Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was recently given 'The Versatile Blogger' award by the beautiful  Nancy from The Dark Side of Beauty. Nancy does the most beautiful eye makeup. I also love her hauls and of course nail polish reviews. Please check out her blog, if you haven’t already, and say Hi! 

The Rules:

Worship at the feet (or makeup vanity) of the person who nominated you and link back to her (or his) blog in your post. 

Share 7 facts about yourself.

Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers.

Contact your nominees and let them know you've tagged them.


1) My name is Lucia.

2) My favourite colour is light blue.

3) I own over 100 nail polishes.

4) I don’t own any shatter nail polish.

5) I have a soft spot for soft pink/nude nail polishes.

6) I have a lip balm addiction.

7) I have a slight perfume addiction.

 Blogs I Award 

(in no particular order)

Kelly – Posh for Polish
Britney – Princes Paradise
Whitney – Elemental Styles
Laura - AllMadeUp21
Brooke – Babbling Brooke
Rebecca – Be bautiful
Lisamarie and Christelle – Beauty Crazed in Canada
Lauren – Lacquer Addict
Stephanie – Little Red Fox

Pink Wednesday - Rimmel LycraPro in Velvet Rose 306

Happy Pink Wednesday everyone!

Today I want to show you Rimmel’s Velvet Rose.
This is my go-to polish if I need a ‘quick mani’.
I absolutely love this polish. I love everything about it, the colour, the formula, the brush.
The colour is pretty dusky pink/mauve with creme finish.
Despite the thickness the formula is great. It's very opaque; you could use one coat, but the second coat really makes the colour stand out. It also dries pretty fast.

 Perfect manicure in just one coat.
I did not use any basecoat or topcoat.
 Two coats, no basecoat or topcoat

The curved shape of the brush makes it easier to avoid cuticles.


I purchased this polish with my own hard earned cash. I think  it is a bargain and well worth every penny!!!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Summer essence collections + my first giveaway

The Giveaway is now closed!

Hi everyone,

I hope that you all had a lovely weekend and a good Monday.
I did a little shopping on Saturday and as always I couldn’t resist looking at some polishes. The new Essence collection caught my eye.
Apparently, there are currently two Essence collections out there: Ballerina BACKSTAGE and NAILS in style.

I was tempted to buy all the polishes in these two collections, but because I am a good girl and I have way too many polishes, I didnt.

However, I couldn’t resist picking some polishes for a small giveaway.

So here are the four shades that I have picked for you:

Style Me Holo - a nice duochrome polish with purple, green and blue undertone shades. It looks stylish but not too overwhelming. The picture doesnt do justice to this polish as I have not managed to capture the undertone shimmer shades.
Essence NAILS in style - STYLE ME HOLO

Style For Summer Nights - a silver polish with metallic foil finish.
Again, this picture is not the best one, but the sun did not want to show up :(
Wear Your Little Tutu -  light pink shade with shimmer,  perfect for everyday manicure for work or school.

Dance the Swan Lake - white nail polish with pinkish undertone shimmer, again perfect shade for everyday clean looking nails.



Rules / Eligibility:

To enter, you need to follow me via Google Friend Connect (GFC) and leave a comment on this post with your follower nickname and your email address so I can contact you if you win.
This is the minimal requirement for an eligible entry.

To maximize your chances of winning, you can collect additional entries
1) Blog about this giveaway on your page (+ 3 entries)
2) Place a link of this giveaway with the prize picture on the side bar of your home page. (+2 entries)
3) Follow me on twitter (@jewelsandnails) and tweet the following:
 Have you entered @jewelsandnails essence giveaway yet? Take part here  (+ 2 entries)
Please leave a link for each additional entry.
In total, you have a maximum of 8 entries per person. The giveaway will end on the 31st of August GMT+1.

This giveaway is open to all followers, including my international followers. Participants must be 18 years of age or older or have permission from a parent or guardian to enter. 
I will use to generate the winner. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond to my email within 48 hours, I will choose another winner at random.

Please remember that you may not see your entry right away, because I have to approve comments before you can see them on my blog.
Thank you and good luck everyone!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Catrice Lavenderlicious

Catrice Lavenderlicious came out with limited spring edition called "Enter Wonderland". It  is a lovely pale lavender cream.
I was pleasantly surprised by the qualtity of this polish. It was easy to work with it, applied smoothly and dried quite well. Initially there was some streakiness but  the polish evened itself out after the second coat.

The colour itself is not unique in any way, but if you are looking for a pale lavender colour and you have access to Catrice I recommend trying this.
I used three coats, no basecoat or topcoat

The bottle is super cute :)

Saturday, 16 July 2011

NOTD: Weekend manicure (water marbling)

Hi everyone!
 Hope you are all having a great weekend. :)

Today I want to show you my weekend manicure.
What do you think of the colour combination I used in my water marbling???
                                 I didn't put any basecoat on. :/

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day! :)
 Please feel free to leave a comment if you want. I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Mini Nail Polish Haul

It’s always exciting to buy new nail polishes, isn’t it? 
This is my latest purchase which I am very excited about. 

I love discovering and trying new nail polish brands and this is my first purchase of KIKO nail polishes. 
After reading many good reviews and seeing some pretty swatches, I didn’t hesitate. 

I immediately fell in love with these dusky colours. can’t wait to try them out and post swatches and review.

 They normally retail for € 3,90, but I got them on a special offer for 2,50 each.

KIKO 345, KIKO 329, KIKO 338

Kiko is an Italian make-up brand but it is also sold in other European countries. Is Kiko sold in your country? Have you  tried any KIKO products?

Beside that, I wanted to add some nail art tools to my collection so I bought some Essence products. I am rather curious if I can get a good results with this Nail Art Stampy Set.  I have tried several brands before, but none seemed to work.
Any tips on how to make stamping plates work???

Monday, 11 July 2011

China Glaze Anchors Away collection 2011 Pelican Gray

Pelican Gray is another polish that I own from China Glaze's Spring 2011 Anchors Away collection. It is a lovely pale grey with blue undertones and very subtle silver shimmer. I think it is a perfect colour for work without being boring. Again as with the Sea Spray I found that  the formula of the polish was thick and needed to be thinned down.
Overall it’s a very pretty polish and I’m happy to have it in my collection.

                                I used three coats, no basecoat or topcoat.

                    One coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength 05 Diamonds

Friday, 8 July 2011

China Glaze Anchors Away Spring 2011 Collection: Sea Spray

Sea Spray came out in Anchors Away Spring 2011 Collection. It is a soft baby blue with a subtle micro shimmer. Unless you look very closely, it will appear to be a cream finish. I love the colour and I think it suits my skin tone. However, I didn't like the application of this polish. I found the formula thick, streaky and hard to work with. Would not repurchase, but I am happy to have it in my collection. :)
3 coats, no basecoat or topcoat

One coat of Sally Hansen DIAMOND STRENGTH (05 Diamonds)


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Pink Wednesday: Nivea 32 Milkshake

I bought this polish on my trip to Vienna few months ago. I love this soft dusky shade of pink. You can see some soft shimmer when it is in the bottle but it disappears once applied. Dries fairly well and leaves no streaks. The only disadvantage is that it is rather pricey. It cost me 10 € for a 10ml bottle (14 $ for ⅓ Fl.Oz.).

          I didn´t used any topcoat or basecoat.

                                          Happy Pink Wednesday!!!!!