July 2017 Favourites

Monday, 31 July 2017

This month has definitely flown by but that is kinda a good thing.  It means that we have only one month left of Winter then it's Spring!  Hopefully this year we will actually get some good Spring weather rather than an extended Winter.  I'm definitely over this cold weather.  Anyway, as it is the last day of July it is time for another monthly favourites post.  I have gone back to daily blogging this month, which means that I have a lot of favourites this month.  I'll try and keep the chatting to a minimum for you guys.

Nail Art
I thought I didn't do much nail art this month but apparently I did quite a bit.  In true Tracy style this month my favourites consist of pastel and neon manis.  In particular, this month I have been loving doing these multicoloured sponged backgrounds.  If you missed the tutorial on how I do these you can find that here.  It's super easy and you can use so many different color combinations to achieve different looks.

Stamping Plates
I have been making some good progress on swatching some of  my stamping plates.  I still have quite a few to get through but hopefully next month I can get through more of them.
Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Spring 01
It's probably no surprise that the Spring plate has ended up in my favourites as Spring is my favourite time of year.  Plus I do love floral manis and butterfly manis.  You can see my original post here.
Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
Uberchic Beauty Collection 19
Another great collection from Uberchic.  I think there are some really cool images among these plates, particularly 19-02 and 19-03.  You can see how I used this plate plus pictures of the individual plates in this post.
Image from Uberchic Beauty
Stamping Polishes
At Aussie Indie Con I picked up a few new stamping polishes from Hit The Bottle.  I still haven't had a chance to try out the holographic stamping polishes yet but I did swatch the others I picked up plus a couple that I was sent from Hit The Bottle.  They all stamp perfectly.  I am so impressed with the quality and colour range that Hit The Bottle have.  If you are a stamper (or new to stamping) then I definitely recommend checking out Hit The Bottle.

Polishes shown are A Flock Of Seagulls, Call The Plumber,  Sparkling Cyan-ide and Snowed In!  I also swatched another polish but it's not released yet so I thought I should leave it out of today's post.  You can check out the coming soon shade here.

Indie Polishes
As you may be aware, I recently have added quite a few indie polishes to my collection (that's Aussie Indie Con!).  I have managed to swatch quite a few of them this month and have fallen in love with lots of them - no surprise there.
Celestial Cosmetics
I fell in love with three of the Celestial Cosmetics polishes this month - There's A Party In My Polish & You're Invited, The Hungry Mile and Twisted Selection.  Seriously these polishes are gorgeous.  You can see these pictures better in this post.

Emily de Molly
I didn't pick up many new polishes from the Emily de Molly table as I already own pretty much all of them.  I knew before I purchased Ava (top) and State Of Mind (bottom) that these would end up in my favourites post.  They are both amazing shades.  You can see more pictures of these two in my post here.

Grace-full Nail Polish Fruit Salad Collection
I am a huge lover of creme polishes and these are gorgeous.  There are a couple I probably wouldn't wear alone but they are perfect for nail art!  You can see my original post here.

Grace-full Nail Polish In Omnia Paratus Collection
This is another collection I picked up from Aussie Indie Con.  As they were a pre release I held off swatching them for a little while.  I know how frustrating it can be when you see something on someone's blog but you can't buy them yet.  Anyway, I love this entire collection.  In particular, I love Get A Hooker, The Subsect, Yes Purple! and Dodge Lancer.  You can see more swatches and my review of this collection here.

piCture pOlish 
I'm really not sure if you would consider piCture pOlish an indie brand or a mainstream brand.  They kinda sit some where in the middle I think.  Anyway, I did pick up a few new shades to add to my collection.  While I do quite like the neons I picked up, I did fall in love with Tasha and Haven.  Tasha is definitely a very "me" colour and Haven will always have a special place in my heart as it is the collaboration with Margaret (@loveslacquer).  You can find my original post here.

Mainstream Polishes
I pretty much tried three collections from two mainstream brands and I love them!  That is definitely a huge bonus when they are all collections that you have purchased yourself (not that they persuades me one way or the other - I definitely have spend money on things that I wish that I hadn't lol).
China Glaze My Little Pony Collection
I absolutely love this collection.  I really wish that you could purchase the limited edition collectors box, but sadly I couldn't find it.  I do love the polishes from this collection.  The real standouts for me would be Too Busy Being Awesome, Cutie Mark The Spot, Hay Girl, Hay!, I Just Canterlot, Where's The Party Canon At? and Songbird Siren.  You can see my thoughts on each of these polishes in this post here.

Color Club Coated Collection
I have been loving the latest two collections from Color Club.  While I disagree that this collection are "one coat" polishes, I love the colour range.  There are a couple of favourite Color Club polishes in this mix and the formulas are so much better.  I love all the colours in this collection.  You can find my original post here.  If you are curious how well they stamp you can find that here.

Color Club Pop Play Collection
If my memory serves me correctly I actually mentioned this collection last month because I had been using it a lot for nail art.  While I don't particularly like the formulas to wear as a full mani I still love this collection for nail art.  To find out my thoughts on each individual polish check out my post here.

Your Favourites
The top five posts that you guys have been viewing this month have come as no surprise to me.

Color Club Coated Collection Stamping Test

And there we have it.  That is everything that I have been loving this month.  I told you there was a lot of things.  It definitely has been a busy month this month with lots of new things for me to play with.  At this stage I still haven't fully decided if I will be daily blogging for August or taking it a little slower.  I am planning on doing the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge in September as well as doing regular posts like swatches, reviews and other nail art challenges.  So September is going to be absolutely crazy.  I'll just have to play it by ear a little I think. 

Let me know what you have been loving this month.  It can be a nail art technique, a certain polish or collection.  I'd love to know.


  1. I loved your post on the China Glaze x MLP collection (BIG fan of the collection) + your explanation of your multi-coloured sponging technique. I suck at doing sponge gradients, but I'm still keen to give them + your technique a go.

    1. I'm glad you liked the CG post (it's a gorgeous collection!) and the tutorial. It definitely is a lot easier than a gradient because there is less blending required and you can make it as "messy" as you would like. Definitely give it a go!