Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Born Pretty Store - Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate

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Hello everyone! I have a stamping plate (Qgirl-30) from Born Pretty Store up for review today.
This is especially exciting because it is my first time stamping. It took me a couple of hours to learn and practice but, I figured it out! It really isn't as hard as it looks and I think I got some good results for being a first timer.

I have seen videos of people stamping before and it looked pretty simple. Just paint on the plate, scrape off the excess polish, press your rubber stamper to the plate and then transfer the image to your nail. Pretty simple, right? 

Well, right away the stamper did not pick anything up so I researched a bit and found that the stamper has to be primed to use. Priming it involves washing it with dish soap and then filing the surface. I washed it off and gently filed it down with a 80/100 grit file being careful not to rip it. I kept checking the progress until I was picking up the whole image without bald spots.

Next, I tried a ton of different polishes until I found I got the best results with China Glaze - Liquid Leather. I think I really need to get some stamping polishes because most of the polishes I tried were not opaque enough. I opted to scrape with a used up gift card instead of the metal scraper that came with the stamp because I heard they can scratch up your plate.

I found that in order for the stamper to pick up the polish, you have to paint the plate, scrape and press the stamp on pretty quickly. Doing this quick enough took some practice. Once the image is on the stamp you can slow down a bit for placement on the nail. 

Overall, I found stamping to be a lot of fun and totally not as hard as I thought it would be. I usually stay away from all things nail art because I really am not very good at it. I suppose I could be with some practice but, I get discouraged easily. :P Stamping is very doable for nail art newbs like me... now I need more plates!

If you are interested in buying this plate or other nail art supplies from Born Pretty Store, don't forget to use my 10% off code on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post! Shipping takes a couple of weeks and the prices are great.

Polishes: 2 coats Ulta - High Roller, 3 coats Orly - Halo. China Glaze - Liquid Leather to stamp with and Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat on top.

Items Used: 
Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate - $1.99 BornPrettyStore.com
Black Nail Art Stamper & Scraper Set - $2.99 BornPrettyStore.com
Born Pretty Store - Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate
Born Pretty Store - Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate
Born Pretty Store - Qgirl-030 Stamping Plate
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fortune Cookie Soap

 I have wanted to order from Fortune Cookie Soap for a long time. I was totally lusting over their fall collections and I REALLY wanted their Yipes Stipes (supposed to smell like Fruit Stripes gum) and Blueberry Flapjacks soap. Unfortunately, I could never order because the shipping to Canada is just ridiculously expensive. The shipping on my order was $45.60. I do understand that shipping from the US to Canada really is very expensive because I ship between US and Canada all the time (all of my family is in the US) and the box is pretty bulky and heavy. I just really wish there was a solution to this problem because, it is the difference between something being affordable and something being unaffordable.

For Black Friday they were having a deal that all of the Fortune Cookie shaped soaps were half off and buy 2 get 1 free on "almost everything else". The lotions were apparently not part of "almost everything else" but the half-off on the soaps made up for the ridiculous shipping costs and made these an option for X-Mas gifts for the family and gave me the chance to grab a couple items for myself.

The order did take quite a while to get shipped out but, I'm sure that was due to being a Black Friday order and I was well aware that it wasn't going to be shipped out the next day (they warned me). I was however told that they would be sure it arrives before Christmas, it arrived 1 week before Christmas so that worked out.

The only problem that I experienced was that there were two soaps missing from my order but, thankfully I ordered two soaps for myself so I just used those to replace the missing gifts. I did have to give up two soaps that I ordered for myself that I was specifically excited about, so I was upset about that. I contacted their customer service and explained that two soaps were missing and if it was at all possible I would like them to replace the soaps that I ordered for myself and had to give up instead of the two that were missing. They obliged and the replacements were sent out within 48 hours.

I probably won't order from Fortune Cookie Soap again (unless there is a huge sale) only because of very expensive (international) shipping. If there was free shipping available for large orders, I would probably order about once a year. I was perfectly happy with the products, the soaps were larger than I thought they were going to be and the lotions were nice. Some of the soaps did not arrive as pictured but, they were pretty close. For the most part I was happy with my experience ordering from Fortune Cookie Soap. I was content with the customer service solution and response time for the issues that I had.

This post is packed full of images, click  read more for larger images and individual soap reviews!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Arcane Lacquer - Make A Move

Today I have a second Arcane Lacquer beauty to show. I love purples with gold shimmers so I pretty much just throw money at any one I see. For some reason purples most often come with silver shimmers which doesn't make much sense to me because gold looks so much better!

Make A Move is a gorgeous red-toned purple with a prominent gold shimmer.

Arcane Lacquer - Make A Move: $10 Arcane Lacquer, $12 Llarowe
Arcane Lacquer - Make A Move

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Arcane Lacquer - The Power, The Passion

Okay, I am a bit behind! I got a bunch of nail polish recently to swatch but, one of my kitties had surgery to remove his colon so it has been very hectic taking him back and forth to the vet and dealing with keeping him safe and comfortable while he recovers. It's actually a lot more work than I expected it to be. I have to monitor how much he is eating, I have to give him 3 different medications, mix probiotics into his (very expensive) food, make sure he isn't licking his incision, monitor how much he is going to the bathroom and try to prevent him from escaping the room. The last part is actually the hardest part.

On to the swatching!

The Power, The Passion has a deep purple jelly base and it's loaded with green, purple and red holographic micro-glitters. It dries semi-matte and kind of grainy and it actually ate through my first coat of Glisten & Glow - HK Girl Top Coat. It was just fine with two coats though. This is two coats of The Power, The Passion with two coats of HK Girl Top Coat. I included a macro so you can see all the tiny glitters!

Arcane Lacquer - The Power, The Passion: $10 Arcane Lacquer, $12 Llarowe
Arcane Lacquer - The Power, The Passion

Arcane Lacquer - The Power, The Passion