Thursday, February 23, 2017

Born Pretty Store Review: Glitter Mixes, Stamping Plates & Glass Files

 Press Sample / Giveaway Prize / Gift / Purchased By Me 

Hi guys! Today I have a review of some Born Pretty Store items to share with you. So let's get to it.

First up, we have this Silver Holo Glitter Mix (item #36993, #1). The glitter comes in a small container in a variety of shapes and sizes. The shapes include: stars, moons, hexagons, mickeys, clovers, hearts, diamonds, circles, triangles, butterflies, turtles, and something that looks like dinosaur footprints to me, or maybe they're flowers. Lol. All of the glitters are holo except for the turtles.
I wanted to do a starry sky mani using the glitter mix, so I chose a dark polish with flakies to resemble the night sky. While the polish was still wet, I began placing the glitters. I allowed the polish to dry and then finished with top coat. It ended up looking ok in pictures, but it looked much better in real life.
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Next up is this gorgeous Gold, Black & White Round Glitter Mix (item #37147, #6). The glitters come in 3 different sizes each. The gold glitters are actually holo, and the black/white glitters are matte. I loved this mix so much, it kind of reminded me of New Year's for some reason. Oh, I must say that when I was working with the glitter I did it over my TwinkledT Glamour Mat. Boy was that a mistake, lol. I accidentally ended up spilling nearly half of the glitter mix onto the mat, and it took me quite a while to get them off. They stuck pretty well to the mat, so I recommend you work over a piece of paper so you can return the extra glitter into the container with ease. To pick up the glitters for both manis, I simply wet the end of my orange stick and was able to pick up and place the glitter without any problems. You might need 2 coats of top coat if you want a smooth surface since the glitters might be a bit bulky. I used 2 coats for both glitter manis.
So for this mani I chose a color I thought would work with the colors of the glitter mix. I think this dark green creme helped the glitters stand out.
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Okay, now it's time for the stamping plates. The first plate is this Holiday Celebration Rectangular Stamping Plate BPX-L013 (item #38219). It not only has Christmas images, but other images that can be used for New Year's, 4th of July, Spring and even Birthday manis.
I decided to do a colorful Christmas mani. As you can see, I tried to make a decal for my accent nail, and it did come out pretty good but I wasn't able to place it successfully. You can kind of see the wrinkles in there which I didn't like, but that was my fault. I obviously need more practice in making and placing decals. Anyways, I'm really glad I ended up using bright colors because I think the mani ended up looking so cheerful and neat.
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The second plate was this Christmas Rectangular Stamping Plate BP-L056 (item #37097). This plate mostly has Christmas images, but there was an image on it that looked more galaxy to me, and I knew I had to use it.
I did a gradient with flakie polishes since I thought they'd be best for a beautiful galaxy sky. Once I had that, I went ahead and stamped on the starry image. It came out looking so amazing, I loved it. This plate was my favorite of the 2, it has so many gorgeous Christmas images. Yes, I know the holidays are over, but I still recommend having it in your collection.
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The last items I received were these beautiful Glass Files (item #37588), the listing says it's a pack of 4 files. I actually received 5 by accident, but Cynthia from Born Pretty Store said it was fine. So the files currently don't come in different colors, and that's something I hope they change in the future. That being said, they work great which is the most important thing. I've been using a regular nail file ever since I got into nail art, and when I first heard of glass files I wanted to give them a try. You use them like you would any other nail file, but they are definitely much more gentle on your nails. I did feel like it took me a bit longer than usual to file my nails, and it felt a bit odd, but it didn't feel as harsh on my nails as it usually does. I was very impressed. Also, if you've ever filed your nails, then you've most likely seen that some nail residue (I guess you can call it that) is left behind after you file your nails. I noticed when using the glass file that not much residue was left over.
This picture is after using the glass file. Although I feel like I will have to get used to using the glass file, I did love how gentle it was on my nails.
Overall, I was very pleased with all the items, especially the glass files. I recommend you give them a try.

I hope you guys liked the manis and review. Remember that you can get 10% off any regular priced items from Born Pretty Store by using my code ANNYW10.

As always, thank you for stopping by. Until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Black Creme Polish: Serendipity Nail Polish "Building My Empire"
Black Flakie Polish: Covergirl "Diva After Dark"
Green Creme Polish: Serendipity Nail Polish "Cash Flow Queen"
Sheer Nude Polish: Wet N Wild "2% Milk"
Yellow Creme Polish: Covergirl "#GetGlowing"
Pink Creme Polish: Fantasy Makers "Ghouls Rush In"
Green Jelly Polish: Fantasy Makers "Queen of Envy"
Red Creme Polish: Fantasy Makers "Bloody Marie"
Blue Creme Polish: Elf Nail Polish "Skinny Jeans"
Gold Polish: Elf Nail Polish "Pot of Gold"
Silver Polish: Elf Nail Polish "Liquid Metal"
Fuchsia Flakie Polish: Glam Polish "Go Eat Worms!"
Red Flakie Polish: Glam Polish "Vampire Breath"
Blue Flakie Polish: Glam Polish "Night of the Living Dummy"
Dark Teal Flakie Polish: Glam Polish "Werewolf of Fever Swamp"
Green Flakie Polish: Glam Polish "Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes"
Black Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18135
White Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18136
Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Top Coats: LACC Beauty "2013 Top Coat" & Serendipity Nail Polish "Finishing Touch"

*Glitter Mixes, Stamping Plates and Glass Files I reviewed in this post were Press Samples. Serendipity Polish "Building My Empire", "Cash Flow Queen", "Finishing Touch"; LACC Beauty "2013 Top Coat"; and Glam Polish "Go Eat Worms!", "Vampire Breath", "Night of the Living Dummy", "Werewolf of Fever Swamp", "Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes" were giveaway prizes. Elf Nail Polish "Skinny Jeans", "Pot if Gold", "Liquid Metal" were a gift. Born Pretty Store Black/White Stamping Polishes and Clear Jelly Stamper were past Press Samples.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Born Pretty Store Review: Halloween Plates & Rhinestones

 Press Sample / Giveaway Prize / Purchased By Me 

Happy New Year guys! Today I have an overdue review for you. Now I know Halloween came and went, but I'm sure that those of you that love Halloween as much as I do, won't mind seeing some Halloween manis.

Before I begin I will say that the items did take a bit longer than usual to arrive this time. They usually take 4 weeks or so, and this time they took almost double the time. I did message Cynthia from Born Pretty Store though, and she informed me the items were a bit delayed due to customs, but on their way. She is always very kind and helpful which is great.

The good thing was that everything arrived safely as always. The bad thing was that I got sick right in the middle of when I was doing my manis. I actually just started to feel better a few days back, but it completely messed up my mani schedule. So getting this done took a bit longer than I anticipated, and for that I apologize. Okay, now that I've gotten that out of the way, how about some manis?

The first plate is this Trick-Or-Treat Plate BP-81 (item #23264). It has some very cute and non-creepy images, perfect if you don't want a scary mani.
For my mani, I decided to go the traditional route with the color scheme. I used orange, yellow, white and black. I picked up 4 images and did some reverse stamping. Aren't they so cute? Although I accidentally smeared the jack-'o-lantern face.
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The second plate is this Dracula Plate BP-122 (item #35741). It's a bit more spooky, it has some evil looking pumpkins and even an eye.
For my mani, I ended up picking the pumpkins. Once again, I picked up the images and did some reverse stamping on the pumpkin. It has a kind of 3D look, pretty cool right?
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The third plate is this Halloween Silhouettes Rectangular Plate BPL-031 (item #23267). It mostly has some fun silhouettes, but it does have a more dark/creepy one too.
The first mani I did with this plate is this cool Black Widow mani. I did struggle quite a bit when trying to pick up the web image, it's so close to the edge and I'd never worked with a rectangular plate before. All I need is practice, I'm sure.
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I also received this awesome Black Rhinestone Wheel (item #12412). The listing says it has about 500 pieces, and they come in a variety of sizes. I love the size variety because you can choose the size that best suits your design and/or style.
This is the mani I did using both the rectangular plate I showed you last, and the rhinestones. I went for a cute witchy design. I loved the silhouettes.
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The last stamping plate is this Ghost and Skulls Rectangular Plate BP-L057 (item #35742). It had some adorable and spooky designs. I think one of my favorites was the image I used for my next mani.
I thought the little ghost/bat design was so cute, I just had to use it. Since the image had bats, I decided to use a bat design on the rest of my nails. I liked how it looked with the bright lime green neon as my base color.
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The last items I received for review were these Blue Rhinestones (item #5178), color #15 on the drop-menu. The listing says you get around 20 pieces, I only photographed a few though.
For this next mani, I used the last rectangular plate I showed you and the rhinestones. The rhinestone really tied the whole design together, and I loved the end result of this Haunted House mani.
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Overall, I had a good experience with all the items. The only difficulty I encountered was when I couldn't pick up the images on the edges of the rectangular plates. But like I said before, I'm sure I just need to practice. I'm not an experienced stamper by any means, so if you aren't either (or you're just beginning) don't get discouraged. Stamping is something you can master with practice and patience. I definitely haven't mastered it yet, but I'm working on it. Hehe.

The only problem was that the items got here later than usual. I'm not sure if it's just because of the craziness of the holiday season and USPS being lame, but the items arrived much later than I expected. Other than that I have no other complaints.

Well I really hope you guys enjoyed the review and manis, I had tons of fun coming up with these designs. If you plan to make a purchase from Born Pretty Store, remember to use my code ANNYW10 to get 10% off any regular priced items.

Before I go, I want to wish you all a blessed 2017; full of laughter, health and happiness.

As always, thank you for stopping by and until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Black Creme Polish: Serendipity Nail Polish "Building My Empire"
Dark Red Creme Polish: Serendipity Nail Polish "Less Whine, More Wine!"
Orange Creme Polish: Covergirl "#ElectroGlow"
Yellow Creme Polish: Covergirl "#GetGlowing"
Purple Shimmer Polish: OPI "I Carol About You"
Charcoal Holo Polish: Serendipity Nail Polish "CE0,000,000"
Lime Green Neon Flakie Polish: Love, Angeline "Apple Blossom"
Neon Orange Polish: Love, Angeline "Mac-N-Tosh"
Green Flakie Polish: Supernatural Lacquer "Avalon 2.0"
Light Gray Flakie Polish: Supernatural Lacquer "Calliope"
Dark Blue Flakie Polish: Glam Polish "Night of the Living Dummy"
Brown Micro-Glitter Polish: Creative Cuticles Nail Polish "Pumpkin Spice"
Black Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18135
White Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18136
Top Coat: LACC Beauty "2013 Top Coat"
Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Lime Green Star Stud: Born Pretty Store item #14438

*Stamping Plates and Rhinestones I reviewed in this post were Press Samples. Serendipity Nail Polish "Building My Empire", "Less Whine, More Wine!", "CE0,000,000"; Love, Angeline "Apple Blossom", "Mac-N-Tosh"; Glam Polish "Night of the Living Dummy"; LACC Beauty "2013 Top Coat" were all giveaway prizes. Creative Cuticles Nail Polish "Pumpkin Spice"; Born Pretty Store Black Stamping Polish, White Stamping Polish, Clear Jelly Stamper were past Press Samples.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tee's Birthday Collab

 Purchased By Me / Giveaway Prize / Press Sample 

Woohoo! Happy Birthday Tee! I hope you have a special time with your loved ones.

So guys, if you didn't already know, today is Tee's birthday. To celebrate, Dianna brought some of us ladies together to do some recreations of Tee's wonderful manis. Check out the collage Dianna put together, it came out great!
Collage by Dianna:
I decided to recreate the mani I've linked here. I thought I had very similar polishes to the ones she used, so I really excited to give it a try. Unfortunately, my polishes were more on the pastel/sheer side. They were pretty much similar in color, but they weren't opaque enough to achieve the same look. Anyways, I just hope she likes my recreation. By the way, if you don't follow her you definitely should because she always does amazing manis.

Okay, so I started off by painting my ring finger and pinky white as my gradient base. My index and middle finger were a simple blue. When the white polish dried, I added a coat of top coat since I was going to be using nail vinyls. Once dry, I added the vinyl as well as some clean-up product around my fingers. Then, I proceeded to apply polish to the sponge and dabbed it on my nail to create my gradient. Once I was mostly happy with it, I removed the vinyl while the polish was still wet. I let my nails dry and then added top coat to all my nails.
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Overall, the mani came out alright. I just wish I had known my polishes weren't as opaque so I could've picked another mani. Anyways, don't forget to wish Tee a Happy Birthday. If you'd like to see everyone else's recreations, look under the hashtag #ItsTeesBday on Instagram.

Well thank you for stopping by, I hope you all liked the mani. Until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
White: Sinful Colors "Snow Me White"
Blue: Sinful Colors "Keira Blu"
Pink: Sinful Colors "Cherry Blossom"
Teal: Sinful Colors "Sky Tree"
Top Coat: Love, Angeline "Topped With Love"
Vinyls: Twinkled T Almaz Stencils

*Twinkled T Almaz Stencils were a giveaway prize. Love, Angeline "Topped With Love" was a Press Sample.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Creative Cuticles Nail Polish: Second Spring Duo

 Press Sample / Giveaway Prize 

Hi guys! I'm so excited because today I'll be showing you the new Second Spring Duo by Creative Cuticles Nail Polish. The duo consists of a crelly and a micro glitter, it will be available for purchase on October 21st at around 7am or 8am EST. So set a reminder if you don't want to miss out.
Okay, now let's get to the swatches.

First up is Every Leaf is a Flower, a pretty and classy nude crelly with blue/green/purple/bronze flakies. It was actually described as a jelly, but seemed more like a crelly to me. The formula was great and it didn't take long to dry. My swatches show 3 coats plus top coat/matte top coat.
3 coats plus top coat/matte top coat on ring finger:
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Next we have Pumpkin Spice, a super sparkly and gorgeous full coverage brown/holo copper micro glitter. It reminded me of a shiny penny when I was wearing it, hehe. So, the formula on this one was pretty good as well and dried quite quickly. When brushing on the polish, I noticed that it covered my nail evenly and didn't leave many bald spots. I applied the micro glitter layer by layer, but I'd recommend sponging it on for faster application. It really depends on what you prefer though. My swatches show 3 coats plus top coat/matte top coat, although I would've been okay with 2 coats. Again, it depends on the look you're going for, I just wanted to make sure it was fully opaque.
3 coats plus top coat/matte top coat on ring finger:
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Aren't they beautiful? They're just perfect for Fall.

Oh, and I decided to do a mani using the duo. It was a simple but very cute mani in my opinion, although it did look much better in real life.
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Well I hope you guys enjoyed the swatches and review of the duo. Once again, the Second Spring Duo will be available for purchase on October 21st in Kayla's shop at around 7am or 8am EST. The polishes will be listed individually, but if you purchase both you can get a discount using the code AUTUMN. I've listed her shop and social media accounts below in case you'd like to follow her and stay up to date with her releases/sales/etc.

Creative Cuticles Nail Polish (Kayla): Shop - Instagram - Facebook - Facebook Group

Thank you for stopping by and until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Top Coat: Love, Angeline "Topped With Love"
Matte Top Coat: Wet N Wild "Matte Top Coat"
Single Chevron Vinyls: Unknown

*Creative Cuticles Nail Polish "Second Spring Duo" was a Press Sample. Single Chevron Vinyls were a giveaway prize; Love, Angeline "Topped With Love" was a Press Sample.

Friday, October 14, 2016

First Day of Fall Mani

 Purchased By Me / Press Sample 

Hi guys! Today I'm showing you the mani I did to welcome Fall. Some of you may have seen a short video I posted on Instagram, well here are the official pictures. I hope you guys love this mani as much as I did.
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I started off with a beige background on my index, middle finger and pinky. My sister actually let me borrow the beige polish, and now I think I have to get it myself because it's a great color, so beautiful. Anyways, on my ring finger I sponged on a glitter polish. Going back to my other nails, I chose to use a leaf image from Born Pretty Store plate BP-19 (item #17264). I picked up the image and filled in the leaves with some gorgeous fall colored holo polishes. Once I finished painting them in, I let them dry a bit and then went ahead and stamped the image on my nail. I did this for all of the beige nails. I actually did both of my hands like this which I rarely do, I just loved it so much. The last thing to do was top coat. These took me quite a while to finish, but the end result was definitely worth it.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for stopping by, until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Beige: Revlon "Bare Bones"
Golden Yellow Holo: Fancy Gloss "Gingerbread Latte"
Burnt Orange Holo: Fancy Gloss "Pumpkin Spice"
Dark Red Holo: Fancy Gloss "Red Velvet Mocha"
Glitter Polish: Daily Hues Nail Lacquer "#15 Sept./Oct. 2015"
Top Coat: Love, Angeline "Topped With Love"
Black Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18135
Leaves Theme Stamping Plate: Born Pretty Store item #17264

*Love, Angeline "Topped With Love"; Born Pretty Store Black Stamping Polish and Leaves Theme Stamping Plate were Press Samples.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

26th Birthday Mani

 Purchased By Me 

Hi guys! So my birthday was back in July, but I never really showed you my birthday mani. I did post a short video on Instagram, but I still thought I'd share the pictures since I had them edited and ready.

For this mani, I was inspired by Tee on IG. She always does some gorgeous manis, you definitely need to check her page out. I recreated one of her simple manis which I've linked here, and I changed it up a bit. Instead of using a metallic polish like she did, I used a holo polish. Well I hope you like it.
I started off with a black base on my ring finger and pinky, and added some polka dots on my ring finger. I then sponged on the same polish on my pinky instead of splattering it because I didn't want to make a mess. Hehe. To finish off, I just painted the rest of my nails with the holo polish.
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Well I hope you guys liked this mani, even though it took me forever to post, lol. Thanks for stopping by, and until next time.
-Ana

Polishes Used:
Golden Yellow Holo: Fancy Gloss "Gingerbread Latte"
Black Creme: Wet N Wild "Black Creme"
Top Coat: Seche Vite