Tag Archive: Bundle Monster


Back when I was around 22-23, I was really into having long nails. I babied my nails like crazy, and kept them polished at all times. I would re-do my mani every other night, although I always used the same color.  At some point, I ended up breaking most of my nails and I just stopped growing them out. Every time I had decided to paint my nails since then, I had gone searching for this color. No luck! I had picked it up at Sally’s, but have never been able to find it again. It wold probably help if I knew the name of the color, or even the brand, but it’s been a long time, and I have no clue what it was.

Last week at Sally’s I was perusing their clearance bin. And there was a perfect match to my previous color! Could this be the gorgeous shimmery, almost duochrome blurple that I had been hunting for? I snatched it up and rushed home to try it out. And wow! If it wasnt the same exact polish, it sure as heck is a perfect dupe for it!

Without further ado, here is that color, China Glaze Tempest:

Artificial Light:

and with flash to show shimmery goodness:

Oh how I love this color! The formula was like butter, and although I have read posts where people said it took a good 3-4 coats to be opaque,  I only used 2 coats.  It does have some brush stroke streaks, but its worth it to have this color again. And look at those cuticles! This was taken before my gardening fiasco, but after I stabbed myself with my cuticle pusher 😦

I also wanted to share the product of my mother/daughter time this past Tuesday. My daughter is not into polish at all, but decided that she really liked how my stamps come out. She came to me and asked if I would do her nails for her! We sat down and she went through my stash, choosing Essie’s Aruba Blue as her base, and Pure Ice Pussycat for the stamping. She wanted to be different and have a different stamp on each nail, and she picked a few that I thought may not come out on her tiny nails, but they turned out pretty awesome! Here is the final product:

Forgive my messy polish table! She insisted on holding the bottles like mom does. So adorable! I had a blast doing her nails for her, and she is already clamoring for another mani!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Happy Polishing!

-Kimber

 

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Stamping!

I am bound and determined to master nail stamping. As of now, I’ve done a total of 2 stamped manis, but I feel like I’m getting a little better. This is the mani I did last night, imperfections and all!

I started off with a base of Essence “You Belong To Me”, a fab minty color. Formula on this one was a nightmare! Maybe it’s just my bottle, but it was the thickest jelly I have ever seen, and wouldn’t spread to save its life! I ended up having to use thick coats plus a quick dry top coat to even it all out. I love this color enough to tolerate the bad formula though.  I wasn’t sold on mint colors until I tried this one out, and now I’m thinking I should pick up China Glaze’s For Audrey.

After finally getting the base color to even out (i did have to go back and fill in some spots on the side of my nail since the polish didnt drag well and left me with some streaky, empty spots), I used Orly Liquid Leather to stamp the pattern from Bundle Monster plate #210.  Thank god I used a top coat, that way when I made a stamping mistake I could scrape the stamping off and try again. I only had to use that trick on a couple of nails though, which is better than last time! Once the stamps were place, I felt that my mani looked okay, but was a little flat. I wanted it to pop, so I filled in the little feathery design with LA Colors striping polish in Teal Glitter. It came out looking pretty decent in my book! I need a lot more practice, but I’m getting there!

Here is the full mani, topped off with a coat of Soleil Heat Cured Top Coat:

With Flash (my lighting sucked last night!) to show color

Without Flash – you can see where I forgot to wrap the tips on a couple of nails with the quick dry polish before I stamped :

Not too bad, right? I’m going to be stamping more often in order to master it! I love the way it looks, but I’m just so bad at lining everything up, and using enough pressure to transfer the entire design.  I suppose practice makes perfect, but I’m so OCD about my nails that when they aren’t perfect I will dwell on it, leading me to strip off the entire mani and start over. I’m slowly learning that imperfections are just part of the learning curve, and I’ve only been doing my nails for 3 months, so of course I’m not going to have perfect nails!

I’m also trying out a new top coat – Soleil heat cured top coat. Its awesome so far. Reminds me of a gel top coat, but all you need to cure it is a 60-75 watt light bulb (or hair dryer). You slap it on, expose it to heat for 3-5 minutes and it’s set! So far it’s interesting. It is way shiny and hard – I can’t dent my nails after its cured, however…. Sometimes I slap on hand moisturizer and sleep with my hands covered in a pair of socks (it works great, looks silly!), but with this top coat? No can do. It keeps my hands too warm and kind of “melts” the top coat a bit. So far that’s my only complaint, but we will see how it wears over the next 2 days.

In other news, I am so happy to see that Erika over at Chloe’s Nails is coming back! Her blog was one of the first that I found, and inspired me to try more than just plain old polish on my nails. I havent done a taped mani in a while, but I love how her funky french and other taped manis look.  Chloe’s Nails and  Let Them Have Polish always inspire me (not sure if that’s a compliment since my nails aren’t anywhere near as awesome as theirs!) to try something new.

I’m off to practice on my color wheel for my next mani. I’m actually inspired for Pink Wednesday this week! Going to be trying out some freehand nail art. No good can come from this! 😉

Coming up, Revlon Facets of Fuchsia, Sally Hansen Steely Grey, a New NOPI Glitter, and “The Color that started it all – way back in the early 90’s I was really into my nails, but I only used one color although I re-did my mani every other night. I recently came across a China Glaze color that probably isn’t the original polish (I found the original at Sally’s but can’t remember the name or brand), but is an exact dupe of my 1995 color.

 

Happy Polishing!

-Kimber