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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Nail Polish Noob: Loose Pigment Nail Colors

While I may have over 700 eyeshadow colors in my stash, my nail color collection doesn't even come close. If I were to paint every single fingernail and toenail with a different polish color, I wouldn't have enough colors.

As I was watching a nail tutorial video showing how to apply loose glitter onto nails, it got me thinking; can I do the same with loose pigment eyeshadows? I've heard of people using pigment on nails... hmm...

The method that I used ended up being a tad different though.

Almost all of the nail tutorials using loose pigments involved premixing a clear nail polish with some pigment powder. I wasn't too sure if I wanted to experiment with my one and only bottle of top coat. Alternately, I tried out the loose glitter application method but with loose pigments instead. And it worked!

On top of being able to have many shades of nail colors, I get to utilize those neglected sample baggies of pigments.

You will need:

Top Coat
Small Brush (that you don't mind damaging)*
Loose Pigments (I'm using random mineral pigments)

*The brush doesn't really get damaged but you will get polish stuck to it and have to clean it with polish remover. In other words, I don't want to use this brush on my eyes anymore.

WARNING: This is going to create quite a mess! Lay down your "workstation" with some newspaper


Let's do this!
  1. Work with 1 finger at a time
  2. Apply a thin and even layer of base coat (or top coat as a base coat)
  3. Working very QUICKLY, pat the loose pigment over the base coat. Lightly but firmly press the pigment onto the nail while you allow about one minute for the pigment to set. You can start working on the next nail while you wait
  4. Knock off any excess and apply another thin and even layer of top coat over the pigment
  5. Repeat step #2 & #3 for more opacity
  6. When the pigment settles completely, you'd probably get a rather "textured" finish so you may want to add on another layer of top coat to smooth and for more shine

You're probably wondering... "This is so much work! How is this for Nail Polish Noobs??"
Well, here's why:
  • If you're an NPN, you're probably not so willing to spend much on nail polishes in funky colors. This is a great way to try out all sorts of different colors without committing to a full bottle
  • As messy as the process is, this is going to be one of your neatest application. NPNs tend to get polish on areas besides the nail such as the cuticles, sides of the nails, finger pads, palm, hair, knee, etc. I guess we're just more confident with clear polish rather than colored and the pigment that does get everywhere can be easily washed off with soap and water
  • You don't have to be neat at all when you're patting on the pigments. The base coat would just grab what it could and you can easily knock off the excess
  • Little downtime for drying is required so you gain use of your digits much quicker and not have to walk around with your hands sticking out like a zombie's
The tricky part...
  • You must have very good timing to work with this method ie. quickly! If the base coat dries before you can pat on the pigment, it won't stick
  • Your base coat cannot be too thick or it would grab too much pigment and make the nail color look goopy
  • If you don't knock of enough of the excess pigments, the finish will be "textured"
  • When applying the final top coat, use a thicker layer but you have to be light-handed. Too much pressure may cause the pigment underneath to slide

I did bright cool colors on my left hand. They're all random pigments that I have lying around which I can't remember the names of...

On my right hand, I did earthy warm colors which I wasn't too crazy about... Too boring!

Have fun experimenting!


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Friday, December 23, 2011

Lurking Around Melvita @ Suria KLCC

Natural and organic products are all the rage now. Nonetheless, to come about brands that are certified organic rather than just have the claim stamped on, isn't as easy. At the top of my head I can only think of perhaps 3 or 4 ECOCERT certified brands available locally and even so, they only carry less than 10 types of products under the brand.

In came the French pioneer in organic cosmetics, Melvita. I never imagined such a complete array of organic cosmetic products to exist.

I'm wondering though,
Are you keen on Organic?

Tour of Melvita after the jump!

Take a ride along the countryside...

Founded in 1983, "Melvita" translates from "honey" and "life" and is the inspiration of this almost 30-year-old brand and its products. Melvita's commitment to the well-being of the environment isn't only limited to their products but also the build-up of their stores. Designed to be a relaxing shopping environment for their customers, Melvita uses eco paint in earthy colors and eco oak wood flooring. Even their lighting and air-conditioning are installed with the environment in mind.

Don't you just love the green growing out of the walls? Yes! They're actually fresh plants! Melvita carries a very complete array of products which include skin care, body care, hair care, dental care (organic toothpaste!), for men, for baby... and I believe there's more! They have the most extensive range of organic cosmetic products in the world.

Some of their bestsellers include the Floral Waters, Beauty Oils, their anti-aging skin care range (Bio-Excellence and Naturalift) as well as Melvita's first ever product -- the Hexagonal Soap. In a nutshell, they have products suitable for practically all types of skin conditions and concerns.

The brand offers several starter kits from as low as RM49 for customers to try out the products without having to splurge on a set of full-sized ones. Granted, the products aren't ridiculously priced to begin with. The prices are comparable to most department store brands in the market.

Some ECO Info...
[Not completely quoting Melvita and combined with some existing knowledge]

What was impressive about this brand is the vast range of products that received the ECOCERT certification. Getting that certification isn't easy with ECOCERT's somewhat stringent requirements.

I won't go into the hard facts but basically in order to be certified organic, 95% of the total ingredients must be from natural origin and 95% of the plant-based ingredients must be organic. When it comes to organic, the European certification board doesn't just look at the end product. They have to check that the origin/source of the ingredient is from organic farming. On top of that, the board will check that the products' manufacturing process doesn't harm the environment.

The packaging of the product must also be biodegradable or recyclable.
The products cannot contain a list of ingredients which includes synthetic perfumes, dyes, parabens and animal-derived ingredients (animal-produced ingredients such as honey and milk are fine)

Keep in mind though that for a cosmetic product to be 100% organic is not exactly practical because a large portion of its content is water and water is not an organic compound that can be "farmed" thus, it cannot be certified organic. Same goes for minerals.

Melvita is located on the Concourse floor of KLCC (near to the Isetan Food Market) and the First floor of One Utama.


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Friday, December 16, 2011

Video Tutorial: Lady Gaga Viva Glam II

Take two!
Finally, I remade the Lady Gaga MAC Viva Glam II look since my previous failed video attempt. To be honest, I was conveniently putting it off until a very sweet lipgloss-eating friend *winks* gifted me with the actual lipstick and I couldn't not do the tutorial! Hitting two birds with one stone, this look features the Urban Decay Naked Palette as per requests.

Granted, it's not my best look but it's my first video recorded with the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and I'm very happy with the quality compared to my old compact.



Read on for more pictures and full listing of items used.


Left: 1st attempt, Right: 2nd attempt

Not as dramatic as I wanted it to be... And with Gaga being so much fairer than I am, the lipstick looks a lot more nude. Hence, smokey eyes would probably have been a better pair for it.

Items Used:

Face:
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in #123 (lightened)
Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in Sand
Giorgio Armani Micro-Fil Loose Powder

Lips:
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
Urban Decay The Naked Palette (Sin, Naked, Toasted, Virgin, Buck, Darkhorse)
MAC Eyeshadow in Chamomile
Maybelliner Hypersharp Liquid Pen Eyeliner
I Nuovi Fluidliner in Light and Noir (pencil liner)
I Nuovi Prolash EX03
Eyebrow Tint (forgot the brand and lazy to look for it)






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Monday, December 12, 2011

Nail Polish Noob: Purple Glitter Gradient Nails - Tutorial!

In my previous nail polish post, I tried my hand at creating a gradient using glitter. That got me thinking; how about doing a gradient using color? And so I did.

My Purple Glitter Gradient Nails isn't an A-grade job. More like a D+ but it was fun trying and some of the nails did turn out alright. I think...

Best of all, it's noob-friendly! Ie. steady hands not required.

Check out what I used and how I did this after the jump!






L-R: Color Combos (Dunno the code. Some "Golden Lilac" shade, Revlon Nail Enamel in 795 Devilish, Anna Sui Nail Art Color N in 081, The Face Shop Top Coat

  1. I applied the golden lilac polish as a base color
  2. Then, I swept Devilish from the cuticle upwards to half of the nail. After that, I applied another coat of the golden lilac. I didn't do this quick enough so the dark color didn't really blend out...
  3. Not to worry! We'll make it work with the next layer! I did the dark color again
  4. Few seconds later I applied the pink glitter polish (Anna Sui) which blended the purple but a wee bit too much. Didn't wanna redo so I just finished with top coat.
  5. Tip: Wait 8 seconds before applying the glitter coat for better blending
  6. Tip 2: Or you could use the sponge/brush technique to create the gradient but I've never tried it so I can't tell you if it's noob-friendly
So the trick with this is simply timing and pressure applied when you coat. Neatness not required! Glitter nail polish and top coat are a must for every nail noob.





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Friday, December 9, 2011

Tutorial: Friday is Purple Liner Day!

"Casual Friday" doesn't really apply to my outfit since I'm obligated to wear the corporate T-shirt. Instead, I play up my makeup!

When I acquired the Inglot AMC Eyeliner, I had nothing but praises for that awesome Purple liner. Every Friday I would be inclined to wear it and one of my favorite combination with it is Yellow eyeshadow.

Yay for colors! Proceed for the tutorial and items used

Face:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in 53
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Sunny By Nature (blush)

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Anna Sui Eye Color in 801
NYX Eyeshadow in Brown
MAC Eyeshadow in Fig 1
Inglot AMC Eyeliner in #74
MAC Eyeshadow in Chamomile
Maybelliner Cat Eyes Mascara

After you've prepped your lids with the eyeshadow, pat on the yellow eyeshadow until just slightly above the crease. Then, blend the lid color into the crease by using the medium brown eyeshadow. For the outer corner, blend a purple eyshadow using a blending brush.

Once you've completed your lid color, add a spunky purple eyeliner. While waiting for the eyeliner to dry, apply the purple eyeshadow along the lower lash line. Complete the look with a few good coats of mascara.






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Thursday, December 8, 2011

I Can Haz Green Eyes Too!

When we were deciding on which kitty to adopt 5 years ago, Tremmie's round green eyes reeled us in....

I <3 my cat

This would be a pretty pointless post showing you pictures of cats and also wanting your opinion on something.

I started wearing colored contacts again after stopping for quite some time. The circle lenses that I was wearing made my eyes rather sensitive in the long run so I opted to go for a more "trusted" brand. What I'm wearing now is the Freshlook Colorblends in Gemstone Green. It's a bit bright for everyday wear but since it's only good for one month's use, I wear it everyday.

What do you think? Colored lens? Or non-colored? [examples of non-colored]

Back to cats!!

This beautiful mommy kitty chose my unit to give birth in...
She was such a sweet and trusting kitty that's also well-behaved.

She had 4 beautiful little furballs. So precious!

They only stayed for 4 days 'cause my housemate was "not comfortable" having pets in the house *groans*
I'd keep them in my room if I could!
So, now they're taking residence in a friend's house. He's keeping the mother but the kittens will most probably go up for adoption.

*If you're wondering, Tremmie's at parents' house




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