Friday, November 17, 2017

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love plate!

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at UberChic Beauty's Radiate Love plate, which is filled with mandala and henna designs to keep you centered and radiating all sorts of good things. :) Here's the video review I did of the plate:



And let's take a closer look:

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love
UberChic Beauty Radiate Love

What I love about this plate: mandalas are soothing for the soul and henna designs have so much you can do with them--decals, lead lighting, sharpie washes. So much to love here.


UberChic full nail images are 1.7cm x 2.1cm, and here's a look at how big the smaller stuff is:





This plate has lots of fine lines, but stamps beautifully even with a clear stamper:


 


For my first mani, I wanted to do something bold and powerful, so I started with a base of The Lady Varnishes Black Flame Candle, and stamped over it using MoYou London's Ginger Rust:


UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over The Lady Varnishes Black Flame Candle

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over The Lady Varnishes Black Flame Candle


There's something about this that makes me think of Ancient Egyptian symbols--I'd like to think that Nefertiti would wear something like this on her nails if she could.


For my second mani, I started with a base of  Zoya Nadia, and stamped with Messy Mansion Soft Gold:


UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Nadia
UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Nadia

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Nadia
UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Nadia


I love how glowy this one is, and how perfect for fall!


For my last mani, I wanted to really capture the 'radiate' part of the radiate plate. I stared with a gradient using Zoya Solstice, Sheri and Ming, all from the Party Girls 2017 holiday/winter collection, and then stamped over them with a gradient technique using Messy Mansion Jingle Bells, Soft Gold, and Sterling:


UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Sheri, Solstice, and Ming

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love over Zoya Sheri, Solstice, and Ming


I love how the color changes make this look like the light is flowing out--I loved this mani so much, it was one of those that was super hard to take off. Here's a video tutorial if you want to try out the look yourself:




You can find this plate and so many other awesome ones now in UberChic Beauty's store. And don't forget to follow them around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: UberChic Beauty Collection 20

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Hello!

UberChic Beauty has so many gorgeous plates coming out lately, I'm hustlin' hustlin' to get reviews and mani and everything out to you! Today we're going to take a look at collection 20. :)


Here's the video review I did of the collection; if you'd like to hear my ideas for using the plates, check it out:



And let's take a closer look at the plates:

UberChic Beauty 20-01
UberChic Beauty 20-01
 
What I love best about this plate: Love those butterflies that look like they're made of tied raffia. Love the all the square geometrics. ADORE the bottom-left most image and all the single flowers to go with it.

UberChic Beauty 20-02

What I love best about this plate: Love the pansy-type flower and the little round puff flowers you can layer. Love the triangle-boomerang like image, and love the cursive loops that look a little like wishbones (Thanksgiving on my mind...)


UberChic Beauty 20-03


What I love best about this plate: Love the dotted lines, the lines with the loops that look like cool embroidery, and the wavy interlocking lines. :)

Let's talk about size...UberChic Beauty's full-nail images are 1.7cm X 2.1cm. and here are shots with a ruler so you can judge the size of the other images:






The quality is excellent, as always:








These are all done with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet and a clear stamper.


For my first manicure, I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright, and stamped with plate 20-03, using Messy Mansion Soft Gold:


UberChic Beauty 20-03 over Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright
UberChic Beauty 20-03 over Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright

UberChic Beauty 20-03 over Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright
UberChic Beauty 20-03 over Spellbound Nails Merry & Bright


For my second manicure, I did a smoosh mani with Zoya Elaine, Beth, Presley, McKenna, and Joni, then stamped using 20-03 and Messy Mansion Sterling:





For my final mani, I started with a base of Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow, then stamped using 20-02 and Messy Mansion Chalk and Sterling:


UberChic Beauty 20-02 over Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow
UberChic Beauty 20-02 over Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow

UberChic Beauty 20-02 over Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow
UberChic Beauty 20-02 over Jindie Nails Mango With The Flow

What do you think? I think because of the silver in the base polish, this came out a little muddier than I wanted--at least the nails with the smaller print. I do like how the layering came out with the white center!


You can find this collection in UberChic Beauty's store, and you can follow UberChic around the interwebs here:




Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Monday, November 13, 2017

Dixie Plates Thanksgiving plate review and tutorial!

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Hello!


Are you guys ready for some turkey?! We just bought ours yesterday and are slowly defrosting it in the fridge. I'm not a huge turkey fan myself, but my hubby is, and I love all the sides that go along with it. I'm also a big fan of actually spending a little time enjoying Thanksgiving before I decorate for Christmas! So I'm very excited to about Dixie Plates Thanksgiving plate.


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



And here's a shot of the plate:




I love the balance of image types on this plate. the wheat image is great for texture, and the chevrons add a beautiful accent nail to any mani. The negative space fall leaves are great for showing off those specialty polishes, and OMG--how cute is that turkey and that scarecrow?!


And here's a look with a ruler so you can judge the size of all those little elements:



And how about quality? These swatches were done using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grease Lightening, and a clear stamper:







This plate has a lot of images with very fine lines, but they stamp beautifully. A reminder: when you're working with fine lines and clear stampers, be generous with your polish, use a very gentle scrape, and work quickly. :)


For today's mani, I started with a base of Sally Hansen Get Mod, and Shinespark Polish Harvest and Pumpkin Spice. I made acorn decals stamping with Messy Mansion Pudding, and Shinespark Polish Pumpkin Spice, and stamped the rest of my images with Messy Mansion Soft Gold, Pudding and Carbon. Here's how it turned out:





I also made a video to show you how I did it:



I love how seasonal and festive this came out. I messed up a little filling in the one acorn decal, but I think it gives it an old-fashioned feel, like with old newspapers and magazines when the color was off a little. Very homey and fun. :)


If you're in the US or Canada, you can find this plate at Lantern & Wren. For other locations, check out Dixie Plates' site here. And definitely follow Dixie Plates around the interwebs:

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

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


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Friday, November 10, 2017

Zoya Party Girls winter 2017 collection!

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Hello!


Today I have the Zoya Party Girls winter 2017 collection to show you--it took me a little longer to get this to you than I had hoped, because I had a break half-way through swatching. So, half of the pictures you see below are going to be on shorter nails, and half are going to be on longer...


Zoya Party Girls collection--part 1

Zoya Party Girls collection--part 2

The packaging this comes in if you order the entire collection is gorgeous--check out the unboxing video I did:




Okay, so, let's jump into the collection, short nails first. This is Zoya Blake, a blackened purple that leans hard on the the blackened side:


Zoya Blake
Zoya Blake

Zoya Blake
Zoya Blake
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula/application: Perfection

This polish wears black, but not stark black. The purple undertone and the hint of gold shimmer make this mysterious and lush.


Next up is Zoya Danielle a lavender creme that flirts with the border of periwinkle:

Zoya Danielle

Zoya Danielle
Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula/application: Excellent

I struggled to capture the true color of this polish, which looks more lavender than it's showing up on my computer. Look at the bottom of the bottle--see that lavender shade? That's the true color. It makes me think of meadows of wildflowers, soft, romantic, and sweet.


Then there's Zoya Isadora, a shimmery plum-aubergine:

Zoya Isadora

Zoya Isadora

Zoya Isadora
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula/application: Perfection

This is my definition of a holiday party! I love jewel tones for winter, and this rich aubergine puts me right there. Plum puddings and blackberry pies and gorgeous, gorgeous nails.


Next up is Zoya Landon, a medium orchid creme:

Zoya Landon

Zoya Landon

Zoya Landon
Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula/application: Perfection

This has a soft, subdued feel to it that brings the pretty on those days when you don't want to go the jewel-tone route this winter.


Moving on, we get to Zoya Tawny, a rust-red shimmer:

Zoya Tawny

Zoya Tawny

Zoya Tawny
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula/application: Perfection

This is another of my favorites in the collection. The gold and rust and red play together so beautifully, it's like wearing flames on your fingertips. I'll be wearing this for Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Then we have Zoya Delaney, a violet shimmer:

Zoya Delaney

Zoya Delaney
Coverage: 2-3 coats
Formula/application: Excellent.

I expected this t have more of a duochrome effect based on the look in the bottle--it's there, but it's very subtle, and you have to look for it. You wouldn't necessarily think 'duochrome' when you see this, but it does have more movement and light play than a 'normal' shimmer. This is sugar plum fairies and snow princesses. Flirty, pretty, amethyst perfection.


And now, on to the long nail swatches, starting with Zoya Fallon, a vibrant berry shimmer:

Zoya Fallon

Zoya Fallon
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula/application: Perfection

This was a sleeper surprise for me--I don't normally adore berries, but the glow to this pulled me in, and I just fell in love. Gorgeous.


Next we have Zoya Kelsey, a barbie pink creme:

Zoya Kelsey

Zoya Kelsey

Zoya Kelsey
Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula/application: Good

I have to admit, this one is a bit unexpected in a winter collection for me, but since the collection is called 'Party Girls', I get it--I know plenty of ladies out there who love to rock out pink when they're out on the town.


Then there's Zoya Ming, a tomato red creme:

Zoya Ming

Zoya Ming

Zoya Ming
Coverage: 1-2 coats
Formula/application: Perfection


You don't get much more holiday than this--this is poinsettias and Santa Claus suits and the red stripes on candy canes. The perfect bright red for the season.


And then there's Zoya Nadia, a shimmery duochrome blend of gold and copper:

Zoya Nadia

Zoya Nadia

Zoya Nadia
 Coverage: 3 coats
Formula/application: Thin, but very nice application

Gold and copper duochrome?! That's gorgeous for both fall manis and for holiday glitz. The shimmer and play of light on this is perfect for all your candle lit dinners and dance floors this season.


Zoya Sheri takes red into the cherry creme zone: 

Zoya Sheri

Zoya Sheri
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula/application: Excellent

If you like your holiday reds a little darker, and I do, Sheri's the girl for you. A little more vampy than Ming, this is how Mrs. Claus dresses back at the house when she gets Santa alone at the end of the day. ;-)


And finally, we have Zoya Solstice, a shimmery golden peach:

Zoya Solstice
Zoya Solstice

Zoya Solstice

Zoya Solstice
Coverage: 2 coats
Formula/application: Perfection

I like this in the bottle and became obsessed with it on the nail. The gold shimmer in this transforms the color peach from pie into a warm cobbler with plenty of cinnamon. This is sexy and just plain HOT.


Overall, I think this collection is an interesting blend of fall and winter colors. Zoya continues to put out cremes that cover in one coat, and their shimmers always have depth and personality. There are colors here I'll be happy to rock for the rest of November, and winter shades I'll be definitely grabbing for December and January.


You can find this collection now on Zoya's website, and you can stalk them around the internet here:



Happy polishing!
M. xoxo