For $20 I got a 'Salon Express' Nail Art Stamping Kit from Target. It came with 5 plates, a stamper, a blade and some instructions :)
I heard some people talking about this on a vogue forum just last night but never expected to see it at my local Target!!! And the best bit was I wasn't even looking for it, I just saw it on a shelf on the end of an aisle. Ok, so I guess I should try and restrain my excitement and tell you more about the kit - sorry!!!
Stupidly I thought it would super simple and easy to learn how to stamp, sadly I was wrong. But the good news is I don't think this is a gimmick and with some practice and some better polish I forsee some awesome stamped nails in my future.
So how do you use this product?
The steps are the following (from what I gather. I am by no means an expert, I only brought this today)
1. Paint over a stamp on a plate.
2. Use the scraper to get rid of excess polish.
3. Press stamper onto stamping plate.
4. Stamp onto your nails
And hey presto you should have a lovely stamp on your nails!
What I have learnt thus far is that most of my polishes are not suitable. For good stamping you need to use a thick polish. So far, I have had the best results using Revlon's 'Fierce'.
Here is a picture of my one and only successful stamp. Please don't laugh :p
My base coat in 'Spanish Moss' by Revlon and the stamp was done using Revlon's 'Fierce'.
It's not particularly crisp and obviously I didn't do any clean-up but it gives me hope that I can improve.
Overall I am super pleased that a stamping product has finally came to Oz and that it is easily accessible. I am also very happy with the quality of the product and the instructions were simple and easy. Watch this spot!