Thursday, May 26, 2011

My China Haul with fake OPIs!

I came across fake OPIs in China, and decided to get some because I loved the colours. Most stores quoted me a price of over 100 yuan, which is over SGD20, but obviously since I knew they were fake, I paid 10 yuan only for each of them.

One lady even tried to bluff me, she told me that the bottles were fake (obviously since all of them were labelled Alpine Snow, and not even white), but the colours inside were real. Not only did I recognize that some were not OPI colours since OPI had never release a pink glitter polish with stars inside, but also I had an OPI app on my iphone. Then she tried to bluff me that these were the latest colours, at which I laughed in her face and told her no. I wanted to name her all the polishes in the Pirates collection but I didn't know what mermaid was in Chinese, so I just laughed.

Here they are!

Yes you do see a polish named "B.O. Nail Lacquer". How enticing right?

Close up pictures of some of them:

A beautiful nude polish with gold flash

A fake pink MAC polish with blue flash

An apple green shimmery polish. Now I don't normally like green polishes but this is gorgeous!

And the most beautiful polish I bought! Beautiful pink and purple/blue glitter with stars!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My trip to China (and some NOTD pics)!

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been MIA-ing for so long, I didn't have a chance to blog before I went, and those times I could get an internet connection in China, China blocked blogger! And facebook! Stupid great firewall.

Anyway, I was in Xi'an, Beijing, and Kunming for nearly two weeks, travelling in a tour group with my family. All I can say about my trip is that China is an absolutely beautiful country with incredibly history, but the people suck. I'm sorry, but Chinese people really piss me off. Of course, this is just a generalization with regard to their public behaviour. I stress, GENERALIZATION. I'm sure there are some lovely Chinese people out there with manners, I do have Chinese friends like that, but the behaviour of most China Chinese people is terribly abhorrent. Don't flame me for being racist/bigot, because firstly, I am Chinese, though I am Singaporean Chinese, and secondly, if you've ever been to China, you would agree wholeheartedly with me.

I've been passive smoking for about the ENTIRE trip, people smoke everywhere there, including inside restaurants, on the Great Wall, and pretty much everywhere. I've also stepped in countless puddles of spit in public places, seen people spit, including a guy spitting from the upper deck of a bus on to the road below, stepped in pee because people just can't pee properly, seen people pee, because somehow Chinese women don't all feel the need to lock the toilet door, been pushed and shoved, had my queue cut countless of times, been grabbed by very persistent touts, and worst of all, seen people spit in front of them, WHEN THEY'RE PEEING! Can you believe opening a toilet door to use it, then see bits of used toilet paper everywhere, and a huge puddle of spit in front of the toilet bowl? And somehow in China, you can't flush toilet paper down the bowl. There are signs everywhere! Not to say that I forgot sometimes. I don't understand, it's a disgusting bin by the bowl, overflowing with used toilet paper. You can see EVERYTHING.

Okay I'll stop ranting and show you my photos.

This is Xi'an, where I visited this pagoda, built by some monk, I forgot who the monk was or his significance, but it's a pretty awesome pagoda.

This is Claire's mood polish in Flirty/Shy, stamped with white clouds from konad m79.

Next up are the famous terracotta warriors that were buried with Qin Shi Huang Di.

This is the ancient city gates in Xi'an, it's incredibly how it's surrounded by modern skyscrapers!

Now we'll travel to Beijing! Here are my nails, standing in Tiannamen Square, looking at the portrait of Mao on the Forbidden City entrance gates. An interesting fact my sister says her history professor told her: The portrait of Mao gets smaller every year! 

And here is the inside of the Forbidden City, which is where the emperors (and one emperess) lived. This was the ancient palace, so you can see all the rooms, which where they lived.

Above are my sister's nails inside the forbidden city. You see that building in front? There's like 5 more after that, each with an equally huge space in front of them. It's so big! We walked for like 3 hours in blazing heat, but we barely covered even 30% of the grounds.

And here is the emperor's throne:

Now my nails are at the Great Wall of China! My nails are wearing Funky/Fabulous, a hot hot pink! I couldn't see any colour change though, even when dipped in cold water.

There was a massively rude Chinese lady on the Great Wall who decided to treat me like her own personal railing. Pissed me off like hell. But besides that, it was an incredibly engineering marvel. Did you know that if someone was sick or dead, they'll just bury him in the bricks and continue to build the wall? It was awfully tiring climbing the Great Wall, it was so steep, and horribly crowded, but it's pretty amazing to say that I've climbed the Great Wall!

Here is one of the pagodas in the Summer Palace, which is a palace Empress Ci Xi built for herself as her holiday home. I am wearing the halloween Del Sol polish.

This is the ceiling of one of the buildings inside the summer palace, Empress Ci Xi had each individual tile around the palace painted by artists, and believe me, there are probably tens of thousands of tiles there. She also had this gigantic lake dug, just for her entertainment, and a boat built out of solid marble (which couldn't float). This is power gone mad. Seriously. 

And outside the Summer Palace, there was a bunch of old folks. No idea what they were doing, but later our entire tour group realized that they were matchmaking their children! They would sit there with a piece of paper on the floor, detailing their children's particulars and achievements, then set their children up on dates. I got scolded by a lady because I wanted to take a picture of her daughter's paper. 

Now this is the last few days in Kunming, where we visited the Stone Forest, which is an incredibly landscape of granite stones. Here I'm wearing a green polish, a fake OPI which I'll tell you more about in my next post, which is gorgeous!

Awful polish, went on in splatches, and never dried. I could dent it for the next few days. But lovely colour!

Here's a clear picture of the stone forest. Absolutely breathtaking! 

Next post, my China haul! Fake OPIs and all that!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Beauty and the Beast Water Decals!

Here are some pretty pictures in water decals of one of my favourite Disney movies- Beauty and the Beast!

I know this isn't the best, the quality is rather low. But it's still pretty awesome! I love Chip and the sexy broomstick! Which are your favourite characters?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

ChicaGo Get A Manicure with GLITTER!

This is a beautiful black label OPI polish which I got off a blog sale a long ago, and it's a gorgeous pink! It reminds me a lot of China Glaze Designer Satin, but this is a little darker pink.

Sorry for the mess, I was waiting till I put on the glitter then to clean it up. I love how rich it is, and the colour is really pigmented. It's two coats, which was pretty smooth. I know it looks a little lumpy, but that's because I was impatient and trying to put on the coats on too fast. I didn't really care because glitter can cover up everything!

This is layered with two coats of glitter. It's a tiny little bottle of Sasatinnie glitter which I got in Hong Kong and hadn't used before.

Isn't it pretty? It's like little elves are partying on my nails!

I love the bigger yellow confetti pieces!

I wore this for quite a few days because it was so pretty and because I was lazy to change it too. Haha I was lazy to take off all that glitter until I couldn't bear it anymore and wanted to do something different.

Next mani, more water decals!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A glimpse of Chanel Holographic

On the way back from Bali, in the airport, I was pretty  bored, just walking around the shops. Amazingly they even sell pirated DVDs in the airport restricted area. Well anyway, I decided to check out the cosmetics, and I saw the Chanel display. I thought I'll check out the polishes, and I knelt down to see the polishes, which were on the bottom rack, and guess what I saw in the display of tester bottles?


Yes, every nail polish collector's wildest dream!!!!!!!!!!!! I took it up and held it up to the light and my eyes widened at the amazing holographic colours and it was so amazing! I just knelt there on the floor gaping for a while, when my bf came over and asked me what I was doing. I quickly shared with him the story of Chanel Holographic, and he was pretty stunned to hear how much Chanel Holographic was worth on ebay.

I looked at the Indonesian saleslady with hope in my eyes, and I asked her if they had a new bottle of it. My hopes were soaring high, though a little part of me knew that it was unlikely. She asked her colleague what the name of the polish was, despite the word "holographic" emblazoned across the front of the bottle, then she pulled open the drawer of polishes, and my hopes just fell. It was full of Mimosa (the new Spring polish).


I asked the saleslady if I could buy the tester, which was about half full. She looked at me and asked "how much?" And I looked up in hope again (I was still kneeling) and said USD23, which was the price the brand new polishes were going for and she said "NO". Then I wondered why the hell she would even ask me how much I would pay if she wasn't going to sell it.

So I just asked to use the tester and swatched my thumb. Here it is with its incredible amazingness and awesome glory! It's just a huge shame I couldn't buy it. Sigh.

Sorry for the huge mess. I was in a hurry, and I had chipped polish below. But isn't it amazing? 

I'm sorry for the sad pathetic one finger swatch, but I was so excited to have found Chanel Holographic then had to give it up. BLAHHHHH poo.

My bf offered to go back and pay a really huge tip to the saleslady and pay full price for the tester, but I just wasn't feeling up to it anymore. It didn't seem worth it to pay over SGD40 for a bottle of polish that was less than half full and which had been used by plenty of people. Sigh. If only they had a beautiful new bottle.

Have you ever found something so wonderful and then had to let it go?