Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nail Foil: Tie Dye Surprise

Hello! I'm in Europe now, and finally with a wi-fi connection so I can do some posts.

Here's a nail foil that I bought from Dollar Nail Art quite a while back, and it's quite... bling-y. A little un-tasteful....



I really wanted to like this pattern, but most of the colours that came out were the greens, which weren't so pretty. I really prefer the purple and pink bits of the foil. 



Nonetheless, playing with foils is so fun, and it's awesome that there's no dry time (unless you put a top coat). I used a top coat though (gelous), and it did take some time to dry. If you do use the same foils, remember not to use a quick dry top coat like seche vite because it wrinkles the surface and spoils everything.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gold and black half-moon

I wanted to try a half-moon manicure for a while, but was pretty lazy because of the whole stickers thing, it really sucks using stickers, sometimes when pulling off the sticker it pulls off the base colour too, but if it's not sticky enough, then sometimes the other colour will seep under and ruin it.

But I went ahead and gave it a shot, as you can see it isn't that neat, but I do like how elegant it makes my fingers look.


As you can see, the gold part is quite thick, because I needed a lot of coats to cover up the very opaque black below. I used Alessandro gold polish for this. It came in a set with a crackle polish that I bought in Hong Kong last year.


Really looks elegant here, don't you think?


Any tips for making a nicer half moon?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pretty purple with stamping

This was a pretty simple mani, I used a very pretty nameless purple polish from a brand called Eleanor. I bought this in Sasa in Hong Kong from my trip last year, and shamefully it has remained untried until now.

It is a pastel purple, slightly on the darker side, and it has this amazing gold shimmer in it! Completely gorgeous! It's very subtle, and it lends an air of posh-ness to the basic pastel purple.


Stamped with a fauxnad plate, I think it's from the Born Pretty Store's Hello Kitty plate, using a really old Maybelline polish that was given to me, and embellished with a purple rhinestone on the thumbs.


Some of these weird brands may not be B3F, they may not have names, and they may be really cheap and looked down upon, but they do have some extremely pretty colours.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Silver Starburst Foil

As you read this, I'll be leaving onnnn a jet planeeeee!

Yes! To Europe! Woo hoo! My first time in Europe! I'll be travelling around for a bit, before I fly off to Israel, so pretty much all the posts you read from here are all scheduled, and hopefully I have enough "stock" to keep the automatic scheduling on for a while, because I'll really be going to a lot of places, and some hostels I'm staying in are charging for wi-fi, so I'll definitely not pay for it.

This foil is from the recent haul talked about here. The foils are fairly easy to use, you put on a layer of glue, then wait for it to dry, but not too long either. I take the foil out before I even start and snip it into smaller pieces, generally I use 2 long pieces, 1 for each hand.

The glue goes on milky/cloudy, so when it becomes transparent, then just take the foil, and press the underside of the foil on to the nail, and quickly pull it away. If there are any gaps in between, just press the foil onto that area. Voila! Pretty nails!

This was my first try with the foils, and it wasn't very good because my friend did some of them for me. We had a lot of fun, and she was completely amazed by how shiny it was.

I did this hand:


And this is the other hand! Not very well done, you can see the patches through to the base colour (China Glaze Millenium), but it is still AMAZINGLY shiny!


I love how shiny it is! It really catches the sun when you go out.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Frankendupe!

China Glaze Lubu Heels, RBL Black Russian, Milani Garnet Gems, Color Club Red Velvet- black jelly base with red glitter!

This polish always looked so gorgeous and chic to me, and I nearly shelled out for the China Glaze one, but I'm glad I decided not to because I saved money by frankening it!


This was really easy to franken, I just added some black polish to clear polish to create a jelly, then added in red micro glitter from TKB Trading. 


I love the flexibility in frankening! Initially I thought I wanted the polish dark with a little red shimmer, but after putting it on I realized it was really really dark and the red shimmer could barely be seen, so I added in more red glitter. 


Perfect! I needed more red glitter in it because as you can see in the photo below, even with a lot of red glitter, from far it does look very dark and almost black.


I really do love TKB's micro glitter for frankening, it's really really micro, probably smaller than the glitter found in the OPI Burlesque glitter polishes and even in Almost Alice. It really looks foil-y from far, but can be glittery when mixed with a coloured base. It's also really really small so it's not hard to remove, I didn't even have to use the foil method to get all the glitter off!

So what do you think of my frankendupe? Close enough?

Monday, September 12, 2011

OPI Charged Up Cherry + Fauxnad

OPI Charged Up Cherry- my perfect pink!


Gorgeous hot pink perfection! Not that hot pink, but pretty bright nonetheless, and I love how pink and juicy it looks!

Now stamped with one of the designs from the new BM plates. I love how detailed the design is, and how intricate and fragile it looks.


Unfortunately I can't align it completely straight up, but it's still really pretty!


I got so many "Wow how did you do that?!" comments on this. Isn't it just so awesome? Pink and intricate! Oh yes please!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dollar Nail Art haul

I ordered some stuff recently from Dollar Nail Art for me and two other nail polish crazy friends, it was pretty awesome, the box came and was just so full of foils! We ordered foils, glitter, flakies, and little funny shaped glitters.


Here are just the foils:


Today I'll just show you all the different foils we ordered, in case anyone ever decides that they want to order these foils.


Silver Starburst: Small many-pointed stars

White Star: Big five-pointed stars

Wrapping Paper

African Jade: Looks like antique marble, gorgeous!

Primary Colours: Colours change across the strip (horizontally), not vertically like Wrapping Paper (above).

Ocean Mist: Pretty purple and blue speckles

Tie Dye Surprise: Frenzied rainbow spots

Silver Spectrum: It is as you see it in the picture, the rainbow appears at different angles.

Snakeskin: Definitely meant to be layered on top of a base colour, a great alternative to konad!

Earthquake: Looks like how dry mud gets cracked up when there's not enough rain. This is ugly-beautiful. 

Elven Gold: Really reminds me of the elves from Lord of the Rings. I imagine this is what their bedsheets look like. 

English Rose: Flowers on a translucent background.

Laser Optics: Straight holographic purple lines

White Gold: A gold foil

And if any of you are wondering, these are the glitters:


I have frankened with some of these already, like the hex glitter and the white hearts, and I'm happy to announce that they don't melt. However, it's very little glitter for USD1, I must find a cheaper supplier for hex glitters. Anyone know of any?

These are the flakies:


I am unhappy to announce that they DO MELT. Don't put them in polish! The edges of each flakie starts fading in colour almost from the moment they enter clear polish. What a shame.

I haven't been blogging for a while because I've been busy, I'm preparing to go on exchange trip to Israel, but I will be travelling through Europe first. I probably can't blog that regularly, but I will take many pictures to show all of you later! In the mean time, I need NAIL POLISH SHOPPING ADVICE!

What brands and where can I find them in London, Paris, Rome and Venice? I'm looking for Barry M, Nails Inc, Essence (I really want Essence!), Illamasqua, Sleek and whatever other brands any of you can recommend.