Saturday, July 27, 2013

Manicure - Etude House Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nails in Mint Choco Chip

This is one nail polish I'm totally obsessed about! I first saw this Etude House Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nails in Mint Choco Chip (long delicious name) in a magazine in June, and went to 4 different Etude House stores, but they were all out of stock! And the Etude House salesgirls are not very helpful at all, they wouldn't help me check if any other stores had it in stock, or confirm if new stock would be coming in. So, in a fit of desperation, I entered a magazine contest and won this little baby! The retail price is only S$6.90 a bottle so it's a pretty small prize, but I was really happy cos this colour was so gorgeous, I had to have it!
This is 2 coats of Mint Choco Chip, followed by 2 coats of Majolica Majorca Glass Drop topcoat. The Etude House polish was a little gloopy and streaky, but 2 coats is ok. It's a little difficult to place the glitter though!
What I love about this polish is that it's exactly like its name - mint chocolate chip! When I wore it to work, my manager said 'your nails look like mint chocolate chip!' and I was like, 'that's the name of the polish!' My friends think it looked like I dripped mint chocolate ice-cream over my nails. Yummy! I love the milky pale pastel mint base, with the multicolored hexagonal glitter in navy, green, blue and in different sizes - very complex and unique! I dare you to find a dupe of this!
I think Etude House is all sold out... not sure if this is still available in Korea, so I will treasure my little prize! That said, this polish lasted me all of 3 days before it started chipping. My experience with all Etude House polishes is that though they may be unique, the quality of the polish itself isn't very good, so don't expect your manicure to last the week! However, it is very reasonably priced, and for the uniqueness of the polish, I am willing to overlook how easily it chips. 

Warning: This polish isn't very office appropriate if you work in a strict, hoity-toity corporate environment. I think my big boss got a bit of a shock at my nails. Teehee. :P

Rating: 9/10

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Manicure: China Glaze Candie + Etude House Dear My Party Nails PPK006 Party Lover + Northern Lights + Majolica Majorca Glass Drop Gel Coat

I have about 20 bottles of nail polish in my collection, but everyone around me knows that I hardly ever paint my nails. I find nails really high maintenance and I always type really hard, which is really manicure-killing. Thing is, some polishes are so pretty that I just can't help buying them! Recently I bought some new polishes from Etude House and the 2nd from the right is one of them:
From left: China Glaze Candie, Etude House Dear My Party Nails PPK006 Party Lover, Northern Light Silver, Majolica Majorca Glass Drop Gel Coat
It has a sheer glimmery milky lavender-pink base with lots of glitter in varying sizes and colours. Uber pretty! Here's what is looks like applied alone (2 coats + 1 layer of topcoat):
It's really pretty and all, but as the base is really sheer, you'll get visible nail line. I wasn't super satisfied with that amount of bling, so I decided to load up on the glitter by layering a combination - 1 layer of China Glaze Candie (sheer ballet pink glitter), 2 layers of Etude House, 1 layer of silver Northern Lights (clear polish with silver microsparkle) and 2 layers of Majolica Majorca Glass Drop Top Coat. 
Pretty, right?! Glitter sandwich anyone! It looks like a unicorn puked fairy dust all over my nails! Pity my camera couldn't really focus well and get a good picture - I tried taking a million pictures but none of them truly reflect how shiny and bling this manicure is! The combination of different glitters is really complex, multilayered, 3-dimensional and beautiful - you can see that different glitters are suspended within the polish. LOVE.

There's another Etude House polish which has colorful paper hearts suspended in clear polish with microsparkle. I put a little paper heart on my thumb:

I am loving how much more complex the glitters look. Chunky ballet pink glitter from China Glaze Candie, followed by multi-sized multi-coloured glitter from Etude House Party Lover, and finished with silver microsparkle from Northern Lights, topped with an irresistable squishy jelly gel coat!

The tragedy is... The quality of Etude House PPK006 Party Lover really isn't very good. It gains massive points for being such a pretty, unique polish, but it's rather gloopy and hard to work with, and it chips very easily. The first time I wore it, it lasted 3 days. The second time, it chipped within the day. Then again, it's a cheap polish - just $6.90 a bottle!

Rating: 7/10 (It's still worth it in my opinion... because it's so pretty!)

Oh and I should do a rating of the Majolica Majorca Glass Drop Gel Coat too - I've used it about 3 times with different polishes, and I love the glossiness and shine and ease of application, but it chips off rather easily, after 5 days max. As compared to my Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat, Sally Hansen is a much more lasting and protective top coat, but not as easy to apply, because the brush is more narrow and the Mega Shine top coat is a little more gloopy, so it might lead to streaks. 

Rating: 7/10

Monday, July 8, 2013

Organizing - Jewellery and Hair Accessories Shelf

Hello! I would just like to share a little space I organized recently that makes me happy - a shelf on my bookshelf, dedicated to my necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings and hair accessories! The large drawers on the left hold my jewellery, while the one on the right holds most of my hair stuff. 
I have a little collection of seashells and didn't know where to put them. I found this clear display box in Daiso and put my shells inside. Pretty fix! (That's my Toki Doki Robbery palette case behind - it's really pretty and I didn't know what to do with it, so it's there for decoration!) 
I put my jewellery into Muji acrylic drawers. The dividers are so handy. I got them on sale. They're too expensive at full price.

The Muji drawers aren't very big, depth-wise, so since this is a shelf on my bookshelf, there was some space behind if I lined the Muji drawers to the front of the shelf. To make use of the empty space at the back, I put my old mobile phone or camera boxes there. (I don't throw away the boxes my gadgets come in... I know they're useless but I still keep them... just in case... -shrugs-) You don't really notice they're there, and they're a nice platform to put decorations on, like my little green doll and my sunglasses case. 
I put most of my necklaces into the Muji drawers, but there are some multi-strand necklaces that tangle easily, so I hung them up at the back using 3M mini hooks. 
I put huge bangles and stuff that are too wide to fit into the Muji drawers on this ballerina jewellery organizer that my elder sister gave me ages ago. 

Pretty right?! I'm totally loving it. :) I can't wait to get down to more organizing!~

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