Hidden Desires Manicure

Anyone who knows me knows that I adore thermal polishes. It makes me feel like I’m getting the most bang for my buck when I see my nails change colors. But even better is the wow factor involved when you take advantage of the double color effect to hide some stamping!

For this censored manicure, I used Aimeili’s thermal gel polish in TC03 Old Fashioned. This shade is a taupe gray color when warm and completely black when cold, making it the perfect vehicle for hiding black stamping. I applied 3 thin coats to ensure that the gray color had enough coverage and cured each layer for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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TC03 Old Fashioned from Aimeili mid-transition keeps your tips black for a French manicure look.

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The cold color of TC03 Old Fashioned is solid black.

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When your nails come out of the lamp, they will be warm, producing this taupe color.

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Review of Born Pretty Thermal Glitter Gel Nail Polish BP-5730

I love polishes that have a color so fascinating that you can’t stop staring at your nails. This thermal gel polish from Born Pretty will definitely have you looking at it all day long!

Because it is a gel polish, the outside of the bottle is opaque to keep the polish from inadvertently curing inside the container. You can always swatch a sticker with the polish and place it on the top of the bottle so you know what the color is inside, but it’s helpful that Born Pretty shaded the bottle with a gradient tint to nod at the color changing ability of the thermal polish.

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The back of the bottle lists the ingredients and alludes to an instruction paper, but no paper is attached to the bottle or shipped with the item.

The bottle shape is easy to hold and contains 10 mL of polish which is a normal size when it comes to gel polishes. The brush is neither too wide nor too narrow and has flexible bristles so it is easy to control.

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Sandy Beach Nails

It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through August already! I have no idea how time has been flying by. To be honest, I did these nails 2 weeks ago but am only just now starting to catch up with my blog.

In any case, I still haven’t been to the beach this summer because I’ve been so busy. The closest I can get to one is through some nail art.

I started by painting my nails with Born Pretty Thermal Gel in color BP-5730. I love thermal polishes for their natural gradient effect and also for their ability to entertain me in different temperature settings! This one looks like a pale periwinkle blue in warm temperatures and a deep royal blue in cold temperatures. It also has the perfect sprinkling of two different sized glitters in the formula which truly makes it look more special.

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I applied and cured this polish for about 1 minute and repeated the process for a second coat.

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Review of Beauty Big Bang Thermal Nail Polish 019

Today’s review is going to focus on a beautiful thermal nail polish in color 019 from Beauty Big Bang. It’s perfect for use from fall to spring so you can really take advantage of the double sided nature of this polish with the changing temperatures outside, but it still proves to make even just washing your hands an entertaining experience all year round!

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Beauty Big Bang Thermal Nail Polish in color 019 looks purple in the bottle but turns pink in warmer temperatures.

The bottle is shaped like a small cylinder and contains 9 mL of lacquer inside. The attached brush is wide enough to paint your pinky in one stroke and works well.

The outside packaging is classy looking with its gold foil text over a black background. You can find the ingredients, the item SKU, and printed very faintly on the side of the box in this instance, the production date and expiration date of the polish. They say that it expires in 3 years time, and in this case I may be more inclined to believe it as I have heard that thermal pigments can lose their effectiveness with age.

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Regarding the color, I would say that the purple can be an intense grape candy shade when it is cold, but there is always a slightly magenta undertone to it because the warm temperature color is light pink. There is also a beautiful flaky shimmer in the polish that enhances the overall look of the finish.

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The cold temperature swatch color reminds me of grape taffy but darker.

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The warm temperature swatch is a sweet bubblegum pink.

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Magic Hidden Stamping Spring Nails

A coworker recently was talking about how sad she felt for the flowers outside because we’ve been having such crazy temperature swings! One day it feels like spring, and the next we have snow and all the little buds disappear! So of course, I had to find a way to translate this into nail art.

I have a strong bond with thermal polishes around this time of year especially because of the weird weather patterns. The one that I used for this manicure comes from Beauty Big Bang. It is a shimmery magenta toned purple formula that turns light pink in warm temperatures.

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Beauty Big Bang Thermal Nail Polish in color 019.

Check out the swatches below to see the transition of this polish from hot to cold temperatures.

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To bring my concept to life, I chose a nice plate from Bundle Monster with a floral motif and paired it with a stamping polish that was nearly the same color as the cold temperature shade of the thermal polish. Continue reading

Butterfly Early Spring Thermal Manicure

I don’t know what it’s like in your area, but NYC has been having some serious mood swings when it comes to the weather! We had snow one day and then gorgeous sunny weather in the 70s followed by rain and 40 degree temperatures.

All this inspired me to use some thermal nail polish to create some early spring nail art. I really didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to do once I applied the thermal polish, but I love how it ended up turning out!

I started by painting my nails with Through the Grapevine from Lacquer Lust. This gorgeous shade is a thermal crelly with holographic sparkles in it. When cold, it is a dark purple, but it lightens up to a pale lavender color when it’s hot. In any case, I also thought this was a lovely way to also shout out February’s birthstone, amethyst.

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In a moderate climate, this polish looks like the color of a grape candy chew. A slight color gradation is normal as my body heat naturally lightens the polish with the tips being darker.

I figured that flowers and butterflies would look the best with this color palette, so I chose a plate from Harunouta that was perfect for this purpose.

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Review of Born Pretty Store Thermal Color Change Pigment Powder #13

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been mesmerized by things that change color.  It all started with mood lipsticks and rings, then progressed to Hypercolor T-shirts, and now it’s all about thermal nail polish.

While thermal nail polish has been around for awhile, the products are still not readily available in local stores.  You usually have to order them online at specialty shops.  Born Pretty Store happens to carry a wide selection of them, and now they are offering the powder pigment version at a very affordable cost.

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Born Pretty Thermal Color Change Powder Pigment in color #13.

It does take awhile to receive the products from Born Pretty, but they offer free worldwide shipping and have great product selection and prices.  I waited close to six weeks for the pigment to arrive in the US, but it is worth the wait.

The packaging for this item is very cute.  There is one gram of powder inside a small plastic container, and it comes with a sponge tipped applicator.  The set is presented in a holographic zip sealed bag.

To use this powder, you should first paint your nails white and then apply a gel top coat over this base but only cure the top coat for about 10-15 seconds so that it stays tacky.  This gives the powder something to adhere to when you apply it.  The white nail polish can be a regular nail polish so long as you let this layer dry completely before adding the gel top coat.

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wild white ways from essence serves as the base color here.

I used Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat (not included in the set) over the white base, cured it for 15 seconds, then used the sponge applicator to rub the thermal powder over this sticky layer.  It is helpful to be extra neat when applying the top coat so that the powder does not settle into your cuticles, and keep a piece of paper or a paper towel over your working surface to catch any falling loose powder.  You can use a fan brush to sweep away any excess pigment from your nails and skin.  Please do keep in mind that this powder is very fine, similar to baby powder, and it will get kicked up into the air during the application process.  If you are sensitive to dust or will be using this with many clients in a row, it is advised that you wear a mask so that you don’t breathe it in.

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The thermal powder applied over the white base. Note that the color already is changing with my body heat.

Once your nails are coated with an even layer of powder, apply another layer of gel top coat and fully cure it to seal it in.  Just like that, you will have an amazing color changing manicure!

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The pigment is more white in hot temperatures and changes to dark gray in cold environments.

I find that the pigment is very sensitive to any kind of temperature change, and it was hard to photograph my nails as one solid color.  The instant that I tried to dry my nails off with anything, the color would start to shift.  You can see how rapidly the pigment responds to hot and cold water in the video below.

I felt that the smoky color lent itself well to a geometric pattern, so I added some stamping over the thermal pigment.

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Hipster-ish smoky geometric nails shot at room temperature. It’s a little hot in my apartment.

I had slightly more success in photographic the color extremes with the extra nail art applied.  I kept my nails underwater for one shot and tried to take another picture as soon as possible after taking my hand out of the glass.

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Cold swatches are on the left, hot swatches are on the right.

The darker color is a little splotchy.  This is due to the fact that the base color contrasts so much with the cold shade of the pigment, but I find that the smoky gradient is not a bad thing.  It looks like it was an intentional design.

 

Another alternative use for the powder is to mix some into a bottle of clear polish to make a thermal nail polish.  You might be able to get a more even distribution of pigment in this way because you can apply several layers of polish to your nails, but keep in mind that you will still need to have a white base color underneath it all.

While this pigment can be a little messy to use, it provides a great way to have easy, long lasting nail art.  Over longer nails, you will see a natural gradient as the extensions will be naturally colder than your body temperature, and at the very least you will be constantly entertained by the way your nails can change color in different environments.  Washing your hands has never been so fun!

I hardly used any powder to do this manicure, so you know this little jar will last you a long time.  Add this to the fact that the product already is affordable, and you know you will have found an excellent bargain.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this thermal color change powder pigment (retail price is $3.69 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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Review of My Dear Thermal Nail Lacquer 04

When I saw the new products listed on the Born Pretty Store website, this nail polish caught my eye.  It said that not only is it a thermal polish, but it also peels off!  I can get on board with that!

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My Dear Nail Lacquer 04 is a pretty powder blue crelly polish with medium and small silver hexagonal holographic glitter pieces suspended in it.

The bottle is rather small considering the price.  It is a 6 mL size, which is less than half of what you would get in a normal size bottle of polish.

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The manufacturing and expiration dates are labeled on a sticker affixed to the back of the bottle.

No ingredients are listed either on the bottle or on the Born Pretty website, but who reads that stuff, anyway?

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The brush is a good size where you can paint your nails in two strokes.

The formula looks a little on the thick side, but it suspends the glitter pieces well.  You won’t have to worry about all the glitter settling at the bottom of the bottle which is good because there is no mixing ball in this lil cutie.

It doesn’t smell like there are any harsh chemicals in it, but it does kind of smell like glue.  Makes me wonder if that’s really all there is to peel off nail polish.

More importantly, how does it paint?  Because this is a peel off polish, I did not use a base coat.  I also applied hand cream to moisturize my nails prior to application.

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One coat of polish is so sheer that it looks like I only applied a glitter topcoat to my nails.

An interesting thing to note is that you can see particles of what looks like clear glitter in the photo above.  This leads me to believe that they did not use a solvent resistant glitter in this polish.  What that means is that over time, you can expect many of the holographic pieces to fade away into the polish as the silver coating wears off.  It does not bode well that there are so many clear pieces in the formula when this polish is just over 6 months old.  Good thing that the bottle is small so that you’ll use it up quicker!

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Pictured with no top coat, this level of opacity required a whopping four to five coats of polish.

I do love the light blue color.  The glitter distribution is pretty even, and the finish dries to a dull shine.

At this point, I tried to do a thermal color change test under hot and cold water, and what I discovered was that the polish must be water based because it started distorting the finish!  I don’t even have a picture because I was horrified that all my hard work of painting just became undone.  The good thing was that I was able to peel off the manicure easily so I could start again.  More on that in a bit.

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I tried using three coats of polish and a top coat this time around. The color looks a little streaky, but it is quite shiny.

Lesson learned: you must use top coat with this nail polish!

As a color change polish, this did not work as well as I would have liked.  The website pictures show this polish going from light blue to medium blue, but what I found was that the color change is more like clear to light blue.  I nearly burned my hand in hot water and practically froze it to see if it would shift more, but the thermal effect was not very obvious at all.

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Top picture is effect under hot water, bottom picture is effect under cold water. Not much of a difference even under extreme temperature changes.

I feel like maybe if I didn’t have to paint so many layers of polish on, the color change would have been more obvious, especially given that one coat of polish looked like it was clear.  I was still disappointed that the medium blue color depicted in the website’s photos was nowhere to be found.

I kept the polish on for another 24 hours.  Nothing fell off my nails, and people thought the color was pretty.  It did feel like it was starting to lift in a few spots, so I peeled it off that night.

The polish came off pretty easily, as you can see in the video.  The tips of my nails are a little damaged so the polish clings to those spots a bit more.  I’m sure that trying out all this peel off polish is not helping the situation, so I again urge you to moisturize your nails before using any kind of peel off product.

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Not a bad collection of peelies.

As a peel off polish, My Dear works really well.  It leaves a lot to be desired in terms of a thermal polish.  I would maybe try using this as a top coat next time to see what happens, but then it would not have that satisfying peel off removal effect.  Just make sure to use a top coat with this polish and leave out the base coat if you want to peel it off for removal.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ (3/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $8.92 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!

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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

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