Friday, May 18, 2018

The Digit-al Does Inspires Each Other, Day 5: Kitties and Puppies with Beauty Big Bang XL-008

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Today's the last day of The Digit-al Dozen's inspire-each-other week, and I'm bummed--this has been so much fun, not only to do my own recreations, but to see how the other ladies have inspired one another. I'm sorry to see it end.


So, I decided to go out with a bang! You'll see what I mean...


First, let's talk about who inspired me for this mani. I absolutely fell in love with this manicure by Nails Like Lace:




I fully intend to buy that plate, but for now I don't have it...luckily, I have another one with very cute cat images on it...Beauty Big Bang XL-008. Here's the video review I did of the plate:





And here's a still shot:



I did three quick sample looks in the video:




(Please excuse the fuzz on the third swatch stick--I hit it with my acetone-covered cotton by accident. It was not my best moment.)


I also did two full manis...first let's take a look at the one inspired by Nails Like Lace. As you know, I have both cats and a dog, so I decided to modify the mani a little bit to include dogs. Since my cats completely own my dog, I thought I'd use a dog pattern in the background, with little kitties popping out on top of it. I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Marauder's Map, and then stamped with Kaleidoscope St-01 Black. I did my kitties with reversed stamping; I used Messy Mansion Summer Heat and Bisque, Moyra Sp-08 Silver, and Kaleidoscope St-02 White. Here's how it turned out:


Beauty Big Bang XL-008 over Spellbound Nails Marauder's Map

Beauty Big Bang XL-008 over Spellbound Nails Marauder's Map


So it's a little bit different, but I think I captured the spirit of the inspiration...what do you think?


For my second manicure, I started with a skittle of Zoya Karen and Sally Hansen Get Mod and Blacky O. Then I stamped my images with Hit The Bottle Polish Moonshine, Taupe-lessly Devoted and Make Mine A Mudslide (also available at Lantern & Wren):





What do you think? Those kitty paws just kill me!


You can find this plate on Beauty Big Bang's site, and don't forget to use my code for 10% off your order: MISHKA824M, and follow them around the interwebs here:




And don't forget to check out the other ladies' final inspiration, linked below. :)

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Inspires Each Other--Day 4!

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Today's the fourth day of The Digit-al Dozen's inspire-each-other week, and today I'm inspired by this manicure from More Nail Polish:




Isn't that a beauty? I absolutely adore the rhinestones across the nails. That got me to thinking...and my end result requires a little explanation, because it's fairly far afield from this one. Besides the rhinestone wave, I also love the way the nails were divided into two sections, and I wanted to play with that. I'm currently obsessed with the naked-nail-negative-space trend, so I decided to combine the two.


First, I used latex mani defender (normally used to protect your cuticles) to divide my nails--I swept it in a curve across my nail, and waited for it to dry. Then I stamped an image from Dixie Plates Lace 01, with gradient stamping--I went from white through different pinks, and finally to red (Messy Mansion Chalk, Dogwood Pink, Petal, Red-y Or Not, and Kaleidoscope St-04  Pink. I peeled of the latex, which left me with half my nails stamped, then lined with my rhinestone gradient. Here's how it came out:

Dixie Plates Lace 01, stamped with Messy Mansion and Kaleidoscope polishes

Dixie Plates Lace 01, stamped with Messy Mansion and Kaleidoscope polishes


So, as you can see, my mani is pretty different from the original--but you can definitely see where the inspiration comes from. And that's the cool thing about inspiration--one element can really speak to you, and take you off into your own new direction.


If you'd like to see how I made this mani, check out my tutorial:



I'll be back tomorrow with my final inspired mani...in the meantime, please check out what the other ladies did, below. :)


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Inspires Each Other: Day 3!

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Today's day three of The Digit-al Dozen's inspire-each-other week, and this week I'm inspired by this mani from The Polished Koi:





What I love best about this mani is the interplay between the delicate blossoms and the opalescent glitter, and the way the texture of the glitter still shows through the leadlighting. So, I set out to recreate that.


I knew I wanted to use Zoya Saldana for my base coat right from the start, but was surprised to discover that I don't have any cherry blossom images like this--all of mine are smaller and solid, so not really leadlight-friendly. So instead, I chose a similar type of image from UberChic Beauty 14-02, and stamped with with Kaleidoscope St-01 Black. I did my leadlighting with LA Colors Nuclear Energy (at least, that's what my bottle says the name is, but I'm doubtful, because I got it at the dollar store, and when I google that name, a green shade comes up...), which I cut with a one-to-one ratio of topcoat:


UberChic Beauty 14-02 over Zoya Saldana

UberChic Beauty 14-02 over Zoya Saldana


The texture doesn't show quite the same way as Oksana's, but I do love the way the purple in the leadlighting plays with the purple shimmer in the polish, so I'm happy with how it turned out. :)


Tune back in tomorrow, same bat-time, same bat-channel, for another inspired mani! And in the meantime, check out the awesome work of the other ladies, linked below. :)


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen inspires each other, Day 2: Drip Marble!

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Today is the second day of The Digit-al Dozen's inspire-each-other week, where we pick manicures from other Digit-ers that inspire us to recreate.





As you know, I've been into drip marbles lately--I'm not very good at water marbles, plus I prefer the more random, geode-like effects of the drip marble. They're relatively easy and not nearly so messy...usually...but I'll get back to this point...


When I saw this mani Tiffany from Polish And Paws did, I fell in love--the colors are just so vivid, and the aqua goes with the purple so beautifully:  



I didn't have the exact polishes she used, so I did the best I could to come up with something similar. I used The Lady Varnishes Let's Get Dangerous and Here's Where The Fun Begins, from her Disney Afternoon collection; for the contrast I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Night Flight and Silver Stallion (aka Silver Sweep). Here's how mine came out: 


Drip marble with The Lady Varnishes Let's Get Dangerous and Here's Where The Fun Begins, and Sally Hansen's Night Flight and Silver Stallion
Drip marble with The Lady Varnishes Let's Get Dangerous and Here's Where The Fun Begins, and Sally Hansen's Night Flight and Silver Stallion

Drip marble with The Lady Varnishes Let's Get Dangerous and Here's Where The Fun Begins, and Sally Hansen's Night Flight and Silver Stallion


What do you think? The colors aren't exact, but I think I captured the spirit of it pretty well. I'm really happy with it except for one thing--I will never again do a drip marble with a dark blue. I went that route instead of black, and it was a mistake--I forgot how prone blue polishes are to staining, and it took me FOREVER to do the clean-up on this. I do think the effect was gorgeous, but I don't think I'll be repeating it. :)


I'll be back tomorrow with another recreation--in the meantime, check out the other ladies' manis, linked below. :)


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Monday, May 14, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen inspires each other: Day 1

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This month, The Digit-al Dozen decided to choose a mani each day made by another Digit-al Dozen member that inspires us, and recreate it in some way. Today I chose a manicure that inspired me to do as close a complete recreation as possible; as we move through the week, I'll narrow in on certain elements I want to recreate.


The second I saw this mani Courtney from Polished Lifting did, I knew I had to recreate it:




I don't have this exact polish or plate, and I had one with a very similar image on the way, but it didn't come in time...So I used the next best plate I had.


I started with a base of Zoya Darby, and then stamped using MoYou London Mandala 14. I stamped with Kaleidoscope St-01 Black, and colored in with Kaleidoscope St-04 and St-06 Mint. Here's how it came out:




What do you think, did I do hers justice? I think hers is a bit softer, but I do like how the mandala worked in place of the succulent plant. I think both are pretty nice. :)


I'll be back tomorrow with another 'inspired' manicure--in the meantime, check out the other ladies' manis, linked below!


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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dixie Plates Camouflage 01!

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Today we're going to take a look at another new plate from Dixie Plates, her Camouflage 01 plate...Here's the video review I did of the plate:



Here's a look at the plate:




This is a layering plate, designed to work together to produce different types of camo print. The first four images from top-left over are designed to work together; the last image on the top and the first two bottom left work together, and the final three go together. Of course, you're only limited by your imagination, so you can layer whichever ones you want for whatever effects you want.


My advice for using this plate is to start with the biggest print and move to the smaller print, starting with your lightest polish and ending with your darkest polish. That will make sure you don't just obscure your first layer of stamping as you go along. But of course, you can play around however you want! 


Here are four sample camos I made with the plate:




Of course you can use this plate to make camo prints in whatever colors you want. But you can also use these images for other types of background texture. For example, the first print looks like antiqued gold-leafing to me, and is so much easier than pulling out a pot of the actual leafing stuff you can buy for nail art. And how cute would that pink camo look under some Valentine's Day stamping?!


For my first mani, I wanted to play with a cool color combination for my camo. I started with a base of Zoya Isa and Ellie (also available from Zoya's website), and then stamped my images over it with Hit The Bottle Polish Purple Reign, It Mossed Be Love, and Pool Party (also available at Lantern & Wren): 

Dixie Plate Camouflage 01 over Zoya Isa & Ellie, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polishes

Dixie Plate Camouflage 01 over Zoya Isa & Ellie, stamped with Hit The Bottle Polishes


Something about this looks very 80's, don't you think? I love how well the bright colors worked together.


For my second mani, I wanted to create the look of a Hawaiian sunset with a smattering of clouds; I started with a gradient base made with Zoya Ellie, Minnie, and Missy. Then I stamped with a gradient of either Sally Hansen Night Flight or Grease Lightning and Zoya Minnie, and Sally Hansen Silver Stallion and Zoya Missy, to give the look of the colors being reflected on the clouds. Here's how it turned out:



Dixie Plates Camouflage 01 over a gradient of Zoya Ellie, Minnie, and Missy
Dixie Plates Camouflage 01 over a gradient of Zoya Ellie, Minnie, and Missy

Dixie Plates Camouflage 01 over a gradient of Zoya Ellie, Minnie, and Missy
Dixie Plates Camouflage 01 over a gradient of Zoya Ellie, Minnie, and Missy

I think the colors in this one are soft and tropical, and I love the ethereal way the 'clouds' look.


For my next look, I wanted to do something with the gold-leafing look I got with the metallics. I started with a base of Zoya Marigold, and then stamped Moyra SP-08 Silver, Messy Mansion Jingle Bells, and Hit The Bottle Polish Everyday I'm Truffling. Then I stamped over that with Dixie Plates DP-09, and Kaleidoscope St-01 Black:


Dixie Plates Camouflage 01 and DP-09 over Zoya Marigold, stamped with metallics

Dixie Plates Camouflage 01 and DP-09 over Zoya Marigold, stamped with metallics


This has a wrought-iron feel to me, like an old antique gate or balcony. This would be a great look for the holidays, with Christmassy images stamped over the top. I'm in love with how it came out.


I liked the look so much, in fact, that I did a second manicure with it. For this version, I put dots of Moyra Silver and Messy Mansion Jingle Bells on my index and middle finger, and I put Sally Hansen Blacky O on my pinkie and stamped the same image with Messy Mansion Jingle Bells:


Dixie Plates Camouflage 01 and DP-09 over Zoya Marigold, stamped with metallics

Dixie Plates Camouflage 01 and DP-09 over Zoya Marigold, stamped with metallics


 This version is a little less intense than the first--do you have a favorite?


If you're interested in getting the antique-leafing look, I did a tutorial showing you how I created it:



What do you think? Are you a camo person? What do you think of the versions I created?


You can find this plate in the Dixie Plate store, on sale now. You can also find this at Lantern & Wren if you're in the US and Canada, and you can keep up with Dixie Plates around the interwebs here:

Dixie Plates Facebook Fangroup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/461694520667496/

Dixie Plates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dixie_plates/


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Monday, May 7, 2018

Dixie Plates Lace 01!

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How was your weekend? I made my very first strawberry-rhubarb pie, and OMG I think strawberry-rhubarb might be my favorite kind of pie. Tied with pecan and cherry...


Anyway. Focus. Today I have a new plate from Dixie Plates to show you, Lace 01! Of course I have a video review to show you, that tests out five potential looks:




Here's a closer look:

Dixie Plates Lace 01

What to note about this plate: This has classic lace images, but also a variety of styles, like the henna-look in the upper left. I also love the mix and match potential with the different meshes and similar patterns in the lace. And, I love the free edges she gives you to play around with!


Here are five quick ideas I put together for using this plate:


Five looks with Dixie Plates Lace 01

Here are the polishes I used in these looks:

(1) MM Chalk, hydrangea blue, Amalfi coast, Delft Blue
(2) Zoya Nahla, Kaleidoscope St 02 White
(3) Zoya Sandy, MM Dogwood Pink
(4) Zoya Jack, Moyra SP-09 Gold
(5) Zoya Snow White, Kaleioscope Black


On to some full manicures! For my first manicure, I wanted a softer, more elegant look, so I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Here's Where The Fun Begins (which is on sale through today through Polish Pickup, so hurry if you like it!) . Then I stamped my image with Hit The Bottle Polish Champagne Shifter (also available at Beautometry), and added some studs

 
Dixie Plates Lace 01 over The Lady Varnishes Here's Where The Fun Begins

Dixie Plates Lace 01 over The Lady Varnishes Here's Where The Fun Begins


For my second manicure, I wanted to do something with a spring feel while I still can, since we're rapidly running out of spring...I started with a skittle base of The Lady Varnishes Here's Where The Fun Begins, The Lady Varnishes Let's Get Dangerous, and Zoya Saldana (from their just-released Sunshine collection), then stamped my images with Messy Mansion Lilac and Sterling:


Dixie Plates 01 over polishes by The Lady Varnishes and Zoya

Dixie Plates 01 over polishes by The Lady Varnishes and Zoya


For my last look, I wanted to go for something sexy and HOT. I started with a skittle of nekkid nails (ow baby!), Zoya Snow White, and Zoya Marigold (also from the Sunshine collection). Then I stamped my nekkid nails with Kaleidoscope St-01 Black, and added red and black rhinestones:


Dixie Plates Lace 01 over Zoya Snow White and Marigold
Dixie Plates Lace 01 over Zoya Snow White and Marigold

Dixie Plates Lace 01 over Zoya Snow White and Marigold

What do you think, which one do you like best?


You can get this plate on sale now in Dixie Plates' store, or, if you're in the US or Canada, from Lantern & Wren. And don't forget to check out Dixie Plates around the interwebs:

Dixie Plates Facebook Fangroup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/461694520667496/

Dixie Plates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dixie_plates/


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