Silver Dots

I grabbed a few polishes from A England during their last sale. The ones I grabbed were mostly from The Mythicals collection as I fell in love not only with their colors but with their names too! The Mythicals collection polishes seems like they were names after characters form the legend of King Arthur and Merlin. One of my favorite stories ever!
I wanted to try something new on my blog today took out my dotting tool and A England Excalibur. I first made a line through the middle of my nails with Excalibur and topped that with a thinner streak of China Glaze Exotic Encounters. I was thinking to add another stripe on to it but instead took my dotting tool and went to town! If anything went wrong I could always paint over the dots right? 😛
This is my first time ever using an A England polish and I can say I love Excalibur! It is a really nice silver foil and I think it may be a one coater! I shall have to try it on it’s own one day to find out.
I am looking at my mani and am thinking, Exotic Encounters is kinda like a dragon-y color and Excalibur was forged in the dragons breath – how apt! LOL.

Christmas Skittletes!

I finally found time to sit down and write this post! It was a really busy Christmas for me! I had so much to eat I think I would need to go on a diet after this. LOL.
Anyways, I do hope all you girls had a great Christmas with your families 🙂
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I am sure you have noticed this manicure from a few days ago! The inspiration for this monotonous manicure was from Marta form Chit Chat Nails. She always posts the most interesting skittlete manicure which I love. A few weeks back, Marta had a Skittelete Manicure Contest so I decided to try my luck with this!
I took me a long time to decide what skittlette to do but I finally decided that I wanted to incorporate the new polish I got from my Glitzology Haul – Robots in Love.
I first painted  coat of Color Club Harp on It and topped it off with one coat of  Robots in Love to bring out the holo goodness in Robots in Love. I even managed to get a heart out for this!
I then proceeded to paint my thumb, index and middle finger with two coats of OPI Alpine Snow and, to avoid it looking to stark white, I topped it off with OPI Pirouette My Whistle.
 
This was a competition held before Christmas so I thought it would be nice to have a little Christmas Tree incorporated in it. So I did that with a nice grey – Zoya Dove – and some striping tape. I topped the litle Christmas tree off with a holographic star I fished out from Robots in Love. 2 quick coats of OPI Black Onyx on my pinky and I was good to go!
And while I was taking photos of it, I realised that I did an Ombre manicure! Ha!

Well, I did not win a prize in the Skittlette Contest but I sure did have fun coming up with the manicure. You should check out all the awesome entries and see if your favorites won!

The polishes I used were:

OPI Alpine Snow

OPI Black Onyx

OPI Pirouette my Whistle

Color Club Harp on It

Glitzology Robots in Love

Zoya Dove


Starry Night

10 more days till Christmas!
I think it’s about time I posted some Christmas themed manicures. Don’t you think?
For my first Christmas themed nails, I would like to present to you my little Christmas tree – star and ‘lights’ included!
I used Rainbow Honey Kawako as the base color and did an easy Christmas Tree on my ring finger with Color Club Harp on It. And I finally topped it off with a little blue star!
I love how Kawako works so nicely as the night sky in this mani! The silver glitter and glass flecks which shine through reminds me of a star-filled sky! And Harp On It, My goodness! It shines and glows so nicely! The silver glitters in Kawako complements it so nicely and the holo-ness. *swoon*
Owh, the bunching on my little finger is caused by the PVA glue base that I am trying out! I am determined to master the art of peeling off my polish. Sadly, this wasn’t one of those times. The polish peeled off easily but not in one big piece…yet!
I have a few more Christmas themed manicures coming up! Do stay tuned 🙂

I got awesome nail stuff today!

I got me a HUGE bottle of base coat and a liner/dotter today!
HAHAHA! Get it??

OK. Jokes aside, I have been reading a whole lot about using PVA glue as a base coat for glitter so I thought that I should give it a go too 🙂

When I first opened the bottle of glue, it was really really thick so I decided that I had to water it down. So, i busted out an empty mini bottle I had lying around and added 1 part of glue to 1 part water. I mixed it up and went on my merry way of painting my nails.

*Let me tell you this, waiting for the PVA to dry was nothing like waiting for base coat to dry. It takes way, way longer than normal base coat does.*

Anyways, I decided to use OPI Crown Me Already, one of my most chunky glitters to test the wonders of a peel off base on my left hand. And on my right hand I used NYX Mushroom Glitter. I applied 3 coats of each and topped it off with Seche Vite.

I love Crown Me Already! The mix of chunky and fine glitter makes it really interesting. And since all the glitter are the same shade of silver, there is a hidden depth to the manicure.
Mushroom Glitter on the other hand is a nice smooth taupe glitter. It applies really well and doesn’t eat top coat. I usually use this polish in glitter gradients as the fine glitters make it much easier to create a smooth gradient.
SV did it again! Shrinkage on the tips I mean.

On to the removal!!

I did not have an easy time getting the glitter off my nails!! I soaked them in warm water for a bit but it didn’t work out too well 😦 I managed to get it all off in the end though. While I was taking a hot shower that is! No photos of the process for you but I do have a few of the glitters.
Tadaa!!

The ‘basecoat’ and glitters!

Unlike most bloggers who has tried this method, the glitter did not peel off in one nice coat for me. I don’t know if it was because I added water to my PVA glue. =/
But that said, my fingernails were 99% glitter free by the end of my shower! I did not have to pry too hard to get the glitter off. Just a quick nudge on the edge of the polish and it started to come off.
The glitter that did not come off was mostly on the sides of my nail bed and on the tips. I was tempted to scratch this all off in the shower but did not because I was afraid that that would cause extreme peeling to my nails.
Would I do this again? Of course I would! With just straight up PVA glue that is. The thought of not having to use the foil method will be my motivation!
Has anyone tried this method before? I would love to hear your experiences and of course I would like to know if any of you lovelies out there have any tips for my next go.

Mumble Jumble

Yup! I settled on Mumbling to bling up my mani from yesterday! I decided after I swatch both of the polishes on some paper and Mumbling was the clear winner!
Enjoy the prettiness of it all!
If I remember correctly, this should be just one coat of Mumbling over Lucky Lucky Lavender. Just one good swipe and no dabbing whatsoever!
Intentionally blurred to show off the holo glitter!

Silvery Sand!

I can’t seem to get enough of glitter gradients! I love how that little bit of polish can bring the whole manicure to a different level. My last glitter gradient manicure was of quite contrasting colors. So this time I decided to go for a more neutral palette.

I used E.L.F colors in this manicure. It was not an easy task to get my hands on this polish. I was trying out a forwarding company based in the US for this order since E.L.F Cosmetics do not ship to Malaysia. It took about a month from my payment date to E.L.F Cosmetics to the day I received the parcel. And the price tag was USD 31.95 for 15 products which was wonderful and for shipping —- USD 45!

Ah well, I had it coming my way. Itchy hands you might say. Thank goodness all the products arrived safe and sound. No cracks, breaks or chips in the makeup.

I picked out only 3 polishes from E.L.F after reading the reviews. It was kinda confusing because the reviews were from 5 stars all the way down to only 1 star. The shades I picked out were Fire Coral, Golden Goddess and Desert Haze which would be used in this post.

Desert Haze is a dusty nude, somewhat clay colored polish. Application was a dream! It was kind of streaky on the first coat by the second coat covered up nicely. I sponged 2 different silver glitters on the tips – Bloop silver glitter and OPI Crown me already. I chose the silver glitter instead of the silver polish to create a less silver tip. I was trying to create a smooth gradient where the colours seemed to blend into each other.

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The lack of the opaque silver layer made this manicure more delicate and sweet. And if you didn’t pay attention to it you would actually miss the glitter. Which works for sneaking a glitter manicure into the office 😀

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Nail polishes used: E.L.F Desert Haze, OPI Crown Me Already, Bloop Silver Glitter


More Nail Mail!

Remember about the giveaway at The Hungry Asian I wrote about here? Well I was too eager to get my hands on those lovelies I placed an order with Kae through her etsy shop.

After 2 weeks of waiting and checking, it finally arrived in the mail! I was kind of a surprised actually. Kae did give me a tracking number but the USPS tracking number only worked when the parcel was still within the US. Once it left LA, I was left clueless.

I actually got this parcel when I was collecting letters from my mailbox in the office. Looking at the little hill of papers in the mailbox I thought – My gosh! How many letters do I have to sort through today! Little did I know that this was sitting underneath the mail!

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I was surprised to see such a big box as I only ordered some minis from her.

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The polishes were nicely wrapped in a tissue paper parcel and nicely tucked in a bed of more tissue paper! The little package was a shade of blue that was so familiar. I did a mani with a similar color not too long ago. Can you guess which?

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Kae even included a little thank you note under the package!

These are my newest additions to my stash:

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From L-R: Sea Creature, Twenty Ten, Mumbling, I Hate Pink

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I don’t want to swamp you with too many photos. So, individual bottle shots after the jump!

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