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SNSD Yoona’s & Yuri’s Nails from an Oh! performance

Credits to sosiman.com 🙂

I forget when this performance took place but I noticed their interesting nails because fans were able to take high quality pictures of the girls (as always). However, since I do not have the original versions of these images, the details on the nail isn’t exactly clear.

Although I did find a close-up on Yoona’s nails

Sort of. 😦 I shall dig for photos with more details.

When I saw that Yoona’s mic had a #3 on it, I was honestly surprised. I went, “Whoa! They label SNSD’s mics with numbers on them?” and realized that they were numbered either to keep the mics as a set (maybe…not) or to know who is holding which mic, allowing the staff to according adjust audio…

Moreover, get your hands on black & white nail polish!

To emulate Yoona’s nails, you would need a white polish with a thin brush, or some other method to apply white polish in thin strokes. I’d suggest a toothpick, wooden or plastic, your choice/availability.

However, on Yuri’s 4th finger, there seems to be a grey stripe diagonally across the lower half of the nail bed, but I will confirm if the color is just an effect of the lighting of if it really IS grey. Why? Because comparing Yoona’s nails in the 1st and 2nd picture depicts a HUUUUGE difference. :0 A seemingly mauve/maroon-grey “transforms” into a midnight black…? Sigh, nail polishes are not my forte.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #15 Taupe & Jill Stuart Jelly Eye N in Platinum Satin Swatches

Yesssssssss

Just as I had planned, I got my hands on Jill Stuart Jelly Eye N! I chose Platinum Satin which is a shimmery pink color that would work well as a quick swipe over my lids or as a base with my Jill Stuart Eyeshadow Palette!

Sorry about the smudges on the cap!

Also, I didn’t like Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Warm Beige because it blends in with my eyelid/lash-line, making my lids very reflective and not “ooh~ pretty glitter” like Jill Stuart’s eyeshadows. Besides, I bought #13 Warm Beige in the first place to emulate SNSD’s Taeyeon & Jessica and Davichi’s Kang MinKyung’s eye makeup…

Previously an ulzzang (얼짱 = 얼굴 짱! = Face “Best/Amazing/Great!”), Davichi’s Kang MinKyung (강민경)

Eyelids and Nails! Interesting of her to mix fall nail polish colors…

ㅠㅠ But this aqua cream lacked the glitter that their makeup had. Instead, Warm Beige was overly shimmery without much depth to the colors of shimmer/glitter that it contained.

(I think I will be using the desk next to my computer for swatching LOL. Pretty accurate!!! This desk was bought at Ikea a couple of years ago…haha)

But now I will try SNSD’s Run Devil Run Makeup using my new Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #15 Taupe (:

Although her eyelids are of a different color, this is the idea I would follow.
Line my eyes, apply Urban Decay Primer Potion or NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base maybe? and apply the Aqua Cream in Taupe as the base-color and blend blend blend eyeshadows on top of it! (:


MAC Stereo Rose and Happy July!

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! 🙂

With my parents, I went “camping for a day” or just BBQing it up with 3 other pairs of parents………. haha

My dad is the type who doesn’t really trust others to “get the job done” so his decision to stay the night at a nearby hotel was a pleasant surprise. The hotel was still being refurnished but the campground’s owner called ahead of time to inform the hotel’s owner that we needed a place to stay, last minute.

Overall, for safety reasons, I will not include the hotel name but it is over 100 years and very vintage-y furnishing. 🙂 I was watching House at night with my mom because my dad fell asleep immediately from exhaustion.

Haha anyway, this week has been a blast as I successfully ordered Stereo Rose from the MAC In the Groove Collection online!

without flash in natural lighting

with flash

back with flash

natural lighting of the pan

close-up

I tried swatching Stereo Rose on my arm, but it REALLY did not show up well. D:

Next, I picked up my MAC 129SH (SH = shorter handle so its perfect for girls on-the-go) and applied it on my cheeks. WOW. I have a NARS Orgasm blush but holy cow, this beats Orgasm by miles. I think that the 2010 Version of Stereo Rose is more suited for warm-toned skin, which I think I have? Verdict: My skin-tone is questionable. When it is pale, anything I throw on looks great, pretty, etc. but when I tan a bit, bright or pastel colors suddenly look iffy. Not on my face, but on my legs, I see a lot of green veins so I’m thinking that my skin is warm-toned? Therefore, that may be why NARS Orgasm is a wonderful color, but just doesn’t suit me?

AHAH! Next time I’ll post a swatch comparing Stereo Rose and Orgasm. 🙂

In addition, I picked up Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate after seeing Christine from Temptalia’s enthusiasm over it. 😀 I shall review the samples that I also got from buying Exfolikate (at Neiman Marcus).

A scary green color. It is pretty gritty, but it works really well! My skin did feel a bit sensitive/irritated for the first minute or so but that’s because I failed by using it on dry skin rather than wet skin. Hehe


Cute smiley face
As usual, unexpectedly small… comparison to a standard box of Kleenex Tissues.

Oh and I got around to taking pictures of the nail polish that I’m using. OPI Pink-a-Doodle is beautiful. The color isn’t in your face and it isn’t too sheer. Just what I wanted. Theres an iridescence in the bottle that disappears when applied… similar to the new Chanel Paradoxal Nail Polish? Haha I only applied 2 coats with no top or base coat 😛 and it chipped a bit on two fingers. Last time, it didn’t chip. AT ALL, and I had it on for a little over a week?
Not the best swatch, so I’m pretty sure I’ll reswatch this in the near future because lighting wasn’t very great today. Too many shadows, but I was eager to show off my quick manicure! 🙂