; Plisherrific: 2017

Sep 21, 2017

Spring Flowers - Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu

So it's been awhile but I think it's time for some dry water marbling using a silicone nail art mat.

[Spring Flowers]
Isn't this a lovely and bright colour combination?

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu
on Born Pretty's silicone nail art mat]
I started with a clear base polish, which I find is necessary otherwise it all kind of falls apart when you peel the mani off the silicone nail art mat. Then I did thick stripes of different coloured nail polish and dragged through the stripes using a toothpick to create the patterns above.

The nail polishes I used were Sally Hansen's Crush on Blue (such a pretty light blue creme polish), Sinful Colors' Purple Kraze (lovely purple matte polish), and Ulta3 Honolulu (a bright yellow creme polish).

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu]
Above, I've applied a base coat and then pressed on the nail polish patches to my nails before the base coat dried. I hadn't applied the top coat yet. I actually prefer the semi-matte look without the top coat, and the colours look more vibrant too. But if you don't seal it with a top coat, the mani really doesn't last.

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu]
And here it is with the top coat and the glossy finish.

I do feel like dry water marbling is quite a bit of work but I have to say, I love how it turns out and I particularly love this combination of colours for this pattern.

Sep 18, 2017

Fruity Sunset - Maybelline Lux Lobster, Rimmel Peaches & Cream, Australis Bless Thy Socks, pa AA38, Born Pretty BPL-023


Ah! After last week's gradient on my long-ish nails... I totally broke a nail! So I chopped them all back down, phew~

[Pining for apples]
And stuck a stamp over the top! Cutting my nails down also conveniently solved the tipwear issue, hehe...

[Cuticle to tip: Maybelline Lux Lobster, Rimmel Peaches & Cream,
Australis Bless Thy Socks; Topcoat: pa AA38]
Quick recap, here's my base which was a sponge gradient manicure using Maybelline Lux Lobster, Rimmel Peaches & Cream and Australis Bless Thy Socks, with pa AA38 flakie polish over the top.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night; Born Pretty BPL-023]
Using a plain black stamping polish (Hit the Bottle As Black As Night) I used the pineapple stamping design from Born Pretty plate BPL-023.

I think this may be the first time I've used a stamp where the base polish is in the negative space! It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to get a nice coverage over the base polish. You can see a bit of the orange base peeking through but it's not particularly visible to the eye.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night; Born Pretty BPL-023]
I quite like the look of a stamped-over gradient, however I'm not sure how clear it is that these are pineapples! As you can see, I didn't quite manage to pick up the fine hatching on the pineapple itself. I know what they are meant to be so it seems obvious to me, but I asked someone and they had some trouble at first.. I think it would be more in-your-face if this design was stamped in black, and then leadlighted in green and yellow - just a thought for next time!

Sep 11, 2017

Juicy Jubes - Maybelline Lux Lobster, Rimmel Peaches & Cream, Australis Bless Thy Socks, pa AA38


Once in a while, my nails get long and I feel like I should probably do something to take advantage of it. 

[Sparkles for spring..]
Which in this case, means gradient time! I decided to go for some juicy fresh shades as the weather is just starting to warm up here in Sydney.

Here are the polishes I used - from left to right, Maybelline Color Show 60 Seconds in Lux Lobster, Rimmel Brit Manicure in Peaches & Cream and Australis Bless Thy Socks. I applied a base layer of Lux Lobster, and then painted stripes of all three onto a little cut-up square of (dishwashing!) sponge and sponged over the base to create a gradient from the darkest to lightest shade.

I then coated the gradient with a layer of that polish there on the right - pa AA38, a polish I picked up in Japan. This ones a translucent orange base with a generous helping of orangey-gold flakies all throughout. The flakies do settle, as you can see in the photo, but are very easy to resuspend. 

[Cuticle to tip: Maybelline Lux Lobster, Rimmel Peaches & Cream,
Australis Bless Thy Socks; Topcoat: pa AA48]
I think the jump from Lux Lobster to Bless Thy Socks was a bit much actually! Maybe just the first two shades would've been enough for a gradient. I know my nails don't seem all that long in these photos, but trust me, when I cut them down, they are totally nubbins!

Sep 7, 2017

Winter Wine - Dance Legend Hex

What we've got here is Dance Legend's Hex, a nail polish that looks interesting the moment it's applied and is still work appropriate! I believe this was a present from Ev which I'm just putting on now, but thanks, Ev!

[Winter Wine]
Hex from Dance Legend's Bow Conversion collection is a temperature colour changing nail polish. It's dusty red when it's warm and a very dark red when it's cold, with a smattering of holo microglitter. The nail polish dries semi-matte.

[Dance Legend Hex]
As you can see, Hex is a solid dark red in its cool bottle. I also quite like Dance Legend's rectangular bottles, which I believe I have gone on and on over it before. :P

[Dance Legend Hex]
The last photo is slightly blurry just to capture the holo microglitter. Honestly, the microglitter is too sparse to be very noticeable in person but what I really like about Hex, and all of Dance Legend's colour changing nail polishes, is that they are really sensitive to temperature changes. I don't have to do that whole washing my nails with cold water just to see the colour change. The tips and the rest of the nails are always different colours in autumn/winter and so they always make for such striking manis.

Sep 4, 2017

Sneaky Side-eye - Rimmel Winky Pinky, Totes Orchs; Hit the Bottle As Black As Night; Born Pretty BP-128


Check out today's silly cute mani!

[Kitschy Kats]
It doesn't get any better than having some sneaky kitties on your paws...

[Bottle to nail: Rimmel Winky Pinky (2 coats)]
My dusty pink creme from last week (Rimmel Winky Pinky) was a great base for some stamping action.

[Born Pretty BP-128]
The plate I'm using was kindly provided by Born Pretty. This is plate BP-128 which features a whole host of adorable kitties, and a little group of bears too! As usual, it comes in a pretty cardboard storage sleeve, and a protective blue film over the plate.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night, Born Pretty BP-128;
Base: Rimmel Winky Pinky (2 coats)]
I decided I wanted coloured-in kitties for this mani, so I painted a few patches of clear polish onto a silicone nail art mat to prep for some stamping decals.With a black stamping polish (Hit the Bottle As Black As Night), I stamped several different parts of the plate onto my dry patches of clear polish. I then filled in different parts of the design with white and a deeper pinky purple (Rimmel Totes Orchs).

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night, Born Pretty BP-128;
Base: Rimmel Winky Pinky (2 coats)]
When the decals were good and dry, I peeled them off the mat and cut them to fit my nails. I applied a clear coat to my base shade to get some tackiness, then placed each decal on and removed any excess, finishing up with a clear coat to seal.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night, Born Pretty BP-128;
Base: Rimmel Winky Pinky (2 coats)]
I'm happy that I managed to get both cats and bears on my nails! The colouring-in could've been a bit neater, but I was lazy and used the polish brushes to fill in the pattern instead of searching for some fine brushes.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night, Born Pretty BP-128;
Base: Rimmel Winky Pinky (2 coats)]
I love the look of coloured-in stamping decals! Definitely one step above a regular stamping mani.


If you want to try it out, you can find this plate and more at Born Pretty. As always, our discount code above will take 10% off full-priced items. =)


Sep 1, 2017

Rubies and Amber - Born Pretty Holographic Marquise Nail Studs, Pretty Serious Forbidden Zone

It's time for studs~ For some nail studs. ;)

[Born Pretty Holographic Marquise Nail Studs
Base: Pretty Serious Forbidden Zone]
Simple to do and looks quite fancy, in my opinion.

[Pretty Serious Forbidden Zone]
[Born Pretty Holographic Marquise Nail Studs
Base: Pretty Serious Forbidden Zone]
I started with Pretty Serious' Forbidden Zone as the base, which is a deep red jelly nail polish with gold hex glitter of varying sizes. It takes two coats to be mostly opaque.

[Born Pretty Holographic Marquise Nail Studs]
Then I used Born Pretty's Holographic Marquise Nail Studs to liven the mani up. There are six colours, one colour for two sections; gold, pink, green, red, silver, and aqua. These nail studs are really holographic and shiny by the way.

I dabbed a little clear nail polish on the spot I wanted, then I pressed a nail stud down on that spot. Hold it in place for a few seconds and then leave it be. Rinse and repeat for all the other nails. Once you're done, you have to seal in all the nail studs with a thick top coat (or multiple coats of a thinner top coat).

[Born Pretty Holographic Marquise Nail Studs
Base: Pretty Serious Forbidden Zone]
I took a slightly blurry photo above so you could see the holographic shine.

[Born Pretty Holographic Marquise Nail Studs
Base: Pretty Serious Forbidden Zone]
So, that's a variety of different things you can do with the studs.

But if those are too over the top for you, I think the studs can be used in really simple ways that still look pretty good.

[Born Pretty Holographic Marquise Nail Studs
Base: Pretty Serious Forbidden Zone]
How simple is that? But I love how it looks too. I think the marquis shape really lends itself to versatile patterns, from simple but fancy to more detailed and fancy. This is possibly my favorite kind of nail studs of all.


If you like what you see here, you can get the Holographic Marquise Nail Studs here at Born Pretty and you can get 10% off on full price items if you use the code above.

Aug 28, 2017

Modest Mauve - Rimmel Winky Pinky


Quick post today!

[Bottle to nail: Rimmel Winky Pinky (2 coats)]
Just a nice basic creme - this one is Rimmel Winky Pinky from the Salon Pro range.

[2 coats: Rimmel Winky Pinky]
Winky Pinky is a dusty pink almost mauve-leaning shade. Great formula and nice wide brush. I used two coats for this. It also levels nicely and drys fairly quickly. Just an easy no fuss polish, exactly what I was after!

[2 coats: Rimmel Winky Pinky]
I don't really have too much to say about it! It's actually quite a great worksafe shade, not that I usually consider that when choosing my mani colour! =p


Aug 24, 2017

Twilight Waves - Born Pretty Ocean Illusion, Australis Jeanie In A Bottle, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull[

Here we have Born Pretty's Ocean Illusion from their Mermaid Series.

[Twilight Waves]
I tried it against different bases as the effect is rather different.

[Born Pretty Ocean Illusion]
Ocean Illusion comes in a neat little box, complete with a cut-out circle so you can see the colour of the nail polish.

[Base: Australis Jeanie In A Bottle, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull
Top coat: Born Pretty Ocean Illusion]
You can see that Ocean Illusion looks like a mid-blue polish in the bottle. It's very sheer though. So I had used Australis' Jeanie In A Bottle as a dark blue base for the ring finger and Sally Hansen's Ivory Skull as an off-white base for the rest of the nails. There's about two coats of Ocean Illusion against the dark blue base and about three coats of Ocean Illusion against the white base.

Ocean Illusion has a sheer blue base that I needed more coats of it against the white to build up its colour. It hasn't gained opacity and you can still see the white beneath the blue. There's also fine duochrome microglitter that colour shifts between blue and purple. You can see the sheen of blue and purple at angles. The colour shift is far more obvious against a dark base but there's something different and more delicate about the nail polish against a light base.

You can use Ocean Illusion without a base, it'll look like the shade against the white base, but you'll need to use about four to five coats instead to build up the colour.

[Base: Australis Jeanie In A Bottle, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull
Top coat: Born Pretty Ocean Illusion]

Overall, I rather like how this turned out. It's a bit sheerer than I expected but it has the colour shift I was curious about.


You can check out their Mermaid Series here at Born Pretty, and you can use our code above for a discount on full priced items!

Aug 21, 2017

Diagon Alley - OPI Embrace the Grey, Born Pretty M016 Lovely Princess


Hello hello! Today I have another gorgeous polish to review.

[Swish and flick]
Look at all the colours - multichrome heaven!

[Born Pretty Magical Series M016 Lovely Princess]
This polish is M016 Lovely Princess, kindly provided by Born Pretty for review. Lovely Princess is from their Magical Series range and is a multichrome flakie that shifts predominantly from green-gold-pink. At extreme angles, you get an amazing flash of blue, which you can see in the photos coming up!

[Bottle to nail: OPI Embrace the Grey (2 coats)]
My base shade from last week is OPI Embrace the Grey, a medium grey creme opaque in two coats. All ready for some flashy bling!

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty M016 Lovely Princess;
Base:
OPI Embrace the Grey (2 coats)]
Here you can see the strong greeny-gold shades at an angel, while straight on, the magenta-pink shift is very obvious. The shift is actually better in person than in the photos!

[Base: OPI Embrace the Grey (2 coats); Flakie: Born Pretty M016 Lovely Princess]
Basically, I taped off each nail diagonally and then applied Lovely Princess in the untaped portion. This is just one dabbed coat on each nail! Really dense flakies and great coverage! The flakes all laid nicely flat and I didn't have a problem topcoating. In the top photo here, you can see the blue coming through right at the edges.

[Base: OPI Embrace the Grey (2 coats); Flakie: Born Pretty M016 Lovely Princess]
Definitely a lovely strong colour shift with excellent flakie density - what more could you ask for! I have also previously reviewed M012 Destiny Fairy, a green-purple flakie from the same collection.

[Left: Born Pretty M016 Lovely Princess; Right: Emily de Molly Insipid]
I thought the colour shift was familiar, so I looked through my collection and found Insipid from Emily de Molly. Turns out that while the base shade is similar, EdM Insipid appears to have some blue flakes, whereas Lovely Princess has larger flake sizes.

Anyhoo, if you would like to check out the Magical Series collection, you can find it here at Born Pretty. As always, our code above can be used for a bit of extra discounting off full priced products! Happy shopping!