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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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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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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

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.</p>

It dries slightly textured, with a satin finish.

Here, with 1 thick coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat:
piCture pOlish Ornate
piCture pOlish Ornate
Under (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 Macro
Another 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 ComparisonpiCture 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 Design
The 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
<strong>♥ Instagram - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.instagram.com/picturepolish">http://www.instagram.com/picturepolish

</a></strong>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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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 product was sent for the purpose of this blog post. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

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Tagged with: Picture Polish, ornate

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>

<em>To Leave a Comment: <em>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.

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

piCture pOlish Blog/ Insta Fest 2014

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 25, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

piCture pOlish Blog/ Insta Fest 2014 featuring 'Nail Vinyls'
Greetings lovelies!

I'm thrilled to finally be able to present my contribution for piCture pOlish's Blog/ Insta Fest 2014!

Like last year, I heeded the call to participate in this annual event. If you're curious, my mani for last year can be found here. This year, it includes Instagramers as well, so I'm predicting a massive buzz.

For the uninitiated, piCture pOlish is a Australian boutique nail polish brand founded and helmed by 2 Australian girls that produces fast forward colours, unique finishes and durable-wear polishes. Their polishes are 3-Free, and moving on to 5-Free, and are formulated and made in Australia.

This year's 'project' comes in 2 parts; a swatch and review of one of their newest shades launched yesterday, and a nail art project using (for the first time) Nail Vinyls, something they've newly stocked.

But first, allow me to fawn over the bag that everything came in:
Love the hot-stamped baroque print!

Part One: Swatch & Review
EYRE is a metallic blue scatter chrome holo and dries smooth on the nail (contains no glitter). Inspired by a favourite novelist. 5-Free. It is a re-make of the now-discontinued OZOTIC 914, in an 11ml/ 0.37fl.oz size.

is a metallic blue scatter chrome holo and dries smooth on the nail (contains no glitter) - See more at: http://picturepolish.com.au/eyre#sthash.fOWYFaL0.dpuf
is a metallic blue scatter chrome holo and dries smooth on the nail (contains no glitter) - See more at: http://picturepolish.com.au/eyre#sthash.fOWYFaL0.dpuf
is a metallic blue scatter chrome holo and dries smooth on the nail (contains no glitter) - See more at: http://picturepolish.com.au/eyre#sthash.fOWYFaL0.dpuf

piCture pOlish EyreThe blue has soft hints of purple.
Here's 2 coats of Eyre without topcoat:
piCture pOlish EyreAnd with 1 coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat:
piCture pOlish Eyre
piCture pOlish Eyre
And in a rare ocassion, a shot in the sun:
piCture pOlish Eyre (sunlight)
A Close-up shot:
piCture pOlish EyreThe formula was good, even though it required 2 coats to get an even finish. The generous amount of holographic particles and flecks give a noticeable scattered holo effect, even without being under sunlight. The description given did say "chrome", so no duochrome effect here but a blackened blurple at the sides of the nails under shadowed lighting.

So how does it compare with the original OZOTIC 914?
Here's a bottle shot comparison:
piCture pOlish Eyre vs OZOTIC 914...and swatch comparison, 2 coats of each shade each, with topcoat:
piCture pOlish Eyre vs OZOTIC 914They are really very, very close, so unless one nitpicks, the differences aren't noticeable.

In the bottles, Eyre seem to have slightly more holo particles than OZOTIC 914. On the nails, OZOTIC seem to be richer in colour, with more blackened blue sides. Formula-wise, they both applied really well, but OZOTIC's consistency was thinner. It was not sheer, streaky or difficult to work with, just thinner.

Now on to the next part...

Part Two: piCture pOlish + Nail Vinyl Nail Art
Nail Vinyls is a one-woman home-based operation from North Carolina, USA. All vinyl stickers are homemade and packed by hand. piCture pOlish is now a proud stockist of Nail Vinyls, a perfect complement to their nail polishes.

Here's what I received in my pack to work with for this project:
Nail Vinyls X piCture pOlish
The Nail Vinyls: Right Angles
Nail Vinyls - Right Angles
Nail Vinyls - Right AnglesThe nail vinyls I received are Right Angles in a 224 count pack. They comes in 4 thickness, which is great to experiment various design ideas.
The basic FAQs are addressed on Nail Vinyls' online store, along with some useful tips on getting successful results with your manicure.

The Polishes
piCture pOlish Swagger and Mad MagentaSwagger: A beautiful blue shade, Swagger is a 5-Free milky creme and dries smooth on the nail. It is part of the Bright/ Urban shades.
Mad Magenta: A totally mad and crazy magenta, it is a 5-Free classic creme and dries smooth on the nail. It is part of the Bright shades.
Both in 11ml/ 0.37 fl.oz bottles

The Creation
Using all 4 sizes of vinyls, here's my mani:
piCture pOlish + Nail Vinyls Nail ArtI was playing around with multiple vinyls, and one of the trial arrangements reminded me of spider's legs. And the idea morphed into this mani, which has the feel of an 80's arcade game baddie. So, I'm calling this one a gamer mani!

Briefly, here's how I created it:
Nail Vinyls - Right AnglesFor easier reference, the sizes are labeled as above.

Tools required:

♥ Sharp tip tweezers
♥ Tiny pair of scissors

1 Cut off the length of one side of each size x 4pcs of vinyl close to the angled corner. Do the same to another 4, but in mirror image.

2 Paint nails with base colour. In this case, it was 1 coat of piCture pOlish Mad Magenta (hooray for one-coater!). Wait till completely dry, or use a fast drying topcoat to speed up the process. I used HK Girl topcoat, and waited for 20 - 25mins (just in case).

3 Place the vinyls as below:

4 Paint the inside of the small triangle (only) on the middle and ring fingers. Using a tweezer, remove size 3 vinyl immediately after painting each nail. Do not remove the top vinyl (size 4).

5 Paint the top half of the vinyl and remove immediately.

6 Paint the entire nail of the index finger and remove the vinyls one at a time, carefully and immediately, without waiting for the polish to dry.

7 Apply top coat and voilà!
piCture pOlish + Nail Vinyls Nail ArtThe nail vinyls were pretty fuss-free, unlike some stripping and sticky tapes I've used. The adhesive was not too sticky to the touch, yet stayed secure on the base polish, even after removing a couple of times to get the position right. They cannot be reused after they've been polished over, though, but it's quite alright. There are lots of pieces on the sheets for 6 - 9 manis, depending on the design of your mani.

Nail Vinyls ship internationally and can be found on the following platforms for more information:
♥ Store - http://www.nailvinyls.com
♥ Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/nailvinyls
♥ Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/teismom

piCture pOlish will be retailing a special exclusive 4-pack 'Nail Vinyls' containing all the vinyls (Chverons, Mini Chevrons, Straight and Right Angles) used by all the participants of Blog/ Insta Fest this year.

To purchase, get more information or updates from piCture pOlish, please follow these links:
♥ Store - http://www.picturepolish.com.au
♥ Every Day Deal - http://www.picturepolish.com.au/everyday-deal
♥ International Stockists - http://www.picturepolish.com.au/network
♥ Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/picturepolish
♥ Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/picturepolish

Have a great start to the week, folks!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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</em>Disclaimer: The products (except OZOTIC 914) were sent for the purpose of this blog post. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

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piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013

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By A Lacquered Affair · July 29, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Celebrating the Year of the Blogger!
"This year it's all about you and celebrating what you do!" - piCture pOlish

Greetings, lovelies!

I'm back and with a very exciting post.

Slightly over a month ago, I heeded piCture pOlish's call for bloggers to participate in this year's piCture pOlish Blog Fest. piCture pOlish is a Australian nail polish company founded and helmed by 2 Australian girls that produces fast forward colours and unique finishes. The challenge is to create our "most amazing nail art ever" and include a tutorial, using the 3 piCture pOlish shades we were provided. And here's what's at stake:

1) All nail art creations go into the running to be chosen to create a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish launching in 2014.
2) There are (only) 3 awards that will be voted and chosen as follows via piCture pOlish:
    ♥ 1 x award - as voted by PP friends and fans
    ♥ 1 x award - as voted by all participants of Blog Fest 2013
    ♥ 1 x award - as voted by Jules & Meg of piCture pOlish

So, please head on to the Pinterest link view all the creations and to VOTE after reading this (or any other participant's post). It'll mean a lot to us

The Shades
The  shades I received are:
♥ Atomic (a collaboration shade with blogger Sarah of Samarium's Swatches), "a silver/ white metallic holo (scattered) that has NO glitter. Atomic contains a holographic shimmer to create a magical shade, complex with a lot going on."
Watermelon, a bright juicy pink with subtle shimmer.
Tiffany, a blue mint creme.
piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Shades

The Inspiration
When I looked at the shades, especially Watermelon and Tiffany, candy pops to mind! And I was taken back to the time I was WOWed by the décor by a candy retailer, Candylicious at Resort World Sentosa here in Singapore.
The cheerful candy shades bring instantly brings smiles.
The Inspiration: Candylicious

The Manicure
Here's what I came up with:
piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The ManicureWhile the dotted candies are a direct intepretation of Candylicious' décor, the tree and backdrop were more Asian-inspired, leaning towards a wintry Japanese Sakura (cherry blossom) tree. I was trying to achieve a fusion feel.

The Tools
In addition to the polishes provided, we were allowed to use certain tools to create our designs. *heaved sigh of relief*
My 'weapons' of choice:
piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tools
The dotting tools are essential for creating circles of various sizes to depict the candies. Overall, 4 sizes are needed for this design.
The orange woodstick (this one's a mini-sized) serves a few purposes - the angled tip for dab on the tree trunk, and the sharp end for very fine dotting and sugar-spinning. You could paint the trunk with a paint or nail art brush too. They're just not too friendly with (for) me yet.

The Tutorial
A step-by-step guide on how I created the look. It's my first time creating a tutorial, so please go easy. *wide grin* (Grab a beverage and snack, this could be a while):
piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tutorial_11) The Base
Prep the nails. Apply basecoat, then 2 coats of Atomic, and apply topcoat. We will not be finishing the completed manicure with topcoat to retain the textured 3D effect.
On my index finger, I use a black creme polish on 1/3 of the nail in a gradient effect, but stopped at that as I felt it was too dark.

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tutorial_22) The Trunk
Coat the flat angular side of the orange woodstick with Watermelon and dab gently from top to bottom in 2 - 3 motions. It doesn't have to be straight. Irregularity is more desirable to look like a tree trunk.
You could also use a paintbrush or nail art brush if it works better for you.

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tutorial_33) The Branches
Grab a non-porous surface material to act as a palette for the polishes (or an actual palette would be ideal). Here, I'm using an old ziplock plastic bag.
Drop a blob of the polish onto the surface and wait about 3 - 5 minutes, or until the polish is semi-dry.
Try to pick the polish up with the woodstick (or toothpick will work too). If it forms a stringy texture as shown above, you're ready for the next step.

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tutorial_44) Sugar-spinning the Branches
This WILL get messy, so shield the skin surrounding the nails with sticky tape or apply vaseline for easier clean-up afterwards.
Lift the tacky polish and drag it over the nail. I dragged it horizontally across, let it settle halfway across the nail, then continue in another direction in a shorter 'stroke'. Continue a with a few more 'branches' at random to get the effect of tree branches.

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013: The Tutorial_5
5) Dotting the Candies
Using the largest dotting tool, dot each colour at random placements. Smaller ones can be added for variety. Wait for them to at least be semi-dry before adding the next layer.

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tutorial_66) Dots - the 2nd Layer
Dot on the second layer in a slightly smaller size over the first, trying to set them as center as possible.
Set to dry then repeat until the last layer you can manage to dot is with using the sharp end of the woodstick.

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tutorial_77) Dots - the 3rd Layer
Repeat as in step 6.

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tutorial_88) Dots - the 4th Layer
Repeat as in step 6. This might be the last layer one can manage to include.

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The Tutorial_99) Topcoat Dotting
I dotted on a generous blob of topcoat over each candy circle. The topcoat should be set down for some time to reduce any bubbles that may have formed. Try not to use a fast drying topcoat, or the blog may warp during drying. This step may be skipped if you prefer a flatter look for the circles.

And we're done!

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - The ManicureIt actually feels pretty good that I managed a nail art without glitter!

If you're interested in getting your hands on piCture pOlish, here are some useful information to note:

♥ Shipping - to view shipping costs, terms and conditions
♥ Network - to view a list of piCture pOlish resellers nearest to you
♥ Everyday Deals - check out some of their pretty cool ongoing deals

Also, you may stalk, I mean follow,  piCture pOlish on the following social media platforms:

Facebook
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Pinterest
YouTube

Hope you've enjoyed this post, and remember to VOTE!

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Cheers!

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Disclaimer: The above piCture pOlish products was sent for the purpose of the event. All other materials are my own. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

piCture pOlish Kryptonite (and then some)

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

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"Emerald is a gemstone, and a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(SiO3)6) colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Beryl has a hardness of 7.5 – 8 on the 10-point Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Most emeralds are highly included, so their toughness (resistance to breakage) is classified as generally poor.
The word "Emerald" is derived (via Old French: Esmeraude and Middle English: Emeraude), from Vulgar Latin: Esmaralda/Esmaraldus, a variant of Latin Smaragdus, which originated in Greek: σμάραγδος (smaragdos; "green gem")." - Wikipedia

Welcome to another late weekend post, loverly lot!

This week calls for another #SGSwatchFest participation over on Instagram, hosted by the friendly fellow Singapore nail blogger, Pearlyn aka @perpetualfunk. The theme is emerald, being the birthstone for the month of May and, coincidentally, also Pantone's colour of 2013.

A little note: Due to the interest from many international nail enthusiasts who wish to participate in the themed events (though we've always welcomed them to do so), a new Instagram account has been created to include openly and officially EVERYONE from EVERYWHERE - @PolishTogether!
We invite everyone to follow the account, and if you like, join in the themed events, and hashtag #PolishTogether or tag @PolishTogether to share your work!
The #SGSwatchfest tag will still remain for Singapore-centric themes.

Now that that's all explained, here's my polish of choice for this week's theme - piCture pOlish Kryptonite.
piCture pOlish Kryptonite"Kryptonite was created with Cathy of More Nail Polish Inspiration: 'first thoughts something gold but how about a true green holo' so that is what was fashioned.  As soon as Cathy said the name we new Kryptonite would be a celebration of all things 'super' and that fabulous tune too!" - piCture pOlish

piCture pOlish is an Australian-owned and made nail polish brand, which also has the exclusive licensing rights for the OZOTIC brand worldwide.

Kryptonite is a green jelly base filled with large, irregular shaped micro thin holographic bits. It was released in 2012, as part of piCture pOlish's first series of blogger collaboration shades.

Kryptonite came to mind because, aside from it being the shade of green I wanted for the theme, I imagine kryptonite, the fictional radioactive ore from Superman's home planet of Krypton, to be emerald's fictional alter ego.

Here's 2 coats of Kryptonite topped with 1 coat of Poshé Super-fast Drying Top coat:
piCture pOlish Kryptonite2 coats was all it took to reach opacity. The depth of the finish is beautiful! Only the holographic bits that sit on top of the jelly base dazzle with holoness.

Close-up:
piCture pOlish KryptoniteNote to self: get rid of Poshé topcoat. The shrinkage is very frustrating.

The formula is divine, and the finish is smooth and glossy, even without a topcoat.

Earlier, I rummaged my stash to search for other emerald shades for the SGSwatchFest/ PolishTogether theme. And since I already had them out, I might as well do an ombré mani.
Emerald ombré for #SGSwatchFestFrom the top (index finger): Pretty Serious VT100, piCture pOlish Krytonite, China Glaze Glittering Garland, a-england Tess D'Urbervilles, all in 2 coats, topped with Poshé.

At a glance, there are some visual similarities between Kryptonite and Glittering Garland. However, Glittering Garland's jelly base is a shade (or half) darker, and slightly yellow in tone. It doesn't contain any holographic particles. The sparkles are either irregular small glitter shards, or flecks, or both.

piCture pOlish is available for purchase on their website, or your could find a list of network member (distributors) here. For those in Singapore, feel free to approach The Subtle Shimmer for your piCture pOlish or OZOTIC needs.

Because I couldn't decide between the 2 manis, I decided to show both for the event. Here are the Instagram versions:
piCture pOlish Kryptonite for #SGSwatchFest/ #PolishTogetherEmerald ombré for #SGSwatchFest/ #PolishTogether
That concludes this post and week. Do check out the other manicures here!

And if you're on Instagram, you're warmly welcome to follow @PolishTogether and participate in future themed events.

Have a great start to the new week, lovelies!

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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.

Happenings: Flea Above @ *SCAPE Sky Terrace

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By A Lacquered Affair · April 6, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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Definition: Short for flea market; ghetto a** malls in the south made up of small booths. They usually sell food, fly clothes, sneakers, jewelry, and equipment for using and/or selling drugs. - urbandictionary.com

 

What will you guys be up to this Easter weekend? If you're in Singapore, here's an event all nail polish lovers may want to note and pop by:

WHAT: Flea Above
WHERE: *SCAPE Sky Terrace, Level 4, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore
WHEN: Saturday, 7th April, 2012. 2:00 - 8:00PM
WHY: Because if you're a nail polish junkie, you're gonna freak at the some of the sort-after cult nail polish brands that are going to be on sale!

 

The lovely girls from EClecticCo. and Star Trinkets will be selling their products at this event, so it'll be a great opportunity to get an upclose look at their gorgeous polishes and charming handmade jewellery/ accessories. Or just come say "Hi" to these friendly  polish lovers.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the goodies you're gonna want to bring home and/or gift to friends/ loved ones:

EClecticCo.Image from EClecticCo. Prices displayed are in Singapore Dollars.

EclecticCo., managed by Annette, brings you a variety of lifestyle products, but more importantly, wonderful nail polish brands such as the highly-raved Nfu.Oh, Milani and Kleancolor at affordable prices. These are rarely (or not) found in our local retail scene, so grab this opportunity be visually wowed by these polishes and get them at while-stocks-last prices. A few Nfu.Ohs are already waiting for me, and they're going to be my first! EclecticoCo. also sells on eBay and Gmarket. Be sure to check out the Facebook page or email for enquiries.

 

Joining Annette at the same location is Susan (aka The Subtle Shimmer) to promote her new creative venture - Star Trinkets!

Star TrinketsImage from Star Trinkets

Star Trinkets was conceived by a nail polish lover, who also shares a passion in making craft pieces. The combination of both passions, along with creativity and hard work, sees a well-thought range of beautiful jewellery pieces and accessories, using only high quality polishes and cult favourites as the star attraction. Prices start from SGD 8 for earstuds, SGD 10 for rings and keychains, and up to SGD 14 for pendants using premium polishes.

In addition, she will also be having piCture pOlish (SGD 18 each, SGD 21 for flakies) and OZOTIC (SGD 24 each) for sale, cult nail polish brands from Down Under. I only got to know about them this year (where have I been?!), and was immediately taken by the stunning holographic and multi-chromatic effects of these polishes, especially OZOTIC. Here's your chance to see them upclose and be hypnotised to get them all.

Remember, it's at *SCAPE Sky Garden on Level 4. There will be many other booths and flea vendors on levels 1 and 4, hawking various knick-knacks, but EClecticCo./ Star Trinkets will be your first pit stop :)

Hope to catch you guys there tomorrow. Meanwhile, enjoy the long weekend and stay lacquered!

 

I am not affiliated to or sponsored by any of the above establishments/ individuals. My recommendations and pre-event reviews are based on my experiences shopping with them.

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