27 Jun 2013

Review: Alanna Renee Avada Kedavra

Hey all!

The final part to my Alanna Renee review.. aww sad! The final polish is the gorgeous Avada Kedavra. My review of Tranquil can be seen here and my review of Horcrux here.

Alanna Renee nail polish tranquil avada kedavra horcrux

Alanna Renee Avada Kedavra nail polish swatch

Alanna Renee Avada Kedavra nail polish swatch

Avada Kedavra has a mix of different sized white glitter in a bright green jelly base.

Perfect formula like all her other polishes, this one was a bit thinner, but that made it easier to apply it and get a nice smooth application. I used 3 coats with 1 coat Posche.

Alanna Renee Avada Kedavra nail polish swatch

Alanna Renee Avada Kedavra nail polish swatch

Alanna Renee Avada Kedavra nail polish swatch

This shade of green is so pretty and screams spring. Oh and fun fact, the white glitters glow under UV light!

Alanna Renee are Big 3 Free and can be purchased in Australia off her own website for $7.99 for a 12mL bottle and also Internationally through stockist that can be found here.


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24 Jun 2013

Arcane The Power, The Passion

Hi all!

Today I am showing you something kinda special, another new Aussie indie brand called Arcane created by the talented Bec over at Nail Gun XS! I currently have 8 of her gorgeous polishes and today I will be showing The Power, The Passion.


Arcane The Power The Passion nail polish swatch

This polish a gorgeous dark purple jelly with a mix of purple and green holo hexes and shimmer. The photos below show 3 thin coats with 1 coat Essence gel look top coat and 1 coat Poshe quick dry. Excuse the slight tip wear, I like to take photos of glitter polishes at least the day after if I use the Essence TC as to give it sufficent time to dry down so I don't have super fat nails :P
 
Arcane The Power The Passion nail polish swatch

Arcane The Power The Passion nail polish swatch

Arcane The Power The Passion nail polish swatch

Arcane The Power The Passion nail polish swatch macro closeup

Arcane Lacquer can be purchased in Australia direct from their Etsy store for $9.50, or through Femme Fatale cosmetics for $10 for a 12ml bottle.

21 Jun 2013

Femme Fatale Twilight Meteorite

Hi all!

Today I have another gorgeous Femme Fatale polish to show you. Twilight Meteorite is a rich plum pink base with bold blue to pink duochrome flecks. 1 word, amazing!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Twilight Meteorite nail polish swatch duochrome

The photos show 1 coat Ulta3 Black Satin with 1 coat Twilight Meteorite and 1 coat Poshe TC.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Twilight Meteorite nail polish swatch duochrome

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Twilight Meteorite nail polish swatch duochrome

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Twilight Meteorite nail polish swatch duochrome

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Twilight Meteorite nail polish swatch duochrome

I heart this polish so much, it's just amazing. I have such a soft spot for duochromes and holo polishes.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Twilight Meteorite nail polish swatch duochrome macro closeup

Not the best macro but you and clearly see the flecks that give this polish it's beauty.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics can be purchased from their website for $9.85 for a 12mL bottle. They only ship to Australia but check their International Stockist list.


18 Jun 2013

Review: Illamasqua Paranormal UV Nail Polish

Hey all!

This post has been in the works for a while, and I finally have it complete, yay! A little while back I was invited to a blogger launch for Illamasqua's new collection and received all 4 polishes for review. This is going to be very picture heavy so you have been warned!

Illamasqua Paranormal Seance Ouija Omen Geist nail polish collection swatch

Illamasqua Paranormal Seance Ouija Omen Geist nail polish collection swatch

There where 4 new items added in this collection, 3 new UV glow colours consisting of Seance, violet, Ouija, pink and Omen, green as well as Geist, a clear UV glow topcoat to apply over any polish. All 3 of the colours have a nice shimmer to them, I quite like it as it makes them a tad more interesting than a regular neon that would glow under UV.

Illamasqua Paranormal Seance nail polish collection swatch

First we have Seance, a bright violet purple that leans a bit pink. The swatches below are 2 coats. They have a slightly satin finish on their own which I thought was quite nice so I didn't bother with a top coat. Dry time was quite fast.

Illamasqua Paranormal Seance nail polish collection swatch

Illamasqua Paranormal Seance nail polish collection swatch

Illamasqua Paranormal Seance nail polish collection swatch

Now the fun photos! The below images are under a black light. Seance has a bubblegum pink UV glow.

Illamasqua Paranormal Seance nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Seance nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Ouija nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Next is Ouija, a bright barbie pink. Again 2 coats with no topcoat to show the lovely finish.

Illamasqua Paranormal Ouija nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Ouija nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Ouija nail polish collection swatch UV glow

And UV photos, Ouija has more of a red leaning pink appearance under blacklight.

Illamasqua Paranormal Ouija nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Ouija nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Omen nail polish collection swatch UV glow

The last of the new colours, and my personal favourite, is Omen a vivid green. 2 coats, perfect application, lovely satin finish.

Illamasqua Paranormal Omen nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Omen nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Omen nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Under UV it has a bright acid green glow. Love.

Illamasqua Paranormal Omen nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Omen nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Geist nail polish collection swatch UV glow

And finally Geist, a clear UV topcoat. As you can see it has a slight blue tint, but you cannot see it when it is on.

Illamasqua Paranormal Omen Geist nail polish collection swatch UV glow

I figured the easiest way to show it was to do a little simple creative nail art :P I started doing it under regular light, but it was way to hard not being able to tell where I had the top coat, so I reccomend doing it under a blacklight where you can see. It has a white/blue glow, but I think it may change colour depending on what you put it over.

Illamasqua Paranormal Geist Omen nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Geist nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Illamasqua Paranormal Geist nail polish collection swatch UV glow

Overall I was pleased with these polish, their formula is flawless and they apply very evenly. The top coat is a bit thick but it was still quite managable.

I love the fact that Illamasqua didn't do this at Halloween as most brands have a tendency to do. Do I find these colours unique? Not really. Do I see the UV aspect being a big sell? I would expect these to appeal more to people that go clubbing or to raves where black lights are abundant, but to a regular audience, probably not. You can find cheap $3 polishes that will glow under UV, such as Kleancolor Tangerine Burst and if people go and get gels that need to be cured under UV light they would get the same effect. I however can see the fun in creating nail art that can only been seen under blacklight and I do think it fits the theme of 'Paranormal' very well.

Illamasqua nail polish can currently only be bought in Australia at Myer Illamasqua counters or on Myer online.







These products where provided for consideration.

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15 Jun 2013

Review: Alanna Renee Horcrux

Hi all!

Today I am going to show you the second polish I received from Alanna Renee for review, Horcrux from her Magical World collection based around Harry Potter. My first review of Tranquil can be seen here.

Alanna Renee Horcrux Avada Kedavra Tranquil nail polish

Alanna Renee Horcrux nail polish swatch

Alanna Renee Horcrux nail polish swatch

Horcrux has a mix of green colour shifting flakes and professional grade sterling silver flakes in a black base. This polish is opaque in 1 coat if your careful, but I did 2 just in case, 1 coat Poshe.

Alanna Renee Horcrux nail polish swatch

Alanna Renee Horcrux nail polish swatch

Alanna Renee Horcrux nail polish swatch

This is such a unique polish in the mix of black based polishes, the silver and green flakes make this a really different, very very pretty!

Alanna Renee are Big 3 Free and can be purchased in Australia off her own website for $7.99 for a 12mL bottle and also Internationally through stockist that can be found here.




These products where provided for consideration.
Please read my disclosure statement for more details.