Monday, November 24, 2014

Konad Stamping Plate Review: M102

Hi everyone! I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Nail Polish Canada to do a review on some of their new Konad Stamping Plates. I already reviewed one stamping plate (see here).

The second plate I received from Nail Polish Canada was the Konad Image Plate #M102.  I was hesitant at first to use this plate since the designs are for french tips and my nails aren't the best shape to do a french tip design on. But I made it work! I used the floral design and stamped it over my previous manicure.

My nails started with a base of two coats of Beyond the Nail - Jingle Bell Rock. I was curious to see if my Deep Black polish would work as a stamping polish, and it does!! So I used it to stamp with :) I finally topped it off with PRO-FX - Quick Dry Top Coat.
The image on the plate transferred amazingly onto my nails! I didn't have any issues with left over polish in the plate, and the whole image was clear on each of my nails.
If you want to get this, or other Konad stamping plates, they're available at:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Beyond the Nail - Jingle Bell Rock

Hi everyone, hope you're all having a relaxing Sunday :) It's been cold, rainy, and gloomy all weekend so I thought I'd paint my nails with Beyond the Nail - Jingle Bell Rock to lighten my mood up. I used two coats plus one coat of PRO-FX - Quick Dry Top Coat to get this look. 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Influenster Love!

Have you guys heard of Influenster? I've talked about them before in some of my product review posts. It's been about a year since they branched into Canada, and I've been able to try out some new products because of them. Influenster offers free products to qualifying people in return for great social media coverage! The better job you do, the more products you receive in the future :)

Here are some of the products I've received:
 First Canadian VoxBox: here
I received a bunch of different products in this box, and I was happy because they were a bunch of products I've never tried before!
Since I reviewed them, and did a great job spreading the word all over social media, I won an IceBreakers Prize Pack (see here)!!

 Another great VoxBox I received, was a MYSTERY hair care set: here
It was so cool getting products to try without knowing what brand they were. After using it for a week or two, I received the FULL sized products (see here).

Influenster also has great timing because I was giving my nails a break from fake ones, and since they are really thin & I bite them I was excited to get the next product in the mail - ImPRESS Press-On Manicure set: here.

Another amazing voxbox I received was Lancôme Grandiose Mascara VoxBox: here. This was an awesome voxbox and such an amazing product!!

I just downloaded Influenster's App for my phone, which will make product reviewing soooo easy! & I like to be on my phone a lot, so if I ever get bored I can just open the app and spend some time reviewing products, answering questions, and checking out other product reviews. 

I really hope you guys sign up and can join me in on the fun! Unfortunately, Influenster is only available to those who live in Canada & USA.

Check out INFLUENSTER here:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

KISS InstaWave Review

Hi everyone! I have a very exciting product review to share with you all! Being a member of BrandBacker has allowed me to connect with the brand KISS. They specialize in a ton of beauty products and just came out with the KISS InstaWave and I was lucky enough to receive one to review for all of you!

The KISS InstaWave is an easy-to-use styling tool that will help you achieve beautiful curls all by yourself. It's a fully automatic, tangle-free curler that lets you curl from any position using either hand. It has a large button on it that lets you switch directions of the curl from left to right (which is very helpful!), and it has two temperature settings (low and high) with a max temp of  420° F. The InstaWave even shuts off after 90 minutes - which is perfect because I always second guess myself if I turned off my styling tools or not.

This styling tool basically allows you to place a section of hair against the barrel, and it will do the rest! By pressing the large dial, it will spin the section of hair around the barrel and hold it in place while it curls. After 5-10 seconds, you can slide the tool down and release your curl!

KISS InstaWave heating up (top - light is orange), KISS Instawave ready to use (bottom - light is blue)

Before using the KISS InstaWave, I washed my hair and blow dried it straight. My hair is naturally frizzy and wavy/curly so I tend to straighten it to control the frizz and volume. But I do love to curl it, so I was hoping this product would be great on my hair.

First picture: I grabbed a section of my hair and pulled it in between the large inside tab and the heated curling barrel. 
Second picture: I pressed the dial on the handle to begin the curling action.
Third picture: The hair has been wrapped around the barrel, and is placed there for 10 seconds to create a beautiful curl.

Comparison of my hair before & after using the KISS InstaWave
One side of my hair complete!

Before (right) & After (left)

My GORGEOUS curls after using the KISS InstaWave.

This product did an amazing job on my hair (I wish I could take credit, but the InstaWave did all the work!). It was so easy to use, and left my hair shiny and soft! The curls were so lightweight and full of volume. I would honestly recommend this tool for those who don't have a lot of experience with using curlers. 

The only thing I did NOT like about this product was that as soon as I plugged it in (not even turning it on), I could hear a very high pitched sound, almost like white noise. It got louder as I turned it on to Low & High. I messaged my contact at KISS, and they said they are aware of this issue (it's caused by the circuit to drive the motor), but they assured me that it would not be a safety issue. 

If you want to get more information on this product, visit their website:

The KISS InstaWave is available at Target, Ulta, or
Retail price is $59.99.

This review has been sponsored by BrandBacker

BornPrettyStore Review: 3D Gold Flowers

Another review for BornPrettyStore! I received these adorable 3D Gold Flower charms for my nails!

I painted my nails three thin coats of Beyond the Nail - Moonshine. When it was dried, I stamped over it with a design from stamping plate: MoYou London - The Pro Collection 10 using my Konad - White stamping polish. I went over it with 1 coat of PRO-FX - Quick Dry Top Coat and while still wet, I applied some of the 3D Gold Flowers to my nails.

The flowers were easy to apply (I used my wax pencil to pick it up and stick it to my nails), and they stuck on very well. I love them!

5 of these 3D Gold Flower charms cost $2.65.
Head over to BornPrettyStore and use code AJB10 for 10% off your order!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Konad Stamping Plate Review: M101

Hi everyone! I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Nail Polish Canada to do a review on some of their new Konad Stamping Plates.

The first plate I received was their Konad Image Plate #M101.  It's super adorable and seems to have much larger designs than I expected (which I am super happy about since I have long nails). I started off by painting my nails three thin coats of Beyond the Nail - Holly Jolly Christmas. When it was dried, I stamped over it with Konad - White stamping polish using the floral design on Image Plate M101. I finally topped it off with PRO-FX - Quick Dry Top Coat.

The image on the plate transferred amazingly onto my nails! I think I will get a lot of use out of this plate :)

If you want to get this, or other Konad stamping plates, they're available at:

Bottle Shot!

Close up Shot

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Website Launch: Beyond the Nail (DISCOUNT CODE!)

Hi everyone! We finally opened our new website for Beyond the Nail!! 
We can still be found on Etsy, but we will transition over fully in the new year. 

Our new website is easier to navigate, has more accurate shipping costs, and we can offer better deals!!

Until the end of tomorrow (Nov 16), you can get:
30% OFF your order when purchasing $30 or more!

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