Tea for Two - Hermit Werds - two blurple stamping decal bears drinking tea against a jelly background with opalescent glitters
Tea for Two

Tea for Two – BBB Review stamping plates

[press sample]

It’s time to get back in the reviewing saddle! Today I have two stamping plates for you BeautyBigBang XL-031 and BeautyBigBang XL-032. I asked for the whole winter holiday set of five stamping plates so you will be seeing the other three soon. πŸ˜‰

I’m very sad that I did not get these in time for Christmas since that is their main focus. However, there are plenty of images that fit the general winter theme and a few patterns that can be used year-round. Since this is my first Beauty BigBang stamping plate review in a while, I’ll add that I think the quality is great and the etchings are deep enough that regular one-coater polishes will work with them pretty well for stamping. I am not saying it will be perfection, but it will work if you move fast.

BeautyBigBang XL-031

BeautyBigBang XL-031
BeautyBigBang XL-031

This plate starts with seven full-nail patterns and eighteen individual images. We have some “ugly” Christmas sweater patterns, a few New Year’s images, and one of the full-nail images is full of little pictures that I like to pull out and use individually. For instance that little bag covered with stars could easily be a “magic” bag. I also am in love with that weirdly creepy yet cute “Hoo Hoo Hoo” Santa head. It was very hard for me to not use it as the sample, but I’m going to want a full design of that. Perfect for job interviews and occasions where parents who must entrust their children to you can see them.

Okay, maybe it’s just me. I love him though. One annoying thing is that the individual mittens were used again on another stamping plate as a full nail pattern. It’s kind of a waste of an image if you get the whole set, but if you don’t it’s not missing out? I don’t know. I wish they’d just used different patterns on the mittens at least. Finally, that full-nail wind pattern is fabulous and can be used allll year round along with the stars.

BeautyBigBang XL-032

BeautyBigBang XL-032
BeautyBigBang XL-032

This plate starts with eleven full-nail patterns–three of which are negative space images–and five individual images. Again, we have more “ugly” Christmas sweater prints, but we also have more neutral patterns like the snowflake, argyle, and what I think is supposed to be gingham (very summer friendly). I adore the fireworks image. I am so bummed I couldn’t use it this year. I knew exactly what I was going to paint too. But I’ll use it someday. And all those people cheering, well, I can think of ways that I can abuse them because I’m a terrible person. Fun!

While this plate is little bit all over the place style-wise, I think it has some patterns that are veeery neutral and will help tie everything together for lots of combination power!

Test Samples

With these samples I wanted to both acknowledge that this is a heavily Christmas set and still try to show you can branch out from that. So while the Christmas stocking is very clearly Christmas Power!, the dog could actually be used for Valentine’s Day or just for a winter-season anniversary. Also, I just wanted to use mustard somewhere. LOL

BeautyBigBang XL-031 & XL-032 - test samples - Hermit Werds
BeautyBigBang XL-031 & XL-032 – test samples

Stockings Stuffed. Background is Cupcake Polish’s “Unbe-leaf-able“. Stamping done with Nails Inc’s Magnetic Polish “Kensington Palace” and filled in with Essie’s “Penny Talk“, Sinful Colors’ “Starfish“, Sinful Colors’ Nail Art “Worn Before“, and Smacker’s “Wickedly Stylish”.

Puppy Love Letters. Background is a gradient of Covergirl’s “Espresso” and Butter London’s “East End“. Stamping done with Mundo de Unas’ “Brick“, “Bronze“, and “Red” and filled in with OPIs’ “Going My Way or Norway?”“, Revlon’s “Elegant“, and Smacker’s “Wickedly Stylish”.

Tea for Two

I thought the image of the big bear holding this little mug of something hot with its little mitten-ed hands was so cute. So I decided to make that the focus of this design and what do you know? #GlamNailChallengeFeb had a Tea Party prompt. Perfect fit! This is only my second tea design on the blog, but there will be another one posting later today as well. Tea for the people! (Although coffee is still my first love in the morning.)

Tea for Two - Hermit Werds - two blurple stamping decal bears drinking tea against a jelly background with opalescent glitters
Tea for Two

Products Used

I shrink stamped one of the bears and flipped the other over before filling in the details so it would look like they were individuals leaning towards each other. No clone bears for my nails!

Base Polish:
Sinful Colors’ Witch, Please
Stamping Polishes:
B. Loves Plates’ “B a Blueberry Muffin” gradient-ed out with clear polish and Mundo de Unas’ “White
Advanced Stamping Polishes:
B. Loves Plates’ “B a Blueberry Muffin“, Heather’s Hues’ “Hydrangea“, Jenna Hipp’s “Ain’t Life Grape“, Sinful Colors’ “Tokyo Pearl“, Zoya’s “Aster
Stamping Plates:
BeautyBigBang XL-031 (baby boomer french tips and house) and XL-032 (bears) (press samples)
Tea for Two - Hermit Werds - a subtle windy baby boomer french tip stamping on a jelly background with opalescent glitters
Tea for Two (macro)

I’d like to note that the Sinful Colors’ polish was from last year’s Halloween collection and it smells very different from my other Sinful Colors’ polishes, including the other jellies. I can only wonder if they’re changing their base formula along with where they are trying to get sold. Now I can only seem to find them at my local grocery store. *sigh*

I chose to make the windy stamped baby boomer french tip nails veeery subtle. The opalescent glitters are pretty attention getting so I was afraid if I made them distinct it would be too busy. So check out the macro if you want to see them more closely.

You can also see the windy pattern a little bit better above the house stamp. Where the tea party is being held, of course. πŸ˜‰

Tea for Two - Hermit Werds - two blurple stamping decal bears drinking tea against a jelly background with opalescent glitters
Tea for Two

One last look at those happy blurple bears before we draw this review to a close…

Tea for Two - Hermit Werds - two blurple stamping decal bears drinking tea against a jelly background with opalescent glitters
Tea for Two

Final Thoughts

I had a lot of fun playing with these stamping plates and I have plenty of ideas for future designs with them. Hopefully life starts to smooth out for me so I can paint my nails more often! LOL

If you’re interested in today’s stamping plates (Beauty BigBang XL-031 or XL-032) or the set of winter stamping plates (ZHSP0467) feel free to use my discount code (hermi) for 10% off your order. (Non-affiliate code).

There is also a sale going on for Valentine’s Day…

BBB Valentine's Day 2019 sale

Thanks for taking this nail art journey with me. Until next time, friends!

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