Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review & Test of Cici & Sisi Jumbo Set 3 (Yellow set) UPDATED with size comparison :)

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Hello!

I just got my very first Cici & Sisi plates in the mail, and I'm hurrying to get them up for you, since they are now available on Amazon for your stamping delight. :)

Each of their sets has 6 plates; in this post I'm reviewing set 3 (the yellow set), which consists of plates 13-18. Because there are so many plates to show and test, I split my video into two parts:

Part 1 (Unboxing and plates 13-15):



Part 2 (plates 16-18 and stamping test):




Each plate has a very general theme, and some of the images are designed to work together; there is also overlap from one plate to another with respect to complementary images for design flexibility.

Each plate in the set is divided roughly in half. The top half is what I call a 'collage-style' image; this is a very large image made of a collage of designs. These types of images give you much more artistic freedom and flexibility than a simple single image does. With the MoYou plates like this I've shown you, I've done a how-to-use section on them; I'm happy to do that with any  or all of these plates if you're interested--just let me know. :)

The bottom of each plate has 15 individual full-nail images, of the standard variety.


Let's take a look at the plates. From here on out, I'm going to do this a little differently than I normally do--I'm going to show you each plate along with the stamping test for that plate, and then at the end will show you the size comparison.

Here's Cisi & Sisi plate 13:

Top half of Cici&Sisi 13: A collage of flowers and flourishes
Top half of Cici&Sisi 13: A collage of flowers and flourishes

Bottom half of Cici&Sisi 13
Bottom half of Cici&Sisi 13

This plate has a general flower-and-flourish feel to it, with plenty of elements for a feminine manicure (this theme carries over to most of the other plates to some degree as well. There are also a few geometrics to round out the feel.

Here are the results of my stamping test:


A stamp from the collage, and one from the top row

Tests of the second and third row

For all the test images, I stamped using Wet 'n' Wild Black creme, onto a standard sheet of white paper. This was my first time doing a stamping test on a flat surface rather than on my nails, so you'll see some smudging around the edges as I got the hang of it. That's my error, not a fault of the plate. Also, you're seeing the very first test I did with the image; in a few cases I stamped a second time, and will show you both attempts in that case. :)


Cisi & Sisi Plate 14: 


Top half of Cici&Sisi 14: A collage of tea images
Top half of Cici&Sisi 14: A collage of tea images

Bottom half of Cici&Sisi 14

The top half of this plate has a tea theme, and the lower portion has a number flowery images that could go along with a tea-garden/tea-time sort of feel.  Or, could be used for anything else you like, of course!


And the stamping test:


Test of collage portion: I messed up the letters the first time so wanted to be sure it was me and not the plate. ;)  

(the line you see in the third image was a puppy hair!)


Cici & Sisi 15: 


Top half of Cici&Sisi 15: A jungle full of goodness!
Top half of Cici&Sisi 15: A jungle full of goodness!

Bottom half of Cici&Sisi 15
Bottom half of Cici&Sisi 15

And the stamping test:


That little flaw in the owl is me, not the plate. :)


Cici & Sisi 16: 


top half of Cici&Sis 16
Top half of Cici&Sis 16: Comic Crazies!


Bottom half of Cici&Sis 16
Bottom half of Cici&Sis 16

This plate has a general comic/graphic novel feel to it, although this doesn't carry through to the individual images so much.

Stamping test:




Cici & Sisi 17:

Top half of Cici&Sisi 17: Thought bubbles for all
Top half of Cici&Sisi 17: Thought bubbles for all

Bottom half of Cici&Sisi 17
Bottom half of Cici&Sisi 17

This plate has a whimsical feel to it, a little bit of comic book to it; there are images here that you can mix and match with the previous plate.

Top row second from the left: No idea what that is or says. Help!

Last image on the right, middle row: am I the only one that sees polish bottles and dots of polish on that one?






And up last, Cici & Sisi 18: 


Top half of Cici&Sisi 18: Stripes and geometry forever!
Top half of Cici&Sisi 18: Stripes and geometry forever!

Bottom half of Cici&Sisi 18

We have stripes. We have circles. We have squares. And there are plenty of geometric images on the other plates to mix in with this one. :)

Stamping test:


That wobble was me



When I posted this earlier, I was in such a hurry to get it up that I forgot to include the size comparisons! Here they are:






So what do I think overall about these plates? I think they stamp well, and are an excellent value for the money; they break down to five dollars a plate (plus storage case). There are a few images that confuse me (more so in Set 4, which I'll post next), but what else is new? I think there is a good blend of image types, some elegant, some fun, some flowery, some geometric, some standards, some new ideas.

I think the collage portions of the plate offer lots of opportunities; they're a little bit easier to use than some collage-style plates, but do offer a fair amount of flexibility and creative freedom.

Overall I'm very pleased with these plates and am happy to recommend them!

I'll be back with set 4; in the meantime, here is the link to my tutorial on how to isolate images, and if you want to get some ideas for using collage-style plates, check out my how-to-use series, which you can find here in my Tips, Techniques, and Tutorials section. :)

Hugs!
M.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Review and Before & After: MoYou London Artist Collection 03

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Hello!!

Let's take a look at MoYou London Artist Collection 03; I love this plate in its own right, but also because it goes so well with several other plates in their collection (in particular, these are the two I'm thinking of). Here's the video review:





And here are the stills:

MoYou London Artist Collection 03
MoYou London Artist Collection 03


MoYou London Artist Collection 03
MoYou London Artist Collection 03

And here is how big the images are next to a standard Konad plate, 'cause, you know, that's just how I roll:





This is one of their XL plates, so the images are huge and you should have no problem covering your nails unless they are really, rally long. :)


This is possibly the most perfect plate on the planet for geometric manicures, which is this month's theme in the Nail Challenge Collaborative!

I started with a base of Julep Natalie a pink-leaning coral that goes a bit more to the orange side in some lights:

Julep Natalie
Julep Natalie

Julep Natalie
Julep Natalie


Then, I used the orange-triangle-square glitter looking image, and used a double-stamp technique with it; I stamped first with one color, then changed the position of the image and stamped again in another color. I finished off with a few loose glitters (that my dear friend Aleksandra sent me!) in complementary colors:



Now that's a party for your fingers right there.


Thumb gotta get a groove on...

For my pinky, I first used Sally Hansen I-rush Luck, then Lickety-Split Lime over it; for my ring finger, I used Lightning & then Orange Impulse; for my middle finger I used Pronto Purple and then Lively Lilac on top of it.

And for this manicure, I left my thumb blank; when there is a lot of visual weight on three fingers, I like to leave the index and thumb with just base polish to balance it out with some negative space. :)

I think this many is fun, bright, and just full of awesome. I hope you agree!

Here's the link again to my review of Artist collection 02 and 04, which coordinate beautifully with this plate.

Hugs and loves,
M.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

NPBC Facebook giveaway!

Hello everyone!



The nail lovelies at The Nail Polish Blogger Connection decided to join forces for another awesome giveaway!

This one has a very short time until a winner will be picked--the giveaway goes through the end of the month, so hurry!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


It's open internationally to anyone who can use the gift certificates. :)

Good luck to everyone, and thanks for supporting our Facebook pages!! :)

M.

Before & After: Blair Foiled

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Hello!

Today I'm going to show you my first attempt at a new technique, stamping with nail foils. The name is a little deceptive, because you don't actually stamp with them, you stamp and then put them on top. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I'm also going to show you another geometric print, since that's the theme this month in the Nail Challenge Collaborative.

First, let's take a look at the base polish I used, Zoya Blair, a rich vampy burgundy shimmer:


Zoya Blair
Zoya Blair 

Zoya Blair
Zoya Blair 

Next I stamped upon it with a geometric print from Cheeky Jumbo plate 8, using Barry M Silver Foil. I quickly pressed a bit of silver nail foil over the stamping.

The first nail I did (the ring finger on my left hand), I lifted the foil too quickly, and only a bit here and there transferred. My second try was the pinky of my left hand; on that one I pushed down a bit too hard, and the results were a bit smudgy:


Left hand: mistakes were made.



Then, I did my right hand, and tried to learn from my mistakes. I pressed firmly but gently, and held the foil in place for about 10 seconds before lifting. Sadly, I made a new mistake, although it wasn't a bad one; I put Seche Vite over the top, and it caused the foil to crinkle. The effect was still very pretty, but you can see the difference with the non-crinkled bits on the left hand above:


stamping with nail foil
Right hand: mistakes were still made, but I'm getting better. 

stamping with nail foil


What do you think? Do you like this technique? Would you like to see a tutorial for it?

Hugs,
M.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Before & After: Dragon's Fire

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Hello!

Oh, man, I'm so excited about this polish and this manicure. Flakies, Flakies, Flakies!!

Take a look at this warm, glowing, happy lovely, LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?:

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?
LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?
LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?


Wow, just wow, wow, wow. Okay, yes, I am a flakie lover, it's true. But seriously, isn't this like a campfire in a bottle?? Or at least pretty darned close?

From the moment I put this on my fingers, I knew I had to try a gradient with it, using a red flakie polish at the tips. If anything can make it look more like fire, that would be it.

So, I did a gradient with Hits Flamenco, a red jelly with gold flakes.

Then, inspired by the fire-look of it, I stamped a fire-breathing dragon from MoYou London's Suki 02 using Sally Hansen Rapid Red and Red-io Active:






The stamping is subtle, because I wanted it to seem like it was coming out of the colors in the gradient, and I didn't want it to be too garish. It showed up well in most lights, but my lightbox was so busy catching all the gorgeous flakes that the dragon receded a little.

I love this, and flakie gradients are now my new thing. The jelly polish and the light diffusion of the flakes makes the gradient so easy to do, and so beautiful to look at!

I think this is a great look for heading out of summer into fall. What do you think?

Hugs,
M.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Blues Before & After: English Would Leaf

Hello!

Ah, it's been a while since I did a Monday Blues, and I miss it! But today I'm going to go about it a little differently...The blue will be everything but my base polish.

So to start, I have a soft, feminine pretty for you today, LynBDesign's England Will Fall, a dusty rose holographic:

LynBDesigns England Would Fall
LynBDesigns England Would Fall

LynBDesigns England Would Fall
LynBDesigns England Would Fall

LynBDesigns England Would Fall
LynBDesigns England Would Fall

LynBDesigns England Would Fall
LynBDesigns England Would Fall


I wanted to try something a little bit different, a little bit bolder than I usually go. So I sponged a gentle gradient on the tips with Absolutely Absolem, and then stamped over the whole thing with Sally Hansen Co-Bolt Blue, using Cheeky Jumbo plate 2:



The bold and the beautiful




I don't normally go for contrasts like this, but I think the gradient under the stamping really takes away the super bold edge and makes it a little more polished. And, I love that the holo rainbow still shows under the stamping. :)

What do you think? What are your favorite bold color combinations?

Hugs and loves,
M.