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Nail Stamping

I tried nail stamping for the first time with the stuff I got from Born Pretty Store last month. I definitely need more practice. My stamper is super squishy, not sure if that’s part of the issue or not. I was also using white polish and the stamper is also white so it just blended right in.
Got any tips for me? Leave them in the comments.
#nailart #nailstagram #nailstamping
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New Nail Art Supplies

Born Pretty Store had a Black Friday special where you could buy a $10 gift card for $2. So for $7.63 ($5.63 was my order total + the $2 for the gc) I got $15.63 worth of stuff. And I finally got the nail stamping stuff I’d been wanting to try.

Beautiful Mess: Born Pretty Store Order


I got 3 small brushes to use for cleaning off polish. I might end up using one of them for painting though (like art painting on paper/canvas). I picked out 8 stamping plates, a stamper & scraper, a mystery bag and a holder for the stamping plates. The picture for the holder shows both the round and octagon shaped plates and while the round ones go in easily, it takes a bit of pushing to get the octagon ones in.

Beautiful Mess: Born Pretty Store - Entire Order

Beautiful Mess: Born Pretty Store - Round Plates

Round Plates

Beautiful Mess: Born Pretty Store - Octagon Plates

Octagon Plates

Beautiful Mess: Born Pretty Store - Plate Holder

Plate Holder

Beautiful Mess: Born Pretty Store - Stamper and Brushes

Stamper, Scraper and Brushes

Beautiful Mess: Born Pretty Store - Mystery

items from mystery pack

I haven’t had a chance to use my new supplies yet, but I should get a chance within the next week. There will be a post about it or at least pics on Instagram.

Want to get some stamping supplies of your own? Just follow this link. And if you use code BPSQ10 you’ll get 10% off your purchase.

Zoya Mystery Mini Trio and More Review

Beautiful Mess: February Zoya Review - Mystery Mini Trio

About a month ago Zoya had a special where if you ordered 3 full size bottles you got 3 mystery mini shades for free and just paid $15 for shipping. That was a really good deal. But then they said if purchased $25 in products, you got the mystery trio and free shipping. That was an even better deal. So I did that and got 6 full size bottles, plus the mini trio for $27.

Beautiful Mess: February Zoya Review including Mystery Mini Trio

Beautiful Mess: February Zoya Review including Mystery Mini Trio

Starting with my left hand pinky finger… Anais. It’s black, basic black with very little sparkle. Not a bad color, just “plain”. It was one of the mystery trio colors, but to buy it in a full size bottle for $9? It’s just plain. Getting a .99¢ bottle of Wet N Wild in black would be just as good.

Next is a gold (Severine) in the mini trio. and I really like it, which is surprising since i’m not usually a fan of gold, jewelry, the color, etc. I think it would look good as the tip on French Tip nails.

The third color in the trio is like a beige (Charlotte). It’s just beige. nothing really special about it. If you work in an office where you have to keep your nail polish tame, this would work perfect.

Next is Prim. Purple-ish blue, blue-ish purple, depending on how the light hits it. I don’t know how else to describe it. Lol I love it.

Thumb is Happi. A pink with gold glitter, very small glitter pieces. I like it.

Beautiful Mess: February Zoya Review including Mystery Mini Trio

Right hand thumb is Giovanna, a teal/greenish color. I like it. I haven’t looked in my basket of polish to compare what I bought to what iI already had, but I think this may be similar to something I already own. Maybe an NYC or LA Colors? I don’t know. I didn’t think to compare what I wanted to buy with what I already had before placing the order. lol

Next nail is very similar to the style of what is on my left thumb, except that it’s a light purple (Zara) instead of pink. Same gold glitter though. Again, I really like it.

Next is Lola… well I love the color in the bottle, but on my nail? It’s still the same bright pink color, but no shine. It’s not a matte color, but it’s more flat? I don’t know how else to describe it. I have another Zoya polish that does the same thing. I guess I need to figure out which polishes of theirs do this so I don’t get them. Or find a way to make them shine. I can’t remember if adding top coat will change it or not. This polish is also supposed to be a duo-chrome, but I don’t see it.

Ring finger, right hand. Trixie. Silver. OMG love it. It’s like I took a silver sharpie and colored my nail. I really, really like it. Like the gold, it would look great as tips.

Beautiful Mess: February Zoya Review including Mystery Mini Trio

All nails got 2 coats of polish and that was pretty good. My left thumb and right hand index finger could have used another coat as well as my ring finger on my left hand. Middle finger, right hand could have used another coat as well, it looks streaky with just 2. Or it could be looking that way because of the way the polish looks once it dries? (the flat thing) when i normally do my nails I do 3 coats, but since i was just doing swatches (and it’s my first time doing them) I just did 2 coats. I have another 10 bottles to swatch and i’ll do 3 coats then.

When I did my review on the colors, I did voice recordings so that I could just transcribe them later because it was late at night, but I wanted to do it while my thoughts were fresh in my head. Originally I wasn’t going to post the recordings, like I said it was just for me to use to transcribe what I thought about the colors and whatnot. But then I thought what the heck and so here they are should you wish to listen to me ramble.

Upload Music Files – Listen Audio Files – Zoya Swatch Review part 1Music Hosting – Listen Audio – Zoya Swatch Review part 2

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Happy Happy Joy Joy! My #Zoya order has arrived! Swatches coming soon.

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Dotting Tool Nail Art


I posted a picture on Instagram a few weeks ago, but didn’t make a post, that I’d gotten a set of dotting tools (finally! lol) along with some other items. I’ve used the dotting tools once already and my nails came out ok. I took pictures, but never posted them. Why? I actually just forgot. But here are those pictures…

Beautiful Mess: Nail Art - January 2015

And here is my second attempt.

I started off with 3 coats of Zoya Cole.
ready to dot nails

I let it dry and then starting placing dots with Zoya Renee.

Zoya Cole with dots of Renee

After those dots dried, I started again with LA Colors Atomic, then added NYC Empire State Blue. Lastly I added very small dots with LA Colors Black.

Lots O' Dots

Lotta Dots

After it dried I tried getting creative and added some Pixie Dust polish from Zoya, but it doesn’t really look right over the dots. You can see some on my middle finger in the corner on my left hand and on my ring finger on my right hand.

I did not go with a pattern, just a random effect. I’m still getting used to using them, obviously. I thought they would be so simple to use, but either I am just dumb on these or I don’t know. lol I used the largest size ball for the pink dots and some are not that big at all. I think I need to find the right amount of polish to put on the paper I am dotting the tools into versus the type of pressure to put them on my nail.

Colors Used

I’ll have plenty more nail art posts coming within the next few months because I recently bought 17 bottles of polish! The first 9 were from Zoya’s Mystery Shades promotion where I got 6 full size polishes plus 3 mystery shades in a mini trio for $27 and the other 8 are a mystery box from Christina at Adventures in Polishland through a post on her Facebook page and includes 6 full size polishes and 2 mini polishes. I cannot wait to see the mini trio from Zoya and what I get from Christina! Polish-palooza!

The Zoya order is still pending shipment (even though I placed it on the 14th). I think it’s because of how many orders they received. My order info shows the trio on back order and the status itself says “Pending Stock Availability”. The mystery box started its journey to me yesterday!

So what do you think? Got any dotting tool tips for me? Leave a comment!

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