Christmas Jumper Nails with Zoya Elisa

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Hey everyone! I finally have the first Christmas manicure up on the blog today (: This was done using Zoya Elisa (obtained through the nail mail swap we had previously) and a white Uniball Signo gel pen. I was inspired by a couple of Christmas jumper nails after a search on google, and this manicure is sort of a mash together of all of them, as well as my own idea! So, without further ado, here are the nails~

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I used a base of Zoya Elisa, a gorgeous red polish which a gorgeous shine. It has an almost chrome-like metallic finish and is perfect for Christmas! This polish is from Zoya’s Diva Collection for Fall 2012.

I then drew in the jumper patterns on each individual nail with my gel pen.

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I rarely wear red nail polish on its own as they are a bit too bloody looking on me for my taste, but I loved this manicure so much that I decided to stop swatching and wear it as a full manicure! 😀

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I thus added in a reindeer(with polka dots, which act as falling snow) on my thumb nail. I top coated everything when it was dry, but the red polish bled through, turning all the white parts, pink! ): I definitely preferred the stark white but I still rolled with it.

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The reindeer was done freehand, as was all the other designs, and I simply followed a reindeer silhouette on google. Many of my friends were fascinated with my nails and they even thought the designs were nail decals!

I’m really happy with how the reindeer turned out. (: I had to draw it twice in order to achieve something I was satisfied with, but it was worth it. Also, the beauty of using gel pens is that it can be washed off with water before it dries so you don’t need to wipe off the entire base polish. ^^

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Stay tuned for more Christmas manicures, and Happy Tuesday! ~

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Ulta3 Over The Rainbow- Swatch & Review

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Hey everyone! Another week has flown by and it’s already Saturday :O Hope all of you have had a great week so far!

Today I have another polish which my mum brought back from her trip to Melbourne, Ulta3’s Over The Rainbow. I was on my hunt on the web looking for Australian drugstore brands and came across a swatch of this on More Nail Polish, which you can view here, and fell in love. :3 Without further ado, let’s jump into the swatches!

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Over The Rainbow is basically multicoloured glitter suspended in a clear base. I wanted to be different and not showcase the glitter over black, so I went with a pearl base- I think this was Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl.

I did have a little bit of problem getting out a lot of glitter, but this could be due to me not suspending/giving the bottle a good shake before application. Other than that, I had no other problems.

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I applied 2 thin coats.

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I do love the look of it over the pearl base, and I think this polish is very versatile, but of course perhaps a darker base will really make it pop. This combination somehow reminds me of a circus…though I should have gone with a few more coats of glitter to really get a ‘confetti’, sparkly effect!

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I think I need to try this in a jelly sandwich next time. My mum also purchased 2 bottles of Over The Rainbow for me, as the store she went to was having a buy 2 get 1 free promotion (or something similar) going on. I therefore have abundance of this glitter polish to spare, hehe! ^^

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Black x Neon

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Hey everyone, happy hump day! Today I have short post featuring a manicure done using Born Pretty Store studs.

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So I did these nails for Saturday as I went to Zouk for the first time, which is a rather popular club in Singapore, especially among the teenagers.

I used a base of The Face Shop BK901, a gorgeous black polish with duochrome shimmer — although I’ve recently spotted some flashes of fuschia/red aside from the usual purple to blue, so I’m not really sure what to call it anymore! The studs are from the Born Pretty Store and I purchased the full wheel of neon nail art studs. It comes with a variety of colours and you can check it out here.

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I chose the less bright colours for the studs this time round, as I wanted it to sort of match my dress which I wore that night, which was white with black geometric triangles and patterns. This is also why I did my ring finger and thumb nail in a triangular and v-shape respectively with the studs. (:

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I’ve heard that the studs glow under UV light, but I unfortunately couldn’t put them to the test! ): I have a feeling the brighter colours would glow better under the light though!

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On the prowl…

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Hey lovelies, Happy Tuesday! (:

Quick post today- this manicure was done quite sometime back but somehow I never posted it, so here’s its time to shine on the blog today. It’s a simple manicure really, done using Docile polishes, namely D217 & D218 as well as a black Uniball Signo gel pen.

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I did the leopard print as an accent french tip(sort of french tip, considering I didn’t really leave it as a naked nail) using my gel pen over Docile 218, a gorgeous shimmery silver. The other nails were done using Docile 217, an almost gunmetal silver-grey polish.

All nails were around 2-3 coats if I recall correctly, and absolutely shimmered under the light. These photos were taken late at night as that was when I was doing my swatching…

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Face of Australia- Ferris Wheel

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Helloooo gorgeous!

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

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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.

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Face of Australia- Masquerade

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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. (:

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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.

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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

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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.

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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! ^^

 

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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.

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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?

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Hidden beauty in a bottle- The Face Shop BK901

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Hey lovelies! A quick post before I head back to doing more school work! ): If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you may have seen me post a picture of this gorgeous base I used for my manicure(you’ll see this post on Monday ^^). Also, I’ve been working on stud earrings for the shop, Little Rain Designs, which will go up soon! (P.S: I’ll be taking pre-orders for the Halloween collection, so watch this space! Stocks will be limited!)

Okay on to the nails I have! Here’s The Face Shop BK901.

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I picked this baby up when I popped into The Face Shop awhile back, and I fell in love once I picked up this bottle. I didn’t manage to capture it here but it flashes purple, blue, red, green…all at the same time. I would like to add that a search mentioned this was a holo shimmer polish, but to me it was more of…duochrome/multichrome shimmer?

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I tried desperately to capture the beauty happening on my nails. Once applied, the black does take dominance over the shimmer, with only some purple glinting through if you look hard enough in the shade. Outdoors or under light, the flashes of shimmer start to play. Of course my iphone camera wasn’t playing nice…but if you look in the photos hard enough, you can see what I mean…yes? ><

I used 2 coats for application, no issue with formula here!

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I honestly could stare at my nails all day!

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I had this on for probably 5 days, and I could see some minor tip wear after 3 days(photos to come). Of course, black polishes tend to wear quicker; and I was also doing all the normal daily work/chores so… it held up pretty well I guess! (: There was also the tough part of leaving my entire mani on longer cause I had the urge to remove it… hehe.

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I actually find that The Face Shop is starting to have more interesting polishes, which is a good thing cause they are much more affordable(SGD$5.90), and quite unique too! 😀

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Yes I’m alive! + swatch & review of Polished by KPT thermals~

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Hey dears! Apologies for the long absence, university does that to you! I see we have new followers, and I’m so happy about that! Welcome everyone! ^^ ❤ For those who don’t know, I’m the other half of this blog- running it with Bethanie :3 Luckily she has been updating the blog daily cause she’s currently on holiday (although she’s starting her internship already!).

Okay enough chit-chat, I’m just popping in for this quick swatch and review of 2 of my beautiful thermals from Polished by KPT. Apologies in advance for the photos, I didn’t take these using my digital camera, but with my iphone 4. ><

Today I have Blue is Beautiful and Molybdenum for you.

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First, Blue Is Beautiful. Photos show 3 thin coats by itself, top coated with Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

This polish is described as a “Dark blue scattered holo with a fading thermal effect and small blue glitters.” This is simply beautiful.

When in the warm state, which was what it was most of the time on me, it was a cornflower/grey colour. Gorgeous. :3 When cold, it turns blurple. The glitters are apparent in both states, but pops out so much more when cold! I had fun brushing my hands against icy cold drinks…^^

I did have some issue with the formula though, it was jelly-like, a bit thick so it took effort to get a nice application. Once I got the hang of it though, it was smooth-sailing. (:

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Molybdenum is described as “pewter-like colour changes to a silvery chrome like finished when warm. ” Part of “The Transition Elements Volume I” collection as “in their natural state, the nail polishes mimic the colours of these elements, hence, the reason for their names.” Photos show 2 coats.

Oh my goodness. This polish is PEWTER-FUL.<3 It is like a gunmetal grey colour- I loved it in both states. Application was really easy for this one too, as compared to Blue Is Beautiful. Went on like buttah. Here, I’ve matched it with Happy Hands Nail Polish Afternoon Thunderstorms for my accent nail.

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Managed to capture the transitioning effect!

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Bottom line- I need moar thermals in my life! My friends were fascinated by my nails and would constantly hold up my hands to observe the colour change! Definitely a good conversational starter ^^

I purchased my polishes during a pre-order which Shoppe Eclecticco awhile back. Polished by KPT can be bought directly from their store(US only), or various other international retailers! (:

*P.S: the labels of the nail polish bottles are NOT waterproof- I found out the hard way and lost the pretty labels.. T~T

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Indie polish love~

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Hey loves, been so busy that blogging has seriously taken a back seat for now! Also, there’s some personal changes which I have been thinking about and slowly taking steps to change in my life, so sorry about the small breaks in hearing from me! I’ve also neglected our polish jewellery shop but thankfully I have Bethanie to back me up!

Okay anyways~ Here’s a manicure which I wore sometime back in August! I really really love all the indie polishes..if only I had more money to purchase them heh! This features Femme Fatale Cosmetics Glinting Lodestone and Lacquer Lust Sky’s The Limit.

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I think I used 2-3 thin coats of Sky’s The Limit and one lovely coat of Glinting Lodestone over Revlon Black Lingerie. It’s so pretty…:3 and I feel both polishes really go well together! ^^ No problems with any application, and I simply love the bottles. ❤

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Glinting Lodestone is described as “a dark navy jelly full of teal, blue, green, purple and highlighted by flashes of orange. ” When I heard it was going to be discontinued, I immediately snapped mine up at Beauty So Fly with a couple other beauties. Have I ever mentioned that I want to “BUY ALL THE FEMME FATALE COSMETICS” ? :3

Sky’s The Limit is described as “a baby blue linear holo.” Been wanting this shade for ages, and managed to get mine from Shoppe Eclecticco during an offer!

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Hopefully university will settle down soon(haha I’m kidding myself) but I’m having a really great time with all the people there! (: With luck I should be able to tend to the shop soon!

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