Thursday, October 29, 2015
I started this one with two coats of Cashmere Bathrobe from Essie before stamping of the creepy looking webs with Konad White. I then jumped in with a dotter and detail brush for the purple and orange acrylic roses. I was inspired by @allnailseverything on Instaram for this look, and knew I just had to recreate it this year.
Hope you likey! What's your favorite way to wear Halloween?
I stamped these cute and creepy Bundle Monster eyes on top of a Saran base you might recognize from this recent post linked here. I wore this one and my recent Zombie hands together and really liked the mix and match hands for a change. I matted the look as well, and think it added to the depth. This type of a saran and stamping look could be an easy go to if you are still deciding what to wear for Halloween this weekend. I used mostly Ruby White Tips for my base, but any combo of polishes would work. Just topcoat and stamp.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
So, in my head these were the coolest. They looked just like these, only minus the problems every step of the way. My gradient dried slow so I had bald spots to be filled. Not one of my stamped images came out perfect, and my cleanup managed to bleed the black on the middle finger even though I had topcoat??? Even after all that, I loved these.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Saran is for sure a road I need to travel again soon! I think I've only tried this once before and was meh on the results. Crumpets unique prompt for today was a Saran combined with orange, green and purple. I'm really glad I was forced to try again. This baby was so cool! I used a series of great shimmering metallics from Ruby White Tips on a base of Greige Gardens from Sally Hansen. It needed a tiny sparkle, so before matte coat I used a splodge or two of Glisten Here from Finger Paints. I like the subtle Halloween and slightly creepy feel of this one.
I used this one to create some Halloween fun I'll be posting soon, but I easily could have just worn this alone.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
I've been playing around with gradient stamping off and on lately, and thought this look was pretty fun. The base on this one is Ciate Pepperminty and for stamping I used China Glaze Go Crazy Red and Nabi Sky. I also turned the stamper to make the image flow on a diagonal. This was accidental on the first nail, but I went with it for the rest.
I like how complicated and interesting gradient stamping looks, and was in love with this colour combo too.
Hello fair ladies! Those of you that follow me on Instagram saw me post It's Da Balm from Mrs. P's Potions when I received it, giving it a quick thumbs up for my first impression! I decided to wait a few more weeks before posting the rest of this post to give me time to formulate a true opinion.
So here goes. I usually struggle in the fall here in Canada, as my skin tries to transition from summer temperatures and humidity to the cold dry air and use of the furnace. I got to skip the plague of hangnails and raw hands I usually battle, and am in a much better place heading into Canadian winter then in the past. I haven't changed my normal hand cream or frequency of use at all, just swapped in It's Da Balm and a good hand scrub every couple days using Mrs. P's All Natural Scrubs linked here.
In the past, I've been a real fan of oils for my cuticle care, but this style of moisturizer was different, effective and less messy. Mrs. P's scent selection is also amazing and I personally liked all the ones I've tried. The scent on the balm I've been using is apple cinnamon.
All in all, a great great product especially heading into winter. I do think that I'll be sticking with this one for a long time! Do yourself a favor and try out this unique and effective balm. It's Da Balm is available at Mrs. P's shop linked here.
Friday, October 16, 2015
"Mandy, those are Bundle Monster Zombie hands and have nothing to do with 'geek' as a prompt for today's Crumpets theme." I beg to differ ladies! I have a very strange hobby...I enjoy planning for the Zombie Apocalypse! My husband always laughs when we are driving in the country and I point out great stone houses and barns that would be perfect places to hide out from 'walkers'! I really like the current trend of Zombie shows, so it's only natural to imagine what I would do different, and yell at the tv during The Walking Dead right? For the art I stamped the hands over a Saran mix of Ruby White Tips and Color Club over grey.
So if the Zombies hit,
1. Head for the country
2. Wear Sneakers
3. Know how to make a weapon out of anything
4. Learn to climb trees
5. Trust no one!
Another thermal look for Digital Dozen Does Autumn you say? Heck yes me fair ladies! I have loved playing around with the thermals, so I just felt the need for one more. This one is inspired by all those amazing, double stamping, pattern mixing princesses out there. I've been drooling over a lot of those accounts lately and wanted to step up. For the base I used In-Carnation from Echoes Polish and then went ballistic with a mix of advanced stamping, double stamping and decals. Sounds like a lot, but this was much quicker then my complex freehand looks.
I'm really such a fan of thermals, especially in these warm tones. So you guys can expect more thermal looks for sure. Check out the rest of the girls and their final looks below.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Sunflowers always make me think autumn, so this was actually the first post I prepped for the week. I was inspired by someone, but I forgot to write it down...which is unlike me and irritating. I think it was Wondrously Polished. So cheers to whomever came up with Sunflowers similar to these. Anyway, the floral nails are a base of NYX Fierce Purple and that fab holo is from Femme Fatale.
I liked this one, cute and wearable with just an ounce of holo to punch it up!
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I still have one look to complete, but so far I'm most proud of this fall forest sunset look I created after being inspired by @_lastraga on Instagram. I used all acrylic paints for my forest and foliage over a thermal base of Echoes Polish Pixi Stix 2.0. I was hoping for a little sunset magic and wasn't disappointed. Take a look at the cool sunset effect I achieved when The colour change kicked in. Sunset in the forest!!
Make sure to check out my girls and their designs for today's day three of Digital Dozen does Autumn. (Side note, and a bit morbid, but I also thought it looked a bit like the fire scene from the movie Bambie!)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Advanced stamping from Bundle Monster and some plaid today for day two of Digital Dozen Autumn Week. My base on this is Different Dimensions Copper Bottomed and the cream centre fingers are Orly Frosting. For the stamping I used Konad Black and China Glaze Go Crazy Red. I love how the double stamped plaid came out. I can't wait to try this out in some pastels. The leaf fingers are filled on the stamper and advanced stamped with corresponding colours.
I hope you liked this very fall look. I'm pretty happy with how it came together and now that I've figured out the plaid look without a plaid stamp, I can try it again and again!
Monday, October 12, 2015
This awesome and cute design for day one of Digital Dozen Autumn Week was inspired by +nailartbymae on Instagram linked here. Her version featured giant acorns on a background of the adorable fall leaves. I decided to go with a micro version, and did it on Mrs. P's Potions fantastic thermal Turning Tundra, and what a final look! Guys I loved this! So cute and perfect for fall! I just loved those cute acorns.
Let me know if you guys like this, I really really do! I almost forgot, and matte! Don't forget the Inlinkz below to see what the girls cooked up this week!
Friday, October 9, 2015
So here is the second week of Crumpets in the new Crumpet world and it's the rotating one! What that means, is we'll all be doing Teal, but the second part of the prompt is individual to each Nail Tart. Cool right, and I'm Teal and Roses! The base on this is Ciate Pepperminty and for stamping I use Nabi Sky, and then matted it.
I love these tone on tone stamping looks, so subtle and wearable!
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Today's look is a distressed mani using every one of the Mrs. P's Potions I was sent for review from her store linked here. This mani turned out really incredible. I've already gotten a ton of compliments as it was the base for my recent hobby post. This base wowed me so much I saved the pictures to use as its own post. It deserved it.
It always amazes me how good distressed manis turn out, considering how simple they are to create.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
One of those posts that sits in your drafts until you look again and remember how awesome the look was! This one was a neon Mendal stamping decal I made. I used a mix of a bunch of colour club neons for the different layers in the Mendala and the same colours for the dots. I really liked this one...even after my stamp smeared. Grrrrrrr.
Friday, October 2, 2015
So The Crumpets are back with a full year of once a week prompts for you! We are on a cool rotating schedule and all get assigned different things depending on the week. This week we all got up to some Hobbies...and around my house, that means video games, learning how things work and science experiments. My kids like learning about the weather and nature and we like to read. This mani is a huge mix of things to represent our interests. I used a mix of Bundle Monster plates for the images and created an amazing Distressed mani using a huge ton of Mrs. P's Potions. I loved it so much, I have a separate post coming up soon with that base art.
I hope you like my reading, technology, science and video game mani!
Thursday, October 1, 2015
So along with all that polish I reviewed for you guys, I was also sent all these great all natural sugar scrubs.
Yellow- Cold Weather Sugar Scrub
Green- Peppermint + Green Tea Sugar Scrub
Tan- Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub
Dark Brown- Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub
Bottom Photo- Vanilla Chai
I loved all of these. Scrubbing almost daily with them and following with It's The Balm also from Mrs. P's Potions has really improved my cuticles and overall hands which had begun the winter drying process brought on by Fall in Canada. You can't imagine the toll a Canadian winter brings to your skin if you live in a warmer climate, so finding gems that work this well are a real value. Scent wise, Vanilla Chai and Pumpkin Pie were my favorite. I'm a sucker for baking type scents in candles and lotions in general and these were lovely. When you use these scrubs as a hand treatment they leave your hands super soft and really hydrated.
I've never used scrubs for anything other than body buffing in winter, but I think maintaining this as part of my hand care routine will help get me through winter without discomfort and hangnails. These are also available now in Mrs. P's Potions store linked here!