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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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Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection

Why hello! Today I bring you swatches and my thoughts on Celestial Cosmetics’ latest collection, the We Breathe Fire Collection, which also launched today. This collection has a beautiful origin story. It came about when Nicki (the mastermind behind Celestial) and her son got together to bring Nicki’s interest of dragons and her son’s favourite book series (the Inheritance Cycle) together. How lovely! I hope my son and I will work as collaboratively when he’s older. But, before I start, there’s good news for Celestial’s international fans – there’s a whole new international site with a whole new address: celestialcosmetics.com. It’s definitely worth checking out. Now let’s jump right in!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen nail art by Dry, Dammit!

First up I wanted to show you some nail art I did with two of the polishes – Firnen and Thorn – because I’m so super proud of it. How I didn’t smudge the polish when I applied Thorn on top of Firnen I have no idea, but I so love this look! Really easy and all I used was some eBay nail tip guides and gold studs.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

FIRNEN

Firnen is a forest green polish with a sprinkling of holo and green-gold colour-shifting flakes. I found it had a stunning blue overlay as well in some lighting. As you know, I’m not the biggest green nail polish fan (yes, I pretty much say this every time I wear a green polish) but Firnen is incredible. I love its depth and delicacy. So much so I used it for my nail art above, ha ha. In these swatches though I wore two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

GLAEDR

Wow, Glaedr. This is my favourite from the collection. I really love its strong copper lean. It’s a linear holo with bronze flakes and holo orange microglitter. The microglitter in this is a bit bumpy so you’ll definitely need a top coat. The microglitter also a bit awkwardly noticeable in the sun – breaking up the linear look a bit – but it’s not disastrous. The formula on this one was the thickest from the collection for me and you need a steady hand when applying. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THORN

As the name suggests, Thorn is a polish that packs a punch. It’s a dark purple linear holo with rose flakes and red sparks. To me it’s definitely more purple, but to others it’s a black base. The flame on Thorn is lovely and really makes it appear “softer” than what it is. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

JARNUNVOSK

Ah, Jarnunvosk. So very delicate and so very difficult to capture! It is a soft gold nude with gold flakes and shimmer, as well as the tiniest bit of holo. It’s a lot more delicate than what you see, that’s for sure! I love the gold flakes in this one, it really makes it a bit different. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SAPHIRA

This is Saphira, a mid-tone blue linear holo with blue flakes. It’s close to purple for me in some lights and it’s a darling up close – you can see the teal really pop. This suits my interest in blue a lot – blue, but not too blue. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SHRUIKAN

Last up is Shruikan. A black linear holo! Wowsers. Plus, it also has some freaking fantastic colour-shifting flakes. There are some lovely green flakes in there that I wish I could eat! The holo in this one is pretty incredible and I think it’s the first indie polish I have that’s a black holo. We need more of these, please! This is two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

The formula on these were consistent, bar Glaedr that needed a little bit of extra care. Glaedr is still my favourite though, so don’t let that deter you if you like the look of it. This is a moody collection, but there’s a lot to love. Thanks for reading!

*PRESS SAMPLES: I received the products in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion (apart from the gold studs).


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Born Pretty Store mixed size rhinestone nail art

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!

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


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Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection & a bit of nail art

Hello! Tonight I have another wonderful collection from Celestial Cosmetics to show you called the Unicorns and Rainbows Collection. If you love the look of old-school holos before they became mainstream and experimented with, then you’re going to love this collection. It’s five simply stunning and elegant linear holos that just scream when in the sun. Let’s take a look! (Oh, and I also have a bit of nail art at the end. Enjoy!).

UNICORN FIELDS

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Unicorn Fields swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Unicorn Fields swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Unicorn Fields swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Wowsers, what a polish to start with! Unicorn Fields is an amazing polish. While I’m not big on green polishes, I have to say this is lovely. It’s a vibrant green linear holo and totally different to the other colours in this collection. I would have prefered a pastel green/mint to match the other colours, but if you love greens this is a nice surprise. This is two coats without top coat. If you apply your nail polish thick this could be a one-coater – the formula was that easy!

SNOW UNICORN

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Snow Unicorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Snow Unicorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Snow Unicorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Snow Unicorn is a traditional light grey linear holo. In the shade it has a strong steel grey colour, so it’s not overly “flat” when not in direct light. Application was wonderful, but I did find this more sheer than the other polishes in the collection. This is three coats without top coat.

RAINBOWS AND UNICORNS UNITE

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Rainbows and Unicorns Unite swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Rainbows and Unicorns Unite swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Rainbows and Unicorns Unite swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Rainbows and Unicorns Unite swatched by Dry, Dammit!Inside in natural light

Rainbows and Unicorns Unite is my favourite from the collection. It’s a soft lavender linear holo with a green overlay, which creates a duochrome effect when not in direct light of purple to steel blue (I tried to show it in the last photo. Fail!). This is two coats without top coat and like the others, the formula was divine!

CAKES AND RAINBOWS

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Cakes and Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Cakes and Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Cakes and Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Cakes and Rainbows is a gold linear holo. It’s a very neutral gold and it could even be a “nude” holo. It was so easy to apply as well! This is two coats without top coat. It really is a beautiful polish!

FARTING RAINBOWS

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Farting Rainbows could be a one-coat wonder if I could apply my polish better. 🙂 It’s a periwinkle blue linear holo with a soft purple overlay. Very similar to Rainbows and Unicorns Unite but you still need them both I think! Personally, I don’t like the name of this polish but I can see the humour factor to it. This is two coats without top coat and let me tell you – this definitely has the standout formula of the collection. It just glides onto the nail so smoothly.

I also did a little bit of nail art with Farting Rainbows. Using Emily de Molly stamping plate EDM18 and white stamping polish by Konad, I stamped a quick design onto half of my nails and then added some silver dot studs from the essence Dark Romance Nail Art Decoration Kit to the border of the stamping. I quite like how it came out! See what you think:

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

The Unicorns and Rainbows Collection launches mid-March. A date will be confirmed once polishes have been received in the US for the international site. If you want to keep track of that, I suggest you join the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group to keep up to date. Let me know what you think of this collection. Will you be buying any polishes? Thanks for reading!

*I received the Unicorns and Rainbows Collection polishes in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion.


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Born Pretty Store water decals & half moon nail art

Hello! Tonight I have some more Born Pretty Store goodies to bring you: water decals! I’m seeing water decals everywhere now and they really have come a long way since I first started blogging (and that’s nearly three years, so not all that long at all!). These decals from Born Pretty are just lovely and very easy to use. I recently saw a design by Zlata on IG (@de_briz) and knew I had to recreate this look for this Born Pretty water decal post; take a look below.

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals by Dry, Dammit!

He he he – I just had to have the instructions in there too so you could see. I just love Engrish! You can still interpret the instructions though, even though they are a little confusing. Regardless of the packaging, these “worked” like every other kind of decals I’ve used. Cut, soak in water for about 10-15 seconds and then apply to a (usually) white-painted nail. The decals were a bit narrow, which I did struggle with sometimes to smooth out the sides after they’d curled from being in the water. But this wasn’t with every decal.

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Instead of using silver studs I wanted to use sequins, which would be closer to Zlata’s original look, but the only sequins I have are really transparent and it looked a bit messy where the half moon started. The pink holo polish underneath is Emily de Molly Poser, which I bought in its Boxing Day sale. It’s my first time wearing it and I love it, too!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.50 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals in two designs enough for 20 nails

What do you reckon? Are you a fan of water decals? Do you love Engrish as much as me? If you’re considering purchasing from Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order. Thanks for reading!

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


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Celestial Cosmetics Game of Thrones Collection swatches, review and nail art

Hiya! I’m bringing you a big post tonight: Celestial Cosmetics Game of Thrones Collection! As you can guess it’s inspired by the TV show Game of Thrones and it launched on June 26 so it’s just over a week old. There was a flurry of blog posts, pictures, etc on its launch that were so amazing I decided to wait a little while before posting my pics as I’m not sure I’ve done it justice! This collection has two parts. One part is cremes and the other part is holos. I’m bringing you both parts tonight. I found this adorable gif I thought was appropriate to celebrate this collection, so once you’ve had a giggle let’s move on to the polishes!

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HOLOS

Just a note on the application of the holos so I’m not repeating myself. I found them all super easy to apply with a wonderful, buttery formula. Also, they all dried so incredibly fast. Very impressive.

YOU WIN OR YOU DIE

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Another extraordinary holo blue by Celestial Cosmetics! This is a bright blue linear holo and it has the same wow effect that On Your Left from the Avenge the Earth Collection has. This has a really strong rainbow to it and I loved wearing it. This is two coats without top coat.

DANCE WITH DRAGONS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Dance With Dragons also has this incredible rainbow like You Win Or You Die, much stronger than what I could capture. This is a dark green linear holo that leans blue. This polish is very limited because of the ingredients required and I think it’s already sold out (only 18 bottles available!). I can see why! This is two coats without top coat.

KINGSROAD

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Kingsroad is another limited polish because of its ingredients (also just 18 bottles). A linear green holo like Dance With Dragons, this time more of a lime-yellow combo. The rainbow through this one was very yellow toned, which made a nice change. What you see is two coats without top coat.

GARDEN OF BONES

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Garden of Bones is a light brown linear holo. It’s quite neutral indoors but when you’re outside: WOWZA! That’s when it really comes to play, even though I couldn’t catch it that well. This is two coats without top coat.

FIRE & BLOOD

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Fire & Blood is the surprising favourite of mine from the collection. Surprising because in the bottle I wasn’t moved by it, but once on my nails I loved it. It’s a pinky-red linear holo that seems more pink to me, and a really beautiful shade of pink, too. The holo effect on this is stunning and lives up to its name – very fiery! This is two coats without top coat.

Now, I couldn’t help but try to do some nail art with these holos, so I laid down a base of Kingsroad, added random pieces of striping tape and then sponged Garden of Bones, Fire & Blood and You Win Or You Die on top. I removed the tape and added some brown holographic studs as some of my make-up sponge left pieces on my nails.

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

CREMES

MYHSA

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

I love this colour, it’s totally a shade of nail polish I am drawn to for some reason. Myhsa is described as a plum red creme, but in some lights it looks more pink than red. This was super shiny by itself and so what you see is two coats without top coat. Also, this was surprisingly easy to clean-up around the cuticles for a darker shade. I don’t know if my application is getting better or if it’s just a really manageable formula, but I was happy!

A GOLDEN CROWN

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

A Golden Crown is a lovely mustard yellow creme. I found application to be a bit difficult as it was patchy. It built up fine but you do really need a steady hand. What you see here is three thin coats but I found that still a bit sheer so on my ring finer I applied one coat of ulta3 Lily White and then two coats of A Golden Crown, which fixed up the sheerness. All nails were topped with Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat.

THE NIGHT LANDS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

The Night Lands is a coffee brown creme. It’s a bit sheer in application but like A Golden Crown it builds up nicely. This is three thin coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

DARK WINGS, DARK WORDS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Dark Wings, Dark Words is a dark green creme. This is a green I really enjoy wearing, it feels more “adult” than other shades of green to me. Again, this was super shiny by itself, so what you see is two thin coats without top coat. If you were better than me at applying nail polish you could even try applying this in one thick coat.

BREAKER OF CHAINS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Breaker of Chains is a dark blue creme. I impressed myself with it because what you see is just one coat. It’s very opaque. Also, it was really shiny so no top coat. Just like Dark Wings, Dark Words, this blue feels more “adult” than other shades, I felt like a fashionista wearing it.

I also decided to do some nail art with the cremes. I put on a base of The Night Lands, applied long triangle vinyls and did a gradient of A Golden Crown, The Night Lands and Myhsa on top. I removed the vinyls and voila! I’m really happy with how this turned out.

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Holos are AU$12 each, cremes are AU$9 each
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

Phew! Sorry about the long post, but I think you’ll agree with me that it was definitely worth it. What do you think about this collection? Or my nail art, for that matter? Thanks for reading!

*I received the products (excluding studs and vinyls) in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion.


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set (Mad Alchemist, Witching Grimoire & Time for Slime) – including Emily de Molly studs & Gloss ‘n Sparkle cuticle oil

*Deep, mysterious voice* Good evening. Tonight I bring you the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set. This boxed set was limited to 25 available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics store and when I heard about it I just figured why not? I’ve never really been that much into Halloween polishes but I think this boxed set has changed my mind! It’s nice to have such a “dark” theme to work with instead of the usual bright and cheerful stuff I find myself going for. Plus, I’ve never tried a Femme Fatale Cosmetics nail polish before and this set (three polishes, one top coat, one cuticle oil, nail studs and few yummy lollies) was just AU$30.80. That is crazy for nail polish in Australia.

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set by Dry, Dammit!

And here is the cute packaging. It came beautifully wrapped in its own little black box (you can see on IG here – I opened it at work and once it was open I couldn’t get it looking perfect again) complete with shredded black paper and spooky sequins in stars, spiders and bats. I kept finding these sequins in the most random places during the week! Probably the most random was a bat in the bathtub. How did it get there? You can see from my photos that Femme Fatale Cosmetics polishes come individually boxed, which I think is very cute. The top coat is by Femme Fatale Cosmetics as well and is called Fast Dry Top Coat. The cuticle oil by Gloss ‘n Sparkle is called Candy Haul and the Emily de Molly nail studs are in holographic silver. As I present the polishes to you I’ll also share my experiences on all three of these extra goodies.

Mad Alchemist (with Emily de Molly holographic silver studs)

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!Mad Alchemist was the exclusive polish to the Halloween Boxed Set and it didn’t disappoint. It’s made up of tiny maroon, pink and iridescent glitters. In the photos you see two coats with Emily de Molly holographic silver studs and Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat. I cannot believe the great coverage this had in two coats; it was very easy to apply. The studs were also easy to use – I just used a wax pencil to apply. For me though, the studs are a bit too big for my nails, I should have just used one per nail instead of doing three on the ring finger and thumb. The top coat is quite thin, but for a polish like this that’s a good thing. Although it’s called Fast Dry Top Coat it didn’t dry all too fast (I blame Seche for setting me up with high expectations!) but it does dry to a slightly tacky “touch dry” feel in a reasonable amount of time (about five minutes). I’m just not sure how long you would have to wait for it to dry completely, I’m thinking at least 20 minutes? I’m not sure if it was due to the top coat not being fully dry but I was able to remove this polish with no problem without using the foil method (including studs). If you wanted, you could probably use the studs again but I decided not to because there were a lot of small glitter pieces attached to them that I couldn’t be bothered removing.

Witching Grimoire

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Witching Grimoire is a purple jelly with all kinds of glitter through it. There are stars, holo dots, orange bars, holo moons, black hexes and all kinds of glitters – it’s very difficult to describe! What you see is two dabbed coats on my thumb, pointer and middle fingers and two dabbed coats over black on my ring and pinky fingers topped with Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat. I think it looks better over back because otherwise it’s too sheer for me. I don’t have a polish with moons in it so this polish was a real novelty for me, albeit a bit difficult to apply due to the copious amounts of glitter shapes and the formula being slightly goopy, but at least I didn’t have to fish! If you think my nails look textured that’s because the top coat is not heavy enough for this polish. It doesn’t have the strength behind it to smooth out a heavy glitter like this, which is a bit disappointing. Some may prefer that look but for me I like it to appear smooth. Removal of this polish was again achieved without the foil method so I’m thinking it’s because the top coat failed to be completely dry before I removed it.

Time for Slime

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!I have saved my favourite for last. As soon as I saw Time for Slime I thought I could love it and thankfully I do! It’s a sheer neon yellow jelly with white and yellow dots, yellow hexes and lots of iridescent glitter. I’ve layered two coats over Bourjois Sunny Sunday, but I’ve seen swatches of it over white and black and they look fab as well. I think this will be a great summer polish – it’s a lot of fun. The only downside for me was the goopy formula, yes, I could apply it like normal nail polish but it did drag a bit and I had to be patient. So either be careful or do it in dabbed coats, I say. I used Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat again and it was a lot better over this polish, probably because the glitter was smaller and sat flatter. Once again I could also remove Time for Slime without using the foil method. I think for the same reason I said about Witching Grimoire. I also used Gloss ‘n Sparkle Candy Haul cuticle oil and I loved it – it wasn’t nearly as oily as some other cuticles oils I’ve tried and them smell was super yummy, exactly like lollies. I didn’t like the brush however because I think it’s a bit too stiff for a cuticle oil. As opposed to gliding over your nails it scratches along. But I can live with that.

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Overall I really love the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set. It was great value for money and also a lot of fun. Even though the boxed set is sold out, you can still buy Witching Grimoire and Time for Slime from the Femme Fatale Cosmetics store (linked above). So you don’t have to completely miss out. What do you think of these Halloween polishes? Will you be buying any specific Halloween polishes this year? Let me know. Thanks for reading!