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.
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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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.I 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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Hi everyone! I’m back with a slew of bornprettystore reviews for you. This is the first of 4 reviews I have lined up. When making my choices for items to review, I chose a set of stickers. I don’t normally gravitate towards stickers because I often struggle with them. I am an impatient one and with some stickers, once you place them, you can’t reposition them. Perhaps that is because I am too impatient to let my polish dry completely before I try. Oops. I really liked these stickers though, so I decided to put my doubts aside and give them a go. Let me show you what I came up with.
I started with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Liquid Envy on all of my nails. This metallic green is beautiful. I added a coat of Seche Vite to speed up the dry time of the polish so that I could apply the stickers. The V shaped stickers come in 2 different sizes, I used the larger ones for my bigger nails and the smaller one on my pinkie. I think it balances out quite nicely. One of the bigger stickers probably would have crowded my nail or extended past the tip, so I like the fact that there was more than one size to choose from. These stickers were not too difficult to lift and place again if you put them down incorrectly the first time, just make sure your base colour is dry. The part of the sticker that I placed at the cuticle are already slightly curved which was also nice, so they fit perfectly there. I added 2 coats of Seche Vite over the stickers to seal them in. This caused my base polish to wrinkle slightly, but it didn’t lift the stickers at all. I really like the variety in this pack and will definitely be using these again. If you would like to purchase these stickers, you can find them here.
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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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.
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:
*image courtesy of bornprettystore.com
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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Hi everyone! Today I have another bornprettystore review for you. I was sent a wheel of nail charms to review. The wheel contains a diverse selection of charms in both gold and silver. Some of the charms are also encrusted with rhinestones. While looking through the wheel trying to decide what I wanted to do, I noticed that some charms came in multiples and other charms were just a single charm. This limited my options somewhat as I always do nail art to match on both hands, so if I only have one charm, I can’t do the same design with the same charm on both hands. As I looked through the charms I noticed the cute dolphin charms and decided a beach mani was in order! Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged on a gradient using Hean 641 (press sample), Rubybox For the Chill of It (press sample) and Yves Rocher Taupe Rosé (gift). I stamped the shell on my pinkie with Sinful Colors Snow Me White and BP-10 and the starfish on my index with the same plate and M Polish I Need a Vacation (red) and Hottie (orange). I topped it all off with my essense satin matte top coat and while it was still wet added the dolphin charm on my ring nail and a sun charm on my middle nail.
I lost one of my dolphin charms quite quickly, probably because I didn’t top coat over the charms like I normally do and since I didn’t want to lose another I changed my mani fairly quickly. These charms are very cute and there are some bows with rhinestones that I can see myself wearing really soon.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments down below. If you would like to purchase these charms, you can do so here. Don’t forget that you can use my discount code to shop at bornprettystore (affiliate link) and get 10% off non discounted items.
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Hi everyone! Today I’m reviewing the bornprettystore clear jelly stamper pictured above. As you can see you receive a stamper and a scraper with your purchase. The clear stampers took the nail art world by storm a while ago and I really wanted to try one out. I had not gotten around to ordering one yet, so I jumped at the chance of reviewing one. I knew it was already on it’s way to me and I was seeing a lot of people posting about problems picking up images with the clear stampers, but I wasn’t sure if the stampers they were struggling with were from bornprettystore as they are stocked elsewhere too. So when I received mine I was both excited and nervous. Before creating my mani, I did a few tests to see how it picks up images. For all the swatches below I used MoYou London black stamping polish. Here are the results:As you can see the stamper does pick up images well. I didn’t prime it at all since this would cloud the stamping head and defeat the purpose. I did wipe it down with acetone once. This is not recommended for any stamper, but I have had success with this once before with a marshmallow stamper and wanted to see if it made a difference. It didn’t. Although it picks up images well, as with any other stamper it does depend on the plate/polish/stamper combination. I also found that some trial and error worked well. At times I couldn’t pick up an image, but changing my scraping direction and pressure made a difference. It did fail to pick up some images that I was able to pick up with another stamper, but this is pretty standard for any stamper that I’ve worked with. The stamper is 2.8 cm in diameter and is squishy. It is not firm, nor marshmallow, but somewhere in between.The reason these stampers are so popular is that it can really help you line up your stamping and place your images exactly where you want them. I think my stamping skills are intermediate at best, so this is beneficial to me. I’ve seen pros line up stamping like a boss even without a clear stamper and always been jealous, now I have an ace up my sleeve 😉 Of course a clear stamper like this called for a mani that needed specific placement and I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase this than a double stamped mani. Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I used 2 coats of Hean 641 (press sample) as a base. Once that was dry I started stamping. I used images from PUEEN 39 and PUEEN 46. I used small images specifically because these would be the ones that would normally need specific placement. I will also definitely be using this stamper when I want to stamp geometric images that need to be perfectly straight. I wanted to create a garden themed butterfly mani and I think I managed to do just that. There was still a bit of empty space around the images once I was done stamping, but no images small enough to fill up the space without overlapping the stamping that was already there. When in doubt, add glitter! So I used a glitter topper from Sally Hansen called Samba. I picked out the glitter and placed it in the empty spaces. It is a very sparse topper, but I didn’t want any of the glitter over the stamping so I chose to place it instead of painting it directly onto my nails. After all the stamping and glitter placement I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
Stamping polishes used are all from M Polish (gifts):
Pish Plashin’ Around (blue)
Dancing in the Streets (purple)
Fresh Perspective (pink)
I Need a Vacation (red)
Get Lost (green)
Would I recommend this stamper? I certainly would! It is the same size and just as squishy as my bornprettystore XL stamper which totally changed my stamping game. When I store my stampers I usually just turn the head the wrong way around and stick it in my drawer with other supplies, but I’ve sealed this head in a small plastic bag to protect it from scratching and obscuring my view of the images picked up. If you are interested in getting your hands on one of these, you can purchase it here. I’ve posted my discount code below for 10% off your purchases (if not already discounted).I would really love to hear your thoughts on this mani and the clear stampers in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
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.In 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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Hi everyone! I have another bornprettystore review for you today. This mani doubles up as my contribution for New Year’s nails as well 🙂 I received a gorgeous charm to review. They come in different colours, you can view and purchase them here. I actually like all of the colours, but I opted for the gold since you can reuse them and I thought they would be more versatile overall. Let’s see what I came up with 🙂I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black on all of my nails. Once they were dry I used a piece of latex make up sponge and L.A. Colors Dizzy to sponge on the glitter gradient on all of my nails except on my ring finger. I don’t think I would have been able to get this glitter dense enough with the brush without the polish building up a lot of clear base, which is why I opted to sponge it on. On my ring nail I attached the charm using nail glue. I sealed in everything with a coat of Seche Vite.
I really love this charm! It is so cute! I might just get myself the other colours as well. This charm is quite large. I see that the width and length are specified on bornprettystore’s site, but they don’t mention how high the charm is, so I took a picture to show you:All that being said, these did not bother me at all. I have had nail charms that get stuck in my hair or bother me by bumping against things, but I barely noticed these on my nail. If I somehow manage not to lose them I will definitely wear them again! I would also like to mention that they are not completely flat at the back, they are curved to accommodate for the c curve of your nails. This helps the charm adhere better. Would I recommend these? I definitely would! You can find bornprettystore at the following locations:
I would love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments down below! Don’t forget that you can use my discount code for non discounted items 🙂
To all my readers, I wish you the very best for the year ahead. I hope that you remain safe and enjoy your time with your loved ones as the festive season starts winding down. Thanks for reading 🙂
Hi everyone! I have another bornprettystore review for you today. I waited really long for these items to arrive and was right in the middle of kicking off Christmas manis when they did. I just *had* to use these full nail water decals (purchase here) that I received to review. When I saw them on the site, I immediately fell in love with them and knew I HAD to have them! Now that I’ve used them, I totally want to order a back up set. Let me show you why 🙂I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. On my index and pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of Design Turquoise and placed two 2 mm round neon purple studs (purchased myself – purchase here) near my cuticle. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of essence wild ways as a base for my decals. I cut the decals down to size and removed the hard plastic from the front of the design. I have forgotten to do this before and if you do, they won’t work. You will need to remove this protective plastic before placing the decals into the water. I just cut them into rough rectangles as there is no need to try and cut them to fit on your nail. These decals needed to sit in the water for a while before the came off of the backing easily. I put them all in the water at once and let them sit there while I completed some clean up. By the time I was done, they came off the backing easily. Once the white nails were touch dry I placed my decals. They stayed firmly in place once I removed excess water with a tissue and didn’t move around when I used acetone and a clean up brush to remove the excess decal from around my nail. These dissolved very easily using acetone and I had no problems with cleaning them up at all. I know my Seche Vite can shrink and cause wrinkles, so I used a regular non fast drying clear top coat over the decals and let that dry for a minute or two before sealing everything in with a coat of Seche.
Once in a while I do a mani that I really love and this was definitely one of those! These decals are amazingly gorgeous! I am a fan of both paisley and purple, so these are absolutely perfect for me. They were also very quick and easy to use with maximum impact. These decals are currently out of stock (I’m not at all surprised!), but bornprettystore have the facility for you to be notified as soon as they are back in stock. You can also find bornprettystore on their social media channels:
I would really love to hear your thoughts on these decals in the comments down below! Thanks for reading!
Hi everyone! Today I have a review of nail vinyls from We Heart Nail Art. 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!
Another new product Shann is bringing to our shores is nail vinyls. When Shann asked me to review nail vinyls I was very nervous. I had only used the bornprettystore guides before and had very little success with them. I always ended up failing with them and out of frustration decided not to use them again. Because of this I also never bought nail vinyls from anywhere else as I figured I was just bad at it. I’m always up for a challenge though, right? I took the bull by the horns and decided to give it a try anyway. For those of you who are not entirely sure what nail vinyls are, they are like stickers that you can apply to your nail to make really awesome designs. Let me show you what the sheets look like:I explained my reservations about using vinyls to Shann and she was happy to give me a few pointers that I thought you might find helpful:
- It is easier to pick up, apply and remove the vinyl with tweezers. That way they don’t stick to my fingers and pull out of shape.
- Each of the swirl vinyls have 2 per design (one inside the other) so try to peel them off gently and patiently. If you pull too hard they will lose their shape.
- A very important step to note is that once you have applied your chosen colour of nail polish, you MUST apply a quick drying
top coat! The vinyls are quite sticky and will pull the nail polish off if you dont do this. And make sure the top coat is completely dry before you start.
- With your tweezers, position the middle of the design where you want it on your nail and spiral your way around following the
shape of the vinyl. Use your tweezers to space it evenly. You can lift it and reapply as many times as necessary.
- Once you have it in place where you want it, look at your nail from all angles to see if there are any gaps and press the vinyl down flat so that there are no gaps where you polish can leak.
- Remember to leave a piece of the vinyl hanging off your nail so you can peel it off without touching the nail. Then you want to apply a fairly thick coat of polish on top over the entire vinyl. Make sure all the grooves are filled in.
- Then almost immediately you want to peel the vinyl off to avoid the polish drying and pull up with the vinyl.
- Be patient and careful and peel in the same direction as the vinyl.
- Something to note is that not all nail polishes work well with vinyls. Some of the quicker drying polishes, and some metallics tend to not work well because they pull away with the vinyl.
- Make sure your polish is completely dry before applying a top coat as your design could drag or smudge if it is not.
- PRO TIP! You can use a make up sponge to dab the polish on the vinyl too as this will make it less likely that it will bleed under the vinyl, that is also a great way to do gradients over the vinyl.
The mani I did with these vinyls was inspired by a mani that Pish Posh Polish posted. Let me show you 🙂
I started out with a base coat to protect my nails. On my index and middle nails I painted 2 coats of essence Wild White Ways as my base. Once that was completely dry I applied 2 vinyls to each nail. I used the 2 vinyls that fit together on the sheet. I painted a thick coat of Sinful Colors Black on Black and immediately removed the vinyls. I was so very pleased that the vinyls left clean lines. They are most definitely much better than the guides I had experience with. I think it is because they are made of a different kind of material. It really makes a huge difference. This was my first attempt! No bleeding at all, which is something I really struggled with previously, even when I made sure the guides were stuck down properly everywhere. The vinyls also pulled off quite easily. While they are quite sticky, they’re not too sticky if that makes sense. I also had to put them down and lift them a few times to get them exactly where I wanted them, but they didn’t have any problems sticking to my nail without any gaps despite this. Come to think of it, vinyls are a nice alternative to stamping, which can be quite tricky to master. On my ring and pinkie nails I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. This colour is not accurate on the photos. It is a GORGEOUS orange neon, but neons freak out my camera, so this is the best I could get it. I placed 3 black studs on my ring and pinkie nails and then applied top coat to all the nails.
We Heart Nail Art will be selling their vinyl sheets for R50.00 each. The number of vinyls per sheet may vary depending on the design. Can’t make up your mind? Order a variety sheet! Check out We Heart Nail Art’s shop and their other social media channels: