Shoppe Eclecticco started to carry a new line, Maya Cosmetics, recently. Annette asked me to review three shades and I gladly agreed since I was curious about this new line.
She passed me samples of Like a Boss, Sugar Rush, and Treme, which all looked really pretty in the bottle!
A little about Maya Cosmetics first. It is line of big-three free, hand-blended polish by husband-and-wife team, John and Katherine from the United States. They have a range of glitter and shimmer shades. You can find them at their online shop, Facebook, and Twitter. For polish fans in Asia and the region, you can also get them from Shoppe Eclecticco.
All the photos were taken in sunlight.
The first polish I have is Like a Boss. This is a slightly peachy nude crelly with subtle scattered holo. As the bottle I have is a mini, I had slight difficulty in getting the brush to spread out nicely, hence a little bumpiness in the polish. As the polish was sheer, I used three coats for opaque coverage. Of course, if you prefer a more delicate look, you could always stop at two coats. I added Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.
I wore butter LONDON Two Fingered Salute quite a while ago but didn’t edit the photos until now. I believe this shade is still not widely available but I managed to arrange to swap for it with Polish Angel Pam!
The base of this polish is this grey toned green. It is filled with flecks that appear mainly coppery, but also flash pink at certain angles. The overall look of this polish is reminiscent of antique bronze sculptures. It is just gorgeous!
The formula was a breeze to work with. I can’t remember for sure if I used two or three coats, but I suspect it was two. I did not add a top coat for the photos.
The first photo was taken under a daylight lamp.Continue reading»
#SGSwatchFest – Spring: KBShimmer Spring Training and Where My Peeps At; Darling Diva Good Luck Bear
We have our second round of #SGSwatchFest today! Again, this was an impromptu arrangement. I’m meeting some of my polish angels today and we decided to set a mani theme for our meet-up. Somebody suggested Spring colours, everyone else seemed agreeable to it, and I suggested expanding it to a #SGSwatchFest theme.
It’s a timely theme as many people have started receiving nail mail with Spring collections. For myself, I just received my orders of KBShimmer and Darling Diva Polish. Naturally, I wanted to wear as many as I could soon, so I finally decided on this skittles mani. I alternated KBShimmer Spring Training and Where My Peeps At on four nails, and painted Darling Diva Polish Good Luck Bear on my thumb.
I used about three coats of each polish, with a bit of additional dabbing here and there for the bigger glitters. I then added Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.
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Hello, my lovelies! Today is 27 February and it’s this chica’s birthday!
For my birthday mani, I used two shades from Lacquer Lust that my sweet friend, Marisa of Polish Obsession, sent to me for my birthday! Her birthday is about a week after mine, and she’s been so sweet to send me surprise birthday pressies since I got to know her!
The first shade is Pow Chica Wow Wow, a polish I’d been planning to buy when Shoppe Eclecticco restocks it. I’d heard that it was a close dupe for the hard-to-find OPI DS Glamour, a denim blue holo. Marisa remembered that I’d mentioned the DS to her before (like over a year ago!) so she got me PCWW when she heard the same thing about it being a dupe! She’s really so thoughtful!
The second Lacquer Lust shade she sent me was Partying in My Birthday Suit because, well, it’s my birthday! This one is a very pretty and soft ivory crelly with medium and tiny holographic glitter. I’ve seen it layered over a white base but I loved it on its own since it’s such a pretty nude. I suppose that’s what the polish name is about! And it’s a work appropriate shade with a kick!
I applied two coats of Pow Chica Wow Wow on my middle and ring fingers over Nfu Oh Aqua Base. The polish applied smoothly. On my index and little fingers, I applied three thin-to-medium coats of Partying in My Birthday Suit. I didn’t manage to get many of the larger holo hex on my nails though, because I didn’t really fish for them. The formula is a little on the thick side but not difficult to apply. I added Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.
The first couple of photos were taken under my daylight lamp.Continue reading»
A while ago, I chanced upon a discount code for Darling Diva Polish. I took a look at their shades and decided to place an order. Being new to the brand, I thought it would be interesting to get their 5-for-$25 set as it sounded like an awesome deal. It’s almost like receiving a surprise gift for I had no idea what I would be getting. Thankfully, I love all the five I got. I did wish there was a greater variety of colours though, as four of them were pinks and reds.
I have one of the pinks to share with you today. Darling Diva Polish Fat Bottom Girls has a jellyish pink base with lots of small glitter. They look mostly silver but there were specks of pink and blue as well. There is a sprinkling of medium blue and pink hex as well. I didn’t get many of those on my nails though.
I applied three thin coats, with top coat. There was still a bit of VNL but the relatively dense glitter makes it less obvious. Application was pretty easy.
I took the photos in the sun, although it was playing a little bit of hide-and-seek with me. It was in full force when I took this photo.Continue reading»
For this week’s Flakie Friday post, I decided to try something new to me – a jelly sandwich with flakies! I used Essie As Gold As It Gets and Darling Diva Polish XOXOX for this squishy mani! Since it’s technically still the Lunar New Year Period, I figured I should still stick with ‘auspicious’ colours like these.
Darling Diva Polish XOXOX is a Barbie pink jelly with a scattering of medium and tiny holo hex glitter. Essie As Gold As It Gets has a clear base filled with gold flakes.
Starting with DDP XOXOX, I alternated two coats of the pink jelly with two coats of the Essie. I chose not to finish off with another coat of jelly as I did not want to ‘bury’ the flakes. I then added top coat.
The first photo was taken under my daylight lamp.Continue reading»