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.

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