Archive | March, 2012

Nail Deco Of The Week #106

21 Mar

Essie – Orange! It’s obvious

Julep – Blake

Frankened coral

Gradient sunset with palm trees!

2-3 layers

add topcoat + clean up


ombre using ashleebashlee’s technique (frm soompi)

oh, also used fauxnad stamping for the trees!

Nail Deco Of The Week #105

21 Mar

cupcake nails!

OPI – Wooden shoe like to know?

Zoya – Chloe

Confetti – All that glitters

Milani – Gold

Off topic: Clarisonic Mia vs Olay Professional Pro-x

9 Mar

Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing system /Β $119 @

Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing system /Β $24 @

Pro-X Mia
$24 @ $119 @
Weighs 5.1 oz Weighs 7.7 oz
2-speed, rotating system 1-speed, sonic technology
Water resistant for use in the shower Water resistant for use in the shower
Operates on 2 AA batteries (included in the box) Comes with a magnetic charger
No cap Comes with a cap for the brush head
No timer Stops automatically after 1 minute
Claims to clean skin 6x better than basic cleansing Claims to clean skin 6x better than basic cleansing

Size comparison:

The brush head for the Pro-X is much smaller.

Both systems claim to clean 6x better than basic cleansing! Let’s put that to a test:

Clinique lipsticks, Clinique lipgloss, Makeupforever foundation, Prestige waterproof eyeliner, Urban Decay eyeshadow, Maybelline Lots of Lashes Mascara

After cleaning with Philosophy Purity cleanser by hand you can still see that there is lipstick, lipgloss and waterproof eyeliner

Now let’s try with the Pro-x and Purity cleanser…

Better! You can still see some lipstick and eyeliner reside though.

Now for the Mia…

No apparent residue!

Eep. The brush heads will need cleansing!

Other thoughts:

Looking back, I have no idea why I used mascara and eyeshadow for testing… you’re not suppose to use either one of the systems around your eye area!

Also, the two systems feel VERY different. I recommend that you sonic technology is very different from a rotating brush head. The best way I can describe it is that it is like a very powerful massaging chair lol. I never really felt like the Mia cleaned my face better but apparently it washed my hand better?

I also read that some people do not use their Mia’s or Pro-x’s to clean makeup? I always assumed that the whole point was to remove makeup more effectively. Hm, I don’t know? :/

Bottom line! Buy the Mia if you can afford it! If not, the Pro-x is a very nice alternative as well!

Nail Polish Haul

7 Mar

Nail polish haul from and! πŸ™‚

Essie –Β As gold as it gets (gold glitter topcoat)

Essie – Orange! It’s obvious. A bright red-orange cream. This is my first orange nail polish!

Zoya – Chloe (Fleck glitter!)

Zoya – Bevin => a dusty light jade cream. Also a close dupe forΒ OPI – Thanks a windmillion!

OPI – Wooden shoe like to know (brown with copper glitter)

OPI – I have a herring problem => periwinkle blue with fine silver glitter

Revlon – Whimsical => a dupe for Deborah Lippmann – Glitter in the air! a pastel blue jelly with pink and blue glitters
I actually bought this one off of, not bloom. πŸ˜€

Oh and if anyone wanted to see a China glaze – For audrey (my all time favorite color!) & Zoya – Bevin comparison (Bevin appears lighter in the bottle than when applied):

Now for swatches! Sorry I didn’t swatch all the colors,I’ll try to do that later when I can find the time! πŸ™‚

Zoya – Bevin. Excellent dry time and smooth application! (2 coats)

Zoya – Bevin with Essie – As gold as it gets layered over

Zoya – Bevin with Revlon – Whimsical layered over! The glitter is rather hard to control. I had to keep moving the glitters around in order to achieve the look that I wanted. This also contributed to the streaks of baby blue. D: Whimsical’s not the best, but it’s still a nice cheap alternative if you want Glitter in the air!

Zoya – Bevin with Essie – A cut above and Revlon – Whimsical layered over it

Also wanted to show you guys my plant! We had a de-stress event on campus where they let us paint pots and plant flowers. πŸ™‚

Can you tell that I have a strong color preference? πŸ˜›

Surprise! Painted the inside too. Bright orange!

I have no idea what seeds they gave me… but they’re beginning to sprout already so I’ll find out soon! πŸ™‚

This LA sunshine is pretty amazing tosomeone who grew up in a one-season-city (ahem, San Francisco). Everything that I tried to grow in San Francisco pretty much failed. Though I suppose it may have had a lot more to do with my incompetence than SF’s weather!

I feel like I’m turning into a plant hoarder. I’ll show you guys my other mini plants perhaps in my next post? πŸ˜€

Nail Deco Of The Week #104

6 Mar

Essie – Limo-scene

China glaze – For Audrey

Covergirl Boundless Color – Disco Dazzle

I layered sheer pink (Limo-scene) over my For Audrey tips + glitter. πŸ™‚

PS My bottle of Revlon – Whimsical comes in the mail tonight! Horray! I’ll be posting swatches and more nail deco soon. πŸ™‚