BornPrettyStore: Origami Stamping Plate…

So I am seriously in love with this plate! (Sent to me by BornPrettyStore) Please tell me that you guys are too? It has such a variety of cute images and they’re so darn versatile – you could honestly use it for any mood or season. It has it all; flowers, hearts, animals, patterns. Because of the variety of images and endless designs that could be created by using all the different stamping techniques too, I spent a few days creating four completely different looks with it.

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But first up lets have a look at the plate itself. How satisfyingly shiny are new plates once you peel off the blue film! It kills me to have to do this as I’m a bit of a freak, I still have the protective film on my phone screen and one of my watches…

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I’m really digging bees at the moment so the origami image of one was irresistible. I decided to do some ‘reverse stamping’ with it and pair it with an origami tulip. I used one of the patterns from the clouds as a subtle background.

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As you can see the plate performed incredibly well – the images are very crisp and even without a stamping polish, the background pattern worked too. A cute and simple design to start off with!

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Even though the plate is full of origami designs, I chose to avoid them for my next mani. I picked out the little strings of hearts and dots and rather sickeningly paired them with red. It’s no where near valentines day which is maybe why it made me feel so sick but it was to demonstrate that you can use the images for any occasion. Again credit where credit’s due the images are crisp and bold. This time they are stamped with black Konad stamping polish.

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The next image I chose to focus on was the origami star. If you look at the plate, it’s very close to the sting ray and frog so I wonder if it’s intended to be a starfish but I chose to use is an actual star. It would work either way! I kept it very simple, an easy ‘stamp and go’ design. Sometimes I feel, especially with stamping, people show you magical designs that aren’t in everyone’s skill range (or time frame). This is do-able for everyone! Linking back to the seasonality, this would be a suitable design for christmas or the new year?

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For my final design from the plate I went back to reverse stamping, by this I mean stamping the image, ‘colouring’ it in whilst still on the stamping head, then transferring it on to my nails. Roses aren’t really my thing but I thought I could make them cool by placing them on an ombre and using a rough background pattern. I couldn’t get over how crisp the rose picked up, those lines are on point! (That’s what cools kids say yeah?)

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So out of all four designs, which one turned out to be your favourite? Surprisingly for me, my favourite turned out to be the rose design closely followed by the bee! If you would like to try the plate out, BornPrettyStore offer free shipping and the plate is currently on sale – hooray! If you add anything to your basket that’s full priced, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout to receive 10% off.

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None of your Bees Wax…

So this didn’t come out quite as pretty as I hoped – I felt that the base looked too dark. Maybe it would have been nicer on a yellow and white sponged base or even a green? I don’t know. I’ll try it again.

I was happy with my bees though. They were so tiny and pretty hard to paint, I  felt a bit cross eyed afterwards. The honey comb structure was created using hexagons* from BornPrettyStore. (I’ve used them previously for this design where I tiled them over my nail.)

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BornPrettyStore: Hexagons…

So after my previous reviews, BornPrettyStore gave me the opportunity again to pick a few more products to review. (I also placed a personal order which will hopefully arrive soon, including something I’m super excited about.) The first of the items that I chose were these Hollow Out Hexagons*. They are available in twelve colours, but when I saw colour #0514  I immediately knew what I was going to do with them, you could have probably guessed before seeing the results – a bees honeycomb!

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They come in a lovely little pot, keeping everything tidy. As well as the hexagons themselves, you get the little cut out sections too which is an added bonus and would be great for other glitter placement designs.

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The hexagons are described as being ‘Ultra Thin’ – ultra might be a little bit of hyperbole, but they are certainly thin and more so than others I’ve seen. I used a slower drying top coat to stick the hexagons down and then top coated with ‘Seche Vite’. As you can see from the photos the hexagons don’t stick up or anything proving they are indeed very thin. (But I can’t quite bring myself to say ‘Ultra’, I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘Ultra’ for anything.)

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With them being really thin, it was also easy to cut them. This meant I could trim them to the appropriate shape to continue the design to the edges of my nails. It just made the design look finished and a whole lot better!

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You guys know I love bugs and creepy crawlies right? I have animals, bug objects and wilderness in my house everywhere. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pose with this metal bumblebee who lives in my garden – it was the perfect mani to include him in!

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Over all I’m really impressed with these;
– They are super thin which means no catching once top coated (Hooray, cause there’s nothing worse than catchy nails! It gives me the heebiejeebies)
– Easy to cut meaning you can continue the design right up to the nail edge.
– The colour didn’t bleed from the hexagons with Seche Vite as the top coat, I’m not sure how other brands would fair though.
– The little pot they come in is easily stored and there are tonnes in it. (There’s no way I’m counting them!)
– The cut out sections are included, meaning a little added bonus for your bucks.

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Have yous ordered anything from Born Pretty Store yet? Remember to use the code ‘AZYW10’ to get 10% off your order! (Full price products only)

*This product was given to me for free for review.