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Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2015

*Press sample

Hello! I was really looking forward to seeing the September limited edition polish by Celestial Cosmetics. And it didn’t disappoint me! Following the theme from others throughout the year, it’s based on September’s birthstone, which is sapphire. Check out this stunner below.

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

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

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

The September LE is so on point! A dark blue scattered holo, it’s got some lovely sparks of silver and blue popping through. And it’s a one-coat wonder! I found if I had a generous amount of polish on my brush, I could still get it totally opaque and smooth on my nail. You’ve got to love that. I think most people will probably do two coats though, but it’s nice to know that with careful application you can do one coat. I guess that also answers the question regarding the formula. Buttery and very manageable is your answer! These photos are without top coat.

DETAILS

The September LE is already available on the Celestial Cosmetics website, so go take a peek at it now! And while you’re there, check out The Chocolate Factory Collection, which I swatched last week. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection swatches and review & blobbicure nail art

*Press sample

Hiya! I’ve got another collection from Celestial Cosmetics to show you tonight, which has been inspired by Tim Burton’s film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The collection is aptly called The Chocolate Factory and is launching this Friday, August 28 at 3pm ACST. I also wanted to try some nail art with the polishes so at the end of the post you’ll see another blobbicure look! My first attempt can be seen here. Enjoy reading about the collection!

WINNER 5/5

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Winner 5/5 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Winner 5/5 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Winner 5/5 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I want to start with the most unusual colour of the collection, Winner 5/5. It’s inspired by Charlie’s winning golden ticket. It’s a soft brown/golden linear holo that has a beautiful blue shimmer overlay, which I tried to capture, but it just wouldn’t come out to full effect on camera, even indoors! This is three thin coats with no top coat. Although I required three coats, the polish was very smooth to apply.

YOU CAN EAT THE GRASS?

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection You Can Eat The Grass? swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection You Can Eat The Grass? swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection You Can Eat The Grass? swatched by Dry, Dammit!

You Can Eat The Grass? is a bright green linear holo with green shimmer inspired by the edible grass in the chocolate river room. This is a really pretty green and while it’s bright, it’s not fluro, which is nice. This is two coats with no top coat. A lovely buttery formula.

CHOCOLATE RIVER

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Chocolate River swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Chocolate River swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Chocolate River swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Chocolate River is a brown linear holo, inspired by (as the name suggests) the river of chocolate. This is a gorgeous, true-to-looking-like-chocolate shade, and I’m not a lover of browns. What you see is two coats with no top coat. Once again, a buttery formula.

OOMPAS

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Oompas swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Oompas swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Oompas swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’m so glad Oompas was part of this collection – it’s a vibrant red scattered holo with red sparks that just dance when in the sun. This polish is inspired by the Oompa Loompas’ red costumes. I’m wearing two coats without top coat and once again this formula was a dream to work with.

CANDY BOAT

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Candy Boat swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Candy Boat swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Candy Boat swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Ah, Candy Boat. This is a real bubblegum pink linear holo, which leans to purple, and is inspired by the boat the characters ride on the chocolate river. I’m wearing two coats with no top coat and yes, the formula was wonderful.

THE VELVET JACKET

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection The Velvet Jacket swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection The Velvet Jacket swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection The Velvet Jacket swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Be still my beating heart! I love The Velvet Jacket a lot. It’s a dark berry linear holo with a hint of red that is just so deep and moody to me. It’s inspired by Willy Wonka’s velvet jacket – how original is that? The formula on this was divine and could easily be a one-coater, but I did two coats anyway (no top coat).

EYE ON THE PRIZE

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Eye On The Prize swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Eye On The Prize swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Eye On The Prize swatched by Dry, Dammit!

He he, the name of this polish is so apt! Eye On The Prize is a bright blue linear holo with blue sparks and is inspired by Violetย Beauregarde turning into a blueberry after eating the three-course-meal chewing gum. This is two coats without top coat and again, a wonderful formula to work with. I found this colour to be close to On Your Left from Celestial’s Avenge the Earth Collection, but Eye On The Prize is much brighter and has a less foil-like finish.

Now, onto the blobbicure. I used a base of Eye On The Prize and then blobbed Winner 5/5 on top – pretty simple, really! I found these polishes complemented each other due to their similar blue colourings. In fact, in the indoor pictures below you can kind of get the idea of the blue shimmer overlay I wrote about in the description of Winner 5/5.

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Individual prices are AU$12, otherwise the full set is available and will be discounted by 10% in its first week (AU$75.60) and full price thereafter
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

The Chocolate Factory Collection launches Friday, August 28 at 3pm ACST. Remember too that Celestial Cosmetics also ships internationally so it’s not just us Aussies who get to enjoy Nicki’s creations. My pick is The Velvet Jacket, which is yours? Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly The Devil’s Advocate and DIY nail decals nail art

*Nothing to disclose

Good evening! Tonight I bring you Emily de Molly The Devil’s Advocate and some DIY nail decals I made using my UberChic Beauty Uber Mat. I’m sorry I didn’t take any photos of the mat in action but I will soon! In the meantime, enjoy this amazing Emily de Molly polish (and my decals!).

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The Devil’s Advocate is – yes, it is! – a bright red linear holo with a beautiful gold flame. For some reason I just couldn’t get this to its true red in my photos. It kept looking like pink. So while the holo effect is there, the actual colour of this polish is best shown in my photos of the DIY nail decals. I think I couldn’t get an accurate red colour because on the day I took the photos of The Devil’s Advocate, the sun was pretty strong and it brought out the pink highlights of the polish too much. Anywho, what you see is two easy coats and a top coat of Seche. This was a lovely polish to wear, be you a red or a pink fan!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$12
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Now, on to my DIY nail decals! I’ve never made decals before so please be nice. I used Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-L002 and stamped onto clear coats of polish on the Uber Mat. Then I filled in the designs using a bunch of ulta3 polishes, but I forget their names now. Then, after the decals were dry, I lifted the decals off the Uber Mat and onto my nails, sealing with a coat of Seche. It was really, really painless and I can’t wait to make more!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of my decals? I’ve read a few articles now about making batches in advance and then using them as you need, which I think is a great idea. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Cydonia Glimmer

*Nothing to disclose

Hello! I’m bringing you Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ colour of the month for August 2015 tonight. It’s called Cydonia Glimmer and I love it. I had to quickly Google Cydonia as I thought I’d heard the word a few times and it turns out that not only is it in the title of the Muse song “Knights of Cydonia”, it’s also a region of Mars. See, nail polish makes learning fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Femme Fatale Cydonia Glimmer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cydonia Glimmer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cydonia Glimmer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Cydonia Glimmer is a raspberry jelly filled with flakies, magenta shards (love!) and violet-blue shimmer. It’s also got the tiniest hint of holo through it. It’s a really fun polish and although it’s a jelly, I had no problem with opacity at two coats, which is what you see here with a top coat of Seche. Application was a bit trciky though. I had to use the method I like to call “drag and dab” where after a super thin layer of polish you go back over and dab at the bald spots. I’ve done this a few times so application time isn’t overly slow, but I would suggest you take your time if you’re not used to the method. As you can see it’s definitely worth it!

Femme Fatale Cydonia Glimmer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cydonia Glimmer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

What I liked best about this polish is how it always seemed to change. There’s a lot going on in there. Plus, it’s a little bit girly yet a little bit different. I wore it for a few days and got a couple of compliments on my nails, which is always nice. Unfortunately though you can’t buy this polish anymore from Femme Fatale Cosmetics as it was only sold during its monthly presale. You could check other stockists of Femme Fatale Cosmetics to see if they have it, though, if you’re interested. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus

*Nothing to disclose

Good evening! Tonight I bring you a recent release by Emily de Molly called Fergi and Jesus. Interesting name, hey? I’d be interested in hearing the story behind it. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the seven Emily de Molly polishes I bought recently. My plan is to slowly get through them all and show you along the way.

Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Fergi and Jesus is a lovely lilac subtle scattered holo packed with colour-shifting flakies that glow from gold through to green. I found this polish super fun to wear and I like how the flakies look against the lilac. I used two coats with a top coat of Seche. On the first coat I was worried it would be a bit sheer, but when I put the second coat down it really came to life. I removed this just like a creme polish and I had no issues.

Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$11
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Also – good news USA friends! Emily de Molly has launched a USA website where you can buy polishes in US dollar and have it shipped to you from a warehouse in North Carolina. Check it out here. I believe it’s just a limited amount of polishes to begin with and stamping plates and nail art supplies still need to be purchased through the Australian website. Still, I think it’s awesome Hayley (the creator of Emily de Molly) has been able to expand like this. Go Aussie indies! Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Who Is Fairest Of Them All?

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Evening! Tonight I bring you a stunning Femme Fatale Cosmetics polish called Who Is Fairest Of Them All? from its recent Snow White Collection. I love this polish so much! Oh yes, I should probably point out I had to round off my nails. I had a few bad breaks on my Cinderella hand and was going to leave it, but then my swatching index finger broke again so I decided to round them all off. I hope you like it!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Who Is Fairest Of Them All? swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Who Is Fairest Of Them All? swatched by Dry, Dammit!Cold state

Who Is Fairest Of Them All? is a thermal polish that shifts from bright pink (cold) to clear (warm). It has blue shimmer and silver holo glitter throughout it and while you think it might make it a bit gritty, it’s actually quite smooth. It’s a lovely polish to wear in both states but I found my body being more cold than warm. I’ve used two coats plus a top coat of Seche. I love the sparkle in this polish! Removal was really simple. I didn’t use the foil method but just removed like a creme… I was using piCture pOlish Revolution though as a base so that probably helped. I hope so anyway since it’s designed for glitter polish!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Who Is Fairest Of Them All? swatched by Dry, Dammit!Transitioning from cold to warm

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Who Is Fairest Of Them All? swatched by Dry, Dammit!Warm state

Unfortunately you can’t currently buy this at Femme Fatale Cosmetics but I do believe some of the Snow White Collection polishes will be back in future presales Femme Fatale Cosmetics does for its polishes (at the beginning of the month). In fact, Femme Fatale Cosmetics has a presale on right now for itsย Mad Tea-Partyย Collection, so if you’re keen to see some more beauties, I suggest you check it out as the presale ends August 5. Thanks for reading!