Saturday, October 14, 2017

BPS Review: BP - 146 Skull Stamping plate

BornPretty Store is killing it with their Stamping plates game! And their stamping polishes are a dream, I can't remember when was it the last time I bought any stamping supplies from any other store. So when I got this skull themed plate I got so excited, and just in time for Halloween. 


The BP-146 Skull flower stamping plate is round with the diameter approx. 5,5 cm. It features 4 big patterns and 4 small ones. They are quite big, as you can see I used about half of the 2 patterns I used since I have quite small nails. 
The etchings are deep enough so they are easy to pick up. I had no problem with using them. I used a BornPretty Store stamping polish and a normal polish. They both worked well, but I must say I also used a BornPretty Store clear stamper. 


For the price of 1.29$ this plate is a steal and every goth nail artist dream. For my look I used the bottom big picture with colored in skulls, and then did my best to layer the black outlines of the skulls from the top design. So they look a bit like they were just colored in, very sloppy with some white paint. I love how this look turned out! <3 


For this base I used a mix of Essence Do you speak love, Groupie at heart and Sinful colors We're all matte here. The base stamps are made with Essence Wild white ways and BPS Black stamping polish. 



I adore the new BPS stamping plates and they are just as good as any others I got from them. So head on over to their store and don't forget to use the 10% OFF coupon RJL91 :)

xoxo
gin

Saturday, October 7, 2017

WitchCraft nails: Edgar Allan Poe

It is Halloween season! So let start it with a classic! :)

I understand that books aren't cool and even less poetry - I just don't get the kids this days! Is there anything better than curling up into your favorite blanket with a good book and ignore the world? And since this collection of nail art is called WitchCraft nails with slight gothic undertone I just had to make some nail art dedicated to the Big pimp daddy mac of melancholy vibes - Edgar Allan Poe.


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I wanted to make it look sad but also a bit gory since a lot of his stories are a bit on the bloody side. But since my favorite work by him is the Raven I need to make an homage to that work. I am so lucky that Bundle monster created a plate dedicated to him :) 


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For this manicure I didn't even use that many different items. Essence Caught in the middle as base. BPS Red and White stamping polishes, also BM-S241 stamping plate. 


And if you have the time check out this trailer to the movie The Raven, it was widely overlooked by my opinion. It is the story of Edgar Allan Poe but with the twist, he needs to solve the murders happening around him that were inspired by his works. 

Stay magical ...
xoxo
gin

Friday, September 22, 2017

NOTD: Back to School (Hogwarts)

Everyone is posting their back to school NOTD. Well I am not going back to school anytime soon, unless it is Hogwarts. So I decided to create some HP inspired nails, something a freshmen would wear before she would be faced with a sorting hat :) 



I decided to showcase all the houses of Hogwarts (with their colors) and a big H emblem just to make sure it looks nerdy enough. And I just realized that the colors somehow match most of the Back to School manicures I saw. I guess primary colors and school just fit. 


My favorite part of all the movies / books <3 


For this manicure I used a lot of nail polishes, but all the details are made with stamping plates since I think that is the best way to keep all the lines geometric. 
I used OPI My twin mimmy, Coca cola red, Catrice It's all I can blue, Essence Rollare coaster, Models own Gold million, Barry M Silver foil, Star gazer no. 234, Essence Stelling the scene. The plates I used are hehe025, hehe 026, BM-423 and BM-20. 


For more beauty looks from bloggers all over the world visit Glam - express. 

xoxox
gin

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BPS Review: Sailor Moon Water decals

OMG shut up! SAILOR MOON WATER DECALS! I am done! When BornPretty Store started selling there I lost my mind! You all know I am the biggest Sailor moon fan - so I just had to get my talons on these! And once more BornPretty Store did not disappoint! 


They come in a set of 3 designs, and somehow I ended up with a Sherlock extra. Since I am not a fan of that show I will stick to my Sailor moon. The size of a sheet is 8 x 6,5 cm and feature at least 20 designs per sheet, thou the designs tend to repeat themselves in different sizes. And they come at the low cost of 0.99$ which makes them super affordable no matter your beauty budget. 


The best way to use such colorful water decals is to put them over a white base so you can make sure they shine as they were intended. And that is what I did. I just wanted to use the pretty heart compact icons, some small stars to fill in the gaps and a classic sailor moon image. I adore these water decals, since I know I could never achieve such clear images if I would attempt to free hand draw any of it. 


Here you can see all the images I used. I choose the ones with the most Sailor moon transformation gear, since the 3rd decal featured mostly Usagi making funny faces, and those I will for sure use another day. 



Like the rest of any other water decals by BornPretty store these here are flawless. Easy to apply and simple to use. All you need is some water a bit of patience when it comes to setting them on your nails. Dry them off and apply some top coat. If any of the decal is sticking over the nail just dissolve it with acetone when you clean up your nail edges like you would with any other nail art.  


I adore the new BPS water decals and they are just as good as any others I got from them. So head on over to their store and don't forget to use the 10% OFF coupon RJL91 :)

xoxo
gin


*the item was sent to me for my honest review*

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NOTD: Fall roses

Waaaa most of the flowers are gone by the end of the Summer. I don't like flowers, but I do grow roses with a passion, they are one of the few flowers I can stomach.
So I wanted to pour all my melancholy over the end of rose season on these nails, full of Fall colors. I like how they turned out - but I still feel like there is something missing - maybe leave your answer in the comments? :)


The base polishes are all such that they feature shimmer or glitters, which means they look very cool when they move. And at the same time they are so hard to take photos off - infuriating. But feel free to drool over the Fantasy fire based accent nail, that looks like pure magic.


For this manicure I used MaxFactor Fantasy fire, Essence Irraplaceble, Catrice Khaki perry and In the armee glow as the base polishes. The stamps are made with a portion of the MoYou London Gothic 7 plate and BPS Black stamping nail polish and Barry M Gold foil on the accent nail. 


Don't skip on visiting Glam - express that is a great source for all types of beauty posts. 

xoxo
gin

NOTD: Dark glam

The temperatures are lower, the nights are longer and all the Fall trends are starting to roll in. Once more the season of dark colors, metallics and vampy glam is upon us. So to get ready for the upcoming Fall/Winter season I created this mani, that is trying to display all the usual trends that make their comeback in this time of the year.  


I love how these turned out! Can you see all the crazy dimensions of the mani? I used the Essence You are my sunshine, yellow shimmer polish I am holding here. It will never be opaque on its own, but to add it to a dark nail polish and you can see the magic right here! <3 


For this manicure I used Catrice Vino tinto as base, the dimensional stamps are made with Essence You are my sunshine and BM-316 stamping plate. The top stamps are made with Color club Gingerbread man and pueen45 stamping plate. 


Check out Glam - express to see more of the Fall/Winter trends in the beauty community. 

xoxo
gin

TUTORIAL: Holo bubble nail art

Sunny skies are the best time to take your holos out. Meaning the Summer months are the best time to wear holos, but they are a bit 'diva' when it comes to using them in nail art. You never know how it will turn out. So I decided to make this look with them, it is very simple, but the point is to show off as many holos as you can. 


For this manicure you need a dotting tool, with 2 different sized tips. A non holo neutral polish, I used Essence I got a crush on blue. And 3 holos, make sure they don't look to similar or it will all look like it is the same shade. I used Jade Hypnose, Color club Crystal baller and Harp on it. 


Step 1: Apply base nail polish. No need to be as messy as I was here :)
Step 2: Create 2 - 4 big dotts with the polish shade you want to shine most. Make sure these are the biggest ones.
Step 3: Make more big dots around the existing ones. They should be in a vague line, not all over the place.
Step 4: Make more big dotts with the last shade you choose. Also add smaller dots in all 3 colors, I was going for the look a bit like the small ones are falling off the big dots. 
Step 5: Clean up - There shouldn't be much of it. I honestly don't know why did I make such a mess here. 



Maybe I skipped a few steps in this tutorial. But I feel like you all get the point of it. At the same time it is a look that is meant to be created organically so I think if you attempt it there is no need to follow the exact placement. 


Check out more of my work on the page Glam - express, and the many other beauty posts from the talented ladies that write there. 

xoxo
gin
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