a geeky nail artist with a crafting streak and an obsession with all things beauty

Month: July 2016

Beauty Ally Makeup Brushes

Hello all!This is less of an intelligent review, and more of a “ooh pretty brushes” spam, I hit that perfect golden hour while taking these pictures, and these brushes are too gorgeous to only have one or two pics.Beauty Ally sent these over for me […]

Pastel Matte Florals

Morning all!I was in a pastel matte mood, used the polishes nearest to hand, and it didn’t end up looking too shabby! I just now noticed I have some cat hairs stuck to the edge of my nail, hopefully the pretty glitter outshines them, haha. […]

Hearts & Glass Perfect Kiss

Morning all!

I found this polish on clearance at Grocery Outlet, the brand is called Hearts & Glass, I love that the bottle is actually heart shaped! This shade is named Perfect Kiss, the finish reminds me of A-England Briar Rose. I still haven’t gotten around to buying any A-Englands, I basically want every polish they’ve ever made, so I’ll need to start saving up.

Born Pretty sent me these cute vinyls which I used with OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonterland. If you get to shopping around, this code is good for 10% off: ALBK31

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L’Oréal Voluminous VoxBox

Morning all!I was so excited to open this voxbox, Influenster and L’oreal were extremely generous this time around, and I got quite the haul of makeup goodies~I get the feeling the Voluminous Mascara and Primer are meant to be the stars of the box, but […]

Nail Diaries: Length Update

Morning lovelies!This is just a little update on how my nails are looking after the big chop, I’m slowly working my way back towards my original coffin shape. I’ve started using glass files to shape my nails, as they’re gentler and seem to make for cleaner finish. […]

We were only trying to drown her

Morning all!

I wish I could wear mermaid everything, but for now I’ll have to make do with my nails 🙂 That darker shade is actually a textured polish, I was going for a scaly sandy look, but somehow it didn’t dry textured?? Still looks cute though!

Born Pretty sent me these scale nail vinyls to review and I immediately knew I had to paint some glittery mermaid magic with them.

Mani Ingredients:
RGB Mint
L’oreal Hidden Gems
BPS Nail Vinyls
China Glaze Luxe & Lush
Pure Ice Frost Finish


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BornPretty Chameleon Swatches

Morning all~Today I have some swatches of another chameleon polish that BPS sent over for me to review, this is the shade #224!This is a tricky one, in the bottle it shifts from bright emerald to teal, but it’s almost impossible to catch on the nail. […]

Bunny, Skull, Bunny, Skull

Morning all!If you can’t tell from the title of this post, I’ve been binge watching the new season of Orange is the New Black, and as soon as I saw that scene in the episode “Bunny, Skull, Bunny, Skull”, I had to make those nails a […]

Molten Blueberries

Morning all!

I’m reviewing some new duochrome polishes that Born Pretty sent over for me to try out, I was sent this blueberry shade and also an emerald green polish which I’ll also be swatching in a few days.


These aren’t individually named; this is shade is #223 from their chameleon collection, it shifts from a royal purple to a deep sapphire. Application was a little fussy, this is actually four coats because it was coming out patchy, but it leveled out nicely and is definitely worth the effort!
I really like these brushes, they’re similar to Sally Hansen X-Treme wear, I love the rounded ends because it makes getting a clean finish around the cuticle super easy without having to go back with a clean up brush & acetone.
Here’s the link to the polish, and if you get to shopping around, this code is good for 10% off: ALBK31

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Swatch Sunday: Rue Beaute! Layered Polishes

Morning all!Rue 21 has a ton of these layered polishes on sale for a buck each so I grabbed a handful, they had some similar to these a couple years back, but I haven’t seen them since.The white, pink, and blue one actually glows in the […]


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