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>My NOX Twilight review continues with Wine & Dine.


Wine & Dine is a champagne/rose gold colored polish, with a foil-like finish. It’s opaque in two coats and looks seriously amazing on the nails. Although I don’t own Orly Rage from the FX Collection, I think they might be dupes, based on the pictures. The polish consists of small copper and silver particles, which altogether give the look of rose gold, and the finish is very reflective.
I applied two coats here, because the first coat went on a bit sheer, but the second coat built up very well. I didn’t use a topcoat with it, because it can affect this particular finish in a bad way.


The application was easy, this polish a bit runny like Disco Darling, but it gave me no problems. It dried fast. I really like this polish on myself, and I’ve always wanted to have Orly Rage, so this is just amazing for me! =)



I’ve also tried Wine & Dine with konad, and it works just fine. Maybe a bit on the sheer side, but as you can see, definitely visible on black polish. (Sorry for the blurry pinky here =)
I recommend Wine & Dine to anyone who likes foily, metallic, Minx-like polishes! =)

NOX Twilight polishes retail for $6.99, and can be found on www.twilightbeauty.com.

*These products were sent to me by the manifacturer, www.twilightbeauty.com.

NOX Twilight oje tanıtımım Wine & Dine ile devam ediyor.
Wine & Dine, pembe-altın arası, çok açık bakır rengi gibi bir renge sahip. Yapısı folyo dedikleri gibi, metalik ama içinde bol miktarda da metalik sedefler olduğu için sıradan metalik ojelere göre yansıtıcılığı çok fazla, fırça izlerini onlar kadar belli etmiyor ve çok daha güzel duruyor. İki katta opak oldu ve tırnakta çok çok güzel duruyor. Bende olmasa da, resimlerden gördüğüm kadarıyla Orly Rage ile neredeyse aynı olduklarını düşünüyorum. Bu oje küçük bakır rengi ve gümüş rengi parçacıklardan oluşuyor, bu yüzden genel görünüm pembe altın dedikleri renk.
Burada iki kat kullandım çünkü ilk kat biraz saydam kaldı, ama ikinci katta kendini toparladı. Üzerinde cila kullanmadım çünkü metalik/krom/folyo ojeler cila ile pek iyi anlaşamıyor.
Sürümü oldukça kolaydı, bu da Disco Darling gibi biraz sıvı yapıda, fakat sürerken problem yaratmadı ve çabuk kurudu. Ben bu ojeyi çok beğendim, çünkü Orly Rage’i uzun zamandır istiyordum ve bana gönderdikleri ojelerin arasında yer alması düşeş denk geldi =)
Wine & Dine’ı konad ile de denedim, ve oldukça güzel oldu. Belki olması gerektiği kadar opak değil, ama yine de siyah ojenin üzerinde görünür olması işe yaradığını anlamak için yeterli.
Wine & Dine’ı tırnaklarında metalik, sedefli, parlak oje seven ya da Minx yaptırmak isteyip bulamayan herkese tavsiye ederim =)
NOX Twilight ojelerini www.twilightbeauty.com‘da $6.99 fiyata bulabilirsiniz.
*Ürünler, www.twilightbeauty.com tarafından denemem için gönderilmiştir.

>Hey everyone =) Remember the “Dipping & Swiping Technique” I talked about a few posts ago? Well, I’ve been trying to master that technique for tutorial reasons, and it turns out that I’m by no means good at it, plus that the technique is not very reliable. The first time I got it right was sheer luck, I guess =/ But I’m going to do a tutorial about how I do my freehand french tips, and I’m almost good at it, too =)
These tips are freehanded, and 3 coats over black to be visible, but of course I prefer less coats. With more suitable colors, it’s possible to get it correctly done in one coat =)
These nails are a bit dark but girly at the same time. Black base, China Glaze Sneaker Head tips, and China Glaze 2030 & plate m03 for the stamps.




I lent one of my double ended stampers to a newbie friend, and I was using the short stamper, but although it’s easier to control, it’s harder for me to align the designs. So I’m back to my double ended stamper for now.
Well, although the execution sucks, there is still the idea =)

Herkese merhaba =) Birkaç yazı önce bahsettiğim pratik Fransız manikürü tekniğini hatırlıyor musunuz? Eh, bir video çekmek için o teknik üzerinde uzmanlaşmaya çalışıyordum, ve uzmanlaşmayı bırakın, aslında beceremediğimi ve o teknikle düzgün yapmanın çok da garantili olmadığını anladım. Sanırım ilk sefer başarmam tamamen acemi şansıydı =/ Ama normalde Fransız manikürünü elimle nasıl yaptığımı mutlaka göstereceğim, üstelik o teknikte iyi bile sayılırım =)
Uçlarını elimle yaptım, siyah üzerine üç kat pembe sürdüm. Aslında bir kat beyaz üzerine bir kat pembe sürebilirdim ama beyazım yoktu. Başka renk kombinasyonlarında bir katta bile rengi gösterebilirsiniz, eğer düzgün sürerseniz =)
Bu manikür biraz karanlık ama aynı zamanda tam bir kız manikürü. Siyah baz üzerine China Glaze Sneaker Head kullanarak bant çekildi ve China Glaze 2030 & m03 diskiyle damga yapıldı.
Bu işlere yeni başlayan bir arkadaşıma iki uçlu damgalarımdan birini ödünç verdim, bu yüzden küçük damgamı kullanıyorum. Aslında daha kolay kontrol edilse de, desenleri hizalamakta çok zorlanıyorum. Bu yüzden iki uçlu damgama şimdilik geri döndüm.
Eh, uygulama kötü olsa da, en azından fikir verebilir =)

>Hello everyone =) Remember MAC’s Style Warrior Collection? It was an awesome collection, unfortunately I missed out on that one. The packaging was beautiful, leopard and zebra print and accented with gold and bronze. I’ve always been wanting to do a manicure inspired by that collection, but somehow I never got around doing it. But today, I finally brought that idea to life =)


I used China Glaze 2030 as a base on pinkies, middles and indexes, then used konad’s white nail art pen with a thin brush to draw and fill the triangles, where the zebra print would come on top. Then I stamped using a black polish and plate m78, finally I used a small brush to put dots of China Glaze Platinum Gold in the center of the spots.
I used China Glaze Platinum Gold on the rings and thumbs, stamped with China Glaze 2030 and konad plate s06.




I may sleep in peace, now this is out of the way =)

>Happy St. Patrick’s Day, for those who celebrate =) We don’t have St. Patrick’s Day here, but there is no harm in celebrating with green and gold! =DDD I really like the Irish culture, and I wish I could visit Ireland someday to enjoy the beautiful scenery!
Here is my mani, which was done with the Claire’s polish I called “Shamrock” – which I’m also giving away – and a local metallic polish which falls between gold and light olive. I used plate m81 for the designs and also the Konad special polish in green. Although they strongly discourage using the special polish directly on the nails, I did a very thin french tip with it on the ring fingers to fill the gap. Nothing a coat of Insta-Dri couldn’t handle =)
I had to use 6 coats of Shamrock, so you better use it over either a green or nude base. Jellies are a PITA to get rid of the VNL!



I hope you enjoyed! =DDD Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

>I saw this manicure on CND’s Fashion Week blog, and I fell in love with it! The idea is superb. I decided to recreate it using all China Glaze polishes. It’s basically like a french mani, but upside down =D Take a look:


I first thought of doing the manicure using konad plate m19, but it quickly proved that it was almost impossible. You gotta be really, really skilled to stamp with m19, and it’s extremely difficult with this manicure, that it’s more prone to failure because of the placement.
So I started painting my nails with China Glaze 2030. Then I put on a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat (you will see why). Then I applied China Glaze Midnight Ride on top, 2 coats, leaving the gold gap in the bottom, and I used my flat brush dipped in acetone to correct the line, with a very light hand. Insta-Dri helped a great deal while correcting, because it didn’t allow the underlying polish to be ruined. Finally I put on China Glaze Matte Magic over Midnight Ride, and I was done =) Midnight Ride is a gorgeous dark eggplant with subtle purple shimmer, but the shimmer was completely gone when mattified.






Then I tried to pose like Ruffian models, lol =D



I hope you like this manicure as much as I do!!! =)

>Hey everyone! After yesterday’s Up&Away haul post, I thought posting some bottle comparison pics could be helpful, in case you can’t tell if one of the polishes is already a dupe of another China Glaze Polish you own from the pictures, or under the shop lights. I took this pics in indirect sunlight.
Let’s have a look. First we have Flyin’ High, compared to Custom Kicks and For Audrey respectively.


As you can see, Flyin’ High is a bit lighter, dustier than Custom Kicks, which has a unique golden shimmer and is definitely greener. Flyin’ High is a darker version of For Audrey, I like to think that it’s her bigger sister.
Next I have 4 Leaf Clover against Turned Up Turquoise, and Re-fresh Mint against For Audrey:


4 Leaf Clover is not as bright as Turned Up Turquoise, and lacks the silver shimmer, but it’s not neon either. It’s as bright as it gets without being neon. Re-Fresh Mint and For Audrey are not even in the same category, but it was the closest match from my China Glaze collection. Re-Fresh Mint is the only mint I own that I didn’t franken myself, and For Audrey is a beautiful Tiffany blue.
Next is Heli-Yum against Sneaker Head and Designer Satin, respectively.


Heli-Yum is not as red as Sneaker Head and not as cool and dark as Designer Satin. It kinda falls inbetween, and it’s a beautiful rasberry sauce color =)
Then I have Sugar High against Mom’s Chiffon and High Hopes against Atelier Tulle:


Sugar High is a bit cooler than Mom’s Chiffon, and not as vibrant. I also heard it’s warmer than Laced Up from the Kicks Collection, but I don’t have it to compare. It’s a very cute pink that I didn’t think I would like this much.
High Hopes is a nice bright coral, Atelier Tulle is definitely more muted, darker and has more red (brown) in it. They are both must haves in my eyes.
Next are Peachy Keen against Vintage Crepe and Something Sweet against Second-Hand Silk:


Those were the closest matches on my stash. They are both lighter than the other, and they could be nice complementary colors to each other for konads/french tips/marbling. Vintage Crepe is more muted than if Peachy Keen was as dark.
Finally I have Light As Air against Agent Lavender, and Grape Pop against Spontaneous:


Light As Air is warmer, whereas Agent Lavender is a true Lavender color, although it looks more blue on the pictures. Both are must haves. I adore them both.
Grape Pop is darker and cooler than Spontaneous. The latter is also not as vibrant, it has a dusty quality. They are actually not even close. Both are must haves in my eyes. Grape Pop is the truest purple creme polish I got my hands on. I love it.
That’s all guys, thanks for bearing with me! Now I have a manicure from the vault for you today, I’m not too fond of it, but I’m posting it anyway. It’s China Glaze Atlantis, stamped with China Glaze 2030 and the image from s06. I stamped the image side by side, several times. The idea is worth trying harder, I couldn’t execute it very well.



That’s all, folks!

>Hello guys =) Sorry for the absence 😉 I have a mani from tha vault to share with you today. It’s a Claire’s polish, made in Turkey. I guess Claire’s Turkey makes a Turkish cosmetic company do a polish line for them, so these polishes are local only. This one is an olive green shimmer. The quality is not nice, I can’t put my finger on the problem with it, maybe it’s the bad brush, or snail-like drying time. Anyway, I topped it with Inglot 203 flakies, aqua/royal blue. And finally stamped them with China Glaze 2030 and konad m54.



My China Glaze Up&Away Collection and real Emerald Sparkle (hopefully) arrives this week! (Thanks to my friend Lizbeth, a.k.a. Lacquered Lizard) Then I’ll be able to do some more exciting manicures =)

>Hello Everyone! I wish you a very happy New Year, may health, love and success always be with you!
I had to wear something classic on New Year’s Eve, a burgundy creme with tiny reddish glitter. It was actually very nice, but I couldn’t take a good picture, sorry… This manicure was hastily done, and I’m not very good at clustering images on the nails, I normally do full images and now I fancy stamping small images multiple times =) I hope I’ll get used to it! Anyway, the name comes from, as you might have guessed, Harry Potter books. J.K. Rowling often describes Dumbledore’s robes as “magnificent dark purple, emblazoned with golden stars”. And Albus Dumbledore is my #1 book hero of all times, so I decided to name this manicure after him =)
I started off with a very bad quality black creme polish. It was streaky and gloopy and overall terrible, but I had no other black option at the moment. Then I did the tips diagonally with a gorgeous purple glitter in a dark purple base, a recent local-brand discovery. It’s so beautiful that it deserves a mani on its own, which will follow. Finally, I did the stars from plate m42 with China Glaze 2030, and the year “2010” on my ring finger. It could be so much cleaner and nicer, but like I said, I was in a hurry. I hope you like it!




Oh, how I cried a river when Albus Dumbledore died!

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First of all, my friends, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you’re having a great holiday. =)

This one started out as a festive mani, and then I blinged it out a bit =) The base is my light grey franken, I poured about 15 drops of black into a whole bottle of white polish. Then I stamped using plate m60 and China Glaze 2030. The combination somehow reminded me of royality, so I stamped the crown from m40 on my ring fingers with black, and added clear rhinestones in the middle.


Right hand:

With flash (My pinky is kinda unfocused and blurry)

I’m going to keep this mani for a few days. Today I gave in and purchased Barielle Growth Activator. It was recommended to me, and it has to be applied twice a week. I want it to work out, and I don’t want to change the mani often during this period.


Ten days after having cut them, my nails are the same length as the last time I had them short. They grew out to be this size in about 3 weeks. So unless they don’t grow out to be the same size in – let’s say – 2 weeks, I’ll consider this product to be worthless.

>After yesterdays mani, which frustrated me a bit, I did another mani and I was pleased with it. It started off as blank OPI Chick Flick Cherry, 3 coats. I could have probably gotten away with 2, though.
Taken with flash:


Then I stamped the tips with special black polish and lace design from m71. This is my first time using this plate, I always save things I love for better times =) Sigh… Anyway, it turned pretty decent, as I’m getting the hang of aligning the designs horizontally. Then I decorated my ring fingers with red heart rhinestones. I wanted to add a golden fishnet design to the bottom, also from m71, but the pattern is so tiny, that it dried in a milisecond and didn’t wanna stamp. Normally it would, but I used China Glaze 2030 for the stamping, and I had to align it so that it wouldn’t overlap the black tip design, and that took me a couple of seconds which made such a delicate design unable to transfer. So I switched to m74, and tried it with the blossoms.


Some blossoms are not whole, I know, but working in a tight space, not trying to overlap, makes stamping more difficult =) And they don’t draw too much attention on the nail.


I really like my mani this time, so it’s going to stay until it chips =)
By the way, I just realized that the color combination is just like powerlifterchick‘s Asian inspired manicure! OMG, talk about subliminal! (I loved that mani very much =)))