Sunday, March 4, 2012

NOTD: Sally Hansen Mousseline and Instant Coffee Leopard Print

More nail stamping! Will it ever end? Probably eventually... But not anytime soon! This is my favorite stamped nail design I've done so far; I used colors that contrasted with each other better but weren't too loud, and the design was definitely noticeable. I got a few compliments on my nails while I had this manicure, and people were really curious about how I did it. I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Mousseline as my base, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Instant Coffee for the leopard print stamping. I love both of these colors, and they worked really well together. This was the first time I had worn Mousseline, a shade that I found on clearance at Ulta and was able to use a $1 off Sally Hansen coupon with, so I got it for next to nothing. After I put it on, I fell for it... hard! I actually went back to check and see if there was another bottle hiding in the clearance bin! (No luck.)

Mousseline and Instant Coffee


Mousseline as my base, Instant Coffee for the leopard print design

A couple of the leopard spots got smudgy (one of my little fingers was the worst offender, which is why you don't see it featured here), but I think that is just the nature of stamping. I'm sure that my success rate will go up the more I practice, but so far I have found it difficult to stamp my little finger (the curve of the nail seems too severe to get the stamper to roll across it easily without any smudging), and you have to be really, really careful that you scrape the plate really well and keep the area around the image clean of excess polish before you pick up the pattern; that's been the mistake I've made the most often. Oh well, I am still having so much fun with this! It's really satisfying to think I can do neat designs on my nails quickly, easily, and (usually) accurately. The lamest part is waiting for the base color to dry enough to stamp on without relying on fast-dry top coat!

10 comments:

  1. Love the leopard spots! They don't look smudge-y to me :)

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  2. Another great mani! I just got a stamping kit in a swap. I'm going to have to give it a try!

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    1. Ooh, can't wait to see what you end up doing!

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  3. I recently stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it! I love the layout to the content and everything in between! I am your newest, most avid follower.

    Love from, THE EASTERN PEARL

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    1. Well thank you, Miss Iffa! I am glad you are enjoying it! It is always nice to hear that people enjoy what you do.

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  4. its very pretty and wearable,I am thinking of trying some stamping stuff!

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    1. You should try stamping, if you are interested at all in nail art, it's really fun and relatively easy!

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  5. Great colour combo! I enjoy your classy stamping efforts.

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully I will keep churning out the totes-classy nail art.

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