Saturday, 30 August 2014

Born Pretty Store Nail Mail

Born Pretty Store is what I would say the biggest most popular nail art supplier. They're based out of China however they are extremely reputable and reliable. I get a lot of my supplies from there and as you'll be able to tell as you keep reading, I've got a lot recently.

Water decals are some of my favourite things in the world to use and BPS have a massive selection. Here I've got some rose decals and cat ones. The red rose decals are full nail decals which I've only tried a couple of time before and the others are separate designs that you can use as much or as little as you want in one design.

Although I haven't used a lot recently, I do often use 3d items on my nails such as studs or rhinestones. Here I have a pot of diamond shaped glitter as well as a wheel of black rhinestones. The stick that is on top is a wax pen that you can use to pick up items and place them on your nails. This method is new to me but I did a video earlier this week on how to use it so you can see that here.

Also fairly new to me is stamping, since starting it I've tried out a few plates so got this one as well. This stamper and scraper is different from what I've been using. The stamper itself is much bigger and rectangular in comparison to the regular round ones. Being bigger it is able to pick up the full nail designs easier so it'll be interesting to try it out. The scraper is a metal scraper, I have a plastic one and I've heard mixed opinions about metal scrapers as some people say they scratch the plate but I'll have to try it out myself.

Finally I have some random bits and pieces that aren't really nail art related. The first is this matte polish which, I have been obsessed with since the day I got it. It's the best I've tried and I'll definitely do a separate post on it. The metal balls you can get to put onto polishes that either you've made or you think might need one, I might put one in my glue base but I'm not sure how it will work out. The white paper is actually zig zag stickers, I couldn't manage to get a close up but you can use them to easily get a zig zag pattern on your nails without free handing it. Last but not least there are three nail files, I've shown both sides as they have different textures and roles. The darker pink is a grit file to shape your nails, the lighter pink a finer grit that I would maybe use to even the surface of my nails and the white a buffer to get shine.

Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite Born Pretty Store products are and if you want to try anything out then you can use my code GZL91 to get 10% your order.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Watercolour Roses

These nails are the final part in the Neiru Challenge that I did this month. It finished a few weeks ago but I wasn't able to blog about them as the challenge was going on so I've kept them till now.

For my base colour I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White, I then used pink, yellow, blue and brown acrylic paint for the flowers and vines. I then used Barry M Gold Glitter to go over some of the vines. I won't explain how I created the look as it's Neiru's tutorial which can be seen if you sign up to their website. I decided to finish this look with this matte topcoat from Born Pretty Store. I thought it made it look really interesting with the watercolour look and I'm obsessed with this topcoat so I'll definitely be doing a review of it soon.

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Kiki's Delivery Service

I realised I haven't done any character nails in a long time so I thought I'd do some classic Ghibli nails. I got these cat water decals from Born Pretty Store which gave me the idea to do Kiki's Delivery Service nails.

I used two base colours, for the faces it was Sinful Colors Easy Going and for the other nails Rimmel Aqua Cool. The writing and the eyes are done with Sinful Colors Snow Me White and the black detailing is Black on Black. For Kiki I used Sally Hansen Bocha Mocha mixed with a little black for her hair. Her mouth is a combination of Collection Praline Whirl and Rimmel Coralicious. I also used Praline Whirl for her cheeks and Coralicious for her hair bow. Tombo's hair is Barry M Mango with a bit of Bocha Mocha to make it darker. Finally for the broom I used Butter London Bumster with it being mixed with white for the bristles. I wanted to add more than one Jiji to the design because he's always in the film scenes which is why I put one of the decals on the broom and then peeking out of the corner of my thumb. If you want to see more about these water decals then keep reading below.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Scratch Nail Mail

If you've read my blog for a while then you'd have seen that I've only ever used nail wraps once and had a horrible experience. As most of you have probably heard of, Scratch are a well known and used brand for their nail wraps, I was browsing their site and came across these Check It Out wraps by Chelsea King from the blog Get Nailed. I fell in love with the design and decided to give nail wraps another chance so ordered this set.

If you don't know about Scratch then you might be surprised to hear about their idea. Much like many beauty subscription boxes, Scratch offers a monthly subscription service in which they send 3 sets of nail wraps designed by a featured artist of the month. As I'm fairly inexperienced with nail wraps I decided to buy just the one rather than the subscription box which I think is a feature that offers flexibility to its customers rather than making you commit to the box straight away. Based out of Los Angeles, I had to pay for international shipping but the package came quickly which made the order worthwhile.

What comes in the package is the wraps which you get 16 of so there's extra incase you mess up, as well as an orange wood stick and nail file. On the back of the wraps it gives interactions of how to apply the wraps as well as use the tools given. It's recommend that the wraps are used within a month of opening them I would assume to keep the best quality and maybe why the previous wraps I used were not so good.

The individual wraps are $12 or you can opt for the monthly box which is $30 making it cheaper per pack of wraps. I've not used these yet as I've been busy but hopefully I can try them out soon and show you all how they look and what I think!

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Acrylic Flowers

Today I have the second instalment of the Neiru Challenge. With the theme acrylic flowers, there were some more steps to this challenge compared to the previous one. 

These are my final nails that I finished with, I used American Apparel Echo Park for the grey background and Topshop Blank for the cream flowers. The rest of the colours are acrylic paint and I lined the moons and french tips with Barry M Gold. I decided to have the design shown in the tutorial on three of my fingers and have just the french manicure on my others to make it stand out more and not be too busy.

What was interesting about this challenge was that we were to create the design 3 times and note how long each one took. For the first step we could just test it out so I did it on one nail and used Barry M Grey instead of Echo Park.

For the second step we had to do a full set of nails, this is when I decided to try out the lighter grey and mix in the french tips which I preferred as you know I don't like to use dark colours. The final nails I did took 34 minutes and 8 seconds which was an improvement from all the steps and the point of the challenge.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Very Emily

I'm sure everyone has heard of today's guest poster Very Emily. In my mind she's the queen of nail art and someone who very much got me started with it, you might have noticed that recently I've been obsessed with neons so Emily's nails fit in perfectly with that theme! 

Hi everyone! I'm Emily from the blog Very Emily and I'll be guest posting for Charlie today! I am so honoured she asked me as she does amazing work. I'm also in pretty good company as she's had some super talented ladies guest blogging this Summer and I am very grateful to join the line-up!

For my guest post I created some Summer-y nails featuring one of my favourite polishes of all time, Floss Gloss Con Limon. I've had it on my wishlist for absolute ages and once I finally owned it, I was not disappointed. It's as bright as my pictures show!

As my accent nail I stamped this leaf design with black polish on top of Polish My Life Birthday Suit, a gorgeous off-white. I used this "fauxnad' image plate from Born Pretty Store. I thought these tropical leafs worked quite well with the neon lime green. To tie everything together I added these b/w patterned studs, also from Born Pretty Store. I am seriously obsessed with them!

I really hope you like this look. If you want to check out more of my manicures, make sure to pop by my blog Very Emily. You can also find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Thanks for having me Charlie!

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Stamping Gradient

As you'll know I've been dabbling in stamping more often recently and although I still feel like it's an easy way to get out of doing nail art, I've been trying to think of ways to incorporate it into nail art. From the title you might have guessed that I've combined it with a gradient and I think it's turned out really nicely. I'm using this plate from Born Pretty Store which was new for me to try out but they have a lot of full pattern plates which I think works with this design.

For my base I used O.P.I My Boyfriend Scales Walls, I'm trying to save on my white as I've found out my favourite white isn't readily available in the UK anymore so I don't want to go through my bottle too quickly! I then took that and Rimmel Aqua Cool on a sponge and made a gradient. With Aqua Cool I then stamped onto my nails with a few different patterns so that it disappeared into the colour. I really like this look and it looks mystical with the pattern fading into the colour, keep on reading below to see more of the stamping separately and what comes on the plate.