Today we’re going to take a look at a stamping polish from Born Pretty in color BP-WN05 Dark Armor. This polish comes from the brand’s White Night series, although I’m wondering if they really meant “Knight” instead because of the name of the polish! In any case, this bright crimson red polish comes in a small but cute 6 mL size, which results in a bottle that is about half the size of normal polishes.
Welcome, spring! I wanted to do something soft and pastel for the season, so here are some cute and cuddly cat nails in pink and gray!
I started by painting my nails a pale pink. This one is color 003 from Mefa. I applied 3 thin coats, curing each layer for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.
Hello! Today I’m bringing you a floral season crossover manicure that fits spring and summer months equally well. Let’s get started!
For my base color, I picked a light pink from Ulta’s Salon Formula collection called Encore Pink. Honestly, now that I’ve tried out this line, I wouldn’t use it again because it took 3-4 coats to get even coverage across my nails, and it took forever for it to dry properly! I do love the pink color though.
I wanted to use leaf and flower patterns for this design, so I sourced them from two different plates from Born Pretty Store.
Happy Mother’s Day! I’m bringing some bright neon floral nails for Mom with this manicure so let’s get started!
I’ve been using a lot of foil lately, so I wanted to try my hand at combining foils with stamping, something that I’ve only done one other time. I picked this pretty shimmery magenta one from a batch I bought from eBay a long time ago, and then I picked colors for my manicure to go along with it.
For the stamping, I chose the rose design from the top row, 2nd from the right from the Valentine’s Day BP-L001 plate from Born Pretty Store.
To make the decals, I applied some HK Girl Top Coat from Glisten & Glow in rectangular sections on top of the silicone Lotus Mat from Bundle Monster and allowed it to dry completely. I then used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in Purple to transfer the image from the plate to the patch of dried top coat and quickly rubbed the foil over the stamped area. If you are not quick enough, the foil will not stick to the image, and you will have to try it again. This is definitely not an easy process, and you can see that my bottom two tries were more successful than the top two tries. Practice makes perfect!
I’m such a bad blogger! I’ve been so busy that I hardly have had any time for myself lately, and *gasp* I even had a day where I was seen in public without any nail polish on!
The very least I could do this week was to try and get an accent nail done. Because I’m playing for an Eastertide service this Sunday and didn’t get any Easter themed nails done in time for Easter (sorry, everyone!), I chose to put an Easter lily on my ring finger.
Pastel colors are perfect for springtime, so I picked pink and lavender colors for the base of my design.
Jumbo Plate 7 from Cheeky held my Easter lily image.
Next week is going to be another crazy period filled with students, rehearsals, concerts… and taxes. If you don’t see me for awhile, you’ll know why!
I’m a huge fan of the stamping plates from Born Pretty Store, but I did not have the pleasure of trying out their stamping polish until just recently. They carry a large variety of colors, but I decided to get their pale pink (#16) first because light colors don’t always stamp well. The results with this color would let me get a good feel for what to expect from this line.
Right off the bat upon arrival, I noticed that the polish formula was already starting to separate. Shipping took about 2-3 weeks to get this from Singapore to the US, so either the bottle was sitting in the warehouse for an even longer period of time, or the nail polish is prone to separation.
Stamping polish is more viscous than regular nail polish, so it was hard to get the formula to blend into an even consistency. The website link for the item even directs you to shake the bottle very well prior to using it. I found that vigorous shaking isn’t very effective because there are no steel beads in the bottle to agitate the formula. However, Born Pretty Store also happens to sell mixing beads, so adding one or two to the bottle helps a ton to get the nail polish one uniform color again quickly.
The bottle holds 15 mL of nail polish, which is the same amount you get from brands like OPI and Zoya. You will be able to get plenty of manicures out of this bad boy!
As mentioned previously, the polish formula is pretty thick.
One coat of polish over a nail proves to be very opaque. This polish wasn’t meant to be used as a base color, but you could use it in a pinch for a one step manicure.
The ease of use of this nail polish really shines with stamping.
The nail polish transfers smoothly from the plate to the stamper and then onto the nail. You can see that even though it is a light color, the pink shows up beautifully over both light and dark colored backgrounds. I have used other stamping polishes that will hardly show up over a light background and will look very faint over a dark background, but Born Pretty Store’s version has a consistent solid look to it across the board.
The lines are clean, and the color is even across large areas.
I’m very impressed with the results of this nail polish, and I can’t wait to try out some more colors from this line! Stamping with this was a pleasure, and I highly recommend it, although I would purchase some mixing balls to put inside the bottle to keep the polish from separating too much while in storage.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $5.42 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!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Hope you’re all having a great day, even if that means that you’re sitting at home with a pint of ice cream and surfing the web for nail art.
I wasn’t in a kitschy mood today because my significant other is out of town for work right now, so I decided to put some nice pink and silver roses on my nails instead.
To help me out, I used plate BPL-024 from Born Pretty Store.
I wanted the look to be fresh, so I opted for pink stamping polish and a silver holographic polish for some interest rather than using a glitter polish.
I started by painting my nails with Silver Holo.
I followed up with stamping the pattern from BPL-024 at differing angles across my nails for contrast.
Add some top coat, and you’re ready to hit the town with your valentine!
Have fun tonight, and happy polishing!