On My Nails: CLIO Professional Neon Stylers in Bring It On!

It’s unbelievable how much work I have right now, from various sources (I have work-work, and then freelance stuff and not forgetting being a personal assistant to a chatty toddler), and on top of that it is even more unbelievable how amidst all that I still managed to squeeze out a little bit of time to paint my nails with all these matters on hand.

But what’s a girl to do?

When you have to perk yourself up to be ready to kick some work-ass (work, I mean, I’m not kicking anyone…), you’ve just got to do it because you wouldn’t believe how much that does for your state of mind.

A fresh coat of lacquer alone can make you feel all ready to take on the world. Women, we are so funny that way.

So, speaking of perking yourself up there’s nothing perkier to don than neons and I happened to have these CLIO Professional Neon Stylers on hand that I was curious about so I grabbed the green and slapped that on!

 

I didn’t know what to expect with these (I donned a base coat in the event of staining – which it didn’t seem to, thankfully) but they actually surpassed what little to no expectations I had of it.

Alas, nothing is perfect in this world so even though this color was intensely opaque in one coat, glossy and creamy enough to make me skip a top coat and dried relatively quick, the brush on the other hand… I have something to say about.

It isn’t a bad brush but it’s far from good too.

I think CLIO was on the right track with it but perhaps the material used for the brush bristles weren’t the most ideal because they felt quite prone to splaying should you be careless with dipping the brush back in the bottle. The bristles weren’t very densely packed too, a little fluffy almost, which made it quite scary to use for a polish brush – don’t want to get polish on the sides of your fingers!

But somehow, if you’re careful enough about application and also re-dipping, it works out to be okay. I just noted that the bristle quality was a little lacking and felt I should report on that but application itself was perfectly fine for me.

So after that very wordy description about this polish, did I also mention that this is a UV polish?

In the spirit of partying, booze, UV lights and smokey clubs (okay maybe not in that spirit but the term UV lights brings that to mind), CLIO had released a collection for you club-goers to find a way to stand out – very literally because these UV things glow like a scary hovering blob – amidst the dim situation of clubs.

This polish, Bring It On, happens to be 1 of 6 nail polishes launched in that collection and while I’m not going to a club anytime soon I thought I would just try and show you the UV aspect via the cool UV torch that CLIO had attached within the press kit.

It’s quite hard to gather what to look for from that image alone (as opposed to a club setting) but let me explain what you are looking at. Typically most shades will fall into the shadows, e.g. my darkened fingers, but the polish seems to have a UV base that gives it that stark white look.

If you are a club go-er I think this polish is going to be quite a lovely one to have given how it truly shines in a UV lighting environment. What’s more your friends will always, more or less, know where you are just by searching for hovering nails in the dark, ha!

The UV factor aside, I was also surprised to discover that these polishes carried a scent to them. It’s a soft and powdery fragrance which seems to bring Baby Powder to mind. It isn’t excessive but nice enough and it lingers on for about 4 days or so. It gently wafts by everytime I bring my hands to my face to adjust my hair, do my makeup etc and it’s just a nice touch.

Very lovely and the scent alone is reason enough to check this out!

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While we’re on the topic of bright and neon nails, I know it’s not quite the season for it right now given Fall is swinging in fast and furious but rule benders will be glad to know that these aside, Ciate has some neon nail offerings too!

For all y’all fashionistas who want to amp your outfit up with statement and bold nails.

I chanced upon this hawttt pink Ciate nail polish in their Neon Nail set (in super cute bottles) at Zalora should you want them!

Also, I’ve got a discount code for my readers – ZASARA15 – so plop that in for 15% off your order!

 

Alrightey so, this is a long ramble for a nail entry, pardon me I believe I got quite carried away! Neon nails isn’t a look you would wear all year round but it’s so seasonal and fresh to don one every now and then that it’s just perfect to have them in your stash, for whenever.

Thanks for reading!

Tell me, do you like to wear neon colors on your nails?

 

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Look Book: CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners

I seem to be having a fall out with the ‘Eyeshadow Combination Department’ in my brain.

Yes, I do have a department like so, don’t you?

Eitherways, by fall out I don’t mean the glittery speckly mess you get on your cheeks from eyeshadow rebelling and refusing to stick where they are supposed to be. This is the “I hate’chu, I’m not going to talk to you for awhile” sort of a fall out.

Thus I have been quite down in the dumps with my eye looks these days. I try to think up combinations in my mind, harass the ‘Cheek and Lip Department’ or sometimes send some requests to the ‘Eyeliner Management Department’ but nothing seems to work and they’re all sending me back the generic neutral combos.

As if I couldn’t think of that myself…

Hence, neutral, neutral and all neutral is what I have been slapping on right now.

The same ole color placements, rotating with different chamapagnes, browns, smokey chocolate shades etc, but very much the same at the end of the day.

Though this is also the perfect time for me to embrace the pastel pop of color that these CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners give, because no matter what neutral combo it is, the eyeshadow isn’t what people are looking at anymore.

Not that anyone is going to think “hey are you wearing that eyeshadow combination again?” but it is nice to pacify my own need for a little oomph and change in my eye looks without really needing to do much (from the usual).

If you haven’t seen my little low-down on these CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners, you should check this post out first.

So let’s begin! Not that we have a lot to go through, I only have 3 shades on hand.

Pink Stud –

Probably the oddest color-name combo but Pink Stud swatches an intense medium red. Perhaps it could flash a little pink(-red) at angles and if you were to wear this blended out you will get more pinky hues that way.

Though eitherways, I think it’s more red in my eyes than pink…

Here it is, regardless.

p.s. Yes that’s the ombre lip look, I’ll talk about what I used here soon but a quick tip – it’s CLIO as well.

This shade can be quite tricky to pull off given it threads a little in edgy or gothic, depending on your choice of description. Yet at the same time it isn’t impossible to wear if paired this way.

Sure you may feel a teeny bit self-conscious but… my advice?

Just werk it girl. Nothing works a red liner as well as confidence *snaps fingers*

Mintade –

Seemingly a hot favorite, I had very unimaginatively worn Mintade numerous times in the way pictured below.

I know, I could get a whole lot more creative with these Pastel Upper Liners, given the references in the press release and all but I don’t have time (or make up guts) for that. Plus half the time with my frames on, how would people tell otherwise anyway.

Though one day if I had some time to play around with a whacky liner look I would like to attempt something more adventurous with these shades.

Peace One Day –

Because pastel purple is an extremely peaceful color?

I will never know but I decided to make peace with my need for exploring a different way to wear these and the mental thought of not being too ‘over’, thus I worked out this simple look below.

Really, it happened a little out of curiosity and ended up looking like something I planned to do all along so I’m going to just roll with that…

It is a really small and hardly noticeable flick but it does add a little something to the look! I like how playful it appears to be, peeking out right at the very end like that.

Granted it can’t last the whole day given my watery eye syndrome but it is fun to have on nonetheless!

While I am still going to explore (hopefully) more creative ways to wear these pastel buggers, I hope they are still in stock for those who are intrigued to work these sweet candy pops of colors!

Granted they aren’t easy, they are lots of fun so… go ahead and pop by your nearest Watsons to swatch these up and, well, have fun!

These CLIO Gelpresso Pastel Upper Liners retail for S$16.90 each and should be Limited Edition. They are available at Watsons, while stocks last!

Thanks for reading!