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Saturday, July 30, 2011

7 things about me tag

I was tagged by the lovely Vita at Making up 4 my age. I've never been tagged before, thanks Vita! :)

1) I'm Korean (legally Australian, but you get my drift)
2) I'm studying to become a pharmacist
3) I cannot live without chocolate
4) I also cannot live without bubbletea
5) I still live with my parents
6) I may be in love with Dr Sheldon Cooper - BAZINGA!
7) I will become a crazy cat lady in my due time

1) Name your favorite colour: Peach, beige, purple, taupe...
2) Name your favorite song: at the moment "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5
3) Name your favorite dessert: Macarons! *drools*
4) What pisses you off: selfish ignorant stubborn people
5) When you're upset you: whinge about it
6) Your favorite pet: my one and only doggie <3
7) Black or White: Black for clothes, white for electronics
8) Biggest Fear: becoming infected by a highly drug-resistant strain of microorganism
9) Best features: forearms? haha
10) Everyday attitude: Leave it for tomorrow - I'm such a procrastinator!
11) What is perfection: having a lazy day, relaxing and eating lots of yummy food with friends
12) Guilty Pleasure: Buying pretty nail polish. I know its not a necessity, but buying polish makes me happy :D

Friday, July 29, 2011

Revlon Matte Suede: Powder Puff

White polish is one of those things which remind me of childhood - good ol' White Out nails *cringe* Revlon's Matte Suede range in Powder Puff, doesn't repulse me though!

The base colour isn't stark white, it leans slightly pink. And it has blue shimmer. Pinky white with blue shimmer! You can see the blue shimmer in the bottle really well here, not so much the nails.

This was 4 coats - because I'm pedantic - but 3 would be enough for full opacity. As I put on more coats the blue shimmer disappeared with each layer which made me really sad *cries*

The finish is somewhat strange. I wouldn't call it matte because of the blue shimmer, but then its not glossy. I'd go with satin?

Another thing - this took FOREVER to dry. You can see some of the marks on my nails from my doona.

I bought Powder Puff a while ago, and actually only put it on for the first time just so I could stamp over it and do a cow print mani. THEN I FAILED. Maybe next time!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Today I don't feel like doing anything

The little getaway to Melbourne was great, but when I take a lil break from blogging it turns into a HUGE break. It takes a while for me to get back into it.

But the real reason is that I've been having major fail with my ENAS soft stamping. I usually do my nails at night, and take picture the next morning. But since I've been so unhappy with my failed attempts, I removed them before I went to bed. Therefore no pictures the next day.

Excuses excuses, right?

Maybe I'm just being a lazy shit:
This is my dog by the way, sometimes I wish I could be her for just one day (so I can sleep all day too).

Thursday, July 14, 2011

ENAS soft-stamping kit arrived! *SQUEEEEEE*

As this scheduled post goes up, I'll be at the King Tut exhibition in MELBOURNE! I've never been so I'm really excited because I've heard so much about the food and shopping. Here's hoping I don't spend too much money on unnecessary things.

Onwards to what turned up on my doorstep on Monday -->

I've been staying away from Konad because I know I will fail miserably. Konad requires one to be speedy, and I'm so slow in general (and especially slow with nails). When I read about ENAS soft stamping, I thought I struck gold! Soft stamping requires you to wait for the polish to dry a little on the plate before you stamp, which I was happy to do.

So I bought an ENAS kit containing two plates, three polishes and a topcoat, as well as two other plates:

This is the back of the pack, just explains how to soft-stamp (thank god I can read Korean, or I'd be like "WTF"):

Here's my first attempt at soft stamping. I ripped it open pretty much as soon as it arrived and applied it on my half-day old mani. I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Celeb City, and to my surprise it worked pretty well!

When I do a full mani using these, I'll post step-by-step pictures.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Finally caved in: BYS Down The Rabbit Hole

I should have just bought the damn thing when it launched. Lately I've been lemming this SO MUCH! After a couple of weeks of hopelessly wandering about discount beauty stores, I gave up. Then two days ago, BAM! It was hiding behind other BYS polishes at my local Cosmetics Plus.
That is how I procured BYS Down The Rabbit Hole. This launched with the mid/late-2010 Wonderland collection. Why didn't I pick it up then? Because I was out of my mind, clearly. Actually I had a good reason back then. I never used to wear dark polishes, last year was my year of brights! But lately I'm loving dark colours as well as anything with glitter/holo.

4 coats for inky-black opacity because of the jelly formula, but the result is pretty so I won't complain too much. Did I mention how pretty it is? I absolutely hate the smell of BYS polishes, but I was willing to sit there and apply 4 coats of DTRH because of the sparkley colours. Am I the only person who can't stand the smell of BYS polishes?

Monday, July 11, 2011

L.A. Girl Color Addict: Extreme

Here is the last of the three L.A. Girl Color Addict polishes I own: Extreme. So I'm guessing the gold shimmer actually IS the common theme across Color Addict polishes, unless gold shimmer just happens to be present in the three I own?

Extreme is a unique shade of periwinkle (how I love you Wikipedia and your "shades of"). The gold shimmer throughout casts an almost green sheen, and I can't help but stare at my nails constantly!

This was three coats, though two could suffice if applied with care. Photos were taken on the second day of wear, and there's only minor tipwear. I love the formula of these, and if it wasn't for my mum nagging me about my constantly expanding stash, I'd buy the rest of Color Addict polishes.

Friday, July 8, 2011

L.A. Girl Color Addict: Intoxicate

"Purple with gold shimmer? YES PLEASE." This was what went through my head when I bought L.A. Girl Color Addict in Intoxicate. I actually picked this up before Delirious, because it looked so pretty in the bottle.

After swatching Delirious, I had high hopes for Intoxicate. I thought the bottle would translate exactly the same on nails. It turns out I shouldn't make assumptions. It may be because of the red-based purple, but on the nail the shimmer takes on a copper tone rather than gold. Or the gold shimmer just isn't as prominent as it is in the bottle.

I still like it and all, but its not as gorgeous as Delirious. In some lights/angles it does look super gold, but generally just coppery shimmer.
Two coats for opacity, and the pictures are with Sally Hansen Mega Shine Topcoat. The topcoat brings out the shimmer a little more, otherwise the polish looks pretty flat.

PS. Excuse the messy application (as in the polish all over my cuticles). I did clean it up after the photos. I think.

PPS. Gotta love scheduled posts. When this goes up, I'll be slaving away at work. Yes, I'm working until 9pm.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

L.A. Girl Color Addict: Delirious

I love my blues and greens, so this is right up my alley: L.A. Girl Color Addict Nail Polish in Delirious. When I first saw this sitting at the chemist, I thought I already had a similar colour so I passed. Then I kept daydreaming about it... so I had to get it xD

Just look at it! How could you say no to that fine gold shimmer? HOW??? (click to maximise the photo and bask in the glory of the gold shimmer) Two coats for opacity, and it applied well without streaking. It is a gorgeous colour and a great pick-me-up for the winter blues. But a day later, I got bored. So I applied NYX Pink Avenue, the only flaky polish I own.

Here's a shot in the shade, because the flakies refuse to be photographed in the sun. I applied two coats here, but maybe I need to do three. Or ten. This just feeds my lemming for other flakies because I know there are better ones out there!

Monday, July 4, 2011

I don't need you, Deborah Lippmann!

Because I have this multicoloured glitter by Hawley Manicure in #92! By the looks of a quick Google search, Hawley Manicure is based in Australia and NZ. I picked this one up from FHAB, a beauty store in Harbour Town Gold Coast. Hawley have a huge range of colours and finishes, and I can't wait to try more :D

Now on to the multicoloured glitter:

PS. Please excuse the atrocious state of my cuticles. I wore this one right after exams, and I tend to nervously pick at my cuticles during exams.

I'm wearing 4 coats in the above pictures. I think next time I would add another coat if I could be bothered. Or wear it over black. Now that I think of it, I don't own a straight black cream polish.

As you can see, the glitter is really small and sparse. The size of the glitter is so small that its comparable to holo particles. At least it's multicoloured glitter right? Riiiight??

Okay I lie, I DO need Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday (or even the Nordstrom "Get This Party Started" set) -_-;;

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Revlon Limited Edition: Ornate Ore

This is a revisited post, following my Molten Metal post. I originally posted Revlon Ornate Ore for Christmas last year. This came up in my comments for Molten Metal, so I wanted to do a revisited post. Ornate Ore was released in the same collection as Molten Metal in 2007 (Thank you Cat, Jaztee and Vita!).

I swear this looks prettier in person, I just couldn't capture the multicoloured sparks. Three coats for opacity and the formula is quite runny- which on the upside translates to fast drying time!

Note to self: wear this polish more often.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mode Cosmetics Nail Enamel: Messed Up

Grurple, greige, poo-colour... whatever you wish to label this colour, I'm in love! *Jenny-colour alert* In some lights it has more purple leanings, but in some it has more brown leanings. The two photos here represent the two end spectrums:

I received Mode Cosmetics Nail Enamel in Messed Up as a birthday present (way back in February) but I'm only getting around to posting it now. This was two coats, and the formula was wonderful - no streaking :D

Once my spending ban is lifted, I need to track these down and buy ALL OF THEM.

I'll run off now to get ready for work :(