Wearing some dots today. :) The dots are from a Cheeky plate and were sort of hard to stamp. It was strange. I was trying to be super careful but you can see that some of the dots are warped. I think I need to practice a bit more with this one. :)
Anyhow, here are some dots!
In other news, I had an awful pedicure over the weekend. The technician cut my toes multiple times! I’ve always heard that you should never trim your cuticles, but just push them back. I generally don’t have much dead cuticle to work with anyway, so I’ve never had to warn anyone to NOT trim my cuticles. Anyway, before I knew it the tech was going to town on my toes and making me bleed! Nip! Nip! Nip! I could feel her cutting my skin!
I should have spoken up sooner. Learn from me, people! SPEAK UP AND TELL THEM THEY ARE HURTING YOU! She was going so fast, I just assumed it would be over quickly. Three days later and I still can’t wear socks or closed toe shoes because they rub against my healing WOUNDS. :(
Dude. Never again. I’ll just do my own dang pedicure, thanks.Pin It
Having fun with more nail stamping. :) This time I tried stamping with three colors all at once…
Base Color: China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
Stamping Colors: Konad Special Polish Yellow, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint & Brisk Blue
Stamping Plate: Cheeky CH6
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Oops! You can see some stray Mannie fur in these photos. I suppose I should have waited until after taking pictures to scratch his ears. ;)Pin It
Last week as I was picking out images to stamp on my nails, I was completely fed up with my lack of organization when it comes to the plethora of nail plates I’ve acquired over the last couple years. I went to Google and started searching. There were some great solution, but none that I liked more than this so I wanted to share it with you all! :)
I wish I could take credit for this idea. It’s brilliant!. I’m not sure who originally came up with this idea since I found it in multiple places online. Anyhow, here’s my nail stamping image plate storage solution…
Items mentioned in video…
I attempted to do gradient nails again, this time with neon colors (which sadly my camera doesn’t pick up). The gradient is much more subtle in the photos. Believe me, it’s awesome! Anyhow, I skipped the glitter this time and went straight to stamping. I love how it turned out!
Base Colors: China Glaze Pink Voltage (Neon), Zoya Charisma
Stamping Color: Konad Special Polish Black
Stamping Plate: Cheeky XL Image Plate C (available here)
Base Color: China Glaze Liquid Leather
Stamping Color: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep
Stamping Plates: Konad m84 & m3
NOTE: I did this manicure a while ago before I had this blog (last October), but I love it so much I wanted to share it here. :)Pin It
I saw Zoya Ibiza used for stamping on a blog a while back and decided to try it out. I think it works because it’s such a dark color. I was sure to stamp it very quickly, however. Being that it’s a regular polish, it tends to dry much more quickly than the Konad Special Polishes. In fact, you can’t see it, but the stamping on my thumb is all sorts of messed up because I wasn’t fast enough. :)Pin It
Base Color: Zoya Zuzu
Stamping Color: Konad Princess Special Polish in Deep Jungle
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM-223
When I first starting nail stamping, I only used the Konad Special Polishes. Granted, I started out with only black and white, but they seemed to be the best options. Since then I’ve learned that there are some other polishes that work, too. :)
Chrome or metallic polishes. Most silver polishes like Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Silver Sweep, or China Glaze Millenium are great examples. Also, all the polishes from China Glaze’s Romantique collection from a couple years ago stamp very well. I picked up those from a seller on Amazon.com a while back.
Opaque Quick Drying Polishes
Sometimes regular old polish will work. When I discover that a polish I already own will stamp sufficiently it’s like finding buried treasure! :)
Most of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes will work. There are just a few that I’ve found that do not (Going Grape, for example). And the best part is that the Insta-Dri line of polishes is sold in drug stores and what I lovingly call “The Mother Ship” aka Ulta Beauty. ;)
Sometimes darker Zoya or Essie polishes will work. Really, the best thing to do is to just try polishes out.
Your Online Nail Buddies to the Rescue!
I came across this list not too long ago. A bunch of avid nail stamping fans have been compiling a list of non-Konad polishes that work for stamping. It’s definitely worth checking out, even though it hasn’t been updated for a while. :)
New to stamping? What to get first…
For brand new nail stampers, I would suggest the following polishes:
- Konad Special Polish White (haven’t found a white as good)
Konad Special Polish Black (many blacks work, I just use this since I have it)
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Presto Pink
Those are my most used stamping polishes, although I do have a few more that I love to use.
All in all, it’s really about trying out different polishes to see what works for you. I’ve read on some nail blogs that they’ll find an old dried up polish, try it out with stamping, and it will work beautifully. So don’t be afraid to do some experimenting on your own. :)Pin It