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Blogiversary Giveaway

As I mentioned earlier in the month, my blog celebrated it’s first anniversary at the beginning of May and I wanted to do a little giveaway to show my appreciation to all of my followers.  There will be two prize packages up for grabs, both will include an eyeshadow quad, lip product and a nail polish.  I’ve listed each prize package and it’s specific contents below.

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Catrice Cosmetics Prize Package:

  • Smokey Eyes Set in 010 Smoking Area
  • Lip Appeal Moisture & Shine Smoothing Lip Gloss in 180 Little Red Dress
  • Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 875 It’s all I can Blue

Kiko Make Up Milano Prize Package:

  • Color Seduction Eyeshadow Palette in 03 Unusual Lavender
  • Sheer & Creamy Lipstick Duo in 01 Matita Rossetto
  • Holographic Nail Lacquer in 400 Steel Grey

So here is the deal, if you’d like to be in the running for either prize you simply need to follow my blog via e-mail and comment on this post letting me know what prize package you’d most like to get your hands on.  One entry per e-mail address and this is open internationally.  Entry for the contest ends June 9, 2013 at (CET).  The winner for each prize package will then be chosen at random and announced on June 10, 2013.  I will also contact the two winners via e-mail that day and they will have 24 hours from the time I send the e-mail in which to respond with their mailing address, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen.  Click a Rafflecopter giveaway to access the widget.

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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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