Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Seven Deadly Sins Nail Art Series, Day 2: Greed!

(Press samples and affiliate links ahead!)

Hello!


Today's day two of my Seven Deadly Sins Halloween series (if you missed my Gluttony post, you can see it here), and today's sin is Greed...


...Which I decided to pair with zombies. Sure, it's fairly easy to say that zombies always want more brains, no matter how many they get, and that's greed. But, I'm gonna try to convince you this works on a deeper level, hehe. Now, I don't think there's anything wrong with liking nice things, or wanting to own nice things. But I think it can be all too easy to be lured into equating happiness with things, and then mindlessly try to pursue them in order to obtain happiness--mindless pursuit very much metaphorically like zombies. I'm not the first person to make this comparison--in fact, in Dawn of the Dead, one of the most famous zombies movies of all times, Zack Snyder has a deeply ironic scene of zombies taking over a shopping mall, an indictment of his fellow baby-boomers who turned their back on flower-power ideals for the pursuit of material goods that would epitomize the 1980's greedy 'Me' decade.


So, in that spirit, I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Greed, a mustard-wheat yellow scattered hollow with gold holographic glitter:

Spellbound Nails Greed


Then I dug out some really old plates and stamped with Cheeky 55 and Bunny Nails HD-C, using Messy Mansion Carbon for the dollar signs and Messy Mansion Ivy and Spring Green to gradient stamp the zombie hands:


Spellbound Nails Greed stamped with Cheeky 55 and Bunny Nails HD-C
 

So what do you think? Do zombies work for this? What Halloween baddie would you have paired with Greed?


Big hugs,
M. xoxo

Follow me! 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Seven Deadly Sins Nail Art Series--Day 1!

(Press samples and affiliate links ahead!)

Hello!


So, you may have noticed I've been posting a little less frequently this month. That's for two reasons. One is, I'm the Polish Pickup Blogger of the Month this month, so I've been busy swatching like crazy to bring you that post here in a few days! The second reason is:

I GOT A PUBLISHING CONTRACT!!

Yep, that's right, you've heard me talk about being a writer and a lot of people have asked when they can read my stuff--well, it looks like that'll be happening sometime next year!! I'm super excited and will let you know more details when I have them--but for now I've been hard at work editing book 1 and writing book 2. :)


Okay, so, back to nail art! This is my 7th Halloween as a nail blogger (where. does. the. time. go.), so I thought I'd do a little something different for Halloween this year...It also just so happens that recently reviewed Spellbound Nails Seven Deadly Sins collection (that number 7 again!), and something about that theme just feels Halloweeny to me. So I decided to do a Seven Deadly Sins Nail Art Series, combining that theme with Halloween. What that means is, for each deadly sin, I'll pick a classic Halloween baddie that I think symbolizes the sin.


I'm gonna kick things off with Gluttony. So first, here's a look at Spellbound Nails Gluttony, a pumpkin-orange holo with a scratter of gold holo glitters:


Spellbound Nails Gluttony


For my Halloween Gluttony baddie, I chose vampires, because they drink all of the blood they can get their fangs on!


Spellbound Nails Gluttony, featuring Vampires!


I stamped this using It Girl Nail Art IG123 for the background blood, then MoYou London Gothic 04, Festive 16, Bundle Monster 301, and Messy Mansion MM11. I used Girly Bits Cosmetics White Wedding, Little Black Dress, and Fire-Engine Red.


What do you think, are vampires a good choice for Gluttony? What would you have chosen?


Big hugs,
M. xoxo

Follow me! 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

UberChic Beauty's Culture Rich plate!

(Press samples and affiliate links ahead!)

Hello!


Today we're gonna take a look at UberChic Beauty's Culture Rich plate, filled with designs that are fun on their own, or that pair perfectly with other manis. Here's the video review I did of the plate:




And let's take a closer look:

UberChic Beauty Culture Rich


So many cool patterns to use on their own, layer, or as background for other designs. :)


As always, UberChic's full-nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 cm, and here's a shot with a ruler so you can judge the other images:




And here's a look at the sample swatches I did in the video:




Now on to the manis! I using patterns like this for awesome background designs, so I decided to do two Halloween manis that use these images for fun nail swag. For the first mani, I started with Zoya Chiara, and then stamped my pattern from the Culture Rich plate with Hit The Bottle Polish Midnight Pumpkin, and then stamped my skeletons from UberChic Beauty Halloween 01 and 03, using Hit The Bottle Polish Moonshine, over Messy Mansion Carbon to make them pop:


UberChic Beauty Culture Rich over Zoya Chiara

UberChic Beauty Culture Rich over Zoya Chiara


For my second mani, I started with a base of Zoya Jancyn, and stamped my image from Culture Rich with Messy Mansion Lilac. Then I stamped my little mummies from Halloween 03, using Messy Mansion Chalk:

UberChic Beauty Culture Rich over Zoya Jancyn

UberChic Beauty Culture Rich over Zoya Jancyn


And I couldn't resist mattifying this one:


UberChic Beauty Culture Rich over Zoya Jancyn

UberChic Beauty Culture Rich over Zoya Jancyn


So there you have it, two fun Halloween manis made excellent with patterns from the Culture Rich plate! You can find this plate on sale now in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can follow UberChic around the interwebs here:



Big hugs,
M. xoxo

Follow me! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Zoya's Jubilee Holiday 2018 collection!

(Press samples and affiliate links ahead!)

Hello!


Today I have Zoya's new Jubilee Holiday 2018 collection to show you...seriously, this year is flying past, it seems like I just blogged about the fall collection, and it's already time for the winter collection! I'm pretty sure it was just April a few days ago--where has the year gone?!


To start off, if you like to see the bottles in motion, here's a quick unboxing video I did of the collection:




And now let's jump into the beauties! First up is Zoya Allison, a luscious berry creme:


Zoya Allison

Zoya Allison
Coverage: One coat!
Application: Excellent

Allison is a festive berry with a fall twist, in that she has a slightly more subdued feel than berries you'd see in spring or summer collections. A great splash of color against your fall sweaters, leading right on in to holiday happiness.


Next up is Zoya Astrid, a fleck-finish polish that shifts from gold to bronze to copper:


Zoya Astrid

Zoya Astrid
Coverage: Two coats
Application: Excellent

If you took all the most beautiful golden fall leaves, crushed them up, then put them in a nail polish base, this is what you'd get. When I first saw this, I thought it might be a topper--but no, it's dense enough to cover in two coats, and even one coat will cover any undies you tried to put under it. This polish is like wearing burnished gold leaf on your nails, but is far, far easier to apply. ;-)


Next we have Zoya Carson, a medium-tan creme:

Zoya Carson

Zoya Carson

Coverage: One-two coats; I needed two, but you might be okay with one.
Application: Excellent

Carson is a cafe au lait with extra creme, and whipped chocolate frosting. She makes a great neutral for any fall palette, on into winter--the perfect fingers for picking up all those gingerbread men.


Next we have Zoya Chiara, a grape creme:

Zoya Chiara

Zoya Chiara

Coverage: Two coats on me, but one might work for you.
Application: Excellent

Chiara is a bright pop of color for any fall outfit--she's a rich grape jelly or deep African violet. If you love color but want to stay away from traditional holiday reds and berries, this is the perfect option to keep you vibrant.


Next we have one of my favorites in the collection, Zoya Cookie, which is a grape pixie dust textured glitter:


Zoya Cookie

Zoya Cookie

Zoya Cookie

Coverage: One-two coats
Application: Excellent

I await the release of new pixies like I await my first cup of coffee in the morning--and the two in this collection do not disappoint. The gold glitter in this is perfect for the holiday--it's like gold ribbon tied around a beautiful present under the tree. What's better that sugar plums? Gilded plums, of course! This is one of my favorite polishes in the collection, and one of my favorite pixies ever.


Next is Zoya Danica, a rich blue-leaning teal creme:


Zoya Danica

Zoya Danica
Coverage: One coat!
Application: Excellent

As a San Jose Sharks fan, it's a moral imperative that I love anything teal. However, even if I weren't a Sharks fan, I'd love this polish. It's deep like the depths of the ocean, with a bold drama. I'll be wearing it constantly this season.


And then we have another of my absolute favorites, Zoya Juniper, a blue-leaning teal pixie dust:


Zoya Juniper

Zoya Juniper

Coverage: One coat!
Application: Excellent

Oh. My. God. This is like a gorgeous blue spruce come to lie on my nails! It has a peep of purple shimmer to it that my camera just didn't want to capture, but that makes the polish even more magical. One of word of warning--as with a lot of deep blue polishes, this will stain if you aren't careful. So, as always kids--use protection. I usually don't use basecoat with texture polishes, but I'd recommend it here--and I promise you, she's worth the effort.


Then we have Zoya Kateri, a dark chocolate creme:

Zoya Kateri

Zoya Kateri

Coverage: One coat!
Application: Excellent

Kateri is rich espresso beans and devil's food cake. It's the perfect deep neutral for when you want something dark on your nails, but don't want to go goth. She cries out for plaids and houndstooth and winter flannel.


Then we have Zoya Leigh, a beige creme: 


Zoya Leigh

Zoya Leigh

Coverage: Two coats
Application: Excellent

Leigh completes the trio of neutrals in this collection, and this covers the light end of the scale. It has a creamy sophisticated feel, and is a perfect base of all sorts of nail art. Love.


Next we have something completely different: Zoya Leopard Spots, a specialty top coat designed to create a leopard-spot effect when you put it over textured polish. Here it is over the two pixies in the collection:


Zoya Leopard Spots over Zoya Cookie

Zoya Leopard Spots over Zoya Juniper

Coverage: Topper
Application: Excellent; dries very quickly

This is a version of a crackle polish, and it does give an interesting effect over the texture polishes, which break up the crackle effect. I think how leopard-y this looks depends on the base color--I think it has a more leopard effect over Cookie than Juniper, and I think if you put it over a beige or brown polish, it would be ideal.

I wanted to see how it looked over a regular polish, so I tried it over Maxine:


Zoya Leopard Spots over Zoya Maxine

Over the regular polish this looks a bit more like a regular crackle, although it's a bit stringier and I like that effect, too. I've always been a fan of crackles, so I'm happy to have this version in my collection.


Next we have Zoya Maxine, which is a light tomato red creme:

Zoya Maxine

Zoya Maxine

Coverage: One coat!
Application: Excellent

Maxine is red Christmas wrapping paper and Hollywood glamour lipstick. She's bright and sassy and fun.


And then we have Zoya Taryn, a fuchsia-to-cherry duochrome shimmer:

Zoya Taryn

Zoya Taryn

Coverage: One coat!
Application: Excellent

When I saw the shift in the bottle, I hoped desperately that it would show on the nail--and it does! She's iridescent ribbon candy and pretty little girls in magical party dress--oh, forget that, it's just pretty party dresses at any age.


So what do I think of this collection? I think it has a traditional feel to me, covering both a bit of fall with the neutrals and the teals, then taking you into winter with those gorgeous pixies and the duochromes. It has a good base of cremes, with enough specialty polishes to give you pop when you want some extra fun. And I love the crackle twist.


You can find these polishes on sale now in Zoya's online store, or anywhere that Zoya polishes are sold.


Big hugs,
M. xoxo

Follow me! 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

UberChic Beauty Perfectly Plaid Plate!

(Press samples and affiliate links ahead!)

Hello!


Today we're gonna take a look at the new UberChic Beauty Perfectly Plaid plate! This plate features both regular plaid images, layering plaid images, and build-your-own-plaid images, for all of your plaid needs. I love plaids--they're like the neutral of patterns, they work with any colors and seasons.


Here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here's a closer look:


UberChic Beauty Pretty In Plaid


UberChic's full-sized images are 1.7 x 2.1 centimeters, and here's a shot with a ruler so you can judge the rest:



Here are the swatches I did in the video, I love all three of these for winter looks:




And now on to the full manis! For my first mani, I started with a base of Zoya Leigh (from their Jubilee Holiday 2018 collection; stay tuned for my review), then stamped with Girly Bits Cosmetics Fire-Engine Red and Little Black Dress: 


UberChic Beauty Pretty In Plaid over Zoya Leigh


Next, for the fallest-most-pumpkiny plaid ever, I started with a base of Stella Chroma Pumpkin Everything, and then stamped with Messy Mansion Spring Green and Pudding:


UberChic Beauty Pretty In Plaid over Stella Chroma Pumpkin


Then for a more winter look, I started with a base of Zoya Danica, and stamped with Kaleidoscope White and Moonflower Polish Diamante (Diamond) and Aguamarina (Aquamarine) for a little holo sparkle:

UberChic Beauty Pretty In Plaid over Zoya Chiara

Finally, I thought I'd do a more pastel look, so I started with The Lady Varnishes Are You A God? Limited Edition PPU polish), then stamped with Messy Mansion Lilac and Hit The Bottle Polish Holo There Beautiful:


UberChic Beauty Pretty In Plaid over The Lady Varnishes Are You A God?

UberChic Beauty Pretty In Plaid over The Lady Varnishes Are You A God?


What do you think? Do you love plaids?


You can find this plate on sale now in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can find them around the interwebs here:



Big hugs,
M. xoxo

Follow me! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Spellbound Nails' Seven Deadly Sins Collection!

(Press samples and affiliate links ahead!)

Hello!


Are you feeling bad today? I hope so, 'cause we're going to look at a sinful collection today: Spellbound Nails Seven Deadly Sins Collection!

(Btw, how perfect is that for a collection inspired by the seven deadly sins to release around Halloween?!)


Spellbound Nails Seven Deadly Sins Collection



Let's jump right with Spellbound Nails Envy, a grass-green holo filled with gold holographic micro-shred glitters:

Spellbound Nails Envy

Spellbound Nails Envy

Coverage: two coats
Application and formula: Excellent

If this is what it means to be green with envy, sign me up. This looks like a pot of dollar bills and gold coins spilled over my nails, in the best possible way.


Next up, we have Spellbound Nails Gluttony, a pumpkin orange holo with gold holo micro-shred glitters:

Spellbound Nails Gluttony

Spellbound Nails Gluttony

Coverage: two coats
Application and formula: Excellent

Gluttony looks pumpkin orange in some lights, and more of a bright orange in others. It makes me want to eat tangerines while I'm carving my jack-o-lantern. Love.


Next we have Spellbound Nails Greed, a mustard yellow with gold holographic micro-shred glitters:


Spellbound Nails Greed

Spellbound Nails Greed

Coverage: two coats
Application and formula: Excellent

This looks like fall leaves and light brown sugar to me. It's the perfect sort of fall yellow, with a smoky edge that takes it almost to caramel.


Then we have Spellbound Nails Lust, a navy blue holo with silver holographic micro-shred glitters:


Spellbound Nails Lust

Spellbound Nails Lust

Coverage: two coats
Application and formula: Excellent

This is denim and diamond, it's snowy night skies, it's deep, mysterious lakes. One of my absolute favorites of the collection.


Next we have Spellbound Nails Pride, a red-based wine holo with gold micro-shred glitters:

Spellbound Nails Pride

Spellbound Nails Pride

Coverage: two coats
Application and formula: Excellent

This is my absolute favorite from the collection--it's plum puddings and mulled wine, rich and elegant, with sexy sophistication. Completely stunning.


Then there's Spellbound Nails Sloth, a robin's egg blue holographic with silver holo micro-shred glitters:


Spellbound Nails Sloth

Spellbound Nails Sloth

Coverage: two coats
Application and formula: Excellent

Sloth has an icy coolness to it I can practically feel, like a snowstorm on a wintery afternoon.


And finally, we have Spellbound Nails Wrath, a cherry-red holo with gold holographic micro-shred glitters:


Spellbound Nails Wrath

Spellbound Nails Wrath

Coverage: two coats
Application and formula: Excellent

O. M. G., I love this polish! It's fiery and rich, the glitters inside like glowing embers. The perfect blood polish for your Halloween manis, and a gorgeous Christmas polish, too.


What do I think of the collection overall? If you're a holo lover, this collection does a good job of giving you a range of colors across the spectrum, that all play well together because they have the same holographic base. The quality is top-notch, application is effortless, and the theme is spooky fun.

Speaking of which...Since this is out at Halloween time, I decided to do a nail art series with these polishes that combine the themes of seven deadly sins with Halloween--for each polish I'll pick an iconic Halloween baddie that I think represents the sin in question. I'll be back with that soon...



In the meantime, this collection is on sale now in the Spellbound Nails shop, for $12.00 a bottle. And you can keep up with Spellbound Nails around the interwebs here:



Big hugs,
M. xoxo

Follow me!