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Born Pretty Gel, Foils and Oil!

Well, this was a fun package I received in the mail today. Some gorgeous gel polishes, shimmers and Cat Eye, a dozen metallic foils and some tropical scented cuticle oil. Every single item is a winner. Let’s take a look!

First, a denim blue frosty Magnetic Cat Eye gel polish, BP 05. I thought it was going to be more of a midnight blue, but this works for me! Applied over black gel polish to really make it stand out. It is item #41515

BP 05 Magnetic Cat Eye Gel is a gorgeous deep denim blue, here I used a round magnet for this special effect. Cure after applying magnet and voila!

How about a lovely golden shimmer and red shimmer duo from Born Pretty’s Soak Off Gel Polish line?! Perfect together at a great price. This is item BP Soak Off Gel polish set #41492.

A 2-pack of BORN PRETTY Red Sparkle Gel and Gold Holographic Glitter Soak Off Nail Gel Polish. A beautiful duo!

I am SO loving these super thin, easy to apply nail foil, gold leaf variations, gold, silver, and two oil slick variations. 12 pots and a tiny bit goes a LONG way! I applied them over BP 05 Cat Eye gel! Item #3966

Set pf 12 Nail Art Foil in Gold, Silver, oil slick red/orange/gold/teal and oil slick gold/red/orange/fuscia Set! Easy to apply over nail polish then top coat, or over any stick layer then top coat with gel as I did here over BP Cat Eye Gel BP 05. Item # 3966

And last but not least, an amazing cuticle oil pen, item #39329 in the scent of Coconut and man it smells amazing. Not fake or plasticky, but like real coconut. It isn’t overly oily, but feels just right. It also comes in Pineapple, Peach, Lavender and Almond.

An amazing Nail Cuticle Oil 2ml Fruit or Flower scented, in a handy metallic pen. I used Coconut here and it smells amazing, not too shiny either so great for photographing nail swatches. I am loving this stuff!

Again, here are the links to each item:

 https://www.bornprettystore.com/bottles-born-pretty-sparkle-holographic-glitter-soak-nail-polish-p-41492.html Item 41492

https://www.bornprettystore.com/bottle-10ml-born-pretty-magnetic-magnetic-stick-soak-black-base-needed-p-41515.html #BP 05 Item 41515

https://www.bornprettystore.com/nail-foil-gold-orange-green-decoration-glitter-p-3966.html  Item 3966

https://www.bornprettystore.com/bottle-born-pretty-nail-cuticle-fruit-flower-flavor-manicure-nail-nutrition-care-p-39329.html #Coconut

Remember to use my 10% off discount code! PPL01 On a side note, if you live in the US, or actually anyplace far from the original location of the store, allow up to 3-4 weeks for delivery as your items come from Hong Kong/Singapore. Shipping is always FREE Worldwide, payment is via Paypal, Visa and MC. Check this store out for all your nail art, accessory needs including items like jewelry, polishes, cosmetics, contact lenses, phone accessories, manicure equipment and more.

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*Items were sent to me at no cost for my honest review.

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Born Pretty Store swatches to share!

I have received a few items from the Born Pretty Store, and since they were arriving separately in my mailbox, I wanted to wait until they all arrived and post them all together. So I have quite a selection of items for nail art so grab a coffee and have a seat. Here we go!

I’ll start with the best…and work down 😉 Yeah, some were what I call “close” but no cigar. At least not for me. I think my favorite item from this menagerie was the Cat Eye Gel polish. It came with a special magnet that you hold over the polish before its cured, creating a mesmerizing cat eye effect. Now I want it in every color! I give this one 5 stars because the magnet was easy to use, the gel had a good strong amount of magnetics to create a stunning look. Color is BP-08 Jade Cat Eye.

Here is Born Pretty Professional UV & LED Soak Off Color Coat gel polish, Cat Eye in the color Jade. 2 coats.

And to follow-up, here is the same Cat Eye Gel BP-08 Jade with a BP gel holo flakes top coat #03 on top! Love this!

BP gel topper 03 over Jade cat eye gel, BP-08.

You know I absolutely love flakies and powder pigments. They are so transforming and really perk up a mani. First, here some holo flakies in BP 39677, a silver holo.

BP 39677 holo flakies are easy to work with. Can be used over regular polish, mixed into a sheer color, topped with water base top coat or used with gel polish.

And a great silver flakies powder, not to be confused with the super fine metallic chrome pigments, but a bit chunkier. These can be used loose, or burnished in (rubbed into a waterbase top coat or gel no wipe top coat) You’re only limited by your imagination. Go chunky and sparse or rub in a lot! BP silver flakies powder BP 39745.

Her is another pretty gel top coat with holo flakies in color #BP 01 over a rusty red!

This one gets an A for what it could have been. The gradient from red to purple/pink is gorgeous! Nail Foil papers are not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, and I have to admit I’ve worked with better. This one gave me a run for my money and would NOT rub in smoothly, but rather created more of a burnished metallic look. Still pretty, but I have hope for a more fluid look. BP nail foil redpink 38895.

BP nail foil redpink 38895 over a burgundy nail polish.

I had such high hopes for this nail art stamping plate. (BP stamping plate L015) You know of love cats, and this one definitely needs more practice, or maybe the etched images are not etched deep enough. I tried several different polishes that I KNOW have worked great in the past with other plates. Nope, none of them worked right and only gave me partial stamped images. I think this is one of those plates that really does need stamping polish to perform. And those cats are so dang cute! I seriously wanted to sling this plate across the room! LOL But I mushed on. Finally I decided to try a black gel polish and that worked but looked somewhat blurry. But hey. I’m not here to sing the praises of every product I test. This one, cute but I’d give it’s performance 2 stars out of 5. That makes me sad. I’m not finished with it yet. I’ll keep trying because hey, it’s full of cats! LOL

BP stamping plate L015.
BP Kitty stamping plate L015

Remember to use my discount code! On a side note, if you live in the US, or actually anyplace far from the original location of the store, allow up to 3-4 weeks for delivery as your items come from Hong Kong/Singapore. Shipping is always FREE Worldwide, payment is via Paypal, Visa and MC. Check this store out for all your nail art, accessory needs including items like jewelry, polishes, cosmetics, contact lenses, phone accessories, manicure equipment and more.

Born Pretty Store 10% Off!
Born Pretty Store 10% Off!

*Items were sent to me at no cost for my honest review.

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A silvery trio from SquareHue Decades Collection

The silvery trio from SquareHue's Decades Collection, 2000 for 11.15. From left: Never Forget 2001, Idol 2002, Hurricane 2005.
The silvery trio from SquareHue’s Decades Collection, 2000 for 11.15. From left: Never Forget 2001, Idol 2002, Hurricane 2005.

I especially love this month’s installment of the Decades collection from polish subscription company, SquareHue. The collection focuses on the decade of 2000s, and this silvery trio commemorates a couple of key memories the whole world shares in one way or another. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01. A bright light that helped ease the pain of those times was Idol, a program that allowed us to keep our mind off a changing world. And as I pen this entry tonite, the world has been put on alert once again. Unfolding as we speak, terrorist attacks have occurred all around Paris, France. Never Forget is still on our tongues. But I don’t write this to bring you down and rekindle painful memories. I mention it because we can’t forget we don’t live in a perfect world and we can’t bury our heads in the sand. And we must continue on and hold our heads up high. We can be positive and be kind, helpful, hopeful. There is still a lot of beauty in this world. We appreciate companies like SquareHue. Not only do they bring beauty and color into the world. They contribute daily to the rescue of trafficked and kidnapped individuals. That is hope my friends.

Let’s take a look at this month’s polishes!

Never Forget 2002, is a silver foil metallic one-coater. It dries to a satiny finish. I applied two lines of Hurricane to represent the Twin Towers.
Never Forget 2002, is a silver foil metallic one-coater. It dries to a satiny finish. I applied two lines of Hurricane to represent the Twin Towers.
Idol 2002 is a simple silver micro glitter topper in a clear smooth base. One coat here over Never Forget.
Idol 2002 is a simple silver micro glitter topper in a clear smooth base. One coat here over Never Forget.
Hurricane 2005 is a metallic pewter that dries to a medium satin finish. One coat! Katrina seems like it was yesterday.
Hurricane 2005 is a metallic pewter that dries to a medium satin finish. One coat! Katrina seems like it was yesterday.

Come back next month for my next SH post on the December collection. They ship out on the 1st of the month!

ALSO! SquareHue is now offering a second option for monthly subbies. A 2-pack box is now available for $10.99/mo +SH. The 3-packs are still available for $14.99. See site for details!

Subscription price for SquareHue is $14.99/mo +Shipping and Handling out of Miami, Florida. Subbies can choose immediate monthly deliveries or suspend/skip months as they wish. There are other new incentives, see the web site for details.

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**This collection was sent to me for review purposes and all opinions are my own.

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Two more NEW additions to the ILNP Ultra Chrome Flaky line!

Well, I’m down to six ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies to review for you, and they are available for pre-order now as of this date, 3/13/15. Today I’ll share a pair of new flakies to tempt you. Paradox and Paradox (H)! ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies are fully opaque and can be worn alone or over any color without affecting the intense color shifting properties. Here is a sneak peak (I previously posted) of the new lineup of polishes from ILNP for spring 2015.

Ultra Chrome Flakies (H) You know ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) LOVES polish when they can create such massive collections! Each one a winner.
Ultra Chrome Flakies (H) You know ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) LOVES polish when they can create such massive collections! Each one a winner.

First up is Paradox. ILNP says, “Paradox is an absolute jaw-dropping beauty of a nail polish!” I agree!

Brand new in the lineup is Paradox.
Brand new in the lineup is Paradox.
ILNP describes Paradox like this. "If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you'll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. You'll love it, guaranteed!" This is three thin coats with no undies.
ILNP describes Paradox like this. “If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you’ll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. You’ll love it, guaranteed!” This is three thin coats with no undies.

Can’t have too many views, but here’s another.

This is three thin coats over the bare nail. Honestly, I'd have to show you a dozen shots to convey how many shades are possible with this amazing new flaky polish.
This is three thin coats over the bare nail. Honestly, I’d have to show you a dozen shots to convey how many shades are possible with this amazing new flaky polish.

And its even blingier sister, Paradox (H). Paradox (H) is a holographic version of the original Paradox Ultra Chrome Flakie nail polish!

Brand new to the UCF (H) lineup is Paradox (H).
Brand new to the UCF (H) lineup is Paradox (H).

The new Paradox (H) contains just the right amount of holographic splendor to add a beautiful rainbow sparkle to the polish. All without ruining the intense color shift effect!

ILNP describes Paradox (H) like this. "If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox (H) is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox (H) has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you'll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. The added holographic touch in Paradox (H) is sure to add an extra vibrant touch that you're guaranteed to fall in love with!" I applied one light coat over black.
ILNP describes Paradox (H) like this. “If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox (H) is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox (H) has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you’ll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. The added holographic touch in Paradox (H) is sure to add an extra vibrant touch that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with!” I applied one light coat over black.

Don’t be left out of the new 2015 lineup of polishes from ILNP! You’ll want these in your hot little hands asap.

What is your vegan/cruelty free policy?
ILNP absolutely does not test our products on animals nor do we purchase materials from suppliers that do. We make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing animal/insect derived materials like carmine and guanine/pearl, etc. as there are plenty of synthetic alternatives that perform the same or even better.

Are your nail polishes 3-Free?
Yes! All ILNP nail polishes are 3 free! They DO NOT contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate.

What does 3-Free mean?
3-Free means that our nail polishes do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate. These 3 ingredients were previously used in most nail polish formulations until recent studies found them to be potentially harmful or irritable to humans. While these chemicals aren’t illegal to use in nail polish (although California law requires special labeling if used), most large brands have already moved to 3-Free formulas at the urge of educated consumers as well as organizations that campaign for safe cosmetics.”

Order your ILNP Ultra Chrome Flaky polishes from ILNP here!

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*These products were sent to me for my honest review at no cost. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.