Thursday, April 19, 2018

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic plate!

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Hello!

I don't know how she does it, but UberChic Beauty just released another new collection and a new plate! Today we're going to take a look at the Woodland Chic plate--here's the video review I did of the plate:



And here's a still shot:


UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic

I love that this plate has a cute, whimsical feel, without going over-the-top cutesy. The full-nail images are great for texture and for skittle mix-n-match, and of course this is a perfect plate for building a scene. But I also love that she gives you several foxes (wolves?) and several rabbits, so you can have a little menagerie of friends on your fingers.


Here's a look with a ruler, so you can judge the size of the designs; the full nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 cm. :



I tried out a few of the images on nail sticks:



There's something about that super-fox flying through the air that makes me very happy...


I took two of the looks and built them into full manicures. For the first, I started with a base of Zoya Blu, and then stamped my leaves with Messy Mansion Forest and Spring Green. I did my reversed stamping with Messy Mansion Carbon, Banana Bender, Gingerbread, and Pudding:


UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic over Zoya Blu

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic over Zoya Blu


Bot the owl and the squirrel make me smile like crazy. :)


For the second manicure, I did a forest scene, like you'd see when you go camping in the woods. I started with a base of Shinespark Polish Koosh Ball Blue (which goes on sale tomorrow!), and then stamped with Messy Mansion Sterling, Forest, Ivy, and Carbon:



UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic over Shinespark Polish Koosh Ball Blue

UberChic Beauty Woodland Chic over Shinespark Polish Koosh Ball Blue


This look would also look great with the mountain peaks on the plate, or a combination of the mountains and the trees. :)


This plate is on sale now in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can follow UberChic Beauty around the interwebs here:




Watch this space for my review of Collection 25, coming soon!


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Shinespark Polish Radical Flakes Collection!

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Are you ready for some summer neons? Because today we're going to take a look at Shinespark Polish's Radical Flakes collection, which features six neon jellies with--that's right--scattered holo glakes and glitter.


Shinespark Polish Radical Flake Collection


These polishes are buildable jellies, which allow you to get massive depth with those flakes, and awesome neon squishiness. Or, if you want to ramp up the neon factor, you can put them over undies. I'll show you both below.


Let's jump right in with Shinespark Polish Day Glo Pink, a neon hot-pink with scattered holo goodness:


Shinespark Polish Day Glo Pink

Shinespark Polish Day Glo Pink with white undies
 Coverage: 2-3 coats without undies, 1-2 coats with. Here I have three coats without undies, and two coats with undies.

Formula: Excellent. No pulling or weirdness; everything applies easily and evenly.

Neon pinks are one of the exceptions to my personal pink-is-meh rule. I love the way neon pink pops and makes my hands look tan and amazing! This pink is bright and fun and sassy, and it tried its best to break my camera, which is always an excellent sign from a neon. ;-)


Next we have Shinespark Polish Fanny Pack Green, a lime neon with that scatter of holo:


Shinespark Polish Fanny Pack Green

Shinespark Polish Fanny Pack Green with undies
 Coverage: 2-3 coats without undies, 1-2 coats with. Here I have two coats without undies so you can contrast with the others, and two coats with undies.

Formula: Excellent. No pulling or weirdness; everything applies easily and evenly.

Pass the salt because this polish is filled with lime-a-rita goodness! Of all the polishes in the collection, this is the one that takes me right back with that 80's-90's retro vibe, especially over those undies. Without undies, this flirts with the line of grass green, which makes my nails feel like summer fun on the lawn is right on my nails.


Next we have Shinespark Polish Hypercolor Purple, a grape scattered holo wonder:


Shinespark Polish Hypercolor Purple

Shinespark Polish Hypercolor Purple with undies
Coverage: 2-3 coats without undies, 1-2 coats with. Here I have three coats without undies, and two coats with.

Formula: Application was excellent, although this one was slightly patchier over white than the others were, I think because it's on the darker side. But it still evens out well and will do you fine.

The squishiness of this one without undies makes me want to reach out and touch this--the grape is rich but still vibrant. This changes the most over the undies, and turns the brightness on high!


Then we have Shinespark Polish Koosh Ball Blue, medium-royal blue packed with holo:


Shinespark Polish Koosh Ball Blue

Shinespark Polish Koosh Ball Blue with undies
Coverage: 2-3 coats without undies, 1-2 coats with. Here I have three coats without undies, and two coats with.

Formula: Excellent. No pulling or weirdness; everything applies easily and evenly.

This is my favorite name and color in the collection--not only is this a bright, happy blue over undies, it's an instant night sky without. I'm obsessed with it, and know I'm going to come back to it again and again.


Then there's Shinespark Polish Scrunchie Tangerine, a tangerine holo delight:


Shinespark Polish Scrunchie Tangerine

Shinespark Polish Scrunchie Tangerine with undies


Coverage: 2-3 coats without undies, 1-2 coats with. Here I have three coats without undies, and two coats with.

Formula: Excellent. No pulling or weirdness; everything applies easily and evenly.

This is squishy and juicy and makes me want an Orange Julius (do they still have those??) I love how saturated this orange is, the holo points of light pop out it like crazy. Gorgeous for summer, this will be a great fall color too, especially without undies.


And finally, we have Shinespark Polish Slap Bracelet Orange, a yellow-orange scattered holo jelly:



Shinespark Polish Slap Bracelet Orange
Shinespark Polish Slap Bracelet Orange with undies
Coverage: 2-3 coats without undies, 1-2 coats with. Here I have three coats without undies, and two coats with.

Formula: Excellent. No pulling or weirdness; everything applies easily and evenly.

This beauty shifts from saturated saffron yellow to a sherbert-y orange depending on how much you build it up. Basically, it's like a lemon and an orange had little babies. That keeps this from being a standard highlighter yellow, and gives it a little more richness. It's daisies and orangeade and smiling faces.


So what do I think overall? The colors capture the retro vibe promised by the names, and collections don't get much more fun than this. The formula is consistently good, the drying time is super-fast, and let's face it--holo makes everything better. If this doesn't brighten up your summer mani wardrobe, I don't know what will.


Shinespark Polish's Radical Flakes collection will go on sale April 20th, so set your reminder, because I predict these are going to be popular! And in the meantime, you can follow Shinespark Polish here:




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Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does Indie Love: Day 3! (Or, All Girly Bits, All Day Long)

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Okay everybody, let's climb into the way-back machine and go back to Wednesday, when it was Day 3 of The Digit-al Dozen's Indie Love week...


::insert weird sound effect that accompanies flashbacks in 80s sitcoms::


For my other days during this theme, I've shown you several indies in a mani, one for the polish, one for the plate, etc. But today we're gonna take a look at an indie that can do all three: Girly Bits Cosmetics.


That's right--I'm sure you know they make awesome indie polishes, but did you also know they make awesome stamping polishes, and even put out their own stamping plate? Yep, it's true, and I love them all.


For today's mani, I wanted to use one of my very favorite polish collections of all time: Girly Bits Sequins & Satin Pants collection:

Girly Bits Sequins & Satin Pants Collection


Every polish in this collection applies like a dream, has amazing holo glitter, and is a fun, happy color. And, they all work together for just about everything--spring, summer, fall nail art, halloween nail art, even Christmas nail art. I've turned to these again and again and again.


You all know I have tragic, tragic watermarbling skills, so I decided now was the perfect time to try out my first drip marble--if these can't make an amazing look, I don't know what polishes can!


To complement my drip marble, I painted two of my nails with Le Freak, and then stamped with Girly Bits Silver Bells and then Ker-minty Frog Here, using Girly Bits plate GBC 1-01:


Girly Bits GBC 1-01

Here's how it all came out:

Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Girly Bits Sequins & Satin Pants Collection, stamped with Girly Bits stamping polishes

Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Girly Bits Sequins & Satin Pants Collection, stamped with Girly Bits stamping polishes
Girly Bits GBC 1-01 over Girly Bits Sequins & Satin Pants Collection, stamped with Girly Bits stamping polishes


Can I say how stoked I am about that drip marble?! I will definitely be using this technique again, it's so easy and gives such great results. My favorite nail is that pinkie--just wow. I hoped all of the holo glitter goodness would come together, and boy, did it. :)


I hope you've found something to love this week, and please do support indie brands! And don't forget to take a look at the other manicures linked below. :)


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Friday, April 13, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does Indie Love: Day 5 (Or, Monet's Pond at Night)

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So, we're technically at the last day of The Digit-al Dozen's Indie Love week, but since I missed Day 3, I'll be posting it tomorrow. So today is my second-to-last Indie Love post. :)


For today's mani, I wanted to create a manicure showing Monet's waterlilies--but at night. To do this, I started with one of my all-time favorite polishes from The Lady Varnishes (and all time favorite period), Evil Like Me, a purple-blue duochrome with a blue-green shifting shimmer:


The Lady Varnishes Evil Like Me

The Lady Varnishes Evil Like Me


Then I stamped waterlilies from Dixie Plates Spring 01:


Dixie Plates Spring 01


I stamped with Hit The Bottle Polishes Pool Party, It Mossed Be Love, My Suitor Wears Pewter, and Lucky Spark. Here's how it came out:

Dixie Plates Spring 01 over The Lady Varnishes Evil Like Me

Dixie Plates Spring 01 over The Lady Varnishes Evil Like Me

I love the way Evil Like Me looks like moonlight shimmering on the surface of a pnd at night, and I love the deeper tones to the waterlilies, but the holo stamping polish gives a little bit of reflected light.


I had to see how it looked matted (I use Sally Hansen's Big Matte topcoat):



Dixie Plates Spring 01 over The Lady Varnishes Evil Like Me, matted

Dixie Plates Spring 01 over The Lady Varnishes Evil Like Me

Hmm. I do love the way Evil Like Me looks matted, but I think the matte muddles the colors of the flowers a little too much. I think this time, I prefer it shiny. :)


I'll be back tomorrow with my last Indie Love post, and in the meantime, check out the other manis linked below! :)


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does Indie Love Day 4: An indie polish maker, plate maker, and retailer walk into a bar...

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Hello!


So, if you wondering why my Digit-al Dozen week goes from Day 2 to Day 4, you're not losing your mind--I wasn't able to get a Day 3 post up, but I will make it up at the end of the week! And, to make up for it, I'm going to pack a LOT into this post for you. So fasten your seatbelt...;-)


You know this month the Digit-al Dozen is giving our favorite indies some love. For my first two posts, I showed you an indie plate maker and an indie polish maker (and an indie stamping polish). Today I'm going to feature an indie polish maker, plate maker, and a stamper from an indie retailer.


So let's start with the plate: today we're going to be looking at Moyra 46 Scrabble, a plate with all sorts of cool fonts on it. Here's a video review I did of the plate:




And here's a look at the plate:


Moyra 46 Scrabble

Here are shots with a ruler so you can judge the size of the fonts--click to enlarge:




And here are some swatches/examples:





I decided to create my manis for this review using the Seriously Slim stamper from Lantern & Wren (an indie retailer!), because it's super small, so it's easier to pull of the individual letters off the plate, but it's still pretty darn easy to position your images even though it's not a clear stamper. I also did a video reviewing the stamper:



And here's a closer look:


Lantern & Wren's Seriously Slim Stamper


Here's a close-up of the stamping head, which is sticky and squishy:





And here's the very first four times I tried to stamp with it (the messed up heart is my fault, as you'll see in the video, lol):



For both of my manis, I used polishes by Shinespark Polish, another indie polish maker that I love. For my first mani, I used Scrunchie Tangerine, from her upcoming Radical Flake summer 2018 collection (releasing on April 20th, watch this space for my review!). I stamped using Messy Mansion polishes in Red-y Or Not, Banana Bender, and Carbon--and since Messy Mansion is also an indie, that means I packed FOUR indies into this post!!):


Moyra 46 Scrabble over Shinespark Polish Scrunchie Tangerine

Moyra 46 Scrabble over Shinespark Polish Scrunchie Tangerine


The little wing-dings in the center of the plate made me want to do a comic-book look, and I think this came out pretty cute! Next time I'll add in some comic-book images from some other plates I have, but I love this one just as it is, too.


For my next manicure, I used Shinespark Polish Circinus Galaxy, from her winter 2017 Galaxy Holo Flake collection: 


Moyra 46 Scrabble over Shinespark Polish Circinus Galaxy

Moyra 46 Scrabble over Shinespark Polish Circinus Galaxy


To make this mani, I used a masking technique so my constellations would be in the background, but not behind the actual hearts. I started by stamping my hearts in black, and then using mani defender latex barrier to mask off the heart shape. Then I stamped my constellations with Moyra Galactica using Moyra SP-08 Silver. Then I pulled off the latex, stamped my hearts again with Kaleidoscope St-02 White, and then stamped my letters also in white. Here's a video tutorial showing you how to do it: 



And in case you're wondering why you should bother with the masking, here's what it looks like if you don't mask it off--everything is muddled and the letters are harder to pick out. That's what inspired me to try to mask it: 




So there you have it! Four indies, three videos, two manis, and a partridge in a pear tree very tired blogger! I hope that makes up for missing yesterday.


You can find all of these products (except the Shinespark Polishes) at Lantern & Wren, and you can also follow L&W around the interwebs here:




I'll be back tomorrow with more indie love; in the meantime, check out the other manis linked below! :)


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