Monday, February 8, 2016

To all readers who celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year,
 
 
 
 
May the Monkey year ahead be a blessed one for you and your loved ones!
Gong Xi Fai Cai!
 
 
Here's my actual CNY nails,
though it's probably going to come off soon with all the heavy duty cooking and cleaning.
And unfortunately, it's been a rainy, overcast 2 days,
so these are just terrible indoor shots:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gradient of OPI Gelato on my Mind and OPI Look at my Bow!
and stamped with Konad Black Gold and Moyou London Zodiac plate #21.
 
 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

CNY Spring Blossoms

Hurray! It's finally the eve of the Lunar New Year!
I'm going to be busy helping my mom with the preparations for the reunion dinner later,
but for now,
let me just write another quick nail art post.
 
Unfortunately, it's a rainy Lunar New Year eve,
so I haven't been able to get pictures of my current CNY nails.
 
Instead, here's another one which I did a few days back using nail wraps:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ok, my photos probably magnified the gold-chain stickers a little bit
and made them look as though they're thick abominations.
However, in reality, while they do look a little worn out (yeah, I've had them for YEARS),
they definitely did not "stand out (up)" that much.
 
In fact, this was another pretty manicure that I enjoyed a lot.
I've other ideas now for cutting up those nail wraps.
Will definitely get around to them soon,
especially since wraps are so simple to use.
 
 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Born Pretty Store Review: Golden Grids

Taking a break amidst the last minute Lunar New Year preparations to do this post.
 
Yep, it is another Born Pretty Store review,
but I thought it was still pretty appropriate as a CNY manicure.
 
In the BPS package sent, was a set of nail stencils.
These were holo stencil stickers that you could use on its own over a base polish,
or could also function like a peel-off vinyl.
 
 
 
 
 
 
All you had to do was to cut them up,
and use them whichever way you pleased.
 
I found the stickers really thin
which would be really important if you wanted to use them on top of your manicure.
No one likes a thick decal prone to peeling off right.
 
These were also easy to remove from their plastic backings,
which means less chances of you smudging those nails.
Another plus.
 

 
Here's my first attempt with these stickers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Polishes used:
Flormar #394 Golden Orchid (love it!),
and OPI Coca Cola Red.
 
I really loved the end result.
In fact, quite a lot of people around me seemed to notice it.
My mom actually considered asking me to replicate the manicure for her for CNY.
Can't blame her.
I found it festive and pretty too!
 
Loved the nail stencils.
Next time, I'm going to try it on its own over a blue or black polish.
That pretty holo should pop right up!
 
 
Now if you're interested in getting the stencils,
I've already included the links in my texts above.
Just remember to quote BERRYG10 for a 10% discount when you make your purchase!
 
 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Baby Monkeys

The Chinese Lunar New Year is just round the corner,
and these days, we've just been busy getting ready for the festival.
Thank god, at least the spring cleaning's done
and most of all, no nail damage!
*Phew*
 
So, to celebrate that and get into the CNY mood,
I've started doing CNY manicures too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 will be the Year of the Monkey.
Perfect reason for me to whip out all my monkey related nail stuff,
which included this set of PA Dear Laura monkey nail decals that I've had for ages.
 
Pretty kawaii eh?
And those baby monkeys look like they're having a swell of a time too.
 
 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Emily de Molly - Mei Mei's Signatures Exclusive Happy Feet Duo

I don't usually do indie polishes.
For a very simple reason,
I'm not exactly a huge fan of glitter polishes.
And after the Mentality scare that I read about,
I'm a little bit more hesitant.
 
However, once in a while,
something comes along that would catch my eye.
And I'll forget about the pains of glitter removal and succumb to the glitter monster.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inked Chameleon,
2 coats + Seche Vite TC.
 
Light robin blue crelly base with rainbow hex glitters.
Very whimsical and happy.
I love a good robin blue and I love rainbows,
so this one is completely up my alley.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Dark Wild Wood,
3 coats + Seche Vite TC.
 
OK. I admit.
Inked Chameleon was the one that caught my eye online,
but The Dark Wild Wood was the one that blew my mind away in real life.
 
Gorgeous dark pine green jelly
with a varied mix of holographic silver, green, red, pink and blue glitters.
The layered depths and glitters were very mesmerizing.
 
Absolutely worth all the pain that comes with glitter removal.
 
 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lady Queen Review: Hehe Stamping Plate 045

Apologies for the no post last week.
This time, it's not me who fell sick but my mom.
Coupled with preparations for the coming Lunar New Year,
and planning for a trip,
I barely had any spare time the previous weekend to work on the blog.
 
Fortunately, mom has since recovered
although we are thinking of sending her for more medical tests.
I always believe its better to find out if there's anything wrong early.
Hopefully, there's nothing major.
 
Well, back to the nails proper.
Today I have for you another review,
but this time from Lady Queen
 
The good people at Lady Queen sent me a small package for review,
and included in the pack was my very first hehe plate!
 
The one I got was hehe plate 045,
a oriental themed plate with calligraphy, a pavilion, etc.
Perfect actually for the upcoming Lunar New Year!
 
And here's my first attempt with the willow leaves pattern:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Queen has several other interesting items.
I've made a purchase myself recently too for some decals as well.
 
If you're interested to shop there,
they've also set up a coupon code for my readers.
So, pls enter ARDS15 for a 15% discount before checking out!
 
 

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