Monday, April 30, 2012

MASH 5 x 2 Nail Art Dotting Tools - Review and Manicure Ideas (Pic Heavy)

As a nail art lover and blogger, there are certain items that I consider essential to create both simple and more complicated nail designs. When I started blogging, the first tool I had was a dotting tool. In this post, I will share with you my experience with the MASH 5 x 2 Nail Art Dotting Tools.
Siendo una amante del arte en las uñas y una bloggera de tal, existen ciertos artículos los cuales considero esenciales para crear diseños simples así como tambien más complicados. Cuando empecé con mi blog, la primera herramienta que tuve fue un puntero. En ésta entrada, compartiré con ustedes mi experiencia utilizando las MASH 5 x 2 Nail Art Dotting Tools.

 This dotting tool pack from MASH comes with 5 double ended dotting tools in a convenient plastic package. On one side, the ends are of different sizes and on the other, they are all the same size.
Éste paquete de MASH contiene 5 punteros con doble punta en un empaque plástico muy conveniente. En un extremo, los punteros son de diferentes tamaños, mientras que en el otro, los 5 tiene la misma medida.
Side 1 - Extremo 1
Side 2 - Extremo 2

Here is a picture showing you the difference between the size of the dots of each dotting tool.
He aquí una foto mostrando la diferencia del tamaño de cada punto hecho por cada puntero.

 Dot size in relation to my thumbnail - Tamaño de los puntos en relación a mi uña del dedo pulgar.

Why do I consider dotting tools important?
Well, I think that whether you want to do a polka dot manicure, some flowers, animal print, or picking up a rhinestone or fimo decoration, dotting tools come in handy. I love having a wide variety of dot sizes to choose from and I think 5 dot sizes are enough.
Por qué considero que los punteros son importantes? 
Bueno, pienso que ya sea que desees un manicure con puntos, flores, estampado animal, o bien sea levantar una piedrita o una decoración de fimo, los punteros son demasiado útiles. Me encanta tener una variedad de tamaños de puntos para elegir y en éste caso, 5 me parece suficiente.

But, what if I do not want to only do polka dots?
You don't have to! That's the beauty of this MASH 5 x 2 Nail Art Dotting Tools. You don't have to stick to dots, let your imagination lead the way... And if not, I am offering you some ideas to get that inspiration going:
Pero qué pasa si no quiero solo puntitos?
No tienes que hacer únicamente puntos! Esa es la versatilidad que ofrece éste paquete de MASH. No tienes que hacer solo puntos, déjate llevar por la imaginación... Y si no, te ofrezco ideas para levantar esa inspiración:

1) Large dotting tool end - Animal print (Yes, I did a cow hehe, but you can do leopard, zebra, giraffe, etc!)
1)Punto grande - Estampado animal (Si, hice uno de vaca, pero pudes hacer leopardo, cebra, jirafa, etc!)

2) Second size dot - Flowers (You can pull off a flower print any time of the year)
2) Segundo puntero - Flores (Puedes llevar un estampado floral cuando desees)

3) Third size dot - Hearts (Yes, you can achieve cute hearts with only 2 strokes)
3) Tercer puntero - Corazones (Si, puedes hacer lindos corazones con solo dos trazos)

4) Fourth size dot - Polka dots (Why not? Get crisp and uniform dots without using any fancy equipment)
4) Cuarto puntero - Puntos (Por qué no? Obtén puntos lindos y uniformes sin usar artículos extravagantes)

5) Fifth dot/Needle  - Dry marbling (It is easier than it seems)
5) Quinto puntero/Aguja - Marmoleado en seco (Más fácil de lo que parece)

Overall, I have enjoyed the MASH dotting tools. I love having the chance of doing many different things with all of them. I consider these tools a good investment. The metal ends will last you for a lifetime and just consider that you can use regular polish as well as acrylic paint to do beautiful designs.
En conclusión, he disfrutado mucho éste set de MASH. Me gusta poder tener opciones para elegir y tener muchos estilos por recrear. Considero éste set una buena inversión. La parte de metal de los punteros te durarán una eternidad y mantén en mente que puedes usar esmalte regular o pintura acrílica con ellos.

My advice: Visit the MASH website and check these out, you won't regret it!
Mi consejo: Visita el sitio de MASH y adquiérelas, no te vas a arrepentir!

**Products in this post were sent for an honest  review** Los productos en ésta entrada  fueron enviados a cambio de una evaluación honesta**

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MASH is proud to introduce a 5 piece dotting tool set that is a must have for nail art lovers! This 5 piece set of marbling and dotting tools is created by the nail art experts at MASH to be the ultimate set of nail art tools !Each tool has two different sizes allowing you 10 different options. Create unique designs and manipulate your nail art accessories to great the most beautiful nail art you have ever seen. This dotting tool set is perfect for creating that custom nail art you adore.
$5.99 is a website dedicated to bringing you premium, salon quality nail art supplies. MASH was founded in 2009 by a team of nail art experts who were tired of seeing cheap, generic nail art supplies lacking both style and substance sold all throughout the internet. Boring products lead to boring nail art, and so the decision was made to make a premium line of nail art supplies and create a company run by nail artists for nail artists.
All MASH employees trained nail art specialists who work in all areas of the business from product developement to customer service. This means not only will MASH nail art products be the best on the market, all MASH customer service employees are nail art experts who can assist you in everything from buying choices and getting your order correct to tips on how to get the most out of your MASH nail art products.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Week 18: Cartoon Manicure

I have had this Hello Kitty stamp for the longest and I was just looking for the "right pink" to use with it. Although the mani looked better in my mind, I am happy with the overall result. Today for some reason the polish gods were against me and my stamps were not coming very crisp, but it is HK, so I think she is still cute. I think I will soon re-do this mani, once the stress of school is over :P
The base polish is Creamy Pink by Sinful Colors and the stamping polishes are WnW Black Creme, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Silver Sweep and Konad White.
For a list of the previous and upcoming manicures, as well as the other ladies doing it, please click HERE.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Week 17: "Earth Appreciation" Manicure

I know I am late for this week's manicure... I also know that I did not do much here, but I am really short on time now. School is getting stressful and I am trying to do my best to kick butt in my classes and also keep my blog alive. For this mani, I used Sinful Colors Happy Ending as a base color and I did the black side and dots with acrylic paint. I wanted to make this mani special and added some fimo flowers. It is my first time using fimo and I love it!
Ya se que es un poco tarde para el manicure de esta semana... También se que casi no hice nada esta vez, pero cada día tengo menos tiempo. Mis clases se estan poniendo más complicadas y estoy haciendo lo más que puedo por no descuidar mis estudios ni mi blog. Para éste mani, usé Sinful Colors Happy Ending como color base, el detalle en negro lo hice con pintura de acrílico. Para hacerlo un poquito más especial, agregué flores de fimo, es mi primer vez usandolas y me gustó mucho!
 Please stay tuned, I have a special post coming up soon :)
For a list of the previous and upcoming manicures, as well as the other ladies doing it, please click HERE. Pin It

Monday, April 23, 2012

Before my nails broke (#3)

Hi ladies!
Today it is the last mani I have to show you of the manicures I did before going back to nubbins. At this point, my nails had just been filed down and my cuticles as well as the lateral folds of my nails were in bad shape. I do not know if you watch manicure tutorials on YouTube, but I personally follow many nail gurus and one of my favorite ones is Tartofraises1. I watched THIS TUTORIAL she posted and I gave it a try. I hope you guys find the similarities and thank you for stopping by <3
Before my nails broke #1 and #2
What did I use?
-Sinful Colors Easy Going
-Kiss White and Silver Glitter Nail Art
-Santee Flower Pink Pin It

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Week 16: Dotticure Manicure

Hi dear readers!
I apologize for the late post, but I was hesitant to post this manicure given that it suffered from sheet marks and my cuticles are not doing so well again... Anyway, I used Neon Yellow by Kleancolor as a base and for the dots I used Kleancolor Neons: Pink, Purple and Aqua. It reminds me of a clown, haha.
For a list of the previous and upcoming manicures, as well as the other ladies doing it, please click HERE.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sally Hansen Rapid Red and Nail Art Stickers

Hello ladies!
Today I am showing you a simple and quick manicure that can become more special with the addition of some stickers. I bought the nail art stickers at a local dollar store and I really liked how they look on my accent nails. For this manicure, I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Rapid Red and once dry, I added the stickers. I sealed off with NYC Matte Me Crazy topcoat.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Before my nails broke (#2)

Today I have for you the second manicure of my "Before my nails broke" series. To see the first manicure, click here. This is a messy manicure... I started with 2 coats of Big Spender by Essie and the ladybugs are from plate m51 from the BornPrettyStore and the flowers are from plate BM-203. I used Konad White to stamp. All I have to say is that Big Spender is one of my favorite berry colors now, and it made me extremely happy to have found it for $3.25!
Do you have a favorite berry-colored polish?

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Nail Polish Addiction: Appreciation Giveaway!

Hi you!
This is just to inform you that Juliana from Nail Polish Addiction is hosting an appreciation giveaway. For more information, visit her blog and make sure you enter. The prize is amazing!
For more info and Rafflecopter form, CLICK HERE!
Good luck everyone!
Ends June 1st

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Ballet Inspired Manicure (Entry to Jen's Nail Files Contest)

Hey loves!
This post is dedicated to a manicure I did as an entry to Jen's Nail Files contest on Facebook. The twist to this contest was to submit the manicure on our off hand; meaning, right handed people submit a picture of their right hand, left handed people submit a picture of their left hand. I had to take time to do my right hand and for me, it came out okay. Then, righty does not know how to pose and I had a hard time getting an acceptable shot. So, here is the picture I submitted to the contest:
I got inspired by ballerinas, silhouettes and lace... Here are the polishes I used as well as photos of my left hand. If you are interested, this contest is open until 4/15, the link is above :)
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Before my nails broke (#1)

As you know, I had to file down my nails due to some weird dryness and peeling that was happening. Before going to nubbins, I had worn this manicure, a lazy glitter mani. I started with two coats of Catch Me by Kleancolor and I topped it with two coats of Blonde Bombshell by China Glaze. If you do not have this CG glitter, visit your local Sally Beauty because I found it there for $2.00. I am loving the gold glitter!
I will have a part 2 and 3 of this 'Before my nails broke' series :)

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Week 15: Easter Manicure

Happy Easter!
I hope you guys are enjoying your Easter Sunday. For this manicure, I was not sure if I wanted to do bunnies or little chicks. I could have sworn I had a stamp plate that had a chick, but I did not. I did a bunny instead, I am pleased to say I love it!
As a base I used 2 coats of a pink jelly polish by Freshcover (the label fell off) and a coat of Forget Now by Sinful Colors. The flowers and bunny were done with acrylic paint and a dotting tool.
I hope you enjoy!
For a list of the previous and upcoming manicures, as well as the other ladies doing it, please click HERE.
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Week 14: Striped Manicure

Hi ladies (and gents),
I had not really done a striped mani before, so this one had me thinking because I cannot really draw straight lines. After giving it some thought, and taking into consideration the fact that I had to file my nails all the way (due to lab's harsh chemicals...), I came up with this simple manicure. I apologize for my cuticles. They are horrendous, but I am pampering them so they heal...
Polishes I used:
  •  Santee - Perfect Gray
  • Finger Paints - Black Expressionism 
  • Kiss Nail Art Polishes - White and Silver Glitter
  • NYC - Matte Me Crazy (I am loving this!)
For a list of the previous and upcoming manicures, as well as the other ladies doing it, please click HERE. Pin It