Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Flower bomb

I received these items in exchange for an honest review. 

Today I finally have a manicure to share with you, yay! It's been much too long, but you know - every time I try to do a manicure it just seems like I start it and then it gets ruined before I can finish it off. But that's what happens when you use your hands for work a lot, I suppose.

I started today's manicure with two coats of LA Colors Gel in What's Up? This is my first time using the Gel line and I'm pretty happy with the results. It applied very smoothly, dried without any real issues and lasted about 3 days before I noticed any chipping. For me, that's a good deal. What's Up? looks to be sort of a salmon color by the bottle lid, and it's a bit more.. I want to say pink? by the bottle color. The actual color is a much different color all together, more of a bright orange. So unfortunately it's not even close to the color I was expecting so that kind of stinks but at least the quality of polish makes up for it.

I then applied this absolutely gorgeous chameleon glitter from Born Pretty Store. I just used a brush to apply it, then covered with matte top coat from Chrome Girl. Unfortunately after I applied the top coat, the glitter sunk into my polish! Urgh! So I will have to play around with this glitter some more. That's OK, I still have a few more product reviews from Born Pretty Store to do in the mean time so I will give it another shot. I kind of think maybe next time I will double up on the glitter or maybe apply it over regular top coat? I'm not sure but I'll have to experiment.

Be advised, this glitter is tiny so you will get glitter every which where. This glitter is why the phrase "glitter bomb" exists. It's absolutely beautiful and the perfect solution to creating a flakie look alike manicure, without the actual flakie polish. I love how it looks, just hope I can get better results with my next application. Trial and error and all.

See? That is totally NOT salmon color. Oh well. I'm glad I was able to show you at least some of the sparkle in this photo. Obviously the matte top coat dulled it down some what as well, but... it shouldn't have dulled it this much!

This glitter is currently on sale from BPS at$2.39 for 2mL and it is available in 5 different colors. I received number 02, which is kind of a green hue. You can get it here from Born Pretty Store, and shipping is always free worldwide - no minimum purchase.

I topped off this manicure with some glitter from Jior Couture The Voodoo You Do, on every other nail. Then I used these water decals from Born Pretty Store to get more of a flower glitter bomb feel.

I'm not really sure about the design of these decals, as it feels odd having these splotches of black which make me think of explosions next to flowers, but I think I did a fun design with it.

The decals worked well, up until I applied the top coat. I normally don't have any issues with the decals I've gotten from Born Pretty Store so I really didn't give it much thought before applying my top coat. Unfortunately, some of the decals did begin to melt just a little bit. The one on the tip of my ring finger, left hand actually starting coming off and kind of melted in half a bit so I had to place it back and it fortunately turned out well. The flowers seemed to be the pieces which melted the easiest, perhaps because their lines are thinner.

Regardless of the few problems I had, I was happy with this manicure and I think it turned out pretty cute.

These decals are also on sale for $1.55 for one sheet and you can get them here from Born Pretty Store.

You can also use my coupon code QTX31 to get 10% off your purchase from Born Pretty Store. I do believe this applies to normally priced items only, however.

They have some new nail art supplies in stock which look absolutely amazing, especially the glitters! I can't wait to try more :)

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