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.

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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.

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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).

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.)

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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

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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.

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 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

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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.

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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A-England Nail Polish in Tristam

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 16-03-2012

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There are nail polishes and then there are A-England nail polishes. To say that I’ve developed something of a fangirl love for this brand is somewhat of an understatement. If you own an A-England nail polish, you’ll probably know what I mean.

I did not know what I was missing out until a kind fairy godmother dropped Tristam (from A-England’s Mythicals collection) into my lap. :D

Tristam is a deep denim-like blue with minute shimmer particles. I’m guessing that it’s due to my base skin tone, but in certain lighting situations (mostly artificial white light) Tristam appeared to take on a slightly purplish hue on me.

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Apologies for the not-so-perfect application as I eagerly took the picture before clean-up. :(

I had on my usual 2 coats (if you’re careful with your application you could probably get away with one thick layer) and Seche Vite dry fast top coat and I was impressed that the A-England polish stood up to abuse far better than other expensive polishes like OPI and Chanel. I only started noticing tip wear after the fourth day or so, which is excellent by my standards.

In short, A-England polishes are love!

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