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Femme Fatale Cosmetics November Fiends exclusives & COTM

Hello, hello! I bring to you today some swatches of Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ November colour of the month (COTM) polish and the November Fiends exclusives (Fiends is Femme Fatale’s very own group on Facebook, so go check it out if you haven’t already). I want to start with the exclusives as they’re a lot of fun and also inspired by pictures the members of the Fiends group submitted, which I think is lovely. Let’s dive in.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CLOSE YOUR EYES

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I don’t know why this is called Close Your Eyes because I think most people will want to stare at this polish (geez, how tacky did that sound? But true!). This polish was inspired by the puffed chest colour of a bird image submitted by a Fiends member. It’s a blue-leaning-turquoise crelly with holo glitter, purple shimmer and green iridescent glitter. Because it is a crelly, you can see the tips and edges of the nail, but I actually don’t mind this. A warning though – this polish is a stainer. My nails were blue for a while after wearing and because I also wore some studs on the top of a few nails after taking these photos, you could still definitely see the shape of the studs on my nails once I removed the polish. So please do wear a good base coat. I’m wearing two coats here, but I think a third coat would look good as well, if you wanted to see what that looked like. I’ve topped it with Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SEEING YOUR SOUL

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Here we have Seeing Your Soul, which is inspired by a pop art image suggest by a Fiends member. The base is a soft pink-beige crelly, which I adore. I would just love a polish like this: muted, yet insightful. Anyhow, the polish has a gold shimmer and glitter added in white, baby yellow, silver holo, aqua, fuchsia and yellow of various sizes. I found it hard to make the application look like how it looks in the bottle, but somehow I don’t mind the sparseness. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

ENTWINED IN DUST (NOVEMBER COTM)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Entwined In Dust, the November 2016 COTM. It has a burgundy base and a soft bright pink to gold shine, along with some micro gold holo glitter (as seen in the macro image). It’s a bit more reserved than Femme Fatale’s usual COTM offering, but for traditional polish lovers this will go down a treat. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of the November offering from Femme Fatale Cosmetics? Which is your favourite? Thanks for reading!

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


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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art

Today is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I’ve never commemorated it before on my nails, but this year I really wanted to make sure I did. As a relatively new mum, I’m extremely fortunate to have my son in my life. I look at him every day and think the world’s just that little bit better for him being in it. I know a small handful of people who have experienced loss now. So I think it’s lovely this day exists for everyone to honour babies who have died from miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

During October, Theresa, of Grace-full Nail Polish, encourages everyone to paint their nails blue and pink to show support and raise awareness of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. You can participate too by using the hashtags #pregnancyandinfantlossawareness and #waveofpolish. She also hosts an auction of nail polish (now closed) that raises funds for Sands, the miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death charity in Australia. Theresa’s auction raises a lot of much-needed funds for this great cause. Read on for more details of my nails.

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I wanted something simple and I think I got that. Using a base of Femme Fatale Heart of the Mountain, I then used some nail art tape to mark off the top of my nails – a bit like how you’d do French tips. I then applied a couple of coats of SinfulColors Cinderella and while it was drying, I added two pink studs to each nail. I then applied a coat of Seche Vite. I think all the colours work well together and I must admit, I’m impressed that I didn’t stuff up applying the nail art tape straight across my nail. I always seem to apply it wrong!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

 

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

This design was lovely to wear and I received a few compliments on how it looked, which was nice. I also realised I hadn’t worn a light blue polish in ages, so I thought I’d have to pull another one out soon, especially since pastel colours look so good in spring. I would love to hear if you commemorated International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on your nails. Let me know – or even better, show me! Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics October COTM Duo

Hi there! Today I bring you the Femme Fatale Cosmetics COTM Duo for October. Usually the COTM is just one polish, but I think with October being such a great time of year for inspiration (think Halloween and all things gory in general) it would be hard for anyone to keep it to just one polish when inspired by Stephen King’s novel The Shining. So this is what Sophie (the creator and owner of Femme Fatale) has done. The COTM Duo is currently available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Australian site in a 48-hour presale and it will be heading to the Femme Fatale Cosmetics international site in mid-October. Let’s take a look.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CABIN FEVER

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Cabin Fever stole my heart straight away. If you like Femme Fatale’s Liquid Pearl (from last year’s The Midsummer Night’s Dream Collection), then you’ll also be a fan of Cabin Fever. It has a milky base with red shimmer, red iridescent glitter and black holo glitter. It can be worn alone (as my pictures show) or layered over another polish. I just love the red shimmer! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE OVERLOOK

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The other stunner from this duo is The Overlook. The Overlook is a bright, rich red-magenta linear holo with silver holo microglitter. This polish was a lot of fun to wear and I think it’s pretty work appropriate, too, even though it’s inspired by The Shining. This is two easy coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Now, I kind of think Cabin Fever and The Overlook are made to go with each other, so here’s a couple of pics of Cabin Fever over The Overlook. An interesting combo indeed!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook topped with Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook topped with Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Even though these are a duo, you’ll notice you can buy these polishes individually, which is great news in case you like one and not the other, for example. Also, if you like the look of both but don’t have the budget this month, both polishes will be back in the Femme Fatale Cosmetics December presale. So, plenty of time to save. Thanks for reading!

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


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics September Oops polishes & COTM Chirp

Hiya! Today I have for you Femme Fatale Cosmetics September Oops polishes and colour of the month (COTM) polish. There’s some really nice shades here for you to take a peek at and later this month they’ll be available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics US site, too, after a very successful sale with the Australian site at the beginning of the month (and in case you missed out!). Let’s see, shall we?

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Skills in Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SKILLS IN MAGIC

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Skills in Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

 

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Skills in Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Skills in Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I wanted to start with my favourite, which is called Skills in Magic. It’s a warm burgundy crelly with shimmer and gold, copper and black glitter. I love the black glitter – you just don’t see enough of it around. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Nessie Alliance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE NESSIE ALLIANCE

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Nessie Alliance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Nessie Alliance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Nessie Alliance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The Nessie Alliance is a deep blue that leans very purple. It has scattered shimmer and magenta and gold glitter. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Summer All Year Round swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SUMMER ALL YEAR ROUND

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Summer All Year Round swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Summer All Year Round swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Summer All Year Round swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Summer All Year Round is a soft peachy-pink-nude crelly with gold shimmer and microglitter. I did three thin coats with this one and in some lighting you can still see the nail line. I’ve topped it with Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Starla swatched by Dry, Dammit!

STARLA

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Starla swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Starla swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Starla swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Starla is a vibrant cool pink creme with blue overlay and scattered holo glitter – a bit of a difficult one to photograph, I found! This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Back in '82 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BACK IN ’82

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Back in '82 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Back in '82 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Back in '82 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Back in ’82 is a vibrant red-leaning coral, with hints of pink depending on the lighting. It has a golden shine overall with gold holo glitter. This one will look a bit “bumpy” once applied, but I don’t mind that. I’ve used two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics D-Qwon's Dance Grooves swatched by Dry, Dammit!

D-QWON’S DANCE GROOVES

Femme Fatale Cosmetics D-Qwon's Dance Grooves swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics D-Qwon's Dance Grooves swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics D-Qwon's Dance Grooves swatched by Dry, Dammit!

D-Qwon’s Dance Grooves is a dark teal jelly with a purple-blue overlay and gold holo glitter. Probably my second favourite from these Oops. This is two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Hunting Wolverines in Alaska swatched by Dry, Dammit!

HUNTING WOLVERINES IN ALASKA

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Hunting Wolverines in Alaska swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Hunting Wolverines in Alaska swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Hunting Wolverines in Alaska swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Hunting Wolverines in Alaska is a teal (cold) to clear (warm) thermal (similar to A Fortune Teller’s Charm from the After-Light Gala Collection). It has a red-pink overlay and silver and copper holo glitter. This is three coats plus a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Glamour Shots swatched by Dry, Dammit!

GLAMOUR SHOTS

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Glamour Shots swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Glamour Shots swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Glamour Shots swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Glamour Shots is a lavender creme with a satin gold sheen. The simplest of the Oops, but I think this one will suit anyone. I’ve used two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Chirp swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CHIRP (SEPTEMBER COTM)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Chirp swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Chirp swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Chirp swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The COTM is Chirp (I love the name!). This one was the top-voted suggestion in the Fiends group on Facebook, which was: “Duochrome, periwinkle and lavender”. Chirp is a lavender creme with a blue overlay and scattered holo glitter. This was two coats with a top coat of Seche.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Available soon at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics US store
  • Cost: Unknown at this stage, but for the Australian store prices ranged from AU$8.50 to AU$10.50 excluding GST
  • Volume: 9ml
  • Coats to opacity: See individual polish descriptions above

So, as I mentioned above, the Australian sale for these has already occurred, but if you’re able to buy from the US store then these will be there soon. There’s some lovely polishes here and I’m always surprised with how much stuff indies pump out in order to have great sales like these for limited edition polishes. Thanks for reading!

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


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Nicole Diary floral water decals

Hi there! Tonight I have some water nail decals to show you from Nicole Diary. I was approached by the Nicole Diary team to test run a few of its water decals and I have to say – they’re a lot of fun to wear! I have two designs to show you, but I still have more that I’ll post as I wear them. Before we begin, a note on the pics. Sorry about how they look a bit off, when I took the photos I was trialling my new nighttime set up and some of the lighting is a bit “extreme” to say the least. Let’s go!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So the two designs I have are both floral because I’m a sucker for the floral look as I am so incredibly bad at doing flowers freehand. My nail polish bases were Femme Fatale Cosmetics Horae Awaits (in the top pics) and Emily de Molly LE30 (in the bottom pics). In both instances, I had to cut the decal to my rough nail shape, soak in water for about 10 seconds and then apply to the nail. I then used a brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the edges – the decals melted away just like magic, which was wonderful, and I found them to work just like MILV water decals, to be honest. I then added a top coat of Seche Vite.

The downside of these decals is that in some of the packs, one side has a clear backing and the other side has a (usually white) opaque backing. I now like to wear decals over some kind of funky polish so they stick out rather than just white, so I found this to be annoying – and there’s no indication of such on the packaging so I only found out after competing one full hand! Otherwise, I thought these decals were great. Like all decals on me, even after a day (and going hard on wrapping my tips) the decals somehow seemed to pull from the nail edges, but I reckon I could get a few good days’ worth of use out of these. Removal is simple – just with acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: AliExpress
  • Cost: US99c each
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals enough for 10 nails

There are some lovely decals to choose from at AliExpress, so I recommend you take a peek, even if you hadn’t thought of buying. I’ll bring you some more pics on Instagram, so pop by my account and follow me if you’d like to see more. Thanks for reading!

*PRESS SAMPLE: I received the water decals in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper review

Hiya! Tonight I bring you a post that has been in the making for a few months now – the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper in purple. I say it’s been in the making for a few months because as soon as I got it for review from Born Pretty Store it’s become my go-to stamper. Sure, the tube isn’t clear, but for me that’s no biggie. The impressive feature of the stamper for me is its squishiness and purpleness (as a huge purple fan!). Read on for more!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Can we all take a minute to be amazed at the wonderful pick-up this stamper has?

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Here’s what it looks like down the tube of the stamper.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see from the pictures above, this jelly stamper picks up images pretty well. I was totally skeptical when I received the stamper, so to actually have photographic evidence it picks up images is incredible to me. Although I will admit it does struggle with finer images. With those you’re either really lucky or it simply doesn’t pick up. 😐 Which may come down to how the stamper head is primed. Yes, you do have to prime it (well, I did anyway). I washed it in dishwashing detergent and warm water and then used my nail file to gently rub the surface of the stamper head a bit. Once I had done that it was good to go for me. I would recommend you try washing in dishwashing detergent first and then stamping before going to the nail file as I found this made the stamper head a bit cloudy.

As you can see in my pictures, I’ve made a few scrapes to the stamper head. So a warning – be very careful! It’s quite sensitive and since it’s so squishy, once it’s “attacked” it’ll seem to totally crumble away in the area affected. Luckily for me that was only one or two spots. I really liked the squishiness of the stamper head and even with my huge C-curve nails it had no problem wrapping around it quickly and efficiently. I found it was easier to figure out where you wanted the image placed (by looking down the tube) and then smooshing right into your nail – not rolling from one side to another as you would do with a harder stamper head.

The stamper also comes with a purple plastic scraper. I didn’t used this as I used some former plastic gift cards to scrape with, but from sight it does look like it would do the job without damaging the plate you were working with.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

To stamp with I used Konad White Special Nail Polish over the top of Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Apple. The plate I used was one I received free from Emily de Molly in my last order as it was slightly damaged. I love the combination!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: 1 clear jelly stamper and 1 scraper (both purple)

BPS-HVX31

So, what do you think of the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper? Born Pretty Store has other colours available too if you’re not keen on purple, plus I even think it has a stamper now where the tube is also translucent. It’s fun to just check it out anyway. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!

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


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red and metallic stamping nail art

Hello! Gah, I have been away from my blog for too long! So glad to be back. Tonight I bring you Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red, which is from its recent stellar 22-piece Enchanted Fables Collection released last month. I’ve also got some stamping I did with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes. Take a look!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Red is my favourite from the Enchanted Fables Collection, from which I bought seven polishes. It’s simple yet complex, pretty yet not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s what I love about Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ polishes. It’s a pink-leaning red creme with a blue overlay. Totally gorgeous and nice and buttery to apply, with my application here being two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

I decided to stamp over Rose Red with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes I’ve bought recently: Metallic Teal and Metallic Purple. I think the stamping plate I used was also from Emily de Molly (EDM18). I thought the whole combo looked wonderful together!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Sadly, if you like the look of Rose Red, it was only available during April as a once-off release. You could try searching on destash sites and such but lately I’ve noticed a huge surge in the following of Femme Fatale Cosmetics so there may be some resistance by collectors to let their pretties go! (I know as I’m one of them). In the meantime, visit Femme Fatale Cosmetics and take a look about; it’s worth it. Thanks for reading!