Monthly Archives: August 2012

Marble Mania!!

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Hi lovelies! I cannot wait to share this so here I am posting at the wee hours of the morning.
I was really inspired after reading about Susan’s marbling on the subtle shimmer. I really wanted to try the flower water marble design as shown by Aubrey Hannah.
As clear as her instructions were, I want to share more tips on this design.
The problems I faced in the beginning were EPIC.
The polish won’t spread.
Too much polish on the design and after dipping the nail, design was totally ruined.
The flower formation was really hard to form etc etc etc.
I hung on purely cos I was really stubborn and refused to give up. Hehehe so you guys out there who are trying this technique – don’t give up!!
It took me two full days of watching YouTube vids, trail and error to finally get the hang of it (sort of). I do not claim to be an expert at this but at least I can get the design going instead of ending up with a congealed mess of polish(yuks).
To start –
Get ALL your tools ready. I used the following:
– orange stick
– dotting tool or needle or toothpicks. (basically anything fine and sharp)
– Nail polish remover
– Cotton pads ( lots of it )
– kitchen paper
– polish (of course) ^^
– A shot glass (important)
– scotch tape (to wrap around fingers to prevent excess polish sticking to fingers)

Warning – DoNot use polish that is super limited edition cos marbling takes up ALOT of polish.

Findings –
1. Use a small glass or plastic cup. Preferably in the size of a shot glass. I find using a bigger cup means you need to use more polish to create a bigger bulls eye.

2. Use filtered water – I find that it makes a slight difference in how the polish spreads.

3. For the flower design, after you form the ‘flower’ and you still find the centre of the flower messy, simply dip the orange stick to the middle of the bulls eye.
This way, the orange stick will ‘carry’ the excess polish away. This also eliminates the problem of too much polish in the design as this will ruin the whole look when you dip.

4. Do not start dragging the design on the extreme outter ring. Start from the third or forth ring. This way the polish has not formed a film and won’t drag your design.

5. Taping – personally I feel taping is really helpful else you will have to use a colossal amount of remover to get rid of the excess polish.

6. Spreading polish – if the polish floats on top of the water but does not spread, use an orange stick or a pin to swirl gently the outer rim of the polish. This helps to spread the polish.

Overall the whole idea is to ensure a thin layer of polish is ‘floating’ on top of the water. So, the polish has to spread.

Sorry for the long winded post. Check out the results.

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This is the mess that I created. I repeat keep trying and don’t give up!!

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Teal Tuesday – teal sandwich

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Hi lovelies!! Sorry I missed last week’s TT cos I was away. But I am bacccckkkkk! Kekekeke
Anyway, today’s theme is Teal Sandwich.
I have been wanting to use Shake Your Tailfeathers from Feenix from the longest time. This is an excellent chance to try hehe. I mixed Tailfeathers with Tony Moly GS08 as a base. Tony Moly’s GS08 is a lovely baby blue jelly with baby pink and baby blue hex. It looks super sweet on its own and the Tailfeathers bling brings out the teal a lot more on this mani.

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Really excited about this mani. What do you think?

Please do check out the other wonderful blogs from our Teal Tueaday group below! ^^
Missy/Gnarly Gnails – http://gnarlygnails.blogspot.com

Rhonda Nail Polish Marbury – http://nailsbeautiqued.blogspot.com

Kirsten – http://geekyowl.blogspot.com

Amanda Murphy – http://mandyspolish.blogspot.com

Alyssa Botello – http://fancyphalanges.blogspot.com

ColorSplash Nails – http://colorsplashnails.blogspot.com

Simple-and-Beautiful – http://simple-and-beautiful.blogspot.com

Aimee – http://persistentglitter.blogspot.com

Nat – http://noholos.blogspot.com

Ana_Cherries Sweets http://cherriessweets.blogspot.com.es/

Ariane/The Frenzied Polisher http://thefrenziedpolisher.blogspot.sg

Caitlin – www.caitlinscreativecorner.com

Kia~LacqueredLibra – http://lacqueredlibra.blogspot.com/

Belรฉn – http://nailpolishlane.blogspot.com/

Sam – http://polishedart.blogspot.co.uk/

Elysse

Laurie

Gisselle/Miss Meow

Bazinga!

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Hi dearies, I am on a roll for DDP! Today i have for you Bazinga! What a apt name for this polish. It’s multi glitter in all sorts of shapes and colors suspended in a jelly white base. Lovely.
On with the pics –

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Sorry about the photospam but I really wanted to show you how many types of bling is in that one polish. Yeah ALOT!

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Check out the glitters in the bottle!
The formula for this is slightly thick and brush is not the easiest to handle. You need a bit of practice to get it right. Also, this is quite sheer. I did five coats and topped it with CG speed dry top coat.
What do you think?

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OL bling!

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Hi lovelies! Apologies for the late post. I was away on vacay and came back sick! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Anyway on with the nail stuff!
The title of my post is OL bling, OL stands for office lady i.e. office worker. This is a term used pretty much in our parts originating in Japan.
Anyway, pics here-

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This is such a work appropriate polish and yet it does not lose its bling! It’s a neutral brown beige base with hexs in holo, maroon and green suspended within. Application is again a breeze and not necessary to dig for the bling. Looks very much like a jelly sandwich don’t you think?

Tex Mex flavor

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Hi sweets! Happy weekend! Thought I will post my holidays mani before I fly off today for Bangkok (yay!)
Anyway, on to the nail stuff! So excited about this one cos I won two bottles of Megan Miller from the recent photo contest organized by Mei Mei Signatures and Megan Miller. I choose coral bliss, a lovely coral and velvet lounge, a dark purple.
I have for you coral bliss today.

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This is 2 coats with 1 layer of seche. This color reminds me so much of the tex mex flavor so I stuck some turquoise bling on it to bring out that Mexican Texan flavor (ok blue bling cos I ran out of turquoise bling :p). I gotta try this with turquoise stamping next time.
The formula is great! Covers in two coats even though it’s not very thick. The thing about opaque color which I totally do not dig is that it’s crazy hard to handle. It’s either too thick and hard to handle or it’s so thin you need many coats. This is pretty good and easy to handle for me. And check out that cute bottle! The cork top is so easy to hold almost ergonomic! Hehe. What do you think?
Megan Miller can be bought from Mei mei signatures or check out the Megan Millerhere!

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Happy 47th Singapore!

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A very very happy birthday Singapore! I am from the tiny island country of Singapore and today it is the 47th anniversary of our independence from the British.
Of course I had to try my hand on some patriotic nail art to celebrate this occasion.

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I used a really old Opi polish named Mat-adored red. Its so old its a black label ๐Ÿ™‚ and Sally Hansen’s hard as nails white tip. While they are not 47 years old, they are the oldest polish in my stash.

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I used red and white base on alternate fingers and stenciled a curve to simulate the shape of the moon. Then I stuck five stars to represent the five stars on our flag.
Hope you like today’s birthday mani. Happy birthday Singapore!

Teal Tuesday – Braid

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Hi sweets! It’s Teal Tuesday! Ok I am really early this week ๐Ÿ™‚
The theme for this week is braid nails. Not exactly my favorite type of nail art and this is my first attempt. Excuse the wonky lines.
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To me braid nails are really tough. You need to have a good one coater else it will become pretty thick and hard to control. To make things worse, I got mixed up with the order and messed up a couple of times :p
What do you all think? Love this teal from Barielle and A-england. Excellent formulas and application!