Top Five + 1 (Ooops!): Nail Polishes

4/25/2015




Candy pops of the beauty world - nail polishes may be my ultimate vice! It's not that I own hundreds (I do own dozens) and it's not really about hoarding tons and tons of nail polishes. It's all about indulging in those my heart truly desires. Of course that not every purchase ends up as a dream come true but many are more than wonderful and I'm happy to have them. I have to say that I am a bit surprised with my own favorites - never would I have thought that they would be so tame. In a way that makes sense and it mostly all comes back to basics but I have expected more blue shades to make an appearance. I find this an interesting edit as Top Five + 1 (Ooops!) Nail Polishes also reveal what a struggle it was narrow down my edit. Of course I cheated a little but please don't hold it against me (the struggle was real people!). It's a well-known fact that I'm a massive Essie fan. We're talking absolute madness here and I do take certain pride in my Essie collection. However, I wasn't actually surprised at my favorite shade of all (not just Essie but in general). Essie Mint Candy Apple is by far the most used up polish from my stash and all I can say is that it's a cult favorite for a reason. It's different from any other mint nail lacquer out there - a unique combo of the pale mint shade and thick, creamy texture is what gives a magnificent effect. This will be the first nail polish I'll use up and repurchase - that must enter beauty history, right? Second place goes to the understated and elegant Essie Ballet Slippers which is a pale, sheer pink that has become synonymous with a neutral manicure. One coat gives a sheer, barely noticeable wash of coverage while two coats provide a subtle pink hue that lets white tips and your natural coloring peek through. You simply cannot go wrong with it. Essie Bahama Mama is my ultimate autumn/winter nail polish. Autumnal chic is what this kind of vibe is called and this beaute is the epitome of that. A delicious plummy shade of excellent and even application, it looks amazing on both short and long nails. A true classic! China Glaze is known for their electric neons, glamorous shimmers and all sorts of interesting shades and finishes. That's why it's that much more shocking my faves consist of the most basic shades - black, white and red! China Glaze Liquid Leather is by far the most impressive, most pigmented, most opaque black nail polish out there! It really has no competition - if you're a fan of black polishes or need one for nail art purposes - you need this in your life (it's deliciously dark)! China Glaze White On White may not have the same opaqueness or evenness as Liquid Leather, for that matter, but the results with this snowy white polish are stunning! Worn in the summer or winter - it always makes headlines and makes heads turn! Finally, the most beautiful fiery red I've encountered - the spicy China Glaze Salsa still is my favorite red of all. It contains the perfect balance of red and orange tones, has an almost jelly-like finish and makes hands look incredibly groomed. Its formulation is chip-free and long-lasting. Are you surprised by these fellas who made the cut? Did you expect something else or is there one you'd add to the existing collection?

Sarena lizala beauty svijeta - lakovi za nokte moraju biti moj ultimativni porok! Cak se ne radi o tome da posjedujem stotine (ok, imam ih na desetine) i zaista se ne radi o gomilanju nekih ogromnih kolicina nausmicnih lakova. Radije se volim pocastiti sa nekim od njih za kojima moje srce zaista zudi. Naravno da nije svaka kupovina slavno zavrsila ali dosta njih iz moje kolekcije je divno i sretna sam sto ih imam. Moram priznati da sam se iznenadila vlastitim izborom - nikada ne bih rekla da cu se odluciti za relativno konzervativne nijanse jer sam ocekivala barem mnogo plavaca. Ovo je prilicno zanimljivo izdanje favorita jer ce vam mojih Top 5 + 1 (ups!) Lakova za nokte takodjer otkriti koliko sam bila neodlucna u namjeri da se skrasim sa samo par njih. Ocigledno je da sam malo varala i ubacila dodatnog vragolana ali nadam se da mi necete zamjeriti (ljubav je prevelika). Mislim da je vec dobro poznata cinjenica koliko sam strastveni fan Essie lakova. Omiljena nijansa nije iznenadjenje i ovo bi bio meni najdrazi lak od svih. Essie Mint Candy Apple nadaleko sam cesce koristila u odnosu na bilo koji drugi lak - fantazija od jedinstvene njezno mentolaste nijanse i guste, kremaste teksture pruza poseban efekat na noktima. Zaista mi je jasno zbog cega je upravo on opravdano zasluzio svoj kultni status. MCA ce biti prvi lak koji sam ikada potrosila (tj. koji cu potrositi i dotaci dno, ostao je jos koji ml pri dnu bocice) sto mislim da je velika stvar. Drugo mjesto dodjeljujem elegantnom i decentnom laku Essie Ballet Slippers - radi se o blijedo ruzicastoj/bijeloj nijansi koja je postala sinonim za neutralan manikir. Jedan sloj ovog laka pruza jedva primjetan efekat "cistih" noktiju a dva sloja cine da nokti i ruke djeluju profesionalno sredjeno dok ispod njezne ruzicaste izmaglice proviruju rub i prirodna tekstura nokta. Sa njim jednostavno ne mozete pogrijesiti. Essie Bahama Mama je ultimativni lak koji nosim tokom jeseni i zime. Ima "ono nesto" i utjelovljenje je jesenskog sik stila. Slasna sljivasta nijansa je izuzetnog kvaliteta i ravnomjerno se nanosi te uspijeva izgledati lijepo na dugim i kratkim noktima. Istinski klasik! China Glaze je kao brend poznat po elektricnim neonskim nijansama, efektnim sljokicastim nadlakovima i jedinstvenim bojama - utoliko je vece iznenadjenje sto sam za favorite odabrala klasicne boje (crnu, bijelu i crvenu). China Glaze Liquid Leather je daleko najimpresivniji, najvise pigmentiran, najtamniji crni lak za koji znam da postoji! Uistinu mu nema konkurencije - ako vec volite crne lakove ili vam je jedan potreban iz prakticnih razloga (npr. za nail art) - Liquid Leather morate nabaviti (toliko je poseban i necete zazaliti)! China Glaze White On White mozda se ne moze pohvaliti da je jednako gust, pigmentiran kao Liquid Leather ali je vrijedan truda jer nokti sa njim izgledaju nevjerovatno lijepo! Bilo da ga nosite tokom ljeta ili zime, ovaj snijezno bijeli lak je fascinantan i uvijek privlaci paznju. Za kraj sam sacuvala najljepsu vatreno crvenu boju od svih - China Glaze Salsa koja je ljuta poput crvene papricice. U sebi ima savrsen omjer crvene i narandzaste boje, sjajnog je pa gotovo jelly finisa i odaje utisak kao da ste uradili profesionalni manikir. Formulacija ovog laka je otporna na krzanje po ivicama i zaista je dugotrajna. Recite mi da li ste iznenadjene mojim favoritima? Da li ste ocekivale da se u samom vrhu pojave neki drugi lakovi ili bi mozda dodale nesto po svom izboru postojecoj grupici odabranih?

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