Empties for the months of April, May and June 2013

Filed Under (cosmetics, haircare, nail polish, scrub, skincare, treatment) by rinnah on 01-07-2013

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OK, so I finally got my act together this past quarter and managed to finish/use up/throw out/give away some stuff. Go me. Hahah.

OPI Drip Dry

This is a bottle of OPI Drip Dry that I bought years ago with the nail polish that started it all – OPI’s iconic I’m Not A Waitress. This is an empty that’s not really an empty that I managed to finish. In fact I think I only ever used it a few times and even then mostly on my toes when I gave myself a pedicure. It’s an empty only because it totally and completely dried up without my knowledge. (I know, I know, I’m a terrible hoarder.) I don’t really have a need to use an additional product to hasten manicure/pedicure dry time (not with my must have Seche Vite top coat around) so I wouldn’t be repurchasing anytime soon.

I also finished up the last remnants of a tube of Dynavate-N, which is a steroid cream that I use to control my eczema. Not an empty that I’m proud of but it’s a necessary evil at this point in time. To give you an idea of the amount of steroids I’m on, I have multiple tubes of this cream – with me in my handbag, one at office, two in my room in Singapore and one at home in Malaysia. They’re all in various stages of use so I kinda regularly finish it off.

The other item on the empty list but not pictured is a tube of Colgate toothpaste – pretty much self-explanatory, that one.


Passed on a practically new tube of Pure Nutraceuticals pawpaw ointment that I opened but couldn’t stand the smell of – looks like fermented pawpaw and I are not meant to be best buds after all. I couldn’t verify the efficacy of this product on my eczema because I just couldn’t get past the smell.

Last empty for the quarter was again a bottle of Lactacyd – another self-explanatory empty.


Threw out a barely used tub of Lucido-l hair wax (forgot to photograph it before it went into the trash so here’s a standard product shot) – remnant leftover from my buzz/undercut hairstyle last year as I’m now growing it out into a slightly longer bob. I have a mild suspicion that using the hair wax (or any hair styling product) aggravated my eczema because it was worse wherever my hair touched/covered my face, especially around my eyes. It also made my scalp itchy and flaky. The silly things we do in the name of vanity and fashion!


Passed on a tube of Neutrogena Deep Clean blackhead eliminating daily scrub that I bought but again, hardly used. Even though I only used it for my nose a few times, it felt too harsh for my sensitive skin so eventually I stopped using it. If you have oily skin it may work for you though, as other bloggers love it. I’m starting to wonder if Neutrogena and I are not meant to be or if I’m picking all the wrong products from this brand.

It seems as though I’ve made progress but compared with the number of products I bought in the corresponding period, the input is far greater than the output. I really should do better at this whole empty business. Sigh.

Cirque Fascination Street

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 17-12-2012

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Cirque polishes are possibly THE indie polish brand of the year for me. I love the packaging – the squarish bottle with solid heft and the elegant black sticker that makes it look and feel like a luxe brand. I love the selection and range of the colours – whether glitter, duochrome, shimmer or holo. (Although I have to admit that I only bought the holos thus far…)

I bought Fascination Street way back in June when Cirque first launched their Dark Horse collection and then forgot about it as other newer polishes clamoured for my immediate attention. It only came to light over the weekend when I was considering which untried polish I should bring for my mani/pedi session with Beetrice.

Cirque Fascination Street 01

Cirque describes Fascination Street as “a vibrant indigo polish with a rainbow holographic finish”. Pictured below with one coat OPI base coat, two coats of Fascination Street and topped off with one coat Seche Vite dry fast top coat.

Pretty or not? I was embarassingly caught out by Beetrice making kissy noises when I finally had Fascination Street in full beauty on my nails. :P

Fascination Street dries down a bit dull and only truly comes to glossy life with a top coat. Both Beetrice and the manicurist commented that it had a slightly matte-ish finish before the top coat was applied. Wear time is outstanding so far – it’s now day 3 and where I would usually be seeing signs of tip wear, Fascination Street is still going strong.

Here’s another shot (slightly blurred) to show you the linear holographic finish in daylight.

Cirque Fascination Street 02

For prettier swatches of Fascination Street, do check out this blogpost on The Swatchaholic.

Cirque Fascination Street retails for USD 15 on the Cirque website (ships worldwide except Brazil and Italy) or SGD 20 from Mei Mei’s Signatures (ships worldwide except Italy).

Enchanted Polish Sour Patch Kid

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 07-09-2012

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I am a big big fan of Enchanted Polish’s holo polishes and when I saw Sour Patch Kid in stock at Llarowe, I snapped it up together with a bunch of other lovely Enchanted holos. Unfortunately, being a nail polish hoarder means that I have many polishes to try and possibly I have enough polish to last a lifetime. :P

Anyway, that’s about me and not about this lovely polish!

Enchanted Polish Sour Patch Kid
Thanks to the lovely Beetrice for my manicure session – this is 2 coats of Sour Patch Kid with base coat and top coat.

Sour Patch Kid is gorgeous peach tinted holo that glows orange fire in the right lighting. I was initially afraid that it would make my skin look sallow and yellow-toned but Sour Patch Kid looks just right on me although it doesn’t make me look as fair as some other polishes do. For a perfect swatch, do refer to The PolishAholic’s post here.

OPI I’m All Ears

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 08-08-2012

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Happy Hump Day! I’m excited today because tomorrow is a public holiday in Singapore and I’ll be off until the weekend for a quickie getaway to Penang. Can you say roadtrip? :)

A holiday calls for bright cheerful nails and I was extremely eager to dip into my latest polish purchase – OPI’s I’m All Ears, from their Vintage Minnie Mouse collection. I’m All Ears is a bright fuchsia pink jelly with miniscule glass flecks that shift hue from pink to orange to blue depending on the light and which angle I hold my hands at. It is a very close dupe to butter LONDON’s Disco Biscuit, except that the glass flecks in Disco Biscuit appear to be slightly more blue toned. (See this beautiful swatch from The PolishAholic here to be convinced.)

opi i'm all ears

As much as I’m loving I’m All Ears on my nails, it was a royal pain to apply!

The sheer jelly finish meant that I had to do up to 4 coats to even out the bald spots and achieve the kind of opacity I wanted. Luckily the dry time was not too bad but 4 coats of a single colour pushes me to the limits of my patience (yes, this coming from someone who layers her polishes and has done as many as 7 coats with 4 different polishes). :P

opi i'm all ears macro

I was also rather disappointed with the wear time for I’m All Ears. Usually with my Seche Vite dry fast top coat “armour”, my nails can last around 2 days before minor tip wear starts showing and the first chips happen about 6 days in. For I’m All Ears, I saw tip wear before the day was out and on the second day, a tiny chunk chipped off my index finger and thumb. Sigh! And it was such an effort to apply too…

I’m still prepared to forgive I’m All Ears for all the cons I’ve listed though as I absolutely love the colour and finish and how it makes my skin look fairer.

The ArglyDuckling

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, lip balm, lotions, mascara, mask, moisturiser, nail polish, skincare) by rinnah on 04-07-2012

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I grew up with proper, old-fashioned storybooks in my childhood days. The standards – Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Three Bears, Goldilocks – you name it, I’ve probably read it. (My age is showing, isn’t it?) :P

And who could forget The Ugly Duckling? The story that promised you that one day, you would turn into a beautiful swan, loved and revered by all.

Well, some enterprising folks here in Singapore have taken the traditional fable and given it a right modern twist. Say hello to the ArglyDuckling online boutique. Where everyone (not just us girls) can look gorgeous if we want to, with just a little bit of effort and patience!

Right now, ArglyDuckling carries some niche, exclusive and hard-to-find brands in Singapore, like Blinc, Ciracle and Nature Girl to name a few. I was recently invited to a preview of some of the products and brands that they offer and I certainly was intrigued by more than a few!

argly duckling

I have plenty of photos for your viewing pleasure (together with my mini commentary/first thoughts about the brand or product) so mosey along after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Essie Turquoise & Caicos

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 26-06-2012

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Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos was one of the polishes on my lemming list that I knew I would get around to buying sooner or later but wasn’t that much of a priority buy at the moment.

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Turquoise & Caicos is from Essie’s 2010 Summer Resort collection and is a cool toned sea green creme jelly polish. It’s been compared to China Glaze’s For Audrey before, but Turquoise & Caicos leans towards the green end of the spectrum. I already have an idea of how I would love to use Turquoise & Caicos in a jelly glitter sandwich. Heheh.

essie turquoise & caicos 02

In the picture above, I have on one coat of OPI base coat, three thin coats of Turquoise & Caicos and layer of OPI top coat. Since this manicure was complimentary, I haven’t had the opportunity to test out Turquoise & Caicos on my own. However, from watching the manicurist handle this polish, I would safely bet that it’s a tricky one to apply and if not handled properly will result in bald spots and streaking. I also noticed quicker than usual tip wear after just one day, but that could be due to the fact that the manicurist wasn’t using my usual Seche Vite dry fast top coat, which is like armor for nails! :P

As to how I came to own this polish, I was eyeing it at the launch of Fabulous Finds last Saturday. Lyn kindly let me use it for my manicure session and then became my nail polish fairy godmother by insisting that it come home with me because it looked like it belonged with me. I heart you Lyn! :D

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream and All That Glitters The Jean Genie

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 06-06-2012

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I loved my previous manicures but I would drop them all in a heartbeat for this gorgeous combo.

Yes, I am that obsessed with these polishes. :P

deborah lippmann 01

On my pinky, middle finger and index finger is Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream. I don’t know how she did it, but I could stare at my nails for hours admiring the textured light minty green with the tiny blue glitters. Unlike her famous polish Across The Universe, so far there is no dupe for Mermaid’s Dream. And I am loving it so much that even though I’ve just tried it on for the first time with this manicure I’m seriously considering buying a back-up bottle just to hoard.

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If you were too busy admiring Mermaid’s Dream, you might not have noticed that I had not one, but two accent fingers this time around. On my ring finger and thumb is Nubar’s Denim with All That Glitters’ The Jean Genie layered on top. At first I was worried that it would pale in comparison to Mermaid’s Dream (and in a way it does fail to attract from far) but wait! Look closer and Jean Genie is a sparkler in her own right. Jean Genie is a mix of hexagonal silver glitter with smaller blue and green glitters with white square and bar shapes suspended in a blue tinted base with the tiniest silver glitters. It sounds like a crowd in there, but trust me, it’s not. And when you get just the right amount of glitter on your nail it’s sheer delight.

In the pictures above, I have on Nail Tek Foundation II Ridge Filling Base Coat and 2 coats of Seche Vite dry fast top coat on all nails. For my pinky, middle finger and index finger, I have on 2 coats of Mermaid’s Dream. For the accent nails on my ring finger and thumb, I have on 2 coats of Denim (can hardly be seen) and 2 coats of Jean Genie.

If I assembled a Beauty Box…

Filed Under (cosmetics, lip balm, moisturiser, nail polish, serum, skincare) by rinnah on 01-06-2012

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A group of blogger friends and I were discussing the recent beauty subscription box phenomenon in the region and we kind of got to wondering what we would put into a beauty box, if given the opportunity.

Me? I didn’t know what I wanted to put in. So I went with personal favourites or things I wanted to try.

estee lauder advanced night repair

First, let’s start with the first serum I ever tried – the revered Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Repair Complex. Briefly, this gives me rejuvenated skin every time I use it and is a regular staple in my skincare routine.

by terry eclat de rose sheer tinted moisturizer

Next, I’d put in By Terry’s Eclat De Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser for that natural no make-up look that every female covets. Why this brand? Because it’s rather luxe and expensive and not easily obtainable. Heh.

fresh sugar lip treatment

Next to cross my mind was Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment for soft, kissable lips. Nevermind that I’ve not yet tried this (even though I’ve picked up it up in Sephora a few times already and then put it back). A girl can’t have too many lip balms or lip treatments in her purse or drawer.

Image credit to Paris B, who kindly allowed me to use her photo which shows off the famous ‘samurai sword’ cut.

Then I’d include Shu Uemura’s famous Hard Formula brow pencil, plus a voucher for their famous Brow Atelier service. It really is true that your brows frame your eyes and can open up your facial features if nicely shaped.

Image credit to Temptalia

Finally, let’s add in an item that could be a hit or miss, depending on whether you like it or not. It’s a purely selfish choice, driven by my current obsession with nail polishes – Cult Nails limited edition Seduction. Because it’s pretty and eye-catching and every girl should have the opportunity to own a duochrome flakie polish.

I realize that the stuff I’ve chosen may not be liked by all but hey, everyone’s got a different idea of perfect, right? ;)

Here’s what my blogger friends would put into their beauty boxes:

What would you put into your beauty box? Do tell in the comments!

Deborah Lippmann Marquee Moon, China Glaze Prism and Full Spectrum

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 09-05-2012

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I think I’ve unleashed my inner glitter monster with this NOTD (nails of the day) combo! :P

This NOTD look features Deborah Lippmann’s Marquee Moon with China Glaze Prism and Full Spectrum layered on top.

I originally intended to feature just Marquee Moon, but mucked up my application for my non-dominant hand as this polish needs a really steady hand and precise application or else the brush strokes will show. Also, it is a frustrating polish because you have to dig and dig to get the sparse hexagonal glitter onto your nails. If you want to know what Marquee Moon should look like, click here for All Lacquered Up’s swatch.

So, to cover up my poor application skills, I decided to layer China Glaze’s Prism and Full Spectrum on top. Whaddaya know? All that lovely duochrome glitter on the silvery foil base of Marquee Moon actually turned out better than I expected!

china glaze prism and full spectrum

In the shot above, I have on Nail Tek Foundation II Ridge Filling Base Coat, 2 coats of Marquee Moon (hardly visible), 2 thin coats of Prism, 1 thin coat of Full Spectrum and Seche Vite dry fast top coat.

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Here’s another gratituous shot up close because I can’t stop staring at my nails to see the multi-colored glitter shift colors depending on which angle I hold my hands at.

OPI Lincoln Park At Midnight and Haze Glaze Sweet Tart

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 17-04-2012

After some initial success with layering polishes, I think I’m now somewhat addicted to finding new combinations that unique and different from the normal cremes and shimmers. :P

Today’s nails of the day (NOTD) are OPI’s Lincoln Park At Midnight and Haze Glaze’s Sweet Tart.

Lincoln Park At Midnight is a very deep, dark purple that looks a bit black when seen from far. It looks best up close and personal, because then you can see the wine tints and slight shimmer that keep it from looking flat.

Sweet Tart is a mix of gold hexagonal, pink, purple, teal, lavender and silver square glitter packed in a pinkish jelly base. It look fabulous on its own in swatches online, like this one here from The TraceFace Philes. (Side note : My bottle seems to have a bit more of a purple tint to the jelly base compared with the online swatches.)

haze glaze sweet tart

In the shot above I have on Nail Tek Foundation II Ridge Filling Base Coat, 2 coats of Lincoln Park At Midnight, 2 coats of Sweet Tart and 2 coats of Seche Vite dry fast top coat. Dry time was impressively fast for both colors and very easy to apply.

The shot above doesn’t really capture how this combo looks in real life, which is more shimmery and vibrant. I think the artificial lighting kinda dimmed the glitter effect, making it a bit flatter.

I’m really loving how Sweet Tart brightens up Lincoln Park while complimenting it beautifully in the same color tone family. On the other hand, Lincoln Park gives a hint of depth and mystery to Sweet Tart, giving it a touch of elegance.

Haze Glaze polishes retail online for USD 8.79 exclusively at the Haze Glaze Etsy shop here.

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