; Plisherrific: 2019

Oct 18, 2019

Across the Night Sky - Orly Au Champagne, Born Pretty Outer Space L002, Born Pretty Birth of the Queen

Wheeeeee, today, I'm doing a stamping review with items from Born Pretty!

[Starry Night]
I used Born Pretty's Outer Space L002 stamping plate and Born Pretty's Birth of the Queen stamping polish to produce this starry result! The base coat is Orly's Au Champagne, a really old nail polish that I still love dearly. It's my favourite white polish, as an icy white polish packed with shimmering white microglitter.

[Born Pretty stamping plate Outer Space L002
Born Pretty stamping polish Birth of the Queen]
Here's the stamping plate Outer Space L002 and stamping polish Birth of the Queen. There's some really pretty stamping patterns on the plate and Birth of the Queen is a gorgeous royal purple chrome. I love the name too! :D  Birth of the Queen looks more blue than purple in the photos but that's just my camera that doesn't always pick up purple as a shade.

[Base: Orly Au Champagne; Stamping Plate: Born Pretty Outer Space L002;
Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Birth of the Queen]
You can see the stamped results above and I think they turned out great! I really love the one on my thumb's nail, of the snow-peaked mountain with the constellations above it, and the cat looking out into the night on my ring finger...and actually I really like the filigree moon and the string of stars and beads, okay I like all of them! They're just such lovely patterns!

[Base: Orly Au Champagne; Stamping Plate: Born Pretty Outer Space L002;
Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Birth of the Queen]
These ones on my other hand are more unusual but still interesting! I did have trouble stamping the one on my middle finger, as you can see it's off-center unfortunately. But it did give me fun Card Captor Sakura vibes, for those of you familiar with manga/anime, heh. I also like the one on my thumb and the mountain scene on my little finger.

All in all, I really like the patterns on this stamping plate. The stamping polish as well as the stamping plate came together nicely to produce very nice crisp stamping results. The stamping polish was easy to use, opaque and I just love the rich purple colour.


If you like what you see here, you can check out these items at Born Pretty. Our code here will give you a 10% discount off full priced items as well!

Sep 30, 2019

Manic Mineral - Ulta3 Infamous, Born Pretty Texture-L001, Holo Stamper, Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Spun Gold,


This is a double review in one, so let's get right on to it~!

[Silly string]
Preview of my final finished stamping manicure... 

[Bottle to nail: Ulta3 Infamous (2 coats)]
My base shade from last week - Ulta3 Infamous, a blue jelly shimmer packed with silver microglitter.

[Born Pretty Stamping Plate Texture-L001]
I received this plate from Born Pretty for review. This is plate Born Pretty Texture-L001, and it is a great way of getting crackle or water marbling effects using stamping rather than all that effort and mess! I received this plate in a cardboard sleeve as usual, but this one has a super handy window in the front so you can actually see what plate is stored inside!

[Born Pretty Holo Stamper]
I also gave in to my magpie instincts and picked this super sparkly holo stamper for review. Not only is the squishy head packed with ultra sparkly holo particles, the titanium effect base satisfies the multichrome cravings. It's so gorgeous! It's also holo so you can see what you're stamping.

[Base: Ulta3 Infamous (2 coats); Stamping: Born Pretty Texture-L001;
Stamping polish: Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Spun Gold]
So I had this idea of precious mineral veins so using a white stamping polish (Hit the Bottle Snowed In) I first chose the thinnest crackle pattern and stamped that. Then I stamped over with a gold stamping polish (Hit the Bottle Spun Gold) using a slightly more dense crackle design.

[Base: Ulta3 Infamous (2 coats); Stamping: Born Pretty Texture-L001;
Stamping polish: Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Spun Gold]
Here's the finished product! I think it's not quite what I was going for, but I think it actually could be modified slightly to do a decent effect of sunlight glinting off waves at the beach. What do you think?

The stamper itself was nice and squishy - no issues picking up and transferring patterns. You do have to make sure you have some good lighting handy because the speckles of the holo particles can make your stamping design a bit hard to eye off when you're trying to place it on the nail. It's worth it for how gorgeous the stamper is though. But if that's not your thing, it also comes in a plain version!

If these products interest you, you can check out the stamper here, and the texture plate here at Born Pretty. Our code above will do you a 10% discount off full priced items as well. Happy stamping!



Sep 23, 2019

Deep Splash - Ulta3 Infamous


Great nail polish doesn't have to be expensive... and Ulta3 is definitely one of those brands that tend to deliver on a budget!

[Bottle to nail: Ulta3 Infamous (2 coats)]
The proof is in this lovely shade! This is Ulta3 Infamous, a deep blue jelly shimmer with tons upon tons of silver micro glitter.

[2 coats: Ulta3 Infamous]
The heavy microglitter combined with the base gives amazing depth and sparkle in an otherwise fairly dark shade.

[2 coats: Ulta3 Infamous]
These photos are of two coats, great opacity and dry time. I had no issues at all with this polish. It also dried smooth, but of course a nice layer of glossy topcoat amps up the shine.

[2 coats: Ulta3 Infamous]
Highly recommend this shade - these polishes retails for something like $3 in pharmacies? Such a bargain, gosh~!


Sep 20, 2019

Shallows and Depths - Dance Legend Miracle

Look at this beauty!


[Dance Legend Miracle]
This is Dance Legend's Miracle which I thought was a color changing polish, except wait, it's also a thermal polish! But I didn't know that! So I'll have to dig it out to review again because it apparently turns an entirely different colour under the sun.

Miracle is a pale teal when warm, and a brighter medium blue when cold, with silver flakies. The colour change is pretty clear and they're gorgeous shades. I'm looking forward to trying the polish out again and getting the change in colour under the sun too!

Sep 2, 2019

Fantastic Fancy - Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01, Hit the Bottle To Have and To Gold, Born Pretty BP-L007


Gosh, I was searching through our posts to see the last time I used this particular stamping plate that I'm about to show you... and it was back in 2015! Good times, good times...

[To the left, to the left...]
What I discovered this time is that even with the aid of a clear stamper, I can be pretty abysmal at centering symmetrical designs, oh dear...

[Base: Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01 (2 coats)]
My base from last week - Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01, a gorgeous green jelly with loads of green and gold shimmer. Ah, so pretty~

[Base: Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01 (2 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle To Have and To Gold; Born Pretty BP-L007]
Using Hit the Bottle To Have and To Gold, a rich gold shimmer stamping polish, I picked one of the many intricate designs from Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L007 to stamp over my base shade.

[Base: Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01 (2 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle To Have and To Gold; Born Pretty BP-L007]
Pretty happy with how this turned out! I recently attended an ethnic South Asian wedding and goodness, that was such a treat for my magpie eyes, so this was a bit inspired by all the sparklies I saw there!

Aug 29, 2019

Misty Caverns - Dance Legend Ashes to Ashes

I can't believe I haven't posted this before. It's from months ago!

[Dance Legend Ashes to Ashes]
This is Dance Legend Ashes to Ashes, a mid-gray creme polish with flakies and holo microglitter.

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Ashes to Ashes (2 coats)]
I've always said I loved their square bottles, makes it so easy to open.


[Dance Legend Ashes to Ashes]
You can see the ghostly flakies clearly and the second one was taken slightly blurry on purpose so you could see the holos better.

Overall, I love it. An interesting colour with many facets to the nail polish!

Aug 26, 2019

Glimmering Green - Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01


I have such a gorgeous polish to show you today - the photos don't do this justice!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01 (2 coats)]
This is Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01 - green jelly base with generous green and gold shimmer all throughout.

[2 coats: Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01]
I used two coats for a beautiful even finish. This one has a slight tendency to flood the nail, so try to adjust the amount of polish on your brush to compensate. I'd recommend two thinner coats rather than one thick one although you could probably work with either.

[2 coats: Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01]
In the bottle, there is a hint of blue in the base, but on the nails it's a vibrant christmas green and so gloriously sparkly! I think the jelly nature of the base just allows a depth of shimmer that you wouldn't other wise get.

[2 coats: Dance Legend Step in Style Color LE01]
I suspect a combination of a blue-tinted base (which is why my photos look blue-r) and the golden shimmer cancel out to get a nice neutral bright green in person. I just can't resist adding greens to my collection and this one is a real dazzler!


Aug 19, 2019

Fuzzy Fantasy - Emily de Molly Savvy Trinket


I have a super gorgeous polish to show you today. Funny story, I gifted this one to Jme thinking she'd like it... and she liked it so much it was already in her stash, so it came back to me~!

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Savvy Trinket (2 coats)]
This is Savvy Trinket by Emily de Molly - an amazingly shiny purple foil absolutely chockers with gold-green-blue colour-shifting shimmer.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Savvy Trinket]
As you can see I went a step further and added a layer of matte topcoat and I absolutely love the result! I haven't got photos of Savvy Trinket sans matte topcoat, but rest assured, it is the most beautifully shiny purple foil.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Savvy Trinket]
Application was pretty perfect. This is two coats for full opacity, but you could do one thick coat if your nails are short like mine currently are. You can also do a single coat for a lovely translucent shell effect! It dries quickly and perfectly smooth and shiny. I didn't get any streak marks but I'm usually quite careful about that, though it seems like this polish self-levels quite well anyway.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Savvy Trinket]
In case you can't already tell... I was super pleased with this! Even with the matte topcoat, you're getting a great shimmering effect that makes your nails look really glowy.


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!