Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP42 Review

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a good week so far. I'm hoping all this crappy rainy weather we are having here in the city will be gone by the weekend.

Today I have a review of another stamping plate from Born Pretty Store. Born Pretty Store is a wonderful one stop shop for nail polish and nail art lovers. They offer free international shipping and an immense amount of products to choose from at totally affordable prices.

The Mixed Abstract Lines Nail Art Stamping Plate (item #18785) is priced at a very modest $2.99USD and features 4 designs to choose from.The images were cut deep and stamped very well, I was able to pick up the thing details (especially from the image on the top right) quite nicely. 

Source: Born Pretty Store

Source: Born Pretty Store

Here are some looks I created, some of which you may have seen on my Instagram

Click to see close ups of these manis and how you can save 10% off your next Born Pretty Store purchase

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Poe


Today's post features Kat Von D's Poe lipstick. It's described as a shimmery navy.
It's definitely a navy but it's also... I would say bright and eye-catching. It's packed with a fine shimmer/glitter of purple, blue etc.

First off, KVD's packaging always gets me! Stylish with edge. love.. and her logo is beautiful!
Hinted in the name, the package has a slightly raised studded design with the name and colour logo on the top of it. Easy for storage and display (major plus).

The lipstick tube itself also 'studded' with the KVD logo stamped on the top. I forgot a picture of the bottom but it shows the name on a corresponding coloured label.

The lipstick itself is also stamped with a KVD logo. Almost made me not want to use it to preserve the design (Have I told you, I am a sucker for packaging?)
The colour is a deep blue with pink/purple shimmer or fine glitter. In some lights the colour leans burple but on the lips it shows a predominant blue. The shimmer does show up on the lips but not as defined as it is in the tube. The pigmentation is good and the formula is not very streaky but there's a huge con. Due to the finish of this product. The shimmers leave a gritty feeling on your lips. It's quite fine but it really bothers me. Also the lipstick after one use is no longer smooth and also looks super gritty. If you can bypass this, then that's great! But for me, it was a deal breaker. The glitter payoff < the grit. Maybe I kept rubbing my lips due to the grit but it was a bit drying for me. I didn't test for wear because I took it off after an hour or so (sorry). 

Natural Light: Left - One swipe / Right: Two swipes
Flash: Left - One swipe / Right: Two swipes

Look at that grit!
With flash, shows the shimmer / fine glitter much better

Dark lipsticks always makes me look super pale haha

Product: Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Poe
Where: Sephora
Price: $21 CAD
Overall: 3/5 All points are awarded to the packaging and colour uniqueness but the grittiness was too much for me. Although the colour pay-off is good, it wouldn't be a frequent item I would use and for the price tag, the grit would be a deal breaker for me. I could probably find a dupe in a lower price range (without the glitter).

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-L004 Review

Hi everyone, hope you're all having an awesome weekend so far. Today I have another product from Born Pretty Store to review and share with you all. If you're not familiar with Born Pretty Store, it is an online one stop shop for nail art lovers. They offer international free shipping and a wide assortment of other beauty products/jewelry to choose from.

Born Pretty Store was very generous and sent us the Kaleidoscope Designs Nail Art Stamp Template (Item # 17922) to try out. It is a rectangular plate measuring 12.5cm by 6.5cm, with a paper sleeve and a pink plastic backing that the plate was glued on. The plate costs $5.99USD, which is a great deal because there are 21 images to choose from, 21! I was a little overhwlemed at first because I didn't know which pattern I wanted to use first. Despite the variety of designs the size of the images are more suitable for shorter nails. The images just fit my nail plate, if my nails were any longer the image would've been too small.
Source: Born Pretty Store

Source: Born Pretty Store
Source: Born Pretty Store

I tested each image individually and every pattern stamped perfectly. The designs were etched in deep and my stamper had no issue picking up the images.

Click to see which patterns I used to create some pretty awesome manis....

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Born Pretty Store 230pc Round Duochrome Rhinestones

On the blog today I have a review of another nail art product from Born Pretty Store, the ultimate one stop shop for nail art essentials. They provide free international shipping and really competitive prices for the assortment of products they sell.

I received the 230Pcs/Box Newly Round Rhinestone Flat Back Acrylic UV Gel Nail Art Decoration Hot Selling Wheel (item ID #16674) to review. The product came in a convenient nail art wheel and consisted of 4 different sizes of gorgeous round duochrome rhinestones varying from 2-4mm in size. The rhinestones are regularly priced at $3.41USD but is currently on sale for $2.90USD.

Source: Born Pretty Store

The nail art wheel kept all the different size rhinestones organized and made it very easy to pick up the size of rhinestones I wanted to work with. My usual method is to shake out a couple rhinestones and have them lie facing up to make it easier and more efficient to pick them up/place them on the nail. I do a thick layer of polish and when the polish is still wet or gooey I push the rhinestones in place. Personally I find topcoats dull the shine and sometimes causes bubbles about the rhinestone. However, that could just be the brand I use which cases this issue.

Click to see how I used these rhinestones...

Monday, 19 January 2015

Born Pretty Store 3mm Metal Triangle Studs Review

Today I have an item from Born Pretty Store to share with you all. In case you are not familiar with Born Pretty Store, they are pretty much a one stop shop for lovers of polish, nail art, makeup and accessories. They offer free international shipping and prices that can't be beat.

Up for review today is the 15pc 3mm metal triangle studs (item ID: 16679) priced at $3.28USD. They arrived in a neat little zip lock baggie with the item number labeled on the front.
Source: Born Pretty Store

I love how dainty the studs ended up looking on the on the nail. I definitely wouldn't have been able to draw something so small. However, the daintiness was also what made the stud placement so tricky. I had to use patience and tweezers to pick up the stud and to place it where I wanted it to go. 

If you plan on checking out Born Pretty Store and can't resist the urge to purchase some goodies use our code "AMPK31" to receive 10% off your purchase!

Until Next Time,


*** These products were provided in exchange for my honest review.***

Kinetics Penguin Galaxy Autumn/Winter 2014/2015 Collection Part 2

Hello again! Today I have the second part of the Kinetics Penguin Galaxy collection to share with you all. As mentioned in the previous post it is a 12 piece collection consisting of mostly creme polishes, some glitter and a frost.

"The new leading hues comprise – mustard yellow “Arctic Prince” and the red hot “Hug Me” that’s a must-have shade for every ladies beauty collection. Another great addition is the three colorful and sparkling  glitters “Rich & Chick”, “Stardust” and “Glitter Storm”, which will be an excellent complement to perk up any party gown or after-dark ensemble."
Colours are correct but some colours are mislabeled here

 Onto the swatches...

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Kiss InstaWave-Automatic Curler

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Sorry for the super late post, hectic work schedule + trying to do a video = super fail!

Company description:

The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease (No Need to be a Pro). 
No longer do we need a professional to style our hair to perfection. Instantly create beautiful, long-lasting curls with just the touch of a button with the KISS InstaWave, a fully automatic tangle-free curler. 

pic from walmart.ca

The machine itself looks fairly simple, it has the middle barrel which emits the heat to hold the curl. It has the inner tab which is to to hook the hair in and then the outer tabs which helps guide the hair to the barrel to curl.


It has 2 buttons on the appliance.
The first turns it on to two heat settings (low or high [max 420 degrees])
The second is the curl dial which changes direction of the curl wand.
In the video above, I demonstrate the movements of the machine as I press the directional button.
Then I focus on the button to show the heat settings.

It also automatically shuts off after 90 minutes, but usually I'm pretty good at turning off and unplugging appliances ;)


To use the Instawave is relatively easy. As a first time hair curler it was a bit scary when I had to put the wand close to my head. I didn't want to burn myself! AND because I am so awesome....I wanted to do it with one hand while trying to film with the other.. This was one time I wanted 3 arms! haha
When I first did it, I kept thinking to start near the bottom then it would curl my hair to the top like other automatic curlers but you had to start near the top and it curls in your hair. Once I figured that out, it was much easier.

To start, you turn on the Instawave to the heat setting you want. I chose low to try it out.
(1) I comb a section out and slightly angled, (2) I place it within the inner tab. Then (3) I pick the direction I want and press the curl dial accordingly.
Once the section gets curled up, (4) I hold it for 5 to 10 seconds.
I straighten the Instawave so it's standing vertical and (5) I pull the Instawave releasing (6) my curled hair :)
If I am going out for a long night, I would spritz it with a bit of hair spray.
I let it cool down before combing it through a little..I'm not too good with hairstyles so if you would like to comment below with tips, feel free!!
p.s. even if I hook my hair up in the tab and go the other direction of the curl, it doesn't get caught.. which is a major plus!

The hardest part was really, just hooking the hair into the inner tab and figuring which way you wanted the curler to move! I held each section for about 5-10 seconds (recommended was 3 to 10). I wouldn't hold it in too long incase it burnt your hair off like that girl in that viral video but I was fine with it being in there a little longer. (Can you tell how inexperienced I am by now? haha)

When you plug it in, there is a slight high pitched buzzing sound but the company said it's of no concern. It does get quite annoying though. I think it is because of the circuit which is rotating inside the machine.

I've never had any appliances similar to this so I can't really compare, but for a newbie like me, this Instawave curler is pretty good.

There's a really great video on KISSInstaWave.com which shows a step by step tutorial. It's also what I followed to learn how to do it hehe...

Hope my review has helped. I also hoped you like my first attempt at a video (lol!!) 

Retails for $69.99 CAD / $59.99 USD
Available at Target, Ulta and Amazon.com
In Canada it is also available at Walmart and Walmart.ca 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Kinetics Penguin Galaxy Autumn/Winter 2014/2015 Collection Part 1

Hello again! Today I have another great Autumn/Winter collection from Kinetics Nail System. This time it is the 12 piece Penguin Galaxy collection.
Source: Kinetics Nail System

"The new leading hues comprise – mustard yellow “Arctic Prince” and the red hot “Hug Me” that’s a must-have shade for every ladies beauty collection. Another great addition is the three colorful and sparkling  glitters “Rich&Chick”, “Stardust” and “Glitter Storm”, which will be an excellent complement to perk up any party gown or after-dark ensemble."

Colours are correct but are mislabeled here.