Uberchic Beauty Vacation Mode Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 26 June 2017


Uberchic Beauty have introduced a new single stamping plate to their range, the Vacation Mode stamping plate.  Now I am going to say that this plate is depressing - mainly because it is winter here in Melbourne and this plate is full of tropical designs which is making me miss the warm weather even more!  In all seriousness, this plate is great for those of you who are in warmer places in the world, whether it is because you live there or just visiting.  

Image from Uberchic Beauty
This mani you guys may have already seen as I used it for a challenge mani a couple of days ago.  For my gradient I used OPI Malibu Pier Pressure and GPS I Love You. For the stamping I used Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish and Colour Alike B. a Sunshine. 


I love how this next mani turned out!  For my base I sponged on Color Club's Friendzone, All Dolled Up, Having A Ball and Play Date.  I then stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  I decided not to add top coat over this because I really like the contrast between the matte base and the glossy stamping polish.  I also like that it has a slight textured look that this mani has.


Vacation Mode stamping plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Powder Perfect Gallery Of Dreams - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 25 June 2017


Last week I was lucky enough to attend Aussie Indie Con and you may have seen that I now have quite the swatching pile to work my way through. What you probably didn't know, I also have received some awesome new things (note the word "things" and not "polish") from Powder Perfect to play with. Included is the gorgeous Gallery Of Dreams, which was launched in celebration of Aussie Indie Con. 

Gallery Of Dreams is a purple holographic polish with lots of microglitter, including contrasts of ultra-holo silver and blue .  I love this polish. It looks slightly different depending on what light you are in, sometimes you can see the blue, other times you can't. It's a really pretty polish and the formula is great. I used three coats for my swatch, however you can get away with two coats.  I found it to be a little too see through at the tips in direct light for my personal taste. 

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Gallery Of Dreams is a limited edition polish and is available now from Powder Perfect's Australian site.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas: Going On A Holiday

Saturday, 24 June 2017


Happy end of the week everyone! I have a few things happening this weekend so I am using my time wisely tonight (it's Friday for me now but by the time I post this it will be Saturday). My daughter has gymnastics practice on a Friday night for two hours which I stay at, so thought why not use this time to write my blog post? It means I have extra time later to do some more manis. 

Anyway, it's time for another 26 Great Nail Art Ideas mani. This time the theme is "going on a holiday". I don't really go on holidays, in fact I was laughed at when I said that my trip to Sydney for Aussie Indie Con was a holiday.  I had originally planned to do a destination mani but I just so happened to received Uberchic Beauty's new Vacation Mode stamping plate and the OPI California Dreaming Collection. Put those things together and I am going somewhere with warmer weather.... and pretty flowers. 

For my gradient I used OPI Malibu Pier Pressure and GPS I Love You. For the stamping I used Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish and Colour Alike B. a Sunshine. 




I'm happy with how this mani turned out. I can't wait to see what everyone else does for this theme.  I sense that I will be adding some more destinations to my wishlist.

In case you haven't been following along with this challenge here are the themes.  I can't believe how close I am to completely this challenge.




Aussie Indie Con 2017 - Haul

Thursday, 22 June 2017


I have a slightly different post for you guys today.  I had originally planned on having pictures etc of Aussie Indie Con, however I was too distracted to actually take any pictures on the day.  I have seen a quite a few hauls from some of the other people that attended and I thought it might be fun to share what I purchased on the day.  I'm not usually one to do hauls but figured it was a special event so if I was ever going to do one now would be a good time.  


VIP Bag
It took me ages to decide whether or not I should go to Aussie Indie Con as a VIP or not.  Eventually I decided to go as VIP so that I could get the goodie bag with the exclusives.  I think there are some great polishes in here, however I was a little disappointed that not all of the brands had put a polish in there eg, Sayuri had a voucher that you needed to use on the day once you spent $30 at their table.  Don't get me wrong here, I think putting a voucher in the VIP is fine, but I think for the price of the VIP paid you shouldn't then have to spend more money to receive anything.

There was also some other things in the bag like a shot glass, pen, wax melts etc, but I am just focusing on the polishes (because that is the only thing I was after at Aussie Indie Con).

Polishes from left to right (top row) are Hit The Bottle On The Loose With Chartreuse LE, Powder Perfect Wonderful Tonight, Joss Better Than Bare, Joss Magic Black Holo and Femme Fatale Cosmetics Darling Eve.  On the bottom row we have Miss Priss VIP Treatment, Grace-full Nail Polish Eldritch, Celestial Cosmetics The Coat Hanger and Emily de Molly A Minute To Spare.


Pretty Serious Cosmetics
In the VIP bag was a card to go and choose your two free polishes from Pretty Serious Cosmetics.  I definitely had a tough time deciding which two to grab.  I ended up grabbing Petrichor and Precipitation from the Rainy Days Collection.  Now these don't photograph accurately at all.  Well they definitely didn't today.  Fingers crossed I have more luck when I swatch these.


Ok so moving onto the things that I actually purchased.  These aren't necessarily the order I purchased them in but then that would involve me really thinking about the order I did things.  I know I did make a couple of trips to the Grace-full Nail Polish and Hit The Bottle tables.

Celestial Cosmetics 
I went into the Celestial Cosmetics table thinking I was going to buy the Aussie Indie Con exclusives (which are the two on the left) and possibly one other.  As you can see I ended up with a couple of extras.

From left to right: The Hungry Mile, Cockle Bay, Twisted Selection, There's A Party In My Polish & You're Invited and Sample 20 (which was a lucky dip polish).


Emily de Molly
Prior to going into Aussie Indie Con I had a bunch of EdM's on my list.  I was very lucky to actually be sent a lot of what I was thinking of buying to swatch so it meant I didn't really have much left to buy on the day.  Most of what Hayley had I already own.  Lol.

From left to right: Ava, A Pink Acquisition, State Of Mind and Clean Up Crew.  I would have grabbed more Clean Up Crew but I thought I should share with others.


Grace-full Nail Polish
The Grace-full table was definitely my most expensive table of the day (zero complaints from me on that one).  I love everything I grabbed!

I have absolutely no clue how I missed these two polishes when they were first released but I am so happy they are finally mine.  Polishes are Pink Lux and Lilac Light.


The Fruit Salad Collection was definitely at the top of my list of things that I had to get.  The colours look amazing and they watermarble!  Now I know you what you are thinking "Tracy, you don't watermarble".  Well you are correct, however I have watched Cathy (more nail polish) watermarble and I am wanting to try again....at some point.

Polishes are: Raspberry, Mango, Lemon, Apple, Blueberry, Grape and Strawberry.


Now this collection that is coming to soon to Grace-full and is inspired by the Gilmore Girls.  I am unsure of the name of the collection or it's exact release date, all I can tell you is that I am excited!!  Polishes are: Get A Hooker, Yes Purple!, I'm The Man, Ace, Dodge Lancer, Vale Richard, The Subsect and Oober.


Hit The Bottle
As you all know, I am on the hunt for more creme stamping polishes so naturally I had to stop buy the Hit The Bottle table.  Most of the colours that I saw I already own but I did come across these two: A Flock Of Seagulls and Call A Plumber.


I also couldn't go past getting the holo stamping polish collection.  It may be a bit of time before I can actually swatch these because we lack sunshine.  Polishes are Under The Strobe-berry Lights, Musk Have The Holo, Amethyst Sizzle, Prismatic Purple, Holo There Beautiful!, A Glint Of Gold, Lucky Spark, Turquatic and Hololulu Blue.



I also picked up a clear top coat from Hit The Bottle which Cathy said worked well for negative space watermarbling.  I somehow forgot to take a picture of it.  I am going to blame the fact that my polish are is a HUGE mess at the moment.  I have sooooo many things to play with at the moment so stay tuned for those!

I had an absolute blast at Aussie Indie Con.  Aside from the shopping, it was so amazing putting faces to people that I have spoken with over the years, meeting the makers behind the brands that I shop from, meeting a bunch of new people as well and watching Cathy watermarble (that was definitely a highlight for me - I have been following Cathy for years so to see her work her magic was amazing).  I know that I missed quite a few people (some I was even sitting near without realizing it) so I am so sorry if you were one of those people.  I am hoping that there will be another Aussie Indie Con next year and I will get a chance to meet more people.

Let me know which of these polishes you would like to see me swatch and review first!  I have no clue where to even begin.


Emily de Molly Aussie Indie Con 2017 Exclusives - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Hello everyone!  It feels like forever since I sat down and have written a blog post.  In case you missed why I disappeared a little, I had my dear friend Margaret (@loveslacquer on Instagram in case you didn't know) come and stay with me for the week and I wanted to spend the time with her rather than my computer lol.

Last week I was sent (and swatched) the Aussie Indie Con Exclusives from Emily de Molly.  I was hoping to get a chance to get this post done before I went to Aussie Indie Con but I just didn't get a chance.  I'm sure a lot of the girls that attended on Saturday have picked these up already, but good news for those of you who were unable to attend - Emily de Molly will be releasing these polishes in her online stores!  Woohoo!  Warning:  I have gone a little bit over board with pictures in this post. 


Glee Ridden is a bright turquoise green creme.  This polish is amazing!  I actually wore it for a couple of days and couldn't stop staring at it.  Now depending on your screen, my swatches my be a little off in comparison to what it looks in person.  My screens make it look more minty than what it is.  The formula is amazing.  You could easily get away with one coat, but I used two coats for my swatch.

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Lost Direction is a dark teal with pink to green multichrome shimmer, iridescent glitters and blue flakes.  Love this one as well!  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

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The Company I Keep is a dark blue with copper micro glitters, iridescent flakes and a subtle pink to green microchrome shimmer.  Again, I love this one!  It's gorgeous and the formula is fantastic.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Seriously, how amazing are these polishes?  There is zero chance I could pick a favourite of the three.  I recommend grabbing them all if you can.

To my knowledge these will be available Wednesday 21st June at 9am AEST from the Australian site and will be available at a later date on the international site.  Definitely join the Emily de Molly Facebook Group to keep up to date with all the information from Hayley. 

Nail Crazies Unite: Fruits

Sunday, 18 June 2017


I am running a couple of days late for the Nail Crazies Unite Fruits theme but I think going to Sydney for Aussie Indie Con is a good excuse.  Plus I had those new Emily de Molly that needed to be shared!  Fruits is such a big category with so many options of things that you can do (and how you can do them).  I had such a hard time deciding and then I remembered that I had purchased some fruit water decals especially for when I fruit theme popped up in a nail art challenge.  Lucky I remembered or these decals would still be sitting in my basket for who knows how long.

For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and then applied Milv N259p.




I hope you have all had a great weekend.



Emily de Molly June 2017 Releases - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 17 June 2017


For those of you who are lucky enough to be able to make it to Aussie Indie Con today then you will be able to get your hands on this month's releases from Emily de Molly.  Never fear if you aren't going to Aussie Indie Con because these will be available online in both the Australian store and the US store (see all the release details at the bottom of this post).  There are a total of nine new releases for June which I will be sharing with you today.  This post will be quite picture heavy but that's not a bad thing when pretty polishes are involved.


Artfully Evasive is a green/blue multichrome with silver micro glitter.  This has a great formula and a great colour shift.  My swatch shows two coats.

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It Will Be Done is a very pale green crelly with pink shimmer, light gold holo, iridescent and laveder glitters.  Another great formula and pretty polish.  I think this would be a great base for some nail art.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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LE51 is a blue holo with pink overlay and purple shimmers.  I love this one!  The formula is great and colour is truly stunning, both indoors and out.  And that shimmer - love!  I used two coats for my swatch.

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LE52 is a teal green with bronze/gold flakies, purple and green micro glitters and blue/green shimmer. Such a gorgeous colour and of course the formula is easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Rustic Vibes is a rust red holo with gold holo micro glitters.  The formula of this one is amazing!  It's so close to being a one coater.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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The Eighth Letter is a purple with green to pink shifting shimmer, fuchsia and turquoise glitters and copper flakes.  I think this one is gorgeous and so interesting.  It's one that I could just keep looking at.  The formula is easy to use and you can get away with two coats, however I used three coats for my swatch because it was bordering into being a little sheer at the tips for my personal taste.

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Traverse The Skies is a periwinkle blue with pink shimmer and silver flakes.  This is definitely one of my favourites in this release.  I love the colour, the shimmer and the flakes.  It's such a gorgeous polish.  The formula is a little on the thick side but it is so easy to work with.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Voice Of My Love is a purple with copper shimmer.  This was actually the first one of the new releases that I wore.  So pretty and the formula is easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Water Balance is a blue leaning green with gold to green shifting shimmer.  Love this one!  This really does remind me of water in a nice tropical place.  You know the ones you see in pictures that are on your list of places to visit?  Or maybe that's just on my list.  Anyway, this polish would make for some awesome mermaid nail art!  The formula is fantastic and the colour is to die for.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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How stunning are the polishes in this month's release?  There is such a great mix.  My absolute favourites would have to be Traverse The Skies, Water Balance, Voice Of My Love, The Eighth Letter and LE51, closely followed by It Will Be Done and LE52.  Does that help your shopping list?  Probably not.  You really can't go wrong with any of these polishes though.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, these polishes will all be available at the Emily de Molly table at Aussie Indie Con (definitely stop by and meet Hayley and see all of her pretties while you are there - I know I NEED to make a stop there to collect some goodies and of course meet Hayley). 

For those of you who can't make it to Aussie Indie Con, these polishes will be available from Emily de Molly's Australian site on Wednesday 21st June at 9am AEST and from the International site on Tuesday 20th at 7pm EDT.