Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Messy Mansion Crystal 01 + Bows from Charlie's Nail Art

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Hello!


Remember the olden days when there was no such thing as clear stampers and layering plates? Good times...NOT.  Thank goodness we're living in more enlightened times, and thank goodness for these layering plates from Messy Mansion:




Today we're gonna take a closer look at Messy Mansion's Crystal 01:


Messy Mansion's Crystal 01

If you're on your way to a party or just want to look like you've got a party on you hands, this is the plate for you! Presents and banners and balloons, and even ice cream, all done in layers so you can get all the color your heart desires.


The images are all different sizes, so here's a shot next to a ruler to give you a sense of how big they are:




And how do they stamp? Really well:



I did this on camera, so my layering isn't perfect, but you get the idea!


For my sample mani, I wanted to play around with the bows, and was inspired to pair them with these cute bow charms sent to me for review by Charlie's Nail Art:




To play up the pink and white of the charms, I started with a base of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Best-Selling Show & A Love Such As This, and Spellbound Nails Milky Way. I used a dotting tool to add polka dots, and then stamped my bows with Messy Mansion Chalk and Petal, and then added on my bow charms:


Messy Mansion Crystal 01 & Charlie's Nail Art bow charms over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Best-Selling Show, A Love Such As This, and Spellbound Nails Milky Way
Messy Mansion Crystal 01 & Charlie's Nail Art bow charms over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Best-Selling Show, A Love Such As This, and Spellbound Nails Milky Way


Messy Mansion Crystal 01 & Charlie's Nail Art bow charms over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Best-Selling Show, A Love Such As This, and Spellbound Nails Milky Way
Messy Mansion Crystal 01 & Charlie's Nail Art bow charms over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Best-Selling Show, A Love Such As This, and Spellbound Nails Milky Way

Messy Mansion Crystal 01 & Charlie's Nail Art bow charms over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Best-Selling Show, A Love Such As This, and Spellbound Nails Milky Way
Messy Mansion Crystal 01 & Charlie's Nail Art bow charms over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Best-Selling Show, A Love Such As This, and Spellbound Nails Milky Way

What do you think?! I love this soooo much, it's so pin-up and retro and cute. And I love how all of these colors play together! And I was impressed--these bows stayed on much better than I expected them too, I think because the edges are rounded, so they didn't catch as much as I expected them to. I wouldn't expect them to stay on for days at a time, but for an event I think you'd be okay. :)


You can find the bows in Charlie's Nail Art store, and you can use my code, LOLAM10, for 10% off your order. You can follow them here:




You can find the plates and polishes in Messy Mansion's store, and you can follow them here:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Before & After: UberChic Beauty 14-01 + The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen

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Hello!


Today I have an icy little NOTD to show you...I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen:


The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen
The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen
   
The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen
The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen

Then I stamped an image from UberChic Beauty 14-01 with Hit The Bottle Polish Pool Party (also available from Beautometry), and added a few diamond glitters for good measure:


UberChic Beauty 14-01
UberChic Beauty 14-01

Here's how it turned out:

UberChic Beauty 14-01 over The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen
UberChic Beauty 14-01 over The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen

UberChic Beauty 14-01 over The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen
UberChic Beauty 14-01 over The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen

What do you think? I think it's frosty and ethereal, like a frozen princess who shall remain nameless, lol...


Happy stamping!
M.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Girly Bits Cosmetics Warrior Goddess Collection

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Hello!


Spring's around the corner, so soft shades, particularly pastels, are popping up all around us. I'm okay with soft and with pastel, but I gotta be honest--I prefer mine with a little bit of bad-ass mixed in.


And so, take a gander at the Warrior Goddess collection from Girly Bits Cosmetics, a collection of six polishes inspired by strong women that'll make you rethink your definition of soft spring colors:


Girly Bits Warrior Goddess Collection
Girly Bits Warrior Goddess Collection


First up we have Girly Bits Ambition, a lovely smoked sage creme:

Girly Bits Ambition
Girly Bits Ambition

Girly Bits Ambition
Girly Bits Ambition

Formula & Application: Very good.
Coverage: Two coats; you may only need one.

Oh, this is so gorgeous...I'll take a sage over a mint just about any day. Don't get me wrong, mint has its place, but a dusty sage like this is peaceful and soothing, like a fragrant meadow filled with butterflies.


Next we have Girly Bits Beautiful Soul, a smoky lilac creme:

Girly Bits Beautiful Soul
Girly Bits Beautiful Soul

Girly Bits Beautiful Soul
Girly Bits Beautiful Soul

Girly Bits Beautiful Soul
Girly Bits Beautiful Soul

Formula & Application: Very good.
Coverage: Two coats.

This is my absolute favorite of the collection--it has a soft, vintage, feminine feel that makes me want to put on a long flowy sundress and have a picnic in that meadow, filled with wildflowers for the butterflies. And a cute dog romping around the edges of the blanket. And little sandwiches cut into bite-sized pieces...wait, what just happened?


Then there's Girly Bits Denim & Diamonds, a smoked navy blue with a hint of slate:

Girly Bits Denim & Diamonds
Girly Bits Denim & Diamonds

Girly Bits Denim & Diamonds
Girly Bits Denim & Diamonds

Formula & Application: Very good.
Coverage: Two coats; you may only need one.

I'm not sure this is officially a 'neutral', but it's one of those great versatile blues you can wear with just about anything. It has a lovely nautical feel that flows into summer shades, and even on into fall. Adore.


Next is Girly Bits Irreplaceable is a beautiful stone creme with lashings of beige:

Girly Bits Irreplaceable
Girly Bits Irreplaceable

Girly Bits Irreplaceable
Girly Bits Irreplaceable

Girly Bits Irreplaceable
Girly Bits Irreplaceable

Formula & Application: Very good.
Coverage: Two coats.

I adore a good dovecoat gray, but it's hard to find one that's not patchy--this applies beautifully and gives that awesome soft alternative to white polish for those like me who prefer something a bit more subtle. This has such an elegant feel, and you can use it for just about any sort of nail art you want.


Then there's Girly Bits Love Yourself First, a soft baby pink creme with a hint of dustiness:

Girly Bits Love Yourself First
Girly Bits Love Yourself First

Girly Bits Love Yourself First

Girly Bits Love Yourself First
Girly Bits Love Yourself First

Formula & Application: Very good.
Coverage: Two coats.

Your quintessential Easter pink polish--but better. Just a tiny bit of smoke added to elevate the color a bit and give it a little extra class. So pretty.


And for the final polish, we have Girly Bits Yes, We Can, a lovely neutral taupe creme:

Girly Bits Yes, We Can
Girly Bits Yes, We Can

Girly Bits Yes, We Can
Girly Bits Yes, We Can

Girly Bits Yes, We Can
Girly Bits Yes, We Can

Formula & Application: Very good.
Coverage: Two coats; you may only need one.

This is the kind of neutral that looks rich and sophisticated, and takes any outfit to a slightly higher place. It's trips to the Hamptons and sailing on the weekends (not that I've ever done that, but if I lived that kind of life, this is the polish I'd wear to do it). It's also a great base for nail art. Love.


I love the tone of this collection--soft, but strong, feminine, but powerful. Such a great concept for a spring collection! I was impressed that none of the polishes, even the lightest ones, gave me trouble with application--normally lighter cremes can pull or apply unevenly. Not these--I got excellent coverage in two coats, if not one.


The Warrior Goddess collection is available starting in the Girly Bits store today, February 17th at noon EST; if you purchase the entire collection before March 3rd, you'll get it at $84.00 CAD (or, only $64.24 US!) rather than the full price of $90.00 (CAD). Girly Bits is also doing a fun cross-over with Paint Box Polish--the first 10 people to purchase the entire collection will get a free bottle of Paint Box Polish Peace (and the first 10 people to purchase the entire Paint Box Polish All You Need collection will receive a free bottle of Girly Bits Cosmetics Beautiful Soul).


You can also follow Girly Bits on social media, here:




Happy polishing!
M.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: Selections from Incoco's Sweet On You collection

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Hello!


Incoco sent me a couple of selections from their Sweet On You collection, a seasonal collection that I think has lots of versatility beyond just Valentine's Day. For example, check out the soft lace look of Date Night:


Incoco Date Night
Incoco Date Night


Incoco Date Night
Incoco Date Night


Lace designs can be tricky--they can so easily go tacky, especially colored lace. But this design is soft, with just enough of an intricate flowered pattern to compliment the softer pink base. Beautiful.


Incoco Date Night
Incoco Date Night

Incoco Date Night
Incoco Date Night



I also received Dear Diary, a fun set of hearts and script in black over glitzy gold glitter, and the Sweet On You accent nails set:


Incoco Dear Diary
Incoco Dear Diary


Incoco Dear Diary
Incoco Dear Diary


Incoco Sweet On You Accent Nails
Incoco Sweet On You Accent Nails


My husband isn't the only love of my life--my furbabies are a close second (depending on the day, it might even be a tie...), so I was delighted to see that the accent nail set for this collection features two little kitties! So excited, in fact, that I put together two combos with the Dear Diary set and the Sweet On You accent nails. For the first, I wanted to show off the heart side of the accent nail set as well as the kitty side:


Incoco Dear Diary + Sweet On You Accent Nails
Incoco Dear Diary + Sweet On You Accent Nails

Incoco Dear Diary + Sweet On You Accent Nails
Incoco Dear Diary + Sweet On You Accent Nails


And for the second, I indulged myself with lots of kitties:


Incoco Dear Diary + Sweet On You Accent Nails
Incoco Dear Diary + Sweet On You Accent Nails

Incoco Dear Diary + Sweet On You Accent Nails
Incoco Dear Diary + Sweet On You Accent Nails


 Which do yo prefer? I'm not gonna lie, the more kitties the better, as far as I'm concerned. :)


Incoco appliques have no match as far as I'm concerned--I've tried a lot of nail wraps, and these are by far the easiest to apply, and the best quality. For tips on how to apply them, check out my video tutorial here.

You can find these and other beauties from the Sweet On You collection on sale now in Incoco's store, and don't forget to follow them via social media:




Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your day is filled to the brim giving and receiving love. :)
M.

Review: Born Pretty Store Harunouta-L029 (Or, Ugly sweater love)

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Hello!


So, do you have any cool plans for Valentine's Day? I'm gonna try to make my sweetie some chocolate covered strawberries...we'll see how they come out!


In the meantime, I have another Valentine's Day mani to show you, this one with Born Pretty Store plate Harunouta-L029. Here's the video I did reviewing this plate (and more!):




Here's a still shot of the plate:


Born Pretty Store Harnouta-L029
Born Pretty Store Harnouta-L029

As you can see, this is a winter-themed plate, great for cold weather and, of course, Christmas. But, I noticed a couple of cool little surprises in there perfect for a Valentine's mani...


The images are all different sizes, so here's a shot with a ruler to help you get a feel:




And how does it stamp?




I had a small issue with even coverage when using a clear stamper, so I'd recommend using a soft scrape and plenty of polish if you're going to use a clear stamper with the plate.


For my manicure I started with a semi-smooshed mani using Zoya Tatum, Cathy, and Gina; I put the different polishes in a plus shape and then smooshed before applying. Then I stamped with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not:



Born Pretty Store Harnouta-L029 over Zoya Tatum, Cathy, and Gina, stamped with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not
Born Pretty Store Harnouta-L029 over Zoya Tatum, Cathy, and Gina, stamped with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not

Born Pretty Store Harnouta-L029 over Zoya Tatum, Cathy, and Gina, stamped with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not
Born Pretty Store Harnouta-L029 over Zoya Tatum, Cathy, and Gina, stamped with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not

I like the slightly atypical colors on this, and that it looks like I was eating a box of Valentine's chocolates and got smeared chocolate all over my nails!

You can find this plate in Born Pretty Store's shop; use code MCL91 for 10% off your order, and follow them here:




Happy stamping!
M.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Messy Mansion plate MM76XL (or, antique lace Valentine!)

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Hello!


Today I have a sweet plate to share with you that I've been saving, Messy Mansion plate MM76XL. It's a plate that would work well for winter manis or Christmas manis, but I couldn't resist using it for a Valentine's Mani. :)


Here's the video review I did of the plate, along with another:




And here's a still shot:


Messy Mansion MM76XL
Messy Mansion MM76XL


Obviously the snowflakes are great all through winter, and the two below the ribbons look like a starburst and a little flower to me, too. The ribbons have a great country feel for a country Christmas type look. I also love the bows and hearts on the plate for Valentine's manicures, so I decided to highlight that aspect today.


Since all of the images are different sizes, here are two shots with a ruler to help you get a feel for the relative sizes:





And here's a look at the stamping quality, which is excellent:




 For my Valentine's mani, I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Destiny, then I sponged over some Hit The Bottle Polish Champagne Shifter, and Messy Mansion Petal. Then I stamped my images with Messy Mansion Dogwood Pink:


Messy Mansion MM76XL over The Lady Varnishes Destiny
Messy Mansion MM76XL over The Lady Varnishes Destiny

Messy Mansion MM76XL over The Lady Varnishes Destiny
Messy Mansion MM76XL over The Lady Varnishes Destiny


I love the antiqued look of this, like crocheted lace over an antique chest. Not exactly non-traditional colors for Valentine's Day, but not the typical look, either. :)


You can find this plate in Messy Mansion's shop, and you can follow them around the interwebs:




Happy stamping!
M.