Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Born Pretty The Universe Series - Chameleon Stamping Polish

Continuing to review the products Born Pretty (Amazon Store) sent me for review, these are chrome stamping polishes - the Universe Series.
There were 3 in the set I received, available here.
The individual polishes are BPU 01 Leo, BPU 02 Galactic Centre and BPU 03 Pink Planet.
These polishes all stamped really well and I tested each of them over black and white. Although they stamped well over white they were quite subtle, the contrast over a dark base was much better and the full chrome nature of each polish was much more evident.
BPU 01 Leo is a gold to green, with gold being the prominent colour, BPU 02 Galactic Centre green to blue, green being more apparent and BPU 03 Pink Planet I would say pink to gold but mostly a beautiful rose gold.
I used a clear jelly stamper to test them as that seems to be the most fickle of my stampers and therefore the toughest test. I used Born Pretty plates BPL005 and BPL029.
I also stamped them over the Born Pretty Pearl Lustre polishes (over a black base) and that gave a nice effect.
This following pictures are over white - BPU 01 Leo in the first shot and the BPU 02 and 03 Galactic Cente and Pink Planet in the second. As you can see, clear stamping but subtle.
BPU 01 Leo
BPU 01 Leo
BPU 02 Galactic Centre and BPU 03 Pink Planet
BPU 02 Galactic Centre and BPU 03 Pink Planet
These are the photos over the Pearl Lustre polishes. I tried all 3 polishes over Pearl Lustre Moonstone, the blue shimmer. (Pink Planet on index and little finger, Galactic Centre on midde finger and Leo on ring finger)
BPU 01,02,03 over Moonshine
BPU 01,02,03 over Moonshine
Then I used Pink Planet over Lotus in Moonlight, the pinky red shimmer
BPU 03 Pink Planet
BPU 03 Pink Planet over Lotus in Moonlight
Then Galactic Center over Jade Sky
BPU 02 Galactic Centre over Jade Sky
BPU 02 Galactic Centre over Jade Sky
And finally Leo over Only You.
BPU 01 Leo over Only You
BPU 01 Leo over Only You
The polishes looked pretty over the Pearl Lustres but they were most impressive over black. I also painted a full nail with each so show the multichrome effect.
BPU 01 Leo and  BPU 02 Galactic Center.
BPU 01 Leo and  BPU 02 Galactic Center
BPU 01 Leo and  BPU 02 Galactic Center
BPU 03 Pink Planet
BPU 03 Pink Planet
BPU 03 Pink Planet

Overall I really like these polishes. Of the 3 sets I have reviewed these are my favourite.





Saturday, 28 July 2018

Born Pretty Holographic Stamping Polish

Today I am reviewing Holographic Stamping Polishes sent to me by Born Pretty (Amazon Store)
There are 5 polishes in the set. They don't have names, just a number - 01 Silver, 02 Pink, 03 Red, 04 Blue and 05 Black
These are all very pretty polishes, lovely colours but not very pigmented so their use is slightly limited in terms of base colours you could use them over.
I tested them over black and white. They all stamped well but the contrast is not great.
All stamped nicely over white but the results were subtle and the silver barely visible. Not a problem for the coloured holos, you don't always want a full-on contrast mani and the stamping over white was pretty and delicate.
They did all stamp nicely over black too but the colour was pretty much lost. The silver stamped quite clearly but the other 4 showed very little more colour than the silver. The holo was pretty and although my photos aren't great I would certainly use them again, where I wanted holo stamping and wasn't concerned about the colour pay-off.

Here is the blue (04) over white, very pretty and delicate.
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 04 (blue)
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 04 (blue)
 This is all 4 colours, excluding silver as it didn't show up. Pink (02), Red (03), Blue (04) and Black (05)
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 02,03,04 and 05
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 02,03,04 and 05
This is Silver (01) over black, as you can hopefully see the stamping is clear and the holo is very pretty.
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 01
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 01
This is Red (03) on the top 2 fingers, Pink (02) on the bottom 2 but as you can see, although pretty there is barely any difference to the silver above.
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 02 and 03
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 02 and 03
 This is Black (05) on the top 2 fingers, Blue (04) on the bottom 2 but again, although pretty there is barely any difference to the silver above.
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 04 and 05
Born Pretty holographic stamping polish 04 and 05

Friday, 27 July 2018

Born Pretty Pearl Lustre Series Nail Polish

Born Pretty (Amazon Store) sent me some products to review, and then I got really busy at work so they sat for weeks in a box, just waiting! Finally, I got a chance to have a play.
The first products I am reviewing are a set of 5 iridescent polishes, available here https://www.amazon.com/Mermaid-Transparent-Glimmer-Lacquer-Manicure/dp/B074P2VY9F
I read some reviews by other users and it was clear these polishes are quite subtle used on their own or over a pale base. I tried them over white and could barely see a difference and in the bottle they do all look the same. However, put them over a dark base and they completely come alive!
I started with a black gel base so I could swatch them and play around with them without having to reapply a base.
I don't think the products are available individually but the set I received had product numbers P001, P002, P003, P004 and P005.
I used one coat for each and they all applied really nicely and dried quickly. P005 was the only one that looked a bit streaky in real life. I am a bit disappointed with my photos as they all look a little streaky but in real life they all looked lovely.

P001 Moonshine is a blue shimmer and I applied one coat over black for a really pretty effect.
Born Pretty P001 Moonshine
Born Pretty P001 Moonshine
P002 Lotus in Moonlight is a pinky red shimmer, again one coat over back gave a really lovely effect.
Born Pretty P002 Lotus in Moonlight
Born Pretty P002 Lotus in Moonlight
P003 Only You is a pinky purple shimmer, really beautiful over black.
Born Pretty P003 Only You
Born Pretty P003 Only You
P004 Jade Sky is a gorgeous green shimmer, stunning over black.
Born Pretty P004 Jade Sky
Born Pretty P004 Jade Sky
P005 Moonsky Glow is a golden bronzy shimmer, lovely over black although it did appear more streaky than the others, particularly in the photos - less so in real life.
Born Pretty P005 Moonsky Glow
Born Pretty P005 Moonsky Glow
I am not usually a fan of shimmery polishes but I like these and I am certain they would look good over many dark bases.
Born Pretty Pearl Lustre
Born Pretty Pearl Lustre





Friday, 27 April 2018

Blog is having a rest

I keep saying it and now I am actually going to give the blog a rest.
I don't have time to do it and really don't enjoy it any more.

Too many other things to do, too little time!

Here is the mani that should have been blogged today - 26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Creatures with scales...
A dragon, obviously!
Dixie Plates Summer 01 with Barry M Bright Lights over fanbrush of Virago The Bus Stop, Nails Inc Madison Avenue and 'Ard As Nails Walking on Sunshine, and sponged A England Symphony in Green & Gold


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Neon Floral

Well this was mad week! Work was busy and of course it was birthday week, so I hadn't really planned what I would do for this mani.
However, during the week I received a beautiful new stamping plate from my lovely friend Iva @secretjewelgarden and I had also ordered a purple neon stamping polish (because I seemed not to have purple???) - that arrived on Thursday so I used the purple neon over a mani I had already done, using the same stamping plate from Iva over my fanbrush mani.
So - stamping plate : Moyra Plate 41 Florality 3, stamping polish : Hit the Bottle High Voltage Violet.
The end result was perhaps not as neon as it could have been but I liked it!
Moyra Stamping Plate 41 Florality 3 with Hit the Bottle High Voltage Violet
Moyra Florality 3 with Hit the Bottle High Voltage Violet



Friday, 13 April 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Things that are round

This week's prompt was Things that are round - I wasn't sure whether to take this literally or try and be clever. I wasn't feeling clever and I do have this great new plate from Clear Jelly Stamper, CJS-53  - a whole plate of dots, rings and circles - of course it was the plate to use.
I started with a pretty holo base. I had just bought A England Shakespeare's Fairies collection and the lightest polish, Titiana Fairy Queen, can also be used as a topper so I tried it over a black base.
I used Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53 with Painted Polish Stamped in Taupe and basically just tried a few images. I liked it but it didn't feel very balanced across all the nails so I added a second layer of random-ish stamping with Colour Alike Kind of White. I am still getting the hand of clear jelly stamping - the angle of scrape, the scraper, the type of polish - all seem to be a bit more sensitive than conventional stamping so it is still a bit hit and miss. Pictures are also a bit rubbish, light was terrible and the photos are not at all crisp. All good as long as you don't zoom in!
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53
 
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53


Friday, 6 April 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Modern Art

I combined 3 prompts for this so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself.
April is a busy month - it's year end at work, it's a mad mani month when hundreds of people seem to have birthdays and oh yeah! Me - I am going to be 50 - if I have time I need to fit in some celebrating!
Anyway, I started with a base of A England Puck A Fairy, just one coat was enough for good coverage but beware, I didn't have gels on and this did stain a little, so gel base or double base coat next time.
I then did my fanbrush mani with Attitude Masking Tape (most silly name ever) and Barry M Flamingo.
Then I made decals on my Uber Mat with those same three colours. I tried a technique I had seen Kyong Lee do recently, and not dissimilar to the way I sometimes do my fanbrush manis but just using the polish brushes. I cut the decals into thin strips and added them to the center of each nail so the streaks were at 90 degrees to the fanbrush strokes.
Finally I stamped a scribbly image from Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
My son is doing GCSE art but I don't think he was really impressed with my efforts..never mind, I really liked them.
Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
 Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
 Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
 
 Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.