donderdag 29 januari 2015

OPI Glitter-Off Peelable Base Coat Review

Every now and then you come across a beauty item that makes your life hell of a lot easier. Luckily this happened to me about a few weeks ago. I was just looking at the OPI nail polish stand in the store when I saw something that caught my interest: the OPI Glitter-Off peelable base coat. Could it be? Could it be that I found a solution?

I am a big fan of glitter nail polish, but unfortunately I never wear it all that often. This is because, and I’m sure if you’re a glitter lover you will understand, glitter nail polish is such a freakin’ hassle to remove. If I want to remove glitter nail polish I need several cotton pads that will fluff all over the place or I ruin my nail polish remover sponge trying to get the glitter off. And, when all the nail polish is removed, there is still tons of glitter stuck to my nails that I have to scratch off, which in turn damages my nails. But, lucky fellow glitter gals, OPI has offered us something that will change our lives from dull to sparkly.

How it works
It works just like a regular base coat. You apply a thin coat of this on your clean, bare nails before you apply anything else and wait for it to dry completely. It is completely dry when it becomes transparent. If you want to remove your nail polish, you simply push your nail under the edge of your nail polish et voila, it entirely comes off in one peel. There is a side note though, I’ve found that this doesn’t work on gel nails, so if you get your nails done, this doesn’t work properly. But glitter polish is easier to remove off of gel nails anyway.

This base coat nail polish is a thick, white, glue-y kind of nail polish. It applies like a sheer white polish that will dry up to a semi-matte transparent.  It does take a couple of minutes longer to dry than a regular base coat though. And when you apply it too thick, it takes even longer to dry, about 10-15 minutes. Some parts might not even dry completely if you apply it too thick. It also smells like glue by the way.. I don’t really like the scent to be honest, glue makes me a little bit nauseous.
Because this nail polish is easy to remove in one peel, it does have a poorer lasting power. Glitter nail polish is usually known for its sustainability, but this nail polish was especially formulated to come off easily. Make sure your nails are entirely clean before applying this, preferably by cleaning them with nail polish remover. This strips the nails from any greasiness.

Should I buy it?

If you like to amp up your manicure with a little something something, like chunky glitter nail polish or liquid sand, I definitely recommend you buy this nail polish. I am not kidding if I say this has made my life lot easier. It has revived my relationship with glitter, it’s just so nice to look at. Plus it saves me a lot of time, cotton pads and nail polish remover sponges.

 If you’re not really a glitter kind of gal, you can totally skip this. Though it might still be a good base coat if you hate to remove your nail polish with remover, for example because it gives you a head ache or you’re lazy. I'd like to thank OPI for bringing this base coat on the market!! 

donderdag 22 januari 2015

When SEPHORA dumped me

When SEPHORA came to the Netherlands in 2008, I knew that it would be love at first sight. And my gut feeling was spot on. When we first met, I just felt that awesome connection you know? When you just feel like everything is right and every time you see each other you get butterflies in your stomach. That’s how my relationship with SEPHORA was like. We had a wonderful time together and it was like nothing could stop us.There was not a shopping day that went by without me paying a visit to SEPHORA. And we had some pretty amazing times together. Sephora was the only store that could fulfill my Benefit, Makeup Forever, Urban Decay and Too Faced needs. It was just what I needed at the time.

Then 2 years ago, when I was surfing on some blogs, I read the most dreadful thing I had ever come across in my entire  life. "SEPHORA will leave the Netherlands!" No, no no this can´t be happening! Why? How could they do this to me? I thought we had something special, and I couldn’t think of anything I had done to screw this up. (I am not kidding, I was actually heart crushed and my eyes were watering you guys…) Reading on I saw it had something to do with: ‘the Dutch market not being ready for a store such as SEPHORA’. That’s what really hit me the hardest. What we had was about money all along..  and I got so infuriated with SEPHORA. 

Thinking about this still makes my heart ache, and to be honest, I still feel resentment towards SEPHORA. Though I can’t really act on it because every time I go to another country the first thing I do is check to see if there is a SEPHORA store nearby. And whenever there is a SEPHORA store nearby, I HAVE to visit it. When I see SEPHORA I just feel so excited and filled with joy.

It’s still my number one love when it comes to shopping and if it would ever decide to come back to me, I would accept SEPHORA back in my life with open arms. Until then, I guess I just have to wait until SEPHORA realizes that life without me sucks….