Lina Nail Art Supplies Let's Doodle 01 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


While my "to swatch" racks are filling up with polish again, I am happy to say that the pile of stamping plates has decreased quite significantly.  It feels like last week I was saying that I still had eight Lina Nail Art Supplies plates to swatch, but right this second there is only three (plus one more plate from another brand).  Super happy with that.  Today, I have the Let's Doodle 01 stamping plate to share with you.

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As soon as I swatched Orly's Velvet Kaleidoscope I know that I just had to stamp over it and this floral image was perfect!  I am such a huge fan of shifty polishes with stamping.  It always makes it look like you have put in more effort than you actually have.




For this next mani I wanted to go for something more colourful.  This image just screamed bright colours to me.  Or maybe I was just craving some bright colours.  Either way you look at it, I am super happy with this mani.  Polishes used are Zoya Juvia, Cana and Evergreen and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


It's no secret that I am a fan of floral images and this plate is full of florals!  I do find it a little odd that there isn't some other imagery on here likes swirls etc. because isn't that what people doodle?  Or is that just me?  I had no issues with how the images pick up or transfer.

The Let's Doodle 01 Stamping Plate is available now from Lina Nail Art Supplies.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics There & Back Again (Part) Collection - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


I'm back to swatching some more of the polishes I purchased last year.  I am determined to get them all swatched by the end of this year.  Sometimes it is a bit of a juggling between swatching the new things and swatching the "old" things but I am sure that I can get through them (although give me another month or two and I may be saying something different).  Anyway, one of the last collections that I purchased from Femme Fatale Cosmetics was the There & Back Collection.  I wasn't a fan of the entire collection so I only grabbed six of the eight polishes.


Heart Of The Mountain is a very pale silvery blue linear holo with fine ultra holo glitters and a very strong red-to-yellow flash.  This one is super sheer which is quite disappointing.  It looks so pretty in the bottle.  I used two coats over a white base.

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My Precious is a clear topper filled with golden glitters and strong pink shimmers.  Now this one is quite pretty.  The formula is easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats over China Glaze Truth Is Gold.

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The Last Great Fire-Drake has a strong plum-magenta jelly base, with turquoise flash and golden holo glitters.  I think this one is quite interesting and pretty.  The formula is easy enough to work with, but it is one the sheer side.  My swatch shows three coats and it is still see through at the tips on direct light.

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The Necromancer is a pink jelly with hints of purple tones and filled with cherry holo, blue shimmers and warm flakes.  This is definitely my favourite from the ones that I picked up.  I think the colour and glitters are stunning.  It is quite sheer.  As you can see in my pictures you can see through the tips as this polish doesn't offer full coverage.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Thief In The Shadows is a plum purple jelly with blue-to-pink shimmers and silver holographic glitters.  This one isn't overly exciting but it is nice.  The formula is easy to use.  You can get away with two coats, however it is still see through at the tips.  My swatch shows three coats.

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Wandering Wizard is a sheer based microglitter topper, full of holographic silvers with a hint of lavender, and a smattering of orange luminescence. This is probably my second favourite from the ones that I picked up.  I think it's really pretty and easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats over China Glaze Street Style Princess.

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Overall, I do like the polishes that I picked up but I am disappointed that they are quite sheer.  It's the biggest reason that I actually stopped purchasing polishes from Femme Fatale Cosmetics.  It was a huge decision to stop especially after collecting all of their polishes for so many years.  I am actually currently destashing a lot of Femme Fatale polishes so if you are interested in any please check out my blog sale.

Did you pick up any of the polishes from the There & Back Again Collection?

Clear Jelly Stamper CJS22 The Essentials One Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 21 August 2017


Clear Jelly Stamper is one of those brands that I have been following for quite some time and have been meaning to get around to trying.  Sadly, I hadn't manage to until now.  I was lucky enough to be contacted by Clear Jelly Stamper asking if I would like to review some of their products.  I jumped at the chance and now have two stamping plates, four stamping plates and the Big Bling XL Stamper to share with you guys.  I have decided to split the posts into three different posts.  Today I will be sharing with you The Essentials One stamping plate.

Image from Clear Jelly Stamper
There are quite a few images that caught my eye on this plate, in particular was this diamond design (I am sure it has a technical name but I can't think of what else to call it).  I knew it would be perfect for layering over itself.  I did originally do it using other colours, however I didn't line the image up correctly so scrapped that mani.  I am happy that I did because I love how this turned out.  For my base polish I used China Glaze Just A Little Embellishment and stamped using Clear Jelly Stamper's Angelic White and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


This next mani was actually a mani that I did for the Digit-al Dozen last week.  The checkered image was perfect for my Alice In Wonderland inspired mani.  Polishes used are OPI I Believe In Manicures, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.



I really couldn't go past the layering images at the top of the plate.  While these aren't perfect (I don't blame to plate for that at all - it's definitely me) I really like the idea of these images.  For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and stamped using Clear Jelly Stamper's Paula's Pixie Purple and Shiraz!


Overall I am a big fan of this plate.  I am still very new to the whole layering of images but I definitely want to practice some more and this plate will be fantastic to keep playing with.  The plate is etched perfectly and I had no issues with picking up or transferring any of the images.

The Essentials One Stamping Plate is available now from Clear Jelly Stamper.
 

SM Polish Naughty But Nice Collection - Swatches& Review

Sunday, 20 August 2017


I am back with another new collection from SM Polish!  If you missed my swatches and review of the Out Of This World Collection then you can find that here.  Today I have the soon to be released Naughty But Nice Collection to share with you.


Jealous Girlfriend is a turquoise crelly with multiple sized glitters and flakes in various colours.  The formula is easy to use, however it is slightly on the the sheer side.  I used three coats as there was still a visible nail line after the second coat.




One Night Stand is a blue crelly with multiple sized glitters and flakes in various colours.  I think this one is the prettiest of this collection.  The formula is easy to use, but is on the sheer side.  I needed three coats to remove the visible nail line.




Satin Knickers is described as having multiple sized glitters in various colours in a fine colour travel base that transitions between purple and green.  The press release also says that "it can be used as a top coat".  I received the press release well after swatching these and this polish definitely shouldn't be worn on it own.  I used five coats and it still isn't opaque!  You can still see through the tips and see a slight visible nail line (it is more obvious in person than my pictures).  I am not even sure what base colour this one would look decent over.  Personally I would skip this polish.




True Love is a pink crelly with multiple sized glitters and flakes in various colours.  Again, the formula is easy to work with but it is on the sheer side.  You can get away with three coats, but I used four coats for my swatch.



This collection reminds me of old school indies from a few years ago.  I think a few years ago I may have liked them more than I do now.  While the formulas are easy to use I am disappointed at how sheer these are.  I think polishes of this type should be two coats to be opaque, not three plus coats and still be see through at the tips.  No nail polish should ever need five coats!

The Naughty But Nice Collection is being released Tuesday 22nd August at 5pm AEST on SM Polish's site.  If you use my code 'olivia10' you will receive a 10% discount (minimum purchase I believe is $20).
 

Crumpets's Nail Tarts: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge: The End Of Summer

Saturday, 19 August 2017


I survived the Digit-al Dozen week for another month, but the nail challenges aren't quite over for this week.  This week is also another mani for the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge.  The theme is the end of Summer.  It's actually Winter here in Melbourne (although we have had some decent-ish weather this week which has made me even more excited that we are approaching Spring!).  I was a little stuck on what idea I should go with and then it dawned on me - sunset!  Sunset's in summer are always so beautiful.

For my gradient I used Bundle Monster Quasar, Teepee Tipping and E-tronica.  I then for some strange reason thought it would be a good idea to freehand a palm tree.  It's definitely not the greatest freehand but I am sure it could have been a lot worse.  Lol.




It's really not long until I can say that I have successfully completed this challenge.


I am excited to see how others have interrupted this week's theme.


The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Non Fiction

Friday, 18 August 2017


I don't think it would be right to go through a whole week of story genres and not cover non fiction.  I started the week with fiction so I thought it would be perfect timing to end this challenge with non fiction.  I am sure there are a million books on butterflies and I really felt like doing butterfly nails so that is what I did.  I had originally planned on doing butterfly wings with a gradient underneath but I stupidly left my butterfly wing stamping plate upstairs and I honestly couldn't be bothered going back upstairs to grab it.  Luckily for me I did still have Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 04 out and it just so happened to have this really pretty butterfly image on it.  

For my base I sponged on Bundle Monster's Jungle Mirage, Rave Babe and Eldorado and stamped the butterflies using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  




Sometimes accidental manis are the best manis.  I seriously love how this one turned out.  


The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Romance

Thursday, 17 August 2017


This week is going by so quickly.  It feels like only yesterday I was posting the first mani for this week's Digit-al Dozen does story genres theme.  But here we are, day four.  I felt like doing something a little more girly today so I am going with romance for my theme. 

For my base I smooshed together China Glaze Feel The Breeze, Bottoms Up and I'll Pink To That and then stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Stamping image is from Uberchic Love & Marriage 02.  I wish this mani photographed as vibrant as it looks in person.  Silly neons!




Only one more day to go.  Any one want to take a guess of which genre I will be doing tomorrow?

The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Fantasy

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


One of my all time favourite book series to read is Harry Potter.  I couldn' have a whole week of story genres and skip over a Harry Potter mani now could I?  I also have the Hehe Harry Potter Stamping Plates sitting in my collection completely unused so I am just ticking off a bunch of boxes today.

For my base I used China Glaze Too Busy Being Awesome, Treble Maker, Flame-Boyant and OPI Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet.  In case you couldn't work out why I chose these colours - they are the Hogwarts house colours.  For the stamping I used Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish and Hehe 030.




What is your favourite book series to read?

The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Horror

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


For my second day of the Digit-al Dozen does story genres I picked horror.  Why?  I have absolutely no idea.  I just thought it would be a relatively "easy" genre to pick.  When I think of horror (whether it's a book or a movie) I think blood, guts and death.  Someone always dies.  So I thought skulls would be an appropriate mani for today.

This mani may look a little familiar to you.  I actually did a mani a little while ago that was pretty much the same as today's mani.  The only difference is I have added in some red stamping to represent blood.  For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and stamped using Emily de Molly Light Grey Stamping Polish, Bundle Monster Red Sea, China Glaze Out Like A Light and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Both stamping designs are from Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 04.


 Of course I had to add a matte top coat to this mani.  I used piCture pOlish G'day Matte.


I also really like the base before I stamped the skulls over it so I thought that I would share that too.


I am excited to see what sort of manis the other girls are doing this week.

The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Fiction

Monday, 14 August 2017


Welcome back to another week of the Digit-al Dozen.  This week we are tackling story genres.  This theme has sacred me for the longest time, so much so I didn't even think that I would manage to get one mani done, let alone five of them!  But something clicked late last week whilst I was waiting for my daughter to finish school for the day.  It's probably going to be a bit of a bumpy week but I will get through it (and hope that next month's theme will be easier lol).

For my first story genre I am going with fiction, and the first fiction story that came to mind was Alice In Wonderland.  I loved the book and movie when I was a child, and my daughter loves it too.  I was also lucky enough to be invited by OPI Australia to attend an advanced screening of Alice Through The Looking Glass when it came out, so it seemed like the best place to start this week.

My original mani didn't really go according to plan so this is a more simplified version.  Polishes used are OPI I Believe In Manicures, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Stamping design is from Clear Jelly Stamper CJS22 The Essentials #1 plate.  I also used the Clear Jelly Stamper Big Bling XL Stamper and OMG I love this stamper!  But more on that another time.  The bow is from Born Pretty Store (I think - I have had these for quite a few years now).

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 Day one complete!  Bring on day two!



China Glaze Street Regal Collection - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 13 August 2017


I am a simple girl.  I see a new China Glaze collection and I buy it.  I don't even really pay much attention to what it is that I am buying, I just grab one of everything and checkout.  This is what happened when I saw the Street Regal Collection.  It arrived on my doorstep and to be honest, I wasn't overly excited about the collection when I first saw it.  It definitely is a fall collection but there wasn't anything that was really jumping out at me.  And then I swatched them.....


Accent Piece is described as an orange pumpkin shimmer.  This one I thought was the ugliest out of the collection.  Surprisingly, I don't hate it as much as I thought I would.  I think it would look cool with some autumn leaves nail art or something.  The formula is easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Baroque Jungle is a dark emerald shimmer.  I am a big fan of this one.  The formula is amazing (you could easily get away with one coat) and the colour is so pretty.  My swatch shows two coats.
 
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Born To Rule is a royal blue creme.  Love the colour of this one.  I was hoping that the formula would be an amazing one coater, but it's not.  It does apply unevenly on the first coat, and is still see through at the tips in direct light.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Dawn Of A New Reign is described as a dim-violet creme.  This polish is amazing!  It's a gorgeous colour and is a one coater!  That's right!  One coat and it's completely opaque! 

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Glamcore is described as a maroon-purple shimmer.  Big fan of this one, although I think this would be better on shorter nails.  There is just something about these dark vampy colours that I think needs shorter nails.  The formula is easy to use and is a one coater providing you are careful.  If you paint over the same spot it thins out the are (not to the point that it leaves a bald spot though).  I used one coat for my swatch.

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Haute & Heavy is dark steel grey shimmer.  I'm a big fan of this one too.  This is another one coater.  This one does have visible brush strokes which are more visible in person than they are in my picture.

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Just A Little Embellishment is described as a greenish-blue creme.  Now the press release doesn't mention that this is a matte polish but it dries matte and I love it so much that I didn't want to add top coat.  It's probably not as blue as it looks in my picture (that will depend completely on your screen - this swatch looks different on my camera, my phone and computer).  If you have a super carefully application you could get away with one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Rock N Royale is a blood red creme.  This is definitely a staple polish for everyone's Fall/Winter Collection.  The formula is easy to use and so close to being a one coater.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Royal Pain In The Ascot is described as a dark fuchsia shimmer.  I think this is a gorgeous shade.  Again, this one is super close to being a one coater (in fact you probably could get away with one coat especially on shorter nails).  I used two coats for my swatch. *note: the second picture isn't entirely colour accurate but it does show the pink within the polish.

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Street Style Princess is a grey creme.  Great colour with a great formula.  It's close to a one coater today.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Throne-In' Shade is an ecru creme.  I think this is such a nice neutral shade.  The formula is great and easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Truth Is Gold is described as a good shimmer.  I feel like a bit of a broken record here.  This one is easy to use and close to being a one coater.  It does have visible brush strokes (which again are more obvious in person than what they look in my picture).  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Now as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I wasn't overly excited about this collection when I first saw it, but boy oh boy I have singing a different song now!  I think this is an awesome Fall Collection.  The colours are great and the formulas are amazing!  This is how all formulas should be.  I could list a bunch of my favourites but honestly that would be the bulk of this collection.  The ones that I like least in this collection are Accent Piece, Truth Is Gold and Rock N Royale (mainly because I am not a red fan).

What do you think of the Street Regal Collection?  Are you going to be grabbing any of these shades?