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By A Lacquered Affair · September 28, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I've been neglecting this blog for a really long time. Extremely tied up with work; early mornings, late nights. And I've also been attending a couple of jewellery-making workshops, for the fun of it.

As the title states, this is going to be a super speedy post, just updating my NOTD. This was from the week before last:


Trying out China Glaze's Below Deck, and accent nail with Essie's Mink Muffs, topped with China Glaze's CG In The City at the tip. Love the greyish colour with a hint of purple.

Last week's (and current) NOTD:

Dusty glittery/ sparkly pink tip by Skin Food, Pedicure Sparkle #9 Sparkling Red (made in Korea). I bought it on a whim last month, and wasn't sure if I would like this colour/ texture on me. But it was incredibly sparkly, like having pink tin foil on my tips! It is densely filled with ultra reflective micro glitter, nothing like I've ever seen in "Made in USA" polish brands (so far). This is the description on Skin Food's website:

"Glamourous and vibrant, it is enhanced with diamond sparkling pearls to create sparkling finishes with just single applications. Perks up dull toenails with vitamins and keratin for nourishment and moisture. Also prevents colour stains on toenails."

But I like wearing it on my hands though. I might just go grab a few more other colours from Skin Food (at SGD 7.90 each).

While researching on their polishes, I read that some of their nail polish lines content cancer-causing ingredients. But this Pedicure Sparkle line ain't one of them (phew). Read more here.

One more for the road:

The entire nail was then topped with inm's Out The Door Northern Light Hologram Top Coat (one of my September hauls). I completely understand that the hologram/ sparkles don't show up well on bare nails, but as a top coat (as it claims to be), it is horrid! After 20mins of drying time, a nail touched a smooth surface by accident, and the top coat, along with the sparkle polish, came off!! Horror!

Had to redo the nail, and top off all my nails off with my trusty Seche Vite. Very disappointing. But will try to use it for its holographic effect on nail colours.

Despite the busy schedule, September has been a month of some major nail polish/art/care hauls. Will compile them all in a future post.

Till then, toodles!

Mini Haul & CG In The City Swatch

By A Lacquered Affair · August 28, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

YAY-ness!! I got my camera back from the service centre, and it's all systems go! The photos in the previous few posts were taken with my iPhone 3GS, and were lacklustre because that phone tends to produce grainy quality, especially where in poor lighting.

Back to business.

I headed to Smoochiezz's showroom in Toh Guan Road last Saturday, 20th August, to research what was available, the prices and what I will need to order online through sprees. I also wanted to check out the newest collections from OPI and China Glaze, which was announced to be in; Touring America and Metro Collection. It was a hassle to get there, considering that I live on the other side of Singapore. All in the name of nail polishes. It is located in an industrial building, within an industrial estate, where only 1 bus plies. Girls, please go with company.

The showroom is pretty small, considering the number of brands and variety they stock. But lo and behold...

This is just half of China Glaze's racks.

There are 2 more of such racks housing more OPIs. As you can see, many are out of stock. Essies are to the right, on 3 or 4 stands.

Polish Galore!!! Racks and racks of nail polishes to the floor, and rows of China Glaze. They have an amazing range of Essie too (376 in all, according to their website), but I didn't manage to photograph. (small disclaimer: if photography is not allowed within the premise, I sincerely apologise. But I could not resist, it's a girl's dream boudoir) WHERE DO I BEGIN!!

The China Glaze section was clear at the time, so that was my first stop. My game plan was to only look for the colours in my wish list, but that only worked for so long. I was so spoilt for choice! So many colours I've never heard of before (on YouTube). The bonus - the latest Metro Collection Fall 2011 is in stock! My lemming, CG In The City, was available for SGD 7.00! The swatch is coming right up on this post down below.

I also picked up Nova and Stellar from China Glaze's Glitter collection in 2009. I've read that this glitter collection was made up of 50 glittery shades & textures and I was lemming for a few. Nova was one of them, along with Meteor Shower, Cosmic, Preppy Pink and Bad Kitty. I found Nova, but Preppy Pink and Bad Kitty looked pre-adolescent and kinda bleh to me. Now Stellar caught my eye. It's a nude-y beige colour with fine silver and pale gold glitter. Perfect for when you're in the mood for a neutral colour, with hints of opulence. And it was the last bottle left on the shelf! SCORE!

I could NOT find Meteor Shower or Cosmic :( I may have to join a spree, but I'm still determining if it's worth the price and wait.

The next stop was OPI, and I immediately scoured the racks for Parlez-vous OPI and Tickle My France-y. I found that Smoochiezz arranges OPI polishes in alphabetical order, which is a great help. But somewhere along the way (or due to some inconsiderate customers), the order got jumbled up. In any case, they did not have them. *sigh* So I went through the OPI racks again to determine which colours I'd fancy. I kept seeing Teenage Dream all over the racks, and I was initially not inclined towards it, although it's been raved by many. But after a few more glances, and upon closer scrutiny, I decided it would look gorgeous over other polishes. And it is quite pretty. So that went into the basket.

4 glitter polishes so far, and no, it did not bother that it's 4 glitters too many. I also realised Teenage Dream and China Glaze Carnival Lights are SO similar. I snapped a quick shot of both in the showroom and actually contemplated which to get; OPI at SGD 10.00 or China Glaze at SGD 8.00? I preferred Teenage Dream in the end as it was a lighter shade of pink, and I already have China Glaze Pom Pom, a chunkier version of Carnival Lights.

OPI 's Teenage Dream & China Glaze's Carnival Lights - so similar in tone and glitter texture, though one a shade darker.

Continuing on, I saw many shades of nudes and pinks and Pinking Of You came to mind as I've heard a couple of YouTubers talking about them in their collection video; how it goes on opaque compared to most Soft Shades. Since it was in stock, I decided to give that a try. It's lighter than Shorts Story, but brighter than China Glaze Something Sweet, so I'm good with that.

The Essie racks were just beside OPI, and the selection was astonishing! I have never seen so many Essie colours all at once in a single display. They are all so pretty (probably cos of the bottle too), but I knew I wanted Borrowed & Blue, which I found for SGD 9.00. I was also attracted to Merino Cool, but I found it to be an exact shade as China Glaze's Below Deck, so I gave it a miss. "Only 1 Essie?" you may ask. Well, I have not gotten around to trying the Essies I already own, so I'm unsure of it's formula and durability (though I have heard many good reviews). I might build an Essie collection once I feel it's worth it.

During this haul, I realised so many colours are alike or even identical, between brands and *gasp* within the same brand. I'm thinking of building a comparison list of same/ similar polish colours, so I don't buy colours simply because I fancy them, only to come home and regret my purchase. And I might share the list here. Maybe... will see.

Smoochiezz also stocks nail treatments, top coats, base coats, removers, lotions, the works. Maybe for next the haul. While I was there, I also picked up an ELF Studio Blush Brush, since I didn't any make-up brushes (shocking?). Here's the overview of the mini nail polish haul:

Left to right: Teenage Dream, Pinking Of You, Borrowed & Blue, CG In The City, Nova, Stellar

I couldn't wait to swatch CG In The City the very next day and here it is (on left index finger nail):

It's a dusty greyish purple, kinda deep mauve glitter polish with silvery-goldish specks and a clear base. On it's own, it took 4 coats to get an almost opaque finish, and I don't recommend it. When applied as a top finish to solid colours, it overpowered them, but you could still see hints of the base polish. It worked best when layered over butter LONDON Marrow and OPI Black Onyx as you could see a dual effect. Over China Glaze Below Deck, it looked like a monotone opaque shade with glitter.

In any way, I love it and can't wait to wear it. The monsoon season is here, what with the cloudy and wet weather. It feels kinda like the equatorial version of fall. So that would be perfect to start bringing out the fall colours. Gonna dig them out right now.


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 with my own finances.

NOTD and New Fave Polish for August

By A Lacquered Affair · August 15, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I went window-shopping 2 Mondays ago and was looking at Revlon's counter at Metro in Compass Point. Mostly the same nail polish colours as your usual pharmacies and personal stores, but this bright red-stickered bottle stuck out, and it said "Scented". It's part of the scented range from last year's Spring/ Summer that had many YouTubers raving about (mainly for Gum Drop).

Well, this particular one is Peach Smoothie. It was not quite the scented novelty that drove me to buy it, but the colour; peachy nude with subtle gold-bronzy specks. Love! I have not seen this sort of colour by other nail polish brands, so I parted with SGD 12.90. And that's much more than what I normally pay for an OPI or Essie.

So today, I decided to try it on, and also stamp on Konad's lace image in white over it to get a vintage lace look. But the Konad part was a major FAIL! I had to go over the failed stamp art with one more coat, and China Glaze Fairy Dust (my go-to cover-up trick). Here's the line-up of products used:

Although it contains Toulene, I'm still loving Seche Vite. And here's my NOTD:

And what I'm loving the most now is the scent! Even after applying Fairy Dust and Seche Vite over it, I can still get a good whiff of Peach Smoothie when I sniff my nails. It's kinda like peach flavoured jelly beans, the ones from Candy Empire... if you know what I'm talking about. Mmm...delectable!

It applied rather streaky and a tad bit sheer on the first coat, but it was good to go with the second coat. So all's good as I never liked going beyond 2 coats. I'm bent on using it again, but just plain (or maybe I might attempt Konad-ing again).

I also bought Gum Drop on a whim last Saturday. I don't know if I'll regret it since I already have 2 other polishes in that exact colour; China Glaze Light As Air, and butter LONDON Muggins. Oh, and that bottle of Gum Drop I picked up was the only one on the shelf, and I have not seen it elsewhere in other stores too. Best part: I only paid SGD 0.90!! Ok, so I redeemed the points in my Watsons membership card to offset SGD 8.00, but I think it was cool deal.

(The printed nails were a @cutepolish-inspired nail art from last week).

I'm left with using my mobile phone to shoot all my photos since last week. My camera's lens decided to play punk on me so it's been sent for servicing. Gotta bear with the mediocre photo quality for a bit.

Off to bed now. Nite peeps!

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 with my own finances.

Review: Sally Hansen's Moisturizing Remover with Vitamin E & Aloe

By A Lacquered Affair · August 14, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I went through what it seems like a weekly routine last weekend - giving my nails a fresh coat of polish, and some nail art (I happened to be in the mood). I decided to try a recent nail polish remover I purchase during the last Watsons closed-door members sale; Sally Hansen's Moisturizing Polish Remover with Vitamin E & Aloe. It was a dollar off, at SGD 5.00, so I thought it's worth giving a try. I've been using ZA's Nail Colour Remover for the longest time. "But I don't see any ZA nail polish or removers" you say? That's how freaking long!! The last time I bought my second bottle was in 2009.

Here's proof it exists(ed):

Excuse the cue-tip in the bottle. Dropped it in accidentally few weeks ago.

OK, I'm going to digress a little bit here. I haven't seen any ZA removers anywhere lately. I know ZA still makes nail polishes and the works, but Singapore doesn't seem to bring them in (anymore).

Anyway, "The cute scent of oranges"? Nah-ah! You'll get a whiff of a pungent remover smell first before the slight hint of orange comes. It felt pretty harsh on the nails and skin, removal speed was alright.

So when I finally got to try Sally Hansen's, I could immediately tell the difference. The scent was subtler, and had a pleasant aloe scent too. The removal speed was faster, and it had less of the drying effect. In all, I only used 2 cotton pads to remove the 5 layers of polishes (base + 2 coats of colour + 1 coat of clear glitter + topcoat) from all ten nails! To me, that's amazing!! The best part was, it did not strip the shine from my previously buffed nails.

I was careful about getting another polish remover, as I did not want to damage my already dry, brittle, peeling and ripped nails any further. I had acrylic gel extensions (think that's what they are) in June, and taking them off was a PAIN! I will blog about that next time, after compiling all the photos.


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 with my own finances.

Saving + Glamming Up Chipped Nail Polish

By A Lacquered Affair · August 7, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

So I started off the week with China Glaze's Light As Air, and topped the ring fingers with C-C-Courage & Konad image. Loved the demure looking outcome. I also go the chance to try the newly-purchased Poshe nail strengthening base coat. Seems to be okay, couldn't really notice the results. And I cannot rave enough about Seche Vite's ultra water-shine finish and the speed that it dries!

LOTD 1st Aug 2011

After Day 3, I noticed some chipping at 2 of the nails' corners, which is decent enough. On Friday, the chippings got more noticeable, and I did not want to go through the hassle of removing it, and re-applying a new polish. Plus, I wanted my nails to look polished that night. Next best thing? Paint over it.

I took out China Glaze's Fairy Dust, a clear, subtle glitter polish. Covered the shipped areas with a dash of Light As Air, a dazzling coat or two of Fairy Dust, another coat of Seche Vite, and I'm good to go! All in 10 minutes! Here's a video of it:

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And speaking of which, I've got a YouTube channel - alacqueredaffair. I hope to load it with tips, reviews, hauls, the works. It would mean a lot to me if you dropped by, rate & subscribe =)

By the way, I'm working on another notebook that doesn't have Photoshop, so my images aren't dolled up as the last post, but will get to it once I get back to my regular notebook.

It's another late night post, so I'm ending it here and hitting the sack. Til next time...

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 with my own finances.

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