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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.

If you would like to purchase these decals you may do so here. Don’t forget you can use my discount code to get 10% off non discounted items from bornprettystore 🙂

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Bornprettystore Heartbeat Nail Stickers Review

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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.bornprettystore gold heartbeat nail stickersbornprettystore gold heartbeat nail stickersbornprettystore gold heartbeat nail stickers

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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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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Breast Cancer Awareness Nails 2015

 

 

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Hi everyone! It’s that time of the year again when everyone is doing manis for breast cancer awareness. This year I decided to recreate my very first breast cancer awareness mani which I did in 2013, but I wanted to improve on it. Here is the original:

wpid-PicsArt_1381125654029.jpgThis mani is also my most popular pin on Pinterest. Every year during October people find it and start pinning it. When that happened this year I thought it was time to bring it back to life. Let me show you what I came up with for my Breast Cancer Awareness Nails 2015:Breast Cancer Awareness Nails 2016wpid-picsart_10-15-08.15.15.jpgBreast Cancer Awareness Nails 2016I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. On my index and ring nails I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black. On my middle and pinkie nails I painted 1 coat of MPolish Fresh Perspective (gift). I sponged L.A. Girl Sprinkle onto my index nail. On my pinkie I sponged L’Oreal Top Coat Confetti (gift). On my ring nail I used MPolish Fresh Perspective and my BP-26 (press sample) to stamp the awareness ribbons. On my middle nail I used Black on Black and a dotting tool to paint the bra. The holographic hex in the middle I fished out of Tip Top Rocky Road like I did on the previous mani. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

Ladies, don’t forget to check yourselves. Do regular breast examinations and if you are 40 or older, go to have your annual mammograms. Do not put it off. Do not ignore any sign that something is different. Early detection will greatly improve your chances of survival. It is scary to find something, not know what it is. I know. I’ve been through that medically, but you’ll never know what it is unless you get it checked. If you never go, you will never get the help you need. I encourage every single woman out there to check herself and be checked!

I really loved how this mani turned out and enjoyed wearing it very much! I got loads of compliments on it too. I would love to hear your thought in the comments below 🙂

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Waterfall Nails

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Hi everyone! Today I have my first attempt at a waterfall mani to show you. I was really in the mood to wear a red polish for a change and spotted Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge standing in my untried shelf. This polish was one of the gifts my friend Leebeesa sent me for my birthday. She has recently married the love of her life and moved across the ocean to Ireland.Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtSally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtSally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge on all of my nails. In the bottle this polish looked like it leaned pink, but it is very clearly red on the nail. It is quite opaque and I may have gotten away with 1 coat, but I did 2 anyway. The formula was good, although I had to adjust a little to the brush in this bottle. The brush is wider than normal brushes, but not quite as wide as the essence brushes. I actually like wider brushes as it’s easier for me to cover the entire nail in less strokes, but you can easily overload your brush with polish and flood your cuticles so you need to balance that out. As the name suggest the polish dries fairly quickly, so I didn’t really have to wait much to start with my waterfall nail art. This is the first time I have tried this technique. I used essence As Long As You Love Me, Tip Top Armour Plate and Sinful Colors Black on Black with a striping brush to fill freehand the stripes. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I actually got quite a few compliments on this mani and really enjoyed wearing it. I would love to hear what you think in the comments below 🙂

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piCture pOlish Obsession and MoYou London Illusion 05

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Hi everyone! I reviewed piCture pOlish Obsession in this post and today I want to show you how I used it with the MoYou London Illusion 05 stamping plate (reviewed here) for a simple, but beautiful look. Both the plate and piCture pOlish were supplied for honest review by We Heart Nail Art. Let me show you the look I created.piCture pOlish Obsession stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05piCture pOlish Obsession stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05piCture pOlish Obsession stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05

I started off with a base coat of Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of piCture pOlish Obession on all of my nails (swatch and review here). Once that was dry I used Tip Top Hot Fudge, MoYou London Illusion 05 and my MoYou London rectangular marshmallow stamper to stamp this image on my middle and ring nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I really loved this look. This image from the Illusion plate is so gorgeous and I think it looks sophisticated. Such a beautiful image! I would love to hear your thought in the comments below 🙂

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L.A. Girl Black Illusion and 3D Silver

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Hi everyone! I have some holo nails with stamping to show you today. Everybody say HO-LO! Hey! HO-LO! Hey! Yes. I’m in a silly mood. Spring has sprung here in South Africa and that makes me immeasurably happy! Spring is my favourite season! Hay fever aside, I love all the flowers in bloom, longer days and warmer nights! Of course more sunshine also means neons and holos – right up my alley! Let me show you the mani I created 🙂L.A. Girl 3D Silver and Black Illusion stamped with BM-S107L.A. Girl 3D Silver and Black Illusion stamped with BM-S107L.A. Girl 3D Silver and Black Illusion stamped with BM-S107L.A. Girl 3D Silver and Black Illusion stamped with BM-S107I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 4 coats of L.A. Girl 3D Silver on my index and 3 coats on my middle nail. This polish is super sheer. I might consider layering it over silver next time to reduce the number of coats. Otherwise it is gorgeously sparkly! On my ring and pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of L.A. Girl Black Illusion. Both of these polishes are from the 3D Effects collection. I have almost all the colours in this collection except for the blues and the orange. I really love how beautiful the scattered holo looks! I love all things holo, although I’m sure you’ve noticed 😉 Once my nails were dry I stamped using BM-S107. For the black stamping I used Sinful Colors Black on Black and for the silver Tip Top Armour Plate. I sealed in everything with a coat of Seche Vite.

I really loved this mani! It was absolutely gorgeous. The stamping looked so beautiful (hello paisley!) and these polishes just came alive in the sun. What do you think?

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essence Best Dressed with Shangri-La Decals

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Hi everyone! I have another unicorn to show you today. Not an actual unicorn, sorry. I have a swatch though and nail art! This is another mani I did with one base colour and thought to snap a pic of the polish on its own before I started with the art. Let me show you the swatches of essence best dressed before we get into the art.essence best dressed swatchessence best dressed swatch

 

Isn’t she lovely? Ya’ll know I love me some purple polish and shimmer is always a huge bonus! This polish applied like a dream and is absolutely beautiful! A dark purple with purple shimmer which is stunning. Of course, plain nails are not an option, so I made some decals with my new Bundle Monster Shangri-La plates. This is what I came up with:essence best dressed with reverse stamped decals using BM-S104essence best dressed with reverse stamped decals using BM-S104essence best dressed with reverse stamped decals using BM-S104essence best dressed with reverse stamped decals using BM-S104I started off with 2 coats of essence best dressed. Once that was dry I used Tip Top Hot Fudge and BM-S104 to make reverse stamping decals. I filled in the flowers with China Glaze Dance Baby and Tip Top Melting Marshmallows using a dotting tool. I applied essence XXL top coat over the image and let it dry. Once dry I carefully removed the decals, top coated my middle and ring nails and stuck the decals onto my nails. I trimmed the edges of the decals with a small scissor and used acetone and a clean up brush to neaten the edges and get rid of any excess. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I really liked how these turned out. I still need A LOT more practice with making decals, but after struggling with this technique for a long time I am hooked! You’ll be seeing plenty of this in the future! I hope you like it 🙂

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Butter London Bossy Boots and LVX Deco

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Hi everyone! Today I would like to show you one of the first manis I’ve done with my amazing box from Pish Posh Polish. I really wanted to play with my liquid latex and do a gradient. I barely do gradients because of the cleanup and I promised myself I would do more once I got my hands on some liquid latex. Let me show you what I came up with.Butter London Bossy Boots and LVX Deco gradient stamped with MoYou London Princess 10Butter London Bossy Boots and LVX Deco gradient stamped with MoYou London Princess 10Butter London Bossy Boots and LVX Deco gradient stamped with MoYou London Princess 10Butter London Bossy Boots and LVX Deco gradient stamped with MoYou London Princess 10I started off with a base coat of Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener. I sponged about 3 layers of Bossy Boots and LVX Deco onto all of my nails. Once they were dry I used Tip Top Armour Plate and my MoYou London Princess 10 to stamp the interlocking hearts on to pinkie and index nails. On my middle and ring nails I used essence black stampy polish to stamp the same image. I sealed it in with Out the Door Northern Lights for a bit of extra sparkle.

I was totally in love with the result of this mani! I actually really love gradients and will endeavour to do more. They just look so beautiful and I could certainly use a little bit of practice. What do you think?

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Catrice Get the Blues

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Hi everyone! I want to show you a stunning polish I bought today. You will also see somewhat of a unicorn on my blog – swatch photos! I was using this polish as a base on all of my nails for my mani and figured I would snap some pics of how it looks on its own before stamping over it. I picked up this polish from Dischem on sale. I usually shy away from Catrice polishes in favour of their sister brand essence, but only because of the price point. Catrice polishes are by no means expensive, just more expensive than essence. Yeah. Call me cheap 😉 I picked up Catrice Get the Blues and was really glad I did! Look at this beauty:Catrice Get The Blues SwatchCatrice Get The Blues SwatchCatrice Get The Blues SwatchShown above is 2 coats without top coat. I had to slant my nails as I have in the last picture to see the colour shift that is so apparent in the bottle, but this polish is beautiful even when it is not shifting. I really, really love it. The formula was superb and I had absolutely no issues with this polish. I had just received my new Bundle Monster plates, so of course I had to try them out.Catrice Get The Blues stamped with Tip Top Armour Plate and BM-S102Catrice Get The Blues stamped with Tip Top Armour Plate and BM-S102Catrice Get The Blues stamped with Tip Top Armour Plate and BM-S102I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Catrice Get the Blues and used Tip Top Armour Plate and BM-S102 to stamp over all my nails. Somehow the stamping completely changed the colour of this polish. I realize my skin tone looks different in the 2 sets of pictures, I suspect I forgot to change my white balance setting when I took one set of photos, but the polish is still colour accurate. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think? Do you like Get the Blues? Have you ever had a polish “change colour” on you after you’ve done some art? Tell me in the comments below 🙂

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