Before we get into the fun stuff, the nails: the base on this is two coats of China Glaze Stone Cold, a graphite matte polish (did I realize it was matte when I pulled it off the shelf? Of course not, because I’m too lazy to check these things!) so before I went and screwed with it I got a picture in for posterity:
Afterwards I went in and painted in the MASH logo lettering, sealing it down with China Glaze Matte Magic (didn’t realize this got a little bumpy til after the photos, else I’d have buffed it down a bit… whoops).
“Ok great, you painted some letters on matte… why for weirdo?”
Well I’ll tell you friend! Last month I got to chatting with the MASH Nails folks after some online discussion about nail art and painting tools. I’m not being a brand suck-up: MASH brushes really are the ones I use all of the time. I’ve bought a handful of different sets of brushes over the past year (brown handles, clear handles, yellow handles, oh my!) but the only ones left in my working kit (if you’ve paid close attention to the few background shots on the site, you’ll have seen a Fossil box with a whole bouquet of upended brushes jutting out of it) are the MASH brushes. I like the weight and length, the bristles definitely seem to stay in place and play longer than others, and oh yeah, the metal tip doesn’t pop off of the handle like some cheapos I won’t name.
So as I’m gushing at Team MASH about their brushes I told them some of mine were on their last legs — and they offered to send me a new set! I’m super excited to break these open and start playing with them after today, have a look:
(MASH has also posted a blog entry over on their site that explains each of the different brushes/what you’d use them for if any of these look foreign to you.)
But wait, THERE’S MORE! Because Team MASH are so generous, they’re also going to let me give away more of their stuff TO YOU! Not only can you pick up a brush set as pictured above, but they’ll also be throwing in a set of their dotting tools and tweezers! Yes, I’m shouting, because it’s FREE and AWESOME!
Here’s the trick: just fill out this little Raffle Copter dealie below and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll be pulling the winner on April 23rd, so get your entries in by April 22nd (let’s just say 12pm EDT).
You get a single entry just for dropping your name in the hat, but can get additional points if you “like” MASH nails on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @Mashnails, or subscribe to the MASH YouTube channel. I’ll even give you an extra if you follow Nail Nerd on Google+ (those numbers have been so out of whack since they dropped GFC… stupid Google.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
(And yes, there will be someone verifying entries, so if you say you’ve followed and haven’t/didn’t, I’m gonna have to pull you out of the running… this isn’t to be jerky, and certainly most everybody isn’t looking to cheat the system, but there are definitely autobot raffle gamers out there that just want to win everything, and that’s not fair to everybody else I don’t think.)
Hope you guys are excited for this one — I definitely am. I get a lot of emails asking about what tools I use, and the brushes are the most important for my purposes. I will admit though that some of the more detailed stuff is done with a sort of Frankensteined MASH brush; nobody’s really selling one and two bristle nail art brushes (why would they? that’s kind of goofy)… so when I’ve completely beaten a brush down and the bristles are going every which way, I take that brush and will cut away all but a couple of hairs. That way a tired brush gets a new lease on life, and I get something other than a needle to use when I’m trying to make an insanely thin line with paint.
Good luck everybody, and thanks for playing! If you don’t want to leave it to chance, pop over to the MASH website where you can buy these tools (and a whole lot more) — they’ve got free standard shipping right now and everything.
THANKS TEAM MASH!