Dance Legend Thermal Polishes - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


I have recently been converted to the thermal band wagon (yes I know I am late to the party - but better late than never right?).  Luckily for me, Dance Legend have released some new thermal nail polishes and I was sent two of them to review.


3 Blind Side is a thermal polish that is a neutral pinkish beige (when warm) turns to a dusty grey-purple (when cold).  It also contains fine silvery grey shimmer and larger pink flakes.  I found that the colour shift of this one is quite subtle.  It looks more obvious in my picture than it does in person.  The formula is good and it is easy to apply.  It does dry matte.  My swatch shows two coats.


Warm state (no top coat)

Transition (no top coat)

Transitioning (with top coat)

Warm state

Transitioning

Cold state
9 Fly By Night is a thermal polish that is a bright raspberry (when warm) and becomes a dark purple (when cold).   The multi coloured shimmer is clearly visible both in warm and cold states.  This is probably my favourite of the two.  It has a better colour transition.  The formula is easy to use but it is slightly on the sheer side.  I used three coats for my swatch.

Cold state

Starting to transition

Transitioning

Warm state
This aren't bad thermals but they definitely aren't my favourite.  The formulas are good and easy to use and they do transition well with the change in temperatures.

These thermals are available from Dance Legend

Uberchic Beauty Texture-licious 03 Mini Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 16 October 2017


It's no secret that I love Uberchic stamping plates (they are one of my favourite stamping brands) so when I receive an email saying that there are new plates coming you know I am then stalking the delivery guy.  Uberchic have released two new plates - Radiate Love (which I will have swatches and a review for next week) and the Texture-licious 03 Mini Stamping Plate.  I love these texture plates.  They make sure great manis.... well at least I think they do.  Let's take a look at the plate shall we?

Image from Uberchic Beauty
One thing that I particularly love about these Texture-licious plates is how awesome the images look when you layer them.  I had a little trouble deciding which one I was going to layer but I am so happy that with how this one looks.  I can see me doing this in various colour combinations.  For this mani I used Dance Legend 11 from the Step range and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black and White Stamping Polishes.



I have had this new Emily de Molly duochrome stamping polish sitting in my swatch rack for ages and when I saw this image I knew I just had to use it.  This image looks awesome with duochrome!  For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence and stamped using Emily de Molly's Pink/Orange Stamping Polish.




I love this plate!  I think the images are fantastic to wear alone, or even as a base under some other stamping images.  You know that I will be getting a lot of use out of this plate.

The Texture-licious 03 Mini Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty

Dance Legend Step (Part) Collection - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 15 October 2017


It has been ages since I have shared some of the Dance Legend polishes that I received but I am slowly making my way through swatching them.  Today I have two of the polishes from the Step range.  This range of polishes are gel polishes that do not require a lamp to cure them.  There is quite a range of colours and Dance Legend have now introduced another twelve polishes!  Definitely a lot of gorgeous shades to chose from.


1 is described as a white-toned light pink crème with a drop of beige in the undertone.  The colour is beautiful.  I actually wore this one for a couple of days.  This polish does apply unevenly on the first coat but evens out on the second.  I did find this polish to be quite slow drying but I am not sure if that is because I used a regular base coat and not the base coat from the Step range.  My swatch shows two coats.


11 is described as a grey-mauve crème with a slight pink undertone.  This is such a nice colour.  I am a big fan.  The formula is easy to use and is opaque in two coats.


Both of these are great colours and have easy to use formulas.  These are meant to be gel like polishes, but as I change my polish regularly I can't comment too much on their wear time.  I didn't have any tip wear or chips when I wore either of this.

The Step Polishes are available now from Dance Legend.

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge: Friday 13th

Saturday, 14 October 2017


Get excited guys!  The 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge is back!!  There are twenty six new prompts (some of which I am excited for and others I am scared of) but I am going to be pushing through and getting this challenge done for the second year running!  Woohoo!  I'll post all the prompts at the end of this post in case you are wanting to join in too (which you should - it's a fun challenge).  

Today's theme is Friday 13th.  When I think of Friday the 13th I usually think dark and spooky things....and blood.  I went with blood drips over a black base.  Polishes used are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence and Bundle Monster Quasar.  Stamping design is from B Loves Plates B09 Spooky Halloween.




Here are the prompts for this challenge:


Let me know if you are joining in with this challenge.  I'm excited to see some familiar "faces" and of course find some new people to follow.

The Digit-al Dozen Does Throwback Week: 2016 Digit-al Dozen Edition

Friday, 13 October 2017


If you read the title of today's post you may be thinking 2016?  You did 2016 for yesterday's throwback mani!  Yes, yes I did.  But today I am throwing it back to my first ever week of the Digit-al Dozen which just so happened to be October 2016.  That's right, I have been a member of the Digit-al Dozen for one whole year!  What a year it has been.  I have made some new friends, been challenged every month and have thought on way too many occasions that this is the "last month" because these challenges are too hard (I'm already dying over next month's theme eek).  But ultimately, I really enjoy being part of the Digit-al Dozen so it just seemed right to do my final mani for this week as a throwback to the Vampy week.

My favourite (or one of my favorite) manis from the week was the matte gradient with a textured accent nail.  I loved it then, and I still love it now.  Polishes used are Essie In The Lobby, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence and OPI Stay The Night.  I used piCture pOlish G'day Matte Top Coat.  Sadly, it went a little streaky.  I have no clue why.  Matte top coats seem to hate me lately.




Fun fact: I've never taken a close up of a texture polish before.  I thought it would be fun to include it.


And of course, the original mani which I posted on 13th October 2016.  How funny, it just occurred to me that this mani was done exactly one year ago today.


I hope you have enjoyed this week's throwbacks.  I know I have had fun recreate these looks and following along with the other Digit-al Dozen girls manis.

The Digit-al Dozen Does Throwback Week: 2016

Thursday, 12 October 2017


Today's mani isn't such a huge throwback but it is still a throwback.  We are taking a trip back to last year.  Last year was quite a mish mash of styles and things that I was doing.  Neons were definitely quite a common thing (let's be honest - they have been a thing for longer than I have been posting manis for) and I was also huge into smoosh manis.  It only seemed appropriate to do a neon smoosh mani for today's throwback.

Polishes used are China Glaze Purple Panic, Flip Flop Fantasy and Thistle Do Nicely.




This is the original smoosh mani I posted on 14th June 2016.


I love a good smoosh mani.  I really should do more of these.  What's a technique that you love that you don't really do anymore?

The Digit-al Dozen Does Throwback Week: 2015

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Today we are continuing on with some more free hand for the Digit-al Dozen's Throwback Week.  2014 I started dabbling in free hand (predominately stripes) but 2015 I really kicked the free hand up a notch.  I was doing lots of faces, seasonal manis for Christmas and Halloween, and butterfly nails.  I also dry brush.  I loved a good dry brush mani back then, and I still love them now.  I really should do more of them.

Anyway, for my base I used Color Club French Tips and Orly Be Daring, Fireball, On The Edge, Push The Limit, Risky Behavior and Thrill Seeker (all from the Adrenaline Collection).




I'm really happy with how this years mani turned out (especially if you take into account that I rarely do any form of free hand anymore).  I do love the original version too.  This was first posted on @nd June 2015.