Monday, November 22, 2010

Let's Stamp!

Guess what? I used image plates for the first time today, and it was a success! I thought there would be a little bit of a learning curve, but I only had to redo one nail, and that's because I bumped my elbow just as I was pressing the stamp on my nail. Oops. I used Nailtrixx plate B12, which I received in a giveaway, and Zoya Malia. One thing I was not happy with was that though I placed the design differently on each nail, I accidentally ended up with two next to each other that are very similar. It bugs me.

indoors, artificial light
indoors, artificial light

I added matte top coat before taking the second picture so you could actually see the design despite the reflections I couldn't get rid of. Due to slight chipping, I will be taking Devious off right after I post this.

Now, I need your help. I'm thinking about getting a new camera. On $40 a month of allowance as my only spending money when I don't have a dogsitting job (which is most of the time...people don't vacation that much), I'm wary of spending that much money without knowing exactly what I'm getting and being 100% confident that it's worth it. I have a Nikon Coolpix P1 that I got four years ago, and right now I'm considering a Nikon Coolpix S6000 and a Canon PowerShot SX130IS. Their lense sizes are basically the same, so the three specifications I'm really looking at are resolution, zoom, and macro focus ranges. 

Resolution: Nikon 14.2 megapixels, Canon 12.1 megapixels
Zoom: Nikon 7x, Canon 4x
Macro Minimum Distance: Nikon 3 cm, Canon 1 cm

The Canon is more expensive, but only by $20 if I buy on Amazon. Which do you think would be better for nail photos? Or do I need a new camera at all? 


  1. Very pretty purple. I'm shopping for a new camera as well. I keep hearing the canons are one of the best.

  2. what top coat are you using that is making this polish so shiney? droolZ

  3. oeehh I like the matte version a lot!!

  4. About the plates: I like!
    About the camera: I really don't know anything about cameras!

  5. rmcandlelight- Thank you! I've heard good things about Canon as well...I know someone with a professional photography business, and most of their cameras are Canon.

    ThRiSzHa- Thanks!

    shortwidenails- I used Rush top coat, but the polish is actually just that shiny! I didn't need top coat at all as far as shine was concerned.

    Martje- Thanks! I like it too...except for the white specks. ;) I need to learn to clean my bottle necks.

    tasha- Thank you! I don't know much about cameras, either. :)

  6. I love that effect with the shiny and the matte finish. As for cameras, I just bought the Cannon powershot sd when I started my nail blog. I asked around since I didn't own a camera. I like it a lot and don't use half the features on it since I use it only for nails. I would say if you feel the need to spend your money on a new camera - get a better quality one, and if you are okay with how your photos are turning out now, then save your money and spend it on something else, like a nail polish order, lol.

  7. Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes- Thanks! I'm torn - I really want a new camera, I'm just not sure I can justify the cost. I feel like if I'm going to get one, though, now would be a good time because I have a ton of untrieds...which in theory should help me save my money. :)