Punk Rock Nail Art with Born Pretty

When Born Pretty contacted me and asked me to review one of their products I was overwhelmed by the variety of products that they offer!  From tools to decals – they really have everything!  I finally settled on trying the Star Plaid Pattern Nail Art Stamp Template.  I chose this particular template because 1) I love stars and 2) I thought the variety of patterns plus the stars offered a lot of versatility on one stamping plate.

Born Pretty has been super awesome and offered all of you 10% off – just use code BETTOPIAK31 at checkout!

Star Plaid Pattern Stamping Plate

When you get your plate the front and back is covered in blue plastic – this is to prevent scratches when shipping and is standard across all plates I have used before.  I usually leave the plastic on until right before I use a plate for the first time – not only for protection, but because it helps me keep track of what I have and haven’t used yet!  This plate is bigger than other plates that I own, so it didn’t fit in my plate holder.  The size of the plate means that there are more images on it, but it did make scraping slightly more difficult since I didn’t have the correct size holder.

It’s hard to photograph a blank plate because they are VERY shiny – Born Pretty, like many other shops, provides a black and white image of their templates so you can actually see the designs when viewing them online:

via Born Pretty

via Born Pretty

They also have instructions for how to use a stamp plate:

  1. Apply base coat or regular polish on the nail.
  2. Apply the nail polish to desired image within a plate.
  3. Using a scraper angled at 45 degrees, scrape excessive polish off quickly and firmly from inside to outside.
  4. Immediately press the stamper with a gentle rolling motion to pick up the design. The image is transferred to the stamper.
  5. Stamp the image on your nail with a gentle rolling motion. The image is transferred to your nail.
  6. Repeat the above steps for all of your nails.
  7. After stamping nail art, apply top coat for lasting wear.

Star Plaid Template - How To

 

Here I am using the plaid pattern as the base for my nail art.  It is very important that you move directly from the plate to the roller to your nail as quickly as possible, otherwise the design will dry on the roller and not apply straight to your nail (in other words, don’t stop to take a picture!).

Stamping can be a messy project, but because of the small amount of polish that is actually transferred to your nail/finger, clean-up is usually pretty easy.

I usually clean the plate with nail polish after a couple of transfers, and depending on the image/project I clean the stamper after each use or each couple of uses.  It’s important that you let the polish remover dry completely before you apply the next coat of nail polish to the plate or the stamper, otherwise it can ruin the image.

You can use pretty much any polish you want with stamping plates with the exception of glitters/confetti and the like.  The transfers dry fairly quickly so its very easy to layer images on top of each other.

Layered Stamps

 

 

As you can see in this picture – layering is super easy.  I did experience some smearing with this particular silver (Revlon Perfumerie’s Spun sugar) but nothing super major.

Plaid Star Mani - Studded

 

To finish off the punk rock look I sunk some black stars and gold studs into the first layer of topcoat before I sealed and clean-ed up everything.

So there you have it – stamping plates are super fun and super easy!

 

The stamping plate was provided by Born Pretty for review purposes.  All opinions of their product are my own.

Ipsy Glam Bag: August 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014

 

The theme of Ipsy’s August bag is “Get Schooled”.  While it is not as successful as last month’s I am still fairly pleased with the bag (and no,  it doesn’t smell – yay!).

This month I got:

  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner – Est. Value $11.25
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush Sample Duo – Est. Value $1.98
    This blush is the wrong color for me – STOP SENDING ME BLUSH!!!
  • You’re the Balm (Grape) – Est. Value $3.00
    This lip balm is very grapey – a great throwback to middle school!  It looks like it’s only available in duos, but the subtle shimmer and great scent make it work the $6.00 for 2!
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – Est. Value $5.50
    This is supposed to be the best.mascara.ever. but since I already have several open it will have to wait.
  • Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil – Est. Value $2.50
    Their website is down right now so I based the price off of other sellers – but it kind of puts me off the product before I’ve even tried it.
  • Bag – Est. Value $2.00

Total Bag Value: $26.23

This wasn’t the worst bag I’ve ever gotten, but it’s not the best either.  I loved the grape lip balm and the rest of the stuff (except the blush) I will use…eventually.

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Ipsy did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Loot Crate: August 2014

August 2014 Loot Crate

 

August’s theme was Heroes…and it was by far THE.BEST.BOX. yet from LootCrate!  This month we got:

  • TNMT Michelangelo Bandana Sunstache (Value $9.99)
  • Chimichang’os Magnet (Est. Value $3.00)
  • LOOT CRATE EXCLUSIVE Glow-in-the-Dark Funko POP Vinyl Groot Bobble-head (Value $10.99…but really, he’s PRICELESS)
  • TMNT Ooze Action Glow In the Dark Michelangelo (Value $9.99)
  • Schwings Show Wings (Value $9.99)
  • Mega Man Air Freshner (Est. Value $7.50)
  • Bonus Digital Loot (Est. Value $20.00)

Total Box Value: $71.46

This was a GREAT box!  We loved the Groot bobble-head the best (although Poesy does NOT like Groot for some reason) and all of the items were really cool!  I also liked how they printed the inside of the box like the TMNT’s lair!

You can’t get the glow-in-the-dark version of Groot anywhere, but you can get the regular Groot bobble-head from my AStore – just watch for price gouging – I’ve seen it go up as high as $60!


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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Loot Crate did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Nail Polish Review: Zoya’s Odette and Monet

Odette and Monet

 

Odette ($9) is part of Zoya’s Natural Collection.  Described as a sultry, orchid-maroon cream it is a gorgeous color.  While much darker than the online swatch, it is a great color.  What it has in color it lacks in formula – I found the formula to be very thick but with a surprising lack of coverage.  It took 3 coats to get decent coverage on my nails.

I topped all my nails with Monet ($10) which is described as a multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper.  The polish part of Monet is tinted slightly pink, but I didn’t notice a difference in the coloring of Odette after I applied Monet.  It also has a thick formula, but this proves helpful as it allows you to manipulate the chunks of glitter.  I really like Monet and will be putting it into regular rotation.

via Zoya

via Zoya

via Zoya

via Zoya

BarkBox: July 2014

BarkBox sends out different boxes based on the size and age of your dog, so this review is for the small dog box.  Since I renewed my 6 month subscription I pay $19.00 / month.  This month the box was all about “surf’s up” puppies!

BarkBox July 2014

 

 

In July we got:

  • PetSafe Indigo Triple Chews Dog Treat (Value: $24.99)
    Poesy seems to enjoy these treats, but it’s hard to tell for sure because she’s in a “burying” phase!  I keep finding these half-eaten around the house.  She seems to like the chicken filling, but isn’t so sure about the blueberry part.
  • Think Dog Natural Louisiana Jerky Dog Treats in Crab & Alligator (Value: $5.95)
  • Loopies Corduroy Whale Toy (Est. Value: $10.00)
    Poesy really likes this whale!  She carries it around by the tail.
  • P.L.A.Y. Giant Clam Toy (Value:$13.92)We are BIG fans of the P.L.A.Y. toys!  Poesy loves them, and they are so soft!  This one is a little big for her, but she loves to pounce on it and make it squeak!
  • Mr. Barksmith’s Cool Treats in Pina Colada (Value: $1.67)
    Poesy isn’t a fan of these so we gave it to my mother for her dogs!

Total box value: $52.61

This was a really good box for us!  Poesy loves both of the toys and I think she will come around to the Indigo treats!

 

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  BarkBox did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

HauteLook Nordstrom Beauty Bag

I recently joined HauteLook and when I got the preview for this bag I knew I HAD to have it!  I paid $25.00 + $5.95 in shipping and received it much sooner than anticipated!

HauteLook Nordstrom Beauty Bag

 

 

In the bag I got:

  • Rosabotanica Balenciaga Perfume (Est. Value $16.00)
    I really love the smell of this!  It’s so light and fresh!
  • Molton Brown London Pink Pepperpod Body Wash (Est. Value $3.00)
    This has a very strong scent (probably too strong for me) – I know a certain husband who will like it though!
  • Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique (Est. Value $14.15)
    This is also a really light scent!
  • Whish Body Buter in Pomegranate (Est. Value $3.50)
    I have used Whish’s shaving cream before and really liked it 
  • Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes (Est. Value $3.00)
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (Est. Value $6.50)
  • Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara (Est. Value $11.00)
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief ($5.00)
    I am a big Clinique fan!
  • Mario Badescu Kiwi Face Scrub (Est. Value $2.00)
    I tied this scrub out and it’s different (kiwi seeds are included in the scrub), but very gentle
  • Fresh Rose Face Mask (Est. Value $12.00)
  • Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Sunscreen SPF 15 (Est. Value $29.00)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (Est. Value $7.50)
  • Jouer Lip Gloss in Peony (Est. Value $9.40)
  • LORAC Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre (Est. Value $9.50)
  • Ciate Mini Nail Polish in Members Only (Value $8.00)
  • Stila Lip Glaze in Mango Berry (Est. Value $13.75)
  • Bag (Est. Value $10.00)

Total bag value: $163.30

I was blown away by all of the items in this bag!  Such a great value and I got to try a ton of new products!  #winning all around!

 

How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  I was not asked to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

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Ipsy Glam Bag: June 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag June 2014

 

June’s theme was “Pretty in Paradise”.  The bag is a cute tropic print and does not smell like toxic waste #winning!

In June I received:

  • Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: This is a black mascara.  I have 900 other black mascaras, so I have not opened this one. (Value: $15.00)
  • OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil: I don’t use eyebrow pencils, so this one is a bust for me.  However, OFRA’s claim that ” it is one color to suit all skin tones” makes me question how well this product works. (Value: $13.00)
  • Realtree For Her Perfume (Est. Value: $1.50)
  • NYX Butter Gloss (Crème Brulee): I really like this lip gloss.  It’s not sticky and it’s got a great nude/pink color (Value: $5.00)
  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (Est. Value: $3.25)

Total Bag Value: $37.75

This was a pretty decent bag.  I will eventually use the mascara and the perfume, I loved the lip gloss!

 

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Ipsy did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.