I’m not a big fan of stamping but I still had quite a few round stamping plates floating around my nail art drawers. So I thought it was about time I got a holder for them. I saw this stamping plate holder on Born Pretty Store selection and got it for review.
One more nail post for this week and this time it’s a summer-y manicure with coral and gold polishes. I really like this combination. I love coral shades and gold just goes so well with these KIKO shades.
It’s spring and I feel the need to use one bright polish after another. This time I chose China Glaze Daisy Know My Name? from the Summer 2015 Electric Nights collection.
This is a very bright neon yellow with green undertones. Very highlighter yellow and in your face in sunlight. Love it! (more…)
I’m probably going to do nude nails for a month after all these sparkling, glitter-y nails I’ve been doing lately :D But till then, here goes another Holiday manicure.
For these nails I used Mavala polishes 105 Antarctic and 140 Magic Circus. I also used decorations from Born Pretty Store. I don’t quite know what to call those. I guess they are something in between of studs and rhinestones. These decorations come in a wheel that has different sizes and colors in it. This one is perfect for when your nail art is missing that one bright pink or ocean blue stud. I have a ton of decorations but I always seem to be missing some particular color. So this wheel is perfect for my collection and all the colors in it are very usable.
There’s quite a few different colors on this wheel and this time I just picked up green, red and silver ones. Like studs and rhinestones these are easy to use. Just place them on wet polish or apply a drop of top coat first then seal them in with the top coat of your choice. I used HK Girl and as you can see it didn’t make these bleed any color or dull them in any way. On the photos there’s a generous coat of HK Girl sealing them in.
For this manicure I used:
My usual base coats, Sally Hansen Nail Rehab and Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu!
Mavala 105 Antarctic. Very well pigmented white with a hint of shimmer that makes the polish look somewhat softer than plain white creme. Easy enough to apply for a white polish and two coats was enough for opaque and even looking result.
Mavala 140 Magic Circus from the Holiday 2014 collection. The color combination on this one instantly made me think of Christmas. I applied a coat on the middle of the nails and allowed it to dry for a bit. Then I dabbed in a second coat and placed some glitter pieces in the empty spots.
For the ring finger I used a coat of Magic Circus and then placed the decorations on to the wet polish.
Last I applied a generous coat of HK Girl on all the nails.
You can find the nail decoration wheel from Born Pretty Store and they also have a wide range of other nail art supplies. Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Please use the code “NZL91” when you order and get extra -10% discount.
***Mavala polishes and the decoration wheel were sent for review. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.
I recently received 10 new stamping plates from Born Pretty Store and instead of showing all of them at the same time I’m going to do a design with each of them and show them one or two at a time.
I’ve been wanting to do lace style nails for a long time now and stamping plate 02 had perfect patterns for that. It looks like stamping plate 02 design has changed a bit since they sent mine to me and the exact pattern I used is no longer on the new plate. On the new design there’s still very pretty lace patterns and the new ones are actually big enough to cover your whole nail. On this older plate the pattern I used was a tiny bit too narrow to cover my whole nail so I ended up using it only on the tips and the sides of the ring finger nail.
This plate worked great for me. I’m really a beginner when it comes to stamping nail art and I’ve only done stamping a few times. I had no trouble at all with this plate. The pattern transferred perfectly to the stamper and on to the nails.
I started by doing a nude base using a coat of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab nail treatment, a coat of Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! base coat and a coat of Essie Sugar Daddy. I also added OPI In True Stefani Fashion to the areas where I was going to stamp so that the beautiful holo glitter pieces would sparkle through the lace pattern. I finished with HK Girl top coat and let the manicure dry.
After the mani was dry I applied IsaDora Peel Off Basecoat on my cuticles to protect them from the black stamping polish. I cut pieces of blue masking tape and placed those on to my nails to cover the areas where I didn’t want to stamp. I didn’t want all the tips to look exactly the same so I tried to place the tape pieces a little differently on each nail. After all this was done I took my XL squishy stamper and black Konad stamping polish and stamped the patterns. Then I immediately removed the tapes and peel of base coat and cleaned up the little bit of black polish that got on to my skin.
Next I took a fine nail art brush and black acrylic paint. I drew a thin line next to the pattern and filled out the tiny little gaps here and there that I missed with my stamper (cos I’m simply not good enough at this yet :D ). I added the details on the ring finger between the stamping and let everything dry well again. After a while I added HK Girl top coat and rhinestones (also from Born Pretty Store) and I was done.
I absolutely love how these turned out. I’ll definitely be doing similar nails again and maybe a matching makeup look :)
You can buy the newly designed stamping plate 02 from Born Pretty Store and they also have a wide range of other nail art supplies. Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Please use the code “NZL91” when you order and get extra -10% discount.
***This stamping plate was sent for review. Rhinestones were gifted to me. Essie Sugar Daddy, Konad polish and black acrylic paint were purchased by me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.
I recently placed my first Cadillacquer order and here’s the first one of the two polishes I bought, The Rest Is Silence from the Sons of Anarchy Collection. I know I just did a “Matching Nails & Makeup” post but the opportunity to use turquoise on my makeup was too good to pass so here goes another makeup post :D
The Rest Is Silence is a GORGEOUS light turquoise polish with a subtle holo effect and pink shimmer. I can’t even… this polish is so so stunning!
Formula was excellent. Two easy coats for an opaque result. Dry time was normal and removal was easy. No staining the nails and no chipping during the three days I wore this manicure. This Cadillacquer beauty lived up to it’s good reputation and my first experience with this brand was a really positive one.
For this manicure I used a coat of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab and a coat of Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu!, two coats of The Rest Is Silence and HK Girl top coat. For the ring finger nails I placed some studs (no longer available or at least I couldn’t find a link for you. I bought those sometime last year), waterdrops and rhinestones. All of them are from Born Pretty Store and you can use the code NZL91 for -10% off your order.
Yep, I told you, stunning polish!
And then on to the makeup look. I didn’t want to go all crazy with the turquoise so I decided to just use it on my lower lid and leave the upper lid neutral with big lashes.
For this look I used:
UDPP for a base
Urban Decay Burnout, Buzz and Strange (Naked 3 palette)
GOSH Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil in Cool Mint
Urban Decay Deep End (Fun palette)
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Lumi
I really liked how this looked. Neutral enough for every day use but still had enough color to make it look fun and fresh :) This is a very quick and easy look to create and you can use pretty much any color on your lower lid as long as it looks good on you.
***The Rest Is Silence and makeup products used on this post were purchased by me. Studs were purchased by me. Waterdrops and rhinestones were gifted to me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.
This manicure is quick and simple but I really liked it.
The base color is Mavala Espresso from their Fall 2014 Sublime collection. Espresso has an excellent formula. It applies very smoothly and evenly and is opaque with two coats. Dry time was quick and it didn’t stain my nails or cuticles when removed.
For this manicure I used a coat of Essie Fill The Gap and Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! base coats, two coats of Espresso and HK Girl top coat. Stamping was done with OPI Love.Music.Angel.Baby velvet matte polish and Born Pretty Store stamping plate (you can use the code NZL91 for -10% off).
***Mavala Espresso and OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby were sent for review. Studs and stamping plate were gifted to me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.
Today I have some nail art for you using silver rings and rhinestones from Born Pretty Store.
These rings come in a wheel of gold and silver colored metal rings. They can be used for nail art on natural nails or with gel/acrylic nails. These are not too big so they are easy to place on the nails. I chose to put a rhinestone inside of the rings and also placed some rhinestones around them.
I actually expected these to be solid rings but as you can see on the photo above, the ends overlap each other a little. I thought this might be a problem and cause them to get stuck on clothes and hair etc. but it really wasn’t an issue at all. I pressed the ring on to wet nail polish, placed the rhinestones and few glitter pieces and sealed everything with a generous coat of HK Girl top coat. I wore this manicure for two days. The rings didn’t get caught on anything during that time and both the rings and rhinestones stayed on perfectly until I removed the manicure.
For this manicure I used:Mavala 315 Amethyst from the Fall 2014 Sublime collection. I used two coats for index and pinky nails. For middle finger and thumb nails I used a coat of Amethyst and a coat of Lynnderella Jelly Egg. Everything is topped with HK Girl top coat.
For the ring finger I first applied two coats of Essie Fill the Gap. Next I applied a generous coat of OPI In True Stefani Fashion glitter polish on the middle of the nail. Then I placed the rings and rhinestones on to the wet polish and pressed them down gently. I also added some F.U.N. Lacquer Winter Wonderland glitter topper (Can this please make comeback this Christmas? It’s so awesome!) for extra sparkle. I topped everything with another generous coat of HK Girl top coat and I was done!
These rings looked pretty much as I thought they would when used on a manicure. I quite like the little extra something they bring on a regular rhinestone nail art. I’ll definitely will be using these again on another manicure.
You can buy these silver and gold rings from Born Pretty Store and they also have a wide range of other nail art supplies. Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Please use the code “NZL91” when you order and get extra -10% discount.
***These rings were sent for review. Rhinestones were gifted to me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.
Today I’m back with another Born Pretty Store product review. This time I chose to test black rhinestones. These come in a wheel that has about 500 rhinestones in four different sizes in it for the price of $3.95.
These rhinestones are super easy to use for all kinds of nail art. You can attach them with top coat or nail glue if you want to make sure they stay on. Just remember that nail glue can make them stick real hard on your nails and it might make it much harder to remove the manicure.
Since I’m growing out the UV-gel layover on my nails I decided to do a design that covers the annoying growth line nicely. I used top coat to attach three different size rhinestones from the wheel on my nails near the cuticle (I chose not to use the biggest ones this time). The base color is Love, Angeline Lunar Love from my Monday’s blog post.
I love how this turned out! I think the black stones look perfect with the delicate pink polish.
You can buy these black rhinestones from Born Pretty Store and they also have a wide range of other nail art supplies. Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Please use the code “NZL91” when you order and get extra -10% discount.
***These rhinestones were sent for review. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.
Hello lovelies! Today it’s time for another Born Pretty Store review. I like doing nail art but I feel like I never have time. So doing these reviews for BPS sort of force me to do some nail art from time to time :D This time I got some square fluorescent studs to test. These come in a wheel that has both neon-ish and pastel studs in it.
For this manicure I used Glitter Gal Bikini Babe pastel pink creme as a base color. On the ring finger I used the studs from Born Pretty Store sealed in with Glitter Gal Gloss Boss top coat. This top coat is thick-ish gel like finish so it’s perfect to use with studs. It’s also not a fast drying top coat so it doesn’t damage or make the studs bleed color like a fast drying top coat might do.
For all the other nails I did a gradient on top of Glitter Gal Bikini Babe using IsaDora Sugar Crush polishes 134 Bon Bon (light pink) and 135 Cotton Candy (lilac).
You can use these studs in so many different designs and they are super easy to use. I usually just press them on to the wet polish and seal with a top coat.
You can buy these square studs from Born Pretty Store and they also have a wide range of other nail art supplies. Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Please use the code “NZL91” when you order and get extra -10% discount.
***These studs were sent for review, all the other products used on this manicure have also been sent to me free of charge. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.