Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Maarrr-ble... what an a**

Dear polishers,

After surfing for some times, I really get curious with the marbling technique.
I watch lots of nail artist done it and I really wish to do marbling manicure. Not to mention when I see colors like this!

While I realize that it's almost christmas and I'm thinking on having a Christmas theme manicure while wishing that my China Glaze party hearty will arrive soon! I decided to do some marbling technique which remind me or that stick mint red white lollipop cane. After decided to have a lollipop manicure (via marbling), I start to dig on the internet and search some info and even videos tutorial of how to make a marbling effect!



seems the technique is very easy to apply, right?!


I cried on my first battle with it! On my first attempt, I just managed to do one finger.

Then after that... either the polish drop sink to the bottom of the bowl or when I tried to make pattern, they become glued into one thick gooey mess.

I give up! I felt I'm just throwing my mini OPI Alice in Wonderland Thanks so Muchness for nothing! Turns out, I'm not the one who feels about the frustration. You should read how miss A.L.U complains about this stupid marbling effect! RIGHT HERE!

That's it... the end of my dream of doing marble technique alone. Next time, I'll just drive by to the nearest saloon and told the manicurist to do some in my nails. *That's what saloon are for, right*

Until then, Happy Polishing!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Beauty Center... I hear VIOLET!

Dear Polishers,

It was two months ago when I saw a cosmetic shop in Emporium Pluit that stuck in my head. It's a cosmetic shop from Korea and usually, korean cosmetic has the best nail polish color! So I was going there and looking for something and stunt by at the nail polish section.

There they are, with beautiful bottle and reasonable cheap price. (the color is not much to brag since it's almost the same like you could find in faceshop)

But at that time... I don't feel I'm much of in-need of nailpolish so i just walk pass by and for two months!!! I kept thinking of that one store. I was looking in other stores in jakarta and I couldn't find that brand and yesterday, I had the chance to go to Empo once again and first place i go was that cosmetic shop! AND NOT FORGET TO GET SOME PICTURE!

So... basically. This shop offers the cheapest nailpolish price, and with the beautiful bottle (korean brand always known for their cute package!) and the color... yeah... it's kinda simple but hey... at least the color was quite colorfull!

I'm picking up for one color and I choose violet. It was frosty pearl violet and you could find similar color in VOV cosmetic.

And this is how it looks on my nails!

The picture was a bit blue, but the bottle is kinda a bit purple, but it doesn't matter, because it's kinda duo-chrome color. The color is not that special but i love how it gives some effect to your nails. For the formula, It's applicable, easy to remove, smell as bad as faceshop but still tolerated.

the Result is EXTREMELY SATISFYING! (although I didn't check much longer if this thing makes your nails goes yellow! but at least it's cheaper than faceshop!)

Unfortunately, you could only find this in Jakarta Emporium Pluit or in Batam (and why the heck it has to be in BATAM?!)

So... grab one of these polish! Guess it wins my worth-to-buy award!

Until then, Happy Polishing!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's Skins Blue Shimmer vs Faceshop Blue Shimmer

Dear Polishers,

I remember to give you swatches of two similar dark navy blue shimmer by It's skins and faceshop. Although they're not identical, I still want to compare them due to similar color.

So here it is... It's skin blue shimmer

and faceshop blue shimmer...

The only difference of this polish is that the faceshop had this pink glitter, hide behind those blue shimmer while the it's skin doesn't serve anything beside blue, blue, and blue.

I love the color so much... Maybe It's the only faceshop polish I don't regret buying it. I even put it in my toe nails for 3 weeks and what did i got.... YELLOW almost ORANGE nails! Can you imagine?!

But despite all of it, I still love you blue baby faceshop!

Until then, Happy Polishing!



Dear Polishers,

Morning guys, I just read my twitter when my friend, Anin, wrote in her twitter

"U need to tell us what's 3free ;)"

(Before I continue, I was having a nostalgic moment about how Anin and I met through my high school friend. I was looking for a designer and there she is... jumping almost become my saviour of the day if my boss didn't ruin her chance. We've meet once and suddenly... INSTANT CONNECTION! I talk longer than I used to talk to my high school friend)

So, back to business, i was like... I'm kinda a douche talking about 3free but didn't tell you guys what's a 3free. Well so i decided to talk about 3 free polish!

Mostly, my guidance is from miss ALU, You can read it from her blog, for complete information but I'll just copy paste it from her blog... although with some edit here and there.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a plasticiser to prevent chips and cracks. It's oily liquid you find in some polish. Not evaporate easily into the atmosphere.

Over 75% of DBP is used as a plasticiser in polymers such as PVC, 14% is used in adhesives, 7% in printing inks and 3% in other miscellaneous uses, including cosmetics.

Formaldehyde does not exist in nail polish. It is used in some nail hardeners but not in the actual polish. A resin, tosylamide/formaldehyde resin, makes the polish tough and resilient.

According to miss All Lacquered Up, it isn’t actually an issue unless you have a reaction to the formaldehyde resin. The bottom line, you should be aware of formaldehyde in your treatment products, not polish.

Toluene (methylbenzene, toluol, phenylmethane) is a solvent that makes the polish easy to apply. It is an aromatic hydrocarbon commonly used as an industrial solvent for the manufacturing of paints, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and rubber.

Toluene is found in gasoline, acrylic paints, varnishes, lacquers, paint thinners, adhesives, glues, rubber cement, airplane glue, and shoe polish. At room temperature, toluene is a colorless, sweet smelling, volatile liquid.

So i guess if your polish smells, it might be the effect of this chemical.

Why are they bad?

according to miss ALU:

I’m not convinced that they are bad. I really think this is something each person should decide for themselves. There are risks and effects caused by exposure to each of these chemicals. But, whether or not limited exposure to polish will actually result in those effects is yet to be determined. I don’t feel it is my place to make that call so I choose to present you with the info I’ve found so you can make up your own mind

According to me:

I think it does give some effect on your nails. I remember using those cheap nail polish for more than a week and i realize my nails become yellow. But when I use the 3free brand, i didn't find yellow nails.


It's rare to find 3free polish. There was this brand called "wild and crazy" once sold in C&F Perfume shop for only 39.000idr back in 2007, but now... you could only find it on special occasion and promo. Last time I bought it for 35.000 idr, but then I buy it for buy 1 get 1 promo. (But too bad there's only a very limit option!) So right now, if you want to find a 3free polish, OPI is the only option (with high price!) But... some sacrifice has to be made. Or... you could find alternative by buying from the internet online shop. You can buy OPI a lot of cheaper than the price in t store.

So... what do you think. Still want to use the usual nail polish or moved to the 3free or even 4free(I'll tell u later about the 4free polish)?!

Until then, Happy Polishing!