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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Total Recall Collection

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Tonight I have the stunning December 2016 collection to bring you from Femme Fatale Cosmetics called Total Recall, inspired by the film of the same name. Luckily, while this collection was launched in December, you will be able to get your hands on it again one last time next month in May when Femme Fatale has its final presale on the collection. Let’s take a look!

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Ego Trip swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE EGO TRIP

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Ego Trip swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I want to start with my favourite: The Ego Trip. This is a clear base with pink shimmer, chrome flakes and golden holo glitter. It’s such a dense polish, but I love it. You could probably wear it as a topper, but I like it as it is, personally. I’ve done three coats here, and as such it does become top coat-hungry, so you’re going to need a good, thick top coat for this polish. I used one thick coat of Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Clever Girl swatched by Dry, Dammit!CLEVER GIRL

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Clever Girl swatched by Dry, Dammit!You can kind of see the transition here – it moved so fast!

I really love the sharp contrast that makes up Clever Girl. It’s a thermal polish that transitions from clear (warm) to magenta (cold) with gold glitter and holo, of course! This polish was very manageable and I really like how the gold glitter looks in both states. This is another three-coater, but I think it’s worth it for the final effect. I’ve used a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Turbinium swatched by Dry, Dammit!TURBINIUM

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Turbinium swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Turbinium has a purple base with turquoise shimmer, green-gold-orange shifting flakes, a scattering of holo and green iridescent microglitter. For me, I applied two thick coats and I didn’t get any VNL, but you may need to keep an eye on this one just in case. Turbinium is the limited edition colour in the collection, so I don’t think it will be available when the next presale for Total Recall is on in May, unfortunately. I’ve topped it with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection 2084 swatched by Dry, Dammit!2084

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection 2084 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

2084 is a soft grey creme with a mauve and red overlay. It’s a very neutral colour and I think one many have and will flock to because of its wearability. The formula is quite generous on this one, being on the thick side, so what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Ready for Dreamland? swatched by Dry, Dammit!READY FOR DREAMLAND?

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Ready for Dreamland? swatched by Dry, Dammit!The polish looks grainy because I didn’t add top coat; silly me.

Ready for Dreamland? is a pale lavender-grey with fine silver flecks and pink sparks. It self-levelled really well and I remember I didn’t add a top coat for this swatch; I just left it at two coats because… well, I actually can’t remember why! I’m sure there was a good reason. I would recommend a top coat though because as you can see in the macro, it does dry a little grainy.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Last Resort swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE LAST RESORT

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Last Resort swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The Last Resort is a burgundy creme base with a slight orange shift and scattered holo. It’s quite a pretty polish and can look quite deep depending on your lighting. I found the formula super easy to work with and what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Venusville swatched by Dry, Dammit!VENUSVILLE

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Venusville swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Venusville is the second thermal in the collection. It’s clear (warm) to pink (cold) with blue shimmer and silver holo microglitter. I really like the look of the warm state when you can see all the shimmer and microglitter. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Welcome to Mars swatched by Dry, Dammit!WELCOME TO MARS

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Welcome to Mars swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Welcome to Mars. It’s a orange-red duochrome with gold glitter and chrome flakes. I really like how this one is complex and quirky at the same time. It’s my second favourite from the collection. The formula was great to work with and this is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Phew! There we have it. Do any of these polishes look like they might call your name in May? I highly recommend The Ego Trip! It’s just a lot of fun. Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics December Christmas 2016 COTM

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Why, hello! Tonight I bring you a long overdue post of Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ December Christmas 2016 COTM. There’s two polishes that are quite complementary and don’t necessarily look like “Christmas”. Unfortunately these polishes aren’t available on the Femme Fatale Cosmetics website anymore, but I had a quick Google and found them over at Hypnotic Polish (Europe-based) if you do happen to fall in love.

Because these pics are from way back last year, you’ll notice I have a different nail shape. I did the pointy nail look for a couple of months before changing back to squoval in the New Year. Let me know what you think; maybe I should take them up again?

Femme Fatale December 2016 COTM Festive Blithe swatched by Dry, Dammit!TINSEL TWINKLES

Femme Fatale December 2016 COTM Festive Blithe swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Tinsel Twinkles is a deep purple crelly with iridescent glitter and a smattering of holo microglitter. It’s really pretty and wearable, isn’t it? From memory, in the first picture I’m wearing two coats without a top coat in the first pic and then in the macro, I’ve topped the two coats with Seche Vite. I definitely recommend wearing a top coat as the glitter can stick out a bit and a top coat just smooths it all over nicely. Formula-wise, I used thick coats but you could probably do three layers of thin coats to get it to the same level of opacity you see here.

Femme Fatale December 2016 COTM Tinsel Twinkles swatched by Dry, Dammit!FESTIVE BLITHE

Femme Fatale December 2016 COTM Tinsel Twinkles swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Festive Blithe is a gorgeous polish and I love staring at that macro! It’s a teal jelly with pink shimmer, teal holo and iridescent glitter. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche. You can still see some slight VNL at the tip, but I kind of like it like that! The formula on this one was just as good as Tinsel Twinkles; very manageable and I even found the glitter to play a bit nicer when on the nail.

So, what do you think? Sorry I held these pics back from you. I felt so awful when I didn’t post them during December. But at least you get to see them now. Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics November Fiends exclusives & COTM

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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!


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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art

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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

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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 silverΒ 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!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics September Oops polishes & COTM Chirp

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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”.Β 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!


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Nicole Diary floral water decals

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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!