Since my water marble skills leave a lot to be desired, I’ve been thirstin’ for a stamping plate that would make me appear as though I am a WM’ing goddess.
The humongous Chez Delaney plate turns me on like no man ever has, but til it’s available for purchase in the U.S., my options are très limited.
I mean, LOOKIT THIS PLATE! *faints dead out*
So while I pine away for dear Delaney, I went ahead & purchased the Bundle Monster + Sloteazzy water marble plate. The images are beautiful, so it should tide me over for a while.
YouTube review video & swatch pics after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.
This plate is $4.99 + shipping on BM’s website, but it’s also included in a five-piece set of blogger collab plates for $19.99. I didn’t want all’a those other ones, so I plopped down my $7, or whatever it was, and got the single.
When it arrived in my box o’ mails a few days later, it had definitely seen better days. *womp womp*
I had never created a sugar skull mani, nor had I ever entered a design into a publication for a possible feature, so I was pretty stoked by this challenge. If y’all see my phalanges in Nail It! when autumn rolls around, hollatcha girl & lemme know.
YouTube video & mani pics after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.
I purchased the turbo stamper (or as I call it, the “Big-Ass Stamper” or #BAS) from Jolie Polish months & months ago, but I didn’t have a blog at the time so I couldn’t write a proper review. I did flap my gums a bit in an Instablog review for the Wizard of Oz mani that I did, which can be found here.
Lawd chyle, this thang is huge. As you can see, it’s about four times the size of an XL stamper from Fab Ur Nails, about which I wrote this blog review.
YouTube video & mani pics after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.
I spent seven months searching for a graphic artist/designer to create my new BravesDiva brand image.
Y’all. Seriously. Seven damn months. (7!)
As expected, everyone to whom I reached out charged $60-$100/hour. Umm thanks but no thanks. Even though I knew *exactly* what I wanted my logo to look like, and figured that there would be minimal work involved for an experienced GA, I couldn’t swing a $300-$400 invoice. #BallinOnABudget
Storytime with Tara & fresh logo pics after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat. (SPOILER ALERT: Check the header image on this snoop bloggie blogg to see one’a my new babies.)
*side bar* If you don’t care to read the entire saga of how my love affair with designer Elise de la Rue came to be, and how Facebook tried to come between us, feel free to scroll to the bottom of this post for all of her contact info.
I’ve always adored my BravesDiva image and I’m very attached to it, but if/when I get to the point where I’m makin’ money off’a my brand (soon, I hope), I can’t very well do it while incorporating the logo of a professional sports team.
I was pretty pumped when I saw an Instagram post from Beautometry around mid- to late-February advertising a pre-order of MoYou London stamping plates for $6 each (they’re regularly priced at $9.75/ea). I mean, what nail stamping maven wouldn’t wanna get in on some’a that action?
I didn’t own any MYL plates at the time, and word on the skreets is that they’re a leader in the stamping world because they manufacture “amazing” plates.
YouTube video review & stamping pics after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.
I finally had some time last week to review the water decals that I received from Lady Queen. I hadn’t used water decals in so long, I’d forgotten how great they are. Perfect for some quick nail art & super easy to apply.
The Lady Queen decals were no different. They were a piece’a cake to put on & these flowers are just gorgeous.
Don’t forget, I have a code for y’all to use that’ll save ya 15% off sitewide at ladyqueen.com — ZAQS15
YouTube video & final mani pic after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.
I’ll be honest with ya…when I applied the first decal, my initial thought was, “OMG NAIL FAIL!” but I immediately had a moment of inspiration, added an additional technique & salvaged the second nail. *fist bump* Continue reading “Review of Lady Queen Water Decals”
Most nail artists prolly have a liquid latex product in their arsenal, and more than likely they’ve tried more than one brand. I already have a favorite latex that I use in my messy nail art designs, but when I discovered Nail Experiments (NE) on Instagram, I was intrigued. I mean, lookit these pritty colorrrrrrrsssss! *heart eyes emoji*
YouTube video & pics after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.
A few weeks ago when I was traveling home from vacation, I saw an Instagram post from NE advertising a 15% off code for Easy Peel (EP) that was good until midnight of that night. It was 10 p.m. & I was on a road trip from hell with nothin’ better to do in the car but shop. Duh.
Even though I have a latex that I adore, it’s not yellow. And, by gawd, I wanted a yellow one. Yellow is the color of happiness, amirite?
I bounced over to the NE website, happily selected my happy yellow (there are 15 colors — FIFTEEN! — from which to choose, btw…) & happily threw that bad boy into my cart. But at some point during the checkout process, I got an error message that said “The yellow Easy Peel can’t be shipped to the U.S.” Whaaaat? Nooooo! This sucked the happiness right outta me. So I ran back to the IG post & told Elena about the ordering snafu. Continue reading “Review of Easy Peel Latex Barrier By Nail Experiments”
A rep from Lady Queen contacted me a few weeks ago & asked if I would be interested in reviewing a few of their products. Of course I said yesssss. Since I love me some stamping, I requested two plates & a packet of floral water decals.
She also gave me a discount code to pass along to y’all: ZAQS15 for 15% off of all regular-priced items (click the Lady Queen image located in the sidebar of my blog, or if you’re readin’ this on your phone, it’s at the very bottom of this post).
YouTube video & stamping image pics after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.
When I opened my package, the first thing that I noticed is that the images are beautiful, and they’re identical to the photos on LQ’s website. But while you prolly have a kintillion stamping plates that feature flowers, leaves & butterflies, you prolly don’t have ones with a frog, a fish or birds as cute as these. Love!
Wait. I lied. The *very* first thing that I noticed about these plates is that they don’t have any backing on em. No plastic, no thick cardboard, no nothin’. So be careful when you handle em.
I finally got with the program & ordered Fab Ur Nails stampers, which seem to be all the rage amongst nailies on the ol Instagrammies. I wanted to test these bad boys right outta the package to see if they’re as kickass as everyone says that they are.
*SPOILER ALERT* They are…
YouTube video & pics after the jump. But let’s grab a beer & enjoy a lil Story Time With Tara before we get into the deets on these FUN stampers.
When I was shoppin’ for my very first supply of stamping stuffs way back when, I spotted that $1.99 stamper (you know the one I’m talmbout, ladies…you *all* have it) & thought, “whaaat this stamper is only $1.99?! What a bargain! How is this company still in business if they’re sellin’ stampers for $1.99?! THIS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES!”