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