Fun with Stamping Decals

Disclaimer: Some PR sample. See bottom.

fall manicure zoya courtney nail art stamping decal

On September 30, I traveled up to North Jersey from South to have dinner with Christy and Jason from KBShimmer, Monica from Moni’s Manis and Michelle (and Anto!) from Ehmkay Nails.

Michelle and Christy talked about Cosmoprof and as they discussed the different polish makers and bloggers in attendance, and how much fun it was to see everyone, and how much fun the events were, I realized just how out of touch I am. I kept asking, “who is that?” I felt sad. I’ve been blogging for more than 7 1/2 years and it struck me how very irrelevant I’d become.

I haven’t covered Cosmoprof in two years. In 2015, I had a one-week-old baby. This year, I couldn’t afford the journey after throwing said baby a first birthday party in June and taking a family vacation to Florida in May. Next year, I anticipate money to be even tighter, so I doubt it’s in the stars for me. But man, Cosmoprof is a great way for me to cover trends, new product and brand launches, and just simply connect with other bloggers and press in the industry.

Anyway. I started feeling sad and that feeling of “irrelevant” really started bothering me. But I decided that I couldn’t worry about that and I let that go. Because I don’t blog for money. I don’t blog for samples or stats or status. If I did, I’d be giving my blog a much needed design face lift and approaching things much differently. I blog for me, selfishly, I admit, and to share my love and findings with you, the friend and reader who stops by! So I focused on THAT.

And I realized, when I took that irrelevant feeling out of things, I was left feeling longing. The problem is that I missed the part of me that was so active in the nail and beauty world. I suddenly wanted to produce more content. I felt a rush of motivation I hadn’t felt in so long. I wanted to dust off my nail art tools and play.

So I did.

fall manicure zoya courtney nail art stamping decal

There are nail art techniques like stamping decals that have become popular and regular in the last couple years that I have been less frequently blogging, but this in particular was something I hadn’t done yet. I already had the UberChic mat, I had optimistically purchased it last fall.

So I laid down some KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat, then stamped a design on it when it was dry. I filled in some of the dots of the design with older China Glaze polishes.

I let it dry for  a while. When I picked the design off the mat, it curled. I tried to flatten it a bit, and adhere it to my nail. It just didn’t work. I know now that I probably needed a bit more tackiness to my nail to get it right.

I decided to try creating the decal ON the stamper. So I stamped the design, filled in the dots, and put a coat of top coat over the design.

After it dried, I took it off the stamper and adhered it to my nail.


I LOVED doing this!

I used Zoya Courtney for my mani, and she served as the base for my decal.

fall manicure zoya courtney nail art stamping decal

fall manicure zoya courtney nail art stamping decal

It’s not perfect. I’m a little rusty. But it felt good. I even changed-up my nail shape to be rounded.

I have been keeping my nails fresh with Jamberry nail wraps, or a combination of Jamberry wraps with polish or gel, since October of last year. I am still in love – and still selling – Jamberry, but I’ve decided that I don’t want this to hinder what I have loved for so, so many years: nail polish, nail art and the nail community. I’ve got to bring it all together.

As I get my feet back under me, I’m going to work on how I can feature more creative content vs. reviews. Keep an eye out. And thank you for coming by 🙂

Have you tried creating a stamping decal? Do you enjoy it?

Disclaimer: I previously received Zoya Courtney for honest consideration and wrote a review herePlease visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!