It Girl Nail Art IG117 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 15 December 2018


I was sitting down with my blog planner the other week trying to make sure that I had included all the things I need to before jumping into all of my favourites posts.  Well it turns out that I had forgotten that I had two more stamping plates from It Girl Nail Art that I hadn't actually used yet.  One of them happens to be a Christmas plate so yay!  I will be sharing that one with you next week.  Today I have the IG117 plate to share with you.

Image from It Girl Nail Art
This first image is so cool.  It just screamed that it needed some form of neon base and who was I to say no?  I do wish that I added a little more colour though, but I still love this mani.  For my base I used Emily de Molly Bright Retreat, and dried brushed on Color Club Having A Ball and All Dolled Up.  I stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish and finished the mani off with Picture Polish's G'day Matte.


I think this next image is so pretty that I just had to use it.  I was kinda going for a sparkly night like mani.  For my base I used Grace-full Nail Polish Deep Dark Magic (which I layered over black) and stamped using Hit The Bottle Bubblegum Bliss, Apricot Sour, Iced Mauve-jito, Lemon Meringue Fizz, Peppermint Zombie and Arctic Cloudberry.



This plate definitely has some pretty cool images on it and it stamps well.

Color Club Hypnotic Hologram Collection - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 12 December 2018


Every now and again Color Club pop up with a new collection - but sadly they don't really seem to advertise them.  I also struggle to find swatches online as well, which usually means I have to take a gamble if I want to buy them.  Anyway, I saw that there was the new Hypnotic Hologram Collection which I thought would be interesting.  I mean it is holographic (who doesn't love holo?) and I also like Color Clubs holos so I jumped in a grabbed it.  Mind you it has taken me a good month (maybe two) to actually get around to swatching it - thanks for the lack of sunshine Melbourne! But now I have it to share with you.


Before I dive into the swatches and my review I just wanted to say that I am not entirely sure if these polishes are meant to be glitter toppers or polishes to wear alone.  They are all very sheer - especially on the first coat but most of them do build up nicely in three coats.  There are two in this collection that are more sheer than the others but I will get into those in a minute. Each of these are super sparkly but I'm not sure if the sparkle really translates in pictures.

Ain't It Grand has a clear base filled with gold holographic glitters.    Gold isn't usually my choice of polish but this one I will make an exception for.  It's so beautiful.  This one has probably one of the thickest formulas but it is easy to work with.  My swatch shows three coats.

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Bougie Baby has a clear base filled with blue holographic glitters.  Now this is one of the really sheer ones.  It doesn't seem to have has much glitter in it.  It definitely is a gorgeous polish though.  For my swatch I used four coats and sponged a fifth coat on.

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On The List has a clear base filled with silver holographic glitters.  I love, love, love this one!  It's sooooo sparkly.  This one builds up to be opaque in three coats which is what I used for my swatch.

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Poppin' Bottles has a clear base filled with redy orange (?) and gold holographic glitters. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this one as much as the others, but I love it.  There is something about this colour that is actually really pretty.  For my swatch I used three coats.

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Take Me To VIP has a clear base filled with purple holographic glitters.  Now this one is the other really sheer one in this collection.  Like with Bougie Baby this one appears to not be as glitter heavy as the others so it takes forever to build it up.  It's such a beautiful colour though.  For my swatch I used one coat and then sponged another two coats over the top.

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Top Shelf has a clear base filled with pink holographic glitters.  This is actually the first one that I wore from this collection and it was honestly love at first sight.  My swatch shows three coats.

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I am obsessed with this collection.  These babies are seriously so sparkly - I love them all.  They are definitely perfect for the holiday season, especially if you love blingy nails.  I'm trying to decide which one I want to wear for Christmas.



Lina Nail Art Supplies Opposites Attract Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 10 December 2018


Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you have all had a great weekend.  We had a busy weekend which seems to be the usual for us at the moment.  This time of year is always so busy!  Anyway, today I have the Opposites Attract stamping plate from Lina Nail Art Supplies to share with you.  Given this plate doesn't have a single full sized image on it, you are probably wondering why I grabbed this one?  Well let's talk about it shall we?

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
This little butterfly image is what drew me to this plate.  I have absolutely no idea what it is about them but I had to have them.  I didn't really place them very well and I do wish that my nails were longer so that I could fit all four of the butterflies on.  Other than that I am so happy with this mani.  For my base I used OPI Lavendare To Find Courage (which I added Picture Polish G'day Matte to), swirl stamping is from Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 06 and was stamped using China Glaze Admire.  Butterflies were stamped using Hit The Bottle Snowed In.

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This next mani was one that I went into with no clue what exactly I was going to do but I love how it turned out.  I think this is such a pretty image.  For my base I used Emily de Molly LE38 and stamped using Hit The Bottle Snowed In.  I wish I had better lighting for this mani.  It looks so pretty with the pink shimmer in the base.

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While this plate is full of single images (which aren't usually my thing) I really, really like this plate.  The images are all really pretty.  I'm not sure I can do the most amazing manis with them but they certainly work for simple manis.  What do you think of this plate?

OPI The Nutcracker And The Four Realms Collection - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 8 December 2018


The holiday season is in full swing and it really isn't the holidays without the OPI holiday collection.  I know that this collection has been around for a little while now and you have probably already seen plenty of swatches and read lots of reviews but I thought I would share my thoughts on the Nutcracker And Four Realms Collection anyway.  This collection contains fifteen polishes with various finishes and is limited edition.  For my Aussie readers, I believe the glitters aren't available here.  I ordered all of the polishes from a US site.


Berry Fairy Fun is a medium purple with pink and purple shimmer.  This is one of the polishes that spoke to me when I first seeing this collection.  I think the colour is so beautiful.  The formula iseasy to work with, however it does apply a little unevenly.  I used three coats for my swatch, but you can get away with two coats.

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Black To Reality is a blackened red shimmer.  I think that this is such a great shade, especially for winter.  I do wish that I had some better lighting to show off the shimmer in this one.  It is really pretty.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

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Candied Kingdom is a bright red creme.  This is one of those expected shades when it comes to a holiday collection.  I think it's good shade if you like reds (especially for the holidays).  The formula is great and applies beautifully.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Dancing Keeps Me On My Toes is a pearly white.  I found that this one is quite sheer so I decided to layering it over black.  As expected, this one does have visible brush strokes. My swatch shows one coat over black.

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Dazzling Dew Drops is a gold metallic with gold shimmer.  This one is quite sheer, especially on the first coat.  It's easy to use and applies evenly.  I did find that this one was quite slow drying.  For my swatch I used three coats.

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Dreams Need Clara-fication is a light periwinkle blue creme.  Now this shade is right up my alley.  Surprisingly I don't have anything in my OPI collection remotely similar to this.  Do OPI not do periwinkles or do I just not own any?  Anyway, this colour is gorgeous!  The formula is a little uneven on the first coat but evens out on the second coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Dreams On A Silver Platter is a mix of silver and white glitters of various sizes in a clear base.  I'm not sure if this polish can be built up to be opaque - I think that this will come down to a personal preference.  I think it makes for a great glitter topper though.  I used one coat over Dreams Need Clara-fication.  I really like this combination. 

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Envy The Adventure is an emerald green creme.   The formula of this one is awesome.  You could easily get away with one coat.  This one isn't a type of colour that I would normally wear, however I think it would be great for nail art.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Ginger's Revenge is a deep red creme.  Now if I was to do a red creme, then this is the type of red that I go for.  This one is also really glossy (even before applying top coat).  The formula is great and it is opaque in two coats.

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Gold Key To The Kingdom is a mix of gold and white glitters of various sizes in a clear base.  Like with Dreams On A Silver Platter I'm not sure if this one can really be built up or not.  I used it as a topper (one coat) over OPI March In Uniform.  This isn't a favourite glitter of mine but as you can see it has a great glitter payoff.

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I Pull The Strings is a mix of rose gold and gold glitters of various sizes in a clear base.  I do like the mix of the golds over the deep red.  I think it's quite pretty.  Again, I'm not sure if this one will build up to be opaque or not.  I used one coat over Ginger's Revenge.

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Lavendare To Find Courage is a light lavender creme.  I love this one!  It's such a great colour.  It also looks awesome mattified (you'll see that mani at some point in the near future).  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

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March In Uniform is a navy blue creme.  I love this one too.  I think I would prefer it on shorter nails, but either way the colour is still pretty.  The formula is also fantastic.  You could easily get away with one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Tinker, Thinker, Winker? is a silver holographic glitter.  I love, love, love this one!  It's soooooo pretty and so holo!  My pictures don't do it justice at all.  I'm not sure if this one is meant to be a topper or not but I did find it quite sheer on the first coat, so I decided to layer it over black.  My swatch shows one coat over black.

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Toying With Trouble is cool toned pink creme.  I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I really like this one.  I think it is a really nice pink and the formula is fantastic.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Wow!  This is definitely one of the biggest collections that I have swatched and reviewed in quite some time.  It's a great collection though.  While there are a few shades that I personally don't care for, overall the formulas are great and the colour range is good too.  My personal favourites are Tinker, Thinker, Winker?, Berry Fairy Fun, Dreams Need Clara-fication, Lavendare To Find Courage and March In Uniform.  There is also a few more that I really like as well but I'm not going to name them all.

What do you think of OPI's Holiday Collection for this year?  Which shades did/are you going to pick up?