Halloween Cat Posse - Hermit Werds - neon pink and green banners behind spiders, bats, and a posse of black cats with a pumpkin
Halloween Cat Posse

Beauty BigBang Review – XL-020 stamping plate

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Give me three pendant banner strings and I will abuse the heck out of them. This entire design was created from one full nail image on Beauty BigBang’s XL-020 stamping plate, which I am reviewing today.

BeautyBigBang XL-020
BeautyBigBang XL-020

Quality and Test Samples

Yesterday’s review was really, really long. So today let’s all agree that this is a good quality stamping plate. I think its particular advantage is that it is composed of images that can be separated and recombined to create a lot of different looks. And, while the style of the images doesn’t always match up across the plate, they coincide enough that you do have options when combining them. Example: some of the pumpkins are cute and some are wicked, but there’s enough of both that you can create varied looks with them.

I have so many ideas of things that could be done with this plate, but let’s start with a few test samples…

BeautyBigBang XL-020 - test samples - Hermit Werds
BeautyBigBang XL-020 – test samples

Wrapped in Halloween. Background is Wet ‘n’ Wild’s “The Wonder Yellows”. Stamping done with Mundo de Unas’ “Black” and filled in with Sinful Colors’ “Courtney Orange”, “Let’s Talk”, and “Whiteboard”. I probably should have used a lighter purple. Oh, well. :p

Webbing in My Eye. Background is Sinful Colors’ Kylie Jenner “Haute Koffee”. Stamping done with Sinful Colors’ “Casablanca” and filled in with Revlon’s Parfumerie “Espresso” + Sephora’s Formula X “Hyped” and “Jolt”. I have seen someone flip the eye over to create a whole face. Very clever.

Halloween Cat Posse

Back to where my heart is: the kitties.

Halloween Cat Posse - Hermit Werds - neon pink and green banners behind spiders, bats, and a posse of black cats with a pumpkin
Halloween Cat Posse

I wanted this to be cute and bright to offset all the ‘tude coming from the cats. So I used a lot of neon starting with a few dabs of color on the opal white gel polish and then on with the stamping. I painted a few nails at a time with nail foil glue and then picked up the pendant banners over and over again until my nails were covered. I tried to keep it simple for myself and mostly stuck to one color for the two crossed banners, but I did pick it up twice with two different colors with only a little bit of bleed between them.

This design was a lot of careful pickup and using tape to remove the parts of the image that I didn’t want. Worth it.

Halloween Cat Posse - Hermit Werds - neon pink and green banners behind spiders, bats, and a posse of black cats with a pumpkin
Halloween Cat Posse

About half-way through I wondered if I shouldn’t have tried to use the glow in the dark powders with this design. I’m glad I didn’t though. I think bolder patterns lend themselves well to glowing and there were too many small details here.

Halloween Cat Posse - Hermit Werds - neon pink and green banners behind spiders, bats, and a posse of black cats with a pumpkin
Halloween Cat Posse

Final Thoughts

I love this stamping plate. It has a nice blend of images that match my personal style well and only a few images that I doubt I’ll ever want to use. The words “Happy Halloween” are also small enough that even an adult with narrow nails could probably fit it on their thumb without shrink stamping. Honestly, I find it annoying that so many designs of “Happy Halloween” are one long string. Like…that’s really hard to get to line up across your nails and that also means your design is now about spelling. Yay?

If you’re interested in the stamping plate (BBBXL-020) feel free to use my discount code (hermi) for 10% off your order. (Non-affiliate code). Thanks again, Maggie!

 

#GlamNailsChallenge September 2018

Today’s design covered #GlamNailsChallenge’s last prompt: Cats! Huzzah! I managed to completed the whole month, although I did combine prompts twice! Sometimes you have to compromise. Especially when you follow more than one challenge. A good body of work this month, although, stylistically, nothing really matches. *sigh*

#GlamNailsChallenge - Sept 2018
#GlamNailsChallenge – Sept 2018
  1. Tiger Munchies
  2. Life in the Sea(weed)
  3. A Summer Woodland
  4. Grape Vine
  5. Fox Among Daisies
  6. Dance of the Firebird
  7. Halloween Cat Posse
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