Grace-full Nail Polish Gem Sparks (Indies Down Under May 2021) - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

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Indies Down Under is back for their second month with another range of goodies.  I have this month's shade from Grace-full Nail Polish to share with you and it's a stunner!  Although I have to say it is so much better in person than in my swatches.  Theresa makes the trickiest polishes to swatch.

Gem Sparks is a multichrome that runs through blue-purple-green-teal.  This is truly a gorgeous polish and it's so shifty.  It's definitely better in person than in my pictures.  The formula is great and easy to use.  I did find it to be a little sheer on the first coat but it does build up nicely.  For my swatch I used three coats.

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Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade

Picture taken outdoors in shade
I know I have said this a few times now but this polish is stunning and so much better in person.  

Gem Sparks will be available from Friday May 14th until Wednesday May 19th from Indies Down Under.


Emily de Molly Facebook Exclusives May 2021 - Swatches & Review

Friday, 7 May 2021

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There are about a million and one different Facebook groups these days.  I am in about half of them (definitely exaggerating there) but there are really only a handful that I really keep up with.  Emily de Molly is one of those groups.  Everyone needs to be apart of this group.  If you aren't part of the group then you can find it here.  There is always lots of things happening and some of the most exciting things - like Facebook Group EXCLUSIVES!  There have been a few over the years and Hayley is adding two new exclusives which I have to share with you today.

 
La Fiamma is a dark blurple base with iridescent flakes in orange and blue.  I loooooove this one!  It's hands down my favourite of the two exclusives.  I love the base colour and the flakies.  They are both gorgeous.  The formula is always great and applies evenly.  For my swatch I used three coats.

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Tide Pool is a turquoise green crelly with metallic sapphire glitters.  I really love the combination of the base colour and the glitter.  Such a fun polish to wear.  I think this would also look really awesome with a matte top coat (kicking myself that I didn't think of this when I was wearing it).  Anyway, the formula is fantastic and applies evenly.  My swatch shows two coats.

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I love both of these exclusives but if I had to pick a favourite it would definitely be La Fiamma.  

These exclusives are available now but you will need to join the Emily de Molly Facebook group to find the link to get these polishes.  You will not be able to find them otherwise.



Emily de Molly No Regrets (Polish Pick Up May 2021) - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

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Today I have another gorgeous polish that is part of this month's Polish Pick Up.  This time I have the polish made by Emily de Molly.  

No Regrets is a light dusty purple/pink with iridescent flakes.  We all know that I love flakie polishes and this one is such a pretty one.  I'm a big fan of the soft base colour.  It's really pretty.  Because this is a lighter shade I did find it to be a little on the sheer side but it does build up nicely.  For my swatch I used three coats.

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Picture taken in overcast lighting

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How pretty is this polish?

No Regrets will be available from May 7th until May 10th from the Polish Pick Up.  This polish is capped at 600 bottles.  For the Australian polish lovers out there you can grabbed your bottle directly from Hayley's Australian site from May 8th at 9am until May 11th at 1:59pm.


Grace-full Nail Polish Something Wicca (Polish Pick Up May 2021) - Swatches & Review

Monday, 3 May 2021

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Happy May everyone!  Thi s month is going to be full of some really awesome polishes so get excited!  I'm still making my way through the swatches (and editing - which is a job for after this post).  We are kicking off May with an awesome polish from this month's Polish Pick Up made by Grace-full Nail Polish.  Let's check it out shall we?

Something Wicca is a multichrome that moves between pink, gold, green and bronze.  This is seriously an amazing polish.  I don't think my pictures do it justice.  It definitely has move colours in it than what I could capture.  The formula is great and applies evenly.  For my swatch I used three coats.

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This is a must have polish if you ask me.  You can guarantee that it will be in my favourites at the end of this month.

Something Wicca will be available from May 7th until May 10th via the Polish Pick Up.  This polish is capped at 150 so get it before it's gone!


April 2021 Favourites

Friday, 30 April 2021

Part of my brain has already moved into May but then there is the part that thinks it's crazy that we are now at the end of April.  With the end of the month comes a new favourites post!  I don't know about you guys but it is nice looking back on some of the things I have played with.  So let's recap April.

  
Nail Art
I've finally gotten around to doing some nail art this month.  Yay!  I actually grabbed quite a few stamping plates from Hit The Bottle so I have been playing around a little.  Definitely a little rusty but I love the manis that I have done this month.  Hopefully May will bring some more nail art from me.

 
Stamping Plates
Like I mentioned before I recently purchased some new plates which means I should have more nail art happening AND more plates to add to my favourites post.  Yay!

Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 09
At this stage I am pretty sure that all of the Make Your Mark plates have ended up in my favourites posts.  I do love the designs on these and the 9th plate is no exception.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
Uberchic Beauty Business Chic 02
I will forever be a big fan of Uberchic's stamping plates.  They are just so good!  I love the images on the Business Chic 02 plate.  I'm also pretty sure that their first plate from this range I loved too.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
Indie Polishes
This month again has been filled with all the stunning polishes from our indie girls.  

Emily de Molly January Release
This month I finally got around to swatching the collection that was released back in January.   I love the whole collection but have managed to narrow my favourites down to Hold Me Close, It Never Ends, Raise The Stakes, Steadfast and Ugly Mood.

  
Emily de Molly April 2021 Releases
This month's release from Hayley was also amazing!  So many amazing polishes.  I am going to hate trying to narrow them all down at the end of the year.  But I did manage to narrow this release down a little.  My favourites are Taking Over, Begin At The End, It's Never Enough, Might Be A Scene and Cloud My Vision.

 
Emily de Molly Limited Edition Polishes April 2021
The LE's from this month are definitely very Tracy like polishes.  I love them all!

 
Grace-full Nail Polish Mother's Day 2021 Trio
It's been a little bit since we have had a collection of polishes from Grace-full but OMG!  Does it get any better than this trio?  I think not!

  
Grace-full Nail Polish Skipping Beauty (Polish Pick Up April 2021)
This month's Polish Pick Up shade is definitely another Tracy polish.  It's seriously amazing!

  
That brings us to the end of the favourites for this month.  April has brought us soooo many amazing polishes but based on my swatch racks, May is going to be just as amazing.  Or maybe more.....I guess we will have to wait until May to find out.







Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 09 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

 It has been years since I have purchased any Lina Nail Art Supplies stamping plates.  Apparently it was 2018 when I last posted any of their plates on my blog.  As you can image there has been quite a few releases in that time (including other products like nail polish) so when I went to make a purchase from Hit The Bottle I thought I would scroll through the Lina plates.  I have always been a huge fan of a few of their collections, one of which is the Make Your Mark collection.  I grabbed all the plates that are missing in my MYM collection so I will have plenty of swatches and reviews coming.  Starting with today.  Today we have the Make Your Mark 09 stamping plate to share with you.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
When I was swatching Three Hearts Polish Lushess Lavender, I thought it would look amazing with some metallic stamping over the top.  My picture really doesn't do this justice.  It really looks so pretty in person.  I do wish that I also mattified the base colour too.  

  
This next mani was a collaboration with my daughter and her best friend.  They both said to do a neon rainbow and selected the zig zag image of the plate.  This was really fun to wear and made for some really easy nail art.  For my base I used polishes from Grace-full Nail Polish and stamped using Hit The Bottle's As Black As Night.

  
I am a huge fan of this plate.  I think there are some really awesome images (although I don't know if it's because I have been doing nails for such a long time or not but I feel like I have seen quite a few of these images before).  All that said I do love this plate and can see me grabbing it out again and again.  I really want to use those layered butterfly images.  Just need to work out what it is I want to do with them.  Let me know what you think I should do.



Emily de Molly Random Limited Edition Polishes - Swatches & Review

Monday, 26 April 2021

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I have some limited edition polishes from Emily de Molly that I purchased at some point but have only just gotten around to swatching them.  I am sure that there have been some others that I have that I haven't added to my blog yet (although I have a feeling I have actually worn them but just didn't take pictures of them).  I kind of go between wanting to have everything I own swatched on my blog and then sometimes just wanting to wear polishes for me.  Does anyone else do that?  Anyway, I am rambling.  Let's take a look at these limited edition polishes.

  
LE235 is a dark red holographic with green to pink shifting shimmer and gold holographic glitters.  This is such a pretty shade and the formula is awesome.  You could get away with one coat (especially on short nails).  For my swatch I used two coats.

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LE257 is a dark blue base with copper/gold/green aurora shimmer and silver holographic glitters.  Such a gorgeous colour and again has a great formula.  For my swatch I used two coats.

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LE258 is a very dark purple jelly base with silver holographic glitters including large dot glitter and orange to green shifting iridescent glitters.  I love the mix of glitters in this polish.  The large dot glitter does come out relatively easily (well it did for me on my first coat).  For my swatch I used two coats.

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LE259 is a purple to bronze multichrome with silver holographic flakes.  I love that this is such a simple yet stunning polish.  The formula is also fantastic.  One short nails you could easily stop at one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Picture taken in direct sunlight

That brings us to the end of today's post.  But before I go I have a question - if you follow my blog how do you follow?  I'm curious to know.  Also blogger is going to be removing the follow by email option which is super annoying.