Satellite…

So this is the ‘exciting thing’ that I mentioned in an earlier post. It’s a blinking LED, NFC (near field communication) nail sticker – meaning that when it’s near your phone (and your phone is on) your nail will blink! MIND BLOWN! I bought two different coloured ones from Born Pretty Store here for around £2.50 each, which I thought pretty good and if you use the code AZYW10 you’ll get 10% off too.

The first one, a white LED, I applied it to my ring finger nails but the actual ‘chip’ ended up peeling away from the backing – this was due to my nail being too curved, so be warned. I didn’t discard the chip as I’m going to see if I can maybe attach it to my nails with nail glue.

Do not wear them on overly curved nails or else this could be your result too...
Do not wear them on overly curved nails or else this could be your result too…

 

The next one, a blue LED, I applied to my middle finger which is much flatter. It applied fine, I should have really used common sense… Hindsight argh. It was easy to paint around and as you can see it of course makes your nail thicker looking but it’s not obviously so.

NFC LED Nail Sticker
NFC LED Nail Sticker

Side View of NFC Nail Sticker.
Side View of NFC Nail Sticker.

It’s so bright too! I took videos of it blinking in the light and in the dark just for comparison, it looks so cool in the dark. It stayed on my nail for around 2 days before it started to peel up at the sides of my nail. Again I have saved the chip in hope it can be ‘reused’.

 

BornPrettyStore: Hexagons…

So after my previous reviews, BornPrettyStore gave me the opportunity again to pick a few more products to review. (I also placed a personal order which will hopefully arrive soon, including something I’m super excited about.) The first of the items that I chose were these Hollow Out Hexagons*. They are available in twelve colours, but when I saw colour #0514  I immediately knew what I was going to do with them, you could have probably guessed before seeing the results – a bees honeycomb!

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They come in a lovely little pot, keeping everything tidy. As well as the hexagons themselves, you get the little cut out sections too which is an added bonus and would be great for other glitter placement designs.

Hexagons
The hexagons are described as being ‘Ultra Thin’ – ultra might be a little bit of hyperbole, but they are certainly thin and more so than others I’ve seen. I used a slower drying top coat to stick the hexagons down and then top coated with ‘Seche Vite’. As you can see from the photos the hexagons don’t stick up or anything proving they are indeed very thin. (But I can’t quite bring myself to say ‘Ultra’, I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘Ultra’ for anything.)

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With them being really thin, it was also easy to cut them. This meant I could trim them to the appropriate shape to continue the design to the edges of my nails. It just made the design look finished and a whole lot better!

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You guys know I love bugs and creepy crawlies right? I have animals, bug objects and wilderness in my house everywhere. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pose with this metal bumblebee who lives in my garden – it was the perfect mani to include him in!

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Over all I’m really impressed with these;
– They are super thin which means no catching once top coated (Hooray, cause there’s nothing worse than catchy nails! It gives me the heebiejeebies)
– Easy to cut meaning you can continue the design right up to the nail edge.
– The colour didn’t bleed from the hexagons with Seche Vite as the top coat, I’m not sure how other brands would fair though.
– The little pot they come in is easily stored and there are tonnes in it. (There’s no way I’m counting them!)
– The cut out sections are included, meaning a little added bonus for your bucks.

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Have yous ordered anything from Born Pretty Store yet? Remember to use the code ‘AZYW10’ to get 10% off your order! (Full price products only)

*This product was given to me for free for review.

Hoppy Easter…

So everyone knows I love a cheesy pun, sorry. This rabbit wasn’t hand painted – it was actually stamped off of a Born Pretty Store plate which you can find here. I’m starting to really enjoy stamping! I don’t think it will ever be my ‘thing’ though but I can still dabble in it right?

I feel that the yellow should have been more pastel, but I didn’t have such a shade, I think it’s a little over bearing and distracting. Even white would have worked! Hindsight is such a wonderful thing though.

Easter Egg Bunny

BornPrettyStore: Giraffe Stamping…

So after my first experience with the BPS stamping set I couldn’t wait to use it again. This time I decided to trial it out on my mum. I’ve found that Barry M Gelly polishes work quite well, maybe because they’re a bit thicker. I now also feel super cool because I can handle the scraper and stamper correctly, or at least well enough, to make the image transfer each time. And yes, they’re still not perfect but I’m proud of them – they’re 100% better than what I was managing to achieve on my first go.

I think the giraffe design featured on the plate is really cute. It’s just right in those colours for a fresh, spring mani. If you fancy purchasing this plate, which is already super cheap, you can get 10% off (everything that’s not on sale) at the checkout using the code ‘AZYW10’. Yaay

BPS Giraffe Stamping
BPS Giraffe Stamping

BornPrettyStore: Spring Butterflies…

So I couldn’t resist returning to the butterfly water decals* from Born Pretty Store. I felt the first time I used them I just didn’t do them justice, my back ground was wrong and they just didn’t pop! I went for a more colourful sponged background where I just mooshed some colours together, it turned out well. I can’t get over how pretty the actual butterflies are though! The small green and blue ones are definitely my favourite. I then applied a light glitter top coat because it just looked as if it needed to sparkle. I certainly prefer this version.

Born Pretty Store Blue Wing Butterfly Water Decals
Born Pretty Store Blue Wing Butterfly Water Decals

Pre-Glitter top coat.
Pre-Glitter top coat.

*supplied by born pretty store free of charge for review

BornPrettyStore: Stamping Plate BP16…

So as we all know, I am no stamper. So when Born Pretty Store asked me to pick a few items for review I thought ‘Why not go for a stamping set?’. This would give a fair review as a total novice trying it out, rather than a stamping wizard doing it who would no doubt get amazing results anyway. I picked this animal plate* and a stamper and scraper* because again, you would probably need to buy both when starting out.

The plate comes with a blue protective film, remember to take this off. The stamper is a good size to hold and looks like it’ll be large enough to pick up all of the zebra print section. The scraper feels sturdy and has a metal edge for removing excess polish, making cleaning it afterwards pretty easy.

The actual stamping TOOK PRACTICE AND REPETITION before I got anything usable! I don’t actually own any ‘stamping polishes’, again probably fairer I didn’t as what normal person really does. So at first I had major problems finding the right polish to stamp with, they didn’t transfer well, they looked too feint, etc etc. I eventually found that my Barry M ‘Guava’ was good because it was thicker and possibly more pigmented meaning the colour looked bolder. This had nothing to do with the plate/stamper/scraper, just me!

It also took me a while to understand how to ‘scrape’. At first I was holding it at the wrong angles, scrapping off too much, not scrapping off enough, too slow, catching the scraper on other designs. But once I got it, boy I got it! It was such a good feeling, the scraper is excellent it was just my inexperience!

As for the stamper, it was great for picking up designs, the pad is rounded meaning you can do a fancy rolling motion and transferring the design on to my nail was easy enough with the stamper too – it’s soft and deep meaning you can give the design a good press on to your nail without any problems. The stamper/scraper set is a great purchase as you don’t need to buy it again, so you’ll always have it for use on more plates.

The plate itself has a lot of small details, like the zebra eyes and trees and I was so happy with how they picked up. (You can see how tiny the details are especially on my pinky). It cleaned really easily, all I did was wipe it with an acetone soaked cotton pad to remove the polish then wiped it with a tissue to dry off the residue.

Over-all I’m impressed with the products – they worked well and did their job! It’s just myself that needs to practice, it’s not perfect but it’s pretty good for a first attempt. The designs are fantastic and I’ll definitely be having a play with it again. The prices are already crazy cheap for such good stuff, free delivery too, but remember you’ll get an extra 10% off with the code ‘AZYW10’ at checkout.

*These were provided free of charge, in return for me providing a review on my blog.

BornPrettyStore: Butterfly Water Decals…

So I was interested in trying out these water decals from Born Pretty Store just because they were so dang cheap! When I had a look at the decals* in the packet, I was at first a little worried about how they would look on my nails as they appeared to have a very noticeable ‘outline’ (you can sort of see it where my flash has reflected off of them). I worried in case it was going to make them look really stuck on, and possibly even curl with a top coat. However, they applied like a dream – no visible outline nor top-coat curling! Hooray!

As for the application – they are free of mess and so easy to apply! All you need are the decals, a tub of warmish water, tweezers, scissors and a tissue.
-You cut round the desired butterfly and peel off the transparent protective layer.
– Dunk the butterfly right under the water, and let it drown there.
– I waited around 15 seconds, using my tweezers to pick it back out of the water, and checked if the decal could be slid off the backing paper. (If not put it back in)
– I then placed the decal onto my nails, you can move them around a bit before they ‘set’ due to a little bit of water still being on them.
– Then once in the desired position, with the tissue I lightly pressed down the decal and dabbed up the excess water therefore ‘sticking’ the decal to my nail.
– Topcoat!

The instructions on the back of the packet talk about ‘blow drying’ and actually feature an illustration of someone holding a hairdryer to their nails, my nails never went anywhere near one and they still turned out great so….
The decals themselves are also a really nice size, I managed to get two onto my smallest nails and they do come in several sizes which is even better! And there’s still plenty left for another design.

Remember to use the code ‘AZYW10’ for 10% off your Born Pretty Store order.


*The decals were provided to me free of charge in return for a review on my blog.

BornPrettyStore: Colourful Leopards…

So if my original post using the Born Pretty Store Nail Foil* ‘A11’ was too dull for you, how about this multi-coloured madness that I did for my mum! Totally changes the look of the print right? I personally like the green and pink, although the blue is close behind. I pretty much like them all haha!

The blue is Barry M ‘Guava’.
The green is Barry M ‘Key Lime’.
The pink is No17 ‘Grapefruit’.
The orange is Barry M ‘Tangerine’.

Remember if you’re placing an order at BPS, use the code ‘AZYW10’ to get a 10% discount on their already low prices.

BornPrettyStore Nail Foil on Multi-Colours.
BornPrettyStore Nail Foil on Multi-Colours.

*product was given to me free of charge for review.

BornPrettyStore: Leopard Print Foil…

So Born Pretty Store (BPS) contacted me offering the opportunity of picking a few products* to review. I have heard and seen great things about them before but never really checked them out. They have seriously everything (jewellery, clothing, nail art supplies, phone accessories) at crazy low prices. The jewellery looks great and is even cheaper than Primark, hard to believe right? Even more amazing is that their delivery is free, say whaaat!

They have an amazingly huge range of nail art supplies so picking only a few products was super hard! (Go check it out already, your mind will be blown.) I felt that studs etc are usually all the same, apart from appearance as they have some I’ve never seen before, but I avoided them for the time being as I wanted something more gritty to review so I could really judge the quality. I chose a Stamping Plate and Stamping Stamper/Scraper as I thought it would be good to combine those two for a fuller, fairer review, you’ll see those later. As well as some water transfers and nail foil as both of these can be troublesome if of a poorer quality, which this stuff doesn’t seem to be.

The nail foil I chose was called ‘A11‘ and is currently $2.88. It comes in a tube which makes storage easy, it didn’t state how much was meant to be in the tube but I had probably about a meters worth – a huge amount of foil! I used my trusted ‘Rio Foil Glue’ to stick the foil to my nails once my base coat was dry, the product description tells you how to achieve adhesion with just polish alone – I will also have to try out this method out as not everyone has foil glue! I’ve had problems with Ebay bought foils before regarding the way the pattern comes off the backing – it just didn’t. However BPS foil came off like a dream! It didn’t crinkle horrendously, the pattern came off cleanly, and for some nails I didn’t even have to peel the backing off as it came up by itself. Top coating foils is always risky, sometimes it makes them wrinkle or just look a bit weird, I used SecheVite and as you can see lovely and glossy with no wrinkles! (Those brush marks you can see are actually from my base colour seeing as it’s metallic.)

I am so super happy with this product, my mum can’t wait to have this put on her nails actually, and I’ll definitely be using it again. If you’ve checked out their range and fancy no doubt a whole heap of things I now have a 10% off code you can use at the checkout. That makes buying even sweeter right? It can be found on my side bar and also at the end of this post!

AZYW10

*products were supplied to me free of charge.