Wow, it feels good to be back here in my little polish corner of the internet! It's been a LONG time since I've blogged regularly! As I mentioned in my most recent post (click HERE), I've been living it up on Instagram - posting photos of my manis, outfits, and just a couple photos of my baby girl. Ok, that's a total lie. I LOVE posting photos of my Fiona, who just turned 6 months old on Monday the 7th! I have really enjoyed Instagram and I've found a ton of awesome nail account to follow. I will definitely continue posting my manis there on the regular, so come find me at @polishpleasejlw!
Now, let's get to the review!
I recently received some nail art products from Born Pretty Store for review. I was so excited because I am not particularly skilled in the area of nail art, and I had never used products like studs, striping tape, or 3D nail charms before. This was my big chance! I received three products for review, the first of which is a wheel of nail art studs.
This wheel has a great mix of different sizes and shapes. To apply the studs, I dabbed a little bit of clear polish to my finished mani. I put a small amount of clear polish on a dotting tool and used that to pick up the stud and place it on my nail. I finished off the mani with a generous coat of Seche Vite.
Here is Butter London All Hail the Queen with some of the small round studs from the wheel.
|How gorgeous is this polish, BTW?|
I thought these studs were great! They were a nice size - not too big, not too teeny tiny - and they were super easy to apply to my nails (and remove!). I really liked the convenience of the wheel and how it kept them all organized. I will definitely be using these to spruce up a plain mani!
The next item I received to review was striping tape! This stuff is so versatile and, once I get some practice, I'm sure I will be using it a lot to create some fun nail art! I've been dying to create a nautical mani with stripes, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a go. I've seen manis like this all over the interwebs, so I'm not sure who was the original creator.
I first applied Mary Kay Radiant Red (a "rando" in my collection - pretty red, but crappy, thin formula) to all but my ring finger, which got two coats of Wet n' Wild French White Creme and a topper of Seche Vite. I cut lengths of the striping tape and applied it with tweezers in a stripe pattern. I applied one coat of Zoya Natty and then gently peeled off the striping tape. After allowing Natty to dry a little bit, I added a little blob of clear polish and applied a heart stud. To finish, I sealed everything with Seche Vite.
I LOVED this mani and I found that using the striping tape was not as intimidating or difficult as I thought! The tape is very thin and not super sticky, so I wasn't afraid that it was going to peel off the polish I had already applied.
Last, but not least, is a product I have always wanted to try, but never had the guts to: 3D Bow Charms! I just adore anything cute and tiny that could be deemed "kawaii" and these totally fit the bill. I was so excited to receive them from Born Pretty Store and give them a go! I received 10 bow charms which can be reused.
I am LOVING pastels right now - maybe it's this Chicago winter that just won't let up and my yearning for spring - so I thought I would pair my tiny pink bows with the soft, shimmery yellow of Zoya Piaf and Sally Hansen No Hard Feelings, a darker lavender creme. After applying three coats of each polish and a top coat, I brushed a bit of nail glue where I wanted the bow to sit and also brushed some on the back of the bow itself. I pressed the bow hard onto my nail and held it there for a minute or so while the glue hardened. OH MY GOODNESS - where have these bows been all my life?
#sorrynotsorry for all the pics. I just love the cuteness this little bow charm adds to my mani! After I applied it, I wondered if I would be waking up with a bald patch on my nail and a tiny bow somewhere in my bedsheets (I did this mani shortly before bed on Monday night). However, I woke up Tuesday morning with both bows still attached and they stayed that way through my shower. The bow on my left hand popped off while attempting to wrangle my extremely long hippy hair (which is in desperate need of a cut!), but I fixed it with a little nail glue and went about my morning. I got through an entire day at work, an evening of taking care of my baby, a sinkful of dishes and some ::ahem:: stain removal on a certain someone's onesie - as I type this post, both bows are still firmly in place!
All in all, I really love the products I received from Born Pretty Store. They really allowed me to broaden my nail art horizons and made cute looks really effortless! Born Pretty Store has a TON of products, so if you have not already checked out the site I highly advise you to do so - make sure to click the links of the products I reviewed to check them out! You can get a 10% discount on your order by using the coupon code below!
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