Emily de Molly The Real Deal (Polish Pick Up November 2019) - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 7 December 2019


Polish Pick Up for December has just finished, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the fun.  I fell in love with the Emily de Molly shade that was released as part of November's Polish Pick Up and just had to have it.  It arrived and did not disappoint at all.  I will go ahead and apologize if anyone missed out of this baby.

The Real Deal is a described as a dusty pink base filled with blue to pink shifting shimmer.  As I mentioned before I love this polish.  The formula is great and easy to use, and I love the colour!  It looks so different based on what lighting you have.  For my swatch I used three coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Seriously how stunning is this polish?  I'm in love!

Emily de Molly Capture The Dream (Polish Pick Up December 2019) - Swatches & Review

Monday, 2 December 2019


As promised, today I have this month's Polish Pick Up shade from Emily de Molly.  You can never go wrong with EdM shades and this month's shade is no exception to the rule.  It's another stunner!

Capture The Dream is a dark purple creme with a silvery white magnetic effect.  I love this shade both with and without the magnetic effect.  It's so pretty!  The formula is also great and easy to use.  It does look like it will have slight brush strokes, however these dry out.  For my swatch I used two coats. 

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting

Picture taken in light box (no magnet)

Picture taken in light box (no magnet)

Picture taken outdoors in shade (no magnet)

Picture taken outdoors in shade
I should point out that this magnetic effect isn't as subtle as it looks in my pictures.  I'm not sure why it disappears in my pictures.  I could have also left the magnet on a little longer too.  Definitely check out Hayley's swatches.  Hers really shoe off the magnetic effect.

Capture The Dream will be available via the Polish Pick Up from December 2nd until December 6th.  There is no cap on this polish.

Grace-full Nail Polish Winter Blooms (Polish Pick Up December) - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 1 December 2019


Well I hadn't excepted this post to come so quickly but here we are.  It's the final Polish Pick Up for 2019.  I did think that Polish Pick Up was still happening over the weekend but apparently the have switched it up and it's running from 2nd - 6th December.  I have two of Aussie indies to share with you - today I have the shade from Grace-full Nail Polish and tomorrow I will have the Emily de Molly shade.

Winter Blooms is a purple (cold) to pastel blue thermal that shifts to a mint green/Tiffany blue when warm.  It has a strong green shimmer that shows best in the cold phase.  There are also pink, gold, blue and purple chrome chameleon flakes throughout.  I love this polish!  The colours are gorgeous and the formula is great and easy to use.  I used three coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box (transitioning)

Picture taken in light box (transitioning)

Picture taken outdoors in shade (warm)

Picture taken outdoors in shade (warm)
I'm not sure what else I can say about this polish.  It's gorgeous and I love it!

Winter Blooms will be available via the Polish Pick Up from December 2nd until December 6th.  This polish is capped to US 80 and UK 10.

November 2019 Favourites

Saturday, 30 November 2019


November is always one of the quickest months of the year.  This year it was jammed packed with my gymnastics competitions (and the usual gymnastic training), catch ups with people, and my daughter's birthday and party....just to name a few things.  It basically has been non stop which is why it feels like the quickest month ever.  I imagine December will go pretty quickly - but before we start talking about December let's wrap up November first.


Nail Art
How embarrassing. I’ve had yet another month with no nail art. Did I mention that November has been crazy busy?

Mainstream Polishes
It’s definitely been a quite month with nail polish too but I did get to play with the new Jessica Cosmetics Tea Party Collection and I’m a huge fan.




Indie Polishes
The indie girls have done it again this month. I honestly don’t know how I am going to narrow down my favourites at the end of the year.

Bettie Pain Silent Night (The Indie Spectrum)
I had the pleasure of trying my very first Bettie Pain polish this month and what a polish to start with.  Silent Night is stunning (and still available if you are interested).


Emily de Molly Hidden Meaning (The Indie Spectrum)
Yet another love of mine from The Indie Spectrum box this month.


Emily de Molly November Releases
Again, Hayley has killed it again this month. Sooooo many amazing polishes (and heads up: next month is full of more amazing polishes.  I’m currently swatching them now - literally. I have one of the polishes drying on my nails as I type).



Grace-full Nail Polish Christmas At Hogwarts Collection
This was a good collection but there was only a few that really stole my heart - Christmas At Hogwarts, Yuletide Ball, Silver Sparkler and Dumbledores Present.


While it has been a very busy month for me it has also been a good month full of good polishes.  Definitely not complaints from me.  What have you been loving this month?

Before I wrap up this post I just wanted to quickly talk about December.  On Monday my daughter is scheduled for surgery.  As you can probably imagine my focus will 100% there and on her recovery so nails will be taking a bit of a back seat.  I will do my best to try and stay some what active but I may disappear for a bit.  I will be back as soon as I can.  I will have a couple of Polish Pick Up shades to share with you next week (these posts will be scheduled in advance).   See you all soon xx


Jessica Cosmetics Tea Party Collection - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 28 November 2019


Seriously where is time going?  I have been so busy of late that my days are all mashing together.  But things should kinda calm down a little for me in the next couple of weeks as my daughter needs to have some surgery next week so my focus with be on her and her recovery.  But let's talk about some nicer and more fun things - nail polish! Last week I shared with you a great collection of nude/neutral polishes from Jessica Cosmetics (you can see the Blushing Beauty Collection here if you are interested) and today I have the Tea Party Collection to share with you.  This is definitely the collection I am most excited about.  I love pastels for spring...well for any time of year really.  They are just so pretty!


Blueberry Cream is a light blue creme.  I love this one.  The colour is gorgeous and the formula is fantastic.  It applies even and is opaque in two coats.


Earl Grey is a light grey creme.  Big fan of this one too.  It's a great colour and the formula is great too.  For my swatch I used two coats.


Lavender Love is a lavender purple creme.  I love the colour of this one but the formula isn't a favourite.  It's quite sheer and applies patchy on the first coat but does build up on the second coat.  I used three coats for my swatch because it was still looking patchy.


Love You Very Matcha! is a light green creme.  Big fan of this one too.  Again, the colour is great and the formula is easy to use.  For my swatch I used two coats.


Pumpkin Spice is an orange creme.  Just to sound like a broken record here - this one is great!  I really like the colour and the formula is so good and easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.


Yellow Meringue is a yellow creme.  This one actually surprised me.  I was expecting the formula to be the same as Lavender Love (because yellows are normally a little more difficult to deal with) but nope.  For such a light colour the formula is fantastic!  It is a little patchy but it is really easy to work with.  Plus the colour is gorgeous!  For my swatch I used three coats but only because it looked a tiny bit patchy still on the second coat.  If you can get you coats relatively even then you could stop at two coats.


I am a huge fan of this collection.  The colours are all beautifuly (and perfect for this time of year) and the formulas (for the most part) are great.  The one complaint I have about this collection is that it's missing a pink.  Having a pink would have made this collection even better - plus there would be sooooooo many nail art options.  Speaking of which, I was hoping to get some nail art done using this collection before this post went up but time wasn't on my side.  There will be some nail art coming in the near future (I hope).

The Tea Party Collection is available now from Jessica Cosmetics.

The Indie Spectrum November 2019 Box - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 26 November 2019


Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope your day is going well.  I'm exhausted and my brain isn't co-operating with me.  I've actually started this post about ten times already but I'm really not sure how to start this post - so rambling it is.  Anyway, today  I have the new Indie Spectrum Box to share with you.  This box has a shade from Emily de Molly, Grace-full Nail Polish, Femme Fatale Cosmetics and Bettie Pain.  Let's just jump straight into the polishes...


Bettie Pain Silent Night is a blackened blue jelly filled with opalescent purple, blue, pink, gold and red flakies.  This is actually the first time I have tried any Bettie Pain and what a great polish for me to start with.  The colour and flakes are gorgeous!  The formula is good and easy enough to use.  I used three coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in overcast lighting

Picture taken in overcast lighting

Emily de Molly Hidden Meaning is a teal green base filled with green to purple shifting chrome flakes, blue iridescent flakes and a small amount of silver holographic flakes.  Love this one!  The colours are gorgeous and the formula is great.  I'm not sure this one photographs as nice as it is in person.  I used three coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Tinsel & Trinkets is a cherry pink sheer base, blue glow and assorted red holo and metallic glitters/shards.  It has been a loooooooong time since I have used a Femme Fatale polish and I have to say that not much has changed.  This polish is definitely on the sheer side and is patchy.  The glitters in this have a tendency to stick up and not lay flat (I actually had to take some of the flakes off because they were too chunky).  I used three coats for my swatch but please note that I did use extra polish on the tips of my nails to help build the colour up.  Also for top coat I used a really thick coat but as you can probably tell the glitter is still really lumpy.  I think I would have needed another coat or two of the top coat to smooth it out.  With all that said, I like the idea of this polish.  I just wished that it wasn't so chunky or sheer.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in overcast sunlight

Picture taken in overcast lighting


Grace-full Nail Polish Candy Cane Kiss is a white crelly with red holo microglitter, cherry red matter glitter and limi holo mirco glitter.  If this polish doesn't scream Christmas than I don't know what does.  I think it would be great with some nail art over it.  The formula is good and easy to use.  It was patchy on the first coat but does even out on the second coat (which is what I used for my swatch) but I question if I should have given it a third coat.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in overcast lighting

Picture taken in overcast lighting
The Indie Spectrum Box will be available for pre order from November 28th until December.