31 Dec 2012

Pretty Serious Galaxy Invader

Hi all!

First off, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported my blog in it's short life, so far. I hope to continue to show you more interesting content in the New Year. It's been a great year for me and I hope everyone had a lovely and safe holiday season and I wish everyone the best for the New Year.

Now, I have another gorgeous polish to show you all from Pretty Serious Cosmetics, and it is Galaxy Invader, a gorgeous blue to purple duochrome foil that is opaque in 2 easy coats! This is a bit of a double post because for some reason I decided to wear it with undies of Illamasqua Fern.


More after the jump!

27 Dec 2012

Old Swatch Spam

Hi all!

I found the folder on my computer that contained the quick photos that I used to take of my nails before I even thought about starting a blog and I thought I'd share, as I now have 80ish polishes it may be some time before I wear some of these again. Now keep in mind they are mostly iphone photos, so the quality is pretty shoddy :P

China Glaze It's Alive and Illamasqua Stance
This is possibly still one of my favourite combos.. Colour's picked by the boyfriend!
Onwards!

18 Dec 2012

Illamasqua Glitterati *UPDATED*

Hi all!

*Updated with newer, nicer photos!* 3 coats Glitterati, 1 coat Poshe top coat.

Illamasqua Glitterati limited edition nail polish swatch manicure

Illamasqua Glitterati limited edition nail polish swatch manicure

Illamasqua Glitterati limited edition nail polish swatch manicure

Thought I'd finally show you a swatch just in time for Christmas! Illamasqua Glitterati! Let's get straight to it shall we.

Illamasqua Glitterati limited edition nail polish swatch manicure

This gorgeous polish was graciously given to me by a friend for the purpose of showing it on this blog! He knows how much I love Illamasqua <3Glitterati is a stunning raspberry jelly polish packed full of small and medium holographic hex glitter. A perfect 2 coats, which is a standard across all Illamasqua polishes I have swatched so far.

Illamasqua Glitterati limited edition nail polish swatch manicure

I had to include a close up bottle shot of this because it is just far too pretty. As you may also tell, I am using my right hand for the swatch! Left-handed camera work is tricky. 

Illamasqua Glitterati limited edition nail polish swatch manicure

Illamasqua Glitterati limited edition nail polish swatch manicure

If you pick up one special Christmas polish these holidays, make sure it's Glitterati. It currently only comes in a gift pack that includes the gorgeous peacock green polish Viridian. Available online from Illamasqua, Sephora and Myer as well as counters across the globe. See Illamasqua online for your closest counter.


5 Dec 2012

Pretty Serious Cosmetics and Liquid Leprechaun Manicure!

Hi all!

I apparently have no self control what so ever, because the other week I purchased not 1, not 2, but 3 polishes from Pretty Serious Cosmetics here in Sydney! I'm so glad I did! They are just beautiful, so lets get onto it shall we!


More after the jump!

21 Nov 2012

Woah! An update!

Hi all!

I hope everyone has been well. I've been very busy the last couple of months, which has been really good. I have been at my new job for 3 months now which I'm still enjoying, and I am being booked to photograph plenty of events. I'd post photos, but they're pretty boring out of context :P

As you all know, I am still on the quest for strong natural nails and it is something I am still working on. I've picked up a couple of aids to try and help, but they show results in the long term and I am not a very patient person, but the good news is that I think they are helping.

Ok! So whats in this update? I want to show you a couple of things I received in the post and bought in store, as well as the swatch sticks I started to do.


More after the jump!

8 Oct 2012

Outfit Spam!

Hi all!

I bring to you another outfit spam post! Enjoy!

CVLT Nation

More after the jump!

7 Oct 2012

Review: Firmoo Glasses

Hi all!

Today I have something a little different to show you, sunglasses! I got given these amazingly rad sunglasses to review from Firmoo.com*!


More photos and the rest of the review after the jump!

3 Oct 2012

Revlon Scandalous + IMATS pt2

Hey all!

As promised, this post contains my outfit, makeup and nails of what I wore to Sydney IMATS last weekend. Enjoy!


More after the jump! <3

2 Oct 2012

Sydney IMATS wrap up!

Hi all!

I was going to do one big post, but I've decided to break it into 2 parts. On Sunday I went to Sydney IMATS, for everyone playing at home, that is the International Make-up Artist Trade Show. I had heaps of fun, saw some cool products and purchased some things to play with! In this post I am going to be showing you some photos from the day and also my purchases! Big post! So grab a cuppa and enjoy!


Loads more after the jump!

24 Sep 2012

Calling out for help + OPI Pepe's Purple Passion!

Hi all!

Omg! I'm showing you a mani.. and on my little nubbins! Haha hopefully they look okay. Today I bring you OPI's 'Pepe's Purple Passion', a beautiful dark, slightly vampy, berry/plum red with a red/pink/orange glitter that looks like it glows from within in the right light.

Oh and I have a huuuuugggeee favour to ask of someone that lives in the US at the end of this post.


More pix after the jump!


22 Sep 2012

I Miss You

Hi all.

As the title suggests, I miss you all so much! I'm getting really bored not blogging and obsession over nail polish, or constantly changing my mani and taking photos, and then posting and talking to you! I hate having my horrible natural nails so much that my new quest is to find a good nail strengthener that I can wear under polish so I still have something to show you. The strengthener I have just does not seem to dry when I put polish over it, which is a huge pain. I have also noticed, that even making a conscious effort to remember, I am not taking care of my nails as much as I would be if I was changing them every few days, and I know that trying to restore my nails is a big job that requires long term commitment. Going to look into OPI Nail Envy, I have heard good things in the past.

Ok! To make this post more relevant I am just going to post a few makeup looks I've had sitting in my 'to post' folder for a few months now. 2 looks where taken when I was in Europe on my holiday or just before we left.


More after the jump!

14 Sep 2012

Shopping Success!

Hi all!

One thing that shits me about being a gothy/rock girl, is going shopping. Mainly because I hate nearly everything that is in shopping centers, or everything I like is hideously expensive. Well, last weekend, the boyfriend and I decided after our amazing sleep in our new bed, so go for a walk around the city. So he showered, I got makeup-ed and we both got dressed. I grabbed my Hasselblad film camera and off we went. We ended up down at Pitt St mall, so I dragged Stephen downstairs for some amazing yum but gross KFC and pointed out to him this amazing jacket on a mannequin. Our quest for the day.. To find this amazing jacket and to see how horrendously expensive it was.


Read the rest the of adventure over the jump!

12 Sep 2012

Mini Haul!

Hi all!

Just wanted to show you a couple of things I picked up last week!


More photos after the jump!

10 Sep 2012

Illamasqua Master Class

Hi all!

Today I wanted to tell you about something that I did last weekend, I went to a class held by Illamasqua at their Sydney Myer counter on Pitt St in the CBD. It was a 1 hour and 30min class held by Mikele Simone and Francis Cutri who work for Illamasqua, and they went through the process of applying make up for a day look that can be turned into a night look with only a small amount of change.

More photos after the jump!

6 Sep 2012

Eyebrows Are Over-Rated

Hi all!

I just wanted to share some photos that I took whilst I wasn't working. I was having a lazy day until a random burst of inspiration hit and I jumped up, grabbed my camera and lights, threw on some makeup and took some photos of myself. For a while I had basically no eyebrows, apart from the very inner section, so there was very little photoshop involved in these shots.


More photos after the jump!

5 Sep 2012

Illamasqua 'Muse'

Hi all!

Oh no! What happened to my nails!! Well, my nail broke on my ring finger on my right hand, a clean break right across the free edge, and I thought to myself I might try out short nails for a while. I've had it in the back of my head for the past couple weeks that I should take my acrylics off and give a really good attempt at trying to get them strong. I have always had horrible weak, thin, bendy nails that are extremely prone to tearing and spliting, and every couple of months my thumb nails manage to tear about half way down my nail, fun, that's why I have the acrylics. Anyway, I'm getting side tracked.

I present to you, Illamasqua 'Muse'. The polish that started it all! I bought this gorgeous polish after seeing it on Temptalia's blog back just before Christmas and purchased it because it matched the dress I was wearing for NYE. I loved it so much that my boyfriend, being the amazing man he is, bought me 8 more Illamasqua polishes and 4 eyeshadows for my Christmas present <3


More photos and my recent purchases after the jump!

30 Aug 2012

piCture pOlish 'Peacock'

Hi all!

I have been putting off putting on this polish for ages, but I don't really know why, but as I seem to be on a huge blue/green kick at the moment it was the perfect follow up from Nfu Oh 52. I present piCture pOlish in Peacock!


More piccie's after the jump!

Illamasqua Australia has won the fight!

Hi all!

This just in from their Facebook page!

ATTENTION, ATTENTION…

ILLAMASQUA AUSTRALIA HAS WON THE FIGHT!

Illamasqua are very proud to announce that after almost a month of rallying together with their customers and fans to make a stand against the unfair cosmetic pricing in Australia, they have won the ‘Fight for a Fair Beauty Price’.

Illamasqua are pleased to confirm that Illamasqua Australia prices will be reduced across the range, with the support of their exclusive retail partner MYER from Saturday 1st September 2012.

The Illamasqua ‘Fight for a Fair Beauty Price’ has sparked conversation with customers, bloggers, media and industry insiders globally, and it is with thanks to the encouragement and persistence of everyone who signed the petition that this is now possible.

Illamasqua Australia will be dropping prices to be more in line with those in their home country of the UK - up to 35% reduction, but on some lines as much as 42%.

Yayyyyy we did it! I am so happy that this has happened! A huge thank you to everyone that signed the petition here in Australia and also Internationally.


28 Aug 2012

Nfu Oh 52 Mani Update

Hi all!

A quick post for today. In my last post I showed you that my Nfu Oh polishes arrived from Crush Cosmetics and I just had to put 52 over my current mani which was Illamasqua Baptise. After having it on for a few days I had to mattify it. I swear matte is possibly my favourite way to wear flakies.


Rest of the photos after the jump!

26 Aug 2012

Nfu Oh, Essence and Outfit Spam

Hi all!

Got a few things to show you! My Nfu Oh's arrived and I found out that Priceline is now stocking Essence! I am also throwing in some outfit photos that I had up on instagram. My name is @poisonzombii if you wish you follow me, and I also have webstagram if you don't have an instragram account, but wish to still see my posts.


More pictures after the jump!

22 Aug 2012

Illamasqua 'Baptise' and Makeup Look

Hey all!

I am now coming live to you from www.lookwhatthebatsdraggedin.com! Today I am bringing you a double post in celebration. A swatch and a makeup look using Sugarpill eyeshadows and Illamasqua liquid liners.


More pictures after the jump!

21 Aug 2012

Nfu Oh polish sold in Australia!

Hey all!

I have what I class as some exciting news! Nfu Oh nail polishes are available for sale in Australia from Crush Cosmetics!

Crush Cosmetics offer fast postage (1-2 days) or standard shipping (3-4 days) via Australia Post, and even free if ordering over $80. They also ship internationally. Currently they are selling a selection of cremes ($10.95), flakies ($13.95), holos ($14.95) and the aqua base ($13.95).




16 Aug 2012

OPI and more Black Milk

Hi all!

I received some OPI polishes in the mail last week after seeing a sale on them on brandsexclusive.com.au. They had them for $10.95 each with $5 flat shipping, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to try them out as I have never bought OPI polish before. Also during the same trip to the post office my Black Milk order arrived, which made me very happy, so there are a few photos at the end of what I picked up during the Nylon Wars Ep 2!


More everything after the jump!

13 Aug 2012

Guinevere Dots

Hi all!

Just a quick mani to show you today. I tried a few ideas last night but unfortunately they didn't work out so I went with this, a quick dotting manicure using a-England 'Guinevere'.


More photos after the jump!

8 Aug 2012

Illamasqua Gradient Glitter Tutorial

Hey all!

Today I am going to be using 4 of my new Illamasqua polishes in a gradient with glitter tips mani, but I also decided to photograph my process which I learnt off Sam who runs The Nailasaurus blog. Her nail art and tutorials are amazing, go check them out!


The tutorial after the jump!

Huge Doom Illamasqua Haul

Hey all!

It arrived!!! My huge Illamasqua order arrived last Friday, but unfortunately had to wait till midday Monday to pick it up. As soon as I got back to work I opened it to inspect my pretties, omg so much love. This is just going to be a quick but very picture heavy post of all the items I received. Let the show commence!


Heaps more photos after the jump!

3 Aug 2012

A England and Black Milk


Hi all!

Some awesome stuff arrived in the mail the last couple of days.. My a England polishes arrived, as well as my celebratory Black Milk order and the Black Milk tshirt I ordered on RedBubble.. Yay! Presents!


More photos, including swatch pictures and awesome tight clothes after the jump!

2 Aug 2012

Tape Mani with Ozotic 513

Hi all!

Sorry I haven't been able to blog as often, but its because I got a job! I am now working at another photo lab in the city, but this one is newer, higher quality, and the management is much nicer. Yay employment, means more money for polish. I need to feed this addiction some how. Also the other reason I haven't been blogging so much is that I keep liking the polishes I'm wearing so I haven't been changing them as often.

As the title suggests, I've been sporting a tape mani the last few days. Check it ooouuuttttt.


More photos after the jump!

27 Jul 2012

Oh My! Illamasqua!

Hi all!

Something a bit different today.. But don't worry, there will be a make up look posted this time around at the end of the post. Today I am actually gonna tell you a little bit about an awesome brand that you may of heard of, but not really experienced as they are only a couple years old, but are already making a huge mark for themselves in the beauty world. That brand is Illamasqua.


More about this brand, as well as the makeup after the jump.

25 Jul 2012

Essence 'Blue Addicted' and Outfit!

Hi all!

Today I bring you a double post. Nails and an outfit! I have a job interview tomorrow so I had to make sure my nails where all done, and that I had a nice, presentable outfit and so I figured I would share it with you. I bring to you Essence 'Blue Addicted', a Deborah Lippmann 'Across the Universe' dupe. I managed to get 2 bottle of this off eBay.

And just quickly, I am now also on Facebook!


More photos plus the outfit after the jump!

21 Jul 2012

Nail Mail & Ozotic!

Hi all!

Well I'm a bit excited with this post as I received some amaze-ballz polishes in the mail! Yes! My piCture pOlish order arrived and it was love at first sight! Argh! Nail mail is seriously the best. I also have a mani to show you with 2 of the polishes I received. The pretty bit is at the end of the post. And a quick note, I now have a links page in my tabs, I also made a FB like page that can be found by CLICKING HERE.


Billions more photos after the jump! Go grab something to drink :P

18 Jul 2012

Max Factor 'Fantasy Fire'

Hi all!

Today I'm bringing you a quick one from last week. I mentioned in my Nail Mail post that I picked up a dupe for the infamous Clarins '230' aka Unicorn Pee and I said I was going to wait until this week to try it but I couldn't help myself so I put it over my gradient mani and holy hell... IT'S SO AMAZING!


Lots more pretty pictures after the jump!

13 Jul 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!

Hi all!

Yay! It's a spooky Friday the 13th here in Australia, so I've decided to celebrate it by posting a make up look as well an attempt at freehand nail art! This is a bit of a long post.. Sorry about that, and you get to see a bit of the face behind the blog.


Another picture heavy post, and as always, more after the jump!

11 Jul 2012

Illamasqua Phallic and Stance Mani Update + Nail Mail

Hi all!

A quick one for today. I was browsing through a few of my fave nail blogs and stumbled upon a few that had tumblr accounts and came across a gradient tutorial by the amazing Nailasaurus. Now I have given gradients a couple of tries before with no success so I grabbed out my nail tips and with the ones I don't use, went to it using her technique, and guess what, it worked!! I think the thing with gradients is that you need to have no fear, the previous times I had been too gentle with it and failed.

Now I was already wearing Illamasqua 'Phallic' and decided rather than take it off I would revamp it by doing the gradient over the top.


More pictures after the jump!

9 Jul 2012

Illamasqua 'Phallic'

Hi all!

For the first time ever, I took my nail polish off after less then a week of wearing it. Uh oh.. I think I'm catching the nail blogger curse of not wearing the same polish for more than a few days before needing to change it! So with that I have another gorgeous Illamasqua polish to show you all and it happens to be 'Phallic'!

Illamasqua's website describes it as 'a dark midnight blue with a shimmer finish' and that's exactly what it is! It's so incredibly gorgeous in the bottle, but as with a lot of shimmers it kinda gets a lost on the nail, but one of the charms of 'Phallic' is that you can still see a glint of gorgeous midnight blue shimmer winking at you in the sun.

Direct sun
More pictures after the jump!

6 Jul 2012

Matte Matte Matte!

Hi all!
Just a quick one for today :) I mentioned in my previous post that I had picked up Australis 'Speck-tacular' which is a flakie top coat as well as receiving Essie 'Matte About You' and I decided to throw it over the top of what I was already wearing, which happened to be Pretty & Polished 'Galax-E'..

OMG I LOVE MATTE TOP COAT!

It looks amazing over flakies! I cant stop staring at my nails in the sun! Everything just takes on this glowy feeling rather than a sparkle, so cool :D


More after the jump!

3 Jul 2012

Pretty & Polished 'Galax-e' and Shopping!

Hi all!

Today I have a few things to show you as I had to pick up a few things at the shops, but also one of my eBay purchases arrived, but most importantly I have a new mani to show you :D



Read more after the jump! Warning! Very picture heavy!

24 Jun 2012

Illamasqua 'Stance' & Pretty&Polished 'Valentino'

Hi all!

Today I am sharing with you 2 polishes which are both brand new, and also that this is the first time I have ever had pink nails!

The polishes that I am wearing are Illamasqua 'Stance' and Pretty and Polished 'Valentino'. I have jumped on the Indie polish bandwagon, some of these lovey ladies make the coolest polishes out and I'm very glad to be showing you my current favourite indie polish, as well as a gorgeous colour from one of my favourite makeup brands, Illamasqua.

All photo's are 2 medium coats of 'Stance' with I'd say 2 coats of 'Valentino' to get nice placement of the glitter, and 1 bodgy coat of Seche Vite top coat.. my bottle is getting really low so it's nearly impossible to use..


A bunch more photo's after the jump!

15 Jun 2012

Euro-trip!

Hi all!

Well! I'm back from my 3 week trip around Europe with my boyfriend, and it in a nutshell was great fun! The purpose of our trip was to attend 3 festivals, Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, Rock im Park in Nuremberg, Germany and Download Festival in Derby, England, as well as to stop at a few places along the way. We had a car so we had the freedom to go where we wished.

Attending WGT was an amazing experience, as its a Gothic festival I had the opportunity to play around with my make up a bit more than my usual black smokey eye. I also came up with some other looks as well that where a bit brighter and more colourful than normal. My Sugarpill pallets got a good work out, and I've decided that as soon as I'm working again and got a bit of cash I am getting more of their products, including the new pallet.

I took photos of the looks that I did and loved, so while I've got some time I shall re-create them and take some nicer photos. I tried the best I could, but it's tricky in hotel rooms that don't get much natural light.

So that's all for the moment. Time to unwind from a mental 3 weeks and try find a bit of a routine whilst I wait for news on my job prospects.

I must do my nails tomorrow!

18 May 2012

Change of idea.. Already!

So I had a bit of a think about what I'd like to do with this blog, originally I thought just making it a polish blog would be good, but I am also very interested in make up and certain brands, and I thought it a little unfair to leave all these other products out that I love so much, so this blog will be more of a beauty blog, focusing on the brands and products I love and stand by. I may also possibly post an outfit or two, depending on what happens and what I get up to :)

I was going through my photos of products I had already used/swatched, and I'm not overly happy with the photos, I mean, they are fine for facebook and tumblr, but not for a blog. So I will slowly work my way through re-swatching and taking much better photos, so I can give you guys high quality and colour accurate photos. Shouldn't be too difficult, I am a photographer after all :P Watch me eat my words haha.