Subtle & Flashy

HAPPY 2013 YOU GUYS!!1

Wow, January has been a great month for me so far, kicking off 2013 in a slammin’ fashion. Oh yeah! And in case you haven’t noticed I’ve totally gone .com! Bought the domain because this blog is like my child and my love for polish is all documented here, so I thought why not? New year new domain!

I’ve been busy with work (when real life hits you and you’re not this bubbly college student living in a bubble anymore) and well the worst part of working in an office is (no, not office politics) … that you get office hands.

What are office hands? Well according to Urban Dictionary, office hands are “soft hands from doing office work & little or no hard labor”. But from a nail polish girl’s point of view, my definition is this – “dried up hands from being exposed to the a/c for 9 hours a day”. It’s hard to explain but the skin on your hands get dry and it shrivels up a little, and it’s most obvious on your cuticles.

You’ll get what I mean in the subsequent pictures. I’ve been moisturising my hands as often as I can remember after I noticed my cuticles drying up and my nails cracking. Also, I got a little creative and made my own aloe vera moisturiser for this purpose:

homemade aloe vera moisturizerI added 2 different aloe vera gels, grapeseed oil, lavender, tea tree, and german chamomile essential oils to it. Mix it all together vigorously until you see the oil dispersed evenly into the gels, and keep it in an amber pump bottle in the fridge. I also keep a small bottle of it in my bag so I can use it at the office. Handy! And I like this picture because you can see the squishiness of the gels.

Okay enough catching up!

The awesome Michael from Jacqueline Burchell sent me 6 bottles of nail polish, as well as nail polish treatments for me to review. I don’t have a disclosure policy yet (haven’t had time to update my blog and links in a while) but I just want my readers to know that whatever I say is my own opinion of the product – after all this is my blog! So with that I shall cover 2 of the polishes that I received, as well as the nail treatments – the calcium base coat, cuticle oil, and top coat.

First up is In My Own Skin (IMOS), a soft pink with slight salmon tones and subtle pink/orange glitter that is so fine, it’s almost shimmer-like:

in my own skin 1

This was 3 coats with the JB top coat. IMOS applied nice and thick and needed 3 coats for opacity. How do I feel about this polish? Well let’s just say that this is a step up from the tricky SH Petal Pusher – the shades are similar but IMOS is a bit darker and more orange-y. I know it’s hard for soft colours to be opaque in a couple of coats and it’s even harder to get an even application, so if you want to practice applying nail polish, colours like IMOS would do the trick! And look how pretty!!!

in my own skin 2And this is with flash, indoors. I applied the calcium base coat, the top coat, and the cuticle oil for this manicure and the next. More on that further down.

in my own skin 3I think the glitter in it distracted me a little haha, the glitter in this polish isn’t regular China Glaze-type glitter, but super fine, speckled glitter that comes across as a shimmer. Does that make sense? I’ll call it a glitter/shimmer hybrid. It’s too coarse to be a shimmer, but too fine to be a glitter.

in my own skin 4Sweet soft colours like these also complement fair & cool-toned skins. I felt like a fairy princess when I wore this manicure!

Next up, I shall talk about the nail treatments:

jacqueline burchell treatments

L-R: Calcium Base Coat, Cuticle Oil, Top Coat

Calcium Base Coat – It leaves a slight pink tint when applied on naked nails, and I think it’s also suitable for girls who like to have a bit of colour on their nails without going overboard – like how I like using Burt’s Bee’s Pomegranate Lip Balm! It’s ultra-moisturizing and it leaves a pink tint on the lips. Just a hint of it. Same goes for this base coat, it serves two purposes – strengthens your nail bed and gives a kiss of pink!

Cuticle Oil – It says on the bottle that it contains vitamin E & olive oil, both of which are good for moisturising skin. Vitamin E is especially good for protecting & repairing skin, and I know this because I have experimented with vitamin E oil (5,000 IU) before and the viscosity of the oil was high (meaning, slow moving) so I did appreciate that JB incorporated vitamin E into their cuticle oil that wasn’t thick, gunky, or sticky. In terms of scent, this oil had a very light floral scent. If I could pick out a flower, the closest it would get is Jasmine with a bit of musk. That said, I’ve also been experimenting with essential oils so I do have a bunch of floral oils to compare this with 🙂

Top Coat – I was honestly, pleasantly surprised with this. You guys know I’ve been spoiled with Seche Vite & Poshe top coats, and with my bad experience with other nail polish brands’ top coats like Essie & OPI, this JB one really impressed me. The top coat glided on so smoothly I thought it was the cuticle oil I was applying. It was that smooth. Even with SV or Poshe you’d feel a little bit of friction because their top coats are thick. JB’s however, is thin and still leaves a shiny & hard finish. The drying time is not as quick as SV or Poshe – it took me about 10 minutes till the polish dried and was effectually “dent-proof”. Also, another thing I’d like to mention is that this top coat did not give me bubbling. Even with 3 thick coats of IMOS and immediately applying the JB top coat, I was kinda expecting slight bubbles here and there as I/you usually always see with SV/Poshe, but I was really pleased that I didn’t with JB’s top coat. Huh! I’m just sitting here with my mouth slightly agape.

Moving on to the next polish! Super shiny flecky foily Jacqueline Burchell’s Won’t Show You Twice (WSYT):

won't show you twice 1

Evidence of office hands – look at my dry cuticles & the wrinkly skin around it! OMG NO. I’m fixing it! Dry cuticles aside, this is 2 coats of WSYT with sunlight. Just look at that. No, really.

won't show you twice 2And above shows WSYT with flash indoors. If you’re new to the polish world, let me just tell you that I’ve never seen a polish like this. Not ever, or maybe there already is but I’ve never come across it – whatever & anyway, this polish is a 100% foil polish in a slightly yellow tinted base. Let me repeat: it’s a 100% FOIL POLISH. Won’t show you twice!! (Ok maybe I will)

won't show you twice 3GAH! check it out! What I mean by foil is, imagine the aluminium foil you have in your kitchen – it’s reflective and soft and super shiny – cut up into little micro pieces and suspended in a yellow tinted base. You get WSYT. But no, do not try that at home lol

won't show you twice 4The foil is light gold in colour but at some angles it appears silver (due to reflections from the light). Do you know why I like this? Because, with glitter polishes, especially the super gritty ones, they dry rough and it’s hard to make them shine even with thick coats of SV/Poshe. They end up looking dull and are a pain to take off.

With foil, and WSYT, the polish layers are thin, and the material itself is reflective, so it’s super easy to get a shiny and blindingly reflective manicure with this polish and a layer of top coat. This polish didn’t dry gritty at all and was super easy to work with.

won't show you twice 5I got very, very tempted to do a gradient manicure with this. What a gorgeous polish.

You can shop Jacqueline Burchell here 🙂 Have fun!

Disclaimer: The polishes featured in this post were sponsored by Jacqueline Burchell Singapore for review. 

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