Thursday, October 27, 2011

Essie Power Clutch

Essie Power Clutch 885. Smokey grey creme with green undertones. Well-pigmented, full coverage in two coats. 

Power Clutch is from Essie's Brand New Bag collection released for Fall 2011. Don't you just love the name of the collection? Makes me want to splurge for a new bag right now hehe :)

This is another great colour to wear for Fall, it's the only polish I picked up from the collection because I find it truly unique and I didn't have anything like it in my stash. However, I still stood at Superstore for a good five minutes debating whether I should get it when I have a gazillion untrieds waiting for me at home haha. I couldn't bring myself to put it back down on the shelves so here it is! Thank goodness for the $2.00 off coupon so I don't feel as bad!

Did you pick up any goodies from the Brand New Bag collection? And while we're at it, I'd love to know what your favourite bag is! :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Chanel Khaki Vert

Chanel Khaki Vert 247. Dusty green creme. Applies smooth like butter. Perfectly opaque in two thin coats.  

Khaki Vert was released last year in the Les Khaki de Chanel collection along with Khaki Brun, an olive brown creme, and Khaki Rose, a medium taupe. I was extremely lucky to be able purchase this because it was the very last bottle left in the boutique. :)

I love wearing dusty shades in the Fall and this colour is simply perfect for the kind of weather now. 

What are your favourite nail polish shades to wear in this time of the year?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I Heart Instagram!

My absolute favourite iPhone app. Find me at ilovenailpolish321 for more pictures! :)

P.S. Are you a big fan of Instagram too?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

OPI Siberian Nights and Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure

OPI Siberian Nights NL R52. Dark, vampy purple. Three coats. This polish is from the OPI Russian collection released in Fall 2007 and is now a part of their permanent line. Siberian Nights dries to an incredibly glossy finish as you can see in the pictures. I purposely did not apply top coat to show you how gorgeous it is on its own. :)

This polish is very special to me because it was the colour I chose for my first manicure at a nail salon. Note: this was back in the day when I only wore neutrals and sheer pinks so it was quite a breakthrough for me haha, but I'm very glad I picked it because I absolutely adore it to pieces. I just love how mysterious it looks on the nails! The polish appears almost black under most lights; however, the dark vampy purple shows up beautifully in the sun.

I finished off my mani with two coats of Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, a gorgeous flakie polish that looks amazing layered on top of any colour. :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Ketchup and Ovaltine Leopard Mani

Thank you so much for all the sweet messages everyone! I feel incredibly loved and I'm very grateful to have such amazing readers like you. *blushes* I definitely missed blogging lots and I'm very glad to be back! :)

I love leopard print! I'd have to say it's my favourite pattern after polka dots hehe! Then again, this is only the second leopard print design that I've done after the blue French tips. =p

Leopard print is one of the hottest trends this fall and I can't wait to wear it on my nails! 

For this design, I used OPI MonSooner or Later NL I45, OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys NL T12, OPI San Tan-tonio NL T13, and MAC Mercenary.

Leopard print may look overwhelming to create but it's actually way easier to paint than it seems. 

Here's how to recreate the design at home:

1. Paint your nail with a light sandy brown.
2. With a striping brush and dark brown nail polish, paint some spots on the nail. I like to paint these in the shape of "brackets" so you can fill the centre with another colour for a more contrasting effect.
3. Paint the centre of the spot with a metallic gold nail polish. 

Credit goes to my sister and bro-in-law for the name of this mani, they like associating my polish colours with food haha. Just imagine adding ketchup to your ovaltine, how gross is that? Lol! *Edit* I totally agree with you Ashley! This would be an awful combination in reality. ;)

I hope you like this design. Have a fantastic weekend everyone! :)

Note: OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys, OPI San Tan-tonio and the heart-shaped rhinestore were sent to me for review.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air

I'm going to secretly return to the nail polish world and pretend that I never ever left. :)

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air. Baby pink and blue sparkles dispersed in light blue jelly. Four coats. 

I was out shopping the other day and can't help to notice this cute glittery polish from Deborah Lippmann. I love the combination of the pink and blue glitter!  Although the polish is quite sheer and needs four coats for bottle colour, you can use it as a glitter top coat and layer it over white or other polishes. This nail polish is not quite like the other dense glitter bombs from Deborah Lippmann (eg. Happy Birthday, Across the Universe) but the subtle sweetness of it makes it extra special.