GOT – Gradient Chevrons

This week’s prompt for Golden Oldies Thursday is gradient! I haven’t used my China Glaze holo collection in forever so I grabbed three of them for the gradient:

I liked how the gradient turned out, but I wanted to try out one of my new Vivid Lacquer plates. I picked plate VL010 because I thought the chevron design would look nice over the gradient.


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Sally Hansen Color Foils B &W Nail Art

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Sally Hansen Color Foils!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Gush.Gush.Gush. Ok, enough of that! Let’s look at some nail art! I started with two coats of Formula X For Sephora White Matter, then used Konad Special Black and Pueen Plate 73 to stamp a design on top. After a healthy dose of Seche Vite and some time, I used scotch tape to tape off an angle and painted Sally Hansen Titanium Flush to paint a triangle of color foil amazingness. After that, I thought it could use a little something else, so I used silver striping tape to finish the look. Hope you like it!


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Lace Mani Using Vivid Lacquer VL28

I finally got my Vivid Lacquer pre-order in the mail!!! Woo hoo! This order took forever to get because Anni had so many problems with her manufacturer. Luckily, she communicated that to customers so nobody was too mad. ;) This is plate VL28 which has lacy, antique, victorian designs on it. I loved this plate as soon as I saw it! I started with three coats of OPI Chic From Ears to Tail which is from the Minnie Couture collection. This pink has the subtlest amount of sparkle in it. I could only see it when applying in thin coats, you can’t even really tell by looking at the bottle! Then, I used Konad Special White to stamp some of the different lace designs on top. {Shhhh…I’m giving away an Enchanted Polish. Check it out here.}







Sally Hansen Color Foils Nail Art

I picked up the new Sally Hansen Color Foils collection last weekend. Many people asked me if they would stamp well. I tested out their stamping powers, and they do NOT stamp well whatsoever. My stamper won’t pick up the polish! So it’s not even like it’s messy–it just doesn’t work at all. If you’re able to get them to stamp, please let me know how you did it! But since the collection is so gorgeous, I did want to do something fun with it. So for this mani, I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Purple Alloy and then used Pueen Plate 57 and Konad Special black to stamp on top of it.

If you want to see all the swatches from the amazing Color Foils collection, click here.

Also, don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway! I’m giving away a Sally Hansen Gel Manicure Starter Kit! Click here to enter. ;)




GOT: Neon Nail Art – Julep Lauren

It’s Thursday! Happy Friday Eve! This week’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts Golden Oldies Thursday Theme is: Neon Nail Art! The only polish I own that’s neon and hasn’t been used in a year is Julep Lauren. Lauren is a hot pink neon. I actually like it a lot which you can tell because the bottle is halfway empty! But I still haven’t used it in a year! That’s why these challenges are great – you are prompted to use old, but loved polishes. I decided to stamp black designs over Lauren because I love black and pink together. I picked MoYou London Fairytale Collection Plate 06 so I could do a different design on each nail. I simply used Konad Special Black for stamping.





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Tri-Polish Tuesday: Purple, Green, and Red

Happy Tuesday, Internet! I hope your day is going splendidly. This month’s Tri-Polish Challenge from Crumpet’s Nail Tarts is to use Red, Purple, and Green in a single mani. I will be attempting to use these three colors every Tuesday in May for my mani. Wish me luck!

This week, I chose Sally Hansen Lively Lilac, Sally Hansen Mint Sprint, and Konad Special Red. I picked up a few of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line at Target recently because word on the internet is that they stamp well. They are usually one-coaters and there are quite inexpensive. I found the rumors of their stamping ability to be completely true! I’m so happy! I will certainly be picking up a lot more of this line! For this stamping design, I grabbed Pueen Plate 56.






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The BadA$$ Mani Prompt

This week, the Adventures in Stamping challenge is to create a mani inspired by “BadA$$”. I immediately went to my MoYou Rebel Collection plate, of course! I spotted Marilyn Monroe on there and totally wanted to stamp her face on my nails. :) She might not be who you immediately think of when you think of a BadA$$ but to me, I think she was. To complement her image, I chose Bundle Monster Plate 21 which has a cherry design. You’ll see the one of the things I don’t like about BM is that the images aren’t big enough for my nails. :(

I used Essence Super, Man! as my base color. Then I used Konad Special Black and Special Red for stamping.





Essence Hey, Nude with a Sax

Hey, Nude, how about we add a little sax to the mani today? ;) ;) ;)

For this mani, I started with two coats of Essence Hey, Nude which is a sparkle sand nude polish. With two coats, it still showed a little visible nail line. I wasn’t too concerned about that since I knew I was going to stamp over it. I decided on Pueen Plate 67 because it had a cool music theme. I used Konad Special Black nail polish because I didn’t have time to play around and see what other polish might work better! LOL! Here’s what I ended up with:





Comic Book Murder!

I’ve been hearing so many great things about MoYou stamping plates so I just had to try some! They are based out of London so it takes a while to get here, but mine finally did! This is MoYou Comics Collection plate 03. The stamping is very crisp, despite how intricate the designs are. They are fabulous!

The base I used is Julep Annette, so let’s start with a quick pic of just the swatch.


Then I used Konad Black Special Polish and MoYou Comics Collection Plate 03






Mystery Lady and White Roses

I know that I usually do a ‘same or similar’ comparison post on Saturdays, but I didn’t have time this week! Hopefully you’ll enjoy this post in its place.

I got this stamping design from Pueen Plate 70. I started off with three coats of China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely. I have found that three coats are usually necessary for neons. I could have done one coat of white and then two coats of Thistle, but meh That sounded like extra work. ;)

Then I used HK Girl Top coat and waited a few minutes. To pass the time, I talked on the phone with my mom about dogs. :P

Once the nails were dry, I used my stamping plate and black and white Konad polishes to stamp the images below. I used the black for the mystery lady with her hair blowing in the wind and white for the roses. Now the only question is…what is her name?!?!

First, for fun, let’s just look at a plain swatch of China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely.

China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely SwatchChina Glaze City Flourish Collection

Pueen Stamping Plate 70


Konad Special Polish White


Konad Special Polish Black


HK Girl Top Coat

Balloon Blowing in the Wind

For this mani, I started with two coats of Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster which is a gorgeous tealy blue holo. Then, I stamped the girl and the balloon using MoYou Rebel Collection – 02 Plate. Finally, I stamped the artsy design using Pueen Plate 59. All the white stamping was done using Konad Special White.

First, let’s start with a Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster swatch.

Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Swatch
Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Swatch
MoYou Rebel Collection Plate 02

St. Patrick’s Day Mani

This Sunday’s Adventures in Stamping challenge theme is St. Patrick’s Day of course!! For this mani, I used:
Dollish Polish Toss My Salad
Pistol Polish Knock ‘Em Dead
Konad Special White
Bundle Monster Plate BM03

I started with two coats of Toss My Salad then topped with HK Girl Top Coat. Then, I taped off the tips with scotch tape and painted Knock ‘Em Dead and then another layer of HK Girl. Finally, I stamped the shamrock images on as an accent and added one final coat of HK Girl.

Dollish Polish Toss My Salad

Pistol Polish Knock 'Em Dead

St. Patrick’s Day is extra special in my heart because it’s also my dog’s birthday. He is going to be 5 years old. This is Kirby when he was 8 weeks old. (Eat your heart out, internet!!)

Stamping Konad Bundle Monster BM03

St. Patrick's Day Mani

And this is my giant lovable puppy now, 5 years later.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Leave a comment below! I love hearing what you think! And don’t forget to wish happy birthday to Kirby! I read him all your comments so he’ll know if you forget about him. ;)

Stamping with Vivid Lacquer!

I love Vivid Lacquer stamping plates! Her images are very crisp, large, and creative. If you haven’t tried her plates yet, I highly recommend them!!

This is plate 020 which is a Medieval Knights theme. I didn’t get the stamps quite as straight as I normally would have liked, but that’s a reflection on my patience and skills, not the plates of course. :)

The base is Polish Pets Fen and I used Konad Special Black for the stamping. Finally, I used some rhinestones to accent the edges.

Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate 020

Polish Pets Fen

Kaboom! Pow! Comic Book Nails!

I’m a huge nerd and I do read comic books so I really appreciate this stamping plate by Vivid Lacquer. This is VL011.

I started with two coats of OPI Miss Piggy’s Big Number, which is from the new Muppets Most Wanted 2014 Collection. I then used Konad Special Polish in black and white. Finally, on my middle nail, I dotted China Glaze Ruby Pumps to add a little more color.

First, let’s start with a swatch of OPI Miss Piggy’s Big Number. This is two coats. It went on smoothly and self-leveled well as everyone has come to expect from OPI. I love how they didn’t do pink for Miss Piggy. I think it’s creative and gorgeous.

OPI Miss Piggy's Big Number Swatch

Stamping Nail Art

Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate 011

Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL011

Adventures in Stamping Challenge: Under the Sea

This week’s Adventures in Stamping Challenge theme is Under the Sea. I had a trouble with this theme because I don’t have a single stamping plate with ocean images!!! Ok, that’s not exactly true. I have one with an anchor, but it didn’t look right. Therefore, I decided to do a little bit of an abstract interpretation of the theme.

I started with three coats of Emily de Molly Oceanic Forces (see what I did there?) and then stamped using Konad Nail Art Stamping Polish – Black  and plate Pueen 59. I picked the image that reminded me of waves and underwater plants…in an abstract way. The black didn’t show up that well on the teal, though. :( Hopefully you can see some of the stamping!

First, a plain swatch of Emily de Molly Oceanic Forces because it’s probably my favorite polish of all time and it’s amazing and gorgeous and wonderful.

And now the shots with the actual stamping…see how it’s super hard to see? :( Oh well! I can still admire Emily de Molly Oceanic Forces!!!

The Bird, the Flowers, and the Butterfly

I was going to call this post “The birds and the bees” but I don’t have any bee stamps or decals! LOL!

I started with two coats of Pistol Polish Knock ‘Em Dead from the March 2014 box. Then, I used Konad Special White and Vivid Lacquer Plate VL006 to stamp on the bird and the fluffy dandelions. Then I used a couple butterfly decals from Pueen. I’m just “meh” about this mani.
Pistol Polish Knock 'Em Dead

Butterfly Wing Mani

For this mani, I was inspired by a stamping plate created by Vivid Lacquer. It’s plate VL004 and it has a butterfly wing design on it.
From pinkie to pointer, I used:
I Love Nail Polish My Little Glacier
I Love Nail Polish Cygnus Loop
I Love Nail Polish Birefringence
I Love Nail Polish Mutagen

For the black stamping, I used Konad Black and for the dots, I used Sally Hansen White On.

I Love Nail Polish

I Love Nail Polish

I Love Nail Polish

I Love Nail Polish

Abstract #GoHawks Mani

All right! Last Seahawks mani, I promise! It’s just…I live in Washington so it’s CRAZY up here! There is Hawks stuff everywhere! So, it has affected my nails. :)

Used for this mani:
Orly Nail Armor Base Coat
Konad Special White
L’Oreal New Money
Formula X For Sephora Omni
HK Girl Top Coat
Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL009

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Semi-Quilted Coral Mani

For this quilted-style mani, I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Coral Reef. After waiting for them to dry completely, I used Konad special white and Vivid Lacquer stamping plate VL008 to get the cross-hatched white stripes. Finally, I used Color Club Abyss and a dotting tool to put a little splash of teal where the white lines intersected. What do you think?

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Sally Hansen Coral Reef
Nail Art
Color Club Abyss

Vivid Lacquer

Snowflake Nail Art

For this wintery mani, I started with two coats of Enchanted Presto Magic. Then I used Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL006 which has the snowflake design on it. I used Konad Special White for the stamping.

The thing I love about Vivid Laquer’s stamping plates is that they are big designs! That way, you can get your whole nail. Konad’s designs are just a tad small.

Stars on the Hellmouth

I put on Daily Lacquer Welcome to the Hellmouth from the Slayer Collection today and I couldn’t help but be reminded of a stormy night sky! So, I decided to stamp stars on it! I used BM14 for the stars design. I used Orly Dazzle to stamp.

Here is a plain swatch of Welcome to the Hellmouth:

Hellmouth has a lot more purple in it than my camera was willing to pickup!

Here are more pics with the stamped stars. The irony is that my camera couldn’t see the stars in direct sunlight! LOL. So that’s why the pics are in shadows. :)