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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 Thursday is my school’s annual Sports Day event, 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. Other orange polishes I currently own 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 with 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!


BONi M122 over OPI Black Onyx Swatches and Review

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Hi guys! Yesterday I was bored and wanted to paint my nails. Yesterday I also received my very first nail mail package all the way from Germany, I’ll make a post about that later. My nail mail buddy was really nice and sent me a really pretty bottle of Essence nail art special effects topper. I don’t know which polish to choose so I painted my nails black using OPI Onyx, and because of that Essence special effects topper, I decided I want to add a layer of glitter polish over it. I decided to go with BONi M122:ImageImageImageImageImage

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ImageFor this mani, I applied 2 layers of OPI Onyx, then 2 layers of BONi M122. I didn’t add topcoat because I was afraid it will be too thick.

I love this combo! It reminds me a bit of Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday, however I don’t think its a dupe. The BONi M122 polish has larger glitters and more color compared to DL’s Happy Birthday. BONi M122 has light blue, green, pink, red and yellow glitter, with small red, yellow, pink and green circle-shaped glitters in clear base. Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday does not have light blue, yellow or pink glitters. You can clearly see this in the macro shot of the BONi M122 bottle below:

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The BONi M122 polish applied nicely, but just like many other glitter polishes, I had to push the glitter around with the brush in order to have a overall coverage on the nail plate. The glitter didn’t dry very smooth though. I believe this is a polish from Korea… one of my favorites!


OPI Ski Teal We Drop Swatches and Review

When it comes to my choice of color for nail polish, I don’t usually wear dark colors, especially dark plums, reds, browns, etc. I don’t think it fits well with my skin color. However, a couple of days ago I literally have no idea which color to paint my nails, and I went for OPI’s Ski Teal We Drop:

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Here I have applied 2 coats with a coat of Essie Good to Go topcoat. I really don’t know how to explain this color in words. The name suggest that its a teal color, but personally I think its a dark teal color, almost dark blue when it hits the lights. It looks navy/dark blue to almost black in the shade/indoors. The polish applied very nicely, no bubbling, and dry time was average.

I think I pretty much fell in love with this color. One of my favorites for sure! I just couldn’t stop staring at my nails. Yesterday I went outside for a family dinner, my mom saw my nails and she complimented its color. She never does that, so that means something.

As I’m writing this post, its October 31st, which is Halloween. Happy Halloween everyone! (:


China Glaze Poolside Collection Summer 2010 Swatches and Review – Sun Worshiper and Kiwi Cool-ada

(From left to right) Kiwi Cool-ada and Sun Worshiper from the

China Glaze Poolside Collection Summer 2010

(Kiwi Cool-ada – 2 coats with no topcoat/ทา 2 รอบ ไม่มีเคลือบเงา)

(Sun Worshiper – 2 coats with no topcoat/ทา 2 รอบ ไม่มีเคลือบเงา)


Stripers as Nail Polish?!

On my last post I said I will swatch Butter London Dodgy Barnett and AllThatGlitter Spottie Dottie Dark and Light and review them. I did swatch them on my nails, but didn’t get a chance to take photos or write an entry about them yet, I’m sorry. I will try to do that soon.

About a week ago I received my nail polish + L.A. Colors stripers order. Yesterday I was playing around, and I saw how pretty the glitters in a few stripers look. So yes, I decided to paint them as nail polish on my nails. I mean, we can right? Stripers are technically nail polish, just the brush is different. Right right? Or am I wrong?

Here is how they turned out:

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Here I have painted two coats of NA945 Purple/Blue Glitter on my ring, pointy and thumb finger, and NA938 Orchid Glitter on my pinky and middle finger. All are painted over 1-2 coats of China Glaze Grape Pop, with a layer of Essie Good to Go topcoat.

Personally I loved how they turned out! And purple is my favorite color as well. They were super sparkly and fun!

Here are shots of the brush. I have to say I was impressed with how easy they applied. I have to say though, that not every brush is perfect. I’ve had some stripers with loose strands. But overall, they are very nice and I would definitely repurchase them it they run out.

Today in the mail I also received my VISA to America!!!!!! I will be going to America from 28th December – 6th January with my mother and brother. I am super excited for this trip, and am looking forward to buying lots and lots of polishes! Super sad though that the Euro Centrale Collection and Mariah Carey Collection will be released after my trip. That means I have to pre-order/order them online. I’m really looking forward to Polka.com.


Colorful Stripes & Stars Nails

As you can probably tell, I am very bad at coming up with names. I really don’t know what to call this design… I did these about a month ago. Saw this design from Nail Max! magazine. I really like how it turned out!

Since I couldn’t get a good photo for my entire hand, heres a picture of my thumb:

Sorry about the dry cuticles and the growth. 😦 I took this photo around 4-5 days after I painted them, and my nails grow super fast so theres a bit of growth when I took the photos. I used a brush and acrylic paint to paint the stars and stripes.

My nail polish order (Butter London Dodgy Barnett, All That Glitters Spottie Dottie Black and White) just arrived today too. When I have the mood (probably Thursday), I will probably post more swatches. 🙂


Essie Lapiz of Luxury Swatches and Review


I’ve been wanting to try Essie polishes since forever, and when I had a chance to pre-order polishes I decided to give it a try. I searched online for the best Essie polish color out there, and many websites recommended  Lapis of Luxury.

ส่วนตัวอยากลองยาทาเล็บ Essie มานานนนนมาแล้ว พอจะพรีออเดอร์ยาทาเล็บก็เลยกะว่าจะลองสักหน่อย ลองเสิร์ชดูในเว็บไซต์ว่ามีสีไหนแนะนำมั้ย ปรากฏว่าสี Lapiz of Luxury มีคนแนะนำเยอะอยู่ค่ะ เลยลองสั่งมาดู ^ ^

(Lapis of Luxury – 2-3 coats/ทา 2-3 รอบ)

Lapiz of Luxury is a creme ocean blue color. I took these photos nearly 2 months ago, so I’m not exactly sure how many coats I did or whether I added topcoat. I remember very well though that this polish was super easy to remove. It dries glossy, no topcoat needed. The brush isn’t hard to work with at all despite its small size. Overall, I really like this polish and will definitely check out more Essie colors. I am quite interested in Mojito Madness right now.

Lapiz of Luxury เป็นครีมสีทะเลฟ้าๆค่ะ ถ่ายภาพนี้ประมาณสองเดือนที่แล้วเลยไม่แน่ใจว่าทาไปกี่รอบ + ทาท็อปโค้ทรึเปล่า แต่จำได้แม่นมากว่าล้างง่ายสุดๆ แห้งไวและแห้งใสๆ ไม่ต้องทาท็อปโค้ทก็ได้ค่ะ แปรงทาง่ายถึงจะเล็กกว่าที่เคยทามา โดยรวมแล้วชอบสีนี้ค่ะ และคงจะลองสีอื่นของ Essie อีกแน่ๆ ปัจจุบันก็กำลังสนใจ Mojito Madness อยู่ 

You can find more about this polish on their website here.

ข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับสีนี้ สามารถดูได้จากเว็บไซต์ของ Essie ที่นี่ค่ะ


China Glaze Up & Away Spring 2010, Electropop Spring 2012 Collection Swatches and Review – Something Sweet and Aquadelic

Today I will be reviewing two pale/pastel China Glaze polishes: Something Sweet and Aquadelic. Something Sweet is from the Up & Away Spring 2010 collection and the Aquadelic is from the Electropop  Spring 2012 collection!

วัน นี้จะมารีวิว 2 สีอ่อนๆ พาสเทลๆ จาก China Glaze: Something Sweet และ Aquadelic ค่ะ  สี Something Sweet มาจากคอลเลคชั่น Up & Away Spring 2010  ส่วน Aquadelic มาจากคอนเลคชั่น Electropop  Spring 2012 ค่ะ

(Something Sweet – 2 coats, no topcoat)

(Something Sweet – ทา 2 รอบ ไม่มีท็อปโค้ท)

Something Sweet is a pale pastel pink creme. Dries glossy, no topcoat needed. Dry time is fast. It reminds me of  Topshop’s Nails in Milkshake my friend Khing likes to wear.

Something Sweet เป็นสี creme ชมพูพาสเทลอ่อนๆ แห้งไวและแห้งเงา ไม่ต้องใช้ท็อปโค้ทก็ได้ สีคล้ายๆ  Topshop’s Nails in Milkshake เพื่อนคนนึงที่ชื่อขิงชอบทาค่ะ

(Aquadelic – 2 coats, no topcoat)

(Aquadelic – ทา 2 รอบ ไม่มีท็อปโค้ท)

A green turquoise color. Dries glossy and fast. My first turquoise color in my stash. I am very satisfied with how pigmented this polish is. This is actually my first China Glaze polish I’ve ever tried. My first time trying it, I find the formula very thick and hard to apply. The brush was also weird to me because I’m used to harder brushes like OPI. But my second time applying it (which is the one in the swatch photos), I found it super easy to apply. I guess it’s because I wasn’t used to the polish. If you apply it confidently, I’m sure you’ll have no problem applying it.

สีออกเขียว-ฟ้าๆ ค่ะ เหมือนกับตัว Something Sweet เลย แห้งไวและแห้งเงาดีค่ะ เป็นสีเขียวฟ้าๆ ขวดแรกที่มี เม็ดสีเยอะดีด้วยค่ะ จริงๆ ทารอบเดียวก็ได้ถ้าชำนาญนะคะ แต่อันนี้ทาสองรอบ สีนี้เป็นสีแรกที่ลองทาที่เป็นของ China Glaze ครั้งแรกที่ลองรู้สึกว่าน้ำยามันหนามากและทายาก แปรงก็แปลกๆ ด้วยค่ะ เพราะจะชินกับแปรงที่ค่อนข้างแข็งกว่าของ OPI  แต่พอลองครั้งที่สอง (ซึ่งก็คืออันที่อยู่ในภาพ) รู้สึกว่ามันทาง่ายมาก (อ้าว 555) น่าจะเป็นเพราะตอนแรกไม่ชินกับขวด+น้ำยาค่ะ สีนี้ถ้าทาแบบมั่นใจไม่ป้ายหลายๆ ที ก็ไม่ควรมีปัญหาในการทาค่ะ 🙂

You can find more about China Glaze’s 2012 Summer Neon collection on their website here.

ข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับคอลเลคชั่นนี้ (เช่น สีอื่นๆ) สามารถดูได้จากเว็บไซต์ของ China Glaze ที่นี่ค่ะ


China Glaze Summer Neons 2012 Collection Swatches and Review – Splish Splash, Love’s a Beach, Beach Cruise-r, Sun-kissed

 (From left to right: Splish Splash, Love’s a Beach, Beach Cruise-r and Sun-kissed)

(จากขวาไปซ้าย: Splish Splash, Love’s a Beach, Beach Cruise-r และ Sun-kissed)

Ahhh I’m so excited for this post as this will be my very first swatch! I just got my camera, so I can now finally take better quality photos. Even better, my nail polish order also arrived in the mail. Today I will be reviewing 4 polishes from China Glaze’s Summer Neons 2012 collection. The names of the polishes I will be reviewing are: Splish Splash, Love’s a Beach, Beach Cruise-r and Sun-kissed.

สวัสดีค่ะ วันนี้จะมารีวิวน้ำยาทาเล็บ China Glaze จากคอลเลคชั่น Summer Neons 2012 ค่ะ ที่จะรีวิวมีทั้งหมด 4 สี: Splish Splash, Love’s a Beach, Beach Cruise-r และสี Sun-kissed

(Splish Splash – 2 coats with a layer of Essie Good to Go topcoat)

(Splish Splash – ทา 2 รอบตามด้วยท็อปโค้ท Essie Good to Go หนึ่งรอบ)

First is Splish Splash. My camera couldn’t really capture how beautiful and bright this color actually is once on the nail. Its actually a bright blue color (please refer to my bottle photo to see how the color is actually like). My absolute favorite. I’ve been trying to find a blue polish that isn’t too light like a baby sky color, and not too dark, something in between. This was the one. In the polish, there are blue and (if I’m not mistaken) silver micro-shimmers. I was really surprised to know that the polishes in this collection dries matte. I did not expect that at all! I started swatching this color and added topcoat because I thought the polish was supposed to dry glossy. When I tried out the next color though, I realized that this collection is supposed to be matte. Photos after this will have no topcoat.

สีแรก Splish Splash ค่ะ จริงๆ แล้วเป็นสีน้ำเงินนะคะ แต่กล้องถ่ายออกมาเหมือนสีฟ้า สีแบบตามขวดในภาพขวดภาพแรกเลยค่ะ เป็นสีน้ำเงินสว่างๆ สวยมากกกกค่ะ ชอบสุดๆ ตามหาสีแบบนี้มานานแล้ว จะมีกลิตเตอร์ละเอียดๆ สีเงินและสีฟ้าด้วยค่ะ ตอนแรกนึกว่าสีจากคอลเลคชั่นนี้จะไม่แมทเลยทาท็อปโค้ทไปรอบนึง พอมาทาสีที่สองถึงรู้ว่ามันเป็นแบบแมท แต่หลังจากอันนี้จะไม่ทาท็อปโค้ทแล้วนะคะ

(Love’s a Beach2 coats, no topcoat)

(Love’s a Beachสองรอบ ไม่มีท็อปโค้ท)

Love’s a Beach. A bright hot pink/fuchsia color with pink and silver micro-shimmer. Super bright. Opaque in two coats.

Love’s a Beach เป็นสีชมพูฮอทพิ้งค์ที่สีแสบสุดๆ เลยค่ะ มีกลิตเตอร์ละเอียดสีเงินและชมพูด้วย ทาสองรอบก็เข้มแล้วค่ะ

(Beach Cruise-r – 2 coats, no topcoat)

(ฺฺBeach Cruise-r – สองรอบ ไม่มีท็อปโค้ท)

A bright pink-purplish color, with purple and silver micro-shimmer. I really like the tone of this color, especially because purple is my favorite color.

อันนี้จะคล้ายๆ กับสี Love’s a Beach แต่จะไม่ชมพูสักทีเดียวค่ะ จะออกม่วงๆ ด้วย ส่วนตัวชอบสีนี้เป็นเพิเศษเพราะสีม่วงคือสีโปรดค่ะ

(Sun-kissed – 2 coats, no topcoat)

(Sun-kissed – สองรอบ ไม่มีท็อปโค้ท)

Sun-kissed is a very bright yellow highlighter color with warm gold and lime green micro-shimmer. If you look closely though, it is not completely bright yellow but more of a lime green color.  This color was sooo bright it makes my hand a bit darker on camera. I had difficulty capturing a good photo of this. This is also one of my favorites, but I feel that I won’t be wearing this as much as Splish Splash, because they are such a attention grabber.

Sun-kissed เป็นสีเหลืองที่สว่างมากค่ะ สีเหมือนไฮไลท์เตอร์สีเหลืองเลย มีกลิตเตอร์ละเอียดสีทองกับมะนาวด้วย แต่ถ้าดูใกล้ๆ จริงๆ สีจะไม่ออกเหลืองหมดนะคะ จะเป็นสีแบบมะนาวมากกว่า ทาแล้วเล็บเด่นมากค่ะ ตอนถ่ายนี่กล้องแบบเปลี่ยนสีเลย 555 สีนี้แสบมากเลยคิดว่าคงไม่ค่อยได้ทาบ่อยเท่าสี Splish Splash ค่ะ

Overall:

I have to say I really like the polishes from this collection. This is my very first China Glaze order, and I am very impressed with the formula and colors of these polishes. Splish Splash is a everyday wearable color. As mentioned earlier, some of the colors I think I won’t be wearing as often because they are so bright. I will definitely be using them for nail designs and tutorials though. All polishes dry fast and removal was relatively easy. The formula wasn’t thick. If you have a good amount on your brush, it should not be very difficult to apply. The only thing I don’t like about these polishes is that when you remove them, some polishes stain around your cuticle. They can be easily removed with polish remover though. Despite that, I will definitely be repurchasing more China Glaze polishes in the future.

Also, sorry if the lighting isn’t consistent throughout all the swatch photos. I just got my camera and I’m still learning about lighting and different ISO settings and such. I also didn’t use a tripod to take these photos, and the camera is quiet heavy. If you have any tips and tricks, please let me know!

โดยรวมแล้วรู้สึกชอบสีจากคอลเลคชั่นนี้มากเลยค่ะ เป็นครั้งแรกที่ได้ลอง China Glaze ด้วย รู้สึกว่าน้ำยามันดีเลยทีเดียวค่ะ บางสีอย่างที่บอกไปคงไม่ได้ทาบ่อยเพราะมันสว่างมากค่ะ แต่จะเอาไปใช้เวลาทำลายเล็บแน่นอน สีทั้งหมดแห้งไวและล้างออกค่อนข้างง่ายค่ะ น้ำยาไม่หนากำลังดีค่ะ สิ่งที่ไม่ชอบเล็กน้อยสำหรับน้ำยาทาเล็บอันนี้คือ เวลาล้างออกแล้วมันจะมีสีเหลือตรงจมูกเล็บค่ะ แต่ล้างออกได้ด้วยน้ำยาทาเล็บปกติ 

You can find more about China Glaze’s 2012 Summer Neon collection on their website here.

ข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับคอลเลคชั่นนี้ (เช่น สีอื่นๆ) สามารถดูได้จากเว็บไซต์ของ China Glaze ที่นี่ค่ะ


Pink and Blue Ombre/Gradient Nails

Here are pink and blue ombre/gradient nails I’ve done a while back. Make up sponges were used to blend the colors together. This is my first time doing a ombre/gradient design with two colors.


Sparkly Galaxy Nails!

Thought I’d post one of my favorite nail design I’ve ever done. I did this 14 weeks ago, so around May. I love the sparkle and how the colors blend in together! Every finger is different, too.

What do you think?
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(And again, I apologize for the bad photo quality.)


My First Entry – Plaid & Ants Nails

Yesterday my mom decided to go to the nail salon so I decided to tag along. Before that I had quiet a few nail designs saved on my phone. At the salon I decided to go with a design of red plaid prints as the background with black ants. I thought it was a unique design and I haven’t seen one like that before. However I decided to change the red plaid to blue plaid nails instead because red never looks good with my skin color. Here is a photo:

(If you are the owner of this design, please let me know, so I can properly credit you. I can’t remember where I got my original photo from.)

Sorry about the photo quality. I will get a new camera very soon, that photo was taken with my iPhone. Other than that, I also recently ordered a bunch of O.P.I., China Glaze and Essie nail polishes that should be arriving at my house by next week. Hopefully by then I could make a few swatch reviews. I am also planning to order L.A. Color polish stripers and I am also trying to find a place where I can get some glitter polishes from Essence. But that would take some time because they are so hard to find here! 😦