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Sinful Colors Green Ocean and Gradient Stamping

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Hi there 🙂 As it started getting colder and my mood started getting gloomier I really felt like doing a dark mani. I was really in the mood to wear black polish, which is unusual for me. I have nothing against black polish, but it isn’t the first colour I would reach for when I’m indecisive. I was mulling over how I could make black more interesting and knew it was the perfect opportunity to bring out some glitter! Glitter makes everything better, right? Well…it doesn’t make polish removal better, but usually it’s worth it 😉 Let me show you what I came up with.

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I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence black is back on all of my nails. This black isn’t super opaque, so you do need 2 coats to finish it off. On my ring nail I painted a coat of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. Drawing inspiration from the green and blue shift in the glitters and flakies, I decided rather than just use it over all my nails I would do some stamping to compliment it. I used my PUEEN 26 stamping plate with M Polish Pish Plashin’ Around (blue) and Get Lost (green) to stamp on my pinkie and index nails. On my middle nail I added a green and blue rhinestone. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I was really planning on being lazy and just slapping on some black polish with glitter over it when I sat down to do this mani, but I sure was glad I got a jolt of inspiration from Green Ocean. I loved wearing this mani so much! I also happen to know that Green Ocean is my bestie, Pish Posh Polish‘s, favourite Sinful Colors polish…plus the blue stamping polish was named after her, so I dedicate this one to Pishy! I would love to hear your thoughts on this one in the comments below 🙂

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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 Clear Stamper Review

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bornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewHi 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:bornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewAs 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.bornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewThe 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.bornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper review

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)

Hottie (orange)

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).Born Pretty DiscountI would really love to hear your thoughts on this mani and the clear stampers in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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Dream Nails

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Hi everyone! It’s not often that I dream about nails. I would think about them and perhaps daydream about manis, but while I am asleep my dreams seem to be reserved for other things if and when I remember them. One night though, I actually dreamed about a mani and just knew I had to try and recreate it. It was the very next mani I did. Let me show you what my subconscious conjured up.

Dream NailsDream NailsDream NailsI started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged on a gradient using Tip Top Melting Marshmallows (gift) and Rubybox Nailed It! Pretty Minted (Press Sample) as a base for my stamping.  Once my base was dry I used bornprettystore plate BP-17 and Tip Top Hot Fudge to stamp over all my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I absolutely loved how this mani turned out. This was definitely a good dream! The colours looked so pretty in a gradient and the gold, sparse stamping took nothing away from that. These nails were definitely very soft and delicate. I know sometimes I wear some really way out designs on my nails and I love that, but every now and then a girl just wants something intricate yet subtle. I actually haven’t dreamed about nails again since this, but if it ever happens again I think I’ll follow my gut and definitely recreate whatever I saw in my dreams because I felt it really paid off.

Have you ever had a dream about your nails or dreamed of a nail design and then executed it? Am I weird? Okay, I’m definitely weird, but I don’t think I’m alone in this! If you have ever done something like this drop a link in the comments, I would love to see! Don’t forget to tell me what you think of these in the comments below 🙂

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Snowflake Nails

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Hi everyone! I bet you thought now that Christmas is over snowflake nails are a thing of the past? No way! Snowflake nails are appropriate any time cos they are just so pretty, right?! I absolutely adored this mani. Let me show you what I came up with 🙂Snowflake NailsSnowflake NailsSnowflake Nails

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged a gradient onto my nails using Smudge Navy Seal (pictured) and Essie Coat Azure. These two colours are so beautiful together and I think would also make a great gradient combination for twilight themed nails. The snowflakes were stamped with essence white stampy polish and bornprettystore plate QA58. All of these snowflake images are individual images, so I stamped multiple times on each nail for the effect you see above. There was still a little too much empty space around the snowflakes when I was done stamping and no space to put more snowflakes, so I used a small dotting tool and Sinful Colors Snow Me White to add a few dots in between. I added a coat of Out The Door Northern Lights to give it a little extra sparkle and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I was totally obsessed with these nails when I wore them. Even though we don’t get snow here, I love snowflakes. We do get snow on the mountains in winter which makes it very cold. When you start to feel the nip in the air you know that you can look towards the mountains and expect to see them capped with snow. If I do this gradient combination again I will probably use the darker blue towards the tip of my nail because it was a bit of a pain to clean up from my cuticles, even though I used liquid latex while I was sponging.

I would love to hear what you think of this mani in the comments below 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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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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Color Club Eternal Beauty

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Hi everyone! Today I have a simple stamped manicure to show you. I actually took photos of this and completely forgot to edit the photos, or that I even had them. When I was going through my phone deleting old photos, I came across it again. So I guess this qualifies as a “from the vault” post. Let me show you what I came up with.Color Club Eternal Beauty Stamped with BP-L003 and M Polish Dancing in the StreetsColor Club Eternal Beauty Stamped with BP-L003 and M Polish Dancing in the StreetsColor Club Eternal Beauty Stamped with BP-L003 and M Polish Dancing in the Streets

I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Color Club Eternal Beauty on all of my nails. The formula on Eternal Beauty is just as good as all the other Halo Hues I’ve used. Glides right on and was perfection at 2 coats. The holo pay off is amazing, again something you come to expect with Color Club and their Halo Hues collections. I wish I could own Harp On It! I digress. I used M Polish Dancing in the Streets and bornprettystore BP-L003 stamping plate for the staming. I stamped the reversed image on my ring nail. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I think holo polishes are my absolute favourite. I prefer linear holos to scattered, but any holo goodness will warm the cockles of my heart. It doesn’t hurt that this entire mani is my favourite colour too 😉 I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Stamped Christmas Nails

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Hi everyone. The Christmas nails continue! I have a stamped mani to show you today and it’s not even snowflakes! I honestly just want to do ALL THE SNOWFLAKE MANIS, which is kind of crazy since we don’t even have snow here, but they’re just so pretty! I digress. Let me show you what I did for today.Stamped Christmas NailsStamped Christmas NailsStamped Christmas Nails

I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. On my index and pinkie I painted 2 coats of Charlie Daring. I bought this polish in the beginning of my nail obsession specifically for Christmas manis as it is the perfect Christmas green in my opinion and every Christmas without fail I reach for it. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of Zoya Seraphina (Gift). This is such a gorgeous silver. It is quite sheer, but since I was planning to stamp over it I didn’t push it to a third coat. Over the silver nails I used M Polish Get Lost and PUEEN 42 to stamp the Christmas trees. The reindeer and bell on my other nails were stamped using bornprettystore BP-01 and Tip Top Armour Plate. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I really loved the Christmas tree nails, but the others didn’t really float my boat too much. What do you think?

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Christmas Nail Art

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Hello lovelies! It’s that time of the year again, time for Christmas nail art! It’s my favourite time of the year for nail art. Christmas is my favourite holiday. I am a sucker for all the sparkle that comes out this time of the year! The mani I’m going to show you today actually happened by accident. I was going to do something else entirely over the base I chose, but as soon as I had it on I was inspired to start doing my Christmas manis 🙂 Christmas Nail ArtChristmas Nail ArtChristmas Nail ArtI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Maybelline Wine Shimmer (gift) on all of my nails. This isn’t the most Christmassy red out there, more of a wine red as the name suggests, packed with holographic shimmer. The snowflakes and holly are stamped with Color Club Worth the Risque and essence white stampy polish using bornprettystore plate QA58. The Christmas tree I stamped using BP-01. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

After a long absence from blogging and completely losing interest in doing nail art for about 2 months, this is the mani that made me feel like I was getting my mojo back. I’ve had nail blues before and usually push through them, but this was different. I actually wore some plain manis with no art and did not bother to photograph them. I skipped a mani day entirely. I also chopped all my nails down, which is why they are so short here. There was only one week that there were no posts on the blog, but I was pushing out drafted posts so it didn’t impact my posting frequency too much. Now that my favourite time of year for nail art has dawned, I’m hoping the mojo sticks around for a while!

Do you ever suffer from nail blues?

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Sinful Colors Flower Power

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Hi everyone! Today I have another mani created with polishes gifted me by Pish Posh Polish. If you’ve seen my epic nail mail post, you’ll understand why there are so many of them! I wanted to create something fun and this is what I came up with 🙂Sinful Colors Flower Power stamped with MPolish Get LostSinful Colors Flower Power stamped with MPolish Get LostSinful Colors Flower Power stamped with MPolish Get Lost

I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 1 coat of essence free hugs on all of my nails. I then painted Sinful Colors Flower Power over that. I suspected Flower Power would be pretty sheer and was not in the mood to paint too many coats and struggle with drying time, so this worked out perfectly. Once that was dry I used MPolish Get Lost and BM-S107 to stamp over all of my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I wasn’t so sure about this mani when I finished it. It felt a bit “busy”, but it grew on me quickly and I ended up liking it a lot. What do you think?

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