summer nail polish 2017

Summer is officially here and you can tell just by looking at my nails. I went through the new nail polishes I acquired recently and chose five that I find the prettiest and will definitely be using both on my hands and feet this summer: the perfect summer nail polish of 2017.

Poletje je zdaj tudi uradno tu in odraža se tudi na mojih nohtih. Pobrskala sem po mojih nedavnih pridobitvah in izbrala pet najlepših lakov za nohte, ki so že in bodo še naprej privlačili poglede na mojih nohtih, tako na rokah, kot tudi na nogah – najboljši laki za nohte poletja 2017.

summer nail polish 2017 Essence Colour Boost Instant Party

Essence Colour Boost in the shade Instant Party is a bright pink polish, perhaps a bit darker than it appears in the bottle. The whole Colour Boost line is incredibly pigmented, so I always only apply one coat for perfect coverage.

Essence Colour Boost v odtenku Instant Party je živo roza lak, morda le malenkost temnejši, kot na prvi pogled izgleda v steklenički. Gre za linijo lakov z izjemno pigmentirano formulo, tako da jih sama vedno nanesem le v enem odtenku in dosežem popolno prekrivnost.

summer nail polish 2017 Catrice IcoNails Mermayday Mayday

Catrice Iconails (which I already talked about *here*) in the shade Mermayday Mayday is a beautiful polish in an emerald color. This is the current shade of my toenails and I believe that the polish will remain mainly intact for the entire vacation, including swimming and walking on beaches. This formula is one of the most long-wearing I’ve ever come accross.

Catrice Iconails (o katerih sem že pisala tudi *tu*) v odtenku Mermayday Mayday je čudovit lak v smaragdni barvi. V tem odtenku so trenutno obarvani moji nohti na nogah in verjamem, da bo lak brez težav preživel cel dopust, vključno s plavanjem in hojo po peščeni plaži. Formula je ena najbolj obstojnih, kar jih poznam. View Full Post

I only take up the task of writing about nail polish on my blog a few times per year. There are a few reasons behind that, two most important being that I have blogger colleagues that only deal with nail polish and are much better in reviews than I am and also that my nails really don’t love any nail polish I put on them. That being said, I still enjoy painting my nails and trying new formulas and every once in a while I find a nail polish which really tickles my fancy. New Catrice ICONails definitely did.

O lakih za nohte na svojem blogu pišem le nekajkar na leto. Za to obstaja kar nekaj razlogov. Najpomembnejši je, da imam blogerske kolegice, ki se ukvarjajo skoraj izključno z laki in so bistveno boljše v opisih formul in njihovi primerjavi. Drugi, prav tako pomemben razlog pa je, da moji nohti enostavno ne marajo skoraj nobenega laka, ki jim ga ponudim v oceno. Ne glede na povedano sama še vedno uživam v lakiranju nohtov in preizkušanju novih formul, pri čemer občasno naletim na kakšno, ki me res prepriča. Catrice ICONails vsekakor sodi v ta razred.

ICONails Gel Lacquer is a new line from the well known Catrice brand. The line will replace the current Ultimate Nails line in May. I only managed to find about six different shades on the stand a couple of weeks ago and chose two – coral Nails On Fire and gray-blue Cloud Nine. In May, Catrice will be launching all 45 (!!!) colors and I’m sure I’ll be adding a few more to my collection. Besides the color polishes, Catrice also included a Gel top coat with hybrid technology that promises prolonged wear time for up to 10 days (3,79€).

ICONails Gel Lacquer je nova linija vsem dobro znane znamke Catrice, ki bo v maju nadomestila sedanjo linijo Ultimate Nails. Na stojalu sem pred tedni našla le kakšnih 6 odtenkov, zato sem izbrala dva – koralnega Nails on Fire in sivo-plavega Cloud Nine. Po prvomajskih praznikih na police prihaja vseh 45 (!!!) barv in prepričana sem, da bom svojo zbirko še dopolnila. Poleg barvnih odtenkov Catrice v okviru ICONails linije pošilja tudi Gel nadlak s hibridno tehnologijo, ki obljublja podaljšano obstojnost do 10 dni (3,79€).

ICONails promises a gel-shine finish and a maximum wear time up to seven days. Honestly, I find claims like “up to seven days” a bit funny since that can only mean one day, but since most formulas don’t even last 48 hours on my nails without chipping, I don’t give them much attention. I also cannot completely agree on the gel shine claim. Formula has a nice shine but I don’t think it can compare to a gel finish without a proper top coat.

ICONails obljublja gel-sijaj zaključek in maksimalno obstojnost do sedem dni. Iskreno povedano so mi trditve, kot je “do sedem dni” smešne, saj lahko to pomeni tudi samo en dan, ampak glede na to, da na mojih nohtih praktično nobena formula brez krušenja ne zdrži več kot 48 ur, se na takšne trditve ne oziram kaj dosti. Tudi glede gel izgleda se ne bi mogla popolnoma strinjati, saj formula sicer ima lep sijaj, vendar pa se ta po mojem mnenju brez nadlaka ne more primerjati z gel zaključkom.

So far, I’m being quite critical and I’m sure you’re wondering why you’re even reading this post. The reason is simple: ICONails is the first formula in years that held on my nails for four days (without top coat) and six days with a top coat. Even on day 7, my nails looked good enough that I would be comfortable going into work like that. Such hold is something almost supernatural for my nails and I’m equally impressed by the price since a single bottle only costs 2,89€. Now, you can probably understand why I’ll be adding more colors to my collection.

Zaenkrat samo kritiziram, kajne? Se sprašuješ, zakaj sploh bereš ta zapis? Razlog je preprost: ICONails je po letih prva formula, ki je na mojih nohtih zdržala brez krušenja štiri dni (brez nadlaka) in šest dni z nadlakom. Tudi sedmi dan je bila škoda tako minimalna, da bi šla s takšnimi nohti povsem mirno še v službo. Takšna obstojnost je za moje nohte nekaj skoraj nadnaravnega, enako kot obstojnost pa me navdušuje tudi cena, saj steklenička stane le 2,89 €. Zdaj razumeš, zakaj bom še dopolnjevala svojo zbirko?

A quick word or two about the bottle and the brush. Catrice certainly achieved expectations with both. ICONails bottle is square which makes for easier storing. On the back side the name of the shade is easily visible. There is a dual cap system – the top comes off and underneath you find a handy brush holder. The brush itself is quite wide and rounded at the bottom which makes for an easier application on my nail shape. It only took me three strokes to cover the entire nail with this brush.

Še besedo ali dve bi namenila steklenički in čopiču. Tudi z novo linijo so pri Catrice dosegli moja pričakovanja. ICONails steklenička je kvadratna, kar vsaj v moji zbirki pomeni lažje shranjevanje. Na zadnji strani je jasno in hitro opazno označeno ime vsakega odtenka. Pokrovček je dvojni – zgornji del se sname in razkrije priročno narebreno držalo čopiča. Čopič je dokaj širok in na koncu zaobljen, kar pri moji obliki nohtov omogoča lažji nanos. Sama sem s tem čopičem celoten noht enostavno prekrila s tremi potegi.

I was looking for similar shades in my collection and I’m happy to report I didn’t find any. The coral Nails On Fire is clearly different from the orange Essie Meet Me At The Sunset and looks a bit more similar to the L’Oreal “granate” Cherie Macaron, but the latter has a more apparent pink undertone.

V svoji zbirki sem skušala poiskati podobne odtenke, vendar jih nisem našla, kar me iskreno veseli. Koralen Nails on Fire se očitno razlikuje od oranžnega Essie Meet Me At Sunset, nekoliko bolj pa je podoben L’Orealovi “granatici” Cherie Macaron, vendar ima slednji veliko bolj opazen pink podton.

I also didn’t find a polish in my collection which would compare to the ICONails shade Cloud Nine. The closest I got was the Bell Hypoalergenic in shade 45, but it’s clearly more blue while Cloud Nine comes from the gray family.

Prav tako nisem v svoji kolekciji našla nobenega laka, ki bi bil primerljiv z ICONails odtenkom Cloud Nine. Še najbližje mu je prišel Bell Hypoalergenic lak v odtenku 45, vendar pa je tudi za izrazito bolj plav, pri Cloud Nine pa so bolj izraziti sivi podtoni.

As said previously I can’t wait for the entire stand since I have quite a few fun colors on my wishlist. I would certainly recommend you take a look when the entire collection hits the shelves since it’s a really great nail polish with an awesome price. Until next time, stay beautiful.

 

 

Until I started loving make-up more, I never even considered which nail polish would be suitable for a certain season. I wore lime green in winter and dark red in the summer and even though I still mix it up, I prefer to keep my nails appropriate to the weather and my mood that goes along with it. Here in Slovenia, spring already arrived a couple of days ago and I was inspired to go through my stash and find the nail polishes I will be wearing in the following months. Here are my favorites.

Včasih, ko v mojem življenju make-up ni igral posebne vloge, nisem niti razmišljala o tem, kateri lak za nohte bom izbrala v določenem letnem času. Pozimi sem nosila limetasto zelen lak, poleti temno rdečega in čeprav to še vedno občasno naredim, se večino časa moji nohti ujemajo z vremenom in seveda mojim razpoloženjem, ki se spreminja skozi letne čase. V Sloveniji je pomlad prav zares že tu, zato sem pobrskala po svoji zbirki lakov in izbrala tiste, ki jih bom z veseljem nosila v prihodnjih mesecih. Predstavljam ti pet mojih najljubših.

OPI  – I believe in manicures

OPI I believe in manicures is a light blue polish, the color of the spring sky and a color I associate strongly with Easter eggs. It’s a part of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s collection. The formula is very easy to apply as with moth OPI polishes. I prefer three coats but you’ll get a strong color with two coats as well.

OPI I believe in manicures je svetlo plav lak za nohte, lak v barvi spomladanskega neba in v barvi, ki jo sama močno povezujem z velikonočnimi jajci. Ta lak je del kolekcije Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Formula je kot pri večini OPI lakov enostavna za nanos. Sama ga nanesem v treh slojih, že dva pa zadoščata za močan odtenek čudovite plave barve.

Catrice Soft Blossom – Coachella Vibes

This nail polish will surprise you with a slight flowery scent once applied and dry. It looks brighter in the bottle than it comes out on the nails but it’s still warm enough to be considered a spring polish in my book. It gives a semi-matte finish which you can either accept or top it off with a shiny top coat to give it that extra shine. The pigmentation is comparable to any other high-end nail polish – in the photo, I’m only wearing one coat!  There are six different shades available in the collection, each unique in its own way.

Ta lak te bo po sušenju presenetil z lahnim cvetličnim vonjem. V steklenički izgleda nekoliko svetlejši, kot na nohtih, vendar pa se mi barva še vedno zdi nadvse spomladanska. Zaključek je rahlo mat, seveda pa z nanosom nadlaka še vedno lahko dosežeš svetleč zaključek. Pigmentacija tega laka je primerljiva s kakšnimi mnogo dražjimi znamkami – na fotografiji imam nanešen samo en sloj! V kolekciji je šest različnih odtenkov, prav vsak poseben na svoj način.

Revlon Parfumerie – Lime Basil

It’s been years since I bought the Revlon Parfumerie nail polish in the shade Lime Basil, but you can still find it in stores and online. Again, it’s a scented nail polish which I don’t mind at all. The color in the bottle is a bit brighter than on the nails, but that’s due to the fact that you’ll definitely need two coats to get full potential from this polish. The color of fresh grass in the morning is not something I can wear to work, but I do enjoy putting it on my nails when I have some days off.

Ta Revlon Parfumerie lak v odtenku Lime Basil sem kupila že leta nazaj, še vedno pa ga občasno vidim v drogerijah in v spletnih trgovinah. Ponovno gre za odišavljen lak, kar mene ne moti. V tem primeru je barva laka v steklenički svetlejša kot na nohtih, kar je tudi posledica tega, da za lepo barvo vsekakor potrebuješ nanesti dva sloja. Barva sveže trave v spomladanskem jutru sicer ni nekaj, kar bi bilo zame primerno za službo, vendar pa ga z veseljem nosim med vikendi in takrat, ko me ne čaka noben pomemben sestanek.

L’Oreal – Dimanche Apres-Midi

The name of this nail polish translates to “Sunday afternoon” which incidentally is also the time when I always paint my nails. It’s one of the prettiest nail polishes that I found in 2017 and the formula of these “grenade” L’Oreal Color Riche polishes is absolutely amazing, I have no trouble applying them at all! The pigmentation is super strong – I’m wearing two very thin coats in the photo, but you can get full coverage in the color of faded ballet slippers with two thicker coats or three thin coats. This is a “wedding” color every woman should have in her collection.

Ime tega laka v dobesednem prevodu pomeni “nedeljsko popoldne”, kar je čisto po naključju tudi čas, ko si sama vedno lakiram nohte. Gre za enega najlepših lakov, ki sem jih do sedaj našla v letu 2017. Formula teh “granat” – L’Oreal Color Riche lakov je odlična. Sama z nanosom nimam prav nobenih težav. Pigmentacija je zelo močna – na fotografiji sem nanesla dva tanka sloja, polno prekrivnost v barvi zbledelih baletnih copatkov pa lahko dosežeš z dvema debelejšima ali tremi tanjšimi sloji. Gre za “poročno” barvo, ki bi jo prav vsaka ženska morala imeti v svoji zbirki!

Deborah Milano gel effect – 73 (swimming blue)

This Deborah nail polish matches the color of a tropical sea somewhere in the Maldives. Since not many of us get to see that sea (read that out loud) whenever we feel like it, why not bring some color into our lives on our nails? This is actually the first Deborah nail polish I ever bought and I’m impressed by the color payoff and the formula, which is very forgiving. I usually apply to coats to get the best effect. The finish is gel-like, so super shiny, but I prefer to put on a top coat to make sure the color stays in place. A definite must for the spring season.

Barva tega Deborah laka za nohte me spominja na barvo morja nekje na Maldivih. Ker pa Maldivov večina ne more obiskati ravno vsakič, ko se nam zahoče, lahko nekaj barve v svoje življenje prinesemo tudi na nohtih. Gre za prvi Deborah Milano lak, ki sem ga kdajkoli kupila. Formula je enostavna za nanos, pigmentacija pa zelo solidna – običajno sama nanesem dva sloja. Kljub temu, da je zaključek res gel, torej izredno sijoč, preko tega laka nanesem še nadlak, ki mi zagotavlja daljšo obstojnost. Zame vsekakor nujno potrebna spomladanska barva.

These are my top five polishes for this spring season. I’m already looking forward to doing some fun manicures with these – make sure to follow me on Instagram (scroll down for the feed or follow me on @low_maintenance_beauty) to see what I’ll create. I hope it’s warm wherever you are and that you’re already getting some sunshine in your life! Until next time, stay beautiful!

Tako, to je mojih pet najljubših barv za to pomlad. Veselim se ustvarjanja kakšne posebne manikure – če mi slediš na Instagramu (fotografije lahko najdeš čisto na dnu te strani ali mi slediš na @low_maintenance_beauty), si boš lahko ogledala kakšno od mojih stvaritev. Upam, da je tudi tam, kjer se nahajaš že toplo in te božajo sončni žarki. Do naslednjič, ostani čudovita!