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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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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(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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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”

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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! 🙂

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