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Born Pretty Store peacock water decals

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Hello, hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful festive season so far. Mine time has been busy full of family, work and just life in general. Because of this, I pretty much haven’t changed my nail polish for about a week! (I know, right!?). To fill the void I’ve been wearing a lot of bright lipsticks as I feel this is an easy and fun way to add some colour to my day. I’ve got a nice little stash going now, too! So much so I’ve bought a beauty bag specifically for lipsticks… it’s all a bit of fun! At least my husband hopes so.

Anywho, for the past week I’ve been wearing some peacock water decals from Born Pretty Store. There are four designs you can pick from, some a little more abstract than just an actual peacock, but I played it safe and got C197 – the most realistic-looking design to me. Plus, I do love the overall colouring of the design. Also, I just want to say warning about my dry cuticles up ahead. I was going to put some hand cream on before I started taking photos but there was a crying baby and a shot amount of time and all that jazz. So dry it is!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see above, the bottom half of the decals is where all the good stuff is, I think. However, annoyingly for me, the bottom decals had to go on my Cinderella hand as that’s the way they best fitted. So that’s why in my pics it’s all just feathers. On my IG I showed my followers a macro of the peacock head on my Cinderella hand and I think it looks pretty good!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I really enjoyed these decals. They were really simple to put on once cut to fit your cuticle line. I find that the most difficult part, actually cutting each individual decal to fit your nail. This is probably because I use large, awkward scissors and not little cuticle scissors. I just know how to use scissors better, if that makes sense? Oh well, I think I did a decent job, only my ring finger had a bit of the white base showing. The white polish I used was one coat of Face of Australia Miss Congeniality as I just needed a general base for it to be placed on. I didn’t think the decals would look too good just applied to the nail as the white areas were slightly see through. I did find these decals a bit difficult to trim when once on the nail though. And when I did trim them, it would stretch some of the decals, making them look as if my nails had a slight white tip (such as my index finger). I think I just need to practice more, personally. Once the decal was on the nail I applied two coats of Seche. And then it was as simple as that, really. A week later the decals were still going strong and it was only when I did my friend’s nails for her wedding when they started to come off a bit as I was using a lot of acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.67 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of peacock water decals of your choice, which is enough for 10 nails

I really enjoyed these decals and I do think they’re such fun. I actually wouldn’t mind trying out C199 as I think that looks really psychedelic. Plus you could probably use them here and there as accent nails rather than a whole nail art look if you prefered. If you’re going to check out Born Pretty Store, use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics December LE 2015 & Christmas LE 2015

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Hello hello! I have my last Celestial Cosmetics post for you for 2015. Sad but true! I’m brining you two limited edition polishes for this month; December LE 2015 and Christmas LE 2015. Let’s jump right in and look at December’s LE, shall we?

DECEMBER LE 2015

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

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

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

The December LE is a take on the December birthstone tanzanite, which is a gem only found in Tanzania and is very rare. It alternates between the colours sapphire blue, violet and burgundy. The polish is a bright blue scattered holo with violet shimmer. I really liked how he violet shimmer looked in natural lighting. I tried to capture it in the above picture but it didn’t come out to play! I applied two coats and a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat. Even though I used a base, this stained my nails slightly at the edges so please do wear a base coat. The formula was wonderful to work with though, albeit the staining.

CHRISTMAS LE 2015

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas LE 2015 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural lighting

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas LE 2015 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Inside in natural lighting

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas LE 2015 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural lighting

The idea behind the Christmas LE is a Christmas tree in a bottle, a concept I just love. I think the green crelly with green sparks is the perfect base for the variety of glitter it includes: pink dots, silver triangles, red holo glitter, green microglitter, blue squares and orange holo hexes. I will admit I had a bit of difficulty with the application. I found the glitter difficult to work with and I was unable to get any triangles onto my nails, which I actually don’t mind. In the end to get the application right I applied one normal coat as best I could and then dabbed a second coat over the top of it, as well as placing glitter in certain spots and fishing for glitter. I then gave it two coats of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat as I found it definitely needed a heavier top coat to keep all the glitter pieces smooth.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: December LE 2015 AU$12, Christmas LE 2015 $10
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See individual polish descriptions above

So there you have them, my last Celestial Cosmetics swatches for this year. What do you think? Because of the break over Christmas I hope to have a couple more posts up before the New Year. I was even thinking of doing a New Year’s Eve “look” so we’ll see if I can get around to it. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection swatches and review

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Hello! It’s been a while, hey? Good news though; I’m bringing you another wonderbar collection from Celestial Cosmetics called Christmas in the Outback. I love that it has an Australian focus. It’s festive without being obvious and I think you’ll agree, there’s some beautiful polishes here. Let’s take a look!

EVERGREEN EUCALYPTS

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Evergreen Eucalypts swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Evergreen Eucalypts swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Evergreen Eucalypts swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Evergreen Eucalypts is one stunner of a polish and the surprise favourite of mine from the collection. It’s a green linear holo with a blue shift and I actually prefer it in natural lighting as opposed to full holo effect because of this awesome colour combination. The formula is very forgiving and applied very easily for me – two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat is what you see here. If you’ve ever seen a gum tree, the colour really does live up to its name.

PARTY IN THE NEVER NEVER

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Party in the Never Never swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Party in the Never Never swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Party in the Never Never swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

“Never Never” is a term for the Australian outback and I love the idea of everyone having a massive festive shindig out there. Party in the Never Never is a purple jelly with pearl and silver flakes. It’s a completely different colour in my collection thanks to its ingredients as well as the purple shimmer effect it has. It took me three coats to get to the bottle colour, but I could have got away with two for a more jelly-like effect. Formula was brilliant and while there are so many flakes, I had no issues with lumps and only required a top coat of Solar Ray.

NO SNOW FOR SANTA

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection No Snow For Santa swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection No Snow For Santa swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection No Snow For Santa swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Gah! I love this one; especially that it was inspired by the red sand and dust seen by most people travelling through the outback. No Snow For Santa is a coppery red scattered holo with microglitter. And best of all – this was ONE coat! So yeah, you can kind of guess it applied like a dream and only required a quick coat of Solar Ray for protection.

BILLABONG BREEZE

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Billabong Breeze swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Billabong Breeze swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Billabong Breeze swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Billabong Breeze swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

You know when you have a polish you really like but just can’t capture its greatness? That’s the trouble I had with Billabong Breeze and why I’ve included a bottle shot. This is a white crelly with colour changing microglitter and a delicate blue shimmer that just hid every time I took a photo of my nails. So in the bottle shot you’re able to see the shift and a bit more of the microglitter, too. The formula on this one was a bit thick, so what I ended up doing were two coats as best I could (when it comes to white polishes it seems I’m like “Hey! I’ll just be as messy as possible!) and then dabbing the third coat into areas I thought there wasn’t enough coverage. I topped it with Solar Ray.

SUNSET ON YULE

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Sunset on Yule swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Sunset on Yule swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Christmas in the Outback Collection Sunset on Yule swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

Finally we have Sunset on Yule – a berry linear holo. This is a very flattering polish and with a forgiving formula.Β Out of the collection it’s the least “unique” but it is pretty all the same and for holo lovers it’s a wonderful god spark effect. This is two coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Individual prices range from AU$10 to AU$12
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

So that’s the Christmas in the Outback Collection! What do you think? Also, there’s good news for Celestial’s international friends as there’s a new Celestial Cosmetics international site. This is currently stocked with this collection so if you live outside of Australia, take a look. Thanks for reading!