Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 06 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 22 January 2018


One of my goals from last year was to swatch everything that I purchased.  While I failed on doing that, I am making up for it now.  January there really isn't too many polish or plate releases which gives me a chance to play catch up a little.  Starting with Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 06 Stamping Plate.  

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
The first mani I did using this plate was actually for a challenge that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago.  It's just a nice and simple mani.  For my base I used Color Club East Austin and Peita's Polish Fizzilicious.  


This next mani is definitely a favourite of mine.  I love the design by itself as well as layered.  I can see me getting a bit of use out of this image.  Polishes used are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and Hit The Bottle's A Flock Of Seagulls and Looking For Mr Grey.


I am usually a massive fan of the Make Your Mark stamping plates.  They have always been among my favourite plates that Lina has released.  Sadly, this one isn't a favourite of mine.  It seems like they have just popped on some images like that leaves and the ho ho ho images that didn't make their Christmas or Fall plates.  There are some cool images on this plate, but I think overall it just misses the mark.  What do you think of this plate?

Emily de Molly Polish Pick Up January 2018 - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 21 January 2018


I am officially back painting my nails again!  I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to have colour back on my nails.  I nearly spent two weeks with naked nails and it was horrible.  Not that there is anything wrong with having naked nails - they just aren't for me.  Anyway, earlier this week I received my first nail mail of 2018 - a big box of Emily de Molly's!  Woohoo!  The box mainly consists on polishes from the recent sample sale (which I will be swatching my way through soon and sharing) but there was one really special polish in there - my first ever Polish Pick Up polish.

In case you are like me and don't really know anything about the Polish Pick Up, then let me fill you in.  Basically it's a group that runs a new theme each month and then indie maker's work their magic and create some limited edition masterpieces.  Polishes (and the other goodies) are only sold once in the month (I want to say that it is around the first weekend of the month).  This month's theme is Crystals and Gemstones.  Emily de Molly released one hundred bottles of Perfect Formation - and boy did these babies sell fast!  Luck was definitely on my side when I grabbed my bottle.  Not only was it released at 3am here but it was also on the night after my operation so I was heavily medicated at the time.

Perfect Formation is a dark blue/purple with heavy copper shimmer and ultra holographic silver microglitters.  I fell head over heels from the swatches I saw and it hasn't disappointed me at all.  It's such a stunning colour and the formula is perfect.  My swatch shows two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Unfortunately this polish isn't available anymore, however I can tell you that Emily de Molly is participating in February's Polish Pick Up.  To stay up to date with releases etc head over to the Polish Pick Up Facebook Group.

Did you manage to get your hands on this polish? 

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge - Embellished/3D

Friday, 19 January 2018


I'm back!  Well kind of.  This is officially the first blog post I am writing since having my operation.  Yay!  This is a mani that I did prior to going in for my operation and sadly I haven't felt up to doing my nails yet.  That's right, I have zero nail polish on and haven't had any on for nearly two weeks.  With that being said, there may be a little time with no blog posts because I haven't got anything else prepared but hopefully I'll be back painting my nails soon (I really dislike having naked nails).

For today's mani I thought I would break out this cute little 3D charm that I got years ago.  I think I have only ever used it once (which is more than I can say I have used for some of the other things in my collection - I really should shop my own collection more often).  For my base I used the entire Pretty Serious Cosmetics Pastel Pets Collection.







Random Manis

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


I have a bit of a different post for you today.  Randomly I do manis that I don't share on any platforms - I even do some that I don't even take photos of.  There is no reason for either of these things but I thought why not share them now?  Now most of these manis are once that I actually wore in 2017 and to be honest some of them I don't recall what polishes I used.  Sorry.  I will my best to provide details of what I used.

For this mani I used the entire OPI Retro Summer Collection.  I love this collection.


This mani is done using a bunch of Dance Legend neon polishes.


Last year I went through a bit of a matte phase.  I remember wearing this mani for a couple of days.  Loved it then and still love it now.  Polish is Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue (the original formula).


I told you I had a bit of a matte phase last year.  I can't remember exactly what red polish I used but I really liked wearing it matte.


You can never go wrong with glitter accent nails.  They just give a little sparkle to a simple mani.  Polishes used are both from OPI.  I can't remember what the creme is but the glitter is Mad As A Hatter.
 

Polishes used for this mani are Emily de Molly Eyes Only and Animated Hearts.


That's all of the random manis that I have sitting on my computer at the moment.  Let me know what you think about seeing posts like today's?  I can make note of what polishes etc I have used next time.

Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Winter 02 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 15 January 2018


Late last year I purchased a bunch of new Lina Nail Art Supplies from Hit The Bottle and I had all intentions to swatch them all before the end of the year.  Well that clearly didn't happen, but I will be swatching my way through them this year.  Starting off with the 4 Seasons - Winter 02 Stamping Plate.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
This first mani is one that I shared with you last week.  It's a nice and simple one.  Polishes used are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence and Hit The Bottle's Calypso Gold.


The main reason why I wanted this stamping plate was for these layering tree images.  I don't know what it is about them but I think they look so cool.  For my base I used China Glaze Stone Cold (which is such a great polish) and stamped using Hit The Bottle Looking For Mr Grey, A Flock Of Seagulls and Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.


I think there are some great wintery images on this plate and it will definitely come in handy for nail art challenges.  It probably isn't a plate that I would reach for on an everyday basis though.

The 4 Seasons - Winter 02 Stamping Plate is available now from Lina Nail Art Supplies and Hit The Bottle.

Nail Crazies Unite: Gold Snowflakes

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Nail Crazies Unite is another challenge that I started last year, however had to take a break from in December.  But I am joining back in.  Today's theme is gold snowflakes.  I don't think I have ever done a mani with gold snowflakes.  Silver and white yes, I have even done black but never gold. I have quite a few snowflake images among my stamping plates - so deciding what to use could have been quite tricky.  Luckily for me I have the recently released 4 Seasons - Winter 02 stamping plate from Lina Nail Art Supplies which has plenty of snowflake images to choose from.

For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence and stamped using Hit The Bottles Calypso Gold.  As mentioned, stamping image is from Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Winter 02.




To continue with the matte theme I seem to have this week.  Matte top coat is from piCture pOlish.  These didn't turn as matte as I would have liked but I still like the overall look.


Here is a look at the remaining themes for Nail Crazies Unite for this year:




The Digit-al Dozen Does All That Glitters: Glitter Placement

Friday, 12 January 2018


It's the last day of The Digit-al Dozen Does All That Glitters.  I am going to guess that by this stage I will be itching to play with more glitter after seeing everyone's posts.  Hopefully I will be feeling well enough to start painting my nails again - but never fear I do have a few more blog posts up my sleeves for just in case.  Anyway, onto today's mani!

I couldn't do a week of glitter manis and not do a glitter placement mani.  I went for my favourite glitter pot which is full of matte circle glitters in various colours.  I seriously love this glitter.  It always makes for a fun mani.  Polishes used are China Glaze Bottoms Up and Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence.  Glitter is from Born Pretty Store.




I hope you have enjoyed this week's Digit-al Dozen theme!  Don't forget to check out the other girls manis.