Review of Rossi Nails Glam Powder Trial Kit

Hi, everyone! I’ve been away from the blog for awhile, but I’m still very active on Instagram. The stay at home orders during the pandemic have left me with a little more time on my hands, so I decided to make a post about dip powders for all of you adventurous do-it-yourself people out there. After all, the nail salons are closed, so now is a good time to experiment with new techniques!

Today I’m featuring a trial kit offered from Rossi Nails, a US based company. Their products are still made in China, but the formulas are developed in the USA. I tried a dip powder kit from Nicole Diary a few months ago but wasn’t so impressed with how long they lasted and especially did not like their top coat, not to mention that a lot of the activating liquids dried up in their bottles despite me not even using them that much. I was offered the chance to try out the Rossi brand and jumped at the new opportunity to have another shot at dip powder nails.

Why go for dip powder?

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Cuticle Nipper

Hello! Sorry for disappearing, but life has been crazy, and it’s hard trying to stay on top of a written blog. Definitely find me @finepolish on InstagramFacebook, Tumblr, or Twitter if you want to keep up with all my latest designs!

Today I want to show you an item that I’ve been meaning to get for the longest time that is a necessity for a good nail care routine: cuticle nippers!

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These cuticle nippers from Beauty Big Bang come in a reusable vinyl pouch.

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There’s information on the back of the card along with a bar code for the item. The tip of the scissors is covered with a protective plastic cover.

Yes, I know, everyone says you shouldn’t ever cut your cuticles and only push them back, but while I wouldn’t recommend doing this every time you do your nails, sometimes you get dry bits of skin around your nails that need to be removed. I usually try to trim these bits with either nail scissors or nail clippers, but neither tool does the job as well or efficiently as this!

These nippers are as easy to hold and use as a pair of pliers. The nippers have a default open position, so you only need to squeeze the handles together to cut your target. The handles have just the right amount of tension so that you don’t need a lot of strength to do the trimming, but they don’t immediately close together in your hand.

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What is extra appealing about the tip is how the cutting edge stays flush with your surface, allowing you to trim closely with precision. Care must be taken that you don’t cut into your living skin because the edges are sharp. As the instructions say, clip away small amounts at a time and do this in moderation. It is possible to get an infection if you clip away too much skin, causing an open wound, so please be careful!

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The nippers should be positioned this way as you trim away dead skin.

It is easy to clean away the clipped debris when the tip is open.

 

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View of the cutting edge.

These nippers are made of durable stainless steel and have a beautiful rainbow chrome finish, and can also be used for cutting decals and striping tape, so they make an excellent addition to your nail art toolkit.

 

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this cuticle nipper SKU: J6517TM (retail price is $8.39 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/1pc-beautybigbang-rainbow-stainless-steel-nail-cuticle-nipper-cutter-plier-clipper-scissor-dead-skin-remover-trimming-manicure-nail-art-tool

Check out their deals for Black Friday and their Christmas sale at the link below!

https://www.beautybigbang.com/pages/snowsale

10% off coupon code: CHRISS

Review of Born Pretty Water Based Base Coat

Today I’m reviewing a water based clear polish from Born Pretty Store. If you’ve ever worked with nail foils, you will know that people swear by water based top coats to finish off their manicure. Foils are known to shrink and crack when virtually any top coat is applied, ruining their beautiful finish, so I jumped at the chance to get this product when I heard the words “water based” in the formula because I was curious to see just how effective it would be.

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Born Pretty Water Based Base Coat comes in a box labeled with the ingredients on the back.

This must be their generic box because the list looks identical to the one they use with their other polishes.

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For comparison, this bottle and box photo comes from my review of their metallic flake top coat.

As for the formula, it’s clear and on the thinner side but not runny. It smells a little bit like a mix of ammonia and some sort of cleaner, although I can’t put my finger which one. It comes in a 9 mL cylindrical bottle with a good sized flexible brush that can easily paint most nails in 1-2 strokes.

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Review of Born Pretty Peel Off Gel Base Coat

As a nail art blogger, I find that it’s hard to commit to wearing the same polish for an extended amount of time. The durability of gel polish is virtually lost on me as I usually end up taking it off within a day or two. And if you like to swatch gel polishes? You’ve got to be kidding me with that removal process!

This handy gel peel off base coat from Born Pretty Store will make you want to use your gels polishes again. Not only does it cure like a regular gel, but it makes removing your polish afterward super easy instead of spending lots of time soaking and scraping!

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On the outside, the bottle looks like a normal soak off gel base coat, but it really does allow you to peel off your polish afterward!

The bottle holds 10 mL as stated on the outside. This is comparable to most gel polish brands, and you only need to apply one coat for it to work its magic.

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The back of the bottle lists the ingredients. Oddly enough, the “instruction paper” from the directions is nowhere to be found.

I used one layer of base coat over clean nails and cured it for 30 seconds with a LED lamp, and this seemed to work. The formula holds up well and isn’t too runny like some other Born Pretty gels, and the brush was easy to manipulate.

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This base coat is crystal clear and applies smoothly.

When I first tried this product, I still had acrylics on with a layer of gel top coat cured over the acrylic, and there were varying degrees of success with the peel off process.

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A layer of the base coat was applied and cured on top of my acrylic nails.

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How To Repair a Broken Nail

Oh, the humanity!  At work, a bunch of things fell off a tall shelf onto me, and in my efforts to protect myself, I broke a nail.  This one was a bad break because it extended into my nail bed, making it pretty much impossible for me to just cut it off.

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Yikes! This was a painful break.

Obviously I couldn’t repair it right away, so I had to protect it with a bandage until I could get home.  If you’re way too lazy to do any of the steps that I’m about to describe below, you can take a larger fake nail and tape it over your own nail so that it keeps objects from pulling the nail off by accident.  You would be surprised at how important nails are at protecting your fingers and how much it hurts when the break catches onto something it shouldn’t have!  So yes, splint your finger until the break grows out long enough to cut it off, or…

YOU CAN REPAIR IT YOURSELF!

All you need are a few items that you probably already have or can easily acquire.

  • Scissors
  • A tea bag
  • Nail glue (or Krazy Glue in a pinch, although I haven’t tried that)
  • A nail buffer (optional)

I forgot to number the photos in the picture below (sorry!), so follow the outer left rim of pictures with the steps listed underneath.

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  1. Start with a bare nail.  Remove the moisture from your nail by either swabbing it with alcohol or acetone.
  2. Use nail glue to seal the crack where the break is.  Let the glue dry completely before proceeding.
  3. Cut a small piece from the tea bag that is big enough to cover the entire area of breakage.  Some people prefer to empty the tea and save the filter just for nail break repairs, but I don’t break my nails often enough to justify keeping that around.  You can discreetly cut along the part of the bag that is folded over at the top near the staple, and you will still be able to use the tea bag for a nice hot beverage later.
  4. Apply the tea bag patch you just cut out in step 3 over the break and glue it into place.  Be sure to cover it completely with the glue.  Let the glue dry completely before adding a second coat of glue over the area.
  5. Use a nail buffer to smooth out any bumps the glue may have left on the surface of your nail.  Don’t over buff or else you will end up removing the patch and will have to start over.

I conditioned my nails with some coconut oil after buffing the surface to bring moisture back.  You can also use olive oil, cuticle oil, or plain lotion, but the idea is to keep the rest of your nail healthy while the break grows out to the point where you can cut it off.  You can definitely paint your nails as normal, and it will look like nothing happened, but do be careful when using acetone to remove the polish as this will also remove some of the glue.

My nail is repaired for now, but the nail bed underneath is still tender.  The nail itself feels hard and strong, though.  Now it’s going to be a waiting game while my nail grows out, but I’m glad I didn’t have to settle for a oddly shaped nail in the meantime!

Happy polishing!