Holiday Sugar Cookies | Maniology Sweet Treats Starter Kit Tutorial

Hey everyone! Today I have a tutorial using the limited edition Sweet Treats Starter Kit* from Maniology. This kit includes one sweet treat-themed stamping plate, a LE sweet treats monocle stamper and scraper, and two mini stamping polishes in the shades Gold Rush and Cherry Bomb. This mani shows both direct stamping and reverse stamping to appeal to a variety of skill levels. If you are more of a beginner you can leave the reverse stamping out entirely!

This post contains products received in PR*

  1. For this manicure, I started by applying a peel off base coat (UNT Ready for Takeoff).
  2. For my base I used a white crelly with gold microflakes and small red hex glitters, By Dany Vianna Card Captor Sakura.
  3. To help minimize clean up I applied a liquid latex to the cuticles surrounding all my nails, Cuticula Liquid Nail Tape.
  4. All designs in this mani were stamped using the Maniology M251 Sweet Treats Stamping Plate* and the Maniology LE Sweet Treats Monocle Stamper*.
  5. First, I stamped one of the full nail designs showing candy, hot chocolate and a variety of treats on every nail except the ring finger using a light pink stamping polish, Hit the Bottle Bubblegum Bliss. This is intended to be a subtle background design, but if this is your only design you can choose a colour that contrasts more, like one of the included polishes in the kit.
  6. For the ring finger design I used a different full nail design showing candy canes and lollipops and created a colour gradient from pink to red by applying both polishes to the plate and scraping multiple times to blend the colours at the interface slightly. The pink stamping polish was as mentioned above and the red was Maniology Cherry Bomb*, included in the kit.
  7. For the reverse stamped cookie designs I used the Maniology Gold Rush stamping polish* that came with the kit to pick up each design with the stamper. I then filled in the designs with a dotting tool and either white (Maniology Bam! White) or red (as above) polishes as the icing colour, and beige/cream (Zoya Leigh*) as the cookie colour.
  8. I let the designs dry 10-20 minutes on the stamper until they were dry to the touch, but not so dry so as to be brittle. I then transferred each cookie design to the center of each nail with the pink background designs. When the designs are a bit elastic still they transfer more easily and take the shape of the nail the best. If you are having trouble with design transfer you can use a sticky base coat on top of your base polish and let that dry a couple of minutes before transferring the designs.
  9. I finished off the mani by applying the Apipila Cosmeticos Smudge Free Nail Art Top Coat, followed by a glossy top coat, Vibrant Vinyls Fast & Hard Quick Dry Glossy Top Coat, and then a matte top coat, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Matte Top Coat.

I hope you enjoyed this mani and the multiple options for different techniques! Happy Holidays and I hope you get to bake some cookies this holiday season!

Watch my video tutorial below to see how it was done!

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review. As always, all of my opinions expressed here are never solicited and are entirely my own.

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