Hi everyone! I’m back with a slew of bornprettystore reviews for you. This is the first of 4 reviews I have lined up. When making my choices for items to review, I chose a set of stickers. I don’t normally gravitate towards stickers because I often struggle with them. I am an impatient one and with some stickers, once you place them, you can’t reposition them. Perhaps that is because I am too impatient to let my polish dry completely before I try. Oops. I really liked these stickers though, so I decided to put my doubts aside and give them a go. Let me show you what I came up with.
I started with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Liquid Envy on all of my nails. This metallic green is beautiful. I added a coat of Seche Vite to speed up the dry time of the polish so that I could apply the stickers. The V shaped stickers come in 2 different sizes, I used the larger ones for my bigger nails and the smaller one on my pinkie. I think it balances out quite nicely. One of the bigger stickers probably would have crowded my nail or extended past the tip, so I like the fact that there was more than one size to choose from. These stickers were not too difficult to lift and place again if you put them down incorrectly the first time, just make sure your base colour is dry. The part of the sticker that I placed at the cuticle are already slightly curved which was also nice, so they fit perfectly there. I added 2 coats of Seche Vite over the stickers to seal them in. This caused my base polish to wrinkle slightly, but it didn’t lift the stickers at all. I really like the variety in this pack and will definitely be using these again. If you would like to purchase these stickers, you can find them here.
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Hey everyone. Happy Friday! When I’ve seen double stamping on the internet I never really liked it. It just looked messy to me. Then Manic Talons did a double stamping mani that had me itching to try it. You can see her post by clicking here. I have also been wanting to do something inspired by Spring which has finally dawned here in South Africa. Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a Tip Top Nail Chic Strength and Vitality base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 4 coats of Revlon Sheer Sweetie on all of my nails excluding my ring. This polish is very aptly named. I need 4 coats to reach any sort of opacity. I started off with a thin coat and realized I would need to paint subsequent coats thicker if I did not want to end up painting a million coats. 4 coats is still a lot, but I really wanted a soft off white, neutral base for my nail art so I carried on painting. On my ring nail I painted two coats of a silver mini polish with no name on it from L.A. Girl. Over the silver I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Full Spectrum glitter. Full Spectrum is a very pretty glitter with large baby pink hexes and regular holographic glitter particles. Once my index and middle nails had dried sufficiently I used Tip Top Liquid Envy (green) and the left hand image on PUEEN 46 to stamp. I followed that up by stamping with essence sweet surprise colour changing polish (pink) over the green stamping using the top image of PUEEN 39. I added a green and pink rhinestone to my thumb and pinkie which I purchased from Born Pretty Store. You can buy them here. Don’t forget you can use my affiliate link in the sidebar if you are not registered and use the 10% discount code to get a discount on non sale items. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. The results:
I am totally in love with this mani! I had to try a few different pinks to find one that was opaque enough to cover the green, otherwise it just looked like random lines everywhere. I think that is the key to double stamping (in my novice opinion!). If you’re not stamping with similar shades and you want you want to create a “background” the polish you stamp over it needs to be opaque enough to cover the stamping underneath. I know that I have been posting a lot of stamping manis. Since I got my new stamper it is ALL I want to do. It is the quickest and easiest way for me to achieve an intricate design on my nails which looks like it took ages to do. Still less of a “cheat” than stickers though because it does take practice and skill to get stamping to look decent. I wasn’t sure about the glitter nail for a while, but I like it. This mani needed some sparkle! Someone said the stamped nails look like porcelain. They really do!
In the photo I am holding my favourite hand moisturizer at the moment. Rain Aloe & Avocado Hand Butter, you can find it in their online shop here. It costs R75.00 for 75ml and I use mine multiple times a day. I have a pot in my handbag, on my desk at work and at home. Yes. I love it that much. I got my first pot in the Durban Polish Party goodie bag that I won and have been hooked every since. At first I didn’t love the smell, but I’ve actually grown to like it.
What do you think of this mani? Do you like it?
I managed to get my grubby paws on two of the new shades from the Tip Top Oxidized collection. The whole collection is filled with polishes that have a metallic finish. Ordinary Misfit posted swatches of all the polishes here. I decided I wanted to use them together and since I’m back in the stamping game, I wanted to do that too! Metallic polishes usually stamp well, so I was sure I could use these to stamp. Let me show you what I did 🙂
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted 2 coat of Tip Top Liquid Envy (green) on all my nails except on my middle and ring nails. I painted two coats of Tip Top Volcanic Eruption on my middle and ring nails. I’d like to mention that this red was one of the nicest ones I own when it comes to clean up. I had no issues with staining and it cleaned up really easily. I waited for my nails to dry so that I could tape and stamp over them. I used Volcanic Eruption and the top image on my PUEEN 40 stamping plate to stamp over my green nails. These polishes stamp really nicely. I played around with them by stamping on paper while my nails were drying. Ordinary Misfit also did stamping swatches for both these polishes at my request. If you would like to see those, click here. I used some tape to diagonally tape off the tips of my middle and ring nails and used Liquid Envy to fill in the tips, immediately removing the tape. I quickly placed a row of 1 mm round gold studs purchased from Born Pretty Store along the line dividing the two colours and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:
From the minute I finished it I loved this mani! I think I am partial to splitting colours with studs as I also really loved this mani where I did the same thing. Even though the stamping isn’t super obvious, I think it came out pretty decently and shows up well enough to be considered successful. I really enjoyed wearing his mani and people that spotted it really liked it too. Both these colours are gorgeous and it is a huge bonus that they stamp well! What do you think of this mani and these polishes?