Fall Maple Leaves Manicure

I know that everyone thinks that the beginning of September means that it must be fall, but officially the autumnal equinox is September 22. The leaves haven’t started changing colors in NYC yet, but I can’t wait to go hiking upstate once they start to turn! Here’s a manicure that really sets the mood.

I started by painting all my nails a bronze color.

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Firefly from Sally Hansen’s Lustre Shine line is the perfect shade for fall.

Plate BPX-L018 from Born Pretty Store has perfect leaf designs. I went for the maple leaves in the lower right hand corner for this manicure.

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Review of Born Pretty BPX-L018 Stamping Plate

Up for consideration today is a pretty plate from Born Pretty Store that caters to the nature lover in you. Let’s go over the basic stats first.

This plate is mounted on a piece of white plastic so that your precious hands are protected from being cut by the metal edges. The corners are also rounded for this reason.

A piece of blue film covers the etching to protect it from scratches during shipment. This must be removed before using it. Simply find an edge and peel it away before you start to paint your nails.

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The plate comes with a cardboard sleeve in which you can store it to prevent it from being scratched by other plates or materials once the film has been removed. It is labeled on the front that it is from the BP-X Series, but there are no other markings on the packaging that will identify which plate is inside. If you own a lot of plates, this can be irritating as you won’t know what the design is unless you take the plate out of the sleeve, but I also think that those with a large collection also use other means of storage, such as albums, which make the designs visible and easily accessible.

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There are two separate sleeves pictured here. You will get one sleeve for each plate that you purchase.

The back of the package lists the social media information of the company along with simple instructions for how to use the plate. You will need a stamper and nail polish in order to transfer these beautiful designs to your nails.

The etching on this plate is excellent, and you should have no trouble picking up the images with your stamper. You get a variety of 24 images to play with, and they can be mixed and matched with different color combinations to suit your needs.

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I wanted this plate especially for the clover pattern in the middle row, 3rd from the left. Paired with green holographic polish and stamping polish, this manicure was perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Holographic polish was stamped first. Notice that the fine lines of the clover stems transfer with ease.

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A more vibrant green stamping polish was used with the same pattern again to really make the design pop on these clover nails.

You don’t have to stick to a natural color palette to create a pretty manicure with this plate. I love the teal and white combo that I used for the manicure below because it looks so fresh and clean.

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Elegance can be yours with a soothing color combination and these swirling vines.

The patterns on this plate are quite versatile, and this plate will stir your creative side when you see it. The quality is good, and the plate will last practically forever with good care. It is definitely a good purchase for your nail art needs!

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 the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

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Swirling Vine Glittery Manicure

Hello there, and Happy Easter!  Sorry for my inactivity lately.  I’ve spent the past week frantically trying to get my taxes done, so I had to put everything on hold.  I did have enough time to make this pretty manicure, inspired by my feeling of being trapped by a deadline.

I started by painting all my nails white.

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b.m.c. nail lacquer in Angelic White provides excellent coverage in just 2 coats.

I used a glitter powder from Born Pretty Store to turn my nails into a sparkly teal color.  I applied Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat over the fully dried white nail polish, cured it for about 15 seconds, then used a sponge applicator to apply the glitter to the tacky surface.

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Born Pretty Holographic Blue Laser Powder is beautifully shimmery and fully covers up the white base color.

After dusting off the excess powder with a fan brush, I applied another layer of gel top coat to seal in the sparkle.

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I love the color and the holographic shine in this powder.

Because I didn’t have a lot of time to do my nails, I stamped a vine design from the plate below onto my nails with Ya Qin An stamping polish in White.

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Born Pretty Store BPX-L018 plate has lots of leaves. I opted to use the design in the middle row, 3rd from the right.

The finished look is quite elegant, and I love the white and teal color combination.

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Swirling vines in colors perfect for Easter.

I’m hoping to get back on track with the blog soon, so stay tuned for more nail art and reviews!  Happy polishing!

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Clover Nails

Happy spring, everyone!  Sorry for the bout of inactivity.  My last round of gigs in the city had me completely tied up for a full week, so it has been hard to get enough sleep let alone keep up with my nails!

I had this green manicure done in time for St. Patrick’s Day but haven’t had a chance to update the blog since then.  They are a super easy and fun way to celebrate the holiday.

I started by painting all my nails green.  I used Pretty Edgy by Essie as my base color.

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How often do you get to rock green nail polish? This color is Pretty Edgy from Essie.

Because of time constraints, I resorted to stamping with plate BPX-L018 from Born Pretty Store for some four leaf clover goodness.

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BPX-L018 has the perfect clover pattern in the middle row of images, 3rd from the left.

To make this manicure a bit sparkly, I used Cupcake Polish’s Little Butterfly with the clover pattern to add some holographic goodness to the background.

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It doesn’t look very impressive right now, but the holographic polish adds to the finished design.

To finish up, I stamped the same clover design onto my nails using Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #12, making sure that the pattern staggered with the holographic clovers already on my nails.

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Lucky green clover heaven.

I thought it was interesting how much the stamping polish really brightened up the base color.  Pretty Edgy is a nice green, but the lime green clovers on top made my nails stand out to the point where random strangers on the street were noticing them and telling me how much they liked the color!

Hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!  Catch you on the next post.  Happy polishing!