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A Face Lift, an Update, a Manicure, and a Review

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Today’s post is going to be quite substantial as it contains a backlog of reviews and even a manicure. There’s also a lengthy update about the page itself and my plans for the future. Polishes reviewed include Resurrection by Sally Hansen (Complete Salon Manicure) and Lollipop by Orly.

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Manicure #003

I’m going to let the photos do the talking this time and save what I’ve got to say for another post. The first manicure was done using Mint (base) and Dreamer (both polishes by Revlon) and White on White by China Glaze. I also used a top coat by Revlon.

The second manicure was done using Swing baby (base) and Unplugged, both by China Glaze. I used plate number BM10 by Bundle Monster to achieve the giraffe-type pattern.

Nail tutorial #002: Chic and Teak

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Alright, I’m in a mood to post today! I’m trying to make up for lost time. It’s my goal to post at least once every few days and have a couple of tutorials and reviews every single week. Hopefully I can really get the ball rolling with this blog and build a good “base” for everyone to enjoy.

I’m going to change up the way I write tutorials so this will be a little different than #001. Today’s manicure is called “Chic and Teak” and uses the following items:

White on White by China Glaze
Smoky Brown by e.l.f.
Quick Dry Top Coat by Revlon
– Bundle Monster plate BM20
– Konad stamper
– Konad scraper or old credit card (in this case mine is an old gift certificate).
– Q-tip with a point or a brush
– Acetone
(The q-tip and acetone are not necessary but help with cleaning up the edges of your nails. I know I need them after painting my nails and they make a huge difference! Simply soak the brush or q-tip in the acetone and swipe it around the edge of your nails.)

1.) Paint your nails with White on White. Use at least two coats but no more than three or else it will begin to glob up. Apply a quick drying top coat to speed up dry time and allow your nails to dry for at least 10 minutes.

2.) Dip your brush or q-tip into acetone and gently wipe it around the edges of your nails to correct all smudges. Do this immediately after painting each nail and the polish will come up MUCH quicker than if you wait until you’re finished with your entire hand.

3.) Take your credit card or scraper, stamper, and BM20 plate out. Apply Smoky Brown polish on top of the filagree image. I have found that painting over the image in all directions allows the polish to really sink into the plate and as a result the stamper will pick it up better.

4.) Be sure to do this step immediately after you paint over the image! Use the card or scraper and scrap the polish off in one quick motion. Do not press down too hard but firm while swiping in one direction. Immediately pick up your stamper and press it into the design. Roll it around while keeping it flat on the plate so that every nook and cranny will be included. As fast as you can, take the stamper and roll it over your nail. Be sure to follow the natural curvature of your nail or it won’t look right! If you press flat down the design will become warped or pieces of it will be entirely missing.

5.) Apply your top coat for protection and a nice shine. Let your nails dry for at least 10 minutes before using your hands.

Voila! A beautiful filagree design in two very chic colors.

My first three Konad + Bundle Monster manicures!

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I would add a tutorial but it’s pretty self explanatory. Each of these manicures involved Bundle Monster plates and a Konad stamper.

So far I’m pretty happy with everything I ordered. However, as a beginner I was not privy to the fact that using a special polish is best when stamping. Konad apparently makes such a polish and I will be purchasing it soon. Until then I’ve figured out a few tricks to help make the stamping process better:
1. Do it quickly! It seems like “regular” polish dries so fast that it barely transfers (if at all) while stamping unless you do it within a few seconds.
2. Make sure to push down the stamper and roll it around really well so it will pick up the entire design.
3. When applying the stamp to your nail you need to do it in a rolling fashion from one side to the other in order for it to work properly.

Hopefully mine will get better with time and the proper nail polish. I am definitely satisfied though!

First manicure:

Second:

Third (and my personal favorite!):

Quick update.

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I got my Bundle Monster plates and Konad stamper in! I have played with it a little bit but not enough to get out a camera and take photos for this blog. I will get on that tomorrow. It has been a lot of fun playing around with it but it definitely takes a little practice and experimentation before you can get it perfect.

Check back soon!

Short post.

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This is going to be a short post. Yesterday I ordered 20 plates from Bundle Monster as well as the nail stamper and scraper from Konad. I absolutely, positively cannot wait. Honestly, I think it will be the beginning of the end when I get them tomorrow. I also got two bottles of polish today (Minted by Revlon and Fall Mood by Revlon).

Speaking of, although I have only done a few legitimate manicures in my life, I have somehow amassed a decent collection of polish. I probably have about 30 bottles in all kinds of colors. I started collecting them years ago and only recently began using them. Why that is, I'll never know. It was just one of those things where people would give it to me or I would see a color I loved and bought but never really used... until now!