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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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Bettie Pain Polish Bipolar Pony

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Hello! I recently picked up some Bettie Pain Polish polishes (seems a bit funny to write that!) in its recent 20% off sale. Along with Bipolar Pony that I’m going to show you below, I also picked up Poison Berry, Jazz and Breathe, Just Breathe. I also received a free mini of Stolen, which I’m very happily surprised with and am looking forward to trying out. You can see a flatlay of my purchases on my IG. But for now, let’s take a closer look at Bipolar Pony!

Bettie Pain Polish Bipolar Pony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Bipolar Pony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bipolar Pony is a thermal, which changes from silver when warm to dark grey when cold. There’s a scattering of holo in there, too, and it also has these really lovely gold microflakes and some colour-changing flakes in a few colours; I see red and purple mainly. I didn’t actually realise when I bought it, but Bipolar Pony is part of Bettie Pain Polish’s Unicorn Collection. I’ve looked up the other colours in the collection and now realised I should have bought more, as they’re right up my alley. 😐 But oh well, there’s always next time, right? I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche. The formula was really lovely on this one, not difficult to work with at all, but it does go on a bit sheer. I reckon next time I would do three thin coats instead of just two.

It’s also seems bizarre to say (given at times it can look a bit dark), but I found this to be a really delicate polish. I think it’s do to with all the stuff going on in it besides the thermal effect. And maybe because of the fact that it’s a bit sheer when it goes into its warm mode? Or it could just be all in my head!

Bettie Pain Polish Bipolar Pony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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I’ve really enjoyed wearing Bipolar Pony and having a good chuckle at its name as well. In fact, the name was one of the reasons why I bought it. I felt like it was a nice lighthearted way to move on from my past few undesirable months with a smile. Thanks for reading!

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Celestial Cosmetics March 2017 LEs

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My second post in one day! I must have missed blogging, ha ha. But I wanted to quickly show you more goodness from Celestial Cosmetics: the March 2017 LEs. These LEs are inspired by the film Dirty Dancing and yes, I’ve had the song Hungry Eyes in my head pretty much this whole month.

Celestial Cosmetics Be My Baby and Hungry Eyes swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Here’s the inspiration picture for the polishes (as voted by the members of Celestial’s Stars Facebook group. If you’re not a member, I highly recommend joining!).

Iconic final dance in Dirty Dancing. Image credit.

Celestial Cosmetics Be My Baby swatched by Dry, Dammit!BE MY BABY

Celestial Cosmetics Be My Baby swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Be My Baby is a simple, but classic, deep pink creme. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere and getting amped up for summer, then I think you’ll love wearing this colour. This is two easy coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Be My Baby swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Hungry Eyes swatched by Dry, Dammit!HUNGRY EYES

Celestial Cosmetics Hungry Eyes swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Hungry Eyes is a pink-based jelly packed with colour-shifting flakes. The flakes payoff is brilliant, it coats really well and the polish doesn’t look sheer at all. I wore this all week and got many compliments on how it looks, so I think it’ll be a go-to polish for many. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year. On my ring finger though I have one coat over two coats of Be My Baby with a top coat of Light Year. I think it looks great both ways.

Celestial Cosmetics Hungry Eyes swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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So they’re this month’s LEs from Celestial. I can see myself wearing Hungry Eyes so much. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics March 2017 releases

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I’m not really sure how to start this post, given my long absence from blogging. Pretty much four months! That’s a new record for me. I guess I’ll try to keep my story short and sweet because I have the March 2017 releases from Celestial Cosmetics to show you, which are way more fun to read about.

Put simply, there’s been a few things that got me down at the place I work and this happened at the same time as finding out my husband and I are expecting our second child (due July!). This combo pretty much just made me feel crappy both mentally and physically and I became super antisocial; even social media I found difficult to use. But I’m feeling a lot better now and I appreciate all the love and support those nearest and dearest to me have provided.

One of those people is the ever-wonderful Nicki, owner and creator over at Celestial Cosmetics. She’s been very supportive and just let me have my own time to get back into the swing of things, which is why I’m here today, to show off the wonderful new array of colours from Celestial for March. Let’s take a look!

Celestial Cosmetics Primal Fear swatched by Dry, Dammit!PRIMAL FEAR

Celestial Cosmetics Primal Fear swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Primal Fear is a purple-based creme with a golden shimmer. I also found up close some sparks of red, which just makes this even more complex! I love how it looks and the formula is perfect. Pictured is two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Primal Fear swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Eye of Envy swatched by Dry, Dammit!EYE OF ENVY

Celestial Cosmetics Eye of Envy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Eye of Envy is a green jelly-based polish with colour-shifting flakes and colour-shifting iridescent microglitter. I like the look of Eye of Envy out and about rather than indoors because that’s when all the glitter comes to play. This is three thin coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Eye of Envy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Android Tears swatched by Dry, Dammit!ANDROID TEARS

Celestial Cosmetics Android Tears swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Android Tears is a soft purple-leaning grey creme with pink to violet colour-shifting shimmer. This is such a soft and delicate polish. It also is a nice variation of a neutral polish, if you have a workplace or occasion to consider. This is two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Android Tears swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Twisted Selection swatched by Dry, Dammit!TWISTED SELECTION

Celestial Cosmetics Twisted Selection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Twisted Selection is a blue-to-purple duochrome. The formula was easy to work with, but of course I still managed to leave some brush strokes in, so keep an eye our for that when you’re applying and don’t go too heavy-handed like me! This is two coats without a top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Twisted Selection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Mesmerised swatched by Dry, Dammit!MESMERISED

Celestial Cosmetics Mesmerised swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I found Mesmerised so difficult to capture! I ended up taking the shots indoors, otherwise the glitter seemed to disappear in the harsh sun. Mesmerised is a dark blue-based jelly polish packed with iridescent colour-shifting glitter. The glitter is really pretty in this one – I can see how Nicki thought of the name! You’ll need a thick top coat for this one as it does eat the top coat! Also, wear a good base coat because it can stain and there’s nothing worse than blue “natural” nails! I’m wearing three thin coats with a generous top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Mesmerised swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Walk of Shame swatched by Dry, Dammit!WALK OF SHAME

Celestial Cosmetics Walk of Shame swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Walk of Shame is another stunning duochrome, which looks quite coppery but then shifts between gold, orange and a rusty red. Up close it has these stunning pinkish sparks and I think it would be a really complimentary polish for most people. This is two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Walk of Shame swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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So, what do you think? The standouts for me areΒ Android Tears and Walk of Shame. I mean, who doesn’t love a good shimmer or duochrome? Thanks for sticking with me these past few months and as always, thanks for reading! It’s great to be back.


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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!