December 02, 2013
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
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
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
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
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.