Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bleu Nuit

Hi everyone,

It's been a while sinds I wrote a post here, but FACTS is coming up this weekend and since I'm too shy to do cosplay, I thought at least my nails deserve to dress up!

My Tardis blue nail polish is currently at my parents house, so I had to find the first best thing.

I found 51 Bleu Nuit from Yves Rocher. I've never used it before, so I might as well try it out.

Base coat: Essence Studio Nails Pro White Hardener
First coat: 51 Blue Nuit by Yves Rocher
Second coat ring finger: My very own River and the Tardis Franken
Third coat ring finger: Have an Ice Day by Catrice
Top coat: Essence Studio Nails Ultra Gloss Nail Shine

It's a very dark blue, which is 95% opaque after applying one coat of nail polish. To brighten it up a bit, I used my very own River and the Tardis as a second coat on my ring fingers, with Have an Ice Day from Catrice as a third coat.

Personally, Bleu Nuit is a bit too dark for me, almost black sometimes. But it will be a great base to put effect polishes on top.

Lies

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Rimmel Glam'eyes HD | Review

Hi Lovelies,


I am know as an Anglophile, it might be one of my distinctive features if you will. You will therefore undoubtedly understand I got a little bit excited when I lay eyes on these beauties a long while ago. Even though they are a drugsstore brand, Rimmel isn't the cheapest of them out there. They are not quite L'oreal/ Bourgeois pricey but still a little bit too much for my liking. Read on to find out how they ended up with me in the end.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Radio silence

Hi lovelies,

Apologies for the long radio silence on here. We've been busy (lame excuse I know and always the same one at that) and still adapting to our new lives, new cities and being away from one another.
We are no longer studying together and are living all over the county now. It is harder to see a lot of each other and as it's just us three who are into blogging it kind off ends on the back burner too often.

I know we announced a couple of post and an appearance change soon, and that's still going to happen. My laptop with the new design on it died so I might have to design it all over again but non the less it's coming.

We recently also travelled to Scotland again and you can expect some travel post soon.(I promise we aren't going to take as long as last time)

I'm heading state side now on a family holiday so I'll be cut of from the blogging world for another week. But after that I will get some posts up, pinkie promise.

It's a short one but I've said all there is to say for now. In short: Sorry! We'll try to do better.

Lots of Love
Ellenore

Sunday, 25 May 2014

DIY Miniature Garden

Hi everyone,

I've always wanted my own miniature garden, but never really found the time to do it. I actually want a big miniature garden, but hey, let's start small. It's miniature after all ;-).

So today I finally made myself a miniature garden.


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Travel | Wrap up Edinburgh

Hi Lovelies,



So that concludes this series of post.
Adieu Edinburgh, farewell.
I wasn’t wowed by this city the minute I walked in. It also didn’t blow me away on much. Most of that has to do with the fact that London has long had a firm place in my heart and every city has to measure up to it. But I have to say Edinburgh, you did well. Over the course of 5 days you made me fall in love with you in more ways than one. I love your beauty, your people, your culture, your nature, your pub, your whiskeys but most of all your realness. You are a real city that combines all things I love about living in the city but adds its own flavour of nature’s roughness and breathtaking beauty.
Adieu Edinburgh, farewell. I hope it won’t be for long.

Lots of Love
Ellenore

Personal | Happy Easter!

Hi Lovelies,

Even though it probably it is already over for our Russian readers but I still wanted to say: Happy Easter!


We've prepared a little video for you guys after the jump!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Swap | The story of how I got duped in a nail polish swap

Not another nail art post this time, but more of a personal story.

As the title probably informed you, I was ripped off in a nail polish swap that started over a year ago. What stings even more is that it was by an indiepolish maker, Nastassia of Ooh La Lacquer. I would've never expected someone who makes her living by producing nail polish to do something so disrespectful... 

In December 2012, I responded to a post on tumblr asking to do a swap. In the post, the girl, Nastassia, stated that she could swap several brands, including OPI, because she could get them cheaply at her work. This spurred me into action, seeing as I was dying for some OPI Skyfall nail polishes.  


The request on her tumblr.


When I contacted her, she told me she'd made that post a while ago, but that she'd love to swap with me regardless. She gave me her private email adress so we could communicate via mail. I started emailing her to organise the swap and she responded the next day.



 



I'd never swapped before (which I told her), so I let her take the reigns. She suggested swapping 10 nail polishes, which I thought was a lot. But seeing as I'd never swapped before, I didn't know what the usual number was. I'd also got some holiday and birthday money, so I knew I could splurge a little.


 



In the beginning, everything seemed fine. She wasn't always very quick to respond, but I figured she was busy with her other swaps. As soon as I got the list of nail polishes she wanted, I started looking for them. When I couldn't find some in the stores of my own city, I went to different places to buy them there. I wanted to be able to get her every nail polish she'd asked for. Eventually I was able to get every single polish on her list. 





When I emailed her to say I'd been able to buy the polishes she wanted, I asked her if she wanted me to include a picture. She told me she wanted it to be a surprise. Never did she offer to send me a picture, nor did she ever instagram a picture of the package she was going to send me. Looking back, I should've noticed something amiss back then, but I was so excited about my first swap....



I posted about my side of the swap here and here.

 
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 Her responses became sparser as time went on, but I kept having faith. After all, I was putting a lot of time, money and effort into the swap, so I assumed anyone who was passionate about nail polish ( especially an indiepolish creator like Nastassia) would be doing the same.

 Eventually she emailed me to ask for my mailing adress and told me she was going to mail the package that friday. I gave my adress and started figuring out the logistics to mail my package to her. I got tissue paper and bubble wrap to wrap everything up for the journey overseas, I bought some extras (earrings, nail care products, a mini nail polish, chocolate), I got some skin care samples and I wrote a nice letter. About a month after she supposedly sent the swap package my way (during this time she gave me her adress), I sent my package to her.

 Then the waiting began... I was just not getting the swap package... In the few emails she sent me during this time, she told me to be patient and that she didn't know what was going on. Then suddenly, on 16 April 2013 (about a month after I shipped the package), she sent me an email to tell me that she'd got my swap package and she was so happy with what I sent her. She also put pictures on her Instagram.



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In the meantime, I still hadn't received my end of the swap... I kept mailing her because I was getting desperate I was never going to get the nail polishes I asked for. After a month of radio silence, she suddenly emailed me back. She told me the package she'd sent me had been returned to her. She was going to divide it in two seperate packages and resend the packages to me.

Reassured, I started waiting again. Months went by and again I received nothing. None of the mails I sent Natassia were ever answered. Getting very desperate, I emailed a blogger who'd previously swapped with Nastassia. She'd also had some issues with Nastassia and adviced me to do what she's done: go on Instagram and ask Nastassia for an explanation.

When I did exactly that, suddenly Nastassia was reminded of my existence... She replied after a few days of me leaving comments on her Instagram pictures. I was told she'd stopped using the email adress she'd given me and that I needed to send an email to her professional email (aka the one she uses for her webshop where she sells her own indiepolishes.) For some reason, she calls herself Shakira on this email adress.

I promptly did what she asked and sent a mail to the new adress she'd given me. It would always take days (and several comments left on her Instagram pictures) before she would answer me. She would often reply to me on Instagram that she was going to return my email that evening when she got home and lo and behold, after a few days, I still wouldn't get an email...

Eventually (after about 2 months of me mailing her and her stringing me along) she offered to buy me 10 nail polishes of my choice online. Happy that I was finally getting somewhere, I send her a list of nail polishes I wanted, seeing as the majority of the nail polishes I'd originally asked for where no longer available.

But of course this isn't the end of this tale... Having the list of nail polishes I wanted and my mailing adress, she found another problem: none of the webshops she found shipped to Belgium. Of course when I started looking for webshops that shipped to Belgium, I immediately found 2 that did! One of which even shipped for free!

 Now you might think, well that solves it! No way she can find a roadblock now! But she did...

She emailed me to complain that she couldn't order from Beautybay.com (which ships globally, including to the US, so bullshit, she couldn't order) and that she couldn't pay on prettypolish.nl because of the different currency (which is also false).


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This email adress is visible because it's freely available online (including at her webshop). 


 When I (politely and delicately) called bullshit on her excuses, she stopped emailing me back and stopped replying to my comments on Instagram. Even though she'd offered to reimburse me in the last email I got from her (pictured above), I never heard from her again...

Except for a final message on a picture on my own Instagram, telling me to stop leaving comments on her Instagram:


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After she commented this, she blocked me on Instagram and took away the last method of communication I had... Needless to say, she never sent me that email.

From what I've gathered by looking at her Instagram, she's bought herself at least 51 (!) nail polishes since we started the swap over a year ago (of those, 29 since she received my package), and she's had 6 swaps/ nail mails (excluding mine).

And here I am, no reimbursement, no nail polishes, nothing to show except a lot of emails and effort put into an unfair "swap". While she is raking in the nail polishes and experiencing succes with her indiepolish business.

But to end this post on a semi-positive note, I thought I'd leave you with some tips to help prevent you from ending up in this situation.  

What I learned from this experience (AKA some advice):

  • Do research about the person you're swapping with. You can also ask them for references if they've swapped before.
  • If you're unsure whether your swapbuddy can be trusted, ask them to send their package first.
  • In case this is not a possibility and you can both afford tracking, ask your buddy to send the package with a tracking code.
  • In case you can't afford tracking or don't want to bother with the hassle, you can both take pictures of the products you're going to send and/or the package itself and email the pictures to each other. You can also ask your swap buddy to keep their receipt from the post office, indicating they actually sent the swap package.


Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. Sadly there are unsavory people out there who will take avantage of your kindness.

If standing up for yourself (and potentially being seen as rude) can stop you from ending up in my situation, you are better off ditching the nice attitude. People with good intentions will understand when you explain why you're being careful.

And just because someone is in the business, doesn't mean they won't try to take advantage of you.      


Lots of ♥,
Laure


This post was also cross-posted on peanut+monkey.

Update: I was finally able to recuperate some of the money I spend on this swap.
It took contacting others within the nail community on instagram, but that definitely caught her attention so she finally responded on instagram and reimbursed me
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Garnier Miracle Skin cream | First impressions

Hi Lovelies,

 
I’ve been a true Insider and have been testing away with the Garnier Miracle Skin cream over the past weeks. First I want to say that I’m not being paid to say what I’m going to say. This is my honest opinion. Just wanted to give you guys a heads up.
There is so much going on with this cream I don’t know where to start so maybe a structured approach is called for.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Travel | Edinburgh Day 3

Hi Lovelies
So for part 2 of our Edinburgh adventure:

We left you at the end of our second day in Edinburgh. On day 3 we explored the Royal Mile.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Travel | Edinburgh Day 1 & 2

Hi lovelies,


As promised the Edinburgh post!
As I started typing these up, I noticed they became very long as I had so much to tell and I didn’t even go into everything we did yet. I didn’t think it kind of fitted on this blog so I’ve shortened them considerably and just let the pictures do most of the talking. For people wanting to read all of my babbling the full articles are over on Peanut+Monkey.



We traveled to Edinburgh by plane. We flew Ryanair and despite all the negative reviews we fared well. Just follow their rules and you’ll be fine.



Our first day  actually consisted of traveling. We took the train to get to Charleroi where we took the plane. Once in Edinburgh, we took the Airlink bus to the city center and from there it was only a short walk to the hostel. We stayed  at Edinburgh Backbackers on Cockburn Street and honestly we can’t complain. They were friendly, we had a nice room and it was very quiet at night. We made ourselves comfortable in our room and unpacked a bit before heading out to a nearby Tesco to get some dinner. We went to that Tesco quite a few times during our trip.



Next day was shopping day. We went to Princess street and got carried away in Boots, Superdrug, Primark… but we started our spree in Whittard: a much love shop ever since I set foot in the UK 5 years ago.  Their instant teas are legend, at least in our tiny group. They generally also have the nicest staff. I also can’t get over how friendly the shop assistants in all of Edinburgh were. Some were friendly but others down right made my day by just being kind and doing just that bit more than their job.


When back at our hostel we set about tapping our first  ever shop log! We were out of our depth and did everything in one very long take and did probably everything wrong you can do while filming but we had a lot of fun doing it. After that we just tuckered up, ready for day 3 of the trip.

I’m going to close off here. I think I’ve gone on long enough especially since this is supposed to be the short version.

Lots of Love                                
Ellenore

Friday, 28 March 2014

DIY Nail polish jewellery

Hi everyone,

I'm a bit late with this post, considering I made this as a Christmas present for Ellenore (along with other things, both DIY and not DIY ;-) ).