Gold Veined Mirror Nails

Today’s look is inspired by an element of decor that was popular in the 70s: gold veined mirror panels.

 

 

Friends have mentioned that the sight of these either reminds them of their childhood home or their grandmother’s house depending on how old they are.  My mom decorated part of a wall in our house with these mirror tiles in the early 80s, and I didn’t understand their allure, even back then.  It’s hilarious that I find myself doing nail art inspired by this style now!

I of course chose to do silver mirror chrome nails as a base, which meant it was time to drag out the LED lamp and gel polish.  I started by applying one coat of Born Pretty Soak-Off Gel Polish in Black, cured this for 30 seconds, and then followed up with a gel top coat which I also cured for 30 seconds.  I opted to only apply one coat of color because I was in a hurry to get out the door and figured that the silver chrome powder would cover up any spots that looked patchy.

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One coat of black gel polish with one coat of gel top coat, both products by Born Pretty.

The mirror pigment from Born Pretty isn’t the finest quality because the particles are a little on the large side for this color, but it does a great job of making your nails a shiny silver.

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I applied this powder with a silicone brush to all my nails.  The result was grainier than I would have liked, but this was because I forgot to wipe down the top coat with alcohol.  Typically Born Pretty Soak-Off Gel Top Coat is a no-wipe formula, but it is still a little too tacky for use with these chrome pigments.  A smoother appearance can be achieved when the surface is not so sticky.

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Silver mirror chrome nails. The finish looks textured but is smooth to the touch.

After applying another layer of gel top coat and curing it to secure the silver pigment, I proceeded to do some stamping on top.  I used Born Pretty Store’s BPX-L020 plate to inlay a gold cracked pattern to the base color.

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The Geometry BPX-L020 plate from Born Pretty Store. I used the pattern from the bottom row, 3rd from the left for this design.

The gold doesn’t stand out too much against the silver because the color is so shiny, but there’s no denying that it looks like the gold veined mirror from the above picture!

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Stamping was done with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #1 (Gold).

I’m only slightly disappointed that I didn’t get a more reflective finish from the silver powder, but I do like the look.

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With nails this metallic, I want to go to a disco party!

This was a pretty easy design to put together, although using pigment powder is always a messy ordeal.  If you’re ever waxing nostalgic for some 70s decor but don’t want the permanence of a home renovation, put these gold veined mirrors onto your nails instead!

Happy polishing!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Clover Nails

Happy spring, everyone!  Sorry for the bout of inactivity.  My last round of gigs in the city had me completely tied up for a full week, so it has been hard to get enough sleep let alone keep up with my nails!

I had this green manicure done in time for St. Patrick’s Day but haven’t had a chance to update the blog since then.  They are a super easy and fun way to celebrate the holiday.

I started by painting all my nails green.  I used Pretty Edgy by Essie as my base color.

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How often do you get to rock green nail polish? This color is Pretty Edgy from Essie.

Because of time constraints, I resorted to stamping with plate BPX-L018 from Born Pretty Store for some four leaf clover goodness.

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BPX-L018 has the perfect clover pattern in the middle row of images, 3rd from the left.

To make this manicure a bit sparkly, I used Cupcake Polish’s Little Butterfly with the clover pattern to add some holographic goodness to the background.

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It doesn’t look very impressive right now, but the holographic polish adds to the finished design.

To finish up, I stamped the same clover design onto my nails using Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #12, making sure that the pattern staggered with the holographic clovers already on my nails.

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Lucky green clover heaven.

I thought it was interesting how much the stamping polish really brightened up the base color.  Pretty Edgy is a nice green, but the lime green clovers on top made my nails stand out to the point where random strangers on the street were noticing them and telling me how much they liked the color!

Hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!  Catch you on the next post.  Happy polishing!

 

 

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!