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Celestial Cosmetics March 2017 releases

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 are 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.

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


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50 followers & The Lady Varnishes It’s Not Fair

Hello! Tonight I want to say a big thank you to all my followers! I have recently cracked the 50 follower mark on my counter to your right and I think I have reached about 15 through Bloglovin’. That is amazing; thank you so much for reading about my adventures in the world of nail polish. It’s nice to think other people feel the same way.

Today I bring you another polish from The Lady Varnishes. It’s Not Fair! is a pale greyish crelly with large and small hexes in pink, blue, white, copper and iridescent purple. It’s from the You Have No Power Over Me Collection, which is based on the movie Labyrinth.

The Lady Varnishes It's Not Fair by Dry, Dammit!

The Lady Varnishes It's Not Fair by Dry, Dammit!

It’s a very pretty polish; I really like the amount of glitter in the mix as well as the colour combo. What you see on my nails is two coats. I did unfortunately find this polish a bit thick and difficult to manage. It seemed to self-level well though, but you definitely need a good thick top coat to smooth it out further. You can see it’s a bit bumpy in the photo below even though I had Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat on.

The Lady Varnishes It's Not Fair by Dry, Dammit!

The Lady Varnishes It's Not Fair by Dry, Dammit!

Once again, the polish comes with a beautiful little charm. I like to keep mine on my bottles, but if you order four or more polishes in one order, you receive a free silver or copper chain to turn your charm into a necklace. It’s the little things like that that I love about indie polish makers, it’s just so thoughtful!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: The Lady Varnishes
  • Cost: AU$8.88 (I bought mine a few months ago and since then there has been a price rise recently 😦 and also the falling Australian dollar now makes it AU$10.39!)
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I would love to buy more The Lady Varnishes polishes – a collection about the movie Return to Oz has been released – but since its recent price hike, I can’t justify it. Such a pity. Still, I have one more polish from The Lady Varnishes to show you so that will have to do for now. Thanks for reading!


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Revlon Milky Way from Moon Candy Collection

Oh my goodness, I’m only just realising it now as I type this… on the Milky Way bottle the C of the Candy is the shape of a crescent! Oh how unobservant I am.

Anywho, today I have for you Milky Way from Revlon’s Moon Candy Collection, which I think features eight different colour combinations. To me Milky Way was the most inspired from the lot.  The Moon Candy Collection is one of those nail art collections that come in the double-ended bottles, like the Break-Up Collection and Neon Collection, so it’s kind of like you get two polishes for the price of one. With that in mind, Milky Way has a dark grey creme in one end and some silver holographic glitter shards in a clear base in the other end. I’ve read other blogs and people seem to be calling this collection a flakie collection. Well I’m saying it’s not. To me a flakie is something that shifts colour on different kinds of polishes and is manageable when you apply it. The glitter in the polish is the one colour (silver) and just glints like normal glitter when you wear it, nothing special at all like a flakie.

Revlon Milky Way

I used one coat of the dark grey creme (yay! It’s a one-coater) and then three coats of the silver holographic shards over it. And look how crap the application still looks! I was even trying to place the glitter, but it just seemed to not work for me. Also, I was finding the clear base getting a bit thick on the nail, so I didn’t want it to be too goopy.

Revlon Milky Way

Revlon Milky Way

Revlon Milky Way

See, there’s not much colour shifting in those outside pictures above, is there? Not like what a real flakie would do!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU15.95
  • Volume: 7.68ml

I put two coats of top coat on the top of Milky Way, but I could still feel some of the sharp edges of the glitter pieces poke through, they just wouldn’t lay flat. It wasn’t overly bad, but it was annoying enough that I didn’t get that nice smooth finish. Also, I’m not sure why this is called Milky Way; I didn’t find it all that galaxy inspiring, but I think it’s just that all the polishes from the Moon Candy Collection have space-inspired names. I also saw on the nail polish stand at Priceline that this is meant to give you 3D cosmic effects on your nails. I’m not sure what makes it 3D, I just don’t actually understand what it means. Maybe the glitter sticking out through the top coat? Ha ha. So I think that is a fail from Revlon.

Also, while I’m speaking of the display stand I want to ask what you think about Emma Stone (err, I think it’s her, I could be wrong!) as the movie star face to Revlon’s nail line. I have an issue with it in that I don’t like how they advertise nail polish and nail art as something a bit different and kooky. The stands I’ve see have Emma Stone doing just stupid poses with nail polish on and I wonder why can’t people just do what they want to do with their nails? Why does it need to be marketed in such a niche way? Rant over.

So what do you think of Milky Way? I’m not really a fan, but I am glad I have a nice dark grey creme, if anything. Have you tried any polishes from the Moon Candy Collection? Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Harmony

Hello! This evening I have a lovely Emily de Molly polish for you. I’m a big fan of Emily de Molly polishes, I have quite a few. However Hayley has just released a few holographic polishes that I really want but haven’t bought – yet!

Anywho, Harmony is a beautiful grey creme with large matte white hexes, lavender, small purple and turquoise hexes and a very fine holographic glitter. Application was perfect in two coats. I wore this today when I participated in the City to Casino – an 11km fun run held in Hobart, Tasmania.

Emily de Molly Harmony

Emily de Molly Harmony

Emily de Molly Harmony

Emily de Molly Harmony

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$9.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

This is such a beautiful polish to wear. I think it’s such a testament to indie polish makers that they create polishes without curling glitters, while the big companies still continue to release polishes with glitter issues.

So what do you think of Harmony? Let me know below. Thanks for reading!


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Taping & dotting nail art featuring Rimmel London, Max Factor & Covergirl polishes

Hello! So as I mentioned in yesterday’s post I have some nail art to show you today. While it’s pretty simple, I think it’s come up quite well.

Max Factor Deep Grey Rimmel London Royal Blue Covergirl Tickled Pink nail art

I used my base of Max Factor Deep Grey and then made the lines and dots with Covergirl Tickled Pink from the Outlast Stay Brilliant Collection and Rimmel London Royal Blue from the Metal Rush Collection. To make the stripe in the middle I used two strips of nail art tape and just dabbed the nail polish brush on the side I wanted to colour. I broke it up a bit by doing a straight line on my ring finger instead of all diagonal lines.

Max Factor Deep Grey Rimmel London Royal Blue Covergirl Tickled Pink nail art

Max Factor Deep Grey Rimmel London Royal Blue Covergirl Tickled Pink nail art

Max Factor Deep Grey Rimmel London Royal Blue Covergirl Tickled Pink nail art

I think I definitely need to improve on my dotting; although I used two different sized dotting tools the dots look the same size on some fingers. But I am getting there!

So, what do you think? Any good? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!


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Max Factor Deep Grey

Good evening! Tonight is a quick post as I really want to get stuck into doing some nail art on my nails afterwards. I have Max Factor Deep Grey to show you, a beautiful blackish-grey creme that that has some gorgeous silver-looking shimmer in it that really sparkles in natural light. I must admit, I have surprisingly fallen in love with this shade, I like how it is a dark polish but has that shimmer in it to make it less intimidating.

Max Factor Deep Grey

Just looking at the picture above I realise how I need to put some cuticle cream on! Sorry about that. Nevertheless, while this went opaque in two coats, I found the first coat really hard to apply, it just seemed to pull a bit as I applied it. Maybe I put on too little polish? Once the second coat went on, it was smooth sailing.

Max Factor Deep Grey

I tried to capture the sparkle in photo above, but the picture really doesn’t do the polish justice.

Max Factor Deep Grey

I wore this polish to work with no problems. I actually think it’s pretty sophisticated without verging on being a goth. As soon as I put it on I knew it would be the perfect base for some nail art! Who’s knows what crazy things I’ll do?

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$5.95 (but I got mine for AU$2 on clearance, woo!)
  • Volume: 5ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Well, I’m off to do that nail art, which will be in my next post. Thanks for reading!