Saturday, December 19, 2015

Catrice "Treasure Trove" - my picks

Hello everyone,

I have to apologize for another sort of prolonged absence. I got in a car accident about a month ago - don't worry, nobody was harmed at all. My car needed some repairs though, and that has been on my mind quite a bit. Enough serious talk for now, let's look at some pretty things!

Jewel Daze

Here's three coats because it seemed a bit patchy at two. Top coat is on as well.

Treasured Twinkles

Two coats with top coat for this.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The VLP Files

Hey everyone,

To clear up your most pressing question: VLP stands for "varnish lacquer polish", which, if you weren't aware of for some reason or other, is my blog URL. Now that we got that out of the way, let me explain (most of) the stuff that I've been thinking about lately, or, in some cases, for a pretty long time, concerning this very blog. It's gonna be a long one, so grab a drink, a snack, whatever floats your boat, and buckle up. Oh, and I'm not gonna hold back on language, so just be aware that there will be curse words.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

misslyn "Clubbing" glitter toppers

Hi everyone,

Now let me say I'm not sure what any of those polishes really have to do with clubbing, but who am I to judge that anyway? I've been to a club exactly once in my life. So there.

forever young

Over essence - Step Into The Grey Zone, with top coat. Great coverage in just one coat.


Over essence - Roaring Red, with top coat. Isn't it gorgeous?

stay with me

Over essence - Back To Black. This one also has great coverage, one coat should be enough.

I'm not sure about the star topper that is also in this LE. It didn't look particularly glitter-dense, so I didn't pick it up. I did, however, get a backup of forever young, because I just find it too gorgeous.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

essence "All That Greys" (because you know I'm all about those grays)

Hey everyone,

Today we're looking at an LE that was basically made for me. Grays! Yay! While I don't wanna endorse the series in any way, I might just have fifty shades of gray (nail polish).

Back To Black

You will need two to three coats, depending on your application method - and luck, really. It was tricky in application for me because it dries down so fast with my very thin coats. This is without top coat. Unfortunately, I forgot to swatch with top coat. But if you can imagine a shiny black with a silvery-blue shimmer running through it, you've pretty much got it down. I wore it the other day and liked it quite a bit, more than the matt version definitely.

Step Into The Grey Zone

Two coats with top coat.

Greyt Times

Two to three coats with top coat will be needed here because it might be a bit patchy.

Girl With A Pearl

You might need between two and three coats with this because it also tends to be patchy. It can take on different shades - it can look beige- or grey-tinted, and it will also seem different depending on your surroundings and the lighting you're in. It's a nice off-white - not pure white.

Roaring Red

Two coats, no top coat. Easier to apply than Back To Black for some reason. It probably helps to apply your coats a bit thicker if you, like me, usually do very thin coats.


With top coat - so much prettier in my opinion.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

essence "Merry berry"

Hey everyone,

Today we're looking at Christmas stuff, definitely. We're getting berry colors again, but I don't really mind. Here we go...

the masked ball

Two coats and top coat.

purple with purpose

Two coats and top coat.

pink & perfect

Two coats and top coat.

red rocks

Two coats and top coat. Nevermind the name, it's definitely not red.

i ♥ my golden pumps

over the masked ball


over purple with purpose


over pink & perfect


over red rocks

One coat plus top coat each.

Monday, November 9, 2015

p2 "All about berries"

Hello everyone,

The name really says it all. I didn't get the lightest tone in this 8-piece (!) LE, simply because I didn't want another pink at that time. I might still get it, but right now I'm good.

strawberry passion


cranberry passion


cherry passion

Beware of patchiness with this one, don't load your brush up to much.

grape passion

Also a bit prone to being patchy, again be careful with your coats/amount of polish on the brush.

blueberry passion


blackberry passion


plum passion

This one will show brushstrokes because of the shimmer in there, but I don't usually care about that sort of thing too much.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

p2 "Fabulous Beauty Gala"

Hello everyone,

Today we're looking at what I think qualifies as a Christmas LE, especially since there was a fourth, golden shade in there that I didn't pick up.

Sensual Red

This one might be a bit patchy, be a little more careful with how much polish you get on the brush.

Alluring Black


Desirable Blue

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Catrice "FALLosophy"

Hello everyone,

Long time no see, eh? Disclaimer: I'm not actually Canadian. As you probably know. Anyway, I know I haven't posted in a long time, and part of that was my frustration with the aftermath of my giveaway. But there are other points I've been marinating over for a while before that already - I might do a separate post on that, I'm not sure yet. I'd ask you peeps' opinions, but to be perfectly honest, and without meaning to insult anyone, I'd be surprised if there was much of a response. Without further ado, let's get to the good stuff.

Mystic Moss


Mauving Leaves


Berry Tale


Fabulous Fox-ia


Morning Dew

over Mauving Leaves


over Berry Tale


over Fabulous Fox-ia


over white

I didn't show it over Mystic Moss because it more or less disappeared against the sparkle that is already in the base.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mystery Grab Bag Giveaway Winners Take 5

Hey guys!

Since the fourth pair of winners didn't get in touch with me... here's the fifth pair.

bag 2


no bag

Please contact me until Friday, July 10th, 2015 by sending me an e-mail to tsuya@gmx.net with your address. I will not keep this for any other purpose than sending out the prizes.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mystery Grab Bag Giveaway Winners Take 4

Hey guys!

Feeling like a broken record, but I present: The fourth draw of winners.

bag 2


no bag

Please contact me until Friday this week (June 26th, 2015) by sending me an e-mail to tsuya@gmx.net with your address. I will not keep this for any other purpose than sending out the prizes.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mystery Grab Bag Giveaway Winners Take 3

Hey guys!

The second set of winners of my giveaway didn't contact me either, so I drew new winners. Again. Not to complain too much, but come on guys.

bag 2


no bag

I hope you guys are gonna contact me until Friday next week (June 12th, 2015) by sending me an e-mail to tsuya@gmx.net with your address. I will not keep this for any other purpose than sending out the prizes.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mystery Grab Bag Giveaway Winners Take 2

Hey guys!

So since two of the winners of my giveaway didn't get in touch with me, I just drew new winners.

bag 2


no bag

I hope you guys are gonna contact me until Friday next week by sending me an e-mail to tsuya@gmx.net with your address. I will not keep this for any other purpose than sending out the prizes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

essence "#secret party" - Keep Calm And Party On (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey guys!

While I'm a bit bummed that I missed the previous theme of olive, I am definitely back for this one: orange! Not necessarily a color I love on myself, but it's not too bad either. So here we go!

I'm pretty sure this is two coats, with top coat - might've been three. It's not eye-searingly bright or neon, but I quite like it.

What surprised me the most, though, is that the new Maybelline topper from the "All Access NY" collection called NY Lover works so well over it. I really liked that combo! And now I have to be one of those people and say that you can see that on my Instagram, and that it's just easier for me to post there than here. I don't wanna give up my blog, but posting here takes more time and effort. For me, as a natural born lazy arse, that makes things easy... or hard, really, because I don't wanna disappoint you guys who read this blog, which I'm very happy about. Okay, stopping now...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mystery Grab Bag Giveaway Winners

Hey guys!

Since I'm feeling not-so-well (woke up with a sore throat yesterday) and fell asleep just after nine p.m. yesterday, I'm only now able to announce the winners of my Mystery Grab Bag giveaway.

First of all, thanks everyone for participating and especially to those of you who said some really nice things. Now, without further ado, here are the winners:

Mystery Bag 1


Mystery Bag 2


Mystery Bag 3


No Mystery No Bag

Congratulations! Please message me with your address details: tsuya@gmx.net

To everyone who might not find their name on the lists: I'm very sorry, but I couldn't find the names you indicated in my follower lists. I hope you understand, and again, I'm sorry.

Thanks again everyone for participating and following. I do hope you stick around! For everyone who didn't win: There will be other giveaways in the future, I'm sure.