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My First Attempt at Sponging (Nail Art)

3 May

I have  this nail polish hoarder’s mindset that I always don’t have enough nail polish, but checking my nail polish storage case would indicate otherwise. I may not own the biggest nail polish collection but I still have around 20 or so unopened or untried bottles waiting for my attention.

Upon checking out these unused and unswatched yet bottles, I chose one of the nail polish I got from The Face Shop which was purchased two months ago. This nail polish is called Lovely ME:EX PK 103. One of the new colours from the Love ME:Ex collection, PK 103 is a shimmery pink polish, too cute and sweet to resist (the colour actually reminds me of a cotton candy). Its consistency is not sticky but just-enough watery for easy application. While it has a good consistency and is a breeze to apply, it is too light pink and young-looking for my liking (not that I want to portray an old-er image ;)). The colour unfortanely made my hands looked a little too dark, too.

Lovely ME:EX PK103

I wanted to change my polish right after I finished but then I waited for a day to let the colour grow on me. And yes, it doesn’t really suit me at all. When I got home, I remembered that instead of applying a new colour or crack nail polish, why don’t I try sponging? I was a little hesitant  at first because I don’t have a sponge for nail art and I haven’t watched enough “sponging” videos on youtube to let me do it properly, but then I can always re-apply if I fail at my first attempt.

So that’s what I did… I got a new bath sponge that is a little dense and cut a portion to use for my “experiment”. I put some nail polish on the sponge and lightly dabbed the “nail polished-ed” part of the sponge on my nails to give a gradient effect. By the way, you can always check out the nail polish gurus in youtube for a clearer explanation. I’m no expert on this and I really just tried if I can make it work or not.

 

And here’s how it looked after…

Here’s my messy masterpiece, my first attempt at sponging for nail art

The products I used are the following:

Peripera PP109 – Lovely ME:EX PK103 – Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope

Albeit imperfect, I somewhat liked how it looked (only on some nails) . I want to try doing it again. Although my nails are really short and small, it was possible to do this kind of nail art. It was rather easy to do, especially when I get the hang of precisely doing it.

Have you tried sponging on your nails? Did you find it easy to do? Care to share your masterpieces?

Cheers 🙂

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OPI Didgeridoo Your Nails & Nail Sticker

26 Apr

Hi everyone! I’m back 🙂 Sorry if I have been MIA for a few days. I have been sick 😦 but I’m feeling a little better now; I still have to undergo another test next week but hopefully, everything turns out good!

Anyway, I painted my nails with a brighter color this time and I used OPI Didgeridoo Your Nails. I know it belongs to an old OPI collection but I couldn’t resist its colour when I saw it at a drugstore in Siem Reap, Cambodia (lucky them, I don’t know where to find OPI here in Bangkok). I love the fact that it’s duochrome – fuschia with gold undertones that make it look a red orange at a different angle or lighting. The colour is not that loud and seemingly very cool to the eyes.

After a day, I decided to add nail stickers just to add a little accent (but it was really pretty by itself).  I used Nature Republic nail design sticker. What’s good about the sticker is that it sticks well and doesn’t feel that rough after a top coat.

In my opinion, it did not look too bad but I reckon silver doesn’t match well with the pink-toned nail polish. I did not mind, though 😉

Do you like using nail stickers? Do you use them often? Care to share?

Cheers 🙂

 

Wet n Wild Dreamy Poppy & Easter Nail Art

9 Apr

Happy Easter, everyone! 🙂

Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Dreamy Poppy

I received the Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Dreamy Poppy from a swap with Maria, a new friend from the US. I tried it on the weekend because its colour is really pretty and bright, which is perfect for the summer. It’s my first Wet n Wild nail polish so I’m really thankful that she sent me that.

A Quick Review:

First Impressions: It comes in a big bottle and the brush is surprisingly narrow (I forgot to take a picture, though). I thought that the colour is too bright for me and for work but then it was Easter, it’s a time to for joy and rejoicing, so I used it.

Colour: The colour is bright coral with a little hint of pink. The colour may look orange-y or more pink depending on lighting.

Smell: I don’t remember probably it’s just a faint scent.

Consistency: It is sheer on first application and a little watery for my taste but then it was not that hard to manage. The colour came out well on second layer and I think it will look brighter on the third coat. I only did two coats.

Availability: I’m pretty sure that it cannot be found in shops here. I am not certain, though, if Wet n Wild nail polishes are available through local online sellers.

Price: I got it from a swap so I don’t know how much it costs.

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After one day, I felt like changing my nails again. Not that I don’t like the colour, but I just wanted to practice on my dots in time for Easter Sunday 🙂 I really wanted to try yellow dots but I’m not sure if they will match the Dreamy Poppy. To be safe, I used my Nature Republic BL503 which is light blue, it almost looks white.

To make my manicure almost like an easter egg, I decided to use Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope (another item I got from a swap) as my top coat. I really love the Kaleidoscope because the silver glitters are also holographic so it renders a shimmery, rainbow-y effect. As for my dots, I used the end of a paintbrush handle. I still can’t do equal-sized dots  as this is only my second time of trying this technique.

So here’s my Easter egg-inspired nail art:

Voila!

Again, Happy Easter to all of you, my lovely friends ! Hope you all had a good time your family and loved ones 🙂

Enjoy the week ahead! Cheers 🙂

When I’m Bored with My Nail Polish… #4

5 Apr

Some nail polishes last me more than 3 days and on days when I easily get bored with my nail colour yet lazy with doing the whole nine yards of cleaning my nails and changing the nail polish, I just think of ways to change the look of my nail polish. You can read the entries for No. 1 here, No. 2 here, and No. 3 here.

4. I attempt at nail art.

Tadaa!

This is my first ever attempt at a “proper” nail art. I know it’s not perfect and not very original but I was proud of myself. I never thought I could do something like this because I can be really clumsy at times. So, now… I’m inspired to try more. I have to perfect my dots first 😉

I was wearing my Skinfood Gunnpail Nail No.2 (matte hot pink) for three days and the nail polish on my thumb started to chip. At first, I planned to just use a crack nail polish to give it a different look but when I was youtube-surfing the other day, I found some dotting nail tutorials without the use of the proper dotting tool. It seemed easy so I wanted to give it a try.

I started with painting a black nail polish diagonally near the tip. I used a Tony Moly BK01.

I love the combination of colours, it’s so rock chick! It’s even beautiful just like that but I wanted to try creating the dots. I only have a random, brand-less white nail polish so that’s what I used. For making the dots, I used a wooden cuticle pusher. I have yet to get the hang of doing the dots  as round as they should be. The trick is actually to hold the dotting object vertically but I forgot so please bear with my dots 😉

All done!

I noticed that the matte nail polish looked so pretty with a glossy top coat on. But yeah, applying a glossy top coat over a matte nail polish defeats the purpose for the matte effect, right? 🙂

These are products I used:

Tony Moly BK01, white nail polish, Skinfood Gunnpang Nail No. 2, Anne & Florio top coat, wooden cuticle pusher, cuticle oil (not pictured)

On my next “nail dotting” experiment, I’ll use the bobby pin. Its rounded tips should make good dots.

Have you tried dotting your nails or doing nail art in general? Care to share your masterpiece?

Cheers 🙂

First Attempt at Gradation Nail Art

20 Dec

I just love playing with my nails. I think I am getting better with my nail painting skill that’s why I want to experiment and try different types of nail art. After trying nail stamping, this is my first attempt at gradation nail art.

I saw this nail polish duo at Central Department Store and I was curious if I can achieve the art on my nails.  Its a Japanese brand and I don’t know what it’s called (but it’s made in China). Anyway, I gave it a try. I started with the red nail polish as the base colour.

I love its colour! It’s not screaming red that you’d be embarrassed to show your nails around others.  Not only would you love the colour of this, this is by far the easiest nail polish to apply, among all other nail polishes I have reviewed in this blog. The consistency is not sticky nor runny but it’s a tad more “liquidy” than other nail polishes I have used. I would like to add that it is also quick drying.

with flash

without flash

Then I applied the glitter nail polish. I think my nails kinda resemble a Christmas ball 🙂

I know the gradation of the colours are not that noticeable because the base nail polish is red, which is a dark colour. I should try with a light colour base next time. But over all, I like it I don’t regret buying ut. I like the quality of the nail polish. At THB65 (approx USD2.10), it is a reasonable buy. I got another set in black but I will definitely get a light coloured nail polish next time.

Have you tried gradation nail art before?

Cheers! 🙂