Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Powder Perfect Mei Mei's Signature's exclusive Velvet Night Duo

Hi lovelies,

I'm sharing my first holiday shades for this year with you today!!

Imagine enjoying a cider beside the fire in your log cabin, reading your favourite book, nestled in a worn leather armchair. It’s the holidays and you are surrounded by family and friends. Fireside Cider evokes the warmth of the fire, and the tickle of the cider.

Everybody starts to rise to go outside. Your family wants to watch the fireworks – they will go off at midnight! Bundled up in thick blankets, clasping the warm cider in your hands you drift out into the snow. The sky is velvety, the stars twinkling in the darkness. BANG!! BANG!! The fireworks begin to go off, all sparks and rainbows in the sky. Stroke Of Midnight captures the rich depth of the velvet sky and the rainbow sparks from the fireworks.

The Velvet Night is a limited edition duo created exclusively for Mei Mei’s Signatures.


Stroke of Midnight is a deep purple holo with  microglitters and glass flecks. I used three thin coats here, but you could totally get away with two.



The mattified version was astonishing! I added some purple stamping to finish the velvety look, so in love with this XD The polish I used was essie Luxedo and the plate was BM-312.


Fireside Cider is a brown packed with gold holo microglitters and fine cinnamon glitters. Shown is three coats without topcoat, I left it that way cause the polish dries textured, and I kinda like it.



And here is a pic with top coat on, glossy and squishy.


The Velvet Night Duo is only available from Mei Mei's Signatures for SGD $36.00 a set.

xx
Erin

This polish was provided to me by Powder Perfect for my honest review, for more info please read my disclosure policy.

Friday, 21 November 2014

November Challenge: Day 21 Movies

Hi lovelies,

Has anyone seen the Hunger Games Mockingjay? I went to see it yesterday and it was *******, I won't spoil it for you, haha. Anyway, as I was booking the ticket online last week and looking through the list of the challenge, I realise if I'm doing a movie inspired mani on the 21st, and going to watch the actual movie on the 20th, why not doing the nails a day prior and going to the movies with them! And I did!!

I had my last exam of the semester early in the morning yesterday, but still I managed to finished both hands before the movie in the afternoon, I think I deserve a medal for that, lol. And different designs for the hands. The green background was the green maxi skirt I wore to the movies, which reminds of a scene of the movie when Peeta asked Katniss about her favourite colour. It's green ;)


On my right hand I had Alanna Renee Golden Snitch as my base, then stamped the feather pattern from Messy Mansion(MM)-14 over it and topped with a coat of Essie Shine of the Times. The mockingjay is on fire!



And on my left I did the mockingjay pin on fire like the movie posters. This took me a while... The black base was Sinful Colors Black on Black and the metallic polish was Essie Penny Talk, and the rest is acrylic paint. Penny Talk is a pink leaning gold, I had to use it cause I couldn't find my bottle of Good as Gold.




Didn't plan this one well, so I went through a little detour there, using the acrylic paint first and cover them with polish and the wings for the mockingjay was way too small at first.


Have a lovely weekend! xx
Erin

November Challenge: Day 19 Dry Marble

Hi lovelies,

Day 19's theme is dry marble, a completely new technique to me, and let's see how it went on the first go ; )

I started with two coats of Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth, after the polish's completely dry; I painted a thick block of Sweet Tooth along the side of each nail (one nail at a time) and three tiny dots of blue or pink, which are Essie Off the Shoulder and Smooth Sailing. I did hearts, and found that it's easier to control the shape with smaller dots of polish.





xx
Erin

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

November Challenge: Day 16 Water Marble

Hi lovelies,

I had been looking forward to day 16 since the start of the challenge, cause I knew it would be a real challenge for me. It's not that I can't water marble, but I wanted to do something new and inspirational. I tried different patterns with various color combination until I met this : D It's a vertical version of the arrow pattern (tutorial) with some calming blue shades, just like a lovely knitted sweater or scarf.

I started with a white base, and water marbled with three different blue polishes, butter London Blagger, Enchanted Polish August and Face of Australia Once in a Blue Moon. It would be a great design for the holidays as well, substituting the colors to some festive shades, can't wait to try it!





Anyone trying this for a ugly sweater mani? ; )

xx
Erin

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Glam Polish Dreamscape swatches, review and nail art

Hi lovelies,

This is the second flakies from Glam Polish's Fantasia Flakies Series is Dreamscape, Dreamscape! Again, I swatched it on its own and over a color, now let's see the swatches : )

Dreamscape is a multichrome flakie top that shifts from red-copper-green-violet, absolutely stunning!



A closeup, this was actually the first clear close up on glitters I've ever got (I swatched this one before Comet Storm) and it totally made my day. Look how pretty the flakies are!!


A pic of the swatch taken in shade.


This is Dreamscape layered one coat over Color Club Wild Cactus, it's not a close match to the flakies, so they kind of popped on the color.
  



And finally the nail art XD I did a tape mani using Dreamscape as the base. The black compliments the multichrome so well! The tape I used was from Nail Vinyl.



Dreamscape is available for purchase from Glam Polish's bigcartel store now, and Rachel has confirmed that four more shades will be added to the series in the next few weeks, so you may wanna follow Glam Polish's InstagramFacebookand Twitter for the upcoming news.

xx
Erin

This polish was provided to me by Glam Polish  for my honest review, for more info please read my disclosure policy.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Glam Polish Comet Storm swatches, review and nail art

Hi lovelies,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, today, I have swatches of an beautiful multichrome flakie top coat to show you! And there's another one tomorrow, I took quite a lot pics for them, and decided to do the posts separately, to avoid overwhelming you guys, lol. I'm sure you would've seen some sneak peeks if you're following Glam Polish on their social media, I was blown away when I first saw them too. And trust me they are even more prettier in person! Most of the photos were taken underwater, because I think it captures the shifting spectrum the best, the flakies are very reflective out of the water, but I also included a pic in shade for you ; )


This is Comet Storm, a multichrome flakie top coat shifting from violet-purple-orange-green-blue. I swatched it both on its own and over a based color, and shown below is three coats on its own. 



A closeup, how beautiful!!


And this is the photo taken in shade.



I also tried layered the flakies over a dark purple, this is one thin coat over OPI Vant to Bite My Neck? So in love with this combo XD, you can see the flakies so much clearer, they're tiny but quite dense.




I don't know if you can see this, but I tried to paint a comet rain with the flakies here, comet rain for Comet Storm : ) The strokes standed out more in person though.



Comet Storm is from Glam Polish's Fantasia Flakies Series, there are two flakies available for purchase from their bigcartel store at the moment, and four more shades will be added to the series in the next few weeks. Please follow Glam Polish's Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more upcoming news.

xx
Erin

This polish was provided to me by Glam Polish  for my honest review, for more info please read my disclosure policy.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

November Challenge: Day 13 Polish Name

Good morning lovelies,

I did Mike Wazowski for "polish name" matching the bottle of my Honey Buttons Nail Polish, the owner made all the bottles different instead of giving them names. It's quite a brilliant idea, I remembers images so much better than names, lol.

This polish has been swatched last year, you can find more Honey Buttons Nail Polish swatches in the post as well. Mike was handpainted with acrylic paint.



And YAY, I have Mike on my iphone case as well XD


xx
Erin

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Spooky Nail Wraps from Born Pretty Store

Hi lovelies,

Today I have these spooky glow in the dark nail wraps to show you, it was a shame that I didn't have time to swatch these for you before Halloween, these are perfect for a quick fix! You just need to select the right size for your nail and stick them on. The set came with 14 wraps in 7 different designs, black patterns over white with a textured shimmery top, I left it that way without a topcoat for these swatches.





And these glow in the dark like crazyyyy XD I kept staring at my nails in bed, lol.


The wraps are available from Born Pretty Store with 10% off discount using this coupon, BAHQ10, stock up for next year's Halloween maybe?


xx
Erin

Products were provided to me by Born Pretty Store for my honest review, for more info please read my disclosure policy.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

November Challenge: Day 10 Tape Mani

Good morning lovelies,

For day 10: tape mani, I did two different designs and one of them as my accent nails, so it's simple but still with a little bit of fun. 

It was such a mess using Essie Good Morning Hope as the base, I needed three generous coats to reach full opacity, and it dries super slow. Even after waiting for a while and with a fast drying topcoat on, the polish is still soft, and it got torn apart when I pulled off some of the tape. I got really frustrating when it happened to more than one nail...

I tried and mixed all the flaws manually (freehanded,lol). Oh right, the shimmery periwinkle was Essie Smooth Sailing, one of my all time favorite shades, I won me over with its gorgeous color and lovely formula.





Anyone doing the challenge? I would like to see your designs too! Please leave your blog in the comment, thanks!

xx
Erin

Sunday, 9 November 2014

November Challenge: Day 7 Plaid

Hi lovelies,

I hesitated a little for plaid nails, since I haven't done one, they look quite complicated and I don't have a stamping plate with the patterns. After searching on the internet, I found the simplest and cutest plaids done by Katy from Nailed It, which she also did a tutorial for. This is my first go following the tutorial, I used Nail Vinyls, but would probably work better using striping tapes, neater lines

The two colors I used for the stripes are OPI Dating A Royal and Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?

 



xx
Erin