Springtime Tulip Manicure

Nothing says spring like seeing tulips in bloom!  I wanted to put them on my nails, so I took advantage of plate BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store to help me out.

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Blooms galore! I used the pattern in the 2nd row, 2nd image from the right and the single tulip image on the bottom left corner of the plate for this manicure.

The tulips that I have seen around here are mostly red, white, and yellow, so I used those colors for my palette.

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Colors clockwise from the left: Cab Fare by Sephora by OPI, American as Apple Pie by Nicole by OPI, Konad Special Nail Polish in both White and Red, and Brigitte by Julep.

To start, I painted all my nails with Brigitte except for my ring finger, which I painted with American as Apple Pie.

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Looks like a Valentine’s Day manicure so far.

I used a reverse stamping technique to color in some of the tulips, so after stamping my image with Konad Special Nail Polish in Red, I colored it in with a dotting tool.

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I used Cab Fare to fill in random flowers on the image.

After letting the polish set for a little bit, I stamped the image onto my nail.

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Repeat the above steps for the rest of the white nails, and you will end up with this look.

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To make the stems green, I dipped a striping brush into craft smart acrylic paint in Grass Green and traced over the image.

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I stamped a single large tulip onto my ring finger with Konad Special Nail Polish in White.

I also smudged my pinky in the process, but I was able to fix my mistake by scraping off the discolored white polish with an orange stick and filling in the area with Brigitte.  I use Seche Vite top coat, which smooths out uneven polish quite nicely, so you can’t even tell that made a mistake when you see the finished manicure.

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After coloring in the stem and applying top coat, this manicure is done!

What do you love most about spring?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy polishing!

 

Springtime Floral Manicure

Ever have one of those days where you drop your nail polish brush and get polish on your pants and your camera and then find out that you smudged your nails in the process of trying to keep the brush from falling?  Yeah, that was me when I was trying to do this manicure.  I think I must be more burned out than I thought I was!

In any case, I love springtime because of all the beautiful flowers everywhere.  It started with seeing daffodils sprout up all over the place, but now the trees are also in full bloom.  It’s great that I have so many plates of floral patterns to match!

I decided to use plate BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store for this manicure.

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Flowers upon flowers! I used the image in the top row, 3rd from the right.

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Color palette for the day (left to right): Peace, Love & Green by Finger Paints, Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #12, Cab Fare by Sephora by OPI, Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #10, and b.m.c. nail lacquer in white.

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I started out by painting my middle and ring finger nails with Cab Fare and the other three nails with Peace, Love & Green

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After allowing the polish to dry, I applied gold striping tape to the tips of the green nails.

I wanted to get away with stamping the flowers on my nails without having to color in anything, but I wouldn’t have had a nice enough contrast in the design, so I had to make nail decals to color in the petals with white polish.

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I used Born Pretty Stamping Polish #10 to transfer the design to a stamper.

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With a small dotting tool, I colored in the flower petals with white stamping polish (used for its opacity).

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After applying a layer of clear top coat over the whole design and letting it dry, you can peel the nail decal off the stamper.

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After trimming down the decals to fit my nail beds, I applied another coat of clear polish over the yellow polish before placing the decals on top of my nails.

For the final step, I took advantage of my clear stamper to add green stamping polish over the stems and leaves of the pattern.

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I started by stamping the entire image with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #12.

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Using Scotch tape, I removed the flowers from the design. I had to be quick so that the polish wouldn’t stick to the stamper, so I couldn’t be more precise about preserving every detail that I wanted to be green.

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The clear stamper makes it much easier to line up the design over the existing one.

I know it wasn’t a perfect transfer, but it created a bit of a 3D effect as one of my friends pointed out.  Besides, how gorgeous does that look?  The contrasting white and green polish over the orange and yellow really makes the flowers and leaves stand out.

I’m still trying to find time to finish my taxes, but I hope to have more posts up soon!  One day at a time for me for now.

Happy polishing!

Review of BPL-029 Stamping Plate by Born Pretty Store.

If you love flowers, you will love plate BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store.

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BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store is full of floral prints.

Like all the long plates from Born Pretty Store, the metal plate is mounted onto a white plastic backing.  It also comes shipped in a cardboard envelope with blue film covering the image.  The blue film must be removed before you can use the plate.

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Protection of the plate is key, especially during shipment, and a cardboard envelope and some blue film are just what the doctor ordered.

The rectangular images are all 1.5 cm wide, but the 2nd row images are slightly taller than the 1st row measuring at 2.4 cm versus 2 cm for the top row.  Even the individual flowers on the bottom are fairly large, the smallest one being 0.7 cm wide and the longest one being 1.7 cm.  In any case, you should easily be able to find something suitable for your nail size.  The individual flowers are great for making patterns on extra long/wide nails.

The images are etched deeply into the metal and transfer easily to a stamper.  I find that you can use a lot of pressure to scrape the excess polish off the plate to get a clean image.  With plates by other competitors that are etched poorly, I find that I will end up scraping off all the polish if I scrape too hard.  With Born Pretty Plates, you don’t have to worry about the frustration associated with the aforementioned problem.

To illustrate the point, here is a rose print manicure I did that shows the most solid background in the image.

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Beautiful rose print nails done with Awaken by China Glaze and mayfair by nails inc. along with plate BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store.

The image transferred perfectly with no empty patches of polish.  It should be noted that I stamped the darker polish over the white one, not the other way around.  That is an impressive feat, indeed!

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A closer look at the stamping compared to the image on plate BPL-029.

Plate BPL-029 is full of spring flowers, but I made it fall appropriate using the right blend colors.

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Autumn foliage nails done with reverse stamping of an image from plate BPL-029 over a gradient base.

With a good color scheme, this plate is usable all year long!

Overall, I think this plate is well made and a great buy.  It will keep you coming back for more looks over and over again.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $5.99 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 stamping!

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Autumn Foliage Nail Art

The crisp autumn air is something else.  It’s the perfect weather in which to take a walk outside and enjoy the wonderful golds, reds, and browns of the season.

For this manicure, I started by painting all my nails with Keep Me On My Mistletoes by Sephora by OPI.

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Beautiful shimmery gold nails courtesy of Keep Me On My Mistletoes by Sephora by OPI.

To make the leaves in the design change colors, I added a gradient to the gold base with a sponge.

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The colors I used for the gradient pictured below are Keep Me On My Mistletoes, S-age Is Just A Number, and I Think I Cayenne, all by Sephora by OPI.

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Gold, green, and orange gradient. I mixed up the direction of the fade to make things more interesting.

The next part of the manicure was stamped with plate BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store.  I used the design in the top row, 2nd from the right.

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Nature lovers will love plate BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store.

The color palette for this next part incorporates red, copper, and brown to complete the quintessentially fall spectrum.

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Pictured from left to right are Olivia by Julep, New Year’s Red-solution by Sephora by OPI, and Don’t Be Egg-nogious by Sephora by OPI.

To color in the flowers, I used the reverse stamping technique.

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The stamping was done with Olivia by Julep.

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I lightly brushed on New Year’s Red-solution by Sephora by OPI to the flower petals in the design using the brush on the bottle.

At this point, I should have taken a photo, but I have to admit that I was half asleep and forgot to do so.  -_-  Needless to say, I stamped the colored in pattern directly onto all of my nails, varying the position of the image for a more random look.

For extra shimmer magic, I swiped Don’t Be Eggnog-ious by Sephora by OPI over only the leaf parts of the design before I applied a topcoat.

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Autumn foliage nails!

Even though there is a lot going on in the design, it was fairly simple to do.  Hope you all get your fill of pumpkin-spice goodies while the season lasts!  Happy polishing!

Hurricane Joaquin Inspired Floral Nails

NYC has been all abuzz about whether or not Joaquin was going to make an appearance here, but thankfully all we got was a Nor’easter, and I ended up with an idea for a manicure.

Looking through my plates, I found a floral image that looks a lot like a bunch of hurricane symbols.

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How does your garden grow? Plate BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store is all about flowers.

The roses in the 2nd row, 3rd image from the right proved to be the starting grounds for my stormy manicure.  Little did I know how tempestuous this design would end up being.

Here is the color palette I used:

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Silvery grays and blues. From left to right: Silver Bells by Finger Paints, Caviar Cocktail by nailtini, Sailor’s Lure by Finger Paints, and I Don’t Give A Rotterdam! by OPI.

I wanted the eye(s) of the storm to be in the center of the manicure, so I painted Silver Bells on my middle and ring fingers and I Don’t Give A Rotterdam! on the other fingers.  I figured that when I did the stamping, the flowers (hurricane symbols) would be glittery, something that is seldom seen because people can’t really stamp successfully with glitter polish.

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Very pretty start to a stormy manicure using I Don’t Give A Rotterdam! by OPI and Silver Bells by Finger Paints.

For the two outer nails, I wanted to do a gradient that darkened toward the two middle nails.  For this, I used a mix of Caviar Cocktail, Sailor’s Lure, and I Don’t Give A Rotterdam! and tilted the sponge at an angle for the index and little fingers while I kept the sponge vertical on the thumb.

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A gradient of blues and grays is applied with the darkest sections facing the glittery parts.

It should be mentioned that I didn’t realize that Sailor’s Lure is a textured polish.  It isn’t marked as such on the bottle, so I was wondering why it looked so clumpy on the brush.  It still suits our stormy purpose, so it was fine.

Here is where the storm truly begins.  I thought I was going to stamp with Sailor’s Lure, but the thought of trying to scrape the polish off the plate with all the texture in it was making my skin crawl.  I couldn’t stamp with Caviar Cocktail because the color is too similar to the silver glitter.  I tried using royal blue by b.m.c. nail lacquer, but the design didn’t show through well.  I tried layering noir black by b.m.c. nail lacquer over the blue color, but it looked like a mess.  Neither one looked good nor fit my color scheme, so I had to wipe those two nails clean and try a new approach.

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Nail fail: bad stamping because my blue polish wasn’t dark enough and the black polish didn’t match my color scheme.

I decided to use a white polish as a base instead of the glitter and decided to stamp with a chrome polish because the royal blue color would seem out of place.

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Enter two new contenders: mayfair by nails inc. and Awaken by China Glaze.

Luckily I used school glue as a base coat, so I scraped the glitter off the two middle nails and applied mayfair first.

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Newly revamped nails with mayfair by nails inc. in the middle.

I did the stamping with Awaken and was fooled again by the polish.  This is what I get for not swatching colors before I start.

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Stamping done with Awaken by China Glaze.

While the polish stamped better than expected, the color was not what I thought it was.  Even when I originally bought the color, I thought that it had more of a dark blue tint to it, at least from the look of it in the bottle.  Instead, it is more dark silver gray with a lavender hue, and now I got to be frustrated all over again that my stamped nails didn’t match the gradient around it.

Ultimately I scraped the gradient off and painted Awaken on those nails instead.  You can see a difference in the color of the stamping compared to the color of the polish in the bottle more clearly below.

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The final result- not exactly what I intended due to being misled by the color of the polish in the bottle versus the color actually being swatched.

So that’s how I weathered this storm.  It took a few unexpected turns, but all ended well.  Hope you all have been staying warm and dry!  It’s a great excuse to stay indoors and do your nails.  😉  Happy polishing!