Uberchic Beauty Happy Christmas Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Friday, 16 November 2018


It's my daughter's birthday next week so I am currently focusing on that (and her birthday party) but I can't wait to switch into Christmas mode.  I love Christmas and I think that this year is going to be an awesome Christmas.  To help get your nails into the festive spirit Uberchic have released a new Christmas inspired stamping plate called Happy Christmas.  Of course, I have this to share with you today.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
A few years ago I use to do holly with one stamping colour (usually green) and then had to go over the top of the berries in red with either a dotting tool or gems.  If only this image was around for me back then.  Naturally I had to use this image first.  To jazz it up a little I used the Ho-Ho-Ho image as my background.  These look so much better in person than they do in my pic.  Polishes used are Emily de Molly Bright Retreat, Powder Perfect Metallic Green and Golden stamping polishes and Hit The Bottle Drop Red Gorgeous.


I love this next image and I just had to use it.  Originally I had planned on colouring the image in, however I have some new polishes from Grace-full Nail Polish that are being released soon that were screaming to be played with and who am I to say no to pretty polishes?  I love that they take this image away from a traditional Christmas image and becomes a little more summery.  It's an Australian Christmas (because Christmas is in summer here in Australia).  Polishes used are Grace-full Nail Polish Fairy Floss Cupcake, Hawaiian Punch, Lavender Tea and Watermelon Sorbet and stamped with Hit The Bottle Snowed In.


There are some really great Christmas designs on this plate.  I do like a lot of the single images but I honestly don't tend to go for these types of images on my nails so I'm not sure I will get a lot of use out of those.  I am looking forward to playing with the two full sized snow flake images though.  They look so pretty.  And the light images, and the gingerbread men....ok so I really like all of the full sized images.

The Happy Christmas Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Emily de Molly October Limited Edition Polishes - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 14 November 2018


As you may be aware Emily de Molly releases a few limited edition polishes each month (or most months).  October she released some really gorgeous looking polishes that I just had to have.  Now that I have them and have swatched them I thought I should share them with you guys.  That being said I am not sure if they are still available or not (and I am being too lazy to actually look them up - sorry).  Anyway, let's take a look at these polishes shall we?


LE 110 is a dark purple holo.  Yes this is a simple polish but OMG!  It is absolutely stunning!  I love it!  The formula is awesome - you can easily get away with one coat.  I did use two coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
LE 111 is a dark green with a gold to green magnetic effect and pale blue shimmers.  I think this is such a great colour.  I personally prefer it without the magnet - not that there is anything wrong with the magnetic effect, I just like the green before hand.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.  I should point out that I didn't use top coat over the magnetic effect. 

Picture taken in light box (no magnet)

Picture taken in light box (no magnet)

Picture taken in light box (with magnet - no top coat)

Picture taken in light box (with magnet - no top coat)
LE 112 is a dark purple with blue foil shimmer and orange iridescent flakes.  I quite like this one.  It's not over the crazy, but it's not simple either.  I don't think I had quite the right lighting to show off this polish off properly.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in overcast sunlight

Picture taken in overcast sunlight
LE 113 is a pale lilac with iridescent glitters, flakes and gold glitter.  This is another really gorgeous polish.  I wish there was some sunshine when I wore this one because it's really pretty in direct light.  The formula was great and easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box
I'm a huge fan of these limited edition polishes and I have zero regrets for getting them.  My personal favourites would definitely be LE110 and LE113.

Lina Nail Art Supplies All About Love 02 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 12 November 2018


Don't you just love when you are sorting through computer files and you discover swatches of a stamping plate that you have never actually posted a review of?  Or has that only happened to me?  I have had Lina Nail Art Supplies' All About Love 02 stamping plate since February/March this year and I have only just realised that I haven't posted it yet.  I'm really not sure why.  I am going to guess that I have just bumped the post for other new things that have come in and then I must have just forgotten about it....until now.  

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
Now a couple of these manis I did a little while ago so you may have already seen them.  Sorry but I thought it would be good to still do an actual review of this plate.

This first mani I did as part of the 31DC2018 challenge (wow that feels like it was so long ago now but really it's just over a month).  Anyway, for this mani I used China Glaze Haute Blooded and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


The second mani I did using this plate also happened to be for the 31DC2018.  I didn't even realize that I used the same plate twice in that challenge.  For this mani I used China Glaze You're Too Sweet (over OPI Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon) and stamped using Hit The Bottle Snowed In.  This mani looked better in person than it does it pictures.

I think this is a nice plate for Valentine's manis but for the most part I can't really see myself grabbing for it a lot.  It does pick up and transfer well.  Have you picked up this plate?

Grace-full Nail Polish Hella Handmade Creations November 2018 - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 11 November 2018


It's Hella Handmade Creations time again!   This will be my last HHC post for 2018!  Why you may be wondering?  I rarely buy polishes from the Hella Handmade Creations group and with the combination of my daughter's birthday and Christmas funds are a little tight which means I will be very limited in what polishes I can buy.  With all that being said, I have this month's polish from Grace-full Nail Polish.  This will be Grace-full's last polish for HHC for 2018 as well (yet another reason why this will be my last HHC post for 2018).

Paradise Island is a red linear holographic with gold shimmer.  This polish is inspired by Wonder Woman.  If you don't already know, I am not really a fan of red nails.  This one I will make an exception for.  It's a gorgeous colour!  Plus the formula is awesome - it's super close to being a one coater.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in lightbox

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
If you are a red fan or even just looking for a nice red polish for Christmas then I definitely recommend this one.

Paradise Island will be available for presale on November 14th until November 21st from Hella Handmade Creations. This polish is capped to 80 bottles so you will need to be quick to grab yourself a bottle.

Uberchic Beauty Moroccan Delight Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Friday, 9 November 2018


Uberchic are smashing out some awesome plates at the moment and I couldn't be happier.  Earlier this week I shared with you the new Art Deco Flair plate (you can find that post here if you missed it) and today I have my favourite of the two new plates - Moroccan Delight.  Now don't get me wrong I love the Art Deco Flair plate but if I could only pick one of the plates this would definitely be my pick.  Let's take a look at it shall we?

Image from Uberchic Beauty
Some times when I look at a plate I gravitate towards a couple of images, this plate however I didn't.  I want to use ALL the images!  Because I didn't have any image in mind to use first I didn't have a mani in mind.  Instead I decided to grab some polishes (I went for blues and oranges) and this is what I ended up with.  I love this mani!  Polishes used are Emily de Molly Bright Retreat, China Glaze Athlete Chic, More To Explore. Water-Falling In Love, Wait N' Sea and UV Meant To Be.  Stamping polish is Hit The Bottle Snowed In.


This next mani is another mani that I love!  Again, I struggled to decide what image to use before I started this mani.  For this mani I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Fluffykins, Peachie Poo, Bon Bon, Cutie Patootie, Little Duckling and Bunny Foo-Foo, and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


I'm not sure there are any other ways that I can say that I love this plate!  It's hands down one of my favourite Uberchic plates that I have....that is a big call.  I have a lot of Uberchic plates.  I'm confident that this plate will end up in my favourites at the end of the year.  What do you think of this plate?

The Moroccan Delight Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Uberchic Beauty Art Deco Flair Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 7 November 2018


Hello!  Long time no chat.  Well at least it seems like it's been a long time.  It's been a bit of a crazy start to this month (and there really is no signs of it slowing down....for the rest of the year!) so nails have had to take a little bit of a back sit.  But never fear, I am still here and posting.  There may just be some slightly longer gaps in between my posts.  Anyway, today I have my swatches and review of the new Uberchic Beauty Art Deco Flair Stamping Plate to share with you.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
For some strange reason I automatically started thinking about black and gold nails looking at this plate.  No idea why but I absolutely love how these turned out.  Can we just talk about how perfectly this image stamped?  For my base I used China Glaze Merry Whatever and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


This next mani didn't quite turn out how I was hoping.  It definitely looked much better in my head.  If you take away the colour - this image is super cool in black and white.  I seriously love it and am planning on doing it as a full mani soon.  Polishes used for this mani are Emily de Molly Bright Retreat, Color Club Hello Sunshine, Darling Clementine, Flushed and Tube Top, and stamped using Powder Perfect Black Stamping Polish.


I love this plate!  I think there are so many really cool designs on it and I am really excited to keep playing with it some more.  

The Art Deco Flair Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.


China Glaze The Grinch Collection - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 3 November 2018


Hello weekend!  I don't know about you guys but I am happy that the weekend is here.  That being said the weekends seem to be popping up really quickly at the moment.  I guess that is just what happens this time of year.  Soon it will be school holidays and then Christmas!  Speaking of Christmas.  Today I have the new Holiday Collection from China Glaze - The Grinch Collection to share with you.


Deliciously Wicked is a blue pearl base with silver holographic glitter.  I am on the fence with this one.  When I first put it on I really didn't like it but then over time it grew on me.  I think it's the pearl blue base that throws me off.  It is very sparkly polish which I like especially for the festive season ahead.  The formula is on the sheer side and this polish is an absolute pain to remove.  It's definitely one of the most difficult glitter polishes I have removed in some time.  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

Grinchworthy is a green shimmer.  This polish is soooo sparkly.  I only swatched this at night so I can only imagine how sparkly it will be in the sunlight.  Anyway, I am not much of a green fan but I quite like this one!  The formula is good and appeals evenly.  You can stop at two coats, however it seemed to be a little see through at the tips for me so I used three coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Ho! Ho! No is a red base with golden glitter throughout.  When I think Christmas polishes my thoughts always go straight to red and gold polishes.  The formula of this one is great.  It's easy to use and is opaque in two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Lukewarm Wishes is described as a white blue shimmer.  As you can imagine this polish is quite sheer.  I don't think I could ever get it opaque enough for my liking (I imagine you will still see a visible nail line at three coats).  As a topper though, I love this polish!  I think it would look so pretty of different colours.  I am definitely looking forward to playing around with it some more.  For my swatch I used one coat over black.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Merry Whatever is a champagne gold glitter.  This one is quite sheer.  I would definitely use it over a base colour next time.  The formula is easy to use but I did find it is slow drying.  I used three coats for my swatch, however it still has a slight visible nail line.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Resting Grinch Face is described as a multi green and red glitter.  To me it looks like it's blue, green and gold (and maybe a little bit of silver - or maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me).  Whatever the colour mix is I really like this glitter.  I assumed that this polish was going to be very base heavy so I used it over a black base.  I was very pleasant surprised at the glitter pay off.  This polish could probably be opaque in three coats.  I used one coat for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Who Wonder is described as a hot pink shimmer.  Naturally I love this polish.  The colour is gorgeous and the formula is great.  I used two coats for my swatch but I kinda question if I should have done a third coat.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
You're A Mean One is described as a purple shimmer.  Love this polish too.  It's perfect for the cooler weather (which we aren't having at the moment).  The formula is fantastic and is opaque in two coats.

Picture taken in light box
Overall, I am a big fan of this collection.  I think there is such a good mix of colours and finishes.  I also love that the polishes don't necessarily scream Christmas which means they can be worn all year round.  My personal picks from this collection are Who Wonder, You're A Mean One, Lukewarm Wishes and Resting Grinch Face.