Friday, January 19, 2018

New Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polishes, Part 1!

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Hello!


As you know, I'm a huge fan of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, both for wearing, and for stamping with--so I was very excited to find out that Sally Hansen was releasing 16 new Insta-Dri colors! Today we're going to take a look at 8 of them, and I'll review the other 8 in a separate post; then I'll take a look at how well this batch stamps.


Part 1: New Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polishes

First up, a quick overview of the collection. As the name implies, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes are formulated to be fast drying, so you can throw on a mani change fast and easily. I found all of these to be very fast drying, dry to the touch within 2-3 minutes. Plus, all of the polishes cover in 1-2 coats, most highly wearable with just one coat, which makes them even better for a fast manicure. And, the thick formula is what makes most Insta-Dris excellent stamping polishes.


So let's jump on in with the first half of the newbies! Proceeding alphabetically, first up is Sally Hansen Buff And Tumble, a light beige creme:


Sally Hansen Buff And Tumble

Sally Hansen Buff And Tumble
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Good

This was the only polish of the collection that definitely needs two coats for coverage--the first coat was a bit too patchy even for short, smooth nails.

This is a gorgeous neutral, classy and elegant, and it's a perfect base for nail art. I'll be reaching for this one over and over.


Next up we have Sally Hansen Champagne Supernova, a cream creme (why do I love typing that so much?!): 

Sally Hansen Champagne Supernova
Sally Hansen Champagne Supernova

Sally Hansen Champagne Supernova

Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula: Excellent

All of the light-colored polishes in the collection except Buff And Tumble will cover in one coat if you have short nails or smooth nails, but if you have ridge issues like me you may need two. I was very surprised at how well this covered--white and off-white cremes can be temperamental, but not these.

This is another great neutral--great for spring or summer, it has a very beachy feel to me. And it's another great base for nail art, especially if you like to stay away from stark whites. Pretty much any color is going to look beautiful with this.


Next up is Sally Hansen Heather Heather Hustle, a very light orchid creme:


Sally Hansen Heather Heather Hustle

Sally Hansen Heather Heather Hustle

Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula: Excellent

This is spring in a bottle--soft, like the essence of wildflowers. Feminine, flirty, and fun.


Then there's one of my favorites of the collection, Sally Hansen Just In Wine, a vampy burgundy creme:

Sally Hansen Just In Wine

Sally Hansen Just In Wine

Coverage: 1 coat
Formula: Excellent

Like most of the dark colors in the collection, this covers in one coat, no problem.

Oh, yeah, this is my jam--pun intended! A classic vampy winter color that I'd wear all year round. I was worried this might stain, but I had no problems. Bring it on!


And speaking of jam, here's Sally Hansen Let's Jam, a berry-leaning red creme:

Sally Hansen Let's Jam

Sally Hansen Let's Jam

Coverage: 1 coat
Formula: Excellent

This was another of my favorites--raspberry goodness that makes me think of summer picnics and bikinis on beaches. Love.


Next is Sally Hansen Midnight Drive, a deep royal blue shimmer:


 Sally Hansen Midnight Drive

 Sally Hansen Midnight Drive

Coverage: 1-2 coats (most likely you'll be fine with one)
Formula: Excellent

This blue is the depth of the ocean, or a clear night sky. It's dark dark dark without looking black, and it has just enough shimmer to give it extra pretty.


Sally Hansen Peach Buzz is my very favorite of the entire collection--it's a peachy creme with a golden shimmer:


Sally Hansen Peach Buzz

Sally Hansen Peach Buzz

Sally Hansen Peach Buzz

Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula: Excellent

This makes me want peach sorbet, while simultaneously being warm and and somehow sunny. I adore it. :)


And finally (for today!) we have Sally Hansen Petal To The Metal, a light pink metallic:

Sally Hansen Petal To The Metal

Sally Hansen Petal To The Metal

Sally Hansen Petal To The Metal
Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula: Excellent

This is one super-easy coat, and delivers flirty shimmer like crazy. It makes me think of shimmery Easter dresses and retro lipstick.


Okay--watch this space--I'll be back with the other eight polishes, and a stamping test. In the meantime, you can find these anywhere you buy Sally Hansen products, including their website, your local drugstore/target/etc., or on Amazon.


Happy polishing!
M. xoxo

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Let It Snow! (featuring UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle + Shinespark Polish Milky Way)

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Hello!


I've been really feeling snow manis lately, so I have one more to show you before I put them away for the season...


I started with a base of Shinespark Polish Milky Way, and then stamped snowflake images from the UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle plate:




I stamped first with MoYou London Purple Haze then with Messy Mansion Sterling. Here's how it came out:



UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish Milky Way
 
UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish Milky Way


I love the way the flakies in the polish dance and shine out from under the snowflakes!


For some reason, I needed to know what it would look like matted, so I hit it with a coat of Sally Hansen Big Matte topcoat:


UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish Milky Way, matted

UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish Milky Way, matted

What do you think? Matted or not matted?


Hope you're staying warm and cozy this winter,
M. xoxo

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Spellbound Nails Rocky Horror Valentine Collection!

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Hello!


Do you have the post-holidays blues? Do you know what the best way to get over the post-holidays blues is? Throw yourself into gorgeous Valentine's polishes!


Of course, I tend to like Valentine's polishes and manis that have a little edge to them...Luckily for me, Spellbound Nails is releasing her Rocky Horror Valentine Collection, a set of nails that, like Brad and Janet, turn traditional love just a liiiiiittttle bit on its head...


Spellbound Nails Rocky Horror Valentine Collection


Let's jump right on in and do the Time Warp with Spellbound Nails A Jump To The Left, a clear glitter topper in red, purple, turquoise, tangerine, caramel, and silver holographic: 

Spellbound Nails A Jump To The Left

Spellbound Nails A Jump To The Left

Coverage: Topper; depends on the effect you want
Application: Excellent, smooths on easily

To show you this one two different ways, I swiped a coat onto all of my nails except the accent, which I sponged on to get a fuller coverage. I personally prefer my glitters with more sparse coverage, but this is beautiful either way--with one coat, it looks like confetti on the table at a party, and on the accent nail it looks like a pinata just exploded, raining down candy goodness everywhere! The colors in this feel more adult-party than children-party to me, but could certainly be used either way. Fun packed into a bottle. :)


Next up we have my favorite of the collection--wait for it--Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation (see what I did there?!), a multichrome holo that shifts from fuchsia purple-pink to a rust orange-red:


Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation
Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation

Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation
Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation

Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation
Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation

Coverage: 2 coats
Application: Perfection

This polish is like a magical sunset reflected in the sparkling waters of a lake at dusk. A shift of color, a flash of linear holo--just stunning.


Then there's Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet, an orchid crelly with a variety of silver holo glitters:


Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet

Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet

Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet

Coverage: 2 coats
Application: Excellent

I couldn't think of a better polish to represent Janet than this spring-sugar concoction of flirty innocence--that is, unless somehow by the end of the evening it turned to deep, vampy purple and left your nails mostly naked.


Next we have Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania, a dazzling glitter topper with silver and black holographic glitter--including lightning bolt glitters!!!!!


Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania

Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania

Coverage: Topper; depends on the effect you want
Application: Smooths on easily; you may need to fish for the lightning bolts.

OmgOmgOmg! Lightning bolt glitters!! And holo!!! Squeeeeeeeee!!!!! I show one coat plus fished lightning bolts over Spellbound Nails Black Eye to show you how sparkly and glitzy this is. Absolutely 100% worthy of Dr. Frank-N-Furter's stunning ensemble--so the next time you need a little drama in your life, grab this baby and show your nails what the word bling really means.

But, believe it or not, this wears a more subtle over certain colors, too--check out the snow mani I did with it here.


And last but most certainly not least, we have Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days, a rich gold holo with flecks of microflakie:


Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days

Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days

Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days

Coverage: 2 coats
Application: Perfection

This isn't some trashy cheap gold, this is stunning 24 karat glam gold. The color is silky and rich, and there's just enough holo flash to make it feel like your nails are glowing. Very wearable on its own, it also makes an excellent base for nail art; check out my 'diamonds are a girl's best friend' mani with it, here.


What do I think of the collection overall? I love a collection that tells a story, especially when it's inspired by a book or a movie. These polishes walk you through the square, innocent beginnings of Brad and Janet's journey, through the par-tay, and the various awakenings. These polishes can be used for sweet Valentine's manis if that's your thing, or they can go a little...alternative...in the blink of an eye. And there's nothing I love more than versatility. ;-)


Spellbound Nails Rocky Horror Valentine Collection


This polish goes on sale in Spellbound Nails' store tomorrow, January 15th. And in the meantime, I say we do the Time Warp again!


Happy polishing!
M. xoxo

Friday, January 12, 2018

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend--Day 5 of The Digit-al Dozen does All That Glitters

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Hello!


Today is the final day of The Digit-al Dozen's All That Glitters theme, and I've saved my very favorite mani for last!


A while back, I received these Galaxy Holo Flakes from BeautyBigBang for review:


BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes

BeautyBigBang multichrome flakies
BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes

I did a video review of them here, along with some multichrome holo powders I recieved:




Spoiler alert, I adore how these work on the nail--they're sparkly and glittery and holo-y, all while being smooth to the touch once you topcoat them:


BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes


So, of course I had to use them in an All That Glitters manicure!


I started with a base of Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days, part of her Rocky Horror Valentine collection releasing January 5th (stay tuned for my review!). Then I stamped a first layer of the gems from UberChic Beauty's 22-01 with Messy Mansion Sterling:


UberChic Beauty 22-01


Then I covered that first layer with the loose multichrome glitter, and then stamped the second layer with Messy Mansion Black. Here's how it came out:


UberChic Beauty 23-01 over Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days and BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes
UberChic Beauty 22-01 over Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days and BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes

UberChic Beauty 22-01 over Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days and BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes


I am so happy with how this turned out!!! I think the flakies make the gems look exactly like diamonds!! And this technique is soooo easy. Here's a tutorial I did showing how it's done:




What do you think? And are you a diamonds girl? I love them, but have to admit, I love rubies and emeralds more--those deep, gorgeous colors. Hmmm...I gotta check out if they have these flakies in red and green...


You can find the Galaxy Holo Flakes here, and use code MISHKA824M for 10% off your order. And don't forget to check out the other glittery manis below!


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo


Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen day 4: All That Glitters! (or, Stormy Skies)

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Hello!


Today is day 4 of the All That Glitters challenge for The Digit-al Dozen, and today I've decided to go wintery.


I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Let It Snow, a sky-blue polish with holographic and silver glitters, and then topped it with Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania, from her Rocky Horror Valentine collection (releasing January 15th; stay tuned for my review); Transexual Transylvania is a topper kersploding with silver and black holographic glitters--including silver lighting bolts! Then I stamped an image from UberChic Beauty 23-03:


UberChic Beauty 23-03


I stamped with Kaleidoscope White; here's how it came out:


UberChic Beauty 23-03 over Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania and Let It Snow
UberChic Beauty 23-03 over Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania and Let It Snow

UberChic Beauty 23-03 over Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania and Let It Snow


This image reminded me a bit of what I imagine a light, blustery sort of snow might look like if you got up close (since I don't live around snow, my imagination might not be on target!), and I like the little touch of whimsy it adds over the glitters. A different sort of snow mani. :)


What about you? Does it snow where you live? Do you love it or hate it?


Happy stamping--and don't forget to check out the other ladies' glittery manis below!
M. xoxo

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UberChic Beauty Collection 23 (plus day 3 of Digit-al Dozen All That Glitters goodness!)

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at UberChic Beauty's newest collection, collection 23! Here's the video review I did of the collection:




Here's a closer look:

UberChic Beauty 23-01

UberChic Beauty 23-02

UberChic Beauty 23-03

UberChic Beauty's full-nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 cm, and the stamping quality is excellent:



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These were all done with a clear stamper and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Midnight Drive.


Now on to the glitter! For my all that glitters mani, I started with a base of Shinespark Polish Milky way, a blue-purple duorchrome with holographic glitter flakies. Then I stamped my image from 23-01 with Messy Mansion Sterling, and finally I put blue and purple hex glitters into the center of each cube/hex:


UberChic Beauty 23-01 over Shinespark Polish Milky Way, then bedazzled

UberChic Beauty 23-01 over Shinespark Polish Milky Way, then bedazzled


What do  you think? I wish the duochrome showed a little more in the picture, but I love the futuristic feel to this--it looks like something people would wear on their nails in the Star Trek universe!


You can find these plates in UberChic Beauty's store, and don't forget to stalk them around the interwebs:




Do you like embellishing manicures with single glitters? Have you ever tried it? Either way, don't forget to check out the other glittery Digit-al Dozen manis, linked below. :)


Happy Stamping!
M. xoxo