Thursday, January 29, 2015

OPI - Love, Angel, Music, Baby

Hello! I've been putting off posting this week because I was expecting some MoYou nail plates to come in! However, I'm not sure they're showing up this week as I hoped. They are still well within the 5-21 days shipping, they are just on the later side. So, I had to break down and swatch anyway. :P

This is a polish I got just for stamping because I didn't want to use up all of my Ulta - High Roller for stamping. However, I ended up liking this color a lot more than my go-to gold (High Roller) so I think I will be wearing this one as my gold and stamping with High Roller instead.

Love, Angel, Music, Baby is a champagne gold with a semi-matte finish. It doesn't lean too yellow which is very important to me because the yellow golds look terrible on my skin tone. The formula is a dream, as usual and I really love a matte finish even if it is only semi-matte. I decided to try a top coat to see what it looked like glossy (second picture) and it looks fabulous glossy as well. It turned out much more sparkly than I expected! This color was from the Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 collection which was released in October so you might be able to find it in stores still but, your best bet is online.

OPI - Love, Angel, Music, Baby: $9.95 Nail Polish Canada

Friday, January 16, 2015

Emily de Molly - Absent Minded

Here is one of the many purple polishes that I recently ordered. I ordered some nail plates from Mo You London that should be coming in within the next couple of weeks. I am suuuper excited! I just hope I don't get charged customs for them.

This is Emily De Molly - Absent Minded. It's a gorgeous deep purple polish and glitter mix. It's not a jelly so it's nearly opaque in one coat and didn't need any undies. It has red, blue and peach glitters in mixed sizes. It's a color that has been out a while so it's a bit difficult to find. I got it from Llarowe just a couple weeks ago but, it's gone already. o_o

Hope you like it!

Emily De Molly - Absent Minded: $18.50(S$) Mei Mei's Signatures, $14.75 Nail Polish Canada, 149(NOK) Norway Nails
Emily de Molly - Absent Minded

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Femme Fatale - Mermaiden's Adoration

Here is the other Femme Fatale color that I was dying to have! This is Femme Fatale - Mermaiden's Adoration swatched over Up Colors - Verde 360°. I didn't notice that Up Colors wasn't available anymore. I'm glad I snagged this color when I did. Up Colors is a Brazilian brand that was once carried on Llarowe but, they must have stopped carrying them.

Mermaiden's Adoration is a stunning glitter mix. My favorite part is the semi-transparent iridescent glitters. They either show up as blue, purple or pink when the light hits them. I also love the gold shimmer. This color has been discontinued and the only place I see it left in stock on is Color4Nails so get it while it's there! :D

Femme Fatale - Mermaiden's Adoration: $12.50 Color4Nails
Up Colors - Verde 360°: ??
Femme Fatale - Mermaiden's Adoration
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Femme Fatale - Mermaiden's Adoration
Full Diffused Light

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Femme Fatale - Deepwild Shallows

Today, I have a color that I've had my eye on since July. When it came out I sent an email to my local Canadian Femme Fatale stockist and asked if they would have them in and they told me 2-3 weeks. Two months later, no update, I sent a follow up email and got no response. So, I gave up on the two polishes I wanted from this collection. I saw that they were to be discontinued though and decided to order from Color4Nails which is based in the US. I was very surprised to see my shipping for 2 polishes was only $3 which is less than I would have paid to get it shipped from the Canadian place.

If you want this color you will have to get it now, either from Color4Nails (US) or Mei Mei's Signatures (SG) for international. I believe they both ship internationally.

I love Femme Fatale polishes. They always have such pretty glitters and such a great formula. I'm a little disappointed they are getting new bottles because this is my favorite bottle shape. :P

I used a coat of Zoya - Frida on top to give it a jelly sandwich look. Zoya now ships to Canada but, I think it will still be cheaper to buy from Nail Polish Canada because there is a $8.59 International Processing Fee when ordering from Zoya.com and Nail Polish Canada has free shipping for Canadians. So, I think Zoya.com will only be cheaper during their promotions like they are having right now (Ends 1/14/15).

This is 1 coat Zoya - Frida (jelly) over 3 coats Femme Fatale - Deepwild Shallows. Glisten & Glow HK Girl on top as usual. :D

Femme Fatale - Deepwild Shallows: $12.50 Color4Nails, $14.80(USD)  Mei Mei's Signatures
Zoya - Frida: $9 Zoya, $10.75 Nail Polish Canada
Femme Fatale - Deepwild Shallows

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Born Pretty - Mixed Metals Foil Roll Color #8

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Today, I tried nail foils. I tried the Mixed Metals Foil Roll in Color 8. Now, I had foil glue from some failed experiments years ago but, unfortunately it was all clumped up and I was unable to restore it. I had to use the suggested method on the Born Pretty site and I was sort of happy with the results.

First, I painted my nails with a base coat. Then, I painted a thin layer of base color. I chose a color similar to the foil in hope that I could cover the whole nail with the foil. It was extremely tricky to find the right amount of dry/wet to make the foils stick. I wasted A LOT of foil trying to find the sweet spot. At one point I was totally ready to give up and just order some foil adhesive. The sweet spot ended up being that point where you touch your nail gently and it doesn't smudge and you think it's totally dry but then you go do something (like go to the bathroom or go to bed) and it smudges terribly. Next time I mess with foils, I am just going to get foil adhesive though because this was a huge headache. Born Pretty does sell foil adhesive (here), I just didn't get any, haha.

Anyway, once I found the magic amount of dry/wet, I put the foil on my nail and it didn't seem like it was sticking at all until I rubbed it down with a cotton swab and gently pressed down on it with my fingers. I pulled it off and it finally stuck. It was not the desired results because it didn't stick everywhere on the nail but I did get a large portion of the foil to stick. It ended up looking like a super shiny crackle manicure.

But, since it didn't look how I wanted it to, I decided to cover it in glitter. I have been looking for a base color for Rainbow Honey - A Little Kindness for a long time now. I bought the polish and I just couldn't find a color that looked good under it. This looks fabulous! It kind of covers up the foil but, you can still see flashes of it underneath and it adds a nice crinkly gold leaf texture underneath it. :D

For this mani I used...

Polishes: Rainbow Honey - A Little Kindness (discontinued for now but may make a comeback soon) over Ulta - High Roller.

Items: Dazzling Starry Mixed Metals Nail Art Foils Glitter Transfer Stickers Paper UV Deco Color: 8#  - $2.99 Born Pretty Store
 
Rainbow Honey - A Little Kindness over Ulta - High Roller
Born Pretty - Mixed Metals Foil Roll #8 inbetween


Born Pretty Store - Mixed Metals Foil Roll #8
over Ulta - High Roller



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Monday, January 5, 2015

Born Pretty Store - 4mm Gold Square Stud & DIY Leather Effect

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When I saw these gold studs on Born Pretty Store the first thing I thought was Ooooh, I can do a mani to match my purse! I don't own a leather effect nail polish so I decided to see if I could recreate the leather look with stuff that I already own.

I ended up putting a regular textured polish on in a dark color (Zoya - London). I used a makeup sponge to lightly sponge a regular black creme (China Glaze - Liquid Leather) over the textured polish. If you have a black textured polish, you can just use that. I was satisfied with that alone but, I decided to take it a step further for more texture. I took the cotton netting off of the cotton pads I use (Delon+ Cotton Rounds from Costco) and stretched it tightly over my nail and then painted over it with a glossy top coat (Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat).

Once it was completely dry, it was time to add the studs. These ended up being bigger than I thought they would be, there was a 2mm option but, I thought those would be too small. They fit my nails alright except they were way too big for my pinky. Unfortunately, these do not have flat backs so, making them stick without using nail glue is quite the challenge. I tried a dab of top coat on the nail and putting them on top but it didn't fill the dent in the back so I had to flip them over, fill the dent with top coat and then place them on my nail with the tweezers instead. I didn't have nail glue but, if I did I would have used that instead.

TL;DR:

1. Paint nails with a textured polish. Allow to completely dry. I used Zoya - London because it's a dark color and I love how even the texture of the Zoya Pixie Dusts are. If you are using a black textured polish, skip to step 5.

2. If you want to avoid a messy cleanup, paint around your nails with Elmer's Glue (or Liquid Latex/Liquid Palisade/Liquid Tape) or tape around your nails. I used Elmer's Glue. Make sure it's on there thick so you can peel it off easily. Wait until it is completely clear and dry to the touch.

3. Using a makeup sponge, paint a black creme polish onto the sponge, make sure it's all soaked in and there are no blobs. I Used China Glaze - Liquid Leather

4. Gently sponge the color on top of the textured polish. Allow to completely dry and peel off the glue.

5.  Take the netting off of something and pull it tightly over your nail. Paint over the netting with a glossy top coat. I took the netting off of my favorite cotton pads Delon+ Cotton Rounds (from Costco). If you're looking for these, I have seen them in both Costco in the US and Costco in Canada. I used Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat.

6. Fill the divet in the back of the studs with either nail glue or a top coat. Place on the nail in the desired location with a tweezers and press gently to secure.

For this mani I used...

Polishes: China Glaze - Liquid Leather lightly sponged over Zoya - London. Glisten & Glow - HK Girl Fast Drying Top Coat painted over cotton netting on top.

Items: 4mm Gold Square Stud Rhinestone Acrylic UV Gel Nail Art  - $5.84 Born Pretty Store

Born Pretty - 4mm Gold Square Stud
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat over China Glaze - Liquid Leather over Zoya - London

Born Pretty - 4mm Gold Square Stud
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat over China Glaze - Liquid Leather over Zoya - London

Born Pretty - 4mm Gold Square Stud
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat over China Glaze - Liquid Leather over Zoya - London

Born Pretty - 4mm Gold Square Stud
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat over China Glaze - Liquid Leather over Zoya - London

 
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Born Pretty Store - 4mm Pentagon Glitter

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Happy New Year!

I thought I would share my first mani of the New Year with you guys. I used some glitter that I got from Born Pretty Store. These are called 4mm Hollow Out Pentagon Matt Glitter Powder Sheets Tips Nail Art Decoration in color 0443. That is kind of a mouthful so, I would just call them 4mm Star Cut Out Glitter in Turquoise. They come loose in a small jar and contain both a larger star with the middle cut out and a smaller star that is cut out from the middle.

These are very thin but not flexible at all so, the larger pieces have to be placed on a flatter part of your nail or the corners will stick out. To apply these, I dipped a tooth pick into my top coat just enough that it was sticky but not so much that there was a huge glob on the end of it. Then, i picked up a single piece of glitter and placed it where I wanted on my nail and flipped it over so the sticky side down. After all of the glitters were placed I sealed them in with my top coat and I was done!  I'm sure I will be ordering more of these in more colors in the future. :D

If you are interested in buying these glitters or other nail art supplies from Born Pretty Store, don't forget to use my 10% off code (UYG10) on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post! Shipping takes a couple of weeks and the prices are great.

For this mani I used...

Polishes: Speciallità Hits - Hefesto over China Glaze - That's Shore Bright with Glisten & Glow -  HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat to finish.

Items: 4mm Hollow Out Pentagon Matt Glitter Powder Sheets Tips Nail Art Decoration in color 0443 - $2.02 Born Pretty Store
Born Pretty Store - 4mm Hollow Out Matt Glitter Powder Sheets Tips Nail Art Decoration 0443

Born Pretty Store - 4mm Hollow Out Matt Glitter Powder Sheets Tips Nail Art Decoration 0443

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