Friday, August 16, 2013

Simple and Sweet Manicure Inspired by Jonochi/More Born Pretty Store Water Decals

Hey everyone! Sorry again for the absence, I took my last trip of the summer before I move out to New Jersey for good. It's a bittersweet feeling.

I have been wanting to recreate Jonochi's Simple and Sweet manicure for as long as I can remember. I never got around to doing it because I couldn't find a sticker that remotely resembled the look of the one used by Jonochi. When these water decals from Born Pretty Store arrived, I knew I could finally give the manicure a go!
The base is a thousand coats of Butter London Cream Tea. And by a thousand, I mean like 5 or 6. I lost track at some point. The formula was good and build able, but I'd prefer an off white with a bit more opacity (how has such a shade not been invented yet?!) I then added one of these water decals to the accent nail. One that was dry, I added two coats of OPI Text Me-Text You. Sadly, I wasn't able to capture the the yellow and holographic sparkle of the polish nearly as well as Jonochi did, but I love the manicure all the same.

As usual, the water decals applied flawlessly. If you're interested in order some of your own, you can use my coupon code below to get 10% off your entire order at Born Pretty Store!

Thanks for sticking by me through these delayed posts, and as always, thanks for reading! 

*The decals were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Quilted Gradient for International Nail Art Day!

Hey everyone! I recently learned that August 3rd is International Polish Day, and I decided to try out a new nail art technique for the occasion. Here's my first attempt at a quilted gradient accent nail.
 This is two coats of Dance Legend New Messiah, a linear holographic gold shade. I created the quilt pattern using striping tape. Once the striping tape was in place, I added a gradient over New Messiah using Designer Nail Accents Glittering Grapefruit. To finish off the design, I used a small dotting tool and A England Sleeping Palace to create small dots at the intersections. I'm really happy with the way this turned out! 

Thanks for reading!

*Glittering Grapefruit was sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Very Rosy Nail Art

Hey everyone! The highlight of today's nail art is the Very Rosy nail polish applique from Incoco's Spring Collection. I applied the applique to my accent nail and used different shades of nail polish on the remaining nails to match the roses.
 
On the index finger I have three coats of Butter London Jaffa, which leans a lot more coral than it appears in these photos. The middle finger is three coats of Butter London Snog, and the last nail is two coats of Julep Carrie.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to enter my Incoco Nail Appliques Giveaway ending August 1st at 12 am EST!

*The nail appliques in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués Review and Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I'm back from my weekend of Comic Con. It was such a blast! I could ramble on about the things I did, but I've been away from nail art for so long that it's all I care to cover in this post. Today I've got some nail polish appliqués from Incoco to show you. Unlike most nail wraps/stickers, these are made with actual nail polish so they're a lot more flexible. This makes them a lot easier to apply and flatten on the nail bed.
These are Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués in Venetian Lace.  These pictures are taken after 24 hours of wear. These were fairly easy to apply, given that you can position them quickly. I found myself wasting a few strips that lost too much adhesive when I attempted to reposition them too much. This is user error though, and if you're a lot more careful than I was, you could manage a lot better. The strips look very pretty, and the application process is certainly faster than trying to recreate this pattern on your own. My only real criticism of these nail polish appliques is that I did experience a lot of tip wear and had to fill in the gaps with a black striper before I took this photo. Overall, I would recommend these to anyone, and especially for those that want stunning looking nails in a hurry.

If you're interested in checking out all of Incoco's gorgeous designs, you can find them here. Pick out and share your favorites in the comment box below for a chance to win that design, courtesy of Incoco!

Note: This giveaway is for blog subscribers ONLY. Any e-mail only entries will be disregarded. 

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Thanks for reading, and good luck!

*The products in this post were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lace and Polka Dots: Born Pretty Store Lace Water Decal Review

Hey everyone! I know I've been gone again, and this time it was due to a weekend spent in Vegas at EVO. For those of you who don't know, EVO is a fighting game tournament. I didn't participate, but I had a few friends that did and I had a lot of fun watching them and the rest of the competition. Plus it's Vegas, so you know you're gonna have a good time. ;)

Today I've got another lovely product from Born Pretty Store to share with you! This time I'm showing you their lace water decals. These come in a pack of 5 strips for $1.83 a piece. This is probably good for about two full manicures, depending upon how much of the lace you want to use. I used the S007 design for this manicure.
Forgive the slight wear on this manicure, I actually painted these on Thursday and just took pictures this morning. I began using a coat of Color Club Milky White Base Coat. If you have really yellow stained nail beds like I do, this is the perfect base coat to use prior to any sort of manicure that will be exposing them. It gives them a much more natural hue. After that had dried, I applied one coat of OPI You Callin' Me a Lyre? to give the nails a subtle light pink base. Then I added diagonal tips of Zoya Neely using tape as my guide. After this had dried completely, I stamped on white polka dots using Konad Special Polish in White and BM19. I know I could have used a dotting tool, but I was in a huge hurry which is also why the lace is torn on my middle finger nail. After all the layers had completely dried, I used the Born Pretty Store lace decals and applied them diagonally to the nails. This entails cutting out the length of decal you want to use, soaking it in water for 10-20 seconds, and then applying it directly onto the nail. These are very easy to adjust before they dry, so they are pretty painless to work with. The only issue I had with these is that if you apply top coat too quickly (like I did on the middle finger), then you can have an issue with tearing. But really that was just user error on my part, so I wouldn't be too concerned about it!

Overall, I'm very impressed with these water decals. You can create striking designs very easily using these cute lace strips. The wear time is also good, as this is how the lace looks after five days of wear. You can use my coupon code below to get 10% off your entire order!
I'm heading out to San Diego tonight for Comic Con tonight, so I likely won't post again until I have returned. Thanks for sticking by me through these delayed posts, and as always, thanks for reading! 

*The decals were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Born Pretty Store Feather Water Decal Review

Hey everyone! I know I've been gone for a while (this is the longest break I've ever taken from the blog), but there are a few reasons for this. Three days after I returned from apartment hunting in New Jersey, I was headed off to Indianapolis to play in the Pokemon Video Game National Championship. By the time I had returned home on Monday, I was sick and facing the loss of one of my beloved feathered friends...These next two weeks will also be a bit hectic with traveling, but I hope you all will bear with me as I try to get my posts back on track.

Today I've got some feather water decals from Born Pretty Store. This was my first time using water decals, and I must say I am very impressed with how easy these are to apply. In addition to painless application, these also look a lot less "applied" than stickers.    
 
I started with a base of Butter London Billy No Mates and applied one feather water decal to my accent nail. This process is pretty simple. You begin by cutting out the piece of decal that you want to use, removing the top layer of film, and soaking it in water for 10-20 seconds. Once the decal has soaked, you can remove the decal from the soaked paper (I recommend using tweezers) and place it on your wet nail. At this point, it can be very easily adjusted until it starts to dry up. Once it has dried, you simply top coat and you have a flawless looking design on your nails! For those of you who are interested in picking up these particular decals, they can be found here. You can use my coupon code below to get 10% off your entire order!
This manicure is dedicated to my bird Grey. He passed away this weekend after being sick for a couple of months. He was a sweet, beautiful little creature. Once I saw these grey feathers on the decal sheet, I couldn't get my mind off of him. He will be missed. <3 Thanks for reading!

*The decals were sent for review. To see my disclosure policy, please click here.