Friday, December 17, 2010

Nfu-Oh #51 over OPI Black Onyx

Still in West Timor guys.
This one's a scheduled post.

The infamous Nfu-Oh #51

2 coats of #51 over 1 coat of OPI Black Onyx + 1 coat of goopy SV

Actually, after HT, I'm not too wow-ed by this one

Might have to do it on its own to better appreciate it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My 2010 Top 20

Perhaps by the time you read this post,
I would probably be already on my way to West Timor.
Hopefully I will be back to regular posting when I return next week

So here's my Top 20 as promised:

1) RBL Scrangie
Need I say more?

2) SH Hidden Treasure

over Orly Ole

and over OPI Fiercely Fiona

I'll have to try this one on its own one day...

3) Zoya Charla

4) Ulta Tainted Love

5) Anna Sui #108

and yes. I need 2 pics of this!

6) OPI Absolutely Alice
which is on the Ring and Index fingers

7) OPI Mad as a Hatter
which is also on the Ring and Index fingers

8) Tony Moly PT08

9) SH Purple Gala

10) OPI Breathe Life
I've been too busy lately to check in with you.
Will get in touch once I'm back again k

11) Essie Sew Psyched

12) Orly Galaxy Girl
which is on the Middle finger

13) Orly Space Cadet
which is on the Pinky and Middle fingers

damn... I need to do proper swatches of those non-full manis...

14) China Glaze Zombie Zest

15) China Glaze Channelesque

Actually I'm a little surprised at myself for not pegging this one higher

16) Essie Viva La Vespa

17) Estee Lauder Surreal Violet

Ok, pretty sure you can tell which is Surreal Violet and which is Paradoxal...

18) SH Mystic Lilac

Actually most of the SH ones didn't come in any higher cos of their formula
Change that and I think the positions may be tweaked a little.

19) Orly Royal Navy

and 20) Essie Jazz

Couldn't find my swatch of Jazz alone...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nail Board's 2010 Top 20 list

Sorry guys for the lack of posts this week.
I've been incredibly busy at work lately.
I'm in-charge of bringing a bunch of youths for a Service Learning trip to West Timor next week,
hence been running around getting things ready,
and didn't have the time to sit down and blog.

But I figured I shouldn't delay getting this list out =P
The Nail Board has finally compiled their list of 2010's Top 20!
So here they are!

1. Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure
2. Orly Space Cadet
3. OPI Absolutely Alice
4. China Glaze Ruby Pumps
5. Zoya Charla
6. China Glaze For Audrey
7. Orly Galaxy Girl
8. Nfu Oh #51
9. TIE: China Glaze Emerald Sparkle; OPI Mad as a Hatter
10. OPI The Show Must Go On
11. TIE: OPI Jade is the New Black; OPI My Private Jet (holo); Essie Sew Psyched
12. China Glaze Party Hearty
13. OPI DS Glamour
14. OPI You Don’t Know Jacques
15. TIE: Lippmann Across the Universe; OPI La Boheme
16. TIE: MAC Bad Fairy; Chanel Paradoxal; NARS Zulu

However, given that it was the year of the dupes,
there is also another "re-calculated" list of Top 20
which is pretty interesting!

1. Charla dupe = Zoya Charla + OPI Catch Me in your Net + Orly Halley’s Comet + Essence Choose Me!
2. SH Hidden Treasure dupe = SH HT + Nubar 2010 + Gosh Rainbow
3. Orly Space Cadet dupe = Orly SC + Hard Candy Beetle
4. OPI Absolutely Alice
5. China Glaze Ruby Pumps
6. China Glaze For Audrey
7. Orly Galaxy Girl
8. Essie Sew Psyched dupe = Sew Psyched + Rescue Beauty Lounge Diddy Mow
9. Nfu Oh #51
10. TIE: China Glaze Emerald Sparkle; OPI MaaH
11. TIE: Chanel Paradoxal dupe = Chanel Paradoxal + Revlon Perplex + Barry M Dusky Mauve
12. OPI The Show Must Go On
13. TIE: OPI Jade is the New Black; OPI My Private Jet (holo)
14. China Glaze Party Hearty
15. OPI DS Glamour
16. OPI You Don't Know Jacques
17. TIE: Lippmann Across the Universe; OPI La Boheme

I'll be posting my own Top 20 list soon =)
Have a few that are in the NB's list as well

So which ones are in your Top 20?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Battle of the Dupes: The Chanel Jade Dupes

Nope, I don't own the infamous Chanel Jade.
I'm not too keen on the Chanel polishes given how easily they chip off me.
And at the price they're selling it, they should wear like iron!

I managed to get my hands on its dupes though.
Again all through courtesy of NB'bers and wonderful readers =)

Catrice Sold Out Forever

Claire's Dream Catcher

Milani Dress Maker

And they are:
Pinky and Index: Catrice Sold Out Forever
Ring: Claire's Dream Catcher
Middle: Milani's Dress Maker

3 coats + 1 coat SV each

Of the 3, I prefer the application of the Catrice one the most -
it was the smoothest to apply.
Claire's formula was a little runny,
while the Milani one was goopy.

However the green shimmer in the Milani one was the most obvious (and prettiest!)

I don't know how they compare to Jade, so no comments there.
But while these 3 aren't exact dupes, they really close to one another.
Usually, I would have kept one and dumped the rest, but this time round,
I think I might keep all 3.
Just for the reason that all 3 are brands that ain't available in Singapore
and these are all sent by lovely people.

Friday, December 3, 2010

MAC Earthly Harmony

MAC Earthly Harmony.
Had high hopes for this one based on the bottle.

2 coats + 1 coat SV

Ok, it fell short of my expectations,

But it ain't that bad.
Still pretty to look at,
and I don't own a taupe with gold shimmer

I guess I expected the shimmer to sparkle instead.
Oh well.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holy Cow! I got a Top Blog Award!

Man... This is so totally cool!
When I first started this blog,
I never thought that people would bother with a little blogger from Singapore.

I was going through some of the blogs on my blog roll,
got to the list of 2010 Top Manicure and Pedicure Blogs by Cosmetology School.
Was hoping to check out some new blogs,
then I saw my blog listed!!

Way too Cool!!

Thank you guys!

and do check out some of the other awesome blogs listed!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Battle of the Dupes: MAC Bad Fairy vs OPI The Show Must Go On

OPI The Show Must Go On from the Burlesque Collex

vs the elusive MAC Bad Fairy

I didn't get my bottle of BF from Singapore.
It was like SOLD OUT in less than half an hour of the stores opening.
Had a kind NB'er ship it to me when she managed to purchase an extra bottle.

I have to apologise.
I didn't realise that I had ding-ed my nails until I saw the photos...
*darn marco*

OPI on the Pinky and Middle fingers
MAC on the Ring and Index ones.

3 coats each + 1 coat SV

At least this one ain't a dupe.
Pretty close but an exact.
Would say that MAC is the magneta sister to OPI's more fuschia version.

Unless of cos you are like a colleague who thinks that magneta and fuschia is all the same.

And here's the indoor shot.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Battle of the Dupes: MAC Formidable vs Misa Embroidered Emerald vs Orly Galaxy Girl

This series of the battle of the dupes is making me wonder again why I went through the hassle of getting the MAC VV polishes...

MAC Formidable

Misa Embroidered Emerald
This one was on my 2009 Top 20 list.
Loved it. Still do =)

Orly Galaxy Girl

Pinky and Index: Misa Embroidered Emerald
Ring: MAC Formidable
Middle: Orly Galaxy Girl

Each one was 4 coats + 1 coat SV

Embroidered Emerald is the most distinct of the 3 polishes.
The new pigment that is being used in the MAC and Orly ones kinda creates a foil/sparkly look while the Misa one is more of a steady shimmer.
Plus the shimmer in the Misa one comes across more greenish while the other 2 flash teal.

Also, in the bottle, the teal flash in the MAC bottle appeared a little more pronounced as compared to Orly Galaxy Girl.
However, on the nails, they're really almost identical.

Oh well. If MAC had the villians printed onto the bottles,
I would have held on to the bottles.
As it is now, I'm throwing out 2 outta the 3.

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