Hidden Blossom

Hey! I know I have been hiding but I started a new job and have been crazy busy with training. *whew*

So I thought I would do a quickie post because:

A) I want to let you know I am alive
B) I am tired (why I must be brief)
C) I still love to post for you!

This is a mani I did for myself earlier this week:

Barielle - Blossom + Sally Hansen - Hidden Treasure

To spice it up I added Essie - Matte About You

Miss you all! I'll be back on track soon.
:c)

Anyone want pink lips? And nipples? With the SAME product?

Does this worry anyone else?
Bioglo Cherry Pink Lip & Nipple Cream is: 

  • Safe for daily use
  • Easy to apply - straight from the tube or with provided brush applicator
  • No greasy after-feel
  • Desired effects within seconds
  • Cherry pink as a lip color - brings out the natural pinkish hue of your lips, no artificial colorants added
Bioglo Cherry Pink Lip & Nipple Cream is recommended to:
  • Those with darkened or discolored lips & nipples
  • Those with chapped, flaking or dry lips
  • Lipstick users to prevent further discoloration due to regular use of lipsticks
  • Those who wish to restore the natural color of lips & nipples
?!?!?!?!?!?!!?, says me.

DISCOLOURED NIPPLES?!?!?!??!?!?!?! I presume most of us are discoloured then...
But if anyone wants to try, PLEASE let me know if it works. I'm just curious...

NOTD: Pinky Purple Manicure

Hi ladies!

I promised pics of nails today and I will deliever but my cam didn't save the earlier manicure! *bangs head*
No idea what went wrong...

So I have nails. 3 coats of a Rainbow polish. Pinky purple with red and silver glitter.
But for some reason, it looks blue-purple or burple in the pictures.
It's not an accurate colour. But as usual with rainbow polishes, it glides on like butter.
THAT is the colour. *sigh* I can't work photoshop so this is the best I can do...

But I did go out for durians and mangosteens with my best friend.
The King and Queen of Fruit.
Yum, yum. Don't drop it on your foot. It's an aquired taste. Like blue cheese, but I love it. This is a Malaysian durian, the taste is richer. Those frozen Thai durians are different. I feel they taste bland.
And mangosteens! This bag was $2. And it goes so well with durian. *drools* If you haven't tasted it, you must. I remember going into Harrods (in London) and I saw they were selling these in the food department. 2 medium sized ones for 6 pounds! That was $17 those days. I almost fainted on the spot.
And the aftermath... We have durian sellers here that set up wooden tables and stools. And each table has a BIG basket for the shells and stuff. Ahhhh... Bliss!

MIA and I'm so sorry!

Hi ladies,

Sorry I haven't been posting. I have been house hunting and it is a HORRIBLE process.

Plus, I'm buying it on my own so I'm trying to save every penny.

But who can resist nailpolish? >,<

Anyway, I do have new pictures and I will post it up tonight.

How does anyone survive the house buying process? It's so terrible.

And I was feeling really sad cos I saw this apartment I loved (on Sunday) and I called Monday to view it again, and it was gone! In a day! *sobs*

Ah well. What doesn't kill ya only makes your stronger, no?

And this guy is my favourite makeup guru on Youtube. I heart you Josh!




He does awesome things for Halloween and it's coming up soon! Ooooo

trying something new

I SEEM TO ONLY BE ABLE TO TYPE IN CAPS. IM NOT MAD. IM TRYING TO BLOG FROM MY PHONE BUT MY PICS ARE NOT UPLOADING. SO MUCH FOR TECHNOLOGY HUH? MAYBE IM JUST THE TECHIDIOT

New Brand Alert: Confetti

I am always on the lookout for new polishes or interesting nail products when I am out and about. I always looking out for you guys! I was very pleased to stumble upon and display in CVS of a new brand: Confetti. Overall the whole line looked a bit boring (I mean "safe") but they did throw in some interesting shades for us junkies, including a green! And they retail for just $1.99 a bottle! So I grabbed a couple.

Moonstruck - I showed you this one last week for my Chanel - Paradoxal dupe. It's that cool, edgy, gray-taupe-purple color we love so much! Great shade and great formula.

Centerstage - This is a bright, glowing purple. It's on the red/magenta side and shimmers flecks of blue. Great formula. Two coats.

Bombshell Blue - Awesome, shimmery, glowy, cornflower blue. Very eye-catching. This is my favorite type of blue polish color. My only complaint is that the formula is thin and needed 3 coats.

My Favorite Martian - The star of the show! This is a very shimmery, olive green. This also needs 3 coats like Blue Bombshell and the brush was a little wonky. It reminded me of Sinful Colors - Show Me The Way so I did a comparison:

They are actually pretty different. The similarities are shimmery olive, needs three coats, and $1.99 price tag. But on the nail they are obviously different. My Favorite Martian builds to a more saturated color and is more green while Show Me The Way is more yellow. Show me the way has a great glass-fleck that is lost in this picture in the bright sun.

What do you think?
:c)
Have a great Friday!!

Misa - What I Like About You PR pics - Fall 2010

Sometimes it's easy to know just what you want, but you'll immediately know what you need when you lay your eyes on the Misa Cosmetics What I Like About You Collection, six new shades for fall that plumb the depths of color intensity. You've explored the dark side of romance with the Poisoned Passion Collection; now fall in love with the ecstasy that love can provide through these dare-you-to-look-away glimmering hues. Just like a dubbing affair, these colors will spark inexplicable emotions and near-obsessive thoughts. Go ahead - indulge your deepest desires!

Fall 2010: What I Like About You Collection

Quirky Smile: Something about his lilted smile lets you know he's interested... and this shimmering Prussian blue is no less attention-grabbing. However, this rich shade invites you into deeper territory-what's lurking beneath? In this case, you'll discover a polish that evokes stormy skies and churning seas, a perfect metaphor for love's mixed emotions.

Spinning Out of Control: Sometimes you just can't control yourself - and you wouldn't have it any other way. Embrace that euphoric feeling with a brooding cobalt blue-violet that says, "Don't stop this merry-go-round; I'm enjoying the ride!"

Like It Like That: You can't avoid feeling upbeat when a relationship is going just right, or when gazing at nails that are the perfect shade. Just try to block this candy apple green out of your mind; when you like it like that, why deny yourself the pleasure?

It's You!: Searching for the perfect mate is like searching for the perfect nail polish shade: When you find it, you know right away. Like a perfect-match partner, this multilayered iridescent hue offers the best of both worlds: a smoldering forest green shot through with copper ribbons that glimmer and twinkle perfectly in candlelight.

Perfect Kiss: Don't blush! When you recognize a good moment, grab what's yours: the perfect kiss. A well-planted smooch can provide material for days of daydreaming, and this vibrant fuchsia is equally fantasy-inspiring. An eye-catching color like this one will have any man's lips quivering uncontrollably.

When U Say My Name: Chances are, your man has plenty to say, but nothing is sweeter than when he whispers your name while in a sweet embrace. Blissfully sink into the moment while donning this sultry rust, and don't be afraid to demand, "Say it again!"

(MAKE SURE TO CLICK FOR THE HUGE BOTTLE PIC!)

I am so excited about this collection. It totally reminded me of the Poisoned Passion Collection because it just all looked so intense and like every color is going to be a winner.

NOTD: (or some at least) The Edge Barcelona

I swapped this with Jen from nailpolish uk. It's an awesome polish. Blue in some lights, green in others. The above picture, I had just a coat on. Plus I was lazy and only painted 3 nails. Although dry time was short, I was too lazy to paint the pinky.
It matches my bed sheets! Again, it's a raining in Singapore. All pictures taken indoors with flash.
The middle finger is how it looks like in most lights.
Note the frosty finish? Yummy!

I like this polish and would deffo do a whole manicure with it. It's just that I'm heading out Friday night and this colour doesnt go with my dress. :)

Quick Dose of Nail Humor


Photo Courtesy of College Humor

NOTD: Pink Polka Dot Pop-Up

Here's an optical illusion. Almost. Sally Girl Type A from Christy was the exact color of what-do-you-call-it, bubble sticker? that I had. I thought of drawing polka dots and putting stickers in random places, sort of to fool others into thinking the dots might be popping out. Okay -- pop-ups -- that's how my mind works sometimes.
The green base is a NNNB gel.

NOTD: Pink With Black Crackle

I took everyone's advice and swirled the nail polish around after I applied a coat.

It does look much better but this polish I got dries matte. Which is kinda cool.

Please forgive the lighting. It's 1145pm here and it's been raining non-stop the last week. We experienced floods here over the weekend.

Black crackle and a pink un-named Skinfood. I only did one nail to experiment.

Indoors (duh) with flash. The crackle effect is really much nicer! Compared to the streaks I had earlier.

So ladies, to crackle, one must swish.

Sweet Blog Award

Sweet Blog Award!

Locke of Girlish Mood has sweetly given me this award to share with ten other bloggers who are sweet and friendly. Okay, so I don't know the bloggers I'm passing this on to, but I think they're sweet because of their blog and for following me even though I didn't know them. The funny thing is, some of them write in languages that I can't understand. But their fab pics bridge the language barrier effectively. Which goes to show that beauty doesn't have to speak the same language to be appreciated. ;) So thank you, thank you, fellow bloggers. I think you're sweet, I really do.

- Give this award to 10 sweet and friendly bloggers
- Make a post about the award including the picture above
- In your post, mention the person who gave it to you
- Put the award on your blog
- Let your nominated 10 know you've awarded them by leaving a comment


And the award goes to... (drumroll):

Men & Nail Polish: Yay or Nay?

This topic was posted today on Michèle's blog. I wished to share my long response which turned out to be too long for the comments section so I published it here, happy reading ...

I admit I am impressed with the number of Yay responses to Michèle's topic, Wow that’s amazing.

I am a man in my early forties with liking for nail polish since my childhood. I use to play secretly with my mom’s polishes when I was a teen. In my twenties I was buying my own polishes and always had my toes polished. I went through the dilemma of the social acceptance of my passion; being straight to the bones I never viewed it as a furtive gay behavior but rather an innate love for polished nails, however I always feared social rejection being labeled as gay!

I shared my passion with my better half during our dating time, she was initially reluctant. It took her 10 years after our happy marriage to accept it, finding no harm in it, since it made me happy. Still, my painted toes were never exposed socially. In the late nineties, the Internet changed things completely, I found out I was not alone, neither gay, nor outside the norm; with Yahoo groups I discovered other males with a similar passion. There is no reason why society accepts males with long hair, earrings, tattoos, and not painted nails. However I do agree that it may be matching more particular males’ style than all males.

In the past few years I gained more confidence, I was able to meet in person female coworkers and on the internet female fellow polish addicts, and Jake, all equally passionate by nail polish and totally open to the idea of males with painted nails, that was awesome. I posted pictures on flickr and finally started my blog last May. My social comfort has risen to exhibiting my painted toes in sheer colors, and French pedicures, occasionally wearing bold colors at the beach. I do follow many blogs almost on regular basis, buy the latest collection of OPI, MISA, Essie, etc, my nail polish collection is way past 1000.

At present I share colors with my wife and greatly enjoy this passion. After self analysis I concluded it is in my DNA like the hundred of ladies blogging about it and unsurprisingly many have no passionate interest in other makeup as much as nail polish. I am perfectionist by nature and reflect it as well through the grooming and painting of my nails. Unfortunately I cannot keep up with the pace of fantastic daily nail bloggers. Whenever I have time I write my small piece of blog with pictures.

I am thrilled to be part of this unique community and hope time will make more people open minded about it. Thank you for reading being the only male commenting so far I thought worthwhile sharing my experience. Please scroll through other entries in my blog if you are interested to read more about my experience. I would be happy to read and reply to your comments.

Big thanks to Michèle for creating this topic J

Review of Sally Hansen's Nail Thickener

Please note, I brought this myself. It was not a gift. I read all about G + L and I think those 'big companies' are just trying to be difficult. We all give honest reviews. Are you gonna put listening devices at Starbucks to see who verbally disses your product? Take the critics and just grow up.

Anyway, this product was kinda meh. Yes, my nails were much harder when it was on. I would say even 10 times harder. But when I cleaned it off, my nails were only marginally harder (2 times).

Pros
  • Does work VERY well when it's on
  • Can be used as a base coat.
  • Dries fast
Cons
  • No miracle in a bottle (but we all know that)
  • Although can be used as a basecoat, I experienced major chipping. Even from my good polishes.
  • Solution is a bit goopy and thick. Hard to manage.
  • When it dries, it remains a little bumpy. Wonder what that it?
 So, I haven't painted my nails much last week. I have been feeling a bit down.

One of my really good friends is sick and it's really breaking my heart.
Everytime I look at property, the prices shot up.

*sigh*

But! This week will be better! *positive thinking*

So, here's a really funny video! Argh argh argh ahhhhhh!

Nubar Venitian Glass Fall 2010

I hate to tell you guys, but the days are getting shorter. It may be hard to believe. I know I don't considering it is 90 degrees outside right now, but trust me! The days of Fall are coming and Nubar's newest collection is making me wish it would come faster! ...Only for polish... I really love summer

Inspired by traditional Venetian Glass, Nubar's Venetian Glass Collection captures the brilliant colors and flawless craftsmanship of the ancient, traditional handmade glass of Venice. With vivid hues, a strong glass-flecked shimmer, and rich color saturation, these shades are as memorable as their inspiration.

Arencia - ORANGE! This is a glowing, bold orange. It reminds me of my fave: Sinful Colors - Courtney Orange, but glass-flecked instead of shimmer. Really, really hot. This could pass for a summer shade, but it did remind me of pumpkin patches when I put it on.

Bronzo
- This is a more mellow shade than Arencia. It is a sort of toned-down, slightly burnt orange, copper color. Very Fall. It does look a lot like the A Perfect "10" shade I posted.

Caramello - This is a very deep, bold gold that looks just like it's name: caramel. It's like glass-flecked caramel sauce with a bit of a foil finish. This feels very dramatic, and antique-y. I really like this shade.

Oro - Whoa! This is a very, very bold, yellow gold. This is serious, attention getting shade. It reminds me of Zoya - Goldie, but on steroids. This was my first official mani from this collection.

Rosso - This is a red glass-fleck and although I would normally say "it's red, move on," I really like this red! It is very shimmery and pretty and I will definitely wear it.

Vino - Ooh. So sexy! This burgundy is the deepest of the bunch, but not too dark. It can be appreciated for it's color and I love the way it has glints of purple.

Verde - THE STAR OF THE SHOW! I love this! It's probably a given that this would be the fave of this collection. It's a blue sided, evergreen tree green with loads of gold glass-fleck shimmer. I have it on now and it's mesmerizing. I don't have Zoya - Edyta to compare, but they appear to be the about the same. I also hear that's true from a favorite, trusted blogger.

Vaso - The oddball. I love it for that reason. I mean really, where does a light lavender fit into this collection? It is very pretty though. I was worried prior to trying it that I wouldn't like it because it has this weird frosty look. Do you see it? Instead of looking like a super shimmer, glass-fleck like the rest of the bunch, the white shimmer in it makes it look sort of... crinkled? It's a strange effect, but I still like it on my nails.

The formula on these is fantastic. If you do really thin coats you'll have to do three, but a thin to medium coat will give you two-coat coverage for every shade. This are all very well pigmented, have an easy to control formula (I didn't have to do any clean-up for any of these swatches) and they all have a serious glass-fleck to even almost a foil finish. These are probably even better in person. I did the best I could to get good, clear swatches in strong sun but even then I couldn't capture all the beauty. This is a top-notch collection. I was slightly miffed at the 5 colors all in the red/gold/orange family, but they all are different, and they all capture the essence of Fall along with Vino and Verde so it makes a great Fall collection. And I am assuming since this is based on ancient Venetian glass making, this were the prominent shades used in that time, so it makes a lot of sense that those are the colors in this collection.

What do you think about Venetian Glass?
This collection is available now at www.bynubar.com. It retails for $7.49 a bottle or $49.95 for the eight piece set. Also, for a limited time, if you order the 8 piece set you get a bottle of Nubar Diamont Top Coat (which is a great top coat) and Foundation Base Coat free.

-Have a great weekend!
-Elaine
:c)

Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

First attempt at French








I tried a few times a free hand French Pedicure and it usually turns out nice, only because I am using my dominant hand to paint the smiley line. When it comes to my hands, I have never been able to draw uneventfully the smiley line on my dominant hand. While visiting Asami's blog I liked her simple and yet beautiful French Manicure, using guideline stickers; I wanted to give it a try.

First try: I used guideline stickers from Seche which I got from 8ty8beauty a while ago. I applied the base coat waited untill fully dried then placed neatly the guideline stickers. Painted the tips with Essie Blanc and waited half an hour before removing the stickers. The white smileys were perfect but but but some stickers removed the base coat, other left the glue on the nail :( . I removed all and started again.

Second try: I found in my stash guideline stickers from Orly. I applied them on bare nails and skipped the base coat. Used again Essie Blanc for the tips and 20 minutes later removed the stickers resulting in perfect smiley line :) . Started to apply the nude color Essie Happily Ever After on the right pinkie nail Ooops got a little of white streaking, had to wait for another 20 minutes until the white polish has fully dried up on all nails. Applied 2 coats of the Essie nude, waited for another half hour before applying Seche Vite to reduce the shrinking effect, etVoila. It looks very nice and elegant, and for both hands.

After two hours, and two attempts I thought enjoying the look of my first not so bad French Manicure so I did not venture into rhinestones or nail art but I will surely give it a try.

China Glaze Fall Promotions

Find Strength in the Power of Pink

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Gets the Gloves Ready to Join in the

Fight Against Breast Cancer

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 2010) – Join China Glaze Nail Lacquer this October in the battle against breast cancer, one nail at a time! The professional line of nail lacquers brings on the fight with three powerful pinks. Inspired by the women who fight everyday and those that support them in their battle, these fabulous shades are sure to help you defeat the toughest opponents with style and class. China Glaze representative Rachel Schafer voiced that “in an industry dominated by women, for women, it is important that we strive to work together towards finding a cure.”

The three colors in “Fight Like A Woman” include:

  • Encouragement – A baby pink shimmer that brings on the cheer
  • Endurance – Power through the punches with this raspberry shimmer
  • Empowerment – Stand up tall with this cotton-candy crème on your nails

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization dedicated to the science of cancer and promoting international collaboration in cancer research.

The “Fight Like A Woman” Collection will be available at professional beauty supply stores and select salons this September. Availability will be very limited internationally.

AWAKEN YOUR HALLOWEEN SPIRITS WITH GLAMOURISHLY GOULISH NAILS

China Glaze Introduces Three Limited Edition Halloween Polishes

Los Angeles, CA – (July 2010): Sink your claws into these three ghoulish glitters from China Glaze, perfect for a night of fright! Uniquely alluring and unlike any other Halloween colors before them, this collection is sure to entice. Colors in the promotion include:

  • Zombie Zest: A mossy green shade with gold flecks of micro glitter.
  • Ick-A-Body: A dark green base chock full of orange glitter
  • Mummy May I: Vampy, wine colored purple with flecks of hot pink glitter.

The 18 piece display will be available at Sally’s Beauty Supply Stores only and the 4 piece with free Fast Forward Top Coat will be available at all other beauty and nail supply outlets, stores and e-tailers.

A Perfect "10"

Hello all! I was perusing nail polish at Wal-Mart yet again and I took a peek at a brand that I am pretty sure has been around for a while, but that I don't own. It is called A Perfect "10", and although most of the colors were pretty boring to me, I did find two that caught my enough to snag.

Here they are: Bittersweet and Crush

Bittersweet - This is a sheer, but super shimmery, light, spearmint green. The formula is outrageously thin. I had to do 4 coats, but I suspected that it would look awesome layered over a black or dark green so I had to see if I was correct>>>

I was!

Crush - This is a super shimmery, burnt orange color. It reminds me of the new Venetian Glass collection from Nubar (Which I have swatched for you!) This one is much more pigmented than Bittersweet and I was able to do 2 coats.

I believe these retailed for about $1.99. But it was a little while ago and now I am second guessing that. But whatever they cost it was cheap.

What do you think? Have any A Perfect "10" polishes?
-Elaine
:c)

NOTD: Fenced In

My pathetic attempt at creating a flower with a toothpick. The polish I used was so sticky and thick, it smeared and wouldn't behave properly. This is using all no-name, no-brand polishes, so I'm more than willing to share the blame. ;) It's layered on top of a plaid background.

Chanel - Paradoxal....ish

Have you all been nervously pacing wondering if it is a good idea to drop $23 for the new Fall shade from Chanel: Paradoxal? A lot of us are. It is beautiful, but.... $23? It's a hard pill to swallow. I can't help thinking there has to be a way to get the gray-taupe-purple shade with the violet shimmer look for less either by frankening (mixing different polishes together) or layering.

Then I had a polish revalation. A "lacqualation", if you will. I picked up a polish from CVS last week from a new line called "Confetti". The shade is called "Moonstruck" and it is that hard to peg taupey, grayish, purple, just like Paradoxal. Next I had to get some purple shimmer in there. I recently acquired a cool, gleaming violet shimmer in a clear base. It's Orly - Love Each Other. Then I threw that on top.

Looking at my creation I am sure it is probably a lot lighter than Paradoxal, but that is okay. I love this!

What do you think? Are you getting Paradoxal? Or are you looking for a cheaper option to get the look?
:cD
-Elaine