Monday, February 19, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Mythical Creatures Day 1 (Or, how NOT to stamp on foils)

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Hello!


It's Digit-al Dozen time again, and I'm over-the-moon stoked about this theme: Mythical Creatures! I had so many ideas I wanted to do for this one, I had a hard time narrowing them down. I decided to start off with a no-brainer: Unicorns!


I figured this was a great time to do something I've wanted to play around with for a while--full nail foils. I chose a rainbow foil and cut it so there would be a vertical gradient on each nail. Then I stamped images from UberChic Beauty's Unicorn Love (click here for my review of the plate) over them:


UberChic Beauty Unicorn Love over nail foils
 

I stamped with Messy Mansion Carbon, Sterling, and Chalk, and filled in the unicorn hair and belly with Sally Hansen Heather Hustle, and the horns with Hit The Bottle Polish Holo There Beautiful.


Now, you probably know that when you use nail foils, you should use a water-based topcoat or base coat over them to preserve the foil--you can use your preferred topcoat on top of that for preservation, etc. You should also do this before you do any stamping onto the foils or try to put decals onto the foils. Here's what it looks like if you forget that step like I did:




Yeah. The color from the foil bleeds up into your stamping polish, and somehow manages to melt the polish, too. Now, if I'd just done that with the background stars, that might have been kinda cool--but what it did to the rest of the stamping most certainly was not. But that's okay--it allowed me to make some other improvements to the design when I redid it. :)


I also have to admit, using nail foils to cover your entire nail on every finger is a bit of a pain, especially when it comes time to remove--I don't think I'll do more than an accent nail again.


What do you think? Yay or nay on full-nail foils?


Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out the other ladies' manicures, linked below! :)

M. xoxo


Friday, February 16, 2018

NOTD: Mystical Mardi Gras (featuring MoYou London Mandala 14)

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Today I want to share the mani I wore on Mardi Gras--I didn't get a chance to blog it before, but I think it's a fun look not just for Mardi Gras, so figured I'd go ahead and share it after. :)


I used images from MoYou London Mandala 14, which I adore:

MoYou London Mandala 14


I started with a base of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's My Precious and Green's Alexandrite With Me, for the purple and green part of the trio of Mardi Gras colors. Then I stamped my images with Messy Mansion Soft Gold for the third color of the trio, and then stamped again with Carbon:


MoYou London Mandala 14 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's My Precious and Green's Alexandrite With Me

MoYou London Mandala 14 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's My Precious and Green's Alexandrite With Me


I love how the flakes and the glitters in these two polishes make such a gorgeous background, and I love how the stamping give a wrought-iron Anne-Rice sort of mystical look.


What do you think, does it put you in the mood to let the good times roll?


Hugs,
M. xoxo

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ilove Ikat...(Featuring Dixie Plates Love 2018)

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Happy Valentine's Day! Today I have another quick Valentine NOTD to share, this one featuring Dixie Plates Love 2018



I started with a base of Sally Hansen Get Mod, and then stamped my images with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not. I then did a tiny bit of ikat over the center of the hearts with Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Watermelon Wizz:


Dixie Plates 2018 over Sally Hansen Get Mod
Dixie Plates 2018 over Sally Hansen Get Mod

Dixie Plates 2018 over Sally Hansen Get Mod
Dixie Plates 2018 over Sally Hansen Get Mod

I love the simplicity of this, and how the pink adds just a little dash of color to break up the mani. 


Hope you're having a wonderful day celebrating all the love in your life!
M. xoxo

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NOTD: Love, Love, Love...(UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 over Sally Hansen Insta-Dri gradient)

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Today I have another Valentine's Day mani, this one featuring UberChic Beauty's Love & Marriage 04 and plate 23-03:




I started with a gradient I made blending Sally Hansen Racing rose and Watermelon Wizz. Then I stamped the scribble image from UCB 23-03 using Messy Mansion Chalk, and then the hearts image from Love & Marriage 04 with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not:


UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 and 23-03 over Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Watermelon Wizz gradient

UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 and 23-03 over Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Watermelon Wizz gradient

UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 and 23-03 over Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Watermelon Wizz gradient

I love how well those two images go together, and I love how dynamic this turned out! This absolutely puts me in a Valentine's mood. :)


Hope your week is off to a great start!
M. xoxo

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Some bunny loves you...

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Today I have a fun NOTD to show you featuring UberChic Beauty's Love and Marriage 04 plate, and their Got Chevron? plate:




I started with a base of Girly Bits Hot Stuff, and then stamped my Got Chevron? image with Kaleidoscope st-04 Pink. I did some reversed stamping for my cupids and my bunnies using Messy Mansion Carbon, Kaleidoscope st-02 White, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Champagne Supernova. Here's how it came out:


UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 and Got Chevron? over Girly Bits Hot Stuff

UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 and Got Chevron? over Girly Bits Hot Stuff


How adorable are those cupids and those bunnies!!! This was the last reversed stamping I did before using my Orly Bonder trick, and you can see on cupid's bow how it didn't go on quite right! I love that bonder trick sooooo hard...:)


Hugs,
M.



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

NOTD: Buffalo Checks!

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Today I have a quick NOTD to show you of some Buffalo checks I did using the layering images from UberChic Beauty 23-02...I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Durmstrang, and then stamped with Messy Mansion Chalk and Carbon:


UberChic Beauty 23-02 over Spellbound Nails Durmstrang

UberChic Beauty 23-02 over Spellbound Nails Durmstrang

What do you think? I wasn't sure I'd like it all that much more than regular checks, but being able to add in that additional color really does make a difference! I'll definitely be returning to this image again. :)


Hugs!
M. xoxo

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01!

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Today we're gonna take a look at a new plate from Dixie Plates, her Mega Mani 01 plate, with three manis I did using the plate. Here's the video review I did of the plate:





And here's the still shot:

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01

This plate has very generous images at 2.1x 2.5 cm, great for longer nails (which just rubs in the fact that I just broke a ton of nails because I switched my basecoat--noooooooo), and gives you a variety of looks. Remember that that because the images are so big, you'll be picking up only a section of them--that means you can get a variety of looks from within the same image depending on where you look, so pull out your little nail guide and play around. :)


The stamping quality is top-notch as always:


 


I did these with my clear stamper and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Midnight Flight.


For my first mani, I started with a base of Girly Bits Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya, then stamped using Kaleidoscope White. To pop the design, I added reddish-brown diamond glitters. Here's how it came out:


Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 over Girly Bits Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 over Girly Bits Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya

I love how the design lets the gorgeous duochrome holo shine through, and i love how the diamond glitters gives it a little bit of contrast to accent the different colors of light thrown by the holo. Easy mani that looks lush!


For my next mani, I went a little darker...I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Harpy, and then stamped over with Hit The Bottle Polishes Copper-Haired Girl (also available at Beautometry):


Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 over The Lady Varnishes Harpy

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 over The Lady Varnishes Harpy

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 over The Lady Varnishes Harpy
Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 over The Lady Varnishes Harpy

I love the rich colors, and love that the negative space in the design lets the holo sparkle on through. Something about this feels like it comes from a sci-fi movie, something a beautiful alien race would wear from some exotically named planet. Or maybe an ancient civilization...


For my third mani, I wanted to play with the lace images. Whenever I see lace, I want to do a 'naked' lace look, so I picked two lace images that had a similar mesh pattern, and mixed and matched. I started with a base of clear polish with gold glitter, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's Four-Star Daydream, and then stamped with Kaleidoscope White. I did reversed stamping for my accent nails, and filled in the flower with Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days. Here's how it came out: 


Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Four-Star Daydream

Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Four-Star Daydream

I adore this look and this technique, so I made a tutorial if you want to replicate it:




So what do you think? Do you have a favorite of the three? I think together they show what a wide range of looks you can get from this plate, and even more so if you have longer nails.


If you're in the US and Canada, you can find this plate at Lantern & Wren. If you're elsewhere, check out Dixie Plates website for a retailer that ships to you. In the meantime, stalk Dixie Plates here:

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

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


Hope you have a great weekend!
M. xoxo

Friday, February 2, 2018

New Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polishes, Part 3: Do They Stamp?

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Thank goodness I'm almost over my cold--this one hit hard, and I'm so glad to see the end of it! So let's take a look at how those Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes stamp! (If you're interested in how they look on the nail, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my review.)


Sally Hansen's new Insta-Dri Polish releases



For a complete look at formula, how they do when I scrape, etc., take a look at the video review I did:



(If you just want to see the final results, skip to 7:55 in the video--there's a direct link there in the description box.)


Here's a closer look at all of the polishes stamped over black and white, and topcoated:

Sally Hansen's new Insta-Dri Polish--stamping test!
From left to right we have: Silver Stallion, Thyme is Money, Petal to the Metal, Racing rose, Heather Hustle Buff And Tumble, Champagne Supernova, and White on Time.



Sally Hansen's new Insta-Dri Polish--stamping test!

From left to right: Midnight Drive, Just in Wine, Let's Jam, Va-Va Violet, Slick Slate, Taupe to Go, Watermelon Wizz, and Peach Buzz


Okay, so first of all, none of these smudged even a little when I topcoated them (with Seche Vite), so that's excellent.


There were several polishes that stamped beautifully over both black and white. White on Time, Taupe to Go, Thyme is Money, Let's Jam, Watermelon Wizz, Peach Buzz, Silver Stallion, and Petal to the Metal are all absolute winners and worth your money for sure.


Next up, there were several that stamped vibrantly over white, but didn't show up so well over black. Va-Va Violet and Slick Slate did show up a bit, but the effects were subtle--so that suggests to me that the polish will stamp well over light and medium polishes, but might not give the effect you want over darker polishes. Midnight Drive and Just in Wine have a jelly-like formula, and neither of them showed well over black--but wow, they're super-gorgeous over white.


The rest gave fairly mediocre results. The best here was Buff and Tumble, which showed well over white, and did show over black, but wasn't fully opaque. In my opinion, tan stamping polishes that work well are rare, so for me, this is worth the investment--I'll get a lot of use out of this over white. Champagne Supernova, Racing Rose, and Heather Hustle showed slightly over white, so they might work for subtle stamping, and while they showed up over black, the color wasn't fully true to the in-bottle shade. I personally would give these a pass for stamping, but do love them just for polishing and as a base for nail art.


One final point. A reader asked me if, since these are fast-drying polishes, you have to work more quickly when you stamp with them. Excellent question! You'd think so, but the answer is no. While these do dry faster on the nail, I actually find them really pleasant to work with when I'm stamping, so much so that I tend to do all of swatching in my nail plate reviews with my Sally Hansens. I guess they are the perfect balance of drying faster than normal polishes, but not so fast they interfere with stamping.


So what's my final verdict? Like most Sally Hansen Insta-Dris, the majority of these gave gorgeous results over light or dark polish, or both. So for stamping purposes, I'd for sure grab White on Time, Taupe to Go, Thyme is Money, Let's Jam, Watermelon Wizz, Peach Buzz, Silver Sallion, Petal to the Metal, Buff and Tumble, Midnight Drive, and Just in Wine. I'd pass on Champagne Supernova, Racing Rose, and Heather Hustle, at least for stamping, unless you're looking for a more subtle effect. However, I love those colors both to wear and to use as a base for nail art, so I'll be using them a lot for those reasons. :)


You can find Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes on their website, and anywhere you find Sally Hansen products (drugstores, Target, etc.,), as well as on Amazon.


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo