Black and Gold Baroque Nails

Today’s design is a lovely black and gold baroque/rococo swirl that I put together because I thought the color combination would look nice.

I started by painting my nails with Aimeili Gel Polish in 093 My Fantasy Gold. This polish is a yellow jelly formula with lots of gold glitter flakes. This color has surprisingly good coverage, so it only took 2 coats to get the opacity shown below.

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Disclaimer: This polish photographed more orange than the actual color, but I couldn’t fix the tint without wildly making my skin tone look totally off. I would say My Fantasy Gold is more of a yellow marigold shade.

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Review of Born Pretty Store BP-X01 Plate

For the Victorian and baroque style lovers out there, here’s a classy plate that will have you swooning.

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BP-X01 plate from Born Pretty Store.

This item is from Born Pretty Store’s 6 cm square plate collection.  The quality is amazing, as you will soon see.

The plate comes wrapped with a thin blue layer of plastic over the top.  This protects it from getting scratched while in transit.  Be sure to remove this layer carefully before using it.

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Because the plate edges are straight, you must take extra caution while handling it.  I managed to cut myself by accidentally gripping the sides too hard while removing the blue film.  The sides aren’t overly sharp, but they can still do some damage.  Now I know why their rectangular plate series comes mounted on plastic backing!

The back of the plate has the company and website info printed on it.

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Back view of the plate.

The plate also comes with a cute cardboard envelope holder to further prevent scratches from getting etched into the metal surface while in storage.  You can read the instructions for how to use the plate on the back of the sleeve.

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Front and back views of the external packaging.

I wish that the package had a picture of the plate on it somewhere so that you can see what is inside right away rather than having to take the plate out of the holder each time you browse your collection.

The image sizes are generous.  The square patterns will not cover extremely long nails, but they are perfectly suited for toenails and average length nails.

As always, the etching is deep, and your stamper should have no problem picking up the images.

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A pretty damask pattern from the top row, middle image of BP-X01.

You can also try your hand at simple reverse stamping with some of the freestanding designs in the bottom row of the plate.

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Making a mirror using reverse stamping.

Put the two elements together, and you have a beautiful Beauty and the Beast inspired manicure!

 

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Beautiful nails courtesy of BP-X01.

You should be able to get lots of great manicures (and pedicures!) out of this plate by changing up the color scheme.  Your nails will look elegant and classy with any one of these patterns on them.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $3.99 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-66cm-square-nail-stamp-template-baroque-floral-design-image-plate-p-29974.html

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Antique Damask Print Nails

I have a lot of friends who recently got married, so it was in my head to do something with light blue polish in the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” tradition.  I turned to my stamping plate collection for the rest of the inspiration.  I ended up using plate BP-X01 from Born Pretty Store for the damask print.

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My choice was the design in the middle of the top row as well as the two images in the bottom left corner for this mani.

I wanted a subtle blue print, so I chose a base color that was only slightly lighter than my stamping polish color and then used gold and silver stamping polishes for the antiques.

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Colors from left to right: Infatuated by Formula X for Sephora, Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #9, Ya Qin An polish in Gold, and Konad Special Nail Polish in Silver.

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I first painted all my nails with Infatuated.

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Using a darker light blue stamping polish with BP-X01, I varied the angle of the damask pattern on my nails.

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For the mirror, I stamped the design with gold polish and then filled in the empty space with silver polish. I waited several minutes for it to dry completely before stamping it onto my nail.

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I stamped the candelabra on my middle finger, which gave this mani a Beauty and the Beast vibe.

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After adding top coat, I glued small pearl rhinestones to my antiques to make them look more distinctive.

And there you have it!  It’s an easy manicure that looks very pretty.  Good luck to all the brides and brides to be out there!  Happy polishing!