I was sorta-recently approached by a new-to-me online store called LadyQueen Beauty. Since I hadn't really seen much about them I figured I would turn myself into a guinea pig. The things I do for you guys...happily, it all worked out in my favor! I got a tiny trio of random items, and the first I'm going to share is the HeHe 003 stamping plate!
(promotional samples ahead)
I am...whatever comes before "Novice" on the stamping skill scale. I can generally make things happen, but more than half the time I just close my eyes and pray for the best. It isn't the most efficient way to master a skill. But when Lady Queen offered me the chance to test out some of their products, I chose a stamping plate because I figured that if I can make it work, then anyone probably could.
It is a pretty standard-sized round plate at right around two inches across. I have a bunch of budget plates from Amazon and this is the same size. It should fit right into the little books that real stampers use to organize their stuff. I peeled off the paper and decided to give it a quick test with my squishy stamper and my trusty Pretty Serious Cosmetics Type 40 polish.
Hey! That looks ok, actually. It picked up decently (considering who was driving the stamper) and the image is decently crisp. Maybe I should try this on my actual nails?
Oh wait, I already did! I decided to kill two birds with one stone and test out the opacity of the new Vapid creams and this plate. Everything went better than expected! Almost no one cried. I think these plates are totally acceptable, and that any problems that are evident were my fault. I think it might be time to invest in some actual stamping polish.
The tl;dr is that this plate is totally ok. Probably. I am not a stamping ninja, but I did ok with it...imagine what a pro could pull off! I will definitely be picking up a few more nail art items from this shop. I need a few things.
My question for all you expert stampers: is getting real stamping polish really worth getting? With my modest success here, I am definitely looking to improve my tools.
If you want to check out Lady Queen, maybe consider using my code?
This works just like that other, ubiquitous overseas nail art purveyor. They send me things, I post about them, they give me a code for you guys to use. Except this one is 15% and not 10%. In the interests of full disclosure, I am not getting paid when you use the code. As far as I know, if enough people use this code they will sponsor a giveaway for us. Which is neat. But I wanted to make sure that you guys knew the whole thing. Honesty is the best policy.