Magical Butterfly Manicure

There’s something so fun about neon colors! They’re just so bright and happy, so I made a summery take on a butterfly and flower design simply by making the background a bright neon pink.

I chose Aimeili’s 057 Neon Very Berry to be the base color. This gel is a little sheer, so 3 coats really makes the color pop. Each coat cured in 1 minute in a UV/LED lamp.

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Review of Harunouta-L072 Stamping Plate

Here’s a quick review of the Harunouta-L072 stamping plate. If you love nature, this is the plate for you!

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A blue layer of plastic film cover the top of the plate to prevent it from getting scratched. You must remove this layer prior to using it.

This long rectangular plate is mounted on a piece of plastic to prevent you from cutting yourself along the metal edges. It comes inside a cardboard slipcover that lists basic instructions for use on the back. A sticker with the item number seals the free edge to keep the plate from falling out of it during shipping.

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Holographic Butterfly Manicure

Welcome, Daylight Savings Time! To me, spring seems to start once the clocks jump ahead an hour. While I don’t enjoy losing an hour of sleep, I do enjoy the extra daylight, but the time change always makes me a little nervous that maybe my phone didn’t change the time and that my alarm will go off an hour later than it was supposed to! Hence the inspiration for this pretty butterfly (in my stomach) manicure.

I began by painting my nails with Aimeili’s 032 Eur So Chic gel polish. It is a lovely dusky rose color that looks perfect in 2 coats. Each layer cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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Review of Born Pretty Flower Yarn S002 Stamping Plate

Today’s review covers the Born Pretty Flower Yarn S002 stamping plate. Lately they have been organizing their stamping plate names into descriptive categories and numbers rather than keeping their original system of using sequential numbers with a letter in front of it referring to the size (as in BP-X01 for square plates and BP-L001 for long rectangular ones), something that I find slightly irritating to my OCD because I can’t figure out exactly how many plates I am missing from my massive collection. Nevertheless, I shall embrace the change as the name of the plate gives a clue as to the type of designs you will see on it.

This square plate comes in a cardboard sleeve with a sticker sealing the open edge that lists the plate’s identifying information. The reverse side of the package has a picture tutorial of how to use the plate. There is a bar code on the back, but this bar code does not match the bar code that is on the sticker. The item number for this plate on the Born Pretty website is listed as 43672, not 41073 as printed on the sleeve, so this may be confusing for retailers.

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As with all plates, there is a layer of blue plastic wrap covering the surface of the metal that must be removed prior to usage. Do use caution while handling the edges of the plate as they are capable of cutting you if you are not careful. Thankfully the corners are rounded, but the straight edges of the metal still have the ability to cause some damage.

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Gothic Butterflies at Dusk Manicure

Things are still pretty busy for me here, so I’m all about doing quick and easy manicures these days. Today’s design uses stamping over magnetic polish for a simple gradient effect with some punch to it.

I started by painting my nails with a coat of Greenland Night from Born Pretty’s 3D Magnetic Aurora Series. After allowing it to dry for a bit, I painted another coat of polish over a nail and immediately held a cat eye magnet at a diagonal angle over the polish to create the pattern shown below. Each nail needs to be done one at a time because the polish needs to be wet when the magnetic force is applied.

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Greenland Night from Born Pretty really looks like a faraway galaxy! The cat eye pattern also shifts positions when you move your fingers creating extra depth to the look.

I wanted to pair this polish with some silver stamping, so I chose a stamping plate from Bundle Monster with butterflies and arabesques that would look pretty against the shifting background.

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Bundle Monster’s BM-718 plate looks whimsical with its butterflies and swirls.

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Butterfly Early Spring Thermal Manicure

I don’t know what it’s like in your area, but NYC has been having some serious mood swings when it comes to the weather! We had snow one day and then gorgeous sunny weather in the 70s followed by rain and 40 degree temperatures.

All this inspired me to use some thermal nail polish to create some early spring nail art. I really didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to do once I applied the thermal polish, but I love how it ended up turning out!

I started by painting my nails with Through the Grapevine from Lacquer Lust. This gorgeous shade is a thermal crelly with holographic sparkles in it. When cold, it is a dark purple, but it lightens up to a pale lavender color when it’s hot. In any case, I also thought this was a lovely way to also shout out February’s birthstone, amethyst.

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In a moderate climate, this polish looks like the color of a grape candy chew. A slight color gradation is normal as my body heat naturally lightens the polish with the tips being darker.

I figured that flowers and butterflies would look the best with this color palette, so I chose a plate from Harunouta that was perfect for this purpose.

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Thermal Manicure: Butterflies and Flowers

I  have been seeing so much ugliness online lately, so even though this manicure is out of season in the States, I wanted to create something that looked beautiful.

I took advantage of a thermal gel polish I recently bought from Madam Glam for the occasion.  I’ve been dying to use this but wanted to wait until my nails grew out a little more so the color change effect would be more noticeable.

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Love on Top is a pretty thermal crelly polish from Madam Glam that turns white when warm and magenta when cold.

The color change effect works great with flower and butterfly images, so I used 3 different images from Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2 to create my design.

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For this manicure, I used the single hibiscus flower in the top right corner of the plate, the butterfly image on the far left 5 rows down, and the combined hibiscus/butterfly image 6 rows down, 2nd from the right.

I stamped the butterflies first on my index and pinky fingers, erasing parts of the image with tape so that they would only cover half of my nail at a diagonal.  I stamped the full butterfly image onto my thumb (not shown).  The single hibiscus was used on the other half of the index and pinky nails while the entire image of the combined butterfly and flower design was stamped onto my middle and ring fingernails, flipping the image on one nail so that the nails didn’t look exactly the same.  I also added a single small butterfly to the middle finger to fill some empty space.

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Stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black.

I was quite pleased with how this turned out, and I’ve been entertained by watching the colors shift back and forth in different temperatures.

Hope you all have had a great week!  Happy polishing!