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Party Owls and More

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Party Owls for my Birthday

Party Owls for my Birthday

My birthday was on Friday, and I had this absolutely adorable Party Owl manicure to help celebrate.  These owl and cupcake water decals are just a few of the great designs that are part of this 10-Piece Water Decal Set from the Born Pretty Store.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, water decals are some of my favorite things.  I am not very good at nail art, but water decals make it so easy to have a really interesting and complicated-looking manicure whenever I want.  If you want to talk about a great deal, this is it.  There are ten sheets of water decals with owls, flowers, and more in this set now available for a sale price of $5.00.  That’s only 50 cents each.  Most of these sheets are available individually for $1-$2 each, so getting them in this set is a huge savings.

BPS Water Decal Set

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

There are some great designs in this set.  I really love the cartoonish owls and the birds with feathers.  There is a pretty good variety of floral decals.  Some are pop-art and modern, and some are more classic and feminine.  And of course, you know me, I can not wait to use that nautical themed sheet of decals.  There are so many possible manicures out of this set that go from fun and funky to classy and sophisticated.  Here is a closer look.

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

I haven’t had time to use all 10 sheets of decals, but here is a shot of three different manicures that I have done.  The party owls are over Essie Find Me An Oasis.  The blue flower/butterfly design is over Sinful Colors Snow me White.  The black floral decals are all by themselves with no base color.

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

BPS 10 Piece Water Decal Set

I can not recommend this 10 Piece Water Decal Set enough.  I really think that it is a great deal.  I have several reviews for products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive like holiday items and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

BPS10offcodeFTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Nautical Nails

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Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

Today I am reviewing a wonderful stamping plate from the Born Pretty Store, and it is one that you are going to want to check out.  It’s no secret that I love nautical things, and I am so in love with this Sailors & Sea Sailing stamping plate from Born Pretty.  The designs are adorable and they look so sleek.  I have several reviews for products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  But first, let’s look at the stamping plate.

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

If you like nautical nails like I do, you definitely need this plate.  The designs are classic and lovely.  The designs pick up really easily.  I also like that you can use the starfish and shell designs to do a beachy theme instead of a nautical theme if you want to shake it up a bit.  The designs are on the larger side, so you may have some trouble if you have very short nails or very small nail beds, but otherwise I have no complaints.  The images stamp cleanly and evenly.  It’s a must-have if you are into this style.

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp

For my nautical nails look, I used e.l.f. Skinny Jeans for my base color.  Let me give e.l.f. a shout out because this polish did not chip for 5 days.  Great job e.l.f.!  I stamped with Sinful Colors Snow Me White.  I am so happy with the way my nails looked this week.  They made me so happy and I got several compliments.  I love the way the mani came out, and I will definitely be using this plate again.

I really have nothing but love for the Sailors & Sea Sailing Theme Nail Art Stamp plate.  It is currently available from Born Pretty for $1.59.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive like holiday items and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

BPS10offcodeFTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Bright Stripes Rainbow Nails

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Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Rainbow Nails

Check out this super fun and colorful manicure using these bright, stripey Water Decals from the Born Pretty Store.  I am so happy with how it came out.  Can I just say that water decals have become my nail art obsession.  They are so easy to use.  The Born Pretty Store has a huge selection of water decals and you can find unique designs like these ones.  I have several reviews for products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  But first, let’s talk about these super bright rainbow decals.

Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Water Decals

There are 11 sets of designs on this large sheet, so the possible design combinations are endless.  There are 5 colors, pink, orange, yellow, blue, and green in all 11 design sets, so it is very easy to mix and match elements to create your own unique looks.  The thinner stripes can be a little finicky, so I recommend using tweezers to remove the decal from the backing and place them on the nail.  Once you get the hang of it, they are easy as pie to work with and so much fun.  Here is a closer look.

Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Water Decals

Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Water Decals

For my manicure, I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the base color.  Then I kind of mixed and matched designs that looked interesting to me.  There are so many that I can’t wait to create another look using this sheet.  The only issue that I ran into is that the yellow designs are a little hard to see.  Perhaps with a different base color there would be enough of a contrast that the yellow would show up better, but it got lost into the white.  Even with that one caveat, I definitely recommend this sheet to you.  It’s a great deal to get all of these designs at once instead of having to buy them individually.  Two thumbs up.

Rainbow Nails

Bright Stripes Rainbow Nails

The Bright Stripes Water Decals are on sale for only $3.88.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Cat Nails and an Animal Theme Stamping Template

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Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

Today I am reviewing a large stamping plate from the Born Pretty Store, and if you are an animal lover, it is one that you are going to want to check out.  There are so many cute designs on this plate from bunnies to birds, cats to bats.  This would also be a great holiday plate for Easter or Halloween.  It’s an amazingly versatile plate.  This is the first long rectangle style stamping plate that I’ve ever used, and I think that they are a really good deal with the large number of designs that fit on the plate.  They don’t cost too much more than the regular size, but they hold 2-3 times the number of images.  I have to say that I kind of love this stamping plate.  The designs are adorable and you can get so many looks out of it.

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

The Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template from Born Pretty holds 25 images.  There are seven full nail designs, and the rest are single images.  There is no limit to the variety of manicures that you can get out of this plate.  Since I couldn’t possibly stamp all 25 images on my nails, I stamped them out on some paper so that you can see all of the images on this plate.  There are a couple rather finicky stamps, but most of them stamp easily and cleanly.  The thinly drawn cat with the big eyes and the birds on the swing gave me some difficulties, but you can still work with them.  In general, though, the images are evenly etched and this is a great plate.  Some of my favorite designs are the pandas, seahorses, paws and bones, and of course all of the cats.  Anyone who knows me can tell you that cats will get me every time.  I had to play with the kitty stamps first.  For my cat nails I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White for my base shade, and the Born Pretty Black Stamping Polish to stamp the designs.  I love them.  They are hilarious.

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template

The Animal Theme Nail Art Stamp Template is $5.99 at the Born Pretty Store.  I have several reviews for products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Mermaid Tail Nails

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Mermaid Tail Nails

Mermaid Tail Nails

I have Mermaid Tail Nails y’all, and they are magical.  I have another Born Pretty review today, and you are going to love this one.  If you are new to the blog, (hello) I want to let you know that I have several reviews for other products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews that I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  I received a sheet of Fish Scale Nail Vinyls to play with, and they are so much fun!  I have always been a fan of fish scale patterns on nails.  I think the possible color combos are endless and they look so chic.  You may remember the blog post where I discovered Nail Vinyls and mentioned that I would absolutely be using them again because they are awesome.  When I saw the Fish Scale Nail Vinyls, I knew that I had to have them.

Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

These Fish Scale Nail Vinyls are a little different than the previous nail vinyls that I got from Born Pretty.  The Fish Scale Nail Vinyls can be used two different ways.  The first way to use them is as a stencil like I did here to create my Mermaid Tail nails.  Simply stick them onto your nail where you want to paint the pattern, and then brush the polish over them.  When you peel back the sticker, it will reveal a complicated looking pattern that was super easy to accomplish.  But, what makes these Fish Scale Nail Vinyls different is that the beautiful holographic surface makes them just as useful as a nail sticker.  The adhesive is quite strong, so they have a good stick to them even though the scales are thin.

Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

Fish Scale Nail Vinyls

Here is a close up look at the pattern.  I was able to cut the vinyls in half and use one vinyl for two nails.  My nails are just barely short enough to do this.  If your nails are any longer than mine then you will have to use a full vinyl per nail.  And, of course, if you plan to use them as a sticker rather than a stencil, then you will want to plan on using a full vinyl per nail so that you can cut it to the right shape and size.  For my lovely Mermaid Tail nails, I used Sinful Colors Black on Black as my base color and then used the Green Stamping Polish from the Born Pretty Store for the scales.  I think that they look really beautiful.  I am very pleased with the result, and I will definitely be using these Fish Scale Nail Vinyls again.

Mermaid Tail Nails

Mermaid Tail Nails

The Fish Scale Nail Vinyls are currently on sale for $1.59.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper

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Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper

Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper

Today I have this 2 piece Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper set to show you.  The Born Pretty Store has a wide variety of nifty little tools like this one, and I was very happy when they sent it to me.  I like nail stamping, but I definitely have a hard time lining up my stamps where I want them.  They often end up a little off kilter, so a clear stamper really appealed to me.  Before I get into the review, though, I want to remind you that I have several reviews for other products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews that I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  So, let’s talk about this stamper.

Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper

Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper

This 2 piece Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper set is a great find.  I didn’t know they made them, but it makes so much sense for stampers to be transparent.  I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time trying to place my stamps sometimes.  I haven’t experimented with multi-stamp designs or french manicure stamps for that reason.  With this clear stamper, though, you can see all the way through the barrel right to the stamp.  Placement could not be easier.  I can’t wait to try more complicated styles with this stamper.

Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper

Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper

The head on this stamper is very soft and squishy.  Some people prefer a squishy stamper, while others like them to be more firm with very little give.  I actually think that it’s a good idea to have both kinds of stamper because different stamp designs will pick up differently.  Some designs will stamp more effectively and clearly with a firmer stamper head and others pick up better with a softer stamper.  It’s trial and error.  Just be aware that this one is definitely a soft stamper with a ton of give.  The scraper is totally plastic, which is good.  Some scrapers have a metal edge and that just scratches up your stamping plates.  Though to be honest, my favorite scraper is an expired credit card. 😉  All in all, it’s a great set, and you should pick it up.

The Crystal Clear Silicone Nail Art Stamper & Scraper is currently on sale for $2.99.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

Liquid Peel-off Tape from Born Pretty

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Peel-off Liquid Tape

Liquid Peel-off Tape

I have something really fun to show you today.  This is Liquid Peel-off Tape from the Born Pretty Store.  Those of you who are into nail art may have used a liquid latex or liquid tape type product before, but I haven’t.  I had heard of it and seen some demonstrations, so I was really excited to give it a try.  Before I get into the review, though, I want to remind you that I have several reviews for other products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  So, let’s get into it.

Peel-off Liquid Tape

Peel-off Liquid Tape

For those who haven’t ever seen a product like this before, Liquid Peel-off Tape is something that you apply around your nail to act as a barrier between your skin and the polish.  It dries very quickly, and then can be easily peeled off of your skin.  This is especially useful for stamping large patterns over the nail, or sponge painting your nails.  These techniques can be pretty messy and involve a lot of clean up.  The liquid Tape drastically cuts down on that.  I’ve never used a product like this, but I found Born Pretty’s Liquid Peel-off Tape to be very easy to use.  The real key to using it successfully is to apply a thick coat of Liquid Tape to the skin.  Thicker coats peel of easily and cleanly.  Thinner coats may break when peeling, or turn flaky, so be sure to apply a thick coat.  I recommend using tweezers to peel it off so that you don’t mess up your polish.  To demonstrate, I chose to sponge paint a sheer ombré look using Wet n Wild Megalast polish in I Need a Refresh-Mint and Candy-Licious.

Peel-off Liquid Tape

Peel-off Liquid Tape

As you can see, the sponge painting was a big mess.  When I peeled off the Liquid Tape, however, my thumb was pretty clean.  I still have to go in and tighten up the edges, but clean up is much easier and faster using the Liquid Tape.  I definitely recommend this product.  I usually don’t do a lot of messy manicures, but now that I have the Liquid Tape, I may play around with new techniques.  It is so much easier now with this product in my arsenal.  The Liquid Peel-off Tape is currently on sale for $2.99 at the Born Pretty Store.

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.