Uberchic Beauty Collection Nineteen Stamping Plates - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 25 July 2017



The collection before the big 2-0!  Eek.  I seriously can't get over how many stamping plate collections Uberchic have done already.  It honestly feels like last year when they burst onto the scene, but I am going to say that is has been at least a couple of years now and what a great few years it has been.  Uberchic really have some fantastic images among all of their plates (I know I definitely get a lot of use out of them) and the quality is really good.  Anyway, today I have Collection Nineteen to share with you guys.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
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The first plate of this collection definitely has a lot of summer related images and some great layering manis that you can do.  How cool are the strawberries and ice-creams?  I definitely will have to use those at some point.
Image from Uberchic
If you follow my blog then you will know that I recently swatched the Color Club Coated Collection.  As soon as I put on Yellin' Yellow I knew that I needed to stamp the cute little smiley faces over the top.  Neons certainly make me happy.  I think this image would also be really cute with different coloured neon faces.


I feel like it's been ages since I have done gradient stamping and I absolutely love how this turned out.  Polishes used are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence, Bundle Monster Monarch Dream and Mercury Bassline.


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I quite like the images on this plate.  I am not sure I like that large circle image at the bottom of the plate though.  I think I would need to see some use it because I am really not sure how I could get it to look decent.
Image from Uberchic
Another really simple look but I think there is enough going on with this image that it doesn't really need anything too fancy to go with it.  For my base I used Celestial Cosmetics Twisted Selection and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


I am sure you have seen me do this type of background a lot lately simply because I am currently obsessed with this 'technique' (I'm going to use that term loosely there).  I have had quite a few people ask me how I achieve this look so I have put together a tutorial which I will be posting tomorrow.  For my base I used Color Club East Austin, Modern Pink and Diggin' The Dancing Queen.  Stamping is down using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


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I think this may be my favourite plate from this collection.  I think there are some really cool designs on this plate.  Definitely calls for lots of neon....or maybe I am just loving neons so much at the moment that I want to use them constantly lol.
Image from Uberchic
For this first mani using this plate I used Emily de Molly State Of Mind for my base and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.




There is something about this next image that just screams to be layered.  I am sure that I have seen similar images to this (I have a lot of plates and have a lot of images so things all start looking so similar after a while).  Anyway for my base I used Color Club East Austin and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black and White Stamping Polishes.


Overall I think this is a great collection.   There are some really cool images among these plates which I am sure I will get a lot of use out of.

Collection Nineteen is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Color Club Coated Collection - Stamping Test

Monday, 24 July 2017


The number one question that I have been asked recently (well aside from how I do my backgrounds for stamping lately - I will have that post up in a couple of days) is do the Color Club Coated polishes stamp?  I figure rather than me answering this question over and over I would do a blog post so that you can see for yourself and come back to this post if you need it for reference later.  I have cheated with this post though and have tested all the polishes on swatch sticks (simply because I didn't have the time to do swatches for all of these again) but you can still see how each looks over black and white bases.


Age Of Aquarius 


Bright Nights


Diggin' The Dancing Queen


Disco Dress


East Austin


French Tips


Jackie Oh!


Modern Pink


Psychedelic Scene


Take Me To Your Chateau


We Liming


Yellin' Yellow


As you can see some of these stamp pretty well over both black and white, and others struggle particularly over the black.  I did need to put polish over the entire image to get them to pick up properly.  Would I use these to stamp?  Sure, sometimes.  Would I recommend buying these to use just as stamping polishes?  Probably not, unless you wanted to wear them as a full mani as well.  If you are after just polishes to stamp with I would recommend investing in actual stamping polishes.  You will use less product and there are a low of colours available that stamp beautifully over both black and white.

I hope you found this post helpful.

Color Club Coated Collection - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 23 July 2017


In my perfect nail world I would have all polishes that were 1-2 coats (with the exception of jellies - they need three coats so you get that really squishy look and the depth).  But cremes really should be 1-2 coats.  When I was on the search for the China Glaze My Little Pony Collection (you can see that post here if you are interested) I stumbled across the Coated Collection by Color Club.  I haven't heard or seen anything about this collection but it said that these polishes are one coaters so naturally I grabbed them so I could test them out.


Before we jump into the swatches I just want to point out a couple of things.  A lot of these shades in this collection are neon shades so that don't photograph 100% accurately.  I have done the best that I can.  Also if you see these bottles in person then don't pay too much attention to the colour of the bottle.  They don't necessarily represent the colour of the polish inside accurately.

Age Of Aquarius is an aqua creme.  The formula of this one is good and easy to use.  Is it a one coater?  No, but it is very close.  My swatch shows two coats.


Bright Nights is an electric blue creme.  The formula again is really good but this one does get white streaks through it like the colour isn't mixed through properly.  I tried to mix it but it made no difference.  I used two coats for my swatch.


Diggin' The Dancing Queen is a purple pastel neon creme.  Now I was so excited to see that this polish was part of the collection.  I LOVED the colour when it was released as part of the Pastel Neons Collection but wasn't a fan of the formula at all.  The formula of this one is fantastic (especially if you compare it to the original formula).  It does get the white streaks through it.  Is it a one coater?  No, but I am happy for it to be a two coater.


Disco Dress is a blue toned purple creme.  If you have short nails you could leave this as a one coater, but for longer nails you do get a visible nail line.  I used two coats for my swatch.


East Austin is a neon coral creme.  East Austin is easily one of my all time favourite Color Club polishes ever.  This one does apply uneven, so you definitely can't leave it at one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.


French Tips is a white creme.  This one is close to being a white coater, but again it does apply slightly unevenly and is see through at the tips.  I used two coats for my swatch.


Jackie Oh! is a neon pink creme.  This one looks very differently on the nail then what it does on the bottle.  When you apply it, it is also a different shade to when it is dry.  The formula is easy to work with but it does apply unevenly.  My swatch shows two coats.


Modern Pink is a neon pink creme.  I love the colour of this one so much!  The formula sits somewhere in between a one and two coater.  When my daughter wore it (she has really tiny nails) we did one coat on her, but for me I had to use two coats as it was slightly uneven.  


Psychedelic Scene is a neon orange creme.  Is this one a one coater?  Absolutely not.  This one applies really unevenly.  I needed three coats to even it out.


Take Me To Your Chateau is a sky blue creme.  This one is super close to being a one coater.  It does apply a little unevenly so I used two coats for my swatch.


We Liming is a lime green neon creme.  This is definitely not a one coater or even close to being a one coater.  It applies unevenly and needed three coats to even out.


Yellin' Yellow is a neon yellow creme.  There is no way that this could be a one coater.  It think that it may apply more unevenly than any of the others in this collection.  The formula is quite thick on this one.  I do love how bright this one is through.  I used three coats for my swatch.


Call me fussy, but when you say a polish is a one coater I expect the polish to apply evenly and not have any sign of a visible nail line or be see through at the tips.  Do these polishes meet those standards?  No.  There are a few in this collection that at a pinch (or if you have really short nails) you can get away with wearing only one coat, but then there are others that apply so unevenly that there is no way you could leave it as one coat.

While I don't agree that these polishes are one coaters, I do really like the colours that are in this collection.  Colour wise there isn't a polish that I don't like so that's a huge win.  Now I have had quite a few people ask me if these can stamp.  I will be doing swatches of how each of these polishes look over both black and white so you will need to come back tomorrow to find out how they perform.

What do you think of this collection?

Hit The Bottle Mixed Stamping Polishes - Swatches & Review (Plus A Sneak Peek Of An Upcoming Shade)

Saturday, 22 July 2017


I am happy to report that I am making my way through the polishes I grabbed at Aussie Indie Con (that being said there is still quite a lot of polishes sitting in my polish racks - but they aren't overflowing any more so I am considering that a win).  If you saw my Aussie Indie Con haul post then you will have seen that I made a stop at the Hit The Bottle table.  I was hoping to put all the polishes I purchased in the same post together but sadly I haven't had a good run of sunshine to swatch the holographic ones I have.  They will have a bit of a wait I think.  But today I do have five shades to share with you.  Some of these are ones I purchased and the others were sent for me to swatch and review (or test out).  There is also a sneak peek at a new shade that will be coming soon.


A Flock Of Seagulls is a pale grey creme.  I have been wanting a grey stamping polish for such a long time and this one is perfect!  I think it is such a great colour and look how well it stamps!


Call The Plumber is a rich plum.  I love this colour!  I don't think my camera does it justice.  Again, it stamps perfectly over black and white.


Snowed In! is a white creme.  This one is awesome!!  I mean look how opaque it is over black?  Seriously,  I think this is going to become my favourite white stamping polish and will definitely be needing back ups.


Sparkling Cyan-ide is a sky blue with a greenish sheen.  I love the colour of this one, but it's one of those shades that pictures just don't do it justice.  It has a similar effect as metallic stamping polishes and it disappears in my lights.  It's definitely one I will use but it may not be one that I will photograph a lot.  It stamps beautifully over both black and white.


When Michelle sent me Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Summer 02 stamping plate (you can see that post here) she also sent me a couple of stamping polishes to test out - Snowed In! and a new pastel purple which is coming soon.  How gorgeous is this colour and how amazing is it over black and white?  I'm loving it!


I know I say this in every post I do for Hit The Bottle, but OMG their stamping polishes are awesome!!  So easy to use and they stamp perfectly everytime!  I particularly love how opaque they over especially over black.  Loving them!!  As I mentioned earlier, the only one you probably won't see me using lots is Sparkling Cyan-ide and that is purely because I don't like the way it looks in my pictures.  It's also why you don't see me using a lot of metallic shades.  They never look as pretty in pictures as they do in person. 

On a side note - who is in the Hit The Bottle Facebook group?  I didn't even know that there was one until Michelle asked me if I was in there (you can join here if you aren't already in the group).  Anyway, did you see that there is neon stamping polishes coming?  I'm not sure what I am more excited about - the neon stamping polishes or the pastel stamping polishes.  There is so much good stuff coming so prepare your wallets!

All of the polishes shown in this post (with the exception of the pastel purple - that is coming soon!) are available now from Hit The Bottle.



Crumpet's Nail Tarts: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge: Sunshine

Friday, 21 July 2017


One of the things that annoys me a little about doing nail art challenges is that they usually have weather related themes.  I feel like I have a string of beach, ocean, summer, sunshine etc manis and they are completely opposite to what is going on for my weather in Melbourne.  It's super cold, dark, cloudy and raining.  Ahhh!  I'm so jealous of those of you with some nice warm sun.  Anyway, enough complaining (I blame the miserable weather lol).  Today I have another mani for the 26 Great Nail Art Challenges - Sunshine.

I went with a very minimalist sun look (it's just like Melbourne - minus the blue skies).  For my base I used Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau and stamped using Colour Alike B A Lemonade.  Stamping design is from Uberchic Beauty Vacation Mode stamping plate.


I'm really looking forward to the next theme.  Zero clue what I am going to do for it, but I am excited!




Grace-full Nail Polish In Omnia Paratus Collection - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 20 July 2017


I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to share the new Grace-full Nail Polish In Omnia Paratus Collection (which is the third Gilmore Girls Collection that has been done by Grace-full).  Theresa mentioned to me prior to Aussie Indie Con that I needed to check out this collection (it was a pre-release) and stupidly I got completely side tracked when I stopped by the Grace-full table in the morning.  Anyway, Theresa sent me a message towards the end of the day asking me what I thought of "Get A Hooker".  Seemed like an odd thing to ask, until I worked out that it was a polish from the new collection that I hadn't picked up.  *insert panic* Anyway, I managed to get the collection and now I have swatches to share with you guys.  So grab yourself a pen and paper (so you can write yourself a shopping list - I didn't do this at Aussie Indie Con and then nearly missed out - definitely don't do that), grab some chocolate and a drink of some description and let's get into these polishes (FYI this is quite picture heavy).
 

Ace is a deep royal blue jelly with chameleon flakies in blue, purple, pink and turquoise with holo microglitter throughout.  Such a gorgeous shade, and it has flakies!  I love flakies!  I found this one is a little on the sheer side (as expected with a jelly).  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Picture taken outdoors in shade
Dodge Lancer is a light blue denim with holo flakes.  I really like this one too.  I think it is so interesting and really pretty (especially in the sun).  The formula is easy to use and needs three coats to be opaque.
 
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Picture taken in direct sunlight
Get A Hooker is a bright pink holo.  Now does it make sense why Theresa was asking me about this polish?  This is very much a me polish and I am head over heels in love with it.  The formula is amazing (on short nails you could easily get away with one coat) and the colour is gorgeous!  Love, love, love it!  My swatch shows two coats.

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I'm The Man is a black jelly with red and copper flakies and iridescent glitter that moves from red to green to gold.  Big fan of this one too.  The formula is easy to use and is opaque in three coats, although you can do two coat if you don't mind it being a little see through at the tips.

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Picture taken outdoors in shade
Oober is a multichrome that moves through green, red and copper.  This polish is perfect for Winter/Autumn.  The colour shift is great and the formula is easy to use.  I used three coats for my swatch, however you can get away with two coats.
 
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Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade
The Subsect is a green holo that flashes silver and moves to a deeper richer green.  The formula is amazing (you can get away with one coat) and the colour is beautiful.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Picture taken in direct sunlight
Vale Richard is a rich red holo with gold flecks throughout.  I think this polish would look amazing on short nails (I don't it looks bad on long nails).  The formula is awesome and is opaque in two coats.

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Picture taken in direct sunlight
Yes, Purple! has a purple jelly base with micro glitter in both holo and metallic in shades of pink, purple, gold and copper.  Is it going to surprise you if I say that I am a huge fan of this one?  The formula is great and easy to use, plus the colour and glitters are really pretty and so sparkly.  I used three coats for my swatch.
 
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Picture taken in direct sunlight
Seriously loving the polishes in this collection.  I think they are stunning and the formulas are all really good.  My absolute favourite would have to be Get A Hooker, closely followed by The Subsect, Yes Purple! and Dodge Lancer.  It really is such a fantastic collection.  Which polishes are you loving?

The In Omnia Paratus Collection is being released on Saturday 22nd at 7pm on Grace-full Nail Polish's Australian site and at 7pm CST on the International site.