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KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails

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I’ve never tried false nails before, so when I was approached by Key Sun to try out some of its KISS brand false nails, I was excited to try them. I guess I’d always thought they’d just be a nightmare to apply and uncomfortable to wear. I’m not sure where I got that idea from – most likely my own self-talk – but I decided I’d keep an open mind. Read on for my experience with KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

KISS Salon Acrylic kit in French by Dry, Dammit!

What you get in the pack is comprehensive, in fact, you don’t need to use any other tools if you don’t really want to (the ony exception is acetone to wipe oils off your nails before adding the glue and also to remove the nails BUT I reckon if you didn’t do the former it wouldn’t be a big deal). Included in the pack of KISS Salon Acrylic French were 28 nails in 14 sizes, nail glue, a nail file, a cuticle pusher and an instruction pamphlet. The nails I received were in medium length and oval shaped. Looking at the other KISS products, you can get shorter nails and ones in different shapes, like square. I probably would’ve prefered the square nails on me (as oval nails are so far from what I’m used to and it seemed like that made it more obvious they were fake) but I’m glad I tried something out of my comfort zone nonetheless.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

Applying the nails was incredibly easy, but I was incredibly slow. This doesn’t help when applying false nails – so remember that! Speed is the key but the only way to get faster is to practice and the only way to practice is to apply the nails, so it’s a vicious circle. I managed to get all on with only my middle finger looking obviously wonky, but it wasn’t too noticeable. The instructions are easy to understand and the longest part of the process was choosing which nails best suited my fingers. I decided to choose the nails beforehand instead of per each finger; I just thought it would be easier that way. The instructions said you could use the nail file to trim the false nails to the right size if need be, but I didn’t do this. Once my nails were chosen, it was pretty much add glue to the false nail, add glue to my real nail and press the false nail onto my real nail starting from the cuticle. I held it for a few seconds but the glue was so quick drying that I’m sure it didn’t need it. I did manage to get glue all over my fingers a couple of times though (I had to get my hubby to apply acetone to dissolve it), hence why speed and precision is your friend. Once the nails were on, I filed the tips to remove the stub I believe the nails were attached to during their making. The acrylic was easy to file and you didn’t need to press hard or be overly vigorous to remove the unwanted bits.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

I did notice on some of the nails I had a little bubbling – the pack claims the nails are “no bubbles” – so either that’s false or it was user error. Probably me, given I had a hard time with that super quick drying glue! All in all, once the nails were on I was pretty happy with how they looked. They were sleek and bright. Not bright as in being close to neon, but bright in that the white tip was so white. When I do French nails I’ll usually add a sheer nude over the tip so the tip isn’t so obviously white, so it was weird to have these stark white tips looking at me whenever I looked at my hands. But that’s just my personal preference. Also, the instructions said to apply a top coat of polish to the nails once they were on, which I did (I used Seche Vite), but I’m not sure why this is recommended. By the end of the first full day of wear the top coat was peeling from the nails. I did add more top coat, but by the second full day when more started peeling (I can’t help it! I’m a picker!) I just wiped acetone over all the false nails and went sans top coat. To me it looked much better. In my 10 days of wear, the false nails didn’t seem to get scuffed/scratched/ruined at all because of a lack of top coat.

One odd thing I noticed one my first full day of wearing the false nails is that my nails hurt. Not all, maybe two or three on each hand, but for a few hours there was some slight pain that I’m not sure how describe. Obviously it wasn’t that bad that I felt like I needed to remove the false nails, but it was uncomfortable. And as suddenly as it came it just stopped, so I’m still not 100% sure if it was only a coincidence that I was wearing the nails or if the nails were causing it. One thing I thought is that maybe the false nails were “stretching” (for lack of better word) the skin around the false nail because the nails were very slightly wider than my nail bed… but I really have no idea. Also, the instructions advise to not wear beyond 10 days but it doesn’t say why. I wore the nails for 10 days with no problems and so felt sad that I’d have to remove them as I thought if you were on holidays or something they might be a good way to have your nails done without any maintenance, but 10 days isn’t even a fortnight! Still, I figured it better to be safe than sorry so removed them on the tenth day of wear.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 10 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Day 10 of wearing KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

Now, removal. I found it really difficult. Even though the instructions say “do not force or pull nails off” I found I had to do a bit of that because they just wouldn’t budge otherwise! And this was even after trimming and filing the surface to get through the top of the false nails. Perhaps I just didn’t wait long enough when soaking in acetone though. But the wait time for their removal seemed to take ages, even longer than when removing glitter polish. When I did manage to finally get the nails off, my real nails were slightly damaged. The top layers of some nails had peeled off with the false nails, leaving noticeable indentations that needed to be filed. It wasn’t a massacre, but it wasn’t pretty either so I’ll use a ridge-filling base coat for a little while. I think the takeaway message here is to soak, soak, soak your nails for as long as possible and then remove. And if you were hoping to keep some false nails to reuse later, well, acetone takes care of that for you. Pretty much the nails shrivel up and they are definitely not reusable.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 10 swatched by Dry, Dammit!My natural nails after removal. You can see a bit of damage close to the tips of my nails.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Key Sun, Big W or Priceline
  • Cost: AU$15.99
  • What you get: 28 nails in 14 sizes, nail glue, a nail file, a cuticle pusher and an instruction pamphlet

I quite enjoyed wearing the KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails. During my 10 days of wear I had no problems, it was really the application and removal that caught me up, but I reckon now I know what I’m doing it’ll be much easier next time. I’d like to find out why it’s not recommended to wear the nails beyond 10 days; actually, I’ll email Key Sun to ask and then add the reply to this post. Because the real downside to these nails are the limited wear time. EDIT: I received a reply from Key Sun and was told the 10-day wear time is a “precaution as the chemicals from the glue can make some people’s nails weaker the longer they have been exposed to them – others can endure for longer periods. It really depends on your nail health and strength”. So it sounds like you can wear the nails longer; you just need to take into account the health of your nails. The wearing of the nails is really enjoyable and because there’s so many nails, you can at least get two wears out of each pack (maybe some filing needed on the second go). What do you think? Have you tried false nails before? If you have any questions or want to know anything else about wearing them, feel free to ask below. Thanks for reading!

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Sayuri Nail Lacquer Roots of the World Tree

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Hello! Tonight I have a quick post to show you what I’ve recently been wearing on my nails: Sayuri Nail Lacquer Roots of the World Tree. It’s from Sayuri’s latest collection called Svartalfheim. Let’s take a look.

Sayuri Roots of the World Tree swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Roots of the World Tree swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Roots of the World Tree is a beige base with a mesmerising purple shimmer and holo glitter in gold, caramel, copper and pink. I bought this thinking it had more of a darker base to it – I didn’t think it would be so sheer, in other words – but it’s growing on me. I don’t mind a bit of visible nail line (VNL) when a polish is this detailed and delicate. I’m wearing three coats but I probably could have gone a fourth coat, I think. Or made them a bit thicker? I used two thin coats of Seche on top.

Sayuri Roots of the World Tree swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sayuri
  • Cost: AU$10.95
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, what do you think? Have you picked up any of Sayuri’s Svartalfheim polishes? How do you feel about VNL? Thanks for reading!


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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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Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection & September LE 2016

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Hiya! Today I bring you one of the trios from Celestial Cosmetics in time for Halloween, as well as the September LE. The trio is called The Curse Of Miss Ives and is a collaboration between Nicki (the mastermind behind Celestial) and her social media maven, Jacq. I love the name of the trio, which is inspired by a character of the TV show Penny Dreadful named Vanessa Ives. The polishes are inspired by Vanessa’s costumes worn in the show.

The September LE 2016 is at the end, so read on for more!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!SEANCE

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Seance is a deep purple linear holo with gold shimmer. The formula on this one was truly fabulous – buttery and self-levelling. The gold really does stand out in person, so if you like gold polishes you’d probably really like this as a unique polish to add to your stash. This is my favourite from the collection; it’s such a stunner. Pictured is two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!LITTLE SCORPION

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Little Scorpion is a black-based scattered holo with silver flakes and black holo microglitter. I love the intricate colours of this one up close! We need more black holos in our lives. Plus, the formula was smooth and easy, which is always a good thing. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!DEMIMONDE

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Demimonde is a soft grey linear holo. The grey is very faint and you’ll need to get a good light to see the holo. The formula on this one was a bit sheer (yet manageable) and you’ll most likely need three coats like me. This is three coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!SEPTEMBER LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The September LE 2016 is based on the flower the morning glory (inspiration picture below). The picture was chosen in the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group; if you haven’t joined I recommend you do! It’s a lot of fun in there. Nicki used the centre of the flower for inspiration, which translated to a bright magenta pink holo base with purple, blue and indigo flakes. I love, love, love this polish! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

morning-gloryMorning glory. Photo credit.

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

If you like the look of any of these polishes – good news! They’re available from tomorrow (25 September in Australia and 24 September at the international store). If you can pick up Seance or the September LE 2016 I highly recommend it. Thanks for reading!


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Nicole Diary floral water decals

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Hi there! Tonight I have some water nail decals to show you from Nicole Diary. I was approached by the Nicole Diary team to test run a few of its water decals and I have to say – they’re a lot of fun to wear! I have two designs to show you, but I still have more that I’ll post as I wear them. Before we begin, a note on the pics. Sorry about how they look a bit off, when I took the photos I was trialling my new nighttime set up and some of the lighting is a bit “extreme” to say the least. Let’s go!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So the two designs I have are both floral because I’m a sucker for the floral look as I am so incredibly bad at doing flowers freehand. My nail polish bases were Femme Fatale Cosmetics Horae Awaits (in the top pics) and Emily de Molly LE30 (in the bottom pics). In both instances, I had to cut the decal to my rough nail shape, soak in water for about 10 seconds and then apply to the nail. I then used a brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the edges – the decals melted away just like magic, which was wonderful, and I found them to work just like MILV water decals, to be honest. I then added a top coat of Seche Vite.

The downside of these decals is that in some of the packs, one side has a clear backing and the other side has a (usually white) opaque backing. I now like to wear decals over some kind of funky polish so they stick out rather than just white, so I found this to be annoying – and there’s no indication of such on the packaging so I only found out after competing one full hand! Otherwise, I thought these decals were great. Like all decals on me, even after a day (and going hard on wrapping my tips) the decals somehow seemed to pull from the nail edges, but I reckon I could get a few good days’ worth of use out of these. Removal is simple – just with acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: AliExpress
  • Cost: US99c each
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals enough for 10 nails

There are some lovely decals to choose from at AliExpress, so I recommend you take a peek, even if you hadn’t thought of buying. I’ll bring you some more pics on Instagram, so pop by my account and follow me if you’d like to see more. 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!

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!