Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Box, Indied - Made You Look AND Born Pretty Store Water Decals





The fifth and last polish of the april "A Box, Indied" is Serum No. 5 Made You Look. Plus, I want to show you some water decals Born Pretty Store sent me for review (thank you so much!).




Made You Look is a light grey jelly polish with a strong blue shimmer. It's quite sheer, the pictures show three coats. If you want it completely opaque, I suggest layering it over a white or light grey creme. AND: this one's glowing in the dark!

The black lace pattern is the result of Born Pretty Store water decals in the pattern XF1335. I just cut the decals to the size I needed, removed the clear protective foil and put them into warm water for about 30 seconds, until they slid easily off the transfer paper. The decals are pretty thin, but if you wet your fingernails, you can slide them around without tearing them (the wet nails part is important, if you try it with dry nails, you probably will tear them). No hassle with application to report. After patting my nails dry with a paper towel I added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top to secure the decals. If you cut your pieces too big, don't worry, you can clean up with nail polish remover or acetone just like regular nail polish.



















Serum No. 5 polishes are available at their own shopHarlow & Co., Norwaynails, Rainbow Connection and Llarowe. Made You Look is exclusive to the april "A Box, Indied". The box is available at Llarowe as a subscription or one box only (50$ per box).


For more nail art items, check out Born Pretty Store (use the code below for a 10% discount)



The water decals were offered for reviewing purposes. Again, thank you very much, Born Pretty Store!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Box, Indied - Trust No One. Suspect Everyone AND 52 Week Challenge - Neon / Indie








Today I'm killing two (or even three) birds with one stone by showing you a polish, that is by an indie brand, neon colored (this week's challenge themes) plus part of the april "A Box, Indied": Hare Polish Trust No One, Suspect Everyone (I know I'm supposed to use old polishes for the challenge, but once in a while cheating is OK, right? Of course that only goes for polish challenges, not for the rest of life)










Trust No One, Suspect Everyone has a neon green jelly base with white and gold hex glitters and light green dots, plus some subtle blue flakie shimmer. I used three coats for the pictures plus one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.
















Hare polishes are available on Etsy or at Llarowe. Trust No One. Suspect Everyone is exclusive to the april "A Box, Indied". The box with five polishes is available at Llarowe as a one month only box or as subscription (50$ per box).




Monday, April 20, 2015

A Box, Indied - Quite Ribbiting





Today's polish of the april "A Box, Indied" is Pahlish Quite Ribbiting.





Quite Ribbiting is a teal holo with blue shimmer particles. I used three coats and added three golden dots using Barry M. Gold Foil and dotting tools. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top finished this mani.















 Pahlish polishes are available on Bigcartel, at Overall Beauty and at Llarowe. Quite Ribbiting is exclusive to the april "A Box, Indied". The box is available at Llarowe as a one-time-only box or as a monthly subscription.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Box, Indied - Whoopee Cushion AND Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-21 Review





Today I'm not only showing you the next polish of the april "A Box, Indied", but I'm also reviewing a stamping plate Born Pretty Store sent me (have you seen the discount code on the right?). Thank you so much Born Pretty Store for sending me some items for reviewing purposes!









The polish I used is Crows Toes Whoopee Cushion and looks much more interesting on the nail than in the bottle. While I thought this would be just another hot pink holo, it turned out to have strong coral undertones und it dries to a semi-matte satin finish! The polish is a little thick for my liking, but I had no issues with application. The pictures show three coats.







For the stamping I used Essence black stamping polish and Born Pretty Store plate BP-21 (no topcoat, to keep the satin finish). The plate shows four different patterns, until now I only used one of them. The engraving is perfectly done, clean, not too deep and not too shallow, so my soft stamper picked up the color nicely. The second stamping in a row (without cleaning the plate in between) gets a little fuzzy, as you can see on my index and pinkie, and the third time the stamper wouldn't pick up the whole pattern anymore, so I cleaned the plate after every second stamp. The plate comes with a blue plastic foil on top (don't forget to remove it before using the plate), and it has a cardboard back, so no sharp edges. Overall, I'm very happy with my choice, for 2.99 it's really a bargain.















Crows Toes polishes are available at Llarowe and Overall Beauty. Whoopee Cushion is exclusive to the april "A Box, Indied". The box is available at Llarowe as a one-time-only box or as a monthly subscription.


For more nail art items, check out Born Pretty Store (use the code below for a 10% discount)



The stamping plate was offered for reviewing purposes. Again, thank you very much, Born Pretty Store!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Box, Indied - Blue Your Mind





It's time for the april "A Box, Indied", and I want to start with Black Cat Lacquer Blue Your Mind










Blue Your Mind has a royal blue jelly base with small hex glitters shifting from blue to aqua. Sadly, my camera didn't want to pick up the color shift, so the polish looks just plain blue in my pictures. Please believe me, it's so much more to it than you can see here. I used three coats and finished with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.













Black Cat Lacquer are available at their own store (US and Canada), at MeiMei's Signatures and at Anjo Beauty. Blue Your Mind is exclusive to the april "A Box, Indied". The box with five indie polishes is available at Llarowe as a one month only box or as subscription (50$ per box).

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

52 Week Challenge - Negative Space / 3 Pastels







Another challenge mani is here, this week with the themes negative space and 3 pastels.




For the negative space part I used chevron Nail Vinyls I sticked directly on my base coat (of course I removed them after applying the polish). My three pastel polishes are Catrice Bloominous (Eve In Bloom Limited Edition), a pale yellow with a golden shimmer, Catrice Mystic Moments (VISIONairy Limited edition), a lilac shimmer with copper flakies and Essence Enchanted By Hint Of Mint (Hidden Stories Limited Edition), a mint textured polish. I used three coats each and added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top (two over the textured one, because I really didn't like the finish).
















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