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Annika

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Jag är en norrländsk lackionista som älskar vackra naglar och livar upp tillvaron med sprakande färger. Vardagen tillbringar jag som utvecklingsingenjör för biobränslen.
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Monday, 31 October 2011

My Nfu Oh opals


I got a package of Nfu Ohs the other day. Yay!! These were thought to be a gift to myself for my birthday in november. But the delivery were just so amazingly fast, so I coudn't keep hold of myself. So I opened it right away. No patience here...

These are my first Nfu Ohs and I just love them. Why doesn't the other nail polish manufacturers make more of the bottles? The Nfu Oh bottles are like small pieces of artwork. Even if the content wasn't worth much I would still buy these just  for the sublime design. 

So here are some pics of my new gems. Seven bottles from the Opal series and one from the Glitter series. I ordered these from the estonian nail shop Viis. Great service, and really fast delivery, I got them in two days I think.

Nfu Oh # 55, 53, 58 and 54. Gorgeous right?!

 Nfu Oh #50, 83, 51 and 45. Eyecandy...

Swatches are coming soon...

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Bourjois Blue Asphalte and a french garden

Sloppy edges, I appologize...

This is a nail polish I picked up this summer on our trip to France. The creme greyish blue Bourjois Blue Asphalte.

Beforehand going to France I had planned to shop for new and exiting labels that you doesn't find here in Sweden. Hey, what a disappointment!! I really had trouble finding even one label that I didn't already know. Everywhere I went there were Chanel, Dior, Maybelline, Loreal... But I found some Bourjois polishes. Bourjois was new to me. :-)



Blue Asphalte is a creme, a bit dusty blue, with a sort of vinyl finish. Think old vinyl records, but blue instead, and you get it. It's a work safe office polish I would say. A bit boring, nothing to make me jump of joy. How do you feel?

The pictures are shot in my mother-in-law's garden. This is the cactus departement. My mother-in-law, C, has the most amazing garden. I give you a glimps of it here. I love flowers myself, but I have the most un-green fingers imaginable. Rather black I would say...

Are you up for some Bourjois polishes you find them at Asos.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Guess the number...


Gorgeous polish, beautiful bottle!! Nfu Oh really makes amazing bottles to accompany their polishes. Don't you think?!

This is one of my new darlings arriving yesterday. Does anyone recognise this gem?

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Purple Rain, Oh Purple Rain...

The nail polish Kicks Purple Rain, a purple shimmer nail polish

A couple of weeks ago I recieved six nail polishes from the swedish brand Kicks for a review. And here you have the first one out of the bunch.

This is Kicks Purple Rain, a vibrant purple shimmer polish wih a hint of blue in. It will not make my heart rase, but I quite like it, it is rather beautiful, although not at all uniqe in any way.

The nail polish Kicks Purple Rain, a purple shimmer nail polish

About Kicks Nail Polishes
Kicks is a swedish makeup store brand turning 20 years this fall. To celebrate this Kicks is launching their own make up line, starting out with nail polish. THANK YOU FOR THAT!! is my reply on that decision.

The great news is that the formula of the Kicks nail polishes are really good, too a low price. 39 SEK for 8 ml, that's about $6 (which is really cheap for a nail polish in Sweden.) We have seen examples of low price/low quality polishes before, as the MNY polishes to name just one.

Add the fact that it's produced in Sweden and free of toluene and formaldehyde. Thumbs up on that!

Kicks nail polishes are for sail in all the Kicks stores and on their website.

The nail polish Kicks Purple Rain, a purple shimmer nail polish

Här bjuder jag på det första lacket av sex som jag fick från Kicks tidigare i höst för en recension. Eftersom bloggen har varit lite vilande i höst ligger jag ju lite efter, men bättre sent än aldrig.

Kicks firar ju 20 år i höst och för att uppmärksamma detta roliga faktum så startar de nu sitt eget kosmetikamärke och först ut är nagellackskollektionen. Tjoho!!

Det här är Kicks Purple Rain, ett snyggt lila skimmerlack. Ingen unik nyans i sig, men ett vacker strålande lila med härligt djup i färgen. Detta är ett av 40 olika lack som Kicks släppte för ett par veckor sedan.

De kostar bara 39 kr för 8 ml, ett riktigt bra pris för ett lack med bra egenskaper på formulan. Två lager, lätt att lacka med och bra följsam borste. Lägg till att det är sverigeproducerat och fritt från de gräsliga kemikalierna toluen och formaldehyd så ger jag en stor guldstjärna i kanten.

Kicks lack hittar ni i deras butiker eller på deras webshop.




Monday, 24 October 2011

A fall necklace with Zoya and friends


Today it is the most wonderful fall weather in Örnsköldsvik. And I'm sitting indoors looking out on the sunlight, the beautiful colors of fall and trying to imagine the crisp air.

In fact I havn't been outdoors in weeks. For almost four weeks I have been cursed with the most awul cold imaginable. It just starts over and over. And to make things worse I had a knee surgery the very week I started to get sick. So here I am, limping around at home, sneezing, coughing and snooring. The most ironic thing is that all this time it has been the most beautiful fall weather. And I can only watch from behind the window.

So to get some acquaintance with the warm colors of fall I use my nail polishes instead. Today I will show you a nail polish necklace I made the other week, made in fall colors.


Polishes used
I got a request to make a necklace in red, yellow and orange with the names Johanna, Joakim and Peter. So I chose China Glaze Swing Baby, Zoya Tanzy and Kimmy and Kleancolor Metallic Yellow. I took the liberty to add some gold in the piece to make the colors a bit smoother in apperance. When the marbling was done I added a dragonfly and the names in to the piece.

So, do you like it? I'm always so nervous when I am to show and deliver a new piece. It's actually really terrifiyng to make something by hand and then show it to people.


Jag känner mig halvt döende nu efter fyra veckor med den värsta förkylningen någonsin kombinerat med min knäoperation för tre veckor sedan. Ironiskt nog har det varit underbart höstväder mest hela tiden under min ynkliga sjukperiod. Och idag är det ännu en dag då jag får sitta inne och beundra vädret från vardagsrummet.

Nåja, då får man njuta av hästfärgerna i nagellacken istället. Här bjuder jag på ett nagellackssmycke i rött, orange och guld. Jag fick en beställning på ett namnsmycke häromveckan i dessa färger, så jag plockade fram China Glaze Swing Baby, Zoya Tanzy, Zoya Kimmy och Kleancolor Metallic Yellow.

Vad tycks?

Sunday, 23 October 2011

The quatrochromatic Models Own Beetlejuice collection

The duochromatic nail polish collection Models Own Beetlejuice. Golden Green, Pinky Brown, Purple Blue, Aqua Violet and Emerald Black

I can't keep myself from posting these beauties. Models Own are launching a line of duochromatic nail polishes soon. Very soon in fact.

From the beginning of november the Beetlejuice collection (yepp, that's the name of the line) are for sale on their own website. According to Models Own each shade consist of four different colors. Maybe we should call them quatrochromatics instead?!

The Beetlejuice collection consist of these five nail polishes:

Golden Green - a fresh energetic acid
Pinky Brown - a warm rusty pink
Purple Blue - a vibrant punch of fuchsia indigo
Aqua Violet - a true sky shimmer
Emerald Black - a bold-blackened midnight peacock

My favourite are Golden Green, or maybe Aqua Violet... or Purple Blue, or...

Gaah, I think I got to have them all!

Which one of them are you going for?


Friday, 21 October 2011

Do I feel Foxy today?

The nail polish China Glaze Foxy from the Vintage Vixen collection 2010, a red/brown/orange nail polish with a beautiful shimmer

Naahh, not at all. Still limping around here with my bad knee, combined with the worst cold ever. I'm really so tired of this!!

But to shape things up I picked this beauty out of my Helmer, the gorgeous China Glaze Foxy from last years fall collection Vintage Vixen. This nail polish has been collecting dust a little too long. It was really love at first sight when I saw this foxy lady at Nailtastic last year, but when I didn't try it directly last fall I wanted to wait until this year's fall. I think this shade would look a bit odd in the middle of spring...

The nail polish China Glaze Foxy from the Vintage Vixen collection 2010, a red/brown/orange nail polish with a beautiful shimmer

Flooding polish
This is just a perfect color for fall, a fantastic red with hints of orange and brown, really foxlike, so the name is very suitable for this one. As always when it comes to China Glaze I'm not overwhelmed about the formula though. I think it is a bit too liquid for my taste. Although removing the excess polish against the neck of the bootle it is still flooding over my nails after one stroke. I hate when this happens!! Thank god for remover pens!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

An ugly tribute-to-love-watermarble

 
Haha, what a dissaster!! But I'll show you anyway.

This week is the week of the rainbow in my town. It is a week dedicated to shed light on HBT-issues, to grow acceptance amongst people on homo-, bi- and transsexuality. It is an important week!

A couple of years ago my town was elected as the most homofobic town in Sweden. Not a prize to be proud of.  As a counteract the Rainbow Week was initiated, a yearly event to celebrate love in all its forms.


About the manicure
As a tribute I planned to make a rainbow colored watermarble. My palette consisted of a range of Kleancolor Metallic nail polishes; Metallic Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Aqua, and Purple. But it didn't really turn out the way I wanted to. Gahh, watermarbling and I aren't the best friends unfortunately.

But I still want to show you this manicure, as a tribute to love. Pure, simple and beautiful, in every way. Let's celebrate love, in whatever shape it wants to show itself!


Friday, 14 October 2011

Orly Galaxy Girl for a month

The nail polish Orly Galaxy Girl from the Cosmic FX collection 2010, a purple sparkling nail polish

This is Orly Galaxy Girl from the Cosmic FX collection from last year. Maybe THE collection of 2010, a huge hype.

At the moment One Inch Nails is hosting a giveaway and the prize is three Picture Polish polishes. Awesome! I lack Picture Polish in my collection so I would love to win these beauties.

The rules for the giveaway is to write a post about which nail polish you would choose if you were to carry just one, (thats right, only one!!), polish for a month.

The nail polish Orly Galaxy Girl from the Cosmic FX collection 2010, a purple sparkling nail polish


My criteria
My polish of choise needs to meet several criteria if we are supposed to still be friends after one month of close relationship. Here they are:

1. It needs to be dark, that's a must.
2. It needs to fit every occasion, both in everyday-life and happenings out of the ordinary.
3. It should be sophisticated, but not boring.
4. To stand each other for that long time it has to have some special qualities, it needs to surprise me from time to time.
5.It has too meet every aspect of my mood swings, (actually I'm like a roller coaster from time to time in that matter...).

So after some thinking I realised these criteria are met by the gorgeous and mysterious Orly Galaxy Girl, with it's spooky glow when struck by sunlight.  It is a nail polish that never stops to amaze me.

(The criteria also fit my beloved husband F, but that's another story...)

Which polish would you choose?

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Kleancolor Metallic Fuschia

Kleancolor Mteallic Fuschia, a beautiful magenta/fuschia colored nail polish

Today's nail polish is Kleancolor Metallic Fuschia and this is a real showstopper. I just can't take my eyes of my nails right now. This is one of the polishes from the Kleancolor Metallic collection and Metallic Fuschia is not for the shy one.

The color is a shiny magenta that really hits you in the face. I like it, but I think it's even more beautiful in the bottle than on your nails, so I must say I'm a bit disappointed. The microscopic silver particles that you spot in the bottle doesn't show at all once on the nail. The apperance is instead an even but radiant color, almost like a neon.

Metallic Fuschia is easy to apply and you only need one coat. I just looove one-coaters!!

Kleancolor Mteallic Fuschia, a beautiful magenta/fuschia colored nail polish, picture of the bottle

Kleancolor Mteallic Fuschia, a beautiful magenta/fuschia colored nail polish
  Not a very sharp picture at all, but i love the colors...

Drawback
The only drawback is that Kleancolor adds camphor in their polishes, which is a toxic chemical in larger quantities. I just can't understand why some manufacturers still add poisonous compounds in their products. I mean, this is the 21st century! Let's make environmental and customer friendly products instead!!

About Fuschia
Did you know that Fuschia actually is a beautiful flower, which has given name to the color fuschia, or magenta as it is also called. The fuschia plant is itself named after the German scientist Leonhart Fuchs, a famous botanist living in the 16th century.

The fuschia plant, a beautiful magenta/fuschia colored flower

Sunday, 9 October 2011

A Kleancolor Metallic necklace

A necklace and piece of jewellery made from nail polish, Kleancolor metallic Black, Metallic Purple, Metallic Aqua, Metallic Sapphire, Metallic White

This is a necklace I made the other week by using some Kleancolor Metallic nail polishes. And as you can see this is the piece that is crowning the header of my blog.

Since I love black I made it with a base of Kleancolor Metallic Black and then added small portions of Metallic Purple, Sapphire, Aqua and White for the marbling. Once the marbling of the polishes were done I added a couple of silver dragonflies.

the Kleancolor metallic nail polishes used for making a ring and a necklace, pieces of jewellery made from Kleancolor metallic Black, Metallic Purple, Metallic Aqua, Metallic Sapphire, Metallic White

A ring and piece of jewellery made from nail polish, Kleancolor metallic Black, Metallic Purple, Metallic Aqua, Metallic Sapphire, Metallic White

To match the necklace I made a ring in the same colors. I'm more satisfied with the necklace than the ring, I think it would look better on a rectangluar setting instead.

Do you like it? Isn't it amazing that you can use nail polish to make beautiful pieces of jewellery?

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Chanel Le Jeans vs Nubar Jeans Collection


Apparently we are supposed to wear jeans on our nails this fall. Chanel is releasing their Les Jeans de Chanel collection this fall and shoortly after Nubar is releasing their Nubar Jeans Collection.

Each of the two collections consist of three shades of blue. Chanel is promoting three cremes, from the darkest Blue Rebel, the medium dark Blue Boy and finally the light Coco Blue.

Nubar on the other hand is releasing Dark Wash Jeans, a dark blue creme. Boyfriend Jeans (Haha, what a name on that one...) is also a creme, but a lighter one than the Dark Wash. And finally they dare to step away from the cremes and launch a pale blue shimmer polish called Faded Jeans.


So, are you up for some jeans nail polish? If so, which one are you going for? I must confess that I'm a bit in love with both Chanel Blue Rebel and Blue Boy.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Zoya Dannii; the older sister

Zoya Danii, a glowing purple nail polish with sparkling glass flecks, a romantic nail polish from the Zoya spring collection Intimate 2011

Zoya Dannii, what a beauty. This nail polish was released with the 2011 spring collection Intimate by Zoya. At first I thought it was an odd fellow amongst the others in this romantic collection. A sparkling purple polish with glass flecks. But once applied on the nails I get it.

This is truly a romantic and sophisticated polish. I'm a fan of purples, and this does not look like any other purple nail polish in my collection. I have seen tons of lavendar pastell polishes, and as many dark electrical purples. But this is something in between. Zoya Dannii is much darker than a pastell, but still manages to be quite soft in the apparence.

Zoya Dannii, a beautiful purple nail polish with sparkling glass flecks, nailpolish from the Zoya spring collection Intimate

Zoya Danii, a beautiful purple nail polish with sparkling glass flecks, a romantic nail lacquer from the Zoya spring collection Intimate 2011

The family
Dannii has the same DNA as Zoya Faye from the 2011 summer collection Sunshine. They have much in common, the same purple base with the same sparkling glow. But if Faye is the teenage sister going out clubbing on the weekends, Dannii is the more mature older sister. And I just love this family.

The formula? Just perfect, as always when it comes to Zoya.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

A Cheer-Me-Up-Manicure


It's not fun to be me today. Yesterday I had a surgery on my knee. And today: PAIN!!

Gahh, it really hurts! And of course I have the worst timing ever and have catched a cold on top of everything else.

So what to do to cheer me up? A new manicure of course!

 
  
About the manicure
This is a type of french manicure which I havde made by using a sponge. I started with Depend Soft Rosa as a nude base. Thereafter I used a sponge to apply the blue Kleancolor Metallic Aqua, Kleancolor Metallic Black and finally IsaDora Silver Sparkles. I then top coated with Seche Vite.

 
The result is OK, but nahh, I think the colors are a bit too cold to really have any impact on my mood today. I will make something better with more warmth in next time.

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