Bow Nail Polish Summer 2017 (Part) Collection - Swatches & Review

Monday, 25 September 2017

Today I have another two polishes that I received from Dance Legend to share with you.  These polishes are from their Bow Nail Polish Summer 2017 range.  There are a total of eight new polishes added to the range (and there are some real pretty ones).

Feeling Good is described as having a light blue base with a purple undertone enhanced by a pearly pink shimmer mixed with holographic particles.  I love this one.  I think it's so beautiful and the formula is great.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Playing With Fire is described as A semi-sheer raspberry-tinted jelly loaded with duochrome green-pink metallic flakes.  This one can be built up to be opaque on it's own but I am thinking it would take four coats (or maybe three if you aren't as fussy as me).  I used a black base for my swatch.  I really like this one too.  There are more shifty colours in this polish but my camera couldn't quite capture them.  My swatch shows two coats over black.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box
Both of these shades along with the other six shades are available now from Bow Nail Polish and Dance Legend.

31DC2017 Inspired By Fashion

This is probably one of my favourite "inspired by" themes to do.  There are so many cool pieces of clothing out there and not just high end fashion either.  Although maybe high fashion is more what this theme is going for.  I'm not sure.  I have used a Ralph Lauren dress worn by Kendall Jenner as my inspiration for today's mani.  I like how simple it looks but still has a cool element about it.

Polishes used are OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet and Pretty Serious Cosmetic Absence.

The light is at the end of the tunnel now.  It's crazy to think that Sunday will be the last day of this challenge for me.  Then it's back to a regular blogging schedule.  Woohoo!

SM Polish The Magic Garden Collection - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Today I have the final new collection I was sent to swatch from SM Polish.  This collection is called The Magic Garden Collection and consists four crelly polishes in various shades.

Fairy Blossom is described as a soft satin pink crelly with multiple sized glitters in various colours.  The formula of this one is sheer and leaves visible brush strokes (they are more obvious in person than in my picture).  I used four coats for my swatch.

Lilac Lane is described as a satin purple crelly with micro gold and large fuchsia glitters.  The formula is the same as Fairy Blossom.  Again, my swatch shows four coats.

Magic Lake is described as a shimmery olive crelly with multi sized gold holographic glitters.  This is the most opaque of the group.  I used three coats for my swatch. 

Unicorn Lagoon is described as a teal crelly with hints of gold shimmer and multiple sized gold glitters.  The formula is like the first two polishes in the collect.  It's sheer and has visible brush strokes.  I used four coats for my swatch.

I am not a fan of this collection at all.  The formulas are so sheer (which based on the three collections I have tried from SM Polish, this seems to be how they make all of their polishes) and the colours/glitter mixes aren't great.  It's actually quite a disappointing collection for someone who has been making polishes for two years.  This is the type of collection I would expect to see from someone just starting out.

The Magic Garden Collection is available now on SM Polish's site.   If you use my code 'olivia10' you will receive a 10% discount (minimum purchase I believe is $20). 

31DC2017 Inspired By A Book

I am pretty sure that every year I have done this challenge I have used a child's book for my inspiration.  There are a couple of reasons for that 1) I read children's books everyday with my daughter and 2) they make for easier nail art.  My skills (and brain) aren't super advanced so sticking with the children's themes really works well.  I had originally planned on doing Little Red Riding Hood but then changed my mind as I sat down to do today's mani.  My inspiration - Thelma The Unicorn.  She is a super cute pink horse that ends up with a sparkly mane and horn.  

Polishes used for this mani are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence, Color Club Harp On It, French Tips, OPI Mod About You and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Both the unicorn and star images are from Uberchic Unicorn Love stamping plate.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box with flash

Only seven more manis to go....

Uberchic Beauty Zombie Love 02 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 23 September 2017

As promised, I have my swatches and review of Uberchic's Zombie Love 02 stamping plate.  This isn't the type of plate that I would grab for on a daily basis but it is perfect for all zombie manis, nail art challenges (like what I posted earlier today) and fans of The Walking Dead.  Plus Halloween is just around the corner so this plate couldn't have come at a more perfect time.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
There are a lot of small images on this plate which I think could make for some cool manis but I personally couldn't go past the brains image.  For my base I used OPI Aurora Berry-alis and sponged on What's The Double Scoop? and Flip Flops & Crop Tops.  I stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

This mani you probably saw in my post earlier but in case you didn't... this mani is inspired by Serene's (Copy Cat Claws) mani.  I love hers and needed it on my nails.  Mine didn't turn out as awesome as hers but I am still really happy with it.  For my base I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff and sponged on Dark Side Of The Mood and Coconuts Over OPI.  I stamped using Bundle Monster Red Sea and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

Like I said before, this isn't the type of plate that I would grab for on a daily basis but it's awesome for nail art challenges and Halloween.  I did have a little trouble picking up the zombies in the last mani but I think that was user error, and not the plate's fault.

The Zombie Love 02 Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.  

What do you think of this plate?  Will you be picking it up? 

31DC2017 Inspired By A Movie

Have I mentioned that I like to cheat a lot when it comes to nail art challenges?  Well it's probably not so much cheating as it is bending the rules to fit in whatever else I have going on.  I was recently sent a bunch of the new Uberchic plates which I have been working on slowly but surely, and one of them just so happens to be the Zombie Love 02 stamping plate (I will have my swatches and review of this plate up later today).  There are probably about a million different zombie related movies these days so I figured it would be the perfect mani for today.

This mani is inspired by Serene (CopyCat Claws) Zombie mani she did a couple of weeks back.  I have had it stuck in my head since she did it and couldn't help but so a similar mani.  Serene's is definitely much better than mine so definitely check hers out if you haven't seen it already.  You can find it here.

For my base I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff and sponged on Dark Side Of The Mood and Coconuts over OPI.  I then stamped using Bundle Monster Red Sea and Powder Perfect Black Stamping Polish.

I couldn't resist adding a matte top coat to this mani.  I used piCture pOlish G'day Matte.

Is anyone getting excited that this challenge is nearly at the end or is it just me?  I'm sure when October rolls around I will feel "bored" because I won't be doing as many manis or blog posts.  Anyway, only eight more manis to go!

Nail Crazies Unite: Chevrons

Friday, 22 September 2017

I am very glad that I have a blog planner and that I plan in advance.  Why?  Because I seriously would have forgotten about today's Nail Crazies Unite mani...well and everything else.  September is really proving to be a very busy month.  The theme for today is Chevron.  I'm not sure if whoever made this challenge meant zig zags or chevrons because I know a few years back there was some confusion about what "chevrons" were.  It will be interesting to see how everyone interrupts this theme.

For my base I used Emily de Molly Bring The Light (which FYI I am loving!  This baby is so holo that you don't even need lights to see the rainbow - I will have swatches and a review of this polish but not until October).  I then stamped using Powder Perfect Black Stamping Polish and Dance Legend Violet Stamping Polish.  Stamping image is from Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 01.  I wish that I could get a sunshine pic of this mani.  Sadly the sun had gone by the time I finished this mani. 

Wow!  There are only two more themes to go and then this challenge is complete too.