Tag Archives: green nail polish

Essie: First Timer

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

Brand:  Essie

Collection:  Resort 2013

Finish: Creme

3 Free:  Yes

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Okay

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Price: $8 USD, $8 CAD, €6,30 EUR, £5 GBP

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Availability:  I found this in Ulta when the collection was first released a few months ago.  I have not seen this in Germany yet. However, you can find this collection on Amazon, Beauty Bay, Ebay,  Nail Polish Canada, Nail Polish Direct, 6Pm and Zappos.

My Two Cents:  If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while then you already are aware of my love for green nail polish so when I saw the press release for this collection I instantly knew that First Timer would be joining my collection.  While I love the color and appreciated that applied nicely, I was a little disappointed by how quickly and how much it chipped.  However, it’s not necessarily a deal breaker since it is such a great summery color.

Since I have such a vast collection of green nail polish, I thought I would do some comparison swatches of a few other greens from Essie in particular.  If you find this sort of thing helpful, let me know in the comments below and will try to do more comparison swatches in the future.

Tips:  Always begin with freshly cleaned nails, a good base coat and finish with your preferred top coat.

Something Similar:  Illamasqua – Nomad is the only color that seems to come close.

I know my posts have not been very regular, in fact they have been mostly non-existent lately but as we all know, life gets in the way or some of our pursuits sometimes.  I have so many things to test out, photograph and review at the moment that it is kind of daunting to be perfectly honest.  So you can expect the reviews to trickle out as I get to everything.

On a side note, Captain Canada and I are planning a trip to Ireland in July so if you have any suggestions as to things to do, places to stay, restaurants to eat at in and around Dublin or Belfast, be sure to let me know as this will be our first time in Ireland. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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April 2013 Favorites

Let me start by saying that my long hiatus has in fact come to an end as I arrived back in Germany last Wednesday.  For those of you who did not already know, I had been in Michigan for just over a month.  To make a long story short, my mom has been dealt some rather nasty blows health-wise over the past year and a half and I traveled back to the States to be with her.  Although she still has a tough year ahead of her, she has done remarkably well thus far.  Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has kept her in their thoughts during this difficult time, my family and I appreciate it so very much.

Now it’s time for my monthly favorites, which include items from March and April since I skipped March.  I picked up most of these items while I was in the U.S. so just beware that some of them might not be available in the UK or Europe yet, if at all.

April 2013Faves

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – My wonderful mother picked this up for me and shipped it along with some other goodies I had requested way back in early March and she and I both loved it (she kept stealing it while I was in the Mitten).  This is simply a great, versatile, neutral palette that you would do well to add to your collection.  It’s small but mighty!

Cover Girl Jumbo Gloss Balms in Ballet Twist 205 & Cocoa Twist 270 – One of these I purchased on my first day back in Michigan and the other was gift from that awesome gal pal of mine, whom I was lucky enough to spend a day with, Product Hoochie.  These stubby lip crayons are very hydrating and allow for a fool-proof application even on the go.  Not to mention that they come in a wide array of colors so you are sure to find one, or a few, to suit your skin tone and tastes.

Essie First Timer – This lovely shade of green is part of Essie’s 2013 Resort collection (not out in the UK or Europe yet).  Green is my favorite color so as soon as I laid eyes on the press release photos for this collection I knew I had to have this.  It’s such a fun color for spring and summer.

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Ultra Shea Shampoo – Hands down one of, if not the best, drugstore shampoo’s I have ever used.  It smells fantastic, leaves your hair feeling soft and moisturized not to mention that it even helped with my itchy scalp problem. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that this shows up in Europe.  (Not pictured.)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blushing Bride – Don’t fret, it is not as scary as it looks in the pan and can be sheered out nicely if you like.  Super pigmented, long wearing, great formula.   Would suit a multitude of skin tones.

Tarte Skinny Smolder Eyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Golden Tigers Eyes – Whew!  How long is that name?  Love the creamy formula, the color and the fact that it does not irritate my sensitive eyes.  A big thanks to Product Hoochie’s lil’ sis for suggesting that I give this a try.

Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer – I’ve heard Heather from How To Be Fancy talk about this in her videos and was intrigued.  So far I am very happy with this concealer.  I feel it is a great match for my skin tone and it stays put.

Real Techniques Blush Brush – Such a great brush!  Super soft, micro-fiber, cruelty free bristles.  Allows for excellent application whether you need more precision placement of a product or if you need to blend it out.

Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo in Pink Gold 65 –  The Color Tattoo’s are an amazing product and this particular color is no exception.  It’s subtle and gives a nice glow while not being overly shimmery.  I find it’s perfect for those not so fussy days and can easily transition to an evening by popping a bit of a darker color (plum or charcoal) in your outer crease keeping it darker at the outer corner.

I’m hoping to get back to posting regularly and you can count on seeing reviews of some of these products soon.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Kiko Milano: 401 Peacock Green

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

Brand:  Kiko Make Up Milano


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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November 2012 Favorites

Before I get started I wanted to give the lovely Lou from Painted Nails & Baking Scales a great big THANKS for the super wonderful package that I received from her today! We decided to do a little swap so that each of us could get our nail polish hoarding little hands on some products from one another’s countries, which I appreciated so very much.  By the way, if you’ve not checked out her blog yet then do yourself a favor, give that link a little click and take a wander over today.  So yeah, look for a post on our swap soon.

Now onto the favorites!


LUSH Snow Globe Soap:  This has a really nice citrus fragrance with a hint of something else that I just can’t put my finger on.  However, the LUSH site says it’s a blend of grapefruit, lemon and lemon grass.  Whatever it is, the Captain and I both like it.  He liked it so much that once again I didn’t even get to use the first bar we purchased but two times before it disappeared.  Luckily we picked up a gigantic chunk of it while in Cologne.

LUSH Porridge Soap:  I finally decided to give this one a try after picking it up and delighting in it’s yummy scent and passing for months.  I think the chunky porridge bits put me off a bit, but those little suckers combined with the creaminess of the soap help exfoliate your skin, leaving it soft and smooth.  Not only is this great to use as a general exfoliant, but I like to use it before shaving my legs, and to help with dry rough heals.  I will definitely be re-purchasing this.  (Not pictured because it’s in my shower and doesn’t look so nice as it’s been lovingly used and eroded by water.)

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Palette:  I don’t want to give too much away on the Sugarpill products as I still plan to review them in full.  However, I will say that these shadows are super pigmented, easy to work with, velvety smooth texture and mostly they just make me super happy when I wear them.  Although my happiness could be mistaken for vanity because I constantly look in the mirror and smile when wearing Sugarpill.  Ah well….ce la vie!

Sugarpill Bulletproof Pressed Eyeshadow:  Blackest black black shadow EVER!

Caudelie Beauty Elixir:  There is definitely something magical in this bottle.  I suspect that this may just be what is helping my skin look more refreshed and slightly more radiant.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic:  It took me a long time to warm to this color even though I love a red lip.  It finally happened though and I’m really enjoying it now.  It can give a subtle wash of color or you can build it up to be more intense.  It definitely has some staying power.

Models Own 5 Piece Brush Set:  I picked these up way back in the summer and have been loving them so much from go.  In fact I don’t know why I have no included these in a monthly favorites yet.  Clearly I’ve suffered from brain fartage, my apologies.  These are a good size for travel and I was quite honestly shocked by how the good quality and how soft and lovely these brushes are.  If I’m wearing makeup, you can bet that most of these brushes were used in it’s application.

Models Own Golden Green:  As some of you may know, I am a complete sucker for green anything because it’s my favorite color.  This polish is such a beautiful shade of green.  While it is a duo-chrome, it’s a more subtle one, that I would tend to think favors more of a metallic finish.  Either way, I love it!  You can see swatches and my full review here.

Nails Inc. Sweets Way:  So pretty and unique.  It’s a more subtle way to do glitter in my opinion.  It seriously looks like cupcake frosting and sprinkles superimposed themselves into your nails.  I’m so smitten that I definitely need all three of the other colors.  To see swatches and my full review click here.

LCN Aroma Remover Winter Edition:  This is one of those “I grabbed it on a whim” products and I’m so glad that I did.  I don’t want to speak too soon but this may be just as good if not better than my holy grail Butter London Powder Room remover.  The big difference being that this is not as pricey and actually smells wonderful.  I will need to stock up on this though because it’s a limited edition scent.

Kamille & Calendula Lip Balm:  Even though the Nuxe Creme de Miel Ultra Nourishing lip balm is in my holy grail lip balm, I still need something to keep in my bag or pocket when I’m out and about.  Well that, and I consider myself a bit of a lip balm connoisseur/collector/addict so I actually need to keep trying them out (that’s mostly directed at Captain Canada).  I just love this formula.  It’s very soothing, has a nice incredibly subtle  fragrance and it does the job quite well.  Click here to read my full review.

I have some new hair products and a new brush cleaner on the way and I just received the bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H2O Mecellaire Solution in the mail today.  So you can count on some reviews of those eventually along with the great big bunch of products Lou sent me.  On a side note, I don’t know about you, but I’m just super excited for Christmas this year.  The decorations are out, our tree is up and we just need to add a little garland action then it will be complete.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Love It, Loathe It: Friends Edition

Since I quite enjoy reading everyone’s posts about their monthly favorites I thought it would be fun to do something that would allow me to feature the likes and dislikes of some of my favorite people.  So that is exactly where the idea for the “Love It, Loathe It: Friends Edition” came from.  I plan to make this a regular feature on my site so keep an eye out for more posts like this one and please comment below to let me know what you think.

To kick things off, we’re going to begin with the lovely Carolina who was kind enough to be the first to take part.  Not only is she family and a fellow lip balm connoisseur, but she is a wife and full-time mommy on the go living in a big bustling city.  Without any further adieu, here are her answers to my questionnaire and accompanying picture.

Skin care product:

Love it:  Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for combination skin – Best

face moisturizer ever (for me at least)!  Nice balance of hydration without

being oily or greasy.

Loathe it:  Burt’s Bees – Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub

smells really weird and when you’re done using it your face still feels


Bath or shower product:

Love it:  A loofah – I love loofahs, seriously they make you feel SO

clean.  Also, Moonlight Path Body Wash by Bath & Body Works or Yardley Oatmeal

& Almond Bar Soap, both smell wonderful, although my husband says the latter

smells like old lady.

Loathe it:  Dove products – They dry out my skin.  Soap, body wash

you name it.

Hair product or tool:

Love it:  BioSilk Silk Therapy – It makes your hair sleek and soft,

it smells great plus a small bottle lasts forever.  You only need a pea

size and that’s for long hair!

Loathe it:  Pillow Curlers (I think they’re by ConAir) – I’m a lazy hair

person so I gave these a try, they just made me look like I forgot to brush

my hair.


Love It:  Clinique quick eyes cream shadow in 01 sparkling nude –

I can get away with putting just this and some gloss on.  It is my grab and

throw on and run out the door eyeshadow.  The applicator is great too.

Loathe It:  Colored Mascara – I don’t get it.


Love it:  Currently I’m addicted to Palmer’s Dark Chocolate &

Peppermint gloss.  It gives the glossy shine without the stick and it gives

great hydration which is wonderful for a chap stick fanatic!

Loathe it:  Anything  from SoftLips – At first I loved them mainly

because of smell/taste but then it was like my lips built a barrier to them

and they made my lips feel like helmets.


Love it:  Clinique Almost Makeup in 02 light – It’s the only foundation

I get along with, it is super light and you don’t feel it.   Pretty much a

foolproof foundation once you pick your color.   I use a Clinique brush

applicator to apply it evenly.

Loathe it:  Sponge applicator – They make me feel like I’m

caking stuff on my face.


Love it:  Sinful Colors Professional in 944 Innocent – It’s the

best bright green nail polish.  I had it on my toes all summer.

Loathe it:  Super long fake nails – They look so unnatural!


Love it:  Ops! – It’s a Brazilian perfume I’ve loved since I think

junior hight school.  It has a really nice subtle scent, can’t get sick of

wearing it!

Loathe it:  I don’t like smelling like food.  Food scented

body sprays weird me out.


Love it:  Motherhood Maternity Jeans Skirt – I love my dark jean

skirt that fits me while I’m pregnant and after.

Loathe it:  Halter Top Dresses.


Love it:  Light Pashminas – They go with everything and keep you

warm when needed.

Loathe it:  Gladiator Sandals – I don’t understand Roman shoes for


Book, magazine, movie, tv show or game:

Love it:  Pride & Prejudice – the book by Jane Austin & the newest


Loathe it:  Family Guy – that little baby makes me angry.


Love it:  All Angels – I don’t think I’ve heard anything of theirs

that I don’t like.

Loathe it:  Screaming music – I know there is a genre title but

seriously they just scream you can’t hear the lyrics or enjoy the music

because they’re screaming!


Love it:  My iPhone – I’m addicted to being able to check

everything always.


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