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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Random nail polish pics

comparison to OPI absolutely alice. AA has a much darker base with only gold glitters.
hmmmm.... i have no idea what these are? no idea at all!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lush haul :)

Lol~ I've been busy with my new job recently. It's been very interesting and slightly frustrating. I'll try to update more often :D Anyway, here is the stuff I ordered from Lush. Lush is not easy to get hold of in Singapore, so this is a new experience! This was my 1st lush spree and so far I'm very pleased with the gorgeous smelling soaps!

List of the stuff I ordered:

Honey I Washed The Kids Soap
Karma Soap
Rock Star Soap
Fair Trade Foot Lotion
Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
Imogen Rose solid PERFUME     

so far I've only tried out the perfume and lotions. The Imogen Rose solid PERFUME had a very heady scent. It's very..... exotic smelling, much heavier than what I usually like. I have to be honest and say I don't think it smells like a rose. Smells a bit like the strong scented kind of perfumes that some Muslims like to use. It's not bad, just needs a little getting used to due to the unexpectedness of it's un-rose like scent :)  3/5

The Fair Trade Foot Lotion was supposed to have a slight spearmint tingle. Unfortunately, there was none. it smells minty, looks a pretty pink but is slightly more watery than I expected. Usually foot lotions are more creamy than hand lotions, but this one was very liquid. The moisturizing factor is only ok, but since my feet are quite dry I prefer The Body Shop Spa wisdom Africa Honey & Beeswax hand and foot butter. 3.5/5

The Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter was the one product I was really looking forward to. After hearing raves from Laquerized and other nail divas, I was convinced it was the perfect cuticle moisturiser to save the day. I have to say, it's nice but it's not really the miracle worker I expected. My OPI avoplex high-intensity hand & nail cream works just as well for me. Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter was good to use but I think it's more or less the same as my usual cuticle moisturiser : |  4/5

I haven't had the time to cut my soaps into smaller cubes to use and try out, but they all smell heavenly! :) I'm pretty pleased with my Lush haul even though not everything met my expectations :D I'll still continue to buy Lush! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

OPI Burlesque haul

LoL~ Today was the 1st day of work and all I was required to do was stare into blank space :x It turns out today is intro day and so no work was assigned. I hear this is called the honeymoon period before hell on earth is unleashed :|

Anyway, this just came in the mail today, so I thought I would show it off. I ordered the 6 glitters from the OPI Burlesque, 2 Orly cosmic fx colors and ESTESSIMO TINS 016 - The Splash Blue.

Without further ado, here are the bottles:  

with flash

ESTESSIMO TINS 016 - The splash blue, orly Space Cadet, orly Galaxy Girl, opi Sparkle-icious, opi Show It & Glow It, opi Simmer & Shimmer, opi Extra-va-vaganza, opi Glow Up Already, opi Bring On the Bling. (in no particular order)
P.S. I already swatched all the glitters and they're really pretty! BUT, is it safe to post OPI Burlesque swatches? I'm not really keen on getting warning letters.... =.=

Saturday, September 11, 2010

OPI The color to watch

V-shaped white dotted nail art
The Color to Watch
This polish is really pretty to look at. It reminds me of frosted bluebells. It shimmers a pale silvery purple/blue, almost like a metallic but not quite, with flashes of blue and reddish-purple microshimmer.  It take 4-5 coats to eliminate VNL but 2-3 coats gives it a slightly sheer paler finish that makes it look more delicate though there is a slight VNL. This color reminds me of wintery shades, delicate and cool.
1 coat
2 coats

4 coats
sometimes more is too much. lol~

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The men just don't get it

I went for a hair perm this morning and extorted money from my dad to pay for it. He handed S$50 to me and went back to reading his newspaper. I paused.
Me: "Erm... this isn't enough."
Dad: "Eh? Not enough?" he hands over another S$50.
Me: "Still not enough"   ---> 囧 face
Dad: "WHAT?! How much does hair perming cost?!"
Me: "About S$230-300, i think."
Dad: *heart attack*

LOL~ He grudgingly handed over the money, but when we met for lunch he was still sulking. My mum and I think it's absolutely hilarious~ The guys normally pay S$10-30 for a haircut and so they don't understand why girls have to pay so much for hair treatments and other hair services. In fact, my mum and dad like to go to a small salon @ bedok central where haircuts are only S$3.80. This scrimping makes them feel happy since they come from a generation where the traditional notion of saving money is a valued Chinese virtue.

Yet, this is also a gender sensitive issue as men are less frivolous. When I mean less frivolous I mean that some guys will buy 3 colors of the same shirt so that they don't have to continually shop to find something suitable. Girls, on the other hand, will most probably do a lot more shopping to find various pretty clothes. 1stly, society places a lot more emphasis on a woman's appearance. 2ndly, men are supposedly more practical/logical while women are more flighty/emotional creatures. Let's face it, a male will most probably buy a few expensive branded items (e.g. Car, Power suits, Pen, ...) while a female has infinitely more items to spend on (e.g. clothes, shoes, make-up, ...). This doesn't mean that men spend less then women, just that the nature of what they spend on is different. A car is definitely more expensive than make-up. Yet a car is a singular object, a one-time splurge, while make-up consists of multiple objects that are cheap separately but add up to a considerable sum in the long run.

All this is nothing new, just a random rumbling : D Anyway, we have the Castledew 9143 swatch below. This polish is a frosty light pearl pink that's nothing new. It was a little streaky in application and I do not recomend layering as the base is milky/streaky so it isn't suitable on dark colors. It contains a pink and white shimmer that's not very obvious since the overall effect is that of a frost/pearl. It's work appropriate though and very pleasing to look at. A staple for everyday :)

1 coat
4 coats. (smudged thumb by accident while taking photo)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Castledew 9301 swatch

This is what I usually would term as a b.o.r.i.n.g color and ignore, but I'm going to start work soon and I've been looking into pastel colors that are work appropriate. LoL~ Below is Castledew 9301 which is a pale lilac with very subtle blue and pink micro-glitter/shimmer.
1 coat. Extremely sheer.
compare both bottle shots for shimmer color changes
4 coats to get rid of VNL. subtle glitter.
In the bottle, the glitter is more noticeable and pretty. However, on the finger it dries to a rather dull finish. The glitter is not very noticable unless viewed in close proximity. Rather disappointing actually. The lilac base color is still pretty and feminine, but I feel it lacks a spark to make it unique. For S$8 I truly expected better.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Castledew 9545

Castledew is a korean cosmetics brand. Like most korean cosmetics, it is sold very cheaply in korea but the price is greatly marketed up when exported overseas. I've heard that the nail polish sells for abt 3000won back in korea, which is about S$3.50 or so. Unfortunately, Castledew is sold for at around $8-9 a bottle at Beauty Language stores. $igh~  

1 coat, natural light
2 coats on all fingers except pinky
with flash
Castledew 9545 is a rosy pink with light greenish-silver shimmer. It takes on a somewhat subtle duochrome effect in certain light. It's a very pleasing color that suits any outfit :) I have several more castledew swatches coming up soon! Do stay tuned! lol~