Born Pretty Store Review: Stamping Plate

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I have a third (Born Pretty Store) product for review! As you all know, I have a certain fondness for stamping! I love the crisp images and patterns I can never freehand. Just like anyone, I order my stamping plates from my favorite companies but recently, I am trying new ones.

I hear mixed reviews about the Born Pretty Store stamping plates; everything from the good to the images are not etched properly making it nearly impossible to transfer the image to the stamper. BPS released all new stamping plates and I wanted to try one out!



Ugh! I am so sorry my photo is not the best. I could not photograph the images properly! Unfortunately, this plate is no longer available on the website and I could not find another that was similar. However, if you are interested in checking out the other plates take a look (here).

I really like the abstract images on this plate. I do not have designs like these on any other. That is my biggest pet peeve about stamping plates. The images sometime become repetitive. From what I can tell of the website, the stamping plates are different. They each have a theme and the images are similar but not enough I feel like I am paying for the same image five or six times.


Below are a few manicures I made with the images.

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I think this stamping plate is great. I had little to no trouble applying and scraping polish. The image transferred nicely to the stamper. Occasionally, when the images are not etched properly I experience smearing while transferring the images. Not with this plate! I used different polishes to stamp: Konad Specials, old Milani lacquers and Mundo de Unas stamping polishes. I had the same good experiences with each.


I recommend this product. I hear better things about the newly released plates so hopefully the quality stretches across the board and at $2.99 with free worldwide shipping it certainly does not hurt to try one out, right?


If stamping does not interest you BPS has a great selection of other (nail art) supplies so there is bound to be something for everyone. I also have reviews for the foils (linked here) and of the tiger water decals which includes my thoughts on shipping (linked here).

If you place an order feel free to apply my 10% discount at checkout!



Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Challenge Your Nail Art: Decorations

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I had a couple of ideas for this prompt but none of them panned out properly. I am not too incredibly pleased with this manicure just because it was not my first choice. That being said, I really like the base!

I hope you like it, too!


Challenge Your Nail Art - Christmas Ornaments | The Rite of AgingI started with 3 coats of Zoya Suvi for good measure. I probably could have gotten away with 2 coats!

I achieved the base color by water-marbling without the marble Essie No Place like Chrome and layering Serum No. 5 Happy Special Day! on top. I saw this technique done on a very pretty manicure on Instagram but now I cannot remember  whose it was!! (EDIT: Thank you, PINTEREST! I pinned the exact manicure onto one of my boards. Check out this gorgeous snow forest manicure at @nailsbyjema’s Instagram)

I used Born Pretty Store Christmas decals on my index and ring fingers.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Don’t forget to check out the other Christmas decoration manicures below!

Challenge Your Nail Art: Red and Green

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I had these done on time but I forgot to post the pictures yesterday. What better way to do red and green than with a water marble? Unfortunately, the green and red did not want to marble together so I just did the one color and dotted the second.


I hope you like it!

Challenge Your Nail Art - Red & Green | The Rite of AgingI started with 2 coats of Essie No Place Like Chrome as my base.

I marbled with Sephora by OPI Mr. Right Now and dotted with Zoya Giovanna.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Check out the other red & green manicures below!

November Showcase

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Yikes! It is already mid-December and I have not posted my favorite nail arts from November? This month is flying by. Can you imagine? We are just over 10 days away from Christmas…then we will be in 2015. What is going on??

Anyways, here are my top 5 picks from this past month, in no particular order. Check out the rest at my Pinterest page linked (here). By the way, I am so happy I finally figured out how to pin images from Instagram!!


November Favorites from Will Paint for FoodI gush over Meghan’s nail art. Her freehand is gorgeous and I especially love her art-inspired styles. Each component of this artist’s palette is well-defined while still incorporating the water-color washout style.


November Favorites from CraftynailJacqui does the cutest freehand designs. Her animals are super adorable and always make me smile. I love the on-edge ears of these pandas. They instantly reminded me of that episode of FRIENDS where Joey competes on the game show and guesses “A GHOST?” You know what expression I’m talking about ;)


November Favorites from @stefka62_sevlievoI love Stefmal’s nail art. Each of her designs have a sweet but sassy quality. These stuffed toys are the cutest. The bears are so snuggly and I think the small transparent glitter discs are the cherries on top. They add to the whimsical feel of this manicure.


November Favorites from K's Nail ArtAll of Kairi’s manicures are superb! She has a eye for geometric shapes and gorgeous color combinations. Her plaid designs are always on my list of favorites. I mean. Purple. Plaid. Beautiful.


November Favorites from Topshop

These super comfortable socks from Topshop are warm, easy to scrunch down around the ankle, and they do not skew the look of my feet. Check out Topshop’s “3 for $15″ website promo if you’re interested. There are so many holiday-themed styles to choose from.


I hope you like my selection of favorites this month!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

A to Z Series: G is for Gold

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This week’s A to Z Series prompt was gold! I was very excited because I had a reason to create a green and gold gradient. Green and Gold for the CSU Rams!!!

Anyways, I hope you like it! I am particularly happy with the subtle stamping!


Gold - A2Z Series | The Rite of AgingI started with 2 coats of Zoya Goldie as my base.

I used a makeup sponge, Zoya Goldie and Suvi for the gradient.

I stamped with the same gold polish and MoYou London plate 08 (Festive collection).

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Check out the other gold manicures below!

Challenge Your Nail Art: Icy Blue Colors

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This post is super late. I had done one on time with this awesome water marble, but the sugar spun ended up looking muddy and the colors just looked disgusting. So, I re-did it a couple of days later without the sugar-spin but I couldn’t take pictures until this morning. There is a little tip wear so apologies in advance! Also, sorry for the pretty poor photo quality…I cannot photograph whites to save my life….I still need to play with the settings on my camera :(


I hope you like it!


Mergh…I’m sorry I don’t quite remember all the polishes I used…If you want to know please comment and I’ll find out. Ergh, I am sorry…the cold weather is finally getting to me…I am so out of it right now.

Oh, and I stamped with Konad and some new plates from the MoYou London Festive collection.


Check out the other icy blue manicures below!

Challenge Your Nail Art: Santa

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I am now on a water decal kick. Of course, this is the best time of the year to use them since most of the images I own are holiday/Christmas themed! Water decals. I love them. I cannot freehand to save my life so I love these little freehand cheats! They’re not really cheats…but you know what I mean!

At first I was going to do a base color with a glitter topper but thought that really was not nail art so I decided to go with a glitter gradient. I am about 110% positive I used this exact nail art base (Metro Chic & On a Silver Platter) last year! But, for the life of me cannot remember for what so I added a splash of OPI to “change it up” a little. Hehehe.

I had a little trouble photographing this look. I always have trouble focusing the camera on glitter. There is too much going on, I guess! It is so funny. Back in high school my little Fujifilm 12 megapixel camera was one of the best on the market. Now, PHONES have better megapixel quality. Technology is out of control. I still love my Fujifilm, it takes great quality photographs when I am out and about but it is definitely not meant for close-up or macro shots. I really would like to get another camera specifically for blog photos but I have no idea where to start!



I hope you like my Santa nails!

DSCF2097_fotorI started with 2 coats of Sephora by OPI Metro Chic as my base.

I used a sponge tip eyeshadow applicator, Essie On a Silver Platter and OPI Polka.Com for the gradient.

I used an assortment of Born Pretty Store holiday decals on selected nails. The decals are different on my left hand. They are of two Santas and a stocking full of presents. However, my cleanup was basically non-existent. I had a lot of trouble removing the glitter so I am going to cheat a little and wait for washing my hands to take care of the leftovers! :)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Check out the other creative Santa manicures below!

Guest Post at Beauty Expressions by Luchessa


Hey! Check out my guest post tutorial for Luchessa’s Hans Christian Andersen’s nail art series over at her wonderful blog, Beauty Expressions by Luchessa (tutorial linked here). I was thrilled to participate in the series as I have followed her blog for quite some time and loved her Grimm Fairy Tale series last year!

Which fairy tale did I choose? Hop on over to her blog and find out :) (hehe, see what I did there?)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Challenge Your Nail Art: Snowmen

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I dreaded today’s prompt a little. Not because I did not like the idea but because I could not freehand to save my life! I remembered I bought holiday water decals from BPS last year. Then I remembered they were a year old and when I last tried them they dried up and smeared with top coat application. Regardless, I proceeded with caution knowing fully well my attempt might end up in failure and I would have to start again.

Thankfully, the water decals worked pretty well. However, it took 5 minutes of soaking in water to detach them from their backing paper. A little bit of a bummer especially when in the end I did not wait long enough for two of them to dry and they smeared. Well, at least my favorite (on the ring finger) did not smear! That snowman is just so ridiculously cute!

I hope you like it! Can you see my subtle gradient?


12daysofxmas - snowmenI started with 3 coats of Zoya Crystal as my base. I could have done two since I completely went over with another color but at the time I still was not sure what colors I was going to use in my gradient.

I used a makeup sponge, butter London KnackeredZoya Dream and Urban Outfitters Mystic (from cuticle to tip).

I used an assortment of Born Pretty Store water decals and sealed everything with a generous coat of Seche Vite.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Don’t forget to check out the other cute snowmen below!

Challenge Your Nail Art: Christmas Trees

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I knew exactly what I wanted to do for today’s CYNA prompt! Better yet, I knew which colors I wanted to use! I absolutely love using this color palette but it is very winter-esque so I rarely wear it outside of the holidays! Initially, I only wanted to stamp my ring finger because I wanted the glitter topper to stand on it’s own but I could not tell the image was a Christmas tree. In the end, I really liked the stamps on all my nails.


I hope you like it!

cyna - xmas trees

I used 2 coats of Zoya Giovanna + 1 generous coat of Serum No. 5 Forest Lights and 2 coats of Essie No Place Like Chrome as my base.

I alternated the colors for the stamping with Bundle Monster plate BM 321.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Don’t forget to check out the other Xmas tree manicures below!