7th Sweet candy

Hi, guys. So sorry I haven't realized that I was away for such long time. Today I'm gonna show you a really sweet nail design. Again, I was 'inspired' by Japanese magazine:

My result turned out to be quite cute,haha~

The only part I don't like is that the purple glitter I used is too dark, and iridescent...

Below are the polishes I used:
OPI nail envy maintenance NT141
Sally Hansen Wedded Bliss #86: I use this nail polish much more often than I expected. It's candy pink and look quite good with a lot of pink nail design.
OPI shrek mini (all 4 nail polishes): I have to say this set is really idea for those who want to collect some shades for accidental use only, e.g. green, blue. And 4 shades are all lovely.
CG (Covergirl) City lights #430: this is one of my favourite. It is filled with iridescent glitter which can make any nail polishes even more shining than OPI Designer Series... And  most importantly, it's cheap. I only paid $5 for this baby.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat: I couldn't find any other topcoat to beat it, so I stick on to the 3rd bottle.

Glitter and crystals I used:
Only the yellow nail is mixed with gold and yellow glitter. Cause I don't like neither of them, the gold glitter is way to gold, and the yellow glitter reflects green light - both of them look tacky. I used 3 sizes of crystal, 3.0mm, 2.2mm and 1.6mm approximately.

Below are the steps:
 1. Paint the base color.

 2. layer CG city light over the base color.

 3. Use a fine nail art brush to dig some clear nail polish and glitter, and draw the border.

 4. Use clear polish to attach glitter, and place a thick layer in the area. Make sure the glitter has fully covered the area.

5. Place 3~4 crystals along the border, and layer topcoat, and finish~ Please keep your topcoat really thin over the crystals, cause thick layer of topcoat will reduce the reflecting effects of crystals and make them look blur.

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A perfect substitute: when Dior Aloha #638 faces Ulta3 Fire

I have super great news to share with everyone, if you are a fan of Dior Aloha and only stopped by its price, now you can spend only 1/10 of its price and get this gorgeous polish (not from Dior, but no one can tell) . 

Dior polish is bloody $37 sth which is so pricey to me. Generally I am not willing to invest too much for a  nail polish cause I already have 50+ pieces. Further, the super inferior quality of Dior polishes disgust me so much, God, I am so disappointed with them. I got 2, and they only wearable when I use base coat and top coat to wrap them as sandwich. They chip so easy, and glaze look goes out within 24hrs. Although I always wrap the color nail polish with base and top coat, anyway it still has no reason to provide such cheap quality with that high price. Chanel seldom let me down. with just $1 extra, plus 3ml more at size.

So, when Aloha came out with twin pack (with a top coat), it totally threw me out. I am so reluctant to pay $37 for one polishes, not even mention paying almost twice the price for 2.

Almost back to the topic, I have to say sorry to everyone, this news is not new actually. I found this out in June, and just too lazy to post it. The perfect replacement is Ulta3 Fire. Ulta3 is a low-range brand in Australia, and you can buy any in various pharmacies. I find out every Terry White sells Ulta3 nail polishes for only $2~3.

Here is the official post of Dior Aloha

And below Ulta3 Fire Compares with Dior Aloha.

I don't have both nail polishes. So the only proof I left is a piece of Fragrance paper. I first applied Dior Aloha at the Dior counter, and then I went to Terry White and applied Ulta3 Fire just next to it. You can see they are almost identical under natural light and in the room. Below, I tried Ulta3 Fire on my ring finger and showed it under sunshine and natural light as well.

It is a very pretty color, vibrant vermeil/orange red. Great for summer and spring. I am always a huge fan of orange, blood red, coral, etc... any warm tone pink/red. And a few weeks ago I done nail design with Ulta3 Fire. The whole work remained intact for 6 days, it's amazing for me because I have super fragile, layered nails and usually nail polish would chip within 3 days. Below is my work. I really love this nail design, it's pretty, and best, it's really simple. I will post a note of its steps later.

I don't think Ulta3 copy the formula from Dior, cause I found out maybe just 1 or 2 month later since Dior Aloha came out, and the quality of Ulta3 is even better. For only $2.95 to get such pretty color with adorable quality, and no tacky top coat bundled together, this is must have~

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5th Royal Jewel Reversed French

This is my favorite design. Love it at the first sight and below is my replica, haha~

Below are the nail lacquer I used:

OPI Nail Envy NT141
Zoya Snow White: 3 coats to get even look. Not a fan.
Essie show me the ring: I do like this nail polish. It creates a very subtle and elegant look when layering on white polish, exactly like real pearl.
Dior #972 Reglisse: I like the shade, but hate the quality (all Dior nail polishes). They cheap so easy and lose glow within 24hrs. It can only last as long as usual nail polishes when you use base coat and top coat to 'wrap' it as a sandwich.
Zoya Trixie: I don't like it either. Drying slowly, sticky and not even durable. I don't know why Zoya has a lot of fans. At least I won't sacrifice quality and pleasure for so call 'safety'.
Revlon  #625 Pina Colada Pop: I use it as a clear nail polish. It has fine green/yellow glitter, very subtle, too subtle to be noticed...
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Other materials:

Crystal round 1.5mm, 2.0mm, and heart shape. Silver beads. Fine brush to outline the grid and dotting tool for place crystals on the nails.

1. layer 2 coats of Zoya snow white. Because I need to apply one coat Essie Show me the ring on it, so 2 coats may be not perfect but sufficient. Otherwise I need to wait ages before it dry.

2. apply one coat of Essie show me the ring to create pearl shining effect.

3. Use Dior #972 to out line the bounder. 2 coats of Dior #972.

 4. fill the area with 1 thick coat of Dior #972. Using pigmented nail polish here can save work.

5. use Zoya Trixie to draw the grid.

6. place silver beads on the left nail. Place one center crystal. Use clear polish as glue.

7. place small crystal close to the silver beads. Place other crystals.

8. Place the heart crystal in the center. And finished~

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4th Sweet Princess with pink & Lavender

It's so frustrated. I closed the tab when I was writing this note. GOD~ Now I have to start all over again.

Again, I copied a design from a Japanese Magazine:

Here is my work, and I love it : )



And the polishes I used:
OPI B91 Rumple's Wiggin
L'oreal #300 Party Hop
Sally Hansen #86 Wedded Bliss
OPI K07 Teenage Dream
OPI Nail Envy NT141
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Other materials:
Crystal clear 1.5mm, 3mm, pink 2mm, and dotting tool.

1. 2 coat of OPI Rumple's Wiggins/Sally Hansen Wedded Bliss

2. one thin layer of glitter polishes. OPI Teenage dream on Sally Hansen Wedded Bliss, and  L'oreal Party Hop on OPI Rumple's Wiggin.

3. Place the center crystal. This will help us finish the whole part at the place we like.

4. Place the rest of the crystals, and done~

Great News: currently I try to start my own business including doing nails and selling custom nail tips. And I repeat this design on my custom nail tips as well, and more like the original piece. Below are the photos and link on ebay.



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3rd Konad Leopard Print

I'm a huge fan of Leopard print. I have finished 3 tubes of Helena Rubinstein Feline Lash Queen Mascara because I was so addict to their package, and well, quality of course. I want to paint my nail with leopard print so badly, but the techniques really stopped me. I can hardly use my right hand to paint left hand, don't even mentioned left hand do the favor back.

So, god bless me, I have konad~ 1st time I saw its products then I realized I must have them.  And here is my work:


I took these photos 3 days after I did my nails. So lazy~ So... the look was not as perfect as the 1st day.

Below are the polishes I used:
OPI Nail Envy T80
Essie Shifting Power 677: I bought this lacquer solely because I wanna paint my nails exactly like HR Feline Black mascara.. This shade also look great as the base under OPI Black shatter. However I don't like shatter, I never make them shatter into a descent pattern and I gave up.
Konad Black: Konad special polishes are must have, if you want the pattern look defined and clear.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I have to say, the pink board used to place the steel plate is totally useless. Don't buy! The plate will place even stabler on table. I chose double end transfer stick because the small end can help you place pattern correctly on your nails, well, to some extent. And one tip is very important: wait for the base color dry completely before print the pattern on, otherwise the base layer will smudge.

Here is good news. I believe some of you may like me, want to collect a lot of plates (there are almost 100 designs available on its website), and $7 for one plate is definitely pricey. So I'm really interested in those replicas selling by Chinese or HK vendors, and I bought a few (only 50 cents each, way more cheaper). They are great, actually. Well, maybe the fluting is slightly shallow, however, using with Konad special nail polishes, I do not find some substantial difference. 

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