Friday, June 15, 2018

Dixie Plates Summer 02 plate + The Digit-al Dozen "In My Garden" = Cocktail Time and More!

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Today is the last day of The Digit-al Dozen's "In My Garden" theme, and since I spent the other four days showing you thinks that exist in my garden, I figured today I'd show you something I do my garden.


To do that, I'm going to use Dixie Plates Summer 02 plate, and since I haven't shown that to you yet, let's take a look at it. Here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here's a closer look at it:




Lots of summer fun to be had! Dixie Plates' full nail images are 2.1 x 2.5 cm, and here's a shot with a ruler so you can judge the smaller images:




Here are three sample looks I did to test the plate:





For my first mani, I started with a base of Zoya Breezi, and did some reversed stamping with Messy Mansion Sterling, Banana Bender, and Holly:


Dixie Plates Summer 02 over Zoya Breezi

Dixie Plates Summer 02 over Zoya Breezi

Every time I look at this manicure it makes me think of a song my grandmother used to sing me when I was really little, about three little fishies and a momma fishy, too...they swam and they swam right over the dam!


For my second manicure, I started with Zoya Brighton, and then stamped with Messy Mansion Bisque and Summer Heat, then added some dots with Jingle Bells:


Dixie Plates Summer 02 over Zoya Brighton


Dixie Plates Summer 02 over Zoya Brighton

I must admit, I love this one shiny, but I really love it matted:


Dixie Plates Summer 02 over Zoya Brighton

Dixie Plates Summer 02 over Zoya Brighton

Okay! Now on to the one I did for The Digit-al Dozen! One of the things I love to do in my backyard is go out there and sit with hubby and enjoy the garden over a nice drink of some sort--he usually goes for wine or beer and I usually go for lemonade or iced tea. So I did a matted version of my cocktails design to celebrate those relaxing moments. For this mani I started with a gradient of Zoya Sandy, Karen, and Sally Hansen Orange Impulse, then I stamped with Kaleidoscope Black and Moyra Silver:


Dixie Plates Summer 02 over a gradient of Zoya Sandy, Karen, and Sally Hansen Orange Impulse

Dixie Plates Summer 02 over a gradient of Zoya Sandy, Karen, and Sally Hansen Orange Impulse

So that sums up my garden! You can buy this plate either directly from Dixie Plates, or if you're in the US and Canada, from Lantern & Wren. And don't forget to follow Dixie Plates around the interwebs.

Dixie Plates Facebook Fangroup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/461694520667496/

Dixie Plates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dixie_plates/


And check out the other ladies' garden manicures, linked below. :)


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M. xoxo

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen "In My Garden" Day 4: Birds!

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We have two nests of sparrows that come raise a family every spring and summer in our garden, as well as a pair of doves that used to have two babies each year--until we got a big ol' dog that made them feel unsafe. Luckily the sparrows nest up high, so I get to enjoy them as they splash in the birdbath and dig through the bird feed we leave for them.


In their honor, today's mani features birdies! I started with a base of Sally Hansen Get Mod, then I sponged Zoya Delia over it, using this nail art tool from Beauty Big Bang (my code is MISHKA824M if you need one!). Then I stamped some Chevrons with UberChic Beauty's Got Chevron 2 plate and Messy Mansion Spring Green. Finally I added my reversed stamping, which I did with UberChic Beauty's Woodland Chic plate, filled with Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast:


UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic and Got Chevron 2 over Sally Hansen Get Mod

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic and Got Chevron 2 over Sally Hansen Get Mod


I know what you're saying. Sparrows aren't blue--and you're right. But blue just looked so cute with the green and purple, I had to do it!


You might also be wondering what happened to my thumb. Well, since I only have one more mani in the theme after this, I took this opportunity to use my thumb to tell you a little something extra about my garden--and that's how I feel about garden gnomes:


UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic and Got Chevron 2 over Sally Hansen Get Mod


Yes, I know, many people love them, but they creep me out! That little Travelocity dude did not help the situation.


Here's the manicure matted with Sally Hansen Big Matte topcoat:


UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic and Got Chevron 2 over Sally Hansen Get Mod

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic and Got Chevron 2 over Sally Hansen Get Mod

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic and Got Chevron 2 over Sally Hansen Get Mod


I think the matte version is especially cute! What do you think?


I'll be back tomorrow with my final garden mani--in the meantime, check out the other ladies' manicures, linked below.


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M. xoxo

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Day 3: Dragonflies!

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I'm back for day three of The Digit-al Dozen's 'In My Garden' theme...One of the reasons I plant flowers is to attract dragonflies, since I totally adore them.


So for today's manicure, I started with a base of Zoya Wyatt, then applied some BeautyBigBang chameleon flakies. Then I stamped using UberChic Beauty's 26-01. I stamped with Messy Mansion Lilac and reversed stamped with Messy Mansion Carbon and Sterling. Here's the result:


UberChic Beauty 26-01 over Zoya Wyatt and  BeautyBigBang chameleon flakies


UberChic Beauty 26-01 over Zoya Wyatt and  BeautyBigBang chameleon flakies


And here it is matted:

UberChic Beauty 26-01 over Zoya Wyatt and  BeautyBigBang chameleon flakies, matted

UberChic Beauty 26-01 over Zoya Wyatt and  BeautyBigBang chameleon flakies, matted


Which do you like best? I think I have to go for the matted version this time. :)


You can find the UberChic Beauty Plates here, and the BeautyBigBang chameleon flakies here (use my code MISHKA824M for 10% off your order.


I'll be back tomorrow to share more of my garden for you--in the meantime, check out the other ladies' manicures, linked below. :)


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does Gardens: My Herbs

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Today is day two of The Digit-al Dozen's 'In My Garden' theme, and today's manicure celebrates something I really love about my garden: growing herbs!


For today's mani, I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Destiny. First I stamped some texture with MoYou London's Ginger Rust stamping polish and UberChic Beauty's Texturelicious 2 plate. Then I stamped my herbs with UberChic Beauty's Garden Love & Woodland Chic plates, using Messy Mansion Ivy, Forest, and Spring Green:


UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic, Garden Love, and Texturelicious 2 over The Lady Varnishes Destiny

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic, Garden Love, and Texturelicious 2 over The Lady Varnishes Destiny

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic, Garden Love, and Texturelicious 2 over The Lady Varnishes Destiny


And here it is matted with Sally Hansen's Big Matte topcoat:


UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic, Garden Love, and Texturelicious 2 over The Lady Varnishes Destiny, matted

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic, Garden Love, and Texturelicious 2 over The Lady Varnishes Destiny, matted


What do you think? I like the matte, but I think I prefer the glossy this time. Do you grow herbs, inside or out?

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M. xoxo

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Monday, June 11, 2018

UberChic Beauty Collection 26, plus Digit-al Dozen Day One

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Hello!


I hope you had a good weekend--I went on a writing retreat with several friends, up to the trees in the hills to sit in the sunshine and write. Very relaxing!


Today we're gonna take a look at UberChic Beauty's most recent collection, Collection 26. Here's the video review I did of the collection:



And here's a closer look:


UberChic Beauty 26-01

UberChic Beauty 26-02


UberChic Beauty 26-02


UberChic Beauty's full-nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 cm.


Here are some sample looks I put together while testing out the plates in my video:

UberChic Beauty collection 26


Although I'll be back with more looks using this set, today I'm going to show you two manicures that fit with this month's Digit-al Dozen theme, "In My Garden." We have several types of flowers in my garden, including my favorite, roses, and my husband's favorite, gerbera daisies. So here are two manis to represent those.


For the first, I started with a base of Zoya Saldana, then stamped the negative-space rose image with Messy Mansion Sterling, then the outlined rose images with Messy Mansion Royal Purple:


UberChic Beauty 26-03 over Zoya Saldana


And I had to see how it would look matted (I prefer Sally Hansen Big Matte topcoat):


UberChic Beauty 26-03 over Zoya Saldana, matted


For my second look, I started with a base of Moonflower Polish Lemon, and Zoya Snow White and Wyatt. Then I stamped with Messy Mansion Banana Bender, Chalk, and Spring Green:


UberChic Beauty 26-03 over Zoya Snow White, Wyatt, and Moonflower Polish Lemon

And here it is matted:

UberChic Beauty 26-03 over Zoya Snow White, Wyatt, and Moonflower Polish Lemon


What do you think? Do you like one better than the other?


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




I'll be back tomorrow to share a little more of my garden with you; in the meantime, please check out the other ladies' offerings below. :)


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M. xoxo

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up!

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So, I started watching World of Dance, and from there started watching America's Got Talent. I am completely addicted and am YouTubing past seasons. Totally a guilty pleasure, and I'm reveling in it. :)


Today we're gonna take a look at UberChic Beauty's Bottoms Up plate...Of course I did a video review of the plate for you discussing my ideas for using it:



And here's a closer look:


UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up


UberChic's full nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 cm, and here are two shots with a rulers so you can judge the size of the other images:




I did three test looks in the video, here are swatches of them:




For my first manicure, I wanted to do a tea manicure, and went for a vintage look. I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Nobody's That Heartless, and stamped it with Hit The Bottle Polish's Everyday I'm Truffling, Moonshine, and A Rose By Any Other Name (also available at Lantern & Wren):


UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up over The Lady Varnishes Nobody's That Heartless

UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up over The Lady Varnishes Nobody's That Heartless


For my second look, I stayed a little truer to my heart, and celebrated coffee! I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Marauder's Map, then stamped with Messy Mansion Pudding, Carbon, and Chalk:



UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up over Spellbound Nails Marauder's Map
UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up over Spellbound Nails Marauder's Map

UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up over Spellbound Nails Marauder's Map
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Finally, I had to do something fun with the ice cubes image...I love sparkling water, so I thought I'd do a naked nail mani with it...I stamped my images with Kaleidoscope White, then put on a coat of Spellbound Nails Comet. Then I added BeautyBigBang Chameleon Flakes, and then stamped a second time:


UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up over BeautyBigBang chameleon flakies

UberChic Beauty Bottoms Up over BeautyBigBang chameleon flakies


I made a tutorial showing how I created this one:



So what do you think, do you love coffee, tea, or just plain water--or is there another beverage you adore?


You can find the chameleon flakies (J2443-1A) in BeautyBigBang's store, and don't forget to use my code, MISHKA824M, for 10% off your order.


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




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M. xoxo

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mani for NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program

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Hello!


So, have you ever wanted to have a nail blogger to a create a manicure based on something you love? Well, read on--'cause I'm offering up a chance to make me dance like a manicure marionette!


So, I've mentioned before that I'm a writer. And, every November, I participate in National Novel Writing Month (or, NaNoWriMo), where writers all over the world try to write 50,000 words during in 30 days. By coordinating that each year and providing tools that help novelists be successful for FREE, NaNoWriMo.Org does a tremendous amount of good every year.


BUT they also have a Young Writers Program that encourages children and teens to write.


As a research psychologist who has studied and taught child development, I can assure you the benefits of writing for these kids are many, and valuable to all: not only will encouraging children to write provide the books, TV shows, and movies you'll enjoy in the future, encouraging them to write also increases their overall academic success, their future job skills, helps them channel their emotions, and encourages them to think creatively. I saw a year-end report last year for all the good this program does, and was so impressed, I decided to join their fundraising efforts this year.


But, let's face it, donating is always a little more fun when you get something in return, right? So, if you donate to the program through my fundraising page, I will do the following:


  • For a $20 donation, I will create a manicure inspired by your favorite book*, or
  • For a $20 donation, I will write a bad poem on the topic of your choice*, or
  • For a $30 donation, I will write you a flash fiction piece on the topic of your choice*

(*in all cases, I reserve the write to veto topics I find offensive--but I'm pretty hard to offend!)


I am extending this offer to the first 10 people who take me up on it. Two slots have already been filled! 



In the meantime, I created a manicure inspired by the wonders of reading and writing, in honor of the good work that NaNoWriMo does:


Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-30 over Spellbound Nails Beauxbatons

I wanted to show all of the cool adventures you can take coming up out of a book...I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Beauxbatons, which is inspired by the Harry Potter books, one of my favorite series ever, and used Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-30 to stamp my images. For my stamping polishes I used Sally Hansen Taupe To Go, and Messy Mansion Lilac, Red-y Or Not, Carbon, Sterling, Pudding, and Forest.


I hope you'll consider donating--even a dollar helps--and I hope I get to create a manicure or write a piece for you soon!


Big hugs,
M. xoxo

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