Saturday, 17 August 2013

Neon Pink Studs - and a Huge Topcoat Fail!

Oh dear! I'm a bit ashamed to share these photos, but I decided to do it anyway, because the original nails looked so nice!  This week I received a pack of the Born Pretty Store's new neon studs to review. They have a whole range of gorgeous brightly coloured studs in various colours, sizes and shapes. They will also be doing some wheels of a variety of colours as well.  Here I have the 2mm square hot pink studs, item 6968
neon pink studs 1
As you can see, you get a nice sized bag with plenty of studs. The usual price for these studs is $4.99, but they are currently on sale for only $2.99, which is a huge bargain I think!   

I decided that as pink and green are one of my favourite combinations, I'd pair these with two Barry M Gelly polishes, Key Lime (thumb, middle & little finger) and Greenberry (index & ring). I then added the studs using my second Born Pretty Store review item, these fantastic wax pencils, item 3975.
wax pencil 1
They're designed for picking up rhinestones or glitter and so on, and are just magic! Usually I'd use a cocktail stick dipped in topcoat, but that doesn't always work and can be fiddly, and doesn't work if you don't want topcoat on your stud/rhinestone - for example, if they're matte, or you're applying to a matte base. I was so impressed with this pencil! It's like magic, just touch it to the studs, and it picks them up!  These cost $1.99 for two pencils, and I imagine they'll last forever!

My nails looked fabulous. I loved the colour combination. And then I decided to just add topcoat, and THIS happened:
neon pink studs phone 1
neon pink studs phone 2
This has never happened to me before, but I assume it was just too warm, or I had too much topcoat, or something. Anyway, interestingly, my camera totally failed to capture the colours correctly, so I tried my phone camera, which also totally failed, but in the opposite way! The first two photos were taken on my phone: the Greenberry is colour accurate (index and ring fingers) but the Key Lime is far too dark. The second two photos were taken with my camera, and the Key Lime is accurate, but the Greenberry is far too pale!  So between them you get the idea of what they looked like, haha!
neon pink studs camera 2
See? Greenberry looking weird! And bubbles galore!
neon pink studs camera 1
I was so annoyed about the topcoat fail, because I LOVED how the colours combined and how the studs looked (although a couple are wonky, oops!) and I wanted to wear these all weekend. However, the studs themselves are just gorgeous, and I am a bit inspired for a few other ideas, so hopefully I'll be able to re-post with a more successful look later this weekend. I do wonder if the Barry M Gelly has something to do with it - this is the third fail I've had with these Gellys in the last two weeks (I didn't post the other two because they were so bad!)  With one, the colours just wouldn't dry properly at all, and with the other, I used tape and it made the polish lift off completely, which has never happened before.

If you fancy trying out these (or the other colours - click the link above, there are LOADS of great colours!) you can use my discount code to get 10% off any Born Pretty Store order. They also have free postage worldwide!

I received these products for review purposes, but words and opinions are entirely my own. I do not receive anything if you use my discount code, although when it's been used ten times, BPS will let me host a giveaway for my readers! See my Disclosure page for more details.


  1. I've had lifting with tape manis, it's a nightmare. Can't remember which ones, off the top of my head, but I know they were all the same brand, if not the same shade.

    Ouch on the bubbles though, I've never seen that before - though I have been having real drying problems in the hot weather, it seems to have settled now.

    1. Now I remember, from scanning back through your archives. It's every time I've tried to do a black on charcoal with a Sally Hansen & Orly Goth. I think it's the Sally that lifted, I've tried the same mani a few times because it should look stunning, but it always ends up lifting, no matter how much drying time I leave.

  2. I have an awful reputation with the gelly range. They bubble, and they end up thick and not drying. Hmm :(

    1. That's interesting! I'm glad it's not just me.

  3. Yay for wax pencil being awesome because I totally ordered one in my BP order. I use rhinestones in crafting a bit and some are really hard to pick up with tweezers.


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