Evening! I’m really excited to show you some stencils from Born Pretty Store tonight. I’m calling them stencils rather than vinyls as I think they’re a little too flimsy to be a vinyl. To me, a vinyl is a bit more rigid. Still, as you’ll see below, they work wonderfully so perhaps it’s just semantics. The polish I’ve used under the stencil design is Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental, which I was lucky enough to pick up at its last sample sale in November. There’s more pictures of Ornamental after my blurb about the Born Pretty Store stencils.
The stencils are so pretty, aren’t they? I really love how the edges came off so neat. When I applied these onto my nail, it wasn’t difficult, but I thought they hadn’t stuck properly. It definitely looks like that wasn’t the case! I used a dabbed coat of Celestial Cosmetics Heart of Asta (the pink) and then while still wet, removed the stencil. Just as you would with a vinyl or nail art guide I guess. The downside is that they come in two designs over six stencils. Meaning you either have to purchase two of the same pack to get enough stencils for both hands or just use the stencils as an accent nail every now and again. I found a way to overcome this (and sorry I don’t have a packet shot! If you follow the link below to the stencils you’ll be able to see exactly what I’m talking about if you’re curious). Because – luckily – my nails are quite narrow and short I was able to flip the stencils onto their long side and use them twice on one nail, which means I have a convenient one stencil left over! All I did was do one hand first and then wait for the polish to dry on the used stencils. Then when the polish was dry, I just used the stencil as I normally would. Problem solved.
- Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
- Cost: US$2.30 (here)
- What you get: 1 packet of nail art stencils in two designs, which is meant to cover 12 nails
Now onto Ornamental! As I said above this was a sample sale polish from last year. As soon as I saw it I loved it, so I’m so happy to be able to call it my own. You could use this as a topper, but instead I used two thick coats with a top coat of Seche and wore it a la naturale. I loved it! Plus it ended up making an interesting base for the stencils.
Ornamental is a bit hard to describe but I’ll try my best. It’s a clear-based polish with a gunmetal shimmer throughout and packed with all kinds of iridescent and matte glitter. I saw stars, hexes, dots and shards. There’s a lot going on, hey? And surprisingly it was easy to apply. My biggest fear was that it would just be a gloop monster. I would provide purchase details but unfortunately this was just a once off.
So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Remember – if you purchase from Born Pretty Store, use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your order. Thanks for reading!