Candy Cane Nails

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Last Christmas (har har), I also did candy cane nails, so I’m sensing a recurring theme here…

This year (har har), I did them on a larger scale with this awesome red glitter tape from Born Pretty Store.

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Be warned, though, that while the awesomeness of the glitter tape is through the roof, it bleeds when you apply the top coat which is why I have red smudges in places.

 

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It helped a little when I applied the top coat in the same direction as the stripes, because tape peels quickly enough with top coat so I wouldn’t leave that step out.

With top coat I got a couple of hours wear out of these before they started peeling which is always such a bummer, so it’s more or less only for picture purposes.

Maybe they’ll work better with gel polish?

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Wreath Nails

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As you may have guessed from my last couple of posts, I’ve been waiting all year to pull out all of my christmas themed nail art items; stamping plates, foils, and water decals.

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In that bunch are these black wreath water decals that I unfortunately applied a tiny bit crooked, but I still really like it over the gold polish.

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The gold glitter really threw my camera for a loop when I tried to take a closeup shot, but it still shows the intricate details of the wreath just fine.

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Black and Gold Bells

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Today’s mani seems really far away from what I normally do, with the big gold studs, but they were sitting in my drawer, and they really spoke out to me today, so I had to include them.

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I normally only do a design once per season (or ever), but I’m feeling that I’ll be using the bells image from the stamping plate again this season…

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Review: Two Thermal Gel Polishes

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I have always been intrigued with thermal polishes, but I have never really purchased any. They usually come from indie brands, and not a lot of those are made in Denmark (and international shopping fees suck!). I was given the chance to review two thermal gel polishes from Born Pretty Store, and to sweeten the deal even further, the thermal polishes come with a matte gel top coat so now I get to play around with that as well.

Because they come with the matte top coat that is also how I’m showing them here, but trust me – they also look good with a clear top coat.

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Review: Stamping guide template

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I am in no way a stamping expert, but I try to improve all the time and do nicer and nicer things with stamping. I was given the opportunity to review a cool ‘gadget’ that takes stamping to the next level.

This stamping guide template from Born Pretty Store allows you to only pick up parts of an image to create cool effects. It comes in four different versions. The one I got looks like this:

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Holographic laser stickers

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I fall into the trap every. single. time. I see some nail wraps or some stickers that look cool and think, ‘Hey, what an easy way to spruce up a mani when I’m in a hurry’. When will I ever learn that the end result is never what you want it to be?

These holographic laser stickers from Born Pretty Store were no exception.

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They were exceptionally thin and hard to work with, and I ended up tearing off corners (and sometimes halves) when I went to remove it from the backing paper. Furthermore, I was unable to apply them evenly, because they stuck to my fingers (or tweezers when I tried to use those), and once even a corner had stuck to the nail, I could not remove them for replacement without tearing them. (Do you see the flecks of gold on my thumb? Yeah, that’s pieces of sticker that I could not for the life of me get off again.) That left me with an uneven application and air bubbles that not even top coat could conceal.

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Lastly, the thing with stickers is that – even if you can apply them without being able to see the transparent film – they peel INSALE quick. A couple of hours were all these lasted me, even though I was careful to seal all edges with top coat.

Also, can you see how they lose their color around the edges? Yeah, that happened when I applied the top coat.

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I think, I am done with stickers. The end result is just not what you want it to be, and the application is not as easy as hoped.

Review: Stamping Plate Holder

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Today, I want to talk about this stamping plate holder from Born Pretty Store.

It has 24 slots – 8 rectangular ones for big stamping plates, and 16 square slots for round or smaller stamping plates.

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The color… eh… let’s just say it’s very pink, and not my color of choice. Also, the tassel is maybe a bit much.. But that’s just me..

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I used to store my plates in the little cardboard pouches they came in, but this is a great solution because 1) all my plates are gathered in the same place so I can always see the full selection, and 2) with this one I can actually see which image options I have because the pouches are transparent whereas I used to have to go through every cardboard pouch because I could never remember which image was on which plate, and which plate was in which pouch.

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The slots are a tiny bit loose, so the plates slide around a little bit. Considering that it’s sort of a wallet, the back of it is pretty stiff, so it is hard to hold it open. Also, it is not very practical that the openings for the bigger stamping plates are on the inside rather than at the top like they are with the smaller slots, or on the outer side of the pouches, because they actually slide out a little bit when the holder is closed or when you flip the pouches.

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate Holder

The organizer is pretty neat for someone like me who does not have a ton of stamping plates, but I could see it being a problem if you’re a stamping wizard with 300,000,000 stamping plates and only 24 slots.

If the slots for the rectangular plates didn’t have the opening on the inside (and if the color was different) then this would be a definite recommendation from me, but unfortunately, it has some minor flaws that kind of bug me, so it’s more like a 6 out of 10.

You can buy it for $6.99 here – they also have it in yellow now. You can use the discount code BOTX31 for 10% off the entire website.