Happy Monday everyone!;)
Welcome to our February mani monday!
It’s my first time to use L.A. Colors nail polish. It has a pretty thick consistency. I only had to use one coat, which is always great. [it saves you polish and time]
Their brush is not that bad either. The polish applied really smoothly onto my nails.
For those who have weak nails that break easily, this one also has nail hardeners which is an added value to the product!;)
My only negative feedback about this polish is that their colours have no name. It makes it hard to find the same colour if you run out. This particular one only had a #11 on the bottom of the bottle.
To add a little bit of jazz to my nails, I topped my ring fingernail with my favorite “Rainbow in the S-kylie” from Nicole by OPI.
Have great Monday everyone!
Welcome to our last January catch-up installment of
If you are following the blog and have browsed at my Mani Monday photos, you probably already know that my hands/cuticles are very dry.
If not, let’s refresh our memories:
Yes, those are my hardworking hands. Whether it be at home or at work, I always find that my hands get really dry because I wash my hands a lot. I used to always apply lotion or hand cream, but it got old when I started using touchscreen phones. Hand creams and lotions are terrible on any touchscreen surface. They just make everything you touch greasy.
Here are some of the creams I use:
I have to say that the odd time I would use hand cream, I’d prefer Glysomed if I’m sure I won’t be typing up anything, playing the bass, using my phone, basically making any surface greasy with my hands. It is very effective and it really makes a difference, but again, it leaves your hands a bit greasy for a good period of time.
If I know I’ll be using my greasy paws for work very soon after applying hand cream, I go with the Victoria’s Secret one, since it would only make your hands greasy for a few minutes, and then your hot paws are good to go on the touchscreen. However, it’s not as effective as the Glysomed. Your hands become dry again as soon as you wash your hands.
Is there anything out there that you think might be really good for moisturizing hands/cuticles, without making everything you touch greasy?
Hope you have a fantastic Monday everyone!
Hope you all had a restful weekend! I had quite a busy one, but I had a bit of down time as well, which is always nice on the weekends.
Saturday was spent at a mini event at church for the ones involved in the music ministry, followed by a birthday lunch out for Luke with a few friends at Country Meadows.
Now let’s get back to business. As promised, here we are again for the 2nd installment of the three catch-up editions we’re doing this January.
Here is a little experiment on some nail art:
[Don't mind my really dry skin, I intend to talk about nail hardeners and cuticle moisturizers next Monday! ]
Above here is a mirror image of my right hand. I used my left hand to apply and you will notice the uneven application of the sparkly silver divider between the red and the blue polish.
I started off with just applying the red polish on the entire nail. When the polish is dry, apply the blue polish diagonally on the bottom third of the nail. [Notice how my index finger just has the red polish and the blue polish] After drying, I then apply the sparkly silver/titanium polish right between the red and the blue.
Below is a much better image with better application of the polish, because it’s my left hand, and I used my dominant right hand to apply.
Here are the different polishes I used:
1. ORLY, Royal Navy
2. Nicole by OPI, Follow me on Glitter
3. Tip Toe by Old Navy, Red Aloud
I’ve tried Orly and Nicole by OPI before, but Tip Toe was very new to me. It was surprisingly great! The brush was decent and the polish was neither too thick or too thin, allowing me to just do a single coat. It was just right and it dried up pretty fast too! Yay Old Navy!
Have a great Monday everyone!
Ok so I’ve missed a quarter of the year with this one. I got pretty busy with my day job. Most of my Mondays are spent at work now instead of being at home and enjoying a manicure
How about we play catch-up and I give you the next 3 consecutive Mondays of January to make up for the last quarter of 2012?
Welcome to the 2013 Manicure Mondays!
Sinful Colors & The FaceShop
Sinful Colors: Silver Glitter
The FaceShop: BR801 (It’s really unfortunate that they do not take the time to make up names for their polishes! Numbers are very hard to remember.)
I got these nail stickers for free when I bought a nail kit from The Face Shop in Asia years ago.
I decided to only use the stickers on my thumb and ring finger just to give the blah color a bit of a punch!
Have a great Monday everyone!
If you don’t already know, this month marks my blog’s 1st anniversary! YAY! Today, I’d like to share how it all began.
It was a year ago when I decided to start a blog in the hopes of encouraging creativity in my life.
Before getting married, I’ve always either worked full-time, or was in school full-time, or both. The first few months of being a housewife were great! I got to learn how to cook, bake, and manage the home altogether. However, I’m a quick study, the downside being, I get bored easily.
It eventually came to a point when I started feeling bothered when people asked what I did at home. (Like it’s a crime for a woman not to have a job and stay at home now?) They all most likely meant well, but all the questioning just made me feel so little, and it started making me question my sense of purpose.
This miserable introspection was the beginning of a beautiful journey. The life that would have just passed me by, has now been carefully chronicled on this blog. This entire year of blogging, helped me realize that what I did at home indeed had purpose and it brought me joy.
It is my hope to share this sense of purpose and joy to everyone!
Here are my 2012 favorites:
We brew joy here @joybrewed ;)
Let’s celebrate the first day of October with Mani Monday!
I’ve seen the polish brand Nicole, by OPI, for some time now but I’ve never tried it before.
Last week, I got a few of them and on the next few Mani Mondays, I’ll be sharing them with you!
Meet “Khloé Had A Little Lam Lam” and “Rainbow in the S-kylie”
“Khloé Had A Little Lam Lam” is a green-blue hue that shows as deep green with a blue undertone when done in 2 coats.
“Rainbow in the S-kylie” must be the most sparkly glitter polish I’ve ever owned! I love it! I should’ve gotten 2 of them!
Nicole by OPI is usually around $8.50-10.00 a bottle, but I lucked out when I got them for $8.50, with a “buy 1 get 2 free” promo!
I’m pretty satisfied with my bargain purchase and the quality of the polish I got! I think it is much thicker than the usual OPI polish. I only needed 2 light coats for this very dark ”Khloé Had A Little Lam Lam” color.
The polish brush is a little bit wider than the OPI brush, which I think is better. It covers more of the nail with one stroke, so it leaves less brush marks and if you’re careful, it won’t even leave any.
Hope you have an inspiring Mani Monday and a spectacular week ahead of you!
Happy Monday everyone! You’ve guessed it right! It’s that random day in September for Manicure Monday!
Can you tell how dry my hands are? Maybe I should do a hand care post one of these days for Manicure Mondays…
I definitely need good habitual hand care.
Ok, onto the three nail polish colours that I used, still from the Sinful Colors polish binge I went on a few months ago.
1. Secret Admirer
2. Love Nails
I alternated Love Nails and Secret Admirer between my nails and topped them with the sparkly purple/aqua Frenzy.
The manicure looked fabulous despite my hands and cuticles desperately needing some hand care.
I still had a very positive experience with these nail polish. They didn’t come off easily even after a full week’s work. They remained glossy and sparkly too!
Have a great week ahead of you!
Hello everyone! Today is that random Monday I picked for the month of August for our ManicURE Mondays!
I’m still testing one of the Sinful Color bottles I picked up a few months ago.
This one’s called “Stella” and it’s a shimmery brown/taupe polish. It’s a nice calm fall/winter colour I think, but a bit too bland for the summer.
We still have a few more weeks of summer after all (hopefully), so I decided to add some more sparkles on the already sparkly number.
I used an H & M nail polish called “Spark me up”, which has red, blue, silver and light blue glitter sparkles, on a clear coat base.
Check out my pinky right above with the glittery sparkles. It made such a difference from the plain brown polish I had.
I think this boring autumn nail colour was transformed into a more appropriate colour for the hot summer days we’ve been having lately!
I have to add that with about 2 coats of the “Stella” and another 2 coats of the “Spark me up”, this manicure lasted me 2 full weeks and that’s even with working almost everyday and cooking too!
(A tip for those who’ve tried it before and find it chips quickly, make sure to apply a very thin first coat and let it dry thoroughly to touch, then apply a thicker second coat and then repeat thorough air drying, after which a colorless topcoat, to make it last long)
That being said, I think Sinful Colors nail polish is definitely worth a try!
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried this brand before or if you have another new brand you’re testing out!
Have a great Monday and an even better week ahead!
It’s MANIcure Monday and I just made it in time for the last Monday of July!
This is Midnight Blue #13, of Sinful Colors Collection.
Under bright lights and natural sunlight, it becomes a rich iridescent royal blue.
When it’s dark, it becomes a very deep blue.
I’m sorry the photos don’t really do my nails any justice.
I say it’s a pretty good nail color to choose if you have a long day out, because of the dual tone it gives.
During the day, you have bright blue summer nails and later if you have an evening party to go to, you’ll have dark, tame nails that suit evening affairs.
Have a great start of the week everyone!
Just because I missed a post in May, let me make it up to you by posting another “mani” feature for the month of June!
The real colour would be turquoise, but the photo colours are kind of skewed. If you have the same monitor as I have, the proper colour of the polish should be the one on the bottom left (except it made my fingers look awfully yellow!).
I got this nail polish from the Philippines for about 2.50$ a bottle. Elianto is Korea-made. Unfortunately, their website doesn’t seem to offer this wonderful colour I’m featuring. I will try my best to find it on Amazon so I could let you guys know where to get it if you like it.
After 2 coats of the Elianto turquoise nail polish, I topped my nails with another Korean-made nail polish,
Excuse my very dry cuticle. I wash my hands very often at work, I feel like my hands are going to bleed from dryness most of the time. I know I have to be more conscious and apply lotion, but it never happens.
Maybe next time I will feature some hand care solutions.
See you in July for our next Manicure Monday!
Have a great week!