Review: Konad m95 Plate, Stamper, and Scraper

Happy Monday everyone!

A bajillion days ago, I was contacted by Nail Polish Canada, who was kind enough to send me a nail stamping plate, stamper, and scraper to review. This website has recently added 5 Konad plates (m91-95) to their site this year. Of the 5 plates, they let me pick out the one I liked the most to review. The one I chose to review was m95.

The Plate Packaging

The plate came in a basic plastic sleeve. On the back, the plate is covered with a protective paper seal, but doesn’t have a plastic over on the front, which is surprising.

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The protective backing.

The Plate Designs

Of the plates added to the site, I felt that this one fit my style the most. I wasn’t crazy in love with any of them, they were just a little to impractical for me, but I thought this one was the most fitting.

On this plate, there  are 5 designs:

  • an owl
  • a heart background
  • a lace and polka dot pattern
  • a geometric pattern made out of lines
  • another pattern that would be an amazing wall decal xD
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The owl and “wall decal”

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Geometric, Lace and Polka Dot, and Heart

I’ve never used a Konad plate before, in fact, I’ve only stamped once before. Because of this, I only have one basis of comparison- the Claire’s Stamping Plates. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to compare the products sent to me with the ones I got in the Claire’s kit.

The Plates

As you can see, the two plates are roughly the same size. The Konad plate has larger designs, which is great because it can cover thumbs. It also has more variety. Not only do you get full designs, but you get single ones like the owl. This mix is nice because you have more options on what you can do with a single plate.

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The Konad plate is on the bottom and is slightly larger.

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The Konad plate (right) has a much larger design.

The Stamper and Scraper

Originally, I only received the plate, but I also asked for the stamper and scraper so that I could fully review the product. If you read my Claire’s review, then you know I had a very difficult time with the stamping. Not only did I have a hard time picking up the design, but I couldn’t make a smooth transfer on my nails either. I like the Konad stamper because it was little easier to work with. The rubber part of the stamp was not as rounded and a little more flat, which made using the rolling motion on my nail easier. Sadly, I still have some issues with picking up the whole image (as you can see from the images above), but if I go slowly enough, I can do it. There are also little finger grooves, which give you a better grip. As for the scraper, the one I bought from Claire’s was defective. It was crooked. The one I received too was slightly crooked, but it wasn’t as bad. Also, you have more surface area on the Konad scraper, which gives you more control. Unfortunately, using the scraper, I scratched up my plate a bit, not nothing too drastic. The scrapes are visible on the plate, but they don’t affect the design or transfer onto the stamper.

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The Konad one is obviously much longer and has the grooves for a better grip.

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The Konad scraper offers more surface area for more control.

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I’m not sure if you can see the small scrapes on the left side of the geometric design.

The Prices

All in all, I was very pleased with the Konad products. They are higher quality than the ones from Claire’s, which obviously means they are more expensive. The plate I received is being sold for $8.75, which is expensive since it’s just a plate, but with some research, I discovered it was the same/similar price on all sites. The stamper and scraper set is sold for $7.50, which I have seen cheaper on other sites.

The Site

I’ve interacted with people from the site frequently, and they were very good at getting back to me in a timely fashion. In general, I find that their prices are similar to other sites that sell nail art/stamping supplies. I would say if you live in Canada, to buy from them. Like I said, the prices are similar to others and they offer free shipping in Canada. There are no hidden guidelines and no minimum purchases necessary. Additionally, they offer free shipping for orders over $25, and they have a list of items that are free shipping all the time.

If you’re interested in some nail art supplies, be sure to check out Nail Polish Canada! They’re sure to have something you like!

I hope that this post was useful and stay tuned for my Manicure Monday, which should be out shortly!

♡ Melissa

*All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Review: Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer

The Packaging

Obviously, the appeal of this product is that it’s in a spray bottle. The bottle is similar to those that spray and rub sunscreen is kept in. The bottle has a twist cap that prevents spraying when locked. It also has a nozzle dispenser that can get clogged. The way to solve this is the same way you would fix a bottle of hairspray, just rinse it with water. This product is surprisingly light and nice for travel purposes.

The Product

The moisturizer I chose was the yellow one, which is Pure Oat Extract. It has a slight scent when first sprayed and rubbed in, but fades as time goes by. Though this product is said to be non-greasy, I still had my doubts. When I first tested it out, I was happy to find out that this was true! I absolutely love this product! It really does cut time out of my routine and actually moisturizes the majority my skin (it doesn’t really help with my dry patches). Though it doesn’t improve the few dry patches that I have, it moisturizes the rest of my skin and prevents me from looking ashy. On top of that, it absorbs into the skin quickly so that clothes can be thrown on after (though not as immediately as in the commercial :P). I’ve been using this product for about a month and haven’t had any problems, like rashes or break outs. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help with my “chicken skin,” but I never expected it to. Overall, I would say that if you have normal to slightly dry skin this would be a good product for you, but if you have severely dry skin, I would get a moisturizer with a cream formulation.

The Price  

At first, I was skeptical about trying out this product because I assumed it would be expensive. Unfortunately, I was right. It’s roughly $6, depending on where you look. It may not seen expensive to some, but considering you’re getting only 6.5 oz of product, I think it’s a tad pricey, especially when you can get a 32 oz bottle of Vaseline lotion for about $7. In general, I think it’s a cool product to try and it works, but I probably won’t repurchase it every time I’m out, whenever that time comes (I can’t tell how much I have left!). I say that if it intrigues you, give it a try! Here is a $2 off coupon that can be applied at WalMart.

The Summary

I like this product and think it’s especially good for those that hate putting on lotion or take showers in the morning and have to rush out the door. I will be best for those that have normal skin that isn’t extremely dry. In my opinion, it is on the more expensive side, but with a coupon, I find it’s not that unreasonable.

3.8/5 stars

That’s it for this review! I know I said I would review a while back, but I wanted to throughly test it out first. I hope that you guys found this helpful!

♡ Melissa

MicaBeauty Gel Liner Review

I meant to post this a long time ago. I had everything typed up, and I had pictures. The reason I didn’t end up posting this when I first wrote it is because I was testing out two products and couldn’t figure out which one was smudging. At the time, I was testing both this liner and the Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow Mascara. Because I couldn’t decide which product the smudging was from, I did it again. And again. Every time I did it, something would happen. I would fall asleep or watch a movie that would make me cry. So now, I have finally tested it without any major mishaps.

*Sorry for the scary red eyes >.<

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Taken at 3:28 PM

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Taken at 7:08 PM

This picture was taken at 3:28, but I originally put on the liner at around 3:15. So I wore it for about 4 hours. As you can tell, there was some smudging. Before we get in to that though, I wanted to talk about the application. This liner is very creamy and smooth. It’s easy to work with and is easy to fix any mistakes. Obviously, this is both good and bad. Good because any errors can be wiped away easily and bad because that most likely means the liner isn’t very lasting.

On to the lasting power. Clearly, this liner isn’t the best. It doesn’t claim to have any crazy amount of longevity, but 4 hours is weak, IMO. I didn’t even do anything today. I spent the 4 hours I had this on watching Body of Proof . I didn’t cry. I didn’t fall asleep, though I was getting drowsy. I was laying on a pillow, but I didn’t do anything to smudge it there. The only thing was that my eyes did water a bit because I was yawning. Even though that may have led to some smudging, I still don’t think the lasting power is good. Granted, I do have oily skin and oily eyelids, but still. I used the Mirabella Primer, I wasn’t outside, I didn’t sweat, it wasn’t hot.

Basically, I’m not a big fan of this gel liner. I haven’t used it in a while, but I think the Maybelline is better and, for a fraction of the price. I believe the Maybelline one is about $6-7 depending on where you get it; where as, the MicaBeauty one is $35 online, though the one given in my February bag isn’t the exact same.

Overall rating

2.5/5

Once again, sorry this is so late. I hope it was helpful!

~Melissa

Claire’s Nail Art Stamping Kit Review

I’ve noticed that many people are interested in the Nail Art Stamping Kit from Claire’s. Because of this, I’ve decided that it’s time I posted a short review. I’ve had the stamping kit for a while now, but this is the first time I’m using it.

This kit includes:

  • 3 stamping plates
  • A white polish
  • A scraper
  • A stamper

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a picture of these items ages ago. If not, I have included higher quality pictures here:

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On this plate: stripes, zebra print, cheetah print, polka dots, and netting print

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The same thing as the plate above but only for tips.

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On this plate: Peace signs, hearts, a bow, stars, and a butterfly.

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My scraper is a little messed up; it’s crooked.

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Rubber stamper.

Okay, now to the nails. I’m going to be honest, my nails look horrible.

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The only finger that looks slightly decent is my pinky finger.

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On this hand, I tried bows and a star.

I wouldn’t say that this kit is hard to use, but it just takes some practice. The only concern I have is with the bigger fingers. As you can see from the first picture, I attempted to stamp dolka dots on my thumb, but the stamp didn’t cover nearly enough of my nail. I’m not really sure how you’re supposed to stamp it a second time and make sure it matches up correctly. Maybe you just need to angle it another way, I’m not sure.

All in all, I like this kit, but you definitely have to dedicate your time to it because it obviously takes more time than a normal manicure. I think that it’s worth the $10 because if you look online many people sell the same pieces (individually),  and if you add them all up, they end up being the same price or more.

Here are some tips that may help you when using this kit:

  • Make sure you work on top of newspaper or cardboard because it can get messy.
  • If your scraper is messed up like mine, use an old giftcard; it works better than the scraper
  • Make sure you already have nail polish mover by you. You’re going to need it to wipe off the stamper in between nails.
  • I would use a polish you don’t really care about or one that is inexpensive when you first start out. I feel like when you start out, you’re going to have to work with the stamp for a little bit before your nails look as good as you want them to. Because of this, I wouldn’t use a color that you are particularly fond of because you might waste it.
  • When you use a smaller design like the hearts, bows, peace signs, etc., you need to work fast. Once you scrape off the excess polish, you need to press the stamp to the plate promptly to ensure that you get the whole design on the stamper. As you can tell from the second picture of my nails, I had that same problem, so not all of the bow transferred over.
  • When you scrape off the excess polish, make sure you move it out of reach of the stamper. Either scrape it above the design or to the sides of it. You can also completely wipe the excess off the plate. I have a random white strip on my thumb in the second picture for this exact reason. I scraped the excess polish below the bow, but it still transferred on the stamp.
  • Before you stamp the design on your finger, hold the stamp over your finger to figure out where you want to place it and gently roll it over your finger.

In general, I think this kit is great for any person who likes nail art, but it might take some time getting used to. Or maybe that won’t happen, maybe it’s just me :P

Anyways, I hope this was helpful, and if you have any other questions about this product, let me know in the comments below!

~ Melissa

Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow!!! Review

I just finished trying this new mascara from my February Ipsy Bag. I didn’t know what to expect, and I’m glad to say, I really like this mascara. I feel like mascara reviews are better with pictures than words, so here we go. *Ignore my red eyes, I have naturally dry eyes, and they got worse because I kept holding them open to try to get decent pictures.

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My plain lashes vs 1 coat of the mascara

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2 coats of mascara on each eye

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My bare lashes

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1 coat of mascara. Sorry for the blurry picture, I didn’t notice it was that bad until I uploaded it!

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2 coats of mascara

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A side view of my lashes.

As you can tell from the beginning picture, I have long-ish lashes, but they are very thin and sparse. They are so thin that without mascara, they seem non existant. When I normally use mascara, I first prime my lashes with Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, but in order to correctly test this mascara out, I skipped that step.

With that being said, I think this mascara did a great job! The mascara is very black and helps to make my lashes look much more volumized. They make my lashes look a little clumpy, but I prefer that. Actually, if you let the mascara dry between coats, it gets pretty clumpy, so if you prefer neater lashes, I would recommend finishing one eye before you move on to the next. I would work fast because this mascara dries pretty fast. Shortly after applying the mascara, I ran my finger under my lashes, and no mascara rubbed off. Hopefully this means that their won’t be any smearing or smudging. I won’t have this on for very long, so I won’t be able to test that out now, but I will edit this post when I do.

*edit: I have worn this mascara for about an hour and it smudges. This may because I have oily skin or it just smears in general. This problem may be fixed if I use a primer first or use a clear coat over the mascara.

Have you tried this mascara? What do you think of it? 

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Melissa