A few days ago I sat down to paint my nails without a plan for a mani in mind. All I knew was that I was going to use my new gradient brush* that I recently received from Born Pretty Store. On my desk I had The Dream Cremes collection from Heroine NYC so I decided to make a subtle pastel gradient using Sugar Spun and Lilac it.
The gradient brush is very easy to use and this method is much less messy compared to making a gradient using a sponge.
After taking photos of the gradient I saw the Icing powder* from Twinkled T**. I received it a few weeks ago, and it’s been lying in my ‘to try’ pile on my desk since. I applied the powder over my pastel gradient and I’m very happy that it caught my eye, because the result is really amazing!
I have tried a few different unicorn powders and the Icing powder is by far the best one I’ve tried! I’m not just saying that because I got it from Twinkled T, I would’ve said the same thing if I had paid for it myself. The powder goes on so easily and smooth. Since the powder is so fine it doesn’t look grainy (as some unicorn powders does) and the result is super shiny!
Check out the nail art tutorial below!
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*Product(s) sent by the brand, the seller, the PR agency for consideration
Today I have a comparison of chrome powders from three different brands; Born Pretty Store, Whats up nails and Twinkled T. After trying the powder from Born Pretty Store I got a question if I could compare it to some of the more expensive brands, so here it is!
The powders I’m comparing are: GRB20 from Born Pretty Store, Alchemy powder from Whats up nails and Trapeze powder from Twinkled T.
As you see the powders are all pretty much dupes, I can’t see a difference between them. They’re all very reflective and shift between the exact same colors.
So is there a difference between them application wise? I have to say that the Alchemy powder from What’s up nails is the easiest to apply. It glides on like a dream, and you don’t really need to buff that much to get it to stick to the polish. The other two powders are not difficult to apply, but they do need just the tiniest bit more of buffing to stick to the polish.
The Alchemy powder is the most expensive, $21.75 for 1g. The Trapeze powder is $20 for 1g and GRB20 is $4.29 for 0,5g ($8.58 for 1g).
I think it’s great that there is a cheaper alternative that performs so well, though you have to bare in mind that Born Pretty Store ship their orders from Asia, and it will take several weeks for them to arrive (depending on where you live). For me it usually takes 4-5 weeks for a package to arrive to Sweden.
By now you all probably know that I love my chrome powders, so when I saw that Born Pretty store also has one I had to give it a try. It is much cheaper than most chrome powders, the one I tried is $4.29 for 0,5g where’s powders from most other brands are around $20 for 1g. Since this powder is so much cheaper I was expecting the application to be a bit more difficult compared to the more expensive ones, but that was not the case. This one was actually really easy to apply, and it looks amazing!
I used the powder with regular nail polish, which works great. Just remember that you need to use a water based top coat not to ruin the chrome finish. I’m so happy that you can get this beautiful chrome finish without using gel polish!
This powder was sent to me from Born Pretty Store to review (you can find it here), the shade I got is called GRB20. After trying the powder I had to order a few more shades!
A few weeks ago I got some new products from Born Pretty Store to try out. Here’s what I got this time: Unicorn stamping plate (id # 39130), Origami stamping plate (id # 39127), Manicure saver claw (id # 32220) and some colored studs (id # 14438).
I have thought about getting a claw like this one for some time, because it looked like it would help not ruin your nail polish while painting and stamping. So, does it really work? Hell yes!! This thing is a life saver (not really though, more like a mani saver) and it’s so helpful when you’re stamping. No more cotton stuck to your wet polish!
Here is a mani I made using the unicorn stamping plate and I love how it turned out! So sparkly and how cute are the unicorns? The stamping plate was really easy to use, the polish was easy to pick up and the designs on the plate are just too cute.
For this spring-y origami design I used the origami stamping plate. I have to be honest, this plate was a little harder to work with. I had a really hard time trying to pick up the polish from one of the patterns (a rose) but after a few failed attempts I tried with another pattern and that worked out better. I don’t know if I just had a bad day or if something’s different with the plate, but eventually I got a finished mani, it just took a little longer than I had planned.
To make this blue polish a little more fun I decided to pair it with some matching studs, and I chose the blue square ones. In the wheel with studs you get stars and squares in six different colors; blue, pink, green, purple, yellow and orange. To place the studs I used a wax pen, and to make them stick I put a little dot of top coat where I wanted them placed. If you want the studs to stay on the nails for more than a day you can use nail glue instead of clear polish/top coat. Studs are a fun and super easy way to make your mani a bit more interesting.
If you use my code HSW10 you’ll get 10% off all original priced items on bornprettystore.com.
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve become obsessed with holo and indie nail polish (preferably a combination of the two). Today I’m showing you my first polish from indie brand Painted Polish, called Haute Parisian Night.
Haute Parisian Nights is a hot pink ultra holographic polish that covers in two super easy coats. It is a linear holo with silver holographic glitter, and I guess that’s what makes it an ultra holo! Anyway I freaking love this polish! It is seriously stunning, I could not stop staring at my nails while wearing it. In the sun you can really see that it is a linear holo, and when the nails are not in direct sunlight you really see the holographic glitters in it.
I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
I really, really didn’t want to remove it so I decided to use it as the base for nail art (not that it needs any nail art on top of it). To fit in with the month of February I chose to stamp a rose design using stamping plate BP-73 from Born Pretty Store and stamping polish White Knight from MoYou London.
I can’t wait to get my hands on some more ultra holos from Painted Polish!
Hi there! Today I have some new products from Born Pretty store to show you. I haven’t posted much here on the blog these past weeks and that’s because I’m learning how to film and edit nail art turorials. I’ve actually made a little video where I’m using these products, which you can find here on my Instagram!
What I got from Born Pretty store this time is: Panda stamping plate BPX-L015 (id # 38221), Valentine’s stamping plate BPX-L014 (id # 38220), Clear stamper (id # 37901) and Cuticle protectors (id # 27347).
This is the first mani I made using the Valentine’s plate and the Clear stamper where I reverse sampled the flowers over the pink polish. The clear stamper is perfect for reverse stamping! Since it is short it makes it possible for you to rest your hand on the table while you fill in the details with polish. The stamper picks up the polish from the plate easily and because it’s see-through you always get the design where you want it on the nail. I’m looking forward to using the plate for upcoming Valentine’s nail designs.
For my second mani I used the Panda stamping plate, the Clear stamper and the Cuticle protectors. As with the Valentine’s plate it was easy to pick up the polish from the Panda plate. The cuticle protectors were easy to place around the nails and easy to remove. You can stamp or make a gradient right after you’ve placed them, unlike if you use liquid latex where you have to wait for it to dry first. They did a good job protecting the skin and cleanup afterwards was minimal.
Remember that you can use my code HSW10 for 10% off all original priced items on bornprettystore.com.
Last week I got some polishes from Born Pretty store that I was sent to review, one holo and one creme polish. I have actually never tried any of their polishes before, I’ve only tried their stamping products previously.
Here are the products that I got; Dark Green BPR005 (item id #35982) and Heart of gold (item id #36892).
Born Pretty – Heart of gold
Heart of gold is a gold linear holographic nail polish that covers in 2 coats. It has a wide rounded brush that makes the application really easy. The holo is very visible and I would love to try some more of their holographic polishes!
Born Pretty – Dark green BPR005
Dark green BPR005 is a green creme polish that covers in just one coat and the formula is amazing! It has the same wide rounded brush as Heart of gold which makes it super easy to apply.
Use my code HSW10 for 10% off all original priced items on Born Pretty store.