Saturday, May 28, 2016

DIY Simply Peel for 1 dollar?!


Morning all!

I've been watching a TON of Simply Nailogical lately, and if you don't know her channel, her holy grail nail product is Simply Peel. It's a peel off liquid latex for messy nail art, but it's 12 bucks a bottle! And I'm suspecting it would dry out before I could even get near finishing off a bottle, so I set off to see if I could make it myself.

I've hunted for cheap palisade alternatives in the past, a few months back everyone was using Super Bond hair glue from Sally Beauty Supply, or making diy mixtures from Elmer's glue but I didn't have much luck with Elmer's, and I can't stand the ammonia smell with hair glue.
  
        

I found this awesome tutorial by Sandi Alexi, she actually just bought some liquid latex off of Amazon, and mixed it with glitter to mimic the Simply Peel formula, and it seems to be nearly identical!

I bought the same brand of latex, and I already had a nearly empty nail polish bottle and nail art glitter lying around. I did the math, and this works out to almost a dollar a bottle, that's a steal compared to the 12$ Simply Peel!


I jerry-rigged a funnel with some tin foil and mixed a good amount of silver glitter in my latex, the glitter makes it way easier to see once it's dry.


I did a quick gradient to test out it's peeling capabilities, and it passed the "simply peel like no big deal" test with flying colors! I let the polish dry completely so it left a little behind, next time I'll peel it off right after sponging to get an even cleaner finish.
I'll be doing a full post on the gradient nails tomorrow!


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Friday, May 27, 2016

Hey Mr. Owl!


Morning all!

I've gone sepia today with some sketchy owls, I actually used just one plate for this design! Born Pretty sent me BPL-019, the one little plate has 23 different birds plus some bird cages, and they're mostly cute hand drawn owls like the ones above~

I used a matte topcoat to seal everything in and it smeared the owls around a bit, so they're not as crisp as I'd like, but still pretty darn cute!
Here's the link to the plate, and this code is good for 10% off anything on Born Pretty: ALKB31

Mani Ingredients:
Urban Outfitters Cafe Au Lait
OPI Alpine Snow 
BP-L019
Pure Ice Frost Finish



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Thursday, May 26, 2016

7 makeup products I'd buy for the gorgeous packaging

Morning all!

This is the sister post to "7 polishes I would buy just for the amazing bottle", although this post is a bit more depressing, because most of these price tags are 40$+, which means I will most likely never get my hands on these, but a girl can dream right?
I'm basically in love with anything and everything Anna Sui

1. Anna Sui Loose Powder Foundation 48.00

hippos and elephants?!

2. PAUL & JOE Menagerie Face & Eye Color Palette 39.00

I imagine this is what Ariel would use on dry land

3. DuWop Seashell Compact 25.00

This is gorgeous plus donates money to save the bees? Yes please!
4. 'Save the Bees' Eye & Cheek Palette 


I'm thinking on getting this one very soon~
5. Skull Lip Balm by Rebel's Refinery 7.96

Aren't these purrfect?

6. Paul and Joe Cat Lipstick

I'd almost feel bad using this up, it's so intricate!

7. Paul and Joe Carousel Calliope Eye/Face Color 28.00

Would you bite the bullet for any of these gorgeous products? Or would you rather save your cash and splurge elsewhere?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stray cat strut


Morning all!

I haven't done any double stamping in ages, and Born Pretty plate BP-59 has a couple different insanely cute cats that I needed on my nails all at once, so first I stamped the tinier cat print in black, then I added a layer of bigger kitties in white. I finished this off with Jordana Shiny Top Coat, it's been my go to as of late, it dries super fast and gives an almost gel like glossy finish. Here is the plate's product page, and this code is good for 10% off anything on Born Pretty: ALKB31

Mani ingredients:
OPI Alpine Snow
Color Club Tru Passion
Jordana Top Coat
Sephora by OPI unnamed purple shimmer
Spoiled Visually Slimming
BP-59



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Monday, May 23, 2016

Fighting evil by moonlight


Morning all!

I have another Born Pretty stamping plate review, today I have this super cute sailor moon mint design to show you! I haven't used any of my Revlon Parfumerie polishes in ages, Wintermint is my favorite from the whole line. It's a gorgeous pale mint shimmer with teal glitters, and it's mint scented as well! I usually can't deal with scented polishes, Pink Pineapple actually gave me headaches whenever I wore it so I had to give it to a friend. Here is the plate's product page, and this code is good for 10% off anything on Born Pretty: ALKB31

Mani ingredients:
Revlon Parfumerie Wintermint
OPI Alpine Snow
Jordana Top Coat
Born Pretty Plate BP-06



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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Raindrops keep falling on my head


Morning all!

I've pulled my nail vinyls from the deep depths of my polish hoard once again, these are from the webshop Zanthara!
These started off with a base of OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts, then after applying the vinyls I went in with Wet n Wild Garnet My Heel Broke and Color Club Tru Passion.

These vinyls are super durable, so I got away with using five vinyls for this whole mani! I finished this off with Jordana Shiny Topcoat after letting the glitter dry a couple minutes, to prevent any smearing.




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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Born Pretty Beauty Haul


Morning all!

I've been saving up my points on Born Pretty and I was able to get this tiny makeup haul!
Because everything is so cheap on Born Pretty I don't feel as guilty about buying stuff just because of pretty packaging, so this time I splurged and picked out stuff solely for cute containers.


First up is Mivagirl kiss kiss velvet Color Blusher in #3, it's super pigmented and blends easily, and has a light shimmer. The compact opens up to reveal a mirror and mini brush, I didn't realize it opened up like that so it was quite a surprise when I first opened it!




Next is up Tomato Girl Highlighter in 2#, this is a pearly pink liquid highlighter, it comes in a glass bottle with a bristle brush, and peculiarly enough it actually smells faintly of tomatoes!



Tomato Girl blended and unblended

And last but not least I snagged the Love Alpha Frozen Eye Color in 8#.
This is a super light gel, the best way I can think to describe the consistency is if you mixed Vaseline and eyeshadow?
It's not pigmented enough to use as an eye liner, so I like to use it as a base to add a touch of shimmer to whatever eye look I'm going for. If you decide to snag any of these for yourselves, this code is good for 10% anything on Born Pretty: ALKB31

Left is the Mivagirl blush right is Love Alpha Eye Color
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