NOTD: First time stamping with OPI and Essie 090512

4 years ago

I really liked my last mani but its about time I changed it up. Im hoping to pick up a routine of polishing my nails every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so I could go through my always growing nail polish collection. It feels like theres not enough time in a year to polish my nails.

Next in line was <strong>OPIs Lucky lucky lavender</strong> which is a lavender that leans more pink, when I picked it up all I could think of was Uh oh, another pink! So I decided on adding a design to it. It had to be done. I was contemplating between polka dots, tape manicure or stamping. In the end I went with stamping because Ive never gotten round to playing with my Bundle monster plates. The formula of OPIs LLL was as smooth as butter and two coats did the job.

As soon as I decided on stamping I knew I wanted to use <strong>Essies Blanc</strong> to keep it soft and girly. I originally just thought of stamping my ring finger but it was too cool to stop. Its been too long since Ive added rhinestones to my manicure so there was my chance, I might as well add it in.

What I did:
<ol> <li>Applied a layer of The Edge base coat</li> <li>Applied Two coats of OPIs Lucky lucky lavender</li> <li>Then a layer of China Glazes fast forward top coat</li> <li>Using Essies Blanc and Bundle monster plate BM 224 to stamp the design on every finger</li> <li>Using base coat to stick down the pink rhinestones in the middle of the circle and flowers on the ring finger </li> <li>Finished it off with another layer of top coat</li> </ol>

Considering this was my first time I think I didnt do too badly but not every part of the image transferred nicely in one piece so I added the remaining parts onto any empty spaces I could see.

What do you think of my manicure? Have you tried any stamping plates yet?

<strong><em>Photos are mine. Do not steal or use without permission</em></strong>

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