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I know Essie had just released this collection in the US. It has been out for a while over here in germany and I have 4 of the 5 colors. So I decided to do a quick review post on them.

So here’s what they look like in their bottle:

From left to right we have: Penny Talk. Blue Rhapsody, Nothing else Metals and No place like Chrome.

And here’s what they look swatched:

l to r: Penny Talk, Nothing else metals, No place like Chrome, Blue Rhapsody

Overall I really love them all! Can’t say anything bad about them. Unlike most metallic polishes those go on really smooth and non-streaky. Maybe we have the advantage of having the wide flat brush over here. They are really shiny even without a Top Coat, they give your nails this “dipped-in-liquid-chrome” look.  The stying quality is also very impressive. I had Blue Rhapsody on for over 5 days without any noticable tipwear or chipping.

I definately give them an A+! If you like the metallic look, then go ahead and check them out!

xoxo Yvi

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About two weeks ago I stumbled over the new Essence Ready for Boarding Trend Edition in my local drugstore. There wasn’t much in that TE that really interested me, although the design of the Eyeshadow pallete was pretty cute. The polish colors were pretty boring, the Peel Off Base Coat, I showed you in my recent Haul of Shame was already sold out, so I decided to try out the Lip & Cheek Cremes. And I bought both of them.

Here’s what they look like:

On the left we have “Sending you Kisses”, a dark fushia pink, and on the right is “Beauty on Tour”, a coral peach color. The consitency is really nice, very creamy and not sticky at all. The pigmentation is very good, and they blend on easily and are also buildable on your cheeks and lips if you want a richer color.  The price was around 3 € each.

Here is a “heavy” swatch on the back of my hand:

left: Sending you Kisses

right: Beauty on Tour

My own opinion is that I would rather use them on my cheeks than on my lips, but the only reason for that is, that I don’t like lip products, where you have to stick your fingers in to apply them.

If you can still get them, just go ahead. I think they are a realy good product for the price and worth checking them out.

xoxo Yvi

Hey Lovelies!

Since Essie is now available in most drugstores in Germany, and they have made quite a few changes on the product, I decided I wanna do a little comparison between the two. I chose “Turquoise & Caicos” on the German side and “Who is the Boss?” on the US side.

Let the Games begin…. 🙂

So here they are next to each other. On your left we have “Turquoise & Caicos” and on your right “Who is the Boss?”

There are over 70 colors to choose from in their permanent line over here. Plus several limited editions over the year. Unfortunately we don’t get all the collections they bring out in the US.

The first difference is the little name tag. The German version has it stuck on the bottle cap, the US version on the bottom of the bottle.

But the most noticable difference you can see when you unscrew the bottle.

The brush is much bigger and wider than the one from the US version.  Comparable to the the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure brushes. I have heard, the small version is also available but just in salons.

The formula has also changed. Most of the colors are “One-Coaters”, except for some of the Soft Shades like “Marshmellow” or “Ballett Slippers”.  They go on very smooth. They stay on my nails for up to 5 days without chipping or any kind of tipwear, depending on the color. Which I think is a great improvement, cause normally nail polish last on me no longer than 2 days.

Here the overview:

US-Version:

+ more collections

+ collections are out earlier

+ the price in online stores is cheaper

– very small brush

– stying power isn’t that great

– sometimes they go on streaky

– buying them online takes some waiting time, due to overseas shipping

 

German Version

+ wider brush makes application easier

+ stay on longer

+ go on more smooth

+ availability is easier

+/- price is higher than in online stores but cheaper than before (before 13,95 € now 7,95 €)

– some colors and collections not available

 

So overall Germany wins with 4.5 to 3 over the USA. Yay!!! 🙂

I really love Essie, so I will still be buying both styles. The simple reason is, that there are so many colors out there, that we don’t have here. 🙂

Hope you liked my little comparison…

Today I wanna show you this Tony Moly Nail Polish Set I purchased on ebay a couple weeks ago and which just arrived in the mail.

The colors are:

GS08 – Milky Way >>> a light blue with blue, pink and silver different sized glitters

GS09 – Shooting Star >>> a light lavender with multicolored different sized glitters

GS10 – Pinky Star >>> a light pink with red, gold and pink different sized glitters

 Milky Way I guess, is a dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s “Glitter in the Air” or Revlon “Whimsical”. Those are both polishes that are on my wishlist, so I have none of them to compare, but just from inside the bottle, they look the same. I made some swatches on my swatch-sticks:

Here they are swatched all by themselves, it’s three coats of each.

Here they are swatched over one coat of OPI “My boyfriend scales walls”. Those where 2 coats of each.

left are the polishes alone, three coats.

right over a white base, two coats.

As you can see, they go on pretty sheer. If you want a good coverage I would recommend a white or other matching base color underneath.

I bought them on ebay.com as a Set for 18,92 $ plus 5,30 $ international shipping, but I’ve seen them recently for the same price with free shipping from a different seller. They ship from Korea and it took them 2 weeks to arrive in Germany.

Part 2 of my collection contains all my Anny polishes. Anny is a German Brand sold exclusivly at Douglas.

Mini Polish Set “Anny meets Havanna”

Latina — burned orange

Soul Sister — redish brown

South Beach — coraly red

Anny Mini polishes:

regular sized Anny polishes:

Anny polishes are a little more on the expensive site. They retail for 9,50 € each. And there are 15ml in there.

to be continued… 😉

Part 1 of my collection, all my OPIs and Nicole by OPIs. Attention! Pic heavy! 😉

 

So that’s Part 1. Stay tuned, cause, there is a lot more to come… 😉

Guess what… another nail polish haul!!!!

Those are all polishes I’ve purchased during the last week. Only six of them so I did pretty good for an addict, didn’t I? 😉 So here they are up close:

All prices are in € and except the Manhattan polish, I bought them all in several Douglas stores around the country. Just for those who are not from Germany, Douglas is a beauty departement store over here, comparable to Sephora in the US.

The NOPI polishes were on a display with tons of different colors, saying they were all new Kardashian polishes. Are they really from a Kardashian collection? I’ve never seen swatches of those online. Anyways, I bought them cause I really like foily ot metallicy colors at the moment.

The Manhattan & Buffalo polish is a limited edition color I bought at a DM drugstore. And the Douglas color is such a pretty one I can’t believe I have overlooked it for soooo long.

The Essie Mirror Metallics polish I am the most excited for! I don’t know if this collection will be out outside Germany and if so, when. I know Essie is releasing this collection right now over here. There are 5 different colors in it, all metallics. I am on the hunt for them ever since I saw the first pictures, but I could only find Blue Rhapsody so far. And I am sooooo so glad I did. I love the color! It is soo pretty and not streaky at all. I’m wearing it right now and I love it! I’ll definately look out for the other colors and post a seperate haul if I found them. Cause I want them all!!! 🙂

The Essie Marshmellow one was on my wishlist for a while, and when I bought one of the NOPI colors, I saw that they had a little box next to the check out counter, that had reduced Essies in them. There where only two left, one was “Pearly White” and the other was my lovely “Marshmellow”. So I thought I have to give it a nice loving home. 🙂

Here are some swatches of all of them:

Aren’t they all pretty??? I didn’t swatch “Marshmellow” cause it’s just a sheer white color, wouldn’t be very noticable on a white swatch wheel.

What do you think of these color? Have you “hauled” lately?