Review of Born Pretty Odorless Fast Dry Top Coat

Today’s review is on Born Pretty’s Odorless Fast Dry Top Coat. Typically when a company says that their polish is odorless, it tends to be water based. I’m still not sure how a water based top coat doesn’t wash off, but it’s one of those mysteries that I’m not going to question.

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This top coat is strangely not clear and looks a little milky in the bottle. If you paint it on too thick, you will notice that the color of your polish will don a slightly foggy appearance. However, this polish is true to its word where it has no harsh odor. The formula is on the thinner side which I like because it dries faster that way.

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Review of Aimeili 127 Rosa Multiflora Gel Polish

I’ve been drowning in gel polishes, and I’m nowhere near finished! I can’t say that I mind because gel does such a good job at protecting my nails, and I’ve had the opportunity to try a ton of different brands over the past few months, but I’m still loving Aimeili for their color selection.

Today’s featured polish is color 127 Rosa Multiflora from Aimeili. It is a full coverage glitter polish unlike others that I have seen. This one has a blue toned pink metallic foil flake finish and uses a pink jelly base to cover up any spots that the glitter might have missed. It’s very shiny and reflective, and you can tell that there is a ton of glitter in the formula based on the bottle shot alone.

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The color around the rim of the bottle is more accurate to what the color of the polish is.

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Winter Floral Manicure

Welcome to March! I needed a little pick me up after having such a horrible February, so I came up with this glittery floral manicure. Hope you enjoy it!

I started by painting my nails with 2 coats of 127 Rosa Multiflora from Aimeili. This gel polish has a ton of pink foil flake glitter suspended in a pink jelly base. It’s super shiny and dazzling and would fit in perfectly at a disco.

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2 coats of 127 Rosa Multiflora from Aimeili were applied with each coat cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Nail Foil Glue

How many of you work with nail foils? There are several different ways you can use them- some prefer to stick small pieces of it to their nails with regular glue or nail polish, or you can apply them over slightly wet nail polish and hope that the whole thing doesn’t get ruined when you try to rip a piece of foil off, but the best application process for a full nail design requires a special nail foil glue, something that I’ve never owned until recently.

This glue comes in an unlabeled 10 mL glass bottle and is from Beauty Big Bang.

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The bottle looks like the same kind that is used for striping polishes, but the brush is a normal sized one instead of being long and skinny. It is super convenient to have the glue in a nail polish type bottle because you can apply the glue the same way you would apply a regular coat of nail polish, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning the brush afterward!

The formula applies well, but it does have a bit of a strong chemical smell to it that is unlike any other glue that I have used before. It takes about a minute or two to dry, leaving behind a sticky surface to which the foil can adhere.

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To use it, brush it on over bare nails or over nail polish that matches the color of the foil that you will be using. When no white spots are left, the glue is dry and the foil is ready to be applied.

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Chocolate Bar Nails for National Junk Food Day, July 21

How many of you guys knew that July 21 was National Junk Food Day? It’s funny how everyday we can celebrate all these random things, but looking up the national days is a great way to get some inspiration going for my nail art!

I decided to paint some chocolate bars for my junk food, so I looked for a good brown polish to serve as my base color. I chose Lug Your Designer Baggage from China Glaze for that candy bar look.

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Lug Your Designer Baggage from China Glaze has subtle gold flecks in the polish that make it appear more luxurious… or more like crisped rice in my chocolate bar.

I defined the squares of chocolate in my bar by mixing shades of brown and black craft smart acrylic paint. I used a detail brush to paint the lines, but a striping brush can also do the job.

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I painted in the darkest lines first, outlined them in a slightly lighter shade, then highlighted sections of the lines to define the squares.

I made a French manicure by swiping a layer of Need for Speed by Formula X for Sephora across the tips of my nails to represent the foil wrapper around the chocolate bar, then applied a generous layer of Seche Vite top coat to finish off the look.

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It looks fairly convincing, no?

In terms of freehand nail art, this was relatively simple as the design consists of many different lines, but it always boils down to how much patience you have. The truly lazy will want to go with the route that I took with my right hand, which was to only apply the silver French tip on top of the brown base color. I mean, you can use your imagination to come up with the rest of the details… right?

Hope you enjoyed this sweet manicure. Happy polishing!