Sunday, July 26, 2015

Paper Towns | Get Lost To Get Found

Hi all! 

About a week ago, I entered an insta contest hosted by Warner Music Malaysia and won two tickets to the premiere of Paper Towns. I have not watched The Fault In Our Stars yet but I've heard good things. So, coming from the same author it was expected to be a good movie. 

I was a tad bit disappointed with how Warner Music managed the competition especially when winners wanted to collect their tickets. We got our tickets 10 minutes before the movie started and I admit that I was worried that we would be late but we weren't. All's good that ends well. 

Anyway, with my tendency to paint designs based on events - here's a Paper Towns inspired one. 

Colours used:

Base coat - Essence Ultra Strong Nail Hardener
White - OPI Alpine Snow & Acrylic Paint
Black - Laval & Acrylic Paint
Top Coat - Miss Ashleigh Matte Hatter

As for my review on the movie, it didn't turn out to be a regular romcom but I liked how the story flowed. There was laughing and crying involved but John Green paints a pretty realistic view on knowing oneself and unrequited love as well as friendship. I would give it a 6/10. Thanks Warner Music Malaysia for the tickets! 

That's it for this post!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A New Phase in Life

Hey guys,

Good news! I got a new job! :)

I am now currently a Social Media Executive - which was my goal all the while so double whoopie!! 

I did not plan this mani but it fit in the sense that it was finally time to spread my wings. 

Thanks to @yagala on instagram, I had a sudden urge to paint butterfly wings and so I did! Her tutorials are awesome so do check her out! 

Colours Used:

Base Coat | Essence Ultra Strong Nail Hardener
Teal | Pa A72
Glitter | Etude House
Gold - China Glaze Passion
Black - Acrylic Paint / Laval
Top Coat - Glisten & Glow HK Girl

That's it for this post!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thirsty for Grape Soda

Hey peeps! 

Here's another swatch from the iScream Nails set. This polish is called Grape Soda. Sounds tasty no?! Another colour under the pastel neons category. 

At first, it strikes me of a more magenta shade then it just seems pinkish violet. I would say this is quite a unique colour. 

This is three coats of Grape Soda over a coat of OPI Alpine Snow. As per the other polishes, I wouldn't call them streaky but two coats just ain't enough. 

Here's the nail art I did to go with the polish. I was aiming for a more flowery theme...sis-in-law said it reminded her of henna. 

I think this shot of the mani is pretty good. Hopefully, it means that I'm getting used to the new shooting arrangements. :)

That's it for this post!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

MY Burgerlab Turns 3!

Hey guys! 

As per usual, if you guys are following me on instagram @chronosz then you would know what's in store! :)

It's MY Burgerlabs 3rd birthday!! 

For those not in Malaysia or KL even - Burgerlab is a burger joint famed for their charcoal buns and local flavours like the RAKSASA!! which literally means monster. It is their third birthday and every year, they have a surprise for all of us.

This year, it is a joint effort with The BIG Group to create the Mac & Cheese Burger! Have a look at the post on my food blog for the deets on the burger! 

As you guys know that I love painting event inspired here's the MY Burgerlab birthday edition!

I painted this with the logos for Burgerlab and The BIG group in mind plus the birthday poster. It's supposed to be a light bulb burger! Just in case you can't see the burger...

Hahaha! Oh! And here's a close up on the BiG Group logo. 

There's supposed to be a 'B' in the middle of the bulb but the yellow was too striking thus unable to make out clearly...but I'm quite proud of thr light bulb since I used reverse stamping to make it. Here's a look at how I did it. 

Finally what you guys have been waiting for! The polishes I used for the mani! 

Base Coat - Essie Nail Hardener 
Top Coat - Glisten & Glow HK Girl
Black - Laval 
White - OPI Alpine Snow & Acrylic Paint 
Yellow - iScream nails Juicy Juicy & China Glaze 
Stamping black - Mundodeunas
Light bulb - Bundle Monster BM409

That's it for this post! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

How About A Grasshopper Pie?

Hey guys! 

Following up on my iScream nails stash, here's the first swatch with Grasshopper Pie!

Actually, before I knew the name of the polish I thought it was going to be mint something. It was quite a surprise when it turned out to be grasshopper pie! Now every time I see the polish, I'll be thinking of grasshoppers! LOL Not that it's a bad thing. LOL

Anyway, here's the swatch! 

Grasshopper pie is mint green which is a bit pastel and a bit neon at the same time which would qualify it as a pastel neon. Duh! In my opinion, 5 out of 6 of the polishes are pastel neons. The swatch is 3 layers over a layer of OPI Alpine Snow a.k.a. my favourite white polish! I don't find it streaky but it does leave blotches thus why I needed 3 layers. Also, I tend to paint pastels over a layer of white polish now to give it an extra UMPH! and brightness. 

Personally, Grasshopper Pie is one of my favourites among the polishes. I love minty colours and mint colours that actually stand out above the rest are totally worth it. 

On the other hand (literally), here's the nail art I did with it as a base. I noticed a surplus of chevron on the instagram lately and decided to join it. Darn me for doing it free hand...I actually wanted to use @teismom chevron vinyls but the vinyls are the wide chevron type I wanted to paint the thinner and longer chevron so free hand it was. Such regret, much sad. It turned out alright on the pointer finger but the rest were terrible. The lines were so thick and rough and bumpy. *cries* On the bright side, I have to say it's pretty good considering that I was painting my princess hand. :P

That's it for this post! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

An Early iScream Birthday!

Hey guys! 

Soooo someone really sweet has given me my birthday present SIX months in ADVANCE! Can you guys guess what it is? I think you cannnnnn!!!

Woo hoo! Six iScream nails polishes! This sweet girl came back from Melbourne with a extremely sugary surprise! I actually almost bought the polishes until she told me not to! 

From the left: Bubblegum Bang, Mint Madness, Grape Soda 

From the left: Blue Heaven, Grasshopper Pie, Juicy Juicy 

I'm not the type to swatch polishes in one day because if it's pretty then I don't want to waste it. I have a plan now to swatch and do some nail art before moving to the next colour. If you follow my instagram @chronosz or read the previous post then you would have seen this mani. 

This was done using iScream nails Blue Heaven. 

So look forward to the swatches. :)

That's it for this post!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Baby Showers

Hi all! 

I actually did not plan this mani but it ended up painting a baby shower-ish mani. I was going for a neat, basic, elegant and pastel mani in the beginning. 

So, I grabbed some @teismom stripe nail vinyls and my Laval pink polish. It looked pretty good then as I was going for my right hand, I decided to use a different colour. Who wants to be same as the others? =P

I haven't gotten the chance to swatch the new iScream polishes I got from my friend Junlynn as an early birtbirthday present but I just had to try it!

This is iScream nails Blue Heaven on OPI Alpine Snow. It came out better than I realised! 

Also, not sure if you guys actually noticed that the composition of my photo is different now but I'm trying out something new. Here's the story, I was out yum cha-ing (literally translated as drinking tea) or having supper with my friend at Alexis Telawi and this guy selling lights comes up to our table. The table light he was selling was foldable and extremely bright! I was sold! 

Thus how I ended up using the light to take photos of manis at night instead of in the morning. I seldom take morning photoa because I wake up early for work and I'm indoors during the morning. I'm still working out the angle and stuff but so far so good. 

Another surprise! The blue mani got more than 100 likes on Instagram! This is a first for me! For those on instagram reading this, thanks a bunch! 

In the meantime, here's a really short picture tutorial for you guys. 

First, paint a layer of white - I used OPI Alpine Snow. Top it off with your favourite top coat - I used Glisten & Glow HK Girl. Then used some striping tape or nail vinyl and place it in the middle - I used @teismom nail vinyls. Once placed properly, paint your chosen colour until opaque and carefully remove the tape before the polish dries - I used Laval Pink & iScream Nails Blue Heaven. Finally, top it off with top coat and you're done! 

Simple rite! 

That's it for this post!