Essie Tennis Corset nail polish

I've somehow slowly accumulated over 100 bottles of nailpolish once I stumbled upon the MUA nailboard (http://www.makeupalley.com/). I'm quite happy to say that hopefully I've mastered taking manicure photos and accurate nail swatches by now, which finally helped with taking makeup item pics =D First mani review will go to Essie Tennis corset- I believe this was a 2006/2007 release. It's a beautiful sheer to medium-sheer ivory based polish with tiny flecks of gold sparkles (small shimmers, not glitters, the shimmers also reflect pink and a pale golden green at different angles). I need to apologise to this polish! I've previously worn it multiple times in two coats, (how I normally do 99% of my manis), and never liked it much- it turned out to be too sheer and the golden sparkles makes my nails seemed yellow. I've also tried layering it as a coat on other polishes, still didn't like it- one coat doesn't give enough shimmers to the underlying base color. Then finally, last night I did a 3 coat manicure since I was sitting in front of my laptop waiting for some downloads to finish and had plenty of time to kill. Wow it was exactly what I wanted, an clean, ivory tip with subtle elegant gold sparkles. The 3 coats give enough opacity to the ivory base to make the gold shimmers not become neutral. Makes my fingers look lean and very clean, polished, great for the office! Pics: Indoor, flash, macro, 3 coats, no base coat, topcoat was Seche vite.

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Essie 在台灣好像比較少看到, 在國外它跟OPI 差不多是屬於沙龍常看到的牌子, 色系沒OPI那麼鮮艷, 淺色系蠻多的, 要不就是鮮紅豔橘亮粉紅, 偶爾有些深色系的, (OPI 可能有些特殊一點的顏色). 在國外的價錢跟OPI差不多, 可能便宜一點點.

這色是'Tennis Corset', 透亮象牙白帶著均勻的金色碎亮粉(沒到亮片那麼大), 比較透一點的安全色, 不過最大的問題是他的金色亮粉會有時讓指甲看起來有點黃~ 皮膚偏黃的要注意些.

我的指甲上擦三層, 外加Seche Vite的快乾top coat.


Chantecaille Protected Paradise Face compact/ 香緹卡「等待保護的天堂」海洋眼彩盒與海洋粉彩盒

Chantecaille Protected Paradise Face Compact was a 2008 limited edition launch for environmental protection awareness. This baby retails at a whopping $3600NT in Taiwan(approximately 126AUD) and a more 'afforadable' $90USD. I got this for a tad cheaper than US rrp but my wallet is still hurting..

It comes with a pretty coral pink satin pouch, unboxed, and the compact is shiny silver like other Chantecaille items but a lot thicker and bigger.

Opening up the compact...

Close up picture of the compact... a bit flashed out but it's beautiful isn't it...I'm really quite impressed by the more and more intricate surface designs on cosmetic products...first it was the less fancy things like 5 striped compact (Bobbi brown shimmerbricks)...then eventually it's something as beautiful as this! As with lots of beautifully designed compacts like these, the top layer has a shimmer spray that wears off, but it also means the product itself is a bit more wearable as a normal blush and not as shimmery throughout. It's a champagne pinked coral blush, with color gradation. Very finely milled.

The bottom compartment is an aerated section for putting puff or brush. Mine came with nothing, not sure whether there was meant to be a free puff or anything contained inside, for $90USD I thought there would be!

香緹卡「等待保護的天堂」海洋眼彩盒與海洋粉彩盒 , NT3,600.

The first post~

After 5 full years at MUA (http://www.makeupalley.com/), and many many haul posts and pictures and moderate amount of reviews, I realised I could probably just start a blog! Welcome to the blushed wombat's little blog, I figured given my shyness and amount of blushes to date, it's an appropriate name for my little blog. I will be first uploading lots of pictures then gradually start adding the texts. Hope you enjoy this little place! A lot of posts would be both in English and Chinese, hoping to reach my blog readers =).