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While packing for the move, a very important decision was (obviously) what nail polish to bring. The problem here was that I had to fit in basically my entire life (since this particular move is long term), into 20kg, though in the end they let me check in 25kg, thank goodness!

This meant that I couldn’t bring my whole collection, and moreover, I had to choose things with at least a modicum of practicality. :( Work appropriate colours, in particular. Cue many conversations like this:

Jayme: You already have a pink!

Me: *holding the two bottles side by side* This one is differeeeent! Kind of…

Jayme: *takes it away and hides it*

and this:

Jayme: You can’t wear sparkly blue to the office!

Me: *plaintively* On my toes? When I’m on holidayyyyy?


In short, she made me stick to what I said, and I ended up with a very sad, pruned, practical collection. Which is why, last week when I had a one day work function (I only really started work today!), I went with OPI’s Tickle My France-y.

There are no photos.

Mainly because the colour doesn’t suit me at all, and it was BORING. :( I’m sure I’ll take photos of it at some point, because I have a feeling I may be wearing a lot of it. So when I got back from the function, I immediately took it off and painted my tips and toes a bright red, Essie’s Lacquered Up. Such a mood lifter! I chopped all my nails short recently to get rid of all the chippiness* and flakiness, and I think the bright red looks awesome on the short nails.

* not really a word

Seeing as how this blog is called Tips & Toes, and there have been no toes evident so far, there is a foot photo coming up, so if feet squick you out, beware!

Essie Lacquered Up 1

Pre-cleanup I’m afraid. This really stained the skin around my nails, so it was actually quite difficult to clean up without messing up the rest of it.

Essie Lacquered Up 2

This was the first time in years that my fingernails and toenails matched, so I suppose it’s a fitting first foot .. foto. (Yay alliteration!) It was such a vibrant, bright red, it made me happier every time I looked at my nails (i.e. A lot). It was fairly pigmented as well, this was two coats, and I thought about stopping at one on my toes, though granted, this could be because I’m a little short sighted. :p

Anyway, all for now, second day of work up tomorrow, and I have another work appropriate colour on that I shall endeavour to photograph tomorrow morning. :)


Now that, (as of yesterday), I’ve moved into my new place, I’m a bit more settled and organized, and so able to paint my nails, and post! I’m trying to get in a few non-office colours before I start work next week (more on that in a later post), so decided on China Glaze Recycle, konaded with China Glaze Awaken.

Some things so far that are different about applying nail polish here, I’ve noticed a definite change for the better in application, I think it must be because it’s so much cooler here. Related to this, nail polish remover makes my fingers freeeeeze. I’m having to turn the heater on and warm my hands between konads. Isn’t summer supposed to end on the 22nd of September? I’m a bit of a wimp, temperature-wise, admittedly, but I’m cooooold.

Right, photos!

CG Recycle

Recycle on it’s own. I thought it might be too flat a grey for me to love, but it’s not, it’s one of my favourites. :)

CG Recycle + Awaken

Konaded with Awaken, which is amazing for the purpose. So much better than the Konad Silver SP, which was meh, though not as bad as the pink, which was really rubbish. (Broke my heart, because I really wanted it for konading on Recycle, as pink and grey is one of my preferred colour combinations.)

CG Recycle + Awaken 2

Dead on it’s very subtle indeed. But in the sun, Awaken comes into its own.

CG Recycle + Awaken 3

And lastly, my new toy that’s made playing with Konad even more fun:

NP remover dispenser

I love this nail polish remover dispenser, you just press down on the top with cotton wool and it dispenses a little remover. I know it’s hardly necessary, but when you’re trying to be very careful not to smudge wet polish, it’s so much more convenient than fiddling with bottles and caps. :)

Just a couple of shots of some experimental designs I fiddled around with the other day. The first two are on my cousin, aka my little guinea pig.

Experimental 1

L-R: one coat of Orly Bon Bon, Color Club Lazer Pink stamped with Konad White SP, some random white stamped with Konad Black SP, Color Club Lazer Pink stamped with Konad Black SP. I love the ring finger, I may have to replicate that one day!

Experimental 2L-R: Orly Platinum stamped with a Bourjois red, the Bourjois red on its own, Orly Bon Bon stamped with OPI Parlez-vous OPI?, Color Club Worth The Risque stamped with Manglaze The Death Tar.

I love the index finger, though I may be biased as that’s my favourite Konad stamp. It is now referred to as the cheongsam design, perfect for Chinese New Year! :p

Mine were slightly more monochromatic. They were originally just experiments, but I decided to wear them out for a few days, as they did kind of match each other!

Experimental 3L-R: Color Club Revvvolution stamped with Manglaze The Death Tar, Manglaze The Death Tar stamped with Orly Platinum, Manglaze The Death Tar stamped with Color Club Revvvolution, Manglaze The Death Tar stamped with Color Club Worth The Risque.

Experimental 4L-R: Manglaze TDT, Manglaze TDT tipped with Color Club Worth the Risque, Manglaze TDT stamped with a random Missha polish, same as ring finger but with topcoat, Manglaze TDT stamped with Color Club Worth the Risque.

Oh dear. It has been a while, hasn’t it? Life has been pretty hectic around here, since I last posted there has been:

  • a funeral
  • a wedding (where I was a bridesmaid, hence heavily involved!)
  • family members visiting from overseas (who I haven’t seen in about 10 years!)
  • a horrendous bout of flu (not of the porcine variety)

And apart from all that, I had a horrendous nail break, I went bowling with a couple of my cousins, and my thumb nail ripped off really low, right at the pink. :( It looks terrible! So everything has been filed down, not to match, because that would just hurt, but they’re now at a length at which I can type.

I don’t have any of the really new pics, because my cousin’s taken my camera on her honeymoon so she can take underwater photos, but there are a couple of hurried photos while I was playing around during the wedding prep days! :) Also, the cousin that’s visiting from Australia is suspected of having H1N1 (yes, really), so while we wait for the test results to find out if we’re allowed out, I figured I should post. :p

First up is a quick pic of Barielle Beaches & Dreams, with one of my cousins (how many have I mentioned in this post already? Yikes.) modeling. I ordered this one solely for its name, because once when we were talking about the future, places we would visit etc, we coined this phrase ourselves. So the moment I saw it, I had to have it. And that also explains why it was the first colour she chose, because we’re moving to separate countries soon, and it’s going to be difficult to meet up as often as we’re used to. :( Anyway! So much lengthy explanation for one not-particularly-good photo. :X

Barielle Beaches & Dreams 01

What I had on while she was rocking what she called her tai-tai (or lady of leisure) nails, was Color Club Worth The Risque. (LOVE the name!)

CC Worth The Risque 1

Sorry about the index finger, no idea how I didn’t notice that.

CC Worth The Risque 2

In fact, they’re all kind of horrendously done, eh. Oops.

CC Worth The Risque 3

CC Worth The Risque 4

And this last one taken in full sunlight. At the busstop, for maximum entertainment value for my entire neighbourhood.

All from me for now! Jayme’s off in Japan for 2 weeks, the lucky thing, so I guess it’ll be me holding the fort til she comes back. :)

Just¬† a couple of shots of Color Club Vintage Couture. I really like this colour, but man the application almost killed me. I’m thinking that if Helen can have temperature-related application issues at 26C, then it’s very likely that the daily 30C temperatures here are going to have some effect on my poor polishes. Sigh. Alternatively, it could be due to the pale pastel streaky effect.¬† Either way I soldiered on, and managed to get them looking fairly decent.. if you don’t look too closely!

CC Vintage Couture 1

CC Vintage Couture 2

Didn’t konad over it because I couldn’t face repainting it if I screwed up.

First up, thank you Brooke for the link! :)

This is from a few weeks back, using a Skin Food pink, 3 coats, plus Konad white SP using the fishnet stockings design from plate m57.

SF pink + Konad white 4

SF pink + Konad white 3

SF pink + Konad white 1

The pink was closer to the first 2 pictures than the last. :)

OPI are releasing You Don’t Know Jacques in MATTE. :D I am so ridiculously excited.

Details on more colours here.

Update on the polishes, they’ve all arrived pretty much in one piece, (except for the abovementioned YDKJ, which unfortunately leaked a fair bit!), and it’s actually made painting my nails that much harder, because I have to sit around and try on about 5 different colours before I can actually choose just one! There’ve been a couple of days when I’ve gone out with 5 different colours, finishes, brands, you name it, just because the need to make a choice completely defeated me. :p

Anyway! Some shots of a Skin Food taupe with silver shimmer that I love:

Skin Food taupe 1

Skin food taupe 2

Like I said, I do really like the colour, but the wear on it isn’t so good. This is 3 coats plus Seche, and it succumbs to a lot of tip pull. Still, it’s pretty enough that I’ve worn it thrice now even with those issues.

So the other day I painted Jayme’s nails. We booked our favourite study room in uni (this is not an oxymoron, it has a gorgeous view, and it’s penthouse-like!), kicking out some folk who were actually studying in it in order to do our nails. (At least we could appreciate the view, I suppose, since we weren’t supposed to have our noses buried in books. :p)

The base is a Skin Foods pink, unfortunately they don’t do colour names, it’s a light-medium pink that needed three coats. It’s really pretty though, and sells for S$5.90 (US$4) at Skin Foods stores. Konaded over with Konad special polish in black with the zebra/tiger stripes design from plate m57. Without topcoat because I forgot to bring it. Oops.

They’re not the best photos I’m afraid, taken on the go where the light wasn’t too good.

Zebra Konad 2

Zebra Konad 1

Poised prettily over a Cafe Iguana menu. Mmm, margaritas.

Zebra Konad 3

You can see my konad-ing technique is still a work in progress, there are a number of gaps etc.

And just for fun, one taken with my Blackberry, with the aim of convincing people that I painted this by hand. :D

Zebra konad 4

So last weekend I caved and decided to ring the local Konad distributor and ask where I could get my hands on my first batch of Konad pretties. I could have ordered it online I suppose but I wanted to be able to look at the plates and take my own sweet time deciding which ones I was going to get!

Finally found them in a tiny little shop in IMM, right at the back, behind the counter! It was like they didn’t really want to sell them or something. Very strange. Anyways, they had a couple of packages, and I chose the biggest one:

  • 4 bottles of Konad special polish
  • 3 plates
  • A set of the stamp and scraper

I was hoping to get the double ended stamp but they didn’t have it. :( So I got all that for S$39.95, or around US$27 or so. I stood there for ages trying to choose which 3 plates I wanted, and the salesgirl was very patient with me, and kept trying things out on my nails. By the time I left I had different colours and stamps on almost every nail, some of them with gold tips, some with blue.. you get the picture.

In the end I settled on one plate with the big, full nail designs (m57), one with tip designs (m45) and one of the small flowery designs (m20). The last one caused me the most trouble, I was choosing between like 5 different plates and I particularly liked one design from each! Too bad you can’t pick and choose and have them make the plates on the spot. :p The first two were pretty easy, I knew I wanted one of the full nail ones from looking at konadicures from the likes of The Nailphile and Scrangie, and I was really looking forward to having a few of the tip ones to try out.

Ended up getting the special polishes in black, white, blue and red. (The salesgirl told me that one woman came in and got all 4 white, because she said she ran out of them so fast!)

I also picked up a few O2 Skin nail polishes, which were on sale this month for S$2 a pop, so I figured I’d try them out.

So here’s the result of my first ever Konad experience!

Konad 1

Pre-cleanup, I’m afraid.

Konad 1_2

It wasn’t all that hard, though I spent a fair while practicing on bits of paper, and cleaning off the plates once I had one hand done was an exercise in patience, for sure.

What was a problem was the base polish. I’ve never really heard of O2 Skin, but although I like the colour, the polish itself was a bit of a disaster. Required 4 coats to be remotely opaque, and was a streaky mess going on. It also took ages to dry, so I put a coat of Seche on, followed by the stamp, then another coat of Seche. Needless to say, there was major tip shrinkage the next day. MAJOR. There were veritable mountain ranges on the sides of each nail, where each layer had seemingly shifted a different amount. I could’ve given a geography lesson on plate tectonics.

The bottle is pretty, but the square top annoyed me, as I’m used to wiping excess polish off on the side of the bottle, then turning the brush around to paint my nails, and having a square top really impeded that. It’s probably just me being inefficient though, when I remembered to swipe the other side of the brush instead, all was well.

I’m still rather pleased with the results, and charmed by the purty floweeers, and have been admiring my hands all day! (And also had them admired, which was gratifying, though the constant refrain has been, “My word you have a lot of time on your hands!” or things to that effect. Heh.)

I’ve received word that my Transdesign haul is now safely in the hands of my cousin, who’s pack-muling it back from the US for me (take that, international shipping charges!), and I’m reaaaally excited!

All for now! :)

Yay first post! :)

A quick introduction, we’re 2 girls in Singapore, who in the past month or so have been subject to intense mutual enabling with regard to nail polish, facilitated mostly by some of the amazing nail polish blogs out there. (Mostly added to the blogroll on the sidebar!)

The last month has seen new lemming being born almost every moment, a virtual population explosion, and also seen us loading our relatives coming back from the states with many, many polishes, as well as the beginning of the Konad madness. This blog seemed like a natural offshoot. :p

Lianne started off only being interested in cremes, but has since been drawn into the dark side of shimmers and duochromes. Before this recent haulage, she owned about 10 OPI nail polishes, all in pretty much the same shade of dark red. At the moment she’s attracted to all things blue!

Jayme started off never painting her tips because she did not know that tips could stay perfect for more than 2 days. Until very recently, she did not discover the top coat and was under the impression that base coats were just another avenue for nail polish companies to make an extra buck. She has now repented. Prior to above mentioned haul, Jayme owned zero OPI (except for 1 that was a gift from Lianne – a fantastic I’ve Got The Blues For Red) because paying $26 for a bottle of OPI just seemed insane, no matter how amazing the name of the polish is. At the moment she’s attracted to all things Taupe and would like the entire collection of Rescue Beauty Lounge (I’ll pass the glittery ones to Lianne) kthnxbai!

Okay, that should cover it. We hope you enjoy the posts! :)