Instagram Nail Art Challenge “clairestelle8Jan” (Theme: Animal) 14th Jan 2017 (Moyra Animalisic stamping plate and freehand leopard spots) @iamcherrylemon

​Instagram Nail Art Challenge #ClaireStelle8Jan part 1

Morning, hope you’re well on this fine day! 

Today, I’m sharing part 1 of 2 blog posts on nail art challenge. This post contains the 3 manicures I’ve completed for the challenge so far. 

Prompt #1. Nail Vinyls 

For this mani, I’ve used the Hypnose stencil by What’s up nails, this is available from Nail stencils UK.

The swirls is used with 3 Cirque Colour polishes, namely the famous Halcyon, Idyllic and Ambrosia. Idyllic and Halcyon used for the radial gradient. These are from the CC Winter collection 2016.

Vinyls are easy to use, the trickiest part for me was to get the stencil out and I wanted to keep the leftovers on the paper.

I’m not so sure about this mani, it certainly looked better in my head! 

Prompt #2. Silver 

For this prompt, I’ve created a stamping mani with metallic glitter accent. Very simple!

Products used: 

  • Uber Chic beauty Texture-licious stamping plate 
  • Barry M Foil effects in Silver 
  • Cirque Colours in Idyllic
  • Danglefoot Bluedapest
  • Rhinestones from Born Pretty 

Prompt #3. Animals



This mani is freehand leopard spots with blue and gold. Accent nail is a gorgeous image of a leopard face, this image is from Moyra Animalistic plate. With its white base, it looks more like a snow leopard 🙂

Polishes used: 

  • Opi Alpine Snow
  • Zoya polish in Goldie 
  • Hit the bottle polish in Electronic Indigo 
  • Born Pretty black stamping polish 

Thank you, and hope you have a great Thursday?! 

Lace stamping over China Glaze Pearl Jammin’ photo swatch

Delicate lace stamping over China Glaze Pearl Jammin @iamcherrylemon

Delicate lace stamping over China Glaze Pearl Jammin @iamcherrylemon

Hi there, I have a random lace stamping mani to show you. It is not often I complete a mani that is not a nail art challenge prompt or mani swap! Those challenges keep me fairly busy during the week. This mani is solely inspired by the China Glaze polish Pearl Jammin’. Pearl Jammin’ is part of Rebel Collection 2016. One of the most loved China Glaze shades from 2016, and I can see why many bloggers pick this as one of their top 10 polishes of 2016! It is really pretty, pearlescent, it shimmers and glows. <–insert heart eyes emoji here, hehehe

For the pointer and litter fingers, I have used Glam Polish Wizardly Ways collection “An Unexpected Journey”, this is a lovely flakies top coat (which I have used 2 coats here for medium opacity). I topped the mani with Leighton Denny quick drying top coat.

Delicate lace stamping over China Glaze Pearl Jammin @iamcherrylemon

Delicate lace stamping over China Glaze Pearl Jammin @iamcherrylemon

Delicate lace stamping over China Glaze Pearl Jammin @iamcherrylemon

Delicate lace stamping over China Glaze Pearl Jammin @iamcherrylemon

This lace plate is not a branded one, I picked it up from AliExpress for less than $1 USD! It has some really delicate lace patterns and it works like a dream. (link to the Ali express: Nail art stamping plate on Ali Express). Yes, this item ships all the way from China and it took a good 4 or 5 weeks! 

If you like lace patterned manicures, then this plate won’t disappoint. I’ve used Moyra white stamping polish with it and a clear stamper.
Gosh, I do love a bargain! ;P 

But then again, I’ve just gone back to purchase the entire set of plates 😂

Thank you for dropping by!

Meebox Decemeber 2016 (No Place Like Home) – Review, MeeboxChallenge mani and Giveaway news

Meebox December 2016 - No Place Like Home (box contents) @iamcherrylemon

Meebox December 2016 – No Place Like Home (box contents) @iamcherrylemon

Morning! Today, I am unboxing and reviewing products from the Decemeber’s Meebox (received just before Christmas!). The theme is “No Place Like Home” in reference to the Wizard of Oz.

As a child, I liked watching Wizard of Oz, the old movie version with Judy Garland. I found it fascinating and just loved the storyline. To be honest, I did get scared whenever the witches appear on screen. Yes I am a scaredy cat by nature! Let’s move swiftly onto the unboxing.

Box Contents:

  • Zoya polish in “Goldie” £11.50
  • Leighton Denny nail polish “Jailbird” £12
  • Kure Bazaar polish in “Pigalle” £14
  • Moyou London Fairytales Collection plate 12 £5.99
  • Moyou London Stamper and scraper set £2.99
  • NCLA nail wraps in Gingham £13
  • Ard as Nails cuticle oil £5
  • This box is great value for money, it contains products with a combined RRP value of over £60. The box costs £20 inc postage.

“Goldie” is my first ever Zoya, it is a yellow gold metallic shimmer polish, it looks beautiful on and it applies well.

“Jailbird” is a gorgeous green metallic shimmer

Kure Bazaar “Pigalle” is a red jelly packed with sparkly red glitter and tiny glitter pieces.

As you can see, all the polishes are so relevant to the theme of the box! I love it.

Meebox December 2016 - No Place Like Home (the polishes) @iamcherrylemon

Meebox December 2016 – No Place Like Home (the polishes) @iamcherrylemon

As soon as I heard the theme of the box and Meebox announced Moyou London as one of the featured brands. I knew I was getting the Fairytales Collection 12 plate! Because I bought the plate not that long ago. All Moyou London plates are pretty much fool proof, and beginner friendly. This plate is a full plate, like a story board with all images integrated. I like the versatility it offers. But I also understand this would look pretty daunting to a stamping beginner. I used to think “where do I start?”. But all in all, this is a lovely plate! Since this is a duplicated plate in my collection, I shall be organising a mini giveaway for this plus the stamper set. I will get few more bits to be included in the prize as well. Please follow me on Instagram and look out for a post within the next few days. Sorry, this is a Instagram only giveaway!!

NCLA nail wraps – another first for me. I have never used nail wraps before and cannot believe just how neat they look on the nails. I can understand why there are so many nail wraps loves aroud! Removal was not difficult, just normal acetone will soften the wrap and it gently peels off.

Here’s my #meeboxchallenge entry for the “No Place Like Home” box! I hope you like it!

#MeeboxChallenge manicure Dec 2016 - No Place Like Home - manicure (Moyou London Fairytales collection 12) @iamcherrylemon

#MeeboxChallenge manicure Dec 2016 – No Place Like Home – manicure (Moyou London Fairytales collection 12) @iamcherrylemon

 

 

Dorothy, Toto and the yellow gold brick road are stamping decals made with the stamping plate and my trusty red stamper, I have coloured it in using OPI “Alpine Snow”, Picture Polish in “Nude” and Zoya “Goldie”.

 

Thank you and have a lovely day!

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Top 10 nail art products for beginners (you can buy all these from 1 shop!)

Hello there! It’s Friday, woo hoo! Hope you’re well! It’s actually snowing in the UK. I’m unusually happy about it, it looks so pretty 😂

WARNING: This could be a lengthy post 🙂

Today, I would like to share my top 10 Born Pretty nail art items. This post is totally inspired by the idea Stashy has given me (thank you Stashy)! A lot of people are probably finding the Born Pretty site overwhelming with the endless amount of products on offer. Well, I did when I first started looking at the site. Born Pretty store (BPS) sells so much and nail art is only a category! There are probably tens of thousands of options on the site. So I hope this post might be helpful to you if you’re new to the site and/or nail art.

Obviously, I won’t be including items that you can probably get cheaper elsewhere. Such as makeup sponges for gradient nails, cheap and cheerful polishes, cotton balls and acetone. Those things are just not feasible to buy from overseas.

This post is written totally base on my own experience with store, this is where I shop most when I first started with nail art.

What’s Born Pretty?
BPS is an online store; the department I often visit is the Nail Art section. BPS offers a huge selection of nail art items at a very attractive price point. It is great for regular and nail art beginners, who want to build up their collection of tools! Or even, just to try out a nail art trend but doesn’t want to invest too much (that’s me, I only just obtained the mermaid powder!). To be honest, I have not had any issue until recently, where BPS had a huge anniversary event and that delayed all my orders by 6 weeks! Normally, my orders take 10 to 15 days to reach me in the UK.

OK, on to the interesting bit! My top 10! (If you are not interested in nail stamping then proceed to item number 6!) Stamping is fun! 😉

Number 1. Short Red clear XL stamper

XL red short stamper (BP haul July 2016) @iamcherrylemon

XL red short stamper (BP haul July 2016) @iamcherrylemon

This is my favourite and best find from BPS to date, and I have been using the site for few years! There are many “identical looking” stampers on the market, some costing few times more but obviously they are readily available without the extensive shipping time. You can also purchase this stamper from Aliexpress at an even cheaper price. I prefer to buy mine from BPS because it is like a one-stop shop for me.

This stamper head measures 3.5cm in diameter; it is large enough for most nail lengths. I love the fact that the barrel is short, easy to handle, and really to see through at stamped image! A clear stamper is essential for accurate placement of the stamped image when alignment is required, or when you are doing layered stamping too. It makes the job a lot easier.
As with other clear stampers, the red clear stamper mighty not be completely beginner friendly. It might take a few practice runs with the image pick-up. Just remember to use a light rolling action when you are picking images. Never prime a clear stamper with acetone too.

Check my existing post for a more detailed review. I love it, and I don’t think you can go wrong with this great little stamper at this price! Currently at $3.99

Number 2. Christmas Nail Art Stamper Starry Sky Silicone Head  (new purchase!)

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - Christmas Nail Art Starry Sky Stamper @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – Christmas Nail Art Starry Sky Stamper @iamcherrylemon

For this starry sky stamper, not only does it look cute but it picks up images really easily too. It has a soft and sticky stamper head. I use this when I do not need to line my stamped images. This stamper has a short-ish metal barrel, with snowman printed all over it!
For me, a good stamper is one that you can use with multiple stamping plates and various stamping polishes. This galaxy stamper certainly fits this criteria. $3.59 each now

Continuing with the nail stamping mind-set..

Number 3. Stamping polishes

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - Stamping polishes @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – Stamping polishes @iamcherrylemon

I have purchased the black, grey, light green and the gold stamping polish from this range. I can say, hands on heart that these stamping polishes really impressed me! They actually have a permanent spot on my nail art work station!

This black stamping polish is super pigmented and works with all the plates I’ve tried in my collection. It works every time for me, the images are crisp sharp without patchiness. This gold polish stamps very well, but it is a very warm yellow shade.
They outperform many other brands, and work just as well as some of the more well-known stamping polishes. Look out for this 15ml bottle for stamping polishes, in my experience, these perform better than the other lines I’ve tried.  $3.99 a bottle

It is important to choose the right scrapers to use as well. I will not be including scrapers in my top 10!! as I believe an old credit card, store card would do. You can purchase scrapers from Born Pretty, but most of their stampers come with 2 scrapers. I received 2 small clear flexible scrapers with my galaxy stamper and 2 small firm plastic scrapers with the Short red clear XL stamper.

Number 4. Stamping plates

Born Pretty Stamping Plates in plate holder @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Stamping Plates in plate holder @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - New purchases @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – New purchases @iamcherrylemon

I have more than 30 BPS stamping plates in my collection, mostly the rectangular ones, as for some reason I am not too keen on using round plates due to my nail lengths. I am almost guaranteed that the images from these rectangular plates will fit my slightly longer nails. Some of the images on round plates are catered for shorter nails only. Born Pretty Stamping Plates from $1.99

I won’t be able to pick one favourite plate, but here are the ones that I use most often and are my favourites.

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - Favourite plates @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – Favourite plates @iamcherrylemon

Lace Chevron Nail Art Stamp Template Vines Image Plate BORN PRETTY BP-L028 12.5 x 6.5cm

Large Designs Nail Art Stamp Template Image Plate BORN PRETTY BP-L003 12.5 x 6.5cm

Flower Vine Nail Art Stamp Template Leaves Image Plate BORN PRETTY BP-L026 12.5 x 6.5cm

BPS launches new stamping plate pretty often, they are normally priced (discounted) at $1.99 to $2.99 for the rectangular plates. Again, I have never had any issue with images not picking up. The designs are nice and plate are good quality, etched very well for perfect transfers.

Number 5. Cotton claw

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - Cotton Claw @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – Cotton Claw @iamcherrylemon

If you ever use acetone to clean stamping plates, it is best to get a cotton claw. This is one of those things you never thought you will need! But once you have used one, you will wonder why you lived without one for so long! During my early days of stamping nails, I was using a clothes peg to hold my acetone-saturated cotton balls to clean my stamping plates. Needless to say, it doesn’t really work every single time! This cotton claw is extremely convenient, use this instead of your newly polished fingers to touch cotton balls! No more accidentally ruined nails! Use a cotton ball not cotton pad, as those might be too thin and you run the risk of scratching your precious stamping plates!

1Pc Manicure Saver Cotton Claw Clean Nail Template Nail Stamping Tool Nail Art Tool at $2.99

AH HA, if you are not interested in nail stamping.. here are some items that might interest you too.
Number 6. Dotting tool

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - Dotting tool @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – Dotting tool @iamcherrylemon

One of my very first nail art tools ever, it happens to have been bought from BPS. These dotting tools are very versatile, you can creating dotticure, use it to draw and paint nail art. I have been using mine for years and they still look brand new! This is a wonderful addition to any starting nail art lover! Highly recommend these if you are a beginner, as dotticure is one of the easiest nail art to accomplish. 5x 2way DOTTING Pen Marbleizing Tool Nail Art Dot Paint at $2.99

 

Don't Drink and Drive - Remember Liam tribute (blue and white dotticure) @iamcherrylemon

Don’t Drink and Drive – Remember Liam tribute (blue and white dotticure) @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Holographic Dotticure @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Holographic Dotticure @iamcherrylemon

Number 7. Set of 3 nail art brushes

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - Set of nail art brushes @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – Set of nail art brushes @iamcherrylemon

I got this set of brushes at the same time of when I’ve bought my dotting tools. I’ve used these to death (check out the bandages on them!), but they are still working but might have seen better days! These brushes are so cheap, but they can take alot of abuse! Yes… I’ve left polishes on these overnight. The brush sizes are perfect but still great for detailing work. You don’t have to be a wonderful artist to do any nail art at all. To begin with, I have tried waterfall manicure and I’ve used these brushes for that (see below for my waterfall mani). BPS does not sell my set anymore, but here’s the closest set I can find.

3Pcs/set Nail Brush Set Painting Liner Pen Brushes Kits DIY Manicure Nail Art Tools

Manicures using nail art brushes 🙂

NOTD Holographic Waterfall Manicure on Matte Black Polish @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Holographic Waterfall Manicure on Matte Black Polish @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Pumpkins) 11th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Pumpkins) 11th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Number 8. Stamping nail art mat

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat - product review @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat – product review @iamcherrylemon

You do not need to do stamping to use this mat, as it serves as desk protection. You will understand if you have ever spilled a bottle of nail polish.

Recently reviewed on my blog! I do like a good mat, this one is cheap and cheerful, it does what a stamping mat should do!

Number 9. Nail art decorations

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - nail decorations @iamcherylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – nail decorations @iamcherylemon

This is not one item but one category, I cannot recommend just 1 roll of striping tapes right? I just want to show you what type of decorations are available (then I realised I forgot to include nail striping tapes in the photo!).
BPS sells lots of different decorations, I will recommend to get some striping tapes, some nail rhinestones or studs, some water decals for those lazy nail art days. Nail foils are great and easy to apply. You will need foil glue, BPS sells some generic foil glue that works well. I have tried many topcoat on foils but only Picture Polish “Revolution” works well and not destroy the foil nail art.
Here are some of the manis I have done using water decals, tapes and rhinestones.

Smooshy Nails Sunday 4th Dec 2016 (Teal, red and metallic purple) @iamcherrylemon

Smooshy Nails Sunday 4th Dec 2016 (Teal, red and metallic purple) @iamcherrylemon

Painted Polish POTM April 2016 and Born Pretty water decal BP-W04 (Photo swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Painted Polish POTM April 2016 and Born Pretty water decal BP-W04 (Photo swatch) @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Valentine's Manicure using Barry M Gellys and Water Decals @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Valentine’s Manicure using Barry M Gellys and Water Decals @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Prickly Pear with cute Kitten decals @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Prickly Pear with cute Kitten decals @iamcherrylemon

Number 10. Nail protection sticky tape

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items - Nail protection stickers @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Nail Art Store Top 10 items – Nail protection stickers @iamcherrylemon

OK who enjoys cleaning up after nail art? I don’t, I hate it.. this is where this item comes in handy!! You basically use these to protect your cuticles, no more using cleaning up brush dipped in acetone. NO more mess after watermarbling or gradient! 10pcs/Sheet Latex-Free Cuticle Protecting Adhesive U-Shape Nail Tapes $1.99 for a pack of 10

WOW, what a long post.. if you last until this bit.. well done you!!! I hope this post has helped you a little in deciding on what items to get for your nail art adventure. But again, bear in mind that shipping can take a long time!! I normally place an order and forgotten about it until it arrives on my door steps 😛 I enjoy shopping there and I will continue to stalk their stamping plate page for new products! hehehe

All items purchased by me using my own money, apart from the Stamping nail art mat which was sent to me for honest review.

Should you have any question regarding this post or how to use these products, leave me a comment and I will get back to you. Ah don’t forget to use the code FTL91, BPS will sponsor a giveaway once we get enough clicks and use! 

Thank you so much for reading! Have an awesome day 😀

New Year Manicure using Tonic Polish “Incandescent” and Dixie Girl stamping plate DP07

New Year manicure: Tonic polish Incandescent and Powder Perfect Divine Pharaoh (Dixie Plate DP07) @iamcherrylemon

New Year manicure: Tonic polish Incandescent and Powder Perfect Divine Pharaoh (Dixie Plate DP07) @iamcherrylemon

Hi there! Today’s NOTD (nails of the day) is my new year mani. I didn’t have an elaborate design in mind when I was creating this mani… this is very understated but blingy (this is an actual word in the Oxford dictionary!). In fact, it is so understated, the gradient stamping isn’t noticeable (face palm myself).

The colour palette used here is delicate and pretty. Especially, the multi-chrome Tonic “Incandescent” is beyond beautiful. It appears nice in the bottle but it looks extraordinary on the nails. Tonic polish is a brand to look out for, and if you can find a stockist for this brand. I do suggest you try out a bottle or two! Its application is fabulous, most importantly, it looks gorgeous!

I’ve used Powder Perfect on my accent glitter nails. Divine Pharaoh is my first ever Powder Perfect, and I cannot believe I have picked such a beauty. This is from Color4Nails, their customer service is really good and I received quick response even during the holidays.

For the stamping, I used Colour Alike stamping polishes as I know these won’t let me down! Golden Queen is my favourite gold stamping polish, despite being a nuisance to remove.

Dixie Girl stamping plates are always perfectly etched and very easy to work with. I loved all the plates I have purchased to date! This Dixie Girl stamping plate DP07 has many holiday/celebrations related images, these images are very large to cater for bigger and longer nails. Unfortunately, my nails are not too long or too wide, some of the images are a bit overwhelming. For the images that I can make use of, are very pretty! I used this plate for my “Stag silhouette Xmas Mani” (see post here).

Products used for the New Year manicure;

  • Tonic polish Holiday Collection 2016 “Incandescent” (purchased from Rainbow Connection UK)
  • Powder Perfect “Divine Pharaoh” (purchased from Color4Nails)
  • Colour Alike Golden Queen and Silver King stamping polishes (purchased from Rainbow Connection UK)
  • Dixie Girl stamping plate DP07 (purchased from Nail Stamping Queen UK)
  • Leighton Denny Quick drying top coat (M&S!)

Thank you and have a lovely day!

 

ps. links are not affiliated

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat - product review @iamcherrylemon

Product Review: Born Pretty silicone stamping nail art mat

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat - product review @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat – product review @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty nail art store has kindly sent me a few nail art items for review. I will be sharing my thoughts on this stamping mat today.

I have been using my trusty Uber Chic stamping mat for at least 2 years and it has been a godsend. It was the first of its kind that started the nail mat craze. Now the market is saturated with stamping mats, there are so many different ones to choose from? Are they all the same? What features to look out etc.?

First question first.. Do you paint your nails? Yes? You’ll need one! No kidding, the most basic function of a stamping mat is to protect your work surfaces. I cannot tell you how many times a stamping mat has saved my table from acetone and spilled polishes!

Function of a stamping nail art mat (any brand!)

  • Flexible, non-slip mat to protect your work surface from polish and acetone spills. Some mats do slip, but unfortunately you won’t know until you have tested it on your own work surface!
  • Good sized work area for making decals (reverse stamping, stamping or vinyl decals). It is true that you can create decals using clear sandwich bags, that’s where I started few years ago! But I do prefer to use a mat for convenience and ease, as these stamping mats are purposely made for this type of activities.
  • Work area to test out colour combinations and design try-outs. I normally test my design on a mat first, rather than on my nails… just in case it didn’t work well or I have changed my mind about the designs. Plus I don’t want to repaint the base layers (base coat, couple coats of the base colour of polish plus top coat before any nail art!).
  • Easy clean-up, all mats should be easy to clean and it should be acetone and polish proof.

 

What to look for when choosing a stamping mat?

In terms of what to look for, it really depends on what you are planning to do with it. Stamping mats are getting so jazzy nowadays; some are fairly basic like this Born pretty one.

Size: Determining what size of mats you will need really depends on the size of your current work space; number of nail polish bottles; other nail art tools for a single mani.

Your budget: There are mats that cost less than £5 to ones that cost more than £20. It seems that the price reflects on quality on these mats, but be aware that you might be also just be paying for the brand name as well. Look around, there are branded mats that are just plain “good looking” without special features.

Features:

Brand Available Sizes Colours Nail shapes, swatch circles Extras Price My comments
Bliss Kiss Simply Neat Miracle Mat Approx. 40.5 cm by 30.5cm Opaque White Y Bevelled edges around the mat

Grids/guidelines

$19.99 I believe the bevelled edges are a godsend for containing any spillage!
Born Pretty stamping nail art mat Small – 21 x 15cm

Large – 28 x 21cm

Opaque White Y Printed swatch sticks, ruler Small – $5.99

Large – $7.99

Cheap and cheerful
DRK Nails  30.5 x 40.5cm Pink, turquoise, black, white and blue  Y Rainbow coloured swatch/test spots – great if you want to quickly test out stamping or colour combos!

It looks very pretty with the printed borders.

 Currently, you cannot buy these mats direct from DRK while they are moving to Amazon. In the UK, you can get these from Nail Artisan for £10 each. Wonderful array of colours available!
Moyou London – Magic Workshop Manicure Mat Small – 21 x 15cm

Large – 40 x 30cm

Opaque white  Y Pretty printed graphics?  Small – £7

Large – £10

 Beautiful storage tubes!
Twinkle T – Glamour Mat  30.5 x 40.5cm Opaque White Y Collapsible watermarbling cup

Stain resistant

13 Small indented dots for holding rhinestones or acrylics etc

Black, white and pastel coloured nail boxes

Mega thick, you can really feel the difference on the quality of this mat. The makers did not skim on features.

£17 from Rainbow Connection UK

$21.99 from Twinkle T, ships worldwide

 Just wow.
Uber Chic Beauty  30.5 x 40.5cm Opaque white Y  $13.99 from Uber Chic Beauty

£11 from She-sells-sea-shells UK

Very large mat with abundant clear space for creative work!

But it slips on my glass table

*information accurate as of 3rd January 2017

This Born Pretty one is fairly basic and its price reflects that, it doesn’t have the coloured printed nail shapes for various colour stamping tests (noting the DRK nails stamping mats); it does not have the fancy collapsible watermarbling cup (noting the Twinkled T Glam Mat, probably the queen of all mats with the price to match!); No grids/bevelled edge (noting the Bliss Kiss Simply Neat Miracle Mat); only available in opaque white, DRK nails stamping mats come in an array of colours! So, what’s important to you?

Born Pretty Stamping nail art mat review

I have received the larger version of their mats; it measures 28cm by 21cm. The smaller version measures at 21cm by 15cm. My Uber Chic was bigger compare to this BPS one, measures at 30.5cm by 40.5cm.

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat - product review @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat – product review @iamcherrylemon

Features:

  • Semi opaque white and see-through enough for creating freehand decals!
  • 2 white swatch circles plus 5 white and 5 black rounded/oval nail shapes on the left hand side of the mat; 2 black swatch circles plus 5 white and 5 black square nail shapes on the right hand side of the mat. These areas are for easy size referencing if you are making decals. I use the circles for testing colour combinations and general dib-dabbing!
  • There’s a 5cm “ruler” printed at the top edge of the mat, not that I have the need to use it (yet!). Plus 4 white and 4 black swatch sticks shapes printed by the ruler.
  • The mat is approx. 2mm thick, probably very slightly thicker than the Uber Chic stamping mat.
Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat - product review @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat – product review @iamcherrylemon

Pros:

  • Acetone and polish proof
  • Flexible and non-slip
  • Lightweight and made with good silicone material
  • Comes with a cardboard tube for storage
  • Easy clean with sticky tape, acetone or polish remover
  • Cheap! And easy-ish to obtain, just need to be patient with the delivery times!
  • Semi-opaque (Check out how I draw my designs on my Halloween pumpkin nails and create nail decals from tracing over this mat!) 

Cons:

  • Delivery might take a long time depending where you are
  • Lack of colour choices
  • Very basic stamping mat with no fancy features. It would be cool if BPS comes out with a deluxe version with some really cool features!

Ps. do not underestimate the importance of the storage tube for this mat. You should store the mat away to prevent it gathering dust overnight (or over a week in my case), or other bits and bobs sticking on it. Trust me, your mat will last so much longer and looking newer for longer if you look after it. I wish I did with my Uber Chic mat!

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat - product review @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat – product review @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat - product review @iamcherrylemon

Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat – product review @iamcherrylemon

 

Nail tutorials (using Born Pretty Stamping mat!)

  1. Halloween Freehand Decals – Pumpkin
  2. Halloween – Bats

Actually, most of my nailart tutorials are done on this BPS mat in the last few months.

Final thoughts:

I have been road testing this mat for over 3 months, I’ve used it for creating nail decals (vinyl and stamping), testing out designs, colour pairing polishes and generally as a work surface protective mat.

I still do not know if this mat stains, with the polishes (including highly pigmented stamping polishes) I have used in the last few months, none of them have stained my mat. But I do avoid those well-known nail-staining polishes! I have left dried polishes and stamping polishes on the mat overnight and for a few days. They did not stain the mat.

As recommended by some mat makers, do not leave your stamper head(s) on the mat for too long. It might cause irreversible bubbling on the mat. I love my mats and I have not tried to test this out!

I do like this handy sized, cheap and cheerful mat, it acts as a nice plain background for my nail art tutorials too!

Go with your needs when choosing a nail mat, you may fancy some high end mats or mats with more features. You might prefer one brand to another too! I have the Twinkled T Glam mat and Moyou London Magic Workshop to review in the future. So I can do comparison once I have tried them and will post about it.

Where to get this Born Pretty Stamping Nail Art Mat?

Born Pretty online, Item ID: 34555 (Small, 21 by 15cm) and 34556 (Large, 28 by 21cm)

Free worldwide delivery (but please be aware that the shipping times can vary greatly!)

Discount code: FTL91 for any full priced item

Thank you for reading and have an awesome day!

Christmas manicure: Sparkly Gingerbread man!

Hello again! This really is my last Christmas mani post (promise!), I thought I have blogged about it, and obviously not… My mind fails me at times.

Glittery Gingerbread Man on Pastel Gradient Nails (Christmas Manicure) @iamcherrylemon

Glittery Gingerbread Man on Pastel Gradient Nails (Christmas Manicure) @iamcherrylemon

I didn’t plan to create this, but my sister found a mani created with this gingerbread man image. She said it looked fun and told me I should get my stamping plate out to create my own! Indeed, those gingerbread man images are really cute, and this mani was fun to create. The gingerbread man images are stamping decals, I made them using my stamping mat and basically coloured all the gingerbread man using the “The ghoul next door” polish. These were transferred onto my semi-dry smooshy base.

Glittery Gingerbread Man on Pastel Gradient Nails (Christmas Manicure) @iamcherrylemon

Glittery Gingerbread Man on Pastel Gradient Nails (Christmas Manicure) @iamcherrylemon

The smooshy base was created using a white (OPI Alpine Snow) and a mint polish (PML 1950s Mint Fridge). Smooshy nails are probably one of the easiest nail art ever, and the results are always pleasing.

Products I have used:

  • Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate Christmas 01 (£12.50 from Nail Artisan)
  • Painted Polish “The ghoul next door” (a brilliant bright spicy pumpkin glitter polish – Limited Edition for Halloween) and “Midnight mischief” (black stamping polish) (£9 from Rainbow Connection)
  • For the smoosh background, I have used Polish my Life “1950s Mint Fridge” (£7.70 from Nail Artisan) and OPI “Alpine Snow”
  • Seche Vite fast drying top coat

Thank you for dropping by! Stay warm and take care.

ps. no affiliated links, just added links for your shopping list 😉

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Pastel Christmas (23-12-2016) @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Pastel Christmas #26GNAI

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Ah ha! Christmas has come and gone, hope you have enjoyed the holidays whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Pastel Christmas (23-12-2016) @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Pastel Christmas (23-12-2016) @iamcherrylemon

This is my last Christmas mani for the year, and I did wear this on Christmas day! This stamping plate was sent to me by the lovely Daisy from Born Pretty nail art store as a surprise gift. She did not ask me to review this or pay me to write this post! But I love the plate; it has various designs for some very festive manicures.  I’ve decided it will be perfect for my #26GNAI post. This plate has various good images and extremely appropriate for Christmas and new year. I have never had any issue with Born Pretty stamping plate and this is no exception. It picks up easily and works with all my stamping polishes! 

I really like the Pretty Serious creme polishes; they are pigmented and very lovely to work with. I have no idea why I held out for so long and not bought these. The Cirque holo top coat is a limitied edition polish that is only available in the festive collection. It adds to the holoness without distorting the depth of colours. I’ve purchased these from Rainbow Connection UK.

Products I have used:

  • Pretty Serious pastel pet name polishes in Fluffykins, Cutie Patootie and Doodle Bug
  • Colour Alike white stamping polish
  • Cirque polish in “We Trippy” (holo top coat)
  • Born Pretty stamping plate BPX-L008 (Currently on sale at $1.99)
  • Leighton Denny Quick Dry top coat

Thank you and Happy Wednesday!

Another Christmas Mani – Christmas inspired Stag silhouette

Happy Thursday I cannot believe it will be Christmas soon! I am starting to panic as I have  not done much Christmas shopping yet.

Back to the mani!

This is a surprisingly quick mani, 1 coat of base colour, top coat before dabbing on some holo glitter polish (as the glistening snow!). The stag silhouettes were relatively easy and quick to stamp, a clear stamper is essential for this task. Then few more star stampings on the other nails, before finishing off with a glossy top coat again. It took around 40 to 45mins with tea breaks!

Products used:

  • Tonic polish in “Stars at Twilight”
  • KPT polish in Lumieres
  • Hit the bottle stamping polish in “Holo there beautiful”
  • Born Pretty black stamping polish
  • Dixie Plate DP07 Christmas plate
  • Seche Vite fast drying top coat

It is much prettier in real life thanks to the glitter polish, it really makes it looks like falling glistening snowing! Love it, I wish I have bought another bottle of this KPT Lumieres!

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Christmas Preparations (09-12-2016) @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Christmas Preparation #26GNAI

Hi there! Here we are with another nail art idea from the #26GNAI !! This week’s prompt is “Christmas Preparation”. 

My theme is “present wrapping”, one of those things you HAVE to do every year.. I must admit I do like wrapping presents up, add on a little bow or ribbon flower. I find it very relaxing…. after the madness of getting the presents in the first place!


Products used:

  • Middle & ring fingers base colour: Cupcake polish in Shuttle Ride (a Nailand Hungary store exclusive). Stamped with Painted polish Midnight Mischeous and Esmalte de Kelly Nebula holo polish in “Rosetta”
  • Pointer and little finger: Various EdK Neblue holo polishes; Klean Color Metallic yellow; Moyra white stamping polish.
  • Uber Chic Beauty Christmas stamping plate 2
  • Seche Vite Fast Drying top coat

Thank you and have a lovely day!