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

Julep Maven Unboxing: Starter Kit

A couple of weeks before this, I was posting more frequently. This not because I had more time, but that I had finally created a “system”. I’ve figured out that it’s easiest to create posts in separate steps instead of doing it all in one sitting. I’ve found that what works best is if I take the pictures when I first get the products, then type up the bodies on another day. Then, on another day, I throw it all together. That’s basically what I had been doing my last couple of posts, and I think this process really helps.

I’ve actually had the pictures for this unboxing since I first got the package in the mail, which feels like it was ages ago, but I haven’t taken the time to type up the post because I find it takes me a REALLY long time. But despite this, I’m here bringing it to you today.

Because this was my first Maven Box, or “starter kit”, I only paid $4.99 excluding taxes and shipping. At first this is deceiving because I got an email saying that I could get my box for 1 cent, which is why I first decided to get a subscription. Granted, that was too good to be true, but paying a little over $5 is better than the usual $20. With all that being said, if I had an actual job, I wouldn’t mind paying the $20 because you get a decent amount of products.

Once again, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen the products that I’ve gotten, but here are some individual pics.

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When I originally paid the $5, I thought I was getting the two polishes plus the cuticle oil, so I was surprised to find the two glitter pots. All in all, I’m very happy with my purchase. I love the colors, and I love the flexibility of Julep Maven boxes. I think it’s pretty cool that you can choose certain sets, or that you can even gift them if you wanted to.

Onto the products themselves, I haven’t used the glitter pots yet, but I’m sure I will eventually. I also haven’t used the cuticle oil because I already have an open one that I want to finish first, but I thought that it this particular one was cool because it has a roller ball applicator, which was surprising. Lastly, the nail polishes. Here are pictures of the colors on:

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The brown-taupe-ish color looks better in person. It’s actually more mauve-y. In this picture, the navy looks black, but in better lighting, the color is true. These are easily the nicest polishes I’ve ever used. They are nice and creamy and go on beautifully. Also, the brush isn’t too thin or too thick and it makes application much easier. I really do love these polishes. After getting these, I’ve been wanting to get more, and hopefully, I’ll be able to soon!

Once again, I wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and if you’re a Maven, let me know which colors you’ve gotten and which ones are your favorite!

~ Melissa

Nail Mania at Claire’s

TODAY WAS OFFICIALLY MY LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! :DDD And in order to celebrate, my mom and I did some shopping! First we went to the eye doctor’s, then Ulta, and lastly Katy Mills Outlet Mall. We were out from like 10:30 until 6:30, so  I was able to pick up quite a few things. After I post this, I’m actually working on a haul post for any of you who are interested in seeing what I got. Anyways, this post is about how AMAZING Claire’s is.

I’ll be the first to say that I haven’t been to Claire’s since 6th grade because I thought I out grew it, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. My mom and I first decided to stop because they were having a sale and she wanted to get some gifts for my cousin’s 5-year-old daughter. While there, I too decided to take a look around, and it’s fair to say that I was pretty impressed! They have so many NAIL products there!

*Sorry for the super crappy, amateur-ish photos, I was using my phone, I’m terrible with cameras, and I felt weird snapping all these pictures with so many people around, so I tried to take them quickly xD

These were the first things that caught by eye. First, I saw the Precious Metals set, and I thought that the glitters in each polish were soo pretty. Then, I saw the Christmas set, which is scented! How cool is that? I don’t actually remember what the red one is, but I know that the green one is evergreen, the multi-colored one is sugar cookie, the gold one is gingerbread, and the white one is peppermint. Each set was only $10, but on top of that, they also had a discount of buy 1, get 1 50% off on all cosmetics. Anyways, I just these were pretty cool, but I was skeptical of the quality of their polishes, so if anyone has tried them out let me know!

'Tis the Season Scents (left) and Precious Metals (right)

‘Tis the Season Scents (left) and Precious Metals (right)

Next, they have caviar nail kits and nail stickers there! I think I actually like these caviar nail kits or “nail pearls” as they call it better than the ones that they sell at Sephora. I feel like the beads in these kits are smaller and more wearable. These are on sale for $12 and the stickers have varying prices depending on the design.

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Nail Pearls and Nail Stickers

Not only do they have caviar nail kits, but they also have Stamping Nails Art Kits, and these super cute moustache nail stickers. The stamping kit was $10 and the moustaches were $3.50.121221_0004

They also have gel-esque polish, which shouldn’t have been a surprise since they had all of these other products. These were $7.50… I think. But look at how cute the name is, I love it!

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Then as we were checking out, they also had some polishes at the register that were $7. The polishes were glitter polishes that supposedly change in the sunlight. They had a few colors, but there was only one that I cared for, but unfortunately, the color didn’t pick up on camera.

The glitter mainly looks silver, but it was actually a pretty silver/purple

The glitter mainly looks silver, but it was actually a pretty silver/purple

Lastly, there was one last item I wanted to talk about, which has nothing to do with nail products, the Katy Perry by Eylure false lashes. The only times I have seen them were at Ulta, and they were always the more dramatic ones, but they had some natural ones there. These were $8.50 each, which may or may not be more expensive then the ones at Ulta, I’m not really sure.

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The “Sweetie Pie” lashes were my favorite out of the ones there

So, if you’re still with me, that I was everything that I saw at Claire’s today! If you’ve tried any of the products mentioned or any other nail products, comment!! I would be glad to hear your thoughts on any of them! Hopefully, I can get my haul post up before Christmas, but if I can’t, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!!

~ Melissa