Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: Selections from Incoco's Ever After & Sparkle On collections!

(Press samples ahead!)


Hello!


I'm in love with the selections I have to show you from two Incoco collections today--the Ever After collection because it's soooo art deco, and the Sparkle On collection because it's the easiest way to get good glitter looks I know. Let's jump in!


Here are the two selections I received from the Ever After collection. Gatsby is a bold, linear art deco black-on-yellow-gold pattern that makes my heart sing:


Incoco Gatsby, from the Ever After collection
Incoco Gatsby, from the Ever After collection

Incoco Gatsby, from the Ever After collection
Incoco Gatsby, from the Ever After collection


What I love best about this set is the mix-and-match potential. If you're in the mood for something more sleek, you can stick more with the thick lines and the diamonds in the center, but if you want something more intricate, you can use more of the ones that have more decoration to them (don't forget you can easily cut down the bigger ones to fit whichever nail you want):


Incoco Gatsby, from the Ever After collection
Incoco Gatsby, from the Ever After collection

Incoco Gatsby, from the Ever After collection
Incoco Gatsby, from the Ever After collection


If you're looking for something a little softer, try Incoco Magic Spell, which features black swirls on a champagne gold background:


Incoco Magic Spell
Incoco Magic Spell

Incoco Magic Spell
Incoco Magic Spell

Incoco Magic Spell
Incoco Magic Spell

As you can see, I had a little difficulty getting this one to lie flat, which is unusual. I think there may have been a small puncture in the package that made them a little less flexible. I do love the design, however!


The Sparkle On collection features glitter wraps--and I love Incoco's glitter wraps because they are sooooooo easy to remove, no need for the foil technique or anything.

Incoco Eye Candy has a clear base with gold glitter, which makes it awesomely versatile:

Incoco Eye Candy
Incoco Eye Candy


Incoco Eye Candy
Incoco Eye Candy

Because glitter over nekkid nails is on trend right now, I tried them out that way first:


Incoco Eye Candy
Incoco Eye Candy

But of course the coolest part is you can put these over any base polish you want; here it is over Zoya Lacey:


Incoco Eye Candy over Zoya Lacey
Incoco Eye Candy over Zoya Lacey


Incoco Eye Candy over Zoya Lacey
Incoco Eye Candy over Zoya Lacey

And I also love the bare look paired with an accent nail:


Incoco Eye Candy with Incoco Magic Spell
Incoco Eye Candy with Incoco Magic Spell

Incoco Eye Candy with Incoco Magic Spell
Incoco Eye Candy with Incoco Magic Spell


And finally, we have Incoco Sparkle On, the namesake from the Sparkle On collection, a gold glitter over a black base:


Incoco Sparkle On
Incoco Sparkle On

Incoco Sparkle On
Incoco Sparkle On

Take a look at how gorgeous these look on:

Incoco Sparkle On
Incoco Sparkle On

Incoco Sparkle On
Incoco Sparkle On

And of course you know I had to pair this with Gatsby:


Incoco Sparkle On with Incoco Gatsby
Incoco Sparkle On with Incoco Gatsby

Incoco Sparkle On with Incoco Gatsby
Incoco Sparkle On with Incoco Gatsby


I'm always very impressed with Incoco's appliques. I've tried other wraps, but these are the only ones I'd spend my own money on, by far. And, here's a little secret tip...ssshhh...whenever I get too much splitting on my right-hand nails (no idea why it only happens on one hand), I'll wear wraps for a week or two while the nails grow out a bit. Not sure why, but they seem to protect better than regular polish. So if you're a non-gel girl like me, check them out for that!


You can find Incoco wraps in their store here, and you can follow them around the interwebs here:




Happy wrapping!
M.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review and Tutorial: Watercolor mani with MoYou London Circus 01 & 02

(Press samples ahead, plates purchased by me!)

Hello!


Today we're gonna take a look at MoYou London Circus Collection 01 and 02, the regular and XL version of the same image plates. Here's the video I made reviewing and comparing them:




MoYou London often releases both a regular-sized version and an XL version of their themes. Which you buy generally depends on the size of your nails and what type of mani you want to do:


  • If you have longer/wider nails, and if you want to be sure your nail to be completely covered, you probably want the XL plate. 
  • If you have shorter nails, or want to be sure an entire image fits on your nail--for example, the clown images below--you might want to get the regular sized plate. 
  • The regular-sized plate usually has more images than the XL plate, so be sure the image you want appears on the plate you order.



Here's a closer look:


Circus Collection 01 (Regular version)
Circus Collection 01 (Regular version)

Circus Collection 02 (XL version)


In this case (it isn't always the case with MoYou London plates) the scale of the images are the same size, it's just there's more of the image on the XL plate. So for example, the ballerinas are the same size on both plates, there are just more of them in the XL image.


What sort of size difference are we talking about? The XL images (plate 02) are 1.5 x 2.0 cm. The regular images (plate 01) are 1.2 x 1.5 cm. If your brain thinks in inches like mine, here's shots with an inch ruler for each :



 




How do they stamp? I've yet to have a MoYou London image plate I struggle with, even with the clear stampers:




These plates are no exception, and you can see in the side-by-sides the difference in length of the images on the two plates.


The vintage feel of these images inspired me to bust out my sharpie pens and try out the Sharpie watercolor technique with these plates, and I made a tutorial to show you how easy and pretty this technique is:




For the mani I started with a base of Girly Bits Love Yourself First and Irreplaceable (both from her Warrior Goddess collection), and then stamped with Girly Bits Silver Bells and Little Black Dress. Then I colored in using my Sharpie ink, and topcoated:


MoYou London Circus 02 over Girly Bits Love Yourself First and Irreplaceable
MoYou London Circus 02 over Girly Bits Love Yourself First and Irreplaceable

MoYou London Circus 02 over Girly Bits Love Yourself First and Irreplaceable
MoYou London Circus 02 over Girly Bits Love Yourself First and Irreplaceable


I did a second version with different colors and images (same base polish and stamping polishes):


MoYou London Circus 02 over Girly Bits Irreplaceable
MoYou London Circus 02 over Girly Bits Irreplaceable


The first version has a more tone-on-tone feel, where the second shows you more of a the range of colors you can play with, especially on the ring-finger acrobat. Which do you like better?


You can find these plates in MoYou London's store.


Happy stamping and coloring!
M.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Marianne Nails 126!

(Press samples ahead!)


Hello!





Today I have a new-to-me brand to show you, Marianne Nails! Of course I did a video review o the three plates she sent for review, 124, 126, and 133:




I say in the video that Marianne is new to the market, but that's a mistake--they've been around for a while especially in Europe, so please forgive me! Marianne has a ton of plates and I was excited to test out the quality because there are so many awesome designs to choose from.


Today I'm going to focus on Marianne Nails 126, and I'll be back with separate posts on the other two. But I started here because...I have an extra plate 126 to give away! See the bottom of the post for details. :)

First, check out how pretty these plates come packaged!




And here's a closer look at the plate:


Marianne Nails 126
Marianne Nails 126


The plate is 6 cm X 12 cm, and the images are 2 cm wide and 1.9 cm tall:





How does it stamp?



Extremely well, even with the crystal stamper. :)


Since today is St. Patrick's Day, I decided to do an abstract shamrock mani! I started with a base of Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer and They're After Me Lucky Charms, and then stamped my image with  Girly Bits Ker-Minty Frog Here:


Marianne Nails 126 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer and They're After Me Lucky Charms
Marianne Nails 126 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer and They're After Me Lucky Charms



Marianne Nails 126 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer and They're After Me Lucky Charms
Marianne Nails 126 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer and They're After Me Lucky Charms


This plate stamped beautifully--easy, fast, perfect. All three of the plates gave me no issues whatsoever, so I can definitely recommend this brand. :)


Want your own copy of this plate? Enter the giveaway here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  • Giveaway is open internationally 
  • 18+ only 
  • Winner notified by e-mail, and has 48 hours to respond 
  • Good luck!

And, of course, you can also find this plate on Marianne's site


Happy stamping, and happy St. Paddy's day!
M.

NOTD: Eirinn go Brach!

(Press samples ahead!)

Hello!


Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today everyone has a little Irish in them, right? So deck yourself out with some St. Paddy's nail art--featuring green, of course--and make sure nobody has an excuse to pinch you.


For this mani, I started with a base of Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer. Then I stamped images from Messy Mansion Symetrika 06, with Messy Mansion Forest and Spring Green:


Messy Mansion Symetrika 06
Messy Mansion Symetrika 06

Here's how it came out:

Messy Mansion Symetrika 06 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer
Messy Mansion Symetrika 06 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer 


Messy Mansion Symetrika 06 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer
Messy Mansion Symetrika 06 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer 


Messy Mansion Symetrika 06 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer
Messy Mansion Symetrika 06 over Girly Bits Irish You Were Beer 

What I like best about these patterns is how they allow the gorgeous holo to shine through so beautifully.


Hope you have a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day!
M.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Zoya Charming Spring 2017 collection

(Press samples ahead!)


Hello!


Are you in the mood for something soft and pretty, with a little hint of magic? Then take a look at Zoya's Charming collection for spring 2017:


Zoya Charming spring 2017 collection
Zoya Charming spring 2017 collection

I don't know what the inspiration for this collection was, but I see a Monet waterlilies painting in this colors, or fields of spring wildflowers, and they make me want to create! Let's take a closer look at each color:


First up is Zoya Abby, a soft lilac creme:


Zoya Abby
Zoya Abby

Zoya Abby
Zoya Abby

Formula & Application: Excellent; no pulling or patchiness
Coverage: two coats

I love the hint of smoke to this, which gives it a hint of sophistication. Soft and pretty.


Next we have Zoya Amira, a sky blue with micro flecks of shimmery gold:


Zoya Amira
Zoya Amira

Zoya Amira
Zoya Amira

Zoya Amira
Zoya Amira
 
Formula & Application: Excellent--easy peasy.
Coverage: two coats

I love this color so hard! The gold sparkle to it makes it sing, like golden rays of sun sparkling off the ocean. Love, love, love.


Next is Zoya Jordan, a cotton candy pink creme:

Zoya Jordan
Zoya Jordan

Zoya Jordan
Zoya Jordan

Zoya Jordan
Zoya Jordan

Formula & Application: Very good. Slight patchiness that clears up with second coat.
Coverage: two coats

This is your typical spring pink pastel--sort of the little black dress of the spring polish palette, especially if you love pink.


Next up is my favorite of the collection is Zoya Lacey, a light avocado with gold micro-sparkle shimmer:

Zoya Lacey
Zoya Lacey

Zoya Lacey
Zoya Lacey

Zoya Lacey
Zoya Lacey

Formula & Application: Perfect
Coverage: two coats

I am obsessed with polish--it's one of those I find myself just staring at, rolling my fingers this way and that so the light catches it. The gold and the green go together so beautifully, it lights up your fingertips. This is soft fields of new spring grass dancing in the sunlight. *SIGH*


Next we have Zoya Millie, a magenta polish with blue and pink shimmer:

Zoya Millie
Zoya Millie

Zoya Millie
Zoya Millie

Zoya Millie
Zoya Millie

Formula & Application: Perfection
Coverage: two coats

Oh yes. This is raspberries and blackberries and blueberries all mixed up into a smoothie of awesome. Gorgeous and fun for any season, bold and happy and sexy.


And finally we have Zoya Tina, a lavender creme:

Zoya Tina
Zoya Tina

Zoya Tina
Zoya Tina

Zoya Tina
Zoya Tina


Formula & Application: Excellent; no pulling or patchiness
Coverage: two coats

This is fields of wildflowers in a bottle--it's flirty and sweet, but with a hint of sexy. Such a versatile shade!


Zoya also sent me one of the new spring lipsticks to review, Zoya Violette:

Zoya Violette
Zoya Violette

Like the other Zoya lipsticks I've tried, this wears well and feels good on the lip. This shade is a little lighter than I normally wear, so I didn't think it would look right on me, but it does, and I'll definitely wear it. I'm very impressed with the quality of Zoya's lipsticks, and their Matte Velvet Red is now my go-to red--I receive compliments on it every time I wear it since I picked it up in their last sale.  


You can find the collection in Zoya's store, or in any stores that sell Zoya products. You can also find Zoya here on the interwebs:




Happy polishing!
M.