Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: Scetch Pattern Nail Art Template Image Plate BPL-021

Hello beautiful people!

Today, I have another review from Born Pretty Store. This time, it is one of their fantastic stamping plates. I have used their plates for about a year, and have been continually impressed with the quality of these plates at their relatively affordable price. This item was no different. It has the quality that I have come to expect from Born Pretty Store!

This is the plate itself (Item: #20786). It features a series of silhouette images of dancing, romance, and family. With the various types of images, one can find lots of uses for this item. I know I will be using this plate often. It can be found for purchase here for about $2.99-5.99, depending on the current sale going on at BPS. Still, very affordable, and comparable with other brands, and the quality is outstanding.

Item #20786    BPL-021

With this plate, I did two different manicures. The first one is based on my favorite part of the ballet, The Nutcracker, which is "The Waltz of the Snowflakes." Going to see this ballet is an annual tradition for us, and with the season rapidly approaching, I thought I would make my first Christmas manicure with this plate.

Base color: OPI - Ro-Man-ce On the Moon
Glitter: China Glaze - Outer Edge
Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store White
Snow accent: China Glaze - There's Snow One Like You
Ballerinas: Born Pretty Store - BPL-021
Christmas Tree: Winstonia - Have a Merry X'mas Plate

The second manicure I did was inspired by the upcoming movie La La Land featuring Ryan Gosling and my manicure muse, Emma Stone. I'm really excited about this movie, and it's getting a ton of Oscar buzz. I plan on seeing it as soon as it comes out!

Base color: Essie - Mint Candy Apple
Middle gradient: China Glaze - For Audrey
Deep gradient: OPI - Amazon, Amazoff
Acrylic paints used: Liquitex Basics in Mars Black and Titanium White
Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store - Black
Palm Trees: MoYou - Tourist 12 Plate
Dancers: Born Pretty Store - BPL-021

Overall, I love this plate. The images are well defined and pick up well. I also like that it has no set theme, so there are any number of designs you can come up with using this plate. Definitely a great purchase.

Until next time!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Review: Born Pretty Store Water Decals

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well. I have been insanely busy these days with work, travel, and life in general. I have a TON of manis to post in the coming week, so look out for those.

However, today, I have a special post as it is the very first of my collaboration with Born Pretty Store!  I have used many of their products since I started really getting into nail art, and have loved what I've tried so far, so I was happy to check out what else they had, and try them out for review.

I have never used water decals before, as I primarily work with stamping and some light hand painting. I was not sure how much I would like them, or if I could use them without messing them up. I'm one of those people for which Pinterest fails exists. Nothing is ever as easy as it looks, but surprisingly, I found these decals to be very user-friendly!

The decals that I chose here were a pretty floral themed set (Item #33972). They can be found here. They are rather inexpensive (a little over a $1.00), and for that price, you get two patterns for two full manicures.

I cannot stress how easy these were to use. Anyone can use them, and they look great!

For this first design, I really liked the diamond shape, so I used these decals over a gold base color. I kind of cheated here, because in order to do a full manicure, you might want to buy two sheets, but otherwise, the complementary accent decals were leopard floral print. I just happened to really love the look of the diamonds so much. I thought I would just use them this time. I added a sparkly topcoat to make it really shine. So pretty!

Base color: OPI - Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Top coat: China Glaze - Golden Enchantment

The second design is a floral/leaves design. I wasn't sure what color to use as a base, so I just went with a simple white base so that the design could really pop. I absolutely love this design. It's a great look for a tropical vacation. Of course, since I love sparkles, I added another sparkly top coat that really made the manicure stand out.

Base color: OPI - Alpine Snow
Top Coat: China Glaze - Fairy Dust

Overall, I really liked these water decals. They were easy to apply; clean-up was fairly simple even though I used no protective barrier on my cuticles, nor did I cut them to size. Not all of my nails have a normal C-curve, and if you're like me, things like this might seem to have a wonky fit, but these decals hugged my nails perfectly! I wore these for a full five days with little to no tip wear, and only removed them because I had to move on to work on other manicures. 

So the bottom line...would I buy them?


After trying these, I'm really looking forward to seeing what other designs I can find from Born Pretty Store. They seem to have a wide array of different kinds of themes to suit your tastes.

Oh! And be sure to use my special 10% OFF code: MBDBW10 

Until next time!