Cici & Sisi Acrylic Stamping Plate

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Hey Guys!

So if you haven’t heard of Cici & Sisi, they are a stamping nail art company and sell plates, cases and nail art accessories etc.

They contacted me recently asking if I’d like to try out their new style of acrylic plate. I was really intrigued, as up until now I’ve only ever seen metal stamping plates. They also wanted me to forward them onto my fellow nail professionals to have a play with, so I picked out 4 friends!

Anona Wright (Nails by Anona)

Natalie Maddox-Hussain (Polish & Glow)

Sara Williams (Fab Creative Nails)

Shelley Leadbeater-Rogers (8 Fingers 2 Thumbs)

So the plates arrived very quickly, and first of all I was blown away by the pacakaging! It is absolutely gorgeous ❤️

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Cici & Sisi Packaging

So the particular plate we were testing out was called Wedding Season. It was made up of 24 larger size intricate lace and floral images, with 7 individual images down the centre of the plate.

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Wedding Season

The underneath of the plate was a smooth finish with the Cici & Sisi logo in white.

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Underside of the plate

I tested out the following stampers & stamping polish:

Black Marshmallow Squishy Firm

Fab Ur Nails Jumbo Mint Glaze Stamper

Clear Jelly Stamper

Creative Shop Stamper

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Nail Stamping Queen Polish

Hit The Bottle Polish

Dashica

Colour Alike

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Here’s a selection of how they stamped and they all stamped great! I will say it was slightly difficult stamping in white, as the plate is predominantly white so made it a little difficult to see. However, that aside, I only scraped once for all the images shown, and they turned out lovely. The plate was also easy to clean with our acetone, and it did not affect the coated acrylic.

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Thank you to Cici & Sisi for sending me this plate to test – if you are interested in this type of plate please stay tuned to their Facebook page and website for more details, http://www.ciciandsisi.com 😀

See you in the next one!

Sarah xoxo

 

 

 

 

Scatter Crystals Swarovski Review!

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Hey Guys!

Today I got a chance to try out and play with a pack of goodies kindly sent to me from Scatter Crystals – they are an authorised UK distributor of Swarovski Crystal. Countless nail technicians use their non-hotfix flatback Swarovski crystals specifically for nail art, and the results are striking! 💎

I was sent a mixed pack of 254 Crystal AB (Aurora Boreale) Flat Back Shapes. The AB crystals produce the most amazing rainbow effect in the light that shimmers tones of pink, blue & yellow. To buy the set, please click here.

The pack costs £24.99 and here’s a detailed breakdown:

  • Round SS5 x 50
  • Round SS7 x 50
  • Round SS9 x 50
  • Round SS12 x 50
  • Round SS20 x 25
  • Round SS30 x 10
  • Raindrop (10 x 2.8mm) x 5
  • Fan (6mm) x 5
  • Rhombus (10 x 6mm) x 5
  • Moon (8 x 5.5mm) x 2
  • Star (5mm) x 2

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I couldn’t wait to use them, so decided to demo a #blingky (blinged up pinky) inspired by @notorious_nails_ on Instagram (go check her out!)

Here’s my YouTube video Swarovski application tutorial:

Otherwise, carry on reading below….

After cleansing my pinky nail, and adding a gel primer, I decided to use Light Elegance Cool hard gel. I wanted a clear base and something that was going to hold for at least a couple of weeks!

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I applied a layer with a gel brush and my base for stones was ready…

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I then decided I wanted to use an array of the stones, so chose a raindrop as my central stone, then a mixture of SS5, SS7 and SS9 around it. The closer I got to the tip of my nail, the smaller of stone I used.

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**TOP TIP**

I used a dotting tool with a small amount of nail foil adhesive swiped over the tip. Once it dried clear, it was super sticky!! This means the stones stay nice and shiny when picking them up and transferring to the nail.

So, once all your stones are in place you can cure your hard gel.

I then went in with a No Wipe Top Gel sealer and went in and around the stones with a super tiny detail brush.

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Then cure your top gel, and that’s it! Because the top gel has no tacky layer, there’s no need to wipe any residue from the nail!

Here’s the final result! (Pic taken on same day, but after a quick design change!)

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To summarise, this pack is absolutely brilliant value for money – for those who are nail techs, the stones work at under 10p each! There’s a fantastic variety and shapes to suit all.

Thanks again to Scatter Crystals for sending me these!

See you soon!

Sarah xoxo