Monday, 21 April 2014

Born Pretty Store "Punk Metal Heart Round Square Star Drop Mix Stud Rhinestones Nail Art Decoration w/box Sale" Review

Hola I am live from Dublin - my jet lagged self is having perhaps the worst time adjusting to the time zone here (8 hours into the future from my home base) but alas I am here today with a review on some studs from Born Pretty Store. Just a reminder, I do have a blog coupon for Born Pretty Store - they not only sell the nail art studs that are featured on this post today, but they also have fun cute cell phone dongles, midi rings (which are totally my favourite things right now), hair accessories and of course - PLENTY of nail art supplies. For 10% off and free world wide shipping, use this code at check-out: ARBQ10

Onto the nail art studs - these are listed on the Born Pretty Store website as "200pcs Punk Metal Heart Round Square Star Drop Mix Stud Rhinestones Nail Art Decoration w/box Sale" item code #7277. I really love this mix because of all the variation of studs. There are so many possibilities! Here's how the studs came packed:

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

And here's a shot of all the different studs. Each stud that is out represents one of the sections in the container pack - so as you can see I have a lot more silver hearts and only one section of gold circles, gold long diamonds, and silver stars:

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

Because of all the variation, I was able to do "skittle studs". I actually quite like this look - using one polish and then having a different stud or stud design on each nail. Here's a look at silver skittle stud nail art over top of Rainbow Honey Evening Viola:

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

And on the flip side, here's some gold stud skittle nails done over top of Rainbow Honey Trifolium - gold and green always seem to go perfectly with one another!:

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

Born Pretty Store Punk Metal Mixed Nail Art Art Studs

Here's my helpful hints when designing some stud nail art:

1) Sometimes simple is best! Less is more.
2) Squares can also be diamonds - flip them.
3) Odd numbers of the same shape look best
4) Sandwich the studs in top coat, or use nail glue
5) Studs are best closer to the cuticle to avoid any catching

Overall, I am pretty happy with these studs! The hearts are best suited on larger nails, but other than that, it's a great sampler for all the different shapes. I could have been just as happy using just teardrops, but it's so nice to have an option to do more. Again, if you're interested in these studs, you can get them at the "200pcs Punk Metal Heart Round Square Star Drop Mix Stud Rhinestones Nail Art Decoration w/box Sale" item code #7277 page and use my blog coupon for 10% off and free world wide shipping: ARBQ10

How do you like to use your nail art suds? Any hints that you like to follow?

Full disclosure: This sample was provided for an unbiased review.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

OPI Sheer Tints Top Coats Swatch and Review Nail Art MEGAPOST! (OPI Be Magentale With Me, OPI I'm Never Amberassed, OPI I Cant Teal You Like Me, OPI Don't Violet Me Down)

Alright, so I have been saving "the best for last" so to speak. I wanted to leave my blog unattended with a "good one" so, here it is. I'll be on a plane to Europe in no less than 6 hours and I'll update here and there when I am over. But in the meantime, here's my 30 photo MEGAPOST of the new OPI Sheer Tints! To kick it off, here's my current nails and what I'll my wearing on my fingertips to Euroland:

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

I did the above nails using Saran Wrap, as advised to me by Caitlin from Addicted to Lacquer. I didn't think it would work because of the top coat formula, but painting the top coat directly onto the wrap and dabbing it made for an AWESOME look. I finished the look by outlining all my nails with a fine nail art brush and Essie Good As Gold, then finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite! REALLY happy with these!

But when I first saw these sheer tints, I just saw people swatching them over white, or over their bare nail and I found ZERO appeal. I thought they were the stupidest things I had ever seen. But then Amanda from Sweetheart Nail Art posted Sailor Moon transformation nail art and I was sold. OK, fine. I'll bite the bullet.

Here's what the OPI Sheer Tints look like on the bare nail. From left to right: OPI Be Magentale With Me, OPI I'm Never Amberassed, OPI I Cant Teal You Like Me, OPI Don't Violet Me Down. (Yup, OPI does indeed take the cake on worst puns ever!)

Here's one coat...

OPI Sheer Tints

Here's two coats...

OPI Sheer Tints

Here's three coats...

OPI Sheer Tints

And here's OPI Sheer Tints over top one coat of OPI White Alpine:

One coat...

OPI Sheer Tints

Two coats...

OPI Sheer Tints

Three coats...

OPI Sheer Tints

As you can see, they're nothing really special on their own. The formula is top coat, so it can be fairly "goopy" when applying. You can also easily get bubbles due to layering and thick application, but I don't think it's too bad. The great thing about the thick top coat formula is that it's SO easy to mix colours! They just sink right into each other!

But I truly think that OPI Sheer Tints are destined for something better... They work flawlessly together. Here's the initial experimenting I did - Amanda told me she only picked up the magenta, amber and teal sheer tints as they are primary colours and can mix well with one another.

Here's a "primary only" experiment with sheer tint "blobbing":

OPI Sheer Tints

And added violet sheer tint...

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

And of course, how does it look with OPI Matte Top Coat?

OPI Sheer Tints

... Pretty fucking good. I added some geometric shapes (which actually kickstarted my obsession with outlining my nails and doing geometric patterns but I have improved since)...

OPI Sheer Tints

... They're OK.

I tried to do fishtail tints but was unable to control my brush work. Instead I made some pretty crazy vibrant rainbows!

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

And this is what made me think, "yes I am SO glad I got these"... Caitlin suggested I tried the Saran Wrap nails. I looked up how to do Saran Wrap Nails - you paint on one coat of polish, let it dry, paint another colour on top and before it dries, dab some of it off with Saran Wrap. Unfortunately, that would never work with because the top coat formula is VERY thick and adhesive, and it would make a mess! Bbbbbbut I painted saran wrap pieces with sheer tints and I looooove the look! They look like Poprageous' Heaven Legz leggings!

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

And of course... Started getting obsessing with the geometry and outlining, so this is what it started going into...

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

Looks pretty good with OPI Matte Top Coat too:

OPI Sheer Tints

Here's a bare nail gradient rainbow with OPI Sheer Tints - I don't like it too much as I applied too many coats and should have left it more sheer but it's still cool you can do this.

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

OPI Sheer Tints

I hope you enjoyed this OPI Sheer Tint megapost! I know you can replicate a lot of this nail art with acetone but sheer tints makes it SO easy. Honestly, I am in love. (Love them so much, I had to take them on my tips to Europe with me! High praise!) Yes, the formula is VERY thick - it's top coat, after all - so you might be surprised at first on how they apply, and how they mix but I think you get used to it rather quickly and will be happy with the mixing results. It just works!

Anyway that's all for now, I'll update next weeks at some point on my Europe adventures! In the meantime, have you seen these OPI Sheer Tints? What do you make of them? What nail art would you attempt with these babies?

Rainbow Honey Bourbon Rose Perfume Rollerball Review

I know this is a polish blog and it will always be primarily a polish blog but it just so happens that my favourite indie brand of all time (this should be an obvious one) - Rainbow Honey - is starting to branch out into other things. We've seen a sneak peak at rollerball perfumes in Mystery Bags, and most recently, lip balm and cosmetic pigment! So, once in a while, I will do... non-nail polish posts. *gasp!* Don't worry though, I'll figure it out. Somehow.

OPI Sheer Tints

Enter Rainbow Honey Bourbon Rose. The website shop describes the scent as "Bourbon and Rose Geraniums meet Lemongrass and Grapefruit tied down with a milky Sandalwood base". It definitely has a distinct floral rose-like hint to it, and has a tinge of sweetness too. Originally I couldn't quite pin it down what the sweetness was, but grapefruit sounds about right to me!

The rollerballs are great because you can control how strong you want the scent to be. It isn't an overwhelming scent by any means - it's very fresh and subtle. Some floral and fruit perfumes tend to be really overwhelming and strong giving off a "cheap" vibe, but Bourbon Rose has just the right amount of scent power to give you a classy feel. I find that by the end of the day, it needs a bit of reapplication but the cute tiny glass vials are perfect to bring around! I would still keep it in the card slip that the perfumes come in, though. I just wouldn't want to risk any glass breakage!

OPI Sheer Tints

These are just being introduced so the bottles are screenprinted yet but I think they deserve to be a hit! I personally like the idea of their scented top coats, but having an option for the scent is far more appealing to me! Perfumes were being sold by Rainbow Honey back when they first hit the indie scene, even before the Equestria collection so I am glad they are bringing these back.

Have you tried any of Rainbow Honey's new perfume rollerballs? Is it about time that they brought these back or what?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag: Unboxing!

Had to post this before I leave and before it disappears into the vast depths of irrelevance but here's the latest and greatest Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag! This is the first month that Rainbow Honey has offered "full size" mystery bags but I decided to opt for a "mini size" just in case something doesn't suit me and I would just buy ALL OF THE THINGS! for the stuff that I liked. Onto this month's reveal!...

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

As you can see, Rainbow Honey has decided to stick with the customized Mystery Bag large sticker seals. As I stated for last month's Mystery Bag, I really like this packaging because it's minimal and it gets right to the point - not a lot of waste or hoarding pretty packaging. Really like that. Upon opening, all the contents are in a secure bubble wrap pack.

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

And seriously JUST WOW! There is SO much stuff in this month's Mystery Bag - I love it! I hope all future Mystery Bags are this dense! So much stuff! Check it out:

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Here's the April Mystery Bag card that came with the pack:

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Transcription -

FRONT: (Mini) April's Mystery Bag - Rainbow Honey

INSIDE:
Greetings from the Rainbow Honey Lab!

Thanks for picking up this month's Mystery Bag!
This month's bag includes:

Cameo 18, 5mL - A neon take on cameo pink, wear it alone or pair it with...

Stellar Treat, 5mL - A cosmic confection full of tiny stars, glitter and shimmer!

All Your Base, 5mL - Formulated with Vitamin E for healthy nails, this one belongs to you!

Rose Nectar Rollerball, 1mL - This perfume brings floral and sweet together at last!

Sparkling Agave Pigment, 1g - Make your spring looks sparkle with Rainbow Honey's new line of cosmetic pigments!

Rose Nectar Lip Balm, .15oz - Formulated to nourish and protect your lips with Maracuja Oil and Vitamin E

Plus, 10 nail art studs and 2 disposable pigment applicators!

BACK:
We hope you've enjoyed this month's look at some of our upcoming products! And since it's no longer a mystery, tell us what you loved the most - and tag your posts to make sure we see them!

#RainbowHoney
#RainbowHoneyLab
#RainbowHonetMysteryBag

Thank you again for being such a loyal fan!
Love, The Rainbow Honey Lab (see you next month!)

Here's a picture of the Rose Nectar lip balm. I love that it's the same size as a lighter, haha! I haven't seen this kind of shape before. The smell is quite nice but I haven't tried it just yet.

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Here's the Rose Nectar mini rollerball. I can't get enough of these minis - I love them!

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

The disposable pigment applicators are packed in a cute compartment and are colourful! There's always colour everywhere with Rainbow Honey.

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

And here's the Sparkling Agave Cosmetic Pigment. I love the heck out of this colour but it looks awful with my Asian skintone alone! I would definitely have to mix it with some white or silver eyeshadow. I honestly don't use that much eye make-up so this is one reason why I am glad I stuck to the mini - would hate to see such lovely product go to waste! BUT LOOK AT THAT SHIMMER!

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Here's the 10 nail art studs - honestly you can never have too many nail studs! I definitely prefer triangle or tear drop shaped studs but squares can easily be turned into diamonds... Hehe, anyone remember Diamond Shreddies? Haha!

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Lastly, here's the polishes that came in the Mystery Bag and they are perfect for spring: Cameo 18, a neon pink creme; Stellar Treat, a glitter topper and All Your Base, Rainbow Honey's first basecoat.

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Cameo 18 is a sunny weather ready neon pink. Not sure if i can pull this one off with my skintone but I definitely think I can with this one! I know it suggests to pair it with Stellar Treat but fuck that shit, I would top it off with Yoshimi!

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Here's All Your Base!, a new basecoat from Rainbow Honey. I looooove the name but I am unsure if I would use this. I am a huge fan of Nail Envy but I would probably give this a shot!

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

And lastly, here's Stellar Treat - a pinkified version of The Soiree which was in last month's Mystery Bag!

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag

Overall, I am REALLY excited about this month's mystery bag and am looking forward to the next one. Definitely a big bang for your buck at $10 for the mini Mystery Bag and now it's available as a subscription. One downfall is if you are Canadian (like yours truly), the shipping cost is $7 - so you're pretty much looking at about $20 for each mini bag after the currency conversion. Rainbow Honey is working to resolve this so hopefully we'll see a more easily accessible option in the future!

What do you think about this month's Mystery Bag? Is there anything in here that makes you wish that you got it in a full size?