Plaid Nail Art

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Today’s nail art is something I haven’t done in a long time – plaid nail art! I started with two coats of Sinful Colors Resilient which was sent to me as a press sample and is from the Pride collection. The stamping plate is from the Born Pretty Store. You can check out the stamping plate here. The stamping polish is Konad Yellow.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Mint and Lace Nail Art

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Today’s mani starts with two coats of Trust Fund Beauty Hollywood Hipster which was sent to me as a press sample. Scroll down to see swatches! Born Pretty Store sent me these lace water decals to review for you. I thought they would go really well with the mint polish!

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Here are some plain swatches of Hollywood Hipster.trust-fund-beauty-hollywood-hipster trust-fund-beauty-hollywood-hipster-swatch

Thanks again to BPS and Trust Fund Beauty for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Wedding Nail Art Ideas

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Today’s nail art is for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge. This week’s prompt is “Wedding nail art.” I had some cute stickers to review from the Born Pretty Store so I thought I’d incorporate those into the look.

1 Sheet Lace Necklace 3D Nail Art Stickers Black Lace Full Nail Stickers Nail DecalsI always think of wedding nail art as quiet and subdued. You don’t want your nails taking over the show because 1. it’s not your show or 2. you ARE the show! That’s why I decided to go for a simply french mani using OPI Can I Bayou a Drink? and OPI Alpine Snow. Then, I put the stickers on top.

This is probably the first time I’ve had to give something from the Born Pretty Story a negative review. I just could not get these to work for me! Even though there are various sizes, none of them fit the shape and curve of my nail quite right.

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I like the concept I came up with…but the execution leaves something to be desired. :(

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Floral Nail Art

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Born Pretty Store sent me these floral water decals to review. The timing was perfect because this week’s prompt for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge is “floral!” Hooray!

I started with two coats of Trust Fund Beauty Flirty & Dirty which is a lovely mauve creme. Then, I followed the instructions for the water decals and applied them. You want to make sure your polish is completely dry before apply the decals. You also want to make sure that you pat away an excess water after applying decals and before applying top coat.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Mermaid Nails

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Born Pretty Store sent me this scale nail vinyls to review for you. The last time I used stencils from this line, I used them as stencils. This time, I decided to leave the stencils on my nails and just top coat right on top!

12 Tips/Sheet Fish Scale Nail Vinyls Nail Art Manicure Stencil Stickers JV203

I started with two coats of Zoya Laurel which is from the Spring 2016 collection. Once dry, I put a mermaid nails stencil on each nail, clipping off the excess with cuticle clippers.

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When you leave vinyls or striping tape on your nails like this, you always want to make sure that you use plenty of topcoat. You’ll always want to make sure that each and every edge of the vinyl gets sealed with topcoat. If any water gets under there at all, it will start pulling up off your nail. I will typically do the first coat with Seche Vite and then another, more detailed coat (after the SV dries) with a thinner topcoat that can really get into the grooves of the stencils.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Chevron Striping Tape

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Born Pretty Store sent me this chevron striping tape to review for you. I picked the black roll of tape, but it comes in lots of fun colors! You can use this chevron striping tape as a stencil (which is what I did) or you can lay it on the nail, clip off the excess, and leave it there!

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For this nail art, I used Dermelect Frenzy and Dermelect Unscripted. Both of which are from their Spring collection. The color selection made my nails look a bit like Easter eggs. Since it’s almost Spring, I figured it was still an entirely appropriate mani to share with you!

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Full Nail Water Decals

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Born Pretty Store sent me these full nail water decals to experiment with and review for you. I picked these because I was taken by the beauty and the darkness of the images on the decals. I’ve never worn anything like this on my nails before so I really wanted to give these a try!

4 Patterns/sheet Girls Painting Water Decals Cartoon Nail Art Full Transfers Stickers C104-C107

These Born Pretty Store Full Nail Water Decals were super easy to apply. I did have a gray base color on underneath because I didn’t realize just how opaque these decals were. You really don’t need a base color with these at all. You could apply them right on top of the base coat, which I’m going to do the next time I wear a set. (The sheet comes with four sets for only $2.39!)

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I don’t usually show pictures of my thumb, but since this was mt favorite image, I just had to show you!

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You will need pretty long nails to wear these if you want to see the whole image. My nails are even a bit too short to see the whole image for these. That’s something to keep in mind as you’re shopping on the site! These removed easily with acetone so changing my mani was a breeze!
Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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40 Great Nail Art Ideas…Turquoise Tribal Nail Art

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Today’s post is for the weekly Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge! The prompt this weeks is Teal/Turquoise. My assigned nail art method is ‘tribal’. I started with two coats of Picture Polish Jade. I used a stamping design from It Girl Nail Art IG106, which was originally sent to me as a press sample. To help keep the design straight and even, I used my new Born Pretty Store clear stamper. You can read my full review here. My stamping polish was Konad Black.

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Born Pretty Store Clear Jelly Stamper Review

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Born Pretty Store sent me this clear jelly stamper to review for you. I am so excited to be able to review these because this style of stamper is all the rage right now. It seems like everyone is making one and every stampaholic wants one!

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The reason these are so popular is because you can see right through it. This is a camera shot from the top of the stamper. Historically, stamping heads have been colored and the casing has been closed. The open casing with the clear stamping head makes a huge difference in your ability to place the design on the nail exactly where you want it.

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I had to rough this guy up a bit with my nail file and acetone. I know a lot of people say to never use acetone on your stamper heads. But what can I say? I’m a rebel like that.  So here’s an unremarkable picture. We’re all used to seeing this side of the stamper.

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But wait! There’s more! Flip that baby over and you can see the design right through the top! When you go to stamp this on your nail, you can see your nail through the stamper as well. This means a perfect placement. Every. Single. Time.

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The clear stampers really are worth all the hype. With years of practice, I’ve been able to get my stamps centered and straight on my nail. Now I can do it without hardly even trying!!

The designs are from Born Pretty Store Plate Bp-L011. I used Konad Black to stamp and GlitterGaze S-urchin For Love as my base color.

 

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Gold Bow Stud Nail Art

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Born Pretty Store sent me a wheel of gold nail studs to review and show you. These are small and delicate studs. I really like them. Most of the studs I’ve used have been rather large. They are also pretty thin which is great because it stays better on my nails and doesn’t catch as easily on things.

1.5mm-3mm Gold Silver Cross 3D Nail Decoration Nail Art Studs UV Gel Nail Art Decoration in WheelI used Enchanted Polish I am the Walrus with the golden bows.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Mint and Pink Nail Art Flowers

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Born Pretty Store sent me these stencils to show you. I love using stencils in nail art even though it requires more patience than other nail art styles!

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For today’s post, I used two coats of Ciate Pepperminty and Enchanted Polish Dope Jam to create this rose and petals look.

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Some of the petals smudged a little bit but you almost couldn’t tell in real life.

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Here is a swatch of the lovely Pepperminty on its own.ciate-pepperminty

 

Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Winter Water Decals

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Born Pretty Store sent me these holiday water decal set to show you! I used Butter Long Baroness as my base color. I got Baroness from my super fabulous Secret Santa at work. She knows me so well! (She got my two other polishes and a TARDIS ornament also!!) The polish smudged a little but you could hardly tell in real life. Darn these pesky close-up photos showing all my little flaws!

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As usual, these water decals were super easy to use and worked really well. The smudges happened because I didn’t wait for Baroness to completely dry before pressing on it. Oops! Learn from my fail! Water decals work best when the polish is dry!

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Here is a plain swatch of Butter London Baroness before I messed it up. :)

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store French Tip Water Decals

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Born Pretty Store sent me these french tip water decals to review for you! I love water decals because they are so quick and easy to use! They are perfect for nights when you get home late  from work, want to do some nail art, but don’t have time for a whole big production.

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I used Pretty Serious Presence as my white base. I really wanted the tips to pop which is why I chose white. I also think a black base would look pretty cool because then you’d just have flowers on your tips!

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Review – Gold V Stickers

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Born Pretty Store sent me this sheet of gold nail art stickers to review for you! These are super easy to apply for instant nail art! I started with Sally Hansen Heart to Heart which is a lovely classic red creme.

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This design reminds me of both The Great Gatsby and Wonder Woman. In my head, I was imagining festive holiday, but I will totally take a mani that looks like Wonder Woman any day!

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These stickers laid wonderfully flat, despite my sharp c-curve. They were very easy to apply. For added durability, you’ll want to add a topcoat as well. I waited until the red polish was completely dry before applying so I could preposition, if necessary, without ruining the base color.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Water Decals Review

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Born Pretty Store sent me these gorgeous water decals to review for you! They look like peacock feathers with lace trim.

Nail Art Water Decals Transfer Stickers Celestial Floral Pattern Sticker XF1321

I started with two coats of Morgan Taylor All White Now and waited for it to completely dry.

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I love the look of these decals; I think they are gorgeous. However, you can see that one of them tore a little. That happened when I applied the topcoat. Water decals can get very delicate when wet with top coat and I did too many brush strokes with the top coat. :( Luckily, in real life, you could hardly tell. Otherwise, I thought these decals were fabulous and I am going to keep using Born Pretty Store water decals!

Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Orly Fathoms Below

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Born Pretty Store sent me this stamping plate to review for you! It has a variety of floral designs on it! This is Plate BPL-029. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates. I used Orly Fathoms Below from the new Disney collection. Mundo de Unas Black was used as the stamping polish.

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Here is a plain swatch of Orly Fathoms Below

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Plate BPL-029

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Born Pretty Store sent me this stamping plate to review for you! It has a variety of floral designs on it! This is Plate BPL-029. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates.

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The pink base is Enchanted Polish Dope Jam. I used Konad Black as my stamping polish.The stamper is from the Born Pretty Store and I reviewed that for you earlier.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BPL029

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Born Pretty Store sent me this stamping plate to review for you! It has a variety of floral designs on it! This is Plate BPL-029. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates.born-pretty-store-stamping

For the base, I used Ellison’s Organics Part of Your World (green) and Ellison’s Organics A Whole New World (Purple). The stamping polish was Konad Black.

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The Ellison’s Organics polishes are holo so here is a picture from when I was in the car!

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store 3D Nail Art Stickers Review

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The Born Pretty Store sent me this giant sheet of 3D Nail Stickers to review. These are super easy to apply – you literally just peel them off the backing and stick them on the nail. Then, topcoat!

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The purple polish is Trust Fund Beauty Elegantly Wasted, which I received in the September Ipsy bag.

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This giant sheet (I think it’s about 8.5″ x 11″) has a variety of different things – from letters to numbers to little sayings. I bet you’ll see those numbers in a Seahawks mani coming up later this season! ;)

12 Sheets/set 3D Nail Art Sticker Black Cake Arrow Love English Letter Heart Number Patterned

Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Stamper Review

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Born Pretty Store sent me this stamper to review for you! It also comes in gold, but I picked the silver. It has a really nice weight to it. It’s much heaver than the usual stampers I use, but the weight is really nice and it feels sturdy. The stamper head is quite squishy – squishier than I’m used to.

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I did need to prime the stamper quite a bit before I could get it to work. I used a glass nail file to rough it up and some acetone to clean it. (I know, I know. Lots of people say not to use acetone on stamper heads because it will eventually break them down. Well here’s the straight truth – I don’t care. It works and it works well. Stamper heads are cheap and can be easily replaced. So that’s why I use acetone on my stampers.)

 

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The stamper did a pretty decent job. There is some smudging and some patchy spots. I think it needs to be broken in a little bit more – perhaps a few more acetone washes. I will be using it for more manicures so keep an eye out to see if it gets better.

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Polishes used were Enchanted Polish Reign Beau and Mundo de Unas White. The stamping plate I used in this mani was BP-L029 which was also sent as a press sample.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me this to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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40 Great Nail Art Ideas – Hobbies

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This mani is for the first prompt in the New Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge! This week’s prompt is “Hobbies”. I have four main hobbies and I wanted each of them to be represented: Reading, Dog Training, Watching Doctor Who, and doing my nails! Therefore, I did a skittle mani. :) To keep it looking somewhat streamlined, I did it in all black and white. The white polish is Morgan Taylor All White Now and the stamping polish is Mundo de Unas Black.

The stamping plates are:

Vivid Lacquer VL029 books

Vivid Lacquer VL027 Dogs

Vivid Lacquer VL 026 Doctor Who

Born Pretty Store BP 29

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Gorgeous Silver Vine Nail Decals

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The Born Pretty Store sent me these gorgeous 3D Nail Art Stickers with Silver Lace Pattern to show you. This sheet comes with a variety of sizes including accent pieces and full nail design pieces.

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Here’s the nail art that I really like! I did three coats of OPI Got a Date To-Knight. Once dry, I used China Glaze White on White for the tips. Once dry, I put the 3D nail art stickers on. You definitely want to wait until it’s dry….scroll down to see my nail fail for when I was too impatient!

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Here’s where I tried putting the stickers on still slightly wet polish. It caused the sticker to wrinkle. It wasn’t super noticeable in real life, but it looks really stupid in this picture! (The lovely purple is Pretty Serious Cuddle Bunny)

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If, for whatever reason, you’re in the mood to look at a plain french mani, here you go! Enjoy! :)

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Enchanted Polish August 2015 Nail Art

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The Born Pretty Store sent me a few sets of water decals to show you. I’ve become pretty addicted to water decals since I got these. I started this mani out with two coats of Enchanted Polish August 2015.

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The decals I chose for this are BP-W13 and they can be found here:

10 Sheets/Set Feather Flower Nail Art Water Decals Set Transfer Sticker BORN PRETTY W11-W20

Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Golden Black

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The Born Pretty Store sent me a few sets of water decals to show you. I’ve become pretty addicted to water decals since I got these. It makes nail art so easy when you’re in  hurry! And it seems like I’m always in a hurry these days!

10 Sheets/Set Feather Flower Nail Art Water Decals Set Transfer Sticker BORN PRETTY W11-W20

For today’s nail art post, I selected BP-W11:

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I started with two coats of Enchanted Polish House of the Rising Sun which is a gorgeous yellow gold holo.

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I got quite a few compliments on this mani. I think it was something about the simplicity of it that drew people to it.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Plate BP-62

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The Born Pretty Store sent me Born Pretty Store Plate BP-62 to show off for you. This plate has a wide variety of bow patterns which is super girly and perfect for me!

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I started with two coats of Orly Epix Silver Screen and used Mundo de Unas Black for the stamping. Some of the full-coverage bows didn’t get filled in all the way. For some reason, I’ve been having trouble with my MDUs lately. Anyone else experience this?

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I really think this plate has a lot of potential. I’m going to do another mani with the designs and I think I’ll do some leadlighting with them! Colorful bows! yay!

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This second mani was done using Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink as the base polish and then Sally Hansen Navy Fleet was used for stamping. At the end, I topped with Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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