Sunday, May 30, 2010

I'm on the National Post! =)

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A little while ago, I was contacted by a Toronto-based editor who would like to interview me for a nail polish article. I told her I do not consider myself an expert in the field but I would be more than happy to share my passion with her. So here it is, published in yesterday's National Post!

Thank you so much for giving me this wonderful opportunity Gabrielle, I really appreciate it!

Here's a link to view the article online.: )
Even though I love nail polish (no pun intended XD), I find it very surprising how it has suddenly gained so much popularity even during a recession. I think it's definitely true that it allows much more creative expression compared to other cosmetics and that it's relatively cheaper as well. So what are your thoughts ladies? Why do you think nail polish has been crowned "the queen of the cosmetics counter"? =)

And here's the original interview just in case you're interested!

I love you all and thanks for reading! Have a FANTABULOUS Sunday everyone! =D

Saturday, May 29, 2010

NOTD: Chanel Nouvelle Vague

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I finally had the chance to try out this beauty even though I've had it for weeks! It's SO PRETTY!! I ♥ it!

P.S. Full review with comparisons later this week!

P.P.S. I took this in my lightbox. I think I still prefer daylight pictures though. What do you ladies think? ^-^

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Canmake Nail Polish Peach Syrup #93

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Haha, can you tell I've been loving my Canmakes lately?

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Hot pink jelly with hot pink and gold shimmer! This one is from a different line than the others that I've posted in the past. You can take a look at the entire collection here! : ) The only thing I don't like about Canmake polishes is that they're incredibly sheer. Every single one that I've tried so far is at least a four coater. Other than that, I love the wide range of colours that they offer, I lovee their super cute bottles, and their brushes are amazing too! ^-^

Monday, May 24, 2010

Nail Venus Spring 2010

I noticed that a lot of you ladies love these Japanese nail magazines but are unable to purchase them where you live so I decided to scan a few more spreads to share with you guys! Here is the Spring issue of Nail Venus, I believe these are released quarterly. The style and layout are very similar to Nail Up! I hope you like it! ^-^


Really wanna try out these marine nails!



All these designs look soooo cute and yummy!



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Canmake Colorful Nails Apricot Dream #01 + Giveaway Winner

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Despite its name, I think Apricot Dream is more of a melon-y, cantaloupe-y shade. I love this colour, it's so fun and cute to wear on the nails and plus it looks just like candy! I'm having cravings as I'm typing away right now! Hehe! =D

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The application is quite good even though the formula is a bit sheer. I think this was four thin coats if I remember correctly. =)

Anyway, I finally got all the entries sorted out for my giveaway! And I'm proud to announce the winner is...

Irides

She has an amazing blog too so please make sure to check it out! Congratulations Irides! I'll be emailing you for your address shortly! Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! Have a great Sunday ladies! =DD

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nail Up! May 2010 Issue

Here are some scans from the May issue of Nail Up! Please click to enlarge them! =)













Friday, May 21, 2010

Random Green Spam

Found some old swatches today so here you go! =)

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Skin Food Milk Creamy Nail BL 002- gotta love this yellow-green pastel!

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Essie Mint Candy Apple- one of my favourite mint greens, I love how it's slightly more blue-toned compared to the others

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Rimmel Camouflage- I never knew I would like this colour so much, finally understand why this is a nail board fave!

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Sally Hansen Project Runway- This is simply GORGEOUS! My picture does not do it justice, must do a full review on it soon! =)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Light Green Comparisons

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From left to right:
OPI Gargantuan Green Grape
Missha GR001
Orly Green Apple
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green with Envy

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Swatches are in the same order as the bottle picture above.

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I couldn't find the notes that I jot down originally when I swatched these so it's just the pictures today.

On a side note, thank you everyone for entering my giveaway! I will announce the winner later on this week as I just realized I had left out a whole bunch of entries. hehehe...

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Shades from American Apparel


I just received this press release from American Apparel and can not wait to share this with you guys! I picked up a few shades from their original collection and absolutely adore them. I'm really looking forward to these new summer colours especially the green! I can't wait to see pictures of swatches! =)

LOS ANGELES -- American Apparel (Amex: APP), the vertically integrated clothing manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, is announcing the addition of six new colors to its successful line of nail polish. The company timed and designed the expansion of American Apparel Nail Lacquer for the upcoming summer season.The colors continue the theme of representing the brand and the culture which surrounds it. A khaki shade called "California Trooper" alludes to the uniforms of the ubiquitous California Highway Patrol, while "Malibu Green" is inspired by the colors found near the company's store on the historic Pacific Coast Highway. Other colors like "Summer Peach" and "Butter" are now also an available option for some of the company's classic garments, including the Pique Tennis Shirt, 4-Way Stretch Side Zipper Pants and Dov's Hoody. The line will feature the release of a base/top coat, a much-requested addition that will bring an extra layer of protection and gloss to the nail lacquer.

"The first 18 colors of our nail polish line were an experiment˜we picked colors that were beautiful and didn't set out to necessarily match them with anything. For summer, we saw an opportunity not only to add a few new colors, but also to develop some fresh shades that can coordinate with the tones of our new styles. We're proud that by listening to the feedback of our employees, customers and the online community, we were able to create a summer range that incorporates their ideas and expresses the palette we presented this season," said Marsha Brady, a creative director for American Apparel.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer has been an exciting success for the company as it has expanded its aesthetic into new areas and styles. The initial run of 18 colors and 50,000 bottles quickly sold out worldwide and developed a loyal following of fashion bloggers and polish artists. By working with a California manufacturer near its headquarters in Los Angeles, American Apparel continues its commitment to the idea of Made in USA polish and hopes the new colors will be met with the same glowing reviews.

"The public has had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to our nail polish collection and we're excited about these new additions. As we translate our basics model to fashionable pieces and new kinds of products, we remain dedicated to maintaining the same level of quality and dependability that we're known for. The colors have the potential to enhance outfits in both classic and atypical ways and we're really look forward to seeing how people wear them," Brady said.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer is priced at $6 per bottle and is available in a 3-pack for $15. It is sold at American Apparel stores worldwide as well as online. The nail polish is DBP, toluene and formaldehyde-free. The full color range, ingredients and photographs can be found in the American Apparel web store.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection Fall 2010

For Fall 2010, the China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection captures the vivid and saturated hues of the 1940’s with this seductively complex palette. These classic shades of the season recreate the timeless tableau of movie land mystique, perfect red pouts and steamy nights where swing was the scene!

Step out with these multi-faceted jewel tones, rich reds, titillating taupes and smoldering sands. This collection deliverers a high octane 40’s era glamour with a sophisticated edge! The 12 colors in this collection include:

Riveter Rouge – Deep red shimmer
Foxy – Burgundy frost with shimmer
Goin’ My Way – Brown frost with copper shimmer
Classic Camel – Khaki crème with gold micro glitter
Swing Baby – Taupe frost with silver micro glitter
Ingrid – “Greige” crème with copper micro glitter
Hey Doll – Rose frost with shimmer
Bogie – Plum frost with shimmer
First Class Ticket – Deep purple frost with shimmer
Midnight Mission – Navy blue frost with silver micro glitter
Emerald Fitzgerald – Turquoise green frost with shimmer
Jitterbug – Grey chrome with silver micro glitter

The China Glaze Vintage Vixen collection starts shipping June 6th internationally and July 6th, 2010 domestically.

Looks like this collection is full of frost, shimmer and micro glitter! Can't wait to see actual swatches! Anybody else excited about this collection? =)