Charme Sunset

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I got this beauty as part of Charme Box from the Daily Charme shop in Etsy. Definitely check them out if you are interested in cool indie nail polish, and beautiful charms for reasonable price!

This nail polish is really dense, and is packed with lots of glitters. There are at least three types of glitters that I can identify, one of which is holographic hexagonal glitter. It truly looks like the content of a treasure box. 🙂

Butter London Bobby Dazzler

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Butter London Bobby Dazzler

I receive this polish as a birthday present last year. It’s an awesome polish and very different from other polish that I have tried! The metallic bits in this polish is finer than other metallic polishes that I have used. If put on correctly, it will really look like a silver mirror (that doesn’t reflect anything back…) This is definitely the smoothest polish that I own. Thank you Carol!!!

When I use this polish, I have to make sure that I smoothed out my nails. Otherwise, all the dents and crease will show up because this polish is very fine and very smooth.

The color is goldish-silver (or white gold, if you will).

Fancy French Tip: Nail Art

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I tried to imitate a nail art that I saw on Pinterest and had to try it.

The nail art from Pinterest!

I have seen some tutorials on how to create straight lines using nail tape. And the nail tapes that I ordered finally arrived! And also, I found a good sheer, nude nail polish.

Let’s go over the steps that I took to create this look.

I first painted my nail with two coats of SpaRitual In the Buff. (Will make entry on it separately later!)

Then I placed tapes on the middle of my nails, then painted the top half in the colors that I wanted.

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Afterward, I used nail art brush and dotting tools to create patterns on the colored tip! 20140109-131206.jpg

I removed the tape afterward, and here’s the shocking part. 😦 The colors and glitters came off ot the tape and stayed on my nail. I didn’t want to risk fudging what I had so far, so I just applied top coat on top of it.

20140109-131211.jpgLesson learned: I need to find better nail tapes, or use actual tapes cut into thin strips! Also, I need to try layer colors in advance because lighter colors don’t appear as well on top of dark nail polish. But overall, this method is pretty easy!

Orly Elsbeth’s Rose

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I got some nice nail polish from a Ross visit yesterday and got to try one last night.

This is Orly’s Elsbeth’s Rose. I feel like this could also be categorized as Color of the Year- Radiant Orchid. (Personally, I don’t really know how to deal with Pantone’s color winners… Emerald went out of fad really quickly last year!) Anyway, I used to own a Sephora OPI nail polish color this color, that I liked much, but had to throw away because it got too sticky, so I am happy!

I would also label this pink as Barbie Pink because it seems to be very similar to the pink used in Barbie boxes!

The photo is of base coat and two coats of Elsbeth’s Rose. I don’t think it shows up well in the photo but this polish has a pearly finish. The polish itself is pretty opaque, and one might have been good, but I used two. And as always, Orly brushes are always good, and like other Orly formulas, this one runs kind of runny, but at the same time, it’s astonishingly opaque.

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

Ikat print nail

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Ikat nails!!! This is actually from awhile ago, but I am so proud of this, and this was the most effort I have put on nail art.

The nail polishes:

  • Pink is Palm Beach pink from Sephora Bohemian Brights mini nail set. (It’s a wonderful shade of pink, but no longer available at Sephora )
  • Blue is Julep Annie.
  • White is random OPI white polish that’s sticky and old, but was good enough for this.
  • Black is Kiss Nail Art Paint. Its brush is thin, which made drawing the ‘outline’ easier.

I followed the tutorial from this YouTube video.

Although some of these polishes are not available anymore, I’m sure any nail polish will do as well. This may be a summer design, but who knows how other color combinations will work out? I really want to try ikat in a different color combination soon.

Few things I noted from this experience:

  • Having thin brush for the black helps a lot. **Nail polishes specifically for nail art have thin brushes. 
  • I liked that the pink is translucent, and this inspired an idea of trying  ‘watercolor’ effect nail art in the future
  • The white, and the base color, which in this case, was blue, has to be completely opaque!

Sephora Indigo Blasted

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Here is Sephora’s Indigo Blasted. I have only tried two ‘crackle’ nail polishes so far, but I know that this one is amazing for two reasons.

  1. This polish cracks really well – and separates well, too!
  2. It is currently only $3 at certain Sephora sale section.

In the above photo, the under coat is Julep’s Alma. I posted photo from another attempt using the Indigo Blasted polish. The under coat in the photo below is Sephora Torrid Shimmer, which is also currently $3 at Sephora!

  • Thinner layer will result in smaller ‘pieces’ of crackle. Thicker layer will result in bigger ‘pieces’ of crackle, but also wider space between the pieces. 
  • TIP: Make sure that the under coat is as smooth as possible. The crackle polish will have easier time ‘separating’ if it’s able to move easier on the surface. I found that putting a clear top coat over the under polish helps.
  • TIP: Make sure that the layer underneath is dried before applying the ‘blasted’ polish. If not, the layer underneath will move along with the ‘blasted’ polish, and display ‘naked’ gaps on your nail.

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