Lina Nail Art Supplies Opposites Attract Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 10 December 2018


Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you have all had a great weekend.  We had a busy weekend which seems to be the usual for us at the moment.  This time of year is always so busy!  Anyway, today I have the Opposites Attract stamping plate from Lina Nail Art Supplies to share with you.  Given this plate doesn't have a single full sized image on it, you are probably wondering why I grabbed this one?  Well let's talk about it shall we?

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
This little butterfly image is what drew me to this plate.  I have absolutely no idea what it is about them but I had to have them.  I didn't really place them very well and I do wish that my nails were longer so that I could fit all four of the butterflies on.  Other than that I am so happy with this mani.  For my base I used OPI Lavendare To Find Courage (which I added Picture Polish G'day Matte to), swirl stamping is from Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 06 and was stamped using China Glaze Admire.  Butterflies were stamped using Hit The Bottle Snowed In.

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This next mani was one that I went into with no clue what exactly I was going to do but I love how it turned out.  I think this is such a pretty image.  For my base I used Emily de Molly LE38 and stamped using Hit The Bottle Snowed In.  I wish I had better lighting for this mani.  It looks so pretty with the pink shimmer in the base.

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While this plate is full of single images (which aren't usually my thing) I really, really like this plate.  The images are all really pretty.  I'm not sure I can do the most amazing manis with them but they certainly work for simple manis.  What do you think of this plate?

OPI The Nutcracker And The Four Realms Collection - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 8 December 2018


The holiday season is in full swing and it really isn't the holidays without the OPI holiday collection.  I know that this collection has been around for a little while now and you have probably already seen plenty of swatches and read lots of reviews but I thought I would share my thoughts on the Nutcracker And Four Realms Collection anyway.  This collection contains fifteen polishes with various finishes and is limited edition.  For my Aussie readers, I believe the glitters aren't available here.  I ordered all of the polishes from a US site.


Berry Fairy Fun is a medium purple with pink and purple shimmer.  This is one of the polishes that spoke to me when I first seeing this collection.  I think the colour is so beautiful.  The formula iseasy to work with, however it does apply a little unevenly.  I used three coats for my swatch, but you can get away with two coats.

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Black To Reality is a blackened red shimmer.  I think that this is such a great shade, especially for winter.  I do wish that I had some better lighting to show off the shimmer in this one.  It is really pretty.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

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Candied Kingdom is a bright red creme.  This is one of those expected shades when it comes to a holiday collection.  I think it's good shade if you like reds (especially for the holidays).  The formula is great and applies beautifully.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Dancing Keeps Me On My Toes is a pearly white.  I found that this one is quite sheer so I decided to layering it over black.  As expected, this one does have visible brush strokes. My swatch shows one coat over black.

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Dazzling Dew Drops is a gold metallic with gold shimmer.  This one is quite sheer, especially on the first coat.  It's easy to use and applies evenly.  I did find that this one was quite slow drying.  For my swatch I used three coats.

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Dreams Need Clara-fication is a light periwinkle blue creme.  Now this shade is right up my alley.  Surprisingly I don't have anything in my OPI collection remotely similar to this.  Do OPI not do periwinkles or do I just not own any?  Anyway, this colour is gorgeous!  The formula is a little uneven on the first coat but evens out on the second coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Dreams On A Silver Platter is a mix of silver and white glitters of various sizes in a clear base.  I'm not sure if this polish can be built up to be opaque - I think that this will come down to a personal preference.  I think it makes for a great glitter topper though.  I used one coat over Dreams Need Clara-fication.  I really like this combination. 

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Envy The Adventure is an emerald green creme.   The formula of this one is awesome.  You could easily get away with one coat.  This one isn't a type of colour that I would normally wear, however I think it would be great for nail art.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Ginger's Revenge is a deep red creme.  Now if I was to do a red creme, then this is the type of red that I go for.  This one is also really glossy (even before applying top coat).  The formula is great and it is opaque in two coats.

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Gold Key To The Kingdom is a mix of gold and white glitters of various sizes in a clear base.  Like with Dreams On A Silver Platter I'm not sure if this one can really be built up or not.  I used it as a topper (one coat) over OPI March In Uniform.  This isn't a favourite glitter of mine but as you can see it has a great glitter payoff.

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I Pull The Strings is a mix of rose gold and gold glitters of various sizes in a clear base.  I do like the mix of the golds over the deep red.  I think it's quite pretty.  Again, I'm not sure if this one will build up to be opaque or not.  I used one coat over Ginger's Revenge.

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Lavendare To Find Courage is a light lavender creme.  I love this one!  It's such a great colour.  It also looks awesome mattified (you'll see that mani at some point in the near future).  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

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March In Uniform is a navy blue creme.  I love this one too.  I think I would prefer it on shorter nails, but either way the colour is still pretty.  The formula is also fantastic.  You could easily get away with one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Tinker, Thinker, Winker? is a silver holographic glitter.  I love, love, love this one!  It's soooooo pretty and so holo!  My pictures don't do it justice at all.  I'm not sure if this one is meant to be a topper or not but I did find it quite sheer on the first coat, so I decided to layer it over black.  My swatch shows one coat over black.

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Toying With Trouble is cool toned pink creme.  I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I really like this one.  I think it is a really nice pink and the formula is fantastic.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Wow!  This is definitely one of the biggest collections that I have swatched and reviewed in quite some time.  It's a great collection though.  While there are a few shades that I personally don't care for, overall the formulas are great and the colour range is good too.  My personal favourites are Tinker, Thinker, Winker?, Berry Fairy Fun, Dreams Need Clara-fication, Lavendare To Find Courage and March In Uniform.  There is also a few more that I really like as well but I'm not going to name them all.

What do you think of OPI's Holiday Collection for this year?  Which shades did/are you going to pick up?

Grace-full Nail Polish Polish Pick Up December 2018 - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


Now that we are in December (which is already going by so quickly!  I'm going to blink and it will be 2019 eek!) we are starting to see the last polishes for this year.  It really seems kinda crazy to me.   But the plus side is I can really start thinking about all of my favourite things from this year.  Today I have a favourite polish of mine (*spoiler alert* this polish will be in my monthly favourites and is definitely in the running to be in my favourite indies for 2018 list) - this month's Polish Pick Up from Grace-full Nail Polish.

Fairy Footprints is a sparkly holo in a pink (leaning rose gold) with rose gold and silver metallic flakes that make it glow, and lavender and baby pink holo micro glitter for extra pops of sparkle.  This polish is absolutely gorgeous!  I love it!  The colour is stunning and the formula is fantastic and so easy to use (and to remove).  I actually work this polish for about five days!  I really didn't want to take it off.  For my swatch I used two coats.

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How gorgeous is this polish?  I'm seriously in love.  

Fairy Footprints will be available via the Polish Pick Up from Friday 7th December at 11am EST until Monday 10th December.   This polish is capped to 70 polishes so I highly recommend adding it to your wishlist and buying as soon as the polishes go live.  

Lina Nail Art Supplies Spooklicious 03 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 3 December 2018


Today I have this year's Spooklicious stamping plate from Lina Nail Art Supplies to share with you. Yes I know that in a few weeks time it will be Christmas, and yes I am aware that Halloween has come and gone but it's better late than never right?  In all honesty, I have gone back and forth about whether I should share this plate or hold off until Halloween next year.  One of my "New Years Resolutions" was to swatch everything that I purchase throughout this year so that is what I am doing.  Let's take a look at Spooklicious 03.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
This first mani is one that I did not long after getting this plate in the mail.  In fact, it's the mani I wore for Halloween.  I apparently just never got around to sharing it anywhere.  I think that the skeleton image is kinda cute, however my plate isn't etched properly so I had quite some difficulty getting the image to pick up and transfer properly.  This is something I have mentioned in some previous reviews of Lina's plates - the quality is a bit hit and miss which is quite frustrating. 


This next mani is by far my favourite mani that I have done using this plate.  For my base I used Emily de Molly Monty Cora, the textured stamping is done using Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 03 and stamped using Hit The Bottle Looking For Mr Grey.  The skull image (which is from the Spooklicious plate) is stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.




I'm a really big fan of this plate and I'm honestly kicking myself that I didn't use it more when it was Halloween.  Especially that layered moon image!  That looks so cool.  I have also seen a heap of really awesome manis using this plate which I will have to draw some inspiration from next year.  I'll definitely be breaking out this plate again.

Emily de Molly December 2018 Releases

Sunday, 2 December 2018


While I love being sent new pretties to play with, I have one dislike - having to wait so long until I can share them.  This is most definitely the case with the polishes in this post.  I feel like I have had these polishes for a year (it definitely hasn't been that long but it has been a while) and now I can finally share them.  So prepare yourself and your wallet for this month's release from Emily de Molly!


Chrome Buttons is a pale rose gold metallic flake polish.  I love, love, love this one!  Pictures really don't do it the justice it deserves.  Apparent from the colour being gorgeous, the formula is so easy to use (and removes well) and it is so shiny.  For my swatch I used two coats.

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Just Your Type is a dark blue base with iridescent flakes, blue shimmer and silver holo micro glitters.  This is definitely my type of blue!  It's absolutely gorgeous!  The formula is fantastic and applies evenly.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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One And The Same is a bright orange base with golden green shimmer and blue chrome flakies.  I think that this is such an interesting mix.  I think it would make for a great Halloween polish.  As usual, the formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

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Region Specific is a bright green base with silver metallic flakes.  I quite like this one (for a green).  The formula is amazing!  You could get away with one coat.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Relaxed Fit is a light grey base with green shimmer and blue chrome flakes.  I really like this one.  I seem to have a bit of a thing for grey polishes lately.  Anyway, the formula of this one is great and so easy to use.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Save Your Boredom is a purple base with copper/gold/green/blue shifting aurora shimmer.  OMG!  This polish is seriously AMAZING!  If you feel in love with Sea Of Lies then I have no doubt that you will also love this one! I'm seriously obsessed with it.  I did find this one a little one the sheer side, but the formula is easy to use.  I used three coats for my swatch, however you can get away with two coats (especially if you have shorter nails).

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Seventh Seal is a very dark green base with gold holographic micro glitters and a green to purple multichrome magnetic effect.  I'm a huge fan of this one (both with and without the magnetic effect).  The formula is fantastic and is opaque in two coats.

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Silk And Denim is a rosy nude (warm) to dusty purple (cold) thermal with turquoise shimmer and silver micro glitters.  I really like this thermal!  I especially like it in its cold form.  The formula is great and it transitions well.  For my swatch I used three coats (however you can stop at two coats).

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How amazing is this month's release?  I think Hayley has killed it with this last release for 2018.  My personal favourites are Save Your Boredom, Just Your Type, Chrome Buttons, Seventh Seal and Silk And Denim.  Which ones are you loving?

The December releases will be available on Tuesday 4th December at 10am AEDT from Emily de Molly's Australian site and on Monday 3rd December at 7pm EST on the international site.