Unicorn Pastel Smooshy Nails

Today’s manicure is all about trying to make some pretty looking nails. I haven’t done any smooshy nail designs since my first try in November, so I decided to use a pastel unicorn-ish palette with colors from the Life’s A Beach Sephora by OPI collection along with some stamping.

I started by painting all my nails white so the light colors would show up better.

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Sephora by OPI polish in White Hot.

To do the smooshy nails technique, I used a large stamper and dotted different colors of polish onto the surface. I immediately used the stamper to smoosh the polish onto my nails in a haphazard manner and repeated the process until I was satisfied with the look.

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I used light blue, peach, and lavender polishes for the unicorn palette. The colors are called Havana Dreams, I Gotta Blush On You, and It’s Hippo To Be Square respectively, all from the Sephora by OPI Life’s A Beach collection.

You will find that using liquid latex around your nails will help make the clean up process easier, but using regular tape will also do the job if you don’t own liquid latex. I used Born Pretty Liquid Peel Off Tape here which removes fairly easily.

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My finished smooshy nail design. Excuse the liquid latex on my fingers as I kept it on to make cleaning up the stamping part easier.

The finishing touch was to add an avant-garde pattern over the smooshy design. For this, I used plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store along with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #2 (silver).

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This design used the 4th pattern from the top left side of plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty. It reminds me of Frank Gehry designed buildings.

The result is a gorgeous color combo worthy of any summer festival or brunch.

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Silver adds the final unicorn color themed touch to this manicure.

This look was super easy to put together, and it’s great if you like light colors.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead! Happy polishing!

Summer Neon Geometric Nails

Hi, everyone! I’m a little behind on posts due to a flurry of musical activity on this end, but I’m hoping to catch up on things soon!

Today’s nail art tries to capture the essence of summer with some bright neon colors and bold geometric shapes. To begin, I painted my nails white using a color simply called White Base Coat from Sephora by OPI.

 

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White Base Coat from Sephora by OPI provides a simple white backdrop that is perfect for making neon colors pop.

To do the geometric design, I used plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store for the basic pattern.

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For this manicure, I used the design on the far right side of the middle row.

Using a clear stamper, I stamped the pattern with Ya Qin An stamping polish in Black, then I colored in the design with various shades from the Sephora by OPI Neon Lights collection. I chose a pink, orange and yellow shade so when I colored in the pattern, I chose to have pink and yellow stripes with the intersecting parts being orange.

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The colors used are all from the Sephora by OPI Neon Lights collection. Pink is Glowing Somewhere?, orange is I’m So Vivid With You!, and yellow is Mega-Watt’s Your Deal?

I decided to stamp these zig-zag patterns close to my cuticles, and I alternated the color placement on each nail to make it look more continuous.

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All done!

It was pretty easy to make this nail art, and it definitely looks fun for summer! Hope you enjoyed it!

Happy polishing!

Review of Born Pretty Nail Lacquer Metal Series B505 Heroine Polish

Today’s review covers Born Pretty Nail Lacquer in B505 Heroine from the company’s metallic collection. Everyone went nuts over chrome powder nails last year, so it’s not surprising that companies have been trying their best to come up with polish that has the same kind of effect minus the UV lamp requirement.

To be honest, chrome polishes have been around for years, although people might not remember them. This one doesn’t seem to perform much differently than the original ones although the packaging is different.

Each metal series polish is inside a sealed box with a window cutout so that you can see the color of the lacquer inside. The labels identify the product by both the item number on the website and the color of the polish.

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Straightforward packaging.

The polish itself is contained in a cylindrical glass bottle. Inside is 9 mL of polish, which is less than what you would typically get from a bottle from the drugstore. It is nearly identical in size to polishes from nails inc. with the exception that nails inc. bottles hold 10 mL of polish in them.

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The color of Heroine is best described as a pinky-purple metallic tone.

Open up the bottle, and you will find a fairly wide sized brush which is great for painting your nails in 1-2 strokes.

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What is also apparent is that the formula has a strong acetone like odor, so you will want to paint your nails in a well ventilated area.

The first layer of polish on my nails left a lot to be desired. Although the polish has a nice consistency, it applies splotchy and unevenly. Do not lose hope yet, though!

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One coat of Heroine leaves much to be desired. For this reason, I would not recommend this polish for stamping.

I was nearly at my wits end when I applied the second coat of polish to my nails. The formula looked extremely streaky and full of brush marks, but somehow dried in minutes to the lovely color below!

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2 coats of Heroine dry to a brushed metal finish.

Any imperfections on your nail will definitely show up when using this polish. Although no brush strokes in the finish are evident, what shows up the most are the ridges in my nails. I don’t like to buff my nails because I don’t want to thin them out considering how much I abuse them, but you should do that first if you want the color to appear smooth. I already used a base coat prior to applying the color, so that does little in the way of filling in the ridges.

The Born Pretty webpage for this item (listed below) also advises that you use a UV base coat with this polish for more of a mirror effect. This provides a totally smooth surface for the polish in the hopes of making it more reflective, but it negates the whole reason why you would buy this item rather than a chrome powder in the first place.

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As for the mirror effect while using a normal base coat as seen here, you won’t be able to totally see yourself in your nails, but they are reflective to a degree. I was having slight difficulties photographing these nails because I didn’t realize how much the color changed according to their angle to my light source.

While the polish itself is gorgeous, I decided to add some stamping over it to emphasize the brushed metal effect.

I did experience some chipping within a few days of wearing this manicure, but I remember that the original chrome nail makeup formulas did not last very long, either.

I don’t think that this polish can substitute for the chrome powders that require gel polish, but it does look quite stunning. The metallic look of the polish is muted and looks more like colored aluminum foil than shiny chrome, so as long as you know not to expect the same effect, you will love this color. For those of us who simply do not want to use gel polish, this is perfect. Just be patient with the application and be sure to use 2 coats of color along with a base coat and a top coat for the best results.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $6.99 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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/born-pretty-metallic-nail-lacquer-mirror-effect-metal-rose-gold-silver-nail-polish-varnish-p-39763.html

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Optical Illusion Metallic Geometric Nails

I got some beautiful chrome nail lacquer from Born Pretty recently and wanted to do a nice elegant brushed metal look to compliment it.

The star was really this base color in my opinion. I recall Sally Hansen having similar chrome polish over a decade ago, and the new metallic series from Born Pretty channels the original collection perfectly.

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2 coats of Heroine from Born Pretty gives your nails a beautiful metallic surface.

For the nail art, I chose an image from plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty.

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This manicure utilizes the 2nd pattern from the left in the top row of plate BP-L070.

The faux 3D effect was achieved with double stamping. I first stamped the image onto all my nails with black polish from Ya Qin An.

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Next I used a clear stamper with the same design and silver polish from Ya Qin An and carefully aligned the design over the black polish already on my nails. The second application should offset the lines just enough to create a silhouetted 3D like effect.

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I liked the brushed metal effect, so I applied a matte top coat from Sephora by OPI over the design to preserve the stamping.

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Although this design looks complex, it was super easy to do. Also, because the design is double stamped, any flaws with the transfer aren’t as noticeable and actually aid in the 3D effect! There is definitely beauty in imperfection.

Hope you have a great day! Happy polishing!

 

 

National Doughnut Day Nails

National Doughnut Day was on June 2 this year, and I totally missed it! I love a good doughnut and wanted to show my appreciation, so I came up with these delectable nails to celebrate in my own way.

I cheated by using a stamping plate to make the doughnuts, although in retrospect this would have been a lot faster doing the design by hand! So do be warned, if you try this at home, it will take a few hours to complete all the steps for all 10 nails.

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The Cake BPX-23 from Born Pretty Store has lots of yummy looking images on it.

Because the plate did not have a full size doughnut image, I decided to make my own out of the image in the 3rd row, 2nd from the right. I used the Lotus Mat from Bundle Monster to make the decals, but you can use a plastic sandwich bag or something similar in lieu of a silicone mat instead.

Start by applying thick swatches of top coat to your mat that are big enough to cover each of your nails and allow them to dry completely. I used HK Girl top coat from Glisten & Glow for this step.

Next, take a dark brown polish (Olivia from Julep) and stamp the doughnut image multiple times onto each dried swatch of top coat. Stamp as many or as little times as you like, but try to think of how you want the placement of the design to look on your nail.

Now the fun part: adult coloring time! Pick a color you would like your doughnut base to be (a light brown like Vera from Julep works well) and a color for your frosting on top. Because it was taking forever to make these decals, I stuck with a strawberry pink for all my donuts (Carnival Cotton Candy from Nicole by OPI), but you can come up with whatever flavors you like- vanilla, chocolate, blueberry, grape… you get the picture. Try to stay within the lines, although your patience might get the better of you. Using a dotting tool or a small brush can help fill in all the details.

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Time to make the doughnuts! Decals are just as time consuming to make.

Allow the decals to dry completely, but in the meantime you can apply a base color to your nails. I chose a nice blue for my background that contrasted nicely with the pink frosting on the doughnuts.

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For Audrey from China Glaze channels the iconic blue Tiffany’s box.

Allow your base color to dry before you attempt to apply your decals. Gently peel a decal from the mat, trim it to the approximate size of your nail, apply top coat to the back of the decal to allow it to become pliable again, then place it onto your nail in the position that you would like it to go. Do this to all your nails, trimming away any excess, and finish by cleaning up around your nails with a brush or cotton swab dipped into acetone. Apply an additional layer of top coat to bring back the shine and further seal the decal into place.

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The finished doughnut nails!

These nails channel one of my favorite moments from The Simpsons during a Treehouse of Horror episode where Homer finds himself in an alternate reality. D’oh!

Hope you had the chance to enjoy a nice doughnut to celebrate the holiday! Happy polishing!

 

Review of Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L013 Stamping Plate

With July 4 just around the corner, I thought this review would be well timed! Today’s item features the Celebration BPX-L013 stamping plate from Born Pretty Store.

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As you can see, the images focus on some occasions worthy of celebration ranging from New Year’s to springtime to Christmas and then some in between! I mainly wanted this plate for the firework designs, but I love all the images on this plate. With so many different themes crammed into this rectangle, you will certainly have a lot of options for manicures throughout the year!

As with all of the Born Pretty plates, you will need to remove the protective blue film from the top of the plate before you can use it. This is easily done by picking at one of the corners with your finger and peeling back the layer, but you should definitely do this prior to painting your nails.

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The plate is covered in a protective layer of blue cling film.

Other notable features of this item are its rounded corners and thick white plastic backing which prevent you from accidentally cutting yourself on the edges of the metal plate. The backing is sturdy enough where it also prevents the plate from getting bent during transit.

Additionally, the plate comes with a cardboard sleeve in which you can store the plate to prevent the surface from getting scratched. The backside displays instructions for how to use the plate as well as social media information for the company. The downside is that the pattern on the package, while pretty, does not match the plate inside, nor does it allow you to see the actual plate it contains. Also, I do find it strange that the plate does not come shipped inside the sleeve as it would further protect it, but my plates always arrive in excellent condition regardless of this.

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Front and back side of the cardboard holder. Two different holders are pictured here.

As for the images themselves, they are all engraved deeply into the plate and transfer without a hitch. You shouldn’t have a problem fitting the rectangular images onto most nails as they measure 1.5 cm wide and 2 cm high. The big fireworks image in the top right corner of the plate should be able to cover extra long nails provided that your stamper is large enough, and the single images in the top row can be use to accent any nail you like.

I used gold holographic polish with this plate to stamp fireworks (1st row of rectangular images, 3rd image from the left) over a black base and loved the result. Note that the thin lines easily get picked up.

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Celebratory fireworks manicure using holographic polish to give dimension to the bursts.

The images in the bottom row lend themselves well to the reverse stamping technique. I tried this with the gift boxes in the bottom row, 4th image from the left. You can see how consistently the image picks up across different stampers.

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Reverse stamping using 4 different stampers. The image always picks up equally well.

Applied to a mint green base, these presents look perfect for a birthday theme.

While you may purchase this plate to suit one particular holiday that you had in mind, you will find that it is versatile enough to keep you using it throughout the year. As with any stamping plate, the colors you choose can completely change how a design looks, so let your imagination run wild and see how many times you can create different manicures with this plate!

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 the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/born-pretty-celebration-stamping-plate-year-rectangle-manicure-nail-image-template-l013-p-38219.html

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Review of Born Pretty Holo Polish H010 Heart of Gold

 

If you’ve been following my posts lately, you will have noticed that I’ve been using a gorgeous gold holographic polish in a few of my manicures. This polish is from Born Pretty Store and is aptly named Heart of Gold.

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This 10 mL bottle is full of gold shimmer and holographic goodness. The packaging is pretty cute, too!

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The nail polish is inside a cute box that is just as pretty as the polish itself. The backside lists the ingredients, as they are not printed on the bottle itself, along with social media information.

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The top of the box lists the color of the polish inside should you choose to store the bottle in its original packaging.

This polish admittedly does have a strong smell to it that is similar to acetone, but the formula is just the right consistency where it is not too thick or thin. There is a mixing ball in the bottle to easily stir up the contents should the pigments start separating from the formula. The handle also holds a fairly wide brush that makes it easy to paint your nails in 1-2 strokes.

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Brush and bottle shot.

The opacity of the polish is astounding. You can get a decent amount of coverage with just one coat of polish, although I recommend applying 2 coats for the best color payout.

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This formula is so shiny that it is super reflective even without any top coat applied!

Oh, and did I mention how beautiful the holographic effect is? It really sparkles in bright light and reflects rainbows like a prism.

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The macro shot shows the multi-dimensional color of this polish.

The formula dries fairly quickly, and it doesn’t chip too easily if you apply base and top coats along with the color. I’ve been wearing the manicure below for about a week, and it still looks nearly flawless. The best part is that the gold color makes any chips look less noticeable.

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I went for Oscar gold with this Hollywood movie themed nail art.

Because the polish is so heavily pigmented, it is great to use with stamping plates. Heart of Gold looks especially chic over black nail polish.

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You can create sparkly fireworks (or sparkly anything!) with this polish and the right stamping plate.

I have to say that I absolutely love this nail polish and am now coveting all the other holographic colors on the Born Pretty website. If you love holo, then you really should try this polish out!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this holo polish (retail price is $19.99 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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/10ml-born-pretty-holographic-holo-glitter-super-shine-manicure-nail-polish-h010-heart-gold-p-36892.html

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