Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tutorial: Silver Rays

I'm actually having fun using my striping tapes. There are so many designs you can do with it. I wanted to share to you a nail design I made using striping tapes. I know this is not an original design and many people have already done this. But, I just wanted to show you how do to a "rays" design for your nails.

Here's the finished product. :) Pretty cool, right?



WHAT YOU'LL NEED
A silver polish (I'm using the one from LA Colors)
A blue or black polish (NYX Robotic nail polish)
Striping Tape or Scotch Tape
Scissors
Top coat (I'm using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat)


HOW TO DO IT

The first thing you need to do is to apply your base coat. Paint your nails using the silver polish. 

Wait for it to dry. Place your striping tapes same as the picture above. Make sure that your polish is really dry. If not, the polish will adhere to the tape and it will become pretty messy. :)

Next, apply your blue/black polish on top of the striping tapes. 

Remove your striping tapes and you'll have a silver ray design. It's really very easy to do. :)

Here's a summary of the tutorial.


That's it for this tutorial. :) Let me know how this tutorial worked out for you. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Swatch: Cutex Nail Polish

I was finally able to get my hands on nail wheels. Now, I can do swatches and nail arts easily. For this post, I'm going to do a swatch for some of my Cutex Nail polish. One bottle contains 7 ml of product and costs Php 109.75 (~$2-$3). One thing I like about their polishes is the brush. It's flat so it makes application very easy. Furthermore, their polishes are not watery and they dry fast. But one thing I don't like about SOME of their polishes is the opacity. One to two applications may not be enough for SOME of their polishes because it's not very pigmented. 

Here are the polishes that I did a swatch on. 


I'm so sorry I didn't arrange the polishes according to the swatches. I hope you don't get confused. My least favorite of the 6 polishes is Gold Rush. It's not very pigmented so I need a few extra applications to make the color visible. For the Pacific Blue, I did 3 coats because it's also not very pigmented. But for the rest of the polishes, I only used 2 thin coats. :)

Overall, I still like their polishes. There are limited colors available in the mall and I really hope they'd stock more. :)

If you'd like to have your own nail wheels for your swatches, you can purchase them here. 10 wheels costs Php 80.00 and one wheel has 18 nails. :)

That's it for this post! Thanks for reading! :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Mail from MissKatV

Last month, I joined Ms. Kat's (from http://www.misskatv.com/) Dressupurnails contest. I submitted my Naruto nail art (here) as my entry. Sad to say I didn't win. :( However, two weeks after the winners were announced, I received an e-mail from Ms. Kat saying that I won her contest. The first winner didn't reply so she had to choose another winner, and she chose me! :) YAY! I was really happy when I read the e-mail.

I won a nail patch from Dressupurnails (here). When the mail arrived, I got so excited and happy. Receiving and opening mails really make me happy :)
This is the nail patch and she also sent me a heart-shaped nail file. So cute! :) The patch has a mint color and a lace design. It's actually very pretty but I still haven't used it because my nails are so cute and small. Haha. The patch is around 4 times larger than my nails and if I just cut a small portion, the pattern would be wasted. I think this would suit people who have longer nails. 

If you wish to buy your own nail patch you can purchase it here. The have other designs available and one patch costs Php 489 (~$11). :)


Thank you for reading! :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review: Daiso (Saizen) Natural Pack / Charcoal Mask

In one of my happy mails (click here), I got the Natural Pack or the Charcoal Mask from Daiso. I've been wanting to try this product out. Good thing, Thiamere included this in her gift box for me. :) Yay for gifts! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tutorial: Striping Tape Mani

Hey there! Here's another tutorial for you. I did this mani (using other colors) weeks ago and someone asked me to make a tutorial. I know this is a bit late. I'm really sorry it took so long. Anyway, the photo below is the finished product. :)


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:


Striping Tape
Any color will do. Striping tapes are so small and thin. You can do a lot of things with these. I got mine from BornPrettyStore.
If you would like to check the item out, click HERE. You may use this code "MLE10W21" to get a 10% discount :)

 3 colors of nail polish
You would also be needing 3 colors of nail polish. Again, any color will do. For this mani, I used 3 colors from Cutex: Indie Glow, Don't You Bare and Spooktacular.

Sticky Tape (Scotch Tape)
This is optional but I find it easier to do this mani with this. 

Base coat and Top Coat
The base coat is a MUST to prevent your nails from chipping. The top coat may or may not be used. Depends on your preference.

Scissors
You'll be needing this to cut the striping tapes. 


HOW TO DO IT:

 Place the sticky tape on your fingers as shown above.

 Take the nude or white polish and apply it on your nails. 

 Remove the tape and add a smaller and thinner sticky tape at the tip of your nails.
Apply the second polish. I used the Spooktacular polish for this.

Remove the sticky tape and apply the 3rd polish. It doesn't really matter if the lines are not perfect. The striping tape will be able to cover them.


Apply your top coat to protect the mani. Cut small strips of the striping tape and apply them on your nails. 

You may opt to apply top coat after applying the striping tape. The striping tapes easily fall off so applying top coat would prevent that. But if you have the time to always apply the striping tape once it falls off, then why not. :)


That's it for this post. I hope you had fun reading. Let's me know how this tutorial worked out for you.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Personal: Vanity

Last week, I got so bored at home so I decided to do my make up and to curl my hair. It was seriously not easy to curl my hair using a flat iron. Either that or I'm just a noob. :( Forgive me. It was my first time doing it and it took me hours. 

This is the result of my boredom. :)



On me:
Face:
Etude House Collagen Moistfull BB Cream
Etude House Surprise Stick Concealer

Eyes: 
Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer
Skin Food Coffee Creamy Fit Shadow 
Etude House Lucidarling Fantastic Gradation Eyes #8
Etude House Black Volume Mascara
ELF Cream Eyeliner Black

Lips:
Etude House Dear My PK004 Breathtaking Pink


After I curled my hair, my desire for a curling iron was just intensified. Haha. I badly need a curling iron. I never knew curling your hair could be so fun. :)

Anyway, that's it for this post. :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Swatch: OPI Black Shatter

In one of my previous posts (click here), I mentioned that I received a happy mail from a blogger friend. One of the things she sent me is the OPI Black Shatter. I've always wanted to own a bottle of OPI nail polish. The one she sent me is actually my first (as of now, my only) OPI nail polish. 

Here's a swatch of the polish on top of Cutex Pure Cotton.



This one really cracks so well.  I actually enjoyed watching it crack. Haha. I would love to try other colors of shatter polish from OPI. 



This a picture of the Black Shatter. The shattered design can be removed. It's just used to cover the handle. 



This is a picture of the bottom of the bottle. As you can see, the name of the polish can be found at the bottom. 

One thing I don't like about this polish is how difficult it is to open. I literally have to place it in warm water to be able to open it. :( Overall, that's the only downside that I could think of. 

That's it for this post. See you again on my next post. :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I finally got my hands on the famous Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. I've read so many great reviews about this product and I really wanted to try it out. I got it from Nail Art Center for Php 350.00 (that's around $8). I know it's quite expensive for a clear polish but it is really worth the price. 


One bottle contains 14 ml of product. I've only used it once and from my experience, the top coat dried in less than minutes. It also gave a smooth, glossy finish to my mani. :) Plus, it protects your polish from chipping off.



These are the ingredients. It contains toluene which is harmful when you inhale a lot but I don't think it's too much of a problem; unless, you inhale it every minute of every day. Haha. Furthermore, it doesn't have known effects to the skin. I think we should just not use it when we have an open wound. :)
One thing I don't really like about this product is the smell. It has a strong smell similar to a paint thinner or lacquer. Other than that, this product is a must for those who are into nail polishes and nail arts. :)

I really recommend this top coat. It makes painting your nails easier especially if you hate waiting for your polish to dry. :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tutorial: Textured Nail Art

I broke my nail polish ban. :) I just can't stand not painting my nails. I find my nails boring when they're not painted. Anyway, I was able to buy some craft materials last week. One of them is a sugar-ish material. I don't really know what it's called. I was actually looking for some flocking powder but I couldn't find any; thus, I settled for this. I think I'll just call it 'colored sugar'. Haha.
The label says it's for homeware and garden. Not really sure how to use it though. Nevertheless, I did find it useful for nail arts. I think this will last me years. I got it for only Php 38.50 (that's less than a dollar!). Good find. :) 

Now, let's begin with the tutorial.


The first thing that you have to do for this nail art is to prep your nails. It's up to you how you do it. Don't forget to apply your base coat to protect your nails from staining. 


The next step is to apply your nail polish. I used two coats of L.A. Colors' Purple Ice. 


Literally place your finger into the container of the 'colored sugar'. For the index and ring finger, I only placed the tips just to give it a different design.


You may settle with this or you may also add a top coat just to seal it and to prevent the 'colored sugar' from falling. :)



This is the finished product with a top coat. I prefer to seal it with a top coat because it prevents chipping and it gives the design a glossy finish. :)


That's it for this tutorial. Thanks for reading!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Haul: Nyx Nail Polish

When I was window shopping in the mall, I noticed that one of the stores was selling Nyx nail polishes. I've been seeing pictures of Nyx polishes on Facebook and on different blogs so I figured I'd give it a try. One bottle costs Php 80.00 so that's around $1-$2. 

These are the two polishes that I bought. The one on the right is in the shade Robotic and the one on the left is in the shade Bubble Gum. I had a difficult time reading the name of the one on the left because it's in black and the polish is dark blue. O_O They should have used a lighter color for the text. :( 

I'll do a swatch once my nail polish ban is lifted. :D

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Review: Dear My Blooming Special Gift Set

Last week, my boyfriend gave me a gift from Etude House. He got the Dear My Blooming Special Gift Set. I'm so happy because he really knows what I want. This set comes with a nail polish in the shade #3 Breathtaking Pink, a lipstick in the shade PK004 Breathtaking Pink and a small bottle of cologne with the name Fruity Floral Fragrance. He gave it at the right time because aside from my nail polish addiction, I was also thinking of buying a lipstick. Furthermore, my cologne from Etude House was already used up. 

This is the gift set that he gave me. The packaging is so cute and pink. I love the packaging of all Etude House products. It really attracts buyers who first notice cute things. :)



These are the contents of the gift set. The nail polish contains 10 ml of the product and I think that's already enough. I can't do a swatch of the nail polish right now because I'm on a nail polish ban. :( I need to rest my nails because some of them are starting to have a yellowish discoloration. :( That's the reason why I don't have any nail-related posts for the past days.  Plus, I'm really busy with my review. 

As for the cologne, I'm hesitating to use it. It only contains 10 ml of the product and I don't want to use it all up. I think I'll save it for special occasions? Haha. Don't get me wrong though, I love the smell. But I think 10 ml would only last me a few days. 



This is the PK004 Breathtaking Pink lipstick. I've been using this lipstick for a week and I really love the color. But the staying power is not that good because I keep on reapplying it especially after eating. However, that really doesn't bother me. 

This is a quick swatch of the product. So pink and pretty. :)

What's actually good about this Dear My Blooming Gift Set is that the nail polish compliments the lipstick and vice versa. They are of the same color or almost the same color. I hope my nail polish ban will be lifted soon. Haha.

That's it for this post! :) Thanks for reading. :)