Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Let It Snow! (featuring UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle + Shinespark Polish Milky Way)

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Hello!


I've been really feeling snow manis lately, so I have one more to show you before I put them away for the season...


I started with a base of Shinespark Polish Milky Way, and then stamped snowflake images from the UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle plate:




I stamped first with MoYou London Purple Haze then with Messy Mansion Sterling. Here's how it came out:



UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish Milky Way
 
UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish Milky Way


I love the way the flakies in the polish dance and shine out from under the snowflakes!


For some reason, I needed to know what it would look like matted, so I hit it with a coat of Sally Hansen Big Matte topcoat:


UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish Milky Way, matted

UberChic Beauty Holiday Jingle over Shinespark Polish Milky Way, matted

What do you think? Matted or not matted?


Hope you're staying warm and cozy this winter,
M. xoxo

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Spellbound Nails Rocky Horror Valentine Collection!

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Hello!


Do you have the post-holidays blues? Do you know what the best way to get over the post-holidays blues is? Throw yourself into gorgeous Valentine's polishes!


Of course, I tend to like Valentine's polishes and manis that have a little edge to them...Luckily for me, Spellbound Nails is releasing her Rocky Horror Valentine Collection, a set of nails that, like Brad and Janet, turn traditional love just a liiiiiittttle bit on its head...


Spellbound Nails Rocky Horror Valentine Collection


Let's jump right on in and do the Time Warp with Spellbound Nails A Jump To The Left, a clear glitter topper in red, purple, turquoise, tangerine, caramel, and silver holographic: 

Spellbound Nails A Jump To The Left

Spellbound Nails A Jump To The Left

Coverage: Topper; depends on the effect you want
Application: Excellent, smooths on easily

To show you this one two different ways, I swiped a coat onto all of my nails except the accent, which I sponged on to get a fuller coverage. I personally prefer my glitters with more sparse coverage, but this is beautiful either way--with one coat, it looks like confetti on the table at a party, and on the accent nail it looks like a pinata just exploded, raining down candy goodness everywhere! The colors in this feel more adult-party than children-party to me, but could certainly be used either way. Fun packed into a bottle. :)


Next up we have my favorite of the collection--wait for it--Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation (see what I did there?!), a multichrome holo that shifts from fuchsia purple-pink to a rust orange-red:


Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation
Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation

Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation
Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation

Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation
Spellbound Nails Antici...Pation

Coverage: 2 coats
Application: Perfection

This polish is like a magical sunset reflected in the sparkling waters of a lake at dusk. A shift of color, a flash of linear holo--just stunning.


Then there's Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet, an orchid crelly with a variety of silver holo glitters:


Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet

Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet

Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet

Coverage: 2 coats
Application: Excellent

I couldn't think of a better polish to represent Janet than this spring-sugar concoction of flirty innocence--that is, unless somehow by the end of the evening it turned to deep, vampy purple and left your nails mostly naked.


Next we have Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania, a dazzling glitter topper with silver and black holographic glitter--including lightning bolt glitters!!!!!


Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania

Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania

Coverage: Topper; depends on the effect you want
Application: Smooths on easily; you may need to fish for the lightning bolts.

OmgOmgOmg! Lightning bolt glitters!! And holo!!! Squeeeeeeeee!!!!! I show one coat plus fished lightning bolts over Spellbound Nails Black Eye to show you how sparkly and glitzy this is. Absolutely 100% worthy of Dr. Frank-N-Furter's stunning ensemble--so the next time you need a little drama in your life, grab this baby and show your nails what the word bling really means.

But, believe it or not, this wears a more subtle over certain colors, too--check out the snow mani I did with it here.


And last but most certainly not least, we have Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days, a rich gold holo with flecks of microflakie:


Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days

Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days

Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days

Coverage: 2 coats
Application: Perfection

This isn't some trashy cheap gold, this is stunning 24 karat glam gold. The color is silky and rich, and there's just enough holo flash to make it feel like your nails are glowing. Very wearable on its own, it also makes an excellent base for nail art; check out my 'diamonds are a girl's best friend' mani with it, here.


What do I think of the collection overall? I love a collection that tells a story, especially when it's inspired by a book or a movie. These polishes walk you through the square, innocent beginnings of Brad and Janet's journey, through the par-tay, and the various awakenings. These polishes can be used for sweet Valentine's manis if that's your thing, or they can go a little...alternative...in the blink of an eye. And there's nothing I love more than versatility. ;-)


Spellbound Nails Rocky Horror Valentine Collection


This polish goes on sale in Spellbound Nails' store tomorrow, January 15th. And in the meantime, I say we do the Time Warp again!


Happy polishing!
M. xoxo

Friday, January 12, 2018

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend--Day 5 of The Digit-al Dozen does All That Glitters

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Hello!


Today is the final day of The Digit-al Dozen's All That Glitters theme, and I've saved my very favorite mani for last!


A while back, I received these Galaxy Holo Flakes from BeautyBigBang for review:


BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes

BeautyBigBang multichrome flakies
BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes

I did a video review of them here, along with some multichrome holo powders I recieved:




Spoiler alert, I adore how these work on the nail--they're sparkly and glittery and holo-y, all while being smooth to the touch once you topcoat them:


BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes


So, of course I had to use them in an All That Glitters manicure!


I started with a base of Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days, part of her Rocky Horror Valentine collection releasing January 5th (stay tuned for my review!). Then I stamped a first layer of the gems from UberChic Beauty's 22-01 with Messy Mansion Sterling:


UberChic Beauty 22-01


Then I covered that first layer with the loose multichrome glitter, and then stamped the second layer with Messy Mansion Black. Here's how it came out:


UberChic Beauty 23-01 over Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days and BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes
UberChic Beauty 22-01 over Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days and BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes

UberChic Beauty 22-01 over Spellbound Nails In Just 7 Days and BeautyBigBang Galaxy Holo Flakes


I am so happy with how this turned out!!! I think the flakies make the gems look exactly like diamonds!! And this technique is soooo easy. Here's a tutorial I did showing how it's done:




What do you think? And are you a diamonds girl? I love them, but have to admit, I love rubies and emeralds more--those deep, gorgeous colors. Hmmm...I gotta check out if they have these flakies in red and green...


You can find the Galaxy Holo Flakes here, and use code MISHKA824M for 10% off your order. And don't forget to check out the other glittery manis below!


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo


Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen day 4: All That Glitters! (or, Stormy Skies)

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Hello!


Today is day 4 of the All That Glitters challenge for The Digit-al Dozen, and today I've decided to go wintery.


I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Let It Snow, a sky-blue polish with holographic and silver glitters, and then topped it with Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania, from her Rocky Horror Valentine collection (releasing January 15th; stay tuned for my review); Transexual Transylvania is a topper kersploding with silver and black holographic glitters--including silver lighting bolts! Then I stamped an image from UberChic Beauty 23-03:


UberChic Beauty 23-03


I stamped with Kaleidoscope White; here's how it came out:


UberChic Beauty 23-03 over Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania and Let It Snow
UberChic Beauty 23-03 over Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania and Let It Snow

UberChic Beauty 23-03 over Spellbound Nails Transsexual Transylvania and Let It Snow


This image reminded me a bit of what I imagine a light, blustery sort of snow might look like if you got up close (since I don't live around snow, my imagination might not be on target!), and I like the little touch of whimsy it adds over the glitters. A different sort of snow mani. :)


What about you? Does it snow where you live? Do you love it or hate it?


Happy stamping--and don't forget to check out the other ladies' glittery manis below!
M. xoxo

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UberChic Beauty Collection 23 (plus day 3 of Digit-al Dozen All That Glitters goodness!)

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at UberChic Beauty's newest collection, collection 23! Here's the video review I did of the collection:




Here's a closer look:

UberChic Beauty 23-01

UberChic Beauty 23-02

UberChic Beauty 23-03

UberChic Beauty's full-nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 cm, and the stamping quality is excellent:



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These were all done with a clear stamper and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Midnight Drive.


Now on to the glitter! For my all that glitters mani, I started with a base of Shinespark Polish Milky way, a blue-purple duorchrome with holographic glitter flakies. Then I stamped my image from 23-01 with Messy Mansion Sterling, and finally I put blue and purple hex glitters into the center of each cube/hex:


UberChic Beauty 23-01 over Shinespark Polish Milky Way, then bedazzled

UberChic Beauty 23-01 over Shinespark Polish Milky Way, then bedazzled


What do  you think? I wish the duochrome showed a little more in the picture, but I love the futuristic feel to this--it looks like something people would wear on their nails in the Star Trek universe!


You can find these plates in UberChic Beauty's store, and don't forget to stalk them around the interwebs:




Do you like embellishing manicures with single glitters? Have you ever tried it? Either way, don't forget to check out the other glittery Digit-al Dozen manis, linked below. :)


Happy Stamping!
M. xoxo

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

UberChic Beauty's Collection 22 (plus Digit-al Dozen glittery goodness!)

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Hello!


I'm catching up on my plate reviews, so I'll be showing you both UberChic Beauty collection 22 and 23 this week--starting today with 22! Here's the video review I did of the collection:


And here's a closer look at the plates:


UberChic Beauty 22-01

UberChic Beauty 22-02

UberChic Beauty 22-03

What I love best about these plates: Layering gems!!! And the layering flowers with the more intricate flowers! And all the arrows! And I love the sea-anemone-looking flower bundle on the first first plate. So awesome.


UberChic Beauty's full-nail images are 1.7 x 2.1 centimeters, and here are shots with a ruler so you can get a feel for how big the rest of the images are: 


 


The quality is excellent as always; these swatches are done with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet, and a clear stamper:






From the second I saw these plates, there's one in particular I've wanted to bling out with some rhinestones, so I decided to use it for day two of The Digit-al Dozen's All That Glitters week...


I started with a base of Girly Bits Hot Stuff and Sequins & Satin Pants, from one of my favorite glitter collections of 2017, then stamped my image from 22-02 with Messy Mansion Sterling. Then I finished up with some rhinestones:

UberChic Beauty 22-02 over Girly Bits Hot Stuff and Sequins & Satin Pants

UberChic Beauty 22-02 over Girly Bits Hot Stuff and Sequins & Satin Pants


What do you think? I adore the spray of neon pink glitters in Sequins & Satin Pants and the hint of coral in Hot Stuff, and I normally don't like pink--but I've already worn these polishes a ton. I also love how the round rhinestones play with the glitters in Sequins.


You can find these plates over in UberChic Beauty's store--and don't forget to check out the other Digit-al Dozen's glittery creations, linked below!


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo