Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UberChic Beauty Collectio 28

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So, I've had a busy couple of weeks...I just finished going over the copyedit for my book, the one that's going to come out in May, and then also submitted the first draft of my second book to my publisher! I've been working around the clock to get it all done, and it's nice to have a break to play with some nail art. :)


Today we're going to take a look at UberChic Beauty's most recent collection, Collection 28, so let's jump right in with the video review:




And here's a closer look:


UberChic Beauty 28-01


UberChic Beauty 28-02

UberChic Beauty 28-03


Here are some test swatches I did--I'd clearly had far too much caffeine, and had more than my fair share of oopsies...






On to the manis! I just had to play with the layering flowers for the first one:


UberChic Beauty 28-01 over Spellbound Nails Prophecy

And I wanted to see what this one looked like matted:


UberChic Beauty 28-01 over Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Base Polish(es): Spellbound Nails Prophecy
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty 28-01
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope Pink, Black, and Messy Mansion Blue You A Kiss


For my second mani, I played around with some images on 28-02 that looked like they'd make cool patriotic looks:

UberChic Beauty 28-02 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Wikkid Satin Blue and Fuchsia Red

UberChic Beauty 28-02 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Wikkid Satin Blue and Fuchsia Red

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


For the next mani, I wanted to try out something a little more fun and flirty:

UberChic Beauty 28-02 over Zoya Brighton and Everly

UberChic Beauty 28-02 over Zoya Brighton and Everly

Base Polish(es): Zoya Everly and Brighton
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty 28-02
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits White Wedding and Little Black Dress


And continuing on the flirty feel, I tried a little romantic flower look:


UberChic Beauty 28-03 over Zoya Brighton

UberChic Beauty 28-03 over Zoya Brighton
Base Polish(es): Zoya Brighton
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty 28-03
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope Pink and White


And then, finally, I did a graphic look with all the chevron/arrows:


UberChic Beauty 28-03 over Zoya Danica

Base Polish(es): Zoya Danica
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty 28-03
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope White


What do you think? Which is your favorite?


You can buy Collection 28 now in UberChic Beauty's store. :)


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Monday, January 21, 2019

UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance

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Today we're going to take a look at the new UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance plate...of course I did a video review of the plate:




And here's a closer look:


UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance


As always, UberChic's full nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 cm, and here's a look at the smaller elements next to a ruler:




Here's a look at the swatches I did in the video:




(I swear it doesn't matter what image I stamp over what, I love everything I do with these art deco plates...sigh...)


Okay, on to the manis! For the first I wanted to use some springy colors, for a modern type of look:


UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild (no longer available)
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits White Wedding and Kerminty-Frog Here


For the second, I waned to do something simple and graphic that would let a specialty polish shine like mad:

UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over Zoya Brighton

Base Polish(es): Zoya Brighton
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Little Black Dress


And for my final mani, I went all out for sexy, vampy elegance:


UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

Base Polish(es): The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not (no longer available)
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance
Stamping Polish(es): MoYou London Ginger Rust


So there you have it, three deco looks! What do you think, is there one you like best?


This plate is now available in UberChic Beauty's store.


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Zoya Winter Holos

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You guys, I have had the worst luck with breaks on my nails...So. Much. Nail. Carnage. So I'm going to have to use my non-swatching hand for today's swatches, so if they look a little different, you're not losing your mind!


Okay, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, today we're gonna take a look at Zoya's Winter Holos trio, which has two new holos, and brings back and old favorite. Let's jump in!


First let's look at the oldie-but-goodie, Zoya Brighton, a nude scattered holo that's one of my favorite polishes ever:


Zoya Brighton

Zoya Brighton

Zoya Brighton

Zoya Brighton

Coverage: two coats
Formula and Application: easy, breezy, excellent
Other: relatively fast dry time

I've worn this polish so many times I've lost count, which, for a nail blogger who has to constantly be swatching, is quite a thing to say. It goes with everything, it looks expensive and chic, and it's an excellent base of nail art. This is the kind of polish you get a back-up bottle of--or maybe even two.


Next we have Zoya Cadence, a Barbie-pink scattered holo:


Zoya Cadence

Zoya Cadence

Zoya Cadence

Zoya Cadence

Coverage: two coats
Formula and Application: easy, breezy, excellent
Other: relatively fast dry time

I personally don't do a lot of pink, but when you add scattered holo to it like this, you can definitely persuade me ;-). This is a bright, fun shade, feminine and blingy.


Last we have Zoya Everly, a cherry-red scattered holo:


Zoya Everly

Zoya Everly

Zoya Everly

Zoya Everly

Coverage: I'm wearing two coats, but you'll likely be good with one
Formula and Application: easy, breezy, excellent
Other: relatively fast dry time

Oh. Yes. Now this is my kind of holo! Bright, fun, vibrant, happy, and sexy. I have zero doubt this is going to be another one of my favorites.


Of course I have to mention how great these go together for Valentine's day...this is the perfect set to get you through your season of love (okay, that didn't come out quite the way I meant it to, lolol), and is ready-made for nail art all by itself. Mix and match and accent nail your heart out with this one!


This set is on sale now directly from Zoya, or brick-and-mortars where Zoya polishes are on sale. And, right now they're running a New Year New Hue promotion where you can get any four polishes for only $15 (which is technically for the shipping--if you spend $50 in the purchase, you don't have to pay shipping). Just use code HUE19.


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Lantern & Wren's #AllTheHearts Plate

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Today I have another new plate from Lantern & Wren to show you: the Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts plate, right in time for the run-up to Valentine's day. :)


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



And here's a closer look:




As with her other plates, she's packed in a ton of images, and gives a nice variety that run the gauntlet from cute to elegant.


Here are a trio of sample swatches:



I LOVE the way that bohemian lace image looks over that smoosh...sigh...


Okay, on to the manis! I had to use that bohemian lace image again, but this time wanted to try some non-Valentine colors:


Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Base Polish(es): Shine Nail Polish Mirage
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts
Stamping Polish(es): Messy Mansion Hydrangea Blue & Lilac

I chose blue stamping polish to pull out the shimmer in the base polish, and I love how it came out. :)


For my next mani, I wanted to try a cool French tip look:


Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies

Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies
Base Polish(es)Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts
Stamping Polish(es)Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not

I love how simple but effective this look is. :)


And, for a final look, I wanted to use some hearts in a non-Valentine way, to show the versatility:


Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Base Polish(es): Spellbound Nails Prophecy
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts
Stamping Polish(es): Messy Mansion Lilac


I think this is an adorable manicure for spring!


This plate is on sale now in Lantern & Wren's store. And, you can follow Lantern & Wren around the interwebs, here:



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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

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I'm back with another polish from this month's Polish Pickup...today we're gonna take a look at Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild, an off-white crelly packed with white, gold, and green flakies:


Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild


Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Coverage: Two coats
Formula and application: Crelly with perfect application
Other issues: None!

All of the white and green in Goddess of the Wild makes me think of a meadow with white wildflowers, which is very Artemis, I think! It also reminds me of old marble statues, the kinds that have veins of color running through. But most of all, this looks like someone shredded up gold and dollar bills into a nail polish!


Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild will be on sale during Polish Pickup's January sale, from Jan 4-7th. In the meantime, check out Stella Chroma here:



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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

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For this month's Mythology PPU theme, The Lady Varnishes chose one of my favorite mythological Godesses: Pele! If you don't know her, she's the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes. She's often depicted with lava floes as tendrils of her hair, and legend has it she fell in love with, and seduced, her sister's husband.


Yowza. That's some fiery passion.


To honor her, The Lady Varnishes created She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not, a deep blue jelly-based polish filled with color shifting flakies and glitter:



The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not


Coverage: two coats
Formula and application: Jelly based; Excellent application.
Other issues: None--I wondered if this would stain, but I wore it for a couple of days, and it didn't.


This. Is. Stunning. I love how she captured the look of lava, and I love that she chose a dark blue base rather than a black base, because part of Pele's legends involve her lava floes clashing into the ocean. When I visited the Big Island, I was lucky enough to see where those floes met water--it's an amazing sight, especially at night.


I love the dark, dangerous beauty of this, so had to do something vampy but classy with my nail art:


UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

Base: The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not
Stamping Plate: UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance
Stamping Polish: MoYou London Ginger Rust


I love how sexy this polish is, and the art deco just adds to it! What do you think?


This polish will be available during PPU's January sale, from January 4th to January 7th. In the meantime, you can find The Lady Varnishes around the interwebs here:





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