[sponsored] Nicka K. NY – nail polishes

Hello lovelies,

I am sorry this post is late, I already wanted to publish it on Thursday, but I got a terrible migraine and took some new medicine which totally knocked me down.

So today I would like to introduce you to the wonderful colorful world of Nicka K. New York nail polishes.

A big thank you to Nicka K. New York for sponsoring the products so I can test and review them for you.

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The super-glam nail polish bottle aside, what’s contained within is equally as pleasing to the eye!

The Nicka K. Nail colors come in the most impressive collection of shades, so that you’ll be able to choose which one to try first. From pretty pastels like lilac and mint green to swirling metallic shades and deep berry red hues there’s a colour for everyone!They glitter, shimmer and come in plain base colors without any texture or special finish.

Salon quality – each polish around 8$

Since I like complete overviews of colors, I prepared this little chart for you, including colors and the matching names. I hope this helps to find your favorite.

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Note: 106 Pinky Promise was discontinued

key ingredients:

Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide / Formaldehyde, Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Diacetone Alcohol, Stearalkonium, Hectorite, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone. May Contain: Black 2, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Red 34 Lake, Aluminum Powder, Aquamarines, Blue 1 Lake

Made in the U.S.A – free of harsh chemicals such as DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde.

I received 6 of their polishes to try out.

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Let me tell you I am in love with the bottles, yes they are easy to hold and very pleasing to the eye. Each bottle holds 15ml of different textured/finish goodness.

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As you can see on the swatches, the colors are vibrant and very opaque. I usually apply two coats, even though it’s not always needed. Do you see how crazy shiny the blue one is? Yeah, that’s Dolphin, are real babe.

Let me introduce them to you individually.

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157 Crystal Pink

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Such a pretty pink glitter/sand polish. I know some people don’t like the texture of sand polishes, but I just love them. Together with 159 Crystal Gold and probably all the other Crystal shades, this is a great example for quality sand polishes. And their glitter is just stunning!

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159 Crystal Gold

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Even though I am not a big fan of gold, this just might be my new favorite. Pictures can’t do this polish justice, that’s how pretty it is!

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132 Dolphin

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Don’t you just love the name of this polish? I know I know I do. This stunning blue polish reminds me of the Caribbean ocean. Clear and deep blue. So pretty.

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With this polish I am not sure who she is exactly, since my bottle didn’t have the name tag. I assume it could be 104 Garden Rose. Nevertheless a very pretty rose-pink polish. I like it, even though I don’t wear pink polish that often.

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126 Dove

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A very lovely grey polish. Kinda reminds me of cream soda from Ciaté but then again is different :)

 

On the following nail art you can see some of the colors. Dove is used as base under the nail foils on my ring finger. Garden Rose is used on my pinky with some shimmer on top to match the whole mani and Dolphin is used on my middle finger. The green on my thumb is #120 tantalized from Revlon.

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Last but not least I would like to share every nail polish addicts dream with you.

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Dear Nika K Team, it’s my birthday next week and I still don’t have proper nice lamp or chandelier for my nail polish room *wink wink*

 

Girls, which is your favorite color from the polishes above? I know I would like to own them all. There is such a great variety and the quality totally convinced me.

 

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[sponsored] Catrice new 2m counter products

Good evening everyone,

about 2 weeks ago I received a package from Cosnova. I was one of the bloggers who were picked to try out the new Catrice products from their 2 meter counter. Let me tell you, when I opened the package I got soooo~ excited to try and play will all those lil’ puppies!

So first of all a big thank you to Cosnova for sending those through and especially for sending the right shades for my super pale skin.
It is very much appreciated!

 

Let’s see what was inside and let me tell you a few first impression things about each product.

(* exclusive at the 2 meter counter at Müller)

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From left to right

Fixing Brow Wax*

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To be honest, I was happy about this product. My brows are rather annoying so for a while I was thinking about buying a brow wax again, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet – luckily :)

I tried this product a few times already and all I can say is that I really like it. It does what it’s supposed to do, does not have any scent and stays on all day. You can use it on it’s own or over you finished make-up routine.

Price: 2,99€

Longlasting Brow Definer – 030 Chocolate Brow’nie*

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I am not sure what to think of this product. Back then when I did my make-up daily (now I rarely use make-up anymore) and while I was working in the Business I always used a brow pencil or powder. I don’t really get a natural finish with this product. If you made different experiences, please let me know.

Price: 3,29€

Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette – 010 Eyes Wide Matt*

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I must admit, so far I only tried to swatch the eye shadows. No matter if with fingers or applicator, I didn’t get much pay-off. Maybe the shadows stay on differently on the eye, I will have to try it. I read on other blogs that they loved the palette. They said the pigmentation is great and that this is a good nude alternative to some heavier priced products. I can not say anything so far, I am sorry. But I will get around to trying these, and then I will let you know. I promise.

Price: 4,99€

Velvet Finish Concealer – 010 Velvet Ivory*

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Honestly, I really like this concealer. It has the right amount of coverage without caking everything up and making your face look like a mask^^ In combination with the Velvet Finish Foundation an affordable make-up set-up.

Price: 4,49€

Velvet Finish Powder with Hyaluron – 020 Natural Velvet*

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I have to say I am not so happy with this powder. I also own their All Matt plus powder which I like a lot more. The Velvet Finish powder sadly shows accentuates every facial hair and wrinkle. Not very flattering :(

Price: 4,99€

Velvet Finish Foundation – 010 Light Velvet*

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I haven’t used a foundation in a few years now. If I want some coverage I use my Japanese BB creme. The last foundation I used was the MAC Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation which I was very satisfied with, but let’s be real here – MAC is pricey and not everyone can afford it. I am not saying that the Catrice Foundation is a dupe or whatever, but it is a good alternative for me. I will continue to use BB creme, but if my have some face demons I or simply want a more flawless finish, I will definitely use this foundation.

Price: 7,99€

 

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Lash Applicator*

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Since I am not using fake lashes anymore, I didn’t have a chance to try this one yet. But I might be able to try it for some fun Halloween things.

Price: 3,99€

YAY! Nail polishes*

Colour Brightening Base Coat with Keratin (2,79 €)*
Luxury Lacquers – Liquid Metal – Shiny – 03 My Satin Ballet Shoes (3,49 €)*
Million Styles Effect Top Coat – 02 ¿Holo, Que Tal? (2,99 €)*

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Let’s be real here, how could I say anything bad about these? I love nail polish. So far I swatched all of them and I wore the Million Styles Top Coat over my  blue O.P.I. polish (yoga-ta get this blue). I love it! The name of the pink/rose polish is also just the cutest :D

Illuminating Blush – 020 Coral Me Maybe*

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Even though I am not much into blush, more bronzer for contouring, this is so pretty. I swatched it and it shows off a very pretty discreet rose tone with a hint of golden shimmer particles in it.

Price: 3,99€

Volumizing Lip Booster*

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Put it on and feel the tickle :)
This Lip treatment contains menthol which gives a cooling, tingling effect.  If you have irritated or sensitive lips, you should not use it is written on the package. The slightly rose shimmer is also very discreet which is nice I think. A good product for a first date maybe :)

Price: 3,49 €

Vitamin Lip Treatment*

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This gloss promises to combine intensive (contains vitamin E) care with a shiny finish. If I want care I only use Burt’s Bees^^
I tried so many different products and the Burt’s Bees lip balm is the only product I use daily and can’t live without anymore.
I guess I can’t really give you an opinion about this, since I haven’t used it long enough to really feel a caring effect^^

Price: 3,49 €

Ultimate Stay Lipstick – 050 Mauve Your Lips*

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I am in love with this lipstick!
About 2 weeks ago, shortly after I got these products I went to my friend Gunnarolla’s live show here in Berlin. One of the rare days when I wear make-up. I used the foundation, concealer AND this lipstick. It was so easy to handle. No lip liner needed, no lip pencil brush. I applied it right from the lipstick and only had to re-touch it twice (because of food and many drinking) all through the day and night.
The color is prefect for me. Not too much, but still visible.

I want more!

 

Price: 4,99 €

 

My honest opinion:

Most of these products turned out to be really good and as I said I would recommend them. Some of them might be a bit up the price range for drugstore products, but they are worth it. The quality is very good and let me tell you that they also smell very nice!
They have a nice discreet but yet comfortable scent to them :)

Maybe give them a try if you have a Müller nearby.

I hope my review was helpful to some of you.

Have a great night

Mara

☆『マラ』☆

HAULy friday – eighteen – my first ever O.P.I. polishes

Hey lovelies,

for today’s HAULy friday I want to show you what I got two days ago :)

If you follow me on Instagram or have liked my Facebook page you probably seen this picture.

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To not spoiler today’s post I put a filter on it so you won’t be able to see the colors :)

Now the reveal….tadaaaaaa~~

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To my O.P.I. fanatics, can you name them all?

From their “25th Happy Anniversary Collection” I bought Birthday Babe

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From the “San Francisco Collection” I bought Muir Muir on the wall and Dining Al Frisco

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and from their “India Collection” I bought Yoga-ta get this blue

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Here are the swatches, but of course I will review them separately late on this month.

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Here the close-up

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Aren’t these lovely?
I picked those because because I think I don’t have a color like Birthday Babe or Dining Al Frisco. Muir Muir on the wall looked like a nice dupe to the Rival de Loop polish I love so much. After applying it on the nail wheel I realized it is a bit more liquid and therefor not as opaque, but that is ok because even three coats dry pretty fast. Last but not least Yoga-ta get this blue is just such a pretty dark blue, I am so happy I bought this.

Oh and the best thing I haven’t told you yet, THEY WERE ALL 50% OFF!!!!
So I got 4 polishes for the price of 2, SCORE!

How do you like these?

Mara

☆『マラ』☆