Thursday, 29 January 2015

Loot Crate: Rewind

It's getting harder and harder with each month to avoid spoilers for Loot Crate, especially since the time it takes for it to get to us seems to be getting longer and longer. When we first signed up to Loot Crate, the maximum time we would have to wait from dispatch day was 4 days, now its upwards of 10 days and has been for the last 3 months. I'm not sure what has changed but my little bitch over, lets move on to this months crate.

The theme this month is Rewind, A look back at geek and gaming past. Who doesn't love retro nerdisms?

Monday, 26 January 2015

Batgirl Nails

I got an awesome pack of Batgirl socks for Christmas, it had 3 pairs but this pair (yes I know there is only one sock in the picture) is my favourite pair and I had a picture in my head of the design interpreted onto my nails and it was too adorkable to ignore.

So BEHOLD! My Batgirl nails, or pink Batman nails whichever you prefer. I used the Bathead design from my original Batman nails as I really like how it looks and then I worked on the utility belt design from the socks. 

Everything was free handed including the Bat Symbol which turned out way way better than I had imagined. 

I feel like the imperfections in my lines and sizing really pulls the whole mani together and gives it kind of an old school, rough draft, comic book sketch feel. 

I used Barry M Matte Rhosilli for the pink and I think this polish is just made for this nail art. Look at how it gives the look of a leatherette material, perfect for a superhero costume! The yellow is Barry M BLE2013 Yellow (the one with the tribal lid) and Barry M Black was used for the lines, Bathead and Bat Symbol and the bottom of the nails. I guess you could say it is a Barry M Batgirl.

I did these nails yesterday and I love them so much that I have am planning to wear it on both hands for as long as it holds out, which might not be long because I already had to fix a chip on one nails :'(

My nails are also getting quite long and I might go back to nubbins for a while again, I have quite decided yet but I have another nerdy mani planned or when I do.

Would you wear this? What superhero mani would you like to see?


Friday, 23 January 2015

My Freckles Polish Instagram Competition Entry

So there's this thing called Instagram, you might have heard of it before, and the lovely Julieann of Freckles Polish has been running a competition/giveaway on her Instagram account because she has surpassed 1000 followers on there. Yay.

Now you already know that I lurve Freckles Polish holo's, they are fab and so I used all of my Freckles Polish holo's (and one sneaky Born Pretty Holo to fill a gap) to do this mani for my entry.

I wanted to post it earlier but have been feeling a bit under the weather again, the competition ends this evening, so entries can still be accepted, but be quick and don't forget to check the original image for the rules.

For this mani I used Barry M Black as a base, I applied SheSellsSeashells straight vinyls and sponged on Freckles Polish Caipirinha, Kicking Up leaves, He's Been!He's Been!, Linear Holo Topcoat and Born Pretty Store Holo #8 in a gradient. I then removed the vinyls and applied one coat of Seche Vite.

Have you entered yet?


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Nerd Block: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

I don't know if I mentioned this before but Nerd Block started doing themes each month. Although, in saying that, they did a theme and the next month no theme and now we have a theme again. This month's theme is A Galaxy Far, Far Away. 

I've been pretty rubbish at posting the monthly Nerd Blocks but I'm going to make the effort to do it every month from now on. We get the Nerd Block for Ki our 8 year old son, we do check the items before we give it to him to make sure they are age appropriate but in these posts I am looking at the items as not only a nerd but a judgey mum.

Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back Film Cell

'This month we used the force to bring you Star Wars Episode V in this special edition framed FilmCell presentation. This classic collectible boasts a real clip of film from the movie. Better than midi-chlorians, this is a piece of the universe you can keep forever. Brought to you from a galaxy far far away' 

This is the cell we received and I would go as far as too say this was my favourite item from the box. Film Cells do make nice little collectibles and it comes with a COA which is always a bonus. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Freckles Polish He's Been! He's Been!

Freckles Polish holo polishes wow me every time, and He's Been! He's Been! is no exception. I bought this little beauty just before Christmas when Julieann released her Christmas collection and I was immediately drawn to this one. I wouldn't normally choose a bright red/pink but I wanted at least one polish from the collection and this being holographic meant it had to be the one.

The polish is listed as a red but I would honestly say that is closer to a magenta than anything else.

 The application was perfect and the colour is so pigmented that you could easily get away with one coat, although I did apply two just to be on the safe side. 

Dry time was very quick and the polish dried smoothly with a very slight matte finish, although in the photos it does look more glossy.

In natural light the pink is bold and bright and looks like it has a scattered silver glitter.

In direct sunlight or artificial light, it has a scattered holo look, with less of the oil spill type holo I am used to and this makes for a really stunning effect.

It's hard to see here but in artificial light (I am yet to try with direct sunlight) the polish also takes on a colour shift effect from the beautiful magenta to a metallic purple colour. But then again, this could just be my eyes playing tricks on me, they do that sometimes.

Apart from the holo effects being absolutely spot on in Freckles Polishes, the other reason they wow me is that they stamp beautifully. Ignoring my complete inability to stamp properly today, this is an example of how He's Been! He's Been! stamped on both black and white, this is it in natural light.

This is it in artificial light. As you can see the holo shows up really well over the black and again it takes on a colour shift to a sort of bronze colour. Not so much over the white though, but look how pigmented the pink is.

You can buy He's Been! He's Been! from the Freckles Polish Etsy store for £6.50 for a 10ml bottle.

Keep an eye on Freckles Polish, especially on Julieann's instagram because she is releasing 2 new collections at the end of the month and one of them is going to be a Holo collection based on American Horror Story:Coven and the other collection will be fore Valentines day. I'm super excited!

Who are some of your favourite indie polish brands?


Monday, 12 January 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate 08

So this is the 4th and final of the stamping plates sent to me by Born Pretty Store and when checking on the store it only seems to have changed a slight amount. One image has been removed completely and the other full size nail images have been increased in size, which is good because these ones seem particularly tiny and hard to fit on even my nails.

The little leaves and the viney sort of flowers reminded me (don't ask why) of a vineyard and so I wanted to go with that for my nail art. Maybe it is because I lack and subsequently need alcohol in my life. I don't drink at all anymore because of my illness, haven't in years and sometimes I do miss it.

Going along the decadent wine kind of route, I chose Barry M Plum because of it's deep and nummy purple, then I stamped using MeMeMe Elegant. As you can see, the smaller, more intricate details stamped really well. 

After trying 4 of the plates I can honestly say that the quality is high and for the price range they are selling for, they are definitely worth the money. I highly recommend buying the Born Pretty stamping plates, especially if you are just starting out and want to build your plate collection with high quality items on a budget.

You can buy the updated version of this plate here for £1.31 and if you venture to this page, you can see all of the Born Pretty Store stamping plates. 

If you decide to buy any, you can use my 10% off discount code for an even bigger bargain, just enter CBAQ10 at checkout.

I am really hoping that Born Pretty decided to bring out more plates with a theme on them like the Sailor Moon plate. Is there anything that you are still waiting for to appear on a stamping plate from any of the brands?


The stamping plate in this post was sent to me for review. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Born Pretty Stamping Plate 09

Born Pretty Plate 09 is the 3rd of the bunch and having looked at the item page on Born Pretty Store, I can tell you straight away that, like the other 2 plates, this one is different to the one that is on sale at the moment. Except I would say that this one is the most changed of all of them, so much so, that the nail art I have done for this post, isn't really relevant to the one currently on sale because neither of the designs I have used appear on the newer version.

This is also the only plate that I have had which has had a slight imperfection. It's not a huge imperfection, just that little blue bit in the flower of the left hand side design. At first I thought it was a bit of the protective cover but that little bugger isn't budging. However, I did do a quick test stamp of that area and the stamped image of that area was unaffected. So just a visual imperfection rather than a physical one. The rest of the images are etched perfectly and the images stamp with every little line and detail.

So, avoiding the obvious smears and crumpled stamping on my ring finger, I was actually very happy with this mani. I can't quite put my finger on but it reminds me of something, a Moroccan pattern maybe? I dunno, I'm clutching at straws, but there is something about it. Plus, it is actually quite grown up for me and I could see myself wearing this to something important. Not that I ever have anything important to go to, but if I did, my nails would look grown up.

I used 2 coats of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu because I wanted to give it kind of a black see through lace look and my nail is a little stained towards the end so I didn't want it naked naked, then I stamped using Konad Black stamping polish.  

Here it is matte too. Normally, when I add a topcoat, it is pretty much a given that I would prefer the matte version but for the first time ever, I actually prefer the glossy version of this mani.

You can buy the updated version of BP-09 here for £1.98 and you can use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off your basket price.

Have you bought any of the Born Pretty Store stamping plates lately. I would love to see any mani's you have done using the plates.

Hope you all have a fab weekend.


The stamping plate in this post was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Star Wars Death Star Nails- Inspired by Nail It Mag

A few months ago I found a UK stockist that sold Nail It! magazine, I was supper chuffed and it meant that I could buy the individual issues when I could and not have to worry about a subscription or if they would actually arrive. 

In the 2nd issue I purchased they had this awesome Space Invaders spread with 2 simple but amazing Star Wars inspired manicures. I really wanted to try the Death Star one and I am only just getting round to it now.

I only did the Death Star on one nail and so for the other nails, I used the galaxy style from the Urban Stormtrooper mani and after sponging on a few bits of white, I sponged all over the nail with 3 different colours of Born Pretty holographic polishes (#3, #8 and #11)

I then sponged on a small amount of Barry M Diamond glitter on every nail and added a few dots/stars using Barry M Matt white. Then I topped it all with one coat of Seche Vite. 

I really love how this looks, my Death Star doesn't look quite as good as the Nail It! one but it looks too awesome and adorkable for me to care. This is a great simple mani for any Star Wars fan and it's probably going to be a look I go back to again and again. Plus sparkles!

I don't know if you can find Nail It! mag for cheaper in the UK but I have been buying it from Unique Magazines for £4 an issue. They do have subscriptions but single issues when I can suits me just fine at the moment.

What has inspired your nail art lately?


Monday, 5 January 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate 03

This is the 2nd of the 4 Born Pretty Store plates that I was sent out and it seems another one that has had a bit of a redesign since mine was sent. From what I can tell on t'interwebs, most of the plates went through a similar transformation and it looks like it was to make the full nail designs slightly bigger to suit both short nails and long nails.

This plate still has all the same images unlike the Sailor Moon plate, and I really like the kind of old school elegance of the images. I love the cabochon frame image at the top and I keep trying to come up with some nail art to use it in but I am drawing a blank.

So for my mani today, I have used my second favourite image from the plate, the swirly swirls with tiny stars in between. 

I used a base of Barry M Magenta Glitter and stamped using Konad White.

As you can see, the images were picked up from the plate with no gaps or any bits missing. Just like the Sailor Moon plate, the image etchings are the right depth, with no imperfections and they stamp just as well as more expensive brand stamping plates.

You can buy this plate here for £1.96 and don't forget that you can use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off your basket amount.


The stamping plate in this post was sent to me for review purposes, All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Born Pretty Store Sailor Moon Stamping Plate


This is my first post of 2015 and I am really hoping to keep up a good pace as much as I can on the blog this year. I've got my determined nerd head on! I haven't made any resolutions per say but I have made the decision to push more to get things done in everything I do. Now that I have a diagnosis, I can concentrate on taking control of that and becoming more knowledgeable about it. Have you made any resolutions?

Back around August/ September time, Born Pretty Store released their own stamping plate range and when the lovely Tina asked me if I would like to try some of the plates, I jumped at the chance, of course I did, especially when I saw this Sailor Moon plate. How freakin' cute is that? Tina kindly sent me 4 plates in total.

Something went wrong somewhere in the postal system though and the plates were lost, or so we thought, until they arrived in December. As it is though, December was a really busy month and I am only just getting around to trying these plates now. 

The Born Pretty plates are round and exactly the same size as the current Bundle Monster plates. The back of the plate has a plain black card backing, much the same as other stamping plate brands, to take away the sharp edges of the metal plate. 

The design etchings are pretty much spot on, they are the right depth so the polish doesn't pool and so there is enough to get a good crisp image. I couldn't find any imperfections in the images at all. 

This is the nail art I did using the plate. When I think Sailor Moon, I think bright, pastel, pretty and girly. The only problem with that is most of the colours didn't show up enough so that I could get good photos of the mani :(. 

I found with this plate, it was easy enough to stamp and image then merge another image with it. As you can see, I used parts of 3 different designs on my pinkie. All of the designs were stamped directly onto my nail bar the bow on my pointer finger which I did using the stamp decal method. 

My thumb ended up being the hardest of all to see but the prettiest. It was one of those things that was much better in theory than it was in practice. You can sort of see how well the intricate details of the moon stamped. 

I really love this plate, however when I go to the Sailor Moon plate page on Born Pretty it shows a slightly different design. The one showing as the Sailor Moon plate now has less images on there. I'm not sure what has happened there, maybe the plate I received was an early version of it, especially since my plate says 'BornPretty 06' and the current plate says 'BP-06'. 

You can purchase the current Sailor Moon BP-06 plate here, it is normally £1.92 but it's currently on sale for 64p, how can you go wrong? Why not go an have a look at the other Born Pretty plates, there are some great designs and some of them are currently on sale. Plus, don't forget you can get 10% discount off by using my code CBAQ10 at checkout.


The stamping plate in this post was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own, honest opinion.