Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Zoya Pixie Dust: London

I'm loving the Pixie Dust more and more.
They're awesome for when you need a mani change,
but don't have a lot of time to spare.
 
 
 
 
Zoya London,
2 coats, no TC.
Lovely stone grey texture with silver glitter.
 
I love how it looks like I have asphalt on my nails.
Haha.

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

China Glaze City Flourish Collection: Strike a Rose

Just when I'm about to write off the entire China Glaze City Flourish Collection,
the last one to be swatched,
comes along and saves the collection from being labelled a complete disaster:
 
 
 
 
Strike a Rose,
2 coats + HK Girl TC.
Pink with subtle shimmer.
 
Strike a Rose did not have any of the weird issues with formula and application.
Colour payoff was great,
and it was easily opaque with no streaking.
 
Not a big fan of pink shimmer,
but still, redemption.

 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nail Art Weekend: Distressed Watercolours + Stamping

Once I had all my OPI Sheer Tints,
I was excited to try recreating the Watercolours mani that I've been seeing all over Internet.
 
 
 
 
I added a little twist to mine,
and attempted to swipe on the Sheer Tints using the distressed method.

It was interesting how the Sheer Tints behaved when I did that.
I ended up with splotches of colour,
something which I suspect had to do with the consistency of the Sheer Tints.
 
I loved this so much that I didn't want to remove it,
even when it started showing signs of wear.
Instead, I chose to add some subtle stamping over it using Konad White polish and its plate m64.
 
Again, I loved the end result:
 
 
 
 
I have a few more ideas that I would like to experiment with the tints that I have.
Hopefully, I'll get around to it soon.
 
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tints

The OPI Sheer Tints collection reminded me of a couple of polishes in The Stash
that could pass off as tints as well.
Well, definitely not the same consistency that comes with the Sheer Tints,
but definitely sheer and tints that could be used the same way.
 
 
 
 
Addiction Black Leopard,
3 coats + Seche Vite.
Black jelly.
 
Black Leopard was also another purchase while I was in Japan.
Addiction was a brand that I could only get in Japan,
and I'm absolutely in love with their polish and make-up.
Black Leopard was touted as one of their best-sellers and I can see why.
 
 
 
 
OPI Be Magentale with Me,
2 coats + Seche Vite.
This was the last of the OPI Sheer Tint collection that took awhile to reach me.
You can see swatches of the other 3 in the collection here
 
 
 
 
Orly Bare Rose, 3 coats + Seche Vite.
Rose jelly.
 
Another favourite of mine, especially for French manis.
It just gives my nails a clean, healthy look.

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2013: Jade Imperial

My first bottle of YSL polish,
and I'm head over heels in love with it!
It's my new found love!
 
 
 
 
Jade Imperial, 2 coats + HK Girl TC.
Dusty jade green crème.
 
I found this little beauty during my recent trip to Japan.
It's a tad pricey,
but for the colour and flawless application,
I'm just going to overlook the money spent!

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July's Nail Mail

The last of my nail mail for a little while.
At least, until it's time for my birthday spree.
 
 
 
 
I'm a huge Korean drama fan.
So there was no way I could resist a collection that was inspired by it!
RBL Anatomy of a #KDrama:
Instant Amnesia, Not Your Baby, Oh Slap! and Will They, Won't They.
 
 
 
 
Huge haul from Llarowe.
First up, Picture Polish:
Chillax, Storm, Tail Feather and Tiffany.
 
 
 
 
Yes. I'm also a Dance Legend fan:
Kiwi Smoothie, Final Fantasy and Deco Dance (Llarowe exclusive)
 
 
 
 
More Dance Legend:
Mavka, The Knight (limited edition) and Orlando.

Plus a bottle of A-England The Knight basecoat.
 
I actually ordered 3 bottles of the basecoat,
but only got 1 bottle in the package.
I really hope Llarowe would be good about sending the other 2 bottles that I paid for.