31 Aug 2013

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour Blogger Event

Hey all!

The other night I was invited to attend the blogger event for the launch of the new Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection. The collection draws it inspiration from Dawn and Dusk and the transition we make as women from our more demure soft side during the day to our strong powerful beings we become at night.

The imagery in this collection is amazing, to me it screams spirits and witches and has a very pagan feel, doesn't help I'm a sucker for crystals. Love it. Fun fact, the Dawn Spirit and the Dusk Warrior are the same model.

Prepare for a picture heavy post!









The Sacred Hour contains 1 new Reflection eyeshadow pallet, 1 new lipstick in Shard, 1 new polish Facet and 1 re-release of a discontinued polish Hemlock, 1 new set of false lashes in Lush, as well as 2 brand new items to their line, 2 velvet blushes in Sleek and Peaked and a new range of concealors based on their Skin Base foundation, Skin Base Lift in 6 shades plus white.

Now my photos from the night! I was also asked to photograph the night for the Illamasqua team so keep an eye out for more photos on the main Illamasqua Facebook page!

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

Illamasqua The Sacred Hour collection blogger launch look what the bats dragged in

I had a great night as per usual and the collection is amazing. I got a goodie bag for attending the night as well as a few extras in thanks for photographing the night, I will show you those in another post.

A huge thanks to the Illamasqua Sydney team as well as the lovely ladies at Tailormaid for inviting me along.


Guest post on Gnarly Gnails is up!

Hey all!

Just a quick one to let you know my huuggeeee guest post is now live on Gnarly Gnails! I had the opportunity to do a post for Missy and I had just fun doing it! Head over there now to see brand new swatches of some amazing Aussie indies! Click above or the images below to see it now!




25 Aug 2013

Review: Rainbow Honey The Kraken & Holiday Paradise Cuticle Balm

Hey all!

A little while back Sophie from Femme Fatale Cosmetics sent me a little present for review. Sweeeeeet!
First off, a little bit about her awesome company.

Femme Fatale is a home based business run by Sophie out of the Brisbane, Australia. They opened in September 2011 and specialise in making custom blend lacquers as well as gorgeously unique eyeshadows and have built a name for themselves nationally and internationally. They where also the first Australian stockist of national and international based nail polish and sell their products at an incredibly competitive rate. Bonus! One of the international brands she stocks is Rainbow Honey from the US.

The Kraken in a stunning marine jelly with a blue and green glow, and is filled with glitters and shimmer. This is such a complex polish, teal and gold glitters, a beautiful gold shimmer, a perfect polish to represent the ocean and fits the name incredibly well. I can honestly say I was blown away by this polish, a big call since I have found that I find international indies a bit lack luster compared to our Aussie brands.

Rainbow Honey nail polish The Kraken bottle swatch Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Rainbow Honey nail polish The Kraken bottle swatch Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Rainbow Honey nail polish The Kraken bottle swatch Femme Fatale Cosmetics macro

I received the mini size which is 4ml worth of polish, full sizes are 15ml for $11.85. I do like mini's but I find due to my long nails I use them up very quickly. I did 2 coats of polish on both hands and I had used up nearly a third of the bottle. Need to snap up a full size pronto!

Rainbow Honey nail polish The Kraken bottle swatch Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Rainbow Honey nail polish The Kraken bottle swatch Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Rainbow Honey nail polish The Kraken bottle swatch Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Rainbow Honey nail polish The Kraken bottle swatch Femme Fatale Cosmetics

The polish applied smoothly and evenly and needed 2 coats to be opaque. It was a little bumpy after drying so I used 1 coat Essence Gel Look and 1 coat Poshe TC. Look at the macro! So complex!

I was also inspired by the name of the polish to do some nail art! I had a sick day off work, so toddled down to the art shop, bought some acrylic paints and went to it using Sonoma's tutorial on painting a octopus! Took me a couple of hours, but I didn't mind, was a good challenge and I was pleasently surprised at how well I thought I did, it's not perfect, but hey I'm not a painter or artist :P

Rainbow Honey nail polish The Kraken bottle swatch Femme Fatale Cosmetics

In Sophie's little package I also received one of the Rainbow Honey cuticle balms in the Holiday Paradise scent. 

Rainbow Honey nail polish cuticle balm holiday paradise nail care Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Rainbow Honey nail polish cuticle balm holiday paradise nail care Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Rainbow Honey nail polish cuticle balm holiday paradise nail care Femme Fatale Cosmetics

I love this little balm stick, it's perfect for keeping in your bag and it is in a perfect no mess stick applicator! The scent is quite nice, however it is very strong, I found it gave me a headache as I am prone to them occasionally when it comes to strong scents, luckily the balm comes in an unscented option. The Holiday Paradise scent is a mix of orange, cloves and peppermint, however I found the peppermint over powered the other scents.

The stick is packed full of oils that get released when the candelilla wax melts on contact and is so incredibly moisturising. The ingredients it contains are as follows;

Ingredients: Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Passiflora incanata (Passion Flower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance.

The price for one of these babies is $5.50 which I find a tad expensive. I compared it to my Burt's Bees lemon butter cuticle cream as a cost per gram and for 17g of product is .88c/gram where as the Rainbow Honey cuticle balm is .07oz that converts to 2g and is $2.25/gram.

I still have 1 more item from Femme Fatale Cosmetics to review so keep your eyes peeled!



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20 Aug 2013

Illamasqua Hemlock

Today I have a purchase to show you that was rather well timed!

At the end of June I saw that my local Illamasqua counter finally had Hemlock back in stock so I promptly asked them to hold one for me and I rushed to pick it up! I have been coveting Hemlock for some time, but could only find it online and after the Royal Mail change I could not get it shipped. It was well timed because Hemlock has been released as one of the nail polish shades for the new The Sacred Hour collection along with 1 new shade Facet, that I am dying to get my hands on.

Hemlock is a very pretty pale nude with an opalescent green glow that also glows orange at extreme angles. Very hard to capture on camera, but I assure you, it's there! This is so soft and delicate, I have found myself wearing it quite a lot recently.

It requires 3 easy coats to reach opacity on my natural nails, however if you have quite white free edge tips or acrylics (like in the photos), using a nude creme underneath is advised. These photos show 2 coats Essence Cotton Candy and 2 coats Hemlock with 1 coat Poshe.

Illamasqua nail varnish Hemlock Swatch Sacred Hour

Illamasqua nail varnish Hemlock Swatch Sacred Hour

Illamasqua nail varnish Hemlock Swatch Sacred Hour

Hope you enjoyed this post, hopefully I can bring you a Facet swatch soon!


10 Aug 2013

Revlon Royal

Hi all!

Super fast post today of a polish I should have purchased sooner, and it is Revlon Royal. A perfect royal blue jelly. I used 2 coats in the photos below, but because of my nail length I should have used 3, 1 coat top coat.

Revlon Royal nail polish swatch bottle shot

Revlon Royal nail polish swatch bottle shot

Revlon Royal nail polish swatch

Revlon Royal nail polish swatch

Revlon Royal nail polish swatch

These photos where taken a couple of months after I applied my acrylics, so I had a fair amount of the white tip left, which unfortunately was visable, however on natural nails I believe you could easily get away with the 2 coats with minimal VNL.


7 Aug 2013

Nfu Oh #50 over Illamasqua Velocity

Hi all!

Sorry for being MIA, but I have a legit reason! I've been working on a guest post for GnarlyGnails and it will go live on the 30th August, so keep and eye out :D I will remind everyone when it goes live.

A double post today! First up Illamasqua Velocity, a pretty dusty purple, opaque in 1 coat, but I did 2 for the photos and 1 coat top coat. To me it looks a little similar to a-England's Guinevere, I should do a comparison.

Illamasqua nail polish Velocity swatch

Illamasqua nail polish Velocity swatch

Illamasqua nail polish Velocity swatch

Over the top I put Nfu oh #50, a blue/green flakie in a lavender base. This one is to sheer to wear on it's own, so Velocity makes the perfect base colour. Photos show 2 coats of Illamasqua Velocity with 1 coat top coat. Very feminine and delicate. Most of the time you would only see the purple base, but when it caught the light, BAM!

Illamasqua Velocity Nfu Oh #50 nail polish swatch

Illamasqua Velocity Nfu Oh #50 nail polish swatch

Illamasqua Velocity Nfu Oh #50 nail polish swatch

Annndd because it's a flakie I couldn't help but matte it. 1 coat Essie Matte About You.

Illamasqua Velocity Nfu Oh #50 matte nail polish swatch

Such a pretty polish, and Velocity is the perfect base for this flakie.