I should have stopped here:
But I didn’t. Of course I didn’t. That is just one color. One gorgeous color. Why would I leave it alone??!
Let’ start this sad tale from the beginning:
From left to right: OPI Matte Top Coat, NYC In a New York Minute, Essie Grow Stronger, Pueen SE04B, Messy Mansion marshmallow stamper, Essie Penny Talk, Zoya Sansa.
After my Essie base coat, I put down one coat of Sansa. Yes, that first picture just ONE COAT. So pretty, right?? Want to see another? Of course you do:
But I couldn’t stop there. No….of course not. I’m megatuce and must stamp ALL things, EVEN IF THEY DON’T NEED IT! Argh.
So, enter Essie’s Penny Talk. This is a great polish for stamping. BUT, not always for me. I have had some wonderful results with Penny Talk, but sometimes it give me absolute fits. I think it may be because I don’t work fast enough with it. I work pretty quick, but I have to work lightning fast with this one. It could just be me. Very likely it is.
Anywho…I was frustrated and forgot to take a picture pre-matte. It wasn’t too bad. But I wanted to matte it. I wanted to matte Sansa so bad, because I knew it would be beautiful. And it is, as long as you look between my patchy stamping.
I should note that before I matted, I top coated with NYC to protect the design. Or at least, that was my intention. Sadly, some fingers still streaked despite the top coat. ARGH!
See? Awful. I should have used Seche Vite, because it is thicker. NYC is a good quick dry, but it on the thinner side. I don’t know that Seche would have saved this, but it couldn’t have hurt.
This was just an all around fail. But that’s okay — hopefully someone will read this, learn from my mistakes, and make a gorgeous mani! Plus, there’s always tomorrow, and I already have a good idea kicking around for my next mani, so stay tuned!
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