Butterfly Early Spring Thermal Manicure

I don’t know what it’s like in your area, but NYC has been having some serious mood swings when it comes to the weather! We had snow one day and then gorgeous sunny weather in the 70s followed by rain and 40 degree temperatures.

All this inspired me to use some thermal nail polish to create some early spring nail art. I really didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to do once I applied the thermal polish, but I love how it ended up turning out!

I started by painting my nails with Through the Grapevine from Lacquer Lust. This gorgeous shade is a thermal crelly with holographic sparkles in it. When cold, it is a dark purple, but it lightens up to a pale lavender color when it’s hot. In any case, I also thought this was a lovely way to also shout out February’s birthstone, amethyst.

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In a moderate climate, this polish looks like the color of a grape candy chew. A slight color gradation is normal as my body heat naturally lightens the polish with the tips being darker.

I figured that flowers and butterflies would look the best with this color palette, so I chose a plate from Harunouta that was perfect for this purpose.

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Review of Born Pretty Holographic Stamping Polish Color 02

Today we’re going to have a more in depth look at one of Born Pretty’s holographic stamping polishes. This one is a pretty medium cool toned pink that is listed as color 02 on the Born Pretty website, and it comes in a cute 6 mL size square shaped bottle.

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Born Pretty Holographic Stamping Polish in color 02, one of 5 different shades from this collection.

No mixing ball is inside the bottle, so the holographic pigment doesn’t seem like it blends evenly even after shaking it for awhile if you judge it by the appearance of the photo above. However, a look inside will show you that the polish isn’t separated and has a consistent shimmery color throughout.

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The brush is a medium width one that allows you to easily paint a nail in 2-3 strokes.

 

This polish dries quickly as it is a stamping polish, and it applies smoothly when used as a regular nail polish. It has a medium consistency that isn’t too thick or too thin, so it spreads perfectly on both stamping plates and nails. The color is mostly opaque in just one coat, and the holographic effect is quite strong.

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I used 2 coats of polish here for a more vibrant look, but you can easily use one coat of polish to get about 95% color coverage on your nails.

It stands out over black polish while still maintaining the holographic effect, but it is a little hard to tell that it is pink because of all the rainbows in the finish!

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I used the shade as a base color and as a stamping polish for this pink and black lace manicure.

You can see that it really is pink in the macro shot of one of the French tipped nails. The stamping over the black polish matches the base shade perfectly.

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog Nails

Gung Hay Fat Choy! It’s the Year of the Dog! I’m not very Chinese by Asian standards, having been born in America, but it gives me an excuse to paint my nails and wear red!

For this manicure, I used a red creme shade that had a pretty gold shimmer undertone to it.

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Suzanne from Julep is a gorgeous color! I also happened to use this polish for the last Chinese New Year manicure that I did!

I gave my nails a lucky money envelope kind of look with some stamping using a plate from Bundle Monster and some gold stamping polish from Ya Qin An.

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I used the design in the upper left hand corner of plate BM-S229 from Bundle Monster.

Because there are so many lines in this pattern, one has to use a gentle touch when picking up the polish from the plate and applying it to the nails with the stamper, particularly if the stamper is squishy. If the same amount of pressure is not applied during both of these steps, the lines will warp and the design will not be straight.

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I tried to be as meticulous as possible with the stamping, but I still managed to slightly warp the design on my ring finger. Not to worry, though- I’m about to cover it up with a dog!

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Bee Mine Valentine’s Day Nails

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m bringing you some punny nail art today that not only features a classic Valentine phrase but also pays homage to my dear honey whom I nicknamed my “Bumblus” bee. I think he definitely deserves a shout out on my nails!

I chose a classic pale pink as my base color. This one is called Luella from Julep, and it’s a nice opaque creme.

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Luella was Julep’s Color of the Year for 2016.

Bees go together with flowers, so I chose to add some light roses using the BM-H16 plate from Bundle Monster.

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This manicure uses the pattern on the far right.

I went with a pink holographic stamping polish from Born Pretty (color #2 on their website) for the roses. The shade is only a little bit darker than the one already on my nails, so there isn’t a lot of contrast between the colors. The holographic shimmer helps make this polish stand out, but I really wanted something subtle for this design.

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You could easily stop at this point for an easy Valentine’s Day manicure, but why stop there? Here comes the fun part!

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Mardi Gras Nails

This week is full of holidays, so here is some Mardi Gras nail art to get the good times rolling!

I planned to do a rather intricate design, so I didn’t go for a solid shade across all my nails. I decided to use a golden shimmery yellow (Nadia from Julep) alongside a glossy black (Johnny from Julep) for my base colors.

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I first did a preliminary sketch of my mask with pencil and paper to give me the confidence to paint it across two of my nails. The sketch looked way better, but I also was painting this design late at night and was getting increasingly more worried that I wasn’t going to get enough sleep because I knew this wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought!

In any case, I used craft smart acrylic paint in black to paint the mask, then used a striping brush with gold holographic polish (Heart of Gold from Born Pretty) to paint diagonal lines across the mask to form a diamond harlequin style pattern.

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Review of Born Pretty Dried Flowers

After seeing so many people use dried flowers in their manicures lately, I felt the need to try out the trend. When I was offered the opportunity to get this set of dried flowers from Born Pretty Store, I was eager to put them to use!

The flowers are packaged inside a cute heart shaped plastic container which is surrounded by plastic wrap to keep the package from opening during shipment. The item label is affixed to one side while the color variation is marked on a small loose slip of paper on the other side.

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Top view of the container.

These flowers come in four color variations of the same type of flowers. I chose the “B” assortment from the company’s website.

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Bottom view of the container. The writing is on a loose piece of paper, not a sticker, so you will want to label the box yourself if you want to keep a record of color set inside.

The lid conveniently snaps open and shut and is attached to the bottom storage compartment, so it is very easy to use!

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Have I mentioned how cute the container is?

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Dried Flower and Damask Print Nails

I’m bringing you some more flower nail art to brighten your day today!

Again, I’m featuring some dried flowers from Born Pretty Store. Stay tuned for a review on these flowers coming soon to the blog!

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This time I used the little lavender blooms from the far left. Some prep work is needed before starting to paint.

I gently pulled the petals from the husks and trimmed down the brown parts with a small pair of scissors before setting the blooms aside. Be very careful that the area is not drafty because the petals can blow away very easily!

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Dried flowers can be messy, so work over a piece of paper for easy clean up.

For the nails, I started by painted everything with a shimmery lavender polish called The Color to Watch from OPI.

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This polish is a little sheer, so it takes 3 coats to get the look in the photo.

I wanted to add some stamping to my nails, so I picked some pretty prints from the L026 plate from Harunouta to do the job.

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I chose to stamp with the 2 square designs in the top and middle rows, 2nd column from the right.

I alternated my chosen patterns on each nail, turning the stamper 45 degrees for a diagonal placement to change the look. That pretty lavender lacquer is Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #271.

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A very subtle and classy damask print design will complement the flower petals that are added next.

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