Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Essence The Dawn is Broken with Stamping!!!!

The first day after holo week, you know I was itching to wear some of my other new polishes! LOL I could not wait to get the Essence Vampire's Love collection on my nails that I got in my swap with my friend Traci (from The Trace Face Philes). I couldn't decide which one to wear (they are all so pretty!!) and my friend Jacki from Adventures in Acetone requested The Dawn is Broken, so here it is Jacki!!!

TDIB is a gorgeous grey with dark grey/silver flecks that make it very interesting. The formula was amazing. I have not used very many Essence polishes (yet) but the few that I have used I am very impressed with. The formula is like butter, it was opaque in 2 coats and the brush is very nice.

If you saw my mini haul post earlier today you know that I picked up the Orly Nail Rescue Kit at Sally's. This kit includes nail glue, acrylic powder and a buffer. It is meant to help repair a split or minor break so you can keep the length of your nail and not have to chop it down. It also says it can help reinforce weak nails, which I definitely have. I have not had a break since I got it but I did apply a thin layer to the tips of all of my nails to help reinforce them. The buffer that came with it is too smooth in my opinion, or maybe I put the powder on too thick. Some of my nails look 'lumpy' and it is driving me nuts. I will be smoothing them down tonight so hopefully I will be happier once I get them all smooth. I can definitely tell they are stronger. I have recently started taking supplements to help strengthen my nails so hopefully I won't have to use the powder very long. So I apologize that some of my nails look a little thick and lumpy in these pics.

After applying the acrylic powder and smoothing it (or when I THOUGHT it was smooth) I applied Orly Calcium Shield because it is nice and thick, it did help camouflage some of the ridges. I also bought Orly Won't Chip at Sally's and I used it as my topcoat for this mani. I am very impressed with this, it is nice and thick and made my polish SUPER SHINY. I apologize for the shiny cuticles in the pics, I had just applied cuticle oil. LOL Better than dry cuticles, right?

Whew, that was a lot of jabbering, but I thought everyone would be interested in these products. For the stamping I used Bundle Monster plate BM01 with OPI Black Onyx. I wanted to do a medieval-themed mani, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The cross on  my ring finger didn't turn out perfectly but I guess that adds to the old-world look. LOL I have been getting a lot of requests for more stamping, I love stamping but just hadn't had much time to do it lately. So, this is for all of you who have requested it! And I will do my best to stamp more often!

First up, the polish on its own.

And now for the stamping. :-)

What do you think of this mani? It's not my normal style but I really like it! I hope you do to!!


  1. Very cool!!! :D Those stamps go perfectly with that polish!

  2. THIS IS FANTASTIC! I love it! LOVE IT! I'm SO copying this! I love the medieval look--great idea!

  3. Wow, it's really beautiful.

    Pls enter my giveaway


  4. The colour is really interesting and the stamping is suited with it. Nice combination.

  5. I love this collection!!! So sad I missed out on it :( If you know of anyone that can still find it would you let me know?? ;)

  6. as an architecture student i see it like beton ^^
    i like it


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