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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Unicorn Nail Art

Happy March, everyone! I’ve been meaning to do some unicorn nail art for awhile just for fun, so let’s get on with this magical manicure!

My base color was an indigo wonder from Beauty Bigbang, 009 in their Holo Polish series.

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Beauty Bigbang Holo Polish 009 is full of magical rainbows that are perfect for a unicorn theme!

I’ve been feeling lazy about doing freehand stuff lately, so I opted to use plate L045 from Harunouta to assist me with this manicure.

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I chose to use the unicorn from the top row, 2nd image from the left, and the shooting star 2 images to the right of that for this manicure.

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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

Holographic Pink and Black Lace Manicure

Today’s nail art is based off a pink and black color theme, which is always a classic combination. I also really was in the mood to use some holographic polish because it’s been awhile since I enjoyed some rainbow action!

I started by painting my nails with What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI and Born Pretty Holographic Stamping Polish in color #2.

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Everything is so shiny! These nails look killer already even without any nail art.

I wanted to do French tips combined with stamping, so I applied an extra swipe of black polish across the tips of the nails that were painted with the pink polish.

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Half of a French manicure in action.

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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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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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Hollywood Movie Nails

My orchestra had a “Lights, Camera, Music!” themed program last Sunday where we played musical selections from different films alongside a projection of either related images or actual clips of the movies themselves. It was a super fun concert, and it inspired me to paint these sparkly gold Hollywood inspired nails.

The real star of the artwork was the holographic polish. Honestly, I don’t think anyone can go wrong with holo polish because it is just so beautiful! I started by painting my nails with Heart of Gold from Born Pretty Store for some talons worthy of an Oscar.

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2 coats of Heart of Gold from Born Pretty give you opaque coverage with a gorgeous color.

I found the cute filmstrip image on plate BM-421 from Bundle Monster. The panes are empty so you can really get creative with what you want to put into the design.

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BM-421 plate from Bundle Monster.

I used Ya Qin An Stamping Nail Polish in Black along with the filmstrip image from the uppper left side of the plate and haphazardly stamped it at different angles on my nails.

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The stars on this design come from BP-64 from Born Pretty Store. I thought I could isolate a row of 3 stars to make the transfer process easier, but unfortunately the spacing didn’t match the image from Bundle Monster. I ended up stamping one star at a time into each frame. To do this, you only need to apply a little bit of polish over one of the stars, scrape off the excess, pick up the image with your stamper, then remove any extraneous parts around the design with tape before stamping it onto your nail. It’s a very tedious process, but it is easy enough to do.

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BP-64 plate from Born Pretty.

After some top coat was applied, these stars were ready to shine!

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You get a gold star if you try this mani!

This design was eye catching enough that several strangers (male and female!) made comments about how they liked my nails. And of course, the concert was a great success as well. Now to find inspiration for my next design…

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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!

Review of Born Pretty Holographic Blue Laser Glitter Powder

Today’s review is all about glitter powder. I’m not just talking about your run of the mill craft store glitter. No, this is nothing compared to the highly sparkly semi holographic kind that I’m about to show you today.

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Shining sand: Born Pretty Holographic Blue Laser Glitter Powder.

This powder is some magical stuff! You can see from the picture that the size of the glitter in the container is very fine. The overall color of it is a pretty teal green/blue mixed with some holographic flecks. It does not have as much of a holographic effect as a true holographic polish, but it is beautifully shiny in the light with subtle rainbow reflections.

When you order the powder, it arrives sealed in a cute clear plastic faceted container, and it comes with a small sponge tipped applicator. The plastic bag for the set has a zip seal, so you can make sure your glitter does not spill all over your other products when you store it.

 

Each container is filled with roughly 1.5-1.8 grams of the sparkly powder. The great news is that you hardly will use any of it when you apply it to your nails, ensuring that you will be able to produce many manicures from this little jar.

 

The best way to apply this powder is to use it over a gel top coat. It needs a sticky surface to which it can adhere. You can attempt to apply it over regular wet nail polish, but your results will not look as nice as the glitter won’t necessarily disperse evenly.

A base color is not required for this powder, but I opted to use a white polish underneath it just to show how fully the glitter covers your nails. If you want to ensure that any empty patches in the glitter application do not show, you may want to choose a shade that complements the teal or holographic components of the glitter instead.

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b.m.c. nail lacquer in Angelic White. Note that this is not a gel polish, so I made sure that the two coats of lacquer that I applied were fully dry before I proceeded to the next step.

Next I applied a gel top coat from Born Pretty and cured it for roughly half the normal time (30 seconds) which is no more than 15 seconds. You might want to err on curing it for less time to ensure that the glitter will stick to the top coat. If you are not using a base color, you can start directly from this step.

As a side note, you will want to be very careful with the gel top coat application as this glitter will stick to any place the top coat is applied. This means that it will get in your cuticles and the sides of your nail beds if you are not careful, so if that sort of thing annoys you, patience and cleanliness are key.

Once the top coat is set, you can use the sponge applicator to pat the glitter on top of your nails. You can rub it in, but I suggest the patting motion because it will stick better. Keep a piece of paper underneath your working area to catch any excess glitter fallout. Once you achieve the coverage that you desire, you can use a fan brush to sweep away any excess powder from your nails.

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Freshly applied sparkles. You can’t even tell that a white base color was used because the glitter coverage is so good.

All that’s left to do is apply another layer of gel top coat over your nails and fully cure it to seal in the glitter. If any glitter was on your skin, you can simply wash your hands after the final layer of top coat is set to finish cleaning up.

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The powder by itself is beautiful enough, but I added some stamping on top of it just for fun.

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Your nails will look even prettier with this swirling vine manicure.

Overall, this powder is easy to use and it has enormous color payout considering how little you have to apply to your nails to get the effect. The price is outstanding when you think about how many manicures you can produce from this little container. If you work with gel polish, why not add some sparkle to your manicures with this powder?

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this glitter powder (retail price is $2.99 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/18gbox-holographic-blue-laser-powder-ultra-thin-shining-manicure-nail-glitter-powder-p-38756.html

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Swirling Vine Glittery Manicure

Hello there, and Happy Easter!  Sorry for my inactivity lately.  I’ve spent the past week frantically trying to get my taxes done, so I had to put everything on hold.  I did have enough time to make this pretty manicure, inspired by my feeling of being trapped by a deadline.

I started by painting all my nails white.

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b.m.c. nail lacquer in Angelic White provides excellent coverage in just 2 coats.

I used a glitter powder from Born Pretty Store to turn my nails into a sparkly teal color.  I applied Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat over the fully dried white nail polish, cured it for about 15 seconds, then used a sponge applicator to apply the glitter to the tacky surface.

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Born Pretty Holographic Blue Laser Powder is beautifully shimmery and fully covers up the white base color.

After dusting off the excess powder with a fan brush, I applied another layer of gel top coat to seal in the sparkle.

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I love the color and the holographic shine in this powder.

Because I didn’t have a lot of time to do my nails, I stamped a vine design from the plate below onto my nails with Ya Qin An stamping polish in White.

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Born Pretty Store BPX-L018 plate has lots of leaves. I opted to use the design in the middle row, 3rd from the right.

The finished look is quite elegant, and I love the white and teal color combination.

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Swirling vines in colors perfect for Easter.

I’m hoping to get back on track with the blog soon, so stay tuned for more nail art and reviews!  Happy polishing!