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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Born Pretty Store | 80's Style Glow Decals


I have some crazy nail art to share with you all today!

I was sent these great glow full nail wraps by the Born Pretty Store and I decided to do something a little different with them. Since my nails tend to be on the wider side and wraps tend to be made for more narrow nails, sometimes I have trouble with them. I decided to overcome this issue by cutting up the decals and placing them in patterns on my nails. The set I used for this manicure can be found here.

Here is my final result after cutting and placing the wraps.


I started with a good basecoat then applied the blue polkadot wraps to my pinkie, ring, index and thumb. I then took the wraps with the black and white stripes and cutting them diagonally, created the black and white striped corners on my pinkie, ring and index fingers.


The pack of wraps I was using also came with a set of french tip wraps, which I used for my middle finger. I then used my star shaped hole punch to create stars out of an unused striped wrap and applied them to my middle finger.

To finish off this look I coated everything in a thick layer of Fat Lacquer Drive-Thru to smooth it out and then added one coat of Essie Matte About You, my go-to matte topcoat. I tried it both shiny and matte and felt like the matte look gave it something special.

I'm super happy with how these turned out! They're very 80's and kindy tacky, but the 80's should be kinda tacky haha.

Did I mention then glow? ;)


I had so much fun putting these on. They applied very easily and stuck really well. I had plenty leftover to do another manicure as long as they don't dry out. I wrapped the package back up and taped it shut so I hope it stays useable!


Have you ever used nail wraps to create nail art instead of just using them one on each nail? How did they turn out? I'd love to see!

You can find these nail art wraps here at Born Pretty Store. They retail for $5.37 each set and as always Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. 

Use my code AGBQ10 for 10% off your entire order.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

xoxo

Lex


**These nail wraps were provided for my honest review by Born Pretty Store. The Fat Lacquer base and topcoat were provided for my honest review. The Essie Matte About You was purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.**

Monday, August 25, 2014

piCture pOlish Blog/Insta Fest 2014



It's time for this year's piCture pOlish Blogfest... or as this year is Blog/Insta Fest 2014!

This year I was sent a two part project. The first part of the post is a swatch and review of a single shade. Of course, piCture pOlish chose well and sent me my namesake Storm! Let's have a look!


Yessssssssss! Super awesome snowstorm polish!

Storm is a clear base absolutely stuffed to the brim with all different sized matte white hex glitters. It is so versatile it will look amazing over anything you layer it over.


I went for a softer feminine approach and layered just one coat of Storm over my favorite piCture pOlish shade, Pirouette. I absolutely love this combo and can see it working well for a wedding or something else where you want to feel uber girly!

How about a close up? Look at all that glitter!!!


I can think of so many fun combos that I want to use this lacquer for. I can't wait to try it as the snow in a scene for some winter nail art and I would love to layer it over some colorful gradients to really make the white pop.


The formula of Storm is just as expected from piCture pOlish, just about perfect. The glitters weren't too hungry and even with all the glitter I only needed two coats of topcoat for a perfectly smooth glassy finish.

What would you layer this white glittery beauty over if you had it?


The second part of today's Blog/Insta Fest 2014 post is all about the colors and the nail art. piCture pOlish has paired with NailVinyls this year for Blog/Insta Fest, so my package included two more piCture pOlish lacquers, Fairy Floss and Swagger and a package of NailVinyls Right Angle vinyls. My mission, should I choose to accept it, was to create a nail art showing off the two shades and what the vinyls can do. Want to see? Keep scrolling!


I opted for a simply single chevron look over white. I wanted a slight separation of the colors so I could really show them off, so I started with a base of a white creme lacquer. I added topcoat and then let it all dry for about 10-15 minutes, until I was sure the Vinyls wouldn't lift my polish.


On each nail I applied three Right Angle NailVinyls pointing towards my tips.

Using just the piCture pOlish bottle brushes, I applied Fairy Floss and Swagger over the white and the NailVinyls in an alternating pattern, peeling off the NailVinyls with tweezers as I went.


Make sure that when you're using the NailVinyls you peel them off while the polish is still wet or you won't get a clean line.

After everything was done I let them dry a little then added two coats of topcoat to smooth everything out completely and make it super super shiny for the photos.


I really really happy with how these came out and I'll definitely be using the NailVinyls again to create this look with other colors!

Both Swagger and Fairy Floss had a great formula and were really easy to work with. As always, I love the piCture pOlish bottle brushes, they are hands down my favorite brushes in a polish bottle.

Overall, I am very happy with everything I got this year and I love the addition of the NailVinyls to this year's Blog/Insta Fest! 

You can purchase all these shades directly from piCture pOlish or from one of their International Stockists. Don't forget to follow on social media to keep up to date on new collections and the latest shades and swatches.


The NailVinyls used for this post are part of a new NailVinyls pack that piCture pOlish will be retailing! From piCture pOlish:

"PP will be retailing a special exclusive 4 pack ‘Nail Vinyls’ containing ‘Chevrons, Mini Chevrons, Straight & Right Angles’ that will be used by all participants this year!"

You can also find NailVinyls in their Shop and lots of photos of them being used on the NailVinyl social media pages!


Thank you so much for reading my part in this year's Blog/Insta Fest 2014!

xoxo

Lex






*piCture pOlish Storm, Swagger and Fairy Floss were provided for my honest review and for the nail art shown. Nail Vinyls were provided for review and nail art for this post. piCture pOlish Pirouette was a gift to me from a friend. All other tools and lacquers used in this post were purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.*

Friday, August 22, 2014

Firmoo.com Review and Inspired Nail Art


I have a bit of a different review for you tonight. I was approached by a representative from Firmoo.com a while back and asked if I would like to review a pair of their glasses or sunglasses. As someone who wears prescription lenses on a daily basis, the opportunity to try a new company and get to review a new pair of glasses was too great to pass up!

So I have a pair of sunglasses to show you today and some nail art to tie it all together with the theme of my blog. 

Let me start off by saying that the rep from Firmoo who contacted me was very helpful, knowledgeable and professional. She walked me through the ordering process briefly and then told me if I had any questions to let her know. When I was ordering I noticed that they had a sunglasses option, and since I have been looking for a new pair I thought that was the best option for me. The rep helped me make sure the ordering process went very smoothly and soon I had an e-mail letting me know my order was complete!

I got updates of what was happening with my glasses while I waited. They let me know when they were being processed and then when they shipped out. Overall I would say the wait time was pretty fair for a pair of custom lenses and frames. When I got the package and opened it there was this adorable hard case.

Inside were my glasses! SQUEE!! They are SO stinkin cute!


I chose a pair of plastic frames that are a magenta pink on the top and then fade into a tortoiseshell pattern on the bottom. They're just perfect for me.

Along with the glasses, inside the package was another case, this one soft with a drawstring, a super soft cleaning cloth and a tiny screwdriver keychain for fixing glasses.

I love the tool. I can't tell you how many times I've lost screws on glasses or have had to tighten them. This little screwdriver has both a philips head and a flat head on it, making it perfect for any pair of glasses or sunglasses.


The glasses were just how I hoped they would be. They are smooth and feel sturdy. The glass isn't too thick and the level of the shading is just perfect. When I ordered I was happy to see that you have choose your level of shading and the color as well.

I also love the cleaning cloth. It does a great job, and I don't feel the need to use my shirt. HAHA.

To go along with these glasses for this post I decided to do some nail art inspired by them!

 I started with a basecoat and then when it was dry, I used a makeup sponge to dab on OPI Houston We Have a Purple. After I did enough coats to make me happy, I used OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys to make the tortoiseshell design on the tips. I'm really happy with how they came out and love how well they match the sunglasses!


The prescription on the glasses is perfect and I have no trouble wearing them. The size is accurate to what was on the website and I honestly could not have asked for anything more.

How about some more photos?




If you are looking for affordable sunglasses or prescription glasses I would definitely recommend Firmoo.com. I'm really happy with my new sunglasses and can't wait to order some more.

Unfortunately, this exact frame has been phased out by the manufacturer, but you can find loads more (personally I love these) cute or sophisticated glasses at Firmoo.com. You can also follow Firmoo on Social Media to keep up to date with the brand.


Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Lex

 
*Sunglasses were provided by Firmoo.com for my honest review. All nail art products were purchased by me. For more info please see my disclosure page.*

Nvr Enuff Polish | Nick of Time


I know it has been a while! My day job is moving and we've been crazy busy packing everything up and going through old folders and drawers and what not, so my free time has been greatly diminished.

Today though, I have for you, another collection from my besties over at Nvr Enuff Polish! This three lacquer collection is inspired by Nick at Nite and is called the Nick of Time collection. Shall we get started?

First up is my favorite of the three, Are You Afraid of the Dark?


Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a bright candy apple red jelly base overflowing with red and gold metallic glitters and a holo shimmer.

This lacquer is so super squishy and even as a jelly only took two coats to be opaque enough to wear. The base is on the thick side, but application wasn't a problem. I used one coat of topcoat to finish off the look.


I love how this looks. I don't have a ton of red in my collection, but with what I do have this definitely stands out as a favorite.


Next up is a perfectly beautiful nude shimmer called Rocco's Modern Life.


Rocco was one of my favorite Nick shows and if you loved it too, you know how well Alix and Lynnae did matching the color to him! This nude creme also has a purple blue shift that shows up  in the light and really brings another dimension to the polish.

I used three coats of Rocco's Modern Life for these photos with no topcoat. I did have to use a bit of an easy hand to get an even finish but once it was dry everything was nice and smooth. 


Im a sucker for nude polish and this one does not disappoint. I love it and will be wearing it alls the time!


Finally we have another holo stunner for you. This is The Adventures of Pete & Pete.


The Adventures of Pete & Pete is a stunning black jelly with large hex glitters, small red circles and tons of holo dust. At the right angles it has a linear holo effect.

 I used two super easy coats of The Adventures of Pete & Pete for this swatch and I topped it off with a super shiny topcoat. 


This baby looked like a galaxy on my nails. I can't wait to use it for some galaxy or space nail art!


These three Nvr Enuff Polishes are available now in their shop. Don't forget to follow them on social media in order to keep up to date on new collections, sales and giveaways as well as to see other blogger's swatches.


I hope you enjoyed!

xoxo

Lex

Monday, August 11, 2014

Born Pretty Store | Gunmetal Spikes


I am so so happy with the nail art I have for you today!

This post has been a long time coming. I have wanted spikes to do a manicure for so long, but then when I finally got them in the mail I had NO IDEAS! I really didn't know how to use them in a manicure! So I've been thinking for a while and I finally came up with a design that I think worked out really well.

The spikes that I used for this nail art are from Born Pretty Store and are much smaller than any that I've seen before. I really love how small they are cause they seem more practical for a manicure that way... well... as practical as spikes on your nails can be! haha!

How about we see some photos?


EEEEEEK! I love them more every time I see them!

I started with a base of the absolutely gorgeous Dior Marilyn, a red jelly with such a subtle silver shimmer that you almost don't know its there.


On my pinkie, I added two coats of Colors by Llarowe Mighty Red Baron, which was kindly shared with me by the lovely and generous Donna from Sweet Baby by Donna. <3 Thanks girl!


For my index and middle fingers I used straight Nail Vinyls to make the shape and then painted on with Color Club Beyond before removing the vinyls.


For my ring finger and thumb, I used the same Nail Vinyls and made a striped pattern using Color Club Beyond again.


After everything was mostly dry, I added a thick coat of topcoat. Once the topcoat was dry, I used tweezers to pick up the tiny spikes from Born Pretty Store and placed them on my ring finger and thumb along one of the stripes, using topcoat to make them stick. (For a more permanent bond, please use nail glue to attach the spikes!)


I really really love this manicure and these spikes are just what I needed to push the mani into that more edgy look I wanted.


What do you think? Have you ever used spikes in a manicure? Would you?

These tiny spikes are 2mm at the base and come in a package of  100 for $4.33. You can purchase these spikes and other nail art supplies at Born Pretty Store. They have a huge selection and are always free shipping worldwide!

Use code AGBQ10 for 10% off your entire order at Born Pretty Store.

Happy Monday everyone!

xoxo

Lex


*Nail art spikes were sent for review by Born Pretty Store. Mighty Red Baron and Marilyn were gifts from friends. Any other supplies or lacquers used were purchased by me. Please see my full disclosure page for more information.*