Review of Born Pretty Melody Life Series Stamping Nail Polish in BP-ML01 Nirvana

I’ve always loved Born Pretty stamping polishes, and this green one from their Melody Life Series does not disappoint.

The color of this polish is called Nirvana (BP-ML01), and it’s a pigmented yellow green that reminds me of Kermit the Frog.

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Review of Born Pretty Store Glow in the Dark Powders

Today’s review is going to focus on some really cool glow in the dark powders that I got from Born Pretty Store. They’re not much to look at in the container, but they pack a punch once they’re applied!

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Born Pretty ships the set of 6 powders in a plastic baggie. The photo on the left shows the undersides of the containers while the photo on the right shows the top view. Each jar is “sealed for your protection” just like a bottle of vitamins. This keeps the powder from leaking out.

These little containers have screw on tops, and they can get messy, so it is advised that you work over a sheet of paper or a paper towel for easy clean up. Also, the powder is very fine, so if you are sensitive to dust, wearing a mask while you work with this product is recommended.

The website claims that there are 2 grams of powder in each container, but from my previous experience, 2 grams usually fills up this size jar completely. Either the powder is very dense, or the website is making up some stats because these jars were just a little over half full, and some colors appeared to have slightly more or less powder inside than other ones. However, if you consider that you are getting 6 colors here for a very affordable price, this is hardly an issue.

There isn’t any branding on the containers, so you have to come up with your own system for how to identify the powder colors for later unless you want to have to turn off the lights first every time you want to use them! As you can see, the powder itself mostly looks like various shades of white with the greenish colors giving off a slightly yellow tint. I chose to label each container with a numbered sticker on the bottom so I can keep track of the colors in my tutorials, but it also so you can see how they swatch.

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These powders don’t look like much of anything in normal light but are surprisingly bright once the lights are turned off! To be honest, 2 is more of a purple color than it appears here in the photograph, but you basically get 4 blue toned shades and two yellow-green shades in this set. 3 is slightly lighter than 1, and 4 is slightly lighter than 5.

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Sweet Treats Manicure

It has been another insanely busy week for me. I just can’t seem to catch my breath, and it’s already the second week of July! Where has the time gone?

In any case, today’s nail art centers around sweet things: cookies, cupcakes, and saltwater taffy. This design was partially stamped and partially done with water marble but overall fairly simple to do if you are familiar with these techniques.

To start, I painted my nails with white and yellow colors. The white nails are simply to make my water marble more vivid while the yellow nails provide a happy background color for the design I will be stamping on top of them.

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The white base color is White Hot by Sephora by OPI. I did not go for full opacity as I knew that a water marble design would be applied over these nails later. The yellow color is called Metro Pollen-tin from China Glaze.

For the stamping, I used the design from the lower right hand corner of the Cake BPX-23 plate from Born Pretty Store.

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Sweets abound on plate BPX-23 from Born Pretty Store.

I stamped the design with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in color #15 (brown) and colored in the details directly on the stamper. To save time, prepare multiple stampers with the same design so that you can do all your coloring and transferring simultaneously.

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Colors used on this design are Vera by Julep for the cookies, Lollipop by Orly for the cupcake wrapper, White Hot by Sephora by OPI for the squiggle detail of the cupcake, and Cherry Red by Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear for the cherries.

After allowing the polish to dry completely, I stamped my colored in creation directly onto a nail and applied top coat to protect the design.

Next, I taped up my thumb, index, and pinky fingers and did a water marble technique using the lavender (Lollipop by Orly) and yellow (Metro Pollen-tin by China Glaze) colors that were previously mentioned in this manicure. After forming a bullseye in a small container of water, I swirled around the polish with a water marbling pen and dipped a finger into the part of the pattern that I thought would resemble saltwater taffy. With care, I was able to dip two fingers into the same bullseye pattern in order to save time and nail polish.

After removing the tape and cleaning up my cuticles, a layer of top coat was applied to the water marbled nails, and the manicure was finished!

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Sweets for the sweet!

It’s a little labor intensive to do reverse stamping, but the final look is super cute and detailed.

Hope you enjoyed this manicure, and I’ll see you again soon! Happy polishing!

Unicorn Pastel Smooshy Nails

Today’s manicure is all about trying to make some pretty looking nails. I haven’t done any smooshy nail designs since my first try in November, so I decided to use a pastel unicorn-ish palette with colors from the Life’s A Beach Sephora by OPI collection along with some stamping.

I started by painting all my nails white so the light colors would show up better.

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Sephora by OPI polish in White Hot.

To do the smooshy nails technique, I used a large stamper and dotted different colors of polish onto the surface. I immediately used the stamper to smoosh the polish onto my nails in a haphazard manner and repeated the process until I was satisfied with the look.

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I used light blue, peach, and lavender polishes for the unicorn palette. The colors are called Havana Dreams, I Gotta Blush On You, and It’s Hippo To Be Square respectively, all from the Sephora by OPI Life’s A Beach collection.

You will find that using liquid latex around your nails will help make the clean up process easier, but using regular tape will also do the job if you don’t own liquid latex. I used Born Pretty Liquid Peel Off Tape here which removes fairly easily.

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My finished smooshy nail design. Excuse the liquid latex on my fingers as I kept it on to make cleaning up the stamping part easier.

The finishing touch was to add an avant-garde pattern over the smooshy design. For this, I used plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store along with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #2 (silver).

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This design used the 4th pattern from the top left side of plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty. It reminds me of Frank Gehry designed buildings.

The result is a gorgeous color combo worthy of any summer festival or brunch.

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Silver adds the final unicorn color themed touch to this manicure.

This look was super easy to put together, and it’s great if you like light colors.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead! Happy polishing!

Summer Neon Geometric Nails

Hi, everyone! I’m a little behind on posts due to a flurry of musical activity on this end, but I’m hoping to catch up on things soon!

Today’s nail art tries to capture the essence of summer with some bright neon colors and bold geometric shapes. To begin, I painted my nails white using a color simply called White Base Coat from Sephora by OPI.

 

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White Base Coat from Sephora by OPI provides a simple white backdrop that is perfect for making neon colors pop.

To do the geometric design, I used plate BP-L070 from Born Pretty Store for the basic pattern.

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For this manicure, I used the design on the far right side of the middle row.

Using a clear stamper, I stamped the pattern with Ya Qin An stamping polish in Black, then I colored in the design with various shades from the Sephora by OPI Neon Lights collection. I chose a pink, orange and yellow shade so when I colored in the pattern, I chose to have pink and yellow stripes with the intersecting parts being orange.

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The colors used are all from the Sephora by OPI Neon Lights collection. Pink is Glowing Somewhere?, orange is I’m So Vivid With You!, and yellow is Mega-Watt’s Your Deal?

I decided to stamp these zig-zag patterns close to my cuticles, and I alternated the color placement on each nail to make it look more continuous.

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All done!

It was pretty easy to make this nail art, and it definitely looks fun for summer! Hope you enjoyed it!

Happy polishing!

Election Day Voter Nails

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, not just for me, but for the nation.  I went to the polls immediately after I finished doing these nails, but I didn’t have time to post the tutorial until today.

I wanted an almost graffiti like look, so I went for a splatter technique in classic red, white, and blue colors.  Go USA!  This method was done with coffee stirrers that I cut in half so that the small opening could fill with nail polish easily (see the bottom right photo below for the size).  Simply brush the end of the straw with the color that you want to use and then blow through the other end to splatter the paint all over the place.  Things will get super messy, so make sure you protect all surrounding surfaces before starting!  Keep in mind that thin polish formulas work best for the actual splattering, and the farther away you hold your hand from the straw, the finer the splatter will be.

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  1. Paint your nails white.  I used wild white ways from Essence Cosmetics.
  2. Brush some red polish (And A Cherry On Top from Sephora by OPI) onto the end of a small straw or coffee stirrer and quickly blow through the other end to splatter the color onto your nails.  Repeat until you are satisfied with the coverage.
  3. Repeat the splatter technique with blue (royal blue from b.m.c. nail lacquer) and white (White Hot by Sephora by OPI) polish.  Obviously, white does not show up much, but it does look good when sprayed over large patches of red and blue.
  4. Be prepared for an intense clean up session!  I painted liquid latex around my cuticles, but I also washed my hands with a pumice scrub to get some of the polish off before wiping up the rest with acetone and a cotton pad.
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All cleaned up! Red, white, and blue patriotic speckled effect.

For the lettering, I cheated and used a stamping plate.  I seriously wish that companies would offer a full alphabetic plate, but I managed to make BM-426 from Bundle Monster work for this mani.

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Plate BM-426 from Bundle Monster. Vote can spelled from love and hate. How appropriate.

Because the letters have negative space, I filled in these parts with silver glitter polish (Silver Bells from Finger Paints) and did some reverse stamping.

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I used a clear stamper with Konad Special Nail Polish in Black to first pick up the letter from the plate, then I colored in the empty part with silver glitter nail polish and let it dry completely before transferring it to my nail.

Optional: Use a detail brush with black acrylic paint to correct and/or thicken up any lines as necessary.  I touched up some of the lettering after the stamping was done to make sure the word was visible enough even though most of the stamping came out perfectly.

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Repeat these steps until you spell out the word you want.  Then go out and vote!

I know that there are quite a few people disappointed in the results of the election.  I’m not going to voice my opinion here because this is a nail blog, not a political forum, so if you want to know my views, please talk to me in person.  It is our responsibility as a nation to try to get along with each other and accept the results instead of insulting people and their choices for supporting the “wrong” candidate.  Our voting system is the way it is for a reason, and all we can do is have faith that our president elect will make good decisions in the best interest for the country.  If not, we will have another chance to elect someone else in four years.

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People fought hard for the right to vote, so go out and register if you are able to do so.  It may not seem like one vote matters, but you never know how things might have turned out if everyone who could vote cast a ballot!

Take care, and happy polishing!

 

Review of Ya Qin An Stamping Polish #8

After trying out different stamping polishes from Ya Qin An, I decided to test an electric blue color this time.  The color is bright and absolutely stunning!  It’s a true royal blue worthy of the Duchess of York.

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18 mL of goodness: Ya Qin An Stamping Polish #8

Now honestly, I’m not sure what the color is called because other than the brand, all the writing on the packaging and the bottle is in Chinese.  I’m only referring to it as #8 because that’s the number assigned to the color on the Born Pretty Store website (see the end of the post for the item link).  Maybe one of my kind readers would like to translate what everything says in the comments?

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The bottle comes packaged in a box. This shot shows the instructions that are printed on the back. Thank goodness for pictures!

I’m guessing that the label on the bottom lists the ingredients and maybe the exact name of the color.  I also see numbers (2018.7.1) which could be the expiration date.  I’ve had old bottles of polish stay in good usable condition for years, so I wouldn’t take that expiration date too seriously, but according to the label, this bottle will be ok for nearly two years.

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I love the cube shape of the bottle because it provides a sturdy base that can’t be tipped over easily.

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The brush is a normal sized one, and it works fine for stamping because hardly any polish gets used on the plate anyway.  One stroke of polish should be more than enough to cover whatever design you wish to use.

As with any good stamping polish, the color provides excellent coverage in one thin coat and looks just as good on your nails as it does in the bottle.  I used a pattern from plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store for the stamping below.

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The top shot is shown without top coat while the bottom shot is pictured with top coat added. Base colors from left to right are White Hot from Sephora by OPI, Torque by Formula X for Sephora, What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI, and one coat of Ya Qin An #8 stamping polish.

You can see that the polish shows up beautifully over both light and dark base colors.  The fact that I could swatch one coat of polish on my pinky and get perfect, even coverage shows that the formula is well made.  Also, unlike other opaque stamping polishes, the polish is not overly thick.  This means that if you want to use Ya Qin An stamping polish as a base color, you can do so easily for a quick dry, one coat manicure.

The only complaint that I have is that over white polish, the blue color develops a little bit of a purple halo effect around the stamped design a few minutes after top coat is applied.  I tried to take a macro shot of it, but it surprisingly did not show up in the photo.

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Several minutes after the top coat was applied, the blue polished developed a purple halo around some of the edges of the stamped design. You can see a tinge of it toward the cuticle area, but it did not photograph well.

It was also interesting to note that when I cleaned my stamping plate, the cotton ball turned the same purplish hue.  I guess that’s how strong the pigments are in this polish.

You can see the purple tone bleed more clearly in the double stamped plaid manicure below.

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If you look at where the blue and white stamping overlap each other, you will notice that there is a third color that appears as a result of the color bleed off the blue polish.

The purple halo effect is very subtle and only seems to happen over white polish, so be warned.  Overall the quality of this product is extremely high and I have no reservations in recommending it to my friends.  The proof is in the stamping!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping polish (retail price is $8.76 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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/bottle-18ml-electric-blue-stamping-polish-nail-varnish-nail-plate-printing-special-polish-p-27003.html

http://www.bornprettystore.com

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