Holiday Stamping over Magnetic Polish

I’ve been on a gel polish kick lately, mostly because I keep using a peel off base coat underneath it now that I know what a pain it is to remove!  It’s such a shame sometimes because I do love the shine and the finishes of the polishes by Madam Glam, but a girl’s gotta paint.

This week I tried out a magnetic polish from Madam Glam.  I’m not ordinarily a fan of magnetized polish because the magnets don’t always work so well over curved nail beds.  However, the benefit to using a magnetic gel polish is that if you don’t like the effect, you can easily “reset” your color with another swipe of the applicator brush and try it out again.  The downside is that if you wait too long to cure your polish after applying the magnet, your design will fade as the polish starts to spreads out.  I did not want to get stuck curing one nail at a time, so you will notice that the magnetic effect does not look overly strong in my swatch.

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Flying Purple from Madam Glam applied straight from the bottle.

I used a magnet from China Glaze that I purchased separately seeing as the Madam Glam magnetic gels don’t come with one.

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This item from China Glaze has three different patterned magnets for use with your manicures.

Simply brush a layer of magnetic gel over an already cured layer of the color, balance the magnet over your nail for a few seconds, then remove it to see the pattern in the nail polish.  If you don’t like how it looks, brush the gel out and try it again.  It is one of the huge benefits to using a gel polish for this technique as the design won’t set until you cure it under a lamp.

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Flying Purple with the star magnetic effect applied on top.

The polish looks pretty enough on its own, so I didn’t want to do anything too crazy.  I opted to put some light holiday stamping as an accent nail using Jumbo Plate 6 from Cheeky Beauty.

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Cheeky Jumbo Plate 6 is great for your holiday needs.

I used the silver bells on the far right, 2nd row down from the rectangular images.  I only wanted one set of bells, so after stamping the image, I isolated the part I wanted to use by cleaning off the excess polish from the stamper using some Scotch tape.

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The silver bells were stamped with b.m.c. nail lacquer in iced silver.

Of course, within a few hours after doing this, the polish on my ring finger managed to completely peel off thanks to the super effect peel off base coat from Ünt that I used.  I didn’t want to change my nails quite so soon, so I applied a different polish to replace the lost chip instead.

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I opted to use the aptly named Silver Bells color from Finger Paints as an accent nail color.

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This time I stamped on a holiday ornament with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black. The image is on the far right side of the plate in the first row of rectangular designs.

I think all the different manicures here look cute and festive.  Do you have a favorite one out of the pictures here?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy polishing!

 

 

Review of Madam Glam Color Change Polish: Love on Top

I never imagined that I would get into gel polishes because I don’t like how much effort it takes to remove it, and I change my nail polish often enough to not make that time investment worthwhile, but there is something to be said when it comes to 30 second drying times that allow you to move on with your day right away!  I found the most interesting variety of gels at Madam Glam.  They’re on to the latest trends in color, and in addition to their solid color collection, they have the most beautiful thermal, magnetic, and glow in the dark polishes that I have seen!  One look at their offerings, and my wishlist was full!

To start, I tried out one of their thermal crelly colors called Love on Top.  It has three different sized silver hexagonal glitters suspended in a beautiful base that is magenta pink in cold temperatures and a white jelly color when warm.

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Love on Top from Madam Glam.

Just from looking at the bottle, I loved the polish.  It is super ingenious of them to have the polish color swatched underneath a clear plastic button on top of the handle so that you can see the exact color of the polish inside without having to open it up.  It comes in a 10 mL bottle which is a little on the small size, but this is a specialty polish that gives a lot of bang for the buck.  I guess they do this so that they can keep the prices of the polish the same across the entire line as they do offer 15 mL bottles for some other colors.

The brush inside is a good size that is comparable to the width of the kind in an OPI bottle.  You should easily be able to paint each nail in 2-3 strokes.  The formula of the polish is fairly thick so the gel stays in place once you paint it on.  The coverage is excellent where I could have easily used one coat of color, but I opted to paint two coats more a more opaque white color.  Each coat cures in 30 seconds under a UV LED lamp.

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When the temperature rises, this polish is a white jelly.

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Colder conditions make this polish go bright Barbie pink.

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The perfect gradient is achieved when the tips are dipped in cold water. This also happens naturally if you have long nails.

Thanks to the thicker formula, the glitter stays suspended in the polish and does not settle to the bottom of the bottle.  The glitter disbursement is fairly even so there is no need to fish out larger pieces to even out the coverage.  If you have ever worked with polishes that contain multiple sized glitters, you know how challenging a perfectly spaced distribution can be, so Madam Glam’s version is a dream come true.

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Side by side color transition photos.

Love on Top is a gorgeous color when hot or cold, and the color shifting abilities of the polish will keep you staring at your nails all day long.  People are wowed by the effect, and it doesn’t take extreme temperatures to get the colors to change.  The glitter pieces add the right amount of sparkle, and the best part is that because this is a gel polish, it lasts for weeks.  The thermal effect also makes you think that you got two colors for the price of one, so it is definitely a good investment.

The mutability of the polish made me think of butterflies, so I added some stamping on top of my manicure.  It is still a beautiful color either way.

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Butterflies and flowers go along perfectly with the gradient base.

Overall I was very impressed by the quality of this polish.  I might be a gel convert yet!  Color change polish is perfect for those who don’t like committing to a single color for a long period of time, and Madam Glam’s version is easy to apply and provides instant nail art with hardly any dry time required.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

Love on Top sells for $19.95 USD and can be found at the link below.  Madam Glam always has a coupon code listed on their home page, and their specials change regularly, so be sure to check out their latest offer before you shop.  Happy polishing!

http://www.madamglam.com/chameleons-gels/love-on-top.html

Thermal Manicure: Butterflies and Flowers

I  have been seeing so much ugliness online lately, so even though this manicure is out of season in the States, I wanted to create something that looked beautiful.

I took advantage of a thermal gel polish I recently bought from Madam Glam for the occasion.  I’ve been dying to use this but wanted to wait until my nails grew out a little more so the color change effect would be more noticeable.

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Love on Top is a pretty thermal crelly polish from Madam Glam that turns white when warm and magenta when cold.

The color change effect works great with flower and butterfly images, so I used 3 different images from Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2 to create my design.

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For this manicure, I used the single hibiscus flower in the top right corner of the plate, the butterfly image on the far left 5 rows down, and the combined hibiscus/butterfly image 6 rows down, 2nd from the right.

I stamped the butterflies first on my index and pinky fingers, erasing parts of the image with tape so that they would only cover half of my nail at a diagonal.  I stamped the full butterfly image onto my thumb (not shown).  The single hibiscus was used on the other half of the index and pinky nails while the entire image of the combined butterfly and flower design was stamped onto my middle and ring fingernails, flipping the image on one nail so that the nails didn’t look exactly the same.  I also added a single small butterfly to the middle finger to fill some empty space.

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Stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black.

I was quite pleased with how this turned out, and I’ve been entertained by watching the colors shift back and forth in different temperatures.

Hope you all have had a great week!  Happy polishing!