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Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone

Hello! I’ve been cleaning up some of my random polish-related things lately and have come across a stash of pics I haven’t uploaded to my blog. So, over the next few weeks, if you see my nail length change from short to long and vice versa, it’s because I’m just putting some “older” pics up, not because my nails grow incredibly fast. Ha! I wish they would though.

So today I have Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone to show you. It’s one of the many polishes from the Post Apocalyptic Princess Collection (of which I also own An Uzi From Daddy) and it’s a lot of fun – like all polishes from Pretty Serious. Read on for more!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Forbidden Zone is a deep red jelly base with gold shimmer and gold and red glitter. It’s a very pretty polish but it’ll eat your top coat like nothing else. So you have to use at least two layers of a good, thick top coat. I’m wearing two thin coats with two coats of Seche on top. I reckon this would make a great base for some Christmas nail art.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Have you tried any polishes from the Post Apocalyptic Princess Collection? Which one is your favourite? Let me know your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!

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Femme Fatale Cosmetics October COTM Duo

Hi there! Today I bring you the Femme Fatale Cosmetics COTM Duo for October. Usually the COTM is just one polish, but I think with October being such a great time of year for inspiration (think Halloween and all things gory in general) it would be hard for anyone to keep it to just one polish when inspired by Stephen King’s novel The Shining. So this is what Sophie (the creator and owner of Femme Fatale) has done. The COTM Duo is currently available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Australian site in a 48-hour presale and it will be heading to the Femme Fatale Cosmetics international site in mid-October. Let’s take a look.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CABIN FEVER

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Cabin Fever stole my heart straight away. If you like Femme Fatale’s Liquid Pearl (from last year’s The Midsummer Night’s Dream Collection), then you’ll also be a fan of Cabin Fever. It has a milky base with red shimmer, red iridescent glitter and black holo glitter. It can be worn alone (as my pictures show) or layered over another polish. I just love the red shimmer! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE OVERLOOK

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The other stunner from this duo is The Overlook. The Overlook is a bright, rich red-magenta linear holo with silver holo microglitter. This polish was a lot of fun to wear and I think it’s pretty work appropriate, too, even though it’s inspired by The Shining. This is two easy coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Now, I kind of think Cabin Fever and The Overlook are made to go with each other, so here’s a couple of pics of Cabin Fever over The Overlook. An interesting combo indeed!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook topped with Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook topped with Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Even though these are a duo, you’ll notice you can buy these polishes individually, which is great news in case you like one and not the other, for example. Also, if you like the look of both but don’t have the budget this month, both polishes will be back in the Femme Fatale Cosmetics December presale. So, plenty of time to save. 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 Love Never Dies Collection

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!

*PRESS SAMPLES: I received the products in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion (apart from the gold studs).


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Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder and contrasting stamping nail art

Hiya! Tonight’s a quick post to show you the lovely Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder as well as a bit of stamping I did over it. I was so sad when Angela, the creator and owner of Gloss ‘n Sparkle, announced she was officially closing the brand earlier this year. It’s a real shame for the Australian indie polish community as Angela’s creations included the awesome Unicorn Droppings and Fruit Tingle. But onto the stunner that is Rose Madder!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Madder is (I think) from the Hail to The King Collection, which was inspired by the author Stephen King. It’s a red – almost pink – jelly full of holographic and iridescent multi-coloured glitter. I love looking at that macro! Such depth and a lot of love in it. It was super easy to apply in just two coats – but for extra depth you could easily do three and still not worry about it being thick. I topped it with a coat of Seche.

Below is the stamping I popped on top – I can’t remember which plate I used though, but I do remember I used one of Emily de Molly’s stamping polishes, which was Dark Pink. This was a lot of fun to wear! What do you think?

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

You can still buy Rose Madder at Color 4 Nails. If you’re looking for an Australian stockist, you’re out of luck unfortunately, but Femme Fatale Cosmetics does have some of its Gloss ‘n Sparkle stock left at sale prices you may like to check out. Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red and metallic stamping nail art

Hello! Gah, I have been away from my blog for too long! So glad to be back. Tonight I bring you Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red, which is from its recent stellar 22-piece Enchanted Fables Collection released last month. I’ve also got some stamping I did with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes. Take a look!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Red is my favourite from the Enchanted Fables Collection, from which I bought seven polishes. It’s simple yet complex, pretty yet not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s what I love about Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ polishes. It’s a pink-leaning red creme with a blue overlay. Totally gorgeous and nice and buttery to apply, with my application here being two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

I decided to stamp over Rose Red with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes I’ve bought recently: Metallic Teal and Metallic Purple. I think the stamping plate I used was also from Emily de Molly (EDM18). I thought the whole combo looked wonderful together!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Sadly, if you like the look of Rose Red, it was only available during April as a once-off release. You could try searching on destash sites and such but lately I’ve noticed a huge surge in the following of Femme Fatale Cosmetics so there may be some resistance by collectors to let their pretties go! (I know as I’m one of them). In the meantime, visit Femme Fatale Cosmetics and take a look about; it’s worth it. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics The Valyrio Collection

Today is the eve of Celestial Cosmetics’ third birthday, which is no better time to show you my swatches of Celestial’s latest release. It’s Celestial’s third Game of Thrones-inspired collection, this time called The Valyrio Collection (I’ve swatched Game of Thrones Collection here). It’s a collaboration with nail blogger Christine from Serenity Nails and features six polishes; three duochromes and three holos with names inspired by the Valyria language used throughout the books and TV show. I was also lucky in that I recently got my new Canon macro lens in the mail, so I have some macros of these polishes, too! (Although I have to get used to taking macros with one hand as the lens is super heavy!). Take a look.

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!DRACARYS

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’m going to start with my favourite from the collection: Dracarys (meaning “Dragon fire”). This is a wonderfully warm red linear holo with red microglitter. It’s a stunning polish on and I’m super impressed with how the red microglitter adds a bit more depth to it. I’m wearing it with two coats and no top coat and I didn’t find it gritty at all.

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!KIRIMVOS

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Kirimvos was a polish I wasn’t sure if I would like, but once on the nail, wowsers! It’s a bright minty-turquoise green linear holo with opal flakies. It means “Thank you”. The inclusion of the opal flakies reminds me of reptile skin – in a good way! Again, another polish that has a lot of depth. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!SESIR KIPI

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sesir Kipi means “And now, we ride”. I quite like this; as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of a midnight blue, so the name goes nicely with the thought of riding into the night. This is a deep blue linear holo with a crisp silver-green flame. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!KASTAMIRO DAMIOR

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Kastamiro Damior (meaning “Rains of Castamere”) looked like it was going to be some kind of blurple duochrome in the bottle, but when on the nail, it moves from blue to teal to green. I hardly saw any purple at all, but perhaps I didn’t have the right sunlight? This formula has a slightly thinner consistency than the others in the collection, so when applying it you either need to do lots of thin coats or a couple of thick coats. I chose to do two thick coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!LILAGON

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This stunner is Lilagon, which means “To dance”. It’s another complex duochrome with a strong woody green base that changes ever so slowly over to gold in the right light. I’m wearing two coats without top coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!DARIA ZALDRIZO

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Last but not least we have Daria Zaldrizoti that means “The Dragon Queen”. This is a classic red to pink duochrome and it’s got the most lovely glow in the sun. There have been some comparisons of this polish and another of Celestial’s polishes called Mother of Dragons from Nicki’s first Game of Thrones collection. I suggest you Google it to see what you think. I hear they’re quite similar, but different, too! This is two coats without top coat.

DETAILS

So there you go, another outstanding collection from Celestial Cosmetics. It really has been such fun bringing you Celestial’s new collections for the past 10 months or so and I’d like to again thank Nicki for asking to work with me and congratulate her on her third year of Celestial. Happy birthday, Celestial Cosmetics! Thanks for reading!

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


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Funky French nail art with MODE Bling It On & Fresh Melon

Good evening! Tonight I bring you a quick post to show you the nail art I’m currently wearing. I call it “funky French”. I really love how simple but striking it is.

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The polishes I used are two I’ve recently bought from MODE – Bling It On (gold) and Fresh Melon (red). They’re both metallic polishes and I was pleasantly surprised to find they applied perfectly opaque in one application, which was good news considering my design was done freehand. I’m very happy with how my lines came out. I especially like Bling It On. It has a really nice consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin.

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I’m loving this colour combo, too. There was another polish, a deeper red one, that I wish I had also bought. Oh well, something to get next time. 😛 Thanks for reading!