Color Club Miss Bliss Nail Art

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Today’s mani is part of the Crumpet’s 52-week pick and mix challenge. The prompts for this week are Film and Holo. This mani is just addressing the holo portion of the prompts.  I grabbed Color Club Miss Bliss. To this day, the Color Club Halo Hues are some of my favorite holos of all time. I used Mentality Grey Opaque to stamp which was given to me as a gift from Mentality.  The design is from Pueen Plate 81.

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I liked wearing this mani because the stamping was so subtle. Sometimes it’s nice to have nail art that’s just for me and not for the person across the room! :)

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Here is a plain swatch of Color Club Miss Biss without and then with flash. See how beautiful this is?? And it’s easy to find on Amazon! Woo Hoo! This first pic is in a light box.

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This is in natural light with a flash from my camera. This is really what you see in sunlight. It’s quite stunning!

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Gradient with Leopard Print Nail Art

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I didn’t mean for this mani to look so much like leopard print. The design in the plate wasn’t supposed to be leopard print, but once it’s on the nails, that’s what it looks like! I started with two coats of Essie No Baggage Please which is a super light pink. Then, I used a makeup sponge to gradient Essie The Girls Are Out on to the tips. Finally, I used Mundo de Unas Taupe and a design from Pueen plate 81 to stamp the design.

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I hope you enjoyed my accidental leopard print nail art! I know it was fun to wear, that’s for sure! Plus, these Essie’s didn’t see the light of day at all in 2014. According to my spreadsheet, I hadn’t used either of them since the middle of 2013!! Poor, neglected polishes!!

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Seahawks Nail Art

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Well, it’s official! The Seahawks are in the playoffs! Woo hoo! I’ve never been a big football fan, but there is something about the Seahawks that just make me wild about them! I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t have a little crush on Russell Wilson?? In honor of the fabulous Hawks, I did two coats of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (new formula) and once dry, used striping tape and painted Sally Hansen I-Rush Luck on top.

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I hope that if any of you are Panthers fans that you’ll still stick around after that post! And that goes for Broncos fans, too! :P

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I’m looking forward to tonight! I think we’ll make some chicken wings and chill on the couch and root for the home team! Woo hoo! Who’s with me?

How to Make Watermarble Decals

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Today I’m going to show you how I make watermarble decals! After I accidentally discovered this method, I vowed to never dunk my finger in water again! My watermarbles aren’t perfect, but they are a far cry better than what they used to look like and on top of that, clean up us a lot easier!

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Black and Red Gradient with Stamping

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It’s been a long time since I did a gradient so I thought it was high time to do one! I started with two coats of OPI From A to Pizzazz, which I got at TJ Maxx so I’m pretty sure that’s not the real name. I used OPI Queen of the Road which is from their 2014 Mustang Collection. I used Konad Black to stamp the design from Pueen 74.

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I’m starting to get a reputation at work for always having nail art. On Monday, I just had regular polish on (FingerPaints Hey Mr DJ) and it was like I’d let everyone down! LOL! It’s super funny to me. Trying to explain stamping to someone who has no idea what it is completely blows their minds. A lot of people think I freehand these designs. Yeah, I wish! I’ve posted some freehand work on this blog in 2014 and it was not pretty!

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Pink and Teal Stamping Nail Art

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Today’s mani is for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 52-week pick and mix challenge. The prompts for this week are pink/aqua and dotting tools. I decided to combine the two prompts for this week’s mani.  I started with two coats of Sephora Formula X Brazen which is a lovely baby pink. I picked a design from Pueen Plate 75 and used Mundo de Unas Fiji to stamp. Finally, I used Essence Girl’s Night Out (which was originally sent to me as a press sample) to dot the centers of the little flowers in the stamped design.

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I think that I went a touch overboard with the dots. It just looks like girly mold. Also, I’m a very irresponsible blogger and did not take a picture before I dotted the design! Sheesh! What is wrong with me? I hope you don’t think I’ve failed you! ;)

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Here is a plain swatch of Sephora Formula X Brazen so you can see what a lovely and innocent pink it is. It’s kinda funny that the name is Brazen!

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Betty’s First MDU Stamping Polish

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I finally jumped on the Mundo de Unas wagon! I had been avoiding it for a long time because these polishes are from Mexico and take forever to get to the states! I ordered on December 4th and assumed I wouldn’t see any polish until the new year. I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived on December 23rd. That is still a long wait, but not as long as I was expecting!

For this mani, I started with two coats of December 2014. I used MDU Red Wine and a design from the pink Cici&Sisi set.

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My first impression is that yes, this polish stamps quite well. It is very thick and plays well with both squishy and firm stampers. In fact, you can’t even really tell a difference. I used squishy on the fingers to your left and firm on the fingers to your right. To me, they look the same crispness so that’s good news! Sounds like you can use whatever stamper you prefer!

One downside is the smell of this polish. It totally reeks. It doesn’t smell like polish, it smells like craft paint. Maybe it is craft paint?? LOL. It has the texture and thickness of paint!

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Black and Red Stamping Mani

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Today’s mani starts with two coats of OPI Just Shocking! which I got at TJ Maxx. I’m sure that this isn’t the original name. TJ Maxx OPI polishes are known for being renamed. If anyone knows what this beauty really is, please let me know! It’s a dark pink shimmer. This is two coats.

I picked this design from Pueen Plate 79 and used my new Mundo de Unas black stamping polish. Be warned about MDU: They totally reek. They smell of acrylic craft paint. Perhaps that’s what they are made of…but I just wanted to warn you! Once on the nails and topcoated, the smell goes away, but when you’re working, it’s definitely pungent.

This mani is for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 52-week pick and mix challenge. One of this week’s prompts is ‘dots’. I know that a lot of girls are probably going to do dotticures, but since I’m totally addicted to stamping lately, I decided to bend the rule a bit and do a design that has dots in it.

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Here is a plain swatch of OPI Just Shocking. It’s super pretty; I just wish I knew the real name!

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Lace Nail Art

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Hello! I hope you’re doing awesome today! For this mani, I started with three coats of Superchic Lacquer Witches Agenda for Uberness. Then, I used Vivid Lacquer Plate VL 032 which has gorgeous lace and flower designs on it. I used Konad White as my stamping polish. I’m really happy with how this one turned out. The lines are nice and crisp. Even the fully colored in flower looks nice. There is a tiny bit of smudging near my tip on the accent nail, but I’m hoping you won’t notice…

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I’m really looking forward to this next week. I only have to work one day which means I’ll have lots and lots of time to get ahead on manicures! I might even try to do another watermarble…we’ll see where the wind takes me!

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Holiday Argyle Stamping

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Merry Christmas!! For this mani, I started with three coats of Pretty Serious Glitz & Glam. Pretty Serious is quickly becoming one of my favorite indie brands. Then, I used Vivid Lacquer plate 010 for its super fun argyle design. My stamping polish was Konad Red. There is just something about red and gold that screams ‘holidays’ to me. And if it’s not screaming that, it’s screaming ‘high school’ because red and gold were also my high school colors!

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I wish you and all your loved ones a very Merry Christmas from my keyboard to yours.

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This is Kirby! Lena’s in the background waiting for food to drop on the ground, and then she’ll pounce!

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Night Before Christmas Poem – For Polish Lovers

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A Visit from the Mailman

By Anne Smith of Betty’s Beauty Bombs

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The polish was put in the helmer with care,
In hopes that more top coat soon would be there;
The cremes were all nestled in the top of the drawer;
While visions of stamping made their dreams soar.
And hubby in his sweats and me in my jammies,
Had just settled in for video games and mani’s.
When out on the porch there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Carefully opened the shutters and moved the sash.
The light was shining off the pouring down rain,
Showing me a smudged mani; I cried in pain!
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a late-coming mailman and packages so dear,
With a delivery man carrying packages quite smallish,
I knew in a moment it must be more polish.
More rapid than eagles my heart did soar,
And I whistled, and shouted, and called out some more:
“Here, Holo! now, Jelly! now Glitter and Texture!
On, Creamy! on, Shimmer! on, Topper and Mixtures!
On top of my pinkie! On top of them all!
Now dry real fast! dry real fast! Dry real fast, all!!”
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Items used: Pretty Serious Red Carpet Treatment, Mentality Green Opaque (which was sent to me as a gift from Mentality), and Cici&Sisi Holiday 2014 Stamping Plate.
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Merry Christmas Eve!!! Santa Nail Art!

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Merry Christmas Eve, dear readers! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then Happy Wednesday. If you do celebrate Christmas, then I hope you are with company and family you enjoy!! These adorable Santa decals were sent to me to review by the Born Pretty Store. I started with three coats of Liquid Sky Lacquer New Beginnings which is a gorgeously frosty glitter. Then, I followed the instructions on the back of the decals, except for the blow-dryer part. I don’t find that part necessary.

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I’m visiting my family for Christmas for the first time in 6 years!! For many reasons, we’ve been spending Christmas with my husband’s family so I’m pretty excited to see my family on Christmas.

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Enchanted Polish December 2014 Nail Art

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For this nail art, I started with two coats of Enchanted Polish December 2014. Then, I used Konad White and a design from Cici&Sisi Set one to create the look. It kinda looks like a chain link fence to me, but in a feminine way…

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I’m pretty excited for tomorrow. Not only do I get a bunch of days off work, but I get to go meet my brand new niece! She was born yesterday morning. I’m so excited! I told my sister that this baby girl better like nail polish and makeup! :P

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My husband wanted me to show you his hand poses as well. He left a bunch of pictures on my computer one day while I was out to lunch with some girlfriends. He’s such a goof!

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Happy Holidays!

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Crosshatch Nail Art

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I was sent this beautiful Mango Bunny Polish Faithful Student to swatch for you and I just couldn’t help but do a pattern on top! The design is from this Cici&Sisi stamping plate. I used Konad white as my stamping polish.

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The Easiest Nail Art in the World

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I did this nail art on a day when I was feeling truly lazy. I just had no energy to be creative! Unfortunately, I was going out in public so obviously I had to have some sort of art on my nails!! I decided to take the easy way out… This mani is so simple and easy! I started with two coats of Nailtini Bloody Mary which is one of my favorite reds of all time. Then, I used Simply Swift top coat from from myblisskiss.com which is super fast drying. Once it was dry (about 10 minutes or less) I used these Pueen flower decals that I got for super cheap from Amazon. Then, I did one more coat of Simply Swift to seal them in. That’s it! All done! The fastest nail art ever!

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Simply Swift is so shiny that you can hardly even see the decals! LOL! This many held up quite well through the family events of the day, shining the whole time! And I’m the only one who knew it was soooo easy! ;)

Northern Star Reindeer Games

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Northern Star Reindeer Games was one of the four polishes in the December 2014 beauty quartet box. This is my first Northern Star polish and the formula is fantastic! Reindeer Games is a brown holo. I did two coats for this look.  I used the Cici&Sisi Christmas Plate and Konad White to do the stamping nail art. I’ve been obsessed with snowflakes this season. Sorry if you’re getting sick of them! I just think snowflakes look awesome on top of pretty much every color. Plus, they’re a great way to be seasonal and festive without having to commit to a certain holiday.

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Silver Tips Nail Art

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I have had the mini set of the OPI Coca Cola collection for months and I haven’t used any of them yet! I’m such a slacker!!! I’m wearing a blurple sweater dress to work tomorrow so I thought that red nails would look really sharp. I selected OPI Coca Cola Red which is a gorgeous and classic red creme. I basically can’t be seen in public without some sort of nail art so I taped off the tips and used OPI My Signature is DC to add a silver french mani.

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Essence Glitter Tips

I received these two Essence polishes from Essence a few weeks ago. I wanted to pair them together today because I love teal and pink together. The pink is Essence Girls Night Out and this teal glitterbomb is Essence Party in a Bottle.

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Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail art

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For this mani, I started with Sally Hansen Crushed which is from their new, limited edition, velvet texture collection. This dries super fast and into a cool matte finish which makes it perfect for nail art. I used a design from this Cici&Sisi stamping plate set and used Konad Black as my stamping polish. I know it’s not a very seasonal design, but I don’t want to flood your eyes with snowflakes. LOL. It’s not winter in all parts of the world, so this mani is for the southern hemisphere folks! Or for folks in the northern hemisphere that wish they were in the southern!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I know this time of year is super busy for everyone. The fact that you’d make time for little ol’ me gives me the warm fuzzies.

Girly Swirls Nail Art featuring Enchanted Polish September 2014

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I’m totally in love with today’s mani.  I would love to wear pink and black for the rest of my life… Well, ok, probably not. That would get boring, but it certainly is my favorite color combination!

This pink is Enchanted Polish September 2014. The design is from this Cici&Sisi stamping plate collection and I simple used Konad black to stamp the design.

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I can’t  decide if these look like swirls or some sort of artsy tulip!

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Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate Review: BP-11

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The Born Pretty Store sent me this stamping plate to review for you! You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates

I picked this one because I was attracted to the fun, full-nail designs. Here is an image of the plate next to a quarter so you can see the relative sized of the plate and the images. As you can see, the images are quite large and should fit on most nails. The great thing about these images is that they will also work for many short nails as well.

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For this one, I started with three coats of Digital Nails Special Snowflake. I used Konad Black as my stamper. I think my stamper was acting up during this mani. My pinkie looks great, but the others look a little smudged. Do you ever have days where you feel like you’ve kinda forgotten how to do any nail art right? That’s what was happening this day. I think the plate is great, I was just being a weirdo.

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For this one, I used Enchanted Polish Holiday 2014 and Konad Red to stamp the star design. You can see I had a little trouble with the pinkie, which is the finger I did first. But, after that, it was easy going!

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For this one, I used Enchanted Polish November 2014 as my base and Konad White to stamp. I was really curious to see how the heart design would do since images that use a lot of polish can be tricky. As you can see, it stamped beautifully!!!! I’m super happy with the heart design in particular. I think it’s my favorite from the plate and I’ll be using it in some Valentine’s Day mani’s next year!

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Christmas Sweater (?) Nail Art

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This mani is a twist on the traditional Christmas sweater – both with the colors and the pattern!! I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Plush which is from their new velvet textures collection. Then, I used a design from Vivid Lacquer plate VL 035 which is full of sweater designs. I don’t know if this counts as Christmas sweater nail art…if anything, it’s Halloween or Valentine’s Day! But here it is and you get to see it today. I stamped with Sally Hansen Rapid Red from their Insta-Dri line. I love stamping with SH Insta-Dris because they are easy to find and quite reliable in their performance.

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Raindrops Nail Art

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This mani starts with two coats of Mango Bunny Polish  Midnight Bunny, which I originally received as a press sample. Then, I used Konad White to stamp this raindrops design from Vivid Lacquer Plate VL006. I love the rain, which is one of the many reasons why I love living in the Pacific North West.

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I like how I can see the star glitters from Midnight Bunny poking through!!! It’s like it’s raining on a starry night. Have you ever seen a rainstorm happen when it’s still sunny? (Yes, that happens!) Well, this must be the night version of it!

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Black and Pink Stamping

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For this mani, I started with two coats of Mango Bunny Polish Bunny Wamts a Pony, which I originally received as a press sample. Then, I used Konad black and this Cici&Sisi stamping set to stamp the design on top. It reminds me of a stained glass window. I love the simplicity of how this one turned out.

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Born Pretty Store Flower Water Decals

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I received these flower decals from The Born Pretty Store so I could show them to you! These are so easy to use, it’s ridiculous. I always keep a good supply of decals on hand because some nights, you just don’t feel like doing nail art! But I can’t go out in public without nail art! I have a reputation to uphold! Water decals add only 1 minute on to the time it takes to finish a mani! Isn’t that fabulous?? For the base of this mani, I picked China Glaze I’d Melt For You because even though these are flowers, I wanted the mani to look seasonal.

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This specific pack came with 15 flowers. Most packs seem to come with 20 decals – enough for 2 manicures. I’m not sure what I ‘m going to do with the extra 5. Maybe some accent nails later on?

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To be honest, I don’t do the blow-drying part of these instructions. I don’t find it necessary to have successful application of the product. I’m all about removing steps that aren’t totally necessary! :)

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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