June 19, 2013
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
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
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.
October 29, 2012
So today is the last Monday of October and this is the last BCA-related post and mani. It has given me the chance to finally use some new polishes from my pile of untrieds as well as rediscover some old shades, and of course, it has been a great way to find out more about breast cancer.
I've been meaning to use two newly acquired Orly polishes that have been staring at me for a while and what better way than to incorporate both in a single mani. I used OPI Pink Of Hearts as base and the new Orly polishes, Preamp and Miss Conduct.
I believe OPI started releasing their signature BCA collection, Pink Of Hearts, since 2007 and I think that the Pink Of Hearts that I used is from the 2007 release.
OPI Pink of Hearts - sheer, needed three coats
Orly Preamp (Fall 2012 Electronica collection) - gorgeous colour that has this lit from within look from the gold-pink glass flecks
Orly Miss Conduct (Holiday 2012 Naughty Or Nice collection) - magenta with scattered holo effect
Many brands release BCA-related products every year to raise awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research. OPI is one of them. Here's a quick rundown of the OPI Pink Of Hearts yearly release:
Hope you liked my pink PolishUsPink Mondays. It's been fun!
October 22, 2012
For this week's BCA mani, I thought I'd give stamping a try. As you probably can tell, I am far from being good at this art, but I thought this attempt wasn't too bad. My skill level is still that of a newbie, but it looked decent enough to post up.
The colours I'm using here are OPI Strawberry Margarita and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and the image plate is BM-321 from Bundle Monster.
Did you know that the original breast cancer ribbon was peach? Read more about the origins of the Pink Ribbon here.
October 11, 2012
I don't remember where I bought this or if I've even worn this before. Sometimes I find polishes too pretty and I don't dare wear them. Weird?
It looks like a grey lilac mix. Very subdued, very pretty. The holo effect is subtle. Nevertheless the rainbows come out to play in the sunlight. I did two coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast as top coat.
September 21, 2012
I am not a James Bond fan, but it didn't stop me from buying some polishes from the OPI x James Bond 007 Skyfall collaboration. I chose six that appealed to me straight away. I will have to see more swatches of the other shades before deciding if I need them in my collection or if I can pass on them without any regret.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
A sheer blue-grey base with tons of gold, green, purple micro glitter (Always hard to tell when they're so small and the colours keep shifting and changing!). I did 3 coats on its own (index and middle finger), and one coat over a black base (ring and pinky).
The World Is Not Enough
A sheer taupey polish with tons of micro glitter in pink and silver. 3 coats on its own and 2 coats over a black base.
Live And Let Die
A very dark green that almost looks black (or a black that leans green, whichever way) with gold and green micro glitter. This one has an amazing formula. The swatch below is just one coat!
This one contains tons of gold glitter. I applied 2-3 coats below for full opacity, and one coat over a black base just to see how it fares as a topper. I think it would look good over any other colour.
You Only Live Twice
Two coats of this very shimmery berry-ish, magenta colour packed with glass flecks.
The Living Daylights
Silver, gold, teal and orange hex glitters in a clear base. One to two coats over Live and Let Die.
Hope you enjoyed the swatches!
August 18, 2012
I had a go at galaxy nails today. I always thought it looked kinda complicated and difficult to do. I googled galaxy nails and found some tutorials. I discovered that there are actually different types of galaxy nails designs as explained over here: the milky way, planetary haze, stellar gases, cosmic dust..I'm sure it doesn't end there. I'm not sure what category mine falls in. Probably cosmic dust.
Anyway, I don't have a step by step tutorial for this as I don't have anybody else to take pictures for me.
Things that I used: a black polish for the base, a white polish, a glitter polish, a pink polish and a light green polish (which incidentally contained flakies), a sponge and a dotting tool. If you don't have a dotting tool, you can use a toothpick or a pin, something with a pointy end. The colours are as you wish. It can be a dark blue base instead of black, and to create your nebulae, you can use a red, a purple, a yellow etc.. Just go with your imagination.
(This is the tutorial I followed and it turned out looking quite different.)
First I applied the black polish as my base colour. Then I sponged on the light green halfway down my nail over the black. Subsequently I sponged on the pink over the green and the white over the pink to create my nebulae. It may not look perfect at one go, just go over the same colours until you achieve the pattern you are looking for. Remember to let your layers dry before applying new layers because the wet polish might lift off the previous layer of wet polish.
Apply the glitter polish to create the effect of stars in the galaxy. Finish with a few white dots and a top coat. That's about it! Easy peasy! I am rather pleased with my first attempt and so I shall spam you with some pictures.
You can see the holographic glitter on the thumb courtesy of China Glaze Shooting Stars. How appropriate!
Hope you liked it!
August 13, 2012
I absolutely love the unique combination of the blue polish and copper glitter of Barielle Falling Star. I didn't have any trouble with the formula and 2 coats were enough.
On my accent nail, I did an interlocking dot design using China Glaze First Mate and OPI Ginger Bells. I was trying to match the blue and copper of Falling Star. The blue is slightly off, but it wasn't that obvious. All in all, very happy with my nails!
A closer look at my accent nail:
August 08, 2012
What do you get when you throw all these colours together for a mani?
Watercolour splatter nails! And the only tool you need is a straw. Well, a piece of it, or you'll be blowing your lungs out if it is too long.
- OPI Alpine Snow
- OPI Banana Bandanna
- China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le
- China Glaze Starboard
- China Glaze Sugar High
What I did was: apply the base colour, then apply some polish at the end of my straw and blow it out from the other end onto my nails, thereby creating the splatter design. Do the same with different colours until desired pattern is formed. And voila!
I've had some comments today like oh, I have a blouse with a print that looks like the one on your middle finger. It just made me smile. Someone also told me that it looks kiddy. Well, doesn't matter, I really like how this turned out. It's messy, yet I find it pretty.