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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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Bornprettystore Full Nail Water Decals Review

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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 🙂bornprettystore full nail water decal reviewbornprettystore full nail water decal reviewbornprettystore full nail water decal reviewI 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:

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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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Bright Spark Waterspotted Nails

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Hi everyone! Today I’d like to show you my first attempt at waterspotted nails. I have been meaning to do them forever and a day and every time I would see one on a blog or on Instagram I would think “Yes! Must try that!”. I must have been feeling adventurous when I did these because I don’t often play with water and polish unless I have tons of time on my hands. Before we set out for the morning I put some water in a cardboard cup and filled a jug with water so that all the water would be room temperature by the time I did my nails. We headed out for the morning and when we came back, I did this:
Tip Top Bright Spark waterspotted with bornprettystore crackle studsTip Top Bright Spark waterspotted with bornprettystore crackle studsTip Top Bright Spark waterspotted with bornprettystore crackle studsI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Bright Spark on all of my nails. Bright Spark is a bronze shimmery polish. I received this polish in a goodie back at my first CT Meetup. It is a gorgeous colour, but it was a bit brush strokey for me. I didn’t top coat it since I was going to cover it up, so I’m not sure if that would have helped. I was playing with the orange polish you see above in the water and tested Bright Spark as well. It spreads like a boss, but it is quite sheer so it would probably be best to use it as a base if you choose to watermarble with it. I dropped a few drops of sn unnamed Vixen polish (a gift from my aunt) and used a perfume to spray onto the polish on the water’s surface. Once it had broken up to my satisfaction I dipped multiple fingers in at the same time, cleaned the surface of the water with a toothpick and slowly pulled my fingers out. I repeated this with Tip Top Black Forest, which also spreads like a boss! Because I don’t know when to stop, I also added patterned studs that I purchased from bornprettystore (purchase here*). I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I am actually so happy with how these turned out! This is my answer to splatter, which I suck at doing. Ok, I tried it once. It was a nightmare. I couldn’t get the polish to splatter out of the straw and when it did, it covered the entire nail *facepalm* This kinda of looks like marble or smoke, doesn’t it? I must see if I can find a grey that spreads! That would look cool! I digress. I really dig this mani and I’m glad I tried it out!

What do you think?

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Wild and Willing

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Hi everyone! The mani I’m showing you today was born out of frustration and I ended up loving it! Now that the PPSA Nail Challenge is over I was at a complete loss as to what to do with my nails. Zero inspiration. I tried something and ended up hating it so much I took it off before I even put a top coat on. I had been staring at my shelves all day trying to figure out what to do, so didn’t really have a Plan B. I looked around some more and grabbed Color Club Wild and Willing from my untried shelf. I had swatched it on my wheel earlier in the day while looking for options and felt like stamping something, so this happened:Color Club Wild and Willing stamped with BP-L003

Color Club Wild and Willing stamped with BP-L003

Color Club Wild and Willing stamped with BP-L003

Color Club Wild and Willing stamped with BP-L003 I started off with my L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Wild and Willing on all of my nails. Wild and Willing has fine colour shifting micro flakies in it and is opaque in 2 coats. When searching for swatches I found a lot of bloggers layered it over black and the results are amazing! Check out this swatch to see the amazing colour shift. The photos above were taking in my lightbox with natural sunlight, which is perhaps why I look like an oompa loompa with orange skin and why the colour shift isn’t shown nicely on the nails. It does translate well onto the nail though as you can see from the swatch post I linked to. I stamped with Revlon Gel Envy Royal Flush (press sample) using an image from bornprettystore plate BP-L003. I can’t wait to use more images from this plate! I’m absolutely in love with it! I thought to stamp in pink because of the pink colour shift in Wild and Willing. To finish off the design I added gold half round metal ball studs to the centre of each flower in the stamp using top coat to adhere them. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I was so pleased with how these turned out. Usually when I don’t plan my nails in advance I end up not liking the result. This was a breath of fresh air! I do think when I wear Wild and Willing again I will layer it over black to get a more intense colour shift. What do you think of this design? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

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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 – Sugar Spun

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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:image

Today’s prompt is Sugar Spun.  I actually picked this prompt because I have tried this before and failed. This was the only way I could force myself to not only try it again, but to make it work.  Let me show you what I came up with:

PPSA Nail Challenge Sugar Spun

PPSA Nail Challenge Sugar Spun

PPSA Nail Challenge Sugar Spun

PPSA Nail Challenge Sugar SpunI started off with my L.A. Girl base coat and painted 2 coats of essence #paradise on all of my nails. Oh my oath, how beautiful is this polish?! It has a gorgeous duochrome effect. I almost used it for my mermaid mani, because it is an awesome mermaidy colour. Before I had even started painting my nails I set aside some blobs of Tip Top Black Forest to get tacky. Thea from Madness Nails advised us to put Vaseline on our cuticles for easier clean up and boy I’m glad she did (and that I actually listened!) This was SO messy! I tried various methods of stringing the polish across my nail. From flipping my nail through a string to placing polish on my cuticles and pulling strings over. This technique is not as easy as it looks! See how much ring nail is not so stringy? It was hard! When I was happy with the effect I decided to top coat it. In hindsight I shouldn’t have. Sugar spun looks so much cooler when it is left textured. I placed a black stud on my pinkie and index. Voila!

What do you think of this? Have you tried the sugar spun technique before?

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Anniversary Nails

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Hi everyone! My husband and I celebrated our anniversary on the 26th of April. This year we were together for 15 years of which we have been married for 8. We specifically got married on our dating anniversary…just to make things easier for my husband to remember 😉 The nails I decided to wear for my anniversary were inspired by a post on Pish.Posh.Polish. You can see her manicure here. I have shied away from doing negative space manis for a very long time. I just couldn’t decide if I liked them or not. I really liked the one Karen did and since my nails aren’t badly stained at the moment I decided it was the best time to take the plunge and jump out of my comfort zone. Let me show you what I came up with:

China Glaze Just Be-Claws and negative space PUEEN stamping

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. On my index and pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of China Glaze Just Be-Claws and added a 2 mm round black stud from Born Pretty Store near the cuticle. On my middle and ring nails I stamped the bottom image on PUEEN 32 with essence black stampy polish. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Voila! This was a really fast and simple mani to do. I just LOVE Just Be-Claws and I could stamp really quicky because base coat requires basically no drying time. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this, but I really do. This lacey image made it feel very sexy. Almost like lingerie for the nails…just a sneak peak of what is underneath. Had I used another image, I might not have drawn the same conclusion, but at least I know I’m not completely averse to negative space nail art.

So I showed my husband my mani and the conversation went something like this:

Me: Look! Do you like it? It’s negative space nail art!

Him: *looks confused*

Me: Yes, the stamped nails, they’re called that because there is no polish underneath the stamp and you can still see my actual nail. So, negative space.

Him: Negative space? It looks like pandas.

LOL! Well, it kind of does. Now I keep seeing pandas when I look at these! My husband had to step out to work for a few hours on our anniversary, but he came home with this:

Pink Anniversary Roses and Van Loveren Wine

Day.Made. We had a relaxing day together with the family and it was lovely.

What do you think of this mani? Do you like negative space nail art? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Color Club In Theory

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Hi everyone, I’m sneaking this post in on a day I don’t normally post because this is my last post with my old nail shape and I want to get it out before I switch over to the Easter manis in April. This mani was inspired by some new studs I bought from Born Pretty Store and of course, the untrieds on my shelf. Let me show you what I came up with:

Color Club In Theory with gold accents

Color Club In Theory with gold accents

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Color Club In Theory on my thumb, index and pinkie nails. I’m not sure why a lot of the creme polishes I’m using nowadays seem to require 3 coats, maybe I’m just painting badly. In Theory is a beautiful coral shade, which leans more towards orange than pink. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of this gold glitter. I received the glitter as a gift from my aunt. There is no colour name or even a brand name on the bottle. It just says VERNIS on it which is the French word for nail polish. This is a very fine gold glitter which also has slightly larger holographic hexes in it.  I was very impressed with the opacity of this polish and it wore well too. The price was still on it and it only cost R20.00. I placed 3 x 1 mm studs on the coral nails near the cuticle in a triangle pattern. I bought these studs from Born Pretty Store. You can buy them here*.

I really loved wearing this gold glitter! Even though it is actually a fine glitter, it almost looks like a foil when it is painted on. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments down below 🙂

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Prism!

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Hi everyone! Today I have a glitter bomb from China Glaze to show you. I had been hankering towards wearing a full on glitter mani for way too long without actually doing it. I recently acquired China Glaze Prism and decided to let it leave my untried shelf faster than a lot of other polishes. Let me show you what I did.

China Glaze Prism with studded bow

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 2 coats of China Glaze Prism onto all of my nails. I really expected this to need at least 3 coats, but it definitely did not. It applies beautifully and is a definite glitter explosion. It has a silver base with a hint of lilac with orange, blue, fuschia and green glitter hexes scattered throughout. This is an amazingly gorgeous glitter. I really love it and the different coloured glitters make it very versatile to wear! I decided to try and fashion a bow using studs and I am so stoked with the way it turned out 😀 I used a 2 mm square rhinestone and placed it in the center of my nail, then started placing the round black 2 mm studs (purchase here*) from the rhinestone outwards. I sealed everything in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal. This little bow and all this glitter kept me amused for days!

I’d love to hear what you think of this mani in the comments below! Do you or would you ever rock a full glitter mani?

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