Monthly Archives: June 2014

Nayll creations, including Doctor Who themed polish!

This is going to be a long post filled with a lot of pictures, but I swear it’ll be worth it to get to the end!!

I’ve been drooling over the Nayll website for awhile – Sara Harvey, the owner and creator, has put together this amazing site where you design your own polish and she makes it for you! It saves all the start-up costs, mess, and testing to do on your own. I contacted her in the off-chance she might need a swatcher, and she was kind enough to give me a discount for my purchase and she included her Holo Top Coat and her Smooth It Out Top Coat for free!

Before showing you my creations, I have to say the customer service was to die for! About an hour after I confirmed my purchase, I got an email saying it was already completed and ready to ship. When my package came, unfortunately one of my glitter polishes had broken. I emailed Sara immediately and she sent a replacement 2 days later!

So let’s get to my beauties! As I said, one of my glitter polishes broke in the package, so please excuse some of the bottle shots – they still have either a little residual glitter or some of the label came off from my cleaning.

First up, Circus Freak. I used the dark lavender crelly with silver and purple microglitter and white, yellow, and pink dots. It’s glitter-packed and only needed 2 coats! I tried this one with my Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food top coat, then KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

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The only thing was the yellow dot glitter – I was thinking it’d be brighter (looks like lemony sunshine on her site), but I’m sure the purple base dulls it out a bit making it look more gold than lemon. But I still love it! Here’s another pic to show it in more direct lighting, which really brings out the microglitter and some of the blue undertones. Also, it’s supposed to say “Circus Freak” under the Nayll logo, but that came off when I cleaned the bottle with acetone.

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Simple Mani with Born Pretty Holographic Stars

Another item I was sent to review from Born Pretty was a collection of holographic stars. I don’t tend to use a lot of studs or other 3D-type additions to my manicure, but I thought I’d try these out.

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I like the variety of colors they provide and how many stars come with it. They look like they could be a really great addition to a colorful manicure for some fun nail art. However, they don’t lay flat which isn’t the worst thing, but it bothers me. I tend not to like things on my nails that will catch on my clothes or hair. Also, some of the colors bleed a little if you put top coat over the stars. If you look at my pinky, the orange/yellow bleeds into the white polish a bit. It’s not awful, but I don’t think I’ll be using these unless it’s a short-lived mani where I don’t really need to keep the stars locked in place with top coat.

The white I used as a base color is OPI Alpine Snow, and I used Seche Vite as my top coat (which usually doesn’t smear nail art, so I figured it’d be ok over these).

And always, as a reminder, use my Born Pretty code (CXB10) to get a 10% discount!

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B&W Scaled Gradient: June NCC #4

Last Nail Challenge Collaborative post for the month! I’ve actually had a difficult time thinking of different, creative manis this month. But I think I have a good one here.

I saw a beautiful scaled gradient from Simply Nailogical in neon shades and really wanted to try it out. So this is my first attempt at a scaled gradient in black and white to fit our June theme!

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Definitely didn’t come out perfect, but I like it.

I used a base of OPI Alpine snow, then did my first gradient of Alpine Snow, Zoya Carey (grey creme), and Zoya Raven (black creme with slight shimmer) at the base of each nail.

Once the first gradient was done, I put a single chevron vinyl from Nail Vinyls over the black mid nail. The difficult part was covering up the bottom of the sticker while keeping the chevron detail intact. Then I sponged on another gradient at the tips of my nails. On most nails, I had to go back and touch up the black to show the detail of the chevron. But I think it looks alright!

Here are a few more pics:

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And a bit closer:

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I’m definitely going to have to try this design again in different colors. I think it might also be easier if the darker color of the gradient was at the base of the nail.

Thus endeth June’s Nail Challenge Collaborative! July’s challenge will be recreations of old manicures.

Check out the other manis:

Born Pretty Stamping Plate Review

Another item I recently received for review (say that 3 times fast!) from Born Pretty is a really pretty stamping plate with floral designs. As you can see below, there are 4 full nail stamps with 5 smaller leaf/ floral images.

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Pretty designs, right? To test it out, I used one of my favorite polishes for stamping – Essie Good As Gold over OPI Koala Bear-y.

 

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The images were etched into the plate very well, and it was incredibly easy to get a good stamp. I love all the patterns on the plate, and it was surprisingly great quality for such a low price ($2.99)! The image on my ring finger would be great for leadlighting. I will definitely be using this one again!

To shop Born Pretty nail art, remember you can use my code, CXB10, to get a 10% discount!

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Sincerely Polish Review

Karen Jo, the owner and creator of Sincerely Polish, let me purchase some beauties from her shop at a discounted rate for swatching! She has a ton of amazing collections, ranging from neon 80s to song-inspired to the fancy Mademoiselles. Here’s a quick shot of all 4 I chose, and then I’ll show you more of each:

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First up, we have Poison Paradise which is part of the Toxic Seduction set inspired by Britney Spears. This polish is inspired by Spears’ nude sparkly bodysuit she wears during the video for Toxic. It’s a light nude jelly/crelly with iridescent, teal, and pink multisized glitter.

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It’s a very sheer formula, and you need a lot of coats to make it opaque (about 4-5 coats). But it’s gorgeous! And if you don’t mind some visible nail line, you could get away with fewer coats. My ring finger has a base color of Julep Alexandra, a creme blonde color which matches the base of Poison Paradise well. I’ll probably use that in the future when wearing this polish – I only put 2 coats of PP over.

 

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Flower Manicure/ Born Pretty Review

I was recently sent a few items to review from the Born Pretty store, which I’m sure you’ve heard of. If not, it’s a great site where there are tons of items ranging from nail art (obviously my favorite section) to tech accessories or other beauty supplies. I picked up a few things that will be reviewed in some upcoming posts.

You can use my code, CXB10, for 10% off on the site!

First off is a set of 3 nail art brushes that I used to do this simple flower and leaf manicure:

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And here are the 3 brushes:

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They’re fairly short in brush length and a bit thick, which I found easy to use for thicker lines. For this mani, I just used the middle one for the leaf vines. It was easy to work with – nice and flexible, pretty much you would expect from a good brush! If you don’t have nail art brushes, I’d recommend these if you don’t want to go for a larger or more expensive set (these are $1.99).

Here are some more pics of my flower manicure:

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Base color: Polish My Life Muscat Martini (an absolutely gorgeous pastel purple with a great formula – I’m really in love with this brand now!)

Flowers: China Glaze Pool Party

Leaf Vines: Zoya Hunter

Random “free leaves:” Essie Naughty Nautical

And as a reminder, use my code to take 10% off! There’s free shipping worldwide:

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June NCC #3: First attempt at tribal nails

I love the look of tribal art on nails, but it’s always eluded me how people get those intricate designs so neat. I’ve tried with a small brush, and it looked so messy. I finally got one of those Sally Hansen I heart Nail Art pens from Target and started doodling. The polish (or whatever it is within the pens) comes out quickly and was pretty runny for me, but the designs were mostly easy to draw onto my nail!

Unfortunately, I didn’t let the designs dry for enough time – I slapped on some Seche Vite thinking it’d be similar to other nail art where it wouldn’t smudge. Well, it didn’t necessarily smudge… but it did make the black lines in my design almost bubble up. So it doesn’t look great, but maybe I’ll just let it dry longer next time.

Anyways, take a look:

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See? I like the pattern, but I’m disappointed in the detail of the black lines. Here’s another pic:

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I used Polish My Life Stripped as my white base polish. I also wanted to see what it’d look like with some leadlighting over the manicure. So I used some jelly polish I just purchased – Sally Hansen now has a line of sheer jellies in their Triple Shine line. I used Sea Through, a gorgeous teal green, and Vitamin D-Light, a lovely orangey pink.

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I’m looking forward to using the Sally Hansen jellies more! Look for more leadlighting coming 🙂

And here are some other Nail Challenge Collaborative Black and White manis: