Review of Born Pretty Store Thermal Color Change Pigment Powder #13

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been mesmerized by things that change color.  It all started with mood lipsticks and rings, then progressed to Hypercolor T-shirts, and now it’s all about thermal nail polish.

While thermal nail polish has been around for awhile, the products are still not readily available in local stores.  You usually have to order them online at specialty shops.  Born Pretty Store happens to carry a wide selection of them, and now they are offering the powder pigment version at a very affordable cost.

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Born Pretty Thermal Color Change Powder Pigment in color #13.

It does take awhile to receive the products from Born Pretty, but they offer free worldwide shipping and have great product selection and prices.  I waited close to six weeks for the pigment to arrive in the US, but it is worth the wait.

The packaging for this item is very cute.  There is one gram of powder inside a small plastic container, and it comes with a sponge tipped applicator.  The set is presented in a holographic zip sealed bag.

To use this powder, you should first paint your nails white and then apply a gel top coat over this base but only cure the top coat for about 10-15 seconds so that it stays tacky.  This gives the powder something to adhere to when you apply it.  The white nail polish can be a regular nail polish so long as you let this layer dry completely before adding the gel top coat.

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wild white ways from essence serves as the base color here.

I used Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat (not included in the set) over the white base, cured it for 15 seconds, then used the sponge applicator to rub the thermal powder over this sticky layer.  It is helpful to be extra neat when applying the top coat so that the powder does not settle into your cuticles, and keep a piece of paper or a paper towel over your working surface to catch any falling loose powder.  You can use a fan brush to sweep away any excess pigment from your nails and skin.  Please do keep in mind that this powder is very fine, similar to baby powder, and it will get kicked up into the air during the application process.  If you are sensitive to dust or will be using this with many clients in a row, it is advised that you wear a mask so that you don’t breathe it in.

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The thermal powder applied over the white base. Note that the color already is changing with my body heat.

Once your nails are coated with an even layer of powder, apply another layer of gel top coat and fully cure it to seal it in.  Just like that, you will have an amazing color changing manicure!

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The pigment is more white in hot temperatures and changes to dark gray in cold environments.

I find that the pigment is very sensitive to any kind of temperature change, and it was hard to photograph my nails as one solid color.  The instant that I tried to dry my nails off with anything, the color would start to shift.  You can see how rapidly the pigment responds to hot and cold water in the video below.

I felt that the smoky color lent itself well to a geometric pattern, so I added some stamping over the thermal pigment.

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Hipster-ish smoky geometric nails shot at room temperature. It’s a little hot in my apartment.

I had slightly more success in photographic the color extremes with the extra nail art applied.  I kept my nails underwater for one shot and tried to take another picture as soon as possible after taking my hand out of the glass.

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Cold swatches are on the left, hot swatches are on the right.

The darker color is a little splotchy.  This is due to the fact that the base color contrasts so much with the cold shade of the pigment, but I find that the smoky gradient is not a bad thing.  It looks like it was an intentional design.

 

Another alternative use for the powder is to mix some into a bottle of clear polish to make a thermal nail polish.  You might be able to get a more even distribution of pigment in this way because you can apply several layers of polish to your nails, but keep in mind that you will still need to have a white base color underneath it all.

While this pigment can be a little messy to use, it provides a great way to have easy, long lasting nail art.  Over longer nails, you will see a natural gradient as the extensions will be naturally colder than your body temperature, and at the very least you will be constantly entertained by the way your nails can change color in different environments.  Washing your hands has never been so fun!

I hardly used any powder to do this manicure, so you know this little jar will last you a long time.  Add this to the fact that the product already is affordable, and you know you will have found an excellent bargain.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this thermal color change powder pigment (retail price is $3.69 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

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Thermal Geometric Manicure

Welcome to March!  In the past few days, we’ve had quite a swing in temperature in NYC where on one day, it was near 60 degrees and beautiful outside to another day where it was 17 degrees with snow covering the ground.  The crazy weather influenced me to do something with thermal nail polish after being in a creative slump this week.

I started by painting all my nails white.

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This color is called wild white ways from essence cosmetics and is fully opaque in two coats.

I recently acquired some thermal color change powder from Born Pretty Store.  It is best used with a gel top coat, so I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my white base and cured it for about 15 seconds (half the normal cure time) before applying the pigment.

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Born Pretty Thermal Pigment in color #13.

I used the sponge applicator to apply the powder to the half cured top coat, then I dusted off the excess pigment from my cuticles with a fan brush.

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The thermal pigment is already changing colors as the dark gray shade is its cold state.

I applied another layer of gel top coat over this and fully cured it before proceeding to the stamping portion of the design.

Because of the dark gray and white colors in the thermal pigment, I decided that a geometric look would suit this manicure the best.  I used the diamond pattern in the second row, far right side of the plate below in a variety of ways to create a modern look.

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Plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store.

For some nails, I stamped the image as is, but for other nails, after stamping the image, I removed some of the other diamonds from the pattern on the stamper with some Scotch tape.

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Tweaking the design. The stamping was done with Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in Black.

I opted to do a single diamond in the center of one nail and half a diamond as a half moon design on my pinky.  I finished it all off with a layer of Ya Qin An top coat.

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The completed design.

The thermal powder is a little splotchy because it’s hard to apply an even layer of pigment, especially because the dark gray color contrasts so much with the white base.  The color change effect is also very sensitive, and even the act of trying to dry off my nails prevented me from getting an evenly pigmented picture of each individual color.

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The left side pictures are cold color temperatures while the right side pictures are hot water temperatures. The hot temperature version is definitely not splotchy while my fingers are still in the water.

It’s always fun to have interactive nails!  And even though the pigment is seldom one solid color, the smoky effect still looks cool underneath the crisp lines of the diamonds.

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We’re expecting more snow here in a few days, so be safe out there!  Happy polishing!

 

Matte Black Lace Manicure

Here’s a super easy manicure you can recreate for an elegant look.

Start with a neutral base color.  I used Samoan Sand from OPI for a perfect nude color.

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I love the simple perfection of nude nail colors.

Next to add some stamping!  Find a plate with some pretty lace designs on it.

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Plate BP-L020 from Born Pretty Store has all the lace you’re looking for.

I used a black stamping polish from Ya Qin An to transfer the first two designs from the second row of the plate and mixed up their orientations on my nails to make it look as if I had a continuous layer of lace over my nails.

After applying a matte top coat from Sephora by OPI, all is completed!

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The finished lacy look.

In all reality, I needed to do something easy so I could take more time to recover from my flu.  I’m finally coughing a little less, but I’m still ill.  I’m just grateful that I have the opportunity to get some sleep!

Happy polishing!

 

 

Fuzzy Flocked Bear Birthday Nail Art

February 24 was my friend Beverley’s (@thehumblebear) birthday.  You guys might remember her from my Star Wars collaboration last year.  She’s an amazing freehand artist based in Singapore that I met on Instagram, and she’s one of the kindest and sweetest people to boot.  When I was asked to participate in a birthday bear themed collaboration for her, I couldn’t say no!  In fact, I was horribly sick with the flu when I painted this and didn’t think I’d be able to pull anything off, but I powered through to meet the deadline.

I wanted to do a flocked bear on one of my nails, and because I was going to use purple flocking powder from Bundle Monster, I opted to paint my nails a deeper shade of purple for the background.

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OPI Ink. from OPI is a real stunner with its deep purple shimmer.

To apply the flocking powder, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Store gel top coat to my nail and then dipped my fingernail into the pot of flocking powder.

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What a fuzzy nail! We’re not done here yet though.

I used an orange stick to push the flocking powder away from the cuticle to shape the top of the bear head and ears before curing the top coat for 30 seconds to set the flocking powder into place.  I had originally thought I could carve the outlines of the bear’s arms and legs into the flocking powder, allowing the background color to peek through, but I found that this was no easy feat.  I had to settle for painting over the flocking powder with craft smart acrylic paint.  I used purple paint at first but then ended up tracing over those outlines with black paint.

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Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear… I swear he has arms, but you can’t see them because I have rather curvy nail beds.

I finished up by painting some simple balloons with acrylic paint on the neighboring ring finger and a nice little “Happy B-day Bev!” message for the occasion.

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I never understood why flocked bears tended to carry balloons until I painted this manicure!

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The requisite bottle shot for the collage.

Congratulations to all the other talented artists in the collage, and a big happy birthday shout out to Bev!

Happy happy birthday shout out to the gorgeous and talented Bev @thehumblebear! You are an inspiration for all us nail artists and your light shines so bright! Hope you have a wonderful day! 🎉🎂 🎈 😘💖 Repost @stormysway) Artists: @joannahowland @nette1919 @lina88makeup @ithinitybeauty @stormysway @nailzini @glacewing @tillynailsxo @nailbees @nailcraftaddict @nailartbykathleen @shinyandglossy @nailartchaholic @nailsandstuff_here @finepolish @erinsnailsnloves @dmcastellano @croloff303 @busybee_nails @vanillavixen907 @crystallotsofnails @girlienails66 @bearnailart #birthday #happybirthday #birthdaycollab #nailart #nailsofig #nailstagram #instastyle #bearnails #bears #nailfriends #nailsofinstagram #nailartcult #naildesigns #nailartcommunity #nailartclub #nails2inspire #nailartoohlala #lovenails #nails #instanails #nailsofig #iheartnailart #manicure #mani #notd #💅 #birthdaynails #finepolish #bdaynails

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I’m still recovering from the flu, so I sadly didn’t get to finish all the @glamnailschallenge prompts for February, although I did a pretty good job of keeping up until I got sick!  March is going to be a busy month for me musically, so I’ll do my best to keep up with the blog.

Happy polishing!

Chocolate Water Marble Manicure

Ready for another @glamnailschallenge prompt?  The theme for Feb. 19 was Chocolate, so I figured a nice marbled design would fit the bill perfectly.  You see fancy chocolatiers  put these designs on top of pieces all the time, so why not on my nails?

I started by picking out three shades of brown for the water marble.  They all happened to be colors from Julep: Vera, Olivia, and Skylla in order from lightest to darkest shade.  I painted all my nails with the lightest color to help with the opacity.

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Vera by Julep makes me want to have a nice cup of coffee with milk.

I usually suck at water marble designs, but I had decent luck with this one!  I used room temperature water in a plastic container, formed a bullseye by dropping each color of nail polish into center multiple times, then used a water marbling pen to draw out the design lengthwise first followed by a zig zag pattern.  I think the pointy tip of the pen really helped to make the marbling process easier.

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I used Scotch tape around my nail beds to make the clean up process easier, and because of the size of my container, I was able to dip two nails into the same pattern without totally ruining the surface.  Score one for saving time!

After some top coat, the look was ready to be served.

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Water marbled nails with a box of truffles from Russell Stover. Yum!

I think this water marble looks like chocolate especially because I chose all creme based shades.  Shimmery chocolate seems like it would be cool, but it’s just not realistic.

Hope you enjoyed this manicure and that it didn’t tempt you with any chocolate cravings too much.  Happy polishing!

Black and Blue Broken Heart Manicure

Are you guys sick of seeing pink and red colors all month?  Now that Valentine’s Day is over, here’s the opposite of all those lovesick manicures: black and blue broken hearts!  This was for a nail art collaboration put together by @nailcraftaddict on Instagram.

I started by picking a pretty jelly polish from Pretty & Polished called Heart of the Ocean to be my base color.

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I’ll never let go of this pretty jelly polish!

I used plate BP-61 from Born Pretty Store to do some stamping.

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I picked black polish from Ya Qin An to do a background of tied up hearts using the image from the top center of BP-61.

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Don’t pull on my heartstrings!

I tried to do double stamping with Konad Special Nail Polish in Silver along with the black stamping polish from Ya Qin An, but my broken heart design didn’t stand out as well as I thought it would.

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I used the image from the bottom left corner of the plate in its entirety on my middle finger and separated the pieces of the heart for the neighboring fingers.

Although I was trying to avoid doing this, I ended up taking a detail brush with craft smart acrylic paint in white to outline the heart shapes by hand.  At least the design wasn’t too complicated!

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Another layer of top coat finished off the look.

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Good thing it’s only the heart and not my nails that are broken!

As for the fab collab, check out our lovely collage!

Here's a fun black and blue heart collab that I participated in with a bunch of talented ladies. Thanks so much for including me! 💙 My solo shot will be posted soon. … The Ladies of Color proudly present our non-pink, non-red, beautiful, Blue and Black hearts for February. A great turnout from a lot of wonderful ladies. We hope you enjoy our non-traditional Valentines!💙♥💙♥ You can visit #ladiesofcolorbnbhearts2017 to see everyone's manis. Please check out all the participant's pages and art! They are listed here: @miss_chonails @dwooleybooger @cre8tive_nails_obsession @jamjams_96 @nailcraftaddict @nail.dazed @fyreblossomnails @damningeden @finepolish @mimi35c @susie_polish @painteddigits @nail_amazed @funnailsrandom @iampepperfan @busybee_nails @ttluvsnails @yayis_nails @gridqueen @theworldofcos @nailsover50 @nailsnartbyme @s._nailart 💙♥💙 #nailswithfriends #manicollage #manicollab #blueandblackvalentines #finepolish #manicure #mani #notd #nailart #nails #nailstagram #nailsofinstagram #nailpolish #cutepolish #nailsoftheday #nailspo #unhas #ongles #nailartclub #nailporn #instanails #prettynails #nailedit #nailspotting #💅 #nailsonfleek #nailswag #bbloggers

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It’s a cheeky manicure and all in fun.  See you soon for the next post!

Happy polishing!

Victorian Love Letter Manicure

February 15 was a vintage love letter theme for the @glamnailschallenge prompt.  I have to say, using peel off base coat is making it a lot easier to get myself to paint more because I keep losing nail polish off my fingers by accident, making it necessary to change my manicure!  Good thing that these prompts are so fun to fulfill.

The first step was to choose a nice base color.  I toyed with the idea of staining some tan polish with alcohol ink to create that old paper look, but I didn’t have that much time to paint my nails.  I found this beautiful crelly from Pretty & Polished in my collection that reminded me of pretty speckled stationery, so I went with it.

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This color from Pretty & Polished is appropriately named Antique.

I envisioned script overlaid with roses, but after digging through my extensive stamping plate collection, I couldn’t find anything that looked like what I wanted.  I made the gut wrenching decision to attempt painting the words myself.  Mind you, I have never felt comfortable with writing words on my nails because painting with a brush really doesn’t work the same way that a pen does.  I probably could have used a fine tipped Sharpie to do this, but I opted for the harder route and used acrylic paint with a fine brush and winged it.  A challenge for the challenge!

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In retrospect, a little planning would have gone a long way.  My first mistake was that I didn’t give myself enough time to do this manicure before having to leave for an appointment.  I actually had to apply topcoat after I took the upper right hand corner picture so that I could leave and come back to the details of the flowers later!  I took the most time with my index finger, which is why the text looks so much better and clearer than it does on the other fingers.  But unfortunately, acrylic paint dries quickly, and my mix of black and brown paint got thicker and thicker as I moved from nail to nail.  I guess I might need to get one of those fancy palettes that keep the paint moist.

I also felt like my text was too unevenly spaced, although perhaps that adds a more realistic charm to the look.  Ever try writing on an unlined piece of paper before?  I guess that makes my handwriting look more authentic.

My saving grace was being able to place the roses over the bits where I thought the penmanship looked too sloppy.  This was easily done with a few kinds of nail polish and some dotting tools.  The leaves are Monet Money from Finger Paints, and the different shades of pink are all colors from Nicole by OPI: (from darkest to lightest color) Berry the Hatchet, City-Pretty Rose, and Carnival Cotton Candy.

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The letter that I’m holding is a facsimile of one written by Eugene O’Neill to Beatrice Ashe on November 1, 1914.

The result turned out very pretty, and I’m sure that people will assume that I stamped the script when really I cursed a lot over the cursive writing!  While it’s not my best freehand work, I’m still satisfied with it.  I’ll just keep practicing my brushwork and see if I can do better the next time.

Happy polishing!