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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 πŸ™‚


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! πŸ™‚


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 πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€

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..)! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

Thanks for stopping by :).

Pouch With Lining & Strap Tutorial

26 Nov

My first sewing tutorial. To be honest,Β  there are a lot of other great pouch tutorials out there. I am not a sewing master or something like that. It’s more like sharing my sewing experience..so bare with me, kay?:D

Sorry if I madeΒ  mistakes here and there. I’m sure there are. First, the photo I took for this tutorial is not in decent quality..took them in hurry before my trip to Korea, so sorry if my pictures hurt your eyes 😦

This pouch with lining and strap is for my camera. I thought it will be nice to have that kind of pouch for my trip, since I will take so much pictures while I was walking, and I won’t be bothered to take the camera from and put it in my bag again, over and over. With the strap, it will be easier ‘coz I’ll just hang the camera pouch around my neck πŸ™‚

I mentioned it here. The result come in 12 x 8 cm, with around 90 cm strap. It looks like this:

Okay. Here’s what you need to have for this pouch:

Main Fabric (for A, C, D, and strap-not pictured here because it’s too long)

A for casing: 18 x 14 cm (included seams, I used mine 1 cm at each sides)

C for zipper: 6 x 2,5 cm

D for rings : 4 x 4 cm

For strap: 94 x 3 cm (you can change the measures, find the ones that best suited you)

Lining Fabric (for B and E)

B for lining: 18 x 14 cm

E for the lining sides (err..I don’t know the exact name..you’ll understand later): 11 x 5 cm

You’ll need this too (some are optional, though):

I used the rubber sponge to make the pouch more firmer (I know I’m clumsy. I hopeΒ  if I happen to drop my camera, it will protect the camera more..haha). But if you don’t like it, feel free to skip it (Besides, it was easier to sew without the sponges. But you’ll get less protection for the things inside the pouch ;)).

Rubber sponge: 15.5 x 11. 5 cm

Sponge: 15.5 x 11.5 cm

Min. 14 cm in length zipper

2 D rings (I don’t know the exact name. Named it D because of its shape)

2 buttons for the strap

Ribbon for embellishment

Jump to tutorial!

1. Cut the zipper into 14cm in length. Attach C at the zipper. Fold it like this:

Top stitch at the brown line.

2. Attach the rings. Grab the D fabric.

Fold it towards the middle.

Fold it to the half. Top stitch at the brown line.

Fold the D into two, attach to the zipper, and top stitch them together.

3. If you want to attach embellishment on your pouch, it’s the time to do it.

I used mine a brown ribbon. First, top stitch the ribbon at A, and then hand-sewn the tied ribbon at the center.

4. Time to attach the zipper! Change the machine’s foot into zipper foot. Make sandwiches of fabric like this..and as usual, top stitch at the brown line.

Flip the A fabric.

It should look like this..

Do the same for the other side. Pin it like this.

Top stitch it.

Do that right, and it’ll come like this.

5. Take a breath. Release it. Now flip them so the lining will be inside the casing. Pull the lining through the zipper:

There you have it!

6. Insert the sponges. Skip it if you don’t like.

It’s a bit tricky at first, but you’ll get there.

7. Attach E to the pouch. Fold E like this..

Pin E to pouch sides. Top stitch them (see what I mean it’s easier without the sponges?).

so stuffed. A bit hard to sew..>__<

8. Flip them so the lining was inside. Here’s what it looks like:

Yay! Almost done!

8. Making the strap. Fold the fabric like this, and top stitch it.

9. Attach the buttons to the strap.

And you’re done!

I use it as camera pouch, but it will come good too for children coin purses, mini cosmetic pouch, etc. πŸ™‚

So..do you understand my tutorial? Maybe my instruction (English is not my native language) or my pictures is not clear enough for you to make this pouch. I don’t mind revision and constructive comments :). I’m still learning and hoping to make it better next time.

This tutorial is for personal use only. If you make it, would you kindly back link me? And I want to see yours, so leave your link here too πŸ˜€

Thanks for reading!

Nail Art Tutorial: Stripey

3 Nov

This tutorial is so simple that anyone (even without nail art skill) can make it. Maybe some of you have known it, but I want to share it anyway ;).

Here’s the result:

Pretty? Want to make it too? These are all you need:

  • adhesive tape
  • scissors
  • 1 nail polish for base coat
  • 1 nail polish for the stripes
  • top coat

All nail polishes I used was from Etude House:

  • Etude House LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails #01 for the stripes
  • Etude House Top Coat #05
  • Etude House LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails #03 for base coat

I love Etude House nail polishes. Durability is good (especially the ones with glitter), not too expensive, and they always come in cute packaging :D. Well, jump to the tutorial!

1. Cut the adhesive tape about 2-3 cm in length.

Ew. My hand looks like granny's hand. It's genetic. Well, move on.

2. Cut the tape into 3 parts. The smaller you make these parts, the smaller the gap between each stripes. Make these parts about 10 pieces.

3. Leave the tapes. Apply base coat to your nails. I applied it twice.

4. Let the base coat perfectly dried. Then put the tapes on your nails. Make sure there’s no slit at the brown area (see picture), so the second nail polish don’t leak below the adhesive tape.

5. Put all the tapes on your nails. Put the rest of of the tape onto your finger.

It's zombie mode πŸ˜€

6. Apply the second nail polish at the part of the nail which isn’t covered by adhesive tape. It’s OK if you apply it a bit excessively until it layer the tape, as long as it don’t go below the tape.

7. Once again, wait until it perfectly dried. Then, detach all the tapes. It should look like this:

8. Apply top coat, and you’re done! πŸ™‚

If you do this tutorial, please link back here. I want to see yours too! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚