; Plisherrific: 2019

Mar 18, 2019

Flutterby Fancy - Dance Legend Stratus Quo, Born Pretty BP-L088, Hit the Bottle Whiskey Latte

Continuing on from my last mani - I as usual ended up stamping over it...

...I'm really not too sure about this colour combination - I just couldn't figure out what shade to use that wasn't silver or gold because I use those far too often!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Stratus Quo (2 coats)]
Anyway, my base from last week was Dance Legend Stratus Quo - a dusty cornflower blue creme with fine holographic particles.

[Base: Dance Legend Stratus Quo (2 coats);
Stamping: Born Pretty BP-L088, Hit the Bottle Whiskey Latte]
I used the butterfly pattern from Born Pretty plate BP-L088 and a latte/cream shade from Hit the Bottle called Whiskey Latte.

[Base: Dance Legend Stratus Quo (2 coats);
Stamping: Born Pretty BP-L088, Hit the Bottle Whiskey Latte]
It's cute enough, but nothing outstanding... Oh well!! I will try to plan these things better next time... =)

Mar 11, 2019

Dancing Cloud - Dance Legend Stratus Quo

I'm back after a bit of a break, things have been crazy busy and I haven't been doing my nails (gasp, I know!)

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Stratus Quo (2 coats)]
At any rate, I have this lovely shade on now - this is Dance Legend Stratus Quo. What a great name! It's a cornflower blue creme with fine scattered holo particles, giving it a very delicate look.

[2 coats: Dance Legend Stratus Quo]
Formula was excellent as always - I used two coats here but with such short nails I could probably have done with one. The holo is not very obvious but adds just a little bit of sparkle for interest.

[2 coats: Dance Legend Stratus Quo]
Overall, a lovely muted shade which I'm tempted to call worksafe? Maybe my standards are skewed!

Mar 7, 2019

Sweet Candy - Orly Orange Punch, LA Girl Glissand

I've got some edible looking manis today...

[Sweet Candy]
The base of this nail polish is Orly's Orange Punch, a jelly-ish vermillion nail polish. The tips of my nails and the polish on my ring finger is LA Girl Glissand which is a pink textured matte polish. Glissand isn't terribly textured to be honest, and it dries slower than most matte polish.

After I sealed it all with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, the combination of high glossyness on jelly polish against the frosted matte reminds me of hard candy and chewy soft ones.

[Base polish: Orly Orange Pinch
Tips and ring finger: LA Girl Glissand]
Using free hand to do my tips resulted in doing them a liiiiittle bit too deep. Oops!

Feb 21, 2019

Mossy Pond - OPI Can't Find My Czechbook, OPI Thanks A Windmillion

A simple one today! A coworker gave me these nail polishes and I thought they went really well together.

[Cool Shades]
The accent nail is painted with OPI Can't Find My Czechbook, a faded blue creme polish and the rest of the nails have OPI Thanks A Windmillion, a pale jade green creme polish. Application was smooth and easy, opacity achieved with two coats.

[Accent nail: OPI Can't Find My Czechbook
Remaining nails: OPI Thanks A Windmillion]
Every time I look at these two nail polishes, I feel the urge to use them together just because I feel like they really match and I always like how they turn out!

Feb 18, 2019

Mystery Beach - Emily de Molly Shallow Depths

Who doesn't love a good multichrome!

[Dip yer toes]
This is definitely a good one too! Check out those shifty shades!

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Shallow Depths (2 coats)]
Here's Shallow Depths by Emily de Molly, a gorgeous green-blue-purple multichrome shimmer polish. 

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Shallow Depths]
Isn't it amazing! The colour shift is just as obvious on the nail too. I had lots of fun staring at my nails at different angles.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Shallow Depths]
Formula was fantastic as always, this was two coats, quick drying and non-streaky. Not like old school multichromes with opacity issues, you definitely don't need a black base here! Just slap on a layer of topcoat for extra shine and you're all done~

Feb 11, 2019

Festive Blossom - Rimmel Double Decker Red, Hit the Bottle To Have and To Gold, Born Pretty BP-L024

Happy Lunar New Year!! Sorry for the lack of posts, I have just been snowed under with work and social commitments~

[Lucky Fortune 88888888]
It is the Year of the Pig but rather than having little porkers on my nails, I ended up with a fairly traditional look once again.

[Base: Rimmel Double Decker Red (1 coat);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle To Have and To Gold; Plate: Born Pretty BP-L024]
I used Rimmel Double Decker Red as the base (this is totally my go-to red creme base; you can check out my previous review here). I then stamped over with Hit the Bottle To Have and To Gold, a bright yellow gold stamping polish with the flower and leaf pattern from Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L024.

[Base: Rimmel Double Decker Red (1 coat);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle To Have and To Gold; Plate: Born Pretty BP-L024]
I did consider a less traditional colour scheme! Or maybe making some fancy nail decals, but I just did not have enough time to do much~ I very recently was reorganising my nail art stash and boyyy do I feel guilty when I see all the pretty goodies that I have yet to try. Shame!! Shaaaame~!

Feb 8, 2019

Lunar New Year - Orly's Heartbreaker, Hit the Bottle's Spun Gold, Sally Hansen's Gilded Lily, MdU's Reddish

Happy Chinese New Year!!

[Lunar New Year!]
I have been very, very busy, but I did manage to whip out a Chinese New Year themed mani.

[Born Pretty's stamping plate BP-65]
The pattern stamped here is from Born Pretty's BP-65 stamping plate, as shown above. For the accent nail on the ring finger, I used Orly's Heartbreaker, a red nail polish with gold shimmer, as the base polish. I then stamped over that with Hit the Bottle's Spun Gold, a pale gold chrome polish. For the rest of the nails, I used Sally Hansen's Gilded Lily as the base, giving the base a sparkly gold glitter. Then I stamped over the lot with MdU's Reddish, a creme red stamping polish.

[On the accent nail: Base is Orly's Heartbreaker, stamping is Hit the Bottle's Spun Gold
The rest of the nails: Base is Sally Hansen's Gilded Lily, stamping is MdU's Reddish
For the last picture, you can see that I tried a different pattern for the thumb, but then changed my mind and went with what I had for the rest of the nails. I love how the whole thing turned out. It has a nice festive feel and has lasted for a week so far, without issues.

Jan 24, 2019

Holo-daze - Born Pretty South Area

Hello, holo!

This is Born Pretty's South Area from their Flashing Vision series.

[Born Pretty South Area]
South Area is a peel-off with a tonne of holo glitter against a dark pink-magenta-ish base.

[Born Pretty South Area]
It's not as blinding in my photos but in person, it was definitely full of holo and glitter. This nail polish was odourless as promised, but it was very topcoat thirsty. I think it took three coats of Seche Vite's Dry Fast Top Coat to get a glossy result. And it turns out when you combine that much dry fast top coats with a peel off nail polish, what that means is that the peel off nail polish almost pops right off over the next couple days. This was a pretty and shiny nail polish, but I definitely have to try it again with less top coat, oops. :O

If you're interested in South Area, you can check it out here. Or otherwise, you can look over Born Pretty and use our discount code for any full price items.

Jan 21, 2019

Lights Out! - Born Pretty BP-BAW02 Dark Chocolate, LA Girl Flamboyant, Missha The Style Lucid #2, ZA #05

Okay.. so it's no secret that I love glitter. SO MUCH! What I don't love is the removal of glitter polish. SO MUCH!

[Super luxe]
Now, I know peel-off glitter base has been around for a while, but the ones I've tried have a really thick formula and take forever to dry so I've never really used them much. I decided to give it a go again recently and chose this item for review from Born Pretty. This is BP-BAW02 Dark Chocolate from the Born Pretty White Black Series Peel Off Nail Polish.

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty Peel Off Nail Polish BP-BAW02 Dark Chocolate (1 coat)]
Don't be fooled by the name! Based on the product page, I was aware that I was purchasing a black polish, and not any sort of chocolate-related colour.

[1 coat: Born Pretty BP-BAW02 Dark Chocolate]
Onto the polish itself.. I LOVE IT. It is super super pigmented, this is just one-coat, no topcoat. Thin-to-medium formula and quick dry time. Even if it doesn't work as a nail polish, I would love it just as a black one-coater base for sheer or glitter polishes!

[Left to right: LA Girl Flamboyant, Missha The Style Lucid #2, ZA #05]
So to give it a go, I then did a french glitter gradient and an gradient accent nail with the polishes above. Interesting note, that ZA polish is one of the first nail polishes I coveted and purchased when I was a teenager. It thickened up over time, but late last year, I saved it with some polish thinner and I'm pleased as punch with myself!

[Base: Born Pretty BP-BAW02 Dark Chocolate (1 coat)
Glitter: LA Girl Flamboyant, Missha The Style Lucid #2, ZA #05]
So after doing the glitter gradients, I topped off with two generous coats of topcoat to smooth it all out. I then wore this mani for about a week to try it out, as one of my gripes about peel off basecoat previously is that sometimes it just peels itself off after a shower.

[One Piece!]
Glad to say I had no issues here and it only came off when I started picking at it intentionally. As you can see above, it came off nicely in one piece on the accent nails! I managed to peel it off the other nails, but not in a nice whole piece which I'm pretty sure is I didn't coat the entire nail in glitter so it was only a single thin layer of the black polish so it was harder to get off in one piece.

Overall, I'm really happy with this product and can see myself making use of it heaps in future! You can check it out here - it also comes in white! As usual, code above will give you 10% off full priced products at Born Pretty. =)

Jan 17, 2019

Cool Summer Dusk - Born Pretty Couture Precieuse

Look at this fancy piece of work, sent to us from Born Pretty.

[Cool Summer Dusk]
This is Born Pretty's Couture Precieuse, from their Cloud Thermal series. (On the box itself, it calls the collection Cloud Mood series but it's called Cloud Thermal on their website.)

It's a thermal nail polish, as evidenced by the series' name, where it is cornflower blue when warm and royal purple when cold. The nail polish is also packed full of gold-green flakies and dries matte (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat has turned this glossy). I love how it looks!

[Born Pretty's Couture Precieuse]
I've said it before, but I really like this new fancy-ish packaging.

[Born Pretty's Couture Precieuse]
First of all, I'm really impressed by how sensitive the nail polish is to temperature changes. Even with two layers of top coat (because the nail polish was a little thirsty and didn't smoothen out with just one :P ), the colour changes were magnificent. It's summer where I am now, and thermal nail polishes are usually quite hopeless in warm weather. But this one easily maintained a difference in colour between my cool tips and the nails above my warm nail-beds. I love the colours as well and they looked gorgeous with the flakies. I think the flakies really made this thermal nail polish extra special.

The only complaint I would have about this nail polish is the smell. It has a pretty strong chemical-y smell unfortunately.

Otherwise, it's a beauty, that's for sure!

If you're looking for some beautiful colour changing nail polish with flakies, you can check it out here at Born Pretty. The code will give you some discount on full priced items!

Jan 15, 2019

Juicy Fruit - Born Pretty Tropical Punch L001, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Hit the Bottle As Black As Night

Today I have the juiciest stamping plate to review, as provided by Born Pretty!

[Born Pretty Tropical Punch - L001]
Look at this beaut! This is Born Pretty Tropical Punch - L001, a collection of the most amazing tropical fruit prints I've seen. There's dragonfruit, starfruit, mangosteen, mangoes and even durians on there!

[Born Pretty Tropical Punch - L001]
But first, I have to say, Born Pretty has really stepped it up with their packaging. I really love the champagne foil accents on the protective cardboard sleeve on this plate. As always, the plate itself arrives with a protective blue film that needs removal before use.

[Bottle to nail: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy (2 coats)]
My base from last week - China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, a coral neon which has faded in my bottle...

[Base: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy (2 coats);
Plate: Born Pretty Tropical Punch L001; Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night]
I just went all out with a black stamping polish (Hit the Bottle As Black As Night) and used a different print for each finger. I'm pretty impressed with the detail here. I admit that I was rushing when doing this as I need to get out of the house, but look at the detail on these designs! Colour me impressed~!

I think these designs would look great coloured in (for someone who has more patience than I do!). If you want to grab this plate for your collection, you can find it here at Born Pretty. As usual, our code above will give you 10% off full priced items. =)