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Essence #lucky and Sally Hansen Fruit-ta-ta

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Hi everyone! After 4 back to back black manicures I needed some colour in my life! After Michelle from Ordinary Misfit fame shared a recent polish haul and alerted me to a sale at Dischem I was itching to buy some polish. My bestie who had just given birth needed something  from the pharmacy, I offered to get it 😉  I picked up a few polishes, including the 2 I’ll be showing you today. This is what I came up with:essence #lucky and Sally Hansen I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence #lucky on all of my nails. Lucky is a very opaque bright pink creme. It is practically a one coater, but of course I can’t stop at 1 coat. This polish had the great essence formula that I am accustomed to. It went on smoothly and self leveled very well. It also dried well. On my middle and ring nails I used the “blob and spread” method to apply 2 coats of Sally Hansen Fruit-ta-ta. Fruit-ta-ta consists of matte white, pink, red and black glitter suspended in a clear base. This one was on sale. The glitter in this polish is quite sparse, so I ended up getting quite a bit of base on my nails, which really slowed down drying time. In hindsight it would be a better idea to sponge this one onto the nail. On my index and pinkie I placed two 2 mm studs purchased from bornprettystore (purchase here and here*) near my cuticles to match some of the colours of the glitter. I sealed it all in with 2 coats of Seche Vite to try and dry the glitter nails and make sure the studs are secure.

I’ve changed the background colour in my photos from white to black. I feel it eliminates some of the red in my skintone which I struggle with in my pictures. I don’t want to mess around with the colours of my photos too much for fear of destroying the colour accuracy of the polish, so this was a better solution in my opinion. I really loved the photos in Blingfinger‘s blog looked against the black background and this inspired me to try it in the first place. I would love to hear what you think about the change in the comments below!

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PPSA Nail Challenge – Needle

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Hi everyone! It’s time for the next prompt in the #PPSAnailchallenge 🙂 This entire month all my nail posts will be for the Polished Pretties South Africa Nail Challenge. Polished Pretties South Africa is a Facebook group started by the Nail Anarchy ladies and we decided to do a month long challenge and open it up to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the group to participate, but if you have a love for polish, why not join our group anyway? The challenge is also not compulsory for group members. It’s all just for fun 🙂 Here are all the prompts and the dates:#PPSAnailchallenge

 

 

Wow! It’s the last prompt for the PPSA Nail challenge! I’ve never made it through an entire challenge that had limited time frames. The only other challenge I did was a very long time ago to try and get through my untrieds. Yay me! I did it! The last prompt was “Needle”. My first thoughts were to try and do a needle drag mani, but I tried it on my wheel and as I predicted, I scraped right through all of the layers of polish. I seem to have been skipped when they were handing out the ability to do things with a “light touch”.  I also thought of just painting an actual needle…until I was inspired by a post I saw done by Squeaky Nails. You can see the post here. Let me show you what I did 🙂PPSA Nail Challenge NeedlePPSA Nail Challenge NeedlePPSA Nail Challenge Needle

 

Tattoo nails! I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Hean 639 on all of my nails. This polish is extremely sheer. You can see my swatch of it here. Even with 4 coats, you can still see right through it. I wanted a base that emulated “skin” and this one seemed to be the best fit. Even though this just looks like negative space stamping, there is a base – promise! I used Sinful Colors Black on Black and the BP 28 stamping plate from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*) to stamp on all of my nails. I chose Black on Black because it is not quite as black as my black stamping polish and since tattoos are rarely very black I thought this was best. I specifically chose this image because it reminds me of Samoan tattoos. I used my Gosh Matte Top Coat to seal everything since skin doesn’t shine…unless you’re Edward Cullen.

I would love to hear what you think of my interpretation of this prompt in the comments below 🙂 Don’t forget to check out the other contributions on the inlinkz!

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PPSA Nail Challenge – Pink

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Hi everyone! It’s time for the next prompt in the #PPSAnailchallenge 🙂 This entire month all my nail posts will be for the Polished Pretties South Africa Nail Challenge. Polished Pretties South Africa is a Facebook group started by the Nail Anarchy ladies and we decided to do a month long challenge and open it up to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the group to participate, but if you have a love for polish, why not join our group anyway? The challenge is also not compulsory for group members. It’s all just for fun 🙂 Here are all the prompts and the dates:#PPSAnailchallengeToday I am showing you my effort for the pink prompt. After the freehanding I decided it was time to dust off my stamper. Oh how I missed it! The sun was also out for the first time in over a week, so I also had to use my pink Color Club holo. This is what I came up with:PPSA Nail Challenge Pink

 

PPSA Nail Challenge Pink

PPSA Nail Challenge Pink

PPSA Nail Challenge Pink

PPSA Nail Challenge PinkI’m sorry, I just had to picture spam you! I started with my regular L.A. Girl base coat. I painted 2 coats of Color Club Miss Bliss on my index and middle nails and 2 coats of China Glaze Dance Baby on my ring and pinkie nails. I then switched the polishes around to stamp over each other using my new Born Pretty Store plate BP-L003. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Done. A quick and simple mani 🙂 I just LOVE how these Color Club holos stamp! It almost looked like I stamped with Dance Baby on my ring and pinkie.

What do you think of this mani? I’d love to hear in the comments below. Also be sure to check out the other participants in the inlinkz!

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Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate Review – BP-26

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Hi everyone. I have yet another Born Pretty Review for you today! I’m on a roll, right? This will be the last one for a while, so I hope you enjoy it! It’s no secret that I am a huge stamping fan and I am so impressed with Born Pretty Store’s stamping plates. When I first started out they seemed to be hit or miss, but now I every single plate I use that I have received or purchased from them is awesome. I have previously reviewed Born Pretty Store plates here and here. I also use a stamper I purchased from them myself. This is the one I use:

Born Pretty Stamper

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You can purchase it here*. I really love this stamper! I went from struggling my bum off with a relatively firm stamper, to great success with this squishy stamper. My nails are soft and bendy, so if I put pressure on the nail with a firm stamper while transferring the image, my nails give way and the image doesn’t transfer completely. This stamper head is big enough to cover my entire nail, the squishiness of the head also means that the image is stamped over my entire nail with the right amount of pressure, so even into the cuticles on the sides as the stamper gives way instead of bending my nail. I do need to prime the stamper head regularly though, but it takes me less than 30 seconds and is totally worth it.

Let me show you the plate I received to review. When you receive the plate it has a blue protective film over it to protect the plate during shipping. It looks like this:

 

 

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-26

Before you start stamping you need to remove the film. It removes really easily, you can just run your fingers over the edge from bottom to top and it will lift. Don’t do this while your nails are wet as the film is quite clingy and will ruin your nails! The plates also have backing which helps dull the edges of the plate so that you don’t cut yourself while handling them. I wipe down all my plates with acetone before each use.

 

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-26

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-26

 

 

I stamped all of these images onto a piece of paper using Sinful Colors Black on Black. What you see below are my first attempts at picking up and stamping the images. I didn’t redo any of them so that I could illustrate how easy this plate is to use. After applying the polish to my clean plate, I used an old plastic gift card to scrape the excess polish from the plate at roughly a 45 degree angle. I pressed down directly with the stamper, as it is nice and squishy I didn’t need to roll it over the images to pick them up. The results:

Stamped with BP-26 from Born Pretty Store

This plate is going to come in super handy for awareness manis! It is one of the reasons I chose this plate. I’m so over trying to freehand awareness ribbons it isn’t even funny 😉 Of course I couldn’t just show you the plates, I created a mani using the heart/club image:

Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party stamped with BP-26

Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party stamped with BP-26

Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party stamped with BP-26

I started off with a Tip Top base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party on all of my nails. This is a beautiful light pink creme. It could have used an extra coat, but I knew I was going to stamp over it, so I stuck with 2. I painted 1 coat of essence space queen over Hard-Core Party. Space queen is a holographic glitter topper suspended in a clear base. The photos do it absolutely no justice. It is gorgeous! I used essence crazy fancy love to stamp the image on all of my nails and sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

It’s actually quite funny, while I was creating this mani loadshedding kicked in and I had to finish it off in the dark! Our power provider had switched from stage one to stage 2 unexpectly, so I was a bit surprised at the sudden outage…I was a bit peeved to be honest. Considering that these were done squinting, I don’t think they turned out too bad. I took a pic of my working conditions:

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Anyway…I just received a pile of stamping plates that I ordered from BPS and I can’t wait to try them all out. Have you ever tried Born Pretty Stamping plates? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Don’t forget you can use my affiliate link in the sidebar on the right to register on Born Pretty Store, as well as my 10% discount code for non discounted items :)

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Born Pretty Store Metal Nail Decoration Review

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Hi everyone! I have another Born Pretty Store review for you today. I just LOVE doing these reviews and having the opportunity to try out the new nail art goodies that they have to offer. I shop at Born Pretty Store often, they have such a huge variety to choose from, their prices are reasonable and I don’t have to sell a kidney on the black market for shipping. I do pay $3.00 for a tracking number to South Africa, but shipping is free! Born Pretty Store is actually huge and offers a LOT more than just nail art paraphernalia. They have everything from scarves to decor for your house! You really should check them out. For today’s review I was sent 5 beautiful flat metal nail decorations to show you. Here is the mani I came up with:

Born Pretty Store Flat Metal Nail Decoration

Born Pretty Store Flat Metal Nail DecorationI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of the Accessorize polish pictured above. Unfortunately the polish has no name, but I would like to note that it lives up to the promise on the cap of the bottle. This polish was completely opaque in ONE coat. You gotta love a good one coater! I don’t even have to wonder if I’ll be able to stamp with this one, I’m willing to bet money that it can. These decorations come in packs of 5 and there are 5 different designs to choose from. You can see and buy them here. I learnt a few things about using these while doing this mani, so I have a couple of tips to share with you. The decorations are very pliable and bend easily. I was silly and tried to bend them to fit over my c curve after I painted my nails and my polish wasn’t 100% dry yet. You can see that the polish seeped through the decoration a bit, that was totally my fault! I would recommend choosing where you would like to place the decoration before you start painting. Place the decoration on your nail and bend it to fit your c curve. This will make application a breeze later on. I added a little clear top coat over the metallic blue and adhered the decoration onto my nail. You’ll notice that the decorations look different. They are actually exactly the same, but one is rotated. A completely different look using exactly the same decorations! Whoop! I sealed in the design with 2 generous coats of Seche Vite. Because I didn’t bend the decorations well, I didn’t manage to seal the edges of one of them with the top coat and I did manage to snag it often. You live and you learn. These removed with ease and I am happy to report that the gold colouring did not come off when they came into contact with acetone. This means you can use them again. Now that is value for money!

I really like the way these looked and I would like to get one or two of the other shapes for myself as well. What do you think of these? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below. Born Pretty DiscountDon’t forget you can use my affiliate link in the sidebar on the right to register on Born Pretty Store, as well as my 10% discount code for non discounted items :)

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Born Pretty Store Review – 3D Nail Art Stickers

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Hi everyone! I have another Born Pretty Store review for you today 🙂 I really enjoy doing these posts. If you’re a regular reader, you already know that I’m a big fan of Born Pretty Store products and that I shop there often for my nail art supplies. Today I have some 3 D nail art stickers to show you. When I opened the package I was really surprised by the sheer size of the sheet I received. Have a look how big it is!Born Pretty Store 3 D Nail Art StickersThere is a large variety of patterns to choose from on this sheet. Have a look:Born Pretty Store 3 D Nail Art Stickers

Born Pretty Store 3 D Nail Art StickersSo many! Stickers are probably the easiest way to get some funky nail looks going. They are easy to use, you don’t need to wait for them to dry and they stay on your nails if you seal them in with top coat. Some of these stickers are too big for my nails, but I do often use stickers on my toes since I can’t be bothered to take the time to do any art on my toes, so I’m sure some of the bigger stickers would work for that. There are also quite a few lines of stickers that are attached to each other. This is nice because you could use them to do a french tip on your nails OR you could cut them away from each other to use them as individual patterns, which is what I did for my mani. Let me show you what I came up with:essence kiss me, freddy and bornprettystore 3D Nail Art Stickers

essence kiss me, freddy and bornprettystore 3D Nail Art StickersHow beautiful does that look? I started out with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence kiss me, freddy on all of my nails. Kiss me, freddy is a shimmery mint green polish. The finish is hard to describe. It isn’t a foil or a glitter, maybe somewhere in between. It is a really pretty polish and is unique in my collection. I let the base dry well. Be patient! If you stick down stickers on a wet or tacky base they can wrinkle or sink into the polish and you just end up with a very messy look. I peeled the stickers off the clear backing and applied them with a tweezer. This allows you to place them exactly where you want them with ease and you don’t touch the sticky part of the sticker with your fingers, which can cause them not to stick down well. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite and voila! A quick and easy manicure 🙂 These stickers also removed quite easily. I’ve worn very stubborn stickers before, but these just required a little extra rubbing.

If you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice that I used one of these stickers for my Mother’s Day nails as well. I used on of the heart stickers on my middle nail as an accent. Here’s a photo reminder:

Revlon Coy and Pink GlazeSomeone actually told me that the heart sticker looked like a stud. 3 D effect indeed! I have difficulty with large studs in the middle of my nail as they are not pliable and don’t mold to my c curve, with stickers that is completely eliminated, so it is nice to get the effect of a stud, without any hassle. If you would like to buy this sheet, you may click here. Don’t forget you can use my affiliate link in the sidebar on the right to register on Born Pretty Store, as well as my 10% discount code for non discounted items :)Born Pretty DiscountWhat do you think of this mani? Do you every use nail stickers or shop at Born Pretty Store? Let me know in the comments below!

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Satin Matte Roses

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Hi everyone! Recently I hosted a baby shower for my bestie and she bought me a gift to say thank you. So sweet! She bought me a beautiful necklace that I had eyed while we were on a shopping trip together months ago as well the essence satin matte top coat that she knew I wanted, but I couldn’t buy right now. I was excited to try the satin matte effect, so my very next mani I decided to use it! Let me show you what I came up with.

L'Oreal Shocking Pink with essence satin matte top coat

L'Oreal Shocking Pink with essence satin matte top coat

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat. I painted 2 coats of L’Oreal Shocking Pink (gift) on all of my nails. Once that was dry I used my Born Pretty Store plate BP-03 (press sample) and Sinful Colors Black on Black to stamp the rose images on all of my nails. The roses on my ring nail are stamped individually as it is a small individual image on the plate. I was quite pleased with my stamping aim! I let it sit for a minute and for the first time realized that this top coat is not my beloved Seche and might just drag my stamping. With this in mind I applied essence satin matte top coat and floated my brush and it didn’t drag AT ALL. I was so chuffed! It also dried quite quickly. If you’re wondering what the difference between satin matte and matte is, Ordinary Misfit has a lovely comparison with photos here that show you the difference between the two.

I really loved wearing this mani! I was fascinated by the finish. It is definitely a winner. I also wore this to the #CTMeetUp and received compliments all around 🙂 I would love to hear your thoughts on this look in the comments below. Have you ever tried a satin matte polish? Do you like the finish?

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Mother’s Day Nails 2015

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Hi everyone! A happy Mother’s Day to all those that celebrated yesterday. Mother’s Day can be such a bittersweet day for a lot of people and I find it hard not to think about those who have lost their mothers and those who yearn to be mothers on a day like yesterday. I hope it was a blessed day for everyone none the less. My husband worked late the previous night, into Sunday morning, so I didn’t get breakfast in bed. Instead I got up to make breakfast for myself and the kids. Maybe when they’re older someone will find it in their heart to get up for me 😛 On Friday Elijah brought me a small bottle of bubble bath with a “Happy Mother’s Day” note attached which they were given at school. I went to church with Gabby where the mothers gathered for tea and cake after service to celebrate. When I got home I painted my nails and soon we were off to my mother in law for lunch. All in all it wasn’t a bad day. Let me show you the mani I wore 🙂

Revlon Coy and Pink Glaze

Revlon Coy and Pink Glaze

 

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of Revlon Coy on all of my nails. Coy is the bottle in the second picture. It is a lovely baby pink creme. The formula was good on this one. I didn’t flood my cuticles at all when painting. It definitely required 3 coats though, which isn’t unusual for a light pink polish. I have a similar colour in another brand which also requires 3 coats to even out nicely. It really is a gorgeous pink and I am happy to have another! On my middle and ring nails I added a coat of Revlon Pink Glaze over Coy. Pink Glaze is a gorgeous fuschia shimmer suspended in a clear base. I am so cross that I couldn’t get the fuschia to show up in any of my photos because it is very apparent in person. Not only is it very easy to see, but it is GORGEOUS! I cannot WAIT to layer it over a dark colour like black or purple. It is going to look amazing! Perhaps it will show up better in photos then. On my middle nail I placed a sticker from a sheet that I received at Born Pretty Store (press sample), I will be reviewing it for the blog soon so keep an eye out for that and I added a gold stud from one of my nail wheels on my ring nail (also from BPS*). I received these 2 polishes in the #CTMeetUp goodie bag when I attended over the weekend. We also got some other goodies, but I will include those in a separate blog post 🙂 Here they are on their own:

Revlon Pink Glaze and Coy

What do you think of this mani and these colours? I like wearing feminine manis on Mother’s Day, just like I did last year. Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂

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I don’t need money, honey

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Hi everyone! That title is such link bait! LOL. It is actually the name of a polish I’ll be showing you today 🙂 It was my bestie’s baby shower over the weekend and I wanted to do a mani for her. Not for the baby, but for her.  It wasn’t hard to pick out a colour since she is a blue fanatic and I had a gorgeous blue foil polish in my untried pile. Let me show you what I came up with:

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I started with my usual Tip Top Base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of essence I don’t need money, honey onto all of my nails. I don’t need money, honey is a stunning blue foil that is perfect in just 2 coats. The formula was a bit tricky for me. The polish seems to dry quite quickly, so you need to apply it carefully in order not to create bald spots. Also try not to overload your brush with polish. Rather paint thinner coats as too much polish will flood your cuticles and leave brush strokes. There is by no means anything wrong with the formula and I don’t hate it, but these tips should help you get a gorgeous finish. I also had some staining on my skin, but nothing a quick scrub with a nail brush couldn’t sort out. Once my nails were dry I used essence black stampy polish and the right hand image on PUEEN 44 to stamp onto all my nails except my ring nails. I chose this image because she loves anything damask 😉 On my ring nail I placed a 3 mm rhinestone from a wheel I reviewed here (Press Sample). I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I absolutely adored these. I’ve figured I actually really love a full foil finish mani. The brushed chrome effect really appeals to me. What do you think of this mani? Do you like foil polishes too?

April Nail Anarchy Challenge

Hi everyone! It’s that time of the month again! The last Friday of each month my friends from my Nail Anarchy Whatsapp group create a mani with a prompt chosen by one of us. This month it was Thea’s turn to pick a prompt and she chose “Opposites” as her theme. You can find Thea over at Madness Nails. This prompt gave me some food for thought. I didn’t want to do something super predictable and was really stoked when my idea popped into my head. I decided to use colours that are opposite one another on the colour wheel. I chose my favourite colour to begin with (purple) and the colour directly opposite purple on the colour wheel is yellow. In colour theory colours opposite one another on the colour wheel compliment each other well. I wasn’t 100% sure about it before I started my mani, but I certainly was when I was done! This is what I came up with:

April Nail Anarchy Challenge

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. On my index and middle nails I am wearing 3 coats of Tip Top Diva Glam. Diva Glam is a sheer purple jelly packed with small dark blue and slightly bigger purple and silver glitter. The base of this polish is very sheer, but built up to opacity with 3 coats for me. I only wore one coat of top coat over this as it didn’t dry too gritty. On my ring and pinkie nails I’m wearing 3 coats of China Glaze Lemon Fizz. Lemon Fizz is a gorgeous yellow pastel. The formula is a bit tricky, as yellows and pastels go, but not too bad. On my middle and ring nails I used some waterslide decals from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*). Once again, they were super easy to use once I figured out how to use them. I use Diva Glam and a dotting tool to dot onto my pinkie nail and Lemon Fizz to dot onto my index nail. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think of these? I really enjoyed wearing them and would love to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to check out what everyone else did on the inlinkz below 🙂

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