Saturday, July 25, 2015

Essie Private Weekend & checkerboard gradient stamping

white essie nail polish
Hi everyone, I hope you're having a great weekend. I wanted to do some shopping today, but the weather is too bad to even go outside. The thunderstorms started last night and it's been pouring all day. It is going to be a "stay on the couch in my pjs and blog" kind of day instead - which I do not mind at all.
In my last post I showed you Saltwater Happy and Chillato from the Essie Peach Side Babe summer collection. The third color I picked up is the white Private Weekend, which looks really pretty in the bottle with its sparse silver glass flecks.

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When I applied Essie Private Weekend onto my nails I was disappointed, because the nice silver flecks are pretty much invisible. I had to look reeeeaaaally close and at the right angle to make out a few sparks of silver. If at least the formula made up for the invisible shimmer, but Private Weekend also lacks in that department. It goes on sheer and patchy, so I had to paint three coats to get a decent coverage. Despite these flaws I think this is a unique nail polish and if you're willing to put in a little extra work it is worth picking it up.

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To spice up my plain white manicure - and because I wanted to play some more with my new b.lovesplates stamper head - I tried to do a gradient checkerboard design. I used Mundo de Unas stamping polishes in #30 blue and #24 turquoise and a checkerboard design from héhé plate 001. I painted the two colors next to each other onto the plate and scraped lightly 2-3 times to blend the colors before picking up the image. I finished off this manicure with a layer of HK Girl top coat.

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I think the gradient came out ok, but I feel like I could have blended the colors more smoothly. I find the MdU polishes hard to blend because they are so thick. Are there any tricks to getting a nice gradient in your stamping design? I'd love to hear your recommendations! Furthermore, I obviously need to get better at stamping straight onto my nails. I normally try to line up the design parallel to the side of my nails and then roll. Most of the time my image comes out crooked anyway. I saw people lining up the images to their cuticle area instead of the side of the nail, so I will try this technique next time.

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Just like héhé plate 024, which I have used in this pink manicure, the images on héhé plate 001 are large and etched nicely. I cannot wait to try more of their plates. I got mine from Lady Queen Beauty, where they retail for $2.99 a piece. They offer worldwide free shipping and with the code FYLC15 you get 15% off store wide ;)

Have you tried héhé stamping plates? Let me know which one is your favorite! 
Thanks for stopping by, have a nice weekend!
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2 comments

  1. Oh goodness! While I find the flecks almost invisible and so the polish doesn't tempt me - your stamping is AWESOME!
    So eye catching! : )

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  2. Marisa (Polish Obsession)July 26, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    The flecks are so pretty!!! Too bad they're so difficult to see. Love the final look.

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