Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review: Born Pretty Store clear stamper and Konad White

*Press sample*

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to share today's post with you guys. I finally have my official review ready for the Born Pretty Store clear stamper!! I know it seems like everyone has come out with a clear stamper lately, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. So, the last time Daisy from Born Pretty contacted me to ask me to review for them, I knew one of the products I wanted to test was the clear stamper. I also picked Konad stamping polish in white to review, so I'll be sharing my thoughts on that with you today, too! :)

First up, let's have a look at the clear stamper. 


It comes with a scraper, which I honestly don't use. I use old gift cards or the Bundle Monster scrapers because I have much better luck. You can see in the picture that this stamper is VERY sticky! I wiped it with acetone when I first got it, but by the time I got around to taking pictures, it apparently had picked up some cat hair lol, and I didn't notice until I went to edit pictures. 

And here is the Konad polish I tested out. I had tried Konad in Black and it was hands down the best stamping polish I had used, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on the white, for stamping over darker colors. 


For this review, I decided to try out one of my new Bundle Monster plates, from the Fuzzy and Ferocious set. 


These plates have some super adorable images! Here I've shown how the image looked like when I picked it up with the clear stamper and using the Konad white polish.


This next picture shows what it looks like when you are looking through the clear stamper onto your canvas that you will be stamping on. I've shown it over one of the black sections of my Lotus Mat so you can clearly see the image. You can see how easy it is to get perfect placement when you can see all the way through to your canvas.


I had done a sloppy job of wiping off my Lotus Mat previously lol. But you can see how clearly the image transferred onto the mat. This stamper is SUPER squishy and the images come out so crisp and clear. I love that!!


Next up are some photos of the full mani I did using this clear stamper and Konad white. I used the same method as shown above. I looked through the stamper to make sure the image was exactly where I wanted it before pressing down. I used a base of Cult Nails I Got Distracted for the base of this mani because it reminded me of underwater creatures! :)



Before, I rarely took on stamping images that had to go a certain way to look correct. I much preferred flowy designs or patterns that wouldn't look that strange if they weren't completely straight, because I was not great at placing. I just kind of stamped on my nails and hoped it was right lol. Since using the clear stamper, I feel like I can stamp anything! I love being able to see exactly where it is going to go and knowing it's perfect instead of just hoping. :)


I loved how this look turned out, and I got so many compliments on it! I was so happy with both the stamper and the polish. The polish is super opaque and picks up and transfers really well.


Overall, my impression of both of these items is that now that I've used them, I can't live without either one!! I HIGHLY recommend, if you haven't yet, picking up a clear stamper. Born Pretty Store's version is very affordable at only 2.99 USD, and you can see the listing here. The Konad White stamping polish retails for 12.06 USD but it is definitely worth the price. One bottle lasts forever because it's only used for stamping. You can see the listing for the Konad polish here. There are other colors as well.

If you do decide to buy these or any other items from Born Pretty Store, be sure to use my code below to get 10% off your entire order. And, as always, BPS offers free international shipping!! :)



Thanks for reading!
<3 Kelly

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Stamped Sweater Nails

Hi everyone! It was a chilly day here in Ohio so I think it's the perfect opportunity to show you these sweater nails I did a while back. 

I used one of my Vivid Lacquer plates for this design. I can't remember the base color for the life of me, but it might be OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh? I stamped with Zoya Norra



I had just picked up Norra so I wasn't sure how opaque it was going to be or if it would even work for stamping, but it ended up working great. I topped it off with a coat of HK Girl. I love that sweater stamping plate!! It made my nails feel all warm and fuzzy. Perfect for those breezy days in spring. I feel like we are headed out of winter and I can't wait!! :)


Thanks for looking! <3
Kelly

Monday, March 14, 2016

St. Patrick's Day nail art!

Hi everyone! Sorry for being so quiet. We are still in the home-buying process and it is taking a lot out of me! But I did manage to sneak in some St. Patrick's themed nails. :) I actually did these telling myself they were going to be good luck nails to make our house close faster, and it worked! The next day, we got a call that our closing date had been moved up 2 weeks. So, just saying - I have magic powers. ;)

Here's a look at what I came up with. 


I started with a gradient of Zoya Bevin and Zoya Evvie, and added an accent nail of Pahlish The Forest Moon. I snapped a shot before I started the actual gradient, after I had applied my Glisten & Glow Ctrl-Alt-Delete latex barrier. This product is an absolute must for me when doing gradients!


After the gradient was done and I did a coat of HK Girl I started stamping with my Born Pretty Store clear stamper and Born Pretty Store stamping polishes (*full review of both coming soon!*). I stamped with BM-H04, BM-H05, and W105.


Without this clear stamper, I could have never done this design, I'm totally hooked! I was able to get the celtic knot design straight down the middle of the nail, the shamrock perfectly centered and right side up. And the Born Pretty stamping polishes (I used Green and Silver for this design) transferred great and made for clear, crisp images. I love how the shimmer catches the light! I finished it all off with another coat of HK Girl.


I got so many compliments on this mani, and like I said, it did bring me luck! :) I took these photos after almost a full work week of wear, so I thought they held up really well. I am so excited to keep trying this clear stamper with other designs, and to try the other shades of stamping polishes.

If you're interested in trying out this clear stamper, stamping polishes, or any other products from Born Pretty Store, be sure to use my coupon code to save 10% on your entire order!


Thanks for looking! <3
Kelly

Monday, February 22, 2016

Review: Maple Holistics Degrease shampoo and Dead Sea mud mask!

Hi everyone! Sorry about the absence. We have been house hunting for a few months now and it is incredibly stressful! I have still been doing my nails, just haven't been posting, so sorry about that.

Today I am back to show you some products from Maple Holistics. I was contacted by them a while back to review some of their products. I chose the Degrease Shampoo and the Dead Sea Mud Mask! :)


I wanted to try the Degrease shampoo because my hair tends to be oily, no matter what I do! I have tried "training" my hair by washing less often, but nothing seems to work! :( So I figured this couldn't hurt to try. 

Overall, I really liked this shampoo. It didn't lather quite as much as my usual shampoo. It has a nice minty scent, but not overpowering. My hair is really thick so I was concerned with it not lathering as well that I wouldn't be able to get my hair really clean all the way down to the scalp, but it wasn't a problem. I didn't use conditioner when I tried this shampoo. My hair did end up feeling very clean and not oily at all. I didn't wash it again all that weekend and it still felt clean!


Overall, I really liked this shampoo. It did what it set out to do and left my hair feeling super clean and not oily or greasy at all. I just wished it lathered a little better so it wasn't as much effort to get clean all the way down to the scalp, but that's a minor complaint. I have been using this since and would definitely recommend it if you have oily hair. 


Next up, the Dead Sea Mud Mask. I was so excited to try this! I have never done a mud mask before. My skin has been breaking out slightly and I have had some dry spots, so I was hoping this would help with that. 


I thought this stuff looked so cool! It really looks just like mud lol. The scent is great - very earthy and natural.


I just scooped some out with my fingers and applied to my whole face. At first, it feel really cool and refreshing. These photos were taken when the mud mask was still wet, soon after I applied it.



After about 10 minutes, the mask had mostly dried. You can tell when it's dry because it tightens up and it's harder to move your face.



I left it on for about 10 more minutes once it had fully dried, and then washed off with warm water. After it was all washed off, my skin did feel very refreshed. It felt tight, but in a good way - like it was toned up. I did have a bit of redness because my skin is very sensitive, but it went away in a short period of time, and that could have been from scrubbing with the warm water most likely.

I really loved this product! I have been using this every couple of weeks when I feel like my skin needs a refresher. And there isn't even a dent in the jar - I feel like this will last forever. I highly recommend this for anyone who has trouble skin or just wants a deep clean every so often.

Check out these and the other products at Maple Holistic's website!

Thanks for reading! <3
Kelly

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Purple #4 (Purple and Silver)

Hi everyone! I am squeaking in at the last minute, but I have my last Purple mani for January to share with you today. :)

I received these fun stickers to try from Lady Queen store, so I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow.


I started with a base of Zoya Haven, and I used two of the decals to start off with. I liked how it looked so much, I didn't want to do much else, so I just added a touch of a silver glitter gradient using an unnamed silver glitter I got for Christmas. Even though this mani was super simple, I loved these colors together and felt like it came out really elegant!


I think Haven is such a gorgeous color all on its own, it really doesn't need much to dress it up. I am glad for the Purple theme this month giving me a chance to pull out all my purples that I had forgotten about! These stickers were super easy to use too. I used nail art tweezers to place them, then filed off the excess using an extra rough nail file. I didn't even topcoat over these and they stayed for a few days until I took off the mani. You can see my tip wear, I took the photos after wearing this mani for 3 days.


If you like these decals, check out the shop at LadyQueen.com to see what other great nail art items they have! I have another product to show you soon :)

Thanks for reading! Check back next month to see what I come up with for February's theme - Typography. :)

<3 Kelly


Monday, January 25, 2016

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Purple #3 (Leadlighting)

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I got a lot done, but found some time for relaxing too. We didn't get any snow at all here in Dayton, but I might as well have been snowed in for how much I left the house haha.

Today, I want to show you my next mani for the NCC's Purple month! This time, I did some fun leadlighting nail art. After I had to get rid of all my Mentality glazes, I tried to find some other polishes in my stash that were sheer enough for leadlighting, and I have to say, this was kind of a fail. But, live and learn right? :)

I started with a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White and stamped over it using my super squishy marshmallow stamper from Born Pretty Store, and my Konad Black. I totally forgot my liquid latex this time - oops!


I picked up these Sinful Colors "Opalescent" polishes last year or the year before. They are marketed as a sheerer polishes, so I was hoping these would work for leadlighting. They ended up being a touch too pigmented for this sort of nail art, but I still like it. I intended for the purple to be more of the focus, but the blue and green sort of pull your eye too, but I think it still works for the purple theme!


I used my dotting tool and Sinful Colors in: Flight to See, Prized Plume, and Sheer Flight to fill in the flowers. I didn't love the white popping through, so I grabbed another Sinful Colors in Flutter to lightly color those spots in.


I used HK Girl topcoat to seal it all in, but I felt the shininess made it even harder to see the black outlines peeking through, so I matted it using Butter London's matte topcoat.


Overall, I really liked how these nails came out! I am still on a hunt for a full collection of glazes that I can use for leadlighting. I found a few colors from Rica that work great, but I need MORE colors lol! :) Ever since I got all these new stamps that are so open and leave so much room for coloring in, I've been obsessed!

If you do decide to try out that super squishy stamper, or anything else on Born Pretty Store's website, feel free to use my code to get an additional 10% off your entire order. :)



Anyway, be sure to check out the rest of the ladies looks for Week 3!
Thanks for looking! <3
Kelly


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Purple #2 (Animals)

Hi everyone! I hope your week has started out all right. I'm already ready for the weekend lol :) Today I'm back with my next purple mani for the Nail Challenge Collaborative. Again, I used this one as a chance to try out my new Bundle Monster plates! 


I started with a base color of Trust Fund Beauty Elegantly Wasted, and did a little subtle gradient using Sinful Colors Purple Diamond.


I stamped over the gradient using Konad Black and BM-S164. Obviously, I didn't let it dry enough before I topcoated it! Argh! I was in a hurry. I used KB Shimmer Clearly On Top, which usually doesn't smudge my stamping, but this time it did. Oh well! I still really like how it turned out. :)


I love these plates so much! There are so many cute designs. I can't wait until I get my clear stamper in the mail so I can really play around more with placement. I have a hard time with those large designs, getting the image where I want it, so I'm so excited to try it with the clear stamper.

Thanks for looking! And check out the other bloggers' designs for Week 2!

<3
Kelly