Review of Born Pretty 3D Chameleon Magnetic Aurora Series

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I’m sure you must have seen pictures of my swatches of Born Pretty’s collection of chameleon magnetic polishes. There are 6 colors in this “Magnetic Aurora” series that span the spectrum from magenta pink, coppery bronze, teal, to purple, and they’re all gorgeous!

img_20190607_001944

Top row (L to R): BP-MA01 Astral Realm, BP-MA02 Lightning, BP-MA03 The Gravity (rebranded The Summit). Bottom row (L to R): BP-MA04 Greenland Night (rebranded Night Imply), BP-MA05 Fairbanks Arts (rebranded An Art), BP-MA06 Aurora Borealis.

Each of these elegant boxes is wrapped in plastic wrap, and a label on the side of the box shows the item number and the name of the color.

img_20190607_002215

The reverse side lists the ingredients, although this part of the packaging remains the same across all Born Pretty polishes.

IMG_20190328_103143.jpg

What these polishes are known for are their multi-toned chameleon effect in addition to their reactivity to strong magnets. When magnets are applied over the wet polish, stunning 3D color shifts can be achieved. Please note that regular refrigerator magnets are not meant to be used with this set and will not work with these polishes. There are plenty of nail art magnet styles out there that you can purchase that are compatible with these lacquers, so there are a lot of design possibilities.

img_20190607_000715

Even in the bottle, you can see there are at least 2 tones to each polish depending on how the light hits the surface.

Continue reading

Review of Born Pretty Chameleon Pearl Stamping Polish Set

If you’ve ever ordered from Born Pretty, you know how long it can take to receive an order. It’s not unheard of to receive items in the mail that you totally forgot you bought because over a month has passed! But with Born Pretty’s US Warehouse, one can receive their order within a week, which is a pleasant surprise! They tend to have sets of items rather than listing each item individually, but the prices are still reasonable with the shipping still being free. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up loving everything in the set anyway!

This review focuses on their 6 piece chameleon pearl stamping polish set. Each box is wrapped in cellophane (not sure if this is a permanent change across the brand or if this is exclusive to US Warehouse products) so you know the item hasn’t been tampered with. Other than that, the packaging is identical to the polishes from the regular Born Pretty website. The cellophane is a little bit of a pain to remove as it seems to adhere to the box slightly during the sealing process, and there is no pull tab to help with tearing it off. I had to use scissors to make an incision to be able to get a hold of the wrapping. This kind of seal seems wasteful to me, but I guess the US is known for creating a lot of garbage.

img_20190518_104558

A pretty assortment of colors is offered in this set of chameleon pearl polishes.

Continue reading

Mermaid Nails

Summer is pretty much right around the corner at this point, and the temperatures have definitely been rising in the city! It’s been making me crave a beach day, or at least some mermaid nails!

I started by painting my nails with a black soak off gel polish from Born Pretty. I applied and cured 2 coats of color and followed it up with a layer of Clavuz no wipe gel top coat. Each layer was cured for 60 seconds in a 48W UV/LED lamp, and then a blend of teal and green chrome powders from iMethod Beauty was applied with a sponge applicator and sealed in with another layer of gel top coat.

img_20190518_102439

I applied teal chrome powder to the tips of my nails and green chrome powder to the rest of the area in order to create this gradient effect.

Continue reading

Review of Born Pretty Magnetic Nail Polish in Aurora Borealis BP-MA06

Recently I showed you a galaxy manicure that featured a gorgeous magnetic polish from the Born Pretty 3D Magnetic Aurora Series called Aurora Borealis. It’s so stunning that I wanted to do a quick review on it, so let’s get started!

This polish comes in the updated Born Pretty packaging. The box instantly makes you think the product is more high end than your drugstore brands, but it also serves the purpose of listing the ingredients and protecting the bottle during shipment. The front side has a cutout window so you can see the color of the polish clearly.

IMG_20180915_084039.jpg

The top of the box also has a sticker sealing the top flap closed while the bottom of the box lists the name of the polish on a sticker.

The bottle itself holds 6 mL of lacquer, so it’s about half the size of what you would normally get from most drugstore brands. No mixing ball is included inside, but you will find a medium sized flexible brush.

IMG_20180913_163345.jpg

Continue reading

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.

IMG_20171214_002702.jpg

The item arrives as pictured.

IMG_20171214_002821.jpg

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.

IMG_20171214_003215.jpg

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

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.

IMG_20170803_110555

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.

IMG_20170803_110347

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.

IMG_20170803_110140

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.

Continue reading

Chrome Flake Glitter Nails and Review of Born Pretty Nail Lacquer in A003 Dream Castle

Looking for some easy nail art you can whip up in a snap? Today’s manicure features a gorgeous glitter top coat from Born Pretty Store that makes having glam nails a piece of cake! This shade is A003 Dream Castle, part of the Brocade Series collection from Born Pretty which consists of chrome flake glitter suspended in a clear base.

IMG_20170802_164428

Born Pretty Nail Lacquer in A003 Dream Castle.

The glitters are somewhat translucent, super thin, and irregularly shaped as the flake name suggests. Dream Castle is a pretty bluish-purple shade that has some multichrome color shifting abilities. In different lights, the glitters can appear to look teal green and reddish-purple in addition to the suspected blue and purple shift.

Continue reading

Review of Madam Glam Color Change Polish: Love on Top

I never imagined that I would get into gel polishes because I don’t like how much effort it takes to remove it, and I change my nail polish often enough to not make that time investment worthwhile, but there is something to be said when it comes to 30 second drying times that allow you to move on with your day right away!  I found the most interesting variety of gels at Madam Glam.  They’re on to the latest trends in color, and in addition to their solid color collection, they have the most beautiful thermal, magnetic, and glow in the dark polishes that I have seen!  One look at their offerings, and my wishlist was full!

To start, I tried out one of their thermal crelly colors called Love on Top.  It has three different sized silver hexagonal glitters suspended in a beautiful base that is magenta pink in cold temperatures and a white jelly color when warm.

photogrid_1479442787836.png

Love on Top from Madam Glam.

Just from looking at the bottle, I loved the polish.  It is super ingenious of them to have the polish color swatched underneath a clear plastic button on top of the handle so that you can see the exact color of the polish inside without having to open it up.  It comes in a 10 mL bottle which is a little on the small size, but this is a specialty polish that gives a lot of bang for the buck.  I guess they do this so that they can keep the prices of the polish the same across the entire line as they do offer 15 mL bottles for some other colors.

The brush inside is a good size that is comparable to the width of the kind in an OPI bottle.  You should easily be able to paint each nail in 2-3 strokes.  The formula of the polish is fairly thick so the gel stays in place once you paint it on.  The coverage is excellent where I could have easily used one coat of color, but I opted to paint two coats more a more opaque white color.  Each coat cures in 30 seconds under a UV LED lamp.

img_20161117_151747.jpg

When the temperature rises, this polish is a white jelly.

img_20161117_151530.jpg

Colder conditions make this polish go bright Barbie pink.

img_20161117_152026.jpg

The perfect gradient is achieved when the tips are dipped in cold water. This also happens naturally if you have long nails.

Thanks to the thicker formula, the glitter stays suspended in the polish and does not settle to the bottom of the bottle.  The glitter disbursement is fairly even so there is no need to fish out larger pieces to even out the coverage.  If you have ever worked with polishes that contain multiple sized glitters, you know how challenging a perfectly spaced distribution can be, so Madam Glam’s version is a dream come true.

img_20161117_145459.jpg

Side by side color transition photos.

Love on Top is a gorgeous color when hot or cold, and the color shifting abilities of the polish will keep you staring at your nails all day long.  People are wowed by the effect, and it doesn’t take extreme temperatures to get the colors to change.  The glitter pieces add the right amount of sparkle, and the best part is that because this is a gel polish, it lasts for weeks.  The thermal effect also makes you think that you got two colors for the price of one, so it is definitely a good investment.

The mutability of the polish made me think of butterflies, so I added some stamping on top of my manicure.  It is still a beautiful color either way.

img_20161117_144506.jpg

Butterflies and flowers go along perfectly with the gradient base.

Overall I was very impressed by the quality of this polish.  I might be a gel convert yet!  Color change polish is perfect for those who don’t like committing to a single color for a long period of time, and Madam Glam’s version is easy to apply and provides instant nail art with hardly any dry time required.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

Love on Top sells for $19.95 USD and can be found at the link below.  Madam Glam always has a coupon code listed on their home page, and their specials change regularly, so be sure to check out their latest offer before you shop.  Happy polishing!

http://www.madamglam.com/chameleons-gels/love-on-top.html

Classy White Pearl Iridescent Gel Nails

Due to my very hands on side job, my nails have been a wreck lately.  Peeling, breaking, dry- just name it and it probably describes in what kind of condition my nails are.  I heard that gel polish can really help protect natural nails while they grow out, and although I never thought that I would take that plunge, I decided to do it anyway…  at least in part.

The big dilemma is that being a nail art blogger, it’s hard to commit to just one shade of polish for a long period of time.  When gel polish is applied correctly, the manicure can last for weeks, and that just doesn’t cut it in the nail art world!  As much as I would like to take a bit of a break, I feel compelled to try to produce something at least once a week.  So what’s a girl to do?

I thought that a white base would serve my purposes the best.  It intensifies whatever color you paint on top of it, so it was a pretty good trade off.  Plus I could try out one of my new chrome pigment powders on top of it to give it a pearly look.

With a good gel application, thorough preparation is key.  I began by lightly removing the shine from my natural nails by filing the surface with the coarse side of a buffing block.  After brushing away the dust, I put on a coat of Nail Tek Step One primer.  It is essentially alcohol with some additives, so you can also simply wipe your nails down with rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad.  Once the alcohol evaporated, I applied a thin coat of Structure base coat from Red Carpet Manicure and cured it under a light.

I made a jelly sandwich by using regular nail polish over the gel base and sealing it in with a gel top coat.  I own one gel polish color right now, but I have hundreds of bottles of regular nail polish, so it would be a shame not to use part of my extensive collection!  My white base this time was wild white ways by essence.

img_20160913_165043.jpg

This white polish was opaque in just two coats, and contrary to the name, you do not need a light to cure the polish.

Because I was using regular nail polish, I had to wait for a bit to make sure the polish dried fully before I applied gel top coat.  I used Born Pretty Store Soak-off Gel Polish top coat for this manicure.

After curing the top coat, I applied my magical shimmery fairy dust, otherwise known as Born Pretty Store Chrome Pigment #585, with a sponge applicator.

img_20160905_022136.jpg

Pretty iridescent magic in a jar!

img_20160915_091853.jpg

Whoever came up with the saying that you can’t wear white after Labor Day obviously never meant the iridescent kind!

I applied another layer of gel top coat over this and cured it.  This means that beautiful pearly white gets sealed in until I officially remove my gel polish!

These nails already look fit for a bride, but I jazzed it up with an accent nail by stamping a floral design from Harunouta plate L009 onto my ring finger.

img_20160816_235822.jpg

Any one of these patterns would look lovely over a white base, but I chose a bunch of flowers from the right side of the plate for this manicure.

img_20160915_091308.jpg

The stamping polish used is Konad Special Nail Polish in Flash Black.

To allow myself the ability to be able to change up my nails, I applied Seche Vite top coat over the stamped nail.  The next time I want to paint my nails, I can easily remove only the stamped portion without affecting the base color.  This is also a great hack for those who like to stamp because you can erase any bad transfer jobs by using regular nail polish remover with a cotton pad, and you won’t have to start over from scratch.

Photographing how beautiful these nails are was quite difficult as the color changes in different light settings, so I’m humoring you with a few different shots.

img_20160917_010234.jpg

img_20160916_214752.jpg

img_20160917_010042.jpg

Hope you enjoyed this look!  Happy polishing!