Chanel Le Vernis Black Pearl

Chanel Le Vernis Black PearlUp until today I've been a very good girl, managing to stay away from seriously high end brands like Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and their likes, but on the last Tuesday in December I failed - but while I was failing I happened discovered how easy it was to order from Nordstrom. I'm now the proud owner of my very first Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour, in fact my very first Chanel product ever, and I intend to keep them to an absolute minimum. I hope they are as good as everyone's raving about for the color looks amazing.

Black Pearl is one of three nail polishes from Les Perles de Chanel for spring 2011, the other two being Pearl Drop and Pêche Nacrée. I'm not sure if it's a limited edition or not, but the color is certainly too hot not to own! I just hope I won't spark another flame, kindling an addiction to Chanel polishes. It's said to be a slippery slope.

Wanna see swatches?
Take a look at the ones Karen posted.

Photo © Chanel


Illamasqua Jan

Illamasqua JanBack in August I received a few gorgeous products from Illamasqua and I apologize for not posting this little review sooner. My health has been varying a lot these past couple months, and I haven't been playing too much with my makeup. I have so many ideas for looks, but absolutely no energy to actually put them to life, I'm sorry.

I have never tried nail polish from Illamasqua, so I was thrilled to finally get the chance when I received "Jan". She's described as a "light dusky pink" with a glossy finish, but somehow it looks more lilac to me. Maybe it's my skin tone? Or maybe it's just me. A gorgeous color nonetheless!

"Jan" was quite easy deal with and applied evenly. I used two coats for my nails - I seriously love all polishes where I can get away with two coats - and it dried fairly quick, which means I managed to take a picture without messing up anything. It's now been five days with this manicure, no base or top coat, and I'm just starting to see the tiniest sign of wear on the tip of my index finger. I'm amazed with the durability of this nail polish!

The Verdict:
RatingIf you're looking for a nice, subtle nail polish where you can get away with two coats, then this is absolutely a polish worth looking into. Even though I'm no expert on applying nail polish, I really think I managed to do a decent job with this one. "Jan" is easy to work with, the texture is nice, I experienced no streaking and it dried quickly (two medium thick coats). The durability is excellent, and I know I need to add a few more Illamasqua nail polishes to my collection. Two thumbs up, and close to a full score from me!

Picture was taken indoors in artificial lighting.


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All views and opinions expressed in this review are purely mine.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '10


China Glaze Holiday 2010 Collection

I think I should admit to someone, most importantly myself maybe, that I'm a total sucker for shimmery nail polish. When I saw the new Holiday 2010 collection from China Glaze yesterday I just had to go on a hunt for proper swatches, and Scrangie is one of those fantastic nail bloggers who rarely lets me down. I quickly pegged which ones I wanted, and hurried off to Trans Design to place my order, just as I use to. From earlier experience these special polishes tend to sell out fairly quickly, so I wanted to be sure I'd get mine before they are gone. Unfortunately TD is only offering 12 of the polishes in this collection - why they don't offer "Mommy Kissed Santa", "Jingle Bells", "Frosty" or "Snow" is unknown - so I scampered off to Head2Toe instead. A few minutes later my order had been placed, and now I'm crossing my fingers it'll arrive shortly!

I'm not a very Christmas-y person as we all already know, but these polishes ended up giving me warm, fuzzy feelings inside, reminding me of Christmas when I was a kid and actually liked snow.

"Frosty" is a gorgeous white shimmer, totally reminding me of powdery, magical snow. There are six different reds in the collection, but I was instantly drawn to "Sugar Plums", a plum shimmer with glitter - and "Mommy Kissing Santa", a gorgeous rich cranberry shimmer. "Little Drummer Boy" is an absolutely stunning rich blue shimmer - I love the name, and it's also one of very few Christmas songs I like to listen to. "Midnight Kisses" is a pretty gold shimmer, and "Cheers to You" looks like silver shimmer twin. The wild card of my order is "Party Hearty" which is a glitter top coat-mix of red, green, silver and gold glitter - this is not typically a polish I would order, but it looked quite unique, and I'm sure I'll find a way to layer it.

China Glaze Frosty China Glaze Mommy Kissing Santa China Glaze Sugar Plums China Glaze Little Drummer Boy China Glaze Cheers to You China Glaze Midnight Kiss China Glaze Party Hearty

The total price for seven nail polishes? $37 included shipping to Norway by USPS First-Class Mail International ($15.70), or about 213,- NOK with today's exchange rate. They cost a little less than amazing 17,- NOK per bottle! Now I'm just a little anxious to see whether or not Head2Toe declare the shipments correctly (value and shipping separate), or if I have to pay taxes and fees upon arrival.

Choose between the 16 colors, or get all of them from Head2Toe.

Photos © Head2Toe Beauty


NOTD: O·P·I Rising Star

OPI Burlesque: Rising StarWhen O·P·I launched their Burlesque collection I instantly jumped on the six shimmery nail polishes of the bunch, and skipped the six glittery ones. Such a gorgeous collection of colors!

This is the lightest one them, the one called "Rising Star". At first I was a little afraid it would be a little too shimmery to my taste, and somewhat of a crash against my skin tone, but I absolutely love it. It makes me think of concubines! It was a dream to apply, and I chose two medium coats for my nails. Unfortunately my picture shows it more like a metallic than a shimmery polish, but the color is quite accurate. Now, with no base coat and no top coat it started chipping after only two days. It made me a little sad, but I'll give it another chance with a base coat underneath, hoping it'll last longer.

I'm completely in love with the shimmery polishes in the Burlesque collection, and I cannot wait to try out the rest of the colors on my nails. I think my next victim will be "The Show Must Go On!", which is supposed to be somewhat of a dupe of "Bad Fairy" from M·A·C. I haven't regretted this splurge for a second, and the six bottles all look amazing just sitting on my desk.

My nails haven't had enough time to recover from my acrylic escapade yet, so that's why they look a little "damaged" here and there. Anyway, "Rising Star" is an absolutely gorgeous color, and it's well worth the purchase!

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '10