Mara’s Birthday nail art month – DAY 20 + sample nail mail Cosnova / Essence

Mara's Birthday nail art month

DAY 20

Good evening lovelies,

today a bit late, but for a reason.
I received sample nail mail from Cosnova today and decided to use it right away for today’s nail design.



I must honestly say I love the packaging. It is so cute and colorful!
Opening this package was like a pre-birthday gift since my birthday is only a few days away.

Essence TE yes we pop

What was inside?

A lot of the nail products from their new Trend Edition [Yes, we pop]

I am really excited that I was picked to try these products since it’s a nail design TE only.

Let me introduce the TE to you.


As you can see on the picture, the TE contains only of nail related things. I would say though, the LED lamp and gel nail things are not part of the TE since they are from the Essence standard range.

The actual TE contains of the following:

four different nail polishes (1,59 € each)

left to right 01 hey smiley, 02 grab this hype, 03 hello hipster and 04 have fun

yes we pop polishes

My yellow polish seemed to have the wrong label on though, because it said it’s 04 have fun^^

As you can see later on, they sent me the yellow and turquoise one. I am very happy with their choice.

nail effect topper 
(1,79 €)

01 bubble gum

yes we pop topper

This is a clear polish as a base with pink confetti particles in it.

Looking at the bottle I was excited to try it out, but at the same time curious if it would work as well. Usually with those kind of toppers it is a pain to get as much of the particle spread evenly over the nail.

nail art brush / tool 
(2,29 €)

Here we have a double tool with a brush on one side and a small dotting tool on the other side.

yes we pop tool

I was happy about the dotting tool, because so far I didn’t have a dotting tool that small. About the brush I was a little confused.

It was not really self explanatory to me since usually I only use those kinds of brushes for my eye shadow. This one you are supposed to use to apply the loose pigments from the nail art effect set’s.

nail art effect set’s 
(2,49 € each)

left: 01 ready for hip pop
right: 02 made for art setters

 yes we pop effect sets

Two different set’s of decoration utensils. one with pink hexa glitter and loose yellow pigments, the other set with yellow hexa glitter and loose blue pigments. I was really curious how the pigments would work, especially with the brush.

nail design characters 
(2,49 €)

yes we pop figures

It is just as simple as that. A kit with four different character to decorate your nails with – containing the peace sign, a smiley, a bow and a cassette tape.

nail art decoration kit
(2,49 €)

yes we pop studs and beads

This TE also has a product that never disappoints me. The decoration kit with different types of studs in it, this time even with orange beads. I feel this time the studs are of a better quality then usually. At least the colors are nicer.

nail foils
in yellow, blue and pink (1,99 €)

yes we pop foils

And last but not least the nail art foils in three colors. They really are on point with the name of the TE. I love how bright they looked and thought they are really different compared to the usual shiny and holographic nail foils.

Like I said, I was very curious to try these products when I saw the press information’s and pictures.
That’s why I couldn’t wait to try these out. I also wanted to give you guys a little overview on which of the products are, in my opinion, worth the money and which ones disappointed me.

I tried to use as much of the products as possible.

As you can see, I also used two other polishes which are NOT from the TE, but matched perfectly with the theme of the TE.
On my pinky and thumb I used ORL’s tropical pop and on my middle finger I used Ciaté’s kiss chase.

I would have used the 03 hello hipster and 04 have fun from the TE, but sadly they only sent two from the four polishes :)

Here we go.

First of all I want to point out how impressed and, shortly, shocked I was by the quality of 02 grab this hype. This turquoise polish is insanely opaque which is why I only had to apply one coat! The polish went on super smooth, I love the consistency as well and there were no brush strokes visible. It also dried very quickly.

my resume
Good job Cosnova, 10 out of 10 points. You did everything right with this polish.
To my readers, a definite recommendation.

After that was dry I used Ciaté’s foil fix (you can also use nail glue), let it sit for at least 30 seconds and pressed on all 3 nail foils one at a time of course. I love how they fork together, added a clear top coat and applied some more orange studs. I love the result. A very easy but unique design.

Next up was 01 hey smiley, a nice yellow polish which I applied on my pointy finger. I am not sure if I am as impressed with this one as I am with grab this hype, I think I would have to use it again to be sure. As you can see I applied on my ponity finger which is pretty short at the time. Even though I did not use too much product, the color went into my surrounding skin. I had to do a bit of clean up. This polish was opaque with two coats.

At this point I don’t really want to judge over this polish because I am really not sure….

On to my first disappointment, the effect topper. I am a little sad, because I was really excited about this when I held the bottle in my hand. Sadly there is too much clear polish and not enough confetti particles in it. That results in a very difficult application. I sometimes had to pink particles on the brush at all^^

Not a really good characteristic for an effect topper. It took me 4 applications to get that “much” pink on the yellow polish.

After Ciatè’s kiss chase was dry, I applied a clear top coat at my middle finger and used the nail brush to pick up a tiny bit of loose pigments. Since it turned out that stroking it on looked, in my opinion, ugly I decided to tap the brush a bit to get fall off on the nail. I let that sit for a good while until I blew the access off and applied a clear top coat again. You can see the result on the pictures….I am not really happy with it. Any other ideas how to use the pigments?

And in the end I glued a smiley and cassette tape on my thumb and a little green stud on my pinky. :)

That’s it.




How you you like it? Which products would you like to get?

If you have any questions, please let me know and I will try to answer them as good as I can :)



[Review] ORLY – 40790 harmonious mess / 20497 tropical pop / 40053 crawford’s wine

Hey lovelies,

today I want to review the nail mail I recently got from ORLY.
In my [sample nail mail] ORLY Germany no.1 post I only swatched the polishes on a nail wheel which is why I wanna get into them a bit more today.







The team from ORLY Germany send me those three awesome polishes which I have learned a little bit about so far.


40790 harmonious mess is a pastel lilac polish from ORLY’s Mash Up Collection. It contains 18ml of product and costs 12 euro or 8,50$. Here in Germany you can buy them separately or you can also buy the whole Mash Up Collection for 60 euro, containing 6 polishes here.
I am not sure if they sell them like that in the USA as well.

Mash up

They say take risks. Rock opposites. Start a riot with Mash Up. Hyper-brights and high-attitude hues work the weird and wonderful with wild abandon.

The texture of the polish is pretty creamy and so for me a little difficult to apply. The good thing about creamy polishes though is that even if you see some stroke while applying, they mysteriously appear when the polish is setting :)

I applied two coats just to make sure, but actually the color is really opaque.




Next you can see how to mix it up a bit.
I let the polish dry a bit, put an clear coat on top and with a dotting tool applied different sized lilac stars.





I like this polish and this manicure, reminds me a bit of Regina Rainbow. Do you know her?



Moving on, 20497 tropical pop is a bright neon polish in the color orange. It is one of their Baked polishes. There are 6 in total.
The polishes are infused with heat-treated pigments, specialty micas and minerals that deliver an ultra-smooth application and maximum color payoff PLUS Vitamins A, E and B5 to help nourish and protect nails. They also contain 18ml of product and also cost 12 euro in Germany or 8,50$ in the US.

Same as the Mas Up Collection, we in Germany, can buy them all together for 60 euro here.



After opening the nail mail, this was the polish that totally caught my attention. So I had to apply it first haha

It is a really REALLY bright neon and while wearing it at work I got really distracted haha

Anyway, the texture is also creamy and thick, took me a bit to get used to, but the dry time was pretty good. I did not expect that from such a thick polish. If you follow my blog for a while now, you know I usually don’t like or wear any orange, but with nail polishes it is different^^
I am open for everything. For me nail art is supposed to be fun and this polish is definitely it!




I can imagine paring it with a black base and maybe use it for stamping. Excited to try out more with this.

The last polish is also very pretty and after applying it I am an even bigger fan of it.


40053 crawford’s wine is such a pretty red shimmer polish. I am really in love with it, especially after trying it on my natural nails. It is one of the Dazzling Shimmer nail lacquers, which are free of DBP, Formaldehyde and Toluene.
As far as I know they are sold separately and not in a set. From what I saw they offer 50 different shimmer shades and they all look gorgeous!

The texture is a bit different here, it is very liquid, which I personally love!
The brush is thin which is why you have to be carefully not to pick up too much product, else you will drip it everywhere.
Trust me, you really don’t need much anyway.

I applied 2 coats and see how wonderfully opaque the result is.






Here as well I put some studs on. Depending on what you personally like, I think it is an easy way to make your manicure looks special and it doesn’t take much skill :)







I am not sure if the arrangement of the studs at the bottom means something. I hope it doesn’t. I remember seeing it before, but I am not sure what it stands for. Maybe some of you know. I hope it is not offending.

Anyway, all the ORLY polishes are equipped with the professional and award-winning Gripper Cap. This patented, rubberized cap provides ease of opening and flawless performance, and is exclusive to ORLY products. ORLY has been recognized by the professional beauty industry, along with many awards from trade and consumer magazines, and is one of the top nail care brands.


I own 5 polishes so far. Three I bought myself and three (the ones in this post) were sent to me by ORLY Germany.

I tried them and I like them a lot. To me it is important to give you my honest opinion, which is why I hope you take my sample nail mail posts is is. If I say I like the products I tried, then I do like them. Regardless if I got the products for free or if I bought them myself :)

I hope you like this post.

Let me know what you think, you know I always love to read your comments.

Have a great night.



HAULy friday – fiveteen – DM and Claire’s

Hey everyone,

sorry for being a little late today.
Today was a very productive and super exciting day!
We had an appointment to check 2 apartments today and one of them was super nice. It is basically like a small house over 2 floors.
It also has a terrace and garden! Just one hour after I brought all the needed papers to the house company I received a call and they told me that we are welcome to rent it and move!!!
We are so happy and relieved because our living situation has been terrible the past 2 and a half years.
Now we are looking forward to a new start and great life in this little home.
I might even get my Japanese room and garden which I dreamed about for sooooooo long!
Well we will move in about 4-5 weeks. I will try to prepare as much as I can blog wise, so that you still will be able to read posts everyday. Let’s see how fast I get internet in the new apartment :D

Anyway, enough haha

HAULy friday time!


Today I want to show you again what I recently bought.

Rossmann had these on sale at the cashier so I picked up those three. I thought the colors were pretty.



They also sold tons of other stuff, for example my favorite blue polish ever. I already have 3 of these, now I have 3 more hahahaha


I also bought the goo stampy polish from the Essen LE love letter (already have 2 of these as well)



At my local DM I bought 2 polishes from p2’s LE Sea la vie. I bought them for my little sister because she saw the dark blue one in one of my blog post’s and told me she liked it. So I got it for her and the light blue one on top :)
She is 16 and has an addiction similar to me, nail polish haha


I also saw that Manhattan has a new white polish which I wanted to try, since I am still looking for the perfect white polish.


Same goes for this black polish from Catrice. I will let you know how the quality of those polishes is.


Also, before I went to the BeautyBloggerCafé, were I won some p2 polishes, I bought these three beauties.
The pink and green one I own twice now, but that’s okay. I’ll give them away to my sister.IMG_0198


And the other day I passed by a Claire’s shop and bought these 2 sets of studs.



I know today’s post is not super big and crazy, just a little something.
I promise next weeks HAULy friday will be better :D

Have a great friday.