Wednesday, February 13, 2019

My Mani Box review: September 2018

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Hello!


I'm back today with a look at another My Mani Box, this time the September 2018 box...If you don't already know,  My Mani Box is a subscription box service through Beautometry, where they curate nail stamping supplies around a theme each month for nail art fans. To be clear, you can't buy this box anymore (although you can buy some of the contents through Beautometry), but this will give you a look at the type of contents you get, and some ideas for manis. :)


Let's take a look at what was inside:

Beautometry's September My Mani Box

Here's what's all in the contents:
  • 2 pouches pumpkin spice sugar scrub
  • water decals
  • 2 nail art leaves
  • MoYou London Festive Collection 61 plate
  • MoYou London Festive Collection 62 plate
  • Dixie Plates Thanksgiving 01 plate


Here's a closer look at the stamping plates:


MoYou London Festive Collection 62

MoYou London Festive Collection 61

Dixie Plates Thanksgiving 

Okay, on to the manis! I love nail art challenges, so this became a little mini-challenge of how to use fall, Thanksgiving, and Halloween-themed images during spring/Valentine's season, so let's take a look at what I came up with...

I call this first one "Wednesday Addams is so OVER Valentine's Day...":


MoYou London Festive 61 and 62 over Zoya Brighton and Everly

MoYou London Festive 61 and 62 over Zoya Brighton and Everly

Base Polish(es): Zoya Brighton and Zoya Everly
Stamping Plate(s): MoYou London Festive 61 and 62
Stamping Polish(es)Girly Bits Cosmetics Little Black Dress and White Wedding

Can I just say how much I adore those little hearts with the scary jack-o-lantern faces and the bones?!


In a similar vein, I can the next one "Love Potion #9"...:


MoYou London Festive 61 and 62 over Zoya Everly

MoYou London Festive 61 and 62 over Zoya Everly

Base Polish(es): Zoya Everly
Stamping Plate(s): MoYou London Festive 61 and 62
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics Little Black Dress and White Wedding

Nothing wrong with a little love potion to get your Valentine's night going right...;-)


Next I did a simple manicure that I have to admit I'd wear all year 'round:


MoYou London Festive 62 over Zoya Brighton

MoYou London Festive 62 over Zoya Brighton

Base Polish(es): Zoya Brighton
Stamping Plate(s): MoYou London Festive 62
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics Little Black Dress

Simple, fun, and pretty. :)

The next mani is pretty fall-ish, but I do think these images could work for spring or summer to:

Dixie Plates Thanksgiving 01 over Girly Bits You Can't Handle The Spruce and Irreplaceable

Base Polish(es): Girly Bits Irreplaceable and You Can't Handle The Spruce
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Thanksgiving 01
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits You Can't Handle The Spuce
Other: Nail art skeleton leaves


And for the last mani, I went with a timeless manicure, a mermaid!:


MoYou London Festive 62 over The Lady Varnishes Sky Reflections

MoYou London Festive 62 over The Lady Varnishes Sky Reflections

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Creme De La Creme and The Lady Varnishes Sky Reflections
Stamping Plate(s): MoYou London Festive 62
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits White Wedding & Silver Bells, and Moonflower Amatista
Other: Loose glitter diamonds from the August My Mani Box.


So what do I think? For $35, I think this box again is a good value for your money, and as always, I just love the fun of opening up a box like this and playing! If you'd like to see a few other boxes to judge if this is something you'd like, you can find my review of the August box here, the June box here, and the May box here.


You can sign up or future My Mani Boxes on their site, here.


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Monday, February 11, 2019

Dixie Plates Spring 02 (plus, video with tips on layering images!)

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Hello!


You guys you guys you guys I am so excited...My first book is coming out soon and I'm gonna have some news about that soon! I've seen my cover, and I'm planning out a manicure inspired by it...watch this space...


In the meantime, we're gonna take a look today at another new plate from Dixie Plates, her Spring 02 plate. I did a video using this plate to give some of my tips for layering images successfully, which you can see here (including how to fix some errors I make along the way, hehehe!):




Here's an up-close shot of the plate itself:

Dixie Plates Spring 02


And here's a shot that shows how big the images are:



On to the manicures! I've already shown you one manicure featuring images from this plate, but here it is again if you missed it, showing a way to use the individual flowers:


Dixie Plates Spring 02 over The Lady Varnishes Sky Reflections

Base Polish(es): The Lady Varnishes Sky Reflections
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Spring 02
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Silver Bells and Moonflower Polish Amatista


Next up I wanted to play with the full-nail layering image:


Dixie Plates Spring 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics polishes

Dixie Plates Spring 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics polishes

Base Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics Eggplant One On Me, Forget Me? Not! and Spellbound Nails The Veil
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Spring 02
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics Eggplant One On Me, Forget Me? Not!, Purple Heyyyys, Silver Bells, and Little Black Dress

With this one, I wanted to show an example of using the layering images as intended, but then also mixing that up with using just the top layer of the images. I love how it came out!


For the last mani, I wanted to try out one of the negative space images, and thought it would be cute to pair it with the other tulip image:

Dixie Plates Spring 02 over Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

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Base Polish(es): Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Spring 02
Stamping Polish(es): Hit The Bottle Shadows of Darkness and A Rose By Any Other Name


What do you think? Which one is your favorite?


You can buy this plate from Dixie Plates now; you can also get the plate from Lantern & Wren or Beautometry.


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Talk Indie To Me: February 2019, Ladies of the 80s!

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Hello!


How are you doing? The cold snap finally hit my part of the country, although it's nowhere near as cold here as it is most elsewhere--but I'm wearing fingerless gloves as I type! ;-)


Today we're going to take a very cool look at February's Talk Indie To Me box, which has a Ladies of the 80's theme:




If you don't already know, Talk Indie To Me is a collaboration box with contributions from three indie polish makers created exclusively for the box, centered around a different theme every month. As a child of the 80's, I adore anything from that decade, and couldn't wait to get my little half-frozen paws on this one! Let's take a look at the goodies...



Fair Maiden Queen of Pop


Fair Maiden Queen of Pop

Fair Maiden Queen of Pop

Fair Maiden Queen of Pop

Fair Maiden Queen of Pop

Fair Maiden Queen of Pop

Fair Maiden Queen of Pop


Fair Maiden Queen of Pop

Coverage: I got full coverage in two coats
Formula and application: This polish practically applies itself!
Maker description: "Fair Maiden chose Cher because who isn't inspired by this bad-ass music industry icon who has been a musical powerhouse for decades?! We took a thermal twist with our polish, Queen of Pop, a peachy nude when warm and a charcoal gray when cold. It's packed with fiery flakes that glow orange to green, and layered with complementing aurora pigments. Kissed with holo--because a Cher polish needs holo!"

I could not agree more--you gotta have bling with Cher! And I just have to say, I think a dark-to-nude thermal is so perfect for a polish representing Cher, because we all know Cher was not shy about making her clothes disappear...;-) This polish has sparkle and warm, fiery flash even when it's in its neutral shade. It's fun but still has class, and--I can't resist saying it--it makes me want to turn back time to the 80s!



Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield


Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

Nailed It! Love is a Battlefield

Coverage: 2-3 coats; I got full coverage in two
Formula and application: Easy-peasy, no issues. Jelly-based, packed with glittery holo goodness.
Maker description: "An orange jelly with sparks of purple, pink, rainbow and gold flakies, pink-to-purple crystal chameleon flakes, and a subtle scattered holo. Inspiration: Pat Benatar

Oh, yes, you had me at orange. The jelly makes this squishy in the yummiest way, and the sparkle lights this up from within. Did you have a pair of those jelly shoes in the 80s? I did, like every other girl, and this takes me right back to them! This polish has a more of a pink shimmer to it than came through on camera in my swatches, so I included the side bottle shot so you could get a sense of it. This polish captures the glitz and glamour and bright colors of the 80s in such a 'now' sort of way. Sassy and vibrant--LOVE.

Oh, and, btw? The first 20 people who order the box will get a mini bottle of cuticle oil from Nailed It!:



This bonus extra is inspired by Cyndi Lauper (Girls just want to have fun!) and has a scent that's a blend of juicy mandarin, bergamot and orange, enhanced with a hint of peach and berries and a hint of soft musk. And you guys, it's a ROLLER BALL! Which means this is the cutest little cuticle oil ever, perfect to pop into even your smallest purse. And the scent is a perfect pairing for the color of Love is a Battlefield. If I were you, I'd be setting an alarm right now to grab this, because, seriously, this is too adorable to miss.



Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition


Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition

Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition

Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition

Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition

Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition

Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition

Zombie Claw #BlondeAmbition

Coverage: 2-3 coats depending on how much glitter you want; I got full coverage in two
Formula and application: Easy-peasy, no issues. Another jelly-based polish, this one with a medium linear holo flash.
Maker description: "Zombie Claw was inspired by Madonna, Queen of Pop. My polish #blondeambition is a punk pink that has linear holo and a poppin' mix of black, white, turquoise, and pink glitters."

The smoky shade to this pink gives it an orchid lean, and I love the way the glitters dance amid the holo flash. Back in the 80's, geometric patterns were a huge thing, and the scatter of glitter here puts me right in that mood. I have no problem believing Madonna would have worn this to top off her stacks of jelly bracelets...This polish is feminine in a powerful way, and makes me smile. :)


Talk Indie To Me February 2019 box, Ladies of the 80's

This box goes on sale a week from Friday, on February 15th, and will be on sale for a week exclusively in the Talk Indie To Me shop, until February 22nd. And don't forget that the first 20 orders receive that adorable bonus mini cuticle oil, so if you're thinking about grabbing this, go! The box will sell for $32, a steal for specialty polishes of this quality. In the meantime, check out the Talk Indie To Me Facebook group, here for gossip and sneak peeks of future boxes. And watch this space for some nail art with these beauties...


Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go rock out to some hot 80's tunes!


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Wikkid Stamping Polishes

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Hello!


Wow, has it been a cold weekend pretty much all over the country! I hope you're nice and warm today wherever you are!


Today we're gonna take a look at four stamping polishes from Wikkid Polish--I've tried their regular polishes before (very nice!), but this is my first time testing out their stamping polishes.


I did a video review if you'd like to see them in motion:



Here are the four polishes I tested out:

Wikkid Polish Claret  
Wikkid Polish Claret



Wikkid Polish Fuchsia Red 
Wikkid Polish Fuchsia Red


Wikkid Polish Pine Green
Wikkid Polish Pine Green


Wikkid Polish Satin Blue
Wikkid Polish Satin Blue



Here are the test swatches I did for each polish:

Wikkid Polish Satin Blue, Pine Green, Claret, and Fuchsia Red


The polishes were all opaque, with good formula that spread and picked up well. They stamped boldly over white, although the results over black were not as good. As you can see, the Satin Blue showed up a little over black, and in real life, the Fuchsia Red actually does show okay over the black. The other two didn't really show up at all, so make sure to test over dark colors before you do you mani to be sure you'll get enough color showing through. :)


I've already shown you some manis I've done testing these polishes out, but thought I should show them to you here again:




Base Polish(es): Spellbound Nails The Veil
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren Joy To The World
Stamping Polish(es): Wikkid Satin Blue




Base Polish(es): Spellbound Nails Bugged
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren Most Wonderful Time 
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope White, Mint, and Wikkid Pine Green





Base Polish(es): Wikkid Polish Satin Blue and Fuchsia Red (And Sally Hansen Get Mod)
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty 28-02
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope White, Wikkid Polish Satin Blue and Fuchsia Red


So what do you think? Are any of these colors must have for you?


You can find these polishes on sale now at Lantern & Wren! Stay warm out there...;-)


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