17 April 2014

NOTD : Maybelline Mini Colorama in Urban Lemon

Long time no see ! But I'm back with - yes, again - a nail polish post. Spring is definitely here and the need for bright colors on my nails is back too. This is Maybelline's Urban Lemon from their Mini Colorama range, a bright lemon yellow polish.

(I'm again very sorry for the poor state of my cuticles. I ran out of my holy 
grail cuticle cream and I keep forgetting to buy more.)

Urban Lemon stayed perfect on my nails for 5 days. After that, desert-like cracks start to show on the polish, and it starts to chip (following the cracks). Five days is still long for a polish, so I'm fine with it.
Application was streaky, but it's a yellow so that is to be expected. You just have to be light on the brush. I managed to get away with two coats and it was opaque (Although you can see some nail line on my index finger. I guess I had less polish on the brush for that finger than with the other ones.)

Do you have a yellow polish ? Or several yellow polishes ? What's your favorite one ?

04 April 2014

NOTD : agnès b. mini b. in b. Rose Libellule

In an attempt to forget about HIMYM's horrible finale (well, at least those last 5 minutes or so) I thought today I'd show what I had on my nails last week.

Before I buy any more nail polish, I want to finish the ones I've had for years. It's hard, because there  are a lot of colors or finishes I'm just not a fan of anymore. I've only managed to part with two or three polishes that were past their prime (they were too thick and... stringy. You know, when you take the brush and there's a string of polish forming between the brush and the bottle ? Yikes.)

The one I'm wearing in the picture I've had for... at least 7 years ? I'm positive I had it in 2007, because I clearly remember picking at my polished nails in German class, in what would be 9th grade in the US. Oh how boring German was...

It's a polish from agnès b. bought from the CCB. It's a mini b. in b. Rose Libellule. Isn't the name just... ugh ? Back then I thought it was a bargain (it could have been 5€ or something) but now that I've tried better quality polishes for a lot less money and more quantity (this one's only 7 ml, half of a China Glaze polish), well, I'd say it's an expensive polish. Although I've seen worse. Nowadays this line is only 3,95€ (link here) but I still wouldn't repurchase.

Anyway, b. Rose Libellule is a sheer (those are 3 coats and bad cuticles, sorry) pearly white that shifts to purple. I tried to get the shift in the picture but I don't think you can really see it on my nails. I've apparently worn it a lot (bottle's half empty, which is a record for me), but I'm just not a fan anymore. I stay away from sheer polishes now, because I hate seeing my irregular nail lines #firstworldproblems. It was a cool polish back in 2006/2007, and it has held up pretty nicely (it's not thick or goopy) and it applied perfectly, but... it's an old polish. Rose Libellule, you remind me of German class and well... those aren't my best memories.

Do you have any polish that reminds you of a special time ? Are you trying to go through your stash before buying any more polish ? Do share !

28 March 2014

How I Met Your Mother Inspired DIY Art

How I Met Your Mother is coming to an end. On Monday, the show is ending forever. I'm definitely not ready to say goodbye to this show that has made me laugh and cry and sometimes both at the same time. So to celebrate HIMYM's nine year run, I made something inspired by the show's most iconic object : the yellow umbrella.


 I drew the umbrella on some thick paper (made for watercolor), and using watercolor pencils I've had for years (they're probably ten plus years old), colored it all in. I then brushed over it with a wet craft brush, to get to that watercolor finish. You can also wet your brush, and brush it over the tip of the pencil, then paint as you would usually with a watercolor palette (which is what I did for the background). How many times have I said watercolor ? 

I really like this little easy art (that could definitely look better if I actually knew how to paint). It really didn't take long to do it - maybe twenty minutes.

So, here you go. A little DIY art inspired by one of my favorite TV comedy. 
Do you like How I Met Your Mother ? Are you ready to say goodbye ?

26 March 2014

5 Things Tuesday #5

1) Oh my, how long have I been missing ? I haven't posted in a while, huh ? I guess I've either been too busy or too lazy. Yep, a mix of those. I'll try and be better. Let's also pretend this was posted yesterday (since, y'know, it's called 5 Things Tuesday, and it's, well, Wednesday.)

2) How I Met Your Mother is ending on Monday and I don't think I'm ready yet. The last two episodes have had me in tears, so I don't even want to think about what the finale is gonna do to me.

3) Oh, Teen Wolf, how you break my heart. After last week's episode and {SPOILER}Allison's death{/SPOILER}, well, I was a mess. Why is this show about werewolves making me cry ? WHY ?

4) H&M (finally !) opened their e-shop here in France. Which means I want to buy all the things, especially since their H&M Home line looks so freaking pretty.

5) The Revlon matte balms have finally popped up on Amazon France !!!!!!!!! Pardon my excitement. I've been waiting for them ever since they were released in the US, and now they're here ! And a lot of the colors are now on my wishlist, ha !

Obviously this isn't the most exciting post ever, but it's mostly to get me back on my blogging game. I have a few posts planned, so watch out for those !

18 February 2014

OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes (Holland Collection) Nail Polish Swatch & Review

Let's all forget I said this would be posted yesterday. Let's also forget this should actually have been posted over a month ago. Like I mentionned in my last post, the first swatch pictures I took didn't turn out great, and I only realized it once the polish was off my nails. And yep, it took a month for me to finally get around to re-taking pictures. I'm so lazy.

Gouda Gouda Two Shoes had been on my nail polish wishlist (yes I have one of those) ever since it was released with OPI's Holland collection in the Spring 2012. I have a few other from that collection on my wishlist, and when it was time to buy last December and I could only pick one, well... I hesitated. I finally picked Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, because I figured it'd be a nice Winter to Spring transition polish.
Here's the swatch :

I love the color. It's an old rose with a subtle golden shimmer that was super hard to photograph. It is definitely there in the sunlight, unfortunately it was raining when I took the pictures so you can't really see it. But it is so pretty !

The polish applies perfectly. I used two coats, but I think three might be best, especially for staying power. I get some tip wear very easily with this polish (without base/top coat), even if I wrap my tips, but that's honestly the only bad thing I have to say. It didn't even chip when I washed my hair ! Am I the only one who judges a polish by that ?

Do you have a nail polish wishlist ? Is there that one polish you have to have ? Do share !