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Aug 14, 2019

Myth Mash - Born Pretty Harunouta-L076, Hit the Bottle Blue-tiful, Sasatinnie #44 The Mermaid


Today I'm reviewing a stamping plate from Born Pretty. 

[Harunouta-L076]
This is the Harunouta-L076 stamping plate provided for review by Born Pretty. As you can tell, it's a very Eastern-inspired plate with lots of designs featuring traditional flora and fauna.

[Bottle to nail: Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze #44 The Mermaid (2 coats)]
My base is from the previous post - Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze #44 The Mermaid, a blue creme textured polish wit blue, black and white microglitter and fine silver shimmer.

[Base: Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze #44 The Mermaid (2 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Blue-tiful; Plate: Harunouta-L076]
I then stamped a whole bunch of different designs from the plate using Hit the Bottle Blue-tiful, a blue shimmer stamping polish. Now can we take a moment to appreciate how well the designs transferred considering the fact that I was stamping onto textured polish (with a layer of topcoat granted!)! Look at the detail, especially on the peony (pinky finger) and fortune cat (index) designs.

[Base: Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze #44 The Mermaid (2 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Blue-tiful; Plate: Harunouta-L076]
This hand had less topcoat on the base, so a slightly more textured finish. While the speckles in the base colour make the design a bit harder to see, you can see how well the designs have transferred regardless. My favourites are the carp (index) and the peacock (thumb).

Check this plate out here at Born Pretty! Code above as usual takes 10% off full-priced goodies.


Aug 12, 2019

Bump In - Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze 44 The Mermaid


A quick one today, this one's a polish gifted to me by my blog buddy Jme!

[Bottle to nail: Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze #44 The Mermaid (2 coats)]
This is Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze #44 The Mermaid, a dusty blue creme with fine silver shimmer, and blue, black and white microglitter. It's also a textured polish which dries semi-matte.

[2 coats: Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze #44 The Mermaid]
I actually had no idea it was a textured polish! I thought it was just a regular creme glitter polish until it dried. Application was smooth and opaque in two coats. Dry time was also decent.

[2 coats: Sasatinnie Jewel Glaze #44 The Mermaid (with topcoat)]
I did put on a layer of topcoat which smoothed it out slightly but still retained a slight texture. I do like the combination of colours, but I'm not really a textured polish kinda gal, so I think the added topcoat suits me just fine!


Aug 8, 2019

Yee Haw - Born Pretty Western Memory L002, Born Pretty Dark Amor

Here's an unusual plate that was sent to us for review!

[Born Pretty Western Memory L002 Stamping Plate]
The above is Born Pretty's Western Memory L002, a Western themed stamping plate. 

[Born Pretty Dark Amor
Born Pretty Western Memory L002 Stamping Plate]
Here's how the packaging looks. I like this gold and white look that they've got going, rather pretty. The stamping nail polish is Born Pretty's Dark Amor which was also sent to us for review. I took it out of it's box for this photo so you could better see the colour.

[Base: Born Pretty Mystery
Stamping: Born Pretty Dark Amor stamping polish,
Born Pretty Western Memory L002 Stamping Plate]
Okay so... I clearly made a mistake choosing Born Pretty Mystery (a gift, which I reviewed previously here) to go with this stamping polish. I thought pink and red should go okay together, without taking into account that the holo does make the stamping pattern hard to see! Oops...?

I think you can sort of see that the index finger is a butterfly with a sword, the middle finger is a cowboy hat with flowers/vegetation in it, the ring finger is a gun with a rose, and the pinkie finger is a llama I think! Unusual, as I said!

I did try other patterns as well but they didn't look very good, mostly due to my own fault. The only other pattern that really turned out okay was this one:  

[Base: Born Pretty Mystery
Stamping: Born Pretty Dark Amor stamping polish,
Born Pretty Western Memory L002 Stamping Plate]
If it isn't obvious, it's two cacti and the word SALOON across the bottom. What really impressed me about this one is how prettily the circles turned out, haha.

So first, let me talk about Dark Amor. It's a bright red creme stamping polish and it stamps beautifully. That is a great and easy to use stamping polish. Western Memory L002's patterns are very nicely etched to the stamping plate and I say this because I've had trouble with stamping plates in the past that aren't etched deeply enough. There's not issue with stamping when it comes to this one.

Most of the stamping issues I had was due to my mistake of choosing a red stamping polish to go with a pink holo base. The only real problem I had with Western Memory L002 as a stamping plate was how close and thick some of the patterns were and the size of some of the patterns.

I stamped some of the patterns on a white paper so you can see them better:

[Patterns from Born Pretty Dark Amor stamping polish and
Born Pretty Western Memory L002 Stamping Plate]
They did turn out quite well and easy to see against white, but you can see the size of some of these patterns are kind of big and wide. It was pretty hard to see what some of these patterns were on my narrow nails. Maybe if you have wider nails, they would be clearer. Also, the patterns being so thick and close together made them harder to see clearly as well.


Our code above will give you 10% off full priced items at Born Pretty. You can find the stamping plate here, and the stamping polish here. Enjoy your shopping!

Jul 29, 2019

Delicate Detail - Born Pretty BP-WT04 The Noon Sunshine, Nicole Diary-L03, BK polish #08


Now I'm not known for putting the best colour combinations together in my stamping (mis)adventures... but I don't think I did too badly this time!

[Born Pretty Nicole Diary-L03]
The plate I'm reviewing was generously provided by Born Pretty - this is Nicole Diary-L03, a plate chockers full of lovely Eastern-style floral designs. I love all the patterns on this plate!

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty stamping polish BP-WT04 The Noon Sunshine;
Base: BK Glow in the dark #08 (2 coats); Plate: Nicole Diary-L03]
The stamping polish I'm using is also from Born Pretty, this one is BP-WT04 The Noon Sunshine, a sort of seafoam-y Tiffany blue (it's a tad greener than my photos suggest). Such a lovely colour!

[Base: BK Glow in the dark #08 (2 coats); Plate: Nicole Diary-L03;
Stamping: Born Pretty stamping polish BP-WT04 The Noon Sunshine]
Using a blue jelly base (BK Glow in the Dark polish #08), I then stamped over all my nails with 10 different designs from the plate. I must say this stamping polish has the ideal formula, slightly thick, great opacity, doesn't dry too quickly.

[Base: BK Glow in the dark #08 (2 coats); Plate: Nicole Diary-L03;
Stamping: Born Pretty stamping polish BP-WT04 The Noon Sunshine]
Pretty much every design I stamped came out practically perfect, so colour me impressed! Really happy with both the plate and the stamping polish.

You can find the plate here, and the stamping polish here. As usual, our code above will give you 10% off full priced items at Born Pretty. Happy stamping!


Jul 25, 2019

Hello Holo - Born Pretty Mystery

It's a holo madness!

[Born Pretty Mystery]
This is Born Pretty's Mystery and a pink polish full of holo goodness. I've taken the photos from slightly different angles and the holo just shines in every one!

What I didn't notice until much later was that Mystery is a holo and light sensitive nail polish. It's meant to change colour under UV light...which I never tested because I thought it was just a holo polish! I'll have to review this again haha. Nail polishes are pretty but deceiving some days!

Jul 18, 2019

Stampede - Born Pretty Throne, Western Memory - L001, Dance Legend Baikal

Time for some stamping!

[Stampede]

I stamped over Dance Legend's Baikal, reviewed in my last post here, with Born Pretty's Throne, a black stamping nail polish from Born Pretty's White Night series. I used patterns from  Born Pretty's Western Memory - L001 stamping plate.

[Born Pretty Western Memory - L001 stamping plate]
[Born Pretty Throne]
I quite like the packaging for the stamping plate and stamping polish. Everything looks very elegant.

[Stamping polish: Born Pretty Throne;
Stamping plate: Born Pretty Western Memory - L001; Base: Dance Legend Baikal]
Even on my very long nails, the pattern was large enough for full coverage.

[Stamping polish: Born Pretty Throne;
Stamping plate: Born Pretty Western Memory - L001; Base: Dance Legend Baikal]

I broke a nail on my other hand, so the nails are shorter.

Overall, this is a great stamping nail polish! I've been looking for a black stamping polish replacement and this is pretty fantastic. Transferring the pattern from stamping plate to nail was easy and turned out pretty well. The stamping plate also produced clear sharp patterns. The patterns were easy to make out and look pretty nice.


You can find the stamping polish here and the stamping plate here. Don't forget that you can get 10% off using our code on full priced items at Born Pretty!