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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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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(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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Indie Polish vs Mainstream Polish

You may have seen posts in various places on the innerwebz (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, blogs) that mention “indie” brands of polish, and some’a you may have thought, “the hell’s an indie?”

Bottle shot of various indie & mainstream brands that I own.

If you’re one’a those people, you’re prolly only reading this because my proud moms shoved it in your face & said, “LOOK AT MY DAUGHTER’S BLOG!” I hafta remind myself sometimes that not everyone lives in the world of polish & nail art, and that I should do a pretty swell job of educating folks.

I’ll be doing a post soon about which indie brands are my favorites. But for now, here’s a high-level breakdown on indies vs mainstream, and pros/cons of both. Continue reading “Indie Polish vs Mainstream Polish”

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