Friday, November 24, 2017

Two selections from The Lady Varnishes Summer Court/Winter Court Collection!

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Hello!


How was your Thanksgiving? Filled with plenty of nourishing food, I hope, to get you ready for shopping! Today I have a Black Friday release to show you from The Lady Varnishes: two polishes from her Summer Court/Winter Court collection. Each polish in this collection has a twin, so there is a light version and a dark version of each. I received Dragon and Harpy for review:


The Lady Varnishes Harpy and Dragon

First up is The Lady Varnishes Dragon, an ethereal silver holo with a golden-green shimmer:


Lady Varnishes Dragon

Lady Varnishes Dragon
Lady Varnishes Dragon

Lady Varnishes Dragon


Coverage: 2-3 coats
Application: Excellent

This is soft and magical, like a dragonfly's wings. This would be a gorgeous polish to wear to a holiday party, especially New Year's Eve--sparkly, fun, and with a large dash of forest fairy.


And let's take a look at what happens to it over black undies (Sally Hansen's Blacky O):


The Lady Varnishes Dragon over Sally Hansen Blacky O

The Lady Varnishes Dragon over Sally Hansen Blacky O

The Lady Varnishes Dragon over Sally Hansen Blacky O

The Lady Varnishes Dragon over Sally Hansen Blacky O


Coverage: 1 coat over black.
Application: Excellent


O. M. G. This is about as Dragon as you can get! The holo flash makes this a rainbow of green and gold shades, like an enchanted forest or a bewitched emerald. And I've had other polishes like this that don't apply evenly over undies, but this is absolute perfection--nobody would know you're wearing undies. ;-)

By the way...I swatched this the night before Thanksgiving so I could get this up for Black Friday, and ended up wearing it as I cooked a full Thanksgiving dinner. It came out the other side with no chips, still looking like perfection.


And then there's The Lady Varnishes Harpy, a deep garnet holo that has a dark golden-green duochrome flash:

The Lady Varnishes Harpy

The Lady Varnishes Harpy

The Lady Varnishes Harpy

The Lady Varnishes Harpy

Coverage: 2 coats
Application: Excellent


This is one of my favorite polishes--I don't mean in the collection, or of The Lady Varnishes polishes, I mean one of my favorite polishes ever. It takes just about everything I love and puts it into a bottle--a gorgeous holiday wine with a spray of holo and duochrome at the edges. It's jewel-encrusted winter gowns and blackberry brandy. If I had to wear this every day for the rest of my life, I'd be pretty okay with that.


The Summer Court/Winter Court collection goes on sale TODAY, Black Friday, in The Lady Varnishes' Store. And don't forget to follow her around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Marianne Nails N. 25!

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at another Marianne Nails plate, this time N. 25, with a fall theme. Here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here's a closer look:

Marianne Nails N. 25

I love all the fall options on this plate, but also love how many images will work well for other seasons, too--very versatile!


Marianne Nail's full-nail images are 1.5 cm x 2.1 cm, and here's a look with my handy-dandy ruler so you can judge the size of the smaller stuff at the bottom:




How about quality? These swatches are done with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet and my clear stamper:

 


Gorgeous quality. :)


For my first manicure, I started with a base of Zoya McKenna, then put dots of Hit The Bottle Polish Everyday I'm Truffling, Copper-Haired Girl, Drop Red Gorgeous, and It Mossed Be Love (also available at Beautometry) onto my images. Here's how it turned out:


Marianne Nails N. 25 over Zoya Mckenna, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polishes

Marianne Nails N. 25 over Zoya Mckenna, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polishes


For my second manicure, I started with a base of Indigo Bananas Enchanted Lake, and stamped with MoYou London Ginger Rust:


Marianne Nails N. 25 over Indigo Bananas Enchanted Lake

Marianne Nails N. 25 over Indigo Bananas Enchanted Lake


You can find this plate in Marianne Nails' store, and also at Lantern & Wren. And you can follow Marianne Nails around the interwebs here:




Happy Thanksgiving!
M. xoxo

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Marianne Nails N. 20!

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Hello!


Today we're going to look at Marianne Nails N. 20, which is a pet lovers' plate. Here's the video review I did of the plate:



And here's a closer look:

Marianne Nails N. 20


The full nail images are 1.5 cm x 2.1 cm, and here's a shot with a ruler so you can judge size of the smaller elements:



I love that this plate has both cat and dog images, because I have both cats and dogs, and I know I'm not the only one! And I adore how well these images mix and match.


How about the quality? I tested out fine-line images, bold-area images, and mixed images, all with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet, and my clear stamper:


 


Very nice!


For my first manicure, I wanted to create the look of eyes staring out from the dark night. I started with a base of Nicole Diary My Dance 14, and reversed stamped my images with Messy Mansion Soft Gold and Hit The Bottle Polish Lucky Spark (also available at Beautometry): 


Marianne Nails N. 20 over Nicole Diary My Dance 14
Marianne Nails N. 20 over Nicole Diary My Dance 14

Marianne Nails N. 20 over Nicole Diary My Dance 14
Marianne Nails N. 20 over Nicole Diary My Dance 14


Marianne Nails N. 20 over Nicole Diary My Dance 14

For my second manicure, I had to do a whimsical cat manicure...I started with a skittle of Girly Bits Irreplaceable and Spellbound Nails Eggnog Latte, then stamped my images with Messy Mansion Carbon:


Marianne Nails N. 20 over Girly Bits Irreplaceable and Spellbound Nails Eggnog Latte

Marianne Nails N. 20 over Girly Bits Irreplaceable and Spellbound Nails Eggnog Latte
Marianne Nails N. 20 over Girly Bits Irreplaceable and Spellbound Nails Eggnog Latte

You can find these plates in Marianne Nails' store; you can also find them at Lantern & Wren. And don't forget to follow Marianne around the interwebs:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Friday, November 17, 2017

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love plate!

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Today we're going to take a look at UberChic Beauty's Radiate Love plate, which is filled with mandala and henna designs to keep you centered and radiating all sorts of good things. :) Here's the video review I did of the plate:



And let's take a closer look:

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love
UberChic Beauty Radiate Love

What I love about this plate: mandalas are soothing for the soul and henna designs have so much you can do with them--decals, lead lighting, sharpie washes. So much to love here.


UberChic full nail images are 1.7cm x 2.1cm, and here's a look at how big the smaller stuff is:





This plate has lots of fine lines, but stamps beautifully even with a clear stamper:


 


For my first mani, I wanted to do something bold and powerful, so I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Black Flame Candle, and stamped over it using MoYou London's Ginger Rust:


UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over The Lady Varnishes Black Flame Candle

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over The Lady Varnishes Black Flame Candle


There's something about this that makes me think of Ancient Egyptian symbols--I'd like to think that Nefertiti would wear something like this on her nails if she could.


For my second mani, I started with a base of  Zoya Nadia, and stamped with Messy Mansion Soft Gold:


UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Nadia
UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Nadia

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Nadia
UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Nadia


I love how glowy this one is, and how perfect for fall!


For my last mani, I wanted to really capture the 'radiate' part of the radiate plate. I stared with a gradient using Zoya Solstice, Sheri and Ming, all from the Party Girls 2017 holiday/winter collection, and then stamped over them with a gradient technique using Messy Mansion Jingle Bells, Soft Gold, and Sterling:


UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Sheri, Solstice, and Ming

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Sheri, Solstice, and Ming


I love how the color changes make this look like the light is flowing out--I loved this mani so much, it was one of those that was super hard to take off. Here's a video tutorial if you want to try out the look yourself:




You can find this plate and so many other awesome ones now in UberChic Beauty's store. And don't forget to follow them around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: UberChic Beauty Collection 20

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UberChic Beauty has so many gorgeous plates coming out lately, I'm hustlin' hustlin' to get reviews and mani and everything out to you! Today we're going to take a look at collection 20. :)


Here's the video review I did of the collection; if you'd like to hear my ideas for using the plates, check it out:



And let's take a closer look at the plates:

UberChic Beauty 20-01
UberChic Beauty 20-01
 
What I love best about this plate: Love those butterflies that look like they're made of tied raffia. Love the all the square geometrics. ADORE the bottom-left most image and all the single flowers to go with it.

UberChic Beauty 20-02

What I love best about this plate: Love the pansy-type flower and the little round puff flowers you can layer. Love the triangle-boomerang like image, and love the cursive loops that look a little like wishbones (Thanksgiving on my mind...)


UberChic Beauty 20-03


What I love best about this plate: Love the dotted lines, the lines with the loops that look like cool embroidery, and the wavy interlocking lines. :)

Let's talk about size...UberChic Beauty's full-nail images are 1.7cm X 2.1cm. and here are shots with a ruler so you can judge the size of the other images:






The quality is excellent, as always:








These are all done with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet and a clear stamper.


For my first manicure, I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright, and stamped with plate 20-03, using Messy Mansion Soft Gold:


UberChic Beauty 20-03 over Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright
UberChic Beauty 20-03 over Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright

UberChic Beauty 20-03 over Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright
UberChic Beauty 20-03 over Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright


For my second manicure, I did a smoosh mani with Zoya Elaine, Beth, Presley, McKenna, and Joni, then stamped using 20-03 and Messy Mansion Sterling:





For my final mani, I started with a base of Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow, then stamped using 20-02 and Messy Mansion Chalk and Sterling:


UberChic Beauty 20-02 over Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow
UberChic Beauty 20-02 over Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow

UberChic Beauty 20-02 over Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow
UberChic Beauty 20-02 over Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow

What do you think? I think because of the silver in the base polish, this came out a little muddier than I wanted--at least the nails with the smaller print. I do like how the layering came out with the white center!


You can find this collection in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can follow UberChic around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo