Thursday, November 27, 2014

NAILS TALK: A ENGLAND ELIZABETH AND MARY COLLECTION

REVIEW
*These products were  provided to me for my honest opinion and review.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Today I'm excited to share the new A England Elizabeth and Mary collection with you. Inspired by "2 iconic Queens in British history", this collection consists of 5 new beautiful shades created by the talented Adina, creator of A England. 

It's no secret that the formula of A England's polishes are flawless and the formula for these 5 polishes are no exception. Application was a breeze and 1 coat was required to reach opacity but I went with 2 coats out of habit. 

Let us now take a look of the beauties!

First up, Virgin Queen, described as an antique white/silver/bronze holographic shade. This is the most interesting shade out of the 5; it's hard to describe the colour. Shades of antique gold, bronze and silvery brown can be seen with a dash of subtle holographic powder infused. A finish that's metallic yet not really metallic. A unique and shade that's suitable for Autumn and Winter.


Next, Crown of Thistles, a gorgeous vibrant purple holo polish. The colour matches that of Scotland's national flower as described by Adina. A fantastic colour that's suitable for the year-end parties!


Next we have Queen of Scots, a rich, vampy royal blue. What I like about this is the deep blue shade and shimmer, it's so different from the usual royal blue shade. Another perfect shade for Autumn and Winter. 


Next is Gloriana, a metallic rusty red foil polish with gold flecks. This beauty has a luxurious and warm feel to it and is one polish that's perfect for Christmas!


Last but not least, we have Fotheringhay Castle, a mossy green shade with scattered holo. This was a surprise winner for me. I did not expect myself to fall in love with it when I first laid eyes on it, but I was sold after the I painted the first coat. If you are tired of always wearing red polish for Christmas, then I highly recommend wearing this for a change. This is one polish that every polish lover ought to have. 


As a bonus, I decided to create 2 different looks using 4 polishes from this collection. First a dotticure with Crown of Thistles as the base colour and Virgin Queen for the dots. 


And then it was simple fish tail design using Gloriana and Fotheringhay Castle. Doesn't colour combination reminds you of Christmas? 

This is one collection that totally blew me off. Unique colours, flawless formulas, and easy application, it's really difficult to not love them. 

A England polishes are available here and are also stock at Mei Mei's Signatures here. Do also follow them on their respective social media accounts for the latest dips on upcoming collections and new colours. 

A England on Facebook | A England on Instagram
Mei Mei's Signatures on Facebook | Mei Mei's Signatures on Instagram

Friday, November 14, 2014

LIVE, LOVE AND HOARD

TGIF! It always feels good when Friday comes around; it's when I can unwind after a busy week. On a typical Friday evening, I'm either out with my friends else you will find me at home in the company of my books or going on movie marathon (too many books to read and movies to watch but too little time). 

Today however, it's not books or movies. Feeling a sense of accomplishment as I'd just done up the Christmas presents shopping list! 40 more days to Christmas and I figured I'd get started early.

As much as I enjoyed presents shopping for my loved ones, there are times when I would have a hard time cracking my brain for gift ideas. When it comes to presents, I prefer something personalised or unique, and definitely something which the recipient will use. I'm sure no one likes to receive a present which they have no use for.
So, the other day I was cracking my head and having a hard time what to get for my crafter friends who have almost every craft equipments/supplies. Just when I was able to give up, Live Love Hoard came to the rescue!

Live Love Hoard stocks exclusive and limited edition mt tapes that are only sold during mt Expos around the world. Looking for cute stationery products to decorate your scrapbooking pages, Filofax or cards? Look no further for Live Love Hoard stocks them too!

My mind went crazy when I saw the exquisite mt tapes and before I knew it, I had purchased four rolls of tapes! If I had my way, I would have purchased one of each design but thankfully, I managed to control myself and resist the temptation.

Let's take a closer look at my choice of tapes.
Top: mt Online Cardboard
Center: mt Osaka Expo - English
Bottom: mt Online Barcode
mt Christmas 2013 - Snow Scene
What impressed me was the personalised touches which Trisha, owner of Live Love Hoard added to the packaging. Personalised name tag with a hand-written thank you note (not shown here). Honestly, in today's world, not many people would make the effort to write a thank you note, so double brownie points for that!

New arrivals for November are up on Live Love Hoard, with exclusive and limited edition mt tapes from the recent mt Expo in Taiwan, check them out here. 

For updates and information on new arrivals/launches, follow @livelovehoard on Instagram and/or sign up for  the newsletter here.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

URBAN DECAY 2014 HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Hello everyone! Hope you guys are having an awesome Saturday so far. 

Can't believe I'm back for a week. It's been a crazy week, clearing backlogs, spending time with friends and unpacking. Though I'm still missing San Francisco, it certainly feels good to be back home, in the company of my loved ones. Now that I'm done with the unpacking, it's time to start preparing for Christmas, which is a month away!

Speaking of Christmas, Urban Decay recently launched the 2014 Holiday Collection. It was a bummer that I had to give the Urban Decay 2014 Holiday showcase at Sephora Ion a miss as I was in Brazil then. But, but, a pleasant surprise awaited me when I returned home from my trip. This was what I found waiting for me when I got home.
URBAN DECAY VICE3 PALETTE
For the uninitiated, the Urban Decay Vice Palette is released every year and the Vice3 is the third palette to be released. What I love about this year's palette is the sleek design and how it comes with a complimentary pouch. The size is big enough to fit an iPad mini too. How cool is that?

The Urban Decay Vice3 palette contains 20 stunning, velvety, never-seen-before eyeshadow shades; matt and metallic, warm and cool colours; all you need to satisfy your eyeshadow cravings. The Vice3 is also a limited edition palette with only 2,000 pieces available in Singapore.

I love how there's a good mixture of colours, how you can play and mix around with the different colours. This is one palette that I will be bringing along for my trips future. Not more lugging around different cases of eyeshadows. 

Coming right up, swatches of the eyeshadows (top to bottom, by columns). This is my first time doing swatches like these, and I definitely need to practise more, so my apologies if it isn't up to your standard. 

URBAN DECAY NAKED ILLUMINATED SHIMMERING POWDER FOR FACE AND BODY (AURA)
The Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body is a lightweight baked, smooth, silky powder with a sophisticated microfine shimmer. It contains light-reflecting particles that creates a luminous and radiant look, something which I'm pretty sure everyone loves. 
I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging and the Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body won me over with its gorgeous packaging, with a warm, abstract marbled effect. 

It comes also with a generous size mirror, and a brush housed in a separate compartment, just underneath the powder. This is like the perfect gift for any Urban Decay fan!
Aura is tad rosier than the original shade and it creates this beautiful warm glow. 

Personally I feel that the soft pink shimmer with gold iridescent sparkle is too much for the cheekbones, but it's fantastic on the shoulders and collarbones. 
Urban Decay's entire 2014 Holiday line-up is now available at all Sephora stores. It includes the following beauty weapons:

1. Vice3 Palette, RP: S$88
2. Naked2 Basics, RP: S$45
3. Shadow Box, RP: S$52
4. Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face & Body, RP: S$43
5. Black Magic 24/7 Pencil Eyeliner Set, RP: S$
6. Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush  

If you are fretting over what to get for your girl friends this Christmas, you may consider the Vice3. It definitely makes a great gift and is sure to bring a smile to the recipient's face. So, hurry down to the nearest Sephora store and shop away!

Till the next, stay gold!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

NAILS TALK: POLISHED BY KPT OPHELIA'S LOVE

Happy Movember everyone!

Can't believe I'm back here on this sunny island after being away for two and a half weeks. They say time often flies past when you are having fun and I couldn't agree more. I'm gonna save my thoughts about the trip for another post, all I can say now is that the decision to go on the trip was one of the best choices I made this year. 

All right, let's get back to talking about one of my favourite topic, nail polish! 

This particular brand I'm sharing today is no stranger to Nails Talk or on my Instagram account. Her thermal polishes are one of the best and so far, I'd not have any problems with her polishes, especially the thermals. And this particular brand is...Polished by KPT, one of the best indie polish brand around with a lovely and sweet creator, Katherine.
Ophelia's Love, a purple thermal polish is one half of "The Unrequited" duo set. To quote Katherine, "Ophelia's Love represents a delicate, yet passionate soul.
Ophelia's Love, a black-gray base thermal filled with violet shifting flakes transforms to a sheer pinkish violet with gold and green hues when it's warm.
The contrast between the deep purple and fair lilac is absolutely stunning. Photos do them no justice, they looked way better in real life.
When cold, it transforms from the sheer pinkish violet into a stunning deep purple.

I can go on and on about how much I love Polished by KPT's thermal polishes but the best is for you to try one yourself. If you have never tried any of her thermal polishes, I say, don't wait anymore. Polished by KPT's polishes are available on her web store here. For local polish lovers, Polished by KPT is stocked at Beauty So Fly.

And don't forget you can be updated on new collections launches and colours by following Polished by KPT and Beauty So Fly at their respective Facebook Page and Instagram accounts.

Friday, October 17, 2014

NAILS TALK: GLAM POLISH CONJURING & BOOK OF SHADOWS

Greetings from Itajai, Brazil! 

Making an appearance on Nails Talk today is an indie brand that's new to Nails Talk but not to me. Glam Polish is an Australian indie brand which I was introduced to last year and I love her glitter and holographic polishes. I've tried a couple of her glitter polishes and they are simply amazing. 

Today, I have two polishes from last year's Halloween's collection, Cast A Spell to share. Can't believe I had them for so long but only got down to trying them out only now. 

First up, Conjuring. It's described as a dark forest green by the creator, but mine leans towards and emerald green.  It's a scattered holographic polish packed with holographic glitter and green hexes. I rarely wear green but I like this so much that I wore it for a few days straight. 
Coming right up, we have Book of Shadows, a dark blue scattered holographic polish with a dash of blue glitters. This is one stunning blue beauty, which is clearly my favourite cause I wore it for a week! It's hard not to love this especially when I'm a lover of blue polishes. 
Formula of these two polishes were great, and application was smooth despite both came packed with glitters. What I love about Glam Polish is the consistency of the formula of her polishes. So far, I have not any problems or complaints about her polishes which is a bonus point when it comes to buying indie polishes. 

I painted two layers each for both polishes to reach opacity and ended with a thick coat of top coat to give them a smooth and glossy finish. One thing to note is that due to the huge amount of glitters in the polishes, they may dry to a textured finish, so you may skip the top coat if you prefer that. 

Glam Polish is available here and also at Mei Mei's Signatures. Don't forget to follow them at their respective Facebook pages and Instagram accounts for the latest information on new collections and launch dates. 


That's all for today and I will be back soon with more updates on Nails Talks and also my trip in Brazil. 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

NAILS TALK: FANCY GLOSS POLISH

Hi everyone! Sorry that I had been missing in action once again. September's been a really busy month, so much that I had to neglect this space of mine. Sigh. Anyways, I've finally found some time today after clearing whatever I need to clear, so it's time for a long overdue Nails Talk update!

Today I have two pretty thermals from Fancy Gloss Polish to share.
First up, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, a pretty raspberry pink shade when warm and chocolate brown when cold.
Love how the gold shimmers added a shine when it's warm. Somehow it's not as apparent when it's cold.
 In transition from warm to cold.
When it's cold. I was looking forward to a rich chocolate brown shade when it turns cold, but this was the darkest it went. Though it was not what I had expected, I still like enough to wore it for a week. 
Next up, Olive You, a thermal that changes from olive green when cold to a pale yellow when warm. For this swatch, I decided to add some nail art (my favourite florals) to it. 
A delicate pastel yellow shade when it's warm. Pardon the visible nail line here, it's not apparent in real life though.
 Another look at the transition stage. I like how the colours complement each other here.
And finally, when it's cold. It turned out to be more of a light olive green shade instead of the dark olive shade that I was looking forward to. This was the darkest it when despite me dunking my fingers into a bowl of ice water. Oh well, I guess things like that happens at times. 

Formula and application, I have no complaints about it. Olive You is a tad sheer, I required three coats to reach opacity. 

Fancy Gloss Polish is available on their web store and also at Mei Mei's Signatures. For information of new colours and collections, follow them on their respective social media sites.