Kiko Milano Haul

This haul post from Kiko Milano was loooong overdue and some of the purchases were done last year when the store first opened in Delhi.

Kiko Milano store in Delhi is pretty big (compared to other makeup stores) with a HUGE range of makeup, be it lipsticks or nailpolish or eye makeup or skincare. The best thing about the store is that almost all the makeup has testers, even the nailpolish! Indian brands do not keep testers for nailpolish (except Chambor).  The price range for almost all the makeup is wide, starting from affordable to mid-expensive. Plus, the stores in India are in line with the new launches internationally.

So here are the things I picked:

  • Kiko Nail lacquer:  This is the first section I check out when I visit the store. The wide selection of colors look gorgeous on the display. Plus tester for every shade meant I HAD to buy a couple of these. And I obviously could not restrain myself 😛 The shades I picked are: 521, 479, 493, 530, 497, 298, 504, 277, 226, 335, 261, 357. You can check swatch of some of the shades I have worn on my Instagram. Full fledged reviews are coming soon.
  • Kiko Power Pro Nail Lacquer in shade 073
  • Kiko Glitter Metal Nail Lacquer in shade 002
  • Kiko Perfect Gel Duo (Nail lacquer+ top coat) shade 671
  • Kiko Glossamer Emotion Lipstick shade 111
  • Kiko Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick shade 311
  • Kiko Longwear Lasting Color Lip marker (not in pic): shade 105
  • Kiko Smart Eye pencil  (not in pic) shade 800

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom

Avon Metallic Effects Nail Enamel : Jade Reflection ~ Review & Swatch

I am impressed with Avon nailpolish especially the Metallic range which has some really beautiful colors. I have reviewed the shade Icy Purple (right one in pic above) and a gorgeous emerald color Noir Emerald (centre in pic) and here I am reviewing shade Jade Reflection.

 

Price: Rs 249 for 8 ml

 

Avon Metallic Effects Nail Enamel Jade Reflection review

Avon Metallic effects nail enamel comes in rectangular packaging with shade name written on the front. The brush is short and decent, not too bad not too great either. The straight tip makes the application messy around the cuticles. I always prefer rounded brush (like in THIS nailpolish).

Jade Reflection is a beautiful moss green color with a metallic finish.  The formula is rich and creamy. The consistency is great, neither thick nor thin. The pigmentation is excellent and gives full opacity in one coat. I have still applied two coats in the swatches below. Like any other metallic polishes, the brush strokes are visible so apply it carefully and neatly. This nail polish dries quickly.

This is not very long lasting nail polish just like many metallic nailpolish. Minor tip wear starts next day itself if you don’t wear a topcoat. Also, the shine tends to dull after 2-3 days. Proper chipping sets in after 4-5 days.

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Avon Metallic effects nail enamel in shade Jade Reflection is a beautiful metallic moss green color. The pigmentation is impressive and 1 coat goes fully opaque. However, the brush strokes are visible so you need to apply it carefully. It dries quickly and shine stays put for 2-3 days after which it starts to dull. The only drawback I could find is that these are not long lasting. But an additional top coat can always prolong the wear time. I am in love with the unique color and you should check this out if you love metallic nail colors.

xoxo, Blossom

5 quick Nail Arts in under 5 minutes

Festivities are in full swing and with just 2 days left for Diwali, here are 5 super quick nail arts to prettify your nails.

If you are not into nail art, HERE are my top 5 picks for nailpolish shades to wear.

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  1. Polka dots

 

2. Crackle nails

 

 

 

3. Glitter top coat

 

 

 

4. Bows & Dots

 

 

 

5. Gradient

 

 

 

 

If you recreate these nail arts, do tag me

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xoxo, Blossom

 

Finally! Peel Off Base coat for Glitter polish in India : YLG Nails 365 Review

Attention all glitter nailpolish fans! Our prayers have been answered. We finally have a peel off Glitter nail polish base coat in India. Bless you YLG Salon for introducing one. We can safely wear glitter nailpolish again without worrying about the aftermath that follows while removing it. My remover dipped cotton ball literally used to shred when I removed those stubborn glitter polishes. Even though I used THIS method for removing glitter, it was still cumbersome and time consuming.

So I stumbled upon this peel off base coat on Amazon and I immediately added to cart.

 

 

Price: Rs 299 for 9 ml

 

YLG Peel Off Base coat review

YLG Peel off base coat comes in square packaging housed in a white cardboard box. There is a mini leaflet inside containing all the necessary details. The brush is short but ok.  The consistency is runny. It smells weirdly of fevicol glue. But it does its job pretty well! I apply two coats and allow each coat to dry completely. Since this is water soluble, make sure your hands are completely dry before you apply. Also, do not wet your hands after you apply this base coat, i.e. before applying glitter nailpolish as the base coat will start to remove. YLG Peel off base coat applies milky white, but turns transparent when dry.

For removal, just grab the glittery nailpolish from the base of nail and start peeling.

Now coming to the cons part, I feel with the peel off base coat on, the glitter nailpolishes don’t stay as long as they do without this base coat. The nailpolish starts to peel on its own in 2-3 days only (especially around tip/base). Also, if you do a bit of cooking at home, I  DO NOT recommend this base coat. Once I was kneading the dough and I could see the glitter nailpolish from all my fingers sliding into the dough :-/

But other than that, I think this is a great base coat and makes removal of glitter nailpolish a dream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, YLG Peel Off base coat for glitter nailpolish is a saviour for all glitter polish lovers. It makes the removal of glitter polish a dream. YLG Peel off base coat is milky white in color with fevicol glue type smell. It applies white but dries transparent. The removal part is incredibly easy. However, I feel the wear time for nailpolish reduces when applied using this base coat. Also, make sure not to do any cooking (especially kneading) with this base coat on as the glitter nailpolish will slide off and knead into the dough. Ugh!

xoxo, Blossom

Maybelline Colorshow Party Girl nailpolish ~ Rock the Night 117: Review & Swatch

 

 

Glitter nailpolishes scream party and with all the festivity in the air, they are perfect to adorn at this time of the year. Party Girl collection from Maybelline colorshow has been around for sometime and I have already reviewed 3 of the shades: Tequila Sunrise, Fireworks and Party Lights. In this post I am reviewing another gorgeous shade: Rock the Night 117

Pssst! My love for Glitter nailpolish can be seen HERE 😀

 

Price: Rs 175 for 6 ml

 

Maybelline Colorshow Party Girl nailpolish Rock the Night 117 Review

Rock the Night 117 is a beautiful dark blue nail polish with dark blue  hexagonals and golden shimer suspended in a sheer blue baseThe nailpolish has golden shimmer which gives this naipolish a beautiful golden-peacock bluish sheen. Maybelline Party girl range of nail polish is loaded with the glitters which remain suspended and does not settle down at the bottom of the bottle. The glitter does not tug and the nail polish settles into a smooth finish. The dark blue hexagonals against a blue base gives an overall  diffused shimmer to this shade.

The packaging is standard packaging of their Colorshow nailpolish. It comes in cylindrical glass bottle with black cap. The shade name is engraved on top of the cap. The brush is decent and picks enough nailpolish for one coat. It takes 2 coats for full color intensity as one coat is slightly sheer. But if applied properly,  one coat looks beautiful on its own.

Rock the Night 117 being glitter nailpolish, its removal can be quite a pain, especially if you layer this polish a lot. You can remove such glitter polishes easily using the method I use HERE.

The tip wear/chipping starts after 3-4 days, which is quite okay, as I don’t expect these polish to be super long lasting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Rock the Night 117 is a beautiful dark blue glitter nailpolish with a golden-peacock blue sheen. This nailpolish is loaded with glitter and 2 coats give full coverage. This is a beautiful color to glamour up the nails. Party Lights range of Maybelline Colorshow is my favorite so far and I will keep on repurchasing the shades.

xoxo, Blossom

Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color : Sunkissed~ Review, Swatch

 

Maybelline has two range of nailpolish: Colorshow (with its multiple variants like THIS and THIS and THIS) and Superstay.  While I love Colorshow collection for its wide range of colors, I LOVE Superstay range for everything else one looks for in a nailpolish. As the name says, this range of nailpolish is supposed to be long wear and give Gel finish. I have already reviewed my favorite Blue nailpolish HERE and here I am reviewing a gorgeous pastel peach color – Sunkissed 873

 

Price: Rs 350 for 10 ml

 Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Color 7 days: Sunkissed Review

Unlike colorshow range, Maybelline Superstay Gel nail polish comes in a flat, glass packaging with white cap. The shade name is stickered at the top and the list of ingredients is at the back in peel off sticker. Formula wise, these nailpolish are amazingly pigmented and creamy with glossy, plump finish. These are fast drying nailpolish and do not pose a problem if you are in a hurry. I am really impressed with the brush. I absolutely hate thin brushes in nailpolish. The flat, wide, U-curve brush makes the application breezy and less prone to error, especially around cuticles. Two coats give full pigmentation.

Sunkissed is a stunning pastel peach color. I LOVE pastel colors and this nailpolish is one of my fav, especially for summers (as the name suggests- Summer Bliss ).

Now coming to the Superstay claim, this nailpolish stays for 5-6 days with minor tip wear without a top coat and you can prolong the wear time by applying a top coat. I am a nailpolish hoarder and I know which nailpolish has better stay and which doesn’t. This nailpolish definitely is a win in long stay department.

The higher price of this range of nailpolish (as compared to Colorshow) is totally justified. You will feel the difference between the two range as soon as you start to apply these.

Word of caution though, the shade Sunkissed makes skin look a tad deeper in complexion.

In the swatches below, I have applied Colorshow Gold digger nailpolish in shade Bling Thing as top coat.

I have applied this nail polish as part of a nail art HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Maybelline Superstay Gel nail color in shade Sunkissed is a beautiful pastel peach color which is ideal as spring/summer shade. The formula is creamy and highly pigmented. The wide, U-shaped brush makes the application incredibly easy. These are long lasting nailpolish and will last for 5-6 days at least if you wear it with a top coat. The formula is top notch. This shade however can make your skin tone look deeper. I love this shade nonetheless and I will definitely repurchase it.

xoxo, Blossom

 

Tutorial: Floral Nails #2

It has been a ages since I last did a tutorial. So I am back with a super simple tutorial for Floral nail art.

I am thinking of posting more nail arts on the blog.

I have done other Floral nail arts HERE and HERE.

You can check part #1 of Floral nails tutorials HERE

So, let’s begin with this nail art

 

Things you need:

  • Base nail paint 

I used NYC In a minute quick dry nail polish – Blanco 032

Make sure to choose a quick drying one. I made a blunder of not choosing a quick drying one and ended up with untidy design 😦

  • Nailpaints for flowers

You can choose whichever shade you like. I used Nykaa Neon Matte in shades Cherry Pop (Orange) and Pink Lemonade (Pink).

See the proper swatch of these nail polish HERE.

 

  • Green nailpaint for leaves

I did not have a proper green color, so I had to make do with this pastel mint green nailpolish by Note (shade: 71 Mint)

 

  • Toothpick!

Thats’s it.

 

Steps for an awesome Floral Nail art

  1. Paint the base color of your choice. I chose white as it is a perfect canvas for any nail art .

    Check out some amazing nail arts I did using White base HERE

 

2. Using back of the toothpick place random colorful dots on the nails. Make sure not to dot too closely.

 

 

 

 

3. Using the pointed end of the toothpick, pick up some white nailpolish and draw swirls inside the colorful dots you painted.

(I know mine looks bad. Blame the crappy white nailpolish I used)

 

 

4. Using the pointed end of another toothpick, pick up green nailpolish and add random short lines around the colorful dots. This will make the leaves.

 

 

 

5. Seal with a top coat. Tadaaa!

 

 

 

Hope you find this useful.

Do tag me if you recreate this nail art. I would love to see it.

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xoxo, Blossom 🙂