Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nfu Oh 65 Photographs & Review

I am delighted that I managed to do my nails today so that I could bring you these photographs of this incredible polish on my nails. Especially since the bottle picture was not mind blowing, but these photographs certainly are! I used the Aqua Base, of course, and it went on really smoothly. I applied two coats of the polish, and it went on very evenly, applying like butter. Very smooth application and the results speak for themselves. I am simply astounded at the difference between this polish with their Aqua Base and the Layla’s application with the layers of base coats I used to try to make it work.







 Pretty impressive, I am very pleased, however it is worth noting that this polish was a little on the thick side. I managed to make it work for me. I think when I try the Layla next time it won’t be so uneven. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Clearly Quick top coat and it's worked nicely without killing the holo effect. I am glad the sun came out so I could shoot these photographs this afternoon and get this post up today. Thank you for reading and I bid you all happy polishing! 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Nfu Oh 65 & Aqua Base

I nearly didn’t get my polishes, the postman delivered them but put the key to the locker they were in, in someone else’s box! I freaked when I saw the tracking number on the delivery confirmation said ‘delivered at 11:38 am’ and it was 3:04 pm when I saw this so I immediately called the post office, the worker I spoke to told me she wasn’t sure what happened and would call back. Well 20 minutes later I got her call and she said she had talked to our postman and he must have put the key in the wrong box. I felt like saying, “You think?” but I was nice, and appreciative of her asking the guy to come back out.

He arrived around 4:15 pm. Apologetic and all, but still I was just grateful to get my polishes! This isn’t the first time this has happened either, so please learn from my experience, CHECK those tracking numbers, this was delivered a DAY early, I wasn’t expecting it until today, but something made me look. I am so glad I did because I really doubt any neighbor here would have been kind enough to deliver these babies to me personally, you know? I wish I could be confident that wasn’t the case but I am not, and that stinks. It’s the one thing about living in an apartment complex I hate. Here’s the picture I snapped before I lost the sunshine yesterday I know you can’t really see the holoness in the photograph, but trust me it is pretty darn holo in the bottle, so I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like on my nails!




Thanks for reading and seriously, keep checking your delivery confirmation tracking numbers, even a day or two early, because you never know. I know they work hard and these things happen, but at least I have a happy ending to share, right? I should be redoing my nails in this polish soon, maybe tonight, it depends on if my Bubbly Bombshell manicure chips more, I’ve been a bad Pamster. I did dishes twice yesterday without wearing my vinyl gloves, so I have one side chip on my right index finger nail. I think it was a subconscious effort to chip this manicure, despite it being gorgeous, so I can justify putting on 65. Happy polishing ladies!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Orly Bubbly Bombshell

I had my eye on this polish for about eight months before I actually bought it. I picked it up from Head2ToeBeauty and am so glad I did. It’s gorgeous, but even with the new camera my photographs don’t do it justice. It’s very glittery and fun to look at. The formula was pretty good. This is three coats though, I had hoped two would be enough, but it needed three coats to be opaque. The only complaint I have is that Seche Vite seemed to shrink the polish so that it looks like I have tip wear that shouldn’t be there. This is the second time I’ve had this problem recently, so I think it’s time for some Seche Restore.






I hope you like it! This Sunday’s Stamping challenge is for a non-stamping manicure in honor of April Fool's day, so this is going to be the one I share. Unless I end up redoing them with Nfu Oh 65, the pretty blue holographic polish I decided on ordering with my bottle of Nfu Oh Aqua Base this week. It should be here Friday. I am very excited about it, because from what I’ve heard it’s a decent polish when you use the base coat. I hope that you like this manicure and I will share the Nfu Oh 65 polish with you by Sunday, if not sooner. Until then I wish you happy polishing! 


Edited to add this picture of stamped Bubbly Bombshell, I hope you like it!





Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pearl Harbor Sinful Colors

I was out today at Sweetbay the grocery store and I had seen that they carried Sinful Colors when I was by their cosmetics area before. I saw Pearl Harbor and was certain I could find it at Walgreens, but the one I had seen there was Cinderella. I picked up Pearl Harbor today and love it! It was $2.99, a buck more then they sell for at Walgreens but I didn’t care, I just wanted it for my collection. Here is a photograph of it with Cinderella next to it because it reminds me of Pearl Harbor.




I hope you like it and that if you do that you’re able to find it. Thanks for checking out my blog & I bid you happy polishing!

Sally’s and Sally Hansen Polish Hauls

I haven’t done one of these kind of posts for awhile, and since I just got into stamping and have bought a fair number of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri’s I thought it would be a great time to share the hauls I’ve done this month. These were separate hauls of course, but I thought it would be easier to lump them together into two photographs, with the Sally’s Beauty Supply hauls in one photograph and my CVS, Walgreen’s, Walmart and Winn Dixie hauls for Sally Hansen Insta-Dri’s in another.




I picked up Instant Artificials, (though they don't all have clearance sticker, these all were discounted polishes) Twilight, Shining Star, FingerPaints Red Crackle, Blonde Bombshell, Some Like It Haute, Skyscraper, Iron Cross 360, Poinsettia and Champagne Bubbles. I also picked up two pairs of their Beauty Secrets Cotton Moisturizing gloves and love them! They are the best gloves I’ve purchased, and I know before I have raved about the Dollar Tree ones, but those tend to cut off my circulation a bit, so I was thrilled to discover that these were looser and worked perfectly with Lansinoh and my Vitamin E hand cream. Next up are the Insta-Dri’s I’ve picked up for stamping.




First up is Rapid Red, Wined Up, Pronto Purple, Presto Pink, Gone Grey, Spring Mint, Co-Bolt Blue, Whirlwind White, Night Flight, Lightening, Silver Sweep and the top coat, Clearly Quick. I already had Wined Up, but I thought I’d include it in the picture because it’s just a gorgeous red and it was the only one I had before. I think these wear really well when you pair them with a nice base coat and good top coat. I had trouble finding Whirlwind White and Night Flight, but managed to find them at my local Winn Dixie grocery store. I don’t know if they’ve been discontinued or what, but CVS, Walgreen’s and Walmart all didn’t have them in stock.

I also picked up two of the China Glaze Magnetix polishes, but I forgot to grab them and include them in the photograph. I got Pull Me Close and Drawn to You, along with a free magnet. It’s probably going to be awhile before I try either of them though, because I am in no hurry to mess around with a magnet and the polishes. Maybe this summer I’ll try one of them. I have so many untried polishes calling to me, I want to go through some of them, like my other Hunger Games polishes from China Glaze, and Bubbly Bombshell.

I am glad I finally gave in and got into stamping. I haven’t ever had as much fun with polish as I have been with my stamping supplies and my new Insta-Dri’s. It’s not easy, but it’s worth the time practicing to work on mastering the technique. Having the right tools helps a lot too. I really love my Bundle Monster plates, and my Konad polishes, but I think the Insta-Dri’s work just as well. I’m not sure all the ones I have work, I’ve posted every stamping I’ve done, and shared which polishes worked, but a lot depends on what you’re stamping over top of. Thank you for checking out my blog and I wish you all happy polishing!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Color Club Love’em & Leave’em

This is a great manicure, however it wasn’t my first choice. I tried water marbling with three of the color club holo’s I own, but it was an epic, fast drying fail. So I decided to leave it for the night and come at it fresh this morning. Very glad I did too! These holo’s are wonderful, and not as holographic as the Layla I showed you before, but for $5 (figure it at about that because of shipping) a bottle it’s well worth it I think. I ordered these from www.head2toebeauty.com recently, within the past month, and they were all holo. I picked up Fashion Addict, Worth the Risque and Love’em & Leave’em along with Orly Bubbly Bombshell.

I haven’t worn that one yet, but soon I will. I used Worth the Risque on my ringer finger as an accent nail. I think it worked great, contrasting nicely with the wine red stamping I did after it was all set and dried, and the gold of Love’em & Leave’em. I am very happy with this manicure. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Wined Up for the stamping and despite it being a little windy out back I think it was a great result. I used Bundle Monster plate 224 again, because I loved the results with it last time. I had intended to include a black accent stamping on the ring finger over the silver holo, but I was too fast on using the stamper and did it in Wined Up before I could stop myself! I hope you like it as much as I do.






I love the formula on every Color Club polish I’ve used to date, and these were no exception. Very smooth, not picky at all, no streakiness. It’s wonderful to have some holo’s that aren’t screaming for so people to look at them, like my Layla does. I would feel bad stamping over it. But these were a delight to stamp over. I used one coat of Beauty Secrets Moisturizing base coat and one coat of Instant Artificials and let it all dry for about 15 minutes before I applied the polish. I am so glad I took a chance and repurchased these, they are gorgeous polishes. If you’re on the fence about these, I say take a chance and order from www.head2toebeauty.com and see what you think of these polishes in person. Even with the new camera it doesn’t do them justice. Thanks for reading my blog and thank you to all my recently added followers, I really appreciate you taking the time to follow my blog. It means a lot to me. Happy polishing everyone!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stamping Challenge Manicure 3-25-12

This week’s stamping challenge is to use black & white so I did my manicure earlier in the week. I shot these using the old camera I took photographs with, so I apologize for that, but I was still trying to figure out the macro on the new camera. This is using Whirlwind White by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, and Ebony Hates Chris by Wet n’ Wild Fast Dry for the stamping Using Konad plate m60.







I kind of like the faded look, and think it’s a retro look of sorts. I really like it and hope you do too! If you haven’t joined, it’s a Facebook group for Stampers, called Adventures In Stamping, it’s a great place to share photographs of manicures and get advice on stamping and to see all kinds of new plates as well as different polishes used for stamping. I love it there and have been part of the group for almost a month now. They’re a great group of ladies and I really enjoy seeing all the pretty manicures they do. Thanks for checking out my blog and if you’re into stamping at all, you should ask to join the group! Just search for Adventures In Stamping and click the “ask to join group” button. Happy polishing!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wet n’ Wild On A Trip

I bought these when Walgreen’s had them on sale, buy 2 get 1 free, but when I used Disturbia it was just too dark and I had to crackle over it. This one was awesome right out of the bottle. The brush on this polish was as bad as my Disturbia brush, but I made it work. The polish goes on well enough and the formula is good to work with, it just takes more cleanup then I like. I used Seche Vite for the top coat on this manicure before I stamped it. Then I used Sally Hansen Clearly Quick, as a test to see if it would work well.




I stamped over this manicure after about an hour of it setting, with Silver Sweep, using Salon Express plate SE18. I like the butterfly image and it came out great in the silver. I tested it with Presto Pink, but it just didn’t pop the way I wanted it to, so I went back to my favorite stamping silver, Silver Sweep of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line. It always looks great and stamps like a champ.





I think I am getting the hang of using the new camera so no more Jazz camcorder pictures. Unless I want to share do a comparison or share something from before we got the new camera. I appreciate you taking a moment to read my blog, and if you haven’t gotten the Salon Express kit yet it might be worth trying, but you should just use an expired gift card or old credit card, they work better than the included scraper. Happy polishing!

New Camera Photographs

I just wanted to show you the new photographs I took of the Layla Holographic Polish, in Ultra Violet. The pictures were originally over 5 MB’s so I had to re-save them in MS Paint from screen shots to make them around 60 KB, and I think there is a huge difference in the quality between the new GE camera and the old Jazz camcorder. First up the new pictures:






And now the ones from my previous post:





 
I hope to be able to figure it out and make them all the same sizes, but it’s going to take some trial and error, so I hope you’ll stick around as I work out the kinks with this new camera! I am still wearing this polish, but I never posted this pic of the Rapid Red and Electrify manicure I did overtop of the Champagne Bubbles, and stamping I had done about a week ago. I hope you like it.






I was testing gold polishes, and on my pinky is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Golden-I, on my middle finger nail is Golden, by Revlon Top Speed, which I liked the best and the index finger nail is Champagne Bubbles. The other two just didn’t do as nicely for stamping as Golden did. I was very pleased to see that I already do own a nice gold for stamping. I am probably not going to stamp over this Layla however, it’s just too pretty to stamp over. Thanks for reading and checking out the new camera photographs! I wish you happy polishing!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Layla Holo in Ultra Violet

I know I probably should have waited, but I was so anxious I just had to put it on. I’ve had it over a week, but I haven’t been able to order the Nfu Aqua Base, I want to wait until my polish budget refreshes with the new month. I hope you like the pictures. I took some using the new camera but they are 5.5 MB each, so I am not going to be using that camera until I can find a way to resize them. It’s just too big of a file size to be linking to in my opinion. Besides I like the old Jazz Camcorder’s macro just fine, and will continue using it for my blog and posting on boards and whatnot.

Let me tell you this polish is a streaky mess on the first coat, but it evens out on the second one. I used one coat each of Beauty Secrets, Ridge Filling Base Coat, and Moisturizing Base Coat, two coats of Instant Artificials, and then one coat of Lily, the Top Speed by Revlon. I was prepared for failure, but had great success I think, but I’ll let you be the judge. You can get these on www.aveyou.com and they have a current coupon for the site for 20% off your order using the coupon “ALLCHIC” I think it is expiring soon, so if you want to use it now’s the time.






These two photographs above are without top coat. I really love this polish, but I am definitely buying the Nfu Aqua Base along with Nfu 64, a pretty pinkish holo polish. They can be found on www.fabuloustreet.com for $12.50 a bottle and if you get two bottles it’s free shipping! So one bottle of Aqua Base, and one of their pretty pink holo and I’ll be set! One other thing worth noting is that their bottles are 17 ml, whereas the Layla’s are 10 ml. I’ll definitely do a review on their holo and using their Aqua Base, but it won’t be until next month. Ulta is supposed to get the Layla’s in May from what I hear. I did use Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat in Clearly Quick because I’ve heard it works to protect the polish and doesn’t kill the holo effect. This is the results:




I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and I’m sorry that I can’t resize the other camera’s photographs, or figure out how to make them smaller yet. I’ll have to play around with it more. I have seen people talking about the Layla Holographic Polishes being available at Lawton’s in Canada, so that’s great to hear. I know sometimes it seems like our friends outside of the US get left out so it’s nice to hear that these can be purchased there in Canada right now. Thanks for checking out my blog and I bid you happy polishing!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Champagne Bubbles Stamped

I was at Sally’s to pick up some facial wax and I just couldn’t resist, they had some great polishes on clearance so I picked up two more Orly’s, Shining Star and Twlight, two lovely glitters I picked up for $1.99 each! I also picked up FingerPaints Red Crackle for the same price and then they had Champagne Bubbles, Skyscraper, Poinsettia, and Iron Cross 360 which looks a lot like Riveting, so I had to give it a home in my collection. I also picked up Instant Artificials and it’s really working out nicely as a new base coat.

I want to try to stamp with Champagne Bubbles, but for now I used it as the base color for my current manicure. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri’s in Pronto Purple which looked red on this gold base color, and Co-Bolt Blue, which turned green on this base color. I did okay on the stamping, still not as perfect as I would like it to be, but it’s still good. I seem to get better results when I stamp at night, it’s like the winds die down enough I can get it on my nails before it dries on the stamper.








I hope you like this manicure, I am not as pleased with it as I had hoped I would be, but then it’s just on for a little while, it’s not like I have to leave it on for longer then I want to. That’s the best part of having a nail polish hobby interest. You can change them as often as you like. I hope that you enjoy your polishes as much as I enjoy mine. I am pondering the purchase of either a helmer from Ikea, or a 3 drawer storage cube sometimes called a melmer, because you get it from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. When I get one I’ll post stash pictures. We got the new camera, but I am still learning to get the settings right. Luckily this camcorder doesn’t do too bad in sunlight. That’s all for now, happy polishing!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Another Spoiled, Shrimp on a Barbie

I took off my salon express test manicure, it wore pretty darn well, I was ready to take it off though. I chose to try the long lemmed Spoiled Shrimp on a Barbie. It was nice to get it on, the formula was as good as Are Mermaids Real, so I was very pleased, and the brush was not as hard to work with as I had first thought it would be.

I managed to get some stamping in this morning so I will just get to the pictures, this is Bundle Monster plate 225, the pretty flower design. This was for Adventures in Stamping, the facebook group. Large Flowers are the theme for this Sunday’s challenge manicure. I am very pleased, Silver Sweep, the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, worked great! I hope you like it.








I had a blast stamping today, mostly because I had the morning sun behind me and it was not windy so I was able to manipulate the polish much easier. I top coated with Poshe. I like this line of polishes, Spoiled wears great, and they have a wonderful selection of 72 colors. It’s only available at CVS, so if you want to pick up some of these you might want to save up some extra bucks or wait on a sale if you like. The retail for $1.99. I got some on sale recently in February and I only have just the three, Are Mermaids Real, Shrimp on a Barbie, and Cougar Attack. I’ll try it sometime soon, thank you for checking out my blog, and happy polishing!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spoiled, Are Mermaids Real

I did not like the brush and had to do more cleanup than usual, but I love the formula and the color. It’s really pretty both in the bottle, and on the nail. It’s a lovely polish and available only at CVS as far as I know. One thing worth mentioning is that at one of my CVS’s here in town they had the Spoiled display in a funny place near non-makeup related items, so if you can’t find it, don’t ask for Wet n’ Wild, as for Spoiled nail polish and they will direct you to the display.

I picked up a couple of others from the collection, Shrimp on the Barbie and Cougar Attack. I would have gotten Pirate’s Booty, but I have a couple of gold glittery polishes already so I passed on that one. They have a lot of great colors in this collection so it’s worth a look, and at $1.99 it’s worth it I think. Hope you like the picture I took this morning of this manicure. I plan on using the Shrimp on the Barbie one soon, but I will be decanting it into an old Poshe bottle. I really want to love it, but the brush on that one is much worse, so I recommend checking the brushes on the bottles you’re planning on purchases before you leave the store so you get a good one.




Edited in a picture of stamped salon express images over Are Mermaids Real stamped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Lightening Bolt, there was a double red heart I left on the ring finger nail, but that was because I didn't think it would show up much:




I am glad I picked this one up, it is very pretty in the sunlight, I don’t know if I’ll be stamping over it or just doing accent nails or what, but I like it all on its own too, just fine. Thanks for checking out my blog and happy polishing!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Salon Express Review

While out this weekend with my mother, she picked up a Salon Express kit, now I went into this knowing that the scraper was not very good, but that the plates and the stamper were decent for the money. I had a $3 extra bucks receipt coupon and so that made it $7.59 including tax. I was so excited to get it home and test it out. It was windy and I only had a little time so I did three nails, my thumbs and one ring finger. I am pretty impressed with the stamper and the plates worked fine with my Konad scraper.




  



I think they came out pretty good. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes in Rapid Red, and Spring Mint. I think they came out pretty good for a test run. The kit was easy to open and I wish more of this style packaging had the easy pre-cut opening template on the back. It made it very easy to open, however the plastic is very sharp so it needs to be handled with care. I had no trouble getting the blue film off my plate and was glad it wasn’t stuck to it with some kind of paste. I did clean off the plate with acetone before using it however, just to make sure I was starting with a clean, fresh metal surface.



Sorry for the image, I took several, but this was the best one. So once the film was off and I had my work space set it, it took no time at all to lay some polish to the plate and stamp two turtles on my thumbs. I thought it was pretty easy, but with all the wind I had going on out back where I have to stamp due to the smell of the 100% acetone, I did run into the polish drying on the stamper. My next tip would be to work fast! Lay polish, scrape, and immediately pick up the image and roll it onto the nail.



I picked this cool metal tray up at a local thrift store, it’s amazing the things you can find if only you take a little time to search around. I found a manicure bowl the last time I was there. It even had a Sally’s Beauty Supply sticker on it still. I paid $.25 for it and haven’t used it yet but I plan to soon when I get a curette to better have a go at the skin on my nail plates. It will come in handy for that kind of thing.




As you can see it’s in great shape and I am very pleased. I will be getting a placemat to put over my metal tray, just to have something protecting the work surface. I kind of like the picture on the tray so the Dollar Tree has these leopard print placemats, so I will be picking one of them up on my next trip out. I am pretty sure I’ll need to trim it to fit but it will be nice to look at leopard print I think. It was fun to stamp with Mother and my son watching, he was fascinated with it and I had to keep my nails away from him because he wanted to touch them in the worst way. I did let him pick which heart design I tested and that was fun.

I integrated the Salon Express into my stamping supplies in my binder set up, and I don’t regret the purchase at all. My next stamping purchase will be for some Konad plastic scrapers from wowsocool.com. I am really glad Mother wanted to get this for me, it made us both feel good, and I picked her up some Lansinoh so it was like a gift exchange for us. She’s excited to try it and I showed her my hands and she was very impressed, since it’s been awhile since we got to visit like this. I really appreciate you taking time to check out my blog and I hope if you’re thinking about the Salon Express kit you give it a shot, if you don’t have a konad scraper I would use an expired credit card or gift card and you should be good to go! Happy polishing!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Nail Break! Bummer…

While I was getting my wheelchair out I caught my middle nail of my left hand on the trunk, so I knew I had injured the nail. When I got home I had to cut the rest of them down. Oh well they will grow back. Also I bought a Layla holographic polish, the pretty purple one, Ultra Violet, and can’t wait for it to get here. If the tracking is to be trusted it will be here Monday. So we’ll see.

I have a couple of photographs of them shorter now, one is of a stamping I did but because I was in a hurry I didn’t want to redo them a third time. I started off stamping with Fashion Addict, the pretty purple holographic from Color Club, but it was too light, so I went with Konad Special White and used plate 206 of Bundle Monster. The middle finger is not my best work, but the index and others looked great.






I realized after I trimmed them, that I did my index a little too short, so that’s a little disappointing, just goes to show you shouldn’t cut them and file them when you’re upset from a recent break. My mother is getting me the Salon Express kit as a gift when we get together this weekend and I am looking forward to getting it. There are some designs they have I want to test out, like the turtle and the hearts. I won’t be posting pictures of the plates as I know others have done that and my camera is not the best. But I will review the kit for you. In the meantime here is a video I wanted to share of Mysimplelittlepleasures, I love her videos, doing a review on the Salon Express kit:


Her video is really why I want to get this kit, I am getting mine from CVS as I have a $3 extra bucks receipt that will bring the cost down to $7. I plan on  using my konad scraper and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes with it as I saw from her video that the Salon Express scraper isn’t the best. But the real piece I wanted the most was the stamper, I wanted to find a white tipped stamper so I could stamp with Rapid Red, a Sally Hansen Insta-Dri that I used already for stamping. I plan on eventually getting a plastic konad scraper from Wowsocool, on that page I linked to you can see the plastic scrapers.
That’s about I have for you today. I appreciate you taking time to check out my blog, happy polishing!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Third Stamping Attempt

Well this time around I am not as happy with it, I have to stamp outside because my other half hates the smell of acetone, so this morning I went out back to stamp and it was very windy out there, I had so much trouble! It was twice as long to get the ten nails done and they didn’t come out nearly as well as I had hoped. Last night I polished my nails with China Glaze, Gothic Lolita from the Electropop collection.




And here it is stamped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Silver Sweep! I really like this combination of silver and purple. What do you think? It’s a design from Bundle Monster 222 if you were wondering which plate I used.




I hope you like the photographs, we’re waiting on the replacement camera as the one they sent out didn’t work correctly, so hopefully soon my manicure pictures will improve. I also used my metal scraper this time around and it didn’t really damage my plates, I think the trick is to not scrape too hard and at a 45 degree angle and it doesn’t hurt the plates. Thanks for reading and I bid you happy polishing!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Second Stamping Attempt

I think this one came out better than the first one did. I tried to get a picture of the right hand but I can’t seem to hold the camera still enough. I put on China Glaze, Dance Baby, and let it dry and set for hours. I then stamped with Sally Hansen’s Rapid Red, and Konad Special White polish using Bundle Monster plate 224. I really am impressed with it. I took a couple of practice stamps, and did my best to line things up.








It came out pretty good I think, it’s hard to believe I’ve picked up the technique this fast. I am probably going to test stamp tomorrow, an image from each of my new Bundle Monster and Konad image plates, just to make sure they work well. I used an old expired debt card, and it worked great, as long as I scraped at a 45 degree angle. I really liked the way Rapid Red stamped, so I think it was definitely a good addition to my collection. Thanks for reading and happy polishing!

Friday, March 2, 2012

My Stamping Stuff Arrived Today!

So I bought some more polish at Sally’s, I got Agro, and two of the Magnetix polishes. Pull You Close and Drawn To You, and this month if you buy two you get the magnet free. I also picked up my first and probably only Hard Candy nail polish, Beetle. It’s a really pretty duochrome, and I wanted to wear it badly, so I put it on. I hope you like the pictures, our new camera arrived today too, but it’s not working properly, so we’re having to send it back.






Here is a picture of my stamping stuff, I got the binder at walmart, and the 9-pocket protector sheets off amazon. The stuff in the pocket underneath the image plates I picked up at the Dollar Tree, it’s rubber shelf liner, and it holds the plates in place so they don’t slide around or fall out. In my stamping order I only got 3 Konad plates, m57, m60, m63 and the double ended stamper, and two special polishes, the black and the white ones. I don’t use the scraper because I’ve read it scratches the heck out of your image plates, so thanks, but no thanks, I might try to get one of those plastic ones though.













Here are the pictures of my first ever nail stamping, I think I did pretty good, I started on the pinky and moved from it to the thumb in order. Almost all of the design transferred to my nails, so I am really excited with how well this turned out. It took a little practice, about four tries to get the pressure right to pick up the designs, and then getting it on the nail was easy, just even firm pressure.






I will be doing many more stamped manicures, so I hope you like them. I got my Bundle Monster Plates from their website and you can get either set on Amazon or their website. I’m very impressed with the Konad plate m57 I used today, but it’s not easy to do this. I can see how practicing is very important. Thanks for checking out my blog and as always, I wish you happy polishing!