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Sugar Plum Nail Art Tutorial

17 Apr

Another nail art tutorial!

The inspiration is…sugar plum!

 

 

 

Here we go!

1. Apply the base color. Two layers will do. Mine is from Etude House Petit Darling Nail Polish series. I don’t know what the serial number is, but I think it’s PP903.

I find this color is interesting, because sometimes it looks a bit grayish 🙂

 

2. Apply the “sugar” glitter top coat. Also from Etude House, it’s LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails spangle #3 (silver).

Apply it from mid section to the tip of your nail. It’s better this way than doing it from the tip to the mid section, because we want the “sugar” getting thicker on the tip ;).

 

Now you get the plum and the sugar. You can end it here if you satisfied with the result. Just add 1 coat of top coat and you’re done. However, you can add more little “sugar” to make the sugar ombre more subtle. Here’s how:

3. Apply the little “sugar” top coat. Um. Yes, also from Etude House. This is from Nymph Aura Nail Polish Set (review soon!).

Apply it all over the nails.

There you have it! The sugar plum on your nail :D.

 

Thank you for all the image owners that I borrow the sugar plum pictures from! 🙂

Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait

13 Apr

Revlon lip butter has its buzz in many beauty blog. Plenty of colors to pick, affordable, pretty packaging, moisturizing formula..yes, it has its charm.

I got mine in Peach Parfait:

What Revlon say:

– Hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%
– Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth
– Sheer to medium colour with buttery shine
– Available in 20 luscious shades

So..is it worth to try? I’m gonna try my best to describe it. But if don’t like to read my blabbing, just look at the pictures and skip to the “overall” section are also fine ;).

The Packaging

Pretty, but it’s annoying. Yes, the Chanel-esque tube is stylish, elegant, and it match the color of the lip butter underneath it. Made of plastic, but you don’t get the cheap impression, you’ll get “pretty and fun” impression instead. But the annoying part is, it’s not easy to open the tube. Blame it on the narrow size of the bottom part. It’s hard to open it with two hands (and with not too long hand nails), let alone with one hand (and with a long hand nails). Ah.. the price of beauty.

But the upside is..this one won’t be opened unknowingly if I put it in my purse. I have some lippies that very easy to be opened, and sometime leave marks inside my purse.

Little window on top of the tube..useful when you want to peak each color at the counter.

And practice do make perfect. I managed to get used to open it now. Although I wished they could make it better, because it’s kinda silly for me to even have to be frustrated to open it several times practice to open it.

The Formula

The first time I applied it, I can smell a nice fruity, tamarind-like scent. Really fun! I wonder if each variations has different scent :).

Honestly, when I heard “lip butter”, I kinda imagined it would glide very smoothly on my lips, just like putting butter on my lips. But this stick is quite stiff..so, not too buttery. However, the moisturizing properties work well; my lips stay hydrated in 3-4 hours. And I don’t bother reapplying it, thanks to the refreshing scent.

The Color Swatch

The peach in here is not like that “Korean or Japan peach”, which is more into pink than orange; this one is more into orange than pink, although if you see on my photos, it’s quite pink, because my bare lips are pink and the color pay off is sheer. As you can see, it has tiny gold shimmers in it. But the shimmers are pretty, it won’t make you look like disco ball :D. Shimmery lippies are tend to be gritty when applied, but this is an exception.


I think this one would be classified better as “tinted lip balm”, rather than “super moisturized lipstick”. Why’s that? Although the color is buildable, it won’t last long, and if you applied it just one layer, it’s quite sheer. Somehow I feel the moisturizing agents are stronger than the color pigment, and washed the color gradually :D.

Left: 2 layers, right: 1 layer

And since the result is sheer, the color pay off may differs with everybody, because everyone has different natural lips color, right? Fortunately they produce 20 shades, so there are a lot to choose from!

How it looks on my lips, taken with different layers applied, and with different exposures:

Um. I hope you don’t fed up by seeing my lips this much…

1. My bare lips; and actually, this is how my lips look like after about 4 hours wearing the lip butter: the color is faded.

2. You can see the pretty gold shimmer.

3. Still applied 2 layers, just different exposure. Thanks to the shimmer, my lips look so healthy.

4. My attempt on building the color by applying it in 3 layers. Quite orange, yes? This is more vivid in reality.

You’ll Get It For:

  • Pretty and colorful packaging
  • A combo of hydrating and color coverage
  • Lots of color to pick!
  • Refreshing scent
  • Affordable price

Against:

  • Silly tube design that’s hard to open
  • It’s a bit stiff, doesn’t glide too smoothly on the lip

Overall

If you like something “between”, this is perfect for you! It’s something between lipstick and lip balm. The glossiness is something between lip gloss and lipstick. The color pay off is medium, not too sheer, not too vivid. But I do saw at the counter that the darker color ones are quite vivid even with just 1 layer applied. And since the color pay off depend on your natural bare lips, I suggest trying the sample at the Revlon counter.

It’s not too buttery, but still does its job at hydrating lips well. It contains shimmers, but it won’t make your lips dry. It’s annoying to open the tube, but it’s such a beauty packaging. You would need to reapply it after a couple hours, but it’ll be worth it because you could smell the tasty tamarind scent. Lots of colors to pick, affordable price, and available everywhere.

The good sides conquer the bad sides. No wonder so many people want to collect these :).

All right, I’ll stop the babbling now.

Skin Food Milk Creamy Nail Polish Review

30 Mar

Pastel color and milky nails? Yes, please! 😀

And it come in the most suitable packaging for milky color..baby bottle!

They come in various milk-color range, you can pick your most desired milk..

It’s almost impossible to buy these at Indonesia (some said it’s discontinued), but when I was in Korea, it was easy to spot them at Skin Food outlets/ stores (although not every outlet/ store carry the all the colors)! I’ve been wanted to own them for soo long, and actually I wanted to buy more than just two, but ended with just the blue and green one.

So..is it good?

Some people who’ve reviewed this, mention that this one have poor color pay off. My first attempt on applying it turned out to be prove that their reviews are right.

Applying one coat of BL002..

But hey, it came quite good for the darker color..

This is just 1 coat! Looks promising..

I ended up applying 2 coats of BL003 (the blue) and 3 coats of BL003 (the lime green).

Cute & Tasty!

The Good

1. Cutest packaging ever for milky tones nail polish (enough said).

2. Lots of color range.

3. The price is quite affordable if you bought it at Korea or maybe online seller.

The Bad

1. Have to apply it 2-3 times to get the color seen on the bottle.

2. Take a long time to dry (especially if you applied 2-3 coats).

Overall

I like the concept of this nail polish, the combo of cute baby bottle packaging and various range of milky tones :D. Although it require extra effort to get the color seen on the bottle, such as applying double (triple for fairer tones) and waiting them to dry, it will pay off in the end. This is worth to try! 🙂

Go have your own milky nails 😉

Welcoming Konad Stamping Nail Art

13 Feb

I know, Konad is been there since 1992 (saw it at the wrapper), and yet I’ve just begun having my fun these days.

It’s just so hard to find nice Konad seller in here. And when the OL shop where I usually buy my make up stash began to sell Konad products, I purchased some as fast as you can spell “Konad”. 😀

But I didn’t go crazy, just bought 2 image plates (m38 & m56) and essentials like stamper and scraper. I didn’t buy the special nail polish, because I was curious if I could use my usual nail polish instead. Does it work? Well, keep reading..but first, let’s take a look at those image plates..

I know most people has already known (and maybe owned) them, but I have the feeling to keep posting the photos ;p

the back side..

 

I didn't realize it was this pristine back then (now that I have scratched the plate quite abusively..)

And these are essentials, the stamper and the scraper..

Pastel pink! Soo Korean 🙂

If you’re newbie at Konad Experience (mm..me too, actually), you might wonder how to use those tools. But not to worry, you can get plenty explanation, instructions, and videos at their official website, YouTube, etc..just Google it and you’ll find ones.

So, do they really make pretty nail art? Yes, but you must take a LOT of practice beforehand. Basically, it’s just putting nail polish that’s left in the plate to your nails by stamping it. It’s not that easy as it looks at first, but once you get used at using them, you’ll get those pretty nail art in a few minutes.

The important point is, you must work fast, especially after you scraped the nail polish on the plate. The excess on there is very fast drying, since what’s left is just a thin layer. What I do: holding the scraper with my right hand, while my left hand is holding the stamper. So I could move the excess to the stamper just seconds after I scraped the nail polish. Here’s my attempts at getting the Konad Experience:

Even it took lots of practice to have this far-from-perfect-nail-art..

I didn’t use the special nail polish, so the result came to this, a rather low-saturated white color. Now I learn they do tell the truth about saying we should use their special nail polish (5 times thicker in formula compared to usual ones).

Some say usual nail polish can be used, but make sure it has good pigments in the formula. How to know it has or hasn’t? Well, if you can get the color on your nails as vivid as the color you see in the bottle with just one layer, then you get the good pigmented nail polish, and you may use it to stamp your nails.

I used a white nail polish come from Korean brand, The Saem. Quality is not bad, a rather ordinary nail polish that would work like the ordinary nail polish should :D. I used it on here too.

There’s one funny fact about this nail polish, though..it smells like Vicks VapoRub, you know, that menthol cream. But the menthol scent is not noticable anymore when it’s drying. Hmm..if the scents linger even after it’s drying, I wonder if i can use it as inhaler! No, no, just kidding :D.

Here’s my another attempt at Konad Experience:

Wrap the nails with white ribbons!

None of my attempts is interesting enough to be made into tutorial, so I’m gonna practice a little more, growing my collection of nail polishes, and hoping that I’ll come up with some ideas at this Konad Experience :).

Have you tried using Konad? Or maybe using the dupes of Konad? Any special tips you would care to share? Just let me know, it’s always nice having feedback from people reading my blog :D.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Face Shop Mini Pet Hand Cream Review

1 Feb

I warn you, this is just for the sake of cuteness.

There’s nothing particular you would expect from this hand cream, except its cuteness value.

But take a look, it wouldn’t hurt you..

I bought it when I visit Korea last November. Actually I intended to buy just one pot, as a gift to my friend who’s been taken care my hamsters when I was at Korea..but I was so dazzled when looking at those cute faces, so I bought one for  myself too! This is what I’m talking about..

You can't say NO to this face..

If you don’t like cats, maybe you’ll find the other variants to be cute.

The others are monkey (the yellow one) and..um, bear (the blue one), I guess. I wonder why the bear and the monkey have ears just like the cat.

When I was in Korea, I couldn’t find the monkey, it’s like the monkey has been sold out everywhere. I originally wanted to buy the monkey, since it’s fruity scented and seems to fit my friend’s liking. But the bear (baby scent) and the cat (floral scent) smells not bad, so I ended up buying them.

sorry..can't open the plastic wrap, since it's for present purpose

Anyway, let’s see what behind those cuteness!

There’s 30 ml of hand cream in this cute container. Smells not bad, and the moisturizing properties are  not bad also. Like I said before, nothing particular you would like from this one, except the cuteness factor.

The price is about $4 if you bought it in Korea, I thought it’s about $7 or more if you bought it online, so..if you happen to go to Korea and want to show the cute packaging spirit from Korea to your friends, I encourage you to buy it, since it’s quite a steal :D.

 

What I Like

* The container! Enough said.

* The price is affordable (if bought at Korea).

* Perfect for gift (it’s something that’s everyone could always use, despite the age or skin type, and they can always reuse the container; for me, it’s perfect for keeping candy, or liquid soap/shampoo when traveling).

 

What I Don’t Like

* The cream is so..plain, not high moisturized, no SPF, no anti-aging properties, just plain hand cream.

* The price is somewhat expensive if you bought it outside Korea, and the cream is not over the top, so..you spend that much money for the cute container only.

 

Overall

If you like the cute container and don’t mind to spend some extra cash just to own it, go ahead and buy it. It’s also a perfect choice as a gift to your dear friend. But if you’re not a packaging-whore like me, and have been searching the high moisturized, or with anti-aging properties, or with SPF included in the formula, you may not like this product. There are many other brands, or maybe other The Face Shop hand creams, that would fit your liking. 🙂

See you at next post!

Skin Food Choco Smoky Nail Kit Review

25 Jan

It’s been a while since I made post about nail art related stuff. So here it is! And this post is semi tutorial too, ‘cos I’ll give you how to do it step by step 😉

Most of girls love smokey (or smoky, written in this nail set) make up; we put it on our eyes, cheeks, and now..we can put it on our nails!

This set comes from chocolatey-tange of Skinfood. As always, their products are named based on food or edible things. This time, it’s chocolate! On nails..hmm..quite tempting. Do they smell like chocolate? Sadly no..if so, it would be very nice :D. I heard Revlon launched some scented nail polishes..hm, I’ll let you know if I happen to buy some! 😉

Others from the range are eye palette, mascara, lip glosses, all in chocolate..it’s like putting chocolate all over your body! But, let’s focus on the nail set..

Naturally delectable gradient nails are now within reach, even in the comfort of your own home! This starter kit contains three chocolaty hues with ultrafine glitter pearls. Added vitamins and keratin boost shine and strength.Contains no formaldehyde, DBP or toluene

That’s what written on their website. On the packaging, it’s written “the chocolate makes you more sweet and deep”. I don’t understand; sweet is okay, but..deep? Well. Doesn’t matter as long as the product is good 😀

And Skinfood doesn’t disappoint us with the packaging. The box is so small and cute, even I can fit them all with my hand.

It would be nice to bring them along when you’re traveling :).

On the back of the box, there’s instruction on how to apply them..

Let me introduce you to them first! Here they are..

I love the petite and boxy bottle. I don’t mind if the quantity is maybe less than other brands, but the truth is, I never wear nail polish ’till the very last drop in the bottle. In the end, there’s always some leftover in the bottle, been cracked or the color pigment has been separated from the oil. So maybe owning mini nail polishes will make my guilty feeling (for not make use the nail polish ’till the last drop) reduced..haha 😀

Anyway. Let’s start applying them!

1. Apply one layer (or 2 if you like, but don’t apply it too thick, since this technique is layering, you’ll end up with many layers on your nail) of #1 (Nude).

I broke my forefinger nail..so it's the shortest of all 😦

2. Apply #2 (Milk Chocolate) on half (I apply it 3/4) of your nails. The direction on applying it shown at the picture below. That way, the excess of nail polish will gathered at the edge of nail, and the gradation between those two colors become more visible :).

3. Apply #3 (Deep Chocolate) on the edge, with same direction as before.

If you like the result right after you put #3 on the edge, you don’t have to proceed to next step.

But if you want the gradation to be smoother, the next step is..

4. Apply #3 again, all over your nail.

Done! Enjoy your choco smokey nails (and try not to taste it..)! 😀

The result is very glossy at first..it’s like I’m wearing top coat after it. But let it completely dry a few hours, and the glossiness is reduced, and the gradation becomes more visible. But somehow, it’s more like tangerine than chocolate..maybe next time, I’ll try to use only #1 and #3 to make it more chocolatey.

This is how it looks within different exposures..

Do you like the choco smoky nail kit? Or have you tried the one that Etude House produces? Experiencing the smokey on my nails, I’m so tempted to try other brands too :D. Maybe nail set is so trendy in Korea right now, as Etude House and Skinfood reproduce it with different colors for different season.

My rating for this nail set is 4/5, since the result is more like tangerine or orange choco. But maybe this is what they called “warm choco”. Still, I expect it’ll be darker.

Maybe I should try the other variant (the darker ones, “chic brown”). Ah..let’s just wait and see, since this is the era of nail sets, I guessed there will be more variants in the future! 😀

Thanks for stopping by :).

Skin Food Vita Tok Lipstick Review

16 Jan

I know. What kind of name is “vita tok”??

Although the name itself is weird, I find this lippie is worth to try! 🙂

In case you want to know what’s written in the casing, well, here it is..

Create watercolor lips with these shiny and bright water colors that burst vitality!

Vita Tok Lipstick adds vibrant color and shine for kissable lips.

Hmm..still don’t understand what “vita tok” means..I guessed “vita” is an abbreviation of “vitamin”, but I couldn’t think anything that have “tok” in it.

Anyhoo, let’s just leave the name and right to the review.
The only downside I could think of, is the packaging. The lippie comes in orange plastic packaging. I think this one could’ve been in a better packaging. Compared to Skinfood Honey Glossy Rouge, this one looks like a lipstick toy that little girl would like to play with.

And..the printing on the casing doesn’t last long too..

Just had this for a few months, and I came with this..

Skinfood never forget to put their angel in their products, to make sure it’s always safe and sound..

Okay. Enough about the packaging. Onto the color, this one I bought is #PK05.

smooth, silky, and lovely! 🙂

The color is lovely, yes?

Time to swatch!

Um, yeah..the color is very soft in the picture, but it come more vibrant on reality. The color is named “PK” which usually stands for “pink”, but actually it’s soft orange in swatch. But I saw another one which is named “OR” (stands for orange) and it looks very much like this, only it’s more onto orange. So I would describe the color as a soft orange with a hint of pink :D.

How does it look on the lips? Take a look..

A bit pinky on the lips..haha. But I like it, the color is so soft that you could never go wrong with wearing this lippie everyday. If I’m in a rush and need to wear some lipstick, I’ll always grab this baby and I’ll be fine ;).

My mom also bought this in other darker color, and it looks very good on the lips too..the color is just vibrant and smooth.

Beside the color, what I like most is the formula! It glides smoothly on the lips, and giving it a kissable look (so, the description on the casing is true..). And, on top of that, it doesn’t make your lips dry. I even never wear lip balm before wearing this lipstick. And the staying power is good too! So this is the magic of “vita tok”, everybody.

To sums up,

Packaging         : 2/5 (looks somewhat cheap and toy-like :()

Scent                  : 5/5 (tender fruity scent..just lovely!)

Formula            : 5/5 (smooth and vibrant, highly moisturized)

Color pay-off   : 5/5 (what you see is what you get!)

Staying power : 5/5 (lasts around 5-6 hours, more than enough for me)

Overall,

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, or in this case, “don’t judge a lipstick by it’s packaging”. Despite of the packaging, the formula and the color is awesome. Enough said. I encourage you to try this one, there’s plenty colors for everyone’ s liking :).

Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE:

Here is another photos that recovered from my broken hard disk ext. In case you want to see what it looks like when it’s brand new 😉