Intelligence, Integrity, Courage and Stamping

Hello! Today I have a full-nail stamping attempt to show. I was wearing the only other polish I bought from China Glaze’s The Giver collection–Intelligence, Integrity & Courage–and I decided to dress up this beautiful blue-toned gray with some silver stamping. I used plate BM-502, which is a plate from Bundle Monster’s Sun-Kissed collection. No photos of the plate, unfortunately, because I can’t yet figure out how to photograph stamping plates without getting a reflection of the camera.

China Glaze stamping

Shown in indirect lighting: Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, 2 coats of China Glaze Intelligence, Integrity & Courage, Essie Good to Go, and stamping in Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep. No top coat over the stamping, since I did this after I had worn the China Glaze for a while.

China Glaze stamping

The pattern is a bit crooked, and I smeared it by pressing the stamper too hard against my nail. Lesson learned! But I really like the overall effect–like shiny fish scales. The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line is good for stamping, but be prepared to work fast since–true to the name–these polishes dry in no time at all!

China Glaze stamping

Another indirect light picture. I don’t have photos of the China Glaze on its own–I stamped over it before that occurred to me. Whoops!

China Glaze stamping

Full sunlight. The design isn’t as clear here, but you can really see the shine of the Sally Hansen polish used for the stamping.

China Glaze stamping

Finally, a thumb/label picture. The design wasn’t quite large enough to reach the tip of my thumb, but since nobody looks at my nails that carefully except for me, it doesn’t bother me that much.

I can’t wait to do even more stamping! Hopefully the more I do it, the better I’ll get :).

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

First Stamping Attempt ft. OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid

So the other day, my first nail stamping plates that I purchased from Bundle Monster finally arrived! I immediately sat down and played with them for a while. First I practiced on a manicure I was about to remove anyway, and then I practiced on my bare nails. After I became used to the whole ‘paint-scrape-stamp-nail’ routine, I applied a fresh manicure with OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid and decorated it with some little black flowers from plate BM-311. 

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Shown in full sunlight: Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, 2 coats of OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid, Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stamping, and Essie Good to Go.

As you can see, I still need some practice. I mangled the design on my ring finger, and I didn’t wait long enough to apply my top coat so the flowers are a little smeared. 

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Here is a picture in indirect sunlight. Despite my mistakes, I enjoyed this manicure and I’m really looking forward to doing even more stamping. 

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A label shot with my thumb in indirect sunlight. The OPI polish itself is great; a quick review follows.

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid Quick Review

Formula: A bit thin and streaky on the first coat, but evened out by the second coat.

Collection: OPI Nordic Collection, Fall 2014

Where to buy: I bought mine off of Amazon. You can also find OPI polishes at Ulta, Sally’s Beauty Supply, and JC Penney salons.

Would I wear again: Yes, I love this one!

Overall: 4/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica