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Emily de Molly Empty Journal

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Hello there. Another polish from the vault of my computer’s desktop today: Empty Journal by Emily de Molly. As you can see, it’s a rather gorgeous polish (even for not blue fans like myself) so why I kept pics away for so long… goodness only knows, really.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken in lightbox.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken in lightbox.

Empty Journal is a bright blue foil with blue to purple shimmer, which you can see in the macro above. I received so many compliments when wearing this polish. Everyone wanted to know where it came from – I reckon I generated a lot of sales for Emily de Molly the days I wore it! Well, it felt like that anyway. Formula-wise, it was easy to apply and manageable. I was careful with application otherwise I found it did tend to leave some brush strokes, so nice and slow is best. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite. Also – no staining once I removed it! It’s so great to wear such a potent polish without it staining for once.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken outside.

DETAILS

So, what do you think of Empty Journal? I know for some the fact it’s a shimmer will turn people off, but I actually like the look of it. 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!

DETAILS

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!


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Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection

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Me again – bringing you the second trio from Celestial Cosmetics in time for Halloween (the first being The Curse of Miss Ives Collection). The Halloween Story Trio Collection is named so because the three names of the polishes create a short story. These polishes are very Halloween appropriate, so if you love themed polishes, get comfy and read on!

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Sinister Squashling swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SINISTER SQUASHLING

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Sinister Squashling swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sinister Squashling is a neon orange jelly with a gold overlay, colour-shifting sparks and black holo microglitter. It’s perfect for the base of pumpkins or even just on its own for the big day. It’s very bright and I’ve also learnt recently it glows under UV lighting. Awesome much? Formula was wonderful and what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Sinister Squashling swatched by Dry, Dammit!

 

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Chases The Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CHASES THE FAIRY

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Chases The Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Chases The Fairy is a neon green jelly with black shred glitter. This one also reacts to UV light. In my pictures it looks like there’s a blue tinge to the colour but I think it’s just my camera not being able to handle the intensity of the neon green. Formula on this one was good too and the shred glitter played nicely. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Chases The Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Into The Blood Woods swatched by Dry, Dammit!

INTO THE BLOOD WOODS

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Into The Blood Woods swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Into The Blood Woods is a teal-based jelly with cherry microglitter and rose gold flakes. This is my favourite from the trio as it’s so much more detailed than what you’d expect. The formula on this one is perfect but it did stain my nails so you’ll need to wear a good base coat underneath. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Halloween Story Trio Collection Into The Blood Woods swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Like The Curse of Miss Ives Collection, you can pick them up from tomorrow (25 September in Australia and 24 September at the international store). These are a lot of fun and I think there’s plenty to do with them come Halloween. 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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Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection

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Hi there. Tonight I bring you swatches and my thoughts on the Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection, which launches tomorrow on both the Australian and international Celestial sites. It’s inspired by the costumes from the 1992 movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula and is a collaboration collection for Nicki’s birthday (the maker behind Celestial). Every birthday Nicki does a collaboration collection and this year it’s with one of her good friends. Read on for more!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE DEVIL’S CONCUBINE

The Devil’s Concubine is a stunning orange linear holo that has a gorgeous flame. It’s my favourite from the collection and inspired by the vibrant orange clothes the character Lucy Westenra once she’s a vampire. It was so smooth to apply and I really think this would make an awesome summer polish – especially on the toes! I’m becoming more and more a fan of orange so I was pretty pleased this vibrant colour was included in the collection. This is just two easy coats with one coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE BRIDES

The Brides is a dark gold base with gold colour-shifting flakes and green shimmer. This one’s based on the clothes of the brides of Dracula. It looks like it would be a bit bumpy once applied, but it was actually so smooth. It reminds me of a pot of gold. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE

The Blood Is The Life – wowsers! Look at that intense red. I can definitely see blood here; can you? This has a slight duochrome effect, going from a dark red to a copper. It’s quite a slight shift, but I think I was able to capture it well. The inspiration behind this one is drawn from the battle armour Prince Vlad wears, the gown Mina wears when she dines with the Count and the blood Dracula requires to remain alive. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

GOD’S MADMEN

God’s Madmen is a really interesting polish. It looks much more vibrant in real life, more like in the macro shot below. It’s a metallic grey with gold flakes and gold holo microglitter. I found it to look quite metallic on, so if you’re not the biggest fan of that finish you may not like this one. Nevertheless it does apply easily – and without noticeable brush strokes, too. This one is inspired by the dark clothes the men wear when they hunt the Count. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

OCEANS OF TIME

Oceans of Time is a dark blue base with silver shimmer and silver flakes. I really like how the flakes look in this one. They’re quite delicate yet edgy and I think it matches the inspiration of Dracula’s blue lenses of the glasses he wears in London very well. Plus, it’s a bit different too in terms of the match up for a Dracula-inspired polish. My “original” idea would have been red or black. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

MINA

Finally we have Mina, a light mint holo with white sparks. In fact, I found this colour to be almost a neon pastel. If you’re a lover of green then you’ll think this is divine. Mina is inspired by the clothes of the character Wilhelmina Murray. It applied like butter but it does need to build up gradually, so I’d recommend thin coats. This is three coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

I’m a big fan of this collection – it’s surprisingly bright and cheerful for a collection inspired largely by a horror film. I’ve never actually watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula so I’m thinking I probably should now. If you can only get one from the collection I recommend The Devil’s Concubine, for sure! What’s you’re favourite from the collection? Let me know your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!