Glitter Nail Polish - Born Pretty Review

Another product that I had a chance to review from bornprettystore.com is a few of their "glitter color nail lacquer" shades.

There are four that I have to review. Unfortunately they aren't named but there is a white, beige, purple and pink.

white - This is a sheer white with a glittery, flakie type glitter, a la Zoya - Glitters, that flickers green and pink. This is three coats.

beige - This is an awesome shade because it is neutral and work appropriate but also interesting and fun. This is three coats.

purple - This is bright purple sheer that has the flakie glitter that flashes green, gold and a bit of blue. This will be good for layering.

pink - This may be my favorite, only because it is the most opaque. It's a milky pink with a green shimmer. It's not the glitter type like the other ones. It's more fine of a shimmer but it is pretty.

A few comments about these:
  1. These are not sold separately. These are only a few of the shades that come in a set of 45 of these glitter shades. I don't know if I would really want an army of 45 of these, but if you do, they are available here for $82.31.
  2. These are mini bottles. I don't have a problem at all with mini bottles. These are a fine size and have a good brush. The funny thing about these is that they say they are 0.6 oz but this is what they look like compared to a bottle that is actually 0.6 oz:
  3. These smell really bad. They have an outrageous chemically smell that makes me feel like I am going to pass out if I breathe it in. Good thing it says this:

Striping Tape Review

Hi! I recently had a chance to review some products from bornprettystore.com and the product I am showing you today is the striping tapes.

Striping tapes are thin, colored/metallic/glittery tapes that are used for nail art. These supposedly come as a set of 12, but I only have 10: black, coppery-brown, purple, blue, green, silver, white, pink, yellow and red. From their picture online it looks like there may also be a sky blue and magenta? It's hard to tell.

This is the first time I have ever used striping tapes but I think they were very easy to use and I like the mani that I did with them:

I started by painted my nails as usual. For this design I did half white creme and half China Glaze - Jolly Holly. Once that was all dry I started with the roll of red, taped it onto my nail from the diagonal corner near the cuticle, pressed it along the nail and cut the end. Simple! I did that to all 10, trimmed and excess and topped it with top coat.

There really weren't any issues with using these except that a couple nails did have some lifting at the free edge but to remedy that I just added more top coat.

The set of 12 tapes is sold for $8.99 and decreases in price the more sets you buy. Bornprettystore.com is located in China but ships internationally.

The store also sells plenty of other nail art products including rhinestones, filmo and stickers. They also sell polish (I have some to show you) tools, acrylic equipment, false eyelashes and other things. I have some nail stamping kits to review for you but so far I haven't had success with them. More to come...

Merry Christmas with Jingle-icious Mini Lacquers

The Jingle-icious Mini pack of polishes from OPI was a Holiday Exclusive for 2010. I received this set as a Christmas gift and couldn't find any swatches online so I decided to immediately try a skittle/ombre manicure. So here is the last Christmas manicure I had this year: combining all the Holiday polishes into one manicure!




I was quite surprised to not see any pictures of the actual polishes in this set in online photo searches, so I thought I'd share my mini swatches with all of you.




The picture below shows the order in which I had painted my nails. The first polish (on the far left) is Berry Glam Glimmer which was on my thumb and pinkie. The second polish is Merry Magenta which was on my index and ring fingers. The third and final polish (pictured far right) is Wishing for Presents which was on my middle finger.





And here are the swatches. All of the polishes were two coats with no base coat or top coat.


First up is Berry Glam Glimmer (NL 350).




This was a warm red polish. A shimmery shade that leans a bit orange.



Below is Merry Magenta (NL 352).




I was really excited about this polish when I first saw it in the box, because it was like all those glitter/glass-flecked polishes that have come out this past year. This polish almost seems like it was the missing shade to the Burlesque collection that came out for the Holiday, because this is a perfect red shade, not too orange and not too pink, and I don't remember there being a red shade with this finish and color in that collection. (It's a hint darker and more vibrant than Ali's Big Break.)



And last but certainly not least, Wishing for Presents (NL 351).







I thought this polish deserved an extra photo to showcase it's lovely shimmer. The finish on this lacquer was similar to Berry Glam Glimmer since it wasn't a glitter polish so much as a shimmery shade. When painting this on, it was almost a bit brush stroke-y, but it isn't really noticeable in the swatch photo, and if you were going to wear this as a full manicure, I don't think you would have any problems with brush strokes. In terms of the color on this one, it was almost a duo-chrome shade which I tried to capture on camera. In shaded lighting when tilting the nails with palm closed (so the free edge is visible), the center of the nail was a lilac almost periwinkle shade, while the edges of the nail were the pink/magenta shades seen in the photos above. Not very noticeable, but once I saw that I was quite intrigued with this polish.


Overall, I found this was a good mini collection for OPI to release as a Holiday set. While Merry Magenta felt the most holiday-ish with the strong red shade it turned out to be, all three colors are great, and I certainly wouldn't mind seeing them in full sized bottles (and on this note, has anyone seen these in full sized bottles?).


So that concludes the six days of Christmas manicures. Remember, candy can be Christmas-y too! Skittles manicures with Holiday colors are quite fun and festive.


On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
eleven pipers piping
ten lords a leaping
nine ladies dancing
eight maids a milking
seven swans a swimming
six geese a laying
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
four calling birds
three french hens
two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
twelve drummers drumming
eleven pipers piping
ten lords a leaping
nine ladies dancing
eight maids a milking
seven swans a swimming
six geese a laying
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
four calling birds
three french hens
two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.

Merry Christmas!

This is Finger Paints - Spun Sugar topped with Christmas decals that I got from Sally's Beauty Supply. Cina? I believe. The best one is the reindeer:

Look how cute!
:c)

Oh, Christmas Tree




The manicure for Days 9 and 10 of the Twelve Days of Christmas is a manicure inspired by those decorative/stylized Christmas trees that are made of lights.




image from wikimedia.org



This design only takes two nail polishes to complete: the base color and the nail art color.





I chose to use OPI's All A-bordeaux the Sled! (from the Holiday 2009 collection) and OPI's Bring on the Bling.




Step 1: lay down the base color.




This is three coats of All A-bordeaux the Sled! with one coat of top coat over it.




Step 2 will begin the tree.




Take two strips of blue painter's tape and lay them down on the nail so the tape pieces will block off the area that will be the first/top-most part of the tree. You'll want the tree tip to start at about the middle of your nail, where the first stripe that makes up this stylized tree will end a little distance from the side of your nail (consider that the third stripe that is going to make up this tree will need to go a bit farther towards the edge of your nail, without touching the edge, so remember that when painting this stripe).


If you find it more helpful, you can block off the two ends of the stripes to get perfectly straight edges. The nice thing about using a dense glitter polish for the stripes of the tree, is that the glitter polishes tend to not spread out or drip down the way regular nail lacquers do (when trying to paint inbetween blue tape).





Step 3 will be a straight line that makes up the second line of this tree art design.




Use the first strip of painter's tape to block off the topmost edge of this line, where you'll put the tape just over the end of the first line, so the two ends will meet at the edge of where the first line is. The second piece of tape will block off the bottom edge of this line, so try to run the second piece of tape parallel to the first. For the third piece of tape, it will go perpendicular to the other two, where it just starts to cover the tip of the Christmas tree design, so that this second line will not go as far to the right as the first line.





Step 4 mimics the first line, except you will be connecting this third line of the Christmas tree to the second line you made.




Have the pieces of tape block off a space for the line, where the top point of this line touches the end of line two. This third stripe of the tree will go a bit farther to the left than the first line, so when laying the last piece of tape that will go lengthwise along the nail, bring it farther to the left so that when this line is complete, it will go farther to the edge of the nail than the first line.





Step 5 is adding the bottom line to this tree design.





This will be a line that will go straight across your nail, similar to the second line that makes up this tree (shown in Step 3). For this part of the Christmas tree, you will want this line to go further right than the top point of the Christmas Tree, so remember that when you are laying down the last piece of tape that runs the length of the nail (for this step).





Step 6 creates the base of the tree.





This step will be creating a little block/square shape for the base of the tree. The first piece of tape you lay down will be parallel to the bottom line of the tree shape, where then two other piece of tape will run perpendicular to the first piece of tape, marking off the square shape, leaving the top edge open to touch the glitter of the fourth line of the tree.


Once Step 6 is done, add a top coat over the design, and you have a finished look!





This is a nice stylized design that can be done on all your nails (maybe in alternating shades of red and green over a silver background?), or just as I have done, as an accent nail.


This concludes Days 9 and 10 of the Twelve Days of Christmas manicures.


On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
nine ladies dancing
eight maids a milking
seven swans a swimming
six geese a laying
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
four calling birds
three french hens
two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
ten lords a leaping
nine ladies dancing
eight maids a milking
seven swans a swimming
six geese a laying
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
four calling birds
three french hens
two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.

Christmas Flowers



For Days 7 and 8 of the Twelve Days of Christmas manicures, inspiration came from the potted plants that are used as decoration around this Holiday time: a poinsettia!



image from thescientistgardener.blogspot.com



For this manicure, I used a matte white nail polish in OPI's Alpine Snow Matte, a matte black polish in Obscurity by OPI, Nailene's Acrylic Strong Top Coat, and a few red and green flowered jewels for the nail design.








First comes the matte white polish. While this lacquer tends to need more than one coat to be completely opaque, since only the tips will be visible at the end, it is only the tips of the nails that will need a second coat of the white polish.







For Step 2, you will need to cut strips of your blue painter's tape (or use French Tip Nail Guides, if you prefer). Lay the strip onto your nail, so it just passes the beginning of where the nail connects to the skin. Make sure to press down on the tape on the side that the black nail polish can fill under. Paint your coat of black polish on the upper part of the nail, and then quickly pull off the blue tape.




The great thing about adding decals of any kind to a french manicure design, is that those decals can hide imperfections in the painting, such as the little dip in my middle finger where the black nail polish oozed under the tape because I didn't make sure the tape was pressed down before I started painting.





With Step 3, you are just adding the first of the three jewels to your nails. First, go one nail at a time and add a drop of a clear polish in the center of where the black polish meets the white polish, and then drop your jewel into the clear polish while the polish is still wet. Press down on the jewel to make sure it is secure.








With Step 4, you are just completing the row of jewels that will go across each nail. Start on each finger (again, one at a time), by putting a drop of the clear lacquer you are using to adhere your gems to your nails on one side of the centered jewel. Drop the new gemstone into the clear lacquer and press down to secure the jewel. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the middle jewel, so that there will be a total of three jewels/gemstones on each nail in alternating colors.






Step 5 is one of the most important steps when using jewels on nails - adding a top coat. If you want your jewels to stay on your nails for more than a few hours, you are going to need to do more than one coat of Top Coat.




And that is the finished design! This was a fun little festive look because the red and green jewels really pop out against the black and white background. Would you try this design?


On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
seven swans a swimming
six geese a laying
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
four calling birds
three french hens
two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
eight maids a milking
seven swans a swimming
six geese a laying
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
four calling birds
three french hens
two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.