Hallo lovelies! How are you keeping on a blue Monday? I hope life’s been good to you. If not, I hope the nail porn that follows will cheer you up a bit! (I know I love me some mani pictures and I follow Jen’s From Head to Toe’s Manicure Monday religiously!)
Last April, I ventured into Etude House nail polishes as I was on a tight budget and some of their polishes were quite cute. Although you get less volume per bottle (10 ml instead of 15 ml), you can’t really complain at the price tag of $6.90 per bottle.
Etude House launched a Sweet Recipe collection last Spring, inspired by the gingerbread house in the Hansel and Gretel fairytale. The collection featured eyeshadow in cupcake tins and chocolate bar blocks, candy cane shaped lip glosses and nail polish masquerading as ice-cream cones. How kawaii is that?!
Anyhow, I snagged two Ice Cream glitter nail polishes: Apricot Candy and Mint Choco Chip:
Etude House Apricot Candy glitter nail polish from Sweet Recipe collection
I layered 1 coat of Etude House Apricot Candy over a base colour, JulieG 9 to 5, a peach creme for the above swatch. On its own, Apricot Candy is very very sheer and would probably take many coats for it to look decently opaque. If you want a denser glitter sandwich look, try another 1-2 coats on top of a base colour.
Mani for a Cause
Last year, I participated in a number of “manicure for a cause” themes, and I used the Etude House Mint Choco Chip for Mint Mani for Talia Joy cum International Ice-cream Day on 22 July last year:
Etude House Mint Choco Chip from the Sweet Recipe collection
Talia Joy, a very inspiring young girl suffering from cancer had just passed away then after a long battle and the manicure community had started a “mint mani for Talia Joy” on Instagram to commemorate her. At the same time, a local Instagram mani community had a “International Ice-Cream Day” theme going on, and I thought Etude House Mint Choco Chip
, with its ice-cream packaging and all, was perfect for it!
Now, there are many indie polish brands pushing their own variation of the Mint Chocolate Chip ice-cream look. I personally really liked this Etude House glitter combo, as the mint base colour is just nice, and not too sheer (I don’t remember how many coats I used but safely around 2-3 coats). The pink square glitters and light green hexes add a touch of interest to the dark brown hex glitters in various sizes.
The other mint choc chip polish I tried was Smitten Polish Mint Chip, which I ended up selling away. I mean, how many mint choc chip polishes does one need right?!
Blue Nails for Autism
In April last year (actually I think it happens every year), the nail community made it a point to paint their nails blue to spread awareness for autism. This one strikes a chord in me, ‘cos I have a dear friend whose son is autistic, and she has struggled many years to bring him up. He remains a worry for her and her family although he’s now 21. It really is not easy to raise an autistic child
Etude House PPP503 with Zoya Skylar accent nail
I chose Zoya Skylar, a dusty blue with gold shimmer from the True collection Spring 2012, for the accent nail as I wanted to add a decal to it:
Added a gold rose decal to the accent fingernail
Ain’t the Etude House PPP503 pretty with its cornflower blue base, small dark blue hexes, larger medium blue hexes and various-sized gold hexes? I think Etude House has a winner here!
Etude House PPP503 in 2-3 coats
Sorry I do not remember the number of coats it took me for this polish, but I would safely say 2-3 coats.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the nail pics! The Sweet Recipe collection was a limited edition, so it may not be available any longer, but I am pretty sure PPP503 is from the permanent line so phew there!
For more info on how to get Etude House in Singapore, head on to their website or FB page.
Stay tuned ‘cos I’ll be posting more nail pics in the upcoming weeks as a regular blog feature!
Hallo lovelies! It’s that time of the year again when the festive season (perhaps accompanied by the bonus?) makes you wanna splurge a little to look nothing short of spectacular at gatherings and parties right?
If you’re anything like me, you probably love the convenience of online shopping as it’s completely fuss-free: No commute to town or elbowing your way through crowds (yeah especially during festive season when everyone’s shopping for Xmas gifts) required! It’s even better if you know your dress/shoe size and what works for you when it comes to style, cut, fabric, colour, etc (And of course, a return policy in place provides that extra security in case something doesn’t fit as well as it should.)
I’m thinking ZALORA Singapore makes the perfect online Christmas shopping destination, if you’re all for snuggling up at home and getting all your shopping done in just a few efficient clicks, doncha think?
With over 400 brands and over 30,000 products across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, beauty and sports, including a good mix of local and international designer brands, ZALORA looks every bit a one-stop online shop that will cater to all you need literally from head to toe for this festive season and beyond.
Here are some screenshots of some brands that catch my fancy on ZALORA (click on the screenshots to enlarge them):
Intelligent Nutrients hair care @ ZALORA Singapore
I was personally thrilled to find Intelligent Nutrients hair care, which I’d heard many good things about, in ZALORA. I am forever on a hunt for the perfect shampoo, so this may just be next on my to-try list!
River Island clothing collection @ ZALORA Singapore
And how can we ever forget that River Island is now also available on ZALORA?!?
Lovely Melissa ballet flats @ ZALORA Singapore
And sigh, can I just say I lurrrvvveeee Melissa ballet flats? I used to be a sandals gal, but converted to wearing solely (pun intended) ballet flats some years ago. In fact, one of the first brands I’d ever stalked ZALORA for was their Melissa shoes! *spaces out in wistfulness*
NCLA nail polishes & nail wraps @ ZALORA Singapore
And last but not least, how can we forget about dolling ourselves up to look beautiful, right down to our fingertips this Christmas? NCLA, or Nail Couture Los Angeles, is one of the nail brands carried by ZALORA.
I am a nail gal, so this is where I will be doing more of an in-depth feature of NCLA, a brand known for their stylish and fashion-forward nail wraps and polishes worn by celebrities like Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, and Rachel McAdams, etc.
Remember to head to ZALORA’s Christmas deals for your Xmas shopping and sign up for their newsletter, which will entitle you to a S$10 cash voucher and updates on their promotions and sales!
Meanwhile, it’s swatches of NCLA nail polishes and wraps (refer to the corresponding product name in the caption below each photo) from here on, so enjoy!
NCLA Pastel Pantera nail wraps
NCLA Pick Me Up At Melrose Place nail polish
NCLA Glitter Riot glitter polish
NCLA Dirty Martini nail polish
NCLA Miss Sunset Strip glitter topper on top of JulieG White Orchid & topped by Essie Marshmallow for glitter sandwich effect
NCLA Miss Sunset Strip glitter sandwich with white polish & purple lipstick
NCLA Poolside party, all eyes on me! nail polish
Before I go, do head on to iPrice Coupons SG
and take advantage of the discount coupons available when you shop at ZALORA
. Methinks online shopping is great; being able to save money while at it is even greater, don’t you think?
Hope this has helped if you’re looking for nail ideas this Christmas. And shop away now!
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!