Emily de Molly December 2017 Releases - Swatches & Review

Friday, 15 December 2017


Emily de Molly releases are always among my favourite releases every month.  You just know that there are going to be some great colours with excellent formulas.  December is no exception to this.  I have seven of the new release polishes to share with you today.


Bright Counterpart is a lime (cold) to neon yellow (warm) thermal with a gold shimmer.  This polish is LIMITED TO ONE BATCH.  It will be available at stockists and sold as normal until sold out.  This one freaked my camera out so my swatches aren't 100% accurate.  The colour shift is awesome and both are quite fun colours.  The formula is great and easy to use.  I did find that in the warm state it looked a little patchy so I used three coats for my swatch.   

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box (transitioning)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (transitioning)

Picture taken in direct sunlight (transitioning)

Picture taken in light box (warm)
Downward Spiral is a navy blue holo with pink/green/gold shifting shimmer and iridescent flakes.  This is such a great colour and definitely one of my favourites from this release.  The formula is awesome and is opaque in two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight
High Contrast is a purple (cold) to neon pink (warm) thermal with silver flakes.  I love this one.  I think both colours are stunning, the transition is fantastic and the formula is awesome.  I used two coats for my swatch.  I did need to ice my hands for the cold swatch so the purple is darker than what it would naturally be on your hands (well unless you have ice cold hands).

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box (transitioning)

Picture taken in light box (transitioning)

Picture taken in light box (warm)
Latent Beauty is a light beige brown with strong green to pink shifting shimmer.  I had trouble capturing the pink shift in this polish, however it is visible in person.  The formula is great and applies evenly.  My swatch shows two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Swimming In Circles is a bright teal foil with gold to green shifting shimmer.  This polish gives me mermaid vibes.  The colour is stunning and the formula is great.  My swatch shows two coats.

Picture taken in light box


Picture taken in direct sunlight
Tied To Mystery is a bright pink jelly with violet shimmer and iridescent flakes.  I love this one too.  Sadly, it doesn't photograph as nicely as it looks in person.  It really is a stunner.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box
Untapped Potential is a purple/red/orange/gold multichrome.  I am such a sucker for multichromes and I love this one.  It has such a great shift and the formula is awesome.  I used two coats for my swatch. 

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade
Emily de Molly's December releases are all fantastic.  There isn't one that I don't like.  My definite favourites are Tied To Mystery, High Contrast and Untapped Potential, closely followed by Downward Spiral and Swimming In Circles.

The December releases will be available on Emily de Molly's Australian Site on Monday 18th December at 10am AEDT and on the international site on Sunday 17th December at 6pm EST.  Don't forget that Bright Counterpart is limited to one batch only so grab it while you can. 

Update

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Hello my friends!  I hope you are all well and December is treating you well.  I know it has been such a long time since I have posted anything and I apologize for my sudden absence.  I definitely didn't plan on disappearing, in fact I had planned the opposite.  This month I had planned on daily blogging and had planned to get through the goals I had set for myself at the beginning of the year.  Sadly, neither of those things are going to be happening.  I have had an unknown health issue for quite some time and have pushed myself through to stay on top of everything.  Well, now my pain has increased and I have had to let nails take a back seat for the time being.  Without going into too many details, I am meeting with a specialist next week and will know more details.  

Now all that being said, I do have some new Emily de Molly polishes that I will be sharing with you soon, and I am hoping to have the energy to be able to swatch a couple of stamping plates.  Other than that I will doing my end of year favorites like last year.  So stay tuned for those.

Powder Perfect Christmas 1 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 2 December 2017


I have mentioned in the last few posts (well at least I think I have) that this month is going to be filled with nail art - and in particular stamping plates.  I set out the goal at the start of the year to swatch and review all of the polishes and stamping plates that I have purchased this year.  I also have a few plates that I have been sent to review to share with you.  Starting with Powder Perfect's Christmas 1 Stamping Plate.  This plate has been available for a little while now so I am sure you would have already seen swatches and reviews already but another one can't help right?  I was originally sent these plates along with Powder Perfect's Christmas Trio (which you should check out if you haven't already because they look gorgeous) last month but sadly the package never arrived *insert sad face*.  Jacinta was kind enough to re send the stamping plates with no obligation to to use them.  If you have seen this plate you will understand why I have to share it with you guys.  Enough babbling from me, let's look at the plate shall we?

Image from Powder Perfect
For my first mani using this plate I couldn't go past the layered candy canes.  Sadly, I couldn't get them to line up perfectly (that is 100% my fault and not the plate).  If I could layer them properly and if the spacing wasn't so large I think this would have been a really cute mani.  Polishes used are Powder Perfect Search The Kingdom and White Stamping Polish and Bundle Monster's Quasar.


I really wanted to do something with the layered reindeer (he is just so adorable!) but I was worried I would ruin it - but this image kept grabbing my attention over and over.  It would be wrong of me to ignore it.  For my base I used Powder Perfect Whataboutery, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Florida and stamped using their White Stamping Polish.


I really like the mix of images on this plate.  I also love that it's a plate that is just restricted to using it over the Christmas period.  I had zero issues with how any of the images picked up or transferred to my nails.

The Christmas 1 Stamping Plate is available now from Powder Perfect's Australian Site and International Site

Nail Crazies Unite: Disney/Pixar Inspired

Friday, 1 December 2017


Happy first of December everyone!  This is definitely going to be one fast paced but super fun month - well it is going to be for me anyway.  This month is also going to bring about a lot of nail art so hopefully that will be fun for you guys to see.  Today is a new theme for the Nail Crazies Unite Challenge.  The theme is Disney/Pixar Inspired.  How can one turn down doing Disney/Pixar nails?  There is soooooo many options of Disney/Pixar characters to do - Princesses, Monsters Inc, Inside Out, Doc McStuffins, Toy Story.....seriously the list just goes on and on.  I personally couldn't go past Minnie Mouse - not the new Minnie who wears pink but the classic red Minnie.

Polishes used are China Glaze Flame-boyant, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence and Presence.  I want to say that the bow is either from Born Pretty Story or Simply Spoiled Beauty.  It's been in my collection for too many years for me to remember exactly where it came from.




I am so excited to see everyone else's mani.  I believe that this week's theme is going to produce some really cute manis.  Who is your favourite Disney or Pixar character?


November 2017 Favourites

Thursday, 30 November 2017


Monthly favourites time seems to have popped up really quickly again.  I know I say that pretty much each month but November really has flown by.  Quite possibly because it has been a busy month for me.  December is even crazier.  I have filled my blog planner for the month so there is at least one thing that should stay on track next month.  As I am still working my way through my goals that I set at the start of the year, December is going to be quite stamping focused, rather than nail polish.  At this point in time I only have three collections of polishes sitting in my polish racks.  Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself here.  Let's talk about the things that I have loved this month.


Nail Art
It's been quite the month for nail art for me.  There have definitely been quite a few manis that I have loved.


Stamping Plates
As I mentioned earlier, I have a bunch of new stamping plates to get through.  I did manage to swatch my way through some new ones over the last month and have fallen in love with a few.

Dixie Plates Marble Stamping Plate
Who doesn't love marble nails?  And what better way to get them than with the Marble Stamping Plate from Dixie Plates.


Lina Nail Art Supplies I Foil In Love 01
This is such a great plate.  I am a huge fan of all the images.  This is definitely a "me" plate.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
Uberchic Got Chevron 01 Stamping Plate
If I had to only pick one stamping plate that I loved this month, then this would be it.  This plate is perfection if you ask me.

Image from Uberchic
Stamping Polishes
I'm obsessed with Hit The Bottles stamping polishes.  They have such a HUGE range and they work beautifully.


Indie Polishes
Again this month, the bulk of my polish favourites come from indie brands and two brands in particular - Emily de Molly and Grace-full Nail Polish.  I have had to be really tough on myself when it comes to picking my favourites.

Emily de Molly Fairy Wings
Fairy Wings is easily my favourite from the Pixie Garden Collection.  It's such a stunning colour and a great formula.


Emily de Molly November Releases
Ok so this one was really tough.  Hayley's November release was full of gorgeous holo polishes with amazing formulas.  But I was tough and narrowed my favourites down to four - A Veiled Promise, Dark Enlightenment, Deafening Silence and Look Up, Look Sharp.


Emily de Molly 
I recently did a small swatch spam and fell in love with quite a few of the polishes - Bring The Light, LE54, LE56 and Perception Is Key.


Grace-full Nail Polish Vintage Christmas Collection
There were three stand outs from Grace-full's Vintage Christmas Collection for me.  Belnickle, Chet and Rosy Glow.  Seriously, all gorgeous polishes.


Mainstream Polishes
Moving onto the mainstream brands.  There were a few that I fell in love with this month.  Again, I had to be tough on myself and really cut these back.

China Glaze The Glam Finale Collection
There were three standouts in this collection for me - New Year New Boo, Santa's Side Chick (which came as a huge surprise for me) and Teal The Fever.


Essie Fall 2017 Collection
This is a great Fall Collection and two of them stole my heart - Saved By The Belle and As If.


OPI Feel The Chemis-tree
This polish is hands down my favourite from the Love OPI, XOXO Collection.  It's such a stunning polish.


And that wraps up November.  Now bring on December!  Let me know what polishes you have been loving you this month.    

Uberchic Beauty Got Chevron 01 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


If you are like me then you probably thought that Uberchic's Christmas stamping plate Holiday Jingle (you can see my swatches and review here if you missed it) would be the last stamping plate being released.  Well surprise!  Uberchic have just released another new collection (Collection 22 - which I will have swatches and a review of soon) and the Got Chevron plate.  The Got Chevron plate was made in collaboration with JayLynn (GotNail).  

Image from Uberchic Beauty
In true Tracy style, I had to do a neon gradient.  There is just something about zig zags and neon gradients that just works!  I love how this mani turned out.  For my gradient I used China Glaze Purple Panic and Flip Flop Fantasy.


I really had planned on doing a black and white accent nail, but when I was trying to find polishes to team it with I re-discovered the Essie Silk Watercolor polishes.  I sponged on Essie Muse, Myself, Art New-beau, No Shrinking Violet, Point Of Blue and Pen & Inky.


I am a massive fan of zig zags.  If you go through my Instagram page you will see them time and time again.  To have a whole plate dedicated to them is amazing!  I'm seriously in love with this plate. *Spoiler alert: you will be seeing this plate in my monthly favourites tomorrow*

The Got Chevron Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Hit The Bottle Swatch Spam (New Polishes) - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Hit The Bottle have recently released a bunch of new stamping polishes.  Of course, I just had to get my hands on some.  I also picked up the missing neon from my collection as well as an older grey stamping polish.  I really need to sit down and work out which of their stamping polishes I am missing and complete my collection, but that is a job for another day and time.  Today I have the five newest stamping polishes to my ever growing collection.


Calypso Gold is a soft brownish gold stamping polish.  As you can see this one stamps well over black and white.  I think this one looks better in person than it does in my pictures (especially over white).  My lights make the polish disappear.


Grape Minds Think Alike is a deep, dusky purple stamping polish.  Big fan of this one!


Lavender Squall is a pale greyish purple stamping polish.  This one does have a slight shimmer in the bottle but I can't see it once it's on the nail.  Again, a huge fan of the colour of this one.
 

Looking For Mr Grey is a mid toned grey stamping polish.  I am so happy to have this one in my collection.  I have been after grey stamping polishes for a little while now and Hit The Bottle have come through with the goods for me.


Seas The Day is a bright aqua "neon-esque" stamping polish.  The missing neon from my collection!   This is such a pretty colour.  It is darker than it appears on camera, but still a good colour.


Like with all Hit The Bottle stamping polishes these stamp beautifully over black and white.  Seriously, Michelle makes some of the best stamping polishes.  If you haven't tried them then you definitely should.  I don't think I could recommend them enough.

All of these polishes (along with lots of others) are available from Hit The Bottle.