Thursday, December 22, 2016

Born Pretty Store Clear Stamper and Stamping Plate Review

Hello!  Today, I am back today with a lovely stamping manicure, using items I recently received to review from Born Pretty Store.  I started with a base of ILNP Daisy Jane, and then stamped using white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store.  I then finished everything off with matte topcoat from L'Oreal.

For this mani, I used the 5.5 cm Round Nail Art Stamp Template Umbrella Flower stamping plate and the Blue Metallic Nail Art Stamper Clear Jelly Silicone Head Stamper.  The clear stamper also included a cap to keep the stamping head clean and a Born Pretty Store scraper.  The stamper retails for $9.18 (it's currently on sale for $4.59!) and is a really great value.  I love how large and squishy the jelly head is - way easier to stamp on my curved nails than the marshmallow stamper I had been using from another brand.  The curved handle also makes it a lot easier to hold and maneuver.  This was also the first time I've tried a clear stamper, and I'm officially addicted - it seriously makes stamping so much easier!  I can't wait to try it out on more complicated stamping manis.

The umbrella flower stamping plate, which is currently on sale for $1.59, is absolutely beautiful!  I have been looking for a simple lace pattern, and the added bonus of the weather themed images make this meteorological blogger very happy!  This plate is perfectly etched and I had no problems picking up the image.  If you're interested in trying out either of these items or any other nail art supplied from Born Pretty Store, be sure to use my coupon code FVL91 to receive 10% off and shipping is always free!

This combination of Daisy Jane with white stamping is another possible nail art look I'm considering for my wedding nails. While I really love the overall look, I think Daisy Jane may be too purple leaning on my skintone for what I'm looking for.  I will have a full review of Daisy Jane on the blog next week, so keep an eye out.  If I don't make it back to get one more post up, I hope all my readers have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Holiday Special 2016

Today the Twinsies are back today with our special holiday manis!  We take December off each year, but we will be back to our usual bi-weekly schedule in January.  My mani is inspired by Christmas trees, and more specifically, this picture by @torisprettythings on Instagram.

For my mani, I started with Cupcake Polish Unbe-leaf-able, one of the cupcake polishes my graduate students surprised me with for my bridal shower - hence the rhinestones down the front (I did remove the bow tie though).  To create the ornaments I used Milani Art of Gold, and unnamed purple and teal glitter polishes by the Blackheart for Hot Topic brand.  I then used China Glaze Passion to add the string that each ornament was hung from.

This mani was a pain to photograph because of how sparkly it is.  So here is a comparison shot between flash and an outdoor sunshot.

Happy Holidays from the Twinsies!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Aliquid Lacquer Canal Street from the August Destination Duo Box

Hello!  Today, I have another polish that is currently in the running for the base color for my wedding nails.  You can see the other two polishes, Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret and Julep Carrie Ann, in the linked posts.  I have one final polish to share, hopefully sometime in the next two weeks, so that I can have you guys help me decide!

Here is Aliquid Lacquer Canal Street, which was a part of the August 2016 Destination Duo box, "Venice," from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer.  Currently, this box is still available and at a discounted price, so if you love this polish as much as I do, I highly encourage you to pick it up.  Canal Street is described as a "pastel salmon crelly with turquoise microflakies and sparkle."  This description definitely fits the bill in my opinion.  I love how Canal Street looks like a simple pink nail color on my skintone, but then you look closer and see the turquoise flakies!  I love subtle polishes that pack a punch like this one!

The formula for Canal Street was excellent, and this was a two-coater, if I remember correctly.  The other polish from the duo is Gondolier's Garden, by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer.  I don't have swatches of this polish, but I did use it as the base of nail art for my bridal shower nails...which will also be coming to the blog in the next few weeks!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Julep Carrie Ann

Hello!  I'm back today with another possible contender for my wedding nails!  This is Julep Carrie Ann, which was in the November Maven box.  Back in July I showed you Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret, a nude holo which is also in the running for my wedding nails. 

Carrie Ann is a sheer nude holo, which is much closer to my skin tone and gives me the "mannequin hands" look.  You can see some VNL on some of my nails, but I'm not completely opposed to that look, and at this time, I am still planning to stamp over whichever base color I choose.  Carrie Ann is also more pink-toned, and if I remember correctly (it's been awhile since I wore Dirty Little Secret), I think Carrie Ann's holo is more pronounced.  Overall, the formula is great for a sheer polish.  Julep continues to impress me over the last year with their improvement in formula over their first few years.  I still don't get every Maven box, but I have picked up a number of them if I like the colors or want to try the makeup item.  And using my Jules rewards points always helps!

I will hopefully have swatches of the other two contenders on the blog in the next month since our wedding is in January and I need to get this figured out!  Once I swatch each polish I'll have to do a comparison post with each of the four polishes I'm considering!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

White and Rose Gold Holiday Nails

Hello!  Today I have my "white and gold" mani for last weekend's #maniswapcircle prompt.  My gold ended up being more rose gold since I used Milani Golden Romance.  This week I was paired with Andrea of @MidnightNailsNBeauty.  Because I wanted to do a holiday themed mani with the prompt colors, I found this gorgeous teal mani she did last year that was reminiscent of Christmas trees.

For my recreation, I started with a base of Essie Blanc on all nails, except my pinkie nail, which had a base of Golden Romance.  Using nail vinyls and striping tape I taped my my two accent nails to create the tree shapes.  I then filled in the areas with Golden Romance and removed the nail vinyls.  I then applied these opalescent studs for Born Pretty Store (which are currently on sale for $1.99!) to each nail.  You can also use my code "FVL91" to receive 10% off your order at Born Pretty Store, and shipping is always free!

After adding the studs, I dotted Golden Romance on my thumb and index finger and Blanc on my glitter accent nail (which unfortunately smeared).  I then added a coat of Seche Vite to hold the studs down and smooth everything out.

Overall, I love this mani and I'm excited to bring you a holiday mani so early in the season!  I'm typically not one to do too many holiday-themed manis (for any holiday), so I'm glad I can show you this mani and give you some inspiration for your own holiday mani!  I'm hoping to be back on a regular posting schedule for the remainder of the month, so I should be back with another post on Thursday!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Alabama

Happy Friday!  Today I have my Gator nails from last weekend's SEC championship game against Alabama.  This is the second year in a row that the Gators have the SEC East champions, which automatically qualifies us to play in the championship game.  And much like last year, we go the crap beat out of us by Alabama.  But hey, we still get to go to a bowl game!  (Against Iowa...that we will also probably lose...)

Anywho!  Here are my Gator nails for last Saturday's game.  These nails are inspired by the white jerseys we occasionally wear, though they ended up in all orange last weekend.  Some day I will do nails where the stripes are exactly the same as the sleeves, but this time it's just loosely inspired. 😉

For this mani, I started with Essie Blanc as the base for my two accent nails and China Glaze I Sea the Point for the other nails.  I then added stripes using striping tape and China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked and I Sea the Point.  I then topped everything off with Seche Vite.

Overall, I really loved these nails, even though its obvious with the stripes how much longer my ring finger nail is than the middle finger.  For whatever reason, that nail just grows faster!  I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays warm! 


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Florida Gator Nail - UF vs. FSU

I've got a quick post for you this evening.  I had intended to have this posted last week, but I have been crazy busy at work and completely unmotivated to do anything but relax when I get home.  Today I have my Gator nails for the game against FSU.

For this mani, I started with a base of Zoya Stoked to be Soaked and I Sea the Point on my pinky and thumb nails.  I then stamped using Born Pretty Store blue stamping polish - though I unfortunately can't recall which stamping plate I used.

Unfortunately, we did lose the game to FSU...but at least we still got to go to the SEC Championship game, as will be going to a bowl game.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs LSU

Hello!  I am back today with Gator nails post round two!  I have my fingers crossed that I will get the third installment up tomorrow!  These nails are from the LSU game two weeks ago, which was actually a rescheduled game from earlier this season - thanks Hurricane Matthew.  Because of the reschedule, the game was now to be played at LSU, instead of being a home game for us.  This basically set everyone up to believe that there was absolutely no way we would win this game.  But, by some miracle we did!  I didn't get to see much of the game because my bridal shower was that afternoon, but I definitely interrupted the shower with excited exclamations when I received texts from both my fiance and father telling me we won!

For my mani, I started with a base of China Glaze I Sea the Point.  I then stamped using white stamping polish and BP-L024 from Born Pretty Store.  I then colored in each rose while the image was on the stamper using China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked.  Once the orange had dried a little bit, I then stamped the images onto each nail.  It was a tedious process, but I love the end result - definitely one of my favorite manis of the season.

Basically winning the LSU game, guaranteed us a shot to play Alabama in the SEC Championship game (even though we'll probably lose).  It's just nice to make it this far two years in a row!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Florida Gators Nails - UF vs. South Carolina

Hello!  I am super behind at blogging!  I have a bunch of manis that need to get posted here!  Today I have my Gator nails from the game against South Carolina back on November 12.

For this mani, I started China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked (orange) and I Sea the Point (blue) as my base colors.  I then double stamped on my index and middle finger with a repeating star pattern, which I believe was from an UberChic collection one stamping plate.  I used blue and white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store.

I unfortunately found out the hard way that Zombie Claw Polish topcoat does smear stamping, as you can see on my index finger.  Other than that, I love this topcoat - I just have to remember to not use it on stamped manis.  As for the game, the Gators were able to pull it out with a 20-7 win.  I will try to get my other two Gator nails posts from the LSU and FSU games up on the blog later this week!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Share Your Polish Collection

Hello!  Today the Twinsies are back with a different kind of post - we're sharing our nail polish collection with you!  For those not aware, my stash list can be found at the top of the page, or at this link.  I love seeing how other polish addicts organize their collections, so I'm excited to finally share this with you!  I know I don't have the most organized system, but it works for me.

Per my stash list, I currently have 492 polishes, though there may be a few that haven't made it to the list let's just call it 500 😉.  I currently organize my polishes by brand, though I occasionally think I should switch it up and sort by color, but that's a task I'm not prepared to take on at this time.  All my polishes are in plastic boxes from Target.  We purchased a bunch on clearance several years ago (hence the pink and green lids), but you can buy them in white here.  I use sticky notes to label each box, as it is simple and as my collection has grown, I can easily write on a new sticky note which brands are in each box.  The black bookshelf everything is stacked on is also from Target.

A look inside the Zoya box!
On top of the bookshelf I have the sewing chest my grandmother gave me when I was 10 with miscellaneous sewing and other crafting supplies within.  On top of this, I place polishes that I'm currently using or have set out for upcoming manis.  Most of my topcoats and cuticle oils also live here.  Any new purchases also sit here until I can add them to the stash list.  In the background, I have a photo collage my fiance made me for Valentine's Day 2016 with pictures we took while on vacation in 2015.

Hanging on the wall above is a spice rack I found at Hobby Lobby.  In the spice rack I hold all of my favorite polishes and others that I use regularly.  I have some of my favorite indies including Native War Paints, Zombie Claw Polish, and Jindie Nails, as well as my favorite Orlys and Zoyas.  I also have the piece de resistance, Christian Louboutin Rouge Red.  Also on the shelf are the polishes I use my Gator nails, and prospective polishes for my wedding.  Finally, on the bottom row, I have my other Valentine's Day gift, the polishes my fiance made me.  Of course the glitters have bled, but they're too cute not to keep (he even named them)!  He's also going to kill me if he ever reads this.

The sideways boxes and several of the other boxes on the bottom shelf are all nail art supplies.  My most often used nail art supplies are in the blue shoebox on the top shelf.  Next to the bookshelf is the blue organizer which has some nail art accoutrements and other beauty supplies (curling irons, etc.).  The white organizer on top holds all of my makeup.  I have my camera in its case also on top for easy access.  On top of the white organizer is a box for polishes that need to be filed back into their appropriate boxes.  The basket is mostly a catch all, but the cup inside of the basic holds my makeup brushes.

As far as the other decor, my in-laws threw me a surprise party for my birthday a few years ago and the lanterns were part of the decor (I later moved them to my nail polish corner).  The crown atop the larger lantern I had to wear at said birthday party.  Right next to the bookshelf is the desk, where I occasionally do nail art.  For the most part I sit on the couch or at the dining room table, but I will sit at the desk from time to time.  You're seeing it in its most common use: the kitty hangout spot.  The tabby on the left is Addy and the siamese on the right Curie.  And in regards to the bloody hands in the window, we still had our Halloween decorations up when I took the pictures for this post.

So now you've seen the tour of my fairly unorganized organization.  At least I can find things 90% of the time!  Not pictured is my box of acrylic paints and another box of nail art supplies that pretty much live in the dining room.  I hope you've enjoyed the tour of my collection and be sure to check out how the other Twinsies organize their collections!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Olive Green and Metallic Dry Brush Mani

Hello!  Today I have a dry brush mani, which was my contribution to the fall colors #maniswapcircle.  Our colors for the last challenge were fall inspired - medium green, mustard, and copper.  As a quickly found out, I do not own any mustard colored polishes and ended up going with gold instead of mustard.

I was tasked with recreating a mani by the lovely ladies behind @magic.polish.  Mimi and Lina are amazing nail artists and it was extremely difficult to find a mani I knew I could recreate using the given colors.  I decided to recreate a stamped mani, that looked similar to the dry brush technique. 

For my mani, I started with a base of Finger Paints Polish Go Van Gogh!  I then used the dry brush technique using China Glaze Magical (gold) and JLB Cosmetics Hot Coco (copper). Unfortunately, because of their metallic formulas, it's hard to tell the difference between the gold and copper colors.  However, in some photos you can see a slight variation.

Have a great rest of your week!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Florida Gators Nails - UF vs. Arkansas

Hello!  Today I've got my Gator nails from last weekend's devastating loss to Arkansas.  I hate that what I consider my favorite Gator nails for the season so far, were done for a game we lost.  Oh well, let's move on and check out this adorable (if I may say so myself) skittle mani!

For this mani, I started with China Glaze I Sea the Point (blue), China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked (orange) and Essie Blanc as the base color for each nail.  I then used a small dotting tool to add blue dots using I Sea the Point over Blanc.  Then, using heart-shaped vinyls from Nails Redesigned, I added the blue heart on my middle finger nail using Zoya Sunshine, from the textured Pixie Dust line.

I am completely and totally in love with these nails.  I wish my Gator nails every week could be as awesome as this mani, and to be honest it was extremely simple!  This weekend the Gators play South Carolina, which could also be a problem considering the number of injuries we sustained during last weekend's game. 

On a different note, I would like to mention that while I'm extremely disappointed in my country at the moment, I still want to stop and thank all of the Veterans we will be honoring tomorrow.

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