Review of Born Pretty Rainbow Titanium Clear Stamper

Born Pretty just released a new stamper, and it’s as pretty as it is functional!

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The new rainbow titanium stamper comes in two varieties: one with a clear stamper head, and one with a clear head speckled with holographic glitter. I was sent the clear version for review, which is nice, although I was super curious to see the one with the sparkles!

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Review of Born Pretty Clear Silicone Metal Chess Stamper

Hi, everyone! I wanted to share a product with you that has quickly become one of my favorite things for my last few manicures. It’s a clear stamper from Born Pretty Store that works like a dream!

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The Born Pretty clear jelly stamper has a lid and a hefty metal base holder.

When you receive the product in the mail, it looks less than glamorous. It comes in a plastic Ziploc bag along with a few scrapers that are tossed into the package.

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The scrapers are made of thin and flexible plastic. They are akin to credit card sizes, but they are definitely thinner. What makes plastic scrapers awesome is that they do not scratch up stamping plates. Also, at least for these scrapers, I feel like the pliability of the plastic allows them to scrape off the perfect amount of polish. I’ve been using them instead of an old gift card that was my tried and true friend for stamping, and I definitely feel like the Born Pretty scrapers are easier to use, plus they wipe clean with nail polish remover and a cotton pad.

As for the stamper itself, it is pure elegance to look at. The metal is a silver aluminum alloy that is also available in other colors. This gives the stamper a nice weight. It is on the stout side, so you will never have to worry about tipping it over by accident, and it snugly supports a large clear silicone head that allows you to make decals with reverse stamping very easily right on the surface.

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The stamper conveniently comes with a lid that protects the silicone head from attracting dust and dirt when it is not being used. Another nice touch is that the bottom of the stamper is protected by a clear plastic disc that prevents dust and dirt from getting on the inside surface of the stamper. This disc can be popped out if you so choose, but I would recommend that you keep it on.

As for the stamper head itself, the benefits of having a clear stamper are huge! You can see straight through to the other side of the stamper and also whatever is at the other end. This allows for perfect placement of your stamped designs.

This silicone material also does not have to be primed at all. It is usable straight from the package.

 

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This was the first thing that I stamped, no priming required. The image is virtually flawless.

You can also tell that the surface is big enough to cover the widest of nail beds, including toenails. The size of this stamper is also suitable for long nails as the diameter of the head is close to 1 and 3/8 inches.

Regarding cleaning, all you need is a piece of tape to lift off any polish, dust, or oil from the surface. If you need to do so, the head is completely removable and can be washed with soap and water.

Texture wise, there is a bit of squish to the stamping head. Straight lines may be a little bit difficult to stamp, but it is not impossible to do. It has the same kind of feel as other clear stamper heads. I would rate this in the middle of the squishiness scale.

Here are all the manicures that I have done so far that have used this stamper:

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Pattern placement is easy to do on this thermal geometric print.

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Clear stampers make it a breeze to guarantee that the patterns do not line up when you do double stamping for texture such as in this green clover manicure.

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gold veined mirror look is stamped in no time.

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Aligning veins in a stone marble look to be where you want them to be is simple with this stamper.

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Getting the swirling vines to start from the center of your nails is a piece of cake when you have a clear silicone head on the stamper.

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Straight lines are not impossible to do, or even to correct with double stamping, as evidenced by this musical mani.

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You can make consistent decals for equalizer nails with the help of this stamper.

I’m sure the list will only continue to grow more and more over time, but needless to say, you will get a lot of bang for your buck with this stamper! The images transfer flawlessly every time. I’m so in love with this stamper that it will be very hard to get me to use a different one now! Try it out and see the magic for yourself!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamper (retail price is $5.00 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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/metal-clear-jelly-nail-stamper-chess-design-silicone-head-with-born-pretty-scraper-p-38605.html

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Election Day Voter Nails

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, not just for me, but for the nation.  I went to the polls immediately after I finished doing these nails, but I didn’t have time to post the tutorial until today.

I wanted an almost graffiti like look, so I went for a splatter technique in classic red, white, and blue colors.  Go USA!  This method was done with coffee stirrers that I cut in half so that the small opening could fill with nail polish easily (see the bottom right photo below for the size).  Simply brush the end of the straw with the color that you want to use and then blow through the other end to splatter the paint all over the place.  Things will get super messy, so make sure you protect all surrounding surfaces before starting!  Keep in mind that thin polish formulas work best for the actual splattering, and the farther away you hold your hand from the straw, the finer the splatter will be.

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  1. Paint your nails white.  I used wild white ways from Essence Cosmetics.
  2. Brush some red polish (And A Cherry On Top from Sephora by OPI) onto the end of a small straw or coffee stirrer and quickly blow through the other end to splatter the color onto your nails.  Repeat until you are satisfied with the coverage.
  3. Repeat the splatter technique with blue (royal blue from b.m.c. nail lacquer) and white (White Hot by Sephora by OPI) polish.  Obviously, white does not show up much, but it does look good when sprayed over large patches of red and blue.
  4. Be prepared for an intense clean up session!  I painted liquid latex around my cuticles, but I also washed my hands with a pumice scrub to get some of the polish off before wiping up the rest with acetone and a cotton pad.
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All cleaned up! Red, white, and blue patriotic speckled effect.

For the lettering, I cheated and used a stamping plate.  I seriously wish that companies would offer a full alphabetic plate, but I managed to make BM-426 from Bundle Monster work for this mani.

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Plate BM-426 from Bundle Monster. Vote can spelled from love and hate. How appropriate.

Because the letters have negative space, I filled in these parts with silver glitter polish (Silver Bells from Finger Paints) and did some reverse stamping.

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I used a clear stamper with Konad Special Nail Polish in Black to first pick up the letter from the plate, then I colored in the empty part with silver glitter nail polish and let it dry completely before transferring it to my nail.

Optional: Use a detail brush with black acrylic paint to correct and/or thicken up any lines as necessary.  I touched up some of the lettering after the stamping was done to make sure the word was visible enough even though most of the stamping came out perfectly.

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Repeat these steps until you spell out the word you want.  Then go out and vote!

I know that there are quite a few people disappointed in the results of the election.  I’m not going to voice my opinion here because this is a nail blog, not a political forum, so if you want to know my views, please talk to me in person.  It is our responsibility as a nation to try to get along with each other and accept the results instead of insulting people and their choices for supporting the “wrong” candidate.  Our voting system is the way it is for a reason, and all we can do is have faith that our president elect will make good decisions in the best interest for the country.  If not, we will have another chance to elect someone else in four years.

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People fought hard for the right to vote, so go out and register if you are able to do so.  It may not seem like one vote matters, but you never know how things might have turned out if everyone who could vote cast a ballot!

Take care, and 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!

Easter Lily Nail Art

I’m such a bad blogger!  I’ve been so busy that I hardly have had any time for myself lately, and *gasp* I even had a day where I was seen in public without any nail polish on!

The very least I could do this week was to try and get an accent nail done.  Because I’m playing for an Eastertide service this Sunday and didn’t get any Easter themed nails done in time for Easter (sorry, everyone!), I chose to put an Easter lily on my ring finger.

Pastel colors are perfect for springtime, so I picked pink and lavender colors for the base of my design.

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Polish colors used in this mani include Pedal Faster Suzi! by OPI, Planks A Lot by OPI, b.m.c. nail lacquer in white, and Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in 37

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Perfect springtime colors.

Jumbo Plate 7 from Cheeky held my Easter lily image.

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The Easter lilies are in the 3rd row from the bottom, 2nd image from the right.

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Stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in white.

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I just cut my nails, so I only had room on my ring finger to show one flower. I used tape to remove the portions of the design from the stamper that I did not want to use.

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A single Easter lily all in white is very classy, but I wanted to test my new clear stamper by seeing if I could stamp green polish over the leaves to color them in.

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I stamped the design with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in #37

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I used tape to remove everything except for the leaves.

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Looking through the opposite end of the stamper, I could easily line up the leaves on the stamper with the white leaves that were already stamped on my nail.

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Things didn’t line up perfectly, but it was pretty darn close! This would have been near impossible to do with a normal stamper.

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And just like that, my mani was done!

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If I had more time, I would have liked to add in some more details on the flower. It didn’t even occur to me until I saw an Easter lily in person for the picture.

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Next week is going to be another crazy period filled with students, rehearsals, concerts… and taxes.  If you don’t see me for awhile, you’ll know why!

Happy polishing!