Tropical Flamingo Nails

Schools have their winter recess now, so there are quite a lot of folks who hit the road (or skies) for warmer destinations. Unfortunately I am not one of those people, and I can only live vicariously through my nail art, so I created a tropical scene for this design.

I started by painting all my nails with Coconut Milk, a beautiful creamy white polish from Dimension Nails. It’s totally opaque in 2 coats and has the best painting consistency out of a lot of polishes that I have tried.

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Magnetic Galaxy Manicure

Today I’m going to show you a cute little galaxy manicure that was inspired by a nail polish that I recently obtained. Because it’s a magnetic polish, I first painted my nails with Johnny from Julep to provide a dark base.

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2 coats of black polish (Johnny from Julep) were applied over a base coat prior to doing anything.

The stunning polish I’m about to show you is Aurora Borealis from the Born Pretty 3D Magnetic Aurora Series, and it’s absolutely beautiful! It has a chameleon effect that shifts from turquoise to a reddish purple in addition to having magnetic qualities. I applied one coat of this over the black polish and then immediately held a cat eye magnet over each nail at a diagonal angle for a few seconds while the polish was still wet so the pattern could form. I swear that my nails actually do look like a real aurora borealis!

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Aurora Borealis is a very appropriate name for this polish from Born Pretty.

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Review of BeautyBigBang017 Stamping Plate

Hello! Today we’re going to take a look at a stamping plate from Beauty Big Bang. I was super excited when they came out with their own line of plates, so here’s a peek at BeautyBigBang017!

This plate is the same size as other square sized plates from other manufacturers. It is packaged inside a small envelope made of cardstock that is printed with the company information. The back has a simple picture tutorial of how to use the plate.

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The packaging can be resealed by tucking the flap into the slit on the back of the envelope.

My only complaint is the same one that I have for a lot of plates: I wish that the packaging had a picture of the plate that was inside of it or that it had a plastic window on the front so you can see what is inside the envelope. As much as it protects the plate from getting scratched, I prefer not to keep my plates in these types of holders because it’s too much of a hassle to have to keep taking plates out from their encasements just to see which designs are on them.

The surface of the plate itself is covered with a thin plastic film (tinted blue) to prevent the surface from becoming scratched during shipment. This layer needs to be peeled off and removed prior to using the plate.

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Do use caution when handling the edges as they can be sharp enough to cut you if you handle the plate aggressively. The corners are at least rounded so you can’t injure yourself that way.

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Rainbow Streamers Manicure

Three cheers for surviving the first week back at school! I’ve created rainbow streamers on my nails to celebrate.

The first step is to paint all your nails white. I used a shimmery version from Julep called Steph.

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Steph has a slightly pinkish tint to this shimmery white polish, but you only need 2 coats to get full coverage.

For the streamers, I used the image from the top left of the BeautyBigBang017 stamping plate.

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To create a rainbow gradient across my nails, I used two colors at a time on the image, scraped the polish twice with a card to blend them slightly, and then stamped it at a diagonal. The polishes come from the Beauty Big Bang Metallic Polish series where 001 is purple, 002 is chartreuse, 003 is kelly green, 004 is turquoise, and 005 is red.

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Review of Born Pretty BP-L073 Stamping Plate

Today’s review covers a beautiful flower filled stamping plate from Born Pretty. Let’s take a look!

I’ve always noted that the Born Pretty packaging should have a picture of the contents inside, but the cardboard sleeve that comes with the plate has an equally beautiful floral scene printed on it instead.

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The back of the sleeve has a short tutorial on how to use the plate, and the open end is partially sealed with a sticker with the item number printed on it.

As with most stamping plates, a layer of blue cling plastic covers the surface of the metal to prevent it from getting scratched during shipment. Simply pick at an edge of the film with an orange stick and lift away this layer prior to using the plate.

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Review of Born Pretty Nail Lacquer in No More Chrome

I have another beautiful polish for you today! If you’ve ever wanted to have chrome nails but don’t want to go through the gel polish and powder route, this metallic lacquer is the perfect choice for you.

The color of this chrome polish is ironically called No More Chrome. It comes from the Born Pretty Mirror Metallic Series of which there are 7 colors available. This shade is a cross between silver and gold and more aptly described as either light champagne gold or platinum depending on the light source.

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This lacquer is shipped inside a box and lists the ingredients on the box rather than on the bottle.

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Review of Born Pretty Thermal Glitter Gel Nail Polish BP-5730

I love polishes that have a color so fascinating that you can’t stop staring at your nails. This thermal gel polish from Born Pretty will definitely have you looking at it all day long!

Because it is a gel polish, the outside of the bottle is opaque to keep the polish from inadvertently curing inside the container. You can always swatch a sticker with the polish and place it on the top of the bottle so you know what the color is inside, but it’s helpful that Born Pretty shaded the bottle with a gradient tint to nod at the color changing ability of the thermal polish.

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The back of the bottle lists the ingredients and alludes to an instruction paper, but no paper is attached to the bottle or shipped with the item.

The bottle shape is easy to hold and contains 10 mL of polish which is a normal size when it comes to gel polishes. The brush is neither too wide nor too narrow and has flexible bristles so it is easy to control.

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