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Winstonia sent me their stamping plates to review and they arrived yesterday. Couldn’t wait to try them out! I’ll have a more thorough review later after I’ve tried a few more designs out, but for now here’s some polish and stamping. As for a short review, I had no problems stamping this one design. I used a regular Konad scraper and stamper.
I think this almost looks like a Halloween nail design! LOL!
From start to finish… First, I painted two coats of A-England Avalon (it’s the perfect purple under the glitter polish I wanted to use)…
Then I added one coat of Smitten Hocus Pocus. I don’t want to run out of this glitter polish so that’s why I layered it over the A-England Avalon. The purples are perfectly matched. :)
For the stamping, I used Winstonia plate W108 and Essie No Place Like Chrome (silver) to stamp a “paint dripping” tip. There were a couple nails that I didn’t get the design on the complete tip of the nail, so I went over the tip with the silver polish.
Base Color: Nicole by OPI Show You Care
Stamping Color: Essie Nothing Else Metals (YES, the Essie metallic polishes stamp well)
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM-310
NOTE: I wore the purple polish by itself for a day and then added the stamping. So there’s a bit of tip wear visible in the photos. :)
My monthly Julep Maven box arrived a day ago and this beautiful raspberry shimmery color, Joan, was included. I wanted to try it out right away…
Base Color: Julep Joan
Stamping Color: China Glaze Emotion (sort of a hard polish to find since it came out years ago, but it does stamp beautifully)
Stamping Plate: Konad m57
*Inspired by this stamping manicure by The Nailasaurus, one my favorite nail blogs. :)
Sometimes right before I take off polish, I do a bit of stamping. I do this for the following reasons:
- It’s great for testing out different stamp designs. This design was hard to stamp because you had to get the placement just right.
- Testing out different top coats over stamping. Essie Good to Go and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri smear the stamping, while Seche Vite is perfect still.
- If I like how it turns out, I stretch the manicure a couple more days.
So, this is what I did tonight. Although, I’ll be taking it off soon…
I’ve been on a White Collar watching spree on Netflix. Anyone else watch that show? So addicting! While watching this afternoon, I decided to do a bit of nail stamping. I haven’t been in the mood for it lately (I got through phases), but I absolutely love this combination! :)
Base Color: Rescue Beauty Lounge IKB: 2012 (limited edition)
Stamping Color: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Presto Pink 210
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM-310 (both designs are on one plate)
Top Coat: Seche Vite
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