20 Nov 2014

Shades of Phoenix - Bloggers Who Inspire collection

Hey all!

I'm so excited to be blogging about these polishes! Why you might ask? Well it's because it contains my very first collaboration polish!! The lovely Teneil of Shades of Phoenix contacted me a few months ago inviting me to be a part of this collection, as I was one of her 'bloggers who inspire', I jumped at the chance and said yes! A little history, Teneil was one of the very first ladies I connected with when I started blogging, and we've remained friends since, so I do feel honoured that she wanted to include me in this collection.

The other ladies that are a part of this collection are Kaz from Pretty Random/Pretty Serious, Cassandra from The Reluctant Femme, Relle from LazyLacqurista, Caitlin from Muggle Manicures/Moonstone Nail Polish and Bettina from Bettina Nails.

Shades of Pheonix Bat in a Blender by Look what the Bats Dragged In/Batty Lacquer

Shades of Pheonix Bat in a Blender by Look what the Bats Dragged In/Batty Lacquer

Shades of Pheonix Bat in a Blender by Look what the Bats Dragged In/Batty Lacquer

Shades of Pheonix Bat in a Blender by Look what the Bats Dragged In/Batty Lacquer

Shades of Pheonix Bat in a Blender by Look what the Bats Dragged In/Batty Lacquer

First up, Bat in a Blender created by me!! This polish is a teal jelly base, packed with teal, blue and black glitter in different sized, also with some holo glitters thrown in for good measure. I had to use 3 coats to get this opaque, or you could choose to do a couple of coats over a teal base colour. I used a coat Essence gel look then 1 coat Poshe quick dry.

The inspiration for this polish was pretty simple, I went off my current hair colours, which are black and teal, which also happen to be my favourite colours and had to go with my favourite type of polish, a glitter bomb!

Shades of Pheonix The Impossible Planet by Bettina Nails

Shades of Pheonix The Impossible Planet by Bettina Nails

Shades of Pheonix The Impossible Planet by Bettina Nails

Shades of Pheonix The Impossible Planet by Bettina Nails

Shades of Pheonix The Impossible Planet by Bettina Nails

Next up is the stunning The Impossible Planet, created by Bettina Nails. It is a deep red jelly base filled with silver and black holo glitter with silver holo stars. I used 3 coats to get this opaque, and I did have to fish for the stars, even after inverting the bottle, but so worth it.

Shades of Pheonix Iridescent Adolescent by Muggle Manicures/Moonstone Nail Polish

Shades of Pheonix Iridescent Adolescent by Muggle Manicures/Moonstone Nail Polish

Shades of Pheonix Iridescent Adolescent by Muggle Manicures/Moonstone Nail Polish

Shades of Pheonix Iridescent Adolescent by Muggle Manicures/Moonstone Nail Polish

Shades of Pheonix Iridescent Adolescent by Muggle Manicures/Moonstone Nail Polish

Here we have the gorgeous Iridescent Adolescent created by Muggle Manicures aka Moonstone Nail Polish. It is a lovely purple crelly filled with all things iridescent, as well as flakies galore. I used 3 coats for this polish, but could have gotten away with just two.

Shades of Pheonix Medusa in the Morning by Lazy Lacquerista

Shades of Pheonix Medusa in the Morning by Lazy Lacquerista

Shades of Pheonix Medusa in the Morning by Lazy Lacquerista

Shades of Pheonix Medusa in the Morning by Lazy Lacquerista

Shades of Pheonix Medusa in the Morning by Lazy Lacquerista

Here we have Medusa in the Morning created by Lazy Lacquerista. It is a beautiful blue crelly base with different sized glitters in brown, copper, red and gold. I again used 3 coats for full opacity. I do happen to know the meaning behind this polish, and that is that Relle from LL is like Medusa before she has her morning coffee, haha! I looove the earthy copper tones that the different glitters create, huge fan, need more in my collection.

Shades of Pheonix Paint me Blue by The Reluctant Femme

Shades of Pheonix Paint me Blue by The Reluctant Femme

Shades of Pheonix Paint me Blue by The Reluctant Femme

Shades of Pheonix Paint me Blue by The Reluctant Femme

Shades of Pheonix Paint me Blue by The Reluctant Femme

Showing here is Paint me Blue created by The Reluctant Femme. It is a blue crelly base (deeper than Medusa in the Morning) filled with different sized hex glitters and lots of holo, light and dar blue squares with a dash of holo micro glitter. I used 3 coats for opactity. I freaking loved the blue base in this polish, and surprisingly I really like it with the square glitters, normally they're not my thing, but they totally work.

Shades of Pheonix The Secret of the Ooze by Pretty Random/Pretty Serious

Shades of Pheonix The Secret of the Ooze by Pretty Random/Pretty Serious

Shades of Pheonix The Secret of the Ooze by Pretty Random/Pretty Serious

Shades of Pheonix The Secret of the Ooze by Pretty Random/Pretty Serious

Shades of Pheonix The Secret of the Ooze by Pretty Random/Pretty Serious

Last but certainly not least, we have The Secret of the Ooze created by Pretty Random aka Pretty Serious! It's a gorgeous deep olivey forest green jelly base filled with flakies in so many different colours. This polish I used 3 coats to be opacque, but next time I would wear a base colour. This polish is a chameleon, during the day you have the lovely green base, but it low light it looks black with different coloured flakies peeking out at you.

All these polishes are available for pre-order now through the Shades of Pheonix store, either as a set or individually.

To keep up with the going ons of SoP, be sure to follow them on facebook, instagram and join their FB group Pheonix Flames!


8 Nov 2014

Swatchfest: Polished by KPT - The Paris & Me Collection Part 2!

Hey all!

Sorry for such a long delay between posts, life happened and I couldn't get the time! Today we have the final part of the Paris & Me collection from Polished by KPT, and this half contains the final 4 shades, the thermal polishes. To see part 1, click here.

Polished by KPT Same Fall Different Beginning thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Same Fall Different Beginning thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Same Fall Different Beginning thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Same Fall Different Beginning thermal nail polish swatch warm
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Polished by KPT Same Fall Different Beginning thermal nail polish swatch cold
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Polished by KPT Same Fall Different Beginning thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Same Fall Different Beginning thermal nail polish swatch

First up is my favourite, Same Fall Different Beginning. A stunning tri-thermal that shifts from a deep plum when cold, a cranberry in the transition to a sheer gold when warm, and is packed with gold micro glitter and flakes. Photos show 3 coats. I finally get why everyone loves tri-thermals, and I think this is the most stunning of all. It went fantastically with my skin colour, as the gold wasn't too warm and the combination of it with the deep plum/cranberry colour is breath taking.

Polished by KPT Belle Ami thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Belle Ami thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Belle Ami thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Belle Ami thermal nail polish swatch warm
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Polished by KPT Belle Ami thermal nail polish swatch cold
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Polished by KPT Belle Ami thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Belle Ami thermal nail polish swatch

Next up is Belle Ami, a brown burgundy to charcoal grey thermal with a scattered holograhic effect. This one applied very nicely, and only needed 2 coats. Belle Ami is charcoal grey when warm and shifts to brown burgundy when cold. I really loved the mix of the gre/brown, a bit more subtle of a thermal which I really liked.

Polished by KPT Fall O You thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Fall O You thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Fall O You thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Fall O You thermal nail polish swatch warm
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Polished by KPT Fall O You thermal nail polish swatch cold
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Polished by KPT Fall O You thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Fall O You thermal nail polish swatch

Here we have Fall-O-You, a lovely olive green to grey thermal with a subtle scattered holographic effect. This one was also an easy 2 coats. You know me, if it's green I love it, and this is no exception. When cold it is a gorgeous olive green and when warm is a grey, but with an obvious green tint, still very pretty.

Polished by KPT Midnight Lust thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Midnight Lust thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Midnight Lust thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Midnight Lust thermal nail polish swatch warm
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Polished by KPT Midnight Lust thermal nail polish swatch cold
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Polished by KPT Midnight Lust thermal nail polish swatch

Polished by KPT Midnight Lust thermal nail polish swatch

Last but not least is Midnight Lust, a bright blue to sheer opal thermal with purple and blue shimmers. I used 3 coats for this polish, mainly to try disguise my VNL a little bit more, but you could use 2. This guy was probably my least fav of the bunch, not because if the colouring which I think is very pretty, but because VNL bugs me and I'm not a fan of milky white polishes with my pale skin. Just a personal preference thing, nothing at all to do with the actual polish it self.

Polished by KPT can be purchased in the United States directly from her website, her Australian stockist is Femme Fatale Cosmetics (currently not available for purchase, waiting on stock delivery) and from various other international stockists. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for stay updated, as well as Femme Fatale for when they come into stock in Australia!


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