Friday, June 22, 2012

Abstract Forest Manicure

Here's my Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge for today:

Friday 22nd June - Jungle mani or Parrots

I never realised that I cut off the Designer Brand French White in the above photo, so my apologies! From left to right, they are Cutex 2in1 Base Coat, Australis (62238), Ulta3 Black Plum, Ulta3 Mermaid Green, Planet Earth Glam Nail (black) and Designer Brand French White.

The dog-like clay model in the first three pictures is my friend's birthday present to me! She made it herself and I for one adore it <3

Now to talk about the mani. I realise that it doesn't really look like a forest, but I don't have brown and so I couldn't create the forest I had in mind. Ergo, abstract forest. It's not clear in the photos but in the background of green I added white and black polish while the green was still wet, to create a streaky look.

If you have any questions about this mani, feel free to comment and I'll answer as soon as I see it!

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Flower Spots Manicure

Here's a spotty flower manicure to liven up the day!

I've used Designer Brand French White, Ulta3 Pacific Fever, Beauty Style Petit (silver), and Cutex 2in1 Base Coat. I am loving this manicure, and loving my new dotting tools! Five dotting tools (six different dot sizes) for $1.85, bargain!

I'm now off to take this off and do a Jungle/Forest mani as my first answer to the Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge on Facebook.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Flower Petal Manicure

 Hey there! Sorry about my inactivity this week, had to study for exams, so no time for nails...I have something for you though! A simple design of flower petals and a butterfly wing as the accent!

As you can see, I used ORLY Aspen as the base. I am adoring it right now, and is currently my favourite! The white you can see is Designer Brand French White, and the pink on the butterfly wing is Ulta3 Poppy.

I ordered some dotting tools and nail polish sticks (?) on ebay, so soon I'll have even more manicures for you guys! I bought Ulta3 Mermaid Green and Jelly Bean on Saturday, and ten other polishes (for $10, so $14 total for 12 polishes. Yay!) so look forward to swatches in the near future!

<3 Wednesday

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Seven Giveaways

Just click and go :) They're all internationally open!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pink Triangles

I gave myself a new mani! Yay! Not the best one I could've done, and two fingers bled when I put on the topcoat, but I already had to redo my pinky twice, so I was in no mood to redo it, especially considering my white is horribly streaky and hard to put on, but looks really nice when its dry.


I never thought white would look good on my nails, but apparently it does. 

 From left to right:

 Designer Brand: French White
 Ulta3: Crystallina
 Ulta3: Black Plum
 ORLY: Rose Radiance

 mode cosmetics: Soho
 Beauty Style: Raisin Red
 Ulta3: Poppy
 Cutex 2in1 Base Coat
I'd like to take a moment to say hello to my followers, even if there's only four of you! Thanks for following me <3 There's only four because one of them is me...I wanted to see if I could follow my own blog xD

To leave off, here's another few pictures of this mani :D

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Haul (sorta)

Went past one of the local pharmacies today (there's several here in my suburb), and they were having a 3 for $5 sale, including polishes. So I grabbed me some polishes!

They're from a brand called mode cosmetics, and as you can see, they've been sitting around for so long that the metallics are sinking. From left to right, they're called Soho, Jaded and Lilac Dawn. Interesting to note that the last two were made in UAE. For those who don't know, UAE stands for United Arab Emirates. I've never had anything made there before, so I'm really happy for some reason! The first is made in China :) The photo was taken in the kitchen pantry, since the sun is playing hide and seek with Sydney today.

Here's a thumb-a-cure with my new mode mode polishes. The colour is accurate, with the exception of the blue, which is slightly more green than what's shown. It looks more like the polish in the bottle I'm holding. My camera doesn't really like picking up on the green ): Light pink is Lilac Dawn and hot pink is Soho.

Jaded and Lilac Dawn were much more sheer than I expected. What you see there is actually three coats of each, but I'm not disappointed. They do look nice on white.

Do you guys like my new watermark? 

On a random note, you know how on TV you see seagulls swooping down to grab the food right out of the person's mouth? That happened to me today. I was eating my sandwich when a flock of seagulls attacked and almost stole my sandwich! I had to throw it away, and I started chasing the seagulls with my umbrella. So immature of me, but hey, they were the ones to steal my sandwich. Thieves. My opinion of seagulls (which were not high to begin with) have dropped to an all time low. Evil seagulls and their beady little eyes...

<3 Wednesday

P.S. Here's two giveaways. Enter to win awesome prizes :)


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Heartened Nails

It's rainy today ): I was going to take pictures of my new mani in the sun, but sine I don't have a light box, it's all rainy day gloomy pictures today...

I used two blacks for this; the Australis and Beauty Style Black Cherry. On my accent nail I used the Beauty Style, which is this lovely deep black (not really sure how to describe it, but I love it more than other blacks), and for my other fingers I used the Australis, which (I think) I mentioned as a black with a slight silver shimmer. The white is Designer Brand French White, which is not featured in the picture below. The red heart is a mix of Ulta3 Black Plum and Beauty Style Raisin Red over white. Mixed it on a palette and painted it on, and didn't realise the white wasn't totally dry :P

The thumb was just the Australis, so nothing interesting there. All the pictures with the thumb turned out blurred.
From left to right: Cutex 2in1 Base Coat, Australis (62238- product number) Beauty Style Black Cherry, Beauty Style Raisin Red and Ulta3 Black Plum.

I got some new polish remover; Sally Hansen Polish Remover Strengthening, I think is the official title. It has 80% w/w acetone, and strangely enough, my skin likes it better than my old polish remover without acetone. Strange. While I was buying this, I discovered that my local Chemist Warehouse has a lot of Sally Hansen stuff, including the Gem Crush collection and another limited edition one that I can't recall the name of, but I do remember they were all pastel colours...

Are L.A. Colours good?

Off to study for Maths and Textiles exams now!

<3 Wednesday

Saturday, June 9, 2012


I got me some green tea with honey today :) It's really nice @.@

Anyway, found 5 really cute and cool blogs today! I admit I was looking for more giveaways to enter, but they're really cute, so I spent two hours going through them, squealing :3

♪ Dolly Wink Lashes No. 2 (Sweet Girly) &  No. 14 (Natural Cute)
♪ My Beauty Diary Masks Japanese Cherry Blossom & Arbutin Whitening
♪ Canmake Cream Cheek No. 7 (Coral Orange)
♪ Revlon Lip Butters in Peach Parfait and Sugar Frosting
♪Maybelline The Falsies Flared Mascara
♪ Too Faced Lockdown Cream Eye Shadow in I'm Guilty (teal) 
♪ Too Faced Galaxy Glam Smoky Eye Shadow in Moon Beam
♪ Set of Fashion nails from Love & Beauty (F21) 
♪ Set of Clip on bows from F21
♪ Floral Necklace from F21 in my favourite colours, pink and yellow!

 Just go and look at that blog post for prizes. It's a beautiful post @.@
  • Canmake Powder Cheek: Peach Pink
  • Whitening Soap: Orange
  • Circle Lens:Cinderella Pink
  • Pair of Eyelashes
  • Nail decoration Set
  • Pan Dermacare Skin Treatment Set
  • Pink Polka Ribbon
  • 2 Seashell Keyholder
  • Flower Earrings
  • 12Plus Lip Gloss
beautyinthebaggiveaway 3 different prizes for 3 lucky people!

First Prize:
  • Tote bag
  • Innoxa Lovely Lips Lipstick in “English Rose”
  • Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminator Liquid Mineral Illuminator
  • Natio Mineral Pressed Powder
  • MaxFactor Xperience Volumising Mascara in Black
  • Modelsprefer Kohl Pencil with smudger in matte black
  • 1000Hour Nail Foils set including Foil Applicator, Nail File and Scissors
  • Press & Go Press-on Manicure
  • Rimmel I Heart Lasting Finish Nail polish in Mocha Fever
  • Manicare Soft Touch Tweezers
Second Prize:
  • Model Co Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in “Sugar Plum”
  • ORLY Nail Lacquer in “Walk Down the Aisle”
  • Australis Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Blush in “Poser”
  • SAVVY by DB Luxury Liner in Pealescent Plum
  • Modelsprefer Multi-purpose Sponge
  • Clinique Happy 4ml perfume spray
Third Prize:
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Matte in “Really Red”
  • Innisfree green tea pure skin cleanser 5mil sample
  • Innisfree green tea pure skin lotion 5 mil sample
  • Innisfree eco safety perfect sunblock sample
  • Ubbusfree eco natural green tea BB cream sample
  • Sulwhasoo deem cleaning oil sample
  • Nail-Venturous Lacquers in 
    • Floam
    • Pinkerbell
    • Flying Blue Jay
Giant post, and now I shall go and mess around with my nails again, and hopefully put up a real blog post today <3

Fish Art

I got a chipped nail D: Well, one already chipped, but the other chipped today. Both were the Ulta3 Pacific Fever, which is making me think it's either this particular bottle (as I've never had problems with my other Ulta3 bottles), my top coat or I've been treating my nails absolutely horribly (which I haven't).

I'm taking the chance to do some nail art with brushes now, but wielding them with my left hand, so the art came out dodgy, but not too dodgy. A bit thick, but I do like it :)
The sun didn't want to come out and play D:
 In case you can't tell (which you probably can't), I did do some "string manicure", inspired by A Nail Polish Addict's Jubilee Mani. Can't really see much of it anymore, which is a pity, because it looked really nice, albeit a bit messy because it was left hand. I didn't do my left hand because I didn't want my skin peeling off like it did on my right. Really should get better nail polish remover...

From L-R: Cutex 2in1 Base Coat, Orly Aspen, Borghese Rapido Menta, Borghese Rapido Marino, Ulta3 Pacific Fever, Ulta3 Poppy, Ulta3 Confetti and Beauty Style Petite (silver). My apologies about the stuff in the background. It's all my mess, and my mum despairs that I will ever clean it up.
<3 Wednesday

Thursday, June 7, 2012


No, this is not a post about how I'm going to take over the world. It's about another three giveaways I have entered, and another three blogs to stalk :)

See that? That's Narmai's Graduation Giveaway. She's giving away
  • Sally Hansen - Disco Ball
  • Essence - Choose Me
  • Koh - Platinum Silver
Ends June 18th

;~; She has rats. They remind me of my two rats Butter and Cheese, who both died last year. I MISS THEM D:
This lovely lady here is Butter, sleeping in some old shorts of mine. She loved sleeping in the sleeve of my winter pyjamas even more though. It's really warm. I can't believe that I don't have photos of Cheese :(
The other giveaway is from Miranda's Makeup and More.
Grab a chance to win:
  • Wet n Wild Mini polish set
  • Sinful Colors Nail polish in shade Cinderella
  • Wet n Wild fast dry nail polish
  • 2 Revlon Matte eyeshadows
  • Julep Nail Appliques
  • imPRESS press on manicure
  • 4 Sally Girl Mini polishes
  • NYC palette
  • essence XXXL Shine lipgloss in shade Nude Candy (which is not in the photo)
Ends 4th July
Last but certainly not least is Beauty and Cheap's 100 follower giveaway. Grab the chance to win these prizes:
  • The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Shower Gel (Travel Size)
  • China Glaze Nail Polish "Optical Illusion"
  • Cairuo Glitter Nail Polish "107"
  • ColorBar Velvet Matte Lipstick "Bare"
  • Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Liner "Peacock Green"
  • Faces Glam On Eyeshadow Mono "Pink Sequin"
  • NYX Girls Polish "Sandals"
 Ends 1st July

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ulta3 Pacific Fever and water marbling

Taken under artificial light as the light outside has gone out due to early sunset...colour's pretty accurate though. The supplies in the background are just my attempts at making my own polish.
This is my attempt at water marbling with Ulta3 Pacific Fever, which is a really nice teal colour with a subtle gold shimmer which doesn't really come out on the nail. Or I just put too little coats on, one of the two. I still love it though, currently my favourite polish along with the OPI Turquoise Crackle.

(if you're wondering about the little bit of black near my cuticle, that was the Australis- I didn't take it off because my skin absolutely hates me right now for using the polish remover)
Anyway, the marbling gave me a giant headache. The white you see (Designer Brand French White, hate it, takes forever to dry, even with a quick dry top coat for some reason) is actually layered over with a very thin layer of Ulta3 Crystallina, which can only really be seen in sunlight if you squint. The Crystallina spread just fine (and looked really pretty while doing so), but the Pacific Fever refused to. So I did mess with it a bit, which is why only the index finger looked nice. I ran out of patience at the end @.@

Oh, and here's a tip; instead of using tape to prevent polish from sticking to where you don't want it to, use Vaseline instead, or the equivalent. For those who don't like, Vaseline is white petroleum jelly, good for dry skin and lips :)

On the other hand (pun intended), we still have the crackle and the Cutex, which is doing nicely in its third day of wear. No tip wear or anything!

(same photo as before)
I don't think I ever mentioned that I tried different directions with the crackle polish! Thumb is vertical (if you hold your hand straight up), index is diagonally to the right, middle diagonally to the left, ring is a mix of the two, and pinky is vertical (bottom half) and horizontal (top half). Personally I like the diagonals the best.

Stupid little girls screaming their heads off outside.

<3 Wednesday

3 More Cool Giveaways


 First up we have I'm Still Thinking's Giveaway! Grab the chance to win:
  • Sally Hansen Pedicure Salon Effects
    • Puppytooth
    • Pink Boa 
 Ends July 5th

Next up we have Makeup, Beauty and Fashion by Christine's Elf Cosmetics Giveaway. Here's what you could potentially win, all from Elf Cosmetics:
  • Studio Blush Brush
  • Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink
  • Glossy Gloss in Tangy Tangerine
  • Nail Polish in Hot Pink
  • Studio Blush in Tickled Pink 
Ends June 20th
Last but certainly not least is Rainbow Honey Cosmetic's Giveaway! Grab your chance to win 3 Gift sets including 15ml bottles of Celestia and Moon of the Mare.

Ends 10th June

Get entering :D

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Another haul and Transit of Venus

...Yea. I got new polishes today. Well, three, if you count the one I just made. Messing around with grey eye shadow and Ulta Crystallina and ORLY Apsen... It turned out okay, and I'll show you guys a picture when I get my camera working again!

Today's haul of the grand total of two polishes include Ulta Pacific Fever and Ulta Clear. The Pacific Fever is the one I'm excited about, since the clear is like any other generic clear out there :) It's a lovely teal blue with a shimmer. Been after it ever since I saw it and to get is so cool @.@

Another cool thing that happened today is that today is the Transit of Venus! In case you don't know, a transit of Venus is when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, and was the last to happen this century. Next one will occur December 2117, so it was actually a once in a lifetime event! The local uni were kind enough to set a telescope on our lowers so we could see. I got to see Venus! So cool :3

<3 Wednesday <-- total science nut

Monday, June 4, 2012

OPI Turquoise Shatter and Cutex 2in1 Base Coat

Here's the OPI Turquoise Shatter which I got as part of yesterday's haul.

In direct sunlight over the unknown Australis
In the shade
It's so sparkly and shiny and I can't stop staring at it! My first shatter polish, and I love it! Strange thing did happen though, when I went to put on my top coat. It changed colour, going slightly darker than what it looks like in the bottle. Not that I mind, of course :)

You can't really see it in that photo, but I did get little bald spots on my nails in the black areas, which aren't really obvious. Unfortunately, it's already starting to show slight tip wear. So I went and bought Cutex 2in1 Base Coat. I just searched it up on the internet, and it has mixed reviews. We'll see what happens when I try it!

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So I opened it, and I didn't realise that the brush is icky and the bristles stick out at odd angles. Ah well, I'll just cut the stray bristles and hope for the best. On the other hand, however, it dries super fast and is really shiny :D

Five Awesome Giveaways!

So I decided that it's much easier just to put giveaways I find on one day in one post...yes. Here they are! They're all open internationally so enter :D

First up we have Lacquered Lover's 1 Year Blogging Anniversary Giveaway. There are 4 prize packs to choose from!

  • Butter London Prize Pack
    • Butter London Wallis
    • Butter London Snog
    • Butter London Trout Pout 
    • Zoya Carly
  • Glitter Prize Pack
    • Dollish Polish Random Dancing
    • Deborah Lippmann Forget You
    • Deborah Lippmann Across the Univers
    • OPI Excuse Moi
  • Blues Prize Pack 
    • Layla Hologram Effect in Mermaid Spell
    • Dior St. Tropez
    • Mattese Elite Seduction
  • Purple/Grey Prize Pack
    • Chanel Graphite
    • Color Club Sugar Plum Fairy
    • Zoya Carly
    • Layla Hologram Effect in Ultra Violet 
Ends June 16th

Second we have Nail Polish Anonymous's Giveaway. The prize is Deborah Lippmann's Money Now Sleep Later and I have to say it's really pretty <3

Ends June 23rd

The next one I'm introducing is Mani-Logue's 1 Year Giveaway. 

Prizes include
  • 1 custom FEVERlacquer + 1 FEVERlacquer of winner's choice
  • FEVERshadow eye shadow Hunger Games inspired trio (3, 3g pots)
  • 1bottle Alter Ego Desert Storm Trigger Puller + 1bottle Alter Ego Penny Pincher
  • 1 MASH Professional 15 piece Nail Art Brush Set (in satchel)
 @.@ So much

Ends June 18th

Next giveaway is Narcissistic Nail's Holo Giveaway. Get a chance to win one of:
  • KleanColor Chunky Holo Bluebell
  • KleanColor Chunky Holo Poppy
  • KleanColor Chunky Holo Black
  • KleanColor "Surprise" Polish
Holoy goodness @.@

Ends June 11th

Last, but certainly not least, is Rainbow Jelly's Spring/Summer Giveaway! Grab the chance to win these prizes:
  • Kleancolo
    • Neon Aqua
    • Neon Orange
  • Katy Perry Lashes
    • Sweetie Pie
    • Cool Kitty
  • 3 Korean Facemasks
 Ends July 6th