Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

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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!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Born Pretty Store Review: Chameleon Polish and Stamping Polish

**Items reviewed 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 another couple of reviews for Born Pretty Store- a couple of polishes this time.


So recently, Born Pretty has come out with some chameleon polishes that have a pretty good color shift. This particular one is "Sunset Glow", item #39970, and retails for $4.99.

You can see quite a bit of the color shift in the bottle, although on the nail I mostly see a burgundy color with a very pronounced green color shift. Here's how it looks on the nail:



Now, this polish was pretty easy to use. I have pictured two coats, and was surprised to get pretty good coverage in just one. It did dry with some really tiny bubbles that you can see in the pic, but aren't as obvious in real life, and it has a really lovely shimmer running all throughout it.

With the great coverage I got in one coat, I was hoping this polish would stamp well, but I really was not impressed. It did not show up boldly when stamped and was fairly faint, so I scrapped that idea. However, this is a lovely polish to use as a base color.

The brush in the bottle was quite a bit wider than I am used to, and I wasn't a huge fan of it. It was about as thick as the Sally Hansen Compete Salon Manicure brushes, if you are familiar with those, but had less of a flat shape and more of a bulky round shape, if that makes sense.



The second product I am reviewing in this post is a Born Pretty stamping polish.

This is a stamping polish in the 6ml size, so fairly small, and can be found in this set of colors on the Born Pretty website. (This particular color is #95.) (item #40249)

This currently retails for $2.99.

I have used this polish to stamp the leopard print onto my ring finger nail. Now, the biggest thing I will note about this polish is that it has a pretty distinctive green tone to it. On the website, it looks straight gold to me but there is not a swatch of it so it is hard to tell the exact color.


On my nails, I've paired it with Sinful Colors "Gold Medal" to fill in the tiger shape so you can see exactly what color this stamping polish is. That being said, I think it pairs interestingly with the Chameleon polish since they both have quite a bit of a green tint.

If you decide to try either of these polishes out, you can find the gold stamping polish here and the Chameleon polish here. You can also use my Born Pretty Discount code, RACHX31, for a 10% discount on the Born Pretty website.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Born Pretty Review: Dinosaur Plate (BP-125)

*Items in this post were provided to me by Born Pretty Store in exchange for an honest review.*

Hello Readers!



Another shipment from Born Pretty has arrived to me in the mail, which means it's time for another round of product reviews. The first product I will be reviewing is the super-cute dinosaur themed plate, number BP-125. (Item #39698)

This plate arrived to me with a blue plastic protective film on it to prevent scratching during manufacturing and shipping. The blue film must be removed prior to stamping with the plate. The plate was also protected in a cardboard sleeve to prevent damage.

I found this plate to be very well-etched, and had no problem  with the pick-up on any of the images. Born Pretty typically does a very good job on the etch of their plates.



With this plate, I decided to make a mani for my son's birthday, as he is turning 5 years old today and loves him some dinosaurs! I decided these dinosaurs needed a gradient background, so I sponged one on and created some decals with some of the images from the plate.

A lot of these dinos have very small details on them, so it was difficult to get the polish in the exact spot without spilling over in some areas. Still, these images are really very cute and different, and I'm happy to own this plate.


If you are interested in this plate, you can find it here at the Born Pretty Store, currently for $1.59 with free shipping. You can also use my Born Pretty Discount code, RACHX31, for 10% off your purchases at Born Pretty.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Simple Sunday 7/16/17- ft MoYou London Festive

Hello Readers!


Today's mani is based off of a heart motif from one of MoYou London's Festive collection plates with a Valentine's Day theme. It's not Valentines Day, but to me hearts are a theme that never go out of season.




My original plan here was to do one nail with a decal that had just one heart colored in gold. But I smudged my decal and ruined it. I didn't feel like making a new one, so I just painted my ring finger gold and stamped a larger heart motif on it.


Walgreens was having a Sinful Colors 5/5$ sale last week, so I picked up a couple of colors that I haven't tried yet. Everyone seems to love "Starfish", so I decided to give it a try, as well as "Gold Medal" because I've heard it's really good for stamping. :)

Here's a quick look at the Moyou London plate I used- the number is "Festive 51."

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nail Crazies Unite: Ocean Life

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Today's post is for the Nail Crazies Unite Group, where this week we are making "Ocean Life" manis. There's a jellyfish image on one of the MoYou London "Animal" plates that I've been wanting to use forever, so I decided to base my mani around that.








I also was excited because I recently found the Sinful Colors "Rainstorm" polish in Kmart, which is one I've been wanting forever but have never been able to find. Not sure what it was doing there; if it's being re-promoted or it was just totally random, but I was happy!


So the jellyfish image on my ring finger comes from the MoYou London plate "Animal 04." I thought about using the starfish image to go with it, but was having a hard time making the mani work in my head so I decided to go in a different direction. I filled the jellies in with the Sinful Colors "Bangin Blue" polish.


The geometric print on my pinky/pointer fingers comes from the MoYou London plate "Hipster 13". I stamped it in the Sinful Colors "Sugar Pumpkin".


On my middle finger, I felt like it needed a little accent so I grabbed the Born Pretty Nail Sequins that I reviewed a while back and picked two gold ones in different sizes to add.


I hope you enjoyed this mani! Be sure to check out the link-up below for more "Ocean Life" nail ideas!



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Monkey Business

Hello Readers!


Today I am showing you a mani I have wanted to make ever since I bought the Bundle Monster Kawaii Emoji collection. I fell in love with those bananas and felt like they needed to be paired with a monkey!

He's in tiny monkey heaven.



This mani started off as many do, with two coats of each different color onto my nails.


I created two decals from the banana image on this Bundle Monster Kawaii Emoji plate. I've already used this plate quite a few times, to create a rainbow jellybean mani, a veggie themed one, and a watermelon look.

The little monkey face comes from The MoYou London plate "Geek 13", which I have also found to be highly versatile.


I decided some bold stripes was exactly what the design needed, so I pulled out my trusty MoYou London "Holy Shapes 05" plate. Still a favorite of mine- still my most used plate.

Now, I decided to stamp some subtle texture behind the monkey face, and figured this plate from Bundle Monster's new Shape Nouveau collection would be the perfect one to run to. I used one of the larger image patterns and it worked great for a full nail design.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Simple Sunday 7/9/2017: Purple and Gold

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Most of the time when I sit down to do my nails, I have hours of evening hours ahead of me- the kids are in bed, and I plan on relaxing the rest of the night. But, every once in a while, things get shaken up and I need to do something that is going to be done-in-a-flash so I can get on with my life.

Last night was one of those nights- I was substituting for a friend selling concessions during the intermission at the local theater, so I needed my nails to have time to dry before I headed over there so they wouldn't get destroyed. So this mani is very simple and easy, just like I usually try to do for my Simple Sunday manis anyway. :)



I love the MoYou London Trend Hunter plates for intricate stamping designs that look great with just simple stamping.


I went for a classic purple and gold combo for this mani- for these really intricate designs, using a stamping polish can be really helpful.


My stamping image comes from MoYou London's "Trend Hunter 13" plate, which I've found myself reaching for a lot when I really need something quick and easy.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Beach Silhouettes: Just Be Free ft. Bundle Monster

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This week's Crumpet's Nail Tarts prompt is "Beach/Animal Silhouettes." I always love a good palm tree silhouette over a gradient background, so I decided to go with the beachy side of things. Also, I ended up wearing this for the 4th of July, so it's a little bit patriotic in a more subtle way.


I think it kind of looks like an acid wash.

So I started off this mani with two coats of one of the new Sinful Colors polishes, from the Back-to-School collection. I used the blue polish and a makeup sponge along with the peach to create a gradient over the top of that.


I picked this Bundle Monster plate up when I ordered the new Shape Nouveau collection- you know, to knock my order up a couple more dollars to qualify for free shipping. I'm always wishing I had more word art images when I'm creating manis, so I was pleased with all the phrases on this plate. It's part of the "Festival" collection and has been around for a while.


The palm tree image comes from another Bundle Monster plate, from the "Hangloose" collection.

Finally, I decided to make the mani a little more "Independence Day" appropriate and add this adorable star pattern from the Bundle Monster + Nailedthepolish blogger collab plate.

Hope you enjoyed this mani! Be sure to check out the link-up below for more silhouette looks!







Sunday, July 2, 2017

Simple Sunday 7/2/17- Patriotic Nail Art

Hello Readers!

Since this is the Sunday before the 4th of July, I figured I'd try to do some more subtle patriotic nails for today's Simple Sunday.

You may note that I've changed my nail shape... because one of my nails chipped from the side so I decided to make lemonade and try an oval shaped nail. This summer has been really brutal on my nails, probably because of all the swimming.



So I started with about 3 coats each of the red and  gold polishes. They are both a little sheer, and you can still see my nail line just a little with the red polish, but it seemed good enough. I decided to add some shimmer to the white, so after doing two coats of it I added a coat of "Dripping in Pearls".

I really wanted to try these layering images on the new Bundle Monster Shape Nouveau collection plates, so I used the largest narrow triangle shape and stamped it in white...
...and then layered a pattern from the coordinating plate over it. I didn't place it down quite perfectly, but I feel like it'll do.

The image on my middle nail comes from a MoYou London "Festive" collection plate. I made a simple decal and placed it on the nail.

Do my American readers have any fun plans for the Fourth of July? My town has a little fun carnival set up with some rides, so I think we will go check that out- so excited!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

90s Inspired Patriotic Mani, ft. new Bundle Monster Shape Nouveau Collection

Hello Readers!


Today's mani was inspired by the many 90s abstract shape manis I've been seeing lately, mostly from Bundle Monster to show off their new "Shape Nouveau" Collection.

Now, I haven't been too crazy about the last couple of releases from Bundle Monster, but this one got my attention. Graduated sizes of the same shape, textured versions of those same shapes on a coordinating plate perfect for layering, outlines for the shapes, and a tiny alphabet... sold!



There are also a lot of fun abstract designs. I just kind of went to town layering some shapes together in some patriotic colors to make a retro inspired design. I ended up using every plate from the collection on this one mani, ha!


I started off with a base of "Snow Me White", and chose a couple of red and blue stamping polishes since I was going to be doing a lot of stamping with solid shapes.

So possibly my favorite plate in the collection, this is the one I started with for the stars. I just love the variety of useful shapes on here and the fact that it includes a separate outline for each one. I needed this plate in my life so much. As you can see, the solid star shapes stamped pretty well.


A lot of the random textures on this mani come from this plate. I took advantage of all the wonky edges- they really came in handy when only stamping a small part of the pattern onto my nail, but a lot of these patterns are large enough to get a full nail image out of them if you're nails aren't super long.


Then I used a bunch of random abstract images from these two plates. One of the selling points on this collection for me was the tiny alphabet that looks easy-ish to isolate to spell things out, but in person it was a little smaller than I imagined. I'm not sure if it will be easy to get these stamped before they dry when isolating them. I guess it remains to be seen, someday when I feel the need to spell out something with tiny letters!

Friday, June 30, 2017

NCU/ Nail Challenge Collaborative: Neon

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There's nothing like neon polish in the summetime, am I right? Well, apparently two different challenges think so too, as they have overlapping "neon" prompts that I'm going to go ahead and combine today.



I thought it would be fun to do some neon double stamping with black over the top. I think the neon backgrounds look a little bit like beach towels.



So for my green polish, I used two coats of this brand new Sinful Colors polish, which is part of their back to school line, "#Get Bright". Love this unique color!



So I started my stamping with this Bundle Monster + Sloteazzy blogger collab plate. I just used the Bundle Monster stamping polishes from the neon collection to stamp over the neon green color with the watermarble patterns.


The nautical images come from the MoYou London "Sailor 16" plate. 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out more neon manis in one of the link-ups below!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Artichoke nails ft. MoYou London Cookbook

Hello Readers!



Today's nails are inspired by an image from the MoYou London Cookbook collection that I've always thought was lovely: the artichoke on the vegan plate.



Growing up, my Dad always loved eating boiled artichokes when they came in season in the springtime. While they weren't my favorite food in the world, I enjoyed spending that time with him tearing off the leaves and dipping them in copious amounts of mayonnaise before scraping off the meaty bit at their base. Such a weird food, but kind of fun to eat together!

I started this mani with a couple of coats of the cream JLB polish, except for my middle finger, which got two coats of "Sew Psyched".

The large artichoke comes from the MoYou London plate "Cookbook 14", which has lots of veggie and grain images. I did use this plate once before, to make a fun pizza themed mani. I've been wanting to pull it out again and put it to use, because I love the quirky images.

So for the big artichoke, I made a decal and colored in the image with two shades of green. This is such a large image, I felt it needed to be given some extra detail with shading. So to do this, I simply started with the dark green by adding it to the base of each artichoke leaf. After that was dry, I took the light green and applied it all over the back of the image with the nail polish brush, then used my trusty toothpick to fill in the edges of the image.


The image on my pointer/pinky fingers is off of this Bundle Monster plate from last year's Blogger Collab collection, by the blogger Tanya Wish. This is one of my all-time favorite plates, and I have used nearly every image on it. They are just so detailed and lovely, and many of them work really well for reverse stamping!


Finally, the image on my middle nail is from another Bundle Monster plate, this time from the "Secret Garden" collection. I wanted some typography on that nail but I wasn't feeling the "vegan" typography image on the MoYou London plate for this mani, so I reached for this one.


Have you ever eaten an artichoke? Are you a fan of the prickly veggies, or do you prefer to stay far away from this unusual food? Let me know how you feel in the comments!