November 30, 2011

First Guest Post!!!

 Hey Everyone! Today I will be posting some special content for you! What makes it so special? Well, I think it's special because it's from one of the winners of our first giveaway :D Isn't that exciting? When I first notified Isabel that she was a winner, she asked me if we would consider posting her manicure and input when she received the package, which I honestly thought was an amazing idea! So these are her pictures and a copy and paste of what she e-mailed me for everyone to enjoy.

Isabel wrote:
First of all, thank you so much again for the wonderful polishes. They arrived really fast (I received them the last week of October), and there was no trouble with customs at all, they just got delivered.

And last Sunday was the day to my first mani with one of the colour-shifting pigments (which indeed were the highlight of this giveaway for me) and to take photos of it.

Here’s what I did:
'First of all, I used a small sample of Art Deco Nail Wonder as a base coat. As I wanted to use quite a dark polish as my base colour, I wanted to make sure to avoid staining. (And by the way – it was okay when I removed that mani yesterday, no staining at all).

After that had dried (which just took a few moments) I put on a polish that’s not a colour I would usually wear, a dark vampy red with lots of brownish tones. Not very “me”, although I quite liked it when it was ready. The polish I used was a very old one; I must have bought it in a collection of polishes at evilbay years ago and had to thin it a bit with polish thinner. Anyway, it’s Margaret Astor No. 21 (no name, unfortunately), and I decided to put on three coats as it seemed a bit patchy after the second coat. The bottle says it’s a polish that dries within 60 seconds, well, in fact it seemed to dry quite fast, but to make sure I just added one coat of essence studio nails better than gel nails top sealer. It’s a really good quick-drying top coat you can get for little money in many shops in Germany. It did its job, and in the first picture you can see the until-now finished result (done under artificial light, as it was already dark outside).

I let this settle for one or two hours and then added one coat of the colour-shifting pigment (in clear base) “copper red to green” to it. Great base, it was wonderfully easy to apply. I finished all of it off (remember – it was five layers of polish altogether) with one thick coat of Seche Vite (it was time for bed, and I didn’t want to wake up with nails loaded with sheet marks the next morning). It did its work very well, the manicure was still perfect the next morning.

The result is – well, like unicorn pee at its best. I didn’t compare them, but I think there’s absolutely no need to spend lots of money for the famous Clarins polish if you can get your hands on this colour-shifting pigments! Absolutely gorgeous, thus I did three photos to show the many colours it flashes (taken under the same artificial light).

 The mani held up quite well, although I started to have some tipwear on the third day. Well, the polish I used as base colour didn’t seem to hold up too well, but at least there were no chips.

For the last photo just a shot of the polishes I used.

So – many hugs from Germany again for these wonderful pigments and all the other polishes you gave away – Isabel

And the pictures:

Thank you again Isabel for doing this. I think it's safe to say that we all appreciate you taking the time to write out your thoughts, what you did and take pictures of it for everyone to enjoy! 

That's it for today, I hope you've enjoyed the special post and I'll see you guys again in a couple of days. Until then, have a wonderful and safe evening!

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