Fishnet and Lace Stocking Manicure

Wow, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted! I had a whirlwind of a month rehabbing baby squirrels, and not only did I spend most of my days feeding and caring for them, but the table where I normally do my nails was occupied by their giant cage! I’m going to try to catch up as much as I can with the blog now that they’re back at the wildlife center.

This manicure was meant to be a sexy springtime one featuring a fishnet stocking pattern. I started by painting my nails with a pale lilac toned gel polish from Belen in color NU024. I applied 3 thin coats of gel with each layer being cured for 60 seconds in a UV/LED lamp.


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Review of Born Pretty Flower Yarn S002 Stamping Plate

Today’s review covers the Born Pretty Flower Yarn S002 stamping plate. Lately they have been organizing their stamping plate names into descriptive categories and numbers rather than keeping their original system of using sequential numbers with a letter in front of it referring to the size (as in BP-X01 for square plates and BP-L001 for long rectangular ones), something that I find slightly irritating to my OCD because I can’t figure out exactly how many plates I am missing from my massive collection. Nevertheless, I shall embrace the change as the name of the plate gives a clue as to the type of designs you will see on it.

This square plate comes in a cardboard sleeve with a sticker sealing the open edge that lists the plate’s identifying information. The reverse side of the package has a picture tutorial of how to use the plate. There is a bar code on the back, but this bar code does not match the bar code that is on the sticker. The item number for this plate on the Born Pretty website is listed as 43672, not 41073 as printed on the sleeve, so this may be confusing for retailers.


As with all plates, there is a layer of blue plastic wrap covering the surface of the metal that must be removed prior to usage. Do use caution while handling the edges of the plate as they are capable of cutting you if you are not careful. Thankfully the corners are rounded, but the straight edges of the metal still have the ability to cause some damage.


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Metal and Lace Manicure

Here’s a quick tutorial for this rather edgy looking metal and lace manicure.

I started by applying a gunmetal gray polish from Formula X for Sephora called Hypnotize. It is close to opaque in only one coat and dries with a naturally flat metallic chrome finish to look street chic.


2 coats of Hypnotize from Formula X for Sephora were applied to all my nails.

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Review of Born Pretty Nail Foils, Item 41600

Interested in using nail foils? Today’s review covers a set of 12 designs offered from Born Pretty Store. Let’s take a look at the product!


Set of Born Pretty foils, item 41600.

At first glance, these foils don’t look like anything special. The designs are folded lengthwise in half and placed inside a resealable cellophane bag so you don’t really know what you’re looking at. However, once you display each sheet of foil separately, their beauty becomes apparent.


12 designs, ranging from lace and flowers to animal prints and some Christmas themed patterns, are included in this package.

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Holographic Pink and Black Lace Manicure

Today’s nail art is based off a pink and black color theme, which is always a classic combination. I also really was in the mood to use some holographic polish because it’s been awhile since I enjoyed some rainbow action!

I started by painting my nails with What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI and Born Pretty Holographic Stamping Polish in color #2.


Everything is so shiny! These nails look killer already even without any nail art.

I wanted to do French tips combined with stamping, so I applied an extra swipe of black polish across the tips of the nails that were painted with the pink polish.


Half of a French manicure in action.

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Review of Harunouta Plate L009

If you have been into nail art for as long as I have, you are bound to have quite a stamping plate collection by now.  Yet when I saw this plate from Harunouta, I felt like I had to own it!


Harunouta L009 plate comes shipped with blue plastic wrap shielding the metal so that it doesn’t get scratched. You must remove this layer before using it.


It even comes with this pretty cardboard sleeve for storage so that your other plates can’t scratch the metal once the plastic wrap comes off.


Lace, flowers, and pretty decals adorn this plate.

It’s hard to not love the designs here.  The company fit an assortment of different patterns across this long rectangular plate covering a space of 4-3/4 x 2-1/8 inches.  The size is the same as other long plates, and it is mounted to a white hard plastic backing so that you can’t cut yourself on the metal edges.

I found this plate extremely easy to use.  The etching is consistent and deep, and the lines of the images aren’t too thin so it’s easy to pick up whatever design you desire.

The lace strips in the center of the plate are great for full nail coverage.  I used reverse stamping to color in the flowers with holographic polish.


Reverse stamping.


A pretty holographic floral mani using the lace decal in the very center of the plate. The length of the image allows you to have each nail look different while having the same theme, lending it a hand painted look.

The only downside about these lace strips is that they are just a bit too narrow (7/16 of an inch, or slightly less than half an inch) to cover wide nails.  This would work in your favor for the other two lace designs that have scalloped edges as they look like they are meant to be that way, but for the middle design, it gives the nail the appearance of being unfinished.


Slight gaps on the sides of my thumbnail where the design did not cover the nail bed completely.

The rest of the plate specializes in pretty border decals and floral patterns.  Because they are etched in a curved formation, they lend themselves well to being stamped as a French tip or as a half moon design.


Gold art deco style nails using the pattern on the far right side of the plate.

An accent nail is also easily achieved by singling out one element from the strip.


Pearly iridescent nails get bumped up a notch by stamping the design 3rd from the right side of the plate.

One might argue that there is no need for the same design to be etched 4-5 times on the plate, but the layout looks so pretty that I don’t mind.  I think Harunouta made good use of the space on the plate.

You should also keep in mind that because of the circular form of some of the patterns, they will not appear completely vertical and straight on your nails.  This is not an issue if your nails are short because you can only fit a small portion of the image strip onto your nail (refer to the single flower decal in the above photo), but this can be problematic if your nails are very long.  Also, the designs that are closer to the center of the plate in the circle are more curved than the ones along the left and right sides, so you might want to consider the shape of your nails and/or cuticles when choosing a pattern to use.

Overall, I think this plate is a fantastic buy, and you can easily create dozens of different manicures from this one item.  It won’t let you down!

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!


Lacey Stained Glass Manicure

I wanted to create a pretty manicure after my 3D nail experiment, so I turned to a classy plate from Harunouta for inspiration.


Lace for days: Harunouta plate L-009.

My eyes were drawn to the lace strip in the center of the plate, so I decided to do some stamping in black over subtle holographic hues.  Did you know that Urban Outfitters released a line of holographic nail polishes a few years ago?  They are some of the best purchases I ever made.


Clockwise from top left: Konad Special Nail Polish in Black, UO Nail Lacquer in Silver Holo, UO Nail Lacquer in Pink Holo, and UO Nail Lacquer in Green Holo.


I painted all my nails with Silver Holo.


I stamped the lace image with black polish and colored in the flowers with Pink Holo and the leaves with Green Holo.

Pro tip: Use several stampers so that you can let the polish dry completely as you fill in the image on the next stamper.  Failure to wait will cause the colors to smear outside of your outlines, and the decal will not transfer properly.

I used the brush from the bottle to fill in the design, but if you need more precision, a dotting tool or detail brush is handy.


After stamping the design, some clean up, and top coat, your manicure is done!

The most time consuming work is coloring in the sections, but it really an easy manicure to do.  Plus it’s holo- how can you go wrong?


Hope you enjoyed this design!  Happy polishing!

Wintery Bridal Nails

Blame it on the exceptionally warm winter weather that we’ve been having, but I’ve been dreaming of a frosty winter wedding theme: silver and white and sparkly.

This manicure only requires two polishes, a stamping plate, and some rhinestones.


The stamping will be done with plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store. I used the design in the lower right hand corner, but you could use any lace pattern and still get a beautiful result.

I wanted a low contrast look, so I picked a glittery silver stamping polish to go over a pearl white base.


Konad Special Nail Polish in Silver and mayfair by nails inc.


Show us your pearly whites: mayfair by nails inc.

I used a squishy stamper and the silver nail polish to transfer the pattern from BPL-028 over to my nails.  I tried to line up the center of the design with the middle of my cuticle so that the circle would be in the same position on each nail.


This metallic lace pattern could pass for snowflake crystals.

After adding topcoat, I used Kiss Nail Art Glue to secure a rhinestone to the base of each nail.


All finished! I added a tiara ring for some extra bling.

If you don’t like the bling and would rather have a more subtle look, pearl studs would also work nicely in place of the rhinestones.

Whether you’re getting married or just want a wintry look for the season, this mani will get you in the mood.  Happy polishing!

Classy Sparkly Lace Manicure

I just received a bunch of new stamping products that I wanted to try, so I created this Black Friday sparkly lace manicure with them.

Here are the polish colors that I used:


From left to right: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Black Diamond, Sephora by OPI top coat in Indi-go With the Flow, and Ya Qin An stamping polish in Color 19.

I started by painting my nails Black Friday black with Black Diamond.  The color has silver microglitter in it, so it already looks shimmery.


Black Diamond nail polish by Sally Hansen.

For extra sparkle, I added Indi-go With the Flow over the black base.  The look reminds me of what snowfall looks like at night.


Indi-go With the Flow adds a little extra sparkle.  Unfortunately it didn’t photograph as well as it looks in person.

For the lace pattern, I used plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store.  I used the edge of the pattern on the bottom row of the plate, 2nd from the left.


BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store has all the lace doily patterns that you could ever want.

Stamping was a little challenging to get the heart portion centered just right.  I used  a marshmallow stamper to help simplify the alignment process, but the lines of the pattern never transfer as crisply as they do with my Konad stamper.  I used Color 19, a pale light blue color, from Ya Qin An to do the stamping.  Honestly, I don’t know if that’s the name of the color because the label is all in Chinese, but 19 was the name for the shade on the website where I got it.


I love the lace cuticle detail, although I wish the polish transferred more consistently across the pattern.

The hole in the heart was begging to be filled with a rhinestone so I added one on each nail.


Glitzy lace.

And that’s all she wrote!  It’s a great sophisticated and elegant look for any occasion.

Hope you got all the deals you wanted over the past few days.  I’m looking forward to receiving even more nail products in the mail from my shopping sprees online!  😉  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!


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.


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.


A sample of using the same image on each nail.


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!


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


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!