Tuesday, June 18, 2019

UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time plate!

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Hello!


I'm back with another new plate: UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time, here right on time for all the county fairs about to open.


I did a little video showing the plate and doing a few test looks:




And here's the plate:

UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time


But of course the important part is the manis! So let's get on with it! For my first mani, I wanted to do something fun with the balloon animals, so I tried to do a party mani:


UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time with Girly Bits Cosmetics polishes

Base Polish(es): Girly Bits Just The Flax, Ma'am
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Eggplant One One Me, You Can't Handle The Spruce, Fire-Engine Red, and Little Black Dress

So, I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of how this came out. I love the images, and I love the colors--but not together. If I redid this, I'd do it with bright yellows and light greens, that sort of thing. Live and learn...


For my next mani, I wanted to capture the magic of carousels...I've always loved carousels, I could ride on them for hours while everyone else goes off to the scary rides!


UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time over Sally Hansen Rose Flush

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rose Flush
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope Black and Moyra Gold. 


What do you think? Do you look forward to the fair every year? And are you yay or nay on merry-go-rounds?


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Monday, June 10, 2019

UberChic Beauty Beach Please and Modern Tropical (and The Digit-al Dozen Goes on Vacation!)

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Hello!


It's time for this month's Digit-al Dozen week! But, I have so much going on this week that I can barely breathe, no joke. So I'm going to do this a little bit differently...


On May 29th, UberChic Beauty came out with two new plates that are perfect for the vacation theme: UberChic Beauty Beach Please and Modern Tropical. Here's the video review I did of the plate:


Here's a look at the plates:

UberChic Beauty Beach Please

UberChic Beauty Modern Tropical


And here are the test swatches I did:





So what I did was, I challenged myself to do ALL of my Digit-al Dozen manis for the week from these plates, so I'm including them all in this post for you, and will link to the other ladies' posts throughout the week.


Let's jump on in:


UberChic Beauty Beach Please over Sally Hansen Rose Flush

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Rose Flush
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Beach Please
Stamping Polish(es): Colour Alike Grenadine, Aquarium, and Purple Mojito; Moyra Gold

I've always wanted to go somewhere where I could snorkel among beautiful coral and tropical fishes, so I had to do with for vacation day one!


UberChic Beauty Beach Please over Sally Hansen Rise Up

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Rise Up
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Beach Please
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Silly Daffodilly and Ker-minty Frog Here

One of the best vacations I've ever gone on was when I went to Hawaii, and pineapples always make me think of Hawaii!


UberChic Beauty Beach Please over Zoya Bee, Cam, and Robbie

Base Polish(es): Zoya Bee, Cam, and Robbie
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Beach Please
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope White

My favorite places in the world to visit are beaches, especially on vacations. I love wandering along them and hoping I find a shell or two...


UberChic Beauty Modern Tropical over Zoya Josie

Base Polish(es): Zoya Josie
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Modern Tropical
Stamping Polish(es): Color Alike Purple Mojito and Kiwizz, Moonflower Polish El Yunque

I also love anything with a tropical setting. Jungles, islands, whatever! So this is my abstract tropical island. :)


UberChic Beauty Modern Tropical over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Colour Alike Polishes

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Get Mod, Sally Hansen Smokey Silver, Colour Alike Kiwizz and Aquarium
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Modern Tropical
Stamping Polish(es): Colour Alike Kiwizz and Aquarium

This one is my abstract kelp in the ocean--one of my favorite places to go for a getaway is Carmel, where, if you're lucky, you can see otters frolicking in the kelp beds.


You can buy these plates now in UberChic Beauty's store...and there will be a new plate revealed each day starting today, June 10th, through June 14th! I will be showing the new plate each day in a video review, so head on over to my YouTube channel to check it out!

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 and Animal Print

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Hello!


Today we're gonna take a look at two new plates from Dixie Plates, her Mega Mani Mix 03 plate, and her Animal Print plate.


First up, here's the short video review I did of the plate:


And here's an up close look at the plates:

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03


Dixie Plates Animal Print


Everybody needs an animal print plate--the patterns are versatile, go with so many of the fabric patterns out there, and can be used for texture under other stamps. And her Mega Mani Mix plates are especially good for beginning stampers--they give a wide variety of images all in one place so you can get a lot of use out of your first plates while learning how to stamp.


Here are the sample swatches I did with the plates:




Now let's jump on in to the manis! First, here are two I did with the Animal Print plate:


Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Zoya Bee and Cam

Base Polish(es): Zoya Bee & Zoya Cam
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Animal Print
Stamping Polish(es): It Girl Nail Art Mimosa; Kaleidoscope Pink


Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Zoya Kiera

Base Polish(es): Zoya Kiera
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Animal Print
Stamping Polish(es): Hit The Bottle Everyday I'm Truffling



And here are a few I did with the Mega Mani Mix 03 plate:

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Zoya Rocky

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Zoya Rocky

Base Polish(es): Zoya Rocky
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03
Stamping Polish(es): Colour Alike Kiwizz



Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Sally Hansen Molten Mauve

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Molten Mauve
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03
Stamping Polish(es): Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser (limited edition, snap this up if you want it!)


Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Girly Bits and Zoya polishes

Base Polish(es): Girly Bits Saffron, Saffroff, Zoya Bee, Zoya Cam and Zoya Dacey
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits White Wedding


What do you think? Do you like these plates? Are you an animal print fan?


You can buy both of these plates now in the Dixie Plates store, or if you're in the US, you can find them at Lantern & Wren.


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Monday, June 3, 2019

PPU Alert! Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser (stamping polish!)

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Hello!

Today we're gonna take a look at another Polish Pickup polish from the June collection, this time a stamping polish (which always makes me happy) and a holo (which always makes me ecstatic!). This is Lantern & Wren's Holo Straight, No Chaser:


Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser

Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser


Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser

Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser

Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser

Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser

Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser


The inspiration for Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser is the movie Storm Chasers (get it? hehe), right in line with the weather theme.


You can wear this polish as a one-coater, and it's a gorgeous, oil-slick-flash holo. It shows beautifully over light colors, but less so over black--yet it still shows the flash. So I did a mani over a dark red to show you how gorgeous it is there:


Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser & Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Sally Hansen Molten Mauve

Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser & Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Sally Hansen Molten Mauve

Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser & Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03 over Sally Hansen Molten Mauve

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Molten Mauve
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 03
Stamping Polish(es): Lantern & Wren Holo Straight, No Chaser


You can buy this polish during PPU's June sale, from June 7th-10th. Price will be $12.50 per bottle, with a cap of 200 bottles. In the meantime, come hang out with the Polish Pickup Pack to get sneak-peeks and news about future PPU offerings. :)


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Thursday, May 30, 2019

PPU Alert! The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain

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It's that time again--time for Polish Pickup! This month's theme is weather, and today I'm gonna show you The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain, a soft sage crelly with multichrome shimmer, glitters and flakies:

The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain

The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain

The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain

The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain

The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain

The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula & application: Perfect!

This inspiration for this polish is money (hence 'Make It Rain'--hehehe, such a fun play on the weather theme!) and it looks like stacks of dollar bills and gold coins. It's jam-packed with beautiful, magical things, so much so that this is one of my favorite polishes so far this year.


I wanted to play up the antique-vintage feel to this, and the shimmer, so I chose some art nouveau images and a soft stamping polish:


The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain stamped with Moyra Vanity

The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain stamped with Moyra Vanity

Base Polish(es): The Lady Varnishes Make It Rain
Stamping Plate(s): Moyra Vanity
Stamping Polish(es): Messy Mansion Bisque

I am so happy with how this came out--it's so vintage and classy, I'm absolutely going to wear this combo again.




This polish goes on sale June 7th-June 10th in the Polish Pickup store; the price will be $12.50, and there will be a cap of 130, so set that alarm and grab it quick if you want it! In the meantime, you can check out Kirsten's other beauties in The Lady Varnishes' shop.


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Zoya's Summer 2019 Barefoot Collection

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Hello!


Today I have Zoya's summer 2019 Barefoot collection to show you! Let's jump right in!

Zoya Barefoot Collection


First up is Zoya Bee, a soft banana creme:

Zoya Bee

Zoya Bee

Zoya Bee

Zoya Bee

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Patchy on the first coat, but this lessened with the second. I'd suggest fast, thin coats, as it's a little finicky.

I love having a soft yellow in my collection--it's such a cheerful color and it's far more wearable than brighter yellows (although that doesn't stop me!). This has a lovely country feel to it.


Next we have Zoya Dacey, a bright bubble gum pink creme: 


Zoya Dacey

Zoya Dacey

Zoya Dacey

Zoya Dacey

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Good. I'd suggest fast, thin coats.

This is a solid girly pink for all your summer needs! Walks on the beach, brunches, if you're a pink lover, this one's gonna go the distance for you. :)


Next is Zoya Dallas, a silver and white glitter topper in a clear base:


Zoya Dallas


Zoya Dallas over Zoya Rie

Zoya Dallas over Zoya Rie


Zoya Dallas over Zoya Walker

Zoya Dallas over Zoya Walker

Zoya Dallas over Zoya Walker

Coverage: I'm wearing one coat; you can add as much as you like.
Formula: This applied very easily and dried quickly.

This is a fun, versatile little glitter topper. It goes with just about everything and gives a polka-dot effect. I also think it looks like snowfall.


Then we have Zoya Eleni, a pastel robin's egg blue creme: 


Zoya Eleni

Zoya Eleni

Zoya Eleni

Zoya Eleni

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Good.

Love this for a soft romantic look, and it would go so beautifully with Bee. Also a great base for nail art!


Next we have Zoya Joey, a soft peach creme:


Zoya Joey

Zoya Joey

Zoya Joey

Zoya Joey

Coverage: 3 coats
Formula: I needed three coats to get rid of the patchiness on this one, which really bummed me out. I love the color so I had high hopes for this one.

This color is feminine and sweet! I just wish the formula was a little better.


Then we have Zoya Kiera, a light brown with golden shimmer:


Zoya Kiera

Zoya Kiera

Zoya Kiera

Zoya Kiera

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Excellent formula

This looks like a magical latte sent directly from heaven. The shade is universally flattering, and it's one of those special polishes that manages to give you a little special while being a lovely neutral appropriate for any sort of situation. LOVE.


Next up is Zoya Liza, a smoked tomato creme:

Zoya Liza

Zoya Liza

Zoya Liza

Zoya Liza
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Excellent!

Liza is sultry but dignified. This is an adult red, confident but quiet. A good solid basic for your polish wardrobe.


Then we have Zoya Marcy, a fiery orange-red with deep orange shimmer:


Zoya Marcy

Zoya Marcy

Zoya Marcy

Zoya Marcy
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Excellent!

If Liza is dignified, Marcy will dance on top of tables. She's fun, she's hot, she's all the adventures you hope to have this summer. Can you tell this is another of my favorites?


Next we have Zoya Rie, a medium magenta creme:

Zoya Rie

Zoya Rie

Zoya Rie

Zoya Rie

Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula: You might be able to get buy with one coat on this one if you don't have ridges like me.

Rie is such a happy, bright color, it's another one that's perfect for all sorts of summer fun.


Then we have Zoya Robbie, a berry with orange-gold flecked shimmer:


Zoya Robbie

Zoya Robbie

Zoya Robbie
Zoya Robbie

Zoya Robbie

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Excellent!

Oh man, I love this so much. It's like a magical berry smoothie that someone laced with gold flakes. Possibly my favorite in the collection.


Next we have Zoya Tessa, a light peach with a gold shimmer:


Zoya Tessa

Zoya Tessa

Zoya Tessa

Zoya Tessa

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Excellent

The soft shimmer to this makes it elegant and chic. Another universally flattering shade. Love, love, love.


And finally we have Zoya Walker, a bright cerulean blue creme:


Zoya Walker

Zoya Walker

Zoya Walker

Zoya Walker

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Patchy on the first coat, but this lessened with the second. This looks patchier in the pictures than it did on my fingers for some reason--I didn't see any patches after the second coat.

This is the epitome of summer to me--it's bright skies and cool lakes, and it makes me just want to get outside and have a picnic. So pretty.


So there you have it, Zoya's Barefoot collection! These definitely aren't one-coat cremes, but other than that I think there are a lovely selection of colors to play with here, and some no-brainer shades everyone's gonna snap up. What do you think? Any favorites?

You can find this collection on sale now in Zoya's store, and anywhere else that Zoya is sold. :) 


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