Sunday, 24 September 2017

Born Pretty Store No Wipe Gel Top Coat Review

Recently I started using gel polish just coz I wanted to use those shiny mirror finish pigments and holo pigments. Most of these pigments needed gel polish and a no wipe top coat. I got a basic set of uv gel lamp in a starter kit but I was still short of a no wipe gel topcoat.

And then my favourite shop for all things nail came out with a no wipe tc. Born Pretty Store.

I got the no wipe topcoat (item #39795; link) with some pigments and I am really happy with the way it works esp over these shiny powders and pigments.

Here I have used it over BPS pigment 38616 over a black base and again topped it over the pigment. Can you see how shiny reflects and it certainly doesnt take the shine away from the pigment.

I used it over a glitter gel polish and the result is equally shiny and smooth look.

I have also used it below over the BPS magnetic polish

The top coat goes smoothly and is self levelling. It cures nicely in 30 seconds in a led uv lamp. No need to wipe sticky layer as this is a no-wipe top coat. I love shiny nails using the pigments and chrome/mirror powders so my main purpose to test this was for the powders and it works really well. One layer of top coat and the pigments stick nicely to it and give a proper chrome/mirror finish when rubbed on with finger or silicon applicator. 
It lasted well over 10 days for me without any chips but I removed it as I wanted to change my nail polish. This top coat sells for $2.79 for a 10ml bottle. It is very reasonably priced as compared to other no wipe gel topcoats and is easily available via BPS. If you are a chrome/mirror nails lover and need a good no wipe gel topcoat then this is certainly brings an end to your search.

PS. Product provided for an honest unbiased review.

Friday, 22 September 2017

BornPretty Soak Off Caps

Sometimes the glitter polish and gel polish get to you! In the sense they are so tiresome to remove that you dont feel like using them at all. There's always a way to use the peel off base but for me that doesnt work well always. It comes off in just a day or two and most likely in the middle of the important event that I had painted my nails for. So this comes at a really good time for me. 
Born Pretty Soak off caps.

Now I dont fear using gel or glitter polish directly. I love removing them by using these soak off silicon caps (item #39658). I have used the older variety of a small plastic bulb with a rubber cap but trust me these silicone ones are much better and easier to use. 

All you got to do it soak a piece of cotton (1/4th of a cotton pad) in acetone. Place it on your nail so that the polished area is completely covered by it. These caps have a small V opening on the under side. Fold the cap around the edge of the V and place your finger in it. Now unfold the cap around your finger. For glitter polish let it stay for 5 mins. For gel polish let it stay around 10-15 mins. 
Gently remove the cap and voila! your polish should have come out without much trouble.

I got these caps (item 39658; link) from the Bornpretty store. They sell for $2.99 for 5 pieces in a set. You can get them in green, red, yellow, purple, rose-red (bright pink). These are made from silicone material so acetone doesnt affect it and all you need to do is wash off with water once you use them and let dry. 

I find them the best so far to remove polish esp if you use gel. Although I use them to remove any mani even if its a normal one which I think would need a lot of rubbing. I am happy to recommend this product if you dont like the rubbing and tugging one needs to do to remove polish. Any polish!

PS. product sent for an honest unbiased review.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Trendy Floral Nail Art using BeautyBigBang Brushes

These days I am going all the way for making stamping decals. They are fun and creative and the results come out usually very nice. But the down side it is it take s too long with all the stamping and drying and top coating. So I decided to use a cheat way with this mani using these detailed brushes from Beautybigbang website. 

Base: Chambor Gel effect 510
Stamping plate: Moyou Trend Hunter 01 
Accent: Pointer: UCB 5-03 and Pinkie UCB 2-02
Filled in with glass paint in yellow
Stamping polish: Mdu black
Filled in yellow translucent paint on flowers and stripes using Acrylic Nail Liner Brushes (item SKU 1378 from BeautyBigBang; link)
All topped with HKgirl

These brushes retail for $4.44 and they come in a set of 3 brushes with different lengths in colours black, gold and blue. The brushes came packed in a plastic sleeve and each brush is covered with a plastic cap. Each brush is 5mm, 8mm and 1cm in length. 

The brushes are ultra thin with metal handles and very suitable for doing fine lines or free hand and filling in decals with tiny designs.  
The black brush is 5mm and is slightly thicker than the other 2; I filled this nail art using this black brush. The gold brush is 8mm in length and is thinnnest of the three. The blue one is tallest at 1cm and the thickness is right between the other 2.

I love how cute this mani turned out and it got made very soon as filling in with brushes takes much lesser time than making decals. I am not much of a free hand person but the black brush definitely did give a good control and smooth. Look forward to trying more free hand stuff with these brushes.

This is the first time I got items from BeautyBigBang website and they reached me within 4 weeks. These brushes retails for $4.44 and are reasonable for the quality. Items from this website are delivered with free shipping even for a single item. Incase you buy from the site you can use my coupon code NAAT for a 10% sitewide discount on Beautybigbang.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Aveniro Glass Nail Files

Nail Files are life! I cant do without one!
I always keep one in my purse and couple in the house so if i ever need to trim a crack or splinter before it leads to a dramatic turn I just whip it out. 🤣
Also I have started to appreciate glass nail files. I cant figure why for so many years I havent used them. You really need to try a good glass nail file to appreciate the difference. Earlier I had got some cheap ones and they wore off so pls dont get the ones that come for Rs.30-50/- They will wear off; as in the corrosive texture comes right off in a few uses. So invest some $ and get a good one! they literally last forever! have a look at the review of Aveniro glass files:

They sent me 2 DUO glass nail files: one is medium (90 mm long, 3mm thick, pointed) and one is short (90 mm long, 3mm thick, pointed- easy to be carried for travel purposes)
The big thing is a foot file.

These are their medium (135 mm) and small nail (90mm). Grinding surface has on each side of the file different coarseness, therefore it adapts to the character and quality of the nail. The rougher side is highly abrasive yet gentle to your nails and enables fast and easy shaping of the nail. It is also supposed to file toenails that are harder and their filing is often problematic. The smoother surface serves to final neatening and correction of imperfections.

The foot file is 6mm thick (size 55x110mm) made with 2 different textures.  The coarser side is meant to remove calloused skin and the other smoother side serves to gentle neatening and final smoothening.

The coarse side is visibly different from the smooth side. 
I also used the foot file and it is certainly helpful to maintain smooth skin. Its easy to use and not very abrasive. The result was smooth soft looking skin on my feet which I love. 
coarse side
smooth side
These are my nails after I filed using the medium file. No hangs nails and no rough edges.
These files help for fast and easy filing of nails. Took me 5 mins only to file all nails after I had cut them. The coarse side is also helpful for thick nails esp toes. I just ran them over my nails with the smooth side at last to take of any sharp edges or hang nails. Happy to say these are good quality and live up to my expectations.

Aveniro retails through resellers only.  Aveniro is a manufacturer and wholesale and retail export oriented supplier of glass nail files. The company is located in the North of Czech Republic in the traditional glassmaking region.

PS. Product sent for an honest unbiased review

Advanced stamping Nail art : Roses

These are the longest nails i've had in quite a while. I wanted to do a decal mani before I had to trim them a bit. Love this length but I constantly worry about breaking them or hurting kiddo.

So I made some stamping decals for this. 

Base: Dance Legend Scout
Stamping polish: MDU Pastel Yellow
Stamping plates: BM XL-205 (roses) and BP-L020
Filled roses with DL shock
All topped with HKgirl

This is a beautiful shade! I just looooooove DL polishes!!
Love love love!!! <3 p="">

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Indian Stamping Nail Art

Wanted to try some different combi and did this. 

Didnt turn out as I expected. 

Base: OPI Dating a Royal
Stamping Plate: Moyou Arabesque 06
Stampingpolish: MDU Neon yellow and Neon green
Topped with Hkgirl

So I stamped in the middle two fingers with Mdu neon yellow and it didnt show up well so I double stamped it with neon green. Kinda messed up the look a bit. Eh! 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Warped Mirror Nails

Ha! Made you look!

They really do look warped or wiggly-woggly dont they?
I worked this up on the base from my previous post here --> link
Base: DL glitter base Black
Pigment: BPS Top grade chameleon Glitter pigment in shade BRB20 (link)
Stamped with BP-94 (item: #33727) from BPS (link)

Love how the overall look turned out to be spunky with a mind illusion effect!!

Hope u loved them.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

DuoChrome Mirror Nails using BornPretty Chameleon Pigment

I dont know if its just me or are more of you totally in love with the duochrome mirror finish pigments that have popped up in the nail art world. Believe me guys these are so much better than anything you've seen last year. Dont believe me? Have a look:

Base: DL glitter base Black
Pigment: BPS Top grade chameleon Glitter pigment in shade BRB20 (link) item #38616
Top coat: Oceans Beauty Top Pure (water based tc)

My thoughts on the pigment: The quality is superb! 
The pigment is super fine, opaque, no bald spots and no need to rub in much or anything. The shine and mirror like finish is incredible. I have take pics which reflected clouds and the whole building from across my house with nice detailing. The colour shift is simply very obvious and pleasant. You dont need to twist your hand at funny angles or squint. Its just there. I cant wait to try more of these pigments. You can use them with gel and water based polishes both. Since I frequently like to change my polish I used a peel off black base. I have also swatched this with a white base. The difference in is that the mirror effect goes a bit mild but the pink/purple colour in the transition shift was more visible. This pigment retails for $4.29 for 0.5gm which is very nicely priced as compared to other good quality pigments in the market. (link)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Starry Nail Art

Here's a mani I did on the BPS star sequined gel polish from my last post 

Base: BPS Holographic Star Moon Sequins Gel Bling Soak Off Manicure Nail Art UV Gel Polish (link ; item no: #40427; shade 1)
Stamping plate: Uber Chic Beauty 6-01
Stamping polish: M-polish Snowberry

Hope you liked it!

PS: Polish sent for an honest review

Thursday, 17 August 2017

BPS Holographic Star Sequins UV Gel Polish : Swatch and review

On the blog today I've swatched a very pretty looking blingy gel polish from the house of BPS. Its called BORN PRETTY Holographic Star Moon Sequins Gel Bling Soak Off Manicure Nail Art UV Gel Polish (link ; item no: 40427; shade 1)

As you can see it is a red jelly base filled with holo chunky, medium and small hex glitter with an occasional star. It looks even better even and juicy in person with a holo sparkle in direct light. On my nails is 2 coats of gel with layer of top coat. I had cured my nails after each layer.
The polish is slightly thick as all gel polishes are. I found this easy to apply. The first coat goes smooth although I didnt get even glitter placement and I didnt want to make it thick since it is gel polish. So instead I made a thin coat and cured it. Next I put another thin layer and then dabbed some glitter and evenly distributed it with a light floating hand movement. the polish goes quite opaque in 2 coats. 
As you can see the finish is really smooth and shiny. I thought maybe the glitter would poke up and out but they didnt. The polish settles well and goes streakfree. Overall the polish feel and quality is really nice. (I will update here for how long lasts on my nails without chipping once I test it).

This polish retails for $3.99 for a 10ml bottle (link to the product). The bottle comes in a white coloured bottle. This polish comes in 10 shades and some of them have a moon glitter instead of the star. Scroll down for more closeups and pics in different lighting.

In sunlight

Indoor light

Swatch on a stick in Indoor light

PS. Polish was sent for an honest review

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Swatch and Review: BPS Chameleon Magnetic UV Gel Polish

Today I have a new BPS product on the blog. 
I've loved magnetics since they got revamped post 2012. They are so much stronger in effect with all the works like duo-chrome and holo etc. So I wanted to review this polish from one of the most affordable websites of nail art things.

Base: BPS Chameleon Magnetic UV Gel (link; shade 21; item #40294)
Top coat: BPS no wipe gel top coat

The site specifically says to use a black base underneath it but I wanted to try how it looks without the black base. So as normal I used 2 coats of this polish, applied magnetic and cured it in UV light after each coat. The effect is a nice duo chrome turquoise to dark blue/purple shade. The magnetic particles give it a distinctive olive-gold line that diffuses softly across the nails. The polish comes in a 10ml white coated bottle with slightly thick consistency as UV polishes are. It applies smoothly on nails without any streaks and spreads evenly. I used my own cat's eye magnet (it is not included in package) after each coat and cured it. So after 2-3 coats the magnetic effect became very prominent. On my ring finger I have applied 3 coats to just test the density of the colour but it was almost quite opaque in 2 coats itself and doesnt change much when using 3 coats. It lasts long as it is gel polish but clearly I don't have the patience and need to change my polish every 2-3 days. 
(I will update here with a pic of this polish with a black base soon
Update: Below is a pic of the polish with a black base and UV topcoat. The black base really brings out the shine and shimmer in the polish and clearly shows the duo chrome effect better)

This polish retails for $3.99 for 10ml and is available in 12 shades. (link)

Here's a macro look at the polish: love this pic!!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Mandala Nail Art with stamping decals

After I long time I sat down and did a full advanced decal mani that I had been wanting to do since I got this cute mandala plate BP-L52 (#36310 ; link)

Base: Chambor Gel effect nail lacquer (white 510)
Stamping plate: BP L-052 (#36310 from born pretty store)
Stamping polish: MDU 2 (black)
Decal filled with Chg: glow with the flow, treble maker, daisy know my name?
All topped with hkgirl

Here's how the decal looked before I put it on my nails.This chambor polish in white makes a very good base for decals as it doesnt dry crisp and it was very easy to take the decal off the stamping mat as it stretched and bent without tearing off. Definitely a must have polish if u love making decals.

Now moving on to the stamping plate. I got this plate from Born pretty store and I had been saving it to make decals when I have enough time to make a full decal mani, not just accent. This plate is very versatile and it has hollow designs which are very good for making decals. The designs are comfortable to fill in decals and not too tiny. The etching was perfect and I could pick up crisp designs. You can also make circular gradient and use these mandala designs to stamp normally for an eye catching manicure.
This plate retails for $2.59 and is very reasonable at this price (link to this product).

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Floral Mermaid Nail Art using Born Pretty plate 110

Still cant get over this mermaid nail pigment as you can see!
I did a bit of nail art to just give it a fresh look after a couple of days. Something bold but not filling.

Base: DL glitter base in white
Coated with BPS neon unicorn mirror powder.
Topped with EZ dip water based top coat
Stamping with M-polish dancing in the streets
Stamping plate: BP 110 (#33743 link)

This plate is a small 55mm dia round plate from BPS collection. Its a neat floral design plate with designs strewn apart each other to clearly allow to see the base polish. The overall design of the plate is very nice and versatile to even allow to make decals. 
As of now this plate retails for $1.59 which is really reasonable. The etching is nice and I had no trouble in pick up. But while cleaning off the polish from the plate the polish was getting a bit stuck in the tiny corners of some designs so I had to wipe off a bit more throughly. Overall I like this plate much and definitely look forward to making some decals with his plate next.
You can use my code ARTX31 on the bps site to get a 10% discount.

PS. Plate sent for honest review

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Born Pretty Unicorn Mirror Powder

On my nails today is one of the cutest look ever! I had been wanting to try out this for the longest time; ever since I saw a mani of stick-on nails on the internet in this beautiful mirror-pearl finish. I was quite certain they were stick-ons and I didnt want stick ons so I thought maybe there will come a duochrome polish but it didnt. Instead there came something even better! Its called

BORN PRETTY Neon Unicorn Mirror Powder Ultra-thin Nail Art Mermaid Chrome Pigment Powder (link)

Base: Dance Legend Glitter Base in White
Born Pretty Neon Unicorn Powder (#40320)
Topped with Ezdip water based top coat and sealer

Over white base

The powder quality is very good and fine. It instantly gives the duochrome mirror effect.
You dont need to rub in much nor will you get any bald spots. The shine effect is very visible and eye catching. You can see the whole range of purple-pink-green-blue on white and yellow-green-blue spectrum over a black base. 
This powder can be used even without gel polish if you have water based polish and top coat.
I like to keep changing my mani ofter so I used it over a white peel off base from DL and topped it with water based top coat from Ez dip. 
The powder retails for $2.99 for 0.2gm (link) and 0.2 gms might look less but its enough to do all 10 nails twice over. I am totally swooning over how this powder looks over different bases. 

PS. Powder sent for an honest review