Tag Archives: stamping

Poor Gardener.

11 Aug

Hey people!  What’s up??  Sorry yet again for the lack of posts, just haven’t been feeling it.  I have no inspiration or I’m tired or a combination of both; I’ve just been painting them and that’s it.  Not much in the mood for nail art, partly because every time I try to stamp it comes out looking like shit!  I mean shit, like half the stamp doesn’t pick up, it’s smudged, has a blur in the middle, etc.  If you stamp, you know what I mean.  This is one of my latest attempts at stamping and a new brand to me!

I picked up this polish from Five Below by Fresh Paints.  I bought three of these polishes when I was there and a few for my friend Heather because we don’t have on in Buffalo.  I used Fresh Paints Bonna Blue as the base and I can’t say I’m impressed.  The formula is heavily pigmented, which is nice, but the trade-off is that it is very thick and hard to work with.  I feel like my nails look like garbage in here, but I’m going to keep it real with you guys and post it anyway.

The stamping is shit too! LOL I like the idea behind this manicure, but the execution was poor and just shitty all around.

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It was very Hawaiian luau feel with the hibiscus flowers and baby blue.  The stamp was BM 318 stamped with Tani Black.  The stamp on my index finger is like half missing on the bottom, because I was taking too long and I just couldn’t get it to stick.  I even tried to double stamp it to see if I could maybe fill it in and even that wouldn’t work for me.

Dang all around, just dang it to heck!

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Silver on OPI

9 Jul

HEY! Did I get your attention? OH yeah!  Another long week at work, which I haven’t had a day off since Thursday and I’m about to die!  I have to go out-of-town this weekend so I had to take Friday through Sunday off, so I guess it’s my own fault, but it still sucks.  This weather lately has been fucking nuts!  The other day I was at work and it was a straight monsoon out there: vertical rain, 10-15 mile per hour winds, and everyone hovering in our lobby to avoid the rain.  I was so surprised we didn’t get the  4 inch hail stones or whatever ridiculous size it was… that shit is nuts!  Fuck you hurricanes and your impending doom weather!  I think my brain just melted……..

On to the polish!

OPI and ChG Chevrons

The base color is OPI Yoga-Ta Get This Blue and I stamped with China Glaze Platinum Silver.  This is about the second time I used this blue, which I received in a grab bag that I purchased, and it is so nice.  It’s a nice deep, shimmery blue that isn’t overpowering with an amazing formula.  I’ve had China Glaze Platinum Silver for a very long time and only use it for stamping really, and it works really well.  I highly recommend it for stamping.  I like to see which random polishes I have work for stamping, it’s a nice little treat! The stamp is BM 423.

Talk to you saucy minxes later!

 

Urban Sprawl

16 Jun

Hey there party people!!!! We are finally having nice weather on a REGULAR basis here in Buffalo!!! It’s amazing and it’s so nice to be able to walk out of the house coat free!!!  I hope all is well with my fellow readers/bloggers.  I haven’t been doing much nail art, just keeping up my nails with color so they don’t look so awful.  I have also suffered several breaks on my swatch hand and the other, so that doesn’t inspire much.  On a completely unrelated note, I have been binging on shows and I started watching The Wire from the beginning and it’s so good and odd.  The first season is awesome, second season is booooring, season three is meh, and I’m in season 4 and so far so good.

This is a manicure I did a long time ago and by far the best stamping I have ever done!!!  I absolutely LOVED this manicure and it came out exactly like I wanted and it was just gorgeous!  The base color is China Glaze Urban Night:

Urban Night SwatchThis is one of my all time favorite purples, it’s from the China Glaze Metro Collection and it’s just fucking awesome!

Now for the grand finale!!!!

Urban Night with StampingStamping V.2I can’t even express how much I loved this!!! In person, it was subtle but classy and my co-worker/friend Heather said that they looked like the Sally Hansen Salon Effects, which made me feel proud and brought a tear to my eye.  Sorry to brag, but GOD DAMN SON!!!!!! The plate is BM 406 and I highly recommend it playas.

 

*drop the mic*

 

Seeing Stars

26 May

Happy Memorial Day!!  First, I’ll say thank you to all those that have served and are currently saving and that I do appreciate it greatly.  I was trying to think of something easy and quick, because I did these after I had worked an open to close and had friends coming over too.  I did a white base, Zoya Purity and then decided that I had to have navy and red, duh!  There was no way I was doing stripes, because it would have turned into a blob, so stars it was!  I used China Glaze First Mate for the navy and China Glaze China Rogue for the red stamping on my thumb.

Zoya Purity and China Glaze First Mate

Zoya Purity and China Glaze First Mate

I used PUEEN plate 24 and I just can’t figure out how to get a super crisp image from these plates.  I tried to go back through and clean up the smudges but it just wasn’t working for me.  The picture below is me trying to capture the thumb, which I ROYALLY screwed up so take pity on me, ok?

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Look at those marvelous stars people! Doesn’t it make you want to cry?!  So just ignore the right side of my thumb nail and focus on the top middle portion/left side and we’ll be ok.  I wanted to get all the fingers in so you can get the whole stars sensation and patriotism.

If anyone has these plates, let me know your tricks and tips for getting a clear, non-smudgy image to stamp. Thanks again everyone!

Salt ‘n’ Meows

21 May

Hey there ladies and gents (if applicable)!  What’s up?  Not much here really, my birthday was the 14th, and my boyfriend made me a delicious steak dinner, which I’m always game for; it makes my mouth water just thinking about it!!  Enough about my caveman ways and to the nail polish!

I never really used any or bought any UK brands, but when I saw W7’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper I knew I had to have it.  It is a white, crelly polish with black micro glitters in the base, which is amazing.  The formula is great, coverage is awesome with or without undies, and I love it!  It’s a jelly sandwich in a bottle!  I did want to try out a few more over sea brands, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet, even though that will probably change…….mua ha ha ha!  The base is about 3-4 coats for this manicure without undies, and I stamped over it because I just wasn’t feeling it.

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There were some issues with spreading the glitters equally, which is my fault for not paying attention.  In my attempts to cover up my dislike, I stamped with BM 221 (throw back, what what)!!  I tried to zoom in close so you could see the best of both worlds.

You’re welcome.

I also debuted my new water mark that I used making Photoshop, I feel so accomplished!

Bye you hotties!!! Keep it hott!

Live and Laugh

25 Apr

Hey people!!! What’s up???  I’ve been M.I.A. again, sorry…………… I bet you’re tired of hearing my excuses; I’m such a lousy girlfriend.  Not much has been going on with me, just working as usual.  I really need to win the lottery or more plausibly, get a better job lol.  We will see which ever one happens first (come on lottery!)  I’ve been doing my nails and what not, that’s not the issue, but them constantly breaking is though!!  I have broken so many nails lately and they are cute, little nubbins as you will soon see.  I do everything I can think of: I use Nailtiques 2, use cuticle oil, use cuticle remover, base coats, no chip top coats and NOTHING!!!!!!!! So frustrating!!!  Here is my latest foray into stamping and I was really impressed with how they came out!

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The base is Essie Marshmallow, stamping black is the Tami brand that Ashley sent me (from one of my nail polish groups) and stamped with BM 405.  I was just really impressed with the quality of how the words came out, so clear and crisp.  Really well done bundle monster, bravo!

Our weather is finally starting to break and it’s nice out for more than one day at a time, what are you guys planning for the upcoming summer?? Trips? Shakespeare in the Park??  Let me know!  I like receiving comments, so you better leave me one *shakes fist*!

Charlie Black?

31 Oct

Hey party people!!!!!! What is going on!?!?  Happy Halloween!!!  Halloween to me is one of the best holidays, just like Thanksgiving and New Years.  I had all intentions of doing two Halloween manis but alas, my laziness got to me and I only did one.  I bought an orange Wet N Wild at Walgreens for a $1, and for a buck it’s a decent polish–#34196.  I originally bought it to stamp pumpkins but I said fuck it, and used it as my base coat in my sweet ass manicure!!!  I also used Finger Paints Black Expressionism to stamp.  I used the new Bundle Monster plates, which are awesome and have amazing images, and they work so well!  Enough jibber jabber, am I right?  Here it is:

Halloween Chevrons

Halloween Chevrons-BM 423

I saw someone do a whole manicure like this, but I was tired and said screw it and I asked my boyfriend for his advice, and did just one finger like he suggested.  I did like the way it turned out, even though it is crooked *whomp,whomp*.  I was so pissed that I messed it up, and my other hand is even worse, I missed like half of my nail and had to semi-double stamp and it doesn’t look too bad.  So pissed.

If you ladies and guys are sporting Halloween manicures, leave me a link or something in the comments! I love seeing what people are doing and their ideas, sometimes I just don’t get inspired and need a kick in the ass!

Adieu my beautifully, polished beauties!

Flashy Flash

22 Sep

Hey there! What’s that you say?? Another post!!! Holy baby Jesus!!  I do like a good pun, because the polish in this manicure is called Gobsmacked (Butter London).  Oh how I do enjoy it.  Gobsmacked is a gorgeous scattered holo, black polish from Butter London and it’s GORGEOUS!  If you don’t have it, then you must, must get it–it’s worth the $16/bottle, which is available at Ulta.  I’ve been trying to get back into stamping, because for some reason I just stopped introducing it to my manis, but whatevs, I do what I want!  I thought to myself what’s better than holo stamping over a holo polish! Brilliant I say!  I used Color Club Blue Heaven polish for the stamping and it stamps SO WELL, but you have to move quick, otherwise it gets all effed up and it’s not good.  Not. Good (like seeing grandma naked).  Below is a picture without the flash and one with to showcase the stamping. First the non-flash:

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It looks ok and  you can kind of see the stamping, but the picture with the flash looks so much better:

BLGobsmackedWithCCandFlashLook at that holo goodness!!!!!!!! YUMMY!  I also like the laser stamp because the holo is so flashy, so what the shit? why not do it laser style!  The stamp is BM 316.  Well, that’s it for now everyone!  Stay tuned for another fantastic adventure in the near future!!  Have a good night!

Wiedersehen!!!!!

 

So Dizzy!

19 Sep

Hey there fellow nail lovers!!! What up?  Not much on this home front, just the same ol’, same ol’ bullshit.  I realized that a lot of my issues center around money, but whose don’t right? So if someone wants to send me like $1 million dollars, I’d be cool with that.  Just putting that out there.  We all know that’s not going to happen, so let’s move on shall we??  I have a confession to make—I haven’t bought a nail polish in about 4 months *gasps heard everywhere*  I know, I know, it’s disgusting 🙂  I have been searching through my stash for new to me polishes, aka the ones I have forgotten, and thinking of interesting ways to use them.  Below is an attempt at such:

Zoya Megan and ChG Evening Seduction SwirlsThe base is Zoya Megan, the stamping polish is China Glaze Evening Seduction and the plate is PUEEN 13.  I really liked the effect that came out with the contrasting polishes; it was a lot more noticeable in person.  I just LOVE when an idea comes to fruition and looks amazing!  I rarely have that, so please don’t rain on my parade, or if you must please do so nicely.  It also appears that my nails will never be longer than this, so that makes me sad but I try to cover it with some pretty pretties!  My nails go through spurts, but I have a problem with peeling and breaking of corners which makes my nails a little lopsided at times.  What can a girl do?  I really want to get my hands on some OPI Nail Envy or Nailtiques 2 formula but they are so effin’ expensive! Jesus, kick a girl a break once in a while!  As always, clicking on the picture will make it larger!  I hope you guys and dolls like it as much as I do!

Drop me a line in the comments, I do and would like to hear from you on anything!  Thanks in advance!

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17 May

Hello all!!!! Are you intrigued by my obscure title??? I bet you are, that’s how I get ya! BOOM!  I’ve been working with the PUEEN stamping plates and I’m quite pleased.  I really like some of the designs, and I don’t feel like there are  repeats of Bundle Monster and/or Konad.  If I wanted two sets of BM plates, I would just buy them, ok people.  Get original ideas please, thank you.  I LOVE blue–dark, light, dusty, etc. and what ever other adjective you can think of that pertains to blue!  I especially love color schemes that have a dark/light shade on one of another of the same color family.  So here’s my take on it:

Essie and Sally HansenThe base color is Essie Go Overboard, which is a killer color; stamping color is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Water Color and PUEEN 15.  I really, really like the contrast!!!! I was really pleased how this mani came out.  I specifically wanted to use a stamp that interchanged the image, which is hard to come by.  Me no like.

What do you think?  I want to try it with purples and perhaps pinks? I don’t know, but it’s lovely and I loved it.  Let me know what you guys think!!  I really like reading your opinions and feedback on manicures,  I’m not going to cry in a corner if you say something I don’t like 🙂

I also entered in a nail art contest, which there was a previous post so please refer to that to vote for me!!!! If you do vote for me, thanks and if you don’t, for shame!!!!!!

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