Monday, October 22, 2012

Born Pretty Store review feat. Butter London's Scallywag

I am so excited for this mani as I actually did some nail art!  Daisy from Born Pretty Store contacted me and asked if I would like to review a product.  I excitedly responded and told her I wanted to review these sequin glitters.  After seeing awesome mani after awesome mani from Sammy of The Nailasaurus using these glitters I wanted to try my hand at it.  After watching her video tutorial on how to use these, I went to work.

More after the jump!

For the base of this mani, I used one of the new Butter London polishes called Scallywag.  Scallywag is a bright blue micro glitter.  Probably not terribly unique, but I don't have anything like that.  As discussed in the previous post, this is one of three new Butter London polishes I recently purchased from Ulta's B2G1.

I was actually able to get pretty full coverage with 2 coats, but I added 3 coats to all fingers without the sequins.  I seriously love full coverage glitters.  For the accent nails I used 3 different colors of the sequins.  I used the blue, teal and bright silver sequin.  I wanted to go for a "gradient" look, and actually it turned out well!  Being not at all talented in nail art, I had a feeling this was going to be a hot mess, but I actually really like it!

Having watched Sammy's video, I thought "piece of cake!" (I'm pretty sure that's what I say every time I try to attempt nail art), but I immediately found positioning the sequins the way she did was not was not effing happening!  So I had gotten discouraged by that, but after I realized that the glitter in the Butter London hid the fact that the sequins were not perfectly applied.  If you think this hand looks bad, you should see my left hand! (I'm left handed)

But honestly, this looks so awesome from far away.  Who's looking at your nails close up anyways?!?

Ignore that nasty dry bit at the corner of my nail....I hate when the season's change and my skin gets super dry!  It always just kinda hits before I realize how dry my cuticles get!

You can kinda see the gradient of the colors I used (you can also tell how terribly placed they are!)  It seriously looks much better from farther away!

I LOVE the way this turned out, its like a disco ball on my nails!  I really wish I had the patience to do this to all my nails, but I'm pretty sure I would get mad or pissed off, and that would ruin the fun of this mani.  The pics don't do this justice, it was so sparkly!

Some tips I have for applying these are:
- Use a slow drying topcoat or clear polish.  I don't have any regular topcoats, everything I have is quick dry, so I used Gelous.  I applied a coat of Gelous to my accent nails before applying the sequin.
- Take your time.  If my coat of Gelous wasn't tacky enough, I would pick up my sequin, carefully dip it into the blob of Gelous, and then apply.
- Use a pointed dotting tool.  I used the smallest one I have.  Sammy uses a toothpick, but I am not at all dexterous enough to use something so tiny.
- Use a couple coats of topcoat to finish this off.  After I applied these, let everything dry, then hopped in the shower, I noticed I was loosing glitters left and right.  Even though I applied a coat of topcoat that was perfectly smooth, I was still loosing glitters.
- And most importantly, don't apply when you have an empty stomach and nothing but coffee on board.  I was shaking like CrAzY!  And it was not helpful, lol.

Daisy was also kind enough to send me a code so you all can get 10% off your entire order.  I've ordered from Born Pretty Store before, and am impressed with how quick the shipping is (and its free worldwide shipping!).  They are based out in China, and the shipping is lightning fast from there!  These took exactly 11 days to reach me here in Seattle.

Use the coupon code SEL91 for 10% off your order.  For only $6.45, you really can't go wrong with this product!  Oh the possibilities!  I can't wait to play with these more!

*This product was sent to me for review. 


  1. The gradient is perfect, really like what you did with the glequins!

  2. uhh why do they call them glequins? I am dumb! but it looks cool, I totally see the gradient... and thanks for the code- I've ordered from them before like almost a month ago but havent gotten it yet :P

  3. Ummmmmmm holy cow this is sooooo awesome!!! Inspired! :)

  4. I quite surprised myself with this one! Even though the placement wasn't anywhere near perfect, from far away, they looked awesome!

  5. I think they call them glequins cause technically they are glitter, but they look like sequins when applied.

    I hope you get your order soon! I know they say expect 3-6 weeks. But the few times I've ordered I've gotten them just as fast as this one.

  6. this is sooo pretty :)

  7. Ooh, this is a really cute manicure! I love the gradient of the sequins.

  8. Thanks! I feel like I haven't seen a gradient using these, and i really enjoyed it.

  9. Thank you Sarah! I liked the gradient part too!

  10. Beautiful manicure! I love how this turned out :)

  11. pretty polish and I really like your accent nail!


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