Hi there 🙂 As it started getting colder and my mood started getting gloomier I really felt like doing a dark mani. I was really in the mood to wear black polish, which is unusual for me. I have nothing against black polish, but it isn’t the first colour I would reach for when I’m indecisive. I was mulling over how I could make black more interesting and knew it was the perfect opportunity to bring out some glitter! Glitter makes everything better, right? Well…it doesn’t make polish removal better, but usually it’s worth it 😉 Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence black is back on all of my nails. This black isn’t super opaque, so you do need 2 coats to finish it off. On my ring nail I painted a coat of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. Drawing inspiration from the green and blue shift in the glitters and flakies, I decided rather than just use it over all my nails I would do some stamping to compliment it. I used my PUEEN 26 stamping plate with M Polish Pish Plashin’ Around (blue) and Get Lost (green) to stamp on my pinkie and index nails. On my middle nail I added a green and blue rhinestone. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I was really planning on being lazy and just slapping on some black polish with glitter over it when I sat down to do this mani, but I sure was glad I got a jolt of inspiration from Green Ocean. I loved wearing this mani so much! I also happen to know that Green Ocean is my bestie, Pish Posh Polish‘s, favourite Sinful Colors polish…plus the blue stamping polish was named after her, so I dedicate this one to Pishy! I would love to hear your thoughts on this one in the comments below 🙂
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Hi everyone! Today I’m reviewing the bornprettystore clear jelly stamper pictured above. As you can see you receive a stamper and a scraper with your purchase. The clear stampers took the nail art world by storm a while ago and I really wanted to try one out. I had not gotten around to ordering one yet, so I jumped at the chance of reviewing one. I knew it was already on it’s way to me and I was seeing a lot of people posting about problems picking up images with the clear stampers, but I wasn’t sure if the stampers they were struggling with were from bornprettystore as they are stocked elsewhere too. So when I received mine I was both excited and nervous. Before creating my mani, I did a few tests to see how it picks up images. For all the swatches below I used MoYou London black stamping polish. Here are the results:As you can see the stamper does pick up images well. I didn’t prime it at all since this would cloud the stamping head and defeat the purpose. I did wipe it down with acetone once. This is not recommended for any stamper, but I have had success with this once before with a marshmallow stamper and wanted to see if it made a difference. It didn’t. Although it picks up images well, as with any other stamper it does depend on the plate/polish/stamper combination. I also found that some trial and error worked well. At times I couldn’t pick up an image, but changing my scraping direction and pressure made a difference. It did fail to pick up some images that I was able to pick up with another stamper, but this is pretty standard for any stamper that I’ve worked with. The stamper is 2.8 cm in diameter and is squishy. It is not firm, nor marshmallow, but somewhere in between.The reason these stampers are so popular is that it can really help you line up your stamping and place your images exactly where you want them. I think my stamping skills are intermediate at best, so this is beneficial to me. I’ve seen pros line up stamping like a boss even without a clear stamper and always been jealous, now I have an ace up my sleeve 😉 Of course a clear stamper like this called for a mani that needed specific placement and I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase this than a double stamped mani. Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I used 2 coats of Hean 641 (press sample) as a base. Once that was dry I started stamping. I used images from PUEEN 39 and PUEEN 46. I used small images specifically because these would be the ones that would normally need specific placement. I will also definitely be using this stamper when I want to stamp geometric images that need to be perfectly straight. I wanted to create a garden themed butterfly mani and I think I managed to do just that. There was still a bit of empty space around the images once I was done stamping, but no images small enough to fill up the space without overlapping the stamping that was already there. When in doubt, add glitter! So I used a glitter topper from Sally Hansen called Samba. I picked out the glitter and placed it in the empty spaces. It is a very sparse topper, but I didn’t want any of the glitter over the stamping so I chose to place it instead of painting it directly onto my nails. After all the stamping and glitter placement I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
Stamping polishes used are all from M Polish (gifts):
Pish Plashin’ Around (blue)
Dancing in the Streets (purple)
Fresh Perspective (pink)
I Need a Vacation (red)
Get Lost (green)
Would I recommend this stamper? I certainly would! It is the same size and just as squishy as my bornprettystore XL stamper which totally changed my stamping game. When I store my stampers I usually just turn the head the wrong way around and stick it in my drawer with other supplies, but I’ve sealed this head in a small plastic bag to protect it from scratching and obscuring my view of the images picked up. If you are interested in getting your hands on one of these, you can purchase it here. I’ve posted my discount code below for 10% off your purchases (if not already discounted).I would really love to hear your thoughts on this mani and the clear stampers in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
Hi everyone. The Christmas nails continue! I have a stamped mani to show you today and it’s not even snowflakes! I honestly just want to do ALL THE SNOWFLAKE MANIS, which is kind of crazy since we don’t even have snow here, but they’re just so pretty! I digress. Let me show you what I did for today.
I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. On my index and pinkie I painted 2 coats of Charlie Daring. I bought this polish in the beginning of my nail obsession specifically for Christmas manis as it is the perfect Christmas green in my opinion and every Christmas without fail I reach for it. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of Zoya Seraphina (Gift). This is such a gorgeous silver. It is quite sheer, but since I was planning to stamp over it I didn’t push it to a third coat. Over the silver nails I used M Polish Get Lost and PUEEN 42 to stamp the Christmas trees. The reindeer and bell on my other nails were stamped using bornprettystore BP-01 and Tip Top Armour Plate. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I really loved the Christmas tree nails, but the others didn’t really float my boat too much. What do you think?
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Hi everyone! Today I have another mani created with polishes gifted me by Pish Posh Polish. If you’ve seen my epic nail mail post, you’ll understand why there are so many of them! I wanted to create something fun and this is what I came up with 🙂
I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 1 coat of essence free hugs on all of my nails. I then painted Sinful Colors Flower Power over that. I suspected Flower Power would be pretty sheer and was not in the mood to paint too many coats and struggle with drying time, so this worked out perfectly. Once that was dry I used MPolish Get Lost and BM-S107 to stamp over all of my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I wasn’t so sure about this mani when I finished it. It felt a bit “busy”, but it grew on me quickly and I ended up liking it a lot. What do you think?
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Hi everyone! The mani I’m showing you today I created with my dear friend Angel in mind. We’ve been friends for many years. Although we have been separated by distance as she lives in Johannesburg and I live in Cape Town, we keep up with each other’s blogs and online. She’s one of those friends that you might not speak to in ages, but when we do we pick up where we left off. Angel has had a nickname for her son since he was a little boy. He is all grown up now, but she still calls him her strawbreez. When Angel saw my Nail Anarchy Christmas in July haul she spotted the strawberry image on the plate and commented on the post saying I should do a strawberry mani for her sometime. I tucked this away and when I was stuck for a mani idea one day it dawned on me that I still had an idea! A strawberry mani for Angel! Let me show you what I came up with 🙂
I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. On my index, middle and pinkie nails I sponged a gradient using Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby and essence rollercoaster. On my ring nail I used essence café olé as my base colour. For the strawberry I made a decal using my MoYou London Princess 10 stamping plate and MoYou London black stamping polish, for the leaves of the strawberry I stamped with MPolish Get Lost. I painted the green onto the leaves on the plate and the black over the rest of the strawberry and scraped from left to right to avoid the polishes blending. I filled in the rest of the strawberry with Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby and allowed it to dry a little before applying essence XXL top coat over the image on my stamper head. Once that had dried on my stamper I carefully removed it and applied the decal to my nail. I trimmed the edges and sealed it with a coat of Seche Vite, cleaning up whatever part of the decal was remaining with acetone and my clean up brush. The gradient was also sealed in with Seche Vite.
I wasn’t 100% happy with the gradient, I think reversing the colours was not my best moment. I like the way that the actual gradient turned out, but perhaps having the gradient colours in the same order as the strawberry might have looked better overall. That being said I absolutely loves my strawberry decal. I gave Angel a sneak peek of this mani and I’m happy to report she liked it as well 🙂
What do you think? Should I have swapped the colours in the gradient?
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