Grace-full Nail Polish Crystal Shifts (Polish Pick Up January 2021) - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

 
I am sure I am not alone when I say that as soon as I saw swatches of this month's Polish Pick Up shade by Grace-full Nail Polish that my jaw dropped.  Naturally I had to have it!  Theresa did tell me that this was one that I was going to love and that it was even more beautiful in person.  Well I can confirm that that is well and truly the case.  My pictures definitely don't do this polish justice at all.

Crystal Shifts is a super shifty polish filled with aurora shimmers that range from emerald green, jade green, teal, turquoise and aqua blue, and UCC flakes.   This polish also has a golden hue.   How stunning is this polish?  I am honestly obsessed.  I actually wore this for nearly a week before taking it off and I would quite happily put it back on again.  And wear it with some nail art!  The formula of this polish is fantastic.  It applies evenly and easily.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Picture taken in overcast lighting

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Are you obsessed with this polish as much as I am?  Hopefully you managed to grab yourself a bottle when it was available.  If not, then beg who ever you need to so that this stunner returns as a throwback polish or something because it is a must have!

Hit The Bottle Nail Art Challenge - Negative Space

Saturday, 16 January 2021

 
Today I have another Hit The Bottle Nail Art Challenge mani to share with you.  I wish I loved this mani but honestly I don't like it at all.  It's not at all what I thought it would be and I really wished that I had used a negative space stamping image instead.  Maybe I will re do this prompt at a future date.  With all that said I am going to keep today's post nice and short - simple because I don't really have much to say.  

For this mani I used Hit The Bottle Snowed In, Looking For Mr Grey, A Flock Of Seagulls and As Black As Night.


Let's just pretend that today's mani didn't happen and hope that the next mani for this challenge is better than this...



Swatch My Stash

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

 
Last year I took a little time off blogging and re discovered some of my old favourites and really just polishes that I hadn't worn in a very long time and some untrieds.  Previously I have tried to swatch my untrieds but honestly at this point in time I really am not entirely sure what I have and haven't actually used.  So I have set myself a new goal for this year (well not just this year because that's impossible so it will be an ongoing goal) to have swatches of my entire polish collection on my blog.  It's a mammoth task (I have thousands of polishes - literally) but I know I tend to look at my blog when I want information on a polish (usually how many coats I used or if it needs a base colour).  Luckily for me I have been blogging for quite some time now (next month will mark my 5 year anniversary of blogging) so I already have a good start to this goal.  Today I will be cheating and using some of the really old swatches that I have had sitting on my computer.  So let's begin shall we...


Actually before I jump in I should probably point out that some of these swatches are really old so the pictures have been taken with different cameras.  I also don't really have many notes on them (and in same cases I don't have any notes) but I figured I may as well use the pictures because they will just sit there otherwise.  Maybe another goal at a future date will be to re-swatch all the "dud" swatches I have previously done.  Anyway, enjoy the trip down memory lane.

A England Merlin.  I don't have any notes on this swatch at all but from memory I want to say that this is one or two coats over a silver metallic base.

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Color Club East Austin.  This polish is easily one of my most used and favourite polishes from Color ClubMy swatch shows two coats,

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Emily de Molly Insipid.  Oh magic flakie polish how I still love you.  I am actually a little sad that I don't have a back up bottle of this one.  I have definitely made a good dent in the bottle over the years.  I used two sponged on coats for my swatch.

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Glam Polish Blibber Blabber.  Who remembers when crellies with bright colour glitters  and shapes were a thing?  They are definitely starting to pop up more and more these days.  For my swatch I used one coat over a white base.

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Orly Mirrorball.  All the sparkly goodness.  I remember seeing swatches of this online and needing it straight away.  Formula was a little more sheer than I would have liked but it's still really pretty.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Powder Perfect Fog Is Rolling In.  Powder Perfect would have to be one of the greatest losses to the Aussie indie community.  Such amazing polishes!  I mean look at this polish?  My swatch shows three coats.

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Zoya Izzy.  Zoya is one of those brands that I have quite a few of (they have an entire drawer dedicated to them) but aren't really ones I grab for too often.  Definitely need to change that.  For my swatch I used two coats.

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That brings us to the end of today's post.  It's actually really funny (and cringeworthy) looking back to how much my swatches have changed over the years.  Even my water mark.  Anyway, I think I have enough old swatches for one more post and then we will be back up to date.




Hit The Bottle Nail Art Challenge - Geometric

Saturday, 9 January 2021

 
I'm going strong with the Hit The Bottle Nail Art challenge.  I'm already on the second prompt.  It really seems kinda odd to me to be back doing a nail art challenge but soooo familiar at the same time.  Despite only having to do one prompt a week.  I'm not sure I have ever done that before.  Anyway, today's prompt is geometric. 
 


This mani I probably could have used for last week's neon prompt but what can I say?  I love neon polishes and Michelle has some awesome ones. For my gradient I used Hit The Bottle Shazam Yellow, Orange You Excited and I Pink Therefore I Am, and stamped using As Black As Night.  Image is from What's Up Nails Geo-Radical.
 


 

It's kinda funny looking at the pictures for this mani because in person I couldn't see any white bits coming through but they are clear as day in these pics.  This mani is also much brighter in person.  I absolutely loved wearing it!  Now to start getting some ideas for next week's prompt - negative space.


A Special Christmas Gift From Theresa (Grace-full Nail Polish)

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

 
Once again I have been spoiled rotten by Theresa (the creator of Grace-full Nail Polish).  I came home to a surprise package filled with products like soaps, wax melts and my favourite - polishes!  You may have already seen the Boxing Day exclusive polishes (but if you haven't you can find those here) but today I have the best polishes to share with you because these were specially made for me and I can't thank Theresa enough.  She really knows me well.


#1 Swatcher.  Plus note that I didn't name this polish and I definitely don't think I am the number 1 swatcher.  Anyway, I looooooooooove this polish.  It's absolutely stunning and a very me polish.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Tracy's Cosmos.  This polish I loved in the bottle but OMG!  I fell even more in love with it on my nails.  It is absolutely gorgeous and to die for.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Aren't these polishes amazing?  I love them both so much.  Thank you again Theresa.  I can't wait to see what other stunners you bring out this year.

Hit The Bottle Nail Art Challenge - Neon

Saturday, 2 January 2021

 
Look at me posting again!  That's seven posts in a row!  I'm definitely not going to be daily blogging but it's great getting back into it.  One of my goals (aside from doing more blog posts this year) is to do more nail art.  I have said that a few times over the years and I get a little lazy, I don't have any ideas of what to do or I don't have time.  I can't help the lack of time but the one thing that will help me when I have no ideas is nail art challenges.  Back in the very early days of Instagram (and when I was doing a LOT of nail art) I was doing at least one nail art challenge - but usually it is three to four challenges.  It was a crazy time but I really enjoyed it.  So I am back doing another nail art challenge!  I am late to the Hit The Bottle Challenge but it's better late than never.  For those that don't know Hit The Bottle have created a weekly challenge where the only rule is is that you need to use at least one of their polishes.  Let's get started with my first prompt - neon!
 

This was a bit of an easy prompt because I have a lot of neon polishes from Hit The Bottle.  I was tempted to go a little crazy and use all the colours but then I decided to go a little more simple.  Something different to what I think most people will do.  I am so glad that I did because I absolutely love this mani!  For my gradient I used Hit The Bottle Whiskey Latte and I Pink, Therefore I Am and stamped using As Black As Night.  Image is from Uberchic Beauty Got Chevron 02.
 



It feels good to be back with some nail art.  Let's hope I can keep it up!  

 


2020 Reflections And New Years Resolutions

Friday, 1 January 2021

 
Happy New Year everyone!  I am sure I am not the only one who is happy to be done with 2020.  Hopefully 2021 will be a much better year.  I thought to kick start this year I would continue what seems to be a yearly tradition of reflecting on the previous years and setting some blog/nail goals for the upcoming year.  Like previous years, this post is usually quite wordy (with only one picture - my top 9 pictures on Instagram for 2020) so if that's not your thing then feel free to skip over this post.  But if you have anything in particular you would like to see then let me know!  You can comment below, comment or message me on Instagram or email me.  I would love to know what you would like to see more of.
 

2020
It's funny looking back on 2019's Reflections and New Years Resolutions post (you can find that here if you are interested) because I talk about how crazy the year was and how busy it was which then resulted in a smaller amount of blog posts from me.  Little did I know that 2020 was going to be a year that would kick mine and everyone else's butts like never before.  It's safe to say that it is a year that no one will forget.  
 
In terms of my blog for 2020 I only managed 82 posts which is the quietest year I have ever had on my blog.  I made a comment about how little nail time I had previously had and that I was going back and forth on the whole blogging thing.  2020 took that into it's own hands and my blog did basically stop.  I did continue to paint my nails but not as regular as I once upon a time did.  I have to admit that wearing polishes and nail art and not photographing and edit has been great I have kinda missed the blogging side of things.  It's a nice little outlet so in 2021 I do plan on blogging more.
 
Last year I did set four goals for myself.  My first goal was to complete swatching everything that I had purchased in 2019.  Happy to report that I definitely did that.  Yay!  From memory there was only a few polishes let and I managed to get them done before the whole Covid thing so that was a nice and easy goal.
 
My second goal was to swatch everything I purchased in 2020.  Well given how little I purchased last year you would think that I would manage this goal.  Nope.  Completely failed.  I have basically all of the Emily de Molly Black Friday Limited Editions to swatch, I have their Halloween polishes still and I think there are also a couple of random other limited editions.  I really can't remember what I have left.  Guess I will have to work that out.
 
Goal number three was to start doing more nail art.  While I am happy with the nail art I did in 2020 there really wasn't a great deal of it.
 
My last goal was to continue working my way through some more of my untried polishes.  I didn't really do that either.  I did however, go back and re wear some of the polishes that I have loved over the years which was awesome.  One of the things with blogging is that I am always grabbing for new things which doesn't leave time for anything else that I have previously swatched. 
 
So that was 2020 - not a great year for anyone and definitely not for my blog.  But it is what it is.  Before looking at some goals for 2021 here is a look at my top nine most liked pictures on Instagram.  These are always a fun little round up.
 

2021
What is to come for 2021?  Honestly, it will depend on a few things.  I am hoping for no lockdowns next year and some what of normal routine.  My daughter is going into grade 4 (which is exciting and scary all at the same time) which means that we have to start looking for high schools as it may result in having to move house etc.  So there is that.  Also my daughter has set herself to goal of moving into a much higher level of gymnastics (again this is super exciting and as a parent very scary - the skills are crazy!).  At this stage I am not sure if there will be an increase in her training hours etc so I guess I will have to see what happens.
 
Given I am not 100% sure what 2021 will look like for me I am going to try and keep my goals minimal (hopefully I can achieve them this year).
 
  • To write more blog posts that I did in 2020.
  • To  complete swatching everything I purchased in 2020.
  • To swatch everything I purchase in 2021.
  • To do some more nail art.
  • To swatch polishes that I have in my collection that aren't on my blog.  One day I would love to have all the polishes on my blog because it's usually where I go if I need information about a polish.  It will also allow me to revisit some of the older polishes that I have worn before and wear some more untrieds. 
 
I think that is all I have for my New Years Resolutions.  It's not a huge list but it's a starting point to get me going again.  Please let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see on my blog.