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Emily de Molly Change of Pace & geometric nail art

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Hello! So recently I bought a few new Emily de Molly polishes after a WHOLE YEAR of buying nothing. Yup, that’s how long I’ve been out of the nail polish game for. 😦 Although I do have an order with Pretty Serious that we’re now coming up to 3 months of waiting… to be honest I’m not happy it’s taken so long but what am I meant to do?

Anyway, one of the Emily de Mollys I bought is called Change of Pace and it’s rocked my world. It’s a really humble polish, but it packs a punch – as you’ll see! I have no idea when it was released but you need it in your life!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Change of Pace is a pale pink with the must stunning purple shimmer, copper flakes and holo micro glitter. It’s so easy to wear! I feel like this would look brilliant on all skin tones; probably better n darker skin tones because it wouldn’t appear washed out. But that’s what I love about this polish on me. Formula-wise it’s also easy, two coats is all I needed with top coat.

I loved it so much it inspired me to do some nail art – and stamping at that! I also added some holo studs because it seems to be what I do when I have no other ideas.

Emily de Molly Change of Pace geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I used Color4Nails and Celestial Cosmetics collab stamping polish in Amethyst, Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L060 and holo studs I must of bought years and years ago! I used the Rainbow Sticky Stamper from Emily de Molly and it’s very sticky, which will take me some getting used to I think. I’m in no way a seasoned stamper, but I was pretty happy with the result.

DETAILS

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

So whaddaya think? Do you like my attempt at “geometric” nail art? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Oh, and tell me what you think about Change of Pace, of course. Thanks for reading!

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Bettie Pain Polish Spring 2018 Collection

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Hello, hello! I have a wonderful six-piece collection by Bettie Pain Polish to show you, which is being released this Saturday. The collection is simply named Spring 2018 and I found the polish names to be very curious. Instead of things like “Sunflower” and “Rainbows” we have “Neon Graveyard” and “Psyche”. But then I thought maybe it’s a bit of a tribute to Halloween as here in Australia we have Halloween in spring.

But that’s enough musing about the names. If you love flakies you’re going to LOVE this collection as each polish has its own take on flakies. I haven’t been this excited about flakies in a long time, let me tell you! I think in about 2014/15 there were heaps of flakies going on but I could be wrong… anyway, on to the polish!

Bettie Pain Polish Spring Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Spring 2018 Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Jet Stream swatched by Dry, Dammit!JET STREAM

Bettie Pain Polish Jet Stream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This is probably going to be pretty obvious to everyone when I say Jet Stream is my favourite from the collection, if you know about my love for blurples. It’s a dark blue/purple base with a lots of micro holo glitter, pink/red shimmer and gold and red flakies. This polish really comes out to play in the sun or strong lighting. Formula-wise it’s glides on like butter and what you see here are two coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Neon Graveyard swatched by Dry, Dammit!NEON GRAVEYARD

Bettie Pain Polish Neon Graveyard swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Neon Graveyard is a very close second favourite from this collection. It’s a neon pink with purple flakies and crystal purple microglitter. When are neons never favoured? I feel like this is going to be a nice polish to wear now and in summer as well (but let’s face it, I’m just going to wear it whenever I want, no matter the time of year). The formula is slightly sheer but builds up easily, although I did find the polish in the bottle got thicker towards the last coat. This is three coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Enigma swatched by Dry, Dammit!ENIGMA

Bettie Pain Polish Enigma swatched by Dry, Dammit!

At first I thought Enigma was a thermal, but after mucking about with it under water I soon realised it wasn’t. Which is maybe why it’s called Enigma? Because looking at the pics I still think it looks like it’s doing its own subtle transition? It’s a navy blue jelly with an emerald overlay and bright green flakies. Like Neon Graveyard, I found the formula on this one a bit sheer, so I had to use three coats. I probably could have used four! I also added top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Psyche swatched by Dry, Dammit!PSYCHE

Bettie Pain Polish Psyche swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I think Megan of Bettie Pain Polish does the best blue polishes, hands down. I mean, Psyche is just so gorgeous, how could even a not-a-blue-lover like me not like it? See also We Were on a Break from Bettie Pain Polish’s 90s Collection as another case in point. Psyche is a bright blue with green shimmer, silver holo glitter and flakies of purple, green and gold. Another sheer one, I’m wearing three coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Eden transition swatched by Dry, Dammit!EDEN

Bettie Pain Polish Eden transition swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Eden is the only thermal from the collection and I’m soooo glad it’s in it. My favourite colour is when it’s cold – it’s a striking vibrant pinkish red and when warm, it’s a more neutral dusty purple. How thermals are made I’m quite ignorant about but it truly is like a dark art to me. It’s got a scattering of holo throughout and has flakies of purple, green and red. I’m wearing three coats here with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Eden cold swatched by Dry, Dammit!Eden in its cold state

Bettie Pain Polish Eden cold swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Eden warm swatched by Dry, Dammit!Eden in its warm state

Bettie Pain Polish Eden warm swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Trance swatched by Dry, Dammit!TRANCE

Bettie Pain Polish Trance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Trance is a bit weird to me. I just can’t put my finger on what base colour it is. I think it’s like a slate grey/blue; it’s very muted. It also has the best-looking flakies in it – true opal ones that just make you drool. I did find this one a little sheer too, so here I’m wearing three coats with top coat.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$10.50-AU$12.75
  • Volume: 9ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

If you like what you see here, make sure you check out the Spring 2018 Collection when it launches this Saturday 29 September AEST. Jet Stream is my pick! What’s yours? Thanks for reading!

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Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection

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So, you’ve probably noticed there’s been a revival in all things 90s lately. This works well for me as I’m a 90s child and it’s made me rediscover my love for pretty much everything from my childhood – tattoo chokers, boy bands and all things iridescent. The latest collection by Bettie Pain Polish is inspired by the 90s and – lucky you 😉 – I have all 10 polishes to share! So sit back and take a walk down memory lane with me as we look at the Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection.

Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!WE ARE THE WEIRDOS MISTER

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’m starting with my favourite: We Are The Weirdos Mister. Inspired by the film The Craft, this is a stunning multichrome that goes from deep pink to copper to gold and to green. It also has a bit of holo thrown in for good measure. It’s simply DIVINE and if you can only get one polish from the collection I’ve just got to recommend this one. It’s like an oil slick on your nails! Formula-wise it’s also perfect and what you see here are two easy coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!WE WERE ON A BREAK

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

You most likely know I’m not the biggest blue polish fan but We Were On A Break just spoke to me and was my initial favourite from the collection (from just looking at the bottles). It’s inspired by the TV show Friends (I never actually got into it as a kid!) and it’s so bright and quirky that it’ll just cheer you up by looking at it. It’s a bright aqua blue with green shimmer and tiny green flakies and iridescent glitter… in fact, in my swatch notes I’ve described the glitter as “subtle” – but it’s there! This is two easy coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The sole thermal in the collection, Bittersweet Symphony is inspired by the song of the same name by The Verve and it’s just impossible to either not sing the song in your head or play it on YouTube when wearing it! It’s a vibrant blue when warm and a dark indigo when cold. Chuck in some tiny blue sparks and iridescent flakes and you have one pretty moody polish. This is two coats with a top coat; as with the others there wasn’t a problem with application.

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!Bittersweet Symphony in its warm state.

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!Bittersweet Symphony in its cold state.

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!HEART-SHAPED BOX

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Le sigh. Heart-Shaped Box is inspired by the one-and-only Kurt Cobain and his grandpa cardi worn during the unplugged sessions. I just think it’s just fantastic! It’s a grey subtle scattered holo with strong green shimmer. I found on application it has a tendency to be streaky, so just make sure you do light, steady strokes in thin coats. I’m wearing two thin coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!DREAMS

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

If you love The Cranberries, you’ll love Dreams, which is inspired by the song of the same name. Like the song, it’s an ethereal pale purple with blue shimmer and silver holo glitter. It’s dainty yet full-on at the same time. Application was great and what you see are two easy coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!BACKSTREET’S BACK

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

If you can’t tell from the name, Backstreet’s Back is inspired by the film clip of Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). This is a BRIGHT purple with a strong green shimmer – basically a purple lover’s dream! Very, very easy to apply and I reckon you could get away with one coat if you were careful in application. I’m wearing two thin coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!DOWNWARD SPIRAL

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Inspired by the Nine Inch Nails album The Downward Spiral, Downward Spiral is a soft, creamy pale grey with red shimmer and purple flecks. It reminds me a bit of Celestial Cosmetics’ Android Tears, but softer. Application was just perfect and I’m wearing two coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!DREW

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Oh, Drew. WOWSERS. This is a bright rose creme with a pink/red shimmer. Just perfect. Oh, and the inspiration? Drew Barrymore of course! I’m wearing just ONE coat with a top coat – yes, the formula’s that great that you can get spot-on application in just one go.

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE LOST BOYS

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So this one’s inspired by the film of the same name from 1987 – yes, cheating the 90s theme but I reckon it can hold a bit of resonance due to other popular vampire-themed stuff going on in the 90s such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and I agree, the film is TOTALLY different to the TV series!). The Lost Boys is a dark charcoal base with small flecks of purple and red flakes with a subtle scattered holo. I did three thin coats here with a layer of top coat and I think it worked out pretty well for me.

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Have you guessed what Spice Up Your Life is inspired by? Yep, The Spice Girls and their single of the same name. I think I watched this about a million times as a kid! So catchy. Spice Up Your Life is a bright silver holo packed with blue, purple and green microglitter. You don’t need any undies, this polish does all the work for you. It does dry grainy due to lots of glitter, so a good thick top coat is needed. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$10.50-AU$11.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

Again, if you can only pick one polish from the collection, I recommend We Are The Weirdos Mister. Otherwise, also We Were On A Break and Spice Up Your Life are definites. What do you think? The Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection launches on Saturday 13 January AEDT, so make sure to have a look. Thanks for reading!

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BYS Holographic nail polishes | Potion, Transcend, Unicorn Magic & Whimsical

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It’s been a while since I’ve bought some mainstream polishes, so when I first saw these polishes from BYS I was excited. Mainstream, affordable holos! But sadly no, while these are labelled holographic, they aren’t. However, four of the seven do have my favourite finish (foil) and were even duochromes, so I figured why not pick them up and see what they’re like? As you’ll find out, I’m really glad I purchased these beauties. Let’s take a look!

POTION

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Potion is a deep purple-green duochrome with green flecks. It’s a very moody polish. When I first looked at it I thought maybe I wouldn’t get this one, as it looked a bit brown to me, but on the nail it definitely looks better than in the bottle. Application was easy peasy – what you see here is just two coats without top coat. So as you can see, the formula builds up well, even though it was a bit watery and sheer when applying the first coat (the same applies for the other polishes, too). The second coat makes all the difference. In fact, because the formula is thin, even if you did do a third coat I don’t think it would be too much of a biggie as it’s not like it would be too heavy on the nail. You’re going to get sick of me saying it, but the brushes on these polishes are AMAZING. I’m very happy with the brushes – just a good, solid size that I think will work well with any nail shape.

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!TRANSCEND

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Transcend is lovely neutral polish I think many will enjoy. It’s a soft pink-silver duochrome with pink flecks. It’s not my favourite from the bunch, but I think it’s a close second. Again, the formula was a bit sheer but it’s buildable. Especially with that freaking awesome brush! This is two coats with no top coat – I think some people might have to do a third coat because even though my nails are very short at the moment, I could still see the tiniest of VNL.

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!UNICORN MAGIC

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Unicorn Magic is my favourite; I’m a sucker for purple and with that foil finish, how could I resist? Unicorn Magic is a purple-blue duochrome with blue flecks. Like the others, this builds up really easily (dat BRUSH!) but I think it’s like Transcend in that it may need three coats on some people. What you see on me is two coats without top coat.

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!WHIMSICAL

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Whimsical probably has the most subtle duochrome effect, but it’s there. It’s a bright pink-blue duochrome with pink and blue flecks. Like Potion, Whimsical builds up well and I don’t think you’d need any more than two coats, which is what I’ve shown here (with no top coat). This one I think is especially lovely up close and thanks to its awesome brush, there are no visible brush marks, even given the foil finish. Mind you, the other three polishes also didn’t show brush marks either, so it’s a pretty consistent formula.

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: BYS
  • Cost: AU$4.95
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

Just looking at the pics again now – please forgive the random flecks on my skin. That’s one peeve of mine about the foil finish. It seems to always leave behind flecks when I clean up, which usually wear off within a day, but when swatching, I just couldn’t get them all to budge! Also, in case you were wondering, the other three polishes in the collection are more of straight-up shimmers. Maybe a bit duochrome-y; I can’t remember. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll but them, but I might just to have the complete collection. Thanks for reading!

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Bettie Pain Polish Crystal and Gemstone Collection

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I love it when a collection is released and I can’t help but love every polish in it. This is the way I feel about Bettie Pain Polish’s latest collection called the Crystal and Gemstone Collection. I have all six polishes for you and I hope you’ll be as mesmerised by them as I am. I just can’t seem to get over how subtle yet vibrant the colours are! If you can’t guess, the collection is inspired by crystals and gemstones (you can see the inspo pics at Bettie Pain Polish’s IG) and includes thermals, shimmers and holo glitters – pretty much something for everyone to enjoy.

Bettie Pain Polish Crystal and Gemstone Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!PADPARADSCHA

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’ll start with my favourite, Padparadscha, which is inspired by the sapphire of the same name. It’s a sheer bright pink with a strong golden shimmer. This is such a delicate but strangely powerful polish and I’ve worn it a few times now. If you don’t mind a bit of VNL, you’ll really like this one. It’s great when you want something simply but a bit spesh at the same time. The formula was wonderful to work with, not overly streaky with the fine shimmer, but I would recommend making sure you apply it in thin coats. What you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!MOONSTONE

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This beauty is Moonstone (named after the stone of the same name). It’s a pale grey with a strong blue shimmer, a sprinkling of holo flakies and a subtle scattered holo finish. It’s a very eerie polish, very aptly named, and I just can’t get enough of those holo flakies. Again, I had a bit of VNL but that’s because I used really thin coats – three all up (with a top coat of Seche). You could get away with doing thicker coats and I reckon you wouldn’t have the VNL. I didn’t really notice it when I was wearing it.

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!GHOST

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Next up is Ghost, which is inspired by green phantom quartz. It’s the first thermal of the collection, and shifts from sage green (warm) to mint (cold). It also has gold flakies and gold microglitter. It’s a bit sheer, but I managed to get it opaque in three thin coats, with a top coat of Seche. It was really easy to work with and on me the thermal shift happens so fast that it was hard to accurately take a pic mid-action, so these pics aren’t really doing the polish much justice I’m afraid! Much more delicate and pretty in real life.

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!AMETHYST

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Amethyst is a purple crelly, filled with holo glitter, purple translucent glitter and a gold overlay. It’s a very pretty polish and the purple colour is really flattering for everyone. What you see is three thin coats with a top coat of Seche. I had absolutely no problems with the formula on this one – it was just divine to work with!

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!QUARTZ

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The second thermal of the collection, Quartz is inspired by the pink shades of rose quartz. It shifts from a pale baby pink (warm) to a bright pink (cold) and has green translucent flakies and a subtle holo shimmer. This is a close second favourite of mine from the collection – I just can’t help but love that bright pink! What you see here is three thin coats with a top coat of Seche. Again, VNL is present on me but I didn’t mind at all, but if you do, you could try thicker coats.

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!PEACOCK

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Last up is Peacock, named after peacock ore (bornite). It’s a blurple crelly with a strong blue shimmer and tiny silver flakies throughout. It’s a really fun colour to wear and I used three thin coats to achieve what you see here, along with a top coat of Seche. I can’t help but really love the macro of this polish; I just love that blue shimmer!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$9.75-AU$11
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

What do you think of Bettie Pain Polish’s Crystal and Gemstone Collection? Are there any here you’d like to try? The standout for me is definitely Padparadscha, followed closely by Quartz. Thanks for reading!Save

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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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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Total Recall Collection

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Tonight I have the stunning December 2016 collection to bring you from Femme Fatale Cosmetics called Total Recall, inspired by the film of the same name. Luckily, while this collection was launched in December, you will be able to get your hands on it again one last time next month in May when Femme Fatale has its final presale on the collection. Let’s take a look!

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Ego Trip swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE EGO TRIP

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Ego Trip swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I want to start with my favourite: The Ego Trip. This is a clear base with pink shimmer, chrome flakes and golden holo glitter. It’s such a dense polish, but I love it. You could probably wear it as a topper, but I like it as it is, personally. I’ve done three coats here, and as such it does become top coat-hungry, so you’re going to need a good, thick top coat for this polish. I used one thick coat of Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Clever Girl swatched by Dry, Dammit!CLEVER GIRL

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Clever Girl swatched by Dry, Dammit!You can kind of see the transition here – it moved so fast!

I really love the sharp contrast that makes up Clever Girl. It’s a thermal polish that transitions from clear (warm) to magenta (cold) with gold glitter and holo, of course! This polish was very manageable and I really like how the gold glitter looks in both states. This is another three-coater, but I think it’s worth it for the final effect. I’ve used a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Turbinium swatched by Dry, Dammit!TURBINIUM

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Turbinium swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Turbinium has a purple base with turquoise shimmer, green-gold-orange shifting flakes, a scattering of holo and green iridescent microglitter. For me, I applied two thick coats and I didn’t get any VNL, but you may need to keep an eye on this one just in case. Turbinium is the limited edition colour in the collection, so I don’t think it will be available when the next presale for Total Recall is on in May, unfortunately. I’ve topped it with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection 2084 swatched by Dry, Dammit!2084

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection 2084 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

2084 is a soft grey creme with a mauve and red overlay. It’s a very neutral colour and I think one many have and will flock to because of its wearability. The formula is quite generous on this one, being on the thick side, so what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Ready for Dreamland? swatched by Dry, Dammit!READY FOR DREAMLAND?

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Ready for Dreamland? swatched by Dry, Dammit!The polish looks grainy because I didn’t add top coat; silly me.

Ready for Dreamland? is a pale lavender-grey with fine silver flecks and pink sparks. It self-levelled really well and I remember I didn’t add a top coat for this swatch; I just left it at two coats because… well, I actually can’t remember why! I’m sure there was a good reason. I would recommend a top coat though because as you can see in the macro, it does dry a little grainy.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Last Resort swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE LAST RESORT

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Last Resort swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The Last Resort is a burgundy creme base with a slight orange shift and scattered holo. It’s quite a pretty polish and can look quite deep depending on your lighting. I found the formula super easy to work with and what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Venusville swatched by Dry, Dammit!VENUSVILLE

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Venusville swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Venusville is the second thermal in the collection. It’s clear (warm) to pink (cold) with blue shimmer and silver holo microglitter. I really like the look of the warm state when you can see all the shimmer and microglitter. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Welcome to Mars swatched by Dry, Dammit!WELCOME TO MARS

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Welcome to Mars swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Welcome to Mars. It’s a orange-red duochrome with gold glitter and chrome flakes. I really like how this one is complex and quirky at the same time. It’s my second favourite from the collection. The formula was great to work with and this is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Phew! There we have it. Do any of these polishes look like they might call your name in May? I highly recommend The Ego Trip! It’s just a lot of fun. Thanks for reading!