piCture pOlish June 2018 Releases - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 15 August 2018


I am sure that you guys are aware but I have my very own collaboration shade with piCture pOlish!  It was released back in June along with five other shades.  Before seeing the other shades that were released along with mine I had decided that I wanted to buy them all.  As soon as I saw all of the shades together I just had to have them.  They all look so pretty together.  I have done nail art using all of the polishes together but I thought it would be nice to swatch them all and review them for you guys.  I apologize for the lack of sunshine pictures in this post but it's Melbourne and winter!  Sunshine is very hard to come by.


Destiny is an arctic blue with a jelly consistency that comprises of holographic flakes.  This polish is made in collaboration with Anna (Esteloskora Nail).  This one definitely has a lot of sparkle to it.  I think it is such a pretty colour and the formula is great.  I used two coats for my swatch.




Eternal is a tangerine orange with a jelly consistency that comprises of subtle holographic flakes.  This polish is made in collaboration with Debbie (@ladyandthe_stamp). This one surprised me.  I honestly thought it would look horrible on my skin tone, but it's not bad at all.  The formula is great and applied easily. My swatch shows two coats.





Fancy is a peony pink with a jelly consistency that comprises subtle holographic flakes plus golden sparks.  This polish is made in collaboration with Regina (@regina_arg).  This is quite a pretty pink and again the formula is really good.  I used two coats for my swatch.





Fresh is a lime green with a jelly consistency that comprises subtle holographic flakes.  This one certainly freaked my camera out.  I wouldn't say that this polish is a go to colour for me but it is pretty cool for something different.  It does apply unevenly, so I needed to use three coats for my swatch.





Princess is a soft pink with a jelly consistency that comprises subtle holographic flakes plus golden sparks. Super pretty colour. As expected, this one was a little on the sheer side and applied unevenly.  I used three coats for my swatch.





And last but certainly not least: my shade!
Royal is is a vibrant blue toned purple with scattered holographic.  Now in true purple style this one doesn't photograph 100% accurately (and it will also depend on your screen settings too) but it really is a gorgeous colour.  It's not too dark, not too light or not too bright so it suits everyone!  The formula is fantastic.  It applies evenly and is opaque in two coats.








I'm so happy that my collaboration shade got released along side each of these polishes.  Not only are they nice colours by themselves but they also work so well together.  My personal favourites are Royal (of course) and Princess.  I really am such a sucker for pink and purple polishes.

Which is your favourite polish from this release?  You don't have to say Royal.  I won't be offend I promise.

Lina Nail Art Supplies You're A Damasque 02 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 13 August 2018


My pile of Lina Nail Art Supplies plates that I need to swatch is tiny now.  I only have two more plates to swatch (the All About Love 02 plate and Spookilious 02 - which obviously I won't be using until October).  I don't know about you guys but it feels nice to use all the things that you have purchased. That being said, I do have a bunch of new polishes to swatch.  There will definitely be plenty of blog posts coming.  I also would love to go through my polish drawers and use some of the untrieds that I have had for years.  How awesome would it be to say that you have no untrieds?  That might have to become a goal for me at some point I think.  Anyway, today I have the You're A Damasque 02 Stamping Plate from Lina Nail Art Supplies to share with you.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
This mani I actually did a very long time ago.  If I am honest, I didn't actually remember that I had done one until I saw the mani sitting in the folder.  Polishes used are Grace-full Nail Polish Divine Ametrine and Essie Nothing Else Metals.


This next mani didn't quite work out the way that I had hoped.  Let's just pretend that this is a beautifully blended gradient shall we?  Polishes used are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and Dance Legend Stamping Polishes in Blue and Mint.


I think I have come to the conclusion that I don't particularly love Damasque designs on my nails.  I really like the look and idea of this plate, but I don't think the images are translating to my nails the way that I would like.   What do you think of this Damasque stamping plate?

Grace-full Nail Polish Hella Handmade Creations August 2018 - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 12 August 2018


It's Hella Handmade Creations time again!  I am excited to share with you this creation from Grace-full Nail Polish.  I have actually had this polish for quite some time and it has been soooo hard to talk about it too early.  I know I don't like seeing swatches too early because then it makes the wait for their release to seem even longer, so I try and do my posts a couple of days before the release date (unless I have specifically been asked to post earlier - but that's a different story).

Shakin' All Joker is a purple based linear holo with a green shift, filled with green aurora pigment that gives if a green shift.  I love this one!  I think it is such a great colour.  I do really like the added green.  It gives it something different.  The formula is awesome and applies beautifully.  My swatch shows two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Shakin' All Joker is is available for presale on August 14th until August 21st from Hella Handmade Creations.  This polish is capped at 80!  I highly recommend grabbing this one ASAP because you will regret it if you miss out.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Lilypad Lacquer Polish Pick Up June 2018 - Swatches & Review

Friday, 10 August 2018


Sometimes you see a swatch online and you try and convince yourself that you don't actually 'need' the polish.  I tried to do that with Lilypad Lacquer's Polish Pick Up shade in June.  Not because I didn't love it but purely because I am trying not to spend so much money on polish at the moment.  Anyway, I couldn't stop thinking about this polish so naturally it had to come and live with me.  

Cuddle Team Leader is a fiery, vivid fuchsia scattered holo with a red/blue/violet semi metallic shimmering shift with fiery fuchsia/red chameleon flakes.  OMG!  I am seriously in love with this polish!  I have worn this for about a week and I would happily keep it on longer, however it has tip wear and chips and really needs to come off.  The formula is easy to work with and is opaque in three coats.

My camera really picks up the blue in this polish when it's in my light box, making it look more purple overall.  It's not really purple, it is fuchsia.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Have I mentioned that I love this polish?  I have actually had some many people compliment my nails while wearing this.  I take that as a good sign because most people don't tend to comment on my nails these days.  Unfortunately, this polish is no longer available (unless you can find it in a blog sale somewhere).

Uberchic Beauty Art Deco Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 8 August 2018


A few days ago I shared with you the new Cultural Rhythm from Uberchic Beauty, and today I have the second plate from their latest release - the Art Deco stamping plate.  Of the two plates, this is definitely my favourite of the two.  There are some great images on this plate.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
I am loving skittlette manis at the moment, however I really didn't want to deal with glitter removal.  Yes i know there are peel off bases but I didn't want to have to wait for that to dry.  Anyway, I decided a holo accent nail would be the perfect alternative to glitter - and I love it!  The sun even came out to play so I could take a picture of this mani.  Polishes used are Color Club Age Of Aquarius and Harp On It, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.




With the cold weather that has been happening here in Melbourne, I have been craving some neons.  This mani definitely hits the nail on the head.  I wish that I did this as a full mani and could wear it for a full week.  Polishes used are Dance Legend Banana Party, Best Vacations, My Wave, Umc Umc Baby and 541, and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


I am a big fan of this plate.  There are some really great images on it and they all stamp well.

The Art Deco stamping plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Emily de Molly August 2018 Releases - Swatches & Review

Monday, 6 August 2018


It's that exciting time of the month again - new releases from Emily de Molly!  I don't know about you guys but I always get really excited when Hayley makes new polishes.  There are always so many stunners, it actually makes it really hard to decide which polish to wear first.  I usually decide based on if they need sunlight (and then of course what the actual weather is) or alphabetical order.  Less decision making for me that way. Lol.  Enough babbling from me, let's take a look at this month's releases.


Ashes From Flames is an olive brown holo with golden shimmer and silver holo micro glitters.  I think that this is such an interesting shade.  It's not one that I would normally gravitate too but I quite like it.  The formula is fantastic (you could get away with doing one coat).  My swatch shows two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Dancing Through Sunday is a periwinkle blue with orange to green iridescent flakes, aurora pigment and silver holo microglitter.  This polish is gorgeous!  It's definitely one of my favourites from this release.  I don't think that my pictures do this polish justice.  It's better in person.  The formula is a little on the sheer side.  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 is shade
Memories Of Midnight is a purple filled with blue chrome flakes and metallic blue micro glitters.   Really big fan of this polish too.  The colour is gorgeous and the formula is awesome.  Again this is one of those polishes that you could get away with doing one coat.  My swatch shows two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Positive Contact is a dark rose gold foil magnetic with blue to purple shifting shimmer.  I really like this polish - both before and after the magnet.  I think its quite pretty and unique.  I definitely don't have anything like it in my collection.  For my swatch I used two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight

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)
Right Of Passage is a dark purple holo with subtle green to purple multichrome shimmer and tiny blue iridescent flakes.  This is another gorgeous polish (although I did think that this was blue and not purple).  The formula is also fantastic.  You could get away with doing one coat.  For my swatch I used two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Subdued Delights is a lilac (warm) to dry peach (cold) thermal with green to pink shifting shimmer.  I really like this polish in it's warm state, however I am not a fan of it in it's cold state.  The formula is great, it applies evenly and is opaque in two coats.

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box with flash (cold)

Picture taken under direct light

Picture taken in light box (warm/transition)

Picture taken in light box (warm/transition)

Picture taken in light box (warm)
The Maze And The Hightower is a light blue (warm) to light teal green (cold) thermal with strong pink to gold shifting shimmer, iridescent flakes and silver micro glitters and shimmer.  I love this polish - both in the cold and warm states.  I think it looks so pretty.  The formula is great and applies well.  I believe I used three coats for this polish (I forgot to write it down).

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box (transition)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (cold)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (cold)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (warm)
I know I say this every month (and I promise it's not me being bias or anything like that - Emily de Molly has genuinely been one of my favourite indie brands for years now!) but I really like this month's release.  There isn't one that I don't like (with the exception of Subdued Delights in it's cold state - but I do like it in the warm state).  My personal favourites would have to be Memories Of Midnight, Dancing Through Sunday and The Maze And The Hightower.

The August releases will be available on Thursday 9th August at 10am AEST from Emily de Molly's Australian site and on Wednesday 8th August at 8pm EDT on the international site.