Lumberjack Flannel Plaid Nails

I’m really feeling all the fall prints right now, so I drew inspiration from a lumberjack’s flannel shirt for this manicure.

To start, I painted my nails a classic bright red. This one is a gel polish from Laguna Moon in color CL003 that made my nails look plump and juicy.

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2 coats of CL003 from Laguna Moon were applied with a cure time of one minute per coat.

The plaid design was stamped on with plate XL-032 from Beauty Big Bang and Ya Qin An Stamping Nail Polish in Black. Continue reading

Christmas Plaid Nails

I guess you might say I’m trying to make up for lost time this month by doing all my Christmas manicures after Christmas. Oops! Even though all the gifts have been unwrapped, I still feel the spirit of Christmas in me.

Today’s manicure doesn’t scream Christmas. It speaks to those who prefer to keep it classy and understated, but it definitely has fall/winter vibes.

The inspiration for the green, white, and gold color combo for this look started with this gorgeous holographic peacock powder in color J2952-1A from Beauty Big Bang. It is a multichrome pigment with holo powder added to it to give it extra kick.

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This container is a little bit larger than the size of a sample container from Sephora.

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Inside is this lovely shimmery dark green pigment powder, color J2952-1A.

In order to use the powder, you must apply it over gel top coat in order to get a perfectly smooth finish. I never have luck with my black gel polish, so I prefer to use regular black polish (What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI), wait for it to dry, then apply a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat over it. I cure this for one minute before proceeding to the next step.

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Pictured here are 2 coats of What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI with one layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat.

The peacock powder then gets rubbed onto the cured gel top coat with an eyeshadow applicator, and another layer of gel top coat is applied and cured.

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The black polish gets transformed into this beautiful green chrome color with a holographic effect.

The plaid can be done either freehand or with stamping. I’ve been dying to try out this plate from Clear Jelly Stamper for a long time, so you can guess which way I did mine! You can layer the patterns with different colors to create your own unique plaid look. Continue reading

Review of Harunouta Plate 10

Fall begs for plaid and argyle prints, so this plate from Harunouta is sure to please the pattern obsessed.

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Harunouta plate 10 from Born Pretty Store.

You get five different patterns on this standard size circular plate, and because they take up entire quadrants, the designs are sure to cover wide and fairly long nails.

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The plate comes with a cardboard sleeve for storage, and it is also covered in a blue protective film which must be removed prior to usage.

The etching on this plate is nice and deep, so you can be sure that your stamper will not have any problems picking up the images.  It’s helpful to clean the metal surface with acetone first to guarantee good stamping results.

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Using the design from the middle, it is easy to create a nice accent nail.

The plaid print is a little on the large side, but it is still very cute.

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I recommend using a firm stamper with these designs so that the lines don’t distort when you stamp the images onto your nails.

The argyle print is ripe for reverse stamping.

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Using the brush from the bottle, I filled in some diamonds with a different color of nail polish. If you have more patience than me, you can make a patchwork design out of this with different colors for a mani that is truly unique.

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The finished preppy argyle nails here remind me of something out of Mean Girls.

I had a slightly hard time getting all the small lines to transfer from the argyle pattern, but I attribute that to letting the polish dry on my stamper for too long.  If you go through the steps quickly, you are sure to get good results.

The quality of the plate is excellent, and you will be able to create many different looks with it that range from classy to cute depending on your color choices.  Let your imagination run wild!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $2.99 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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Plaid School Uniform Nails

People are already starting to go back to school, so I wanted to do some nails that would match a school uniform.

I specifically had a gray, blue, and white plaid print in mind, so I started by picking out the shades.

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From left to right: Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam by Sephora by OPI, Ya Qin An stamping polish #8 in electric blue, and b.m.c. nail lacquer in white.

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I painted all my nails gray with Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam by Sephora by OPI.

For the plaid look, I used a plate from Born Pretty Store.

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Plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store. I used the pattern on the far left side in the second row.

It is best to use a clear stamper for the next two steps to ensure that the pattern is lined up correctly.  Please be aware that it can sometimes be very difficult to stamp straight lines because both the stamper head and the nail bed are curved surfaces, so try not to push down too hard with the stamper.  It may take a few tries and a lot of cursing to get this right, but keep in mind that if the lines don’t look straight on the stamper, they probably won’t look straight on your nails, either!  Of course, you can just be lazy like me and stamp slightly curved lines, anyway!

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Stamp the plaid pattern with electric blue polish first.

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Carefully line up your stamper over the blue pattern where you desire it, and stamp white polish with the same design. I purposefully tried to shift the white portion down and to the right of the blue part so that it did not fully cover the blue lines.

I also chose a white polish that I know is not very opaque so that the colors would blend a little more.

Also, even if you don’t line up the patterns at all, it still looks cool.  I just prefer there to be larger areas of the base color poking through.  It’s still a good rule of thumb to keep the lines running parallel to each other so that it doesn’t look like a hot mess.

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Add some top coat, and you’re all done!

Initially, when I painted these, I wasn’t in love with the result, especially because the blue color started bleeding into the white color and making a weird purple tone in the places where the polishes overlapped.  However, the look has been growing on me, and I think these would make stunning nails for any business professional out there.  With the right color scheme, I can see these going great with a nice tweed suit in the fall.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though!  Enjoy the rest of the summer while it lasts!  NYC schools don’t open until after Labor Day, so the kids have a few more weeks of vacation left.  Enjoy the time, and happy polishing!