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June 01, 2014
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Glam Polish Legendary

Legendary is a limited edition polish that was created by Glam Polish with Mei Mei's Signatures to commemorate their first year anniversary of working together. It has a very dark plum base filled with lots of glass flecks and shimmer. I painted two easy coats.

I couldn't really capture the holo when I snapped this picture indoors...

...But see how it looks like in plain daylight outdoors. You can see the pink, purple, green bits in detail. Stunning!

May 05, 2014
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Girly Bits Auld Langs Wyne

This is one of the four holos that were released by Girly Bits last year for the holidays. The first thing that struck me about this polish (apart from being a gorgeous wine coloured holo) is the name. I had to check out Wiki to understand and it made sense afterwards. Haha. That said, the formula is wonderful and it took two coats to reach opacity.

May 04, 2014
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Maya Cosmetics Sanctuary and Lush Lacquer Blurple

Sanctuary is a blogger collaboration polish with Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary. It is a "soft aqua blue with aqua and silver shimmer". The shimmer is very subtle on the nail though as it blends in with the polish colour. The formula was good and the polish was opaque in two coats. (I think this shade has already been discontinued).

I also wore it with Lush Lacquer Blurple layered on top the next day. Blurple is made up of matte blue and purple hexes and bars in a clear base. I like how they're translucent and thin and kinda blend well with whatever base colour you have on. That said, the big hexes are a bit of a PITA to get hold of. Just keep fishin'!

(I just realized that Lush Lacquer is now called Polish Me Silly. Excuse me, I've been living under a rock).

May 04, 2014
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Different Dimension Today Was A Fairy Tale

Today Was A Fairy Tale is a white crelly with silver and pink circle glitter of different sizes as well as some square glitter. I didn't use a base for this and applied maybe 2 or 3 coats, I can't remember. It gets pretty opaque, there's no VNL, but I think I will try it over a white base next time (if I ever get to wearing it a second time!) as it looks quite different from pictures I've seen.

The pink shimmer in the base is super pretty. No trouble with application, just that I had to fish for the bigger circles. 

May 04, 2014
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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Burning Blossom

I don't wear orange often but this is such a pretty pastel orange that I loved straight away from looking at the bottle. Burning Blossom has a crelly base with neon pink and orange hexes as well as smaller black glitter. The product description recommends using a base colour and then at least 2 layers of Burning Blossom. I didn't follow the recommendation and used about 2-3 coats of it on its own (the third one was mostly to cover up some bald patches). It came out pretty opaque and the glitter was not a problem at all as there was very minimal fishing required. I love this mix. So summery!

March 31, 2014
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Jindie Nails Princess Bubblegum

Was going through my stash the other day and found this Jindie. I must have bought it during the time when matte micro glitters were all the rage. That's about a year ago I believe? (Let's face it. I will never be able to be up to date with my untrieds, so I won't even try).

It's a pretty lovely polish. There is a nice contrast of the matte pink, blue and purple micro glitters against the lavender base, and the colours work harmoniously together at the same time. Not forgetting the blue iridescent glitters that you can spot in the bottle there which add a sparkly touch to the overall look. You can definitely see them shine on the nails. Two coats were enough to be opaque. Very cute.

March 31, 2014
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Nail Art Fun: Pond Mani

Ever heard of a pond mani? I hadn't until recently. It's like a jelly sandwich but with nail art in between the layers. So the concept is kinda the same as a glitter sandwich. You apply a first layer of jelly polish, then you draw a design (in my case, I did simple flowers using a white polish and a dotting tool), then paint on another layer of jelly polish, and dot on more flowers and apply another coat of jelly etc.

For the final touch, draw a final flower on top and don't jelly that one. The completed look will be like below with some flowers buried deep down and some in between and then some on top. My explanation is not so detailed but I hope you got the idea. :) The polish I used is an old Etude House PK012. 

March 12, 2014
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Turquoise Stone Nails with Essie Where's My Chauffeur

I did this turquoise stone nail art for last year's #PolishTogether December birthstone theme. I followed this tutorial here. It was my first time trying it out and it was kind of a hit and miss. Sometimes it'd turn out nice and I liked the way it looked. Sometimes the black veins didn't come out looking too good or looked too close together, so I had to redo the whole nail. The overall end result is still not very even looking, but I let it pass cos I could have literally spent hours re-doing them til they looked perfect. My right hand nails were a little bit worse off than my left cos I couldn't be bothered after a while. Haha!

I didn't shoot any step-by-step pics but here are the steps in short (or read the tutorial i linked above for a more visual breakdown):

  • paint nails with base colour preferably a turquoise colour and let dry
  • randomly dab on some gold colour on each nail and let dry
  • have a cup of water ready (I used tap water at room temperature)
  • tape the sides of your nails to make cleanup easier later (I used lip balm all around the edges instead)
  • get your black polish, toothpick and alcohol product ready (Tutorials mostly recommend hairspray, but I didn't have any, so I used my Clinique clarifying lotion [!!!] instead. I had a little bit left, tried it and it worked for me)
  • drop one-two drops of black polish over the water in the cup and let it spread
  • once it's sufficiently spread out, take your spray and spray over the spread-out black polish. This will create breaks on the surface of the black polish
  • quickly dip your finger in
  • get the toothpick and use it to gather the black stuff that's still floating on the water before taking your finger out
  • clean up leftover polish around nail, let dry
  • apply topcoat

Sounds like a lot of work huh? Don't worry, you get the hang of it after a while.

I used Essie Where's My Chauffeur as my base colour, a random gold polish and A-England Camelot for the black. 

This is the look prior to applying the black veins. I lightly dabbed on the gold with a sponge.

And the finished look is below. 

Like I mentioned, it's not very even. The black veins on my last two nails look much darker than the rest. This is because sometimes the black polish would clump together when I'm taking my finger out of the water, creating a much darker pattern.

This is how I wish all my nails would have turned out. Nicely spread out black veins.

The overall look isn't too bad though. It was worth the effort to me. I loved looking at my nails.

March 06, 2014
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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Midnight Masquerade

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Midnight Masquerade is described as an "orange tinged dusty burgundy holo with green/olive shimmer". It is exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures store. It is currently sold out but should be available again soon. 

The formula is really good on this one. It looked opaque in just one coat, but I did two just in case I missed a spot. (I often do at the edges around the nail curve. Oops!)

The olive shimmer...

In broad daylight...

Under artificial light...

Another angle...

March 02, 2014
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Nude Chevrons With OPI Taupe-less Beach and OPI I São Paulo Over There

The first time I found out about Nail Vinyls was on Instagram. Some people I follow started posting nice chevron manis and gave credit to @teismom, the owner of Nail Vinyls. That's how I discovered that you could buy "stickers" and make those fancy lines on your nails without going through the trouble of cutting up adhesive tape/scotch tape. I suck at tape manis too by that way. I have tried that method and don't think I have been very successful cos I just don't have the time and patience and always end up ruining everything. So I thought, wow I think I really need those things in my life, because why go through frustration of taping when there's an easier way of doing it.

Nail Vinyls are basically pre-cut shapes on vinyl sheets. They're just like stickers that you peel off and stick on your nails, paint over and remove. Even though they come in different colours, they're not meant to be stuck on and left on the nail as part of your nail art. They're also not meant to be re-used as the shape of the vinyl can change after removing.

I mostly wanted to buy chevrons but in the end, I checked out the variety pack which comprises of chevrons (regular, mini and maxi sizes), single chevron, straights, french tip, lightning bolts and half-moon. You can visit nailvinyls.com if you're interested. She also does stars and zebra vinyls.

If you're looking for more adventurous shapes, you can find moustache, lips, waves, hearts, ribbons, dogs, cats etc from some stores on etsy. 

So for my first chevron mani, I used two OPI Brazil polishes, Taupe-less Beach (light taupe) and I São Paulo Over There (brown taupe) from the Brazil collection. They applied very nicely, formula's good. Looks a bit thick on my chevron nails cos that's like 3-ish coats (2 for base and one thick coat on top for the chevron).

I wore those nails to go watch Jamie Cullum perform last Thursday for the Singapore International Jazz Festival. He is just amazingly talented and one of my most favourite performers ever.

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