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bornprettystore Vintage Damask Water Decals Review

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Hi there! Today I have some water decals from bornprettystore to review for you. I think perhaps today I’ll start out with my explanation and opinions before I show you my pictures. When I first tried water decals I failed miserably at using them. I didn’t realize that they can be cleaned up with acetone, so cutting them down to the perfect size/shape for your nail wasn’t really necessary. I also forgot on mulitple occasions to remove the protective plastic from the decal once I had cut them out, rendering them useless once I had put them in the water. Since I learned from my mistakes I have had much more success with them on the whole. I really loved the pattern of these decals, so as soon as I received my items for review I sat down to use them. I failed. I failed hard and decided to try again on another day and spoke to a nail friend to see if I was sabotaging myself somehow.

I found these decals hard to use. On my first attempt I could not get the decal to come off the backing without it completely disintegrating. I did not have to leave them in the water for very long for them to dislodge from the backing, but each time I touched them they fell apart. This happened whether I was using my fingers or a tweezer to remove the decal. After discussing this phenomenon with Michelle, she advised me to wet my fingers and/or try to apply the decals with my nail in the water. This sounded like a genius idea. Perhaps my execution was not spot on, but I had more success than I did when I tried the first time. Let me show you how it turned out.bornprettystore Vintage Damask Water Decalsbornprettystore Vintage Damask Water Decalsbornprettystore Vintage Damask Water Decals

I started with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged a gradient using a make up sponge with Tip Top Purple Bow Peep (purple) and Tip Top Sherbet Angel (pink). Once that was dry I tried to use the decals. Because I was blindly applying the decals underwater, I could not control the orientation of the design. The designs on my index and ring nails came out the best, but my pinkie is a good example of a decal that came apart. I was just so happy I managed to get them on my nails. Due to the delicate nature of these decals, I chose to add a clear coat of polish before sealing it in with Seche Vite.

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Neon Gradient – Holo Stamping

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Hi everyone! I told you I would be playing with neons and holos again…so not to disappoint you, I did 🙂 I love the combination of neons and holos…neons and nudes…holos and anything really. Every nail polish addict has their preferences. I’m a holosexual first and foremost and then I would probably put neons a close second.Neon gradient with holo stampingNeon gradient with holo stampingNeon gradient with holo stampingNeon gradient with holo stamping

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I started off with a coat of essence wild white ways as a base. I used a make up sponge and China Glaze Highlight of my Summer (green), You Drive Me Coconuts (pink) and Flip Flop Fantasy (orange) to create a gradient on all of my nails. Once that was dry I used Color Club Beyond and MoYou Illusion 05 (press sample) stamping plate to stamp the swirls onto my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I have so many nail photos laying uploaded in my media folder that I am yet to create posts for, I kind of feel overwhelmed. My blog has been very quiet of late and it has been unavoidable. With some of them I cannot even remember what polishes I used, it’s been that long since I’ve actually done the mani! I’m going to try and do some catching up and write posts for all of the photos. Then I’ll be able to get some content out for you guys.

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Bornprettystore Ongle Liner Nail Art Brush Review

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Hi everyone! Today I have the bornprettystore (affiliate link) Ongle Liner Nail Art Brush review for you. While I was waiting on this brush to arrive, I knew that I was going to need to freehand something for the review. Eek. Freehand is not my strong suit, so I was pretty nervous. I spotted a mani on Instagram that I absolutely loved and sent it to my friend via direct message on Instagram so I could keep it somewhere until it was time to do the mani. When the brush arrived, I went back to the direct messages only to find that the photo had been deleted. I went to search for it on Pinterest, hoping I would find it there to credit the original artist. I didn’t find the original photo that I saw, but I did find the same mani created by stephstonenails, so I’ll be crediting her as I cannot for the life of me remember who posted the photo that I saw. While searching for this mani I realized that it is inspired by the series Pretty Little Liars. I’ve only watched the first season of the show. I wouldn’t say I’m a die hard fan, but I am definitely a fan of this design. Let me show you how it turned out.

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I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Revlon Gel Envy Sure Thing on my index, middle and pinkie nails and 2 coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black on my ring nail. I then slathered latex around all of the white nails as I as going to attempt platter and I knew it is a messy business. I have failed at splatter nail art before, so I thought I would try it with a toothbrush as it made sense to me that this would work and be easier. After covering my entire index finger in red polish and barely getting a fine spray onto my nails, I decided to attempt it with a straw again. Success! I think what I did wrong before with the straw was simply not putting enough polish on the end of the straw. I did end up with huge blotches of polish on some of my nails, but I really liked it. At this point I put on a coat of Seche Vite as some of the red splatter was rather thick and I didn’t want to drag it when I painted the lettering. Once the top coat was dry I used the nail art brush and black acrylic paint over the white nails as well as red acrylic paint over the black nail to spell out LIAR. This brush is super thin and very easy to work with. When I was testing it on paper I was able to get super thin lines which I have never been able to do with the nail art brushes that I own. I did have a little trouble with my black acrylic paint, it was a bit goopy and difficult to mix with such a thin and flexible brush.

I was really impressed with this brush and absolutely obsessed with this mani! I actually feel like freehanding something else soon, just because I have this awesome brush to do it with! If you would like to buy this you can purchase it here. The brush comes in an awesome plastic tube that you can store it in to protect it. This is what it looks like:

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I think this is my favourite nail art of the year so far and definitely in my all time top 10. I absolutely adored this mani and you best believe every time I thought someone was lying to me I flashed it to them. LOL. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below. Don’t forget you can use my discount code to get 10% off non discounted items from bornprettystore 🙂

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CATRICE Alluring Reds

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Hi everyone! I know I have been MIA for a while. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and needed to take a break. I wish I could say that I’m back in full force now, but I have a lot of catching up to do. During this time, however, I received a press sample from CATRICE which I will be showing you today. CATRICE have released a new collection of products referred to as “Alluring Reds”. They have a few lip colours available in this trend edition which I will definitely be checking out since I can really love me a red lippy. I was sent a duo of nail polish called Pleasure of Temptation to review. I like it already 😉

Let me show you what I came up with and then I’ll get into my findings and experience with the polishes.Catrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationCatrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationCatrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationIn the set you receive 2 polishes. A silver base colour and a jelly which is designed to go over the silver. I think the concept is pretty much the same as the OPI Color Paints range where a silver is used as a base and you also have a sheer tinted polish to go over it. In my mind the silver is used to help the sheer polish ‘pop’ and also to ensure opacity. I was bouncing around ideas with Pish as to what kind of art I could do with these and she had a great idea, which I promptly stole. When I was swatching these polishes before I started creating this look, I noticed the silver showed brush strokes quite prominently, so I decided to try sponging and painting it underneath the red to see if it would make a difference. I also tried a different number of coats of the silver as it was a little more sheer than a foil. My findings will be below 🙂

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. On my index nail I sponged on a few coats of the silver base coat. On my pinkie I painted 1 coat of the silver base colour. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of black polish as a base for my stamping. With the silver appearing to be kind of sheer when painting it on, I didn’t have high hopes for it to stamp well, but when I tested it I was very pleasantly surprised! It stamped like a dream! I used the silver to stamp the images over the black polish. I then proceeded to start layering the red jelly over my nails. In the pictures above you see 3 coats of red over the silver nails and 2 coats over the stamping. You could probably get away with 2 coats of the red over the silver, but with each coat the colour deepens beautifully and I loved it at 3. I didn’t feel it would make too much difference over the stamping, so I left it at 2 coats. Although I worked fairly quickly, the red jelly didn’t drag my stamping at all. Yay! I sealed everything in with a fast drying top coat.

From the tests that I did I concluded that you only require 1 coat of the silver underneath the red. There really isn’t any visible difference between one and two coats underneath. Once you start building your red colour, the brush strokes of the silver completely disappear. Sponging the silver is much more labour intensive and not worth the effort. You can go ahead and paint it on. I was completely obsessed with how the stamped nails turned out. I will most definitely be doing this again! They were absolutely beautiful! I really love this shade of red too. The polish dries to a stunning squishy, high gloss finish, but I added a top coat to prolong wear. I can also see myself using the red jelly for leadlighting in the future. I did notice that there was some bubbling in the jelly once it was dry. This was not visible to the naked eye unless you very closely eyeballed your nails in the sun. I think I could probably resolve this if I waited for my layers to dry before applying the next and perhaps painting thinner coats. The silver is perfectly opaque in two coats and can also be worn on it’s own. If you don’t mind visible nail line you could wear the jelly on it’s own too or it can be used for jelly sandwiches, so these polishes are also fairly versatile.

You can find these red beauties, plus the rest of the trend edition in Dischem stores in South Africa. The recommended retail price for the set is R 89.95. There are two other sets of the red polish to choose from. I would love to hear what you think of these in the comments below 🙂

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bornprettystore Nail Studs Review

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Hi everyone. I have another review from bornprettystore for you today. I’ve never really been drawn to this type of stud before, so it was a gamble for me to review them. I am not particularly creative when it comes to studs. This mani is no different on the creativity side, but I really loved how it turned out. I actually did this mani purely for the review and knew I was going to take it off immediately. After I saw how it turned out I was actually disappointed that I had to remove it. Let me show you what I did.bornprettystore Nail Stud Reviewbornprettystore Nail Stud Reviewbornprettystore Nail Stud ReviewI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Rise and Shine on all of my nails. Rise and Shine dries to a matte finish and I really liked the idea of keeping it matte. I used my GOSH matte top coat over Rise and Shine and placed my studs while the matte top coat was still wet. I chose Rise and Shine because these studs reflect both green and pink. They are so pretty and I thought it would look lovely with this teal shade. You can see on the first photo how well they go together 🙂 There are 4 different shapes of studs in this wheel and I’ve used them all here.

I have tried these studs with a different mani before and tried placing 2 studs per nail, but it didn’t look great at all. I took it off immediately and went back to the drawing board. I also top coated them when I had 2 per nail and everything ended up looking big, bulky and plain ugly. I did say I’m not great with studs, right? I really loved how this look turned out though. So beautiful! Love these? You can purchase them here. You can also find bornprettystore on their website and social media channels:

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Christmas Day Nails

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Hi everyone! I know I said you’ve seen the last of the Christmas manis, but I wanted to show you what I wore on Christmas Day 🙂 When my friend Leebeesa was visiting from Ireland she brought me a few nail related gifts. She knows how much I love Christmas and brought me some gorgeous Christmas 3D nail charms. They really are beautiful! 3D Christmas Nail Charms3D Christmas Nail Charms3D Christmas Nail CharmsI started off with Tip Top Miraculous Results as my base coat to protect my nails. On my index, middle and pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Ruby Glisten. Even though I used this polish more than a year ago, I remembered that it was a cuticle flooder. The formula on this polish is very thin, so I was very careful not to put too much polish on my brush to ensure I don’t end up with red polish everywhere. This polish has a gorgeous red shimmer that isn’t evident in the photos, but can be seen in person. It really is a gorgeous vampy red! On my ring nail I painted 2 coats of Zoya Tomoko (gift). Tomoko was my Zoya lust have and I keep using it because I really do love it very much! I sealed all my nails in with Seche Vite. I attached the charms with nail glue. I only wore them for the day and took them off because I’m afraid of losing them. I have very recently lost a charm I was quite fond of so I’d rather err on the side of caution now.

I really loved this mani, the colours are gorgeous and with the charms it turned out to be a very Christmassy mani indeed!  I really hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas with loved ones, even if you don’t celebrate I hope that my readers enjoyed their day regardless.

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

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KBShimmer Make My Gray

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Hi everyone! I have another gorgeous KBShimmer polish to show you today. I simply love crelly polishes (slightly translucent polishes with glitter particles). It took me ages to decide which KBshimmers I wanted to mule over to South Africa and this one made the cut 🙂 I also used proper nail vinyls for the first time in this mani. I have previously only used guides that I had purchased from bornprettystore and I expected them to be more or less the same. Read on to find out about my learning curve. Onto the nails.KBShimmer Make My Gray Revlon Cabana Queen zig zag nail vinylsKBShimmer Make My Gray Revlon Cabana Queen zig zag nail vinylsKBShimmer Make My Gray Revlon Cabana Queen zig zag nail vinylsKBShimmer Make My Gray Revlon Cabana Queen zig zag nail vinylsI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of KBShimmer Make My Gray on my thumb, index and pinkie.  Make My Gray is a light grey crelly with turquoise, gunmetal, pale aqua and coral hex glitters. Another perfect formula with glitters that come out of the bottle with ease. I did also leave this bottle upside down for a while before I used it. The reason I painted 3 coats was just to get more of the coral glitters onto my nails since I really love how they pop. The polish itself is opaque in 2 coats. On my middle and ring nails I painted 3 coats of Revlon Cabana Queen. Cabana Queen is a sheer light grey with a beautiful shimmer. Here I painted 3 coats for opacity. I applied liquid latex around the nails as I intended to do a gradient. Once the latex and polish was dry, I applied zig zag nail vinyls that I received as a gift from Whatsup Nails when I purchased my Creative Shop stamper from them. I used a make up sponge and China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave as well as Design Turquoise to sponge the gradient over the vinyls. I knew I had to remove the vinyls immediately, but what didn’t occur to me was that the vinyls would stick to and lift the latex as well. On my ring finger you can see the oops this created with the vinyl pattern near the cuticle. I have seen people use vinyls and latex together before (there are loads of videos on Instagram), but maybe I just need to practice or skip the latex when using vinyls. The vinyls are very different to the guides. They peel away from your base a lot easier and I’ve noticed that they leave much cleaner lines as well. I’m excited to try more vinyls now! You get some really funky patterns. The possibilities are endless! When I was done, I sealed everything in with a generous coat of Seche Vite.

Even though I messed up slightly with the vinyls, I still really LOVED this mani. I actually really love gradients and I’m enjoying wearing them. You will be seeing a lot more of them in future 😉 I would love to hear what you think of this mani down in the comments below 🙂

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Lorelei Lacquer Bubblegum Princess

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Hi everyone! I have another cool indie polish that Pish Posh Polish sent me to show you today. Yes. I’m going to be saying that a lot. She sent me so many pretty polishes to play with! Lorelei Lacquer is a fairly new indie in the US if I understand it correctly, but from the collections she is putting out it looks like she is going to be very successful. Her polishes are quite unique. Let me show you the mani I came up with using Bubblegum Princess.Lorelei Lacquer Bubblegum PrincessLorelei Lacquer Bubblegum PrincessLorelei Lacquer Bubblegum PrincessI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of Lorelei Lacquer Bubblegum Princess on all of my nails. Princess Bubblegum is a pinky/purple glitter crelly with lilac holo flakies, fuchsia metallic flakies and dark fuchsia micro hexes. Isn’t it TO DIE FOR?! The formula was perfection. I barely had any cleanup and the polish glided over the nail. The flakies and glitter came out perfectly and I didn’t have to spread it around to get them evenly distributed. I used some studs I purchase from bornprettystore to create flowers on my accent nail. I didn’t feel like this needed anything else, so I top coated with Seche Vite.

I really loved this polish and this mani. I realized later that this is perfect for Spring too. Bonus! I would love to hear what you think down in the comments below 🙂

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piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold Swatch and Review

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Hi! I have another GORGEOUS piCture pOlish from We Heart Nail Art to show you today. We Heart Nail Art is an online store bringing imported brands to South African nail addicts. What I really love about this is that I can shop for these rather exclusive brands from the comfort of my chair. Goods are delivered via courier, so no waiting for your package to come through snail mail and possibly getting stuck at customs and then still having to pay more when it finally arrives in your mailbox. The owner, Shann, is also always on the lookout for new exciting products she can offer. If you’re a nail art lover like me, you *need* to visit this store on a regular basis! Did you see my review of Obsession?

piCture pOlish is an Australian indie brand that is 5 free. This means that the polishes are not only made without the 3 common chemicals found in nail polish (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde), but also without 2 other very dangerous chemicals (Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). piCture pOlish also contains no artificial fragrances or flavours, is vegan friendly and cruelty free. Today I have piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold to show you. It wasn’t my first choice from the polishes, but after swatching it I realized that was short sighted. This polish is a thing of beauty! Let me show you the swatches.wpid-picsart_09-10-06.47.00-large.jpg.jpegwpid-picsart_09-10-06.54.04.jpgwpid-picsart_09-10-07.30.20.jpgAbove you see 3 thin coats of piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold without top coat. Fool’s Gold was created in 2014 with Sammy aka The Nailasaurus (Blogger/UK). The inspiration behind the polish: Flecks of gold as seen through deep tropical waters. The formula on this polish was divine. Even though it has small glitter suspended in it the formula was not at all thick as some glitter polishes can be. It dries quite quickly to a gorgeous shiny finish. I also took a few photos of this beauty with some Seche Vite top coat.wpid-picsart_09-10-07.42.15-top-coat.jpg.jpegwpid-picsart_09-10-11.26.26-top-coat.jpg.jpegwpid-picsart_09-10-11.29.25-top-coat.jpg.jpegWas I right or was I right? This polish is AMAZING! I was never a fan of blue polishes, but how can one not LOVE this? The great news is that this removed quite easily too, despite the glitter. Personally if I try to remove a polish and struggle just a little bit I’ll whip out the foil and remove the rest with the foil method, but I didn’t find it necessary at all with Fool’s Gold.

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Currently piCture pOlish retails for R180 each on the We Heart Nail Art website. I understand that it seems pretty steep for just one bottle of polish, but there are several factors one should take into consideration when deciding whether or not you want to spend the money. piCture pOlish is a big deal. Even the nail addicts in the United States who have access to hundreds of indie brands go gaga over these polishes. Currently OPI retails for about R170 per bottle. OPI is a good brand, but it is freely available and in my opinion lacks the collector’s item factor and is not nearly as exclusive as piCture pOlish. They also offer very unique polishes which you won’t find duplicates for with other brands.

I am seriously in love with both the polishes I received for review and would definitely recommend the brand. Currently We Heart Nail Art is the sole importer for piCture pOlish in South Africa and are listed on their website as an international stockist. Check out We Heart Nail Art’s shop and their other social media channels:

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piCture pOlish Obsession Swatch and Review

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Hi everyone! I have an exciting review for you today. The lovely Shann from We Heart Nail Art asked me if I would be willing to review some items from her store. If there is one thing that the nail polish community in South Africa are deprived of, it’s indies or independent nail polish brands. Indies are different from mainstream brands in that they are not mass produced and usually are of a very high quality. Shann saw a gap in our market and decided to start importing indie brands that we would usually not have access to without struggling with exchange rates/customs/SAPO. Can you hear the angels sing?!

 

One of the brands that Shann chose to import is piCture pOlish. piCture pOlish is an Australian indie brand that is 5 free. This means that the polishes are not only made without the 3 common chemicals found in nail polish (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde), but also without 2 other very dangerous chemicals (Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). piCture pOlish also contains no artificial fragrances or flavours, is vegan friendly and cruelty free. Wow! That’s a lot of boxes for any beauty brand to check! Currently We Heart Nail Art is the sole importer for piCture pOlish in South Africa and are listed on their website as an international stockist. When faced with the very difficult decision of which polish to choose, I finally settled on piCture pOlish Obsession to swatch and review for you. It’s PURPLE! Let me show you swatches of this beauty! piCture pOlish Obsession SwatchpiCture pOlish Obsession Swatch 2wpid-picsart_09-09-07.37.41.jpgShown above are 2 coats over a base coat with no top coat. Obsession is a limited edition shade in the piCture pOlish store, so if you love it, you might want to get right on that! The application was super easy and absolute perfection at 2 coats. This polish glided on and built up beautifully. While this polish is gorgeous indoors, I literally gasped when I saw it spring to life in the sun. I just knew I had to show you how amazing it looks! I also have some photos to show you with top coat.piCture pOlish Obsession Swatch with Top CoatpiCture pOlish Obsession Swatch with Top Coat sunlightAs you can see the top coat shines it up a bit and will of course extend the wear time of your polish. Currently piCture pOlish retails for R180 each on the We Heart Nail Art website. I understand that it seems pretty steep for just one bottle of polish, but there are several factors one should take into consideration when deciding whether or not you want to spend the money. piCture pOlish is a big deal. Even the nail addicts in the United States who have access to hundreds of indie brands go gaga over these polishes. Currently OPI retails for about R170 per bottle. OPI is a good brand, but it is freely available and in my opinion lacks the collector’s item factor and is not nearly as exclusive as piCture pOlish. They also offer very unique polishes which you won’t find duplicates for with other brands.

Still not convinced? Go and check out the We Heart Nail Art website. If the array of polishes available there do not make you drool, then I don’t know. I have a few more items from the store which I will be reviewing, so be sure to come and check out future posts. You can also find We Heart Nail Art on their other social media channels:

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