Saturday, December 3, 2016

Before & After: Wrap It Up! (Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn + UCB 10-01)

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Hello!


That's right--it's December. That means the winter holidays are upon us, and I couldn't be happier!


Well...except that I dropped my computer and smashed the screen and found out my six-year-old back-up computer is complete crap and crashes every 10 minutes (literally) and had to be wiped, and I had to borrow a computer to keep up with the blogging! Thank goodness for good friends who balance out your clumsiness, lol. :)


For today's mani, I started with a base of the totally gorgeous Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn, which makes my list of top favorite polishes ever--duochrome holographic goodness with irrepressible flash--who can say no to that?


Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn
Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn

Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn
Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn

Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn
Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn

Then I stamped it using UberChic Beauty plate 10-01:




And I stamped with Messy Mansion polishes in Soft Gold, Forest, and Royal:


Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn + UberChic Beauty 10-01 + Messy Mansion stamping polishes
Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn + UberChic Beauty 10-01 + Messy Mansion stamping polishes

Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn + UberChic Beauty 10-01 + Messy Mansion stamping polishes
Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn + UberChic Beauty 10-01 + Messy Mansion stamping polishes

Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn + UberChic Beauty 10-01 + Messy Mansion stamping polishes
Shinespark Polish Pretty Unicorn + UberChic Beauty 10-01 + Messy Mansion stamping polishes

That do you think? I think it looks like the most festive Christmas present ever!


Happy stamping, and happy peaceful computers,
M.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Before & After: Stormy Shields (featuring Spellbound Nails Stormy Snitch + Messy Mansion Symetrika 03)

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Hello!

The holidays are here!!! Okay, yes, the holidays start with Halloween for me, and then I dive into National Novel Writing Month literally on the stroke of midnight on Halloween...and work like heck to be finished my 50,000 words by Thanksgiving. Which I did! So I got to enjoy a nice, relaxed Thanksgiving. And now it's time to settle in and enjoy the season of lights and happy!

For today's mani, I picked a polish that makes me think of the glowing lights during the holidays, Spellbound Nails Stormy Snitch:


Spellbound Nails Stormy Snitch
Spellbound Nails Stormy Snitch

Then I wanted to add a elegant design that had a pretty Celtic holiday feel to it, but also had a titch of Hogwarts magic; I selected an image from Messy Mansion's Symetrika 03:

Messy Mansion's Symetrika 03
Messy Mansion's Symetrika 03


I stamped with Messy Mansion Soft Gold; here's how it turned out:


Spellbound Nails Stormy Snitch + Messy Mansion Symetrika 03
Spellbound Nails Stormy Snitch + Messy Mansion Symetrika 03

Spellbound Nails Stormy Snitch + Messy Mansion Symetrika 03
Spellbound Nails Stormy Snitch + Messy Mansion Symetrika 03

I love the subtle holiday elegance to this, and hope you do, too!


Happy stamping,
M.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

NOTD: Deep Sea Diving (Zoya Remy + UberChic Beauty Mermaid Life & Texture-licious plate)

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Hello!


Today I have a quick nail of the day for you, featuring UberChic Beauty's Mermaid Life and Texture-licious mini plate: 


UberChic Beauty Mermaid Life
UberChic Beauty Mermaid Life


UberChic Beauty Texture-licious plates
UberChic Beauty Texture-licious plates


I started with a base of Zoya Remy, a gorgeous midnight blue polish with a green shimmery shift to it, then stamped using Hit The Bottle Polishes in Absinthe-Minded, Pool Party, Copper-Haired Girl, To Have And To Gold, and Tangerine Scream:


Zoya Remy + UberChic Beauty Mermaid Life & Texture-licious plates
Zoya Remy + UberChic Beauty Mermaid Life & Texture-licious plates

Zoya Remy + UberChic Beauty Mermaid Life & Texture-licious plates
Zoya Remy + UberChic Beauty Mermaid Life & Texture-licious plates

What do you think?! I love the pop of these colors against the dark background. I've never been scuba diving, but in my mind, this is what I'd see if I did. :)


Happy stamping!
M.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Before & After: Fall Sunset (featuring Julep Riley, Zoya Tanzy + UberChic Beauty 9-03)

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Hello!

Hey, are you missing summer? If so, I have a fall manicure with a teensy splash of summer in it for you today...

Continuing on with my fall 2016 obsession with orange (I didn't plan this, I swear, it just sorta happened), I started with a base of Julep Riley, a gorgeous blood-orange with a blue shimmer:


Julep Riley
Julep Riley

Then I sponged some Zoya Tanzy on the tips:


Julep Riley + Zoya Tanzy
Julep Riley + Zoya Tanzy

Then I stamped using UberChic Beauty 9-03 and Julep Mickey:


UberChic Beauty 9-03
UberChic Beauty 9-03


Here's how it came out:

   
Zoya Tanzy over Julep Riley, stamped with UberChic Beauty 9-03
Zoya Tanzy over Julep Riley, stamped with UberChic Beauty 9-03

Zoya Tanzy over Julep Riley, stamped with UberChic Beauty 9-03
Zoya Tanzy over Julep Riley, stamped with UberChic Beauty 9-03

What do you think? I love the fall colors, but I love the little splash of magenta to give it extra pizzazz. :)


Happy stamping!
M.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Before & After: Desert Diamonds (featuring Spellbound Nails Crookshanks + UberChic Beauty 10-01)

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Hello!


I am loving pumpkin orange this fall season...so I pulled out my favorite fall pumpkin for a ride around the nail block (okay, yeah, that sounded better in my head...)-- Spellbound Nails Crookshanks:


Spellbound Nails Crookshanks
Spellbound Nails Crookshanks


Next I sponged on some Zoya Tanzy, then I stamped the tear-drop diamond image from UberChic Beauty 10-01:



UberChic Beauty 10-01
UberChic Beauty 10-01

I stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish Everyday I'm Truffling (also available on Beautometry). Here's how it turned out: 


UberChic Beauty 10-01 over Spellbound Nails Crookshanks
UberChic Beauty 10-01 over Spellbound Nails Crookshanks

UberChic Beauty 10-01 over Spellbound Nails Crookshanks
UberChic Beauty 10-01 over Spellbound Nails Crookshanks

UberChic Beauty 10-01 over Spellbound Nails Crookshanks


What do you think? A little shimmer, a little shine, a little squishy, a little flakie. Lots of fall glam!


Happy Stamping,
M.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Before & After: Coffee bubbles (Messy Mansion Stable Boy + UberChic Beauty 12-03)

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Hello!


I recently discovered that Messy Mansion doesn't just make stamping plates and polishes, they also make regular polishes, too. I couldn't resist trying out Messy Mansion Stable Boy, a pretty fall brown with a pink shimmer:


Messy Mansion Stable Boy
Messy Mansion Stable Boy

I stamped over it with the bubbles image from UberChic Beauty 12-03:

UberChic Beauty 12-03
UberChic Beauty 12-03

I stamped using Messy Mansion Carbon and Dogwood Pink. Here's how it turned out:


UberChic Beauty 12-03 over Messy Mansion Stable Boy
UberChic Beauty 12-03 over Messy Mansion Stable Boy

UberChic Beauty 12-03 over Messy Mansion Stable Boy
UberChic Beauty 12-03 over Messy Mansion Stable Boy

What do you think? A simple, fun fall look. Not a color combination I would normally pick, but I love how soft the pink looks with the brown.


Happy stamping!
M.

Friday, November 18, 2016

NOTD: Black and white and read all over (featuring Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Thrill Me To The Marrow)

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Hello!

So this mani made me realize that  one of my favorite dad jokes is now almost obsolete...

Q: What's black and white and red all over?
A: The newspaper!

Hahahahahahahaha. *ahem* Except now newspapers are nearly a thing of the past...sigh. Of course, there are alternate punchlines, like "A sunburned penguin!", which, with global warming, is actually more relevant than it used to be. Turn, turn, turn.

Anyway.

For today's NOTD, I started with a base of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's Thrill Me To The Marrow, and then stamped images from Girly Bits GBC 1-01:




I stamped using Girly Bits Little Black Dress and Fire Engine Red:


Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Thrill Me To The Marrow
Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Thrill Me To The Marrow

Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Thrill Me To The Marrow
Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Thrill Me To The Marrow

Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Thrill Me To The Marrow
Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Thrill Me To The Marrow

Look at those incredibly crisp lines!! I don't think I've ever done a manicure with such perfect stamping as I got from this plate and these polishes. And I love the partial-overlap look of the red under the black, it reminds me of the little bird from the Partridge Family theme, like there's a bunch of them hanging out on a fence. :)


Happy Stamping!
M.