Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blog Update

Happy Tuesday! I hope you guys are doing well.

I just wanted to give you a bit of an update.

I thought that posting mainly on my Instagram would help me post more, but that didn't really go as planned so now I'm just going to go back to posting mainly on my blog. I hope you guys don't get confused with this since I said I'd be changing things up not too long ago.

Like always, thanks for the support. Until next time.
-Ana

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Hello Spring" Mani

 Purchased By Me / Gift / Giveaway Prize / Past Press Sample 

Full details on my Instagram.
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Thanks for stopping by, until next time.
-Ana

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Born Pretty Store Review: 3D Flower Nail Decoration Charm & Stamping Plates

 Press Sample 

Full review and details on my Instagram.

3D Flower Nail Decoration Charm - item #38052 (#11):

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Unicorn Stamping Plate (Harunouta-L045) - item #39130:

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Floral Stamping Plate (BPX-L018) - item #38741:

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Easter Stamping Plate (Harunouta-L033) - item #39124:

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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.


-Ana

Monday, May 15, 2017

Blog Announcement

Hi guys, I hope you're all doing well.

I've been meaning to let you all know what will be happening with my blog. Unfortunately, blogging has become more of a chore than a joy lately, which is why I've decided to change it up. I was thinking of just stopping completely, but I know I'm not ready to say goodbye to this blog, so from now on I will only post my mani pictures here (and maybe the products I use). I will still be reviewing items, but I'll be doing that on Instagram now. So if you don't want to miss out, then you can follow me there. I've linked all of my other social medias below in case you'd like to keep in touch with me.

Instagram - Facebook - Twitter - Tumblr

Hopefully in the future I'll be able to go back to posting my reviews here, because I enjoyed it very much when I first began.

Thank you so much to those of you who have continuously visited my blog, commented and showed their support; you have no idea how much it has meant to me.

Love you guys! Until next time.
-Ana

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.