Saturday, November 17, 2018

Christmas Simples 2018: Christmas Bows + Tutorial!


Happy day stamp champs,

Who's excited for Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday & Christmas?  I'm trying to get amped up.  Obviously I didn't get to post much of my Halloween nail art despite creating a lot of it so be prepared as the month rolls onward to see some untimely spooky nail art lol.  I've just decided there's no point to being super stringent on myself and these timelines.  I have to work with a body that is adjusting to things and in many ways in still unbelievably ill.  The week before last  I even had surgery which sort of threw me into another health tailspin.  So I'm just going to post as I will for whatever holiday.  And as it happens I'm starting anew with Christmas.  This mani I'm sharing was actually going to be a 4 part video tutorial of Christmas Simples.  However that kind of mega post & video edit requires some serious stamina which I am severely lacking.  Instead I'm going to break them apart and post them a solo.   Let's start with UberChic Beauty who I have the very real pleasure of working with.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: New UberChic Beauty Plates including Holiday Plates + Sale!

Hey fellow stamperistas,
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I'm striking while the irons hot!  Up next in the new releases are the UberChic Beauty stamping plates for the holidays and just for kicks.  As usual Brittany has struck upon gold creating plates that have a particular appeal and will be especially fun and perfect for the rest of the fall and holiday season.  I'm just going to jump right in!


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: New Sugar Bubbles Nail Art Stamping Plates!

Yo stamp champs,
Nothing To Disclose

As I start thinking about Halloween I ALWAYS ALWAYS immediately go and suss out the latest creations from Sugar Bubbles.  Why?  Vivi is a genius at melding creepy, classic, and cute!  I love her plates and have collected them for years and my favorite time of year to break out Sugar Bubble plates in particular are the Halloween & Christmas.  So of course I went a spying to see what Vivi had created over my health related absence.  I saw that she released plates in both January and May of 2018 so let's catch up with those with the thought that its likely she is getting ready to drop another plate or two as she does annually around Halloween.



Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: MoYou London Festive Expansion, Fashionista Expansion, & Sailor Expansion!

Hey stamperistas,

MoYou London has released a few more plates over this month for both Halloween and just in general.  I have to say the Halloween plates were brilliantly done as was the Sailor Expansion.  I've never really been a fan of the Fashionista Collection, but I'm sure their latest creation coming from that set will sell well given that its focused on paisley which has been very popular of late on plates along with plaid.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Black Chrome Galaxy Foil Nail Art + Tutorial!

Hey stamperistas,

I'm really trying to get my blog and other social media switched over to the spook-tacular mood of Halloween.  As you know my health has been pretty crummy and what I have found is its also slowed me down so tremendously.  Filming, photographing, etc is taking me longer than I had anticipated but despite that I still want to try and make this October special and share all the nail art & creations I've thought of with you.  Its one of my favorite holidays and its always bummed me out that I haven't been able to use as many of my plates as I would like.   This year I want to do as much as possible so I started with a galaxy look.  I know this is definitely not classic Halloween but I also wanted to think about looks that would go with specific costumes and when I was playing around with my plates this sort of came together.  Its very funky & very non-traditional and I hope you like it!


Monday, September 24, 2018

My Favorite Plates for Halloween 2018!

Hey stamp champs,
Nothing To Disclose

Its been a quiet week so I must apologize.  I haven't been feeling very well this last week and instead my bones have been shaking & quaking and causing me more & more problems as the week progressed until yesterday when I could barely move around in my home and ended up sleeping most of the day and taking medications.  I'm finally starting to feel a little bit better today so I thought I better get my  my annual favorites for Halloween post up since unbelievably its already the 24th of September!  Last year I did an updated post from my very first Halloween favorites back in 2014 (wow - ancient!) and this year I thought I would continue the tradition and show you some new plates that have caught my eye and made me go yes please!  Some you will have to get on the ball to order immediately if they are going to make it to you in time, but trust when I say they will be UTTERLY worth it.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Simples: Scattered Fall Foiled Abstract Nail Art

Hey stamperistas,
  Press Sample

How is everyone?  It was a quiet weekend!  I was in a lot of pain thanks to the hurricane that is battering the east coast currently.  The rain makes my legs & chest ache in ways that make it difficult for me to do more than cower in bed with ice and NSAIDs unfortunately.  However I did have time to create a few cute looks that were more fall inspired.  Generally I love the fall.  For me fall means it's time for rich golds and bold color choices.  There's so much I want to do but I know I don't have the stamina to do everything so I decided I'm definitely going to be sharing more of my nail art but not necessarily creating tutorials for everything I create.  This is something I talked about a few posts back especially for the more simple nail art I create unless its requested.  This nail art came about because I really wanted to break out my rich gold polishes that were shimmering as well as some of my Orly Satin Hues.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Super Girly Neon Geometric Nail Art + Tutorial!

Hey lacqueristas,

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!  You guys know generally I don't follow the rules if I did I would never create the things I love when I love them.  What do I mean by that? Well the summer if over and the fall with its PSL drool inducing moments is upon us, BUT whatever.  Its still hot as hell in DC & I felt this neon pink polish calling to me.  Therefore I've got what may be one last hot and sizzling summer nail art before we start the switch up!

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: MoYou London Porcelain Collection, Doodles Expansion, & Price Increase?

Hola stamperistas,
Nothing To Disclose

Happy Friday again!  I have a lot of releases to share with you guys as fall is around the corner and upcoming holidays companies are starting to release their seasonal collections and new curations.  Now this is both exciting and horrifying because it definitely means having to budget your monies accordingly to make the most of the new releases and art.  Its hard enough being a stamping addict but when you combine that with being a polish addict as well things get hairy.  MoYou London has put out an entirely new collection last week and your girl also noticed that along with this new collection the prices seem to be on the rise as well.


Friday, August 31, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 3 & Halloween 4 Stamping Plates!

Happy Friday stamperistas,
Nothing To Disclose

Where the hell has the summer gone?!?  I'm literally gobsmacked that it's going to be September already.  This year has literally flown by for me but particularly the summer,  BUT I am so excited for fall!  Not ONLY is it PSL season (yes all hail the PSL!) but its time to start thinking about all the fall nail art that is just so much fun including one of my favorite holidays Halloween!  And just in time for that thinking are new plates from UberChic Beauty inspired by the upcoming fall season!  Can I just say yay!



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Simples: UberChic Beauty Radiating Crescents Gradient Nail Art

Hey lovelies,
Press Sample

Happy Hump Day!  It's official I'm really on a roll!  I am really getting a lot of inspiration these days and so the nail art is just coming.  I decided not to film all the nail art I create particularly the more simple mani's.  At some point I may just post up a video of 5-6 easy looks in a compilation.  Today's nail art is super simple while being pretty and bright! It feels perfect for spring or summer & got me a few compliments as well :)

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: UberChic Beauty Art Deco Chic, Cultural Rhythm, Lifestyle Products, & New Stamping Tools

Hiya stamperistas,

Nothing To Disclose

Can I just say thank you so much to everyone who has wished me well recently in my troubles with my health & becoming recently wheelchair bound.  It's been amazingly kind & motivating.  It would be a lie to say this hasn't been so incredibly hard for me & its been taking a toll adjusting but I still have so much faith in the process of medicine & healing and I know I can overcome this, but hearing you guys wishing me well & saying you believe in me helps me to believe it too so thank you so much for that!  Phew - now that I've gotten that sappiness out and speaking of someone who has always had faith in me ;et's talk about Brittany & UberChic Beauty's latest releases.  And can I just say this company has become a powerhouse of releases.  I can never keep up!


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: MoYou London Summer Vibes Collection, Hipster Collection Expansion, Henna Collection Expansion, & Collabs Collection

Hey stamp champs,

Ahoy ahoy there maties!  I really love posting press releases for new plates lol.  I get to all this window shopping & gush about all the pretties out there and get it out of my system.  Honestly too when I see all these plates out there it makes my heart happy.  No matter how long I've been stamping I still continue to love the craft and collect the plates & products.  I'm grateful that I've never lost the passion for it & that it offers me a source of joy even when I'm feeling down and rough.  That said I always have my eye peeled for what MoYou London is producing.  I've been collecting their plates en masse since the brand launched which is why I have plates from them that aren't even made anymore.  Not only are their plates innovative, but they continue to produce images that make my little stamping heart skip with lust!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Stained Glass Moroccan Nail Art + Tutorial

Hey lacquer ladies,
Press Sample

I've been wanting to do another "watercolor style" mani for a while now.  They do require quite a bit of work but are utterly worth it in terms of how pretty and diffused a wash of color can look over the nail plate.  I haven't really done one of these since I did my Starbucks inspired nails.   This time I decided to keep the colors fairly simple and not do a ton of layering of colors but I love how this looked so simple and pretty with just a hint of sparkle at the high points.  I'd actually been playing with the Moroccan plate from UberChic Beauty for a while and created one other sort of crystalline holo look that I will share as well.  I think I'm slowly getting my mojo back even if my body isn't in full cooperation.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: BBF Nail Art Stamping Plates

Hiya stamp champs,
Nothing To Disclouse

Lord its taking me so long to do EVERYTHING these days.  If you read my "Updates" post you'd know I've been going through a lot these days which has had a profoundly bad effect on my life including that I am now in a wheelchair with a lot of severe pain.  I can't being to express how frustrating its been since doing anything these days not only takes forever, but can be pretty tough so I haven't been able to bust out the posts the way I want to.  I'm also super behind on releases so I'm not sure when some of these plates I'll be posting actually truly released BUT since this is one of my favorite nail companies and I was investigating their website I found all these beautiful new plates which I have not posted to my blog so I'll be sharing the newest releases from BBF Nail Art & Cris with you today!


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Neon Matte Gradients & UberChic Beauty Abstract Cacti

Hey stamp champs


Ok so I was supposed to be demoing the new storage binders that UberChic Beauty released in the holographic colorway that hold 34 of the medium sized 9.0cm x14.5cm  plates and then as I was filling up my binders I ended up pulling the Wild West plate and wanting to do something with the cacti on the plate.  I'm not sure about the creation.  Tbh I have created like 5-6 manis that I feel have been fails.  I'm so frustrated and embarrassed I have hesitated to post anything, but today I decided to just jump in.  I held back the tutorial because I'm so uncertain so unless someone asks I most likely will not post it though the materials for created the mani are listed below.  Regarding the binders - I'll be putting up the holo binders next which are I have to say completely and utterly awesome and I hope some of you were able to pick them up with the initial release or during the recent sale.  I know I  did!

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Hot Off The Stamping Press: UberChic Beauty Collection 27, Moroccan Beauty, & New Holo Plate Storage!

Hay my fellow stamperistas,
Nothing To Disclose

I've got the latest yummy and decadent releases from one of my favorite platemakers to share with yo - UberChic Beauty!  Honestly I was so shocked when I saw this was their 27th set of plates.  Brittany has been busy and as with her previous collection there is definitely something present for everyone.  This release also features some cuticle clean up product and more storage solutions for those of us who are utterly plate addicted.  So without further ado let's dive into the shiney goodies!

Here we go!
Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Great Catch-Up - Hot Off The Stamping PressMoYou London Lace Collection, Deco Collection, Mother Nature Collection Expansion, Flower Power Collection Expansion, Holy Shapes Collection Expansion, Mix & Match Collection Expansion, Henna Collection Expansion, Tropical Collection Expansion, Animal Collection Expansion, Pro & Pro XL Collection Expansion, Festive Collection Expansion, Hipster Collection Expansion, & Explorer Collection Expansion!

Here we go stamparistas,
Nothing To Disclose

First Hot Off The Stamping Press post in eons and its gonna be a mega post to catch up on all the releases MoYou London has been sending our way.  Btw I have to say from my perusal of their wares these last several months MoYou London has been serving up some seriously heavy hitting designs in my absence.  So without further ado let's get started!



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Chrome & Flakies Nail Art + Tutorial

Hiya stamp champs,

Its been so long since I've painted my nails and to top things off I am fully on the "shorties" train!  I can't remember the last time my natural nails were this short but it is related to the fact that I've been so ill my nails haven't really been growing.  Also when I have had growth my nails have broken quickly.  This is the first time I'm experiencing a problem with sustaining my nail growth so I'll be posting some tips on how I'm getting my growth jump started again soon.    Anyway even though they are short they are still my nails and I still want them to be cute.  I'm finally breaking out some of my Black Friday purchases.  Yup....way back from Black Friday but give a girl a break I'm definitely so far behind in everything and doing some super simple super pretty stamping.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Updates & Coming Back!

Hi everyone,
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How I've missed this space - it has literally been so long!  I'm so sad that I haven't been able to actively blog, communicate, & share my love of nail art, polish, etc with you all through much of the tail end of last year and most of the first half of this one.  I wanted to come back today because I'm finally in a place where I've processed some things and I'm able to share with you all what has been going on for those of your that remain and shockingly those of you who are newcomers despite my radio silence.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Chirality Polish The Velvet Death Swatches (Polish Pickup Sugar Rush)

Hey lacqueristas,
Press Sample

Long time no chat!  I'm sorry I've been absent lately if you follow me on IG you know that I've been hospitalized and dealing with some serious health related matters at the top of the year which have frankly sucked.  I had not really been feeling well enough to blog but when I was offered the opportunity to swatch a Valentines Day related polish called The Vellvet Death by the the lovely of Chirality I thought it was a good opportunity to get back into the swing of things and also get back in touch with my love of polishing and nail art in general.


Let's talk about this beautiful polish! The Velvet Death was inspired, as Amanda describes it, by ravishing Skull shaped Red Velvet Cake. 'The Velvet Death' has a sparkly silver-grey base with pinkish red shimmer and red microflakes.  I'll show you that inspo below!