Hey Everyone!! I hope everyone had a good weekend. We didn't do a whole lot this weekend but run errands and watch football. It stormed all day yesterday so it was a nice stay in doors type of day. I just remembered I have to print out some stuff for T's school project. The projects they have for history class are no joke. I was hoping that the projects would be over now that he is in high school but no such luck. His first project is on Egypt. It should be exciting.
Today's Monday mani is another post of Zoya Sunshine. I know, that is sort of cheating, but it is such a pretty blue. Today I stamped over it though so I will also be reviewing one of the Born Pretty Store stamping plates.
Since we are into music and T plays the saxophone I wanted this plate solely based on the music image. When I saw that Born Pretty Store had this plate I ordered it. I have never had an issue with any plates from Born Pretty Store until this one. When I went to take the blue plastic protector off it didn't want to come off easily. It also left behind a ton of adhesive in the areas I could get the plastic off.
Scrubbing off all that adhesive was not fun. The plate isn't backed and the edges are pretty sharp and I was lucky I didn't slice my fingers. I came close several times. I am not quite sure if it is the way the plate is etched or the designs but I wasn't satisfied with the way it stamped either. You can see in the picture above the music notes image is not really clear. This is plate M73 from Born Pretty Store.
I used two coats of Zoya Sunshine. As I mentioned in my previous post it was really thick when I first used the polish. I found my thinner and was able to thin it out. I actually thinned it out a little too much but it was easier to use when it was on the thin side. Sunshine is from the Fall Pixie Dust collection. It is a gorgeous dark blue/light navy with silver sparkle.
I decided to do my ring fingers with top coat to see how it looked. I actually prefer Sunshine without the top coat. I am surprised I like it better that way but the top coat doesn't really do anything for me. I ended up stamping the floral image on my right hand because I was not enjoying the way the other image looked on my left hand. I actually really like the way this stamping came out though.
I started with the weird feathery image on my left hand and hated the way it was stamping and the way it looked. I then wanted to try the musical image but only to see how it was going to work. I didn't hold high hopes after the first image I tried didn't stamp well. I am not really pleased with the way the music image stamps at all. It isn't very clear and crisp. I was hoping it was just because I was stamping on a textured polish but it looked just as jumbled and unclear when I looked at it on the stamper before putting it on the nail. The image just isn't clear enough.
This is the first image I used from the plate. Not all of the image wanted to transfer and it didn't really wow me. I was going to spice it up and stick with my football colors by doing the dots in red but after seeing how the image transferred I was discouraged and didn't even want to bother.
I didn't try all of the images on the plate but two out of the three I did try disappointed me.
I do love the flower print though. It reminds me of a pretty fabric or china print.
Since I was actually stamping over a top coated finger on my accent nail I can safely say I don't believe the stamping problems were due to the textured polish. It gave me the same problems on all my nails. I do love this blue polish though.
I am loving the pointy nails though C hates them. He is threatening to make me file them down after I purposely poked him when he made fun of me over something. They are quite pointy but so fun.
Over all I have never had any other troubles with Born Pretty Store products but something about this plate didn't work well. I don't know if it is the etching or what but I wasn't thrilled with my stamping outcome on two of the images. I used a different plate that I bought from them for the mani I have for you tomorrow and that plate worked perfectly so it must just be this plate. As always my discount code for Born Pretty Store is JLG10 for 10% off.
That's all for now :)