Winter Rose

Hello lovelies!  This week I’m finally getting to play with some of the things that I recently bought over the Black Friday weekend.  But, I just wish I had more hands to play with everything all at once (is that weird?).My inspiration was completely based on the Bundle Monster Flower Angel Stamping Starter Kit that I bought.  I tried to look up some ideas on both the Bundle Monster website, and Google.  But from the little searching that I did, I couldn’t see very many pictures.  So, I completely winged it!

What I used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  OPI – Feel the Chemis-tree
  • 2nd Color:  Sally Hansen Color Therapy – Glow with the Flow
  • Top Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • acetone nail polish remover
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • Bundle Monster mini lotus mat
  • Bundle Monster BM-XL351 stamping plate
  • Bundle Monster BM-XL352 stamping plate
  • silicone stamper & scraper
  • lint roller sheet
  • Bundle Monster tiny double sided nail art brush/dotting tool

Just like every week, I started with base coat, and then two coats of Feel the Chemis-tree.  This was my first time using OPI’s Feel the Chemis-tree, and I have to say that this purple shimmery color is absolutely GORGEOUS.  But no matter what angle, lighting, or location, I just could not find a way to take a picture that did this color justice.  I would definitely recommend looking up what this color actually looks like.  And while you do that, I’ll look up ways to improve my picture taking skills.

Anyway, after the polish was dry, it was time to set up for the stamping.  I decided to use the double sided squishy stamper that came in the starter kit because it’s probably what works best with these plates, right?  And then I set down the freebie Mini Lotus Mat that came with it, to protect anything that I might touch (last week I spilled acetone everywhere).  And then, it was time for stamping.  I wasn’t sure how the Sally Hansen polish would stamp, since it has a thin formula, so I did a test swatch on the lint roller sheet.  And of course, it stamped beautifully.

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Two coats of OPI – Feel the Chemis-tree

Once I was happy and ready, I started stamping.  I was originally going to do the full nail rose design from XL351 on all of my nails.  But after putting it on my ring finger, I decided that it covered up too much of the beautiful purple.  So, I pulled out the XL352 plate and used one of the single roses on my middle finger, and another one on my thumb.  The only issue I had was with my right thumb.  Unfortunately, only half of the image went on to the nail (I think I went too slow that time).

So in order to fix it, I decided to try to stamp over it again with the same image.  That probably wasn’t my best idea.  The double image was definitely indecipherable, and looked like a big flower blob.  I should have just redone the nail, but instead I kept on going.  I thought maybe I could fix it with a tiny nail art brush and some more of the purple, but I don’t think it helped all that much.  I still kept it like that though.  I just wasn’t feeling like redoing it when no one pays attention to my thumbs anyway.

I have no idea how long this actually took.  From clean up to set up, it was about three hours, but I took a little half-time break to eat dinner and just watch some TV.  So, lets just say maybe about two hours.  I’m extremely happy with how they turned out, even with the thumb nail.  The polishes are beautiful, and they just feel great.

Have you ever had a manicure that just felt right, even though it wasn’t perfect?  Let me know below

Update:

I was so distracted with doing my Christmas nails, that I forgot to do this update! My bad.

So by Sunday, I woke up to two chips on my left hand.  I really don’t know what I do to my hands, but I’m obviously not gentle.  I fixed the two chips by that night, and they stayed fine for the rest of the week.  But on Wednesday, I somehow chipped the other side of my middle finger.  I decided to leave it because I felt that I could behave for two days.  And I was right!

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