22 Jul 2013

Illamasqua Raindrops

Hey all!

I know I have posted about this one before, however brief, but I just had to do another post on it since I finally got my hands on a bottle a while back and it needed it's own post with more photos!

Raindrops was re-releasd back in Feburary for the Valentines day collection Broken Heart. It is a sheer cool toned grey with silver fleck through out, it needs 3 thin coats to reach opacity but drys quite fast and applies with minimal effort. Swatches below show 3 thin coats with 1 layer of Poshe top coat.

Illamasqua Raindrops nail polish swatch

Illamasqua Raindrops nail polish swatch

Illamasqua Raindrops nail polish swatch

Illamasqua Raindrops nail polish swatch macro closeup

I really like this polish, it's a good pallet cleanser and a bit more "work friendly" than all my other polishes.


18 Jul 2013

Cirque French Roast

Hey all!

Sorry for my sucky blogging, turns out I can only post regularly when I actually pre do all the posts, I need to get off my lazy butt and get all my posts scheduled. Any who!

Cirque French Roast is a gorrrgeoussss and incredibly complex brown glitter polish containing small brown micro glitter, small gold glitter and medium sized copper/caramel hex glitter that reflects gold and copper. Stunning!

Swatches below show 3 thin coats with 1 coat Essence gel look TC and 1 coat Poshe. Prepare to be amazed!

Cirque colors French Roast nail polish swatch manicure

Cirque colors French Roast nail polish swatch manicure

Cirque colors French Roast nail polish swatch manicure

Annnddd macro close ups!

Cirque colors French Roast nail polish swatch manicure macro closeup
Cirque colors French Roast nail polish swatch manicure macro closeup

I was so super impressed with this polish. I had been wanting it for a while but was completely unsure if I would like it in person as I am really not a brown person at all, but I was completely in awe when it arrived and once I had it on I did not want to take it off.

Cirque polish is available direct from their website based in New York at www.cirquecolors.com or available in Australia from Femme Fatale Cosmetics.


11 Jul 2013

OPI Live and Let Die

Hey all!

Holy crap! Not an indie post! Haha I do love my indies but I do occasionally enjoy a mainstream brand polish. One such polish was surprisingly OPI Live and Let Die. If you have read any of my previous OPI posts you know that I am generally not a huge fan of their polish, but this one was a pleasing exception. I was lucky enough to pick up this one discounted for $11 from SA Hair and Beauty supply in Sydney CBD.

Live and Let Die is from the Skyfall collection that OPI released for the Holiday 2012 season. It is a pretty deep dark forest green packed full of green and gold shimmer, and best of all, a 1 coater! Swatches below show 1 coat LALD and 1 coat Poshe TC.

OPI Live and Let Die swatch nail polish Skyfall collection Holiday 2012

OPI Live and Let Die swatch nail polish Skyfall collection Holiday 2012

OPI Live and Let Die swatch nail polish Skyfall collection Holiday 2012

This polish dries a little darker than bottle colour, but I'd say it's just a trick of the light reflecting more of the green/gold particles in the bottle making it look lighter.

Overall I really liked this colour, the gold fleck is a lovely touch to the dark base.


9 Jul 2013

Kleancolor Tangerine Burst

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I used this polish a while back as undies for one of my Dead Set Babes polish review here and decided it was time to show it in all it's glory! I present Kleancolor Tangerine Burst, a 1 coat neon orange! 1 Coat! I was amazed! And it glows under blacklight!

Kleancolor Tangerine Burst nail polish swatch

Kleancolor Tangerine Burst nail polish swatch

Swatch shows 1 coat Tangerine Burst and 1 coat top coat.

Kleancolor Tangerine Burst nail polish swatch

Kleancolor Tangerine Burst nail polish swatch

Kleancolor Tangerine Burst nail polish swatch

Isn't this a magnificent orange! I think I may be able to get into all these bright colours :D My only gripe with this polish is it's horrendous smell.. ergh, but it's only a couple of dollars so can't complain! What is your favourite bright colour?


7 Jul 2013

Cult Nails Spontaneous

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Quick post for today. Cult Nails Spontaneous is a dusty purple creme with vibrant fine magenta glitter. Application was easy at 2 coats, but does dry fairly gritty so will need 2 coats of top coat.

Cult Nails Spontaneous nail polish swatch

Cult Nails Spontaneous nail polish swatch

Cult Nails Spontaneous nail polish swatch


This one unfortunately fell short for me, I'm not sure why, it just didn't wow me like some other polishes. What are your thoughts on this polish? What polishes do you own that didn't wow you like you hoped?


5 Jul 2013

Layla Flash Black

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A while back I managed to grab a whole bunch of Layla holo polish for $5 each! Bargain since they normally sell for like $20, score! This is the polish I wore to Sydney Fashion Week and also marked the return of my acrylics!

Layla Flash Black is a charcoal grey holo and is incredibly sheer so must be worn over a base. The one upside of them being so sheer is that it allows more of the holo pigment to shine through and you get an incredible holo rainbow. Photos below are 1 coat Ulta3 Black Satin and 2 coats Layla Flash Black and 1 coat of Poshe quick dry.

Layla Flash Black nail polish swatch

Layla Flash Black nail polish swatch

Layla Flash Black nail polish swatch

Sorry about the quality of the photos, I remember that I stayed up until 2am Sunday night to do my acrylics before Fashion Week and had to use my lamp to take the photos instead of my normal flash setup.

I had to be up at 6am Monday morning to get to the venue and my day did not finish until 1.30am Monday night :P I was a wreck that week! I really do need to put up the photos..


3 Jul 2013

Australis Space Jam and Ulta3 Mulberry

Hey all!

Double post! I keep taking photos of what I'm using as undies for polishes but never seem to post them so I figured I should just put them in the same post.

Today I have Australis Space Jam, a polish from an comerical Australian cosmetics brand available at most Priceline's and chemists. Space Jam is a dark plum creme with a mix of tiny fuchsia glitter, small purple and light blue hex glitter and large dark and light blue hex glitter which is opaque in 2 coats.

Australis Space Jam nail polish swatch

Australis Space Jam nail polish swatch

Australis Space Jam nail polish swatch

The glitters show through nicely, and this would be a gorgeous polish except for the fact that the purple base looks brown under bright light. Not cute, so I chose to wear it over 2 coats of Ulta3 Mulberry and it was a pretty good match for the base colour and rid it of that ugly brown base issue.

Mulberry is a very pretty more pink toned berry/plum creme and very opaque. The photos show 2 coats with top coat, you could very easily get away with one coat of this if your careful.

Ulta3 Mulberry nail polish swatch

Ulta3 Mulberry nail polish swatch

Ulta3 Mulberry nail polish swatch

Aaannndd macro! Boom!

Australis Space Jam nail polish swatch macro

Until next time!


1 Jul 2013

Birthday Blog Party!

Hi all!

Guess what? Today's my 26th birthday, and to celebrate the lovely Natalia let me borrow her idea of a blog party. How this works is I picked a theme for the blog party and whoever wanted to join in had to do a mani based around that idea! My theme was spooky and sparkly. Onto the party!

I did 2 manis, one completely impractical but awesome, and one practical but still awesome.

Pretty and Polished goth spiked matte nails

Pretty and Polished goth spiked matte nails

The polishes used in this where Ulta3 Black Satin, Pretty & Polished Black Swan and Essie Matte About You. Completely impracticable but so awesome.

Lynnderella Very Pretty Vampire nail polish

Lynnderella Very Pretty Vampire nail polish

Lynnderella Very Pretty Vampire nail polish

For my main mani I chose to wear Lynnderella Very Pretty Vampire. 2 coats over Ulta3 Black Plum with 1 coat Essence Gel Look top coat and 1 coat Poshe. Possibly not the best undies for this, but the base is tinted enough to nearly cover it completely. I may have shaken the bottle to much, so many air bubbles :(

Now the party!

Natalia at Cats-n-nails
Ann at Nailoveology

Theresa at It's All About the Polish
Teneil at Shades of Phoenix
Adelle at @Adelle1985 on IG
Thank you so much to the gorgeous girls that participated! I have been very fortunate to meet some amazing women over the past year and every one of them has a heart of gold.