Friday, August 11, 2017

Nail Crazies Unite: Vintage Sea Map

Hello Readers!

Today's prompt for the Nail Crazies Unite group is "Nautical", which is always a fun summer theme. I've done some more classical colored nautical nails this year already, so I decided to go in a different direction and take my inspiration from vintage sea maps.

Sorry about my cuticles... ha ha I've been doing a lot of scrubbing lately. Two year olds. That's all I'm going to say about that matter.

I actually wanted to show though, the difference a little bit of sugar scrub made on my cuticles. This is the "after" picture.

This mani started out with a base of the Wet N Wild "Yo Soy" color. I did all my stamping with Sinful Colors "Rainstorm", which worked out nicely for a kind of faded map look.

The image on my middle finger comes from the newer MoYou London line, "Mix & Match". I thought this particular image would have a kind of nautical feel when paired with boats and things, and I wanted to mix things up in my design.

The rest of my images come from this Bundle Monster plate from the "Hangloose" collection. I loved the little vintage style boat, and it became the inspiration for my theme when I saw it.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the link-up below for more Nautical themed manis!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Simple Sunday: French Twist ft. MoYou London Frenchy 11

Hello Readers!

Today's Simple Sunday is one I am really excited about. When I first saw some of the newer "Frenchy" plates from MoYou London, I totally fell in love with them, especially with Sunday manicures in mind. They have so many beautiful images on them that are perfect for simple, elegant looks.

Today's mani uses more decals that I would typically use on a Simple Sunday mani, but because they are french tip decals, they are probably the very simplest kind of decals to make and great practice for beginners. I also like using decals for french tips because for me, it's a little easier to position them uniformly across all the nails than it is to stamp them perfectly on.

So I ended up with a French mani with very traditional colors, but with a little added detail for a twist.

Now, a quick word about the polishes in this mani, particularly the pink: I've been seeing some people haul these Kiss Gel Strong polishes from the Dollar Tree on YouTube for a month or so now, so I've been keeping my eye out for them at mine but yesterday was the first time I actually saw them.

I picked three colors up, though they had a bunch more, just to give them a try. I have to say, I really like this polish. These light pink colors can sometimes have a hard time getting opaque, but this was perfect at two coats for me and had a great formula. So definitely keep your eyes out for this polish brand at your Dollar Tree- it's a great deal for a dollar!

So, my image comes from the MoYou London "Frenchy 11" plate. I did make decals with this image, but each one was really quick as all I had to do was paint diagonal lines onto the top portion of the image with the nail polish brush.

I find that using the french tip images can be a bit tricky, so making a decal out of them can be a good compromise to make it easier to get them all lined up right on your nails. This trick will work especially well if you don't own a clear stamper- I can't image trying to line up french tip images without being able to see what I was doing!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Crumpets Nail Tarts: Color Explosions ft. MoYou London Mix and Match

Hello Readers!

Today's prompt for the Crumpet's Nail Tart's Challenge is "Color Explosions". When I thought about this prompt, I first associated it with "splats" or paint splatter patterns, but then I decided that neon colors would be an "explosion" of color and decided to go that route.

I also have been wanting to use some plates from MoYou London's new "Mix and Match" collection. Their 90s theme seemed perfect to pair with bright colors for an explosive look!

I started off with a white base. This time I used Essie's "White Page", but I think I still prefer the Sinful Colors white. This white was really runny and required the same number of coats as the Sinful Colors (two).

I picked some fun neons to go onto my decals. I figured since I had a white base, it would be easier to use the neon colors in decals to be placed over it.

Most of my images for this mani came from "Mix & Match 05", which has some really fun palm tree images!

The image on my pointer finger came from "Mix & Match 01". I really love the triangle designs on this plate! So fun for a half moon look with a twist!

The good thing about this mani, is that even though I made a ton of decals for it the decals were so, so easy to do. Most of them were just painting broad straight lines over the back of them with polish straight out of the bottle with the nail polish brush. It went super fast!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check out more colorful manis in the link-up below!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Simple Sunday 7/30/17- ft. MoYou London Frenchy

Hello Readers!

Today I have a very straightforward Simple Sunday mani using one of the newer plates in the MoYou London "French" collection.

I feel like I have been doing a lot of purple based manis for Sunday lately. I guess I am really digging the color this summer! Ha ha.

The purple in this mani is a Sinful Colors/Kylie Jenner polish. I love the tiny gold shimmer running through this color- it really is a gorgeous polish.

My "french manicure" design comes from MoYou London's "Frenchy 14." This plate has a lot of very elegant, "grown-up" frenchy inspired designs. After I stamped the design onto all my nails, I did go over the top portion of it with my black polish and brush from the bottle, just to make sure it was nice and opaque.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Born Pretty Review: Colorful Sand and Chameleon Powder

**Products in this post were provided to me by Born Pretty Store in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

Hello Readers!

Today I have the final- for a while- Born Pretty Store product review, featuring a couple of specialty nail art add-ons.

The first item that caught my eye was this colorful nail sand. (item #40133) I thought it would be a fun way to add interesting texture, especially for some fun summer manis! The sand comes in six different colors, but I was drawn to the pink.

It arrived in the little standard Born Pretty plastic pot, with a little seal under the lid to prevent mishaps in the mail. This product is currently priced at $0.99 a pot.

The second item I tried in this post is the Unicorn Chrome Powder. (item #39940). This currently retails for $2.99.

This also came to me with a seal under the lid, as well as a foam eye shadow applicator to apply the powder to your nails with.

 Now, on the Born Pretty website they recommend using this product with UV gel products. But I'm sure the burning question most people have about this type of product is, "can you use it with regular nail polish?"

So, in this post I am showing you what it looks like used with just a regular nail polish. I used a quick-drying topcoat over a plain black base and sponged the powder over the top. For an even more saturated look, you could then add another layer of topcoat and re-apply the powder over that, but today I am showing the effect of just one layer.

This mani started off with a basic white polish on my pinky and pointer, and basic black on my ring and middle fingers. I used a sponge to create a gradient over my pinky/pointer, and the unicorn powder to give my middle/ring fingers some sparkle and shine.

For my middle finger, I used a stamp from MoYou London's "Holy Shapes 05" plate to section off the finger. After my topcoat was completely dry, I added liquid latex to the part of the nail I didn't want sand on.

Next, I added topcoat to the nail and immediately dipped it into the pot of sand. I added more topcoat to any bald spots and re-dipped, and removed the liquid latex as quickly as possible.

I didn't add topcoat to this for the photo, because I wanted to keep as much texture as possible, but adding topcoat would obviously make the mani last longer. However, after adding topcoat the sand does become less opaque.

If you decide to check out these products, be sure to use my Born Pretty Store code (RACHX31) for 10% off your purchase over there.

You can find the textured sand here, and the chameleon powder here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Farm life ft. MoYou London Enchanted

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Today's post is a mani I made using the farm plate from MoYou London's "Enchanted" collection. I wanted to do something bright and summery but I'm not entirely sure about how this one turned out...

I started out with some of the pastel neon polishes in MoYou London's back-to-school release for this year. I decided to pair them with a couple of neutrals to kind of tone down the bright colors a little bit.

My cow and the flower images on my pointer/pinky fingers both came from the Enchanted collection plate. I made some quick and simple decals with those images. The images in this collection really do make  quick decals, since there is so little to fill in.

I decided to add a flower pattern to the mani, which comes from my favorite floral plate, the Bundle Monster + Tanya Wish blogger collab plate.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Simple Sunday 7/23/17- ft. new MoYou London Frenchy

Hello Readers!

Ever since MoYou London released some updated plates to the Frenchy collection a few months ago, I've been dying to get my hands on them. Well, the time when I was able to do so has come and so today I have some Simple Sunday nails featuring some newer MoYou London plates.

Now, while this mani is simple to do in terms of steps and time, I will warn you that these images with intersecting lines are a bit tricky to get stamped onto your nail straight. You may notice here that my lines got slightly warped in the stamping process.

I started off this mani with 3 coats of the Sinful Colors "In your elemelon" polish. This polish is a bit streakier on the first two coats than most Sinful Colors formulas, so that surprised me a bit, but it worked out on the third.

Next, I chose a pattern to add some texture to the mani. I wanted something polka dotty since I was pairing it with stripes, and this MoYou London plate from the tropical collection had the perfect splatter pattern. 

The final step was to stamp on one of the geometric french nail designs from this MoYou London Frenchy collection plate. I really love the triangular nail tip designs on this plate. It was something I definitely didn't have in my collection and I was excited to try out!