Sunday, August 26, 2012

NOTD: China Glaze Re-fresh Mint & OPI Black Shatter

NOTD: China Glaze Re-fresh Mint & OPI Black Shatter
Hi everyone, how are you? I  hope everyone is doing well! I know it has been awhile since I last uploaded a video or did a blog post. I've filmed the footage for at least 6 or 7 videos now. Just need to get to editing videos. Editing is not something I am good at YET so it takes forever to edit a video.

Anyway, I thought it would be a lot easier to do short blog post entries to spice things up a little instead of going cold turkey with all the Youtube videos and blogging.  For those who watch my videos or read my blog, you would know by now that I have been (and still am) obsessed with my Essie Mint Candy Apple nail polish! That nail polish is so good that Mint Green is now my favourite colour for the moment. I am obsessed with anything Mint Green now that when I saw China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, I got excited and had to pick it up.

China Glaze Re-fresh Mint is slightly more mint green than Essie Mint Candy Apple. Essie Mint Candy Apple has more blue tones to it. The colour is fantastic- I got compliments from cashiers, sales ladies and friends. :) It applies nicely and is opaque in two coats. The brush applicator is decent but nothing to write home about.

BUT the lasting power is not as good as Essie Mint Candy Apple. I used China Glaze Re-fresh Mint with Essie Protein Base Coat and Wet n Wild Fast Dry (same as what I used together with Essie Mint Candy Apple) but it chipped within a week. The Essie Protein Base Coat, Essie Mint Candy Apple and Wet n Wild Fast Dry can last for 3 weeks without chipping at the nail tips. Having said that, Essie Mint Candy Apple is like a superwoman nail polish so I don't blame China Glaze Re-fresh Mint for not lasting as long.

I was lazy and didn't feel like redoing my nails after my nail polish started to chip so... here's my tip! Go over your manicure with shatter nail polishes. I used OPI Black Shatter and it covered up my chipped areas perfectly. It looked as if I just got my manicure done (though my base manicure was one week old already). The effect is pretty and striking. The look reminds me of speckled easter eggs.

I have also uploaded this photo on my Instagram because I got introduced to Instagram yesterday and I am obssessed with it now. My instagram username is annsleyw if you are interested in following me.

Hope you enjoy this short blog post! Please stay tuned for my upcoming Youtube videos and blog entries! In the meantime, take care and have an amazing day!

annsleyw :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Singapore! The first of many parts to come...

Hi everyone, I hope you all are doing well.  I haven't been updating my blog as much as uploading videos on Youtube so I am here to rectify that.  For those who don't know, I was in Singapore for about 3 weeks for a holiday.  I tried filming while I was in Singapore but to be honest, I was not very successfully because it was so hard to film without having people in the background, background noises and having people asking me what I am doing halfway through filming.  Having said that, I did manage to film ONE video without having those problems.  Since Singapore is Summer all year round, I decided to film a Summer tutorial.  A neutral look is pretty much what I would wear when I am going out so there you go.  It was a no-brainer as to what tutorial I was going to do.  To watch my Summer Tutorial- Neutral Look video, click on the video below!

And synonymously linked to travelling, it is very popular for Youtubers to do a "What's in my makeup travel bag/case?" video. I tried to film it in Singapore but alas, the footage was not fit to be used.  I ended up filming the video after I got back to Australia. It was not hard since I literally filmed it the morning after I got back to Australia (I got back at night). To watch what I brought with me to Singapore, click on the video below!

While I was in Singapore, I did a lot of damage (financially).  I tried to curb my financial damage by not hitting the malls, but ALAS!  The internet is the gateway to more stores than the malls.  I ended up buying things ONLINE and OFFLINE. -_-''' It was easy to get carried away with the holidaying spirit and go "Oh, I am on holiday. I'll just get this and it will be the end of shopping once I get back". OHHH NOOOOO, trust me, that is not how it works in real life. Retailers have a way with getting under my skin and my shopping itch will resurface.  I have a shopping problem!!! To see what I got, check out my Sephora haul video below. Sadly, that is not the only haul video. My Singapore haul will be divided into 4 parts and there will be 4 haul videos. I am sure you must thinking, WHAT??? FOUR? OH MY GOODNESS, how much have you bought??!  Well, you'd just have to watch it for yourself! 

And since, it was the end of July, I had to film my Favourites video.  It is one of my favourite types of beauty videos!  I did not film my June Favourites video so I thought I would combine June and July's favourites into one video.

I still have not figured out how to customize my own thumbnail for Youtube videos so please excuse my less than glamourous thumbnails.  Hmmm.... I am thinking of creating a slideshow video of my travels in Singapore.  I am very happy with the photos that I took and despite being the concrete jungle that it is, Singapore has some truly wonderful sights.  What do you think?  Would you like to see it? 

I am also thinking of reviewing some products as fodder for my upcoming videos.  However, there are haul videos waiting for me to edit, and I actually managed to haul somemore since I got back.  :/ Seriously, I am just waiting for my beauty shopping addiction to end.  The amount of makeup I have will last me forever.  And I am thinking about buying the Revlon Whipped Foundation... Talk about irony!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the videos and please stay tuned for more of my upcoming Youtube videos and blog posts!  In the meantime, take care and have an amazing day!

annsleyw :)