April 2010 | Emerald Sparkled

Friday, April 30, 2010

500 Followers Contest & Giveaway! Wooooot!

Contest is now closed. Thank you for participating =)
Hello everyone! Thank you for following me, I have now more than 500 followers! And of course, this means: Giveaway Time!
Do you wanna know what I'm giving away? Then drumroll please....
I'm giving away the newest 8 konad plates!






Rules are as follows:

* You must be a follower. I should be able to track you, and it was so hard last time! If your profiles are private, please mention your Google Friend Connect nickname =) (Obligatory, 1 entry)
* Tweet about this giveaway. (1 extra entry)
* Mention this giveaway on your blog. You can write an extra entry, or keep it on the sidebar. (1 extra entry)
* Contest Part: This time, I thought about a nail art contest about The Girliest Nails Ever! Whether with freehand or Konad, rhinestones or other decorative stuff, do the girliest manicure =) Let it be tacky, let it be something you wouldn't wear on a daily basis, but have fun! (3 extra entries! There will be a voting afterwards, and the winner will get 10 more extra entries!!!)
I know there is no guarantee that the winner will also win the giveaway, but the point is to have fun and I don't really like plain random giveaways... I want people who want it really much to be able to do something to stand out more =) Oh, and the winner will receive a small gift, even if they don't win! (I haven't decided on that gift yet.)

Just leave a comment to this post including your name, e-mail and the links to the terms from the above list. (Like your twitter url, your blog entry about the giveaway, your blog address, and the blog entries.) Send the contest entries to my e-mail address, trincess at gmail dot com, with the topic: 500 followers contest. Please do not post your giveaway manicures on your blog till the deadline, do not spoil the fun! The deadline is May 31st, 11:59 pm (GMT)! Please go with the rules for your entries to be valid. The ultimate winner will be decided randomly after the voting. Good luck! =)
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Haul!

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Hey guys =) I'm sorry for the lack of posting in the last days, I had a difficult time... But I'm feeling better now. On top of that, I broke both index nails, and therefore I shortened all my nails again. I'm out of topcoat, and I'm really broke for the rest of April, therefore my nails are bare. The lovely Golden Rose Quick Dry topcoat is out of stock, and they don't know when they will have it back in stock again. Grr! I frankened myself a topcoat using some old, gloopy Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, a new, not-so-quick drying local brand topcoat, and some leftover Golden Rose. The result was not bad at all! At least it can hold until I get my hands on some decent topcoat =)
By the way, this week I got some kick-ass package from the States =) With the help of my dear friend, Elizabeth, I was able to get my first Zoya's, Nubar and some other stuff I've been lemming for, plus some surprises! Yay! I'll shut up now and let the pictures talk:


L-R: Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime (Yaaay, Shrek Green! Finally!), Nubar Indigo Illusion, Nubar Peacock Feathers, Sinful Daddy's Girl


L-R: Zoya Envy, Ki, Adina, Zara, which I all ordered when there was a Buy 2 - Get 2 Free! sale going on.


L-R: Zoya Ivanka (Oh. My. God), Charla (*swooon*), Mimi (*thud*), and finally Alegra, which was a surprise from Liz! <3


Finally, the extras! L-R: Claire's Mood Polish in calm/wild, OPI Jade Is The New Black, OPI Suzi Says Feng-Shui, which is the tiniest polish I've ever seen; Sinful Gorgeous and Innocent (Yaaaay, another Shrek Green!!!)
I'm so happy for all those polishes, especially Zoya's. The Sparkle collection is one of the best collections I've ever came across, unbelivably beautiful in the bottles and also on the nails. I'm so happy I've almost fulfilled all my wishes in the past months =D Thank you so much, Elizabeth, you rock my little polish world!
PS: Did you notice how almost all polishes are either green or purple? =D
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

NOTD: Atlantis Layered

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Happy Earth Day, everyone =) I went with the sea theme today, because it's also the meaning of my name =) I layered 2 coats of China Glaze Atlantis over a dark navy polish. Atlantis is such a pretty polish, and it's my favorite from the 50 China Glaze speciality polishes =) Over navy, it looks wonderful, normally subtle with holographic glitter particles here and there, but really coming alive under strong light.





I might stamp on them later on, with plate m27, which is sea themed =D
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Monday, April 19, 2010

NOTD: MAC Liberty Of London Inspired Mani

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Hey guys =) This manicure started as an experiment on only one nail, but was quickly converted to a whole manicure =) It wasn't as difficult as I expected, but I'm not very good at freehanding, so it didn't turn out perfectly, either.


Since I've seen the promo pictures, I have been in love with the model's nails. I finally decided to do my own version, but I used different colors. Now I wish I stayed true to original colors, though. Maybe I'll make another version of this =)






I used an old, stark, gloopy white polish as a base, then drew the outline of the petals in regular black creme with a thin brush, filled in the petals and finally accented them using black again. From thumb to pinky I used China Glaze Peachy Keen, Lemon Fizz, Bahamian Escape mixed with yellow (an old franken), IV and Agent Lavender.
The last two pictures are kinda creepy because it didn't dawn on me while I was painting that the design on the thumb should be on the other side to be visible... =)
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

From The Vault: Textured Nails

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We have a cosmetics company called Sevil, which can be compared to Douglas or Sephora. Sevil means "be loved" in Turkish, and it's also a girl's name. Some time ago Sevil decided to come up with their own cosmetics brand, which they called "Sevilla". (Pun intended.) They keep saying it's a new Italian brand they've recently started importing, but I mean, am I blind? =D
Anyway, Sevilla has some nice polishes. And recently they started duping famous polishes and selling them for a lower price. I'm going to show one of those polishes very soon. But today I have their matte black for you, which is my first matte polish. I always prefer matte topcoats, because the possibilities are endless, but it was a nice change to try on a true matte polish once in a while.




Then I did this design using a dotting tool and a regular black polish:


I hope you guys enjoyed =)
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Review: Eyeko Nail Polishes - Nude Polish, Lilac Polish & Vintage Polish

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How could I miss? 500 followers! Wooooooooot! Thank you, guys! I love you all!

Hi everyone =) A short while ago Eyeko Cosmetics contacted me and offered to send 3 of their newest polishes for me to try out. So yesterday I received Nude Polish, Lilac Polish and Vintage Polish along with the cutest postcard ever =) Today I tried them all on, and I must say I'm impressed with the formula. All three polishes have a formula between jelly and creme, and they all have nice brushes, so they worked well for me. Without further ado, here are the bottle pics and swatches:



Nude Polish is a pretty nude color, leaning to peach, and with a very subtle shimmer. It looks closest to Deep Peach. I loved how clean my nails looked while wearing it. The formula was decent, sheer on the first coat but evened itself out on the second. I used 3 coats for the opacity I wanted.


Lilac Polish is a lilac creme, a bit lighter than the photo suggests, and it's a medium lilac, leaning only slightly to the warm side. It can be described as Wisteria. This one was sans shimmer, and only took me 2 coats to be opaque. I own many lilacs, but no dupe of this color.


Vintage Polish was my favorite of the bunch. The color is a bit brighter in real life, but still has a dusty quality to itself. Eyeko describes this as a jade, but to me it has more blue than jade green. The closest color description would be Aquamarine, although Vintage Polish is a bit more toned down. This is a beautiful color, it's refreshing and springy but also vintage at the same time, as the name suggests. It took me 2 coats to be opaque, but I did 3.
Finally, I'm wearing Vintage Polish with designs from m76 in konad pastel lilac.


I'm not 100% sure about the accuracy of the colors on the pictures, so I suggest you to also look up for other swatches before buying. You can buy Eyeko polishes on www.eyeko.com.
Eyeko polishes retail for £3.50, and can be found on www.eyeko.com.

*These products were sent to me by the manifacturer, www.eyeko.com.
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Monday, April 12, 2010

From The Vault: Mermaid Like

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Some time ago we arranged a little swap with Ophélie from Tartofraises. I sent her some Golden Rose polishes of her choice, and she sent me some nail art goodies in return. I always wanted to have some hexagon flakies, and she sent me two jars of them in red and clear =) Both red and clear have a green flash.
I tried a quick hexagon covered manicure, and I think it turned out quite decent. The base color is this blue Claire's polish, and I put on the flakies while the topcoat was still wet. Then I covered the whole thing with another coat of topcoat. Although the pictures don't do the real life version any justice, I finally decided for posting them here =D




And finally, the mattified version:

Both versions looked so great in real life! Every time I moved my fingers, they looked like as if covered in fish scales or like a weird disco ball =)
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

NOTD: Pretty Pretty Nails

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Hello Ladies and Gents, if there are any =) Today I have a set of very girly and cute nails to show. I used China Glaze IV as a base. It's from their Anniversary collection, and I realized that not many people have noticed this little beauty. IV is a carnation pink creme, very light and pretty. It's one of my favorite polishes. Then I stamped the ribbon design from m56 across each nail, and filled the space underneath with polka dots from plate m45. I used Konad special polish in white for the designs. Finally I blinged the ribbons with clear rhinestones.




By the way, I'm starting to get used to this nail length. But I want to ask you guys anyway, which nail length do you think suits me the best?

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I'd appreciate your feedback!

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Friday, April 9, 2010

NOTD: Mimosa

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So long for uneven nails =) I didn't like the look of them together, so I chopped them all down. Isn't it what we all do when we have a break? I kinda like this length, though. And they will grow out before I even realize that time passed! =)
Today's nails are a true mimosa color. Some of you may know that Mimosa was the Pantone color of 2009. It's a warm, dusty and light yellow, exactly like my nails today.


The polish I'm wearing is Inglot #943. I got it a long time ago, when my polish eye was not as good as it is today. Those days I thought every yellow creme polish ought to look similar. Boy, I was wrong. I've had many yellow creme polishes afterwards, and this one is different. It's not as bright or sunny as others, but a bit warmer and toned down. I really like the look of this polish on me. It took 3 coats to be opaque and even. It's a bit streaky, but not so much that it requires thinner.



And a quick bottle comparison. From left to right:
China Glaze Lemon Fizz, China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, China Glaze Yell-o Neil, Inglot #943, Gabrini #380 and Claire's Yellow.
Lemon Fizz is a lighter, sorbet like yellow, Happy Go Lucky is bright, sunshine-y, Yell-o Neil is a bit darker and with glass fleck finish, Gabrini is very close to Happy Go Lucky, maybe a bit lighter, and Claire's is darker, brighter and more orange-ish, also a jelly.
I hope you like this color =) This year's Pantone color is even lovelier, Turquoise! =) I love turquoise nail polish =D
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NOTD: Flowers For Audrey

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Today's nails are China Glaze For Audrey. To be honest, this color didn't really appeal to me like I thought it would. It's a dusty greenish blue, very close to Tiffany Blue. The application was not bad, just a little streaky. This is 3 coats. My topcoat didn't behave nicely at this point, and I had some bubbling. Although at first I wanted to wear this one without Konad, I wanted to cover the imperfections and stamped the nails using China Glaze Metallic Muse & Adore and plate m75.



After the application, I broke a nail and had to remove the manicure. This time I didn't feel like cutting down all the nails, and I only shortened my left index. My nails look a bit uneven now, but not too bad. =/
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