Showing posts with label Born Pretty Store. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Born Pretty Store. Show all posts

20 September 2014

Born Pretty Store Review: Iridescent Acrylic Rhinestones

Hi everyone! I received some new products as a gift from the Born Pretty Store (sort of a thank you present from my rep), including a set of clear acrylic rhinestones. I ended up using them for some simple nail art, so I thought I'd do a review for you!

In addition to having some product photographs, I also compare them to a previous set that I reviewed. I think both sets are nice but there are definite differences between the two.

14 July 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Countries and Cultures, Day One: Impressionist Paris

Hi everyone! I'm participating in my first Digit-al Dozen challenge since April, and I couldn't be more excited about this month's prompt. I'm kicking off the week with some feminine nail art inspired by Impressionist Paris and Monet's paintings of water lilies. I'm also doing a review of some water decals that were sent to me by the Born Pretty Store.

Impressionist Paris nail art
Impressionist Paris nail art

14 May 2013

A Born Pretty Store Giveaway!

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to announce the second giveaway on my blog!! Because at least 10 people have used my coupon code for the Born Pretty Store, they have been very generous to sponsor a giveaway for a $20 gift voucher that you can use on anything in their store. They have free world-wide shipping, so $20 can go a long way. And FYI, this is not in lieu of the giveaway I promised if I reach 500 Facebook likes, I will still honour that promise! :)

I could have chosen $20 worth of nail art supplies, but you know best what you want, right!? If you want some inspiration, check out my past reviews of items from the Born Pretty Store:

Nail art foil
Striping tape
Clear rhinestones
Stud rhinestones

And check out some other manicures I did with these items:

Evidently I really love the stud rhinestone set! Do yourself a favour and pick up some studs, I end up using them all the time and I love having a variety to choose from!! :)

The Giveaway

So here's the part you've been waiting for. Please read carefully, I don't want anyone to get disqualified.

The Prize

Rules Specific To This Contest

Since this contest is sponsored by the Born Pretty Store, you MUST, MUST, MUST follow the Born Pretty Store through one of the following means: follow the Born Pretty Store blog through GFC, Facebook, or Nail Art Gallery. I can't rig up the Rafflecopter to do this, but I will be checking that the person selected is following the Born Pretty Store through one of these means. In the case that the person selected is not following the Born Pretty Store, than that person will be disqualified and I'll choose a new winner.

Official Rules
By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.

  • Giveaway begins May 14, 2013 and ends on May 28, 2013.
  • Entries are collected via Rafflecopter.
  • Prize sponsored by the Born Pretty Store 
  • Approximate retail value of each prize is $20 USD
  • The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash
  • The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries on or about May 28, 2013.
  • Will Paint Nails for Food is not responsible for technical failures or typographical errors which impact entry.
  • Winners will be notified by email. If potential winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • Giveaway is open internationally. 
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY must be 18 or with parental permission.

Good luck!! And thank you everyone for supporting my blog! And thanks especially to the Born Pretty Store for supporting my blog and sponsoring this giveaway! <3
a Rafflecopter giveaway

13 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 6: Greed ... And a Born Pretty Store Review'

Hi everyone! I will have to keep this short, this design took longer than expected and I need to be up early for work tomorrow. If there's anything that's not clear, please feel free to leave a comment, message me on Facebook, email, etc.

The prompt for today's challenge is as follows: "Remember, more is more...don't hold yourself back." 

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use some nail art foils sent to me from the Born Pretty Store. I'll talk a bit about this design, then go into how to use the foils and some challenges I had.

Nail art foil and stud manicure

About this design: I started with a base of Orly Liquid Vinyl, a jet black, then applied the nail foils (more on that below). On top of the foil I used some studs that I also got from the Born Pretty Store (reviewed here), and I did some freehand designs with Essie Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk, both from the Mirror Metallics collection.

Nail art foil and stud manicure

About nail art foils: The instructions on these seem pretty simple. You start by applying your base polish, then wait for it to dry, but you don't want it to be too dry. It should be slightly tacky to the touch, so that you can gently press a fingerprint into your nail.

The nail art foils have a front and a back. The front is the design you want on your nails, the back is a plain metallic colour. You place the foil so that the front is facing up (not what you'd expect!). Press gently and rub on the foil to transfer, then lift up. If all goes well you should have the print transferred onto the nail.

Nail art foil and stud manicure

The good, the bad, and the ugly: I really love the look of these nail art foils, and I totally plan to get more and experiment with them. I know for some people it is important that they transfer perfectly, but I much prefer when they transfer in an irregular manner if that makes sense - when bits and pieces come off on the nail.

Having said that, they require some patience and trial and error. If your nail polish is not dry enough you can easily take off your nail polish. And of course if it's too dry, nothing will happen. I think the polish I used as a base was not the best choice - it seems thick and slow drying, a bad combination here. I had to redo so many nails because I took off polish. I also ended up with a lot of wrinkles. If that's not your thing, it will take even more practice to get the hang of these.

Nail art foil and stud manicure

If you love the look of nail art foils then I think the effort will be worth it. For me it's something that I want to do more of, so I might just get a few colours and take an afternoon to experiment. There is also apparently a special glue for nail art foils, but I haven't had the chance to try that.

The link to the nail art foils can be found here. I used #23, which is fuchsia, purple and aqua. And don't forget to use my coupon MSL91 for 10% off anything at the Born Pretty Store. They offer free world-wide shipping with no minimum.

What do you think of this design? Have you tried nail art foils, and if so, what was your experience?

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

20 April 2013

Peacock Nail Art Using the Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Samba

Hi everyone! I promised you some nail art when I reviewed the Dior Vernis Nail Duo from the Bird of Paradise collection (if you missed that you can find it here). I meant to post this yesterday but it got too late. :(

If you've seen the promotional ads for the Bird of Paradise collection, you will know why I went with the peacock theme. I didn't have a lot of time, and I was doing a full mani, so I wanted to keep this simple. Sometime I'd love to do a peacock design that is more elaborate, but that will have to be filed under "someday" for now.

Peacock nail art

I used only four polishes for this design: the Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Samba (polish numbers 402 and 794), OPI Vant To Bite My Neck? (dark eggplant creme), and Orly Luxe (a gold foil metallic).

Peacock nail art

Everything was done freehand. In case you're interested, here's how I went about painting this. For the peacock feather on my middle finger I drew in the feather with the OPI, then I painted in the top part of the feather with the Dior 794. I went over the feather a second time with the OPI, added a dab of the Orly, then finally Dior 794 on top of the OPI as an accent.

For the thumb I did an abstract peacock design. I started by painting in the feather shapes with Dior 794. Then I outlined them with the OPI, then finished with a touch of the Orly in each feather.

Peacock nail art

The studs are from the Born Pretty Store, and you can read my review of them here. I've found this stud set so useful and have used it many times! Don't forget to use my coupon code MSL91 to get 10% off. They have free shipping worldwide with no minimum order!

Peacock nail art

Until I can do some tutorials, here's a few tips regarding freehand nail art that I've picked up in the past few months. First, try to get the best nail art brushes that you can. Sometimes it takes buying a few brushes before you find the one that's right for you. I'm thinking about doing a post in the future about brushes, if you are interested, let me know and I'll make it a priority. In the meantime a lot of other bloggers have done posts on the topic. Second, I use nail polish thinner to make the polish more fluid and workable. It also "revives" dried polish that's on your palette, so you don't waste as much polish. And finally, don't try to get your lines right the first time. I often start out with a very light line, then go over it once or twice more.

Peacock nail art

Overall, I'm really happy with how this turned out, and I find it very elegant. I was planning to do some swatching and nail art today, but nixed that because I didn't want to take this off!

What do you think of this?

03 April 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Simple Striping Tape Manicure

Hi everyone! I'm running on about four hours of sleep and I don't know if I can stay up until this evening (it's about 4pm here), so I'm posting earlier than I normally do. Yeah for getting things done!

Along with the clear rhinestones that the Born Pretty Store sent me a few weeks ago (you can find that review here), they also sent me a roll of striping tape to try out. Since I had never done a striping tape manicure before, I decided to keep it simple. For my inspiration I headed over to Pshiiit blog. Camille has many beautiful designs using striping tape, and most of them are very simple, yet beautiful nonetheless.

Simple striping tape manicure

About the tape: This is a single roll of silver striping tape. It has a holographic effect, which I really like. It's about 1mm wide and you get a sizeable amount on one roll. I know you can find cheap striping tape on eBay or Amazon where you get 12 rolls of tape, but I like that you can get them individually. That way you can only buy the colours you want, or just buy one roll to try it out first.

Simple striping tape manicure

Overall, the striping tape worked well, and it does what it's supposed to do. However, since this is a new thing for me, keep in mind that I have nothing to compare it to. But I'd like to hear from you. Have you tried striping tape from different retailers? Are they generally the same in terms of quality or do you find that there's variation depending on where you buy it from?

Simple striping tape manicure

About the design: Since it's also Autism Awareness month I wanted a design that was predominantly blue. I started with three coats of Enchanted Polish Ballerina Sprinkles. It's a beautiful pale blue scattered holo with a subtle golden/peach shimmer. Unfortunately though I don't think this one is still available. I applied a coat of Seche Vite, waited for it to dry then taped off the sections where I wanted the darker blue. For that I used Lacquer Lust Pow Chica Wow Wow, a navy blue linear holo. The striping tape was applied when everything was dry. I just made sure to line up the edge of the tape on one end, then trim with small scissors on the other end. On my accent nail I used Fanchromatic Nails Broken Holo Theory, a silver holo glitter topper with micro-glitter and shards.

Simple striping tape manicure

I found the striping tape very tricky to use, and I'm hoping it will be easier with more practice. But it might be a while before I get the patience to try something like this again!

You can get this striping tape from the Born Pretty Store. Don't forget to use my coupon code MSL91 for 10% off!

What do you think of this? Do you like striping tape manicures?

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

21 March 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Rhinestone Skittle Manicure

Hi everyone! I received two more goodies from the Born Pretty Store, one of which was a set of round clear rhinestones. Since rhinestones are a new thing for me, I had a hard time figuring out a design that still felt like "me". And after my first failed attempt that I mentioned on Monday, I didn't want to take too many risks. So I came up with this pastel / springtime skittle manicure that feels a bit similar to the pastel skittle manicure I did last week.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

About this design: I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff and Nicole by OPI Purple Yourself Together. I know I use MViB a lot, but it's now officially my go-to polish for nail art - I love it! I also wanted to try my new Lynnderella Crocus Pocus, which I used on my pinky, index and thumb. Crocus Pocus might be my new favourite Lynnderella. It has a beautiful mixture of metallic and neon glitter in a variety of shapes: hexes, squares, flowers, moons, and stars. The colours are predominantly lavender, purple, fuchsia, blue and white. And to top it off, there's a gorgeous iridescent shimmer! On my ring finger I painted a small crocus with Nubar Into the Wild, OPI OPI...Eurso Euro, and Purple Yourself Together. I'm trying out a new detail brush so I didn't want to go crazy with the freehand painting.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

Rhinestone skittle manicure

About the set: This is a set of round, clear, faceted rhinestones made out of acrylic. There's three sizes - 1.5mm, 2mm, and 3mm - with each one filling four slots of the storage wheel (there's 12 sections in a wheel). I don't know how many are in the set, but as you can see from the photo there's a generous helping in each slot, so perhaps a few hundred. I like that it comes with three sizes of rhinestones, which allows for some variations in your designs. I don't have anything bad to say about these, it's a good set and the rhinestones are fun to use.

Born Pretty Store three sizes rhinestone set

Applying rhinestones: Instructions I got off the Internet call for you to apply some nail glue, place your rhinestones, seal with a bit more nail glue, then finish with top coat. I'm trying to avoid nail glue since it's a PITA to remove, so I used base coat instead of nail glue. A top coat would work as well. I'm only sort of happy with this method, they are fixed well, but I can see some imperfections and bubbles around the rhinestones. So I'll continue to experiment and get back to you.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

The set is called "3 sizes round rhinestone nail art glitter decoration" but you can find the link to the product here. It's pretty affordable, and you can use my coupon code MSL91 and get 10% off. Full disclosure: I do not get compensated if you use the coupon code, but if enough people use it, the Born Pretty Store will sponsor a giveaway on my site.

What do you think of this? Have you used rhinestones in nail art before?

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

10 February 2013

Born Pretty Store Review and a Skittle Manicure

Happy Sunday everyone! A few weeks ago I was contacted by Daisy from the Born Pretty Store asking if I would be interested in reviewing a product from them. After a bit of back and forth I finally settled on a set of twelve different studs. Since I'm new to using studs, and I figured some of my readers might be as well, I'll also talk a bit about applying them and what worked for me. :)

Skittle manicure with studs

But first a bit about this design! I've had a few ideas floating around in my head, which is a perfect opportunity for a skittle mani! I used Orly Liquid Vinyl as the black base for all nails. On my index finger I used a small 2mm gold stud and did a simple damask design with Stripe Rite polish in Gold. On my middle finger I did a stained glass heart. This one was a bit tricky and I didn't completely master it, but basically I used a striping brush to draw the outline of the heart and the lines inside the heart. Next, I filled in the rest of the nail using Liquid Vinyl and a smaller brush to get in the tight areas. Finally I filled in the heart with OPI A Butterfly Moment, You Only Live Twice, and Anti-Bleak. Then I finished with Stripe Rite in Black for the black lines in the heart.

Skittle manicure with studs

For the ring finger I used gold 3mm studs. And finally, for the pinky I used a small 2mm stud and Stripe Rite polish in Gold for the lines. The design on my pinky was inspired by a design that I've seen Chelsea King (of Chelsea's Get Nailed) use several times. You can see an example here.

Skittle manicure with studs

Skittle manicure with studs

About the kit: This set of studs would be perfect for someone who is new to using studs (like me) or someone who wants a bit more variety. It contains twelve different shapes and sizes, but all studs are either small or medium in size, there are no large studs. The kit contains 1, 2 and 3mm gold circles; 2 and 3mm gold squares; 3mm silver squares; 2mm black circles; gold hearts; silver stars; gold tear drops; and finally gold and silver rings. The amount of studs it contains varies by the size - for the 1mm circles there appears to be 40-50, while there is approximately two dozen of the larger 3mm squares. According to the website, there's about 300 pieces in total. I love this kit because it allows me to try different shapes and sizes, then I can go and buy larger amounts of the ones I use the most.

Born Pretty Store Stud Rhinestones (with OPI bottle for size comparison)

Using studs: There are not too many ways to stick these little suckers on, but here's the technique I used. I started by dabbing a small dot of base coat where I wanted to put the stud. I read you should use nail glue, but I don't have that and wanted to use what I had on hand. I used a pair of tweezers to pick up the stud and place in the right spot. And I found that an orange stick was perfect for moving it in the right position and (gently) pressing it into the base coat so it sticks. I finished with a good coat of Seche Vite to seal them in. I've been wearing them for a day and they're still firmly attached.

Born Pretty Store Stud Rhinestones

Whew! I think that's everything, but if I missed anything ask me in the comments. Sorry this such a long post, but I want to get it all in.

Again, you can find this particular stud set here. This kit is available at the Born Pretty Store, and if you've never ordered from them, they offer a great selection of nail art supplies at a very affordable price. They also offer free worldwide shipping with no minimum. So check them out! And don't forget to use my coupon code MSL91 for 10% off your order. :)

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*
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