper summer but for me, it’s just beginning. In this month’s favourites you will see some products that I’ve already featured in a favourites post. It just shows how much I love them and how good they work on my skin. Of course, there are items that I tried for first time and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

I will start with a skincare product combination that has been wonderful for me and it’s the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate and the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. The first one is basically a serum, it’s very lightweight, contains lactic acid which is perfect for oily or combination skin but lactic acid is also a hydrating acid. It makes my skin soft and smooth, blemish-free and nourished at the same time. I’ve mentioned the Clarins oil hundreds of times (review here), I guess but there’s a reason for this. I’ve said that it balances my skin out and calms it but there is something about using these two products together. My skin looks fresh and radiant and healthy. If I use it every day, I may not see the great results but if I skip a couple of nights or replace them with other products, the next morning my skin doesn’t look so well. Love these together at the moment!

Natural look is my choice most of the time but in the past few weeks I minimised the number of make-up products on my face even more. I was basically using only two lip products – a lip liner topped with a lip balm. I love the muted coral colour of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Naked*. It gives a hint of colour to make you look fresh but at the same time looks absolutely natural on the lips. I add a bit of lip balm on top and there you have it, a natural and hydrating but long-lasting lip for the day.

Although June wasn’t a warm month in Norway, I was still picking mainly summer nail shades. One of my favourites is from Topshop Nails in Sweet & Elite. I mentioned  that I didn’t like a varnish from their matte nail range but this one is really cute. It’s a pretty pastel purple with amazing formula that goes smoothly and streak-free. I need two coats for an opaque look. Well, it doesn’t last more than two days on my nails but I haven’t found a nail polish that does. I like that it dries pretty fast, as well.

Last but not least is a product that I didn’t like at first. I’m talking about CoLab and their Tokyo Dry Shampoo. Luckily, I found the right way to use it and see results. If you want an instant refresh for your hair, you probably won’t get it with this shampoo. I spray it the night before I’m going somewhere out or several hours before I need results. It just takes time to actually work but once it does, my hair looks and smells really nice.

What have you been loving in the month of June?

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Not for Me

IMG_3467post IMG_3470post IMG_3472post IMG_3473postI have never done a Disappointing products post so far, just because I’m careful with my purchases and I rarely regret making them. However, everybody has moments of random buys or hearing positive reviews but the product didn’t work for them.

First of all, I’d like to say that I can’t guarantee that a product that I like, would be good for you exactly how I can’t say that what I dislike, won’t work for you. We all have different skin types and preferences, so have that in mind.

I’m most likely to make a mistake with dry shampoos because I always try new ones. The Boots Paradise Island Dry Shampoo isn’t my first disappointment with such type of product. I’ve mentioned in my London Beauty Haul post that I don’t even remember throwing this one in my shopping basket and I still don’t know how I got it. I dislike the scent and the effect after I use the product. It smells so artificial and sweet of coconut that it’s unbearable. It also makes my hair feel sticky and doesn’t do anything to refresh it.

Next one is a CC Cream by Oriflame and it’s their Even Out CC Face Cream with SPF 20. I like that it has SPF, it makes the skin look smoother but it’s so dark and I have the lightest shade! Not sure if it has something to do with the trend in Scandinavia (Oriflame is a Swedish brand for those of you who didn’t know) girls to use a base 2-3 shades darker than their actual skin tone but it looks orange and dark and if this is the lightest shade, can’t imagine what would be with the other ones.

One day I saw a cute packaging and I needed a body scrub anyway, so I picked up the Kicks Body Scrub in Rhubarb and Strawberry. Everything looked so promising that once I got back home, I immediately jumped in the shower to try it. The cap was sealed, so I couldn’t smell it in the store…smart move. The smell is so plastic-y and unpleasant that I can’t even describe it. The product itself isn’t impressive either, it has too small particles, it actually foams up like a body wash rather than being an exfoliant and just doesn’t do anything for my skin.

Last but not least are two products that I really wanted to like, they’re both nail polishes, one is from Topshop and the other one is from Catrice. On the nails they look nothing like in the bottles. I normally like Topshop nail polishes but maybe the problem is that this one is from their Matte Nails range. Same with Catrice, it’s from their new Luxury Nudes line and it’s described as a Soft Matt. The shades are Sixteen Candles (Topshop) and 08 Little Dose of Rose (Catrice) and both of them look as if I’ve applied one of those paper correction fluids on my nails. In the bottles they look really pretty, the Topshop one seems to be a soft lavender shade and the Catrice one looks like a gentle pink with a bit of shimmer. In reality, they both look Barbie pink and it’s really intense and too much in your face.
The nail polishes are actually my biggest regret because my expectations were too high.

Have you been disappointed by a beauty product lately?