As you can see from the image I snagged from the Trade Secrets website – this nail art is new and beyond adorable. This was a total impulse buy and so far it has been worth the $29.95 CAD I paid for it. The 1950s Pin-Up packaging is beyond cute and great if you have a make-up display.
Just like any other awesome Christmas present you get to open it up and find MORE pretty things!
The starter kit comes with:
1) Nail Polish – their brand of nail polish is insanely fast drying and really holds its edges. It’s like a combination of white-out and high end nail polish (don’t even TRY to tell me you never painted your poor nails with nail polish then used highlighter to give them color during really boring classes!)
2) MoYou™ Stamp & Scraper – self explanatory
3) MoYou™ London Image Plate – so cute! beautiful combo of classic holiday season and ugly Christmas sweater motifs
4) an insanely good instruction manual … seriously they put some thought and effort into this. They even make me feel better about my first botched attempt!
In theory it should be pretty easy to stamp. However we ALL know that make-up fails happen. Even with, what I consider to be a pretty good product.
So this is how you stamp:
1) Remove the blue protective film.
2) Apply the Nail Polish of your choice to the design you wish to stamp.
3) Remove the excess nail polish with a MoYou Stamp & Scraper using a 45º angle.
4) Roll the MoYou Stamp & Scraper over the selected design being careful not to use too much pressure.
5) Transfer the design by rolling the MoYou Stamp & Scraper over you nail.
6) Apply a top coat for a longer lasting result.
And this was my results … Be prepared to chuckle
So I swear I tried to follow directions …
As you can see the big toe was a bit of a disaster. The stamp is meant for fingernails and I didn’t take the time to center the design properly. The second toe wasn’t too bad. I like the pretty poinsettias print. My favorite stamp was the third toe with the snowflakes. It actually turned out really well if you ignore the skin I stamped as well. Even though it was a fail, the instruction manual was so thorough with what could cause you problems that I didn’t even feel bad. I knew where I went wrong and I was ready to move onto fingers!!!!!
Yeah so that stamp did not work. I think I waited too long with the snowflake to reapply the paint so it didn’t get all the pretty pattern. What I should have done was stop and look under the stamp and see if the stamp had picked up the right design before I applied it to my finger.
No matter though. When life gives you lemons (or a nail art fail) … you add SPARKLES!
All in all I really enjoyed this kit and I plan to continue trying out stamp art. If you are a novice stamper I’d give this kit a whirl too! Just keep some sparkly nail polish nearby just in case!