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Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection

Hi there. Tonight I bring you swatches and my thoughts on the Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection, which launches tomorrow on both the Australian and international Celestial sites. It’s inspired by the costumes from the 1992 movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula and is a collaboration collection for Nicki’s birthday (the maker behind Celestial). Every birthday Nicki does a collaboration collection and this year it’s with one of her good friends. Read on for more!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE DEVIL’S CONCUBINE

The Devil’s Concubine is a stunning orange linear holo that has a gorgeous flame. It’s my favourite from the collection and inspired by the vibrant orange clothes the character Lucy Westenra once she’s a vampire. It was so smooth to apply and I really think this would make an awesome summer polish – especially on the toes! I’m becoming more and more a fan of orange so I was pretty pleased this vibrant colour was included in the collection. This is just two easy coats with one coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE BRIDES

The Brides is a dark gold base with gold colour-shifting flakes and green shimmer. This one’s based on the clothes of the brides of Dracula. It looks like it would be a bit bumpy once applied, but it was actually so smooth. It reminds me of a pot of gold. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE

The Blood Is The Life – wowsers! Look at that intense red. I can definitely see blood here; can you? This has a slight duochrome effect, going from a dark red to a copper. It’s quite a slight shift, but I think I was able to capture it well. The inspiration behind this one is drawn from the battle armour Prince Vlad wears, the gown Mina wears when she dines with the Count and the blood Dracula requires to remain alive. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

GOD’S MADMEN

God’s Madmen is a really interesting polish. It looks much more vibrant in real life, more like in the macro shot below. It’s a metallic grey with gold flakes and gold holo microglitter. I found it to look quite metallic on, so if you’re not the biggest fan of that finish you may not like this one. Nevertheless it does apply easily – and without noticeable brush strokes, too. This one is inspired by the dark clothes the men wear when they hunt the Count. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

OCEANS OF TIME

Oceans of Time is a dark blue base with silver shimmer and silver flakes. I really like how the flakes look in this one. They’re quite delicate yet edgy and I think it matches the inspiration of Dracula’s blue lenses of the glasses he wears in London very well. Plus, it’s a bit different too in terms of the match up for a Dracula-inspired polish. My “original” idea would have been red or black. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

MINA

Finally we have Mina, a light mint holo with white sparks. In fact, I found this colour to be almost a neon pastel. If you’re a lover of green then you’ll think this is divine. Mina is inspired by the clothes of the character Wilhelmina Murray. It applied like butter but it does need to build up gradually, so I’d recommend thin coats. This is three coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

I’m a big fan of this collection – it’s surprisingly bright and cheerful for a collection inspired largely by a horror film. I’ve never actually watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula so I’m thinking I probably should now. If you can only get one from the collection I recommend The Devil’s Concubine, for sure! What’s you’re favourite from the collection? Let me know your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!

*PRESS SAMPLES: I received the products in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion (apart from the gold studs).


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Celestial Cosmetics First, Last & Always, July LE 2016 & August LE 2016

Good evening! Today I bring you a swag full of Celestial Cosmetics goodies; two LEs and also the new Celestial Cosmetics site exclusive that you can only buy at Celestial’s Australian store or international store. Also, you’ll notice in the pictures of the August LE 2016 my nail shape is different. I’ve gone a bit rounder as my nails just seemed to be breaking a lot more frequently than usual. For some reason rounder nails are stronger for me. Enjoy!

Celestial Cosmetics First, Last & Always swatched by Dry, Dammit!

FIRST, LAST & ALWAYS

Celestial Cosmetics First, Last & Always swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics First, Last & Always swatched by Dry, Dammit!

First, Last & Always is Celestial’s site exclusive and only available at the Australian store or the international store. It has a dark purple jelly base with gorgeous colour-shifting flakes that are simply amazing in any light (I mean, check out that macro!). Nicki, the make at Celestial, named the polish in honour of her late parents, which I think is a touching tribute. Nicki’s last collection, the We Breathe Fire Collection, also had a similar family back story, and I think it’s wonderful Nicki is able to channel her emotions into these stunning works of wearable art. I’m wearing three thin coats here with top coat, so you can see it builds up terrifically, but I’ve seen some swatches with just one coat over black or purple and that looks amazing, too. It’s really up to you on how to wear it!

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

AUGUST LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The August LE 2016 is based on the flower gladiolus. How stunning is the inspo pic above? The photo was chosen by the Celestial Stars Facebook group. If you’re not a member I encourage you to join as there’s a lot going on in there! It’s a coral-orange base with some scattered holo, white sparks, gold flakes and iridescent microglitter. I’ve done two coats with a top coat, but I found it was still sightly bumpy so you’ll probably need to use two coats of top coat just in case.

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

JULY LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The July LE 2016 is a stunning polish based on the waterlily. This is a must-have for all the purple fans out there. It has a scattered holo base with violet sparks, lavender flakes, purple
holo microglitter and gold flakes and microglitter. There’s a lot going on, but it translates quite smoothly onto the nail, with just two coats and a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat all you see here. I think this is my favourite Le from this year, with the April LE 2016 coming a close second.

DETAILS

Well, I hope you enjoyed this round-up of Celestial polishes. Are there any you would like to get your hands on? Thanks for reading!

*PRESS SAMPLES: I received the products in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion.


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Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection

Why hello! Today I bring you swatches and my thoughts on Celestial Cosmetics’ latest collection, the We Breathe Fire Collection, which also launched today. This collection has a beautiful origin story. It came about when Nicki (the mastermind behind Celestial) and her son got together to bring Nicki’s interest of dragons and her son’s favourite book series (the Inheritance Cycle) together. How lovely! I hope my son and I will work as collaboratively when he’s older. But, before I start, there’s good news for Celestial’s international fans – there’s a whole new international site with a whole new address: celestialcosmetics.com. It’s definitely worth checking out. Now let’s jump right in!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen nail art by Dry, Dammit!

First up I wanted to show you some nail art I did with two of the polishes – Firnen and Thorn – because I’m so super proud of it. How I didn’t smudge the polish when I applied Thorn on top of Firnen I have no idea, but I so love this look! Really easy and all I used was some eBay nail tip guides and gold studs.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

FIRNEN

Firnen is a forest green polish with a sprinkling of holo and green-gold colour-shifting flakes. I found it had a stunning blue overlay as well in some lighting. As you know, I’m not the biggest green nail polish fan (yes, I pretty much say this every time I wear a green polish) but Firnen is incredible. I love its depth and delicacy. So much so I used it for my nail art above, ha ha. In these swatches though I wore two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

GLAEDR

Wow, Glaedr. This is my favourite from the collection. I really love its strong copper lean. It’s a linear holo with bronze flakes and holo orange microglitter. The microglitter in this is a bit bumpy so you’ll definitely need a top coat. The microglitter also a bit awkwardly noticeable in the sun – breaking up the linear look a bit – but it’s not disastrous. The formula on this one was the thickest from the collection for me and you need a steady hand when applying. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THORN

As the name suggests, Thorn is a polish that packs a punch. It’s a dark purple linear holo with rose flakes and red sparks. To me it’s definitely more purple, but to others it’s a black base. The flame on Thorn is lovely and really makes it appear “softer” than what it is. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

JARNUNVOSK

Ah, Jarnunvosk. So very delicate and so very difficult to capture! It is a soft gold nude with gold flakes and shimmer, as well as the tiniest bit of holo. It’s a lot more delicate than what you see, that’s for sure! I love the gold flakes in this one, it really makes it a bit different. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SAPHIRA

This is Saphira, a mid-tone blue linear holo with blue flakes. It’s close to purple for me in some lights and it’s a darling up close – you can see the teal really pop. This suits my interest in blue a lot – blue, but not too blue. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SHRUIKAN

Last up is Shruikan. A black linear holo! Wowsers. Plus, it also has some freaking fantastic colour-shifting flakes. There are some lovely green flakes in there that I wish I could eat! The holo in this one is pretty incredible and I think it’s the first indie polish I have that’s a black holo. We need more of these, please! This is two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

The formula on these were consistent, bar Glaedr that needed a little bit of extra care. Glaedr is still my favourite though, so don’t let that deter you if you like the look of it. This is a moody collection, but there’s a lot to love. Thanks for reading!

*PRESS SAMPLES: I received the products in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion (apart from the gold studs).


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I’ve updated my blog sale

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Evening! A quick post to let you know today I completed something I have been wanting to do for ages: update my blog sale page. Nothing is over $4! I’ve got mostly mainstream polishes, so it might be good for someone starting out or just wanting to see what’s about (I know I always like looking).

I have a range of brands including: Sally Hansen, OPI, Catrice, essie, essence, SinfulColors, ulta3 and Revlon. And I’ve kept my section at the end with free polishes and expanded it!

Shipping is within Australia only with postage starting at AU$8.25 for 500g or less. Go and check out my blog sale page now! Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store holographic and paisley nail foils

Hello! Tonight I bring you some foils I received from Born Pretty Store for review. I haven’t had a lot of experience with nail foils and I wanted to see what these deigns would look like on my nails. I think it came out reasonably well – read on for more!

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I have two nail foils to show you. One is a holographic foil and it’s on my thumb, index and middle fingers. The other is a paisley print and it’s on my ring and little fingers.

I used a base of Pretty Serious Cosmetics Irresistibly Pink and applied a top coat of Seche. When fully dry I then added a thin coat of foil glue (which I think is just PVC glue with water and maybe glycerin; I got mine from a Ciate kit I bought), waited until clear and then placed the foil on top and in one smooth(ish) move ripped it off the nail. Now, the thing I found with both foils is that it’s hard to know which side is the side that applies the patter to the nail, so unless you test beforehand and make a mark on the foil, it’s 50/50 in working, really. I stuffed up a few times and had to rub off the glue and go again, which isn’t too bad but not very neat or fun.

The better the glue the better the application of the foil, I think. My glue was getting a bit old and you can see – especially on the holo fingers – that the foil is a bit stripey. I think if my glue wasn’t so old it would be better. The holo effect is striking but the paisley print would look better on a darker base colour, although it does look good in full sun. The amount of foil you get is pretty good. With the other foils I own, they’re just small squares whereas both of these nail foils are 1m long and 4cm wide. That’s a lot of nail art!

Once I had all my fingers foiled I then applied one thick coat of Seche, just to seal it all in properly. You can’t really go without top coat on a foil design because the glue will just rub off.

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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I think out of the two foils I like the holo effect one the most. It really looks good in the sun and I like that it has quite a decent flame to it. The paisley print is pretty, but my nails are too small to get a good sized pattern. If you have wide nail beds I reckon they would look great on you. Feel free to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!

*I received the nail foils in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.

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Emily de Molly Carve My Initials

Good evening! Tonight’s a short and sweet post to bring you Emily de Molly Carve My Initials. You probably know I’m not the biggest green fan but this polish looks so complex when it’s on – I love it!

Emily de Molly Carve My Initials swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Carve My Initials swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Carve My Initials swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I just love that macro shot, don’t you!? Carve My Initials has a teal jelly base that’s packed with green and purple flakies and microglitter. It’s very easy to apply and I love that it’s not an over-the-top green. It’s classy without looking like alien fingers, ha! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Emily de Molly Carve My Initials swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

I really like the contrast of the purple in this polish; green and purple are just so lovely together, don’t you reckon? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper review

Hiya! Tonight I bring you a post that has been in the making for a few months now – the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper in purple. I say it’s been in the making for a few months because as soon as I got it for review from Born Pretty Store it’s become my go-to stamper. Sure, the tube isn’t clear, but for me that’s no biggie. The impressive feature of the stamper for me is its squishiness and purpleness (as a huge purple fan!). Read on for more!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Can we all take a minute to be amazed at the wonderful pick-up this stamper has?

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Here’s what it looks like down the tube of the stamper.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see from the pictures above, this jelly stamper picks up images pretty well. I was totally skeptical when I received the stamper, so to actually have photographic evidence it picks up images is incredible to me. Although I will admit it does struggle with finer images. With those you’re either really lucky or it simply doesn’t pick up.😐 Which may come down to how the stamper head is primed. Yes, you do have to prime it (well, I did anyway). I washed it in dishwashing detergent and warm water and then used my nail file to gently rub the surface of the stamper head a bit. Once I had done that it was good to go for me. I would recommend you try washing in dishwashing detergent first and then stamping before going to the nail file as I found this made the stamper head a bit cloudy.

As you can see in my pictures, I’ve made a few scrapes to the stamper head. So a warning – be very careful! It’s quite sensitive and since it’s so squishy, once it’s “attacked” it’ll seem to totally crumble away in the area affected. Luckily for me that was only one or two spots. I really liked the squishiness of the stamper head and even with my huge C-curve nails it had no problem wrapping around it quickly and efficiently. I found it was easier to figure out where you wanted the image placed (by looking down the tube) and then smooshing right into your nail – not rolling from one side to another as you would do with a harder stamper head.

The stamper also comes with a purple plastic scraper. I didn’t used this as I used some former plastic gift cards to scrape with, but from sight it does look like it would do the job without damaging the plate you were working with.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

To stamp with I used Konad White Special Nail Polish over the top of Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Apple. The plate I used was one I received free from Emily de Molly in my last order as it was slightly damaged. I love the combination!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: 1 clear jelly stamper and 1 scraper (both purple)

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So, what do you think of the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper? Born Pretty Store has other colours available too if you’re not keen on purple, plus I even think it has a stamper now where the tube is also translucent. It’s fun to just check it out anyway. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!

*I received the clear jelly stamper in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.

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