Thermal Geometric Manicure

Welcome to March!  In the past few days, we’ve had quite a swing in temperature in NYC where on one day, it was near 60 degrees and beautiful outside to another day where it was 17 degrees with snow covering the ground.  The crazy weather influenced me to do something with thermal nail polish after being in a creative slump this week.

I started by painting all my nails white.

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This color is called wild white ways from essence cosmetics and is fully opaque in two coats.

I recently acquired some thermal color change powder from Born Pretty Store.  It is best used with a gel top coat, so I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my white base and cured it for about 15 seconds (half the normal cure time) before applying the pigment.

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Born Pretty Thermal Pigment in color #13.

I used the sponge applicator to apply the powder to the half cured top coat, then I dusted off the excess pigment from my cuticles with a fan brush.

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The thermal pigment is already changing colors as the dark gray shade is its cold state.

I applied another layer of gel top coat over this and fully cured it before proceeding to the stamping portion of the design.

Because of the dark gray and white colors in the thermal pigment, I decided that a geometric look would suit this manicure the best.  I used the diamond pattern in the second row, far right side of the plate below in a variety of ways to create a modern look.

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Plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store.

For some nails, I stamped the image as is, but for other nails, after stamping the image, I removed some of the other diamonds from the pattern on the stamper with some Scotch tape.

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Tweaking the design. The stamping was done with Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in Black.

I opted to do a single diamond in the center of one nail and half a diamond as a half moon design on my pinky.  I finished it all off with a layer of Ya Qin An top coat.

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The completed design.

The thermal powder is a little splotchy because it’s hard to apply an even layer of pigment, especially because the dark gray color contrasts so much with the white base.  The color change effect is also very sensitive, and even the act of trying to dry off my nails prevented me from getting an evenly pigmented picture of each individual color.

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The left side pictures are cold color temperatures while the right side pictures are hot water temperatures. The hot temperature version is definitely not splotchy while my fingers are still in the water.

It’s always fun to have interactive nails!  And even though the pigment is seldom one solid color, the smoky effect still looks cool underneath the crisp lines of the diamonds.

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We’re expecting more snow here in a few days, so be safe out there!  Happy polishing!

 

Holographic Zebra Nail Art

OMGOMGOMG I just got the most beautiful holographic power from Born Pretty Store, and just wait until you see it!  It’s the most holographic thing that I have ever put on my nails!  Of course I couldn’t wait to use it in a mani, so here we go!

This powder needs to be applied over a gel polish base.  I don’t think you have to apply a nail color first as the effect will always be mostly silver, but I decided to use regular black polish (b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black) underneath the powder.  I only applied one coat as it is very opaque (it is one of Bundle Monster’s first stamping polishes), let it dry, then applied Born Pretty gel top coat and cured it under a UV LED lamp.

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Shiny black nails done with one coat of b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black followed by Born Pretty gel top coat.

I used a silicone brush to apply the holographic powder from Born Pretty Store to my nails immediately after taking pictures drying the top coat under the lamp.  It was love at first sight!

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So many rainbows result from this holographic powder!

As an aside, anyone who has tried to photograph holographic nail polish knows how hard it is to capture the effect on camera.  This powder required zero effort on my part to get that shot!  The rainbow effect is so dazzling that it is definitely not camera shy!

I would have been totally content to leave my nails alone, but apparently people have come to expect more than just one color from me.  I let the spirit of Lisa Frank guide me into putting zebra stripes over this wonderfully prismatic base.

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BP-L006 plate from Born Pretty Store.

I could have hand painted some stripes, but I was doing my nails late at night and needed to get to bed, so I opted to stamp them on instead using plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store.  I used the image in the top row, 4th from the left and turned it horizontally on my nails so that I could vary the pattern across them, making the design look more hand painted.

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Conveniently, I used the same b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black from the base color to do the stamping on top.

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A holographic zebra is my spirit animal.

This was a fun mani to do, and I still can’t get over the holographic sparkle from the powder.  Plus I think it’s cute that I now match all the Lisa Frank stuff that I own.  I’m such a child of the 90s.

Happy polishing!

Review of Ya Qin An Stamping Polish #8

After trying out different stamping polishes from Ya Qin An, I decided to test an electric blue color this time.  The color is bright and absolutely stunning!  It’s a true royal blue worthy of the Duchess of York.

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18 mL of goodness: Ya Qin An Stamping Polish #8

Now honestly, I’m not sure what the color is called because other than the brand, all the writing on the packaging and the bottle is in Chinese.  I’m only referring to it as #8 because that’s the number assigned to the color on the Born Pretty Store website (see the end of the post for the item link).  Maybe one of my kind readers would like to translate what everything says in the comments?

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The bottle comes packaged in a box. This shot shows the instructions that are printed on the back. Thank goodness for pictures!

I’m guessing that the label on the bottom lists the ingredients and maybe the exact name of the color.  I also see numbers (2018.7.1) which could be the expiration date.  I’ve had old bottles of polish stay in good usable condition for years, so I wouldn’t take that expiration date too seriously, but according to the label, this bottle will be ok for nearly two years.

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I love the cube shape of the bottle because it provides a sturdy base that can’t be tipped over easily.

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The brush is a normal sized one, and it works fine for stamping because hardly any polish gets used on the plate anyway.  One stroke of polish should be more than enough to cover whatever design you wish to use.

As with any good stamping polish, the color provides excellent coverage in one thin coat and looks just as good on your nails as it does in the bottle.  I used a pattern from plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store for the stamping below.

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The top shot is shown without top coat while the bottom shot is pictured with top coat added. Base colors from left to right are White Hot from Sephora by OPI, Torque by Formula X for Sephora, What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI, and one coat of Ya Qin An #8 stamping polish.

You can see that the polish shows up beautifully over both light and dark base colors.  The fact that I could swatch one coat of polish on my pinky and get perfect, even coverage shows that the formula is well made.  Also, unlike other opaque stamping polishes, the polish is not overly thick.  This means that if you want to use Ya Qin An stamping polish as a base color, you can do so easily for a quick dry, one coat manicure.

The only complaint that I have is that over white polish, the blue color develops a little bit of a purple halo effect around the stamped design a few minutes after top coat is applied.  I tried to take a macro shot of it, but it surprisingly did not show up in the photo.

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Several minutes after the top coat was applied, the blue polished developed a purple halo around some of the edges of the stamped design. You can see a tinge of it toward the cuticle area, but it did not photograph well.

It was also interesting to note that when I cleaned my stamping plate, the cotton ball turned the same purplish hue.  I guess that’s how strong the pigments are in this polish.

You can see the purple tone bleed more clearly in the double stamped plaid manicure below.

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If you look at where the blue and white stamping overlap each other, you will notice that there is a third color that appears as a result of the color bleed off the blue polish.

The purple halo effect is very subtle and only seems to happen over white polish, so be warned.  Overall the quality of this product is extremely high and I have no reservations in recommending it to my friends.  The proof is in the stamping!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping polish (retail price is $8.76 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/bottle-18ml-electric-blue-stamping-polish-nail-varnish-nail-plate-printing-special-polish-p-27003.html

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Plaid School Uniform Nails

People are already starting to go back to school, so I wanted to do some nails that would match a school uniform.

I specifically had a gray, blue, and white plaid print in mind, so I started by picking out the shades.

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From left to right: Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam by Sephora by OPI, Ya Qin An stamping polish #8 in electric blue, and b.m.c. nail lacquer in white.

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I painted all my nails gray with Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam by Sephora by OPI.

For the plaid look, I used a plate from Born Pretty Store.

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Plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store. I used the pattern on the far left side in the second row.

It is best to use a clear stamper for the next two steps to ensure that the pattern is lined up correctly.  Please be aware that it can sometimes be very difficult to stamp straight lines because both the stamper head and the nail bed are curved surfaces, so try not to push down too hard with the stamper.  It may take a few tries and a lot of cursing to get this right, but keep in mind that if the lines don’t look straight on the stamper, they probably won’t look straight on your nails, either!  Of course, you can just be lazy like me and stamp slightly curved lines, anyway!

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Stamp the plaid pattern with electric blue polish first.

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Carefully line up your stamper over the blue pattern where you desire it, and stamp white polish with the same design. I purposefully tried to shift the white portion down and to the right of the blue part so that it did not fully cover the blue lines.

I also chose a white polish that I know is not very opaque so that the colors would blend a little more.

Also, even if you don’t line up the patterns at all, it still looks cool.  I just prefer there to be larger areas of the base color poking through.  It’s still a good rule of thumb to keep the lines running parallel to each other so that it doesn’t look like a hot mess.

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Add some top coat, and you’re all done!

Initially, when I painted these, I wasn’t in love with the result, especially because the blue color started bleeding into the white color and making a weird purple tone in the places where the polishes overlapped.  However, the look has been growing on me, and I think these would make stunning nails for any business professional out there.  With the right color scheme, I can see these going great with a nice tweed suit in the fall.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though!  Enjoy the rest of the summer while it lasts!  NYC schools don’t open until after Labor Day, so the kids have a few more weeks of vacation left.  Enjoy the time, and happy polishing!