Friday, December 14, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Day 1 and 5: Unicorns + Holo = Awesome!

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Hello!


So today's the final day of The Digit-al Dozen's Holo theme, and since I missed day 1, I decided to do two manis with holo in this post...plus a bonus third mani...;-)


For these manis, I used My Mani Box's August box. If you aren't familiar with My Mani Box, it's a curated mystery box for nail stamping fanatics that you can buy just one time or get on a subscription basis. You get at least two plates, a polish or another equivalent value item, and several nail art accessories. If you buy just one box, the cost is $35, and if you get a subscription, the cost drops according to the length of time you sign up for.


You can't buy past kits, but to show you what type of stuff you get, here's a look at the contents of the August box, which had a unicorn theme:




Contents: 
Danglefoot What's Your Unicorn Name scattered holo polish (exclusive to the box)
MoYou London Hipster Collection 23
MoYou London Hipster Collection 24
1 Coupon for a free polish through Beautometry
2 pots diamond glitters
2 striping tapes
1 set unicorn nail wraps
1 "What's your unicorn name" activity sheet


For a more in-depth look at the contents, check out the video review I did:



Here's a close-up of the two plates that came in the box, which I used for my manis:





For my first mani, I started with a base of the polish that came with the kit, Danglefoot Polish What's Your Unicorn Name, and I stamped with Moyra Silver, and filled in my unicorns with Wikkid Polish Satin Blue, (coming soon to Lantern & Wren):


MoYou London Hipster 24 over Danglefoot Polish What's Your Unicorn Name

MoYou London Hipster 24 over Danglefoot Polish What's Your Unicorn Name


For my second mani, I went an alternate holo route--holo glitter! I layered Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem over Metamorphmagus, then stamped with Moyra Silver, using MoYou London 24:


MoYou London Hipster 24 over Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem

MoYou London Hipster 24 over Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem

And for my final mani, I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Prophecy, and stamped with Moyra Silver and Kaleidoscope White, with MoYou London Hipster 23:


MoYou London Hipster 23 over Spellbound Nails Prophecy

MoYou London Hipster 23 over Spellbound Nails Prophecy


So, what do I think about the box? Like the others I've reviewed (click here to see June's box, and here to see May's box), I think this is an excellent value for your money. The only question is whether or not you're the sort of person who likes to be surprised (I am definitely that sort of person!). If you aren't, probably any sort of surprise-based box like this doesn't work for you. But if you are, you can rest assured you'll get an selection of quality up-to-date items in hot themes.


And, that's it for Holo week! Do you have a favorite of the holo manis I did this week?


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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Digital Dozen Does Holo Day 4: Dance To The Music

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Hello!


Welcome to day four of The Digit-al Dozen's Holo theme! Today I decided to double the fun by doubling the holo--by stamping holo on holo.


For this manicure, I started with a base of Spellbound Nails House of Black, and then stamped images from Lantern & Wren's Dance To The Music plate, with Hit The Bottle Polish Holo There Beautiful, and Kaleidoscope White polish:






I don't know about you, but this makes me want to dance--too bad I can't dance anywhere near as well as those ladies do. I look far more like Elaine Benes...


I'll be back tomorrow for the finale of Holo week (spoiler: there may be more than one holo mani to make up for me missing day 1), and in the meantime, check out what the other ladies did below!


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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does Holo, Day 3: Sweater Weather

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Hello!


Today's day three of The Digit-al Dozen's Holo theme, and I'm back with a little more holo stamping nail art, this time featuring two of Dixie Plates three new holiday/winter plates:

Dixie Plates Christmas 2018

Dixie Plates Let It Snow


Dixie Plates Sweater Weather 01


The quality is excellent as always, and I love how she has a little twist on winter icons to make them new again. For my full review of these plates, check out the video review I did:




And here are some swatches I did with the plates:



But, on to the holo mani! I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes The Red Death, and stamped with Girly Bits Cosmetics White Wedding:


Dixie Plates Sweater Weather 01 & Let It Snow over The Lady Varnishes The Red Death

Dixie Plates Sweater Weather 01 & Let It Snow over The Lady Varnishes The Red Death

Dixie Plates Sweater Weather 01 & Let It Snow over The Lady Varnishes The Red Death


I don't know about you, but I would TOTALLY wear that sweater. ;-)


You can buy these plates now from Dixie Plates' webstore, or if you're in the US and Canada, from Lantern & Wren.


I'll be back tomorrow with some more holo goodness...in the meantime, check out what the other ladies did, linked below.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Holo, Day 2: Easy Holiday Holo Elegance

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Hello!


This month's theme for The Digit-al Dozen is holo, which is a theme I can definitely get behind! A week filled with holo? Yes. Please.


To kick things off, I'm going to show you a mani I wore yesterday. A friend and I did something I've wanted to do my whole life--we went to high tea at the Ritz-Carlton, to celebrate my publishing contract, and her second book. I knew this week's theme was holo, but I have to admit, I would have gone holo regardless...


The base of the mani is Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho (which perfectly matched my dress), and Moonflower Polish Diamante; then I stamped a simple accent nail with Lantern & Wren's Joy To The World Plate, with Kaleidoscope Black stamping polish (also from Lantern & Wren). Here's how it came out:





I try to keep my stamping simple when I want to show off holo polishes, or choose images with large empty spaces. I love how elegant this came out--very nice for the holidays without knocking you over with Christmas. What do you think?


I'll be back tomorrow with more holo stamping goodness, and in the meantime, don't forget to check out the other ladies' manicures, linked below. :)


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Lantern & Wren's Joy To The World Plate

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Hello!

Lantern & Wren just released another new plate, this one with a holiday theme, their Joy To The World Plate! Here's the video review I did of the plate:




And let's take a closer look:

Lantern & Wren Joy To The World


Lots of fun seasonal images here, including a few layering images, and a whole fleet of rein-animals! My personal favorite? That starburst in the second row. :)


Here are the swatches I did:



Now on to the manis! For the first, I started with a base of Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies, and tamped with Messy Mansion Forest and Red-y Or Not:


Lantern & Wren Joy To The World over Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies

Lantern & Wren Joy To The World over Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies


For the next one, I wanted to go sophisticated and elegant. I started with a base of Stella Chroma's limited edition holiday duo (still available1), Stella Chroma Rose Til Champagne and Merlot Ho Ho Ho:

Lantern & Wren Joy To The World over Stella Chroma Rose Til Champagne and Merlot Ho Ho Ho

Lantern & Wren Joy To The World over Stella Chroma Rose Til Champagne and Merlot Ho Ho Ho


And finally, I just had to play with the namesake 'Joy' candy canes! For this one I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus, and then added some Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem. The I reversed stamped my images with Girly Bits Cosmetics White Wedding and Fire Engine Red:


Lantern & Wren Joy To The World over Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus and Hem, Hem

Lantern & Wren Joy To The World over Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus and Hem, Hem


Oh, and since Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus glows in the dark, check this out!


Lantern & Wren Joy To The World over Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus and Hem, Hem


You can find this plate on sale now in the Lantern & Wren shop, and in the meantime, you can follow them around the interwebs here:




What do you think What's your favorite image on this plate?


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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Lantern & Wren has launched a line of plates!

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Hello!


Have you guys heard? Lantern & Wren has launched a line of plates! And I'm gonna show them to you today. :)


I did a live stream of the plates the night they released, but as often happens with live video, the resolution is not great. I'll be putting up a super-quick video for each plate but if you want to see what you can glean from the live version, you can check it out here.


Let's take a look! Her initial release was of six plates in a variety of themes that cover the whole year. I'll show you each plate, and then show you three swatches I did with the plate.


Let's start with Lantern & Wren All Things Spring, Carleigh's spring-themed plate:


Lantern & Wren All Things Spring

Flowers and rain and birdies and bees! Notice she has included some layering images to help you with do art that looks complicated but is really super easy. She packs the plates full so you get big bang for your buck.


In terms of quality, I found that all of the plates stamped easily and well, even with my clear stamper. All of the swatches I show here were done with my clear stamper. The only issue I had was for some of the busier images, when I cleaned the plate, fibers from my cotton pads would stick to the etching but that just happens with plates sometimes, and it's easy to get the fibers off by touching some scotch tape to the image.


Here are the swatches I did with this plate:




Next we have Lantern & Wren Dance To The Music:


Lantern & Wren Dance To The Music

Music, party, dance! Here are the swatches I did with this plate:




Next is Lantern & Wren Backgrounds:


Lantern & Wren Backgrounds


This plate will make great manis all of its own, but don't forget to layer these images with other images! For example, in my swatches below, image having beautiful flowers over the first one, bees crawling across the second one, and a little Alice falling down the black hole of the third:




Then we have Lantern & Wren Feline Like Spring:

Lantern & Wren Feline Like Spring


This plate is a clever mash-up of cats and spring images, including cats only, spring only, and combo images, like the one where the cats' tails swirl out into flowers. There's plenty here to use as your backgrounds for your cats, or to mix and match for skittle-type manis. Here are my swatches:





Next up is Lantern & Wren Finally Fall:

Lantern & Wren Finally Fall


This features fall images, with a few Halloween images thrown in for good measure (and in my opinion, it's always good measure, hehe!) Here are my swatches--I made sure to test out a couple of the layering images for you here:




And then last, but certainly not least, we have Lantern & Wren Girls Just Want To Have Sun:


Lantern & Wren Girls Just Want To Have Sun


This one preps you for tons of summer fun, from ice-cream to surfing. And don't forget about the awesome textures in that turtle...Here are my swatches:




All of these are available now in Lantern & Wren's store...and there maybe might just be a holiday-themed one there, too...


And for tons of inspiration, follow Lantern & Wren around the interwebs, here:





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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Spellbound Nails Harry Potter Book 5 Collection

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at a new collection from Spellbound Nails, her Harry Potter Book 5 collection:

Spellbound Nails Harry Potter Book 5 collection

Like her other Harry Potter collections, this collection is a mix of different polish types, with something for everyone--flakies, holos, multichromes, a crelly, and even a glitter topper. Let's jump on in...

Let's start off with Spellbound Nails Bugged, my favorite from the collection. This is a deep olive green multichrome that shifts gently to gold and brown:


Spellbound Nails Bugged

Spellbound Nails Bugged

Spellbound Nails Bugged


Spellbound Nails Bugged

Coverage: two coats
Formula and application: Perfection
Finish: Glossy shimmer
Other: excellent dry time!

This polish is inspired by Rita Skeeter and her beetle animagus. Any collection that comes out at Christmas instantly makes me look for holiday uses, and how gorgeous is this for a Christmas green! The gold in it plays so beautifully with the green, and it's like the most perfect Christmas tree. Love, love, LOVE.


Next we have Spellbound Nails House of Black, a black holographic polish with silver holo shred and micro-shred glitters: 


Spellbound Nails House of Black

Spellbound Nails House of Black

Spellbound Nails House of Black
 
Spellbound Nails House of Black

Coverage: two coats
Formula and application: This applied easily. The shreds stuck up a little on the first coat, but smoothed over just fine with the second coat. By the time I added topcoat, everything was perfectly smoth.
Finish: Glossy
Other: average dry time

This polish was inspired by the Black family home, and all of the glittery objects inside (with their deadly traps!), and those shards do look like something dangerous shattered, in the most beautiful way! The scatter of glitters in the holo gives the polish a little extra something, without taking it to glitter-bomb level, so you get bling without overload.


Next up is Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies, a light coffee-colored crelly with red glitters:


Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies

Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies

Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies


Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies

Coverage: two coats
Formula and application: Perfection
Finish: Glossy
Other: average dry time

This polish is inspired by the bloody words carved into Harry's flesh by the blood quill, and I think it captures the inspiration perfectly! I also love that this is a nude that gives a little holiday cheer along the way. Subtle but festive at the same time.


Next up we have Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus, a neon pink polish with blue shimmery flecks, that glows in the dark:

Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus

Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus

Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus

Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus


Spellbound Nails Metamorphmagus

Coverage: two coats
Formula and application: Perfection
Finish: Glossy flakies
Other: average dry time, and it glows in the dark! The glow showed up for me without any problem.

This one's inspired by Tonk's special abilities, and I adore it! Yes, I know, I hate pink, and I said I adore it. The flecks of iridescent blue in it give it a frosty, candy-like feel that makes me want to play candy land, or open up a treat-filled stocking. Something about this feels flirty and fun and happy.


Next we have Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem, a topper filled with two shades of pink glitters and pink micro-shreds:

Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem

Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem

Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem

Spellbound Nails Hem, Hem

Coverage: two quick coats (shown here over Metamorphmagus)
Formula and application: Easy to brush on and control the density of the glitter.
Finish: Glossy
Other: excellent dry time!

This oneis inspired by Dolores Umbridge and her love of all things pink. I have to admit, I hated Dolores Umbridge in the books--I know, who didn't--to the point where it annoys me to attribute anything pretty and sparkly to her, lol! But, it does capture her FAKE personality, and if I pretend it has nothing to do with her, I have to admit it's a beautiful glitter bomb that will make your New Year's Eve sparkly and bright.


Next we have Spellbound Nails Prophecy, a light blue multichrome that has subtle shifts of primarily purple and gray, with some green--and this also glows in the dark:

Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Coverage: two coats
Formula and application: Perfection
Finish: Glossy shimmer
Other: average dry time, and a strong glow in the dark

This polish is inspired by the swirly, glowing light of the prophecy spheres. I love the icy blue feel of this for winter, it makes me want to go play in the snow, and it cries out for snowflake nail art. I really, really wish it snowed where I live...but since it doesn't, I can at least wear something like this.


And finally, we have Spellbound Nails The Veil, a silver-gray holographic polish with black holog glitters and silver holo micro-shreds:

Spellbound Nails The Veil

Spellbound Nails The Veil

Spellbound Nails The Veil

Spellbound Nails The Veil


Spellbound Nails The Veil

Coverage: two coats
Formula and application: Perfection
Finish: Glossy holo
Other: excellent dry time!

This one is inspired by the old stone and tattered black curtain of the veil between life and death, and this is another one that I think captures the inspiration dead on! I love how the glitters peep out from holo, and I love this shade of silver-gray, it has such depth!


So what do I think of the collection? Like her previous Harry Potter collections, I think she captures the spirit and magic of the book, and has a polish for whatever mood you're in--girly, vampy, happy, subtle, sophisticated. And these are gorgeous winter looks, with enough holiday special to get you through all of your holiday events. Another great, inspired collection!

Spellbound Nails Harry Potter Book 5 collection


This collection goes on sale today in the Spellbound Nails store, and you can follow Spellbound Nails around the interwebs here:




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