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Snowflake Stamps

Winter Nail Art

While some of the country is buried in snow, the rest of us have barely seen an inch.  We finally got a few flakes here, and I was ready to do a snowy look.

Color Club Holographic Polish

For this look, I used Color Club Blue Heaven, OPI Sheer Tints I Can Teal You Like Me, and Wet ‘n’ Wild Hallucinate.  There wasn’t enough sunshine to be able to tell, but the Color Club is a holo, and the Wet ‘n’ Wild is an iridescent glitter.  (I also used a white stamping polish that doesn’t have any brand.)

I began by painting all of my nails with one coat of Blue Heaven.  Then, I stamped my first layer of snowflakes.  Next, was a layer of the Sheer Tints, followed by more snowflakes, followed by Sheer Tints, then a final layer of snowflakes that were topped off by the glitter polish.

Bundle Monster Stamping Plates

I took turns experimenting with these plates and different stampers, so there are different snowflakes for every layer.  These plates are from Born Pretty, Bundle Monster, and Pueen.

I Can Teal You Like Me

 

Wet n Wild Hallucinate

 

Blue Heaven

The finished product was a frosty look that perfectly matched the frosty weather.  I hope you like!

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Purple Bridesmaid

Bridal Party Nail Art

I recently was in a wedding that was using purple as the color, and did I match that ish or what?  LOL

OPI Color Paints Purple Perspective

I began by painting all of my nails with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City.  This is hands down, my favorite silver polish.  I actually like it underneath the Color Paints much better than the polish that OPI released with them.  After the silver base dried, I painted all of my nails with one coat of OPI Color Paints Purple Perspective.

Bundle Monster Plate H16

After that dried, I used a Bundle Monster plate, Konad stamper and scraper, and white stamping polish from the Born Pretty Store.  I chose the rose type of image and stamped all of the nails with white.

Originally, I was going to leave my nails purple and white to match the bouquet, but I thought it was too much, and that’s where the OPI Sheer Tints Don’t Violet Me Down (pictured above) came into play.  One coat of that over all of the nails toned down the white perfectly.  And, as a subtle accent, I used a heart rhinestone on each of my ring fingers.

Purple Nail Art

 

OPI Sheer Tints Don't Violet Me Down

 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City

 

Konad Stamper and Scraper

 

Bridesmaid Nail Art

 

Purple Nail Stamping

 

Rhinestone Nail Accent

I was honestly very happy with how these turned out.  They matched, and were actually pretty easy to do.  It makes me want to match other Color Paints with Sheer Tints.  🙂

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Favorite Nails of the Season!

Autumn Nail Stamping

These fall nails may be my favorite fall nails I have ever done.  They aren’t super flashy or complicated, but I really enjoyed wearing them!  Be ready for lots of pics.  (Also, I am trying to get used to the new WordPress layout, so there’s that.)

Bundle Monster

I used a Bundle Monster plate with a Konad stamper and scraper.

Cancer Moon

But, before we get into all of that, let me tell you that I painted all of my nails with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Cancer Moon as a base.  This is a neutral with a golden shine that seemed perfect for this look!

Nail Polish for Stamping

For the stamping, I used these polishes.  From left to right they are: OPI I Sing in Color, Sally Hansen Lustre Shine, Zoya Channing, Julep Valerie, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Jungle Gem, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Branch Out, Sally Hansen Patent Gloss Moto, Sally Hansen Insta Dri Vanished, and China Glaze Don’t Make Me Wine.  All of these worked together beautifully to make the multicolored leaved.  I am posting a few extra pics so you can try to get a fee for the polishes.  A lot of them are duo/multichromes, have shines, etc.

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Okay, for the stamping.  In the following pics, I was experimenting with a yellow that didn’t make the cut, but you can ignore that.  🙂

Multicolored Nail Stamping

First, I blob a bit of each color on the plate.

Konad Stamping

Then, I scrape.  The colors do not blur together the way you would think they would.

Konad Fall

Here is a stamp on paper to preview the colors.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

After I stamped all of my nails I put on a quick topcoat.  (You can see a few smudges from where I should have waited a moment longer.)

Now for the tons of pics!

Julep

 

China Glaze

 

Zoya

 

OPI

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Subtle Stamps

Nail Stamping

I wanted a nice, deep color for autumn, and then thought that some designs stamped on top would make it perfect.  It was a very subtle look, and hard to get pics of, but I really enjoyed wearing it.

Konad Stamping

I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri Vanished as the base for all of my nails.  I used a black stamping polish from Born Pretty Store, a Konad stamper and scraper, and a plate that I purchased as a random single, so I am not sure of the brand.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri

Sally Hansen Vanished

I really couldn’t capture the perfection for fall in this color in these photos.  It has a slight golden shimmer along with the deep red.  It is gorgeous!

Nail Art Stamping

Dark Nail Art

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Multicolored Stamping

Multicolored Nail Stamping

I absolutely love the OPI Color Paints, and recently found that they are good for stamping!

Konad Stamper

I used the bottom of this image plate (and to be honest, I got it as a single off of eBay, so I don’t know what company makes it) and a Konad stamper and scraper.  I have experimented with a couple of other stampers, and it may be because they were way cheap, but this is the one that I really can count on.

OPI Color Paints

I painted all of my toes with the silver base, OPI Silver Canvas.  Then, for the stamping, from left to right I used OPI Turquoise AestheticPen and PinkMagenta MuseIndigo Motif, and Landscape Artist.  I didn’t get any shots while I was stamping (oops) but all I did was paint a little bit of each color and swipe, then stamp.

Excuse the ratty flip flops. :)

Excuse the ratty flip flops. 🙂

The end result was really cute, and I am dying to do it on my hands!

Konad Nail Art

OPI Magenta Muse

OPI Silver Canvas

OPI Pen and Pink

OPI Turquoise Aesthetic

I really love when I find other polishes to stamp with, because I really have a VERY limited (2) selection of real stamping polish.  Also, my laptop is doing weird things, so I hope the photos publish nice and clear for you.

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Sally Hansen Clearance Palooza

If I had to claim a certain brand as a favorite polish, I would claim Sally Hansen.  I have never had trouble with Sally products, and at full price, they are still very affordable.   AND, if you are willing to be a little behind on the latest trend, they go on clearance all the time.  Yesterday I scooped up 17 new Sally polishes for under $9.  SCORE!

IMG_1763First, I grabbed the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Jellies.  From left to right I have:  Water Melon, Sea Through, Vitamin D-light, Grape Jelly, Jell-ous?, and Ice Tint.  I think these have a lot of potential.  They are not extremely tinted, but I think that could make them more versatile.  I used them late last night to make my watercolor manicure.

Watercolor Manicure

 

Next, I found four new shades for me from the Xtreme Wear line.

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From left to right:  Gunmetal, Grey Area, Pacific Blue, and Violet Voltage.  I actually had nail stamping in mind when I snagged these.  They will be good colors for manis too.

Third, I found four colors from the Complete Salon Manicure line.

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Left to right:  I Lilac You, Batbano Blue, Copper Penny, and Earl Gray.  This picture is not doing Copper Penny any justice.  I am really excited to use it for some fall manis, adding that spark of glitter.  It truly does look like shiny penny pieces.

Finally, I bought one from the Insta Dri line and two from the Satin Glam.

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Left to right:  Moracc-go, Chic Pink, and Taffeta.  The Insta Dri I got for autumn, and the others were just cute.  (For the price, that was a good enough reason.)

I was really happy with my finds.  I have plans in mind for some, while others I just took home because I liked the color.  The jellies are pretty new to me.  The only other jelly polishes I have are ones with glitter in them.  I am looking forward to experimenting with them.

Do you love to find a bargain?  Do you already have these shades?  What do you do with them?

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Ta-Ta!

 

Amazon Haul Part Two

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I got a couple more things, so I figured I would update my Amazon Haul.  I received my Konad stamper and scraper, dried flowers, dotting tools, and brushes.

First, the stamper and scraper.

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I seriously doubt that I ever use the scraper.  I have never understood the whole metal scraper on metal plates thing.  I use an old gift card to scrape the polish off.  I like the two sizes on the stamper, so placing images that are smaller or whole nail are easier.  And, after a few sample stamps, I have decided that even if you don’t want to spend the money on Konad plates, the stamper is worth it.

Next, the dried flowers.

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For the same reason as the other dried flowers, I got these because I wanted something more colorful than how mine dry from my garden.  These are just five petal flowers, where the others were very, very tiny.  The colors are much more fabulous than the picture shows.  In addition, this was supposed to be a 36 piece set, with three of every color.  There are easily five flowers in each slot!  BONUS!  I haven’t tried them on my nails yet, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t be terrific.

Third, the dotting tools.

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The dotting tools and brushes actually came together in one set.  They are going to be fine to use.  They seem like a decent quality, and are easy to hold on to.  My only complaint with these is that five of the heads are the same size, and five are different.  So, instead of the advertised ten heads, it’s more like six.

Finally, the brushes.

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There are fourteen brushes and one dotting tool.  There are striping brushes, and ones with squared off heads.  With these, patterns, designs, and clean up will be a breeze.  I think for the dotting tools and brushes together, it was about $4.  At that price, these cannot be beat!

Do you buy nail stuff on Amazon?  Any must haves?  I’ll keep you posted when the rest of my haul comes in!

Ta-Ta!

 

Amazon Holo Haul

I have tried to find the perfect holographic nail polish for a while.  In stores around me, there just wasn’t anything good.  It would be more chrome than anything.

Then, on Pinterest, I saw a Chanel holographic polish!  OH.  MY.  WORD.

Chanel Holo

Not my nails. Taken from Pinterest.

Turns out this whole holo craze is not so current.  And when I found any of this Chanel polish, the price was not an option.

Now that I knew that the perfect holo existed, I looked online for it.  This is also how I discovered Color Club.  This brand is not sold in stores near me, but they have the most beautiful holographic nail polishes!!!

I ordered some of them.  I couldn’t resist!

I got:

Harp On It, Angel Kiss, Cloud Nine, Cherubic, Halo-Graphic, Beyond, and Blue Heaven.  I tried to get a shot of them in the sun.

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I slapped some on my nails, and tried to get some pics of them shining.  The sun is a little here and there today.

Without the light, these are just nice shades of polish.  IMG_1704

In the sun, they are so mesmerizing,  I am not sure I should wear them any time I am operating heavy machinery.  IMG_1706 IMG_1707

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I hope that you are able to see some of the shining glory!  It’s not that easy to catch in an iPhone photo shoot.  🙂


I am loving these!  I don’t care if it was a craze two years ago.  I love it now!

I have already tried to stamp with them, and they work great with the plates.  Here’s a quick shot of a stamp on a bare nail.

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The possibilities are endless!  Do you use holo polish?  Do you love it?  Do you care if you are behind on a trend?  Let me know what you think!

Toodles!

 

 

Mash Plates 26-50

Nail stamping is a great way to get intricate designs on your fingers when you aren’t so artistically inclined yourself.  If I had to free hand a design on all of my fingers…..let’s just say……no.

Konad is the brand that seems to rule the school.  The prices on the Konad plates were enough to send this girl on the hunt for something else.  (Though I will admit to ordering a Konad stamper through Amazon.  The stamper I currently have is a little blah.)

First,  I went to Ulta and bought a little baby stamping kit by Essence.  This is the current stamper and scraper that I have, and I originally only had the one plate.  I was not impressed with this, but I was not discouraged.  I do not use the scraper.  I go with the plastic card method.  And, as previously mentioned,  I am waiting on a better stamper to come from Amazon.

So, in my Amazon blitz, I placed orders for Mash and Pueen plates.  Both of these brands have lots of good reviews floating around, and I liked the images.  The price was excellent as well.  I have tons of new plates for less than $30.

I wanted to break down the Mash plates for anyone considering purchasing them.  The picture on Amazon wasn’t great.  (After trying to snap some of my own, I understand why.)  I really would recommend them, and I hope that you find this helpful.


PACKAGING

IMG_1684IMG_1686 Each plate comes individually packaged in a thin, plastic bag.  When you open it, you need to pull off the clear plastic film that is protecting the images.  (Believe it or not, some people don’t know to do this.)  IMG_1685  Each plate has a protective paper backing on it, and the edges seem to be filed.  (No mini razors.)

I had no trouble with images being damaged, plates, bending, getting cut, or any of the other hassles I had read about online.

So far, so good.

Let’s keep going.

 

MASH PLATES 26 – 28          Small Images and Tips

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Top 26, Left 27, Right 28

 


MASH PLATES 29 – 31          Small Images

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Top 29, Left 30, Right 31

 


MASH PLATES 32 – 34          Small Images

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Top 32, Left 33, Right 34

 


MASH PLATES 35 – 37          Small Images

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Top 35, Left 36, Right 37

 


MASH PLATES 38 – 40          Full Nail and Small Images

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Top 38, Left 39, Right 40

 


MASH PLATES 41 – 43          Full Nail and Small Images

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Top 41, Left 42, Right 43

 


MASH PLATES 44 – 46          Full Nail and Small Images

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Top 44, Left 45, Right 46

 


MASH PLATES 47 – 48          Full Nail and Small Images

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Left 47, Right 48

 


MASH PLATES 49 – 50          Full Nail and Small Images

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Left 49, Right 50

 


So, there are the plates that came.  I wanted to see how well they worked.  I did a few sample stamps using my Essence stamper, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out polish, a plastic card scraper, and then stamped it on a post it note.  Maybe not the ideal situation, but good enough.  Here’s a quick sampling.

IMG_1689IMG_1690 Despite all that was not perfect with how I ran my trial run, I was pleased with the product.  The images have lots of detail, and it shows up in the stamp.  I like that there wasn’t a problem using other polish, because I am not going to spend tons of money on special polishes.

My final verdict on these is that they were a great purchase.  The money spent was worth it, and I will have lots of fun mani/pedis from this set.

What do you think?  Any questions or comments?  Let me know.  I’d love to hear from you!

Amazon Haul Part One

Okay folks.  I admit, that I am not a big online shopper, but the Amazon bug bit me.  I found all kinds of deals, free shipping, add ons, and what not, and I couldn’t resist.  I wanted to boost my nail art collection, but doing it through a beauty supply store is pricey!  And since I only do this for me, I couldn’t justify spending that kind of cash on a hobby.  That’s where Amazon came in.  You can get all kinds of stuff on there for pennies.  Not all of it is American made, though, so if that is a big thing for you, you will pay a little more.  (Still less than a beauty supply store.)

Have I rambled enough yet?

Here is what I have gotten so far.  (I apologize for the picture quality.)


DRIED FLOWERS

Dried Flowers

Dried Flowers

 These are some dried flowers that I ordered.  I have dried my own flowers from home and used them in my nail art, but I wanted some really vibrant colors.

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IMG_1660  I hope you can see these.  They are just teeny flowers.  You cut off the pieces you want to use and attach them to polish that is still a little wet.


FIMO SLICES

IMG_1663  I really enjoy using fimo slices now and then.  I think they are a nice pop of color and variety.  This set did not disappoint.  It is from Cheeky Beauty. I got ten wheels filled with all sorts of images.  

*Note:  This set is a little flower heavy, but that was my choice.  IMG_1664IMG_1665  I tried to get a little closer so you could see that the pictures are easy to make out and very bright.  (The lighting just isn’t working for me!)


FIMO FLOP

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This wheel was NOT part of the set above.  I ordered this separately, because in the Amazon pic, it was full of bright, recognizable fruits.  That is not the case in reality.  These are strange colored, fairly unrecognizable things.  I will be able to use some, but overall, I was not impressed with this set.


PLATE STORAGE

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This is a nice little carrier for nail stamping plates from Pueen.  It reminds me of a little CD case.  You just slide your plates in and there is no more worry about scratches.  I also like that I can see all of the images without having to finger each and every plate…just turn the page.


NAIL STAMPING PLATES

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I got two sets of stamping plates.  The Pueen set came in a storage case, while the Mash set came individually packaged.  Obviously, I have yet to dive into these and do some tests.  (I will post when I do.)  At first glance, I am super happy with them.  The images have lots of variety and potential for creativity.  I can’t wait to get started with them!


The last thing that came was some loose glitter.  I didn’t feel a big need to post about it though.  It’s glitter.  

If you have questions or comments, I would love to know!  Look for coming posts as things arrive and I test them out!

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