Saturday, 29 September 2012

Paris Sparkles: Chataigne

I did a pedicure with a glitter polish I got from etsy quite some time ago - Chataigne by Paris Sparkles. Chaitaigne is French for chestnuts and this color is really quite close to it. Chaitaigne is a mixture of brown and bronze glitters in a clear base.

This glitter polish is jammed pack with glitter I tell you! If you are lazy, you could easily get away with one thick coat. It is rather gritty so I used 2 layers of Seche Vite to smoothen it out.

***** WARNING  *****

Toe pics after the jump!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Summer Sale at modelsown!!

50% off!! OMG!!



I am so tempted to get some polishes from them but I am quite scared actually. I have heard lots of horror stories on shipping stuff from the UK. Apparently it can take up to 4 weeks before the parcel leaves the UK and another 4-8 weeks before it arrives in my postbox.


*decisions decisions*

Owh, I almost forgot! Pop by ModelsOwn website here and use the code SUMMERSALE at checkout for the discounts to take effect.

Happy shopping!! Do let me know if you grabbed anything interesting!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

They have arrived!

I am super duper happy!! If you didn't know, I was going on about how my package from this shop who keeps their stock in two different states last week. The package took about 10days to travel between states and be assembled before it could be sent out.

The girls packed this package much better than the last I would say. Still no box or padded envelope but at least it's in a medium flyer instead of a large flyer this time. And they did take more time to separate the bottles with bubble wrap.



Anyways I got some Glitter Gal polishes as well as a few OPIs in this order. I believe that these colors from GGs have been discontinued though. If I do fall in love with any of them I am gonna be so so sad! :(

Top row L-R: GG White Sparkle, Suede 3D Holo, Bronze Sparkle, White Gold Sparkle
Bottom Row L-R: OPI Happy Anniversary, Warm and Fozzie, I Don't Give a Rotterdam

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Skittles!

This manicure is ancient. By the look of the messy cuticles and the super nubbins I would say that this manicure is at least 2 years old!! If my memory serves me right, I chose to do this skittle mani because I was down with fever and wanted something to lift my spirits. And it did!!

All the colors used in this mani are OPIs: No Room for the Blues, Greenwich Village, Need Sunglases, Flit A Bit and Big Apple Red.



Not long after I decided to make my mani less in your face, I went with half moons topped with OPI Private Jet - holo version. I actually got Private jet from a friend as a present. She was gifted it but found that it was not to her taste. Lucky lucky me!


Monday, 24 September 2012

Sunset Gradient

Remember the e.l.f. polish that had a fall not too long ago? This was the last mani I used it in before it ended in pieces.

If you look at many nail blogs out there, color gradient manicures are all over the place. It always looks so pretty to me but I never ever could get it right! I do a lot of gradients with glitter but never with color. When I first started playing around with color gradients, I couldn't get it quite right; the sponge would break off in small pieces on my nail, colors not coming off the sponge or even not blending well on the sponge. Honestly, I kinda gave up!

I put off the idea for the longest time. But about a months ago, I read that you needed a base color to bring out the colors. I don't know why I did not try on a base color before this!! So I went on my way and tried a gradient and now I am in love!

Of course there was also this tutorial from The Beauty Department which I used as my reference for this mani.

On to the pretty photos of this gradient!

Taken under the morning sun

I used 4 colors for this gradient:
Red - e.l.f Fire Coral
Pink - China Glaze Sugar Rush
Orange - Sally Hansen Sun Kissed
Yellow - China Glaze Lemon Fizz

Artificial Lighting

Taken in the carpark

The last photo is really grainy but the gradient looked the best here I just had to post it up :P

And finally the base color that saved it all - OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls from the Spiderman Collection. A really really light grey or rather white with hints of grey in it. It went on effortlessly in 2 coats. :)

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Island Holiday~

I was away the past weekend on an island trip. I popped by Perhentian Island which is off the east coast of Malaysia. It is a nice small and relatively virgin island. The beaches were clean with fine sand, waters so clear you could see the bottom ans most importantly - there were quite a few snorkeling spots around the island! The corals and fishes were the colors of the rainbow. Ahh~ How I wish I was there again. Anyways, I obviously had to do my nails before I headed off to the island. I was torn between a few designs but eventually settled on a fuss free polka dot design.

Here it is with the sun and sea behind it!


I used OPI No Room For the Blues for the darker blue and Baviphat #23 for the baby blue. When I was painting my nails, I totally forgot to get my dotting tools out so I grabbed the nearest pencil I had and started to my dotticure. *MacGyver moment* So, to those who do not have a dotting tool, don't fret. Just grab a pen or pencil and work your magic!

A photo of the beach where I stayed on before I leave.


Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Liebster Award!


I have been awarded the Liebster Award by two amazing bloggers – Rachel from Bits and Bobs Beauty (http://bitsandbobsbeauty.wordpress.com) and Amanda from Net Ball Nails ( http://netballnails.wordpress.com) Thank you so much girls!
So, according to Google translate, ’Liebster’ is German for ‘dearest’ (aww!) and this award is for new bloggers with less than 200 followers.
So, here are the rules of this award:
1) Post eleven facts about yourself
2) Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated
3) Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post
4) Go to their page and tell them
5) Remember, no tag backs
So, my eleven facts are:
  1. I live in Malaysia where it is supposed to be hot and humid all year long but is now covered in haze and rains almost everyday.
  2.  I play the violin, flute and double bass but have  no idea whatsoever on how to play the piano.
  3.  In high school I was in the pure science class where you did Biology, Chemistry and Physics but I ended up doing a music degree in Uni and hence my Bachelors in Music Performance.
  4. …..but am now working in the financial sector.
  5.  I loooove travelling but haven’t done much this year. So far I have only been to an island in 2012 only because I am saving up for a trip to the UK next year.
  6. The first time I flew a kite was when I was in high school – 17 years old.
  7. The last I counted, I have just over 160 nail polishes in my drawer. I always thought I had less because I used to keep them separated. But now I store all of them together since I bought an ALEX drawer unit from IKEA.
  8. I am the roller coaster freak in my family! I remember the first time I ever went on one was when I was 8 years old and finally tall enough to ride.
  9. I can’t cook to save my life. So far all I can manage are bacon and eggs, easy pastas and sandwiches.
  10. My current craving is Korean Kimchi! I have a 1kg tub of it in the fridge just waiting for me. No cooking necessary!
    And last but not least:
  11. I find ironing clothes somewhat therapeutic.
Since I have 2 nominations, I will combine both and pick eleven out. Here goes!
  1. What made you start blogging?My love for nail polish and my ever growing stash! I thought that blogging would be a good way to keep track of what I have done and how much I would change or improve as time went by.
  2. How do you choose what to write about and how often you blog?
    I try to blog as often as I can. For now, I actually am maintaining two blog with the same title; one on blogger and another on wordpress. On wordpress, it seem like I blog everyday because I am actually back logged with post from my blogger page. But on blogger I try my best to have new content out every other day so that my readers (even though the numbers are really small) do not get bored.
  3. What is the beauty product you couldn’t live without?
    Nail polish!! My nails are actually quite weak and brittle without nail polish. And since I do not wear much accessories, I take it that my polished nails are my accessories and deserve to be changed every few days :P
  4. Where do you prefer to shop, the high street or more upmarket?
    I shop everywhere!! No preference really. As long as I fall in love with a piece, be it a RM25 or RM100 top I would get it! But of course I would try to wait till the sales come along to buy the more expensive pieces. Budget is the key!
  5. Which sort of item do you have the most of in your wardrobe? I have 31 dresses..getting out of control!
    I have a lot of black items in my wadrobe. Be it dresses (9), tshirts (25), pants (3), skirts (5), shorts (3), shoes (4) and a bag. Yes, just one black bag to go with all the black clothing I have. Haha!
  6. Where was the last place you travelled to?
    Pulau Perhentian (Perhentian Island) just last weekend! I have some photos of the island coming up soon!
  7. Have you ever worn in-appropriate nail polish to work and has anyone cared?
    Hmm.. So far I have worn glitter bombs  and really bright neons to work. Only my mother says something when she sees it. Other than that I think the people in my office are rather neutral to nail polish.
  8.  Plans for Christmas? Home? Holiday? Non-believer?
    This Christmas is on a Tuesday which means I would have to work on Christmas eve and the day right after Christmas. So it is quite safe to say I have no plans for Christmas.
  9. What is your favourite holiday destination and why?
    In Malaysia I would definitely say Penang island! It is an island but it actually is a city. Most times the island is quite congested, but the good food makes up for it all!
  10. What sort of music are you into and why?Classical music. No kidding. I love the harmony and movement of the music. And of course I love the way that there is always something new in the music that I never noticed before.
  11. Have you ever been nominated for a blogging award before?Nope! This has to be my first. Though I received two and I am really grateful someone has nominated me J
My eleven questions for my nominees are:
  1. Where are you from?
  2. Which are your most favourite nail polish brands? It could be both mainstream polish and indies really.
  3. Would you prefer an island holiday or a holiday in the city?
  4. Do you play any musical instruments?
  5. What phone are you using at the moment and why do you love it? (Just because there is a constant debate among my friends and I on which smart phone is better)
  6. Do you prefer no glitter, subtle glitter or glitter bombs?
  7. What is your ultimate nail polish lemming?
  8. Do you prefer online shopping or shopping at a physical shop?
  9. What is your HG beauty product?
  10. What is your HG nail care product?
  11. Coke or Pepsi? (I just had to! Haha)
I nominate the following bloggers to take part in this award:

Amanda from Mae's Beauty Report (http://maesbeauty.wordpress.com/)

Jessie from Nailed it NZ (http://nailedit1.blogspot.com/)

Sarah from Sarah's Nail Studio (http://sarahsnailstudio.blogspot.ca/)

Christine from Steamy Nails (http://steamynails.blogspot.com/)

Heather from Belle Couture Nails (http://www.bellecouturenails.blogspot.com/)

Whitney from What The Nail (http://whatthenail.wordpress.com/)

Leslie from work/play/polish (http://workplaypolish.com/)

Ray from Galmdox (http://glamdox.wordpress.com)

Holly from Miss Holly Berries (http://misshollyberries.wordpress.com/)

Mishka from Lacquer or Leave Her (http://www.lacquerorleaveher.blogspot.com/)

Vicky from Boombastic Nails (http://www.boombasticnails.com/)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Nail Mail - Sonnetarium


They have finally arrived!! I grabbed them from Michelle at their last restock. I actually stalked their Facebook and Etsy accounts until the day they opened for business.  Aren't they gorgeous?


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Snowfall
I was lemming for Snowfall since I saw it for the very first time on other beauty blogs! It is a clear base with white hex and small iridescent glitters. 


Samurai Princess
My first B&W glitter polish. I got it purely because everyone has been raving so much about B&W polishes. *peer pressure* LOL. Samurai Princess is filled with small and medium sized hex glitters, bars and a dash of super fine round glitters!


Hong Bao
Hong Bao 红包 means red packets. I'm sure those of you that know the Chinese language knows what this stands for! In the chinese custom, elders give out red packets during the Lunar New Year to the younger generation for good luck; of course there would always be a small token (ka-ching) in the red packets!
Back to the polish: Hong Bao is a medium red-orangey jelly with black and gold hexes and some golden shimmer to boot!


Never Glow Up
It.Glows.In.The.Dark. Need I say more? LOL
Never Glow Up is a blueish green jelly with iridescent glitters in it. In Michelle's description she says it glows blue! I can't wait to try this out!


Polishes from Sonnetarium can be bought from theor Etsy shop HERE. Remember to follow them on Facebook as well for updates and offers.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Cult Nails Evil Queen

I present to you one of my very first Cult Nails nail polishes - Evil Queen from the Cult Nails Fairytale Collection.


All I have to say for Cult Nails nail polishes is that I love it even if this is my first bottle! The formula was great (read: opaque is two thin coats, or one careful coat) and the brush was wonderful for me! can you believe that I did not have to do any clean up in those photos?

Anyways, on to the polish. Evil Queen is a red creme with slight pink undertones. I don't usually like red but I actually love this color. Wonderful formula aside, I love that Evil Queen is nice and bright but not so bright that it is in-your-face. (I'm rambling here I know :\)


Evil Queen was a really hard color to capture! I took tons of them under the sun and under artificial light but I got so many different shades of red but nothing like the real thing. Until I used flash that is! The photos on top are taken with flash while all the others after the jump are taken both indoors and outdoors. 

Cult Nails can be purchased from HERE and you could also follow Maria, founder of Cult Nails on her blog as well as on Facebook for more updates!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

From the Vault : Silvery Sand

I can't seem to get enough of glitter gradients! I love how that little bit of polish can bring the whole manicure to a different level. My last glitter gradient manicure was of quite contrasting colors. So this time I decided to go for a more neutral palette.

I used E.L.F colors in this manicure. It was not an easy task to get my hands on this polish. I was trying out a forwarding company based in the US for this order since E.L.F Cosmetics do not ship to Malaysia. It took about a month from my payment date to E.L.F Cosmetics to the day I received the parcel. And the price tag was USD 31.95 for 15 products which was wonderful and for shipping ---- USD 45!

Ah well, I had it coming my way. Itchy hands you might say. Thank goodness all the products arrived safe and sound. No cracks, breaks or chips in the makeup.

I picked out only 3 polishes from E.L.F after reading the reviews. It was kinda confusing because the reviews were from 5 stars all the way down to only 1 star. The shades I picked out were Fire Coral, Golden Goddess and Desert Haze which would be used in this post.

Desert Haze is a dusty nude, somewhat clay colored polish. Application was a dream! It was kind of streaky on the first coat by the second coat covered up nicely. I sponged 2 different silver glitters on the tips - Bloop silver glitter and OPI Crown me already. I chose the silver glitter instead of the silver polish to create a less silver tip. I was trying to create a smooth gradient where the colours seemed to blend into each other.

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The lack of the opaque silver layer made this manicure more delicate and sweet. And if you didn't pay attention to it you would actually miss the glitter. Which works for sneaking a glitter manicure into the office :D
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Nail polishes used: E.L.F Desert Haze, OPI Crown Me Already, Bloop Silver Glitter

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Should I still buy polishes from online shops with bad CS?

This is going to be a really lengthy post. Do skip this if you aren't in the mood to read no-so-happy stuff.

So the story goes like this:

There have been quite a few online shops popping up in Malaysia recently. They only sell major brands like OPI, Essie, China Glaze, Glitter Gal and the like. No indies whatsoever (boohoo!).

About 2 months ago, I discovered an online shop through my friends Facebook likes. They weren't new in the business but they were in the process of shifting from a blogger based blogshop to a full fledge online shop with carts and checkouts and what not and were having some discounts. Discounts! That was all that mattered to me then. Haha! So I placed an order with them (July 4th), paid and received a order confirmation slip from them in less than 10 minutes! Boy was I impressed. At.That.Time.

2 hours later, one of the (I assume) owners sent me an email saying that they aren't sure if one of the four polishes I wanted was still in stock. They told me that they were still new and has polishes across 2 states! She had only two of them on hand and the other two might be with her sister back at their hometown. Erm. Okay. I of course was dying to get those polishes so I asked them to double check on their stock and get back to me. She came back to me only 2 days later (July 6th) and still couldn't find the polishes and that was it. She did not get back to me AT ALL after that!

3 days later still no news! I got frustrated and did not like the situation at all so I emailed them. Only then did they tell me they only have one of the polishes and the other was OOS and I have to choose another color to stand in the missing polish. July 10th was when the waiting game started. *sigh* This particular shop only offers one method of shipping - PosLaju a.k.a express mail. Not only did I get the tracking number late, the parcel was not sent until 2 days after the sent me the tracking number. By the time I got the tracking number the parcel was already waiting for me in my post box. Let me indulge you with their 'awesome' packing skills!


Yup! Thats newspaper you see there! And that flyer plastic bag is 20 x 14 inches! I've places a regular pocket tissue packet for size reference. I was shocked when I received the package and almost died when I opened it. Luckily they did use pocket bubble wrap. They put 2 polishes per pocket unprotected i.e. nothing to separate the glass of the polish bottles.


You would assume that I would stay clear of this shop after that horrible experience. They are running a one year anniversary sale and I spotted some Glitter Gal polishes cheap. I just can't resist a good deal so I placed an order with them again. Guess what their first email contact to me was ---- Some of the polishes you ordered are in a different state.

Day 9 and counting!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

If only, if only I lived in Miami

or any other state in the US. Only so that I can have access to all the indie polishes there are as well as avoid the high shipping charges!

I've been eyeing some polish pots from Wonder Beauty Products since forever but I still can't bring myself to buy them because of the shipping charges. She ships them for USD10 per item and it increases by USD8 per item! This is one of the most expensive shipping charges I have ever seen so far! And it's not even on all the products in her shop =/ I do know, from experience, that international shipping for a small box is just 16.95USD. I know, I know, who am I to complain right?

Oh wells, I guess it's just not my luck with these pretty polishes. I've link two of my favorites from the shop. You'd know what I mean when you see them. The polishes are just so yummy and pretty! *le sigh*



Of course, if you live in the US you can pop by Wonder Beauty Products on Etsy to see more of her wonderful polishes and follow her on Facebook for updates and offers!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

From The Vault: Stained

OMG! Look at my nails! They got stained really bad from Choose me! after just a few days!
Time for a good cleanup and I probably would file my nails down today.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

From the Vault: Blue addicted

I topped off my previous mani with some glitter polish.; some really AWESOME glitter polish!


essence blue addicted is an awesome polish. Apparently it is a dupe for a Deborah Lippmann's Accross the Universe. Well, there is no way I can get DLs where I am so needless to say I am over the moon with this awesome purchase!

The photos below are 2 coats choose me! followed by 3 coats of blue addicted.

Direct Sunlight


Artificial Lighting

Friday, 7 September 2012

From the Vault: Choose me

I did a quick mani with essence choose me! way back when my nails were much much longer. Choose me! is a dupe for the teal glitter from OPI Summer Collection 2010, Catch Me In Your Net.

Choose Me! is a teal metallic foil with a very slight duochrome. When the lighting is just right, this color can look slightly more yellow/green. If i remember correctly, the photos below are of two thin coats. You can see that there is a VNL there. Usually I would top it off until it is opaque but I had other things in mind for this mani!

 Artificial Light

Indirect Sunlight


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Mumble Jumble

Yup! I settled on Mumbling to bling up my mani from yesterday! I decided after I swatch both of the polishes on some paper and Mumbling was the clear winner!

Enjoy the prettiness of it all!


If I remember correctly, this should be just one coat of Mumbling over Lucky Lucky Lavender. Just one good swipe and no dabbing whatsoever!


Intentionally blurred to show off the holo glitter!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Lucky Lucky Lavender

I bring to you one of my most used polishes in my stash - Lucky Lucky Lavender from the OPI Hong Kong Summer 2010 Collection. If you ask me, this polish is more pink than lavender to me. I actually got this thinking it was a pink and for months I referred it to as my pink polish. LOL. I still like to call it  my pink polish, although after staring at my nails for the past day I can't deny that it does lean towards the violet spectrum quite a bit, more obviously so in this photos.


LLL applies nicely in 2 coats, the formula is great and the color doesn't change much after 2 coats unlike the bottle Big Apple Red that I own (will do a post on this soon!).


As usual, I can't just leave a polish be, some glitter is definitely needed here! I am kinda torn between The Hungry Asian's Mumbling or Essie's A Cut Above. Both untrieds mine you!


Which would you choose? Come back tomorrow to see which polish I picked.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Minty Cheetah

(My first ever stamping attempt!! I found this just sitting in my drafts folder. According to my Instagram, I actually did this a good 9 weeks ago! NINE weeks! I actually thought I posted this before. OMG! I am getting old!)

Did a little stamping yesterday. I finally found the courage to dig out my nail stamping kit - scraper, stamper(?) and the *only* two stamping plates that I own. I tried stamping before this but it never turns out OK so I always avoided it. Until now. 

I picked the cheetah print from plate M57, took a deep breath and did what I feared to do. Although this is far from perfect I think it looks pretty good.


I used Essie's Mint Candy Apple as the base and stapped it with OPI Java Mauve-a and topped it off with baby pink polish from Baviphat. Mint Candy Apple was quite chalky in the beginning. It took me 3 careful coats to get it both smooth and opaque on my nails. But the color is really pretty and was definitely worth the effort! By the way, I think mint green and baby pink makes a cute combination!