Saturday, 31 August 2013

Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial


Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
 For this Manicure you will need a white polish, 2 pink polishes, a silver polish, and a glitter polish. You will also need some nail art bows and some Hello Kitty stickers
Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
I chose the bright pink bows, I purchased these on ebay for around £2 I think.
 
Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
These are the Hello Kitty stickers I got in my Born Pretty Store lucky bag, I can't find them on the website but you can get the lucky bags here
 
Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
I applied my base coat first and then 2 coats of each polish apart from the silver which has only 1 coat.
 
Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
Once dry apply 1-2 coats of glitter polish
 
Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
Using a dotting tool and the lighter pink add polka dots to your middle fingers and thumbs.
 
Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
Carefully peel the stickers off of the backing paper (I used a pair of tweezers) and place them on your index and little fingers. Apply a topcoat to all of your nails.
 
 
Hello Kitty Manicure Tutorial
Once the topcoat is dry put a little bit of nail glue on the back of the bows and carefully place them on your ring fingers.
 
Thanks Born Pretty Store for giving me a 10% discount code to share with my readers
 

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

OPI Shatter Nail Polish Swatches


Last week I went into Poundland with my Grandma and saw they had some OPI Shatter polishes. They had the 4 colours I bought and also black but I already own that.
 
 
OPI Shatter Nail Polish Poundland
L-R
Silver Shatter, Red Shatter, Super Bass Shatter and Shatter The Scales

OPI Red Shatter Swatches
OPI Red Shatter

OPI Silver Shatter Swatches
OPI Silver Shatter

OPI Nicki Minaj Super Bass Shatter Swatches
OPI Nicki Minaj Super Bass Shatter, this is from the Nicki Minaj Collection

OPI Spiderman Shatter The Scales Swatches
OPI Spiderman Shatter The Scales, this is from the Spiderman Collection
 
Out of all of them the Nicki Minaj Super Bass Shatter is my favourite, especially when it's used over a white polish. If you are near a Poundland you should definitely have a look to see if they have any in, BeautyBay are selling them for £11.00 each.
 
 

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Born Pretty Store Mini Haul


Born Pretty Store Haul
I ordered a lucky bag, a mini bottle of glitter and some bow water decals.

Born Pretty Store Bow Water Decals
The bow water decals cost $2.86 a pack.

Born Pretty Store Glitter
The mini bottle of glitter cost $0.99 and come in a variety of colours.

Born Pretty Store Lucky Bag
This is what I had in my lucky bag, 2 packs of stickers and some striping tape, the lucky bags cost $0.99

Born Pretty Store Hello Kitty Stickers

Born Pretty Store Stickers

Born Pretty Store Striping Tape

Born Pretty Store Manicure
This is just a quick manicure I did to try each of the products.

Born Pretty Store Manicure
These water decals are really easy to use, you just cut them out and peel off the plastic and soak them in water for 20 seconds and they should then slide off the backing paper and then you can plce them on your nail and seal with top coat.

Born Pretty Store Manicure
These stickers are easy to just peel them off the backing paper and place on the nail and then seal with top coat.
 
Delivery was quite fast considering they are based in Hong Kong, I got my items in about 2 weeks. I'll definitely be ordering from them again as they are cheap and shipping is free.
 
 Born Pretty Store have also given me a 10% discount code to share with my readers!!!

 
 
 

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

DIY Peel Off Base Coat and Models Own Glitter Nail Polishes


I love wearing glitter nail polish but hate when it is time to take it off, it takes ages. I had heard of the Essence peel off base coat but it was out of stock on the site I was looking on, so after looking on Google saw that some people were making there own. I dediced to give it a go and it actually works really well.
To make it you will need some pva glue and an empty nail polish bottle, I used an old bottle that I cleaned out first.
DIY Peel Off Base Coat

DIY Peel Off Base Coat
Carefully pour the pva glue into the bottle. I recommend doing this over a surface that will be easy to clean as I managed to get glue everywhere, lol.

DIY Peel Off Base Coat

Models Own Glitter Nail Polishes

DIY Peel Off Base Coat
To use it all you need to do is paint it on like you would a base coat and allow it to completely dry and become clear.

DIY Peel Off Base Coat and Models Own Glitter Nail Polish
I decided to test the base coat with a few of my favourite Models Own glitters, I used Pink Fizz on my thumbs and then from L-R Purple Haze, Party Pieces, Show Stopper and Disco Mix.
 

DIY Peel Off Base Coat and Models Own Glitter Nail Polish
Once I was ready to change my manicure I just carefully peeled it off. This was so much faster than trying to remove it with polish remover, there were a few little bits of glitter left on my nails but I just went over them with a cotton ball soaked in remover. I was also worried they would peel off or chip but they stayed on until I peeled them off. If you want more information on the base coat take a look at Lab Muffins blog post about it, I found it very helpful.
 
 
 
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Friday, 23 August 2013

Fragrance Direct Haul and Swatches


Recently while looking on the Fragrance Direct website for a nail polish for a friend I came across these polishes and couldn't resist buying them as they were all 99p or less.
 
Fragrance direct haul revlon & nyc
L-R
NYC Purple Pizazz, NYC Big City Dazzle, Revlon Popular and Revlon Stunning.
 
Revlon Stunning nail polish swatches
 2 coats of Revlon Stunning, this glitter looks so much better over another colour.
 
NYC Big City Dazzle nail polish swatches
2 coats of NYC Big City Dazzle, again this looks better over another colour.
 
Revlon Popular nail polish swatches
2 coats of Revlon Popular
 
NYC Purple Pizazz nail polish swatches
3 coats of NYC Purple Pizzazz
 
NYC Purple Pizazz & Big City Dazzle and Revlon Stunning nail polish swatches
1 coat of NYC Big City Dazzle and Revlon Popular over 3 coats of NYC Purple Pizazz
 
If you are looking for some cheap nail polish you should definitely look on the Fragrance Direct site
The 2 Revlon polishes and the NYC Big City Dazzle were 99p each and the NYC Purple Pizazz was only 75p. Standard Delivery is £1.99 and my order arrived very fast. They also have quite a few Essie polishes at only £1.99 each.
 

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Nail Foils, Adhesive & Top Coat From Ebay


Last week I found someone on ebay selling nail foils and she had some really nice designs so I bought a few to try. Prices for the foils start at only £1.50!!!
 
Nail Foils from Ebay
I bought 4 different designs and also the adhesive and topcoat, For every 4 you buy you get 1 free. The seller also included another foil and a few small pieces too.

Nail Foils from Ebay

Nail foil adhesive and top coat from ebay
After talking to the seller she recommended using the top coat in her ebay store rather than a normal one here is the email she sent to explain it to me.
Hi
Happy to help. It's a long story, but the history helps.
It's all about the ingredients in the highly metallic/holo foils.
The "original" foils either had none or only a little metallic, like edging the flowers, or the little bit of marbling on "cool chick".

My supplier is the UK base to some really big brand names. He was amazed when I was refusing foils that were sold to them. I test them all personally before I stock them and have refused dozens of the brights. He said that they tested the adhesive but not the sealer. That meant that gradually the very brights were coming onto the market as nail foils, when really they should not have. The sealer reacts badly with foil ingredient. Clear polish, especially the quick dry are usually no good at all. The few metallics I have are ok with my sealer, but you can rarely use polishes.

Now you have the world following the lead of the big boys, and loads of very unhappy buyers when the foil "melts" or "crinkles".
Add cheap and nasty bright foils from Asia etc into the story and it ruins the reputation of the decent foils. Cheapies go on the nail ok but always the issue is applying the top coat.
Then buyers think the top coat is to blame.
A way of fixing the issue with the metallic if trying to use clear polish types is to foil the nail and then apply a couple of coats of adhesive as a barrier, let it set as usual and then use foil sealer or clear polish over it.

Buyers then realised that foils can work with acrylics, gels, Shellac etc. The clear top coat works great. There can be a problem with applying- the sticky layer not being evenly sticky enough to work as adhesive, so then you take that layer off and use foil adhesive as the instructions.

Now the newest issue is so-called "foil adhesive" coming from China etc. It seems that lots of this is the wrong glue entirely- just looks the same. I have seen feedback that some just don't work, some that have "gone off", and some that they think it is PVA glue etc. If it doesn't have a proper brand name on the bottle I would avoid it.

There will always be those who think it is ok to offer cheap stuff for a quick profit. I expect this is the same everywhere but it is much more noticeable recently in the nail art sector.

I think your best plan is to try any metallic/holo foils you have problems with using foil adhesive as the barrier.
Hopefully all this makes sense. Emoji Feel free to pass on this info to those who might need it.
I'd love to hear how you get on with any methods, as it all helps me give more help to buyers with problems of other foils when they ask me.
Regards
Jenny


This is how I used the foils

Color club Mod in Manhattan
First I applied a base coat and two coats of Color Clubs Mod In Manhattan and allowed to dry completely.
 
ebay nail foils
You need to cut a small piece of foil for each of your nails. Then thinly and evenly apply a coat of adhesive to each nail and allow 3-5 minutes or you can use a hairdryer .

                                      ebay nail foils
Place the foil on your nail design side up and use a cotton bud or nail foil tool to firmly rub the design until it has all stuck to your nail, then carefully peel off rubbing again if part of the design has not stuck.


ebay nail foils

ebay nail foils
Now apply a generous coat of the topcoat and once dry apply one more coat. Don't forget to go over the tips of you nails to help prevent chipping, and then everyday apply another coat of topcoat so that gets the wear and tear and not the foils.
 
Click here to go the the ebay shop
Prices for foils start at £1.50, she also sells starter kits which are great value. The adhesive and topcoat cost £8.50 for both or are available to buy separately. If you need any help send Jenny a message she is really helpful and replied to all my messages very quickly. Postage was very fast, they arrived in a couple of days and were well packaged. I'll definitely be buying more from her ebay shop soon.
 
 


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