retro stamping

All products used for this retro nail art have been bought by me!

I tried my hand on stamping again! And also put my new Essie polishes to good use!

But I would like to take a moment and talk about this gorgeous blue, Butler Please! Such a beautiful bright blue, and it is stunning and out of this world with a matte top coat!

If you have been on the lookout for a great blue polish, this one is a winner! And try it matte, you will fall in love!

retro nail art

Retro Nail Art Polishes and stamping plate

  • Essie Butler Please – Blue base color
  • Essie Tart Deco – peachy orange design color
  • MoYou Pro Collection Plate 10retro stamping

Gosh, I love all the MoYou plates and wish I would own them all! They have the funkiest designs. And their plates are high quality. The ridges are deep enough that picking up the images is a piece of cake.

It was an almost 100% success with the stamping. The design smeared a bit when I applied the top coat!

retro nail art

The color combination of the bright blue and peachy orange is quite beautiful! Overall I have to say that Essie is becoming more and more my favorite polish brand. I love their brushes and quality of their nail polishes.

On the other hand, OPI has been letting me down of late, but more about that in a soon to come post!

Until next time


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May 19, 2015 3 comments
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Tribal Nail Art

Today’s nail art post is a tribal nail art, part of the NPQ weekly challenge! I was going to try to do a free hand design, but quickly realized that my nails are too small to try an intricate design drawn by hand!

So I tried a new technique that was also a previous NPQ challenge and combined it with stamping.

Polishes used for the Tribal Nail Arttribal nail art

  • OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls – off white (base color, not shown)
  • OPI Can’t find my Czechbook – blue (one of my all times favorite)
  • OPI You are such a Budapest – light purple
  • OPI Suzi has a Swede tooth – pink
  • OPI Good Grief – yellow
  • Essie Licorice – black (for stamping, not shown)

How I created the Tribal Nail Art

 After the base coat was dry, I applied one layer of My boyfriends scales as my base color. I then applied glue around my nails to protect the skin from polish stains. And I need the protection for the smoosh attack marble method I used for the background.

To create the smoosh attack marble, I placed one drop of each polish on the back of a stamping plate, and then pressed the stamper into the polish and applied the marble to my nails. tribal nail art

I used Cheeky Happy Nails plate 10 and Licorice to stamp the tribal design. As you can see in the picture, I had a few wee bit problems with getting the image centered on the nails. The worse is my pointer finger. And to add insult to injury, I completely chipped off the upper left corner of the design on the pointer, before I could take pictures. Le sigh 🙁

Tribal Nail Art

Hiding the shame that is my pointer

As my final step, I removed the glue from my skin, cleaned up any polish left on cuticles, and applied a topcoat!

With the thumb being my biggest nail, it was the only finger where I was able to get the whole image transferred! I also like how the marble effect turned out on my thumb! Long story short, it is the best nail of the bunch. And so it deserves a little close-up

Tribal Nail Art

The star of this design

At first I thought this is a complete fail, because of the mess I made with the stamping! But it grew on me, and I will be doing another smoosh attack nail art in the future. It was fun and  easy to do!

Until next time


March 24, 2015 1 comment
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Fall Leaf Nail Art

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Fall Leaf Nail ArtIt is a brand new month with Challenge your Nail Art, and this round it’s all about Fall/Thanksgiving, with today’s prompt being Fall Leaf Nail Art!

Fall Leaf Nail Art – The MaterialsFall Leaf Nail ArtFor the gradient I used

For the stamping

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Fall Leave Nail Art – The Technique

Starting with my gradient, I applied the colors directly on a makeup sponge. I then applied the polish with a stippling motion on my nails. I had to do three layers to get it opaque. Just wait a couple of minutes between layers to give it a chance to dry!fall leaf nail art gradient

This is super messy, so best would be if you put some tape or Elmer’s glue on the skin around your nails. I did not, and clean up was a pain. It took me forever!

After I had cleaned up my mess, I applied a top coat and went on with the stamping. For this part, I had to be super quick. As soon as I stamped the design, I grabbed my piece of nail foil and pressed it onto the design.Fall Leaf nail art

This is my second time using foil with stamping, and I just can’t get enough! I love that the foil is not covering the whole design, it gives it a nice effect in my opinion.Fall leaf nail art

Hope you enjoyed my stamping Fall Leaf Nail Art! And make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Your Nail gang below!

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If you are curious about my first try using the foil, just go here.

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November 24, 2014 8 comments
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foil over stamping1

I spotted foil stamping over at the NPQ G+ community, and instantly fell in love with the look of it! I gave it a try, and here is the result of my first go at this!Foil Staming


For my look I used

Essie After School Boy Blazer

OPI Matte Top coat

Cheeky Jumbo plate 3

fuchsia nail foilFoil Stamping

If you are already familiar with stamping this will be super easy to do. All you need is quick reflexes 🙂 As soon as you stamped your design, grab the foil and place it over, gently apply pressure, and voila, your stamp is super shiny and sparkly!

I just love the contrast between the foil and the matte polish! I did mess up on the middle finger, and tried to cover it as much as I could with foil 😉

foil stamping 2


For a first try I am really happy with it! I have been struggling with nail foil in the past, as I never quite got it down how tacky the polish/glue should be to get a good result. But with the stamping, you have just the right amount of polish, with perfect tackiness to make the foil stick!

How do you like this look? Have you ever tried nail foil in your nail art? Would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Until next time


November 12, 2014 4 comments
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 I am in love with Essie Nothing else metals! I need to do a swatch of this one soon. Hands down one of my top 5 prettiest polishes I own. And OPI’s Havent the foggiest is its perfect match.

stamping with Essie and OPI

stamping with Essie and OPI

 I played around all day with these two, trying to find the perfect combo. I dotted away, gave the french tip a try, I made stripes, and dotted some more. I just couldn’t come up with anything that I actually liked. So I tried stamping. And here is the result:

I am really into it. I was going to paint my nails tomorrow again as I happen to have some free time, but I think I will stick with this until it wears off!

Colors used:
OPI Havent the foggiest (base color)
Essie Nothing else metals (stamping color)
Cheeky Jumbo Plate 10

October 9, 2013 0 comment
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I have been looking for ages for gold polish I can stamp with. Currently I have 7 different gold polishes in my stash, and not one of them were suitable for stamping. They all were to sheer. And for some reason the gold polishes others were using for stamping I can’t get in Germany at the stores and if I would order them online I would have to pay a fortune.
gold stamping

gold stamping

When you want to stamp with your polish, your best bet (besides using polishes that are especially made for stamping) is to use the “one coater” thick polish types. I spend ages in drugstores, opening all the gold polishes they have. Checking for their consistence.

Yesterday I was finally lucky. I came across Catrice Limited Edition “Feather and Pearls”. The gold shade “Golden Twenties” looked very promising. So I snatched it up, and was very happy to discover that it does indeed stamp beautifully.

gold stamping

My base color is “Underneath the Mistletoe” from OPI’s Holiday 2013 collection. The stamping plate is Cheeky Jumbo 10 “Happy Nails”

November 12, 2013 0 comment
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