Monday, May 6, 2019

Floral Nail Design | Blogger Collaboration

Hello!

Today I'm very excited to show you a nail art design I created using OPI polishes. It's officially spring where I live (even though it's raining, it's like 6 degrees and I'm freezing xD) so of course the obvious theme was flowers!

I did this as part of a blogger collab, I will list everyone who participated below :)


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Picture Polish Bridget: #ilovepicturepolishday

On April 1st one of my favorite indie brands celebrated their 10th birthday! And I am talking of Picture Polish of course! For the occasion, they asked PP fans to post photos of their shades on Instagram, which I obviously did as I was absolutely not going to miss this party.

 However, an Instagram post doesn’t seem enough for the beautiful polish I chose. So get ready for a very picture-heavy blog post!

Picture Polish Bridget swatch

Saturday, March 30, 2019

China Glaze: The Arrangement Collection

Hi guys!


In this post I will be showing you swatches of three shades from China Glaze’s The Arrangement collection for Spring 2019. I also did live swatches of these, which I posted in my recently created YouTube channel! Being on YouTube with nail-related content has been my goal for a really long time, so I am very excited to finally present my first video :)


Without further ado, let’s get into the swatches!


China Glaze Señora Flora


A salmon pink that dries to a satin finish. I don’t know about you, but I am always a bit scared when I have to swatch matte shades. Formulas are sometimes a bit difficult as they tend to dry really fast. This one, however, applied beautifully! It was opaque in two coats and I had no issues with this formula at all. Also China Glaze’s new wide brush made application even easier.

China Glaze Señora Flora swatch


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Nail Q&A - Blogger Collaboration

Hi!

I am very excited to announce today my first collab, a nail Q&A! I joined last minute by invitation of the talented Zuzia from @zumaluje_blog, and I am so happy about this opportunity! I haven't been posting often because of work and other responsabilities, but this is the perfect motivation to start blogging again. I will link everyone's blog below and let's get started!


Q: What was your first nail polish? 


A: I have no clue what colour it was but I am sure that my first nail polish was a Colorama. Colorama was the first brand I collected, I simply loved their wide range of colours and low prices.


What I remember really well is the nail polish that made me the polishaholic I am today: China Glaze Atlantis. I didn't even know what holographic was, I was just mesmerized by the rainbows under the teal jelly base.


Q: Do you remember when your nail art journey begun?


A: I would argue that my nail journey hasn't even begun yet! My first nail art attempt was back in 2012... I watched a video on how to watermarble and decided to give it a go. You can imagine how that ended. Basically, I haven't done a watermable since then.


Creativity is not one of my talents so I am not exactly the best at matching colours and creating designs. I still try though! There are a few designs I did that I am really proud of, like these llama nails!





Q: What is your favourite nail art technique?

A: Stamping, because it is the only technique I can do. Kinda.


Q: What is your favourite nail shape?


A: My dream is to have perfect square nails, but decades of nail biting means my nail matrix is already too damaged and they will never grow like that.  


Q: Would you ever wear artificial nails?


A: Yes! Short and square. If I knew how to do gel nails I would absolutely do them.


Q: What is your favourite mainstream brand?

A: That is a really tough question! My favourite brand to collect is OPI, but I am very impressed by China Glaze lately. I think the quality of their polishes has improved in the past year and they are constantly innovating and giving us some of the most original finishes among mainstream brands. I also like Zoya a lot but it is not that easy to find in Europe.


Q: What is your favourite indie brand?


A: Is Masura an indie brand? I am a big fan of their polishes, especially of thier magnetics. I also like ILNP, Cirque and Painted Polish, and I wish I had more KBShimmer in my collection.



Masura 904-239 Unicorn Golden Horn
Masura Unicorn Golden Horn
Q: What is your favourite nail polish finish?

A: You will think I am boring but it is cremes!


Q: What is your holy grail nail product?


Orly Bodyguard. I wrote a post about it a while ago, here is a link in case you are interested. I had been dealing with peeling nails for more than a year and tried every cuticle oil and nail treatment available. Orly's Bodyguard solved the problem in just a few weeks.




Q: What is your favourite top coat and base coat?


A: They are both from China Glaze: Gotta go! Top Coat and the Strong Adhesion Base Coat.



And as promised, here are the links to the all the girls that participated in this collab:

Nicki – http://glittermynails.com

Minna – https://talkandbake.blogspot.com/

Paula – https://realpolishfanatic.com/

Zuzia – http://zumaluje.blogspot.com/

Weronika – https://www.malinaila.pl/

Patricia – http://www.nailsthatmatch.com/

Anne https://annesnails.wordpress.com/


Sunday, January 13, 2019

OPI Nutcracker collection: comparisons

I received a couple requests to compare some of the polishes in OPI's Nutcracker collection to other shades I own. I was very glad to find all of these shades were quite unique to my collection and I wasn't able to find any exact dupes. Let's take a look at them!

OPI "Black to Reality" 

OPI Black to Reality dupe comparisons Every Month is Oktoberfest
This was by far the most requested comparison. As you can see "Black to Reality" is not a dupe for the discontinued and now rare "Every month is Oktoberfest". Oktoberfest has a blue base while Black to Reality has a black base. The tone of the shimmer is also different. As you can see, Sally Hansen's "Belle of the Ball" is a good alternative to Oktoberfest; they are not exact dupes but in person the difference is so minimal that I wasn't able to tell them apart. All 3 were opaque in two coats and applied like a dream. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Orly Bodyguard: my new favourite nail care item

Let me tell you a story: I was a nail biter. And a really bad one! I bit my nails since childhood until I was 25 years old and I used to bite them very deep. It took my years to fight his habit and even though my nails have healed, you can still see the damage. My index nail curves a lot only on one side and on my ring nail my nail bed is ridiculously short. I sometimes even feel ashamed of posting swatches on Instagram because I can't stop thinking of all those imperfections that drive me crazy. 



Cuticle oil has helped heal my cuticles but the damage to the nail matrix will always be there. Yet there is one product I discovered quite recently that makes my nails look beautiful even with all those imperfections and has helped my nails heal even more. This is Orly Gel FX Bodyguard, a gel overlay that helps protect and strengthen the natural nail. I had severe issues with peeling for years that completely went away when I started using this thing. And the best part is how shiny and healthy it makes your nails look. I would normally feel ashamed of my naked nails and I would NEVER post a photo of them but if I'm wearing this then I don't mind at all.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral + Zoya Wendy



When Pantone annouced that their 2019 Color of the Year was "Living Coral", I thought I would have a million nail polishes in that shade. I was planning to show you several options in different finishes until I went through my collection... and I wasn't able to find not even ONE polish that matched it. My corals are either neon or too pink, and as you can see in the picture below, Pantone's color is very orange. 

Source: www.pantone.com