28 June 2013

12 Colors Rhinestones Kit Review - Born Pretty Store

Happy Friday!  Despite my ravaged cuticles (due to neglect thanks to crazy, busy life stuff), I had a lot of fun doing this mani to review a product from Born Pretty Store.  First, the product.  This is their 12 Colors Rhinestone Acrylic UV Nail Art Kit W/Box & Pen.
There are two 12-compartment boxes filled with rhinestones and a rhinestone picking tool (fancy term for wax pencil).

One box contains 6 compartments of black rhinestones, and 6 compartments of crystal/clear rhinestones.

The other box is an assortment of colors.  There is crystal/clear, red, aqua, black, yellow/green, lavender, blue, green, orange, pink, light blue, purple. 

The wax pencil is something you could probably get from a craft store.  But since it came with the kit, bonus!

I really love the assortment of colors.  I do wish that the compartments in the assorted box did not contain more black and crystal/clear rhinestones since you get a whole box of just those.  I would have liked to have seen two other colors included instead.  Overall, the assortment and number of total rhinestones included is excellent.  It is really a deal, priced at $7.59.  And you can use coupon code GMG10 to get 10% off (you can always find this in my sidebar...check it out!).

The rhinestones are great quality.  And can I say how much I love the boxes!  Each compartment is numbered.  They are great storage boxes that can be re-used.  Love that!  And I must say, the wax pencil/picker tool made easy work of picking up and placing the rhinestones.  So...on to the mani!

First, a quick explanation.  Waaaayyyy back when I was in junior high and high school, I used to love playing around with nail polish.  Believe it or not, this was not a very popular practice back then (yes, it was THAT long ago).  My favorite go-to mani was to paint my nails to look like dice.  No tools, just good old-fashioned patience with bottles of white and black polish.  I would occasionally even paint my pinky as a red die (the advent of the accent nail???).  Someday, I will go through my old box of pictures from that time to see if I can find one that shows my nails.  But for now, you'll just have to take my word for it.

Anyway, when I saw that box half-filled with black rhinestones, I decided to go way back in time to recreate the look using rhinestones.  First of all, SO much easier than using polish.  Wish I had these...er, um, cough, cough, hack...*mumble* years ago.

I started out with a base of SH Double Duty, and added two coats of SC Snow Me White.  Then, using a little dollop of SV, I used the picker tool to pick up and place the black rhinestones.  I finished with a coat of SV and BAM...I was transported back in time.  Like I said, ignore the cuticles.  Sorry about that.  Truly trying to get my rear in gear.

This product was sent for review.

26 June 2013

These Are a Few of My Favorite...Swatches Part 2!

Coming soon...a review and a giveaway!  Woohoo!  And for today...

Revlon Not So Blueberry
Revlon Royal
SH Wined Up
SC Glass Pink
Spoiled I Don't Drink Cheap Wine
Spoiled Shrimp on the Barbie
WnW 414

Do you think it's a coincidence that two of these names include wine?  Neither do I.

24 June 2013

These Are a Few of My Favorite...Manis!

Wow...when life happens, it really happens!  With so much going on, my brain has gone into shut-down mode from information overload.  So, in an attempt to find some inspiration to help me get back on track, I thought I would go through and re-visit some of my favorite past manis.  I've added links that will take you to the original posts, if you are interested in the colors used, techniques, etc.

I also wanted to let you know to stay tuned!  A follower appreciation giveaway will be coming soon.  And later this week, I'll be posting my first review for Born Pretty Store.  In the meantime, if you are looking to pick up some items from them, use the coupon code in my sidebar to score 10% off!

On to the manis!

Angelic Silver Flowers

National Day of Silence
Mermaid's Tale
Oz-olutely Fabulous
Raging Olive Squared
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Nails
Scribble My Heart
Ski Teal We Tip
St. Patrick's Day
Stars and Stripes
Strawberry Top
Wicked Sponge