Easy Cute Cat Nail Art – Nail Stamping

Round two of testing out the nail stamping bits I recently bought, and I thought the perfect theme would be cat-related (of course). I have a black and white cat, so naturally I HAD to go for black and white nails…

So let’s get started!

I started with the Holo Taco Long-Lasting Base again. I find that my nail polish doesn’t last anywhere near as long as I want it to (this is my own fault because I do the washing up without gloves along with other careless things!), so when I started using a base coat I did notice that it prolonged the life of my nail art. I still don’t find it lasts super long, but I always used to opt for gel polish which lasts forever so the time it stays on is noticeably different in comparison. I’m taking a bit of a break from using the UV lights for a while so I’ve using the Holo Taco polishes because of the stunning colours available and the amazing quality of the polishes. It’s safe to say I’ve absolutely not been disappointed.

One thing that I love about this base coat is that it dries SO fast so I’m not hanging around for ages waiting for it to dry – a big tick in the box for me!

Holo Taco Long Lasting Base

Next I applied the black and white polishes to the nails I wanted them on. The black polish only needed one coat, and the white I used two because I hadn’t shaken the bottle properly (whoops!). These polishes glide on like a dream – yet I still seem to get them wonky around my irritated cuticles that shrivel when I use nail polish remover…

None-the-less they’re so easy to apply and I’m amazed by the colour payoff every time!

Holo Taco One-Coat Black and Not Milky White

Then it was time to break out the beloved stamper again! Using the MoYou London Crystal Clear Stamper and Scraper – £9 with the MoYou London Kitty Collection 11 Plate – £5.99, I picked up the designs that I wanted to apply using the Whats Up Nails Stamping Polish in Neither Noir – £7.25. I found it much easier to pick up the design from this plate than the Celestial palette from my other post. Perhaps it was because it was the same brand as the stamper this time around, perhaps I just needed a bit more practise to get it right…

I topped it off with a Glossy Taco from Holo Taco and then it was finished! It was so easy to do and I love how it came out, so I was pretty pleased with this nail art.

I’d removed my previous nail polish, hence the dry skin around my nails, and I quickly reshaped them using a generic glass nail file from Amazon. I also used a generic cuticle pusher from Amazon to try and keep them tidy.

Cuticle pusher and nail file – both from Amazon

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! See you next time.

The final look

Galaxy Nail Art – Nail Stamping

My first time stamping! Ok, I know it’s not perfect but my back started aching….

I’m a bit of perfectionist, so I had the image of how I wanted these to turn out and I was going to get as close to it as possible. I actually attempted this to try it out and then had to take it all off the next day to re-do because I found out the challenges of stamping pretty fast the first time round.

I started off with the Holo Taco Royal-Tea Blue and One-Coat Black polishes. The black really is only one-coat necessary, it’s amazing! I started by doing a gradient on my middle and ring fingers using a generic sponge off Amazon and Mehron Liquid Latex to protect the skin around the nail from being covered in nail polish , and left the others black. I then topped my nails with the Scattered Holo Taco, finishing with just the Thumb, little and forefinger with Scattered Holo Taco as I didn’t want to clutter the ‘nail art nails’ too much.

Left to right: Glossy Taco, Royal-Tea Blue, One-Coat Black, Scattered Holo Taco, Flakie Holo Taco and Long-Lasting Base

Then onto the stamping. For some reason my stamper just wouldn’t pick up the pattern I wanted to transfer. I thought my stamper must be faulty (I’m using the Mo You London Crystal Clear Stamper and Scraper – £9), so I tested it on a different stamping plate and it worked. Judging by the extensive knowledge I acquired (cough) from a couple of YouTube videos I watched, I concluded that the stamping plate I was using was just a shallower one and needed a different technique to pull it off – YouTube videos linked further down. I got the general idea of what to do differently, and while it’s not perfect it definitely helped! I used Whats Up Nails – Silver Ag-ent Stamping Polish with the Dixie Mini Celestial Sky Plate, both from Nail Stamping Queen UK to create the planet and celestial effects.

MoYou London Stamper and Scraper, WhatsUp Nails in Silver Ag-End, Mehron Liquid Latex, Generic Beauty Sponge and Dixie Plate – Celestial Sky
The stamper and scraper are housed in this cute little ‘pot’

It took quite a while what with all the attempts to pick up the pattern from the plate, but for my first go at stamping I was pretty pleased with the results. I have some other plates too which I’ll use for some more designs and upload on here.

Thanks for reading and keep on creating!