February 2016 | Alexis Adrienne

27.2.16

Nail Art: Nude & Rhinestones

Hey babes! I have another Lady Queen review for you, and today it's on some more rhinestones! I like these WAY more than the other ones that I reviewed.
Firstly, I really love that these are actually prismatic and would flash different colours when I moved my hand. The other ones I reviewed were meant to be similarly colored, but I was disappointed to see that they were plain. I also feel like this shape is way more flattering for nail art! I also used these wax pencils to carefully place them on the nail.
I stuck them on using top coat over Essence 'I'm Lost in You' from the Nudes collection. Unfortunately, they didn't last very long using just top coat - I recommend buying rhinestone glue to stick them on!
Don't forget to use DRLC15 to get 15% off anything in the Lady Queen store!

Have you tried rhinestone nail art before?

Lexie xx
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11.2.16

Pink & Greige Valentine's Day Nail Art + Cosette Nail Shop Stamper Review!

Hey babes!

I'm not really one for traditional Valentine's Day colours or symbolism, so I thought I'd create a mani more true to my style using greige and pink! It was also a good opportunity to try my new Cosette Nail Shop stamper.
valentines day nail art
I used my Nailz Craze NC03 stamping plate - not only because of the design, but the images on my other plates were simply too small for my nails.
valentines day nail art opi mod about you
 I used OPI Mod About You (pink), OPI Taupe-less Beach (greige/taupe), and Essie Beyond Cozy (glitter). I stamped over Mod About You with Taupe-less Beach, and vice versa.
valentines day nail art essie beyond cozy
Now, on to the stamper. I bought this after reading Marta's (ChitChatNails) glowing review of it, and decided to bite the bullet and grab one as I've been after a new stamper for some time. The actual listing of the stamper I bought is no longer on Cosette Nail Shop, but it's basically the non-defective version of this one. Note that it's described as squishy, which was another big draw for me to this product.
cosette nail shop purple stamper
See through stampers are really cool to use as they help you line up nail art PERFECTLY on your nail, since you can look straight through it. I'm 100% sure that my stamping would not have turned out as perfectly straight if I had used a non-transparent stamper. You can see from the photos that it picks up images really well, and is best used in a rolling motion to pick up the image, then pressed straight down on the nail to transfer.
Now, on to the only thing I didn't like - it's not squishy enough. I was really confused when it first arrived (and when I first used it) because it just didn't seem as squishy as described. Frankly, I wouldn't even use squishy to describe it. I did a little more research and found that this is apparently an older style of stamper carried by Cosette Nail Shop that is firmer than the completely see through stamper reviewed by Marta.

However, this was only stated on the shop's Instagram account, and since ALL stampers in the shop are plainly described as 'squishy', I bought this under the impression that it had the same head as the completely clear one. If they're not equally squishy why describe them as such? I dug up my order confirmation email to see if I could find the original listing (I couldn't), but you can see that it's titled as a squishy stamper.

To show exactly how 'squishy' it is, I made some short gifs comparing it to my MoYou rectangular stamper, which I would describe as very squishy.

The short and the long of it? The stamper works (and it works damn well!), but it ain't squishy.

Have you tried any clear stampers yet? What nail art are you doing for Valentine's Day?

Lexie xx

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8.2.16

Nail Art Fail: Broken Glass Nails

Hey babes!

By now, most of you are probably aware of the 'broken glass' nail trend, popularised by Korean nail artist Eun Kyung Park (see her work on Instagram here). I recently received some pre-cut, cellophane shards from Lady Queen Beauty to review, and I thought I would try my hand using them to create a broken glass mani of my own. I used the color #60 over OPI Mod About You. However, I found this technique really difficult to master, and I am fairly sure it has to do with the quality of the cellophane and the fact that I am not using gel polish. The cellophane was roughly chopped and there were pieces of straight up regular plastic inside the small jar.

You can tell by the length of my nails that I actually did these some time ago, and was hesitant to upload them because they were such a disappointment. However, it's really important to me as a blogger that good and bad reviews appear on my blog - if everything is amazing, what's the point in reviewing?

I attempted to do this in two ways - the first, I would apply the cellophane to nail polish that was still slightly wet and sticky on my nail. This didn't work for multiple reasons; firstly, the polish was too wet for me to press down firmly enough for the cellophane to stick. Due to being chopped and crammed into a small container, the pieces often were bent and stuck out at odd angles. This made it quite difficult to stick down to a flat surface. Secondly, the pieces of cellophane tended to lift up the wet polish and leave bare patches of nail. So I attempted my next technique - applying the cellophane to fully dry nails, using topcoat as 'glue' to hold it down. This worked quite well until it came time to top coat. I always top coat nail art to achieve a smooth, glassy finish but for some reason, the more I topcoated, the more the cellophane lifted and curled.



While still ethereal and mostly alright to look at in photos, the fact that the cellophane wouldn't lay flat was a massive deal breaker for me. I can't stand to have anything sticking out on my nails, and I removed these shortly after taking these photos. I only recommend these if you are using them under hard gel or acrylic, as regular nail polish isn't enough to smooth it down and give the desired broken glass effect.

Don't forget that you can use my code DRLC15 to get 15% off anything from Lady Queen! I do NOT earn any money from using this code. I don't recommend getting this particular product obviously but there are honestly heaps of cool new things being added every day!

What's your biggest nail art fail?

Lexie xx
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2.2.16

Swatched: All of my NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams!

Hi babes!

I recently realized I have a LOT of NYX's amazing Soft Matte Lip Creams, so I thought I'd write a swatch post about them!
nyx soft matte lip cream nc25 swatch
First up - lighter nudes and pinks! Tokyo is too light for me to wear by itself, so I unfortunately rarely wear it.

nyx copenhagen cannes prague swatch
I overall really, really like the SMLCs. They come in a great range of shades and are easy to pop on for matte lips. They're not 100% transfer proof (especially after oily foods), but it's easy to increase their longevity by layering over lip liner. I rarely have trouble with the formula when reapplying, but I do find that my lips need to be perfectly exfoliated and hydrated before using these. Otherwise, they'll look like a flakey mess.

Have you tried these? What are your NYX picks?

Lexie xx

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Farmers | Beautybliss* | Makeup.co.nz

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