Sunday, 26 October 2014

Born Pretty Store Rhinestones Review

Provided for review/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

It's been a while since I've done a proper mani - pretty much since we moved house, actually. My nails all broke post move and haven't really recovered fully! Poor nails :(
Still, I managed to file them straight enough to look halfway presentable the other day and decided to celebrate with some bling. Aaaand I may have gotten carried away...

Born Pretty Store Rhinestones Crystal Manicure

Mika G07 Kyanite, 4 coats
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Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat
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I started by applying Mika G07 Kyanite, a lilac tinged grey crelly with pink, purple and white matte glitter dispersed through it. Such a beautiful polish, it's a shame it took four coats (and still wasn't quite opaque, I'll have to find some undies for it). 
Then I started adding crystals - at first just a few to the tops of each nail, but it didn't look great and I was ready to declare it a failure. Like I said though, it'd been so long since I'd done a mani that I was reluctant to start again or give up, so I decided to just push ahead and keep adding gems to my index nail to see how gem encrusted I could get it (for the LOLs)!
Initially I didn't love this manicure, but it really grew on me and only came off today. What do you think? Would you wear this blinged out mani?

Born Pretty Store Rhinestones Crystal Manicure

Born Pretty Store Rhinestones Crystal Manicure

Born Pretty Store Rhinestones Crystal Manicure

Born Pretty Store Rhinestones Crystal Manicure

The multichrome/AB gems were kindly provided for review by Born Pretty Store. They come in a wheel including four different sizes so you can get a really varied look. I found them to be easy to work with, well made and of course, very very sparkly! The largest crystal didn't sit entirely flat on my rather curved nail bed but the rest were absolutely fine, if your nail beds are flatter or placement is different it won't be an issue. That being said, it didn't bother me amongst the rest of the sparkle!

Born Pretty Store Rhinestones Crystals

Born Pretty Store Rhinestones Crystals

If you like the look of these crystal, you can pick them up at Born Pretty Store here for $2.68USD and free shipping. Don't forget to use my code LR10K31 to get 10% off your order. Score!

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Pretty Serious Swatch Spam!

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

I enjoyed last week's Essie spam post so thought I'd share another! Here are all of my Pretty Serious swatches. As before, the older swatches come first and are in natural light/sunlight while the later ones are in my daylight bulb lighting set up.  I love Pretty Serious polishes, everything from the packaging to the formula to the delightful woman behind it, Kaz. Plus, they're cruelty free! Have you tried Pretty Serious yet?

Pretty Serious Forbidden Fruit swatch

Forbidden Fruit, 3 coats

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Pretty Serious CGA swatch

CGA, 3 coats

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Essie French Affair and Pretty Serious Black Diamond swatch

Essie French Affair and Pretty Serious Black Diamond swatch

Essie French Affair and Pretty Serious Black Diamond swatch

Essie - French Affair, 3.5 coats
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Black Diamond, 1 coat

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Pretty Serious Tux swatch

Pretty Serious Tux swatch

Tux, 2 coats

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Pretty Serious Claris swatch

Pretty Serious Claris swatch

Claris, 3 coats

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Pretty Serious Daphne's Birthday Party swatch

Pretty Serious Daphne's Birthday Party swatch

Pretty Serious Daphne's Birthday Party swatch

Pretty Serious Daphne's Birthday Party swatch

Innisfree #16, 3 coats
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Daphne's Birthday Party, 2 coats/gradient

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Pretty Serious Something Strange swatch

Pretty Serious Something Strange swatch

Pretty Serious Something Strange swatch

Pretty Serious Something Strange swatch

China Glaze - Love's A Beach, 2 coats
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Something Strange, 1 coat

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Pretty Serious Liquid Leprechaun swatch

Pretty Serious Liquid Leprechaun swatch

Pretty Serious Liquid Leprechaun swatch

Pretty Serious Liquid Leprechaun swatch

Liquid Leprechaun, 2 coats + topcoat

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VT100

Pretty Serious VT100 swatch

Pretty Serious VT100 swatch

Pretty Serious VT100 swatch

VT100, 3 coats

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Bloody Bride

Pretty Serious Bloody Bride swatch

Pretty Serious Bloody Bride swatch

Pretty Serious Bloody Bride swatch

Pretty Serious Bloody Bride swatch

Pretty Serious Bloody Bride swatch

Bloody Bride, 2 coat + topcoat

The formula on all of these is phenomenal. The cremes and shimmers build up easily and are thick enough to be manipulated easily. They almost feel gel like in their smooth viscosity, helping them to spread across the nail. Bloody Bride and Liquid Leprechaun are thicker again but not unmanageable and they dry with a bit of texture so I added topcoat. The glitter toppers spread well with minimal dabbing. If you dread fussy formulas, give Pretty Serious a spin because they won't give you any trouble!

Many of these shades are discontinued now but most are still available on the Pretty Serious website on clearance. You can also find a list of international stockists here.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Korean Eyeliner Comparison Spam

Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

It's no secret that I have a bit of an addiction to Korean eyeliners - the colour pay off and lasting power are hard to beat! I've come by many of them in sets, so there has inevitably been some that are quite close in colour and I thought I'd share my comparisons with you today. Pull up a chair and get comfy, there's a lot!


First up, the quintessential blacks!

Peripera Smoothie Eyeliner #1 Sparkle Black, Tosowoong Makeon Gel Pencil Liner #S02 Party Tonight Pearl Black, Holika Holika Jewel-Light Eyeliner #1 Black Jam

Peripera Smoothie Eyeliner #1 Sparkle Black, Tosowoong Makeon Gel Pencil Liner #S02 Party Tonight Pearl Black, Holika Holika Jewel-Light Eyeliner #1 Black Jam

Of the two sparkly shades, the Peripera is the most opaque, the Tosowoong is drier in texture too.

Tosowoong Makeon #S06 Look At Me Lovely Beige, Peripera Smoothie #6 Shimmer Beige, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #8 Pink Topaz

Tosowoong Makeon #S06 Look At Me Lovely Beige, Peripera Smoothie #6 Shimmer Beige, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #8 Pink Topaz

Pink Topaz and Look At Me Lovely Beige are spot on for colour, but Pink Topaz is much sparklier.

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #9 18K Gold, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #04 Blonde, Tosoong Makeon #S05 Secret Princess Gold, Toswoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #03 Deep Bronze

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #9 18K Gold, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #04 Blonde, Tosowoong Makeon #S05 Secret Princess Gold, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #03 Deep Bronze

Secret Princess Gold has the driest and grittiest formula of these, while Blonde is the creamiest.

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #12 Olive Jade, Peripera Smoothie #3 Deep Khaki, Tosowoong Makeon #S09 Wild Real Khaki

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #12 Olive Jade, Peripera Smoothie #3 Deep Khaki, Tosowoong Makeon #S09 Wild Real Khaki

Peripera has the driest formula here, but is still very easy to work with.

Tosowoong Makeon #S04 Sexy Vampire Burgundy, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #15 Burgundy Garnet

Tosowoong Makeon #S04 Sexy Vampire Burgundy, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #15 Burgundy Garnet

These are super close! The Holika Holika is slightly darker and sparklier, but at normal viewing distance those differences are almost imperceptible.

Peripera Smoothie #8 Golden Peach, Tosowoong Makeon #S10 Lovely Wedding Peach

Peripera Smoothie #8 Golden Peach, Tosowoong Makeon #S10 Lovely Wedding Peach

Another set of twins. The Tosowoong liner is a tough lighter with the gold sparkle being slightly more prominent, but the Peripera has the smoother texture of the two.

And now the big one - the browns!

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #10 Chocolate Citrine, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #05 Brown Amber, Peripera Smoothie #2 Golden Brown, Tosowoong Makeon #S11 Happy Valentine Choco, Tosowoong Makeon #S03 Lovely Espresso Brown, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #11 Light Brown Amber, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #11 Light Brown Amber, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #01 Dark Brown, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #02 Glam Brown, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #09 Tan, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #10 Magic Eye, Peripera Smoothie #10 Shimmer Brown

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #10 Chocolate Citrine, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #05 Brown Amber, Peripera Smoothie #2 Golden Brown, Tosowoong Makeon #S11 Happy Valentine Choco, Tosowoong Makeon #S03 Lovely Espresso Brown, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #11 Light Brown Amber

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #10 Chocolate Citrine, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #05 Brown Amber, Peripera Smoothie #2 Golden Brown, Tosowoong Makeon #S11 Happy Valentine Choco, Tosowoong Makeon #S03 Lovely Espresso Brown, Holika Holika Jewel-Light #11 Light Brown Amber

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #11 Light Brown Amber, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #01 Dark Brown, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #02 Glam Brown, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #09 Tan, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #10 Magic Eye, Peripera Smoothie #10 Shimmer Brown

Holika Holika Jewel-Light #11 Light Brown Amber, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #01 Dark Brown, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #02 Glam Brown, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #09 Tan, Tosowoong Makeon Bronze Spectrum #10 Magic Eye, Peripera Smoothie #10 Shimmer Brown

You can see more swatches and reviews of many of these eyeliners below:

And if you want to pick up any of these, here's a whole bunch of links!

Shop Tosowoong
Shop Holika Holika
Shop Peripera

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