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.
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.
As a flute teacher, I have to be inventive while teaching my students. One of the rhythms that has been somewhat problematic for them is the one with an 8th note followed by two 16th notes, so to try to help them out, I tell them to think of saying the word “pineapple,” emphasizing the “pine” part so that they hold that syllable a little longer. It was only a matter of time for me to do nails based on the fruit, seeing as I end up saying “pineapple” during the day quite a bit!
I decided to swatch this bright shimmery yellow polish from Sally Hansen’s HD collection called Lite. You’ll see that I ended up changing the colors on two of my nails after taking this photo, but I have a goal of trying to get swatch photos of all of my polishes. I think it’s going to take awhile, though!
2 coats of Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color in 05 Lite were applied for the perfect shimmery canary yellow shade here.
Craving some fruit? This square stamping plate from Born Pretty has you covered!
This square plate comes delivered in a cardboard sleeve that is printed with the series, instructions, and company contact information. A sticker with the item number and name of the plate seal the open edge to keep the plate from slipping out during shipment.
As with most stamping plates, a thin layer of plastic (this one is tinted blue) covers the surface to prevent it from getting scratched during shipment. You can remove this by picking at an edge with an orange stick and peeling it away.
Do note that because this plate is a square shape, the edges can be sharp, so it is not recommended that you grip the sides too hard while you are removing the film. At least the corners are rounded so you can’t stab yourself!