Friday, November 28, 2014

Born Pretty Studs and Stamping Plate!

Hiya guys!

A whole week! I know! :l November and December always kick my ass! If the holidays weren't enough to keep me busy there are a few birthdays and even a couple aniversaries thrown in for good measure. Everything and I mean everything in my family, happens in these 2 is insane! or we are, since we feel the need to do everything around this time of year! :P This year is especially bad, since I am also finishing up school. Anyway, a bit longer to bear with me guys! The new year should bring in not only a new career for me, but also some more free time for blogging and with that, onto today's post! Today I want to talk about a couple more Born Pretty Store items.


These 2mm-5mm circle studs  retail for $2.80 however currently they are on sale for $1.99 for 300. They come in a wheel, and each size is stored separately, so it is super easy to find whatever you are looking for! Also, they have flat backs so they are incredibly easy to place onto your nail!

Born-Pretty-Store-Nail Wheel

The other item from today's art is this stamping plate, however, Born Pretty made some changes to the plate since mine was sent to me, so I actually have the original version. Which is what I have pictured below.

Please ignore the polish smudge, I took these like a dope AFTER I used the plate :l and didn't see it, till I was uploading here :l Sorry!!

This plate is a really pretty plate with a wide array of images, from butterflies, to flowers, to cute adorable swirls! It has something for every occasion! This plate retails for just $2.99, however right now Born Pretty Store is having a Black Friday sale so it is only .99 cents! With free international shipping, plates at prices like these really can't be beat!




And of course this mani was just begging to become matte, so I had to oblige the polish gods and make it matte!


First things first! Yes, my nails are nubbins, even more than they were last week, and yes I changed my nail shape! If you have been around a while, or wandered over to my F.A.Q. section, then you are aware that I naturally have very, very thin nails. With all the work I put into them, they are a lot stronger and don't peel anymore, but the winter months in Canadaland is hard on them, and I could have fussed with them breaking at the corners and doing constant nail repairs, but honestly..."aint nobody got time for that" so, after much back and fourth on it, I just took the plunge and dove head first into round nails! I think they will end up a tad more almond shaped, and I don't think they will stay quite this short, still short tho! ;) but, I am, in fact loving the change! At least for the winter! I really hope, that you all love and embrace my round shorties as much as I have!! Shorties unite!! :D

To get this look, I started with a base of piCture pOlish LakoDom on my thumb (not shown) pointer, middle and pinky fingers, and Glam Polish Bewitched on my ring finger, once that was mostly dry, I added a coat of Model's Own Indian Ocean over the fingers that had LakoDom on them. Once that was dry, I took out Fab Ur Nails Fun Plate 03 and stamped on the wintry looking trees in Mundo De Unas Dark Grey, I then added some of the snow over the trees, using Rica Whiteout and a small nail art brush, I waited for that to dry, and then took Born Pretty Plate  07 and stamped on the snowflakes in Mundo De Unas White, and added the cute pearl studs from Born Pretty Store to the centres of each snowflake. I then top coated and voila!

I am honestly not sure which look I like better, the shiny, or the matte  version, they both are so stunning! While the shiny version sparkles, the matte looks more wintry, I guess if I had to pick, I would say shiny, since I just love it's sparkle! Which one do you like better!?

I just love the studs, they are so unique. Something about pearls, even fake ones, say classy to me. I think they compliment this look perfectly. They have a pearlescent glow to them as well, which you can see in the shot at the top of this post, the one of them loose in my light box. Sadly I couldn't get it to show on my nails when taking pictures (isn't that always the case!?) but I promise, it is still there in person, and it is gorgeous! The pearl studs have a flat back as I mentioned above, so they are incredibly easy to place, I simply took an orangewood stick and some top coat, and placed them on my nail. They had no issues whatsoever in placement. I also love that in the wheel comes a wide variety of sizes, everything from super small at 2mm (which is what I am wearing above) to 5mm with everything in between! The wide range makes this wheel very versatile for nail art!

The stamping plate is gorgeous, and although sadly the snowflake got omitted, it was for a good cause since the images previously were a tad small. The new plate features larger images, which is great, but unfortunately the pretty snowflake had to go! This plate comes wrapped in a blue film, which needs to be removed before use. The back has a paper backing which protects you from catching and cutting yourself on the edges. The plate itself is deeply engraved and stamped wonderfully! I had no trouble at all picking up any of the images. 

Now since the snowflake did get omitted, I do have another mani lined up, using an image that's still on the plate. I thought about putting it in this post, but this post is so long already that I decided to give those nails, their own space! I should have it up next week, with a full review and pictures for you all!  Until then, just know that I love this plate, and that it is so worth the normal $2.99 price tag! Don't forget that you can also get 10% off all your orders with Born Pretty Store by using my discount code AFLW10.

Alright guys and gals! I think that covers it for today! This was a lot for one post! If you made it this far, yay! You get a cookie for your efforts, cause there was some serious business reading today! :P I hope you all enjoy my first wintry nails of the season as much as I do! We got some more snow today, and this just perfect sums up the weather! If you are interested in purchasing the studs you can do so here and if you are looking to purchase the new stamping plate with larger images you can do that here Also, don't forget if you do some Born Pretty Shopping to use my discount code AFLW10. Till next time Kittens! <3

**Nail studs  and stamping plate were sent for review, however all opinions are my own.** To see more information please see my disclosure policy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Born Pretty Leaf Studs make the Perfect Fall Nails!

Afternoon Guys!

Today I want to show off how I wore  these adorable, super cute maple leaf glitters! from Born Pretty Store!

Born-Pretty Leaf-Stud

These adorable leafs come in a plastic jar, and are filled with the colour of your choice, as you can see I picked gold, since that seemed to prefect for fall. They retail for $2.53, and of course Born Pretty has free international shipping! Also, using my code AFLW10  will get you an additional 10% off!




As you can see these studs add a perfect fall accent to any look. They are highly reflective since they are metal, and even top coat doesn't dull the shine! A few things to note however are that because they are metal, they can be a bit scratchy, I have found they have been catching on a few things since I have had them on. I only used one coat of top coat however, so another coat might fix that problem. Even so, they are gorgeous enough to justify a small amount of catching! I have already had several compliments on my nails since putting these on! These also lay pretty much completely flat on my nails, and since I have such a wicked c curve to them, this was something that really impressed me, since I do have trouble with large glitters and some studs, not lying flat. All my C curve nail ladies will understand that one!  #FirstWorldProblems! :l amiright!? 

To get this look, I started with a base of KBShimmer Deja Brew on all my nails,  (which btw is more awesome in person than any picture I have seen!) Gloomy weather and my light box made it so that I unfortunately couldn't get a good holo shot, but I promise it is there and it is gorgeous! Once that was dry, I took the Leaf studs and placed them on my thumb (not shown) middle, and pinky fingers, and top coated. I then took Bundle Monster  BM-H11 and stamped in Essie Good as Gold. I then top coated that, and voila! Super adorable fall nails!

I really like that the leaves add a lot to this look without it over powering the other parts, it also dresses up the stamping perfectly, and we all know how much I love to dress nails up with studs!  I can certainly see this being the perfect accent to any fall look!

Alright guys and gals, I think that covers it for today! If you are interested in these studs they can be purchased here.  If you do get these, or anything really from Born Pretty Store, don't forget to use my code AFLW10  to get 10% off! Till next time Kittens! <3

**Nail studs were sent for review, however all opinions are my own.** To see more information please see my disclosure policy.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Duo-Chrome Galaxy Nails with Cult Nails Nevermore!

Hiya Guys!!

I want to start off, with a bit of an update, I know my blog posts have been a bit sporadic, between that nasty sinus infection and school I haven't had much time left over for even my nails, let alone blogging :l I am  really hoping to get everything back on track soon, so please just bare with me for now!! Know that it is greatly appreciated!! :D

Anyway, onto today's nails!! I actually did these at the end of last week, but I only was able to show off an image on Instagram.. Today I want to show them off here! My galaxy nails!




First things first, I am sure you have noticed that I joined the nub club! I had a pretty nasty break on my middle finger, and instead of a nail repair, I just took the plunge and went for some nubs! I thought I wouldn't like them, I was worried that short nails would look weird on my hands but honestly,. I am kiinda into how cute and adorable they look! 

To get this look, I started with a base of Cult Nails Nevermore, which if I haven't mentioned before is THE perfect one coat black polish. That and Tempest (white by Cult Nails) are my go to black and white polishes. I just love, love, love them! When the black base was dry to the touch, I took out a makeup sponge and tore tiny pieces off of it. I started with Tempest. I used the torn up sponge bits and, dabbed with a SUPER light hand, Tempest on all my nails in random spots. A soft touch is so important here. I honestly can't stress that enough, if you are to heavy handed, you will end up with way to much polish on your nail, less is more! I then did the same thing with OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana except instead of a random pattern on my nails, I tried to put it on the edges of the white. The third colour was OPI Hey Baby, with the pink, I mostly tried to fill out the image, while still keeping a random galaxy look going on. The awesome thing about this is, there is no right or wrong way to do it, and if you find you aren't loving how your galaxy is turning out, just go in with some more colours and fill it out to your liking! When I was satisfied with the galaxy pattern on all my nails I took out piCture pOlish Gravity, which was a limited edition polish and I am not entirely sure if it is still available, but you could use any semi sheer duo-chrome here, as long as it is fairly sheer it should work the exact same!  I simply painted a coat over over all my freshly sponged nails.  At this point you could also add a soft glitter like Fairy Dust by China Glaze, but since Gravity has all those gorgeous holo particles I left well enough alone. At this point I top coated and waited for everything to dry. I then took out plate Bundle Monster BM-610 from the new CYO2014 set, and stamped in Mundo De Unas White. I tried to be as random as possible here, so that each nail would look a bit different. I then took a small nail art brush and using Cult Nails Tempest I added a few more stars and dots where I thought they were needed. I then top coated everything and voila! Galaxy nails!!

Whew! I know that all sounds like a lot, but honestly, it was super simple! The best part about this look is how easy it is, and how random you are encouraged to be! The more random the prettier the end result! I also really love the Duo-chrome look in this, I had never heard of doing that before, but I got the idea, and just had to give it a try! You can't tell much in these pictures, but it really adds a lot of depth to this look!  I can't believe I have never done galaxy nails before, and I know I will be trying this again soon!

Alright guys and gals, I think that covers it for today. This has already been an incredibly wordy post! I really hope you enjoyed my galaxy nails as much as I do! Till next time Kittens! <3

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

piCture pOlish Unicorn may be Made with Real Unicorns!

Afternoon Guys!!

Today I want to show off how I wore piCture pOlish Unicorn. Which a gorgeous jade like green, packed full of gorgeous pink and white glitters!




piCture pOlish Unicorn goes on like a dream, especially considering how packed full of glitter it is. I had no trouble at all with application. It does lean a bit on the thick side, but honestly for such a  glitter filled polish, it isn't even as thick as I expected it to be. It does dry a tad rough, but one smooth coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top made it smooth. If the name wasn't enough to make me fall in love with this polish, the insane amounts of glitter and sparkly does the job! It is pretty opaque too, this is just 2 smooth coats.

To get this look, I started with a base of piCture pOlish Unicorn on my thumb (not shown) middle and pinky fingers, and a base OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid on my pointer and ring fingers. Once that was dry I took MoYou London Kaleidoscope plate 06 and stamped in Mundo De Unas Mexican Pink. I then top coated everything with KBShimmer Clearly on Top and voila! fun whimsical unicorn nails!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I am crushing on this polish shade. It is sparkly and pretty and green with awesome. Seriously though, I imagine this is what unicorn poop would look like, and if it was real unicorn poop I would wear that shit on my nails with pride! :P That is how much I love this polish! 

Alright guys and gals, I think that covers it for today. Is anyone else crushing this shade? Or really any of the recent piCture pOlish collab shades? There are a few that have made their way into my stash, or onto my wishlist recently. Let me know in the comments! Till next time Kittens! <3

Monday, November 3, 2014

KBShimmer Stonewashed to bring in November!

Heya Guys!!

Happy November! Today I want to show off a gorgeous fall inspired look using a whole slew of gorgeous fall polishes, before we get started though, I just want to touch on the absence around the blog the past few weeks. If you follow me on instagram, then you know that I have been laid up with a nasty sinus infection. :l that has been the suck. So sucky in fact, that I  have mostly had naked nails, since the fumes and a sinus infection do not get along. I am glad to say though, that I am back, and finally starting to feel human again! So there's that...Alright, enough talk, let's get to today's nails!




It has been rather cold here lately, and you can tell winter is just around the corner. I wanted to do some nails that really captured the cooler temperatures, and this was the end result! I at first thought this look might be to busy, but once I got it all on my nails, I fell in love! I even got brave and attempted some freehand (a very little!) and that even turned out pretty good! 

To get this look, I started with a base of piCture pOlish Totes on my pointer and ring finger, a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff on my thumb (not shown) and middle finger, and a base of KBShimmer Stonewashed on my pinky. Once that was dry, I took a makeup sponge and did a gradient, with piCture pOlish Totes, and Zoya Pepper and Louise. I then added some Fairy Dust by China Glaze to add a bit of sparkle. My middle finger was stamped with Pueen Buffet Set 55 in Mundo De Unas Red 9, Geranium 53, and Yellow 11. I added the blue lines using Stonewashed and a nail art brush. I then top coated the whole thing with KBShimmer Clearly on Top and I was done!

If you have been around here a while, you know that fall is not my favourite season, that my heart belongs to summer, however this look, makes me rethink that....almost! :P  I really love the muted rich colours in this look, and it really has me feeling the season!

Alright guys and gals, I think that covers it for today. I hope you all enjoyed my fall inspired nails as much as I did! Is anyone else into the rich fall colours!? Have you done any fall themed nails? Let me know! Till next time Kittens! <3