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onsdag den 22. oktober 2014

Chaos & Crocodiles Echoes swatches

Chaos & Crocodiles Echoes is from the trio: Echoes, Shadows and Reflections, and I bought all 3 of them. They are (very opaque) jellies with a mix of 5 different holographic micro glitters/pigments.
Echoes is a beautiful magenta/berry red and I love it – simple as that. The other two might be more sparkly, but it’s perfect anyhow. This is 2 easy coats with a coat of Seche Vite. 
What do you think of Echoes?
I bought it from Norway Nails, and if you use the code MARIA10 you get a 10% discount.

tirsdag den 21. oktober 2014

My nail polish stash, storage and work space - a guided tour

Welcome to a picture heavy guided tour in my polish drawers and workspace...!
I feel like a child waiting for Christmas LOL - I have looked SO much forward to showing you this post and I put in at least 8 hours of work in it trying to remember everything and to make all photos and text as perfect and as easy to understand as possible!
I have become one more chest of drawers for my nail polishes - and it's two and a half years ago since I last showed you my nail polish workspace - click HERE - and a lot have happened since then!

First two overview photos showing the storage and the workspace before we dive into the drawers...!
Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge them!
The cushion on top of the smallest of the chest of drawers is mainly used by Ivan, the youngest of our 4 cats.
As you can see I often sit with my laptop right behind the "half-wall", so it's quite cozy. And if the "cozy-level" isn't high enough, Ivan jumps on the table and demands to be cuddled <3
Everything in my workspace is within reach and I even have a sink, very practical both when swatching and painting nail art with acrylic craft colors!
And in case you wonder, this is NOT our kitchen, it's my workspace and noting else, but it is a separate part of your long L-shaped kitchen....

My photo set-up is only a few steps away (if I don't stumble over any cat toys) and I can open doors to get in fresh air if I want to.
Another favorite cat cushion is found on the top of our extra refrigerator.

Ok, enough small talk - let's dive into the drawers. I took photos of all of them except two, that aren't (yet) used for nail polish/related stuff!

Do you remember my many, many untried polishes - click HERE?
Well I have been swatching a lot, so now the drawer looks like this, so that is quite an improvement:
BUT - there always seem to be a but somewhere, doesn't there..?

My drawer of untried Chanel's is way fuller now:

AND there is a new drawer of untried Indies & Co.

AND the acrylic shelves with the "next up" untrieds aren't exactly empty either, are they, tsk, tsk...

So let's move away from the untried polishes to all the swatched/tried ones, all the keepers - most are sorted by color, Chanel and Dance Legend are sorted by brand.

This drawer houses the already swatched Chanel polishes from 2007 and onwards. The empty spaces are for not yet swatched and missing polishes from the year in question.

And this drawer houses the already swatched Chanel polishes older than 2007.

A few swatched orange and yellow - a LOT of swatched pastel yellows - and my so far swatched Dance Legends...

My so far swatched pink and reds.

My swatched pink, red and purple holos.

My swatched holos in other colors.

My swatched greens going from dark til light mint.

My swatched blues going from dark til light pastel blue.

My so far swatched purples going from pastel to dark - I see the need for more room for the darker purples soon...

My glitters.

My so far swatched Diors - a few others and special finish polishes like glow in the dark, magnetics, crackle etc. - a drawer that that is open for other polishes, maybe the darker purples as before mentioned...

My refills, a few gifts and polishes looking for new homes...
- but what is this? MORE polishes looking for new homes + a shelf somewhere else in the house, tsk, tsk, tsk...

A drawer with a few extra acrylic craft colors, most stand ready in my workspace, a little glitters etc.

Extra nail wheels, swatch sticks and a lot of "this and that"...

Re-use of boxes, bubble wrap etc. for shipping polishes to friends...

And finally a closer look at my workspace:
I have all I need in one place - always ready to use.
Because of surgery in the neck and shoulders it's best for me to stand while polishing and painting, so one arm is supported by the clear acrylic box, the other by the metal suitcase.
On the clear acrylic box you see my old eyes secret weapon and helper: OptiVisor (5), that enlarges everything 2½ times (but gives a very short focal depth); I use it when I paint nail art and do a clean up.

The top drawer under the metal suitcase - messy and chaotic, but I can find most things in it without looking - and...
- I chose not to tidy up before the photos, so what might look chaotic to you is very practical for me ;)

Did you like the guided tour in my polish world?
Useful links to my: Indies & Co. -  Chanel polishes - Stash list - DIY Tips & Tricks - or use the menu at the top of the page to see even more pages.
Current giveaway - click HERE!

Design Glassware by Mont Bleu set of 3 glass nail files review - and a giveaway reminder

I my opinion some of the worlds finest crystal glass files are made by Mont Bleu/DesignGlassware by Mont Bleu, so I am happy to review this lovely glass nail files set with “Waterfall” design:
The three files come in a set of large (195mm/7.68 in), medium (135mm/5.32 in) and small (90mm/3.54 in) - one for your purse, one for home manicure and the last one for pedicure. This set is a great gift idea and an essential nail care tool.
As all 
Mont Bleu nail files they are made from Czech tempered glass in Bohemia and have a lifetime warranty on the filling surface. The files are hand decorated with Swarovski crystals and presented in black velvet sleeves.Read more about the set right HERE!

I love the Swarovski crystals but if you prefer your nail tools without crystals, Mont Bleu also have a wide range of files without crystals and decorations.
And they have a wide range of nail and beauty related accessories!

Since I did THIS REVIEW back in April I have been using my Mont Bleu files - BUT when I needed to take off some length I always seemed to grab my long Leighton Denny file, because of the long filing surface. That has however changed now...
The large Mont Bleu file is just marvelous, and I feel it's a bit coarser than my Leighton Denny and it gets the job done a little quicker - so what's not to like about that!
All 3 files leaves my nail tips smooth and without file shavings worth mentioning, I really, really like the result!

So I can give my honest recommendation to this set, the price is €27 - and as mentioned you can get it without stones - and in other colors.
BUT if you haven't already entered my Internationally open giveaway ending October 30th, where you can win this set kindly sponsored by Mont Bleu/DesignGlassware by Mont Bleu, maybe you should, read more right HERE - or simply join here below:

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Later today I give you a guided tour in my nail polish stash, polish drawers and workspace with a lot of photos....

mandag den 20. oktober 2014

Darling Diva The Arcanist and The Shapeshifter – WitchEE collection swatches

In the Darling Diva WitchEE collection you find: Cast a Spell, The Immortal, The Witching Hour, The Shapeshifter, The Arcanist and The Alchemist, I didn’t buy the first two, but I show you the other four of them, two today and two on Wednesday!
They have a good dry time, and they are shown in two easy coats with a top coat.

The Arcanist is described as a cinnamon red holo – and I agree. It is very opaque in one coat, but this is two as said in the beginning. The holo is super strong in the sun and it’s very visible in all light settings.

The Shapeshifter:
The Shapeshifter is an olive-mossy green holo with a super strong effect in the sun and it’s very visible in all light settings.
Do you like them?
Wednesday I will show you The Alchemist and The Witching Hour...
Tomorrow I have a HUUUUGE post about my polishes, their storage, my workingspace and more!!!
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