Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Purple and Black Stripes

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This was my first time experimenting with using the nailart tape for the random stripes effect. I started with the bright purple as a base color and then added the tape in random layout. I painted an opaque black polish over it so I only needed one coat. Try it out! It is quite fun and the it gives a cool looking finish!


Tip and Tricks:
  • Use contrasting colors.
  • Paint a clear coat over the bottom color and wait for it to be completely dry, before using the tape. This is a very important step because I didn't use a top coat at first, and when I lifted the tape after I painted the black, the purple polish came off with the tape and the manicure is ruined...
  • Lift the tape when the top color is still wet (black in this case), do not wait for it to dry.
  • Try to remember the order of the tape you put down, and remove them in reverse order.


Polishes used:

Purple: Julep
Black: Cover Girl
Black glitter: Sephora Formula X


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Monday, May 25, 2015

Leopard on HolographicSilver

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I was too excited to test out this holographic silver polish I got from my Julep box. It is called Angie from the Boho Glam line. On their website it is described as "silver linear liquid holographic". 

I only own another somewhat holographic polish by Revlon in their Transforming Effects line called Holographic Pearls, which I think it's not holo enough! In the picture below, on the right, you can see that the Revlon one is more grainy with larger shimmer, which is more of a silver glitter polish to me. It is not dense enough on its own to achieve a silver color. I had to use a silver polish as a base. I guess by its names "Transforming Effects", it is meant to be layer on top of something else. 

Julep's Angie has a more fine shimmer and smooth finish. It is opaque in 2 coats and dries quick! It has a colorful holographic effect under both natural and indoor light. I was quite impressed at first sight. I added some burgundy and black polishes for this leopard manicure. Then I finished this mani off with a line of black jewels on the accent and thumb nail.





After 2 days wear of this mani, the silver holo polish chipped like crazy! I wasn't doing anything out of ordinary with my hands and this is not the usual time when my manicure starts to chip at all! I found out from other people on Instagram that the holographic polishes from Julep are mostly like this, chipping abnormally fast! BOOO.... So I have a mixed feeling for this polish, leading more to the bad side... sorry Julep.


Polishes:
Silver: Julep Angie
Burgundy: Nails Inc. - St Martin's Lane
Black: Color Club striper
Jewels: Sally Hansen

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Matte Purple Stamping and Glitter

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A simple purple and lime combination that I did mainly to test out the Revlon Matte Pearl Glaze polish. The original color of the purple nails was actually a dark blue. It was quite interesting to see that how the Matte Pearl Glaze changed the color of the finish to a gorgeous pearly purple! I used a total of 2 coats to have a more intense pearl effect and added a little jewel on the 4th finger. Love this Transforming Effects polish!!

On the yellow/lime nails, I simply added some light stamping and topped it off with a glitter (since the stamping did not turn out perfectly... Glitter makes everything better right? =P)

Polishes:
Purple: Revlon Transforming Effects - Matte Pearl Glaze
Dark Blue: L'oreal
Lime: Cover Girl Outlast


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Soft Ombre Spring Flowers

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I started with a white polish as a base for this manicure then I put some tape around my fingers to protect the skin for the sponging. This trick is super handy so there is no cleaning up required! But it only works if you are sponging the tip of the nail only, since you are not really protecting the back of the nail on the cuticle end.

I used a baby pink and mint green for the soft ombre for the spring season and did a total of 2 layers of sponging. Then I used my tiny brush and painted some grass with different shades of green and added a couple flowers with my dotting tool on the 3rd and 4th fingers and we are done!


I got this OPI white polish thinking it might be some new technology since on the packaging it says "bright color booster base coat". I found out that this polish came out with the neon color polish collection as a base for the neon polishes. But when I put it on, it was just like a white color nail polish. In fact, it chips faster then a normal polish for my ombre nails here. It goes on OK, but you have to use a thicker layer or else it would be streaky. Here I used a total of 2 layers.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Colorful Easter Eggs Design

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A quick colorful cracked Easter eggs nailart using my crafty scissors and stickers again! Here I used a combination of pastel colors and polka dots with contrasting colors.



I used the zigzag scissors to cut the paper stickers in half as my guide for making the cracked egg shells. Click HERE to read about tips and trick for using these crafting scissors. The zigzag did not turn out perfectly so I lined it with a white nail striper. 


Polishes:
Coral: Sasatinnie
Yellow: CND Vinylux
Purple: Laura Mercier
Green: Nails Inc.
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May 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & Review

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First I have to say that I really LOVE the bag design and the words on it this month!!

What I got this month (50% review):
 

Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil + Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
I was really intrigued when I saw this white/clear color lip pencil! I love the idea of having a lip pencil that could work with all lipstick colors!! It came out clear when I swatched it on my hand. The 2 lipgloss colors look great too! The purple one looks really interesting. But I am not sure if I have the gut to wear that out!




St. Tropez - One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion
I am quite happy to get this one too! I like using bronzing lotion on my legs whenever I am showing some skin. It will be very handy for the coming warmer months! And it's St. Tropez, the brand is well known for its self tanning products. Can't wait to try!




Skone Cosmetics - Pretty Eyes Automatic Eyeliner in Navy
I got mine in navy, which is fine since I have lots of black and dark brown eyeliners already. But the color is not what I expected from a navy. In my opinion, it looks more like a deep teal, which I find it quite hard to use as eyeliner on the upper lid. I might only use this with a light hand on the lower lashline for a pop of color.





Luxie Beauty - Tapered Blending Eye Brush 205
I really like this brush already! It's very soft and fluffy, just perfect for what it intended to do - blending!





CoTZ - Face Natural SPF 40
It says "Natural skin tone sheer matter finish lightly tinted" on the packaging. It has an interesting texture like a silicone primer and a dry thick formula. It feels like a pore filling primer and will blur out lines and pores. However, the tint is a bit dark for my skin tone and I don't think I can use that on my face.

Click HERE for more unboxing and review!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Colorful Ombre and Gold Studs

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An uplifting colorful ombre and gold polka dot design that I really like! I painted the base with a white polish and then did the ombre with different bright colors with a sponge on each nail. I did a total of 2 layers of sponging except for the baby blue, which I needed the 3rd layer. At some areas at the tip, I took the brush and added the color directly on to a few gaps that the sponge missed, to intensify the color. Then I finished it  off with a gold stud.

For the fourth finger, I just made some polka dots with a gold glitter polish in alternating sizes (hope you can see it) and we are done!


I really like how these turn out and as you can see, I was trying to pose and took lots of shots with these set of nails. Haha. Have fun and try them out!

Polishes:
White: Sephora Formula X
Blue: Forever 21
Pink: Julep
Green: Nails Inc.
Purple: Laura Mercier


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Easter Bunny Ombre Teal Green Nails

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Another Easter nails this time with the BUNNY!! I started off with the teal color, which is a gorgeous, almost one-coater polish by Nails Inc. But I used 2 coats just to make sure I have a solid base color.  I sponged on some purple on the index and middle fingers, and added some polka dots in different sizes at the tip.

For the bunny, I first used a white nail striper to draw on the long ears, then I used a normal white polish with the brush from the bottle and painted out the head at the nail tip. Then I added the pink inside the ears with a pink polish using a tiny brush.

I used a black Sharpie marker (YES! A Sharpie!) to draw the eyes and then added the white dots with the same white polish I used. I will make a blog about how I use Sharpie markers for nailart soon! Click HERE for other tips and tricks.


Polishes:
Green: Nails Inc.
White: Sephora Formula X
Purple: Laura Mercier


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Friday, May 08, 2015

Dry Brush Technique Spring Colors

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I got quite a few questions asking whether these are nail wraps/stickers. Haha. I painted them on with polishes layer by layer inspired by the colors I saw on the Nike sneakers Kobe 9 Elite. Too bad I did not think of taking photos at each step...




After the grey base is dried, I did the dry brushing of colors in the order of teal, yellow, and purple, using the brush that comes with the nail polish. This technique is extremely simple. 

Tips:
  • Slide the brush off the bottle opening a few times to get the excess polish off
  • Further dry the brush on a piece of paper or tissue.
  • Test out the effect first before applying on your nail.
  • Once you applied the polish, you can drag the polish on the nail by further brushing.
  • Play with different direction of brush strokes to achieve different effects.
  • Have fun!
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Easter Chickadee Textured Nails

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Cuteness overdosed! Love this set of Easter nails so much. Highlight of this is the cracked egg with the little chick. For the cracked egg zigzag shape, I used my pair of crafting scissors to cut a zigzag line on a a sticker tag and taped it about halfway on my fourth finger nail, on the completely dried deep yellow polish. You can read more about using these stickers for nailart on HERE. Then I simply painted the tip with a white polish (it turned yellow-ish almost right away...) and finished with the dotting the eyes and mouth with Sharpie pens.


On the rest of the nails, I just a combo of pastel yellow and baby blue textured finish glitter for the Easter eggs effect. Done!

Polishes:
Pastel Yellow: CND Vinylux
Blue: Gosh
Darker Yellow: Julep

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Pastel Yellow and Purple Jewels Nails

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Simple pastel color half-way blocking nails with jewels! This set is super easy to do! Just like it looks,  I painted my middle and fourth fingers with the yellow and purple half way down the nail. Then I used alternating purple and gold nailart jewels to "cover" the boundary line. I also added some glitter flakes on the rest of the yellow nails and that's it!


Polishes:
Yellow: CND Vinylux
Purple: Laura Mercier
Glitter: Maybeline
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Green and Gold St. Patrick's Nails

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A good St. Patrick's green color polish is really hard to come by! The drugstore certainly does not carry enough option for that. I found lots of green polishes but none was in the right shade that I was looking for... Therefore I went for a more gold combo and have just one accent green nail.

This was a simple St. Patrick's color combo nails I threw together at the last minute. I added four green jewels onto the gold polish trying to mimic the clover (I think that should look better if I was to attempt drawing a clover leave =P) On the green accent nail, I painted a diagonal stripe of gold glitter across while imagining gold coins flying across the sky... haha

An interesting effect happened to the metallic gold polish after I applied a NYC clear top coat and the fast drying Seche Vite top coat. The polish started to wrinkle up after I applied them both. At first, I thought it must be the VERY old bottle of the NYC top coat and I threw it out right away. Later I saw comments on my Instagram that sometimes the fast drying top coat does this to metallic color as it tries to speed up the drying, kind of like shrinking the polish... I think this might be a fun new pattern/effect that I can experiment on later!


Polishes:
Gold - Deborah Lippmann (a duo chrome gold)
Green - Daiso

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Wedding / Elegant / Special Occasion Nails

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I made this set of white pearl french tip elegant nails for a photo shoot because I wanted longer nails for the photos. I didn't want to get a gel or acrylic nail set done because I didn't want my nail beds to get filed, and I would want to change it up right away. So I bought the fake glue-on nails from Daiso along with the decorative pearls and jewels stickers.


The artificial nails set comes in a white french tip and yellowish base. I had to file the tip to round the corners a bit as well as the other end so it fits my cuticle curve nicer. I used a sheer milky soft white polish to paint over the entire nail to cover the yellow color (I put them on my nail wheel with a piece of tape so I could work with them a little easier).


After the polish has completely dried, I simply put the decorative pearly stickers on onto each nail and do a little mix and match! In the morning of my photo shoot I just used the nail glue that came with the set of fake nails to glue them on and that's it! 

Tips:
  • Make sure the fake nails fit your nail bed, go for a bigger one rather than a smaller one if choosing between the two. 
  • Press on the fake nail when gluing for approximately 30 seconds (at least) to make sure it adheres well.
  • Bring the nail glue out with you when wearing these!



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