Monday, November 30, 2015

Hot Off The Stamping Press: New Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plates + Sale!

Hiya stamperistas,

Whoa double post and after a holiday weekend? Lol yup! I wanted to let you know two pretty awesome pieces of news.  First Vivid Lacquer has released 3 new plates and no they are not preorders, but actual plates that are available for purchase now!  Second Anni is having a sale so now is a great time to take advantage and stock up on her plates if you've been holding out.  So let's get into the new plates and then I'll give you the plate sales details.

Hot Off The Stamping Press: MoYou London Festive Collection Expansion!

Hey stamp champs,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Thanksgiving and shopping holidays! Lol I definitely did ;) Today's post is going to be super short and super quick since MoYou London only released one plate. This is the New Year's Eve plate that released last week as an expansion on the Festive Collection.
So let's check it out!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Pet'la Plate Abstract Shattered Glass Nail Art + Tutorial

Hey lacqueristas,

Unless you've been living under a nail art tomb, which you definitely shouldn't be if you're reading my blog, you've heard of the shattered glass trend! This comes straight out of South Korea from the creative mind of Park Eun Kung of Unistella.  You can read a bit more about the lady behind the trend here in Vogue.  Have you seen these nails and if you have what do you think of them?  When I first saw this design I immediately thought I have to try this with stamping.  Of course I'm not just gonna repeat what other people are doing.  My venue has always been stamping so when I see something novel I always think about ways to incorporate it into my own style of nail art.  I wanted something open and abstract and pretty.  Let me show you what I ended up with ;)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hot Off The Stamping Press: Black Friday 2015 Stamping Plate Sales (Update 6)!

Hey stamperistas,

Keeping you aprised is the name of the game on this post.  For those who aren't native to the US, and awesomely that is quite a larger percentage of my readers, tomorrow in the US is Thanksgiving.  It's a time when many of us in the US get together and celebrate.  It's not necessarily family specific, location specific, or even necessary food specific, but the point is to gather and have a good time.  In my house that means cooking all day, drinking far to much wine, watching football, eating some more, and watching tons of movies.  It's hedonism at its best, but the day after is even better ;) That's when the "holiday" sales officially kick into high gear and Black Friday dawns.  The muggles riot in Walmart and doors bust open.  Lol. I never ever go out into the crowds on this day because people are crazy.  BUT I love a good online sale so today I'm going to show you the stamping plate companies that have stated they will be having sales this Friday!

Hot Off The Stamping Press: Bundle Monster Occassions Christmas Holiday Nail Art Stamping Plates!

Hey stamperistas,

Happy Monday dears! Just another plate press release for you today :)  I always feel like right at the bottom of the year platemakers go crazy.  Lol releasing lots of holiday and new years related plates. Then we get a tiny little lull and it goes crazy again around spring.  Today I have the latest holiday plates from Bundle Monster from their Occasions Collection along with a discount code you can use, but more on that later first lets take a look at the goods!

Like the last Occasions Collection this one is also a 10 plate set.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hot Off The Stamping Press: New MyOnline Shop Stamping Plates!

Hey stamperistas,

Another plate post today! This one for new plates that released from +MyOnline Shop  a few weeks ago. You may recall, if you are a long time reader, that I posted about Meanne's Jr series before.  Of all the plates she creates these are my favorite and cover an unbelievable number of themes from Harry Potter and 50 Shades of Gray to the Taj Mahal and ocean themed frollicks.  These plates are well etched and really worth the investment such that prior to this release I had every single one.  I have not been as soon about using them despite loving all of them.  So today I'm going to show you the latest release from this collection plus a new MJ plate that released at the same time.  Let's get this party started!

Hot Off The Stamping Press: Pueen Stamping Plate Lover Nail Art Stamping Plates!

Yo stamp champs,

How's everyone's weekend?  Its already ready Sunday but I'm feeling less resentful about this since its a right before the Thanksgiving holiday - woot!  Today I'm going to be showing you some plates that have released recently as I try to catch up with the never ending set of releases that always happen around this time of year!  This post is for the new Pueen Cosmetics Stamping Lover Set and plates.  This is Pueen's first foray into the rectangular plate game so let's take a look.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Stamping Mat Head To Head: Which Mat Is The Right Mat For You?

Updated 2/24/2016

Hey stamperistas,

I put together this little post because these days we are literally being SLAMMED with options for nail art stamping mats.  It's actually a little overwhelming and crazy nevertheless the upside of all the variety is that competition welcomes variety and improvement.  The downside is that it leaves us as the consumer wondering which is the best choice when it comes to our precious dollars and cents. Luckily you have a little ace in your hole - I am of course referring to me ;)  So today I'm going to show you what's out there on the market thus far, and give you a brand by brand comparison.  This won't be incredibly long, but will likely be quite useful especially the chart below.  Now let's go and for heaven's sake leave me some comment love ;)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nudes and Neutrals Fall Geometric Uberchic Beauty Nail Art + Tutorial

Hey stamp champs,

Rolling out a little geometric magic for you today.  Gotta say I've really been on a roll these days with my nail art wanting to try out a bunch of new things.  Today I kept things classic and put a slight twist on it.  The classic would be the abstract pattern from UberChic Beauty.  The twist would be using my nail template from Messy Mansion to make some magic happen with that pattern.  The colorway I chose also stays true to fall so I hope you like it!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hot Off The Stamping Press: UberChic Beauty Collection 6 and Christmas Nail Art Stamping Plates!

Hey stamp champs,

Always new plates on the horizon! Today I'm just doing a little catch up in the plate press department hence the double post.  This post will be on Uberchic Beauty' latest release.  We all know this company is has been dropping plates like its hot for a while now lol.  So as usual here are a few more of Brittany's marvelous creations coming right off the press.  I'm going to start with Collection 6 and show you the Christmas plate last ;)

Let's get this party started!

Hot Off The Stamping Press: Cici & Sisi 2016 Christmas Nail Art Stamping Plate!

Hey stamperistas,

The holiday season is quickly approaching and with it comes a full assortment of Christmas themed plates and New Years cheer.  You may recall I posted about the Cici & Sisi holiday plate that released last year here.  I ended up buying it, but of course I got it after Christmas using a gift card received for the holidays.  Lol as such its sitting pretty in my collection unused until now.  Would you like a review of this plate?  Let me know! For now I'm going to show you this years version though I have no idea why they decided to label it as the 2016 plate when last year was labelled 2014 and it is Christmas 2015 but whatever.  Let's take a look!

Here's their promo shot.  I think its really pretty with all the red and white! Shout out to my stamping bestie Yvette for drawing my attention to the newest plate <3  The theme for this year is Happy Reindeer.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Watercolor Birds and Floral Nail Art + Tutorial

Hey lacqueristas,

Even though the holiday season is approaching I'm in a weird nail art space.  I want to create florals and bright fun nails that are reminiscent of warm summer days and tropical breezes.  Clearly I'm delusional - slap me! Part if the problem however could be that I also just started playing with plates that aren't quite in the same seasonal space - like the ones from Loja BBF that I just reviewed.  You can check out that review here.  This is another foray into my aquarelle world.  Guess what I actually filmed this out too so there is a tutorial!  It's a bit different from the global aquarelle post I'm doing, but since I filmed it out I thought I'd share it since the other post needs to be filmed in entirely separate parts.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hot Off The Stamping Press: New Loja BBF Nail Art Stamping Plates + Nail Templates!

Yo stamperistas,

Double feature today cause well it's Monday so might as well give you a bonus for your weekday pains lol.  Plus Loja BBF is cooking with some smoking sauce and I had to share! As I mentioned earlier in my Loja BBF review Cris has released new stamping plates! So I figured now as a good time as any to show you the latest and greatest goods releasing from this Brazilian indie powerhouse!

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You really want to see what's after the jump so read on!

Loja BBF Nail Art Stamping Plate Review Part 4

Hey stamperistas,

How is everyone? Is it me or did this past week fly by in a frenzy? Is it really Monday already? Lol. Well regardless today is a great to put your feet up and enjoy another stamping plate related review. Best of all? It's from one of my favorite makers - Loja BBF and even better new plates are on the rise!  This review should have been up eons ago - I'm super behind in everything from being ill, but it was definitely worth the wait.  Nobody quite makes plates like Cris.  She is incredibly hardworking, creative, and sweet.  In this regard she has a lot of my love, respect, and admiration cause lord knows running a business ain't easy! Now feel free to scroll on through and don't forget to leave me some feedback while I give you yet another reason to open up your wallets for some insanely gorgeous plates!

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Hot Off The Stamping Press: MoYou London Festive Collection Expansion!

Yo stamperistas,

Welcome to Festivus! Ok not Festivus but to the coming of the holiday season, and with said season the coming of holiday plates! Hooray!! You know I love me some Christmas plates hell who am I kidding you know I love me some holiday themed plates period.  Sexay! Lol let me stop...In any case I'm going to show you the latest and greatest offerings from MoYou London for the upcoming holiday season.  Start polishing up those feats of strength since this season is looking like a doozy!

Cute - pugs in sweaters for everyone!
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Marianne Nails Aquarelle Butterfly Vintage Paper Nail Art

Hey stamperistas,

I've been playing around with a new technique to add to my stamping nail art. In all honesty I follow a lot of freehand nail artists and bloggers and I'm always wowed by the things they do.  That's not to say I love stamping any less, but sometimes I really want to replicate some of the creations I see. However in general I wouldn't say I'm terribly good at freehand.  I'm ok at it and if I practiced more I'd probably get better, but my heart always ends up gravitating back toward stamping.  So today I added the elusive aquarelle technique into my stamping and I have to say I'm pretty pleased with the results.  Depending on the feedback I get I will create a tutorial/separate blog post on how to accomplish this task.  The truth is this was one of most complicated mani's I've ever created both from a technique perspective and stamping perspective! I'm not joking in the slightest so I really hope you like it.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Welcome to Movember! Nail Art + Quickie Tutorial

Hey stamperistas,

Late night nail art today for the month of Movember! Cutie mustaches and lots of pale blue for men's health issues.  I find this slightly amusing because when I think of male health issues the first thing that comes to mind is prostatic cancer which has absolutely nothing to do with mustaches.  Weird. Anyway I'm really pleased with how this nail art ended up coming out.  I don't really have a particular men's health issue to get behind, but I do think all the mustaches that float around this time of year are adorable :)

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