Unboxing: GOODIEBOX August 2016

Last month, I introduced you to the GOODIEBOX subscription service – a monthly beauty box that you get for 159 kr, but the value of the products will be 5-700 kr. As I said last month, this box is only avaliable in Denmark, but my readers from the rest of the world might enjoy my first impressions on the products. Continue reading

Flower Water Decals

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I’ve been given the opportunity to review these water decals from an online store called Nicole Diary.

The water decals work just like other water decals – you paint your nails a solid color (I almost always choose white), then you cut out the decals to the size and shape of your nail. You remove the protective film from the image, and soak it in water for 10-20 seconds. Then, you slide the image off the backing paper and place it on your nail. Cut off any excess decal and finish with a layer of top coat. A quick and easy way to get a nice, intricate manicure with minimal effort.

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In contrast to some of the decals I’ve tried previously, these are significantly thinner and more sheer. With some of the other decals, a quick, uneven coat of white polish underneath was enough, but with these, I’d definitely recommend taking some time to apply the polish and making it look neat, because it’s gonna show through. The advantage to the thinness is that if you didn’t cut it precisely to size or apply it crookedly, you can easily soak it off your skin/cuticle area with nail polish remover – something that would be considerably more time consuming with thicker decals. They also need less time in the water before they are ready to be peeled off, which is a definite plus.

When you apply them, you have a few tries to apply them right – it is not until you press them down on your nail that they stick. This is good for a straight application, but I did manage to pull them off before pressing them down, because they stuck to my tweezers, and I had to try again. That’s really a matter of practice, though.

You can buy them in their Amazon Store or their Aliexpress Store. These ones are number 30 (direct link). They have a big range of nail art items, water decals, stamping plates, pigment powder etc.

You can use the coupon code Na2016 – leave it in the order note and you will get a small gift with your order.

What do you guys think about water decals?

Tribal Nail Decals | HOW TO

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After a few posts of trying to explain how I use water decals, this time, I’ve made a video showing you! You can find that further down this post. Continue reading

Slanted French Tips With Flower Decals

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Not too long ago, I made fun of the obsession with slanted and alternative french tips I had last year around this time. I guess the weather just does something to me, because here I am, at it again with does slanted french tips! Continue reading

Review: Irregular Pattern Gradient Color Water Decals from the Born Pretty Store

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Today, I have a review of these water decals from the Born Pretty Store for you – they come in four different colors, but I really liked the light blue ones, so those are the ones I got.

You get one sheet in a pack, and you can see the approximated size you should cut them in so they fit over the entire nail. Continue reading

Romantic, Hearbeat Nail Art with stickers from the Born Pretty Store

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Today’s manicure has three steps that I wanted to show you. I got the inspiration for the final look here.

First of all, I want to show you the base for the nail art BEFORE I did anything else to it. Continue reading

Review: Owl Water Decals from the Born Pretty Store

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I was instantly sold when I saw these owl decals on the Born Pretty Store – how cute are they!? Continue reading

Review: Gold Stickers from the Born Pretty Store

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Today, I have a review of these gold stickers that the Born Pretty Store was kind enough to send me for review.

I forgot to take a picture of the packaging before I used it, so you’ll have to see the pictures on the website (Direct link).

Each package comes with one sheet with three designs. Each design has 10 stickers so you have enough for a full manicure.

The prize (at the moment) is: $2.94.

I tested one of the designs out, and here is what they look like over Essie’s Frock’n Roll.

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Since these are just regular stickers, they are super easy to use! You just take them off the paper and place them on your nail. If you’ve applied a layer of top coat before, you can even replace them if you’re not happy with your placement.

However, since they are just regular stickers, they peel off pretty quickly. I applied a layer of top coat over them, but after just a few hours, some of them started to lift a bit at the edges. With some of them, it was just the clear part that was in between the gold triangles, so I could just add another layer of top coat, but with one or two of them, the gold sticker also started to lift.

They are a bit tricky to get off, since nail polish remover does not dissolve them very easily, so you have to sort of dissolve the top coat, peel the sticker off with your fingers, and then remove the polish underneath.

While these might only be good for a day or two, they are perfect if you want a quick, easy manicure.

You can get them here, and if you use the discount code BOTX31 at checkout, you get 10 % off the entire website which is packed with nail art goodies!

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Review: Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser + Balm

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What it is: Combination remover and cream quickly eliminates excess, ragged cuticles and hangnails as it conditions nails and healthy cuticles

How it works: Salon tested, 2-in-1 formula with white tea and cucumber, gently and quickly loosens and exfoliates stubborn, overgrown cuticles while leaving skin feeling deeply moisturized.”

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Prize: I paid 80 DKK / $12 / £8 / €11

How I use it: Every other week or so, I apply just a little bit to my cuticle areas and let it soak in for a while before I massage it in and push back my cuticles. It softens the cuticle area enough so it does not hurt to push them back, and it removes all of the dead skin that is left on the surface of the nail.

Advantages:

  • Softens the cuticle area preventing pain when pushing back the cuticles
  • Loosens dead skin on the surface of the nail
  • A little goes a long way
  • Smells nice

Disadvantages:

  • Very greasy
  • It does not soak into your skin and it continues to be greasy until you wash your hands, and even a little after

 

Overall: I’ve been using this for a few months now. I really, really like this! The greasiness aside, I think the advantages heavily outweigh the bad. It does what it promises, it’s affordable and lasts a long time. I’m definitely getting a new jar when I run out!

 

Review: Seche Vite vs Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

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You’ve probably heard or read nail-addicts rave about the top coat from Seche Vite. I have even raved about it – you can read my inital review here.

But now, Seche Vite has gotten some competition for the spot as the best top coat on the market. Essie has released a top coat that they call Gel Setter.

According to Essie, the gel setter top coat is supposed to give your manicure a gel-like finish; glossy, hardened and long-lasting.

It’s time for a comparison!

Prize (that I paid):

  • Seche Vite: 99 DKK / $15 / £10 / €14
  • Essie Gel Setter Top Coat: 115 DKK / $17 / £12 / €16

Dry time:

Both top coats dry very quickly – Seche Vite hardens a little faster, which makes it seem like it dries quicker.

Lasting time:

  • Seche Vite: Like I said in my original Seche Vite review, I get about three days out of it.
  • Essie Gel Setter Top Coat: I also get about three days out of this one
  • Common for both top coats is that the longer my nails are, the faster they chip

Advantages and disadvantages of Essie Gel Setter Top Coat:

  • Advantages
    • DNP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free
    • Even coverage – no shrinking of the polish
    • Very glossy finish
    • Wide brush
  • Disadvantages
    • Higher Prize

Advantages and disadvantages of Seche Vite:

  • Advantages
    • Hardens quickly and lets you continue with your day
    • Very glossy finish
    • Not easily dented once dry
    • Cheaper prize
  • Disadvantages
    • Strong smell
    • Shrinks polish around the edges
    • Narrow, round brush

 

Now, has Seche Vite lost its spot in my opinion? Not necessarily. Seche Vite is still my go-to top coat if I’m putting tape on my nails for nail art because it dries the surface quicker. However, when it comes to the finishing top coat, and for everyday use, I’m more fan of Essie’s. I like the brush better, I like that it doesn’t smell or shrink the polish.

Now it’s just up to you to decide if you agree with me.