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.

img_20190812_001742

Continue reading

Advertisements

Inspired by a Color: Peach Floral Nails

When it’s August, I desperately want to go peach picking at my favorite orchard in New Jersey because their peaches are out of this world! I’ve truly never had peaches or nectarines from anywhere else that can compare to the ones that you find there, so I hunger for them all year until peach picking season comes back around.

The fruit was the color inspiration for this manicure, so I started by painting all my nails with 3 coats of ‘N Cream from Pretty & Polished. This indie brand is no longer in business, but boy did they make beautiful crelly polishes when they were online! This one is a milky white with peach glitters suspended throughout the mix.

img_20190811_023240

Crelly (cream/jelly) polishes are pretty sheer by definition, so it took 3 coats to get the white base to become opaque.

Continue reading

Quick Holographic Flower Nails

Things have been unexpectedly busy here, so in order to keep my nails done, I had to go for some easy stamping. Nothing is better than combining holographic polish with a full pattern design when you’re in a hurry to create something pretty, so that’s exactly what I did here.

I began by painting all my nails with 2 coats of Wake Me Up from Superchic Lacquer. This highly pigmented polish is a dark magenta holographic color and is almost fully opaque in just one coat.

img_20190719_135246

Continue reading

Floral Vine Nails

We’ve been having such lovely weather lately where it truly feels like spring outside. I wanted my nails to match the season before it becomes insufferably muggy, so I created this pretty floral design.

To start, I applied 2 coats of Shell Me the Truth from Nicole by OPI. This pretty shade has a duochrome like effect where it appears either lilac pink or golden light pink depending on how the light hits it.

img_20190613_004409

Continue reading

Review of Born Pretty BP-L073 Stamping Plate

Today’s review covers a beautiful flower filled stamping plate from Born Pretty. Let’s take a look!

I’ve always noted that the Born Pretty packaging should have a picture of the contents inside, but the cardboard sleeve that comes with the plate has an equally beautiful floral scene printed on it instead.

IMG_20180822_111620.jpg

The back of the sleeve has a short tutorial on how to use the plate, and the open end is partially sealed with a sticker with the item number printed on it.

As with most stamping plates, a layer of blue cling plastic covers the surface of the metal to prevent it from getting scratched during shipment. Simply pick at an edge of the film with an orange stick and lift away this layer prior to using the plate.

IMG_20180704_012826.jpg

Continue reading

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.

IMG_20180523_213748.jpg

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.

IMG_20180523_220938.jpg

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

Continue reading

Review of Born Pretty Valentine’s Day BP-L001 Stamping Plate

Today I’m reviewing Born Pretty’s Valentine’s Day BP-L001 stamping plate. Born Pretty seems to be releasing collections of plates based on holidays lately, but this sweet plate is full of pretty designs that you’ll be using all year round.

The plate comes shipped in an elegant looking cardboard sleeve.

IMG_20180407_111515.jpg

The backside has basic instructions for how to use it, but I’m sure that most of you reading this post are veterans of stamping.

IMG_20180407_111653.jpg

The plate itself is mounted on a piece of white plastic so that you can’t cut yourself on the metal edges. A thin blue layer of plastic film (the “protection sticker” mentioned in the instructions) covers the surface to protect it from being scratched. You must remove this before using the plate.

IMG_20180407_111323.jpg

Continue reading