Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Viva La Nails


Package:


This is something that came in the mail not to long ago. I've tried out a pair of stickers. Review coming soon!

If you`re interest in seeing more products you can click here.

*These were sent for review

-vee


Saturday, June 26, 2010

OPI: Done out in Deco


Direct Sunlight:
opi Done out in Deco

Shade:
opi done out in deco swatch

Indoor:
done out in deco opi swatch


This was the second OPI color I have purchased, (first was You’re a Pisa Work). I remember the first time I encountered this color, it was at Trade Secret and I ended up getting essie’s Lovie Dovie and Van D’go... after that I went around the mall and I was debating about whether or not I should get it. Of course the moment I got home I felt immediate regret and the next day I called a few malls around my area trying to find stores that carried it. Lucky for me just when I was about to give up and leave the mall I saw this huge OPI rack at Tonyc and I paced myself in and I found it! It was a good day.

Anyways, I think I should stop babbling. I really like this color; it’s very soft and feminine. I used 2 coats when I took the pictures but I ended up wearing 3. The formula on this color seems a little thicker, but it didn’t affect my application. Now with this color, I think it probably would look best on fair skin... because my sister who’s more tanned than I am looks a bit dead with this color.

-vee


Questionable OPIs


Fake OPIs:


Something I came across a while ago when I was shopping in this small asian mall. Fake OPI bottles for the low cost of $8 dollars. LOL the hell?

I actually wanted to go in and look at what the name of these colors were... I wonder if anyone would even want a water downed red or pink.
-vee


Reader Request: OPI: Ogre the-top Blue vs OPI: No Room for the Blues


Outdoor:
Index & Ring: OPI - Ogre the-top Blue
Middle & Pinky: OPI - No Room for the Blues


Indoor:
Index & Ring: OPI - Ogre the-top Blue
Middle & Pinky: OPI - No Room for the Blues


So here it is! This is a request Ning asked me to do.

I am wearing 2 coats in these pictures. The two colors are quite different. Both are very lovely, and flattering. Ogre the-top Blue is a couple of shades darker than No Room for the Blues. I can't wait to wear it as a full mani. XD

-vee


Ogre the-top Blue v.s. No Room for the Blues

Friday, June 25, 2010

China Glaze: Dorothy Who & Illamasqua short list


Direct Sunlight:
China Glaze: Dorothy Who

Shade:
china glaze dorothy who swatch

Indoor:
china glaze dorothy who swatch


Now this one dries super fast! The formula was very smooth and it was very easy to apply. The only down side is that you need around 3-4 coats to reach the bottle color. (You could go for less, since the coverage is even, depends on how dark you want it to look) I used 4 coats for this picture.

So I’ve been wearing this for a day and I’m already experiencing some chipping on my thumb and forefinger. I’m not impressed. :( In general, I change my polish before it even chips! And as I proceed to day 2 there is more chipping! The hell.

So now with the Illamasqua short list. Funny thing, this morning Milan and I woke up and we both recieved an email saying "Congrats you made it to the final 50" out of 6000 contestants so they are giving us 25% off.

We're both flattered, but skeptical as well. What are the chances we both made it out of 6000? Unless we're that talented, haha. So please tell us, who else has received this email?
-vee


Monday, June 21, 2010

China Glaze: Liquid Leather and Konad M57


Outdoor:


Indoor:


Thumb:


I was really expecting this color to be more opaque, but the first coat was quite sheer and you need at least 3 coats for it to have full coverage. I was reading around and apparently this is supposed to be a jelly? I don’t know.. I wouldn’t mind 3 coats but it takes foreverrrrrrrrrr to dry. I even tried putting Seche Vite top coat, and when I decided to konad my thumb the whole polish layer shifted. It was really strange... I thought it was fully dried. I can't tell you how many times I had to repaint a finger. *shakes fist*

I admit it’s really glossy, and the end result is great.


Today's Purchase:



Oh, the brushes don't come with the bag, I just decided to fill it up as soon as I got home. hehe

I'm such a sucker for cute things like this. I figured I "need" this because when I pack my brushes, I can never find a safe way to store it in my make up bag.
-vee


A Taupe Comparison


First up: Deborah Lippmann - Waking Up in Vegas, American Apparel - Mouse, Chanel - Particuliere, Orly - Prince Charming

Deborah Lippmann - Waking Up in Vegas, American Apparel - Mouse, Chanel - Particuliere, Orly - Prince Charming

Chanel Particuliere comparison

Second Set: Sally Hansen - Commander in Chic, Sephora by OPI - Metro Chic, OPI - Over the Taupe, Chanel - Particuliere, OPI - You Don't Know Jacques!

Sally Hansen - Commander in Chic, Sephora by OPI - Metro Chic, OPI - Over the Taupe, Chanel - Particuliere, OPI - You Don't Know Jacques

Thumb - Pinky

Particuliere dupes

This comparision was made to compare other taupe colors with particuliere. Out of all the colors, I would say Over the Taupe and Prince Charming looked the most similar to Chanel's Particuliere. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
-vee


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chanel Particulière


Direct Sunlight:


Shade:


Indoor:



So I'm a little late in posting this. I know when this came out I was been debating back and forth whether to get it or not. I'm glad I did. Well actually, I was on the search for it...but it was sold out everywhere! Lucky for me, my dad knew I was looking for this. So one day after work he went into this store called Murale (A make up store, owned by shoppers) and he found it!!! hehehe. Now, who can say their dad does that for them?! :D

Overall, this color doesn't disappoint. I used 2 coats in these pictures, although it wouldn't hurt to have three. I had fun applying it on and I'll try to get comparison pictures up afterwards. Okay, I need to shower/sleep NOW must wake up at 7am tomorrow to get ready and make it in time for my convocation.

-vee


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sula Paint and Peel - Azure


Direct Sunlight:
Sula Paint and Peel - Azure

Shade:
Sula Paint and Peel -Azure @ milan and vanaily

Indoor:
Sula Paint and Peel - Azure


This polish smells different, reminds me of glue... the white one that has a cow or something on it. LOL (Elmer glue, I believe?)

Overall the polish dries pretty quickly between coats, although when you are putting it on it looks grainy and streaky. Once it dries it smoothes out a little bit (but still streaky in terms of texture), and dries darker.

In terms of color, it's quite nice. I'm very happy with the colors I came across. Only thing is that I highly doubt this polish has any endurance, after waiting a couple of hours (~3 hours) I decided to juice some apples and carrots. After I was finished, oh man I had some dents, smudges, and chipping...mind you I did put top coat to “protect” it.

I'll try not to do any labour next time for a good few hours and see how that goes.

-vee


Analogous Challenge & Offer of Admission


Direct Sunlight:



This NOTD was made for Polish Hoarder Disorder's weekly challenge. For this week, we were supposed to use three neighboring colors, I ended up going with yellow, yellow-green, and green.

This challenge had me scratching my head, and sketching away ideas. This is what I came up with. lol.

I used: OPI Banana Bandanna, Sula Paint and Peel in Kelly for the leaf shape, and OPI Gargantuan Green Grape to fill it in. All the fine details were made using a striping brush.

Now, that I got that covered, I just wanted to announced that I recently recieved my offer of Admissions for my Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Management Major! I must say this is the happiest day of my life! This couldn't be better timing, and I'm graduating from College this friday with my Diploma in Business Administration-Marketing. :)

I just wanted to share, I'm just too happy. lol.

Yippee!!!
-vee


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today's Haul - Bottle Pictures


Bottles:
nail polish bottlesL-R: OPI-Ogre the-top Blue, China Glaze-Dorothy Who?, Sephora by OPI-Read my Palm, OPI-Here Today Aragon Tomorrow, OPI-You Don't know Jacques!,China Glaze-Laced Up, essie-Cute as a Button

Ogre the-top Blue v.s. No Room for the Blues:
Ogre the-top Blue v.s. No Room for the BluesComparison coming soon! I was requested by Ning to compare the two colors. Since I'm unable to do it this week, I will leave this bottle picture for the time being. :)

Pictures should be up by next week.


-vee


Monday, June 14, 2010

OPI: Banana Bandanna


Direct Sunlight:


Shade:


Indoor:


This yellow is pretty soft and feminine, it has a very subtle shimmer to it that you can barely notice. You can get away with 3 careful coats. I would have stopped at 3, but a few of my fingers could have used the 4th coat. So for sanity's sake I used 4 coats for these pictures.

Overall, I like this color more than Orly’s Lemonade (which I plan to re-swatch soon), even though Orly was more opaque and only needed 2 coats. But I like the softness of this color.
-vee


Saturday, June 12, 2010

China Glaze: Bahamian Escape & Konad Image Plate S9


Indoor:
bahamian escape china glaze

Thumb:
china glaze bahamian escape swatch @ milan and vanaily

No Bottle-indoor:
china glaze bahamian escape swatch

So today it's cloudy with showers, heavy showers might I add (otherwise I would still run out to snap a "shade" photo.)So I will make due with 3 indoor photos instead. : )

This color is very opaque, you can probably get away with 1 careful coat but I went with two anyways. The drying time seemed a bit long, but it wasn't too bad since I was painting between commericals as I was watching the Criminal Minds marathon. haha.

As for the Konad image, I used s9. It's such a cute plate, it has japanese flowers with a little Geisha in the middle!

-vee


Re-post: OPI: Parlez-vous OPI?


Direct Sunlight:


Shade:


Indoor:



I decided some of my older pics needs re-swatching because I prefer to have my sunlight/shade photos. Plus my nails have gone a long way from when I started blogging!

Original post:
What can I say, it applied like a dream. I love OPI's Pro Wide Brushes <3 I wore this for 4 days. I didn't experience any chipping BUT, I did experience some tip wear on my index and middle finger.

Oh! I have a little story. On Tuesday I had night class, funny thing, as I came into class and sat beside my friend I noticed her purple nails. So I told her: "Oh I like your nail polish! - Wait, it looks like the one I'm wearing"
Her: OPI?
Me: "Parlez-vous OPI?"
Haha, what are the chances.

-vee


Sunday, June 6, 2010

OPI: No Room for the Blues


Direct Sunlight:
no room for the blues opi @ milanandvanaily

Shade:
no room for the blues opi swatch @ milanandvanaily

Indoor:
no room for the blues opi

Oh this was surprisingly very smooth. I’m not sure why I was surprised, but I was. This is a gorgeous blue crème. I can’t stop staring at my hands! I’m glad I tried it out, because I’ve been so focused on taupes, pinks, purples, and mint greens that I haven’t gotten around trying out my blues.

In these pictures I used 3 coats, no top coat. (I usually don’t use top coat unless my polish has sheet marks) Even though this collection is old, I love all the colors... and I love Paige denim 

-vee


Saturday, June 5, 2010

My First Franken!


Shade:
Franken - nouvelle vague

Indoor:
Franken - nouvelle vague

Here it is, my first franken. This was inspired by RBL`s Bikini Bottom and Chanel`s Nouvelle Vague. It actually came out looking much more like Nouvelle Vague than anything. I even have the subtle shimmer lol.
-vee


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

OPI: Gargantuan Green Grape


Shade:
Gargantuan Green Grape opi swatch

Indoor:
Gargantuan Green Grape @ milanandvanaily

Flash:
OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

As much as I like this color, the formula on this is a bit disappointing. First of all it’s really sheer and you need at least 3 coats to make it look half decent. I went for 4 coats in these pictures. I like this color better than “Hey! Get in the Lime!” just because it’s more vibrant on my hand and it doesn’t wash me out.

The ring finger is the same from the last post; I spent too much time on that one finger to remove it. Plus I like how it looks, hehe.

-vee


Bling Bling Entry


Shade:


Flash:


Thumb:

Video:


Don't mind the background noise, my mom was watching some Asian movie lol.

This NOTD was made for Polish Hoarder Disorder's weekly challenge. For this week we were supposed to incorporate silver or gold into our designs and go nuts with jewels and glitter lol.

I used:
Base: Anna Sui - 026 (3 coats) & 1 coat of Anna Sui 240
Colored Dot: China Glaze - VIII

I knew I wanted to do a jewel encrusted nail...hahaha! It was actually really annoying trying to pick up the gems, esp. when some of them are flipped over. In the end I'm pretty happy how it came out, even though this is a bit out of my comfort zone.

(I actually removed it all off & kept my ring finger as is)

-vee