Thursday, September 4, 2014

Holographic Studs Review

I was sent a few items to review from Born Pretty Store

I've been really behind and busy with life, but today I have a post reviewing one of the items I received. They are small round holographic flat studs. I love them because I hate when my nails aren't smooth and these are pretty flat and can easily even out with topcoat. This post will be short, sweet, and to the point.

You can find the studs I used here: Round Holographic Studs

 This is the package they came in. There are several and can last for many manicures.

 After looking at these pictures, I'm not really sure what is on my ring finger, so we will just try to ignore that lol. I used the studs over 2 coats of O.P.I. Just Spotted The Lizard which is pretty awesome, but not the point of this post :)

These studs are pretty awesome. For application all I did was press the stud into slightly wet polish and topped it with a clear top coat. At first the stud looked cloudy, but as you can see once the polish dried, it was clear. These are a great way to add some nail art without doing a whole lot. I highly recommend these to everyone.

The studs also come in silver, gold and another holographic pattern. You get a baggie with 100 studs for less than $3.00 I say that's a great deal.

If you want to get your own or try something else from the Born Pretty Store make sure to use code: NWG10 to get 10% off your order. Thanks for reading and I hope to post again soon!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Review

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.... if they even exist!?! Yeh I have no idea. I've been MIA for quite some time, but I am here to share a wonderful review of a soon to be released Valentine's Polish collection.

I was contacted by Julie from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer to do a review for her upcoming Valentine's collection called "My Indecisive Valentine." I was sent two of the six polishes to review.

"Flash Forward Fantasy": A nude with violet flakies and a strong pink to gold shift. Matte Finish.  ($10.00)

"Idealistic Future": Clear based glitter topper packed with gold, pink, purple, and red glitters in hexes, squares, glass dots, diamonds, and hearts.  ($8.00)

Lets start out with "Flash Forward Fantasy"...

If you don't already know, I wear CNS nails so they naturally have a french tip when they are bare. So I decided to show a couple bases and my naked nail.

Starting from the top: 4 coats on naked CNS nail
1 coat over white base
3 coats over white
1 coat over black

 I normally don't like matte polishes, but I think it worked very well with this polish and it helps show of the shimmer. Sadly the camera didn't want to pick it up as much as it showed in real life.

 I really like this polish. It is very close to the perfect nude for me. It applied very smooth with no issues.

  For the final swatch I applied a topcoat because I felt it showed of the shimmer a bit more.

 Just another to show the shimmer!!!

 The second polish is "Idealistic Future"

 I applied this glitter topper without have to dab, which is always a plus in my book. Sadly I didn't see a lot of hearts, but maybe I just needed to shake the bottle a little more.

 I love glitter toppers and I love this one. It can be used over so may different colors.

I really liked both polishes, and I hope to try more from BEGL soon (Tax-refund!!) If all her polishes are as awesome as these two then you will not be disappointed.

Thanks for reading and make sure to check out the rest of the collection.

*Products were provided in exchange for my honest review and swatches.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Neon Waterfall Nails

Man I am a horrible blogger *hangs head in shame* I'm not going to make any promises about the future. I am going to try and get myself to post more, but I guess it will happen when it happens. So on to my nails...

I've been seeing "waterfall" nails for awhile and I finally decided to give it a try. Here is my inspiration:

The Nailasaurus seems to have started this look, I may be wrong but I still love it. If you click the picture it will take you to all of her Waterfall nails and a tutorial. 

Here is my try at it, but first please excuse my dry and ugly cuticle and I missed a little bit of clean up. It was late when I was doing them and I was tired. Please forgive me my sins lol. Ok here goes:

 For the base I used Sinful Colors "Skylark" it is a great polish. The formula was smooth and almost totally opaque in one coat. I did two for good measure.I really like the color, I'm not really sure how to describe it, but I don't like I really have anything else like it in my collection.

 Using a striping brush I went through the colors I had picked out and placed random strokes on each nail.

 After I had used each color I went through them again to fill in any gaps I had. The polishes I used were:

 China Glaze "I'm With The Lifeguard" One of my favorite neon greens.

 China Glaze "Hanging In The Balance"

 Essie "The Lace Is On" This is a BEAUTIFUL purple polish. I just loved it even just seeing it as a few strokes on my nails.

 China Glaze "Pool Party"

 Revlon "Hypnotize"

 Sinful Colors "Glimmer"

 After I finished I decided to add a coat of "Northern Lights" topcoat because I love sparkle :)

 All in all I like how it turned out. Both hands turned out a little different. /\ my right hand
\/my left hand
 I like my right hand a little better because I made the stroke a bit longer. The left hand looks like too much of the base color is showing.

I really like how this turned out and I plan on trying it again in the future with different colors. Make sure to check out The Nailasaurus's blog to see some great nails!

Thanks for reading and I hope to post again soon.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's A Bloodly Mess!!!

One of my favorite things to do is a splatter mani, and I love blood splatters the most!! Halloween would not be complete without one. Here is mine for the holiday season :)

I started out with 1 coat of Circus 'Reverso' which is the awesome white polish from my last post.

I seriously love this polish an am on the look out to get another bottle! I could have done 2 coats but just the one served it's purpose. Since I have the french tip CNS nails (Custom Nail Solutions) I usually need a base coat unless the polish is darker. So I just use 1 coat to give me a staring point.

This is what I ended up with: (please excuse the slight tip wear on a few nails. I wasn't able to take pictures right after doing my nails so I did them as soon as I could.

 Left Hand: I used a coffee stirrer as the straw. I really like how this one turned out.

 Left Thumb
 Right hand. I didn't want to go over board and make them really "bloody" so I tried to keep it to 1 or 2 blows per finger and a 3rd one here and there.

 Left thumb
 My wonderful bottle of 'Reverso'

 For the blood I actually mixed two polishes together. I really wanted the red to sparkle. I liked the color of Spoiled 'Pick Your Poison' and the sparkle/glitter in NYC 'Broadway Burgundy Frost. It's a little hard to see the sparkle in the pictures but it is much more noticeable in person.

I think that mani turned out pretty darn good!!! I hop you like it as much as I do. I am hoping to have another post up tomorrow. Thanks for reading and please let me know what you think!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bat My Eyes Because I'm Still Here!

I haven't posted in quite some time. It feels like forever. I've felt really bad for neglecting my blog for so long. I hope that I can turn things around and start posting more. I'm just going to jump in and show you a Halloween mani that I did a week or so ago :)

I always love Halloween and the nail polishes that come out around this time of year. I felt let down because it didn't seem like anyone really came out with a Halloween collection this year. At least I can always count on my wonderful China Glaze! I love China Glaze and I am rarely disappointed in them. I picked up all of the polishes from the Monsters Ball Collection, except the black textured polish and the glow in the dark top coat. I don't like any of the textured polishes and I already have tons of glow in the dark. 

Today I am going to show you China Glaze 'Bat My Eyes'

'Bat My Eyes' is a black jelly completely packed with different sizes of gold glitter. There is a little bit of orange and gold bar glitter but you can't really see them much unless you really look up close. The above picture is 3 coats. The first coat was very thin and hardly any glitter. The second coat really packed it on. The 3rd coat was just for good measure. The formula was great, a little on the thick side, but I had no problems.

 A close up of the polish. You can kinda see a couple of the bar glitters.

 While editing this pictures I noticed a couple of bare-ish spots near the cuticles, but they weren't really visible to the naked eye. I think next time I use this polish I will use a base coat of black just to try and avoid this from happening again.

 I can't really think of any polish that I have that is close to similar so just another reason to like it :)

 I decided to try and work on my stamping and since I had just got the new Bundle Monster Create Your Own set I knew which plates to use :)

 Not perfect, but I still like how it came out. I just need to keep practicing and then I will, hopefully, get better at it. Plus I need to figure out what polishes work the best for stamping.

  I used 2 plates for this mani. The coffin, which I love, was from plate BM-402

 The full skeleton was from plate BM-413

  The polish I used for the stamping was Circus 'Reverso' I love this polish. I works great for stamping and I also found out that it works wonderful as a base coat. It is the closest I've come to finding a 1 coat white polish. I plan on picking up a back up bottle if I can find one. You will see this polish in my next mani :)

Thanks for reading and again I am very sorry for being gone for so long. So many good things have been going on in my life as well as a few bad ones, but I try to focus on the good. Happy Halloween and see you tomorrow!!!

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