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World Water Day 2013

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By A Lacquered Affair · March 22, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

World Water Day
"World Water Day has been observed on 22 March since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as World Day for Water. Observance began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since; for the general public to show support, it is encouraged for the public to not use their taps throughout the whole day.
In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats have used World Day for Water as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues of our era." - Wikipedia

TGIF, lovelies!

And we have a lot to thank for this Friday, being World Water Day 2013. As a largely developed country, we are extremely fortunate to have clean supply of drinking water with a turn of a tap here in Singapore, even though we do not have sufficient supply of natural water to sustain our population.

Though this post or blog isn't about international issues or events, I'm happy to relate this week's manicure to a constructive current event when Susan of The Subtle Shimmer announced that one of this week's #SGSwatchFest is associated with World Water Day! In case you're wondering, a side note explaining what #SGSwatchFest is about was in last week's post.

So, this is just going to be a quick post of my manicure for World Water Day.

The base polish for this manicure is Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean. Here's 2 coats over Poshe 4-in1 Nail Strengthening Treatment basecoat:
Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean, 2 coatsThis is a beautiful blue to green colour-shifting topper polish that glides on smoothly. I decided to use it without a base colour for a softer effect. The name and effect suit the theme, so on the nail it went!

I got this one back in mid 2012, but never really got around to using it in a full mani. I believe I got it directly from Girly Bits online store, though these days, one can also purchase her beauties from Mei Mei's Signatures, Harlow and Co. and Llarowe, all of which ship internationally.

Over the Ocean is a diagonal glitter gradient layer of Darling Diva Polish Water Dragon in 2 coats, topcoated with 2 coats of Seche Vite:
World Water Day 2013 inspired manicureWater Dragon was also purchased back in mid 2012 from Darling Diva Polish's Etsy store. These days, Mei Mei's Signatures carries DDP's beautiful creations as well. This glitter bomb of a polish is packed with large white, blue and holographic silver hex glitter, large holographic silver square glitter, mid-sized gold holographic hex glitter, tiny green and silver hex glitter in a teal blue jelly base, infused with green-blue shimmer. Can you sense a pattern with the polishes used, aside from the shade?

Some fishing was resorted for the large hex glitters, but I didn't need an tool to get them into place.

Close-up:
World Water Day 2013 inspired manicureI love how the glitter gradient graduates off to the strong shimmery particles of Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean, very much like the glinting surface of an ocean.

Last look:
World Water Day 2013 inspired manicureAnd for the curious minds, here's the Instagram version:
World Water Day 2013 inspired manicure on Instagram
If you're inspired by World Water Day, I'd love to check your mani out. And try to participate by not running your tap on 22 March. It's going to be difficult for me while I'm out at work, although I do make a conscious effort to reduce unnecessary usage of water all year round (#notlipservice).

Till the next post, cheers to water conservation and safe supply for all!

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St. Patrick's Day 2013

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

aka St. Paddy's Day
"Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland." - Wikipedia

Happy St. Paddy's Day, lovelies!
What's everyone doing to celebrate? I remember spotting green nails this time last year and posting them here. Quite a few things have changed since then; watermark, lighting, condition of cuticles, combinations, techniques. I went a little more adventurous this year. And since last year's post had the general St. Patrick's Day info up on the intro, I'll ridden this post with some fun facts.

Side note: A group of ladies here in Singapore have been collaborating on a series of swatches based on a theme or current event under the hashtag #SGSwatchFest on Instagram and St Paddy's Day is one of them. So this post will also coincide with that series.

Base Corr-lours
Starting of with the base polishes over 1 coat of Poshe 4-in-1 Nail Strengthening Treatment Base Coat:
St. Patrick's Day nail art basesThumb: OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls - 2 coats
Index finger: Estessimo TiNS 011 The Four Clover (from Mei Mei's Signatures) - 1 coat
Middle finger: Pretty Serious VT100 - 2 coats
Ring finger: Sinful Colors Conderella (gifted by Cathy, whom I got to know via Facebook) - 2 coats
Pinky: Estessimo TiNS 011 The Four Clover - 1 coat

Close-ups:
Estessimo TiNS The Four Clover, 1 coatAbove: Estessimo TiNS The Four Clover, 1 coat
A rich mix of silver holographic hex glitter with tiny silver holographic hex and square glitter and gold shimmer in a jelly meadow green base.

Fun Fact:
The shamrock was chosen Ireland's national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Pretty Serious VT100Above: Pretty Serious VT100, 2 coats
A shimmery emerald green with micro gold glitter from the Hello World collection.

Sinful Colors Cinderella, 2 coatsAbove: Sinful Colors Cinderella, 2 coats
A baby blue creme filled with pink flecks and shimmer.

I'm skipping OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls since I've already showcased it in a previous post.

Fun Fact:
Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! In the 19th century, however, green became used as a symbol for Ireland. In Ireland, there is plentiful rain and mist, so the 'Emerald Isle' really is green all year-round.

Enya Get...
With all the décor and painting that took about 2 and a half hours:
St. Patrick's Day nail art  2013
Close-ups:
St. Patrick's Day nail art - The Four-Leaf Clover Above: The four-leaf clover
Four-leaf clover - Green acrylic paint, freehand
Large hex glitter - China Glaze Solar Flare, fished and placed with dotting tool

St. Patrick's Day nail art - Leprachaun's outfitAbove: Leprachaun's outfit
Black belt - a-england Camelot, 1 coat
Buckle - a-england Holy Grail (new edition)
FYI: a-england can also be purchased from Mei Mei's Signatures, with international shipping available.

Fun Fact:
Many long years ago, playful Irish children began the tradition of pinching people who forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day and the tradition is still practiced today.

St. Patrick's Day nail art - Pot 'O GoldAbove: Pot O' Gold
Rainbow - Striping tape in red, copper, gold, green, blue and purple
Gold - China Glaze Solar Flare, fished and placed with dotting tool
Pot rim - a-england Camelot, 2 coats

St. Patrick's Day nail art - Irish FlagAbove: Ireland's Flag
Green - Pretty Serious VT100, 2 coats
White - OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, 2 coats
Orange - Orange acrylic paint, topped with Out The Door Northern Lights Holographic Top Coat 'Gold'

Fun Fact:
Saint Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture, because of his time as a slave there. When Patrick went back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity, he was successful because he didn't try to make the Irish forget their old beliefs. He combined their old beliefs with the new beliefs.

Last Look
Getting my fingers to post was tough because my thumb made a rare appearance and I always have a problem with placing the thumb in a right position to feature the nail.

Altogether now:
St. Patrick's Day nail art  2013And this is the version I have up on Instagram for #SGSwatchFest:
St. Patrick's Day nail art  2013
The little extras were courtesy of some of the photo apps I use on the iPhone.

I'm already seeing lots of cool St. Paddy's Day manicures up on various social media platforms. Feel free to share yours in the comment.
Off to MacLaren's (ie. to watch How I Met Your Mother)!

Cheers, everyone!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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OPI Get Your Number

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By A Lacquered Affair · March 10, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Get Your Number
"Wearing this matte blue with sparkles is a great call.
OPI Liquid Sand nail lacquer offers a never-before-seen look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fine glitter particles. Worn without top coat, Liquid Sand lacquer gives nails a unique textured matte finish worthy of a superstar." - OPI

A big HELLO readers, returning and new!

Gosh, how fast did February come and go? My work trip to New York was over in a flash. I shared a haul photo on Instagram, in case anyone's curious. Back to reality, my sole pick from the recent OPI Mariah Carey collection is Get Your Number.

First Impressions
Named after one of Mariah Carey's songs, Get Your Number is one of 4 of the Liquid Sand assortment included in the collection; a matte, textured finish when applied without a topcoat. This look, or finish, is all the rage at the moment in the industry, with several other companies releasing polishes of similar concept. Some love it, some don't. Of the 4, the blue caught my attention when I saw swatches. It's a cool primary blue with holographic glitter that dazzle in the light.

OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number

Formula
Here's 3 coats, without base or topcoat:
OPI Liquid Sand Get Your NumberThe formula is surprisingly easy to work with - textured particles in a jelly base. It isn't chunky or thick as I imagined (like some dense glitter polishes are). There was no streaking or gloopiness, though it is sheer with 1 coat. VNL is still visible at the recommended 2 coats, so if one is particular about it, 3 coats should do the job.

The holographic glitter sparkles failed to show up on camera, but in reality, it sparkles like how it does on the blurry index finger on the far right.

Close-up:
OPI Liquid Sand Get Your NumberThe finish feels textured, but not too gritty (thankfully). It finishes with a slightly wet look, reminding me of a 7-Eleven Slurpee in Blue Shock! The textured particles are larger than Zoya Pixie Dust's, which I've tried and posted on Instagram here back in New York. In my opinion, Pixie Dust is grittier than this Liquid Sand polish, but more on that when I post on the Pixie Dusts.

With topcoat, this beauty breathes another life:

OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number with topcoatFrom left: 1 coat Seche Vite in 1 vertical stripe down the middle, 1 coat SV, 2 coats SV in 3 horizontal stripes, 1 coat SV

The holographic sparkles really pop with topcoat on. The topcoat also gave the finish a certain depth. I needed a generous amount of topcoat on the brush though to get good coverage over each nail because boy, this polish devours topcoat like...quicksand(?).

Close-up:

OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number with topcoatGet Your Number with full coverage of Seche Vite topcoat

Since the polish is sheer but buildable, I thought, hey, gradient, my love! Here's a gradient look built with 4 coats (and ring finger with 3 full coats):

OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number gradient with topcoatGradient look, topped with Seche Vite. Ring finger - 3 coats Get Your Number topped with Seche Vite

The gradient contrast is subtle. With topcoat, it projects a feel of a deep blue sea sparkling with treasures.

Close-up:
OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number gradient with topcoatFinal Thoughts
I was drawn to the colour and sparkles the moment I saw a review on Swatch And Learn, and had no regrets getting this. I like it so much that I've worn 2 manis with this polish within a short span of time!
And a bonus! Removal was a breeze! I removed the full-on 3 coats, with topcoat, after 2 days of wear. It swiped off as easily as it would with a regular creme, jelly or holographic polish. I don't know how they do it!

What are some of your thoughts on textured polishes? Have you or will you try any? What are your favourites or dislikes?

Till the next post, toodles!

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Fanchromatic Nails Spatial Anomaly, Raptor Girl & Celestial Temple

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

Fanchromatic Nails
"handmade nail lacquers, for the geek in you" - Fanchromatic Nails

Firstly, much apologies for the long hiatus again. Although work was supposed to have died down, there's constantly been something to attend to that forces me to set swatching and blogging aside.

*Break. Susan (The Subtle Shimmer) just tempted me with KBShimmer's new Let's Get Star-ted. HAD to Google.*

Fanchromatic Nails is the brainchild of Lynae Zebest, conceived in late 2011 in San Francisco, USA, combining her passion for polish and geeky fandom. The hand mixed polishes only started going on sale from June 2012 as Lynae spent months "designing, testing and refining" her polishes. This R&D time yielded creations with distinct identity and glitter/ particles that behave. The polishes are also 'Big 3-free'.

First Impressions
The bottles I received for review are mini-sized - 5mL (0.16 fl.oz). The shape and label of the minis still mimic the regular-sized bottles - round with long, narrow brush handle, and a printed sticker label with a comic-esque font in a speech bubble; resonating the concept of Fanchromatic Nails.

Spatial Anomaly
"This polish was inspired by Star Trek. Something's there, but we don't know what it is and we can't explain it. That's right, we discovered a spatial anomaly!" - Fanchromatic Nails

Fanchromatic Nails Spatial AnomalyThe name sounds like it could have been the title of one of The Big Bang Theory's episodes! Or a label given to Sheldon Cooper by his friends. The complexity of this polish is exactly what its creator described it to be. The base is a cool-toned (almost metallic) grey with strong blue flashes, thanks to the shimmer. It is peppered with gold, bronze, orange, blue and holographic hex glitters of mid to small sizes, and tiny holographic bar glitter. Glitter-fishing is not necessary.

I am reminded of the Transporter effect while the characters were being 'beamed' when looking at the polish through the bottle in slight motion.

Fanchromatic Nails Spatial Anomaly - 1 coat1 coat over Poshe 4-in1 Treatment Basecoat

The formula and glitter applied rather evenly and streak-free with the first coat for a frosted finish.

Close-up:
Fanchromatic Nails Spatial Anomaly - 1 coatI was pretty mesmerised by all the sparkly goodness of this polish that even the bar glitter did not bother me (not a fan). The bar glitters are really tiny and sparse, and gave the polish a slight edge.

In 3 coats:

Fanchromatic Nails Spatial Anomaly3 coats, without topcoat

The finish was uneven and gritty without a topcoat. This could be attributed to the dense glitter and particles in this polish. The holographic glitter keeps drawing my gaze.

Close-up:
Fanchromatic Nails Spatial AnomalyThe blue flash is very intense, like the trail blaze of the Enterprise in warp drive! (okay, fandom reference overload)

Fanchromatic Nails Spatial Anomaly3 coats with 1 coat Seche Vite

The finish smoothened out slightly with topcoat, with some minor bumps here and there. A second coat might just remedy that.

Fanchromatic Nails Celestial Temple over Spatial AnomalyCelestial Temple over Spatial Anomaly gradient topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

A second coat of Seche Vite was applied after layering Celestial Temple over Spatial Anomaly, and this gave the Spatial Anomaly section a smoother finish.

Another layering option:

Fanchromatic Nails Spatial Anomaly over OPI Black Onyx1 coat Spatial Anomaly over 2 coats OPI Black Onyx, with 1 coat Seche Vite

Since the polish was sheer to begin with, it worked well layered over dark shades. The effect looks like a galaxy (one that's claustrophobically cluttered with planets and stars).

<em>*Break. Taking a couple days off work and nail obsession to assist at a close friend's wedding.*

</em>Raptor Girls
"This is part of my Quality Cafe series, inspired by one of my favorite films (and comic book), Ghost World. In particular, this lacquer is based on the iconic t-shirt that Enid wears in the movie" - Fanchromatic Nails

I had to Google 'Ghost World' (I don't just live under a rock, but 12ft below).
Fanchromatic Nails Raptor GirlRaptor Girl is a darker toned, slightly dusty aqua blue crelly base with mixed sizes of copper, gold and red hex glitter, and very obvious blue shimmer that reminds me of a fizzy drink.Fanchromatic Nails Raptor Girl - 1 coat

1 coat Raptor Girl

The first coat proved to be on the streaky side, but the glitter spread itself really well. No fishing/ dabbing needed.

Close-up:Fanchromatic Nails Raptor Girl - 1 coat

1 coat Raptor Girl

Here's Raptor Girl in 3 coats:

Fanchromatic Nails Raptor Girl3 coats Raptor Girl, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

Once the streaks have been evened out, the polish looked divine on the nails. I wouldn't normally be drawn to this shade and glitter combination, but I dare say this is my favourite of the 3 Fanchromatic Nails polishes in this post! I love that there's something girly yet 'metalshop' about it. The shimmer sshows through well on the nails, which I did not expect initially. A good plus!

Fanchromatic Nails Raptor Girl swirl over Etude House 01Raptor Girl in a random swirl over Etude House Shimmering #01, topped with 1 coat Seche Vite

I wanted to play around and bring out the gold and copper glitter in Raptor Girl, but realised I don't have many gold polishes to work with.

Another view:
Fanchromatic Nails Raptor Girl swirl over Etude House 01This was 2 coats of Raptor Girl on most parts of the swirls.

Another look:Fanchromatic Nails Spatial Anomaly over Raptor GirlSpatial Anomaly gradient over 3 coats Raptor Girl topped with Seche Vite

Because of the strength of the blue in both polishes, the gradient is not distinct though still visible.

Close-up:
Fanchromatic Nails Spatial Anomaly over Raptor GirlI kinda like how the shimmer in both polishes blend as it goes up the nail.

*Break. The long-staying relative is finally flying off. A long farewell at the airport is customary.*

Celestial Temple
"This polish was inspired by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. What's the inside of a wormhole look like? What about one inhabited by incorporeal aliens with seemingly unlimited power? ....Well, whether you wondered or not, now you don't have to, because I'm here to show you." - Fanchromatic Nails
Fanchromatic Nails Celestial Temple
This one's a sheer purple jelly base with purple and (possibly) holographic shimmer or micro glitter that makes this polish shimmer and glow. It is prettified with a delicate amount of mid to small sized fuchsia and purple hex glitter, and mid to large sized holographic hex glitter.

Fanchromatic Nails Celestial Temple, 1 coat1 coat Celestial Temple

The formula glided on easily, though some brush strokes are visible. The glitter pieces are sparse (I suppose it isn't meant to be a glitter bomb) but spread itself well on the nails without having to be dabbed on. Some fishing is required, especially if you want the larger glitter bits.

Close-up:

Fanchromatic Nails Celestial Temple, 1 coat1 coat Celestial Temple

In varying number of coats:

Fanchromatic Nails Celestial TempleFrom left: 4 coats, 3 coats, 2 coats, 1 coat of Celestial Temple</p>

Close-up:

Fanchromatic Nails Celestial Temple3 coats Celestial Temple, without topcoat

VNL is only diminished after the fourth coat. Which means, layering time!

Fanchromatic Nails Celestial Temple over a-england Camelot and GuinevereFrom left: 1 coat over a-england Camelot
               Glitter gradient (up to 2 coats) over 1 coat a-england Guinevere
               Glitter gradient (up to 2 coats) over 1 coat a-england Camelot
               1 thick coat striped over 2 coats a-england Guinevere

All topped with 1 coat Seche Vite.

*Break. Headed for New York over Chinese New Year and Valentine's for work. Bittersweet.*

More close-ups:

Fanchromatic Nails Celestial Temple over a-england Camelot1 coat Celestial Temple over a-england Camelot

(Apologies for the blurry shot.) The blue micro glitter sparkled more prominently over a base, proving this polish to have duo-tone properties. Lynae doesn't keep it simple, does she?

Fanchromatic Nails Celestial Temple over a-england GuinevereCelestial Temple gradient over 1 coat a-england Guinevere, topped with Seche Vite

I love this combination for a more delicate look!

Final Thoughts
If 'not-your-typical-girly-glitter-polishes' or edgier combos are your thing, you'll have to check out Fanchromatic Nails. The phrase that comes to mind is 'alternative indie'. That's the vibe I get from this label.

Fanchromatic Nails is available on Etsy at USD4.75 for minis (5ml/ 0.16 fl.oz) and USD8.75 for regular sizes (15ml/ 0.5 fl.oz). Shoppe EclecticCo is an official stockist and retails the regular sizes at SGD13.50. International shipping is available.

Toodles for now, lovelies!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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

Cirque Fleur est Belle

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

| fluhr eh behl |
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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Pomegranate Curator

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

| kyoo-rey-ter |
"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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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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Disclaimer: This product was sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

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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Till the next post (a very lengthy one; consider yourself warned!), have a wonderful mid-week, lovelies!

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: 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.

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