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.

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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 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!

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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.

China Glaze Nail Polish in Riveting and Luxe and Lush

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 09-04-2012

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Let’s just face it. I’m not meant to be a nail blogger. :P

What with the many astounding blogs out there with perfect nails, perfect swatches and perfect photography, I feel shy to even post a photo of my very imperfectly shaped short nails and rough cuticles.

I’ve only recently discovered the allure and addiction that is nail polish hoarding and this is further exacerbated by reading said astounding blogs. Having enabling friends in this area also has an effect on me going, “Ooooooh, pretty!” and buying. (Even though I probably already have more nail polish than I can finish in a lifetime.)

But I’m rambling when the subject of today’s blogpost is to show you how very stunning the combo of Riveting and Luxe and Lush (both from China Glaze’s Capitol Colours Hunger Games collection) is when layered together.

Riveting is a very bright orange that reminds me of the orange candies I’d get as a little girl during Chinese New Year. If you look at it really closely, you’ll see gold shimmer flecks and it does look stunning on its own.

Luxe and Lush on the other hand, is a flakie polish with irregularly shaped flakie bits in a clear base that you can use on top of virtually any polish to give your look that little bit of jazz.

China Glaze: Riveting and Luxe and Lush
Picture credit to kBoey for being a good sport and taking this shot for me. :)

In the shot above I have on Nail Tek Foundation II Ridge Filling Base Coat, 2 coats of Riveting, 2 coats of Luxe and Lush and 3 coats of Seche Vite top coat. It sounds like more than it looks, really. :P The only reason I had to pile on 3 coats of Seche Vite top coat was because I still don’t have Gelous in my nail polish arsenal and I needed to ‘smooth down’ the edges where the flakies were not lying evenly on my nails.

I love the combination of Riveting and Luxe and Lush – it really is quite eye-catching and I’m planning on recreating this look again for Chinese New Year to go along with all the mandarin oranges and gold decor. :P

Lastly, credit to the following bloggers for inspiring me to recreate this look (although my nails look nowhere like theirs), do click over and take a look at what I was *trying* to achieve:
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