XOXO Kisses Manicure

It’s another @glamnailschallenge prompt day!  The theme is kisses, and I might have made this one a little more intense than it should have been, but there’s just so much love to give this time of year!

I started by painting all my nails pink.


Carnival Cotton Candy by Nicole by OPI is a pretty pink, although it took 4 coats of polish to get it fully opaque.

Next, I applied a glitter top coat with a sponge to get better coverage.


Nothin’ Mousie ‘Bout It from OPI has pink glitter hearts suspended in the formula, so I used a toothpick to pick and place them where I wanted them.

The first layer of stamping was done with a print from Cheeky Beauty Jumbo Plate 8.


Cheeky Jumbo Plate 8


I used the lip print from the bottom center of the plate with light pink stamping polish from Born Pretty Store (color #16) over all my nails.  This probably would have been enough to fulfill the prompt, but I added more to the design for better or worse.


The lip print could also double as a coffee bean print now that I see it in action.

The last layer of stamping was done with Ya Qin An stamping polish in Black and a few additional plates from Bundle Monster and Born Pretty Store.


Plate BM-411 from Bundle Monster was used for the XOXO design.


BP-X08 from Born Pretty Store was used for the kissing couple in the middle of the right side of the plate.

I thought it would be a good idea to make the background of the “just love” text from the BP-X08 design clearer by applying Carnival Cotton Candy over it before stamping it onto my nail (reverse stamping style), but it ended up smudging it.  Oops.  I always forget how easily nail polish can streak because I use special top coat from Ya Qin An over my stamped designs which eliminates this problem.


Love and kisses!

I probably could have eliminated the glitter top coat, seeing as you can hardly tell that it’s there, but I was dying for an excuse to use it as it has been sitting untouched on my shelf for a few years.  At least the mylar glitter makes the background nice and sparkly!


I wasn’t terribly thrilled with this to be honest because it’s not really my style, but I used a peel off base coat underneath it all that will make this super easy to take off and change.  It’s still pretty cute, and my fiancé heartily approved of it.

Happy polishing!


Review of Born Pretty Store BP-X08 Plate

Welcome to another in depth look at a stamping plate!  Today’s item is a 6 cm square plate BP-X08 from Born Pretty Store.


When the plate is shipped, the etched surface is protected by a thin blue film. Please be sure to remove this prior to use.

Please be extra careful when gripping the sides of the plate to remove the film.  The straight edges are not overly sharp, but it is definitely possible to cut yourself (as I did!) if you hold the plate too firmly.  The corners are rounded, so at least you won’t have to worry about injuring yourself on those.

The back of the plate is coated and printed with the store’s brand and website.


Reverse side of BP-X08

The plate also comes with a separate cardboard sleeve in which you can store the plate when you’re not using it.  It’s very helpful in protecting the metal from scratches, but the holder is not specific to this plate and is the same across all the square series plates from Born Pretty.  Also, strangely enough, the plate was not placed inside the sleeve when it was shipped.  Nothing got damaged in transit, but it would have made more sense to ship the plate inside the packaging that was designed for it.


I have more than one square plate from Born Pretty, so I photographed the front and back of the packaging side by side.

The reverse side of the sleeve has a short photo tutorial on how to use the plate, but you guys already probably know what to do.

The theme of the plate is definitely love, making this a great pick for Valentine’s Day or to celebrate your relationship with your significant other.


Beautiful BP-X08 images will put you in a romantic mood.

Most importantly, the etching on the plate is deep and easy to transfer.  None of the lines are too thin except for maybe parts of the butterfly antennae, so it’s easy to duplicate the image that you want to use.


Gorgeous butterflies abound in this manicure.

My only concern is that some of the designs are on the large side, such as the one in the lower left hand corner, or require long nails, such as the one in the upper left hand corner.  The good thing about the text is that you can choose to break it up across several nails and still get the meaning across.  The other images are more manageable and will at least fit on your thumbnail in a worst case scenario.

Overall, BP-X08 is a fun plate to have and will provide inspiration for many manicures.  The etching quality is excellent, and I think it is well worth the money.

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!





Watercolor Butterfly Nails

I’ve wanted to do some watercolor nail art for awhile, and after seeing a video of an artist using alcohol inks that a friend of mine shared on Facebook, I decided that it was finally time to put the technique to use.


I started by painting all my nails white. This color is Alpine Snow by OPI.


For the alcohol inks, I used BiC Mark It Permanent Markers. I got a good deal on a set of 37 of them from BJ’s, so I picked some pretty cool tones from the set.


Rather than draw directly on my nails with the permanent markers, I scribbled a swatch of each shade onto a plastic bag to use as a palette.

For the next step, I poured some 91% isopropyl alcohol into a small container.  Using a fine brush, I dipped the bristles into the alcohol and then mixed it with the color swatch on the bag that I wanted to use.  The more alcohol on your brush, the more diluted the color will be.  You can easily add more color over the area to make the shade more intense.  Be sure to clean off your brush on a clean paper towel when switching between colors.


The result after applying Fandango Pink with alcohol and a brush.

Continue adding colors until you are satisfied with the result.


Pretty pastel watercolor shades. I love this look as is!

I used plate BP-X08 from Born Pretty Store to do the stamping.


I used the butterflies in the bottom right corner of the plate for this manicure.


I stamped the design at different angles so that the butterflies looked different on each nail. The polish is b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black.


A nice topcoat adds a beautiful shine to this manicure.

I absolutely adore this watercolor look.  It adds a dreamy touch to the hot weather we’ve been having in NYC.  Hope you are all enjoying your summer!  Happy polishing!