Dried Flower and Damask Print Nails

I’m bringing you some more flower nail art to brighten your day today!

Again, I’m featuring some dried flowers from Born Pretty Store. Stay tuned for a review on these flowers coming soon to the blog!

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This time I used the little lavender blooms from the far left. Some prep work is needed before starting to paint.

I gently pulled the petals from the husks and trimmed down the brown parts with a small pair of scissors before setting the blooms aside. Be very careful that the area is not drafty because the petals can blow away very easily!

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Dried flowers can be messy, so work over a piece of paper for easy clean up.

For the nails, I started by painted everything with a shimmery lavender polish called The Color to Watch from OPI.

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This polish is a little sheer, so it takes 3 coats to get the look in the photo.

I wanted to add some stamping to my nails, so I picked some pretty prints from the L026 plate from Harunouta to do the job.

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I chose to stamp with the 2 square designs in the top and middle rows, 2nd column from the right.

I alternated my chosen patterns on each nail, turning the stamper 45 degrees for a diagonal placement to change the look. That pretty lavender lacquer is Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #271.

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A very subtle and classy damask print design will complement the flower petals that are added next.

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Review of Born Pretty Store BP-X01 Plate

For the Victorian and baroque style lovers out there, here’s a classy plate that will have you swooning.

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BP-X01 plate from Born Pretty Store.

This item is from Born Pretty Store’s 6 cm square plate collection.  The quality is amazing, as you will soon see.

The plate comes wrapped with a thin blue layer of plastic over the top.  This protects it from getting scratched while in transit.  Be sure to remove this layer carefully before using it.

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Because the plate edges are straight, you must take extra caution while handling it.  I managed to cut myself by accidentally gripping the sides too hard while removing the blue film.  The sides aren’t overly sharp, but they can still do some damage.  Now I know why their rectangular plate series comes mounted on plastic backing!

The back of the plate has the company and website info printed on it.

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Back view of the plate.

The plate also comes with a cute cardboard envelope holder to further prevent scratches from getting etched into the metal surface while in storage.  You can read the instructions for how to use the plate on the back of the sleeve.

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Front and back views of the external packaging.

I wish that the package had a picture of the plate on it somewhere so that you can see what is inside right away rather than having to take the plate out of the holder each time you browse your collection.

The image sizes are generous.  The square patterns will not cover extremely long nails, but they are perfectly suited for toenails and average length nails.

As always, the etching is deep, and your stamper should have no problem picking up the images.

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A pretty damask pattern from the top row, middle image of BP-X01.

You can also try your hand at simple reverse stamping with some of the freestanding designs in the bottom row of the plate.

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Making a mirror using reverse stamping.

Put the two elements together, and you have a beautiful Beauty and the Beast inspired manicure!

 

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Beautiful nails courtesy of BP-X01.

You should be able to get lots of great manicures (and pedicures!) out of this plate by changing up the color scheme.  Your nails will look elegant and classy with any one of these patterns on them.

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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/born-pretty-66cm-square-nail-stamp-template-baroque-floral-design-image-plate-p-29974.html

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Antique Damask Print Nails

I have a lot of friends who recently got married, so it was in my head to do something with light blue polish in the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” tradition.  I turned to my stamping plate collection for the rest of the inspiration.  I ended up using plate BP-X01 from Born Pretty Store for the damask print.

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My choice was the design in the middle of the top row as well as the two images in the bottom left corner for this mani.

I wanted a subtle blue print, so I chose a base color that was only slightly lighter than my stamping polish color and then used gold and silver stamping polishes for the antiques.

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Colors from left to right: Infatuated by Formula X for Sephora, Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #9, Ya Qin An polish in Gold, and Konad Special Nail Polish in Silver.

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I first painted all my nails with Infatuated.

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Using a darker light blue stamping polish with BP-X01, I varied the angle of the damask pattern on my nails.

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For the mirror, I stamped the design with gold polish and then filled in the empty space with silver polish. I waited several minutes for it to dry completely before stamping it onto my nail.

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I stamped the candelabra on my middle finger, which gave this mani a Beauty and the Beast vibe.

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After adding top coat, I glued small pearl rhinestones to my antiques to make them look more distinctive.

And there you have it!  It’s an easy manicure that looks very pretty.  Good luck to all the brides and brides to be out there!  Happy polishing!

Review of BPL-030 Stamping Plate from Born Pretty Store

Are you a fan of lace?  Then you’re going to love plate BPL-030 from Born Pretty Store!

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Plate BPL-030 from Born Pretty Store comes in a cardboard envelope for protection and is sealed with blue film that must be removed prior to use.

As is standard with the large plates from Born Pretty Store, BPL-030 comes mounted on white plastic, so you won’t have to worry about injuring yourself on the metal edges of the plate.

At first glance, it looks like each of the 3 rows of images is a single continuous lace pattern, but there are 7 different designs if you look closely.

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The different pattern sections of plate BPL-030. The red lines were drawn in by me for clarity.

Regardless, these images are HUGE.  The middle row has the tallest images at 2 cm, probably to make up for the fact that there are 3 different patterns in that row.  The top row is only slightly less tall at 1.8 cm, and the bottom row is the shortest at 1.5 cm.  Even so, 1.5 cm should fit the width of most fingernails.  I have seen “full image” plates from competitors that are only 1.2 cm x 1.5 cm so don’t be fooled into thinking that the last row is unusable.  Don’t forget that the width of these images is insanely long.  The top row images are both 5.5 cm long, the middle row images are 3.7 cm, 3.9 cm, and 3.9 cm long, and the bottom row images are both 5.7 cm long.

The greatest advantage to having the big images is that they will easily accommodate long fingernails, particularly acrylics.  It is also safe to say that if these images are good for acrylics, then they would also be great for toenails.  The only issue is that you would need to get a stamper that is big enough to handle the size of the nail that you are trying to stamp.

What I also like about the oversize images is that you have the option of using the same image for each nail or varying the pattern across the manicure.  This makes the plate versatile.

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A sample of using the same image on each nail.

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A sample of varying the pattern across the manicure.

The etching is done so well that you really have to scrape the polish off to get a clean image, so this is the perfect plate for beginner stampers, although experienced stampers will love the ease of use, too!

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A Gothic inspired lace manicure using b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black and Missy by Julep.

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Gold lace manicure using Konad Special Nail Polish in Gold and Cassandra by Julep.

I really consider this item a best buy in terms of design, versatility, and ease of use.  If you only own one stamping plate, this should be the one!

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 your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy stamping!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/hollow-lace-nail-stamp-template-image-plate-born-pretty-l030-65cm-p-21816.html

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Fall Gold Lace and Burgundy Manicure

Originally I was planning to do this manicure in time to go to the Renaissance Faire so that I could match my burgundy and gold dress, but I ended up doing the day after I went instead because of time constraints.  It’s still the perfect manicure for fall with these rich colors!

I started off by painting all my nails with Cassandra by Julep, a polish that was in my maven box for September.

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Rich burgundy red: Cassandra by Julep.

Next, I used a pattern on plate BPL-030 from Born Pretty Store for the lace design.  I opted to pick up images across the entire top right section of the plate so that the pattern was not the same for each nail.

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Is lace your thing? Pick up plate BPL-030 from Born Pretty Store.

I used Konad Special Nail Polish in Gold (shown in the top image) for the stamping, and it contrasted beautifully against the deep red base color.

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Stamping done with Konad Special Nail Polish in Gold and plate BPL-030 from Born Pretty Store.

And really, that was all there was to that manicure!  It was super easy to get an elegant looking design in a jiffy.  Now back to the hustle and bustle of life!

Happy fall, and happy polishing!  🙂