Tuesday, 30 April 2013

will do nails for food.

had a lunch date with my cousin today at Jamie's Italian on Pitt St after a ridiculous exam..

it was quite nice.. we had pasta and a side salad.. something i'd definitely want to do again.. this was the best thing that has come out of my painting nails so far.. got a free lunch..

and my nails of the day.. i really liked the galaxy nails i did the other day.. so i thought i'd do a spin off of it.. maybe.. graffiti nails? for this manicure i used China Glaze Liquid Leather for the base. and sponged on OPI No Spain No Gain and DS Tapestry BYS Matte Blue Sinful Colors Snow Me White and topped it off with two coats of Australia Speck-tacular.

now back to more articles and readings for my group presentation on top of all the other readings i have to do with my assessments.. fun days. and they all say student life is about drunken lesbian orgies.. pssch.. i'm clearly being jipped.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

sunday funday

spent the day with the other half.. i guess rekindling and making up for our mental breakdown last night... and guess what he did while i was at church...

yep.. all 572 assembled nail polish bottles waiting to be used!

and.. in our craze.. i managed to talk him to making a guinea pig bottle...!

well.. we learned 3 things out of this experiment..
-need a funnel
-the "strong tinters" are actually really potent and..

leading up to all of this i've been thinking up ideas and what things to mix. so i'll have a good idea of what i want as soon as i start instead of spend all the time and resources just mixing up fail bottles... so i am very keen.. but i need to stay grounded because i still have a ton of exams and assessments due before i can run away with my glitter fantasies.. but most of all.. i worry they might not sell well... seeing there are quite a few aussie indie polish makers now.. and a lot of them very good too *panics* not to mention.. it's not my money that i'm playing with.. he's been the one to invest in this business adventure.. so i REALLY need for it to go well.. if at the least make back what we've spent.. but realistically.. i really do want this to go far.. mostly cause it's a fun hobby for me.. and lets me.. i guess escape reality for a while.. even just for a little.. i feel so.. blessed and happy when people notice the work i put in.. and makes me motivated to do more.
SO.. only 8 weeks to go now..!

Nail art april galaxy nails

my rendition of Galaxy nails!

for this manicure i used. China Glaze Liquid Leather for the base. sponged on Sinful Colors Snow Me White. OPI No Spain No Gain. BYS Matte Blue and Rhapsody. placed the starts and moon from FemmeFatale cosmetics Suspended Starlight and topped it off with Australis Speck-tacular

Saturday, 27 April 2013

better than being alone..?

the last blue nails for autism awareness month

for this manicure i used Smitten Polish Winter Is Coming and China Glaze Liquid Leather for the hearts. just felt like doing something girly.

went out for dinner with some old primary school friends.. 

it had been so long since i had seen them all at the same time let alone in the same room. everyone sharing snippets of their life's happenings and the few sneak peeks into their love lives. 
it was no surprise that i had gotten into a domestic with the other half before going to the dinner.. he was out with his friends watching Iron Man 3 and a misunderstanding exchange of words sparked it all.  as per usual.. escalated.. swapped mean words and then elongated silence. 
from what i heard.. apparently all couples have their fights.. but sometimes i wonder are they as trivial as mine.. or if they happen as frequent as mine does.. i don't think we've ever gone a whole week without fighting.. it's almost like a ritual now.. it's not right unless we argue at least once a week. and i know i've mentioned this in a previous post.. but.. it's just so frustrating and it makes me cold and distant.. it's not easy as hugging it out.. i physically cannot do that.. and i feel like the more these arguments happen.. the further and further we push each other apart.. not like we need anymore distance than we already have between us.. 
least i had a nice night with some female company.. made me feel a little less lonely and hey.. ice cream heals all.

Friday, 26 April 2013

bestie twin nail date 3

this week was my turn to choose the theme for the bestie twin nail date with @nailingaround and in my indecisiveness.. we came up with this...

i don't think it turned out too bad.. although she puts my marbling to shit.. we already know how terrible i am at it anyways =P

for this manicure i used OPI Dulche de Leche Portmans Cherry China Glaze Liquid Leather and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

water marbling attempt 2

was determined to get this marbling thing right.. everyone else makes it look so easy.. for this manicure i used BYS Matte Green and Sally Hansen Frutti Petutie over Sinful Colors Snow Me White topped off with OPI Last Friday Night to cover up the horrible bubbling.. i just can't seem to get it right.. idk if it's the water i'm using.. or the polishes.. it seems to dry before i can use the tooth pick to draw out the design with a toothpick.. or when i go to dip my finger in.. i either don't get the design i want.. or.. i get mounds of bubbles =="

back to pretending to study.. i seriously can't wait for uni to be over.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

mood changing?

because gradients are all i'm worth...

must say.. this is one of my better works ^_^

for this manicure i used Sally Hansen Petal Pusher and Jaded topped off with Insta-Dri :D

--things aren't going so hot again.. the constant up and down.. i mentally can't keep up anymore and i'm sure he's starting to feel drained if not already. just the constant misunderstandings and petty little arguments that escalate into huge fights. long distance relationships are probably one of the most hardest things i've ever emotionally been through.. it's great when you're together. it's easier to convey emotion and feeling when you're with someone.. but through the phone or online.. just seems so cold and disconnected.. when most of the time.. all you want is a hug to let them and yourself know that everything is going to be ok.. but no.. time difference.. i have uni stress.. he has work stress.. nothing but a cluster fcuk of ridiculousness waiting to explode. i'm supposed to be head deep in my studies for the next couple of weeks leading towards exams and end of semester.. but i can't concentrate with all this bickering and loneliness.
-i wish i could tell you how much i miss you. i wish i could hold you and tell you that everything is going to be ok. that i just want to be around you. feel your warmth and see your smile. but i'm here. and you're there.. and all i can do is to love you from afar.. best as i can and the only way i know how to.. i know we've been through a lot of hurt and said many mean things to one another.. but i need you to need me because i need you and most of all i need you to love me. because i love you.

Monday, 22 April 2013

i did it!

my very first successful water marble!!!

i know i know.. it's definitely not the best looking marble in the world.. but it's a huge feat for me.
for this manicure i used Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the base and Sally Hansen Frutti Petutie and Jaded for the marble. Topped off with China Glaze Golden Enchantment.. because everything is better with glitter xP

now.. off to my studies.. exam tomorrow =="

Saturday, 20 April 2013

the indie that started it all...

the one that inspired me to both use and make indie nail polishes.. i only hope to be half as good as she is

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Suspended Starlight over China Glaze Liquid Leather... i die.

Friday, 19 April 2013

bestie twin friday date night 2!

yes yes.. i am fully aware that i am the fat ugly sister.. hahaha for more follow @mulanpoopy and @nailingaround on instagram!

have a great weekend everyone!

would you like a spot of tea?

not too fancy just a little bit schmancy ;)

took le bestie to High Tea today at the QVB. and i must say.. it wasn't what i had expected at all.. i mean don't get me wrong.. it was very quaint and fancy.. but i guess for a girl who's used to loud surroundings and more or less "street food" it was a very different atmosphere than i had anticipated.

going into it.. i was famished.. but after half a scone with cream and jam i was absolutely struggling to finish the rest..

all in all it was a nice experience.. but i don't think i'll be going again.. it was nice and all but for the price.. i personally don't think it's worth it.

but with that being said.. i hope you had an awesome time Betty! And very Happy Birthday to you!

my nails for the tea party...

i think it's quite girly and fitting ^_^

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Prayers for Boston 2

Smitten Polish Look To The Western Sky. 4 coats topped off with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri to represent Purple for Boston

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


just a quickie leopard print in between studying and the endless thousand word essays because i'm not inspired to do anything else.. and it's one of the few i can do well without taking hours to do..

for this manicure i used Butter London West End Wonderland. Portmans Cherry and China Glaze Liquid Leather.

--still up and down relationship wise.. good days.. bad days.. happy days.. crying days. sometimes i feel like we're the only ones going through this constant rut... wondering when it'll end..

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Prayers for Boston

After hearing the tragic bombings in Boston a group of ladies on instagram decided to get together and paint their nails purple in respect for those who were injured, lost lives or loved ones in the tragedy.

for this manicure i used BYS Matte Purple, Smitten Polish Look To The Western Sky. Shades Of Phoenix Dionysus and China Glaze Liquid Leather.

live. love and count your blessings because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Monday, 15 April 2013

i've got the blues...

cold and rainy monday here today. had an exam this morning.. it was very.. unpleasant to say the very least... but.. least my nails looked pretty.. although it really matched the weather..

this beauty is 2 coats of Emily de Molly Somber Party a delicate grey cream jelly with blue and pink fine glitters topped off with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.

some white english breakfast tea to soothe the cold. his sweater to soothe the loneliness and music for the long train ride home.. to more assessments and studying for more exams ><

Saturday, 13 April 2013

wishing my other half a very happy birthday!

wishing my other half a very awesome 26th birthday filled with lots of cake and love with a side of internet porn and tissues.. hahahahhaa i'm sorry i cant be there so celebrate it with you but i hope you know how much you are loved and adored. may i share many more birthdays with you but this one the last one apart ♥

(he'd kill me if he knew i shared this picture publicly.. hahaha that's his asian name xP)

and some cupcake nailart to celebrate the occasion...!

Friday, 12 April 2013

bestie twin friday date night!

ever since i joined instagram.. i've met some incredible women and made quite a few friends.. we all share our interest in nail polish and nail art and even sometimes emotional struggles.. i've teamed up with a very talented lady from brisbane and every friday we collaborate to do nailsrt and this is what we came up with...

this week was gradient leopard print! @nailingaround vs @mulanpoopy !

i'm quite proud of my gradient if i do say so myself..!

if you haven't joined yet.. and if anyone is even reading this.. my instagram is @mulanpoopy come join in the nail awesomeness!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

game of polish?

another aussie indie...!

Smitten Polish 3 coats of Winter Is Coming from her Game Of Thrones inspired collection!

and... first picture taken in my brand spanking new light box from the other half! an absolute steal on ebay for $35 shipping inclusive including 2 lamps, light box itself and backdrops.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

it's finally happening!

look what came in the post today!

glitters galore!

i absolutely cannot wait to get my asian fingers on these bad boys and start brewing my potions. so many ideas and so much glitter i don't know what to do with myself!!!

he's been nothing but supportive and helpful in this whole indie polish making endeavour. when it came to emailing the suppliers and mostly financing everything. i have a tendency to over look small print and finer details so he's the one to pick up where i leave off.. so thank goodness for that.. not to mention much more patience when it comes to dealing obvious money hungry sellers clearly trying to rip you off..
we went through numerous suppliers when it came to ordering the bottles... our biggest issue was when it came to the quantity... if you want cheap.. you buy in bulk.. but to our dismay.. buying in bulk meant a minimum order of 10 000 bottles! and mind you.. that's actually the smaller amount compared to other suppliers we had contacted which ranged from the hundreds of thousands to millions! situational wise... 10k isn't THAT huge of an amount.. only thing is.. because i'm only just starting.. i don't know how well i'm going to do.. and if it's a bust.. (knock on wood) what am i going to do with a couple thousand empty nail polish bottles...?!
with that being said.. we chose the smaller option which ended up to be much safer even though it was about triple the cost per bottle.. but it'd be safer in the long run so that we know how well we'd do in case we decide to pull out or keep going...

and we're back to the name... =="

Sunday, 7 April 2013

support aussie indie makers!

Emily De Molly.. why has it taken me this long to find you...

3 coats of the delectable Sakura topped off with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. what more is there to say about this? it's just so delicate and pretty.. for some reason it makes me think of... weddings...

speaking of.. a couple of posts earlier i spoke about my failed hitch attempt.. we've briefly discussed it a little recently.. and i think we've finally decided on a date.. for real this time. no more games no more doubts. do or die. (i really will kill him if it falls through again) summer of 2015! obviously there's still a lot of time and we still have a lot to learn about each other.. but this is what we want and this is going to happen...

--i gave him an opportunity to have a "quaint and intimate wedding" (cheap and budgeted) but.. he blew it.. so now... i'm going to go all out! i'll have elephants if i damn well want! turtle doves set free as i say i do.. fcuk yeah! xD

Friday, 5 April 2013

new aussie indies!

introducing my very first Shades Of Phoenix and Gloss' n Sparkle indies! i was so excited to receive these in the mail today.. my mom thought it was being hysterical...

from left to right: Shades Of Phoenix Hades and Dionysus and Gloss' n Sparkle Edge of the World and After School Special

Shades Of Phoenix Hades

Gloss' n Sparkle Edge Of The World

Gloss' n Sparkle After School Special

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

something elegant

my very first lace nail art!

for this manicure i used Color Club Soft Chiffon and Sinful Colors Snow Me white and Easy Going

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

something new?

for the longest time.. i used to only buy OPI products... for no particular reason other than being a difficult little snot hahaha. but ever since i moved to Australia.. i quickly learned that nail polish is NOT cheap here. and OPI nail polish go for about 20 bucks a pop.. so being an avid instagrammer now.. i've been seeing lots of posts about a new brand named ulta3. for the most part the conception is, you get what you pay for.. so usually whenever you see things that usually sell much much more for less.. you're a little skeptical.. but.. to my great shock.. the other half surprised me with these suckers...

he drove to Garden City in Perth to get them at the Coles for a steal of $2 each!

the colors from left to right: Soft Hydrangea. Lilac Bloom. Corsican Rose. Brandy Wine. Blue Marlin. Hollywood and Black Satin.

i can't wait to try them. but for now they sit in my box of nailpolish i left behind stashed underneath his bed =="

Monday, 1 April 2013

April is blue for autism awareness

blue and white flower dotticure

for this manicure i used BYS Matte Blue. Sinful Colors Snow Me White and China Glaze Liquid Leather