Friday, January 29, 2016

Dripping Blood Spooky French Mani

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This Halloween manicure might be my favourite out of all the Halloween nail art I did in October! I also got lots of compliments from friends and on Instagram! 


First I used a white polish by OPI as a base and painted the French tips of the 3 nails.




Then I used a dotting tool to pick up an opaque red and dotted and dragged the "blood" on my 4th finger and thumb. This is actually easy to do as you do not need to be neat here. And just keep using the dotting tool to smooth any edges that you think required.


On the other French tip nails, I used a black nail striper to line the seam and I also added some short vertical lines crossing the seam line to make it look like a patched wound effect!


Products Used:
White - OPI - Alpine Snow
Red - Nickak
Black Striper - Color Club
Dotting Tool
Tiny Pointy Brush

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cute Ghost Face

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We have here a simple not-so-scary ghost face manicure from last Halloween! This is a really quick nailart that you can customize using any other color combinations you like.


I first painted a solid base colors using red, white, and textured gold glitter. I love any textured polishes and this one was by Gosh. It dries quickly and wears pretty well considering I do not apply a top coat over any textured polishes.


Then I simply drew on the face of the ghost on the white nail. I dotted the eyes in different sizes and used a black nail striper to draw the curve of the mouth. Then I just added some pink and outlined the tongue. On the other red nails, I topped them with a chunky glitter and we are done!


Polishes Used:
Red - LA Splash
White - OPI - Alpine Snow
Textured Gold Glitter - Gosh
Black - Sasatinnie
Black Striper - Color Club
Pink - Nails Inc.
Glitter - Revlon - Transforming Effect

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Glossybox Jan 2016 Unboxing & First Impression

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Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription with 5 luxury products which costs $21 USD per month. There is also a little discount if you subscribe to a longer period of time.

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What I got this month:



MeMeMe - Lip Glide in Playful Peach - Full Size
This lip color is very creamy and smooth! I wear all sorts of different colors to match my look of the day and it is quite bright and will be a good spring/summer shade. It is said to have a satin finish but I think it is more to the matte side.



Emite Make Up - Diamond Hear Base Primer - 15 ml
This primer is lotion textured in light salmon color which sheers out to be clear. This is said to be an illuminating primer, but I do not really see the illuminating particles (like those in the Becca shimmering base). I will need to try this and see how the lasting power of this primer is.


Royal Apothic - Body Cream - 35 g
I have seen this brand in Anthropologie and they have perfumes and lotions there. I got the scent in Cutting Garden. This is said to contain milk proteins and lactic acid, which can exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. Cool!



Beautiful Nutrition - Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment - 59 ml
This is an interesting product as I do not own any hair treatment like this one. The instructions said "after shampooing and conditioning, thoroughly saturate hair with Lemon Rinse. Allow it to remain for a few seconds and rinse". This is supposed to remove all the product buildup so the hair is nice and bright again. I don't think I have a big problem with product buildup but I am still excited to try this out!

417 - Foot Nourishing Cream - 50 ml
Lots of creams in one box this month... This is the least exciting product out of all because I normally just use a very thick body cream as my foot cream (and whole body). However, this product said it contains water from the Dead Sea and aloe vera juice so this is some unique cream. I would probably use this as hand/foot/all over body cream.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Candy Corn Nails

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These candy corn nails were very popular on Instagram during Halloween and of course I had to make some myself, especially I got my hands on some real candy corns for my photos!


I first painted orange and white as the base.


On the 2 white nails, I did the gradient color by sponging on orange and yellow polishes. As usual, I used tape to protect the skin around the nail so I would have minimal clean up to do.


On the orange nails, I topped them with a chunky black and white glitter. After applying top coat and we are done! Quick and simple!


Products Used:
White - OPI - Alpine Snow
Orange - Urban Outfitters
Yellow - NYX
Black and White Glitter - Ardene
Sponge

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ipsy Jan 2016 Unboxing & First Impression

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that comes with a new makeup bag and 5 beauty sample products for the price of $10 USD/month.

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This month's makeup bag comes in a colorful glasses and face print pattern which is really cute!

What I got this month:



theBalm Cosmetics - Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner in Rich Bronze - 0.01 oz
I already like the brand theBalm and I am excited to try this! This eyeliner swatches smooth and creamy. I think I will use it on my lower lash-line as it is not dark enough for my upper lash-line that I usually do.



Hikari Cosmetics - Cream Metallic Pigment Shadow in Mink - 0.14 oz
This is a pressed eyeshadow pigment that is in a coppery taupe color with a hint of rose. I quite like this color as I do not really own any shades like this one. It is quite metallic too which I like as a lid color. Excited to try!



pur~lisse - Blue Lotus 4 in 1 Eye Adore Serum - 0.24 oz
This is said to be an eye serum fighting against wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness, while hydrating and lifting the delicate eye area. Sounds pretty good right? It has a clear to milky color with light texture and no scent. I think I will enjoy this!



Mitchell and Peach - English Leaf Body Cream - 1.01 fl oz
I have heard about this brand before from Ipsy and this brand is from England. I like the creamy texture and the light fresh garden scent of this body cream. It says it contains Vitamin E, shea and cocoa butter, and organic English honey. Like!


Beau Gachis Paris - Smudge Brush
This brush is made with a combination of goat/pony/synthetic hair which is quite interesting. I like this size and shape as a crease brush instead of a smudge brush. I usually like a bigger fluffy brush for smudging. I am glad I got this because my current crease brushes are getting worn out. 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Black Cat and Purple Holo

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Here's a hand-drawn black cat with holographic purple manicure. The gorgeous purple polish was Julep's Delores. It is from their liquid holographic line. I saw this polish on my friend's nails and immediate knew I had to get it! Check out the video below for the awesomeness (might not work in some browsers)!




On the accent finger, I changed it to a grey color so I can draw my kitty on. This polish was by Joe Fresh which I got on sale and was not expecting too much from this brand. But surprisingly it applies quite nicely and is comparable to other drugstore polishes!


This was my first time drawing an animal's body on my nails and it took a little while. I used my nail striper and outlined the body then I just filled it in with black polish using a dotting tool. I added a little purple collar for the cat to match the rest of the manicure! 


Polishes Used:
Purple - Julep - Delores
Grey - Joe Fresh
Black Striper - Color Club
Dotting Tool

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Dip Into Pretty Unboxing and First Impression

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Disclaimer: The products featured were provided for review.

Dip Into Pretty (www.dipintopretty.com) makes toe separators (#pedispacers) for pedicure which comes in cute and unique designs. Instead of the traditional toe separators which usually come in a foam material with all separators in one piece, Dip Into Pretty separators come in individual pieces. They are made with silicone and have rounded smooth shapes. 



I tried these pedi-spacers on my toes right away and they are very comfortable to wear! They separate the toes for your polish painting just enough that you almost don't feel them. With traditional toe separators, I try not to walk in them when I am doing my pedicure. If I really needed to, I would walk like a penguin because they are very uncomfortable especially with the thick foam underneath the toes. The individual piece design is pretty brilliant right?


How cute are these sparkling and gem stone style separator? They are definitely jewelries for the feet! Here you can see the tapered hourglass shape of each body which wraps around the curvature of your toes comfortably.



However, I do not recommend wearing these to go out (sometimes a girl gotta be on the go right?) because you can loose them easily since they are in individual pieces and they are very un-detectable that you might not be able to tell if one came out!



Each pack comes with 8 toe separators and a little pouch for storage. 2 separators are bigger for the big toe gap and the rest are the same smaller sizes.


 



There are also some other goodies in the package. How cute are the emoji phone decals by iDecoz? There are also some cool lightning bolts jewelries by Wren + Glory!

Would you try these #pedispacer?
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jack Skellington and Dry Marble

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This combo of red and black with the Jack Skellington is just perfect for a cute and spooky Halloween nailart! I got lots of compliments on this mani on Instagram as well!


The red and silver glitter polishes are both textured nail polishes which I am in love with at the moment! They are just so fun and special. I painted them over a solid base. See below for all products used. 


On my index finger, I painted a nude base color and did dry marble effect with plastic bag technique using red and black. Click HERE for a more detailed description on how I do plastic bag mani! In short, I put drips of color that I wanted and used a piece plastic bag or wrap to lightly press over the wet drips so the colors kind of marble and blend together. 


On the middle finger, I used my black nail striper to draw on the mouth of Jack Skellington and used a dotting tool to draw on the big eyes, then we are done!


Products Used:
Red - Quo
Nude - Nails Inc.
Black - Cover Girl
Red Glitter - OPI Liquid Sand
Black/Silver Glitter - Sephora Formula X
Black Nail Striper - Color Club
Quick Dry Drops - Julep
Dotting Tool
Plastic Bag

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bats Attack on Ombre Blue

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Here's a spooky night time bats attack manicure! I was quite happy with the hand-drawn bats on the accent finger!


First I painted a solid base color using various shades of blue.


On the 4th finger, I used a sponge to make the gradient/ombre effect using a mid-tone and a dark blue. As always, I used a piece of tape to protect the skin around the nail so I would have minimal clean-up to do from the sponging.


After the ombre layers had dried, I used my black nail striper to draw the bats on. I started by drawing the outline of the bigger bat and then I filled it in. And I added two more smaller bats below it. 


On the thumb and middle finger, I added a black holographic glitter on the dark blue nail color and this color is so gorgeous that I couldn't stop looking at it while moving it under the light!


On the second and pinky finger, I topped the blue polish with a black chunky glitter to give it an extra boost. After applying top coat and we are done!


Products Used:
Light Blue - Sally Hansen #240
Medium Blue - China Glaze
Dark Blue - Sephora Formula X
Black - Sasatinnie
Holographic Black - Claire's
Black Glitter - Sephora Formula X
Sponge

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