Saturday, April 23, 2016

Product Review: bornprettystore holo vinyls

Hey y'all! I'm back today to share some nail art and my review of some nail vinyls from bornprettystore. Daaaaamn Pish! Back at it again with the bornpretty reviews! Yeahhhh...its been a while but things were just so flippin' crazy for a while with the move. We only moved 30 minutes away but its no joke getting your house on the market and buying a new one while selling your old one! 

Anyway, I was approached by bornprettystore.com to start reviewing again and decided to go ahead wth it. These pretty little holo vinyls were the first thing I decided to try. Now, I know what you're thinking - whats the point of them being holographic if they're just vinyls? Well I think in a perfect world, you're supposed to cut them down to fit on your nail and leave them there like decals but ain't nobody got time fo dat. At least, *this* nobody ain't. I knew as soon as I got them that I was just going to use them like full nail stencils because that just made more sense to me. I included a short tutorial on Instagram that I'll put down below. If you want to read how I used these, keep reading.

BPS Item# JV211


I started with a base of Vapid's Surprise! I'm Drunk and topcoated in preparation for the vinyls. Your base should be 100% dry before attempting to use any vinyls whatsoever, otherwise the vinyl will pull your base color up. Yuck, no one wants that. Its happened to me - cue throwing things across my office. Once my base was dry, I cut along the borders of the vinyls and removed them from the plastic backing. I touched the vinyl to the back on my hand to remove some of the stickiness and then placed it on my nail. I pushed down to make sure that it was completely in contact with my nail surface and then placed some liquid latex (Vapid's Catsuit) around my cuticle before sponging on my color. I used a regular latex free makeup sponge cut to size to sponge on the coral polish (LynBDesigns Miami) until it reached opacity. I immediately removed the vinyl and the latex to reveal my design. Once it was dry, I topcoated again to seal everything in. The index and pinkie are just a couple of dots that I did with my dotting tools. Boom! Fancy nail art! 

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A couple of things to note about these vinyls - they're a bitch to get off the plastic backing. I recommend doing it before you paint your nails and just stick them to the top of a polish bottle or your acetone or something because once your nails are painted, you don't want to have to pick these suckers off the backing. They're pretty thin and don't have much structure to them once the back is off so smoothing them down was a bit of a struggle. They do come pre-weeded (the negative space was already there) so that's a plus! Additionally, because they're nice and thin, theoretically you could use them as a decal and topcoat them but I didn't try that myself. They're also only $2 for a sheet of 12. 


If you'd like to pick up these vinyls, you can find them HERE. You can use my code PPPQ10 for 10% off any regularly priced items. 



Thanks for reading! 



Friday, April 22, 2016

Press Release: Zoya Earth Day Promotion


Hey ya'll! Zoya's Earth Day promo is here once again! Read below for all the details!



earthday exchange


ZOYA EARTH DAY NAIL POLISH EXCHANGE 2016 – STARTS MONDAY - APRIL 18, 2016!
Let us handle the nail polish recycling for you!

With over 300 long-wearing nail polish shades rooted in a healthy philosophy, it’s no surprise that Zoya is committed to helping you green your beauty routine! That’s why each year we give you the opportunity to exchange any old nail polish bottles that you may have laying around your house collecting dust, or that are not BIG5FREE* formulas, for brand new toxin-free** Zoya Nail Polish shades. You can rest assured that your unwanted polishes will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Helping the earth is easy… all you have to do to get started is pick out your NEW Zoya colors at 
zoya.com, follow the promo instructions below and checkout. Let us do the rest!
How the ZOYA EARTH DAY NAIL POLISH EXCHANGE works...
1.     Visit www.zoya.com and add a minimum of 6 bottles of Zoya Nail Polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Minimum 12, maximum 48 for professional accounts.
 
2.     Apply Code: ZGREEN and a 50% credit will be added to your exchange order - free shipping included!
 
3.     Complete checkout and you're all set! If you need further instructions (including info for our professional program) on sending back your unwanted polish click HERE.
The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish - we assume you're going to do the right thing! Many people donate the polish to a local cause instead, which we fully support. If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish, click HERE.

USE CODE: ZGREEN
Offer valid 4/18/16 - 4/30/16 (11:59pm EST)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Swatch and Review: Lolita Lacquer Spicy Sauce Duo


Hey y'all! Today on the blog I am sharing a new duo from Lolita Lacquer that consists of two jelly polishes inspired by two delicious salsas - Salsa Roja and Salsa Verde. I personally love jelly polishes when they're done well. They are definitely one of my favorite finishes. Anytime I get nail mail that includes jellies, I feel suddenly conflicted - excited because I love them but also anxious that they won't be opaque enough or the formula won't be good. Surely I can't be the only one who worries about these things! My overall review for both of these polishes is that they are really nice. Both have a two coat formula with complete opacity, leaving no VNL (visible nail line) behind. I'll show you the individual polishes and tell you how they each performed. 

Salsa Roja

Salsa Roja bottle shot

Salsa Roja in direct artificial lighting 

Salsa Roja macro droplet
Salsa Roja is an orange toned red jelly filled with various sized glitter. This is my favorite shade of red for the summer because its warm toned so it looks great with other summery shades. Its my favorite color to put on my toes in the warmer months! Salsa Roja had a very typical jelly-like formula as far as thickness goes (a tad on the thicker side) but was almost opaque in one coat. I did add a second coat to add depth and even out any places that needed more polish on the nail. I had no issues getting the glitter evenly dispersed on my nail. Salsa Roja dries to a semi-gloss finish on its own and has a bit of texture from the larger glitter but that's easily remedied with a topcoat. My swatch shows two coats plus topcoat.

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde bottle shot

Salsa Verde in direct artificial lighting

Salsa Verde macro droplet
Salsa Verde is my favorite type of salsa. True story - something about the tomatillos is just so savory and when it has a bit of a kick from added jalapeƱos...oh man. Its 8:30 in the morning right now and I'm contemplating going to the grocery store for some tomatillos...

Anyway, we're not here to talk about me cooking, y'all wanna know about the polish! Salsa Verde (the polish) is a cool toned, emerald green jelly polish filled with various sizes of holographic glitters. I don't usually gravitate towards green polishes but this one actually looked nice against my skin and seems like a great green to incorporate into summer nail art. I kind of want to stamp neon designs over it! The formula was thinner than Salsa Roja's formula but still on the thicker side. This one also wasn't as opaque on the first coat and I thought I would actually need three coats. I wound up dabbing a little extra glitter along the tip of my nail on the second coat and that rounded it out nicely. Salsa Verde dries to a semi-gloss finish on its own and has a little texture like Salsa Roja but again, easily remedied by a topcoat. My swatch shows two coats plus topcoat. 

If you're interested in picking up this duo - it launches tomorrow April 22nd at 9am PST in the Lolita Lacquer store. The polishes are $9 each or $16 for the duo. You can also follow Lolita Lacquer on Instagram for more information on this and future releases! 

Thanks for reading!




Saturday, April 2, 2016

Swatch and Review: Supernatural Lacquer May subscription box!



Hey y'all! Today on the blog I have a super fun mini subscription box from Supernatural Lacquer to share with you! Stefani does this adorable subscription box every other month and it always includes a full size exclusive polish and some extras like mani bombs, cuticle oils, etc. This time she teamed up with one of my favorite indie brands, Lolita Lacquer to present a Mother's Day inspired box. The polish is beautiful and the accompanying mani bomb is adorable and smells delicious. Are you guys excited? Let's jump in to the swatches.

Monster, May I? in direct artificial lighting 

Monster, May I? in direct sunlight

Monster, May I? macro
Monster, May I is the name of the exclusive polish for the May subscription box from Supernatural Lacquer. This beauty is inspired by Eve, mother of all monsters which I thought was so cute for a Mother's Day theme. I love that it isn't the typical pinks or soft shades that we see for this time of year. The formula was total perfection on Mother, May I? and it applied in two easy coats. I *almost* could have gotten away with one coat but it added so much depth on the second coat. This gorgeous polish is a black jelly base filled with iridescent multi colored micro flakies which all applied easily and dispersed evenly across the nail. You can really see the depth and shininess of the flakies in my direct sun shot. 

The mani bomb included from Lolita Lacquer is nothing short of Mira's usual standard. It smells like apple pie and is shaped like a devil's trap and splattered with leviathan goo. My hands felt as soft and moisturized as they always do after using one of Mira's mani bombs. The polish and mani bomb go together perfectly! 

If you are interested in the May bi-monthly box from Supernatural Lacquer, it goes on pre-order from April 15th at 9pm-April 22nd at 9pm and ships May 2nd/3rd. Its only $13 shipped in the US and our international polish friends can even get it! The box is $19.50 plus shipping to Canada and $24.50 plus shipping everywhere else. Please note that international purchases will be invoiced separately for shipping to ensure accurate shipping costs. You can find the box and other polishes in the Supernatural Lacquer Store

Make sure you check out Roselynn (manicuredandmarvelous.com and Kierstan (ramblingsofasubscriptionaddict.com) for their reviews of this box as well! And as always, make sure you follow Supernatural Lacquer and Lolita Lacquer for further news on shipping and future releases! 

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