Teal Tribe…

So I wasn’t up for painting anything on my nails today, so opted for some ‘tribal water decals‘* from BornPrettyStore. They’re very easy to use, I actually reviewed them fully here and applied them to a darker base. This time round I thought I would go for a super punchy teal/blue from Barry M called ‘Guava’ for a more summery vibe.

Tribal Water Decals

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BornPrettyStore: Stamping Plate BP16…

So as we all know, I am no stamper. So when Born Pretty Store asked me to pick a few items for review I thought ‘Why not go for a stamping set?’. This would give a fair review as a total novice trying it out, rather than a stamping wizard doing it who would no doubt get amazing results anyway. I picked this animal plate* and a stamper and scraper* because again, you would probably need to buy both when starting out.

The plate comes with a blue protective film, remember to take this off. The stamper is a good size to hold and looks like it’ll be large enough to pick up all of the zebra print section. The scraper feels sturdy and has a metal edge for removing excess polish, making cleaning it afterwards pretty easy.

The actual stamping TOOK PRACTICE AND REPETITION before I got anything usable! I don’t actually own any ‘stamping polishes’, again probably fairer I didn’t as what normal person really does. So at first I had major problems finding the right polish to stamp with, they didn’t transfer well, they looked too feint, etc etc. I eventually found that my Barry M ‘Guava’ was good because it was thicker and possibly more pigmented meaning the colour looked bolder. This had nothing to do with the plate/stamper/scraper, just me!

It also took me a while to understand how to ‘scrape’. At first I was holding it at the wrong angles, scrapping off too much, not scrapping off enough, too slow, catching the scraper on other designs. But once I got it, boy I got it! It was such a good feeling, the scraper is excellent it was just my inexperience!

As for the stamper, it was great for picking up designs, the pad is rounded meaning you can do a fancy rolling motion and transferring the design on to my nail was easy enough with the stamper too – it’s soft and deep meaning you can give the design a good press on to your nail without any problems. The stamper/scraper set is a great purchase as you don’t need to buy it again, so you’ll always have it for use on more plates.

The plate itself has a lot of small details, like the zebra eyes and trees and I was so happy with how they picked up. (You can see how tiny the details are especially on my pinky). It cleaned really easily, all I did was wipe it with an acetone soaked cotton pad to remove the polish then wiped it with a tissue to dry off the residue.

Over-all I’m impressed with the products – they worked well and did their job! It’s just myself that needs to practice, it’s not perfect but it’s pretty good for a first attempt. The designs are fantastic and I’ll definitely be having a play with it again. The prices are already crazy cheap for such good stuff, free delivery too, but remember you’ll get an extra 10% off with the code ‘AZYW10’ at checkout.

*These were provided free of charge, in return for me providing a review on my blog.

OMD2 – Day 4 Bright…

So I stayed away from neons this time after my disastrous first attempt. I used two of my favourite polishes a passed limited edition 17 polish ‘Pink Grapefruit’ and a Barry M in ‘Guava’. I sponged the guava over the pink grapefruit and then randomly streaked nail foil glue over it to stick down some ‘holographic silver’ foil. my boyfriend didn’t think it was bright enough though! Booo!

OMD2 Bright

Seaweed Stamping…

So I thought I’d give stamping another go. This time I think I’ve done better; I feel I was ‘squeegeeing’ it better so got a more consistent coverage. I’m not really sure what the design was meant to be, it was just a singular tribal looking line that I repeated across the nail. With the background gradient and everything, I thought it looked like seaweed.

(P.S Can you tell that I’m totally loving Barry M ‘Guava’ at the moment.)

Seaweed Stamping

Guava Gold…

Dots again, aarrrggh! It started off all so well with the stripes. I think I’ve done them that often that my hand is now flying autopilot. STOP! It’s honestly subconscious, I think I have a serious problem.
So anyway, I really like this colour combination if I do say so myself. Barry M Guava sponged with gold (hence the name, duh), topped off with black pen. There was no real inspiration it just sort of happened, one of those designs ae.

Guava Gold