I must apologize for the random silences around here lately. My life in a minor state of upheaval, and I don’t have a sufficient buffer to have the blog trundle along as if nothing is happening behind the scenes. It’s mostly good, but it certainly is taking up some time.
Aside from that though, today I have some cute cupcakes from my new stamping plates, and a wee bit of glitter on Sandra’s nails. Sandra’s had a bit of breakage lately, and I keep harassing her to moisturize more, but it’s an uphill battle. I know she;s working on it though. See more after the break.
I recently got some of the plates from the new MoYou London Cookbook Collection because I need to buy every plate that has tea stuff on it that exists (if you know of any, please let me know in the comments, seriously). In addition to tea stuff, these plates have some cupcakes and other confections on them, and Sandra was very drawn to them. Cookbook Collection 08 has a few large cupcakes by themselves on it, so we decided to go with those for accent nails. There was also going to be some full nail design pink cupcakes, but Sandra changed her mind after the first nail, so we went with glitter tips instead.
With the cupcake selection sorted out, Sandra chose a pale green with excellent coverage, SinfulColors – Song of Summer. This is two coats on all but her thumbs, which got an additional thin coat to cover up some ridges. I was impressed at the opacity of Song of Summer, since I have a similar pale green that takes a minimum of 4 coats of opacity, and you’ll still get bald spots near the cuticle. Song of summer was flawless, and a pleasure to work with.
The cupcakes were stamped with SinfulColors – Coffee, which is a lovely chocolate brown creme. It’s not the most opaque stamping polish, but it’s pretty well behaved, so it works on paler bases.
The glitter tips started out with a nice coat of China Glaze – Fairy Dust, which has tiny holographic glitter in a clear base, and then we boosted the glitter with the memorably named pa – A50 which I got at a Japanese Lifestyle store, in a tiny little bottle. It has medium sized holographic glitter in a clear base, so the two matched very well. The A50 stole the light in the photos, but the tips were nicely glittery in person.
Sandra really loved these nails, wearing them into the “chipped beyond all reason” category before we had a chance to change things up for her. Sometimes when a manicure chips on her, she’s over the next day to get it replaced, but not with these ones. They’re simpler than the full stamping we’ve done in the past, but that certainly didn’t dull her enjoyment of them. For days, she would text me with messages going “cupcaaaaaaakes” to express her pleasure at them, which is always nice. It’s good to be appreciated.
I don’t do glitter tips on myself nearly as often as I should. When you do manicures, do you tend to keep things really simple, or do you go all out and make things really complicated for yourself? What do you think of wearing a polish called Song of Summer into December? Wishful thinking, perhaps? Let me know in the comments, and seriously, if you know any tea themed plates, let me know. Coffee has already taken over the stamping world.