The second of my reviews for Born Pretty Store, this is for these cute geometric nail studs. I have a few studs (nails! Sorry, my life isn’t quite that interesting hehehe), but these have to be some of my favourites now. Just so versatile!
There are 200 various sized studs here (according to the title, I didn’t count them), and they are either silver, gold or red. So I combined them in this skittles mani over some yet to be released Star Kin polishes, and it ended up making a (very accidentally!) patriotic combo
These are easy to work with: get the stud you want, and plonk it on your still-slightly-damp nail polish. With the smaller studs I tend to use a little skewer or a nail dotting tool which I dip into a bit of water in order to pick up the little things, and with the bigger ones I use tweezers.
Once on and in the right place, add top coat if you want them to last awhile. The red star was too large for my ring finger, it looks fine in the photos but the edges stuck over the curve slightly, and then they get lost during the day. Great for thumb nails though
Like most 3D effects, this would be great for a fun day, or night out. I really quite liked this combo, and I made it through most of the day before losing a few studs here and there, though most I just removed and put back to reuse at a later stage.
I may go have another look through Born Pretty Store, they have loads of goodies If anyone is thinking of doing similar, my coupon code can be found on the widget at the bottom right hand task bar, click it or any of the links in this post, and feel free to use my coupon code AJBQ10 for a 10% discount
Have an awesome day
I went back for more. I have no guilt Carrie from Notoriously Morbid has some GORGEOUS eyeshadows and lipbalms, and some amazing customer service too. What’s not to love?
Quick swatches! In all of these pictures, the middle section is over Dark Hearts primer. The tops and bottoms are over bare skin. Primer seems to make these stay on my eyelids longer, but these shadows are super pigmented even without primer, as you can see
The green/golds: from left to right: Rain on Cold Glass, Andorian, and Kilgharrah. I know I’ve swatched Kilgharrah before. But it’s so pretty, I wanted to swatch it again
Rain on Cold Glass: VEGAN. Lovely cool toned gold, with what looks like silver and lilac/pink shimmer. Can’t wait to pair this with Kilgharrah!
Andorian: VEGAN. Very pigmented green with a teal blue undertone, and a lighter leaf green interference shimmer. I think this will be an amazing eyeliner.
The darks: from left to right, shade: 13 Black Rainbows, Hearts of Black Lace, Velvet Hammer
Velvet Hammer: VEGAN – plum base, looks deep purple in the packet. However, on the skin that amazing lavender interference shimmer dominates, so a much brighter purple overall.
Hearts of Black Lace: NOT VEGAN. Wow. I need to get a full size of this, too! The overall effect is one of a deep copper toned brown, but.. no, not quite! When I was applying it I noticed a very blackened base, and the pigment was duochromatic red and gold – when blended it looks copper chocolate brown. I adore this!
13 Black Rainbows: VEGAN. Estelle gave me a little sample of this, which I decanted immediately into a small plastic pottle, and bought another sample to top up that pottle Looks plain dusty black in the bag, but mixed in with the pigment is plenty of teeeny tiny iridescent blue/purple /green / orange (the glitter I buy for my polish they call it a rainbow mix) flakes. I mean tiny, too. So, this is not a glitter, it is out and out stunning.
I also bought a full size of Mystique – Carrie sent a free sample of that with my last order, and I knew I needed a larger version :D Also two lip balms (coffin kissers) – Vanilla Veil (deep smooth vanilla scent – with a floral note??) and Strangely Charming Cherry – which is cherry scented and yes, charming. Not strangely. It’s just lovely The moisturising qualities of these last a long time on my lips, the shine doesn’t so much, and they aren’t sticky at all, but the slip and smooth lasts for ages. (about an hour at a guess? Goodly long time!)
Here is what my arm looks like now. Every time I do one of these I want to keep my arms all stripey and colourful all day. There must be a way we can do that
Have a lovely colourful day!
Disclaimer: I bought all these, or they were free samples as she does because she is lovely, there is no kickback for me for writing this, or in saying check out her shop! So… check out her shop, ok?
I was very fortunate to be sent a few really cute nail art pieces from Born Pretty Store and this is the first one I have to review: the title is ‘Colorful Oval Patterned Metallic Stud UV Gel Nail Art Decoration‘ – but I think they looks like multi-chromatic studs to me, and they are VERY cute.
I think from vague memory these are the 4mm size, and there are 10 in the little baggie.
I didn’t want to waste them (too CUTE!) so I put one on my little fingernail, and kept the rest of the nails simple – either a straight multichrome nail polish (Star Kin Con. Shift), or with an added little half moon with Kleancolor Biker Chic or Con. Shift.
I really loved the colours in this stud, and I think it would go really nicely with almost anything, a very quick and simple way to add oomph to a mani.
They look like little beetles, or a dew drop on a green plant
Born Pretty Store has some awesome nail and beauty items there as well as clothes, jewellery and many more items, and they’ve given me a coupon code (AJBQ10) which you can use for 10% off your order, if you so desire There are links in this post, and the coupon picture at the bottom of this page on the right hand side will also take you there.
I’ll be back soon with some more nail art ideas from BPS, hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to do a better mani
Have an awesome day
*products – the studs – sent free for unbiased review
A quick post! I went back and ordered some more goodies from Carrie at Notoriously Morbid – not included in these swatches is Kilgarrah, as I had that in the last post (here). I did need a full size of this, and I’m glad I got it
As before, these arrived promptly (to the far corner of the globe, how a globe has corners I don’t know but regardless), and well packed. Carrie also added a few free samples which is always lovely and surprising… but, CHECK THIS OUT!
She wrote a little thank you on this note, for the last review I did, and said she’d noted my comments about the vegan shadows, and only sent me vegan samples. This totally blew me away! That’s some amazing attention to detail, and incredible thoughtfulness right there. I just hope my comment didn’t read like I was complaining, because I wasn’t.
Swatches! These are over Dark Heart Designs primer, and smudged on with my finger. I do find though, that these swatches are pretty indicative of the pigmentation levels on the eye, too – i.e, very. All descriptions are my own, she has better on her site
Left to right – The Doctor’s Wife (deep blue), Mystique (deep aqua blue with teal shimmer), No Warmth Could Warm (light blue shimmer with lilac duochrome).
And all together now…
I have do have one complaint. I just put in another order, and I didn’t swatch these before I did. I did order Mystique in a full size, but I should ALSO have got No Warmth Could Warm, The Doctors Wife, and Stake of Holly. ARRGH! She is too good at this!!
There is a new webshop, too, nicely laid out and easy to find things, and another Coffin Kisser (don’t let the name put you off if such things tend to, they are pretty much the best lip balms I have EVER tried, and I’m not being paid to say so) – it’s cherry, which is exciting. Plus, as noted about, Carrie is just a lovely person, so I’d doubly recommend her products
Have a great day
Over on the Star Kin blog New polishes for February, plus if you check my other posts I have the non chosen polishes and a chance to vote for a readers choice polish
Have a great day!
Saturday a week and a bit ago, I went skydiving with my mother and Sister V. My mother had gone the week before and was so hyped about it she wanted to go again (as in, immediately!) and offered to take my sister and I with her. Sister V leapt at the chance. I took a night to think it over and do the research .. .which all came back with, if something happens and I die in a tandem jump, it’d be a miracle. A nasty one, but none-the-less, miraculous (which I call Terry Pratchett’s Miracle, as it was one of his amazing books that pointed that pointed that concept out to me)
So… after that angst, next came the nail angst! (ok, and the have a shower / straighten hair / shave legs angst because hey, if you’re going to fall out of a plane, might as well feel like you made the effort should someone have to lever you out of the ground, right?). But THEN came the nails I tried a few different combos, and they failed. The polish themselves worked, but little things like my eldest son bumping them etc etc.. so I went another option.
This is – mostly – Emily de Molly Hole in the Sky. My Sister C bought this for me (wheee!) and it is STUNNING. Perfect pale periwinkle blue with silver holo glitters including mid size silver holo dots. Just gorgeous.
The accent nail is Star Kin Cashmere as the base, stamped with Star Kin Green Shift (from the Bundle Monster plate) to make the earth, I filled in some more with a small brush and Green Shift, and then used the brush to fill Star Kin OhNo! around the edges for the space / starry sky. I feel like I could have done a better job, but I liked it overall.
And I LOVED Hole in the Sky. One, it’s the perfect name for going skydiving. Two, I got to say ‘I am wearing this so I can make a Hole in the Sky, and NOT a Hole in the Ground’ – which is the kind of thing I really enjoy saying I am sad, yes. But I have fun with my type of sad
And how was it? Amazing. I’m NOT a thrillseeker – I’ve been on one rollercoaster and hated it. I went for the experience, I wanted to know what it was like, I’ve always wanted to fly, and to take a ride in an open helicopter or something (ok, maybe I just don’t seek all the thrills but there are a few…). And I’ll admit, those first five seconds before the stabiliser parachute opened were the most terrifying thing. My tandem jump guru took me through a nice barrel roll during that time so I did get to look up at the plane as we fell backwards, sort of. I may have been quite busy screaming and trying to turn us over into a proper falling position BUT once I was in the proper flying position, it was amazing. We were still freefalling, we did 10,000 feet in 60 seconds, but there was some purchase (especially once the stabilizer chute opened), the view was amazing, and it was just wow. Then the main parachute opened and it was surreal and serene and glorious and I wish that I could parachute everywhere, every day. I didn’t want that to end (though I did tell him off every time he tried to spin us – I don’t like that feeling, plus I wanted the float down to last forever) :D. So, yes. Amazing. I’m not sure I’ll do it again. O.K, I’m pretty sure I’ll do it again.. but may leave it for when I need a life reboot. Because man it does that. YAHOOOOO!
Have a great day, and may you find your own life reboot when you need one!
Getting through these now, so they can be on the main shelves where they should be, and used! Weather is warm but overcast, not good for holographics but nice for glitters, although you won’t see the full glittery effect.
CANDEO LACQUER Jellybean – 2 coats, and top coat
Pretty soft yellow base colour, this was a mad lemming of mine for some time, but … it’s pretty, but I’m not overwhelmed with polish love
Oceania over L.A Girl Sandy Beach (2 coats, my bottle of Sandy Beach isn’t textured but it is a pretty blue).
Nice subtle matte hex glitter combo!
SMITTEN POLISH Confection – 3 coats and top coat
Pretty! Slightly sparing on the glitter, which gives it a white look overall. I love the little matte lilac squares
Hocus Pocus – 3 coats and top coat – this is not a top coat optional polish – it needs the gloss to look it’s best.
This and the next polish I have had, waiting to swatch, for over a year. SHAME ON ME. I wanted to do them justice, and ended up doing nothing. Wah. Anyway! Looks like holographic orange glitters in a purple jelly base to me, and it also looks very pretty. A really good example of how sometimes the ‘simplest’ polishes can be the prettiest
You’re Turning Violet, Violet – 3 coats and top coat
And then sometimes the not so simple are also the prettiest. I mean, wow. I’m going to try this layered over a really dark purple too, sometime
Return to Nature – 3 coats no top coat
Wow. Just a perfect nude tan base, with gold and silver small glitters and tiny gold shimmer. I love this. Truly love it.
Asteroid Turf – 3 coats no top coat
Simple, but not subtle! Grassy green jelly with metallic purple hexes.
Have a great day!
W7 Pink Suede – 1 coat, no top coat
no sunlight! But this is a very pretty deep pink, and I’d imagine top coat brings out that silver shimmer.
W7 Metallic Jupiter – 2 coats, no top coat
Oh, wow. I love glass fleck shimmer, and multi-chromes, so no surprise that I adore this. I was surprised at how opaque it was at 2 coats! And the pink/purple/blue shifts were gorgeous.
Toasted Marshmallow – 2 coats, no top coat
This is a very jelly polish, but it became opaque at 2 coats. Strange! Also, it reminds me of baby poo. Not good. But a nice flattering colour, and for me, a good base for some of my other glitters
Nubar On The Radar – 2 coats, no top coat
Crelly, and just a gorgeous colour. My camera wants to show all these as much lighter than they actually are, argh! But it was a flattering deep terracotta orange, looking almost red in the sunlight. This polish had been sitting for a good few months, and some of the pigment was separating out, but a good shake got it all mixed back up again.
Nubar Contempo – 1 coat no top coat.
Matte! Surprise! Lovely deep raspberry, blue toned pink.
Nubar Reclaim – 2 coats, no top coat.
I’ve been wanting to try this for ages, and I’m sad I waited so long, it’s gorgeous. Deep emerald green, and even though there was no direct sunlight, you can see the holographic shimmer still. Sorry I couldn’t get a better photo!
Peripera Rose Nail – 3 coats, no top coat.
Pretty pink jelly with scattered white hex glitters. Quite sheer, nail line is still visible after the three coats.
SpaRitual Greenhouse – 3 coats, no top coat
Very pretty! Needs three coats for opacity, but has a lovely gold shimmer. I still love their bottles…
NYX Girls 131 – 2 coats, no top coat
Almost a one coater, and a very pretty deep red with pink and gold shimmer. I do LOVE these shades!
Have a great day
So many pretty colours! Once again Estelle from Serenity blog let me know about something worth drooling over, in this case, makeup from Notoriously Morbid. We chatted a bit on Facebook to Carrie, the owner / creative wizard behind Notoriously Morbid, so I can say that not only is her range good value, large and awesome quality; she is also a very lovely person.
Full Sized eyeshadows: all swatches are the eyeshadow, dabbed on with my finger, over Dark Heart Designs primer.
Goodbye Sweetie (sniffle). Ok, the sniffle was my add-on
Swatch: Shimmery pale off white, with a slight gold tone.
Snow Queen’s Return. Looks similar in the pottle to Goodbye Sweetie, however…
Completely different in swatch. This is almost a very, very pale ice lilac, with tonnes of beautiful shimmer.
Gorgeous russet red. Not vegan. I’ll admit, I didn’t check, and a fair few of these contain carmine. Which I normally steer clear of, but hey, I have these now. They are beautiful. I won’t buy more with carmine in it, and I’ll note all of these which do – but the ingredients are clearly listed on her website (as I said, she’s amazing), so just read a bit more carefully then I did, if it’s a concern of yours
Look Upon Me (not vegan)
Sorry Swatch is blurry, but I think the blue shimmer which shows so beautifully throughout is still visible. This is stunning.
Shadow of Things
perfect name! A gorgeous grey base with teal shimmer, which is the predominant colour on the skin. Very pigmented.
I also got one of her lipbalms, called Coffin Kissers (chortle). This one is Rotten Rainbow, which is apricot, and…. there is a scent, I can’t pick it, but it’s not your average straight apricot/fruit scent. No, not rot! A nice, deep tone. So, nice aroma, goes with the theme. And it’s one of the nicest balms I’ve tried, so silky!
You can see by the label that there was a tiny bit of leakage, but it’s High Summer here, so this is nothing. AND she’d separately bagged it, so worse comes to worst there would be no damage to anything else. That’s thinking ahead. Also, the shape of the tube is different than normal, is a flattened oval, and the twist up dial is in the center of the base. Very stylish!
Samples now. These come in the standard little baggies with name and ingredients on the label, and have a really decent amount in them. I bought these ones
Nudist – not Vegan. This is almost matte, and darker than it looks in the baggie. This may be a prefect crease colour!
Tenorman’s Tears – very pretty, though sheer, seafoam shimmer. I bet this would also look gorgeous layered.
Melancholy One – Not Vegan. Lovely shimmery grey.
Crimson Horror – Not Vegan. Really nice vampy red
Snow’s Fury – brown base, but with a super pretty purple shimmer that changes the whole look to a blackened purple.
These samples were part of the blogger pack I also bought (I wanted the rainbow of colours, I got it! YUS!) and a couple of free samples Carrie popped in there, too. Love! I’m not sure which are which, so here they all are!
Lizard on a Window Pane: Not Vegan. Very pretty light shimmery tan with strong green shimmer. Not as sheer as the photo makes it look, that’s mostly the reflection off that shimmer
Kilgharrah – doesn’t know if it’s green or brown! Brown base, deep forest green shimmer, I’d put it, but man, I’m buying a full size of this. It’s STUNNING is what it is.
More Weight – deep chocolate brown with an icy blue/green shimmer.
Spirit of All Three – looks like mustard powder in the bag, has the most beautiful gold shimmer. I’m sorry, I had to swatch this on my hand (hence the bumps, tendons!) it deserved better than that! I’ll be wearing this today, this is not your standard gold eyeshadow (though I do like gold eyeshadow, but I have plenty), this has a depth and edge that is new to me.
Pornographic Priestess: Not Vegan – pretty dusty rose with shimmer – and I LOVE the name Makes me giggle like a fiend :D:
Tempest: Not Vegan – bright pink with deeper pink shimmer. Didn’t get a good photo of the label, whoops
13 Black Rainbows – this is CRAZILY intensely pigmented! And super pretty with the multicoloured shimmer in the black base.
Close up swatch, hopefully catching some of the shimmer, though in real life it’s at least 4 times are pretty.
And there we have it! Kudos to anyone still reading I’d definitely recommend Notoriously Morbid, they are excellent quality and very good value, I got these during her last big sale, which made them ridiculously inexpensive. So, I’d say check out her website, like her Facebook page if you are so inclined, and have fun!
Have a great day
I bought my first ever cosmetics from Fyrinnae not too long ago! I’ve had them bookmarked for a long time, but never really got around to buying from them, and their little blurb saying how long the wait could be was a little off-putting. But clever Estelle from Serenity blog told me it was just a worst case scenario, and she was right. I think it took a little over two weeks from order to arrival, from the other side of the planet, traversing oceans, braving our post system, and sidestepping holidays. Go, you good parcel. Go. Or rather, stay, I like you
This is my haul! Pixie Epoxy: the main reason behind the purchases. With the sudden and dramatic increase in the number of amazing eyeshadows I have (thanks, Estelle, you ROCK), and the onset of the summer makeup slide, I really wanted something to hold them in place. And this DOES. It is sort of like sticky aloe vera, then sets like glue. And the eyeshadow stays right where you put it. Nice.
The shadows are, from left to right, Winter, Again – which was a free sample, which is ALWAYS exciting. Middle is Digital Faerie, and the brown is Serendipity. Estelle said Serendipity was worth getting and she, of course, was right
They look pretty in the containers, but on skin (over Pixie Epoxy), they just look amazing. They look like that on the eyelid too, I haven’t taken photos but I wore Serendipity today, with Digital Faerie as a sort of eyeliner, and they are pretty. Serendipity, especially, is the best kind of neutral – one with heaps and heaps of gorgeous shimmer
Have a wonderful day