Friday, August 16, 2019

The Digit-al Dozen Does Patterns Day 5!

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So for the last day of The Digit-al Dozen's Patterns week, I wanted to go out with a bang...


First, the glossy version:

UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Zoya Darcy and Marigold

UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Zoya Darcy and Marigold


And then matte...


UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Zoya Darcy and Marigold

UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Zoya Darcy and Marigold

Base Polish(es): Zoya Darcy and Marigold
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty 27-03
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope by El Corazon White
Other: Studs!

What do you think?! Geometric patterns are so fun, and I wanted to play with some awesome summer colors while we're enjoying the awesome heat of August.


So that's it for Patterns week! Check out what the other artists did below. :)


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Digit-al Dozen Does Patterns, Day 4!

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Today is day 4 of The Digit-al Dozen's pattern week...and yep, you may have noticed I missed day 3, so I'm gonna make up for it with two manis today. :)


This time I wanted to play with a different type of 'pattern.' Fluid nail art is one of my favorite things because of the randomness of the patterns, and now companies are coming out with specialty polishes for your nail art, like this one from Dance Legend:




Dance Legend Bow Holo Blur is a silver holographic spot-it polish--a holographic spotter! I was crazy excited when I heard about this, and couldn't wait to play around with it. Let's take a look at the two manis I did, and then I'll talk a little about my experience with it.


For the first mani I just did plain old nail art, which, when you add holo, isn't plain-old at all:


Dance Legend Bow Holo Blur over Stella Chroma All Charged Up and Grab The Wheel

Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma All Charged Up and Grab The Wheel


For the second, I wanted to try out stamping over the holo:



Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma Classic Red
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Boho 01
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope by El Corazon Black


So in terms of my experience with the project, I found this a little more tricky to work with that other spotting polishes--I found the under polish had to be very, very wet or you didn't get much spread. Also, holo polishes tend to have a sort of fractured or pixelated look, so some of the spots don't show up as well as they otherwise would. Add to that my stamping in the second mani, and a lot of the spots blend in with the black stamping. That said: HOLO SPOTTING EFFECT. You know you want it and you know it's awesome--just make sure to keep those points in mind and you're gonna have some awesome manis!


You can find Dance Legend Bow Holo Blur over at Lantern & Wren.


I'll be back for one final day of Digit-al Dozen patterns tomorrow--in the meantime, check out what the other artists did below. :)


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Digit-al Dozen Does Patterns--Day 2!

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It's day 2 of The Digit-al Dozen's Patterns theme, and for today's mani I played with using a layer on its own, and layering it with another image. Here's the glossy version:


It Girl Nail Art IG123 and IG111

It Girl Nail Art IG123 and IG111


And here it is mattified:


It Girl Nail Art IG123 and IG111

It Girl Nail Art IG123 and IG111

Base Polish(es): Zoya Darby 
Stamping Plate(s): It Girl Nail Art IG123 and IG111
Stamping Polish(es): Messy Mansion Spring Green and Forest


To me this looks like the shores of a lake surrounded by forest...Summery and outdoorsy and relaxing. What do you think?


I'll be back tomorrow with another pattern mani...in the meantime you can find my day 1 manicure here, and see what the other artists created below!


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Monday, August 12, 2019

The Digit-al Dozen Does Patterns--Day 1!

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First, I want to apologize that I haven't been posting as much the last few weeks. I've had a number of family situations come up, and a lot of really bad news. Normally nails are something that make me happy and help relieve my stress, but this has been beyond.


Anyway, on to happier things! This week is Digit-al Dozen week, and the theme is patterns! Which is the sort of theme that allows me to just play around with pretty much any types of manis I want, which is really what I need right now. So here's my first mani, to kick the week off, first in glossy form:


UberChic Beauty 26-01 over Zoya Alia

UberChic Beauty 26-01 over Zoya Alia


Then with a little mattification:


UberChic Beauty 26-01 over Zoya Alia

UberChic Beauty 26-01 over Zoya Alia

Base Polish(es): Zoya Alia
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty 26-01
Stamping Polish(es): Moyra Silver and Kaleidoscope White


I wanted to play a little with the patterns here to show the subtle differences you can get even with the same colors. And I love these three colors together!


I'll be back tomorrow with a little bit more pattern play. :)


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Thursday, August 1, 2019

PPU Alert! The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?

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This month's Polish Pickup theme is 'At The Carnival', a perfect theme for summer, I think. Today we're going to look at The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?, inspired by Kirsten's childhood dream to win a fish in a plastic bag at the carnival--how sweet is that?


The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?


The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?


The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?

The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?

The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?

The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?

The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?
Coverage: 3-4 coats; I'm wearing 4 (I think this might also look really gorg over black undies...)
Formula and application: Smooth, even coverage, with great dry time

This polish is multichrome and shimmer, and a little spray of flakies...This has so many colors I'm not even sure where to start with them. There's a slate blue to green-leaning teal to purple shift, and copper-to-lavender shimmer. You'll get a slightly deeper set of colors with more coats. There's a mysterious romance to this polish I just love.


I had a hard time capturing the lavender shade in my swatches, but oddly enough, I got it in my nail art pics! Here's a manicure I did capturing the carnival theme:


The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping? stamped with UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time

The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping? stamped with UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time

The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping? stamped with UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time

Base Polish(es): The Lady Varnishes Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping?
Stamping Plate(s):UberChic Beauty Carnival & Fair Time
Stamping Polish(es): Hit The Bottle Taupe-lessly Devoted 


I chose romantic, vintage-style images to go along with the theme and the vibe I get from the polish--what do you think, did I capture it?


Fishy, Why Are You Sleeping? will be available during this month's Polish Pickup sale, from August 2nd through the 5th, it will sell for $12.50 and will have a cap of 130, so grab it while you can!


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Saturday, July 20, 2019

UberChic Beauty's Wild Luxury Plates: Warm and Cold Blooded

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UberChic Beauty recently released two animal-print plates, separated by blood type: warm and cold. Here are the video reviews I did of the two plates:

Warm Blooded:




And Cold Blooded:



Here's a closer look at the plates:

UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded

UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Warm Blooded


Let's jump on in to the manis! First, the Cold Blooded versions. For the first mani, I wanted to go simple but dramatic:


UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded over Sally Hansen Get Mod

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Get Mod
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded
Stamping Polish(es): MoYou London Ginger Rust


For my second, I wanted to go bright and fun:


UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded over Stella Chroma All Charged Up

Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma All Charged Up
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded
Stamping Polish(es): Colour Alike Kiwizz and Moonflower Polish El Yunque


For my last Cold Blooded manicure, I wanted to show how versatile these images are in terms of texture and background uses, so I turned them into the ocean, with a little help from their Forecasting Glam plate:


UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded over Stella Chroma Grab The Wheel

Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma Grab The Wheel
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded and Forecasting Glam
Stamping Polish(es): It Girl Nail Art Sapphire, Kaleidoscope by El Corazon White


And now the Warm Blooded versions! I started with a fun mani I've been wanting to do for ages:

UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Warm Blooded over Stella Chroma All Charged Up
Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma All Charged Up
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Warm Blooded
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope Black, Moyra Silver


For my next, I had to do a full realistic Cheetah mani:


UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Warm Blooded over Girly Bits Irreplaceable

Base Polish(es): Girly Bits Irreplaceable, Zoya Kateri and Noah
Stamping Plate(s)UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Warm Blooded
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope Black


And again I wanted to show how versatile these images are, so I did a cotton candy manicure:


UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Warm Blooded over Zoya Joey

Base Polish(es): Zoya Joey
Stamping Plate(s)UberChic Beauty Wild Luxury: Warm Blooded
Stamping Polish(es): Kaleidoscope Pink, Black


What do you think, are you a warm-blooded or cold-blooded kind of stamper? Or would it be impossible to choose?


Both plates are on sale now on UberChic Beauty's store, and through her stockists.


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

UberChic Beauty Forecasting Glam

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Today I have UberChic Beauty's Forecasting Glam plate to show you! Here's the video review I did:




And here's the plate:

UberChic Beauty Forecasting Glam


Here are my test swatches:




Let's jump in to the manis! First up, I love to go for walks in the rain:


UberChic Beauty Forecasting Glam over Stella Chroma Grab The Wheel
Base Polish(es): Stella Chroma Grab The Wheel
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Forecasting Glam
Stamping Polish(es): Moyra Silver over Kaleidoscope by El Corazon White 


For my second mani, I wanted to do a weather ombre:

UberChic Beauty Forecasting Glam over Zoya Eleni, Sia, and Greased Lightning

Base Polish(es): Zoya Eleni, Sia, and Sally Hansen Grease Lightning
Stamping Plate(s): UberChic Beauty Forecasting Glam
Stamping Polish(es): It Girl Nail Art Mimosa, Kaleidoscope White & Black, Moyra Silver


I personally think it's completely adorable to be able to add weather elements to manis if I'm in the mood--what do you think?


This plate is on sale now in UberChic Beauty's store, or through her other suppliers.


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