Bundle Monster Festival Box Set!

Hey everyone! I received some nail mail! I ordered the Festival set that was released on March 10, 2016. It is available in a limited amount of quantities.  Shipping on Bundle Monster is $2.95 (in the 50 states) and takes 4-7 business days. When you order over $25.00 USD the shipping is free. I ordered on 3/10/16 and the next day my purchase was shipped. The package itself was supposed to arrive on 3/15/16 but there was a delay with USPS.

So onto the review! I bring you the Bundle Monster Festival set 2 which was on sale for $24.99 USD from It’s intended price of $33.95 USD. The set contains 10 square stamping plates, 3 stamping polishes in Gobi You (B155), Empire Club (B156), and Astronomical (B157), and 5 sheets of water transfer decals. You can buy the individual components of the box set by itself and I have included links for those who would like to or cannot get the box set because of nail polish shipping restrictions. USPS will not allow polishes to be shipped internationally according to Bundle Monster.

The second I saw glitterfingersss manicure with the crystals I knew I HAD to have this set. There is at least 1 image on every plate I would use. Considering I’ve bought plates in the past for the hype and not because I’m totally in love with them, I’m really excited about these. There is a great mix of full image plates to little designs such as those on plate BM-S305. The set itself is very versatile and  you could easily mix and match any of the plates. This is probably the only real Bundle Monster set that I’m super hyped up about.

The Festival stamping plates alone are $14.99 USD. Each plate measures 2 x 2 inches.

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The plates each come wrapped up individually and with a blue film to protect them.

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The big thing that I was worried about as I do with any plates is would they fit my nails. Below is a measurement of the full nail image on plate BM-S304

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There are 3 plates that are full nail images BM-S304, BM-S308 and BM-S310. I have a comparison from the full nail images on plates

BM-S304,BM-S303, and BM-S301.

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Here is a close up of the plates

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All the plates stamp wonderfully and I had no problem picking up the images. Any of the mistakes with swatches are my own fault.

 

The polishes included in this set are Gobi you, Empire Club and Astronomical. As luck would have it I was sent Set 1 of the polishes rather than set 2. The polishes in set 1 which are swatched below using the Fab ur nails XL stamper. Each color bought separately is $4.99 USD.

Rose Garden,

Eldorado

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The consistency of the polishes are very thick and opaque, I did have some trouble with how thick Rose Garden is but it looks as if some of the polish came out during transit so that might have to do with it. I did find that after using Eldorado my stamper was very faintly stained from it. It’s not very noticeable since I used the green stamper head but it stained lightly.

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When I get the correct colors I ordered I will update this post

 

There were 5 water transfer decal sheets included in the set as well. The decal sheets alone retail at $3.99 USD

1.) The first sheet has some astrological inspired designs

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2.) The second sheet has some geometric strips

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3.) The third sheet features some cute doodles

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4.) The fourth has various palm trees

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5.) The last sheet has what looks like oddly colored geometric trees.

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 Bonus: I also ordered another XL nail plate from Bundle Monster Its from the  Polynesia collection and is plate BM-XL115, Maori Mana. I snagged it for 99 cents USD and It’s being sold at a clearance price because the feather design doesn’t transfer like Its supposed to. The plate is being sold until there are no more.

Below is the comparison between the festival plate which is 2×2 inches and the BM-XL plate

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I was really curious about their XL plates since the only Bundle monster plates I own are from the Sun Kissed collection back in 2014 and they are a little small for my nail. I have a review on those here. For 99 cents I really didn’t have too much too lose and it bumped me into free shipping.

And here we have swatches of the actual plate itself

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Bundle monster also has a 15%off coupon – cheer15 (good until March 31, 2016)

Viva la Manicure

So i haven’t been on much and i apologize there is a lot going on in my life at the moment.

Today i bring you a tutorial! woo! i love tutorials by other bloggers and i hope mine helps anyone who sees it.

Products:

Seche Vite

Cheeky- Viva Mexico Jumbo Plate

Morgan Taylor- go ahead and grow

China Glaze- shocking pink

China Glaze- flip flop fantasy

Morgan Taylor- doo Wop

Wet n Wild- Black

 

First paint your nails with  a coat of the yellow. if you don’t have it or are doing it with a different colors, use white or the lightest color.

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Next put drops of the china glaze shocking pink and china glaze flip flop fantasy and some dots of the morgan taylor doo wop like so

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use your stamper and squish the colors. When you pick it up it should look like this

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Stamp it on to your nails, either just kind of roll it on or wait a few seconds for it to dry a little bit. If you want an area to have a certain color you could do the step above with just one color and place it where you want.

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I cleaned up a little bit before i stamped on the image from the Viva Mexico plate by Cheeky.

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just clean up a bit more and add a top coat for your finished look.

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Nail Mail! Review of Rica polish (Pic Heavy)

Hello my lovely internet people! So i placed an order at JustRica’s  etsy shop

She was having a black Friday sale a day ago but it has now ended. I bought two colors Victorian Bat Society a purple jelly packed with tons of glitter in both purple and black in round and triangle shapes.  I also bought the black stamping polish named Blackout.

My order got here extra fast seeing as we are located in the same state. Shipping was i believe $4.oo USD for both polish.

When i got the package it came in this adorable bubble mailer with the words fragile written on both sides.

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The polishes were also wrapped up well and got here unharmed 😀

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Here they are both

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Blackout

Blackout is used as a stamping polish but is also a one coat polish found here. I bought it for $5.00 during the sale but It’s regular price is $7.00

When Ricarda says one coater you better believe it. This is an opaque polish if i have ever seen one. It’s so dark and i love it!

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this is literally only one coat of this polish,need i say more?

and here it is as a stamping polish(left) compared to WnW black creme (right)

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Rica Polish (left) and WnW (right)

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BM 506  using WnW  black creme(left) and Rica polish (right)

i had a little bit of trouble because the color dried really fast. I explain a bit more below.

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Rica polish on top and the WnW polish on the bottom. As you can tell the black is so opaque that you can’t see through it at all. This is the polish i wish i had back when i did this bonna blue mani HERE  It would have looked way better.

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as you can tell the WnW color you can see through it and the little blue lines on my paper. With the Rica polish its beyond opaque and stamped amazingly.

 

I have been on a search for a black polish that is opaque and stamps well even in the images with open spaces where those types of polishes need to be opaque or else you can basically see through it.  This Rica polish may just have solved my stamping woes for the low price of $7.00 USD but I’m willing to spend that to have a fully opaque black.

The main problem with this polish is one that might be too big to overlook. It dries fast. like really fast, i mean it. I’ve been stamping for a long time and this is the fastest drying polish i have seen. When i paint my line across the top of the image and scrape in the time it takes me to reach for my stamper its dried in the stamping plate.  It’s amazing actually. I could possibly adapt to this by maybe adding a thicker line of polish or somehow scraping faster. I don’t know its some type of ambivalence with that polish at the moment. I hope things can work out because i really do love it.

With that being said, it dries really fast on my bundlemonster & winstonia plates. When it came to my MoYou london plates, because they are etched deeper it doesn’t dry as fast. Looking at the image above of the mona lisa from my MoYou London tourist 07 plate its a very open plate and while i did a hastily done job its so opaque and i got almost all of the image.

 

Victorian Bat Society

Victorian Bat Society is being discontinued so it is at the price of $4.50 USD currently and found here.

when it comes to jelly polishes I’m not the biggest fan of it because i don’t like my smile line showing through. I figured this color is way to pretty to pass up and i took a chance on it.  This polish covers to an opaque color in 3-4 coats  as most jelly do.

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here is a macro shot or two 😀

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this is just one coat of the polish so you can see how much glitter is dispersed in one coat

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here’s a macro shot of 3 coats on the nail

 

when it dries its a little gritty looking from the glitter in it that isn’t a problem for a coat  or two of Seche Vite.

 

Overall:

I love the blackout polish its perfect for stamping and as a one coater regular polish its beyond perfect.

Victorian bat Society is so pretty and while im not a fan of jellies i know ill be wearing this. Does anyone else hate trying to get glitters off though?

Would i buy again? Yes! shipping was fast and my polish babies unharmed

would i recommend Rica polish? Yes! the prices aren’t out there and from what i have just purchased she makes excellent polishes.

 

Swirly Twirly an ombre manicure (Pic tutorial)

Well today i have my first actual ombre manicure and on top of that im using my Bundle Monster Sunkissed collection plates!

on to the mani!

Materials:

 

First i applied my base coat and applied one coat of Veniques Wingtip White

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next i did my ombre with a regular makeup sponge and  the CG flip flop fantasy and shocking pink.

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then i used my BM plate 506 with my Wet n Wild Black Creme and applied a health coat of Seche Vite

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Here’s a close up of the nail

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it came out a little patchy i might have pushed down a little hard or it might be too thin. I used my new Messy Mansion squishy stamper I’m so used to using my Winstonia Squishy firm. I bought the Messy Mansion squishy stamper because i really needed a stamper that would stretch out my smaller images and I’m glad i got it. i don’t quite have the hang of it yet but i think ill get better at it. I used it today with this manicure seeing as my nails are long right now and the plate images are just a bit too small for my long nail beds and not wide enough for my thumb.

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I’m sorry for the tipwear in this mani, i just started school again and well its been a few days since i had any time to sit and do anything.

Supplies:

  • Moyou London Tourist 07 Plate
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • Color Club Love em/ Leave em
  • Morgan Taylor Go Ahead and Grow
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

I love Holographic nail polishes they’re usually pretty opaque and they’re sooo pretty aren’t they? I sadly do not own too many holos, the only other i own is Color Club Revvvolution.  I had been dying to use the flower image of my Moyou plate but i wasn’t sure how i was going to pair it. I think it turned out great though and i hope you love it!

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i love holographic nail polishes

Bonna Blue

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Product list:

  • Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • Fresh Paint Bonna Blue
  • Moyou London Stamping plate from the tourist collection #07

Again i have a problem with my black polish not being opaque when it comes to designs that are more open. when it comes to other closed designs it stamps perfectly. i need a darker black and if anyone has any suggestions comment below.  I’m gonna be honest i wasn’t crazy about this manicure and it was one of those ideas that wasn’t executed how i wanted. I did choose to share it in an effort to inspire anyone with ideas.

Mickey Mouse

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Product List:

  • Morgan Taylor Go Ahead and Grow base coat
  • Hello kitty Banana cream
  • Wet n wild Black Creme
  • Stamping plate KD3

I wish i had a more opaque polish for the mickey mouse pattern. The plate itself is also too short for my nails so they’re a little warped looking. Overall a really cute manicure and  a decent stamping plate. would not recommend the plate for those with long nail beds. if anyone wants a tutorial id be happy to make one.

Life preserver (Picture Tutorial) and how to make your polish opaque for stamping!

So today’s manicure we have this cute life preserver image

what i used:

  • Beauty secrets base coat from sallys
  • Seche vite
  • Winstonia xl squishy stamper
  • China Glaze Turned up Turquoise (neon)
  • China Glaze pink voltage (neon)
  • wet n wild French White Cream
  • Essie Licorice
  • Cheeky  plate CH36

When it comes to  neon polishes they’re not known for being very opaque. I wanted to stamp with them but if i were to stamp with the colors alone they would not show up.  in order for me to get the neons to show up i need to make them more opaque by adding a white. the colors aren’t as vibrant as they would be had i used them alone but they now show up on black with this technique. I didn’t come up with this technique at all I’ve seen it around so i don’t know who did.

now onto the tutorial!

 

start off with your base coat and then one or two coats of Essie licorice and wait for it to dry

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next get your stamping plate ready in our case its this cheeky one

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apply Pink Voltage to the top left quadrant like so

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next apply Turned up Turquoise right under

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next to those two colors apply a stripe of the white. the color will change depending on how much white you add.

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next we are going to scrape to the right really fast in an effort to blend the colors together.

it should now look like this

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then you continue on as your normally would for stamping. i used my Winstonia xl squishy stamper to pick up the image

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just roll it on to your nail, next we just clean up the nail using a brush or q tip, and add a nice coat of nail polish 😀

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I hope you found this useful happy stamping everyone!

 

 

Cheeky Aztec NOTD

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Nail confession time: You guys ever have that one nail polish you bought on sale, when you get home you think to yourself when will i ever wear that color?

This is what i did with Essie’s Demure Vixen. I bought it maybe two years ago on sale without seeing any swatches or anything. Don’t get me wrong the color is gorgeous and is this taupe color duo chrome with a purple sheen. I just never knew how i would even use the color because on its own i thought it would look hideous with my skin color.

So for today’s manicure i used Essie’s Demure Vixen as my base color. The stamping images are from the Cheeky Jumbo plate 1 called Viva Mexico! The black polish is my regular Wet n Wild Black Creme.