Saturday, August 28, 2010

OPI's Ginger Bells

when i was wearing this mani it made me hungry all the time. it just reminds me of food. hmmmm...

this is 2 coats of color konaded with plate m77 using a pale blue polish from TFS, sealed with the Glass fleck from TFS as well.

i think this mani's reminiscent of the mani's over at Painted Ladies Fingers.(i really like her blog. pictures of the flowers are making me really envious.)

and to make a post that looks like hers, somewhat, let me introduce you my cat.

awww... she's so cute and innocent looking. let me assure you that she is ebil. see those ebil eyes.

she refuses to eat the fish that comes with the can food, the only flavour and brand that she eats. she will only eat the spam part.

Coastal scents and Hakuhodo Hauls

When Coastal Scents had a 20% back to school discount, i hauled some items that i wanted to try badly, namely a flat top buffer brush (i was using minerals foundations for a while and the short handled kabukis that i was using were a little too hard to hold) and a pointy pencil es brush. i also got the african black soap that was receiving excellent reviews, not just on the coastal scents site (i do my research eh heh heh heh).

the delux buffer brush(BR216) is very soft and feels luxurious. it's made with animal hair so there is a smell(and so do the Hakuhodos). what i don't like about it is that it's not densely packed and the hairs with spray outwards. not useful for when you want to buff foundation. so what i did was to hold the hairs with elastic bands so i get a smaller but dense brush head. it works well this way.i'm using the Bourjois Mineral Matte mousse foundation with this brush.

i also did a litle investment in the Hakuhodo brushes that Misschievious raved about a long time back. i've always found brushes prickly and sometimes scratchy on my sensitive skin so hopefully these will be soft as clouds.

here's a comparative pic of the pencil brush from Coastal scents(top) and Hakuhodo(bottom)

the hakuhodo brush is clearly better made, the bristles are soft with the natural tip intact and it's also firm but soft. the Coastal scents brush has a scraggly top and does not feel as dense. i have not tried it yet but i have used the Hakuhodo pencil brush for my inner eye corners (will poke) but works well on the outer corners for contouring

the big pointed blush brush is also dense but soft. i love the fact that it's pointed so i can blush near my nose to produce that sunburnt look or some simple contouring. it's does feel scratchy sometimes but i think that's because i'm super sensitive or that i'm going againt the direction of the hair.

the other Hakuhodo e/s brushes i got are smaller and thinner and are good for packing e/s but not for blending (i still like my Elf e/s brush for that). what i like about them is that after picking up the e/s and placing them on my lids, i don't discern any pigment left on the brushes, so there isn't any wastage of pigments.

here's a pretty picture of the brushes amongst my collection of cones from various vacation trips.

so that's my mini review on the brushes that i got. the shipping at Hakuhodo is farly reasonble so if i ever feel like another splurge i'd defintely get my brushes from them again.

Friday, August 20, 2010

OPI's japanese rose garden KOTD

i really liked how this turned out, it made my fingers look cute and young beyond their %$*( years.

i used plate m57 and m79 and the black and white special konad polish over 2 coats of the OPI. everything was sealed with seche vite.

i'm having fun konading and do plan to get the Monster bundle set. I do find it troublesome to keep having to clean the plate after every stamp though.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Color club's who are you wearing?

Konaded with the m57 plate and CC's High Society. i like the french look that resulted but i think i'm tired with the taupe colors for now. i'm hankering for brights and glitters!

WAYW went on a little gloopy, i think i wore 3 layers here. and for some reason my tips hurt after i finished with the mani. i suspect that the polish shrunk and was pulling on my nail beds, like how gel nails sometimes happen if it cures too thickly. i took it off after 2 days cos it really troubled me.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

national day nails with OPI

i'm pretending that the flowers are orchids, which is our national flower.

this dark red color is achieved by painting a layer of OPI's Got the Blues for Red followed by 2 coats of Vodka and Cavier. I'll try to wear GTBFR on it's own for my next mani.

the Konad was put on after a day of wearing these color for 24 hours. I wore the mani plain for my company's D&D. the KoNAd was sealed with TFS's 05(?? the labels are in Korean, basically it's a clear polish with glass flecks in it. i've been using it as a top coat for many of my manis lately)

Hope you have enjoyed another blurry edition of the OPI haul.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

national day nails with OPI's vodka and cavier

oOoOoOoOOoOo.. are your eyes watering yet? the next series of posts will feature blurry pictures all taken indoors with flash, or dim outdoors lighting what with the dreary rainy weather we have been having.

since our National Day is coming (9th augest) i shall be wearing red nails till then.

the fuzziness is giving me a nice aura.

the stars were spangles that were painted over with white acrylic paint. seche vite on top. 3 coats of OPI's Vodka and Cavier.