Monthly Archives: March 2013

In the Mitten

So perhaps you’ve been wondering why I have not posted anything in ages.  Well there is a pretty simple explanation, my mom has been having some health problems so I traveled back to Michigan to help her get through this difficult time.  Rest assured though, mom is doing well, especially considering everything that she has had to deal with.  However, if you wouldn’t mind keeping her in your thoughts, we would greatly appreciate it.

While I’m back in the U.S. I hope to try and get back to posting since I will have some down time and will be visiting some of my old shopping haunts.  In all honesty, the day I arrived in Detroit I paid Target a visit.  Don’t judge, we needed legit supplies, so I didn’t see the harm in picking up two little items from the cosmetic department while I was there.  Also, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (I’m going to make an effort to be a bit more active on both during my visit to the Mitten), then you already know that I’ve been busy adding to my nail polish collection as well.  So I should be getting some reviews and swatches of some of those up once I put them through my rigorous testing.

As always, thanks for reading and for hanging in there with me.  Check back soon for more and have a wonderful weekend.

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Kiko Milano: 401 Peacock Green

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Kiko Make Up Milano

Collection:   

Finish:  Holographic

3 Free:  Yes

Animal Tested:  No

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Average

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat

Price: $2.00 USD, €1,50 EUR, £1.50 GBP

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Availability:  You can order directly from the Kiko or in store.  I typically get my Kiko products from their store in Nürnberg however they have numerous locations throughout Europe which you can find more information about by clicking here and choosing your country.  I believe this was a limited edition item, but at the time I posted this review Peacock Green and the other three holographic colors were still available on the Kiko website at the discounted price (They usually are €3,90 – €4,90).

My Two Cents:   In all honesty I did not have high expectations initially but I was pleasantly surprised.  Peacock Green turned out to be really beautiful and applied rather nicely.  As with all holographic nail polishes you run the risk of streaking or “bald” spots, but that can be remedied with different application techniques or by adding another coat.  I wore this quite a while back, but I do remember that the wear time was pretty average before I experienced any chipping.

I quite like Kiko products and while I find their products to be a bit hit or miss, I have definitely found a few things that I really do love, this polish included.  Peacock Green is only my second go at their nail products, although I have another holographic shade in my stock pile, but you just can’t beat the price.  Not only are Kiko nail lacquers affordable, but they have such a huge color range and continually put out new limited edition colors.

Tips:  You definitely need a base coat for holographic colors and if you have uneven nails with ridges then a ridge filling base coat can help achieve a more smooth perfect finish.  Also, be sure to not be stingy when applying this by making sure you have a good amount of product on the brush and do long even strokes.  Seal with a high shine top coat to really bring out the holographic effect.

Something Similar:  Pupa – 32 Holographic Emerald, Depend – 2036 Ocean Green, Layla – Mermaid Spell.

I really wish that some other more affordable brands like Wet n Wild, and Essence will eventually come out with some holographic nail colors as it seems that most of the ones on the market at the moment are on the pricier side.  If you’re looking to jump on the holo band wagon then check out brands like A England, Catherine Arley, Color Club, China Glaze, Glitter Gal, Gosh, Hits, Jade, Layla, and Pupa, just to name a few.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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