Today I have a special polish that I picked up from the & Other Stories store during my Milan trip. I’ve read all about & Other Stories, the higher end line of H&M, but I was super excited to actually visit one of their stores in Corso Vittorio Emanuele 1! Standing in front of the nail polish rack on the dedicated cosmetics floor of the store, I was like a little kid in the candy store looking for the perfect candy. I finally picked “Barege Mustard“, an earthy tone mustard yellow which is a perfect Fall color.
Application was pretty good, the polish had a medium size brushed and the formula was close to Essie and OPI quality. It was easy to get 2 smooth coats. The color is gorgeous – it’s a muted yellow/brown which is a great alternative to the usual nude pinks & earthy tones!
I got my bottle of & Other Stories polish for 9 Euros. If you have a chance to check out one of their stores, be sure to pick up a bottle from their amazing nail color collection!
We are finally feeling the first signs of Fall weather! Transitioning into October, I’ve also put on my first Fall color of the year– Zoya Flynn from the Fall 2013 Cashmeres & Satins collection.
Flynn is a warm toasty mocha that is a little darker than your regular nude, but definitely a great alternative for simple, appropriate-for-work nails!
I don’t think I need to mention the fact that Zoya polishes are easy to apply and last the longest without chipping.
I also created a simple Waterfall nail art plus tutorial to go along with this beautiful shade!
Polishes used in this mani: Zoya Flynn, China Glaze White on White, Zoya Darcy, MAC Oriele Orange ,all from Pretty Lil Nails
I was lucky to get a set of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips in ‘Mod About You’ from a friend who went to the U.S. While these nail strips are available for sale in our favorite cosmetics chain Sasa, the designs sold there are still dating back to Sally Hansen’s very first Salon Effects collection.
‘Mod About You’ is a geometric pattern with a regular glossy finish. Application is fairly simple for experienced users. However, I found this particular set to be slightly harder to use because the strip tends to wrinkle when you peel it off the backing. With some extra care and patience, I was able to smooth out the wrinkles before pressing it down on the nail.
To remove excess nail strip on both sides, I filed them down slightly and pulled off the excess with a little help from a pair of tweezers. After applying the strips on all 10 fingers, I finished off with a coat of Seche Vite top coat to seal it in.
The result is a long-lasting and exciting design to last me for a good 5 days without a single chip or tip-wear. The surface may start to loose its shine after a day or two, but it’s nothing an additional coat of SV can’t fix.
Ikat is a dyeing technique originated from South East Asia, which is also a reason of why this fabric print is frequently linked to the summer weather.
Today I’ve done a freehand Ikat print on my nails simply using a nail art brush and an exciting color combination using China Glaze Fade into Hue as base, accented with Zoya Arrej and Essie The More the Merrier.
How do you like my rendition of the traditional Ikat print?
Nail polish and tools are available from Pretty Lil Nails (http://shop.pretty-lil-things.com)!
Finally stocked up in the new Zoya Stunning & Irresistible collection for summer and I couldn’t wait to try on my favorite color from the pack! Darcy is a bright warm yellow which has been lacking in most summer collections this year.
Formula is great as always with Zoya. The creme is easy to apply and doesn’t get too gunky. For a little spin, I added dreamy swirls using the drag swirl technique within triangles down the center of each nail. Super easy nail art but still fun & eye-catching!
Darcy and other shades from the new Zoya Stunning & Irresistible collection is available now from Pretty Lil Nails for HK$80 each.