My luck with clear stampers

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I am just not having much luck with clear stampers! I want them to work so badly, because how smart are they?! I love the idea of being able to see how you are positioning your image.

However, not even on the third attempt at finding a good one have I had any luck.

First, I bought this one which only seemed to pick up parts of the images half of the times.

Then, I bought this one for my mom for christmas, but she didn’t have much luck with this one either – she says it didn’t pick up anything at all.

When I was given the chance to review this one, I thought: “Okay, last chance.”

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Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out to be the stamper that salvaged all clear stampers for me. It picked up some of the bigger images okay-ish half of the times, but smaller images and thinner lines was a no go. I mean, I have a silicone stamper and a regular stamper that works just fine for me, so I know it’s not my technique that’s wrong.

I tried using it with several different stamping plates – both from Born Pretty Store and two other companies, but it was all the same.

Given that this is my third unsuccesful attempt at finding a clear stamper – and the fact that all three have come from Born Pretty Store – I do not have much confidence in their clear stampers, and I will be looking towards other companies when I am buying stampers in the future.

The hype with nail art mats

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Lately, it seems that silicone nail art mats are all the rage in the nail art community. I have been torn as to how to feel about the mats. On one side, I find it super cool, but on the other side, I find it to be a glorified baking mat.

I was given the opportunity to review Born Pretty Store’s small silicone stamping mat which is 21×15 cm. The big one is 28×15 cm, if you feel like you need the extra space.

The mat has a 3 cm ruler, two circles (one clear and one black), 5 clear rounded rectangles and 5 black rectangles. The mat comes rolled up in a tube that you can use for storing, which is super neat and space saving.

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The mat allows you to test nail polish colors over black or clear, make diy decals, use with stamping, use as work surface to protect your table etc.

The mat is easy to clean with nail polish remover, and it doesn’t stain from the polish, even though I tried with dark colors and smeared it all over.

I like using it beneath my stamping plates where I usually use a piece of paper, because when you scrape the plate, some polish scrapes off to the work surface.

I use it to test nail powders over black and white without having to do it on the nails. Even the nail powders, which usually gets EVERYWHERE, easily sticks to the cotton pad with nail polish remover, and there were no particles left after a couple of swipes. I use it to test images from stamping plates and for quickly discarding stamping images where I didn’t get a complete, crisp transfer.

I want to try to use it for making diy decals as well, because it seems like it will be much easier than using a plastic bag.

The silicone makes sure that the mat sticks to the table and doesn’t slide anywhere.

I am glad that I got a chance to try it. I can imagine that once I get more used to having it, I will find more uses for it and thus use it more. Already, it saves me several pieces of paper (/paper towels) each week, which is more sustainable in the long run.

For the low price of $5,99 it is worth having for sustainability alone – anything else you can think of using it for is just an added bonus.

Use the code BOTX31 for 10% off the entire website.

Color Club Haul

I recently discovered that a Danish webshop sells Color Club polishes, which I’ve wanted to try for a while, but I was never prepared to pay the delivery costs for international shipping. And what was even better, was that they were having a sale! Of course, I jumped at the chance to try out a nice selection of polishes because you can never really evaluate a brand based on one or two polishes. I may have gone a little overboard, but Continue reading

Unboxing: GOODIEBOX August 2016

Last month, I introduced you to the GOODIEBOX subscription service – a monthly beauty box that you get for 159 kr, but the value of the products will be 5-700 kr. As I said last month, this box is only avaliable in Denmark, but my readers from the rest of the world might enjoy my first impressions on the products. Continue reading

Flower Water Decals

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I’ve been given the opportunity to review these water decals from an online store called Nicole Diary.

The water decals work just like other water decals – you paint your nails a solid color (I almost always choose white), then you cut out the decals to the size and shape of your nail. You remove the protective film from the image, and soak it in water for 10-20 seconds. Then, you slide the image off the backing paper and place it on your nail. Cut off any excess decal and finish with a layer of top coat. A quick and easy way to get a nice, intricate manicure with minimal effort.

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In contrast to some of the decals I’ve tried previously, these are significantly thinner and more sheer. With some of the other decals, a quick, uneven coat of white polish underneath was enough, but with these, I’d definitely recommend taking some time to apply the polish and making it look neat, because it’s gonna show through. The advantage to the thinness is that if you didn’t cut it precisely to size or apply it crookedly, you can easily soak it off your skin/cuticle area with nail polish remover – something that would be considerably more time consuming with thicker decals. They also need less time in the water before they are ready to be peeled off, which is a definite plus.

When you apply them, you have a few tries to apply them right – it is not until you press them down on your nail that they stick. This is good for a straight application, but I did manage to pull them off before pressing them down, because they stuck to my tweezers, and I had to try again. That’s really a matter of practice, though.

You can buy them in their Amazon Store or their Aliexpress Store. These ones are number 30 (direct link). They have a big range of nail art items, water decals, stamping plates, pigment powder etc.

You can use the coupon code Na2016 – leave it in the order note and you will get a small gift with your order.

What do you guys think about water decals?

Tribal Nail Decals | HOW TO

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After a few posts of trying to explain how I use water decals, this time, I’ve made a video showing you! You can find that further down this post. Continue reading

Slanted French Tips With Flower Decals

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Not too long ago, I made fun of the obsession with slanted and alternative french tips I had last year around this time. I guess the weather just does something to me, because here I am, at it again with does slanted french tips! Continue reading