For FBFF today, we're linking up to Miss Rockwell at Lifestyles of the Thrifty and Shameless with our Creative Manicures posts. I LOVE this. No, seriously. I LOVE THIS!!! I love doing my nails, and had fun with this idea! Head on over to her page to see a list of everyone who is posting. I'm really looking forward to seeing the other girls, there are some REALLY creative people out there.
Enough, I know. Get to the mani.
I was super excited to get my Konad black special polish in the mail this week and was anxious to start stamping. Along with my Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in white, I went to town. And it was a BLAST:
Then, as I was cleaning up the kitchen, I saw my inspiration:
And I knew I had my creative mani.
Yup, I went there.
So, to achieve this, I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen XW and let it completely dry. (That is after shaping, dealing with cuticles and Nail Magic basecoat.) After it had dried, I wiped an alcohol wipe over the nails to make sure they were clean and went to work. I used the Konad system I bought on Amazon, with Konad special polish in black. I had already tried a black polish of my own, Milani, but it's not strong enough. I think Konad special polish is the equivalent of 3 coats? I think I read that somewhere. I have since learned that the special nail polish takes longer than regular polish to dry, hence the swipes...oops! I later used China Glaze Purple Panic for the tips, applying them freehand. I finished off with a coat of Seche Vite topcoat.
Stamping is incredible. Here's a video, the video I first watched. It looks complicated, but trust me, it's not. You get into the swing of it really fast. I bought a little manicure cup-thing from Sally Beauty like they use in nail salons for the nail polish remover. I HIGHLY recommend stamping. Then again, it's addicting!