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Bundle Monster + Sloteazzy Water Marble Stamping Plate Review

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*

Chez Delaney water marble stamping plate. Want, want, WANT!
Chez Delaney water marble stamping plate. Want, want, WANT!

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.

Bundle Monster + Sloteazzy collaboration water marble nail stamping plate.

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*

My Bundle Monster stamping plate arrived in sad condition.
My Bundle Monster stamping plate arrived in sad condition.

But I emailed BM & their fab customer service team sent me a replacement, so all was right with the world. Thanks, Bundle Monster! Continue reading “Bundle Monster + Sloteazzy Water Marble Stamping Plate Review”

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Sugar Skulls Reverse Stamping Using UberChic Beauty & BornPretty Store Plates

When Nail It! Mag put out a request for Day of the Dead designs to be featured in its Sept./Oct. 2016 issue, I had already ordered UberChic Beauty’s Sugar Skulls plate & was waitin’ for it arrive in my box o’ mails. Perfect timing.

UberChic Beauty Sugar Skulls-01 nail stamping plate and case
UberChic Beauty Sugar Skulls-01 nail stamping plate and case.

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.

This plate is gorgeous, and there are a ton of skull design options from which to choose. However, I have two main issues with this plate. Continue reading “Sugar Skulls Reverse Stamping Using UberChic Beauty & BornPretty Store Plates”

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Gradient Stamping Design Using Big-Ass Stamper from Jolie Polish

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.

Size comparison of the turbo stamper (Big-Ass Stamper) from Jolie Polish vs XL stampers from Fab Ur Nails.

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.

The BAS is 6cm x 4cm of soft & squishy silicone. I would say that it’s sticky, but not suuuuper sticky. My descriptive terms are very technical, I know. Continue reading “Gradient Stamping Design Using Big-Ass Stamper from Jolie Polish”

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Review of Esmaltes da Kelly Nail Polish from Beautometry

After readin’ my blog post & seein’ the YouTube video of my review on the Creative Shop Space Collection stamper, Beautometry asked me to review some stamping polishes from Esmaltes da Kelly. I received three polishes, a Vive la Vie stamping plate & a nail file.

Lemme first give a huge shoutout to Beautometry for such generosity. Their kindness has given me another opportunity to act a damn fool on the innernets. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Ima tell y’all right now, this’ll be a pic-heavy post. You’ve been warned.

The polishes that I received are Leo, Doguito & Carina. The Vive la Vie plate is titled “Vacation,” but I’m not reviewin’ the plate in this post. That review will be up a bit later.

Esmaltes da Kelly polishes & nail stamping plate from Beautometry.
Esmaltes da Kelly polishes, nail stamping plate & file from Beautometry.
Esmaltes da Kelly polishes & nail stamping plate from Beautometry.
Esmaltes da Kelly polishes, nail stamping plate & file from Beautometry.

Swatches & YouTube video review after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.

Leo & Doguito are from EdK’s Animals collection, and Carina is from her Nebulas Ultra Holo collex. All three can be used as regular polish & stamping polish, and are opaque in one coat. Continue reading “Review of Esmaltes da Kelly Nail Polish from Beautometry”

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Need a New Logo, Brand Image or Copyright Mat? I Know a Chick!


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

My original BravesDiva brand image, currently still used as a header image on my personal Twitter account.

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.

So for now, my original brand image will remain the header on my personal Twitter account, where folks can find me runnin’ my mouth & generally makin’ an ass outta m’self on the daily…fo’ free. Continue reading “Need a New Logo, Brand Image or Copyright Mat? I Know a Chick!”

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Review of Creative Shop Space Collection Stamper and First Experience with Beautometry

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.

MoYou London stamping plates & Creative Shop Space Collection Stamper haul from Beautometry.

YouTube video review & stamping pics after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.

Now, if you’re unfamiliar with Beautometry, or what Beautometry does, lemme getchu learnt up right quick. Continue reading “Review of Creative Shop Space Collection Stamper and First Experience with Beautometry”

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Review of Lady Queen Water Decals

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.

Lady Queen water decals

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”

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Review of Easy Peel Latex Barrier By Nail Experiments

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*

Lookit these gorgeous colors of Easy Peel liquid latex barrier! Soooo pretty! (photo credit: Nail Experiments IG)

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”

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Review of Lady Queen Nail Stamping Plates

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).

Lady Queen nail stamping plates & floral water decals.

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.

A view of the backside of Lady Queen’s nail stamping plates. As you can see, there is no backing of any kind on these, they’re just bare metal.

I peeled off the blue plastic cover, gave the plates a wipe-down with acetone & went to work.  Continue reading “Review of Lady Queen Nail Stamping Plates”

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(Unintentionally NSFW) Review of Fab Ur Nails XL Gold Stamper Set & Storytime With Stamper Snob Tara

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.

Fab Ur Nails 2pc XL Gold Stamper Set

*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!”

So into my cart it went, onto my credit card it went, and into hibernation I went for the roughly 27 weeks that I waited for it to arrive from Hong Kong.  Continue reading “(Unintentionally NSFW) Review of Fab Ur Nails XL Gold Stamper Set & Storytime With Stamper Snob Tara”

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