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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:
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Opal-inspired Manicure

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 20, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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"For those who were born in the month of October the Opal is the traditional birthstone. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the October Birthstone Opal are happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. The name opal actually means "to see a change in color." The opal occurs in several types of color. The White opal has a white body color with pastel glints of rainbow color. Black opal has a blue, gray or black body color. Fire opal is a transparent or a translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red body color that may also have a flash of color." - BirthdayGems.org

*jumps out of hiding*
A big HEY y'all!
How's everyone been? Me, I'm trying to stay afloat in an ocean with no horizon (also known as day job, which is ironic because it drags on into the nights). Which leads me to lament, yet again, about how all my nail painting and blogging have taken a backseat.

Here's me trying to catch up with #PolishTogether's (over on Instagram) monthly birthstone series in this post. This month's features Opal, and here's the poster and call for participation created and hosted by @perpetualfunk:
Opal - October's Birthstone for #PolishTogetherMuch thanks to Pearlynn for keeping this rolling month after month!

And here's my opal-inspired manicure:
Opal-inspire Mani (Flakies)On the nails:
(basecoat: Nail Tek Foundation III, topcoat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat)
♥ a-england Camelot (black base) - 1 coat
♥ OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (off-white base) - 2 coats
♥ Essence Blue Addicted (over black bases) - 1 coat over index and pinky
♥ China Glaze Snow Globe - 2 coats over index finger
♥ Glitter Gal Lightning Ridge - 2 coats over index and pinky, and 3 coats over ring finger

A flakie polish was an immediate choice, as the effect mimics opals almost perfectly. The curves on the middle and ring fingers were meant to imitate the curved oval edge of an opal. Sadly, it does not work the same magic over white as I had hoped.

Essence Blue Addicted was added because I needed some blue glitter over black base to give the nails a fuller 'opal' look. I could only fish out copper and green flakies from Lightning Ridge.

Here's a close-up:
Opal-inspire Mani (Flakies)Because the flakies content in Lightning Ridge is not as dense as, say, Essie Shine of the Times, I had to go for 2 coats. The formula was gret though.

And here's the Instagram version (@lacqueredaffair):
Opal-inspire Mani (Flakies)If you're on Instagram, do search for the #polishtogether hashtag to check out the other monthly birthstones manicures.

Wish me luck for some time away from work so I can get this blog's gears running again. Till then, enjoy what's left of Sunday!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Happy 48th Birthday Singapore!

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 9, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hello lovelies!

9th of August means Singapore is another year older. As our country enjoys a 4-day long weekend of celebrations (8th August being Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid Mubarak, and today, our National Day), I'm here with a super-quick post to join in the celebrations with a National Day manicure.

I did one this time last year, with a gist of our tiny country. Click here to have a look.

Fast forward 365 days, here's this year's mani:
National Day 2013A somewhat similar rendition of last year's mani, but with some freehand nail art detailing - a silhouette of the Merlion on the index finger, and Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer on the middle finger, popular icons of Singapore. A little boo-boo on the Merlion though. It looks like it's spitting (which is a legal offence here, FYI), but it's supposed to be spurting water like the actual structure.

The white block was sponged at the border for a slight gradient effect.

Polishes used:
♥ OPI Liquid Sand Magazine Cover Mouse (red with pink and gold micro glitter)
♥ OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (grey-tinged white creme)
♥ OPI Minnie Style (white and Fuschia mid-sized hex glitter in a clear base)
♥ Topcoat - Glossy Glam by Rica

In another news, it's also A Lacquered Affair's 2nd anniversary this August! *throws more glitter in the air*
I've been way to busy to think of a celebration, but I have, however, gotten a new camera yesterday, out of desperation really. After 5 years of love-hate relationship, it's time to call it quits after it refuses to work.

While I love the crisp image quality of the newer one, getting the colour settings right was exasperating. I'd love to know your thoughts on the colours of the above photo, if it has the same feel as past posts', better or off.

To those with the 4-day long weekend privilege, enjoy! I'm off to more swatching. Toodles!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 2013

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By A Lacquered Affair · April 14, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
"April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and each year, the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to support our efforts and Go Orange for Animals in honor of the signing of the ASPCA's charter in 1866. Throughout the month, we’ll be encouraging our members to show their support by donning our signature color and going orange for animals." - ASPCA

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals RibbonPhoto Source

Go Orange, lovelies!

This week's #SGSwatchFest has us showing our love for and support against cruelty to our furry (and some not so furry) friends. Being an owner of cats and animal lover in general, I'm thrilled to show support, despite the lack of orange nail polish to choose from.

Here's quick mani with what I managed to find in my stash:
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals NailsPolishes used:
♥ Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle (what an apt name)
♥ Barry M Peach Melba (paw prints)
♥ OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (ring finger)
♥ OPI My Private Jet (stamped)

Hoof Wrassle is a burnt orange/ tangerine crelly with gold hex glitter and shimmer peeking through. The pinky shows the colour more accurately. The kitty image was stamped using image plate OB40, from Shoppe Eclecticco. In case you didn't already know, I'm a cat person. *grin*

Close up of the stamped kitty:
OB40 Kitty Image, stampedWith its holographic sparkles, this is one glamour puss!

Being an orange, animal themed event, it's only natural that I rope my ginger cat in for a guest appearance on this post.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Nails & Orange catIt was the most challenging shoot, ever! Give me hard to capture holographics anytime!

Besides donning orange, you check for other ways to show your support for animals and the through non-profit animal welfare organisations in Singapore such as the Society for the Prevention of Animals.

Till the next post (very soon), enjoy a relaxing Sunday!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Polish Days #9: Nature

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By A Lacquered Affair · February 6, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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"Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic." - Wikipedia

Polish Days: Nature
A big HELLO lovelies!

I've not been able to blog for what seems like eons. I've got a couple of posts drafted but could never complete them decently to hit that 'Publish' button. And now, another Polish Days is already here! I missed the previous one due to a trip to Hong Kong, so I'm determined not to miss this one.

This month's theme was inspired by (or a show of disdain for) the weather situation. It's been snowing unexpectedly for some, hot for others. Here in Singapore, there was a bout of very rainy days, then hot and humid again.

Before we go into the actual mani, I have to share my love for this polish - OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, the base for this mani. It was highly recommended by Polish Me, Please on several occasions. I'm close to ditching Alpine Snow, and wanted to give it a try. It did not disappoint!

OPI My Boyfriend Scales WallsSeen here in 2 coats without topcoat, this off-white creme applied much better than Alpine Snow. Just a tad streaky on the first coat, but leveled out with a second coat.

The Inspiration
I cracked my head several times with this theme. The intepretation and possibilies are wide! It's a double-edged sword, but that's the beauty of Polish Days.

I knew I wanted colours, so...

Polish Days: NatureTopped with 1 coat of Seche Vite

The splotches of colours were dabbed on using Q-tips. The red, orange and yellow represent the tropical heat, where flora still flourishes, represented by green.
The middle finger is pretty much our local climate, I guess; hot, wet (blue) but with much greenery all year round.
It ends with the pinky being painted with a picture of cold, wet and dark. Mother Nature is depicted by stems and tree trunks. She can be light and fluffy, or menacing at times.
The mani ended up having an abstract look, which grew on me.

Close-ups:

Polish Days: NatureIndex finger (before topcoat)
Polish Days: NatureMiddle finger
Polish Days: NaturePinky

All colours were applied using acrylic paint.

Keeping it short because I've got to get packing for another trip.

To all those celebrating the Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!
And I still won't be around, so Happy Valentine's Day to all in advanced! Be back soon! Till then, have a wonderful February!

Here are the other lovelies and their take on Back To Nature:

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