Scatter Crystals Swarovski Review!

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Hey Guys!

Today I got a chance to try out and play with a pack of goodies kindly sent to me from Scatter Crystals – they are an authorised UK distributor of Swarovski Crystal. Countless nail technicians use their non-hotfix flatback Swarovski crystals specifically for nail art, and the results are striking! 💎

I was sent a mixed pack of 254 Crystal AB (Aurora Boreale) Flat Back Shapes. The AB crystals produce the most amazing rainbow effect in the light that shimmers tones of pink, blue & yellow. To buy the set, please click here.

The pack costs £24.99 and here’s a detailed breakdown:

  • Round SS5 x 50
  • Round SS7 x 50
  • Round SS9 x 50
  • Round SS12 x 50
  • Round SS20 x 25
  • Round SS30 x 10
  • Raindrop (10 x 2.8mm) x 5
  • Fan (6mm) x 5
  • Rhombus (10 x 6mm) x 5
  • Moon (8 x 5.5mm) x 2
  • Star (5mm) x 2

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I couldn’t wait to use them, so decided to demo a #blingky (blinged up pinky) inspired by @notorious_nails_ on Instagram (go check her out!)

Here’s my YouTube video Swarovski application tutorial:

Otherwise, carry on reading below….

After cleansing my pinky nail, and adding a gel primer, I decided to use Light Elegance Cool hard gel. I wanted a clear base and something that was going to hold for at least a couple of weeks!

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I applied a layer with a gel brush and my base for stones was ready…

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I then decided I wanted to use an array of the stones, so chose a raindrop as my central stone, then a mixture of SS5, SS7 and SS9 around it. The closer I got to the tip of my nail, the smaller of stone I used.

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**TOP TIP**

I used a dotting tool with a small amount of nail foil adhesive swiped over the tip. Once it dried clear, it was super sticky!! This means the stones stay nice and shiny when picking them up and transferring to the nail.

So, once all your stones are in place you can cure your hard gel.

I then went in with a No Wipe Top Gel sealer and went in and around the stones with a super tiny detail brush.

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Then cure your top gel, and that’s it! Because the top gel has no tacky layer, there’s no need to wipe any residue from the nail!

Here’s the final result! (Pic taken on same day, but after a quick design change!)

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To summarise, this pack is absolutely brilliant value for money – for those who are nail techs, the stones work at under 10p each! There’s a fantastic variety and shapes to suit all.

Thanks again to Scatter Crystals for sending me these!

See you soon!

Sarah xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Kaz Creations Nail Decal Review!

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Hey Guys!

Kaz Creations, a nail decal & temporary tattoo website, contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to try out their nail water decals.

I was allowed to pick which design I wanted, and went for something I wouldn’t normally…My Little Pony! I received 2 packs of decals…this is how they arrive.

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The decals arrived super quick and well packaged.

**HOW TO APPLY**

On the back is a list of instructions, so if you’re new to water decals this is super helpful. The instructions specify these are best put over a clear or light coloured nail polish base.

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So I decided to paint my nails white so the decal colours would pop. So as per the instructions, I cut out the decals I wanted to use and trimmed as close to the image as I possible could (not shown).

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You’re then going to need a container of warm water. I used my tweezers to hold the decal, and held in the water for around 10-20 seconds.

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Once you pull the decal out of the water, lightly dab of kitchen paper to absorb the excess water. The decal will then easily slide of the backing paper and you can apply to your nails!

Top Coat, and voila!

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I found the decals super easy to use, as per the instructions. However, I did notice the clear backing it was on was not as flexible as I would’ve liked it to be. This is purely because I have high C-Curve nails, and a couple of them did not sit as flat as I’d have liked. If you have flatter nails, then it’s more than likely you wouldn’t have this problem 😃

I hope you found this blog post useful, and go and check out Kaz Creations – they have a huge range of nail decals, stencils and temporary tattoos on the website.

See you soon!

Sarah xoxo

Swarovski Crystal Pixie Review!

Hey Guys!

So I’ve seen a lot of hype surrounding the Swarovski Crystal Pixie lately. If you’re not familiar with it, its basically teeny tiny pieces of Swarovski to embellish your nails with – some pieces are round, some are cut.

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Rock Shock

I purchased the Rock Shock set which is predominantly a grey based crystal embellishment. There are 3 other styles to choose from – Classy Sassy (blue based), Cute Mood (pink iridescent) and Deluxe Rush (gold based).

With each set you get:

  • Bottle with 5g of Crystal Pixie
  • 30 Swarovski Flatbacks in 3 Colours
  • Funnel for easy clean up after application
  • Product Instruction & Application Leaflet

This is enough for 25 applications.

I decided to apply the Crystal Pixie to my ring finger as an accent. You can see my unboxing and demo video here:

I found the product really easy to apply and it gave a nice bling effect. If you don’t like embellished nails, or anything remotely textured then this isn’t the product for you. I did find a week on, it did catch my hair once or twice when I was putting it up.

**UPDATE**

I’ve had this accent nail on for around a week now, and its pretty much 100% still intact despite washing up and daily life etc. I know this doesn’t really go with the colour I have on at the moment, but would look amazing over black or grey 😍

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1 week old

I hope you enjoyed this review guys! 

See you soon

Sarah xoxo