For this design I was trying out a new stamping plate and polish from Born Pretty that my brothers got me for my birthday.
The base for this design is a colour changing polish. I found that the colour change is quite subtle from a darker purple to a lighter purple to be very noticeable. However I found if I ran my nails under very hot water it did start to change to more of a pink shade. Most of the time though my nails are just too cold to see any difference.
The colours itself however are nice as purple is my favourite colour. I also love the inclusion of the silver glitter in multiple sizes as it makes for a prettier base for designs. I used 3 coats of this to get a proper coverage on the nail but it is very quick drying.
On top of this I stamped floral designs in white. The plate I used is BPX-L019 which has various pretty floraly type designs.
I used 2 of the different designs from this plate to stamp onto each nail. I tried to make the placement different on each nail so that it wasn’t all just the same for each nail.
I really like how the ring finger turned out on this design and it was relatively simple to achieve.
I started by painting all nails except the ring finger nails in 2 coats of a bright blue with a bit of shimmer in it. On the ring fingers I used 1 coat of a translucent nude shade to improve the overall look of the nail.
I then used a white stamping polish and a floral lace pattern from born pretty plate #bpl30. I stamped this over the entire of all the nails except the ring fingers. I cleaned this up and topped with a top coat.
On the ring fingers, I took some DIY masking tape and drew around the round edge of the bottom of my stamper. I then cut this out to make a curved edge. I used this to mask off a curved line on the nail. I then painted in the bottom of the nail in the same blue shade before removing the tape.
Then to finish off the design, I covered the curved line where the blue ends with rhinestones. I started with a slightly larger sized rhinestone nearer the base of the nail and gradually reduced the size as I followed the line.
These nails were more of an experiment than anything. I have some colour changing nail paints (from Barry M’s Chameleon range) that I barley ever use. This is simply because I like to always use topcoat over everything to make my nails last a lot longer. However the shades themselves are some quite decent metallic colours. Therefore for these nails I decided to use one of these as the base.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of one of these polishes, and then adding a layer of topcoat once it had dried. This changed the shade from a metallic blue to a metallic red. The only problem was that in some places around the edges there was still some small areas of blue left.
Over the top of this base I wanted to do a simple stamped design using a new stamping plate; ‘Born Pretty BP – L052’ which one of my brothers got me for Xmas. I picked one of the designs from this plate and then used liquid tape around each nail.
Once that was dry, I used a white stamping polish and a clear stamper to stamp and place my design over each nail. I then carefully removed the liquid tape from around each nail and cleaned up any mess around the edges.
To finish off the design I applied another layer of top coat over everything. To my surprise, whatever was in my base colour that makes it change colour, managed to come through the previous layer of top coat and reacted with the white stamped polish and second layer of top coat as I applied it. This resulted in the white stamping polish also changing to red. The result is what you can see in the pictures. Although it doesn’t look too great it was still quite fun to see things changing colours.
For this design I did a simple 2 colour block design with a line of striping tape in between going diagonally on each nail.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a pastel lilac colour from the Coconut Infusion range by Barry M.
On top of this I taped off with DIY masking tape a diagonal line on each nail, leaving the tip half uncovered. To this half of each nail I painted 2 coats of a duochrome polish from Born Pretty. This is quite a pretty polish that changes from a shade of purple to green. It also has flecks of green glitter. It was item no. 24882.
Once this was dry I used a purple striping tape to cover the line where the 2 colours met. I then finished it off with a top coat.
I always find it hard to photograph duochrome polishes well, so I tried to capture the effect in a short video:
For this design I reverse stamped a floral pattern and coloured it in to make some nail vinyls. I really love the peachy pastel orange shade that I used for this design with the iridescent glitter topper over it. The orange is from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.
I started by painting 4 rectangles of topcoat onto a silicone mat. I then stamped the flower pattern onto the top of this. Using a thin brush I then filled in the petals with a dark purple and peachy pastel orange shades. Once this was dry I went over it again with the top coat again.
On my middle and ring finger nails I painted 2 coats of a very light lilac shade. I peeled the nail vinyls from the silicone mat and stuck them down onto these nails with a clear top coat.
I used a cuticle stick, nail scissors and acetone on a flat brush to remove and clean up any of the excess that was overhanging the nail.
On the other remaining nails I painted them with 2 coats of the orange shade. Once this was dry I painted over it with a coat of a iridescent glitter topper.
On top of these nails I placed a single purple nail stud. I then went over the top of everything with a top coat.
I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I think the combination of the red and gold go well together, and the glitter in the red base adds a little something extra to the overall look.
I also really like the geometric triangular designs from this stamping plate. It is #77 of the round plates by Born Pretty.
I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a deep red. I then went over it in 2 coats of a glittery red shade. As the red in this shade was quite translucent, I used the deep red shade underneath to help with the coverage.
I then used my stamping plate and a metallic gold shade to stamp the designs onto each nail.
I used a different design from the same plate on each nail on one hand, and then repeated this on the other hand so that they matched.
The title for this post comes from the fact that the stamped design reminds me of some necklaces dangling down on each nail.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a coral/ pastel orange shade. This is from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range.
Once this was dry I went over it with a top coat and then stamped my necklace pattern over the top of it in a black shade.
I placed the design so that the pattern was coming from the base of the nail.
I then placed a small black rhinestone on each nail in the half circle area left at the base of the nail by the design, before finishing off with a top coat.
For this design, I layered a star stamping pattern over a silver holographic nail polish. I took the pictures in bright direct sunlight as this helped the holo show up better on the camera.
I started by painting all nails in a black polish as it helps to get the best from the holo polish.
Once this was dry I went over every nail with the holo polish. I needed to use 3 coats in the end to get the coverage I wanted.
I then used a star type pattern on a stamping plate. I used a black polish to stamp the design over the whole of each nail.
I then cleaned up any stamping that went onto the areas around my nails, before finishing off the design with a top coat.
So for this weeks design, I gave the mandala stamping plate (born pretty plate #bpx15) another go. I had trouble getting this to work with any of my clear stampers, and had to give up on it in the end.
This time around I used a squishy sticky marshmallow stamper and got much better results. The only problem was, that this meant I couldn’t really see where I was placing the design. Due to this both hands don’t match up as well as I wanted them too.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a deep raspberry red shade. I let this dry for a bit and then used a dry fast top coat over the top.
Next, I used liquid latex around my nails to help make clean up easier. I find I have to use it on alternate nails, and then after I am finished with those nails I can go back and do the rest. This is because I always end up touching the fingers together and the latex just sticks to itself and pulls away from my fingers before I even get chance to stamp on them.
To finish the design, I used a gold nail paint with the mandala designed stamping plate and stamped onto each nail. I tried to use a different part of the design on each nail on one hand and then make the other hand match. I then cleaned up around my nails and finished everything off with a top coat.
For this week’s design I decided to go with the seasons and do an autumn inspired manicure. I wanted there to be a range of different nails rather than have most of the nails with the same design.
I started by painting my chosen base colours onto each nail. On the little finger I used 2 coats of a pastel orange shade as this is the most opaque orange I have, and I wanted to stamp with it as well. On the index finger I used 3 coats of a glittery gold shade. On the middle finger I used 2 coats of a light brown shade and on the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a lighter tan shade.
For the index finger I left it as it was just the plain glittery gold. On the little fingers I made it into a gradient by sponging a red shimmery shade onto the tips up towards the middle of the nail.
On the middle nail I used the slightly lighter tan shade to stamp 2 leaves onto the nail. I wanted this to look quite subtle as I also placed 3 rhinestones at the base of the nail to add further decoration.
On the remaining thumb and ring finger nails, I stamped a gradient of leaves using the orange and red shade. However the orange came out too subtle against the tan background. I think I should have used a much lighter shade for the base colour to make it stand out more. A darker orange suitable for stamping would have been better if I had one as well. The plate I used was #19 by Born pretty.