Review of Beauty Big Bang 3 Piece Brush Set

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! I’m back with a quick review of a 3 piece brush set from Beauty Big Bang.

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These brushes don’t come with a storage case although they do have protective open ended caps to preserve the brush heads during shipment. The handles are clear plastic and are labeled with sizes 0, 00, and 000. I’m guessing that Kolinsky is the name of the manufacturer.

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The end of the brush handle has an angled tip that can be used to push back cuticles.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Cuticle Nipper

Hello! Sorry for disappearing, but life has been crazy, and it’s hard trying to stay on top of a written blog. Definitely find me @finepolish on InstagramFacebook, Tumblr, or Twitter if you want to keep up with all my latest designs!

Today I want to show you an item that I’ve been meaning to get for the longest time that is a necessity for a good nail care routine: cuticle nippers!

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These cuticle nippers from Beauty Big Bang come in a reusable vinyl pouch.

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There’s information on the back of the card along with a bar code for the item. The tip of the scissors is covered with a protective plastic cover.

Yes, I know, everyone says you shouldn’t ever cut your cuticles and only push them back, but while I wouldn’t recommend doing this every time you do your nails, sometimes you get dry bits of skin around your nails that need to be removed. I usually try to trim these bits with either nail scissors or nail clippers, but neither tool does the job as well or efficiently as this!

These nippers are as easy to hold and use as a pair of pliers. The nippers have a default open position, so you only need to squeeze the handles together to cut your target. The handles have just the right amount of tension so that you don’t need a lot of strength to do the trimming, but they don’t immediately close together in your hand.

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What is extra appealing about the tip is how the cutting edge stays flush with your surface, allowing you to trim closely with precision. Care must be taken that you don’t cut into your living skin because the edges are sharp. As the instructions say, clip away small amounts at a time and do this in moderation. It is possible to get an infection if you clip away too much skin, causing an open wound, so please be careful!

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The nippers should be positioned this way as you trim away dead skin.

It is easy to clean away the clipped debris when the tip is open.

 

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View of the cutting edge.

These nippers are made of durable stainless steel and have a beautiful rainbow chrome finish, and can also be used for cutting decals and striping tape, so they make an excellent addition to your nail art toolkit.

 

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this cuticle nipper SKU: J6517TM (retail price is $8.39 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code CHRISS will get you 10% off your order, and Beauty Big Bang offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!

https://www.beautybigbang.com/products/1pc-beautybigbang-rainbow-stainless-steel-nail-cuticle-nipper-cutter-plier-clipper-scissor-dead-skin-remover-trimming-manicure-nail-art-tool

Check out their deals for Black Friday and their Christmas sale at the link below!

https://www.beautybigbang.com/pages/snowsale

10% off coupon code: CHRISS

Review of Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-033 Stamping Plate

I’ve been reviewing a lot of Beauty Big Bang stamping plates lately because I received a set of five Christmas plates from them. The BBBXL-033 plate is the last one out of the bundle for me to show you, so let’s take a look!

The plate comes with its own exclusive cardboard envelope where it lists the name of the item and has a unique bar code on the back. The illustration on the front is there to indicate that the designs included pertain to the holidays, but they are not actually depicted on the plate. As you may already know, it is a pet peeve of mine that companies don’t show the plate designs on the packaging because if you use the envelope to store the plate to protect it from getting scratched, you will have to remove it in order to see what images are on it. It’s not really a big deal, but it will slow you down if you’re looking for a pattern to inspire you.

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Cute Holiday Penguin Manicure

I was inspired by the cute images on the Beauty Big Bang XL-033 stamping plate to create this fun holiday penguin manicure. It combines a wrapping paper print with candy cane stripes along with it just for fun!

I started with an almost white base. This color is called Steph from Julep, and it has the slightest hint of pink along with a gorgeous shimmery finish. I didn’t pick a pure white because I knew I was putting the penguin on one of my nails, and I wanted his belly to be a pure white that would stand out compared to the base color.

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2 coats of Steph by Julep were applied for this swatch.

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Reindeer Nail Art

During Black Friday, I went a little overboard buying all sorts of goodies for myself. Part of my haul included some gorgeous prototype polishes from Elusive Fox Lacquer, an indie brand based in Erie, PA. These polishes are all pretty much one of a kind blends that didn’t make it into the owner’s final collections, but they are still incredibly stunning! I feel bad even publishing swatches of any of the colors because you won’t be able to find them anywhere else!

Prototype #38 (at least called #38 for Fall 2018) is a sparkly deep green crelly polish that is full of assorted flakies and glitters. It looks like Christmas in a bottle, and it served as the basis for this reindeer themed manicure.

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Prototype #38 from Elusive Fox Lacquer is a one of a kind formula that was released for Fall 2018.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-034 Stamping Plate

Today’s review cover the Beauty Big Bang XL-034 stamping plate. Keep reading to see how to create some beautiful manicures for the season with this item!

As is the case with all of the Beauty Big Bang plates, the BBBXL-034 plate comes packaged in a decorative cardboard envelope. You can tell what the theme of the patterns is based on the graphic printed on the front, and it lists the name of the plate while the reverse side has a proprietary bar code for the item along with a pictorial showing how to use it.

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While the packaging is cute, I always wish that they would leave a window cut out so that you can see what the images are on the actual plate so that you don’t have to open it to see the item. It is a huge step up that they have different graphics on the front so that you know what season the images are best suited for. Continue reading

Winter Landscape Nails

I mentioned the other day that my work with New Camerata Opera was hugely inspiring and that it spurned the creation of some glam punk sheep nail art. I didn’t want to leave the 2nd production of the double bill out, so for closing night, I did nails that were loosely based on the opera Savitri by Gustav Holst.

I used the trees from the projection and the color palette of the costumes as the inspiration for some winter landscape snowy trees nail art.

I started by painting my nails a pale shade of blue. This polish from Julep is called Joanna and is a cross between periwinkle blue, lavender, and gray with the prettiest shimmer in the formula.

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2 coats of Joanna look like sheer heaven.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-031 Stamping Plate

Today I’ll be reviewing the BBBXL-031 stamping plate from Beauty Big Bang.

This plate is one of quite a few that the company released in time for Christmas. You can tell by its outer cardboard sleeve that this plate has a holiday vibe going on.

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The design for the outer packaging is super cute and identifies the name of the plate that is inside. The reverse side has a pictorial for how to use the item along with a bar code, but I still wish more companies would allow the designs of the plate to show through the package with a clear window so that this type of storage system is more practical for use. After all, it’s hard to keep of what designs are on what plates when you own a ton of them! Nevertheless, this cardboard envelope protects the metal surface of the plate from getting scratched when it is tucked away.

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Glam Punk Sheep Nails

I had the wonderful opportunity to play with New Camerata Opera last week for their double bill of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Savitri by Gustav Holst. Everyone sounded amazing, but I was especially inspired by the costuming for the production of Venus and Adonis. They went for an MTV 80’s glam rock/punk interpretation of this 17th century opera with vibrant neon pinks and black mesh, leather, and lace.

After our first dress rehearsal, I promptly went home and created these nails.

I started by painting my nails white with Laguna Moon Classic Soak-Off UV-LED Gel Polish in color CL361.

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2 coats of gel polish were applied with each coat cured at 30 seconds with a UV/LED lamp.

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Review of Laguna Moon 6 Classic Color Gel Polish Set

Looking to buy a gift for a friend (or yourself!) who loves to do her nails? Look no further than this gel polish set from Laguna Moon!

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This collection of six gel polishes is presented in fun yellow polka dotted packaging that is perfect for gift giving. The box is easy to wrap, and it opens up like a book to display the bottles inside.

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Note the convenient thumb notches under each bottle! This makes it easy to take each bottle out of the box set and gives you incentive to store your collection in the original packaging.

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