Review of Beauty Big Bang Holo Polish 009

Today’s review is going to cover a holographic nail polish from Beauty Big Bang. I hadn’t tried anything new from their website in awhile, so I was curious to see how their house brand nail lacquer would perform.

Shipping took a few weeks, but I feel like my package arrived a little faster compared to when I order from Born Pretty. Everything was well wrapped and in a box instead of a bubble mailer which was a nice change.

The polish comes inside its own elegant black and gold box that lists the company info, ingredients and warnings, the item’s identifying bar code and color, and its creation date along with its expiration date.

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Apparently this polish is “guaranteed fresh” for 2 years, but knowing how my polishes hold up, it will probably be good for longer than that.

Taking the bottle out, you will instantly fall in love with this beautiful shade of indigo. The photo on the website looks more blue, but it definitely has more of a purple tint to it, especially in low light conditions. For a holographic polish, it is a very unique color, and it has that gorgeous rainbow effect on top of it!

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Beauty Big Bang Holo Polish in color 009.

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Review of My Dance Holographic Nail Lacquer 001 LS

Hello again, and Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating! We’re going to be taking an in depth look at My Dance Nail Lacquer today.

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My Dance Holographic Nail Lacquer in color 001 LS.

I’ve seen My Dance nail polish on a few websites. This particular bottle is from the Beauty Big Bang store site (see the link at the the bottom of the post), and it caught my eye because of the beautiful silver holographic color. Honestly, who doesn’t love a good holo polish?

This polish comes in a 6 mL bottle, which is a mini size that holds about half the amount of polish that an average drugstore brand would contain. I’m totally fine with that because when was the last time you have ever finished off a whole bottle of nail polish? You can still get plenty of uses from this size with little worry of the polish formula getting too old. I also find it great that the date the polish was made and the expiration date are printed on a label on the back side of the bottle so you can keep better track of the age of the formula. Continue reading

Review of Born Pretty Holo Polish H010 Heart of Gold

 

If you’ve been following my posts lately, you will have noticed that I’ve been using a gorgeous gold holographic polish in a few of my manicures. This polish is from Born Pretty Store and is aptly named Heart of Gold.

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This 10 mL bottle is full of gold shimmer and holographic goodness. The packaging is pretty cute, too!

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The nail polish is inside a cute box that is just as pretty as the polish itself. The backside lists the ingredients, as they are not printed on the bottle itself, along with social media information.

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The top of the box lists the color of the polish inside should you choose to store the bottle in its original packaging.

This polish admittedly does have a strong smell to it that is similar to acetone, but the formula is just the right consistency where it is not too thick or thin. There is a mixing ball in the bottle to easily stir up the contents should the pigments start separating from the formula. The handle also holds a fairly wide brush that makes it easy to paint your nails in 1-2 strokes.

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Brush and bottle shot.

The opacity of the polish is astounding. You can get a decent amount of coverage with just one coat of polish, although I recommend applying 2 coats for the best color payout.

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This formula is so shiny that it is super reflective even without any top coat applied!

Oh, and did I mention how beautiful the holographic effect is? It really sparkles in bright light and reflects rainbows like a prism.

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The macro shot shows the multi-dimensional color of this polish.

The formula dries fairly quickly, and it doesn’t chip too easily if you apply base and top coats along with the color. I’ve been wearing the manicure below for about a week, and it still looks nearly flawless. The best part is that the gold color makes any chips look less noticeable.

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I went for Oscar gold with this Hollywood movie themed nail art.

Because the polish is so heavily pigmented, it is great to use with stamping plates. Heart of Gold looks especially chic over black nail polish.

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You can create sparkly fireworks (or sparkly anything!) with this polish and the right stamping plate.

I have to say that I absolutely love this nail polish and am now coveting all the other holographic colors on the Born Pretty website. If you love holo, then you really should try this polish out!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this holo polish (retail price is $19.99 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/10ml-born-pretty-holographic-holo-glitter-super-shine-manicure-nail-polish-h010-heart-gold-p-36892.html

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Holographic Fireworks Manicure

Here is some easy nail art that I did to celebrate Mother’s Day this year (I know, I’m late with the blog posts).

I used Born Pretty Store’s Celebration BPX-L013 as my cheat inspiration for the week.

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BPX-L013 plate from Born Pretty Store covers you for a few different occasions throughout the year.

Because I was going with a firework theme, I painted my nails black as an evening sky.

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What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI is my go to black polish right now.

Next, I picked a holographic polish to do the stamping. You can pick any color holo polish that you like because all the shades look more or less the same (all rainbows!) when the lines are as thin as they are in this design. I went with Heart of Gold from Born Pretty for this manicure.

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I used the 3rd pattern from the left side, first row of rectangular images on the plate along with the gold holo polish and stamped the pattern onto my nails.

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This design looks like a bunch of lasers. Pew pew!

The rainbows in the holographic polish really give the fireworks a multicolored effect

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That’s all there is to this intricate looking manicure! Hope you guys liked it!

Happy polishing!

Holographic Bubble Nail Art

I’ve still been feeling rather lazy and uninspired, so I again turned to the @clairestelle8challenge to help me through the week.  The prompt for January 21 was Circles, and I could have easily turned to my stamping plate collection, but I decided to challenge myself a little bit and try my hand at painting bubbles.

I started by applying a pearly white base color to all my nails.

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Of Quartz You Can by Finger Paints.

I came up with a rather clever trick to make bubble decals on a silicone mat.  The mat is from Bundle Monster, and I used Glisten & Glow’s HK Girl top coat to form the base of the nail decal.  I brushed an unused pencil eraser lightly with holographic polish and stamped it onto the dried top coat on the mat.  I repeated this technique many times and also with 2-3 different polishes applied to the same circular stamped area in order to get the mix of colors that you would typically see in a soap bubble.

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Rainbow colored holographic bubbles on my silicone mat. The polishes used include Pink Holo, Green Holo, and Purple Holo from UO Nail Lacquer and Tali from Julep.

To use the decals, I carefully peeled the layer of polish from my mat and cut around the bubble(s) that I wished to use.  After painting my nail with a layer of Seche Vite top coat, I immediately placed the decal where I wanted it and allowed it to set.

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Nebulous orb shapes. They already looked like bubbles, but they needed a little more help.

Using a detail brush, I outlined each bubble with craft smart acrylic paint in dark grey.  I also added a little bit of dimension to the bubble by adding a white highlight to the top right and bottom left side of each circle.  The dark grey paint contrasted too much with the design, so I ended up tracing the outlines again with Silver Holo from UO Nail Lacquer to make them blend more with the colors in the bubbles.

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Finishing touches.

After another layer of top coat over everything, my design was done.

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Soap bubble nail art. Just wish I had a thinner detail brush for the outlines.

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To be honest, they didn’t come out exactly as planned.  Holographic polish tends to be pretty opaque with even just a thin layer applied so my bubbles didn’t look as ethereal and transparent as I wanted them to be.  Also, the pencil eraser technique worked great, but it didn’t allow for any variation in size unless I purposefully wanted to carve down an eraser.  It still came out kind of cool, at least in concept.

Hopefully I get my inspiration back soon!  Happy polishing!

 

Lacey Stained Glass Manicure

I wanted to create a pretty manicure after my 3D nail experiment, so I turned to a classy plate from Harunouta for inspiration.

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Lace for days: Harunouta plate L-009.

My eyes were drawn to the lace strip in the center of the plate, so I decided to do some stamping in black over subtle holographic hues.  Did you know that Urban Outfitters released a line of holographic nail polishes a few years ago?  They are some of the best purchases I ever made.

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Clockwise from top left: Konad Special Nail Polish in Black, UO Nail Lacquer in Silver Holo, UO Nail Lacquer in Pink Holo, and UO Nail Lacquer in Green Holo.

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I painted all my nails with Silver Holo.

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I stamped the lace image with black polish and colored in the flowers with Pink Holo and the leaves with Green Holo.

Pro tip: Use several stampers so that you can let the polish dry completely as you fill in the image on the next stamper.  Failure to wait will cause the colors to smear outside of your outlines, and the decal will not transfer properly.

I used the brush from the bottle to fill in the design, but if you need more precision, a dotting tool or detail brush is handy.

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After stamping the design, some clean up, and top coat, your manicure is done!

The most time consuming work is coloring in the sections, but it really an easy manicure to do.  Plus it’s holo- how can you go wrong?

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Hope you enjoyed this design!  Happy polishing!

Pole Dancer Nails

After doing the silhouette of the rhythmic gymnast for my Olympics themed nails, I felt the urge to do something else with a silhouette.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to rely on my freehand painting skills for this one because I have a stamping plate that fits the bill perfectly!

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Can you get jiggy with it?  Plate BP-X07 from Born Pretty Store.

Seems to me like there were quite a few pole dancers and sexy girls on there, so I went with a holographic polish base to fit the mood.

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My holo polish of choice was Things That Make You Go Bloom by KB Shimmer.

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I used bmc nail lacquer in noir black to do the stamping, but I wasn’t that thrilled with the opacity.

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I ended up going over a lot of the images with craft smart acrylic paint in Black to intensify the silhouettes. The poles were corrected with paint and a striping brush, and I had to draw in the bust outline for the girl on the far left.

Of course, the lesson is to make sure you use good quality stamping polishes in the first place so that you don’t have to paint over your stamping to make it look good!  I suppose it would have looked fine in either case, but certain details didn’t get picked up from the plate so well, and my OCD wouldn’t let me leave things like that.

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My “pole” is actually my flute!

It’s still a cute idea, and it reeks of Showgirls.  Don’t you think Nomi Malone would approve?

Happy polishing!

Rhythmic Gymnastics Nails

I’m very fortunate to have made friends with some very talented nail artists on Instagram through the magic of collaborations.  About a month ago, we started a group chat discussing the plan to do an Olympics theme, so each of us picked a sport to represent.  Because of the time differences between us 13 nail artists across the world, I was one of the latecomers to the conversation.  A lot of sports had already been picked, but when I saw that rhythmic gymnastics was available, I jumped on it!  I had visions of the ribbon twirling in my head.

For those who have never seen a routine, you really ought to watch at least a little bit of the video here!  The amount of skill needed for this sport is insane!

For the color palette, I picked the following polishes.

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Pictured from left to right: Bunny by Julep, Only Gold For Me by Sephora by OPI, Folies Bergère by Cupcake Polish, and Copa Girls by Cupcake Polish.

Because the mat in the Olympics is white, I painted all my nails with Bunny to serve as a base.

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Go for the gold! Bunny by Julep has gold micro glitter.

I tried to play up the gold of the micro glitter with Only Gold For Me, which is actually a glitter top coat.  I applied it with a sponge to soak up the extra fluid from the top coat, but it still makes a lovely natural glitter gradient.

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I used different colored acrylic paints by craft smart to paint the Olympic rings which were a required element for all the designs of the collab. I used a striping brush and a dotting tool with holo polishes from Cupcake Polish to paint ribbons and balls soaring through the air.

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You’ll notice that I added more glitter to fill in empty spaces around the Olympic Rings in the bottom left hand picture. I didn’t want any glitter getting in the middle of the rings, which is why I didn’t apply it over my entire nail to start.

I used a striping brush and a detail brush with black acrylic paint to outline the ribbons and the balls so that they would stand out more in the design.

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Five gymnasts usually compete as a team, so I had two ribbons and three balls represented in the design. Coincidentally, there are also five rings in the Olympic symbol.

I imagined that I would have a silhouette of a gymnast twirling a ribbon on my thumb.  I have pretty short nails, so this was the only space where I had room to do this.  I had to sketch this out with pencil and paper first before I tried to paint it.

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I used a detail brush with pink holographic polish to paint in a twirling ribbon, then I painted the silhouette of the gymnast with black acrylic paint and outlined the ribbon. The gray line is the handle of the ribbon.

Here’s the finished look!

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Yay for rhythmic gymnastics!

I had the foresight to use a peel off base coat with this design so that I can keep it forever.  For the record, Ünt peel off base coat really does work well!

 

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It’s sure a lot easier to arrange peelies for a pose than it is to get my hand in the right position!

As for that collab, I think that everyone did a fabulous job!

Best of luck to Team USA in all their events at the Olympics in Rio this year!  Happy polishing!

Chessmen Nails

Ever since I painted this design, people have been asking me if I play chess.  The short answer is no, although I vaguely remember the basic rules from when I was taught them a long time ago.  The last time I did any sort of chess game was online with a friend in the late 90s.  My claim to fame was beating my brother, who is nine years older than me, shortly after he taught me how to play the game at the age of 7.  I know he didn’t let me win because he wasn’t too happy about that one!

The inspiration for my chess themed nails comes from the checkerboard pattern on plate Qgirl-046 from Ya Qin An.

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I used the checkerboard print at the top of the plate for this manicure.

In retrospect, I would have painted the checkerboard by hand to get the lines more exact and consistent, but I didn’t have a lot of time to paint that night.  More about that in a bit.

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I started out by painting my nails with Silver Holo from UO Nail Lacquer. Honestly, who doesn’t like a good holographic polish?

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I used Konad Special Nail Polish in Flash Black to do the stamping. Of course, I bumped my nail against something and was too lazy to fix it, so I left the damage there. After all, I knew I was going to paint over it anyway.

I want to also point out that it’s super hard to get a checkerboard pattern like this one all even and precise if you use a squishy stamper.  The softer head makes it easy to stamp over curvy nail beds, but it also distorts the pattern as it transfers.  So you can see the difference, I used my Konad stamper on my ring finger, but I didn’t scrape the plate very well so it picked up everything.  It’s funny because I’m so used to other stampers being more forgiving in that sense.

In any case, I know I did a hack job of the stamping, but it’s only the background so…

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I took a small brush and used craft smart acrylic paint in White to paint the basic shapes of the chess pieces. I decided on painting two pawns, a king, a queen, and a knight, which sounds like the beginning of a bad joke.

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To make the pieces stand out, I outlined each piece with a detail brush and craft smart acrylic paint in Black. I also used the black paint to fill in any weird spots in the checkerboard print.

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I finished by applying Seche Vite Top Coat.

I was going to use Dazzle Dry Top Coat, but it started smudging my stamping with the first stroke, so I quickly changed plans.  Just remember that not every top coat will work with every manicure!

Hope you enjoyed reading about how to hide a bad stamping job.  😉  Happy polishing!

Chevron Holographic Mani

Ever since I finished my last manicure, I’ve been eyeing my bottle of Meet Me at the Disco from Sephora by OPI.  Technically the bottle says it’s a top coat, but I wanted to slather it all over my nails because of its beautiful holo glitter.

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Silvery holographic goodness from Meet Me At the Disco by Sephora by OPI.

Because Meet Me At the Disco is supposed to be a top coat, the density of glitter in the polish is a little on the thin side in order to let a base color show through.  In order to not have 10 layers of polish on my nails, I applied it with a makeup sponge so that the excess fluid would get absorbed by the sponge.  Pretty crafty, eh?  Glitter can get chunky in places with that kind of application, so I did end up brushing on an extra two coats of polish straight from the bottle to even out the texture.

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Obligatory out of focus picture to photograph the holographic effect. It’s hard to take pictures of holo polish!

For an accent nail, I stamped a chevron pattern onto my ring finger with Konad Special Nail Polish in Flash Black and plate BM-423 from Bundle Monster.

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Easy chevron nail art accomplished!

Hope you’re having a great summer so far!  Happy polishing!