Review of Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-033 Stamping Plate

I’ve been reviewing a lot of Beauty Big Bang stamping plates lately because I received a set of five Christmas plates from them. The BBBXL-033 plate is the last one out of the bundle for me to show you, so let’s take a look!

The plate comes with its own exclusive cardboard envelope where it lists the name of the item and has a unique bar code on the back. The illustration on the front is there to indicate that the designs included pertain to the holidays, but they are not actually depicted on the plate. As you may already know, it is a pet peeve of mine that companies don’t show the plate designs on the packaging because if you use the envelope to store the plate to protect it from getting scratched, you will have to remove it in order to see what images are on it. It’s not really a big deal, but it will slow you down if you’re looking for a pattern to inspire you.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Little Monkey Nail Dryer

Ever feel like you need a little help drying your nails? This cute little monkey from Beauty Big Bang is about to be your best friend!

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When I saw this product on the website, I thought I would die from cuteness overload. This is the perfect gift for your manicure loving friends or for yourself. It is super affordable (scroll down for details), looks adorable, and works surprisingly well!

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You will go bananas for this monkey blower!

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Stamping Plates and Stamper Kit

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your favorite nail art loving buddy or even for yourself? You will love the selection that this kit from Beauty Big Bang has whether you are new to nail art or a seasoned pro!

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How beautiful is this nail mail?

There are 12 pieces total in this awesome set. You get a stamper, a scraper, and 10 random circular plates with assorted designs. The downside is that you don’t get to select what designs you will receive, but I loved the surprise of opening the package and seeing what arrived.

Each plate comes inside a resealable plastic bag. The front of the bag is clear so that you can see the images on the plate. Storing the plate inside the original packaging is recommended so that the surface does not get scratched from rubbing against other plates or objects.

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Basic instructions are printed on the back of the packaging.

The instructions aren’t very thorough as they don’t cover the first steps of stamping, such as removing the plastic layer from the plate, applying nail polish to the design, and scraping away the excess before transferring the image to the stamper. Seasoned pros won’t need the tutorial, but if you are purchasing this kit for a beginner, the recipient might be very confused as to what to do.

I think it’s very unfortunate that they do not mention the part about removing the plastic layer from the plates first because the plastic is clear and not easily noticed. Also, trying to find a free edge to pull the plastic away is a little tricky, although I find that using an orange stick helps with this.

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You can pick away at the edge of the plate to lift enough of the plastic layer to remove it easily.

As for the plates themselves, I think they are made by Blink, but they are clearly inspired by Konad. The etching is done very well, and the quality is top notch. As mentioned previously, you don’t get to pick which plates you will receive, but I loved the assortment of designs. Here are the 10 plates that were in my package: Continue reading

Review of Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L013 Stamping Plate

With July 4 just around the corner, I thought this review would be well timed! Today’s item features the Celebration BPX-L013 stamping plate from Born Pretty Store.

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As you can see, the images focus on some occasions worthy of celebration ranging from New Year’s to springtime to Christmas and then some in between! I mainly wanted this plate for the firework designs, but I love all the images on this plate. With so many different themes crammed into this rectangle, you will certainly have a lot of options for manicures throughout the year!

As with all of the Born Pretty plates, you will need to remove the protective blue film from the top of the plate before you can use it. This is easily done by picking at one of the corners with your finger and peeling back the layer, but you should definitely do this prior to painting your nails.

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The plate is covered in a protective layer of blue cling film.

Other notable features of this item are its rounded corners and thick white plastic backing which prevent you from accidentally cutting yourself on the edges of the metal plate. The backing is sturdy enough where it also prevents the plate from getting bent during transit.

Additionally, the plate comes with a cardboard sleeve in which you can store the plate to prevent the surface from getting scratched. The backside displays instructions for how to use the plate as well as social media information for the company. The downside is that the pattern on the package, while pretty, does not match the plate inside, nor does it allow you to see the actual plate it contains. Also, I do find it strange that the plate does not come shipped inside the sleeve as it would further protect it, but my plates always arrive in excellent condition regardless of this.

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Front and back side of the cardboard holder. Two different holders are pictured here.

As for the images themselves, they are all engraved deeply into the plate and transfer without a hitch. You shouldn’t have a problem fitting the rectangular images onto most nails as they measure 1.5 cm wide and 2 cm high. The big fireworks image in the top right corner of the plate should be able to cover extra long nails provided that your stamper is large enough, and the single images in the top row can be use to accent any nail you like.

I used gold holographic polish with this plate to stamp fireworks (1st row of rectangular images, 3rd image from the left) over a black base and loved the result. Note that the thin lines easily get picked up.

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Celebratory fireworks manicure using holographic polish to give dimension to the bursts.

The images in the bottom row lend themselves well to the reverse stamping technique. I tried this with the gift boxes in the bottom row, 4th image from the left. You can see how consistently the image picks up across different stampers.

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Reverse stamping using 4 different stampers. The image always picks up equally well.

Applied to a mint green base, these presents look perfect for a birthday theme.

While you may purchase this plate to suit one particular holiday that you had in mind, you will find that it is versatile enough to keep you using it throughout the year. As with any stamping plate, the colors you choose can completely change how a design looks, so let your imagination run wild and see how many times you can create different manicures with this plate!

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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/born-pretty-celebration-stamping-plate-year-rectangle-manicure-nail-image-template-l013-p-38219.html

http://www.bornprettystore.com

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