Monday, December 11, 2017

"My Home" mani #1: My kitchen

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Hello!


I mentioned a while back that I've been wanting to rejoin some nail art challenges--right when I made the decision, I was invited to join The Digit-al Dozen, a group I've followed for ages! Each month The Digit-al Dozen does a week of five manis within the theme, and this month's theme is 'My Home'.


For my first entry, I decided to do a mani based on the way my kitchen is decorated, because it's a pretty good reflection of things I love.


I started with a base of Zoya Sheri, Messy Mansion Pudding, and Sally Hansen Sand Storm, because my colors in the kitchen are red, brown and beige. I stamped the stripe-and-dot pattern from Winstonia Holly Jolly plate because that's the pattern on my curtain dust ruffle, and I stamped the coffee images from UberChic Beauty Coffee Addict and MoYou London Cookbook Collection 03 because I have coffee-themed decorations in the kitchen. I stamped with Messy Mansion Pudding and Chalk, and did my dots with Sally Hansen Sand Storm:


Messy Mansion Coffee Addict and MoYou London Cookbook 03 over Sally Hansen Sand Storm, Zoya Sheri, and Messy Mansion Pudding

Messy Mansion Coffee Addict and MoYou London Cookbook 03 over Sally Hansen Sand Storm, Zoya Sheri, and Messy Mansion Pudding

So what do you think? And, do you have a color you love to use in your decorating?


Stay tuned tomorrow to see another big aspect of my home...And in the meantime, check out the other ladies' manis, linked below.


Happy stamping!
M.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Dixie Plates Nail Gems 01!

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a brief break from holiday manis to look at Dixie Plates Nail Gems 01, a plate designed to help you create 3D-nail art with all your awesome gems, but can also make beautiful designs without them. Here's the video review I did of the plate:





And here's a closer look at the plate:


Dixie Plates Nail Gems 01

What's special about this plate: Settings for jewels!!! Use them for actual rhinestones and 3D gems, or make decals to create your own jewelry. My particular favorites are the flowers with the spaces for a little rhinestone or half-pear to accent them.

The images are all different sizes, so here's a shot with a ruler to help you decide if it'll work for you:




Hey, how about quality? Let's take a look:


 


These swatches were done with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet, and my clear stamper. Fine lines, thick lines, a combination of the two--great quality images. :)


For my first manicure, I wanted to do a manicure to show off some awesome turquoise-y gems I've had forever...I started with a base of Sally Hansen Teal Good, then created a marble to match the gem with Dixie Plates' Marbled 01 plate and Messy Mansion Carbon and Chalk. I stamped my gem setting with  Messy Mansion Sterling, and filled it in with Shinespark Polish Moondust (a holo topper) to give the illusion of crushed diamonds:


Dixie Plates Nail Gems 01 over Sally Hansen Teal Good

Dixie Plates Nail Gems 01 over Sally Hansen Teal Good


I love how this came out--like a gorgeous piece of turquoise jewelry right on my nails!


For my second manicure, I wanted to try something a bit different with that gorgeous dragonfly image. I made a promise to myself recently that I'd free up space in my line-up to get back into nail art challenges--I love them so much, but never seem to have time to do them anymore. So this is my jump back in--the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas group has 'bugs and insects' as its theme this week, so I jumped all over that dragonfly image!


I started with a skittle of The Lady Varnishes Broken Carousel and Dragon (over Sally Hansen Blacky O undies), then stamped with Messy Mansion Sterling and Soft Gold. Then I accented two of the dragonflies with half-beads in gold and silver: 





I am soooo happy with how this mani turned out! It's like magical creature in an enchanted forest. Can somebody please make me a dress with these colors and patterns?!?!!!! But if dragonflies aren't your thing, check out the manicures done by the other participants, linked below. :)


You can find Dixie Plates Nail Gems 01 at Lantern and Wren if you're in the US or Canada, and can check sourcing for other locations on the Dixie Plates site. And don't forget to follow them around the interwebs here:

Dixie Plates Facebook Fangroup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/461694520667496/

Dixie Plates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dixie_plates/


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo


Dixie Plates Christmas 2017!

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Hello!


Are you in the holiday spirit yet? I decorated my tree today--but we'll see how long it stays up before the beasties destroy it. My husband and I make a game out of guessing how many ornaments we'll find on the floor when we get up. It'd probably be more accurate to try to guess how many are *left* on the tree.


Thankfully, they haven't yet found a way to destroy my nail plates, so let's talk about Dixie Plates Christmas 2017, which is filled with holiday awesomeness. Here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here's a closer look:


Dixie Plates Christmas 2017
Dixie Plates Christmas 2017


What I love about this plate: Those Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer reindeer! And the gingerbread house! And how adorable is that santa giving that toy to the little girl (or boy, I guess--it could be either). And the mistletoe image...and the antlers!!


Dixie Plates full nail images are 2.1 x 2.5 cm, and here's a shot with a ruler so you can judge whether the smaller images will work for you:




The quality is excellent as always; these swatches are done with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Plummet, and my clear stamper:

 


For my first manicure, I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Dragon. Then I stamped over using Messy Mansion Forest, Spring, and Misty Jade:


Dixie Plates Christmas 2017 over The Lady Varnishes Dragon
Dixie Plates Christmas 2017 over The Lady Varnishes Dragon

Dixie Plates Christmas 2017 over The Lady Varnishes Dragon


I stamped in a few extra trees in the empty spaces because I wanted a more crowded look--I love the retro feel of this, and the golden-green shimmer and holo flash make this simple, but soooo pretty. :)


For my second manicure, I started with a base of Shinespark Polish Andromeda Galaxy. Then I made decals using Messy Mansion Sterling, Sally Hansen Get Mod, and Zoya Ming. Then I finished off with a few rhinestones to give my ornaments bling and dimension:


Dixie Plates Christmas 2017 over Shinespark Polish Andromeda Galaxy

Dixie Plates Christmas 2017 over Shinespark Polish Andromeda Galaxy

I love the elegance of this one--this makes me feel like I'm staring into a beautifully decorated tree on Christmas Eve.


I made a tutorial for this look if you're interested--there might be a quick tip or two in there. ;-)



You can find this plate at Lantern & Wren if you're in the US or Canada; check Dixie Plate's page for sourcing in other locations. And don't forget to follow Dixie Plates around the interwebs here:

Dixie Plates Facebook Fangroup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/461694520667496/

Dixie Plates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dixie_plates/


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Thursday, December 7, 2017

UberChic Beauty's Holiday Jingle Plate!

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Hello!


It's here, it's here! It's Christmastime!! Yay!!!!!!! And that means lots of awesome things, including a new Christmas plate from UberChic Beauty: their Holiday Jingle plate!


Here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here's a closer look:


UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle


UberChic's full nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 cm, and here are shots with a ruler to help you see if the other images will work for you (click if you need to see them bigger):




And, of course, quality's the thing, so here are some test swatches done with a clear stamper, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Plummet and Re-Teal Therapy:


 


Very nice, whether fine lines or solid areas. :)


For my first mani, I wanted to take advantage of the negative space Christmas tree image to show off Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree, because it looks just like, well, a Christmas tree:


UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree

UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree


I stamped with Messy Mansion Sterling. Oh, and did I mention, this polish is a thermal? Here's what it looks like when it's warm:


UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree

UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree


For my second mani I was feeling a holiday skittle, so I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Basilisk, and Zoya Levi and Sheri. Then I stamped my images with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not and Soft Gold:


UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Spellbound Nails Basilisk, and Zoya Levi and Sheri

UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Spellbound Nails Basilisk, and Zoya Levi and Sheri


I'll have a few more manis with this plate coming before the end of the season, but in the meantime, you can fin this plate in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can follow them around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Three Shinespark Polishes and a Cuticle Oil!

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Hello!


I'm back today to show you three more awesome polishes from Shinespark Polish, two thermals and the most amazing black holo glitter...


Shinespark Polish Snowfall, O Christmas Tree, Black Opal, and Candy Cane Cuticle Oil
Shinespark Polish Snowfall, O Christmas Tree, Black Opal, and Candy Cane Cuticle Oil

 First let's take a look at Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree, a festive thermal that shifts from a granny-smith green apple when cold to clear with a whisper of green when it's hot, all the while showcasing red, green, gold, and holo glitters: 


Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree
Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree

 
Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree when hot
Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree when hot


Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree when hot

Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree when changing
Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree when changing

Shinespark Polish O Christmas Tree when cold

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Excellent

This is an instant Christmas tree for your nails--the glitters look like the lights and the ornaments on the tree, and I can't help but feel in the spirit when I look at it. Even when it turns clear, the combination of red, green, and gold still feels bright and happy. This is great to wear on its own, and perfect for Christmas nail art--I've already done a mani with it that I'll be showing you soon. :)

And, don't forget that when you have a thermal that turns clear, that's a great opportunity to put hidden nail art under it...


Next is Shinespark Polish Snowfall, a navy-slate blue jelly with holo glitters and holo stars that turns to nearly clear with a hint of gray when hot: 


Shinespark Polish Snowfall

Shinespark Polish Snowfall when hot
Shinespark Polish Snowfall when hot

Shinespark Polish Snowfall when hot
Shinespark Polish Snowfall when hot


Shinespark Polish Snowfall when changing
Shinespark Polish Snowfall when changing

Shinespark Polish Snowfall when changing
Shinespark Polish Snowfall when changing

Shinespark Polish Snowfall when cool

Shinespark Polish Snowfall when cool

Coverage: 2-3 coats
Formula: Good--as jellies will sometimes do, this will pull if you keep going over it when you apply, so I recommend fast, light coats.

I am obsessed with this polish--it's a gorgeous snowy night sky that, when warm, turns into a gorgeous snowy day sky. Something about the dark and the light together when it's shifting keeps me staring for ages. As you can see, there are holo stars in this, but she purposefully made them sparse so they're easy to avoid if you don't want them in your mani, an option I really like, since I'm not always in the mood for specialty glitters, but I can't imagine ever NOT being in the mood for this holo gorgeousness. I placed my stars low on the nail for some nail art I wanted to do with this (stay tuned!) and I love the effect. The jelly in this polish gives such depth to the glitter--I absolutely adore it.


Finally, we have Shinespark Polish Black Opal, Molly's entry into January's Polish Pickup. This is a black crelly filled with multichrome glitters and holo flakies:


Shinespark Polish Black Opal

Shinespark Polish Black Opal
 
Shinespark Polish Black Opal

Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula: This is almost a one-coater, and accordingly, it's a bit thick, but still user-friendly. I suggest two thin coats to prevent pulling, and you'll be thrilled with the result. :)

OMG you guys. Molly went for a galaxy theme with this winter's collection and the thermals, and she hit a perfect finale note for that theme with this polish. Yes, the multichrome glitters and the holo make this flash with fire like a black opal. But if you're looking for complex night-sky manis, especially those that look like magical storms, this polish is to amazing. Even if you think you don't like black polishes, I have a feeling this might just change your mind.


I mentioned that she also sent a cuticle oil for me to review--the scent on mine was Candy Cane, which is perfect because I'd bathe in peppermint this time of year if I could! Instead, this gives nice, subtle whiffs of peppermint that are a wonderful replacement for the much more calorie-heavy peppermint mochas I crave. The oil absorbs quickly and keeps my skin looking great, not an easy achievement since I'm pretty much changing my mani daily this time of year.


You can find all of these awesome goodies on sale now in Shinespark Polish's shop. And you can follow her around the interwebs here:




Happy polishing!
M. xoxo