Purple Skittles!

More untried polishes in this post! Actually, out of the 4 polishes I have on my fingers in this post, 2 are untrieds and the other two haven’t been used in quite some time!
I was thinking of a way to use all 4 polishes.I finally settled on a skittelette manicure to tackle this task. In shades of purple again! I think purple may just be my new favorite color.

The idea was to do a ombre manicure at the same time actually, one of the many nail art techniques that I have yet to pull off successfully!

What do you think? Does it count as an ombre manicure?

I used these colors Color by T.B.N Lilac (thumb), OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender (index finger), OPI Steady As She Rose (middle finger) and on The Hungry Asian Vote for Purple (ring finger and pinky).
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OPI – Pink Yet Lavender

My one and only OPI nail polish from the Mariah Carey Collection which I got Receive in my Cosmobox last month. I was super excited about it then and knew that I had to swatch it quick. So here it is – Pink Yet Lavender!

Since this polish is meant to be a layering polish I chose to swatch it over (from my index finger) OPI Black Onyx, Zoya Dove, OPI Alpine Snow and over my bare nail on my pinky.
Pink Yet Lavender is a clear based polish filled with small lavender and holographic glitters and a good dash of rose pink hex glitters. The formula was surprisingly normal for me. I have read on other nail blogs that this polish was a little on the thick side.
The photo above is one coat of Pink Yet Lavender on all but my pink which has 2 coats. I love how the pink glitters are scarce and the little glitters cover up the space in between the pink glitters.

At 2 coats, you can see that there are much more pink hex glitters and that the smaller glitters have filled up the empty spaces really well.

I especially love how Pink Yet Lavender looks on Black Onyx! It looks like a galaxy filled with pink stars~

I should do some pink galaxy nails with this polish one day. This polish would be the perfect glitter fotr that job!
This maybe my only polish from the OPI Mariah Carey Collection but I am definitely eyeing Sprung. It reminds me of a copper version of GoldenEye. Anyone out there has both of them? What do you think?

My first attempt at Free handed Chevrons

I tried some free handed chevrons and I think they came out quite good!
I wanted to do something simple that wouldn’t take away from my base color a.k.a Shockingly White from yesterday. I decided to match my tips to the glitters in the polish; and why not put a white in it for contrast!
10 minutes of careful painting and waiting….. Voila!

I used OPI Alpine Snow and Lucky Lucky Lavender to create the chevrons. I used the brush in the bottles to do this too. No striping tape or stripng brush needed!

I picked Lucky Lucky Lavender because it brings out the pink and purple glitters in this polish as well as match the funkiness in the base color. And Alpine Snow being a pure white gives a good contrast between the two colors.

And a bottle shot to end this post because I haven’t done one of these in a long time!

Day 1 – Galaxy Nails

OK. It seems that I didn’t read the rules properly and missed out the last day that I was supposed to send a request to Erica to take part in her challenge. Oopsie! Owh well, Since I have already done a few designs, I shall continue with the challenge whether or not I am linked with the other wonderful ladies.
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Galaxy nails. One of the many nail art techniques I was crazy scared to try. I always loved to see them on other nail bloggers but was afraid that I will never be able to do it as nicely or perfectly. Well, I guess I was wrong!
This really is one really easy manicure to do!
All you need is a bunch of complementing nail polishes, a regular make-up sponge and a dotting tool. I did not know which way to go with my galaxies and pulled out a bunch of purples and a pink for this challenge.
I started with a black base and sponged nebula shapes with my polishes, starting with the darkest tone as the base of the nebulae to the lightest as highlights. After all this was done I decided to add some glitter for glitz. I used Cult Nails Hypnotie Me on the clouds itself and dabbed a bit of Glitzology Purple Rain on the sides for extra oomph! After all that has dried a little I took my dotting tool and some white polish and dotted on some stars.
I actually started this manicure quite differently. take a look at my thumb here.
Initially I was inspired by this tutorial at The Daily Nail but changed my mind and did it in purples instead. While editing the photos I thought that my original idea looked pretty cool. And Hypnotize Me really did brings out the greens and yellows I used.
 
I think I may redo this on all my nails one day. What do you think? Do you prefer the purples or is a multi colored nebula more your cup of tea?

Polishes I used in this manicure:

Sally Hansen Purple Potion

Cult Nails Hypnotize Me

Glitzology Purple Rain

Etude House CPP001

OPI That’s Hot Pink

OPI Alpine Snow

OPI Black Onyx


 

Cosmobox January 2013

When I received this month’s Cosmobox I had my doubts. After last month I really did not know what to expect from the girls at Cosmobox. But when I opened my Cosmobox this month I was amazed! The girls did step up their game this time!
Look at them goodies!

Yup, you spotted right! There is a FULL SIZE OPI nail polish in there! Lets move on to the products shall we 🙂
First up is the curators note. Unlike the usual ones that just come with a note from the girls in the front and product descriptions on the back, this curators notes comes with a little offer from benefit! With this card, I can redeem a sample of the Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation. I have had this box for a week already but keep forgetting to pop by benefit to redeem my gift! Gahhh!! *makes mental note to go by a benefit counter soon*

Mariah Carey’s Lollipop Splash The Remix Collection | Inseperable EDP Spray (30ml/RM160)
A cocktail of explosive fruity sensations of raspberry, mango and pear combined with exotic jasmine and orange flowers create a sparkling and irresistible fragrance.
Mariah Carey’s Lollipop Splash The Remix Collection | Never Forget You EDP Spray (30ml/RM160)
A playful and radiant fragrance combination of Gourmet Jelly Beans and Golden Peony creates a flirty, fun experience

Mariah Carey’s Lollipop Splash The Remix Collection | Vision of Love EDP Spray (30ml/RM160)
A colorful, chic fragrance inspired by the combination of French Macaroon and purple jasmine for a tasty surprise

I love getting perfume samples! They always give me a chance to try out the scents before I decide to splurge on a full sized bottle! And they are also very travel-friendly. These Mariah Carey perfumes definitely match the Lollipop theme very well. They are all very sweet scents that remind me of candy. My favourite of the three was Visions of Love.

Organix | Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo and Conditioner (385ml/RM39.90)
The sensual and alluring blend of cherry blossom extract and Asian ginseng root help invigorate the scalp and hair follicle to add volume at the root while nourishing your hair with the replenishing organic rice milk and bamboo extract for hydration and shine.

I see the words volume, nourishing, hydration and shines. Makes this product sound really good. Although these are samples, they are really packed well and they gave us more than one of each product to try (which was one of the main complaints with last months box). Into my travel essentials it goes for now! There was also a coupon to purchase a set of Organix shampoos and conditioners at RM60 (RRP: RM79.80). I may check it out one day. I do have until the end of March to decide 🙂
The Body Shop | Strawberry Shower Gel (250ml/RM220)
This soap-free shower gel contians real strawberry seed oil. It has a deliciously sweet scent. Soap-free. Lather-rich.

The Body Shop shower gels are always a win! This is a travel sized bottle of course. I would need to plan more trips to finish all these samples and travel sized toiletries I have. LOL. And here we have another discount coupon here: 20% off Strawberry Shower gels.
Yadah | Anti Trouble Spot (15g/RM35)
High potent pimple cream with concentrated formula helps reduce spots, blemishes and blackheads gently yet effectively without drying the skin surface. Combats inflammation, improves skin immunity without irritation and promotes healing. Free from preservatives, paraben, mineral oil, benzophenone, sulphate and artificial coloring.

This product seems like its really new in the market. I have yet to come across anyone who used it. My skin has been quite trouble free the past few months but there is no harm in keeping this around. You never know when the weather or stress or all the munching that I will be doing next month will cause a breakout.
OPI | Mariah Carey by OPI (15ml/RM59.00)
8 chart-smashing shades inspired by the icon Mariah Carey. These shades include four new OPI Liquid Sand lacquers featuring groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle. OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

HoHo! I am glad I am still subscribed to Cosmobox this month 😀
My random polish was the glitter topper Pink yet Lavender. Not bad. My low-buy month starts with an OPI nail polish. And hey! More vouchers 🙂
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Good job to the girls at Cosmobox!
I love the January Cosmobox much more than I did the last one. I am impressed at how big a difference it is between the two boxes. The girls have definitely taken into account all the opinions from their subscribers and upped their game.
This is definitely going to affect which beauty box I am going to keep after my subscriptions come to an end. 2 down 2 to go! Although there is still one January box that hasn’t arrived at my doorstep. Hmm..

Girly Bits – Black Eyed Susan

Remember when I said yesterday that I thought that Green-wich Village looked like grass? Well, what goes better with grass than a bed of flowers right?
*Cue Girly Bits Black Eyed Susan (Daisies!)*
When I first laid my eyes on swatches of these polishes I knew that I had to get it somehow! I finally laid my grabby hands on them when I bought them from Llarowe. On sale too!
Black Eyed Susan is a clear base packed with multiple sizes of matte yellow glitter in hexes and squares, micro gold holo glitter, metallic brown and metallic green hex glitters. I wore 2 coats if Black Eyed Susan over Green-wich Village. Glitter coverage was quite good actually but I did do some dabbing to get more brown glitter on my fingers. I just was not in luck with those!

Don’t you think they look just gorgeous together? Even the green leaves stood out over Green-wich Village!

OPI Green-wich Village

OPI Green-wich Village is one of my oldest nail polish I have in my stash! I can even remember that I bought it for USD12 back then. I even considered it cheap!
Anyways, I decided to bust out this color to use as a base color for one of my untried glitters (you will see this tomorrow!). I did not realize haven’t used this color since forever!
Green-wich Village is a warm green creme with yellow undertones. In fact I would say it is a really nice grass green!
Although the first coat seemed really thin and streaky, Green-wich Village covered flawlessly in 2 coats.
As much as I do not like wearing cool colors on my nails I actually quite like Green-wich Village. It’s slight yellow undertones makes this green just right for my skin tone IMO 🙂