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May 27, 2011

Nicole By OPI One Less Lonely Girl collection swatches - My Lifesaver, I've Got Bieber Fever, Make U Smile

I bought these when I was in Hong Kong last month (from this haul post) and I'm glad I finally got to wear them this week. I was starting to miss wearing nail polish! What happened was that my nails have just been really weak recently - peeling, breaking, peeling and ...breaking, especially the ring finger on my left hand (long story, but I think I caused it by filing it wrongly, yeah like so dumb). My nail would crack upwards into my nail bed and it was such a horrible sight for a long time, not to mention the pain I experienced at times. But well, there was nothing to do but to patiently wait for it to grow back. I also applied Nicole By OPI Vitamin Plus and Sally Hansen Growth Miracle to help strengthen my nails in the meantime. With that said, you'll notice that my ring finger is shorter in the pics below.

Onto the swatches...

My Lifesaver

It looks like a pastel blue here, but it's actually a mint green. Rich creme formula, opaque in two coats.

The brush that came with this was a bit stiff. Since it was my first time using Nicole by OPI nail polish, I thought it was normal. The brush, which is called the perfect stroke brush, is wide and coats my whole nail in almost one stroke. It felt a bit short and stumpy, but the sort of rounded brush made it easy to apply around the cuticles. Because it was stiff, I had a streaky application at first, but covered that up with a second coat. The brush in the next polish below (I've Got Bieber Fever) was much softer and and more flexible and was easier to use.

I've Got Bieber Fever

It might look like any other purple in the bottle, but on the nails, it's a very pretty deep plum colour with shimmer. I quite like this one actually.

Make U Smile

Mini silver glitter and big hexagonal bits of glitter in this one. I applied one coat over My Lifesaver. It is pretty bling. The bigger pieces shine like mirrors in the light.

Bring On The Tinsel

Multi-coloured glitter in red, blue, yelow, green. I applied one coat over I've Got Bieber Fever. Pretty dense for a one coater, two coats should fill up the whole nail. This is not part of the Justin Bieber collection.

Comparison swatches

China Glaze For Audrey vs Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver

Might look the same side by side, but For Audrey is definitely greener than My Lifesaver when applied. Again, the colours in the pictures here are not accurate. They lean more towards green than pale blue.

Essie Turquoise & Caicos vs Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver

At least here, you do see the difference in colour here. Though they are both cremes, T&C looks more jelly-like compared to My Lifesaver, maybe because it took around 4 coats to get the colour to look opaque (it is very sheer), while My Lifesaver just took two coats. The latter also looks more "milky" in comparison.


May 01, 2011

Hong Kong holiday haul: Sasa (mascaras, Revlon Custom Eyes palettes, Nicole by OPI)

Everything in this post was bought at Sasa. I was on my search for Bioderma and kept popping into Sasa stores which clearly didn't stock Bioderma. So instead, I kept coming out of the store with other things.

The price difference is astounding when compared to local Watsons' prices. Using an average exchange rate of SGD1 = HKD6, here are how much they cost after conversion.

  • Heroine Make mascara and mascara remover set HKD89 / SGD14.80 vs. local price: SGD21.90
  • Dolly Wink mascara HKD125 / SGD20.80 vs. local price: SGD29.90
  • Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner HKD69 / SGD11.50 vs. local price: SGD18.90
  • Fairy Drops mascara HKD98 / SGD16.30 vs. local price: SGD23.90
  • K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyebrow pencil HKD109 / SGD18.15 vs. local price: SGD19.90

You can't blame me for wanting to buy so many right?

These Revlon CustomEyes palettes have not yet been released in Singapore for all I know cos I haven't seen them around. These cost HKD108 each (approx SGD18). I chose these 2 palettes in 030 Rich Temptations and 020 Naturally Glamorous because of the really nice neutral complimenting colours.

Nicole By OPI nail polishes! My very first ones! And I blame Justin Bieber for these. LOL.

Nicole By OPI polishes are sold locally at selected Watsons. I've personally not seen them but I believe they cost more than SGD16? (edit: the exact price is SGD17.10. Thanks dearshopaholic!) In comparison, in Hong Kong, each one costs HKD75 / SGD12.50.

The One Less Lonely Girl collection, inspired by Justin Bieber, has 14 shades. "The collection is helping Justin raise awareness and funds for a nonprofit organization close to Justin’s heart, called Pencils of Promise (PoP). PoP helps to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world. Justin has joined together with PoP to build 100 schools for children around the world with the help of young people everywhere."

I bought 3 of the 14 shades. I wasn't even sure if they had all the shades available but these were the ones that struck me most.

Make U Smile

I've Got Bieber Fever

My Lifesaver

This one doesn't belong to the Justin Bieber collection. Named Bring On The Tinsel, it sounds more like it was from the Holiday collection.

A nail fortifier because my nails kept breaking and splitting and I was getting desperate. They seem to be getting better, but one nail has still not recovered. It's too short and too ugly for now, and that's why I haven't swatched these polishes yet. Will do so in time to come if anybody's interested.

So this wraps up my Sasa haul!


April 29, 2011

Hong Kong holiday haul preview

Just some preview pics of what I hauled last week when I was in Hong Kong for a quick break.

Makeup stuff:

Non makeup stuff:

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