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I apologize for the lack of updates. Been so busy with school lately. But I promise I’ll keep updating as much as I can *bows* ขอโทษที่ไม่ได้เข้ามาอัพเดทเลยค่ะ ช่วงนี้ยุ่งอยู่กับการเรียน แต่สัญญาว่าจะพยายามเข้ามาอัพเดทเท่าที่สามารถทำได้ค่ะ *โค้ง*

While I was gone I did paint my nails and do a few nail arts, but I wasn’t able to take good quality images using my EOS camera. Sorry about the bad quality. :( ตลอดช่วงเวลาที่หาย(!)ไป เราก็ยังทาเล็บและทำเล็บอยู่ แต่ไม่ได้ถ่ายรูปคุณภาพดีๆ ด้วยกล้อง EOS ของเรา ขอโทษสำหรับคุณภาพรูปที่ไม่ค่อยดีนะคะ :(

photo 3_209/06/2013 – Dark blue gradient nails. This was my nails for morp!

เล็บไล่สีน้ำเงินค่ะ ทำลายนี้ไปงาน morp!

photo 1_206/12/13 – Inspired by a design I found from the Nailbook app for the iPhone

เป็นลายที่ได้แรงบันดาลใจจากรูปดีไซน์รูปๆ หนึ่งในแอปฯ Nailbook สำหรับไอโฟนค่ะ

photo 4Here, I tried (and failed miserably) to draw Kim Jaejoong’s face on my thumb…

อันนี้เราพยายามวาดหน้าคิมแจจุงบนนิ้วโป้ง​ (และล้มเหลวไม่เป็นท่า) ค่ะ 555

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Another pic of the design. Sorry about the awkward finger, haha. ภาพดีไซน์อีกรูปค่ะ

photo 2_207/11/13 – A simple white gradient design with 3D sculpted acrylic flower :)

ดีไซน์เรียบๆ ไล่สีๆ ขาวกับดอกไม้ปั้น 3D :)

photo 3This design was inspired by a design I found in Nail Max! magazine

ดีไซน์นี้ได้แรงบันดาลใจจากรูปๆ หนึ่งที่ไปเจอมาจากนิตยสาร Nail Max! ค่ะ

photo 1(Wet n Wild – Through the Grapevine – 2-3 coats/ทา 2-3 รอบ)



…and that sums up my post! Hope you enjoyed it. See you in my next post!

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Essie Pop Art Pink Swatches and Review

In today’s post I have for you guys Essie’s Pop Art Pink from it’s Spring Collection in 2010. My mom chose this color for me, so this polish is quite special to me. The first time I used it, I really hated this color.  But I’m going to be gone from February 4 to 8th to Khao Lak for a school residential trip (that means no changing polish for 4 days!) and wanted a natural looking shade to wear, so I decided to give this polish another try. I rarely wear pink except for natural looking jelly/sheer ones, but this is one of my favorites.

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With one coat the color comes off as a natural looking jelly polish. With two or three coats, it’s a milky-pink jelly color. The formula for this is okay. To apply it well with thin coats, you have to be quick because the polish drys very fast. With thick coats it works well just like regular polish. There are also some bubbling that occurred during dry time. The polish dries glossy, so I decided not to apply any topcoat. Here I have on two coats. After taking photos of these swatches I decided to add topcoat to the nails that had bubbles, and the bubbles disappeared. Weird, huh?

Also, my pointy finger nail broke again, sorry. Please ignore it!

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Overall, I really like this color! It’s pretty versatile too. You can wear it with one coat for a natural look, or two or three coats for it to be opaque. I think this polish is super girly and fun. What do you think?

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips – 240 Check It Out Review

Hi guys! Long time no post! It’s been a month! The reason why I haven’t been posting is because I’ve been really busy lately. Plus, one of my nail also broke, and I can’t be bothered to fix it so I was away from swatching for a while — but now I’m back!

Today I will be reviewing Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Real Nail Polish strips in Check It Out number 240. This is one of the things I’ve bought from my trip to America (Btw I hope to go there again soon, I loved everything there!).

At first I didn’t really want to post this review because the photo quality isn’t that good. I took these photos at around 7pm with room light. But there aren’t many reviews for this product and I miss posting here, so I hope you don’t mind. I’m also trying to improve how I add credits on my photos… so please bear with me.

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The kit includes the following:

  • 16 Nail Polish Strips
  • Cuticle Stick
  • Mini File and Buffer
  • Detailed instructions of how to apply/use the product

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This is my very first time with nail stickers/nail polish strips. I followed the instructions inside the package and this is what it turned out like:

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Please note that these photos were taken after three days of wear. As you can see, there aren’t any major chips except around the cuticle and the nail’s free edge.

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Application was relatively easy. As instructed in the instruction sheet, the first step into applying the strips is pushing your cuticles using the cuticle stick given in the kit. After that, we have to buff and smooth out the surface of your nail using the buffer (also included in the kit. I did not do this step btw). Then, to apply, select the best-fitting strip for each nail, then you have to peel the strip to remove its clear protective plastic cover and it’s backing paper. Place it above your nail plate and press it down using your fingers. After that remove excess nail strips by gently filing the free edge of the nail.

What I found a bit challenging in the process of applying this that the strips can stretch. The strips are also very sticky, therefore if you make mistakes and decide to pull it from the nail plate and re-apply, the strips can over-stretch. There are 16 strips given in the kit and I think they’ve done a really good job in making sure it will fit with all nail sizes. The instructions did not mention about topcoat, but I did apply a layer of Sally Hansen’s Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Top Coat over the strips. I later read on a forum post that we’re supposed to wait an hour before applying any topcoat, I don’t know for sure whether this is true, but what I did turned out just fine!
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Overall I really liked how this mani turned out! The pattern is super eye-catching and I received lots of compliments from my friends. If I had a chance I would definitely repurchase these nail strips, and would like to try other patterns as well.
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Some of you may want to know about the removal process. It is instructed in the kit to use nail polish remover to remove the strips. When I removed it, I was quite surprised that it removed in tiny bits:
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Thank you so much for reading!

L.A. Color’s Art Deco Copper Glitter Swatches and Review

At my school, every student is separated into 4 houses: Hanuman, Erawan, Tosakan and Naga (similar to Harry Potter, haha!). I’m in Hanuman. Next week on Thursday is my school’s Sports Day, and the color for Hanuman is orange. Because of that, to show spirit I decided to paint my nails orange!

Originally I decided to go with Zoya’s Lianne, which applied on really smooth and nicely, but the Seche Vite ruined the mani with the pull. The other oranges I have are: OPI’s In My Back Pocket, Skinfood PK205 and China Glaze Peachy Keen. I didn’t like any of those three, and thats when I noticed Copper Glitter.

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Copper Glitter is a striper by L.A. Colors. (Yes, another mani using stripers — I think I might be a little bit obsessed!) Copper Glitter is a orange and copper glitter in a clear base polish. 
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Application was easy . This polish dried smooth and matte. Here I applied two coats of Copper Glitter and one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast topcoat for shine. They were super sparkly when it hit the lights and even in indoor lights! I can’t stop looking at my nails!

And heres a pic spam of the polish for you:

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Thanks for reading!

OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies Swatches and Review

Hello! Today I have for you guys swatches of OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies from OPI’s Holiday 2012 collection Skyfall. I decided to cut my nails on my left hand short because I started to think it was weird having nails on my left hand longer than the right hand. Haha.

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Tomorrow Never Dies is a metallic dark blue-purple with blue and pink shimmers. The blue and pink shimmers are barely visible even with flash, but can be seen in the bottle. This polish can appear dark blue or purple depending on the light, which I absolutely LOVE!

I was glad I ordered this polish and have this in my stash. I was reluctant about ordering this polish at first but after reading WorkPlayPolish‘s post and a few other posts out there, I decided to order this. I think I’ve also discovered my love for metallic polish.

Below are bottle shots to show you the beautiful shimmers. It also shows how the color of the polish appears depending on the light.

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Here I applied 2 coats with a layer of Seche Vite topcoat. I ran out of my Essie Good to Go and found Seche Vite in the store, so I decided to try Seche out. The polish was a bit runny and needs at least 2 coats to be opaque. Dry time was fast.

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You can find more about OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies from OPI’s Holiday 2012 collection Skyfall  on their website here.

Stripers as Polish… Again – L.A. Color’s Art Deco Metallic Pink

Hi there! Today I present you one of my favorites – Art Deco’s Metallic Pink!

Yes, its a striper, but who cares? It works well just like other normal polishes!

Metallic pink is pretty self explanatory… its a metallic pink color with gold/silver shimmers. Here I applied two coats with a layer of Essie Good to Go topcoat. They were super shiny! I rarely wear pink on my nails, but this was an exception!

I really, really love how this turned out! I didn’t expect this at all when I looked at the bottle. The dry time was fast and the polish was very easy to apply.

Sorry for the no bottle shot. I pre-ordered this, and when it came in the mail one of the polish that comes with it broke, causing the bottle to be smeared with polish. I tried to remove the polish from the bottle but that caused the labels to come off as well. :(

Essence Choose Me! Swatches and Review

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Today I have for you guys Essence’s Choose Me! I was given this through a nail mail swap from one of my nail mail buddy from Ireland.

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Choose Me! contains silver and gold flecks within a blue-green sheer base. Indoors its a green color, but in sunlight it appears a bit blue. The formula was easy to apply and dry time was fast. I love the sparkle and the brush in my opinion, is easy to use.

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This is my first time with Essence nail polish, and I am overall very impressed, both by the color and the bottle. I love how the bottle is small, but not too small. A downside to this polish though, is that they do stain your nails a tiny bit of green. However the stain can be removed with nail polish remover. I will definitely check out more of Essence’s polishes soon!

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