Review of Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BPL-028

Attention all lace loving friends!  This is the plate for you!

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BPL-028 plate from Born Pretty Store.

I’ve had my eyes on this plate for quite some time now.  The thing that I love the most about it are the lace doily patterns with their fancy edges.  Normally you would have to erase parts of a stamped design with a cotton swab and some acetone to get such nice borders, but this will save you time.

As always, Born Pretty Store plates come shipped in a cardboard storage sleeve, and the plate itself is covered with a thin piece of plastic film that must be removed before use.  The long rectangular plates are also mounted onto a piece of white plastic so that you can’t cut yourself on the metal edges.

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The cardboard sleeve protects the plate, although now that I own a few of these, I’m starting to wish that the sleeve was printed with the plate pattern so that I can easily identify which plate is inside. You can remedy this situation by stamping each of the patterns onto the package on your own.

The rectangular images measure 1.5 cm by 2.2 cm while the doilies have diameters varying from 2.3 cm at the narrowest point (seen in the design at the top left hand corner) to 3.2 cm at the widest point (seen in the design that is in 2nd from the bottom right hand corner.  You will find no problems finding a pattern big enough for your nails provided that your stamper is large enough to transfer the image.

The etching is perfectly done, and picking up the images with your stamper is not a problem.  The plate is a joy to use.

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A subtle yet beautiful bridal themed manicure using the doily design on the lower right hand corner of the BPL-028 plate.

Those lovely curvy edges work well as a cuticle design.

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You can take advantage of the edges of the doily patterns to create elegant looks that cover only half your nail. This scalloped lace manicure was created with the design on the bottom row of the plate, 2nd from the left.

If you have a classy, timeless, and sophisticated style, this is definitely a must have item in your collection.  You’ll be able to find an excuse to use this plate again and again throughout the year.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $5.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy stamping!

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Wintery Bridal Nails

Blame it on the exceptionally warm winter weather that we’ve been having, but I’ve been dreaming of a frosty winter wedding theme: silver and white and sparkly.

This manicure only requires two polishes, a stamping plate, and some rhinestones.

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The stamping will be done with plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store. I used the design in the lower right hand corner, but you could use any lace pattern and still get a beautiful result.

I wanted a low contrast look, so I picked a glittery silver stamping polish to go over a pearl white base.

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Konad Special Nail Polish in Silver and mayfair by nails inc.

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Show us your pearly whites: mayfair by nails inc.

I used a squishy stamper and the silver nail polish to transfer the pattern from BPL-028 over to my nails.  I tried to line up the center of the design with the middle of my cuticle so that the circle would be in the same position on each nail.

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This metallic lace pattern could pass for snowflake crystals.

After adding topcoat, I used Kiss Nail Art Glue to secure a rhinestone to the base of each nail.

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All finished! I added a tiara ring for some extra bling.

If you don’t like the bling and would rather have a more subtle look, pearl studs would also work nicely in place of the rhinestones.

Whether you’re getting married or just want a wintry look for the season, this mani will get you in the mood.  Happy polishing!

Review of Ya Qin An #19 Stamping Nail Polish

I’ve been dying to try Ya Qin An stamping polish ever since I used one of their stamping plates a few months ago.  I’ve come to expect pretty good quality from this company, and I was sure that their nail polish would hold up to their standards.

Let’s start off by addressing the packaging.  The nail polish comes in a box, which instantly makes the level of the product seem more classy.  The box also has the added benefit of protecting the bottle.  Who wants to risk the glass bottle banging against another hard surface and chipping or breaking as a result?  I don’t!

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The sticker was added by Born Pretty Store for inventory purposes, but the Ya Qin An brand name is printed on the box underneath the label.

Also, although I’m sure no one who is buying this would need this, there are instructions for use printed in Chinese on the back of the packaging.  Even if you can’t read Chinese, you can figure out what to do based on the pictures.

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Instructions for use are conveniently pictured on the back.

The bottle itself holds 18 mL of nail polish, which is actually more than your average bottle.  Orly nail polish is the same size, but most brands give you 12-15 mL of varnish.  Safe to say, this bottle will last you awhile.

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Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in color 19.

What I also love about the bottle is how the base is pretty much a cube.  Not only will it be easy to store alongside other colors of the same brand, but it also makes the base nice and sturdy so that it won’t get knocked over easily.

Although the color is listed as #19 on the Born Pretty website, the packaging does not make any reference to the number anywhere.  In any case, it’s a pretty pale blue.  I think of the “periwinkle” crayon from the Crayola box when I see it.

It makes a nice looking manicure when used on its own.

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Pretty pastel. 2 coats of Ya Qin An polish in color 19 pictured without topcoat.

As a stamping polish, this light blue works like a charm.  It transfers onto all colors with even consistency and is completely opaque.  I love how subtle this color looks over a white background and the vibrant contrast it has over a black background.

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Stamping done over the following colors with plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store: Sephora by OPI- What’s a Tire Jack?, Orly- Snowcone, and Sephora by OPI- White Hot. No topcoat applied in this picture.

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A coat of Seche Vite topcoat smooths everything over beautifully.

I think this polish definitely is worth buying.  I’m going to need more room to collect the other colors made by Ya Qin An!

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Lace manicure using Ya Qin An stamping polish color 19.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $8.66 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/18ml-candy-color-nail-stamping-polish-newly-nail-varnish-stamp-p-21282.html

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Santa and Elves Nail Art

Who is still getting ready for Christmas?  Me, for one!  I could use some elves of my own to finish buying and wrapping gifts.

For my nails, I decided to dedicate this week to Santa and his band of helpers.  Let’s hop to it and see the color palette!

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From left to right: Tip Your Hat from China Glaze, Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime by OPI, White Hot by Sephora by OPI, Keep Me on My Mistletoes by Sephora by OPI, and Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora.

I began by painting my nails green and red.  There can only be one Santa nail, so I let him be the accent nail on my ring finger.

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Very basic Christmas mani using Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime by OPI and Tip Your Hat by China Glaze.

The next step was to add the zig zag edges of the elves’ tunics and the white fur trim of Santa’s suit.  To make an easier chevron, you can use pre-cut tape as a guide, but I used the brush from the China Glaze bottle and tried to swipe at a 45 degree angle across the tips of the elf nails.  For the fur, I used a large dotting tool with White Hot to get the fluffiness of the trim down.

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First level of detail done.

For the belt, I purposefully used a mini bottle of polish for the smaller sized brush so I could swipe the color across my nail in one stroke.  Alternatively you can use a striping brush to mark the top and bottom of the belt and fill in the section with a dotting tool.

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Censored Santa and elves? Nah, it’s just the beginning of the belt detail.

Using a sparkly gold polish like Keep Me on My Mistletoes and a detail brush, I painted the outline of a square in the center of each black section and then applied topcoat.

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Santa and his gang like gold belt buckles!

For a little extra detail, I added a gold stud at the base of each elf nail so that it looked like a button on their tunic.

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Finishing touches.  Now everyone can get to work!

I hope you have a great Christmas if you celebrate.  Happy Holidays to all, and as always, happy polishing!

Glow in the Dark Christmas Light Nails

The holidays are upon us!  In a week, it will be Christmas, and I got my lights up just in time…  on my nails.

I know other people have done the Christmas lights thing before, so to make mine different, I used some glow in the dark nail polish that I got from Born Pretty Store (use code RSSPX31 for 10% off).  Way to light things up!

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How awesome are these neon glow in the dark colors under blacklight? These are polishes by BK in 02, 04, 06, 10 and 18.

I wanted to mimic strings of lights hung in a window, so I used black polish (Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora) for my base.

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Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora make a very chic looking mani by itself.

I started the artwork by painting green lines across my nails with a striping brush.  Most people like to put loops of lights in their design, but as cute as that looks, how often do you ever see people hang their lights up like that?  The wires are usually pretty straight yet somewhat crooked from being wound up inside a box.

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Green wire is painted on with a striping brush and green acrylic paint by craft smart.

The glow in the dark polishes aren’t very opaque, so to make them stand out against a black background, I decided to paint the light bulbs across the wire with white acrylic paint and a detail brush first.

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The base coat for the light bulbs consists of white acrylic paint from craft smart to help make the colors pop.

Next I used a dotting tool to apply a generous blob of different colored BK luminous polishes over the white bulbs.

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Pretty Christmas lights!

The magic happens when you turn on a blacklight.  The colors really pop!

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My Christmas lights are on!

In terms of how well these light up in the dark on their own…  I can honestly say that I’ve never seen anything glow in the dark for a very long time.  Even after “charging” the nail polish under a bright light (or black light) for a minute, I only get a few seconds of happiness before they fade to black again.  But you better believe that I’m keeping these on for when I go out this weekend!  I know there’s got to be a black light on somewhere!

Hope you enjoy this holiday season and take some time to enjoy the beautiful decorations that are up!  Happy polishing!

Review of Temix B49 Peel-Off Base Coat

I’m always trying to find alternatives for acetone nail polish removers.  Anyone who has worn a glittery nail polish knows how painful it is to try to take it off when you’re done with your manicure.  When I saw that Temix had a peel off base coat, I wanted to try it out.  After all, they made such a wonderful stamping nail polish that I thought this base coat could be the answer to my prayers.

The bottle itself reminds me of those little polishes by Ciaté.  It’s only 7 ml, which is about half the amount you would get in a full sized bottle of nail polish, but it looks very cute.

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B49 base coat by Temix.

The actual base coat is a slightly cloudy translucent color that goes on clear.  It smells great, which is a surprise.  I can’t really place the odor, but it has a sweet fruity scent.

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What the base coat looks like over bare nails. Please excuse the slight discoloration on my nails- they got stained from some polish awhile ago and are still growing out.

The sad part is that most of the writing on the bottle is in Chinese, so I don’t know what it says or what the specific instructions for use are.  If anyone else can translate the text, please leave a comment below!

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The backside of the Temix bottle is all in Chinese. This could be a listing of ingredients or the instructions for use, but I have no idea as to what it says.

I proceeded to use the base coat like any normal one- I applied one coat to clean nails prior to painting them with nail color and topcoat.

I found that the base coat had great staying power as I had my manicure on for about a week before attempting to remove the polish.  Anyone who has used Elmer’s School Glue as a base coat knows that you can never tell when your polish might slide off your nail, so this was a pleasant surprise.

To begin the removal process, I took an orange stick and tried to pick at the corner of polish closest to my cuticle until it began to lift.

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Picking at the corner of the polish to try to peel it off.

The polish initially lifted off ok, but things quickly took a turn for the worse as I ran into spots that wouldn’t budge.

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This was all the polish I could peel off, and despite really trying to pick at the center section, I could not remove any more of it.

I tried to do the same thing with my other nails and ran into the same problem where the top middle part would not lift off the nail.  Even worse, when I did get the polish to peel off, layers of my nail bed peeled off with the layer of polish.

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Eek! That damage to the nail on my middle finger was not there before I applied my manicure.

I had to resort to using my usual cotton pads and acetone based remover to get the rest of the polish off my nails.

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After removing all traces of nail polish, you can see that my nails were damaged during the peel off process.

I really wanted this product to work, so despite the nail damage, I decided to give this base coat a second chance.  This time around, I applied two coats of Temix B49 before applying nail color and topcoat.

Again, the polish stayed on my nails very well for the week that I kept the manicure.  I didn’t have any chips or wear on the polish, so it functioned like a regular base coat although it was starting to lift on one of my nails on my dominant hand.

For removal, I did the same thing that I did the last time: I started at the cuticle and pushed at the layer with an orange stick until it lifted from my nail.

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Looks a little more promising this time.

The polish lifted away more easily than the first time, and I almost was able to pull away the entire layer of polish in one piece.

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Peeling off the polish. Note that the layer does not look like a single stiff piece as it does when using school glue as a base coat.  Some sections (the parts that look milky white toward the tip of the nail in the picture) had a bit of stretch to them as the layer peeled off.

I still had difficulty peeling off the polish in some areas.  I can’t figure out why I had this problem.  Maybe the tips of my nails are too dry, so the base coat really adheres to them, but I was really hoping that with two layers of base coat, I wouldn’t have any issues.

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These remnants of polish could not be peeled off. My nails look even more damaged after this round of base coat compared to the first time around.

Again, I had to use acetone to remove the last bits of polish from my nails.

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My nails after using Temix B49 for a second week in a row. I’ve never had so much nail damage in my life!

What was also annoying was that parts of the base coat couldn’t be removed by the acetone that easily, either.  Talk about staying power!  Even though my nails looked free of nail color, the surface of my nails was somewhat sticky in some spots.  I presume this tackiness is also what makes the nail polish last so long without chipping.

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If you look closely at my index fingernail, you can see the remnants of base coat that did not come off with acetone. This part looks shinier toward the tip of the nail. Of course, the nail damage is a horror by itself!

Bottom line: If you want an easy way to remove glitter polishes but don’t mind it lasting a day, try using the school glue method.  If you want to have a longer lasting manicure but don’t mind the risk of damaging your nails, you can use Temix B49 instead.

I was highly disappointed in this product.  I’ve never heard of having to apply two coats of base coat prior to painting my nails, and it still didn’t allow the polish to peel off in one sheet.  The extra time that it took to even try to peel the polish off plus having to clean off the excess with acetone anyway defeated the purpose of buying this base coat.  The damage that my nails suffered as a result is easily covered up by another manicure, but no nail product should ruin your nails as a result of using it.

Diamond rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ (2/5)

The only reason I’m not giving it one diamond is because there is something fun about peeling off your nail polish, and it worked pretty well as a normal base coat.  Plus the smell was nice.

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $7.03 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/transparent-nail-polish-base-coat-healthy-rapid-easy-peel-nail-polish-p-20784.html

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EDIT: 6/25/16:

I’m going to change my rating on my initial review because I have found that if you apply lotion to your hands prior to using this base coat, any nail polish applied afterward does peel off.  In fact, it comes off so well that it only lasts for just over 24 hours before the polish starts falling off during normal activities!  Do exercise caution if you decide to use this base coat because your manicure won’t last, but you will get some very satisfying intact pieces of polish as a souvenir.

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My peelies from this base coat as seen on my Star Wars manicure. Now I can save them forever!

I’m going to upgrade my rating slightly now that I know I have to moisturize my nails prior to using this.  Let me know if this works for you in the comments!  I’m still taking away a star because my manicure didn’t last very long at all.  Happy polishing!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $7.03 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/transparent-nail-polish-base-coat-healthy-rapid-easy-peel-nail-polish-p-20784.html

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Miami Sunset Palm Tree Nails

Can you feel the heat?  After trying out thermal polish from Born Pretty Store, I wanted to put some nail art over it that would match the pretty gradient that resulted from the polish.

The real star of the show was Born Pretty Color-change Polish in 100.  It turns yellow with heat, so my natural body temperature kept my nail beds a lemony hue while the tips turned a creamsicle orange tone due to the colder air temperature.

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The no-mess way to get an ombre effect: thermal polish in color 100 from Born Pretty.

I definitely wanted palm trees on my nails, but I was feeling a bit lazy about painting them, so I found an image of a single palm tree with an oasis on Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2.

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I chose to stamp with the image in the 4th row, 4th from the left.

The only issue was that I did not want to have the oasis in the image, so after I transferred the image to my stamper, I used Scotch tape to remove the extraneous parts of the design and left only the leaves of the palm tree behind.  The stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black.  With only the leaves of the palm trees stamped on my fingers, I used Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black (used for the striping brush) to finish painting in the tree trunks.

Leave it to me to forget to take pictures of those steps in my effort to try to get some sleep at night.  It was really simple to do, so I’m sure you can imagine what they looked like!

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Easiest sunset manicure ever.

Of course, with a thermal polish, the colors change under water quite easily.

The looks are pretty endless with such a shifty polish, and it’s such cheap entertainment to watch it turn different colors.  If only all manicures were so interactive!

Happy polishing!  🙂