Sunday, February 27, 2011

Something Simple & Born Pretty Store Review

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of blogging. I've been pretty busy lately and am set to get busier with a research paper to write. John Stuart Mills anybody? 

I've also run out of space for pictures on blogger, so now I have to upload my pictures to Flickr, which takes AGES, and that's a reason why I'm lazy to blog now. So much extra work! Can anyone tell me how many photos I can keep on flickr? 

Anyway here's a polish for you- Fusion, from Sephora. It looked very dirty gold in the bottle, so I didn't really like it, but on the nail it's gorgeous! It's very light and shimmery and slightly champagne-y. 

I only used one coat, and you can see how sheer it is in the picture below. I was using this as a base for my Essence metallic polish Copper Rulez, which I showed here. It turned out that Copper Rulez was opaque enough in one coat and didn't need this as a base. 

This is a very pretty colour which I will definitely wear again by itself. 

And here's some nail art for you! Besides getting the pearls shown here, I also got some little nail art stars  found here. The base colour is Essence Trendy, with silver stripes radiating outwards and a black star at the base of the radiating lines. 

These are not my nails, these are my sister's! I did her nails. Sorry for the awful lighting. Anyway the stars are adorable, and as easy to use as any other rhinestones. The stars come in a very secure container, and in a range of colours. 

I'm definitely looking forward to using more of the stars, they're so so pretty, and they jazz up any manicure easily. 

Anyway this is some simple nail art anyone can do, and I enjoyed doing something so easy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Whitening Nails

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to post about whitening nails. My significant other can't stand nail polish at all, and so he made me promise to go naked (nails-wise) for a week. Well, they are horribly yellow, nearly orangey so I clearly couldn't just go about without doing something about it.

This is what they looked like all orangey:

First, I buffed them. I know buffing isn't very good for your nails, but occasionally is acceptable to me, and the best way of getting the surface stains is really through buffing. So this is what my nails look like after buffing:

Second, I scrubbed them with teeth whitening gel. I used the brand Plus White, it's American and I got it off I scrubbed my nails very thoroughly with a nail brush, and it definitely whitened them quite a bit.

Third, I put on a blue-based nail polish base coat- Alessandro's Nail Whitening treatment I bought in Hong Kong. It's transparent nail polish, but with a blue tinge, and it's really tiny- 5ml. You can see the blue tinge here:

Because my tips are more stained than the base of my nails, I did a gradient. I did 4 gradient layers:

The first coat near the tip about 1/4 of the way

The 2nd coat from half the nail down

The third coat from 3/4 coat down

The last coat covering the whole nail

As you can see, my nails are now visibly whiter than when they first started. 

Here's a last photo to show you how significant a blue-tinged base coat can be in giving the illusion of whiter nails: Look at the contrast!

While admittedly such blue-tinged polishes don't really whiten the nail directly, they certainly give the illusion of whiter nails, and are ideal for french manicures or for naked nails. Since most people don't have access to Alessandro, me included, an alternative is Color Club's Milky Base Coat. I read about it from a review here and that's how I have the impression that it is an alternative. I don't guarantee it though, I haven't tried it myself!

There are also alternate ways of whitening your nails as I have heard from frequenting the nail board on MUA:
  • Soaking nails in dentures cleaner
  • Soaking nails in a whitening mouthwash
  • Soaking nails in lemon juice
  • Using one of the commercial whiteners made by the many nail polish brands
Now I don't know if they work, but if you do give it a shot, let me know how it works! So do you have any tips on how you whiten your nails? 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cupcake Mani & Born Pretty Store Review

Hi everyone! I have something exciting I did that I can't wait to show all of you. This is my cupcake mani, decorated with half pearls generous sent to me by Jessica from the Born Pretty Store to review!

I've been seeing a lot of cupcake manis on MUA lately, so I thought I'd like to try it out myself. Usually they have some kind of glittery background, and then the cupcakes, sometimes chocolates, sometimes just plain vanilla, and decorated with many pretty blingy rhinestones/bullions and such. 

I decided to cut out the background and just do the entire cupcake on my nails! The drawback is that I can't put a cherry on top of it anymore, but it's still very pretty anyway!

I used all of the polishes below, the lighter colours being the base, and the darker ones for the stripes. I didn't even have to use a striper brush to make the stripes! Just make sure there's very little polish on your brush and then just swipe the brush sideways on your nails to make the thin lines.

And these are the half pearls I used for decorating the cupcakes! They come in a nice variety of colours, and I was really happy I managed to find matching colours for all of my cupcakes, and they're really easy to use. Just like how I would apply rhinestones- top coat on nail, dab a little top coat on a toothpick, pick up the pear and just place it on the nail, then seal it completely with a top coat.

If you want to get these half-pearls, you can find them on the Born Pretty Store website. Born Pretty Store also has a variety of other nail decorating items and I'm going to be showing you a few more of their items in the next few posts!

I'm not too sure they really look like cupcakes or just plain decorated assorted items for eating, but they were definitely very cheery and made me very happy each time I looked at it. I hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I enjoyed doing them!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Starry Starry Night

Essie Starry Starry Night has been a long hard to find polish for everyone in the nail polishing world, and I know many people have come up with substitutes. This is mine! It isn't quite deliberate so as to copy the same look, but I had some pretty blue polishes and decided to recreate the night sky. 

The base colour is Elianto Sea Green, a dark blue/green jelly. It's topped with a sheer blue jelly with silver glitter in a tiny bottle that I got from Hong Kong. It turned the polish more blue.

It's quite pretty, and I think Essie's Starry Starry Night has less glitter and the blue is darker, but I do like this and it was very pretty to wear and stare.

Do you have any Essie Starry Starry Night substitutes?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Claire's Mood Changing Polish in Calm/Wild

I'm not sure if I posted this before, maybe I have. But this is different! LONG NAILS! This was last last week's mani, I've already cut my nails so they aren't so nice anymore, if you saw yesterday's post. I wanted to try my mood polishes while I had long nails because I wanted a natural french effect where the tips are colder than the nails that's over my fingers, and as you can see, there's a TEENY french effect there. I put down the lack of french to hot weather in Singapore, so the tips are pretty hot too so the entire nail appears pink. 

A teeny-weeny bit of purple on the tips! No one could really see it in real life, but I did, and I enjoyed it! I only wish for slightly colder weather.

Claire's Mood Changing polishes sure are terrible to apply. This wasn't as bad as the others as this isn't a creme, but the creme ones are just awful and streaky.

Anyway this is stamped with an image from the BM plates, with rhinestones on the butterflies. I didn't like the rhinestones, so I ripped it off about a half hour after these photos were taken.

I love the pink/purple, the metallic/foil-y shades are awesome!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A simple, sweet Valentine's mani

This is RBL Plie. The formula wasn't all that great, it was streaky in the first coat but evened out in the second. But it's a lovely dusty pink-nude, I'm definitely going to start buying more nudes now. 

Stamped with various BM stamps using Konad Red.

Topped with a Sasatinnie glitter here.

But it looked like too much and too much of an assault on my eye. So I removed it all and started over, and decided to keep it simple!

Simple and classy! Very nice palette cleanser.

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! I hope you have a great day, whether you celebrate it or not!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Giveaways Round-up!

Konadlicious is having a 1000 followers giveaway! She is giving a number of Aussie polishes so enter her giveaway to get a chance to get some!

Blushing Noir is giving away Mac products and DS Treasure!

Polishology is giving away some polishes from the latest collections from Zoya and China Glaze and OPI!

Spooky Nails is giving away some very pretty foreign polishes! Check it out! 

Leslie from Girly's Beauty is giving away make-up and nail products, super adorable ones too! 

Sparkle Sparkle is giving away make-up and Accessorize polishes!

Enamel Girl is giving away Katy Perry polishes!

Beauty by Brittany is also giving away Katy Perry polishes!

'chelle from Cosmetic Cupcake is giving away some gorgeous Aussie polishes! 

Scandalously Polished is giving away the latest Zoya collection, and some others too!

Rachel Marie is having her 300th follower giveaway!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

My very sad Space Nails

I've been seeing gorgeous space nails all over blogs and MUA, and thought I'd try my own, but failed! Anyway I thought that I'll put this up, so all of you can offer me suggestions to improve!

Up first is the earth, being viewed from space. My sister and bf both told me it looked like fungus growing on my nails. I sponged on some light blue, white, beige and green polish. So how can I make this look more like earth? 

And these are nebulas. I sponged on some holographic and glitter polishes, but it looks like a huge pile of gunk, which it was.

So how do I make this look better? Any tips please?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Essence Haul

Jamie from Squovalicious posted a few days back on her blog about finding Essence polishes, including the magnetics ones, in Singapore, so of course I had to get some. I dashed off as soon as I could, which was earlier this week, to get some, and already I was a little late. 

I managed to score 3 out of 4 of the metallics series (magnetic polishes)- Iron Goddess, Steel Me and Copper Rulez. I really wish I had gotten Nothing Else Metals because I really like the colour more than the others! But I guess that's why it was sold out. I also got Be Trendy, Choose Me, and You're the One. 

When I got there, already one of the Colour & Go polishes were completely sold out, I don't know which one, and I got the last bottles of Steel Me and Iron Goddess. There was also one magnet left, but I decided to save money and use one of my magnets at home. 

I've been wanting Choose Me (or any of its dupes) for ages! And when I was there, they pasted price tags over the names of the polishes so I couldn't see any of them, and I was so sad because I didn't really know what Choose Me looked like in real life. It looked much lighter and genuinely glass-flecked in pictures online. I thought it might have been the row of polishes that were already sold out. But anyway I figured that the turquoise and gold glitter polish looked fairly nice, so I decided to get it, and upon returning home and scrutinizing the bottle, I was elated to find out that I did in fact, buy Choose Me! Yay!

I got home in the evening and was awfully excited to try them so I tried them out with various magnets on a disposable spoon. In order from left to right, its Iron Goddess, Steel Me and Copper Rulez, then Choose Me, You're the One and Be Trendy.

So here is my mani with Copper Rulez. It's really not green, it's very copper-orange, and it's done with my own fridge magnets.

My left hand turned out worse than my right hand, it was harder to control the magnet and not bump it into my wet nail.

The magnetic designs are clearer here on my right hand, though not the best. Even though I used a bendable magnet, it was very difficult to put my nail so close to the magnet and not bump it.

If you can get the magnetic polishes, I suggest using a home magnet, but get a powerful one. Mine wasn't that great so I needed to put my finger up close against the magnet, and bumped it many times. I had to re-do 5 nails because I just kept bumping them! So annoying!

While these magnetic polishes were definitely fun for their novelty value, the novelty wore off fast with the constant bumping and smudging, so be real careful when you use them, and pick a strong magnet. I saw on this blog an attempt to use buckyballs to create the magnetic design and it came out really nice and unique, so I'm going to borrow a buckyball from my friend and try it myself too! I'm also going to look for a star magnet to make the elusive star magnetic designs. All my refrigerator magnets are stripes so that's a little boring.

Have you tried any magnetic polishes? Did you like it?