Friday, October 20, 2017

Dixie Plates DP 05!

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Hello!


Today we're going to take a look at another Halloween plate from Dixie Plates, DP 05. This plate isn't just a Halloween plate--there is some other holiday stuff on it, too, but of course this time of year I'm fixating on the Halloween, hehe.

Here's the video review I did of DP 05 and Halloween 2017:



And let's take a closer look:

Dixie Plates DP 05

What I love best about this plate:  The row of trick-or-treaters are charming, and while you won't fit them head to toe on your nail unless you have really long nails, you can put one on each nail and make a super cute scene. I also love the negative space jack-o-lanterns and faces, and this is the only grim reaper I have that is spooky and not cute. But most of all--jumping skeletons. Seriously now, that's about as awesome as it gets.


Dixie Plates' full nail images are 2.1 x 2.5 cm, and here's a shot with a ruler so you can judge the other images:



How about quality? The other plates I have from Dixie Plates are excellent quality, so I was expecting the same from this one:




These images were swatched with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grease Lightening, and with a clear stamper. The lines are crisp, transfer is excellent, and look at the little fine-line details on that skeleton. LOVE.

For my first mani, I couldn't resist playing with that jumping skeleton image...I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Dementor and The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen. Then I stamped with Messy Mansion Sterling and Carbon:

Dixie Plates DP 05 over Spellbound Nails Dementor and The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen


Lately I've been doing two versions of every mani I create, I don't know why--maybe I'm just being indecisive. Whatever the reason, for my second version, I used Girly Bits Cosmetics Sploosh on my pinky and thumb, and added some cross charms from Charlie's Nail Art  (use code LOLAM10 for 10% off your order) for some added gothic splash--I love how I can bend their little metal charms to fit the curve of my nail, as you can see on the pinky:


Dixie Plates DP 05 over Spellbound Nails Dementor, The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen, and Girly Bits Cosmetics Sploosh
Dixie Plates DP 05 over Spellbound Nails Dementor, The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen, and Girly Bits Cosmetics Sploosh

Dixie Plates DP 05 over Spellbound Nails Dementor, The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen, and Girly Bits Cosmetics Sploosh
Dixie Plates DP 05 over Spellbound Nails Dementor, The Lady Varnishes Fairy Queen, and Girly Bits Cosmetics Sploosh


For my second mani, I wanted to do a night sky mani, featuring colors that work for Halloween, but also could just be a regular spooky fall evening. I started with Zoya Aster on my middle and ring fingers, and Zoya Olivera on the rest, then sponged around the edges of the middle and ring fingers to create a moon sort of look. Then I stamped my images first with Messy Mansion Sterling, then with Moonflower Polish Mar Caribe--I did this both to create a shadowed effect, but also so the blue would look the same over both the light and the dark polishes:


Dixie Plates DP 05 over Zoya Aster and Olivera
Dixie Plates DP 05 over Zoya Aster and Olivera

Dixie Plates DP 05 over Zoya Aster and Olivera


After I finished this one, I liked it, but it just annoyed me that I could see the purple through the owl. So, I decided to do a second version with a decal of the owl, and thanks to the miracle of clear stampers, I just stuck it on right over what I already had:


Dixie Plates DP 05 over Zoya Aster and Olivera

Dixie Plates DP 05 over Zoya Aster and Olivera


The first way is fine, but the second version just feels a little more three-dimensional to me, it just has a little more pop. I made a video tutorial to show you how to get the look:




If you're in the US or Canada, you can find this and other Dixie Plates plates at Lantern & Wren; in the UK you can find them at Nail Stamping Queen UK. For shipping to other locations, check the Dixie Plates site, and in the meantime, follow them here:

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

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


Happy stamping!
M. xoxo

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Zoya New Fall Lipsticks (with polish pairings!)

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Hello!


Zoya sent me the newest fall additions to their lipstick lines to review for you, and I thought I'd do something a little different with them this time...


First up, let's take a look at the colors:


Zoya Addie, Bristol, Tommy, Maggie, Layne, Lucky, and Izzy
Zoya Addie, Bristol, Tommy, Maggie, Layne, Lucky, and Izzy

From left to right, we have:

Zoya Addie: a warm neutral
Zoya Bristol: a creamy mauve
Zoya Tommy: a bold blurple (My skin can't pull this off on regular days, but I'm gonna rock this on Halloween)
Zoya Maggie: a raisin-y wine (this one's my favorite)
Zoya Layne: a pink-y neutral
Zoya Lucky: A bright pink-purple shimmer (makes me think of bougainvilleas)
Zoya Izzy: A mid-range berry


Some of them look a little different on, so here they are against my skin (and note, Tommy has a bit more purple, but just like with polishes, it wanted to play hide and seek):


Zoya Addie, Bristol, Tommy, Maggie, Layne, Lucky, and Izzy
Zoya Addie, Bristol, Tommy, Maggie, Layne, Lucky, and Izzy

As always, the formula on these were excellent. They went on smooth and felt great, didn't dry out my lips, and stayed on well until I started shoving food in my face.


Since this is a nail blog, I thought it would be fun to dig through my Zoya polishes and do some pairings with the closest shades I have; these pairings are based on the color as it showed when I had it on, not in the tube:


First up, Zoya Addie and Zoya Jill make the perfect neutral pairing:


Zoya Addie and Zoya Jill
Zoya Addie and Zoya Jill


Next, I love the way Zoya Bristol looks with Zoya Hera (this is one that matches a little better when I'm wearing the lipstick):

Zoya Bristol and Zoya Hera
Zoya Bristol and Zoya Hera


Zoya Izzy was the hardest to find a match for from my collection; I chose Arianna because the glitters capture the same look as the lipstick, and captures the bright berry blitz:


Zoya Izzy with Zoya Arianna
Zoya Izzy with Zoya Arianna



I matched Zoya Layne with Zoya Joni, and I think this is a great pair for looking pretty, but subdued, at work: 


Zoya Layne with Zoya Joni
Zoya Layne with Zoya Joni


I couldn't choose between Zoya Gilda and Zoya Mandy as a match for Zoya Lucky--they both have a duochrome sort of play between pink and fuchsia, and I think these are great for any day this fall and winter when you want a little spring pep in your step:


Zoya Lucky paired with Zoya Gilda and Mandy
Zoya Lucky paired with Zoya Gilda and Mandy


And for Zoya Maggie, I chose Padma, which is a little lighter than Maggie, but still complements it well:

Zoya Maggie with Zoya Padma
Zoya Maggie with Zoya Padma


And for the Zoya Tommy, Zoya Isa was a no brainer:


Zoya Tommy with Zoya Isa
Zoya Tommy with Zoya Isa

So there you have it, the new Zoya lipsticks, and my pick for the perfect polishes to wear with them! I hope there's something there you love. :)


You can find these lipsticks (and the polishes) on Zoya's website, and you can stalk them around the interwebs here:




Happy pairings!
M. xoxo

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.