DIY gelish nails x normal nail polishes

YES! You’ve read it right! I’ve attempted to go all full force by experimenting using normal nail polishes and mixing it with gelish nail polishes (base and top coats).

I’ve always wanted to try using normal nail polishes as the base colour because gelish nail polishes are DAMN EXPENSIVE!!! It costs about $20 per bottle vs $8 (china glaze from DYON international – Cineleisure Scape)! I bought my 1st gelish nail polishes, top and base coats from gelish harmony from DYON as well 🙂

I’ve to first disclaim that the results might not turn out as pretty as gelish nail polishes or durable for that matter. But keep my fingers crossed anyhoo.

Here are the products and tools that were used.

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Now, don’t say that I’ve not been sharing awesome deals (if you’ve been reading my blog, you would know I DO share great buys with honest reviews (not sponsored)).

Base coat, Top Coat and China glaze were bought from DYON International from Cineleisure Scape. I’ve even linked their Facebook page for you 🙂 How can you not love me eh? I’ve been getting most of my OPI and China Glaze nail polishes from them. China Glaze are going for 3 for $20! How can you resist?! Well, I couldn’t. So I’ve quite a handful of them lying around, which I thought might not work with gelish nail polishes or curing with UV/LED lamp.

But tadah! IT WORKS!

Laquee Rette Blue Purple Glitter were from Qoo10 – lovely.desiires

Cute Ribbon LED Lamp (18Watts) and Gelish Harmony Nail Surface Cleanse from Qoo10 – Crystalife

You can actually replace the Nail Surface Cleanse with lint wipes as well 🙂

How do you go about DIY-ing your own gelish nails?

I’ve actually blogged a detailed entry on this before, so please read here if you are keen 🙂 It’s actually not that difficult, except if you have to remove your previous gelish nails on your own (which I’ve also included a step-by-step in that tutorial post) and if you have shaky/retarded left hand like mine. Other than that, it’s pretty simple and hassle-free with LED lamps!

Here’s the final result!

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A thousand apologies for the poor reso and lighting. The picture doesn’t do justice for the colours. I mean it’s not 100% salon-standard quality, but it’s still acceptable and pretty for a DIY attempt! I shouldn’t be so hard on myself… HAHA!

The purple base colour is actually much lighter than you see in the pictures.

I love how both purple base and glitter colours have a tinge of blue undertones and slight shimmery sheen! Both colour combinations kinda reminds me of fairytale pixie magical dust… you know what I mean.

Googled some images on the China Glaze Tantalise me so you actually have a clearer view on the colour.

A little short review on the products and sellers.

lovely.desiires : Spillage in 1 of the 3 bottles I bought. Delivery was long as items were mailed from HongKong. Took abt 2 weeks. Seller’s customer service was acceptable. Nail polishes were cheap compared to other brands such as Gelish Harmony. Honestly, I do not think the brand matters as well as the product works well for you and proves its worth. So far, the 3 Laquee Rette glitter UV/gel nail polishes worked well for me 🙂 But I can’t be 100% sure if its authentic? Nevermind that, like I’ve said, as long as it works well for me, I don’t mind if it’s non-authentic or an inferior brand.

Crystalife : One of my favourite sellers on Qoo10! Her customer service is superb! Replies very promptly. Her items have proved their worth thus far. Bought the LED lamp, nail cleanse and acetone. She sells gelish nail polishes with brands such as Gelish Harmony and Artistic too (20$ ++) and other nail art tools.

DYON International : maintains sales both online on their FB page as well as retail flea market booth at Scape. Takes some time to reply queries via FB and some queries were left unanswered and ignored. But staff at the booth was alright. Prices for China Glaze and OPI were quite cheap. Gelish Harmony polishes were market price. Bought a better base coat for strengthening my soft brittle nails at 30$++ but didn’t prove its worth, but gotta continue using it, no choice.

So yes, I hope these reviews were of some help to you. Like I’ve always said, sharing is caring. 🙂

And yes, in conclusion, YOU CAN MIX NORMAL NAIL POLISHES WITH GELISH NAIL POLISHES in this sequence (apply gelish base coat – cure it under UV/LED lamp – apply normal nail polish (I applied 2 coats) – cure it under the lamp (IT ACTUALLY WORKS! HAHA!) – apply additional glitter/nail designs (optional) – cure it under the lamp – apply top coat (u can apply 2 coats – cure it under lamp – wipe with nail surface cleanse/lint wipes)

Just hope this combination lasts though 😉

HAVE FUN GIRLS! 😀

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Skin & Lab Pore Tightening Bubble Powder Mask & Cleanser

Beauty Review

*Disclaimer : This is NOT  an advertorial neither was I sponsored with the items. I bought them at Qoo10 from this seller, which is the official seller for Skin&Lab products.

With all the hype about Korea, it’s K-Pop celebrities and their beauty industry, I reckon why not in trying them out.

A brief info about Skin&Lab :

Mission

To lead Korean beauty trend worldwide, we want to make customers experience as our first priority and introduce the best products at the most affordable price!

Description

Skin&Lab is created based on the results of experiments with dermatologists in Korea. It consists of hypoallergenic materials passed with strict skin test, approved by KDA (Korea) and received the Product Notification from HSA(Singapore). 

The products use all natural vitamins to supply its effectiveness to your skin directly.

Dr. Jongmin, Park is an authorized dermatologist in Korea.

He contributes his dermatological knowledge to Skin&Lab by giving the advice on the product development and developing the formulation and ingredients of the vitamin cream.

He currently held positions at the following department

– Korean board of Dermatology

 – US medical board(USMLE)

 – Massachusetts General Hospital, Cosmetic laser center, fellow

 – Wellman Center for Photomedicine Harvard Medical School, Research fellow

 – American board of antiaging medicine(A4M)

 – Reviewer of dermatologic surgery journal

 – Dept of Dermatology, Hanyang University Medical Center, Clinical professor

 – Director of ZELL dermatology and cosmetic laser center 

Dr. Jong Min Park is the Director of ZELL dermatology and cosmetic laser & surgery center, Clinical professor of Dermatology at the University of Hanyang and one of the Asian’s leading laser surgeon. He has given lectures on a variety of lasers at many world-class laser meetings including ASLMS(American society for lasers in medicine and surgery), IMCAS(International master course on aging skin), KDA(Korean dermatological association) and Chinese society of cosmetic surgery and antiaging medicine etc as an invited speaker. He is also working with top-level laser companies from USA, Israel and south Korea as a luminary.

He specializes in the treatment of recalcitrant acne/acne scar and aging signs including sagging skin, wrinkles, sunken cheeks and pigmentary disorders(melasma, lentigines, freckles, etc). Dr. Park has also trained hundreds of physicians in the proper use and application of lasers in medicine.

Dr Park will be every step with you to the perfect and flawless skin and appearance you have always wished.

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I bought their Vitamin Creams as well – A, E and K – which I would leave it for reviews another day 🙂 So stay tuned!

As you can see, only the Bubble Powder Mask & Cleanser is available hence the purchase. This item is also used as the 1st step to the Pore Tightening 3-Step Programme. As I was looking for a clay mask instead of sheet masks, I decided to get this despite not having the other 2 items available. It didn’t matter to me.

It comes with a mixing bowl and brush. At first I was skeptical as to the quality of the brush, especially when it’s made in China, but it proves its worth. It’s really worth and easy to apply on your face. The mixing bowl is also made of rubber plastic instead of glass so there is no risk of breaking it.

A close-up :

And its functions :

Step 1 : Pour an appropriate amt into the bowl

Step 2 : Drip some water onto the powder – need to have a good estimation. Previously in my 1st attempt, I added too much water and the mask became extremely watery and drippy, and I couldn’t use it as a cleanser because I’ve  already cleansed my face before. So it’s not wise to re-cleanse because it would strip off any natural moisture and oil from your skin.

Step 3 : Mix the powder and water together using the brush until it becomes a thick liquid

Step 4 : Apply and spread evenly on your face using the brush provided. Avoid areas around the lips (which I didn’t!) and eye areas.

Step 5 : Wash it off with water thoroughly after that.

So far, I’ve been using it as a mask and this is my 2nd attempt.

Pros :

  1. Helped clarified and removed some gunk I had on my cheeks and especially on my chin but not totally.
  2. Face looked instantly brighter and fairer
  3. Skin feels softer and smoother
  4. Mask hardens quite quickly but it also depends on how much water you use to mix
  5. Skin feels extremely tightened after that – but left me feeling rather dry too. Can’t decide which is which.

Cons :

  1. Still left with some stubborn gunk on my face
  2. Need to have a good estimation of the qty of powder to be used as well as how much water is required to create a tacky clay mask
  3. A tad difficult to wash off as there were some residue left even after washing

Overall rating :

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I hope this review if of some help to you or potentially as one in the future 🙂

On a cheery note, it’s TGIF today! But without bf who is away at Bangkok for 5D4N! 😦 Miss you dear ❤

Can’t wait for next week because it’s gonna be an awesome happening one!!! 😀

Thanks for reading! 🙂

xoxo,

Jean

Fashion Advertorial – Let’s Buttons Up!

Sponsorship

Let’s Buttons Up was very kind to sponsor me this beautiful piece of dress which carries uniqueness.

I chose this exquisite piece not only because it caught my eye, but also because I’ve not seen it sold anywhere else, thus affirming its exclusivity.

Taken from Let’s Buttons Up’s website :

As shown from the pictures, the dress is made up of different materials which illustrates its specialty.

“A lustrous body-conscious sleeveless dress features a round neckline, finished hem, intricate lace details and is designed with monochrome matelassé skirt. This dainty little number doesn’t include any closures allowing it to lay down smoothly. Available in Mustard, Coral and Green.”

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This is certainly an awesome online shop not to be missed so bookmark them in your ‘Online Shops’ list now! 🙂

A little update on my hauls over the weekend

I don’t usually shop at retail stores unless really necessary, for example, to get stuffs from convenience stores. 

Shopped over at GMarket, otherwise now known as Qoo10, and bought these items (and more to come! =x)

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This seller on gmarket provides very efficient delivery and all items were packed nicely and bubble wrapped for the eyeliners, to prevent any breakage. 

Have been wanting to try out nu bra for the longest time but decided to get the newer version of the bra with adhesive sides. It has sticky sides but I wonder how effective it is and whether it would slip off any moment while wearing it. Also, cleaning it seems to be a little problematic as well as it might lose its stickiness? It came with a free underwear too and it was a G-String pls -.-

Anyway, tried out some swatches of the eyeliners (Silver, white copper and black). The silver being the lightest and faintest didn’t excite me at all. Am loving the white and black one best. White ones are perfect for brightening your eye rims (the inner corners of your eyes near your tear ducts) and black ones are awesome for a little rugged look for smokey eyes. Would definitely post up an entry on these eyeliners when I get a chance to use them.

And yes, bought the black double eyelid tapes again! Really awesome! Even my colleague commented that I look different with them and that they are nice 🙂 Got it cheaper compared to the previous seller on GMarket.

Heh, definitely 2 thumbs up for this seller!

You guys can start shopping away at this shop : http://www.qoo10.sg/shop/wow_wild?goodscode=405256939#ci 

Out damn Monday Blues! Now, begone! 

ENJOY SHOPPING! 😀

xoxo,
Jean