Crumpet's Nail Tarts: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge: Lilac, Pink & Gold

Friday, 26 May 2017


Originally I had something different in mind for today's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge, but I was recently sent some stamping polishes from Hit The Bottle and there just happened to be a lilac and a pink stamping polish and I thought they were perfect for today's lilac, pink and gold theme.

For my base I used OPI's Comet Closer, and stamped using Hit The Bottle's Stop And Smell The Lilacs and Drunk Tank Pink.  Stamping design is from Lina Nail Art Supplies License To Be Sexy 01 stamping plate.




We are getting closer and closer to finishing up this challenge.  These are the upcoming themes:




Femme Fatale Cosmetics Hella Holo Customs Exclusives - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 25 May 2017


I am sooooo close to swatching all of the Femme Fatale Cosmetics polishes that I purchased last year.  I have one more collection and a random exclusive polish and that is another box ticked!  I love making lists and being able to mark things off.  Anyway, today I have the three Hella Holo Custom exclusive polishes that were released last year (I want to say it was earlier in the year but really I have no clue).  While there is only three polishes is post is definitely on the picture heavy side of things.


Cry Of The Red Sky is green-grey forest base, red overlay and red shimmers, scattered holo flakes and linear holo.  I think this is a really nice colour, and the formula is pretty good.  It applies evenly and is opaque in three coats.

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Iridial is described as milky storm-grey base filled with silver holo microglitter in various sizes, green/red/gold crystalline flakes (that have colour-shifts) plus fine red sparkles and fine red flakes.  This one is really sheer.  I don't even think it's possible to build it up to be opaque.  I did one coat over white, but I think I should have used this over a darker base.

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Unicorn Treasure Trove is described as lavender holo base with gold sparkles, fine gold flakes, silver holo microglitter and fine holo gold microglitter.  I think this one is really pretty and easy to use.  My swatch shows three coats.

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Overall I like these three polishes but I don't love them.  My personal favourites of these are Cry Of The Red Sky and Unicorn Treasure Trove.

Did you pick up any of these polishes when they were available?

Kiara Sky Professional Nails Mixed Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Every now and again a new brand pops up on my radar.  Sometimes it's because I stumble across it and sometimes they reach out to me.  This happen with Kiara Sky.  They reached out to me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in trying out their Dip Powders.  I hadn't ever seen or heard of dip powders before so I had a quick look to see what they are about.  While they look really interesting, they aren't quite my thing.  I like regular polish that I can chop and change on a regular basis.  Lucky for me, Kiara Sky offered to send me some of their regular nail lacquers which I have to share with you today.


Cheer Up Buttercup is described as a darker beige creme.  I am a big fan of this one.  The formula is really creamy, it applies really evenly and it is a great nude shade.  My swatch shows two coats.

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D'Lilac is a lilac creme.  Another beautiful colour with a great formula.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Lavish Me is described as a dusty pink creme.  This one is so close to being a one coater!  Again, this is a nice colour and the formula is fantastic.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Skies The Limit is a beautiful blue creme.  I'm a big fan of this one too.  Again the formula is fantastic (and close to being a one coater) and the colour is beautiful.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Sterling is a silver glitter in a clear base.  This polish really surprised me the most.  I was honestly expecting it to be more of a glitter topper and be quite sparse with the glitter.  Boy was I wrong.  It has a great glitter to base ratio and is easy to use.  It is probably a little to dense to be a glitter topper (but that is just a personal preference) but builds up nicely.  You can get away with doing two coats, however I did use three coats for my swatch.

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Whoopsy Daisy is a aqua green creme with a aqua green shimmer.  This is quite a nice colour.  Now my bottle did leak slightly in transit (nothing drastic) so I am not 100% sure if the formula may have thickened or not.  The formula of this polish was definitely thicker than the cremes, however it was still really easy to work with.  You could get away with one coat, however I used two coats for my swatch.

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I am so impressed with Kiara Sky polishes.  The colours I was sent are so beautiful and the formulas are fantastic.  I have had a quick look at their website and they have a huge range of colours, along with the Dip Powders, gel polish and so much more. 

All of the polishes in this post are available from Kiara Sky.
 

B Loves Plates B.08 Feather Fever Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


This post has definitely been a long time in the making. Sometimes I do mani either for a challenge or just for me and then I stick it in a folder ready for whenever it is I get around to reviewing the plate the image has come from.  That is what happened with the B Loves Plates B.08 Feather Fever Stamping Plate.  I remember the day that I received the plate I did the first mani with it, and then for whatever reason never got back around to this plate.  I would like to say that this doesn't happen too often but sadly it happens a lot.  I get side tracked with new plates all the time.  I now leave all new plates out and don't put them away until I have finished swatching and reviewing them.  Might seem crazy but it makes me use them quicker because I can't stand having stamping plates laying around.  Anyway, getting very side tracked here.   Feather Fever....

Image from B Loves Plates
This is the first mani I did using this plate.  I remember having lots of issues getting the finer details of the larger feathers in the centre of the plate to transfer.  For my base I used OPI Alpine Snow and then stamped the neon pink and orange stamping polishes from Colour Alike (which I purchased from B Loves Plates).


Now to my most recent mani.  I just got my hands on the Color Club Pop Play Collection (which I will be swatching and reviewing soon) and I couldn't resist sponging three of the colours on for my base.  I used Play Date, All Dolled Up and Party Teal Dawn.   I then stamped using Mundo de Unas Black stamping polish.


Overall I do like this plate, although I don't think it's overly unique.  I feel like I have seen some of these images on some other plates.  That being said, I have had this plate for quite some time so maybe this plate did the images first and other brands did similar ones after?  Who knows.  I do like the images either way.  As I mentioned earlier, I did have some issues transferring the finer details.  I am not sure if that was a user issue, stamper, polish etc.  

The Fever Feather Stamping Plate is available now from B Loves Plates.

Emily de Molly March 2017 Releases - Swatches & Review

Monday, 22 May 2017


I've doing well with keeping on top of my polish purchases from this year.  At this exact moment in time I only have two polish collections that I have purchased that I need to swatch (I only received them on Friday so there is a good reason they aren't swatched yet).  I have had these Emily de Molly polish sitting in my swatch racks for a lot longer than I had initially planned for a couple of reasons.  1) Hayley asked me to swatch some creme polishes for her (you can see those here if you missed it - although I am not sure if they are still available or not) and 2) I have been waiting ever so patiently for some sunshine but sadly that didn't happen for the most part.  I did managed to get some sunshine pictures of a couple of these polishes so yay!  As a word of warning, this post is quite picture heavy as there are ten polishes.


A Step To Climb is a pink/copper/green multichrome with a small amount of silver holographic glitters.  I really like this one.  The colour shift is great and the formula is good.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Divine Conversations is a dark purple jelly with red to green iridescent glitter, green to blue iridescent flakes, silver micro glitter and a small amount of silver holo micro shreds.  I really like this one.  The colour is really pretty and the formula is good.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Flecked Division is a light grey crelly with gold to green shifting shimmer, multichrome flakes and a small amount of iridescent glitter.  I am a huge fan of this one.  I think its so beautiful and I love the glitters in it.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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LE49 is a pale purple linear holo with gold shimmer and silver micro glitter.  This is stunning and very sparkly.  I really wish that there was some sunshine when I swatched this polish (silly Melbourne and it's winter weather!).  My swatch shows three coats.

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LE50 is a black holo with gold/green shimmer and green/blue iridescent flakes.  I am a big fan of this one.  I think it is so interesting and unique.  The formula is easy to use and is opaque in two coats.

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Royal Dye is a red/purple multichrome with copper holo glitter and red to green iridescent glitter.  This one I actually wore for a few days and saw so many different colour shifts in natural light.  Do you think I took a picture of this in natural light?  No of course not.  I have no idea why, because this polish definitely shifts more than it looks in my pictures.  The formula is easy to use.  I used two thick coats for my swatch.

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Shallow Depths is a blue/green/purple multichrome.  Huge fan of this one.  The colour shift is gorgeous and the formula is great.  My swatch shows three coats.

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The Descent is a red/orange/olive multichrome with a very small amount of copper holographic glitter.  The formula is great, the colours are nice and shift well.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Too Many Moves is a blue/purple/green multichrome with a very small amount of silver holographic glitter.  My pictures definitely don't do this polish the justice it needs.  It's so beautiful and the formula is great.  I used two coats for my swatch, however next time I would probably use three coats as this was still a little sheer at the tips in direct light for me.

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Whim Of The Winds is a light blue subtle holo with Copper holo glitter and red to green iridescent glitter.  Quite a pretty polish with a good formula.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Wow!  It feels like forever since I have written such a big blog post.  I am so glad that I finally got the chance to swatch and wear these polishes.  There are some seriously gorgeous polishes in this bunch.  My personal favourites are the multichromes, Flecked Division and LE50.

These polishes are still available (with the exception of LE49 and LE50) from Emily de Molly's Australian Site and International Site.