Sunday, March 27, 2011

I made my own water decals!

Hi everyone! I'm really excited to show you something today. I made my own water decals! I'm awfully excited that it turned out right, and I can't wait to try out the different water slide decal papers that I got. 

Anyway as a base for my water decals, I used a light yellow polish from Joe Fresh. I can't seem to find the name on the bottle, so I just called it Light Yellow. 

I'm not a big fan of this yellow, it's a little greyed-out and dusty, which I dislike. I want a pure light/pastel yellow polish, any recommendations? 

On to the water decals, I made them by buying waterslide decal paper on ebay, and using acrylic spray. The seller on ebay was incredibly nice, I had to buy 10 sheets, but he/she allowed me to buy a mix of different kinds- inkjet hard clear, inkjet pliable clear, inkjet hard white, laserjet hard white, and most excitingly, glow in the dark! 

Here's a shot of the glow in the dark one: 

I put my hand on the paper and put it under light, so when I turn off the lights and remove my hand, the imprint can be seen! It's amazingly glowy, put directly under my table lights and then turning off the lights creates this incredibly bright glow! It's almost a light source by itself. 

Anyway I basically put in a bunch of images into a powerpoint slide, then printed it out on the waterslide decal paper. I had to be careful that the images I printed were small enough for my nail, and looking at them now, I think I can make them bigger next time. I printed a bunch of countries' rugby logos, many Disney images, and some dance silhouettes, which I will show you soon. 

For now, I have Winnie the Pooh! I think you should be able to recognize the characters, but if you can't, from thumb to pinkie I have Owl, Pooh, Gopher, Rabbit and Tigger!

And on this other hand, from thumb to pinky, I have Heffalump, Eyeore, Kanga, Roo, and Piglet!

These home made water decals are very different from the ones you get in stores. Firstly, waterslide decal paper is basically a giant water decal. After printing out a sheet of images, I had to cut out the images individually and use an exacto knife to carefully cut as close to the images as possible so as not to leave a wide empty border. I believe the store bought ones usually have some special machine which prints the water decals with a very slight outline only. As you can see on mine, the edges aren't that smooth and the outline of the images is quite a large one.

Secondly, the water decal sheet had to be sprayed quite a couple of times with acrylic spray, which is rather poisonous according to the label, but has a smell I rather like, so that's horribly bad for my health. It isn't that cheap either, I got mine for $15.90 at Art Friend, and I used about 7 coats for this water decal. The can felt substantially lighter, and I really hope it can be used for at least 3 more sheets of water decals. Furthermore, when I left my paper outside the house to dry, 3 ants crawled onto the paper and pretty much got stuck. One of them got stuck on top of a picture of Prince Charming, and despite me trying to skillfully use my exacto knife to cut out the ant's body, bits still remain, so I guess I can't use that particular decal.

Thirdly, images used must be sharp and very pigmented. Some of my images look okay on the paper, but not on the nail as they're really faint. I am also limited by my printer, because even though I have very high resolution images, my printer cannot print them that nicely because the images are really very small, and it's just a home printer and not a particularly special one at that. I guess a printer with a higher dpi would present better images, but I'm pretty happy with what I have at the moment.

On the other hand, it's great making my own water decals! I love being able to put images which I like, shaping them to my own nails so they're not too wide or big, and I just love the flexibility of customizing my own water decals. Okay I'm repeating myself, but I'm just so happy because this didn't screw up!

Anyway, I'll probably be using these water decals for the next few manicures, so that's something to look forward to! My stomach's so happy now, I had awesome dim sum for dinner, and I'm off to do some project work. I hope you have a good week ahead, I know mine will be merely mediocre!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Del Sol Prima Donna

This is one of the Del Sols I picked up on sale, at just SGD9.90! It's a beautiful jelly pink, never expected that it would be a jelly, it was pretty opaque in the bottle. It changes from a pink to purple, and it's pretty obvious. I love both pink and purple so of course I was a sucker for this! 

I put this on two weeks ago, and I'm still wearing it! I love how it changes in the sun and how it looks so squishy! 

Without sun, on the balcony

With sun

With sun on the left, without sun on the right

Indoors, without sun

Indoors, with sun (I pulled my foot in after sunning it and took a very quick shot! I only put my foot in the sun for 5 minutes, and I think I got sunburn on this foot, it turned red and itchy after that! Crazy Singapore sun.)

Without sun on left, with sun on right

As you can see, the colour change is very distinct, and I love how absolutely squishy it looks!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Franken: Glitzy Glimmerance!

Hi everyone! Today I have a franken for you! It's gold, silver, and some silver holographic glitter in a clear base. It flashes mostly gold, but under certain lights you can see glimpses of the holographic glitter which shine red/green, and look so pretty! Unfortunately I can't catch it on camera.

I decided to franken silver and gold together because it's not often that I see gold and silver glitter polish, I guess it's because the colours kind of clash as gold is warm and silver is cool, but I was wondering if I could make it work.

What do you think? Yay or neigh????

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My Birthday Mani!

A few days ago, it was my birthday, and I decided to do a very girly mani which I loved! School's been keeping me so busy I don't even have the time to read up all the usual nail blogs nor the NB, and I miss seeing all the latest manis that other bloggers have done! 

Anyway this is a beautiful polish- Ulta3 Bo Peep. It's so old, I never knew how it even ended up in my house. I can only guess that someone gave it to my mum many years back because it's so old that the current Ulta3 Bo Peep is different. Here are some pictures of the one I have:

I revived it with lots of thinner, and it smells really bad, so I'm guessing it definitely isn't Big 3 free. Anyway the Bo Peep I have is a beautiful pink with pink and silver glitter inside, but the Bo Peep you see on other blogs by googling is a pink creme. I think I prefer the one I have. 

It wasn't glittery enough for me, so I added two coats of INM Northern Lights Silver Holographic Top Coat, which made it absolutely gorgeous because it's scattered holo glitter! 

To make it even more girly, I added light pink heart rhinestones! The pretty pink background you see is my Disney Princesses Diary. Yes, I'm a child at heart. (Psst, I even have Disney Princesses bedsheets!) 

I know this might be a little too sweet for some people to take, but I'm seriously a girly-girl at heart. 

Anyway I have a favour to ask from all of you. Lex Cosmetics has selected my suggestion to create a polish, and they will pick the winner who has the most votes. Please head over to Lex Cosmetics and vote for my photo: Ocean Ink. 

(PS. If you open the photo really big, you can even see the stripes on the fishies!)

"I love diving, and this picture was taken in Manado when I was diving at one of their coral walls. Looking down you see nothing but an endless blue that stretches to inkiness and beautiful fishes going about their business. The colour I envision is a dark blue/green jelly with shimmery bits and silver flakes. It will remind me every day of a beautiful environment that needs conservation and our protection."

Coral Walls in Manado

I want to tell you guys more about Manado. I got an underwater camera housing last year, so I brought it along with me to Manado, Indonesia to dive. Manado is famous for its coral cliffs, which are walls of corals. So when you swim from shore, you can see some shallow corals, then suddenly they just drop off  into a coral wall, and they stretch endlessly down. It's incredibly awesome to see these coral walls, they stretch in front of you (as you see in the picture above) and down all the way till it's a dark, cloudy blue. 

Me and the giant turtle

I saw a giant turtle hiding in a little nook in one of the coral walls, it was as big as me, and I was completely stunned to see such a huge creature. It looks small in the picture, but I was a lot closer to the camera and quite a distance away from the turtle. I was afraid of getting bitten! 

Anyway I have a dive trip coming up soon, and I'm really looking forward to it after my exams. I'll definitely show you all the pictures I take. I think I've digressed too much already. So, please vote for me, and maybe submit a photo and a suggestion of your own too! I'll vote for you in return if yours gets selected for voting too!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

French Manicure!

Hi everyone! One thing I dislike about french manicures is that if you use a sheer base colour, more often than not it reveals the ugly staining below. So for this french manicure, I used an opaque base coat then painted the tips.

Here is Color Club Bashful as the base- a beautiful, pastel pink.

The tips were free handed using a french tip polish from Etude House. It's in a tiny bottle with a tiny brush, very short and narrow so that you can just paint on the french tip. Definitely not as narrow as a striper though. Then to disguise the uneven lines I painted some silver glitter lines!

I like this french manicure, it was very pretty, very demure, okay so are all french manicures. But I really liked this.

Anyway it was my birthday two days ago, and while I'm really eager to show you my pretty princessy Birthday mani and tell your about my awesome dinner, school and group work is just killing me right now, I can't even find the time to upload pictures to Flickr and all that.

I also haven't been changing my mani often, so I'm afraid I really can't update my blog very much. But thank you anyway, to all those who read it regularly. I love you ladies!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ozotic Pro 521

A while back I wore Ozotic Pro 521 and despised it. It was an ugly, frosty purple. Nothing special. I couldn't understand why people were making a big deal out of Ozotic Pros. They were all frosty and ugly.

But boy am I glad I gave it a second chance! Being very lazy to remove DS Exclusive, I just layered two coats of Ozotic Pro 521 on top, and it is GORGEOUS!!!!!! Get ready for some picture spam girls!

Then I decided to konad on top with the vines and leaves from the BM plates. These pictures were taken under artificial white lighting. Just to let you know, indoors, under white light, the colour is mostly this purple. You only see the gorgeousness when sunlight hits it indirectly, or under warm lighting, and if you angle your fingers funny.

Do you own any Ozotic Pros yourself? Which is your favourite?

Friday, March 11, 2011

OPI DS Exclusive!

A gorgeous gorgeous holographic polish!!!!!! It's a beautiful pink-purple, with beautiful holographicness! I know it's a little hard to find, I got it from a local etailer, Dollup Nails, for $16.50. They have quite a few DS polishes and some TINS polishes, so google them and check them out if you want. They ship overseas.

I don't have much to say about this, it's beautiful! My pictures are taken under white light, and in indirect sunlight. I have bottle pictures from a few days later in bright sunlight. There's also a fantastic holo you can see under artificial light.

Artificial light

Indirect sunlight, Indoors


Isn't it prettty????? 

Anyway for all Singaporean polishers out there, Jamie from Squovalicious tipped me that Sasa in Suntec is selling all their Del Sol polishes for $9.90, their usual price is $14.90! So go check it out, it's quite a discount. I was very very fortunate to be able to go that way today because I had to meet my dad there, and I grabbed 3 polishes- Alaska Gold Rush, Flirt, and Prima Donna!

From what I previously found out online from Del Sol, Gold Rush is a polish exclusively released in Alaska, and I can't find any swatches online at all, and I have no idea how it made its way down to Singapore, but getting my hands on something that exclusive is making me really happy! 

Gold Rush is a polish that supposedly changes from silver glitter to gold glitter. Having put it under the cloudy sky just now, the glitter doesn't change colour (I didn't expect it to, it sure has to be some magic glitter if it did), but the base changes from a sheer silver to a sheer gold. I don't think I experienced the full effect of the gold because the sun wasn't even out, but it's quite pretty. I think I just have this crazy penchant for wanting exclusive stuff even though the silly polish only has a subtle change. So if you do have this same penchant, then head on down to Sasa, because they still have it. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Red Lace Konad

Hi everyone! This is Light Red by ELF. I don't know how it's "light", and I question if there's even anything ever "light red", because I would think "light red" would be pink. 

Anyway this is a pretty bright red creme, blue-based, and quite sexy. As you can see in the two pictures below, it can be rather bright in certain kinds of lighting but also pretty dark. 

I then konaded on the tips with Konad m59, using Wet n Wild Black Creme. 

This was a really simple mani, very elegant, and I plan to try it again with the different lace designs found on m59. What do you think?

I'm still looking for the perfect orange-based red jelly, something a pin-up girl would wear, so please recommend me something!