Hello Lovelies!

Today I have for you an idea how to recycle a gradient nail design + Born Pretty Store stamping image plates review. I am not sure which category this post should fall into so I am dividing it in sections, you can choose as per your interest :)

How to recycle gradient nail art tips
Gradient nail art can be tricky and time consuming to get. I rarely get the result I love so I am really unhappy when a good gradient wears out and I have to finally change it. I thought is would be a good idea to recycle it and wear for a few days more by stamping a pattern over it. Tip! Choose a pattern which will still allow you to see your gradient nail art below.

The picture below is my Sunset gradient ombre nail design with a pattern stamped on it in white.

How to recycle gradient nail art tips + image plates review

How to recycle gradient nail art tips + image plates review

How to recycle gradient nail art tips + image plates review

How to recycle gradient nail art tips + image plates review

How to recycle gradient nail art tips + image plates review

How to recycle gradient nail art tips + image plates review

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Born Pretty Store stamping plates review
Born Pretty Store recently offered me a choice of two free nail art products and I picked these super cute image plates. These are Nail art stamp template QA91 and QA 86.

Born Pretty Store stamping plates review

Born Pretty Store stamping plates review

Born Pretty Store stamping plates review

Born Pretty Store stamping plates review

I had the chance to use them bot already, my gradient ombre nails in this post are recycled using Nail art stamp template QA91.

The Plates
Both plates have these super cute stamp patterns and what I loved the most about them is that they are really usable and not just a pretty piece of metal. What I mean is that patterns are the right size to fit your nails even if they are a bit shorter.

Use
The plates are easy to use and clean. They are not the usual round shape most image plates have which makes them very easy to hold. You will not need a special holder or any other support product to get the images transferred to your nails. A cotton tap soaked in nail polish remover is enough to clean your plates.

I found some issue to transfer a larger design to nails. For example my white stamp in this post did not turn 100% opaque and some areas are a bit patchy. I still love the result as this effect gives sort of a vintage feel to the final look.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello loveliest!

I am excited to share with you today a textured nail polish collection from Zoya to anticipate this fall.

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Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection

Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection features 3 textured formulas in 3 stunning autumn shades

Zoya Noir: Deep vampy plum, textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex Particles.

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Zoya Noir Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection

Zoya Arianna: Blue-toned red wine, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles

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Zoya Arianna Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection

Zoya Oswin: True red, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles

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Zoya Oswin Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection

Zoya promise we would get beautiful 3D coverage by applying two or three thin coats. I love that you are not required to use a base or a top coat with textured formulas which saves time. Nail polishes from Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 are BIG5Free and formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Zoya Noir, Zoya Arianna and Zoya Oswin will be available for pre-order at zoya.com on the 9th of September and will be shipped out on the 15th of September or sooner.

Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on Noir!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post will be a review of a super interesting formula by Dance Legend. This is Dance Legend Sunshine 195, which in reaction with light shifts its base color. Formula was very difficult to photograph as the second light hits it it gets darker…

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

When lighting is subtle Dance Legend Sunshine 195 is a milky off white shade with a slight pink hue. When hit bu direct sunlight, it turns into a vibrant dark purple shade.

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Formula and application
Dance Legend Sunshine 195 color shifting formula is packed with different sizes gold glitter. It adds an extra something to your color and looks as beautiful on the lightest as well as the darkest nail polish color.

This nail polish is easy to apply and build, the first layer leaving you with a rather see through color which gets fully opaque by adding a second coat.

Wear
Dance Legend Sunshine 195 wears great for two days without a top coat and up to four with a top layer added. Adding a top coat will not ruin its color shift qualities so it is up to your preference how to wear it. Glitter is a bit difficult to remove so you might want to soak your nails in nail polish remover for 10 seconds before you attempt to take the color off.

My verdict
I love the idea of having a pink nude manicure while at the office which, with no effort, transforms to a beautiful purple shade for your walk in the park after work hours. Both colors are very wearable and will not get you bored for having the same nail color for days :)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I have for you a recent nude find I love. Meet Essie Mamba, a peachy nude nail polish which in my opinion is great for a yellow undertone complexion.

Peachy nude Essie Mamba review and swatches

Peachy nude Essie Mamba review and swatches

Peachy nude Essie Mamba review and swatches

Peachy nude Essie Mamba review and swatches

Peachy nude Essie Mamba review and swatches

Peachy nude Essie Mamba review and swatches

Formula and application
Essie Mamba is an opaque creme. Formula is creamy, easy to distribute, does not streak and builds to even coverage in two coats. Essie Mamba nail polish is packed with the usual fat Essie brush which gives you full control and helps steady application.

Formula dries relatively fast and you can easily expect tw layers to be good to go in a total of 5 minutes.

Wear
This peachy nude wears for 4 days with your usual 2 coats of color + one layer of top coat approach. However, I prefer to apply three coats of color because it wears great literally until you decide to change it. Chips, if they appear, are not too obvious due to the nude origin of Essie Mamba and helps wear a day more.

My verdict
Easy to get hold of and complementing to the skin tone, Essie Mamba is one of my all time favorite nude shades. It is also a great quality formula so I am two thumbs up for this one!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

It’s been a week since my last post again… I miss the blog, posting and you my lovelies but life has been super hectic these days and I just can’t seem to find a minute for nails. Anyways, I really hope summer will ease things out :)

Today I have for you one of my greatest nail polish finds. This is Caviar formula by Dance Legend and my particular gem is called Arovana.

Dance legend Arovana swatches and review

Arovana by Dance Legend review and swatches

Dance legend Arovana swatches

Arovana by Dance Legend review and swatches

Dance Legend Arovana

Arovana by Dance Legend review and swatches

Formula and Application
Arovana is a reddish berry jam jelly base filled with tiny dots in black and white. It goes sheer in one coat but your second coat will leave you with fully built glitter and color. Particles are easy to distribute evenly and give a semi textured effect when the formula dries. In my photos I am wearing Arovana with 2 layers of fast drying top coat to help it dry faster and also to make it look smooth and glossy.

Wear
Dance Legend Arovana wears for 4 days with no chips or fades and can wear forever with a few touch ups. If your tips are starting to show after a few days of wear, just seal them with a tiny bit of nail polish and add another layer of top coat. This little trick gave me 2 more days of wear so I had Arovana on for the whole work week and it still looked fresh and beautiful.

My Verdict
I had never come across to a formula similar to Dance Legend Caviar Polish line and I only got one shade to try it out. I am so in love with how great Arovana wears and how much compliment it gets so I will be trying more nail polishes from this amazing line.

What do you think of Dance Legend Arovana? Do you love the look as much as I do?
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to share with you my latest nail polish love. It is a color changing beauty by Dance Legend.

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review and swatches

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review and swatches

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 swatch

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review and swatches

The photo below shows how Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 changes a few second after I have dipped my fingers in cold water :)

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 nail polish

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review and swatches

Color
Dance Legend 182 is part of Dance Legend Thermo Shine nail polish collection featuring 4 color changing formulas. It changes between a strawberry jam color when your fingers are hot to a deep purple blackberry sourbet color when your fingers are cold.

Formula and application
This nail polish formula is a jelly base packed with glitter in two shapes: small dots and larger hex shapes. Glitter is silver but appears light pink into the jelly color base.

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 covers nails perfectly in two coats. It is fairly easy to work with given the fact that glitter is usually a bit harder to distribute on nails.

Wear
It is super fun to wear this nail color! I love how dynamic your nails are throughout the day depending on how the temperature changes. When your fingers are hot, it appears as a beautiful glitter strawberry jelly color and when it is cold outside it becomes dark and mysterious purple shade. In room temperature is shifts beautifully between the two and finally finds its balance creating an amazing gradient effect. I wore 2 coats with a top coat for 3 days with no chips. Formula is a bit hard to remove because of the glitter but with some patience it will not need any special attention to take off.

My verdict
I love this color! It is dynamic and different, I got a ton of compliments wearing it and it will be one of my all time favorites forever :)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

I got a great nail art set in the nail mail soon and I am hurrying to share with you my thoughts on it. I got this 7 piece brush set from the Born Pretty Store as a gift item to review along with a 10% discount coupon code for my readers!

I was anticipating this set as I have never owned and used brushes and tools specially designed for nail art. I had always used items as in my DIY manicure products for free post and was curious to try real nail art brushes :)

Summer palm nails

Summer palm nails

 

Summer palm nail art

Summer palm nails

Summer palm nails
So this is a design I made to test out some of the items in my kit. I painted my accent nail a hot pink shade using OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips. Then I dipped a large fan brush (always wanted to try this technique) into China Glaze What a Pansy and brushed it on the pink while it was still a bit damp and the second color blended into the first one. I then used a small brush to paint a palm across my ring finger. For the palm I painted a few rough lines to guide me and then added tiny strokes to mimic the palm leaves.

Born Pretty Store 7 piece nail art brush set review
My brushes came into a pink pack, equipped with an individual cap (except the fan brush). My kit features 7 brushes with white wooden handles and quality bristles. The fan and the small brushes I used for my Summer palms design were super easy to control and clean. Honestly, I was not expecting to like the result of my first palms experiment so much but it turned out so easy to do with the right set of tools.

Here are some photos of the brush set in package and the brushes with individual caps off so that you can get an idea of the brush shape, density and make.

Born Pretty Store 7 piece nail art brush set review

Born Pretty Store 7 piece nail art brush set review

Born Pretty Store 7 piece nail art brush set

Born Pretty Store 7 piece nail art brush set review

Born Pretty Store 7 piece nail brish set

Born Pretty Store 7 piece nail art brush set review

To get 10% off your Born Pretty Store purchase, enter code NC10K31 at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!