Review of Born Pretty Holographic Blue Laser Glitter Powder

Today’s review is all about glitter powder. I’m not just talking about your run of the mill craft store glitter. No, this is nothing compared to the highly sparkly semi holographic kind that I’m about to show you today.

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Shining sand: Born Pretty Holographic Blue Laser Glitter Powder.

This powder is some magical stuff! You can see from the picture that the size of the glitter in the container is very fine. The overall color of it is a pretty teal green/blue mixed with some holographic flecks. It does not have as much of a holographic effect as a true holographic polish, but it is beautifully shiny in the light with subtle rainbow reflections.

When you order the powder, it arrives sealed in a cute clear plastic faceted container, and it comes with a small sponge tipped applicator. The plastic bag for the set has a zip seal, so you can make sure your glitter does not spill all over your other products when you store it.

 

Each container is filled with roughly 1.5-1.8 grams of the sparkly powder. The great news is that you hardly will use any of it when you apply it to your nails, ensuring that you will be able to produce many manicures from this little jar.

 

The best way to apply this powder is to use it over a gel top coat. It needs a sticky surface to which it can adhere. You can attempt to apply it over regular wet nail polish, but your results will not look as nice as the glitter won’t necessarily disperse evenly.

A base color is not required for this powder, but I opted to use a white polish underneath it just to show how fully the glitter covers your nails. If you want to ensure that any empty patches in the glitter application do not show, you may want to choose a shade that complements the teal or holographic components of the glitter instead.

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b.m.c. nail lacquer in Angelic White. Note that this is not a gel polish, so I made sure that the two coats of lacquer that I applied were fully dry before I proceeded to the next step.

Next I applied a gel top coat from Born Pretty and cured it for roughly half the normal time (30 seconds) which is no more than 15 seconds. You might want to err on curing it for less time to ensure that the glitter will stick to the top coat. If you are not using a base color, you can start directly from this step.

As a side note, you will want to be very careful with the gel top coat application as this glitter will stick to any place the top coat is applied. This means that it will get in your cuticles and the sides of your nail beds if you are not careful, so if that sort of thing annoys you, patience and cleanliness are key.

Once the top coat is set, you can use the sponge applicator to pat the glitter on top of your nails. You can rub it in, but I suggest the patting motion because it will stick better. Keep a piece of paper underneath your working area to catch any excess glitter fallout. Once you achieve the coverage that you desire, you can use a fan brush to sweep away any excess powder from your nails.

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Freshly applied sparkles. You can’t even tell that a white base color was used because the glitter coverage is so good.

All that’s left to do is apply another layer of gel top coat over your nails and fully cure it to seal in the glitter. If any glitter was on your skin, you can simply wash your hands after the final layer of top coat is set to finish cleaning up.

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The powder by itself is beautiful enough, but I added some stamping on top of it just for fun.

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Your nails will look even prettier with this swirling vine manicure.

Overall, this powder is easy to use and it has enormous color payout considering how little you have to apply to your nails to get the effect. The price is outstanding when you think about how many manicures you can produce from this little container. If you work with gel polish, why not add some sparkle to your manicures with this powder?

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this glitter powder (retail price is $2.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/18gbox-holographic-blue-laser-powder-ultra-thin-shining-manicure-nail-glitter-powder-p-38756.html

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Minnie Mouse Themed French Manicure

Hello, lovelies! I’ve got a Disney themed manicure for you today inspired by Minnie Mouse. This is dedicated to my toddler niece Sarah, who isn’t even old enough to appreciate nail art yet, but she loves Minnie!

This design was also done in part to fulfill the French manicure requirement of a nail collaboration I participated in on Instagram, which required that the design be done freehand. Done and done!

My nails have been slightly discolored from different past manicures, so I first applied a sheer pink polish to my nails to make my nail beds look like they’re naturally healthy.

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This is one coat of Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails in Pink Whisper Creme.

Next, I took a bright red color and painted the tips of my nails for a simple French manicure. Those with unsteady hands can use vinyl guides to keep the lines crisp. After allowing the polish to set a little, I dipped a striping brush into craft smart acrylic paint in black and drew a fine line between the tip with the nail bed. I planned to paint Minnie’s ears with her signature bow on my ring finger, so I outlined the top of her head and added more red polish in a bow tie shape for that nail.

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That gorgeous red is NY139 from Nicka K.

To finish up, I placed white polka dots on the red tips and the bow with b.m.c. nail lacquer in Angelic White and a dotting tool and outlined the bow and added the knot details with more black acrylic paint.

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A very French Minnie Mouse!

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Macro shot of the bow design for the collaboration.

My only grievance with this design is that my nails aren’t wide enough to really show Minnie’s ears. You can only see a hint of them along the sides of my nails, but it’s not very obvious because my nails also have a defined C curve. That’s why I can only call this inspired by Minnie Mouse.

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A look that Minnie would love to rock as well.

On a side note, this is probably the longest length that I have grown my nails, and I know they’re not even that long! I love the way they look, but it’s so uncomfortable for me to do normal activities like write and put in my contact lenses! Does anyone else feel this pain?

I’ll catch you guys again once I trim and file my nails. Happy polishing!

 

Review of Born Pretty BPX-L018 Stamping Plate

Up for consideration today is a pretty plate from Born Pretty Store that caters to the nature lover in you. Let’s go over the basic stats first.

This plate is mounted on a piece of white plastic so that your precious hands are protected from being cut by the metal edges. The corners are also rounded for this reason.

A piece of blue film covers the etching to protect it from scratches during shipment. This must be removed before using it. Simply find an edge and peel it away before you start to paint your nails.

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The plate comes with a cardboard sleeve in which you can store it to prevent it from being scratched by other plates or materials once the film has been removed. It is labeled on the front that it is from the BP-X Series, but there are no other markings on the packaging that will identify which plate is inside. If you own a lot of plates, this can be irritating as you won’t know what the design is unless you take the plate out of the sleeve, but I also think that those with a large collection also use other means of storage, such as albums, which make the designs visible and easily accessible.

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There are two separate sleeves pictured here. You will get one sleeve for each plate that you purchase.

The back of the package lists the social media information of the company along with simple instructions for how to use the plate. You will need a stamper and nail polish in order to transfer these beautiful designs to your nails.

The etching on this plate is excellent, and you should have no trouble picking up the images with your stamper. You get a variety of 24 images to play with, and they can be mixed and matched with different color combinations to suit your needs.

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I wanted this plate especially for the clover pattern in the middle row, 3rd from the left. Paired with green holographic polish and stamping polish, this manicure was perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Holographic polish was stamped first. Notice that the fine lines of the clover stems transfer with ease.

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A more vibrant green stamping polish was used with the same pattern again to really make the design pop on these clover nails.

You don’t have to stick to a natural color palette to create a pretty manicure with this plate. I love the teal and white combo that I used for the manicure below because it looks so fresh and clean.

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Elegance can be yours with a soothing color combination and these swirling vines.

The patterns on this plate are quite versatile, and this plate will stir your creative side when you see it. The quality is good, and the plate will last practically forever with good care. It is definitely a good purchase for your nail art needs!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $5.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/born-pretty-template-stamping-plate-floral-rectangle-manicure-nail-image-plate-l018-p-38741.html

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Swirling Vine Glittery Manicure

Hello there, and Happy Easter!  Sorry for my inactivity lately.  I’ve spent the past week frantically trying to get my taxes done, so I had to put everything on hold.  I did have enough time to make this pretty manicure, inspired by my feeling of being trapped by a deadline.

I started by painting all my nails white.

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b.m.c. nail lacquer in Angelic White provides excellent coverage in just 2 coats.

I used a glitter powder from Born Pretty Store to turn my nails into a sparkly teal color.  I applied Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat over the fully dried white nail polish, cured it for about 15 seconds, then used a sponge applicator to apply the glitter to the tacky surface.

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Born Pretty Holographic Blue Laser Powder is beautifully shimmery and fully covers up the white base color.

After dusting off the excess powder with a fan brush, I applied another layer of gel top coat to seal in the sparkle.

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I love the color and the holographic shine in this powder.

Because I didn’t have a lot of time to do my nails, I stamped a vine design from the plate below onto my nails with Ya Qin An stamping polish in White.

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Born Pretty Store BPX-L018 plate has lots of leaves. I opted to use the design in the middle row, 3rd from the right.

The finished look is quite elegant, and I love the white and teal color combination.

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Swirling vines in colors perfect for Easter.

I’m hoping to get back on track with the blog soon, so stay tuned for more nail art and reviews!  Happy polishing!

 

 

Elegant Stone Marble Nails

Looking for some subtle nail art for spring?  How about trying a marble design?  I’m not talking about water marble, I’m going for the rock!

I started by painting my nails a pale pinkish-gray color.

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The color is Thrilling from Formula X.

Next, I used the alcohol ink technique to provide a wash of gray ripples throughout my base color.  I colored a part of a plastic bag with my gray permanent ink marker (Sharpies or BiC Mark It pens are perfect for this) and then dipped a small brush into rubbing alcohol and mixed it with the marker ink applied to the plastic bag to make alcohol ink.  I dabbed the mixture over my nails to my liking, creating a smoky effect.

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Rubbing alcohol and a Stone Grey BiC Mark It pen were used to create the wash of grey color on my nails.

I could have easily freehanded the veins in the marble, but I went the stamping route for this one.

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BPX-L020 from Born Pretty Store was my plate of choice for this manicure.

Using the pattern from the bottom row, far right side, I transferred the design to my nails with b.m.c. nail lacquer in iced silver.

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The finished veined marble look.

I love how simple this design is, and it is the perfect color for spring.  I think this also works great for the working professional because the pattern is so subtle, and the neutral color is non-offensive and goes with everything.

Hope you enjoyed this one!  Happy polishing!

Gold Veined Mirror Nails

Today’s look is inspired by an element of decor that was popular in the 70s: gold veined mirror panels.

 

 

Friends have mentioned that the sight of these either reminds them of their childhood home or their grandmother’s house depending on how old they are.  My mom decorated part of a wall in our house with these mirror tiles in the early 80s, and I didn’t understand their allure, even back then.  It’s hilarious that I find myself doing nail art inspired by this style now!

I of course chose to do silver mirror chrome nails as a base, which meant it was time to drag out the LED lamp and gel polish.  I started by applying one coat of Born Pretty Soak-Off Gel Polish in Black, cured this for 30 seconds, and then followed up with a gel top coat which I also cured for 30 seconds.  I opted to only apply one coat of color because I was in a hurry to get out the door and figured that the silver chrome powder would cover up any spots that looked patchy.

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One coat of black gel polish with one coat of gel top coat, both products by Born Pretty.

The mirror pigment from Born Pretty isn’t the finest quality because the particles are a little on the large side for this color, but it does a great job of making your nails a shiny silver.

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I applied this powder with a silicone brush to all my nails.  The result was grainier than I would have liked, but this was because I forgot to wipe down the top coat with alcohol.  Typically Born Pretty Soak-Off Gel Top Coat is a no-wipe formula, but it is still a little too tacky for use with these chrome pigments.  A smoother appearance can be achieved when the surface is not so sticky.

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Silver mirror chrome nails. The finish looks textured but is smooth to the touch.

After applying another layer of gel top coat and curing it to secure the silver pigment, I proceeded to do some stamping on top.  I used Born Pretty Store’s BPX-L020 plate to inlay a gold cracked pattern to the base color.

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The Geometry BPX-L020 plate from Born Pretty Store. I used the pattern from the bottom row, 3rd from the left for this design.

The gold doesn’t stand out too much against the silver because the color is so shiny, but there’s no denying that it looks like the gold veined mirror from the above picture!

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Stamping was done with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #1 (Gold).

I’m only slightly disappointed that I didn’t get a more reflective finish from the silver powder, but I do like the look.

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With nails this metallic, I want to go to a disco party!

This was a pretty easy design to put together, although using pigment powder is always a messy ordeal.  If you’re ever waxing nostalgic for some 70s decor but don’t want the permanence of a home renovation, put these gold veined mirrors onto your nails instead!

Happy polishing!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Clover Nails

Happy spring, everyone!  Sorry for the bout of inactivity.  My last round of gigs in the city had me completely tied up for a full week, so it has been hard to get enough sleep let alone keep up with my nails!

I had this green manicure done in time for St. Patrick’s Day but haven’t had a chance to update the blog since then.  They are a super easy and fun way to celebrate the holiday.

I started by painting all my nails green.  I used Pretty Edgy by Essie as my base color.

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How often do you get to rock green nail polish? This color is Pretty Edgy from Essie.

Because of time constraints, I resorted to stamping with plate BPX-L018 from Born Pretty Store for some four leaf clover goodness.

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BPX-L018 has the perfect clover pattern in the middle row of images, 3rd from the left.

To make this manicure a bit sparkly, I used Cupcake Polish’s Little Butterfly with the clover pattern to add some holographic goodness to the background.

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It doesn’t look very impressive right now, but the holographic polish adds to the finished design.

To finish up, I stamped the same clover design onto my nails using Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #12, making sure that the pattern staggered with the holographic clovers already on my nails.

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Lucky green clover heaven.

I thought it was interesting how much the stamping polish really brightened up the base color.  Pretty Edgy is a nice green, but the lime green clovers on top made my nails stand out to the point where random strangers on the street were noticing them and telling me how much they liked the color!

Hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!  Catch you on the next post.  Happy polishing!