Friday, April 11, 2014

Nailpolis: World Parkinson's Day

Nailpolis held another nail art challenge, and this time, its for World Parkinson's Day.
What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's disease (PD) affects millions of people in the world. It is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that it continues and worsen over time. Parkinson's involves a loss of nerve cells in the brain, called neurons. Neurons produce dopamine, a chemical that tells our brains how to move. As Parkinson's Disease progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement normally. While, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms, there is currently no cure for it. Read on more on the Parkinson's Disease Foundation page.
While I am not personally affected by the impact of Parkinson's (choy!),
due to the nature of my job, I do have some exposure to patients who have Parkinson's.
Its quite sad to see them suffering, and I have seen the state of detoriation, which is pretty bad.

Anyway, the challenge entailed that we included
a. Red tulips, which is the worldwide symbol for Parkinson's
b. A blue ribbon, worldwide symbol for National Parkinson's Foundation

I used China Glaze: Grass is Lime Greener for the base,
and also one coat of Essie: Fashion Playground.
I like the uneven look, made it feel more real.

Oh yes, GLG is one of the new colors in China Glaze's Spring 2014 collection.
There were lots of feedback on the overall lousy formula of the collection.

My thoughts?
The polish dried to a semi-matte finish, so you do have to work fast to prevent bald patches.
I did one thin coat and one thicker coat, and got away with minimal streaking.
I love the color, but due to its matte nature, it chips quite easily, which is sad.

Painted on the tulips with China Glaze: Igniting Love, and Street Chic for stalks.
Brushed on Grass is Lime Greener for the base.
For the blue ribbon, I 'twisted' it into the words WPD. spot the hidden ribbons!

Did this under low lighting. Hahahah pok was surprised at my paint-in-the-dark skill. ;p

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Review: Bornprettystore Nail Pens x Monochrome Garden

Feeling moodswingy and bored, so to release some frustration I painted my nails.

I used essence color & go; 144 black is back.
It applied smoothly and was opaque in two coats, but there were slight bubbles when it dried.
Drying time is relatively fast, around 1 minute.

just trimmed my nails into nubs.
every month when i'm on phlebo duty it tends to chip due to the continuous glove use.

Bought this nail art pen (#1) some time ago from BornPrettyStore
Direct link to product here
Simply shake the pen well before using. 
For first time use, you'll have to press the nib down against paper to 'activate' the flow.

I'll recommend to store in an upright position, with tip facing down.
Previously when I stored it tip facing up, the ink/polish flowed backwards.
And it turned out watery and translucent.
I had to shake it super vigorously to make it come out again.

usually i'm all about brights but today this somehow suited my feelings.
although i felt slightly happier for awhile after seeing the rose and thorns. 

Verdict on the pen?
It is very good to use on fine lines, and when stored properly, the ink/polish flows very well.
The only downside is that it is not fast drying as it claims.
I ended up smudging the rose when I put on my topcoat.. after 5 minutes.
Mind you, everything I drew was one layer only, so it should have dried faster.

Nevertheless I think this is an extremely useful tool for nail art, especially for the fine details. 
It is almost impossible to do such thin lines TWICE
which is what would happen for using normal white polish.
White is never opaque in the first layer.

Get this item (and more) at BornPrettyStore !
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Use my discount code for 10% discount off the entire order. 

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