Flowering Tree Nail Art

I know flowering trees are mostly a spring thing, but there was one that was in bloom in my neighborhood that left its remnants all over my parked car the other day! Here is some nail art featuring this allergy inducing arbor.

I wanted to have a sky blue background, so I chose a nice color from Wet n Wild that I thought would fit the bill. There was no identifying label for the shade on the bottle, but it came from a 10 piece set called Pretty & Posh that was purchased at Five Below. Wet n Wild is known for its affordable cosmetics, and while the polish is dirt cheap, it did take 3 coats to get it opaque. It does dry quickly, so that is a huge plus!

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It’s not the most smooth finish, but it does the job! Top coat will help to even out the color.

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Review of Harunouta-L072 Stamping Plate

Here’s a quick review of the Harunouta-L072 stamping plate. If you love nature, this is the plate for you!

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A blue layer of plastic film cover the top of the plate to prevent it from getting scratched. You must remove this layer prior to using it.

This long rectangular plate is mounted on a piece of plastic to prevent you from cutting yourself along the metal edges. It comes inside a cardboard slipcover that lists basic instructions for use on the back. A sticker with the item number seals the free edge to keep the plate from falling out of it during shipping.

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Leopard and Jungle Print Manicure

It’s a jungle out there, and here are the nails to prove it!

I started by painting my nails with Aimeili gel polish in 073 Kale. This army green provides the perfect backdrop for jungle foliage. 3 thin coats were applied and cured for a minute each in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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Aimeili gel polish in color 073 Kale.

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Winter Landscape Nails

I mentioned the other day that my work with New Camerata Opera was hugely inspiring and that it spurned the creation of some glam punk sheep nail art. I didn’t want to leave the 2nd production of the double bill out, so for closing night, I did nails that were loosely based on the opera Savitri by Gustav Holst.

I used the trees from the projection and the color palette of the costumes as the inspiration for some winter landscape snowy trees nail art.

I started by painting my nails a pale shade of blue. This polish from Julep is called Joanna and is a cross between periwinkle blue, lavender, and gray with the prettiest shimmer in the formula.

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2 coats of Joanna look like sheer heaven.

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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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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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Butterfly Early Spring Thermal Manicure

I don’t know what it’s like in your area, but NYC has been having some serious mood swings when it comes to the weather! We had snow one day and then gorgeous sunny weather in the 70s followed by rain and 40 degree temperatures.

All this inspired me to use some thermal nail polish to create some early spring nail art. I really didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to do once I applied the thermal polish, but I love how it ended up turning out!

I started by painting my nails with Through the Grapevine from Lacquer Lust. This gorgeous shade is a thermal crelly with holographic sparkles in it. When cold, it is a dark purple, but it lightens up to a pale lavender color when it’s hot. In any case, I also thought this was a lovely way to also shout out February’s birthstone, amethyst.

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In a moderate climate, this polish looks like the color of a grape candy chew. A slight color gradation is normal as my body heat naturally lightens the polish with the tips being darker.

I figured that flowers and butterflies would look the best with this color palette, so I chose a plate from Harunouta that was perfect for this purpose.

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Review of Born Pretty BPX-L018 Stamping Plate

Up for consideration today is a pretty plate from Born Pretty Store that caters to the nature lover in you. Let’s go over the basic stats first.

This plate is mounted on a piece of white plastic so that your precious hands are protected from being cut by the metal edges. The corners are also rounded for this reason.

A piece of blue film covers the etching to protect it from scratches during shipment. This must be removed before using it. Simply find an edge and peel it away before you start to paint your nails.

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The plate comes with a cardboard sleeve in which you can store it to prevent it from being scratched by other plates or materials once the film has been removed. It is labeled on the front that it is from the BP-X Series, but there are no other markings on the packaging that will identify which plate is inside. If you own a lot of plates, this can be irritating as you won’t know what the design is unless you take the plate out of the sleeve, but I also think that those with a large collection also use other means of storage, such as albums, which make the designs visible and easily accessible.

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There are two separate sleeves pictured here. You will get one sleeve for each plate that you purchase.

The back of the package lists the social media information of the company along with simple instructions for how to use the plate. You will need a stamper and nail polish in order to transfer these beautiful designs to your nails.

The etching on this plate is excellent, and you should have no trouble picking up the images with your stamper. You get a variety of 24 images to play with, and they can be mixed and matched with different color combinations to suit your needs.

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I wanted this plate especially for the clover pattern in the middle row, 3rd from the left. Paired with green holographic polish and stamping polish, this manicure was perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Holographic polish was stamped first. Notice that the fine lines of the clover stems transfer with ease.

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A more vibrant green stamping polish was used with the same pattern again to really make the design pop on these clover nails.

You don’t have to stick to a natural color palette to create a pretty manicure with this plate. I love the teal and white combo that I used for the manicure below because it looks so fresh and clean.

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Elegance can be yours with a soothing color combination and these swirling vines.

The patterns on this plate are quite versatile, and this plate will stir your creative side when you see it. The quality is good, and the plate will last practically forever with good care. It is definitely a good purchase for your nail art needs!

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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Thermal Manicure: Butterflies and Flowers

I  have been seeing so much ugliness online lately, so even though this manicure is out of season in the States, I wanted to create something that looked beautiful.

I took advantage of a thermal gel polish I recently bought from Madam Glam for the occasion.  I’ve been dying to use this but wanted to wait until my nails grew out a little more so the color change effect would be more noticeable.

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Love on Top is a pretty thermal crelly polish from Madam Glam that turns white when warm and magenta when cold.

The color change effect works great with flower and butterfly images, so I used 3 different images from Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2 to create my design.

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For this manicure, I used the single hibiscus flower in the top right corner of the plate, the butterfly image on the far left 5 rows down, and the combined hibiscus/butterfly image 6 rows down, 2nd from the right.

I stamped the butterflies first on my index and pinky fingers, erasing parts of the image with tape so that they would only cover half of my nail at a diagonal.  I stamped the full butterfly image onto my thumb (not shown).  The single hibiscus was used on the other half of the index and pinky nails while the entire image of the combined butterfly and flower design was stamped onto my middle and ring fingernails, flipping the image on one nail so that the nails didn’t look exactly the same.  I also added a single small butterfly to the middle finger to fill some empty space.

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Stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black.

I was quite pleased with how this turned out, and I’ve been entertained by watching the colors shift back and forth in different temperatures.

Hope you all have had a great week!  Happy polishing!