Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bundle Monster Stampers and BM-605

Hi, Ladies!

MY BACK IS ACHING!!!!! You know why??!  I had this idea in my head and I wanted to execute it, but I wasn't sure what colors I would play with and if I could make it work... BUT!!! Before I tell you everything else, let me tell you why I'm blabbing...

Bundle Monster sent me two (2) stampers to play with, and image plates!  

A background on my stamping:  I only started stamping about 3/4 of a year ago. LOL!!  And I wasn't full time on it.  I stamped here and there because my friends were so into it.  I didn't want to be left behind (but my stamping ability was!!!), so I worked with what I had and tried to improve.

Wait, wait.  I'll show you what I was working on:

It was great that Bundle Monster gave me stampers in two different colors!   You see, when I was starting with my stamping, I only had a white stamper.  When I wanted to use a white stamping polish, I got cross-eyed.  So the photo above shows you a silver stamping polish and the difference of the image on the stampers with different colors.  MY PROBLEM IS SOLVED!  (Thank you, Bundle Monster!)

The image at the bottom of BM-605 was what I wanted to try first.  I was imagining all kinds of color combination because of the geometric shape.  

I have to admit, I tried a couple of times before my final nail art.

Here, I'll share with you the nail fail:

I wanted to use a Pixie Dust as base, but it didn't turn out too nice.  

So here, I decided to use a white base and this is how it turned out:

I have to admit, I liked it.  I used Lofes White Polish as base, also P2 Artful for the green, a black stamping polish, Quo by Orly Neon Orange and Neon Pink, and China Glaze Sweet Hook.

Okay, maybe I don't just "like" this mani, I'm actually quite proud of it.  It's my first successful advanced stamping ever!  I usually crease my decals and they always turn out so dirty, plus the image gets wrinkled.  This one was good!  The plate and stampers were great because I got the image whole.  I swear, this rarely happens!  
The stampers were quite hard to touch, which gave me the impression that they were going to be hard to use, but I was proved wrong.
The image plate was just perfect.  The images were etched nicely, it's hard to go wrong with it.
I'm really excited to get some more Bundle Monster plates!  They recently just launched their Secret Garden plates!  (And you know I'm waiting for my purchase in the mail!)
Please follow Bundle Monster on their Instagram, or go check out their website!
Ciao, Loves!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ZoyaPH offers Zoya Delight Collection + More!

Hi, Ladies!

I'm back with some eye-candies for you!!

I recently got hold of this Zoya Delight Collection, and I was ecstatic!  I was so excited to show it to my daughter and do nail art with her.  Well, as a mom, I feel safer to use 5-Free polish with my not-so-baby daughter, and Zoya offers this.  Zoya is actually a brand that's known to be vegan-friendly, free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor (Whew! That was a mouthful!).  This is safe for women with sensitive skin and allergies.  Oh, and also for pregnant women!  

Now, most "vegan-friendly" polishes are safe but doesn't last more than a couple of days.  I have tried Zoya and its extended wear formula makes it last up to a week on my nails.  (Of course, a week on my nails is just accidental, busy-busy week.) But really, it does hold up to its claim.

I just recently found out that Eiskin Laboratories, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Zoya Professional Nail Lacquers in the Philippines.  It is great that salon owners and nail artists alike, can access the latest offers from them.  They have their Zoya Philippines Facebook Page and ZoyaPH Instagram Account if you want to follow them to find out what's hot and new in the nail community.

Enough chatting and let me show you my swatches.

Zoya Leslie is a soft lavender with some soft metallic turquoise shimmer in it. I love that Leslie makes my nails look cleaner and whiter than the other colors from this collection. I stamped Born Pretty BP-20 image on it, using Models Own Chrome Mauve. 

Zoya Rayne is a dewy blue with soft metallic turquoise shimmer in it.  This color reminds me of the hot-right-now Cinderella dress.  I stamped Born Pretty BP-08 image on it, using Models Own Chrome Pink. 

Zoya Daisy is a lemon yellow with soft metallic turquoise shimmer in it.  I don't usually go for this kind of yellows, but Daisy is a keeper!  I stamped Born Pretty BP-02 image on it with a black stamping polish.

Zoya Tiana is a spring green creme that reminds me of, well, Tiana! :)  I stamped Pueen SE04A on the accent, colored in with Eden, Daisy, Leslie and Lillian.

Zoya Lillian is a spring blue creme.  I find that it's perfect as a base for any spring mani.  I used the rest of the Delight Collection colors for the flowers to see if the colors would go well together, and it did!
Zoya Eden is a darker spring pink creme and is the easiest to use among all these colors.  I splattered the rest of the colors into my accent nails and loved how it turned out.

These swatches were done in two coats for the cremes and Leslie, three coats for Rayne and Daisy.  All of them were topped with Seche Vite.

Here's another look on all colors together:

If you knew me well, you'd know for sure that I like the cremes better.  So my favorite color in this collection is---TIANA! Did you guess right?  How about you? What did you like best?
Please do me a favor and follow ZOYAPH on Instagram and Facebook!  THANK YOU!!

P.S.  I painted the Delight Collection skittles-swatch style on Z (my daughter) and she's been sporting her mani for 5 days now.  She just refuses to pose for me.  (IKR? Picture or it didn't happen!!)


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Born Pretty Store Black Stamping Polish

Hi there, Ladies!

I'm back!    I got a Black Stamping Polish (Item No. 1324) from Born Pretty Store to be reviewed.   

Here's how it went:

 I know, I know, not perfect, eh?  I posted this on purpose.  I wanted to show you guys how I did with the first try.  If you noticed, on my pinkie, the image didn't catch on too well.  That was because I was too slow grabbing it.  The ring finger was sort of the same. But with the middle finger, I was really quick, and the image caught on whole. 

I must say, this stamping polish is really opaque, and compared to most stamping polishes I own, I find that this was fairly easy to use.  I have used some that aren't as opaque, and some that are really, really hard to grab from the plate.  

I like that even after I stored it for a long time (a month), the polish was still fresh.  I was able to use MDU stamping polish and the enamel separates from whatever other compositions it has.  And to be able to use it (MDU), I have to vigorously shake the bottle.  This BPS one is a refresher!
As you can see, the polish also didn't bleed after putting on top coat.  So I love that about it.

Give me some more time and I will be able to perfect using this polish.  Hopefully, I will be able to update this blog entry and show you. :) 

UPDATE: As promised, here's another try on the stamping polish!  (Pardon the smudge on the pointer, I accidentally rubbed it onto something after I put the top coat.)   I think this polish and I are going to have a beautiful relationship :) I like it, I like it.  

This item is 6ml and costs $4.99, but with my Coupon Code: WNNX31, you get 10% off!

Talk to you ladies soon!