Sparkly Multichrome Manicure

I’ve still been pretty busy these days, but I needed a change from my last manicure, so I went for something that would be quick and easy to put together for this week.

My polish of choice was something that looks stunning on its own: a multichrome polish from Beauty Big Bang. They call this Chameleon Polish 001, and the color is amazingly shifty in a good way! It has forest green tones that border on teal blue and has a dark purple undertone in indirect light.

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Beauty Big Bang Chameleon Polish 001

This polish alone would have been enough for me, but I added some multi-toned rhinestones purchased from AliExpress to make it look even more fetching.

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These rhinestones come in a few different sizes and have a somewhat iridescent sheen to them that make them appear multicolored.

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Blue-Green Fall Multi-Chrome Mani

After I did my iridescent nails, a few things occurred to me.

  1. I can’t commit to gel nails.  I got sick of having the same manicure for so long without having an excuse to change up my polish.  On the other hand, it was nice having a chip-free week!
  2. Gel polish removal sucks.
  3. The iridescent powder that I used was actually a chrome pigment that was meant to be used over black polish!  I still loved the pearl finish.

In any case, I had to see what the powder looked like over a black base, so that was my inspiration for this week.  I used a peel off base coat this time so I wouldn’t have to deal with that horrible gel removal process though!

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I started out by painting all my nails with Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora. I only needed one coat for full coverage.

After applying a gel top coat and curing it (I used Born Pretty Store Soak-off Gel), I rubbed in the chrome pigment with a sponge applicator.

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Still looks like an iridescent powder to me, but just wait until you see it over the black polish!

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A totally different look! This pigment has a mirror finish and shifts from dark green to gold to teal blue in the light.

I applied another layer of gel top coat to seal in the pigment and cured it.

Because of the gold tinge in the chrome finish, I decided to use gold polish from Ya Qin An to do some stamping with Harunouta Plate 10.

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Patterns upon patterns on Harunouta Plate 10.

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Originally I went with the plaid pattern, but I felt like it covered up too much of the lovely chrome finish, so I ended up taking it off right away. A huge benefit to using gel is that you don’t have to redo your base color if you didn’t like what you stamped.

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I switched it to the design from the center of the plate and made it a single accent nail instead.

Notice that you can see my blond hair reflected in the finish of the polish.  It has the same mirror effect as the silver and gold chrome mirror pigments but with a teal hue instead.  It’s definitely eye catching, and several people have told me that they loved the polish, so that makes it all worthwhile, right?

Happy fall and happy polishing!

Review of ATORS Nail Lacquer MS03

I get excited whenever I hear about peel off polishes.  They remind me of when I was a little girl and obsessed with one from FAZZ (just say yes to plastic jewelry and make up combos!).  It was a bright hot pink color, and it was so much fun to peel off.  With a few cries of anguish thrown in, I even managed to fool my brother into thinking that my nail was coming off!

But enter ATORS Nail Lacquer in MS03, the adult version of peel off polish.  It comes in a very grown up 16 mL bottle and is a beautiful purple-gold-blue multichrome color.  There are a few holographic sparkles thrown into the mixture, but they do not really show up when painted on your nails.

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ATORS Nail Lacquer in MS03.

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It’s from France. Ooh la la!

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The brush on the bottle has a good width to allow you to paint a nail in two strokes.

Because this is a peel off polish, I would suggest that you not use a base coat.  Also, if your nails are dry, it is ok to put on some lotion or hand cream prior to painting so that the polish is easier to peel off later.

The application of the formula is pretty smooth, but if you leave the bottle open for too long, the polish starts to dry around the opening and gets a gummy sort of texture reminiscent of drying school glue.  Under normal circumstances, you should not run into this problem.  I think this happened because I had the cap open to get the picture of the brush above.

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One coat of polish looks very translucent but is magically shimmery.

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This level of opacity requires four coats of polish.

The bottle says that this polish is water based, so I recommend that you use a top coat.  You wouldn’t want your polish to melt off when you wash your hands, would you?

I tried to take a video to show the color shift in the polish.  You can see it turn from a deep purple into a steely blue, particularly on my pinky.  The chameleon effect is rather subtle, but it’s there.

 

A fun part of this polish is that if you happen to get some on your skin, you can rub it off quite easily with a finger.  It dries on skin the same way that school glue does, so that makes clean up very easy.

That being said, don’t expect to get a lot of wear out of ATORS Nail Lacquer.  I had polish start to fall off my nails during normal activities a day after I painted them.

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After a day, the polish looks like it is lifting up from the edge of my nail.

The good news is that you can easily peel this polish off your nail in one large piece.  To remove it, slip an orange stick or similar tool along the edge of the polish (try from a bottom corner near the cuticle) and lift up.  The whole piece should come off intact and fairly easily.

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Peelies from my fancy purple and white manicure. I’ve never had such an easy time removing rhinestones from my nails, and I get to keep some souvenirs!

Even without a base coat, this polish does not stain your nails.  Also, because I moisturized my nails prior to painting them, there was no damage done to them during the peeling process.

In summary, if you get a kick out of peeling off your polish and/or don’t like using acetone nail polish removers, this is definitely something to try out.  It’s not made to last more than a day so keep in mind that if you use your hands a lot, this may not be a good choice for you.

In terms of a chameleon polish, this one has subtle effects, although the color is a gorgeous purple.  I have to take a diamond away only because the polish is so sheer that it takes a few coats to make it look nice.  Considering how much time it takes to apply and dry versus how long it lasts and takes to remove it makes it seem like it’s not worth the effort.  Then again, if you are gluing rhinestones to this polish, the peel off aspect makes it worth its weight in gold!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $15.88 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/1bottle-16ml-holographic-polish-chameleon-nail-varnish-shiny-blue-p-22982.html

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Elegant Purple and White Mani

After so many fun hand painted manicures, I felt like stamping something elegant.  I was still pretty strapped for time, so after my last manicure peeled off unexpectedly, I needed to whip something together in a hurry.

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I started by painting my nails with this shimmery purple/blue chameleon polish MS03 from Ators.

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I used plate BPL-007 from Born Pretty Store to do the stamping. For this mani, I used the design in the top row, 2nd from the left for my middle two nails and thumb and part of the design from the middle row, 2nd from the left for my index finger and pinky.

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I used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #4 (white) and a clear stamper to transfer my selected designs. For the index finger and pinky, I isolated the 3 leaves from the rest of the pattern by stamping the whole image first and removing the excess parts with a piece of Scotch tape.

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I glued a few rhinestones to the bottom center of the patterns to finish the look.

The ironic thing is that this Ators polish is water based and a peel off polish, so this design also started falling off in under 2 days!

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I got some souvenirs from this manicure!

I should have just used a regular purple polish, but it’s onto the next mani for me!

Happy polishing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Sunset Palm Tree Nails

Can you feel the heat?  After trying out thermal polish from Born Pretty Store, I wanted to put some nail art over it that would match the pretty gradient that resulted from the polish.

The real star of the show was Born Pretty Color-change Polish in 100.  It turns yellow with heat, so my natural body temperature kept my nail beds a lemony hue while the tips turned a creamsicle orange tone due to the colder air temperature.

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The no-mess way to get an ombre effect: thermal polish in color 100 from Born Pretty.

I definitely wanted palm trees on my nails, but I was feeling a bit lazy about painting them, so I found an image of a single palm tree with an oasis on Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2.

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I chose to stamp with the image in the 4th row, 4th from the left.

The only issue was that I did not want to have the oasis in the image, so after I transferred the image to my stamper, I used Scotch tape to remove the extraneous parts of the design and left only the leaves of the palm tree behind.  The stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black.  With only the leaves of the palm trees stamped on my fingers, I used Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black (used for the striping brush) to finish painting in the tree trunks.

Leave it to me to forget to take pictures of those steps in my effort to try to get some sleep at night.  It was really simple to do, so I’m sure you can imagine what they looked like!

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Easiest sunset manicure ever.

Of course, with a thermal polish, the colors change under water quite easily.

The looks are pretty endless with such a shifty polish, and it’s such cheap entertainment to watch it turn different colors.  If only all manicures were so interactive!

Happy polishing!  🙂

Review of Born Pretty Color Change Polish

You know what’s hot right now?  Thermal polish.  And it’s beyond cool!

I tried out color 100 from Born Pretty.  The bottle is only 6 ml, so it only holds about half as much polish as a normal sized bottle; OPI is 15 ml and Formula X is 12 ml by comparison.  On the other hand, how many polishes can change colors depending on the temperature?

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Born Pretty Color-change Polish in 100 at room temperature.

The formula itself is fairly opaque, although I find that it’s a little streaky.  Two coats provides good coverage.

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Two coats of polish plus topcoat makes for an easy ombre manicure.

The thermal gradient effect really only happens if your nails are on the longer side.  The tips will be cooler than the part of your nail that is over the nail bed, so the longer your nails are, the more obvious the gradient effect will be.

I find that the polish changes between colors very easily, and all it takes is a little water to discover the extremes of the effects.  Cold water makes the polish turn creamy orange while warm to hot water makes it turn yellow.  Any temperature in between will result in a coral color as seen in my pictures of the polish in the bottle.

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Color 100 in warm/hot temperatures.

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Color 100 in cool temperatures.

Also, there is no need to suffer for your art- the polish is pretty sensitive, so you don’t need to scald yourself to see yellow.  I find that indoors, the polish is usually yellow from your body heat alone, especially now that heaters are on for the winter.  A splash of cool water will turn it dark coral.

You can see how quickly the colors change in the video below.

As for wear, it’s not the worst, and it’s not the best.  I had wear on the tips of my nails after one day, and it started chipping by the third day.  Considering how much I work with my hands, that’s not too bad.  It’s a small price to pay to have a chameleon polish.

Also, have I mentioned how cool it is to have an instant gradient without even having to try?  It’s truly a polish for the lazy nail artist.

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Add some palm trees and you have a beautiful Malibu sunset manicure!

I would recommend this polish in a heartbeat for anyone who is easily amused like myself.  This color changing polish makes for a great conversation piece amongst friends, and it can settle a debate as to whether or not a room is hot or cold based on the color of the polish.  Seeing the polish shift as quickly as Tonks’ hair color will make you think that you have magic at your fingertips…  and it’s all because of this one little bottle.  🙂

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $5.07 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/temperature-change-colour-nail-polish-thermal-polish-fashion-multicolor-nail-polish-p-18931.html

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