Friday, December 30, 2011

Cult Nails Mind Control

Hello my dear readers! Have we all recovered from Christmas partying and eating yet? I swear I have gain 5 pounds from the non-stop eating over the past week, and there is more eating to do from the coming NY, CNY and my Korea trip in Feb, oh no!

Cult Nails Mind Control - two coats with top coat

Anyway today I have for you Mind Control from the Cult Nails Super Powers Collection. Mind Control is a gorgeous dark purple jelly base mixed with tiny purple shimmers. If you don't know already, I love shimmery polishes, so Mind Control is right up my alley!

Formula is perfect, and I only experience minimal tipwear (as seen above) after three days of wearing Mind Control. I can't wait to try the rest of the polishes out from this collection!

A blurred shot to show off the shimmery glitters

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Manis for the Festive Season!

Hello there! Today I have for you two Christmas manis. I don't usually do fancy nail arts, but being the holiday seasons and all, I wanted to do something special!

What I used
China Glaze - Poinsettia (base, two coats)
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps (top half of nails, one coat)
Gosh - Holographic (snowflakes)
Fauxnad plate - m59

What I used
China Glaze - Poinsettia (base, two coats)
NNS - light blue holo (dots)

The reason I have two manis is because after the first mani is finished, I decided I am not good at stamping, and opted for something even simpler, dotting. Turns out I am not very good at dotting either! I guess I should just stick to boring nail painting instead.

Anyhow, I wish you all a very merry and safe Christmas, have a jolly good time with your loved ones!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Awesomeness in Cult Nails Unicorn Puke

After drooling over the many swatches online, my very own Unicorn Puke has finally arrived! My friend Jeanie has sent me her extra Unicorn Puke as part of our swap, and I feel so honored to be one of the 275 owners of this special edition polish released by Cult Nails!

Cult Nails Unicorn Puke - one coat layered over OPI Road House Blues

Unicorn Puke is a multicolor flakie polish with a light purple jelly base. I can see flashes of orange, copper, blue, green, pink and purple as the flakes shift color under different light settings. This polish is simply breathtaking!! What is even more amazing is that Unicorn Puke, unlike other flakies (Nubar 2010, I'm looking at you) is so dense, I only need one coat to achieve the above effect, love it!

My bottle is #259 
I layered Unicorn Puke over OPI Road House Blues (a dark blue creme) because I thought it would show off the beauty of Unicorn Puke the best. I just can't get enough of the rainbow flakies dancing on my nails, I don't think I have ever seen any polish like this! Having said that, other brands are hot on Cult Nails' heels and are releasing similar multicolor flakies, namely Picture Polish with Festival, and Finger Paints with Twisted. It seems like flakies will be next year's big polish trend, which I welcome with open arms because flakies are so much fun!

I am going to leave you with more swatches to gush over this mesmerizing polish, enjoy!

A bottle shot of Unicorn Puke, have you seen anything more amazing?


Friday, December 16, 2011

Butter London - Queen Vic

I received Butter London Queen Vic from an awesome swap I did with Jeanie today! She has sent me many beauties, including the much coveted Unicorn Puke, which I will be showing you soon!

Butter London Queen Vic - two coats with no top coat

Queen Vic is a lovely berry purple with a semi jelly base. Although Queen Vic looks very squishy on my nails, it is still completely opaque with two coats. The formula is excellent too, as it glides on so easily.

I think Queen Vic suits me well; even my bf says this color spectrum (i.e. purple/blue) goes with my skin tone lol.  I am in love with Butter Londons, the formula is always flawless, and their brushes reminds me of the Chanel ones. At $14 a pop though, BLs don't come cheap, but I'm lucky to have contacts over the US to get them for me whilst they were on sale, yay!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

OPI DS Couture

Apologies for being a slack blogger, but I hope today's beauty will make up for my lack of posts!

OPI DS Couture - two coats with top coat. Check out the crazy rainbow inside the bottle!
This is OPI DS Couture, a polish that I picked up from a small local cosmetic shop. My eyes popped out when I saw this (along with DS Vintage, which is still in my untried stash) sitting on the shelf! Needless to say that was a pretty successful polish hunting day!

DS Couture is a peachy coral linear holo. You gotta love the holographic effect, it is simply too pretty! The formula is perfect too! Although Couture is not 3-free because it is an old polish, it glides on my nails so smoothly. 

It is unfortunate that OPI does not make holos like these anymore. OPI could make a fortune (whilst I go broke) if they do! Although DS Couture is discontinued, you could still try your luck on Evil Bay if you want to get hands on this beauty!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Holo Chameleon - Ozotic Pro 532

Hi girls! Today I have for you Ozotic Pro 532, a polish I got via a swap with Chili. I have been lusting after this one since it has been released a couple months ago, so I tried it on immediately after receiving it!

Ozotics Pro 532 - two coats over black creme

532 is part of the Ozotic Pro Mish Mash Collection, which features polishes that are both holo AND duochrome! How awesome is that combo!

It is difficult to exactly describe what 532 is, because it shifts color from dark purple, to blue, green, and sometimes charcoal. What remains a constant however, is the strong linear holo effect that pops up under bright lights. Application is easy breezy, and since 532 is quite sheer, here I have layered two coats of 532 over black creme.

I absolutely adore the prismatic effect of 532, and I couldn't help but stare at my nails all day, trying to figure out what colors I could see. Here I will leave you with more swatches of 532, perhaps you could pick out shades that I can't?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Chanel Khaki Vert

Today I have you Chanel Khaki Vert, a limited edition polish from Fall 2010. I don't know why it has been sitting in my untried stash until now, because I was instantly attracted to it when I saw the promo picture!

Chanel Khaki Vert - 2 coats with top coat

Khaki Vert is, as the name suggests, a khaki army green creme. It is however somewhat on the dusty side, making it a bit more subdue and feminine, which I totally love! You might remember I don't own many green polishes, but Khaki Vert is very special to me! (It is also the first ever Chanel polish I owned!)

Formula is perfect as I have come to expect from Chanel, and Khaki Vert finishes with a super glossy look. It is the perfect color for Fall, and perhaps I sound vain saying this, but you do feel extra special when you are wearing Chanel on your finger tips :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Kiko #255

Another polish from the land of Netherlands. Thanks to some lovely ladies I met in my nail polish groups, I get to try some amazing foreign polish brands that I otherwise would have not even heard of!

Kiko #255 - two coats with top coat

Kiko #255 (why is it that many non-US polish brands refuse to name their polishes? Is it really that difficult?) is a dark semi jelly base purple packed with micro holo glitters. It is a stunner! I love how the colorful glitters dance on my nails under bright lights!

#255 finishes on the gritty side, but a coat or two of top coat would smooth it out. It is quite opaque, and the formula is easy for application. This is the first Kiko polish I tried, but if all their polishes are like #255, I would definitely be getting more!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holo from the Netherlands - Teez Cool

Teez holos have long been on my lemming list, and thanks to Angelique from Meisie's Nail, I am able to have all three of them!

Teez Cool - 2 coats with top coat

Today I am showing you Teez Cool, a sky blue scattered holo. The prismatic effect is really pretty, not as loud as your China Glaze OMGs, but still strong enough to be noticed.

The formula is easy to deal with, but I find the Teez brush a bit on the wide side, like even wider than OPI. However these photos are taken without cleanup, so it isn't too bad with a careful application.

Teez is a polish brand that is only available from the Netherlands, and as far as I know, Teez has only released three holos in blue (Cool), pink (Smooth), and purple (Outta Control). I will be showing you the pink and the purple ones soon, but for now, I wish you a happy weekend!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holy Moly! Tony Moly - GT02 Earth

Tony Moly GT02 Earth - two coats with no top coat

I am a bit late to the party, and you must have seen swatches of this polish floating around the cyberspace by now, but still here I present you with GT02 Earth from Tony Moly!

Check out the glitters!

Earth is from the Tony Moly Galaxy Collection, and is quite a complex polish. It has a semi-jelly black base, and is packed with tiny pink, green, blue and silver glitters. Although it dries on the gritty side, and that I don't usually like glitter polishes, I still love how mysterious and sparkly Earth looks!

A Bottle Shot
My friend got this polish for me when she was visiting Seoul, but you may also buy Earth (and the rest of the collection) from eBay. Since I plan to visit Seoul myself early next year, I will wait to get the rest of the collection then!

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Blue French Manicure

French Manicure with OPI Absolutely Alice
Just a quick post today. I wanted to try OPI Absolutely Alice on, but since I don't think a full glitter mani looks good on me, I used it for French manicure tips instead.

What do you girls think? I think it looks quite good (even if my free hand skill is not perfect)! Absolutely Alice is a blue based glitter mixed with tiny gold and silver sparkles, and I am starting to get what the rave is all about.

What I use:
- Color Club base coat
- OPI Passion, 2 coats (base nail color)
- OPI Absolutely Alice (French tips)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Zoya Marina

Zoya Marina - two coats with top coat

Zoya Marina is from my favorite Fall Collection this season, Smoke & Mirrors by Zoya.  It is greyish blue with a shimmery, semi-frost finish.

Marina may not be the star of the collection (Neeka is in my opinion), but it is still a very lovely and apt color for Fall. The formula is what I have come to expected from Zoya, where application is smooth as butter. I hear from some polish bloggers that they have bubbling problems with Zoya, and that the drying time is exceptionally long, but fortunately I have never encountered such problems.

I am still expecting Cynthia from a swap, and then I would have all the polishes I want from the Smoke & Mirrors collection. That's it from me ladies, hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Friday, November 18, 2011

One of my favorites: A-England Tristam

A-England Tristam - two coats with no top coat
A-England Tristam is easily one of my favorite polishes of all times. It is a gorgeous dark blue scattered holo that sparkles like stars do at night. Tristam is like a sophisticated, classy lady who shines amongst the crowd. It really is divine!

Formula is great too, making the application effortless. The finish of Tristam is so glossy you could get away without a topcoat if you wish.

If you have not got Tristam yet, do yourself a favor and get it asap! A-England polishes can be purchased on on A-England's website, or from Llarowe.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A first for me: Essence Back to 50's

Hello my dear readers! First of all, apologies for the lack of post in the past week, I was preoccupied with Tiny Tower and didn't have much time for anything else! (for those who doesn't know, it is a free iPhone game app, and it is super addictive! If you like Sim Tower, then you'd love this!)

Essence Back to 50's - two coats with top coat

So back to polish talk. Why is this a first for me? Well that's because this is the first time I wear a red polish (holo does not count)! I have always avoided red, thinking it is not the color for me. But when I received this polish from a swap, I thought I might as well try it out, and I am pleasantly surprised!

Under dimmer lights
Back to 50's is part of Essence 50's Girls Reloaded collection. It is a true red creme with a semi-jelly finish, giving it a vibrant and youthful look. The formula is good too, it is opaque with two coats.

All in all, I am definitely going to keep Back to 50's, because a polish collection is not complete without a red creme!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glitter Gal - Dark Purple 3D Hologrpahic

Glitter Gal Dark Purple is the last polish I have yet to try amongst my polish haul from Australia, and boy am I glad I finally got around to it!

Glitter Gal Dark Purple - two coats with top coat

Dark Purple is from the Glitter Gal 3D Holographic range, and it doesn't take a genius to work out that it is a dark purple holo polish. I am surprised it is not a very dark purple though (as the name suggests), but rather a juicy grape purple, making it looks very yummy! The linear prismatic effect is breathtaking, even under dim lights, which makes this polish so awesome!

As I have come to expect from Glitter Gal, the formula is flawless, and I get full opacity with two easy coats. I also love that applying a top coat does not dull the strong linear effect.

What do you girls think of this polish? I think it is pretty amazing! I will definitely be getting more Glitter Gal polishes in the near future, because a girl can never have too many holos!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Nail Polish Review: A England Galahad

Hello ladies! I have a special post for you today, as I am doing my very first review on A England Galahad!

A England Galahad - two coats with base and top coats

Galahad is part of The Mythicals collection from A England, and is described as a 'mystic vibrant blue green' creme polish. This description is very apt, as Galahad is an exuberant aqua blue with a strong green/teal base. It is such a unique shade, and I love the complexity and depth of this polish!

Here Galahad shows more green 

The formula of Galahad is also a pleasure to work with. A tiny bit on the thick side, but application is still a breeze, and you could get away with one thick coat if you wish (here I did two coats for photo purpose). No clean-up is required because the brush picks up just the right amount of polish, and it is easy to control.

So vibrant yet sophisticated! 

I wanted to add a little extra to show off this gorgeous polish, so I simply added a clear rhinestone to my middle finger.  I really like this design as it accentuates the beautiful Galahad, to the point that I can't stop looking at my nails all day!

Do you like Galahad as much as I do? Do you own any A England polish? If you have not heard about this brand before, you can visit the website: to find out more. A England polishes are free from all harmful toxins, and are completely cruelty-free as well. A England also offers FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the world, so make sure to pay them a visit online today!

*Disclaimer: This product is sent to me by the company/PR for my unbiased and honest opinion

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Duo Beauty: Chemistry #521

Chemistry #521 - two coats with top coat

Today I have for you another polish I brought back from Australia, Chemistry #521. #521 is a grape purple base duochrome, which shifts from purple to burgundy / pinkish red / copper depending on the lighting.

This is almost a completely different shade to the base color!
Although I am usually not a fan of duochrome, #521 is gorgeous because it has tiny pink and purple shimmers that dance on your nails. I also have a lot of fun moving my hands all over the place, trying to see if I can discover more "hidden" colors!  I love the Chemistry polish formula too, two easy coats with minimal cleanup required.

I really don't have much else to say, so I will leave you with more swatches of this color shifting beauty!