Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: Incoco Color Theory Collection (plus, nail art!)

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Hello!

It's been a while since I brought you some Incoco Nail Appliques, and I have a few selections from a a fun collection to get back into the groove: Incoco's Color Theory collection, which plays with the concept of subtle color blocking with fun summer hues.


Let's start with Incoco Bay Breeze, which has a periwinkle-blue base with iridescent glitters:


Incoco Bay Breeze
Incoco Bay Breeze

Incoco Bay Breeze
Incoco Bay Breeze

Incoco Bay Breeze
Incoco Bay Breeze

Incoco Bay Breeze
Incoco Bay Breeze


I've told you before how much I adore Incoco's glitter wraps. They're sooooo much easier to remove than glitter polishes, and they're a fast, easy base for awesome nail art. This screamed out for flowers, so I stamped a fun pattern from MoYou London's Flower Power 08 plate; I stamped with Sally Hansen Mint Sprint and Co-Bolt Blue:


Incoco Bay Breeze + MoYou London Flower Power 08
Incoco Bay Breeze + MoYou London Flower Power 08



Next up is Incoco Color Theory, a set of bold, colorblocked designed on a tan background:


Incoco Color Theory
Incoco Color Theory

Incoco Color Theory
Incoco Color Theory

Incoco Color Theory
Incoco Color Theory

Incoco Color Theory
Incoco Color Theory


I love how the tan give a more subtle feel to the color blocking. I also love the retro '80s feel of this, and in fact, in the '80s, I belonged to a children's bowling league, and the shoes they had at the bowling alley looked soooo much like this. So I couldn't resist adding a little bit of a bowling shoe touch to these with Bundle Monster BM420 and Messy Mansion Carbon stamping polish:



Incoco Color Theory + Bundle Monster 420
Incoco Color Theory + Bundle Monster 420


Next is Incoco Double Vision, a fun kaleidoscope-type pattern with a range of reds, pinks, purples and blues:


Incoco Double Vision
Incoco Double Vision

Incoco Double Vision
Incoco Double Vision

Incoco Double Vision
Incoco Double Vision

Incoco Double Vision
Incoco Double Vision

I think this is so pretty, and has such a feminine feel, not an easy trick with colorblocking. For this one, I added played up the femininity with a coat of fine holographic glitter, Spellbound Nails Comet, to add to the holographic-type effect:


Incoco Double Vision + Spellbound Nails Comet
Incoco Double Vision + Spellbound Nails Comet


And finally, we have Incoco Summer School, a fun mix of colors, lines, and geometics:


Incoco Summer School
Incoco Summer School


Incoco Summer School
Incoco Summer School

Incoco Summer School
Incoco Summer School

Incoco Summer School
Incoco Summer School


I love the way these play with each other, and I was feeling them just the way they were, so I didn't do any nail art on top of them *gasp*! I know, right? From the package I wasn't sure how well they were going to go together, but they charmed me once they were on.


I think this is a fun collection, just on its own merits, or as a base for nail art. Color blocking and geometrics go perfectly with summer in my opinion! You can find these and other designs in the collection on Incoco's website, and you can find selected Incoco designs at your nearby Walgreen's, and now at Walmart!


Happy wrapping,
M.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Before & After: Blueberry poppies (Literary Lacquers Soul Burning Within Me + UberChic Beauty 9-02)

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Hello nail lovelies!


A couple of days ago I showed you some awesome Literary Lacquers holos (see part one here and part two here), including the amazing Soul Within Me Burning:

 
Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning
Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning
 
Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning
Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning


Now, you know I have to decorate it somehow, but I can't bear to cover a gorgeous holo like this all the way, it's just not right. So here's what I came up with. I double-stamped my ring, pinkie and thumbs using UberChic Beauty plate 9-02:


UberChic Beauty 9-02
UberChic Beauty 9-02


I stamped with Sally Hansen Lively Lilac and Messy Mansion Soft Gold:


Blackberry poppies: Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning + UberChic Beauty 9-02
Blackberry poppies: Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning + UberChic Beauty 9-02

Blackberry poppies: Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning + UberChic Beauty 9-02
Blackberry poppies: Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning + UberChic Beauty 9-02

Blackberry poppies: Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning + UberChic Beauty 9-02
Blackberry poppies: Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning + UberChic Beauty 9-02


I love the double-stamping effect on this! The soft lilac under the gold just adds extra dimension that gives it life. Love, love, love. :)


Happy stamping!
M.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

NOTD: Tropical sunset (Zoya Sunsets collection + UberChic Beauty 9-01)

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Hello!

From the moment I saw the polishes in the Zoya Sunsets collection (see my full review here) I knew I had to do some sort of gradient with them. I decided to go with the name, and try to do a tropical sunset sort of look. I also didn't want to do the typical thing with the gradient on all of the nails, so I decided to go for a skittle.


To accent the sunset, I wanted to add some tropical flowers so I went with one of the hibiscus images from UberChic Beauty 9-01:




I did a gradient with Zoya Liv, Brynn, Dixie and Cam on three fingers. I used Liv only for one of the remaining nails, and on the nail with the decal, I used Brynn. I made hibiscus flower decal using Ness, Dixie, and Cam (I stamped the image itself with Messy Mansion Carbon). Here's how it came out:


Tahiti sunset manicure with Zoya Sunsets polishes + UberChic Beauty 9-01
Tahiti sunset manicure with Zoya Sunsets polishes + UberChic Beauty 9-01

Tahiti sunset manicure with Zoya Sunsets polishes + UberChic Beauty 9-01
Tahiti sunset manicure with Zoya Sunsets polishes + UberChic Beauty 9-01


What do you think? I like it okay, but I feel like I overblended the gradient on the index and pinkie, I wish it was a little more spread out like on the thumb. I also feel like it needs something--maybe a glitter topper on one of the nails, or a coat of fairy dust over the whole thing. Still, it's pretty and I enjoyed wearing it!


Happy stamping,
M.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection

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Hello!

You may have noticed that galaxy nails are making quite a resurgence, and I love this because I've always been a huge fan--they're super easy to make, the only hard part is picking the right polishes that work well together. And Spellbound Nails has put together a collection of polishes designed just for that purpose.

Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection
Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection


So what I'm going to do is show you each polish, and as I go, I'm going to show you some galaxy art done with each polish. But before I start, I just can't resist mentioning the totally adorable packaging this collection came in:


Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection
Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection


How adorable is that spaceship card that describes the polishes?!! And that galaxy tissue paper! I love it when a maker goes the extra mile to make your experience awesome from the very moment you open the box.


Let's get down to it, starting with Black Eye, since most galaxy nail art uses a black background. This is a beautiful black creme:


Spellbound Nails Black Eye
Spellbound Nails Black Eye

Spellbound Nails Black Eye
Spellbound Nails Black Eye

Spellbound Nails Black Eye
Spellbound Nails Black Eye


The formula on this was excellent and it applied like butter. This is two coats wit topcoat--easy peasy. Galaxy nails or no, this is a sexy, vampy black creme. Mee-rowr.


Here's the galaxy design I did with this polish:


Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection
Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection



Somebody on YouTube said this looks more like the northern lights than a night sky, and I'm totally okay with that! Normally I do prefer to have a more blended look but I was doing this on video and make it brighter than I normally would--but I love how it came out so that was a happy accident! And it also makes a very important point--it's nearly impossible to go wrong with galaxy nails. Just about anything you do is gonna come out looking great in the end.

And speaking of the video tutorial, here it is if you want to check it out:




The basic techniqe for all the nails is pretty darn easy:

(1) Pick your base polish
(2) Sponge the polishes one at a time overlapping one another until you get the effect you want
(3) Put on your glitter topper
(4) Draw on any stars or planets you want
(5) Add topcoat if you so desire.

Here's a graphic to show you how easy it is:



Okay, let's move on to the next polish. Milky Way, a white creme:


Spellbound Nails Milky Way
Spellbound Nails Milky Way

Spellbound Nails Milky Way
Spellbound Nails Milky Way


This is three thin coats; as with most white cremes, this was a little patchy on the first two coats, so I kept the coats thin and went with three--that evened things out well, and you may be able to do this in two coats. The polish dries quickly, so this wasn't a problem.


Here's the galaxy art I created with this polish:


Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection
Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection



To my eyes, this doesn't look so much like a galaxy as what I hope heaven looks like! Since the background is white, I pulled out some silver polish for the stars--next time I might stamp some angels. :)


Next up is Pinwheel, a pink crelly that dries to a waxy finish:

Spellbound Nails Pinwheel
Spellbound Nails Pinwheel

Spellbound Nails Pinwheel
Spellbound Nails Pinwheel


Because this collection is designed for nail art, the polishes are opaque and fast-drying. That means they dry fast when you're applying, too, and with the colored polishes in this collection I found I got best results when I applied three thin coats, working quickly so I didn't have to go back over the same spot too much, otherwise I got too much pulling. I still got a little unevenness, but it evened out well as it dried. I'm a huge fan of wax finishes, so for me the extra care was well worth it.


This is such a pretty cotton candy color in this finish! But if you prefer your polish glossy, here's what it looks like with topcoat:


Spellbound Nails Pinwheel with topcoat
Spellbound Nails Pinwheel with topcoat


I used Pinwheel as a base to show you Comet, a glitter topcoat with teeny holo glitter and teeny holo shards that are perfect for creating stars in your galaxy art:


Spellbound Comet over Pinwheel
Spellbound Comet over Pinwheel

This is one coat of Comet over Pinwheel, and I also show one coat of Comet in all of the galaxy artwork you're seeing here. For this mani I wanted to show you how just one galaxy accent nail looks, and in honor of the name of this polish, I made a sort-of pinwheel galaxy.


Next up is Whirlpool, a robin's-egg blue crelly with a waxy finish:


Spellbound Whirlpool
Spellbound Whirlpool

Spellbound Whirlpool
Spellbound Whirlpool


And if you prefer the glossy look:


Spellbound Whirlpool with topcoat
Spellbound Whirlpool with topcoat


For the art on this one I wanted to do a little more of a background effect:


Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection
Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection



The last polish in the collection is Cosmos, a smoky lilac crelly with a waxy finish:


Spellbound Cosmos
Spellbound Cosmos

Spellbound Cosmos
Spellbound Cosmos


And here's the glossy version:



Spellbound Cosmos with topcoat
Spellbound Cosmos with topcoat

Spellbound Cosmos with topcoat
Spellbound Cosmos with topcoat


For the art on this one, I wanted to focus the galaxy portion closer to the tips, with a little hint of them at the cuticle:



Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection
Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection

This one is without a doubt my favorite!! It's sort of like I dipped my fingers into the edge of a galaxy, and something about the purple just gives it a little extra oomph. I did this one last and I'm glad I did because I couldn't bear to take it off until I'd worn it for a few days. Even then it was hard!


To wrap up, here are the different looks I made with the collection:


Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection
Galaxy nails with Spellbound Nails Galaxy Nails collection


What do you think, do you have a favorite? You already know mine...


I think this is a great idea for a collection that's ready made for nail art--the polishes work very well together, they blend easily but keep their colors distinct, and that's not always the case when you work with polishes from a bunch of different collections or makers. So if you like galaxy nail art, this makes the process extremely easy, and I'm very happy with the results.


You can buy these polishes individually or together as a collection in the Spellbound Nails shop; she has them in both full-sized an mini-sized bottles. And don't forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram.


Happy galaxy surfing!
M.