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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Neon Metallic Floral Print Nails

Happy Mother’s Day! I’m bringing some bright neon floral nails for Mom with this manicure so let’s get started!

I’ve been using a lot of foil lately, so I wanted to try my hand at combining foils with stamping, something that I’ve only done one other time. I picked this pretty shimmery magenta one from a batch I bought from eBay a long time ago, and then I picked colors for my manicure to go along with it.

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This foil comes in a long piece that is placed in a small canister for storage. We’re definitely not using this much for the manicure!

For the stamping, I chose the rose design from the top row, 2nd from the right from the Valentine’s Day BP-L001 plate from Born Pretty Store.

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To make the decals, I applied some HK Girl Top Coat from Glisten & Glow in rectangular sections on top of the silicone Lotus Mat from Bundle Monster and allowed it to dry completely. I then used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in Purple to transfer the image from the plate to the patch of dried top coat and quickly rubbed the foil over the stamped area. If you are not quick enough, the foil will not stick to the image, and you will have to try it again. This is definitely not an easy process, and you can see that my bottom two tries were more successful than the top two tries. Practice makes perfect!

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When the foil transfers perfectly, the image really shines!

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Abstract Watercolor Flowers Manicure

Hello everyone! I’ve been super busy trying to gather all my paperwork together to do my taxes, so I apologize for not being that active as of late. I suspect that I’m going to have to take a break at least until after April 15!

In the meantime, I tried to slap together something that would be quick to paint and look cute for spring. I drew inspiration from a bouquet of carnations that a student gave me after a concert and a plate from Born Pretty Store. Let’s get started!

I first painted all my nails white. I looked for an unused polish in my collection and came up with this neon base coat from Formula X. Because it was meant to be used underneath other colors to make them appear brighter, it doesn’t really perform the best as a stand alone color, but it does the job.

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This neon base coat from Formula X has a slightly yellow tint to it. 3 coats of polish are pictured here.

To make the outline for the flowers, I used a plate from Born Pretty Store. The image in the top left corner is a beautiful abstract floral design that I loved for its hand painted look.

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Valentine’s Day BP-L001 plate from Born Pretty Store.

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Magic Hidden Stamping Spring Nails

A coworker recently was talking about how sad she felt for the flowers outside because we’ve been having such crazy temperature swings! One day it feels like spring, and the next we have snow and all the little buds disappear! So of course, I had to find a way to translate this into nail art.

I have a strong bond with thermal polishes around this time of year especially because of the weird weather patterns. The one that I used for this manicure comes from Beauty Big Bang. It is a shimmery magenta toned purple formula that turns light pink in warm temperatures.

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Beauty Big Bang Thermal Nail Polish in color 019.

Check out the swatches below to see the transition of this polish from hot to cold temperatures.

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To bring my concept to life, I chose a nice plate from Bundle Monster with a floral motif and paired it with a stamping polish that was nearly the same color as the cold temperature shade of the thermal polish. Continue reading