[Dior] Passion (#766)

Just right for Christmas, Passion is a beautiful deep red.


Two coats applied; the formula is close to a cream-jelly hybrid. Very intense colour!

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[Chanel] Richness (# 719)

Richness is the second of the two Chanel nail colours for Christmas. In the bottle it looks dark red.


Once applied it’s more a brownish red. Two coats applied.

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Natural light. I like this colour very much; removal was easy too, no stains and the formula is very opaque.

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[Chanel] Deepness (#715)

In my stash, Deepness is quite unique. This, yes, deep dark – almost blackened – green contains a slight golden shimmer, which is barely visible after application. (It’s barely visible in the bottle too.)


Two coats shown below.

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Artificial lighting.

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For those of you who might wonder – I’m quite happy with my job situation now. I’ll finish my second week at the bookshop tomorrow and I really like it. The staff is sweet, I get along well with the customers and like interacting with everyone. Being among books is amazing and there is always time for checking out books, so miy wish list keeps growing!

I quit tutoring maths because I need my free days for myself (and my daughter), and although I got along well with the pupils and am generally into maths, I can’t deliver lessons when parents are unwilling to pay an appropriate fee; I didn’t even charge that much but some wouldn’t pay an amount equal to a medium-sized Starbucks. Nevertheless it is easy finding pupils, so if I am in need of some extra money, I will be offering maths tutoring again. But for the time being, I try to adjust to a new life.

[Dior] Dream (#677)

First post in November … I have three jobs now, that’s two more in addition to my long-termin job as a proofreader for law-related academic publications. In addition to this, I’m a maths tutor, and until the end of this year, I’ll also help in a book shop. That’s quite a lot, but as a (relatively) young widow, I have no other choice. My daughter will be graduating from school in two years and I just want to secure kind of a regular income … moreover, it’s hard to cope with the loss. Last Saturday I went to a group especially for the bereaved of family members who committed suicide and received a warm welcome.

But I don’t want to bother you with this. In the meantime I wore Dream, which is a beautiful fuchsia. I really don’t feel like occupying myself with nail colours at present but I keep doing my nails – and pretty pinks like Dream cheer me up.


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[Dior] Charm (#449)

Way before Christmas, most holiday collections have obviously been already released. It’s getting earlier with every new year. I mean I like snacking gingerbread and other Christmas sweets but I’m not necessarily thinking of Christmas nail colours.

Nevertheless, Charm is more of  a neutral colour. Dominant colour is rosewood, with a bit of beige and apricot.


In the bottle it might look plain but I found it amazing on my nails (although I’m normally not into neutrals).

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Very glossy and applies smoothly.

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[Dior] Camel (#224)

Camel was, as far as I’ve heard, released for Fashion’s Night Out 2019. However, I purchased it online from the Dior webshop. It’s a light peach with golden glassflecks.


Sorry for the bad light but days have been rainy recently, so it’s hard to take photos outside. Two coats shown below.

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[Essence] Sweet Like Berries

Finally an Essence varnish from the lates limited (or, “trend”) edition, Sweet Like Berries. Hence the shade itself is actually a muted berry with probably a hint of cinnamon, and it’s cinnamon-scented too. So really something for the current season.

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Two coats applied. It’s a smooth crème finish.