26 Great Nail Art Ideas: Reciprocal Gradients

Friday, 24 November 2017


It's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge time again!  This week we are going reciprocal gradients.  I am a big fan of gradients.  They are one of my favourite sorts of manis to do, although I don't really do them as much at the moment.  Reciprocal gradients are a whole other ball game for me.  I like them on other people but I don't really like doing them on me.  Probably because they involve using vinyls and I am not the biggest fan of vinyls.  

I decided for this mani I would use stamping polishes as they are more opaque so would cover over the base gradient better.  I used Hit The Bottle High Voltage Violet and I Pink, Therefore I Am.







Grace-full Nail Polish Once Upon A Dream Collection - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 23 November 2017


This post has been a long time in the making and honestly it's a little embarrassing how long I have had this collection for.  Grace-full Nail Polish released their Once Upon A Dream Collection back in September last year.  That's right, this collection has been waiting for me for over a year!  It is also one of the reasons why I set out to swatch all of the polishes I purchased last year (as well as the ones from this year).  I am happy to say that I have now officially swatched all of the polishes I purchased last year!  Yay!  Don't you just love when you reach one of your goals?  Anyway, let's take a look at this gorgeous collection shall we?


I am seriously going to sound like a broken record for this collection so to save me repeating myself I think each of these colours are really pretty but I found the formulas quite sheer (which is probably because they are such light colours).  For each of my swatches I used three coats, but I did find that they were still quite see through at the tips in direct light.

Dragon Snuggles is a soft violent linear holo with a blue shift.  This one is my favourite of this collection.




Fairy Kisses is a soft pink linear holo. 




Playful Pony is a soft periwinkle linear holo with a subtle blue and pink shimmer.




Swam With A Narwhal is a soft green linear holo.




Tickled By Wings is a mid blue pastel linear holo with a pink shift.




Touched A Scale is a neutral champagne linear holo with a pink sheen.




Unicorn Rides is a coral linear holo with a pink shift.




Overall I do like this collection but wished that the polishes weren't as sheer as they are.  Definitely a downside of being fussy.

The Once Upon A Dream Collection is available on Grace-full Nail Polish's Australian Site and the International Site.


Uberchic Beauty Collection Twenty One Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope this week has been treating you well.  It's definitely been quite a busy one for me, but it's been good.  Today, I have the latest stamping plate collection from Uberchic Beauty - Collection Twenty One.  Can you believe that there are twenty one collections already?  It still surprises me each time a new collection comes out.  I still feel like Uberchic only released their first collection last year.  Clearly time just goes way too fast for me to keep up.

Image from Uberchic
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This plate isn't a favourite of mine.  There really aren't too many images that jump out at me.  That being said, it's not a bad plate at all. 

Image from Uberchic
This first mani you may have already seen as I did this mani for a challenge a few days ago.  For my base I used Emily de Molly Insipid and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


I quite like this next image.  I think it would look great over a variety of different bases.  It has been quite some time since I have done a dry brush mani so I thought why not do one now?  Polishes used are Essie Mixtaupe, Zoya Dory, Kitridge, Liv and Wednesday.


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This plate has some great designs on it.  I did have a little trouble deciding on which images to use.  At some point in the near future I really want to use some of the layering images towards the top of the plate.  
Image from Uberchic
Sometimes when you are wearing a polish you just look at it and imagine a certain style of stamping over it.  This is what happened to me when I was swatching Emily de Molly's Metamorphic.  This image is exactly the sort that I wanted stamped over it.  




This image to me called for a pastel base in multiple colours.  I love how this one turned out.  For my base I used Dance Legend 650, 651, 653 and 656, and stamped using Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.


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Now this plate has quite a few designs that are more up my alley.

Image from Uberchic
I wanted to go really simple with this first mani.  There was something about it that was saying 'black and white accent nail' so that's what I did.  Polishes used are Essie Apres-chic, Knee-High Life, Color Club's French Tips and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


I desperately wanted this image on my nails.  I think it's so pretty.  The first mani I did using it I wasn't happy with it so decided to re do it and I couldn't be happier.  I love the pink and black together.  Base colour is Emily de Molly LE54 and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


There are definitely some great images among these plates, but as a whole I wouldn't say that these are my favourites.  What do you think of this collection?

Collection Twenty One Stamping Plates are available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Essie Fall 2017 Collection - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


It is actually Spring here in Australia (and Melbourne has finally turned up the heat....well every now and again it does) but I have seen quite a few manis and pictures of Essie's Fall Collection and I just had to grab it for myself.  I have had it sitting in my swatch racks for quite some time now but I have only just got around to swatching it.


As If is described as a powdery periwinkle blue with a hint of red.  I am a really big fan of this colour.  I don't think I have anything like it in my collection.  The formula is easy to use and is opaque in two coats.


Dressed To The Nineties is described as a dark purple with a green-blue shimmer.  This one is quite pretty too.  I did wish that the shimmer was more obvious on the nails (so it looked more like it does in the bottle).  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.


Girly Grunge is described as a soft silvery metallic with a light purple shine.  I think this is a nice colour but it does have visible brush strokes.  The formula is great and is so close to being a one coater.  There is a good chance that this one will stamp (I haven't tried though).  My swatch shows two coats.


Knee-High Life is described as deep wine red with purple undertones.  This is a gorgeous colour, especially for the cooler months.  The formula is awesome and it is close to a one coater.  I used two coats for my swatch.


Mixtaupe is described as a warm ivory with a dash of pink.  This is a great nude polish.  It does apply a little unevenly on the first coat, but evens out nicely on the second coat.


Saved By The Belle is described as a light baby pink with a subtle blue undertone.  I love this one!  I guess that probably doesn't come as a surprise.  I am such a sucker for pinks.  The formula is a little questionable.  It applies unevenly on the first coat, but evens out on the second.  I did use two coats for my swatch but I honestly am questioning whether I should have done a third coat.


I am a really big fan of this entire collection.  There isn't a polish in here that I don't like.  If I had to pick my top two favourites I would definitely pick Saved By The Belle and As If.

Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Summer 01 Stamping Plate

Monday, 20 November 2017


Part of my "New Years Resolutions" was to swatch all of the new things that I purchased this year as well as swatch all of the polishes I purchased last year.  So far I am on track with my goals yay!  Now while I have been swatching my way through everything I have had a pile of Lina Nail Art Supplies stamping plates that I purchased both this year and last year.  Well today I have the last Lina plate (4 Seasons - Summer 01) from the pile to share with you.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
Now this first mani is one that I did quite some time ago now.  So much so, I can't really remember what polishes I used for it.  I know that I did this for a challenge mani but again I have no clue which challenge or when I did it.  I'm such a good blogger aren't I?  


I do know that the above mani is double stamped.  This is what the mani looked like before adding the second layer of stamping.


This next mani I do know exactly what I used  Yay!  For my base I used Essie Saved By The Belle and stamped using Powder Perfect's white stamping polish.


This plate isn't the most exciting for me.  Do the images work for a summer theme?  Yes.  Do the images stamp well?  Yes.  It's definitely not a bad plate but it's just not one that I would really reach for unless it was for a challenge.

What do you think of this stamping plate?  Do you own it?

Emily de Molly November 2017 Releases - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 19 November 2017


Attention all holo lovers!!!  Emily de Molly's releases this month are nothing but holo!  Holo, holo and more holo.  There are a total of nine holo shades (which are stunning) and the formulas are fantastic.  I think I have pretty much summed up my whole review in one sentence there.  Let's take a look at each of the shades.


A Veiled Promise is described as a light pink strong holo.  The colour is gorgeous and the formula is awesome.  You can easily get away with one coat as it applies even, however for me I found that it was a little see through at the tips for my personal taste.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Beautiful Distraction is described as a light green strong holo.  Another really pretty colour with a great formula.  Again this one is close to being a one coater, but I used two coats for my swatch.

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Coming Around Again is described as a light brown strong holo.  I'm seriously going to just be repeating myself here.  This is a nice colour with a great formula.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Dark Enlightenment is described as a a dark purple strong holo.  I love this one.  The colour and formula are both perfection.  You can easily get away with one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Deafening Silence is a periwinkle blue strong holo.  This is another one I love.  The formula is perfection and just look at that colour!  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Fix Up, Look Sharp is a purple strong holo.  Can you guess what I am going to say about this one?  If you guess that I think it's a stunning colour with a fantastic formula (again this one is close to being a one coater) then you are absolutely correct.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Metamorphic is a grey strong holo.  Such a great colour and the formula is so easy to use.  I did find this one a little on the sheer side.  For most people, you can easily stop at two coats, however I am quite fussy and found it a little see through at the tips in direct light so I used three coats for my swatch.

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Prime Time is a rose pink strong holo.  Really pretty colour and a great, easy to use formula.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Rise And Fall is an aqua blue strong holo.  This is such a pretty blue holo and has a great formula.  My swatch shows two coats.

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In case you haven't worked out from my post, I love this month's releases!  I mean who doesn't love a good holo polish?  If I had to pick favourites I would have to say A Veiled Promise, Dark Enlightenment, Deafening Silence and Fix Up, Look Sharp.  I'm impressed that I actually managed to narrow down my favourites with these.  Which ones are your favourite?

The November releases will be available on Tuesday 21st at 10am AEDT on Emily de Molly's Australian site and on Monday 20th at 6pm EST on their International site.