Thursday, May 28, 2015

Born Pretty Store - BP49 Stamping Plate (Sailor Moon) with China Glaze, Zoya and Hits

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Hello! Today I have a lovely stamping plate to share with you all today. This plate is called "Lovely Mixed Star & Moon Various Images Stamping Template BP49". However, I think it's pretty obvious that it's Sailor Moon inspired. I was very excited to get this plate because Sailor Moon was my #1 thing growing up. I learned how to program websites so I could make a Sailor Moon fan page, that's how much I loved it. I had a ton of different ideas for this mani but none of them panned out because I need to buy more stamping polishes. I don't have a lot of color options to work with. So, I went with white over neon skittles.

As far as the plate goes, it's etched well, no complaints. The only problems I ran into were totally unrelated to the plate. I have very curvy nails so a squishy stamper is my only option, however, you can see sometimes with a squishy stamper on a very curved nail, the images get warped a little and you can really tell with circles. :P

If you don't want to hear more about me, just skip on to the swatch because this next bit is totally unrelated to nails. So, as I said I was really into Sailor Moon, Pokemon and anime in general back around 1998-1999. Toonami on Cartoon Network was in it's prime and I was 12-13 years old. I was having a hard time with the social aspects of school so I retreated into Excite chat rooms using a program called Virtual Places. (Shout out to the Japan, Sailor Moon Club and DNA Graphics chat rooms) I met a lot of really awesome friends there. I learned how to program raw HTML to make a fan site for Sailor Moon. My VP friends used to teach me how to Photoshop in exchange for HTML lessons. When one of my good friends left for a new type of game called EverQuest (the first successful MMO), I decided to try it out. So, long story short, I turned into an MMO nut and I still play EverQuest, I've played on and off (mostly on) for about 15 years and I met my husband 5 years ago on EverQuest. Now, Sailor Moon is being remade and it's pretty awesome. You can watch the new Sailor Moon Crystal on or if you're feeling nostalgic. Forewarning: It's Japanese Audio with English sub so unfortunately it's not ready for the young kids yet. So, that's the story behind my love of Sailor Moon. :P

Polishes: Thumb: China Glaze - Orange You Hot? Index-Pinky:  CG - Are You Jelly?, CG - I'm With The Lifeguard, CG - You Drive Me Coconuts, Zoya - Ling. Stamping Polish: Konad - Special White. Top Coats: Hits - Hefesto (holo top coat) & Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat.

Items Used: 
Born Pretty BP49 Stamping Plate - $1.49

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Born Pretty - Mixed Metals Foil Roll Color #13 with Rainbow Honey - 20% Cooler

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Alright, I tried nail foils from Born Pretty Store before and I was only partially happy with the results. I did not have foil glue and although you can use these without foil glue, the results are not great. I really liked the foil look though so, I decided to try them out again... this time with the foil glue. I had much much much better results. I was not able to achieve a flawless application however and I'm not even sure that it's possible. So, once again I decided to cover the imperfections with glitter! I added a shot without the glitter covering it so you can see what the foil looked like before I covered it with glitter.

Somehow, I ended up putting a Rainbow Honey glitter over this one too. I guess Rainbow Honey just goes well with foils, who knew? This is a color that... once again I couldn't find a great base color to go with it. Rainbow on Rainbow works pretty well. I used Cirque - Sani as a base which I regret because none of it showed through and it was a total waste of a gorgeous polish that can stand on it's own. I would recommend using any silver foil color you have just in case there are bald spots. Unfortunately, I did not have another silver foil so my only choice was to cover up this beautiful color.

I'm sure you can get better nail foil tutorials on YouTube but I'll give a quick step by step for what I did to achieve this look.

1. Cut nail foils to size. Make them a little larger than your nail just in case your aim is off. You cut these in squares, you don't have to cut them to your nail shape, the excess will be pulled off.

2. Paint your nails with a base coat and base color if desired in case the foil leaves a bald spot and you don't want your natural nail to show through. I used Cirque - Sani but I would recommend a cheaper silver foil that you don't mind covering up.

3. Cover your nail with the foil adhesive the same way you would apply nail polish.

4. The foil adhesive will turn from white to clear when it is almost dry. Wait an extra minute or two to make sure it is completely dry. If any of the glue is still wet, the foil won't stick and you will have a bald spot. The glue remains tacky for quite some time so don't rush through this part. You don't have to do the glue one nail at a time, you can do the whole hand, there is plenty of time.

5. Gently place the center of the foil over the center of your nail just until you feel it catch on the glue and then let it go.

6. Using a Q-Tip, gently rub the middle of your nail up and down. You are rubbing the foil onto the glue. Do the edges last to prevent creasing and folding. You will be temped to do the outside edges first but start from the middle and work your way out to the left and then to the right.

7. After you've gone over the whole nail a couple of times, peel off the excess foil. If your results are good enough for you, stop here. You can add a top coat but the foil will crinkle and not be smooth.

8. If you have imperfections like I did and you would like to cover them up, add a fabulous glitter top coat. I used 2 thin coats of 20% cooler.

9. Finish with a top coat and you're set.

Polishes: Rainbow Honey - 20% Cooler (discontinued but may make reappearances in the Vault) over Cirque - Sani.

Items: Dazzling Starry Mixed Metals Nail Art Foils Glitter Transfer Stickers Paper UV Deco Color: 8#  - $2.99 Born Pretty Store
1Pc 8ml Hot-Sell Star Glue For Transfer Starry Stickers Nail Art Glue  - $3.67 Born Pretty Store

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Born Pretty Store - Qgirl - 002 Stamping Plate with Zoya - Dovima & China Glaze - Awaken

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There is never a bad day for a gothic manicure. I've been wearing a lot of pastels and neons lately so this was a refreshing break from them. I got this Qgirl - 002 with my last Born Pretty Store order and it gave me a good chance to also use a couple colors that I hadn't used yet. I used Zoya - Dovima which has a matte finish but looks fabulous with a top coat as well and I used China Glaze - Awaken for stamping which stamps very well. For some reason my Creative Shop stamper was leaving a lot of bald spots on this plate but it responded pretty well to my backup Born Pretty stamper. Both stampers have flaws and I'm not completely happy with either. I love the Creative Shop stamper because it clearly picks up large designs but it struggles with intricate details and fine lines which is why I think I couldn't pick up the crosses. The Born Pretty Store stamper works well but the head is significantly smaller (though it still covers my entire nail) and I think I over-primed it because it adds texture where there shouldn't be texture. Thankfully, it's cheap enough to just replace. I am terrified to prime my Creative Shop stamper because it was $20 including shipping and I had to wait 1.5 months for the pre-order.

Polishes: Zoya - Dovima: $9 , China Glaze - Awaken (Stamp): $3.25 $7.95 Nail Polish Canada

Items Used: 
Qgirl-002 Stamping Plate - $2.99
Black Nail Art Stamper & Scraper Set - $2.99

Born Pretty

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Born Pretty Store - 5mm Flower Glitter Powder Sheets

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I'm starting another set of Born Pretty Store reviews.
First off, I pulled some gorgeous China Glaze polishes out of retirement. These are from the Spring 2012 Prismatic collection. This was a set of really gorgeous polishes that should have made the core line. They take some effort to get your hands on these days if you're outside of the USA but I wouldn't consider them HTF yet.

Then, I took the Born Pretty Store flower shaped nail glitters in white and painted over them with Cirque - Sani to give them a nice silvery holographic finish. I couldn't really figure out what to do with just plain white flowers so I decided to see if I could paint over them well and it worked like a charm. I then adhered them to the nail with a drop of top coat from a toothpick and painted over with another coat of top coat to keep them in place. You can use nail glue for extra staying power but, if you don't own nail glue like me, you can improvise with top coat. :P

If you're looking to order from Born Pretty Store, international shipping takes 2-4 weeks but the shipping is free. Use my code: UYG10 for 10% off!

Polishes: (Index to Pinky) China Glaze - Full Spectrum, Optical Illusion, Liquid Crystal, Prism.
$3.25, $7.95 Nail Polish Canada (only Liquid Crystal in stock)
Cirque - Sani painted over the white flowers.
$13 Cirque Colors (US), $14.50 Nail Polish Canada (CA), $15.40 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (AU), £9.50 Rainbow Connection (UK), S$18 Mei Mei's Signature (SEA), 149,00 kr Edgy Polish (EU)

Items: 5mm Tiny Ultrathin Flower Glitter Powder Sheets Tips Nail Art Decoration - $0.99 Born Pretty Store
(Index to Pinky) China Glaze - Full Spectrum, Optical Illusion, Liquid Crystal, Prism.Cirque - Sani painted over the white flowers.

5mm Tiny Ultrathin Flower Glitter Powder Sheets Tips Nail Art Decoration
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wing Dust Collections - Prize Winning Petunia

Today I have a polish from one of my most favorite brands. Unfortunately, I must have gotten one of the last batches because I can't seem to find this one anywhere anymore. :(

Prize Winning Petunia is a gorgeous purple holo with a ton of glitter in it. There are some blue opalescent glitters in it which are amazing but you can't really tell in the photo since it's only one angle. :P

Things I love about Wing Dust Collections:
  1. Amazzzing and unique color combinations. The creator, (I think her name is Stephanie) has a great eye for color.
  2. Glitters with holo bases.
  3. I don't have to use any special top coats to flatten the glitter. One coat of Seche Vite/HK Girl works fine.
  4. They age well. I have some that are 1.5 years old and I haven't had to add thinner to them at all. Most glitter polishes in my experience age very poorly, require thinner upkeep often or they harden into a brick of glitter that cannot be thinned.
  5. The glitter does sink (because... gravity) a little but flipping them upside down for 10 minutes before a mani does the trick, I don't need to scrape the bottle to get the glitters back.
  6. I've never HAD to use a base color with the polishes though I often do anyway just to save all of my precious. Opacity is pretty good! Always a good thing just in case I don't have a matching base coat.
  7. They're from Canada! Since moving to Canada from the USA I usually have to wait 2-4 weeks for shipping since almost all nail stuff I order is international shipping. Ordering from inside Canada is a plus for me because I only have to wait 1-2 weeks and the shipping isn't the same price(or very close to) as my order.
If you haven't tried out Wing Dust Collections polishes yet I highly recommend them! I've never received any press samples or discounts from WDC, just a fan. :D

Wing Dust Collections - Prize Winning Petunia: $8.75/$10.65 Etsy (US/CA)
Wing Dust - Prize Winning Petunia over Zoya - Mira

Saturday, May 2, 2015

MoYou London - Tropical 01 with China Glaze, Different Dimension and OPI

Hey guys!

I was looking at my polish rack and spotted Jamaican Out which I forgot that I even had. This is part of their core collection and it's a color I really like. It's a pinky orange with a gold shimmer and it's very summery. In order to make it pop and look sort of neon while bringing out more of the pink side I used one coat over the most neon pink I own (Different Dimension - Pelican Village). I've had the same results layering it over China Glaze - Pool Party (also part of the core collection) but I put it over Pelican Village this time because it was more opaque (still took 3 coats) and unfortunately Pool Party is pretty sheer and requires several coats.

Since I'm super into stamping these days I stamped with the MoYou London - Tropical 01 plate with OPI - Love, Angel, Music, Baby. I actually had some difficulty picking up the smaller details on the plate and I'm not sure if the plate, my stamper or the polish was the culprit.

MoYou London - Stamping Plates: £4.99 ($9.39 CAD/$7.37 USD) MoYou, $12 AUD Picture Polish
China Glaze - Jamaican Out:  $7.95 Nail Polish Canada, $3.25, $6.99 Sally Beauty Supply, $7.50 Ulta
OPI - Love, Angel, Music, Baby: $9.95 Nail Polish Canada 
Different Dimension - Pelican Village: No Longer Available.
China Glaze - Jamaican Out over Different Dimension - Pelican Village with MoYou London - Tropical 01 & OPI - Love, Angel, Music, Baby