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Monday, 30 December 2013

zoya hazel (irresistible)

i just realized that this will be my last swatch of the year, and i like to think is great to finish it with a gorgeous polish such as zoya's hazel!

hazel is is beauty from zoya's spring collection irresistible. it has everything i like: the base colour that is definitely unique, an icy, steely blue with goldish flakes that i would never think would go well with the base, but they fit perfectly.


the finish is both foil and metallic, but there's no problem with application or brushstrokes. i am really impressed with this polish, it looks a bit space-y.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

essence the incredible (superheroes)


essence limited edition kolekcije su mi već neko vreme nezanimljive, ali je superheroes fina promena. na žalost, jedini lak kog sam uspela da se dokopam je the incredible, označen kao teksturni lak.
it's been a while since i was excited about a limited edition from essence, and superheroes is a change from that trend. unfortunately, the only polish i could get my hands on was the incredible, with the sand effect tag.

ovaj lak sam uzela pre oko dva meseca bez provere, kada sam bila u evropi zbog odbrane doktorata. tad je ova kolekcija tek izašla, pa nisam videla svočeve, ali mislim da bih preskočila ovaj lak da jesam.

the inceridble je srednje plavo-petrolej lak sa petrolej šimerom i teksturnom završnicom. ono što mi se ne sviđa je da teksturni efekat nije dovoljno izražen, izgleda nekako gromuljičavo. četkica i formula su prililčno dobri, ali je vreme sušenja nešto duže nego kod ostalih liquid sand lakova koje sam probala, i suši se polumat.

ovde imam bazni lak (china glaze strong adhesion) i dva sloja laka.
i got this polish as a whim almost two months ago when i was back in europe for my phd defence. the le has just got out, so i never saw the swatches, but i think that if i did, i would pass on this one.

the incredible is a medium blue - teal polish with teal shimmer and the sand effect finish. my problem with it is that the texture is not pronounced as it should be, it is on the verge on looking like there are little lumps in the polish. the brush and formula are solid, but the drying time is a bit longer than with other liquid sand polishes i tried. it dries semi matte.

here, i have a base coat (china glaze strong adhesion) and two coats of polish.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

chanel black pearl (spring 2011)


neverovatno koliko sam odlagala da pišem o chanel black pearl! toliko volim ovaj lak, da nikad nisam bila ni blizu zadovoljna slikama, ali sad sam odustala. lak je iz prolećne kolekcije za 2011.
this post is long overdue, but i guess that i love this polish so much that i was never really happy with the pictures. i gave up now, so i present you the amazing chanel black pearl, from their 2011 spring collection.

ovaj lak nije tipičan sivi lak, i ne samo zbog neodoljivog zelenkasto-petrolej mikrošimera koji trčkara kroz baznu boju. po meni, on je istovremeno i elegantan i "edgy" (hmmm, šta bi bio najbolji prevod za edgy?). pošto je završnica metalik, vidi se poneki trag četkice.

ovo je moj ubedljivo najnošeniji chanel, tako da sam rešila da ga vratim kući da ne bih bila u iskušenju da ga mažem neko vreme (pošto je povučen). takođe imam i najbolje dupe, catrice captain sparrow's boat, ali sam i njega poprilično ispraznila. naravno, i on je povučen :(

toliko sam ga puta fotografisala, da zaista mislim da slike ne mogu da dočaraju koliko je divan.

prirodna svetlost:

this polish is not your typical grey polish, and not only because of the gorgeous green-teal microshimmer that runs through it. for me, it is elegant and edgy at the same time. since the finish is metallic, it is a bit brushstrokey.

this is, by far, my most used chanel, so i decided to bring it back home because i don't want to be tempted to wear it for a while (it's discontinued).  i also have the best dupe out there, catrice captain sparrow's boat, and i was using this one heavily too. of course it's also discontinued :(

i made sooo many pictures of this one, and honestly, i think it's beauty is not really transferable to photos.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

ysl fuchsia intemporel (core 9)


ništa ne govoril koliko obožavam ysl lakove kad čak imam i ciklamu u kolekciji, br. 9 iz osnovne kolekcije, fuchsia intemporel.
i guess you can tell i really, really love ysl polishes when i even have a fuchsia in my stash, the number 9 from the core colection, fuchsia intemporel.

proklet bio ysl što pravi tako savršene lakove da ih želim sve, čak i ako nisu moje standardne boje.

šalu na stranu, letos sam poželela da izađem malo iz svojih standardnih okvira, i nekako su mi ciklamaste boje prve pale na pamet, a dosta lnapih akoholičarki je hvalilo upravo ovaj lak. moram priznati da sam se iznenadila koliko elegantno mi je šaka izgledala! nije da ću da počnem da gomilam ciklame, ova mi je sasvim dovoljna!

nije da sam baš daltonista kad su u pitanju ženstvenije boje, ali ne mogu da ih razlikujem na pola tona, dok za plavi i zeleni deo spektra vidim i desetinu podtona, tako da ne mogu da kažem ništa posebno o nijansi sem da je rozikasta ciklama, prilično nosiva. mislim da sam pisala i previše o tome koliko mi je savršena ysl formula, samo ću reći da ni ovaj lak nije izuzetak.

prirodna svetlost:

damn you, ysl, for making polishes so perfect that i want them all, even if they are not the colours i usually go for.

all joking aside, sometime in the summer, i felt i needed to get out my comfort zone, and i was thinking of maybe trying fuchsia shades, and fellow nailpolish addicts were raving about this one. the end result is, i was surprised how elegant my hand looked. i will not start to pile up fuchsias, this one is enough, and i love it!

i am not really colour blind when it comes to girlyer colours, but i can't see the half-tone differences that are so distinctive to me when it comes to the blue and green part of the spectrum, so i can't say much regarding the shade, other than that it's a pinkish fuchsia, and that it's really wearable. i think i've been gushing about the perfect ysl formula a bit too much, but i'll just mention that it's a dream.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

depend laurel green (holographic 2035)


bila sam ubeđena da sam odavno objavila slike laurel green is depend-ove holographic kolekcije, tako da sam se iznenadila kad sam shvatila da sam nekako zaboravila na njega, iako sam ga nosila nekoliko puta, dok sam druga dva laka, blue denim i raspberry , predstavila gotovo odmah.
i was so convinced i already swatched this beautiful holographic polish, laurel green from depend, and i was very surprised to see i somehow failed to do that, given that i posted about the other two i got, blue denim and raspberry, almost immediately and wore this one quite a lot.

ovaj lak sam prvi put nosila na moru prošlog leta, i mazala sam ga uveče, u prigušenom svetlu sobe (zbog mog preteranog straha od komaraca), i pri takvom osvetljenju mi se činilo da nije dovoljno izražajan sa dva sloja pa sam dodala i treći. sledeće jutro, na putu do plaže, skoro sam oslepela od jakog holo efekta :)

baš su mi dragi ovi mali depend holo lakovi, i baš šteta da više ne mogu da se nađu. bazna boja od laurel green je prigušena, svetlo zelena, i podseća me na zoya vespa. holo efekat je linearan i vrlo izražen.

lak izgleda neobično i u senci, jer je bazna boja baš lepa, a holo efekat se svede na zlatkasti šimer koji izbija iz laka. šteta da su bočice male, verovatno mogu da izvučem još maksimalno dva mazanja iz njega.

prirodna svetlost:

i remember that i wore this polish for the first time on our holiday last summer, and i was applying it in dim light of our hotel room (i have an unreasonable fear of mosquitoes), and it looked to me that it wasn't opaque enough with two layers so i added the third. next morning, as we headed to the beach, i got almost blinded from the crazy holo effect :)

i love these small depend holos, too bad it was a limited edition. laurel green's shade is a light, pale green, almost sage. in a way, the color reminds me of zoya's vespa. the holo effect is linear and quite strong.

i like this polish even in shade, because the base color is so pretty and holo effect is manifested as golden dancing shimmer. too bad the bottles are so small, i can probably scrape one or two more applications.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

nail polish obsession tag

obično ne radim ove lančane postove, ali mi je ovaj super jer mislim da će biti zanimljivo da vidim napismeno sve brojke i činjenice. hvala šmizli za tag.

1. Koja je tvoja omiljena marka lakova?
  • ysl, zbog četkice, formule i generalnog osećaja kog imam sa ysl lakom na noktima, ali i a england, jer su nešto potpuno drugačije i magično.
2. Glitter, da ili ne?
  • da da, milion puta da.
3. OPI, China Glaze ili Essie?
  • opi, zbog četkice koja mi je omiljena (posle ysl), pa china glaze, kod kojih volim sve sem četkice i na kraju essie, s kojim se nikad nisam srodila, potpuno su mi blah.
4. Kada menjaš lak na noktima?
  • recimo da nedeljno promenim lak 6 puta, obično mi je to prva stvar koju radim kad dođem s posla.
5. Koja je tvoja omiljena boja na noktima?
  • pošto ne mogu da se odlučim između zelene i plave, nađimo se na pola puta: petrolej (teal).
6. Tamni ili sveti lakovi?
  • tamni
7. Koji lak imaš na noktima u ovom trenutku?
8. Mat nokti – in ili out?
  • mat nadlak preko šljokica, pun pogodak!
9. Frenč manikir?
  • klasičan definitivno ne.
10. Omiljena zimska i letnja boja?
  • zelena i plava :D
11. Koliko lakova imaš?
  • 273. i ne, nije mi mnogo.
12. Od kog brenda imaš najviše lakova u kolekciji?
  • ubedljivo vodi opi, sa 9 mini i 65 normalnih.
13. Koja boja je najčešća u tvojoj kolekciji?
  • plava.
14. Da li postoje boje i finiši koje nemaš u kolekciji?
  • i ja sam jedna bez čisto mat lakova, i recimo 2 neonca, a od boja imam jednog roze i on je bio poklon, i vrapci znaju da ne volim tu boju.
15. Za koji lak se pitaš zašto ga još nisi bacila?
  • kad ne volim neki lak, besomučno često ga mažem dok ga ne potrošim. trenutno mi je na crnoj listi nyx ink, divna boja, jedna od najgorih formula.


Saturday, 7 December 2013

picture polish peacock (opulence)


danas predstavljam peacock iz picture polish opulence kolekcije, jer prosto nisam odolela laku sa takvim imenom! 
the polish of the day is peacock from picture polish opulence collection, because i simply couldn't resist a polish with such a name!

kada je u pitanju ovaj lak, baš sam se dugo premišljala da li da ga uzmem ili ne. slika bočice izgleda više nego savršeno, ali sam pročitala u nekim recenzijama da je formula nezgodna i da treba dosta slojeva za ok pokrivenost. na kraju, ipak sam rešila da mu dam šansu, jer kako mogu da odolim paunu!

bazna boja je tamno ljubičasta jelly, ispunjena uglavnom šestougaonim smaragdnozelenim šljokicama. zbog bazne boje, izgleda kao da su šljokice iz više boja. nekom prilikom ću ga mazati preko neke ljubičaste kreme, čisto da vidim šta će tada biti dominantno. inače, izgleda mi kao smaragdna verzija china glaze skyscraper.

što se tiče formule i pokrivenosti, ovo je jedan od onih lakova za koje vam se, posle prvog sloja, čini da nikad neće postati pun, ali već sa drugim, malo dobljim slojem, sve izgleda ok. sve u svemu, sviđa mi se i ne kajem se što sam ga izabrala.

prirodna svetlost:
this is the polish i spent a lot of time rethinking whether should i get it. from the bottle picture, it looked like perfection, but some reviews were telling that the formula is tricky and that it's not opaque enough. in the end, i decided to give it a chance. come on, how could i resist a peacock!

the base color is dark purple jelly, filled with emerald green mostly hexagonal glitter. because of the base colour, it looks like the glitter is actually multicoloured. i will eventually layer it over some purple creme, to see what colour pops out. to me, it looks like an emerald version of china glaze skyscraper.

when it comes to formula and the opacity, it's one of those polishes that, after the first coat, you think it could never get opaque, but with the second thicker one, everything looks good. bottom line, i like it and i don't regret getting it.

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

a england briarwood (burne-jones dream)


lak dana je prelepi briarwood iz a england kolekcije burne-jones dream!
the polish of the day is the gorgeousness that is briarwood from a england burne-jones dream collection!

moram da kažem, gledajući ga u bočici, ovaj lak mi je bio lepuškast, ali kad sam ga namazala me je neverovatno opčinio. opisan je kao "burgundy bazna boja, ispunjena ultra finim prizmatičnim česticama koje reflektuju svaki deo svetlosti".

mislim da je dovoljno da kažem da sam ga nosila tri dana pa da shvatite koliko me je oduševio. bazna boja je sama po sebi prelepa, i iako obično volim jako izražene holo lakove, baš je suptilnost holo šimera to što ovaj lak čini posebnim. izgleda kao da se magla podiže sa nokta. mogla bih još dugo da opisujem koliko sam se zaljubila, ali ću pustiti da slike govore za sebe.

formula je standarno a england savršena, nemam na šta da se požalim.

prirodna svetlost:
i have to say, i liked this polish just from looking at the bottle, but i was so amazed when i actually had it on my nails! it is described as "burgundy base colour, filled with ultra-fine prismatic particles that reflect every facet of light".

i think that the fact i had it on my nails for three days says how much it mesmerized me. base color is amazing on it's own, and even though i love crazy holos, the subtleness of the holo shimmer is what gives this polish the wow effect. it looks like the mist raising from the nails. i could go on for a long time describing how much in love i am, but i'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

formula is standard a england perfection, nothing to complain about.

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