Maniology Mani X Me Monthly Express Kit | Desert Rose

Hey everyone! For once I am ahead of the game and actually using March’s mani kit during March! Today I am sharing two manis as usual, and the theme is Southwestern desert. If you have been dreaming of warm sunny weather, these manis might make it easier for you! Make sure you check out my past reviews of this subscription box here.

The Mani X Me Monthly Box is a subscription service that delivers you Maniology nail art goodies every month. There are two different options: The Monthly Club and the Express Kit. 

Monthly Club ($25 USD per month)

  • 2 Exclusive Stamping Plates – Just for members!
  • 2 New Coordinated Stamping Polishes
  • A Surprise Gift Every Month
  • Free U.S. Shipping
  • Free Stamper & Scraper Set with your first express kit

Express Kit ($18 USD per month)

  • 2 Exclusive Stamping Plates – Just for members!
  • A Surprise Gift Every Month
  • Free U.S. Shipping
  • Free Stamper & Scraper Set with your first express kit

So far I have only gotten the Express kit. With shipping ($4 USD to Canada), in CAD the price turns out to be just over $30 CAD, which I think is fairly reasonable. One of the things that I love about this box is that you are given spoilers of the next month’s box a week before so that you can decide whether you want to skip a month or not. You can easily skip a month on the Maniology website without penalty. I love the flexibility that this subscription has!

So let’s get into this latest box!

March: Desert Rose

Saddle up! Our newest Desert Rose Mani X Me box brings barren nail beds to life with products inspired by the sizzling southwestern landscape.

For March we received two southwestern-inspired stamping plates featuring cacti, tribal/aztec patterns, and desert landscapes, plus a nail art planner! The planner again, is an extra that I am not loving this month. I can see it being useful for some people, but I am just as happy using paper to swatch polishes and do a quick sketch.. I would much prefer an actual nail art item.

Mani #1

For this first mani I wanted to feature the cactuses with some sort of pink and green theme. I have always loved that colour combination and I knew it was just the thing to brighten my mood. What I am especially loving is the addition of mint in there!

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Mani #2

For my second mani I wanted to focus on using the desert scenes and patterns. I love the contrast of the bright blue skies and warm orange sand in desert scenes, so I really focused on that colour scheme for this mani. I also tried a new technique to do a rough gradient. I kind of hate using a sponge, because sometimes pieces of the sponge can stick onto the nail and it can be a total nightmare. So this time, I drew stripes of polish onto a nail art mat, blended them a slightly with the nail polish brushes, and pressed a stamper head into the resulting blend. I then let the polish dry on the stamper head, and stamped it on my nail! Voila!

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Final Thoughts

It’s been a over year now, that I have been purchasing these kits, and I am still very much loving this service. The monthly themes are inspiring and fun. I love that each kit includes two plates, plus some sort of surprise item. However, I am starting to feel a little disappointed with the monthly extras. I much prefer some sort of nail art item. However, last month’s was a boring stamping plate, this month’s was a nail art book, and next month’s I have seen is going to be a lip balm. I’m just not personally into any of these things. So I’m hoping they will step things up in the future. Make it a nail art extra, like a powder, flakies, charms, a nail art tool, any kind of accessory!

I really enjoyed this month’s theme, even if it didn’t necessarily make sense seasonally (at least for where I live!). It was a fun escape with so many cute designs.

Watch my video tutorials below to see how I created these two manis!

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