Saturday, January 20, 2018

Gradient sponge tool from BeautyBigBang

Gradient sponge tool from BeautyBigBang

Today I’m going to show you a sponging tool I got from Beauty Big Bang recently in return for an honest review. Beauty Big Bang is a web store that sells all kinds of stuff for nails and nail art and they ship internationally. The tool is listed as “Double-ended Nail Gradient Shading Pen Sponge Head Nail Tool”.

The tool looks like this, and you can find it here:

I wasn’t really in the mood for a gradient so I did something else. I used the tool to sponge an effect polish down the middle of a manicure. I poured out a bit of polish on a piece of plastic (the middle of a nail wheel, actually) and then dipped the tool in the polish before I transferred it onto the middle of my nails. It was really easy and pretty precise too. I didn’t mask my cuticles before I sponged and I managed to keep the shimmer and glitter on the nails.

Here’s what it all ended up looking like.

I also make a metallic stripe down the middle. I really liked the effect that gave.

This is what the sponge looked like after my work.

I cleaned the sponge tool up with nail polish remover before I took this last picture. I do believe it’s possible to buy refill sponge heads but it is possible to clean them and reuse them, so they’re not one time only.

Polishes I used:
Sally Hansen: Fairy Teal, Kiko Candy Split #002, Models Own: Chrome Green

The verdict:

Easy to work with
Gives you a good grip on your sponge
Looks cool with the glittery bits inside

The price – depending on the price on the extra sponge heads

BeautyBigBang has got free worldwide shipping, and they are offering my readers a 10% discount. All you have to do is to use the code RBWM10 when you check out. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

China Glaze ~ Sparkle On

China Glaze ~ Sparkle On
Red jelly base with red glitter

“Sparkle On” is the last of the three polishes I bought from China Glaze’s holiday collection 2017; “Glam Finale”.

I used two coats for full opacity and the drying time was pretty good. I made some random tree-ish lines with a black polish from OPI called “Never Have Too Mani Friends!” and then made some silver dots berry-ish dots with Superchic’s “Bubble Freeze”, that happens to still sit on my table.

Here’s the end result including two layers of topcoat.

And here’s “Sparkle On” on its own. This is two coats plus a layer of topcoat - that’s why I ended up with two layers after the nail art. The polish dries flat so it’s not necessary with two layers if you don’t do nail art.

Here are the pretty sisters.

This is my favourite of the three polishes I bought (out of 12 possible). I have a thing for pretty sparkly red polishes. It wasn’t easy to photograph so it’s even prettier in real life.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Glitter in a red jelly base
Overall impression: This feels like Christmas in a little bottle :D
Buy again: Yes

Thursday, January 18, 2018

China Glaze ~ Teal the Fever

China Glaze ~ Teal the Fever
Clear base with teal glitter

“Teal the Fever” is another polish from China Glaze’s holiday collection 2017; “Glam Finale”.

It’s definitely possible to make this glitter opaque on its own. I think it may require three coats though, so I went with underwear for it instead. I used two coats of Essence’s “I’m Cool with it” and then one layer of “Teal the Fever” on top of that.

I double stamped on it, first with “White” and then with “Red”, both are stamping polishes from El Corazón. The design is from the stamping plate “Celebration BPX-L008”.

I topped it all with topcoat and this is what it all ended up looking like.

Here’s “Teal the Fever” on its own; One coat over “I’m Cool with it” from Essence.

This is all the stuff I used.

I like this polish even though I had hoped it was more packed with glitter. It’s a really nice teal colour.

Number of coats: 1 over a coloured base
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Glitter in a clear base
Overall impression: I really like the colour of this
Buy again: Yes