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Hello lovelies,

 

I've just realized that I've never shown you the manicure I wore to the Professional Beauty exhibition back in February. I think it's worth showing (I got some nice compliments on them ;) so let's have a look!

 

What I wore to PRO Beauty Exhibition | Nail Art feat. All That Jazz
What I wore to PRO Beauty Exhibition | Nail Art feat. All That Jazz

 

I've used mostly All That Jazz products starting with Base Line base coat. Then I've applied two coats of Barfly Blues nail polish and Metallic filigree stickers on accent nails. For this particular manicure I've chosen the Rose Buds pattern in gold colour. These stickers are pre-cut to different nail sizes so I've just picked the ones that fit the best. It's better to choose slightly bigger one and cut it one stuck to the nail. All That Jazz also newly sells full strips of these filigree stickers so you can cut out stripes, shapes or anything you want.

 

I've also added a mixture of crystals, beads and metallic items as additional accents and then topped it all with All That Jazz Top Note top coat. When working with the filigree stickers, I would recommend applying two coats of topcoat to get more even finish and longer wear. I did just one coat because I knew I will wear this look just for couple of days.

 

What I wore to PRO Beauty Exhibition | Nail Art feat. All That Jazz
What I wore to PRO Beauty Exhibition | Nail Art feat. All That Jazz

 

Every time I use these metallic stickers my nails feel 'million bucks' and I think I prefer the gold ones over all the other colours..although rose gold comes pretty close! Anyway that's all from me today.

 

Enjoy your evening everyone and see you soon! Lucie x

 

 

Hello lovelies,

Today I'd like to take a look at the Born Pretty Store Chameleon gel polish collection. Nail polish world offers countless finishes and colours and the gel polishes lacked in variations for a long time. But finally I'm starting to see duochrome and other special collections. One of those is Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish collection. It is a low-budget option but don't frown upon it just yet...

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art

 


Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection consists of 12 different colours, each has a shade number, no colour name. I've swatched each colour over black gel polish base which is ultimately the best way to draw out the duochrome effect. All colours did have a certain degree of duochrome effect to them, I just had to look from the right angle. They look best with 2 coats over black to show the real beauty.

 

This gel polish comes in rectangular 10ml bottles which I find very compact and easy to store. Unfortunately when they are closed tightly, the cap does not align with the bottle which id driving me crazy and I can't tighten them properly. Holding and working with the big cap was a bit of a problem but I got used to it quickly. The brush is a regular square brush, easy to work with. I did have one bottle where the brush was broken inside and hanging on a little bit so I've only used it for the swatch. At some point I'l have to decant it to be able to use it.

 

According to information on Born Pretty Store website, these are UV curable but there's no more information on the website nor on the bottle itself. I have tried both UV (2 mins) and LED (30 secs) lamps and both cured the gel polish fine BUT as some of you may know, gel and gel polish hardens even when it's cured at about 50%. For proper curing we should always be using a nail lamp from the same brand. BPS is not a professional nail brand and I very much doubt they did a testing with a specific nail lamp so I would recommend to wear these gel polishes over a different gel polish from a brand you have gel polish and their lamp from. This way you avoid any problems like under or over curing (which can lead to separation of the nail from nail bed, dermatitis etc.)

 

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art

 

 

Most of the polishes seem to be duochrome particles in a clear base so they are not fully opaque in the first coat but they can be built up. The formula is thicker but manageable and I've attempted few nail art designs with this collection. Here's some inspiration for you :)

 

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art

 

 

Pros:

  • Cost - these gel polishes are very affordable. $6.58 per bottle or $70 for the whole collection of 12 ($5.83 per bottle), extra 10% off with code LUHH10
  • Availability - Born Pretty Store ships worldwide, it takes up to a month or two but often it's faster
  • Colour range - this whole collection has wide variety of duochrome shades, most of those that are available

 

Cons:

  • No clear curing instructions on the website or bottles
  • Thicker consistency
  • Lower quality packaging

 

Overall, these gel polishes are good for the price you pay and the colours are very nice as well. I was a bit concerned about the lack of information about them so please pay attention to my recommendations further up in the post. This collection is available here or you can find individual shades here. Don't forget to use 10% discount code LUHH10 to save few $$$ :)

 

Have you tried Born Pretty Store gel polishes yet? What are your thoughts?

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

*PR samples