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!  🙂

Review of Born Pretty Color Change Polish

You know what’s hot right now?  Thermal polish.  And it’s beyond cool!

I tried out color 100 from Born Pretty.  The bottle is only 6 ml, so it only holds about half as much polish as a normal sized bottle; OPI is 15 ml and Formula X is 12 ml by comparison.  On the other hand, how many polishes can change colors depending on the temperature?

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Born Pretty Color-change Polish in 100 at room temperature.

The formula itself is fairly opaque, although I find that it’s a little streaky.  Two coats provides good coverage.

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Two coats of polish plus topcoat makes for an easy ombre manicure.

The thermal gradient effect really only happens if your nails are on the longer side.  The tips will be cooler than the part of your nail that is over the nail bed, so the longer your nails are, the more obvious the gradient effect will be.

I find that the polish changes between colors very easily, and all it takes is a little water to discover the extremes of the effects.  Cold water makes the polish turn creamy orange while warm to hot water makes it turn yellow.  Any temperature in between will result in a coral color as seen in my pictures of the polish in the bottle.

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Color 100 in warm/hot temperatures.

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Color 100 in cool temperatures.

Also, there is no need to suffer for your art- the polish is pretty sensitive, so you don’t need to scald yourself to see yellow.  I find that indoors, the polish is usually yellow from your body heat alone, especially now that heaters are on for the winter.  A splash of cool water will turn it dark coral.

You can see how quickly the colors change in the video below.

As for wear, it’s not the worst, and it’s not the best.  I had wear on the tips of my nails after one day, and it started chipping by the third day.  Considering how much I work with my hands, that’s not too bad.  It’s a small price to pay to have a chameleon polish.

Also, have I mentioned how cool it is to have an instant gradient without even having to try?  It’s truly a polish for the lazy nail artist.

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Add some palm trees and you have a beautiful Malibu sunset manicure!

I would recommend this polish in a heartbeat for anyone who is easily amused like myself.  This color changing polish makes for a great conversation piece amongst friends, and it can settle a debate as to whether or not a room is hot or cold based on the color of the polish.  Seeing the polish shift as quickly as Tonks’ hair color will make you think that you have magic at your fingertips…  and it’s all because of this one little bottle.  🙂

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $5.07 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/temperature-change-colour-nail-polish-thermal-polish-fashion-multicolor-nail-polish-p-18931.html

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Review of Double Ended Stamper

I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect stamper.  Not only is it fun to have an arsenal of stampers for when I want to make decals, but it’s interesting to see the differences in firmness, stickiness, and the clarity of the images picked up by the heads.

I picked up this double ended stamper from Born Pretty Store.  It immediately caught my attention because there are rather large heads on both sides of the stamper.  The smaller head has a 2.8 cm diameter while the larger end is 3.2 cm wide.  I don’t really need large sized heads because I keep my nails fairly short, but one could easily stamp their big toe with either end and have room to spare.

The packaging is less than glamorous.  The stamper arrives in a clear plastic bag, so it does the job in terms of protecting the heads from collecting dust and dirt while in transit.  The plastic handle is fairly durable, so there really isn’t any need to protect it further.

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The stamper comes shipped in a narrow plastic bag that is resealable should you choose to store it this way.

Speaking of the handle, it has nice oval shaped finger grips imprinted along its sides.  It would otherwise be smooth plastic, which could slip out of your fingers while handling it.

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Finger grips are indented along opposite sides of the handle.

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You can see that the handle is slightly indented at 3 different places along the sides to allow you to grip the stamper better.

The stamper heads are removable, and it’s interesting to note that they are not mounted onto the stamper the same way.

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The holder for the smaller end of the stamper has a flat backed cup design.

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The larger end of the stamper has a ring indentation, but the inside is mostly hollow except for a support post extending from the middle of the stamper which serves to keep the head from being pushed back too deep.

The heads stay in place just fine on both ends and are well supported.  The removable head design is great because you can buy extra stamping heads (provided they are the 2.8 and 3.2 cm size) and use them with this holder.  This is a huge time saver for those who enjoy making colored nail decals from their stamped creations- just swap the heads and keep stamping before coloring in the images. The backs of the heads are flat, so they won’t roll around once they are taken off the handle.

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It looks like these are fried eggs, but these are the two stamper heads. You can tell that both are large, but the 3.2 cm one is on the left while the 2.8 cm one is on the right.

The heads themselves are coated in some kind of oil when you take the stamper out of the package.  You should wash them in soap and water before doing anything with them.

The heads do not work well right away and need to be primed before use.  I primed my heads by rubbing 100% acetone on each head with a cotton pad for about a minute or two before testing it again.

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Testing the 3.2 cm side. Top left: First attempt at stamping, no priming done. Top right: What the head looks like after the 1st priming. Bottom left: Image after 1st priming. Bottom right: Image after 2nd priming. You can tell how much shinier the original head looks compared to the last image.

 

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Testing the 2.8 cm side. Top left: First attempt at stamping, no priming done. Top middle: What the head looks like after the 1st priming. Top right: Image after 1st priming. Bottom left: Image after 2nd priming. Bottom middle: Image after 3rd priming. Bottom right: Image after 4th priming.

It should be noted that the firmness differs between the two sides.  The 2.8 cm head is a lot squishier compared with the 3.2 cm head.  On a squishiness scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being firm and 5 being squishy, I would say that the 2.8 cm head is a 5 while the 3.2 cm head is a 3.  I personally have found squishy (marshmallow) stampers don’t pick up images as well as firmer heads, probably because they are more sensitive to how hard you push them down onto a plate.

I always like to test stampers with an image that contains a large solid color area to check for consistency.

 

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The 3.2 cm side did a pretty good job.

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The 2.8 cm side performed better this time. I tried to use less pressure while picking up the image, and this technique seemed to work well.

While both stamp heads do the job, I still feel like they do not produce images that look as crisp as the ones I get with my Konad stamper.  Where this stamper excels is in its squishiness.  It’s a lot easier to make sure that your images will end up placed on your nail where you want them to be because you can stamp straight down onto your nail- you don’t have to use the standard rolling motion.  The stamper will adapt to the curves of your nail without a problem, although you might end up with a slightly distorted image because of the way the head has to stretch.

Another plus is the fact that you can pick up an image with both ends of the stamper without having to clean the plate in between transfers.  As long as the polish is not allowed to dry too long on the plate from one step to the next, you should be able to get clean images on both ends.

Both heads are fairly sticky, so do be aware that they pick up dust and dirt just as easily as they pick up nail polish.  You can clean them by stamping them onto a lint roller or a piece of tape.  It’s also a good idea to store this stamper inside a resealable sandwich bag when you are finished using it to keep it from picking up unwanted matter in between manicures.

Overall, I feel like this stamper works great and saves you time by giving you two surfaces with which you can work.  You also have the option of buying additional stamp heads, so you can in theory make a full set of 10 nail decals on 10 different heads all at once. The heads do require a little effort to be primed in the beginning, but after that you should be good to go!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this dual ended stamper (retail price is $4.64 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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/dual-double-sided-stamping-nail-stamper-professional-round-nail-stamper-p-21427.html

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Classy Sparkly Lace Manicure

I just received a bunch of new stamping products that I wanted to try, so I created this Black Friday sparkly lace manicure with them.

Here are the polish colors that I used:

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From left to right: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Black Diamond, Sephora by OPI top coat in Indi-go With the Flow, and Ya Qin An stamping polish in Color 19.

I started by painting my nails Black Friday black with Black Diamond.  The color has silver microglitter in it, so it already looks shimmery.

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Black Diamond nail polish by Sally Hansen.

For extra sparkle, I added Indi-go With the Flow over the black base.  The look reminds me of what snowfall looks like at night.

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Indi-go With the Flow adds a little extra sparkle.  Unfortunately it didn’t photograph as well as it looks in person.

For the lace pattern, I used plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store.  I used the edge of the pattern on the bottom row of the plate, 2nd from the left.

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BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store has all the lace doily patterns that you could ever want.

Stamping was a little challenging to get the heart portion centered just right.  I used  a marshmallow stamper to help simplify the alignment process, but the lines of the pattern never transfer as crisply as they do with my Konad stamper.  I used Color 19, a pale light blue color, from Ya Qin An to do the stamping.  Honestly, I don’t know if that’s the name of the color because the label is all in Chinese, but 19 was the name for the shade on the website where I got it.

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I love the lace cuticle detail, although I wish the polish transferred more consistently across the pattern.

The hole in the heart was begging to be filled with a rhinestone so I added one on each nail.

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Glitzy lace.

And that’s all she wrote!  It’s a great sophisticated and elegant look for any occasion.

Hope you got all the deals you wanted over the past few days.  I’m looking forward to receiving even more nail products in the mail from my shopping sprees online!  😉  Happy polishing!