Review of Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-033 Stamping Plate

I’ve been reviewing a lot of Beauty Big Bang stamping plates lately because I received a set of five Christmas plates from them. The BBBXL-033 plate is the last one out of the bundle for me to show you, so let’s take a look!

The plate comes with its own exclusive cardboard envelope where it lists the name of the item and has a unique bar code on the back. The illustration on the front is there to indicate that the designs included pertain to the holidays, but they are not actually depicted on the plate. As you may already know, it is a pet peeve of mine that companies don’t show the plate designs on the packaging because if you use the envelope to store the plate to protect it from getting scratched, you will have to remove it in order to see what images are on it. It’s not really a big deal, but it will slow you down if you’re looking for a pattern to inspire you.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-030 Stamping Plate

Thanksgiving has passed as has Black Friday, which can only mean one thing: it’s safe to decorate for Christmas! Some may not appreciate the jump start into the holiday season, but it has been proven that decorating for the holidays can put you into a happier mood. Even if you’re not planning to do full on lights and a tree, you can get your nails ready with this plate from Beauty Big Bang!

The Beauty Big Bang XL-030 plate comes in a beautifully printed cardboard envelope. It lists the plate name on the front and has its own personalized UPC code on the back along with a photo tutorial for how to use the product. Unfortunately the holder is not designed to allow you to see the actual images contained on the plate, but at least if you are looking for your Christmas themed plates, this will stand out in your collection.

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Santa’s Sleigh Xing Sign Nails

We’re in the home stretch to Christmas, so I had to get at least one Christmas themed manicure in before the big day.  Inspired by road signs, I decided to paint a “Sleigh Crossing” version to warn people to look out for Santa and his reindeer.

To start, I painted my nails with 2 coats of white polish.

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b.m.c. nail lacquer in white.

To make my road sign noticeable, I used neon yellow powder that glows under blacklight.

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Born Pretty Neon Phosphor Powder in color #11.

To use this powder, you must apply a gel top coat over your nails and cure it for about 15 seconds so that the surface stays tacky, then apply the powder with a sponge applicator.  Being neat is a strong plus here.  You don’t want to get the top coat pooling in your cuticles or sides of your nail bed because things will look really messy, and using a latex barrier on your skin will aid with the clean up process.

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After applying the powder over the gel top coat, my nails have a matte look.

You will want to use a fan brush to dust away any excess powder from your nails before applying another layer of gel top coat to seal in the color.  The powder can easily contaminate the brush and bottle of top coat, so if you are truly paranoid, you might consider pouring out a small amount of top coat into a separate container for use with this manicure to keep things neat.

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Once the gel top coat is applied and fully cured, my nails achieve a highlighter yellow color.

The Santa and reindeer silhouettes were painted freehand with a detail brush and craft smart acrylic paint in black.  I really wished that I had a stamping plate that I could have used for this step, but it wasn’t the worst thing that I’ve tried to paint.

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Warning: Sleigh Xing!

The reindeer were the hardest elements for me to paint.  I had to redo at least one nail completely because I didn’t like how it was turning out.  The best part about having gel top coat sealing the neon base is that you can wipe away the paint on top without messing up the color underneath.

If you decide to attempt the freehand here, I find that it is easier to start by painting the shape of the body, then add the tail, legs, head, and antlers.  That’s my method, but hey, what do I know about painting animals?  Truth be told, I was cursing the whole time about how I can’t paint reindeer!

So while the design looks the most impressive under a blacklight, sadly they do not glow in the dark.  Seeing as you don’t encounter blacklights in many places, people can’t truly appreciate the full effect of these nails.  They’re still pretty festive, so you might want to attend a rave just for fun with these on.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas if you celebrate!  Happy polishing!

 

 

Santa and Elves Nail Art

Who is still getting ready for Christmas?  Me, for one!  I could use some elves of my own to finish buying and wrapping gifts.

For my nails, I decided to dedicate this week to Santa and his band of helpers.  Let’s hop to it and see the color palette!

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From left to right: Tip Your Hat from China Glaze, Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime by OPI, White Hot by Sephora by OPI, Keep Me on My Mistletoes by Sephora by OPI, and Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora.

I began by painting my nails green and red.  There can only be one Santa nail, so I let him be the accent nail on my ring finger.

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Very basic Christmas mani using Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime by OPI and Tip Your Hat by China Glaze.

The next step was to add the zig zag edges of the elves’ tunics and the white fur trim of Santa’s suit.  To make an easier chevron, you can use pre-cut tape as a guide, but I used the brush from the China Glaze bottle and tried to swipe at a 45 degree angle across the tips of the elf nails.  For the fur, I used a large dotting tool with White Hot to get the fluffiness of the trim down.

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First level of detail done.

For the belt, I purposefully used a mini bottle of polish for the smaller sized brush so I could swipe the color across my nail in one stroke.  Alternatively you can use a striping brush to mark the top and bottom of the belt and fill in the section with a dotting tool.

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Censored Santa and elves? Nah, it’s just the beginning of the belt detail.

Using a sparkly gold polish like Keep Me on My Mistletoes and a detail brush, I painted the outline of a square in the center of each black section and then applied topcoat.

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Santa and his gang like gold belt buckles!

For a little extra detail, I added a gold stud at the base of each elf nail so that it looked like a button on their tunic.

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Finishing touches.  Now everyone can get to work!

I hope you have a great Christmas if you celebrate.  Happy Holidays to all, and as always, happy polishing!