Monday, July 17, 2017

UberChic Beauty Garden Love mini!

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at the new Garden Love mini plate from UberChic Beauty...Here's the video review I did of the plate:




Let's take a closer look:


UberChic Beauty Garden Love
UberChic Beauty Garden Love


What I love about this plate: There's plenty of stuff here to build whatever gardening scenes you want, with a few very cute sayings to help you along. My favorite images are the bees and the hexes (also love that she gives the little images to go alone with the full-nail image), the snail, and the inchworm. Oh, and, ahem...I find the little gnome just a teeny bit terrifying.


UberChic Beauty full-nail images are 17mm x 21mm, and here's a shot with a ruler so you can see the size of the other images:





Quality is always top-notch with UberChic Beauty, and this plate is no exception. Here are my test swatches, all done with a clear stamper:





For my first manicure, I started with a base of Zoya Darcy, Julep Ledi, and Sally Hansen Get Mod. Then I stamped with Messy Mansion Chalk, Carbon, and Banana Bender:


UberChic Beauty Garden Love over Zoya Darcy, Julep Ledi, and Sally Hansen Get Mod, stamped with Messy Mansion polishes
UberChic Beauty Garden Love over Zoya Darcy, Julep Ledi, and Sally Hansen Get Mod, stamped with Messy Mansion polishes

UberChic Beauty Garden Love over Zoya Darcy, Julep Ledi, and Sally Hansen Get Mod, stamped with Messy Mansion polishes
UberChic Beauty Garden Love over Zoya Darcy, Julep Ledi, and Sally Hansen Get Mod, stamped with Messy Mansion polishes


For my second mani, I started with a base of Zoya Lois, then stamped some thyme with Hit The Bottle Polish It Mossed Be Love (HTB is also available at Beautometry). Then I made decals of the dragonfly, stamped with Messy Mansion Sterling and filled in with Hit The Bottle Polish Amethyst Sizzle:


UberChic Beauty Garden Love over Zoya Lois, stamped with Hit The Bottle and Messy Mansion polishes
UberChic Beauty Garden Love over Zoya Lois, stamped with Hit The Bottle and Messy Mansion polishes

UberChic Beauty Garden Love over Zoya Lois, stamped with Hit The Bottle and Messy Mansion polishes
UberChic Beauty Garden Love over Zoya Lois, stamped with Hit The Bottle and Messy Mansion polishes

These are both so different--one has a more graphic, bold look while the other is feminine and flirty-- but I love how summery they are!


You can find the plate in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can stalk follow them around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M.

Friday, July 14, 2017

MoYou London Africa 04

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Hello!

Today I'm going to take a look at MoYou London Africa 04, a plate that's been a around for a while, but that I only got my hands on a little bit ago. Here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here's a closer look:



What I love about this plate: The strength of designs like this is their bold intricacy. You can throw a rainbow at them and they'll sing--you'll get big, beautiful designs that make a statement, without drowning the pattern itself. But, you can also use them for more subtle color-on-color art, and the detail in the patterns are strong enough to create a gorgeous look.


The images on this plate are 1.5 x 2.0 cm, and here's a shot with an inch ruler:





In terms of quality stamping, MoYou London is at the top of the industry. Check out how beautifully all the detail is preserved--and this is with a clear stamper:




For my manicure, I started with a base of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer A Love Such As This, and stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish Let's Go To The Peach (also available at Beautometry if you're in the US):






See what I mean about how that design just pops on a color-on-color manicure? The detailed flowers create a rich look even with a simple one-pass technique. Fast, but amazing. You gotta love that!


You can find this plate, and literally dozens of others, on MoYou London's website, and you can follow them around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M.

Monday, July 3, 2017

UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate! (Or, Happy Birthday America!)

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Hello!

The cool thing about when Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week is you get a cool weekend of celebration, and a day off to celebrate, too. I know lots of you are taking today off so you get a four-day weekend, and I hope you have a great one! Here's a plate and two manis to give you ideas for great nails to help you enjoy.

Let's take a look at UberChic Beauty's Fourth of July mini plate; here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here's the plate itself:

UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate
UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate

What I love most about this plate: I love the stars that look like snowflakes; I love that she gave us not only the continental US, but Hawaii and Alaska, too; I love the statue of liberty and the 1776, and I love the 'vote' and the checkbox, because I will be doing patriotic nails for election day with this from now on!


UberChic Beauty's full-nail images are 17mm x 21mm, and here is a shot with a ruler to help you see the size of the other images:





How does it stamp? Have a look:


 


Crisp and beautiful--and that's with a clear stamper.


For my first manicure, I started with a base of Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, a gorgeous red holo, and then stamped my images with Hit The Bottle Blue-tiful and Messy Mansion Sterling; on the ring finger, I did a second layer of stamping underneath the sterling with Holo There Beautiful to get some holo shimmer, but it's hard to see in the picture:


UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish Blue-tiful and Messy Mansion Sterling
UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish Blue-tiful and Messy Mansion Sterling

UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish Blue-tiful and Messy Mansion Sterling
UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish Blue-tiful and Messy Mansion Sterling

UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish Blue-tiful and Messy Mansion Sterling
UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini plate over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish Blue-tiful and Messy Mansion Sterling


I love the look of the 'snowflake' stars over the regular stars, and there's nothing like the sparkle of a gorgeous holo the help you get the feel of fireworks across. I love love love how this came out. :)


For my second mani, I did a smoosh with Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, Sally Hansen Get Mod, and Girly Bits Le Freak; then I stamped my images with It Girl Nail Art Sapphire, and Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not and Sterling:


UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, Sally Hansen Get Mod, & Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak
UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, Sally Hansen Get Mod, & Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak

UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, Sally Hansen Get Mod, & Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak
UberChic Beauty Fourth of July mini over Shinespark Polish Heart Of A Hero, Sally Hansen Get Mod, & Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak


The trick I used here was to stamp the images in a blue and a red stamping polish that were a shade or two darker than the polishes I used in the smoosh, so they would be differentiated from it. I love the collage feel and how the silver stars seem to fade into the background and give the mani depth.


I did two other manis with the plate that you can see here, and I also did a tutorial for one of them that you can find here.


You can find this plate on sale now in UberChic Beauty's shop, and you can follow them around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping, and Happy Birthday America!
M.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Selections from Moonflower Polish's Isla del Encanto summer 2017 collection

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Hello!


Today we're gonna take a look at four polishes from Moonflower Polish's new Isla del Encanto summer 2017 collection of stamping polishes, a collection designed to be vibrant and opaque over both dark and light colors:


Moonflower Polish El Yunque, Calles del Viejo, Flor de Maga, Cavernas del Rio Camuy
Moonflower Polish El Yunque, Calles del Viejo, Flor de Maga, Cavernas del Rio Camuy


From left to right, we have:

  • El Yunque: a forest green with green-gold to purple blue shifting shimmer and green-gold microflakies
  • Calles del Viejo San Juan: and indigo blue with indigo-purple-red shifting flakies and purple shimmer
  • Flor de Maga: a Red with gold-purple-pink shimmer and rose gold microflakes that give it a slight berry feel and 
  • Cavernas del Rio Camuy: a coffee-bronze brown with gold microflakes and shimmer


I love love LOVE these colors, especially that brown! There aren't very many good quality, pretty brown stamping polishes out there and I am beyond stoked to get to play with this one!


Of course I did a video review so you can see them in action:




The first thing I did was try the polishes out over white and black:

Moonflower Polish El Yunque, Calles del Viejo, Flor de Maga, Cavernas del Rio Camuy
Moonflower Polish El Yunque, Calles del Viejo, Flor de Maga, Cavernas del Rio Camuy


You can see they all show up beautifully over both colors, and the shimmer shines through!

My next big question is always will the polishes smear when I put topcoat on them; here's what happened when I slathered on some Seche Vite:


Moonflower Polish El Yunque, Calles del Viejo, Flor de Maga, Cavernas del Rio Camuy
Moonflower Polish El Yunque, Calles del Viejo, Flor de Maga, Cavernas del Rio Camuy with topcoat


Not even a hint of smudge, and the shimmer pops out even more. Gorgeous!!


The red (Flor de Maga) and blue (Calles del Viejo San Juan) called out to be tried for the Fourth of July holiday, so I did two complementary manis with them, over Sally Hansen Get Mod, and UberChic Beauty's Fourth of July mini (which I'll review next time). For the first mani, I also used Cavernas del Rio Camuy for a flagpole:


Moonflower Polish Flor de Maga, Calles del Viejo San Juan, $ Cavernas del Rio Camuy + UberChic Beauty Fourth Of July + Sally Hansen Get Mod
Moonflower Polish Flor de Maga, Calles del Viejo San Juan, & Cavernas del Rio Camuy + UberChic Beauty Fourth Of July + Sally Hansen Get Mod

Moonflower Polish Flor de Maga, Calles del Viejo San Juan, $ Cavernas del Rio Camuy + UberChic Beauty Fourth Of July + Sally Hansen Get Mod
Moonflower Polish Flor de Maga, Calles del Viejo San Juan, & Cavernas del Rio Camuy + UberChic Beauty Fourth Of July + Sally Hansen Get Mod


Since the flag wouldn't sit right on my other hands, I did a red-blue gradient with the stripes and stars image on the other hand:


Moonflower Polish Flor de Maga,& Calles del Viejo San Juan + UberChic Beauty Fourth Of July + Sally Hansen Get Mod
Moonflower Polish Flor de Maga,& Calles del Viejo San Juan + UberChic Beauty Fourth Of July + Sally Hansen Get Mod

Moonflower Polish Flor de Maga,& Calles del Viejo San Juan + UberChic Beauty Fourth Of July + Sally Hansen Get Mod
Moonflower Polish Flor de Maga,& Calles del Viejo San Juan + UberChic Beauty Fourth Of July + Sally Hansen Get Mod


I love how well these play together, and I love how they pop over the white. Very festive and fun, and I'm all ready for the weekend!


I'm impressed with these polishes--getting shimmers to be opaque even over black can be tough, and I was really pleased with how these showed up. I did find that when I worked with a clear stamper, I needed to work fast--something that happens with a lot of stamping polishes, but just a heads-up. And I love all of the colors in the collection--absolutely stunning.


The Isla del Encanto collection is on sale now in the Moonflower Polish store now--you my code, MICHELLE10 for 10% off your order anytime, and also, check out her 4th of July sale going on now, 20% off your order when you use code JULY. You can also follow Nadia around the interwebs here:

FB fan group (Painted Moonflowers) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/260...

Happy stamping!!
M.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 (or, the No-Hate plate!)

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Hello!


I have something to show you today that I think is very special--It Girl Nail Art IG-118, a plate with images for a variety of causes that I support, and that I know a lot of you, do, too. First off, here's the video review I did for the plate:




Here's the plate itself:

It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118
It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118


The plate has several images that are general and can be used for a bunch of stuff: the ribbon can be stamped in any color to support any cause you like, peace signs are always a good look, and 'love is love is love' reminds us that loving our fellow humans, creatures, and planet is so much more powerful than the alternative, and that love wins. I plan to throw that sucker on just about every mani that'll sit still for it.


Then there are tons of images for specific causes. The puzzle pieces are an international symbol for autims awareness. The safety pins are a symbol of support--they send the message that the wearer is 'safe', that they support LGBTQ lifestyles--and symbols of those groups themselves.  And, of course, the BLM motto and the semi-colon for suicide/depression/mental health awareness. For a full explanation of what the symbols mean, check out my video review.


The full nail images are 2.25 cm square, and here are shots with a ruler to show how big the rest of the images are:




And of course the plate stamps beautifully--these swatches are done with It Girl Nail Art Sapphire and a clear stamper:




For my first mani, I did an autism awareness manicure; I started with a base of Sally Hansen Get Mod and Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak, then stamped with It Girl Nail Art Sapphire and Messy Mansion Chalk:

It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak
It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak

It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak
It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Girly Bits Cosmetics Le Freak


Right now, 1 in 68 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder. While the causes and the disorder are still not fully understood (this is why the puzzle pieces are a symbol of the disorder) and there is no 'cure', early intervention can make a huge difference in a child's outcome, and for that reason, knowing the early symptoms and making sure your child is evaluated in time is crucial. Many, many individuals on the spectrum live lives just as fulfilling and rich as those who are 'neurotypical'. For more information, check out Autism Speaks.


Oh, and--did you know it's Gay Pride Month right now? So of course for my second mani I had to do some Pride nails. I started with rainbow gradient made with Girly Bits Funky Town, Brick House, They're After Me Lucky Charms, Le Freak, and Stayin' Alive (most from the Sequins & Satin Pants collection). Then I stamped the 'Love Is' image with Messy Mansion Chalk, and the Pride symbols with Messy Mansion Carbon. Here's how it came out:


It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 over Girly Bits Cosmetics holos
It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 over Girly Bits Cosmetics holos

It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 over Girly Bits Cosmetics holos
It Girl Nail Art Fashion Plate IG-118 over Girly Bits Cosmetics holos


 I love how the Girly Bits holo came together so beautifully for the rainbow gradient (although I messed up and reversed the order of the 'yellow' and the 'red', so the merge between Brick House and They're After Me Lucky Charms looks a little more Christmassy than it should, hehe), and the 'Love Is' image is so perfect over it. :)


Oh, and did I mention? I portion of the proceeds for the plate go to support the ACLU. I'm always down to support a good cause. :)


You can find this plate and many other awesome ones in the It Girl Nail Art store, and you can follow Nicole around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
 M. <3

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sally Hansen CoTM: Get Juiced & Kook a Mango

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Hello!


Sally Hansen just released their next Color of the Moment duo, featuring Get Juiced, a bubblegum-pink creme, and Kook a Mango, a deep coral creme, both from their Complete Salon Manicure line:


Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango
Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango


This time I challenged myself to use both polishes in both of my manicures...for the first one, I did a tropical sunset gradient, and then stamped with UberChic Beauty's new Vacation Mode plate (review coming soon!), with Messy Mansion Carbon:


Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango stamped with UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode
Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango stamped with UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode

Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango stamped with UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode
Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango stamped with UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode


Doesn't this make you want to find an island and hang out on the beach, listening to the waves on the beach while you read a good book??


For my second manicure, I started with a base of Sally Hansen Get Juiced. Then I used the ikat image from UberChic Beauty's 17-02; first I stamped with Messy Mansion Chalk, then I stamped again, overlapping, with Sally Hansen Kook a Mango. Here's how it turned out:



Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango stamped with UberChic Beauty 17-02
Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango stamped with UberChic Beauty 17-02

Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango stamped with UberChic Beauty 17-02
Sally Hansen Get Juiced and Kook a Mango stamped with UberChic Beauty 17-02



I absolutely love how this turned out! I'm horrible at ikat designs but it was sooo easy to make this with stamping. With the clear stampers, it's easy to position, but even if you get it a little wrong, it doesn't matter with this design because it's supposed to look a bit random. And I love how well Kook a Mango showed up over the white.


You can find these polishes on Sally Hansen's website, and at any brick-and-mortars where Sally Hansen are sold; for me, I usually go to Walgreens or CVS. And you can follow Sally Hansen around the interwebs here:



Happy stamping!
M.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NOTD: Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 over Zoya Winnie & Byrdie (Or, Nerd Like a Girl)

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Hello!


Today I have a sassy, quick little NOTD for you...I started with a base of Zoya Winnie and Byrdie, and then stamped using one of my favorite plates from Lina Nail Art Supplies, the Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate:


Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate
Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate

I stamped using the same polishes--these Zoya cremes have amazing coverage and are excellent for stamping. I also used Messy Mansion Chalk for the white stamping. Here's how it turned out:


Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate over Zoya Winnie and Byrdie
Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate over Zoya Winnie and Byrdie

Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate over Zoya Winnie and Byrdie
Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate over Zoya Winnie and Byrdie

Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate over Zoya Winnie and Byrdie
Lina Nail Art Supplies Hipster, Geek, or Chic 01 plate over Zoya Winnie and Byrdie

I love the girly aspect of this, because I'm here to tell you, girls are just as good at nerding as boys are! ;-)


Happy stamping,
M.