BornPrettyStore: Metal Wheel Design Stickers

So I’ve been just super busy with general life, and it’s unfortunately meant that I’ve been neglecting my product reviews a little. Fear not though, as today I had time to try out these ‘Metal Wheel Design Stickers‘ in option 2240 sent to me by BornPrettyStore.

The stickers come on a clear backing which takes the guess work out of sizing them for your nails. There’s also plenty of them in various designs and sizes, (don’t you just hate it when there’s just one of something?) some of which are super cute – I mean look at the tiny cogs!

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The stickers are strong, they handled perfectly well either picked up by fingers or with tweezers. Fortunately they’re not thick meaning they hug the nail nicely with no poking out or curling up, this is also helped by the strength of the stickers adhesive.

As some of the cogs are quite large, I wanted to test out how well they would cut. They cut like butter, no weird edges or anything, and still stick just as well after the trauma.

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For my first design I chose to do a dry brush background to give an industrial feel, but kept it in quite light in tones to show up the stickers. It really helps to show how shiny the metallic effect is. Super pretty and a bit of a distraction if you’re driving!

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For my second design I went with a magnetic polish in gunmetal silver for the base and just had to add the little clock parts I have. They’re are also from BPS, which I personally purchased (find them here) and are handy for crafting not just nail art.

 

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I mean you can’t get a better combo than cog stickers with actualy 3D cogs! It tickled me. Obviously not that practical, unless you did them in acrylics, so here’s the stickers without the cogs. I had to scrape off the polish I’d used to attach the parts which is why there is some damage, but impressively it’s only minimal and still perfectly wearable.

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So which design did you prefer – blue and industrial or the 3D magnetic one? If you decide to purchase anything from BornPrettyStore, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout for 10% off all full priced items in your basket. And remember – free delivery, wooo!

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BornPrettyStore: Panda Plate…

So I’m starting off this week with a review about this Panda Stamping Plate from BornPrettyStore. It’s a large rectangle one, covered in cute panda images – 23 to be exact! (That works out to be 13p an image at it’s current sale price, pretty good value no?) It arrives in a cardboard pocket, and is of course covered with the blue protective film that must be removed before using.

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The images lend themselves perfectly to ‘reverse stamping’ or creating ‘stamping decals’ and that’s the technique I decided to go with. I started out with one of the detailed patterns as they have small lines that are tricky to pick up perfectly.

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As you can see, the pandas picked up pretty well! The only one that’s a little touch and go is the central panda but once on the nail it’s barely noticeable. I removed the black hearts, deciding to paint them free-hand later and painted in the panda heads white. I then stamped this on to my nails.

The second image I chose was the panda holding the ‘I love you’ sign, I mean it’s so appropriate for this time of year but so darn cute any other time too! I had a little more difficulty picking up the ‘I love you’ part, again I’m putting this down to the very fine lines however it’s easily corrected by painting the missing parts in if you’re wanting it perfect.

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The plate certainly lives up to it’s name as the results are pretty darn cute! One problem with directly stamping the ‘I love you’ note on to your nail is that it’ll be back to front, I learned that the hard way, so I had to create that as a decal and place it on my nail the right way around.

The second design I chose to do with the plate involved using one of the images with larger spaces, to test out how well they scraped – would they be patchy? No, definitely not!

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I used a BornPrettyStore Silicone Mat which will be reviewed fully next week to create the decals on. (You can just sneakily see in the background of this photo. I’ve maybe already ruined the surprise, as it clearly works well…)

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I’m going to say it again, but how cute! The plate is certainly worth the money, there’s a lot of fun and versatile images. It’s actually a perfect ‘scrape and go’ plate, apply a white base and stamp away – instant pandas!

If you order anything through BornPrettyStore, be sure to use my code ‘AZYW10’ to receive 10% all full priced items when you check-out.

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BornPrettyStore: Fuzzy Flocking Powder..

So today I’m reviewing a pot of ‘Fuzzy Flocking Powder‘ sent to me by BornPrettyStore. It comes in a little screw-cap tub within a plastic pocket which helps keep all the fibers that might escape away from everything else.

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When I saw the colour of the powder, which is option #4, I immediately knew what it was destined for – anyone else see that colour as bear?

I firstly outline the desired shape in brown polish, but it wasn’t enough for this bear to be fuzzy, he had to have dimension too! So I painted up a few layers of UV cured gel to create a 3D head shape.

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Once I was happy with it, I painted a thin layer of UV polish over the shape and tipped the flocking powder over it. I tapped off the excess and then stuck it back under my UV light. Once it was fully cured I used a soft nail brush to dust off any loose flock: by using UV cured gel rather than polish I believe it help the flock stay stuck. (Top tip – do the flocking part over a piece of paper, that way you can tip the extra flock back in to the tub with ease, without it being all over your work area too!)

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He’s still not finished though, he was missing his eyes and nose of course. Again I used cured UV gel to give them dimension and ta-da!

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Didn’t he turn out cute and super fuzzy! (I unfortunately see him as part squirrel or something though…)

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As you can see, the flocking powder has done a really good job at covering the whole area and retaining it’s own colour – you’d bearly (haha) know that there was such a dark brown underneath.

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If you’re not keen on using the flocking powder in such an extravagant (ridiculous) way and are looking for a quick and easy design, then I suggest you try the fuzzy leopard look! I used normal polish for this and even though the coverage isn’t as good, the fuzz is definitely noticeable.

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Have you tried flocking powder before, if so what do you think of it? Do you prefer the bear or the leopard print design? If you place an order with BornPrettyStore, use the code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout to receive 10% off all full priced items in your basket! Yaaay!

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BornPrettyStore: Harunouta Plate L002

So today I tried out BornPrettyStore’s ‘Harunouta Stamping Plate L002‘, and boy is it a big one! It has over 36 images to use which is pretty darn impressive for one plate.

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How good does a new plate look! Immediately, and rather obviously, the idea came to do reverse stamping with the Kokeshi doll images so that’s what I did. The plate is smooth, the etchings are clear so I had no problem picking up the images.

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I had some slight smudging due to my top coat, grrr, but forgetting that the image lends itself perfectly to the reverse stamping/stamping decal technique! Next I decided to try out the blossom image. I had a little more trouble with this one, however I wasn’t sure wether it was due to the plate being new – sometimes they need a little bit of settling, or me not applying enough polish, or my stamper. However the image did pick up but can you see little sort of holes which became really obvious on my nails which was a shame. (Also, whoops at the smudged one and lack of extra pick up clean up!)

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I decided to try again with the blossom image, but this time show a little versatility by creating a christmas design with a clearly not-so-christmassy plate! I again went with the reverse stamping/stamping decal technique. What do you think of my Poinsettia?

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Okay, so unfortunately the holes in the blossom still happened. Anyone any ideas as to why that happens? The plate looks really well etched and the kokeshi doll picked up just fine. I mean this is under major scrutiny, at a distance where any normal person would be looking at your nails it’s barely noticeable.

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There’s so many great, usable images on this plate that I could have painted tonnes of designs! I hope I’ve managed to show you a few ideas on how to use it, and possibly inspired you on how to turn non-christmas related images into something with festive cheer.

If you fancy ordering the ‘Harunouta Stamping Plate L002‘ from BornPrettyStore, use my code AZYW10 to receive 10% off all full priced items in your basket and remember – free shipping!

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BornPrettyStore: Silver Stamping Polish…

So you’re maybe sick of all my Born Pretty Reviews by now, especially because the majority of them are all very positive. I bet you think I’ve sold out and that I’m bent over a barrel having to say false praises to stay on their good side, but I’m genuinely not. I’m not scared to say anything negative for fear of losing free stuff either, I do appreciate it but I mean they’re not sending me a gold Rolex and champagne, we’re talking about $10 worth of stuff here every 4 months or so. This review is a perfect example where the pictures and product speak for itself, and my rambling waffle isn’t even necessary, you can’t deny here that their product works well.

The product I’m talking about it their own brand ‘Silver Stamping Polish‘, at $4.99 (currently on sale at $1.99 16/11/16) I did not have high hopes. I only have 2 stamping polishes, both Konads which retail at between $8-$12 and they are fantastic so the price difference worried me. Usually with these things you’re better investing as you’re paying for more pigment and generally better quality. I was very skeptical starting this review.

The bottle arrives well packaged, it’s encased in a little foam cube which is very dense so there’s no need to fear any smashes in the post.

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I was expecting the polish to be pretty runny, and maybe a little insipid. But actually it has a nice consistency, not too thick not too thin – a real goldilocks. The brush is of standard shape, it doesn’t need to be fancy as it’s only for applying to stamping plates.

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The polish applies nicely to the plate, (I used one of my all time favourites, BP-16), it scraped off fine and my stamper picked it up well too. It produced a strong, neat looking image, but I suppose this is also down to a good plate and a good stamper too.

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Due to my skepticism, I wasn’t holding any punches and went straight for the jugular – a jet black base. I was laughing in it’s face, I thought it was going to turn out so weak and transparent and I’d be able to mock it because I could barely see it. I was so very wrong…

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The tables had turned, it was laughing at me, it knew it’s hidden strength all along. Look how bold it is. Behold how silver and shiny it is. Please accept my apologies you wonderful stamping polish. I’d started with the hardest base colour hoping it would fail at the first hurdle and it didn’t, so it was time to test it on the rest of the colours I’d chosen.

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It holds it’s own on all the colours. Even on the pale ones where it could have been easily lost, it’s still bold enough to be seen. I was so genuinely impressed.

My next challenge for the stamping polish was a comparison against a non-stamping polish, I felt my silver OPI was the best rival. The pictures speak for themselves.

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As you can see, the OPI on the right is dull, grainy looking and a little bit patchy. The BPS stamping polish is bold, bright and wonderful. It’s a fair test, and the results can’t really be argued with.

I chose a second stamping plate to use the polish on, just to ensure the image would still be as crisp and it certainly was. Again I used a black base to really highlight how strong this polish is.

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So I’m impressed, are you? You can’t deny those are pretty amazing results. For stamping do you use regular polish or specificly stamping polish, and if so has it even been a BornPrettyStore one?

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BornPrettyStore: Magnet Flower Charm…

So today I’m reviewing something very playful but a little strange: it’s called a ‘Magnet Flower Charm‘ from BornPrettyStore. It’s available in 21 different colour and style options, I chose #19.

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It’s a ruffled, cloth flower with dangling beads glued to a magnet which pairs with a base magnet that you attach to your nail. It’s a lovely colour, not very weighty and about the size of a 10 pence coin.

I started off by painting my base colour and then pressed on the magnet base whilst the polish was still tacky. It has a slight curve to it, meaning it sits on the nail a little better rather than if it were flat, but I thought it best to secure it further by painting gel top coat around the sides.

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The below collage shows that even though the base does sit quite flat, there are no gaps after the gel is applied and it felt even more secure. (Also less risk of catching!)

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It’s so important that the base is filmy secured to your nail as the magnetic attraction between the flower and base is surprisingly strong for such little magnets. If it’s not, you run the risk of pulling off the base magnet when your try to remove the flower.

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The flower does sit up quite high off the nail, but it’s to be expected due to the two magnets involved. There’s only so much magic in the world and I suppose making ultra thin nail magnets isn’t part of it. At least it’s decorative in it’s on way from side on.

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Just in case you don’t believe me how well the magnets work, I had great fun creating this short video. I played a game of ‘how close can I get to the magnet before they stick together’. (I’m very easily amused and I find the ‘click’ noise fantastically satisfying too.)

It’s a clever concept because it means you can take it off to wipe your bottom and wash your hands without it getting dirty or wet. It also allows you to travel to a destination without it on, and then when you arrive you can place them together reducing the risk of losing the flower en-route. (I mean I’m sure we’ve all been there when we’ve attached charms or gems for a special occasion only to get there to find out they’ve dropped off at some point.)

As usual, I tried a second look. I wasn’t too happy with how my first one turned it – it just didn’t feel pretty or delicate enough for the flower. I much prefer the second look, what’s your preference? I do think, as cute as it looks, that it would be more suited to long nails as it’s kind of engulfing my (almost) nubs. It is very fun though, and would certainly be a conversation starter. I can’t make up my mind as to wither it’s one of the most ridiculous or most clever things I’ve seen. Thoughts please?

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If you would like to try out a ‘Magnet Flower Charm‘, head on over to BornPrettyStore. It’s free shipping, and if you use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout, you’ll receive 10% off all the full priced items in your basket.

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BornPrettyStore: Shining Diamond Plate…

So today I’m posting my review of BornPrettyStore’s ‘Shining Diamond Stamping Plate‘*. It arrives in a little cardboard pocket which is handy if you don’t have an actual plate holder as it’ll still protect the plate from scratches when you’re not using it. (I know all stamping plates usually arrive with the protective blue film, and I’m sure you’re all well versed, but remember to remove this before stamping). It’s such a good feeling to see a super shiny, silver plate all fresh and new isn’t it, anyone with me on this one!

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I always try to warm any new plate up, or break it in – I’m not sure what the correct terminology would be? What I mean by that is at first the image doesn’t seem to work so well. The polish doesn’t go in to all the lines properly or the stamping head doesn’t pick the image up. Meaning I generally never use the first, second or third scraped image. You can see what I mean with the photograph below where you can hopefully tell what one was scraped first (white) and then the third scraped image (clear). Does anyone else experience this?

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Fortunately once the plate had warmed up, the images pick up really well. (Both of my stampers are also from BornPrettyStore and I used Konad stamping polish in ‘Black’.) The lines seem well engraved, and it’s lovely that there’s such a variety of gems included. As with most of my reviews, I like to have a play with a few looks to show how much potential an item has.

This first design was created by sponging on a glitter polish base, then stamping on some diamond images. (Aren’t the little ones cute?!) After that I painted around the diamonds with my blue polish and finished the look off by adding little bits of glitter from the polish I used as the base. Has anyone noticed the blip? I managed to mess up the transfer of an image from the stamper to my nail, can you see it yet, yeah my index finger. Whoops!

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Pretty bling bling bling, but why not. If you can afford to wear diamonds, you may as well go all out right!

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I’d like to say the second design is a little more subtle but I’m not too sure that it is. This time I decided to show how the individual images can be placed to create a sort of gemstone pattern. I painted on a silver polish base, added some silver foil flakes (they kind of got lost in the over-all look) and then individually picked up different gemstone images and placed them beside each other.

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So which design do you prefer? If you would like to try out this ‘Shining Diamond Stamping Plate‘ or anything else at BornPrettyStore, remember it’s free shipping and you can use my code ‘AZYW10’ to get 10% off all full priced items in your order. Dispatch and delivery can take a while, and the time scale is a little variable, but for shipping to Scotland it can take anything between 2 – 6 weeks but my packages have always arrived and safe and sound.

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BornPrettyStore: Holographic Glitter Dust

So today I’m reviewing a tub of ‘Holographic Glitter Dust‘ sent to me by BornPrettyStore. The tub comes in a little pouch and with an applicator, but for it to work correctly you’ll also need a non-wipe UV top coat and lamp.

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The glitter is so fine to the point where I wasn’t sure if I should be wearing a dust mask – I could actually see the particles floating about in the air. My camera had a really hard time picking up how shiny the glitter is but whilst it’s still in the tub it doesn’t display the typical holo rainbow shine pattern.

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I used my normal base coat, and applied two coats of black polish. I then used my non-wipe UV top coat (which is also from BornPrettyStore), and cured it. My little UV lamp turns off automatically after the full cure time, which is super handy as it means your not sat there testing to see how the gel is getting on. Before I went anywhere near my fingers with the dust, I applied some liquid latex around my nail to help with the clean up. Now it was time to apply the holographic glitter dust!

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I used the included applicator to apply the dust quite thickly and then used the opposite side to gently buff off the excess. At first it looked like it was working and the dust was adhering, but the more I buffed to achieve a smooth look the more the dust began to come off – eeekk! After having a think as to why this was happening, I wondered if it had anything to do with the gels cure time. If it’s important to use a non-wipe top coat then maybe the gel needs to be slightly tacky still to help the dust stick. So I tried again except this time only cured the top coat for 12 seconds and it worked a dream! The glitter had great coverage and buffed off so much better this time to a nice smooth, shiny finish. I used my UV top coat again to seal the dust in (giving it the full cure time).

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Isn’t it so pretty, you can now definitely  see the holographic rainbow shine pattern! Those black spaces have nothing to do with the dust, it’s actually in relation to where you apply the top-coat so it can stick. I clearly need a little more practice at applying the UV top coat as I’ve missed the edges and the sides quite badly – whoops!

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I decided to test the holographic glitter dust a little further by adding some nail art and then top-coating it with Seche Vite. This was on top of the gel-cured top coat of course but I was curious to see if it would have any detrimental effect. It didn’t!

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You can still see the holo rainbow, and trust me in reality the colours are even more amazing! It’s hard to capture the full spectrum in a photo. I’ve never used powders before so I don’t have anything to compare this one to but I do know for sure that it certainly worked. I can’t wait to experiment with it a little further. If you would like to try it out or anything else at BornPrettyStore if you use the code ‘AZYW10’ you’ll get 10% off all full priced items at the checkout.

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Magnetic Attraction…

So it’s been at least a year since I’ve used any magnetic polish. When they first came out I ended up collecting quite a few shades and they were really cool to play with to start, but they  soon became another ‘forgotten’ bottle. Until now! The magnetic polish trend has come round full circle again, with cool new possibilities. Like this magnetic pen which allows the control of the pattern rather than going with the predetermined magnetic sticks (usually wiggles or lines).  I wasn’t too adventurous this time round as I was more curious as to whether it would actually work or not. I’d been told that the stronger the magnet the better the effect, and from just looking at the size of this one when it arrived I didn’t expect much. But I now know size isn’t all that matters, as it seemed to work just fine – I mean, come on the little thing can hold up 4 paper clips! It’s just a shame it’s so ugly….

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I love how the polish shifts in colour! I can’t wait to try this little pen out again on some of my other colours. I bought this one when it was on sale, but now that it’s back to full price you can use my code ‘AZYW10’ to get 10% off it and all other full priced items in your order from BornPrettyStore.

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BornPrettyStore: Holographic Nail Foil…

So today I’m reviewing a sheet of ‘Holographic Nail Foil‘ in pattern 1003 from BornPrettyStore. It comes in a little packet and contains 30cm of the stuff, I was a bit concerned about it being folded – most nail foil is rolled – but actually it had no affect on the products performance. It has some lovely colours but the ones displayed depends on the angle the light hits it at, how fun!

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I first of all decided to test the foil out on a lighter colour, so I chose a base of ‘Amazing Gracie’ by Ciate. I used ‘Rio’ nail foil glue, which unfortuately applies a little streaky, so the marks you see has nothing to do with the foil itself which applied very well. I didn’t have to rub too hard to coax it off the backing, it pretty much came off itself and without any patchiness. I think the fact the foil has a broken up pattern made any potential transfer faults hard to see anyway. It looked brilliant, so I top coated it with Seche Vite and applied another layer of foil and top coat. That’s where it all went wrong for the foil – the Seche Vite melted it! ARGH!

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It still turned out really pretty, it’s just a shame that the top coat I have melts this particular foil. It hasn’t melted previous foils from BornPrettyStore, so I thought I was safe. I found out from SweetberryNails over on Instagram that ‘Picture Polish Revolution’, ‘Rimmel Finishing Touch’ and ‘Sally Hansen Miracle Top Coats’ may be foil safe but I think it’s still a case of trial and error guys, sorry!

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Next, I applied the holographic foil on to a darker colour. This time a Revlon, which is that well loved (old) it’s name has rubbed off, whoops. How cool does it look! (Again please excuse the streaks, this has nothing to do with the foil just the application of the foil glue.)

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I’m not sure if I would personally describe it as holographic as it’s probably more in the iridescent category to me, but if I’m being honest I’m not sure what the difference between the two is – can someone please enlighten me?

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So again, I repeated the test like all good scientists should. I applied my top coat, and foiled a second time and it looked good…

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…until the second coat of Seche Vite and it all started to melt again. When I say melt, it’s not melting off my hands or anything, I just mean that the shapes and colours are all losing their form and melting in to each other. Still pretty though right?

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I think you can see some of the original shapes on my thumb more clearly, however the difference between top-coated and un-sealed is very noticeable.

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Which do you prefer – light base or dark base? Stay tuned, as on Friday I’ll be revealing the nail art I painted on top of the dark test.

Lets do a product recap!
The foil applies really nicely – it doesn’t take a lot of effort to apply and applies without patchiness.
Top coating this foil is a must, however I think it could be a game of trial and error to find one that won’t melt it – it looks cool either way though!

If you fancy adding this foil to your collection of nail art supplies, you can use my code AZYW10 to recieve 10% off all full priced items in your basket at BornPrettyStore.

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