WARNING! Extremely lengthy post!
This post is wayyy overdued, but it's too important (to me) to leave out.
September blew my wallet; one haul after another, 90% nail-related. While gathering the hauls for a 'group shot', it dawned on me that it's getting out of control, and October and November shall be limited to maybe 5 - 6 polishes/ nail care/ nail art items *fingers tightly crossed*.
Here's the 'group shot':
These were purchased through the following channels:
1) Smoochiezz Showroom
2) Esprit1978 Spree
5) D.Y.O.N International Flea @ *SCAPE
6) Personal Care Stores (Watsons & Guardian)
8) Korean Beauty Stores
For nail polishes, Smoochiezz is still my go-to joint/ flea. Their prices are one of the lowest, the selection is enormous, and updates are regular. Newer collections don't get in as fast though, but I'm not complaining. Here's the haul from Smoochiezz:
Fom left to right: China Glaze's Platinum Silver, Essie's Mink Muffs and Power Clutch
It was a quick-stop purchase. Grabbed the 3 I had in mind and scooted out of the showroom in less than 7 minutes. I wanted a silver and Essie's Matte About You to eventually do a Ruffian Manicure. But Matte About You was out of stock (within a week!). Mink Muffs was on my lemmings list; lovely taupe-y colour, that still could not match up to Chanel's Particuliere. Power Clutch was one of the new releases for Essie's Fall 2011 collection; Brand New Bag. And since I did not have a grey in my collection, might as well add one. Essies were SGD 9.00 each while China Glaze was SGD 7.00.
Essie's Mink Muffs, Power Clutch and China Glaze's Platinum Silver
Next up was my spree with Esprit1978. I've been spree-ing with her (Aileen) for a few months now and she's really friendly and helpful. She's even gone out of her usual collection methods to meet up to my convenience. Prices are reasonable, sprees are regular, and she even has in-stocks so you don't have to wait too long for certain in-demand colours.
OPI's Tickle My France-y and Poshé top coat
It doesn't look like a spree, but I had 3 more Orlys on the way. These (above) were immediately in-stock, so I collected them first. OPI is SGD 10.00, and the Poshé was on promotion for SGD 10.00. She had been raving so much about how Poshé top coat dries in an instant, shines and lasts like gel (okay, not that long) so I decided to give Seche Vite some competition. So far, I love that the brush reaches all the way to the base of the bottle. The shine does not last as long as Seche Vite though. Shall do a full review/ comparison in another post.
I really wanted to jazz up my nails once in a while, and thought of trying rhinestones. I don't really favour the idea of sticking bumpy stuff on my nails due to the nature of my job, and the fact that I do chores. It would be a waste of time and effort if the onject were to get knocked off the next day. So I searched around Gmarket for some good deals on rhinestones, and bought 2 sets from separate sellers.
Both sets are small sized rhinestones, around 3mm. Perfect. 12 colours per set, total of 1800pcs each (so the sellers say). Excited to try them out!
I scoured a few Daiso stores for nail polish storage solutions (won't bother anymore. Won't find any if you have more than 20 bottles). Instead, I stumbled upon a few nail art supplies/ tools at the Nails area of Daison IMM:
Picked up a set of wood sticks, 2 sets of super thin nail art brushes (a spare set, just in case Daiso runs out) and 4 tubes of 3D Nail Art. All for a total of SGD 16.00. I've tried the gold 3D Nail Art for an Oktoberfest nail art. The formula seems a tad bit runny to create a 3D effect, but I haven't tried creating anything 3D. I just used it for its gold colour cos I did not have any gold polishes. Each tube comes with a mini wood stick. Here are more detailed shots of the 3D Nail Art tubes:
Click each photo for closer view.
As you can see from the last photo, I wouldn't call it Nail Art Pens (as printed on the packaging) because there's no pen tip. The only colours left on the shelf (then) were nude, pink, mint green and gold. If you know of other colours available, drop me a message! madlynny requested a review of this product, which I really want to do. Time is just not permitting :(
On one of the Sundays in September, I was in the Orchard vicinity and decided to pop by the flea at *SCAPE to see what's available from D.Y.O.N International's booth. And here are some of the stuff I got:
Ok, so the nail art wheels were exactly from D.Y.O.N International, but from a nearby Beadstreet booth outside Cineleisure at 2 for SGD 4.00. The OPI Thinner was SGD 10.00, the inm Northern Lights Hologram Top Coat in Gold was SGD 10.00, while the stylish nail art brush was SGD 2.00.
Without shaking, shaken, and nail art brush. Click photos to view upclose.
The nail art wheels were so attractively priced, I could not resist. I got the fimo slices to try. Haven't got around to it yet. The rhinestones are probably around 5-6mm in size. A tad bit large IMO. Probably around 120pcs. But at SGD 4.00 for both wheels, it was a steal!
The next batch of hauls were from personal care stores - Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy:
Left to right: Revlon Raisin Rage, Gray Suede, L.A. Girl Glitter Addict in Uninhibited
Revlon was having an island-wide one-for-one promotion and I had been lemming Gray Suede since I first saw it, and this was a great opportunity to get it. Problem is, which other colour did I want? Almost none... so I reluctant grabbed Raisin Rage, which I've never seen in many places, love the name, might probably wear the colour (I don't wear reds, with the exception of China Glaze Ruby Pumps).Revlon's Gray Suede vs OPI's Tickle My France-y - Not that close after all...
I've been wanting pure black glitter to try out some nail colour treatment, and realised most brands don't do pure black glitter polishes (correct me please). But I saw that L.A Girl has a line of glitter polishes in an assortment of colours, and I had to have a black glitter in my collection. Black glitter nail art - item no. 199 on my 'To-do' list.
Next up is my splurge from Singsale.com. Singsale is one of those online time-limited, heavily discounted bargain/ deal sites with its main office in Australia. While browsing through, I saw butter LONDON as one of its deals, and there was only a day left. On an impulse, I purchase these:
Left to right: butter LONDON Dahling, No More Waity, Katie & Branwen's Feather
After shipping, it costs around SGD 19+ per bottle. Tad ridiculous, I know, but it's butter LONDON! I love their motto/ concept/ style AND Nonie Creme! No More Waity, Katie is a backup bottle to the one I already have. Dahling's really sweet in an vintage way, and Branwen's Feather is a deep purple/ midnight blue duo-chrome colour with slight specks of silver. Described by butter LONDON as "Like a silky raven’s feather at midnight by the Tower." I love that there's an inspiration/ story behind every colour.
Last but certainly not least is a mini haul from Korean cosmetic stores; Etude House and The Face Shop:
On the left is a Nail Dot (Art) Pen in Black from The Face Shop, with fine metal tip to draw fine details. I have the silver, which I didn't have use for (bought on impulse). Thought the black would be more useful for nail art designs. Quality is pretty good, but the cap is terribly difficult to open when snapped fully closed.
Their nail art pens are quite good, but I think their regular nail polish formula is pretty crappy. I have 3 barely used pastel colours cos they are so streaky, clumpy and uneven. Not worth buying, you guys!
The mini nail polish from Etude House is in BR03 for SGD 2.50. I find the nail polishes from Etude House and Skin Food to be of decent quality for the price you pay. I'm so hooked on the greige/ nude/ brown-grey/ taupe-y hues these days, I must have collected over 10 this year. I was hoping this would be close to Chanel's Particuliere, but nope, not at all.
Could possibly be a dupe for Essie's Mink Muffs?
I'm so overwhelmed by this post, I'm gonna grab a huge bite now. Till next time...