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piCture pOlish Ornate (Collaboration Shade)

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 21, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

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"elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively" - Dictionary.com

ello lovelies!
It's been a long time since I've done a proper blog post, no thanks to increased responsibilies at work on top of an already demanding job scope. This post, however, has rekindled the spark to appreciate and share nail polishes, so more should follow very soon.

I'm beyond ecstatic about the polish in this post!
As a reward as one of the selected winners in last year's Blog/ Insta Fest, I had the privilege of working with piCture pOlish for a collaboration shade. Click here to revisit my post for Blog/ Insta Fest 2014.

piCture pOlish is an Australian boutique nail polish brand founded by 2 Australian girls that produces fast forward colours, unique finishes and durable-wear polishes. Their polishes are now 5-Free, and are formulated and made in Australia. They ship internationally, and are also available through various stockists around the world. More details at the end of this post.

The Inspiration
piCture pOlish Ornate Inspiration Collage
The name and inspiration of my collaboration shade is Ornate. As far as I can remember, I am drawn to the colour purple, and sumptious, intricate embellishments and motifs. Ornate designs, art and objects are found in cultures all over the world, throughout the eras, often exuding wealth and status.

The Polish

I'm thrilled that piCture pOlish has encapsulated my idea in a bottle.
piCture pOlish OrnateOrnate's base shade exudes the richness of plush plum taffeta. It is richly adorned with gold hex glitter, small bronze glitter, and playful sparks of small neon pink matte glitter. To top it off, it is enhanced with gold shimmer and a dash of scattered holo particles.
piCture pOlish OrnateIt took 2 coats to achieve full opacity on the nails:
picture pOlish OrnateThe swatch above is without topcoat. Despite being dense with glitter and particles, the application is smooth with no glitter-fishing required. The base shade is not a jelly finish, hence the glitter tends to get overpowered by the plum shade. But it's a trade-off for no visible nail line in fewer coats.

It dries slightly textured, with a satin finish.

Here, with 1 thick coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat:
piCture pOlish Ornate piCture pOlish OrnateUnder (harsh) white lighting, the tint is slightly different and leans toward purple:
piCture pOlish Ornate

Here's a macro shot for a closer look at all the good stuff condensed into this polish:
piCture pOlish Ornate MacroAnother mood shot:
piCture pOlish OrnateDue to the amount of glitter, the polish removal process is longer.

In case some are curious about a comparison with some of piCture pOlish's existing shades, I laid the closest ones from my stash side by side:
piCture pOlish Ornate Comparison piCture pOlish Ornate ComparisonAll the polishes above are shown with 2 coats each, without topcoat. Ornate sits right in the middle of burgundy and purple.

Parting Shot
In keeping with the theme of the inspiration, I had to indulge in nail art.
The mani shown here was achieved with some gold nail studs, metal foil, flat-back crystals, free-hand painting (after nail stamping failed me) and nail polish remover(?).

piCture pOlish Ornate Nail DesignThe negative space seen is achieved by removing the top half of the polish with polish remover. Because it is glitter-heavy, the glitter does not come off easily, leaving a trail of it behind, an effect which I fancy.

Most of the free-hand design (done with Rica's Gold Digger one-coater gold polish) is overlayed by gold studs to cover the cringe-worthy uneven lines.
piCture pOlish Ornate Nail DesignAlong with Ornate, piCture pOlish is also releasing other new collaboration shades (my wallet shudders). Check them out on piCture pOlish's website or social media:
♥ Store - http://www.picturepolish.com.au
♥ International Stockists - http://www.picturepolish.com.au/network
♥ Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/picturepolish
♥ Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/picturepolish

I hope you enjoy this post as much as I have developing it with the wonderful team at piCture pOlish, and that it'll find its way to your stash one day.

'Til the next post, I bid you adieu and a well-polished week ahead!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Happy 50th Birthday Singapore (Our Golden Jubilee)!

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 9, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Greetings lovelies!

It's the 9th of August and for us here in Singapore, it's a celebration of our independence. We experience the biggest ever celebration this year, being our golden jubilee. We have a 4-day long National Day weekend (woohoo)! It has been a year of incredible highs and some lows for our 50 year-old country, and we're only in the month of August. In fact, we've been overwhelmed with a slew of #SG50 commemorations and perks since the start of 2015. 

Almost every year, my nails are decked out in national pride. Looking back, here are the past National Day manicures: 2012 & 2013.

This is what I'm dawning today for our golden jubilee:
National Day 2015 (Celebrating SG50)I went super sparkly this year!

1965 was the year Singapore was declared independent, and 2015 marks the golden 50th year of independence. The numbers were freehanded with red acrylic paint.
The Ruffian manicure on the middle finger is perfect in representing the crescent moon on our flag. The five stars are typically white on our flag, but I went with gold glitter nail stickers this year, to drive through the 'golden jubilee' theme.
The red blob using red acrylic paint on the pinky is my feeble attempt at silhouetting our little red dot, our island, stippled with fireworks in the background.

Polishes used:
Estessimo TiNS 079 Notes From Heaven (white crelly with holographic micro glitter and iridescent flecks)
 Darling Diva Polish Little Red Corvette (red crelly with red and holographic glitter)
 Glam Polish Life Is A Story (opaque gold holographic glitter with purple flakies)
Glam Polish Comet Storm (purple-green-blue shifting flakies)

Here's a parting shot:
National Day 2015 (Golden Jubilee)Now, I'm off to make the most out of the rest of the weekend break and perhaps get re-acquainted with my polishes.

Cheers to another 50 years, Singapore!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products, with the exception of Glam Polish Comet Storm, were purchased on my own.

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Starrily Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio

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By A Lacquered Affair · May 3, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Starrily Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio| sea-lo-soh |

"The word Siloso is derived from a Malayan word meaning rock (Sanskrit root: Sila). There was a huge rock at the mouth of Singapore's harbour which was very dangerous to shipping." -
"Home to the hottest volleyball action along with the coolest bars and restaurants, Siloso, Singapore's hippest beach, is the beach to head to for fun-loving people – day and night." - Sentosa

Hey there lovelies!

It's been too long, but I'm back. Many things have been plaguing me since the start of 2015. I'm thankful for this long Labour Day weekend, where I can sit back and enjoy nail-painting again.

In this post, I'd like to share a collection of which its theme is pretty significant to my day job at present. 'Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio' collection by Starrily is a Mei Mei's Signatures exclusive.

The Inspiration

Sentosa The State of Fun'Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio'
collection is inspired by one of the few islands that is part of Singapore - Sentosa, a resort island. I could share many things about Sentosa, having worked there for several projects for my day job, but it is best to be experienced.

Sentosa means "peace and tranquility" in Malay. The island was previously a British military base and fortress during colonial and WWII. Now, Sentosa houses several attractions (Asia's top theme park, Universal Studios Singapore, being one of them), and the most happening beach in Singapore - Siloso. More information and photos of Sentosa here.

This collection reflects the spirit of some of the key spots in Sentosa.

First Impressions
The collection strikes me as fun, with a little feminine flirty spark with the soft pink holo. Indie brand Starrily, by Mawi from Brooklyn, New York, packages polishes in a standard 15ml/ 0.5 fl.oz bottle with the logo in front, and polish name on the bottom.

First up...

Pink Flip Flops
"(also called thongs, jandals, pluggers, go-aheads, slaps, slides, step-ins, chankla or a variety of other names throughout the world) are a type of open-toed sandals typically worn in casual situations. They consist of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap that passes between the first and second toes and around either side of the foot." - Wikipedia
Starrily Pink Flip FlopsFlip flops are a relatively common sight in Sentosa as the island oozes a laid back vibe. Well, also for practical purposes. Flip flops are also commonly worn in Singapore in general. The hot, and sometimes wet, tropical climate can be unforgiving to the outdoorsy feet.

Described as a baby pink jelly holo, this polish is exactly that! The linear holo is very evident in the bottle.
On the nails in 1 coat over base coat:

Starrily Pink Flip FlopsThe jelly formula is pretty sheer, but the consistency is smooth and buttery.
By the 3rd coat, it's pretty opaque:
Starrily Pink Flip FlopsThis demure shade would definitely bask in it its holo goodness on a sunny beach.
Starrily Pink Flip FlopsMerlion's Dream
| murh-lī-ən |

"The Merlion is a traditional creature in western heraldry that depicts a creature with a lion head and a body of a fish. In Singapore, it has become a marketing icon used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Merlions do not feature in any local folklore or myths of Singapore, and was only used in Singapore initially as the logo for the tourism board." - Wikipedia

The Inspiration
Merlion @ SentosaSentosa is home to one of the 5 official merlion statues in Singapore, with this being the largest at 37 metres tall. The viewing decks at its mouth and head overlooks Sentosa island and parts of Singapore.

During special occasions, the merlion serves as a backdrop to 3D projection mapping shows like the one by Hexogon Solution below:

Starrily Merlion's DreamMerlion's Dream is described as a "Glitterbomb topper of gold glitters in various shapes and sizes in clear holo base."
It is filled with star, crescent, diamond, hexagon, round, square and micro glitter pieces, capturing the texture and aspirations the merlion represents in a bottle.

Here's one coat of Merlion's Dream on bare nails:
Starrily Merlion's Dream Starrily Merlion's Dreamand a close-up:
Starrily Merlion's Dream macroThe polish is generously filled with micro holographic glitter that enhances the larger shaped glitter. The base is slightly thick due to the intense amount of glitter but you get ample amount of smaller glitter over nail in a coat. Glitter fishing and placement (with a woodstick) is necessary for the larger glitter pieces.

Here's how it compares in (from top) 1, 2, 3 and 4 coats:
Starrily Merlion's DreamAs more coats are added, the finish gets uneven and bumpy.
For the full-on glitter addicts, this is 4 coats of Merlion's Dream on all nails, with topcoat:
Starrily Merlion's DreamTo state this polish is topcoat-hungry is an understatement.

As a topper, here are some combinations:
Starrily Merlion's Dream over Pink Flip Flops(Above) As a glitter gradient over Pink Flip Flops.

Starrily Merlion's Dream(Above) 1 coat of Merlion's Dream over (from left):
♥ OPI Mermaid's Tears
♥ OPI Can't Find My Czechbook
♥ OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue
♥ OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland
with topcoat.

Songs of the Sea
"Songs of the Sea was a multimedia show located at Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island, Singapore. Designed by ECA2 founder, Yves Pépin, Songs of the Sea started its operations on 26 March 2007, a day after the Sentosa Musical Fountain ceased operations. The fountain is a $30 million investment by Sentosa to enhance its entertainment product offerings and to attract more tourists. It was the world's only permanent show set in the sea — with spectacular pyrotechnics displays, water jets that could shoot up to 40 meters, laser show, flame bursts, a live 7-person cast, and an open-air viewing gallery which can comfortably accommodate 3,000 visitors. Songs of the Sea had its final show on 4 May 2014, and was closed to make way for a brand new multi-sensory production titled Wings of Time, which was launched on 17 June 2014." - Wikipedia

The Inspiration
Words and photos cannot sufficiently portray the visual spectacle of the Songs of the Sea show, which I, unfortunately, was not able to witness in person before the run ended. YouTube video by ECA2Paris:

I have, however, experienced the new Wings of Time show that replaced it, and it is just as spectacular.

And back to the polish...
Starrily Song Of The SeaSongs Of The Sea contains the widest assortment of glitter pieces I've ever seen in a bottle. It has matte stars, flowers, dots, hearts and donuts in an assortment colours (neons, brights, pastels), all suspended in a clear base.

One coat over bare nails:
Starrily Songs Of The SeaThis glitter polish definitely requires a lot of fishing...and patience! After 1 swipe with the brush, additional pieces are carefully positioned using an orange woodstick. The most difficult pieces to fish are the hearts and flowers, being larger and heavier.

The next shots are Songs Of The Sea paired with a couple of base shades; as a glitter topper and jelly sandwich:
Starrily Songs Of The Sea with OPI Bubble Bath and Yoga-ta Get This BlueTop & bottom nails:
♥ 2 coats OPI Bubble Bath
♥ 1 coat glitter placement Starrily Songs Of The Sea
♥ 1 coat OPI Bubble Bath
topped with 1 coat Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat

Middle & ring fingernails:
♥ 2 coats OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue
♥ 1 coat glitter placement Starrily Songs Of The Sea
topped with 1 coat Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat

Starrily Songs Of The Sea over OPI Yoga-ta Get This BlueSongs Of The Sea is simply a jam-packed bottle of fun.

Final Thoughts
This collection screams summer fun and party, pretty apt for a beach scene. While the best formula among the 3 is Pink Flip Flops, I like the creative possibilities of Songs Of The Sea, despite the tediousness of fishing for glitter and positioning them.

These parting shots feature all 3 polishes in a mani, over a-england Camelot, to try and capture the feel of Songs Of The Sea and 3D mapping show on the merlion:
Starrily Siloso Beach Trio♥ 1st coat - a-england Camelot
♥ 2nd coat - Starrily Pink Flip Flops (after applying striping tape)
♥ 3rd coat - Starrily Merlion's Dream glitter gradient at the tips
♥ 4th coat - Starrily Songs Of The Sea glitter placement
topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat

Starrily Siloso Beach TrioThis trio is available individually, exclusively at Mei Mei's Signatures, along with other Starrily polishes, with international shipping available.
[Update 2 May, 2015: Mei Mei's Signatures' site is temporarily on vacation until 2nd week of May, 2015]

Meanwhile, check out more updates from Starrily and Mei Mei's Signatures via the following platforms:

5-free handmade vegan nail polish from Brooklyn, New York, USA
♥ Store: starrily.com
♥ Facebookwww.facebook.com/starrilynailpolish
♥ Twitter: @starrilypolish
♥ Instagram: @starrilynails

Mei Mei's Signatures
Singapore-based online store for the widest range of nail polishes and related products. Ships internationally.
♥ Storemeimeisignatures.com
♥ Facebookwww,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
♥ Twitter@meimeisi
♥ Instagram@meimeisignatures

Enjoy the weekend, cheerios!

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Disclaimer: Products were sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

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