OPI x Converse Neons By OPI Collection - Swatches & Review

Friday, 11 October 2019


OPI and Converse teaming up is like a dream come true.  We all know that I love nail polish (OPI was the brand that kick started my obsession) but what you may not know is how much I love my Converse.  I have had Converse in different styles for many, many years.  My first pair were a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Low Top in blue and had Banana In Pajama shoe laces.  Anyway, let's talk about more recent Converse.  With the collaboration with OPI Converse have released a range or shoes (in different colours and styles) to match the OPI polishes.  How cool is that?  I was lucky enough to receive the awesome neon yellow ones (I'll include some pictures at the bottom of this post) and the four neon polishes that have been released in Australia (I believe in the US there is six polishes in total).


Dance Party Teal Dawn is a bright teal.  I love this colour but like all teal polishes this one doesn't photograph accurately.  It's not as blue looking in person.  The formula is a little bit streaky but is easy to work with.  For my swatch I used three coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting
Orange You A Rock Star? is a bright coral orange.  I love this colour too but the formula isn't great.  It's really streaky (but easy to work with) and required four coats to even out.  I think this one may be better over a white base.  

Picture taken in light box
Positive Vibes Only is a bright purple.  I absolutely love this polish!  I wore it for nearly 3 days and I didn't want to take it off.  Sadly, when I did take it off I noticed that it had stained my nails a little.  Formula wise this one is good.  It's easy to use and builds up in three coats.  Depending on your application and fussiness you could stop at two coats.

Picture taken in light box
V-I-Pink Passes is a bright pink.  Again, I love this colour!  The formula on the other hand, isn't the greatest.  Like with Orange You A Rock Star? this one is really uneven and required four coats to even out completely.

Picture taken in light box
Now onto the shoes!  As these are neon yellow they freak out my camera (it's nice to know it's not just neon polishes that freak out my camera) but they are so cool.  I love that they also have OPI on them and a polish name (I believe that Pump Up The Volume is the name of the yellow polish but sadly this one and a blue polish hasn't been released in Australia).






I love this collection (and shoes)!  The colours are gorgeous, although I do wish that the formulas were better.  That said, the formulas won't stop me from wearing these polishes.  Did I mention that I love the colours?

This collection is available now from Myer, David Jones and selected salons.

101 Untrieds (Polishes 42 - 46) - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


It occurred to me when I was packing up my polishes (and then unpacking them again) that I have neglected my 101 Untrieds challenge that I set for myself.  In fact, the last time I wore an untried was back at the beginning of August.  But given how many polishes I re discovered during our move I am going to get myself back on track.  There has definitely been a lot of gorgeous polishes that have been released over the year and they need to be loved!


Color Club Peace, Love & Polish is a neon pink coral with a gold shimmer.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't take pictures of this polish outside so you can see the shimmer.  It's really pretty and gives is a slightly different look to your standard neon.  The formula is easy to use and applies evenly.  I used three coats for my swatch, but you can stop at two coats.

Picture taken in light box
China Glaze What A Pansy is a purple toned periwinkle creme.  I really have no clue if I have worn this polish or not, but it has definitely leaked at some point.  The formula was really thick and a little tricky to work with but I have a feeling that's because it has leaked/air getting into the bottle.  The colour however is stunning so I think I may need to purchase a new bottle.  For my swatch I used three coats but I accidentally spilled some acetone so needed the extra coat.  You only need two coats.

Picture taken in light box
Gloss N Sparkle Spectraflair Top Coat is a silver holographic top coat.  Super pretty and it is something that I have worn maybe once right after I received it but I don't think I have ever photographed it....until now.  I love it.  It's really pretty and easy to use.  I used one and a half coats (or one thick coat) over China Glaze What A Pansy.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight
OPI Ink is a blurple shimmer.  I love this one!  Again, I'm not sure why I didn't get more photos of this one.  It's absolutely gorgeous in person and I love how it looks slightly different depending on the lighting.  For my swatch I used two coats.

Picture taken in light box
Picture Polish Blush is a blush creme.  I'm a huge fan of this.  I really don't know why it has taken me so long to wear it.  It's one of those fresh kind of colours and is perfect for Spring (I say that as it is raining and really cold - I think Melbourne is going back to Winter).  The formula is fantastic and applies evenly.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box
I'm going to have to go digging through my drawers again and break out some more of my untrieds....sooner rather than later.  I'm not even half way through my challenge and time is flying by.  Have you got many untried polishes?

Emily de Molly Halloween 2019 Trio - Swatches & Review

Monday, 7 October 2019


It's officially October which mean Halloween is coming very soon!  And more importantly that means Halloween polishes are coming out too!  Like in previous years, Emily de Molly are releasing an awesome trio of polishes for Halloween and I have them to share with you.  


Dead Or Alive is a bright ultramarine blue with pink to green shifting iridescent flakes.  I love, love, love this one!  The colour and flakies are absolutely gorgeous, and the formula is fantastic and easy to use.  I used three coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade
Hazy Situations is a dark grey base with a silvery white magnetic effect.  I love this one!  It's simple but looks so cool with the magnetic effect.  The formula is easy to use and applies evenly.  I did find that this one looked like it will have really visible brush strokes but as it dries they do settle down.  You can still see some but they aren't horrid.  For my swatch I used two coats.

Picture taken in light box (with magnet)

Picture taken in light box (with magnet)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (with magnet)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (with magnet)

Picture taken in light box (without magnet)

Picture taken in light box (without magnet)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (without magnet)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (without magnet)
In Madness We Shall Reign is a rusty orange base with green to purple aurora shimmer and gold holographic micro glitters.  This is a great polish for Halloween and definitely not like anything I own.  When I first put it on (which was a night) I wasn't sure I liked it, but after wearing it for a day or so I do actually like it.  It's definitely not a favourite for me but I do like it.  It is one of those polishes that looks different depending on the lighting.  The formula is great and easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats but I do question if I should have done a third coat or not.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
I love this trio!  I think it is awesome not only for Halloween (although I would probably only use In Madness We Shall Reign around Halloween) but all year.  My personal favourites are definitely Dead Or Alive and Hazy Situations.

The Halloween Trio will be available on Emily de Molly's Australian site on Thursday 10th October at 10am AEDT and from their international site on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm EDT.

Grace-full Nail Polish Show Me The Money (Polish Pick Up October 2019) - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 3 October 2019


It's Polish Pick Up time again!  This month I only have one of the polishes to share with you, but you can always see the others in the Facebook group if you are interested.  Before you do that - you definitely need to see this months contribution from Grace-full Nail Polish.

Show Me The Money is a green - purle - blue aurora shifting shimmer with UCC flakes in blue, hot pink and purple.  I love this polish!  It's gorgeous and the formula is great.  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 overcast lighting

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting

Picture taken in overcast lighting

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting
This polish is even better in person!  I want it back on my nails now...

Show Me The Money will be available for pre sale from Polish Pick Up October 4th until October 7th.

September 2019 Favourites

Monday, 30 September 2019


What a whirlwind this month has been!  I originally had planned on joining in with the 31 Day Challenge but instead we ended up moving house which took up a lot of nail time for me.  Some how I managed to break two nails really badly - one of them was from moving an empty box!  Yep.  That happened.  Luckily for me my swatch hand survived and really that's all that matters.  Anyway, as it is the end of the month I thought I would do my usual monthly favourites post.  With moving house there was limited blogging so this will be a pretty short post....I think.  Guess we will find out together.


Nail Art
As you would expect, nail art this month wasn't a focus sadly.  But I did do some nail art so that's better than some previous months.  These are my three favourites from September.
     


Stamping Plates
This month I played with some new plates from Uberchic and have introduced some new loves into my ever growing collection.
      

Uberchic Beauty Halloween 05 Stamping Plate
I think that every year Uberchic adds Halloween plates they end up in my favourites lists.  They do make the best Halloween plates.

Image from Uberchic
Uberchic Beauty Lovely Leaves 04 Stamping Plate
While this plate arrived to me in Spring - I do love the images on this plate.

Image from Uberchic
Mainstream Polishes
I have completely fallen off the mainstream bandwagon this month.  I haven't purchased any new mainstream polishes for months now.  Polish funds are a little tighter and in all honesty I haven't really fallen head over heels in love with.  That being said there is a new Essie collection that I am really liking the looks of.
   

Indie Polishes
Indie Polishes rule the world!  My favourite brands have done it again this month!  SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!

Emily de Molly September 2019 Releases
Emily de Molly have killed it again this month!  I mean they have always done amazing polishes (I've been a fan of the brand for many, many years) but basically since last year it's just one amazing release after the next!  Anyway, I could talk about how much I love EdM for ages but I'm sure you guys are sick of hearing it.  From the September release my favourites are The Morning Light, Riot Of Shadows, Left Turns, Everyday Is The Same, Crime Of Passion and Cake In A Crisis.  I seriously don't know how I am going to narrow down my favourites at the end of the year.


Grace-full Nail Polish Muggle Alchemy Collection
Grace-full have added another great collection to their range.  I am a big fan of this collection but there was really only three polishes that I would consider my absolute favourites - Pensieve, Moony and Our Hero.


Grace-full Nail Polish Toil And Trouble (Polish Pick Up September 2019)
Originally Toil And Trouble was a different polish (which I fell completely head over heels for!) but it wasn't released due to some formula issues (huge props to Theresa for doing this!).  Luckily for us Grace-full released an equally as gorgeous polish.


That wraps up all of my September favourites.  I need to sit down and work out some blog posts for October.  I feel like I am a little in a blogging rut at the moment.  But that could be because I have been so busy in regular life that it's thrown me off course.  Let me know if there is anything you would like to see on my blog.