Sunday, August 27, 2017

Simple Sunday/ Born Pretty Store Review

Hello Readers!

Today's post is a Simple Sunday post that is reviewing a couple of products from the Born Pretty Store. 

The first item is a purple foil/shimmer polish that currently retails for $3.49. This polish has teeny tiny shimmer pieces running throughout it, so I thought it would also be able to be used as a stamping polish.

I have used it on my ring finger to stamp with, and painted it straight onto my other nails. I didn't have any trouble stamping with it, so I was pleased about that. This color is a very deep, shimmery fuchsia. I have shown it here at two coats. It was pretty easy to apply, just as you would expect a foil polish to behave.

I also have used a metal stud from this nail art wheel from the Born Pretty Store. I thought these studs were really interesting- I like that the wheel includes a large variety of shape (each compartment has a different shape), as well as the texture on each of the little studs. This nail wheel currently costs $1.49. I used one of the largest shapes in the wheel, the longer triangle, on my middle finger.

If you would like to purchase either of these items, you can use my Born Pretty Store code (RACHX31) for 10% these or other items at the website.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Nail Crazies Unite: Sunflowers

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Today's post is for the Nail Crazies Unite group, where there are challenges every other week. This week's prompt is "sunflowers", which I was excited for since it seemed so seasonally appropriate and being a Kansas girl at heart, sunflowers always tug at my heartstrings a little bit.

I decided to pair my sunflower with a cheerful blue plaid print.

So, I started off with Sinful Colors "Quick Study", which is a matte polish but I ended up putting a glossy topcoat over the mani. I made a simple sunflower decal and placed it over the basic plaid stamping.

My plaid design comes from this very useful Born Pretty Store stamping plate. Love all the textures and the variety of plaids to choose from on this!

My simple sunflower comes from a different Born Pretty plate, with lots of lovely line art flower designs on it.

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Turquoise inspired nails

Hello Readers!

I know, it's been forever since I've posted anything. Life has been just a little bit crazy lately with the start of a new school year and having my parents in town, but things are starting to settle down a little bit so hopefully I will start to have a bit more time to get to painting my nails and blogging!

Also, I had a bad break on my pinky nail and since then my nails have been having a rough go of it. I did this mani a while back and still haven't gotten around to posting it, ha ha.

This is a super simple mani based off of the semi-precious gemstone turquoise. I figured I would do something simple for my newly super-short nails!

I used the water pattern from the Bundle Monster + Twi_star blogger collab plate once again. I have really gotten a lot of uses out of this one pattern!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Nail Crazies Unite: Vintage Sea Map

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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

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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

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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!