Ciaté gelology nail polish review 

I received three polishes from Ciaté with their new gelology formula, which is in line with what every polish brand is doing these days. Everyone is launching longer lasting formulas. 
Here is what Ciaté says:

THE FORMULA ADHESIVE POLYMER gives a longwearing finish for up to 10 days of high gloss shine. EXCLUSIVE GLOSS AGENT optimizes the adherence to nails, allowing flexibility which minimizes chipping and enhances durability. PIGMENT-RICH FORMULATON gives shades 360 radiance for vivid, high coverage colour.

I can’t really review the longevity of them since I need to change my polish all the time, but I’m going to review the formulas and overall impression. Two coats and top coat on all swatches. 


Ciaté Gelology Cabaret

This is a deep plum, sophisticated and beautiful. The formula was excellent and the wide brush was easy to handle. With two coats I got full coverage but in some lights I could see a visible nail line. I’m totally in love with this shade. 

Ciaté Gelology Cabaret

Ciaté Gelology Cabaret



Ciaté Gelology Dangerous Affair 

It’s a deep vampy red with good formula. But I experienced that when it dried it showed all the little bumps and scrapes on my nail, even with a good top coat. I used two coats and top coat. 

Ciaté Gelology Dangerous Affair

Ciaté Gelology Dangerous Affair



Ciaté Gelology Iced Frappe 

This is a perfect beige nude with a purplish undertone. The formula is excellent and you could get away with one coat, but I did two out of habit. 

Ciaté Gelology Iced Frappe

Ciaté Gelology Iced Frappe

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OPI Towel Me About It

OPI Retro Summer 2016 swatches & review 

Now I’ve swatched them all, and I just wish summer is around the corner. It’s still very cold here in Sweden but this collection brings me to the beach and warmth with six pretty creme pastels. 


I used two coats and top coat, and they are all similar in formula. A bit runny, so be careful not to overload the brush, but with two even coats (not too thin) you will get total coverage. If I have the time I’ll try to get some comparisons up later, but don’t get your hopes up 🙈. 



OPI I’m Getting a Tan-gerine 


It’s a dusty peach that reminds me of Where Did Suzi’s Man-go? I suspect this one is lighter, well I’ll just just have to do the comparisons now, don’t I?


OPI Flip Flops & Crop Tops

Barbie pink creme, have we seen them before? Do we love them all? I do at least, it makes me happy even if it’s not the most original colour. 


OPI SPF XXX


Orangey coral, is that a thing? This is a lovely bright colour that’s just a little bit shy of being a neon. Will look awesome with a tan. I think my toes need this colour too. 


OPI Towel Me About It


Love in a citrusy pastel bottle, I’m not sure I have a sweet yellow like this before that’s both soft and fresh. I really love it and got lots of compliments when I wore it the other day. 


OPI What’s The Double Scoop?


A lovely baby pink that makes me go blah… I’ve seen this so many times before. It’s super cute though but I would go for another one like this with a slightly more forgiving formula. 


OPI Sailing & Nailing

It’s a super sweet baby blue that I love in its subdued brightness. Do I make sense? Well blue is the IT colour this spring and now we have the summer sky version too.
How do you like these swatches? Which one is your favourite? Mine are Towel Me About It and Sailing & Nailing. 

My first live feed

Yesterday I was at Kinnarps in Norrköping, my home town. They had a ladies evening with local businesses invited to promote their products to the guests, and Parfymeri1 where I work was one of them and I got to tag along. 
I decided rather than doing treatments I was going to have a hand model to demonstrate some nail art on. She had an idea of doing a live feed on Facebook. Said and done, that’s what we did. A bit scary and out of my comfort zone but lots of fun. You can find the videos here

This is the before picture, My has a clear gel overlay that we did the day before. 

She was an excellent model and filmer. And this is the end result. I used only CND Shellac colours, ‘Cream Puff’, ‘Aqua-intance’ & ‘Digi-teal’. 

If you watch the videos, please leave a comment here or on Facebook so I know if it’s something you would like to see again, and what I should improve on. 💙

Video swatches of OPI Retro Summer 2016

Here’s a little teaser before I’ve swatched them all for you, enjoy 🙂

Wants & wishes

Sometimes I get obsessed over stuff and right now I have two wants on top of my list. 

The first is a fragrance. Since I’m working at a perfumery I go around sniffing and trying out new scents all the time I’m so happy that I found one that really makes me go aaahhh 😍 it’s Van Cleef & Arpels California Réverie. 

Van Cleef & Arpels California Réverie


Top notes are mandarin orange and neroli, middle notes are jasmine sambac and frangipani, base notes are beeswax and vanilla. I’m not a vanilla girl but I don’t detect those notes at all. White flowers and citrus makes it so fresh and clean. It’s a bit pricey so I’ll have to put it on my birthday wish list. 

You can buy it from Parfymeri1, Norrköping where I work. Online I’m not sure who to trust regarding perfumes but it retails for about 1395SEK/75 ml ($170/2,5oz). If you have a chance to sniff it, DO!
Second on my wish list isn’t so much a single thing but a whole brand… I recently discovered a new for me Swedish jewelry brand; Lily & Rose. They make elegant vintage looking jewelry with Downton Abbey and Great Gatsby as inspiration. Every piece is stunning and in a moderate price range. 

This is Sofia Silk earring:

Lily & Rose Sofia Silk


You can buy it online for 395SEK ($48). Aren’t they beautiful? 
What’s on your wish list right now?

Blog event with Goodprscandinavia

I was at a blog event with Goodprscandinavia who represents OPI in Sweden. They showed news from a bunch of brands and of course OPI Retro Summer. 

   
 
Just look at these highly pigmented palettes from Make-Up Studio. I want them all, so beautiful.

These events are a good opportunity for me to meet with nail nerds like me, and blogger friends. Hanna and Elli from @newlypolished was there and I met sweet Agnes from @agnesnails for the first time, such a sweetheart. 

We got a goodie bag with a bunch of stuff to try out. 

  
Suncare and shampoo from Vision Haircare, and the best news of all ‘cover up’; a hair colour spray to cover up the outgrowth 😍 THE best thing ever. I’ve tried another brand before and this product is a total lifesaver for me. My hair grows like crazy and I don’t have the time to change constantly colour in my roots. Just spray this on and your hair looks great until your next wash. Looooooove it. 
I’ve tried the Esse probiotic cleanser once, and I’m a fan of the lathery cleansers so I wasn’t sure about this. But it lathers softly on the face and leaves a tingly feeling afterwards so it really feels active. I really like it. 
Nashi Argan Oil for all kinds of hair is a welcome product to my bathroom. 
  
Now to the polishes in OPI Retro Summer collection, from left to right:

Towel Me About It, I’m Getting a Tan-gerine, SPF XXX, What’s the Double Scoop?, Flip Flops & Crop Tops, Sailing & Nailing. 

Can’t wait to swatch these babies. 

Is there a product you want to know more about? Ask away and I’ll do my best. 

IsaDora #jeanious

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Denim on denim is a big trend right now and IsaDora is on the bandwagon with this new collection of six different blues. There are two creme polishes, two velvet matt nails, one shimmer and one sugar nails. Since I’m a big fan of blue polishes it was no hardship swatching these.

IsaDora 832 Flared

This is a Velvet Matt nail polish, which dries matte. This is full coverage in two coats and it has a subtle sparkle that is really beautiful. I’m feeling old washed out denim shirt here.

IsaDora 524 Slim Fit

This is one of the cremes in the collection and I used two coats and top coat. Excellent formula and this vibrant blue is clearly one of the Spring trends even if this one doesn’t scream jeans at me.

IsaDora 833 Bootcut

The next Velvet Matt in the collection and this one has no sparkle and dries flat. Imperfections on the nail will show. Easy to work with and I used two coats.

IsaDora 136 Rugged Wear

This is the only textured on in the bunch and the trend seems to have dwindled, but THIS one is awesome. You want denim? Here I come. Match your denim on denim with this denim polish and you’re all set. The first picture is with top coat just to show how gorgeous it looks with it too. Two coats.

IsaDora 525 Hot Legs

This is the only metallic shimmer, and it comes in a deep royal blue. I’m such a sucker for this shade. This is two coats and top coat, I almost went with three because it’s a bit thin so in certain lights you could spot the visible nail line.

IsaDora 523 Stone Washed

A light blue creme that has a good name. Excellent formula. Two coats and top coat.

This is a solid collection with a bunch of gorgeous blues. I’m liking the different textures and formulas. Overall the formula is very good, but as always I’m longing for a little bit thinner brush for closer cuticle application.