Happy 2019 New Year’s Nails

Happy 2019, everyone! Here’s to the beginning of a new year of more nail art!

Because New Year’s Eve is all about celebrating, I picked the aptly named Champagne Storm holographic polish from Born Pretty Store to be the base for this design. It’s a dazzling, glittery gold that really does encompass everything you associate with having champagne.

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2 coats of Champagne Storm from Born Pretty Store were applied for this swatch. It’s even more sparkly in real life due to the holographic glitters in the polish.

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Blowing Bubbles Nail Art

It’s getting close to the beginning of a new year, so I wanted to try to make a whimsical looking manicure. I don’t know about you, but 2017 was a doozy and not particularly one of the better ones! Here’s to blowing away the bad stuff and wishing for something wonderful for 2018!

I tried to pick a pretty light blue base to act as my sky backdrop. This color is called Siren Melodies from Femme Fatale, an indie brand, and my pictures don’t do it justice. Aside from the beautiful crelly mix that allows the holographic glitter particles to show through, this periwinkle shade also is iridescent and has a pinky-purple sheen at different angles that gives this color a lot of dimension.

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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

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