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Mar 12, 2018

Net Gain - OPI This Color's Making Waves, Hit the Bottle Purple Reign, Bundle Monster BM-208

 I decided to jazz up last week's polish with some stamping goodness so here it is...

I really quite like this effect of the gold sparkle peeking out between the stamping! Apologies for the tipwear in these photos... I'd had the base on for a week at this point.

[Bottle to nail: OPI This Color's Making Waves (3 coats)]
Quick recap - my base shade is OPI This Color's Making Waves, a blue shimmer polish with scatter gold microglitter.

[Base: OPI This Color's Making Waves (3 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Purple Reign, Bundle Monster BM-208]
I chose the stamping pattern above off Bundle Monster plate BM-208. It kinda could pass for scales or fishnet! I'll choose fishnet to keep up with the beach/sea theme going... =p

[Base: OPI This Color's Making Waves (3 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Purple Reign, Bundle Monster BM-208]
My stamping polish was Hit the Bottle Purple Reign - such a gorgeous royal purple shade! Against the blue base polish, it definitely takes on a more royal blue hint. No issues at all with either the plate or the stamping polish, both picked up and transferred beautifully onto the nail.

I was quite happy with how this turned out in the end! The contrast between the two shades and textures is really striking, and a lot more obvious in real life.

Mar 8, 2018

Blushing Pink - Born Pretty Shallow Love (G008)

This is Born Pretty's Shallow Love or G008, and it's a nail polish that does a lot. It's a peel-off thermal sunlight-sensitive colour changing nail polish. What a mouthful!

[Born Pretty Shallow Love]
Here, you can see the thermal colour changing part of the nail polish under indirect sunlight. The nail polish is a pink-lavender where it's warm and a dusty rose at the tips where it's cool. I'm pretty impressed at the nail polish's sensitivity to temperature because it's still summer here, and I've seen many thermal nail polishes that show no colour difference on my tips when it's that warm in summer. And my nails aren't very long either, so I wasn't expecting to see much difference in colours so I was pleasantly surprised here.

[Born Pretty Shallow Love]
And here's the nail polish under direct sunlight! A completely different colour in a fuchsia shade. There's supposed to be a different thermal colour for where it's cool under UV light but all that is showing up is the warm + UV shade, which makes sense because my nails felt pretty warm under direct sunlight, haha.

I also did try the third element of the nail polish which is the peel off aspect. The nail polish peels off easily too. As someone who does tend to chip my own nails and then peel the whole lot off eventually regardless of whether it's a peel-off nail polish or not, I think I have quite a lot of experience in this. :P  I can confirm it peels pretty great and more than that, I'm impressed that it did last me a few days while also being easy to peel when I chose to peel it, unlike my other peel off nail polish that started peeling itself within a day.

Okay, about the nail polish: The brush is very thick, I have never used such a big brush before. You only need one swipe of the brush to cover your entire nail. You have to be sure to get rid of as much of the excess nail polish as you can because the nail polish kind of just clings to the thick brush. It isn't gloopy or thick, there's just a lot of it on the brush. Apply each coat as thinly as possible and let the coat dry before applying the next coat. I think that's the best way to get a smooth application.

I'm pretty impressed by how much is going on in this nail polish!

If you're interested in this nail polish, you can get Shallow Love from Born Pretty and use our code above for discounts on non-sale items!

Mar 5, 2018

Sandy Beach - OPI This Color's Making Waves

It's been a really hot summer so far, argh~ So I might as well have a cool beachy manicure to take my mind off it!

[Bottle to nail: OPI This Color's Making Waves (3 coats)]
This is OPI This Color's Making Waves from the Hawaii collection. It's a slightly frosty blue shimmer which almost looks duochrome at the edges (but isn't!) with lots of tiny golden glitter flecks in it.

[3 coats: OPI This Color's Making Waves]
Formula-wise, this required three coats to be fully opaque. It has a thin texture so is slightly prone to flooding during application. However, it dries in decent time with minimal streakiness.

[3 coats: OPI This Color's Making Waves]
The gold flecks are really quite interesting - they are quite scattered but sparkle randomly. Really gives that sand and sea look to this manicure!

However, from afar, it's not super obvious so it ends up just looking like a foil-like blue shimmer. An interesting one to try, but I'm not sure I'll be revisiting this beach!

Mar 1, 2018

Red Hound, White Tooth - Hit the Bottle Drop Red Gorgeous, hehe plate 079, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull

Even after all this time, I still have occasional stamping failures. I don't know what happens, but something goes strange. But I'm going to post it anyway!

[Base: Sally Hansen Ivory Skull
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Drop Red Gorgeous, hehe plate 079]
[hehe stamping plate 079]
So this is a houndstooth mani, using hehe plate 079, and Hit the Bottle's Drop Red Gorgeous, a chrome red stamping polish on Sally Hansen Ivory Skull, a white creme polish as the base.

[Base: Sally Hansen Ivory Skull
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Drop Red Gorgeous, hehe plate 079]
It's a little bit patchy and weird, but it's an okay mani I suppose.

Feb 26, 2018

Midnight Bloom - Born Pretty plate BP-X52, Chameleon Pearl stamping polish BPU06 The Milky Way

I couldn't resist trying out the butterfly-themed Born Pretty plate BP-X52 again...

[Night Garden]
...with another duochrome stamping polish! Look at all the different colours!

[Born Pretty stamping plate BP-X52]
Once again, this is plate BP-X52 which has lots of gorgeous butterfly designs. I previously used the design on the bottom left. This time I'm using the one on the top left.

[Born Pretty Chameleon Pearl Stamping Polish BPU06 The Milky Way]
The duochrome stamping polish I am testing today is also from Born Pretty. This one is called Chameleon Pearl Stamping Polish in BPU06 The Milky Way. At first glance it looks like a reddish bronze shimmer, but it's full of a purple-green colour shift shimmer.

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty Chameleon Stamping Polish BPU06 The Milky Way;
Base: Milani Spellbound; Plate: Born Pretty BP-X52]
Being a bit silly, I decided to stamp over Milani Spellbound, a black jelly with red microglitter. For some reason, I forgot (even after choosing this shade for review!) that it would stamp purple-green rather than bronzey-green.

[Plate to nail: Born Pretty BP-X52; Base: Milani Spellbound;
Stamping: Born Pretty Chameleon Stamping Polish BPU06 The Milky Way]
So instead, we get a lovely mish-mash of purple-green and red microglitter peeking through. Quite an interesting colour combination! Formula-wise, this was a lot thinner and you need a gentle hand with scraping when stamping.

[Base: Milani Spellbound; Plate: Born Pretty BP-X52;
Stamping: Born Pretty Chameleon Stamping Polish BPU06 The Milky Way]
The fine designs on the butterfly wings picked up beautifully, but was possibly not overly obvious on the base shade that I had picked.

[Base: Milani Spellbound; Plate: Born Pretty BP-X52;
Stamping: Born Pretty Chameleon Stamping Polish BPU06 The Milky Way]
It was pretty cool though, to see all the different colour shifts in different lighting. I'd love to test this stamping polish out on different base colours!

You can find the butterfly floral plate here, and the chameleon stamping polish here at Born Pretty! As usual, our code above can be used for a little extra boost when shopping~

Feb 22, 2018

Red Packets - Lacquistry Rediculous, Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Born Pretty L025

I'm back with my nail polish supplies now, so it's time for a Chinese New Year themed manicure! Can you believe it, that after going through all the things I have, I don't have a dog themed stamping plate or a dog decal or dog anything. How can that be? I love dogs! And now on the year of the dog, I have no dog themes for my nails.  Well, I'll correct that after this and go on a buying spree. :D

But for now, I had to go for another plan.

[Ang Pow]
So here we have it, my Chinese New Year themed manicure! How does it look?

[Lacquistry's Rediculous]
So I start with my base nail polish, which is Lacquistry's Rediculous, a shiny red foil-like nail polish.

[Born Pretty's stamping plate L025]
I stamped over it using Hit the Bottle's Spun Gold, which is a pale gold stamping polish, and Born Pretty's stamping plate L025. I used the round pattern in the center of the pink square above. I figured if I paired the pattern with red and gold, colours which are commonly seen during Chinese New Year, it would work as my CNY mani.

[Base: Lacquistry Rediculous
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Spun Gold and Born Pretty L025]
I didn't want every stamping pattern to look identical on my nails and since the pattern was significantly larger than each of my nails, I have placed them in slightly different positions around each nail to give the whole thing some variety.

As always, I love Hit the Bottle's chrome stamping polishes. Spun Gold stamps beautifully and looks gorgeous against the shiny deep red from Rediculous. I already had a cashier ask to see my nails and recognised the Chinese New Year theme, which had me chuffed. :D