31DC2017 Inspired By A Book

Sunday, 24 September 2017

I am pretty sure that every year I have done this challenge I have used a child's book for my inspiration.  There are a couple of reasons for that 1) I read children's books everyday with my daughter and 2) they make for easier nail art.  My skills (and brain) aren't super advanced so sticking with the children's themes really works well.  I had originally planned on doing Little Red Riding Hood but then changed my mind as I sat down to do today's mani.  My inspiration - Thelma The Unicorn.  She is a super cute pink horse that ends up with a sparkly mane and horn.  

Polishes used for this mani are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence, Color Club Harp On It, French Tips, OPI Mod About You and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Both the unicorn and star images are from Uberchic Unicorn Love stamping plate.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box with flash

Only seven more manis to go....

Uberchic Beauty Zombie Love 02 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 23 September 2017

As promised, I have my swatches and review of Uberchic's Zombie Love 02 stamping plate.  This isn't the type of plate that I would grab for on a daily basis but it is perfect for all zombie manis, nail art challenges (like what I posted earlier today) and fans of The Walking Dead.  Plus Halloween is just around the corner so this plate couldn't have come at a more perfect time.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
There are a lot of small images on this plate which I think could make for some cool manis but I personally couldn't go past the brains image.  For my base I used OPI Aurora Berry-alis and sponged on What's The Double Scoop? and Flip Flops & Crop Tops.  I stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

This mani you probably saw in my post earlier but in case you didn't... this mani is inspired by Serene's (Copy Cat Claws) mani.  I love hers and needed it on my nails.  Mine didn't turn out as awesome as hers but I am still really happy with it.  For my base I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff and sponged on Dark Side Of The Mood and Coconuts Over OPI.  I stamped using Bundle Monster Red Sea and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

Like I said before, this isn't the type of plate that I would grab for on a daily basis but it's awesome for nail art challenges and Halloween.  I did have a little trouble picking up the zombies in the last mani but I think that was user error, and not the plate's fault.

The Zombie Love 02 Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.  

What do you think of this plate?  Will you be picking it up? 

31DC2017 Inspired By A Movie

Have I mentioned that I like to cheat a lot when it comes to nail art challenges?  Well it's probably not so much cheating as it is bending the rules to fit in whatever else I have going on.  I was recently sent a bunch of the new Uberchic plates which I have been working on slowly but surely, and one of them just so happens to be the Zombie Love 02 stamping plate (I will have my swatches and review of this plate up later today).  There are probably about a million different zombie related movies these days so I figured it would be the perfect mani for today.

This mani is inspired by Serene (CopyCat Claws) Zombie mani she did a couple of weeks back.  I have had it stuck in my head since she did it and couldn't help but so a similar mani.  Serene's is definitely much better than mine so definitely check hers out if you haven't seen it already.  You can find it here.

For my base I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff and sponged on Dark Side Of The Mood and Coconuts over OPI.  I then stamped using Bundle Monster Red Sea and Powder Perfect Black Stamping Polish.

I couldn't resist adding a matte top coat to this mani.  I used piCture pOlish G'day Matte.

Is anyone getting excited that this challenge is nearly at the end or is it just me?  I'm sure when October rolls around I will feel "bored" because I won't be doing as many manis or blog posts.  Anyway, only eight more manis to go!

Nail Crazies Unite: Chevrons

Friday, 22 September 2017

I am very glad that I have a blog planner and that I plan in advance.  Why?  Because I seriously would have forgotten about today's Nail Crazies Unite mani...well and everything else.  September is really proving to be a very busy month.  The theme for today is Chevron.  I'm not sure if whoever made this challenge meant zig zags or chevrons because I know a few years back there was some confusion about what "chevrons" were.  It will be interesting to see how everyone interrupts this theme.

For my base I used Emily de Molly Bring The Light (which FYI I am loving!  This baby is so holo that you don't even need lights to see the rainbow - I will have swatches and a review of this polish but not until October).  I then stamped using Powder Perfect Black Stamping Polish and Dance Legend Violet Stamping Polish.  Stamping image is from Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 01.  I wish that I could get a sunshine pic of this mani.  Sadly the sun had gone by the time I finished this mani. 

Wow!  There are only two more themes to go and then this challenge is complete too.

31DC2017 Inspired By A Song

Day twenty two - can you believe that it is already the 22nd of September?  I'm in shock.  Today is also the last day of term for my baby, which means it's school holidays time!  I am both excited and a little nervous for these holidays.  I am not sure I am prepared for all the "I'm bored" that will be thrown my way, despite spending six hours at a park.  They joys of having a very active child.  Anyway, we are here to talk about nails and not school holidays.  Today's theme for 31DC2017 is inspired by a song.  I was listening to Rihanna the other day and her song Diamonds came on.  I figured this would make for an easy mani.

For my base I used Emily de Molly Monty Cora and topped that with All The Feelings (loving this combo - there are so many different colours happening in All The Feelings).  Stamping design is also by Emily de Molly EDM30.

Nine manis to go.....

Dance Legend Thinking Out Cloud - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 21 September 2017

I'm sure you could have guessed that this second post was going to be happening today.  I still have quite a few Dance Legend polishes to swatch so you will be still be seeing the little posts pop up every now and again.  Today I have one of the new additions to the Sky Prism Collection - Thinking Out Cloud.

Thinking Out Cloud is a delicate pinkish purple with a mix of holographic particles and pink shimmer and a dash of pinkish gold metallic.  This shade is stunning!  And the formula is so easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
I'm really not sure what else I can say about this polish.  I think it's beautiful and the formula is great.  

Thinking Out Cloud is available now from Dance Legend.

31DC2017 Inspired By A Colour

We are officially in the last third of the 31DC2017 challenge.  Part of me is excited because it means that we are close to the finish line, but then the other part of me is scared as I always find this last section of the challenge to be the hardest.  They don't call it a challenge for no reason do they?  Anyway, today's theme is an easy one - inspired by a colour.  It really means you can do whatever you want, well at least that is how I take it.

I couldn't resist using Dance Legend's Thinking Out Cloud seems Melbourne has given me some sunshine finally!  It probably won't last but it was around long enough for me to enjoy this gorgeous holo polish.  Stamping image is from Uberchic 20-03.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Only ten more manis to go....yes I am going to be counting down now.

31DC2017 Water Marble

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Back in June this year I was lucky enough to go to Aussie Indie Con and witness the amazing Cathy (More Nail Polish) and her water marbling skills.  Seriously, it was like watching a magic show.  I promised myself that I would attempt to actually water marble again.  Until today, I have been too scared to attempt it.  I wish that I could say that today's efforts were successful and amazing but nope.  It's safe to say that I will be sticking to stamping water marble designs forever after!

Polishes used are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Fluffykins, Peachie Poo and Cutie Patootie.

And that's the end of the styles section of the 31DC2017 challenge.  Next up is the inspired by prompts....this is where the challenge begins for me.  Only eleven manis to go but who's counting lol.

31DC2017 Galaxies

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

I don't know about you, but I am a little surprised how quickly Day nineteen of the 31DC2017 challenge has popped up. It really only feels like last week that I was starting this challenge, but here we are nineteen days in and nearly onto the final section of this challenge. The final section is definitely the most challenging for me! 

Today's theme is galaxies. Galaxy manis always were quite tricky for me. I think I have managed to do maybe two or three that I am really happy with. Past that, I am all for "cheating". Like today's mani. I definitely class this as cheating and I am all for it. I love how this turned out. For my base I used piCture pOlish Riviera and stamped using Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish. Stamping image is from Bundle Monster BM-XL213.

Wish me luck guys.  I am going to be attempting watermarble tonight.  Eek.

Dance Legend Binary (Part) Collection - Swatches & Review

Monday, 18 September 2017

I mentioned a little while ago that I received a bunch of new release polishes from Dance Legend and I am slowly making my way through them.  Dance Legend have recently added six new Spring inspired cremes to the Binary range and I have two of them to share with you today.  I have previously swatched and reviewed some of the other polishes in the Binary range which you can find here if you are interested.  Let's take a look at Marta and Anfisa shall we?

Anfisa is described as a cool toned raspberry creme.  I think this is a really pretty colour and the formula is easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats.

Marta is a greenish blue creme.  Such a gorgeous colour,  Again, the formula was really easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

I really like both of these polishes.  They are great colours with great formulas.

The Binary range is available now from Dance Legend

31DC2017 Half Moons

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.  I know I did.  We actually had some decent weather which was nice to be able to get outside and not completely freeze for a change.  Hopefully it means that more Spring weather is coming!  Enough about the weather, let's talk about nails.  Today's 31DC2017 theme is half moons.  If you have been following with this challenge in the previous years then you will know that I do not like half moon manis.  I am not a fan of them at all.  I think they look good on some people, but I do not like them on me at all.

For my base I used Dance Legend Marta and then used Anfisa over the top.  I will have my swatches and review of these two polishes on my blog later today.

Is there a style of mani that you don't like?  I'm curious to know.  Let me know in the comments.

Hit The Bottle Pour Some Neon On Me! Stamping Polish (Part) Collection - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 17 September 2017

One thing that you probably already know about me is that I love neon polishes!  I'm pretty sure some form of neon mani pops up in my monthly favourites every month and a lot of the time they dominate my nail art favourites.  When I saw that Hit The Bottle were making neon stamping polishes I nearly died.  I mean, neon stamping polishes?  YES PLEASE!!!!  I was actually contacted by Michelle and asked if I would be happy to test out the some of the neon polishes - and of course you know what I said.  There are a total of seven stamping polishes in this collection and I have five of them to share with you today (I do plan on picking up the other two in the near future so I will swatch and review those at some point).

Like with all Hit The Bottle polishes these polishes stamp beautifully, and the colours are amazing!  I tested them over various base colours (but have used black and white bases for this review), tested them on various brands of plates with different designs with both thin and thick lines and tested with a couple of different stampers.  I haven't experienced any issue with these at all.  As they are neons they may dry a little quicker than other stamping polishes but I honestly tried stamping slow and didn't have any issues. 

Blutonium is a bright blue creme stamping polish.

Ectoplasm Green is a neon green creme stamping polish.

High Voltage Violet is a bright purple creme stamping polish.

I Pink, Therefore I Am is a neon pink creme stamping polish.

Orange You Excited is a neon orange creme stamping polish.

I love these stamping polishes!  I honestly can't say anything bad about them.  As I mentioned earlier there are another two stamping polishes in this collection (an aqua and a yellow) which I will be adding to my collection in the near future.

The Pour Some Neon On Me! is available now from Hit The Bottle.

31DC2017: Glitter

It has just occurred to me that we are officially over the half way mark of the 31DC2017 challenge.  Woohoo!  It's been a couple of crazy weeks for me but hopefully the rest of the month will go by a little more smoothly (although come to think of it, it's school holidays at the end of next week....) and I can say I have successfully completed this challenge for the forth year in a row.  I look forward to being able to say that.  How are you traveling with this challenge?  Hanging in there?  

Today's theme is a fun one - glitter!  Seriously who doesn't love glitter?  I recently fell in love with Femme Fatale Cosmetics Wandering Wizard and just had to use it for today's mani.  I wore it over China Glaze Style Princess and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  The image is also from Powder Perfect - the Floral 1 stamping plate.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas: Autumn/Uberchic Beauty Lovely Leaves 02 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Welcome to the post with officially the longest blog post title I have ever had.  I think.  It's definitely up there as one of the longest.  As you may be aware by now, I am currently doing a daily nail art challenge on top of my regular challenges and swatching and reviews.  To make this a little "easier" on me I am combining a few things where possible.  Like today's post.  The theme for the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge is Autumn and I just so happen to have Uberchic's Lovely Leaves 02 stamping plate to review so I figured they go perfectly together in a post.

This is the mani I have done for the 26GNAI challenge.  For my base I sponged on OPI We The Female, Chop Sticking To My Story and Never A Dulles Moment and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  I seriously love this mani and I think it's probably the best Autumn mani that I have ever done.

Now let's talk about Uberchic's Lovely Leaves 02 Stamping Plate.  This plate features a good mix of full sized, individual images and of course layering images all in beautiful leafy designs.  While I have used this for an Autumn mani, you could definitely use it for other seasons.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
I really like this next image.  I think it's quite pretty and doesn't necessarily scream "leaves" to me.  For my base I used China Glaze Life's Grimm and stamped using Powder Perfect's Golden Stamping Polish.

I really like this plate.  It's not one that I would grab for on a daily basis (not that I grab for the same plate on a daily basis but you know what I mean) but it is perfect for challenge manis for me.

The Lovely Leaves 03 Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

31DC2017: Geometric Print

It seems a little strange to not be combining today's 31DC2017 mani with something else (but never fear - I will be combining another challenge mani with a review later today so stay tuned for that).  For today's mani I am keeping this one really simple.  It's quick and easy and I can easily do it on both hands with minimal fuss. I promise my manis will start getting a bit more "fancier" soon.

For my base I used Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (I love this polish - it's such a shame they reformulated it).  Stamping design is from Uberchic 20-02.  I really like this design.  There are actually quite a few awesome designs on Uberchic's Collection 20 stamping plates - but you'll have to hold off a little longer for my review.  I'm still working on my manis.