Lina Nail Art Supplies Let's Doodle 01 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


While my "to swatch" racks are filling up with polish again, I am happy to say that the pile of stamping plates has decreased quite significantly.  It feels like last week I was saying that I still had eight Lina Nail Art Supplies plates to swatch, but right this second there is only three (plus one more plate from another brand).  Super happy with that.  Today, I have the Let's Doodle 01 stamping plate to share with you.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
As soon as I swatched Orly's Velvet Kaleidoscope I know that I just had to stamp over it and this floral image was perfect!  I am such a huge fan of shifty polishes with stamping.  It always makes it look like you have put in more effort than you actually have.




For this next mani I wanted to go for something more colourful.  This image just screamed bright colours to me.  Or maybe I was just craving some bright colours.  Either way you look at it, I am super happy with this mani.  Polishes used are Zoya Juvia, Cana and Evergreen and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


It's no secret that I am a fan of floral images and this plate is full of florals!  I do find it a little odd that there isn't some other imagery on here likes swirls etc. because isn't that what people doodle?  Or is that just me?  I had no issues with how the images pick up or transfer.

The Let's Doodle 01 Stamping Plate is available now from Lina Nail Art Supplies.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics There & Back Again (Part) Collection - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


I'm back to swatching some more of the polishes I purchased last year.  I am determined to get them all swatched by the end of this year.  Sometimes it is a bit of a juggling between swatching the new things and swatching the "old" things but I am sure that I can get through them (although give me another month or two and I may be saying something different).  Anyway, one of the last collections that I purchased from Femme Fatale Cosmetics was the There & Back Collection.  I wasn't a fan of the entire collection so I only grabbed six of the eight polishes.


Heart Of The Mountain is a very pale silvery blue linear holo with fine ultra holo glitters and a very strong red-to-yellow flash.  This one is super sheer which is quite disappointing.  It looks so pretty in the bottle.  I used two coats over a white base.

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My Precious is a clear topper filled with golden glitters and strong pink shimmers.  Now this one is quite pretty.  The formula is easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats over China Glaze Truth Is Gold.

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The Last Great Fire-Drake has a strong plum-magenta jelly base, with turquoise flash and golden holo glitters.  I think this one is quite interesting and pretty.  The formula is easy enough to work with, but it is one the sheer side.  My swatch shows three coats and it is still see through at the tips on direct light.

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The Necromancer is a pink jelly with hints of purple tones and filled with cherry holo, blue shimmers and warm flakes.  This is definitely my favourite from the ones that I picked up.  I think the colour and glitters are stunning.  It is quite sheer.  As you can see in my pictures you can see through the tips as this polish doesn't offer full coverage.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Thief In The Shadows is a plum purple jelly with blue-to-pink shimmers and silver holographic glitters.  This one isn't overly exciting but it is nice.  The formula is easy to use.  You can get away with two coats, however it is still see through at the tips.  My swatch shows three coats.

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Wandering Wizard is a sheer based microglitter topper, full of holographic silvers with a hint of lavender, and a smattering of orange luminescence. This is probably my second favourite from the ones that I picked up.  I think it's really pretty and easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats over China Glaze Street Style Princess.

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Overall, I do like the polishes that I picked up but I am disappointed that they are quite sheer.  It's the biggest reason that I actually stopped purchasing polishes from Femme Fatale Cosmetics.  It was a huge decision to stop especially after collecting all of their polishes for so many years.  I am actually currently destashing a lot of Femme Fatale polishes so if you are interested in any please check out my blog sale.

Did you pick up any of the polishes from the There & Back Again Collection?

Clear Jelly Stamper CJS22 The Essentials One Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 21 August 2017


Clear Jelly Stamper is one of those brands that I have been following for quite some time and have been meaning to get around to trying.  Sadly, I hadn't manage to until now.  I was lucky enough to be contacted by Clear Jelly Stamper asking if I would like to review some of their products.  I jumped at the chance and now have two stamping plates, four stamping plates and the Big Bling XL Stamper to share with you guys.  I have decided to split the posts into three different posts.  Today I will be sharing with you The Essentials One stamping plate.

Image from Clear Jelly Stamper
There are quite a few images that caught my eye on this plate, in particular was this diamond design (I am sure it has a technical name but I can't think of what else to call it).  I knew it would be perfect for layering over itself.  I did originally do it using other colours, however I didn't line the image up correctly so scrapped that mani.  I am happy that I did because I love how this turned out.  For my base polish I used China Glaze Just A Little Embellishment and stamped using Clear Jelly Stamper's Angelic White and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


This next mani was actually a mani that I did for the Digit-al Dozen last week.  The checkered image was perfect for my Alice In Wonderland inspired mani.  Polishes used are OPI I Believe In Manicures, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.



I really couldn't go past the layering images at the top of the plate.  While these aren't perfect (I don't blame to plate for that at all - it's definitely me) I really like the idea of these images.  For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and stamped using Clear Jelly Stamper's Paula's Pixie Purple and Shiraz!


Overall I am a big fan of this plate.  I am still very new to the whole layering of images but I definitely want to practice some more and this plate will be fantastic to keep playing with.  The plate is etched perfectly and I had no issues with picking up or transferring any of the images.

The Essentials One Stamping Plate is available now from Clear Jelly Stamper.
 

SM Polish Naughty But Nice Collection - Swatches& Review

Sunday, 20 August 2017


I am back with another new collection from SM Polish!  If you missed my swatches and review of the Out Of This World Collection then you can find that here.  Today I have the soon to be released Naughty But Nice Collection to share with you.


Jealous Girlfriend is a turquoise crelly with multiple sized glitters and flakes in various colours.  The formula is easy to use, however it is slightly on the the sheer side.  I used three coats as there was still a visible nail line after the second coat.




One Night Stand is a blue crelly with multiple sized glitters and flakes in various colours.  I think this one is the prettiest of this collection.  The formula is easy to use, but is on the sheer side.  I needed three coats to remove the visible nail line.




Satin Knickers is described as having multiple sized glitters in various colours in a fine colour travel base that transitions between purple and green.  The press release also says that "it can be used as a top coat".  I received the press release well after swatching these and this polish definitely shouldn't be worn on it own.  I used five coats and it still isn't opaque!  You can still see through the tips and see a slight visible nail line (it is more obvious in person than my pictures).  I am not even sure what base colour this one would look decent over.  Personally I would skip this polish.




True Love is a pink crelly with multiple sized glitters and flakes in various colours.  Again, the formula is easy to work with but it is on the sheer side.  You can get away with three coats, but I used four coats for my swatch.



This collection reminds me of old school indies from a few years ago.  I think a few years ago I may have liked them more than I do now.  While the formulas are easy to use I am disappointed at how sheer these are.  I think polishes of this type should be two coats to be opaque, not three plus coats and still be see through at the tips.  No nail polish should ever need five coats!

The Naughty But Nice Collection is being released Tuesday 22nd August at 5pm AEST on SM Polish's site.  If you use my code 'olivia10' you will receive a 10% discount (minimum purchase I believe is $20).
 

Crumpets's Nail Tarts: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge: The End Of Summer

Saturday, 19 August 2017


I survived the Digit-al Dozen week for another month, but the nail challenges aren't quite over for this week.  This week is also another mani for the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge.  The theme is the end of Summer.  It's actually Winter here in Melbourne (although we have had some decent-ish weather this week which has made me even more excited that we are approaching Spring!).  I was a little stuck on what idea I should go with and then it dawned on me - sunset!  Sunset's in summer are always so beautiful.

For my gradient I used Bundle Monster Quasar, Teepee Tipping and E-tronica.  I then for some strange reason thought it would be a good idea to freehand a palm tree.  It's definitely not the greatest freehand but I am sure it could have been a lot worse.  Lol.




It's really not long until I can say that I have successfully completed this challenge.


I am excited to see how others have interrupted this week's theme.


The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Non Fiction

Friday, 18 August 2017


I don't think it would be right to go through a whole week of story genres and not cover non fiction.  I started the week with fiction so I thought it would be perfect timing to end this challenge with non fiction.  I am sure there are a million books on butterflies and I really felt like doing butterfly nails so that is what I did.  I had originally planned on doing butterfly wings with a gradient underneath but I stupidly left my butterfly wing stamping plate upstairs and I honestly couldn't be bothered going back upstairs to grab it.  Luckily for me I did still have Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 04 out and it just so happened to have this really pretty butterfly image on it.  

For my base I sponged on Bundle Monster's Jungle Mirage, Rave Babe and Eldorado and stamped the butterflies using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  




Sometimes accidental manis are the best manis.  I seriously love how this one turned out.  


The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Romance

Thursday, 17 August 2017


This week is going by so quickly.  It feels like only yesterday I was posting the first mani for this week's Digit-al Dozen does story genres theme.  But here we are, day four.  I felt like doing something a little more girly today so I am going with romance for my theme. 

For my base I smooshed together China Glaze Feel The Breeze, Bottoms Up and I'll Pink To That and then stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Stamping image is from Uberchic Love & Marriage 02.  I wish this mani photographed as vibrant as it looks in person.  Silly neons!




Only one more day to go.  Any one want to take a guess of which genre I will be doing tomorrow?