Jun 21, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Collection

May 3, 2011

A Very Belated Easter Day Water Marble

Yes, Easter was a week ago and for those of you who follow us on FB would've gotten a sneak preview of the water marbling design I did for Easter Day. So sorry for the delay in updates as work has been pretty hectic as well as the personal life.

For this Easter Day water marble, I used the pastels from China Glaze's Up & Away Collection (Spring 2010).
Colours used:Yellow - Lemon Fizz
Light Green - Re-Freshmint (somehow this colour ended up light blue on the marble); and
Lavender - Light As Air

I decided on the zigzag pattern to best decipher the designs commonly used on an easter egg. 
 Picture taken from http://www.powdermillshotel.com
And the end result was this... 
So happened I had an egg cup holder (from a Malay wedding I previously attended) and used it as prop. Hehehe... 

Now my partner in crime would never approve of these few pics but I'm sure the readers won't mind hor? 
Here are the individual designs of the marbling on the nails. Please excuse the dry cuticles and some messy spots. I finished the marble at 2am and I was in dire need of sleep.
Left Hand
Right Hand
As you can see the right hand was super messy cos I was already too tired to do a proper cleanup... I also had some problem with bubbles this time around. Til next time. Cheers.

Apr 5, 2011

My very first haul

This is a backdated post on my very first haul. I got my very first China Glaze & Color Club polishes in this haul and also a first whiff of my Seche Vite Quick Dry Topcoat.
I was looking at this in such happiness... contemplating the lovelies inside... 
The packaging was lovingly wrapped securely in bubblewraps to ensure the fragile goods inside don't get damaged.
Them lovelies inside... I'll introduce them to you in a bit...
My first China Glaze!!! All three polishes from China Glaze's Up & Away Collection.
L-R: Lemon Fizz, Light as Air & Re-freshmint. All lovely shades of creme in colours I don't usually use. Thought they might be lovely for marbling.
My first Color Club from their Pardon My French Collection, Take Me to Your Chateau. A lovely baby blue creme polish.
I also got me another blue holo from OPI's Designer Series. This one's called Sapphire.
Surprisingly the colours weren't the thing I was waiting for I couldn't wait to try out these babies. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat & Seche Restore. Ok, fine. Seche Restore I won't be using any time soon but man... to see whether Seche Vite's claims were true to their words was something I couldn't wait.
Check out the description on the box. Until next time... XOXOXO.

Mar 29, 2011

Batik Art on Nails

Back in those days, nail painting were just a necessity to putting on your lipstick whenever you go out to avoid looking pale. Now, nail painting is not just another makeup essentials but an art, a trend and a ‘STATEMENT’. Your nails can be an ice breaker to every occasion, whether it’s just a casual outing or a beautiful au aperÇu at gala events. The base color (black) is from Skin Food BW#701 while the vines were stamped with Konad Special Polish (White) to give it that ‘Batik’ feel, and to top it off with a layer of China Glaze Wireless Holographic Top Coat to give it that extra bling.

Mar 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day - Luck 'O the Irish

Hiya babes! As promised a second themed nail in conjuction with St. Patrick's Day. Granted it's a tad late but I do have a regular 9 to 5 work, but then again; it is still 17th on the most part of the world, therefore I am considered early 'USA time'.

I wasn't able to mimic the exact shamrock but I'd say I did a pretty good job at this marble.

Base colour was from China Glaze's Kaleidoscope Collection - He's Going in Circles. Dig the holo on this baybeh.
The websites describes this as a green holo but to me it leans towards blue/silver.

I decided to do the water marbling with the base colour and China Glaze - Emerald Sparkle and the closest I came to a shamrock design was this...

I alternated the placement of the polish but I think I should've stuck with the Emerald Sparkle (that's the darker colour) in the middle of the design. Out of all the nails, I think my left thumb looked the closest to that of a shamrock.

I named this Luck O' the Irish considering the shamrock-like design and the bling factor of He's Going in Circles. What do you think?

Here's more pics of me playing with the lomo camera of my iPhone with this design.

Mar 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Themed Nails - Going Green

We Malaysians are blessed with abundant holidays compared to other countries and yet it doesn't seem to be enough for us. During recent years, we have seen a huge increase in promoting holidays celebrated around the globe (especially if it's fashioned around booze).

Tomorrow marks yet another well-known and celebrated day in Ireland. St. Patrick's Day people!!! Yeap. It's that time of the year to don the colour green, the leprechaun hat and shamrocks!

Nail-ChitChat has our own way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year and we have come up with two (actually three but the 3rd one is more of a second attempt) different ways we'll be wearing our nails to celebrate this festival (who doesn't like an excuse to drink?). Plus green looks oh so lovely againt a pint o lager.

Ok. Enough chatter.

Going Green (Attempt 1)
This was actually my very first attempt at drag marbling but at that time I didn't have a theme in mind and whilst browsing through my albums sorting them into posts, I thought this would go very well since I did it in different shades of green.
This green was from my very first haul which also marks my first China Glaze Polish. Re-freshmint from China Glaze's Up & Away Collection. A pale mint green with a cream finish.
I did the dragging with some nailart strippers (as shown) which I bought from the local night market. Selling at RM10 for 3 bottles I believe but they dry out pretty fast. I'm not sure if these are still usable or not. Will need to check on it.
This picture was before topcoat. You can see bald spots where I dragged the polish. I also got this like super topcoat in my first haul which claimed to be super fast drying and from the reviews of other nail bloggers it seems to work as promised.
Introducing Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat and Seche Restore. Apologise for the blurry photo. I was so excited to get my very first nail polish haul in brands of polish that I have not heard of ever in Malaysia. Basically Seche Restore is a thinning liquid in case the top coat gets dry as they claim no other brands are suited to thin the topcoat if the consistency gets too thick. Being kiasu & kiasi I didn't dare test that out as I only have that one bottle of Seche Vite top coat. But both these items were patented so it should not be pulling my leg right?
The topcoat description at the back of the box.
And.... walla... as promised... No more drag marks has been reduced to a bare minimum. Very happy that this top coat delivered.

I wasn't very happy with the outcome of this and since I already got the gist of the technique I decided to redo it (I'm fussy that way).

Going Green (Attempt 2)
I used the same base colour and the dark green nailart stripper but replaced the light green with a gold this time and I was much happier with this colour combination.

Apologise for the lousy photo quality as they were all taken with phone camera. Owner of Nail-ChitChat is working to improve on this.

Mar 9, 2011

Behind the Scenes (Epic Fail) & Love, Love Me Do

Playing catch up once again. I do apologise for the delay in posts. I did have a short hiatus between CNY and my current mani.

These few manis were actually done before CNY so my nails were a tad longer then. I'd like to share some experiments I do when marbling and why sometimes it doesn't always work out (hence the reason why most shops refuse to do em).
A question I get ever so often is if my nails where of my own so here's a shot of my nails (before the CNY chop) au naturel... 

I wanted to try marbling with claire's mood polish as some nail bloggers did a really awesome job at it and I figured I wanted to recreate the same look. The colour of choice I used was claire's bored/excited. A pink with a hint of orange.

Now I find claire's polish a bit hard to work with as they're really streaky and they need at least 3 coats to even out the colour. I initially thought my nail painting skills were bust until I checked out the reviews at other nail blogs and found that even the most seasoned of them had trouble with the formula.
See what I meant by it being streaky? This was two coats and you can just barely see the two tone on the ring finger and thumb.
This picture is the closest I could take of the actual colour and the cool & warm tones were showing up very clearly. Excuse my messy nails... It was a work in progress after all... 
Test marbling on thumb. The patterned turned out just right and the black didn't bleed too much into the pink. But everything went downhill from there... (Yes, that was a scotch tape around my finger to minimise the cleanup).
I have no idea why... but the rest of the marbling didn't go as smoothly as the first... the black bled too much into the pink and it defeated the purpose of having a marble as you can't see the different tone so I did try to salvage it...
But I think I'm too much of a perfectionist that I just couldn't make myself wear this so I promptly removed it and filed this polish combination for water marbling an epic fail... =.=

I still wanted to use this colour so I decided to just do some stamping.
I call this Love, Love Me Do... Something with a Valentine's touch to it although V-day was eons away when I did this.
This picture shows the mood effect. I noticed it's more obvious when I'm in an aircond room. Apologise for the tip wear as I only decided to take a picture of this manicure wayyyy later. 

More nail post coming up soon... Stay tuned. 

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Feb 7, 2011

CNY Manicures

A quick post on the manicures I did for CNY, so this will be a relatively short post. First up, was a guest nail I did. I wanted to work with more different shapes and sized of nails so I have a wider range of "canvas" to work with.

It's the first time I'm doing my cousin sister's nails and her nails are really cute and tiny considering the fact she's only four years my junior. She was attracted to the bling factor of China Glaze's Rated Holographic so I used it as her base colour. Check out the bling!
Not one to just leave a manicure just plain, I decided to stamp some designs using my Bundle Monster plate bm15. I used the small flower image as a bigger image may not look very nice since she has tiny nails and I didn't want the nail art to draw focus away from the awesome holo.
Mind you, the bling you see ain't your regular glitter. Holographic goodness which shouts "Look at me!" and unlike glitter polishes, aren't a total nightmare to remove. Was opaque in two coats as her nails were short so no VNL (Visible Nail Line) was found.
A close-up of the flowers. I initially wanted to stamp them in red but she wanted something more obvious so we opted for black instead.

Once I was done with the three manis and one pedi (the others were just basic mani so I didn't bother taking any pics), I proceeded to do my own CNY manicure. I was pressed for time so I decided to do yet another marble design. Not really my favourite as all ten nails where completely different in design but still loved the effect.

I used three different shades of red for this water marble. Sally Hansen's Hot Red, China Glaze's Rated Holographic & TMI. Somehow TMI didn't show up much on the marble design probably due to the reason it was a very close shade to Rated Holographic but you can still barely see some of it in my left hand's middle finger and right's index finger. Just barely...
I'm calling this one Swirling with Prosperity™. Now if only I can catch up on my older nail posts... 

Pre-CNY Manicures

I'm soooooo behind with my blog entries. Playing catch up again but I guess let me post the latest manicures first (at this rate I'll never get around to posting the older manicures)...

So since I'm trying to play catch up here, please be warned there'll be a lot of photos.

First up, I had to chop of my talons as they were getting to be a tad too long so being lazy to do my own nails by myself I went to my trusty manicurist. Unfortunately when she snipped, the nail on my right thumb cracked too much and I ended up with nubbins. Totally not her fault though, that's the only flaw of my nails. The tendency to crack when trimming them down.
Sobs... My family and friends told me to stop whining cos the length was perfectly fine but after having them long for such a long time my nails looked stunted to me... (secretly I guess they envy my long nails)

About a week before CNY, I was scheduled to head down to Pasir Gudang for work and I'd be travelling with some new work colleagues for a different project so I decided to play it safe and go for more professional colours (since I'll also be seeing the client for the first time).

It also gave me a good excuse to finally use my Color Club High Society greige (greyish beige). It's a grey with a hint of beige and sometimes at different lighting it looks a bit lavender.
Totally heart this but I'm still looking for a completely grey polish. Zoya's Dove looks like a good candidate from the swatches I've seen.

I left it as it is as I had to do a manicure for a friend during the weekend in case I messed up my own manicure so I don't have to redo too much.

I wanted to try a new technique on her but it kinda failed as my hands were shaking so it was hard to keep a steady hand that day. I suspect I was too hungry cos we didn't have lunch when we started so we ended up with this instead.
The gold was China Glaze's Midnight Kiss and the black was Color Club's Revvvolution. The contract was too harsh so I decided to add Nubar 2010 to give it a bit of orangy tint.
We decided to use the gold as accent nails and I did some drag marbling. I initially wanted to do the same to all five fingers but due to my shaky hands, it was very difficult to get the precision needed for this design so we  opted for two nails on each hand instead.
A close up of the foil effect and the accent nail but the image was shaky due to my hands. My camera couldn't focus properly... =.=

Once I was done with hers, I was bored with my standard mani so I decided to try the initial design I was going for (after I've filled my tum). So here it is.
See how in white light it takes on a lavender hue and in darker settings you see the brown tint? This is another drag effect marbling. Nice and simple yet not boring. Totally work friendly.

That's all for now, I still have another CNY manicure post to come so do check back in often.

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