Friday, February 23, 2018

Chinese New Year 2018

It's Chinese New Year!!!
Granted, I'm eight days behind schedule, but I took a week's break and now I'm back, haha.

I hung out with my parents yesterday and then met my primary school friends for dinner, so I got to dress up a little.
Apologies on the blur photos; the lighting wasn't great at home!

Dress: H&M
Flats: See by ChloƩ
Vintage bag: From mom
Vintage earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane

I loaned a vintage bag from my mom's collection; it is the cutest thing ever.
She is selling most of her bags on Carousell; be sure to look her up under the moniker "bags.etc"!

I finally got to wear my new H&M dress!
I have been dying to wear it since I bought it last year; it makes me feel so pretty!
The photos do it no justice though; I will have to take better photos the next time I wear it.

If you look at the vintage bag closely, You'd notice that it's actually tricolour; hot pink, turquoise, and cobalt blue.
The metal fittings are in matte gold; so chic!

JEWELRY TIP: Don't be afraid to pair a statement bag with a pair of statement earrings! They won't detract attention from each other, but work hand-in-hand to help complete an amazing outfit.

And that's all for today, folks!

I painted my nails today, so stay tuned for the next manicure blog entry, hehe.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sammy Reviews: H&M Nail Polish In Bordeaux, Neo Noir, & Flake It

Hello, everyone!
Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and I celebrated by painting my nails today, WOOHOO!

I spent a few days trying to figure out the kind of nail art I wanted, although I was already sure of the colours I would use.
I actually only decided while waiting for my base coat to dry, hahaha.

So here are my Chinese New Year 2018 nails in natural lighting:

Still sloppy work, but I do like how it turned out!
Initially, I wanted to try ombre nails because I think the dark red and black would blend so beautifully, but I didn't have the right tools and most importantly, I am extremely lazy.
*sheepish grin*

Also, I actually just wanted gold flakes on the black nails to mask the inauspicious colour, but again, I never say no to more sparkles...

I used a plastic toothpick to carefully place the gold flakes at the bottom edge of my red nails; even then it is so bloody difficult to control because I have shaky hands, hahaha.

Here are my nails under harsher lighting:

I always preferred darker reds than bright ones, and this is definitely reflected in my choice of lipstick, too.
I'm all about vampy shades; dark reds with blue or purple undertones are my weakness!
As for gold, that is pretty self-explanatory.
Else why do you think I'm in the jewelry business?

"Flake It" on the left, "Neo Noir" in the middle, and "Bordeaux" on the right.

Since this is the first time I'm using the darker colours, I have to admit that H&M nail polishes have rather different consistencies depending on the shades.
The dusky shades I've tried have a nice, creamy texture, while the dark shades are stickier, kind of gel-like.
I'm not sure if this applies to all H&M nail polishes, or just the batch I bought, but I thought this was rather unusual.
However, all the nail polishes go on smoothly, and that's the most important!

The dark shades are opaque enough with just one coat, but I always prefer two coats to cover up the unevenness from my lack of nail-polish-application skill.
The nude pink shades need three layers to get it to the opaqueness I like, but they dry easily between coats and I'm really happy with the end results.

With that said, I hope you enjoyed my festive manicure this time!
I'm tempted to get more colours, but I'm happy to play around with the eight shades I have.
Stay tuned for the next set of nails!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Pre-Chinese New Year Outing

We're about two weeks away from Chinese New Year!
How fast time flies; I barely have the time to let the beginning of 2018 sink in, OH MY GOD.

Anyway, to get ourselves into the festive mood, my parents and I decided to head to town to absorb the life of crazy shopping crowds, haha.

But before that, we went to our usual thrift store to scour for goodies, and I was so happy to find a burgundy velvet blazer; the fit was perfect for my petite but chunky body, WOOHOO!
I didn't aim to dress so auspiciously; all I need is gold jewelry for this outfit to be completely Chinese-New-Year-worthy (and to toss the black bag aside), but I have always been a bit of a rebel when it comes to my style nowadays, eh?

T-shirt: Zara
Jeans: H&M
Blazer: From a thrift store
Flats: Givenchy
Vintage bag: From mom
Vintage bangle: Ciner New York

Here's a close-up on my outfit details:

JEWELRY TIP: I love the look of my chunky molten silver bangle peeking out from the shorter blazer sleeves, because it is a little unexpected and that's pretty cool. Don't be afraid to cuff your long sleeves just to show off your arm candy!

If you all noticed by now, I am not a huge fan of silver jewelry as opposed to gold, but I can make an exception for something this modern-looking!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sammy Reviews: H&M Nail Polish In Mauve On Up & Flake It

Hi all!
January is ending and I finally got my butt back home again.
That means more dress up and shopping opportunities!
*throws imaginary confetti*

Speaking on confetti, I got my shopping fix today at a nearby mall for more H&M nail polishes, HOHOHO.
I couldn't resist a gold confetti polish that was aptly-named Flake It; as mentioned in my previous blog entry, I love party on my nails!

Behold, my nails right now, in natural lighting:

The dusky purple nail polish was actually part of my previous purchase, but I only got to review it now because I finally got my own base and top coat to apply.
Don't ever be lazy and skip that; it really helps with nail protection!

Here is how it looks like under harsher lighting:

Look at the shiny metallic foil!
I can already imagine my future manicures spruced up by this polish, YAS.

Another one from the side:

I adore the gold flakes, they look just like edible 24 karat flakes you put on food that most of us common folk cannot afford, hah.

"Mauve On Up" on the left and "Flake It" on the right.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed I have more colours to play with and review.
So stay tuned for my next manicure!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sammy Reviews: H&M Nail Polish In Sepia & Bijoux

Hi, all!

Since my friend's wedding last year, I have been contemplating on getting a manicure to look better as a bridesmaid.
However, I'm a major klutz, so spending money on something so perfect that won't last past 2 minutes on me is something I cannot stand.
Also, I remembered I suck at applying nail polishes for myself, so that was out of the question. 
I kept putting it off, deliberating and debating, until my friend's wedding has come and gone, LOL.

Just recently, I went into H&M to get a pair of ridiculously impractical flats (more on that next time) and was told by the cashier that they have a purchase-with-purchase nail polish deal.
Long story short, I get to pick a nail polish for just RM8 (normal price: RM24.90)!
The only downside to this whole experience was that the deal did not start early enough, else I would've had perfect nails last year for the wedding, LOL.

I actually had my heart set on a light taupe shade by Nails Inc. for awhile now, but somehow my eyes darted to the prettiest dusky pink shade named "Sepia".
I went home and immediately tried my new purchase, so to sum up my review:


Granted, it takes about 3 thin coats to get it to the right opacity, but the nice, wide brush makes application so easy and smooth, even for a hopeless newbie like me.

Here it is in natural lighting:

And here is how it looks like under harsh lighting:

I love how glossy it looks even before I put the top coat on, and the color is so pretty!

So a day after, I went back to H&M with my mom and found out that I don't need to only get 1 nail polish for RM8 with any purchase; I can get as many as I want.

I decided to get a glitter polish to go with "Sepia", and "Bijoux" was the perfect fit for when I want party on my nails, haha!
"Bijoux" is a copper-tone glitter polish , but upon close-up, you can see swirls of silver glitter in it too, likely to increase its sparkle, which totally works!

"Sepia" on the left and "Bijoux" on the right.

At first, I applied the glitter polish to just my thumb:

I love how it looks!

However, those of you who know me know I love my sparkles, so I ended up with glitter on all nails, hah!
I attempted a glitter fade for the other fingers and I love how it turned out.

I definitely could use more practice but I feel pretty content when my nails look done-up.
Now I sort of understand why other women obsess about their nails and are euphoric after trips to nail salons, LOL.
I still think manicures are high-maintenance, but it is nice to know that I can (finally) do it myself!