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Cirque Fleur est Belle

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By A Lacquered Affair · January 1, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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French for "Flower is Beautiful", "This petal pink evokes images of the warm tropics and pink flowers that emanate whimsical femininity." - Mei Mei's Signatures

HAPPY NEW YEAR, lovelies!

Hope everyone had a positive welcome to a brand new year of good health, wealth, success and good polish days!

I'm glad to finally be back with a new post, in this new year, with a new exclusive polish launched on Mei Mei's Signatures on 1st January, 2013.

Mei Mei's Signatures is an online nail polish retailer of mainstream and indie labels based in Singapore, with international shipping. Cirque is a B3-free artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish based in New York, made in USA using high-end ingredients, by Annie Pham. The inclusion of organic lavender and clary sage essential oils for a subtle scent gives Cirque polishes a unique flair.

Fleur est Belle is a limited edition collaboration shade between Cirque and Mei Mei's Signatures, which will be 'in bloom' exclusively on Mei Mei's Signatures from 1st January to 30th June 2013 (Singapore Time).

First Impressions
I'm a sucker for pretty and unique packaging. Quality matters ultimately, but I find it hard to resist something I deem aesthetically appealing. A Cirque bottle is exactly that. A Victorian noir-esque label placed at the edge of a rectangular bottle was all it took to set itself apart. On one side of the bottle is a label with company information, directions, ingredients list and caution, which lends a professional look.

Cirque Fleur est BelleFleur est Belle is a warm-toned pink jelly base with gold shimmer, packed with large yellow gold and white hex glitter, medium hex and square pink and gold glitter, and small hex pink, gold and white glitter.

The Formula
Despite being packed with glitter and shimmer, the formula glided on easily over the nails, with the glitter spreading itself pretty evenly. The fluid viscosity of the jelly base meant that application was streak-free and easy to manipulate below the cuticles, albeit sheer.

Cirque Fleur est Belle - 1 coatOne coat Fleur est Belle, without base or topcoat.

Cirque Fleur est Belle - 1 coatUpclose: One coat Fleur est Belle

I had some difficulty with the large hex glitter. Being heavier, they slided off the brush too easily. The polish is buildable, so with subsequent coats, ample amount of glitter covered the nails.

For comparison, here's Fleur est Belle in varying number of coats:

Cirque Fleur est Belle - varying number of coatsIndex - 1 coat, middle - 2 coats, ring and pinky - 3 coat, no topcoat

The inclusion of gold shimmer adds depth and glow to the polish, and I don't think it would have been complete without it.

Here's 3 coats on all 4 nails, topped with 1 coat of Seche Vite:

Cirque Fleur est BelleI'm a glitter lover, but the significant presence of gold shimmer has me captivated!
The jelly base sandwiched the glitter well so it wasn't gritty despite the amount of glitter. 1 coat of topcoat sealed everything in beautifully.

Out of curiosity, I had it mattified.

Cirque Fleur est Belle, matte3 coats Fleur est Belle topped with 1 coat China Glaze Matte Magic

The jelly look is more apparent and the gold shimmer still glows through.

Two Is Better Than One...
Having a sheer jelly base meant that Fleur est Belle had potential to change the look of any shade of base polish it is layered over. Here are some variations:

Fleur est Belle gradient over a-england IseultFleur est Belle gradient over 2 coats a-england Iseult, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

1 coat of Fleur est Belle was layered over bottom half of the base polish, a-england Iseult. A second coat was slapped on to the tips, 1/4 down the nail.

Cirque Fleur est Belle over Megan Miller CaribbeanFleur est Belle over 3 coats Megan Miller Caribbean, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

I was trying to achieve a vintage floral look working with these 2. In the same manner as the previous, Fleur est Belle was applied as a gradient over the dusty, faded green of Caribbean on the index, middle and pinky, and in 1 coat over the ring finger.

Upclose:

Cirque Fleur est Belle over Megan Miller Caribbean1 coat Fleur est Belle over 3 coats Megan Miller Caribbean, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

 

Fleur est Belle over a-england GuinevereFleur est Belle over 2 coats a-england Guinevere, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

This pairing could possibly be my favourite. It feels like a scene from a magical garden of fairies, but that's just me. On the index finger and pinky is the same gradient effect. On the middle finger is 1 coat of Fleur est Belle over 2 coats of a-england Guinevere. On the ring finger is a freehand stripe of Fleur est Belle down the middle over Guinevere.

Upclose:

Cirque Fleur est Belle over a-england Guinevere1 coat Fleur est Belle freehand stripe over 2 coats a-england Guinevere

Another look...

Cirque Fleur est Belle over a-england GuinevereFleur est Belle over a-england Guinevere

Love this look so much, I just had to include the above for another view.

I love the gold shimmer in Fleur est Belle and wanted it intensified. Hence, the idea of layering it over a rich shimmer of gold/ bronze/ olive that is a-england Beauty Never Fails.

Cirque Fleur est Belle over a-england Beauty Never FailsFleur est Belle over 1 coat a-england Beauty Never Fails, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

I'm not really liking the cloudy effect of Fleur est Belle over Beauty Never Fails. The index, ringer and pinky features a gradient, while the middle finger is 1 coat of Fleur est Belle over 1 coat of Beauty Never Fails. Both polish seem quite lost in each other (or trying to outdo each other).

Hmm. Okay, next.

This pairing has a little klutz story. I meant to layer Fleur est Belle over a black creme. I gathered the polishes in a hurry, without looking at the labels, and grabbed a-england Lancelot, described as the blackest red, instead of Camelot, a pure black creme. You could imagine it happening, right?

I only realised as I was applying it on my nails. But the effect was what I was going for anyway.

Cirque Fleur est Belle over a-england LancelotFleur est Belle over 2 coats a-england Lancelot, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

Fleur est Belle gradient over Lancelot on the middle finger and pinky, and 1 coat Fleur est Belle over Lancelot on index and ring fingers. I'm liking the stark background Fleur est Belle is layered over. It has a feel of floral prints on black Japanese kimono silk. I can't explain why, but that's just my interpretation of this combination.

Upclose:

Cirque Fleur est Belle over a-england Lancelot1 coat Fleur est Belle over 2 coats Lancelot, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

You really get a glimpse of the amount of gold shimmer packed in this beauty here.

The Brush
I love a good brush. It can really affect one's application. Coupled with a good formula, Cirque's brush of reasonable thickness makes application neat.

Cirque vs OPI Brush
From left: Cirque and OPI brushes

Although not as wide and long as an OPI brush, the brush is able to cover the polish over the nails in 3 strokes (perhaps 4 for a large thumbnail?). I like that it is not too soft, or it ends up being wonky.

The limited edition Fleur est Belle is priced at SGD17.00, as are other Cirque polishes on Mei Mei's Signatures. Fleur est Belle will only available on Mei Mei's Signatures, and until 30th June 2013. Shipping via regular mail is free within Singapore, and international shipping is available, except to Italy. All other polishes paired with Fleur est Belle are also available on Mei Mei's Signatures.

What is your take on Fleur est Belle, or any Cirque polishes, if you've tried any?

Cheers to a fantastic new year, lovelies!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Disclaimer: Fleur est Belle was sent for review, while all other polishes were purchased by me. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

Rainbow Honey: The Yokai Collection

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By A Lacquered Affair · November 29, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Yōkai
"(ghost, phantom, strange apparition) are a class of supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore. The word yōkai is made up of the kanji for "otherworldly" and "weird". Yōkai range eclectically from the malevolent to the mischievious, or occasionally bring good fortune to those who encounter them. Often they possess animal features ... other times they can appear mostly human, some look like inanimate objects and others have no discernible shape." - Wikipedia

Apologies for the hiatus, lovelies. I'm trying hard to keep my head above water this month (and very likely during the next) with work getting busier as the Christmas season draws near. If you haven't heard, I'm holding a string of giveaways this month in celebration of my birthday, and the blog making it past a year (official blogerversary was in August). The first was held on Twitter, won by @marijonails from Polish Obsession. Congrats, girl! There's a nail art contest currently going on on Instagram. Entries have been submitted. Do vote for your favourites here, here and/or here!

Now that the updates are out of the way, let's get to this week's review; Rainbow Honey's Limited Edition The Yokai Collection.

I received the samples towards the very end of the sale period (31 October 2012), and did not get a chance to swatch in time. The postal service took oddly long for this one *insert frustrated pout*. However, I understand that Mei Mei's Signatures still stocks a few, but are close to sell-out. Kawako is most certainly sold out at this point.

Rainbow Honey The Yokai Collection                                  Collage posted on my Instagram account a month back, taken with iPhone 4G

This limited edition collection of 3 polishes by Rainbow Honey was released on 13 October, just right for Fall and in time for Halloween. I'd like to think of this as their Halloween collection for its name and concept. And what a unique take to be inspired by supernaturals from Japanese folklore!

First Impressions
When I saw the bottle shots and swatches, I thought it was an unpredictable change from the usual bright, fun, glitter confetti of polishes Rainbow Honey is loved for. This collection is moodier, and perhaps a little serious - a perfect reflection of season change and a darker take on spooks for Halloween.

From promo shots, I was drawn to Oni. I LOVE shimmery/ fleck-ish tarnished vintage bronze polishes, and this has glints of pink fuchsia within the dense flecks. Looking at the bottles in real life, I was drawn to Kitsune! The base shade looks like it will blend well with my skintone, and the golden shimmer and pretty tiny glitters added a playful touch.

I've been a fan of Rainbow Honey's polishes and since the first time Mindpolish enabled introduced me to it. The first thing I thought upon receiving my first Rainbow Honey polish back in June - "Impressive, professional-looking packaging for an indie label!"
Rainbow Honey packagingThe name and a macro photo of the polish are labeled on the top of the box; VERY useful and efficient for ease of identification when stored.
The round, column-shaped bottle is one of my favourites! Easy to store, easy to identify the polish name on the top of the cap, and easy to roll in the hands to even out the formula before application.

Kitsune
The Magical White Fox
"Kitsune" can refer to your ordinary red fox, but our "Kitsune" is a glorious nine-tailed creature: fiery, wise, and absolutely gorgeous. In a cream base full of gold shimmer and flecks you will find an array of glitter in a bonfire palette, ready to spark a fire in your heart." - Rainbow Honey
Rainbow Honey Kitsune bottle shotThe warm-toned cream base is very work-friendly. But, it is packed with small red/orange, gold and holographic hex glitter, and sparks of golden shimmer. It's pretty elegantly mixed and unique (in my books, at least). It has the ability to take a girl from day to night, and works with almost any outfit (I've held it against red, pink, cream, white, mint green, olive, cool blue, dark blue, purple, grey, brown and black apparels). It stands out without clamouring for attention.

Rainbow Honey Kitsune              1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat, 2 coats Kitsune, 1 coat Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat

Alas, the downfall is the viscosity of the formula. The formula was cooperative during the application of the first two nails. Subsequently, it got thick and difficult to work with. It could be attributed to the combination of creamy base, dense glitter and shimmer content. Sealed the bottle, waited a couple of minutes, rolled bottle in hands, and it was good to go for another 2 nails.

Close-up:
Rainbow Honey KitsuneThe grittiness and any unevenness smooths out after applying a layer of topcoat.

Kawako
The Michievious River Child
"Kawako" is our interpretation of the Kappa, depicted as everything from a water sprite to a river demon. Erring on the gentler side, "Kawako" is full of gorgeous silver and ice blue shimmer, with the occasional iridescent blue flake." - Rainbow Honey
Rainbow Honey Kawako bottle shotA deep blue shimmery base packed with silver and sea blue flecks, and sparsely riddled with purple-blue flakies that peek shyly through the other particles, (you will notice one piece at 10 o'clock in the macro shot), this one reminds me of the night sky, strewn with stars and constellations.

Rainbow Honey Kawako          1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat, 2 coats Kawako, 1 coat Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat

Upon application, I realised that the base leans towards being slightly metallic. The application was easier to work with than Kitsune, but required a second coat to even out the texture.

Upclose:Rainbow Honey KawakoUnfortunately, the purple-blue flakies weren't anywhere in sight on the nails, or were probably buried under the all the flecks. But I've got to say, the flecks sit very pretty over the midnight blue base.

Oni
The Malevolent Wild Demon
"Let's be honest, Oni are generally depicted as wicked and hideous. Our "Oni" may be wicked and supernatural, but with its myriad of glass flecks and multi-chromatic shimmer it is hard to call it hideous. In fact, the consensus seems to be that it is one of the most beautiful and intense polishes out there this fall!" - Rainbow Honey
Rainbow Honey Oni bottle shotI pre-empted. I am biased when it comes to polishes of such kind. In the promo shots, it did not look as interesting, almost in a somber sulk. But it was love at first sight when I saw it in the bottle in real life. The intensity of the rich, tarnished bronze shimmery base, packed with antique gold, olive-gold and pink flecks makes this a treasured beauty in my stash.
Rainbow Honey Oni            1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat, 2 coats Oni, 1 coat Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat

The viscosity is slightly thicker than what I'd like it to be, but still pretty workable (better than Kitsune). With all the jam-packed flecks, it was gritty.

Here's a Oni basking in a close-up, sans topcoat:

Rainbow Honey Oni
Yokais At Play

So, I decided to be a little lame and attempted to play around with some nail art with trio. Did not work out as expected, but here:

Rainbow Honey Oni with Kawako                                                              An attempted gradient with Kawako and Oni

Rainow Honey Kawako, Kitsune & Oni                                               An attempted 'scallop' tip with Kawako, Kitsune and Oni

This limited edition (and now almost sold-out) collection is only available in 15ml size. On Rainbow Honey's online store, it retailed at USD10.00 each, and USD30.00 for a set. It is currently available on Mei Mei's Signatures (Kawako is sold out) for SGD15.00 each (excluding shipping), with international shipping available.

Polish Days is coming up again really soon. Where did time go?!

Till next time, lovelies!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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

Polish Us Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness 2012 #3 China Glaze United

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 31, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

United
"China Glaze United is a medium mauve-toned pink glitter in a clear base... From the China Glaze United In Purpose, Breast Cancer Awareness Collection, 2012." - The Beauty Clutch

Hello mid-week and Happy Halloween!

I was torn on what to post for this last day of October - Halloween-inspired or #PolishUsPink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Since I've been a part of the #PolishUsPink with too few BCA manicures, I decided to continue with this last post for BCA 2012. Call it the last hurrah, if you may. Plus, I also hear that Pink Wednesday is quite a popular movement too.

This closing BCA manicure features China Glaze United, a glitter polish from the Breast Cancer Awareness Collection 2012 (how apt!). This was the only polish I picked up from that collection, at the recommendation of Susan of The Subtle Shimmer. And I'm loving the subtle shade with undeniable holo sparkles at the slightest tilt.

China Glaze United

I'll be brief with this post. Here's one coat of United over 1 coat of Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat:

China Glaze United, 1 coat

The concentration of glitter in this polish is quite dense, though I did get some bald spots with the first coat. The glitter did spread well with normal polish strokes and the viscosity was easy to work with.

Here's United in 3 coats:China Glaze United, 3 coatsIf one is not too particular about slight VNL, 3 coats should suffice.

China Glaze United3 coats of United on all nails except the index finger - 1 coat, no topcoat

This was taken under artificial light. Why do I feel this shades gives me 'lobster fingers'?

China Glaze United with striping tapeUnited in 3 coats on all nails, finished with Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat

I recently received my first set of striping tapes from my first purchase off eBay (I sense more devasting blows to my wallet to come), and decided to give the pink one a try.

The above simple design was inspired by this:

Sound bar

I've been listening to a lot of music I loved during younger days while blogging or painting nails, and thought this 'sound bar' would look cool. I think I might be wrong about this one.

Parting shot:

China Glaze United with pink striping tapeDoop dee doo.. the last boo-rah.

This limited edition shade was purchased at SGD 8.00 at DYON International. And relevant Breast Cancer Awareness/ support organisations in Singapore can be found in my first #PolishUsPink post here.

Got to give a final applause to Susan of The Subtle Shimmer for putting this #PolishUsPink collaboration together. I've enjoyed seeing so many creative and amazing BCA manicures and nail art.

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2 more sleeps till Friday. Hang in there, 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 by me.

Pomegranate Curator

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 28, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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"A curator (from Latin: curare meaning "take care") is a manager or overseer. Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a cultural heritage institution (eg., gallery, museum, library or archive) is a content specialist responsible for an institution's collection and involved with the interpretation of heritage material... More recently, new kinds of curators are emerging: curators of digital data objects and biocurators." - Answers.com (And dare I say nail polish/ lacquer curators one day?)

Happy Halloween, lovelies!
The days have passed by too quickly, and I'm pretty bummed I haven't gotten around to do anything Halloween-related. I'm WOWed by so many creative, cute and gory Halloween nail art and manicures.

But today, I'm pleased to share this relative newcomer to the nail polish/ lacquer industry, for those outside the U.S. at least - Pomegranate Nail Lacquer. Founded in May 2012 and based in Atlanta, this high quality, made-in-USA brand is 4-free; no toulene, formaldehyde, DBP or camphor, and is cruelty-free. The company also advocates environmental sustainability by educating on proper nail polish disposal and recycling.

Pomegranate, an ancient fruit, is the inspiration behind the brand which aims to share the vision of "multifaceted colors that keep you staring at them to observe all their subtleties".

First Impressions
16ml/ 0.56 fl.oz of polish is housed in an angular, oblong bottle with slightly rounded corner, distinctly marked with the company's logo - a silhouette of a pomegranate.

Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Curator

I'm liking this bottle shape for efficient storage.

Curator is part of their 7-piece Fall 2012 collection, described as a "fashionable night out captured in a bottle". It is pretty similar in its glitter mix to Star Trinkets' (now forever vaulted) Silverbells and Cockleshells polish, which gives me a feel of a New Year's Eve party. It is densely infused with small siilver hex glitter, and even smaller gold hex glitter. As if that's not enough, it's also strewned with micro gold glitter, all in a black jelly base.

The Formula
Here's Curator in one coat:

Pomegranate Curator - 1 coat
The jelly base is a little streaky to work with in one coat, but after a thick coat number 2, it levels and covers really well.

Pmegranate Curator1 coat butter LONDON Nail Foundation Basecoat, 2 coats Curator, 1 coat butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.

The glitter spreads very evenly with its smooth base, and no fishing was required. You get a 3-dimensional sense as the glitter in the first coat is sandwiched below the second coat's base and glitter. Almost a jelly sandwich, but not quite. With the mix of gold and silver glitter, it exudes a not-in-your-face glamour.

The finish is quite gritty on its own, but one coat of topcoat makes it smooth and leveled.

I tried it layering a coat over a stark black base to see the contrast. My go-to black base for this exercise is a-england Camelot.

Pomegranate Curator, with and without black baseBoth finished with 1 coat butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat

The contrast is much more stark when Curator is layered over an opaque black base. It almost seems as though a topper polish was applied, but being glitter in a coloured jelly based, the application was smoother and effortless. Because the base is black, the streaks didn't matter.

Another look:

Pomegranate CuratorFlanking fingers are 2 coats of Curator, middle 2 fingers are 1 coat of Curator over 1 coat a-england Camelot. All finished with butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat

I attempted a glitter gradient on the ring finger, but it flopped. But I'm glad there's no distinct line where Curator ended over Camelot. I was pleasantly surprised with the formula for a glitter polish!

The Brush
With any new brand I try, I tend to come its size against OPI's, which works really well for me.

OPI vs Pomegranate brushFrom left: OPI vs Pomegranate's brush

Despite being clearly shorter and thinner than OPI's, it worked over the nails pretty well, mostly owing to the commendable formula.

Pomegranate Nail Lacquer's official store only ships within USA. But their official reseller, Star Trinkets (based in Singapore) ships internationally. She currently carries 10 shades and they retail at SGD 12.00 each (excluding shipping).

If you've checked out or tried Pomegranate Nail Lacquer, what are the shades that you gravitate towards?

The weekend is fast approaching its end as I type this. Hope you've had/ are having a lovely one! Till next time, toodles!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Disclaimer: Pomegranate Curator was sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

OZOTIC Sugar 904

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"Inspired by 'adding a tiny drop of food colouring to icing sugar' hence the sugary sweet looking colours!
Layer over black and see 904 explode on your nail reinventing itself to light changing green crystals simply amazing!
Layer over white and see 904 change to light reflecting yellow crystals simply stunning!
A magical transformation in appearance that you need to see to believe!
Colour varies depending on the angle the light falls on your nail!" - piCture pOlish

Welcome to another weekend post, lovelies!

I dropped a huge hint of a lengthy post the last time. It's not just because I'm long-winded, but I had so much fun playing around with the possibilities this polish offers that I can't help but share them all!

First Impressions
904 is one of OZOTIC's latest offsprings from the Sugar and Beam release. 904 is part of the Sugar family; a topper polish inspired by sugar crystals with a touch of yellow food colouring.
Yellow... oh dear. I rarely have a good rapport with this shade. I suspect many do not either. "Challenge accepted!"OZOTIC Sugar 904
(See the sharp shift to green on the bottom left corner of the bottle? Keep that in mind.)

My very first thought when I saw this polish in real life: organza! I thought it closely resembled the fabric in its thin, sheer, textured, sparkly goodness.

Yellow OrganzaImage Source

Does it not?

While the design of the oblong bottle with rounded corners may not be my favourite, I appreciate the shape for storage efficiency.

The Formula
Here's 904 in varying number of coats over 1 coat of Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Topcoat:

OZOTIC Sugar 904From left: 4, 3, 2 and 1 coats

The polish glided on smoothly. However, apply in thin coats and light pressure or risk some bald spots.

OZOTIC Sugar 904

While it has strong yellow tones in the bottle, once on the nails and under the light, it exudes a soft golden glisten.

Close-ups:

OZOTIC Sugar 904 - 1 coat1 coat over Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat

OZOTIC Sugar 904 - 3 coats3 coats over Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat

I keep straining my eyes at what looks like intense glass flecks, with some shifting qualities, but not quite flakies. I find it more mesmerising as a single coat.

Here's a shot over a white creme base:

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over white
The white creme base polish is 2 coats of Chemistry 225, an Australian brand, procured for me by a dear friend, Kate of LacquerCareFactor. It makes a good Australian companion to 904. There's been word that Chemistry and OZOTIC are linked; even their numbers and colours are the same. But don't take my word for it. I haven't done much digging.

Close-up:

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over white1 coat over 2 coats Chemistry 225

This creates a soft look and I was surprise it plays well with my fair skin tone.

I did not try it flat over a black base, thinking it's been done and what many would instinctively layer over to achieve the most striking effect. I used it slightly differently over black (a little further on in this post).

The Fun Begins
I tried a few ways to layer and apply 904, instead of featuring it as a mere topper.

1) Jelly, I mean Sugar Sandwich
Over the previous 904 layers, 1 coat of glitter polishes were applied before sandwiching them under 1 coat of 904.

OZOTIC Sugar 904 with Tony Moly GS01 and L.A. Girl NostalgicFrom left: Tony Moly GS01 (Blue Spangle), L.A. Girl Nostalgic, on alternate nails

Personal fact: L.A. Girl Nostalgic is the first ever glitter polish I've worn, in a mani for The Green Lantern movie screening, pre-blogging days.

OZOTIC Sugar 904 with Tony Moly GS01 and L.A. Girl Nostalgic sandwichWith 1 coat 904 over the above-mentioned glitter polishes

Not liking these as much as I thought I would. Perhaps an indie glitter polish would have given it more oomph.

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2) Gradient
I tried this in 2 ways; 904 sponged as a gradient, and layered over a gradient.

Ulta3 Pacific FeverThe base for this is 2 coats Ulta3 Pacific Fever (love the subtle shimmer, name-drop unintended) over 1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat. Ulta3 was gifted by Kate along with the next Ulta3, a drugstore brand from Australia. It is a complete coincidence that some of these polishes are Australian (or is it?).

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over Ulta3 Pacific FeverOn the pinky and index finger: 1 coat 904 over Ulta3 Pacific Fever

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over Ulta3 Pacific FeverRing and middle fingers: Sponged on Ulta3 Blue Marlin

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over Ulta3 gradientOn the index finger and pinky, 904 was sponged on to give a gradient effect.
On the middle and ring fingers, 1 coat of 904 was applied over the blue-green gradient of Ulta3 Blue Marlin and Pacific Fever.
I'm getting a tropical paradise vibe from this...

So going along with that, I layered a coat of L.A. Girl Nostalgic in hope of achieving an under-the-sea/ mermaid's tail look.

It looks like quite a bit going on, but even though 904 seems over-shadowed, the hint of it's green-gold glisten reminds me of the sun's reflections sparkling on the water at sea.

Close-ups:

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over Ulta3 Pacific Fever1 coat 904 over 2 coats Ulta3 Pacific Fever

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over Ulta3 Pacific Fever over Ulta3 Pacific Fever-Blue Marlin gradient1 coat 904 over Ulta3 Pacific Fever - Blue Marlin gradient

The green shift in 904 is stronger when lit from this angle.

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over Ulta3 Pacific Fever-Blue Marlin gradient, with L.A.Girl Nostalgic1 coat L.A. Girl Nostalgic over 1 coat 904, over Ulta3 Pacific Fever-Blue Marlin gradient topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat

 

3) Darker Gradient
904 is at work here over a dark base - OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest (which really is this month).

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest

Seen here is a sponged gradient of 904 over 2 coats of OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest on the pinky, middle and index fingers, and 1 coat of 904 over the same on the ring finger. Sans topcoat.
Looking pretty festive, appropriate for the holidays, me thinks!

Close-up:

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest1 coat 904 over OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest

 

4) Dots
This was an experimental thought, inspired by Young Wild and Polished (alter ego = Dot), having no idea if the dots would show up crisp with using a topper polish such as 904.

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over a-england CamelotIndoors, daylight (still loving natural lighting)

Dotted over 1 coat a-england Camelot (black creme) on the middle finger, and sponged gradient on pinky and ring finger, and 1 coat on index finger. Finished with 1 coat Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat.

With ample amount of 904 dabbed on with the dotting tool, the dots turned out okay. Bald patches tend to appear when the tool is not evenly and generously coated with 904. It may appear bumpy at first, but it dries flat. Otherwise, a topcoat should even things out.

Close-up of 1 coat of 904 over a a-england Camelot (black creme base):

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over a-england CamelotIndoors, daylight, shaded

Ok, I caved. Who could resist the awesome effect of 904 (any of its Sugar and Beam relatives) over black?

And here's a close-up of 904 as a sponged gradient over black, mattified with Essie Matte About You:

OZOTIC Sugar 904 over a-england Camelot, mattifiedIndoors, artificial light

The shift is still visible, though not as strong.

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5) Lastly, Stamped
Out of curiousity, I tried to see how it would fair when stamped over a base. I have limited experience with the types of polishes do or do not work as a stamping polish, but I had a inkling this would not translate a crisp image stamped. But nonetheless, curious.

OZOTIC Sugar 904 stamped over a-england CamelotIndoors, daylight

904 was stamped over a-england Camelot on the index and middle fingers using Konad Image Plate m63. With a not-so-dense concentration of flecks/ particles in a clear base, bald patches in the stamped design is expected. But I'm pretty amazed how easy it was for the stamper to pick up and transfer the entire image in one piece. And with me being a stamping klutz, I managed to stamp in one attempt!

If you're looking to have a subtle layer stamped with shifting effect, this range would make an ideal choice.

Close-up:

OZOTIC Sugar 904 stamped over a-england CamelotIndoors, daylight

I do like that the clear base in 904 still shows the stamped image distinctly. Proof that the formula gets picked up and transfered pretty decently.

Final Thoughts
Popular topper polishes would be flakies, glitter, hologram but these sugary crystal flecks are something else. And I'm grately to be reviewing as it gave me a chance to play around with the possibilities of incorporating this polish in various nail designs.

My only gripe was the cleaning-up bit. No, it was easy to come off, no 'foiling' needed. The tiny specks tend to spread around easily during removal, especially onto your skin. Once on the skin, it takes a bit of work to get them off. So, it would be advisable to hold the cotton pad on the nails a little longer to completely disintegrate the polish(es) on your nails, so you can remove in one swipe. If you need to head back for another swipe, use the clean side of the pad or a fresh one.

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Outakes
These nails did not make the cut but I thought I'd show what did NOT go my way.

I tried to sandwich these loose glitters in assorted colours.OZOTIC Sugar 904 glitter sandwichPinky: Loose glitter over 1 coat 904, over 2 coats Chemistry 225
Ring finger: Loose glitter sandwiched between 2 coats of 904, over 2 coats Chemistry 225
Middle finger: 904 sponged gradient over 2 coats Chemistry 225
Index finger: Loose glitter sandwiched between 2 coats of 904, over 2 coats Chemistry 225

There's whimsical, and there's comical. And these are a tad too comical for me (not in an aesthetically pleasing manner, in my opinion). just not feeling this one.

What are some of your ideas to layer this over?

OZOTIC 904 (and the rest from the Sugar and Beam series) is available on Star Trinkets, based in Singapore. The 15ml bottle retails at SGD 17.80 (excluding shipping). International shipping is also available. While you're there, check out the other OZOTIC and piCture pOlish polishes available, now at reduced prices.

Sugar
♥ 901 - Wendy-X
♥ 902 - My polish Adventures
♥ 903 - Make Up Blogette

Beam
♥ 905 - Of Face and Fingers
♥ 906 - Coming soon!
♥ 907 - Cherily's guest post on The Subtle Shimmer
♥ 908 - The Polish Well

Till the next post (which is most likely a #PolishUsPink one for Breat Cancer Awareness), have a wonderful weekend!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Polish Us Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness 2012 #2 feat. Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have Birthdays

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 18, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Darling Diva Polish: Bitches Have Birthdays
"Pretty pink polish full of holo and colored glitters, squares, hearts, and hexes, AND BUTTERFLIES."

Sooooo, I'm terribly late with this week's #PolishUsPink post for Breast Cancer Awareness (organised by Susan of The Subtle Shimmer). But it wasn't difficult selecting this week's star, a cute, girly glitter fest from Darling Diva Polish.

A little background:
I've been an ardent customer and fan of Darling Diva Polish, evident by the collection of over 20 of her creations in the last 6 months. I was introduced to Darling Diva Polish by the lovely Bridget of LuxeBeautyForever (previously Polish? Oh My...), who brought attention to Ringer (her signature creation, in my opinion), a dupe for Max Factor's Fantasy Fire. With reasonably-priced international shipping, her polishes are accessible. Her customer service has been consistently friendly and efficient. I've never had the chance to write about her polishes, I'm ashamed to say, until today.

In my first post for #PolishUsPink last week, I mentioned Nicole's (Young Wild and Polished) friend's ongoing battle with the disease. Current developments look positive as her condition improves, I was told, and this is pleasant news! I figured, how about an uplifting polish to match the mood. Darling Diva's Bitches Have Birthday was my immediate, undisputed choice.

First Impression
The regular round bottle most indies polishes come in holds 15ml of product, with a clearly printed sticker label. Nothing fancy to distract from the adorable polish it contains.

The suspension of rainbow-like confetti effect in a strawberry milk-ish (or a Bandung drink, for a local Singaporean to identify with) creme base creates a feeling of a little girl's birthday party. Fast-forward 20 years, which girly bitch wouldn't want to re-live that birthday (being totally presumptuous here)?
Think Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop, but younger, cuter and more fun!

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysAn attempt to break down the glitter content:
♥ mid-sized holographic hex glitter
♥ mid-sizedblue hex glitter
♥ mid-sized square green glitter
♥ small fuchsia hex glitter
♥ tiny hex gold glitter
♥ tiny hex holographic glitter
♥ large white, iridescent heart glitter
♥ large pink heart glitter
♥ the elusive white, iridescent butterfly glitter

Application
On the nails:

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have Birthdays1 coat Bitches Have Birthdays over 1 coat butter LONDON Nail Foundation

The glitter spread well, without having to perform the dab-and-spread routine. At 1 coat, the creme base was not sufficiently opaque. I also deliberately left out the large shaped glitters to avoid them from being buried under the second coat.

With a second coat:

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysAfter applying the second coat, the fishing game began for the butterfly glitter. The pink and white hearts clung onto the brush quite easily though. Also, these 3 glitter pieces had to be 'placed' instead of brushed on.

With large flat pieces on my rather curved nail bed, the finish looked very uneven. So in comes Glitter Food Topcoat by Nail Pattern Boldness (an indie label also on Etsy) to save the mani. Glitter Food is a hand-formulated 2-in-1 weapon (yes, I call it weapon) to tackle common glitter polish peeves - grittiness and flatness (sinking glitter). I recently got this from Shoppe EClecticCo, a Singapore stockist for Nail Pattern Boldness.

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food Topcoat

The difference:Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysIndex finger: Without Glitter Food Topcoat, this was topped with 1 coat of butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysMiddle finger: With 1 coat of Glitter Food Topcoat, and 1 coat of butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.

The glitter looked more sandwiched, as though in a jelly, with the addition of Glitter Food Topcoat, and much neater. I had to layer another topcoat over it as it dried pretty matte/ satin on its own.

More shots:
Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysA rare full frontal, which I normally avoid due to the irregular nail and cuticle shape (I 'cheat' by squashing my nails together). Hopefully, the polish distracts.

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysIn case you're wondering, all shots were taken indoors, at night, under a desk lamp. Time no longer allows me the luxury of photo-taking under natural lighting or the sun. *gestures fist at the sky*

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have Birthdays

Parting shot:
Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysDarling Diva Polish is available on Etsy, with prices ranging from USD 8.00 to 12.00 for a 15ml bottle (before shipping).
Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food Topcoat in 15ml was purchased from Shoppe EclecticCo for SGD 14.00 (before shipping).

If you know someone going through breast cancer, try lifting their spirits this week!

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OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 14, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming." - Wikipedia

Good Sunday evening/ afternoon/ morning, lovelies! I've got so many posts to keep up with this month and with so much going on in October, it's the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the beauties that have been lining up.

With a new James Bond film, Skyfall, releasing very soon, OPI has launched a 12-piece Skyfall Holiday 2012 Collection to mark 50 years of James Bond 007, all named after Bond film titles. The 13th polish comes in a special limited edition bottle, a 18K gold leaf polish named Man With The Golden Gun (not released in Singapore yet, maybe ever?).

OPI Skyfall Counter @ Metro, Singapore
OPI Skyfall display at Metro Dept Store, Singapore (taken with iPhone 4S)

The promo shots for the collection were so promising, but upon looking at them in real life at the counter, only 2 screamed "buy me!" (thank goodness for testers). On Her Majesty's Secret Service was one of them.

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service

An intricate blend of blue-green, purple and gold-bronze flecks/ particles in a blue, charcoal grey shimmery base, this seems like the blue-grey cousin of Number One Nemesis (a favourite of mine) from their earlier The Amazing Spider-Man collection. This is 2 coats of On Her Majesty's Secret Service over 1 coat of Poshe 4-in-1 Treatment Basecoat, topped with 1 layer of Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat:

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceIndoors, artificial light

Like most OPI polishes, the formula applies seamlessly. It's too sheer for a single coat, so a second coat is necessary. Without a topcoat, the glossy finish is acceptable, but a topcoat brings out the shimmers and sparkles more.

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceOutdoors, sunlight

A close-up at all the shimmers, flecks, specks, particles and all the goodness in the polish:

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service

It's been said (and compared) that On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a dead dupe for Zoya FeiFei, but I do not own it to compare. Because of the likeness, I struck FeiFei off my lemming list. So this remains a unique polish in my stash (for now).

Personally, I was a little disappointed that the collection did not present holiday shades/ finishes, which could be a nice twist, being inspired by Bond. But 80% of the shades aren't what I would gravitate towards. What are some of your picks from this collection?

Till next post, have a lovely weekend!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Daring Digits Tweety & Sylvester

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

Tweety & Sylvester
Popular illustrated characters that went from comic books in the 1960s, to children's animated TV series by Warner Bros from 1970s.
"Sylvester Cat is a lisping, inept, and often loud-mouthed cartoon alley cat with a penchant for chasing elusive mice and a weakness for various types of fowl, especially an innocent-looking but fiesty yellow canary named Tweety, whom Sylvester would like nothing better than to roast and eat." - IMDb

October is already here! There are so many noteworthy events going on in the nail polish world, mostly coinciding with or inspired by real-life events and observances. And I still think that's incredible how the polish world comes together for positive reasons. To name a few, there's #PolishUsPink for Breast Cancer Awareness month, #holothon to showcase all the amazing holographic polishes out there, and Halloween, of course! (Search these hashtags to view posts/ tweets related to these events on Instagram or Twitter). I'm terribly bummed that I can't be as involved as I want to due to hectic work and personal commitments.

Anyway, I'm honoured and excited to share this adorable pair of nail polishes, customed by Daring Digits for Mei Mei's Signatures, which retails exclusively on her online store; the limited edition Tweety & Sylvester Mini Duo Set. I have vivid recollections of staying glued to their cartoon series every Saturday or Sunday morning as a young kid. This set definitely brought back memories.

"I tawt I taw a puddy tat!"

Daring Digits Tweety & Sylvester"I did! I did taw a puddy tat!"

How are adorable are the feuding pair! Just like the characters they've been mixed to emulate, these glitter toppers are cartoony-cute.

Sylvester
"Sylvester J. Pussycat Sr., Sylvester the Cat, or simply Sylvester, or Puddy Tat, is a fictional character, a three-time Academy Award-winning anthropomorphic Tuxedo cat in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies repertory, often chasing Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, or Hippety Hopper. The name "Sylvester" is a play on Felis silvestris, the scientific name for the wild cat species (domestic cats like Sylvester, though, are actually Felis catus)." - Wikipedia

Representing distinctive physical features of the character, Sylvester (the polish) is a mix of large red hex glitter (for his bulbous nose), large round black glitter (for his pupils), and small white and black hex glitter (for his fur) in a clear base.
I'm charmed by the round glitter as it rarely comes by (in my stash, at least). Here's one coat of Sylvester, solo:

Daring Digits SylvesterThe glitter may be sparse, but stark. The effect looks rather cute and cartoony on its own. The only issue was fishing for the black round glitter. My obsession with having it on my nails resulted in the clear base being stringy by the time I applied to my nails. A good roll of the bottle should bring the formula back to 'normal'.

Here's Sylvester layered over a canary yellow creme, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Yellow Kitty:

Daring Digits Sylvester over Sally Hansen Yellow Kitty1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Treatment basecoat
3 coats Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Yellow Kitty
1 coat Daring Digits Sylvester
1 coat Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat

Now why does the finished look remind me of Pikachu instead of Sylvester with Tweety?

Side note: Yellow Kitty's formula was incredibly streaky and the extra wide but slightly pointed brush was awkward to paint with.
Personal Fact: I'm a cat person, so out of the two, Sylvester's my favourite.

Tweety
"Tweety Bird (also known as Tweety Pie, or simply Tweety) is a fictional Yellow Canary in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated cartoons. The name "Tweety" is a play on words, as it originally meant "sweetie", along with "tweet" being a typical English onomatopoeia for the sounds of birds... Despite the perceptions that people may hold, owing to the long lashes and high pitched voice of Tweety, Tweety is male." - Wikipedia

Just like Sylvester, Tweety reflects the distinct physical attributes of the character - mid-sized yellow hex glitter (his feathers), mid-sized bright orange hex glitter (his beak and feet) and bright blue small and tiny hex glitters (his iris).
Here's a look at Tweety solo, in 1 coat:
Daring Digits TweetyLike Sylvester, the density is sparse, but works well on the nails with the dab-and-spread technique. No 'fishing' issue. Both are generously pumped with suspension base, probably the reason the formula gets thick and a little goopy after 'playing' around with it for a while. If you're not fussing over the glitter placement like I did, application should be easy.

Here's Tweety layered over a tuxedo black creme base - the glorious one-coater that is a-england Camelot (I have mindpolish to thank for constantly tempting me to get it):

Daring Digits Tweety over a-england Camelot

1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Treatment basecoat
1 coat a-england Camelot
2 coats Daring Digits Tweety
1 coat Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat

I'm absolutely loving this combination the most! Tweety stands out vividly against the stark black beauty.

Personal Fact: I'm not too fond of cutesy characters, especially those who baby-talks.

Despite all their mad chases and scuffles, they are stuck together. So why not the namesake polishes too? Here's 1 coat of Tweety over 1 coat of Sylvester:

Daring Digits Tweety & Sylvester layered

Daring Digits Tweety over Sylvester
Together, they're like a whimsical funhouse on the nails!

I tried layering them over China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, a mint green, but I'm not liking this combination at all. They would probably stand out better over an opaque nude.

Daring Digits Tweety & Sylvester over China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint

What do you reckon is a complementing base colour to layer Tweety and Sylvester over?

In my previous review of Daring Digits Punch Me Purple, the brush comparison was done here.

This exclusive-to-Mei Mei's Signatures limited edition Tweety & Sylvester Mini Duo Set comes in a 9ml bottle each, and retails at SGD 15.00. Also, from now till 7th October 2012, all regular-sized Daring Digits in the store are SGD 12.00 each (usual: SGD 15.00). Normal delivery within Singapore is free. International shipping is also available.

Enjoy your weekend, lovelies, perhaps over a nostalgic animated cartoon on TV!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Daring Digits Punch Me Purple

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 26, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"Purple fine holographic glitter purple medium hex and tiny white hexes are packed into this topper polish!" - Daring Digits

Hi lovelies!

This photo-heavy post features 2 of my favourites combined in a polish; purple and glitter!

Daring Digits is an indie nail polish brand by Ashley which started selling on Etsy since February 2012. Back in the first half of this year, I was introduced to the world of indie polishes (all thanks to Twitter) on Etsy. Daring Digits was one of the brands I kept in my 'Favourites', but could never get my hands on as international shipping is not an option. Fast-forward a few months, Mei Mei's Signatures (our local polish stockist) becomes the exclusive stockist for Daring Digits.

First Impressions
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the banner and logo - bright splashes of rainbow colours against a stark background that, to me, scream no-holds-barred creativity. Daring Digits is known for the adventurous glitter mixes, with the occasional inpiration from (geeky) pop culture (grins).Daring Digits Label

Label on the bottle

While the logo has been recently updated, the feel remains unchanged.

Punch Me Purple
...is predominantly a dense mix of mid-sized purple square and hex glitters, showered with small white hex glitter and with a dash of tiny holographic hex glitter in a clear base.

Daring Digits Punch Me Purple

The unique shape of the bottle makes it pretty memorable.

Meant as a glitter topper, the polish does not give a good coverage on the nails, but the consistency of the formula is easy to work with. As with most glitter toppers, the dab-and-spread method of application applies. Here's 1 coat, solo:

Daring Digits Punch Me Purple - 1 coatIndoors, daylight

I thought this looked pretty and feminine.
And if one has a tolerance for a thick 3-coat...

Daring Digits Punch Me Purple - 3 coats

Here are a couple of variations I enjoyed playing around with:

Over Cremes

a-england Camelot and GuinevereOutdoors, daylight

Daring Digits Punch Me Purple over a-england Camelot and Guinvere

1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Treatment basecoat
Index and ring fingers - 2 coats a-england Guinevere
Middle finger and pinky - 2 coats a-england Camelot
1 coat Daring Digits Punch Me Purple
1 coat a-england The Shield topcoat

Over Jellies

Megan Miller Pink Lily, Lemon Ice, Caribbean & GanacheIndoors, daylight

Daring Digit Punch Me Purple Over Pastel Jellies1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Treatment basecoat
Index finger - 3 coats Megan Miller Pink Lily
Middle finger - 2 coats Megan Miller Lemon Ice
Ring finger - 2 coats Megan Miller Caribbean
Pinky - 2 coats Megan Miller Ganache (creme)
1 coat Daring Digits Punch Me Purple

Okay, so I mistook Ganache for a jelly. Apparently, I don't read up enough. *hangs head in shame*

In a Jelly Sandwich
Well, since jellies are already in play...

Daring Digits Punch Me Purple in a Megan Miller Jelly SandwichIndoors, daylight

On top of the previous layers, I layered 1 coat of the same respective jellies. However, I did a layer of Lemon Ice over the Ganache combination (an awfully wrong choice, I must admit). No topcoat. I'm loving this look best!

The Brush
Brushes are an important factor to me. And while Daring Digits may not boast a wide brush, it is of decent width and length to get the job done. A little on the soft side.

OPI vs Daring Digits BrushFrom left: OPI and Daring Digits brushes

A 12ml Daring Digits retails for SGD 15.00 at Mei Mei's Signatures. The newer 16.5ml bottle also retails for the same price.
FYI, a-england and Megan Miller are also available at Mei Mei's Signatures at SGD 16.00 and SGD 18.00 respectively. International shipping is available.

That's all for today folks. I've got to catch me some snooze for the long mid-week ahead.

Toodles!

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

Models Own Purple Grey

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 19, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"Purple Grey is great for occasions that require a little restraint. This murky shade of purple gives a sense of mystery with a touch of class." - Pixelated Nails

How's the new week been, lovelies? Time just flies too fast! We're halfway through September. Time has been so tight, I'm actually drafting this post at work while on my break, ever-so-often looking over my shoulders for snooping eyes.

Here's somewhat of a back-to-basics post. I've been overwhelmed by all the fancy beauties that have found a home in my chaotic stash. For the first time in months, here's a straight-up creme. This one's from Models Own, a made-in-UK make-up brand known for their fashion and trendy colours.

 Models Own Purple Grey

Clean yet stark, simple yet stylish; this is Models Own Purple Grey:

Models Own Purple GreyIndoors, artificial light

1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Treatment Basecoat
2 coats Models Own Purple Grey
No top coat

A dusky fusion of aubergine and grey, it dries to a rather plastic/ vinyl finish. I feel that this gives the wearer the option of a trendy vinyl look, or top it off with top coat for a classy manicure. The formula was a little on the thick side, but application was relatively easy. This is one fall-ready shade!

Compare & Contrast
I tried fishing for some possible Purple Grey dupes from my stash. Among the 'contenders' were
Barielle Get Mauve-ing, OPI Parlez-vous OPI?, China Glaze Below Deck and Sally Hansen Commander In Chic.

Models Own Purple Grey Comparisons

I found the closest to be Tony Moly TR09 Deep Purple and Essie Smokin' Hot.

Models Own Purple Grey vs Tony Moly TR09 Deep Purple vs Essie Smokin' Hot From left: Purple Grey, TR09 Deep Purple, Purple Grey, Smokin' Hot

1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Treatment Basecoat
2 coats of respective polishes
Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat

Tony Moly TR09 Deep Purple (ring finger) proves to be the closest dupe to Purple Grey. There's perhaps a slightest tinge more of grey  in TR09 Deep Purple. Essie Smokin' Hot is many shades deeper, with a slight blue tinge. While the application of TR09 Deep Purple was smooth, it dried to a dull, uninspiring finish without a top coat.

Brushes Aside
Now let's get their swords, I mean brushes, out and compare who's got the biggest of them all!

Models Own Brush Comparison

I'm aware that some prefer thinner brushes over wider ones. But to give an overview, Models Own's is very similar in thickness as Essie's (ie. thin), though a tad longer. The end of Tony Moly's brush fans out to the width of OPI's, but slightly shorter in length and softer in texture.

Models Own polishes are available online through Pixelated Nails, based in Singapore, for SGD 13.00. International shipping is also available.
As a treat, readers of 'A Lacquered Affair' enjoy 10% off storewide. Simply use the code PN-ALF upon checkout.

 

Toodles, folks, and have a great mid-week!

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

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