Friday, 16 March 2018

BeautyBigBang review: gradient shading nail brush aka thingymabob

I have another review for you guys today.... As I mentioned previously I was contacted by BeautyBigBang to review some of their products. I decided to choose the gradient sponge tool, that I've seen being used by nail artists on Insta.

I'm using gel polish with it as normal polish will dry on the heads and I'm not sure how reusable they are after being cleaned. And normal polishes obviously dries and gel needs to be cured for it to dry.

I started with two coats of Gel-IT (local gel polish brand) coat azure on my pinky, two coats of malibu on my index, middle and ring finger and on my thumb I have three coats of tigerlilly.
I used star vinyls and the sponge tool. So I like the tool, but my vinyls sucked. I don't know if it's because of the gel or what, but it kept moving around. I used coat azure, tigerlilly and on fleek to sponge over the vinyls. I used both the outside and inside of the vinyls for a different look.
The tool has a sponge on each end, the one rounded and the other with a slight tip. The wand part has clear crystals, but they also have ones with coloured ones. The one I chose had 4 replacement heads, two of each shape, the replacement heads only come with the clear crystal wand though. I used the rounded head one for this design, as I believe the one with the tip is meant for the shading of nail tips...
What do you think? I kinda liked how this turned out even if it's not perfect and I'm glad I took this tool... I'm going to try and use it with normal polish and see what happens, but I think it's meant for gel polishes. I'm also hoping it'll up my radial gradient game!
If you interested in this, you can get it from BeautyBigBang and you can use my code: SARCA10 for 10% off normal priced items.

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Monday, 12 March 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: ocean

I had fun with last year's ocean prompt.... it was my beach nails that you can find here and I called it ocean adjacent... So this year I wanted to do something more ocean-ey...

Anyway, I did a search on Insta for ocean and and a few mani's done by @liliumzz popped up... She's such a palette cleanser. I love her simple and easy mani's. I decided to combine some of them and this is what I came up with.

I started with Tip Top beach babe on all my nails. I then stamped the shell-like image on my index, middle and ring finger from BP-L003 with a navy stamping polish from BPS. On my ring finger I also stamped the bubbles from HeHe 66 with Nicole Diary white stamping polish.
While that was going I placed some unda-da-sea vinyls from becauseishop on my mat and filled it in with OPI ski teal we drop. Once that was semi dry I painted a coat of clear polish over it and waited for it to dry. Once dry, I peeled it up and stuck them to my nails, making sure I got the sea horse on my ring finger where I stamped the bubbles.
On my thumb and pinky I placed wavy vinyls vertically on my nails and painted a coat of ski teal we drop on the one side. Removing the vinyl immediately.
So I kinda like how this turned out even after BF called the sea horse a chameleon, the swirl shell a sea worm of some sort, the wave on my pinky a sea slug and I can't even remember what atrocity the other shell was. That aside, what do you think?
Also if things go according to plan again I might have another review for you coming this week.

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Friday, 9 March 2018

BeautyBigBang review: stamping plate 16

Last year I was contacted by BeautyBigBang to do some reviews for them and I thought it would be exciting to give it a go.

One of the items I got was this stamping plate.
And I'm already a big fan. I've used it a couple of times and it wasn't just for this review. If you look at my previous post you can see what I did there. So let me show you what I did for this.
I started with two coats of OPI my paprika is hotter than yours on my thumb and pinky. On the rest I have two coats of Hean City Fashion 169. I then stamped the bottom left image with a navy BPS stamping polish. The flowers I stamped with Nicole Diary NS05 and coloured it in with Hean I love Hean 905.
So the plate is very well etched and I had no problem picking up the images. And I love the images themselves. I would actually not mind having more of them and giving their stamping polishes a go.

What do you think? There's a link to the stamping plate as well as the website... Or you could just click on the image on the sidebar. Also you could use my code SARCA10 for 10% off normal priced items in the store. Next week I'll have another review for you, if all goes according to plan!!
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Monday, 5 March 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: plaid

I surprisingly enjoyed this prompt... I had something completely different in mind and it sucked, so for once I redid a mani! Shocking right?

I started with two coats of Tip Top toasted nuts on all my nails. I then stamped an image from BP-L006 with Nicole Diary black and white stamping polishes. I then stamped a single red line with Mundo de Unas reddish and Lina feeling shapely 1.
For the flower I stamped with Nicole Diary black polish using plate BeautyBigBang 16. I then coloured it in with Essence shade of happiness.
So this turned out great! Or at least I think it did. What do you think? Also let me know what you think of the pictures. I got a new phone and I'm not quite used to it yet. How does the colours look?
Also I have a review coming up with the stamping plate I used for the flower.

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: neon

This looked so much better in my mind.... I was hoping for the neon to pop on the nude and it didn't.

I started with two coats of Tip Top bare with me. I then added some neon decals I got from BPS.
Nothing difficult about it at all, but I always end up with fibres on my nails when using white or nude. And when doing a gradient.
I need a rolley emoji for this mani, because I rolled my eyes at it a lot.
What do you think? I was hoping for more neon, but anyway.

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