CrowsToes Frogs’ Breath

Tadaa!
I told you that I would definitely add to my nude little manicure!

I busted out CrowsToes Frogs’ Breath for this manicure. I love a good glitter gradient and thought that these were the best things on a nude base. A little touch of glam on my tips if you may.

I even managed to get sun (evening) shots of my nails for this manicure!

If you look properly you can actually see the stains on my nails through Barre My Soul. I think it was the gold in Frogs’ Breath that brought out the yellow in my nails.
Though the yellow shows through I think it made this gradient somewhat smoother. Don’t you think?
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Happy St Paddy’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!Did you have a great time out? Had many Stouts?

My St Patty’s Day was a quiet one where I was home all day just lazing in bed. Saturday was a very busy day for me having to bring my dog to the vet amid a cancer scare. The vet said she was OK but we will have to keeo an eye on her habits and come back to him if there are any big changes.
Let me push those grim news aside and on to the green!
I really wanted to incorporate a rainbow on my nails but after going through all my drawers I realised that I had no purple/violet creme polish :S
I quickly went through my drawers and was really happy that I had 2 green cremes which were quite contrasting! Ha! If I were to attempt this mani 3 months ago it would’ve been impossible cz at that time all I had was the apple green (OPI Green-wich Village) and a jelly green (Cult Nails Feeling Froggy)
I did the gradient with OPI Green-wich Village and China Glaze Exotic Encounters. I quite like how the gradient turned out even though it wasn’t super smooth.
And of course what is St Patrick’s Day with out a four leave clover!

I used A England’s Holy Grail (original) as the base on my ring finger and used a dotting too to create four little hearts. Let me say this – I was not all that in love with Holy Grail (original) as I thought it was a wee bit too yellow. But after using it, I have since fallen in love with it’s yellowish glow and butter smooth formula!
Here’s a close up of my ring finger.

I liked how something so simple looked so great!

A first look at Splash Nail Polish

I recently came across this new brand of nail polish, Splash, and decided to give them a go. I have never heard of them before I bought them and a google search did not give me much results. I of course was hesitant at first but now I dare say I am a convert!
I picked up 3 Splash polishes the other day, a color, a glitter and a glow in the dark polish! I am going to show you the glitter polish today!
This is 44. Yup. It’s just a number like most Korean nail polishes! But despite the not so auspicious number, 44 is a really cool glitter! 44 is a clear polish packed with multiple sizes of pastel opal and iridescent glitters as well as larger hex glitters. It reminds me ever so slightly of China Glaze’s Snow Globe.
 I did a gradient of 44 over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and I thought it was really cool. The grey-white of My Boyfriend Scales Walls against the blue/purple glow of 44 is just so magical. Like snow on my fingertips!
Surprisingly glitter coverage was really good for this polish considering it was in a mini bottle! I did not have to fish around, not even for the bigger hex glitters.
I am thinking to purchase more of the Splash polishes in the near future. Maybe I may stock up on them and host a giveaway again?

What do you think? Yay or nay?

NYE Mani – Clelestia and A Stroke of Brilliance

It’s the New Year already!! Time sure passes by really quickly!
I wore this manicure yesterday. My choices for the polishes were easy – what have I not tried on this year! A quick look in my drawers I picked up polishes which I thought looked good together. Rainbow Honey Celestia and essie’s A Stroke of Brilliance.
I first started off with 2 coats of Celestia. This color is lovely on its own. It’s packed with light glitter and glass flecks.
The only thing that bugged me a little was the sheerness of this polish. Even with 2 coats, under certain lightings my nail line was very visible.
Sheerness aside, this polish is super shiny!
I then grabbed A Stroke of Brilliance and dabbed it on my tip to create a gradient. I intended for it to be an accent nail but fell in love with it so much I did it on all 10 fingers!
I love how the different blues managed to blend together so well!
I even got a few compliments from my colleagues 🙂
What did you wear on your nails on NYE?

Purple is the way to go in November

I am still sick but I definitely have to get this post out!
I’ve been catching up on all the blog posts I missed out from when I was out sick the past few days and noticed that there were a lot of purple manicures on other blogs. After a little snooping I finally found out what it was all about.

Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.

Most of us are thankfully residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color and even to our polish application techniques.

To look down on anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people’s view of “normal” dictate how I behave, believe, and blog. In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement.

Aside for this No H8 campaign, purple (or rather the purple ribbon) is the color for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. I personally have lost a very dear person to pancreatic cancer just last year. On Halloween Day last year in fact. The passing of this dear friend and mentor really had quite a big impact on me.
On to some quick facts about pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is one of the fastest killing cancers around. By the time you are diagnosed, it is usually too late. And the survival rate from pancreatic cancer – very very low. 3% only according to THIS website.
I am not going to plunge into an essay writing mode and bombard you with any more words that might bore you are depress you. So with that I dedicate my purple mani to both of this causes! Do enjoy!

I first started off my manicure with Look at Her, the light lavender/lilac polish which I recently bought from Etude house. This polish went on surprisingly good! It covered nicely in two careful coats.

Morning Sun
Evening Sun
I then pulled out Halloween Day (the purple glitter) and added a reverse gradient to my nails! I started off using a sponge but it did not come out as I imagined. It was really messy too!! I eventually just used the brush and dabbed the glitter on my nails.
The photo above is post cleanup and glitter was still all over the place! One thing I noticed after adding the glitter gradient is that the polish leans very much to a light blue instead of lilac!
I went ahead and took many photos of this mani under different lights to showcase this polish as close as I could. I wanted to have some with natural lighting but unfortunately it was pouring the whole day yesterday!

The photos above are probably the best of the 20 odd photos taken in my room.

The place that photographed closest to the actual nail polish – my office! I only managed one good shot and one slightly blurry one though. I did not want to keep snapping photos of my hands in the office.

This photo though blurry actually shows off the glitter the best. You can actually see the purple shine through all that blue.
Before you leave, let me show you a photo I posted on instagram last night!
This was my #ootd yesterday. I knew I was going to do this this month for the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Campaign. I incorporate as many purple pieces as I could into my outfit with out looking like an eggplant!

Yep, I still have my long hair. I am still torn whether to cut it off and keep it till someone comes along asking for ‘hair donations’ or to just keep it long.

Golden Gradients

My nails are back to nubbins!! I had a few bad peels on my nails and decided that I should cut them all off and start again. From experience, leaving the peels on would only make things much worse than it really is.
I decided that I should go light on the colors for a bit to try and outgrow the stains on my tips. My polish of choice to kick off this is As Gold As It Gets from the Essie Luxeffetcs collection.
As you can see from the photos, my nails are stained bad!! I actually told people that this was an intentional gradient! Haha!
After a day of just the gold from As Good As It Gets I decided to make the gradient more believable by topping it off with more glitter from e.l.f. This is one layer of Golden Goddess.

I think it turned out pretty good considering whats underneath it all!

Do you like my ‘gradient’ too? 😛

Matte Love

SH’s Sun Kissed is wearing surprisingly well! Even after 4 days there was hardly any tip wear. I usually change my mani every 3 or 4 days but seeing how nicely this mani is holding up I decided to spruce it up one more time. This time with a matte top coat. And I am totally loving what I’m looking at!

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My little bottle of magic is China Glaze’s Matte Magic. I actually got the mini (9.6ml) bottle because I was scared I wouldn’t like it. How wrong I was then!

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My right hand actually looks better with the matte top coat if you ask me. The other colours seemed more muted which went well with the yellow on my middle finger.

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The 3D effect from not using a regular shiny top coat is still apparent with the matte top coat 😀