Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nail art #18 - Can't breathe, like freeze...

Lots of ♥♥♥ to you if you get my post title :PPP. Lol I'm so sad, but this totally came to mind; oh Kpop ♥.

Anyway. Happy Halloween! :) I had meant to post a more halloween-esque manicure today, but I just had to try out the corset look after watching this video. I don't think mine came out as well though. Oh well :P.


I used Ulta3's Snazzle for this manicure and it is such a lovely silver foil. It's also not one of those extremely in your face silvers, so that just makes it all the more awesome. The black polish is from Maybelline Colorama's Dark Chocolate and Candy Apple for the red.

And here's a macro shot of Snazzle to show the foil.
macro shot

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nail art #17 - A bit of this and that ♥

Heyyyy! I just heard from a friend that one of my assignments due next week has been extended to mid Novemeber so I'm celebrating by not working on it and blogging :P. I'm also on the road to recovery now so I felt up for a little nail art today :). Just something random I came up with since I was in a cheerful mood today.

I used two coats of China Glaze's Light as air for my first, fourth and fifth fingers as well as the leopard prints on my third finger. For the base on that finger, I applied two coats of Ulta3's Lily White. I used Maybelline's Dark Chocolate for the black line and and leopard prints. White stripes are done by using my Glossyblossom striper. Oh, the glitter is from mwah's Magnetic.

I'm really happy with this mani overall and I especially love how the leopard prints turned out. I can't believe how easy they are to do! More of them coming in the future now, haha :P.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My first Essie polish :)

I very rarely do fall severely sick, but it seems the weather's ability to be decisive has affected me (either be hot OR cold, darn it!). I didn't get to enjoy my weekend nor catchup on my last couple of assignments and I apologise in advance for the lack of updates that'll probably take place in the next couple of weeks on this blog. Life and such, you know?

Anyway, I did manage to try out my first bottle of Essie polish before I fell sick. Behold, Essie's Turquoise & Caicos
turquoise & caicos

Please ignore the huge gap between the polish and my cuticles, the photo was taken on the fourth day. I can't say I'm overly impressed with the formula of the polish, it was a bit too runny for me and goodness, it required three coats and there's still some VNL. For the $10+ I paid for this, I had expected better. Still, the polish is a lovely turquoise colour and I'd definitely wear this again in the future - such a delightful spring shade :).

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Nail art #16 - A sailor went to sea sea sea

In an attempt to reflect the sunny and warm days we had a couple of days ago, I tried my hand at some nautical themed nail art. I can't say I did  brilliantly though. Don't you just hate it when a beautifully planned out design in your head just doesn't translate onto your nails?

I applied two coats Savvy by DB's Cobalt and used Glossyblossom's nail art striper in White for the nail art. I made use of my rhinestones to form an anchor shape on my fourth finger and topped everything off with my Poshe top coat. I can't believe it streaked my stripes on my fifth finger! Oh Poshe :(.

I was alright with my result at first, but after looking at it the next morning, I began to dislike it. I don't even know why. -sigh- I really need to stop with the fail art and produce better nail art.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mummy may I?

Over the weekend, I was very much involved in a battle with an essay. I'm proud to say that today I have finally conquered and emerged with hardly a scratch on me (although I can't say much about my sleepyness!) But onto my mani from the last two days. I chose to wear China Glaze's Mummy may I following on from the halloween-ish theme a few days before. And wow. This is such a gorgeous polish! *____*

Mummy may I has a deep plum purple base with glorious fuchsia glitter suspended in it.
mummy may i 2

Application was awesome sauce, not at all what I had been expecting since some bloggers have experienced a thick and gloopy mess. But nope, my bottle was fine and extremely lovely to work with :). It also dried really quickly!
mummy may i

Shown is two coats of Mummy may I and sealed with a thick coat of Poshe top coat. The final surface wasn't smooth, so another coat of tc may have helped, but I didn't mind the slightly bumpy surface.

A final macro shot to see the pretty glitter.
mummy may i macro

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Nail art #15 - Spring is upon us

Well, spring is upon us down in the southern hemisphere anyway :P.
uptown girl

For this manicure,  I used two coats of Color Club's Uptown Girl. Then to spice things up a little, I took out my sample pack from Viva la Nails and chose some nail stickers to put on my fourth finger and thumb. To finish off, I sealed my nails with my Poshe topcoat. I love the result loads and the stickers held up really well for the two days I kept this mani.

The nail stickers were part of the free sample pack from Viva la Nails. If you own a blog which posts about nail art or beauty, you too can order yourself a sample pack. You only have to pay for shipping which is £2.95!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Nail art #14 - Halloween enough for you?

I'm not one who normally celebrates Halloween, it's not even a big holiday here in Australia, but after I came across this video, I knew I just had to have a go at it. My attempt wasn't the most successful, but from a distance, it looks pretty cool :P.
I used Ulta3's Black Plum  as the base and it's just a gorgeous wine red shimmer. Glorious, I tell you. I need to wear this on its own in the future, that's how much I love it. I then used Glossyblossom's nail art striper in White for the spider web. It's not brilliant, but I do like the outcome, especially when not up close. I swear it looks ten times better from a far.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's holo lurveeeeee *______*

That's right, I've chosen Color Club's Revvvolution from my haul to try out first. AND BOY. IT IS AMAZINGGGGGG. Can I spam my love? ♥♥!!!

Shown is base coat then two coats of Revvvolution and no top coat. Just look at the holo goodness! :DDD 

Although, I'm not sure if I just got a dodgy bottle, but after awhile the polish became a little thick and it was just harder to apply. No way is this lessening my love for the polish though. I don't believe I've spazzed so much over a nail polish before...but there's always a first time for everything :P.

And once again to show the holoooooooo, this time blurred. Now if this isn't a beauty, I don't know what is! ♥
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Yes, another haul :)

I was pleasantly surprised that the postman dropped by today, I hadn't expected this Transdesign order to arrive until Friday. Of course, I could hardly wait to start playing with the polishes, but unfortunately I have work due tomorrow which I need to get cracking on :(.

First up, my Color Club haul! Have I mentioned before that all my photos are clickable? Definitely click away to see enlarged photos!
td haul

Top row: Wild Orchid, Uptown Girl, Revvvolution
Bottom row: Wild at heart, Soft as Cashmere, Magic Attraction

Aaaaand my first Essie and Misa polishes, not forgetting my huge lemming by China Glaze :D!
td haul2

From left to right: Turquoise & Caicos, Mummy may I, Dirty Sexy Money

I can't wait to try them all on! I'm really loving what I ordered this time round, and especially, especially eyeing Revvvolution. Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze aside some time for a fresh mani later on today :).

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Nail art #13 - Kiwi nails!

Woah, I've made it through the week and the weekend! Hectic back to Uni week and on top of that I had a busy weekend, but I've somehow pulled through and yes, more nail art! :D This design was inspired by Cutepolish's youtube tutorial. I was all for a spring-y design since it's spring here (and most like it too, it's been cloudy and rainy since forever!) and came across the video; I obviously couldn't resist the cute kiwi nails :P.
kiwi nails

Polishes used are China Glaze's Re-Freshmint for the base - I used two coats, Ulta3's Lily White for the middle of the kiwi, Glossyblossom's nail art striper in White and Maybelline's Dark Chocolate for the seeds.

I know Re-Freshmint is hardly the best green shade for kiwis but I don't own that many green polishes to begin with and so had a rather limited collection to choose from. This was truly the best I could find.
kiwi nails2

As you can see, I've filed my nails to a rounder shape due to my middle nail breaking. You can see it's awkwardly filed compared to the rest of the nails. I'm not quite sure I love the round nail look on me, I certainly do prefer square shaped nails more, but I'm not hating it. Which is good because it'll be awhile until I get my square nail shape back :P.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nail art #12

It's a wonder how simply dotting and striping can make a manicure look so much better. I was out of ideas for nail art but was in the mood for some, so what better than to combine the basics?

(I do apologise for the lack of clean up.)

Shown above is three coats of mwah's Thrillseeker. I then used Glossyblossom's nail art polish in White to paint the stripes and dots. Overall, I'm quite satisfied with the outcome :).

I'll be returning to Uni soon so I don't know how much time I'll have from now on to spend on nail art. Hopefully this won't be my last for awhile still...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Ulta3 - Envy

Even though it's been raining a fair bit since Saturday, the sun did manage to peep out from behind the clouds quite a number of times today. Thus my hand reached immediately for Ulta3's Envy. Envy has a fantastic foil finish which I'm totally in love with. It's a really light champagne shade and under dimmer lighting can be mistaken as a silver. I love this polish a lot, it's just fabulous :).

You can't see the polish in it's fullest glory only because the sun wasn't cooperating when I was trying to take photos. Shown above is two coats and a top coat; application was a breeze too, like most other Ulta3 polishes. For only $2 a bottle, you really can't ask for much more, especially when nail polishes are really expensive over here. Ulta3s are the cheapest nail polishes I've ever come across at retail price but I won't say no to more!

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sinful Colors - Vela

I've been trying to venture into the world of red and pink polishes, and I believe there is no better place to start than with this gorgeous polish - Sinful Colors' Vela. This is my first Sinful polish and I cannot be more blown away. What a magnificent shade! It's a mixture of red and pink and the result is a dusky raspberry colour. Brilliant!

Shown is two coats of Vela and a topcoat. What a winner.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Funky french tips

I was a bit undecided on the polish to choose for my next manicure, so I decided to play around with some layering. I tried a few sheer polishes over a matte black and voilà this lovely combination materialised in front of my eyes.
french tips

Shown here is two coats of Orly's Matte Vinyl. I then used OPI's Princesses rule for layering at the tips and freehanded them. I decided I wanted to keep the matte look but since I don't own any matte topcoats (I must invest in one now!), I had to make do with my base polish - NailTek Foundation II. It gives the polish a slightly glossier look, nevertheless it's matte enough. I love the way this turned out and the best thing is it's so terribly simple!

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