Hi lovelies! I’m back! As promised in my last entry, I am hosting a giveaway on behalf of Nail Vibe, a Singapore-based online & physical retailer that ships INTERNATIONALLY!
In celebration of Nail Vibe’s 2nd anniversary retailing at their physical location China Square Central in Singapore, Nail Vibe has kindly offered to give two 15% discount vouchers to 2 winners (one each), which can be used for online purchases at NailVibe.com or at their retail store at #02-27 China Square Central, Singapore. Here’s how the voucher looks like (front and back views):
Nail Vibe retails well-loved nail brands like OPI, China Glaze, Essie, Orly, Nubar, NailTek, Poshe, Seche Vite, PA Eternal, etc and even gelish brands like Harmony Gelish, Red Carpet Manicure, Gelle, including gelish starter kits!
This giveaway ends 7 days from today: 15 April 2013 at 11 pm. I will pick 2 winners randomly and announce them on 16 April 2013.
Here’s what you have to do:
1) Follow @NailVibeSG on Instagram
2) Register as a user on NailVibe.com, at the top right hand corner.
In order for us to verify that you’ve completed the 2 steps above, you have to leave me a comment below this blog post, with the following details:
1) Your name and email address you used to register your account at NailVibe.com with
2) Your Instagram user name
3) Your customer ID (after you’ve registered on NailVibe.com)
Here are the terms and conditions of the discount vouchers:
1. Validity of voucher is for 6 months from date of issuance.
2. A minimum spend of S$20.00 is required.
3. Voucher can be used both online at NailVibe.com and walk-in to Nail Vibe’s retail store at China Square Central #02-27.
4. Other T&Cs are provided behind the voucher (please click on the back view of the voucher above to enlarge).
In case you are not from Singapore and are interested in shopping at NailVibe.com, but are wondering about shipping costs, you can opt for the shipping option you want and shipping cost quotes will be provided to you:
Okay, all the best to everyone and comment away now!
Hey lovelies! I’m back with my Easter swap post, kindly organised by beauty blogger Angel Diamante from the Philippines. She contacted me sometime in February this year, to ask if I was interested in joining in this international swap. I said yes!
She paired me up with beauty blogger Meg Bernardo who was previously known by the handle “Absolutely Stumped”.
Meg and I corresponded sometime in early March, to determine what each would like. We decided to up the budget of USD25 for the swap (excluding shipping) to USD50, so that we could each sample more products from each of our countries.
Being a crazy nail girl, I requested for nail polishes from home grown brands, like Australis, Face of Australia and Models Prefer. Meg also suggested helping me get a Chi Chi Cosmetics palette known to give the Urban Decay Naked palette a run for their money! She also offered to include a tube of Beauty Essentials BB cream for Fair to Medium Skin.
I, in turn, got her mostly makeup items from NYX, Za, Canmake and a Luview BB cream, plus a Nanoce BB cream sample. You can read her swap post here!
The Swap Box
Here’s a preview of the box:
Thank you Meg for spending so much on shipping!
As you can see from the picture above, these were my requested polishes! L-R: Face of Australia Foxy Roxy (taupe greige creme), Australis Cosmetics Glitter Strikes Back (glitter topper in clear base), Australis Milky Way (white crelly with multicoloured hex glitters), Australis Spek-tacular Crystal Colour top coat (rainbow flakie), and Models Prefer All That Glitters (glitter topper with blue, red and silver hex glitters).
This was the Chi Chi Cosmetics Glamorous Nudes palette that is said to be a cheaper dupe of Urban Decay’s famed Naked palette. I put them side by side to show you what they look like. Read on for swatches! Beauty Essentials BB cream is beside the palettes on the right.
Last but not least, as this was an Easter swap, we were also asked to include Easter candy for the swap, in the spirit of Easter! Meg included a chocolate bunny but unfortunately it didn’t survive the journey too well as it was not wrapped tight and arrived broken
Thank you for the wonderful swap box, Meg!
On to the swatches now! Let’s start with a comparison of the Urban Decay Naked palette with the Chi chi Cosmetics Glamorous Nudes palette (this was taken with flash):
Top row: Swatches from UD Naked palette. Bottom row: Swatches from Chi Chi palette
Here’s a non-flash photography comparison (click photo to enlarge):
In both photos, the swatches in the top row are Urban Decay’s Naked palette. The bottom row swatches are from Chi Chi Cosmetics’ palette. Unfortunately, I did not keep track of how many swipes I used for each. I would say though that on the whole, the texture of Urban Decay is smoother and softer, and most of the shades’ payoff was better in one swipe. Chi Chi Nudes palette didn’t fare too badly either, as the shades were also very pigmented, but I would have to wear them before making any further comments.
On the whole though, I would think the Chi Chi palette would make a very good duplicate if you are looking for something more affordable as UD can be expensive.
Here are the BB cream swatches:
For the above photo, I compared the BB cream shade to the foundation I currently wear: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 in 2 Sand. The top colour is Beauty Essentials BB cream while the bottom colour is my Bobbi Brown foundation.
You can see though that the BB cream looks darker than the colour I am using for my face. It’s probably not my colour unless I go tanning Moreover, we need to factor in oxidation as well (my Bobbi Brown foundation tends to turn even darker than this after oxidising).
Now on to polish swatches! I’ve only done 3 macros for Australis Cosmetics’ Milky Way, Glitter Strikes Back and Spek-tacular crystal top coat, as I haven’t had the chance to do full swatches for all the colours:
Australis Milky Way glitter crelly polish macro
Australis Glitter Strikes Back glitter topper in a glitter sandwich with Megan Miller’s Lemon Ice
Australis Spek-tacular Crystal Colour top coat on top of black polish.. it’s a rainbow flake
Please excuse messy cuticles as macros tend to amplify imperfections and I don’t have the software (or the skills!) to edit the photos.
It has been a great experience doing the swap! Thank you so much Angel Diamante for the opportunity and Meg for being so sporting
My Easter Manicure
Before I end this post, I’d like to share my Easter manicure with you guys! This was one of the best manis I’ve done recently, very swatch-worthy! Also, I was using my new bottle of Poshe top coat, and we all know new top coats give great swatches!
This was my left hand (refer to the photo caption for the colours used):
Colours from thumb to pinkie: Illamasqua Load, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Color Club Take Me to Your Chateau, OPI Rumple’s Wiggin and Avon Pastel Pink
This was my right hand, an indie polish equivalent of the left (although I did switch up the order of the ring and pinkie colours):
Indie polishes from thumb to pinkie: Candeo Colors Jelly Bean, Smitten polish Mint Chip, KBShimmer Snow Way, Darling Diva Polish Channeling Coco and Serum No 5 Shrinking Violet
Love this look I did! It was meant to be a pastel rainbow skittles manicure, also to mark World Autism Awareness for SGSwatchFest, something that we tag and do for certain occasions on Instagram
Here’s a comparison photo of both hands:
My next post is going to be a giveaway post for my readers!
Top row is left hand pastel rainbow skitttles mani, while bottom row is the indie polish equivalent
Hint: 2 readers will get discount vouchers for Nail Vibe SG
, a shop in Singapore selling nail polish brands like OPI, China Glaze, Orly, etc, and even gelish starter kits and polishes! Be sure to stay tuned!
Hey my lovelies! It has been a while now. I apologise for the hiatus. I’ve been busy the last 3 months, and will most likely be busier down the road!
This one is long overdue. Sometime late last year, around mid November (4 months ago! IKR), I took part in a swap with Nannanap, an Aussie-based beauty blogger.
Search for the elusive China Glaze DV8
How it all came about was my search for the elusive China Glaze DV8 holo polish. I was in a holo phase back then, and was lemming CG DV8 from the OMG collection so bad. Take a look at The Swatchaholic’s swatches of CG DV8 to see what I mean.
And so I went on a determined hunt for it. EvilBay was out, most of the nail shops overseas that had it didn’t ship to Singapore. My only hope left was a blog sale or a swap.
After stalking Google for a bit, I finally found a recent swap post put up by Nannanap.
Lo and behold! My precious DV8!
We emailed a few times back and forth, as I strived to get her items on her wish list. You can read her swap post here (she’s got it up a lot earlier than I did!)
The swap box
Without further ado, let me present you the swap box I received:
Generous much? Nannanap included these polishes for me: Top row, from left to right: China Glaze DV8, China Glaze IV, Essence Got A Secret, Essence Movie Star, Essence Blue Addicted (another reason I was so excited, because this is a well-known dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe), Ulta3 Antique Copper, Tropez and Mermaid Green.
Bottom row, from left to right: Chic chic polish (Hong Kong brand) #47, #32, #12 and COCO nail lacquer in an unnamed red/coral.
That’s not all! She was really sweet, and added all this candy and accessories for me:
Needless to say, the candy didn’t last long! Thank you so much Nannanap!
Admittedly, I haven’t got around to swatching some of the colours, like China Glaze IV, Essence Movie Star, Chic Chic #47 and the COCO nail lacquer. *insert sheepish face*
But, to make up for posting this so late, here are some swatches of the rest I’ve posted on my Instagram and Facebook. It’s all pics from here, so enjoy!!
Linear holo goodness of China Glaze DV8. Gorgeousness in a bottle!
China Glaze DV8′s teal holo gorgeousness on my nails!
This one was China Glaze DV8 with Essence Blue Addicted glitter French tips
Essence Got A Secret. Pardon the imperfections, caused by my gloopy Seche Vite
The best way to hide Seche-Vite-imperfections is to stamp on it. I used Illamasqua Snap as stamping polish, with Konad imitation plates from Born Pretty Store
A mattified version, with Essie Matte About You applied on top of Seche Vite after stamping
This manicure was done recently, to mark World Water Day and Earth Hour. Thumb, index and pinkie feature Essence Blue Addicted, while accent ring fingernail was OPI Polka.com over black polish. Black polish on middle finger
This hand was a reverse mani of the other hand (pic above). Essence Blue Addicted on ring fingernail, with OPI Unfor-greta-bly Blue on middle finger. Rest of fingernails feature OPI Polka.com over black polish
Had to add a flakie on top of middle finger with black polish. Flakie was Nfu Oh 49. I thought the flashes of green, orange and yellow were very appropriate for Earth Hour
On the other hand, I had to add another flakie to the dull blue: Zoya Opal. Zoya Opal was amazing over blue and really complemented Essence Blue Addicted on ring fingernail
Last, but not least, here are some one-finger swatches of Ulta3 Tropez, Ulta3 Mermaid Green, Chic chic #32, Chic chic #12 (love this rust brown) and Ulta3 Antique Copper (love this gold too!)
Thumb features Ulta3 Tropez, while middle finger features Ulta3 Mermaid Green, and ring finger Chic chic #32. The index finger was of Essence Peach Beauty from the Fruity TE (not from swap)
Left finger features Chic chic #12 (rust brown) while right features Ulta3 Antique Copper (gold)
That’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed the swatches!
I’ve done an Easter swap recently, with another Aussie beauty blogger, and that one will be coming up soon too, since I just received the package today!
Wheee!!! Stay tuned!
I’m back, and going to show you a look (FOTD) I did yesterday for the Christmas party I attended with some of the Essence Cosmetics makeup items I got from the warehouse sale (refer to my previous post here).
Please pardon my complexion, as the sunlight was very unforgiving and played up any minor imperfections. Here are the products I used for the FOTD/LOTD (click on photo to enlarge):
1) Essence 03 all time favourite eyeshadow duo was used as highlighter on my brow bone (the lighter shade) and the brown was used on my eyelids.
2) Essence 05 ever glam eyeshadow duo (darker taupe brown shade) was used on my crease.
3) Essence Gel eyeliner in 03 Berlin Rocks is the striking purple eyeliner you see on my upper lash line.
4) Essence Circus Circus glitter eyeliner in gold was used on my bottom lids.
5) Essence Sun Club bronzing blush for blondes 01 good morning sunshine was my blusher for the day (the pink shade).
6) Lastly, I finished off with a combination of Essence XXXL nudes lip gloss in 01 Pure Beauty and Essence Circus Circus 01 It’s Magic gold lip topper on top of my own lipstick.
Here are the swatches of the above products (with exception of blusher, since it took a bit of building up on my cheeks):
Some of the other non Essence products I used were:
1) Lioele Auto Eyebrow in Grey Black
2) Ardell Accent lashes in 305 (partial false lashes)
3) Edward Bess Natural Seduction lipstick
4) Bobbi Brown bisque corrector for undereyes, Pale Yellow cream concealer, Bobbi Brown face touch up stick in Beige and Bobbi Brown Long wear even finish foundation SPF 15 in Sand.
I really liked the look I did! Here are some more pics:
My thoughts on the products
I like the natural colours of the eyeshadow duos, and the colours I used: highlighter beige white, brown and taupe colours swatch very well, are pigmented, and have good colour pay-off. The only colour that has a bit of difficulty showing up is the lighter shade of the 05 Ever glam duo, which I didn’t use for this look, as the colour is quite close to my own skin colour.
The pink blusher side of the bronzing blush has shimmers in it, and is very buildable, so I found it easy to apply without being afraid I would over-do it and look too wayang. Lasting power was moderate, but I was hanging around the BBQ pit quite a bit last night, so I need to test-drive it again to be fair to it
The nude lip gloss is a regular product for me, it didn’t show up very obviously as it was nude, but I think it’s versatile for nude/coral/peach lip colours, to give it shine and texture.
My favourite products, hands down, in this look are the Essence gel eyeliner in 03 Berlin Rocks, Essence Circus Circus gold glitter eyeliner and the Essence Circus Circus 01 It’s Magic gold lip topper.
The reason is simple: Essence gel eyeliner in 03 Berlin Rocks is very pigmented, and is very striking in colour. I love it! It went on smoothly too and lasted all night.
Essence Circus Circus gold glitter eyeliner was very easy to apply, showed up well on the lower lash line, and didn’t irritate my eyes at all (which makes it a BIG PLUS since I was wearing contact lenses)!
Essence Circus Circus 01 It’s Magic gold lip topper is pigmented, thick enough so that it lasts, and is a very glamorous-looking middle-toned warm gold that I really really dig! I am a sucker for gold things, be it eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick, lip gloss or nail polish, so I say “bling it on”!
Hope you enjoyed my little review of Essence Cosmetics make-up items. Do check out their FB page: Essence Singapore Facebook page.
Essence Cosmetics is located at various Watsons outlets in Singapore: Ngee Ann City, Lucky Plaza, SMU, Parklane Shopping Mall, Anchorpoint, Bedok Central, Parkway Parade, Sun Plaza, Choa Chu Kang Lot 1, Rivervale Mall, Beauty World Centre, Plaza Singapura and IMM Building.
I bought each of these items for S$2-4 at the warehouse sale they had earlier this month. I’m not sure about their retail prices on the stand, but some of these are limited edition items so I’m not sure if you can find them anymore, but no harm trying! They are very reasonably priced even at full price so do check them out on your next trip to Watsons!
(Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated to Essence Cosmetics in any way, nor was I sponsored any products to do a review. I bought the products of my own accord.)
Hi my dear lovelies! How are you this Christmas eve?
Today, I’m going to do a short review on a nail polish I got from an Essence Cosmetics warehouse sale earlier this month.
I got quite a few things during the sale, which cost under S$70 in total:
Top row, left to right: Essence Marble mania nail polish in Silver Twister, Essence You Rock! Edition polishes in Speed of Light Blue, Cut Off the Beige, Let Me in Pink, Essence Nude Glam polish in Toffee to Go, Essence Colour & go polishes in Gold Rush, Where’s the Party, Essence French Matt polish in 04 pretty matt, French Glam polish in 01 white glam, Essence Fruity LE sealing top coat, Essence Show Your Feet toe polish in Iced Mint Frappe, Essence Fruity LE nail polishes in 02 Peach Beauty & 05 Mashed Berries.
Bottom row, L to R: Essence Fruity nail fruits decorations, Essence Marble Mania nail art kit, Essence gel eyeliner in Berlin Rocks, Essence Sun Club bronzing blusher in 01 good morning sunshine, Essence XXXL lip glosses in Pure beauty, Timeless beauty, Rock On, Essence Circus circus it’s magic gold lip topper, gold glitter eyeliner, Essence black liquid eyeliner and Essence eyeshadow duos in All time favorite & Ever glam.
One if them was their Fruity Limited Edition nail polish in 05 Mashed Berries (top row, extreme right). It’s a sweet pink nail polish that leans slightly cool in shade but what’s interesting about this colour was that there are purple fine glitters suspended in it.
You can see how it really looks like on my toenails:
This was 3 coats for opacity, with Sally Hansen Double Duty base coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
I think I like it more than I expected to as it really brightens up my toenails since l’ve been wearing darkish coloured nail polishes for my pedicure for the last 2 months.
It’s a sweet pink that turns out jelly-like in look and I like that the glitters are not chunky so it’s easier to remove. But admittedly, the glitters are not so obvious on my toes so maybe they’ll do better on my fingernails.
The only gripe I have about the polish is that it tended to get thicker and goopier as I painted, but maybe a thinner like Seche Vite Restore will solve the issue.
Essence Fruity LE nail polishes come in 10 ml and I got it for a mere $2 at the sale. Not sure what the original price was though. The only other polishes in the collection with similar glitters are 03 Very Cherry (coral red-pink with purple glitters), and 04 One Kiwi A Day (lime green with dark green glitters).
Stay tuned for a make-up look I did with Essence make-up items shown in this post!
Thanks for reading! Merry Christmas to you!