Born Pretty Store review- starry stamping plate QA93

I have another Born Pretty Store stamping plate to show you.  The last one I reviewed here worked great.  But unfortunately, I had some issues with the QA93 plate that I’m showing you today.  I picked out this plate to review because it had a variety of cute stars on it.  I’ve always been a fan of celestial designs, and I had a cool silver, yellow and blue manicure planned out.  But I had some issues with this plate and my nails didn’t turn out as nice as I would have liked.  Here’s a shot of what QA93 looks like-

born pretty qa93 stamping plate review

For my manicure I started by painting my nails yellow with two coats of Zoya Pippa.  Then I used my new metallic nail polish from AVON called Platinum Petal to stamp a crosshatch design over top of the yellow.  The criss-cross design is a full nail stamp, and it seemed to work fine.  All the issues I encountered happened next when I attempted to stamp a star.  I tried with regular blue polishes that were very opaque, but none of the stars would even transfer to my stamper.  I tried 6 blue polishes and two different stampers with little luck.  I finally switched to black Konad stamping polish and tried a bunch of times until I got this one star to sorta work.  So my manicure has one accent nail with a half of a star on it.  Not sure what the problem was, but I feel like the stars weren’t etched properly.  The full nail designs seem to work okay, but the stars on QA93 are duds.  If you are looking for a plate with various stars on it, you may want to look elsewhere, as I wouldnt recommend this one.

Still, the cross hatch design looks cute.  I never would have thought to combine yellow and silver because they don’t contrast very much.  But I it turns out that I quite like this combo!

star stamped nails yellow stamped nails


Pahlish Sink in the Silence

I ordered a couple Pahlish indies a while back and this one is quite fall-ish (or should I say Fahlish LOL) so here it is! It’s called Sink in the Silence.  Shown in my pics is two coats of Sink in the Silence with topcoat.  The formula was really nice and opaque.

sink in the silence by Pahlish pahlish indie swatch pahlish sink in the silenceThis photo was taken in the end of august.  Can you believe that one of my trees was turning gold alreadyl?  geesh!

Sink in the Silence is a beautiful deep brown with bronze and gold shimmer.  It’s so perfect for autumn.  Unfortunately, this shade isn’t available any longer.  But Pahlish just did a re-stock recently, so check out the online store to see what’s new-  

Sapphire nails for #naillinkup

I’ve got my week two themed nails for our September Nail Art Ideas Linkup.  The prompt is SAPPHIRE which is the birthstone for Sept.  When we came up with the sept themes we didn’t know The Digit-al Dozen would be doing sapphire nails this month too- so I hope you aren’t tired of all the blue nails swirling around the web this month! hehe

sapphire nails

I’ve had this gorgeous blue polish for over a year now.  I got it back when Zoya was having an epic sale… what took me so long to use it?  It’s a deep blue called Indigo and it has teeny tiny sparkly holo particles in it.  They aren’t too noticeable but I like the idea of it, so I topped my Indigo with INM Northern Lights.  Wow- that holo topper really did the trick.  Since this mani was starting to look really glittery and glam I added some Essence loose glitter (see below) to bump it up a notch.  This essence effect glitter looks magical over a dark blue.

essence effects glitter

I wish I could rewind the clock twenty years and had a prom to go to.  These nails would be perfect with a navy evening gown! They really did look amazing in person!

zoya indigo with glitter blue glitter nailart blue sapphire nail art with glitter


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Halloween Giveaway!

Are you getting excited for autumn and Halloween too?  I’m holding a giveaway to commemorate the upcoming season!

Craftynail Halloween Giveaway

What’s up for grabs?? I’m giving away 4 prizes-

  • 2 Nail-O-Ween 4pc Nail Lacquer Sets from Bonita. These packs of polish come with spooky nail stickers and 2 of the 4 bottles are glow in the dark!
  • 2 sets of Incoco nail strips in a design called Bone Rattling.  Incoco appliques are made with real nail polish, I find them to be super long-lasting, and this Bone Rattling design glows in the dark!

How do you enter?

I have a raffle setup so if you follow me online then you can earn chances to win one of the 4 prizes.  Follow me on facebook, twitter, pinterest or instagram. Earn double chances to win if you follow my blog via bloglovin or email (see my subscribe button on my toolbar to follow via email). Check back and re-enter everyday for bonus entries if you tweet or pin !
Follow me online and enter my raffle here:
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More info-

  • open internationally
  • two USA winners will each win a Bonita set of polishes
  • two winners outside the USA will each win Incoco strips
  • giveaway open til Oct 1st, 2014
  • I verify all entries to see if you indeed follow me online, so don’t bother cheating
  • the 4 winners will be announced on Oct 2nd, 2014
  • best of luck to you !

Fall themed nails for #TheBeautyBuffs

It’s time for our Beauty Buffs feature and this week we are posting about FALL. Say good bye to summery pinks and corals, say hello to deep warm shades. When I think of fall themed beauty and fashion I imagine rich gem tones.  Like sparkling amethyst, sapphire, emerald and gold.  I found a way to incorporate all these luxurious colors into one manicure and it’s so reminiscent of fall for me.  It’s really got me looking forward to the crisp autumn season coming up right around the corner.

fall nails for the beauty buffsfall inspired nailsfall nail artfall nails by craftynailI started with a base color of OPI Black Onyx and then did some Pueen stamping over top.  I used Pueen Encore SE01A and my new AVON AVON Metallic Effects Nail Enamel in Gold Leaf to create this easy golden grid pattern.  Gosh, I love nail stamping.  If I didn’t stamp, how long would it have taken me to hand paint this gold pattern?  Probably forever!  Next, to incorporate my gem tones I simply added some hints of color to my gold grid pattern. I applied orange (shown in pics is L.A. Girl Copper Alloy), blue, green and purple nail polishes with a nail art brush. I basically just blobbed those colors on inside my gold grid in a random pattern. I finished it off with my quick-dry seche vite topcoat.

Does the fall season make you think of gem tones too?

Let’s see what the other Beauty Buffs are wearing for the occasion!


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METALLIC Avon nails for #31DC2014

Everyone’s doing Chalkboard Nails’ epic 31 day challenge so I felt compelled to jump on the bandwagon. I am in love with METALLIC nail polish this year, so the day 8 prompt is perfect timing for me to join!  I just got all five of AVON’s new Metallic Effects nail enamel collection and before I took proper swatch photos I was tempted to try all the colors in a skittles mani…

avon metallic skittles mani

I applied a different color to each nail.  I handpainted some animal print on my accent nail using AVON gel polish in Inked Up.  Normally these metallic AVON polishes are much shinier, but I wanted to see them with a ‘brushed metal’ effect.  So I used Butter London Matte Finish Topcoat to mattify them all.  I like the soft matte glow !

Here are the five colors in the Metallic Effects collection.  I got them for $3.99 each-

  • Copper Gleam
  • Platinum Petal
  • Icy Purple
  • Gold Leaf
  • Jade Reflection

metallic effects avon nail enamel

I just adore these AVON polishes.  The metallic effect is great, and they are perfect for nail stamping.  I have been using these non-stop for the last two weeks and I’ve got them on my toes too.

Some of the other #31DC2014 entrants nails are below, so check them out. Thanks for stopping by!


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RUBY WING review- The Wicked West Collection

Hey!  Remember a few weeks ago I said I was doing some guest post reviews for my friend Lindsay at Nail That Accent! ?  I reviewed the LCN Phantasia Set, the Color Club Modern Mosaic collection and today I have my last review that went up on her blog- a summer collection from Ruby Wing called The Wicked West.  When Lindsay sent me these Ruby Wings to review for her I opened the package and did a happy dance.  I have been eyeballing this Wicked West collection all summer.  There’s just something about the range of warm and bright colors in there.  And the fact that they are Solar Active® and change color in the sun?  Too cool.  Here’s the collection I photographed-

ruby wing wicked west collection review by CraftynailNow before you get too excited… I have to show you the bottle caps so you can get a glimpse of what color shifts we’re supposed to see under UV rays. 

ruby wing colorsAlthough I really really like this collection, a couple of these did not change colors for me!  You should head over to Nail That Accent to read my review.  I have before and after pics of the colors- some changed, some didn’t– RUBY WING GUEST POST REVIEW BY CRAFTYNAIL

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