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Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2015

*Press sample

Hiya! Tonight I bring Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2015. The August LE has taken inspiration from the August birthstone peridot. If you Google peridot you’ll discover it’s a vivid green with a golden shift. This is exactly what the polish looks like, take a look.

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2015 by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2015 by Dry, Dammit!Inside in natural light

The August LE is just stunning and delicate to wear. In the shade it’s quite a subtle green polish but it really comes to life outside in the sun when the gold shimmer pops through the green scattered holo. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2015 by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2015 by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

DETAILS

The August LE goes on sale tomorrow, Friday,Β  July 31, along with the It’s All Happening Collection. Check them out when they launch. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics It’s All Happening Collection swatches and review

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Hello! I’m very excited to bring you another wonderful collection from Celestial Cosmetics. It’s a collaboration collection with Serenity Nails based on the movie Almost Famous called It’s All Happening and it’s launching this Friday, July 31. This is such an impressive collection, all the polishes are a little different and I’m loving how they are reminiscent of the vivid colours of the ’70s. I received all but one polish from the collection – Swill Merchants – for review. Before we begin I’ll let you know now all the photos were taken outdoors in natural light – I had a beautiful winter weekend to take advantage of. Take a look!

INCENDIARY

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Incendiary by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Incendiary by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Incendiary by Dry, Dammit!

Ermahgerd! This is such a powerful silver linear holo that almost seems to have a foil finish. And it has double the wow factor too because it also includes platinum silver flakes, so it looks just as stunning when not in full sun. This is two coats without top coat. The polish takes its name from the line “The guitar sound is incendiary” by the character William Miller.

YOU ARE HOME

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection You Are Home by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection You Are Home by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection You Are Home by Dry, Dammit!

How can you not love this polish? You Are Home is a mint green crelly with rainbow pearl and silver flakes. The name is from the line by character Penny Lane to William Miller when she tells him “You are home”. I found the polish a bit sheer so what you see is three coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat.

LADY

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Lady by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Lady by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Lady by Dry, Dammit!

I think Lady is a great twist on the traditional nude polish. It’s a pinky-brown crelly with red shimmer and blurple flakes. This polish is called Lady as it’s the character Penny Lane’s real name. On application, it’s a bit sheer on the first coat but it builds up nicely by two coats. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

WE ARE BAND AIDS

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection We Are Band Aids by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection We Are Band Aids by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection We Are Band Aids by Dry, Dammit!

We Are Band Aids is another stunning holo from this collection and my personal favourite. Yes! I know. I’m a sucker for purple, especially in holo form! This is a purple linear holo with a red/pink flame. It’s more beautiful in real life! This polish takes its name from what the groupies in the movie call themselves: band aids. What you see is two coats without top coat.

SET YOU FREE

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Set You Free by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Set You Free by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Set You Free by Dry, Dammit!

Set You Free will become a staple summer polish for a lot of people I think. It’s an orange-red jelly with red sparks, gold flakes and orange/green iridescent microglitter. I also thought I saw some hints of pink in there in the sun. Set You Free’s name is inspired by a quote by the character Anita Miller, William Miller’s sister. I thought this polish might be sheer because it’s a jelly but surprisingly it’s not. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER LAUGHTER?

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Does Anybody Remember Laughter by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Does Anybody Remember Laughter by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics It's All Happening Collection Does Anybody Remember Laughter by Dry, Dammit!

Does Anybody Remember Laughter? is a classic beautiful blue polish. It’s a periwinkle blue crelly base with blurple microflakes. Gorgeous! It has such a nice purple shift in the sun. This polish’s name is from a line by the character Sapphire. I reckon this polish would look good with undies as it does take three coats to build it up to what you see here. I’ve also topped it with Solar Ray.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Individually prices range between AU$10-AU$12, otherwise the full set is available and will be discounted by 10% in its first week (AU$58.50) and full price thereafter
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

Remember, this collection is launching this Friday, July 31! I think there’s something here for everyone and it’s a great collection to grab in the lead up to the warmer months with all the bright colours. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser!

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Hello! Tonight I bring you a quick swatch of a Glam Polish I wore ages ago now. This is an oldie way back from 2013 that I think has been discontinued. It’s called She Had A Lipstick Taser! and it was part of the Mayhem & Madness Collection (inspired by the movie Despicable Me 2).

Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser by Dry, Dammit!

She Had A Lipstick Taser! is a light blue crelly base with multi-sized white and pink hexes and dots. I had a little trouble applying it as the glitter moved about as I applied each layer. It also seemed a tad bit sheer at two coats so what you see is three coats with a top coat of Seche. It dried smooth though despite my troubles. Because this polish leans a bit sheer I reckon it would look good over some undies and it would make the blue brighter, too.

Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser by Dry, Dammit!

Sorry about the short post tonight but I had these photos sitting about for a while and I figured I just had to use them. Like I said above, I think this polish has been discontinued, but you may be able to find it about in some destash sales. Thanks for reading!


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Face of Australia Not Just A Pretty Face, Show ‘Em Your Sparkle!, Don’t Judge Me! & Miss Congeniality from the Miss Universe Iconic Collection and chevron negative space nail art

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Hello! I recently heard about a collaboration collection between Face of Australia and Miss Universe Australia (yes, the pageant) and I knew I would be interested in some of its polishes. Altogether there are 16 polishes to choose from in three finishes: cremes, glitter toppers and a clear top coat. Today I’ve got four to show you that I recently bought from my local Big W, the only shop I’ve seen them at even though apparently they’re meant to be available at Priceline, too.

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

I love this polish but I hate its name, I just find it so sexist. In the bottle, this has a gorgeous pink shimmer but it didn’t translate onto the nail for me. Instead, I found this to be a really wearable pink creme that complimented my skin tone. The formula is a bit sheer but it does build up nicely and what you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche.

SHOW ‘EM YOUR SPARKLE!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Show ‘Em Your Sparkle! is one of the glitter toppers. It’s made up of tiny multi-coloured glitter (kinda iridescent, but kinda not, if that makes sense!) in a pink base. In the bottle it looks really dense and the base colour brighter than what it appears on the nail, so I would recommend wearing undies with this one. What you see here is one dabbed coat over Not Just A Pretty Face with a top coat of Seche. My bottle is incorrectly labelled as It’s My Universe, another one of the glitter toppers.

DON’T JUDGE ME!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!
Don’t Judge Me! is a black creme. It was almost a one-coater for me, but I found the formula to be a bit too thin. It’s got a lovely shine to it and what you see here is two coats without top coat. I stuffed up my ring finger a bit so that’s why is looks a little bumpy.

MISS CONGENIALITY

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Miss Congeniality is a wonderful white creme. If you’re better at applying nail polish than me, you could get away with this as a one-coater, as it’s got the formula and consistency to to achieve that, but I found it a bit streaky at one coat. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I’ve read a few reviews saying this would be good for nail art and I’m assuming by that they mean stamping, but I’m not too sure as I haven’t tried. It would be great if true though!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Big W (I bought mine at Channel Court, Kingston)
  • Cost: AU$4
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See individual polish descriptions above

I couldn’t help but try and do some nail art with Don’t Judge Me! and Miss Congeniality. So I decided to do a negative space design. Sorry about how crappy these pictures are with the light glare. I had the wrong setting selected on my camera and I only realised how bad it was when I was editing.

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Overall, I enjoyed these polishes and I think I’ll pick up a couple more. There was a red and coral I thought looked pretty but I probably wouldn’t buy all 16. I don’t like how some of them have white lids and some have black lids, I think I would prefer one or the other. Also, I’m pretty sure the brush is attached the square lid. I tried to pull the lid away from the brush but it wouldn’t budge. Not a problem if you’re used to applying polish, but for the casual user it might be tricky dealing with the square lid as an applicator. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Soon

*Nothing to disclose

Hello! Tonight I’ve got an Emily de Molly I picked up a while ago in a destash sale called Soon. I’ve wanted this one for a while so I was happy when I picked it up. The pics are from when I wore it a couple of months ago. Let’s take a look!

Emily de Molly Soon by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Soon by Dry, Dammit!

Soon is a blue-grey crelly base with green, pink, and blue hexes. It’s a pretty delicate polish I found, with the glitter pieces not overpowering at all. Even in application, with all the glitter, it wasn’t difficult. I’ve applied two coats with a top coat of Seche. This is a great everyday polish as the base colour doesn’t clash with too many things.

Emily de Molly Soon by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Soon by Dry, Dammit!

I don’t think you can buy this from the Emily de Molly website anymore unfortunately, so you’ll have to be on the hunt for this one. And while I’m talking about Emily de Molly I should probably mention Hayley has launched a new website. It’s worth having a browse, it’s more user friendly and there’s a newsletter you can sign up to. The next big Emily de Molly release is on July 23, I think, so pop over then to see what’s available. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2015 & Gentle Kiss cuticle oil pen

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Good evening! Tonight I’m bringing you another Celestial Cosmetics polish, this time the July LE 2015. Nicki, the creator over at Celestial Cosmetics, has come up with a stunning polish based on the July birthstone, which is ruby. Also, I have to show you Celestial Cosmetics’ new cuticle oil pen line called Gentle Kiss. Let’s take a look!

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2015 by Dry, Dammit!Inside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2015 by Dry, Dammit!Inside in natural light

The July LE is a wonderful, easy-to-wear polish. I guess this is due to the fact that it’s really a classic colour. It’s a red-based scattered holo with red glitter and iridescent micro glitter. I found the red micro glitters to make the finish a bit bumpy, so you will need a good coat of top coat, or at least two coats. I’m wearing two coats of July LE with two coats of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat. Once you’ve got a good top coat on it’s perfectly smooth. This has a lovely pinkish rainbow that I tried to capture in the photo below, but the sun was quite strong so it’s a bit washed out – sorry!

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2015 by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2015 by Dry, Dammit!Inside in natural light

Now I also wanted to introduce to you a new line of cuticle oil pens Celestial Cosmetics has released this month called Gentle Kiss. You can choose from unscented, vanilla, coconut lime, carrot cake and fairy floss scents. I received the pen in fairy floss and oh my goodness. If you’re a sucker for sweet-smelling things then this will be right up your alley. This is now my go-to cuticle oil, I’ve never had one in pen form before and honestly, I don’t think I would look back. Having a cuticle oil in pen form just makes sense – mess free! It’s so easy to apply by twisting the end and rubbing the “pen” on your cuticles, plus it has a lid that clicks back on easy peasy. I’ve been using my pen for the past month and I’ve got so much use out of it! If you look at the photo below you’ll see how much I have left, so it goes a long way. Also, I’ve found my cuticles to be lovely and soft and much easier to push back. You need this in your life!

Celestial Cosmetics Gentle Kiss cuticle oil in fairy floss scent by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

July LE 2015

Gentle Kiss cuticle oil pen

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: AU$5
  • Volume: 4.5ml
  • What you get: One cuticle oil pen in a scent of your choice

The July LE and Gentle Kiss cuticle oil pens are just a couple of the great items on the Celestial Cosmetics website at the moment, so I suggest you head on over and check it out. I’ve already worn the July LE a couple of times and I can’t get enough. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics Game of Thrones Collection swatches, review and nail art

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Hiya! I’m bringing you a big post tonight: Celestial Cosmetics Game of Thrones Collection! As you can guess it’s inspired by the TV show Game of Thrones and it launched on June 26 so it’s just over a week old. There was a flurry of blog posts, pictures, etc on its launch that were so amazing I decided to wait a little while before posting my pics as I’m not sure I’ve done it justice! This collection has two parts. One part is cremes and the other part is holos. I’m bringing you both parts tonight. I found this adorable gif I thought was appropriate to celebrate this collection, so once you’ve had a giggle let’s move on to the polishes!

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HOLOS

Just a note on the application of the holos so I’m not repeating myself. I found them all super easy to apply with a wonderful, buttery formula. Also, they all dried so incredibly fast. Very impressive.

YOU WIN OR YOU DIE

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Another extraordinary holo blue by Celestial Cosmetics! This is a bright blue linear holo and it has the same wow effect that On Your Left from the Avenge the Earth Collection has. This has a really strong rainbow to it and I loved wearing it. This is two coats without top coat.

DANCE WITH DRAGONS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Dance With Dragons also has this incredible rainbow like You Win Or You Die, much stronger than what I could capture. This is a dark green linear holo that leans blue. This polish is very limited because of the ingredients required and I think it’s already sold out (only 18 bottles available!). I can see why! This is two coats without top coat.

KINGSROAD

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Kingsroad is another limited polish because of its ingredients (also just 18 bottles). A linear green holo like Dance With Dragons, this time more of a lime-yellow combo. The rainbow through this one was very yellow toned, which made a nice change. What you see is two coats without top coat.

GARDEN OF BONES

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Garden of Bones is a light brown linear holo. It’s quite neutral indoors but when you’re outside: WOWZA! That’s when it really comes to play, even though I couldn’t catch it that well. This is two coats without top coat.

FIRE & BLOOD

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Fire & Blood is the surprising favourite of mine from the collection. Surprising because in the bottle I wasn’t moved by it, but once on my nails I loved it. It’s a pinky-red linear holo that seems more pink to me, and a really beautiful shade of pink, too. The holo effect on this is stunning and lives up to its name – very fiery! This is two coats without top coat.

Now, I couldn’t help but try to do some nail art with these holos, so I laid down a base of Kingsroad, added random pieces of striping tape and then sponged Garden of Bones, Fire & Blood and You Win Or You Die on top. I removed the tape and added some brown holographic studs as some of my make-up sponge left pieces on my nails.

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

CREMES

MYHSA

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

I love this colour, it’s totally a shade of nail polish I am drawn to for some reason. Myhsa is described as a plum red creme, but in some lights it looks more pink than red. This was super shiny by itself and so what you see is two coats without top coat. Also, this was surprisingly easy to clean-up around the cuticles for a darker shade. I don’t know if my application is getting better or if it’s just a really manageable formula, but I was happy!

A GOLDEN CROWN

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

A Golden Crown is a lovely mustard yellow creme. I found application to be a bit difficult as it was patchy. It built up fine but you do really need a steady hand. What you see here is three thin coats but I found that still a bit sheer so on my ring finer I applied one coat of ulta3 Lily White and then two coats of A Golden Crown, which fixed up the sheerness. All nails were topped with Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat.

THE NIGHT LANDS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

The Night Lands is a coffee brown creme. It’s a bit sheer in application but like A Golden Crown it builds up nicely. This is three thin coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

DARK WINGS, DARK WORDS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Dark Wings, Dark Words is a dark green creme. This is a green I really enjoy wearing, it feels more “adult” than other shades of green to me. Again, this was super shiny by itself, so what you see is two thin coats without top coat. If you were better than me at applying nail polish you could even try applying this in one thick coat.

BREAKER OF CHAINS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Breaker of Chains is a dark blue creme. I impressed myself with it because what you see is just one coat. It’s very opaque. Also, it was really shiny so no top coat. Just like Dark Wings, Dark Words, this blue feels more “adult” than other shades, I felt like a fashionista wearing it.

I also decided to do some nail art with the cremes. I put on a base of The Night Lands, applied long triangle vinyls and did a gradient of A Golden Crown, The Night Lands and Myhsa on top. I removed the vinyls and voila! I’m really happy with how this turned out.

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Holos are AU$12 each, cremes are AU$9 each
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

Phew! Sorry about the long post, but I think you’ll agree with me that it was definitely worth it. What do you think about this collection? Or my nail art, for that matter? Thanks for reading!