Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Born Pretty Store BP-126 Zombie Stamping Plate

I'm feeling like such a bad blogger lately, I had seriously tried to post as much as possible but this weather (I think) has got me on my knees and I feel kind of like my brain is short circuiting, you know what I mean? And it's kind of hard to concentrate on nails when your eyes don't work properly but I'm trying, I really am! 

So today I have pulled myself together a little bit and done this fun Pop Art style zombie mani using Born Pretty Store BP-126.

This plate has 9 zombie heads that you can stamp straight onto the nail or you can do reverse stamping for some fun and colourful but nerdy nail art. And you definitely have a range of zombie faces here from just turned to skin and bones!

The images are perfectly etched and they picked up cleanly and crisp on most types of stamper.

Polishes used for this mani are Barry M On Your Marks, Barry M Dragonfruit, Barry M Damson, Barry M Spring Green and Barry M Turbo Charged for the base colours. Barry M Earl Grey from the Frosted Cupkcakes range is perfect for zombie skin and then I used Barry M Mushroom, Barry M Mango and Barry M On Your Marks for the hair.

You can find this plate here for £1.12/$1.59 and don't forget that you can use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off all non sale items.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Born Pretty Store BP-125 Dinosaurs!

Urgh! It's so muggy today and just won't rain, even though it blatantly wants to! But luckily it's cool enough for me to get some nail art done and today I have these fun dinosaur nails to show you.

This cute dinosaur plate is BP-125 from Born Pretty Store. It's the standard round plate and has 10 images on it. One is a full nail style image in the middle of the plate, with 9 other 'smaller' images. I put quotation marks around smaller because they're all pretty much the same size and I found that the 'smaller' images were too wide to fit the whole image on my nails and get the look how I wanted it.

Other than that the images picked up fab on all stampers and look crisp. They are also perfect for reverse stamping or stamping decals which is what I did here.

Here is a better shot of my perfect little T-Rex on my thumb, this is the nail I was the happiest with. 

For the base I did a gradient of Barry M Need for Speed, Barry M Damson and Barry M Greenberry. 

You can find this plate here for £1.12/$1.59 and don't forget to use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off all non sale items.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Born Pretty Store Large Flakies

We need the pretty on our nails when the sun is out and one of those pretty things are these eye catching flakies. These flakies are from Born Pretty Store and are slightly larger in size than these flakies I tried before but they still make for some stunning nail art and have lots of depth to them depending on how much you layer them. These also have a green to blue to purple to pink shift.

They come in a little pot and come with a sponge applicator and even though the weight is only 0.2g, you get a lot in there. These look fantastic applied sparsely or with full coverage. They lay flat and don't curl up with fast dry topcoat and can be worn with standard nail polish and gel. They are fairly topcoat thirsty, I am wearing two coats in the photo but it honestly could have done with a third.

I did originally try these over a light colour, kind of trying to stray from my usual 'flakies over black' thign that I do, but honestly, it did not look right. It may have been my execution of it but I would recommend using these over dark colours to get the desired look.

You can find these here for £1.82/$2.59, this is colour #4 and there are 4 other colour versions available. Don't forget to use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off all non sale items.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Born Pretty Store Icy Castle from the Metal Series

Nyaaaaaaaaah! TOO HOT! This heatwave seems to be happening in quite a few places around the world, what temperature is it where you are? I am way too hot to get any motivation to do nail art, but luckily I was sent this polish from Born Pretty Store. This is Icy Castle from their Metal Series and is a gorgeous icy blue.

The formula is like pretty much all metallic polishes and applies streaky on the first coat and if you go over a bit that you've already done, then it drags the polish off again and leaves a big, nasty streak, but it does all even out on the second coat and brush marks are minimal by the time the polish dries. In these photos I am wearing three coats with no topcoat, except on the thumb. On the thumb I added one coat of Seche and the polish underneath seemed to shrivel up and wrinkle. You can see that it looks like I have massive ridges on my nail, which I don't. I think this was just because it was a quick dry topcoat.

The polish does also have a chrome look to it. I wish it had photographed better because although not anywhere near as good as chrome powder, as a polish trying to mimic the chrome effect, they have actually done a pretty good job.

Icy Castle dried quickly and to a smooth, semi matte finish.

You can find this polish here for £2.52/$3.59, it is a 9ml bottle and there are 4 other pretty colours available. Plus, don't forget to use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off all non sale items.

Stay hydrated and use sunscreen people!


Friday, 16 June 2017

Born Pretty Store Ocean Water Decals

These water decals from Born Pretty Store are super cute and perfect nail art for the summer and best of all, even though the decals are pre-sized, they are much wider and longer than previous sets of decals I have tried from Born Pretty in the past.

You can see here a comparison of these and an older pre-sized set and straight away you can see that the new ones are all the same size, and are bigger than the thumb designated decal on the older set. My nails are pretty long right now and I even had a lot of excess on each nail so I would be happy to say that the majority of people will have their nails covered by these larger sizes.

The decals slid off the backing easily after only about 10 seconds in the water, they aren't too thick and did not fold over themselves and they adhered to the nail nicely. They didn't lose any of the colour and didn't melt away once I had added the Seche. 

You can find these decals here for £0.70/$0.99, that's for 2 different sets of decals and don't forget to use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off all non sale items.