Review of Born Pretty Color Coat Soak Off Gel Polish in Black

Today’s review focuses on Born Pretty Color Coat Soak Off Gel Polish in Black. I tried a version of their black gel polish about 2 years ago and was left unimpressed, but they have since come out with a new formula for their black polish that I was interested to check out.

The bottle design is the same across all their gel polishes with the exception that the words “Color Coat” are highlighted in red on the front of the bottle. It is a fairly generous 10 mL size, and the color name is on a label on the base of the bottle printed on a black sticker to match the shade of the polish inside.

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The ingredients are listed on the reverse side, but the directions are rather ambiguous. They tell you to follow the “instruction paper,” but it is not included with the bottle. The next best thing is to check the item listing on the Born Pretty website, but even then, the instructions aren’t as helpful as they could be. Continue reading

Review of Born Pretty Store Glow in the Dark Powders

Today’s review is going to focus on some really cool glow in the dark powders that I got from Born Pretty Store. They’re not much to look at in the container, but they pack a punch once they’re applied!

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Born Pretty ships the set of 6 powders in a plastic baggie. The photo on the left shows the undersides of the containers while the photo on the right shows the top view. Each jar is “sealed for your protection” just like a bottle of vitamins. This keeps the powder from leaking out.

These little containers have screw on tops, and they can get messy, so it is advised that you work over a sheet of paper or a paper towel for easy clean up. Also, the powder is very fine, so if you are sensitive to dust, wearing a mask while you work with this product is recommended.

The website claims that there are 2 grams of powder in each container, but from my previous experience, 2 grams usually fills up this size jar completely. Either the powder is very dense, or the website is making up some stats because these jars were just a little over half full, and some colors appeared to have slightly more or less powder inside than other ones. However, if you consider that you are getting 6 colors here for a very affordable price, this is hardly an issue.

There isn’t any branding on the containers, so you have to come up with your own system for how to identify the powder colors for later unless you want to have to turn off the lights first every time you want to use them! As you can see, the powder itself mostly looks like various shades of white with the greenish colors giving off a slightly yellow tint. I chose to label each container with a numbered sticker on the bottom so I can keep track of the colors in my tutorials, but it also so you can see how they swatch.

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These powders don’t look like much of anything in normal light but are surprisingly bright once the lights are turned off! To be honest, 2 is more of a purple color than it appears here in the photograph, but you basically get 4 blue toned shades and two yellow-green shades in this set. 3 is slightly lighter than 1, and 4 is slightly lighter than 5.

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Glow in the Dark Outer Space Nails

Today’s nails were inspired by some glow in the dark powders that I received from Born Pretty Store. Please look for my review on them in the next few days! But what I associate glow in the dark stuff with the most is those stickers you can buy of stars and planets that you can use to decorate your ceiling, so I wanted to make the nail art equivalent of that.

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These glow in the dark powders are mostly white in color and give no hint as to what they will look like once the lights go off!

I used white gel polish base here to give the glow more pop, although to be honest, I’m not sure how much the base color affects the luminosity of the powder. However, because the powders are mostly whitish shades, I figured it would be the best color to apply.

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This polish is called button down from b.m.c. nail lacquer, and it’s fully opaque in 2 coats. Each layer takes 60 seconds to cure.

After fully curing each coat of white gel polish, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat and cured it for about 10 seconds to ensure that it was still sticky enough for the powder to adhere to. I then used a small brush to loosely apply the bluish colored powders (numbers 1, 2, 3, and 6 from the swatch photo) to my nails, applying each color in patches to form a type of gradient. After dusting away the excess powder with a fan brush, I finished curing the top coat and powder layer and then applied another layer of top coat over everything to seal in the powder and fully cured that.

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What the color combination of powders looked like was a surprise to me, too! They do aptly resemble the atmosphere here.

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Blowing Bubbles Nail Art

It’s getting close to the beginning of a new year, so I wanted to try to make a whimsical looking manicure. I don’t know about you, but 2017 was a doozy and not particularly one of the better ones! Here’s to blowing away the bad stuff and wishing for something wonderful for 2018!

I tried to pick a pretty light blue base to act as my sky backdrop. This color is called Siren Melodies from Femme Fatale, an indie brand, and my pictures don’t do it justice. Aside from the beautiful crelly mix that allows the holographic glitter particles to show through, this periwinkle shade also is iridescent and has a pinky-purple sheen at different angles that gives this color a lot of dimension.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Peacock Powder, SKU: J2952-1A

It’s been awhile since I used some chrome pigment powder, so why not break the streak with the hottest powder out there right now: peacock powder!

This mysterious name comes from the transformative characteristics of the powder. It has both a chrome and holographic effect depending on how the light reflects on the surface, and it is eye catching just like the bird the pigment is named after.

Today’s review covers color J2952-1A from Beauty Big Bang (see below for a link to the product), which is a dark green. 0.2 grams of the pigment are inside a small screw top container with a freshness seal over the opening to keep any powder from leaking out. The set also includes two sponge tipped applicators with everything sealed inside a little baggie that can be zipped closed to keep everything together.

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The item arrives as pictured.

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Please be aware that this only contains 0.2 grams of product, so the container will not be very full. The good thing is that you do not use much powder to apply it on all ten nails, so even this small amount will last for quite a few manicures.

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I tried to capture the powder’s chameleon effect in this photo.

This pigment is a deep forest green with gold undertones. It is very shimmery due to the holographic particles that are mixed with the powder. Continue reading

Christmas Plaid Nails

I guess you might say I’m trying to make up for lost time this month by doing all my Christmas manicures after Christmas. Oops! Even though all the gifts have been unwrapped, I still feel the spirit of Christmas in me.

Today’s manicure doesn’t scream Christmas. It speaks to those who prefer to keep it classy and understated, but it definitely has fall/winter vibes.

The inspiration for the green, white, and gold color combo for this look started with this gorgeous holographic peacock powder in color J2952-1A from Beauty Big Bang. It is a multichrome pigment with holo powder added to it to give it extra kick.

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This container is a little bit larger than the size of a sample container from Sephora.

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Inside is this lovely shimmery dark green pigment powder, color J2952-1A.

In order to use the powder, you must apply it over gel top coat in order to get a perfectly smooth finish. I never have luck with my black gel polish, so I prefer to use regular black polish (What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI), wait for it to dry, then apply a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat over it. I cure this for one minute before proceeding to the next step.

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Pictured here are 2 coats of What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI with one layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat.

The peacock powder then gets rubbed onto the cured gel top coat with an eyeshadow applicator, and another layer of gel top coat is applied and cured.

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The black polish gets transformed into this beautiful green chrome color with a holographic effect.

The plaid can be done either freehand or with stamping. I’ve been dying to try out this plate from Clear Jelly Stamper for a long time, so you can guess which way I did mine! You can layer the patterns with different colors to create your own unique plaid look. Continue reading

Review of Born Pretty Chrome Powder, Item #40143 in Color 3

In my last manicure, you got to see a pretty chrome powder from Born Pretty Store at work, so I wanted to give you guys a more in depth look at this interesting product.

When you order this product from Born Pretty, it comes as a set of the jar of powder along with a small sponge tipped applicator. The packaging consists of a small plastic baggie branded with the company name. It can be resealed for storage purposes.

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The jar’s opening is also sealed to prevent the powder from leaking out during shipment. It removes fairly easily, but you will definitely want to unseal the container prior to painting your nails.

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Inside, you will find one gram of a super fine chrome powder that defies expectation in the sense that it is a pearly white color. The website lists this color as #3 and it is depicted as a royal blue shade. The color of the powder can be misleading, especially if you own several of these pigments, as the container itself does not list a name or have a swatch of the color, so it will be up to you to label the item accordingly. The baggie does have the item number from the website printed on a sticker on the back, but this is only useful if you are meticulous about always putting your containers back inside their respective bags after working with the products.

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This powder looks very iridescent and will appear as such if applied over a white base color, but the true beauty of the product is shown when it is applied over a black base color. Keep reading to see its true color.

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Globe Trotter Travel Nails

I have some serious travel envy after seeing people’s vacation pictures online! Meanwhile I’m stuck in NYC painting my nails. So what’s a girl to do? Make some appropriate nail art!

I started out by painting all my nails black because I planned to use a chrome nail powder on top of this to create that gorgeous blue background you see in the featured image.

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Seems like I’ve been using What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI a whole lot lately!

After letting the polish dry, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my nails and cured it under a lamp for 30 seconds. The chrome powder was applied with a sponge applicator onto the top coat layer, and I sealed in the powder with another layer of gel top coat and followed up by curing this layer for about a minute.

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Born Pretty chrome powder in color 3 has a royal blue tint with purple undertones when it is applied over black polish even though it looks like an iridescent white in the container.

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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 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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