Emily de Molly Samples 2018 - Swatches

Thursday, 26 April 2018


Apart from three polishes, my swatch racks are currently empty.  That is a little scary but exciting all at the same time.  It's exciting because it means I can officially tick off my goal of swatching all the polishes I purchased in 2017 (woohoo) and I am on track for swatching all of the polishes I have purchased this year.  That being said I do have more polishes on their way to me, so hopefully I can stay on track.  Anyway, today I have three sample polishes I picked up from Emily de Molly in January (I think).  As they aren't available I won't talk about them too much, I'll just share my swatches.


Sample 433.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Sample 465.  I wish I had better lighting for this.  It has the most beautiful shimmer through it but I couldn't capture it.  My swatch shows three coats. 

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Sample 598.  My swatch shows two coats.

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I do like having a few samples in my collection.  Makes me feel a little special knowing that I have a one off polish.  And limited edition polishes.  I like having really limited edition polishes.  

Do you like having samples in your collection?

Uberchic Beauty Collection Twenty Five Stamping Plates - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 25 April 2018


New plates!  You can never go wrong with new plates!  Ok, well maybe you can, but I do love Uberchic's stamping collections.  There is usually so many fantastic designs within each collection and Collection Twenty Five is no exception.  I actually had trouble deciding which images I was going to use first.  That's definitely not a bad problem to have is it?  Lol.  Enough babbling, let's get onto the swatches and review!

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There are some really cool designs on this first plate.  I particularly love the layering images, the image in the top left corner, and the bottom two on the left side.  I'm not sure how I feel about the massive image in the top right corner.  I feel like it may be a little big and a lot of the details may get lost once it's on the nails.  
Image from Uberchic Beauty
I could not resist the floral layered image on this plate.  I think it's so pretty.  I'm still working on trying to layer images properly.  I think it may be one of those things that I will never get 'perfect'.  For my base I used Essie Backseat Bestie and stamped using Hit The Bottle As Black As Night and Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.


Again, these image layers I just couldn't resist!  Apparently I also love stamping with black and white with these images.  For my base I used Emily de Molly Sample 465 and stamped using Hit The Bottle As Black As Night and Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.


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I think that this may be my favourite of the three plates.  There are so many awesome images that are right up my alley.  You can bet I will be getting a lot of use out of this plate.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
The first mani I did using this plate was a very simple one.  It looks so much prettier in person than in my picture.  For my base I used Emily de Molly LE75 and stamped using a pink polish from Ya Qin An.


This next image screamed black and white accent nail to me. I absolutely love it!  Polishes used are Color Club Right On!, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and Absence.


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This plate also has images that are right up my alley!  I am excited to use more of these images.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
It has been forever since I have done a simple gradient so I thought it was time to do one again.  For my gradient used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Bunny Foo Foo and Doodle Bug, and stamped using Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.


I was putting some polishes away when I rediscovered Emily de Molly's All The Feelings and I just had to use it.  I sponged it on over Emily de Molly Borrow Time and stamped using Hit The Bottle As Black As Night.


I am loving this collection.  There are so many awesome images, particularly on the second and third plates.  Now to just find some extra nail time so I can play some more.  

Collection Twenty Five is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Topic Tuesdays: Nail Polish Backups

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


I stumbled across a new group on Instagram that looks like a little bit of fun.  Each Tuesday there is a different topic which everyone then talks about.  I believe some people do this on Instagram in a post, others do YouTube videos and maybe there are a couple of bloggers that do it too.  I'm really not sure who does it or who even started it but I thought that it would be fun to do some of the topics here and there.  Today's topic is Nail Polish Backups.  I actually considered doing a post like this some time ago but bumped it from my blog planner for other things.  I don't actually have swatches on my blog for a lot of these polishes so I will just include some bottle shots instead so you have a bit of a reference for what I am talking about.


Indie Polishes

Emily de Molly
I only have one back up that I have from Emily de Molly and that is Quest For Immortality.  This polish was originally released back in 2016 and has now been discontinued now.  It is one of my all time favourite polishes from EdM and while I probably won't ever get around to using my back up bottle and I so happy knowing that it is there.


I also have six bottles of Clean Up Crew.  Technically not a nail polish but I thought I would include it anyway. 
 
Grace-full Nail Polish
The only backup polishes I have from Grace-full Nail Polish is their base coat.  I believe I have about three back up bottles at the moment.  I say about three as one of the bottles is a refill bottle so it is a little larger. 

Powder Perfect
My Powder Perfect back ups include two bottles of the black stamping polish and one bottle of the white stamping polish.  I have gone through so many of these bottles in the past and will be very sad when I use up all of the back ups.
 

Pretty Serious Cosmetics
I have quite a few back ups from Pretty Serious Cosmetics - although honestly not as many as I had originally thought.  I thought I had a couple of bottles of Presence but I guess I have used them.  Oops.  Anyway, I have five bottles of Absence:


And a backup set of the Pastel Pets Collection.


Mainstream Polishes
 
China Glaze
Before I go into the details of which of the polishes I have I just want to mention that a lot of my backup polishes are actually slightly different colours than the originals.  Has anyone else found that? Some are a couple of shades different but then there are some shades that you could easily stick different labels on and you would never know that they were the same polish.  It's very frustrating especially since I have to buy my China Glaze polishes online.  I don't get to see the actual shade until it arrives here.

My backup China Glaze polishes include the Sunsational Cremes:


Glistening Snow, Plurple, For Audrey and At Vase Value (which is a prime example of how different the 'new' version is to the original)


Orly
Glowstick is by far my favourite neon yellow polish ever so it just makes sense for me to have a back up of it.  This is one of the back up polishes that I will be needing to break out very, very soon.


OPI
The brand that started my whole nail polish collection.  There are quite a few older polishes from OPI that I wished I had backups of but sadly I don't.  I do however have five bottles of Alpine Snow (it was my go to white until I discovered some other white polishes), Crown Me Already, Not Like The Movies, My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Pink Friday, What's With The Cattitude?


Crown Me Already:


Pink Friday:


I have also recently opened up my backup bottles of My Vampire Is Buff and Mod About You.

Sally Hansen 
My one and only backup Sally Hansen is the original Pacific Blue.  I think this is probably one of those polishes that most people have a back up of.


That is all of my backup polishes I currently have.  As I mentioned earlier, there are some polishes in my backups that I may not get around to using but I am ok with that.  I also am aware that it is quite strange that I have so many back ups of things like black and white polishes.  In my defense, a lot of the time I purchase them when I am trying to fill up my cart.  I figure they will get used at some point.

What are some of the back up polishes you own?

Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Spring 02 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 23 April 2018


Another day, another stamping plate review.  My swatch racks are looking rather empty at the moment (I'm just as shocked as you are!) but my pile of stamping plates seems to be growing by the second.  Prepare yourself for lots of stamping plate posts in the next few weeks.  Anyway, today I have swatches and a review of Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Spring 02 stamping plate to share with you.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
I love the simplicity of both this image and mani.  Polishes used are Orly Road Trippin and a pink stamping polish from Ya Qin An.


There is something about this next image that made me want to break out some of the Pastel Pets from Pretty Serious Cosmetics.  Polishes used are Doodle Bug, Bunny Foo Foo, Cutie Patootie and Fluffykins.


I think that this is a nice plate, but nothing over the top exciting.  I feel like some of these images are on other plates or are just really similar to other images from other plates.  

The Make Your Mark 07 Stamping Plate is available now from Lina Nail Art Supplies and Hit The Bottle.

It Girl Nail Art IG107 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 22 April 2018


It occurred to me the other day that I have a bunch of It Girl stamping plates sitting in my pile of stamping plates waiting for me to swatch them.  I love having new things to play with, especially when it is from a new to me brand.  Yay for having It Girl not only in my collection but on my blog as well!  Today I have the IG107 stamping plate to share with you.

Image from It Girl Nail Art
As this plate is full of full sized images (which are always a favourite of mine) I really struggled deciding which image to use first.  I am so glad that I went for this image.  I love how it looks over Emily de Molly's LE64.

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I really like this next image (I think it would look awesome as an accent nail in black and white) but I thought I would be a bit more adventurous and go for some neon.  Polishes used are Color Club Cliff Notes, All Dolled Up and Don't Toy With Me, and Hit The Bottle As Black As Night.

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I'm quite impressed with the quality of this It Girl plate.  It stamps so well.  The images are fantastic too although I do find it a little odd that the images are soooo wide.  I can't image that anyone's nails are that wide so it seems like a waste of space.  You could easily get some extra images on these plates.

This plate is available from It Girl Nail Art.

Emily de Molly April 2018 Releases - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 21 April 2018


I can not even begin to tell you how much I have been dying to share these new releases from Emily de Molly with you!  I'm sure if you have seen the sneak peeks Hayley has been sharing on Instagram and Facebook then you are probably dying just as much to see them!  So without further ado.... Actually I probably should give you a heads up that this post is quite picture heavy but you can't have too much of a good thing right?  Ok, now onto the polishes!


Collector Of Maps is a green to purple multichrome foil type shimmer with silver holographic micro glitters and metallic blue micro glitters.  This is such a stunning polish!  The formula is fantastic and applies evenly.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Distance To The Sun is a copper (warm) to grey (cold) thermal with strong copper overlay and silver holographic micro glitters.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!  I think the colours are gorgeous and shift really well and the formula is awesome!  You can easily do two coats, however I did do three coats for my swatch as it was a little see through at the tips for my liking.

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Double Take is a blue (warm) to purple (cold) thermal with blue to purple shifting shimmer.  Huge fan of this one too.  Again, both colours are fantastic and transition well.  This polish is a two coat, except I accidentally knock my nails so my swatch shows three coats.

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Dreams Of Glass is a very pale purple (can lean grey) with blue shimmer, orange iridescent flakes and silver holographic micro glitters.  This is another favourite of mine.  Such a stunner and I love the flakes.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Expelled From Paradise is a pale pink/purple with strong green overlay, silver holographic glitters and green chrome flakes.  I think this is such an interesting and unique shade.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

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Glimpses Of Twilight is a dark purple base with strong turquoise overlay, copper holographic micro glitters and lots of metallic copper flakes.  This is another really interesting shade.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

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Magnetic Fields is a pink/orange/green multichrome magnetic with gold flakes.  That's right, a magnetic polish!!  I LOVE this one!!  I think this polish is absolutely stunning both before and after the magnet.  The formula is perfect - you could easily get away with one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Teller Of Tales is a red based purple with copper overlay, green/blue/purple/red iridescent flakes and copper holographic micro glitters.  Another gorgeous polish with a great formula.  I used three coats for my swatch, however you can easily get away with two coats.

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I am absolutely loving this month's releases from Emily de Molly.  There are sooooo many amazing polishes.  I don't think I can say anything bad about any of them.  My absolute favourites (and boy was this hard to narrow down) are Magnetic Fields, Teller Of Tales, Distance To The Sun and Dreams Of Glass.

The April releases will be available from Emily de Molly's Australian site on Monday 23rd April at 10am AEST and on the international site on Sunday 22nd at 8pm EDT.