Hit The Bottle I Like To Mauve It, Mauve It 2.0 Stamping Polish - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 21 May 2019


Hit The Bottle have recently added some updated versions of their stamping polishes.  I have previously shown you Magenta At Your Own Risk 2.0 (you can see my swatches and review of this polish here) and today I have I Like To Mauve It, Mauve It.

I Like To Mauve It, Mauve It is a pale mauve with a shimmer finish.  This polish is gorgeous and stamps perfectly.  My only complaint (and it's the same complaint that I have with all metallic like stamping polishes) is that is doesn't photograph as good as it looks in person.  If you are are lover of purple then this is a must in your stamping collection.  For my swatch I used Uberchic Radiate Love.






I wish you guys could see this in person.  It really is so beautiful.

I Like To Mauve It, Mauve It is available now from Hit The Bottle.

China Glaze x Sesame Street You Do Hue Collection - Swatches & Review

Monday, 20 May 2019


China Glaze recently released a nude collection (the Body & Sol Collection - you can find my swatches and review of this collection here) but I was super excited to see that not long after China Glaze have released a collection full of colour!  This twelve piece collection is made in collaboration with Sesame Street and is called You Do Hue Collection.  Each of the bottles in this collection comes with a printed lid with a few of the different Sesame Street characters.  I do like when brands switch up their lids sometimes - it makes them stand out in my drawers.  Anyway, enough about the lids , let's talk about the polish because that is the most important thing.


Ah Ah Ah-mazing is a silver lilac metallic which is also kinda pearly.  I really liked the looks of this in the bottle but I hate it on the nails.  It is brush stroke city and just looks horrible.  My camera/lighting does make this look a lot more even than it looks in person.  If this colour was a creme polish then I would get on board with it.  The formula is easy to use and it is opaque in two coats.

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Beak On Fleek! is a matte yellow.  I'm not a fan of this one either.  The formula is patchy and streaky, and just a bit of a pain to work with.  There are matte polishes that are a lot worse than this but there are also heaps that are a million times better.  I think if you are looking for matte yellow nails I would say use a regular yellow and a matte top coat.  You will get a better result.  For my swatch I used three coats, but as you can tell it's still a little uneven and needs another coat or two.

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Dat Color Dough is a blue and silver microglitter in a clear base.  I think this one is really pretty and sparkly (as you would expect from a glitter polish).  As it is in a clear base it is sheer and requires some layering.  It is quite glitter packed so it does build up to be close to opaque in three coats (which is what I used for my swatch) but you can just sponge it on if you want to build it up quicker.

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Ernie Your Stripes is an orange with a strong gold shimmer.  This one is really sheer and reminds me a little of a Zoya polish (I can't remember the name of it).  I personally think that this one would benefit from a base colour of some kind.  I used three coats for my swatch but there is still a slight visible nail line.

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Free To Be Sesame is a green jelly with green and holographic microglitters.  I love this one!  I think it is a gorgeous colour and so sparkly.  The formula is great and easy to use.  You can stop at two coats if you don't mind it being a little see through at the tips, however I used three coats for my swatch.  I should also point out that this one does look a little more holo in person than in my pictures.

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Fur Real Though is a hot pink jelly.  I really wished that this polish was more opaque than what it is.  The colour is really pretty.  I would definitely wear it again but with a white base.  The formula is easy to use and applies evenly.  I used three coats for my swatch, but it still has a visible nail line and needs at least another coat or two to cover that.

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Grover It is a navy blue jelly with microglitters in blue and holographic.  I love this one as well.  It's gorgeous.  The formula is easy to use, but does drag a little.  You can stop at two coats, however I used three coats for my swatch.  This one is more holographic than it looks in my pictures.  My camera didn't want to pick up the holo properly.

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I Believe In Snuffy is a peachy pearly/shimmer.  I'm really not 100% sure how to describe this one.  I'm not a fan of this one.  It is sheer and has visible brush strokes.  I used three coats for my swatch, however it does need at least another one or two coats.

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I Count Even... is a bright purple sheer tint.  I absolutely love the colour of this one but I really wish it was a creme or at least a jelly that the colour could build up.  Sadly, it's not.  But I don't mind it over a white base.  The formula is easy to use and applies evenly.  I used two coats on my ring and pinkie nails, and one coat on my middle and index nails.  As you can tell there isn't much difference in colour between these because there isn't much pigment in this polish.

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Living In The Elmo-ment is a red crelly with silver holographic glitters.  I'm neither here nor there with this one.  It's not bad but it's far from being a favourite.  The formula is easy to use and applies evenly.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Monster Piece is a pink with holographic flakes.  I love this one!  The colour is gorgeous and it is so sparkly.  It is a little on the sheer side but it easy to use.  My swatch shows three coats.

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Trash Can-do Attitude is a metallic green with a golden sheen.  I think this in an ok polish.  I don't love it, but I don't hate it.    The formula is easy to use but it does leave visible brush strokes (these definitely aren't as bad as some of the other polishes in this collection).  It is a little on the sheer side and needed three coats to get rid of the visible nails.

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I really had such high hopes for this collection but now that I have swatched them I'm really not sure.  There are a few polishes I like but then there are quite a few that I don't like at all.  I feel like that is a rare thing for me when it comes to China Glaze.  Normally I am a huge fan.  Anyway, my personal picks would have to be Monster Piece, Grover It and Free To Be Sesame.

What do you think of the China Glaze x Sesame Street Collection?  Will you be picking up any of the shades?


Anna Gorelova By Dance Legend OWL In Love 2019 Collection - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 19 May 2019


Today I have some more of the Dance Legend polishes I was sent to swatch and review - this time I have three polishes from Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend OWL In Love 2019 Collection.  Now I thought that this collection had more polishes in it but looking in to it now it appears there are only three polishes.  Each of these polishes are gorgeous!


If is described as a a sky blue with a slight green tinge and a touch of grey that gives it a muted look, and it filled with a soft pearly blue glow and a scattering of holographic sparks.  I love this one!  It is is even better in person.  I think the colour is gorgeous as well as that sheen and the holo.  The formula is a little patchy and sheer on the first coat.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Or is described as a reddish pink jelly base with a copper sheen and fine holographic particles.  I'm a huge fan of this one!  It's a great colour with an amazing shift.  The formula is easy to use and applies evenly.  I used three coats for my swatch, however you can stop at two coats.  I just found them a little too see through at the tips for my personal taste.

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When is described as a purple base that is filled with holographic flakes, pink micro shimmer and larger greenish blue and raspberry red particles.  I also love this on!  The colour is gorgeous and the formula is fantastic.  My swatch shows two coats.

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I love this collection!  I think all of the polishes are gorgeous!

The OWL In Love 2019 Collection is available now from Dance Legend.

Gelicious Nail Co Starter Kit featuring Lavender Cupcake - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 18 May 2019


If you have followed me for quite some time (or even just a little) then you will know that I always use regular polish but what you may not know is that I have been eyeing off a lot of gel products of late.  One of the things that turns me off gel polish is the removal process.  I recently received an email from Gelicious Nail Co asking if I would like to swatch and review one of their starter kits that includes a peel off gel base & top coat.  That in itself was enough to get me to say yes!  Plus Gelicious Nail Co have some gorgeous colours in their range.  Today I have one polish to share with you which I received as part of their starter kit.

Before I go into the actual polish lets talk about what is in the starter kit.  The starter kit comes with a UV LED nail lamp (which is shaped as a heart - super cute), a peel off gel base & top coat, nail file, lint free alcoholic wipes, and of course a Gelicious nail colour.  I chose Lavender Cupcake for my colour.  I am a big fan of the packaging that this starter kit comes in.  While my box did get a little squashed in the mail it still is great for storage and to keep all the gel goodies together.
    





Lavender Cupcake is a lavender creme.  The formula of this is surprisingly easy to use.  It's thick enough that it doesn't run all over the place, but not so thick that it is tricky to use.  It does apply a little bit streaky on the first coat, but evens out on the second.  The colour is absolutely gorgeous. 



I was ready to jump on board with the whole gel thing....right until it came to removal.  The removal of these is relatively easy.  It says to just soak your nails in warm water for 2-3 minutes.  It also says that they can be removed in the shower which got me intrigued.  If the gels can be removed in the shower how are they going to last for 10-14 days?  I obviously didn't wear these for 10 days but I did wear them for two days.  Where I accidentally had some of the top coat run into my cuticles I did notice that those parts did lift (without any water) quite easily within the first few hours.  Other than that, they didn't move at all.  Until I had a shower and washed my hair.  None of the polish flicked off while in the shower (which I thought had a chance of doing) and needed a fair bit of convincing (ie force) to be lifted off after the shower.  Most of the nails did come off in one piece, while a couple came off in a couple of pieces.

The biggest disappointment for me was the damage the gels have done to my nails.  I don't have peeling nails normally (in fact, the only time I have experienced peeling nails is when I used another gel brand) but I peeled off the gel and discovered that every single nail is now peeling and dried out.  I was hoping that it was just excess base that was still on there but nope - my nails are now in a bad way.  Luckily for me my nails grow relatively quickly so hopefully my healthy strong peel-free nails will be back soon.  Until then, they will be needing a lot of TLC.

Not that it needs to be said but my review is obviously just my opinion and my personal experience.  If it helps I have seen someone post in one of the Facebook groups I am saying that they had tried Gelicious polish (without their Peel Off Base & Top Coat) and had minimal damage.  But in the same post someone comment that they used the Peel Off Base & Top Coat (like what I did) and had the same experience as I did - although she said she had troubles getting hers to remove in one piece.  Definitely had damage to her nails like I did.

I think that is all I can say.  Whether this is a product you want to try or not, that is up to you.

The Gelicious Starter Kit is available from Gelicious Nail Co.

Have you tried Gel polish?  What has been your experience?
 

The Digit-al Dozen Does Colours - Day Five

Friday, 17 May 2019


This week's Digit-al Dozen Does Colours has been full of Moyra products and I thought I may as well end the week with more Moyra.  The main reason I made a purchase from Moyra was because of the foil stamping polish.  I have a heap of foils that I don't use so I thought having a stamping polish that worked for foils would help me use them.  There is definitely a learning curve with these that's for sure.  

For my base I used Essie Saltwater Happy, Mint Candy Apple, Saved By The Belle and Baguette Me Not.  Stamping was done using Moyra's Silver Foil Stamping Polish and their Magic Foil in Silver.  Image is from Moyra's Nature stamping plate.




While this mani is far from perfect, I do love how shiny the foil is.  I definitely need to practice some more with these and hopefully perfect it.  Foil stamping is awesome!

I hope you guys have enjoyed this week's Digit-al Dozen Does Colours as much as I have.



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The Digit-al Dozen Does Colours - Day Four

Thursday, 16 May 2019


I can't believe that there are only two more days left of the Digit-al Dozen Does Colours.  This week has certainly gone quick.  Possibly because I like this weeks theme.  It definitely has  helped me get my nail art mojo back....a bit.  

Today's mani isn't at all what I had planned on doing.  My original plan was to do gradient stamping but I couldn't for the life of me getting the image to pick up properly with the gradient....so I decided to do a gradient background instead.  For my base I used Colour Alike B. A Yellow Glow, B. A Green Light and B. A Cobalt Kick and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Image is from Moyra's Aboriginal stamping plate.




While this mani isn't what I first thought it would be, I really like the end result.

I'm excited for tomorrow's mani because I am going to be trying something I have never done before.  Fingers crossed that it turns out ok.  See you tomorrow.



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