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Feb 15, 2018

Purple Sun - Color Combos CMT307

As mentioned in the previous post by EV, the lunar new year begins this week! I'm currently on vacation and don't have access to my usual stash of nail polishes and tools so there's no themed manicure from me this week.

I did manage to lay my greedy hands on a new nail polish.

[Color Combos CMT307]
This is Color Combos' CMT307, a mid purple-gray nail polish with an abundance of gold flecks. The gold flecks are much more visible in person than in the photos. You can see a bit better that it's gold in the second photo.

[Color Combos CMT307]
CMT307 applies smoothly and achieves full opacity in about 3 coats. It is dense with gold flecks too and looks really pretty. But the downside is it does have a little bit of a strong smell. But I'm glad I've something pretty to wear right now in any case!

Feb 12, 2018

Plum Prosperity - BeautyBigBang10 Rose Flower stamping plate, Red Stamping Polish

Guess what...! The lunar new year begins on Friday this week!

[Happy happy joy joy]
I decided to go in theme with this super bright and cheery combination here~

[BeautyBigBang10 Rose Flower Stamping Plate]
This gorgeous pattern comes from a plate I received for review from BeautyBigBang. This one is BeautyBigBang10, which is the Rose Flower Stamping Plate (J6401TM-4A). As usual, it comes with a protective blue film...

[BeautyBigBang10 Rose Flower Stamping Plate]
...which you remove to see all these lovely floral patterns. I already mentioned, but I love how large each design is. I easily was able to stamp two nails each time!

[BeautyBigBang10 Rose Flower Stamping Plate]
Using the Red Nail Stamping Polish which I reviewed last week, I stamped each design on paper so you can have a look at how well it works! The patchy bits in the rose designs in the top row is all me - I was not generous enough with the polish.

[BeautyBigBang10 Rose Flower Stamping Plate]
It was such a toss-up between the plum blossoms or cherry blossoms - but I ended up with the plum! I was also super tempted to do the rose design for another special day this week (yes, Valentines!). These designs would also look great with leadlighting or reverse stamping decals. 

[Stamp to nail: BeautyBigBang10 Rose Flower Stamping Plate]
So here's what it looks like on the nail! I used a yellow creme base, and stamped over with the plum blossom design and the red nail stamping polish. 

[Stamping: BeautyBigBang10 Rose Flower Stamping Plate, Red stamping polish]
I really like how the contrasting colours turned out! Also, the designs are so crisp!

[Stamping: BeautyBigBang10 Rose Flower Stamping Plate, Red stamping polish]
Overall I've been really impressed with the products I've tested from BeautyBigBang, so if you're interested in trying them out, you can find this plate here.

Our code above will also give you an additional little discount when you shop there! Happy Shopping!

Feb 8, 2018

Pretty in Blueple - Sally Hansen Hat's Off to Hue, Color Combos CBL117

Today we have a mani which is a result of me just wanting to hide chips on the original nail polish I had on my nails, haha!

[Base: Color Combos CBL117
Tips: Sally Hansen Hat's Off to Hue] 
The base nail polish is Color Combos' CBL117, a light purple creme polish. I wore CBL117 for several days before it started chipping at the tips, so I decided to cover up the chips in a lazy way. :P

I used tape on my nails, leaving the tips of my nails uncovered in an asymmetrical way and going in different directions. I just wanted something a little bit more quirky. Then I painted over with Sally Hansen's Hat's Off to Hue, which is a light blue creme polish. At the parts where there were chips, I placed the nail polish brush on the edges of the chips for awhile, letting the chipped polish soften a little so that Hat's Off to Hue would fill in the gaps of CBL117 in a smoother way. I think it's worked pretty well here! It's not perfect, you can see where the edges of CBL117 has started to chip or lift at the edges near my skin, oops, but I can't cover up that part without covering up everything, haha.

Feb 7, 2018

Red Snow - BeautyBigBang Red Stamping polish, BeautyBigBang05 Winter Tartan plate, Color Club Pretty in Platinum

We are powering through these reviews for BeautyBigBang! I've been quite happy so far with the products I've tested. Let's keep going and see how the next one goes.

[BeautyBigBang Red Stamping Polish]
For today's review, I have a bottle of Red Nail Stamping Polish (J6415TM-6A) to show you. This polish comes in a black and gold cardboard box with a handy cutout in the front so you can tell what colour it is. You get a total of 9ml of polish, so plenty to play with!

I have already reviewed stamping plate BeautyBigBang05 in my last post, so this time I'm going to pick out a pattern from this Christmas-themed plate to try out in a full manicure.

[Plate to nail: BeautyBigBang05; Base: Color Club Pretty in Platinum;
Stamping: BeautyBigBang Red stamping polish]
Here's what I picked! This is the design in the middle of the bottom row, which is a tesselated snowflake design. I chose this one because it was past Christmas by the time I got this, so I wanted something festive, but not too obvious!

[Base: Color Club Pretty in Platinum;
Stamping: BeautyBigBang Red stamping polish, BeautyBigBang05]
I started with a pearly white base, Color Club Pretty in Platinum (previously reviewed here, gosh, over 5 years ago!). I wanted something faintly snowy, that would show a nice contrast against the red stamping.

[Bottle to nail: BeautyBigBang Red stamping polish;
Base: Color Club Pretty in Platinum; Stamping plate: BeautyBigBang05]
I have to say, I am so happy with this stamping polish! It's such a bright true red, and was really easy to apply to the plate and scrape. The pattern also transferred beautifully.

[Base: Color Club Pretty in Platinum;
Stamping: BeautyBigBang Red stamping polish, BeautyBigBang05]
In addition, the pattern is a very generous size so I even managed to stamp more than one nail at a time by making sure I filled the whole design out when applying polish and scraping.

I'm so pleased with this mani. It was really fuss-free and both the stamping polish and plate worked together beautifully. I'm definitely looking forward to trying out more from BeautyBigBang. You can find this red stamping polish here and the stamping plate here, and as usual, you can use our 10% off code above when shopping at BeautyBigBang. =)

Feb 5, 2018

Sweater Weather - BeautyBigBang05 Winter Tartan Nail stamping plate J3141TM-5A

In addition to the fancy polish holder I reviewed last time, we also received some stamping plates for review from BeautyBigBang.

[BeautyBigBang stamping plates]
They arrived beautifully packaged in a protective cardboard sleeve, which was in a plastic resealable bag for added protection.

[BeautyBigBang stamping plates]
I really love the colourful designs on these sleeves. In addition to the front design, the back has a hand schematic to show you the sequence of steps needed for stamping. Definitely a handy guide for beginners to stamping!

[Stamping plate: BeautyBigBang05]
The one I'm reviewing today is BeautyBigBang05 - a Christmas/winter themed plate. You can find this as item J3141TM-5A Winter Tartan Nail Stamping Plate. As usual, the plate comes with a protective blue film to prevent scratches. Just peel that off before use and you have a fresh shiny plate to play with.

[Stamping plate: BeautyBigBang05]
Here's a nice clear view of the different patterns once the blue protective film is removed. Up the top left we have what I like to think of as a Christmas sweater pattern with snowflakes and christmas trees. The next one along is similar, but now featuring sleighs and a cosy house design in addition. The top right is a sweater knit patttern, followed by a tartan/plaid design on the bottom left. The middle is a tesselated snowflake pattern, while the bottom right is another sweater design with tiny hearts and snowflakes. Phew!

[Stamping on paper: BeautyBigBang05]
When I first saw the designs, I was a bit unsure, because the details were so fine! But check out these stamp tests I did on paper. I wasn't particularly careful, just did my stamping as normal, but I had absolutely no problem at all with any of the designs. The hard part is choosing which to use!

[Stamping on paper: BeautyBigBang05]
Here's the biggest test - those tiny tiny hearts in the bottom right pattern. See how well they picked up, and how even the stamping is. I am impressed!

Overall, I'm really happy with this plate and can't wait to show you the designs on a manicure, so stay tuned for that! You can find this plate here, and as usual, you can use our 10% off code above when shopping at BeautyBigBang. =)

Feb 1, 2018

Star Echoes - Essie, Hit the Bottle, Emily de Molly, Orly, Jordana, Sally Hansen, Born Pretty

This was the mani I had on when we rang in 2018, and I wanted to go for a NYE theme at that time. I didn't post this that week just because I didn't have the time. ^_^;

[Star Echoes]
So I was going for a starburst, colourful kind of look against a dark background. I used Essie's Lots of Lux for the base, which is a dark blue glitter that dries matte. I also used Hit the Bottle's Holo There Beautiful, a silver holo stamping polish, with Born Pretty's BP-L050 stamping plate, which Ev has reviewed here in the past.

After I stamped the starburst pattern on, I added touches of nail polish randomly to the mix, such as Emily de Molly's Quest for Immortality, Orly's Here Comes Trouble, Jordana's Magenta Magic and Sally Hansen's Sea-ing Stars. They were mainly to add touches of different colour and sparkle to the whole affair.

[Base: Essie Lots of Lux
Stamping pattern: Born Pretty BP-L050
Stamping polish: Hit the Bottle Holo There Beautiful
Top coats: Emily de Molly Quest for Immortality, Orly Here Comes Trouble, Jordana Magenta Magic, Sally Hansen Sea-ing Stars]
 It's a bit of a mish-mash but I think it still looks nice!