Face of Australia- Ferris Wheel

*Purchased By Me

TGIF! We’re down to the last bottle from the 3 FoA polishes I have from the Carnivale Collection ): Nonetheless, this last bottle is as stunning as the first two (:

[P.S: I found out that today is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and I actually wanted to post something related to that, but boo~ the polish isn’t swatched yet ):]

Anyways~ Today I have Face of Australia- Ferris Wheel for you guys. ^^ I initally saw this over at SoNailicious’ blog and went- I need this. I also actually wanted Bird of Paradise too, but I resisted…and maybe, just maybe, I’m regretting that decision a teeny bit.



Ferris Wheel is a gorgeous textured blue-green polish with silver hex glitters.


It’s actually possible for it to be opaque in one coat, however I did 2 coats for some nails for even coverage.

I looove the shine.



No issues with formula and application here. The polish is a little thick, but careful application of thinner coats will suffice. (:

Here is Ferris Wheel with top coat on the middle and ring fingers.


Helloooo gorgeous!

Top coat darkens it slightly and of course, provides that smooth glassy finish. I love it both ways.



I requested my mum to purchase this for me as I really wanted a blue textured polish which did not stain. Of course perhaps my wear time wasn’t as long(I only wore this for close to 15 minutes or less for swatching), but there was no apparent staining which is good, especially since I’ve heard of polishes which stained your nails after a few minutes, ugh.

Ferris Wheel, like Masquerade, fills a lovely gap for me in my stash (: No regrets for purchasing it.



Face of Australia- Masquerade

*Purchased By Me

Happy Wednesday my dears! Continuing with the 3 gorgeous polishes from Face of Australia’s Carnivale Collection, today I have a simply beautiful, glittery purple goodness known as Masquerade for you. (:

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Masquerade is a beautiful deep purple textured polish, with small silver and purple hex glitters. I used 2 coats without any issue with formula and application.



I love how it flashes at different angles…I can never get tired of seeing it on my nails! 😀


I actually wanted Masquerade as I missed out on the opportunity to get Zoya Carter from the Fall PixieDust Collection ): This polish thus comes close to filling my gap in my stash for a purple textured polish!


The feeling of the texture is rather pleasant(of course this could be just me as I love textured polishes! ^^) and will not snag on any clothing.

The last two pictures show Masquerade with top coat on the middle and ring fingers.



Top coat does appear to darken the polish even more, although that could be my own imagination! Regardless, I love it all the same. (:

As it is near impossible for me to get my hands on Zoya Carter, Masquerade is a great alternative for me, and is beautiful in her own way. (:


Face of Australia- Midnight Fireworks

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Hey dearies! My finals are officially over so I’ve been spending the time swatching in preparation to get our blog back on a regular blogging schedule! Today, I have a polish from Face of Australia’s Carnivale Collection for you guys.



Face of Australia  is one of Australia’s leading cosmetic brands, and I requested my mum to bring back three of their polishes from their recent Carnivale Collection when she was on holiday in Melbourne. This collection consists of 8 textured polishes, and today, I have a swatch and review of Midnight Fireworks. :3




Midnight Fireworks is a gorgeous golden textured polish, infused with silver glitters that sparkle at every angle. There also appears to be a beautiful shimmer running throughout the polish. Yum. Reminds me of sunlight glinting off a sandy beach.

Also, if you clicky-click this link here, I do agree that this polish fits its name well! It does give off a golden sparkler vibe.



I had no issue with formula and application, this is 2 coats, sans top coat (it is a textured polish afterall) (:

The second coat was only needed to even out some patchy areas on certain nails when applied. The texture is nice to the touch, and I think it’s good enough to hold its own with Zoya PixieDusts and OPI Liquid Sands! ^^



This shade did turn out darker on me as compared to swatch photos I’ve seen online, but I still like the look of it and think it’s a great alternative to O.P.I Honey Ryder from the Bond Girls Collection. (I don’t own the OPI version, so unfortunately I’m not able to make a comparison post) Not to mention that the price difference is almost half! 

I also tried applying top coat to my middle and ring fingers to see if there was any difference.




As you can see, there isn’t much of a difference as the original textured polish had plenty of shimmer within it. Top coat did appear to darken the colour slightly, but that was the only thing I could tell between the two.

I can’t wait to do some beach inspired nails with this polish. 😀

Do you guys own any Face of Australia polishes?



Peaceful Moons

Hey everyone! I am finally back with a post 🙂 I decided to continue on with the 31dc2013 even though I am a few months late, but its better late than never right? Haha!

Well the theme for Day 18 was Half Moons and I decided to try out some Watercolour Nails. I found out about this method when Chalkboard Nails did it for Day 7 of the challenge and I loved the effect! To me it felt like a mystical and enthralling spell…

The tutorial can be found on Beautygeeks and after watching it, this is what I came up with!

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I only used two colours for this look: Topshop Airplane and Zoya Kimber. I specifically chose this two as they blended well together to give the effect of peaceful waters.


Hope you liked it!

Till next time,


Nail Deck’s Final Clearance Sale + our own updates <3

Hey dears! Sorry for the lapse in the posts after the 11 days of Halloween! I’ve been really busy preparing for my final assessment submissions so this blog has yet again been neglected. ): After that though, I’ll be able to get back to a regular blogging schedule with luck! Anyways, I’ll like to thank everyone again for joining us and many thanks and love to the fellow bloggers who kindly took some time out to do a guest post for us! 😀 ❤

(I’m currently working on a collage photo of all the manicures so if any of my readers missed out on a day, you can click through to follow the link) [photo to come soon]

I’m also so sorry for the lapse in replies to all your wonderful and sweet comments! Bethanie and I will be slowly getting back to them over these few days! x


Anyways, here’s something for all of you! Nail Deck , a Singapore based online nail polish shop, is closing down for good D: I’ve become friends/acquaintances with the owner through this site and ordering, so it’s quite sad to see it officially closing down. My Zoya supplies are now gone. D: )’:


The owner will be focusing mainly on his full time job now as it is quite tough for him to juggle both at once (a feeling I totally get) He is thus having a final clearance sale with really, really good deals. Oh yes, everything’s legit, and there’s good service (:

Okay, just clicky-click through the link to take you to the google spreadsheet. He ships internationally as long as there are no polish regulations. All details can be found here.


Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest post by Will Paint Nails For Food

Hey lovelies! We’ve come to the end of the eleven days of Halloween Guest Post Week- hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves! (: Today’s guest post comes from Meghan of Will Paint Nails For Food- she’s without doubt one of my favourite bloggers due to her impeccable nail art, and I was so excited when she agreed to guest post for us! 😀 So let’s see what she has created~



The Gashlycrumb Tinies

When Xin Yu and Bethanie originally contacted me to do a guest blog post on the theme of Halloween, I’ll admit that I was initially hesitant. See, I’m not really into Halloween nail art, in fact I didn’t do a single Halloween design last year. But I accepted the invitation as a challenge to try my hand at some spooky designs, so I hope you like what I came up with!


My inspiration came from the 1963 book The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. It’s a small little book about a group of children who are killed off in unfortunate ways. If you are not familiar with the book you can check it out here.


The combination of the innocent children, the rather morbid humour, as well as the writing itself (the whole book rhymes), makes it the perfect Halloween source. I took the imagery from the cover, which shows the Grim Reaper with a group of children, and the back cover, which shows a group of tombstones.


I used only two polishes – Orly Liquid Vinyl for the black, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the white. I worked slowly with a tiny brush to try to get as much detail as possible. I also like to use nail polish thinner (not remover!), which makes the polish easier to paint with, and it also allows for lighter washes.


I hope you like this design as much as I do. And thanks to Xin Yu and Bethanie for inviting me to do a guest post on their blog!

-Meghan, Will Paint Nails for Food



Thanks so much Meghan! I love your nail art and am intrigued by the book! It’s really fascinating…and a rather spooky way to start off Halloween, I may say!

Have a happy Halloween, everyone! (:


Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest post by Polish Alcoholic

Hey lovelies! It’s the eve of Halloween- are you feeling the spooky fun factor yet?

Today’s guest post comes from Sabrina of Polish Alcoholic I always love what she comes up with for nail art, and she has an awesome polish shop too! ^^ So let’s take a look at her creation…


Hi everyone!

My name is Sabrina, also known as Polish Alcoholic. I’m so honored that Xin Yu and Bethanie, the girls behind Lacquered by Blue Vanilla asked me to guest post at their lovely blog! Since Halloween is right around the corner they couldn’t have chosen a better theme than that. Here’s my Halloween inspired mani:Guest post HalloweenTurn off the light and let the fun begin!Guest post Halloween1For this mani I’ve used two coats of my own glow in the dark polish that will be released beginning December, over a white base. After that was completely dry I used a black nail polish and painted some spiderwebs, ghosts and a big spider 😀

I’d love to see what everyone else is coming up with for this Halloween.

Thanks for having me on your lovely blog girls!

Happy polishing!



Thanks again Sabrina! I’m in love with that glow in the dark polish!! This is such an awesome manicure and glow in the dark polishes just made it even better! 😀


Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest Post by Brijit’s Digits

Hey lovelies! Hope you’ve been enjoying these eleven days so far! We’re nearing the end…but there’s still 3 more days to go so keep coming back! 😀 Today’s post comes from Brijit of Brijit’s Digits– she’s amongst the first few blogs I’ve followed when we first started out on WordPress and I look forward to her nail posts. (: So let’s see what she has created for us today!


Hi there!

I’m very flattered to have been asked by Xin Yu to do a guest post for Lacquered By Blue Vanilla‘s Hallowe’En series! My favourite part about blogging is definitely the lovely people that it puts me in contact with. (Yep, even more than buying tonnes of nail polish “for the blog”!)

For those of you who don’t know me, I blog over at Brijits Digits, and I’m an English girl living in France. So, I grew up celebrating Hallowe’En, getting dressed up, going trick-or-treating, and now I live in a country where it isn’t really celebrated. Which makes me kinda sad, since it was always my favourite occasion!

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Though I don’t go around dressed up any more (and I’m a little old for trick-or-treating now…), I do still make a Jack O’Lantern for the occasion 🙂 these carved pumpkins do tend to go soggy after a few days, so I usually do it the day before the 31st, and light it at night (outside, on the patio) to keep us safe for the nights when the veil between our world and the next is thin. Okay, so no, I’m not all spiritual about it… But it looks pretty, haha! So naturally, a pumpkin lantern was the inspiration for this post!

The base colour that I used is Models Own Zest a Peal, an acidic, shimmery orange. It’s pretty sheer, so I used 4 coats! Still, it dried quite quickly, and I think it’s the perfect colour…

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The detail is just sketched on using my trusty Barry M Nail Art Pen in black. I let the orange polish dry really well before applying, so was able to play around a bit and wipe it off again to get it just right 🙂

I used a bit of empty space around the edges of the index (pointer) and little (pinkie) finger, to get a rounded feel to my pumpkin. Then I added some curved lines going up and down, as pumpkins aren’t exactly smooth and round! And of course, the happy little not-so-scary face!

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So what do you think? I’d love to hear about how everyone else celebrates (or doesn’t) Hallowe’En!

Of course, a big thank you to Xin Yu ❤ for inviting me along to guest post. I’ve been following for a while and love seeing Lacquered By Blue Vanilla‘s nail art!



Thanks so much Brijit! I love this manicure and the pumpkin looks really adorable- it makes me smile! (: I’ve never celebrated Halloween before, as most Singaporeans don’t seem to have this custom…but I feel like dressing up this year and the next! 😀


Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week! |Guest post by Vic and Her Nails

Hey dears! Hope you’re having a fang-tastic week! 😀 For today’s guest post, we have Victoria of Vic and Her Nails. I got to know her blog from the OMD Challenge, and am in love with her nail art! Let’s see what she has created…. (:
Hello readers of Lacquered by Blue Vanilla!
First off I have to say that I’m very honoured to be invited by Xin Yu to do a guest post for this blog. I really love this blog from the start so it’s quite exciting that I’m posting on it! Big thanks to Xin Yu and Bethanie for having me here.
Today I want to share with you my halloween nails. I decided to choose Dracula as my inspiration here.
To create this look, I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear – Bamboo Shoot (light nude colour), Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear – Brick Wall (dark red), OPI – I Only Date Werewolves (black), OPI – He’s My Boo (orange), and Etude House – #BK801 (textured black with red glitter).
For my four fingers, I started with three coats of Sally Hansen Bamboo Shoot as my base. Then I painted the blood using the Sally Hansen Brick Wall and OPI I Only Date Werewolves. Last I topped them off with a coat of Revlon Super Top Speed 60 Second Top Coat.
For the thumb, first I started with one coat of OPI He’s My Boo and when it completely dried, I made the gradient using Sally Hansen Brick Wall and OPI He’s My Boo with a make up sponge. Then I painted the castle and those big birds using OPI I Only Date Werewolves and a mini stripper (boo hoo, I don’t have any detail brush… yet!). For the land, I used Etude House #BK801. Last I applied top coat to smooth it out.
Thank you Xin Yu and Bethanie for asking me to do a guest post, and thanks for reading. I hope you all enjoyed it!
You can see me around on my blogInstagram, and Pinterest.
God bless you

Thanks so much Victoria, for guest posting for me! (: I am in love with this manicure- especially the thumb nail!! ^^ I’m sure my readers enjoyed this gorgeous manicure too.♥

Have a great Halloween in advance! ~


Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Halloween Skittle Manicure by Xin Yu

*Purchased By Me

Hello my lovelies, have a good Sunday!

It’s my turn to show you my Halloween themed nail art for this guest post week! ^^ Honestly I’ve never celebrated Halloween before, but I always thought the idea of trick and treating, dressing up, carving pumpkins was really cool! I even did some googling on the significance of Halloween heh.

Here in Singapore, though we do have a Halloween Horrors event, many Singaporeans don’t really have the tradition of celebrating it- it’s not even an official holiday here! Nonetheless, I persevered and finally came up with a skittle manicure which I had fun doing.


For my index finger, I painted The Face Shop PP404, a gorgeous shimmery purple which dries with a bit of matte/texture. I then added some spiderwebs using my silver Uniball Signo pen.


My middle finger is an eyeball design, painted using H&M White, with the rest of the details done using my gel pens. I even tried using highlighter on my nails for the first time- the blue is done using that hehe!


And as I’m a cat lover, no Halloween manicure can be completed without my favourite black cat. I used The Face Shop BK901, a beautiful polish with duochrome shimmer for the base, and added in the whiskers and eyes using my white and gold Uniball Signo gel pens respectively.

Meow! My black cat from Emily the Strange appears in the shot above. :3 I actually don’t know if its one of the original 4 cats, and if it is, I’m guessing it’s either Mystery or Sabbath.


My pinky finger was painted simply with 2 coats of Layla Ceramic Effect No 53, a drool-worthy flakie polish. Unfortunately the gorgeousness of this polish was not captured on my nail here. ): This reminded me of blood…albeit pretty one.

And for a silly “hold all the bottles just for the fun of it” shot:



Hope you guys are feeling the Halloween vibes!