Aside from mahjong, today I finally lived the wonderful high life of a rich tai tai. I met some friends at Marina Bay Sands and we decided to browse the shop facades (cos there was no way we could afford anything sold there so no point entering the shops). As we strolled along the glamorous walkways, we came across a water body in the middle of the mall.
It’s like a blatant rip-off from the Venetian in Las Vegas and Macau! The only difference? They named it the sampan ride. Seriously, a gondola is wayyy cooler than a sampan. This whole sampan thing just doesn’t fit the atas atmosphere of MBS! It was just weird.
Anyway, we were walking forever to look for this cafe called High Society but we couldn’t find it. So we settled for TWG instead. And let me just say that the tea menu is insane. So many teas in so many custom blends! And they all had such pretty names! I eventually narrowed it down to this:
In addition, I ordered some macaroons in mint, grapefruit and rose. They were sooo yummy. Especially the mint one. And so we sat there for an hour plus to sip tea and chat. Seriously, TWG is damn atas. Every piece of cutlery has the TWG logo on it even the table cloth and they have so many servers in white uniform to pour tea into your cup every few minutes. Furthermore, these servers speak a variety of languages so you never have to worry about language barrier if you are a tourist. These people are highly trained professionals. Don’t play play.
Tea for two?
After being completely spoiled, my friends and I decided to head back to Millenia Walk and I scouted around for a dress for the various weddings (I’ve got three!!) that I have to attend this year. In the end, I found something really chic in Summerdoll. A navy, polkadot number that fit me to a tee. I was mighty pleased because not only was it suitable for a church wedding event, it was very work friendly too!
Can’t you see I’m in love?
It’s so hard to find a structured dress that fits so well! No alterations needed! Also, the friendly salesgirl informed me that there was a facebook contest going on and all I needed to do was to type a comment about why I love Summerdoll dresses and I could possibly win a dress of my choice! Woohoo! So exciting right?
In addition, Parco was having some scratch and win contest so I handed my receipt to the customer service counter and I was entitled to two scratch and win cards. And I was so lucky! I won a $10 OPI service voucher and an Envirosax bag worth $15!
So I proceeded to the OPI nail bar to get an express manicure for only $6 and the color I chose was Hey! Get in Lime!
Here’s what it looks like in real life…
I don’t quite understand why it’s called Hey! Get in Lime! cos it doesn’t really look like a lime green to me. It’s more peppermint green. But in any case, I’m in love with this colour and so are many others according to the shop. They are all out of bottles and left with only the testers.
And what I’m grabbing is the Envirosax bag! I absolutely love it cos it’s so small and portable so I can just pop it in my handbag and whenever I need to buy groceries or smtg, all I need to do is remove the button and tada! a bag! Apparently, it’s strong enough to withstand 10kg worth of barang barang!
The cute bear design is an added bonus!
It comes in 4 different designs but I thought this one suited my personality the best. The saleswoman was awesome. I opened it up to take a look and she taught me how to fold it back!
I had such a wonderful time today at TWG and Parco. I ate, shopped, did my nails and got freebies to boot! I love what Parco is doing to attract more customers. It’s a really effective strategy. I mean, who doesn’t love to win vouchers and freebies? I for one love redeeming stuff. I’m definitely bringing my parents there to shop more just so I can get more scratchcards!!
so post-sleepover, it was quite evident I hadn’t had enough of Rachel’s polishes. Kind, generous her allowed me to hold on to some from her stash to try in the following weeks so that I wouldn’t need to go insane alternating everything, hahaha. It’s been known for awhile that OPI released a few limited edition suede polishes, but somehow these never really seemed to take off like the cracked polishes.
I hardly ever paint my toe nails because personally I find it such a pain to remove polish off my toenails, but rachel convinced me to (plus there were really too many polishes to swatch). OPI’s Ink Suede is a much prettier blue than I expected, though it isn’t a true blue like OPI’s Blue My Mind, it holds its own. In the bottle it looks rather silvery and I was rather nervous whilst painting it because it seemed so clumpy. However, it was surprisingly easy to paint and turned out more blue than silver.
OPI Ink Suede
- Colour: Matte blue with silver microshimmer
- Opacity: in 2 coats
- Dries: very quickly
- Imperfections: very visible if not painted properly, prone to showing the ridges of nails if nails are not buffed. Apply thickly rather than thinly so that the coat can be smooth, as it dries really fast.
I cannot emphasize more how quickly the suede polishes dry, suffice it to say that by the time I’m done painting one hand, the first three fingers I painted would already be dry. Amazing! & awesome for the speedy urban chick who doesn’t want to waste time waving her hands around trying to get the polish to dry asap.
OPI’s We’ll Always have Paris Suede is more to my liking, I just have a weakness for purple polishes. As you can see, I couldn’t help showing how close the colour is to my room walls, haha. This polish is a really gorgeous colour and made me appreciate the matte finish so much more. I love it! However, a slight disadvantage of the suede polishes is that you can’t apply a topcoat. Doing so would render it glossy like any other polish and ruin the matte/suede effect.
OPI We’ll Always have Paris Suede
- Colour: purple with silver mircroshimmer
- Opacity: in 1 – 2 coats
- Dries: very quickly
- Imperfections: very visible if not painted properly, both suede polishes wear off/chip within 2 days due to the lack of a topcoat, which makes it quite a pity.
At the moment, all suede polishes from OPI are limited edition and have been discontinued, so if you see it on the shelf, grab it! Because that’s all that’s left now, production has ceased. Alternatively, you can look at various other polish lines that also produce polishes with the suede/matte effect. Having jumped onto the suede bandwagon, I myself am considering purchasing colours from the Zoya Matte Velvet Winter and Fall Collections.
So what do you think about suede/matte polishes? Yay or Nay? Take our poll! :)
Continuing from where I left off previously on my sleepover nail fest with Rachel, here’s what I painted on my right hand – alternating shimmery pinks from OPI and The Faceshop :)
This pink PP407 by Faceshop was soo pretty! Pink with silver medium sized shimmer. Compared to the OPI of course, it definitely paled in terms of quality. Post-painting, the surface of this polish felt rather rough and coarse, I definitely had to use a top coat on this one. Comparatively, the OPI was smooth to the touch.
As part of the Serena Williams Grand Slam OPI Collection, Rally Pretty Pink (don’t you just love those witty OPI names?) is more of a gold, with a pink undertone. It wasn’t exactly my favourite when I put it on as I tend to lean towards silvers and greys far more, but it definitely grew on me because I loved the depth and how unique the colour was. Still not my favourite though, I do prefer the Faceshop colour over this one.
The OPI Grand Slam France Collection – credits to addictedtoallthingspretty
& here’s my outfit inspiration!
I’ve been feeling pretty inspired by blues and greens lately. They go so well together and even in bright combinations, don’t seem too inappropriate or bimbotically girly for the workplace. :D or at least that’s what I tell myself! Since my fellow nail fanatic Rachel came to sleepover some time ago, we did an epic nail swap & *omg* I tried so many new colours like a crazy, obsessed person (which believe me, I’m really not.) LOL.
Pictured above is a gorgeous green OPI Lacquer, named Yodel Me on My Cell. It’s a gorgeous sea green and I only painted 2 coats, which explains why it looks semi-sheer in the photograph. It looks opaque in natural light, so I didn’t notice whilst taking this photo. The green has very fine microshimmer of blue and silver, making it gorgeous to look at in both natural light and sunlight.
Aptly named Blue My Mind, this blue swept me off my feet. I’m usually into pinks, purples and greys with the odd orange here and there, but this was a really gorgeous colour I couldn’t stop staring at. If you’ve been looking for the perfect blue, well I’d say that OPI’s Blue My Mind hits the spot. perfectly.
& to match, here are my closet inspirations :)
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Have a great week ahead! :)
This week, I’ll be featuring swatches courtesy of my fellow nail polish fanatic Rachel :) Like me, Rachel has quite a large polish collection, so I thought that rather than recycling my polishes in different ways that would no doubt bore you in no time, I’d leech off her swatched photos as well :D what are friends for? haha!
The polishes of her choice this week are Ali’s Big Break from the OPI Burlesque collection and two polishes from the Nicole by OPI’s Tinsel Tips collection.
Given our polish obsessions, Rachel wisely invested in these mini collectible sets, rather than buy the full sized bottles. I, on the other hand, am now stuck in between a dilemma of buying new colours and wanting to finish all the polish in the 40+ bottles I have!
Featured first, is Ali’s Big Break from the Burlesque collection, layered over with Spark My Mistletoe from the Nicole by OPI collection
[left] indoor lighting, [right] sunlight
When I saw these pictures, I’ll admit I was struck by envy. I generally do steer clear of red polishes (until now I have but one red polish in my collection, even though it’s considered an “iconic” and “classic” colour), but the colour, enhanced by the gorgeous sparkle is just too pretty. I wouldn’t be able to stop staring at my nails if I had this on!
Also from the Nicole by OPI Tinsel Tips collection is Kiss Me at Midnight, which is what I’d describe as a plum/chocolate brown. It’s not dark enough to be mistaken for black, even in low light conditions. In the bottle, the shimmer looks quite exciting but it doesn’t photograph as well as it initially looks.
Still, I think it’s a really unique colour and wouldn’t mind adding it to my collection as well :) *immediately slaps self in face to stop wishful thinking* lol.
p.s. if you’d like to have your polish swatches featured on quirkychic as well, do email us! Our email add is somewhere on the right sidebar :) we’ll get back to you asap!
Nail freak that I am, it’s always a good idea to experiment with various creams and treatments to find out what benefits my nails. So recently on an online shopping trip to The Sample Store, I picked out Herbacin’s Wuta Kamille – Hand & Nail Balm. With aloe vera extra and vitamins A & E, the cream promises gorgeous hands and beautiful nails after frequent use.
Very much like a few other hand and nail creams i’ve used in the past, the cream is white, with a slightly thick texture. It isn’t the goopy kind though, rather, it really resembles the moisturizer i use on my face in my daily skincare regime. I did observe however, that it is slightly less greasy than Bodyshop Butters.
My verdict? the sachet is sufficient for 3 uses – I used it in between nail polishes before an application of a new colour. My nails were visibly stronger and did not yellow as they usually do with certain polishes. Not bad, but not necessary for me. It’s a good product, but not a wow product.
Since my previous topcoat was really low and becoming goopy, sticky and plain impossible to use, I decided to splurge and purchased OPI’s 3 in 1 Start to Finish Base & Top Coat
I think the pictures are pretty clear so I won’t go into great detail about the product. What I will say though, is that it seems fantastic at the moment. Unlike most top & base coats that i’m used to (silkygirl, kiss, sally hansen), OPI’s formulae is very thin and watery. At first I was really skeptical. Can such a thin layer protect my nails? Well, it definitely did! I’m very pleased with this product. Not only is it really easy to paint, but I also feel quite certain that unlike other top & base coats combinations I’ve used in the past, its thin formulae means it won’t turn sticky & goopy over time *crosses fingers in hope*
Waxing lyrical about its thin formulae once more – thin polishes usually don’t “set” well, meaning any error in painting is easily seen. However, this top & base coat set wonderfully and I really don’t have to worry about imperfections.
Perhaps what I will comment on will be its lasting power and shine. It’s not as long lasting as I’d like, about 3-4 days and is not really a very glossy topcoat.
& here are my nails for the week! a green-blue concoction by Malaysian brand Elianto. I purchased this last year on my holiday to Genting Highlands with a few friends. It cost me RM1!! That said, it’s ridiculously easy to paint but starts chipping off in a day :( The colour of the polish is more true to the picture on the right.
As polling day dawns, I see a glorious long weekend ahead. this month has been pretty awesome in terms of public holidays :) Vesak day is coming up next, yay!
As my room lighting is yellow, it was rather difficult capturing an accurate picture of OPI’s Funny Bunny, a jelly white I recently gained from a swap with one of my friends who is a fellow nail polish fanatic. I have to say, it was quite a pain applying this polish – the formula was really thin and translucent, which I’m really not used to. In the end, I layered about 3 times in order to achieve this almost opaque look. I do like the look of the “jelly” polish though!
Here’s my breakdown of OPI’s Funny Bunny
Colour: Jelly White
Imperfections: Invisible, unless there are scrapings. However, it is difficult to make the coverage of the polish look “even”
Dries: Medium speed, slightly slower than the average opi polish.
Am I pleased with it? hmm I’m not entirely sure, but I might try creating a franken polish with it – with some leftover pigments and one or two of my glitter polishes :D I have to admit though, that I do feel that its jelly finish is slightly more wearable and less headache-y than OPI’s Alpine Snow (Matte)
As for what I would pair with this manicure, here’s my take of it! Perfect for work, or even a day out :)
Especially since the jelly-ness of this polish makes it seem so much “softer”, I decided to go for soft rose pinks, beige and offwhites as well as dark grey (skirt) to have a balance of light + dark. Personally, I’d keep this look accessory free and put on more neutral-toned make up.
come from the Burlesque Collection by OPI! (in my very humble opinion) Though I know I’m rather late on when it comes to trying out the Burlesque polishes, I really couldn’t decide which colours I wanted to get before taking the plunge. After all, given my rather empty pockets at the moment, it’s not as if I could afford to buy the entire collection! Given that I really dislike the hassle of removing glitter polishes, I was more inclined to getting the shimmer ones, and purchased Take the Stage and Rising Star.
Take the Stage is a very pretty burnt orange, whilst Rising Star is a beautiful yellow-toned gold. I absolutely love them! Unlike other shimmers I’ve tried from various other brands, OPI’s has a gorgeous formula that goes on smooth with no problems, no visible streaking and the finish is wonderful. I’m now a fan of OPI’s shimmers! However for cremes I’d still go for China Glaze :)
Here’s a closeup of my alternating manicure – the polish is so easy to paint with I finished with hardly any errors, though I do slightly regret cutting my nails so short. Then again, I really dislike the feeling of long nails…
I’ll definitely be painting my toenails as well! Though I think with my toes I’ll have one foot completely painted with Take the Stage and the other with Rising Star, which will look so pretty with my new white peeptoe wedges from Mitju :) I love how festive and eye catching these shimmer polishes are, and though they won’t be extremely work appropriate, they’re not as loud as glitter polishes are and also not as difficult to remove :)
What’s on your nails this festive season?
Hot on the heels of its Burlesque collection, OPI is releasing its new Texas Collection, inspired by the girl from the wild, wild west.
The Texas collection was inspired by the concept of a denim-clad, spunky country girl who sexily kicks ass, and the colours don’t disappoint. One thing I’d always loved about OPI would be the interesting names it always comes up with. From looking at the names of this newest collection, OPI hasn’t lost out on its creativity just yet.
Plus, I’m loving their ads for the collection, which added a touch of luxe to the image of the country girl their collection revolves around. Sequins, gorgeous big hair and chunky accessories make the look.
It does surprise me though, that with their recent collaborations with celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Serena Williams, that OPI didn’t chose to have a country star like Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift to front their campaign for its Texas Collection.
I’m utterly seduced by the glorious head of red-brown hair their model has, and already I’m contemplating putting together a look inspired by how gorgeous the floaty white tops look with the denim shorts, paired with some fierce looking statement accessories.
What do you think of OPI’s TEXAS Collection? My favourite colour of the lot is Don’t Mess with OPI. What’s yours?
Hot on the heels of its collaborations with celebrities such as Serena Williams, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, OPI is releasing its Glee collection, inspired by the television show in February 2011.
- Diva-in-Training – A poppy pink hue
- Gleek Out – A lime, glittery green
- Miss Bossy Pants – A rich raspberry
- Mash-Up – Pearlescent green gray
- Slushied – Opaque Blue
- Hell to the No – Purple
- Who Let the Dorks Out? – Peacock green
and the colours that are only available as part of the mini set:
- Celibacy Club (mini set exclusive)– A Glimmering Diamond Top Coat
- Sue Vs Shue (mini set exclusive) – Navy blue
- Express Yourself to Yourself (mini set exclusive)– Coral shimmer shade
In conjunction with these nail colours, Sephora by OPI Glee will also be releasing 3 different designs of chic nail appliques ($15USD each) They are estimated to last about 2 days on your nails.
I really love the gold stars! They really look so pretty and funky. However the polka dots can be easily done at home with an old ball point pen and the right combination of polish. Nail tutorial coming up soon :)
You can catch an early glimpse of these colours on the Valentine’s Day Episode of Glee, scheduled for February 8th. Personally, I think it’s a great marketing scheme for OPI. I’m predicting a gossip girl inspired collection next! :)