Monday, April 27, 2015

Born Pretty Store French Tip Water Decals Review


Born Pretty Store French Tip Water Decals Review

Today I am wearing these beautiful french tip water decals from Born Pretty Store, on top of Revlon Colorstay 070 Wild Strawberry, a bright and rich magenta with a pearl finish and a slight purple flash. I received these for review along with red triangle glitters and a floral stamping plate.  The package, as shown below, comes with one sheet of 14 decals of various sizes.  I like how there are extras in case you mess up or need to use different sizes for your nails.  If you decide to use these just for accent nails, you will have plenty left over for many future manicures.
Born Pretty Store French Tip Water Decals Review

Born Pretty Store French Tip Water Decals Review

There are directions written on the back, and even though it is in slightly broken English, it is pretty easy to understand thanks to the added pictures.  I thought it was cute that it says "use warm water in winter" and to "blowdry" your nails showing a picture of a hairdryer, although both those steps are unnecessary in my opinion.

Born Pretty Store French Tip Water Decals Review

From looking at the decals I was worried that my nails were too long for them, but when I put them on they were actually a perfect fit!  I do have bigger nails so I do wish that there were more larger decals. I used the biggest decals on my thumb, pointer, middle, and ring finger, and a smaller one on my pinkie, which was a little too short.  The widths were more than good enough, which I was really glad about.  I have had issues in the past with other products not being wide enough, but no problems here.

I found application to be somewhat tricky.  I was thinking to file the edges off the decal after placing them (as you would with full nail appliques) but since these weren't really "sticky" and were only clinging on with water, that was a near impossible task.  I ended up using cuticle nippers to trim the edges while they were on.  This proved to be the most difficult part because they would slide out of place while trimming and I would have to reposition them a lot, but I did eventually trim them all successfully.

I also found, as I found with the red triangle glitter, that my HK Girl top coat would start to eat the decals, but this only happened around the trimmed edges and ended up being hardly noticeable.  Is HK Girl top coat extra corrosive or something?  WHATEVER it's still my fave top coat eva.

You can see a teensy tiny bit of the clear edge of the decal, and also a white line where it looks like the decals were printed slightly misaligned, as shown on my middle finger below.  But in real life they are totally not noticeable.

Born Pretty Store French Tip Water Decals Review

Overall, I really like these decals for nail art! They are completely opaque, vibrant, and intricately designed (and BTW in the macro above you might have noticed that the image looks pixelated but in no way is that visible by the naked eye in real life, so not to worry.)  It does take a bit of work and patience to trim them, but the end result is so worth it.

If you are interested in the decals or anything else, I have a 10% off code CHUK31, click on the pic below to take you to their site:

Born Pretty Store 10% off code CHUK31

Thanks a bunch for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chevron Nails: Fancy Gloss Silver Lotus over A England Dorian Gray


Chevron Nails: Fancy Gloss Silver Lotus over A England Dorian Gray

Today I have a new-to-me polish brand called Fancy Gloss. I purchased the color Silver Lotus, which is a holographic thermal polish that is silver when warm and a warm lilac purple when cold. Holo, thermal, AND purple? YES PLEASE.

Chevron Nails: Fancy Gloss Silver Lotus over A England Dorian Gray

I removed the glitter from my last manicure (which was on only two fingers on each hand) and reapplied A England Dorian Gray right before bed and let dry overnight. The next morning I used KBShimmer's chevron nail vinyls and did alternating directions on each nail. I then painted two thin coats at once on one nail at a time and immediately removed the vinyls. Top coated them to finish it all off and voila! Sparkly chameleon zig-zag nails!

Chevron Nails: Fancy Gloss Silver Lotus over A England Dorian Gray

The rainbow in this one was gentle but still noticeable. Also, too bad it has been really warm out where I live lately, I hardly got to experience the purple. I STILL LOVE YOU THO THERMALS!

What thermals have you tried that you are in love with?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Born Pretty Store Red Metallic Triangle Glitter Review


Born Pretty Store Red Metallic Triangle Glitter Review

Today I have Born Pretty Store's red metallic triangle glitter that was sent to me for review. It says in their description that the glitter is matte and shiny, but I would rather call it metallic because that's what it looks like to me. They have 12 fun colors to choose from, and on a whim I chose red because I've been all about it lately: red lipstick, red bra and undies, and a new red Kate Spade purse! Which I should totally take pics of and share with you because 1) it's freaking awesome and 2) it's the most I've EVER spent on a purse so it's worth sharing.

As shown in the picture above, not all of the glitter is perfect, some have dog-eared corners. But there was plenty of perfect glitter to choose from that outnumbered the bent pieces. Since this was my first time using this kind of glitter, I decided to do a simple glitter placement, which was also a first! I wanted the glitter to pop so I painted my nails with two coats of A England Dorian Gray. I then painted a thick strip of non-quick-dry top coat as a sticky layer for the glitter placement, and used tweezers to place them in a simple design. So far so good, it was really quick and easy.

Born Pretty Store Red Metallic Triangle Glitter Review

Unfortunately, as soon as I put my HK Girl top coat on, it smeared some of the red off and bubbled some of the glitters. This may have been due to multiple strokes of the top coat, which ironically I did to smooth out any bubbles.  Take a look at my ring finger above (left nail), this was the first nail I put top coat on and it bled the most. I will be more careful on my other finger.

On to the next nail. I did only one stroke down over the glitter on my middle finger (see the right nail above and the macro below) and it was much better. There was still some smearing near the tip of my nail, but it could have been left over from the other finger.  I also noticed a tiny bit of the same bubbling that happened on my other nail.
Born Pretty Store Red Metallic Triangle Glitter Review

I have come to three possible conclusions:
  1. I have never used this kind of glitter or done a glitter placement before. This may be a typical problem with these kind of glitters.
  2. This particular top coat eats this particular glitter.  I should try a different top coat.
  3. This glitter isn't that good.
So at this point, I have yet to know what the problem may be. I should really try again with a different top coat to test before I conclude if I like this glitter or not.  But other than the smearing problems and some bent glitters, the glitter is a nice color and evenly cut, is thin enough to not be too bothersome with top coat on, and is good for nail art.  And I really like my good nail!

I have a 10% off code CHUK31, click on the pic below to take you to their site:

Born Pretty Store 10% off code CHUK31


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Wing Dust Imagine Me n' You Swatches and Review


Wing Dust Imagine Me n' You Swatches and Review

OMG GUYS. I had no idea how obsessed I would be with this polish, Wing Dust Imagine Me n' You.  I fell so hard for it when I put it on on Monday that I am still wearing it, and am planning to keep it on until next Monday! WHA?!

The reason why this is so shocking is that I don't particularly like blue polishes. I am more of a warm-toned girl, give me pinks and purples and I am a happy camper.  But this! This is periwinkle. So it's a more of a blue that leans purple, a warmer blue.  And it is filled with green purple, pink and blue glitters of various fun sizes and shapes. And it is a crelly so it gives the polish a gorgeous squishy depth. AND! Don't forget the shimmer. *swoons*

This polish also seems to morph on me...sometimes it is more blue, sometimes more purple, sometimes brighter and very periwinkle, sometimes darker and muted and a bit gray...another reason why I just adore this polish, it is multifaceted! I also color-corrected as best as as I could to represent what it looks like indoors on me, so be aware this my look different in real life on you, but again that is the beauty of it.

Wing Dust Imagine Me n' You Swatches and Review

What is also surprising is that after 5 days I have no chipping whatsoever and practically no tip wear, even though I was sure I would since I used 4 thin coats of this polish to avoid VNL. Also I've been getting tons of compliments on them this whole week. So this polish is an absolute winner! I bought this polish on Llarowe but I think they are sold out, so if you want it go to Wing Dust's Etsy page to buy it there and you should check out their other polishes too. I just can't stop staring at my nails. What is one of your favorite glitters?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wing Dust Orchid You Not! stamped with Born Pretty Store Qgirl Plate 022


Wing Dust Orchid You Not! stamped with Born Pretty Store Qgirl Plate 022

The other day I wasn't feeling that great so on a whim I did some retail therapy and got me yet another round of purchases from Llarowe. I got 3 fun indies and finally got my hands on some Mundo de Unas stamping polishes! Today I am showing you one of the indies I purchased: Wing Dust Orchid You Not! stamped with a plate I received for review from Born Pretty Store: Qgirl 022.

Orchid You Not! is a warm purple filled with sapphire, fuchsia, and neon pink glitters. It is supposed to be a linear holo but unfortunately I had a hard time seeing it at all.  I wonder if my HK Girl top coat was the culprit, since I put it on before looking at the holo in the sun without it. If it was, it would be the first time for me with that top coat. I caught a glimpse of the holo in the picture above, but otherwise it was hardly noticeable.

Wing Dust Orchid You Not! stamped with Born Pretty Store Qgirl Plate 022

Qgirl 22 plate is a beautiful plate with various floral designs. It came in folded paper and with the typical protective blue film on top. There are 9 designs on the plate that are etched evenly and nicely. I really like how they made use of the space and fit in as many different images as they could, it brings more creativity and use out of the plate. One complaint I have is that some of the images are cut off and the top left image (as shown in the pic below) appears to be missing lines. This is actually very common with plates that have separate images, but in comparison this is probably the most complete plate out of the ones I've seen.

Wing Dust Orchid You Not! stamped with Born Pretty Store Qgirl Plate 022

I used my Konad Stamping Polish in White, and alternated between my Konad Stamper (used for the smaller designs) and my Winstonia XL squishy stamper (for the bigger designs). As you can see, some of the transfers are a bit patchy (see pinky and ring finger), which is due to the Winstonia stamper being on its last legs because I had been cleaning it with acetone, not the plate, which worked fine with the Konad stamper (middle and pointer finger).

Wing Dust Orchid You Not! stamped with Born Pretty Store Qgirl Plate 022

Overall, I really like this plate, I love flowers and these floral images are beautiful and perfect for nail art.  So far my Born Pretty Store experience has been good, I am definitely going to get more plates from them! If you are interested too, I have a 10% off code CHUK31, click on the pic below to take you to their site:

Born Pretty Store 10% off code CHUK31


Friday, April 3, 2015

Zoya Imogen Stamped with Various Pueen Plates


Zoya Imogen Stamped with Various Pueen Plates

Happy Friday everyone! Today's nails showcase this beauuuuutiful PixieDust polish by Zoya called Imogen, a black jelly loaded with tons of silver and holographic glitter. Or wait...is it ALL holo glitter?! Two coats shown.


I then stamped random images from PUEEN 2013 Set 24E - Love Elements and PUEEN Stamping Buffet Set 24B - New Invention using Konad Stamping Polish in White and my Konad Stamper.

Zoya Imogen Stamped with Various Pueen Plates

I just love stamping guys!!!! Not to toot my own horn...actually yes I will toot my own horn it's my blog (sorry not sorry). I am getting pretty good at this stamping business, I think I am gonna make it a main focus of the blog now!  What is your favorite type of nail art?