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>Hello everyone =) I’m sorry for the lack of updates last week. I was kinda too busy to attend my blog, and I had the same polish for about 4 days. It even chipped on me, which rarely happens because I change my polish so often =)
Anyway, I received a package from USA with the help of my dear friend, Liz. Living in Turkey, it’s hard for me to get my hands on polishes I want, so it’s wonderful to have a good friend living in the States =)
I will show you what I got in the following days, I don’t want to do a big haul post right now. But here is a sneak peek of the Orly Cosmics I’ve got:



I skipped Halley’s Comet, because I already have Zoya Charla. I would love to own the whole collection, but I think it was really unnecessary this time with me owning Charla. (You can spot Charla on the leftmost spot of the wheel.)
You will see the Cosmics and many more beautiful stuff in the following weeks =)
Today I’m wearing Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe, which is also a part of my last haul. MMUtM is a teal jelly chocked with emerald green flecks. Overall it’s a pine green glass flecked polish. It looks like a green-to-blue duochrome in the bottle that doesn’t fully transfer on the nails, just like Zoya Sparkle polishes from the past summer.
A bottle close-up:


I’ve been trying to take pictures with my Sanyo Xacti Full-HD Dual Cam, since I’ve discovered that the super macro mode is amazing. It really shows details up to the tiniest glass fleck. I just need to get used to it’s settings.



A quick comparison of Zoya Ivanka and Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe:


As you can see, Ivanka on the left is lighter, more saturated and more yellow-based. The base is an emerald green, and the flecks are bright green. MMUtM has a teal base and emerald green flecks, the overall look is darker and less saturated.

Herkese merhaba =) Geçen hafta blogu pek güncelleyemedim, üzgünüm. Bir ojenin 4 gün elimde kaldığını, üstelik soyulduğunu söylersem, ne kadar meşgul olduğumu anlarsınız.
ABD’den bir ay önce verdiğim siparişler dün elime ulaştı. İstediğim siparişleri bir araya toplayıp bana gönderen bir arkadaşım olması harika bir şey =) Şu an aldıklarımın hepsini biraraya toplayıp gösterecek kadar enerjik hissetmiyorum, onun yerine önümüzdeki günlerde tırnaklarımda göreceğiniz Orly Cosmic koleksiyonuna kısaca göz atabilirsiniz.
Bu koleksiyondan bir tek Halley’s Comet’i almadım, çünkü onun ikizi olan Zoya Charla bende mevcut. Göz göre göre aynısını almak saçma olur diye düşündüm. Tırnak çemberi üzerinde en solda Charla’yı görebilirsiniz.
Bugün tırnaklarımda yine yeni aldığım ojelerden Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe var. Baz olarak petrol yeşili, ama içi zümrüt yeşili ışıltılarla dolu olduğu için genel görünüm koyu bir çam yeşili oluyor. Yapı olarak geçtiğimiz yazdan Zoya Sparkle koleksiyonuna inanılmaz benziyor.
Bu arada süper makro çekim özelliğini keşfettiğimden beri Sanyo Xacti Full-HD Dual kameramla çekim yapıyorum. Çok detaylı resimler çekebilen bir kamera, sadece bazı ayarlarına biraz daha alışmam gerekiyor.
Bu arada gördüğünüz gibi Zoya Ivanka ve Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe birbirinden farklı, solda Ivanka daha açık, daha canlı ve daha sarıya dönük bir yeşilken, MMUtM daha koyu, soluk ve maviye dönük.

>Hey guys =) At Fashion Night Out two nights ago, I was in front of the Essie booth with Nemo Latte. We got our nails did and I got two polishes, Sew Psyched and Playa Del Platinum. I’ve really been into neutrals lately. Also, we got served with delicious cupcakes and white chocolate brownies. It was fun to be there.


Here are our hands together. My nails were painted with Essie In Stitches, and her nails were painted with Midnight Cami with Matte About You on top.


Cupcakes and brownies! Mmmm =)
Then I was lucky to find Essie Greenport and Essie Sag Harbor online. Here are all my new Essie polishes together:


I’m soo happy for all of them. I’ve been wanting Playa Del Platinum and Sag Harbor for a long time, and Sew Psyched is truly gorgeous. Greenport is another nice add to my aqua collection =)
Today I have Playa Del Platinum on my nails. Playa Del Platinum is a beige-grey with a hint of green.
The closest shade I could find was Pastel Grey. The formula was nice, and dried to a glossy finish. This is three coats.



I think this is a lovely color, very soft and wearable, yet edgy.
Wait for my other Essie swatches =)

İki gece önce Nemo Latte ile Bread & Butter’ın önünde, Essie ile birlikteydik. Tırnaklarımıza oje sürdürdük ve ben istediğim iki tane ojeyi aldım, Sew Psyched ve Playa Del Platinum. Son zamanlarda nötr renklere sarmış durumdayım zaten. Bu arada bol bol cupcake ve beyaz çikolatalı brownie yedik. Orada bulunmak gerçekten güzeldi.
Benim tırnaklarımda Essie In Stitches, Nemo’nun tırnaklarında ise Midnight Cami üzerine Matte About You var.
Daha sonra, çok şanslı bir şekilde gittigidiyor’da Essie Greenport ve Essie Sag Harbor ojelerini buldum. Yeni Essie ojelerimle çok mutluyum. Playa Del Platinum ve Sag Harbor’u uzun zamandır istiyordum, Greenport ve Sew Psyched de çok güzel renkler.
Bugün tırnaklarımda Essie Playa Del Platinum var. Bu, içinde çok hafif yeşil barındıran, gri-bej arası bir renk. Formülü güzel ve ıslak görünümlü bir bitişe sahip. Bu gördüğünüz üç kat. Bence çok güzel bir renk, hem günlük kullanıma uygun, hem de çok şık duruyor.
Diğer Essie yazılarımı da bekleyin =)

>Hello guys, I’m finally back! I can’t tell how much I missed my blog, with all my beautiful friends =D I tried to go online as often as I could, but there is still so much to catch up on!
Meanwhile, I got my hands on some nice stuff. First, I’m going to show you the Rimmel London polishes I got.


From Left to Right: Night Flight, Trend Spotting, Best In Show, Reality Chic, Beige Babe.
Only skipped one color, which didn’t appeal to me at all. Beige Babe is the warmest taupe I own. Night Flight is a very, very, very dark purple, and Best In Show is just gorgeous and the most unique from the bunch. Ain’t those polishes just perfect for fall?
Then I ran around looking for Chanel Paradoxal. When I asked a few weeks ago, a store clerk said that the Chanel Fall collection will arrive in September. But now I’m learning that it has already arrived in August. And Paradoxal is sold out everywhere. I was getting crazy, but then I found this babe!
Take a look, ladies, I’m showing you the first true Paradoxal dupe to be sold =) It’s by Sevilla, a local brand. Sevilla just loves to copy Chanel polishes. First they did Particuliere, and now they did Paradoxal! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw them side by side on my nail, they are dupes! The only difference I spotted is that the base color of Sevilla is a teeny tiny bit lighter, and the shimmer is more prominent on the nail, which is a good thing =) But the difference is almost non-existent, even under strong light, so there is no reason not to call this a dupe.


I got two bottles of it for $9 =) And they are 14 ml together, so WIN!
The other Sevilla is a beautiful dove grey with a hint of lavender.
Finally, I got my hands on two Catrice and some Essence nail art stuff, with help of Jeanette =) I love the Essence glitter, they are lovely! And how adorable is Fimo fruit!


Catrice I Sea You and Catrice Sold Out Forever. Well, it’s my lucky inexpensive-chanel-duping day, I guess. =D

Finally, I have Rimmel London Reality Chic for you. It’s a beautiful reddish brown, or should I say brownish red? To me it looks darker than Zoya Cola and OPI I’m Suzi and I’m a Chocoholic, but it’s along the same line. Sorry, I can’t think of a more suitable color from the past because I don’t really invest in these colors. This one might be called Falu Red, I guess. =)



Now I’m going to bed, it’s 2 A.M. here =D Good night, folks, it’s so nice to be back!

Merhaba arkadaşlar, sonunda tatilden döndüm =) Hepinizi çok özledim! Olabildiğince sık internete girmeye çalışsam da, evim gibi olmadı işte. Bu arada, yeni ojeler aldım, hepsini göstereceğim =)
Öncelikle Rimmel London’un yeni çıkan ojelerini aldım. Bunları Watsons mağazalarında bulabilirsiniz, özellikle Best In Show mükemmel. Bu koleksiyon sonbahar için çok uygun.
Sonra Chanel Paradoxal’ı aramaya başladım. Hiçbir yerde kalmamış. Sözde henüz Türkiye’ye gelmemişti, ama başka bir yerde geleli bir buçuk ay olduğunu söylediler. Neyse, ben böyle ararken Sevil’e girdim ve muhteşem bir sürprizle karşılaştım. Sevilla, Paradoxal’ın aynısını yapmış! Oje no’su 144, lütfen gidin ve alın =) Sonra bana teşekkür edin =) Ben iki tane aldım, 14 lira verdim. Normalde Chanel 56 lira. =D Bir de çok güzel gri bir ojesini aldım. Ama bu oje Claire’s de varmış, hem de yarı fiyatına. Haberiniz olsun.
Bir de Almanya’dan arkadaşım Jeanette bana ilk Catrice ojelerimi yolladı. Açık yeşil olan başka bir meşhur Chanel ojesinin aynısı. Yani Jade’in. Bugünü Chanel’i ucuza kapatma günü ilan ediyorum =)
Son olarak, tırnağımda yeni aldığım Rimmel London Reality Chic var. Bu renk, kırmızıya kaçan kahverengi, ya da kahveye kaçan kırmızı. Biraz koyu bir renk, ama sonbahar için çok uygun. Ben bu tip renkleri pek almam, ama bu seri çok hoşuma gitti, ve bu renk de bir istisna değil.
Döndüğüme çok seviniyorum, hepinize iyi geceler diliyorum =)

>NOTE: You can find a comparison at the bottom of this post!

Hello guys =) Thanks to Marjo, I could get my hands on three beautiful green polishes by Avon. I feel like it’s Earth Day all over again! =)))


L-R: Green With Envy, Peppermint Leaf and Limeade.
Now, things are a bit sketchy here. In Europe, Avon released a light green and dark green, so did they in the US. But the European colors, Peppermint Leaf and Green With Envy are different than their corresponding US colors, Jade and Olive Green. Green With Envy is a blackboard green, almost black, but Olive Green is a dupe for RBL Orbis Non Sufficit. Peppermint Green is like a green version of Misa Dirty Sexy Money, whereas Jade is lighter and more green based, closer to Chanel Jade. Of course I’d need all four colors to compare them side by side, but this is what I can see from the online pictures.
Anyway, today I have Avon Peppermint Leaf on my nails to show you.



Peppermint Leaf is a gorgeous polish. It’s muted, yet surprisingly vivid. Think about Misa Dirty Sexy Money, but a green version instead of teal. Green is much more dominant in this polish, it’s like a dark jade, but lighter than OPI Jade is the New Black. It was very hard to photograph correctly, it looks lighter and brighter on the pictures, but it’s actually darker IRL. I think it falls somewhere between Mint and Medium Sea Green. If you want, I can do some comparisons with other polishes.


I finally did some stamping. I used an opaque mint franken as the stamping polish, and plate m79. Shown with another pair of earrings I own =) I actually have colors that are exact match for this earring, too, but I thought they were fun to post together like this.
Peppermint Leaf is a dream polish for my green-loving self. Me approves.

ETA: Here is a comparison shot:


L-R: OPI Jade is the New Black, Eyeko Vintage Polish, Essie Turquoise & Caicos and Avon Peppermint Leaf.

Selam =) Sevgili Marjo sayesinde benim de Avon ojelerim oldu. Bu üç muhteşem yeşil oje tam benlik, çok mutlu oldum, teşekkür ederim bir tanecik Marjo’cum! ♥ =)
Soldan sağa: Green With Envy, Peppermint Leaf, Limeade.
İşin garip tarafı burada başlıyor. Avon hem Avrupa’da, hem Amerika’da ikişer tane yeşil krem oje çıkardı. Sözde kendileri aynı fakat isimleri değişik olan bu ojeler aslında farklı. Resimlerden gördüğüm kadarıyla, Amerika’daki iki oje de Avrupa’lı muadillerinden daha açık ve daha yeşil tonluyken, buradakiler daha koyu ve daha mavi tonu içeriyor. Keşke dört oje de elimde olsaydı ve karşılaştırma yapabilseydim, ama internetten gördüğüm kadarıyla bunun böyle olduğunu söyleyebilirim.
Herneyse, bugün sizlere Peppermint Leaf isimli ojeyi göstereceğim.
Peppermint Leaf, muhteşem bir oje. Öncelikle soluk renkli bir oje, ama içindeki yeşil canlı duruyor. Tarif etmesi zor. Koyu yeşim rengi diyebilirim renk için. Resimlerde de tam olarak anlaşılmadı, gerçek hayatta biraz daha koyu ve biraz daha soluk bir yeşil, ama resimlerde daha açık renki ve daha parlak gözüküyor. Eğer isterseniz, karşılaştırma resimleri de koyabilirim.
Son olarak üzerine nane yeşili oje ve m79 no’lu diski kullanarak puantiye deseni yaptım, ve çok sevdiğim küpelerimle beraber resmini çektim =) Aslında küpelerin aynı renklerinde yapmak vardı aklımda, ama kısmet bu kombinasyonaymış. =)
Ekleme: Bu arada bir karşılaştırma resmi de ekledim, inceleyebilirsiniz =)

>I know I’ve been missing for a whole week now, and I truly missed painting my nails and taking pictures. It’s been a hectic week, I had to undergo a minor surgery on Wednesday, and on Monday and Tuesday they had to draw blood and do other examinations because it’s common procedure before anesthesia. Thankfully it’s over and all went well, and I was discharged on Thursday.
While I was waiting for the examinations to be over, my left thumbnail was torn diagonally, because the sides were filed during a certain salon experience. Arrgh! It was painful and layers of nail and skin were exposed. I had to wrap my thumb in band aid to avoid more pain. Now I have an extremely short and round thumbnail, unlike my beloved shape, but it will grow out in one or two weeks, so I’m not bitter.
Here I have a haul picture for you, because it’s all I can provide at the moment, sorry =) But I can’t wait to be back in a couple of days with new manicures!


L-R: Essie Miss Matched, Mint Candy Apple, Haute As Hello, Fifth Avenue and Mesmerize.

Farkındayım, bir haftadır ortalarda yokum. Tırnaklarımla uğraşmayı ve resimlerini çekmeyi çok özledim. Yoğun bir haftaydı, Çarşamba günü ufak bir ameliyat oldum, ve ondan önceki günlerde anestezi için gereken tahlillerle uğraştım. Ama sonuç olarak atlattım ve perşembe günü taburcu oldum. Tahlillerle uğraşırken, sol baş parmağımın tırnağı çapraz bir biçinde yırtıldı. Sebebi, berbat salon maceramda tırnaklarımın yanlarının törpülenmiş olması. Çok acıdı ve altındaki ikinci deri açığa çıktı. Şu an yara bandıyla dolaşıyorum ve birkaç hafta içinde tırnağımın kendini toparlamasını bekliyorum.
Şu an yeni aldığım ojelerin resminden başka sunabileceğim birşey yok, üzgünüm… Ama birkaç gün içinde yeni manikürlerimle karşınızda olacağım.
Soldan sağa: Essie Miss Matched, Mint Candy Apple, Haute As Hello, Fifth Avenue, Mesmerize.

>I’m no Essie virgin anymore! =D Truth to be told, I’ve never really been interested in Essie before. I saw it as a brand of reds, pinks and sheers, and occasional interesting colors, which I already had dupes for. But in the last months, Essie has outdone itself by releasing many different and edgy colors along my taste. And finally, I decided to give it a try =)
I got four colors, two from The Resort Collection, and two from The Summer Collection.
Here they are:


From Left to Right: Lapis of Luxury, Turquoise & Caicos, Pretty Edgy, Demure Vixen.
First three are jelly-like cremes, and the last one has a pretty fuchsia flash. I’m very happy with all the colors I got, just need Haute as Hello =D

Artık benim de Essie ojelerim var =) Açık söylemek gerekirse, daha önce Essie hiç dikkatimi çeken bir marka değildi. Her zaman kırmızı, pembe, ve sıkıcı renklerle dolu, nadiren değişik bir renk üreten bir marka olarak görürdüm Essie’yi. Ama son aylarda, Essie bir sürü ilginç renk piyasaya sürerek kendini aştı. Ben de en sonunda bir deneme yapmaya karar verdim =)
Dört renk aldım, ikisi Resort koleksiyonundan, ikisi de Yaz koleksiyonundan.
Soldan sağa: Lapis of Luxury, Turquoise & Caicos, Pretty Edgy, Demure Vixen.
İlk üçü jelimsi krem yapıda, sonuncusu da solgun bir renk ama içinde fuşya ışıltı var. Aldığım renklerden çok memnunum, istediğim bir Haute As Hello kaldı =)

>Orly has finally made it to my country =) I got 4 colors but I’m going to buy more because I love them so much!
Here are my first 4:


L to R: Cupcake, Enchanted Forest, Prince Charming, Two-Hour Lunch.
Those pinks are so adorable, and I love Enchanted Forest! Prince Charming is a unique taupe I didn’t own yet. A comparison post will follow when I receive another taupe this week.

Orly sonunda Türkiye’ye geldi! =) Başlangıç olarak 4 renk aldım ama daha fazla alacağım sanırım, çünkü çok beğendim =)
Soldan sağa: Cupcake, Enchanted Forest, Prince Charming, Two-Hour Lunch.
Pembeler çok tatlı, ve Enchanted Forest’a bayıldım! Prince Charming bende aynısı olmayan bir gri-kahve (köstebek rengi). Bu hafta bir gri-kahve oje daha geçecek elime, o zaman karşılaştırma yapacağım.

>Hey guys =) I’m sorry for the lack of posting in the last days, I had a difficult time… But I’m feeling better now. On top of that, I broke both index nails, and therefore I shortened all my nails again. I’m out of topcoat, and I’m really broke for the rest of April, therefore my nails are bare. The lovely Golden Rose Quick Dry topcoat is out of stock, and they don’t know when they will have it back in stock again. Grr! I frankened myself a topcoat using some old, gloopy Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, a new, not-so-quick drying local brand topcoat, and some leftover Golden Rose. The result was not bad at all! At least it can hold until I get my hands on some decent topcoat =)
By the way, this week I got some kick-ass package from the States =) With the help of my dear friend, Elizabeth, I was able to get my first Zoya’s, Nubar and some other stuff I’ve been lemming for, plus some surprises! Yay! I’ll shut up now and let the pictures talk:


L-R: Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime (Yaaay, Shrek Green! Finally!), Nubar Indigo Illusion, Nubar Peacock Feathers, Sinful Daddy’s Girl


L-R: Zoya Envy, Ki, Adina, Zara, which I all ordered when there was a Buy 2 – Get 2 Free! sale going on.


L-R: Zoya Ivanka (Oh. My. God), Charla (*swooon*), Mimi (*thud*), and finally Alegra, which was a surprise from Liz! ❤


Finally, the extras! L-R: Claire’s Mood Polish in calm/wild, OPI Jade Is The New Black, OPI Suzi Says Feng-Shui, which is the tiniest polish I’ve ever seen; Sinful Gorgeous and Innocent (Yaaaay, another Shrek Green!!!)
I’m so happy for all those polishes, especially Zoya’s. The Sparkle collection is one of the best collections I’ve ever came across, unbelivably beautiful in the bottles and also on the nails. I’m so happy I’ve almost fulfilled all my wishes in the past months =D Thank you so much, Elizabeth, you rock my little polish world!
PS: Did you notice how almost all polishes are either green or purple? =D

>Hi everyone! Due to a breakage, I cut all my nails down. I hate nails this short on myself, but I’m gonna have to bear with them until they grow out to a decent length.
Today the new konad plates showed up. I’m so happy about them! When the pictures were first released, none of them really caught my eye, but in time, they grew on me =) In the package were all eight plates, two Konad nail art pen and one Konad glitter nail art liner:



Today’s nails are done with m77 and China Glaze Emotion over black:



Sorry for the short and boring post, breaking nails is really discouraging.

>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!