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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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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!


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

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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!

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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!

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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!


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Edgy nail art inspired by SoNailicious

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Hiya! So while I’ve been quiet over the past few months on the blog front, I’ve been able to still see so much great nail art about. I’m always amazed by what people come up with! So when Maria at SoNailicious posted her edgy spring nails I knew I would have to recreate it. Maria used three polishes from the new OPI New Orleans Collection, but I used three polishes I thought “popped” together well. They are: W7 Barbie Pink, Essie Saturday Disco Fever and Models Prefer Teal Ya Later. Plus, I am stoked to say I freehand drew all the lines! Check it out below.

SoNailicious-inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

SoNailicious-inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

SoNailicious-inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Maria also had a pretty cool looking thumb nail but I didn’t end up recreating that, even though I think it’s awesome. To get the striping right I finally invested in some good-quality striping brushes, which you can find here. I’ll have to do a review on just those! If you’re keen to recreate Maria’s look, visit her website for a tutorial on how to do it. It’s really simple and fun. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Major Themes

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Good evening! Tonight I have a new polish from Emily de Molly to bring you. It’s called Major Themes and if you love orange or a foil look then this will be one for you. I am really growing fond of oranges and corals. As it’s summer in Australia at the moment, it’s also a great time of year to wear such a vibrant colour. Read on for more!

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in shade

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

It’s so unique, isn’t it? Major Themes is an orange foil with a strong golden shimmer – simply stunning in full sun. I also like how it looks in the shade; the foil just leaps out so wonderfully. The formula is nice and buttery and you’ll get away with two easy coats. I then topped mine with a coat of Seche. There’s really not a lot to add – it’s a beautiful polish to look at and it really is a little bit different. I can’t remember the last time I saw some foil finishes come out. Either foil finishes aren’t overly popular or I’m totally missing out on some great collections.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$10
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

On my IG I have posted a macro shot of my ring finger. You should check out the close up and see what you reckon about it. Let me know, of course. Thanks for reading!