Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dixie Plates Cute Animals 01 Plate

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at a new plate from Dixie Plates perfect for anyone who loves cute animals: Dixie Plates Cute Animals 01. :)


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




And here's a closer look:


Dixie Plates Cute Animals 01

Kitties and dachsunds and sheep, oh my!


Here are the swatechs I did in the video:



And here are a couple manis I did with the plate:


Dixie Plates Cute Animals  and Textures & Patterns 01 over Girly Bits Rust In The Wind

For that look, I started with a base of Girly Bits Rust In The Wind, and I stamped with Girly Bits Rust In The Wind, White Wedding, and Little Black Dress. I used both the Cute Animals 01 plate, and Dixie Plates Textures & Patterns 01 plate.


For the next look I started with a base of Girly Bits Just The Flax, Ma'am, and stamped with Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Grease Lightning (same two plates):


Dixie Plates Cute Animals  and Textures & Patterns 01 over Girly Bits Rust In The Wind

I also wanted to use these two manis to show how great texture/pattern images are for layering under other images. :) I hope these give you some great ideas!


You can find this plate on sale now in Dixie Plates' store, and if you're in the US or Canada, at Lantern & Wren.


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M. xoxo

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Stella Chroma LE Holiday Duo!

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There's a nip in the air and turkey's on sale everywhere, which can mean only one thing--it's almost time for Black Friday sales!!


Stella Chroma has several holiday sets that are going to be released on Black Friday, and of course there will be a sale involved...


So today I'm gonna show you the first of three sets that will be going on sale on Black Friday--here's the Stella Chroma Limited Edition Holiday Duo:




First we have Stella Chroma Rosé til Champagne, is a luxurious rose gold metallic foil with silver flakes:



Stella Chroma Rosé til Champagne

Stella Chroma Rosé til Champagne

Stella Chroma Rosé til Champagne

Stella Chroma Rosé til Champagne

Coverage: two coats
Formula: Excellent. Great application, fast dry time.

This is a polish that can function as a neutral (blush is so on-trend for a neutral still), but still have plenty of holiday cheer to it--those silver flakes are ev-er-y-thing. This is bling, while still maintaining pure sophistication.


The second polish in the duo is Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho, a deep burgundy scattered holo:



Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho

Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho

Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho

Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho

Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho

Coverage: two coats
Formula: Excellent--applies like butter. Great application, fast dry time. No staining!

Okay, you guys know me well enough to know I'd crawl though insect infested caves to get at this polish. This is such a perfect holiday polish--this is mulled wine and cranberry sauce (the good kind your grandmother cooked down for a couple of hours to make all those flavors lush) and diamond necklaces in gorgeous wrapping paper. Just YES.


Since this is a holiday duo, I thought I'd try out a little holiday nail art with it...I think every girl deserves to have rose gold jingle bells:


Stella Chroma Rosé til Champagne stamped with UberChic Beauty Happy Christmas


And I thought a little filigree would be beautiful over that gorgeous holo:


Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho stamped with UberChic Beauty Happy Christmas

Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho stamped with UberChic Beauty Happy Christmas


Both of these images are on UberChic Beauty's Happy Christmas plate; the first with Kaleidoscope Black, the second with Moyra Gold.

Stella Chroma Rosé til Champagne 

Stella Chroma Merlot Ho Ho

This duo will be available in Stella Chroma's store on Black Friday at noon EST; you can purchase each separately for $13 or the set for $24. And, from Black Friday--Cyber Monday, she's offering free domestic shipping with any purchase of $25 or more--no code required. She'll also give a free upgrade to domestic priority shipping from Dec. 14-19, since the 19th is the last day to ship in time for Christmas.


And a portion of the proceeds of all the polishes that Stella Chroma sells during the last quarter of 2018 will be donated to GirlStart, a non-profit based in Austin, Texas that helps young girls develop interests in STEM.


And in the meantime, you can find Stella Chroma all over the interwebs:




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The Digit-al Dozen Looks Up, Day 5: It's Beginning To Look A Little Like Christmas...

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Today's the last day of The Digit-al Dozen's "Look Up" theme, and I'm sorry to see it go--it's been interesting to think about what I see throughout my day when I look up, or, rather to realize I don't spend enough time looking up. Pretty much the only time I do is when I'm walking my dog--and realizing that has made me very thankful for that time, and resolved to spend more time taking in what's around me.


So, here's a last look at what I've seen on my walks--I've noticed quite a few people this week have started to put up their holiday lights. They aren't lighting them yet--but they're getting a jump on things, and I'm seeing quite a few strands hanging there biding their time. ;-) So I thought I'd do a mani of non-lit lights in the process of going up...


UberChic Beauty Happy Christmas over Zoya Hannah

UberChic Beauty Happy Christmas over Zoya Hannah 


For this mani I started with a base of Zoya Hannah, then sponged some Girly Bits Irreplaceable over the bricks to give them a more textured feel. Then I stamped my bricks with UberChic Beauty Texturelicious 02 and Girly Bits Little Black Dress; then I stamped the light strands with UberChic Beauty Happy Christmas and Girly Bits Silver Bells and White Wedding. 


So--what do you see when you look up?


Have a great weekend, and don't forget to check out what the other ladies did, linked below. :)


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Looks Up, Day 4: Crows!

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Welcome back to Day 4 of The Digit-al Dozen's "Look Up" theme! During fall, when I take my dog for a walk, I tend to see lots of crows. I'm sure they're there all year long, but they have a very 'fall' feel to me, maybe because of Halloween? So I notice them more...whatever the reason, I figured, crows are definitely one of the things I see when I look up.


For this manicure, I used an upcoming plate from It Girl Nail Art, IG314:

It Girl Nail Art IG314


(I apologize the picture isn't as good as my usual pics, the finish just did not want to cooperate!)


I stamped over Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots, with Girly Bits Little Black Dress:


It Girl Nail Art IG314 over Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots

It Girl Nail Art IG314 over Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots


I wanted to capture the magic of that moment when a flock of birds take off...although, did you know a group of crows is called a 'murder'? Totally true. So now I have to share my favorite stupid joke with you...If a group of crows is called a murder, what do you call a single crow? (**answer at bottom of post).


This plate will be on sale in the It Girl Nail Art store in time to complement the limited edition plate Nicole is putting out for this month's PPU--you can buy this plate separately after PPU, but if you buy the limited edition plate during PPU, you'll get a coupon to get this plate free with any $25 purchase. More information on that one in a future post!


I'll be back tomorrow with my final 'Look Up' mani, and in the meantime, check out what the other ladies did below! :)


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M. xoxo

(**Attempted murder. Hahahahahahhaaaahahahaaa)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen "Look Up" Day 3

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So...Polish is my happy place, and I generally like to keep my posts happy because of that. But I couldn't ignore the fact that the "Look Up" theme just happened to coincide with a time when, when I look up, I see something really, really bad.


Normally in my city, when you look up over the horizon, you see hills. But right now, you see nothing but haze, because the air is filled with ash and smoke from the California wildfires--the closest of which is 80 miles from my house--that shows you how serious these fires are. It looks something like this:




As of right now, 45 people are confirmed dead, with many more still missing, and 150,000 have been displaced. That would be horrible any time of the year, but this is happening right before the holidays.


So I don't often do this sort of thing, but if you have even a dollar you can spare, please consider sending it to The Red Cross, who is currently doing all they can to help these victims, and who help all sorts of other people facing all sorts of natural disasters.


I created this design with Girly Bits Forget Me? Not!, stamped the mountains from UberChic Beauty's Woodland Chic, and sponged with Girly Bits Just The Flax, Ma'am, and Irreplaceable.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Girly Bits Cosmetics Fall 2018 Cremes: Do They Stamp?

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Girly Bits does a lot of things well--gorgeous polishes, amazing shop, great stamping polish, and even a great stamping plate. But what I love best about what they do are their multi-purpose cremes, that are great to wear, and great for stamping as well--because they make my nail art choices super easy. :)





So let's take a look at Pam's newest Fall 2018 cremes! I did a video reviewing the polishes, which shows the formula and how well they pick up and stamp (my lighting made them a little camera shy over black, however, so check the swatches below for an accurate look at how well they show up over black):




First up, Girly Bits Boys 'n' Berries, a deep berry creme:


Girly Bits Boys 'n' Berries


Girly Bits Boys 'n' Berries

Girly Bits Boys 'n' Berries

Coverage: This is a one coater! 
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: Gorgeous and rich over white, does show up over black, but it was a little camera shy. I managed to get a macro that shows how it looks over black, since in the full shot it doesn't show up as much as in real life.


Next up, Girly Bits Eggplant One On Me, an aubergine creme:

Girly Bits Eggplant One On Me

Girly Bits Eggplant One On Me

Coverage: This is a one coater! 
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: Gorgeous and rich over white, and still shows over dark! I was impressed, since the color itself is so dark. I didn't expect it to show up at all, but boosh! The effect is more subtle than some of the others, but it's definitely visible.


Then we have Girly Bits Forget Me? Not!, a cornflower blue creme:


Girly Bits Forget Me? Not!

Coverage: This is a one coater! 
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: Stamping perfection over both black and white.


Then there's Girly Bits Just The Flax, Ma'am a light taupe creme:

Girly Bits Just The Flax, Ma'am

Girly Bits Just The Flax, Ma'am

Coverage: I'm wearing two coats.  
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: This reads off-white over black, and I was impressed that it showed up over white--it's a subtle effect because it's so similar to white, but still definitely visible.


Next up is Girly Bits Petal To The Metal, a bright raspberry creme:

Girly Bits Petal To The Metal

Girly Bits Petal To The Metal

Coverage: One coater! 
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: Beautiful over white, this one was hard to see over black. 


Next we have Girly Bits Purple Heyyyys, a blue-leaning purple creme:

Girly Bits Purple Heyyyys

Girly Bits Purple Heyyyys

Coverage: This is a one coater! 
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: Stamping perfection over both black and white.


Then we have Girly Bits Rust In The Wind, a rust-red creme:

Girly Bits Rust In The Wind

Girly Bits Rust In The Wind

Coverage: This is a one coater! 
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: Gorgeous over white, visible but hard to read over black.
Additional issues: This didn't stain my nails, but I did find that it bled UP. What do I mean by that? When I stamped white over this, it turned the white stamping yellow (you can see a tinge of this in my stamping above. So, if you're going to stamp white over this polish, but a coat of topcoat over the polish before you stamp. :)


Then there's Girly Bits Saffron, Saffroff, a sunflower yellow creme:

Girly Bits Saffron, Saffroff

Girly Bits Saffron, Saffroff

Coverage: This is a one coater! 
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: Stamping perfection over both black and white.


Finally, we have Girly Bits You Can't Handle The Spruce, a deep evergreen creme:

Girly Bits You Can't Handle The Spruce

Girly Bits You Can't Handle The Spruce

Coverage: This is a one coater! 
Formula: Excellent--no problems.
Stamping: Perfection over white, and visible over black--which surprised me. A more subtle effect than some of the others, but still definitely there--impressive for such a dark color!


So there you have it--gorgeous cremes in their own right, in colors I think are great for fall and for the holiday season, and impressive stamping capabilities. I adore how easy polishes like this make it to match your stamping to the base colors you use in your manicure.


This collection is on sale now in the Girly Bits store, and you can follow them around the interwebs here:




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M. xoxo

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