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piCture pOlish Ornate (Collaboration Shade)

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 21, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

| awr-neyt |
"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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Tagged with: Picture Polish, ornate

Starrily Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio

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By A Lacquered Affair · May 3, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Starrily Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio| sea-lo-soh |
"The word Siloso is derived from a Malayan word meaning rock (Sanskrit root: Sila). There was a huge rock at the mouth of Singapore's harbour which was very dangerous to shipping." -
Wikipedia
"Home to the hottest volleyball action along with the coolest bars and restaurants, Siloso, Singapore's hippest beach, is the beach to head to for fun-loving people – day and night." - Sentosa

Hey there lovelies!

It's been too long, but I'm back. Many things have been plaguing me since the start of 2015. I'm thankful for this long Labour Day weekend, where I can sit back and enjoy nail-painting again.

In this post, I'd like to share a collection of which its theme is pretty significant to my day job at present. 'Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio' collection by Starrily is a Mei Mei's Signatures exclusive.

The Inspiration
Sentosa The State of Fun'Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio' collection is inspired by one of the few islands that is part of Singapore - Sentosa, a resort island. I could share many things about Sentosa, having worked there for several projects for my day job, but it is best to be experienced.

Sentosa means "peace and tranquility" in Malay. The island was previously a British military base and fortress during colonial and WWII. Now, Sentosa houses several attractions (Asia's top theme park, Universal Studios Singapore, being one of them), and the most happening beach in Singapore - Siloso. More information and photos of Sentosa here.

This collection reflects the spirit of some of the key spots in Sentosa.

First Impressions
The collection strikes me as fun, with a little feminine flirty spark with the soft pink holo. Indie brand Starrily, by Mawi from Brooklyn, New York, packages polishes in a standard 15ml/ 0.5 fl.oz bottle with the logo in front, and polish name on the bottom.

First up...

Pink Flip Flops
"(also called thongs, jandals, pluggers, go-aheads, slaps, slides, step-ins, chankla or a variety of other names throughout the world) are a type of open-toed sandals typically worn in casual situations. They consist of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap that passes between the first and second toes and around either side of the foot." - Wikipedia
Starrily Pink Flip FlopsFlip flops are a relatively common sight in Sentosa as the island oozes a laid back vibe. Well, also for practical purposes. Flip flops are also commonly worn in Singapore in general. The hot, and sometimes wet, tropical climate can be unforgiving to the outdoorsy feet.

Described as a baby pink jelly holo, this polish is exactly that! The linear holo is very evident in the bottle.
On the nails in 1 coat over base coat:

Starrily Pink Flip Flops
The jelly formula is pretty sheer, but the consistency is smooth and buttery.
By the 3rd coat, it's pretty opaque:
Starrily Pink Flip FlopsThis demure shade would definitely bask in it its holo goodness on a sunny beach.
Close-up:
Starrily Pink Flip Flops
Merlion's Dream
| murh-lī-ən |

"The Merlion is a traditional creature in western heraldry that depicts a creature with a lion head and a body of a fish. In Singapore, it has become a marketing icon used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Merlions do not feature in any local folklore or myths of Singapore, and was only used in Singapore initially as the logo for the tourism board." - Wikipedia

The Inspiration
Merlion @ Sentosa
Sentosa is home to one of the 5 official merlion statues in Singapore, with this being the largest at 37 metres tall. The viewing decks at its mouth and head overlooks Sentosa island and parts of Singapore.

During special occasions, the merlion serves as a backdrop to 3D projection mapping shows like the one by Hexogon Solution below:

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Starrily Merlion's DreamMerlion's Dream is described as a "Glitterbomb topper of gold glitters in various shapes and sizes in clear holo base."
It is filled with star, crescent, diamond, hexagon, round, square and micro glitter pieces, capturing the texture and aspirations the merlion represents in a bottle.

Here's one coat of Merlion's Dream on bare nails:
Starrily Merlion's DreamStarrily Merlion's Dreamand a close-up:
Starrily Merlion's Dream macroThe polish is generously filled with micro holographic glitter that enhances the larger shaped glitter. The base is slightly thick due to the intense amount of glitter but you get ample amount of smaller glitter over nail in a coat. Glitter fishing and placement (with a woodstick) is necessary for the larger glitter pieces.

Here's how it compares in (from top) 1, 2, 3 and 4 coats:
Starrily Merlion's DreamAs more coats are added, the finish gets uneven and bumpy.
For the full-on glitter addicts, this is 4 coats of Merlion's Dream on all nails, with topcoat:
Starrily Merlion's DreamTo state this polish is topcoat-hungry is an understatement.

As a topper, here are some combinations:
Starrily Merlion's Dream over Pink Flip Flops(Above) As a glitter gradient over Pink Flip Flops.

Starrily Merlion's Dream(Above) 1 coat of Merlion's Dream over (from left):
♥ OPI Mermaid's Tears
♥ OPI Can't Find My Czechbook
♥ OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue
♥ OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland
with topcoat.

Songs of the Sea
"Songs of the Sea was a multimedia show located at Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island, Singapore. Designed by ECA2 founder, Yves Pépin, Songs of the Sea started its operations on 26 March 2007, a day after the Sentosa Musical Fountain ceased operations. The fountain is a $30 million investment by Sentosa to enhance its entertainment product offerings and to attract more tourists. It was the world's only permanent show set in the sea — with spectacular pyrotechnics displays, water jets that could shoot up to 40 meters, laser show, flame bursts, a live 7-person cast, and an open-air viewing gallery which can comfortably accommodate 3,000 visitors. Songs of the Sea had its final show on 4 May 2014, and was closed to make way for a brand new multi-sensory production titled Wings of Time, which was launched on 17 June 2014." - Wikipedia

The Inspiration
Words and photos cannot sufficiently portray the visual spectacle of the Songs of the Sea show, which I, unfortunately, was not able to witness in person before the run ended. YouTube video by ECA2Paris:

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I have, however, experienced the new Wings of Time show that replaced it, and it is just as spectacular.

And back to the polish...
Starrily Song Of The SeaSongs Of The Sea contains the widest assortment of glitter pieces I've ever seen in a bottle. It has matte stars, flowers, dots, hearts and donuts in an assortment colours (neons, brights, pastels), all suspended in a clear base.

One coat over bare nails:
Starrily Songs Of The SeaThis glitter polish definitely requires a lot of fishing...and patience! After 1 swipe with the brush, additional pieces are carefully positioned using an orange woodstick. The most difficult pieces to fish are the hearts and flowers, being larger and heavier.

The next shots are Songs Of The Sea paired with a couple of base shades; as a glitter topper and jelly sandwich:
Starrily Songs Of The Sea with OPI Bubble Bath and Yoga-ta Get This BlueTop & bottom nails:
♥ 2 coats OPI Bubble Bath
♥ 1 coat glitter placement Starrily Songs Of The Sea
♥ 1 coat OPI Bubble Bath
topped with 1 coat Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat

Middle & ring fingernails:
♥ 2 coats OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue
♥ 1 coat glitter placement Starrily Songs Of The Sea
topped with 1 coat Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat

Close-up:
Starrily Songs Of The Sea over OPI Yoga-ta Get This BlueSongs Of The Sea is simply a jam-packed bottle of fun.

Final Thoughts
This collection screams summer fun and party, pretty apt for a beach scene. While the best formula among the 3 is Pink Flip Flops, I like the creative possibilities of Songs Of The Sea, despite the tediousness of fishing for glitter and positioning them.

These parting shots feature all 3 polishes in a mani, over a-england Camelot, to try and capture the feel of Songs Of The Sea and 3D mapping show on the merlion:
Starrily Siloso Beach Trio♥ 1st coat - a-england Camelot
♥ 2nd coat - Starrily Pink Flip Flops (after applying striping tape)
♥ 3rd coat - Starrily Merlion's Dream glitter gradient at the tips
♥ 4th coat - Starrily Songs Of The Sea glitter placement
topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat

Starrily Siloso Beach TrioThis trio is available individually, exclusively at Mei Mei's Signatures, along with other Starrily polishes, with international shipping available.
[Update 2 May, 2015: Mei Mei's Signatures' site is temporarily on vacation until 2nd week of May, 2015]

Meanwhile, check out more updates from Starrily and Mei Mei's Signatures via the following platforms:

Starrily
5-free handmade vegan nail polish from Brooklyn, New York, USA
♥ Store: starrily.com
♥ Facebookwww.facebook.com/starrilynailpolish
♥ Twitter: @starrilypolish
♥ Instagram: @starrilynails

Mei Mei's Signatures
Singapore-based online store for the widest range of nail polishes and related products. Ships internationally.
♥ Storemeimeisignatures.com
♥ Facebookwww,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
♥ Twitter@meimeisi
♥ Instagram<a target="_blank" href="http://www.instagram.com/meimeisignatures">@meimeisignatures

</a>Enjoy the weekend, cheerios!

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

Glam Polish Fantasia Flakies

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By A Lacquered Affair · December 29, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Glam Polish Fantasia Flakies
Compliments of the season, lovelies!
Hope everyone had a joyous Christmas with good food and great company.

On the nail front, the Christmas mood was elevated when I received these resplendent polishes from Glam Polish via Mei Mei Signatures for review. Glam Polish is an indie nail polish label, handmixed in Australia. The shades and effect are perfect for this season. The review packs came in pairs, tucked in pretty purple organza gift pouches - 4 of the 6 polishes in the Fantasia Flakies Series.

Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead.

Fantasia Flakies
| fantəˈziːə |
"A thing composed of a mixture of different forms or styles; early 18th century: from Italian, 'fantasy', from Latin phantasia" - Oxford Dictionaries

This collection features 6 multichrome flakie top coats. Previous flakies that colour-shift were translucent and most definitely need a base colour. These are more metallic and glittery in nature. They are also more intense and jewel-toned in colour. Like the title of the collection suggests, the names of these polishes reflect the astro-fantasy nature of the collection.

The ones not included in this review are Arcana Dark and Harmony Wind.

Here's a closer look at the individual beauties.

Dreamscape
"A compound word made up of the stems dream and landscape meaning a fantasy world or an abstract/oneiric land." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish DreamscapeI am totally in love with this one and could not resist but to try this on first. It's mainly bronze-y gold-to-green shifting base with strong dashes of magenta and some blue flakes thrown in. The combination is a fantasy in a bottle.

In a single coat, over base-coated bare nails:
Glam Polish DreamscapeA good mix of larger flakies are interspersed between smaller shards, and a nice, even amount got onto the nails in one coat. The formula is easy to work with as well. This is consistent with all the other 3 polishes ahead.

Close-up:
Glam Polish DreamscapeEven without a base colour, the colours from the flakies pops. I love how it, on its own, looks like shattered stained glass.

I like experimenting how they fair full-on without a base colour. Here's how they look (from left to right) in 1, 2, 3 and 4 coats (without topcoat):
Glam Polish Dreamscape3 coats give a pretty decent coverage. But if one is obsessed about not having any bare nails showing, even 4 coats will not help.
The flakies lay flat and smooth on the nails. However, at 4 coats, it did get slightly bumpy, possibly from the overload of clear suspension base these flakies come in.

In 4 full-on coats, with topcoat:
Glam Polish DreamscapeGlam Polish DreamscapeLove this for Christmas! The highlights show the green shift, the midtones, gold and the shadowed areas is where the magenta flakies play.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Dreamscape macroLove how this close-up shot projects a fantasy garden feel!

Moving on to...
Comet Storm
"Comet Storm is a level 100 mage talent. It is granted to Frost mages choosing <span class="nobreak"><span class="nobreak"><span class="linkicon">. Comet Storm calls down a series of 7 icy comets on and around the target, each of which does (41.25% of Spell power) Frost damage, split between all enemies within 4 yards of its impact point." - Gamepedia
Glam Polish Comet Storm
Made up of predominantly purple flakies, this one shifts to green and blue, with sprinkles of blue, green and magenta flakes in the mix.
The name references to a World of Warcraft (and Magic: The Gathering) spell, and a comet storm also refers to a bunch of suicidal comets that shoot themselves toward the sun (scratches head, but moves along).

1 coat over bare base-coated nails:
Glam Polish Comet StormIt is very similar to Dreamscape formula and coverage-wise. However, the main colour, purple, steals the thunder in this mix.

Close-up;
Glam Polish Comet StormIn this shot, the green-gold shift is more evident. Also, love the large blue flake/ shard on the nail line!

A comparison of 1 to 4 coats of Comet Storm, without topcoat:
Glam Polish Comet StormAs with Dreamscape, 3 coats provide a pretty lush coverage, but the nail line is still visible. WIth 4 coats, some bare nail is still visible, but is too thick to continue with another layer of the polish.

4 full coats, with topcoat:
Glam Polish Comet StormThe shift is more obvious on the index nail (left), though the overall mix of flakie colours look pretty magical.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Comet Storm macroAgain, a macro shot shows the colour shift better. This one looks like coloured gems piled onto each other. 

I received these 2 shades first, and I could not resist a flakie gradient with them.
Glam Polish Dreamscape x Comet Storm gradientThe top is Comet Storm, while tips down is layered with Dreamscape.

On to the next...
Star Shadow
Glam Polish Star ShadowAll references lead to an RPG game or a Japanese manga animation series. But more importantly, this multi-chrome polish features a teal blue dominant shade that shifts to purple and, in certain lighting, green-gold. It also has blue, magenta and gold flake shards in the mix.

1 coat over bare base-coated nails:
Glam Polish Star ShadowThe formula and coverage remains consistent with the earlier two. It is like a blue mirror to Comet Storm. 

Close-up:
Glam Polish Star ShadowA comparison of 1 to 4 coats of Star Shadow, without topcoat:
Glam Polish Star ShadowAgain, the coverage of each coat is similar to the first two.

And in 4 full-on coats, topcoated:
Glam Polish Star ShadowThe teal-blue/ green shades and shifts dominate the look of this polish on the nails in most angles.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Star Shadow macroEven in the macro shot, the purple shift is extremely subtle. Majority of the area shows the teal-blue green shifts.

And lastly...
Eternity Dragon
Glam Polish Eternity DragonLike with Star Shadow, any reference I tried locating leads to Dragon Eternity, a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). 
Eternity Dragon is mad eup of predominantly bronze-gold to gold-green shifting flakies, with tiny bits of bronze, magenta and blue flakes.

1 coat over bare base-coated nails:
Glam Polish Eternity DragonWith a single coat, the colour shifts are barely visible, as the gold overpowers. But I don't mind, really. It is such a rich, opulent tone.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Eternity DragonIn the light, it looks so luxurious, with the subtlest hint of green shift.

Comparison of 1 to 4 coats, without topcoat:
Glam Polish Eternity DragonNeedless to mention, the formula and coverage is consistent with its counterparts in this review. Notice the large piece of flake on the pinky (far right). Love!

In 4 full-on coats, with topcoat:
Glam Polish Eternity DragonAnd a close-up:
Glam Polish Eternity Dragon macroOf the 4, Eternity Dragon shows the least colour shift, though the colour intensity and brightness is a notch above (ie. need sunglasses).

And because this came with Star Shadow, I had to do a gradient:
Glam Polish Star Shadow x Eternity Dragon gradientI love that these shades together look dragon-inspired.

As these are meant as overcoats, I layered 1 coat of each over a stark black crème; a-england Camelot, finished with topcoat.
Glam Polish Fantasia Flakies over blackFrom left:
♥ Eternity Dragon
♥ Dreamscape
♥ Star Shadow
♥ Comet Storm

Glam Polish Fantasia Flakies over blackLOVE the jewel-toned colour contrast with black, but I'm bummed that the intense sparkles over black made it impossible for my camera to capture the flakies' details. It made them look like shimmers when, in real life, they are shards of flakes with distinct outlines.

Final Thoughts
The formula for all of these is a breeze to work with, as long as one does not apply too thick a layer to try to get as much coverage in the least amount of coats *guilty*. It is rather good to know that these polishes get off the nails with less hassle than glitter polishes. The shades and sparkles are luxe, but my hands-down favourite is Dreamscape.

Here's a parting shot with all 4 multichrome flakies on the nails, in somewhat of an irregular gradient:
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Individual polishes from the Fantasia Flakies Series are available from Glam Polish or Mei Mei's Signatures at USD10.00 and SGD18.50 each respectively.

For updates, news and releases, stalk them on their respective social media platforms:

Glam Polish
Artisan nail lacquer from Australia. Ships within Australia and to USA.
♥ Storeglampolish.com.au
♥ Facebookwww.facebook.com/GlamPolish
♥ Twitter@glampolish
♥ Instagram@glampolish_

Mei Mei's Signatures
Singapore-based online store for the widest range of nail polishes and related products. Ships internationally.
♥ Storemeimeisignatures.com
♥ Facebookwww,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
♥ Twitter@meimeisi
♥ Instagram@meimeisignatures

Till the next post, enjoy the season of sparkles!
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Disclaimer: Products were sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.


Glam Polish Dark Terror Duo + Giveaway!

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 8, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Glam Polish Dark Terror Duo| ter-ər |
"a state of intense fear", "one that inspires fear" - Merriam-Wester

Hi folks!

Welcome to another Glam Polish Halloween polish post, a limited edition duo exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures, part II. Following the overwhelming response (and sell out within minutes) of the first exclusive limited edition set (Gruesome Movie Duo review here), Glam Polish and Mei Mei's Signatures decided to create and release a new Halloween-inspired duo within weeks (they must have magic wands to churn something so quickly!).

Named Dark Terror, this limited edition set of holographic polishes is also numbered, and only 140 sets are available through Mei Mei's Signatures. Because the set I received are samples, they are not numbered. Like the Gruesome Movie duo, the polishes in this set have names of horror movies.

Black Water
"Black Water is a 2007 horror-thriller film set in the mangrove seas of northern Australia. It was written and directed by Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich and stars Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody and Andy Rodoreda. The film was inspired by the true story of a crocodile attack in Australia's Northern Territory in December 2003." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Black WaterBlack Water is described as a "blackened blue holo with sapphire glass flecks". In the light, it flashes indigo blue in the bottle, along with scattered-linear holo.

When I first saw the name and the polish, the scene from The Ring where Sadako was creeping up from the well came to mind. *shudder*

In 2 coats, topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat:
Glam Polish Black WaterGlam Polish Black WaterGlam Polish Black Water
The formula is one of the best of Glam Polish shades I've tried so far. It is almost a one-coater. My overworking on the strokes on a couple of nails caused some dragging (which is entirely due to my obsession to get the fullest coverage), hence, I used 2 coats.

The blackened edges - LOVE! It lives up to the polish's name; deep murky water in the dark of night, with midnight blue reflections.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Black Water macroThe blue flecks are very visible on the nail or in the bottle. However, the sapphire blue still flashes through.

I applied Black Water over 1 coat of bascoat, but it still stained slightly. That was the only slight downside to this dark beauty.

Don't Go In The Woods
"Don't Go in the Woods is a 2010 American horror musical written and directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. The film was first shown in 2010 at single locations in the United States. It was released on Video on demand (VOD) on 26 December 2011, and on general theatrical release in January 2012. The film was made in upper New York state by 5 Minutes Productions, and distributed by Tribeca Film." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsDon't Go In The Woods is described as a "dark forest green holo with glass flecks". The green leans towards teal, and is a gorgeous unique holo shade. The flecks are noticeable in the bottle.

It's a cliché phrase that pops into the head (for me at least) whenever a character in a horror/ supernatural film or TV show heads for the woods. The plot is all too predictable, and yet, they never learn.

Here's 1 coat of Don't Go In The Woods topped with 1 coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat:
Glam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsGlam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsGlam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsI am so in love with this one, from the formula to the shade! Highly pigmented, it's a near flawless one-coater. The blackened effect is less intense than Black Water, but the flecks are more visible and concentrated.

Here's a closer look:
Glam Polish Don't Go In The Woods macroIt does stain after removal, despite having a basecoat on. The problem could lie with my thin and clear base coat (Poshé 4-in-1 Nail Strengthening base coat). 

The shades from Gruesome Movie and Dark Terror sets are distinctively different, yet complement each other to make a great 'Holo-ween' family.
Glam Polish Gruesome Movie and Dark Terror DuosThe above mani was created by dragging blobs of Carrie, Tales From The Dark Side and Black Water randomly through each other with a toothpick over Don't Go In The Woods as the base, finished with 2 coats of Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat.

Where To Grab Them
Glam Polish Dark Terror Duo is exclusively available at Mei Mei's Signatures as a set and retails for SGD37.00 per set. This limited edition numbered set is limited to 140 only. Once sold out, they will not be reproduced.

For more information and updates from the respective businesses:

Mei Mei's Signatures

Singapore-based online store for the widest range of nail polishes and related products. Ships internationally.
Store: meimeisignatures.com
Facebook: www,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
Twitter; @meimeisi
Instagram: @meimeisignatures

Glam Polish
Artisan nail lacquer from Australia. Ships to Australia and USA.
Store: glampolish.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlamPolish
Twitter: @glampolish
Instagram: @glampolish_

The Gruesome Movie duo is sold out, BUT there's 1 set (numbered 45) available in a GIVEAWAY below:

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If you've entered, good luck!

Till the next post, stay polished!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Glam Polish Gruesome Movie Duo

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 9, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

| grü-səm |
"inspiring horror or repulsion" - Merriam-Webster

(In a spine-tingling, creepy tone) Well, hello lovelies...

Here's an early Halloween treat - a limited edition Glam Polish Gruesome Movie Duo, exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures.
Glam Polish Gruesome Movie DuoAvailable as a set, these shades are inspired by the 2 horror movies they are named after; Carrie (left) and Tales From The Darkside (right), both movies with gruesome imageries.

I was giddy with excitement when these crept up in my mailbox for review. Firstly, I have an affinity for Halloween-themed goodies, or rather, supernatural ones in general. Though not traditionally celebrated here (Singapore), influences over the decades allowed Halloween to thrive commercially. Secondly, the rich, intense tones are to kill for!

Before I bore you to death, let's start off with...

Carrie
"Carrie is an American epistolary novel and author Stephen King's first published novel, released on April 5, 1974... Set in the then-future year of 1979, it revolves around the eponymous Carrietta N. "Carrie" White, a shy high school girl who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who torment her — in the process, causing one of the worst local disasters in American history." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Carrie"Carrie - A vampy crimson holo with sparkly red/ gold glass flecks. inspired by Carrie White from Stephen King's novel." - Mei Mei's Signatures

For the uninitiated, Glam Polish is an indie nail polish label helmed by Rachel, and handmixed in Australia. The newer packaging sees her gorgeous polishes housed in 'tall' square bottles printed with the logo and basic information. They hold 15ml/ 0.5 fl.oz of product and come with a atandard sized brush applicator.

Who hasn't read/ watched or heard of Carrie by Stephen King? If you're generations apart from the original, there's a 2013 film remake.

Typically, I shy away from reds, but make exceptions for deeper, vampier shades. Carrie is definitely an exception. This beguiling rich burgundy wine beauty projects a definitive holo effect in the bottle. I just couldn't decide if it's linear or scattered, perhaps both. When tilted away from light source, the red/ gold flecks or bits are tiny but evident.

Here's how it shows up on the nails, shown here in 2 coats over Poshé Nail Strengthening base coat and finished with 1 coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat:

Glam Polish CarrieGlam Polish CarrieThe formula was easy to apply, and could almost pass with 1 coat. It is that pigmented! The blend of flecks gave the finish some unevenness, and also added a bit of viscosity to the formula, but not in worrying amounts. It wasn't streaky or goopy in application, even as I progressed on to paint more nails.

I could not determine the holo effect in Carrie even on the nails. In some angles, it appears scattered, yet in others, a very soft linear. It could be a blend of both. I can't tell anymore.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Carrie macroNow, the colour...simply seductive! The rich crimson with red/gold and holo bits in what appears as a blackened blood red base gives this creation a delicious depth.

In my opinion, the polish has captured the essence of the antogonist in the movie - her rage and fire brewing within like the red/ gold flecks, the confused adolescent by the wavering holo effect, and the spilled blood by the crimson shade.

To reflect the mood, below is a nail art attempt with Carrie stippled over 1 coat of a-england Camelot with the pointed end of an orange woodstick, top coated. From 1 angle, it depicts dripping blood, and in the reverse, burning flames; both memorable elements in the story.
Glam Polish Carrie over a-england CamelotLet's crawl on to...

Tales From The Darkside
"Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is a 1990 American horror anthology film directed by John Harrison based on the anthology television series Tales from the Darkside. The film, shot in anthology style, depicts a kidnapped paperboy who tells three stories of horror to the suburban witch who is preparing to eat him, à la Hansel and Gretel." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Tales From The Darkside"A dark purple holo with sparkly gold/ red/ blue glass flecks. Inspired by horror movie with the same title." - Mei Mei's Signatures

I admit. I've not seen this movie. Or maybe I did but don't have an impression. So I do what I usually do - consult Google. The stills from the film really do fit the 'gruesome' tag, maybe even too much for me (who's a Trubie, by the way).

This one's an intense purple shade, with the same holo effect as Carrie. Away from the light, the flecks are less noticeable in the bottle. The holo particles steal the show anyway.

Here's 2 coats of Tales from The Darkside, with the same base and top coat combo as the previous swatch:
Glam Polish Tales From The DarksideGlam Polish Tales From The DarksideAs with Carrie, it could have been done in 1 opaque coat, but a second resulted in a richer finish. The formula glided on smoother as it didn't feel like there was as much flecks, which did not matter anyway, as the holo is stunning.

The holo effect on the nails is identical to Carrie - a very faint hint of a prism, and stronger as a scattered holo, but, nevertheless, gorgeous.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Tales From The DarksideSimilar to Carrie, the base seems blackened, which enhances the purple and holo pigments. I could go on gushing about this polish, but it wouldn't be fair because I'm biased towards most purples, especially darker ones like this.

It's convenient that the shades in this exclusive duo complement each other. I couldn't resist pairing them in a gradient.
Glam Polish Tales From The Darkside and Carrie Gruesome Movie Duo gradientFor holos, I typically stipple one shade over the other with a Q-tip or cotton bud when doing a gradient.

From a thumbnail size, the above mani looked like nails with gradual hematoma, albeit more sparkly. In the spirit of Halloween, I guess it's appropriate(?).

Where To Get Them
Glam Polish Gruesome Movie Duo is exclusively available at Mei Mei's Signatures as a set and retails for SGD37.00 per set. It is limited to 60 sets and each bottle is numbered. It is set to launch on Wed, 10 September 2014, 12:00 midnight (Singapore Time, GMT+8).

You won't regret following the respective businesses on these platforms for updates and information on more creations:

Mei Mei's Signatures
Singapore-based online store for the widest range of nail polishes and related products. Ships internationally.
Store: meimeisignatures.com
Facebook: www,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
Twitter; @meimeisi
Instagram: @meimeisignatures

Glam Polish
Artisan nail lacquer from Australia. Ships to Australia and USA.
Store: glampolish.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlamPolish
Twitter: @glampolish
Instagram: @glampolish_

Till the next post, stay polished, and nightmare-free!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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</em>Disclaimer: The polishes 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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Covet London Captain, Cassiopeia and NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty

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By A Lacquered Affair · May 16, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Luxola (mini) Haul| hôl |
"a shopping spree" - Urban Dictionary

TGIF, lovelies!

I'd like to share a few indulgent goodies I had purchased from Luxola during a 48-hour flash sale leading up to May Day (Labour Day). Luxola is a Singapore-based online beauty destination that curates "cult makeup and skincare products from around the world" and delivers "to your doorstep with excellent customer service". Luxola caters to "the savvy, showcasing thousands of handpicked products from more than one hundred brands".

I used buy a some Deborah Lippmanns and butter LONDONs when they go on sale, because otherwise, they are on the steep side here in Singapore. I received heads up on this Flipit.com Singapore, which also currently has a free 15% off promo code for Luxola Singapore.

First Impressions
I've noticed COVET London polishes whenever I visit Luxola, but was hesitant to try because
1) I'm not familiar with the brand
2) I've not heard or read much about the polishes
3) they are pricey at SGD 38.00 a pop (about the price of a bottle of Chanel or Dior in Singapore)

There isn't much official information on the brand, but here's what's known so far:
"Created with a mission to remove harmful toxins from our beauty regime, Covet London nail polishes are 85% derived from natural origins to provide you with healthy nail colour and care. The exclusive vibrant, fashion forward shades are easy to apply, quick drying and high gloss. '5 free', highly pigmented, safe for children, pregnancy friendly, organic, vegan and hypoallergenic" - Luxola

The polishes are also halal (for Muslim nail enthusiasts) and have won the award for Most Lasting Nail Lacquer at the Harper's Bazaar Beauty Awards 2013.

Further information from the packaging explains that they are "formulated with fine grade botanical elements, minerals and crushed gems. Self-leveling, non-yellowing and dry to the touch in 30 seconds" and made in France. The branding, pricing and packaging stamps their high-end status.

COVET London bottles are individually packaged in a luxe box with gold imprints and printed with all the important information, sans the name of the polish.
COVET London PackagingI'm a huge sucker for packaging design, and I'm completely in love with COVET's. I thought the fold closure (bottom left) is unique and the logo/ insignia adds a regal touch.

The bottle is square and cube-like, very similar to Deborah Lippmann's, with the polish's name labeled on the bottom. The whole design concept exudes luxury.

COVET London Captain
I went with Captain as it was marked as Women's Weekly Best Beauty Buys 2014.
Alright, I confess. It's also because I'm majorly obsessed with Captain Jake Ballard, a character on the TV series Scandal. I blame The Nail Squad, entirely. The name and shade reminds me of the character and uniform. *fangirling ends here*

COVET London Captain
Captain is described as an "Opaque navy blue with aqua and silver shimmers, inspired by our Earth's mysterious seven seas".

Here's 2 coats of Captain over butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat:
COVET London Captain
Close-up:
COVET London Captain macroThe first coat was a little streaky, but a second coat evened it out and gave an opaque finish. The formula felt dry in comparison to most nail polishes I've worn. Not thick or goopy. I can't exactly describe it, and I'm wondering if the fact that it contains more natural ingredients than most polishes was a factor. It's not entirely a bad thing; it just felt different during application.

Although this shade of blackened midnight blue shimmer is not unique, it wins praise for the prominent shimmers on the nails. The finish, on its own, was not as glossy as claimed without a topcoat, but it doesn't bother me too much since applying topcoat has become a manicure routine.

COVET London - Cassiopeia
The second COVET London shade that joined my stash is Cassiopeia.
COVET London Cassiopeia| kae-see-oh-pEE-uh |
"a constellation in the northern sky, named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivalled beauty." - Wikipedia

Described as "an ethereal blend of blue and purple with delicate silver dust, topped with flakes of Australian rainbow opal - a gemstone of hope and clarity", Cassiopeia was released as part of the holiday 2013 collection, inspired by gems. It is one of the more unique member of the COVET family with its colour-shifting flakies (that's how it shows up in the bottle).

Here's 3 coats of Cassiopeia, with the same base and topcoat combo:
COVET London Cassiopeia
Close-up:
COVET London Cassiopeia macro
The formua is sheer, so 2 coats wasn't going to cut it. Although the formula and application is slightly better than Captain, the brushstrokes on this frosted finish left me a little less excited. It really boils down to personal taste, if one likes frosted finish. I happen to be a bit of a fusspot about it.

What I do love is the glimmer of fine silver dust peeking through, and the large pieces of flakies. From certain angles (ie. the close-up shot), the colour-shift on the flakies is visible.

With both COVET polishes, I did notice that the smell of chemicals is slightly less foul and overwhelming than most 3, or even 5-free, nail polishes. But that's not to say one should go round sniffing it from the bottle or freshly polished nails.

And last but not least...

NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty
NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty"This shade-morphing top coat will give every manicure a unique, holographic finish. Transform any nail look and come to expect nothing but ultimate pleasure." - NCLA
"For a fun finish to nails, apply NCLA's Holographic top coat to give a multitude of reflections." - Luxola

Although not the first NCLA polish I own, Shimmer Me Pretty is first I've tried and reviewed. What piqued my interest in the brand (back in 2013) was their on-trend inspirations and translating them into nail polish and nail wrap collections.

Here are some quick facts of the brand (as described on Luxola):
♥ The name is an abbreviation for nail couture LA (Los Angeles)
♥ Upper mid-end label
♥ All colours are '5 Free' (no toxins such as DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor and not tested on animals)
♥ The luxurious NCLA formula is high shine, quick dry and chip resistant
♥ The Dupont flat brush allows for an easy, perfectly smooth application
♥ The color range is a constant evolution, expansion, revolution. NCLA sets the trend!
♥ Dreamed up and concocted in sunny L.A, USA

I love the look of their chic, flat square bottles, with long, angular caps.
The bottles come in a box packaging, often printed with graphics that correspond to the respective collections.
NCLA I Like It On Top PackagingShimmer Me Pretty is part of NCLA's latest 2-piece (cheekily named) I Like It On Top collection, released in late April 2014. Above is a collage of their chic packaging for this collection.

Shimmer Me Pretty is a holographic topcoat that transforms the base polish shade into a holo beauty. But first, I wanted to experiment how it would fair on its own.

So here's 1 coat of Shimmer Me Pretty without base or topcoat:
NCLA Shimmer Me PrettyThe formula glided on like butter! No streaks or brushstrokes, which I was expecting, having experienced another holographic topcoat from an indie brand. Even without a topcoat, Shimmer Me Pretty dried with a brilliant gloss.

To compare the opacity between 1 to 4 coats:

NCLA Shimmer Me PrettyFrom left 1, 2, 3 and 4 coats of NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty, without base or topcoat

And here's all 4 coats, again, without base of topcoat:
NCLA Shimmer Me PrettyNCLA Shimmer Me PrettyThe shade builds up to a delicate, washed-out dove grey, with a soft linear holo finish. Despite building on the opacity with 4 coats, the application is near perfection. If one is not too finicky about VNL (visible nail line), 4 coats should give a satisfactory opaque finish.
NCLA Shimmer Me PrettyWhat I said earlier about a routine of sealing manicures with topcoat - out the window! This one could definitely go without it. But, then, I guess it's meant to be a topcoat itself, with an added holographic oomph.

Here's how it pairs over some base polishes:

NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty holo topcoatNCLA Shimmer Me Pretty over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Shorts Story

I'm always chasing the dream of have a strong white holo polish on my nails, hence the pairing with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. The holo is visible, but not as strong as I had hoped.

Over OPI Shorts Story (bubblegum pink), they look like a fun summer combo, which I bet would play well in the sun.

NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty over COVET London CaptainNCLA Shimmer Me Pretty over COVET London Captain

Above is another layering combination - 1 coat of Shimmer Me Pretty over 3 coats of COVET London Captain in a striping tape design, sealed with topcoat.

Close-up:
NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty over COVET London CaptainThe holo effect is especially brilliant over a darker base shade.

NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty dotted with COVET London CaptainCOVET London Captain dotted over NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty

Lastly, a reverse layering combination where COVET London Captain is dotted in a size gradient over 4 coats of NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty, finished with 1 layer of topcoat.

And here's something I haven't been doing for a while - brush comparison:
NCLA, OPI, COVET London brush comparisonAs mentioned earlier, NCLA comes with Dupont flat brush, slightly fanned out at the tip. It is a little stiffer than some brands' (including OPI), which I'm very comfortable with. The length and width is comparable to OPI's ProWide brush, but wider at the tip.

COVET London's is significantly shorter and narrower than OPI's. It also fans out at the tip, and of same softness as OPI's.

Final Thoughts
On paper and packaging-wise, COVET London looks very appealing and adds a dose of luxury to a stash. With formula and application that are fairly good, it is hard to swallow the steep price tag. I do wonder if the cremes fair better.

NCLA Shimmer Me Pretty, on the other hand, was a joy. I'm impressed that it has nailed the formula and linear holo topcoat finish which, up to now, I thought only indie nail polish labels excel in (save for the rare few coomercially companies). The SGD 23.00 price tag might still be above one's budget for a special effect topcoat, so I'm thankful for the promo code featured on Flipit.com Singapore.

A snippet on Flipit.com
Flipit.com (conceived in Netherands) curates promo codes, coupons and discounts from a variety of international online stores with the aim of saving you time and money. The site contains up-to-date offers and promotions, courtesy of editors who scour the internet daily. Store categories range from fashion, beauty, gifts, electronics to home, babies and food etc.

Flipit has dedicated sites for different countries, so you can be sure that the listed online stores and codes are relevant to respective territories.

Here are some screenshots:
Flipit.com/sg - Luxola codesFlipit.com/sg - Luxola codeBelow is a list of the mentioned companies' online presence:
COVET London.com (under development)
Facebook
Instagram

ncLA.com
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube
Pinterest

Flipit.com
Facebook
Twitter
Google+

Luxola.com
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube

Thank you for enduring this lengthy post. Till the next post, stay polished!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Disclaimer: The purchase was sponsored for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

Pretty Jelly Floweret and Psithurisma

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

Greetings lovelies,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am absolutely besotted with this shade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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

Indigo Bananas The Butterfly Lovers Collection

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

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

Greetings lovelies!

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

This collection is exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till the next post, stay polished!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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

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

The Nail Junkie Orange

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By A Lacquered Affair · March 5, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

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" - a citrus fruit that is round and that has an orange skin
- a color between red and yellow that is like the color of fire and carrots" - Merriam-Webster

Hi, lovelies!

How is it already March?

I'm pretty stoked to share this indie nail polish Mei Mei's Signatures has provided for review. Ironically, I would usually shy away from oranges (the colour) and neons. It's jarring against my skin tone, I find. My opinion was changed in a snap the moment I put this one on.

The brand - The Nail Junkie. As the name suggests, Aleta, the maker, is a nail polish enthusiast herself, initially blogging about nail polishes. She sells her artisan hand-blended, 3-free nail polishes through Etsy and international e-tailers like Mei Mei's Signatures.

First Impressions
With a plethora of indie nail polish brands on the market now, I look for unique traits that etch a distinct impression on my mind. This could be their packaging, names, finishes, style, inspirations etc. For The Nail Junkie, it's the literal names, or the portrayal of, on the labels.
The Nail Junkie Orange
I looked all over the bottle for the name before realising she uses a pictogram.

Orange is described by The Nail Junkie as "a citrus colored neon jelly polish. It's loaded with holographic shimmer and can be worn as a build-able squishy jelly or you can layer it over glitters for a colorful "jelly sandwich"".

Here's one coat of Orange over Nail Tek Foundation III as basecoat:
The Nail Junkie Orange, 1 coatIt is quite pigmented for a jelly, but the best part is the squishy (or should I say juicy?) formula that glides on effortlessly and evenly.
I couldn't quite determine if the orange was neon, but it was sure bright; as bright and intense as a Sunquick Orange Squash! The shimmer, though looked silvery than holographic, added a thirst-quenching feel to the polish, like fizz in an ice-cold orange squash gleaming under the rays of a tropical sun.

Being a jelly, it took 3 coats to get somewhere close to opacity, more if one is really OCD about those visible nail lines.
The Nail Junkie Orange
It dries to a waxy finish without topcoat.

And with a topcoat (I used Glisten and Glow HK Girl Top Coat):
The Nail Junkie OrangeThe juiciness got close to real, and I was tempted to slurp up my nails!

A closer shot:
The Nail Junkie OrangeI'm so pleased that the shimmer is as noticeable on the nails as it is in the bottle.

To jazz up this mani, I took The Nail Junkie's suggestion to do a jelly sandwich. Here's a dab of Estessimo TiNS 033 The Spicy Pinwheel and China Glaze Solar Flare over 3 coats of Orange:
The Nail Junkie Orange with Estessimo TiNS 033 The Spicy Pinwheel and China Glaze Solar Flare
And after sandwiching them over 1 coat of Orange...
The Nail Junkie Orange with Gold Glitter Jelly SandwichI was going for the pulpy look, could you tell? To think of it, I should have worn this during Chinese New Year - Mandarin oranges, gold fortune coins.

Final Thoughts
Never write off a polish just because the shade is not up your alley. It may not have been my cup of tea initially, but I'm in love with the formula and finish.

The Nail Junkie retails on Etsy, and with pretty good flat shipping rates. Mei Mei's Signatures also retails The Nail Junkie and ships internationally. The polishes come in a 15ml bottle size. Follow them for more good stuff:

Mei Mei's Signatures online store: www.meimeisignatures.com
Facebook: www,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
Twitter; @meimeisi
Instagram: @meimeisignatures

The Nail Junkie: www.etsy.com/shop/thenailjunkie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheNailJunkie
Blog: http://the-nail-junkie.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @AletaColucci

On a separate note, don't mind the odd photo placements. I'm trying to save time and data space by loading Instagram-ready images on the blog. Still undetermined if I like it enough to continue with future posts.

Till the next post, stay juiced and polished!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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

Disclaimer: The Nail Junkie Orange was sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

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Tagged with: The Nail Junkie, orange

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