Saturday, November 28, 2015

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Comics or Cartoons

Good Morning!
I'm a bit late on this post challenge, it was a crazy Thanksgiving week! Working retail definitely steps up the pace.
This challenge was for cartoons or comics, and I chose cartoons - specifically, Phineas and Ferb, as it's one of our family's favorite cartoons. And when I say our family, I mean even my husband and I will watch it when we are doing chores around the house and our daughter isn't around ;-)

Phineas and Ferb is a wonderful cartoon, one of the few cartoons with truly pure, positive messages for young people.
I decided to hand paint Phineaus, Ferb, their sister Candace (who is always trying to bust their crazy mad inventions to their mother) and the family pet, Perry the Platypus.

Not my best hand painting skills, but they turned out pretty well considering I didn't have a guide. 
The mani features a base coat, and the images are all acrylic paint. 

Hope you all have had a wonderful week and hope that you have a restful weekend! 
Cheers til next time! xoxo
Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful artists with their interpretations of this challenge!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - November 13 Your Work

Good Morning!
I'm a bit late to the party with this post, but I've gotten it done :-)
This week's challenge post is about our work.  I work for T-Mobile in Operations, and one part of my job is the help with holiday merchandising changeouts. We just changed our store signs to reflect the holiday seasons and and I was very pleased to see that I had a stamp from It Girl Nail Art Stamping Plates, IG102, that was similar to one of our designs.
My bases are Zoya Purity on my first and ring finger stamped with IG102 and Mundo de Unas purple, Ruby White Tips Here's To Season 4 which is the PERFECT color for my T-Mobile theme.  The ring finger is acrylic paint to make the insignia.
And, just in case you're interested, here's the link to T-Mobile - our Uncarrier X has just been launched - can you say TV streaming that doesn't count against your mobile data? Yeah, you should check it out :-)
Don'[t forget to check out the other amazing artists that have also worked hard on their challenges!
Cheers til next time! xoxo

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Born Pretty Round and Rectangle Stamper Review

Good Morning!

  Today I have a review of some stampers purchased from the Born Pretty Store. I've been seeing these around some of the nail art groups and have been wanting to try them for a while. Normally shipping from Born Pretty takes about 4-5 weeks, but I ordered these on October 16th and received them November 5th which was much faster than I had expected. Definitely a good thing!

The links to these stampers can be found here:

  These stampers were right out of the package, and my first time working with them.
  The round stamper is a nice size, not quite as large as a Creative Stamper, but it's still a good size. As you can see, the description on the website categorizes both sets it as  "marshmallow" but I don't really think I'd call it a marshmallow as it's not really as sticky as a marshmallow, or at least not like the marshmallows I have from Chelle We Stamp (you can see my review of Chelle We Stampers Here) and FabUrNails, so to me these are more like super soft jelly stampers.
  Both sets of stampers did require some priming for it to pick up well; I tried to cleanse the round one with some alcohol and my lint roller, but after a few tries of that, I resorted to using a fine grit nail file to prime it, which did the trick for the most part. There were still some bald spots where the image wasn't picked up cleanly, so I will keep working on it.  
  The rectangle stampers also required priming, and I did those a little differently. I ended up using a fine grit nail file, but then I used acetone to wipe them off, and in the video I just did it once, I've since done it a second time and they pick up much better now.
  As for the scraper, I started out liking it, but noticed that it had some ridges along the edges which didn't allow the polish to be scraped off cleanly, so I ditched it and went back to my regular gift/debit card method. 

Overall, these are nice stampers, but not my favorites, and I'd probably recommend going with the other stampers I mentioned above. I'm kind of spoiled with the stampers that I haven't had to prime, that are just ready to go out of the package, however, the stampers from the Born Pretty Store are a less expensive alternative, and seem to be more readily available.  

Thanks for watching, cheers til next time! xoxo