Tuesday, May 31, 2016

marine stamping with Born Pretty Store plate BP-10 [PR sample]

Hey everyone,

As explained before, I recently received some Born Pretty Store products to review. This stamping plate interested me in particular because I remembered seeing someone on Instagram with a similar motif on their nails and really liking it.

I didn't receive any sort of compensation to talk about these five products, however the products themselves were provided to me for free. None of the links included in this post are affiliate links. If you have any questions pertaining to the topic of transparency and PR on my blog I would be happy to answer them, just leave a comment or contact me via email (see the "Impressum" tab on the blog, you can find the address there).


Starfish & Shell Image Plate BP10
The bigger motif really gives you a lot of possibilities, which I have yet to explore.

The base for this, because I just can't seem to lay off the universe theme for even a second, is El Corazón "The Pleiades". Not too amazing with the more marine life theme of the stamping plate, but hey - I needed a nice background and so here we are.


The stamper (and scraper) I used is actually the clear jelly stamper that I won in Marina's giveaway, and as she said it's really pretty great. The image was easy enough to pick up and transferred well, as you can see. I hope I can motivate myself to try out some more things with this plate. I did add top coat here, by the way.

If you'd like to save 10% the next time you buy something from BPS, why not use my code PWBQ10? You can always find it in the sidebar of this blog. I don't make anything off of it, by the way, just in case you were wondering.

Monday, May 30, 2016

nail art with fantasy flower water decals [PR sample]

Hey everyone,

I was contacted a while ago by Born Pretty Store and asked if I would like to review some of their new products, of which I chose five: three stamping plates and two sheets of water decals. One of these sheets of water decals will be the subject of this blogpost, the other products will each get their separate post/review.

I didn't receive any sort of compensation to talk about these five products, however the products themselves were provided to me for free. None of the links included in this post are affiliate links. If you have any questions pertaining to the topic of transparency and PR on my blog I would be happy to answer them, just leave a comment or contact me via email (see the "Impressum" tab on the blog, you can find the address there).


Fantasy Colorful Flower Print Water Decals
I love the colors of this, which is why I chose it over a few other articles I had been checking out.


I applied OPI "Be There in a Prosecco" as a base, since I wasn't sure how to make the decal fit my nail shape perfectly without really wasting a lot of the beautiful motif. The blue dots are done with piCture pOlish "freya's cats". I realize this is far from perfect, however I'm still pleased with it, since I hadn't experimented with full nail decals before.
Let me know your thoughts!

I cut out the designs, fumbled a bit with the covering foil (which was my fault as it had been said that you should remove the foil first, then cut out your desired bit), then I let the decal soak in water for a few seconds - I was impatient and only waited between five and ten, as opposed to the longer waiting times sometimes recommended, for example, the instructions on the back of the other sheet of decals I received said to wait 20 seconds.

Despite them being quite big, the motifs were easy enough to position, in fact, I find it harder to position smaller motifs, as they're more difficult for me to hold on to. I added the dots with my dotting tool (have had those for years now, how time flies), cleaned up the edges around my nails and finished with top coat after having let the dots dry for a little bit.

The top coat didn't alter the appearance of the decals and any superfluous bits of decal dissolved easily with nail polish remover and my nail polish corrector pen (yes, I use those to clean up my nails, not a brush - I can't seem to make that work for me).

If you'd like to save 10% the next time you buy something from BPS, why not use my code PWBQ10? You can always find it in the sidebar of this blog. I don't make anything off of it, by the way, just in case you were wondering.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

essence "Aquatix" - Mermaid's Secret (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey everyone,

After the sort of long silence throughout May so far, it probably seems strange to get three posts in a row from me. Well, it is what it is. Lena asked for magenta for this week, and I did find something in the never-ending vault that fits the bill - in my opinion, anyway. I already showed another polish from the same LE for Blue Friday.


Since this is mostly glitter and sparkle in a tinted base, I'm inclined to say this will need about three coats. As usual, I put top coat on as well. You might be able to see that it's not completely even and opaque; it does glitter quite a bit, though, so I usually don't mind much with polishes like this.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rival de Loop "Professional Nail Collection Summer Edition" - Blue Bells (Blue Friday)

Hi everyone,

Trying to get back into the swing of things, I bring you some actual current stuff! Can you believe it? Yeah, me neither.


Because I slacked on recording what this took to get opaque, I have to say I think I used three coats. And top coat, as (nearly) always. I would say this has a drop of purple in it, it doesn't seem like a pure light blue to me.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Catrice - (S)wimbledon (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey everyone,

As I'm sitting here with my cold/sinus infection/whatever (I don't know yet, I'll go see a doctor in about an hour and a half) and my huge herpes outbreak that scares the crap out of me (so much so that I stayed up until about 2 in the morning in the night between Friday and Saturday having a mild panic attack), I thought "Why not catch up on 'Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!' while I have the time?". So here we are; after missing the bordeaux week because I'm an idiot, I come back to the table for turquoise.


This is another old swatch, I took this photo just over a year ago. I'm pretty sure this took me three coats to get even (and I added top coat, as usual). I do quite enjoy the color, it seems almost neon. The silvery shimmer gets mostly lost on the nail, sadly. You can kinda make it out right at the top of the glass bottle.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

p2 "Pretty 60's" - shades of beige (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hi everyone,

While beige shades can sometimes look funny with my skin tone, I have learned to appreciate some of them quite a bit. I'm bringing you another photo from the vault for this one, though it's not quite as old as some others I've shown previously, only about half a year.I know, right - will it ever stop? Not too soon I'm afraid!


I think this might vary between two and three coats depending on how thick your coats are and how evenly you can get it applied. As per usual, I added top coat.