Born Pretty Store Review: Stamping Plate QA93

Last of the items to review from Born Pretty Store was this stamping plate (which can be found here). I loved the stars and the swirly pattern, but was curious as to the size of the patterns, as some I have previously tried from Born Pretty Store have been on the smaller side.  Here is the plate, with the removable blue plastic on it… and as you can see, these are not small!

bps stamping plate

The first one I tried was, of course, the stars. I used A England Excalibur (the first version) as the stamping polish, and stamped a variety of stars over Dance Legend Anthem.

bps stamping 2

They turned out beautiful – I’m no expert stamper, even though I am improving, but these were lovely and clear and easy to use.

bps stamping 1

Next I tried something very different for me – the plaid pattern!

bps stamping stripes

Over a nude shimmery polish I stamped the plaid in black (a stamping polish I made, but any one coat black will work), then used jelly polishes in orange and red to add some colour over the stamping. I didn’t like the effect much, so I added shimmer. And still didn’t much like it, but I have to say, the lines stamped really well, and any crookedness is just my inability to do anything straight :D

bps stamping stripes 1

And then finally, I used the swirly brocade like pattern

bps stamping swirls 1

This was, again, with black, over another of my polishes. I loved this effect – simple, yet rich.

bps stamping swirlsAnd to show the size, this is the stamp on my thumbs – which aren’t  long, but they are wide, and this stamp covered it easily.

bps stamping thumb

I am very impressed with this stamping plate! :D This was sent free for honest review, and can be found (among many others, at Born Pretty Store ). Feel free to use my discount code if you like, found along the right side task bar there  – for a 10% discount.

Have a great day


Peacock Pie Polish SUPER SPAM POST :D

The awesome Serra from Peacock Pie has been super busy making polishes … polishes that I can’t resist :D I have a whole bunch of them to share today – please excuse the short nails, I removed the acrylics. Full disclosure, most of these were bought by me (I regret NOTHING!) some were sent because she is a sweetheart, and we bounce polish back and forward to each other. So, not free for review per se, but just because I am a lucky sausage :D

Astrella: Mint, purple, teal matte glitter, lilac metallic hexes in a clear base with a lovely sprinkling of spectraflair for added rainbows :)

peacock pie astrella 1

I have layered it here over Color Club Wild Cactus – one coat of Astrella over all nails except the pinky nail, which has two coats.

peacock pie astrella

Next is Midnight Dreary – one from her Fairy collection, based around some gorgeous artworks by…This has periwinkle, red and black glitter and large holo silver dots (for the moon!) in a deep jelly base. I thought this would be sheer, so I layered it over Miki no 29 – just one coat… check this out, I left my index nail bare of Midnight Dreary for this photo so you can see how dense this polish is.

peacock pie moonlight dreary

Gorgeous! It would be opaque on it’s own in 2 coats, I think, but I do like layering them over creme bases, it just makes the edges a bit tidier looking sometimes.But seriously, any colour underneath would work, this puppy is so dense and awesome.

peacock pie moonlight dreart 2

Pet Storm Dragon – over Black

peacock pie pet storm dragon 1

This is another holographic glitter topper in a clear base, but I think she made this one for me :D Dragon in the title, blue, purple, holographic? Yep, made it for me.

peacock pie pet storm dragon 2

One coat over the middle two finger nails, two coats over index and pinky. So pretty! After swatching I put this combo back on :D

peacock pie pet storm dragon shade

Royally Sparkled – 3 coats on it’s own

peacock pie royally sparkled 1

I love this polish, and am sad I couldn’t get better photos of it!

peacock pie royally sparkled 2

This is one I should have layered, though it is plenty opaque on it’s own, just to tidy the edges up because I can’t paint straight :D I love the copper, gold and silver mix of glitter, and the way it pops against the purple!

peacock pie royally sparkled

and last for today is Seaweed – 3 coats

peacock pie seaweed 1

this is an interesting polish!Mid green crelly base and a mix of periwinkle and white glitters with a sprinkle of navy. I will layer this one next time too, to tidy up the edges, but it’s a very nice, slightly subdued polish.

peacock pie seaweed

Love these! You can check out Serra’s blog here, and I think she is changing her shop sites too, but in the meantime you can find her Etsy shop here :)

Have a great day


Born Pretty Store Review: French tip sticker – zig zag

Another gorgeous free for review product from Born Pretty Store, this is a simple yet fun sticker that acts as a stencil. The one I got is a zig zag. The first design I tried was this:

bps stickers

Which was an attempt to use it as a french tip stencil. It didn’t work out that well for me, especially in the combination of polishes I used, so I tried again.

That one didn’t work either, again because of user error – the polishes I used were fine, but then I stamped over it and the french tip line wasn’t visible. If at first you don’t succeed … sky diving isn’t for you. Polish is though, so I kept on trying :D And came up with this:

bps sticker 2

Which I did link through to my Facebook page, because I was quite happy with it! See my nails? All long and stuff? Yeah, totally not my nails. Thanks to Jessie from Nailed It NZ for my acrylics, they lasted 2 weeks beautifully and were a lot of fun to play with nail art designs with :D

BPS sticker (2)


And finally I wanted to play with another colour scheme, and I was really getting into these stickers :D

bps sticker

With the glitter over the top I could get away with the naked nail underneath, which is nice! Also, yep, short again :D So only one sticker fits.

bps sticker 1

In summing up – these took me a bit of getting used to. I think they are awesome though, but I would probably go for a curved, easier one next time, especially if I wanted to use it as a french tip guide sticker. Born Pretty Store has lots of awesome things out,  and free shipping. My coupon code (AJBQ10) is along the side there, which gives 10% off the price.

These stickers can be found here, and were provided free in return for honest feedback :)

Have a great day


Not just nails, but makeup hoarding too?!

*hangs head in shame* It’s true. Although, I still have more polish than makeup, but it turns out I just want all the pretty colours and glitter and shimmer. I am a  Magpie. No judging :D Thought I’d do a quick blog post on how I store my makeup, what I do, and a quick organisation in progress :D

This is my makeup case, not sorted out (although I have grabbed out stuff that I am destashing to my sister, but this is a bit of a mess). I keep my foundation/blush/concealer, eyeshadow palettes, and lipsticks and glosses in here. I also use a hanging storage thingy that I bought from a second hand shop to hang my daily moisturiser, brushes, and other misc makeup weaponry.

makeup unorganised

I am absolutely wearing a baggy jersey and trackpants. Just be grateful I’m not more in the mirror :D And yep, the tape on the mirror is there on purpose :D

Taking photos of it made me tidy it up, so here it is again, better organised :D YAY!

case a bit more sorted

the mess in the middle is from a body shop brush on bronzer which spontaneously combusted one day. Gah. Everything was bronze and sparkly for AGES

I have a box on my drawers with untried eyeshadows in it – I try and use one untried and at least one tried eyeshadow at a time – spread the love around :D The sad thing is, I don’t wear makeup everyday and when I see all these pretties I feel like I’m a greedy cow who should be slathered in coloured powder every waking minute. Ah well.

untried eyeshadows

And this is my drawer with loose eyeshadows … the indie eye shadows. I have them in little plastic food containers arranged by colour, to make it easier to find one I want.

eyeshadows in drawers

This is them, opened :) I find it pretty interesting to see what colours I gravitate towards… purple, blue and green – same as the polishes – I have more brown eyeshadows than polishes though, which makes sense with my eye colouring. The only reason I have as many blues as I do is because I adore the colour so much :D


And finally – I have a lot of samples of shadows – in little baggies, which are awesome to test colours but a pain to store, so I’ve stashed them in these – one is a CD holder (has the cool toned colours) and a business card holder (warm toned shadows).

sample storage

So many pretties – not enough face. If anyone sees me on the school run painted like an Avatar native you’ll know I’m trying to utilise more of my shadows… :D

Have a great day!


Born Pretty Store Review – 3D nail decoration – Leaf

The lovely folks at Born Pretty Store sent a few more things to review, and here is the first – a gorgeous 3D nail decoration in the shape of a gold leaf with sparkly embellishment :D

bps leaf 1

I have it here over Dance Legend Mars, and I like the way the colours complement each other, very autumnal to my eye

bos lead

You can find them here on the Born Pretty site, US$3.06 for two, and they are reusable. I have used top coat to press this on, but if I was wearing it for longer (which I will, hopefully tomorrow night!), I’ll use nail glue to make sure they stay on. They don’t have much of a curve, so don’t lie flat against the edges of my nail, but as these are for special occasions I don’t mind one bit. :)

bps leaf

I do enjoy these little leaves, they aren’t so big that they won’t fit on my actual nails, and it’s nice to have another way of adding jewellery. Yes, I am a magpie :D

bps leaf 2

Born Pretty Store have loads of things on their site, not just nail art related (though a huge amount of that), and free shipping; I do have a code for 10% off on the right hand side of the page here, or codes can be found all over the internet :D (if mine is used 10 times they’ll sponsor a giveaway, I think, I don’t get a financial kick back from it, I pinky promise).

Items provided free for honest review :)

Have an awesome day


A couple of recent nail art manis: stamping and freehand

Just a quickie! :D

This is a recent mani I did to help a friend for a competition – using neons – providing an example (though, in my case, it’s normally a What Not To Do example):D

nailing neons

These were all over white, the yellow is Models Own Luis Lemon (love this colour, true highlighter yellow), the green is Color Club Feelin’ Groovy (brighter than that, but my camera hates green) and the orange is Color Club Wham! Pow!. I just dotted on the Wham! Pow! And outlined with a black polish (a franken black but any decent black will do) and some broken dots and lines, added top coat, and done! Neon leopard print. I really liked this, may revisit it when I can keep it on for more than 10 seconds :D

And the mani I posted on my Facebook page recently in support of Mundo de Unas – and against bullying in any way!


This was Color Club Halo-Graphic and the darker pink is Star Kin R.S:

mundo 2

stamped with Mundo de Unas 10

mundo 1


And this is Dance Legend Mars: with a metal and rhinestone leaf decoration from Born Pretty Store

dance mars 2

and with stamping.I liked leaving the tips free of stamping, sort of a funky french effect. I also liked this pre clean up, it reminded me of henna hand art! :D But, obviously, I had to tidy it up. Ah well. I didn’t take photos of it cleaned up, however. Oops. :D

dance mars 1

I’ll have more Dance Legend polishes in their own post shortly :D

Have a wonderful day



Review for Born Pretty Store: 3D Nail Decoration – shield

The last of the items to review from Born Pretty Store are these very, very cool 3D nail decorations. They are filigree and have stones set into them – this one is silver with a clear rhinestone, but there are others to choose from too, and can be found here.

bps nail sheild 1

I kept this mani simple to let the decoration stand out, the base is Star Kin Moon Dark, and all that is needed is some nail glue, and press the shield onto the nail and hold for awhile.

bps nail sheild


My only complaint is that my nails all broke, and are shorter than this decoration! Wah! The measurements are on the page though, and would have fit my nail perfectly pre-break. And when they grow again, it’s going to be GREAT :D They are, however, a great width for me :)

bps nail sheild 2

the reflection from the decoration is freaking my camera out :D

I am looking forward to using these on a night out too, it’s great to have a selection of fun things to jazz up a simple mani with. Free shipping from Born Pretty Store, and feel free to use my coupon code (in the right sidebar) to get 10% off. Shipping times are a bit sporadic, this time they arrived very quickly (in about a week), other times it has been 5-6 weeks, usually somewhere in between. So, I’d recommend stashing one or nice pieces for future use, and not having to be concerned about that :D Stockpile like a squirrel! :D

Have a great day


Note: Item provided by Born Pretty Store for my honest review

Peacock Pie Polishes! Locket, Butterfly Juice, Inki-Winkle & Courage

Serra from Peacock Pie, she of the gorgeous polish jewellery, has branched out into making nail polishes! And very lovely ones, too. I bought two, and she was gorgeous and popped another two in with those for me to swatch and review. I’m just sorry my nails are so short, but these are pretty even on my nubs, and I do believe in showing polish even on short nails (they need love and colour, too!)

Firstly, and purchased by me, is Courage. These photos show two coats, and top coat.

Courage, sun

Courage, sun

Courage is a lovely candyfloss pink with grey, white, black, and periwinkle glitters, including triangles. I love triangle glitter. :D This one has a nice reason for existance, too, celebrating and supporting several friends who have gone through traumatic life experiences with dignity and courage.

Courage shade

Courage shade

Then Butterfly Juice – 2 coats and top coat

Butterfly Juice - sun

Butterfly Juice – sun

I love the depth of this orange base, and the squishyness! I did think about layering this, but I actually like the effect with some VNL, it’s like looking into a liquified butterfly. Although that sounds gross now I write it, and this polish is PRETTY. Not gross. Sigh. More coffee, methinks.

Butterfly Juice - shade

Butterfly Juice – shade

And thirdly, Locket. 3 coats and top coat

Locket - sun

Locket – sun

This is gorgeous – and not one I bought, what was I THINKING? I would buy it though. I love the depth to the crelly, and the base colour, but especially the contrast between the turquoise base and the neon yellow and copper glitters. Yes. I like. A lot.

Locket - shade

Locket – shade

And lastly, and one I did buy, Inki-Winkle. 2 coats and top coats.

Inki-winkle - sun

Inki-winkle – sun

Hahaha everyone should buy this one! This is my favourite of the bunch, which is saying something because I like them all. It’s just gorgeous, and I can see me wearing this one heaps. Maybe even with some nail art? :D

Inki-winkle - shade

Inki-winkle – shade

You can check out Serra’s blog here, and her Etsy page is here. Facebook here!

Have an awesome day


NB: Inki-winkle and Courage purchased by me, Locket and Butterfly Juice sent for honest review. <3



BPS review: Snake Print Water Decals

Another item to review from Born Pretty Store, and this is one of my favourites! These are snake print water decals, but for a full nail, rather than an image. They come in a little packet like this:

bps decals

plus, you can stick them on your foes :D And ye shall know my enemies by their attractive nails…. :P

And have the instructions on the back, and the actual decals look like this. You do need to cut them to shape, but fret not!

bps decal 1

First – how the finished product looked…

bps decals 4

Hnngh. I loved these. O.K – details. First off, I painted my nails a mid grey. These decals are translucent, so a base colour is important. Secondly, I roughly shaped the rectangles to my non-rectangular nails, and placed them in water, then slid them off onto the chosen nail. (Neo. You are the Chosen Nail. cough). I did these one at a time, because I only have two pairs of hands ;).

bps decals 3

Then, once they were all on I top coated them. Which made them look even better, so glossy! Here is my discovery. Top coat sort of eats these decals, but in a mostly very good way. I took the top coat over the tip of my nail, and when I pressed down on the jagged decal edges (I can’t anything in a straight line. It’s one of my skillz), the jagged edges came off, leaving a nice smooth edge! Yay! However: I went back over a bald top coat spot, and it took a tiny little circle of decal right off. So, lots of top coat, lay it down once and move away.

I covered the little missing circle with a loose glitter – and then added one to a few other nails so it looked like a design feature :D

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To repeat myself, I totally loved these decals. They were sent for review, but I WILL buy more. They are just so pretty. They wore moderately fast on me, but everything does, I’m the opposite of gentle on my hands.

You can get these from Born Pretty Store, and there is a coupon on the right side of my blog here with a 10% discount voucher should you wish to use it :)

Have a great day


Too Many Untrieds 6: OPI and OPI Designer Series

My little stash of OPI untrieds have grown to a stage where I think they have earned their own post :)

The Color To Watch- 3 coats no top coat, ring finger has one coat over Kleancolor Black

OPI the color to watch

Some colours just scream out to be layered, and I’ve started listening. Pretty dusty grey purple with blue shimmer, yes, but over black it’s stunning. Sorry about the mess, my chicken was sleeping on me and when I went to get up and take the photo, he flapped his wing and took out a goodly portion of the polish. My patch job was inadequate.

OPI the color to watch 1

My Pointe Exactly – jelly, very sheer. 3 coats

OPI My Pointe Exactly 1

Very sheer, as you can see. If your nails are in better condition than mine this would be a nice soft neutral look, glossy and squishy. But why do I like it? Well..

OPI My Pointe Exactly

it makes a perfect jelly sandwich polish :D This is one coat over Crown Me Already :)

OPI My Pointe Exactly Jelly Sandwich

OPI Crown Me Already – 1 coat over My Pointe Exactly

OPI Crown Me Already 1

This is a destashed polish, and it’s so thick it’s almost unworkable (even after about 15 drops of thinner) but I’ll add more, it’s super sparkly and would easily be opaque in two coats. Nice!

OPI  Crown Me Already

Peace, Love & OPI – 2 coats, very close to being a one coater!

OPI Peace Love & OPI

Predominantly shifts between grey, green and purple. It is quite chrome, so brushstrokes can show, though they mostly dry out. My recommendation is to finish each nail with a brushstroke down the very centre of each nail, even up the lines :D

OPI Peace Love & OPI 1

Muir Muir on the Wall – 2 coats

OPI Muir Muir

This looked like a darker version of Peace, Love & OPI in the bottle, but on the nail they are completely different. Not as colour shifting, but a more flattering colour base, this looks to me to shift between a maroon red and gold, catching a glimpse of green around the edges. Me likey!

OPI Muir Muir 1

An Affair in Red Square – 1 coat. Not sure if this would be a one coater normally, it’s an older polish and has thickened a lot. Took a whole eyedropper of thinner to become workable.

OPI an Affair in Red Square

Pretty, deep shimmery red.

OPI an Affair in Red Square 1

Blue My Mind – 2 coats

OPI Blue my Mind

I was expecting this to be a pretty wishy washy colour for some reason, and it’s not. It’s gorgeous. That purple duochrome just sneaks around the edges, though I couldn’t capture it here.

OPI Blue My Mind 1

Divine Swine – 3 coats, one coat over Kleancolor White on ring finger.

OPI Divine Swine

I think I’ll choose another layering option next time, but the sparkles are pretty.

OPI Divine Swine 1

Pink Yet Lavender – 1 coat over Kleancolor Black, three coats along on ring finger

OPI Pink yet Lavender

Can’t see any lavender :D Love this though, so girly and sparkly, but I like it over black best :D

OPI Pink yet Lavender 1


Temptation – 2 coats, no top coat

OPI DS Temptation

You could leave this with no top coat for a textured look, or top coat it for maximum bling. There’s a lot of glitter here though, I’d recommend a couple of top coats if you want smooth. I like the little turquoise glitters in the red toned purple.

Extravagance – 2 coats. Very close to being a one coater.

OPI DS Extravagance

Love this one, too! A plum coloured polish I can wear! Yay! :D

OPI DS Extravagance 1

Magic – 3 coats.

OPI DS Magic

I want to layer this over black! The duochrome (blue to purple) does show, but I want to see how much it pops over black sometime.

OPI DS Magic 1

What a pretty polish!

DS Classic

OPI DS Classic

Two coats. oooooh. ahhhhhh. LOVE!

OPI DS Classic 1

And… the sunlight just disappeared. Maybe they weren’t joking about those thundery rainstorms on the weather forecast. Regardless, I can’t show you (or see!) the holographic shimmer, but looking at the particles here, even in dim light, I think it will be awesome. Dries fast!

DS Reflections – two coats, almost a one coater

OPI DS Reflections

Perfect summer colour! Pink, slight coral hue, nice thick holographic shimmer flakes

OPI DS Reflections 1

And that’s all for now!

Have a great day



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