Thursday, January 10, 2019

Lantern & Wren's #AllTheHearts Plate

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Hello!


Today I have another new plate from Lantern & Wren to show you: the Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts plate, right in time for the run-up to Valentine's day. :)


Here's the video review I did of the plate:



And here's a closer look:




As with her other plates, she's packed in a ton of images, and gives a nice variety that run the gauntlet from cute to elegant.


Here are a trio of sample swatches:



I LOVE the way that bohemian lace image looks over that smoosh...sigh...


Okay, on to the manis! I had to use that bohemian lace image again, but this time wanted to try some non-Valentine colors:


Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Base Polish(es): Shine Nail Polish Mirage
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts
Stamping Polish(es): Messy Mansion Hydrangea Blue & Lilac

I chose blue stamping polish to pull out the shimmer in the base polish, and I love how it came out. :)


For my next mani, I wanted to try a cool French tip look:


Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies

Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies
Base Polish(es)Spellbound Nails I Must Not Tell Lies
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts
Stamping Polish(es)Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not

I love how simple but effective this look is. :)


And, for a final look, I wanted to use some hearts in a non-Valentine way, to show the versatility:


Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts over Spellbound Nails Prophecy

Base Polish(es): Spellbound Nails Prophecy
Stamping Plate(s): Lantern & Wren #AllTheHearts
Stamping Polish(es): Messy Mansion Lilac


I think this is an adorable manicure for spring!


This plate is on sale now in Lantern & Wren's store. And, you can follow Lantern & Wren around the interwebs, here:



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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

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Hello!


I'm back with another polish from this month's Polish Pickup...today we're gonna take a look at Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild, an off-white crelly packed with white, gold, and green flakies:


Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild


Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild

Coverage: Two coats
Formula and application: Crelly with perfect application
Other issues: None!

All of the white and green in Goddess of the Wild makes me think of a meadow with white wildflowers, which is very Artemis, I think! It also reminds me of old marble statues, the kinds that have veins of color running through. But most of all, this looks like someone shredded up gold and dollar bills into a nail polish!


Stella Chroma Goddess of the Wild will be on sale during Polish Pickup's January sale, from Jan 4-7th. In the meantime, check out Stella Chroma here:



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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

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For this month's Mythology PPU theme, The Lady Varnishes chose one of my favorite mythological Godesses: Pele! If you don't know her, she's the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes. She's often depicted with lava floes as tendrils of her hair, and legend has it she fell in love with, and seduced, her sister's husband.


Yowza. That's some fiery passion.


To honor her, The Lady Varnishes created She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not, a deep blue jelly-based polish filled with color shifting flakies and glitter:



The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not


Coverage: two coats
Formula and application: Jelly based; Excellent application.
Other issues: None--I wondered if this would stain, but I wore it for a couple of days, and it didn't.


This. Is. Stunning. I love how she captured the look of lava, and I love that she chose a dark blue base rather than a black base, because part of Pele's legends involve her lava floes clashing into the ocean. When I visited the Big Island, I was lucky enough to see where those floes met water--it's an amazing sight, especially at night.


I love the dark, dangerous beauty of this, so had to do something vampy but classy with my nail art:


UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance over The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not

Base: The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not
Stamping Plate: UberChic Beauty Art Deco Elegance
Stamping Polish: MoYou London Ginger Rust


I love how sexy this polish is, and the art deco just adds to it! What do you think?


This polish will be available during PPU's January sale, from January 4th to January 7th. In the meantime, you can find The Lady Varnishes around the interwebs here:





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Monday, December 31, 2018

It Girl Nail Art Limited Edition Mythology Plate

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If you haven't already heard, this month's Polish Pickup theme is Mythology, and It Girl Nail Art is contributing a limited edition plate celebrating the theme:


It Girl Nail Art LE107


She did a mix of several types of mythology and mythical creatures, and I gotta say--the mighty jackalope is definitely my favorite. (You gotta love jackalopes, because that's where naugahyde comes from, and where would we be without naugahyde?)


I had a blast playing around with this, so I have several manis to show you...this first one started with a base of Zoya Rekha, then I stamped an image from It Girl Nail Art IG102, and then added in my images from LE107, using Messy Mansion Carbon and Soft Gold:


It Girl Nail Art LE107 and IG102 over Zoya Rekha

It Girl Nail Art LE107 and IG102 over Zoya Rekha


Next up I went for some Greek mythology...I started with a base of Stella Chroma Cinnamon & Spice, and then stamped an image from It Girl Nail Art IG105 with Girly Bits Irreplaceable, and then stamped my LE107 images with Messy Mansion Spring Green, Carbon, and Soft Gold:


It Girl Nail Art LE107 and IG105 over Zoya Rekha


Next I took a trip under da sea with a base of Stella Chroma Flannel & Boots, and stamped an image from IG111 with Messy Mansion Chalk. Then I reversed-stamped my images from LE107, using Stella Chroma Sugarplum Fairy and It Girl Nail Art Inkwell for the narwhal, and Messy Mansion Spring Green for Nessie:


It Girl Nail Art LE107 and IG111 over Zoya Rekha


And I saved the best for last...I started with a base of Shine Nail Polish Upper Crust, then stamped an image from IG111 and Girly Bits Irreplaceable to look like a terrain map, then reversed-stamped my jackalope using Girly Bits White Wedding and Little Black Dress:


It Girl Nail Art LE107 and IG111 over Zoya Rekha


I hope this gives you an idea of the fun stuff you can do with this plate...It will be on sale during January's Polish Pickup, from January 4th-January 7th. In the meantime, check out It Girl Nail Art's other awesome plates here, and check out their cuticle balm while you're there (it's my favorite).


It Girl Nail Art LE107


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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Peaceful Boxing Day

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If you celebrate it, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. For me, the day after Christmas (known as Boxing Day in many areas of the world) always has a bittersweet feeling for me. I'm always a little bummed Christmas is over, but every year I'm also a little more relieved to be finished with all the preparations and know that everything unfolded (mostly!) successfully. Especially this year, because I hosted several guests yesterday, so have been extra busy the last two weeks, and was on my feet all day yesterday.


But today I get to sit next to my tree, sip my coffee, and enjoy some peaceful time to write. :)


To share that peace with you, here's a manicure that shows what I'm hoping my day will look like:


Sweet Heart Polish Hey Catnip! and UberChic Beauty Holly Jolly

Sweet Heart Polish Hey Catnip! and UberChic Beauty Holly Jolly


Just my tree, and a little holiday glimmer dusted across everything. :) For this manicure I used Sweet Heart Polish Hey Catnip! and UberChic Beauty Holly Jolly.


And here's a bonus holiday mani, because people give away holiday left-overs on Boxing Day:


Lantern & Wren's Most Wonderful Time over Shine Upper Crust



This one features Lantern & Wren's Most Wonderful Time over Shine Upper Crust.


I hope your Boxing Day is peaceful and happy!


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Monday, December 24, 2018

Five Polishes from Shine Nail Polish

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Hello!


Merry Christmas Eve! I hope all your preps finish up easily and fast so you can enjoy an  awesome holiday. :)



Today we're going to take a look at a new-to-me indie, Shine Nail Polish. Shine polishes are 10-free, non-toxic, and vegan--but what's the quality like? Let's jump on in and take a look at five of their polishes.


First up is Shine Embers:

Shine Embers

Shine Embers

Shine Embers

Shine Embers

Shine Embers

Coverage: Two coats
Formula & Application: Excellent
Other: Good dry time and no issues.

Shine Nail Polish Embers is a rust-orange-red-pink multichrome shimmer. This is like someone took a bunch of gorgeous fall leaves and crushed them up into a bottle of polish. But, of course, given what day it is, I also see this as a gorgeous holiday polish--if you don't want just a regular red, this gives you cranberries and oranges and roasted nuts and spice all in one place. I adore this polish.


Next up we have Shine Nail Polish Esmeralda: 


Shine Nail Polish Esmeralda

Shine Nail Polish Esmeralda

Shine Nail Polish Esmeralda


Shine Nail Polish Esmeralda

Coverage: Two coats
Formula & Application: Excellent
Other: Good dry time and no issues.

Shine Nail Polish Esmeralda is a deep green-leaning teal shimmer with green, black, copper, and purple multicrhome glitters. This polish looks like a fir tree glistening in a winter forest--a perfect polish not just for winter/the holidays, but as a base for any tree-look nail art you want to do. I have just such a winter nail-art mani already done, waiting to show you...


Next we have Shine Nail Polish Mirage:


Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Shine Nail Polish Mirage
 
Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Shine Nail Polish Mirage

Coverage: Three
Formula & Application: A little thinner than I normally like, but not problematic
Other: Good dry time and no other issues.

Shine Nail Polish Mirage is a sepia red-brown-gold gentle-shifting multichrome with an aqua shimmer. The end result ends up like a shimmering, gilded, sugared grape. I love the color on this, but tend to shy away from three-coaters unless the additional coat adds depth. That said, the quality is excellent, I loved the look.


Then there's Shine Nail Polish Moonlight Chameleon:

Shine Nail Polish Moonlight Chameleon

Shine Nail Polish Moonlight Chameleon

Shine Nail Polish Moonlight Chameleon

Shine Nail Polish Moonlight Chameleon

Shine Nail Polish Moonlight Chameleon

Coverage: Two coats
Formula & Application: Excellent
Other: Good dry time and no issues.

Shine Nail Polish Moonlight Chameleon is a champagne rose-gold metallic with a flecked finish and a subtle aqua shimmer. This is sophisticated and classy, like a New Year's Eve celebration in an upscale restaurant. This is how I like my neutrals--elegant, but with a touch of something magical so it still feels special. LOVE.


And finally, we have Shine Nail Polish Upper Crust:


Shine Nail Polish Upper Crust

Shine Nail Polish Upper Crust

Shine Nail Polish Upper Crust

Shine Nail Polish Upper Crust

Shine Nail Polish Upper Crust

Coverage: Two coats (you may only need one!)
Formula & Application: Excellent
Other: Good dry time and no issues.

Shine Nail Polish Upper Crust is an opulent golden-bronze metallic. This feels expensive, like a gorgeous burnished statue. It functions as a neutral, but is so much more--it's like turning your nails into beautiful jewelry.


So what do I think about Shine Nail Polish overall? The quality is excellent, and the colors are right. While I wish Mirage was a two-coater, the rest exceeded my expectations, and I'd definitely try Shine again. I think you'll be very pleased with the quality, and they have a very nice selection of colors.


All of these polishes are on sale now in Shine's store, for $11.50 per bottle, and you can follow them around the interwebs here:




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