Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NOTD: UberChic Beauty 27-01

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Today I have a quick NOTD to share with you, now that things have calmed down a little! Here it is:


UberChic Beauty 27-01 over Zoya Polishes

UberChic Beauty 27-01 over Zoya Polishes


And here it is matted:

UberChic Beauty 27-01 over Zoya Polishes

UberChic Beauty 27-01 over Zoya Polishes


For this mani, I started with a base of Zoya Snow White and Jack. Then I used the dry-brush technique with Zoya Sheri and Zoya Jack, then stamped my images (from UberChic Beauty 27-01) with Messy Mansion Pudding and Carbon. What do you think? Are you a fan of the dry-brush technique? I think it goes perfectly with this image. :)


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n!

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Are you ready for the weekend?! I know I am...


I've got a gorgeous polish to show you today--Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n, which is their contribution to July's Hella Handmade Creations goodness:


Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n


Everything's Shiny Cap'n is a bright teal semi-linear holo with a generous scatter of color-shifting flakes that flash pink, orange, gold, and green:


Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n


This beauty is inspired by Kaylee from Firefly, which is awesome, but I have to say--I feel like looking into this like looking into Monet's waterlily pond in Giverny:


Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n
 
Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n

Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n

Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n


These pictures show three thin coats--two will likely be just fine for you--with perfect formula and application. And in case those pictures don't convince you I'm right about the waterlily pond, here are a few macros:

Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n

Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n


Supernatural Lacquer's Everything's Shiny Cap'n


Seriously now, isn't that just an impressionist painting in a bottle?! The play of light, the combination of colors--Monet only wishes he'd painted this. Mrs. Monet wishes she got to wear it. I'm just glad I get to, because it's delicate and sophisticated and complex with just enough bling to make me feel like a fairytale princess.


Now, you know I have to stamp anything that hits my nails for more than a few minutes. When I have on a beautiful holo flakie creation, I like to allow that to show through the art--so in this case, I stamped a deco-esque image from UberChic Beauty 27-02 with Moyra Silver:


Supernatural Lacquer Everything's Shiny Cap'n over UberChic Beauty 27-02

Supernatural Lacquer Everything's Shiny Cap'n over UberChic Beauty 27-02


What do you think? Sometimes you just need the right little something to get a great result. :)


You can buy this beauty starting today as part of Hella Handmade Creation's July offerings; it's priced at $11.50 and has no cap. But you only have through July 21st to order it, so grab it quickly!


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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does "White", Day 5: Featuring Dixie Plates Marbled 01 & CJS-45

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Today's the final day of The Digit-al Dozen's "White" theme, and I saved my favorite for last!


A long time ago I saw a modern art exhibit that featured a study of the color white, which basically looked at how different shades of white looked against different other shades of white. I couldn't recreate that because the differences were pretty subtle, but I wanted to do something that played with white against white, with the help of black, grey and silver.


For this I started with a base of Sally Hansen White On Time. Then I stamped with Moyra Silver and Sally Hansen Grease Lightning, with Dixie Plates Marbled 01 plate:


Dixie Plates Marbled 01


Here's how that first layer turned out, because I think it's super pretty on its own:


Dixie Plates Marbled 01 over Sally Hansen White On Time

Dixie Plates Marbled 01 over Sally Hansen White On Time


Next I wanted to add some flourishes with Clear Jelly Stamper's CJS-45 plate:

Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-45

For most of the flourishes, I stamped the first layer with Kaleidoscope Black first, then again with Kaleidoscope White, than did the second layering image with Kaleidoscope Black. For one of them, I layered Hit The Bottle Polish Moonshine under Kaleidoscope white. I did this to change the appearance of the white depending on what it was layered over. Here's how it turned out:


Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-45 and Dixie Plates Marbled 01 over Sally Hansen White On Time

Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-45 and Dixie Plates Marbled 01 over Sally Hansen White On Time


And here's how it looks matted:


Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-45 and Dixie Plates Marbled 01 over Sally Hansen White On Time

Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-45 and Dixie Plates Marbled 01 over Sally Hansen White On Time


Okay, it's not a great work of art, but you can tell the difference between the shades of white. Can you tell which flourish doesn't have black underneath? Spoiler alert: it's the ring finger. So, there's my little attempt at an artistic approach to 'White'.


I hope you've enjoyed all of the different takes on 'White' manis this week--don't forget to check out what the other ladies did for the last day!


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does "White" Day 4: featuring UberChic Beauty 27-03

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Today's day four of The Digit-al Dozen's "White" theme, and I'm going to show you a white mani using UberChic Beauty 27-03...plus a bonus look with that plate.


If you missed it, here's my video review of collection 27:



And here's a look I did with plate 27-02.


But now, let's take a look at plate 27-03!


UberChic Beauty 27-03


So first, here's a simple look that's the complete opposite of 'white'--I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Black Eye, and stamped with Moyra Gold:


UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Spellbound Nails Black Eye

UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Spellbound Nails Black Eye


I like the simplicity of this, I think it's classy but glitzy. :)


Okay, so now for the 'White' mani! I started with two coats of Colores De Carol Bling, to give a little silver holo sparkle over my naked nails, then stamped with Kaleidoscope White:


UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Colores De Carol Bling

UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Colores De Carol Bling


And here it is matted:


UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Colores De Carol Bling

UberChic Beauty 27-03 over Colores De Carol Bling


I love the bling in this (no pun intended!) and the play of white over it. I think this is a romantic mani--the swirls sorta look like swans atop a heart to me. :)


You can find collection 27 on sale now in UberChic Beauty's store. And don't forget to check out the other ladies' manis, linked below. :)


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does "White", Day 3: Featuring UberChic Beauty 27-02

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So, normally I review UberChic Beauty's collections all in one post. But because of the Digit-al Dozen theme week, I'm going to break up the reviews into one post per plate.


As usual, let's start with the video review I did for the collection:


And here's a look at plate 27-02, which I'll be using in today's mani:


UberChic Beauty 27-02

The moment I saw the images in the upper left-hand corner, I knew I had to do an 80s look. For my manicure, I started with a skittle base, using Girly Bits Le Freak, The Hustle, Brick House, and Stayin' Alive, all from their Sequins and Satin Pants collection. Then I stamped using Girly Bits White Wedding, one of their stamping polishes, and made my dots with another, Girly Bits Silver Bells:


UberChic Beauty 27-02 over Girly Bits polishes

UberChic Beauty 27-02 over Girly Bits polishes


Here it is matted:


UberChic Beauty 27-02 over Girly Bits polishes

UberChic Beauty 27-02 over Girly Bits polishes

Something about the matted version of this makes it feel even more 80s to me, what do you think?


You can find UberChic Beauty's collection 27 on sale now in their store. I'll be back tomorrow with another "white" mani--in the meantime, check out what the other ladies did, linked below. :)



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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Day 2 of The Digit-al Dozen Does 'White', featuring Moyra 33 Rivalda plate!

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Today is day two of The Digit-al Dozen's 'White' theme, so I'm back today with more manis that play with the color white...and today we're going to take a look at that with Moyra 33 Rivalda!


I did a video review of this plate a while back, but haven't blogged about it yet--in fact, I did that video before I switched things up, so it has some old-school swatches:




Here's an up-close look at the plate:


Moyra 33 Rivalda


And here are the test swatches I did:





As you can see, the quality on this is amazing. :)





For my first mani, I'm showing you a mani again that I showed you before, but that you might have missed--I figured it was worth showing again because it uses this plate, and has a white background, so it fits the Digit-al Dozen theme. This is leadlighted with the polishes from Zoya's Jelly Brites collection, plus Zoya Cam (diluted) and Frida for the lanterns, and stamped with Kaleidoscope Black:

Moyra 33 Rivalda over Sally Hansen Creme de la Creme, leadlighted with Zoya Jelly Brites

And here it is matted:

Moyra 33 Rivalda over Sally Hansen Creme de la Creme, leadlighted with Zoya Jelly Brites


For the next mani, I started with a white base (Zoya Snow White), and then sponged over that with Moonflower Polish Lemon and Zoya Clementine, then I stamped my images with Kaleidoscope White:


Moyra 33 Rivalda over  Zoya Snow White, stamped with Kaleidoscope White

Moyra 33 Rivalda over  Zoya Snow White, stamped with Kaleidoscope White


And here it is matted:

Moyra 33 Rivalda over  Zoya Snow White, stamped with Kaleidoscope White

Moyra 33 Rivalda over  Zoya Snow White, stamped with Kaleidoscope White


I love love LOVE how the sponged colors pop out beneath the stamping, and I have fallen in love with peach and yellow together.


You can find the Moyra 33 Rivalda plate on sale at Lantern & Wren, as well as the Kaleidoscope Black and White that I used to stamp these two manis.


I'll be back tomorrow with another 'White' mani--in the meantime, take a look at what the other ladies did below!


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Monday, July 9, 2018

Born Pretty Store Spring Garden + The Digit-al Dozen Does White!

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Hi guys! I hope you had a great weekend. I made jam. A lot of jam. Mixed berry jam, apricot jam, plum jam. Why? Because last week we my neighbors and my inlaws were sharing the bounties of their trees--and there was A LOT. We ate as many as we could, and I made jam with the rest. And if you didn't already know--I have thoroughly learned that jam is basically fruit flavored sugar. You don't want to know how much sugar I went through.


But anyway, on to nails! Today's post is has a dual purpose--to show you Born Pretty Store's Spring Garden-L003 plate, and to do day one of The Digit-al Dozen's White theme. :)


Let's start with the plate--here's the video review I did giving my ideas for using it:




And here's a closer look:

Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003

I love the spiritual, mystical feel of this. I'm also a big fan of watercolor tattoos, and this has that feel imo.


Here's a shot with a rule to help judge how big the images are:





And here are three sample looks I did in the video:




For my first mani, I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Nobody's That Heartless, and stamped with Hit The Bottle Polish A Rose By Any Other Name and Copper-Haired Girl (also available at Lantern & Wren). I'm annoyed at how hard it was to photograph, so I included the best macro I could, because the polish and the images are beautiful, even if my camera rebelled!


Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 over The Lady Varnishes Nobody's That Heartless


Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 over The Lady Varnishes Nobody's That Heartless


And here it is matted:

Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 over The Lady Varnishes Nobody's That Heartless

Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 over The Lady Varnishes Nobody's That Heartless



I think the images with these colors are soft and romantic. :)




My second mani is for this month's Digit-al Dozen theme--which is 'White". We had a little discussion about what that meant, and we're taking several different approaches. I decided that for me it meant manis that either used white as a base or stamped with white, or both.


For this mani, I started with a base of Sally Hansen Get Mod on two fingers, and some fluid nail art I did on the others, using Zoya Breezi, Sally Hansen Night Flight, The Lady Varnishes Here's Where The Fun Begins, and Sinful Colors Concrete Jungle. I stamped with Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast and Chalk:

Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and fluid nail art with Zoya polishes
Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and fluid nail art with Zoya polishes



Here it is matted:

Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and fluid nail art with Zoya polishes

Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 over Sally Hansen Get Mod and fluid nail art with Zoya polishes


Stamping with white can go horribly, horribly wrong--a little goes a long way, and the color combo can make or break you. But white and blue is such a classic combo, especially with light floral prints, and I think that's what gives this a harmonious feel. This is one of the few that I think I like just a little bit better without the matte--I think the fluid nail art shows a little more. What do you think?


You can find Born Pretty Store Spring Garden-L003 in the store here, and you can use my code, MCL91, for 10% off your full-priced order.


I'll be back tomorrow with another 'white' mani--in the meantime, check out how the other ladies interpreted this theme, below.


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