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Nail Dotting: my new set of tools and my first mani

Polka Dot Manicure

There are so many bloggers out there that create amazing and beautiful designs with the help of “nail dotters”, or “dotting tools”.  I’d looked around for them at Sally Beauty Supply, Wal-Mart, drugstores, etc and was never able to find any sort of set that offered multiple sizes.

So I turned to my trusted friend Samira who let me in on the secret of where she got her set of nail dotters…Ebay!

I paid only $1 (“Buy it now”) for the below set of nail dotting tools a couple of months ago and received free shipping to boot!  Good luck beating this deal anywhere, I think it’s safe to say that you won’t.

$1 Nail Dotters - Ebay

They shipped this nail dotting set from China and it arrived about a month after placing my order.

I checked out Ebay just now and this set is a common sale item from multiple sellers, with various prices ranging from $1-$2 including shipping.  So if you are looking for a set like this and not in a major hurry, this could be a great solution for you.  It certainly was for me!

A set like this one helps you create different sized near-perfect circles with no hassle.  You can also use the small tips to create more detailed designs if you struggle like I do with using a brush to create free-hand art.  I find the latter especially taxing when using my left hand to create the designs on my right hand.

A common alternative to nail dotting tools like these, is the use of toothpicks and bobby pins to create a similar effect.  But you won’t have access to the same size range that you would with a set of tools like this one.  So for $1, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. 🙂

Seeing as this was my first attempt at nail dotting, I wanted to do a very simple manicure to begin with.  I basically just wanted to test out the different sizes and see if I could get used to using them.

Bubble nails, dot cluster manicure

I used Turned up Turquoise (neon nail polish by China Glaze) as my base and then created small dot clusters using black and white nail polishes (Liquid Vinyl by Orly and Paper Mache by Finger Paints respectively).

Polka Dot Nails

This manicure was super easy and quick to create.  I had everything done in just a few minutes!  I look forward to getting more creative with these nail dotters and stretching my limits when it comes to nail art.  If there are any pointers or secrets for using these, please let me know!

Dot Cluster Manicure

What is your favourite design or way to use nail dotting tools?



Bubble Manicure, Nail Dotting Design


Konad Nail Stamping

Nail Design Plate

I ordered a starter kit of Konad Stamping Nail Art product a couple of months ago, but hadn’t gotten around to posting about it until now.

Nail stamping is a very popular trend that you will see all over the internet.  You just might not realize that it’s what you are looking at when you see it.  95% of those amazing zebra manicures you see everywhere are actual nail stamps, not stickers and certainly aren’t done by hand.

How nail stamping works is you can purchase different plates, with different patterns or designs (even for french tips).  You also need the Konad special nail polishes to use on the plates.  ***You can’t use regular nail polish on the plates.***  You need the “Konad Special Nail Polish”.  It has a thicker/sticky consistency and is designed to be picked up by the stamp.  If you try it with standard nail polish, it won’t stick to your stamp at all and will just sit in your plate stencil, trust me, I tried.  You also need a scraper for removing the excess polish and a stamp for picking up and transferring the design.  So I went with the easy solution and bought a starter kit.  Unsure if I would like it, this seemed to make the most sense.  Nail Polish Canada has a big range of kits you can choose from, ranging from about $25 all the way up to $200.  If you are south of the border Konad Nail Art has a website as well that might make more sense for you.  Upon comparison between the two sites though, for Canadians Nail Polish Canada proves to be less expensive with their free shipping over $29 offer.

Nail Art Starting Kit - Plates and Polishes in One

With this kit you receive:

  • 1 x Stamp
  • 1 x Scraper
  • 1 x M3 plate (7 individual designs)
  • 1 x M2 plate (7 individual designs)
  • 3 x 5ml Konad Special Nail Polishes (these are mini bottles-less than half the size of a standard full sized polish)
Konad Nail Stamping Tutorial

How do you do it?

How To: Konad Nail Stamping

  1. Apply Base coat or regular polish to nail.  I started out with Turned up Turquoise neon nail polish by China Glaze.Turned up Turquoise Nail Polish Swatch
  2. Apply Konad Special Nail Polish to desired image within a plate.Konad Nail Stamping Tutorial
  3. Take your scraper, angle it about 45 degrees and scrape excessive polish off quickly and strongly.  
  4. IMMEDIATELY press the stamp with a gently rolling motion to pick up the design.  I can’t stress “IMMEDIATELY” enough.  If you take your time, the design will end up on your stamp choppy and incomplete.  You need to scrape and stamp right away!  This caused me some troubles at first and once I sped up this step, the designs started coming out perfectly on the stamp.Konad Nail Design on Stamp
  5. Stamp the image onto your nail with a gentle rolling motion or just press down and lift up immediately.Nail Stamping Tutorial
  6. For lasting wear apply a top coat to preserve your nail art.

It really ends up being very simple and QUICK.  I plan to pick up more plates and polishes in the near future.  I want to try the plates that offer both full nail and french tip patterns.

Have you guys tried this yet?  Do you have a favourite plate you’d recommend for my next purchase?



Nail Design Plate