Review: Two Thermal Gel Polishes

Contains products sent for review

I have always been intrigued with thermal polishes, but I have never really purchased any. They usually come from indie brands, and not a lot of those are made in Denmark (and international shopping fees suck!). I was given the chance to review two thermal gel polishes from Born Pretty Store, and to sweeten the deal even further, the thermal polishes come with a matte gel top coat so now I get to play around with that as well.

Because they come with the matte top coat that is also how I’m showing them here, but trust me – they also look good with a clear top coat.

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Nail Polish Declutter 2.0 November 2017

Back in January, I massively declutted my nail polish collection to make room for new ones. Since then, there are some polishes that I still reach for all the time, but there are also some that I have not even THOUGHT about using since my last declutter, so now it’s time for those to go as well.

I’ve gotten better at throwing out base and top coats when they’re empty now, so I’ve eliminated that category. I also don’t have any active dislikes this time around – I just have the empties, those that I don’t really use anymore, and those that I’ve never really gotten around to using.

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Matte Owl Nails

For today’s mani, I figured it was time for something cute and different than my usual style – matte nudes and a tiny owl. I used the very last of my matte top coat for this, so now I really have to get a new one!

Polishes used:

  • OPI – OPI Scores a Goal
  • Color Club – Blushing Rose
  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Yellow Striper
  • H&M – Black
  • OPI – Matte Top Coat

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Gold French Tip Nails

Simple, french tip manicures are what I like to call palate cleansers. They are such a great stop between two bold manicures where you want to relax your eyes a little bit while not leaving them completely bare.

I don’t wear gel polishes often because of the removal process (yikes!), but sometimes I don’t want to deal with chipped manis.

I’ve had the Le Mini Macaron system for a while now, and while I’ve tried other brands, this is the best system I’ve tried. I especially like how the lamp only fits one finger at a time. When I paint my nails, I do the thumb first and then I do them from the pinky to my pointer, so I can cure one nail while painting the next so I don’t feel like I have any waiting time while all my nails cure. (Which order do you guys paint your nails in?) Also, with this system, you have base coat, color, and top coat all in one polish, so it is super quick. The removal is also easier when you don’t have as many layers on the nail.

Anyway, rant over – these are the nails.

Gold french tips 1Gold french tips 2

Polishes used:

  • Le Mini Macaron – Meringue
  • Le Mini Macaron – Gold Glitter

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Jack-o-Lantern Nails

Ever since I got the new shade by Picture Polish called ‘Foxy‘, I have more or less worn it non-stop, because this is probably the most fall appropriate shade I have ever owned. I love it!

The mani was kind of on its last leg, so I decided to refurbish it into this pumpkin jack-o-lantern mani – the first one for me ever. It’s all hand-painted, and without tooting my own horn (too much), I think these turned out super cool!

Jack-o-lanterns-1Jack-o-lanterns-2

They are super cool for halloween if you’re not into scary manis.

Polishes used:

  • Picture Polish – Foxy
  • Essie – Licorice
  • Sally Hansen – Tahitian Sunset
  • Technic – Vert

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Bloody and bruised nails

Do you guys remember day 20 in the 31 day nail polish challenge (the watermarble prompt) where I told you that I had a water spotting attempt that looked like bruises and blood that I didn’t want to use for the challenge?

I saved that attempt to show you as an abstract halloween design instead. I think it looks just gross enough to pass for a gory halloween look – what do you think?

 

Bruises and blood 3Bruises and blood 2

Polishes used:

  • Essie – Cocktails & Coconuts
  • Essie – Hide & Go Chic
  • Essie – With the Band

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Picture Polish (Mini-)Haul

I think my Picture Polish wish list is miles long by now – I am seriously in love with the brand and the polishes they create that are so unique and different from all others while using a 5-free, vegan formula. To be honest, I’ve never tried any of their creme polishes, but that is only because their glitter/flakie polishes are the best – and they are always easy to remove without any hassle (unless stated otherwise on their website).

When they released a bunch of new shades in september 2017, which included the most perfect fall color ever (Foxy), I couldn’t wait any longer and I had to cross some polishes off my wish list. I only got four this time around (+ a clear jelly stamper because I haven’t had any luck with other clear stampers in the past), and I still have at least as many on my wish list, but I’ll get around to those another time. I had hoped to snatch up ‘2001’ as well, but while I was waiting for them to restock ‘Merge’, the shade was retired 😦

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