Showing posts with label Stamping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stamping. Show all posts

KBShimmer adds some bling to stamped nail art

Monday, May 4, 2015


I recently received some of the KBShimmer Summer 2015 Collection to share. And while I don't have swatches up yet, I have created some fun nail art with them.

For this glitzy and glam nail art I used Sun & Games. This polish is a super blingy gold microglitter. I used three light coats for full coverage, but I honestly think two would suffice. To add a little bit of color I applied a few different colors of alcohol inks. I love how the inks give a subtle color change to the polish. Then I stamped over it using Fab Ur Nails image Plate Fun 14.

Stamped nail art using KBShimmer Sun & Games and Fab Ur Nails image plate

OPI SoftShades Collection swatches, review, bridal nail art

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


OPI, is celebrating the lighter side of nail color with The SoftShades Collection. This collection of blushes, nudes, and matte shades delivers rich, true-to-bottle color with just a few coats, even in the lightest hues. I'm excited to be able to share these with you. These shades simply scream "wedding" to me. These polishes are perfect for a walk down the aisle or an everyday soft and subtle look. I used one of these sheer polishes to create a stunning bridal nail art look.
 

So let's take a look at these sheer polishes. 


Stamped nail art is habit forming

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I stamped yet again. This is becoming a habit for me. I love the different looks I can get with a fun base and the swish of a stamp.

For this one I used an alcohol ink base. I like using alcohol inks. They are so much fun and create a fun, marbled look. Then I stamped with Mundo De Unas Cream stamping polish and used BundleMonster image plate XL07.

Stamped nail art using Mundo De Unas stamping polish, BundleMonster XL07 and alcohol inks for the base.

I love the way the look came together. The colors just complement each other and the design works well over the alcohol ink base.

What do you think? What colors would you use?

These products were purchased by me.

Western-themed stamped nail art

Monday, April 27, 2015

I created some western-themed nail art for an event I attended and I love it. Saturday night my husband and I attended a fundraiser/dinner for Cheyenne Frontier Days. If you haven't heard of Cheyenne Frontier Days - well, it's huge. The events surrounding the "Daddy of 'Em All" occur year round and my husband and I have been volunteers forever. 

I used my new found stamping courage and set to work. I used OPI Alpine Snow for the base and then made a gradient using OPI Fly and Elevation Polish Thunder Basin from the Wyoming the Wild collection.

Then I stamped the barbwire using BundleMonster image plate XL 21 and the boots and horse using Konad S5.

The color theme definitely looks western and the stamping just adds to the look. 

Western themed stamped nail art with barbwire, boots and a horse

I think I am going to have to use my stamps a little more because I love how this turned out. What do you think?

All of the products were purchased by me except for Elevation Polish Thunder Basin, which was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.


Stamping out the stamping bugs

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I convinced myself that I had to try stamping to create nail art again. I have never had much luck with stamping and couldn't seem to transfer a clean image to my nails. Well, I am glad I tried again. Laurie from Dressed Up Digits gave me the courage to try again.

A little while back, I purchased some Mundo de Unas stamping polish. Well, it sat on my desk for weeks before I gathered the courage to attempt nail art with stamping. Let me tell you... it made all the difference in the world. I am extremely excited as this opens a whole new nail art door for me!

I started off with a base coat of OPI Alpine Snow and added an alcohol ink marble to it. I used Mermaid and Poppyfield inks. I love alcohol inks for a quick marbled look. Then I stamped with Mundo de Unas Blue Navy and an image from the XL 18 plate from BundleMonster. The Blue Navy polish transferred flawlessly to my nails. There was no lifting of the polish or bald spots left behind.   I still need to work on my placement though. The image plate was also easy to work with.


Stamped nail art using Mundo de Unas polishes and BundleMonster image plates.

I will definitely be increasing my stash of image plates and stamping polishes. I know that a lot of people have great luck using normal polishes to stamp with - and I will eventually try those again - after I build my confidence and skills.

Have you tried Mundo de Unas? What do you stamp with for a clean image?

I purchased this Mundo polish (and quite a few others) from llarowe.

NOTD: Stamped accent nail

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I had a fun event to attend last night. And like most of us, I wanted my mani to match my outfit. I had a black lace jacket that I wore over a hot pink shirt. So I wanted to do something lacy to match. However time was limited so I needed something I could do in a short amount of time. Accent nail to the rescue.

I used Zoya Whitney and Raven. The stamp is from Fab Ur Nails plate Fun 5. I used acrylic paint to paint the flowers over the lattice, which I was hoping would look like lace. And it did - from arm's length away. Adding the flowers helped as I am not a strong stamper. So I placed the flowers over the areas that didn't transfer well.


Stamped nail art with freehand flowers

It completely matched the colors in my jacket and shirt. I am pleased how it turned out.


Elevation Polish: A Journey Told Through Music Collection swatches, review

Friday, January 2, 2015


It 2015 already. Where did the time go?

This is my first post for 2015 and it's only fitting that it's about one of my favorite brands - Elevation Polish. The "Journey Told Through Music" collection is gorgeous and has cremes, holos, duochromes and shimmers. 

The collection is very cohesive and the formulas are spot on. There are six amazing polishes in the collection and also a Limited Edition "Yeti" polish this month. Each month I think that collection is my favorite - and the next month it's deja vu. She never ceases to amaze me. I love all of her polishes. The holos are heavenly and the shimmers are subtle and classy. Her creme polishes are easily my "go-to" cremes. I think I need them all - and I am working on it!

OK, enough of my rambling. Let's take a look. I have also created several nail art looks using this collection. So watch for them in the next few days.

Definition: The Vivid Unknown is what I would describe as a deep navy blue with a hint of teal. This shade is stunning. This creme polish has tremendous depth and applies like a dream. This is two coats with no top coat.


Elevation Polish - Definition: The Vivid Unknown

Elevation Polish - Definition: The Vivid Unknown

Elevation Polish - Definition: The Vivid Unknown

Just Like Night Time is a deep navy blue holographic polish, yet it seems to almost have a blackened look to it. The holo shimmer is strong, yet not over the top. It applied easily. This is two coats with a top coat.

Elevation Polish - Just Like Night Time

Elevation Polish - Just Like Night Time

Elevation Polish - Just Like Night Time

Elevation Polish - Just Like Night Time

This is in direct indoor lighting (there hasn't been much sun lately and even if there was, I would have to tromp through eight inches of snow to get to it.) The color is close, but a little lighter than it is in real life.

Elevation Polish - Just Like Night Time

Quarter Past Midnight is one of my favorites of the collection. This shimmery duochrome polish has so many different personalities. The shift in color is strong and goes from a deep vibrant purple, to a dark blue, to a peacock blue. It's simply amazing. This is two coats with a top coat.

Elevation Polish - Quarter Past Midnight

Elevation Polish - Quarter Past Midnight

Elevation Polish - Quarter Past Midnight

Elevation Polish - Quarter Past Midnight

Elevation Polish - Quarter Past Midnight

The Sea was Red is a super duochrome holographic polish that shifts from red to gold to orange. It's been brought back by popular demand, although with a few revisions. I love the coppery shimmer of this polish. This is two coats with a top coat. 

Elevation Polish - The Sea was Red

Elevation Polish - The Sea was Red

Elevation Polish - The Sea was Red
 
Elevation Polish - The Sea was Red

This is indoor direct lighting to show the holographic shimmer. 

Elevation Polish - The Sea was Red

And it stamps quite well! I didn't get a proper photo of this one as I wore this for Christmas Eve festivities and I just simply didn't have time. But I did grab this shot just to show you how well it stamps. I have it on over Quarter Past Midnight.


Elevation Polish - The Sea was Red stamped over Quarter Past Midnight

Storm in the Morning Light is a bluish gray shade. It is so hard to describe. But it is amazing. To be honest - when I saw it in the bottle I was sort of "meh" over it. But once I put it on my nails, my opinion changed. I love the dusty blue/gray shade. It is actually my favorite from the collection. This is two coats with no top coat.

Elevation Polish - Storm in the Morning Light

Elevation Polish - Storm in the Morning Light

Elevation Polish - Storm in the Morning Light

Walk a Little Farther is a gorgeous sky blue with shimmer - and it is an amazing shimmer! The shimmer is shy though. I contorted my hand in all sorts of positions to try and capture it. It's very elusive. The shimmer has a ghostly quality to it. It adds tremendous depth to the polish. This is three thin coats with a top coat.

Elevation Polish - Walk a Little Farther

There! I managed to snag that shy little critter!

Elevation Polish - Walk a Little Farther

Elevation Polish - Walk a Little Farther

Elevation Polish - Walk a Little Farther

Elevation Polish - Walk a Little Farther

Now for the limited edition - "Yeti Hugs, Feels so Close" is a very light gray (almost white) creme polish with blue, pink and purple flake shimmer. I love this shade. It reminds me of fine linen gray paper. The flakes are tiny and add a stunning illusion of depth. This is two coats with a top coat. 

Elevation Polish - limited edition - Yeti Hugs, Feels so Close

Elevation Polish - limited edition - Yeti Hugs, Feels so Close

Elevation Polish - limited edition - Yeti Hugs, Feels so Close

Elevation Polish - limited edition - Yeti Hugs, Feels so Close

This collection is worthy of having a coveted spot in your stash. 

This collection will be available Jan. 7, 2015. Elevation Polish releases new collections each month on the 7th and 22nd. So mark your calendars to visit ElevationPolish.com then. Elevation Polishes are also available at Llarowe.

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These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

Making grapes into sparkling wine: stamping, jelly polish and sparkle

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I recently realized I haven't picked up my stamper in almost a year. So I decided to reacquaint myself with it. Needless to say, I am out of practice, so I decided to create a "stampwich" with jelly polishes. Using this technique is easy and it hides most imperfections.

I recently purchased some of the Colors by Llarowe jelly polishes; so of course, I had to try one of  them. I chose Grape Juice. Grape Juice is a deep purple jelly polish. Jelly polishes require a build up of layers to get them to an opaque state. They are perfect for stampwiches, pond manis and other nail art.

Jelly stampwich nail art
Jelly stampwich nail art

I started with two coats of Grape Jelly and then stamped with a white polish. For the stamp, I used an image from the Bundlemonster 204 plate.

Jelly stampwich nail art
Jelly stampwich nail art
Then I applied another coat of Grape Jelly and topped it off with Dance Legend 600 to give it sparkle.

Jelly stampwich nail art
Jelly stampwich nail art

I may have to try this more often. So, I guess I will be practicing with stamping a little more often.


Salon Perfect - Totally 80s Top Off top coats - swatches, review

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


+Salon Perfect has been kicking the polish out lately. The newest collections are dedicated to a decade and the 80s collection is, like totally, gorgeous.

There are two matte top coats in this collection. Both are bright and bold, just as the 80s were. One is even inspired by the Rubik's Cube. By the way, the Rubik's Cube turned 40 this year!

Let's move right into them. I will talk about the application of each polish separately. 

Ruby's Cube is multi-color square matte glitter. This top coat applies easily and there is no fishing for glitter. The colors are bright and bold and just as spell binding as that puzzle cube called the Rubik's Cube. I applied it over a triple gradient of Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow, Wild Blue Yonder and Tickled Pink. I finished it off with a top coat of Salon Perfect Crystal Clear.

Salon Perfect Ruby's Cube
Salon Perfect Ruby's Cube

Salon Perfect Ruby's Cube
Salon Perfect Ruby's Cube
Square Pegs is a top coat that is jam packed with neon square and circular matte glitters. It did require a little bit of fishing for glitter pieces, but I usually expect that with large shaped glitters. Just be patient, turn that bottle upside down for a few minutes and proceed. I have it on here over Salon Perfect Sugar Cube. 

Salon Perfect Square Pegs
Salon Perfect Square Pegs
Salon Perfect Square Pegs
Salon Perfect Square Pegs
These Salon Perfect Polishes will be available in August at select +Walmart  stores nationwide for $3.98. 

Follow Salon Perfect on Facebook to keep up with new releases.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Stamping and HK Girl review

Friday, April 11, 2014


I received HK Girl to review and I have to admit I was nervous. Why? Because I was comfortable with my top coat of choice - I knew it didn't smear my nail art. I mean, seriously, who wants to spend time creating a nail art look on their nails just to smear it with the top coat. The top coat is supposed to protect your mani.

But I conjured some courage up and decided to dive in feet first - or in this case - hands first.

I started out with a base coat of Colors by Llarowe "Oxen." It is an awesome deep holographic burgundy shade that applies wonderfully. Then I used the Fab Ur Nails FUN 5 stamping plate and stamped Milani Signature Gold on top of Oxen. I love the look of it.

Then it was time to test HK Girl from Glisten and Glow. I applied the top coat and crossed my fingers that it wouldn't smear. It did better than that - it didn't smear and it didn't dull the holo! It also dried to a high gloss shine extremely quickly. Hmmmm, maybe it is good to take a risk now and then. It sure worked in this case. I think I just found another top coat that I trust to protect my nail art creations.

Let's take a look!

Colors by Llarowe Oxen with HK Girl top coat
Colors by Llarowe Oxen with HK Girl top coat
Colors by Llarowe Oxen with HK Girl top coat
Colors by Llarowe Oxen with HK Girl top coat
Colors by Llarowe Oxen with HK Girl top coat
Colors by Llarowe Oxen with HK Girl top coat
HK Girl top coat is available on the Glisten and Glow website for $6.99. I have a cuticle oil and a cuticle and nail balm to share with you too. So stay tuned!

This nail polish was purchased by me. The top coat was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that different computer monitors can display colors differently.

Stamping with Colors by llarowe

Saturday, August 24, 2013





I have already shared these gorgeous Colors by llarowe polishes with you - individually that is. Today I would like to show you how well they work together. First let me tell you that you can preorder the Colors by llarowe polishes today until 5 p.m. mdt!

I decided to pull my stamping tools out. I haven't stamped in quite a while and was just talking to a blogger friend about stamping.

Colors by llarowe Purple Rain, Smooth Criminal and the FabUrNails Fun 5 stamp were used to create this stamped look. I just wish the camera would have picked up the design better. The holo in Smooth Criminal seemed to outshine the design. But the polish worked wonderfully stamped.

Let me quit rambling and show you.

Stamped nail art with Colors by llarowe Purple Rain, Smooth Criminal and the FabUrNails Fun 5 stamp
Stamped nail art with Colors by llarowe Purple Rain, Smooth Criminal and the FabUrNails Fun 5 stamp

Stamped nail art with Colors by llarowe Purple Rain, Smooth Criminal and the FabUrNails Fun 5 stamp
Stamped nail art with Colors by llarowe Purple Rain, Smooth Criminal and the FabUrNails Fun 5 stamp

Stamped nail art with Colors by llarowe Purple Rain, Smooth Criminal and the FabUrNails Fun 5 stamp
Stamped nail art with Colors by llarowe Purple Rain, Smooth Criminal and the FabUrNails Fun 5 stamp
These polishes and the stamping plate can be purchased at Llarowe.

But the polishes sell out fast. If you want one of these polishes watch for a launch by following her Facebook page. Or you can preorder the CbL polishes today, August 24.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note computer monitors may vary in color display.  
 

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