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Born Pretty Store rhinestone studs for nail art review

Evening! Tonight I bring you another Born Pretty Store product I was sent for review: rhinestone studs. My pictures are just to illustrate what the studs look like, but I’ve also worn a few in different designs I didn’t photograph and I can tell you for certain that once these stud are down with top coat, it’s like they’re stuck to your nails. So you really don’t have to worry about them falling off if you think they look too precarious in the pictures!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

So the rhinestones come in this circular container that flips open. I thought they would fly everywhere and while it’s a slightly difficult to get the right movement to open the container with, I was able to do it and maintain all the rhinestones in their little segments. What’s inside are roughly 400 rhinestones in squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and paisleys ranging 2mm-3mm. I really liked the mixture, especially the paisleys as you don’t see them about too often. Once the container’s closed the rhinestones are sealed in and don’t cross-contaminate, which I liked.

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see I’ve just done some random designs on each of my nails, but it’s really simple to make anything with the variety of rhinestones you get. My rhinestones were placed over Revlon Copa Sunset and topped with a coat of Seche. I used a wax pencil to pick up the studs and it worked perfectly. Also, I have good news about removal. All it takes is the foil method! I was very happy with that. In terms of re-using the studs, I’m sure you probably could, but you might need to not use pure acetone on top of them otherwise they lose too much of their shine. I’m also happy to say these rhinestones don’t look at all tacky. I had thought they might, but when wearing them I found them really classy instead. I’m sure if you went overboard though it could be too much (like anything) – but whatever floats your boat!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$3.40 (here)
  • What you get: Roughly 400 rhinestones in squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and paisleys in a circular flip container

I’m really happy with these rhinestones and I look forward to using them in more designs. It’s a very simple way to glam up your look due to their “bling” look. If you buy the studs (or anything else for that matter) from Born Pretty Store, make sure you use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order. Thanks for reading!

*I received the product (rhinestones) in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art studs review

Evening! Today is Easter and I’m just getting to the computer now to put up a post I’ve been meaning to all day. I did some Easter nails, but since I did them in such a rush this morning they’re nothing overly spesh. If you do want to check them out head to my IG page where I picture them with my all-time favourite Easter egg: the Red Tulip Humpty Dumpty.

Anywho, I’ve been meaning all week to show you some nail art studs that I was sent from Born Pretty Store for review. These studs are probably the most “3D” I’ve ever been with my nails, and the way I wore them I think it would only work as one-night-only special. First up I have to show you some medium-sized gold / iridescent bows that I teamed with a gold polish by W7… sorry I don’t know its name as when I bought it, it didn’t come with a label. Oops. There is no top coat over the bows. As you can see, the bows are a nice size for wearing on each finger… but since you only get five per pack you’ll probably have to buy two packs for both hands, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

The second lot of bows I have are larger and a black / silver combo. In this pack you only get two, so I’m figuring you use these more as accent pieces, which I have done below. The polish I have on is essence Prom-berry with Seche. There is no top coat over the bow.

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

Now, what I really like about both of these bows is that they are curved to suit the natural nail shape. I found this didn’t affect the application at all. Usually for nail art studs I use a wax pencil to apply them, but in this instance as the bows are so big I just used my fingers. Sure, you have to be accurate, but it was relatively easy. Here’s what the bows look like underneath:

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

With the black / silver bows I found them a bit heavy on my finger. Honestly as well, they weren’t as flush as I would of liked on the nail and a bit “stick-y out-y”. This had its upside though because when I was finished with the stud I could just peel it off and use it again. Even the polish wasn’t overly disturbed!

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

I also have my own Born Pretty Store code now, HVX31, so please use it if you would like to get 10% off your next Born Pretty order! Born Pretty also has free shipping, which makes it even worse for your bank account, ha ha. If you check out both of the products on Born Pretty, you’ll see there are some other stud shapes to choose from in both sizes like anchors, hearts and butterflies. Thanks for reading!

*I received the products in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 & fancy nail art tips with studs

Hello! If you follow me on Instagram (please do! Find me at @drydammit or click here) you might have noticed during the week I was wearing a beautiful red polish by Golden Rose. Well, today I bring you the full story of it. Golden Rose is a brand I found while travelling, and I have to say it’s such a pity we don’t have it here in Australia. You can buy it on eBay though at quite a reasonable price.

Anywho, one of the Golden Rose polishes I bought is called 106 (sadly numbers as names) and it’s from the Matte Velvet Collection. It’s a gorgeously opaque pink-leaning red with bits of shimmer through it. If you haven’t gathered, it dries matte, rather than glossy. It’s a true one coater, which I was impressed with, and dried super quick. However, I’m assuming due to only needing one coat and no top coat, it chips like anything! You’d have to re-apply at the end of every day.

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 by Dry, Dammit!

I found the bottle to be awesome too, a really ergonomic lid with a pretty decent brush. The overall aesthetic of the bottle is quite slimline and matches the matte theme. I wanted to see what the colour looked like with top coat, so I put on a second layer of 106 with top coat and I think it looks pretty good!

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 with top coat by Dry, Dammit!

You probably can’t tell from the photo, but it obviously was way more shiny!

So if that wasn’t enough for you, I then decided to dress up my nails with some fancy nail art. I didn’t know what else to call it, ha ha. I used some nail studs I bought in Europe by essence as part of its Dark Romance Collection. The stud pack is called What Gothic Girls Want. It’s got some other tiny studs that I look forward to using… stay tuned!

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 nail art with studs by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 nail art with studs by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 nail art with studs by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose Matte Velvet 106 nail art with studs by Dry, Dammit!

Although I don’t have a lot of matte polishes, I’m quite happy with 106. Oh, while I remember I updated my stash page with all the recent European and Australian polish I’ve bought. Turns out I now own 488! Whoa, much?! Thanks for reading!


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Australis Indie & Australis K-Pop colour block nail art from the Australis Rockstar Collection

Hello! Today I have to show you some nail art I did with Australis Indie and Australis K-Pop, which I think are also from the new Australis Rockstar Collection. In my past post about Australis Frisky Feathers, which is part of the collection as well, I said there are four polishes in this collection. I now happen to think there are seven; four cremes and three glitters. However I still can’t find much about the collection so I could be wrong.

Australis K-Pop & Australis Indie colour block nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Both Indie (green) and K-Pop (pink) are opaque cremes perfect in two coats. They’re really groovy colours too… I found them in the regular nail polish rack rather than the Rockstar Collection’s stand itself, but they stood out for being so different.

Australis K-Pop & Australis Indie colour block nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Australis K-Pop & Australis Indie colour block nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Australis K-Pop & Australis Indie colour block nail art by Dry, Dammit!

To get this look I started with K-Pop on one side of the nail as it’s the lighter colour of the two, and then added Indie over on the other side; no tools apart from the nail polish brushes used. As you can see I added some studs for extra bling. I really like how it turned out! What do you think? Thanks for reading!