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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.

February 15, 2014
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piCture pOlish Siren Song

Siren Song is a piCture pOlish collaboration shade with Rebecca Like Nails. It is a sea foam green with heavy silver shimmer in it. I did two coats which went on very nicely. It has a slight sparkle and it glistens when the light hits. I love this minty shade. Just beautiful.

February 13, 2014
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OPI Baby Please Come Home

OPI Baby Please Come Home is one of the six liquid sand polishes released in the Mariah Carey collection. It is a greyish metallic lilac that dries to a textured finish. I painted two coats and went to bed, hoping that I wouldn't ruin my nails while sleeping. I guess they dried fast enough cos nothing dreadful happened. I really like this one, it's very pretty.

I like the bits of glitter that pop up on top to add sparkle to the concrete look.

February 12, 2014
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Valentine's Day themed nails for 2014

Did this set of Valentine's Day nails using mostly OPI polishes, namely Pink Friday, Kiss Me On My Tulips and Teenage Dream (bottle shots below). The white is OPI Alpine Snow and the green is China Glaze Four Leaf Clover.

OPI Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj collection - 2 coats (this polish bubbles on me. I don't know if it's me or the polish that has a problem)

OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips from the Holland collection - 2 coats

OPI Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry collection - 3 coats

Love the way this looks. More in love with the roses that I managed to paint. It's fairly easy to be honest, just that I'm not always very skillful with an art brush. So I'm very very pleased with how they turned out.

Hope you like these as much as I do!

February 11, 2014
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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Maddening Whispers

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Maddening Whispers is a blurple holo with green shimmer. The latter is a bit shy in photos but you get to see it in real life, it just depends on the lighting. Formula is excellent, very rich and opaque. I did two coats here.

I took a bunch of photos cos it looked different every time I looked at it. So here's some holo spam for you.

Under artificial lighting in the lift...

Under direct sunlight...

In the shade...

At my bedroom window...

That green shimmer...

I love how it looks like a mini galaxy in the bottle. Don't you think so too?

February 08, 2014
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Rescue Beauty Lounge Naked Without Polish

This weekend being RBL pre-order weekend for A Poem Collection, I decided to unearth something from my RBL stash to wear.

This is Naked Without Polish from the Fan Collection 2.0. It is a soft pink filled with gold flecks and green shimmer. The latter is very obvious from the bottle, but not always apparent on the nail. You do catch a flash of green from time to time under certain lighting though. Very pretty indeed.

I'm glad to have ordered this. It's pretty unique and not "just another pink" that I thought it was gonna be. Plus the shade looks pretty decent on my skintone. Love the delicate look.

This is two coats, application was great! 

That green shimmer and those gold flecks...wow.

Discover the fan behind this great polish here and this is her blog.

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