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Celestial Cosmetics The Valyrio Collection

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Today is the eve of Celestial Cosmetics’ third birthday, which is no better time to show you my swatches of Celestial’s latest release. It’s Celestial’s third Game of Thrones-inspired collection, this time called The Valyrio Collection (I’ve swatched Game of Thrones Collection here). It’s a collaboration with nail blogger Christine from Serenity Nails and features six polishes; three duochromes and three holos with names inspired by the Valyria language used throughout the books and TV show. I was also lucky in that I recently got my new Canon macro lens in the mail, so I have some macros of these polishes, too! (Although I have to get used to taking macros with one hand as the lens is super heavy!). Take a look.

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!DRACARYS

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’m going to start with my favourite from the collection: Dracarys (meaning “Dragon fire”). This is a wonderfully warm red linear holo with red microglitter. It’s a stunning polish on and I’m super impressed with how the red microglitter adds a bit more depth to it. I’m wearing it with two coats and no top coat and I didn’t find it gritty at all.

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!KIRIMVOS

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Kirimvos was a polish I wasn’t sure if I would like, but once on the nail, wowsers! It’s a bright minty-turquoise green linear holo with opal flakies. It means “Thank you”. The inclusion of the opal flakies reminds me of reptile skin – in a good way! Again, another polish that has a lot of depth. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!SESIR KIPI

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sesir Kipi means “And now, we ride”. I quite like this; as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of a midnight blue, so the name goes nicely with the thought of riding into the night. This is a deep blue linear holo with a crisp silver-green flame. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!KASTAMIRO DAMIOR

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Kastamiro Damior (meaning “Rains of Castamere”) looked like it was going to be some kind of blurple duochrome in the bottle, but when on the nail, it moves from blue to teal to green. I hardly saw any purple at all, but perhaps I didn’t have the right sunlight? This formula has a slightly thinner consistency than the others in the collection, so when applying it you either need to do lots of thin coats or a couple of thick coats. I chose to do two thick coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!LILAGON

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This stunner is Lilagon, which means “To dance”. It’s another complex duochrome with a strong woody green base that changes ever so slowly over to gold in the right light. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!DARIA ZALDRIZO

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Last but not least we have Daria Zaldrizoti that means “The Dragon Queen”. This is a classic red to pink duochrome and it’s got the most lovely glow in the sun. There have been some comparisons of this polish and another of Celestial’s polishes called Mother of Dragons from Nicki’s first Game of Thrones collection. I suggest you Google it to see what you think. I hear they’re quite similar, but different, too! This is two coats without top coat.

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So there you go, another outstanding collection from Celestial Cosmetics. It really has been such fun bringing you Celestial’s new collections for the past 10 months or so and I’d like to again thank Nicki for asking to work with me and congratulate her on her third year of Celestial. Happy birthday, Celestial Cosmetics! Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store mixed size rhinestone nail art

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Hello! I bring you a simple post tonight to show you some nail art I wore recently using some Born Pretty Store rhinestones. Every time I do a stud nail art design I think “Ooh I should so do this again soon!” and never do. This time it’s no exception; I really enjoyed wearing these studs and loved the overall look, too!

Born Pretty rhinestone nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty rhinestone nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I started with two coats of Bella Belle Nail Couture My Blu Suede Shoes and then – while still tacky – placed the rhinestones down in the order I wanted. I usually do this with my finger. I do have one of those wax picker pencil thingos, but I find mine so temperamental! Grr. There are four sizes of rhinestones in this little kit, but because I have such a pronounced C curve, the biggest rhinestone doesn’t fit correctly even on my “flattest” nail. So I used the three smallest studs. I like the simple look of this with three studs on my middle finger and thumb and then one on the rest. I topped it with one thick coat of Seche and voila! Done and done.

Born Pretty rhinestone nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty rhinestone nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.59 (here)
  • What you get: 1 container of mixed size rhinestones (130 studs)

As mentioned above, I enjoyed wearing this and want to wear more studs and accents real soon. Although I couldn’t capture it as much as I liked, I was quite impressed by the sparkle of these studs. If you’re looking for some studs that are less tacky and a bit more refined, then I reckon you’ll like these, too. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re considering purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!


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Happy birthday, Celestial Cosmetics (April LE 2016, Celestial Dream & Spell Wood)

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Hello there! Tonight I have a big bag of Celestial Cosmetics goodness for you. At the end of April it will be Celestial Cosmetics’ third birthday. Happy birthday, Celestial! This is so incredibly great for a small business and an Australian one at that, too. To celebrate, creator Nicki has made a birthday polish (which she does every year) called Celestial Dream. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate a birthday – who doesn’t like nail polish! πŸ˜€ I have this, as well as the LE for April and Spell Wood to show you tonight. Let’s take a look.

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!CELESTIAL DREAM

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

As I said above, Celestial Dream is a birthday polish to celebrate Celestial Cosmetics’ third birthday on April 25. This is a true purple linear holo and it’s so refreshingly delicate for a holo! It’s very reminiscent of the recent Unicorns and Rainbows Collection, in that the holo just shines with any hint of light, but it’s really a worthwhile standout on its own as well. As a purple lover I majorly love it! Best of all, it’s super shiny. What you see here is just two coats without top coat. Adding a top coat would make it sing.

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!APRIL LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sweet peaInspiration pic. Photo credit

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in shade

This stunner is the LE for April 2016. It’s based on the sweet pea and I have to admit, Nicki did such a wonderful job here! Wearing this polish was a lot of fun, mainly because in the shade it’s a subtle duochrome from purple to deep green, but it also has the most beautiful green flecks that just make the polish “pop” that little bit more. Out in the sun it’s a straight-up deep purple linear holo with a bit of a green flame. It’s a very special polish and one I highly recommend. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!SPELL WOOD

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Spell Wood is an exclusive polish for Nail Whisperer’s March My Favourite Things box. I’d never heard of the box before, but basically it’s a monthly box of four indies that come together under one theme, with March’s being “walking through the enchanted forest”. It’s a deep green scattered holo with bronze and green flecks throughout. The flame on this one is lovely and golden. I’m wearing two coats without top coat – again, another shiny stunner! Such a shame this is an exclusive, but I wanted to show you anyway since Nicki was kind enough to provide me with a sample.

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Now, just a quick note for Celestial’s international fans. Celestial Dream and April LE 2016 are on their way to the US warehouse, so they will be available soon! I suggest you join the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group, where you can stay up to date with all the latest movements in stock on both sites. In the meantime though, what do you think of these polishes? And once again, happy birthday, Celestial Cosmetics! Thanks for reading!