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Emily de Molly Major Themes

Good evening! Tonight I have a new polish from Emily de Molly to bring you. It’s called Major Themes and if you love orange or a foil look then this will be one for you. I am really growing fond of oranges and corals. As it’s summer in Australia at the moment, it’s also a great time of year to wear such a vibrant colour. Read on for more!

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in shade

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

It’s so unique, isn’t it? Major Themes is an orange foil with a strong golden shimmer – simply stunning in full sun. I also like how it looks in the shade; the foil just leaps out so wonderfully. The formula is nice and buttery and you’ll get away with two easy coats. I then topped mine with a coat of Seche. There’s really not a lot to add – it’s a beautiful polish to look at and it really is a little bit different. I can’t remember the last time I saw some foil finishes come out. Either foil finishes aren’t overly popular or I’m totally missing out on some great collections.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$10
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

On my IG I have posted a macro shot of my ring finger. You should check out the close up and see what you reckon about it. Let me know, of course. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store nail art stencils & Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental

Evening! I’m really excited to show you some stencils from Born Pretty Store tonight. I’m calling them stencils rather than vinyls as I think they’re a little too flimsy to be a vinyl. To me, a vinyl is a bit more rigid. Still, as you’ll see below, they work wonderfully so perhaps it’s just semantics. The polish I’ve used under the stencil design is Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental, which I was lucky enough to pick up at its last sample sale in November. There’s more pictures of Ornamental after my blurb about the Born Pretty Store stencils.

Born Pretty Store nail art stencils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store nail art stencils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store nail art stencils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store nail art stencils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The stencils are so pretty, aren’t they? I really love how the edges came off so neat. When I applied these onto my nail, it wasn’t difficult, but I thought they hadn’t stuck properly. It definitely looks like that wasn’t the case! I used a dabbed coat of Celestial Cosmetics Heart of Asta (the pink) and then while still wet, removed the stencil. Just as you would with a vinyl or nail art guide I guess. The downside is that they come in two designs over six stencils. Meaning you either have to purchase two of the same pack to get enough stencils for both hands or just use the stencils as an accent nail every now and again. I found a way to overcome this (and sorry I don’t have a packet shot! If you follow the link below to the stencils you’ll be able to see exactly what I’m talking about if you’re curious). Because – luckily – my nails are quite narrow and short I was able to flip the stencils onto their long side and use them twice on one nail, which means I have a convenient one stencil left over! All I did was do one hand first and then wait for the polish to dry on the used stencils. Then when the polish was dry, I just used the stencil as I normally would. Problem solved.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.30 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of nail art stencils in two designs, which is meant to cover 12 nails

Now onto Ornamental! As I said above this was a sample sale polish from last year. As soon as I saw it I loved it, so I’m so happy to be able to call it my own. You could use this as a topper, but instead I used two thick coats with a top coat of Seche and wore it a la naturale. I loved it! Plus it ended up making an interesting base for the stencils.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Ornamental is a bit hard to describe but I’ll try my best. It’s a clear-based polish with a gunmetal shimmer throughout and packed with all kinds of iridescent and matte glitter. I saw stars, hexes, dots and shards. There’s a lot going on, hey? And surprisingly it was easy to apply. My biggest fear was that it would just be a gloop monster. I would provide purchase details but unfortunately this was just a once off.

So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Remember – if you purchase from Born Pretty Store, use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your order. Thanks for reading!

*I received the stencils in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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Celestial Cosmetics January LE 2016

Hello! Tonight I have a quick post to bring you Celestial Cosmetics January LE 2016. It is based on a purple and cream carnation, as voted by members of the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group. Pop on over and join the group if you would like to vote on February’s LE inspiration pic and other fun things. On to the polish!

Celestial Cosmetics January LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics January LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics January LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

I think this is a lovely polish; right up my alley of purples. It’s a dark purple linear holo with silver microflakes. It’s not too holo-ish and indoors when it’s not to its full effect the silver microflakes really do sparkle nicely. I’ve applied two coats here with a top coat and it was very easy to put on. In fact, I’m tempted to say if you’re good with doing thick layers you could get away with one coat. Also, I really do need to apologise for the tip wear, especially on my middle finger. These pics were taken after a couple of days of wear and I think I didn’t wrap my tips all that well in the first place.

DETAILS

What do you think of January LE 2016? This year the LEs are based on flowers so I’m really looking forward to seeing if a tulip-inspired polish will be coming our way. Thanks for reading!

*I received the product in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion.


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Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection swatches and review

Happy New Year! Yes, I’m a little late, but better late than never, hey? I hope everyone had a wonderful festive season and regardless of whether you were in the heat or the cold you had an awesome break. *cough* I had to work so that was really annoying *cough*. Anyway, I’m really excited about 2016. I think now I’m more into the swing of parenthood and I have a job again I’m finding my feet a bit. And best of all – tonight I have Celestial Cosmetics’ first collection of the year to show you! It’s called Tropical Holiday, which is such good timing for me because since I no longer have annual leave I cannot go on a holiday so will have to be happy living through my nail polish. Let’s take a look!

GOING TO THE BEACH

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Going to the Beach swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Going to the Beach swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Going to the Beach swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

I had to start with my favourite (as soon as I saw it I put it on and wore it for almost a week). I just think Going to the Beach is so simple and yet so beautiful. It’s an ivory creme with golden shimmer, gold flakes and gold sparks. The golden shimmer reminds me of when the sun hits sand and creates that warm glow; do you know what I mean? This had a slightly thick formula, but it wasn’t difficult to apply. You will definitely need two coats though, with the first coat just a good layer of polish and then the second coat to fill in where it looks like it needs to be built up. I then topped it with Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat.

KEY LIME PIE

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Key Lime Pie swatched by Dry, Dammit!Indoors in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Key Lime Pie swatched by Dry, Dammit!Indoors in natural light

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Key Lime Pie swatched by Dry, Dammit!Indoors in natural light

Key Lime Pie is a warm lime green linear holo with green and gold shimmer. I have always wanted to try key lime pie but in my ignorance didn’t actually realise the limes used in the pie are actually key limes. I didn’t even know there was more than one type of lime! How ridiculous is that, especially considering I know other citrus fruits have different types. I just thought it was some odd name. Ha! Anywho, the formula on this polish is outstanding and very easy to work with. What you see here is two coats without top coat.

GOBLIN ORCHID

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Goblin Orchid swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Goblin Orchid swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Goblin Orchid swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Goblin Orchid has the same wonderfully buttery formula Key Lime Pie has and was very easy to apply. It’s a warm berry red linear holo with red and golden microflakes. You can see the microflakes better indoors, which is a nice feature of the polish when it’s not in its full holographic glory. This is two coats without top coat.

THE MED

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection The Med swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection The Med swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection The Med swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

I love that The Med was included in this collection. I haven’t seen such a fun jelly come from an indie for ages, so this is a nice change. It’s a turquoise jelly filled with small blue round glitter, holo glitter, silver sparks and tiny silver stars. No fishing was required and while I did three coats, you could have easily left it at two coats. I just added a dabbed third coat for depth. It doesn’t dry overly bumpy but I would recommend a top coat with this one. I used one coat of Solar Ray.

BREAK OF DAY

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Break of Day swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Break of Day swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Break of Day swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Break of Day is the second favourite of mine from this collection. For obvious reasons I think – I mean, look at that flame! It just goes wild in the sun. Break of Day is a dark blue linear holo with silver and green shimmer and golden microflakes. It was easy to apply and I think it’s such a wearable blue. What you see is two coats without a top coat.

PURPLE RAIN COCKTAIL

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Purple Rain Cocktail swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Purple Rain Cocktail swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Tropical Holiday Collection Purple Rain Cocktail swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Finally we have Purple Rain Cocktail – a cool-toned purple scattered holo with purple shimmer and pink and blue sparks. This is going to sound bizarre but when I swatched this one I got a very “light” feeling from wearing it. Like I was really relaxed. Which is probably a good thing for a holiday collection! I think it’s the shade of purple; it’s just very calming to me. Again, this one has a wonderful formula and what you see is two coats without a top coat.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics or Celestial Cosmetics (international site)
  • Cost: Individual prices range from AU$10 to AU$12 or US$9 to US$11 and it’s also sold as a full set (discounted by 10% for the first week only)
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

The Tropical Holiday Collection launches January 6 at 3pm ACDT. That’s this Wednesday! I think there’s some really fun finishes here – what do you think? Has it just made you want to go on a holiday like me? Thanks for reading!

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