Sunday, July 29, 2012

Press & Go nails review

Hello lovelies!
Well after that depressing post I figured something more positive was related, review time! Even if it is just about a beauty product. Today I'm reviewing...
I bought these as they're cheap, look ok and hey, my nails need a mani!
 Overview
So here's a bit of info about the product. Essentially they're just a modern re-do of those stick on nails you used to buy as a kid. They come in a lot of colours, are widely available in chemists, sueprmarkets and beauty stores and 'press & go' is the australian name for the brand, otherwise knows as simply 'imPress nails'. The packaging (above) is cute, girly and looks like a nail polish bottle. These bad boys retail for about $15 a pop and supposedly last a week (I'll update when it's been that long). All in all it seems a much better deal than ruining my nails with acrylic and gel nails and (hopefully) I'll get a 'salon perfect manicure in a few minutes'.

Why choose stick on? 
Stick on nails are a pretty great idea if you don't like the idea of ruining your nails and getting fornightly fill ins for a bit of  hefty set up cost. Issue being you still want some glam nails for a night, a day, an evening, a week. Maybe you work in the food industry and may not be allowed to have artificial nails due to health and safety issues. Looking to add a little more refinment to an outfit (lolita rings next to long elegant nails? I say yes!) without having to book an appointment the day before and put aside an hour or so? Sticks on are for you, but there's a lot of cheap crappy ones out there who make claims they can't meet.
The Review 

Before: After washing, clipping, cuticle removing, moistuerising and wiping over
After: Before filing (see filed image below)
 Application
The packaging actually comes with an alchol based wipe to clean your nails with prior to use and also includes a mini nail...file pad? to roughen up the surface for best adhesion. There's 24 nails in 12 sizes and you pick that ones that best fit your nails. WARNING Much to my displeasure these are not 'petite' nails and so I found a few were somewhere between too large and a bit small, go for the smaller one. I was also disappointed to fin there were only 2 pinkie sized nails which you means you one shot per nail.

The first hand is pretty easy to get on but after getting two of the nails on my other hand done it became difficult removing the tape along the sticky side of the nails because the nails made it difficult (see below). Maybe have a friend help you or wait half an hour between each hand? You can re-apply the nails twice before they lose the stickiness to stay on, after that try again with a different one in the same size if possible. Other than that it's a pretty easy process and took my 10 - 15minutes for both hands after picking out my sizes.
 Wear
I've had these on for about 6 hours now and although the packaginf says ready to go in minutes I'm not sure what they think you're going to do after but it's not much involving your hands! The instruction manual actually advises you to not do much for half an hour - including typing and such. Maybe read a book? I watched a movie and after an hour and a half I was tippy typing away without much hesitation and so far so good. DO NOT TOUCH THEM BETWEEN HALF AN HOUR TO AN HOUR. I did this to my pinky to test it and er..well the back end towards the nail bed flicked up and I had to use some nail glue to get it to stay on because it had lost its glue.By hour six they're all pretty sturdy now but I'm paranoid about them and will probably be so until tomorrow morning after showering and cooking and sleeping and petting my cat and typing and generally putting them to the test. I'll update date this section next week with a followup.

Comfort & Fit
Like most artificial beauty enhancers the nails take a while to get used to. The touch when I don't intend to, the feel fragile and like they'll fall off any minute BUT after getting over that they're actually pretty comfortable and ignorable. It's like painting your nails, while they're wet it's 'don't touch me, you'll smudge EVERYTHING, but then it's blah but you're still weary that if you press too hard against something you'll most likely wreck your work. As prior said there are 12 sizes and if you're in between go with the smallest one, they do have a lot of sizes so it was pretty easy to do but my biggest issue was the square tip. Maybe it's just me but square tips are a bi*ch to work around, too much surface space? Who knows but unless you're used to a squared nail file them down, they felt so much nicer and natural after I did that. Anyways, AFTER PICS!

After! (10minutes)
After filing, notice corners. (2 hours)
Final Impressions 
I actually do really like them, after the filing. I'm being a bit tougher on them at the 6 hour mark now and I've noticed a few are coming off towards the back ends, mostly the ones I had to re-apply whicher were too big/small for my nails, so I may look at getting some nail glue as a precaution (I guess that defeats the point of sticks on but if I work it into prep who cares?) They look good, do the job and at $15 instead of $45 for acrylics and gels I'd buy them again when these fall off too. It might be nicer if they came in a range of length sizes since these are all a natural short length but there's potential to glam these up a bit too. Compared to other stick on nails I've tried there really is no comparison, they're an amazing quality for their field. Overall t's not a very natural look (shiny and perfectly white tips) but it does look like I just had a trip to the salon which is all I wanted anyways. Eff the kardashion endorsement, they're a good product and i highly reccomend - just remember to grab some nail glue and a file first!

BONUS

After putting them on, as much as I think this is a classic look, I figured why not paint them and see if it takes?

 

 Yes it does! The only issue being, with the french tip, is that there's a ridge where the white part starts. One could possibly incorporate it into a design but I don't think anyone would really notice? The varnish also keeps its gloss s maybe paint a set before putting them on and give them a super shiny coat!

Stay Glamorous!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Today was not a good day..

Good evening lovelies.
I hope your day has been/goes better than mine did today. I'm very sick right now and had to travel a long time on the train to get home and it didn't end well at all. I don't know why I'm really blogging this, I guess I just believe in venting to make thing feel beter, not to mention I'm stuck in my room trying to get better so there's not a lot to do.
Today I finally got funded some capital for my brand Kawaii lime designs, as well as heard from my manufactuer both I'm feeling very uncertain. Although KLD hasn't been up long I had been hoping for a bit more of a response, not a rush, but I do need to know if I should be looking at chiffon or cotton. Secondly the prices are looking to be much more than anticipated since most fashion designed on a smaller scale are based in a different state to me so shipping is higher. At the moment it looks like a skirt alone might be $150-$200 which is ridiculous for indie brands since that's what brand prices are, but I could only make it cheaper if more people ordered. It's a bit of a cruel cycle but it looks like I'll just be investing in a skirt for me *shrug*
I suppose that's technically ok but  I guess I just got mislead when there seemed sincere interested for my print ^^;; I was even looking into plus sizing so girls who don't fit brand can still have a cute pastel unicorn dress! I wasn't even making profit, just asking for what it takes to make these items because what's important to me isn't the moolah, just knowing out there people would be wearing something that meant a lot to me that they also loved.
But that's the dream isn't it? Today has just been a very bad day I think so maybe it will be better in the morning.
I also found, and sorry for being late on the bandwagon, the blog Pastel Raindrops. It's very cute and is one of those blogs that seem to be very into OTT sweet with the purple/pink/mint/lavednder combo that seems to be trending. The blog writer also seems to be an amazing artist so I hope you all enjoy it too. {/endplug}
Everybody else, please have a good day! If anyone is still interested in my skirt and its creation I'll still be updating it here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Taobao Highlights

Hello Lovelies!
Mmm Today I'm going to talk about some great Taobao shop items. I think a lot of the issues newer lolitas come across is 1. budget and 2. the fear of 'doing it wrong'. A lot of them are told to hit up bodyline for cheap but quality pieces or (heaven forbid) try to tackle ebay or milanoo. It always really frustrates me since Taobao is so easily accessible. Anyways! I figure most lolita's are looking at about $60-$100 for their first purchase, or even a splurge on the side, so let's look at this season's newest!
Dear Celine
Classic's a hit! Right now DC is doing some super adorable dress and blouses, one of which I'm just sooo putting in my needs wishlist. This Princess OP for $75USD, striped blue op - $68USD and, my favourite, classic blouse for only $38USD.

Chess Story
So chess story has dived into the world of creating thier own original prints, the first being a slightly off (or on if it's your thing) red and navy optional chess chocolate inspired piece. It's pretty cute and also a fraction of regular brand priced prints. This was followed up by High Tea time OP, a super OTT sweet print in (from what I can tell) comes in lavender and white. Both of these dresses are under. It also was followed up with a plainer, fairy-kei like jsk. Which I love and kind of want, hee hee! Their latest hit is a melty chocolate inspired design called chocolate party. There's some more teddy bear and donut action going on but you get the idea. All theses dresses come in way under the usual brand prices and none of them go over $100 with this little beauty listed below at just under $70, can't beat that!
Surface Spell
Although perhaps more well known for their gothic counterpart, Surface spell caught my eye with the longer classic mint, lavender and navy optional jsk. It's a gorgeous chiffon and looks like it could be matched with about anything, I'm itching to try and get that purple into my wardrobe! The jsk comes under $70USD and would be ideal for the taller ladies and gents.




Other than the convential lolita brands I'm not very good at finding anything new on taobao but I figured these deserved a bit of a shout out, especiall to any new-er followers of the fashion. Please leave any for would be taobao converters in the comments!

Kisses!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Kawaii Lime Designs: Dream of the starlight rose carnival

Hello Lovelies!
let me intrdoduce you to my new brand 'kawaii lime Design' well..sort of!
I started creating a lolita print a few months back and after an on again, off again start up process I finally finished it. Originally designed in the one colourway for my own purposes I created three other colourways (mint, yellow and lavender) which I'll be creating a reserve for. 
If any of y'all have been following my tumblr you'll have seen a preview a few weeks back.
At the moment I'm looking at only producing a gathered skirt version but with enough interest I'll also look at creating a jsk and op, I'm not getting my hopes up though! The skirts should be between roughly $80-$100 once done. In the perfect world I'd also love to collaborate with a sweets jewellery creator and make a set, but I doubt that'll happen. ANYWAYS this is my first print and it was inspired by those carousels you always see in little girl's rooms. I always wanted one but I never got one :( But I think they're lovely none the less! Anyways, ONTO THE PRINT!
Link to bigger version
This will be up for reservation within the next few days with a $50 deposit required and the rest to be paid when the skirt is ready to be shipped. Doing this will give me an idea of direct number required, I'm also hoping to get in contact with a few Australian stores to see if they're interested in buying a few for sales at cons and etc. 
I'm looking at using broadcloth (100% cotton) to print on, the same stuff brands like angelic pretty use, and have also picked out an embroided lace to go along the bottom with some adorable pink translucent resin rose buttons to secure the waist ties, if they're still in stock when i get the material. Obviously it'll still be a bit until I have an actual sample but at the moment this is what I have in mind. As my producer changes price depending on quantity the cost it may go up or down.   
I hope you all like it and are excited to have one for your own wardrobe, plese get back to me if you believe you are a serious buyer for the print!
Kisses!
 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Princess parody reboot

Hello lovelies!
Welcome to the NEW and improved Princess Parody, I hope my new format, font and abbner are not too cluttered and hard to understand! I was hoping for a more organic look, as if you are reading a private diary with this look while keeping it looking sweet with childish, how did I do?
Lately I've been interested in the 'idol' culture of the western lolitas and girls, they're all very adorable and sweet and I find them very inspiring so I'm taking this leaf from the, I'm a little worried it's too weeaboo but FEH, that's what your critic is for! There's less emphasis on the brand elements I think and more on what motives me with my own personal style. The giant floofy wedding dress to the side, the OTT makeup in the header and also that gorgeous AP dress. I also thought of adding a few OTT hime, la parfait esque images but I think it would start to look very gyaru - maybe not bad since I also love that style!
Anyways, please enjoy the new princess parody, check out my tumblr, and stay tuned as always!  
 P.S Tomorrow I'll will be creating a special sign off tag to put at the end of my posts, they're super cute don't you think? 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lolita weekend!

So Last weekend, I got somewhat busy inbetween nw and then which is why I didn't post it monday, it was two full days of lolita, super fun! My sister came down for the weekend and insisted we dress up when we went out shopping with my mum, it's always lovely when we three can go out! Then sunday the brisbane lolitas went skating, frills and all! We got a LOT of weird looks but at least only two lolis fell down (not including yours truly)! On both days I also got japanese style crepes so yay for that too!

SATURDAY



No contacts because I need to buy some more cleaning solution first! Today's theme was pink to match my sister, with my favourite angelic pretty hat of course and the bag she bought me, gotta say, I do love the cord.

Anyays she wore;

She was so worried she looked ita but I think she looks adorable!!, the first pic is in really wonky lighting but you can tell by the second pic that the wig actually matched a lot better irl, less neon by far. She has a savory chicken pizza crepe and I had a strawberry cheesckae and both of them were super delicious! >D I think I want to get the pink frill marine jsk on top of the navy op now....

SUNDAY

Ice skating!! There were er...a lot of girls there, fourteen I think? Maybe more, I thought there were only a few at first but more kept arriving during the day. I wish we got a group picture of everyone but to do so on the ice woulda been ridiculous and we were all in a rush to get on the ice and then get warm afterwards so...do'h!! My sister also went home today so she couldn't come :(



I was trying to do shiro lolita but I had to wear my pink AP capulet to keep me warm in the end! I thought for sure I'd take it off after a few lapse but nope, it stayed on the entire day! We then of course ended our icy shenanigans at the crepe place, this time I had chicken curry and the store owners recognised me from yesturday as well and told us all we had lovely dresses. All in all a very fun day!

Anyways I'll end this blog post on a purchase! Lately pastels are LIEK SO IN RIGHT NOW, Y'KNOW!? Namely lavender and mint so you can find jeans, tights, sneakers all around the place in these colours as well as peach for some reason...Taking advantage of this I bought some...


Tights! I don't even own anything in these colours but who cares, one day right? I was a bit put off that they weren't ones with a foot but when I tried them on at home they were a lot longer than my leg and also very stretchy...one DIY sewing job at home joining the legholes together and tada, I now have foot-included pastel tights! I wore them like that for a whole day to test it and they work dandy just like that! It makes me very happy.

Until next time fellow blog readers!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Giveaway closed, WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Third post in four days, gosh it feels like a lot! Anyways the giveaway is now over, at 18 new blog followers (yay!) and 56 followers on my tumber (wow!) I'm off to go figure out who the winner is via randomiser so stay tuned to find out what number you are AND who the winner is!
This is how the current list of entries looks so far!
  1. corpseonthestairs
  2. batsparks101
  3. everydaycolourful
  4. pastelrainbowbatt
  5. unicornshapedpizza
  6. tamabonotchi
  7. Caro-chan
  8. ammorin
  9. Becky
  10. mandaplz
  11. mandaplz
  12. Caylee
  13. fluffyfrills
  14. MandaPlz
  15. Inuyashley813
  16. strawberrysweetlolita
  17. batsparks101
  18. keepsturning
  19. Princess keyrey
  20. Ashley Parish
  21. Rouise
  22. iflorrie
  23. Kayla
  24. AdaEatsWontons
  25. Elisabeth Wright
  26. Gina
  27. honeyed
  28. winbaftasfuckbitches
  29. KuROWwonderland
  30. lovelyseaprincess
  31. Sonia
  32. Ammorin
  33. destr0y-something-beautifu
  34. Milky Ribbon
  35. unicornshapedpizza
  36. defigure
  37. samantha
  38. Intrisically Florrie
  39. kurowonderland
  40. Prancing bee
I want to thank everyone so much for all the compliments on my blog and for following me! I'm so happy that so many people like what's going on. I don't think I've missed anyone in this list but if I have, please let me know so I can work out a way to fix it all up for you >.< p.s When I realise Caro-chan is following my blog, eep! ^^ haha

ANYWAYS!!! And the winner is.....

NUMBER 12. CAYLEE (lovelyseaprincess)

I will be in contact with you soon to get address and colour details. In the meantime, everybody please keep enjoying Princess parody and the content updates coming soon!