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Glittering Elements birthday releases

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I love birthdays and what better way to celebrate four years of Glittering Elements than with swatches of a handful of its wonderful polishes released especially for the milestone? Casey, the owner and creator at Glittering Elements, has released 10 new colours, two birthday exclusives and a one-off release called Dragonborn to celebrate the occasion. Phew! I also think it’s Casey’s birthday in there somewhere along the way, so happy birthday Casey!

Anywho, I have five of the new colours to show you so let’s jump in!

Glittering Elements Jawbreaker swatched by Dry, Dammit!JAWBREAKER

Glittering Elements Jawbreaker swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Jawbreaker is a bright pink scattered holo with purple sparks. If you’re thinking the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s inspired by the film Mean Girls. This polish is really fun to wear and my favourite from the five I’m showing you. You just can’t go wrong with a scattered holo. Formula-wise, this was a dream to apply and just glided on. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Darkside swatched by Dry, Dammit!DARKSIDE

Glittering Elements Darkside swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Darkside is another scattered holo stunner, this time a charcoal/purple base with a blue shift and purple sparks. It’s mesmerising; that’s really the only way I can accurately describe the colour, especially in that macro. Like Jawbreaker, Darkside applied like a dream. I’m wearing two coats plus a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Fantasy Island swatched by Dry, Dammit!FANTASY ISLAND

Glittering Elements Fantasy Island swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Fantasy Island is a turquoise scattered holo. So pretty! It also has the same great formula as the others, so what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!RAINBOW CRATERS

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Ah, Rainbow Craters. It’s a grey scattered holo with holo glitter. It’s listed as an “oops” because the rainbow from the holo doesn’t translate on the nail as much as it does in the bottle. I tried a million combinations of polish/top coats and even took pics of it without top coat – for some reason that holo just wouldn’t play! I even had harsh sun and flash on it, but nope! In terms of its formula though it’s lovely (just like the others) and what you see in my pics is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Blue Blood swatched by Dry, Dammit!BLUE BLOOD

Glittering Elements Blue Blood swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Blue Blood is a blue scattered holo with pink glass flecks. I love the macro of this so much. It’s my second favourite polish from the five I’m showing you. And just one last time – yes, the formula of this was easy as well, with what you see here being two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glittering Elements
  • Cost: Older stock starts at AU$5 and goes through to newer stock at AU$12.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See descriptions above

These polishes (and the others I’ve mentioned) are available until 6pm AEST on Sunday, June 4. Plus, you can get 21% off your order total with the code FOREVER21 (no minimum spend required! :D). If you’re keen to see what else Casey gets up to, why not join the Glittering Elements Nail Lacquer Facebook group? There’s lots of fun and competitions currently going on to celebrate Glittering Elements’ fourth birthday. Thanks for reading!Save

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Celestial Cosmetics The Valyrio Collection

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Today is the eve of Celestial Cosmetics’ third birthday, which is no better time to show you my swatches of Celestial’s latest release. It’s Celestial’s third Game of Thrones-inspired collection, this time called The Valyrio Collection (I’ve swatched Game of Thrones Collection here). It’s a collaboration with nail blogger Christine from Serenity Nails and features six polishes; three duochromes and three holos with names inspired by the Valyria language used throughout the books and TV show. I was also lucky in that I recently got my new Canon macro lens in the mail, so I have some macros of these polishes, too! (Although I have to get used to taking macros with one hand as the lens is super heavy!). Take a look.

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!DRACARYS

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’m going to start with my favourite from the collection: Dracarys (meaning “Dragon fire”). This is a wonderfully warm red linear holo with red microglitter. It’s a stunning polish on and I’m super impressed with how the red microglitter adds a bit more depth to it. I’m wearing it with two coats and no top coat and I didn’t find it gritty at all.

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!KIRIMVOS

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Kirimvos was a polish I wasn’t sure if I would like, but once on the nail, wowsers! It’s a bright minty-turquoise green linear holo with opal flakies. It means “Thank you”. The inclusion of the opal flakies reminds me of reptile skin – in a good way! Again, another polish that has a lot of depth. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!SESIR KIPI

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sesir Kipi means “And now, we ride”. I quite like this; as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of a midnight blue, so the name goes nicely with the thought of riding into the night. This is a deep blue linear holo with a crisp silver-green flame. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!KASTAMIRO DAMIOR

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Kastamiro Damior (meaning “Rains of Castamere”) looked like it was going to be some kind of blurple duochrome in the bottle, but when on the nail, it moves from blue to teal to green. I hardly saw any purple at all, but perhaps I didn’t have the right sunlight? This formula has a slightly thinner consistency than the others in the collection, so when applying it you either need to do lots of thin coats or a couple of thick coats. I chose to do two thick coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!LILAGON

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This stunner is Lilagon, which means “To dance”. It’s another complex duochrome with a strong woody green base that changes ever so slowly over to gold in the right light. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!DARIA ZALDRIZO

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Last but not least we have Daria Zaldrizoti that means “The Dragon Queen”. This is a classic red to pink duochrome and it’s got the most lovely glow in the sun. There have been some comparisons of this polish and another of Celestial’s polishes called Mother of Dragons from Nicki’s first Game of Thrones collection. I suggest you Google it to see what you think. I hear they’re quite similar, but different, too! This is two coats without top coat.

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So there you go, another outstanding collection from Celestial Cosmetics. It really has been such fun bringing you Celestial’s new collections for the past 10 months or so and I’d like to again thank Nicki for asking to work with me and congratulate her on her third year of Celestial. Happy birthday, Celestial Cosmetics! Thanks for reading!


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Happy birthday, Celestial Cosmetics (April LE 2016, Celestial Dream & Spell Wood)

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Hello there! Tonight I have a big bag of Celestial Cosmetics goodness for you. At the end of April it will be Celestial Cosmetics’ third birthday. Happy birthday, Celestial! This is so incredibly great for a small business and an Australian one at that, too. To celebrate, creator Nicki has made a birthday polish (which she does every year) called Celestial Dream. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate a birthday – who doesn’t like nail polish! πŸ˜€ I have this, as well as the LE for April and Spell Wood to show you tonight. Let’s take a look.

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!CELESTIAL DREAM

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

As I said above, Celestial Dream is a birthday polish to celebrate Celestial Cosmetics’ third birthday on April 25. This is a true purple linear holo and it’s so refreshingly delicate for a holo! It’s very reminiscent of the recent Unicorns and Rainbows Collection, in that the holo just shines with any hint of light, but it’s really a worthwhile standout on its own as well. As a purple lover I majorly love it! Best of all, it’s super shiny. What you see here is just two coats without top coat. Adding a top coat would make it sing.

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!APRIL LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sweet peaInspiration pic. Photo credit

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in shade

This stunner is the LE for April 2016. It’s based on the sweet pea and I have to admit, Nicki did such a wonderful job here! Wearing this polish was a lot of fun, mainly because in the shade it’s a subtle duochrome from purple to deep green, but it also has the most beautiful green flecks that just make the polish “pop” that little bit more. Out in the sun it’s a straight-up deep purple linear holo with a bit of a green flame. It’s a very special polish and one I highly recommend. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!SPELL WOOD

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Spell Wood is an exclusive polish for Nail Whisperer’s March My Favourite Things box. I’d never heard of the box before, but basically it’s a monthly box of four indies that come together under one theme, with March’s being “walking through the enchanted forest”. It’s a deep green scattered holo with bronze and green flecks throughout. The flame on this one is lovely and golden. I’m wearing two coats without top coat – again, another shiny stunner! Such a shame this is an exclusive, but I wanted to show you anyway since Nicki was kind enough to provide me with a sample.

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Spell Wood for My Favourite Things March box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Now, just a quick note for Celestial’s international fans. Celestial Dream and April LE 2016 are on their way to the US warehouse, so they will be available soon! I suggest you join the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group, where you can stay up to date with all the latest movements in stock on both sites. In the meantime though, what do you think of these polishes? And once again, happy birthday, Celestial Cosmetics! Thanks for reading!


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Nephew’s first birthday nail art

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Hello! It’s my nephew’s first birthday this week so I took some time out to do birthday nails based on him. I am not disappointed with how it turned out, but I am also not over the moon either. For some reason on my thumb and little finger I thought it would be a good idea to put on OPI Get Your Number… but the textured look is just a massive clash I’m afraid. Oh well, lesson learnt, so let’s just concentrate on my other nails, shall we?

Nephew's first birthday nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Nephew's first birthday nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Nephew's first birthday nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So, on the index finger we have a baby complete with blushed cheeks and a red hair curl (Alec, my nephew, has the most beautiful red hair). It doesn’t look like much of an curl though, hey!? I need a thinner striper brush; my trusty eBay one is just too thick. Either that or I need to learn to use it better. On the middle finger is a birthday cake with a single candle to represent the first birthday. And on the ring finger is a blue balloon. That is not so symbolic; it’s just a balloon.

Now I also thought it would be a good idea to just paint the design straight onto my nails instead of putting down a colour first. Looking at it now it probably wouldn’t be a problem if my nails weren’t so stained but because they are I should have probably put a sheer nude coat on first. Again, lesson learnt! So please forgive that as well.

I used a heap of polishes so here they all are:

  • Revlon All Fired Up (red)
  • Maybelline Party Blue (blue)
  • Ulta3 Tangerine Tango (orange)
  • Revlon Steamy Affair (“Steamy” side in beige)
  • Max Factor Cactus Green (green)
  • Models Prefer No Angel (white)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint Black (nail striper in black)
  • I made the pink cheeks by combining the red and white polishes

So this is my little tribute to my nephew for his first birthday. Of course, he will get a real life present, too! And lots of cuddles. Thanks for reading!