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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 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!

December 02, 2013
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Nail Art Fun: Waterfall Nails

This is a design that I've seen on Instagram and that I wanted to try out because it looked doable by my standards. As mentioned before, I do not have much skill when it comes to handling a brush for complicated nail art. So anything that looks easy to do, I will try my hand at it.

I did this a while ago and I can't remember the colours I used. Ughh. But anyhoo, it's not that hard to do, just swipe, swipe, swipe the colours on side by side. 

It looks OK for a first try, although my lines are not fine enough at the tip. Really not blessed with brush skills.

Link to tutorial HERE.

December 02, 2013
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Nail Art Fun: Distressed Nail Art

This is a design that was inspired by Chalkboard Nails. The look is abstract and grungy, and appropriately named distressed nails. It doesn't require much skill and it's really easy to do. That is really important to me because I know I'm not good at any nail art that involves drawing and lines.

There aren't many rules to follow for this one. Paint on a white base (I used OPI Alpine Snow), get some complimentary colours (I chose three colours: a purple BL505 from Etude House, a turquoise #30 from Holika Holika, and a pinkish holo polish from Different Dimension..long story about this one), and one black polish to finish up.

Make sure to wipe off most of the polish off your brush before swiping on your nail. Just random strokes of polish everywhere. Do so with the different colours you chose. This is how it looks like before applying the black polish. 

To finish up, do the same with the black polish. The brush needs to be almost dry to achieve this look. 

I really enjoyed this one. Simple and easy to do and right up my alley. It kinda looks like shatter, but not really. 

Link to tutorial HERE.

October 14, 2013
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OPI Gargantuan Green Grape (original vs new version)

The two shades featured here are both called Gargantuan Green Grape. It seems OPI has released a new version of GGG in a totally different colour while still keeping the same name. The green is the original GGG and the blue is the new one.

The original GGG is very streaky and it takes about 3-4 coats to get it to look smooth. The new GGG is much better at 2 coats on average. I'd say that I prefer the new version just because the formula is much better, but then again, it is not green as the name suggests. 

August 14, 2013
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OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Lush Lacquer Clowning Around and some butterflies

I had seen the OPI My Vampire Is Buff + Lush Lacquer Clowning Around combo on Instagram a few times and wanted to try it too. This is the result. 

My Vampire Is Buff is from the Euro Centrale collection. On its own, it's this off-white creamy colour on the yellow/beige side, but when I layered Lush Lacquer Clowning Around over it, it took on this pinkish hue. The latter is made up of multi-coloured and mulit-sized neon glitters in a clear base. It's easy to apply and looks great over a lot of base colours too. Very versatile.

On top of my combo, I also stamped some butterflies. I forgot which plate I used. Didn't let it dry completely before applying top coat and it resulted in some dragging of the black polish. On a good note, I think I have gotten better at stamping as compared to my first few tries. Still not perfect, but good enough for me for now. Somewhat, it helps justify the number of stamping plates I have. 

June 19, 2013
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OPI Sand In My Suit

So the recent theme for #PolishTogether (formerly known as #SGSwatchFest on Instagram) was Pearl, the birthstone for June. 

This is what I wore. OPI Sand In My Suit. I don't recall having any pearl finish polishes, and this is the closest thing that I found that looked like pearls to me. Yep, my interpretation is pretty simple and very literal.

It's not a colour that I usually wear, but I like it all the same. A neutral shade that would go with any outfit. That shiny, pearly look makes it very chic too.

Two coats, no streaking. Perfect mannequin hands.

December 05, 2012
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Jelly sandwich with XOXO Nails Black Magic

This is another mani I did using XOXO Nails Black Magic. It's a simple jelly sandwich. I used OPI Guy Meets Gal-Veston, a sheer and perfectly squishy jelly polish. Two coats for the base, one coat of Black Magic and another two coats of jelly.

XOXO Nails is readily available at Meimeisignatures. Check out more shades from this indie brand over here. MeiMei also stocks plenty of other indie brands. Take a look!

DISCLAIMER: XOXO Nails polish in this entry was sent to me for review. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to MeiMeiSignatures in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

November 19, 2012
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Jelly sandwich with Models Own Boogie Nights

I was pretty pleased with this jelly sandwich. I used two coats of China Glaze Light As Air for the base, applied Models Own Boogie Nights for the glitter and sealed everything with a coat of OPI Care To Danse.

Boogie Nights is from the Mirrorball collection and I got through a swap with someone in the UK. It is the one with the purple cap. It contains shards of purple glitter, magenta and blue hexes, and even more purple/pink/violet smaller glitters. 

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