Friday, January 29, 2016

Colour Changing Nail Polish - Born Pretty Store Review

*This product was sent to me for review, all opinions are my own

Nail polish that changes colour has been around for quite a while, but I only recently used it after being sent this polish in 103 from Born Pretty Store. I was skeptical, but also excited to try it out and see how well it actually worked.

This is what the polish looked like once it had dried and I'd top-coated it. It did however, as you can see in the photo below of the bottle, go on my nails purple and then dry to a light blue with a purple tinge at the free edge. This is because it turns blue when warm and purple when cold. So you can tell my nails/fingers were warm when I applied it.

Firstly, here are some photos of my nails after they were dipped in hot water, this shade of blue is actually one of my favourites, so I was happy my colour choice.

And secondly, these are my nails are dipping them in cold water. It's a really nice shade of purple, kind of like a dark lilac I guess.

And here is my attempt at half and half, but I didn't do it very evenly, still a cool effect though!

This polish is pretty cool and definitely exceeded my expectations. I had a lot of fun showing everyone how it worked and just staring at my nails every time I washed my face or hands or had a shower. It was a good week when I was wearing this polish! The novelty does wear off after a while, but I'd love to get another colour and see the change!

Here's a video I posted to my Facebook page of Punch Nails.

Posted by Punch Nails on Saturday, January 16, 2016

Don't forget I have a 10% off code: MEPUK31 for the Born Pretty Store website!

Thanks for reading.

- Melissa.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sponged Stripes & Bright Dots

I have another summery design today! There's nothing too special about this mani but I wanted to do a blog post regardless to give a few more details about it!

I started with a base of Sinful Color's Snow Me White and then dotted on Pamplona Purple - OPI, Naughty Nautical - Essie, and Did It On 'Em - OPI. For the accent nail, I applied a fast drying top coat, waited twenty minutes just to be safe, and applied some striping tape (the kind you can get from ebay). Then with ripped up bits of sponge, I sponged on the three colours. I didn't want to do a gradient or even combine the colours too much which is why I did each colour individually and it turned out way better than expected!

I really love this mani and I'm super proud of it. At first I wasn't sure about the colour combo, but as I did it, I realised it was a good choice and I was glad I didn't change any colours.

I'd love to do a full mani with the design from the accent nail and try out another colour combo!

Thanks for reading!

- Melissa.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Strawberry Water Decals - Born Pretty Store Review

*This product was sent to me for review, all opinions are my own

New year, new products to review! Born Pretty Store kindly sent me these cute strawberry decals recently and I've been wearing them on my nails for a good week now. I've posted a bunch of times about water decals and as always, these were simple to use and easy to apply. The only time I struggled a bit was with the very small strawberry in the middle of my index finger because it was quite tiny and hard to grip properly with the tweezers, but as you can see I got there in the end.

I had no real plan when applying these, I just wanted to use all the different sizes and styles of decals that were on the sheet. I will admit I don't love the strip of strawberries that the decal offers that are on my middle finger. Maybe I could have utilised them differently or applied them on the length of my nail instead of the width but I just don't love that nail. The heart one of my ring finger is pretty cute though and so are the little bunches on my other nails. 

Overall I don't love these decals as much as I've loved some previous ones. Looking at the link above where you can purchase them from, I wish I had chosen the sheet with all different kinds of fruits on them. I think that would've been a lot more fun and something I would probably use beyond this review as well. Might have to purchase those ones!

Ultimately, just like other water decals, they're easy to use if you want simple nail art that people will still comment on and even question if you did them yourself. And you can definitely mix it up and wear them with other colours or patterns or just as an accent. The heart would be pretty cute with a Valentine's Day design actually!

Don't forget I have a code MEPUK31 if you want 10% off at checkout on the Born Pretty Store website!

- Melissa.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Summery Single Chevrons

Since it's Summer here in Australia, I thought I'd do a few designs relevant to the season, ones that are bright and colourful but still simple. Today's design is single chevrons, with some pastel colours sponged over the nail vinyls. This could also be a design to wear in Spring as well, but since it's Summer, we're going with that today.

The white base is Snow Me White by Sinful Colors (as always) and the four colours are from Sally Hansen: Water Orchid, Wet Suit, Kelp Yourself, and Bubblegum Pink.

I absolutely love this one! Pastel designs always look pretty good and I think the design goes really well with the length of my nails because I could fit that extra vinyl in at the tip. I also topped it with Sally Hansen's Big Matte Top Coat again because it's so good!

Thanks for reading!

- Melissa.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Pink Marble / Stripe Accent

Welcome to my first post of the year! Today's nail art is a simple marble and striped design using cut up pieces of a sandwich bag, which is one of my favourite things to do. 

I was reorganising my Essie polishes and discovered that three polishes looked really lovely next to each other so I decided to do something with them which resulted in this design! The polishes are: Secret Story, Peach Daiquiri, and Bahama Mama.

I recently picked up Sally Hansen's Big Matte Top Coat and tried it out for the first time on this nail art and I am in love! It works so much better than the one I was using because that one would just dull the polish, it wouldn't make it completely matte like the Sally Hansen one does so I'm very happy I finally got a new matte top coat!

That's all for today, thanks for reading!

- Melissa.