I am wearing a pink nail polish for the 3rd time in my life! I can imagine how much you all are surprised. But everything is very simple. I just don’t like pink. That’s it! For the first time I wore pink nail polish for the wedding of my best friend who said that I should wear a pink dress. At first I thought this is some kind of a cruel joke (as she knows that I would never wear a pink dress) but unfortunately, it wasn’t.
The second time I wore pink was when I’ve got this nail polish several months ago in summer. I’ve wanted to try it but I forgot to take the photos of back then. So now I am wearing this nail polish for the second time! It feels very strange to see my pink nails but it’s ok I guess, not that bad after all.
As for this nail polish, I am very
I am a big fan of black nail polishes and I do have several different variants but I wanted even more. That’s when Illamasqua’s Scron, a black with a matte finish caught my attention. So did purchase it recently.
Maybe it makes more sense to get a matte top coat instead of matte nail polish but I think matte top coat gives a more flat finish while the “original” matte nail polish looks much better.
Please excuse all the fingerprints…
It looks opaque with two coats, as you can see from the photo above.
The brand actually offers some shades with rubber finish if you want something different. But I love my nail polish to be glossy so I will stick to a black version. The price is £13.50. Illamasqua is available from Selfridges and ASOS.
Although I do love my luxury products, this week I’ve been obsessed with two of my latest purchases from high street. The thing is that I did not even plan to get those, but saw them, liked the shades and had to pick them up.
My newest lip love is Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in 06 Plum Russian.
Such a gorgeous shade and finish, it looks very glossy and beautiful on; feels light and moisturizing. On the photo below I am wearing it very lightly, you can get a much more intense shade, which I love for evenings.
It feels like I haven’t posted Nails Of The Day feature in ages. The reason? I have been wearing shellac for months, but I did feature some shades on my Instagram.
But it feels good to post a good ol’ classic, if you wish, post. It actually brings a lot of memories. I remember how my male friends were reading these features on Makeup4all out loud and found it absolutely hilarious that I would spend my time taking photos of my manicure an put it on-line. Oh well…
But back to the nail polish in question which is Vinylux by CND. It is supposed to last for the whole week, and it does have a very impressive staying power. I have actually featured a black shade some time ago.
As for Cityscape it is a
I am ashamed to say that this interview is several years old…and it is from a year when nail polishes were the thing in beauty. And for that occasion, there is only one person I’ve wanted to interview, and it was Adina. She has an impeccable taste in pretty much everything, but I personally really appreciate her shoes (doc Martens especially), her incredible silver rings, gorgeous kitten Tristam, and, of course, the nail shades she comes up with. They are absolutely magical: the shades are unique and the stories behind them are fascinating.
Enjoy the interview!
1. Can you please tell us something about yourself?
I was born and raised in Milan Italy, with an inclination for creativity and everything beautiful. A career in fashion with a few experiences in costumes design for opera and ballet was the perfect way to fulfil my aspirations and potentials.
My starting and long time experience was as assistant for Gianni Versace for whom I designed almost everything, followed by a few years as a freelance.
The step that very early determined my fundamental next stage in life happened at 16 when I visited London for the first time during a study/holiday. A deep yearning for England and sense of belonging seemed suddenly revealed and became stronger in the following years.
In my 30s after years of conflict I finally decided to follow my heart and left my glamorous, though demanding career, my fine setting behind to come to London to the unknown. Why? There might be only an esoteric explanation as I can’t find a rational one but that was my personal Epiphany, to feel complete at last despite difficult and uneasy moments I had to overcome.
I kept working in fashion designing accessories and eventually for a haute couture house based in Dubai until I realised I had completed a perfect cycle of experiences and didn’t feel any more the drive to continue. I formed a painting and decorating company that gave me a break on the creative side, until the urge to do something all mine raised again. And this is the start of the present chapter…
2. How did you realize that you want to create nail polishes? Was it hard to start your own brand?
“A young girl painting her nails with watercolours” that’s the beginning… During all stages and changes in life painting my nails has been a constant way to express myself and even to connect with people. I believe the intention to start my own line had been growing for long time until I was ready to start and from that moment all came very naturally.
I spent almost one year in preparation building the concept and the colours. It was very intense and exciting. I had to find the best manufacturer in UK, create the