Monday, 29 April 2013

Spring Gradients

Hello!! How was your weekend? I hope it was better than mine!

My whole family was away and left me at home to hold down the fort so to say! I had to do everything from the laundry to the dishes to cleaning up the place and tending to my little boss aka dog.

But! Despite all that I did manage to find time to sit down and do my nails - slowly. No rushing involved! Here are the results!


The last time I did a gradient was ages ago and I have always been wanting to do another but was scared of the mess and clean up and..... I know it's not as bad as a water marble manicure but you get it right?

Anyways, since I was home alone I knew that there would not be any interference and grabbed my sponge and a few pastel polishes and went to town! I kinda love the end results.


What do you think? Did I do OK?


The colors I used are (from my thumb to pinky):
OPI Alpine Snow
Bavi Phat Baby Blue
Essie Mint Candy Apple
piCture pOlish peaches n' cream
piCture pOlish mellow yellow
piCture pOlish fairy floss

Thursday, 25 April 2013

March Cosmobox

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*

I only remembered that I have not posted anything on my March Cosmobox when my April Cosmobox came in the mail! The horror! I shall do a quick quick post on this.

Last months box was quite good really. when it came in it was quite heavy and I did hear some glass clanking. I was really scared that something was broken. When I opened it I was soooo happy that nothing was broken and that the box was really full too!


To be honest, I have not found the time to use these products. Life has been hectic. So, instead of my usual posts, I am just going to post the information of the items in this post.


Watson | Natural Mask (1 sheet/RM5.90)
Watsons' Natural Mask is specially formulated with nature's potent flowers, plant and fruit extract to soothe and beautifully moisture your face.

I got 3 of them - a brightening facial mask with Camomile extracts, a moisturizing mask with Aloe extracts and another moisturizing mask this time with Cucumber extracts!

I know that these are things you just slap on your face and let it be for 15minutes but somehow I never do it. I wonder why. The number of masks in my drawer is growing so fast I could use one a week for the next 3 months or so.


Melissachens High Performing Skincare | Luminous Moisture Replenishing Toner(150ml/RM198)
Intensely skin hydrating toner that maximizes moisture absorption and retention. Enhances skin DNA lifespan, cellular integrity & strengthened skin barrier protection with Raspberry stem cells, potent swiss botanical extracts & active ingredients.

Melissachens.. Hmmm.. Melissa Chen right? LOL I did not realize anything was amis until I typed out the brand name. It seems like it is an Asian brand formulated and made in Switzeland. That's all I know so far. Google did not help too much here.



SP Hair | SP Shine Define Mask (200ml/RM100)
SP Shine Define line with Shine Tri-Complex provides intense shine whilst smoothing the hair for flawless light reflection. The Shine Define Mask is an intensive treatment for ultimate light reflection which promotes noticeable shine and smoothen the hair for flawless light reflections.

SP products have been good to me so far so I actually have high hopes for this hair mask!


The Nail Shop | High Quality Stainless Steel Light Weight Tweezers (1 pair/RM9.90)

I have used this tweezers before. I think I bought my old one in Japan because I forgot to pack one for the trip. As far as I can remember, this little Japanese Doll tweezers works great! Even better than some branded ones even!


ALQVIMIA | Body Sculptor Oil (RM98/150ml)
Reshapes the figure rapidly. Shapes your Waistline into an "S-Shape". Trim the tummy and reduce hip size. Leg slimming and arm toning.

ALQVIMIA | Shape Reducer Body Oil (RM290/150ml)
Slim Rapidly. Eliminates water retention. Prevent the accumulation of excess fats. Reduces body size, resulting in an attractive body contour.

ALQVIMIA | Anti-Cellulite Body Oil (RM290/150ml)
Targets access localized adipose (fat) tissues. Reduces the appearance of "orange peel" skin. Increase skin's purifying function. Dissolves lipids.

ALQVIMIA | Body Oil for Firm and Healthy Skin (RM290/150ml)
Strengthens skin tissues. Softens the skin, making it velvety smooth. Highly recommended to use on inner thigh, inner arms, forearms, tummy and neck.

I wonder how you pronounce ALQVIMIA. LOL

The products sounds awesome. I need to, er, finish what I have and start on these soon. I need to get rid of my 'orange peel' thighs!

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This box is great overall. SP and The Nail Shop aside, all the other brands are new to this beauty box company. I think that the April box is my last box. Will I renew my subscription?

I am honestly not sure yet. LOL. I will keep you updated though :)

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The Lilac Box - Box 2

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


The guys at the Lilac Box finally gave us their second box and I say - YAY to guys running a beauty box subscription!

Tadaa!!


There are 2 Calvin Klein perfume samples, Redken Intraforce Shampoo and Conditioner, Lunasol Skin Modeling Powder Foundation and Smoothing Makeup Base and finally 2 products from Nuxe the Huile Prodigueuse Dry Oil and Rêve de Miel Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel.

Look at this little note they stuck on the underside of the cover. It is quite true too! Their boxes are the only ones with no branding whatsoever. And the pop of lilac on the inside - love it!


Something smells really awesome in this box! Lets get on to investigate which of this products is responsible for that!

First up we have the perfume samples from Calvin Klein. 



Calvin Klein | Beauty  (RM361/100ml)

Calvin Klein Beauty evokes the ultimate power of femininity and sophistication, while capturing the spirit of a woman who is beautiful from the inside out, with an aura that radiates. A new interpretation of a lily – a neo-lily – is the heart and soul of Calvin Klein Beauty. A sophisticated flower that is the essence of femininity, the lily is also radiant and powerful.

Calvin Klein | Sheer Beauty (RM325/100ml)
Calvin Klein Sheer BEAUTY is sparkling and carefree with a pure, sexy confidence. The fragrance evokes the sensuality and delicacy of bare skin with its luminous floralcy and skin-like warmth.

Beauty is the more sophisticated and sensual scent of the two samples given while Sheer Beauty tends to me more fruity and light. Being a fruity perfume lover I obviously steered towards Sheer Beauty more than Beauty. Mom would love Beauty though.
Nope, as much as this perfumes smell good the scent from the box isn't from them.



Lunasol | Skin Modeling Powder Foundation (10.5g/RM148)

This is a new powder foundation that has finally achieved the quality that previously only liquid and cream foundation could perform. A perfect adherence to the skin that can hardly be believed in a powder foundation It achieves a finish that seems like it has become your skin, leaving it translucent and lustrous without becoming cakey at all.

Lunasol | Smoothing Makeup Base (30g/RM118)

This cream-type makeup base has been created exclusively for SKIN MODELING POWDER FOUNDATION. It fills visible pores and uneven surfaces with a creamy texture and creates and even film over the skin to leave it silky smooth. The make up base absorbs perspiration and sebum and the same non-greasy texture as when as when first applied lasts for many hours.

Yup! another item that I have received in a previous beauty box that I have yet to try out. I think that the next few boxes I am going to post about are the last few that I have. All my subscriptions end here. So after this I will slowly go through all the samples I have received. Starting with this because it sounds so awesome!



Nuxe | Huile Prodigeuse Multi Usage Dry Oil (RM148/100ml)

A cult favourite of many women and celebrities, this multi-usage oil is nourishing yet easily absorbed for face, body and hair. Made with 30% concentration of Precious Plant Oils and Vitamin E. This formula contains ingredients of 98.1% natural origin. Silicone and paraben free.

Nuxe | Rêve de Miel Cleansing Gel (RM68/200ml)

This soap-free gel enriched with Honey and Sunflowers, gently removes make-up while cleansing and soothing the face in a single step. A treat for the senses that leaves the skin feeling impeccably clean. Suitable for all skin types especially sensitive skin.

I HAVE FOUND IT! This little duo (or rather the dry oil) is the source of the scent in the box. I can;t describe it but it smells heavenly!

I have not tried the cleansing gel just yet but I did try the dry oil and I loved it. It is multipurpose and can be used on your face, hair and body. Did I mention that it absorbs quite quickly too? Girls, if you are reading this and are interested, hurry on to your nearest SaSa. It seems that it is on sale at the moment, only RM208 instead of RM350 (no coupons required). How do I know? Well, I liked it so much I went and got it!

Last but not least, and actually the bulk weight of this box:



Redken | Intra Force Shampoo (RM60/290ml)
Detoxifying shampoo that gently cleanses, helps reduce excess sebum and DHT, promotes hair density and a healthy scalp environment, and safeguards haircolor with UV filters.
Redken | Intra Force Toner (RM65/245ml)

Lightweight toner that detangles, moistusrizes and strengthens, helps safeguard color haircolor with UV filters, and replenishes hair and scalp to prevent premature breakage and improve manageability.


In a consumer study, the following were observed:
75% of users noticed increased fullness.
70% of users noticed a thickening effect.
70% of users noticed enhanced density.


Interesting. Its for thinning hair. Colored and thinning hair. I wonder, would it work wonders for 
my dye free hair? Or should I just pass it along to someone else? This samples are HUGE but I don't know if they would work for me. But then again if it works for colored hair it should be good for normal hair right? I am so torn. Over 2 bottles of hair care products. LOL

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Well, I really do like Box 2 from The Lilac Box. The items in the box is definitely more than the RM49.90 I paid for it. And the guys sure have kept their promise in keeping the samples high end brands only. Di you know that the guys personally flew to Paris to scout for products?? I am impressed!

Well, I am definitely going to subscribe to their next box rumoured to be coming out in May. Hopefully I am quick enough! Rememeber to stalk their Facebook page and Website so that you don't miss out on it! 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

My BeautyFoot Experience - Foot Diary

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


For the past few months I have seen products like this all over the internet. It promises a pain free way to make the soles of your feet baby smooth. I was really intrigued by this but never went ahead and purchased this product on my own. When I got it in my CosmoBox a few months ago I was excited and a little scared to try it out.
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This is the only photo in this post because I did not want to scare you with icky, peeling feet.


It was really easy to use the BeaytyFoot foot therapy system. All you had to do was wear the little booties filled with what seems to be fruit enzymes and wait an hour. I did this in the middle of the night (not smart) and was so tired by the time I took it off my feet! A quick rinse and I was good to go. On the first night itself I noticed that my skin has become somewhat plastic-y. The skin on my soles seemed more tough and really weird to the touch.

Day 2 - Nothing really happened on day 2. Maybe just the further hardening of my soles. I wore heels on this day and - NO PAIN! I mean no usual pain that I feel from wearing heels. You know what I mean right?

Day 3 - My skin looked like it started to peel a little. I was really fascinated by this and since I have fidgety hands I could not resist and started to pull back anything that stuck out. It did not hurt! YAY!

Day 4 - My soles were starting to peel quite bad. They would come out in pieces about an inch wide and probably 3 inches long. Not in a huge patch like on the box but then again I was peeling at them from before.  One weird thing I noticed - the skin around any existing calluses takes a lot more work to come off.

Day 5-7 - OMG! My foot looks like it is going through a bad bad time. It is peeling all over, from the soles to my toes and to the top of my feet! And it was really itchy too. Like a wound healing :S Time to slap on foot creams. Lots and lots of foot cream!

Day 10 - My skin now is baby smooth with just a bit of skin peeling at the sides of my feet. YAY!

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My overall view on this product?
It's quite a cool little thing which definitely works, it works better if you don't pick at it. LOL. Your feet will come out baby smooth and looking great! No need to go for callus removal at nail salons no more.

I would recommend this to anyone looking to get baby smooth feet painlessly. But remember to slap on moisturizer on your feet to avoid feeling itchy all over. It may get really gross while your feet is changing it's skin but trust me, the final outcome is pretty awesome!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Press Release: I Love Nail Polish Holographic Nail Polish

It's time. They're here... and we're just getting started!
 

Hello my pretties!

I'm going to keep this short and sweet because I know you're all very busy!

As promised, the first round of ILNP holographic nail polishes are available for your browsing pleasure. There are 10 stunning colored holographic polishes plus 3 variations of our amazing SpectraFlair top coat to choose from.

Click Here to browse the ILNP holographic nail polishes. 
Hurry, these holographic nail polishes will sell out fast so be sure to get your order in today!

Take care!
-Barbra :)

Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing

Hey there! I apologize for being away! My weekends are have been crazy! Anyways, to follow up on my last post, this is my sparkly mani I wore over the weekend!

I busted out Rainbow Honey The Worst Possible Thing for this manicure. I have had it for quite a long  time but have never showed it on the blog. Or maybe I have. I don't remember. Haha.


The Worst Possible Thing has a whole lot of opalescent flakes in purple and blue as well as a bunch of holographic and iridescent glitters suspended in a clear baseThe formula for it though, as other people have commented, is a little on the thick side. I did not put any thinner in it for this manicure and I guess it turned out quite OK. No fishing necessary but I did have to be careful to not layer it on too thick.


I just remembered that I did use The Worst Possible Thing Before! Over a light polish too. And I did mention that I would like to try it over a dark color. So much for that. I must remind myself the next time I reach for this polish!

Friday, 19 April 2013

OPI Are You Calling Me A Lyre

Work has been rough! Out of no where came stacks of paperwork to be done and I am pooped from it. Everyday after I come back from work I have dinner and just pass out in my bed. My nails have somewhat taken a back seat from all the work stress. But I managed to squeeze in time to do this really quick last night. 


The OPI Jellies from the NYC Ballet Collection are my ultimate I-have-no-time-but-I-still-want-my-nails-painted go to polishes. They dry quick, give a lot of shine and give just a hint of color making them office appropriate.

Are You Calling Me A Lyre is a peachy pink polish in the bottle and IRL but somehow they photograph more white than anything else! OK, maybe white with a bit of pink. But still far from the pretty peach that it is.


As the other polishes in this collection, Are You Calling Me A Lyre is sheer but has a great formula which dries really quick! I am only wearing 2 coats in the photo only because I know I am definitely adding sparkle to it this weekend!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Human Nature Hand & Food Salve

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


I got this ages ago on my little shopping spree at downtoearth.com.my and have been using it ever since!


I have tons of hand creams and just this little one for my feet. I especially like that it has Eucalyptus in it. It gives my feet that tingly feeling. Well, I use this on a semi regular basis but my boyfriend uses this every other day. And let me tell you, after a few months of use, I can tell you that it really does soothes & softens dry, cracked skin as it says on the tube.

I just squeezed the last of his tub of goodness is almost at it's end. Quite quickly I might add. I wanted to repurchase this but totally forgot about it when I went shopping the other day. So instead I grabbed a different foot lotion Guess what - the boyfriend prefers this way better than my new lotion.

This is definitely a must buy if you ask me!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

365 Days of Color - Crush On You LE

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


I am sure you are all aware that I am in love with polishes from 365 Days of Color by Sunny. I have one of her LE polishes for you today. A surprise winner to me you might say!

This is Crush On You Sunny's Limited Edition polish that came in her Valentine's Day Grab Bags -my favorite thing to buy from her shop! It is a soft sheer pink polish with pink and red round glitters, squares and red micro glitters scattered in it!


This polish has a rather mysterious formula on me. When I first applied it, it was rather streaky like you see in the photos. But as the days went by, the polish seems to self level. Yup, it self leveled days after.


One thing I am quite sure is that I am no fan of pink polishes, But Crush On You is just too gorgeous not to like! It is just the right shade of pink that doesn't seem too sweet or too girly!

Do you also encounter funky formulas like this polish was on me? I really would like to know and if I do have them try them out and see if funky happens to me too!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Oh My Stains!

When I went and I've got smurf hands right now!! Who knew just glitter/shimmer polish would stain my nails. I think my nails don't really like blue nail polish!

As soon as I saw the stains on my fingers I quickly grabbed some whitening toothpaste and gave my fingers a little scrub. This time I remembered to grab the camera to snap a few photos. Do ignore the overly dried out cuticles in the photos.


Blue and yellow nails. Urgh. So sad to see them. And I think my nails are a little on the long side so I may file them down a little.

Here they are post scrubbing. I think my toothpaste did the trick! There is still some yellow stains there but I guess it would still be there. Too many days of blues and greens have definitely left their mark on my nails.


My thumb on the other hand did not fare so well. There is still staining on it. :|


There you go, my stain removal trick. So far it has worked well for me, removing most of my stains each time. Do you use this method of stain removal? Or do you have some other method that works well for you?

Press Release: Girly Bits Cosmetics "Spring It On Me!"

Feast your eyes on some really cute eye candy from the new Girly Bits Spring collection!! Although there are  only 5 polishes, they are all so different but yet go together so well! There is a glitter topper, a crelly glitter, a holo, a shimmer topper and a creme/jelly. Talk about having a good variety!

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Announcing "Spring It On Me!", the latest collection available from Girly Bits Cosmetics. 
A Collection of five spring themed lacquers.
From left to right:
  • Spring It On Me! ~ a lightly tinted, lavender leaning milky base, with pink, pink holo, green, white, silver, and purple holo glitters. It's meant to be layered, and looks best over light pastel colours, or white or grey.
  • Going Bananas ~ a yellow crelly with multiple shades of green, chartreuse, pink, lavender, purple, fuchsia, and a hint of aqua shimmer.
  • Bachelor's Button ~ a cornflower/periwinkle blue holo.
    This beauty is SO hard to photograph.
  • Emerald City Lights ~ a shimmer top coat. A nod to the love of the Columbian Emerald and it's deep green and the subtle blueish glow from within. Energizing and calming all at the same time.
  • Emerald City ~ a creme/jelly that gets full coverage in three coats.
 
 
Swatches (2 coats unless otherwise noted)
From left to right:
  • Going Bananas
  • Spring It On Me!
  • Bachelor's Button
  • Emerald City Lights (three coats)
  • Emerald City (three coats)
Where to find "Spring It On Me!":

Spring It On Me! will be available Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at Girly Bits store.   Retail pricing on Girly Bits is as follows:
  • Going Bananas ~ $10.00
  • Spring It On Me ~ $10.00
  • Bachelor's Button ~ $10.00
  • Emerald City ~ $10.00
  • Emerald City Lights ~ $11.50
  • Spring It On Me! (Bundle of All 5) ~ $50.00
  • Emerald City Duo (Bundle of 2 - Emerald City & Emerald City Lights) ~ $18.50

Please check with our  Authorized Distributors for release dates and pricing.


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I really am loving them especially Spring It On Me! I am still on my low buy and I have been good. So far I have only picked up 4 polishes for RM3 each (~USD0.99) and 3 polishes for RM31 (~USD10). Not too bad huh!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

LynB Boardwalk Empire

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


Yay for procrastinating! I found a bunch of photos still on my memory card! All seems good so far.

So, picking up from last Thursday before all the drama started, I have another LynB Designs Nail polish for your viewing pleasure.

This is Boardwalk Empire also from Jenna's Top Hats and Scottie Dogs collection inspired by the Monopoly game. Boardwalk Empire is a royal blue jelly base packed with purple and blue shreds as well as light gren and blue hexes.


Knowing that it is a jelly base, I was ready for VNL and quite a few coats before it is opaque to wear out. But to my surprise - it was ready to go in just 3 thin coats! And the glitters were all just perfectly placed.


Remember when I said Waterworks was my favorite? Well, I think this polish may have topped that! 

Okay, I shall stop walking circles around the white elephant in the room. I did another tape mani and it sucked. I used the same tape from before and used Cult Nails Tempest for the stripes. No Bueno.


I really wonder why I can't get awesome stripes everytime! I know that the nail polish is definitley a factor. But I also have a feeling that the striping tape I used also affects it. What do you think?

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

I'm Back!

The past few days have been really nerve wrecking for me!

My laptop died on me on Monday. It was always wonky but I still could find ways around it. But not this time! I spend a good hour waiting for it to go to SAFE MODE but it just would not do so! I was lucky this happened in the office though! I got my IT guy (who freelances as well) to have a look at it and he said he would have to take it in for a day or two to see what was wrong with it.

20 minutes after he took my Little Red with him he sent a text saying that the problem was with the hard disc and that he will try to save as much info as he could. 1 hour later - the truth came in - my hard disc was beyond saving! No information could be extracted. All 250GB of stuff. not.one.byte.survuved. D:

I was lucky that he was a speedy one with the computers! My Little Red came back about lunch time on Tuesday (yesterday). I immediately hooked up my external hard disc and went to work. Or so I thought I could. It seems now my hard disc was not reading on my newly formatted laptop. Once again it was IT guy to the rescue. (he is like Superman to my laptop! I shall call him Super-IT-man! LOL)

The funny thing that happened is when Mr Super-IT-man came and checked, my laptop could read the hard disc. The only problem? A window popped up and asked me to format my external hard disc. REALLY?? Imagine the horror that I felt. Super-IT-man said that there was nothing to be done. But if I really wanted to save anything on the hard disc, it would cost me RM200 for 1G. I did the math.

1Tb = Rm200,000

I was expecting this to happen actually. Just not so soon. The past few weeks before this whole technology-hates-me fiasco I have been actively extracting data from my external hard disc. It was a long and tedious process I tell you. When your hard disc doesn;t want to work even opening a folder can take up to 20minutes! Gah!

I managed to save most of the photos from the past few years. And some music too. But I did not manage to save one really important folder - the photos for this blog. I am starting from scratch again. So please bear with me while I go digging through my camera memory card to see if I managed to not delete all the photos I have taken in the past weeks!

Wish me luck!

I'll be back real soon!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

It's SALE time at ILNP!

 

New polish bases + a 4-day sale! Heck yeah!
 

After over 2 months of waiting for delivery, a brand spanking new shipment of nail polish bases has arrived. What does this mean you might be asking?

No more strong smelling nail polish!! Hooray!!

The new nail polish bases perform just as good, if not better than the previous bases, and, in honor of this fantastic step forward for ILNP, I'm running a 25% off sale until midnight, April 8th!

Simply visit the shop and use the promo code YAY25 for 25% off of every full-sized nail polish in your cart! Ultra Minis aren't on sale but you can have them in your cart when you apply this code -- they just won't be discounted.

As most of you know, I don't run many sales. As a matter of fact, the last sale I ran was during Black Friday last year so be sure to take advantage of this one!! :)

Click here to visit the ILNP shop at www.ilnp.com

The Ultra Minis inventory has grown... everything's there!
 

I took the plunge and prepared Ultra Minis for just about every ILNP nail polish. Now you can sample any ILNP nail polish that you're curious about -- guilt free! :)

In case you didn't know, ILNP Ultra Minis are sample sized nail polishes at a fraction of the price of their full-sized counterpart. Each Ultra Mini has 3ml of ILNP nail polish in it; just enough for a few manicures.

Best of all, they only cost $3.75 each!

Each Ultra Mini comes in a beautiful, miniaturized version of the full-sized ILNP box. You're going to love them!

Stop by the shop and get your hands on some goodies before they run out or the sale ends! 


Thanks for reading!!
-Barbra :)

PS Keep an eye out for new ILNP holographic nail polishes :P

Friday, 5 April 2013

off with those heads by b • liv : A review

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


off with those heads is a blackhead subum gel which I received in my Vanity Trove box last month. It's claims are that this gel can remove blackheads and whiteheads painlessly in 14 days and stop them from ever appearing ever again. Well, they had me at painlessly. Of course never appearing again is also a winner. :P


Anyways, I have been using this little tube (2ml) on my nose area for the past 2 weeks and I can say that it does remove blackheads and whiteheads quite effectively. In fact, within the first 2 days I could see a little bit of difference. The whiteheads were just, in a way, folling off my face. No pain as guaranteed of course.

There is a little thing that bothers me though. After I used this product I realised that my pores were more obvious. I knew that I had whiteheads but I am pretty sure that my pores weren't as big before. I do not know whether this is the process of the gel working it's magic or my skin going funky from before.

Will I re-purchase this product?
If their claims are true I do believe I would not need to re-purchase this item.

Will I recommend this item?
Of course I would! But I would also recommend that you use a pore minimizer at the same time. You have to be cautious though. Make sure that your skin does not react to the different combinations that you use. If you are interested to buy off with those heads just pop by any  b • liv stores within you area or you can just check out this item on their website.

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Water Works Tape Manicure

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


I tried to do another tape manicure over Waterworks to try to redeem myself from the little striping disaster I did just last Sunday. I think it turned out kinda good this time!

I was thinking to either use a white or black polish for this task. And after looking through my drawers, I finally decided on Fetish by Cult Nails. Fetish is not your regular black polish. It dries to a semi-matte wax look!


I did the usual tape-paint-wait-*fingers crossed*-peel process and I was soooo happy with the outcome! My lines came out quite nicely! Almost perfect (compared to the last one) if you ask me :)


Don't ask me why but Waterworks seem to have lost it's shine after I applied Fetish. But I kinda like the effect. The contrast between the black and blue especially. Sometimes if you do not really pay attention it isn't really obvious:)


This manicure wore really well. I think I had it on for almost 4 days - with no chips! The only reason why I removed it was because the nail polish on my left hand was, well, not as pretty as I hoped it to be. Want to know what it looks like? Well, if you don't mind another funky manicure, just come on back here in the next few days to get a glimpse of my right hand :)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Blue Nails for Autism Awareness featuring Water Works by LynB Designs

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


April 2nd is world Autism day. To support this cause I have decided to paint my nails blue and my choice of polish is one of my new favorites!

LynB Designs Water Works is a gorgeous polish! At first I did not think that I would like it but after wearing it for a day I fell in love with it!

 

Waterworks is from Jenna's Top Hats and Scottie Dogs collection based on the Monopoly game. It has a great sheer shimmery blue base loaded with all sorts of blue and green glitters. I was thinking for the longest time if I should use a base but decided against it because I couldn't find a blue close enough to the base color of Waterworks. I do not regret this decision at all!


Waterworks had a great formula and covered nicely in 2 thin-ish coats with a wee bit of touching up because I wasn't patient enough to wait between layers. Glitter coverage was great too! It all came out with no fishing required :)

Monday, 1 April 2013

Rainbow Honey 20% Cooler

*Products were purchased by me. I am not in anyway related to the company or  products mentioned in this post*


It's Monday again! The weekend really does go by too quickly!

Today's post is linked to yesterdays post actually. I thought that I would give you a little peek into what was under the jelly polish and stripes. The star of the show? Rainbow Honey's 20% Cooler.

I bought this polish way back when it was first launched by the girls at Rainbow Honey but somehow never reached for them. I think maybe they are just too precious to use!


20% Cooler is a multi-glitter topper in a clear base filled with blue shimmer. At first I did not really notice the blue shimmer. I only realised it was in there when I painted it on my nails. Now I know why the girls especially love this polish over blue! The formula of this polish wasn't the best I have used from RH. It was a tad too thick for my liking but I guess it is because of all the glitters packed in it that is causing this issue. I am sure a few drops of thinner will sort this out.


I didn't exactly pick a blue polish as the base for this polish. Instead I picked OPI Mermaids Tears. It is a gorgeous dusty turquoise cream with an awesome formula. It doesn't look too much like the original int hese photos. I think it's the wonderful doings of the blue shimmer in 20% Cooler! I do have a few indoor shots to show off the turquoise though:)


What do you think? Should I have picked a different base for this polish?