Glittery Flowers and Leaves Manicure

Hello! Today I’m bringing you a floral season crossover manicure that fits spring and summer months equally well. Let’s get started!

For my base color, I picked a light pink from Ulta’s Salon Formula collection called Encore Pink. Honestly, now that I’ve tried out this line, I wouldn’t use it again because it took 3-4 coats to get even coverage across my nails, and it took forever for it to dry properly! I do love the pink color though.

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Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in Encore Pink.

I wanted to use leaf and flower patterns for this design, so I sourced them from two different plates from Born Pretty Store.

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I used the 3rd image from the left of the bottom row of the Floral BPX-L018 plate from Born Pretty for my index, pink, and thumb nails.

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The flowers from the 2nd row, 2nd image from the left of plate BP-L066 from Born Pretty were used on my middle and index fingers.

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Review of BK Super Matte Surface Oil Top Coat

Ever feel like there are some days where you just don’t want to shine? This matte top coat made by BK will help keep your nail polish looking perfectly finished and chic.

The product is labeled as a “surface oil,” which I think is a bad translation from Chinese for top coat. Indeed, the contents look and smell like a clear lacquer rather than an oil based product.

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BK Super Matte Surface Oil doesn’t come inside any fancy packaging, although the bottle looks nice. It arrives in a plastic bag, and what I presume are the ingredients are listed on the back of the bottle in Chinese.

The brush is a medium width and easy to control. The top coat itself has an almost frosted look to it and has a good viscosity that is a little on the thin side, making it easy to apply.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Silver Stamping Nail Polish

I love the look of metallic colors with stamping, so today’s review covers a silver nail polish from Beauty Bigbang.

The item comes inside cardboard packaging that lists all the appropriate details for the item such as the ingredients, color, and the SKU number on the Beauty Bigbang website. It also has its birthday and expiration date (always listed as 2 years later, even though you and I both know we own polishes that are way older than that and are still usable) printed on the side of the box.

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The cylindrical bottle design is simple and sturdy with a cap that is easy to hold.

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Inside you will find 9 mL of a highly pigmented metallic silver varnish. What is probably most noteworthy upon opening the bottle is the strong smell of the formula! You will definitely want to use this in an area with good ventilation.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Little Monkey Nail Dryer

Ever feel like you need a little help drying your nails? This cute little monkey from Beauty Big Bang is about to be your best friend!

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When I saw this product on the website, I thought I would die from cuteness overload. This is the perfect gift for your manicure loving friends or for yourself. It is super affordable (scroll down for details), looks adorable, and works surprisingly well!

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You will go bananas for this monkey blower!

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Chameleon Polish 001

Today I will be reviewing a beautiful green and purple chameleon polish from Beauty Bigbang. It’s simply labeled 001 from their Chameleon Polish line, but wow does this polish pack a punch!

It comes shipped in an elegant black and gold box. The front of the package has a circular window cut out so you can see the nail polish color inside while the back of the package lists the ingredients.

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The bottle holds 9 mL, which is slightly less than your typical drugstore brand which contains anywhere between 12-15 mL, but I think that 9 mL is still a lot of polish! After all, when was the last time you finished off an entire bottle of nail lacquer?

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Fleur de Lis Medieval Renaissance Nails

Hello, and happy June! I’ve been busy with performances again, so I’m trying to catch up on manicures and reviews now.

Last week was my guy’s birthday, and he bought himself some new gear to go with his ever expanding Renaissance Faire wardrobe! It got me thinking of medieval prints for this week, so I came up with this antique looking fleur de lis manicure.

To start, I painted all my nails black. What’s a Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI is my go to black polish, although I’m going to have to switch it up pretty soon because the bottle is getting close to empty after all these years!

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The fleur de lis design was taken from a plate from Bundle Monster’s Time Machine series.

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The Time Machine BM-XL131 plate from Bundle Monster screams medieval times.

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Gothic Butterflies at Dusk Manicure

Things are still pretty busy for me here, so I’m all about doing quick and easy manicures these days. Today’s design uses stamping over magnetic polish for a simple gradient effect with some punch to it.

I started by painting my nails with a coat of Greenland Night from Born Pretty’s 3D Magnetic Aurora Series. After allowing it to dry for a bit, I painted another coat of polish over a nail and immediately held a cat eye magnet at a diagonal angle over the polish to create the pattern shown below. Each nail needs to be done one at a time because the polish needs to be wet when the magnetic force is applied.

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Greenland Night from Born Pretty really looks like a faraway galaxy! The cat eye pattern also shifts positions when you move your fingers creating extra depth to the look.

I wanted to pair this polish with some silver stamping, so I chose a stamping plate from Bundle Monster with butterflies and arabesques that would look pretty against the shifting background.

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Bundle Monster’s BM-718 plate looks whimsical with its butterflies and swirls.

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