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.
Close-Ups: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.
Close-Ups: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.
Close-Ups: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.
Extra Mani Shot: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.
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.