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Born Pretty Store Nail Accessories (Part III)

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By A Lacquered Affair · November 30, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Born Pretty Store Nail Art AccessoriesWarm greetings lovelies!

I'm back with the 3rd installment of Born Pretty Store's nail art accessories review, kindly provided by the online Hong Kong based retailer. To read parts 1 and 2, head on to the links below:
Part I (3mm Mini Round Patterned Metallic Nail Studs)
Part II (Gold 3D Blooming Flowers Patterned Nail Stickers)

BornPrettyStore.com is based in Hong Kong and has been around since 2007. The online retailer has grown from stocking nail art accessories to in-house polishes, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, beauty tools and even cell phone accessories. They ship internationally, for free! Hit this link for more information.

In the spotlight today is a Nail Stamp, also known as water decal transfer. The design I picked out for this review is a multi-coloured neon waves motif.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal Transfer #14402Here's how the actual piece looks out of the packaging:
Born Pretty Store Nail Stamps #14402The actual usable size of the decal is 3.5 x 2.5cm, which is not a lot. It's probably enough to cover 1 mani (10 nails), or more if intended only for accent nails per mani.

The back of the packaging contains an illustrated instructions on using this decal.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal Transfer instructionsInstead of dipping the decal in a bowl of water to remove the film, then pick and place with a tweezer, this alternative method involves sponging the decal over the nails. 

HOW
1 Paint nails with the base colours and let them dry completely. I waited around 20 - 25mins.
Base polishes for Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402Polishes used (over Poshe Nail Strengthening 4-in-1 Treatment base coat):
OPI Can't Find My Czechbook (blue on tips)
Catrice Cosmetics C02 Mermaiday Mayday, limited edition (glitter on sheer blue jelly base)
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (off-white crème)
Glam Polish We Go Together, limited edition (neon yellow with subtle holo)

I've done one on the middle finger. The rest of the tutorial is based on my ring finger.

2 Using a pair of scissors, cut the decal according to the size and/shape required.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402I only needed a small strip over the white base on my nail.
The neons waves are about 80-85% in opacity, hence best paired with a light-coloured base polish. The white areas seen in the decal are transparent when separated from the white backing; something to bear in mind when planning the mani.

3 Remove the transparent protective film from the top of the neon motif.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402Here, I'm illustrating with the original uncut piece, as it's pretty challenging doing it with the small strip. The protective film protects the sticky decal from damage and dirt.

4 Place the decal on the nail where the motif is supposed to sit, motif side facing down.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402The stickiness of the decals will ensure the decal sits in place while you move on to the next step. If the placement is wrong, you can still lift and adjust the placement without damaging the motif (only if the base polish is completely dry).

5 Using a damp sponge or towel, dab over the white backing of the decal until the decal is completely loosened from the white backing.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402Do this gently, and as many times as it takes for the decal to be fully loosened from the backing. With a sufficiently damped sponge or towel, it should only take around 5 - 7 dabs.

6 Once completely loosened, slide the backing off the decal and nail.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402If completely loosened, it will slide off with ease. Trim the decal with a small scissors if any part of the decal sticks out from the nail.

7 Finish the mani by topcoating the entire nail to seal and protect the look, and to give an even finish.
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402On the index finger and pinky, the decals were cut into triangles.

For those who prefer a tutorial at a glance, here's a summarised view:
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402 TutorialAnd that's it!

Final Thoughts
I found this method to be easier than the water bowl gig. Using tweezers to pick and place the decal can be challenging and may sometimes ruin the decal or base polish. I write from experience.

And this Nail Stamp's quality is great! The material is firm and of substantial thickness. Being thicker, the edges may be obvious on the nail, but a topcoat should fix it. Another slight downside is the small size of the decal. One has to use it frugally and with careful planning.

This Nail Stamp/ nail art water decal is available from Born Pretty Store at USD2.45 per piece. There are a total of 8 designs to choose from this listing. Not willing to pay full price? You can get 10% off using this code for readers of this blog: QFX31
Born Pretty Store 10% CodeRemember to follow Born Pretty Store via the following platforms for updates on new arrivals, ideas and promotions:

One last nstallment is in the works, so stay tune. Meanwhile, enjoy the Thanksgiving/ Black Friday/ Cyber Monday weekend, and I leave you with a parting shot:
Born Pretty Store Nail Art Water Decal #14402To Leave a Comment: I've noted that OnSugar's Comment feature has caused a few readers frustration by not accepting their input. While OnSugar works on rectifying it, I did a trial and error and found that comments don't get red-taped if you enter your information in the "Name" field without any space, ie. "ALacqueredAffair" instead of "A Lacquered Affair". I hope this works. As much as I want to, OnSugar doesn't allow the disabling of Captcha.

Disclaimer: Products were sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

Born Pretty Store Nail Accessories (Part II)

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By A Lacquered Affair · November 17, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Born Pretty Store Nail Art AccessoriesHey lovelies!

I'm back from a long break from blogging with a continuation of a series of Born Pretty Store product review. If you're interested, Part I can be found here

For the uninitiated, Born Pretty Store is based in Hong Kong and been in operation since 2010. The online retailer has grown from stocking nail art accessories to in-house polishes, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, beauty tools and even cell phone accessories. They ship internationally, for free! You can refer to this link more information. 

In this installation, we take a closer look at a 3D Nail Seal in Gold Blooming Flowers.

Born Pretty Store #10946 TJ005These are nail seals (or stickers), not water decals. The gold outlines are embossed. They are self-adhesive, and are ready to go on your dry, polished nails for that little feminine swag on your fingertips. This set comes in a single sheet per pack, and retails for USD2.22. You get around 25 small pieces of seals per sheet in this design. There are 3 design options to choose from this listing.

For my base, I used 2 coats of the following polishes, and waited for at least 15 minutes for them to dry completely, as a precautionary measure:

♥ OPI Viking In A Vinter Vonderland (near-black deep purple crème)
piCture pOlish Unicorn (shimmery aqua crelly with pink and silver glitter)

OPI Viking In A Vinter Vonderland and piCture pOlish UnicornUsing 4 different floral motif from this nail seal set, I carefully placed them on the nails with a pair of sharp-end tweezers to achieved the finished look below. The nails are finished with a coat of Essence Gel-Look top coat to seal the design.
Born Pretty Store 3D Nail Seals Born Pretty Store 3D Nail SealsAs you can see, parts of the motif are opaque white, and some are transparent. Love this combination!
Born Pretty Store 3D Nail SealsThe seals are easy to use, and pretty fuss-free. They adhered well, and did not pull or leave residue when I had to peel off a couple to adjust the placements. 

if these aren't your style, you'll be spoilt for choice by the plethora of nail-related accessories and embellishments on Born Pretty Store. Furthermore, you're entitled to 10% off with the code QXF31. 
Born Pretty Store Discount CodeFor latest updates, follow Born Pretty Store via the following platforms:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube

Till the next installment, cheerio!

To Leave a Comment: I've noted that OnSugar's Comment feature has caused a few readers frustration by not accepting their input. While OnSugar works on rectifying it, I did a trial and error and found that comments don't get red-taped if you enter your information in the "Name" field without any space, ie. "ALacqueredAffair" instead of "A Lacquered Affair". I hope this works. As much as I want to, OnSugar doesn't allow the disabling of Captcha.

Disclaimer: Products were sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

Glam Polish Dark Terror Duo + Giveaway!

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 8, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
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"a state of intense fear", "one that inspires fear" - Merriam-Wester

Hi folks!

Welcome to another Glam Polish Halloween polish post, a limited edition duo exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures, part II. Following the overwhelming response (and sell out within minutes) of the first exclusive limited edition set (Gruesome Movie Duo review here), Glam Polish and Mei Mei's Signatures decided to create and release a new Halloween-inspired duo within weeks (they must have magic wands to churn something so quickly!).

Named Dark Terror, this limited edition set of holographic polishes is also numbered, and only 140 sets are available through Mei Mei's Signatures. Because the set I received are samples, they are not numbered. Like the Gruesome Movie duo, the polishes in this set have names of horror movies.

Black Water
"Black Water is a 2007 horror-thriller film set in the mangrove seas of northern Australia. It was written and directed by Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich and stars Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody and Andy Rodoreda. The film was inspired by the true story of a crocodile attack in Australia's Northern Territory in December 2003." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Black WaterBlack Water is described as a "blackened blue holo with sapphire glass flecks". In the light, it flashes indigo blue in the bottle, along with scattered-linear holo.

When I first saw the name and the polish, the scene from The Ring where Sadako was creeping up from the well came to mind. *shudder*

In 2 coats, topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat:
Glam Polish Black Water Glam Polish Black Water Glam Polish Black WaterThe formula is one of the best of Glam Polish shades I've tried so far. It is almost a one-coater. My overworking on the strokes on a couple of nails caused some dragging (which is entirely due to my obsession to get the fullest coverage), hence, I used 2 coats.

The blackened edges - LOVE! It lives up to the polish's name; deep murky water in the dark of night, with midnight blue reflections.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Black Water macroThe blue flecks are very visible on the nail or in the bottle. However, the sapphire blue still flashes through.

I applied Black Water over 1 coat of bascoat, but it still stained slightly. That was the only slight downside to this dark beauty.

Don't Go In The Woods
"Don't Go in the Woods is a 2010 American horror musical written and directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. The film was first shown in 2010 at single locations in the United States. It was released on Video on demand (VOD) on 26 December 2011, and on general theatrical release in January 2012. The film was made in upper New York state by 5 Minutes Productions, and distributed by Tribeca Film." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsDon't Go In The Woods is described as a "dark forest green holo with glass flecks". The green leans towards teal, and is a gorgeous unique holo shade. The flecks are noticeable in the bottle.

It's a cliché phrase that pops into the head (for me at least) whenever a character in a horror/ supernatural film or TV show heads for the woods. The plot is all too predictable, and yet, they never learn.

Here's 1 coat of Don't Go In The Woods topped with 1 coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat:
Glam Polish Don't Go In The Woods Glam Polish Don't Go In The Woods Glam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsI am so in love with this one, from the formula to the shade! Highly pigmented, it's a near flawless one-coater. The blackened effect is less intense than Black Water, but the flecks are more visible and concentrated.

Here's a closer look:
Glam Polish Don't Go In The Woods macroIt does stain after removal, despite having a basecoat on. The problem could lie with my thin and clear base coat (Poshé 4-in-1 Nail Strengthening base coat). 

The shades from Gruesome Movie and Dark Terror sets are distinctively different, yet complement each other to make a great 'Holo-ween' family.
Glam Polish Gruesome Movie and Dark Terror DuosThe above mani was created by dragging blobs of Carrie, Tales From The Dark Side and Black Water randomly through each other with a toothpick over Don't Go In The Woods as the base, finished with 2 coats of Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat.

Where To Grab Them
Glam Polish Dark Terror Duo is exclusively available at Mei Mei's Signatures as a set and retails for SGD37.00 per set. This limited edition numbered set is limited to 140 only. Once sold out, they will not be reproduced.

For more information and updates from the respective businesses:

Mei Mei's Signatures

Singapore-based online store for the widest range of nail polishes and related products. Ships internationally.
Store: meimeisignatures.com
Facebook: www,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
Twitter; @meimeisi
Instagram: @meimeisignatures

Glam Polish
Artisan nail lacquer from Australia. Ships to Australia and USA.
Store: glampolish.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlamPolish
Twitter: @glampolish
Instagram: @glampolish_

The Gruesome Movie duo is sold out, BUT there's 1 set (numbered 45) available in a GIVEAWAY below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Glam Polish Gruesome Movie Duo Giveaway

If you've entered, good luck!

Till the next post, stay polished!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

To Leave a Comment: I've noted that OnSugar's Comment feature has caused a few readers frustration by not accepting their input. While OnSugar works on rectifying it, I did a trial and error and found that comments don't get red-taped if you enter your information in the "Name" field without any space, ie. "ALacqueredAffair" instead of "A Lacquered Affair". I hope this works. As much as I want to, OnSugar doesn't allow the disabling of Captcha.

Disclaimer: The polishes were sent for review consideration. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

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