Born Pretty Plate 55 with silver stamping

*Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review but this does not influence the opinions expressed in this blog which are entirely my own.

I wanted to quickly share this other Born Pretty Stamping plate I was kindly sent for review.  I’ve become slightly obsessed with these geometric/tribal designs for nails.  Firstly, they don’t need to be lined up in any particular way and secondly they are just awesome.  In fact, this plate is BP-55 and is called Awesome Petal Design plate and you can check it out on the BP website here.

I used the silver metallic stamping polish also sent to me for review (we’ve seen that here as well).  My previous experience of the plate and the polish holds up here again.  But to be clear – the plate is well etched and comes with a clear blue film.  Remove the film before use.  I always clean my plates with a quick sweep of acetone on a cotton pad (make sure its a good quality one or it will shed) and then consider them ready to go.

As for the stamping, I’ve been using my Creative Stamper a lot.  Its very easy to use and I find it gives great clear definition of the design when you transfer onto the nail.  Always important with the more delicate designs.  Do not use acetone on it or it will melt.  I remove unwanted polish with a wide roll of sticky tape.

The silver stamping polish is easy to work with and doesn’t dry too quickly.  This means if you have a big-ish design (like above) you can get two nails (usually my little finger and one other) done at the same time.  So that knocks a couple of minutes right off there.

If you are wondering what base colour I used, I was wearing Tapage by Chanel (bought by myself), something bright and bold now that we’ve had some sunny weather.  I think the silver works well over the top of this.

Born Pretty have provided me with a 10% off code for all my readers, so if you like the look of this, or any of the next few products I have to shared with you, please feel free to use it. The code is ULG10.  Let me know what you get in the comments!

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*Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review but this does not influence the opinions expressed in this blog which are entirely my own.


Chanel – 605 Tapage

Oh dear, I passed the Chanel Counter and noticed that the new Collection Notes De Printemps Spring 2014 range was on counters.  Three available shades in Le Vernis, Ballerina (a pale pink repromote), 603 Charivari (a rich purple creme) and the one I am about to show you, 605 Tapage (a pink leaning red).


As you can see above, there are a number of pink/red shades in the collection along with some new eyeshadows.  As always its a  beautifully curated range.  Anyway, enough of what I am not showing you, here is Tapage.

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Gosh I do adore this.  Its bright, its poppy, its a fab colour.  I’d describe it as a pink leaning red raspberry shade, but its not like anything else in my stash (thank goodness!!)  Formula was heavenly, as you know if you follow my blog, my admiration for Chanel Cremes is limitless.  And for good reason.  This is a one coater.  rich, creamy easy to work with coupled with great drying time and wonderful self levelling.

What you see above is two coats over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu! topped of the G&G HK Girl.  Wear was excellent, a good two days without the slightest hint of tip wear.  I got lots of comments on the colour of it, bit of a discussion at work as to weather it was more pink or red, but when you put it next to a pink, its clearly red.

From what I can tell, none of these Vernis shades are limited edition, unlike the Fall 2013 shades.  Chanel Le Vernis retails for £18 and can be picked up from larger department stores or online at Boots or Selfridges.

Let me know what you think in the comments!