Comparison: OPI Jade Is The New Black vs Essie Going Incognito

I originally only had Jade Is The New Black, and shortly after I ordered Going Incognito cos it looked much darker on Scrangie’s swatches. But when I received it, I was wondering why it looked so much like Jade Is The New Black! However this was only from the look of the bottle colour. I swatched it on my nail wheel and realized that they’re actually really different!

Pointer & Ring: OPI Jade Is The New Black
Middle & Pinky: Essie Going Incognito

Jade Is The New Black (shall call it JitNB from now on cos the name is too long zzz) is a warm shade of grassy green and Going Incognito (GI) is on the cooler side. GI is also a few tones darker than JitNB. Both shades are done in three coats. GI required only two coats to be opaque but I did three so that it’s consistent on all nails. JitNB needed the three coats because it is semi-jelly, hence it’s a little translucent. The good thing about jelly texture is that they dry super glossy! GI is definitely a creme though since it’s so opaque but it also dried pretty glossy 😀

Hope you enjoyed my comparison post! I’ll definitely do more in time to come 😀

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National Day Manicure

It’s Singapore’s 46th birthday today and what better way to commemorate it than by giving myself a National Day Manicure right? 😀

What I used (clockwise from top left):

  • Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Eyeko Saucy Polish
  • The Face Shop Nail Art Pen
  • French Tip Guides (not shown)
  • Tape (not shown)

I did a half-moon manicure using red and white polish on my pointer, middle, ring and pinky fingers. My stupid French tip guides that I got from one of my Revlon packages sucked so bad and I couldn’t find the ones that Genevieve previously gave to me ): The Revlon guides weren’t curved enough and so I didn’t get a very curved half-moon ):

And of course I needed a Singapore flag on my thumb to really call it a National Day manicure right? 😀

I used the Face Shop Nail Art Pen to draw the moon and the stars. Haha I know the stars don’t look like stars at all!!

Happy National Day to all my fellow Singaporeans! (I only feel patriotic on this day every year :X )

Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sinful Colors is a brand that people in Singapore don’t really know about cos it’s so difficult to get hold of their polishes here. Bet most of you didn’t hear of it before this right? 😀 They actually have a pretty large selection of shades, but it’s quite hard to find swatches so I don’t own many, though I heard they have some nice duochromes!

Snow Me White is a pure white polish. It has no tinge of cream or beige in it, and that makes it a very clean and neutral white. It is very common for white polishes to be streaky, and Snow Me White is no different. However, most whites are also very sheer. Now, this is the best part of Snow Me White cos it’s almost opaque at the first coat! Here I’ve used 2 coats and look how perfectly opaque it is 😀 It was streaky though, so this is with Seche Vite topcoat.

Seche Vite topcoat is freaking AWESOME because it is self-leveling! That means that even if you have super lousy application, or if the polish is very streaky, it will make it look even after applying it! I love it sooooooo much and use it TOO much that I have slightly less than half in my 4oz bottle already omg……. Need to stock up again soon!

OPI Silver Shatter (Pirates of the Carribean Collection)

I’m no big fan when it comes to crackle polishes. However, OPI was the first to do the Silver Shatter amongst all the other usual brands and it was so pretty, so naturally I can’t resist and snapped it up immediately. And by the way OPI, stop trying to act cool and give ‘different’ names to all the already-named types of crackle!! OPI Shatter, Nicole by OPI Texture Coat, Sephora by OPI Blasted. Wtf they’re all essentially the same thing why make it so confusing?!?! It is called crackle, NOT shatter (OR Texture Coat OR Blasted, for that matter)!!!! (The same goes out to all of you ‘shatter’ fans. STOP calling it shatter -.-)

I painted pretty thin coats over Orly Sapphire SIlk on my pointer, middle and ring fingers and the brush strokes were pretty obvious and there was less crackling at the tips of these 3 nails. My pinky had a slightly thicker coat, and it looks wayyyy more awesome like that! I like the crackle to be in large pieces instead of sparse little ones.

Oh and I really must say, I LOVE how it crackled on my thumb!! I used a thick coat here too, it crackled so beautifully ❤ I know the pattern of my crackle looks unusual, not like what people usually do. I painted the crackle diagonally, so that they would crackle diagonally. Crackle polishes crack in the direction of your brushstrokes.

I really hate the usual vertical strokes. I think they’re so ugly hahaha. I think mine’s cooler, don’t you think? 😀

Orly Sapphire Silk (Precious Collection)

I loved this shade ever since I saw the swatches on Scrangie and I knew I had to get it! I didn’t own any teal shades prior to this though now I also have Zoya Breezi, a lighter shade of teal but leaning more towards blue. I got it from Nailvibe during their summer sale instead of my trusty friend Genevieve because 8ty8beauty no longer stocks up on Orly colours ): And it’s too expensive to get from Transdesign so getting from Nailvibe was my safest bet (:

Sapphire Silk is a dark teal creme. It doesn’t look like silk to me, much less sapphire. This was two coats. The opacity was really good but the formula was really bad! It was sooooooo watery but thick and that equals to a fail formula. I added Seche Restore so that it is easier for me to apply. I smudged it all over my cuticles this time round (which I hardly ever do) and it’s so saddening cos I had to spend extra time cleaning up.

Damn the new formula!! All my older Orly polishes have really awesome formula. What happened to you, Sapphire Silk???

Nfu Oh #066

As I’ve said before, I’m obsessed about holos. Hence Nfu Oh #066 is the first one I tried from my Nfu Oh haul 😀

Oh and I used the Nfu Oh Cuticle Remover right before this, and it was SO AWESOME! The bits of cuticle came off so easily, I hardly had to use any force to dig them out 😀

Nfu Oh #066 is a seafoam green holo. As you can see, its holographic pattern is linear. The colours in the holo are all very obvious and clear-cut. There is another kind of holo called the scattered holo, which I also have and will swatch them in future 😀

This was 3 coats. It was very smooth to apply only on the first coat. Subsequent coats caused bald spots, that’s why I used a third coat to even it out. I used it without basecoat because holos do not stain. However, as all holos are, it was very chippy. It chipped when I went to shower! ): Even wrapping my tips didn’t help. That’s why I need the Aqua Base! Apparently it extends the wear time of holos and aids in the application, causing little or no bald spots. I NEED IT ):

Anyway, spam of photos coming right up!


The next two photos are slightly under-exposed, to show the awesomeness of the holo 😀


And a close-up shot!
And of course we need to see a video of this, don’t we? 😀

I think people usually don’t get my obsession over holos because they’ve only seen pictures of them. It is most spectacular when seen in person, under sunlight. I wanted to take photos and videos in the sunlight but it has been raining so much these 2 days, and my manicure didn’t hold out for long. I hate chipped polish; it is one of my greatest pet peeves! Chipped polish makes one look unkempt and untidy; it’s like not touching up your hair roots when your dyed hair grows out.

Since it chipped, there was no reason why I should continue wearing it so I had no choice but to take it off ):

Haul #2

My friend, Nicole went to the US recently and of course I couldn’t resist ordering some Nfu Ohs (pronounced as En-Fu-Oh) and getting them sent to her so that she could bring them home to me! She passed them to me yesterday, and I really cannot wait to try them all out!!!!

(L-R):

  • #051
  • #063
  • #065
  • #066
  • Cuticle Remover

From what I know, the Nfu Oh Cuticle Remover is the best one ever! Everyone in the polish blogging community can’t stop raving about it so I can’t pass it on, can I? 😀

LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS BEAUTY!!!! The Nfu Oh #051 (they really should give their polishes some names, I’m so much better at remembering polish names than polish numbers lol) is a gorgeous royal purple jelly with super alot of colours of flakies!!! WTF I’m fainting from its beauty……

The myriad of colours that can be seen from the bottle!!! WTF there is red, fuchsia, orange, yellow, green, turquoise and blue!!! Seriously it’s like a rainbow omggggggg /faints again

These are the super gorgeous Nfu Oh holos! Everyone who knows about my polish craze will know that I’m a fanatic when it comes to holos. I really cannot get enough of them!! I wanted #061 (silver holo) as well, sadly it was out of stock on the site when I was gonna order! ): I just saw the website again, and now even #065 (blue holo) is not on the page anymore!! Luckily I ordered it!

It is said that the Nfu Oh holos work best with Nfu Oh’s Aqua Base, but it was also out of stock on the website for the longest time ):):):):):): BUT NEVER MIND, my best friend Jeremy is now in the US!! I can send it to him once they restock! YAY!

Notice the shape of the bottles? They are corset gowns! The front part of the cap is the boobs and torso part, the back of the cap has the corset strings! And of course, the polish bottle and the polish inside is the skirting. WTF. How can they design such pretty bottles?? I wish I could put them up for display….

(L-R):

  • #040
  • #052
  • #115
  • #060
  • #038

These weren’t part of the haul that I’ve gotten from the US. I previously gotten them from a manicure parlour in Wisma in December last year. They were getting rid of them at super cheap prices!! The lady sold #040 to me for SGD18 cos it was almost a brand new bottle, #060 at SGD15 cos it was 3/4 used, #038 at SGD10 cos it was almost half-used and gave me #052 and #115 for free cos there was less than a quarter left! I was really super happy that day cos I finally managed to lay my hands on these gems!!

I went to the local distributor for Nfu Oh before, and they sold every polish for SGD45! WTF what a total ripoff!!! The best way to lay your hands on these is to get them sent to a friend in US and get them to bring it back! And no, don’t bother trying to get them via Vpost or CGW because nail polish is a prohibited item and they will not ship it ):

You know I’m crazy when I buy polish remover in bulk. This is one gallon, which is almost four litres. LOL! BUT it is seriously cheaper by the gallon! I save super alot by getting this amount hahahaha 😀 This is the non-acetone one. I firmly believe in using non-acetone removers because they are less drying to the nails and skin (: It takes a longer time though, but it is worth the time spent in exchange for less dry nails and skin!

And of course I needed a bottle to contain it and where better than to get it from Genevieve? Actually more like she offered to give me one of them! So sweet of her right! So you girls really have to hop on over to her blog cos she has the best rates for all the nail polish that you want! 😀

Fauxnadicure: Leopard Pweenz

What is a Fauxnadicure?

The brand that originally came up with the idea of nail stamping is Konad, which stands for Korean Nail Art Design. There are, however, many other manufacturers that started making the same thing but of different designs. From then on, these are called Fauxnad. In the nail polish blogging community, a manicure done with Konad is often called a Konadicure. Hence, if a manicure is done with Fauxnad then it will be called a Fauxnadicure 😀

What I used (L-R):

  • China Glaze Millenium
  • Bundlemonster BM 221
  • China Glaze Calypso Blue

Without topcoat

With topcoat

I love how fuss-free a Fauxnadicure is. This is really simple to do if you have all the tools (stamper, scraper, remover, cotton pads) and polishes that are opaque. For example, here I’m using China Glaze Millenium to stamp. It is a one-coater chrome polish that is very opaque, yet a little hard to work with because it dries lightning-fast. In nail stamping, the key to succeeding is to work really fast before the polish dries up on the plate or on the stamper (:

It is difficult for me to explain verbally on how to execute this but IF in future I do get enough requests, I may do up a tutorial on how to do a Konadicure/Fauxnadicure 🙂

P.S Vicks I know you’ll be reading this and I know you’d love this so much! Hahaha!!

China Glaze Calypso Blue (Bahama Blues Collection)

If you already read my previous post, this is one of the newest polish in my collection 😀 I don’t think I can ever get enough of blues (and greens and purples. actually just polish in general lol) and currently I have 24 bottles of blue polish :O

China Glaze Calypso Blue is a very dark navy blue creme. This was one of the first few collections that China Glaze made that is Big 3 Free. You can read this post by Michelle from All Lacquered Up if you’re interested in the technicality of it. I mentioned that this was one of the first batches of Big 3 Free polishes because China Glaze couldn’t quite get the formula right then, hence this polish was watery, yet goopy and stringy when applied. It was unbelievably thick for a brand new polish so I had no choice but to thin it with my Seche Restore thinner.

After thinning, it became so smooth to apply! 😀 If I painted one coat very carefully I could get away with it, but I did two so that they will be more even. China Glaze has since reformulated their polish and most of the newer ones are a breeze to apply (:

This shade of dark navy blue is slightly darker in real life. It kinda looks like NARS Midnight Express after the application. It is also much darker as compared to OPI Dating A Royal. It still manages to be unique because although it is very dark, it doesn’t look black unlike how some dark polish shades appear to be. And this will be perfect as a stamping polish cos it’s so opaque!

Haul #1

I had a mini haul (ok not THAT mini hahaha) this week! Collected so many polishes from Genevieve haha! In future if I do have like a bulk of items coming in I’ll blog about it too so that you girls can expect what’s coming up in future 😀

(From L-R)

  • Milani Purple Outline (with a striper brush instead of a regular brush for nail art)
  • L.A Girl Animate (I expected this to be fuchsia and it turn out red but looks great anyway)
  • L.A Girl Uninhibited (BLACK GLITTER! Can’t wait to layer this over something!)
  • Milani Gems (just couldn’t resist. LOL)
  • Mood-changing polish in Teal (got it from F21.com. will update if it actually works!)

The China Glazes! (From L-R)

  • Papaya Punch (bright, almost neon orange)
  • Life Preserver (burnt orange is the IN colour now!)
  • Fairy Dust (pretty awesome holographic microglitter topcoat)
  • Calypso Blue (super dark blue)
  • Blue Island Iced Tea (half glass fleck, half foil?)

Look at how pretty Fairy Dust is from the bottle!!! /faints

Last but not least, I also received the new set of Bundlemonster stamping plates! There must be over a hundred designs in there and there are super alot of FULL NAIL PRINTS!! This set is much better than the old Bundlemonster set which I also have, because the full nail prints on the old set are smaller than these and I always have to double-stamp which sucks if I can’t match them up properly. I cannot wait to use all the designs!!

I now have a grand total of 53 plates omg. 25 from this new set, 21 from the old set, 4 from the original Konad brand, and 3 from an online supplier store. Don’t think I’ll ever be able to finish using them all!! O.O