Archive | August, 2012

Sponge Effect

16 Aug

I bought make-up sponges just to try out this technique. This is an easy and fast way to dress up your nails, adding colour to your look as well. Literally took me 10mins to do because since the amount of polish actually on your nail is thinned out with sponge, it dries so much quicker so you don’t have to wait as long between layers. Plus, even if it’s not completely dry, that fine since you want it to look slightly blended with each colour anyways.

Polishes used: Base Coat (OPI), Angora Cardi (Essie), Violet (Revlon Top Speed), Yellow (Butter), Top Coat (OPI)

How to get this look:

  1. base coat
  2. sponge on the purple to just the top half of the nail
  3. dipping the sponge into the yellow and pink, dab these colours on top of the purple
  4. top coat

 

The quality of these photos are not the greatest, but I think the first picture portrays these nails the best, closest to what they look like in-person.

I will definitely use this sponging technique again and try to perfect it

Fluorescent Nails

13 Aug

Many people have been wearing the fluorescent nail polishes, most of the time on their toe nails, for summer so I thought I would try it myself.

Tip: apply white nail polish first before the fluorescent paint, this will make the polish look brighter.

I wanted to add a design over the fluorescent nails because I felt it was a bit much just on it’s own, the colour doesn’t look quite the same in the pictures. The yellow is more of a bright orange in person. The abstract flowers didn’t turn out quite how I wanted, but I still like it!

How to get this look:

  1. base coat (China Glaze)
  2. white polish (Essie – Blanc) – 2 layers
  3. fluorescent colour (China Glaze – Sun Worshiper) – 2 layers
  4. using a flat art brush, dip in a dark colour (China Glaze – First Mate) and then in the fluorescent colour you had used, make stroke in a swirling motion from outward from a central point
  5. using a thinner art brush, dip in the white and a bit of the original fluorescent colour, roughly brush on top of the pedal

 

Polishes (from left to right): First Mate (China Glaze), Sun Worshiper(China Glaze), Blanc (Essie), Top Coat (OPI), Fast Dry Top Coat (Seche Vite), Base Coat (China Glaze)

 

For my one hand, I tried the OPI and the other I tried the Seche Vite top coat. The store clerk had been raving about the Seche Vite Top Coat and how it gives a great shine to your nails, but I found that it wasn’t any different from the OPI in terms of the shine. The quality of the Seche Vite was better because my nails were a lot smoother, even with the design, but for the price of $10, I don’t think it is worth it. I am sure any other top coat would work just as well.

Adventure to Sally’s

13 Aug

On Friday I went to Sally’s (Unit C165-12477 88TH Ave in Surrey) with my sister, Jade, and her friend, Loretta. This was the first time I had gone to this beauty shop, so I didn’t know what to expect. I had originally heard of Sally’s from my friend, Susan, who was telling me about the China Glaze brand which I had not heard about until last month.

Sally’s was a sale for China for $4.99, which was great because I had wanted to get a bunch of their colours to test out and they had a lot of colours to choose from. Aside from a whole aisle of nail products, they also had a bunch of skin and hair products. I bought a couple of their skin care products, so we’ll see how they turn out, whether they were worth my buy.

I ended up spending $160 and got all this for it (the bag was free with any purchase over $30)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big bottle of Warm O Lotion, manicure treatment, was something I wanted to test out since I’ve never really gone through doing manicure treatments.

The products I am most excited to use, other than the nail polishes, are the nail polish thinner (restores old polish consistency) and the nail polish & art wheel (colour wheels and as design templates).

Here’s a closer look at all the nail polish colours I bought

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Seche Vite (dry fast top coat), China Glaze (base coat), Finger Paints (Hue Left a Message?), China Glaze (First Mate), China Glaze (Avalanche), China Glaze (Deviantly Daring), China Glaze (Unpredictable), China Glaze (Ingrid), China Glaze (Innocence), China Glaze (Sun Worshiper)

The Seche Vite was suggested by the store clerk as being a great top coat that dries quickly and is super shiny. It was quite pricy, at $10.

I will keep you posted as to the how I like the products I have bought and will probably do a review on the China Glaze brand in a week or so, after I’ve had a chance to test out a few of the polishes

 

 

Attempt: Daisies

13 Aug

My attempt of daisies. Kind of a let down. Looks a bit more like fireworks?

BC Day!

6 Aug

Happy BC Day everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend. I know I am!

  

 

 

For the solid yellow nails, I used a new polish that I had bought from the local Farmer’s Market (which happen every Wednesday at Surrey Central in from of the North Surrey Rec Centre). This booth was called  )(Seraphina. It’s homemade products that supposedly have less chemicals, the lady was selling a bunch of nail polishes, lip balms, make-up, and soap. So anyways, I bought 3 from her (3 for $10). She had a lot of great colours, but I thought I’d buy colours I don’t already have and ones that are unique inwhich I have not seen at the drug store.

The bronze and the light blue are super sparkly. You only need to apply one layer, which I love because I am usually lazy to wait for the first layer to dry and then painting another layer.

The one I used for my nails this week is obviously the yellow one (in the middle), this one I had to apply 2 layers and I think it would look even better if I had done one more layer.

It comes in a cute little bottle, but I can see myself using it up pretty quickly, which is actually good I guess so that it is used up before it dries out.