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NOTD: Disco Mint! – After-Halloween Mani November 1, 2009

Filed under: Holographic,Music,Nail polish,NOTD — kachihadashi @ 20:50

“I will stone you stone you, wrap my arms around you, I will stone you stone you, my little halo!”

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Do you recognise the song? It’s “Halo” by Soil (totally NOT Beyonce! 😀 ) and it’s what this polish reminds me of. It feels like having a halo around my hands, and I’m completely stoned by the look right now. If it’s sunny tomorrow, I’ll probably run into poles because I’m looking at my tips all the time xD The pictures don’t capture the whole awesomeness, they are too silvery. In real life, it clearly looks green, like strong mint-flavoured chewing gum.

There is a whole little collection of holos at the drugstore near my university, and I’m definitely planning to get some more! *excited!*

See you soon!

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Mad about Matte October 27, 2009

Filed under: Glitter,Hauls,Matte,Nail polish,NOTD,Uncategorized — kachihadashi @ 17:30

Morning!

Look what I found in at the mall:

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Topcoats! I got Sally Hansen Insta Dry and Essie Matte about you, and two glitters. (Three actually, but the third one is for my Elfster girl, so I won’t spoil the surprise 😉 Just this much: it’s pink and silver and totally stunning! ) Swatches and reviews coming soon!

EDIT: OMFG! I’m wearing a mani with Insta Dry since yesterday afternoon and added a coat of Matte about You a few hours ago and my mani starts to flake off in this exact moment! Maybe it’s because I combined the two topcoats? Or maybe it’s the fact that I forgot basecoat, or the crappy but pretty dollar store polish? No idea, but the chip is huge! Looks kinda cool though, like an extravagant french tip:

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Here is my first (still undamaged) matte mani: Mermaid blue/green with shimmer. Doesn’t it look totally awesome? I love that it’s not completely wallpaint-matte but still has this somehow velvety look to it. Purty!

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Lol, this looks so photoshopped! xD   —  Can you see the shimmer?

See you very soon, right after redoing my nails!

 

Black holo japanese glitter POTD – and a new series! October 13, 2009

Filed under: Big in Japan,Glitter,Nail polish,NOTD,omoshiroi nee! — kachihadashi @ 18:33

Hello again!

So, review first for those of you who don’t like looking at pedicure pics 😉

This polish was extremely sheer as well, so instead of using 4+ coats on my uneven toenails to get it somewhere near opaque and smooth, I just layered one coat of holo over a basic black creme. Drying time was OK, though, it didn’t take as long as expected.

So, on to the swatches:

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***FEET ALERT!***

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If you don’t like ’em, don’t scroll further down than here!

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Inside, artificial light, no flash. This is pretty much what it looks like outside on a cloudy day.

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Theeere we go. Imagine this effect x3 and you know what happens when the sun hits my toes. This is also indoors, with flash.

Sorry I couldn’t get any sunlight photos, but I’m really busy with university now and….well, Kyoto University is the second oldest university in Japan and ranks Top 20 in every worldwide university ranking I have seen so far. Therefore, both students and teachers are extremely proud to be able to work and study here. Kinda like Yale or Cambridge or something like that, plus strong Japanese patriotism. Now imagine what they would do to a girl sitting in the entrance of one of the venerable institutes, painting her nails and taking photos of her naked feet… :/ Yes, exactly.

So probably I will only be able to post proper swatches and NOTDs like twice a week or so. There will be a new series, though, featuring funny or interesting things I discovered here. It’s starting right now! Hope you enjoy it!

This is from my Japanese lecture today. The teacher doesn’t speak english, only Japanese, so she draws little cartoons or uses gestures to explain new vocabulary. We had a lot of fun in this class^^ Can you guess what the Kanji (chinese characters) in the brackets mean?

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Have a nice day!

 

Deep sea nails October 11, 2009

Filed under: Glitter,Nail polish,NOTD — kachihadashi @ 10:20

Morning!

Here’s my recent NOTD:

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I used the mint green glitter from the last post over a wine red creme…

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…and then added two coats of the blue jelly. It is indeed very sheer, but I like it anyway. It’s blue and glossy, what’s not to love? 😀 But it seems to mess with my topcoat in some weird way, I got really bad tipwear from it. What you see above isn’t even 24h old :/

I use this layering technique a lot for making last night’s super glittery party manicure a little more SFW, or just to get a sparkly, but not in-your-face sparkly!!! look. For toning it down even more, just skip the dark base and apply the glitter to your naked nails!

I tried that with gold shimmer and a bright red jelly, it was gorgeous, but I forgot to take pictures. D’oh! It looked like lava, very red-hot and glowing. Would have been nice for halloween, too, maybe for a demon (with black Konad flames on it^^) or any fire-themed costume. Or something like a mad hollywood diva who revived from hell to take revenge on the bi*** who stole her Oscar… Speaking of scary celebrities, anyone plans to dress up as, let’s say, Paris Hilton in 20 years? Haha, I’d like that xD

Okay. Now we’re getting sidetracked. Coming up is a new pedicure, my toes are starting to hate me for not being taken care of for almost 5 days…

Mata ne!

 

Dollar store goodness! (and some random pics^^) October 9, 2009

Filed under: Big in Japan,Glitter,Hauls,Nail polish,NOTD — kachihadashi @ 14:50

Good evening!

Today I got my first bunch of japanese polishes!  I got three from a 100 yen shop and one from the drugstore. They had a quite nice color range there, including a TON of nudes (not really for me to wear, but pretty. My mum would totally love them) and the cutest bright glitters and almost-neons ever! Only thing I missed a bit were some dark, vampy shades. Probably I just looked in the wrong places.

Here is what I got:

Midtone blue by Crayon Manicure. It seems to be a jelly, but I didn’t really swatch any of them yet.

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Black jelly with gorgeous holo glitter. Maybe a bit like China Glaze Cosmic?

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This is the drugstore one. It’s by Noah and it seems to be a charcoal/purple kind of base color packed with tiny pink and purple glitter. Can’t wait to try this one.

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More GLITTAH! This is pure green sparkly awesomeness, plus some golden hexagons that look blue in certain lights <3. It’s really sheer, so it makes a great topper. Here it is over my current NOTD, a deep burgundy creme:

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And here are some other little things I already love about Japan:

Heavy metal crisps:

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Green tea cappucino (does that contradict itself? oO):

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Chopsticks that look like a Konad mani (and a nice one, too!):

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And of course the fact that you can get a perfectly working, cute little coffee machine for only about 15$!

I think I will try the black holo as my next pedicure, so photos of that are coming soon! Maybe some nail art, too, they have these amazing Stripe Rite-like things at a drugstore near my university…

See you all soon! ❤

 

NOTD: Purple french mani! September 20, 2009

Filed under: Nail polish,NOTD,Uncategorized — kachihadashi @ 21:29

Hi!
This is my current nail of the day. Nothing too fancy, but hey,it’s purple! I used P2 Color Victim nailpolish in 017-elegant for the nail beds and a purple foil/shimmer polish for the tips. It’s old and the label has rubbed off, so I have no idea what it’s called, sorry for that :(. I believe it’s a limited edition one from the drugstore.

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Elegant is quite off in these pics, it’s a light lavender purple with little grey and blue undertones. It looks more like something  between the photo color and these flowers on our balcony:

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(The blurry brown thing in the center is just a huge garden spider, please ignore it ^^)
P2 is a popular german drugstore brand, a bit like Wet’n’Wild in the US. They have some really interesting shades in their permanent collection, and the formula is awesome! It’s actually better than the Calvin Klein polishes!

Just noticed… this manicure would be nice with matte nail beds and glossy tips, too!
Have a nice day everyone!