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”


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!”


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”


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 — 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”


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”


Glisten & Glow Birthday Mystery Polish Swatch & Cuticle Balm Review

Jill over at Glisten & Glow recently celebrated her company’s sixth birthday and, to thank her customers, offered up a $6 limited edition mystery holo polish, 66% off of her Nail & Cuticle Balms, and a great deal on 3-packs of HK Girl top coat.

I already have HKGs comin’ out my wazoo so I didn’t order the 3-pk, but I couldn’t pass up a $6 holo — mystery or no. And since I haven’t yet tried Jill’s cuticle products, I grabbed a Sangria White Peach balm as well.

Glisten & Glow mystery holo polish, “6 Years…A Dream.”

YouTube video, pic swatches & reviews after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.

The mystery polish is “6 Years…A Dream,” which is not only a great name, but an incredible blueberry shade. I snatched up two bottles, cuz HELLO, SIX BUCKS!

(Pshhht I tossed the second one into my giveaway pile, so don’t go thinkin’ I’m all stingy & shit.) Continue reading “Glisten & Glow Birthday Mystery Polish Swatch & Cuticle Balm Review”


Cupcake Polish Swatches & Reviews

After months of seein’ Cupcake Polish pics on the ol’ Instawebs, I finally decided to wipe the drool off’a my phone & place an order. The only thing I have to say is… what the hhhhhhhelllll took me so long to get on the damn bus?!

*glances over at her 27 Jolie Polish bottles*

Oh. Yeah. THAT’S where all of my monies have run off to lately.

Anyboobs…swatch pics, nail art & macros after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.

My three new babies are Berry Good Looking (BGL from here on out), Blood Hound (BH) & Bat-chelor Pad. BGL & BH were the two Cupcakes that literally made my eyeballs fly outta my head all cartoon-style every time I’d see em. So duh, I *had* to get those. And since I’m an absolute whore for blue & green polishes, Bat-chelor Pad was a no-brainer.

I dove right into BGL, as I typically swatch colors from lightest to darkest, but there’s really nothin’ “light” about BGL. ‘Cept for the light that coMES SHOOTIN’ OUTTA YER NAILS WHEN YER WEARIN’ IT CUZ HOLY SHIT LOOKIT THAT LIQUID HOLO SEX!

Video swatch of Cupcake Polish "Berry Good Looking"

Seriously one’a the most gorgeous, sparkly polishes I’ve ever seen in my life. Ugh. It’s no wonder that BGL won Best Indie Brand Polish, Best Purple Polish *AND* Best Holographic Polish of 2015, as voted on by Peachy Polish readers. *hair flip*

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Art Deco Reverse Stamp Design Using Bliss Kiss Simply Neat Miracle Mat

When I received Electric Spark from Fancy Gloss, I swatched it as soon as I could. How stunning is this?! I mean, LOOK AT IT! *swoon* This bright metallic blue is so buttery & smooth, it lays down just like one’a Jackie’s infamous creme formulas.

Fancy Gloss “Electric Spark” swatch.

Electric Spark is a hand-grabber all on its own, so wallflowers beware — this ain’t the polish for you.

I immediately knew that this blue would make the perfect base for a little white stamping action…and that’s where my art deco design was born.

Full mani & YouTube tutorial after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.

I was really excited to create these decals directly on my Bliss Kiss Simply Neat Miracle Mat for the first time. I’ve had my mat for a few months now, and I’ve used it every day for one thing or another, but hadn’t created reverse stamps on it til now. Continue reading “Art Deco Reverse Stamp Design Using Bliss Kiss Simply Neat Miracle Mat”


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”


Valentine’s Day Mani Using Stencils From WhatsUpNails

With V-Day upon us, I wanted to swatch this gorge Julep polish & use some cute stencils from whatsupnails to create my idea of a Valentine’s Day design. I’m not a pink-hearts-kisses-and-romance kinda chick, so I like the unconventional.

Full mani & YouTube tutorial after the jump. So let’s grab a beer & chat.

Julep “Rose” swatch.

Julep’s watermelon red creme, Rose, is so juicy & delish. I could’ve almost gotten away with one coat, but because I care nothing for polish-starved children in China, I selfishly slathered on a second coat.

This isn’t a fire engine red. So if true reds aren’t your thing, or if you don’t feel like a rich red looks good with your skintone, this is perfect.

And now for the fun part – vinyls! 🙂

Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Mani Using Stencils From WhatsUpNails”