Sunday, January 29, 2012

Nail polish cabachons showing off Ozotic Pros

I decided that I'd like to make my own nail polish jewellery so I could wear the pretty colours even more, and I learnt how to from MUA's nail board. Anyway these glass cabachons are not yet attached to the ring base, but I wanted to show how beautiful and awesome the Ozotic Pros are.

Ozotic Pro 521

Ozotic Pro 520, layered with 530 (glitter)

Ozotic Pro 505 with 528 (glitter)

For the last two cabachons, I used a glitter with a similar colour-shift base. It really creates a beautiful texture and extra glitteriness!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Roar roar dinosaur roar!

I did this manicure in Israel, before I returned, but yup I'm only posting it now. It's pretty awesome.

Yes it's dinosaurs!!!!! I always wanted the Hot Topic stamping plates, because one of them has a T-Rex on them, but unfortunately they're so rare, so I decided to make water decals instead, which is a pretty good substitute since I can create a whole range of dinosaurs instead. 

I like dinosaurs because I find it entertaining to pretend to be one, but unfortunately I cannot for the life of me identify any of them except the T-Rex, which is on the little finger of my right hand, because ironically it is really really small. 

Here are my little dinosaurs roaring from the top of the Mount of Olives over the old city in Jerusalem. The shiny gold thing in the distance is the Dome of the Rock. 

The green base is a lovely kelly green jelly polish from Flor Mar. 

Dinosaurs names are so cute too! I'm Cherylsaurus. Anyway what do you think of dinosaurs on nails? Weird? Cute? 

Friday, January 27, 2012

China Glaze For Audrey + Konad

China Glaze For Audrey is really a classic colour, it's so close to the actual Tiffany's colour that it doesn't matter if it really isn't (because Tiffany & Co has a trademark on that colour). After returning home, this was the first polish I dug out to use, despite the many untrieds that I do have.

It's stamped with Konad special white polish, using one of the new Bundle Monster plates.

I love the simplicity!

Absolutely no idea why my fingers turned out so red in the pictures, the polish honestly doesn't give me lobster hands in real life, but anyway the pictures depict quite a true representation of For Audrey. 

Such a happy spring time manicure!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ozotic Pro 520

Hi everyone! I ordered these Ozotic Pros and had them sent to a friend in Australia who brought them home for me, 7 months after ordering so I've been dying to try them. They're still in the old round bottles, not the square ones, which I like better. Somehow the new square bottles aren't as attractive.

This is a pretty pretty multichrome polish which changes from a dark pink to red to orange, and even some green. I've done my best to capture the colours, but the green is notoriously hard to catch.

This is two coats of the polish on top of one coat of black. The colour shift is much more obvious over black than without it, though I wish it wasn't so, because I struggle so hard to paint a nice layer of black and clean it up neatly.

In this picture below you can see that the colour near the cuticles is sort of green, maybe even blu-ish.

And you can see the green colour shift right here in this picture below!

I love how it looks like molten metal on my fingers, the colour literally glows!

Ozotic Pro has seriously one of the best multichromatic polishes around, I've got 7 and I haven't even tried the multichromatic glitters yet! I absolutely love this polish and how it changes colours so vibrantly!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Water Marble

I'm finally back in Singapore, it's great, I don't even mind the heat, but now I truly realize what humidity means. Awfully humid, my hair is just boing! I did this marble in Israel, and it didn't turn out very well, and clean-up was a mess because I didn't put my usual lip gloss all around on my fingers and it took me ages just to clean everything up.

Despite the mess, I do love the combination of orange and blue. 

Any tips for making a nice water marble?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Flor Mar U33

This is one heck of a gorgeous duo-chrome polish! It's Flor Mar U33, which I've seen making rounds in the blogosphere recently. It flashes purple and blue at different angles, and my lighting isn't too good so it looks better in the bottle than the nail. I'm going to give it another shot some time.

Look at that incredible blue purple flash!

I think there's even a little pink in the bottle!

It's quite foil-y, as you can see below. 

This kind of reminds me of one of the Ozotic Pros, but much more foily and more noticeable. Ozotic Pros are always really subtle when you look at your hands in real life. Flor Mar may just be a small brand but it really does have some stunners!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Guest Post: Fashion and Confidence go Hand in Hand

Fashion is its own form of magic; a beautiful pair of shoes or the perfect dress can change a woman’s entire outlook on life, relationships and even her own perception of herself. And while a boost of confidence is always a good thing, it is never better – or more necessary – than it is for a woman diagnosed with cancer, such as mesothelioma, breast cancer, cervical cancer or any other cancer. Treatments are notoriously difficult for cancer patients, especially for women that face losing their hair and even large amounts of weight. 

If ever there is a time when a woman feels less than beautiful, it is during cancer. However, every woman should feel beautiful every day, no matter the circumstances. Fashion is one of the easiest ways to make a woman feel like a goddess, every day. Despite a cancer diagnosis, the way a woman dresses and even the way she applies her makeup can change her entire mood for the better and changing her mood for the better eliminates stress, which boosts her immune system and helps her better fight her cancer; it is a win/win situation.

When it comes to fashion, most women will agree that shoes are the most important aspect of any outfit. The way a gorgeous pair of shoes makes a woman’s legs look is indescribable; and the way a woman feels when she slips into a beautiful pair of designer shoes is something that words cannot express. Even if she’s in her pajamas just walking around the house with no makeup, a gorgeous pair of shoes will make her feel amazing the moment she slips them on.

Feeling beautiful and confident is one thing, but feeling powerful is another. Women facing cancer and the treatment that comes along with such an aggressive disease causes a need for women to feel powerful. The lack of power felt by suffering from an illness such as cancer makes women feel anything but powerful, which is why woman can – and should – use fashion as a way to make them feel powerful again. Feeling powerful, even through fashion, can make a woman’s treatment easier on her body and her emotions.

A great way to feel powerful is to look powerful; carrying a fabulous designer handbag or wearing a power suit are some of the simplest ways to feel powerful. In addition, anything that fits great, flatters a woman’s figure and makes her feel confidant will make her feel more powerful. One of the best pieces for this is a wrap dress; the wrap dress is flattering on everyone and provides woman with a sense of power mixed with femininity, which is of utmost importance to a woman with cancer of any type.

By Jackie Clark

I was recently contacted by Jackie, of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance who wanted to do a post on my blog about women and cancer. Her article above is certainly empowering, and I do want to add that fashion not only empowers women; being confident, knowing what you want, and going for it certainly adds that inner glow! So to all women who have fought or are fighting cancer out there, keep going and don't give up! 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mulan Manicure

I love the Disney movie Mulan. Besides the fact that she's one of the few non-white female characters, leaving aside Pocahantas and Tiana, she's one of the few Disney "princesses" who actually does any ass-kicking.

So here's my own Mulan manicure with my own decals. Seriously, who doesn't love a female heroine who actually does something? I love that she's like awesome with a sword and her wushu pole fighting skills. I want to be strong like her and kick some bad guy asses.

From L-R: The lucky cricket, the Emperor, Shang, Mushu, and Mulan

From L-R: Chien-Po + Ling + Yao, Mulan's parents, Shan Yu, Mulan, and Grandma

Yes I have weirdly shaped thumb nails. I can never seem to shape them right because my nails kind of grow crooked out of the thumbs, like slanted to one side. But ignore those for now, I just want to show you the up close thumb decals. These aren't super clear because my printer isn't a big professional kind, it's just the regular small ones that aren't very high in pixel quality. The images do look good in real life, because let's face it, who goes that close to your thumbs anyway?

Mulan kicking some ass

Mulan's gang of weakling boys. 

On another note, I have learnt that my own home-made water decals are no longer sticky. I need a layer of top coat to "glue" them down. This kinda sucks, but I'm okay with it because buying decals online is far more expensive.

So who's your favourite Disney heroine?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pretty abstract flowers

So I had on Flor Mar 119, this pretty white jelly, and I was itching to do some nail art but something not too complicated, so I decided to try some abstract flowers and leaves, which wouldn't take me too long.

Sigh I'm almost embarrassed to post this, it's quite bad. From far it looks okay, the flowers look passable, but up close it is pretty weird, just looks like a five year old's water colour painting. 

Anyway I did like this for a while, then suddenly one day later I was like "that's terrible" and took it off. 

What do you think? Abstract flowers or just random splotches?

Friday, January 6, 2012

White jelly!

My first white jelly polish! This beautiful polish was purchased in Istanbul, and it's Flor Mar 319. It's also sold as part of a french manicure set, so I suppose it can be used as the base for a french manicure. It is white, it is jelly, and it took me nearly 5 coats for what you see here because I was impatient in waiting between layers and it got streaky.

It's a great palette cleanser, it's a really soft white, and squishy looking!

As you can see there are some patchy spots. 

I'm glad I bought two bottles of this, it's really nice! I don't have Essie Marshmallow, but this may be similar to it. However, this polish does have a slight grey cast to it. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pink with gold flakies!

The first post of the new year, with two gorgeous polishes that I bought from Istanbul. The base colour is Flor Mar supermatte M116, a pastel pink with a little shimmer, topped with a Golden Rose gold flakie, 305. It is a pretty gorgeous combination!

Check out the gorgeous up close shot of the flakies! I love that it's able to add a beautiful flakie cover on any polish and just glam it up instantly!