Shattered Mirror Nails

Not too long ago, I dropped my phone and cracked the screen for the first time ever! It’s limited to only 2 corners, so it doesn’t really get in the way, but for a perfectionist like me, it’s annoying! I’m due for a new phone upgrade anyway, so maybe it’s a sign… In any case, it inspired the creation of this shattered mirror nail art.

I began by painting all my nails with black gel polish. Because I knew I was going to apply chrome powder over my base, I didn’t mind using one of my lower quality gel polishes to do the job. This black gel polish in color 01 from Born Pretty’s Solid Color Series was the very first gel polish I owned and was part of their silver chrome starter kit. My, how far we’ve come since then! Now I know not to wipe off the tacky layer between coats of color and to use a good gel base coat with it! This shade still left much to be desired in terms of coverage as 2 thin coats still wasn’t very opaque, but like I said, I wasn’t picky about it because I knew I was topping it with a chrome powder.

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Each coat cured for 60 seconds in a 48W UV/LED lamp.

I then applied and cured a coat of Clavuz No Wipe Top Coat prior to applying a silver chrome powder from IMethod Beauty over it with a sponge applicator. The results are super shiny and reflective, and you can’t tell that the black polish underneath it had uneven coverage.

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Another layer of Clavuz No Wipe Top Coat was applied over the powder to seal it into place.

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Review of Born Pretty Tropical Punch L002 Stamping Plate

Today we’re going to take a closer look at the Born Pretty Tropical Punch L002 stamping plate, a fun item that will transport your nails to your favorite island destination.

This plate comes shipped in an elegant cream and gold cardboard sleeve that matches Born Pretty’s latest re-branding. The open end is sealed with a sticker that states the name of the plate and shows some of the designs that can be found on it. Notice that the bar code on the sticker is not the same as the bar code on the back of the sleeve. It probably would have been a wiser decision for the company to have only printed the bar code on the sticker as this can be confusing for retailers.

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Review of Born Pretty BP-L070 Plate

Because I’ve been doing so much stamping nail art to save time lately, I thought it only fitting that I review some of the plates that I have been using.

Today’s review centers on plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store. This plate features 7 large rectangular images along with 16 smaller geometric patterns. All the designs are sophisticated and modern and make for some chic manicures.

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Plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store.

As with all Born Pretty plates, this one comes with a floral printed cardboard slipcover, and the plate itself comes shipped with the standard blue plastic cling film on top of the metal to protect it from getting scratched. Also noteworthy of the rectangular series plates from this company is that it is mounted on a piece of white plastic and that it has rounded corners to prevent yourself from getting injured while handling the item.

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Freshly shipped with blue film on top of the plate. You must remove this layer prior to use.

The back of the slipcover contains the company’s social media information along with instructions for how to stamp your nails.

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The back of the packaging has an illustrated tutorial on how to use the plate.

I was able to get great results from this plate thanks to its deeply etched lines. The polish lifted up effortlessly and precisely with my stamper, and I was able to use a few different techniques with it.

Using the 2nd image from the top left side of the plate, I made a faux 3D geometric look by first stamping the pattern with black polish and then stamping over the design again using silver polish. The lines are impressively straight when they transfer, and thanks to the large image size, I had no problem covering my nails completely with the design.

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Optical illusion nails.

I also did some reverse stamping with the design on the far right, middle row of the plate to create some fun summer neon nails. After stamping the pattern with black polish, I colored in between the lines and transferred my decal to my nails to create a bright and clean look.

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It’s easy to let your imagination fly when coloring in different patterns on this plate.

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Fun summer neon nails.

All the patterns on the plate look great over a smooshy nail art base. I used a unicorn color theme to make the avant garde design below. It looks super pretty for the spring and summer months!

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Rather than color in individual sections of the pattern, opt for a smooshy base instead.

Overall, if you love simple, clean lines, you will love this plate. There are so many ways you can use it to make impressive looking manicures. The bold lines transfer perfectly onto your nails and can jazz up a basic manicure in no time. This is an easy go-to plate for all year round, and you will be able to create many different looks from it without ever getting tired.

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 the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.

Happy polishing!

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Unicorn Pastel Smooshy Nails

Today’s manicure is all about trying to make some pretty looking nails. I haven’t done any smooshy nail designs since my first try in November, so I decided to use a pastel unicorn-ish palette with colors from the Life’s A Beach Sephora by OPI collection along with some stamping.

I started by painting all my nails white so the light colors would show up better.

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Sephora by OPI polish in White Hot.

To do the smooshy nails technique, I used a large stamper and dotted different colors of polish onto the surface. I immediately used the stamper to smoosh the polish onto my nails in a haphazard manner and repeated the process until I was satisfied with the look.

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I used light blue, peach, and lavender polishes for the unicorn palette. The colors are called Havana Dreams, I Gotta Blush On You, and It’s Hippo To Be Square respectively, all from the Sephora by OPI Life’s A Beach collection.

You will find that using liquid latex around your nails will help make the clean up process easier, but using regular tape will also do the job if you don’t own liquid latex. I used Born Pretty Liquid Peel Off Tape here which removes fairly easily.

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My finished smooshy nail design. Excuse the liquid latex on my fingers as I kept it on to make cleaning up the stamping part easier.

The finishing touch was to add an avant-garde pattern over the smooshy design. For this, I used plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store along with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #2 (silver).

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This design used the 4th pattern from the top left side of plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty. It reminds me of Frank Gehry designed buildings.

The result is a gorgeous color combo worthy of any summer festival or brunch.

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Silver adds the final unicorn color themed touch to this manicure.

This look was super easy to put together, and it’s great if you like light colors.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead! Happy polishing!

Summer Neon Geometric Nails

Hi, everyone! I’m a little behind on posts due to a flurry of musical activity on this end, but I’m hoping to catch up on things soon!

Today’s nail art tries to capture the essence of summer with some bright neon colors and bold geometric shapes. To begin, I painted my nails white using a color simply called White Base Coat from Sephora by OPI.

 

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White Base Coat from Sephora by OPI provides a simple white backdrop that is perfect for making neon colors pop.

To do the geometric design, I used plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store for the basic pattern.

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For this manicure, I used the design on the far right side of the middle row.

Using a clear stamper, I stamped the pattern with Ya Qin An stamping polish in Black, then I colored in the design with various shades from the Sephora by OPI Neon Lights collection. I chose a pink, orange and yellow shade so when I colored in the pattern, I chose to have pink and yellow stripes with the intersecting parts being orange.

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The colors used are all from the Sephora by OPI Neon Lights collection. Pink is Glowing Somewhere?, orange is I’m So Vivid With You!, and yellow is Mega-Watt’s Your Deal?

I decided to stamp these zig-zag patterns close to my cuticles, and I alternated the color placement on each nail to make it look more continuous.

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All done!

It was pretty easy to make this nail art, and it definitely looks fun for summer! Hope you enjoyed it!

Happy polishing!

Optical Illusion Metallic Geometric Nails

I got some beautiful chrome nail lacquer from Born Pretty recently and wanted to do a nice elegant brushed metal look to compliment it.

The star was really this base color in my opinion. I recall Sally Hansen having similar chrome polish over a decade ago, and the new metallic series from Born Pretty channels the original collection perfectly.

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2 coats of Heroine from Born Pretty gives your nails a beautiful metallic surface.

For the nail art, I chose an image from plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty.

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This manicure utilizes the 2nd pattern from the left in the top row of plate BP-L070.

The faux 3D effect was achieved with double stamping. I first stamped the image onto all my nails with black polish from Ya Qin An.

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Next I used a clear stamper with the same design and silver polish from Ya Qin An and carefully aligned the design over the black polish already on my nails. The second application should offset the lines just enough to create a silhouetted 3D like effect.

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I liked the brushed metal effect, so I applied a matte top coat from Sephora by OPI over the design to preserve the stamping.

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Although this design looks complex, it was super easy to do. Also, because the design is double stamped, any flaws with the transfer aren’t as noticeable and actually aid in the 3D effect! There is definitely beauty in imperfection.

Hope you have a great day! Happy polishing!

 

 

Thermal Geometric Manicure

Welcome to March!  In the past few days, we’ve had quite a swing in temperature in NYC where on one day, it was near 60 degrees and beautiful outside to another day where it was 17 degrees with snow covering the ground.  The crazy weather influenced me to do something with thermal nail polish after being in a creative slump this week.

I started by painting all my nails white.

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This color is called wild white ways from essence cosmetics and is fully opaque in two coats.

I recently acquired some thermal color change powder from Born Pretty Store.  It is best used with a gel top coat, so I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my white base and cured it for about 15 seconds (half the normal cure time) before applying the pigment.

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Born Pretty Thermal Pigment in color #13.

I used the sponge applicator to apply the powder to the half cured top coat, then I dusted off the excess pigment from my cuticles with a fan brush.

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The thermal pigment is already changing colors as the dark gray shade is its cold state.

I applied another layer of gel top coat over this and fully cured it before proceeding to the stamping portion of the design.

Because of the dark gray and white colors in the thermal pigment, I decided that a geometric look would suit this manicure the best.  I used the diamond pattern in the second row, far right side of the plate below in a variety of ways to create a modern look.

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Plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store.

For some nails, I stamped the image as is, but for other nails, after stamping the image, I removed some of the other diamonds from the pattern on the stamper with some Scotch tape.

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Tweaking the design. The stamping was done with Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in Black.

I opted to do a single diamond in the center of one nail and half a diamond as a half moon design on my pinky.  I finished it all off with a layer of Ya Qin An top coat.

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The completed design.

The thermal powder is a little splotchy because it’s hard to apply an even layer of pigment, especially because the dark gray color contrasts so much with the white base.  The color change effect is also very sensitive, and even the act of trying to dry off my nails prevented me from getting an evenly pigmented picture of each individual color.

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The left side pictures are cold color temperatures while the right side pictures are hot water temperatures. The hot temperature version is definitely not splotchy while my fingers are still in the water.

It’s always fun to have interactive nails!  And even though the pigment is seldom one solid color, the smoky effect still looks cool underneath the crisp lines of the diamonds.

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We’re expecting more snow here in a few days, so be safe out there!  Happy polishing!