Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Born Pretty Store Coloured Rhinestones!

I am a sucker for Born Pretty Stores rhinestone selection. And these are no exception! These are primarily purple, but have colour shifts in gold, blue and green as well.

I couldn't pass up pairing these with Illamasqua Baptiste, it's the perfect vampy purple to compliment them! I also used Gloss n Sparkle Beetlejuice to add a bit of bling.

These are good quality, but they feel a little cheap. Some of them have bubbles in them and they're noticeable. But other than that, I like them. The unique colouring sucks me in.

If you're keen to try them, or anything else Born Pretty Store has on offer, please, use my code AFL91 for 10% off!

Until Next Time,

<3 Bec

*the products mentioned in this post were sent to me for my honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of them*

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Born Pretty Store Neon Splat Decals!

I have no idea what to call these, so Neon Splats is what I'm going with. These are from Born Pretty Store, in design #7.

They're little sticker style decals that you put over the top of polish, or on a bare nail, whatever suits your fancy. Here, I used them over Ulta3 Black Satin which I had taped off with Nail Vinyls for a bit of negative space type thing. I also tried it matte and glossy. I prefer it glossy for once!

 I used one splat in each colour and all a different size/shape. There's a decent variety in there, my nail beds are thin-ish (and yet I have sausage fingers!) and the largest splat (in the mani, the yellow) was just a teeny bit too wide. The edges had to be removed a bit, which I did with acetone while cleaning up. No big deal.

I did also find that you have to take these off the plastic with tweezers, and I did manage to tear a few slightly, but you can't tell at all. Overall, I dig these! If you're keen to try them, or anything else Born Pretty Store has on offer, please, use my code AFL91 for 10% off!
Until Next Time,

<3 Bec

*the products mentioned in this post were sent to me for my honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of them*

Friday, 9 January 2015

Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks!

Melt Cosmetics is a brand I had been DYING to try, mostly for SpaceCake lipstick, so when they did buy 2 or more and get 1 free over Black Friday, I jumped on the opportunity!

I picked 3, SpaceCake (the whole reason I wanted to order!), 6six6 and By Starlight. Shipping on these was INSANELY fast, it arrived from the US to me in Aus in less than a week! Big win there! Now, onto swatches...

The packing is simple, yet sleek and sturdy. Melt have the same, consistent packaging throughout their range.

6six6 is a deep, blood red. The most wearable of the 3 shades. Also, the creamiest. This one lasted all day on me, for a good 8+ hours, through food and drink. Wasn't drying at all.

By Starlight is a dark, warm-ish purple. This wore a little longer than 6six6, but it did dry my lips out a little by the end of the day. It wasn't as creamy as 6six6, but it wasn't a struggle to apply either.

aaaaaaaaaand finally, Space Cake. A beautiful, blue toned grey. Super unique, kinda weird, but surprisingly wearable! I've actually worn this one the most out of the 3, I absolutely love it. The formula is a bit dry and stiff at first, but after a few uses, it gets a lot easier to apply.

Overall, these are great! I love the uniqueness of them, and how wearable they are. I love pairing Space Cake with a simple eye using nothing but black liner with a little silver glitter. I definitely do recommend these if they're your type of colours! They do have some more "normal" ones too!

Until Next Time,

<3 Bec

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Grey and Neon Combos!

One of my go-to mani combos as of late has been a neon paired with a grey. So, here are a couple of manis! Both were done using China Glaze and Sea Siren polishes.

 Hand painted damask with Sea Siren Sea Fog and China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise. I left the CG matte, I loved the matte on glossy look!

This one is CG Recycle with Sea Siren Sailaway Heather. I used decals from Born Prtty (review coming soon!), Nail Vinyls, and over the gradient I used (the long discontinued) Essence Hello Holo!.

These are fun. I love the way the neons pop with the greys. I've been paying with nudes and neons too, so there may be another post soon!

Until Next Time,

<3 Bec

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Sea Siren Cosmetics Sealicious Skin Range!

I have been trialing these products for a while now, and now am ready to tell you guys all about them!

Sea Siren Cosmetics now have the Sealicious Skin Range, which contains 5 different hand, nail and foot care items.

Sealicious Hand and Foot Mask This is a clear, thin, Cucumber scented mask for both hands and feet. I like this product, but I HATE the smell. I really dislike cucumber, so this is off putting for me, but that is 100% personal preference and does not change how I feel about the product. I like to apply this 10-15 mins before having a shower, and it rinses off very easily there. It dries down pretty quickly, is lightweight and is not at all sticky, so it is not uncomfortable to have on. I found it made my hands and feet smooth after use, with or without using the other products.

Sealicious Foot Cream Let me start of by saying (and I do apologise!) that I have AWFUL feet. Very dry, and very calloused, so a good moisturiser is always handy. I use this while doing my weekly pedi, and after rasping my feet and find that it absorbs in quickly and is not at all oily. I don't know if it's just my feet, and it probably is, but I do find that this could be more moisturising. Keep that in mind if you have drier feet. I love the lemon-y smell of this though!

Sealicious Cuticle & Nail Oil This is a nice oil! It's thicker than any other oil I have tried, but it melts on the warmth of the skin, so a little goes a long way! This has a different scent, but I can't exactly put my finger on it! It's nice though. I do have a few issues with the packaging however. Unlike most cuticle oils, this has a pump top, and that can cause you to squirt way too much out, which I learnt the first time I used it! So long as you know to be careful, you shouldn't have any issues. I also noticed that my bottle has leaked a little bit. Not a lot, but enough to notice. That aside, this is a good cuticle oil! I found it helped repair my somewhat weak nails with daily use, and it does provide good moisture.

Sealicious Hand and Foot Scrub This one, hands down, has my favourite scent of the bunch! It's a cool, minty smell and I loooooove me a minty scent! This is a nice scrub, but due to my feet, I wish it had bigger, and more, scrubby particles. It's a finer scrub, which is great for my hands, but my feet need a little more effort.

Sealicious Hand & Nail Cream This is the product I use the most! Same lemon-y scent as the Foot Cream, and it absorbs really quickly and is not greasy. Being a nail tech, my hands get very dry in between all the chemicals. I'm able to use this and have soft hands again super quickly! Definitely my favourite product from this range, it lives in my hand bag.

The prices are on the higher side, the Cuticle oil being $19.95, and the rest are $29.95 a piece. Overall, this is a good set of products, and I made sure to note all my thoughts, good or bad. If I had to recommend one product, I'd have to say the Hand and Nail Cream.

Until Next Time,

<3 Bec

*the products mentioned in this post were sent to me for my honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of them*