Saturday, June 23, 2018

Meet My New Favorite Stamper...

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Hey guys! I have a large doggie rump in my lap while I'm writing this, which is awesome, but a bit awkward to work around! So I feel crushed, but very loved. :)


Anyway! I recently got the opportunity to try out Hit The Bottle Polish's Double-Shot-No-Ice stamper, which is a double clear stamper force of nature:


Hit The Bottle Polish Double-Shot-No-Ice stamper


If you want to see it in action, take a look at the video review I put together:




You probably guessed from the title of the post that I love this stamper, so let me walk you through why. First, although it's an extra, how cute is this packaging???!!



Inside, you get a little scraper, and the double-decker, two-stampers-in-one stamper XL clear stamper: 

Hit The Bottle Polish Double-Shot-No-Ice stamper


When you pull the stamper apart, here's what you get:




Everything is topped by a lid, to protect your stamper. Then, you have a long-barrel XL clear stamper that has no bottom--this is huge for me, because I have a tendency to set my stamper down into smears of polish and then I can't see through the bottom anymore:



Then you have a short-barrel XL clear stamper which does have a bottom on it:



Because of the shorter barrel on this, I'm far less likely to set it in a smudge of something. Also, I've seen similar stampers (Michelle has one herself) that has bling in the bottom, which is pretty, but for me, just not practical--I want to be able to see through that baby! So that's why this one is called 'Double Shot No Ice', since it doesn't have the 'ice' bling crystals inside.


As always, the first thing I wanted to check was the stamping quality. Clear stampers can be finicky, and it seemed to me the shorter barrel might make it harder to pick up images. However, that didn't turn out to be the case--both picked up my images perfectly. One of each of these pairs were stamped by the short barrel, and once of the long--both thin and think areas picked up with ease:




Very impressive!

So, here's what I love about this stamper:


  • Excellent quality
  • Amazing visibility! Light reaches through no problem, and you can see from just about every angle even with the long barrel, but the short barrel is almost like there's nothing there between you and your stamping. I've started to use it when I film my videos because it makes it soooo easy to see what's happening. 
  • Two stampers together means when I forget to clean my stamper between scrapes, I have another one ready to go. And I often forget to clean off my stamper and don't realize it until I've scraped another image, so this saves me lots of wasted polish.
  • Different lengths for different purposes. For the most part, I prefer the feel of the long barrel. But sometimes if an image is being a little persnickety, it's nice to have the smaller option
  • Two stampers in one means another available stamper for when I do reversed stamping--with no additional storage space needed.


But what if you only like one size of the two barrel stampers? Well, you're still getting two stamping heads in one stamper. One of my YouTube viewers said she'll use the smaller one as a back-up head, and why not? Some other stampers have removable bottoms, so you can think of this as a removable bottom that also stores an extra stamping head.


So, I am again very impressed with a Hit The Bottle Polish product, and recommend you go grab one! You can buy this directly from Hit The Bottle of course (check her site for list of distributors that ship to you), or if you're in the U.S. or Canada, you can find it at Lantern & Wren. And you can follow Hit The Bottle around the interwebs here:





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Friday, June 22, 2018

Putting it to the test: Base It Off Latex Peel-Off Base coat from Lantern & Wren

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Here's a guilty little secret for you: I rarely bother with peel-off basecoats because I just don't get good results from them. Like, most of them don't work for me at all, no matter what I do.  Most recently I tried UNT and I it did work, and I like it okay, but it didn't blow my socks off.


Then I got to test out two peel-offs, and I can't find my socks.


Today I'm going to talk to you about the first, Base It Off, a latex-based peel-off basecoat from Lantern & Wren.




This is the first time I've tried a latex-based peel-off base coat before (if you're allergic to latex, of course you don't want to use this!), so I wasn't sure what to expect. In case you haven't before, either, I'll give all the deets, starting with the video review I did showing the base coat in action:





You apply this just like any other basecoat, and it feels just like applying a cuticle barrier. It applies white and then dries clear, so there's no ambiguity about when you're ready to move on to polish, which I appreciate.


  • Applies white, then dries clear
  • Fast dry time



With previous base coats, I've had a problem getting them to peel off. This was the easiest to peel off I've ever tried, by far--I had zero issues getting it to peel. And, just like with a cuticle barrier, it separated completely from what's under it, so you aren't going to get any damage to your nails whatsoever. It peeled off so easily, in fact, that I didn't have to worry about having problems getting it off--within about two days, three at most, the polish popped off by itself if I hadn't already removed it.






  • Easiest peel I've ever tried
  • Allows you to change your nail art in no time flat
  • Zero damage to nail 

Because it forms a barrier the way a cuticle barrier does and doesn't attach to the nail like a traditional base coat, there are a few things you need to know about using it effectively. First, leave a small gap between the base coat and your cuticle; that will give your polish something to hold on to so you won't get any peel-up. For the same reason, don't wrap our nail with the base coat. Also, I found that the more I submerged my nails in water, the more likely I was to have pop-off. 

  • Leave a small gap between the base coat and your cuticle
  • Don't wrap nail with base coat
  • This is waterproof, but submerging in water too much increases pop-off.

So what do I think overall? This is absolutely the easiest way I've found to remove glitter polish (or any polish), with the least damage to the nail. I highly recommend this if you want to wear your polish for 1-2 days--beyond that, the polish will likely pop-off on its own. If you're careful around water (if you wear gloves when you  wear dishes, that sort of thing), you may be able to get longer wear. 


You can find this in Lantern & Wren's store now. So grab it and get your glitter on, baby! 

 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dixie Plates Travel 01 plate

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Today we're going to take a look at Dixie Plates' Travel 01 plate, perfect if you're planning on traveling to Europe either for reals or in your dreams. :) Here's the video review I did for the plate:




And here's a closer look:


Dixie Plates Travel 01


My favorite parts of this plate are the passport stamps (instant vintage!) and the cityscape collages for each city. I also think the planes with the flight trails are instant dimension for any mani.


Here are a couple of ideas for using the plate:



For my first manicure, I started with a base of Zoya Clementine, and then put on a coat of The Lady Varnishes Wicked Wish. Then I stamped with Kaleidoscope White:


Dixie Plates Travel 01 over Zoya Clementine and The Lady Varnishes Wicked Wish


Dixie Plates Travel 01 over Zoya Clementine and The Lady Varnishes Wicked Wish

And here it is matted:


Dixie Plates Travel 01 over Zoya Clementine and The Lady Varnishes Wicked Wish

Dixie Plates Travel 01 over Zoya Clementine and The Lady Varnishes Wicked Wish


 For my second mani, I started with a base of Zoya Jack, then stamped my images with Sally Hansen Taupe To Go and Kaleidoscope Black:


Dixie Plates Travel 01 over Zoya Jack


Dixie Plates Travel 01 over Zoya Jack


And here it is matted:


Dixie Plates Travel 01 over Zoya Jack

Dixie Plates Travel 01 over Zoya Jack

I think I prefer the first mani glossy, and the second mani matted. What about you?


You can find this plate in Dixie Plates' shop, or is you live in the US or Canada, from Lantern & Wren. And here's where you can follow Dixie Plates around the web:

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

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


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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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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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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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