Friday, 28 January 2011

Bold things about me

Hello everyone ^_^/

How are you all doing today? I am at work checking the internet and quite annoyed at my blog as I had two scheduled posts for this week and they never appeared meh! While trying to figure out what happened I will do this bold tag that I saw over at Stavroula's blog.

The rules are quite simple. You just bold the things that are true about you from the list bellow.

I miss somebody right now.
I don't watch TV these days.
I wear glasses or contact lenses.
I love to play video games.
Ive tried marijuana.
I have been in a threesome.
I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship.
I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I have changed a lot mentally over the last year.
I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me
I'm TOTALLY smart.
I've broken someones bones.
I'm paranoid sometimes.
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
I need money right now.
I LOVE sushi.
I talk really,really fast.
I have long hair.
I have lost money in Las Vegas.
I have at least one sibling.
I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past.
I couldn't survive without Caller ID.
I am usually pessimistic.
I have a lot of mood swings.
I have a hidden talent.
I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar i have.
I am currently single.
I have pecked someone of the same sex.
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.
I love to shop.
Enjoy window shopping.
I would rather shop than eat.
I don't hate anyone.
I'm a pretty good dancer. 
I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.
I have a cell phone.
I believe in God.
I watch MTV on a daily basis.
I have passed out drunk.
I've rejected someone before.
I have no idea what i want to do for the rest of my life.
I want to have children in the future.
I have changed a diaper before.
I've called the cops on a friend before.
I'm not allergic to anything.
I have a lot to learn.
I have been with someone at least 10 years older or younger.
I am shy around the opposite sex.
I have tried alcohol before.
I have made a move on a friend's significant other or crush in the past.
I own the South Park movie.
I would die for my best friends.
I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza.
I have used my sexuality to advance my career.
I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all.
Halloween is awesome because you get free candy.
I watch Spongebob Squarepants and i like it.
I am happy at this moment.
I'm obsessed with guys.
I study for tests most of the time.
I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I've ever met.
I am comfortable with who I am right now.
I have more than just my ears pierced.
I walk barefoot wherever i can.
I have jumped off a bridge.
I love sea turtles.
I spend ridiculous money on makeup.
Plan on achieving a major goal/dream.
I'm proficient in a musical instrument.
I worked at McDonald's restaurant.
I hate office jobs.
I love sci-fi movies.
I think water rules.
I went to college out of state.
I love sausages.
I love kisses.
I usually like covers better than originals.
I can pick up things with my toes.
I can't whistle.
I can move my tongue in waves, much like a snakes slither.
I have ridden a horse.
I still have every journal I've ever written in.
I can't stick to a diet.
I talk in my sleep.
I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions.
Climbing trees is a brilliant past-time.
I have jazz in my blood.
I wear a toe ring.
I have a tattoo.
I can't stand at LEAST one person that i work with.
I am a caffeine junkie.
I cosplay or know what cosplaying is.
I have been to over 15 conventions.
I will collect anything, and the more nonsensical the better.
I'm an artist.
I only clean my room when necessary.
I like a person of the same sex.
I love being happy.
I am an adrenaline junkie.

Reading other people's replies to this was a lot of fun so if you are up for it I tag you to do it ^_^

Regular posting will resume soon after this :)

Saturday, 22 January 2011

a-england, a new nail polish brand

Hello everyone ^_^

how are you all today? I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Today I have something new to share with you all.
A new nail polish brand named a-england.

A few days ago I got an email informing me of this new brand so of course I had to check it out immediately.
Taking a look at their website I was impressed by their collection, called the Mythicals. I loved everything about it, from the colour selection to the names, so since I had some money from Christmas, I decided to place an order and check them out.
I had a really hard time deciding on the colours but in the end I decided to go for the two holographic colours (you must know by now how much I love holo polishes) Lady of the Lake and Tristam and also for Camelot a luscious black colour and Morgan Le Fay, a sheer glittery silver which looked perfect for layering.

A week after placing my order, my new polishes arrived neatly packaged.
I have to say that even though the pricing is a bit steep at £9.50 I am very impressed by the quality of these nail polishes. So here are some swatches for you to judge on your own.

From left to right we have Lady of the Lake(purple holo), Tristam (dark blue holo), Camelot (black creme), one coat of Morgan Le Fay layered over 2 coats of Camelot and Morgan Le Fay (glittery silver). All swatches except the layered one are two coats.

Here are the polishes on my nails too, to give you a better idea. The swatches on my hands are one coat each without base or top coat except for the layering.

From top to bottom we have Lady of the Lake, Tristam, one coat of Morgan Le Fay over a coat of Camelot  and Camelot.

As you can see all the polishes except Morgan Le Fay are quite opaque with one coat. The formula was also very easy to work with and the polishes dried quite fast as well.

All in all I would recommend you give a-england a try. I will certainly be looking forward to more from them.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Accidental holo or an Etude House mani

Hello everyone ^_^/

how are you all doing? It's late at night here but I am sneaking a quick post before going to bed to share my accidental holo mani, as I like to call it.

A couple of days ago while going through my stash trying to decide which nail polish to use next I spotted a batch of untried Etude House polishes. Being in the mood for something purple I picked PP007 and BR003 to use as an accent colour.

As I started painting my nails I realised that PP007 is actually a fabulous purple holo! The effect is not as intense as say the China Glaze OMG collection but it looks fabulous none the less. The formula was great for both colours and with two coats I had perfect coverage. A coat of Seche didn't diminish the holo effect but made my nails look even shinier. BR003 is a sparkly silvery gold, if that makes any sense. I am very pleased with both colours and absolutely loving this manicure ^_^

If you get a chance to get your hands on these polishes, go for it. They are amazing! I got mine through ebay, just search for Etude House nail polish or Korean nail polish.

I have tags and awards and many more things to post and comments to leave, but all that will have to wait until the weekend when I have more time. Until then I hope you enjoyed this lovely mani! Have a lovely day/night all of you <3

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Asian flavour manicure

Hello everyone ^_^/

How are you all doing? Getting ready for the weekend?
I hope you have some time to relax and enjoy yourselves.
As for me I can finally relax a bit and share another manicure with you.
I call it an Asian flavour manicure.

This turned out to be one of my favourite manis ever and to be honest I was just improvising as I went on.
I used nail polishes and nail art supplies from my recent swap with 'Chelle (from Cosmetic Cupcake) and an Essence image plate.

After applying the Orly tough cookie base coat, I painted my nails two coats of Mode's Jaded.

It's a lovely nail polish, with a rich colour which was quite sheer in two coats though as you can see.
But I was content with them as I had other plans for this mani.

I sponged diagonal french tips using Chic Chic 38 and then using  NYC midnight I stamped various images from the Essence nail plate on my nails. Midnight proved perfect for stamping as all the images came out perfect.

Sealed everything with a coat of Seche and I was done.

I did this 4 days ago and my nails are still 100% chip free. I am loving this so much that I don't want to take it off. The colours somehow remind me of kimono fabrics and Asian prints. What do you think?

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Ozotic pro 502 and NARS zulu dupe

Hello everyone ^_^

it's a lovely rainy morning here and I have a new manicure to share!
It is my first mani with some of the lovely polishes I got from my dear friend 'Chelle (check my previous post for more if you haven't).

After much thinking I decided to try Chic Chic 23 and the infamous Ozotic Pro 502 first.

Chic Chic is a brand from Hong Kong and number 23 has the same colour as NARS Zulu. I don't actually own NARS zulu but judging from the photos I have seen I think that the colour seems to be the same indeed.
I had no application issues with this polish although it was a bit thick so I applied only one coat to be able to see the colour better.

 As you can see the colour is a lovely dark green.

But I just couln't stop there, I wanted to spice it up a bit. So I applied a coat of Ozotic pro 502 over it and this is the final result. Unfortunatelly after painting a coat of Seche on top of Ozotic it shrunk in a couple of places. I will try another top coat next time.

I really love this polish, depending on the light it takes on a different colour, from copper to burgundy with hints of green. As I find it quite thin I wouldn't use it on it's own because I think it would need many layers for perfect coverage. But I find it perfect for layering. Ozotic Pro is an Australian brand with a fabulous colour range from what I have seen but it is quite hard to find.

Do you own any Ozotic Pro nail polishes? I am really thankful to 'Chelle for going to all the trouble of getting this for me as I know these polishes are very hard to find, even for people who live in Australia.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Swaps and giveaway winnings

Hello everyone ^_^/

how are you all doing today? I am recovering from gastroenteritis which is keeping me mostly in bed but I wanted to make a quick blog post so here I am :)

I want to share with you the first package I received for 2011 which was another swap with my dear 'Chelle from Cosmetic Cupcake. I always enjoy swapping with her, she is so sweet and kind and always picks the nicest polishes for me ^____^ So I was super happy that my first package for the year was from her.

She also included a lot of yummy treats, nail art goods, an awesome lemon lipbalm and even my favourite My Beauty Diary face masks <3

The snacks didn't last long as my hubby attacked them on the spot. I did manage to hide some though hehehehe!

Here are a couple of close ups of the nail polishes.

NYC midnight, LAKA 59, mode jaded, Ozotic Pro 502, purplish pink of awesomeness from brand I cannot recognise, purple crackle polish <<<<<<3

BYS cracked polish in mauve, Chic Chic 38, Chic Chic 23 (which a dupe of NARS zulu), BYS matte top coat.

And the rest of the goodies minus the snacks

I am already wearing a couple of these lovelies (will share my mani in the next post) and I think I am going to try the sponging goodies next ^_____^

Also back in November I won a giveaway for the first time. It was so exciting ! It was the Beata's Birthday Giveaway over at Tigirlyly Konadicures.  I got the package some time in December and here is what I won.

6 OPI minis, Holy pink pagoda, rumples wiggin',orge the top blue, Fiercely Fiona, Glitter top coat and top coat.

Thank you so much Beata for having this giveaway and sending me these lovelies ^___^

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Let's start the new year with a calendar!

Hello everyone ^_^/

ヽ(^^*)ノ☆..:*・゜☆HAPPY NEW YEAR☆゜・*:.☆ヽ(*^^)ノ

This is the first post for 2011 so what's better than to start with a new feature?

One of the nail mags I have a subscription to, Nail Up!, has a lovely calendar with manicure ideas and tutorials for every month. So I have scanned it and will post at the beginning of each month the respective pages with translations.

First up is January

Lucky colour for each day
1 Black
2 Sparkly red 3 Pearl pink 4 Wine red 5 Blue 6 Gold 7 Aquamarine 8 Sparkly pink
9 Beige 10 Sparkly silver 11 Milky pink 12 Pinkish white 13 Pearl white 14 Pearl blue 15 Purple
16 Orange 17 Red 18 White grey 19 Milk tea beige 20 Reddish yellow 21 Aqua 22 Jet black
23 Brown 24 Black 25 Purple 26 Monotone 27 Off white 28 Pearl pink 29 Orange
30 Baby pink
31 Pastel yellow

And here is the nail art tutorial for January

Step 1 Paint half the nail red and apply a gold nail art strip.
Step 2 using black acrylic (or a black nail art pen) draw the squares on the clear part.
Step 3 making sure you maintain balance on the nail, apply the rhinestones.

So what do you think? Do you like the designs on this calendar? Which one is your favourite?
I see a lot of designs that I would like to try ^_^


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