Are you into travel? Do you want your nails to reflect your passport? Today’s featured review will totally make you fall in love with this plate!
Happy September! I’m in the process of putting together my first passport application right now. It’s shameful that I still haven’t been outside of the US yet! I have some potential gigs coming up that will require a passport, so I figured that I better get that application in as soon as possible!
Today’s nail art features a world tour of sorts, containing all sorts of landmarks from different countries.
To start, I painted all my nails a pretty pearly light blue color to represent the sky.
To give my sky texture, I went with a smooshy technique using 3 colors: light blue (Faded Blues by Ulta Professional), medium blue (What I Like About Blue by China Glaze), and iridescent white (Of Quartz You Can by Finger Paints). I applied dots of each polish onto a stamper and smooshed the colors together with another stamper so that I could apply the mixture of colors to my nails with both stampers. This allowed for a little more control over the smooshed look versus simply dabbing the polish straight from one stamper onto my nails.
Today’s review is going to cover item BP-L068, the fabulous nautical themed stamping plate that I used for my last two manicures. You can purchase this from Born Pretty Store from the link listed at the end of this post, so keep reading to find out more!
When the plate arrives, it comes shipped inside a pretty floral cardboard sleeve. It’s unfortunate that the picture on the package doesn’t match the image from the plate, but it serves its purpose of protecting the plate from scratches once the blue film from the top of the plate is removed.
As is the case with all the Born Pretty rectangular plates, BP-L068 features rounded corners for safer handling, and the metal part is mounted on a thin plastic slab to prevent you from getting cut from grasping the edges too hard. You wouldn’t want to have to get a tetanus shot just to do your nails, after all!
What I love about this plate is the large assortment of images that fit the marine theme. You get everything from ropes and anchors to the ships themselves and the crew members aboard and the creatures in the sea! Plus the layout on the right side of the plate is extremely cute because different patterns are arranged to make up the larger image of a boat. It makes for a pleasing overall look.
While the designs are all well etched into the metal and transfer well, the aforementioned right side of the plate has rectangular images that are just a tad bit too small to comfortably fit on adult nails without distorting the patterns. I tried to make ocean waves with one of the patterns, and the only nail that it fit completely was on my pinky. For the other nails, I was forced to try to stretch my stamper head in an attempt to cover the entire surface with the same pattern, but this distorted the image. Also, despite my attempts, you can still see where the design changes at the tips and sometimes also base of my nails.
To give you a better sense of how much surface the rectangle covers, this is what the same design looks like stamped on my thumb nail without trying to stretch the stamper head.
I do admit, the image is not unpleasing to look at despite the lack of continuity of the same pattern, but this will not do if you have any sort of OCD. It’s even hard to try to make a larger decal out of the same image because the entire rectangular portion is connected by lines that make it hard to remove excess portions of the design with tape. If there was empty space between the rectangular images, it would have been more easy to isolate and double stamp the same image again on the areas of the nail that were not covered.
I managed to hide the distortions of the wave stamping above by adding some double stamping of single images to create the ocean voyage manicure shown below. For details on how to get the outlined look, please refer to the tutorial link here.
The freestanding images all transfer beautifully, as you can see. They are all well proportioned to my nail size, and even the tiny details of the rope on my ring and pinky fingers come through.
I did try my luck with using the compass rose image from the rectangular section in the manicure below and managed to find an angle that fit on my ring finger, but if you look closely at the upper right and lower left corner of that nail, you can see a little bit of the bordering images.
As much as I love the images on this plate, I have to take one diamond away from the rating because the rectangular sections just aren’t big enough to cover almost any nail fully unless you are ok with having bits of the surrounding images on your nail as well. You can still create tons of different manicures using the other singular designs here without having to worry about whether or not they will fit, making this a great plate for summer beach and boat outings.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $5.99 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!
Still envious of everyone’s stunning vacation photos? Here’s a cruise ship inspired manicure you can try if you have the right tools!
I started out by painting all my nails a medium blue color.
My secret weapon for this manicure was the BP-L068 plate from Born Pretty. With it, you can create a whole ocean themed story on your nails!
I first used the wave design from the lower right quadrant of the plate along with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in color #7, which is a royal blue color.
Because the wave image was a little on the small side, I had issues trying to fit the image on my nails without stamping parts of the neighboring designs as well. I tried to stretch my clear stamper to get the image to cover my nail completely, but this only distorted the final result. Not to worry- I planned to stamp some more designs from the plate on top of this anyway to cover up the awkward spots!
I have some serious travel envy after seeing people’s vacation pictures online! Meanwhile I’m stuck in NYC painting my nails. So what’s a girl to do? Make some appropriate nail art!
I started out by painting all my nails black because I planned to use a chrome nail powder on top of this to create that gorgeous blue background you see in the featured image.
After letting the polish dry, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my nails and cured it under a lamp for 30 seconds. The chrome powder was applied with a sponge applicator onto the top coat layer, and I sealed in the powder with another layer of gel top coat and followed up by curing this layer for about a minute.