Friday, 27 February 2015

Born Pretty Store Gold Fish Framework Stickers

When I saw the gold framework stickers on Born Pretty Store, and the beautiful nail art shown in the main item pictures, I really wanted to try these out. 

They are stickers rather than water decals and when I took them off the backing, I was a little worried that they would be a little too thick and the edges would show up but this wasn't an issue. Another issue I was worried about was lift, but the only stickers that showed any signs of lift were the ones on the bottom line, it was the eyes but it isn't that big of a problem.

Here they are on their own over a base of a mix of blues just splodged on in a random pattern.

I tried to use the stickers as a skeleton similar to the nail art shown on the Born Pretty Store website, my skills aren't quite that good but the goldfish ones turned out really pretty I think.

These stickers would be great for some aquarium or pond themed nails but the gold would also look great plain over a black base.

If you want to try these stickers too, you can find them here for £1.62 ($2.52) They are also available in a multi-coloured style.

Don't forget to use CBAQ10 at checkout for 10% off your basket amount.


*The stickers in this post were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own, honest opinion.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Born Pretty Store Nail Art Brush

I don't tend to use nail art brushes, I use everything but brushes to do my nails, it's because of a mix between hand tremors and not being able to grip/hold them properly but having seen some of the amazing and precise nail art that other people do, I decided to try out this Born Pretty Store nail art brush and see if there was any potential there.

The brush is very pretty, it's a Barbie pink with silver accents and a transparent part with lots of little pink crystals.

So, pretty!

Being able to hold brushes is the hardest part, normal nail art brushes are very much the same as paint brushes, with a long and thin handle, but this Born Pretty Store brush is shaped like a pen and is wider making it easier for me to hold onto.

The actual bristles of the brush are perfect. There were no stray bristles and the bristles come to a fine tip, even after a few uses the bristles kept their shape. The brush isn't overly long and is not too thick making it easy to use in a nail art capacity. 

I have done 2 different style mani's, initially I wanted to do a Posion Ivy vine themed mani, so for both attempts I focused around that.

I started with a stamp decal to represent Posion Ivy using a Moyou stamping plate.

For my very first attempt I used a few different shades of green and went for the vines style over a nude base. It looks almost like a child's artwork. 

For the second attempt I went with flowers, dots and Ivy's toxic pheromones. This attempt was better and as with most things, practice seems to be the key.

I'm going to keep trying to incorporate this into my nail art, it's definitely going to benefit me when doing outlines and I would recommend this brush, especially as a starter brush.

If you would like to buy this brush you get get it here for £3.28 ($5.08) and don't forget to use my discount code CBAQ10 for 10% off your entire order.


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

Monday, 16 February 2015

Loot Crate Rewind & Black Tie Geek Inspired Retro Arcade Nails

Yes, yes, I know, it's nearly time for the February crate so I'm a little late on my Inspired by January Loot Crate nails, but in fairness, my crate did turn up relatively late. 

The item I chose for inspiration from the Rewind crate was this Black Tie Geek Retro Arcade tie. The last time we received a Black Tie Geek item was the Catbug bowtie in our very first Loot Crate. That was also the first time for the isnpired by Loot Crate nails and I ended up with these adorable Catbug nails. Naturally I had to choose the Black Tie Geek item again this time.

These nails are very simple and can easily be done providing you have black and white polish and anything that even remotely resembles a dotting tool.

The polishes I used were Barry M Black and Barry M Matt White.

And because the chalky look is cute, here it is with a coat of OPI Matte Topcoat.

This also kind of reminds me a little of the Star Wars retro arcade nails inspired by the Star Wars magnet from Loot Crate Galactic.

I really am hoping I manage to keep up with my inspired by Loot Crate nails this year and can't wait to see what items I get inspired by, Loot is Love haha, so don't forget to sign up now so you don't miss out on anymore of these inspiring nerdy items:


Friday, 13 February 2015

Mario Blocks Mani

Today is Nintendo 3ds day and in hindsight I should have done a Majora's Mask or Monster Hunter mani but I have wanted to do something along the Super Mario Blocks for a little while now and now is as good a time as any.

The plain bricks block looks like the easiest, but in all honesty it was the most pain in the ass. It's one of those ones that you desperately want all the lines to be crisp and for it to look really neat, but it just wouldn't co-operate. I tried numerous different ways and eventually just settled on what it is here.

The POW block looked the best irl, I did cheat on it a bit because the word POW is actually a stamp from the MoYou pro collection 10 plate, but my absolute favourite is definitely the Question Mark/Mystery Block.

Polishes used: Blue- Barry M Gelly Blue Grape
Brown- OPI San-Tan-Tonio
Yellow- Barry M BLE 2013
Black- Barry M Black
White- Models Own Hypergel White Light

What video game nails have you done? What video game nails would you like to see?
Have a good weekend my lovelies.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Born Pretty Store Smoky Water Decal

I love the sheet water decals from Born Pretty Store. I like that you can cut from whatever part you want and place it anywhere on any nail you want and this smoky style one looked beautiful, so I had to give it a go.

The first thing I noticed which I was a little bit gutted about, was that the writing shown above was actually printed onto the decal. This meant that quite a fair chunk of the decal was lost to this. 

The quality of the decal was pretty good, it took a little longer than usual for the decal to come off the backing, but it applied to the nail nicely, dried relatively quickly making adhering to the nail easier and with minimal curling and creasing. Then once applied, any excess was easily wiped away with a nail brush and some acetone/nail polish remover.

I did originally try the decals over a silver basecoat but it was too dark to show the colours, so I would recommend sticking to lighter colours underneath.

When I applied the Seche topcoat, it did melt away some of the bits that has creased leaving gaps through to the base coat, so I would probably recommend using a regular topcoat instead. 

These decals would make a great base for some nail art, however, this is what happens when MS takes over and you're too stubborn to leave the nail stuff for the day and attempt some nail art anyway. 

My Brain couldn't function and my hands weren't behaving either, so I ended up with this disaster. 

I used the tentacle dotty design from Bundle Monster BM-607 and stamped random sections of the design over random areas of the nails using Barry M Silver Foil. The I went over each nail again with a random bit using Konad White Stamping Polish. 

The thumb did turn out quite pretty though and this is what I had intended it to look like originally over all the nails but alas, it shall go down as my first proper nail fail of 2015.

If you would like to buy this smoky decal sheet you can find it here for £0.65 ($0.99) There are 12 designs to choose from but this smoky one is number 179 on the option list.

Of course, don't forget to use my 10% off code CBAQ10 to get a discount on your basket amount and save loads of pennies to buy loads more stuffs. 


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

Monday, 9 February 2015

Born Pretty Store BP-L 007 Stamping Plate

Just in case there is even the slightest chance that you haven't noticed yet, Born Pretty Store have well and truly stepped up their stamping plate game. So I tried a few of the standard Born Pretty Plates recently and they were fab and this time I am trying out one of their large plates. 

The shape, style and packaging are very reminiscent of MoYou plates (look how pretty that packaging is) although the plates themselves are slightly wider and taller than the MoYou plates I own and the images are larger too.

It's a strange mix of designs on the plate with wallpaper type images in styles from Moroccan to peacock and then the most recognisable smaller images being Attack on Titan, Ferrari and the German Empire (Strange image to use but hey, I remembered something from school wooo). I'm still hoping that Born Pretty kick it up another notch still and like MoYou, do plates with a theme rather than just a random mix of patterns.

When I saw the wallpapery type designs, I instantly though of the Sherlock wallpaper. OK, so none of them match the wallpaper perfectly but I decided I wanted to do a remake of my Sherlock nails from January last year. I didn't do them exact but I did redo the Cumberbatch Sherlock silhouette.

I tried 2 different styles. The first one was using a base of Models Own Hypergel White Light and I stamped using Barry M Mushroom. I really like this design, it makes for some very elegant looking nail art but it doesn't quite get anywhere near to the Sherlock wallpaper.

So I tried a different one. This time I used Ciate Cookies and Cream as the base, which is the perfect nude by the way, and again I stamped with Barry M Mushroom. This pattern matched a bit better and seemed a bit darker, bringing it closer to the target.

Of course, I couldn't resist doing a shiny, shiny red Ferrari mani. My camera doesn't like the bright red so all the other colours in the photo went weird but oooooh shiiiinnnnyyyy!

The plate quality is superb. The designs are etched perfectly and the images pick up very well with no imperfections in the images. Although the images are larger than a standard MoYou plate image, the images on the Born Pretty plate just barely fit on my nails at the length they are but I would consider them to be quite long at the moment anyway.

I am looking forward to trying more of the Born Pretty Stamping plates and also to see what they do in the future, fingers crossed they do themed plates!

You can buy this stamping plate here for £3.93 ($5.99) but you should definitely check out all the other Born Pretty stamping plates here, they have some awesome plates at fab prices and don't forget when you buy some of them, use my discount code CBAQ10 for 10% off your entire order.


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

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

I Choose You! Pokemon Valentines Nails

So here is my second, nerdy Valentines nails. I didn't originally have a plan for Pokemon nails but I was going through my stamping plate folder looking for inspiration and I came across this plate:

Bundle Monster BM-614 from the 2014 CYO Collection and my brain instantly went 'Pokeballs' because that's how cool I am, yes those donuts are in fact  hidden Pokeballs and so my 'I Choose You' mani was born. 

I used the stamping decal method to do the Pokeballs. 


1) Paint nails white and allow to dry. DO NOT apply top coat!
2) Stamp image using Konad Black Stamping polish
3) Scrape off the donuts that do not look like Pokeballs
4) Cover each individual 'Pokeball' (just over the edges) with white polish and allow to dry
5) Peel and turn over
6) Add a little white polish to the top half of the 'Pokeball' ensuring you leave a black outline
7) Now add chosen red polish to the same area and allow to dry
8) Once dry you can peel off and apply to nail. Push down over entire 'decal' ensuring all edges are flat. They 'decal' should cling nicely to the polished nail.
9) Apply fast drying top coat like Seche Vite. This should make it impossible to see the edges of the decal as the polish will melt together.

For the large Pokeball I painted my nail white, used striping tape to split it in half and applied red polish to the top half, I then drew a line in black polish across the middle and added a black circle and a smaller white circle on top of that.

For the writing on the middle nail, I applied a matte top coat then wrote straight onto the nail using my trusty laundry pen. The Pokeball heart was freehanded.

Polishes used- Models Own Hypergel White Light
Ciate Red Hot Chilli
Konad black Stamping Polish

These are also going to be my second entry into the Bundle Monster Secret Garden Stamping plate giveaway.

What do you think, would you rock these for your Valentine? 


Monday, 2 February 2015

I Love you! I Know! Han and Leia Valentines Nails

As you may well know from previous years, we don't really celebrate Valentines Day but that doesn't mean I didn't want to get in on the action for Valentines nail art.

Han and Leia's 'I love you! I know!' fits us perfectly and so this became my target and I am so so happy with how it turned out. Fandom love ftw!

The lettering is all from Bundle Monster plate BM-425. The silhouettes are what I am going to call freehand decals because I drew them out with polish on a bit of plastic wrap then peeled them off and applied them to the nail just to make sure the looked relatively similar, as you can see, Han went a bit weird on the brow and chin but close enough and Leia looks awesome.

The Rebel Alliance symbol was free handed onto the nail. I changed this at the last minute, originally the whole symbol was going to be heart shaped but I am really glad I changed it because I think this looks much better.

Polishes used: Base- Models Own White Light Hypergel
Silhouettes- Barry M Black 
Lettering- Konad Black 
Rebel Symbol- Nails Inc Luminous Red Metallic

I am also going to be entering this into the Bundle Monster giveaway to win a set of their new Secret Garden Stamping plates. I'll be entering it using the hashtag on Instagram.

What do you think? Would you wear this for Valentines Day?