Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review: UberChic Beauty mini plates

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Hello nail lovelies!

UberChic Beauty has tried something new with their stamping plates--mini plates! These plates are designed to go in-depth on a single theme, and they're pretty darn awesome.

Of course I made a video to show them to you and give some ideas for using the images (with a live stamping test thrown in:




And in this post I'm going to do things a little differently. Usually I show all the plates, then all the size stills, then all the stamping tests. This time I'm going to go plate by plate, since these are all sold separately.


Let's start with my favorite, Coffee Addict, you know, because COFFEE!:

Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate
Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate


Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate
Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate

Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate
Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate


There is so much awesome in this plate, I do't even know where to begin. All the different sizes and shapes of drinks are so adorable--you can use a single one on an accent nail, or make a collage with them, or represent your favorites strategically. I love the full nail images, especially the huge one--I plan to do a mani where I put the section that says 'I <3 Coffee' on one nail and other sections on the others. But I think my very favorite image is the one that looks like tiles with different mugs and espresso makers--how cool would that be stamped over a gorgeous brown holo?!

Here are the sizes we're looking at:

Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate
Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate

Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate
Uber Mini: Coffee Addict plate

Even though these plates are minis, you can see the full-nail images will cover your nails unless they're pretty darn long, and the little images are small enough to fit on the nail no problem. :) And as for stamping quality, it's solid:




Next is the Little Bitty Icons plate. I apologize, this plate was difficult to photograph; since the images are so small, they competed with the reflection of my hands, and the tiny surface scratches you can't normally even see:


Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons
Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons

Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons
Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons

Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons
Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons

UberChic originally designed these plates for nail addicts' kids--the images are meant for their little nails. I know a fair number of women who have pretty darn small nails, too, and this would be a great plate for them, too. But, even for the rest of us, this is a versatile plate. These are awesome for a simple decoration on a French design, great for a single small accent, and you can combine them to make your own collages.

Check out how truly bitty they are:

Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons
Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons

Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons
Uber Mini: Little Bitty Icons

And while I had a hard time with taking a picture of them, they stamp beautifully:




The Parisian Love plate is another favorite of mine, almost tied with the Coffee Addict plate:


Uber Mini: Parisian Love
Uber Mini: Parisian Love


Uber Mini: Parisian Love
Uber Mini: Parisian Love

Uber Mini: Parisian Love
Uber Mini: Parisian Love

You can go cut with this--little cafe scenes or street scenes--or boho chic with the script and the flourishes and OMG that woman with her gorgeous face and hair! Going to a wine tasting party or on a romantic picnic? How perfect is that little wine glass and the little cheese wedge and the little croissant? Love.

Here's an idea of the relative sizes:


Uber Mini: Parisian Love

Uber Mini: Parisian Love


And here is how it stamps--pay no attention to the warping, that's because I stamped down on a piece of paper, and that's why I try to do all my demos on my fingers. You can see that despite the warping that was my error, the image came out very well:




And finally, we have the Succulents plate, which celebrates cacti and their relatives:

Uber Mini: Succulents
Uber Mini: Succulents

Uber Mini: Succulents
Uber Mini: Succulents

Uber Mini: Succulents
Uber Mini: Succulents


For a long time, cacti were the only plants I could keep alive...luckily my thumb has gotten greener since then, but I still have a special place in my heart for cacti and other succulents. But if you don't, take a look at how many of those image look like just plain flowers--so if you like them, there's no law that says you have to make them look like succulents. Go crazy!

And here's how big the images are:




And again, great stamping quality:




I'll do a manicure for the other three plates in separate posts, but for now, you know I had to do a mani with the Coffee Addict plate:

I started with a base skittle of Zoya Desiree and Barielle Belly Dance; I stamped with Sally Hansen Sand Storm, and Messy Mansion Carbon and Chalk:



Happy coffee time! With Zoya Desiree, Barielle Belly Dance, and UberChic Beauty Coffee Addict plate

Happy coffee time! With Zoya Desiree, Barielle Belly Dance, and UberChic Beauty Coffee Addict plate

These plates are an excellent way to get a small plate with a bunch of related images to play with. You can find them in UberChic Beauty's store, and don't forget to follow them on Facebook for updates and sales!

Happy stamping,
M.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray

(Press sample)

Hello!!


I have a neat little gadget to show you today, sent to me for review by Born Pretty Store! It's a little tray designed to help you keep track of your rhinestones or other bitty ditties, and it comes with a little pen-type thing to help you pick them up and place them.

I made a video to show it to you in action:



Now let's take a look at it up close and personal like.  Here's everything in the package:

Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray
Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray


There's a little lip around the edge of the tray to keep the rhinestones from going everywhere, and there are little ridges to help you sort everything out and keep them straight:


Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray
Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray


On the back side the ridges are a little wider, for bigger rhinestones and other decorations:


Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray
Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray


So here I've poured out some half microbeads; you can see that the tray is small enough to not get in the way of everything on your work space, but big enough to sort out what you need:


Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray
Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray


I like to use it to count out the right number and turn them over so they're all ready to go when I want to apply them, since I usually have to work fast before my topcoat dries:


Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray
Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray


The set comes with a pink stylus and some soft pink wax; you put the wax on the top of the sylus, and it allows you to pick up your decorations (these are stills from the video):


Born Pretty Store rhinestone pick-up stylus
Born Pretty Store rhinestone pick-up stylus

Born Pretty Store rhinestone pick-up stylus
Born Pretty Store rhinestone pick-up stylus


One of the things I love best about this is how easily it helps you put everything away:


Easy clean-up with the Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray
Easy clean-up with the Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray

Easy clean-up with the Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray
Easy clean-up with the Born Pretty Store rhinestone sorting tray



So much easier than trying to round them all up with your fingers or a scraper!


All in all, I love this little device, and I'm glad I have it. It's a simple thing, but sometimes the simplest things are exactly what you need to get the job done.


Now...you know I wouldn't leave you hanging with no sample mani, right??


I started with Sally Hansen Lava, one of my favorite multichromes ever, which shifts from bright pink through burnt coral:

Sally Hansen Lava
Sally Hansen Lava


I stamped it using Messy Mansion Symetrika 04, with Messy Mansion Carbon:


Messy Mansion Symetrika 04
Messy Mansion Symetrika 04


Then I put pink duochrome dots on with Hit The Bottle Polish Peach Blow, and then added my half gold beads:


Happy Henna with Sally Hansen Lava and Messy Mansion Symetrika 04
Happy Henna with Sally Hansen Lava and Messy Mansion Symetrika 04

Happy Henna with Sally Hansen Lava and Messy Mansion Symetrika 04
Happy Henna with Sally Hansen Lava and Messy Mansion Symetrika 04


What do you think! I love the way the colors work together, and I love how the edge of the star pattern makes such a pretty fan-like pattern. Very warm and pretty!

You can find the rhinestone sorting tray here on Born Pretty Store's site, and don't forget to use my code to get 10% off your purchase:




Happy stamping!
M.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Before & After: Mesh neon gradient

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Hello!


Why, why, why do neons freak out cameras? Why is it so difficult to get full neon awesomeness recorded for posterity?? Sigh...

For today's manicure I wanted to do something bright and fun and happy...summer neons will be on their way out soon, and form some reason I just felt that bite from the neon bug.

I pulled out some of my old standby China Glaze Neons, Surfin' For Boys, Beach Cruise-R, and Surreal Appeal (not a neon), and made a gradient with them:


Neon gradient with China Glaze Neons
Neon gradient with China Glaze Neons


Then I picked a fun pattern from Messy Mansion's Symetrika 05 to stamp them with, and used Sally Hansen Lightning for my stamping polish:


Meshy neon gradient with China Glaze Neons and Messy Mansion Symetrika 05
Meshy neon gradient with China Glaze Neons and Messy Mansion Symetrika 05

Meshy neon gradient with China Glaze Neons and Messy Mansion Symetrika 05
Meshy neon gradient with China Glaze Neons and Messy Mansion Symetrika 05


This is pretty in the pics, but so much more bright and neon-y in person! I love how the pinks and oranges and yellows all play off of each other--I totally want a bikini like this. Oh, and, the sexy body to go in that bikini...;-)


Happy stamping!
M.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: UberChic Beauty collection 8 (plus sample mani with 8-01!)

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Hello!

Today I have another set of really awesome plates from UberChic Beauty to show you today! Also, just a heads up, I'm usually able to post my videos up on YouTube a little before I can get them into the queue for the blog, so if you want to see them as soon as they come out, check out my YouTube channel here.


And now, here's the video!



Let's take a look at the plates!


UberChic Beauty plate 8-01
UberChic Beauty plate 8-01


UberChic Beauty plate 8-01
UberChic Beauty plate 8-01

UberChic Beauty plate 8-01
UberChic Beauty plate 8-01


As always, these plates have a great mix of flowers, geometrics, flourishy stuff, elegance, and fun images. My personal favorites on this plate are the googly-eye circles (note the circular border on that image which lets you cover just part of your nail, should you want that), the brass-knuckle bubble rings, and the one that looks like a stylized peacock feather.



UberChic Beauty plate 8-02
UberChic Beauty plate 8-02


UberChic Beauty plate 8-02
UberChic Beauty plate 8-02

UberChic Beauty plate 8-02
UberChic Beauty plate 8-02


Another feature I love on the UberChic plates is that they give you smaller isolated images that match the full-nail images, so you can mix-n-match and design away! My favorites on this plate are the double-sized flower (with matching inset images), the orchids, and the strings of beads.



UberChic Beauty plate 8-03
UberChic Beauty plate 8-03

UberChic Beauty plate 8-03
UberChic Beauty plate 8-03

UberChic Beauty plate 8-03
UberChic Beauty plate 8-03


Did I mention how much I love it when these plates have parts of the same images in different sizes and sections? Look at the flowers and leaves at the top of this plate. Notice how the image second from the right is an inset of the one on the farthest left? There are images like this on almost every place that do this, and they make your design choices so much more flexible and fun. I adore all of the lacy images on this plate, and omg those roses!


Let's take a look at how bit these images are!







 And, most important of all--how do they stamp? Pretty darn well, thank you very much:







So let's take a look at my sample mani...I started with a base of Zoya Aster, from the spring 2016 Petals collection: 



Zoya Aster

Then I stamped with Sally Hansen Brisk Blue; I dotted with Sally Hansen I-rush Luck and Grape Going: 


Half-moon peacocks with Zoya Aster and UberChic Beauty 8-01
Half-moon peacocks with Zoya Aster and UberChic Beauty 8-01

Half-moon peacocks with Zoya Aster and UberChic Beauty 8-01
Half-moon peacocks with Zoya Aster and UberChic Beauty 8-01

Half-moon peacocks with Zoya Aster and UberChic Beauty 8-01
Half-moon peacocks with Zoya Aster and UberChic Beauty 8-01


I'm so happy with how these came out! They're like art deco peacock feathers, and these colors look so good with the background. I adore it. :)

You can find these gorgeous plates in the UberChic Beauty shop; don't forget to follow them on Facebook for updates about products and sales.

Happy stamping!
M.