Review of Born Pretty Crystal Sand Top Coat Nail Polish

Normally I’m not a huge fan of textured polishes. You know the type I’m talking about. They usually have microbeads or other small artifacts in the formula to create a rough surface on purpose. While some of these polishes have been useful for certain nail art designs, the majority of them stay tucked away in storage.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this Crystal Sand Top Coat offered from Born Pretty and actually loved the look of it?

This product comes in the new style Born Pretty packaging, so it is a small 6 mL bottle of top coat inside a white and gold printed box with a window cut out in the front so you can see the product. The back lists the ingredients, and the top flap is sealed with an easy to remove sticker.


The brush is nice and pliable and a medium width so it is easy to control.


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Textured Leaf Manicure

Happy Fall! I’m transitioning into the season with a sophisticated yet simple manicure.

I picked a pretty sage green from my collection for an understated look. The leaves haven’t started changing colors yet in NYC, so I didn’t want to rush into the typical color palette for fall yet! My pick was Fearless from Formula X for Sephora. I then applied a generous coat of BK Super Matte Surface Oil to create a flat finish.


2 coats of Fearless from Formula X for Sephora look even more elegant with a layer of BK Super Matte Surface Oil applied on top.

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Fuzzy Flocked Bear Birthday Nail Art

February 24 was my friend Beverley’s (@thehumblebear) birthday.  You guys might remember her from my Star Wars collaboration last year.  She’s an amazing freehand artist based in Singapore that I met on Instagram, and she’s one of the kindest and sweetest people to boot.  When I was asked to participate in a birthday bear themed collaboration for her, I couldn’t say no!  In fact, I was horribly sick with the flu when I painted this and didn’t think I’d be able to pull anything off, but I powered through to meet the deadline.

I wanted to do a flocked bear on one of my nails, and because I was going to use purple flocking powder from Bundle Monster, I opted to paint my nails a deeper shade of purple for the background.


OPI Ink. from OPI is a real stunner with its deep purple shimmer.

To apply the flocking powder, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Store gel top coat to my nail and then dipped my fingernail into the pot of flocking powder.


What a fuzzy nail! We’re not done here yet though.

I used an orange stick to push the flocking powder away from the cuticle to shape the top of the bear head and ears before curing the top coat for 30 seconds to set the flocking powder into place.  I had originally thought I could carve the outlines of the bear’s arms and legs into the flocking powder, allowing the background color to peek through, but I found that this was no easy feat.  I had to settle for painting over the flocking powder with craft smart acrylic paint.  I used purple paint at first but then ended up tracing over those outlines with black paint.


Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear… I swear he has arms, but you can’t see them because I have rather curvy nail beds.

I finished up by painting some simple balloons with acrylic paint on the neighboring ring finger and a nice little “Happy B-day Bev!” message for the occasion.


I never understood why flocked bears tended to carry balloons until I painted this manicure!


The requisite bottle shot for the collage.

Congratulations to all the other talented artists in the collage, and a big happy birthday shout out to Bev!

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I’m still recovering from the flu, so I sadly didn’t get to finish all the @glamnailschallenge prompts for February, although I did a pretty good job of keeping up until I got sick!  March is going to be a busy month for me musically, so I’ll do my best to keep up with the blog.

Happy polishing!