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Celestial Cosmetics First, Last & Always, July LE 2016 & August LE 2016

Good evening! Today I bring you a swag full of Celestial Cosmetics goodies; two LEs and also the new Celestial Cosmetics site exclusive that you can only buy at Celestial’s Australian store or international store. Also, you’ll notice in the pictures of the August LE 2016 my nail shape is different. I’ve gone a bit rounder as my nails just seemed to be breaking a lot more frequently than usual. For some reason rounder nails are stronger for me. Enjoy!

Celestial Cosmetics First, Last & Always swatched by Dry, Dammit!

FIRST, LAST & ALWAYS

Celestial Cosmetics First, Last & Always swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics First, Last & Always swatched by Dry, Dammit!

First, Last & Always is Celestial’s site exclusive and only available at the Australian store or the international store. It has a dark purple jelly base with gorgeous colour-shifting flakes that are simply amazing in any light (I mean, check out that macro!). Nicki, the make at Celestial, named the polish in honour of her late parents, which I think is a touching tribute. Nicki’s last collection, the We Breathe Fire Collection, also had a similar family back story, and I think it’s wonderful Nicki is able to channel her emotions into these stunning works of wearable art. I’m wearing three thin coats here with top coat, so you can see it builds up terrifically, but I’ve seen some swatches with just one coat over black or purple and that looks amazing, too. It’s really up to you on how to wear it!

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

AUGUST LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

gladiolus-augleInspiration pic. Photo credit

Celestial Cosmetics August LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The August LE 2016 is based on the flower gladiolus. How stunning is the inspo pic above? The photo was chosen by the Celestial Stars Facebook group. If you’re not a member I encourage you to join as there’s a lot going on in there! It’s a coral-orange base with some scattered holo, white sparks, gold flakes and iridescent microglitter. I’ve done two coats with a top coat, but I found it was still sightly bumpy so you’ll probably need to use two coats of top coat just in case.

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

JULY LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

waterlily-le-2016Inspiration pic. Photo credit

Celestial Cosmetics July LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The July LE 2016 is a stunning polish based on the waterlily. This is a must-have for all the purple fans out there. It has a scattered holo base with violet sparks, lavender flakes, purple
holo microglitter and gold flakes and microglitter. There’s a lot going on, but it translates quite smoothly onto the nail, with just two coats and a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat all you see here. I think this is my favourite Le from this year, with the April LE 2016 coming a close second.

DETAILS

Well, I hope you enjoyed this round-up of Celestial polishes. Are there any you would like to get your hands on? Thanks for reading!

*PRESS SAMPLES: I received the products in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion.


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Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection swatches and review

Hello! Today I bring you a wonderfully vibrant collection from Celestial Cosmetics. It’s been inspired by Bollywood and appropriately named the Bollywood Collection. It just launched yesterday in time for November. I’m really happy this collection came out ready for summer as there’s a few shades here I can’t wait to wear again. Onto the swatches! (All photos are outside in natural light).

DARD-E-DISCO

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dard-E-Disco swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dard-E-Disco swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dard-E-Disco swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So I thought I would start with my favourite, which is Dard-e-Disco. What a stunner. It’s a buttery coral base with gold shimmer and silver sparks. The name is taken from a song in the movie Om Shanti Om. This is one of those summer must-have polishes and you will be very happy with its payoff as it’s very opaque. This is two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat, but you could probably get away with one coat if you’re careful.

ALUVA

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Aluva swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Aluva swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Aluva swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Aluva is a cornflower blue scattered holo with silver sparks. The name is taken from the prettiest girl in the region of the movie Premam. I have never seen the film, but I would love it if a polish like this was inspired by me. This is three coats with a top coat of Solar Ray. You might see that the polish – even at three coats – seems a bit patchy. This was because I did find the formula a little difficult to work with, but it’s nothing you can’t overcome. To the eye the polish looks fine.

DILBARA

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilbara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilbara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilbara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Dilbara is another stunner from the collection. This is a blue-leaning green with pearl and silver flakes, which looks a bit like Ariel’s tail from The Little Mermaid. The name is taken from a song in the movie Dhoom. I reckon this will be another go-to polish for a lot of people. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

DILWARA

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilwara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilwara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Dilwara swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Dilwara is a subtle gold linear holo with red microglitter. The name is taken from the temples in the movie Devdas. When I look at this polish all I can see is how awesome it would be with some Christmas nail art! The formula is great but it dries a bit lumpy due to the microglitter so you’ll need a thicker top coat. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

MUMBAI MUSIC

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mumbai Music swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mumbai Music swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mumbai Music swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Mumbai Music is the second scattered blue holo in this collection. It has a strong violet effect in the sun. The name is taken from one of the towns in the movie Chalte Chalte. The formula is great, but just because it looked like it could be a little patchy I used three thin coats and added a top coat of Solar Ray.

MUGHAL EMPEROR

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mughal Emperor swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mughal Emperor swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Bollywood Collection Mughal Emperor swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Mughal Emperor. This is a subtle light green scattered holo with red sparks. I found it looks more like a shimmer in real life. The name is taken from the lead actor in the movie Jodhaa Akbar. I’ve done three thin coats in my swatches here (with a top coat of Soar Ray) but you can still see a bit of my nail line if you look closely.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Individual prices range from AU$10 to AU$12 and sold as a full set discounted by 10% for the first week only at AU$61.20
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

Overall, this is a really lovely collection that has something for everyone. The collection theme was suggested by a member of the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group and I’m so glad it was chosen (at random)! What do you think? Thanks for reading!

*I received the products in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion.


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Revlon Rio Rush Collection: Oi Beautiful, Carioca Crush, Copa Sunset & Gold Goddess

Hello hello! Tonight I’m bringing you a collection I’ve wanted ever since it came out, but since Revlon is so expensive in Australia, I just never bought it. It’s the Rio Rush Collection by famous make-up artist Gucci Westman. Recently my local Priceline had a ridiculous clearance sale and these polishes were just AU$.99 each. For AU$3.96 for the whole collection – how could I not buy them all? It’s cheaper than a coffee. In Australia these polishes were released in the middle of winter – I’m sure to coincide with the World Cup – but they just didn’t sell. In the northern hemisphere it would have been perfect timing, but people usually stay away from bright colours in winter – and these colours are very summery.

Revlon Rio Rush Collection by Dry, Dammit!

From left: Gold Goddess, Carioca Crush, Oi Beautiful and Copa Sunset.

Oi Beautiful

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Oi Beautiful is a true purple creme – in fact, all the polishes but Gold Goddess are cremes. It’s got a wonderful pigmentation and it could be a one-coater, but here I’ve done two with Seche. On my ring and pinky fingers I’ve done one dabbed coat of Gold Goddess to show you what it looks like. I think the combo is quite nice.

Carioca Crush

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Carioca Crush is a bright dark blue creme (does that make sense?) and while I did two coats with top coat, I think I could have used a third. It was quite a good blue for my skin tone, but it’s my least favourite of the collection. And a major warning – this polish stains. Bad. So remember a good base coat and try not to hit your cuticles like I did so your fingers look blue. Again, Gold Goddess is on my ring and pinky fingers. Another good pairing.

Copa Sunset

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Copa Sunset is my favourite creme from the collection. I wouldn’t call it coral, but it’s definitely an orange-leaning red. It’s slightly sheer so I’ve done three coats with Seche. This best paired with Gold Goddess (on pinky and ring fingers).

Gold Goddess

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

This is a great glitter top coat; the glitter pieces are tight and it’s quite subtle on the nail in some cases. I read a few reviews that said it was thick and a bit goopy, but I found my bottle to be quite smooth. The only issue I had was if you didn’t roll the bottle before you used it, some of the polish would settle at the base and be difficult to get on the brush. The glitter pieces are small and manageable and sit flat on the nail with no sticky-uppy bits. On my pinky and ring fingers I’ve done one dabbed coat over black and on the other fingers, one dabbed coat over white.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Target
  • Cost: AU$16.95 each (I got mine for just AU$.99 each! Woo!)
  • Volume: 14.7ml

I really, really like this collection. I know it’s just basic cremes but the colours are perfect for summer and each is a slight twist on standard summer colours. Plus Gold Goddess is a great topper. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Sally Hansen Lava from the Lustre Shine Collection & stamping nail art

Hello! Tonight I bring you one of the polishes from the Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Collection. It’s the only one I found to be a bit different from the others in the collection, to me the rest of the colours are typical in what you see with duochrome / multichrome polishes. It’s called Lava and suffice to say it’s gorgeous!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Lava has a really beautiful pink / orange / gold shift. I’m not much of an orange fan but this deep orange I really love, it’s not so in your face. Sometimes when I’ve worn orange my fingers look like I’ve stuck them in a pumpkin. Not a good look. What you see on me are three coats; the formula’s a bit sheer so I would say stick with the three coats, but maybe two thick coats would work, too.

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

I found Lava to have a really nice shine (as the name of the collection would suggest) both indoors and outside. Plus it’s a fun colour to wear without being too over the top.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

I liked the look of Lava so much I decided to use it as a base for some stamping. I decided on a simple design from plate VL007 by Vivid Lacquer; a stripe pattern, which I’m sure has a fancier name than that. I used Sinful Colors Island Coral for stamping, which worked perfectly I am happy to say.

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really like the stamping. I think it’s subtle. It had been a while since I did some stamping so I probably should have done something a bit more experimental, but oh well. In the meantime, have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!


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BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen & how-to tutorial

Hello! Tonight I bring you a special post. When I first started blogging I showed you BYS Glitter Dust for Nails Feeling the Spark-le (please forgive my terrible photos and crappy clean-up in that post!) and tonight I’m bringing you another nail kit from BYS that I thought I would never try. Caviar beads. But the kit was AU$3 from Kmart; how could I say no? Never say never, hey!

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

So BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen is, as you can tell from the name, a caviar bead kit so you can re-create the very on trend caviar bead look, as you see above (and what you get when you use the kit). I think BYS has quite a few of these kits in all kinds of colours, but I was drawn to Prom Queen for its bright multi-coloured beads and also its absolutely stunning Prima Ballerina, the neon pink pastel creme that is included in the kit. Prima Ballerina is from the BYS Neon Pastels Collection that was released in 2011. I am completely in love with this colour. So much so it is now gracing my toes even though it’s winter!

But moving on. So today I want to show you how I applied the beads to my ring finger. I called it a ‘how-to tutorial’, because I didn’t know what else to call it. Sorry if it’s a bit deceptive.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

So here is the kit. You get a pot of caviar beads (10g), a nail polish and a small brush to wipe away excess caviar beads once applied.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

What I did was keep the pot of caviar beads in the packaging it came in, this little plastic holder thingo, but to be honest you don’t have to do that. It doesn’t move around all that much I found. I also suggest you pull off any excess bristles from the brush before you begin as the brush can sometimes drop bristles onto your nail.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

So here I have applied two coats of Prima Ballerina to each nail, doing my ring finger last so it is wet when I dip it into the caviar beads. If you’re going to be doing a full hand of caviar beads, I would suggest doing each nail separately so the nail polish doesn’t dry.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

Here we go! As you can see (a bit) I moved the caviar beads to one side of the pot so it was easier to put my finger in.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

And the ring finger is in! I just lightly pressed it against the caviar beads, there’s no need to really force it into the mix, the nail polish makes it grip quite well.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

So when you have finished dipping your finger you may have some caviar beads underneath your nail. I just used the brush to lightly wipe these away, as well as any on the top of the nail that weren’t adhered to the nail polish. To be honest, if this didn’t happen at all I reckon you wouldn’t even need the little brush.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

Yay! And then this is what it should look like! I found this much more simpler than the BYS glitter kit.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

Like I said before, the end result it so much better than what I thought it would be! I’m pleasantly surprised with how easy the whole process was, as well as the overall look. I would only wear caviar beads as a special occasion thing, but I think for its point of different it’s worth it. I can’t believe I wasn’t a fan! Don’t get me wrong though, this doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and buy every caviar nail kit around. But it’s nice to know the option has been opened up for me.

When I removed the caviar beads, all I did was put a piece of cotton ball soaked in acetone on top of it for about a minute – and it just peeled off perfectly. I think because it’s placed on top of the nail polish this is why it’s so easy to remove.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: AU$3
  • What you get: A 14ml polish, 10g caviar bead pot and a small brush

So let me know what you think of this ‘how-to tutorial’. Is there anything I have missed? What do you think if this look? Thanks for reading!