Thursday, February 25, 2010

Like A New Life! :D and nails!

I cannot tell you how good it feels to finally wake up in the morning having slept through the whole night and not feeling total, complete impending doom for the coming day. Today I felt like I could breathe. Not just physically, but emotionally too. The sun was shining, and I am feeling 1000x better. Still not 100% energy yet but seriously, the fact that I can sit at my desk for more than 10 minutes at a time and not get dizzy from sickness or medicine feels like such a blessing.

I want to thank everyone who left sweet messages of encouragement and commiseration of having gone through a similar situation of being sick, having bronchitis, or being on similar medicines. It's hard to not feel like I am just being a whiny complainer but to hear such sincere stories about people feeling the same way makes me feel like I'm just human. Truthfully, I've been feeling like some weak excuse for a person lately. :P

Also, thank you so much for being supportive and not angry with me for having been inconsistent with the blogging and responding to e-mails. I've all but given up on formspring (seeing nearly 100 unanswered questions is giving me anxiety) but I'm sure I will get my second wind of answering gusto soon. :D

For now, I'll post something that doesn't need to much explaining... Nails!

Revlon Plum Baby is a pretty pinky-purple cream that has a bit of a retro feel to it but I wasn't feeling it as soon as I put it on. I don't know, I just need my polish to FEEL right and it didn't feel right! Pretty color though. Maybe too pretty. Heh.


Your Royal Shyness is one of my favorite polishes for its pale pink color. I almost wish it didn't have the pearly sheen though. Still on the hunt for the perfect opaque pale pink.


Secret Peri-wink-le is a gorgeous blue cream that my mother-in-law got me as part of my birthday present. Isn't it an amazing color? I thought it would look funny on my skintone but I ended up really loving it so much.


I decided to do a gradient with the blue as a base with NYX Lime Sparkle and Las Vegas for the gradient. This incredible glitter, a present from wonderful Eki, is my favorite new glitter polish for the different sizes of glitters. It's soooo beautiful in person, and this mani reminded me of jellyfish swimming in kelp in the ocean.


I also loved Secret Peri-wink-le so much I used it for a mani on one of my bffs Hannah. (She's the talented friend who is amazingly crafty, gifted, brilliant, and really good at hair. I'm trying to encourage her to create a blog. Shh! Don't tell!) This has China Glaze For Audrey at the tips with leopard Konad using China Glaze OMG and a silver glitter stripe.


This polish was a special gift from the hilarious The Asian Girl from the Gettin' Nailed polish blog. She hasn't updated in FOREVER and she needs to because hers was one of my favorite polish blogs! (Yes, this is me personally pressuring you back into posting. Also HUGE THANK YOU for the polish pressies! :D <3) She heard I was totally crushin' on Chanel Jade and told me this was the best dupe for it. It's Charlotte Russe's house brand in the color Jade. It was kind of a butt to apply since it was so sheer, but it does seem to be the right intensity of Jade and even has the little shimmers. 


I tried to capture the shimmer in photos but failed mostly. It looks messy this close. My fault for yucky application. Also, I hate flash but the shimmers were being really fussy and disappearing in my natural light photos.


Gotta save the best for last, right? This polish is one of those amazing duo-chromes that change color depending on the light and angle you see it at. It goes from a deep purple to an amazing green. Again, it's impossible to truly capture how vibrant and cool this is in real life. It looks so dull on camera! But trust me, it's cool. I feel like I remember an old Hard Candy polish from junior high resembling this...


A close-up shoes the "essence" of the duochrome a bit better.


And, because I'm me, I used L8R G8R, a lime green holographic polish from Chine Glaze to konad leopard print over it too. And again, near impossible to capture on camera but I tried!


So that's it for my barrage of nail pics. Sorry I didn't list the konad plate names. I blame the illness. Being sick makes me unable to look up plate numbers. ;P Bahaha. The next nail pic spam shouldn't be as long since I actually went like, a whole week without painting my nails while I was sick. Pretty unheard of. Also, for some reason I wanted really boring medium pinks when I finally did paint them? Obviously, the sickness affected my brain in more ways than one. Hopefully this will be remedied soon.

Omg, it's so late. I think I'm going to pass out since I stayed up so late watching the Olympics. It royally pooped me out. I'm banking on waking up tomorrow with even more strength, health, and happiness. ^_^

PS. Did anyone else cry at Kim Yuna's gold metal, record-breaking performance? I am so not good with watching people cry, and I love ice skating so much. SO proud of my parent country and Yuna! It was absolutely brilliant. <3





47 comments:

  1. Wow! You're gradient nails are gorgeous :3

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  2. Nice nails!

    Yuna was flawless at the skating competition. She deserved it!

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  3. Glad you're feeling a bit better! Awesome nail colors! Oh and I was watching the Olympics too! Kim Yuna's performance was amazing!

    --Tiffany

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  4. Wow! Love the nails! Love Yuna Kim!!
    And also I'm so happy you're feeling better! :)

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  5. I really adore the Secret Peri-wink-le color! :) It looks really cute and the nails you did for your friend is wonderful. :3

    I was so happy to see an update from you and so glad that you're feeling a lot better!

    I'm anxious to see your next update!

    P.S. & in response to Yuna, I think she did amazing but I was a bit sad at the huge pressure they placed on her because if she didn't win gold, she would lose a lot of her sponsors and etc etc. It just seems like so much pressure on a girl. But I'm glad she pulled through! :)

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  6. looove the periwinkle (and also the revlon!! i love pretty D:). glad you're feeling better, and GO KIM YUNA!!!

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  7. yayy! i'm so glad you're feeling better! =)

    and i'm so happy about kim yuna! when i was watching her, i was so afraid she'd fall...but she didn't! i'm so proud of her!

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  8. Love the gradient - it reminds me of jellyfish too! And the leopard print over Ki is absolutely fierce as well!

    So glad to hear you're doing better and back in action! :D :D :D

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  9. glad to hear you're feeling much much better!:)

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  10. Hello! Great post! I never thought about buying nail polish at Charlotte Russe before...and what a pretty color! I hope you are feeling better, girly :)

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  11. i'm glad you're feeling better! (been a silent reader for the longest time) ahhh i really really realllly love your nails. whenever i see your nail pictures i always try to fix up my own nail=P i especially love the gradient/sparkle one!
    +yuna kim did awesome! now i hope she can live a simple life since she sacrificed so much for skating =( can you believe she has no school memories? anyway i hope you fully recover soon!

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  12. Loved Yuna! You should do a Yuna makeup tutorial. She had really pretty eye makeup!

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  13. Lovely nail colours! I just bought the China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le recently, can't wait to try it out this weekend!

    I like the OPI Your Royal Shyness too, but shame about the pearl finish. Let me know when you find the perfect opaque pale pink as I am also on the hunt for the same shade :) x

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  14. lovely nails! :D and yay for Yuna! ^^

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  15. Happy to know that you're feeling better !

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  16. Aww, so glad to know you're feeling better!!

    The nails look gorgeous, I esp love the gradient. And yes I saw Kim Yuna last night and she was amazing...such a sweet smile too. I'm so thrilled for her and I'm not even Korean : )

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  17. Is it possible to do a nail tutorial for the Gradient nails? I love it!! It's beautiful! Thank you!

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  18. I am loving Revlon Plum Baby! i seriously want that shade now ;) So pretty! :)

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  19. So very glad to hear that you are finally feeling better!!! :)

    And the nails are gorgeous...especially the gradient nails!!! I'm w/ Dcoco on the nail gradient tutorial, once you're feeling up to par again of course. ;)

    In the meantime, wishing you a speedy full recovery!

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  20. love the gradient with silver glitter. olympics are amazing! i've been watching so much i've neglected my own blog too ><

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  21. im loving the chanel dupe :)
    have you checked out OPI's 'mod about you' ?
    its the perfect pale pink in my opinion :)
    xox

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  22. Yay. finally u got better! hohoho^^

    pretty nail colors!!! love them!!

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  23. Glad you are feeling better!
    Have you try OPI's bubble bath? it is my fav opaque pale pink/nude polish!

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  24. Hey girly! Just found your blog! Loving the nail colors!!!!! Your gradient nails are brilliant!

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  25. have you tried Kiss the Bride by Orly? It might be that pale opaque pink you've been looking for :)

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  26. :) It's great to hear that you're finally feeling better.

    Lovely nails by the way. ^^

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  27. good to hear you're doing fine Jen! ^_^ I hope it all goes well, btw i love your nail art work! my fave is the gradient one! ;D and ohh..Kim Yuna is a celebrity in korea right? cause i've seen videos of her on youtube! She's really pretty and talented! ^_^

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  28. Ahhhh I love your gradient nails!! Could you mb do a tutorial? Mine never turn out as nice! And i'm glad you're finally better now =]

    BTW, if you're looking for a decent nude pink polish, try OPI Hopelessly in Love. I'm wearing it now! It's pretty opaque after 3 coats and its not shimmery. But not too pink.

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  29. The periwinkle color looks very pretty, I like pastel colors so I think I'll go buy this one, ty for the swatch

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  30. wow great job on all those nails, the gradient ones are gorgeous! i just sat and stared at them for like 2 minutes! glad you're feeling better too, it sucks being that sick :(

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  31. Although Kim Yu Na's performance was retardedly good, I balled my eyes out when Joannie won her medal.

    Because I am Canadian and because of her story. I mean, I don't know about you but if a parent or sibling of mine died, I couldn't do ANYTHING for a while, let alone skate and win a friggin' medal.

    But congrats to Kim! She did wonderful.

    Pretty nail colors too! Love the gradients.

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  32. Glad to hear you feeling better! Hope you go to 100% soon! =]

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  33. I'm so glad you're feeling well again and thanks, as always, for your wonderful blog :)
    I was wondering if you could post up a pic of all the makeup you currently own..maybe you've done that before and I didn't come across it..but I think it'd be interesting to see all your tools. i think i might start swooning/drooling if i see them though.

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  34. China Glaze has a really great pink from it up and away collection. I love it with pink glitter on top.

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  36. I think Plum baby and Ki look best on you :o the Ki color is amazing

    *@ previous comment* lol i noticed I needed to edit it after I already published it >_>

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  37. Your secret periwinkle gradient nails are sooo pretty! Can you do a tutorial on how to do that please? =D

    I'm glad you're feeling a lot better. =)

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  38. how do you do gradient nails?!?!? yours are the prettiest ones i ccan find!

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  39. Jen
    I just wanted you to know that I FINALLY stopped biting my nails because of you and your blog. Looking at your beautiful nails made me envious so I quit-after 18 years!!


    Keep up the good work! :)

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  40. for the perfect opaque pink try Italian Love Affair by OPI

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  41. I love all these nail looks! You are so darn creative with nails. I love it!
    Kim Yuna is amazing and she is so beautiful! You two kind of look a like AND not because you are both Korean!
    She's an international celebrity now but before wasn't she super super huge in Korea?
    I'm so happy for her. I cried too. It was beautiful.

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  42. Glad to hear you're feeling better, Jen :D Loving the nails, esp. the Zoya polish! I feel you on the pink nails... somehow pink doesn't feel "right" on my nails XP

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  43. ohhh im in love with periwinkle/jade!! its so pretty!! haha my parent country's India but i teared up at kim yu-na's performance too, she was so beautiful!

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  44. I'm happy to hear you're almost back at 110% and being normal you once again! Thanks for sharing all of your pretty nail swatches!<3 they're very helpful and I am definitely going to refer to your recommendations when I go nail polish shopping sometime! I just bought China Glaze For Audrey the yday and I absolutely LOVE ITT!! hehe the color is AMAZING and I'm really impressed with how fast it dries! It's really pigmented, so I don't need to go over with so many coats as I do with some of my OPI polishes, and that's a total WIN in my book! I know you blogged about this color ages ago, but I finally found it and needless to say, I LOVE it! Thanks for your recommendation!! :)

    <3 caroline

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  45. i would love to see your polish collection!

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  46. LOVE the gradient!! Can you PLEASE show us how to do it?!

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  47. I love your nails , they are so cute <3

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