Thursday, February 26, 2015

OPI Do You Have this Color in Stock-holm? Swatch

If you asked me which color from the mini Nordic Collection is the most eye-catching to me, I would say that "Do You Have this Color in Stock-holm?"is the one. It's a creamy blue-violet polish which is dark, rich and vibrant at the same time. It might not sound right but when you see it, you will probably understand what I mean.

I found it a bit hard to capture the color in the pictures properly. Somehow it either leaned more on the blue side or on the purple side, but I did my best to be as accurate as possible. I expected the formula to be similar to "My Dogsled is a Hybrid", but it was a lot trickier to apply. The first coat came out very streaky and patchy and for a moment I'll admit I was disappointed, but magically with the second coat everything was evenly covered up. So it's not really that bad since it looks perfect in the end, but it might be negative for some. Also, I tried it on top of different basecoats and found that it applies much better on top of a more satin or matte basecoat than on a shiny one, where the polish seems to slide off the base. Actually with a matte-ish basecoat the first coat doesn't apply streaky at all! And I really do prefer these kind of basecoats in general.

Honestly, I really love this color and I would like to get it in full size as well. I hope you found this to be helpful. Tell me if you like this polish. And if you already have it, I'd love to see if you had the same opinion about the formula and the application. :)

Polishes used:

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat
OPI - Do You Have this Color in Stock-holm?
Orly Sec 'N Dry Quick-Dry Topcoat

Friday, February 20, 2015

OPI My Dogsled Is A Hybrid Swatch

Whoever follows me on instagram has probably seen how naughty I was during my last visit at Sephora about 2 months ago. I bought the mini Nordic Collection from OPI which contains 4 polishes: "My Dogsled is a Hybrid", "Do You Have this Color in Stock-holm?", "My Voice is a Little Norse" and "How Great is Your Dane?". I also got "Skating on Thin Ice-Land" in full size, which is from the same collection as well and last but not least a duo from the Coca-Cola Collection, "Coca-Cola Red" and "Turn on the Haute Light", both in full size. So, as you've probably figured already, I kinda went OPI crazy!

Since I bought all of these babies I hadn't had the chance to try them out, so I definitely want to show you swatches of the colors and I thought I'd start with "My Dogsled is a Hybrid" from the mini collection. This polish is a creamy sea green according to OPI and I couldn't agree more with the description because it is more on the green side rather than on the mint, as I imagined it would be in the beginning. The formula is great and it applies beautifully in two coats, although if you 're careful enough it could be a one-coater. But remember it's always better to apply two thin coats of polish rather than one thick one. ;)

I really love this polish and have nothing bad to say about it. Or maybe just one little thing, which isn't really about the polish itself but about its size..I've never owned a mini polish in my life and it was a pain trying to take a decent picture without my hand pose looking all weird with that tiny bottle. I know, I know..I have serious problems! LOL.

So tell me, what do you think of it?

Polishes used:

OPI Nail Envy Maintenance Nail Strengthener
OPI - My Dogsled Is A Hybrid
Orly Sec 'N Dry Quick-Dry Topcoat

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Nail Art | Heart Candy

Hey all you lovebirds!
A lot of stuff has been keeping me busy lately and I haven't posted anything for almost a month! I feel very guilty.. Anyway, Valentine's Day is almost here and I thought it would be nice to share a simple and easy design to inspire all of you who are looking for something suitable for the day.

I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day, but when I think of it, heart candy comes to mind. I just love all the bright colors, the cute and funny messages printed on them. I think they're great for nail art because there are plenty of colors and messages to choose from and use them to make a fun mix & match nail design. I chose pink, light blue and light purple as a base for my index, middle and ring finger because those are my favourites and I used a rasberry pink polish to write the messages that are printed on the candy. Finally, I used a white polish as a base on my thumb and pinky and used a dotting tool to paint little hearts with the same colors I used before and a little bit of yellow. That's really it!

I think this is a very fun, cute and girly design. I hope you like it and give it a try..Also, I hope you have an amazing Valentine's Day either if it's with your sweetheart or just your friends.
Oh! And don't forget to share your recreations with me on facebook or instagram using the hashtag #xrisompouklitsa. :)

Polishes used:

Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat
Orly - White Tips
Tommy G - 429
Tommy G - 469
Essence - Hello Marshmallow!
Essence - Destination Sunshine
Sally Hansen - Tickle Me Pink (535)
Orly Sec 'N Dry Quick-Dry Topcoat