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Celestial Cosmetics November LE 2015

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Good evening! Tonight I’m bringing you another LE from Celestial Cosmetics, this time for the month of November. Now, this is my birthday month so I’m very familiar with the November birthstone, which is topaz (and also citrine). I’ve always disliked topaz as well because the colour topaz bandied around for November is orange/yellow and it’s never fully suited my skintone (FYI – it’s pink, pale and splotchy 😦 ). Anywho, when I saw Nicki’s creation I was a bit “Err, not gonna look good”, but it turns out when worn this is a very warm and complimentary colour. I was pleasantly surprised, as they say. Check it out!

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

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

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

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

How beautiful does this colour look? It’s an orange linear holo with pink shimmer and I think that’s why it works for me. The pink cuts through the orange nicely (you can probably see it best in the second photo). Nicki based the colour on the most prized colour of topaz called the imperial topaz after the Russian tsars of the 1800s, which has an orange colour with pink undertones. She captured it so well. I’ve applied two coats without top coat.

DETAILS

The November LE is available on the Celestial Cosmetics website now, so if you’re interested, head over and check it out. Remember, if you’re in the US you can also pick this up from the US website too, which is here. Thanks for reading!


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Monochrome squares nail art

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Hello hello! I hope your weekend has been enjoyable. Today I’m bringing you a look I wore more than a month ago now as I forgot I had photographed it. I hope you like it! It’s more nail art; this time I’ve used some square vinyls I bought from Emily de Molly and sponged a gradient of black and white on the vinyls and Celestial Cosmetics Candy Boat. I’m still working on my “lines” with vinyls, so excuse the uneven line widths (I find I can get a bit heavy-handed and then polish goes under the vinyl)!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The polishes I used for the black and white are both from Sinful Colors’ Sinful Shine Collection: Wisp (white) and Dark Room (black). I find with these two polishes you only need a little on the nail because they become opaque pretty easily. I tried to do four splotches in each corner, but looking at them now it looks like I just went from white to black in the middle and then back to black. Oh well. Like always with any design made with vinyls, these were a lot of fun to wear and so I’m looking forward to trying a few other shapes in the future. Thanks for reading!


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Pond manicure nail art featuring essence Bubble Gum

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Good evening! A quick post tonight to show you some nail art I wore earlier this week. I finally tried my hand at the “pond manicure” that was apparently started by Olive View Fashion. I think it’s an awesome look and it was reasonably easy to do as well. There’s a great tutorial by Adventures in Acetone here if you’d like to try it yourself. Essentially you need a really good jelly polish. And I found a great jelly recently by essence called Bubble Gum, which is a pink jelly with pink shimmer. Take a look.

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might notice I’ve rarely – if ever – used the word manicure. I don’t know why, but for some reason it grinds my gears! But I don’t think just calling it pond nail art would be the same, do you?

Also, I found because you need so many layers of the polish to create the “pond” look, you go through a bit of polish. You’ll see in the second photo above the fill line is reasonable low – but that’s just one use! The 8ml won’t go far if you like doing this nail art. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection swatches and review

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Hello! Today I bring you a wonderfully vibrant collection from Celestial Cosmetics. It’s been inspired by Bollywood and appropriately named the Bollywood Collection. It just launched yesterday in time for November. I’m really happy this collection came out ready for summer as there’s a few shades here I can’t wait to wear again. Onto the swatches! (All photos are outside in natural light).

DARD-E-DISCO

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dard-E-Disco swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dard-E-Disco swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dard-E-Disco swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So I thought I would start with my favourite, which is Dard-e-Disco. What a stunner. It’s a buttery coral base with gold shimmer and silver sparks. The name is taken from a song in the movie Om Shanti Om. This is one of those summer must-have polishes and you will be very happy with its payoff as it’s very opaque. This is two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat, but you could probably get away with one coat if you’re careful.

ALUVA

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Aluva swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Aluva swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Aluva swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Aluva is a cornflower blue scattered holo with silver sparks. The name is taken from the prettiest girl in the region of the movie Premam. I have never seen the film, but I would love it if a polish like this was inspired by me. This is three coats with a top coat of Solar Ray. You might see that the polish – even at three coats – seems a bit patchy. This was because I did find the formula a little difficult to work with, but it’s nothing you can’t overcome. To the eye the polish looks fine.

DILBARA

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilbara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilbara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilbara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Dilbara is another stunner from the collection. This is a blue-leaning green with pearl and silver flakes, which looks a bit like Ariel’s tail from The Little Mermaid. The name is taken from a song in the movie Dhoom. I reckon this will be another go-to polish for a lot of people. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

DILWARA

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilwara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilwara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilwara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Dilwara is a subtle gold linear holo with red microglitter. The name is taken from the temples in the movie Devdas. When I look at this polish all I can see is how awesome it would be with some Christmas nail art! The formula is great but it dries a bit lumpy due to the microglitter so you’ll need a thicker top coat. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

MUMBAI MUSIC

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mumbai Music swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mumbai Music swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mumbai Music swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Mumbai Music is the second scattered blue holo in this collection. It has a strong violet effect in the sun. The name is taken from one of the towns in the movie Chalte Chalte. The formula is great, but just because it looked like it could be a little patchy I used three thin coats and added a top coat of Solar Ray.

MUGHAL EMPEROR

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mughal Emperor swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mughal Emperor swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mughal Emperor swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Mughal Emperor. This is a subtle light green scattered holo with red sparks. I found it looks more like a shimmer in real life. The name is taken from the lead actor in the movie Jodhaa Akbar. I’ve done three thin coats in my swatches here (with a top coat of Soar Ray) but you can still see a bit of my nail line if you look closely.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Individual prices range from AU$10 to AU$12 and sold as a full set discounted by 10% for the first week only at AU$61.20
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

Overall, this is a really lovely collection that has something for everyone. The collection theme was suggested by a member of the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group and I’m so glad it was chosen (at random)! What do you think? Thanks for reading!