Sunday, May 3, 2015

Nail Biter's Corner #6 - Is Nail Biting A Sign Of Perfectionism?

Hi everyone! 

(Source: Elite Daily)

I recently came across this article by Gillian Fuller on Elite Daily - Nail Biting Isn't Actually A Bad Habit, It's A Sign Of Perfectionism 

As a former nail biter, it does make sense when you sit down and think about the situations when you actually do bite your nails. Of course this only applies to some people as well as different situations. Everything is very circumstantial really. 

I started doing it out of stress and that was when I was a little girl - what did I know about stress back then? Being born into a typical asian family, studies was always a main reason for doing it. Can't get the right answer to the workbook questions? Obviously, biting your nails would help you think better. 

It wasn't until I was a teenager that I decided biting my nails were just disgusting but it didn't really stop my need for stress relief. So, instead of biting the things, I started peeling them. I would start by making a nick at the side and work my way across. It got so bad that the nails on my pointer fingers were always slanted...ALWAYS...

Getting back to the topic at hand, was it really a signal of perfectionism? I mean it does make sense in a way that if I didn't get it right or it didn't go my way then I would start doing it but then again...a habit could just be a habit...

In my opinion, it could be both a bad habit and a sign of perfectionism but it is never good to keep feeding a bad habit. I am thankful that I managed to stop and I wished that I stopped much earlier than I did. Even now, I tend to move my fingers that would imitate the motion when I'm thinking but I don't peel them nor do I bite them anymore. 

I do however peel my nail polish off when I'm extremely stressed but I find that so much better. Besides, I changed my nail polish so often it isn't really a problem for me. Could this be a manifestation or evolution of my sign of perfectionism? Who knows? Maybe? 

What are your thoughts on the article? Let me know! 

That's it for this post! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bon Bon 37 & 38 Review

Hey guys! 

This is wayyyyy overdue but better late than never rite?! These two polishes are from my Japan Nail Polish Haul from a month back and they are Bon Bon polishes!! No...the bottles are not the shape of bon bons sadly...anyways! Here are the swatches.

From left: Bon Bon 38 & 37

Bon Bon 37 is a kiwi green pastel colour that is opaque in three to four coats. I quite like the colour when opaque and in hindsight, it might have been a better idea to paint it over a coat of white. As for application (applies for Bon Bon 38 also), it was extremely streaky...I had to get a gigantic dollop of polish to cover the nail evenly. Thank goodness it turned out nice and thin. 

Bon Bon 38 is a bright yellow pastel and I will never use it again! Why? It stains...really really REALLY bad! I would have to stay that it's in the same league with Sinful Colors Pistache... Mind you that I was wearing a clear gel base under the yellow and the difference of colour of my right and left hanf nails once removed was very apparent! 

My verdict for the polishes...2/5...they wasn't much choice where I went and worse yet that it stained my naila so badly...

That's it for this post! I hope it didn't disappoint you guys much...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Popsicle Wedding!

Hey guys! 

I am currently in Jakarta now on a short trip with the le boyfriend to do a little sightseeing and to attend his friend's wedding. While I'm in the hotel, I might as well share my mani for the wedding! 

Base Coat - Essie Nail Hardener Top Coat
White - OPI Alpine Snow 
Coral - Essie Tart Deco
Pink - Picture Polish Watermelon 
Top Coat - Glisten & Glow HK Girl 
White Heart - Ace Gel 

I recently went to a seminar by Yoko Matsuda on gel designs hosted by Haru Global Beauty. I learnt how to make the icing gel then. It was such an amazing experience especially since it was my first time handling gel! 

That's it for this post!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stamping Wonders

Hey guys! 

I thought I would share some of my latest manis with you just in case you don't follow me on my instagram @chronosz. =)

I did this mani with no particular design in mind...I just wanted my current fav Canmake polish and some sort of design. So, I flipped through my stamping plates for a nice design and decided on one from BM-404. I used reverse stamping to get the pattern on. 

Polishes used :

Base coat - Essence Ultra Strong Nail Hardener 
Green - Canmake 406C
Gold Glitter - OPI Don't Speak 18k Gold Top Coat 
Stamping Polish - Laval Black
Top Coat - Glisten & Glow HK Girl 

This is my current NOTD but not for long!! I'm going for something girly next! 

As you can tell, I've been doing some stamping here and there. This mani is a double stamped butterfly design also using a Bundle Monster plate. 

Colours Used : 
Base Coat - Essie Nail Hardener Top Coat 
Blue Texture Polish - Miss Ashleigh See You In Santorini
White stamping polish - Mundodeunas white
Purple polish - Color Club Ms. Socialite 
Top Coat - Glisten & Glow HK Girl
Bundle Moster Stamping Plate BM-307

I wasn't really feeling this mani...but others did so that's good enough for me! Look forward to more swatches! 

That's it for this post!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Have An Easter Togepi!

Hi all! 

Happy Early Easter! I actually had the urge to paint pokemon since I haven't attempted it before and since Easter is about a cute egg pokemon?! ��

Please welcome to the blog - Easter Togepi! 

I'm actually quite impressed with the overall result considering that I haven't painted free hand for a while. 

Colours Used :

Base | Gelist Clear Gel Base, Pa 
White | OPI
Other colours | Acrylic Paint 

I shall attempt to paint other pokemons soon! 

That's it for this post!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Beauty World Oil-In-Cuticle Pen Review

Hello all! 

So here I am sitting at the dining table with my laptop while le boyfriend and le sis-in-law have a chat about me. XD Thought I would blog a while. 

Getting back to my Japan Nail Polish Haul - this is the first product that I used - the 

Beauty World Oil-In-Cuticle Pen

I actually tried it out at the store but I think the sample was already dried out from the cap being missing and all. I bought it anyway since I didn't have a proper cuticle softener..I just trim them after pushing them. 

As per the name, you just have to use it normally as you were to clean your cuticle and the oil will flow out enough to smoothen the movement. My review? I love it! All I have to do is push my cuticles back then move them in a circular motion under the cuticle to remove all the dead skin. After that, just trim the cuticle as per usual. 

My cuticles are in love with it and so am I. This is the first thing I reach for when I need to clean up my cuticles. Friends in Japan, expect me to ask some favours soon! =P 

That's it for this post!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Japan Nail Polish Haul!!

Hey nail polish fans! 

If you read my previous post, you'd know that I just came back from a 2 week trip to Japan and came back with nail polish!! Duh! If you follow my instagram @chronosz then you'd already know what it looks like but just in case you didn't! 

Products in the photo are:

1 Ducato Glass Nail File
1 Ducato Gel Brush
1 Ducato Nail Polish
1 Ducato Nail Fix Kit
A set of Gel brushes
1 Sugar Doll Nail Polish
A set of Gelist Gel Starter Kit 
1 Gelist White Gel Polish
2 Bon Bon Nail Polishes
7 Pa Nail Polishes
3 Canmake Nail Polishes 
1 Orly Nail Rescue Set
1 Oil in Cuticle Pen

Long list rite? But completely no regrets whatsoever! I am still in the middle of swatching but I am loving having gel nails so far! 

That's it for this post!