BornPrettyStore: Halloween Stamping Plate BP-L057

So just in time for Halloween this rectangle stamping plate has lots of spooky (and not so spooky) images to use. It was sent to me by BornPrettyStore and even though you wouldn’t receive it in time for Halloween this year it is half price at the moment.

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Fortunately it isn’t a one trick pony, it’s not all witches and pumpkins. I feel it has a nice balance of themed vs normal images. The obvious example of ‘usable’ images would be the skulls as they’re not soley related to Halloween. (I also include the spider webs, cats and bats within this category.)

Skulls were the first image I chose to stamp. I used my BornPrettyStore stamping polish and clear mallow stamping head and as you can see they came out pretty crisp! The plate didn’t need much prepping, I think this was actually only the second or third scrape before it picked up this strongly. Not bad huh?

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I also used a second skull image to demonstrate that it’s easy enough to isolate a single element and use that. This one is a little patchy but that could be due to a few reasons; not enough polish, not prepped enough, clumsy scraping. To be honest though I think it kind of adds to the whole effect! (I love the fact he’s already missing a few teeth.)

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And ta-da, the design as a whole! Not so Halloweeny right?

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So now let’s actually get on to what the plate was designed for – Halloween! I chose another ‘stamp and go’ image, this time some skeleton cats. Some of them picked up better than others, again maybe the plate needed more prepping or I needed to use more polish.

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I thought it was quite a playful image (I can’t have anything too spooky on my nails as I work with children) so felt that a neon ombre would be a twist on tradition too. What do you think?

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Over the next week I’ll be using this plate again to bring you some more Halloween nails! If you order anything from BornPrettyStore, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout to save yourself 10% off all full priced items and remember free shipping. This plate is already half price, so go for it!

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Spooky Sequins…

So there’s actually nothing spooky about these sequins, but this design is the start of my Halloween nails. I think they look quite grimy and gritty without having to shout Halloween. The sequins are really nice in reality – kind of iridescent and give off a  nice shine. If you’re following me on Instagram my ‘story’ today has a few good shots of them shining.

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BornPrettyStore: Silver Metal Frame

So today I’m reviewing some ‘Silver Metal Frames‘ sent to me by BornPrettyStore. I chose them because I’ve seen some super cool ways they’ve been used by Japanese nail artists whom I follow on Instagram. Unfortunately those guys are nail art wizards and I’ve came no where close to achieving their standards, but I’ve done my best to make them look as best as I can!

They’re literally just little hoops of metal, very light-weight and beautifully beveled to sit better on your nails. They come in a lot of different sizes, shapes and also you get the option of either gold or silver. As you can see I went for the Silver Circle in 6mm.

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I first applied my base coat, and whilst still wet, settled the little frame on to my nail. (As I was going to be applying UV gel top coat over it later, I didn’t think it would need any proper fixing to start with). I then filled the frame with little chunks of silver. I think it almost makes it look like a silver geode or precious rock. I’m no expert in geology terminology, any help with what I’m trying to describe here would be appreciated!

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I then encased the whole thing in UV gel polish top coat. As you can see the polish affected neither the metal frame nor the silver chunks – hooray!

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So what do you think of using the frame like this? I think without it, the silver chunks would have looked a bit random and there’s no way they would look so neatly arranged.

For the second look, I painted my left hand. I know, I bet yous thought I didn’t have one, I hope you didn’t faint from shock. I just couldn’t bear to take off the first design as I really liked how it turned out. This time instead of filling the frame up I chose to use it as a decoration in it’s own right.

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I went for a bright, summery beach look that required zero painting skills. It’s just a shame I didn’t included another frame as it’s looking a little lonesome. But hopefully you can see what I was trying for!

So which design do you prefer? For me, it has to be the first look even though the second is a lot more seasonally appropriate. The frames are currently on sale (16/05) at $1.29 for 10 which is a great price.

Have you got metal frames hiding in your nail art supplies already? Has anyone else seen the Japanese nail artist wizards that I’m talking about? So inspirational.

If you would like to purchase anything from BornPrettyStore, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout and you’ll receive 10% off all your full priced items – yaaay to savings!

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Everyday Lunar…

So, at the weekend, I wore these nails to compliment the dress I wore a friends wedding. The two polishes are Models Own ‘Lunar Grey’ and ‘Everyday Grey’. The dress itself was out of Monsoon, and I’m not ashamed to say I picked it up in the sale – it cost me £40 compared to the original price of £180. It’s a full length dress and hand embellished (it’s embellished all over) so it probably was worth the original price but… I can’t comfortably justify spending that amount of money on a dress that I will potentially only wear once.

I think it looked good, it didn’t look ‘out of season’ or have any damage and I was honestly lucky to pick something up as they often don’t have my size left by sale time. If push came to shove, I may have ended up taking a visit to Tesco or Asda. They often have beautiful items of clothing, that are good quality for attractive prices and fit well. Does anyone else wear ‘supermarket’ clothes?

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Summer Parrots…

So these parrot nail stickers were sent to me for review back in May’16 and I’ve not used them since. If you didn’t bother to follow the link, the sheet also contains bananas and toucans so it’s not really the kind of item that I’m reaching for all the time.

They turned out way too summery for this time of year, to the point where I was sort of annoyed by them. They were almost taunting me with their summer vibes, whilst outside the weather is blowing a gale and bucketing with rain…

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Free as a bird…

So this is another stamping design featuring images from two different plates (I’m afraid I’ve felt a little too lazy this week to do anything spectacular) . The bird is from my first ever stamping plate that I bought out of Poundland back in 2013, which I have used, and a virgin ‘hehe’ stamping plate that contains owls and cages.

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Pterosaur sky…

So I’m not being very successful at keeping up with Froekenfilts Dinovember challenge but I am doing my best at trying to do some! Day 9’s prompt was ‘Pterosaurs’ and I know that was like a week ago already, but by the time I upload the pictures, select a good one, life happens, work, etc it can sometimes be that long between painting and posting. I’m sure bloggers and non-bloggers alike can understand this!

I thought this design was quite fun as you have to be kind of ‘in the know’. The normal onlooker may just presume that they’re badly painted birds or strange bats even, but if you happen to be a dino nerd you’re hopefully seeing pteranodon in flight!

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Ombre Lace…

So with summer approaching there’s a lot of beautiful lace/macrame designs going about. I really fancied trying it  out, but soon after starting I realised I’d made my lines way too thick to have the delicacy that others achieved. There was no way I could include enough detail either to make it look like a proper macrame hanging so I kept it simple.

There’s always time to try again!

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BornPrettyStore: Gold Sealife Stickers…

So I feel as if I’m getting back in to the swing of things after a flat period, so I decided to review these ‘Gold Gilding Summer Style Nail Art Stickers‘* from BornPrettyStore! Aren’t they just the cutest? (Or maybe it’s me as I’m pretty in to fishkeeping)

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So on the sheet itself you get plenty of creatures to use including corals, seahorses and fish. The stickers are definitely gold, they really have that true metallic effect.

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The stickers are very sticky, which is fantastic, but I’d wouldn’t advise using your fingers to peel and place them. I found that the stickers stuck to my fingers too easily so tweezers are definitely a must for these guys! I know it’s better etiquette to use tweezers for stickers anyway but sometimes, you know, fingers are used…

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Once top-coated, the appearance of the stickers didn’t change. Occasionally with gold effect nail art items, the gold dulls or smudges off but not with these fish – still as bright and as gold as when they were first placed. If you’ve ever used a bad sticker you’ll be familiar with top-coat lifting if not, what happens is after being top-coated the sticker starts to curl and it’s edges lift up meaning they catch or fall off easily, but not these ones! There was zero lifting or curling, maybe it’s down to the stickiness of them or maybe even the material they’re made out of but it’s a great relief that they didn’t curl up.

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The shine on these stickers is amazing, and I love that the packet includes so many different styles and sizes of creatures. I can’t wait to use them again in a different style. If you fancy ordering them or anything else from Born Pretty Store remember to use my code to receive 10% off full priced items.

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Now it’s time for some close-ups!
(As my index finger is still damaged I am still painting a false nail to cover it up)

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Sweet Stuff…

So who didn’t get a whole heap of chocolate related gifts this Christmas?! I managed to fool myself into thinking that I’d have some self control and ‘ration’ myself day to day but I’ve basically gorged myself like a vampire in a blood bank. What’s worse is that there’s still loads more left to be eaten… It seemed fitting that I had something sweet on my nails too.

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I was gifted this nail stamp from my mum for Christmas. It’s made by a company called ‘Apharsec’ (which I’d never heard of before). The stamping ‘plate’ looked so different as it’s silicone and thick, I really wasn’t sure how to use it so I had to watch the ‘how to’ videos on their website.

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I understood it quick as it’s so simple and oh my goodness it’s great – there’s no scraper or stamping pad needed! Say what?… You apply the polish to the stamp, then smudge the excess off on a piece of paper, then press the stamp on to your nail. That’s it, done! You know how sometimes with the old stamp/scraper combo it can sometimes be patchy? Not with this bad boy.

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If there’s any untidiness around the image, you can just pick it off as it’s silicon!There’s another cool trick to do with it, but I’ve yet to try that out…

I wanted to include photos of the pink ombre stage as I’m now using liquid latex! It saves so much time on clean up plus the peel is so satisfying.

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