Monday, September 22, 2014

Dance Legend Lumos Collection: Orlando

Another Dance Legend love.
And I only realised after I bought Orlando,
that the Lumos Collection was Harry Potter themed!
Another plus, the light built into the cap!
It makes me feel like I'm holding onto a lighted wand.
And now I must get my hands on Nox in this same collection.
Just so I can switch on the light, shout "Nox!" and switch it off.
*Cheap thrill*
1 coat Orlando over Orly Saturated,
topped with HK Girl TC.
Multi-coloured flakies in a pinkish-purple tinted base.
This looks really good.
I told a friend that these were rainbow-hued fish scales.
She ended up looking at pet shops for fishes,
because my "nails were so pretty, (I) want a real-life rainbow fish to look at"
And how could I not do a matte flakie manicure with this!
1 coat Orlando over Chanel Orage,
topped with Nubar V for Men Matte TC.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nail Art Weekend: Weathered

My sincere apologies once again for the long break between posts.
I've been on meds, and at the same time,
swamped with some personal stuff.
But hopefully, the blog will now be back to normal.
Anyway, I was thinking about being under the weather,
and in a silly turn of thoughts,
figured I should do something along the lines of being weathered.
I ended up combining 2 of my favourite nail art styles:
the distressed method and water decals.
Again, please excuse the cuticles.
I'm trying desperately to baby them back into shape.
Items used:
OPI Did You 'ear about Van Gogh?,
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls,
OPI OPI Scores a Goal!, and
water decals from Born Pretty Store
Despite the ragged cuticles and the idea of being weathered,
I loved this set of nail art.
There was a vintage feel about it,
and for some strange reason,
that brought me some comfort.
I'm going to try replicate the weather wood look with some stamping someday.
Hopefully, that would look good as well.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Orly Summer 2014 Baked Collection: Saturated

I know its fall already,
but I'm not yet ready to let go of summer colours!

The only one in the Orly 2014 Summer Collection that caught my eye:
Orly Saturated,
2 coats + HK Girl TC.
Deep blue-purple that was bright at the same time.
Application was a breeze as well.
Excuse the dry skin and cuticles though.
They've been taking a beating with me being doped up on meds.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Nail Art Weekend: Birthday Haul

All right. So the theme week this month didn't go as I had planned.
Damn the lost photos and the gloomy weather we've been having the past week.
So, I'm just going to end it and go back to regular polishing.
It was getting a tad frustrating trying to get pictures.
Anyway, I added to the birthday haul:

Illasmaqua Facet, Melange and Perseid.
The Illamasqua came with a free cosmetic pouch (in the background).

MAC Before Dawn.
It's been a while since I bought myself a MAC polish.
Also got myself a Chanel,
which I have since worn:
Chanel Orage,
2 coats + HK Girl TC.
I was actually going to walk past the Chanel counter without picking up anything.
But then the display bottle of Orage caught the light and caught my eye,
and I ended up going home with a bottle.
Chanel Orage is this bit of subtle pink and blue shimmer in a dark grey base.
It's actually pretty stunning when the sun or the light hits it just nice.
Like a star went ka-boom and you have that streak of stardust left on your nails.
Well, that's when the light hits it nice.
Otherwise, it'll look pretty much like your plain dark grey.
Chanel Orage lasted pretty well on my nails though.
This set of nail art pictures was taken on the 4th day of me sporting it,
and all I had was a wee bit of tip wear
All I can say is that the actual nail art looked a hell lot more impressive than the pictures show.
I blame the gloomy and cloudy weather.
And I refused to go a 5th day with the same manicure.
Items used:
Chanel Orage,
with China Glaze 2030 applied using the distressed method.
Plus water decals from Born Pretty Store.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

These are a Few of my Favourite Things: Coffee, Starbucks and Me

Interestingly, I'm writing this post while trying hard not to drop into sleep.
It is after a long day though.

Heh. Next favourite thing I almost cannot live without: Coffee.
A good friend of mine used to joke that if caffeine ever becomes a banned drug,
I'll happily declare myself an addict and counsellors would have one of their toughest clients.
(We're in the social service sector by the way)
Another offered to find me a caffeine drip
when I was trying to wean myself off a routine of up to 8 cups daily.
A colleague experienced me and my withdrawal symptoms
when we brought some of our youths out on a 5-day Outward Bound camp.
We were out at sea and there was absolutely no coffee to be had.
Not even the 3-in-1 packet kind.
And she joked that it would be the best way to get me out of a job.
Deprive me enough of coffee,
I'll stop functioning.
Nowadays, I'm less addicted.
Most days I'm able to stop at 2 to 3 cups,
and the max I'll go is 4 cups.
I admit though, the only reason why I started weaning myself off was because of a health scare.
My blood pressure actually shot all the way up to above 180.
Of course there were many other factors at that point in time:
crazy working hours, no exercise, lack of sleep plus a diet that was a lot of fast food and late night dinners.
I remembered my doctor had to take my blood pressure at least 3 times that day;
she thought she had a faulty equipment.
The moment my doctor heard about the daily 8 cups though,
she yelled at me. Literally.
So it was time to cut down. I promised.
Having said that, I still need my morning wake-up cup.
And yes, my day is not the same if I don't have a wake-up cup of strong coffee,
but I can deal with it now.
And one of my favourite coffee joints to get my cuppa and breakfast on the way to work:
They do have a pretty decent array of wraps, sandwiches, pies.
I particularly love their beef pie and the egg white, mushroom and cheese wrap.
So in honour of coffee,
I spent an hour digging for these 2 OPIs that had coffee in their names:
Espresso Your Style,
2 coats + HK Girl TC
Los Angeles Latte,
2 coats + HK Girl TC.
And that's not all!
I also did a Starbuck stamping manicure!
Though I have to confess,
I did this one as a rush job in under 45 minutes.
And as you can tell,
I didn't even bother to wait for the stamping to be dry.
I just had to dab on the topcoat and run
even if I knew I'll be in smudge-city.