For Audrey 

So for this manicure the only thing changed from the original is white dots instead of black. 

  I found this manicure video a while ago and loved it. Obviously this is not my own video but I hope it’s helpful. You can find the tutorial Here enjoy! 

Products:

China glaze -for Audrey

Striper /black paint

White nail polish

Dotter tool in the smallest size

Morgan Taylor go ahead and grow

Bananas!

Just a variation on my previous banana mani instead of gray I’m using pink  

Plum Milk by Skinfood

So not too long ago I bought this nail polish off Ebay, I saw the color and i had to have it. It was only about $4-$5. When you get to the website it says “Enriched with vitamins and keratin, this long-lasting nail polish protects dehydrated and rough nails, with enhanced shine.” Now i have no idea if that’s true i haven’t checked these claims out.

The nail polish applies smoothly and is a somewhat sheer formula. The polish itself isn’t opaque and a little bit of a creme jelly feel to it.

At the end of two coats i found my smile line showing through enough that it would bug me. I’m all about the opaque polish life. I love the color of it but would i use it on its own? probably not.

One coat

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two coats

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Mani done with this polish

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Plum Milk Roses

Hello my lovely internet friends! Today i bring you a mani done with a polish iv’e had for maybe a year now honestly. So this mani was done using the MoYou london plate Tourist collection-07. The image i used is the one with the roses. I love this plate but honestly i don’t use it as much as i wish i did.

The featured nail polish is Plum Milk by Skinfood.

products:

Sally beauty supply base coat

Plum Milk by Skinfood

Moyou London Tourist collection-07

Seche Vite Top Coat

Bonus: i used a matte coat after a day later since i have never used it and it doesn’t make a ton of difference but i like the look of it.

I’ll do a review on Plum Milk later

Here’s the mani 🙂

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Purple Gradient/Ombre

So I have had this idea for a while for a purple gradient, however i don’t feel as if im too great at gradients. To get better at gradients i have to practice though don’t i?

Today’s products:

Beauty Secrets Base Coat

OPI a grape fit

ORLY Wild Wisteria

Seche Vite top coat

cosmetic wedge

 

So i started out with A grape fit on the whole nail prior to sponging on wild wisteria with a cosmetic wedge. Ignore the nail oil in the first picture my nails need some type of moisturizing treatment soon. The winter love to make my skin dry and icky.

Here it is indoors

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sunlight

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up close

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If anyone wants a tutorial on this comment below 🙂

China Glaze Ruby Pumps!

Hello my lovey nail polish lovers!

What a week i have started school again. I have recently changed nail shape due to the fact my nails weren’t doing to well with the squoval shape.

Today i bring you China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps! yay glitter! It’s such a beautiful red on the darker side. I don’t know why i hadn’t pick this color up before. The formula is great I used 2-3 coats and it’s opaque. I had no problems while applying it and it didn’t dry gritty feeling. The glitters in this polish are pretty fine and you can see them below in the macro shot.

I used seche vite as my top coat and Morgan Taylor’s Go Ahead and Grow Base Coat

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Macro shots:

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Since the glitter in it is so fine its very easy to take off. There are no problems whatsoever when removing it. When it comes to glitter it’s one of the things i dislike the most how stubborn it is. Then you have cotton ripping off the cotton ball or pad, its a mess. However i can say i had no problems with this and I’ll probably be wearing it a lot more.

What do you think of my nail shape? I have basically only had squoval shaped nails. It’s new i think i kind of like it.

 

Nail Mail! Review of Rica polish (Pic Heavy)

Hello my lovely internet people! So i placed an order at JustRica’s  etsy shop

She was having a black Friday sale a day ago but it has now ended. I bought two colors Victorian Bat Society a purple jelly packed with tons of glitter in both purple and black in round and triangle shapes.  I also bought the black stamping polish named Blackout.

My order got here extra fast seeing as we are located in the same state. Shipping was i believe $4.oo USD for both polish.

When i got the package it came in this adorable bubble mailer with the words fragile written on both sides.

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The polishes were also wrapped up well and got here unharmed 😀

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Here they are both

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Blackout

Blackout is used as a stamping polish but is also a one coat polish found here. I bought it for $5.00 during the sale but It’s regular price is $7.00

When Ricarda says one coater you better believe it. This is an opaque polish if i have ever seen one. It’s so dark and i love it!

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this is literally only one coat of this polish,need i say more?

and here it is as a stamping polish(left) compared to WnW black creme (right)

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Rica Polish (left) and WnW (right)

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BM 506  using WnW  black creme(left) and Rica polish (right)

i had a little bit of trouble because the color dried really fast. I explain a bit more below.

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Rica polish on top and the WnW polish on the bottom. As you can tell the black is so opaque that you can’t see through it at all. This is the polish i wish i had back when i did this bonna blue mani HERE  It would have looked way better.

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as you can tell the WnW color you can see through it and the little blue lines on my paper. With the Rica polish its beyond opaque and stamped amazingly.

 

I have been on a search for a black polish that is opaque and stamps well even in the images with open spaces where those types of polishes need to be opaque or else you can basically see through it.  This Rica polish may just have solved my stamping woes for the low price of $7.00 USD but I’m willing to spend that to have a fully opaque black.

The main problem with this polish is one that might be too big to overlook. It dries fast. like really fast, i mean it. I’ve been stamping for a long time and this is the fastest drying polish i have seen. When i paint my line across the top of the image and scrape in the time it takes me to reach for my stamper its dried in the stamping plate.  It’s amazing actually. I could possibly adapt to this by maybe adding a thicker line of polish or somehow scraping faster. I don’t know its some type of ambivalence with that polish at the moment. I hope things can work out because i really do love it.

With that being said, it dries really fast on my bundlemonster & winstonia plates. When it came to my MoYou london plates, because they are etched deeper it doesn’t dry as fast. Looking at the image above of the mona lisa from my MoYou London tourist 07 plate its a very open plate and while i did a hastily done job its so opaque and i got almost all of the image.

 

Victorian Bat Society

Victorian Bat Society is being discontinued so it is at the price of $4.50 USD currently and found here.

when it comes to jelly polishes I’m not the biggest fan of it because i don’t like my smile line showing through. I figured this color is way to pretty to pass up and i took a chance on it.  This polish covers to an opaque color in 3-4 coats  as most jelly do.

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here is a macro shot or two 😀

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this is just one coat of the polish so you can see how much glitter is dispersed in one coat

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here’s a macro shot of 3 coats on the nail

 

when it dries its a little gritty looking from the glitter in it that isn’t a problem for a coat  or two of Seche Vite.

 

Overall:

I love the blackout polish its perfect for stamping and as a one coater regular polish its beyond perfect.

Victorian bat Society is so pretty and while im not a fan of jellies i know ill be wearing this. Does anyone else hate trying to get glitters off though?

Would i buy again? Yes! shipping was fast and my polish babies unharmed

would i recommend Rica polish? Yes! the prices aren’t out there and from what i have just purchased she makes excellent polishes.

 

Soft Sienna Silks by China glaze Review! (Bonus stamping NOTD )

Hello my lovely people of the internet!  I’m sorry i haven’t been able to blog more but i really just have a lot to do for school and no time.

Today i used is called Soft Sienna Silks by China Glaze

the formula is watery and its thin, it will take at least 3 coats to get to an opaque color. This is a bronze with tiny specs of shimmer. The shimmer gives it a little boost so its not a boring bronze/coppery color.  It’s very warm and i was honestly a little worried about how it would look with my skin.

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It took three coats in order to reach an opacity i am comfortable with. I really don’t like having my nails smile line show through, so i usually like nail polish that is opaque in 2-3 coats.

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here is a picture close up of the color and you can see the sparkles/shimmer in it, so pretty.

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On to the stamping!

I used my trusty Wet n Wild Black Creme polish. For stamping the plate i used is Viva Mexico Jumbo Plate 1 by Cheeky which you can find for a cheap price on amazon.

oh jeeze please ignore that giant fuzz on my nail! :s

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check out that shimmer

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and lastly up close and personal with flash

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hope you guys enjoy the manicure!

Bundle Monster Sun Kissed Review!

My first purchase from Bundle Monster is here! I ordered the Sun Kissed Collection and it took less than a week to get here from Hawaii to the east coast. I was really excited because i hear a lot of good things from BM and the plates especially. The package arrived undamaged in a bubble mailer. The shipping was only like $2.95

The plates came with the standard blue film on it which is always icky to peel off.

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here are some hastily done swatches, i swatched the ones i thought would be trouble for me

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I was so surprised with the words when it has come to other images the ones with words or fine lines will usually not stamp well.

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im so glad this rope image came out well too.

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this one is pretty cool looking but i have no idea how i would even go about using it.

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usually anything with open spaces end up looking a little weird so this one wasn’t bad at all in the swatch, in the real life test im not sure how it will look. i almost always have problems with open images and my polish not being thick enough to give me a very opaque stamp.

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I swatched this for the same reason as the above one. I might have to invest in a konad or bundle monster black stamping polish. Anyone have any ideas they’re welcome! comment below!

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The fine details in the tentacles really showed up. The middle tentacle shows up better but i did a hasty job with the scraping (sorry!).

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This is the image i really wanted to show up as easily as the others do. It does show up but this was my second or third attempt at it. I have to scrape lightly and stamp fast with this image, i think its a little bit shallow and its not the BIGGEST annoyance or anything, the chains are the main thing that don’t transfer amazingly. They do transfer but you gotta be fast about it. I don’t know if its just my plate or if anyone else has this problem or if its just me. Comment below if you have the same problem or it really is just me.

on another note:

Some of the images are smaller than i expected mostly the full nail images. I have long nail beds and kinda long nails. My thumb nail is also wide on top of that so i have trouble fitting most images fully in length and width. The only plates I’ve found that do fit with absolutely no type of prep or squishy stamper needed are the MoYou London plates which you can find HERE

The cheeky jumbo plates are really close to fitting my nails most of the time and i can deal with them but the thumb nail is the biggest problem.

With these Bundle Monster plates they’re so close to being big enough for the length of my nails. With the thumb width and length, well the Messy Mansion squishy stamper helps me out a bunch being able to stretch out the images. I really needed it and I’m glad i have it now.  I used it on my previous post where i did an ombre with the swirly image.

Final thoughts:

i do recommend this set and i will more than likely be ordering from Bundle Monster again. i did expect the images to be a little bigger but I’m just glad they’re not smaller. I shudder to think of how my life would be now without my messy mansion stamper and the fact that companies are making their images at least slightly bigger. Thank you to those companies for not totally forgetting about those with big ol nail beds or long nails.

Swirly Twirly an ombre manicure (Pic tutorial)

Well today i have my first actual ombre manicure and on top of that im using my Bundle Monster Sunkissed collection plates!

on to the mani!

Materials:

 

First i applied my base coat and applied one coat of Veniques Wingtip White

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next i did my ombre with a regular makeup sponge and  the CG flip flop fantasy and shocking pink.

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then i used my BM plate 506 with my Wet n Wild Black Creme and applied a health coat of Seche Vite

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Here’s a close up of the nail

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it came out a little patchy i might have pushed down a little hard or it might be too thin. I used my new Messy Mansion squishy stamper I’m so used to using my Winstonia Squishy firm. I bought the Messy Mansion squishy stamper because i really needed a stamper that would stretch out my smaller images and I’m glad i got it. i don’t quite have the hang of it yet but i think ill get better at it. I used it today with this manicure seeing as my nails are long right now and the plate images are just a bit too small for my long nail beds and not wide enough for my thumb.