OPI Heart Throb + OPI Do You Lilac It?

OPI Heart Throb is a sheer pink that became 70% opaque with two coats. I don’t think this looks good in two coats. One coat made my nails look really healthy and glowy, but two made them look cheap. OPI Do You Lilac It? from the Original Brights collection, is a light-medium purple creme and is also two coats here.

I’m not overly excited about the colour combination, but I went for a manicure and decided to choose colours I did not have and, in essence, did not really like. The only problem is that I feel blah when I look at my nails and I’m itching to try my other more exciting polishes from my recent haul. (Hoping secretly that my manicure chips quickly)

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China Glaze Light As Air

Light As Air, which is from the China Glaze Up and Away collection, is a pastel lilac with some grey undertones. Very mod looking and among the polishes I recently purchased, this was the most popular colour with my friends. You can see major bubbling issues, especially on the third finger, as the formula was incredibly thick. I will post better swatches once we (namely, our resident polish expert Alicia) master the technique of goopy nail polish.

Modelled by Amanda, who gamely went to work with bubbly nails.

Zoya Ivanka

This is my second nail polish from Zoya’s Summer 2010 Sparkle range. Ivanka is the green counterpart to Charla. The mass of green and yellow glitter is so dense that it looked like a green foil pasted on my nails. I love this shade of deep, money-coloured green. Do you think they called it Ivanka for Ivanka Trump? Very apt. This was three coats.

Ivanka painted on Juliana. She has long, rounded and curved nails, so it looks way more glamourous on her.

Orly Snowcone

Snowcone is a very unique cornflower-blue creme shade from Orly’s Spring 2010 Sweet collection. Very thick, as with all the pastels, but the formula is better than China Glaze Up and Away range.

On my toes, with China Glaze Snow Globe as a top coat. I wore this combination to work. Yes, all colours are work-friendly to me.

Liyen’s nails – Snowcone paired with MAC Blue India

China Glaze Sugar High

This is a colour Barbie would approve of. It is a hot, sweet pink from China Glaze’s Spring 2010 Up and Away collection. The pastel tones keeps it from getting too hot (ie turning neon) and the colour can even look demure in dimmer lights. It’s perfect! Want to harness your inner Paris Hilton without looking like a skank or an insane cupcake (see below)? Go for Sugar High!

This is two coats. The formula is very thick, so you have to pick up less lacquer than you are used to. Swipe one side of the brush and let the lacquer drip off more from the other side before applying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liyen’s nails, 2 coats, indoor light

This looks really good on Liyen, who is slightly tanner than I am. Here she models with her Shrek stuff toy.

China Glaze Ruby Pumps

Serena wears one of China Glaze’s most famous lacquers Ruby Pumps. It is a classic red with a big difference. There are red glitter pieces suspended in its jelly formula that sparkle and blinds you in the sunlight.

The only criticism I have is that I need to apply three coats to achieve this red colour (I am very impatient and I usually do this during lunch hour, so you can imagine the stress). The first application turned out pink, the second was purple and it was only after the third layer could you achieve bottle colour.

Ruby Pumps against her polka dotted dress.

Haul #1

I ordered a whole bunch of nail polishes from Estella, a Singaporean spree organiser at www.wowprettynails.blogspot.com. She orders from US e-retailer http://www.8ty8beauty.com. It was my first time ordering with her and I must really rave about it. The whole experience was awesome. Great communication and great prices. OPI goes at S$11 (retails at about S$23 at Sephora and the cheapest I have seen in stores is S$15 per bottle, and even then, you usually have to order 3 bottles to qualify for the discounted price). China Glaze goes for S$8.50 each and I am pretty sure the brand is not even sold in Singapore.

My stash includes:

China Glaze

Glitter: Dorothy Who?Ruby Pumps, Treasure Chest, Snow Globe

Shimmer: Wagon TrailBranding Iron

Creme: RecycleLemon FizzFor Audrey, Sugar High, Light As Air, Something Sweet

Orly

Creme: Snowcone

OPI

Creme: Jade is the New Black

Shimmer: Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow

Swatches up soon!

Zoya Charla

Charla is from the Sparkle range from Zoya’s summer 2010 collection. This is an incredible green-blue colour with yellow-green glass-flecked glitter. Nail bloggers have compared it to a mermaid’s tail. I also paired this colour with OPI Miso Happy With This Colour.

Night shot on Shuhui’s nails. You can see it gleaming in the dark. She insisted that Zoya Charla was green and that her colleagues asked why she painted her nails green, even though the evidence says otherwise.

OPI Argenteeny Pinkini

Argenteeny Pinkini is part of the OPI Classics range. Yep, I can imagine why it’s a classic. It’s a pink shimmery pearl and we all know that pearly finishes are not very fashionable anymore. It looks very pretty in the bottle but looks rather cheap on my nails. This was three coats.

In fact, this was given to me by a friend who said that she could not carry off the colour because it was too bubble gum pink. I don’t think the colour is the problem. The pearly finish is what makes it strange.

Melissa brought Argenteeny Pinkini to our karaoke session. This is what the colour looks like under flash.

OPI Red My Fortune Cookie

Another bright red creme in the same family as OPI’s Monsooner of Later and Comet Loves Cupid. Red My Fortune Cookie is less orange than Monsooner but more so than Comet, which veers toward cherry red. Its in-between orange tones also means that its brightness level is in between those two other lacquers.

This was from OPI’s Spring 2010 Hong Kong collection.

OPI Red My Fortune Cookie + OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy, sunlight

This was my first attempt at the vintage half-moon manicure using OPI Red My Fortune Cookie. I was lazy so I left the “moon” unpolished instead of putting a cream or white base first. Then I used OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy to create a softer blurred effect.

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