Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nail Addict Journal 29/Dec

Notice sometimes we purchase similar nail colours without realizing it? What you see on the bottle might not show the actual colour that will be on your nails.. Which is why I like to see people posting photos of swatches. :D

Today I'm going to show some of the common colours that I own and hopefully will ease your pain of trying to get the colour you want. :)

1. The Noticeable Pink Battle
China Glaze's Dance Baby Vs OPI's Sparrow Me the Drama

Dance Baby's pops up more, Sparrow Me the Drama's more pastel.

2. The Blue Greens Battle
OPI's Mermaid's Tears Vs China Glaze's Kinetic Candy Vs China Glaze's For Audrey

Mermaid's Tears's more of greyish kind of green, Kinetic Candy's more light bluish, For Audrey's quite close to Tiffany blue.

3. The Glitter's Battle
OPI's Servin' Up Sparkle Vs China Glaze's Techno Vs China Glaze's Fairy Dust

If you ask me, I would say Servin' Up Sparkle, Techno and Fairy Dust are pretty much same, only difference is that Fairy Dust doesn't have the holographic hexagonal pieces thingy and Servin' up Sparkle has more tiny glitters.

Servin' Up Sparkle - Holographic hexagonal pieces + more tiny glitters.
Techno - similar to Servin' up Sparkle but sightly lesser tiny glitters.
Fairy Dust - Only tiny holographic glitters.

If these doesn't help you make up your mind, maybe searching for more swatches will help you in making the choice. :D

Nail Addict Journal 28/Dec

Last batch of nail polish for 2011. :D

After the previous OPI batch in November, I kept telling myself no more OPIs for 2011 but when China Glaze came out with these numbers I just can't stop my fingers..... :p

The EVIL people who keep bringing in pretty nail polishes at affordable rates.. I need to buy a special box just to keep my babies soon! :p

Now whenever my husband sees this sign, he knows it's my nail stuffs. :p

All wrapped up.. Xmas pressie for myself. :D

China Glaze's Electropop range. :D

I so wanted to get the reds too.. but reds are so hard to pull off.. other than CNY and National day, I seldom wear red leh..

Dance Baby, Gothic Lolita, Electric Beat, Kinetic Candy, Techno

Some swatches in the next post. :D

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nail Addict Journal 22/Dec

I-Relax @ Nail Suite

Bought a voucher through for Classic Manicure and Pedicure at $22 only! :D

It's easy to locate, very nicely decorated. Chairs are comfortable and staffs are friendly. Spacious and clean feel.

Topped up S$5 for the milky thingy for hands and S$5 for feet. Have to topup for OPI designer range so I picked normal colours. No need to top up for quick dry top coat which is something I'm really pleased with. :D



2 different ladies doing my mani and pedi so I was out in less than an hour. The lady doing manicure for me seems a little distracted as she forgot to put top coat on a few of my nails and cuticle oil but other than that everything is fine. They open 2 sets of fresh tools pack for mani and pedi. Overall satisfied. :)




Skills not too bad it's been 6 days and no signs of chipping yet. :D

Monday, December 26, 2011

Nail Addict Journal 23/Dec

I failed to keep my hands off gmarket, and bought more random nail stuffs.

Total damage: S$30.50 (inclusive of registered post)

French Tip Sticker (1 for S$2.30, 3 for @$6.30, free normal post)

Nail Art Dotting Tool Set + free gift (S$7.80, free normal post)

One end is all the same size the other end is 5 different sizes.

This is the Free Gift. A pack of 2mm silver rhinestones.

2mm White Pearl (S$5.80, free normal post)

3mm Pink Pearl (S$5.80, free normal post)

Bought 2mm White and 3mm Pink but Pink looks a lot bigger, I measured using ruler and the measurements are correct. Would be great if there's 2mm pink and other colours too.

Little box of 2mm Rhinestones (S$4.90, free normal post)

Nail Art Glue with brush (S$2.30, free normal post)

A small little bottle, took a photo of it together with an AA battery as comparison. Comes with a brush inside but yet to use it so not sure if it's good.. :D

Free Gift. :D

Can't wait to try them out! :P

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Making resolution?

After making years after years of it and not fulfilling it, some people totally stop making New Year resolutions. Are you one of them? I was, until it I read somewhere that we’re making resolutions the wrong way!

When making resolutions you've to keep in mind two really important points.

1. Is it Realistic?
2. Is it Clear?

If you think your resolution is not attainable what makes you think you’ll be motivated to reach it?

For example:
Mary’s resolution for 2011 is to lose 30kg by end of the year. She just started working and has no funds or time to carry out the plan. When she sees that her goal is too far away, she will be less motivated to even give it a try.

Let’s say Mary decide to change her resolution to lose 2kg every quarter of the year. Even if she have only lost 1kg by the first quarter, she will not feel discouraged as she’s already a step closer to loosing 8kg in a year.

Be Clear.
Some general resolutions I’ve often heard of:
I will eat healthier, I will exercise more, I will not spend excessively, I will be nicer, I will put in more effort in my studies and the list goes on…

Being clear on your resolutions means defining your resolution and putting effort into coming up with plan for your resolution.

For example: I will eat healthier.
Define healthier? Less meat? More Vegetable? Home cooked food? Organic food? Be precise and you’ll find it easier to accomplish it.

Many a times we make resolutions that have what I call “loopholes” in it. It’s easy to say I will quit smoking by end of the year or I will save ten thousand dollars this year. Most people after making such resolutions, by the 2nd or 3rd month, they will totally forget about it.

Since the resolution is for “the end of the year”, most often then not people tend to have the idea that there are 12 more months, I’ll start next month, there are 11 more month, I’ll start next month… and promptly forget about the resolutions made, until the end of the year comes and since they’ve already wasted 1 year, might as well use back the same resolution next year right?

All these are just my 2 cents worth, if you’re starting to come up with next year’s resolution, hope you’ll consider the 2 points above.. and all the best in realizing your resolutions. :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Nail Addict Journal 15/Dec

What do you do when your nail polish starts to chips?

Normal respond would be to clean them away using nail polish remover, right?

I do that too.. but not before I do a little experiment with it! :)

In 2011, one of the hits in nail polish would be Shatter Nail Polish. Just in case you've been leaving under the rock in the world of beauty, Shatter Nail Polish also known as Crackle Nail Polish are nail polish applied on top of a dried nail polish (as base) and cracks form while it dries, creating an unique artwork.

Pedicure done using OPI Katy Perry's Teenage Dream + Black Shatter by Michelle. :)

I've 2 Shatter colours from OPI, they are Silver Shatter and Black Shatter.
Base nail polish is China Glaze For Audrey + Matte Magic.

This is how Silver Shatter and Black Shatter looks like without top coat on..
Notice that silver shatter doesn't look as obvious as the black shatter..

But with a normal top coat on, the silver shatter looks more obvious and I actually prefer the silver shatter effect as compared to the black shatter with top coat on. How about you? Which effect do you prefer? :)

I've just remove all nail polish to let my nails breath.. till then..

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pluck my own brows.

13th December, noticed brows are super messy and decide to clear some of the strays.

Keeping brows tidy, is one of the best "pick up" for your face.

I believe this is one of my first post on eyebrow threading in 2009. Comes with before and after photo. :D .

The first time I did my eyebrow treading was a few years back.. and I'm hooked since then.. Whenever I feel like my facial features are too blunt/flat, or my whole face looks very tired and restless, I'll go for eyebrow treading. :)

Neaten brows will frame your face and you'll look more alert. For those who have never tried to shaping your brows before, would suggest you get a professional to assist you with this.

Throughout the years I've tried various ways to neaten my brows and the following are my views, hopefully would be able to help you make a choice of which way is suitable for you. Do note that these are my personal views which you can use it as reference, however I would suggest doing a bit more research before making your final decision.

*Price reference true to my knowledge at moment of writing this entry and it's in SGD. :)

Eyebrow Threading ❤❤❤❤
Pain: I find that it's bearable since it's normally done really quickly.
Time: Under 3 mins.
Price: Ranges from $6-$15 depending on where you get them done.
Remarks: Most of the time would get them to thread those fine hairs on upper-lip too.
Favourite Place: Vanessa's at Buffalo Road (Little India) Eyebrow + Upper-lip at only $10*
Other Locations: Browhaus (difficult to book and more expensive), many neighborhood salons offers this service too. :)

Eyebrow Tweezing/Plucking ❤❤❤
Pain: If you find a good brow artist, you wouldn't feel much pain at all. But so far 90% of the time it's still pain, so I don't really like getting them plucked. :'(
Time: 3-5 mins, depending on the skill of the eyebrow artist & how much strays you have. :D
Price: Ranges from FOC to $15 depending on where you get them done.
Remarks: Normally comes free with facial or makeover at cosmetic counters, you can even learn to do them yourself at home too. :)
Favourite Place: Home. I try not to pluck them unless I really really don't have the time to get them threaded.
Other Locations: Neighborhood salons, beauty counters, even some hair salons offer this service too! :)

Eyebrow Waxing ❤❤
Pain: Somewhat painful. :( Especially for my wallet. :P
Time: 15-20mins? Longer time as you have to wait for wax to heat up and to cool.
Price: More expensive! Ranges from $16 to $25 depending on where you get them done.
Remarks: There's waxing for upper-lips too. :D
Favourite Place: None. I don't really fancy paying so much each month for my brows. :p
Other Locations: Pink Parlour ($19.25), Benefit Brow Bar ($22), Strip ($25/$30-Man)

Eyebrow Shaving ❤
Pain: Zero pain (unless you cut yourself -.-')
Time: Under 3 mins
Price: Mostly FOC
Remarks: Normally comes free with facial, makeover at cosmetic counters, you can even learn to do them yourself at home too. Not recommended as hair grows out very fast since it's not removed from the roots.
Favourite Place: Home. For days my skin is all sensitive and I can only resort to shaving to tidy my brows.
Other Locations: Neighborhood salons, beauty counters, most places offers this service.

This is not an advertorial, just a regular sharing post from yours truly. Hopes this blog post helps you in choosing the best "treatment" for your brows. :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Love Notes I received.. :D

Received a chunk of love notes from a bunch of lovelies.
Am truly touched, Thank you! :)

You know who you are, so I don't have to list out one by one hor.. :D

Stay happy and well.

Nana Mama.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nail Addict Journal 12/Dec

China Glaze For Audrey + Matte Magic

Opi Grape..Set..Match + Servin' Up Sparkle

Monday, December 12, 2011

Taipei, Taiwan 3rd to 10th December 2011

Land of Shopping. :D


Cute stuffs.

Nature in a City.

Christmas Trees. :D

Time to rest.

Those who "followed" me on FB will notice my most recent status regarding my employment status.

For the benefit of those who's not a friend on my FB or am too lazy to log in to read.. Here's it:
Officially left the company. Leaving behind 2 years of hardwork is not as easy as it seems but I still want to thank all those who gave me the opportunity to grow into who I am today. Will miss you all.. Take care and keep in touch! :)

Started as an Admin Assistant on 8th March 2010, I'm thankful to be given many opportunities to learn the ropes to various job scoops including Sales, Marketing, Management and Human Resource. Glad to have worked with everyone even though I've only worked with most of you for less than 6 months. Wishing everyone a great and happy Christmas~

Keep in touch~

Ex-Sales And Administrative Manager.