31DC2018 Inspired By A Colour & Uberchic Dual Ended Puff & Stamper Review

Friday, 21 September 2018

Today is officially the last day of the school term which means school holidays!  I'm excited for the school holidays but also a little nervous about how I am going to get through the rest of this challenge.  But I am determined to get through it.  Anyway, not only is today that last day of school but today also marks the first day of the final section of the 31DC2018 challenge!  Woohoo!  This part of the challenge is definitely the hardest for me, but they don't call it a challenge for nothing do they?  Today's theme is Inspired By A Colour which I am also combining with a review of Uberchic's new Dual Ended Puff & Stamper.

Over the years for the 'inspired by a colour' theme I believe I usually grab pinks or purples.  Today I thought I would mix it up and use some oranges/corals.  For my base I used China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Thistle Do Nicely and Color Club Hot-Hot-Hot Pants and the Uberchic Dual Ended Puff & Stamper.  Stamping image is from Uberchic Got Chevron 02.

Now let's take a closer look at the Dual Ended Puff And Stamper.  This is exactly what it says it is.  On one end you have a sponge and the other end has a stamper.  It also comes in a sturdy case to help keep it clean and dust free.

For the mani above I used both sides of this tool to get it a real good test.  One thing that I noticed (and to be honest don't really like) is how small each of the ends are of this tool.  I have been told that the sponge end can be used for things like a gradient, however I am not sure how well this would work.  The sponge doesn't cover much surface area.  I found doing my design that I needed to more the sponge around a lot to get the colour all over then nail, which then in turn blended the colours together more.  It's kinda hard to tell with my picture because I used neons which of course my camera washed out.  On the plus side, the sponge doesn't have bits come off it like a make up sponge does so it gives it a smoother finish.  The sponge can be cleaned using 100% acetone.

The stamper is definitely only designed to be used with single images and not full sized designs.  As you know, individual images aren't really my thing so that kinda makes it a little tricker for me.  I also found that positioning the image was a little challenging (as you can see on my ring nail).  This could be because I am use to using a transparent stamper.

I think that covers everything about the Dual Ended Puff & Stamper.  I don't think that it's a bad tool, it does work well.  I just don't think this is necessarily the right tool for me.

The Dual Ended Puff & Stamper is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Like always, be sure to check out the other manis from the 31DC2018.  While I haven't had the chance to comment on everyone's blog posts I definitely have been looking. 

31DC2018 Water Marble

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Yesterday I was talking about how there is some types of nail art that I like and others that I don't.  Water marble definitely is one technique that I hate!  I can't water marble to save myself.  Stamping on the other hand, I love!  I am very lucky that there are many brands that have made water marble stamping designs.  So while today's 31DC2018 theme is water marble I am cheating and stamping.

There is something about this water marble design from What's Up Nails B002 that gives me oil slick vibes.  So I had to break out some multichrome!   For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence and stamped using Colour Alike B A Lagoon.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in shade

This mani has so many more colour shifts in it.  I love this!  I definitely need to wear more multichrome polishes. 

OPI Peru Collection - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

OPI have recently released their Fall/Winter collection - the Peru Collection.  This collection consists of twelve shades all with a creme finish.  I received the mini sized bottles to swatch and review.  I personally am not a huge fan of working with minis (I just find them more difficult to work with than full sized bottles).  That being said, the mini OPI brushes are quite wide (they are basically the same size as the neck of the bottle) so they weren't terrible for me to use.  You will also notice that I have posed with an OPI Infinite Shine Top Coat bottle.  I didn't use this top coat for my swatches but I can't pose nicely with the mini bottles.  Right, now that is all said, let's take a look at Peru Collection!

Alpaca My Bags is described as a blue-green creme.  I feel like this polish is a bit of an odd man out in this collection.  All the other polishes seem to be from the same colour family.  That being said, I do like this polish.  I think it's quite an interesting colour.  The formula is good and it is opaque in two coats.

Como Se Llama? is a burgundy creme.  I'm really not sure what I can say about this one.  I don't love it and I don't hate it.  The formula is great though!  It applies evenly and has a good colour payoff.  You could get away with one coat if you wanted.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Don't Toot My Flute is described as a lilac creme.  I love this one!  I think the colour is gorgeous.  The formula is ok.  It is easy enough to use, however it does apply unevenly on the first coat.  My swatch shows two coats.

Grandma Kissed A Gaucho is a purple creme.  I love this one too!  The colour is gorgeous!  The formula is a little strange.  It is quite sheer on the first coat, but builds up surprisingly well on the second coat.  For me personally, it was a little too see through at the tips on the second coat so I added a third coat to my swatch.  You can get away with two coats though.

I Love You Just Be-Cusco is a red creme.  Reds really aren't my colour (especially cremes) so this one doesn't really excite me.  The formula is great and opaque in two coats.

Lima Tell You About This Color! is a pink creme.  This is definitely up my alley, however the formula is terrible.  It's patchy and a bit tricky to work with.  I'm not sure if this is the case with full sized bottles as well or not, but the mini wasn't fun.  My swatch shows three coats.

Machu Peach-U is a light peachy nude creme.  This one is opaque enough to be a two coater, however it does apply really unevenly so I needed three coats for my swatch.

My Solar Clock Is Ticking is a burnt red creme.  I think this is an interesting shade.  I don't think I have anything quite like it in my collection.  The formula is great and it applies evenly.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Seven Wonders Of OPI is described as a mauve creme.  This is a nice colour.  I think it may look better on me if I had more of a tan though (bring on some sunshine!).  The formula is good and is opaque in two coats.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Mountains is described as a rosy creme.  I don't love this one, but I don't hate it either.  The formula is good and is opaque in two coats.

Suzi Will Quechua Later! is described as a rose tinted creme.  I think this is a pretty colour.  The formula is good and is opaque in two coats.

Yes, My Condor Can-Do! is a dark purple creme.  This is definitely a great colour for Autumn/Winter.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

I think this is quite an interesting collection.  It seems to stick to the same sort of colour families (pinks, reds, purples).  I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing though.  I personally love pinks and purples so I am ok with that, but I think if you are a lover of blues or greens then this collection is one to skip over.  If all of the formulas were more opaque, this collection would make for some great gradient manis.  My personal favourites would have to be Don't Toot My Flute and Grandma Kissed A Gaucho.  What do you think of this collection?

The Peru Collection is available now.

31DC2018 Galaxies

There are some types of nail art designs that I love, others I don't like and then there are the ones that I am so on the fence about.  Galaxy manis are one of those types of manis that I am on the fence about.  Sometimes I absolutely love them (mainly ones that I have seen on other people) and then other times I really don't like them.  Anyway, before doing today's galaxy mani I thought I would have a little look on Pinterest for some inspiration.  I saw this gradient by Hannah Rox It and had to copy it. 

For the gradient I used OPI I'll Have A Gin & Techtonic, Aurora Berry-Alis and Turn On The Northern Lights.  Stamping image is Bundle Monster BM-XL213 (fun fact - I used this exact image for this prompt last year).

I am really happy with how this mani turned out.  You can see the pink sparkles in the blue polish better in person but I couldn't capture it in my light box.

31DC2018 Half Moons

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Half Moon manis are among some of my least favourite manis to do.  I have seen some really good ones on Instagram and Pinterest etc but I hate them on my nails.  As you can imagine, I cringe each year having to do this prompt but every year I suck it up and do it.  Today's mani definitely came with it's own set of challenges.  My first attempt, my base wasn't dry enough and the vinyls pulled some of the base up (not completely but enough that it looked bad).  My second attempt I knocked a bunch of nails so had to start over....and then finally my third and final attempt!

For this mani I used China Glaze We Run This Beach and Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence.

Uberchic Beauty Halloween 04 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 17 September 2018

Halloween is just around the corner now!  Have you started thinking about your plans?  I am actually a little surprised that my daughter hasn't mentioned anything yet.  I think she is too distracted with her upcoming birthday (which isn't until November).  If you don't have any plans yet, there is no need to worry.  There is still time!  Plus Uberchic Beauty have got your nails covered with this year's Halloween 04 Stamping Plate.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
I don't think it is Halloween without me doing some sort of spider web mani.  I don't know why I like doing spider web manis so much, I don't like spiders or their webs in real life.  For this mani I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence for my base and stamped using Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.

Back in June I had a collaboration polish made with piCture pOlish.  Along with my polish there were five other shades that were released.  When I saw them altogether, I said to Debbie (@ladyandthe_stamp) that Royal (my shade) Eternal (Debbie's shade) and Fresh (a shade by @regina_arg) would make for some great Halloween nail art.  Well the time has come for the first nail art using those three shades!  Stamping polish is Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

I really like this stamping plate for a Halloween plate, but I am not sure I would say that this is my favourite that Uberchic have released.  For me, it probably has a few too many single images (which if you don't know aren't my favourite type to use).  That being said, there are some cool images that I think would make for some awesome nail art!

The Halloween 04 Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

31DC2018 Glitter

Today's 31DC2018 prompt is glitter.  I think that this is always such a fun prompt to do because it really can be interpreted in so many different ways.  I felt like something pink and sparkly.  Unfortunately for me, this mani isn't quite what I was going for.  While I think it is really pretty, I thought that the glitter was more opaque and more sparkly.  I must have got it mixed up with another polish (I do have a lot of pink glittery polishes).  This mani also doesn't photograph as nicely as it looks in person.  

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!

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight

I imagine there is going to be some pretty amazing glitter placement manis coming with this prompt.  I can't wait to see!