Just when you thought Christmas was over, here I am bringing you a review of a Christmas stamping plate! In all honesty, this plate (the Christmas L005 plate from Born Pretty Store) has more designs on it that have to do with winter than they have to do with Christmas. I didn’t even create a Christmas manicure with it!
The plate comes in a Christmas themed cardboard sleeve with the open end sealed with a label printed with the item’s barcode and number. Instructions are printed on the back of the packaging.
The bottom photo shows the plate with its “protection sticker” (blue plastic film) still attached.
I’ve been reviewing a lot of Beauty Big Bang stamping plates lately because I received a set of five Christmas plates from them. The BBBXL-033 plate is the last one out of the bundle for me to show you, so let’s take a look!
The plate comes with its own exclusive cardboard envelope where it lists the name of the item and has a unique bar code on the back. The illustration on the front is there to indicate that the designs included pertain to the holidays, but they are not actually depicted on the plate. As you may already know, it is a pet peeve of mine that companies don’t show the plate designs on the packaging because if you use the envelope to store the plate to protect it from getting scratched, you will have to remove it in order to see what images are on it. It’s not really a big deal, but it will slow you down if you’re looking for a pattern to inspire you.
I was inspired by the cute images on the Beauty Big Bang XL-033 stamping plate to create this fun holiday penguin manicure. It combines a wrapping paper print with candy cane stripes along with it just for fun!
I started with an almost white base. This color is called Steph from Julep, and it has the slightest hint of pink along with a gorgeous shimmery finish. I didn’t pick a pure white because I knew I was putting the penguin on one of my nails, and I wanted his belly to be a pure white that would stand out compared to the base color.
2 coats of Steph by Julep were applied for this swatch.
Today I’ll be reviewing the BBBXL-031 stamping plate from Beauty Big Bang.
This plate is one of quite a few that the company released in time for Christmas. You can tell by its outer cardboard sleeve that this plate has a holiday vibe going on.
The design for the outer packaging is super cute and identifies the name of the plate that is inside. The reverse side has a pictorial for how to use the item along with a bar code, but I still wish more companies would allow the designs of the plate to show through the package with a clear window so that this type of storage system is more practical for use. After all, it’s hard to keep of what designs are on what plates when you own a ton of them! Nevertheless, this cardboard envelope protects the metal surface of the plate from getting scratched when it is tucked away.
Thanksgiving has passed as has Black Friday, which can only mean one thing: it’s safe to decorate for Christmas! Some may not appreciate the jump start into the holiday season, but it has been proven that decorating for the holidays can put you into a happier mood. Even if you’re not planning to do full on lights and a tree, you can get your nails ready with this plate from Beauty Big Bang!
The Beauty Big Bang XL-030 plate comes in a beautifully printed cardboard envelope. It lists the plate name on the front and has its own personalized UPC code on the back along with a photo tutorial for how to use the product. Unfortunately the holder is not designed to allow you to see the actual images contained on the plate, but at least if you are looking for your Christmas themed plates, this will stand out in your collection.
Beauty Big Bang has been releasing their line of stamping plates over the past year or so, and the designs keep getting better and better! Over the next few weeks, you can expect to see some reviews of their Christmas/winter themed plates, but we’re going to start with the Beauty Big Bang XL-032 plate first.
Upon unwrapping my order from them, the thing that stands out right away is the packaging. Each of the plates has its own designated cardboard envelope that can be reused for storage purposes. It specifies the name of the plate on the front along with a cute graphic that indicates the theme of the designs that are inside. I still wish these products would have a picture of the plate or a clear window so you can see the contents, but this is already a huge step up to plates from other companies that tend to use the same generic sleeve for all their plates.
We recently had our first snowfall storm in NYC, and wow, did it make a mess out of the city! Nothing takes the magic out of snow away like sitting in traffic on unplowed streets for hours and hours! The weather inspired me to create a gray skied manicure with a lovable icon of Christmas to try to bring the wonder back.
I started by painting my nails gray with Laguna Moon Classic Soak Off Gel Polish in color CL064. Because I was using gel polish, I applied 3 very thin coats cured at one minute each in a UV/LED lamp.
3 coats of Laguna Moon’s CL064 shade turns your nails into a chic gray with the added reinforcement of a gel polish.
My initial plan was to mostly use stamping techniques for this manicure, although things did not go exactly according to plan for me as you will soon see!