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Hello lovelies,

 

You and I have an exciting week ahead of us! Maria from So Nailicious has organised a second Nail Art Fashion Week and I'm one of the hosts! If you'd like to know more, check out the announcement post with all details and how to join!

 

The theme of today is Favorite fashion designer and I chose Emanuel Ungaro. I'm not a massive fashion fan and I don't follow designers unless it's for nail inspiration but I've seen some pretty awesome clothes from Emanuel Ungaro over the years. Well, this year at Paris Fashion Week, Emanuel Ungaro presented this amazing bold flowers piece and I knew instantly I want to recreate it for Nail Art Fashion Week! If you'd like to read more about this collection and see all the other clothes, visit Vogue.

 

Model photo credit: Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

Model photo credit: Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

NAFW 2016 Day 1 - Favorite Fashion Designer: Emanuel Ungaro
NAFW 2016 Day 1 - Favorite Fashion Designer: Emanuel Ungaro
NAFW 2016 Day 1 - Favorite Fashion Designer: Emanuel Ungaro

 

This dress falls into category 'Fall 2016 Ready-to-wear' - what do you think of it? Pretty awesome, right? I love bold prints and I love a good nail art challenge so this one was perfect :)

 

For this nail design I've used one coat of Cirque Memento Mori, OPI Matte Top Coat, Seche Vite Top Coat, acrylic paints and nail art brushes (Pure Color #9 and Cotman watercolour brushes from local art store).

 

I've done matte version of this manicure and I like it so much more than the glossy one! It also triggered something and now I'm 'mattifying' every manicure :D

 

 

NAFW 2016 Day 1 - Favorite Fashion Designer: Emanuel Ungaro

 

Don't forget to check out manicures from all the other co-hosts: Maria from So Nailicious,  Victoria from

Manicurator, Emily from Very Emily and Anja from Lieve91.

 

You can follow the challenge and see all the manicures created each day by checking out the #NAFW2016 hashtag on Instagram and Twitter. We will be reposting our favourites on our Instagram accounts so join the challenge, create some amazing looks as suggested by the schedule, include #NAFW2016 and maybe you'll be the one featured on my IG account!

 

Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I'll show you nail art inspired by SHOES!

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

Hello lovelies,

 

There seem to be new and exciting releases all the time and even though I can't keep up with all of them, I can at least show you some. Today I'll be looking at Polish (yes, the nation, not lacquer ;) indie brand B. Loves Plates. I've made an order in their last sale and Anna has also sent me some new releases so I've been testing them all.

 

First up is their Crystal Clear stamper. There seem to be tonnes of them out right now and naturally I was curious to try them too. The stampers come with 3 cm transparent stamping head and handle in different colours. I got the milky white one..

 

What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art

 

The clear head is meant to make the image positioning on the nail much easier and it does. But the head is also quite small and firm so it's not ideal for my curved and long nails. It's great for partial images, French tip stamping or double-stamped images.

 

I've had some trouble with picking up images in the beginning so I followed an advice from fellow bloggers to wash the stamping head with washing up liquid. That helped quite a bit and I could finally pick up whole images. It still didn't work every single time but it was an improvement. I'd just like to point out that these clear stamper heads are fragile so don't squish them, drop them, prime them with files and don't use acetone or nail polish remover to clean them. I use wide cellotape or lint roller.

 

This stamper is available HERE in their Etsy shop.

 

Next I'd like to show you three new-ish stamping polishes and a snowflake stamping plate B.05 Let It Snow that I purchased in their pre-order last year.

 

What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art

 

 

The polishes that I was playing with were the new metallic shimmer trio in:

B. an Aurora (bright turquoise metallic with silver shimmer)

B. a Holy Night (denim blue metallic with silver shimmer)

B. a Rudolph (dark red metallic with silver shimmer)

 

Each bottle holds 8ml / 0,28 fl.oz. and has a the standard brush (not that the brush matters very much in stamping polishes). They are available HERE.

 

Let me start by saying - these polishes are crazy good! They are super pigmented and stamp beautifully, especially with the B. Loves Jumbo stamper! Actually the whole metallic shimmer range is great (I've tried many others) and they stamp amazingly, better than the creme colours range.

 

Then there is the B.05 Let It Snow stamping plate. It has a mixture of full-nail snowflake patterns and large and small single snowflakes. I like that there are some large single snowflakes that could be used over whole nail or perhaps as a half-moon partial design. The images stamped nicely with the polishes above but I've had a bit of a trouble picking them up with the clear stamper for a while. When I tried it with the B. Loves Jumbo stamper it was perfect so the problem was clearly with the clear stamper. After a while it started to pick up images better (and after a wash with dish soap). Other than that, it's a great plate!

 

Dimensions:

Plate size: 9,5cm x 14,5cm
Number of patterns: 32
Pattern size: 1,6cm / 1,7cm x 2,0cm / 2,1cm

 

What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
What's new at B. Loves Plates? Stampers, plates, polishes! Review & Nail Art
THE AFTERMATH

THE AFTERMATH

 

On the manicure above I've tested the stamping polishes, the snowflake plate and the Crystal Clear stamper. I've used a coat of B. a Blue Ocean as a base. I wanted to see if I could use a stamping polish as a regular polish and it worked quite well but I wouldn't use it again as it's a bit trickier to work with.

 

After many failed attempts I've managed to stamp all the fingers and I just had to capture the wonderfully colourful mess. The colours blend nicely into each other, creating different hues of purple where they meet. It's not as visible on the nails but in real life it looked beautiful. In hindsight I should have used black or white base for the colour blends to show better.

 

So that's all I wanted to show you today, quite a few very good products there to try :) If I had to pick just one though, then B. an Aurora stamping polish would be the winner! You can purchase B. Loves Plates products in their Etsy store or their website.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

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