Rainbow Honey : Oni, The Yokai Collection

I’m gonna show you an awesome polish today. It is from the trio of polishes that Rainbow Honey recently came out with for their Yokai Collection.
oni, the malevolent wild demon
 
According to wiki, oni is a mountain ogre that is depicted to have red, blue, brown or black skin! I think Dee really depicted this in the polish. Don’t believe me? Let me tell you why I think so.Well, oni has a darkened-brown or rather a charcoal base and is packed with gold shimmer, bronze glitter and glass flecks that flash gold, brown and the occasional purple. It is indeed an intense polish.
I don’t know if it was intentional, but oni actually shade shifts! At first I thought it to be a dark brown polish. But as I wear it, I’ve seen it looking more black, olive (!) and even a nice milk chocolate-y brown under yellow lights!

Brown
Don’t you think this looks olive-y?
Charcoal
And Black!!
oni is a rather posh color. It is dark and mysterious but has really good shimmer throughout!As much as it is a dark polish, the gold shimmer in it makes it a work friendly polish. Especially in the Fall!

Shimmmeeerrrr!!
Application was the polish is awesome, even better than kitsune in fact! It covered nicely in 2 thin coats and doesn’t come off as gritty. I am not wearing any top coat in these photos by the way.

I think I caught a red flash as I was typing this out! And the polish is starting to look more and more like Oreos! or maybe S’mores! *chocolate I love you tons!*

It actually looks really Olive in the photo below!!

Are you wondering why I have not showed you why I think Dee depicted this polish just like the description on an oni in wiki? Go back up again and look closely. You would see that I have a few slanted words. Write them out. What do you see?? 😛

A blurry photo to show of the shimmer! 🙂

Remember these polishes are LIMITED EDITION!! Do hurry on by Rainbow Honey’s website to grab them before they are gone!
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Rainbow Honey : The Yokai Collection

Dee has outdone herself again! Have you seen her newest collection? Unlike her other collections, The Yokai Collection are not just glitter toppers this time – they are stand alone colors. Really pretty stand-alone colors. Dee contacted me a while back to ask if I would like to review her new collection. Of course I said yes! I love her creations! But instead of getting the polishes long before the launch date (October 13th) I only received my package on the 17th. Which is really quite typical of international shipping.
At first I was thinking, maybe Dee might not send me a package because I am so far away! But when it did show up, I was happy beyond belief! I was grinning – like this 😀 – the whole time from my post box to my office.
Enough chit chat from me! Let me show you the pretty polishes~
Of course I have to show you Rainbow Honey’s famous box packaging! There’s an ingredient list, big 3 free disclaimer and of course the little window for you to peek at the polish inside!
The Yokai (妖怪) literally means monster. In the Japanese culture, it stands for the supernatural monsters form Japanese folklore. Dee, picked 3 of these yokais – kitsune, oni and kawako.

kitsune
oni
kawako

Since I got these babies late, I will be featuring them one at a time to give them all the attention they deserve!

First up is kitsune, the magical fox – the nine-tailed fox from Japanese folkore that is! kitsune is a lovely polish. It is a nude-peach polish packed will a whole lot of glitter. There is a good amount of gold glitter and glass flecks, hex glitters of red, green and brown and I think I spied a few holo glitters in there too!!

kitsune, like the magical nine-tailed fox, is a shapeshifter. It looks more on the yellow side on me as compared to the polish in the bottle and on other bloggers. I rather like this quality actually, always something new 🙂

Application of kitsune was lovely. Even though it is packed with glitter, it applied easily and evenly. All I needed was 2 coats to achieve the opacity in these photos. I did not use any top coat in these photos. You can see that it did dry a little gritty but nothing a thick coat of top coat can’t solve!
Oh yes, did I mention these polishes are LIMITED EDITION! That is the reason why I was soooo happy that I got them! Do hurry on to Rainbow Honey’s SHOP to grab them before they sell out! Of course, remember to follow them on Facebook as well as their blog for more updates!
These polishes were provided to me for review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced by the company.
Honestly though, I was beating myself over how I wouldn’t stand a chance to get these polishes because of my No-Buy. If I wasn’t on a No-Buy I would definitely bought all the polishes in a heart beat!

The Hungry Asian : Belle

I have an awesome polish for you today! It’s Belle by Kae from The Hungry Asian. Belle was made with Kae’s dog in mind. As a dog lover myself, I find this really sweet! On to the polish, Belle is a sheer milky base with small pink hex glitter and medium brown hex glitter. I especially love the pink and brown combination. You seldom see that around!
Artificial Lighting
The last I used this polish was as accent nails in this manicure. Back than I layered it over a light pink polish but this time I am going with just 3 coats of Belle. As before, the glitters come out with no problem and it applies really smooth. Just your usual top coat routine should suffice.
Belle might be a white based polish but surprisingly when I took some outdoor photo of this manicure it took on a pink hue; as if I painted it over pink!

I love Kae’s creations and am thinking to get her newer colors – if I weren’t on a No-Buy! She does have a fall and Halloween line coming up soon!! It looks great from what I have seen on Fcaebook.

If you are interested to buy some polishes from Kae, do pop by her Etsy shop to grab them. Also, do follow her Facebook page for updates on her products.

Apple anyone?

When the little flower fell of my finger last night, I knew exactly what I wanted to add on to my nails! Just a few days prior to this mani I came across a back to school mani by Margaret from Holy Manicures. I really liked the idea and she even had a step-by-step tutorial fr it.
This was really easy to do and it does add a cute quirkiness to the overall look. I only did the apple accent nail from Margarets tutorial because I didn’t want this mani to be too busy for work. Yep! I wore this to work and someone actually did notice the apple! 😀

I used OPI Big Apple Red, OPI Alpine Snow (White), Cult Nails Feeling Froggy (Green) and Tulum (Brown).

Cult Nails Baker

My Cult Nails polishes have been sitting in the drawer for too long!! And if you read my post yesterday you’d know that I have just stocked up on some really awesome polishes. Without further ado, let me present to you Baker!
Baker has, in Maria’s own words, a rich butterscotch/tan creme base with the right amount of gold shimmer for a golden glow! I concur! This polish is an awesome nude which is totally different from all the other nudes I have. Aside from having a shimmer base, the color is really unique in my stash. I really have no other polish like this.
I used 2 coats of Baker in these photos topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast of course!! One thing about Cult Nails polishes that I really love is the combination of it’s brushes and formula! Although their brush is kinda small compared to OPIs ProWide brushes, it is tons easier to control. I admit I am not all that good at polish application but when I do use Cult Nails polishes, clean up is always minimal!
Plain nails are never my thing! To add some interest to this mani I added a flower nail art sticker on to my ring finger. I placed the sticker half on my nail and the rest on my finger just for fun. I was going out for drinks so I thought – why not! The stickers are relatively inexpensive anyways.

Don’t you think it looks cuter this way! It lasted around 6 hours if i remember correctly. It was six hours of doing nothing mind you. I remember doing quite a bit of washing and cleaning and also had shower in with this on!

Signing off with a photo from my instagram feed!

Paris Sparkles: Chataigne

I did a pedicure with a glitter polish I got from etsy quite some time ago – Chataigne by Paris Sparkles. Chaitaigne is French for chestnuts and this color is really quite close to it. Chaitaigne is a mixture of brown and bronze glitters in a clear base.
This glitter polish is jammed pack with glitter I tell you! If you are lazy, you could easily get away with one thick coat. It is rather gritty so I used 2 layers of Seche Vite to smoothen it out.
***** WARNING  *****
Toe pics after the jump!

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Dress Me Up!

Ahh!! I had a really busy doing nothing weekend. I spent both Friday and Saturday night out with friends which led me to not getting my usual sleep. Getting only 4 hours of sleep, I woke at 7 in the morning on Saturday; but I was lucky it did not repeat again on sunday. I had a good 8 hour sleep in! I wanted to do a quick mani Sunday night but was too tired to do so. I actually fell asleep just after i removed my previous mani.
Today’s mani was actually done at the office during lunch! This is 2 coats of China Glaze Dress Me up topped with Essence’s Quick Dry topcoat.
Taken under the evening sun
I love the creaminess of Dress Me Up. The colour is a rich dusty rose creme. Some would find this color rather boring and granny-like but I guess it is up to ones personal preference. I think I mentioned before that this polish resembles OPI’s Barefoot in Barcelona. While it looks similar, they are actualy quite different. GC DMU is much warmer and has more red in it than OPI BiB.
Artificial lighting bleaches this color a little, making it more like BiB
The second part of this post is a review on Essence’s quick dry topcoat. This is my third time using it and it dissapoints me once again. My mani dented and got scratched badly even after a whole hour of waiting. Just look at the photos below!
Right Hand: Scratched and dented
This little line is made from a piece of tape getting stuck on my nail!
Left hand: A closer look at the big scratch on my middle finger
I have read many good reviews on this top coat but I think it just doesn’t work for me. I definitely will not throw it out but I think a SV is much needed in my emergency stash!