{Review} Born Pretty Store Goodies

Good Morning all you lovelies,

I was sent some awesome goodies to test & try from Born Pretty Store and boy were they goodies!

I am part of the affiliate program and I was emailed by my rep who gave me a budget and I got to choose what I wanted to review. I chose 4 items but today I am only going to show you 2 of them.

Review copyI have been brain storming the heck out of these 2 items to see what I could come up with. I am so excited to show you what I did because a massive amount of time and effort went in it.

20141105_214813So I used the following items for my Mani:

The water decal SH02 & the 3D Nail Jewel.

20141105_214837I went for a full on vintage look.

I spent a great deal of time cutting out all the little flowers and putting them on my nails but I also added a full nail to show you what it would look like.

It was really easy to apply the decals, I just submerged them in a bit of water for a minute & then placed them on my nails using a tweezers.

In terms of the 3D jewel I used Seche Vite to attach it to my nail (Although nail glue would make it stick longer). But if you lost a jewel that would be ok because you get 5 if you order them.

I painted a Matte topcoat over everything to seal it off and tah-dah a super easy vintage mani.

What do you think?

The Born Pretty Store is having a Massive sale at the moment as it is their anniversary and each day they are announcing something new and exciting. If you would like to browse the website you can check them out here. Or you can follow them on any of their social media platforms: Facebook//Twitter//Instagram.

Also if you would like a super awesome discount on your order you can used PTB10K31 to get 10% off.

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31DC2014: Day 30-Inspired by “a tutorial”

Good evening lovelies,

So wow this week was crazy,it swallowed me whole.

I have the last 2 posts for the challenge tonight. I did them today.

chalkboard-nails-31-day-challenge-2014-just-peachyI was inspired by a Youtube Tutorial from cutepolish (see here)

I did have exactly the same colours as her so I used the closest ones in my neon collection that I could.

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I used the following polishes:

  • TOY Maaji “Candy Bay”
  • Bourjois “Cerise Noire”
  • OPI “Steady As She Rose”
  • Catrice “For Bright Guys”
  • TOY Maaji “Maaji’s Ocean”

Its just a basic dotticure but I thought the colours looked so pretty together I just had to try it.

Day 30What do you think?

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31DC2014: Day 19-Galaxies

Good Morning Lovelies,

Today is Galaxies. Woopeee hehe, I love doing these, no matter if you think you messed it up it just always works out!

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I have done a few Galaxy Mani’s see here & here.

And I have wanted to do a pastel galaxy mani for ever!

20140824_212227I used a ton of polishes:

  • China Glaze “Glistening Snow”
  • China Glaze ” Tart-y For The Party”
  • China Glaze “Don’t Be A Luna-Tic”
  • Essence Colour & Go “Free Hugs”
  • Essence Colour & Go “Absolutely Blue”
  • SinfulColors “Snow Me White”
  • SinfulColors “Unicorn”
  • SinfulColors “Lagon”
  • Seche Vite

Everything was just sponged on at random over the white sponging. I used “Absolutely Blue” as the base colour.

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It was loads of fun! And absolutely my Fav one ever!!!

What do you think?

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Comparison Post #6

Happee Wednesday Lovelies,

I am really starting to love these posts, they are really fun. I get to dig through my stash and pull out all the polishes that look the same and then try them out. Its like a fun little treasure hunt!

Today I have Catrice “Lilactric” vs. Essence “Hello Marshmallow”.

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The polishes are both of the light purple variety and look pretty identical in bottle form.

But on my nails there is a difference…

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Catrice “Lilactric” has a yellow shimmer laced into the polish where as Essence “Hello Marshmallow” is full on creme.

“Lilactric” required 2 even coats, but also a steady hand because of the shimmer its prone to leaving stroke marks. “Hello Marshmallow” is also 2 coats but much easier to apply due to it being a creme polish (That’s why I love Creme polishes, they are not as finicky).

Dry time they are pretty much on par with each other.

Cost wise:

  • Catrice “Lilactric” retails for R44.95 at Dischem Stores or can be bought online fromKalahari.comSpree & Takealot.
  • Essence “Hello Marshmallow” retails for R22.95 and can be found at Clicks, Dischem & Kalahari.com

What do you think?

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Saturday Seeds #2

Happy Saturday Lovelies,

So today is the second installment to my Saturday Seeds Adventure.

I found a Seed I wanted to try but man did I struggle to do it.

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This time I decided to pull direct inspiration from the image and attempt to paint a (If anyone knows the name of this flower please let me know, I looked high and low) Trumpet Flower.

Ok so let me show you which colours I picked for today.

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I used the following:

  • Essence Thats What I Mint
  • Essence Absolutely Blue
  • SinfulColors in Lavender
  • Tip Top in Purple Bow Peep
  • Essence Roller Coaster
  • Revlon ColorStay Cafe Pink

I didnt have a colour close to the light shade so I substituted it “That’s What I Mint”, also I just realised that Purple Bow Peep has infact not been featured on the blog yet… oops lol. #sneakpeak

Ok so now the nails 😀

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I wont lie, I removed the designs a few times because it would look sort of ok and then i would mess it up by adding too much of a colour. I thought this was pretty but I wanted it to look different so I added a matte top coat.

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I love it so much more in the matte finish!

What do you think?

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Me & My Ice-Cream Trend Edition

Hello Lovelies,

Today is my first post featuring the new blog design and layout, how exciting!

I have been waiting for this collection since I saw it launched in Europe. I was lucky enough to see, touch and feel it back in September at a Cosmetix event and that filled me with even more anticipation to have it.

I pestered Cosmetix/Essence South Africa endlessly to find out when it would be launched. It was finally launched in April but only at selected Clicks stores. Sadly by the time I got there the displays were cleaned out! I managed to buy 3 polishes from the collection by visiting various stores but that was it. I was utterly heart broken. This was the one I had been waiting so long for.

Then Essence had a giveaway on their Facebook page to win a few things from the collection and I won it! I was so filled with joy, I think the universe knew how badly I wanted this collection.

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I got a lot more than I thought I would, I am so grateful for it too because Essence helped me to complete the collection of polishes, they sent the exact one I didn’t have.

So to start off I am going to do something a bit different. I will do makeup swatches 😀 I know right! Finally! I do not quiet have the confidence to put up a shot of me actually wearing the makeup yet but I can show you what it would look like on fair skin with a pink undertone.

First up is the “Always in my Mint” baked Eye shadow.

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This eye shadow is mint sparkle marbled with a peach shimmer, it can be applied wet or dry but I prefer to keep it dry. It has a beautiful radiance. I use it to highlight my eyes.

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Next up is the “I-CY U” Shimmer pearls. It’s filled with yellow, orange pink and mint pearls.

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They are great to give that finishing glow to your makeup look or body.

I decided to swatch each colour pearl, if you have patience imagine a shimmer rainbow on your face.

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I also received the Lip balm “Cosnova” and the Hand wipes “I scream for ice cream”

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The lips balm is so pretty with its pink & blue swirls. It smells like those ice snap things you put in your freezer and when they are ready you snap them in half and enjoy.

The Hand wipes smell like Neapolitan ice cream. I was a little disappointed at how small the wipes are, it would have been great if they were a bit bigger. Also they don’t add any moisture to your hands so I found I would wipe my hands and then need to moisturise afterwards.

I also got some Nail Stickers, “Rainbow Sprinkles” that look like hundreds and thousands on your nails.

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These really annoyed me. I put them on my nails and immediately after the image was taken, I took them off. They are just like Caviar nails only these balls fell off quicker. I am not a fan of having extras on my nails unless they are stuck down and only come off when I decide so. Also the removal process was a little scary, I felt like I was ripping my nails off. This was the only product from the whole collection that I wasn’t happy with.

The last item I received in my prize was “Icylicious”. It’s the polish I chose when I got my Mani done at the event last year. It is also my fav out of all the polishes from this collection. So I was really happy when they sent me a bottle as it was the only one I didn’t have.

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This polish is a soft peach pastel with a white shimmer, it also has a sweet fragrance to it. I painted 3 coats as it was slightly difficult to make even.

All the polishes are painted 3 coats no top coat.

The next 3 polishes I bought and were not part of the prize from Essence.

First is “Ben & Cherries” <- such a cute name! It’s a pastel pink with white shimmer.

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Then “Ice, Ice Baby”, it’s a purple pastel with white shimmer.

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And lastly “Always in my Mint”, it’s a mint pastel polish with white shimmer.

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As you can see the polish is a bit streaky. To me, I think the polish application would have been much smoother but the bristles of the brush were very coarse.

This isn’t the entire collection, there were 2 more eye shadows and 2 other lip balms as well as a cream blush but those were all sold out.

 

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SinfulColors Pastel Swatches

Good Afternoon my neglected followers 😦

I have been so swamped at work and been getting home after the sun is way down I just have not had time to do any posts, I am sorry for this. I received a job promotion 2 weeks ago so that’s why I am so much busier now.

I have about 12 posts sitting in my drafts waiting to be finalized and blah blah blah, so I thought while I take a quick lunch break I would post one of the posts that has been sitting there a while.

Today I give you some Sinful Pastels I picked up in January.

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953 Unicorn

First is Unicorn, its a very soft yellow and will be used a million times this Easter 🙂 it seems very fitting!

I love how creamy it is! And application was super easy!

1008 Ciel

1008 Ciel

Next is Ciel, I am annoyed by this image because this isn’t the colour of the polish… The polish is way more blue but stupid lighting ruined it!

Not to worry, I have plans for a proper light box soon and will then recapture it.

1009 Lagon

1009 Lagon

And lastly Lagon. I love this! But who doesn’t love mint polish?

I will be hosting a giveaway soon so keep an eye out for that post 😀

All The Best

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