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Born Pretty Store pink dotting tools for nail art review

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Hello! Tonight I bring you another product Born Pretty Store sent me for review: its pink double-ended dotting tools in five pieces with container. I already own dotting tools, so I was interested to see how these were different. They’re not really different, to be honest, but how can you go wrong with dotting tools, really? These tools are pink with BAO WANG written on them in small diamontes. I’m not sure what BAO WANG means, so it confused me a little, even after a Google search yielded no results. If you know what it means, let me know! I’d like to know if it has anything to do with nail art.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

What I did like about these tools is that one of them is a curved tool (on both ends) so if you need something a bit tricksy done, you can reach it better. However, be careful! When I used one end of mine the dotting part fell off! I could plug it back in but it was annoying midway through dotting! Altogether there are 10 types of “dot” you can create with these tools, so there is a wide variety for all sorts of nail art. I should mention the container as well, which is pretty convenient. It fits all the dotting tools perfectly, with room for more supplies if you wanted. It also has soft padding in the lid so the dotting tools don’t hit the plastic (plus it reduces the rattle noise).

Now, here are three looks I created below. All are simple, but that’s how I’ve been wearing my nail art lately.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For this half moon design I created the dots and the half moon with just one dotting tool. Too easy!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For this design I layered two bright colours over black using two different sizes. I think the black base makes this really work.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, I attempted a dotted gradient here, but it didn’t pan out, as you can see. I still like it though! I’ll be trying this again.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$18.22 (here)
  • What you get: Five double-ended dotting tools in container

All in all I think these dotting tools are handy, but if you already own some you probably don’t need to go out and buy them. I’ll spruik it again – just in case you didn’t know, ha ha – but I now have my own Born Pretty Store code, HVX31, so please use it if you would like to get 10% off your next Born Pretty order (Born Pretty also has free shipping)! Thanks for reading!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 7: Sarah Jessica Parker nails

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Evening! Today I bring you day seven ofΒ The Cuteberry Nail Challenge; your favourite celebrity. I thought for ages what who would be my celebrity inspiration, thinking that I didn’t really have a favourite celebrity, but then I realised I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Sarah Jessica Parker so who else better to replicate? Granted, this is SJP as Carrie, but it’s still technically SJP!

Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw nail art by Dry, Dammit!

My nails are of the pink dress Carrie wears in the first Sex and the City film where she calls Samantha to tell her about her engagement to Big. I kept it simple and just took the main colours and shapes from her dress, those being pink, black and white, as well as the stripe for the belt and the dots for the studs. The next day after doing this design, a pack of 2mm silver studs came in the mail, which would have been so perfect for the studs over the black! Oh well.

Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I was really happy with this design. My boss even noticed this design, which is a first for him. That then got me going on a bit about nail polish, which I think he got bored of pretty quick though unfortunately.

Polishes I used:

  • Ulta3 Pink Hibiscus (pink)
  • Models Prefer No Angel (white)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint striper in black

So, what do you think? I tried to be as neat as possible but I think there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Still, it looked good from a distance, ha ha. Thanks for reading!


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Butterfly wing nails with W7 Last Tango in Paris

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Good evening! Tonight I bring you a quick post to show you some nail art I did with W7 Last Tango in Paris. I needed to cover up my worn tips so I figured instead of doing a French manicure, why not try a butterfly manicure? It turns out it was so much easier than I thought it would be, so of course that made me happy.

W7 Last Tango in Paris butterfly wings nails by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Last Tango in Paris butterfly wings nails by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Last Tango in Paris butterfly wings nails by Dry, Dammit!

I think to make this manicure pop you really need to use a base that is more than just a creme, which is why Last Tango in Paris is perfect for the base. This is so easy to do; all I did was use a black striper polish to make the curve and lines on my nails, as well as to fill in the rest of the wing area, and then a dotting tool in two different sizes to make the dots on the ends of the wings. Easy peasy!

If I can do this in all my unco-ness, theΒ  you can too! Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


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W7 Little Black Book & dotting nail art

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Hello! This evening I have W7 Little Black Book to show you. I was getting a script filled at Chemist Warehouse near my work and it had a whole heap of W7 polishes for AU$2.99. I looked through what was there – there were a few good colours – but in the end I just settled for Little Black Book. I settled for one because I have another W7 polish, which I don’t know the name of as the label has come off, and it’s quite watery. But I am pleased to say that Little Black Book is a much better formula, so maybe I’ll be back to Chemist Warehouse soon!

W7 Little Black Book by Dry, Dammit!

While you might think Little Black Book is black, it’s actually more of a deep brown creme with purple and golden shimmer through it. What you see on my nails is two coats. Be wary when you apply the second coat though: if you don’t wait for it to dry a bit it will drag and bald a little when you run the brush over the first coat. Speaking of which, while the W7 bottles are the same as OPI bottles, the brushes are thinner but still reasonable to use.

W7 Little Black Book by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Little Black Book by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Little Black Book by Dry, Dammit!

This is a really nice polish for winter. It’s much more sparkly in real life as well, as you might be able to tell from the bottle shot.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$2.99
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

And because I like Little Black Book so much I thought why not put some dots on top? I used Models Prefer No Angel and two dotting tools in different sizes to get what you see below. Oh, and I popped a matte top coat on just for something different.

W7 Little Black Book dotted nail art by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Little Black Book dotted nail art by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Little Black Book dotted nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I think it turned out really cute. I typically have a habit of smudging the dots so I’m quite impressed I managed to get them looking like dots. Practice makes perfect! Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


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Taping & dotting nail art featuring Rimmel London, Max Factor & Covergirl polishes

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Hello! So as I mentioned in yesterday’s post I have some nail art to show you today. While it’s pretty simple, I think it’s come up quite well.

Max Factor Deep Grey Rimmel London Royal Blue Covergirl Tickled Pink nail art

I used my base of Max Factor Deep Grey and then made the lines and dots with Covergirl Tickled Pink from the Outlast Stay Brilliant Collection and Rimmel London Royal Blue from the Metal Rush Collection. To make the stripe in the middle I used two strips of nail art tape and just dabbed the nail polish brush on the side I wanted to colour. I broke it up a bit by doing a straight line on my ring finger instead of all diagonal lines.

Max Factor Deep Grey Rimmel London Royal Blue Covergirl Tickled Pink nail art

Max Factor Deep Grey Rimmel London Royal Blue Covergirl Tickled Pink nail art

Max Factor Deep Grey Rimmel London Royal Blue Covergirl Tickled Pink nail art

I think I definitely need to improve on my dotting; although I used two different sized dotting tools the dots look the same size on some fingers. But I am getting there!

So, what do you think? Any good? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!