Born Pretty Reviews 2

Today I have another installment of things I have been given to play with by Born Pretty Store.  Once you get over the super slow shipping times, this store is just a haven of nail goodness.

First up is some neon glitter over Sinful Colors I'm Blushing and China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. 1 Box Fluorescent Nail Sequins Round Glitter Paillette Tips Manicure Nail Art Decoration YZ01-12 (# 38025) style #2

Next are some cute tiny dolphin sequins These cute little guys are super bendy so you can actually get them to sick down to the nail. They didn't pop off at all - I ended up picking at the nails before they got damaged. 1 Box Nail Sequins Glitter Paillette Sparkly Transparent Blue Manicure Nail Art Decoration (# 37652) style 7

I've said it before but the Born Pretty stamping polishes just work so well!!! This is the white one over Gloss n Sparkle Melodious. 1 Bottle 6ml Born Pretty Stamping Polish Nail Art Varnish Nail Plate Printing Polish #4 (# 27269)

I'm a total crazy cat lady, so I couldn't resist these water slide decals.... They're so cute 😻 1 Sheet Water Decal Lovely Cat Meow Pattern Manicure Nail Art Transfer Sticker (# 37889)

Lastly is some holo powder - I've had some disasters buying cheap knock offs in the past, so I was stoked to get some that actually worked. This is the cheapest I have found that really gives you that holo effect. It's soooooo shiny! This is OPI Sapphire in the Snow with a no wipe gel top coat for the powder. 0.5g/Box Holographic Laser Rainbow Powder Chrome Pigment Manicure Nail Art Glitter (# 38218)

Be sure to use my discount code if you are buying any full priced items from Born Pretty Store!

Born Pretty Store Reviews

Good morning everyone! Over the past few months I've been getting sent products from the Born Pretty Store to review. To be honest I have been buying from them for ages now so I was stoked to be asked. So I thought I would put together a few posts featuring the products that I've used on my Instagram (@onemorecoat). 

First up are these adorable icecream water decals. It's still rather hot here in Sydney so it's the perfect summery mani. Decal Icecream Pattern Manicure Nail Art Transfer Sticker 122 (# 34842)

 Next up is a squishy stamper. Now I've used a lot of stamping products in the past, but I have to admit that after getting this stamper and some of their stamping polishes I am now converted and now need to buy every stamping polish I can lay my hands on, it really does make a massive difference. Christmas Nail Art Stamper Starry Sky Silicone Head with Scrapers Manicure Nail Art Set (# 36395)

 As I said I just love using stamping polishes now, and these really are quite cheap and they work so well. The smears you see in the design have nothing to do with the quality, they are user error (lol). 6ml Born Pretty Stamping Polish Varnish Nail Plate Printing Polish #1 (# 27266)

 Last up for this post is a nail foil - I have to admit this looked nothing like the picture they had on their website, but it's still super holo and very pretty. So I had to try it over both dark and light. Sheet Laser Nail Art Sticker Creative Pattern Mysterious Starry Sky Decals (# 32274)

If you want to order, be sure to use my code to get 10% off full priced items!

Mermaid Powders

Mermaid powders seem to be one of the new fad powders around at the moment, and I am so OK with this! I think these are the prettiest things around. However if you are like me and are super cheap with everything, you've likely been disappointment with some cheap knock off powders from eBay. So here I wanted to give you a comparison of some cheap powders that I've gotten and the really good stuff as well.
Here is a comparison of the cheap powders. Each one is applied over one coat of white gel polish and top coated. As you can see there isn't a lot going on with most of the colours, although I can see there would be potential if they were layered over other colours. Number 5 though is the closest to what I was expecting with a pretty blue shimmer and pink shift.  Note that the particles are quite large for a powder in this one.
Colours 3, 4 and 5: in white pink and blue

 This is powder number 5. You can really see the shift and it is quite pretty, so if you only want to spend $1 on this fad, this would be my pick of all the powders out there. However as you will see below it still pales in comparison to the good powder.
 This is the magical powder that I kept hoping the cheap polishes would look like. I eventually caved and bought the Indigo powder from the UK on eBay (link here), This is just the original powder over two layers of white gel polish. Note that  you can buy this polish in Australia but you need to be an actual nail technician to do so. Even though this cost a LOT more than the cheap powders (This worked out with postage to about $14aud) I think it is totally worth it. I never want to take this off my nails!


Japan shopping

Sorry I have been away for so long, I have had some serious health problems that have had me in bed for the better part of 2 years. However, I am beginning to recover and have started getting back into my nail obsession. Most of my obsession I have been taking out on Instagram, so be sure to check me out .

Now onto the polish! Just before I got sick I went to Japan on my honeymoon so I wanted to share my awesome nail haul with  you all - especially for anyone heading over. Japan is the most magical nail paradise. Where salons are everywhere with the most bling nails imaginable and things like stamping are just common place and you can buy all kinds of nail art supplies just in drug stores. As it was some time ago that I got these I don't have intimate details about where and how much they were, but I wanted to share the images anyway!

Jill Stuart polishes were the most expensive polishes that I got, they worked out to about $20aud each. They have the prettiest packaging I have ever seen. I love these so much. I had to go to one of the big department stores to find these, but basically any high end store sells this brand. 

These Ueba Esou polishes are so sheer and watery I have to admit I don't think I will ever wear them, but I had to have them because they are made usibg traditional methods and materials that are used to make paint. So these are basically crushed shell in a bottle. I'm a sucker for anything traditional! These are from Kyoto and I saw them in a few stores, but Tokyu Hands had the whole collection. 

All these polishes and oil I bought in various drug stores across the country. Every store just has so much nail goodness I suggest going into a few different stores.

And lastly I bought a bunch of nail art magazines. I can't read a word of Japanese but they are filled with so many pictures and a lot of step by step tutorials that it really didn't matter. I love these and now buy them back home the whole time because they are the best inspiration! Be warned if you're an idiot like me that magazine stores in Japan actually look like book stores. You won't find these in convenience stores, but they have so many more magazines there than we have here that they have entire stores filled to the brim with mags.