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Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection

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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!


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Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art

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Happy May Day! We don’t commemorate it in the state of Australia I live in, but I know other states and countries do, so it’s nice to mention it, I thought. Plus, who doesn’t like a good rhyme?

Anywho, today I bring you some Born Pretty Store sticker stencils I was sent for review. In the following photos I am so sorry about my dry fingers! Usually I put a handcream on before taking photos but I was in a rush… you know the drill.

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

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

I actually really like the idea behind these stickers; kind of like a vinyl but without having to add nail polish. The thing I found difficult was trimming the edges. The stickers are generously sized so you have to use nail scissors to cut them to your nail shape. They stick down fine, but only for an hour or so, so you have to add top coat (or at least I did) if you really want the stickers to stay down. When I added top coat the majority of the sticker adhered well, but over time the sides of the stickers would pop out, become a bit spiky and create a heavy, unpleasant feeling on my nails. It’s why I would suggest to use these stickers for special occasions only; not as everyday wear. Still, I have read other reviews that show people using the stickers as a vinyl. Obviously you could do that, but (although I haven’t shown it very well) these stickers are holographic, so I feel that would be a waste and you’d be better off just using vinyls that aren’t as sticky.

The sheet of stickers you get comes with 12 stickers, which means just one use, really (for both hands). However, if your nails are small, you could get away with doing two per sticker – the stickers are that big! I tried doing that with my pinky and my index finger. It worked quite well. As a base I used Glam Polish Unicorn Sparkles! that is definitely an oldie but a goodie polish to wear and I liked the detail of it you could see peeking out under the sticker.

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

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.59 (here)
  • What you get: 1 sheet of 12 holographic stencil stickers

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So there you are. If you like to experiment with new nail art supplies, then these stencil stickers are definitely worth checking out. If anything, they’re a bit of fun. Also, although I’m doing a bad job of representing it in the post, the holo effect is really pretty. 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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Born Pretty Store nail art stencils & Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental

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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!