Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Illamasqua Week: Spring Flowers

 
 
 
I used to buy a lot of such nail art stickers,
but hardly used them.
Finally dug them out only to find that quite a number had already degenerated
when I started using this set pictured here.

The gold swirls were still ok,
but the pink rubber flowers had all gotten gooey.
I couldn't even get them off the sheet without them leaving a pink goo on the plastic sheets
 
 
 
 
So instead,
I used the gold swirls since they were still ok,
and improvised with water decals from Born Pretty Store.
 
I have to say, I'm quite impressed with the end result.
Loved it loads
 
 
 
 
And although it was not done on purpose,
the nail art also matched my CNY embroidered pants.
 
Polishes used:
Load as the base colour,
and dry brush-stroked with Rampage

I have to say,
for all its cheekiness,
I find Load a perfect polish for nail art.
 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Illamasqua Week: Load

 
 
Heh. I'm going to catch 50 Shades of Grey later,
and I thought this was a pretty apt polish to put on.
 
3 coats + Seche Vite TC.
Creamy pale whitish-yellow,
the exact colour of you-know-what. Ha!

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Illamasqua Week: Baptiste and Rampage

Did you guys guess right?
Yep. It's going to be Illamasqua for this week;
all swatches and nail art will be Illamasqua as the lead polish!
 
And today I'm going to show you the first two polishes that got me interested in this brand.
These two were also amongst the first few Illamasqua polishes I owned.
 
Back when I first started getting interested in nail polish,
Illamasqua was a brand that was not yet available in sunny Singapore,
so I could only lust and hope for someone to purge theirs, which wasn't easy to come by.
The alternative was to travel overseas to get them.
I'm so incredibly glad that we now have an Illamasqua counter in Singapore!
I don't have to wait till I travel overseas to splurge on them anymore!
 
 
 
 
Don't you think that bottle looks like its holding the galaxy in there>!
 
 
 
 
Baptiste,
2 coats + HK Girl TC.
 
This one would be perfect as a base if you're going to do galaxy nails.
 
 
 
 
Rampage,
3 coats + Seche Vite TC.
A lovely deep, forest green.

 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brand Week: Guess which Brand!

Can you ladies look at the accent nail art,
and without looking at your bottles,
tell which brand is coming up for Brand Week?
 
 
 
 
Let me know if you've guessed it!
And even better if you can tell which polish from the brand this manicure was done with!

 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lunar New Year: Chinese Abstract Patterns for Spring

Heh. Abstract is a nice way of putting it,
when the decals aren't big enough,
and the stamping's all gone awry.
 
But having said that, I really like the end result.
Actually by the time I've finished the third nail,
I decided to completely not care since the end result was better than the one I had in my head.
 
 
 
 
Items used:
OPI Glitzerland and Zoya Sooki for base colours,
stamping done using China Glaze 2030 and Moyou Suki Plate #04,
plus water decals bought locally.

Maybe I should try repeating such errors more often.

 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Chinese Lunar New Year: Spring Blossoms for the Goat

I almost didn't get pictures of this manicure that I'm quite proud of.
In fact, I had to run down to snap pictures on a gloomy, cloudy day all in 5 minutes.
There was just so much to do on the first day of CNY.
 
Then I promptly damaged them while shelling chestnuts to cook for dinner!
So while I really liked this one,
it was kind of short-lived.

And I barely have time for another manicure!
Heh. Festive chaos here.
I hope those of you who celebrate the Lunar New Year are having a great time too!
 
 
 
 
Items used:
OPI Coca-Cola Red,
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls,
Models Own Black striper for the branches,
and Konad Yellow for the centre of the flower blossoms.

Definitely going to re-do this!
Loved it a lot!

 
 

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