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Lantern and Wren Stampers and Brushes Review

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Today I have a review for some new products I purchased from Lantern and Wren and one I received as a press sample. I'm always looking for new products to test with my Moonflower Polishes since I want to make sure they will work with a large variety of stampers and plates. One of my favorite places for 1 stop shopping for nail art supplies is Lantern and Wren. Recently, Carleigh (the owner) got some custom made stampers and brushes and I had to order them, she also included an extra brush for me to review.

If you've been following me for a while you might have noticed that I struggle to use clear stampers. They have become the standard stamper for most nail artists right now and I've always felt behind the times. I keep buying them in the hopes of finding an amazing stamper out there that worked flawlessly but most of the time they left me disappointed. The only way I got them to eventually work was by clouding the heads a little by priming them with acetone. I have gotten better with practice but when Carleigh posted pics of her new stamper she described it as super soft and sticky so I ordered one right away. I was not disappointed this time.


I used Moonflower Polish Noche and Lina Nail Art I Foil In Love 1 and that was the result I got on my very 1st try. It's damn near perfect. The only thing I did was wash it with Dawn dish soap and let dry.


I also purchased a soft sticky white marshmallow stamper because I just love them. These were all the rage and the new "it thing" when I started stamping. I got almost perfect results as well straight out of the package. I did prime this one afterwards with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser to remove the shine on the head, cause I'm picky like that.

I also purchased a new angled clean up brush, which is nice and small for my tiny hands and a detail brush. Those are hard to review in photos so just check out the video review if you want to know more.

Lastly, these products are all available right now at Lantern and Wren! You can find them here, these are not affiliated links. 

Pahlish Fairy Frost - The Great Untrieds Challenge

Monday, January 22, 2018

It's 2018 and I'm doing a new thing. How are you? Is there anyone still here? I've been busy, my nails are in a sorry state due to several factors like cold weather and making nail polish. I have barely painted my nails in the past few months...yes...months. It's so sad. Anyways...I have a lot of nail polish, I thought I had over 1k at some point but I've been slowly destashing. During the time Florida was dealing with the effects of Hurricane Irma I realized that if I had to leave my home, knowing there might not be anything left when I came back, there really wasn't a single bottle of polish I would take with me. Maybe 1, cause it was a custom gift from a friend. I'd take my supplies and the bottles for my own brand if I had the time and space, or rather I'd put them somewhere safe and hope for the best but when it comes down to's just nail polish and I have more than a person can wear in a lifetime. Which brings me to my next point. I spent the past few days going through and cataloging them, which I had never done and I'm proud to say that I am now down to somewhere closer to 800 bottles. But that is still a huge amount. Most of them are untrieds, that means I bought them and have never worn them other than to swatch them on a stick, and some not even that. I have bottles I bought in 2014 when I started collecting indies that I've never used. I can't with that. That's not who I am.

So...I know I've done this before and failed but here's attempt #2, the Great Untrieds Challenge. 1 new polish everyday, or every other day, starting with the stuff I bought in 2014, all untried. I'll still do product reviews and nail art tutorials, you'll find most of those on my YouTube channel (click on it!) probably once a week or so. I need to paint my nails every day, it's the only way I don't bite them. My nails are a super short mess right now and I'm trying to fix the damage I've done to my sidewalls, more on that in another post. Point is, if I don't paint, I bite. So what better way than a new untried polish every day?


Today's polish is Pahlish - Bespoke Batch in Fairy Frost. Originally described as a turquoise blue jelly with a mix of platinum flakes and ultra fine holographic silver glitter. Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat. It's pretty opaque for a jelly, which is nice. There was a little bit of staining on dry skin during clean up but nothing too bad.

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