Saturday, July 30, 2011

Australian Series: Verdigris

Hi~^^ Hope you all had a great start to the weekend. I'm trying to savour mine as best as possible before I return to uni on Monday.

Awhile ago, I received a lovely nail package from Face of Australia. One of the polishes included was Verdigris. This is a light olive green which has a metallic finish. Careful application is required in order not to end up with a brushstrokey mess. I applied two coats here~


It's not my favourite shade of green, but I actually grew to like it :) Of course, if it were less brushstrokey, I'd be loving it. What are your thoughts of metallic finishes? Love or hate?


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Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekly Nail Blog Round Up

Hey everyone~ Here's the blog round up for this week, enjoy! :)
Grace designed some yummy candy striped nails

Jen created a starry manicure

I'm having a giveaway to celebrate my blog birthday

Nicky tested out OPI it’s my year for their new collection

Claire showed us some perfect pearl bridal nails

Ladyluck is also celebrating her blog birthday with a giveaway!

Sarah created a movie buff manicure and demonstrated some SdP plates

Theresa showed us the amazing new Gelish Aurora collection

Stacie played with some holographic paint flakes from ebay


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Some more purple for you :)

Hey everyone~ You know I love purple, I know I love purple and so of course, here's another purple mani :P I loved my blue mani so much I decided to recreate it, purple style. First photo is taken under direct sunlight, the rest indoors with natural lighting.


I thought I'd spice up the mani with a few 3D accessories. Besides the silver rhinestone, all were from the cheapest nail art etailer Born Pretty Store. They have such amazing nail art supplies, from thin nail brushes to stamping plates - and all with free shipping too! Check out the discount coupon on my sidebar for a further 10% off their already cheap prices - just type in PIJ31 into the respective spot when you check out.


Look at how the heart decals shine and flash from purple to blue to green to's beautiful ♥ These heart decals can be purchased from Born Pretty Store as part of a set of 12 with various other designs provided. Check out the rest of the nail art glitter decoration here :)


The polishes I used in the mani are:
China Glaze Light as air
Ulta3 lily white, twilight fever

Twilight fever definitely looks like another Chanel Paradoxal dupe. What was once a rare thing to come across in Australia has become too easy, I think Australis also have a dupe and I also own a Sportsgirl dupe. I might post a comparison of it with twilight fever later.


I actually love this mani so much I'm still sporting it after 3 days and going strong... :P Definitely a record for me! What do you think of it? :)


Some products featured in the post were provided for consideration.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

1 year blog anniversary!

Hello everyone~ :) You've probably gathered from my post title but today's my one year blog anniversary! I'm really happy to have made it this far and I want to thank each and every one of my lovely readers who read, follow and/or comment! I seriously wouldn't have continued blogging if there was no one reading so it's definitely thanks to you all for your continuous support ♥ I'm in the midst of putting together a giveaway to celebrate this huge milestone and it will hopefully be up shortly!

But of course, a post can't be left without mani photos so I'll show you yet another layering I've done with the pretty Nubar 2010. I layered one coat of this beautiful flakey over two coats of Orly Prince charming. Prince charming has been a long time brown nail polish lemming of mine and I love it on my tips!

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And because flakies look fantastic matte, here it is with a matte topcoat.

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I think I'm rather digging the matte look of this :D What do you think, matte or glossy?


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Weekly Nail Blog Round Up

Hi everyone~ Sorry for getting this up late - I went to watch the Mary Poppins musical last night and it was amaaaaazing *____* The stage, the was my first musical and I can safely say I'll be watching more!
Sarah stamped this sparkly tiger design

Claire used craft glitter and shellac to make a gorgeous pedicure

Ladyluck swatched a rare polish with cute holographic stars and moons in it

Lena shared BeautyUK Glam nails in Yellow peril

Stacie create an illustration inspired cupcake manicure

Sharon swatched the amazing Glitter Gal black holographic
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Grace shows us how to do it like a pro!

Jen has had a cute fruit themed week

Emily created a WAH nails inspired look

Chell swatched up Butter London in Victoriana - Yum!

Well, I'm off to go out again. Have a good Saturday! :)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Australian Series: Glitter Gal - Black Holographic

Hi everyone~ One of my biggest lemming since discovering holographic nail polish is to find a black shade. I have since learned that the original OPI My private jet is a black holo but is unfortunately sold at insanely inflated prices. Color Club Revvvolution is a pretty charcoal holo which remains to be my favourite holographic polish. However, it's not black and darn it, I want black! And finally, I received Glitter Gal Black in the mail. It's such a beautiful sunny day that I finally decided to wear the pretty that is Black.

I took too many photos and couldn't decide which ones to post so there's a light spammage of black holo goodness! :) All were taken under direct sunlight unless otherwise stated.

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I applied two coats of Black onto my nails and finished with a top coat. The polish was slightly thick and is really opaque. If you're careful, you can definitely get away with one and save on the precious polish.

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Blurry shot to really show off the scattered holographic effect.

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Indoors, under natural light. It's not much when it's not directly under the sun, but I still love it :) And oops, my top coat is so glossy that my nails reflected my top :P I didn't realise this until I uploaded the photo!

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And back under the sun. Oh Black, how I adore thee. It's black, it's holographic and just look at the rainbow of colours ♥

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Glitter Gal 3D Holographic nail polishes retail for $11.95. Each bottle contains 9mL of polish, which may not seem like a lot for the price - however, true holographic particles are used in their formula. Kerry from Glitter Gal sent me the below information to explain this.
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 didnt 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 and they ship internationally! :) Australian stores such as The Perfume Connection also stock the brand. For more information of stockists both internationally and within Australia, check out the stockist page.

-UPDATE- You can now purchase Glitter Gal nail polishes from llarowe if you live within the US as they are the official stockists. I'm sure shipping fees will be much cheaper this way :)

What do you think of Glitter Gal nail polishes? Do share if you've tried them before :)


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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Australian Series: BYS Colour Change nail polish

Hi everyone :) I'm really excited to share with you my experience with mood polishes - or as BYS calls them, colour change nail polish. The most awesome Director Dave over at Fashion Addict was kind enough to provide the Colour Change collection for a review. However, as my nails can only stand so much nail polish remover, I have decided to split this into two posts. Part 2 will hopefully be up shortly!

As it is winter here right now, my hands were seriously freezing when I swatched this; hence I had to run them under warm water to get the colour change. So, first photo shows the cold shade and the following will show the warm shade and/or changing back to cold. I applied two coats in all photos. Also, all the polishes dried to a satin finish so they all have a top coat over them.

The first polish I have for you is Salmon. This was a surprise for me. I didn't think I would like it from the bottle but I really loved the look of it on my tips!



Royal Blue was a stunner. Love it, love it, love it! Blues are seriously growing on me so much. Why ever did I not like them before?! :O

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My index and middle finger show the warmer shade while the other two show the cooler and darker shade.

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Blue was definitely a polish which requires three coats. It's not as obvious in real life, but you can see how patchy it is at two coats, especially when it's changed to the warmer and lighter colour in the second photo.



Bright purple. Ahhh, what a stunner. It's beautiful, gorgeous, magnificent and look at that shimmer! So, so pretty <3

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Love the gradation effect on this the best! The colours go so well together :)

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As you can see, it's helpful to have longer nails when wearing these polishes to see the full and grand effect of the colour change. They provide such a fun and easy alternative to gradation nails :). BYS Colour Change nail polishes are available online at for only $4.95 a bottle. Fashion Addict ships internationally - how awesome is that? Now all nail polish fanatics are able to get their hands on these polishes.

What do you think of mood/colour change nail polishes? Do you have any favourites from the BYS collection?


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sweet peacock

Hi everyone ^^ Today I have the prettiest blue polish I have come across, maybe only coming second just a tad behind Zoya Crystal :P Another blue polish which has changed my view of my tips in blue - I love it! Orly Sweet Peacock is from the Birds of a Feather collection and is a bright blue polish which covered exceptionally well. I was surprised since this is a foil polish, but it was wonderfully opaque in one coat! I did two below though, only because I'm used to applying two.

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I love the silver flecks peeking through the vibrant blue shade - it's definitely not something I own already in my stash!

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The entire Birds of a Feather collection is now available in Australia and can be purchased from selected salons and pharmacies, or online at Orly nail polishes retail for $18.95 in Australia.


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Friday, July 15, 2011

Weekly Nail Blog Round Up

Hello :) Here's the round up for this week!

I got my hands on a cool Orly flaky
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The Nail Addict was feeling lovey dovey this week

Claire’s got twinkly fingers this week

Sarah used her plates to create this celtic knot manicure

Jen got her party nails sorted with a holographic from Claire’s

Lady Luck missed you

Grace showed us some of the new OPI nice Stems collection

Stacie freehanded some roses

Have an awesome weekend - I know I'm looking forward to mine for some much needed rest!

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