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bornprettystore Water Decal Review

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Hi everyone. As promised, yet another bornprettystore review for you. This is another set of water decals I totally fell in love with. Of course it helps that they are purple and that is my favourite colour, could you guess? Let me show you how stunning they are.bornprettystore water decal reviewbornprettystore water decal reviewbornprettystore water decal reviewI started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I chose to pair these decals with Revlon Gel Envy Showtime since it is not only purple, but contains purple and blue micro glitter which I thought would work perfectly with these decals. I painted 2 coats of Showtime on my thumb, index and pinkie nails. On my middle and ring nails I painted 1 coat of Revlon Gel Envy Sure Thing which is a lovely opaque white. To prep the decals I cut them out to the approximate size of my nails and removed the plastic protective layer. I submerged them in water for a few seconds until they slid off the paper backing. I placed the decal on my nail and absorbed excess water with a tissue. This helped the decal stay in place while I used a small clean up brush and acetone to remove the extra decal around and at the tip of my nail. These decals were sturdy, but using the acetone to clean them up and remove the excess worked well. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

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Neon French Nails

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Hi everyone. The mani I have to show you today was actually requested by my husband. He is a huge fan of french manicures and has always wanted me to do one. In all my time doing nails I’ve only done one french mani, so I decided to indulge him. I tried to discuss details with him, but being a dude, it was like trying to squeeze blood from a stone. Eventually I asked him if he wanted a traditional french or something funky and he said funky. Let me show you what I came up with.Neon French NailsNeon French NailsNeon French NailsNeon French Nails

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Revlon Sure Thing (gift) on my index, middle and pinkie nails. I really love this white. I actually think it’s my favourite white in my collection. It self levels really well and is very opaque. The formula is easy to work with and dry time is pretty standard. On my ring nail I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Neon & On & On. Oooooh I love me a good neon. The formula on this neon is tricky and not so easy to work with. The polish dries very fast, so it’s easy to drag if you go over the same spot more than once. It sure is beautiful though, right? Once my polish was dry I used french nail guides I purchased from bornprettystore to tape off the tips of my nails. I was actually shaking the entire time I was doing this. I’m not sure if it was because I was hungry or nervous that I was going to mess it up. I alternated the colours on my tips, painting over the guides and immediately removing them when I was done painting, one nail at a time. It still felt like it was missing something, so I added the heart rhinestone to my accent nail. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

Although french manis aren’t really my vibe, I really loved how this turned out. Perhaps because, NEON 😀 So I showed them to my husband and he just sort of grunted his “approval” and then went into how we had discussed other options for the french and that he wasn’t sure why I went ahead and did my own thing. I think I may have done so because at some point he had said “Just do whatever you want” when he was tired of discussing nails with me LOL. As you can see above, once again in my lightbox the camera was completely freaked out by the neon, the shot in the sun is colour accurate. I am also not sure why my skin looks so dark in the lightbox pictures. You win some, you lose some. I was totally going to post this as a Valentine’s mani, but life got away from me.

Do you like french manicures? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below.

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Extreme Lady Luck

Hi everyone! Today I have more gifts to show you. I have been so very blessed with tons of polish gifts lately. I am such a lucky girl! The polishes I have to show today came from Revlon and my Secret Santa box. When Revlon sponsored a prize for my 10 year bloggiversary and birthday giveaway, they sent a duplicate of the prize for me. Thanks Revlon! Let me show you the mani 🙂Revlon Lady Luck and L.A. Girl Extreme stamped with BP-28Revlon Lady Luck and L.A. Girl Extreme stamped with BP-28Revlon Lady Luck and L.A. Girl Extreme stamped with BP-28

 

I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Revlon Gel Envy Lady Luck on my index and middle nails. Lady Luck is a bright pink creme with a beautiful golden shimmer. I am totally in love with this colour! I daresay that it borders on a neon, but it isn’t very obvious in the pictures. The formula was a little thick on this one, but I’m sure some polish thinner would help for that. I totes painted my toes with this the day after I did the mani. So pretty! On my ring and pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of L.A. Girl Extreme. This is a dusty lavender which also has a gold shimmer. I had no issues with this one and once all my nails were dry I stamped with essence black stampy polish and BP-28. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Ta da!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below 🙂

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PPSA Nail Challenge – Purple

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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’ll be showing you my creation for the Purple prompt. I’m really stoked about this mani, because it is the very first time I have managed to make my own decals! Some people refer to it as reverse stamping or advanced stamping. I’ve tried this on a few previous occasions and never got it to work properly, so this was a small triumph for me. Let me show you what I came up with:

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PPSA Nail Challenge PurpleI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. On my index and pinkie I am wearing 2 coats of Sinful Colors Amethyst. This creme is totally delicious! I glides on like butter and cleans up like a dream too! It just so happens to be my favourite colour, so I’ll definitely be reaching for this again! For my decals I used essence black stampy polish to stamp with an image from BP-L003. I left the image on the stamper and filled it in with a dotting tool using Sinful Colors Amethyst, Revlon Gel Envy Showtime (press sample), Revlon Enchanting (gift), essence Elves Like Lilac and essence you wow’d me again. I top coated the image on the stamper with essence better than gel nails top coat and let it dry. I left the decals to dry overnight and was able to use them the next day when I had some more time. If you’d like to see a tutorial on how to make stamping decals, my girl Thea has one posted here. I applied the decals over tacky top coat to stick them to my nails. I thought I had to wait a fair while for it to go tacky, but it turns out that I could paint and apply the decal immediately when using the better than gel nails top coat. I smoothed out the decal with my finger, cut off excess with a small nail scissor and cleaned up the rest using acetone and my cleanup brush. I applied 2 decals to my Cinderella hand first and I really got better at it as I did more. It really is a good idea to push through and keep practicing!  I sealed everything in with a generous coat of Seche Vite.

I was so very chuffed with how these turned out and that I was finally able to make decals. From here the possibilities are endless! I’d love to hear what you think of these in the comments. Have you ever tried this technique? Also be sure to check out what everyone else did in the inlinkz below!

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