Friday, May 17, 2019

New Sally Hansen Mega Strength polishes

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Hello!


Today I have the new Sally Hansen Mega Strength polishes to show you!


Before we jump in, the collection comes with a basecoat and a topcoat to help you get as much mega strength as possible:

Sally Hansen Mega Strength basecoat 

Sally Hansen Mega Strength basecoat 


But, of course, the colors are the most important thing, right? So let's take a look...


First up is Sally Hansen Class Act, a hot red creme:


Sally Hansen Class Act

Sally Hansen Class Act

Sally Hansen Class Act

Sally Hansen Class Act

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Smooth as silk
My thoughts: I love any red, but during the summer, I reach for the gorgeous tomato-red shades. This is the little-black dress of nail polishes.


Next up is Sally Hansen Persis-Tint, a lavender shimmer:


Sally Hansen Persis-Tint

Sally Hansen Persis-Tint

Sally Hansen Persis-Tint

Sally Hansen Persis-Tint

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Smooth as silk
My thoughts: Such a gorgeous polish! The ice blue shimmer takes this into the realm of magic.


Then we have Sally Hansen Rise Up, a mauve-coral shimmer:



Sally Hansen Rise Up

Sally Hansen Rise Up

Sally Hansen Rise Up

Sally Hansen Rise Up

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Smooth as silk
My thoughts: Mauve is a flattering color, and so is coral--and these two together are so pretty--a beautiful polish for spring and summer or just plain any time.


Then there's Sally Hansen She-Ro, a mauve creme:


Sally Hansen She-Ro

Sally Hansen She-Ro

Sally Hansen She-Ro

Sally Hansen She-Ro

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Smooth as silk
My thoughts: This polish is that perfect color-but-still-neutral that's gorgeous for your workday and any time you want a classic, elegant look.


Next is Sally Hansen Slay All Day, a raspberry shimmer:


Sally Hansen Slay All Day

Sally Hansen Slay All Day

Sally Hansen Slay All Day

Sally Hansen Slay All Day

Coverage: 2 coats
Formula: Smooth as silk
My thoughts: I ladore the fuchsia shimmer in this, it gives it a little special. Hot hot hot--a perfect sassy summer polish.


And finally we have Sally Hansen Small But Mighty, a dark plum shimmer:


Sally Hansen Small But Mighty

Sally Hansen Small But Mighty

Sally Hansen Small But Mighty

Sally Hansen Small But Mighty

Coverage: 3 coats
Formula: Smooth as silk
My thoughts: I was a bit disappointed in this--it took three coats to cover, and even then the effect was a little patchy. Such a shame because I love how the gold glimmer plays with the deep plum.


Lots of pretty colors here, and best of all, I did get a couple of days extra wear from these over other polishes, so that's good, too. You can find these on sale now any place that sells Sally Hansen polishes.


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping plate

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Time for another new plate from Dixie Plates! This is Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping plate:

Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping


Of course a plate called "Reverse Stamping" is meant for the reversed stamping technique. But of course you don't have to use it just for that, so I'm gonna show you a couple of manis that use other techniques, too.


But first...here's a full-on reversed-stamping mani:


Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping over Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus
Base Polish(es): Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Silver Bells, Saffron, Saffroff, Eggplant One On Me, Forget Me?! Not! and You Can't Handle The Spruce


For my next mani, I did a double-stamp technique to give my stamping depth:

Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping over Sally Hansen Rise Up
Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Rise Up
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping
Stamping Polish(es): Hit The Bottle Polish Tangerine Scream; Kaleidoscope By El Corazon White


And for my final mani, I did a single-pass look to let my specialty polish show through: :


Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping over Supernatural Lacquer You're Flerken Meowt!
Base Polish(es): Supernatural Lacquer You're Flerken Meowt!
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping
Stamping Polish(es): Hit The Bottle Midnight Pumpkin


So what do you think? Are you a fan of reversed stamping? Or do you like simpler techniques?


You can find this plate on sale now directly in Dixie Plate's store, or from any supplier that carries Dixie Plates. :)


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

HHC Alert! Supernatural Lacquer

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I've got another Supernatural Lacquer stunner to share with you today, this one available during HHC (Hella Handmade Creations)...


This is Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus, a light-gray based polish with green-purple main shift and some blue-red multichrome shift, with scattered holo:


Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus

Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus

Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus

Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus


Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus


The colors in this polish are so gorgeous--I love how it goes through so many greens and blue, including an awesome teal--and of course that holo just adds in the all the magic...sigh...


And I had to give this a little nail art love, playing off the colors in the polish:


Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus stamped with Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping plate

Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus stamped with Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping plate

Base Polish(es): Supernatural Lacquer Homonculus
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Reverse Stamping plate
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics Silver Bells, Saffron, Saffroff, Eggplant One On Me, You Can't Handle The Spruce, and Forget Me? Not!


You can buy this between May 14th and May 21st during the HHC sale; price will be $11.50, and the cap is currently TBD. Snap it up if you love it!


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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Dixie Plates Shape Up 01 Plate

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Today I have a new plate from Dixie Plates to show you, Dixie Plates Shape Up 01 Plate:


Dixie Plates Shape Up 01


This plate is meant to be layered--put the polka dots over the stripes over the solids--however you want. To me it screams '80s, so I decided to play around with a couple of '80s style looks...


For my first look, I started with a quintessential '80s Miami-Vice-Style color palette:


Dixie Plates Shape Up 01 over Sally Hansen Persis-Tint

Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Persis-Tint
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Shape Up 01
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics Saffron, Saffroff, Ker-minty Frog Here, and Sally Hansen Blue Away


For my second mani I went more toward the bolder colors and contrasts of the '80s:


Dixie Plates Shape Up 01 over Supernatural Lacquer Germanium

Base Polish(es): Supernatural Lacquer Germanium
Stamping Plate(s): Dixie Plates Shape Up 01
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits White Wedding and Little Black Dress


What do you think? Do you love plates like this? Do you love the '80s?


This plate is on sale now from Dixie Plates directly, or from other retailers that stock her plates.


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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Dance Legend Bow: Thermal Spot It?! (Yes, you read that right...)

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I know you've heard of thermal polishes, and I know you've heard of 'spot it' polishes that do liquid nail art effects--but have you heard of the thermal spot it polishes?!





I'm going to show you one today, Bow by Dance Legend, in Yin Yang Blur. This polish applies like a dark gray, but when it gets hot, it turns a milky white. Here's how it looks cold, over Lantern & Wren Illuminate:


Bow Yin Yang Blur


And here's a half-and-half contrast:

Bow Yin Yang Blur


But, of course, some like it hot:


Bow Yin Yang Blur


I like it both ways, but adore how it looks like steam or clouds in the hot version. That would make amazing ghost manis at Halloween!


One of the things I love to do with polishes like this is play with stamping. So I stamped a design in a similar color, so I could get a cool reveal when the polish turned:

Lantern & Wren City Life over Bow Yin Yang Blur


Lantern & Wren City Life over Bow Yin Yang Blur

Base Polish(es): Lantern & Wren Illuminate (PPU polish)
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren City Life (PPU plate)
Stamping Polish(es): Sally Hansen Grease Lightning


I like how it looks even when the polish is dark, but when it turns light, it looks supercool!! You can go nuts with all sorts of fun looks.


You can buy these polishes now at Lantern & Wren. :)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

PPU Alert! Lantern & Wren City Life stamping plate

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Hello!


So, in addition to an awesome stamping polish (which I posted about last time), Lantern & Wren also has a plate for sale in this month's Polish Pickup sale! Check out Lantern & Wren's City Life plate:



Lantern & Wren City Life

This plate has both a rich urban feel, but also gives a definite od to the 80's. It's highly versatile depending on the colors you use it with, and very fun!


For the first look, I had to do a graffiti look:


Lantern & Wren City Life over Sally Hansen Class Act
Base Polish(es): Sally Hansen Class Act
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren City Life
Stamping Polish(es): Girly Bits Cosmetics You Can't Handle The Spruce, White Wedding, Little Black Dress


For my next look, I wanted to go really dark and urban, so I selected bits of the big collage image:


Lantern & Wren City Life over Supernatural Lacquer Sight Beyond Sight
Base Polish(es): Supernatural Lacquer Sight Beyond Sight (also a May Polish Pickup item)
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren City Life
Stamping Polish(es): Moyra Silver


And for my third look, I had to do a cityscape mani:

Lantern & Wren City Life over The Lady Varnishes And The 80's Replied "I Know"
Base Polish(es): The Lady Varnishes And The 80's Replied "I Know" (Also a May Polish Pickup item)
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren City Life plate
Stamping Polish(es): Moyra Silver


I'll also be showing you another look with this plate in my next post, so stay tuned for that...


You can buy this plate (and the PPU polishes) during the May Polish Pickup sale, which runs from May 3rd-6th. It will sell for $14.99 and there's a cap of only 60--so go go go set your alarm so you can grab it!! And in the meantime, check out Lantern & Wren's other awesome plates, here. :)


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