Saturday, April 30, 2011

Random nail art with nail stickers~

Hey everyone~^^ I was feeling really random the other day and so tried out some of the nail stickers I received from Born Pretty Store awhile ago.

I applied two coats of Misa Office polish-tics on to my fourth finger and OPI Siberian nights on to my other nails. The flower nail stickers were randomly stuck on and I added a rhinestone to my middle finger. I used the bullion beads to make a design around a pearl before sealing them all with a top coat. I'm not sure I like this, but I don't hate it.
random nail stickers

The nail stickers held on well for the 1 1/2 day I had this manicure. The bullion beads however, didn't stay on for long. By the end of the first day, some of them had already fallen off. I'm not sure if it's my lack of experience with them which affected this though, so I might review them again another time.


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Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekly Nail Blog Round Up

Stacie went Rockabilly over at Kawaii Nail Art

The Nail Addict created some beautiful butterfly nails which look like damask silk

Claire at Top Twenty Nails road tested some CDN Shellac

I mixed 2 blues to create a gorgeous effect

Linda was inspired by tokidoki and Sanrio

Emily decorated her nails perfectly for Easter

Grace showed her patriotic side with these cool Britannia nails

Gradient or Holo? Jen went for both

Lena stamped with bundle monster on Essie Bermuda shorts

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

All hands on deck!

Hello~ One of my major lemmings from China Glaze's Anchors Away collection was Below deck. Dubbed as the dupe to Channelesque, I knew I just had to have it. While nail bloggers have compared the two and declared them as very-similar-but-not-quite-dupes, I think I'm satisfied with Below deck anyway :).

This is two coats of Below deck and no top coat. What a gorgeous and shiny polish <3. My love affair with purples will never die, haha.
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I layered on one coat of White cap to see what it'd look like. Pretty, but I think there are better combos out there (yeah, I'm looking at you Sew psyched... :P).
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beautiful, squishy jelly

Hello everyone~ I'm back and pumped from camp now woohoo :).

I wore what I'm now going to call the most beautiful layering of all time to camp. This is two coats of China Glaze First mate layered with one coat of OPI Last friday night. The combo reminds me of Deborah Lippmann's Across the Universe but they're not dupes. They're similar-ish but no go at the duping. Comparing with swatches though, I'd say I love this layering that little bit more than ATU hehe.
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This is what LFN looks like under weak sunlight. I seriously could not stop staring at my nails the whole time at camp, they were that gorgeous. And I was at camp for five days so that's really saying something... :D
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Just because the wear was magnificent, here's what it looked like after five days at camp, totalling to seven days of wear. I did file my nails down before camp to lower chances of breakages (none, yay!) and you can see that besides nail growth, there's no chipping or tip wear. How's that for a perfect mani? :D
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sailing off into the sunset~

Hello~ Lol, cheesy title, I know :P. When I first saw swatches of China Glaze's Anchors Away collection, Sunset sail was not one of those polishes which drew me in. However, after seeing more and more swatches of it, I decided to purchase it and try it out since I don't have many polishes in this shade.

Shown is two coats of Sunset sail. While this may not be a polish I will normally pick up, I ended up quite liking it :) It has a beautiful soft shimmer throughout which makes the polish look more exciting.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Born Pretty Store pretties

Hello~ This is a scheduled post, as you read this I'm probably on my way to camp for the long weekend :). I'm excited to say that I recently received some products from Born Pretty Store to review. The online store is dedicated to stocking mani nail art and other nail related items. They also stock beauty and make up related items so do check it out if you're interested :)

The products I received are:
12 Color 3D Steel Ball Nail Art Glitter Decoration
10 x Flower 3D Nail Art Tips Decals Stickers Manicure
Glitter Silver Line Nail Art Tip Decoration Striping Tape Glue

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I thought I'd try out the striping tape first and here's my result. The base polish is China Glaze Wagon trail. Top picture was taken indoors under natural light, the second under the sun. I quite liked how the striping tape added something more to my mani although you can see my inexperience by the dodgy cutting haha. The striping tape stayed on quite well for the two days I wore this mani. I love that they are so simple to use once you're more used to them, I think I'll be ordering some more!
wagon trail

The above product was provided to me for a review. This has in no way influenced my opinion and I have stated my honest thoughts on the product. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Here today...Aragon tomorrow

Hello everyone~ :) I've been on a layering kick lately and have found some beautiful combos one of which I will share today. OPI Here today...Aragon tomorrow was one of my first OPI purchases waaay back in September last year and I can't believe I have never worn it as a full mani before!

Shown is two coats of HTAT with no top coat. It's a really dark mossy green and looks almost black in dimmer lightings.
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I then layered on one coat of Nubar 2010 and darn it, look at the squishy jelly <33. It's really surprising for me since I'm not normally a jelly fan but I loooove how this mani turned out.
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Polishes used~
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And a magnificent macro of the final outcome. HTAT came out almost black here but trust me, the green definitely shows up in real life.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Review: Office Polish-tics

Hello~ :) I'm sneaking in a quick break before diving back into my pile of assignments lol. I wore Misa Office polish-tics a couple of weeks ago whilst on my prac and since it lasted for the week, I thought I'd write up another quick review.

This is two coats of Office polish-tics and I think the photo was taken on the third day of wear. As you can see, no chips or tip wear :D. This lasted until the fifth day when I finally took it off. The polish was slightly thicker than normal, but not thick enough to worry about.
office polish-tics

Application: 8/10
Chipping: 10/10
Price: 9/10 (purchased at

Yet another work appropriate polish to add to my favourites list :).

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weekly Nail Blog Round Up

It's time for another Weekly Nail Blog Round Up~^^

Grace is staying on trend rocking the colour block

TheNailAddict used China Glaze for this cute spring manicure

Here is LingLing's classy twist on an old favourite

Stacie went wild and got a tumblr account and posted a Kate Middleton Engagement Ring inspired manicure!

Jen played with her new bundle monster plates to make this Spring dream manicure

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Earl grey

Hi everyone~ Apologies for not updating as often nowadays, I'm really beginning to feel the burden of deadlines even whilst on my break!

Super quick post for today. This is two coats of Ulta3 earl grey topped with one coat of China Glaze 5 golden rings. Photo was taken indoors under artificial lighting.
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5 golden rings is a really pretty gold glitter, I may try it out on its own soon :)
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who blue this pretty over?

Hi everyone~ ^^ Ahh, such a lame title, I know. I really like how my current mani came out though, it's definitely blown me over by the prettiness, hehe.

Indoors, under natural light.

I first applied two coats of Ulta3 spring shower. On my pinky and index I layered one coat of China Glaze White cap. I used Glossyblossm nail art striper in white to paint the stripes and added one coat of L.A. Colors Star light for the glitter. Two coats of OPI Last Friday night was layered on my fourth finger. It's such a pretty blue glitter polish! Love it <3. Finally, I added some rhinestones on to my thumb.

And in the sun. I wish I was able to capture how gorgeous Last Friday night looked under the sun.

You may have realised I changed from the Blogger commenting system to Disqus. This makes replying to comments much easier so hopefully it works well for everyone. Do let me know if you have any trouble with it and I'll try to fix it :).


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Monday, April 11, 2011

Glitter Gal Fuchsia

Hello~ :) I recently had the opportunity to sample one of Glitter Gal's holographic polishes kindly sent by Kerry.

Fuchsia is exactly what the name states - it's a pretty fuchsia shade which looks amazing under the sun. I used two coats in my swatch and while there was still visible nail line (vnl), it was minimal and I was actually ok with it. The polish was swatched with a base coat, two coats of Fuchsia and no topcoat.

Fuchsia had a lovely application which I was surprised with, I thought the small brush would cause a bit of a problem but nope, it was fine. The polish also dries extremely quickly, it was dry to touch within 5 minutes of application without the aid of a quick dry top coat. It also dries to a glossy finish, which is always a winner :).

How gorgeous does this look under the sun? Holographic polishes are such fun to play with :).

Glitter Gal 3D Holographic nail polishes retail for AUD$11.95 a bottle. For a 9mL bottle of polish, many may look twice, however Glitter Gal uses true holographic particles in their formula, which provides the beautiful holo effect. Kerry sent me the below information which I thought was really insightful so I've quoted it.
We use “true” holographic particles in our formulation. This one ingredient is 30 times more expensive than any other nail polish ingredient. Thus making our holographic nail polish the highest quality possible. You will notice the smoothness to the finish of polish, and reflective effects are amazing. They are also the “Big 3 Free”.

Many other companies have tried create holographics, but use the more affordable ingredients, which don’t give the polishes the same effect, we didn’t want to compromise on quality and wanted to deliver to our customers a true holographic formulation. I hope this helps.
Glitter Gal nail polishes are available online at International shipping is available! For the Aussie girls who don't wish to pay for shipping, Glitter Gal can also be found in shops such as The Perfume Connection. More information can be found here.

Big thanks to Kerry for providing me with Fuchsia. The above product was provided to me for a review. This has in no way influenced my opinion and I have stated my honest thoughts on the product. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.


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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Crystal mattefied

Hey everyone~ I'm so happy that it's finally my break period, I can actually stop and take a breather now, yay! :)

I have previously shown Zoya Crystal on my blog and it's such a gorgeous polish that I wanted to try it out matte. Apologies for the tip wear and lobster fingers - my parents took my camera away for the weekend and I'm left with an old camera at home, hehe.
crystal matte

I thought it'd be one of those polishes which would look brilliant matte since it has such lovely copper flecks but looking at it, I reckon glossy looks so much better. What do you think?
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Weekly Nail Blog Round Up

Hello~ :) Stacie over at KawaiiNailArt has kindly started a blog round up and I thought it'd be nice to spread other blogger's work and became a part of it ^^

Grace made a great tutorial video on how to use a konad and have these fantastic nails.

Emily watched put a twist on the usual nautical manicure. Watch out for the sharks!

Stacie went all a flutter.

I dragged my way to a perfect manicure.

Jen played with fimo this week and came up with this awesome design.

Nicole is pretty in pink with this Fauxnad design.

Dawn kept the doctor away with this fantastic apple design.

Lovin Nails used China Glaze Four Leaf Clover for a gorgeous accent nail manicure.

Claire was rocking with this cool shellac tutorial.

As a little bonus we love this tutorial by the lovely Leanne at do not refreeze

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