Daruma Doll…

So (to my understanding anway, there’s probably way more to it) a Daruma Doll is used to remind you to complete specific wishes or goals. You colour in one of it’s eyes when you set a goal and then you colour in it’s other eye when you’ve completed it! Pretty cool huh? I didn’t want to paint in this dolls other eye however as once they’re complete I think you have to burn them later in the year at a festival – eek!

Daruma Nail Art

Smile, it’s almost Halloween…

So these smiling skulls definitely resemble a certain skellington to me? Also with the colour combo I’ve chosen it seems to have turned out more Chirstmas than nightmare. Oh well!

This image is yet again from BornPrettyStore plate BP-L057 (reviewed here)

Nightmare before Christmas Nail Art

Spooky attraction…

So it’s been a while since I’ve used a magnetic polish and I actually forgot how pretty they could be! This one is actually an Avon polish called ‘Hypnotic Bronze’,  they call their magnetic/cats eye polish ‘Colour Attract’ just in case you go googling it.

The crooked house, trees and bats are all off the same stamping plate from BornPrettyStore which I recently reviewed.

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BornPrettyStore: Halloween Stamping Plate BP-L057

So just in time for Halloween this rectangle stamping plate has lots of spooky (and not so spooky) images to use. It was sent to me by BornPrettyStore and even though you wouldn’t receive it in time for Halloween this year it is half price at the moment.

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Fortunately it isn’t a one trick pony, it’s not all witches and pumpkins. I feel it has a nice balance of themed vs normal images. The obvious example of ‘usable’ images would be the skulls as they’re not soley related to Halloween. (I also include the spider webs, cats and bats within this category.)

Skulls were the first image I chose to stamp. I used my BornPrettyStore stamping polish and clear mallow stamping head and as you can see they came out pretty crisp! The plate didn’t need much prepping, I think this was actually only the second or third scrape before it picked up this strongly. Not bad huh?

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I also used a second skull image to demonstrate that it’s easy enough to isolate a single element and use that. This one is a little patchy but that could be due to a few reasons; not enough polish, not prepped enough, clumsy scraping. To be honest though I think it kind of adds to the whole effect! (I love the fact he’s already missing a few teeth.)

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And ta-da, the design as a whole! Not so Halloweeny right?

BP-L057 Skull Stamping Design

So now let’s actually get on to what the plate was designed for – Halloween! I chose another ‘stamp and go’ image, this time some skeleton cats. Some of them picked up better than others, again maybe the plate needed more prepping or I needed to use more polish.

BP-L057 Skeleton Cats

I thought it was quite a playful image (I can’t have anything too spooky on my nails as I work with children) so felt that a neon ombre would be a twist on tradition too. What do you think?

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Over the next week I’ll be using this plate again to bring you some more Halloween nails! If you order anything from BornPrettyStore, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout to save yourself 10% off all full priced items and remember free shipping. This plate is already half price, so go for it!

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Holo’ween Spookies…

So believe it or not that silver looking polish is actually a holo top coat – doesn’t really look that impressive but trust me it does shine and shift in reality. I ‘dry brush’ applied it after I’d painted the spookies to give them that sort of shrouded in mist look that every ghoul wants to achieve at this time of year.

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Spooky Sequins…

So there’s actually nothing spooky about these sequins, but this design is the start of my Halloween nails. I think they look quite grimy and gritty without having to shout Halloween. The sequins are really nice in reality – kind of iridescent and give off a  nice shine. If you’re following me on Instagram my ‘story’ today has a few good shots of them shining.

spooky sequins

BornPrettyStore: Peacock Powder…

So today I’m going to show you some ‘Peacock Holo Powder‘ in option LG-04 (sent to me by BornPrettyStore). But if you follow me on Instagram this’ll be no surprise as you’ve already had a sneak peak at it!

Peacock Powder Packaging

The powder comes in a screw-cap tub within a little bag, and at first I was shocked by how little there was – I genuinely thought it hadn’t been filled properly. But! Upon looking again at the description it does state 0.2g so actually that’s about right.

You will need a no-wipe gel top coat to be able to use this powder as it won’t ‘stick’ to normal polish. I gave mine top coat 25 seconds curing time leaving it just very slightly tacky but safe enough to touch without leaving marks. It is also suggested that the powder be applied on top of black polish so that’s what I did.

Black Base Coat

It’s beautifully smooth and a little goes a long way, I can see why 0.2g is a perfectly acceptable amount now. I can also understand why it’s full description is ‘Peacock Holographic Chameleon Mirror Chrome Powder‘, what a mouthful right BUT LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS! It displays all of those qualities;

Black Base Peacock Powder
Black Base Peacock Powder Shade shift
I decided to test it on a lighter colour and it still works perfectly well! It gives it a slightly different under tone. (To reiterate just make sure you’re applying the powder to a no-wipe gel polish or regular polish that’s been gel top coated.) Unlike other chrome powders I’ve tried, this one is very easy to control. It’s not as messy in it’s application meaning it doesn’t end up sticking to your skin or cuticles – no clean up, no latex barrier bonus!

Different Base Colour
Black VS Pink Base Coat

I chose to top coat the powder with my usual, Seche Vite, which has a terrible habit of melting metalics, foils and chromes but it did an amazing job at staying strong. If anything top coating the powder made it sparkle and holo even more, you can’t deny that that shine ^ is awesome.

For one last test I chose to use a blue base. I think you could have a lot of fun trailing this powder on loads of different colours, and I don’t think any of them would come out dissapointing. Has anyone else used this powder, what were your results?

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I really could have sat and looked at my nails all day. The ‘Peacock Powder‘ is amazing and it looks exactly as it’s described. At first the 0.2g may seem disappointing but a little goes a long way, it applies well and it’s at a very reasonable price.

LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS! (But ignore the fluff, whoops…)

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