SCOUT Cosmetics Mixed Swatches & Review

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Recently I was contacted by SCOUT Cosmetics (that's how they write their name - I promise I am not yelling at you) to see if I would like to try out some of their nail polishes.  I had never heard of SCOUT Cosmetics so naturally I was curious and said yes.  I have two of their polishes to share with you today. 

Now before I get into my swatches I thought I would share a little bit about the brand, in case you haven't heard of them (which was me a few weeks ago).  SCOUT Cosmetics is an Australian eco-lux beauty brand with a range of Vegan cosmetics including Certified Organic Superfood skincare, mineral makeup and Superfood Nail Polish.  The polishes are marketed as "breathable and water permeable" and have a vitamin-active formula.  I'm not entirely sure what is added into these polishes (they do have essential oils in them) but I can't stand the smell/scent of these.  I ended up with a massive headache after wearing one of the shades for 24 hours.

Invisible Touch is a nude creme.  The formula of this one is really easy to use and it applies evenly.  I'm not really 100% sure that this nude suits me or not.  For my swatch I used two coats.   

Losing My Religion is a green metallic with a slight blue shift.  This is quite a mermaid-esque polish.  It is quite pretty.  The formula of this one again is really easy to use and applies evenly.  I used two coats for my swatch, but having seeing it in day light I should have added at least one more coat as it was quite sheer at the tips.

Overall thoughts?  I'm going to have to say that I am not a fan.  Yes the colours are good (there are more shades available on their website) and the formulas are easy to use, the smell of them its what wrecks it for me.  I am not a fan of the smell at all, and to end up with a massive headache from wearing a nail polish?  No thank you.  What are your thoughts on scented polishes?  Love them?  Hate them?  Let me know.

These polishes are available from SCOUT Cosmetics

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Dream Scene Shade Extension - Swatches & Review

Friday, 23 March 2018

It has been quite some time since I have had the chance to play with some new Xtreme Wear polishes from Sally Hansen.  They have just released some new polishes for the Dream Scene Collection.  I am not entirely sure what other polishes are part of this collection or if any of them are limited edition.  I do know that there are six new shades which I will be sharing with you today.

Camel-ot is a camel creme with a very, very subtle shimmer.   The formula of this one is on the sheer side and applies a little unevenly.  I needed three coats to even it out.

Day Cream is a pink toned white creme.  The one again, is on the sheer side and applies unevenly.  I do like the colour though - it makes for a nice fresh mani.  For my swatch I used three coats, however it could do with at least another coat as it is still a little uneven (you can notice this more in person than in my picture).

Drop The Beat is a plum creme.  This is definitely my favourite from this collection.  It's such a great shade for the cooler months.  The formula is great - and it's close to being a one coater.  I used two coats for my swatch.

On Cloud Shine is a pearl pink.  This one is really sheer.  I don't think that it would be possible to make it opaque on the nails.  I used one coat over Day Cream.

Red-ical Rockstar is a bright red crelly.  Reds really aren't my favourites.  The formula is easy to use, however it is a little sheer.  My swatch shows two coats.

Rock My Way is a brown creme.  This one has a nice even formula.  My swatch shows two coats.

I found this collection quite disappointing for a couple of reason.  Firstly, the press release that I saw made them look a lot different than what they actually are.  The second (and probably the thing that disappointed me most) was the formulas.  With the exception of Drop The Beat and Rock My Way, the formulas are unevenly and sheer.  I always thought that the Xtreme Wear polishes had great formulas - they applied evenly and were opaque in two coats maximum.  Well, that is my experience with them anyway.  

What do you think of this collection?

Dance Legend Step Winter 2018 (Part) Collection - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Today I have two new polishes from Dance Legend to share with you.  These polishes are from the Step range's Winter Collection and are both sparkly and such gorgeous colours.  I'm really not sure what else I can say at this point.  Let's just jump straight into the swatches!

LE02 is described as a blue base and blue shimmer with a purple shift.  I think that this is a really pretty colour but the formula is really sheer.  It is also quite slow drying.  Next time I use this I would definitely wear it over a base colour.  My swatch shows three coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
LE03 is described as a bright pink jelly base with sparkling gold-pink duochrome shimmer.  Super pretty colour but formula wise it is quite sheer (but not as sheer as the shade above).  It is also quite slow drying.  For my swatch I used three coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
I think that these are both really pretty shades, but I did find their sheerness and dry time a little disappointing.  I definitely think they would be better with a base colour.

These Dance Legend polishes are available from Dance Legend (with international shipping).

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Uberchic Beauty Collection Twenty Four Stamping Plates - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

It really feels like only last week that I was shocked that Uberchic had released fourteen collections of stamping plates.  Fourteen is a lot of stamping collections!  Well, I am equally as shocked that there are now twenty four collections!  Can you believe it?  Twenty four collections?!  That is a whole lot of stamping goodness!   Anyway, today I have my swatches and review of the newest collection.

Image from Uberchic
There are a lot of really awesome images on this first plate.  I really had some trouble deciding what I should use first (yes I know I have issues making decisions when it comes to nails....and picking favourites but that's really a whole other thing).

Image from Uberchic
For my first mani using this plate I couldn't go past the image in the top left corner.  I think it is so striking.  I used it in a simple mani, however I think it would also look really pretty over a multicoloured base.  For this mani I used OPI Mod About You and stamped using Bundle Monster Kandi Spirit.

Another simple mani using this plate but one that I really love.  I love how the flakies just pop through the image and gives it a different look than a plain creme polish.  For my base I used Emily de Molly LE88 (over Emily de Molly Monty Cora) and stamped using Hit The Bottle As Black As Night.

This plate isn't a favourite of mine but I am a huge fan of those striped images on the left hand side of this plate.  I think they are great for layering (as you will see in a minute).  I also think the image in the top left corner is quite cool as well.

Image from Uberchic
Layering images are still proving to be quite a challenge for me but I tried a different way of stamping on my index nail which definitely worked.  I have yet to test this 'technique' since that nail to see if it was just a fluke or not.  I will report back if I have found a technique that works.  Anyway, for my base I used Emily de Molly LE85 and stamped using black and white stamping polishes.

Now these are the images I was referring to earlier when I said they were great for layering.  Of course you don't need to layer them.  They look really great on their own as well.  For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and stamped using Hit The Bottle's I Pink, Therefore I Am.

I love the combination of neon pink, black and white.  The black stamping polish is Hit The Bottle As Black As Night.

I'm a really big fan of this last plate.  I think there is such a great mix of designs - plus they are all types of designs that I like.

Image from Uberchic
When I was swatching the latest China Glaze Collection I fell in love with Glamletics that I didn't want to take it off.  Best way to get extra use out of a polish?  Add stamping so it looks like a different mani.  I love this simple design.

This mani is definitely going into my favourite manis at the end of this month.  I love the image with the gradient.  Polishes used are Grace-full Nail Polish Divine Ametrine, By Any Other Name and Kissed By A Rose Quartz.

I think I say this about most Uberchic stamping plates but I am a really big fan of this collection.  There are some really amazing designs that all stamp beautifully.  What do you think of this collection?  Have you grabbed it already?

Collection Twenty Four Stamping Plates are available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Grace-full Nail Polish Pruglies Collection - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Grace-full Nail Polish have been busy with their creme polishes lately and I am not complaining!  As much as I love my sparkly pretties (and all the other types of polishes) cremes would have to be my go to polishes.  They are easy to remove and work perfectly for nail art.  Grace-full have added some more cremes to their range.  There is the new Fan Group Selection Collection (which I swatched and reviewed in yesterday's post) and the Pruglies Collection, which I have for you today.  In case you have no idea what "prugly" means - it means pretty ugly.

Brick Your Heels is an orange based red creme.  I'm not normally one for red shades, but there is something about this one that I actually like.  I was quite surprised, especially once I had it on my nails.  I honestly didn't think that I would.  The formula is fantastic and applies evenly.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Mustard Been Love is a mustard creme.  Personally this is not my type of shade.  That being said, I think that this would be a great shade in some autumn/fall nail art.  The formula is easy to use, but it does apply a little unevenly on the first coat.  My swatch shows two coats.

Teal Or No Teal is a teal creme.  In true teal style, this polish doesn't photograph 100% accurately (or maybe it depends on you screen).  On my screens this polish looks a little more blue than it does in person.  I really like this one.  It's definitely not what I would class as an 'ugly' shade.  The formula is fantastic and is opaque in two coats.

Under My Marsala is a marsala creme - a brown based burgundy.  I am a really big fan of this one.  I think it may even be my favourite in this collection.  The formula is awesome - you could get away with using only one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

I honestly went into swatching this collection thinking that I wouldn't really like it, but I am so surprised how much I do like these polishes once they are on the nails.  I can see me using this for a lot of Autumn/Fall nail art.  I think they will work well together.  What do you think of the Pruglies Collection?

The Pruglies Collection is available now from Grace-full Nail Polish.

Grace-full Nail Polish Fan Group Selection Collection - Swatches & Review

Monday, 19 March 2018

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Grace-full Nail Polish make some of the best cremes!  Not only are the colours gorgeous but the formulas are also amazing.  Anyway, I am skipping ahead of myself here, let's rewind for a second.  Late last year the Grace-full Facebook Group (you can join here if you aren't already a member) were asked to pick some colour schemes for Theresa to make into a creme collection.  There were some stunning colour combinations and the fan group voted for their favourite (they also named these shades).  Fast forward to today and we have the new Fan Group Selection Collection!

By Any Other Name is a dusty rose creme with grey undertones.  Stunning colour and the formula applies really evenly.  You could probably get away with one coat.  For my swatch I used two coats.

Calm Life is a light blue creme with grey undertones.  This isn't my type of blue for a full mani, but it will be perfect for nail art for me.  Again, the formula is fantastic.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Dark And Twisty is a deep blurple creme leaning more into the navy than purple.  Big fan of this one.  It really does look blue in some lights, and leans more purple in others (which makes it fun for me when I try and put the bottle away - does it go with the blues or the purples?  Lol).  This one is so opaque and even that you can easily get away with one coat.  My swatch shows two coats.

Divine Ametrine is a medium purple creme with grey undertones.  This is actually the first one I wore in this collection.  Stunning colour, with an awesome formula (you could get away with one coat).  I used two coats for my swatch.

Kissed By A Rose Quartz is a light baby pink creme with blush undertones.  Love this one too!  I really am such a sucker for pinks.  The formula is fantastic for such a light shade.  It does apply slightly unevenly on the first coat, however it does even on more on the second.  I used two coats for my swatch, however I do question if it needs a third.  I don't know if it was just my eyes playing tricks on me or not, but it looked very slightly uneven still on a couple of nails.

I love this collection.  The colours are right up my alley, and the formulas are fantastic.  I can't fault it.  If I had to pick my favourites out of this collection  I would have to say Kissed By A Rose Quartz, Divine Ametrine and By Any Other Name.

The Fan Group Selection Collection is available now from Grace-full Nail Polish's Australian site.

Stay tuned for tomorrow because I will have my swatches and review of Grace-full's Pruglies Collection.