Wait a second – what’s this?! A HOLOGRAPHIC nail polish – and a white back ground?! What’s going on? Well, I don’t particularly like holographic nail polishes, so I rarely buy them and more rarely still do I show them on the blog. I believe this is the first holographic polish I’ve shown here, and therefore the first time I use a white background. It was just impossible to get the magnificent rainbows to show up properly in my lightbox, so I had to use the afternoon sun and my bedroom wall this time. Who knows, the white background might just grow on me.
Black Halo from Urban Outfitters’ nail polish brand W.I.P is a dark grey polish with a strong holographic effect. The formula is great compared to the few other holographic polishes I’ve tried, and almost a one-coater. I had to patch it up on the index and middle finger but the remaining two nails have just one coat of Black Halo, and no topcoat. However, this polish doesn’t lose any of it’s holo effect as long as you apply topcoat immediately. If you wait around for the polish to dry, I found that all the different topcoats I have ate away some of the effect (might not be true with ALL topcoats, though. I tried Seche Vite, China Glaze and Dior). But, I’ll shut up now and let you guys look at some more photos. Enjoy!
Okay, let’s hold on to summer for a few more days, shall we? Check out these gorgeous hibiscus flower decals! I love hibiscus flowers, I have a big red hibiscus bush/tree/shrub/whatever they are on my balcony and I’ve owned it for years. It is getting a little bit cold for it outside now, but it will have to make due for a few more days.
I’m wearing these decals on China Glaze – Highlight of my Summer from the Sunsational collection.
These decals are a bit on the large side, and a bit sturdier than some of the decals I’ve previously worked with because of how they are printed (colored ink on a white base). All that really means is that it takes a little bit longer to apply them, and a bit more massaging them into place. As you might have noticed, I messed up the middle finger decal a bit during application, but heck – I’m only human!
I love this color combination, and it was only after I had taken these photos that I saw that someone had already beaten me to it. Nailingtons posted a similar manicure in her review of these decals, but she zazzed it up with some glorious stamping, so be sure you check her post out as well! Sorry, Sophie, for the unintentional plagiarism! In her post she mentions using warm water instead of cold to make the decals more manageable, which I will now definitely try next time.
You can purchase these decals at BornPrettyStore.com for $2.86, and if you use my promotion code below, you’ll get 10% off!
Before BornPrettyStore contacted me to do reviews for them, I ordered a fair amount of water decals, and these decals were in my first order. Aren’t they absolutely beautiful!? They depict, as you can see, stunning Asian women in the traditional Chinese art style, which is probably my favorite style after Art Nouveau.
I’m wearing these over Essie – Sand Tropez, a cool toned nude creme polish which makes the perfect base for this art style.
There are much larger than all the other decals I have tried, I actually had to trim two of them at the edge of the nail in order for them to fit. They were, however, much easier to apply than other big decals. They feel thinner, in a way, and aren’t as likely to crease as you apply them to the nail.
Check out the details! And I love how the colors go together so well – simply pure artistic harmony. Love these decals to bits!
You can purchase these decals at BornPrettyStore.com for $1.99, and if you use my promotion code below, you’ll get 10% off!
- Swatch of W.I.P (Urban Outfitters) – Black Halo
- Review of Pink Hibiscus Flower water decals (G113) from BornPrettyStore.com
- Review of Traditional Chinese Painting water decals (G074) from BornPrettyStore.com
- Swatch of OPI – Sprung
- Swatch of China Glaze – Drastic
- Swatch of OPI – Black Cherry Chutney
- Swatch of China Glaze – Black Diamond
- Review of Lotus Flower water decals (G080) from BornPrettyStore.com
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