Review of Beauty Big Bang Galaxy Holo Flakes, SKU J2425

After seeing a lot of posts regarding loose holographic flake glitter, I decided to try out some for myself. Today’s product comes from Beauty Big Bang, and it shipped to me in less than 3 weeks from the day I ordered it. It’s not exactly instant gratification, but it was insanely fast considering that it comes from China, and shipping was free.

The packaging is fairly simple. The holo flakes are contained in a small plastic jar which is placed inside a zip sealed bag. Also included is a dual tipped sponge applicator that is similar to the kind that you would find in an eyeshadow compact.

 

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The real beauty of the glitter isn’t apparent until you open up the container. This is best done over a piece of paper or a paper towel because loose glitter can get messy quickly. In any case, the flakes are truly holographic and not just silver. They catch the light and have rainbow reflections.

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As indicated by the name of the product, the glitter consists of both fine particles as well various sized flakes. The biggest flakes are no bigger than 2 mm, and all the pieces are attractively irregularly shaped. This variety is perfect for making an easy galaxy manicure and looks great when used either generously or sparingly.

My only complaint is that you only get 0.2 grams of the glitter in the package. A little does go a long way, but the container is definitely not filled to the brim with glitter. This does make it easier to open and use without spilling the product on everything, but just like with a bag of potato chips, you somehow feel a little cheated. That’s what you get when a product is sold by weight and not volume.

You can use the flakes in a few different ways. One is to pour a small amount into a bottle of clear top coat to make your own holographic top coat. Another would be to paint your nails and then sprinkle the flakes onto the polish while it is still wet. I chose to use a gel top coat to apply the flakes, which is the suggested method on the Beauty Big Bang website.

I decided to use regular nail polish as a base as I don’t enjoy removing gel polish from my nails. I went with a basic black color to really make the holo flakes stand out.

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What’s A Tire Jack by Sephora by OPI is one of my go to black polishes.

After the polish was dry, I applied a gel top coat from Born Pretty to my nails and cured it under a lamp for about 10 seconds. 30 seconds is the amount of time that it takes to fully cure the polish, so my aim was to still ensure that the top coat was sticky enough to let the holo flakes adhere to the surface. Generally you will want to cure this layer for no more than half the normal time to guarantee that the glitter will stick to your nails.

I then took the sponge tipped applicator and dipped it into the pot of glitter and patted it onto the sticky top coat. I repeated this process a few times until I was satisfied with the look, then applied another layer of top coat and cured it for the full recommended time. You can use a fan brush to remove any extra glitter from your cuticles or simply wash your hands after your top coat has cured. That’s all there is to using this product!

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Beautiful holographic flakes make a manicure look out of this world.

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Loose glitter is always a welcome addition to a nail artist’s stash because of its versatility. This one is beautiful and easy to use, and it looks very unique. As stated before, a little bit goes a long way, so you can get a few manicures out of this. If you’re a holosexual, you will definitely want to purchase this product right away!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail glitter SKU:J2425 (retail price is $5.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code CHRISS will get you 10% off your order, and Beauty Big Bang offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!

https://www.beautybigbang.com/products/0-2g-box-galaxy-holo-flakes-laser-nail-powder-chrome-flakes-nail-glitter

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Thin Round Nail Glitter Sequins, SKU J1329

Today I’m reviewing some fun nail glitter that I got from Beauty Big Bang’s website (all links are listed at the end of this post). Craft stores don’t usually carry circular glitters, so it’s fun to try out a different shape when doing a glitter placement technique.

This glitter comes in a small plastic jar which is placed inside a zip sealed bag to keep everything self contained. It’s not much to look at, but it does the job. The lid of the plastic jar is black with a Beauty Big Bang sticker on it, but the jar itself is clear so that you can see the contents inside.

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The jar of sequins is in a nice zip sealed bag for shipment. You might want to keep your container in this bag for storage if you are worried about the glitter escaping the jar.

This product contains five different colors of circular glitter in three different sizes. The color combination that I chose was for SKU J1329, which is a blend of metallic gold, copper, silver, magenta, and blue sequins. There were a lot more gold and copper sequins in my mix compared to the blue, silver, and magenta ones, but the colors are beautiful and shiny and go well together.

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Closeup of the plastic jar and the glitter inside.

To apply the sequins, I first painted my nails black using Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora. I then applied a layer of Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat by nails inc. over one nail and placed each individual glitter piece using a picking tool and pushing it into the top coat while it was still wet. After my design was set, I applied another layer of top coat over the glitters to seal them into place.

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Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora.

What I like about these sequins is how thin they are. They do not stick up excessively from the top coat, so they are a sleek addition to a basic manicure. Nail art does not get any easier than this!

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Beautiful metallic sequins make a basic black manicure colorful and fun!

This glitter is solvent resistant, meaning that the color will not change once you apply your top coat. This also makes it great to use for a jelly sandwich technique.

I also love the round shape because it reminds me of confetti. The three sizes work together perfectly, and you can also choose to stack them on top of each other to create another different look. There is a lot of glitter in that little jar, so you will be able to use this item for many manicures to come!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail glitter SKU:J1329 (retail price is $3.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code CHRISS will get you 10% off your order, and Beauty Big Bang offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!

https://www.beautybigbang.com/products/glitter-round-thin-sequins-stickers-decals-nail-art-decoration

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Game of Thrones House Greyjoy Nails

How many of you watched the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones on Sunday? I’ve been eagerly awaiting the new episodes, so it was fitting that I do some Game of Thrones nail art to celebrate the day!

Why House Greyjoy, you ask? It’s definitely not the house that I’m rooting for. I’m not a fan of anyone from that family except for maybe Yara/Asha. But I had been approached on Instagram to do a Game of Thrones house sigil collaboration and ended up choosing the kraken because it seemed like it was the most adaptable sigil to fit across my nails, and a few of the other houses had already been taken. Little did I know that everyone in the group decided to bail on the collaboration and didn’t bother to tell me! Oh, well- at least I got some cool nail art out of it.

House Greyjoy’s sigil is described as a gold kraken on a field of black. I went through my black polishes and chose this shimmery version that I had never tried out before. I suppose a basic black would have done the job equally well, but this shade was gorgeous.

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Black Dress Not Optional by OPI is the perfect shade of shimmery black.

The easiest part of the manicure was my thumb. The words of House Greyjoy are “We do not sow.” so I wrote this out with yellow acrylic paint from Craft Smart with a fine detail brush. To aid with the spacing, I wrote “do not” first across the middle and added the “we” and “sow” afterward.

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“We do not sow” is a whole lot easier to write out on one nail compared to “What is dead may never die but rises again harder and stronger.”

The kraken proved to be an interesting conundrum. Pretty much all graphic images of the sigil make the kraken look square and spread out, but it still looks like a cross between a squid and an octopus. I initially sketched out a rough draft with pencil and paper to get a better sense of the spacing across all four nails, and then I took yellow acrylic paint and started by painting the head and worked my way across each nail, attempting to center the design as much as as possible and make sure parts connected to each other. The tentacles were essentially squiggly lines, so it wasn’t the hardest thing to paint, although it was hard to keep the lines looking clean and somewhat symmetrical. I also chose to not be too detailed with the image to keep it looking bold.

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My kraken was painted with yellow acrylic paint first to establish the layout of the image and to provide a more opaque base for the gold polish applied afterward.

I applied a bright gold polish (Charge It! by Sephora by OPI) with a small detail brush over the yellow acrylic paint to smooth out the design and stay true to the Greyjoy colors. This part required patience more than anything.

A nice layer of top coat from Seche Vite smoothed everything out a little more, and with that, a kraken was born!

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House Greyjoy represent!

It was great to see the episode afterward and watch the Greyjoy ships flying their banners. My fiancé recognized the image immediately whereas previously, he probably wouldn’t have known whose ships they were. It’s great that nail art can be so educational in that respect!

I’m looking forward to seeing the next episode, but until then, happy polishing!

Review of Born Pretty Cake BPX-23 Stamping Plate

Here’s a review about another great item from Born Pretty Store. This covers their small but sweet square Cake BPX-23 stamping plate which features different little cakes, teacups, and other goodies.

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The Cake BPX-23 plate from Born Pretty Store is one sweet square!

The plate comes sealed inside a printed cardboard sleeve. A layer of blue cling film protects the metal surface from scratches, but it must be removed before you can use the plate.

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Instructions for use are printed on the reverse side of the sleeve. The sticker that you see at the top lists the item number from the Born Pretty website and serves to seal the open edge of the slipcover.

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A word of caution while using the square series of plates from Born Pretty: Be careful while handling the edges of the plate because they can still be sharp enough to cut you should you grip the sides too firmly. This is definitely a concern when removing the blue film. My advice is to keep the plate on a flat surface while peeling off the film to protect your fingers.

On the plus side, the etching on the plate is nice and deep so you should have no problem picking up images with your stamper.

Because of the large number of small designs on the plate, you can choose to use them one at a time on your nails or fashion your own custom full size image. I decided to make little doughnut decals from the 2nd image from the right side in the 3rd row.

 

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I applied clear top coat to a silicone mat and stamped the doughnut image multiple times onto each dried swatch of top coat and colored in the details with different shades of polish.

After allowing the decals to dry completely on the mat, I applied them to my nails to make this happy looking manicure in honor of National Doughnut Day.

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The full sized images on the bottom row also make for some pretty designs. They are already large enough to cover most nails and are perfect for reverse stamping.

I used the image in the bottom right hand corner for a sweet treats manicure. I was able to fill in the image on my stamper so I could stamp it directly onto my nail afterward.

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My disclaimer is that any details that did not show up in the stamping above is due to my own user error. In order to speed up the painting process, I chose not to clean the plate with acetone between each transfer, so some of the images are missing dots or don’t have lines that are quite as clean as others. I guarantee that if you make sure that your plate is clean between each transfer, you will be able to see every detail exactly as it is shown on the plate. The fact that I was able to use the plate multiple times without having to clean off the image each time is a testament to how good the etching is.

Overall, this plate is very easy to use, and there are plenty of different looking manicures that you can create with the images on it. If you have a sweet tooth, BPX-23 should definitely be part of your collection!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $3.99 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-square-nail-stamp-template-66cm-cake-afternoon-design-image-plate-p-39695.html

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Asian Dressing Screen Nails

I’ve been totally swamped the past week, and I was resigned to just paint my nails one color so that I could get some sleep for once. But lo and behold, this color was so beautiful that I felt that I needed to add a little something to it, hence this easy nail art for today!

This beautiful base shade is called Shell Me the Truth from Nicole by OPI. It’s a wonderful pearlescent light pink shade with a gold shift to it, and it’s truly gorgeous. I used two coats here and had full coverage.

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Shell Me the Truth by Nicole by OPI.

I felt like adding some stamping would jazz it up a little more, so I dug through my collection of plates and found this Asian inspired one from Harunouta. I figured that a basic black print would look nice over the pink base.

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Harunouta L025 plate has a lot of Asian inspired prints on it. This manicure uses the 2nd design from the bottom right hand corner.

The stamping was done with Ya Qin An polish in Black. I’m not into having identically stamped nails, so I moved the pattern around on each nail to make it look a little more hand painted.

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I used some Ya Qin An top coat over this to preserve the stamping, and I was done in hardly any time!

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The print reminds me of Asian dressing screens, but it’s just a pretty design overall.

I’ve got plenty of posts in the pipeline coming soon, so stay tuned! Happy polishing!

Review of Born Pretty BP-L070 Plate

Because I’ve been doing so much stamping nail art to save time lately, I thought it only fitting that I review some of the plates that I have been using.

Today’s review centers on plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store. This plate features 7 large rectangular images along with 16 smaller geometric patterns. All the designs are sophisticated and modern and make for some chic manicures.

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Plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store.

As with all Born Pretty plates, this one comes with a floral printed cardboard slipcover, and the plate itself comes shipped with the standard blue plastic cling film on top of the metal to protect it from getting scratched. Also noteworthy of the rectangular series plates from this company is that it is mounted on a piece of white plastic and that it has rounded corners to prevent yourself from getting injured while handling the item.

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Freshly shipped with blue film on top of the plate. You must remove this layer prior to use.

The back of the slipcover contains the company’s social media information along with instructions for how to stamp your nails.

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The back of the packaging has an illustrated tutorial on how to use the plate.

I was able to get great results from this plate thanks to its deeply etched lines. The polish lifted up effortlessly and precisely with my stamper, and I was able to use a few different techniques with it.

Using the 2nd image from the top left side of the plate, I made a faux 3D geometric look by first stamping the pattern with black polish and then stamping over the design again using silver polish. The lines are impressively straight when they transfer, and thanks to the large image size, I had no problem covering my nails completely with the design.

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Optical illusion nails.

I also did some reverse stamping with the design on the far right, middle row of the plate to create some fun summer neon nails. After stamping the pattern with black polish, I colored in between the lines and transferred my decal to my nails to create a bright and clean look.

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It’s easy to let your imagination fly when coloring in different patterns on this plate.

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Fun summer neon nails.

All the patterns on the plate look great over a smooshy nail art base. I used a unicorn color theme to make the avant garde design below. It looks super pretty for the spring and summer months!

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Rather than color in individual sections of the pattern, opt for a smooshy base instead.

Overall, if you love simple, clean lines, you will love this plate. There are so many ways you can use it to make impressive looking manicures. The bold lines transfer perfectly onto your nails and can jazz up a basic manicure in no time. This is an easy go-to plate for all year round, and you will be able to create many different looks from it without ever getting tired.

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-stamping-template-geometry-figure-rectangle-manicure-nail-image-plate-l070-p-39713.html

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Sweet Treats Manicure

It has been another insanely busy week for me. I just can’t seem to catch my breath, and it’s already the second week of July! Where has the time gone?

In any case, today’s nail art centers around sweet things: cookies, cupcakes, and saltwater taffy. This design was partially stamped and partially done with water marble but overall fairly simple to do if you are familiar with these techniques.

To start, I painted my nails with white and yellow colors. The white nails are simply to make my water marble more vivid while the yellow nails provide a happy background color for the design I will be stamping on top of them.

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The white base color is White Hot by Sephora by OPI. I did not go for full opacity as I knew that a water marble design would be applied over these nails later. The yellow color is called Metro Pollen-tin from China Glaze.

For the stamping, I used the design from the lower right hand corner of the Cake BPX-23 plate from Born Pretty Store.

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Sweets abound on plate BPX-23 from Born Pretty Store.

I stamped the design with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in color #15 (brown) and colored in the details directly on the stamper. To save time, prepare multiple stampers with the same design so that you can do all your coloring and transferring simultaneously.

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Colors used on this design are Vera by Julep for the cookies, Lollipop by Orly for the cupcake wrapper, White Hot by Sephora by OPI for the squiggle detail of the cupcake, and Cherry Red by Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear for the cherries.

After allowing the polish to dry completely, I stamped my colored in creation directly onto a nail and applied top coat to protect the design.

Next, I taped up my thumb, index, and pinky fingers and did a water marble technique using the lavender (Lollipop by Orly) and yellow (Metro Pollen-tin by China Glaze) colors that were previously mentioned in this manicure. After forming a bullseye in a small container of water, I swirled around the polish with a water marbling pen and dipped a finger into the part of the pattern that I thought would resemble saltwater taffy. With care, I was able to dip two fingers into the same bullseye pattern in order to save time and nail polish.

After removing the tape and cleaning up my cuticles, a layer of top coat was applied to the water marbled nails, and the manicure was finished!

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Sweets for the sweet!

It’s a little labor intensive to do reverse stamping, but the final look is super cute and detailed.

Hope you enjoyed this manicure, and I’ll see you again soon! Happy polishing!