Monday, September 30, 2013

Essie Summer 2009 North Fork Collection: Greenport

Essie North Fork Collection:
3 coats + 1 coat HK Girl TC
Someone offered me USD$70 for this polish.
I had to decide if I wanted to sell or hang on to it.
But $70 was too tempting for a bottle of polish.
I've sold it since.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nail Art Saturday: Etude House Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nails #3 Love Violet

I didn't have much time for nail art this week.
We were swamped at work, and by the time I got home,
I was too tired for anything much.
Hence I ended up doing something really simple.
This was a gradient nail kit from Etude House:
Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nails #3 Love Violet.

All you have to do is to layer the 3 polishes in the kit.
It's really a no-brainer.
Unfortunately my pictures don't do the kit justice.
Even then, I think you can guess at how sparkly and pretty this one is.
I think I'll like the glitter polishes on their own too.
Will probably end up wearing them individually one day.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

So... I failed in my no-buy.

Ok. So I caved.
But at least, it's only a small buy.
RBL Scrangie 2.0 and Nails and Noms.
I ordered these before I started my no-buy.
So these 2 don't count.
The next 6 are the culprits.
I hope you guys are not sick of Etude House polishes.
They've been churning out really good glitters.
Their summer 2013 collection: Bling in the Sea.
There are 6 polishes in this collection, but I only got these 3 for now:
#06 Shiny Jewelry Box,
#02 Magic Kiss,
and #01 Golden Sand.
Dear My Deep Color Nails in DGR703 Mink Mint,
Dear My Summer Nails Glitter in PK003 Dragon Fruit Cocktail,
and Dear My Summer Nails Glitter in WH902 Play with Wave.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Essence No More Drama

Essence No More Drama,
2 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite TC.

Lavender crème.
Pretty but nothing much else to be said about it


Monday, September 23, 2013

Etude House DGR702 Meet Mint + Penelope Luz Ocean Jewel

I love today's featured manicures,
but I feel that they are let down by the pictures.
Etude House Dear My Deep Colors DGR702 Meet Mint,
2 coats + 1 coat HK Girl TC
Meet Mint is a deep, vibrant blue-green crème.
It actually leans a lot more green than my pictures show.
Love the colour but I hated the brush these Etude House polishes come with.
They are like huge mops!
I thought Meet Mint was the perfect base for Penelope Luz Ocean Jewel.
Here I added a coat of Ocean Jewel to the Meet Mint mani,
and again topped it off with a coat of HK Girl TC.
In this instance, the indoor pictures and the one I took in the lift,
were more accurate depictions of how the manicure looked like in real life.
It was way too bling,
and my nails really looked like ocean jewels.
Hopefully the last blurred picture will be able to give you an idea of how sparkly this mani was.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Nail Art Sunday: Mid Autumn Oriental Win and Fail

Another delayed Nail Art weekend.
My apologies once again.
I was ill and spent my Friday night hanging over the toilet bowl,
hence I wasn't able to get the post up for Nail Art Saturday.
Anyway, it was the Mid-Autumn Festival the past week,
and that was the perfect opportunity for some Oriental nail art.
Since I had a couple of new stamping plates that fit the theme,
I figured why not.
A couple of months back, I ordered several stamping plates from a Chinese site Tabao.
I've never ordered from the site before,
and would never have done so as my Mandarin isn't all that great.
So I'm thankful that I was part of a mass order,
because I fell head over heels in love with some of the stamping plates.
Like this one here: QA7.

This was the correct orientation.
I have a tendency to forget about orientation whenever I stamp.
Inky Whiskers! This one's for you!

Used the Konad white and stamped over the previous OPI My Very First Knockwurst.
Absolutely loved how delicate this one looked!
I kept sneaking glances at my nails while at work.
I've seen several who have used white and blue too,
and those looked like china plates or vases!
So I'm going to attempt that combination too one day.
And since I was high from that first stamping success,
I figured I could do another one.
Unfortunately, the second stamping turned out to be a major fail.
The QA63 plate was also part of the Tabao mass order,
while the Suki #02 plate was one I ordered from Moyou London.

I was aiming for a chinoiserie look with lanterns since it was the Lantern Festival.
However, my images were not crisp,
and my placing was horrible.
Heh. As you can tell,
I couldn't really be bothered with pictures in the end.
Base colour was Zoya Sooki,
gold stamping was done in A-England Holy Grail (the old version),
and the lanterns were done using Konad Black-gold.

Nevermind, I shall attempt to re-create a better version of this.


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