Don't be fooled by the pricetag

I know that a lot of polishoholics think that the MNY range of nailpolish isn't worth a dime. I know that even more makeupbloggers think that MNY as a whole is cheap crap that should solely be thrown to the fashion-hungry pre-teens. However, I like their nailpolish. It might not be the best product on the market, but competing in the true budget-range, it comes out a winner.
What I expect from a good polish is that it's color accurate (bottle vs layers on nail), easy to work with (rather thin than thick and lumpy), won't get matted down in no time and won't chip just because you waved like Paris.

While the color-range at MNY might not be all that exciting, it certainly has a couple of tricks up it's sleeve. 2 of those are seen above accompanied by 3 Hello Kitty glitters (the foil is the winner of the 3) and the magnificent MPJ by OPI.
Left to right:
  • MPJ by OPI.
  • 669 by MNY
  • 445 by MNY (nr 2 from the left)
  • Silver Kitty by Hello Kitty @ HM
  • Kitty Queen by Hello Kitty @ HM
  • Kitty Princess by Hello Kitty @ HM
All 2 layers though some might have needed 3.

So, what am I saying? Not much other than don't be fooled by the pricetags. Beauties come in all price-ranges.

New friends on the block

While I understand why MNY wants to arrange, market, sell their makeup and nailpolish by color, it just doesn't work for me. Put 6 pink colors together and I won't even look at any of them. The same goes for the browns, the greens, well most of them.
However, if you mix them all up and let them clash and bring out the hues in the other colors, I want them all! 40 polishes in a mixingbowl might look cheap compared to a fancy display, but in the end, I'll buy more than I would if you had it arranged according to the rainbow.

It's like books - the library won't keep all the books on teens that lost their virginity on prom-night in one section and stories on workoholics getting hooked on after-work's beer and beer-nuts in another.
But then again, they do keep the chick-lit in a specific section. Maybe MNY is targeting the same audience - the ones that want the choice already made?

The polishes above are all MNY. I had a hard choice making my decision though as the MNY displays don't ring my bell. At all. While the illustrations are cute in a Nylon type of way, the arrangement of colors makes me think of crayons at a daycare center.

My hair has got needs!

My hair's curly and dyed, re-dyed and dyed some more. I say hair, you say brittle. Add some hairspray and you'd have cottoncandy.That's how bad it is.
While I love my conditioner, American cream from Lush, it doesn't do what it has to do during the winter. It just doesn't. My hair looks lik a bird's nest.

So I am looking for good hair treatments, hot-oils, masques, etc and the more natural, the better. No silicones and such. I save the scary chemicals for the nails and my nails only. That's one obsession where it's hard to go natural, but the hair? Shouldn't be that hard. An important issue is that what I use for my hair, my 4-year old daughter wants to use, so I want it a bit safer than your regular haircare.

I tried the Macadamian hair oil and while did something (not much), it was not very natural (despite it's description) and it was rather expensive. If I am going to pay that much to have nice hair, I want to buy a product that won't take a crap on the environment. I want something my kid can use herself without me thinking the WHO will be knocking on the door, telling me I am doing harm to my kid.

So any and all advice - what do you use? What have you been hearing good things about?

3 from 1, part 2

Yet again, I'm late on this, but better now than never as this time it's about nailpolish! Varnish, lacquer, nagellack, whatever you call it, that's this weeks theme.
What's your favorite cremes? Unfortunately, I'm not a creme person. It's just not my favorite finish. I like a couple, have a bunch but I mostly use them for layering unless it's a polish that really stands out. I tend to get tired off a creme a lot faster than off a jelly or a glitter. However, these are my 3 favorites :
  • Orly's Mandalay Ruby (Is this creme or jelly? Nobody seems to know)
  • Sinful Color's Dream on
  • China Glaze's Grape pop
However, looking at the other bloggers' posts (especially Sminkan's) I realize that I need to get more green and petrol cremes. A good limegreen creme and a peagreen creme would be idea.

Nice polish, not so nice photos

I know I dissed Seche Vite earlier this month. I just couldn't get it to work. Or rather, I couldn't get it to make my manicures more durable. I asked for advice and I got some; don't paint it on, flood the nail!

The advice worked wonders and my Ingrid lasted 7 days.
On day 7, it chipped and I did what we all do, I added a layer of glitter. In this case a layer of Zombie zest which made it a military green with a golden shine.
I know the photos are both rather crappy but the weather hasn't been co-operating with me lately. And, to be honest, I haven't really been in the blogging mode. Too much of everything right now.

More Kitty Kitty

They're all glitter and the silver-polish looks like you're playing around with liquid metal. Or hey, led soldiers! My un-educated guess that this is a good foil for those of you that want to live on the cheap side of life.
I just couldn't help myself, 19.50 sek/ $2.80 á piece.

3 from 1, part I

Swedish makeup- and beautyblogger Helena asked her readers and fellow bloggers what their favorite 3 items to use in the shower is. This is my answer:
A: The oatmeal from Lush that is also known as Curly wurly.
While it is not something I would recommend to those that have dyed their hair and would like to maintain that color, I would recommend it to everybody else. My kid loves it and I love it even though it drains all color in no time. Permanent haircolor is no challenge for Curly wurly.
It might be darn expensive and somewhat hard to rinse (shredded coconut in curly wet hair? It takes time!) but it's the first schampoo I've ever tried that doesn't make my scalp itch or makes the hair feel dry and frizzy. A good haircolor is easier to find than a good schampoo so I am sticking with this one.

B: A nice kitchen-towel. The older and the more worn, the better. Thread-bare - even the better. I rarely use scrubs or peeling, I use a towel. Seems eco-friendlier and doesn't have the goopy, gluey feeling to it that most scrubs have. Use once, throw it in the washer. Repeat.

C: This is a tie between Snow Fairy from Lush, a lovely bodyshower that smells like those candy-hearts with words on them, or a proper foot-file. While the latter sounds odd that's something I've learnt the hard way through working in restaurants - you need to take good care of your feet. Daily good care. When your legs start to ache after a long day, it's usually the feet that needs some intensive care.
Rather than to use a foot-scrape or other tools that looks like they could be considered weapons, use a foot-file more often. Your whole body will thank you.


2nd try with Seche Vite and it still chips faster than without Seche. What am I doing wrong? Basecoat this time was Orly's Bonder. Then 2 coats of China Glaze's Classic camel and on top of that, one coat of Seche Vite. Chipped within 24 hours.

As far as Classic camel goes - it looks lovely in the bottle. Looks like something out of a diaper when you try to paint it on your nails. A thick mess. Could cover in one coat if you're good with a brush. As I am not, I had to do two. Doesn't look as amazing on my nails as in the bottle but paired up with China Glaze's Ingrid, I think it will make an excellent coffee-inspired manicure. Ingrid being the half-moon on top of Classic camel - sounds good enough.

The nails in the picture above look a bit duller than in real life. The golden shimmer in Classic camel brings out the red undertones in your skin and when you try to take a neutral photo, the polish ends up looking flat. It's not. It's shimmery. Think a latte with the fat (from the milk) glistening. Not so much camel as a latte, I'd say.

She's pale as the background on Facebook

My skin has the same color as sour milk. Not sourcream, but sour milk, white with blue undertones and some yellow tint. I can never find the perfect foundation but the closest to a good one is Rose ivory by L'oréal's True Match. It's a little on the pink side though, so last time I went with Max Factor's Xperience Weightless foundation in Light ivory . Unfortunately, while the color seems a better match, the foundation slides off my face. Either it's way too greasy or it clashes with my daycream, which is Triple active by L'oréal. As winter's approaching and I'll have to move on to my skin-oil (Stem, how I love thee), I'm guessing I'm heading for disaster foundation-wise: landslide!
So when Lipgloss Bitch announced she has a foundation-giveaway with a brand that's known to have foundation for the überpale geekgirls, I was all ears. Have anybody heard about this brand, Smashit, before? It's new to me.

I am not sure if this giveaway is international or not, but why not give it a go?
Plus, I would still like some info on the brand as well as some good advice on the best foundation for pale kids from you guys. Budget-brands are always preferred  (my wallet's slim but not because of Weightwatchers) but I'd take a perfect match over money left in my pocket. That's just how superficial I am (and honestly, who wants that orange chin-line? I doubt that will ever be considered chic.)

All these choices

A nice butterscotch (Classic camel), a sparkly guacamole (L8R G8R) or maybe some ground cinnamon (Ingrid)? I've been wanting these for a while and now that I've got them, I can't figure out what to put on. Can't choose.

If it looks ancient, it might not be

When I got my Seche Vite, I also got 5 colorful beauties and one of them, I had to try on just then and there. Worn manicure or not. Dry hands and torn cuticles don't matter. The polish is so 70's (baked peppers, stuffed tomatoes and all that) that I just had to get it. Next time, it's going over a brown creme.
Do you know what polish I'm talking about?

It's my first time - be gentle

I know that to come nailpolish-conaisseurs, polish is nothing without proper basecoat and most importantly, topcoat. I rarely use basecoat and I have never ever used a topcoat. I wouldn't mind something that makes my polish dries faster and stay on longer, but so far, topcoat has been an expensive affair. All the good ones are expensive and cost more than a polish, which leaves me debating (with myself and my wallet) if I shouldn't just go for color over maintenance?
I always go for color, it's the easy choice. Color is why I love polish, not because I want to keep my nails flawless. I am not really a girl who goes for flawless anyways..
This time though, I went for color and maintenance - it all was on the less expensive side.
Still not as cheap as on Ebay but a lot cheaper than in stores, so I went with it, Nagelglädje at Tradera. 90 sek ($13.80)  for a Seche Vite which usually retails for 120 sek (18.45) in local (as well as online) stores. I know that to you americans, this is still a sum that makes your wallet scream and run for cover, but over here, we're used to it. We get everything a day late and a dollar short pricier.

Now I am just hoping that this little bugger is as good as you all have been saying.

Love is

A good polish. Wasn't supposed to wear polish last week and this week, I just couldn't settle on one so I had none. That was until the sun hit my Orange pacific from China Glaze bottle and I realized it was the perfect Halloween/fall/Thanksgiving -color. A dark orange-red, a deep coral with golden shimmer. Looks edible.
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If it looks edible, buy it

I'm pretty hooked on nail-polish, I admit to that. The 2nd thing on my Gimmegimmegimme-list is something that's not so easy to get my hands on unless I am willing to order over the internet, and that I am not: Lush. The closest store is far far away and I must admit that has probably done wonders for my wallet. Whenever I enter a Lush-store, I go nuts. Sometimes I even go back for a 2nd round of going nuts.

The good thing about going to Stockholm, other than the obvious - getting my back fixed, was that it's a city with a Lush store. Of course, I went crazy and had I been a rich girl, I would have had loads more to carry and probably killed off my back for once and for all. One could say, my lousy financial state saved my back!

I mostly went for old favorites, things I know work wonders like the American cream conditioner and Shimmy shimmy bar but I also decided to give Curly wurly a try as well as the solid perfume Imogen rose.
Doesn't sound like much, does it? But when I came to my senses and realized I had bought schampoo for $22.40 and a bottle of conditioner for $29.95, it just didn't make any sense. I don't go for luxury-items like that, unless it's at Lush. What is it with Lush that makes me spend money I don't have?

Now, don't get me wrong, I adore Lush but there is something odd about my relationsship to that brand that makes me spend that much money on something just because it's natural. A lot of the products aren't better than anything else on the market and some are just vile, but it's natural. We love natural. It's something about the atmosphere and the somewhat naive philosophy surrounding Lush that just makes me go gaga for gogo.
If it was a cult, I'd be the first to sign up.