Monday, October 16, 2017

Dixie Plates Halloween 2017!

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Hello!

Today we're gonna take a look at this year's Halloween plate from Dixie Plates, Halloween 2017--here's my video review of it, along with DP 05, the Halloween plate from last year:




Le'ts take a closer look at the plate:


Dixie Plates Halloween 2017
Dixie Plates Halloween 2017


What I love best about this plate: OMG, where do I start?! The negative space eyeballs, dancing skeletons, the skeleton hands, I have nothing like those and I am sooo excited to use them. But I think the every best part is the bottom of the plate, which is like a build-your-own scary costume accessory for any look that involves slashes gashes or drips of blood, pus, and gore. So whether you're going as a zombie or a vampire or a crazy asylum inmate, your nails can have the appropriate damage and gore. LOVE.


The full nail images are 2.1 x 2.5cm, and here's a shot with a ruler along the bottom so you can judge the size of those images:




How about quality? These swatches are done with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grease Lightening and a clear stamper:

 


Great detail in the fine lines and great large, solid areas. Top-notch, my friends.


For my first mani, I had to test out the build-your-own-gore look, because I'll be doing a zombie scare for my trick-or-treaters this year, and plan on being a zombie ring-master. So, I started with a base of Zoya Darcy on my accent nai, and Scout on the rest. I saran-wrapped Zoya Dree over Scout, and then stamped my images with Messy Mansion, Carbon, Ivy, and Spring Green. Finally, I sponged a mixture of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grease Lightening and Messy Mansion carbon around the edges of the nails to make them look like they'd been clawing dirt:


Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Zoya Darcy, Scout, and Dree
Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Zoya Darcy, Scout, and Dree

Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Zoya Darcy, Scout, and Dree
Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Zoya Darcy, Scout, and Dree


I love how this look came out, and I absolutely am going to redo it for Halloween night!


For my second mani, I couldn't resist playing with the skeleton hand image, and I'm currently obsessed with Dixie Plates Marbled 01, so I thought I'd add that in for a cool skittle mani. I started with a base of Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro (a stamping polish formulated for use as a regular polish, as well). Then I stamped using Messy Mansion Carbon, Chalk, and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morrow. Then, for the first version, I added a skeleton hand charm from Charlie's Nail Art that I've been dying to use:


Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro
Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro

Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro
Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro


For my second version, I stamped one of the claws on the index finger in place of the charm:


Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro
Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro

Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro
Dixie Plates Halloween 2017 over Sally Hansen Blacky O and Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro


Which do you like better, with the charm or without? I can't decide...Either way, I put together a video tutorial so you can get the look yourself:




If you're in the US or Canada, you can find this plate at Lantern & Wren, and if you're in the UK, you can find it at Nail Stamping Queen UK. For other locations, check the Dixie Plates site for suppliers who ship to you. You can also stalk Dixie Plates around the interwebs here:

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

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


Happy spooky stamping!
M. xoxo

Friday, October 13, 2017

Marbled looks with Dixie Plates Marbled 01

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Hello!


Yes, I have spent hours dropping polish into a cup of water and spraying it with various substances trying to get a webbed marble effect--and I know I'm not the only one. So I am so, so, so excited to show you Dixie Plates Marbled 01 plate.


Here's the video review and tutorial I did showing you some looks:





Here's a shot of the plate:

Dixie Plates Marbled 01


These images are designed to be layered, to create intricate marbled looks. See the two at the top left, and the three bottom left? You can see where they are designed to be layered directly over one another, because some points are very similar in shape. But don't let the pairs/trios limit you. Mix and match which images you use--and, don't feel you have to layer them directly over each other. Rotate, shift, and revel in the nearly infinite number of possibilities depending on the colors you use.


Because, the images are also very generous in size, which means you can pull from different areas within them for different looks, too. They're 2.1 cm wide by 2.3 cm tall:




I figured the best way to test the quality was to do some test looks for you. For the first look, I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Milky Way, then stamped with Moonflower Mar Caribe and Messy Mansion Carbon:





I love how that blue pops out of the white and black, and I've decided I want marble just like this for my bathroom!!


Next I layered Messy Mansion Jingle Bells and Forest over Spellbound Nails Holly Jolly:




This one I want for my kitchen counters--stunning.


Next I tried Messy Mansion Chalk and Sterling over Spellbound Nails Black Eye:




When I get my huge mansion, this'll be the floor in the entryway.


And because it's the Halloween season, I had to try out some Halloween combos; these are Moonflower Polish Atardecer en el Morro, Messy Mansion Chalk and Carbon respectively, over Spellbound Nails Black Eye and Milky Way respectively:





So, with a coupla quick swatches, I got all these look:

Dixie Plates Marbled 01


I am so in love with this plate--if you like the marbled look, this is an absolute must have. You can pick it up at Lantern & Wren if you're in the US or Canada, and you can check Dixie Plates' site for other purchasing options. And if it's out of stock, you can stalk them here to see when it'll be available again:

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

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


Happy marbling!!
M. xoxo

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Morgan Taylor Flirty Florals stamping kit

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a brief break from Halloween themes to take a look at Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals stamping kit. I've reviewed two of their polish collections now, and have been really impressed both times. So when they asked if I wanted to review this stamping kit, I figured I'd give it a shot. We've all been burned by the cheapy stamping kits out there you can find in drugstores, so let's take a look at how this kit holds up.


Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals Stamping Kit


Here's the video review I did testing it out:



Let's take a closer look:

Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals Stamping Kit
Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals Stamping Kit


The kit contains a regular-sized squishy clear stamper, a credit-card style plastic scraper, and two image plates that come in cardboard holders. The stamper and the scraper were excellent quality; the stamper was squishy enough to work well with my curved nails, and the scraper was Goldilocks--not too flexible and not too stiff, just right.


The two plates have a variety of floral-themed images that work across a range of seasons, moods, and stamping techniques:


Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals 3720201-1
Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals 3720201-1



Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals 3720201-2


The images are  1.6 cm wide x 2.7cm tall:





So now for the all-important stamping test--I used the stamper that came in the kit and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet (the test polish I normally use):







Every single image came out detailed and perfect the very first time I tried it. Solid areas were solid with no gaps, fine lines were crisp, and combo images worked well with no special scraping shenanigans. Absolutely top-notch quality.


For my first manicure, I started with a base of Morgan Taylor Don't Break My Corazon from their Matadora collection, then stamped with Messy Mansion Carbon for my accent nail, and used Morgan Taylor All Tango-d Up to stamp the rest (I was delighted to find that most of the polishes in that collection were good stampers over light-to-mid colors):

Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals 3720201-2 over Don't Break My Corazon

Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals 3720201-2 over Don't Break My Corazon


I love how this has a soft, fun romantic feel, with an extra pop, and I adore how these two reds work together.


For my second mani, I started with a base of Morgan Taylor Mauve Your Feet, and stamped the lace pattern with Morgan Taylor Danced and Sang-ria:


Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals 3720201-1 over Mauve Your Feet
Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals 3720201-1 over Mauve Your Feet

Morgan Taylor's Flirty Florals 3720201-1 over Mauve Your Feet


I love how these colors give the lace a vampy edge that's sexy and almost goth at the same time!


So would I recommend this kit? Yes, without reservation. If you're a beginner, this will get you off to a great start. And if you're not, you can always use extra stampers and scrapers for making decals and fun stuff like that. A girl can never have too many stampers or scrapers, I say.


Morgan Taylor products are sold at JC Penny and you can find other sources on their website. You can also follow them around the interwebs here:



Happy stamping!!
M.


Monday, October 9, 2017

UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02!

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Hello!

So we're into the heart of the Halloween season, and that means it's time for some awesome zombies! If you love Walking Dead or any other incarnation of zombies or apocalyptic mayhem, UberChic Beauty's Zombie Love 02 plate is a must have (and it goes beautifully with their first Zombie Love plate, of course). Here's the video review I did of the plate:





And here's a still shot:


UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02
UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02

What I love best about this plate: Oh, please don't make me choose. Zombie goodness everywhere...I love the cute little zombie guy that looks like he's dancing, and the creepy zombie guys and the layering zombie images, and the layered hand, and, and, and...I also love that she has some general apocalypse images on here so if whatever apocalyptic character you're dressing up as this Halloween, you can have some scary nails to go alone with.


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




UberChic quality is always excellent--here are swatches with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Plummet, with my clear stamper:






For my first manicure, I started with a base of Girly Bits Cosmetics Funky Town and Jive Talkin' (I did a circle gradient on two of the nails, then stamped and made decals with Messy Mansion Carbon, Spring Green, Summer Heat, Banana Bender, and Red-y Or Not (also available directly from Messy Mansion if that works from where you're located):


UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Stayin' Alive and Funky Town
UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Stayin' Alive and Funky Town

UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Stayin' Alive and Funky Town
UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Girly Bits Cosmetics Stayin' Alive and Funky Town


I adore that these zombies are whimsical, but not super-duper cute, so you can have a look that's not super scary, but still creepy at the same time. Glitter holo + zombies = my happy place.


But what if you're looking for a straight-up scary zombie look? For my second mani, I wanted to use a layering effect to create a horde of zombies comin' right for ya! I started with a gradient of Zoya Scout and Tabitha, then stamped my images using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grease Lightening and Messy Mansion Carbon:


UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Zoya Tabitha and Scout
UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Zoya Tabitha and Scout

UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Zoya Tabitha and Scout
UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Zoya Tabitha and Scout


You can bet I'll be wearing this for the next Walking Dead premiere...


I think manis like this look even creepier with a little mattification, so I used my Sally Hansen Big Matte to mattify it:


UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Zoya Tabitha and Scout, matted
UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Zoya Tabitha and Scout, matted

UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Zoya Tabitha and Scout, matted
UberChic Beauty Zombie Love 02 over Zoya Tabitha and Scout, matted

Somehow the matte makes the different layers look even deeper and more scary...Go Michonne, go!


I love this effect so much, I made a tutorial for you so you can recreate it:




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




Happy spooky stamping, and watch out for those zombies!
M. xoxo