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Day 30 of the 30 Day Challenge: A tutorial

It’s the last day of the challenge! I’m kind of glad that it’s coming to and end actually as my nails really need a bit of a rest, but I have enjoyed having to come up with something new every day!

Today’s theme is ‘a tutorial’ so I have decided to create a tutorial about how to stamp. I realise that some of you may already know how to do this, but I know a couple of you have never seen this technique before. So this tutorial is for you!

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Spring Green, which is one of my favourite polishes at the moment.

Here you can see the stamping plate I am using for this tutorial. It is a small round metal plate with patterns and shapes indented into it. In this case, the images are of little monsters!

And these are the two other items you’ll need to do stamping. The first of which is the stamper which has two slightly curved rubber ends, one larger than the other. The other is a small plastic card like an old gift card or something. The one I use is a little card that came with a set of stamping plates I got.

The first thing to do is get the polish you are going to stamp with and cover the stamping plate image you are using with a layer of it. The rest of the steps need to be done pretty quickly so that the polish doesn’t dry.

Then, use your card to scrape the excess polish off the top of the image. I tend to put a piece of kitchen towel under the image so that you can wipe the polish off the card when you are done.

Here you can see the polish left behind on the image after the excess has been scraped off, and the mess that I made doing it!

Then press the stamper onto the image to pick up the polish. Try not to press to hard as you don’t want to smudge the image.

Here you can see the polish has been transferred onto the stamper. If you have a bit of smudging (like I did) you can clean that up using a cotton bud dipped in polish remover, but remember to be quick!

Then, slowly roll the image onto your nail from one side to the other to cover your whole nail in the image. Again, don’t press too hard to avoid smudging!

As you can see, the stamped image can get all over your finger so clean that up with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and then move onto the next nail!

It might sound like quite a tedious process, but actually it’s pretty quick when you get the hang of it. The most annoying part is waiting for the base colour to dry properly before stamping so not to smudge it.

You can get the stamper and plates I have by using the links shown in the steps above or by searching ‘Konad stamper’ and ‘stamping plates’ on Amazon.

I hope this post has shed some light for you!



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Day 29 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by the supernatural

I can’t believe that this is the second last post of the challenge! This month has gone so fast, it’s mad.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by the supernatural’ and again I found this one to be a little vague. I had images of ghosts, zombies and Superman in my head but while rifling through my stamping plate collection I found a cute like monster-like pattern! I’m not sure it’s supernatural exactly, but I liked it and so decided to use it.

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Spring Green and then used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grape Escape to stamp the pattern over the top. I’m actually using this exact manicure for the tutorial I have to show as the last part of the challenge tomorrow, so you’ll be able to see exactly how all this stamping malarkey is done!

I loved wearing this manicure, but I’m not sure the purple shows up very well on the green. Maybe I should have chosen a lighter green…

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Stamping Plate CH32
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 26 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a pattern

Morning campers! I am so tired today it is not even real. I have one of those confusing occurrences with my alarm this morning where you are sure you put it on snooze but apparently you turned it off. I still made the train on time though so no matter.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by pattern’ so I was really pleased that there wasn’t too much limitation for today’s nails. It gave me a chance to use a new stamping image that I have been longing to use since my new Cheeky plate set arrived a few weeks ago.

Look at the pretty stars!

I started by painting my nails with a base of Leighton Denny’s Rebel which my dad got me in a set on his way back from a business trip in India. It is such a beautiful colour! It shimmers a really vivid purple with pink undertones. I then used Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Cheeky stamping plate CH51 to stamp the star pattern over the top.

I absolutely love this design!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Leighton Denny – Rebel
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 25 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by fashion

The finish line is nearly in sight. I’m not going to lie…I can’t wait for it to be over. My creativity is starting to run thin.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by fashion’ and I did think about copying a dress print from London Fashion Week that has just gone but then I remembered that I had a cool new set of clothes and fashion stamping images that I haven’t tried out yet.

First I painted my nails with No7 Winter Tale which is a polish from their new collection recently released. The colour is really lovely. One of the men at work described it as ‘battleship grey’ which I thought was a very good description so I’m stealing it. The consistency is not so lovely however. It is impossible to get the right amount of polish on the brush. You either get too much and it dribbles everywhere or not enough and it streaks and drags. It makes me a bit reluctant to buy any more from the new No7 collection.

After it had dried I used five different stamp images to stamp over the grey with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grape Escape which is a lovely dark metallic purple. These Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes are amazing for stamping. I managed to pick this one up with a few other colours from Poundland a few weeks ago which was an absolute bargain.

Hope you like it :)

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • No7 – Winter Tale
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH37
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH55
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 21 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a colour

After the disaster that was the water marble nails, I give you one of the prettiest manicures I have ever done… if I may say so myself!

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by a colour’ and as this is a bit vague I decided to use a manicure using my favourite colour of something that color. Behold! Leafy nails!

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Mint Green and waited for them to thoroughly dry. I then used Cheeky Plate CH33 and Sally Hansen Emerald Express to stamp the leaf pattern over the top.

This is my first time stamping with this season’s cheeky plates and the quality is impressive. The pattern is picked up on the stamper perfectly every time and and as the images are a bit bigger than usual, the pattern covers my whole thumbnail!

I really wish I had kept this manicure on for more than just a day :(

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Mint Green
  • Sally Hansen – Exmerald Express
  • Cheeky Plate CH33
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 15 of the 30 Day Challenge: Delicate print

Late post. Ergh. Excuse me if I make no sense…I just got back from the cinema seeing Total Recall with the boyfriend and I’m absolutely knackered.

Today’s theme is ‘delicate nails’ and I have absolutely no idea what that means so I just took that to mean a really detailed pattern. Naturally, I reached for my stamping plates and this is what I came up with. I think the pattern could be a little crisper but I still quite like it.

Delicate print – indoor with flash

I started by painting my nails with my favourite black – Models Own Black Magic. Then I used Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Cheeky Mega Plate B to stamp this pattern over the top. I actually managed to do all my nails first time which was a result!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Cheeky Mega Plate B
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 13 of the 30 Day Challenge: Animal print nails

This theme was always going to be a issue due to the number of different animal print stamping patterns I have. I’ve already done tiger print so I wasn’t going to do that, but I still had quite a few to choose from. In the end, I chose leopard print and Im so glad I did!

Animal print nails – in the shade with flash

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Foil Effects Gold and then used Konad Special Polish in Black and Bundle Monster stamping plate 221 to stamp the leopard print pattern over the top.

I took my photos and I really liked it, but then I had an idea…I decided to use LA Colours Bronze Bombshell to colour in the spots. To be honest I can’t really decide which style I like better so I thought I would share both sets of photos with you. Which do you prefer?

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY I have running at the moment to win a bottle of Barry M Foil Effects Silver!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • LA Color – Bronze Bombshell
  • Bundle Monster Plate 221
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 7 of the 30 Day Challenge: Black and white nails

I’m back again with today’s installment of the 30 Day Challenge and today’s theme is ‘black and white nails’.

These two plain colours (or absences of colour) tend to be a popular nail polish combination for me. I love the classy smart effect you can get with them and often trade the white in for a silver.

Today however, I decided to go with something a bit more fun!

Black and white nails – in the shade

Piano nails! How cute are these? I think this was probably the easiest stamping experience I’ve had so far (not that it’s hard!) and was a real joy to do.

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Matt White and after it had dried, I used Bundle Monster Plate 207 and Konad Special Polish in Black to stamp the piano pattern over it.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what the others doing this challenge can offer today as I might have to pinch some black and white ideas!

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • Bundle Monster Plate 207
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri



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Day 6 of the 30 Day Challenge: Violet nails

My first question when I saw this theme was ‘What colour is violet?’. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a complete idiot. I knew it was something to do with purple. It’s just that the difference between violet and indigo has always been a bit vague to me.

So to Google Images I went. This, however, wasn’t very useful. According to that, violet is every shade of purple under the sun. Faffing over shades was turning out to be too much effort so I just found a purple in my stash that I hadn’t tried yet.

Violet nails – indoor with flash

Barbara Daly’s Purple Velvet is a really really dark purple that tricks the eye into thinking it’s black when in low light. In bright lights however, this colour has a really vivid purple shimmer to it.

I then used two different butterfly stamping images with Barry M Foil Effects Silver to finish the nails off.

They really remind me of the original butterfly nails I did, but I think I prefer these ones :)

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barbara Daly – Purple Velvet
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate B
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri



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Day 5 of the 30 Day Challenge: Blue nails

Today is the 5th day of the 30 Day Challenge, and I am really enjoying it! Still have a long way to go though, so my attitude will probably change, but for now, all is rosy :)

The theme was today is ‘blue nails’ which is theme I have been really looking forward to. When I got my new Cheeky mega stamping plate B last week there was one particular stamping image that stood out to me as a fun one to use. So I give you….clouds!

Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream – indoor with flash

How cute are these?! The little clouds are actually one big stamping pattern to stamp across the whole nail.

I started by painting my nails with a base of Barry M’s Blueberry Ice Cream which is my untried polish for the day. I then used Konad Special Polish in White to stamp the cloud pattern on. This bit was really quite fiddly as it was difficult to get the full pattern on the stamper without any smudging, but I managed it in the end. I put a top coat on, and sat back admiring the design when my boyfriend said that it would be cool if I could paint little silver linings on some of the clouds! I thought this was a great idea, but as the phrase is “EVERY cloud has a silver lining” I thought that would be a bit of a challenge. I decided in the end to just paint a few clouds in with Barry M’s Foil Effect Silver polish with a tiny paintbrush to give the effect of the occasional raincloud. Plus, it gives a really pretty shimmer to the nails!

I think this challenge manicure is probably my favourite one so far :)

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate B
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri



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