Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rosy Posy

Honestly, I think I need to hire someone just to come up with titles for my posts, so excuse my cheesiness please :)

Today I have a review of caviar beads from the Born Pretty Store.

Instead of covering my nails with the beads, I decided to just use them as little gold "studs" in my nail art design.

I'm really really quite pleased with how these turned out. At first I wasn't sure if I liked the colors I chose, but I think they ended up working nicely with each other.

I really just love using the caviar beads as "studs" as well. You would consider them studs, right? Maybe? Well that's what I'm calling them for the time being because I literally cannot think of any other name for them.

The caviar beads are $3.33 and come in a container with a different section for each color. The main reason I did not do a standard "caviar mani" was because I felt like there was not enough of a single color to do a whole hand. You could definitely do a pretty skittle mani or even a caviar accent nail. I really like the color selection, and I think they work really well just as "studs" for nail art.

Remember, you can always use the code NHL91 for 10% off your order.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Femme Fatale Sweet Surprise

Happy Sunday everyone! Today I have a swatch of Femme Fatale's Sweet Surprise. This is actually my first FF polish and I definitely feel like I'm going to need to buy more someday.

Sweet Surprise is described as "a pale pink creme with blue undertones, and a scattering of various shapes/sizes in chartreuse, orange pink, white, garnet and purple."

I'm wearing three coats in the photos above and the glitter coverage is really good! No fishing for glitter here!

And here's a macroshot. So pretty O.o

Femme Fatale polishes can be purchased at Femme Fatale Cosmetics and at Llarowe.

I had wanted to do nail art today, but I painted my nails with Julep Madeline recently, a light pink polish with a textured finish, and I'm kind of loving it and it's holding up really well, so I'd hate to remove it before it chips. Hopefully there will be some nail art later in the week :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Anchors Away!

Three cheers for the corny title!

Today I have some nail art featuring water decals from the Born Pretty Store as well as the colors from my Julep It Girl June box.

The water decals I received are nautical themed, and my June box just so happened to be filled with nautical colors so I thought this was a perfect combination.

First, let's talk about the polish.

Nan is described as a "Nantucket red creme." I didn't realize that was an actual thing until I googled it just now.

Bess is a baby blue creme. Pretty self explanatory.

Char is a jelly-like royal blue. Probably a perfect dupe for Revlon Royal, but I haven't swatched them side-by-side to be able to tell you for sure.

All three of these had a really good formula. My only problem is the smell. I'm not sure if it's just Char or it it's all of them, but if you have Revlon Royal, that's how they smell except it kind of hangs around even after they dry. It's not a horrible smell, but it isn't really super pleasant either. The colors are gorgeous though, and the red is a nice addition to my collection.

I also used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the white portions of this mani. Which, of course, it is amazing as always! :)

On to the decals. This is my first time applying water decals and it was fairly easy. I didn't get the one on my middle finger placed exactly where I wanted it (it was meant to be right on top of the white anchor I had hand painted) but the more I look at it, the more that I like that it's off-register. You could definitely do something really fun and creative with these in terms of layering. The only issue I had with these was that the design smeared when I applied topcoat. I wasn't really aware this could happen, so I think it was user error on my part. My topcoat is running low and I didn't quite have enough polish on the brush. As you can see, I didn't smudge the anchor, just the compass.

These decals can be purchased from the Born Pretty Store for $2.86. You get 20 decals in one pack.

My followers can use the code NHL91 to receive 10% off their purchase and don't forget about entering my giveaway for a $20 gift voucher to the Born Pretty Store.

This product was sent to me for review. All of the above statements are my own honest opinions.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Born Pretty Store Giveaway!

The Born Pretty Store has given me to opportunity to host a giveaway on my blog.
The winner will receive a $20 gift voucher to the website, to purchase whatever they wish :)
It's fairly simple, all you have to do is like Paper Thin Nails and the Born Pretty Store on facebook!

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There are also two additional entries to follow us on twitter.

Good luck everyone! This giveaway will end on June 29 at 12:00AM EST.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Holy Neon!

**Warning: you may go blind in this post.**

Not really, but these nails are pretty dang bright. 

I received Neon Studs from the Born Pretty Store to review and decided I need to do some neon nail art to match.

I'm really happy with how these turned out. I have no idea if it's still "popular" to outline your nails, but I'm not sure if I care. Neon and nude is definitely one of my favorite color combinations.

Actually, the color scheme is pretty fitting for my life right now. I recently accepted an internship at a certain company that happens to make a lot of black and yellow packaging for various tools. (Can you guess where?)

I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff, (which is the best nude ever) as the base for all the nails, and used Orly Glowstick and China Glaze Liquid Leather for the different designs. Glowstick is literally the exact match to these studs. 

The Born Pretty Store sells one pack of neon studs is $4.65. The amount that is in the photo above is how many I received, which is quite a lot, I think. I might need more colors and do some candy button nails or something, because that is exactly what they remind me of.  

To apply these, I put clear nail polish where I wanted to place the stud, and placed the stud in that spot using a dotting tool dipped in clear polish.

My followers can use the code NHL91 to receive 10% off at checkout.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Coco Allure Swatch Spam

Hello everyone! Recently Leah Ann from Llarowe had multiple random sales on her birthday and I could not resist. One of the sales was for the brand Coco Allure, which I had never heard of before but I'm always curious about trying new indie brands.

This post is actually quite photo heavy, so I've included everything after the jump!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Seven Deadly Sins - Pride

This weeks theme, and the final theme for the whole challenge, is Pride.

I chose to do the prompt that reads "Recreate your own work to make it even better."

There are a lot of mani's I've done in the past that I could definitely revisit and make better, and maybe one day I will redo all of those, but this week I decided to redo my geometrics lines manicure that I posted back in January.

At that point in time, I did not own any striping tape and I even mentioned in the post how I wish I had had it.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. I know the design and color aren't exactly the same but I changed some things up because striping tape is kind of a pain to place on your nails.

I actually had quite a bit of trouble with my pointer and middle finger because at first I had painted the base color as the teal, placed the tape down (after it had dried), and then painted the black over top. Unfortunately, since the black is a jelly polish, when I pulled the tape it took more polish with it than it should have. So then I had to color the base black, place the tape so that it made the outline of and "X" and then paint the teal using a striper brush inside of that outline. Very frustrating and not necessarily as clean as I would have liked, but better than had I done it free-hand.

The ring finger and pinky, on-the-other-hand, turned out perfectly. My thumb, actually, ended up looking the best but I a an idiot and didn't manage to take any photo of it.

The colors I used were Daring Diva TNT and OPI Mermaid Tears (previously I had used Zoya Neely and China Glaze Liquid Leather). I really love how the glitter in TNT sparkles, its a very gorgeous polish, even though I really really hate that song. (Yes, you can hate me now, I don't like AC/DC. I also don't care for the Beatles much either).

I also decided to add square studs, because why not? You can never have enough studs in your life!

Please make sure you check out the other challengers!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Seven Deadly Sins - Envy

This week for the Seven Deadly Sins challenge is Envy. Only one more week to go!

This weeks prompt reads "Who would you like to be? Let us know by creating another challengers work."

So I kind of cheated. I saw the Rose Curtains design by One Nail To Rule Them All and decided I wanted to do something with roses since I'd never done anything with them before. But other than that, I really didn't follow her design. Not because I don't like it, I actually love it, but... well I don't really have a reason. Let's just say that these are loosely inspired by those.

Even though I didn't really follow the prompt, I really like how these turned out!

For these nails I used OPI My Vampire IS Buff as a base. The stripes, dots, and leaves are OPI Stranger Tides. I wish I could tell you what the roses were, but they were all OPI minis and the names aren't printed on them.

Check out the other challengers manicures! :)