Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade Swatches

I’m sharing a gorgeous polish by Femme Fatale Cosmetics today, a Mei Mei’s Signatures exclusive. I just love Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ aesthetic and formula. This one is no exception! I’m going to let the photos do the talking. :) Let’s take a look.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade (natural daylight)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade (natural daylight)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade (direct light)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade (direct light)

Midnight Masquerade is a beautiful pale wine red with rich gold shimmer. It’s a tricky shade to describe, very mysterious and unique. It also has a holo finish as you can see from the direct light shots. Formula was amazing and coverage is flawless as I needed just two coats.

You can purchase Femme Fatale Cosmetics Midnight Masquerade exclusively from Mei Mei’s Signatures. Bottles hold 12ml and are big 3-free.

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30th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - No Comments

Miu Miu Nails

I’m back with more nail art today! I promised many more stamping manicures with my MoYou plates and I finally have some stamping to show you today. I’ll also be sharing my top tips to get successful results. I started with stamping 4 years ago but failed and gave up. I recently started again and achieved great results very quickly, but changed a few things since my first attempts all those years ago. Let’s take a look!

I’m sure some of you will recognize this design, the pastel pink and black swallows is a famous Miu Miu print. It’s been on my to-do list for ages and when I spotted some pretty swallows on my MoYou Mother Nature 03 plate, I knew I had to recreate it! I started with Essie French Affair as a base, an untried. Then I stamped over it with Cirque Colors Memento Mori, added Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

There are a few things I changed since I reattempted stamping and they made a huge different for the end result. I tried to list them for you! Keep in mind that everyone has a different experience and technique, what works for me may not work for you.

  • First thing I changed was my stamper. A soft and squishy stamper works so much better. Make sure to prime it first by using a very soft grit buffer to take away the shine. This step is pretty important!
  • Use an old visa/bankcard or gift card as a scraper. Metal scrapers can damage your stamping plate and the plastic ones don’t work as well in my experience.
  • Regular polishes instead of stamping polishes can give better results. I feel like regular polishes don’t smear as easily and just generally work better. Use opaque polishes or metallics, they work amazingly.
  • Use a top coat that doesn’t smear and use a very light touch when you apply the top coat. Almost float over your nail and make sure to don’t go over the same place twice. Glisten & Glow HK Girl is my holy grail for nail art.

Really hope you like these as much as I do!

29th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 10 Comments

Mani Swap with The Nail Polish Challenge

I have some nail art for you today! I did a mani swap with super talented Kelli from The Nail Polish Challenge. I recreated one of my all time favourite designs by Kelli and she recreated one of mine, thus a mani swap. I feel crazy honoured to do this with her, she’s amazing and we’ve become friends since the guest post she did for me. Make sure to check out her manicure on her blog The Nail Polish Challenge!

Kelli’s purple striping tape nails is the manicure I chose to recreate. It’s a gorgeous geometric design that features purple, how could I resist?!  I used the same base colour she did for my pointer and pinkie, OPI You’re Such A Budapest. Which just so happens to be one of my favourite creme colours! It’s a mix between lavender and periwinkle, a gorgeous and unique pastel shade.

Then on my middle finger and ring finger I used my favourite nude polish as a base, Rimmel Let’s Get Nude. Then the real work commenced, applying striping tape! Me and striping tape are certainly not friends but they are crucial to making this design work. Once I applied all the pieces I applied OPI You’re Such A Budapest on either side of my nails, and used OPI Vant To Bite My Neck for the top and bottom parts of the design. I filled in the four smaller triangles with Cirque Colors Carpe Diem. Finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

I absolutely love how these turned out. I wore them on my nails until they chipped so I got to admire them for as long as possible. Please make sure to head over to The Nail Polish Challenge to check out her recreation of one of my manicures. Thanks so much for doing this with me Kelli! Hope you like my manicure.

28th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 4 Comments

Emily de Molly – Head Over Heels Swatch

Today I’m excited to share a gorgeous polish from Australian brand Emily de Molly. Ever since I first heard about Emily de Molly I knew I’d own one of their bottles one day, for very obvious reasons haha. I just had to have one! I recently saw my chance and purchased a lovely purple holo from Mei Mei’s Signatures. Let’s take a look!

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels (natural daylight)

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels (natural daylight)

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels (direct light)

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels (direct light)

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels: Head Over Heels is a beautiful soft lavender holo. I’m a real sucker for purples lately so I instantly fell in love. I’m so happy I purchased it! The formula was really amazing to work with. I used three thin coats for my swatch.

You can purchase Emily de Molly from the official website based in Australia or from one of the stockists. I purchased mine from Mei Mei’s Signatures who offers worldwide shipping! Do you own any Emily de Molly polishes? Which is your favourite? Let me know!

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27th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - No Comments

Spell Polish – Swatches

Today I have five stunning Spell Polishes to show you! This is my first time trying this indie brand. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful bottles and elegant logo. Heather, the talented lady behind this brand has a real eye for detail. My package included branded tissue paper, a cute business card and a sticker. All absolutely gorgeous! Let’s take a look at the polishes.

Spell Polish – Erasing History

Spell Polish – Erasing History: First up is Erasing History which is part of the popular Magichromes collection. These aren’t your typical multichromes. I found the colour combinations of these more unique as you can see from the shade above. Erasing History shifts from a vintage rose to brown to mossy green. Very different but really beautiful. This was three thin coats on its own.

Spell Polish – To The Moon And Back

Spell Polish – To The Moon And Back: Next we have To The Moon And Back, also from the Magichromes collection. This one shifts from a steely blue to mauve to a deep orange. I noticed, and you can see it well in the close-up, that these have a more shimmer-y finish than regular multichromes. I really loved this one! I used three thin coats.

Spell Polish – Escaping Gravity

Spell Polish – Escaping Gravity: Next we have the third and final polish from the Magichromes collection. This one reminds me more of the typical multichromes you see and it shifted from a deep blue to purple to pink and orange. It had a very strong colour shift and great coverage. I used two coats.

Spell Polish – This Night Is A Dream

Spell Polish – This Night Is A Dream: This shade is from the Written In The Stars collection. It’s a turquoise jelly with strong pink and purple shimmer. You can layer this one on its own like I did or layer it over black for an awesome shimmer-y effect. I wanted to show what it looks like on its own. I’m not the biggest fan of VNL but I still loved how this looks. It’s so squishy! I used three coats.

Spell Polish – Troll

Spell Polish – Troll: I saved the best till last! This is my favourite out of the five I was sent, it’s called Troll and was released in The Duds We Once Loved collection. It’s a a dark turquoise with bright golden green shimmer and sparse holographic gold glitters. It’s very mermaid-y! Really magical and beautiful. This was three coats.

I really loved these polishes by Spell Polish. The formula was fairly good on most of them. Some were a little more viscous, not necessarily thick, just a more sticky consistency. Two polishes I was sent had the old formula that has a very strong smell which is luckily being phased out. All new bottles should have the new formula which I’m happy to report has no strong smell!

You can purchase Spell Polish from the official website based out of the USA or from one of the international stockists. All polishes contain 15ml and are 5-free and cruelty free. Bottles are $17 which is a bit pricier but the polishes are really stunning and I cannot wait to see what Heather creates next!

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26th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 6 Comments

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