Saturday, 19 August 2017

Starry Nail Art

Here's a mani I did on the BPS star sequined gel polish from my last post 


Base: BPS Holographic Star Moon Sequins Gel Bling Soak Off Manicure Nail Art UV Gel Polish (link ; item no: #40427; shade 1)
Stamping plate: Uber Chic Beauty 6-01
Stamping polish: M-polish Snowberry

Hope you liked it!

PS: Polish sent for an honest review

Thursday, 17 August 2017

BPS Holographic Star Sequins UV Gel Polish : Swatch and review






On the blog today I've swatched a very pretty looking blingy gel polish from the house of BPS. Its called BORN PRETTY Holographic Star Moon Sequins Gel Bling Soak Off Manicure Nail Art UV Gel Polish (link ; item no: 40427; shade 1)


As you can see it is a red jelly base filled with holo chunky, medium and small hex glitter with an occasional star. It looks even better even and juicy in person with a holo sparkle in direct light. On my nails is 2 coats of gel with layer of top coat. I had cured my nails after each layer.
The polish is slightly thick as all gel polishes are. I found this easy to apply. The first coat goes smooth although I didnt get even glitter placement and I didnt want to make it thick since it is gel polish. So instead I made a thin coat and cured it. Next I put another thin layer and then dabbed some glitter and evenly distributed it with a light floating hand movement. the polish goes quite opaque in 2 coats. 
As you can see the finish is really smooth and shiny. I thought maybe the glitter would poke up and out but they didnt. The polish settles well and goes streakfree. Overall the polish feel and quality is really nice. (I will update here for how long lasts on my nails without chipping once I test it).

This polish retails for $3.99 for a 10ml bottle (link to the product). The bottle comes in a white coloured bottle. This polish comes in 10 shades and some of them have a moon glitter instead of the star. Scroll down for more closeups and pics in different lighting.

In sunlight



Indoor light





Swatch on a stick in Indoor light

PS. Polish was sent for an honest review

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Swatch and Review: BPS Chameleon Magnetic UV Gel Polish

Today I have a new BPS product on the blog. 
Its called BORN PRETTY CHAMELEON CAT EYE GEL MAGNETIC SOAK OFF GEL POLISH.
I've loved magnetics since they got revamped post 2012. They are so much stronger in effect with all the works like duo-chrome and holo etc. So I wanted to review this polish from one of the most affordable websites of nail art things.


Base: BPS Chameleon Magnetic UV Gel (link; shade 21; item #40294)
Top coat: BPS no wipe gel top coat

The site specifically says to use a black base underneath it but I wanted to try how it looks without the black base. So as normal I used 2 coats of this polish, applied magnetic and cured it in UV light after each coat. The effect is a nice duo chrome turquoise to dark blue/purple shade. The magnetic particles give it a distinctive olive-gold line that diffuses softly across the nails. The polish comes in a 10ml white coated bottle with slightly thick consistency as UV polishes are. It applies smoothly on nails without any streaks and spreads evenly. I used my own cat's eye magnet (it is not included in package) after each coat and cured it. So after 2-3 coats the magnetic effect became very prominent. On my ring finger I have applied 3 coats to just test the density of the colour but it was almost quite opaque in 2 coats itself and doesnt change much when using 3 coats. It lasts long as it is gel polish but clearly I don't have the patience and need to change my polish every 2-3 days. 
(I will update here with a pic of this polish with a black base soon
Update: Below is a pic of the polish with a black base and UV topcoat. The black base really brings out the shine and shimmer in the polish and clearly shows the duo chrome effect better)




This polish retails for $3.99 for 10ml and is available in 12 shades. (link)

Here's a macro look at the polish: love this pic!!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Mandala Nail Art with stamping decals

After I long time I sat down and did a full advanced decal mani that I had been wanting to do since I got this cute mandala plate BP-L52 (#36310 ; link)



Base: Chambor Gel effect nail lacquer (white 510)
Stamping plate: BP L-052 (#36310 from born pretty store)
Stamping polish: MDU 2 (black)
Decal filled with Chg: glow with the flow, treble maker, daisy know my name?
All topped with hkgirl


Here's how the decal looked before I put it on my nails.This chambor polish in white makes a very good base for decals as it doesnt dry crisp and it was very easy to take the decal off the stamping mat as it stretched and bent without tearing off. Definitely a must have polish if u love making decals.

Now moving on to the stamping plate. I got this plate from Born pretty store and I had been saving it to make decals when I have enough time to make a full decal mani, not just accent. This plate is very versatile and it has hollow designs which are very good for making decals. The designs are comfortable to fill in decals and not too tiny. The etching was perfect and I could pick up crisp designs. You can also make circular gradient and use these mandala designs to stamp normally for an eye catching manicure.
This plate retails for $2.59 and is very reasonable at this price (link to this product).



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Floral Mermaid Nail Art using Born Pretty plate 110

Still cant get over this mermaid nail pigment as you can see!
I did a bit of nail art to just give it a fresh look after a couple of days. Something bold but not filling.

Base: DL glitter base in white
Coated with BPS neon unicorn mirror powder.
Topped with EZ dip water based top coat
Stamping with M-polish dancing in the streets
Stamping plate: BP 110 (#33743 link)


This plate is a small 55mm dia round plate from BPS collection. Its a neat floral design plate with designs strewn apart each other to clearly allow to see the base polish. The overall design of the plate is very nice and versatile to even allow to make decals. 
As of now this plate retails for $1.59 which is really reasonable. The etching is nice and I had no trouble in pick up. But while cleaning off the polish from the plate the polish was getting a bit stuck in the tiny corners of some designs so I had to wipe off a bit more throughly. Overall I like this plate much and definitely look forward to making some decals with his plate next.
You can use my code ARTX31 on the bps site to get a 10% discount.



PS. Plate sent for honest review

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Born Pretty Unicorn Mirror Powder


On my nails today is one of the cutest look ever! I had been wanting to try out this for the longest time; ever since I saw a mani of stick-on nails on the internet in this beautiful mirror-pearl finish. I was quite certain they were stick-ons and I didnt want stick ons so I thought maybe there will come a duochrome polish but it didnt. Instead there came something even better! Its called

BORN PRETTY Neon Unicorn Mirror Powder Ultra-thin Nail Art Mermaid Chrome Pigment Powder (link)

Base: Dance Legend Glitter Base in White
Born Pretty Neon Unicorn Powder (#40320)
Topped with Ezdip water based top coat and sealer







Over white base

The powder quality is very good and fine. It instantly gives the duochrome mirror effect.
You dont need to rub in much nor will you get any bald spots. The shine effect is very visible and eye catching. You can see the whole range of purple-pink-green-blue on white and yellow-green-blue spectrum over a black base. 
This powder can be used even without gel polish if you have water based polish and top coat.
I like to keep changing my mani ofter so I used it over a white peel off base from DL and topped it with water based top coat from Ez dip. 
The powder retails for $2.99 for 0.2gm (link) and 0.2 gms might look less but its enough to do all 10 nails twice over. I am totally swooning over how this powder looks over different bases. 




PS. Powder sent for an honest review



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Checkered Nail Art

Base: Miss Claire 043 (brown) and Miss Nails Hottie (MN18)
Stamping plate: FUN 16 from Fab ur nails
Stamping polish: MDU white and yellow
All topped with SV

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Water Marble Nail Art

Yasssss! I finally conquered my nemesis! Its the real deal and not a dry marble attempt or a stamping plate duping. I cant stop looking at how beautiful and vibrant my nemesis looks! haha! I just wanted to keep on making a mess this day to create a perfect water marble with the endless colourful loops and all but had to eventually settle for this!

Base: Chambor 510 White (gel effect)
Water marbled with Juice polish nos 68, 71, 82
All topped with ChG Fairy Dust!


I must tell you that if you are in India you should get some juice polishes on your hands. they are priced around Rs.40-60/- and most of them marble well. I just have a total of 4 with me and I am yet to try out the matte effect ones. But I can sincerely tell you that while my polishes were packed away for the length of my house renovation, most of them had settled and needed to be vigorously shaken; these juice polishes were the only ones which hadnt settled! They are available in local beauty shops so go grab a few and make ur beautiful mess.

Hav fun ogling at the macros!
M still so excited over this!



Monday, 24 July 2017

Metallic nails with Milv


Rarely do I take the pains to edit more than one pic of a mani these days. I am just trying to cut down a bit of the boring work which in turn puts me off completely from making any post at all. But this one I couldn't resist! This milv decal is just gorgeous! Now I wish I had selected more of metallic decals from them. 


Base: Knocked Up nails Fierce, Fabulous Female
Accent: Milv decal F-79 (in silver)


They are an absolute breeze to use. Super Easy. 
Just dip in water, peel of the back, place them and file them form the free edge.
I thought they would wrinkle up or shrink once I apply top coat, but to my surprise they did not at all.
They are also an easy peasy way to spruce up your mani in a jiffy. It took me literally 5 mins to put the decals on 3 nails. The best part is that a clean up brush dipped in acetone just cuts right through these decals and melts them away very neatly. So no jagged edges or corners popping up at all.

Its quite simple almost like putting a sticker but the end result is much more pretty.
They are reasonable for around $2. I could get one use from one sheet for both hands.






Sunday, 23 July 2017

Knocked Up Nails: Fierce, Fabulous Female

This deep dark burgundy creme polish is from a brand called Knocked Up Nails.

Knocked Up Nails (link) is 5-free maternity safe nail polish formula does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (dbp) or camphor. It also does not contain triphenyl phosphate (tphp). They are long-lasting and chip resistant.


Base: Knocked Up Nails : Fierce, Fabulous Female 

Applies streak free but needs 2 coats to be uniform.
Dries fast in 5-7 mins. I am totally in love with the quality of their polish. This is the 4th shade I have from this brand and I am quite impressed. They have totally nailed the formula on their polishes.

For a detailed review of this brand click here: link


Each polish is 15 ml/0.5oz and retails for $10.
Knocked up nails (link) is not only safe for pregnant women but also safe for allergy sufferers, cancer patients and children.


*polish sent for an honest review


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Born Pretty Silicone Mat Review




Sometime ago the lovely people at Born Pretty store sent me this silicone mat (link; #34556) for review and it just the thing I needed!! This mat is so versatile and easy to use. And it also serves as a base to protect your work surface from all kinds of polish and acetone spills.

This mat is the large version at approx 28x21cm.
It has both light and dark areas so its very convenient to make decals with all kinds of shades
There are printed swatch places and circles along with a small ruler measurement to make bigger decals or customized decals. It comes with a cardboard box for storage which is very useful and keeps the dust off your mat.





I used the mat for the first time to make a drag marble decal as water marble is still something I am unable to produce. After using this mat to make drag marble decals I was quite pleased to say that the results turned out quite well. Almost as good as a water marble manicure.


Base: Knocked Up nails French Pink and Fierce Fabulous female
Born Pretty Mat used to make drag marble decals.

I cant wait to play around more with this mat!
It retails for approx $7 (link; #34556) and is completely reasonable when compared to some other pricey mats in the market. Also the plus point for this mat is the underside of the mat has a rubbery surface which sticks to your working surface so the mat doesnt slide anywhere.

A silicone mat is certainly a must have for any nail art enthusiast and Born Pretty store mat certainly lives up to my expectations.



Friday, 21 July 2017

Knocked Up Nails: French Pink

This cute pink polish is from a brand called Knocked Up Nails.

Knocked Up Nails (link) is 5-free maternity safe nail polish formula does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (dbp) or camphor. It also does not contain triphenyl phosphate (tphp). They are long-lasting and chip resistant.


Base: Knocked Up Nails : French Pink 

I earned a little blue box is a cute light pink shade. Applies streak free but needs 3-4 coats to go opaque.
Dries fast in 5-7 mins. 

For a detailed review of this brand click here: link


Each polish is 15 ml/0.5oz and retails for $10.
Knocked up nails (link) is not only safe for pregnant women but also safe for allergy sufferers, cancer patients and children.


*polish sent for an honest review

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mandala Gradient

A vibrant and bold mani to turn away the monsoon blues!


Base: Knocked up nails I earned a little blue box and Orly Glowstick
Stamping plate: BP L053 (link ; #36311)
Stamping polish: Essence Black Stampy polish


Here are some other designs on that plate:



Stamping plate is from Born Pretty #36311 with mandala type designs in floral motifs. They show off the base colour and yet give the nail a full designed look. The whole plates is filled with design but not like a buffet style. There are distinct borders to identify each design.
This plate retails for $2.99 in a promotion going on at the moment.
I had no trouble picking up the images from this plate even during very humid conditions in the monsoon season here. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Knocked Up Nails Swatch: I earned a little blue box

This pretty polish is from a brand called Knocked Up Nails.

Knocked Up Nails (link) is 5-free maternity safe nail polish formula does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (dbp) or camphor. It also does not contain triphenyl phosphate (tphp). They are long-lasting and chip resistant.


Base: Knocked Up Nails :I Earned A Little Blue Box 

I earned a little blue box is a muted aqua shade. Applies streak free and goes opaque in 2 coats.
Dries fast in 5-7 mins. 

For a detailed review of this brand click here: link

Each polish is 15 ml/0.5oz and retails for $10.
Knocked up nails (link) is not only safe for pregnant women but also safe for allergy sufferers, cancer patients and children.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Knocked Up nails : Coral Cutie swatch


Recently when just aimlessly surfing about I came across this brand of nail polish that is safe for use during pregnancy. I was quite intrigued since I had refrained from using polish during pregnancy. So I wrote to them and they sent me a bunch for review. 
Knocked Up Nails (link) is 5-free maternity safe nail polish formula does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (dbp) or camphor. It also does not contain triphenyl phosphate (tphp). They are long-lasting and chip resistant.

There are really very few brands in the market that are 5 free and cater to people who are chemically averse. People using cosmetics and polishes need to know in order to a choice suitable to them.
This issue tends to get importance when the risk is unknown for example: how much does it effect an unborn child when the mother uses these chemicals? how much is safe?

These are some of the few questions that plagued me when I was pregnant. I would have felt much at ease using nail polish during those nine months had I known about these 5 free options and got easy access to them. 

In India there is virtually no awareness of this concept unless one is a nail geek and reads up a lot of nail and beauty blogs. None of the commercial brands here give the option of using a safer alternative to chemical laden polishes and cosmetics.




Base: Knocked up nails Coral Cutie


This shade is called Coral Cutie, it's a very bright pink-coral shade in glossy creme finish. I am pleasantly surprised to say that it lasted on my nails almost 6-7 days without chipping. 
It doesnt have a strong smell either. Most polish tends to chip on me after 3 days of wear. 
Quite impressive.


Each polish is 15 ml/0.5oz and retails for $10.
Knocked up nails (link) is not only safe for pregnant women but also safe for allergy sufferers, cancer patients and children.



*polish sent for an honest review