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Game of Thrones Nail Art - House Stark

Sunday, May 19, 2019
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I'm ready for tonight's finale. It's probably going to be disappointing, but my nails are done. I've been a fan of the Song of Ice and Fire books for years, so this has been a long time coming. I'm not gonna ramble about it here though.

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Ok so I did these in a hurry cause I was about to leave for a Scouts event with my family and I wouldn't have time the rest of the day to get them done. It's not the best and I haven't done nail art besides stamping in a while, so I'm a bit out of practice. I used China Glaze OMG for the silver holo, the new version that came out in 2018, Galactic Gray for the dark gray holo, and OMG a UFO for the green holo. I only did a silver to gray gradient in most of my nails and a silver-green-gray in my accent nail. In retrospect, it would have looked better to do the same to all my nails or a silver to green, since those are the House Stark colors. Oh well. I had seen a few silver to dark gray gradients for House Stark manis and since I was pressed for time, I did the same. For the direwolf, I used a water slide decal from Fangirl Polish, she has a bunch of fandom themed decals, go check her out.

Let me know your thoughts about the series finale below! Did you do any nail art for it?

5th Blogiversary Giveaway

Monday, May 6, 2019

 OMG! This blog is 5 years old now. It's not a baby anymore. To celebrate I'm hosting a giveaway! There's a bunch of prizes valued at over $100! 😱 I've asked a few of my maker friends, brands I've worked with in the past, and even new to me brands to help out and I couldn't be more pleased. Here's the list:
  • Moonflower Polish - 1 mini stamping set of your choice (up to a $36 value depending on set)
  • Alter Ego Body Care - $10 voucher for her shop
  • Zombie Claw Polish - $15 voucher for her shop
  • Beautometry - 1 set of water slide decals
  • Color4Nails - $35 voucher for her shop
  • Green Goddess Creation - 4 sets of water slide decals
  • Chaotic Glitz Polish - various polishes
  • PolishPak - 1 PolishPak (nifty little travel bag for your polishes, keeps them safe)
  • Poetry Cowgirl Polish - $30 voucher to her shop
  • Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer - $15 voucher to her shop
  • Sassy Cats Lacquer - 1 scented top coat
  • Lantern and Wren - 3 full size stamping plates ($45 value)
  • Fangirl Polish - 3 sets of Star Wars themed water slide decals (because they are super cute and it's my favorite fandom).
So, the rules:
1 winner to be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter. My close personal friends and family, plus the makers who donated are prohibited from participating. Winner must be a member of the online nail polish community, no giveaway/fake accounts. I will verify, if I doubt the authenticity of the winner I will select another one. Must be 18 years or older and US resident. The only required entry is your email, so that I can contact you if you win. Other entries are optional but very much appreciated as all the sponsors are small indie brands. (Let's support small women owned businesses!). No purchases necessary to win, and being a customer of any of the sponsors does not increase your chances of winning. Giveaway will run from May 7 to May 14.  I will contact the winner and give them 48 hours to reply. After that time period they forfeit their prizes and I will select a new winner. If for some reason the winner is not interested in one of the prizes, I will select a new winner specifically for that prize. Giveaway rules can be modified as I see fit.

Ok, I think that's everything! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to sign up! Thank you so much for those of you that have stuck around for the past 5 years!

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Supermoon Lacquer - Beta #110 - Indie Polish Swatch

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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I've got a massive amount of Supermoon Lacquer polishes that I've rarely ever posted about. I think I swatched 2 of them years ago. This is Beta #110. Occasionally, Mardi will have random mystery style prototypes for sales, otherwise known as Beta Batches. You don't know what you're gonna get but it'll always be super pretty. I grabbed a bunch last time she had a sale. Anyway, this one here is a more reddish purple/violet creme base with what look to me like aurora shimmers. They shift from blue to purple and hints of a golden-pink. And there's just a bit of very fine scattered holo in it too.

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Swatch is 2 coats with top coat. Formula is a bit on the thicker side, but it's also super opaque and I'm sure you could probably stamp with it. You could probably get away with 1 thicker coat if you wanted to also. Photos looks weird, they photographed super dark so I had to edit them a lot in Photoshop. Polish color is now accurate, even though my skin looks odd. I have a fancy new DSLR and I'm still learning how to use it for nail photography.

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That's it! If you like this polish, make sure you head on over to the The Howling Boutique's Wolfpack group on Facebook so you can be in the know for the next time there's new Beta Batches and other releases. Thanks for reading!

Gold Holo Stamping - Moonflower Polish - Poetry Cowgirl

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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Whut!! *😲* An actual blog post, I know! I've said it before but just in case you are new, I'm mainly posting stuff on YouTube these days.👈 So go check that out please. I keep this blog cause I like having the pictures actually show up on Google searches, since I know that can be helpful...also cause I occasionally feel like writing.

Anyway...I made these back in October. I'm slowly swatching my Gemstone holo stamping polishes that I made for Moonflower and this was supposed to be the swatch/nail art for Oro. Point is, they are still kinda holiday/autumnal/winter transition that they work for this time of year so I figured I'd go ahead and post.

Ok so the base is Poetry Cowgirl's 525600 Minutes from August's Polish Pickup musicals theme. This polish was inspired by Rent. It's a black jelly base full of glitters and flakies and I love it. I fell in love with indie polishes because of this type of finish. This isn't going to be much of a review though, the formula and application are great and if you want to actually see it in action, which I think says more than my words ever could, just watch the video below.

Swatch is 3 coats with glossy top coat.

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On to the stamping! I used Moonflower Polish Oro - a holo gold stamping polish, and Lina Nail Art Supplies Twirls and Swirls 01 plate, with Lantern and Wren's Simply Silver Clear Stamper.

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Ok so Oro is still available at my shop - www.moonflowerpolish.com. It's $14 for the 15ml bottle. I know that's pricey so that's why I have a mini for $8. These are all handmade polishes, it's an artisan product, which means it costs more than mass produced polishes. It's also 5 free, which a lot of the cheap polishes from China are not (sometimes they are, but not usually), which means none of the super dangerous stuff. Plus....you help support a small business, and also a female run business, and also a mom business?  I dunno. It's just me, working from home, making these with love for all of you (and me, cause I use them too, duh).  Same goes for all indie polish makers.

That said, Poetry Cowgirl polishes are available in her shop www.poetrycowgirlnailpolish.com. This particular color though is from Polish Pickup. (And I highly recommend clicking on that link to learn all about it, cause it's awesome.)

Moonflower Polish Diamante - Supernatural Lacquer Varulfur - UberChic 24-01 - Simply Silver Stamper

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

 I have the feeling like I've technically done this look before, the holo over multichrome I mean. Not that I particularly care if I have anyway, also too lazy too check. I say this often but the truth is I have no time. So, here we go, untried challenge again.

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My untried polish today is Supernatural Lacquer Varulfur, which was part of a werewolf themed duo with Supermoon Lacquer.. I wanna say sometime last year. The polish is pretty but...not blew my socks of spectacular. (Fellow makers, don't get mad at me for saying this. I'm trying to maintain the whole "honest unbiased reviews" thing. I was a blogger and nail polish aficionado first.) It's a purple to blue multichrome with hints of reddish gold...maybe copper. It also has some microflakies. My problem is that I like this color combo in multichromes a lot, so I tend to have a few of them. And as far as multichrome pigments go, there's really not much you can do to change them, other than to add stuff to them or try to alter the base color a bit for some different subtle effects.

Formula is thin and sheer, which can be typical of multichromes as you get the best effect by painting it on in thin layers. For the swatches I did 3 coats, with glossy topcoat. I had a hard time capturing the extreme reddish copper end of the shift on camera, but it's there in person.

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I stamped over that with Moonflower Polish Diamante, from the new Gemstones collection. Diamante is a silver holo, and there's not much I can say about it. One, cause it's my own creation so I obviously think it's great. Two, because I feel it's just a straightforward silver holo stamping polish. There's a few out there, so I made mine a bit darker just to make it different enough from all the rest. I really hate when I dupe another maker, even if it's accidental, so I always try to avoid it. So no, M Polish fans, this is not going to replace your To Have and To Holo that's almost out. I can't do that to Megan. This is just another alternative. Besides, she might come back some day, you never know.

Formula on Diamante is a bit on the thinner side, just cause that's the best way to make a holo polish. If you add too much pigment you lose some of that amazing rainbow holo flash. Anyway, I used the Simply Silver Clear Stamper from Lantern and Wren as well as their detail brush to fill in the triangles in the larger pattern. Stamping plate is UberChic 24-01. These days I get most of my nail art supplies from Carleigh so I definitely recommend checking out her shop here.

Video - I recommend watching the video above all, so you can see Diamante in action. Thanks for reading, watching, following me on social media, and all that stuff.






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Orly Oui - Moonflower Polish Noche - Dixie Plates - Untried Challenge - Nail Art

Monday, October 1, 2018

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Today's untried polish is an oldie. I'm not even sure when I got this, 2014 or earlier. Which in the nail polish world, makes it old I guess. Anyway, this is Orly Oui, a purple jelly packed with gold mircoflakes and I feel like...some shimmer that shifts red-green a bit? It's hard to capture on camera but I can definitely see the hints of red and green amongst the gold. Maybe the microflakies themselves shift gold-red-green. I dunno. It's pretty but...the formula...not my favorite. It's rather sheer and watery, yet still opaque in 2 coats cause it's so packed with the flakies.

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I stamped over it with Moonflower Polish Noche, using an image from Dixie Plates DP02, purchased from Lantern and Wren.

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I really struggled to get a good macro of the nail art so I'm sorry that it's still slightly blurry.

The boring stuff...unless otherwise indicated by the phrase "press sample" all products shown in this post were either purchased by me or made by me. Moonflower Polish is my brand of indie stamping polishes.

Pretty & Polished - Tomboyish - Moonflower Polish - Do Not Read the Latin! - Untried Challenge

Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Well I clearly suck at completing a challenge, even one set by myself. I clearly have too much time going on in my life to keep up with this blog, a YouTube channel, and a nail polish brand. So...I'm not making any promises about what I will and won't do anymore.

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Anyway, I put a bunch of untrieds in a box, closed my eyes, and asked my hubby to pick one. He picked Pretty and Polished Tomboyish, which is a sage green to minty green thermal with a hint of subtle holo and shimmer. I've had it for a couple of years at least and it still transitions, which is great.

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I stamped over it with Moonflower Polish Do Not Read the Latin! from September's Horror Movie Polish Pickup theme. I used UberChic plate 24-01 (purchased from Lantern and Wren and the Semi Squishy XL Silicone Stamper head from Maniology (formerly known as Bundle Monster) which is my standard go-to stamping head. Then finished it with a matte topcoat, which I regretted cause it obscured the shimmers in Do Not Read the Latin! and the holo in Tomboyish but I was too tired to topcoat again...and lazy, I was lazy.

The boring stuff...unless otherwise indicated by the phrase "press sample" all products shown in this post were either purchased by me or made by me. Moonflower Polish is my brand of indie stamping polishes.


Moonflower Polish - I Just Can't Wait Swatch

Friday, July 6, 2018
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Today I have some quick swatches of Moonflower Polish I Just Can't Wait that I took using my phone (Samsung Galaxy S6), since I am short on time. For July 2018 Polish Pickup I'm bringing back I Just Can't Wait from May. Available only from July 4 to July 11 as part of July PPU Rewind/Fan Favorites.





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I Just Can't Wait is a pastel neon coral stamping polish with purple-blue-green shimmer, purple/cyan/green/gold aurora pigments, and blue-green-gold microflakes. Inspired by the I Just Can't Wait to Be King song from one of my favorite 90s movies, The Lion King (May's theme was 90's Pop Culture). Dries to a matte finish, add topcoat for shine.

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Swatches are 1 coat on index and pinkie, stamped over Moonflower Polish Noche and Dia using Lanter and Wren's Simply Silver Clear Stamper and UberChic Got Chevrons? plate. 

You can buy it here: http://www.moonflowerpolish.com/product/i-just-can-t-wait-may-ppu.

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Small Update

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Hey there! Just a quick note to let you all know that I'm alive and relatively ok. I'm going through some stuff but I'm here. I'm mostly posting on my YouTube channel and FB page so make sure you are following me there for the latest reviews.

YouTube:http://youtube.com/mamaheartspolishblog or search for "mamaheartspolish".

Facebook page:http://facebook.com/mamaheartspolish

Instagram:http://instagram.com/mamaheartspolish

thank you!

Shinespark Polish Maveth - Aprill PPU - Swatch & Review

Friday, March 30, 2018
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What's up online peeps?! I got press samples again! I got a huge package from my girl Molly at Shinespark Polish so I will have quite a few things to show you guys. First up is Maveth inspired by Agents of Shield, for April's Polish Pickup, theme is Across the Universe. This is a gorgeous multichome holo flakie polish that shifts from like a silvery blue to a purple/lavender. It's got a strong linear holo flame and holo flakies! The only frustrating thing is that the multichrome effect was hard to capture on camera. When Molly first mentioned it I was like...whut? No way, it's so shifty. But nope, she was right, it took so many shots and all day yesterday. And by the end I was like "it's shiftier than this in person!!!! Arghhhh!!!!". And gave up cause I was starting to neglect my kids. Point being, there's lots of swatches below in different lights and cameras. My cellphone caught the shift better but dulled the holo while my Nikon captured the holo nicely but no shift.

Formula was great! Nice and smooth. Swatches are 3 coats of polish, it starts out thin but reaches opacity on the 2nd coat. I added a 3rd cause I felt it looked even better that way. No staining on my nails or removal but I did have a ton of flakies stuck everywhere that I had to scrub at. That would be the only "issue".

Photo swatches, where to buy info, and live swatch video below. I highly recommend the video, especially the end so you can see the polish shifting better.


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Shinespark Polish Maveth will be available at http://www.polishpickup.com from April 6th to the 9th. Check out the Facebook group for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/polishpickuppack/.

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