Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Some times art can be found at the tips of your fingers. I made these Blown Keep Sake Eggs for my son for Easter. I am planning on making a set of these every Easter. Hopesully he will look back on these and have many great memories. I hope you enjoyed them. All of the black designing was done with a Nail Art polish.
Thats All For Now
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Calling all nail stampers! I have a surprise for you!
Have you ever heard of Mash Stamp Plates? Neither had I until one day I was window shopping on Amazon and typed in Nail Plates and my search returned a few new products. The one that caught my eye was named Mash Stamping Plates. So I click on it and low and behold I am staring at konad dupes. No, for real. I was amazed. Here before me was 25 image plates that were near identical to Konad. For only $9.99. I went to add them to my cart and alas, they were sold out. So for the better part of 2 months I have been checking a few times a week for them to come back. And they are in stock! Now I am assuming they will not be as perfect as the Konad brand, but they are close enough that I will finally be able to try out some of the manis I have been drooling over.
Lets do some math:
Plates that are exact dupes. M20 M21 M22 M25 M26 M27 M28 M44 M45 M56 M57 M60 M61 M62 M63 M64 M72 M73 M78 M80 (total of 20)
So that leave 5 very cute plates, with images I have seen before, but just can't place. And yes, i really did go threw every plate and compare them.
So 20 Konad Plates from Konad Nail Art which is the cheapest supplier of all plates I have found at $6.50 a plats would come to a total of..... $130. Now this site runs a permanent discount of 10% off orders over $100 so our new subtotal is now...$117. and the Cheap shipping in the US is 6.20 so grand total of... $123.20
123 Dollars! Seriously?
Or I can get near exact copies of the 20 Konad plates for...$9.99 plus $4.95 Shipping. Grand total. $15
I know which one I am going for. (I would much rather take the surplus and go over and spend it on some Nfu Oh)
Now I know we are all eagerly awaiting the New bundle Monster Plates, but please do your self a favor and go grab these. Even if you have a few of the included plates from Konad, still grab these and use the dupes for a give away. You will not be sorry.
Now a small note: If you go on Amazon and search image plates like I did, you may come across a set from SHANY. Please BACK AWAY. This set is nothing but the 21piece bundle monster with 4 extra plates for nearly $40 versus the $18 of the 21piece Bundle Monster. I went threw each image as best I could as they posted blury images and was able to match each of the Bundle monster plates.
There is also another set by the name of FASH
These seem to be the missing Konad Plates from the Mash set, but with the images mixed up, as in one image from plate A is now next to an image from plate Q.
I will be getting this set, after I get the new Bundle Monster Set, so I will of course share my review.
I can't wait for my MASH Set to get here! I promise a thorough and detailed review and most likely a video as well!
Thats All For Now,
Monday, April 18, 2011
Now in an earlier post Rushing Finger Paints I told y'all how my local Sally's had filled a seasonal collection display with colors from the core line. I picked up two colors and in my haste did not read the label, which is my fault, but at the same time, one should be able to go into a "trusted" beauty supply store such as Sally's and have some measure of trust that if you pick up a polish off a display (and the display was full with many bottles of the same colors) you can trust that polish was from the said collection. Well I am sorry that this is just not true in any way. I have been in customer service my entire working life, so poor or misleading customer service really gets under my skin. I called the store I purchased these colors from and spoke with the assistant manager to ind out if this was intentional or just an accident. I was informed that they were directed to restock the limited collection displays with with core colors by the Home Office. Skeptical I went online and got the number for the head office and called and asked the same questions. After a decent wait I was told the same thing, they did inform their stores to restock the core colors when the seasonal collections run out. I believe that this is a terrible and misleading practice I know I hold fault in this, I should have taken a moment and read the labels carefully. So my warning to all is to be extremely careful and even if you think you are in a rush, read your labels at Sally s, otherwise you might risk buying a "seasonal color" you already own.
That's all for now
This is going to such as long post (to make up for the week away) So forewarning!
Now first let me start of saying I am extremely upset with Sally's (and myself.) My Mother-in-Law and I dropped in to Sally's since I was out of Acetone and desperation was setting in with the need to redo my nails. Well at my Sally's they are having a B2G1 free sale on all polish. Yay! So my MIL picked out a boring (but lovely and perfect for her pale pink) and I came across the display for the Finger Paints flower collection! So I grabbed a lovely orange and green. We were in a bit of a rush so I didn't catch that the freaking sales people were sneaks and filled their empty display from that collection with other "similar" colors from Finger Paints!!! GAH. Seriously? You got to be kidding me! Of course its my own darn fault. Now I am seriously annoyed but it was not such a total loss. I may love showing the recent polishes for all of you, but I never buy a polish that I don't love....well i don't pay full price any way. I have passed over entire collections before since they didn't speak to me. So even though the polishes were not what I thought they were, I still love the colors.
Which brings me not my next topic. I look at polish, and the colors I choose to wear with a bit of different eye than many people. I have only one color I never wear unless its an accent color. Red. Gads how I hate red. I am a natural red head with pale skin and for some reason the people in charge of dressing me as a small girl were convinced that dressing me in RED was a good idea. (they made me sing " at family gatherings!) So needless to say, I detest red. Okay getting back on track...
So sometimes the colors I choose to wear may not be "perfect" for my skin tone. But as long as its not RED (shudder) and I love the color, I say who cares. I have never been one to follow trends for the sake of trends. My toes are always painted in neons, regardless what season it is outside. So Finger Paints Tangerine Tint is just perfect for me.
Now or this mani, I had Tangerine Tint (duh) stamped with a cute love eyes from my new Essence Stampy Plates (fresh from Europe thanks to a friend, show and tell post to arrive shortly) This is a simple mani, but the effect is dual. Up close the effect of the skulls is easily seen, (are those love eyed skulls cute or what?) but step back a bit and the effect morphs into a very interesting lace like feature. Just don't stand to close to Grandma and she will love these lol.
So all in all....I am super happy with the colors and the mani, even if the colors were a surprise. And please forgive the mess, and the green tint around my middle finger, it was stained by another polish removal.
Thats all for now,