China Glaze Electric Nights 2015

Rainbow gradient mani with stamping

Thanks to an awesome BOGO sale at Sally, I was able to get my hands on the entire China Glaze Electric Nights collection. The second this press release came out I knew I had to have it. Beautiful squishy neons that glow under black light? Yes please.

What better way to brighten my mood than to flaunt some flashy funky fingers. This mani is not unique I’m sure but it makes me happy happy happy.

Rainbow gradient mani with stamping

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For for this mani I used 6 of the polishes from the collection.

(L to R)

Glow With the Flow

Home Sweet House Music

Daisy Know My Name

Treble Maker

DJ Blue My Mind

Violet-Vibes

There’s a reddish orange and another purple I had to leave out simply because my nails had a hard enough time fitting the 6 I did use.

I sponged a gradient over Zoya Purity to give it a little pop. Neons always look better over a white base.

For easier cleanup I brushed some hair glue around the nail before sponging. It peels right off and saves so much time!

Stamping plate is From BornPrettyStore.com plate BP 11.

Stamping polish is Mundo De Unas black.

I used my Creative Shop stamper and scraper. The scraper is my hands down favorite. The stamper has been finicky for me. Today I fought with it less than last time so I’m not cranky with it. Review on that coming soon.

Top coat is HK Girl from Glisten and Glow. It has replaced Seche as my go to top coat. This stuff is awesome. Quick drying, high shine, extends the life of my mani, works great with nail art.

Thank you China Glaze for making this collection! It’s just happy colors and lord knows we need something to brighten our moods after this yucky winter. The set also has three funky glitter toppers that have an indie vibe to them.

Happy stamping everybody and I hope y’all can get your hands on these neons.

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Custom Saints plate from Fig Tree Jewelry

Since I first started nail stamping, I’ve been searching for the perfect plate for my favorite team. I started by buying any plate I could find with a fleur de lis on it, but they just weren’t quite right. Then I discovered custom plates.

Fig Tree Jewellery, an etsy shop in the UK, offers custom plate engraving. You can find her here: -Custom Stamping Plate-

Make sure you read the entire listing and all articles linked in it. It explains in detail how to choose the best images. When you’re ready, just contact her with the images and she will let you know if they’ll work or not. Have an approximate size in mind also.

Once payment is made, things go fast! Within hours, Cassie had a mock up sent to me. From there we made adjustments to size and finalized my plate. Within 24 hours the plate was made and tested, with photos emailed to me for approval. I’d say from start to finish and plate in my hand in the US, it took all of a week. She’s super fast! She answered my emails quickly and was always so nice to work with. The whole process was wonderful and I’m already planning my next plate.

Here’s the mock up.

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Notice the ruler on the sides. It really helps when making adjustments to size.

And here is the finished product.

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As with all plates, it has a learning curve. Mine doesn’t like rough scraping, it takes out too much polish. Light scraping gave me the perfect stamp. I drew one design especially for decals and Cassie made sure that one worked perfectly for me.
The plate is heavy duty and pretty thick. No worries about bending or denting this baby!

And here’s my first official Who Dat Manicure. I definitely need more practice, but it’s worth it!

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To all my stamping ladies, just a note. This is a great way to get your hubby on board the stamping obsession. What once elicited eye rolls and comments like “Do you really need more plates/polish?”, now has him participating in helping me find suitable images. My first test stamp was not to a piece of paper or to my nails. The first stamp went on his thumbs.

Are you ready for some football indeed. 😉

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