Fall Maple Leaves Manicure

I know that everyone thinks that the beginning of September means that it must be fall, but officially the autumnal equinox is September 22. The leaves haven’t started changing colors in NYC yet, but I can’t wait to go hiking upstate once they start to turn! Here’s a manicure that really sets the mood.

I started by painting all my nails a bronze color.

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Firefly from Sally Hansen’s Lustre Shine line is the perfect shade for fall.

Plate BPX-L018 from Born Pretty Store has perfect leaf designs. I went for the maple leaves in the lower right hand corner for this manicure.

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Texas Strong Nail Art

Apologies for the lack of activity lately. The beginning of the new school year is always a tiring and busy time for me, and I haven’t had much time to paint my nails.

A friend from Texas had requested that I do some Texas Strong nails in light of the recent hurricane activity there. The victims of Hurricane Harvey have been pushed aside in the minds of many after Hurricane Irma hit the US not long afterward. Many prayers go out to those who are still recovering from both disasters. I’m grateful that those that I know who are in the affected areas are safe.

In any case, the first thing that came to mind with my Texas Strong design was to paint the state’s flag and a small version of the state on my nails. For those who don’t know what the Texas flag looks like, here it is:

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I started by painting my index finger blue and the rest of my fingers white.

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The blue polish is called Oceanic and the white polish is called White Matter, both from Formula X.

I did the star by hand with a small brush and craft smart acrylic paint in White. To get a more symmetrical look, I placed dots where the 5 points of the stars would be and then connected the dots.

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To ensure that I got straight lines between the white and red sections, I applied a piece of striping tape to use as a painting guide, then I brushed on red polish (Pyrotechnic by Formula X) over the top part of my nail.

The text “Texas Strong” and the state of Texas on my pinky were hand painted with a detail brush and craft smart acrylic paint in Black. A generous amount of Seche Vite top coat finished off the look.

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It’s a simple design that gets the point across. I wish I could have done something big and grand, but I’m still struggling to find the time to do everything these days.

Hope everyone is safe and well out there! Happy polishing!

Review of Born Pretty Store BP-124 Stamping Plate

Are you into travel? Do you want your nails to reflect your passport? Today’s featured review will totally make you fall in love with this plate!

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The BP-124 plate from Born Pretty Store will fulfill all your travel dreams.

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World Tour Nails

Happy September! I’m in the process of putting together my first passport application right now. It’s shameful that I still haven’t been outside of the US yet! I have some potential gigs coming up that will require a passport, so I figured that I better get that application in as soon as possible!

Today’s nail art features a world tour of sorts, containing all sorts of landmarks from different countries.

To start, I painted all my nails a pretty pearly light blue color to represent the sky.

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Faded Blues by Ulta Professional is a lovely sky blue that is opaque in 2 coats.

To give my sky texture, I went with a smooshy technique using 3 colors: light blue (Faded Blues by Ulta Professional), medium blue (What I Like About Blue by China Glaze), and iridescent white (Of Quartz You Can by Finger Paints). I applied dots of each polish onto a stamper and smooshed the colors together with another stamper so that I could apply the mixture of colors to my nails with both stampers. This allowed for a little more control over the smooshed look versus simply dabbing the polish straight from one stamper onto my nails.

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Review of Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #54 Pearl White

I haven’t reviewed a stamping polish in awhile, mostly because I’ve been sticking to some tried and tested favorites a lot lately. I’ve come to love the stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store for their pigmentation and easy transferring ability, so when I saw that they now carry shimmery shades, I wanted to try one immediately!

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Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #54

This polish is color #54 on their website and is described as pearl white, and that’s exactly what it looks like- white with a gorgeous pearly shimmer to it. The formula is a very thick one that is hard to shake up. There isn’t a mixing ball inside the bottle as far as I can tell, so you will want to add some if you have some available.

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The formula is so thick that it sticks to the inside neck of the bottle.

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Eclipse Inspired Floral Nail Art

I know I’m late for the eclipse related stuff, but then again, this manicure isn’t really depicting the eclipse. NYC only had 70% coverage, so I had to settle for NASA’s video footage of totality to see how truly spectacular a solar eclipse can be. Can’t wait for the next one that’s coming here only seven years from now!

Back to the nail art first. I settled on using a creme black and pearl white color combo to channel those corona vibes.

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I painted my index and pinky fingers with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #54 while the other fingers were painted with Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora.

Stamping was done with Born Pretty’s BP-46 plate. I picked a floral pattern that, in abstraction, could resemble rays of light beaming out from a moon in the center. I sound like such a dreamer, eh?

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The pattern at the top of the BP-46 plate from Born Pretty Store was my shortcut to getting floral nails done in a flash.

I again used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #54 to transfer the pattern to the nails that were painted black. For the white nails, I applied a chunky glitter top coat from Formula X for Sephora called Meteoric. This top coat contains various sizes of black and white hexagonal glitters as well as holographic flecks and makes for an interesting contrasting “space” texture.

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And that’s literally all it takes to get these nails! Short and sweet, just like the eclipse itself.

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Hope you got to see the magic happen as well! If not, check out some of the videos online of the big moment!

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Review of Born Pretty French BP-X20 Stamping Plate

The one thing I regret about being a musician who does nail art on the side is the fact that I can’t grow my nails super long to have French tips all the time. Whenever I do manage to grow them out, I certainly take advantage of the situation, but sometimes getting that perfect smile line across all my nails can be frustrating. That’s where this ingenious little plate comes in.

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The French BP-X20 plate from Born Pretty Store has an assortment of different lines you can use for French manicures or other color block nail art designs.

The plate comes with its own cardboard slipcover for protection from scratches, and as always, you must remove the protective blue film from the surface prior to using it. Do be careful while peeling off the film because the edges are still sharp enough to cut you if you grab them too hard.

18 different patterns adorn this little square. The three across the top are very similar but vary not just in width but also in the intensity of the curve. They can either be used for French tips or at the base of the nail for half moon manicures. Continue reading