Monday, September 23, 2013

black & studded

Hey everyone!
After a long, long time I'm here with a nail art post. I'll try to do more nail art, as I have been posting a lot of swatches recently. 

I was cleaning up my nail art supplies the other day and I noticed that I had a couple of full nail stickers left. I had ordered them from eBay, but never really got to writing a post. I didn't have enough for all of my nails, so I just applied them on the thumb and ring finger as accent nails. The silver parts of the sticker were holographic and it made the nails look really awesome.

For this manicure, I painted all of the nails black. I painted the accent nails as well, because the stickers weren't a perfect match, especially for the thumb and I didn't want any empty space. I applied the stickers on the nails and filed off the excess. On the rest of the nails I added one small circle stud that I got from KKCenterHK.
Finally, I added a coat of Seche Vite on each nail.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 16, 2013

review: round silver studs from kkcenterhk

Hey everyone!
Today I'll be reviewing another KKCenterHK product for you. Last time I got the wonderful pink round studs which were amazing and I absolutely adore them and this time I decided to get the silver round studs.
There are many sizes, but I wanted to see how the smallest ones looked.

Here's what I created with them.

I used a silver base and I tried to create a half-moon manicure with my newest electric blue polish (Gosh Cobalt Blue). I used the studs as a border between the two colots. The quality of the studs is superb. I love how nice and flat they stay on the nail. They are really small - as you can see I needed around 6-7 studs per nail, which means you may use them up pretty quickly if you line your entire nail. Even though they are tiny and you use just one stud, you'll still make your manicure way edgier. 

You can stick them on with a bit of clear top coat, nail glue or the wet polish itself. They attach to the nail easily and they won't be going anywhere.

I had only one problem with the studs. The packaging was pretty unsuitable, mainly because of their size. You can easily close the zip bag, but when you try to get them out, they will literally go everywhere and even the slightest movement can throw them away really far. This is just a minor problem that you can solve easily. I already transferred mine in a little plastic jar.

You can get these round silver studs here for $4.23. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the quality and their durability. In addition, the silver color is very versatile, if you get bored you can use a thin coat of a random polish and get yourself a different colored stud.

You can find the rest of the nail studs selection here.

You can get 10% off your order over at KKCenterHK using the code: "iloveprettycolours".

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The product was sent to me for review. However, my opinion is 100% honest and is not affected by this.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

review: circle glitter from kkcenterhk

Hey everyone!
Finally after all of these swatches I have something else to show you.
Not too long ago I received two products for review from KKCenterHK and today I'll be reviewing one of them.

First of all, this is what I created with them. I used a nude base and applied one at the base of my nail and on my ring finger I added a whole row of glitter. As you can see, I cut one of the circles to fit my nails. They are easy to cut, but don't worry that doesn't mean that they'll bend easily, especially when they are on your nail. I'm not sure that I can call them glitter, mainly because they are thicker than a glitter particle would be. However, that doesn't mean they are going to stick out of the nail.

As you can see, they lay nice and flat on the nail. I used a bit of top coat to stick them on, but you can use nail glue if you want them to last longer, or you can just stick them on while your base hasn't fully dried.
They have a matte finish and that's how I wanted them to be for this look, so I didn't add any top coat.

They come in a jar as pictured above (the same as the heart shaped glitter).
The jar contains 10g of product which is a lot and you'd probably won't be able to use it up during your lifetime :).
Overall, I think that this is a very versatile product, you can create an infinite amount of different manicures with it.

You can get the jar full of circle glitter here for $8.00.

You can find the rest of the glitter selection here.

You can get 10% off your order over at KKCenterHK using the code: "iloveprettycolours".

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The product was sent to me for review. However, my opinion is 100% honest and is not affected by this.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

golden rose carnival 01

Hey everyone!
I'm very excited about this post because Golden Rose has launched  new collection called Carnival which has 16 glittery polishes. You may already know about the Jolly Jewels collection that was launched last year, but this one is different mostly because of the glitter shape - hexagon glitter is very common in polishes, but this one has squares and round glitters which is amazing :)
I only got one polish, like always, to test it out and see whether its worthy or not.

Golden Rose Carnival 01 is a glitter polish consisted of white matte glitter suspended in a clear base. There is a huge variety of sizes here - 5 different sizes of hexagons and regular string glitter. What I love about this polish is that you don't have to fish out the glitter. The brush is nice and wide and picks up a satisfying amount of glitter. Pictured below is 2 coats of the polish. Personally, I don't like when my base barely shows, so even one coats is good for me, but if you want full glitter nails than you should be able to achieve that look easily.

The polish is long lasting which is always a problem with glitters, as they tend to chip really fast. The glitter lies flat on the nail and doesn't stick out. Drying time is fast. Here's a close up:

I will buy other polishes to try out as well. So far, they seem to have really good quality. Here's the full range of shades if you're interested in buying :)

01, 02, 03, 04
05, 06, 07, 08
09, 10, 11, 12
13, 14, 15, 16
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

gosh cobalt blue

Hey everyone!
A while back when I posted about Golden Rose Holiday 61 - electric blue textured polish I said that I would find a similar shade of a regular polish and I'm so glad to say that my "mission" was completed. Around a week ago dm had a sale on the GOSH polishes and I grabbed one.

GOSH Cobalt Blue is an electric blue polish with a jelly finish. Though it's not as sheer as some jellies I have, two coats are nowhere near full coverage. I'm guessing that three will do just fine. I'm pretty disappointed with this polish. I kind of expected better quality considering the fact that these aren't the cheapest polishes ever. I'm going to start with my biggest problem which is the smell. The smell is very weird, nothing like any other polish that I've used (even some Chinese brands that can smell horrible). I've worn this polish twice and the smell gave me a headache both times. The next thing that I didn't like was the huge wonky brush. It makes the polish very hard to apply, even though the formula is near perfect (at least for me). It looks like they tried to make a nice wide brush, but they failed miserably. Maybe mine happened to be a faulty bottle and, honestly, I hope so, because they are way too expensive (considering the amount) to have this many flaws.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

aura hip hop & ixxx away all my money

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you the swatches of these two Aura nail polishes that I got a while ago. There's a make up store here that had a 2 for the price of 1 sale on Aura polishes, but the downside is that they are matched in advance (and some of the polishes you get can be old and separated).

Aura Hip Hop is a purple polish with tons of turquoise specks that give the polish a bit of a duochrome effect. It's a pretty sheer polish, with 2 coats there is a visible nail line, but I suppose that it'd look awesome when layered on top of a deep purple color. The only reason why I got this duo of polishes was Hip Hop. It's become one of my top 10 polishes for this year. There was a darker version of this polish that I'm trying to find. I'm not sure what's it called, but it was in another duo that had a pretty useless grey polish (it was so old that you could see all of the colors separated in a couple of layers).

Aura Ixxx Away All My Money is a caramel colored polish. It's just a plain, creme shade. I think it's pretty "meh" compared to Hip Hop. It has a nice and creamy formula, which I love, but I don't see myself wearing this polish way too much. Opaque in 2 thicker coats.
I'm not sure what's the "Ixxx" part supposed to mean, so if anyone has an idea please comment below, because it's bugging me and I need to know :)

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

amy's cosmetics 08, 35 & 70

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you the only three polishes that I bought during my vacation in Greece. I'm not too sure about this brand, it's probably local and nail polish only, as I didn't find any other cosmetics from it. The quality is awesome and I regret not buying more because they where 1 euro each.

Amy's Cosmetics 08 is peachy nude creme with a hint of pink. It is very sheer, but I suppose it's one of those "french manicure" polishes. You need at least 2 coats to get it semi-opaque and smooth, the first coat is very patchy. The drying time is fast. The brush is nice and wide.

Amy's Cosmetics 35 is a neon green-ish yellow polish. Just like most neons, it's very sheer (layered over a coat of white for the photo) and you'd need at least 4-5 coats to get it opaque. It dries semi-matte, but nothing a little top coat can't fix. Dried even faster than the other two polishes.

Amy's Cosmetics 70 is a shimmery dark brown polish. The shimmer is kind of holographic, but very subtle. Opaque in 2 coats. The drying time was fast. For some reason this polish had a round brush. I assumed that it was an older version.

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

born pretty store surprise bags pt. 2

Hey everyone!
My last post was about BornPrettyStore's new interesting concept called Surprise Bags. Basically, you pay $0.99 and you get three products that supposedly are worth $3 in total.
Last time I wasn't impressed at all, since I got two exact bags and I was kind of disappointed because the products that I got seemed kind of childish and I believe that I won't be using them, at least not on my own nails. I did do a small demo of some of the products and that post will be up in a day or two.

A couple of days ago, I got the rest of the surprise bags that I ordered and these turned out to be even more disappointing. All THREE bags contained the same products - an Angry Birds sticker sheet, a Hello Kitty sticker sheet and a random striping tape. I was at least lucky (though the packages are obviously not random, so I don't think my luck has a big role here) to get three different colors of striping tapes.

Just like last time, the stickers look pretty low quality and every image is sprinkled with this weird glitter.
Here's the good part of the packages, close-ups of the striping tapes.

A magenta shiny tape. I'm not sure, but I think I got the same last time.

A green semi-holgraphic tape.

A silver holographic. By far the only product that I really like from all six packages.

I said I'd write the "verdict" once I got all packages and here it is.
The concept is nice, but BornPrettyStore kind of failed with the execution. I'd love to see more random products and I was hoping that my second try was going to be luckier, only to prove me wrong.
All in all, I don't think that you get nice products, even if the price is just $0.99.
BPS has some awesome products that they can incorporate in these Surprise Bags, if they wanted to, but it seems like they wanted to get rid of all the random stickers no one wants to buy.

Thanks for reading!