Saturday, July 22, 2017

MoYou London Arabesque 09

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a quick look at MoYou London Arabesque 09--this is not a new plate, but it's a new-to-me plate that I've been craving for ages and finally was able to buy. Here's the video review I did on the plate:



And here's a closer look:

MoYou London Arabesque Collection 09
MoYou London Arabesque Collection 09


What I love about this plate: I'm a huge fan of anything with an ancient Egyptian theme, and I have all of MoYou London's plates with that theme, and everything on this plate matches those other plates perfectly. For that reason alone, this was a no-brainer for me. But, even if I didn't have plates that match it, I'd grab this plate up for all of the gorgeous patterns on here that can be used in their own right, or for background images other art. Flowers and starts and geometrics--oh my!


Each of the squares on this plate are different sizes, so here's a shot with a ruler to help you get a feel for whether the images work for you--many of them are on the smaller side, so if you have longer nails they may not work, or you'll have to double them up:





I don't think I've ever had a MoYou London plate that I had a problem with, and this plate is no exception--look at the excellent detail even with a clear stamper:




For my sample manicure, I wanted to show you the background potential of the images, but I also had to throw something ancient Egyptian on there, too. I started with a base of Zoya River, then stamped the star pattern with Messy Mansion Soft Gold, and the cat with Messy Mansion Carbon:


MoYou London Arabesque Collection 09 over Zoya River, stamped with Messy Mansion Soft Gold and Carbon
MoYou London Arabesque Collection 09 over Zoya River, stamped with Messy Mansion Soft Gold and Carbon

MoYou London Arabesque Collection 09 over Zoya River, stamped with Messy Mansion Soft Gold and Carbon
MoYou London Arabesque Collection 09 over Zoya River, stamped with Messy Mansion Soft Gold and Carbon


This manicure features three things I love: background stamping, ancient Egypt, and of course, cats. I love the celestial feel and the ease of this look.


You can buy this plate (and tons more!) directly from MoYou London, or from Amazon if that's easier for you. And you can find MoYou London around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo


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Friday, July 21, 2017

UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode plate!

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Hello!


What I wouldn't give to be lounging on a Hawaiian beach right now...or, any beach, truth be told...That's not in the cards for me at the moment, but I can do the next best thing--vacation nails with UberChic Beauty's Vacation Mode plate. :)


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





And let's take a closer look:


UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode
UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode


What I love about this plate: The first thing that called to me was the layered hibiscus images, I love being able to stamp the parts in different colors. I also love the negative-positive images for the leaves and the flowers and the planes. The Tiki guy makes me smile, and since I love cruises, I'm stoked about all the cruise images here. But, my very favorite is the layered shark fin images, I can't wait for the hockey season to use them! Go Sharks!


UberChic Beauty's full nail images are 17mm x 21mm, and here are shots with a ruler so you can get a feel for the rest of the images:




How about quality? UberChic always gives me great images; these swatches are done with a clear stamper:


 



I already showed you one mani with this plate, a traditional tropical-sunset type of mani:


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


I stamped with Messy Mansion Carbon over a gradient with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Get Juiced and Kook a Mango.


So, for my second manicure, I wanted to try something outside the box with an unusual set of colors for tropical hibiscuses (hibisci?). I went out with friends and was wearing my new favorite shirts, so I wanted to try to match the colors. I did my right and left hand a little differently, but they both start with a skittle of Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly, stamped with Messy Mansion Chalk and Hit The Bottle Polish in A Rose By Any Other Name and My Suitor Wears Pewter (also available at Beautometry):


UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode over Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly
UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode over Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly



For the second one, I decided to stamp the flowers on the ring finger in pink:


UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode over Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly
UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode over Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly


Here's what they look like with the outfit, my girl power shirt and eyelet shorts:

UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode over Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly
UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode over Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly

UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode over Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly
UberChic Beauty Vacation Mode over Zoya Byrdie, Troy, and Tilly


I love how the flowers complement the pattern on the eyelet shorts, and I think I did pretty darn good with the colors! Which do you like better, the second version, or the first?


You can find this plate in UberChic Beauty's store, and can find them all around the interwebs:




Happy stamping! :)
M.

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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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:

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Happy stamping!!
M.