Simple - Recycle your old manicure
|Nails in a Jiffy (Excuse the chip on the pinky - I bumped onto something OUCH!)|
Things You'll Need:
Base Color - or Old manicure will do as long as it has not chipped so much
Nail Stamp Color - make sure it's opaque enough try the Khrome collection from China Glaze
Top Coat - I used Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat
Tissue Paper - For wiping your materials dry
Nail Polish Remover
Scraper or old phone / credit card
Old Glossy Magazine - To protect the surface you're going to stamp on to prevent any polish smudges
Stamp Plate - I used Konad plate M78
|These are the things you'll need. Disclaimer: I'm not really a huge Piolo fan :-) . It's just it's the only magazine I had laying around.|
Choose a flat, sturdy surface to work on. I chose to work on our dining table. Layout the magazine on the surface you're working on.
1) Start with your nails that have already been painted on. If your nails have already chipped, you can patch the surface with a polish of the same color. Please check out Ms. Liz Lanuzo's post from Project Vanity on how to fix chipped nails
|Your nails do not have to be freshly done. You can use your old manicured nails for this.|
|One stamp plate has 5 designs. I chose the bottom right design.|
7) Sit back, relax and admire your handiwork!
|You'll notice that the base polish really is uneven. Hey I warned you that this is already a recycled manicure. I've had the base polish on for a week before stamping on it.|
Holy Grail Verdict
Effectiveness: 10/5 Stamped nails are a good convesation starter. It never fails to catch anyone's attention. Even the guys at work notice my nails
Price: 10/5 You will only need to purchase the stamp kit once and it will last you pretty much a very long time. You will also get to save because you don't have to touch up your nails as soon as they chip.
Availability: 3/5 Konad is not widely available. I got my Konad Stamp set from Shopwise Cubao. There are actually fauxnads but I don't really think those work quite as well as Konad stamp designs do. There are some online retailers who actually sell Konad stamp sets.