Jewel Tones

I seldom wear bold colors together. I usually use bold colors as accent nails or pair them with a glitters of the same color or maybe black or white to tone it down a tad. I don’t want my manicures to stand out too much in the work place. But since it’s the holiday season (Chinese/Luanr New Year) I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bust out some brights!

I am wearing Colors by T.B.N Sea Foam and Julep Morgan as an accent nail. When I took these photos I was doing it without my glasses hence the dinged, smudged nails. Gah!! I did go back and fixed them right after taking these photos but immediately did some nail art on them. =.=

But dents and smudges aside, I think the pairing of these 2 polishes look really good. And my nail art over these? I think it’s pretty cool as well! Come on by and check it out tomorrow.

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Day 3 – Glitter Loaded Nails

Glitter!! My top two favorite nail polish finish next to cremes. Ultimate extremes I know. LOL
Of course I had to bust out Purple Rain by Glitzology! I barely used it the last time. Purple Rain features glitters in many shades of purple. There are squares, hexes and shreds from lilac to dark purple.
I just found out hoe the ‘dabbing’ method of glitter application was through a youtube video the other day and decided to give it a go. Dabbing method = crazy amounts of glitter on my nails!
I layered Purple Rain over Sally Hansen Purple Potion. Hence the blue flash/duochrome-iness in the photos.

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


 

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.

piCture pOlish : peacock

If you have been here long enough, you would know that I used piCture pOlish peacock once before in a tape mani and it did not turn out as good as I thought it would. The colors just did not go together. So, this post is dedicated fully to peacock!
peacock is a deep purple jelly based with many different shapes of emerald and blue glitter. This time I chose to present peacock all on it’s own, 3 thin coats and no undies whatsoever.
On it’s own, peacock has very good coverage for a jelly polish. The base color is dark and no VNL is obvious after 3 thin coats. The thing that bothered me most is that the base color is a little too  dark for my liking. Under certain lighting, it looks black than the rich purple that it is.
This photo below represents the polish the best IMO! you can see the glitter in full force and the base is an obvious rich purple color!
I took some photos with flash too! These photos really bring out the purple in the base color!
And last but not least, a blurry photo to show off the glittery goodness of this polish!
peacock and other piCture pOlish nail polishes can be bought from their website and this list of international stockist on their website. I got mine directly from the girls but I did get one or two of my piCture pOlishes from Llarowe. Do follow the girls on Facebook and Twitter for updates and giveaways!

Rainbow Honey – The Element of Magic

The Purple Ribbon is worn in the month of October to raise awareness towards Domestic Violence.  Here I present to you two pretty purple polishes from two great ladies that I love. Domestic violence is definitely not a small matter. If you are in an abusive relationship or knows someone who is in an abusive relationship, do reach out to them and help them through it.
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The Element of Magic is paced with tons of purple and pink glitters and has a dash of holographic and irridescent glitters. I usually do not like purples as I feel that they are a tad too mature for me but I think Dee has done a great job here!
I layered TEoM over 2 coats of Cult Nails Charming and they sure make a pretty pair!
I believe this was taken in the morning sun.

Taken in the evening sun

If you look at the last photo carefully you can see that the combination of both the polishes actually gives you a slight duochrome effect! How cool is that!
Rainbow Honey products are hand-crafted, hand-packaged and “Big-3” free! You can purchase Dee’s products from her shop HERE. Do keep yourselves up to date with Rainbow Honey products and promotions by following her blog and Facebook page!
As for Cult Nails Nail polishes, they are “Big-4” free and cruelty free! You can get them from the Cult Nails website HERE. And as always with indie polishes, follow Maria on her blog or the Cult Nails Facebook page for more updates and flash sales!

Rainbow Honey – The Worst Possible Thing

Chop chop! My fingernails are down to nubbins again due to cracking at the tips. I think my average cycle from nubbins back to nubbins is around 2-2.5 weeks. =/
Since my nails are shorter now, I decided to go with a neutral color with a dash of glitter to help give the illusion of longer fingers. My choice of colors for this wonderful task – OPI Malaysian Mist for the base and, as is seen in the title, RH The Worst Possible thing.
This is 3 coats of Malaysian Mist on it’s own. I love this color (I know I have said this many times now!) but sometimes dry time can be a problem. It is a really pretty peach that looks really simple and classy at the same time.
And here I have topped it with one coat of TWPT. Yup! Just one coat and my whole nail is covered. Rainbow Honey glitter polishes tend to be on the thick side. I believe this is due to fact that the polishes are jam-packed with all sorts of glitter and shimmer – No complains here really.
At first I thought it may turn out kinda weird to layer this polish over a light color let alone a light peach but looking at it now I love the purple-orange combination that is seen here. TWPT also seems to have a duochrome property to it which cab be seen in the photo above. Definitely have to try this over a darker color next time.
More photos before I end this post:
Indirect Sunlight
Artificial Light
And last but not least, a super grainy photo. I did not want to post this at first but this photo is the only one that really shows off the glitters and shimmers in this polish.
Rainbow Honey products are hand-crafted, hand-packaged and “Big-3” free! You can purchase Dee’s products from her shop HERE. Do keep yourselves up to date with Rainbow Honey products and promotions by following her blog and Facebook page!