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Nov 15, 2018

Starry Night - Emily de Molly Downward Spiral

Look at what we got here!

[Emily de Molly Downward Spiral]
This is Emily de Molly's Downward Spiral. It is meant to be "a navy blue holo with pink/green/gold shifting shimmer and iridescent flakes." I will first say that I do like it because there's a kind of pretty deep blue depth to it that really makes it look like a night sky filled with stars when you look at the holo.

However, the only parts that really came through were the navy blue holo and iridescent flakes. In person and in photos, it doesn't look very much like the photos on the website, and I couldn't see any of the pink/green/gold shifting shimmer, which was a little disappointing.

[Emily de Molly Downward Spiral]
Downward Spiral is still a pretty nail polish, but not what I was expecting unfortunately.

Nov 12, 2018

Blazing Hot - Sally Hansen New Flame

This shade is super hot! Another awesome gift from Jme~

[Bottle to nail: Sally Hansen New Flame (2 coats)]
This polish from the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure range certainly lives up to it's name - New Flame. It's a bright glossy tomato red jelly creme that REALLY stands out!

[2 coats: Sally Hansen New Flame]
I always love having shades like these in my collection, as well as wearing them. They are so good for no fuss manis. Like this one, I needed something quick and fuss-free to look nice and polished so this one ticked all the boxes. 

[2 coats: Sally Hansen New Flame]
This is two coats of glossy goodness, then an extra layer of topcoat for maximum shine.

[2 coats: Sally Hansen New Flame]
My nails are a bit longer than usual, and this formula is slightly on the jelly side, so in certain lights, there is visible nail line with two coats as I have here. But it's not particularly noticeable, and even so, I feel it has quite a nice translucent finish because of it!

Very happy with this one, it is definitely B-RRR-IGHT though! A great shade for summer~

Nov 5, 2018

Wonky Whirlpool - Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy, Bundle Monster BM-206, Hit the Bottle Chromeo

Just a really short one today because I'm not that pleased with it!

[Base: Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy (2 coats);
Plate: Bundle Monster BM-206; Stamping: Hit the Bottle Chromeo]
Can you see why already??? I hid too much of the gorgeous base shade, argh~!

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy (2 coats)]
This is said gorgeous base shade - Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy, a blurple linear holographic polish. How could I block out so much of that rainbow goodness?

[Base: Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy (2 coats);
Plate: Bundle Monster BM-206; Stamping: Hit the Bottle Chromeo]
Haha, so basically this is a design from Bundle Monster plate BM-206, stamped with Hit the Bottle Chromeo. There's nothing actually wrong with it, just that I'm seeing less of that purple than I wanted. Ah well, lesson learnt for next time!

Nov 1, 2018

Steel Leafs - Born Pretty Pearl Chameleon Glitter Top Coat

We've got us some colour shifting topcoat today!

[Steel Leafs]
So Born Pretty sent along what they call Pearl Chameleon Glitter Top Coat for review. This is how it looks with two coats against a dark base. I don't think the photo captures it well but I'm fascinated with how metallic it looks. It's certainly a lot shinier in person than in the photos.

[Bottle to nail comparison]
As you can see, the colour-shifting microglitter comes in a clear base, so if you want the colour to pop, you need a dark colour for a base coat. Otherwise, it makes for a nice, more subtle shimmer on a lighter base coat.

[Born Pretty's Pearl Chameleon Glitter Top Coat]
Pearl Chameleon Glitter Top Coat comes in a fancy box with its peacock motive and a convenient window that ensures you always know which box you're opening up.

[2 coats of Born Pretty's Pearl Chameleon Glitter Top Coat]
The first photo here under natural lighting comes closer to capturing the colour of Pearl Chameleon Glitter Top Coat. It's like an extra shiny foil in real life. And the second photo captures a little bit of the green to blue colour shift. My camera just hates capturing colour shifts for some reason.

The nail polish applies smoothly and makes for a bright shade to own. I'm loving their new bottles as well, although the smell of this one was a little bit much.

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Oct 30, 2018

Magic Moment - Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy

Today I'm reviewing a gorgeous holo polish provided to us for review from Born Pretty.

[In the box: Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy]

As Jme has mentioned in her last post, the latest collection comes in lovely new packaging with a luxe look to it, complete with a peacock feather motif.

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy (2 coats)]
The shade I'm reviewing today is part of Born Pretty's the Rose Road series Deluxe Holographic collection, and this one is called BP-RR03 Dream Fairy. Isn't it gorgeous!

[2 coats: Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy]
Dream Fairy is one of those blurple (blue-purple) shades that are really hard to capture on camera. I would say it's quite purple to the eye in real life. It's also jam-packed with holographic particles, as you can see!

[2 coats: Born Pretty BP-RR03 Dream Fairy]
Formula was excellent, I think I could've used just one coat but I used two just in case, then topped off with a clear topcoat.

There's a whopping 10 shades in this collection so be sure to check them out here! As usual, our code above will give a further 10% off full-priced items at Born Pretty. =)

Oct 25, 2018

Forest Pools - Born Pretty The Rhine

I'm bringing to you flakey fun today!

[Forest Pools]
This is The Rhine from Born Pretty's Emerald Road series. This densely packed bottle of flakies was sent to us from Born Pretty for review.

[Packaging for The Rhine]

[Nail to bottle]
I'm rather liking this fancy packaging. The decorated white box with the little window does make it feel classier. And the bottle itself is pretty snazzy itself, with an elegant matte grip for the brush's handle. I also liked that they named the nail polish collection and all the nail polishes this time, instead of just sticking to a bunch of descriptive words or random numbers. Overall, I'm really digging this new look!

Now, enough on the exterior, onward to the nail polish!

[3 coats of Born Pretty's The Rhine over a black base]
The Rhine is densely packed with multichrome flakies, with a colour shift from blue to brilliant green to bronze to magenta-pink. It's also got holographic microglitter in the mix. They have to be used against a black base for the colours to really stand out. Alas, my camera absolutely refuses to capture the flash of magenta pink, but it's actually very strongly present in person.

The strongest and most obvious colour shift is from green to pink. I wish I could adequately photograph that! The flakies and holo are densely packed enough that with three coats, the base is barely visible, as seen above.

[1 coat of Born Pretty's The Rhine over a black base]
These photos are for one coat of The Rhine over a black base. I have got to say, I think I actually prefer this, where you can still mostly see the base. It provides a sharper contrast to the colour of the flakies.

[3 coats of Born Pretty's The Rhine over a black base]
Here's a shot that managed to capture the holographic glitter, which is especially visible under bright indoor lighting.  All in all, this is a satisfactorily shiny multichrome flakey with holo to jazz it up.

The Rhine can be found here at Born Pretty.

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