01 July 2015

Born Pretty Store Review | Stamped Stars

Hi everyone! Man, I cannot seem to keep myself out of trouble. No sooner had I recovered from the flu then I sprained my ankle. It's minor, but still enough to hurt a lot and make work that much more draining. AND I broke a nail :(  it's the middle one on my swatching hand!


Fortunately it's just a small break on the side, and I was able to patch it up. It's behaving for now...

I got this stamping plate from Born Pretty Store and wanted to use that big star image in the middle, so that's what I did!

I'd originally hoped to do a reverse-stamping design with this one, but I totally failed. I'm not sure how it happened--I've used the technique before with no trouble, but what a spectacular fail it was. I'm kind of embarrassed to show you this, but...

of all the things ever that did not work, this did not work the most

I didn't lay that down the wrong way--I guess it just bled underneath or mixed with the black lines or something. Horrible! Not every polish works for this, right? So... I wiped that mess off and started over.

The base for all this is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. The index and small fingers have a coat of OPI Black Shatter over them, and then the stars were stamped with Konad black. Here's what a nice regular stamping looks like--much better!

ooh goodie that clean white makes me look so tan!

I'd intended to wear it this way, but any time I see stark black lines like that over white, I can't help but be reminded of a colouring book, and the urge is overwhelming. Plus I've been seeing heaps of USA-themed nails for July 4th, and since I used to live there, I grabbed a couple of Sharpies and coloured in the stars :D

Bonus pic of my right hand--I did them in neon colours with Black Shatter over it to match the original idea, and although it ended up clashing with the final design, I still like it. I applied the crackle polish in a swirly motion and it really came out looking cool!

So, yeah. This plate is really awesome! The etching is perfect, and unlike most plates, I actually love every single image on it. Maybe next time I try some reverse-stamping, it won't look like the 90's vomited on my fingers.

As always, if you like this plate or any of the many others Born Pretty Store has to offer, don't forget to use my coupon code CITYG10 to get 10% off your order--which already comes with free shipping, no matter where you live :)

Thanks for reading today! I have a really sparkly idea in mind for my next mani--can't wait to show you! xoxo

*product(s) sent for review--the experience described above is my honest opinion and was not influenced in any way by the retailer*

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