Tropical Spring Break Nails

Everyone was going away for spring break recently, which was the inspiration for this manicure. I have one student who adores flamingos and had a “flamingo experience” where she got to interact with them in person while she was in Florida, which sounded amazing! These nails are dedicated to her.

I chose a rosy salmon pink as the base color for this design. This was achieved with 3 thin layers of Belen gel polish in color NU016. Each coat was cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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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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Miami Sunset Palm Tree Nails

Can you feel the heat?  After trying out thermal polish from Born Pretty Store, I wanted to put some nail art over it that would match the pretty gradient that resulted from the polish.

The real star of the show was Born Pretty Color-change Polish in 100.  It turns yellow with heat, so my natural body temperature kept my nail beds a lemony hue while the tips turned a creamsicle orange tone due to the colder air temperature.

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The no-mess way to get an ombre effect: thermal polish in color 100 from Born Pretty.

I definitely wanted palm trees on my nails, but I was feeling a bit lazy about painting them, so I found an image of a single palm tree with an oasis on Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2.

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I chose to stamp with the image in the 4th row, 4th from the left.

The only issue was that I did not want to have the oasis in the image, so after I transferred the image to my stamper, I used Scotch tape to remove the extraneous parts of the design and left only the leaves of the palm tree behind.  The stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black.  With only the leaves of the palm trees stamped on my fingers, I used Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black (used for the striping brush) to finish painting in the tree trunks.

Leave it to me to forget to take pictures of those steps in my effort to try to get some sleep at night.  It was really simple to do, so I’m sure you can imagine what they looked like!

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Easiest sunset manicure ever.

Of course, with a thermal polish, the colors change under water quite easily.

The looks are pretty endless with such a shifty polish, and it’s such cheap entertainment to watch it turn different colors.  If only all manicures were so interactive!

Happy polishing!  🙂

Review of Born Pretty Color Change Polish

You know what’s hot right now?  Thermal polish.  And it’s beyond cool!

I tried out color 100 from Born Pretty.  The bottle is only 6 ml, so it only holds about half as much polish as a normal sized bottle; OPI is 15 ml and Formula X is 12 ml by comparison.  On the other hand, how many polishes can change colors depending on the temperature?

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Born Pretty Color-change Polish in 100 at room temperature.

The formula itself is fairly opaque, although I find that it’s a little streaky.  Two coats provides good coverage.

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Two coats of polish plus topcoat makes for an easy ombre manicure.

The thermal gradient effect really only happens if your nails are on the longer side.  The tips will be cooler than the part of your nail that is over the nail bed, so the longer your nails are, the more obvious the gradient effect will be.

I find that the polish changes between colors very easily, and all it takes is a little water to discover the extremes of the effects.  Cold water makes the polish turn creamy orange while warm to hot water makes it turn yellow.  Any temperature in between will result in a coral color as seen in my pictures of the polish in the bottle.

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Color 100 in warm/hot temperatures.

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Color 100 in cool temperatures.

Also, there is no need to suffer for your art- the polish is pretty sensitive, so you don’t need to scald yourself to see yellow.  I find that indoors, the polish is usually yellow from your body heat alone, especially now that heaters are on for the winter.  A splash of cool water will turn it dark coral.

You can see how quickly the colors change in the video below.

As for wear, it’s not the worst, and it’s not the best.  I had wear on the tips of my nails after one day, and it started chipping by the third day.  Considering how much I work with my hands, that’s not too bad.  It’s a small price to pay to have a chameleon polish.

Also, have I mentioned how cool it is to have an instant gradient without even having to try?  It’s truly a polish for the lazy nail artist.

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Add some palm trees and you have a beautiful Malibu sunset manicure!

I would recommend this polish in a heartbeat for anyone who is easily amused like myself.  This color changing polish makes for a great conversation piece amongst friends, and it can settle a debate as to whether or not a room is hot or cold based on the color of the polish.  Seeing the polish shift as quickly as Tonks’ hair color will make you think that you have magic at your fingertips…  and it’s all because of this one little bottle.  🙂

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $5.07 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 polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/temperature-change-colour-nail-polish-thermal-polish-fashion-multicolor-nail-polish-p-18931.html

http://www.bornprettystore.com/

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