Born Pretty Store Reviews

Good morning everyone! Over the past few months I've been getting sent products from the Born Pretty Store to review. To be honest I have been buying from them for ages now so I was stoked to be asked. So I thought I would put together a few posts featuring the products that I've used on my Instagram (@onemorecoat). 

First up are these adorable icecream water decals. It's still rather hot here in Sydney so it's the perfect summery mani. Decal Icecream Pattern Manicure Nail Art Transfer Sticker 122 (# 34842)

 Next up is a squishy stamper. Now I've used a lot of stamping products in the past, but I have to admit that after getting this stamper and some of their stamping polishes I am now converted and now need to buy every stamping polish I can lay my hands on, it really does make a massive difference. Christmas Nail Art Stamper Starry Sky Silicone Head with Scrapers Manicure Nail Art Set (# 36395)

 As I said I just love using stamping polishes now, and these really are quite cheap and they work so well. The smears you see in the design have nothing to do with the quality, they are user error (lol). 6ml Born Pretty Stamping Polish Varnish Nail Plate Printing Polish #1 (# 27266)

 Last up for this post is a nail foil - I have to admit this looked nothing like the picture they had on their website, but it's still super holo and very pretty. So I had to try it over both dark and light. Sheet Laser Nail Art Sticker Creative Pattern Mysterious Starry Sky Decals (# 32274)

If you want to order, be sure to use my code to get 10% off full priced items!

Mermaid Powders

Mermaid powders seem to be one of the new fad powders around at the moment, and I am so OK with this! I think these are the prettiest things around. However if you are like me and are super cheap with everything, you've likely been disappointment with some cheap knock off powders from eBay. So here I wanted to give you a comparison of some cheap powders that I've gotten and the really good stuff as well.
Here is a comparison of the cheap powders. Each one is applied over one coat of white gel polish and top coated. As you can see there isn't a lot going on with most of the colours, although I can see there would be potential if they were layered over other colours. Number 5 though is the closest to what I was expecting with a pretty blue shimmer and pink shift.  Note that the particles are quite large for a powder in this one.
Colours 3, 4 and 5: in white pink and blue

 This is powder number 5. You can really see the shift and it is quite pretty, so if you only want to spend $1 on this fad, this would be my pick of all the powders out there. However as you will see below it still pales in comparison to the good powder.
 This is the magical powder that I kept hoping the cheap polishes would look like. I eventually caved and bought the Indigo powder from the UK on eBay (link here), This is just the original powder over two layers of white gel polish. Note that  you can buy this polish in Australia but you need to be an actual nail technician to do so. Even though this cost a LOT more than the cheap powders (This worked out with postage to about $14aud) I think it is totally worth it. I never want to take this off my nails!


Japan shopping

Sorry I have been away for so long, I have had some serious health problems that have had me in bed for the better part of 2 years. However, I am beginning to recover and have started getting back into my nail obsession. Most of my obsession I have been taking out on Instagram, so be sure to check me out .

Now onto the polish! Just before I got sick I went to Japan on my honeymoon so I wanted to share my awesome nail haul with  you all - especially for anyone heading over. Japan is the most magical nail paradise. Where salons are everywhere with the most bling nails imaginable and things like stamping are just common place and you can buy all kinds of nail art supplies just in drug stores. As it was some time ago that I got these I don't have intimate details about where and how much they were, but I wanted to share the images anyway!

Jill Stuart polishes were the most expensive polishes that I got, they worked out to about $20aud each. They have the prettiest packaging I have ever seen. I love these so much. I had to go to one of the big department stores to find these, but basically any high end store sells this brand. 

These Ueba Esou polishes are so sheer and watery I have to admit I don't think I will ever wear them, but I had to have them because they are made usibg traditional methods and materials that are used to make paint. So these are basically crushed shell in a bottle. I'm a sucker for anything traditional! These are from Kyoto and I saw them in a few stores, but Tokyu Hands had the whole collection. 

All these polishes and oil I bought in various drug stores across the country. Every store just has so much nail goodness I suggest going into a few different stores.

And lastly I bought a bunch of nail art magazines. I can't read a word of Japanese but they are filled with so many pictures and a lot of step by step tutorials that it really didn't matter. I love these and now buy them back home the whole time because they are the best inspiration! Be warned if you're an idiot like me that magazine stores in Japan actually look like book stores. You won't find these in convenience stores, but they have so many more magazines there than we have here that they have entire stores filled to the brim with mags.  

Pacifica Totally Coral

While I was working, I came across a polish brand I had never heard of that boasted to be 7-free called Pacifica. As someone who can never turn away from a new bottle of polish, I picked up Totally Coral. I'm not sure if I would actually call it a true coral, but it is a very bright red leaning orange. It was actually quite hard to get the colour to translate properly in the photos as it is not quite as bright in person. This polish applied beautifully. The brush was quite skinny which made application a bit harder, but the formula made up for it. Pictured is 2 coats, with some simple nail art using OPI Alpine Snow and Ulta3 Gold Rush.

Ulta3 Watercolour

After a few months of hunting, a dear friend of mine managed to find the Ulta3 Watercolour kit. I've never tried any of the OPI sheet tints,  but from everything I have read these were meant to be much easier to manage. This piece of leadlight nail art was actually super duper easy to do and I got so many compliments on it. I started with 2 coats of Lily White, stamped using BP-17 plate from the Born Pretty Store, then using a dotting tool carefully applied the sheer colours over the top. These polishes are VERY sheer, so I had to go over each section to build up the colours. It took about 3 coats to get them looking good. That said it was so easy to apply, this really wasn't a big issue and actually made it easier to layer different colours over each other to blend (hence the green).
This kit appears to be quite hard to get still, but the Ulta3 Facebook page does have a list of stockists to help!


 Happy not-quite-Valentines!!!!!!!! I did some super easy but very pretty nail art in my excitement. Here we have 2 coats of China Glaze Something Sweet and 2 coats of OPI Honey Ryder. The little heart studs are from Kmart (they have just started selling wheels of nail decorations - it's totally worth checking out!) and the middle finger is stamped with Emily de Molly plate 05 and Sally Hansen Insta-dri in Whirlwind White. On a slight tangent, I've heard the Insta-dri polishes are good for stamping, but as they are quite old I had never seen them in stores. Turns out Gloss has a dump bin of them for $4.95 each. I had to go digging, but found some good colours and they totally live up to their reputation! I'm slightly obsessed with stamping all over again now.

Face of Australia nail art

Today I have for you some simple nail art using Face of Australia Isn't It Delicious?, Ulta3 Lily White and Silver glitter over Glamourpuss. These are all tried and tested colours for me - particularly the FoA polishes which are all perfect with 2 coats. Both brands are great cheapies that you should be able to pick up in any chemist.
The chevron pattern I did with my nail vinyls from - this was actually the very first time I have ever used vinyls, so it's not perfect, but it still turned out ok, and they are SO simple to use! It's like a tape mani but even easier. The other details were just done with my trusty dotting tool. And all topped with a coat of SV.