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Born Pretty Store – Items review and swatches!

 

Hey guys!

Sorry this post is coming so much later than I wanted it to. Life happens, ya know? SO without further ado, lets begin!

Born Pretty Store reached out to me recently to review a few items for you all, and I have to say, I’m impressed! I was sent a clear silicone stamper, black stamping polish, holographic nail stencils, and some water slide decals. Each product I tested was of good quality, and the only item I seemed to have any problems with was the stamper. This issue was easily fixed and I no longer had a problem with it.

Now on to the reviews!

First item I am going to show you is the stamper. This is item number 26498 and you can find it by clicking the link here.

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I really love this stamper! It has clean pickup and there was no priming needed! I was able to use it right out of the packaging. The only issue that I had with this stamper was that the rim on the holder was not wide enough to hold in the head of the stamper while stamping. As I would stamp, the edges of the head of the stamper would slip into the holder, and I would have to pull the head up out of the holder in order to get a clean stamp on my nail. On the plus side, it was an easy fix. I was inspired to do this by a fellow Instagrammer and one of my favorite  YouTubers, Fireangel.120. You can find her Instagram by clicking her name. I saw a video of hers (you can watch it by clicking here) about how to keep a stamper head from slipping. She had found a way to keep the head of the stamper from slipping into the holder by using hot glue to create a wider rim. Well, because I don’t have a hot glue gun, I had to get a bit more creative. My method was more time consuming, but it turned out nice enough. I took some thicker placement glitters that I had, and using a older bottle of quick dry topcoat that had gotten on the thicker side, began to build a rim. Think if it like laying bricks for a wall. As you can see in the picture, it all worked out and I no longer have an issue with the head of the stamper slipping into the holder! The stamper has become one of my favorites to use and has yet to let me down. It is also big enough to reverse stamp and make decals with! Here is a collage of my reverse stamping/decal making. And believe it or not, this was my first time creating one!

As you can see, the image turned out beautifully! I’ll have to remember in the future to use a clear polish, rather than a quick dry topcoat. The topcoat dried very rigid and was difficult to manipulate once I got it on the nail. Definitely a lesson learned. I would post the mani, but the damage I created when applying the decal was irreparable. Sorry guys. I’ll be sure to do more reverse stamping in the future. Everything is learning process.

Next item I have to show you, and it was used in conjunction with the stamper, is black stamping polish. This is item number 27268 and is a 6ml bottle. You can find it by clicking the link here.

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Yes, the bottle seems small, but the pigmentation of this polish really packs a punch and just little goes a long way! Be aware that when using this polish, it can stain your skin. I recommend using a liquid latex product around the cuticles to protect the skin from staining. The odor of this polish is slightly strong, but is not offensive. It does dry quicker than regular polish, so you going to want to move quickly when stamping with it. Be sure to have all your tools ready so that the polish doesn’t dry before you have a chance to pick up the image.

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Just a little goes a long way. This is two swipes of polish.
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only one scrape needed
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Fantastic pickup! There are a few pieces missing, since I waited just a little too long due to taking photos.
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Perfectly opaque and amazing pickup!

Next item I have to review for you is the holographic nail stencils. This is item number 27530 #6 and you can find them by clicking the link here.IMG_4521

These are almost too pretty just to use and dispose of! I’m definitely going to have to find a way to incorporate the holographic into a mani. Until then, gaze into the rainbow! These stencils are really easy to use. Unlike vinyls, there is no weeding. The vinyls themselves are very thin, almost foil-like. They have a stronger adhesion than most vinyls do, so make sure your base is completely dry before using. I was impatient and almost pulled up my base on one of my manis. If you want to avoid this completely, you can always create a decal. Also, these are durable enough to use more than once while creating your decals, which is a huge money saver!

Here is a close up pf the stencils–

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As you can see, the lines are perforated. I do not recommend attempting to tear along the perforations as you can’t tear them without the backing being removed and could damage the entire sheet. I suggest using scissors to cut each stencil out that you’d like to use to avoid damaging the item. The stencil peeled away from the backing easily and I began my mani. I applied the polish on the stencils in two ways to test application. I painted it on directly, and also sponged it on to see which way would give the clearest effect.

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Polishes used in this review are – Stached Polish: Oops! (orange) and Lightning Has Struck (gold) 

I placed the stencils like this to apply my polish for the design. as you can see, there is some significant space around the cuticle. I do have deep nail beds, but this could cause pooling. If you want a more snug fit on the cuticle, you can trim the stencil to fit better to avoid any issues with pooling.

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The polish was painted on my ring finger and sponged on on the middle finger. As you can see, the images on the ring finger are not as crisp as the images on the middle finger. So I recommend sponging on your polish for the best effect and remember to remove the stencil before the polish is dry, otherwise the begin won’t be clean and crisp.

Here’s the finished mani!

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I added some caviar beads to add some texture. 🙂

And finally, the last item I have to review are water slide decals. This is item number 27367. You can find these for purchase by clicking the link here.

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These were the easiest water slide decals that I have tried thus far. They were not too thick or delicate and they separated from the paper easily and quickly. The images were bright and bold on the nail. For these lighter decals, I recommend using a lighter color of polish as a base so that the colors pop!

Here is an up close shot, so you can see just how gorgeous these are!

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To apply, the steps are as follows–

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Peel off the protective plastic from the front of the decals. Don’t throw it away, so that you can protect your decals between uses.
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Choose your desired image, and cut it out with scissors. 
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Using tweezers, place your image in a cup of water. I used a dappen dish with plain tap water.
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Make sure your decal is completely submerged and let sit for approximately 10-15 seconds.
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Separate the decal from the paper gently, and using tweezers, get ready to place. I find it easier to place with tweezers than my fingers.
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Place your decal in the desired position and dab away any excess water with a makeup sponge or lint free cloth. 
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Repeat these steps to achieve your desired look!

Here is the final mani! Be sure to seal in your decals with a topcoat!

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I thoroughly enjoyed doing this review for you all. I really hope that it was informative. The Born Pretty Store is a great place to look for all your nail art needs. Shipping can take some time (3-4 weeks), but in the end it’s all worth it! If you would like to save some extra money, Born Pretty Store was kind enough to give me a discount code to share with all of you! If you use CHSW10 at checkout, you can save 10% off on all regular priced items! Such a great deal on items that are already priced so low! If you want to shop Born Pretty Store, go to bornprettystore.com and check it out!

Thanks for looking and Happy polishing!!

Flirtin’ Co. Summer “Slay” polishes Swatches and Review

Hey guys!

I have a couple polishes from Flirtin’ Co. to share with you today. The owner, Sham, was kind enough to send me these to share with you all! There are from her new Summer “Slay” Collection. I was first introduced to Flirting’ Co in the spring and have since purchased 4 of the polishes from her Spring Blossoms Collection. I was so impressed with them, and am just as impressed with the two that she sent me. I’ll definitely have to purchase a few more! If you want to see the swatches of the rest of the Summer “Slay” Collection, you can do so here.

On to the swatches!

First up is “Dominate Without Regret”…

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One Coat + Topcoat- Artificial Light

This is a stunning reddish orange that has a metallic sheen and metallic red hex glitters. It was fully opaque for me in ONE coat. I love one coat polishes. they’re easy to apply, they normally won’t flood your cuticles and are rarely streaky. The formula on this – was- a bit on the thick side. If you’re not comfortable with thicker formulas, you can always add a few drops of thinner to make the consistency more to your liking. It is also HIGHLY pigmented. Higher pigmentation makes the polish much more opaque, but if your nails are prone to staining, one or more coats of base coat is recommended.

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Nail art over “Dominate Without Regret”

and finally we have, “No Competition”…

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One coat + topcoat – Artificial Light

This polish is a teal that leans more green as it dries. The green is more apparent on my pinky finger in the photo, as I had painted that one first. It also has a metallic sheen and has silver holographic glitter in it as well, which adds some texture to the finish. This was also opaque in ONE coat. I love it! Two one coaters in a collection is a huge plus for me! The formula on this is also a bit on the thick side. Nothing a few drops of thinner won’t fix if the thickness bothers you. It is also highly pigmented, so a good base coat is recommended for this polish as well.

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Nail art using “No Competition” as the base.

 

I’m so happy to have had the pleasure of swatching these two gorgeous polishes. If you would like to purchase these, or the entire Summer “Slay” collection, you can get it here by clicking the link in the bio on her Instagram page or you can go directly to her website.

Thank you so much for looking, and Happy Polishing!!!

Stached Polish-LE Birthday Duo-Swatches & Review

Hey Guys!

Today I have swatches and reviews of the upcoming Birthday Duo by Stached Polish. This duo includes a pretty pink holographic polish and a deep teal creme. Both are one coat polishes. That’s right, one coat. For the sake of my own habits and my stubbornness, I used two coats in my swatches of the pink holographic. It did not alter the opacity of the polish or really deepen the color, so one coat is definitely sufficient for that polish. I have several photos to share with you, including nail art! Both of these polishes will stamp and watermarble! Say What?!

Now, without further ado…

Let’s get into the swatches!

First up is “21…For The 7th Time”

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Left photo: 2 coats + Matte Top Coat–Right Photo: 2 coats + Glossy Top Coat

This is the perfect flirty pink holographic! It has an intense holographic flare that seems to be scattered and border lining on linear. It stamps and watermarbles like a dream. This polish IS opaque in ONE coat. But, as I said earlier, I am stubborn and had to try two. I wanted to see if it would deepen the color, the holographic, but it didn’t. The color and holographic was just as strong, beautiful and perfect as the first coat I put on. Shown on the left is with a Matte top coat. It mutes the holographic some, but it softens the polish as a whole and seems make it more delicate, almost petal-like. The right photo is with a glossy top coat. This really makes the holographic stand out. Rainbows for all!

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Using “21…for the 7th time” for stamping.

The second polish in this duo is “Birth- Yay”

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Left photo: One coat + Matte top coat –Right photo: One coat + Glossy top coat

This polish blew me away when I applied it. The formula is beyond smooth and dries really quickly…the perfect creme. It is extremely pigmented and only required one coat for opacity. Due the the high pigmentation of this polish, a base coat, or even two coats of base coat is recommended if you’re prone to staining. The photo on the left is completed with a matte top coat. Making this polish matte gave it a smooth soft finish and did not appear to significantly dull the color. On the right, the look is completed with a glossy top coat. This finished the polish as expected and added that glossy shine.

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Negative space watermarble using Birth- Yay over 21…For The 7th Time

Overall, these polishes are everything I have come to love and expect from Stached Polish. Not only are they one coat polishes, but they dry quickly, apply smoothly, do not run or flood the cuticles, and they have versatility.

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This duo will be available on July 1st, 2016 at http://stachedpolish.com . You can visit Stached Polish on Instagram  for all the latest updates and swatches on this duo. The quantities are limited, so be sure to get one while you can!

Thanks for looking and happy polishing!