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Jord Wood Watch (with Floral Cogs Mani)

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 7, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

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old norse for "earth, soil; a rock- or sand-based unconsolidated material in which land plants grow" - WordSense

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ei everyone! 

This post is a slight deviation from the usual full-fledged nails and polish content. While the object in the spotlight is out of my familiar territory, it complements nails and vice versa.

When JORD approached me to review one of their watches, I was hesitant. I was even suspicious if it was spam! With my limited knowledge of timepieces and zero experience reviewing or blogging about any, I was certain there was a mistake. I rarely even wear one in my daily life; the nature of my day job puts nice watches at risk of damages. But JORD's social media specialist's openness to unconventional pairing of diverse elements and backgrounds with their wood watches sparked possibilities in my head.

So with my less-than-amateur knowledge, here's my journey with JORD.
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The Story
JORD's roots is in Missouri, USA. The brand specialises in hand-crafted watches made from natural wood and sustainable materials, not make-believe kids' watches, but well-crafted timepieces that complement a modern lifetyle. Watches are beyond mere time-telling tools but statement pieces that project personality and story.

Prior to hearing about JORD, watches and wood seem like the unlikeliest of combinations to me for these reasons:
1. It could look artificial/ awkward/ dull/ dated or like a child's pretend one that some European toy companies have (example).
2. Would the material be resistant to daily wear and tear, perspiration and everyday environmental elements?
3. To fulfill the above, it would be exorbitant to produce.
4. And...and, what about trees/ forest preservation? Wouldn't it be eco-unfriendly?

My perceptions gradually changed after further reading, receiving facts and the eventual product.

First Impressions
The model I selected is from the Fieldcrest series in Dark Sandalwood. I was drawn to the dark, minimalist design which would be most versatile with my style. JORD has over 30 designs and shades of watches, and growing.

They ship free internationally, and mine came in a registered package. A cardboard box and bubblewrap snugly protected this engraved solid maplewood box that the watch was nestled in:JORD Wood Watch Packaging

It reminds me of a Japanese wooden puzzle box, finding the side it opens. But it's pretty straightforward, putting a finger to the small crater beneath the engraved 'J' monogram and sliding the lid off to reveal the watch inside. It exudes a sense of nature with a touch of luxury.</p>

One might think, gosh, that's a lot of wood (and trees) used for, what most would consider, a non-necessity. However, JORD's products are made from re-purposed wood from all over the world and sustainable materials. 
JORD Wood Watch Fieldcrest Dark SandalwoodThe watch is snugly wrapped around an embroidered (what seems like) tweed cushion, with a monogram-engraved wooden disc tied around the wristband. A removable clear film protects the glass on the face of the watch.

Underneath the cushion are soft and relatively firm limited warranty and brand deck cards:
JORD Wood WatchJORD watches are warranted for 12 months from the date of delivery from material and workmanship defects. 

At the back of the limited warranty and deck cards are detailed explanation of the warranty with fields to fill the owner's details, and social media marketing shouts respectively:
JORD Wood WatchIn the spirit of re-purposing, a nail enthusiast could also use them as a scraper for nail art stamping. *wink*

Also included in the 10x10x8cm keepsake box are a JORD branded cleaning cloth and the extra links (packed in separate resealable plastic bags) that were removed to fit the size of my wrist:
JORD Wood Watches accessoriesJORD offers the option to resize the watch according to one's wrist before shipping it out for a slight additional fee. They provide a clear guide on every watch listing on how to provide the correct measurement of one's wrist to JORD for resizing. It was very convenient!

The Watch: Fieldcrest in Dark Sandalwood
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"Sandalwood is the name of a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades." - Wikipedia

JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodThe Fieldcrest series feature a clean, no frills design available in 4 shades/ wood types. Dark Sandalwood is the deepest of the 4, and is said to compliment all skin tones. It is listed under Women's Watches, but is versatile to be unisex in my opinion.

JORD also provides useful information on the wood the watch is made from on its site to understand and appreciate the timepiece. It also makes for good "Did You Know" conversational opportunities a la Sheldon Cooper.
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodThe face is covered with a clear glass that, together with the dials and hands, gleams at every moment they catch a light. The body, links and face of the watch is made from natural wood and is treated with tung oils.

Here's a close-up of the face:
JORD Wood WatchesLove the depth that the black grainy wood face brings to this watch! I secretly wished they had this and more watches in black.

The face is suited for women's wrist, but not in a tiny dainty sense, making it suitable for men too. But on my abnormally small wrist, it felt slightly overwhelming, but still comfortable.
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodDespite that, it is light, so it doesn't hinder my arm movements or make me conscious about it.

The back casing, also made from wood, is engraved with the watch's information:
JORD Wood Watches back casingThe movement used is indicated as "JAPAN MOVT-2035'. Information on this battery-operated movement (listed as CITIZEN MIYOTA 2035) can be found here.
I'd like to highlight the mark indicating the watch is NOT waterproof. As advised on its site, it is "splash-proof". So, bits of perspiration or exposure to light drizzle should be fine.

I live in a hot and humid climate so having something in porous material raises concerns. However, the watch will remain in good condition with periodic care. This information is also provided on JORD's site. To err on the side of caution, I'd store it in an air-tight container with some desiccant/ silica gel.

The bottom of the links is engraved with the JORD brand:
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodWhichever angle the watch is viewed on my wrist, one is able to tell the brand, but done subtly and with a tasteful touch, which I appreciate.

The fastening is a stainless steel dual-fold clasp:
JORD Wood Watches dual-fold claspPictured above is one side of the clasp unfastened.

The feature I appreciate most is the push-button action to undo the clasp:
JORD Wood Watches dual-fold claspThis feature is heaven for nail OCDs like me whose peeve is breaking or flaking their nails when undoing watch or jewellery clasps.

JORD's attention to detail is superb. Check out the screw-down crown engraved with the brand's monogram:
JORD Wood Watches crown

The Styles
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark Sandalwood
The watch proved to be a pretty versatile accessory to my wardobe and for various occasions. It naturally looks most charming against a nature backdrop, but it also looks smart in urban settings.

I paired it with some looks below:

♥ For brunch one Sunday morning at a quaint little d'Good Café in Singapore:
(cue ♫"these are a few of my favourite things..."♪ song)
JORD Wood Watchesd'Good Café (rooftop alfreso)
♥ For a Maroon 5 concert at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix:
JORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodJORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodJORD Wood Watches Fieldcrest series in Dark SandalwoodMaroon 5 at Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix
♥ With fancy manicure, inspired by florals and cogs/ watch gears:
JORD Wood Watch with nail artPolishes used (from index finger to pinky):
♥ piCture pOlish Douceur
♥ piCture pOlish Ornate (my collaboration shade with piCture pOlish)
♥ OPI My Private Jet
♥ OPI Black Onyx

The base shades (except My Private Jet) are given the matte effect with Essie Matte About You topcoat.
JORD Wood Watch nail artDouceur-Ornate and Ornate-My Private Jet are sponged in a vertical gradient.
JORD Wood Watch inspired nail artThe floral vines and rose are nail stickers from SaSa (gifted by a friend). The cogs are from eBay, and adhered using nail art glue. The 'hands' are hand-drawn using gold acrylic paint.

Final Thoughts
JORD made a positive and lasting impression on me with their concept, design and impeccable service. The wood watch makes a unique yet versatile addition to any watch collection, or a cool staple worth sharing about. It manages to exude a certain sense of refinement, yet possessing an edge.

It also makes a pretty sentimental and intriguing gift to a close one, with the handy box it comes in and all.

The Fieldcrest series retails on JORD's online store for USD120.00 (price correct at time of posting), inclusive of worldwide delivery.

Aside from their website - woodwatches.com, check out their latest updates, and stylish and inspiring posts via their social media:
Facebook
♥ Twitter
♥ Google+
♥ Instagram
♥ Pinterest
♥ Vine

Parting Shot
JORD Wood Watch inspired nail artNow where's that Christmas list...

'Til the next post, love your nails!

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<p>Disclaimer: The product was sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

Born Pretty Store Nail Accessories (Part III)

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By A Lacquered Affair · November 30, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Born Pretty Store Nail Art AccessoriesWarm greetings lovelies!

I'm back with the 3rd installment of Born Pretty Store's nail art accessories review, kindly provided by the online Hong Kong based retailer. To read parts 1 and 2, head on to the links below:
Part I (3mm Mini Round Patterned Metallic Nail Studs)
Part II (Gold 3D Blooming Flowers Patterned Nail Stickers)

BornPrettyStore.com is based in Hong Kong and has been around since 2007. The online retailer has grown from stocking nail art accessories to in-house polishes, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, beauty tools and even cell phone accessories. They ship internationally, for free! Hit this link for more information.

In the spotlight today is a Nail Stamp, also known as water decal transfer. The design I picked out for this review is a multi-coloured neon waves motif.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal Transfer #14402Here's how the actual piece looks out of the packaging:
Born Pretty Store Nail Stamps #14402The actual usable size of the decal is 3.5 x 2.5cm, which is not a lot. It's probably enough to cover 1 mani (10 nails), or more if intended only for accent nails per mani.

The back of the packaging contains an illustrated instructions on using this decal.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal Transfer instructionsInstead of dipping the decal in a bowl of water to remove the film, then pick and place with a tweezer, this alternative method involves sponging the decal over the nails. 

HOW
1 Paint nails with the base colours and let them dry completely. I waited around 20 - 25mins.
Base polishes for Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402Polishes used (over Poshe Nail Strengthening 4-in-1 Treatment base coat):
OPI Can't Find My Czechbook (blue on tips)
Catrice Cosmetics C02 Mermaiday Mayday, limited edition (glitter on sheer blue jelly base)
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (off-white crème)
Glam Polish We Go Together, limited edition (neon yellow with subtle holo)

I've done one on the middle finger. The rest of the tutorial is based on my ring finger.

2 Using a pair of scissors, cut the decal according to the size and/shape required.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402I only needed a small strip over the white base on my nail.
The neons waves are about 80-85% in opacity, hence best paired with a light-coloured base polish. The white areas seen in the decal are transparent when separated from the white backing; something to bear in mind when planning the mani.

3 Remove the transparent protective film from the top of the neon motif.Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402Here, I'm illustrating with the original uncut piece, as it's pretty challenging doing it with the small strip. The protective film protects the sticky decal from damage and dirt.

4 Place the decal on the nail where the motif is supposed to sit, motif side facing down.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402The stickiness of the decals will ensure the decal sits in place while you move on to the next step. If the placement is wrong, you can still lift and adjust the placement without damaging the motif (only if the base polish is completely dry).

5 Using a damp sponge or towel, dab over the white backing of the decal until the decal is completely loosened from the white backing.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402Do this gently, and as many times as it takes for the decal to be fully loosened from the backing. With a sufficiently damped sponge or towel, it should only take around 5 - 7 dabs.

6 Once completely loosened, slide the backing off the decal and nail.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402If completely loosened, it will slide off with ease. Trim the decal with a small scissors if any part of the decal sticks out from the nail.

7 Finish the mani by topcoating the entire nail to seal and protect the look, and to give an even finish.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402On the index finger and pinky, the decals were cut into triangles.

For those who prefer a tutorial at a glance, here's a summarised view:
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402 TutorialAnd that's it!

Final Thoughts
I found this method to be easier than the water bowl gig. Using tweezers to pick and place the decal can be challenging and may sometimes ruin the decal or base polish. I write from experience.

And this Nail Stamp's quality is great! The material is firm and of substantial thickness. Being thicker, the edges may be obvious on the nail, but a topcoat should fix it. Another slight downside is the small size of the decal. One has to use it frugally and with careful planning.

This Nail Stamp/ nail art water decal is available from Born Pretty Store at USD2.45 per piece. There are a total of 8 designs to choose from this listing. Not willing to pay full price? You can get 10% off using this code for readers of this blog: QFX31
Born Pretty Store 10% CodeRemember to follow Born Pretty Store via the following platforms for updates on new arrivals, ideas and promotions:

One last nstallment is in the works, so stay tune. Meanwhile, enjoy the Thanksgiving/ Black Friday/ Cyber Monday weekend, and I leave you with a parting shot:
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</em></em>Disclaimer: Products were sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

Born Pretty Store Nail Accessories (Part II)

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By A Lacquered Affair · November 17, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Born Pretty Store Nail Art AccessoriesHey lovelies!

I'm back from a long break from blogging with a continuation of a series of Born Pretty Store product review. If you're interested, Part I can be found here

For the uninitiated, Born Pretty Store is based in Hong Kong and been in operation since 2010. The online retailer has grown from stocking nail art accessories to in-house polishes, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, beauty tools and even cell phone accessories. They ship internationally, for free! You can refer to this link more information.<strong> 

</strong>In this installation, we take a closer look at a 3D Nail Seal in Gold Blooming Flowers.

Born Pretty Store #10946 TJ005These are nail seals (or stickers), not water decals. The gold outlines are embossed. They are self-adhesive, and are ready to go on your dry, polished nails for that little feminine swag on your fingertips. This set comes in a single sheet per pack, and retails for USD2.22. You get around 25 small pieces of seals per sheet in this design. There are 3 design options to choose from this listing.

For my base, I used 2 coats of the following polishes, and waited for at least 15 minutes for them to dry completely, as a precautionary measure:

♥ OPI Viking In A Vinter Vonderland (near-black deep purple crème)
piCture pOlish Unicorn (shimmery aqua crelly with pink and silver glitter)

OPI Viking In A Vinter Vonderland and piCture pOlish UnicornUsing 4 different floral motif from this nail seal set, I carefully placed them on the nails with a pair of sharp-end tweezers to achieved the finished look below. The nails are finished with a coat of Essence Gel-Look top coat to seal the design.
Born Pretty Store 3D Nail SealsBorn Pretty Store 3D Nail SealsAs you can see, parts of the motif are opaque white, and some are transparent. Love this combination!Born Pretty Store 3D Nail SealsThe seals are easy to use, and pretty fuss-free. They adhered well, and did not pull or leave residue when I had to peel off a couple to adjust the placements. 

if these aren't your style, you'll be spoilt for choice by the plethora of nail-related accessories and embellishments on Born Pretty Store. Furthermore, you're entitled to 10% off with the code QXF31. <span style="color: #800080;"><span style="color: #800080;">
Born Pretty Store Discount Code<span style="color: #000000;">For latest updates, follow Born Pretty Store via the following platforms:

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Till the next installment, cheerio!</p>

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<p></em></em>Disclaimer: Products 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 ·

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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.

Chinese New Year 2014

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By A Lacquered Affair · February 1, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

"Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year" - Wikipedia

A big hey to all and Gong Xi Fa Cai to all friends celebrating the Lunar New Year!
I've finally got some break and inspiration to get back into polishing and blogging, starting with this current holiday-inspired manicure.

I don't celebrate the festival but it presents an opportunity to pig out on goodies, enjoy one of the longest public holidays here in Singapore, and a source of inspiration to force out a red nail polish (which is a rare sight in my stash).

Using metal nail decals and freehand, this is my set of Chinese New Year nails:
Chinese New Year Inspired Mani 2013 Index finger and pinky: 2 coats Estessimo TiNS 090 The Lips at 0am (uh, what??), topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat with gold metal nail decal (from a haul thanks to @subtletyisoverrated)

 Middle finger: 2 coats OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as base, with freehanded pussy willows - cultural spignificance during the Lunar New Year (to represent the arrival of Spring, good fortune). Branches - ManGlaze Santorium, catkins - Skin Food Nail Vita Alpha (textured) ASG04 Sugar Strawberry (pink)

 Ring finger: 2 coats OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as base, dotted with Zoya Beatrix as a pair of oranges, green leaves with China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, red fan with butter LONDON Rebel Fox, lined with Etude House LUCIDarling Sparkling #01.

Estessimo TiNS 090 The Lips at 0am is the latest purchase from Mei Mei's Signatures, apparently a new shade from the brand. I thought this would be perfect for the Chinese New Year themed manicure.

Parting shot:
Chinese New Year Inspired Mani 2013I've got a ton of catching up to do. Stay tuned, folks!

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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 on my own.

Opal-inspired Manicure

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 20, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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"For those who were born in the month of October the Opal is the traditional birthstone. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the October Birthstone Opal are happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. The name opal actually means "to see a change in color." The opal occurs in several types of color. The White opal has a white body color with pastel glints of rainbow color. Black opal has a blue, gray or black body color. Fire opal is a transparent or a translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red body color that may also have a flash of color." - BirthdayGems.org

*jumps out of hiding*
A big HEY y'all!
How's everyone been? Me, I'm trying to stay afloat in an ocean with no horizon (also known as day job, which is ironic because it drags on into the nights). Which leads me to lament, yet again, about how all my nail painting and blogging have taken a backseat.

Here's me trying to catch up with #PolishTogether's (over on Instagram) monthly birthstone series in this post. This month's features Opal, and here's the poster and call for participation created and hosted by @perpetualfunk:
Opal - October's Birthstone for #PolishTogetherMuch thanks to Pearlynn for keeping this rolling month after month!

And here's my opal-inspired manicure:
Opal-inspire Mani (Flakies)On the nails:
(basecoat: Nail Tek Foundation III, topcoat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat)
♥ a-england Camelot (black base) - 1 coat
♥ OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (off-white base) - 2 coats
♥ Essence Blue Addicted (over black bases) - 1 coat over index and pinky
♥ China Glaze Snow Globe - 2 coats over index finger
♥ Glitter Gal Lightning Ridge - 2 coats over index and pinky, and 3 coats over ring finger

A flakie polish was an immediate choice, as the effect mimics opals almost perfectly. The curves on the middle and ring fingers were meant to imitate the curved oval edge of an opal. Sadly, it does not work the same magic over white as I had hoped.

Essence Blue Addicted was added because I needed some blue glitter over black base to give the nails a fuller 'opal' look. I could only fish out copper and green flakies from Lightning Ridge.

Here's a close-up:
Opal-inspire Mani (Flakies)Because the flakies content in Lightning Ridge is not as dense as, say, Essie Shine of the Times, I had to go for 2 coats. The formula was gret though.

And here's the Instagram version (@lacqueredaffair):
Opal-inspire Mani (Flakies)If you're on Instagram, do search for the #polishtogether hashtag to check out the other monthly birthstones manicures.

Wish me luck for some time away from work so I can get this blog's gears running again. Till then, enjoy what's left of Sunday!

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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 on my own.

Sapphire-Inspired Manicure

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 17, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

| saf-ahyuh-r |
"The traditional color associated with the Sapphire is the deep blue color and was strongly favored as a popular gem in jewelry. The meaning of colors through the ages represented many aspects of life. Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism were all reflected in the color blue. The symbolic meaning of the color blue has a Biblical meaning symbolizing heavenly grace. Sapphires can be found in a variety of colors, not just different shades of blue, these include yellow, pink and white. Sapphires with colors other than blue are generally referred to as fancy sapphires. The distinctive blue of the sapphire is due to minute amounts of oxide of iron and titanium in the stone." - BirthdayGems.org

Hi there lovelies!

EEK! I missed the #PolishTogether (over on Instagram) September's birthstone theme yesterday! Life just whizzes by faster than the Flash and my virtual (polish) life is fast losing ground.

I did, however, manage to sneak in a teeny breather later this week and hope to get some productive swatching and blogging done. And perhaps get some 'inventory' management done as well. (Disclaimer: I do not sell nail polishes)

For this September, @perpetualfunk has yet again got things going by hosting the monthly birthstone theme; this month's being Sapphire. I do love blues on my nails, especially the kind that lure your stare to its deep ,dark perilous depths. However, for this theme, I went with the following polishes:
Polishes for Sapphire-inspired Mani(clockwise from top)
♥ Darling Diva Polish Invoke The Spirit
♥ OPI Designer Series Sapphire
♥ Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings The Blues

Yes, I did choose OPI DS Sapphire for its name that had literal reference to the theme. (Hey, I desperately needed to get this done!) I got this gem from a neighbourhood beauty store when I got carried away dusty-hunting. It's so old that the cap was impossible to open, that is, until I followed the advise of a few fellow polish enthusiasts to dip the cap to its neck in hot water. Worked like a charm!

I chose Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings The Blues (a surprise gift from Kate of @LacquerCareFactor last year. She was fulfilling one of my lemmings) for its blue crelly base and glitter but it ended up looking quite flat on the names.

So Darling Diva Polish (psst! She has a new site for her online store) Invoke The Spirit came into the picture to remedy that. Contrary to how it looks in the bottle, the base is actually quite sheer. But it is crammed with blue shimmer, blue flakies, large iridescent hex glitter in green, orange, silver and blue, with sprinkles of star and crescent moon holographic glitter. I deliberately fished out only the blue hex glitter for this mani. I only recently discovered that it glows in the dark, but I didn't try it out this time. It was part of her Halloween collection for 2012.

Now that I've boring you with longwinded details, I shall just spam you with photos from here on. On the nails are 3 coats of OPI DS Sapphire, and as an accent on the ring finger, 2 coats of Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings The Blues with2 coats of Darling Diva Polish Invoke The Spirit. All finished with 1 coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat and accessorised with blue rhinestones.
Sapphire-inspired Mani for #PolishTogetherSapphire-inspired Mani for #PolishTogetherSapphire-inspired Mani for #PolishTogetherHere's the Instagram version:
Sapphire-inspired Mani for #PolishTogetherTill the next post (hopefully sooner than later), have a lovely week ahead!


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Darling Diva Polish Bitchcraft

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 2, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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"The act of being a total bitch; often practicing the acts of upsetting people for the sake of it" - Urban Dictionary

Howdy loverly lot!

Today's post features another polish from one of my favourite indie polish brands - Bitchcraft by Darling Diva Polish. I've told this story before, but I will tell it again:
I've been following/ collecting Darling Diva Polish since early 2012, when I was introduced to Ringer; a dupe for the infamous colour-shifting MaxFactor Fantasy Fire. Not only does she constantly come up with new polishes and collections, some of the themes and names are pop culture favourites and are a hoot!

Carrie, the creator, retails her creations on Etsy and also via Mei Mei's Signatures. It's always a joy interacting with her as she has such a sense of humour and has great customer service despite running the 2-man operation with her husband. You'll find regular updates and interactions through her Facebook page.

So moving along, Bitchcraft is described as having colour shifting glitter, a la Elytra range by OZOTIC, swimming in dark charcoal linear holographic jelly. That's too much goodness in a bottle!
Darling Diva Polish Bitchcraft
First Impression
The holo and shift in the bottle was captivating, even without the sun! Darling Diva's logo and label has been improved to a clear label for a while now, from the white paper label I last blogged about. As the label on the bottom indicates, each full-sized bottle contains 15ml of goodness. A standard round bottle with decent-sized brush never could go wrong.

Okay, the name - wicked! I actually had to Google the name to see if it was in reference to any game, show or character because Carries gets her inspiration from everywhere. Turns out, as the prelude to this post says, it's the art of being a bitch. A a lesser known fact - it is also the title of an adult film, but let's not go there.

The Formula
Here's the first coat of Bitchcraft over 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation III:
Darling Diva Polish Bitchcraft, 1 coat
1 coat was definitely sheer, but look at the holo particles! The colour-shifting glitter bits look black here but they do have blueness to them. In fact, it's hard to tell as the holoness was dominating the attention.

Close-up:
Darling Diva Polish Bitchcraft, 1 coat

With 3 coats, topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat:
Darling Diva Polish Bitchcraft3 coats to full opacity and stunning-ness. There was some blue shift, but I couldn't exactly tell if it's the holo or colour shift working its magic.

But upon a close-up:
Darling Diva Polish Bitchcraft, macroThe blue glitter is more noticeable here, and the red shift can be seen on the bottom left corner. It settles smoothly on the nail, minimal grit.

Having glitter in a holo-filled base made the consistency of the formular a tad heavy and tended to drag if you're in the habit of doing more than 3 - 4 strokes on a nail. It's the same another brand which had the same mix; holo base with some micro glitter, so I guess that's the downside of having too much 'goodness'.

Here's Bitchcraft working its magic in the sun (yes, one of the rare occasions where I managed to catch the sun):
Darling Diva Polish BitchcraftThe play of holographic colours was much stronger in real life, the camera just could not capture it while it's in focus. Flashes of blue are a little more prominent under the sun.

To compare looks, I've layered Bitchcraft over some base colours, topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat:
Darling Diva Polish Bitchcraft, layeredExcept for the index finger (top), 1 coat of Bitchcraft was layered over 2 coats of each of the base polish colours. Personally, I'm liking it over the dark shimmery blue of OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue (a random shout-out to one of my homegirls, mindpolish because she recently received her certification as a yoga instructor and this polish's name is just apt). It brings out the blue glitter that's swimming in the charcoal holo base.

Final Thoughts
I love holos, but include glitter, and I get even more excited! I just want to stare at my nails obsessively. I do wish the colour shift of the glitter was stronger, but with all the colours moving around, it's still a lovely sight.

It retails slightly more at USD14.00, as compared to Darling Diva Polish's holo range (USD12.00) and regular polishes (USD9.00) due to the ingredients. It is still available on her Etsy store and she ships worldwide.

For those in Singapore and the surrounding region, Darling Diva Polish is also sold on Mei Mei's Signatures, which also ships worldwide. Regular polishes retail for SGD15, while those with holo pigments retail for SGD16.00.

That's all for today folks, as I scramble to hit the sack to catch some precious sleep before facing another challenging week and long work hours ahead!

Have a good start to the new week and new month (it's September already?!), and for those in the US, enjoy the long Labour Day weekend!

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Disclaimer: Darling Diva POlish Bitchcraft was sent for review, while all other polishes were purchased by me. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

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Happy 48th Birthday Singapore!

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 9, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hello lovelies!

9th of August means Singapore is another year older. As our country enjoys a 4-day long weekend of celebrations (8th August being Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid Mubarak, and today, our National Day), I'm here with a super-quick post to join in the celebrations with a National Day manicure.

I did one this time last year, with a gist of our tiny country. Click here to have a look.

Fast forward 365 days, here's this year's mani:
National Day 2013A somewhat similar rendition of last year's mani, but with some freehand nail art detailing - a silhouette of the Merlion on the index finger, and Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer on the middle finger, popular icons of Singapore. A little boo-boo on the Merlion though. It looks like it's spitting (which is a legal offence here, FYI), but it's supposed to be spurting water like the actual structure.

The white block was sponged at the border for a slight gradient effect.

Polishes used:
♥ OPI Liquid Sand Magazine Cover Mouse (red with pink and gold micro glitter)
♥ OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (grey-tinged white creme)
♥ OPI Minnie Style (white and Fuschia mid-sized hex glitter in a clear base)
♥ Topcoat - Glossy Glam by Rica

In another news, it's also A Lacquered Affair's 2nd anniversary this August! *throws more glitter in the air*
I've been way to busy to think of a celebration, but I have, however, gotten a new camera yesterday, out of desperation really. After 5 years of love-hate relationship, it's time to call it quits after it refuses to work.

While I love the crisp image quality of the newer one, getting the colour settings right was exasperating. I'd love to know your thoughts on the colours of the above photo, if it has the same feel as past posts', better or off.

To those with the 4-day long weekend privilege, enjoy! I'm off to more swatching. Toodles!

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Iron Man 3 Inspired Mani

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By A Lacquered Affair · April 28, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Iron Man 3
"Iron Man 3 is a 2013 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being the first major release in the franchise since the crossover film The Avengers." - Wikipedia

"Sunday morning rain is falling. Steal some covers, share some skin. Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable."

Maroon 5's song describes today's weather as I hastily write this post, being incredibly late for this weekend's #SGSwatchFestFringe. (Love the vocals in that song. Whatever happened to that Adam Levine?) #SGSwatchestFringe is sort of a event to the main #SGSwatchFest event that goes on over on Instagram, for last minute, smaller events.

Iron Man 3 for #SGSwatchFestFringe on Instagram
Theme/ event notice on Instagram

And this weekend's theme celebrates the release of the third installment of the Iron Man movie franchise. It was officially released here in Singapore on 25th April, and I managed to catch the sneak preview, complimentary of a well-connected cousin.

Although he may not be my favourite Marvel superhero (dodges bullets from die-hard fans), I was very excited for both the movie and the manicure. The first 2 installments were huge hits, but I think another character has managed to be a little more entertaining in the new one. The red and gold combination doesn't look too..ahem... 'Mandarin' here. Trying hard not to be a spoiler here, but perhaps they should have stuck with Jon Favreau as the director.

Moving on to nails, here's my Iron Man/ Iron Man 3 inspired mani:
Iron Man 3 nail art for #SGSwatchFestFringePolishes used:
♥ Index finger - OPI German-icure by OPI, China Glaze Kinetic Candy, with clear rhinestone
♥ Middle finger - OPI German-icure by OPI, a-england Holy Grail (new version)
♥ Ring finger - piCture pOlish Voodoo, OPI Malaysian Mist, Cult Nails Blaze
♥ Pinky - OPI German-cure by OPI
♥ All nails - Poshe 4-in-1 Nail Strengthening Treatment basecoat and topped with Seche Vite

Trust me when I say it took me a while treasure-hunting for a deep red and yellow gold for this theme, ones I've not used before. At the end of the (long and tiring) day, I went back to German-icure and Holy Grail. German-icure could not have been a more perfect fit for this theme.

China Glaze Kinetic Candy was dabbed onto the middle of the index finger with a Q-tip before applying the rhinstone. I was trying to give an illusion of Iron Man's illuminating Arc reactor. Not happening.

I did not want to attempt painting Iron Man's face/ mask, so I went for something subtle but distintictive - a red accent down his forehead on the middle finger. I had it taped intially, but it smudged so badly, I went over it freehand.

Close-up:
Iron Man accentI was looking forward to paint Pepper Potts and this movie gave the opportunity (again, trying hard not to spoil it for anyone). The ring finger represents Pepper Potts - sparkling heat radiating from between the cracks of skin.
I painted OPI Malaysian Mist over 2 coats of piCture pOlish Voodoo and immediately dabbed with a crushed kitchen paper towel to absorb parts of Malaysian Mist to reveal cracks of Voodoo beneath. It was 'radiating' enough, so I topped the 'cracks' with some Cult Nails Blaze (apt name too).

Close-up:
Pepper Potts-inspired nail
Here's a last look, an Instagram version:

Iron Man 3 for #SGSwatchFestFringe on InstagramIron Man icon from iconarchive.com

Check out all the other #SGSwatchFestFringe #IronMan Instagram photos here.

Have a snuggly Sunday, lovelies!

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