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Pretty Jelly Floweret and Psithurisma

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By A Lacquered Affair · May 4, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Greetings lovelies,

And gosh, is the heat on here in Singapore. If we're not indoors, we're perspiring. If we're not indoors with some form of cooling mechanism, we're perspiring. Welcome to hot and humid tropics during a time of the year the temperates call Spring/ Summer.

Up for review today are 2 shades from Pretty Jelly's Spring/ Summer 2014 Holographic collection - Floweret and Psithurisma. Pretty Jelly is a 3-free (sometimes 5 on some polishes) and cruelty-free indie polish label by Liz Park. Her specialty is mostly holographics, with occasional glitter polishes. The round bottles house 15ml of product, with regular-sized brushes.

The current Spring/ Summer collection is inspired by the season. The strong linear holographics are named after nature terms. Like this one below - Floweret.

Pretty Jelly Floweret| flou′ər-ĭt |
"one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower" - The Free Dictionary.

Described by Pretty Jelly as a "magenta linear holo that can lean purple. This vivacious pink is just blooming with prismatic sparkle".

And indeed, it is! Here's 2 coats over butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat:
Pretty Jelly Floweret

Pretty Jelly FloweretThe polish applied smoothly and sparkled brilliantly without the need for an aqua basecoat, nor did it dull under a topcoat. Like the brand name suggests, it has a jelly-like formula. Despite that, it was opaque in 2 coats.

Close-up:
Pretty Jelly Floweret macro
The effect and formula is quite comparable to Jade, a Brazilian brand that also produces brilliant holographic polishes which do not require a special basecoat (sans the strong smell).

Moving on to Psithurisma (the name being quite a mouthful):
Pretty Jelly Psithurisma| SITH-ur-iz-ma |
Ancient Greek for "The sound of rustling leaves." - Wiktionary

Described by the maker as "a yellow-green strong linear holographic polish. For me, some of the best summer days were spent lounging in the shade of tree. This is the color of a cool breeze sifting through your hair, the glow of leaves lit with pins of sunlight."

I am absolutely besotted with this shade!

Here's 3 coats with the same basecoat and topcoat;
Pretty Jelly PsithurismaWith the same quality of formula as Floweret, 2 coats was sufficient for an opaque finish, but a third coat gave a more intense colour and brilliance to this holographic finish. It reminds me of a meadow green field under the strong summer sun.

Pretty Jelly PsithurismaA close-up shot:
Pretty Jelly Psithurisma macroLove the formula, and love the shade even more!

Combining Floweret and Psithurisma in a mani using striping tape and metal decals, with the same base and topcoat combo:
Pretty Jelly Psithurisma with FloweretBecause I like these holos with the decals and could not decide which shot to use, here's more spam ahead...
Pretty Jelly Psithurisma with FloweretPretty Jelly Psithurisma with FloweretFinal Thoughts
Summer (and sometimes, spring, depending which part of the world one lives in) is the perfect time to flaunt those holographic polishes. What better distraction than one's nails, especially under the sun. These strong linear holos are exactly that. Although the shades may not be new or incredibly unique, the fact that the formula and holographic intensity are top-notch makes these polish worthy of a spot on one's nails and in the stash.

Pretty Jelly retails on Etsy, which only ships within USA. But international customers could get also get their hands on Pretty Jelly through Mei Mei's Signatures and Edgy Polish. The pair in this review were sent by Mei Mei's Signatures and are currently available on the e-store at SGD17.00 each.

To keep up with Pretty Jelly, head on to:
Pretty Jelly store - https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyJelly
Website - http://www.prettyjelly.com
Facebook - http://facebook.com/PrettyJellyNailPolish
Twitter: @PrettyJellyNail
Instagram: @PrettyJellyNail

To check out Mei Mei's Signatures store for Pretty Jelly, or other goodies available, hit the following links:
Facebook: www,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
Twitter; @meimeisi
Instagram: @meimeisignatures

Till then, as cheesy as it sounds, May the 4th be with you!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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

Easter 2014

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By A Lacquered Affair · April 20, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

| ˈēstər |
The most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox. - Google Dictionary

Happy Easter everyone!

With the 3-day weekend that came with this holiday, I still felt strapped for time. In no less than 11 hours, I'd have to be back at work (boo!).

In the spirit of the festival, I've been donning an Easter nail design, as with the last 2 years (here and here). This year, it's a skittle of Easter egg designs, shown below with 1 coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat.
Easter Nail Art 2014From left:
Index - 3 coats Essie No Baggage Please, 1 coat OPI Shorts Story, white acrylic
Middle - 2 coats Darling Diva Polish Serendipity, 1 coat OPI Shorts Story, white acrylic
Ring - 2 coats Innisfree #123 Dawn Air, stripes using Essence Oh My Glitter, Isadora Wonder Nail 729 Marzipan, OPI Shorts Story, white acrylic dots
Pinky - Isadora Wonder Nail 738 Blue Lagoon and 729 Marzipan gradient, yellow and white acrylic paint, OPI Shorts Story (dots)

Bottle shot of the polishes involved:
Polishes for Easter 2014 Mani
From left: Essie No Baggage Please, OPI Shorts Story, Darling Diva Polish Serendipity, Innisfree #123 Dawn Air, (top) Essence Oh My Glitter, Isadora Wonder Nail 738 Blue Lagoon, 729 Marzipan

The Isadora polishes were part of a generous gift from My Nail Polish Online. I'm pretty spoilt with Isadora polishes from her, and they are kept like treasure. Their creme formulas are some of the best, in my opinion.

The one I had a hard time with was Essie No Baggage Please. Essie, no more streaky polishes, please.

Keeping it short, that's all for this post. Enjoy your Easter holiday and be polished!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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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 were purchased by me, except for Isadora, gift by My Nail Polish Online.

Indigo Bananas The Butterfly Lovers Collection

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By A Lacquered Affair · April 6, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

| buht-er-flahy luhv-ers |
"The Butterfly Lovers is a Chinese legend of a tragic love story of a pair of lovers, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, whose names form the title of the story. The title is often abbreviated to Liang Zhu (梁祝) and often regarded as the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet." - Wikipedia

Greetings lovelies!

Today's post casts a spotlight on a new Indigo Bananas collection in collaboration with Mei Mei's Signatures, a Singapore-based online stockists for over 60 nail polish brands. This indie label was launched in February 2013 by Andrea, a trained biologist, after months of mixing and testing. The idea behind the label's name came from the fact that ripe bananas glow indigo under UV light. It is also a play of words "indie go bananas", reflecting the craze for indie nail polishes in recent years.

This collection is exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures.

Indigo Bananas The Butterfly Lovers Collectionfrom left: Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt, Love Like Butterflies and Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady

When I received them for review, I was curious about this age-old story of star-crossed lovers that inspired this collection. So here's the gist of it, if you're curious too:
♥ Set in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, beautiful and intelligent girl (Zhu Yingtai) from a wealthy family desires to get an education, defying traditions.
♥ Girl disguises as a man
♥ Girl meets guy (Liang Shanbo) along the way, develops strong bond, and girl falls in love over the years.
♥ Girl tries to hint to guy before being separated, guy is clueless.
♥ Guy finds girl again and realises her true identity. They fall in love.
♥ Girl's parents betroth her to another. Guy is heartbroken, becomes ill and dies.
♥ On girl's wedding day, forces of nature disrupt the procession. Girl detours to guy's grave, begs to be with her true love. Grave opens up, girl joins guy and their spirits turn into a pair of beautiful butterflies.

Now that I've familiarised myself with the story, the names of the polishes became clearer.

First Impressions
The oblong-shaped bottles contain 15ml of 3-free product, with a clear wrap-around sticker that displays the logo, website link and ingredients list, and a round sticker at the base displaying the polishes' names.

Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt!
Indigo Bananas Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt!
"A warm pale brown linear holo with green shimmer." - Mei Mei Signatures

The shade of brown possesses a subtle masculinity that suits the character inspiration. I'm no colour expert, but it feels like it would flatter most skin tones, while displaying a luxe holo when basked in the light. I wasn't observant about the pale green shimmer, until I read the description. The holo effect was a distraction (in a good way)! But if one tilts the bottle around, the shimmer bits are noticeable.

Here's Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt! in 2 coats, topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat:
Indigo Bananas Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt!It took 2 coats to opacity. The formula was a breeze to apply on the first coat. However, it gets a little thick on the second coat, which I believe could be due to the addition of shimmer to the formula. The shimmer is also not as visible on the nails as it is in the bottle. Again, the holo effect was just distracting!

Close-up:
Indigo Bananas Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt! macroThe holo-ness overshadows the green shimmer a fair bit on the nails.

I wonder if the name refers to Liang Shanbo's doubt about Zhu Yingtai's identity or what to do after finding out she is engaged.

Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady
Indigo Bananas Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady
"Delicate lavender/periwinkle linear holo with gold flakies and subtle pink shimmer." - Mei Mei's Signatures

This is, without a doubt, a feminine shade that gels with its name and character. It is such a royal-looking beauty. This shade of purple paired with gold flakes is one of my favourites. Top it off with linear holo? Why, yes please!

Here's 2 coats of Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady, finished with topcoat:
Indigo Bananas Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady
The consistency of the formula is similar to Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt! Maybe a tad thicker on the second coat, again possibly due to the flakes. Because of the size and the colour contract, the flakes are more visible on the nail than the former, though still competing with the linear holo effect.

Close-up:
Indigo Bananas Zhu Yingtai Is A LadyThere was a lot going on in this polish, but they gel beautifully.

Love Like Butterflies
Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies
"A clear base with butterflies, heart, dots, hexes and iridescent glitters." - Mei Mei's Signatures

This one has such a pretty, airy-fairy feel to it, perfect for spring. There are loads in this glitter mix:
♥ Baby pink butterfly glitter
♥ Baby blue butterfly glitter
♥ Small baby pink circle glitter
♥ Small baby blue circle glitter
♥ Small pale yellow hex glitter
♥ Tiny iridescent hex glitter
♥ Baby pink heart glitter
♥ Baby blue heart glitter
♥ Pink flower glitter
♥ Yellow flower glitter
♥ Holographic shimmer

Here's 1 coat without base or topcoat:
Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies
The fish-and-dab method was used to apply this polish because of the dense glitter content. The smaller glitters came up with the brush with ease and abundance, but the larger shaped glitters had to be fished out of the bottle, sometimes with an orange woodstick. But they were totally worth it!

Here's a closer look:
Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies macroGlitter toppers offer lots of room for layering ideas. I've paired it over OPI Ink and My Boyfriend Scales Walls to give an idea how it pairs with a dark and a light shade.

Shown here in 1 coat over 2 coats of the respective base polishes, topped with Wicked Fast:
Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies over OPI Ink and My Boyfriend Scales WallsClose-ups:

Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies over OPI Ink1 coat Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies over 2 coats OPI Ink</p> <p>
Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies over My Boyfriend Scales Walls1 coat Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies over 2 coats OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

Love Like Butterflies looks soft and fresh over white, yet vibrant over a dark base. My favourite is the pairing with white.

Love Like Butterflies coupled with Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady:
Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies over Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady

To incorporate all three shades in this collection and recreate the story on the nails, I did a gradient topped with the glitter beauty:

Indigo Bananas Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt! with Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady gradientGradient with Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt! and Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady, with topcoat

Instead of the usual sponge method, I used a Q-tip to dab Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady over 2 coats of  Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt! I felt that it gave more control with less mess and polish wastage.

Topped with 1 coat Love Like Butterflies with topcoat:
Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies over Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady and Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt!I love the demure look of this combination. I'd like to think of it as a happy ending to a fairytale.

The larger glitter pieces were a challenge because they don't lay flat on curved nails. They had to be placed as close to the center of the nail bed as possible, but with an array of glitter pieces to place on the nails, it was tough!

Close-up:
Indigo Bananas Love Like Butterflies over Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady and Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt! macro
Because I was so inspired by the collection, here's another variation:

Indigo Bananas Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt! with Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady gradientInverted gradients on middle and ring fingers.

Indigo Bananas The Butterfly Lovers Collection nail artFrom left: 2 coats Liang Shanbo Is In Doubt!, gradient with freehanded silhouettes and Love Like Butterflies glitter placement, butterfly wing design with Love Like Butterflies glitter placement, 2 coats Zhu Yingtai Is A Lady, all with topcoat.

Final Thoughts
My 2 favourites from this collection are Zhu Ying Tai Is A Lady and Love Live Butterflies. The collection as a whole offers a sweet start to spring (even though we don't experience it here in Singapore), with a classic story that transcends time and language.

This collection is available exclusively on Mei Mei's Signatures online store as trio set or individually.
You can also follow her on the follow social media platforms for updates:
Facebook: www,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
Twitter; @meimeisi
Instagram: @meimeisignatures

To check out other polishes by Indigo Bananas, visit her Etsy store, or follow via her social media platforms below:
Blog: www.indigobananas.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/indigobananas
Twitter: @indigo_bananas
Instagram: @indigobananas
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/indigobananas

Till the next post, stay polished!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

To Leave a Comment: I've noted that OnSugar's Comment feature has caused a few readers frustration by not accepting their input. While OnSugar works on rectifying it, I did a trial and error and found that comments don't get red-taped if you enter your information in the "Name" field without any space, ie. "ALacqueredAffair" instead of "A Lacquered Affair". I hope this works. As much as I want to, OnSugar doesn't allow the disabling of Captcha.

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

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