Elegant Blue Manicure

People always associate spring with pastel colors, but this beautiful blue really appealed to me, especially because it has been raining quite a bit over the last few days.  I drew my inspiration from my color palette for this manicure.

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Mood in blue. From left to right: Fathom by Formula X for Sephora, #19 from Ya Qin An, and Evolve by Divergent.

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I started by painting all my nails with Fathom.

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I added an iridescent sheen to the base color with a coat of Evolve.

I stamped on a pretty filigree border vertically on my index and ring fingers using a design from plate BP-35 from Born Pretty Store.

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I used the topmost design in the lower left hand quadrant of this plate.

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A very easy and simple manicure by itself, and yes, I intentionally did not stamp the border in the same place on both nails.

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I finished by gluing a few pearl rhinestones haphazardly to my other fingers with Kiss Nail Art Glue.

I think the look is very pretty and understated for the season.  I do hope we start getting warmer temperatures again soon, though!

Happy polishing!

Review of Ya Qin An #19 Stamping Nail Polish

I’ve been dying to try Ya Qin An stamping polish ever since I used one of their stamping plates a few months ago.  I’ve come to expect pretty good quality from this company, and I was sure that their nail polish would hold up to their standards.

Let’s start off by addressing the packaging.  The nail polish comes in a box, which instantly makes the level of the product seem more classy.  The box also has the added benefit of protecting the bottle.  Who wants to risk the glass bottle banging against another hard surface and chipping or breaking as a result?  I don’t!

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The sticker was added by Born Pretty Store for inventory purposes, but the Ya Qin An brand name is printed on the box underneath the label.

Also, although I’m sure no one who is buying this would need this, there are instructions for use printed in Chinese on the back of the packaging.  Even if you can’t read Chinese, you can figure out what to do based on the pictures.

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Instructions for use are conveniently pictured on the back.

The bottle itself holds 18 mL of nail polish, which is actually more than your average bottle.  Orly nail polish is the same size, but most brands give you 12-15 mL of varnish.  Safe to say, this bottle will last you awhile.

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Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in color 19.

What I also love about the bottle is how the base is pretty much a cube.  Not only will it be easy to store alongside other colors of the same brand, but it also makes the base nice and sturdy so that it won’t get knocked over easily.

Although the color is listed as #19 on the Born Pretty website, the packaging does not make any reference to the number anywhere.  In any case, it’s a pretty pale blue.  I think of the “periwinkle” crayon from the Crayola box when I see it.

It makes a nice looking manicure when used on its own.

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Pretty pastel. 2 coats of Ya Qin An polish in color 19 pictured without topcoat.

As a stamping polish, this light blue works like a charm.  It transfers onto all colors with even consistency and is completely opaque.  I love how subtle this color looks over a white background and the vibrant contrast it has over a black background.

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Stamping done over the following colors with plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store: Sephora by OPI- What’s a Tire Jack?, Orly- Snowcone, and Sephora by OPI- White Hot. No topcoat applied in this picture.

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A coat of Seche Vite topcoat smooths everything over beautifully.

I think this polish definitely is worth buying.  I’m going to need more room to collect the other colors made by Ya Qin An!

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Lace manicure using Ya Qin An stamping polish color 19.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $8.66 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/18ml-candy-color-nail-stamping-polish-newly-nail-varnish-stamp-p-21282.html

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Classy Sparkly Lace Manicure

I just received a bunch of new stamping products that I wanted to try, so I created this Black Friday sparkly lace manicure with them.

Here are the polish colors that I used:

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From left to right: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Black Diamond, Sephora by OPI top coat in Indi-go With the Flow, and Ya Qin An stamping polish in Color 19.

I started by painting my nails Black Friday black with Black Diamond.  The color has silver microglitter in it, so it already looks shimmery.

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Black Diamond nail polish by Sally Hansen.

For extra sparkle, I added Indi-go With the Flow over the black base.  The look reminds me of what snowfall looks like at night.

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Indi-go With the Flow adds a little extra sparkle.  Unfortunately it didn’t photograph as well as it looks in person.

For the lace pattern, I used plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store.  I used the edge of the pattern on the bottom row of the plate, 2nd from the left.

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BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store has all the lace doily patterns that you could ever want.

Stamping was a little challenging to get the heart portion centered just right.  I used  a marshmallow stamper to help simplify the alignment process, but the lines of the pattern never transfer as crisply as they do with my Konad stamper.  I used Color 19, a pale light blue color, from Ya Qin An to do the stamping.  Honestly, I don’t know if that’s the name of the color because the label is all in Chinese, but 19 was the name for the shade on the website where I got it.

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I love the lace cuticle detail, although I wish the polish transferred more consistently across the pattern.

The hole in the heart was begging to be filled with a rhinestone so I added one on each nail.

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Glitzy lace.

And that’s all she wrote!  It’s a great sophisticated and elegant look for any occasion.

Hope you got all the deals you wanted over the past few days.  I’m looking forward to receiving even more nail products in the mail from my shopping sprees online!  😉  Happy polishing!