Monday, September 24, 2018

BornPrettyStore Gel ~ BP-08 Holographic Gal


BornPrettyStore Gel ~ BP-08 Holographic Gal
Deep magenta with holographic microglitter

This is the first time ever that I wear gel polish! I love to change my polish often, so I haven’t really seen the point in buying/wearing gel polish. Then all the holo powders entered the scene – and they worked best on gel. I managed to get around that though, with a sticky base colour it worked okay for me.

I ended up buying a LED lamp anyway. And once that was in the house, I wanted to buy a couple of gel polishes. I figured that it would be smart to wear that when I’m off on holiday. If there’s something I dislike, it’s chipped nail polish. So now I’ve got lamp, powders, base- and topcoat and a small variety of colours – and I’m also on my way on holiday. That’s why today is the day that’s going to be my first day with gel polish on my nails.

The polish I am using is from BornPrettyStore. I bought it on ebay along with a couple of sisters. The formula is ridiculously thick – I’ve heard that’s common for a gel, but honestly, it was seriously hard to paint with. I am aware that gel polish isn’t supposed to go on the cuticles and I’m usually pretty good to paint my nails and not getting polish on the cuticles, but this gave me a hard time.

I did like this:
One layer of OPI Gel base coat – cure for 60 seconds. Note to self: The thumbs can’t be cured along with the other fingers. There is room in the lamp but it didn’t stiffen.
One layer of “Holographic Gal” – cure for 60 seconds.
Another layer of “Holographic Gal” – cure for 60 seconds.
One layer of OPI Gel top coat – cure for 60 seconds.

Here’s what it all ended up looking like:

BornPrettyStore Gel ~ BP-08 Holographic Gal


It’s a really lovely colour.

BornPrettyStore Gel ~ BP-08 Holographic Gal

Verdict: I spend a lot of time on these nails. Especially the clean up before the curing took a lot of time. Another thing is that I apparently put too thick a layer of topcoat on two of the nails. The result was that it ran down onto the cuticles while my hand was in the lamp and then it hardened on my cuticles. That meant two things: 

  1. It actually gave me a burning feeling on my skin as it hardened!
  2. I had to file it off my skin
I will use gel when I go on holiday but it’s probably never going to be an everyday thing. 

PS. I experienced the first chip the day after!! I must admit that it disappointed me a lot since I don't even experience ordinary nail polish chipping that fast.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: 60 seconds per layer
Finish: Jelly with holo microglitter
Overall impression: Very thick base, pretty colour
Buy again: Yes

Sunday, September 23, 2018

LynBDesigns ~ Quite Interesting


LynBDesigns ~ Quite Interesting
Clear base packed with microglitter and various shapes of glitter in purple, green, iridescent and blue

Do you know when you find two polishes that seem to be made for each other? LynBDesigns’ “Quite Interesting”, which is a lovely, lovely glitter/shimmer mix seems to match Rimmel’s “Royal Blue” just perfectly. “Royal Blue” is ironically a purple to green duochromatic metallic polish and not royal blue at all.

Anyway! I applied two layers of “Royal Blue”. The formula is okay; it takes two coats to achieve full opacity. I didn’t use a black base for this, the polish works on its own. The drying time is pretty good.

Then I applied one layer of “Quite Interesting” over the Rimmel. The formula is good and the glitter spreads out evenly and effortlessly. The drying time is good.

This is what one coat of “Quite Interesting” over “Royal Blue” looks like. There’s a layer of topcoat over it all. You can see the purple/green shift underneath the glitter.

LynBDesigns ~ Quite Interesting

Ooh, I like this. These two polishes seriously must be made for each other!

LynBDesigns ~ Quite Interesting

This is “Royal Blue” on its own. It’s a lovely colour shifter; prone to brush strokes but I don’t mind that.

Rimmel: Royal Blue

Here is the happy couple side by side.


Wouldn’t you agree that these two polishes match perfectly?



Number of coats: 1 over a base
Drying time: Good
Finish: Glitter/shimmer
Overall impression: I love this topper!
Buy again: Yes

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Real Chic ~ #312


Real Chic ~ #312
Dark red linear holo

Today’s polish is a small bottle from Aliexpress. It’s a pretty red with gorgeous rainbows.

The formula is good and easy to work with. I used two coats for full opacity and the drying time is good.

The stamp with hearts is from the stamping plate “BeautyBigBang017”. I used Sally Hansen’s metallic polish “Sterling Silver” for the stamping. It’s from the series of “Color Foil”-polishes, which are especially great for stamping.

Here’s the end result, including topcoat. The photo is taken with flash.

Real Chic ~ #312

This is the same thing in the lightbox.

Real Chic ~ #312

Here’s #312 alone in the sun. It’s two coats and no topcoat.

Real Chic ~ #312

These are the things I used today.


I’m impressed with the polish, it’s a great little bottle of rainbows. I bought this stamping plate recently but I honestly think that the lines are a little too wide. It’s gets a bit overwhelming, but never mind.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Good colour and great rainbows
Buy again: Yes