Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NOTD: Stamping and Pixie Dust

Yesterday I mentioned on my Facebook Page that I painted my nails with Color Club Mod in Manhattan, part of the Wanderlust collection from Birchbox.*  Lately I've been really boring myself with my solid color manis, so I decided this morning to add some nail art to this one. I pulled out my Bundle Monster nail stamps, some Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes for stamping/dotting and Zoya Pixie Dust in Godiva. This is what I came up with.  
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I haven't done any nail art in awhile besides the occasional accent nail, so I am really loving this look of mixed texture, patterns and a little coral heart on my ring finger. My pointer and pinky have the Zoya Pixie Dust in Godiva sort of ombred on. (Ombred, is that a word? You get what I mean right?) I applied it heavier at the tip and faded it out toward my cuticle. My middle finger (and thumb too, though not shown) have a swirl nail tip stamped on from Bundle Monster plate BM17. My ring finger has a pretty sort of chain mail pattern from Bundle Monster plate BM21 stamped on it and a heart I added using a dotting tool from Essence cosmetics. The stamping was done in Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish in Time to Shine. The heart is also Xtreme Wear, the shade is called Caribbean Coral. 

Here are some images of the Bundle Monster plates I used. (Images are from Amazon.com.) On BM17, the nail tip stamp I used is the bottom right one. On BM21, I used the top right pattern. You can buy all the plates in a set from Bundle Monster through Amazon for $17.99. I would also recommend the Konad stamp and scraper set for $5. (I bought a holder for the plate as well when I purchased these plates, but honestly it's not necessary. I don't actually use it. I feel like it just creates more mess and it's easier to just scrape the stamps on a napkin or paper towel.)

Here is the lineup of all polishes I used for this look. I used Seche Clear base coat, followed by one coat of Color Club Mod in Manhattan. I did all the stamping with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Time to Shine. I applied Zoya Pixie Dust in Godiva to my pointer and pinky fingers. I used a dotting tool to create the little heart with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Caribbean Coral. I finished off the stamped nails with Seche Vite top coat. (I didn't apply top coat to the nails with Pixie Dust to preserve the texture.)

These are the tools I used. The two Bundle Monster plates, BM17 and BM21. The Konad stamp and scraper set. And the Essence dotting tool. (The dotting tool is in the Essence cosmetics display, I found it at my local Fred Meyer. I want to say it was $2.50 or $2.99.) 

My test sheet. Some designs stamp better than others and some polishes work better for stamping than others. Before stamping a design on my nails, I test it out on a piece of paper. This way, I can see how the design transfers and also kinda brainstorm for what I might want to do on my actual nails. This time I even painted a couple strips of my base color to test the stamps out on. You can see I was messing around with the dotting tool in the photo above as well. I originally thought of drawing a little bow on my ring finger instead of the heart, but I haven't yet mastered the dotting tool so a heart ended up being easiest. 

I totally love the look I came up with, its fancy and fun. I work the next few days so I'm sure it will get quickly ruined (due touch screen typing and constant hand washing!) but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. I'm glad I was inspired to pull out my stamping plates too, I'm hoping I'll use those a little more frequently in the future because they are just so fun! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial on my Nail of the Day! :)

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