More owl nail art pictures

Hi all, long time no see right.
I won't be returning to this little blog, but I just wanted to quickly show new pictures from the owl nail art tutorial since I tried it out again recently. ^^


Essence Colour & Go stash swatches part 3

A long overdue update! These are pretty much the remaining essence colour & go's I have, most are quite new. Anyway, I suggest you check out the previous parts, 1 and 2 if you haven't seen those yet.

After the jump you'll find swatches of Lime Up!, Glisten Up!, Just Rock It!, Choose Me! (what's up with all those exclamation marks?), Just In Case, Absolutely Stylish, Walk Of Fame and a bonus that's not in the picture above called Everybody's Talking About. I took most of these swatches a while ago, but there are some more recent pictures between them.


Essence Lime Up! and OPI Who The Shrek Are You?

Recently Essence added some new colors to their Colour & Go line. I picked up a few, and Lime Up! reminded me of OPI Who The Shrek Are You? right away. In the picture above I have Lime Up! on my index finger and ring finger, and WTSAY? on my middle finger and pinkie.

They sure do look like each other, but Lime Up! is brighter and lighter than the OPI. Application wise I went with three coats for both, but I might have gotten away with two thicker ones for Essence. They both went on smooth and even, no problems there.
The brush is pretty much the same although I should note that I used a mini OPI, so the Essence Colour & Go brush is very similar to and OPI mini brush. The normal sized OPI brushes are definitely way bigger.
I know I just said that the brushes look alike but there are some differences. The Colour & Go brushes look like a straight thick line but the OPI ones are more compact at the base and the hairs waver out more to the actual shape. Also the OPI brush is shorter. From the top the brush shape is almost the same, but when viewed from the front you can tell the difference.
I'm not sure if these differences matter much, since the brushes seem to flatten into the same width when applying the polish, but I thought I'd mention them anyway.

I'm sure you all now that Essence is a cheap brand over here (and strangely even cheaper in the USA) in the Netherlands. So if you missed out on the Shrek Forever After collection this one would do, although they're not dupes. Personally I prefer the OPI one and the big bottle will soon be added to my stash. It lasts longer on my nails and I like the darker and dustier color over the brighter essence. It's the perfect Shrek color, whereas I'd say that Lime Up! is just a yellow-green.

Some people have called these dupes, but I disagree since they're obviously different shades. So no dupes, but I like them both with a little preference for Who The Shrek Are You? Seriously, just the names and the connection with the Forever After Shrek movie made that collection a must have for me, the great colors added even more to the craving.

Thanks for reading, do you prefer one or do you think both would compliment your polish collection? 


Sweet, sweet holo

Hmm, I already knew I'm a little procrastinator but nevertheless I hoped this part of me wouldn't rear it's ugly head this soon with this blog. It's been what, three weeks since my last post? Shame on me right. And to think I already had this pictures laying around for a while, waiting to be posted. 

At the moment I'm trying to let my nails grow for a bit since they'd suffered quite bad from peeling and tearing. Apparently I can't wear nail polish for longer than a few days before the polish starts to peel. I have this bad habit of pulling at these peels and thus damaging my nails in the process. Now that they've restored a bit I suppose I'll either have to continue searching for the 'perfect' base and topcoat combo that'll prevent the peeling from happening, or I either take of the polish after a day or two. If anyone has tips for the base and topcoats, I'd love to hear them en try it out!

So now let's move on to the shown mani. I started of with China Glaze Something Sweet and layered that with one or two coats of China Glaze Visit Me In Prism. The first one belongs to the Up & Away collection from Spring 2010. It consists of 12 lacquers in both brights and pastels. Something Sweet obviously is one of the pastels. Visit Me In Prism is unfortunately discontinued now. It's part of the Kaleidoscope collection that launched in 2006. 


Nail art frustrations

This was an attempt at some freehand leopard spots. As you can see it's rather messy. Anyhow, the base is Color Club Poptastic, which is way more neon than in the picture, and the spots are China Glaze Something Sweet and essence Ultimate Pink. Well I think it was Ultimate Pink. And you see some tipwear because Poptastic had already been on my nails for a few days before I tried to pimp it with some leopard spots. 
But as soon as I wanted to add the black lining of the spots with the black essence nail art pen it got trickier. It just so happened to be that the tip was apparently dried out. After pumping the pen up and down several times (normally this would result in some liquid in the tip and the pen would be ready to use) all I achieved was a big blob of the liquid that emerged from the sides of the tip somewhere above the point. This big blog ended up on a piece of paper so I figured I'd just dip the tip in this blob and use it this way.

As you can see this idea didn't really go down so well. At first I didn't even do such a bad job on my thumb, as seen below.

Before going with the dipping-the-tip-in-the-blob method I had tried and failed to clean the tip with some non-acetone remover. I guess that what I should've done was take that long and tiring walk down the stairs to the sink and rinse the tip with some (warm) water, since the liquid inside the pen is water soluble. But since I was to lazy I think I've completely messed up my pen with further attempts of cleaning the tip out with various sharp instruments. 

Anyway, I bought a new one and I hope that rinsing the tip after use will solve the problem and will stop the tip from drying out. This is also my tip to anyone who'll be using these essence nail art pens. 
And if you have any tips, go ahead and share them!   
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