Review of Born Pretty Christmas L005 Stamping Plate

Just when you thought Christmas was over, here I am bringing you a review of a Christmas stamping plate! In all honesty, this plate (the Christmas L005 plate from Born Pretty Store) has more designs on it that have to do with winter than they have to do with Christmas. I didn’t even create a Christmas manicure with it!

The plate comes in a Christmas themed cardboard sleeve with the open end sealed with a label printed with the item’s barcode and number. Instructions are printed on the back of the packaging.

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The bottom photo shows the plate with its “protection sticker” (blue plastic film) still attached.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-034 Stamping Plate

Today’s review cover the Beauty Big Bang XL-034 stamping plate. Keep reading to see how to create some beautiful manicures for the season with this item!

As is the case with all of the Beauty Big Bang plates, the BBBXL-034 plate comes packaged in a decorative cardboard envelope. You can tell what the theme of the patterns is based on the graphic printed on the front, and it lists the name of the plate while the reverse side has a proprietary bar code for the item along with a pictorial showing how to use it.

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While the packaging is cute, I always wish that they would leave a window cut out so that you can see what the images are on the actual plate so that you don’t have to open it to see the item. It is a huge step up that they have different graphics on the front so that you know what season the images are best suited for. Continue reading

Winter Landscape Nails

I mentioned the other day that my work with New Camerata Opera was hugely inspiring and that it spurned the creation of some glam punk sheep nail art. I didn’t want to leave the 2nd production of the double bill out, so for closing night, I did nails that were loosely based on the opera Savitri by Gustav Holst.

I used the trees from the projection and the color palette of the costumes as the inspiration for some winter landscape snowy trees nail art.

I started by painting my nails a pale shade of blue. This polish from Julep is called Joanna and is a cross between periwinkle blue, lavender, and gray with the prettiest shimmer in the formula.

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2 coats of Joanna look like sheer heaven.

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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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Sophisticated Snowflake Manicure

Here’s a quick tutorial for the manicure that I sported at my concert last Sunday. Just like the snow we had last Thursday, it was here for a day and gone the next because I used a peel off gel base coat underneath these nails. I needed a design I could put together quickly the night before the concert because I unfortunately had mismatched hands due to my Cindy hand (right hand) having a traditional gel polish application that would go the distance and my left hand sporting a different manicure that had a peel off base coat.

I started by applying Born Pretty Peel Off Gel Base Coat to all my nails because I suspected that I wasn’t going to be able to do as nice of a job for this manicure due to time constraints. This layer was cured for one minute in a UV/LED lamp.

Next, I painted my nails black using Laguna Moon Classic Soak-Off UV-LED Gel Polish in color CL117. Two layers of polish were applied and cured at a minute per coat, leaving my nails glossy and completely dry for the next step.

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Manicure

We recently had our first snowfall storm in NYC, and wow, did it make a mess out of the city! Nothing takes the magic out of snow away like sitting in traffic on unplowed streets for hours and hours! The weather inspired me to create a gray skied manicure with a lovable icon of Christmas to try to bring the wonder back.

I started by painting my nails gray with Laguna Moon Classic Soak Off Gel Polish in color CL064. Because I was using gel polish, I applied 3 very thin coats cured at one minute each in a UV/LED lamp.

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3 coats of Laguna Moon’s CL064 shade turns your nails into a chic gray with the added reinforcement of a gel polish.

My initial plan was to mostly use stamping techniques for this manicure, although things did not go exactly according to plan for me as you will soon see!

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Icy Winter French Manicure

Ah, winter. The snow and the ice sure make the season beautiful, but it’s also flu season, and guess who is still recovering from that? Yep, you guessed it- it’s me! I didn’t intend to take another break from doing nail art, but I was horribly ill for many days, unable to do anything but sweat from my fever and sleep. I’m doing better now 2 weeks later, but I still can’t get rid of my cough! It’s only just slightly nerve wracking when you want to paint your nails.

In any case, I decided to make a snow drift inspired French tip design for this week. I started by painting all my nails a beautiful icy light blue color using the aptly named polish Silent Snowfall from Femme Fatale.

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It only took two coats of polish to get this light shade perfectly opaque. It also has the prettiest shimmer thanks to the fine holographic glitter added to the formula.

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