Gold Aztec Stamping

Happy Friday everyone! Starting off today with some more stamping. I’m still waiting on an order from Born Pretty Store to arrive (with some new stamping plates) so I guess in the mean time, it’s the same old ones again! This time I was feeling something a little tribal-esque so I decided to go with another one of my discontinued Born Pretty Store plates. I’m thinking I need to branch out & try some other awesome plates so if you have any suggestions of your favourites, leave them below!

The products used for this manicure are:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Morgan Taylor Plum-thing Magical
  • Morgan Taylor Just Tutu Much
  • Edge Perfection Cuticle Barrier
  • Born Pretty Store Clear Jelly Stamper
  • Born Pretty Store stamping plate (discontinued) — this one has similar patterns.

So first off, Morgan Taylor Just Tutu Much is so freaking good for stamping. I mentioned this in my swatch post of these shades, but I’m really impressed. It’s so nice when you find polishes that stamp so fantastically over dark shades. I love it! It makes me really excited to have my new plates arrive, so I have a whole new variety of images to share!

What do you think of this stamped design? Where do you buy your favourite stamping plates? Let me know in the comments below! 💜

*PR SAMPLE* Some of these items were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own.
<These polishes were all gifted to me by Morgan Taylor as part of the Preen.Me #PreenMeVIP program>

Morgan Taylor Little Miss Nutcracker Collection

Happy 2018 Everyone! ✨ I know I’ve been a little quiet over Christmas, but we spent it up in Northern New Brunswick with my Mum & Dad & Granddad & I decided because it was Lil Bubs first Christmas I wanted to be in the moment completely, hence putting the blog aside for a little while to enjoy the moments! Now I’m back, & I have some gorgeous swatches of some gorgeous polishes (which are WAY overdue).

Yes, I know… normally I would wait until Sunday for all these swatches but that just means you’ve get double the swatches this week! But I wanted to get this Morgan Taylor Little Miss Nutcracker polishes up finally–yes, this collection is technically for the holidays but once you see these swatches you’ll realize they’re great shades for all through the year!

<These polishes were all gifted to me by Morgan Taylor as part of the Preen.Me#PreenMeVIP program>

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Wrapping Paper Inspired Nails featuring Morgan Taylor’s Little Miss Nutcracker Collection

The countdown to Christmas is on, & I’m trying to squeeze in a few last minute Christmas designs. Today I have a mani to share I created using two of the shades from the Morgan Taylor Little Miss Nutcracker Collection I was gifted as part of the Preen.me VIP program. I have full swatches of the whole beautiful collection coming on Sunday–just in time for Christmas Eve.

Today’s design is another one I could totally see being using as a pattern on wrapping paper! Which sort of reminds me that I have so much Christmas wrapping to do, but that’s okay!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Morgan Taylor No Light React Extended Wear Base Coat
  • Top Coat: Morgan Taylor React No Light Extended Wear Top Coat
  • Morgan Taylor Baby It’s Bold Outside
  • Morgan Taylor Dreaming of Gleaming
  • Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BPL015 (item #39933)
  • Clear Jelly Stamper
  • Edge Perfection Cuticle Barrier

This blue is so vibrant & saturated, I really kind of love it. There is nothing I love more than a good blue & Baby It’s Bold Outside is fantastic. & Dreaming of Gleaming is so perfect for stamping–probably one of the best silvers I have for stamping. I just can’t get over how well it pops out against the blue! & the pattern compliments these two shades together well.

what do you think of these nails? Do they remind you of wrapping paper too? Let me know in the comments below!

*PR SAMPLE* Some of these items were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own

Tribal-esque Chevron Nails

I’m still obsessing over the OPI Iceland collection, so I felt like pulling it out for some more nail art. This time, I decided on these chevrons which ended up looking slightly tribal-esque. 

Even better, this design was super quick & easy to do which is good because I’m still pretty run down from my gluten attack but still want to do my nails. Don’t get me wrong–I enjoy complicated freehand designs. But sometimes you just want to be able to have pretty complicated nails without having to spend 2 hours crafting them! & this design is definitely perfect for that. 

For this design, the polishes used are:

  • Base Coat: OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Top Coat
  • OPI This Isn’t Greenland
  • OPI Suzi & the Artic Fox
  • Xroma Polish & Vinyls X Stencil (I used the inside pieces) 
  • Small dotting tool 

How great do these two colours look together? They compliment each other really, really well. But then again these OPI shades are so gorgeous, I think it would be impossible to create a design that didn’t look beautiful. & again, these were super simple to do:

  1. Paint your nails using your base colour (in this case, OPI This Isn’t Greenland) & apply quick dry top coat. 
  2. When your base colour is completely dry (about 20 minutes), apply your nail vinyls. I find it easier to go one hand at a time. 
  3. Going one nail at a time, paint over vinyls with your secondary shade (OPI Suzi & the Artic Fox). Remove nail vinyls as soon as you apply your polish. 
  4. Once you’ve done all nails, go back with a small dotting tool & your base colour & add your dots. 
  5. Apply top coat to seal in design. 
  6. Repeat on other hand. 

What do you think of this design? Let me know in the comments below! 

Some of these lovely polishes were all gifted to me by OPI as part of the #PreenMeVIP program. 

Fall Leaf Stamping 🍁

Sorry for my lack of posting this week. If you follow me on Instagram you would have saw that I was struck down by the gluten gods this past weekend & I’ve been recovering from a particularly bad attack the last couple days. I spent Monday & Tuesday in bed sleeping but I finally had a bit of a burst of energy, enough at least that I could post this mani. 

& can I just say I freaking love how this design turned out?! Okay so my husband may have said that he thought they looked like spiderwebs but he’s a boy & it doesn’t count. 😂 

For this manicure, the products I used were: 

I started off with a base shade of This Isn’t Iceland the used my other OPI shades to create a Saran Wrap splatter. I topped that with clear nail polish that I knew would smear the polishes so it blended them together better. Then I stamped the leaf print over top over the blend using Back to Black to finish the design. I topped everything with top coat to seal in the design, & used a brush dipped in acetone to clean up around the cuticles. I love using Back to Black for stamping because not only does it stamp well, it cleans up easily & doesn’t leave my cuticles stained black when using acetone. There is nothing worse! 

I’m digging this pattern. I wish I could have gotten a picture with an actual leaf but mine aren’t quite on fire yet. I’ll have to repeat this stamping again when the leaves are in full colour change, just for the chance to take a picture! That, or I’ll recreate one of my all time favourite Fall designs. 

What do you think of these Fall leaf nails? Do you see leaves or spider webs? Let me know what you think in the comments below! 

Some of these lovely polishes were all gifted to me by OPI as part of the #PreenMeVIP program.