Monday, December 11, 2017

Beauty Big Bang Review: Halloween & Christmas Stamping Plates

 Press Sample 

Hi guys! Today I have a review of some stamping plates sent to me by Beauty Big Bang. Maggie contacted me asking if I'd like to review some items for her, and I agreed.
There was 6 stamping plates in this set: 4 had Halloween images, and 2 had Christmas images. I really liked that each plate had a label on the bottom with the product number. Only one of them had the wrong label, but I managed to replace it with the right label that came on the packaging. Each stamping plate was also sealed and well-protected in the package it came in, which I was very impressed with. I believe the items arrived in 3 weeks, so they arrived about a week earlier than the expected time.

Okay, so how about we get to the stamping plates and manis?

First up we have the BeautyBigBang01 Stamping Plate (SKU: J3141TM-1A). It has some spiderwebs, bats, skulls/bones, and even a ghost.
For my mani, I decided to use the spiderwebs and hanging spiders. I chose a flakie polish that had some purple and green shift for my base, since it was a Halloween mani. Then I added the stamping, and the images came out so nice and crisp.
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Next, we have the BeautyBigBang02 Stamping Plate (SKU: J3141TM-2A). This plate has some eyes/lollipops, a cat, some monsters and even some boos.
For my mani, I decided to go with the Trick or Treat image. I also used the full image that had spiderwebs, pumpkins, candelabras, etc. That image reminded me of The Haunted Mansion, so I really liked it. I love how this came out, and I think the purple polish base helped with this ghostly mani.
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Next up is the BeautyBigBang03 Stamping Plate (SKU: J3141TM-3A). It features a haunted house, 4 different jack o' lantern faces, and some creepy ghost faces.
I chose the pumpkin images for my mani, and did some reverse stamping. You can see that I accidentally smudged the main pumpkin, which makes me a bit sad, but I still think it's a fun look.
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Next, we have the BeautyBigBang04 Stamping Plate (SKU: J3141TM-4A). It has some ghosts, spiders and skull images.
The middle spider image has some stripes, so I decided to go with that image and do some decals. I stamped the image onto my mat, and I colored in the stripes with some pastel Halloween colors. I put on a white base polish so my colors would pop, and I applied my decals when they were dry. I'm still pretty bad at applying my own decals, so please be nice. Lol. I can't tell you how pleased I was with the end look. They look pretty cool, don't you think?
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Next, we finally have a holiday plate. The BeautyBigBang05 Stamping Plate (SKU: J3141TM-5A) has some Christmas sweater print images.
At first, I wanted to use the go-to Christmas patterns, but I was sure that everyone would use those to show this plate off. So, that compelled me to use the top right image instead. I really liked that woven look, and it looked even more amazing on the nail. I know it's a very simple look, but I think that's why I fell in love with it even more. This design definitely reminded me of a cozy sweater, just perfect for the holidays.
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Last but not least, we have the BeautyBigBang06 StampingPlate (SKU: J3141TM-6A). This plate features a happy Santa, snowflakes, snowmen and candy canes.
I just knew I had to use the candy cane image, as well as the Santa. So, I picked up the images, and did some reverse stamping. I decided to make some green candy canes, and some traditional red ones of course. For Santa, I didn't have a flesh color, so I mixed a tan polish with some white. I think it came out ok, and doesn't Santa look so happy?
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So, my thoughts on this stamping plate set? I absolutely love all the different images on the plates, and you can definitely get some very fun and festive looks with these. The images picked up beautifully as well.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed the review and all the manis, I had tons of fun coming up with them. If you plan to purchase from Beauty Big Bang, make sure to use my code ANNY for 10% off your order.

I'm sorry if this post was too Halloween-y, but I mean, can you ever have too much? Lol. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited for all the holiday manis to come. I hope to share many more Christmas nail art with you soon.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Spiderweb Mani
Flakie: KB Shimmer "Green Weaver"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
White Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18136
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220
Stamping Plate: Beauty Big Bang 01 SKU: J3141TM-1A

Trick Or Treat Mani
Purple: Daily Hues Nail Lacquer "Violet"
White: Sinful Colors "Snow Me White"
Black: Serendipity Polish "Building My Empire"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
White Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store #18136
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220
Stamping Plate: Beauty Big Bang 02 SKU: J3141TM-2A

Pumpkin Mani
Brown: Creative Cuticles Nail Polish "BF17"
Orange: Covergirl "#ElectroGlow"
Black: Serendipity Polish "Building My Empire"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220
Stamping Plate: Beauty Big Bang 03 SKU: J3141TM-3A

Spider Stripe Mani
Purple: Lavish Polish "Wisteria"
Green: Bonita Colors "Wild Guess"
Orange: Bonita Colors "Cutiepie"
White: Sinful Colors "Snow Me White"
Black: Serendipity Polish "Building My Empire"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Silicone Mat: TwinkledT Glamour Mat
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220
Stamping Plate: Beauty Big Bang 04 SKU: J3141TM-4A

Sweater Mani
Pink: Jessica Cosmetics "Luscious Leather"
Red: Serendipity Polish "Less Whine, More Wine!"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220
Cuticle Guard Peel-Off Latex: Born Pretty Store #36614
Stamping Plate: Beauty Big Bang 05 SKU: J3141TM-5A

Santa & Candy Cane Mani
Blue: Daily Hues Nail Lacquer "Aria"
Red: Serendipity Polish "Less Whine, More Wine!"
Green: Serendipity Polish "Cash Flow Queen"
White: Sinful Colors "Snow Me White"
Tan: L'oreal "Shinetastic"
Black: Serendipity Polish "Building My Empire"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220
Stamping Plate: Beauty Big Bang 06 SKU: J3141TM-6A

*Giveaway Prizes: KB Shimmer "Green Weaver"; Daily Hues Nail Lacquer "Violet", "Aria"; Serendipity Polish "Building My Empire", "Less Whine, More Wine!", Cash Flow Queen"; Lavish Polish "Wisteria"; TwinkledT Glamour Mat; Jessica Cosmetics "Luscious Leather".
*Past Press Sample: Born Pretty Store White Stamping Polish, Medium Clear Jelly Stamper, Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Weekly Dose of Rainbows: Inspired by the Season / Glam Nails Challenge: Dec.03 - Snowflakes

Hi guys! This month's theme for A Weekly Dose of Rainbows is 'Inspired by the Season', and the Glam Nails Challenge theme for Dec.01 is Snowflakes, so I thought I would just combine them both. I chose a beautiful teal jelly with glitter as my base, and I stamped on some snowflakes. To add a bit more color, I applied some gold holo glitter on the stamping. I hope you all like it.
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I'm so in love with this teal polish, I'm so glad I got it.

As always, thank you for stopping by. Until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Teal Jelly: Creative Cuticles Nail Polish "Oops! Teal Glitters"
Gold Holo Glitter: Jessica Cosmetics "Gold Hologram"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
White Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18136
Snowflakes Stamping Plate: Born Pretty Store item #36245 (Celebration BPX-L008)
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220

*Giveaway Prize: Jessica Cosmetics "Gold Hologram".
*Past Press Samples: Born Pretty Store White Stamping Polish, Medium Clear Jelly Stamper, Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Glam Nails Challenge: Nov.29 - First Frost

Hey guys! I have the last mani of November's Glam Nails Challenge, and the theme for Nov.29 was First Frost. When I thought about the challenge, frosted windows came to mind. I thought it would be so cool to capture the look of frosted windows, so I looked on Google for some inspiration. Well, it was more for knowledge, lol! I live in Southern California, so I have no idea what a frosted window looks like. After looking online, I put some thought into what products I'd use, and it was a bit tough trying to come up with a way to execute this properly. Anyway, I ended up choosing a sheer frosty white, I applied a coat of that and let it dry. Using that same polish, I applied some on a sponge, and sponged it on the outer sides of each nail. Afterwards, I used a coral image to create the "frost" on the sides. Then, I added some small white shards from a topper polish with the help of an orange stick. To finish off, I sponged on some white on the edges of each nail, and applied top coat when it was dry. I hope you like them.
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I actually like the way they came out, and I think they look pretty neat. I just hope that I was able to achieve the look I was going for. They look kind of better in real life though.

Just so you know, I'm planning to join the December challenge, so stay tuned for that. Thank you for stopping by, until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Sheer White: Wet N Wild "Break The Ice"
White: Sinful Colors "Snow Me White"
Topper Polish: Super Nails Lacquer "Ice Ice Baby"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
White Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18136
Coral Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM-501
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220

*Giveaway Prizes: Super Nails Lacquer "Ice Ice Baby"; Bundle Monster Coral Stamping Plate.
*Past Press Samples: Born Pretty Store White Stamping Polish, Medium Clear Jelly Stamper, Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Glam Nails Challenge: Nov.26 - Sweater Prints

Hi guys! Today I have a Sweater Prints mani to share with you, it was the theme for Nov.26 of the Glam Nails Challenge. Christmas sweaters were my inspiration, so I wanted to go with traditional colors. I was planning on using some red and green holos as my base colors, but then decided to use a flakie polish to give it more of a fuzzy look. So I applied 2 coats of the flakie polish, and applied top coat. It was too pretty on it's own, that I just wanted to leave it alone. Lol. But I went ahead and stamped on the Christmas sweater print, and they looked so neat. The shift in the flakies is just so stunning, I kept catching myself staring and moving my nails to see the color shift. Anyway, the last thing to do was a bit of clean-up, and to apply top coat.
You can see the blue in there:
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It's more green on the right pic:
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What do you guys think? I really hope you like them because I'm so happy with how they turned out. Also, I'm glad I ended up picking this polish, I think it did give it a fuzzy sweater feel.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Green/Blue Multichrome Flakie Polish: KB Shimmer "She's Beyond Kelp!"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
White Stamping Polish: Born Pretty Store item #18136
Sweater Print Stamping Plate: Born Pretty Store item #36245 (Celebration BPX-L008)
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220

*Giveaway Prize: KB Shimmer "She's Beyond Kelp!".
*Past Press Samples: Born Pretty Store White Stamping Polish, Medium Clear Jelly Stamper, Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Halloween Mani Inspired by Kristi

Hi guys! Today's mani is a recreation of one of Kristi's manis. She's having a giveaway at the moment, so this recreation will be an entry to that. Anyway, she did a cute little Halloween mani back in October which I had to recreate. I know Halloween came and went, but I picked it because I've been missing it so much, lol. I was so sad when I had to take down all of my Halloween decorations. So, this makes up for that in a way.

Alrighty, so I started with a couple coats of an orange jelly polish. I didn't have a creme polish that resembled the one in her original mani, so I went with this one. I then picked out a dusty purple to stamp with. I stamped on the bats on my middle and ring finger, and added some dots on my other nails to finish the look. The last thing to do was to add top coat.
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Original/Recreation:
The manis don't look exactly the same, and after seeing how sheer the stamping turned out with the purple, I wish I had used a black stamping polish instead. This orange was also very difficult to capture, it looked a bit lighter in real life, maybe a bit similar to the creme Kristi used. Well, it still looks pretty nice, I hope you all like it.

As always, thank you for stopping by. Until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Orange Jelly: Sinful Colors "Ring the Belini"
Purple: Jessica Cosmetics "Very Vinyl"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Bat Stamping Plate: Born Pretty Store item #23267 (BPL-031)
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220

*Giveaway Prize: Jessica Cosmetics "Very Vinyl".
*Past Press Samples: Born Pretty Store Bat Stamping Plate, Medium Clear Jelly Stamper, Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Glam Nails Challenge: Nov.22 - Fall Gradient

Happy Thanksgiving guys! If you are celebrating, I hope you have a great time with your loved ones. I'll be celebrating with my family and relatives, which I'm very thankful for. I might even do some Black Friday shopping with my sister, so that will be fun I hope. It also happens to be my sister's birthday today, which is pretty special. I hope she really enjoys herself.

So, let's get to today's mani shall we? The theme for Nov.22 of the Glam Nails Challenge was Fall Gradient. I chose 5 beautiful holo polishes and did a gradient. Afterwards, I decided I wanted to add a bit of stamping over it to make it more of a Fall mani. I picked a leaf image since I did my gradient with leaf colors, and I think it was a perfect choice. The last thing to do was apply top coat. But unfortunately, I smeared my pointer nail by accident.
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I really liked the gradient, so I took pictures before the stamping.
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Well I hope you guys like these.

A big thank you to all of you for stopping by, and may you have a wonderful day. Until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Dark Red: Fancy Gloss "Red Velvet Mocha"
Red: Daily Hues Nail Lacquer "Carol"
Orange: Fancy Gloss "Pumpkin Spice"
Yellow: Fancy Gloss "Gingerbread Latte"
Green: Daily Hues Nail Lacquer "Holly"
Black: Serendipity Polish "Building My Empire"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Leaf Stamping Plate: Born Pretty Store item #38741 (Floral BPX-L018)
Medium Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #26498
Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool: Born Pretty Store item #32220
Cuticle Guard Peel-Off Latex: Born Pretty Store item #36614

*Giveaway Prizes: Daily Hues Nail Lacquer "Carol", "Holly"; Serendipity Polish "Building My Empire".
*Past Press Samples: Born Pretty Store Leaf Stamping Plate, Medium Clear Jelly Stamper, Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Tool.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Glam Nails Challenge: Nov.19 - Owls

Hi guys! Today I have a Glam Nails Challenge mani to share with you, and Owls was the theme for Nov.19. I've had some cute little Christmas Owl decals which I hadn't used yet, and I thought they would be perfect for this mani. So I painted my nails with a pretty beige polish, and my pinky with a glitter polish. I picked out the decals I would be using, cut them out and submerged each one in water (one by one). After about 20 seconds, I took them out and began to apply them. For application this time, I set the decal face down on my clear stamper, dried it a bit with a napkin while on the stamper, and then transferred it to my nail with the stamper. It worked perfectly, and the clear stamper helped me place it where I wanted. I saw someone use this stamper method on Instagram, but I can't remember who it was. Well anyway, here's the finished mani.
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I really like how it came out. It looks like a cute little owl family, which I didn't really plan, lol. But I'm pleased with the result. I hope you guys like it too.

As always, thank you for stopping by and until next time.
-Ana

Products Used:
Beige: Creative Cuticles Nail Polish "Every Leaf is a Flower"
Brown Glitter: Creative Cuticles Nail Polish "Pumpkin Spice"
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Owl Decals: Born Pretty Store item #23037
Short Clear Jelly Stamper: Born Pretty Store item #39374

*Past Press Samples: Creative Cuticles Nail Polish "Every Leaf is a Flower", "Pumpkin Spice"; Born Pretty Store Short Clear Jelly Stamper.