Constellation Manicure

This month has been all about the stars, and I’m not talking about the Hollywood kind. It being the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, Mercury being in retrograde pretty much for the whole month, to the recent obsession with Area 51, it’s hard to not be thinking about outer space lately! Here’s an easy nail art design you can put together to join in the madness.

My first step was to paint my nails with this cool glittery black jelly polish from Julep called Celeste. I needed to apply 3 coats to get good coverage as jelly polishes can be pretty sheer. I love the iridescent glitter combination that they used because it sparkles and really looks like a built in galaxy.

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Dreamweaver New Age Manicure

Sorry for disappearing like the night, but this time of year is always busy for me, mainly because it’s tax season, and guess who procrastinated again… In any case, here’s a lovely manicure that must have cast its spell on me because I’ve been super tired as of late!

For this new age-y dreamweaver manicure, I started by painting my nails with black gel polish in color 007 Blackpool from Aimeili. I applied and cured 2 coats at 60 seconds a coat in a 36W UV/LED lamp for a perfect manicure.

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2 coats of Aimeili gel polish in color 007 Blackpool.

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Review of the Born Pretty Black Datura Holographic Topper Series: Lady Vengeance, La Vierge de Fer, and Portrait of a Lady

Have you ever looked at a collection of nail polishes and said that you need to buy them all? If you’re reading this blog, the chances are pretty high that you have! I was absolutely mesmerized by the holographic effect in Born Pretty’s Black Datura Series that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to snag all three polishes in the collection!

These nail lacquers are not colors per se but are holographic top coats that you can apply over any kind of nail polish to transform it into something even more gorgeous! The glitters in these vary in size and amount depending on the polish as you will see in the swatches later in this post.

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Three of a kind and oh so dazzling! The Black Datura Series (left to right): BP-BD01 Lady Vengeance, BP-BD02 La Vierge de Fer, and BP-BD03 Portrait of a Lady.

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Outer Space Starry Nails

NYC experienced a very strange phenomenon last Thursday. It’s being dubbed the Astoria Borealis, and it was the result of an “arc flash,” so says Con Edison, although initial reports said that it was because a transformer exploded at the power plant, which is located in Astoria, Queens. What resulted was that the sky lit up bright as daylight with blue and orange lights that flickered much like they do when a fluorescent bulb starts to go bad. It was very alarming to see as it was after 9 pm when the sky is normally very dark, and the flashes continued for about 2-3 minutes. This light could be seen from miles away, and social media lit up with all sorts of images and videos from all over the area after it happened.

My initial thoughts were that either aliens had landed or that a bomb had gone off. So naturally that inspired some outer space nail art.

I chose a pretty jelly polish from Pretty & Polished called Don’t Be A Drag for my base color. It kind of looks like a galaxy with all the different kinds of glitter in the polish. You need to apply 3 coats to get good glitter coverage, otherwise the color is very sheer.

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Magnetic Galaxy Manicure

Today I’m going to show you a cute little galaxy manicure that was inspired by a nail polish that I recently obtained. Because it’s a magnetic polish, I first painted my nails with Johnny from Julep to provide a dark base.

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2 coats of black polish (Johnny from Julep) were applied over a base coat prior to doing anything.

The stunning polish I’m about to show you is Aurora Borealis from the Born Pretty 3D Magnetic Aurora Series, and it’s absolutely beautiful! It has a chameleon effect that shifts from turquoise to a reddish purple in addition to having magnetic qualities. I applied one coat of this over the black polish and then immediately held a cat eye magnet over each nail at a diagonal angle for a few seconds while the polish was still wet so the pattern could form. I swear that my nails actually do look like a real aurora borealis!

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Aurora Borealis is a very appropriate name for this polish from Born Pretty.

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Review of Born Pretty BP-MA04 Greenland Night Magnetic Polish

I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to preview of one of the new Born Pretty polishes that will be released to the public on June 6. Let’s take a closer look!

Born Pretty has been seriously upping their package game as of late. Their branding has become more sophisticated and elegant looking over time. The bottle of polish is inside a cream colored box with gold foil text which complements the colors of their website design.

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Front and back views of the exterior box. The ingredients are listed on the back.

What I noticed right away about the bottle itself was the classy gold ring running along the base of the cap which instantly makes it look more high end. All the text is printed in gold. The bottle contains 6 mL of polish, but this information is only printed on the box and not on the bottle itself.

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BP-MA04 Greenland Night Magnetic Nail Lacquer from Born Pretty is a dark plum color with blue and red microglitters.

The bottom of the bottle is labeled with a mini bar code and the name of the series and color of the polish. It should be noted that this sticker is also affixed to the box in which it came.

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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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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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10% off coupon code: CHRISS