Roses, Roses, and More Roses

I loved these little rose nail studs, but it took me forever to come up with a nail design I liked. These were inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I think they turned out amazing! (Side note: who else is ridiculously excited for the Emma Watson live action Beauty and the Beast movie?)


I started out with a base of Color Club Macaroon Swoon, which is a really buttery pale yellow. Then I stamped the rose design using Bundle Monster plate H16 (from the holiday collection) and (I think) SpaRitual Copper. I can’t remember the exact stamping color, but Copper’s still on my desk, so it’s the most likely suspect. The roses are from Born Pretty Store. I’ve never used any 3D nail decorations before (other than most flat studs and rhinestones), but these roses were really easy to use. Obviously, you can’t seal them with a topcoat, but they felt surprisingly secure with just a coat of Seche Vite. You can probably use nail glue on top of dry polish for an even longer lasting hold. I do have to say that they stuck up off the nail a bit more than I would prefer, but I thought they looked pretty cool anyway.


The nail studs can be purchased here from Born Pretty Store and are available in a bunch of different colors. I think the peach ones are really pretty, and the red and black ones would be great for some pretty vampy/gothic nail art! I’ve been ordering from Born Pretty Store since before I started this blog (over three years!) and they are still one of my go-to places to buy nail art supplies.

And, exclusively for TPS readers: use code PSQW10 to get 10% off your order!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

Birds on a Wire

It’s been a while since I’ve done stamping.  As you can tell from my lack of posts lately, I’ve been pretty busy, and I just didn’t have the time to wait for my nails to dry just so I could stamp (I’m still not the best at it, so sometimes it takes a few shots).  But I got the new Bundle Monster sets, so I wanted to try them out.  I am slightly obsessed with this bird design!

birds on a wire

On my index and middle fingers I painted OPI You’re So Vain-illa, and stamped with OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy?.  The rest of my nails are China Glaze Well Trained.  I’ve done a very similar color combo before, and I still love how well the creme and dark teal go together.  I know the teal looks pretty much black here, but in person, it’s more like the color of the bottle in the above picture.

birds on a wire

I’m going to try and stamp some more, since I now have an almost insane collection.  And, I will be officially done working at my current job in less than three weeks, so I’m excited to have a lot more time for nails!

Fractured Emerald

I love green and blue nail polish year round, but in the fall I really gravitate towards navy and emerald.  Over the past few years, I’ve amassed a nice collection of emerald polishes.  I usually have about a million bottles of nail polish sitting on my desk and any given time (I’m really bad about putting them away after I use them), and these two colors happened to be sitting next to each other and I thought they would look amazing together.

fractured emerald

I used one of my favorite green creme polishes as a base – OPI Jade is the New Black.  It was one of my first purchases when I really started getting into nail polish a few years ago, and I just keep going back to it.  Then using a Bundle Monster plate (which I cannot find right now), I stamped a shattered design on my thumb, middle, and pinky fingers and it’s reverse on my index and ring fingers using SpaRitual Rhythm of Life.  I love how there is just a hint of the shimmer here, even though Rhythm of Life is borderline metallic on his own.

fractured emerald

What is your favorite fall color?

Prima Donna

Prima Donna is the fourth polish in Windestine’s Little Women collection.  It is the simplest of the bunch, but it might just be my favorite.

prima donna

My index and pinky fingers have three coats of Prima Donna, which is a bright coral jelly with periwinkle glitter.  The rest of my nails are China Glaze Fade into Hue, with Essie Come Here stamped using bundle monster plate 323.

prima donna

I absolutely love the color combination here.  And to be completely honest, I didn’t think I would really like it when I first saw it.  But I am kind of obsessed.


When I saw that Windestine had released a collection inspired by Little Women, I immediately headed over to her Etsy shop and purchased all of them.  I have a serious weakness for nail polish inspired by anything historical or literary.  This is Heartbeat, which I knew would be one of my favorites as soon as I saw the bottle.


Heartbeat is a dark purple jelly with pink and copper microglitter (or very coarse shimmer).  It’s beautiful and perfect and the formula is great.  It is a bit sheer, so I layered two coats over OPI Vant to Bite My Neck?, which matches the base color perfectly.  On my index and pinky nails, I used Bundle Monster plate 317 to stamp the heart pattern starting with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Cinna-Snap (which you can barely see), and then Essie Penny Talk.


Heartbeat is definitely a classic Windestine color.  I absolutely love when she uses small glitters, and her jelly/glitter color combos are always flawless.  Stay tuned for the other four polishes in this collection!

Purple Paisley

I already mentioned that I (accidentally) ended up purchasing 11 of the 12 China Glaze Avant Garden polishes.  They’re are definitely one or two in the collection that I’m not entirely happy with, but for the most part, I love them!  For someone who owns her fair share of nail polish (and plenty more), I have a surprisingly small number of brights and pastels, and these are great options for spring and summer.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of the Avant Garden polishes stamp reasonably well, especially for lighter colors, so I’ve been trying out different stamping combinations.  You’ve already seen this one, but I’ve got to say, I like today’s mani even more!

purple paisley

I started out with a base of China Glaze Fancy Pants, which is a really pretty blurple (blue/purple) color with pink shimmer.  It’s definitely a little sheerer than I’d like, so I used three coats.  I used Bundle Monster plate 315 to stamp the paisley print with China Glaze Tart-y for the Party and then used some loose glitter to make a border on my thumb and ring finger.  You can get a better idea of what Tart-y for the Party looks like here.

purple paisley

If I had to pick two from the collection, it would be these Fancy Pants and Tart-y for the Party, hands-down.  They’re really very pretty.  Bright, but soft at the same time, which I love.  Although the pinks in the collection are amazing, too (and that’s from someone who generally hates pink).  Have you picked up any of the Avant Garden polishes yet?  If you have, I’d love to know what you think!

Advent Calendar Day 3 – Green

I absolutely love with how these turned out!  They’re two parts Christmassy, one part preppy.  They remind me of expensive wrapping paper.  For my green polish, I decided to go with China Glaze Glittering Garland.  This is the first time I’ve used it, and I really love it!  It’s gorgeous!  And I especially love the combination of the green and gold.  It’s definitely sparkly, but still sort of earthy at the same time.

green & gold reindeer

I started with two coats of China Glaze Glittering Garland, and then stamped the deer with Bundle Monster Plate 214 and Essie Good as Gold.  I used the single deer stamp to make my own pattern and, while I could definitely benefit from some practice, I think it turned out really well.

green & gold reindeer

This is one of those manis that is completely distracting – I can’t stop staring at my nails!

Advent Calendar Day 2 – Gold

Today’s mani didn’t really end up like I had envisioned it, but I thought I’d show you anyway.  I had the idea to do some stamping with two different shades of gold, and went with my favorite pattern – houndstooth.  I do have to say that this looked better in real life, but, in addition to orange and purple, my camera also hates shiny (I’m looking into getting a new one).  Anyway, I did like this, and think it would look equally awesome with a brocade pattern.

gold houndstooth

For the base, I used OPI Goldeneye (from the James Bond Skyfall collection) and stamped the houndstooth with Bundle Monster plate 322 and Essie Good As Gold.

And here’s a really awkward angle so you can see the pattern better.  I really hate how Goldeneye has a tendency to get everywhere.  Word to the wise, do not get this on your cuticles.  Ever.

gold houndstooth

For someone who doesn’t really wear metallic polishes, I actually have quite a few golds.  What’s your favorite gold polish?

Advent Calendar Day 1 – Red

Since I decided to do Happy Hands’s Advent Calendar Challenge last minute, I thought I’d do something simple for day 1.  Since today’s theme is red, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use some of the new holiday polishes I’ve picked up this year.  Add in my current stamping obsession, and this is what you get.

red stamping

I started with Essie Snap Happy from the winter 2012 collection.  It’s a nice bright, orangey red.  Maybe more of a summer red than a winter red, but still gorgeous.  Took three coats to be opaque, though.  Then I stamped a swirly design using Bundle Monster plate 314 and China Glaze Merry Berry from this year’s Holiday Joy collection.  Merry Berry is much darker than it stamped, but I actually really love the subtle look.

red stamping

Even though it’s hard to see, I absolutely love how this turned out.  It’s red with a little something extra.  So pretty.

Mint Candy Houndstooth

I have been loving mint and navy together lately.  In my opinion, it’s the perfect winter combo: icy and dark, classic and trendy, feminine and masculine.  I love how navy tones down brighter colors like mint or coral, without the harshness of black.  Expect to see a lot of navy combos from me this winter.

Anyway, I was bored last night, and in the mood for something different, and this is what I came up with.  I love the mint, and I love the navy/silver houndstooth, but I’m not entirely sure I love this mani as a whole.  It’s growing on me, though.

The mint nails are Essie Mint Candy Apple.  For the houndstooth, I started out with a base of Essie Bobbing for Baubles (my go-to cold weather color), and then stamped the houndstooth with Essie No Place Like Chrome and Bundle Monster plate 322.

I definitely think my stamping has improved!  I just wish the BM and Mash plates I have would fit my thumbs so I could do all my nails with the same design.  If you have the same problem, I’ve discovered that Cheeky plates are much larger and still great quality (I really need to order the two new sets).

I am completely obsessed with everything houndstooth at the moment.  Obviously black and white is classic, but I’m also really liking different color combinations.  I think the metallic makes this one interesting.  If you’re not into stamping or freehand nail art, you can still get houndstooth nails with Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Check it Out – do a full mani or just an accent (I like them with glossy black or unexpected brights).