Born Pretty Store – Ya Qin An Stamping polishes

Alison aka @bornprettyreview kindly sent me a selection of Ya Qin An stamping polishes. I’m always on the lookout for some good stamping polishes. These come in jumbo 18ml bottles and don’t have that god damned awful stink about them. I had a black, white, hot pink, yellow, green, a periwinkle blue and a dark blue to try. Now there aren’t any colours on the bottles, just a catalogue number to go from so I’ve included them at the end of the post and the item number on the swatch. Clear as mud?!


So on with the swatches. First up is….

Hot Pink – well of course that would be the first! It stamps really well and if anything is more vibrant in real life.

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Hot Pink #14 stamped using BP-25 over Spell Polish Clean Slate

Periwinkle – I’m a sucker for the blues and I loved this one. Probably a bit more opaque that the pink too. And blonde ole me forgot to hold the stamping polish bottle – on quite a few of the swatches….

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Periwinkle #18 Stamped using BPL-029 0ver Zoya Yves (the worst stainer in the world) with an accent of KB Shimmer Maybe Navy. No top coat.

Yellow – Formula a tad thin but OK, just not my sort of colour :/

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Yellow #21 stamped using BPL-002 over Zoya Honor

White – I loved this one, so opaque and easy to clean up!

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White, Catalogue #19168 stamped using Pueen Cosmetics Nature Lover 01 over Maybelline Pink Sand
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White stamped using BPL-024 over Scofflaw Étoile d’eau Salée

Black – I wanted to use a heavy stamping image to see if the polish picked up all of the design. I haven’t touched this up at all and there are only a few missed spots. I’m impressed with this one, again easy to clean up.

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Black, Catalogue # 19168 stamped using BPL-001 over Femme Fatale Noxious Mire

Dark Blue – A bit dodgy on the clean up as most dark blues are. Latex of some sort would be a must for this one. It did stamp perfectly.

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Dark Blue #17 along with white and yellow stamped using BP-33 0ver Orly Snow Cone

Yellow, White and pink combo – Dou

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White stamped using BP-L003 and yellow using BP-L001over Color Club Over the Moon

Black and White – and a bit of double stamping

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Black and White stamped using BP-42 0ver Color Club Not So Mellow Yellow

Black – And I’ve saved my favouritest mani till last. Oh how I love a good rose image! The black stamps so amazingly well

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Black stamped using BPL-024 over Color Club Right On, matte top coat
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Gloss top coat


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One last matte shot. Just because it’s so beautiful!

All of these stamping polishes do the job extremely well. My favourites would be the pink as it’s a bright one, periwinkle as I love a blue and the black and white as I go through such a lot of them it’s nice to have a big 18ml bottle. I realise I’m a total ditz and forgot to hold the actual stamping polish bottles for some of the pics. Well it’s not something you normally do, and that’s my defence :o)

The Black and White can be found on Born Pretty Store’s website, catalogue number 19168, here just choose the colour from the drop down list.

The Dark Blue, Periwinkle, Yellow and Pink can be found on BPS’s website, catalogue number 21282, here and this time chose the number for the colour.

These are all excellent additions to my stamping polish arsenal and will be used many times!







Powder Perfect The Castle Collection

Jacinta writes about The Castle Collection: “I noticed, first, the dust motes dancing in the light as I walked through what must have been the library. The carpets had begun to fade and ebb away, and items were strewn about as thought the last occupants had fled at but a moment’s notice. I found a discarded wax seal on the desk – emblazoned with the family’s crest. A once glorious family, the owners of this house had now faded from local recollection. All that remained was the crumbling shell of their grand home.”

Here are the polishes inspired by that piece. I used two coats for all my swatches though the cremes are virtual one coaters for those who apply them carefully. I’m not one ;o)



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ÜberChic Beauty Christmas-01 Stamping Plate

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I know it’s still November and I’m breaking all of my own rules by doing a Christmas post before the 1st of December but…. well you really don’t want to leave this ÜberChic Stamping plate for your list for Santa. You need it NOW to do wonderful Christmassy manis!


Gorgeous images aren’t they! I have a heap of mani ideas in my head busting to get out!!


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Grace-full Nail Polish Dreamy Collection Beach Part 2


There are seven shades in this collection following on from Dreamy Beach Part. I love a good creme polish, it’s my favourite polish type and these slot straight into my collection of wearable polish and look they water marble too! They are so versatile but enough prattling on lets jump straight in with swatches. I’ve split them into two halves only because I couldn’t water marble all seven together ;0) All photos are taken good old Brisbane in natural light and I used two coats unless I say otherwise.



Kristen – a bright pink creme. Great formula and colour.



Carly – a baby pink delightful shade



Judith – a mid blue colour and I absolutely love this one!






Faith – a jade green creme and Im not quite colour accurate with this one, such a tricksy shade to photograph :/



Coral My Life – Is sort of Coral and pink depending what mood she’s in! There is a faint shimmer in there too.



Therese – a yellow green with a slight shimmer similar to Coral My Life. you can’t really see it on the nail but it does give a slightly different finish to the straight cremes. It was a bit patchy after two coats so I applied another. Well worth it for such a gorgeous colour



Zara – a baby blue and compliments Carly the baby pink perfectly


All seven from this collection are so lovely its hard to pick a favourite. Therese because its an unusual colour but as I’m a bit of a blue gal it would have to be Judith at the top of my list. This collection is now available from Grace-full Nail Polish