Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dixie Plates Girl Power & Easter Plates

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Hello!


Happy spring!!


To celebrate, we're gonna take a look at two new plates from Dixie Plates, one of which is specifically meant to celebrate part of spring. :)


Let's take a look at Dixie Plates Easter and Girl Power plates:


Dixie Plates Easter

Dixie Plates Girl Power


I love both of these plates--the Easter plate has a lot of fun stuff on it--but I ADORE the Girl Power plate.  So many awesome sayings on it that remind us how awesome we are! I love that sort of positivity and empowerment.


So let's jump right on in to some manicures! For my first, I just had to play around with some cute bunnies:


Dixie Plates Easter over Zoya Cadence

Base Polish(es): Zoya Cadence
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Easter
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics White Wedding and Little Black Dress


And if we're gonna have fun with cute bunnies--how can I neglect those skydiving bunnies?!?!:

Dixie Plates Easter over Girly Bits Cosmetics Forget Me?! Not! and Sally Hansen Get Mod
Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Get Mod and Girly Bits Cosmetics Forget Me?! Not!
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Easter
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics White Wedding, Forget Me?! Not!, Saffron, Saffroff, and Kaliedoscope Pink


Switching gears from Easter cuteness to female awesomeness, check out these powerful ladies:

Dixie Plates Girl Power over Zoya Fern & Theo
Base Polish(es): Zoya Fern & Theo
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Girl Power
Stamping Polish(es): Sally Hansen Grease Lightning, Girly Bits Cosmetics Irreplaceable and White Wedding


And last but not least, I've shown you this one before, but I had to share it again, because I love the combination of the sweet, soft lace with the 'Girl Boss' message:


Dixie Plates Girl Power and Lace 01 over Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition

Base Polish(es): Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Girl Power and Lace 01
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics White Wedding and Little Black Dress


I really love having a Girl Power plate--I tend to have too much negative self-talk, and I love being able to have something on my nails that reminds me to own my power. And who doesn't love cute bunnies!!


These plates are on sale now on Dixie Plates' store, and other suppliers who sell Dixie Plates.


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Monday, March 4, 2019

BeautyBigBang Stamping Plate set BBB XL-011 to BBB XL-016

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at some plates from Beauty Big Bang, full of fun animals and assorted other images. I did a two-part video review of the set here:

Part 1:



Part 2:




And let's take a look at the plates:


BeautyBigBang XL-011

BeautyBigBang XL-012


BeautyBigBang XL-013

BeautyBigBang XL-014 
BeautyBigBang XL-015


BeautyBigBang XL-016

What I love about this set: The HUGE variety of images you get for such a low price. If you're new to stamping and you're looking to get a bunch of bang for your buck (and you're an animal lover!) this is an excellent set for you. :)


Here are a couple of swatches I did from the plates:




Now on to the manicures! For my first manicure, I had to use that gorgeous image of the woman's face in plate :


BeautyBigBang XL-011 over Stella Chroma Cinnamon & Spice

BeautyBigBang XL-011 over Stella Chroma Cinnamon & Spice
Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma Cinnamon & Spice
Stamping Plate(s): BeautyBigBang XL-011
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope by El Corazon Black
Other: Flowers filled with Stella Chroma Pumpkin Everything


And I love cats so much, you know I had to do a couple with them:


BeautyBigBang XL-013 over Zoya Noah & Zoya Jack

Base Polish(es): Zoya Noah & Jack
Stamping Plate(s): BBB XL-013
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope by El Corazon Black


BeautyBigBang XL-013 over Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots

BeautyBigBang XL-013 over Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots
Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots
Stamping Plate(s): BeautyBigBang XL-013
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope by El Corazon Black and White


I love the daisies-and-lace image so much, and new it would be perfect for spring:

BeautyBigBang XL-015 over Girly Bits Hearts In Bloom

Base Polish(es): Girly Bits Hearts In Bloom
Stamping Plate(s): Beauty Big Bang XL-015
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits White Wedding and Silly Daffodilly


BeautyBigBang XL-016 over China Glaze OMG
 
BeautyBigBang XL-016 over China Glaze OMG
Base Polish(es): China Glaze OMG
Stamping Plate(s): BeautyBigBang over XL-016
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope by El Corazon Black


I've always adored owls, and thought it would be fun to do a little flock of them:

BeautyBigBang XL-012 over Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots

Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots
Stamping Plate(s): Beauty Big Bang XL-012
Stamping Polish(es): Messy Mansion Carbon, Pudding, Spring Green, and Sally Hansen Sand Storm


And of course I couldn't resist a little bit of fun with pandas, which I also had to test out with matte:


BeautyBigBang XL-014  over a gradient of Zoya Tiana, Midori, and Tabitha

BeautyBigBang XL-014  over a gradient of Zoya Tiana, Midori, and Tabitha

BeautyBigBang XL-014  over a gradient of Zoya Tiana, Midori, and Tabitha

BeautyBigBang XL-014  over a gradient of Zoya Tiana, Midori, and Tabitha

Base Polish(es): Zoya Tiana, Midori, and Tabitha
Stamping Plate(s): BeautyBigBang XL-014
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Little Black Dress and White Wedding


What do you think? Do you like this set or is it a pass for you? Which is your favorite plate?

You can find this set on sale now in BeautyBigBang's store, and use my code, MISHKA824M for 10% off your order. :)


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

PPU Alert! The Lady Varnishes That's A Killer Album!




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Hello!


I hope you managed to survive your hump day and are sliding on in to a gentle, happy Thursday!


You might remember that this month's Polish Pickup theme is Album Covers, and The Lady Varnishes was inspired this month by The Killers' Hot Full album...I give you The Lady Varnishes That's a Killer Album!, a jelly-based periwinkle-urple (instead of just a regular blurple, lol!) packed with multichrome flakes and glitters, iridescent shimmer, and a splash of holo goodness:


The Lady Varnishes That's a Killer Album

The Lady Varnishes That's a Killer Album

The Lady Varnishes That's a Killer Album

The Lady Varnishes That's a Killer Album

The Lady Varnishes That's a Killer Album

Coverage: 2-3 coats. I had a little more VNL than I normally like at two coats, so I went for three.
Formula: Easy peasy lemon squeezy! This dries quickly, and you'll probably want top coat on it. I'm wearing a coat of Seche Vite.


This is packed with goodness that flashes subtly with every turn of the light. It has a sci-fi, ethereal beauty to it that feels girly but adult at the same time. I absolutely adore it.


I wanted to play up the flashes of color, so I did a little stamping on it...

The Lady Varnishes That's a Killer Album stamped with Lantern & Wren's All Things Spring

Base Polish(es): The Lady Varnishes That's A Killer Album!
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren All Things Spring
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope by El Corazon Pink and Mint, Girly Bits Saffron, Saffroff, and Lantern & Wren Illuminate (also a PPU polish!!)

I call this 'Spring Rain', because I wanted to play with some spring colors 'raining' over the nails, but still let that gorgeous polish shine through. :)


The Lady Varnishes That's a Killer Album


You can get That's A Killer Album! during the PPU sale from March 1-4th. This lovely will be capped at 95 bottles only, so if you want to get it, set that alarm and jump on it! And in the meantime, you can check out Kirsten's other gorgeous creations here.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

PPU Alert! Lantern & Wren Illuminate, for February 2019



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For obvious reasons, I love it when stamping polishes make their way into the PPU offerings! This month Lantern & Wren has made up a beautiful one, which is very cool because she recently introduced her own line of stamping plates...


This month's Polish Pickup theme is Albums, and Carleigh was inspired by the Aladdin soundtrack album cover, particularly by the Genie on the cover. To celebrate it, she came up with Lantern & Wren's Illuminate, a light periwinkle with a splash of pink shimmer:


Lantern & Wren's Illuminate

Lantern & Wren's Illuminate

Lantern & Wren's Illuminate

Lantern & Wren's Illuminate

Coverage: This is meant to be a stamping polish, but should you want to wear it as a regular polish, it's a one-coat shimmer!
Formula: Again, meant to be a stamping polish, so this is a little thicker than a typical shimmer, but not to a degree that it's difficult or even unpleasant to use. It worked just fine for me. :)


Okay. So. We all know that pretty colors that show up well over black aren't exactly common or easy. But Illuminate shows beautifully over both white and black...AND, it keeps that gorgeous shimmer!! There are tons of stamping polishes out there with pretty shimmers that disappear once you stamp with them, but check out how beautifully that pink shines through. I am very impressed, and I really, really hope Carleigh comes out with more beauties like this.


(BTW, I stamped this using the roses pattern from Lantern & Wren's All Things Spring plate.)



Lantern & Wren's Illuminate


You can buy this during March's Polish Pickup from March 1st-4th for $12. There will be a cap of 100, so if you love it, run!


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Zoya Innocence Spring 2019 Collection

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Happy Monday, everybody! I have something sweet to show you to jump-start the week: Zoya's Innocence Spring 2019 collection, packed with one-coat cremes and a lovely specialty glitter.


Let's jump right in with Zoya Agnes, a neutral creme with a warm peach blush:



Zoya Agnes

Zoya Agnes

Zoya Agnes

Coverage: 1-2 coats, depending on whether you have ridge issues like I do! I'm wearing two coats, with a coat of Seche Vite.
Formula & application: Even coverage with easy application. Dries well and shiny.

Zoya Agnes is a lovely warm-toned neutral that feels elegant and sophisticated. It's also a great base for nail art!


Next up we have Zoya Aire, a deep smoky periwinkle creme:


Zoya Aire

Zoya Aire

Zoya Aire

Coverage:  One coat!
Formula & application: Even coverage with easy application. Dries well and shiny, although I'm wearing Seche Vite in these pictures.

Zoya Aire has a rich, deep feel to it that makes me think of nautical patterns, and makes me want to head out to the beach...since that's at least a few months off, at least I can enjoy the polish in the meantime.


Then there's Zoya Birch, a soft gray with a lavender blush:


Zoya Birch

Zoya Birch

Zoya Birch

Coverage: 1-2 coats, depending on whether you have ridge issues like I do! I'm wearing two coats, with a coat of Seche Vite.
Formula & application: Even coverage with easy application. Dries well and shiny.

Zoya Birch is the type of pastel I can get behind. It has a smoky feel that gives it a more adult feel, like your favorite Easter dress all grown up.


Next up is Zoya Evette, a smoky plum-grape creme:


Zoya Evette

Zoya Evette

Zoya Evette

Coverage: One coat!
Formula & application: Even coverage with easy application. Dries well and shiny, although I'm wearing Seche Vite here.

Zoya Evette is wildflowers in a huge meadow and grapes hanging in the vineyard. It's bright and sassy and saturated, and will bring a pop of gorgeous color to the rainiest spring day. :)


Next is Zoya Fern, a rich sage with a greenish-golden shimmer:


Zoya Fern

Zoya Fern

Zoya Fern

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula & application: Even coverage with easy application. Dries well and shiny, although I'm wearing a coat of Seche Vite.

I love Zoya Fern so hard...this makes me think of a glade of mossy trees on a rainy day. So peaceful and rich.


And finally, we have Zoya Theo, a pewter crelly with silver shards and dark blue glitter:



Zoya Theo

Zoya Theo

Zoya Theo

Coverage: 2 coats.
Formula & application: Even coverage with easy application. I'm wearing a coat of Seche Vite, but you might need a second coat if you want a completely smooth finish.

I love myself a good crelly, and this one looks like a thunderstorm in a bottle. No really, look at it! Those shards are like little flashes of lightning, and the dark glitters are like raindrops against a stormy sky. I love it!


So what do I think overall? Zoya continues their mastery of the one-coat creme, and I love knowing I can pick any of them up and get by with an easy single coat. I never get too excited about neutrals, but the other colors in this one are saturated and rich! I think this is an excellent collection for those of us who don't flock to pastels.


Zoya Innocence Spring 2019 Collection

You can find the Innocence collection on sale now on Zoya's website, or in any brick-and-mortar store that sells Zoya.


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M. xoxo

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