Hey everyone! I've had such a lovely weekend, it's my boyfriend's birthday today and it was really nice to give him his presents, which I've been wanting to see his reaction to for weeks. Luckily he really liked them (or so he said!). I love giving presents, I'm sure my 10 year old self would be shocked to hear me say that but as I've got older I've really started to appreciate it more. I'm especially excited when I can't measure what their reaction will be!
Anyway, today's post is a review of the new Winstonia Henna stamping plates*. I've recently been trying my hand at stamping a bit more, so when I was offered the chance to try this new plate duo by Winstonia I jumped at the chance. There are two plates in the collection, each containing intricate henna-inspired designs. When I first saw them I thought they would be out of my skill set but the Winstonia stamper picked the designs up with ease. I created 3 looks with the stamps to showcase them, but there are so many possibilities for great designs so I'm sure you'll see them again!
The two plates in the collection are Love of Henna* and Wisdom of Henna*. I also received the Winstonia stamper* and scraper. The stamper is larger than I usually use but that helped pick up more of the design for choice. It's also very squishy so I didn't need to prime it for it to pick up the designs, all I needed to do was softly roll over the plate.
The first design I did was from the Wisdom of Henna plate* (top right in the picture of the stamps), and it's a strong leaf pattern, which could be used as a geometric pattern depending on how you stamp it. I stamped over this design I did using the Barry M Lolly Gloss collection* with Barry M - Cotton. For the half nails I used Kiesque Liquid Palisade, and stamped on the remaining half, then I peeled off the Liquid Palisade and I added All That Jazz Swarowski Crystals. Finished with a coat of Seche Vite.
The second design is from the Love of Henna plate* (top right design on the first plate in the picture). This paisley print design has so many nail art opportunities, I can imagine it will be great for summer designs. I went for a gradient using the Barry M Superdrug Limited Edition polishes*, stamped over with Barry M Cotton, finished off with Seche Vite.
Finally I chose to do these nails with the Wisdom of Henna* plate (bottom right this time in the first picture), for this elegant swirled design. I thought the new Barry M - Gold Digger* from the Molten Metals collection would perfectly match the elegance, however it unfortunately didn't transfer very well/show up clearly as its more of a glitter based polish than a metallic. Nevertheless I really like the subtle effect it gives. The base colour is Barry M - Festival Fever* and the topcoat is Barry M - Matte Topcoat.
The plates retail at $4.95 (£3.40) each and are available on the Winstonia website.
What do you think? Will you be purchasing either of the Winstonia henna plates? Let me know in the comments!
*Some of the products in this post were provided to me for review, all opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way