I got some nasty tipwear and chipping on my CNY mani, so I decided it was a great time to try out Nailside's cloud design with ulta3 Black Satin and Lily White (no topcoat).
I think it looks awesome! But I was already a bit bored of the red and gold pattern, so off it went after about 12 hours, along with a few millimetres of nail.
I was super-impressed by the themed manis the Australian nail chicks were wearing for Australia Day: Pretty Purple Polish, Shatter Me Claire, The Polish Haven, Hooked, and an entire week of Aussie manis on More Nail Polish... sorry if I've forgotten yours but there were just so many!
I wasn't feeling so inspired, but the day before I was patriotic enough to buy Nail It! Hot Tropic, a light green polish from Sportsgirl with a very subtle blue-green colourshift shimmer that almost disappears on the nail :( It's still a very nice green creme and on sale for at $2.45, a steal. 3 layers + Seche Vite.
Then it was time for my konadifail.
BM-221 stamped using Sally Hansen Black Out, which really isn't that much better than ulta3 Black Satin for stamping. Same washed out colour and rapid drying/folding annoyances. The pattern was also really difficult to centre on the nail. From a distance it almost looks ok.
I tried using a mod block pattern from BM-203 on my right hand. This was a bit easier since centering wasn't an issue, but it was still pretty fail on the polish front. Not having the pattern square on the nail was also driving me nuts.
I took this off after 10 minutes, and am now ABSOLUTELY TRAUMATISED by patterns that need centering/orientating. I'm planning to leave them well alone for a few months... :(
What polishes would you recommend for stamping?