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Femme Fatale Cosmetics November Fiends exclusives & COTM

Hello, hello! I bring to you today some swatches of Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ November colour of the month (COTM) polish and the November Fiends exclusives (Fiends is Femme Fatale’s very own group on Facebook, so go check it out if you haven’t already). I want to start with the exclusives as they’re a lot of fun and also inspired by pictures the members of the Fiends group submitted, which I think is lovely. Let’s dive in.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CLOSE YOUR EYES

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I don’t know why this is called Close Your Eyes because I think most people will want to stare at this polish (geez, how tacky did that sound? But true!). This polish was inspired by the puffed chest colour of a bird image submitted by a Fiends member. It’s a blue-leaning-turquoise crelly with holo glitter, purple shimmer and green iridescent glitter. Because it is a crelly, you can see the tips and edges of the nail, but I actually don’t mind this. A warning though – this polish is a stainer. My nails were blue for a while after wearing and because I also wore some studs on the top of a few nails after taking these photos, you could still definitely see the shape of the studs on my nails once I removed the polish. So please do wear a good base coat. I’m wearing two coats here, but I think a third coat would look good as well, if you wanted to see what that looked like. I’ve topped it with Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SEEING YOUR SOUL

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Here we have Seeing Your Soul, which is inspired by a pop art image suggest by a Fiends member. The base is a soft pink-beige crelly, which I adore. I would just love a polish like this: muted, yet insightful. Anyhow, the polish has a gold shimmer and glitter added in white, baby yellow, silver holo, aqua, fuchsia and yellow of various sizes. I found it hard to make the application look like how it looks in the bottle, but somehow I don’t mind the sparseness. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

ENTWINED IN DUST (NOVEMBER COTM)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Entwined In Dust, the November 2016 COTM. It has a burgundy base and a soft bright pink to gold shine, along with some micro gold holo glitter (as seen in the macro image). It’s a bit more reserved than Femme Fatale’s usual COTM offering, but for traditional polish lovers this will go down a treat. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of the November offering from Femme Fatale Cosmetics? Which is your favourite? 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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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art

Today is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I’ve never commemorated it before on my nails, but this year I really wanted to make sure I did. As a relatively new mum, I’m extremely fortunate to have my son in my life. I look at him every day and think the world’s just that little bit better for him being in it. I know a small handful of people who have experienced loss now. So I think it’s lovely this day exists for everyone to honour babies who have died from miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

During October, Theresa, of Grace-full Nail Polish, encourages everyone to paint their nails blue and pink to show support and raise awareness of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. You can participate too by using the hashtags #pregnancyandinfantlossawareness and #waveofpolish. She also hosts an auction of nail polish (now closed) that raises funds for Sands, the miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death charity in Australia. Theresa’s auction raises a lot of much-needed funds for this great cause. Read on for more details of my nails.

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I wanted something simple and I think I got that. Using a base of Femme Fatale Heart of the Mountain, I then used some nail art tape to mark off the top of my nails – a bit like how you’d do French tips. I then applied a couple of coats of SinfulColors Cinderella and while it was drying, I added two pink studs to each nail. I then applied a coat of Seche Vite. I think all the colours work well together and I must admit, I’m impressed that I didn’t stuff up applying the nail art tape straight across my nail. I always seem to apply it wrong!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

 

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

This design was lovely to wear and I received a few compliments on how it looked, which was nice. I also realised I hadn’t worn a light blue polish in ages, so I thought I’d have to pull another one out soon, especially since pastel colours look so good in spring. I would love to hear if you commemorated International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on your nails. Let me know – or even better, show me! Thanks for reading!


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Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone

Hello! I’ve been cleaning up some of my random polish-related things lately and have come across a stash of pics I haven’t uploaded to my blog. So, over the next few weeks, if you see my nail length change from short to long and vice versa, it’s because I’m just putting some “older” pics up, not because my nails grow incredibly fast. Ha! I wish they would though.

So today I have Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone to show you. It’s one of the many polishes from the Post Apocalyptic Princess Collection (of which I also own An Uzi From Daddy) and it’s a lot of fun – like all polishes from Pretty Serious. Read on for more!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Forbidden Zone is a deep red jelly base with gold shimmer and gold and red glitter. It’s a very pretty polish but it’ll eat your top coat like nothing else. So you have to use at least two layers of a good, thick top coat. I’m wearing two thin coats with two coats of Seche on top. I reckon this would make a great base for some Christmas nail art.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Have you tried any polishes from the Post Apocalyptic Princess Collection? Which one is your favourite? Let me know your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!

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Sayuri Roots of the World Tree

Hello! Tonight I have a quick post to show you what I’ve recently been wearing on my nails: Sayuri Roots of the World Tree. It’s from Sayuri’s latest collection called Svartalfheim. Let’s take a look.

Sayuri Roots of the World Tree swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Roots of the World Tree swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Roots of the World Tree is a beige base with a mesmerising purple shimmer and holo glitter in gold, caramel, copper and pink. I bought this thinking it had more of a darker base to it – I didn’t think it would be so sheer, in other words – but it’s growing on me. I don’t mind a bit of visible nail line (VNL) when a polish is this detailed and delicate. I’m wearing three coats but I probably could have gone a fourth coat, I think. Or made them a bit thicker? I used two thin coats of Seche on top.

Sayuri Roots of the World Tree swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sayuri
  • Cost: AU$10.95
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, what do you think? Have you picked up any of Sayuri’s Svartalfheim polishes? How do you feel about VNL? Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics October COTM Duo

Hi there! Today I bring you the Femme Fatale Cosmetics COTM Duo for October. Usually the COTM is just one polish, but I think with October being such a great time of year for inspiration (think Halloween and all things gory in general) it would be hard for anyone to keep it to just one polish when inspired by Stephen King’s novel The Shining. So this is what Sophie (the creator and owner of Femme Fatale) has done. The COTM Duo is currently available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Australian site in a 48-hour presale and it will be heading to the Femme Fatale Cosmetics international site in mid-October. Let’s take a look.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CABIN FEVER

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Cabin Fever stole my heart straight away. If you like Femme Fatale’s Liquid Pearl (from last year’s The Midsummer Night’s Dream Collection), then you’ll also be a fan of Cabin Fever. It has a milky base with red shimmer, red iridescent glitter and black holo glitter. It can be worn alone (as my pictures show) or layered over another polish. I just love the red shimmer! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE OVERLOOK

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The other stunner from this duo is The Overlook. The Overlook is a bright, rich red-magenta linear holo with silver holo microglitter. This polish was a lot of fun to wear and I think it’s pretty work appropriate, too, even though it’s inspired by The Shining. This is two easy coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Now, I kind of think Cabin Fever and The Overlook are made to go with each other, so here’s a couple of pics of Cabin Fever over The Overlook. An interesting combo indeed!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook topped with Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook topped with Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Even though these are a duo, you’ll notice you can buy these polishes individually, which is great news in case you like one and not the other, for example. Also, if you like the look of both but don’t have the budget this month, both polishes will be back in the Femme Fatale Cosmetics December presale. So, plenty of time to save. 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 Halloween Story Trio Collection

Me again – bringing you the second trio from Celestial Cosmetics in time for Halloween (the first being The Curse of Miss Ives Collection). The Halloween Story Trio Collection is named so because the three names of the polishes create a short story. These polishes are very Halloween appropriate, so if you love themed polishes, get comfy and read on!

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Sinister Squashling swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SINISTER SQUASHLING

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Sinister Squashling swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sinister Squashling is a neon orange jelly with a gold overlay, colour-shifting sparks and black holo microglitter. It’s perfect for the base of pumpkins or even just on its own for the big day. It’s very bright and I’ve also learnt recently it glows under UV lighting. Awesome much? Formula was wonderful and what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Sinister Squashling swatched by Dry, Dammit!

 

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Chases The Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CHASES THE FAIRY

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Chases The Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Chases The Fairy is a neon green jelly with black shred glitter. This one also reacts to UV light. In my pictures it looks like there’s a blue tinge to the colour but I think it’s just my camera not being able to handle the intensity of the neon green. Formula on this one was good too and the shred glitter played nicely. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Chases The Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Into The Blood Woods swatched by Dry, Dammit!

INTO THE BLOOD WOODS

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Into The Blood Woods swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Into The Blood Woods is a teal-based jelly with cherry microglitter and rose gold flakes. This is my favourite from the trio as it’s so much more detailed than what you’d expect. The formula on this one is perfect but it did stain my nails so you’ll need to wear a good base coat underneath. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Into The Blood Woods swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Like The Curse of Miss Ives Collection, you can pick them up from tomorrow (25 September in Australia and 24 September at the international store). These are a lot of fun and I think there’s plenty to do with them come Halloween. 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 The Curse of Miss Ives Collection & September LE 2016

Hiya! Today I bring you one of the trios from Celestial Cosmetics in time for Halloween, as well as the September LE. The trio is called The Curse Of Miss Ives and is a collaboration between Nicki (the mastermind behind Celestial) and her social media maven, Jacq. I love the name of the trio, which is inspired by a character of the TV show Penny Dreadful named Vanessa Ives. The polishes are inspired by Vanessa’s costumes worn in the show.

The September LE 2016 is at the end, so read on for more!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!SEANCE

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Seance is a deep purple linear holo with gold shimmer. The formula on this one was truly fabulous – buttery and self-levelling. The gold really does stand out in person, so if you like gold polishes you’d probably really like this as a unique polish to add to your stash. This is my favourite from the collection; it’s such a stunner. Pictured is two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!LITTLE SCORPION

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Little Scorpion is a black-based scattered holo with silver flakes and black holo microglitter. I love the intricate colours of this one up close! We need more black holos in our lives. Plus, the formula was smooth and easy, which is always a good thing. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!DEMIMONDE

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Demimonde is a soft grey linear holo. The grey is very faint and you’ll need to get a good light to see the holo. The formula on this one was a bit sheer (yet manageable) and you’ll most likely need three coats like me. This is three coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!SEPTEMBER LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The September LE 2016 is based on the flower the morning glory (inspiration picture below). The picture was chosen in the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group; if you haven’t joined I recommend you do! It’s a lot of fun in there. Nicki used the centre of the flower for inspiration, which translated to a bright magenta pink holo base with purple, blue and indigo flakes. I love, love, love this polish! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

morning-gloryMorning glory. Photo credit.

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

If you like the look of any of these polishes – good news! They’re available from tomorrow (25 September in Australia and 24 September at the international store). If you can pick up Seance or the September LE 2016 I highly recommend it. Thanks for reading!

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