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

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OPI The Sky’s My Limit Swatches and Review

Hi all! Today I have for you a release from OPI’s recent (July 2014) Ford Mustang collection. OPI The Sky’s My Limit is a beautiful jewel-toned teal with gold shimmer. It reminds me of water in the Caribbean.

OPI The Sky's My Limit

This photo was taken in indirect sunlight. You can see its jelly-like, translucent texture here.

All swatches are with Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, two medium coats of OPI The Sky’s My Limit, and Essie Good to Go (quick dry top coat). (Can you tell I hate waiting for my nails to dry?)

OPI The Sky's My Limit

Full bottle shot. I apologize for the blurriness :(. The gold shimmer is quite apparent in the bottle. Check out the awesome printed Mustang logo on the cap. I like how OPI is starting to do fun printed caps for its more special collections.

OPI The Sky's My Limit

Indoor natural light shot. Looks like a deeper teal here.

OPI The Sky's My Limit

Another indoor natural photo. This is most accurate to how TSML looks most of the time in person.

And finally…

OPI The Sky's My Limit

The bottom label (and my thumb).

Formula: Thin but workable. I suggest medium coats since this polish is rather see-through in certain lights.

Collection: OPI Ford Mustang, July 2014.

Where to buy: I bought my bottle through Amazon. You can also find OPI at Ulta, JC Penney salons, Sally’s Beauty Supply, or your local beauty supply store.

Would I wear this again? Absolutely! I will have this one on heavy rotation in my collection.

Overall: 4.5/5 stars

I did purchase another color from the Ford Mustang collection. Come back tomorrow to see which one!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

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