Thursday, September 21, 2017

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 02

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Hello!

Today we're going to welcome the pending arrival of spring with a look at UberChic Beauty's new Lovely Leaves 02 plate...here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here's a closer look:

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2
UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2

What I love best about this plate: This plate is made for mixing and matching. I always love negative space images for fall foliage, and I love the image at the very bottom left that looks like gold mesh. And the layering images!


UberChic Beauty full-nail images are 1.7 cm x 2.1 cm, and here's a couple of quick shots with a tuler to give you a sense of how big the smaller images are:




 And here are the test swatches, done with my clear stamper and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet:





For my first manicure, I started with a base of LynBDesigns Quintessential Kiwi and Zoya Tabitha. Then I stamped my images with Hit The Bottle Polish Everyday I'm Truffling (also available at Beautometry):


UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Zoya Tabitha and LynBDesigns Quintessential Kiwi
UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Zoya Tabitha and LynBDesigns Quintessential Kiwi

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Zoya Tabitha and LynBDesigns Quintessential Kiwi
UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Zoya Tabitha and LynBDesigns Quintessential Kiwi

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Zoya Tabitha and LynBDesigns Quintessential Kiwi
UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Zoya Tabitha and LynBDesigns Quintessential Kiwi


There's something about deep hunter greens that look so glorious with gold! And I love how well those images go together.


For my second mani, I started with a base of one of my all-time favorite polishes, Sally Hansen Amber Ruby, one of their vintage duochromes from back in the day. Then I stamped my images in Messy Mansion Soft Gold:


UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Sally Hansen Amber Ruby
UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Sally Hansen Amber Ruby

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Sally Hansen Amber Ruby
UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Sally Hansen Amber Ruby

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Sally Hansen Amber Ruby
UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 over Sally Hansen Amber Ruby


Yes, yes, yes! Look at that awesome duochrome through the negative space image, and look at how well those images play together even though they're different styles. I adore how this came out, so much. :)


You can find this plate and several other newbies in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can stalk them around the interwebs here:





Happy stamping!
M. xoxo


Sunday, September 17, 2017

NOTD: Zoya Alicia + Messy Mansion Stencil & MM18

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Hello!


Today I have have a flirty & feminine NOTD that I made using Messy Mansion's stencil kit (see my review here and my video demonstrating it here), and their MM18 plate.


I started with a base of Zoya Alicia, a beautiful silver-gold linear holo that I adore. Then I used the butterfly wing from the stencil kit and Messy Mansion Royal Purple stamping polish; I finished by stamping the image from MM18 with Messy Mansion Lilac. Here's how it turned out:


Messy Mansion Stencil Kit + MM18 over Zoya Alicia
Messy Mansion Stencil Kit + MM18 over Zoya Alicia


Messy Mansion Stencil Kit + MM18 over Zoya Alicia
Messy Mansion Stencil Kit + MM18 over Zoya Alicia

What do you think? I love the random effect that the stencil set gives, but still with that butterfly wing look. And I love the antique-grate feel the crossed pattern gives. :)


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Two more manicures with UberChic Beauty Collection 19 :)

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Hello!


A while back I showed you UberChic Beauty Collection 19, and two manicures I did with the plates. I'm back with two more, because I just couldn't get enough of this collection. :)


For my first manicure, I started with a base of Zoya Joni, and stamped an image from 19-02 using Zoya Presley. Next, I did a little dry-brush technique on the ring and thumb with Zoya McKenna. Then I stamped the matching images with Messy Mansion Chalk. Here's how it turned out:


UberChic Beauty 19-02 over Zoya Joni, stamped with Zoya Presley, and dry-brushed with Zoya McKenna
UberChic Beauty 19-02 over Zoya Joni, stamped with Zoya Presley, and dry-brushed with Zoya McKenna


UberChic Beauty 19-02 over Zoya Joni, stamped with Zoya Presley, and dry-brushed with Zoya McKenna
UberChic Beauty 19-02 over Zoya Joni, stamped with Zoya Presley, and dry-brushed with Zoya McKenna

I love the combination of vintage colors plus bold stamping! What do you think?


For my second mani, I did a vertical gradient with Zoya Yvonne and Elaine, and then stamped an image from plate 19-03 with Hit The Bottle Polish Everyday I'm Truffling:


UberChic Beauty 19-03 over Zoya Yvonne and Elaine
UberChic Beauty 19-03 over Zoya Yvonne and Elaine

UberChic Beauty 19-03 over Zoya Yvonne and Elaine
UberChic Beauty 19-03 over Zoya Yvonne and Elaine

For some reason, I couldn't get the gradient to show up as well as it does in real life; you can see it better here in the tutorial video I made showing the technque:




I just adore how elegant this is, and the colors are so sexy!

What do you think, do you have a favorite of the two?

You can find this collection at UberChicBeauty.com, and you can follow them around the interwebs here:




And while you're there, check out Collection 20, Lovely Leaves 02, Halloween 03, and Zombie Love 02, all of which I'll be reviewing very soon. :)

Happy stamping! :)
M. xoxo

Monday, September 11, 2017

NOTD: UberChic Beauty 16-03 over PennyBloom Summer Sunshine

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Hello!


Today's mani is one I think is a good one for these last days of summer...I started with a base of PennyBloom Summer Sunshine, a custom I made, and stamped with UberChic Beauty plate 16-03, with Messy Mansion Bisque. Here's how it turned out:


UberChic Beauty 16-03 over PennyBloom Summer Sunshine
UberChic Beauty 16-03 over PennyBloom Summer Sunshine

UberChic Beauty 16-03 over PennyBloom Summer Sunshine
UberChic Beauty 16-03 over PennyBloom Summer Sunshine


What do you think? I think it has a lovely deco feel, and I love the way the circles in the glitter play with the circles in the images.


Hope you're enjoying these last dog days!


Happy stamping,
M. xoxo

Friday, September 8, 2017

NOTD: UberChic Beauty 16-01 over PennyBloom Waves On The Beach

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Hello!

It's no secret that I love fall, and as we speak I have some pumpkin cupcakes cooling in my kitchen. But, I'm holding on to the last days of summer with both hands, and have a bright, fun, summer NOTD for today.


I started with a base of Waves On The Beach, I custom I made over at PennyBloom Polish. Then I stamped with UberChic Beauty 16-01, using Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast:


UberChic Beauty 16-01 over Penny Bloom Waves On The Beach
UberChic Beauty 16-01 over PennyBloom Waves On The Beach

UberChic Beauty 16-01 over Penny Bloom Waves On The Beach
UberChic Beauty 16-01 over PennyBloom Waves On The Beach

What do you think? It makes me think of a swirly wave of water as it comes back and forth on the shore. :)


Happy stamping!
M. xoxox

Thursday, September 7, 2017

UberChic Beauty Fairtytale 02 plate!

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Hello!


Ready for a trip into fantasy land? Today I'm going to show you UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 plate, along with two manis and a tutorial...First up, here's the video review I did of the plate:




And here are the still shots:

UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02
UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02


What I love about this plate: There are two main themes here, Alice In Wonderland, and a royal princess sort of theme. I love the fleur de lis for Mardi Gras manis as well as fairytale manis, and same thing for the crowns. Anything to do with princesses, queens, etc., would be a great reason to use this plate. I love the layering dragon scales and the amazing butterfly, and the vintage clock is wonderful. And since Halloween is coming up, how cool would that creepy apple be...??


UberChic Beauty's full nail images are 17mm x 21mm, and here's a shot with a ruler so you can see how big the rest are:




The stamping quality of the plate is excellent:

 


...and these were done with a clear stamper. :)


Okay, on to the manis!


First, I wanted to capture the royalty feel...I started with Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward and No Filter Needed, then stamped the crown and fleur de lis images with Messy Mansion Soft Gold:


UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Morgan Taylor No Filter Needed and Best Face Forward
UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Morgan Taylor No Filter Needed and Best Face Forward

UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Morgan Taylor No Filter Needed and Best Face Forward
UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Morgan Taylor No Filter Needed and Best Face Forward


Next, I had to do something vintage with the sweet clock and tea cups on the plate. I started with a base of Girly Bits Cosmetics Yes, We Can and Irreplaceable. I did a dry-brush technique with Zoya Lois on some of the nails, then stamped my images with Girly Bits Irreplaceable and Hit The Bottle Polish My Suitor Wears Pewter (also available at Beautometry). Finally, I did a sharpie watercolor technique to fill in the teacups and pots:


UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Yes, We Can and Irreplaceable
UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Yes, We Can and Irreplaceable

UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Yes, We Can and Irreplaceable
UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Yes, We Can and Irreplaceable

UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Yes, We Can and Irreplaceable
UberChic Beauty's Fairtytale 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Yes, We Can and Irreplaceable


I did a tutorial video for this one, so if you want detail on how I did it, check it out:




You can find this plate and tons of others in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can follow UberChic around the web here:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Sunday, September 3, 2017

UberChic Beauty School Is Cool mini plate!

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Hello!


Yep, it's officially back-to-school weekend, and UberChic Beauty has a fun mini plate to help you celebrate (heehee) the season, their School Is Cool plate. Here's the video review I did for the plate:




Here's a shot of the plate:



My thoughts on this plate: This is a great plate for those with children heading back to school, those celebrating school events year round (recitals, teacher conference weeks, volunteering in the classroom), and for teachers. I love the layering apples and the crayola images the best.


UberChic Beauty's full nail images are 1.7 cm x 2.1 cm, and here are shots with a ruler so you can judge the size of the other images:





The stamping quality is excellent as usual:




For my manicure, I was inspired by the scribbles to do a chalkboard mani. I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Black Eye, and stamped with Messy Mansion Chalk. For the other two nails, I started with a base of Girly Bits Just The Tip, and made decals with Messy Mansion Carbon, and filled in with Sally Hansen Lightning, Rapid Red, I-rush Luck, Brisk Blue, and Lively Lilac. Finally, I matted the black nails to get a chalkboard effect.




I think this is a cute, fun look that will keep you cheery while you drop your little ones off for their first day of school, or make you the more stylish volunteer around. :)


You can find this plate in UberChic Beauty's store, and can stalk them here around the interwebs:




Happy stamping!!
M. xoxox

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Zoya Sophisticates Collection

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Hello!


I apologize for being gone this past week--my cat almost died and we're nursing her back to health. She's not out of the woods but at least there is more hope than there was this time last week, so any extra positive vibes you have that you can spare would be greatly appreciated!


In the meantime, let's take a look at Zoya's Sophisticates collection for fall 2017--I know when I get Zoya's fall collection in the mail that I'll be sipping pumpkin spice lattes soon, and that's always a happy thought. This collection captures that cool fall feel:


Zoya Sophisticates Fall 2017 Collection

Let's start with Zoya Beth, one of my favorites from the collection; this is taupe with a hint of smoked lavender along with golden shimmer and shift:

Zoya Beth
Zoya Beth

Zoya Beth
Zoya Beth

Application: Easy-peasy, no issues
Coverage: 2 coats

This is like a frosted latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon mixed in, or the highlights in a fall forest fairy's hair. It's a beautiful neutral with a touch of the magic of fall changing leaves peeking out. Absolutely LOVE.


Next is Zoya Elaine, a deeply smoked aubergine brown creme:

Zoya Elaine
Zoya Elaine

Zoya Elaine
Zoya Elaine

Application: Easy application, no issues
Coverage: 1-2 coats

If you took a dark plum and covered it in molasses, this is the color you'd get. It's got the grungy, pretty-ugly feel, and will play well with all your dark fall outfits. '90s vamp attack, for certain.


Next is Zoya Gal, A golden-green metallic with a golden-brown shift:

Zoya Gal
Zoya Gal

Zoya Gal
Zoya Gal

Application: Easy-peasy, no issues
Coverage: 2 coats

If you took a bunch of golden fall leaves and mushed them up with a bunch of sparkle, this is what you'd get. This is another one that will go with just about any fall outfit you put together.


Next up is Zoya Hadley, a deep navy creme with a hint of smoke:

Zoya Hadley
Zoya Hadley

Zoya Hadley
Zoya Hadley

Application: Good application, no issues
Coverage: 1-2 coats

This is the stormy sky of an early fall night, or the deep folds of a cozy overcoat. There's a classy edge to this, but it'll still look amazing with jeans.


Then we have Zoya Hera, a beautiful smoked smoked-rose-mauve creme:

Zoya Hera
Zoya Hera

Zoya Hera
Zoya Hera

Zoya Hera
Zoya Hera

Application: Good application, no issues
Coverage: 1-2 coats

I love the how feminine this is, and the smoky rose makes me think of a Victorian breakfast nook.


Here's Zoya Joni, a light smoked plum creme:

Zoya Joni
Zoya Joni

Zoya Joni
Zoya Joni

Application: Good application
Coverage: 1-2 coats

Joni is confident but soft, just short of vampy, but still with a little bit of attitude. Love.


Zoya Mckenna is beige with a dose of silvery-white shimmer:

Zoya Mckenna
Zoya Mckenna

Zoya Mckenna
Zoya Mckenna

Zoya Mckenna
Zoya Mckenna

Application: I had some patchiness with this one, especially with the first coat
Coverage: 2 coats

This is another favorite of mine--it's like a lightly caramelized cappuccino with a swirl of marshmallow. For those days when you want something sweet and light and soft.


Next is Zoya Mona, a deep bordeaux wine creme

Zoya Mona
Zoya Mona

Zoya Mona
Zoya Mona

Zoya Mona
Zoya Mona

Application: Beautiful application
Coverage: 1-2 coats; most likely you'll only need one

Everywhere I look in the fall collections I see gorgeous wines just like this one--if you like to be on trend, grab this. How great will this look wrapped around your glass of red wine at cocktail parties this fall?!


Zoya Padma is a mid-range mauve creme:

Zoya Padma
Zoya Padma

Zoya Padma
Zoya Padma

Zoya Padma
Zoya Padma

Application: A bit of patchiness on the first coat
Coverage: 2 coats

What is a strong all-around useful smoked mauve for anybody who likes pinks but wants something with a more muted edge for fall.


Zoya Presley is a light lavender-orchid creme with a big dose of smoke:

Zoya Presley
Zoya Presley

Zoya Presley
Zoya Presley

Zoya Presley
Zoya Presley
Application: I had some issues with patchiness
Coverage: 2 coats

This is another one that transports me to a Victorian salon and makes me want afternoon tea. Soft, sweet, and feminine.


Then there's Zoya Tabitha, a deep hunter green shimmer:

Zoya Tabitha
Zoya Tabitha

Zoya Tabitha
Zoya Tabitha

Application: Easy-peasy, no issues
Coverage: 2 coats

Another color I see everywhere this fall is deep khaki green--this is more of a hunter, but it's still right there with the trend. This also makes me think of vintage Christmas, so I'll be getting winter use out of it, too.


And to round out the collection, we have Zoya Yvonne, a smoky red-berry creme:

Zoya Yvonne
Zoya Yvonne

Zoya Yvonne
Zoya Yvonne

Zoya Yvonne
Zoya Yvonne

Application: Easy-peasy, no issues
Coverage: 2 coats

This flirts with the line between red and berry, and will be a great look for fall and winter. This makes me think of cranberry sauce and vintage Santa suits. Love, love, love.


What do I think of the collection as a whole? I think there's an interesting combination of vintage and grunge that comes together in a subtle mix. I like the thread of purple that runs through the collection, and I think you can get some gorgeous combinations for nail art with the lights and darks.


This collection is on sale now in Zoya's online store, as well as any brick-and-mortar that sells Zoya products. You can also stalk Zoya around the interwebs here:




Happy polishing!
Michelle xoxo