Friday's prompt for the Lazy 15 Challenge was underwater creatures/water mythical creatures. I was having major polish block and couldn't think of what to do, so I went with more of an ocean theme. This mani also gave me the opportunity to finally review my glequins I got from the Born Pretty Store!! I've been holding off on using these because my nails are SO short, but they've grown a bit and turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself!
This is my second set of products from Born Pretty Store for review, you can see my previous review on the 3 Star/Round/Heart Rhinestones Acrylic UV Nail Glue Clamp Kit here. This time around I was so excited to try the hexagon loose glitter, most widely known as glequins. You get a set of 12 different colors in individual containers for a total price of $5.35 USD. Everything ordered from the Born Pretty Store is free shipping, so these are a steal. You get a TON glitter and I'm not even exaggerating - it would take a while to use up this supply. As usual, this came within a week of ordering, which I think is very reasonable coming from China. They package items in a bubble envelope so everything arrives secure.
Application of these are a little tricky for someone as anal as me, I need to have everything uniform and in the right order, so it sometimes was a little difficult getting everything lined up. I wasn't quite sure how to adhere these beauties, so I tried a couple of different things. First, I used white glue and put a little on my nail, not my whole nail as that dries way too fast, but just the area I was working in. I then used an orange stick with a little of natures glue (read spit) to pick up the glitter and placed it on my nail. Using white glue gets a little glooby, you have to be really careful and put a very thin layer of glue on the area you are working in. Next, I used the same method to pick up the glitter and placed them in tacky nail polish. This wasn't my preferred method because if you accidentally drop a glitter where you don't want it, it's harder to correct without ruining the polish underneath. I'm wondering if I used a coat of Seche Vite and once that was dry, use a layer of clear nailpolish to place the glitter - this will be what I try next as I think this will be the best method. I also had some issues with the glitter falling off the the tips of my nails - I had to put the ones on the end back on a couple of times and as you can see from my daylight picture, one of the glequins fell off before I could photograph them. I'm thinking if I change up how I adhere them to my nails, they will stay better, but don't let that discourage you from getting these pretties, because they are SOOOO worth it! I will be using these again, though if anyone has any tips on how to get these puppies to stay put, I'm all ears!!
I really loved what I came up with and it really reminds me of the ocean. If you are interested in getting this product, you can click here or go to the Born Pretty Store website and search Item ID: 3103. Until Jan 31, 2013 you can use the special code found in the banner below to get a 10% discount!! That's not a huge discount, but any discount is SUPER!
And to finish off this post, here's a shot of both hands together, I ended up doing 'bubble's' on my right hand because I had run out of time to finish the pretty stripes!
For the gradient I used: Sally Hansen: Pacific Blue and Finger Paints: Tiffany Impostor. For the stripes, I used Finger Paints, Papier Mache and the bubbles were done with acrylic paint.
Hope this review was helpful and that you enjoyed my blinged out mani!!