Today I have a swatch post for you featuring Liquid Sky Lacquer, more specifically a Hypnotic Polish exclusive! This shade was created specifically for Maria’s shop and you won’t be able to find it anywhere else. Let’s take a look!
Liquid Sky Lacquer – Hypnotic Fantasy: Hypnotic Fantasy is a gorgeous dark blurple holo. It leans more towards the purple side of blurple but it really depends on the light setting. It’s definitely a bit of a muted colour but really gorgeous nonetheless. The formula was thin but still covered very nicely in just two coats!
Here’s the close-up! This was shot in the shade, so I’m pretty impressed I was able to pick up the rainbow. Such a satisfying moment.
And as always here’s a swatch in direct light. Hypnotic Fantasy has a gorgeous bright holo rainbow with a nice linear effect. It’s even stronger in person!
This is the direct light close-up. Look at that pointer finger! Delicious holo goodness. Love it! The formula was really nice to work with. I didn’t think it would cover in two coats as the first layer was fairly translucent but the second gave me flawless coverage. It dried quickly and glossy! Overall very impressed with this one.
You can purchase Liquid Sky Lacquer Hypnotic Fantasy from Hypnotic Polish. It’s an exclusive as I’ve mentioned so you will only be able to purchase it from Maria’s shop. Thankfully she ships worldwide! She has an awesome range of brands so make sure to take a look.
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Today I have swatches of three Maybelline Bleached Neons! I purchased these a few weeks go at my local drugstore. I didn’t even know this collection was being sold in my country so that was an awesome surprise as there’s been a lot of hype about this collection on social media. Let’s take a look!
Maybelline – Coral Heat: First up is Coral heat, an awesome coral neon pastel. This collection definitely reminds me of the China Glaze pastel neons (the cremes from the Summer 2013 Sunsational collection), only the formula is less chalky. I wouldn’t say it was perfect but they were definitely easier to work with! This one had the nicest formula and required two coats. I also added top coat as they dry semi-matte.
Maybelline – Sun Flare (aka Bleached In Peach): Next is Sun Flare which is called Bleached In Peach in the US. This one is my favourite out of the three I picked up. It’s an awesome neon pastel peach. It’s so Summery! It’s fairly similar to China Glaze Sun Of A Peach only this one’s a lot paler. I love how tan this makes me look. Formula was a little streakier and required three coats but was still pretty easy to work with. I also added top coat!
Maybelline – Chic Chartreuse (aka Lime Accent): Then finally we have this awesome pale neon green. This one also has a different name in EU/UK compared to US. It kinda looks like Wasabi! I am so glad they had this one in stock as it is such a fun colour. Love this one! I also used three coats and top coat.
I totally understand the hype and buzz around this collection. These shades are a must-have for Summer. If you loved the China Glaze pastel neons you will adore these! The formula is fairly good though you might need an extra coat to even out streaks. The only thing I disliked about these was the brush, mine all seemed to have a very scratchy and uneven brush with stray hairs. Maybe I was just unlucky with this batch, as the other Maybelline Color Show polishes I have have an awesome brush.
Did you pick up this collection? Let me know in the comments if you did! Which one is your favourite?
Today I have some (you guessed it!) nail art on the blog. I had absolutely no clue what to name this design so I named my post “Monday Nail Art”. I have a serious lack of inspiration today, but then again, it is Monday after all.
This is another Japanese inspired design. Mainly the accent nail, which is a simple but awesome geometric design. On my pointer I’m wearing China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn, on my ring finger I have China Glaze Sunday Funday and on my pinkie I’m wearing Sally Hansen Firey Island.
For the accent nail on my middle finger I started with a white base, Essence Hattrick, then painted on the black lines using my ORLY Instant Artist Striper in Jet Black. Then I filled in the lines using China Glaze Sunday Funday, China Glaze Hey Sailor, Sally Hansen Firey Island and piCture pOlish Sky.
On all fingers except for my middle finger I added textured studs which are my absolute favourite! You can find them here from Born Pretty Store, and 2mm gold half pearls that are also a must-have. They are so shiny and a nice change from regular studs or rhinestones. You can use my code EMILYW21 for a 10% discount on your order too!
Hope you like these! Let me know in the comments if you do. And also if you have a suggestion on what to name this design! I’d love to hear it
Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Today I have my final weekly Starrily swatch. I had so much fun swatching all those beautiful Starrily polishes Mawi sent me. Her creations are bold and bright and wonderful. Let’s take a peek at the final one!
Starrily – XOXO: This is XOXO, an awesome glitter topper with DONUT glitter. Yup, donuts! Totally awesome or what?! There’s yellow, pink and blue donut glitters in XOXO, as well as skull shaped glitter (look closely at my pointer, you’ll spot it!), small and large hexies and some holographic glitter.
It’s an awesome glitter bomb! I’ve layered one coat over black and added one layer of Seche Vite to smooth it out. I’ll be brutally honest, this one didn’t speak to me in the bottle but I absolutely LOVE how it looks on the nails! It’s so fun and bright!
You can purchase Starrily XOXO from the official website for $10. Mawi has an awesome range so make sure to check out her other colours too. You can view all my previous Starrily swatches if you follow this link! Starrily also has the awesome feature that lets you design your own custom polish, you can check out and purchase my creation here!
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Today I have swatches for you of the brand new Polish Me Silly (formerly known as Lush Lacquer) Summer collection called Cloud 9. This collection features 9 gorgeous multichromes that are super vibrant. They also don’t require a black base which is great! Let’s take a look.
I’d like to add that I used 3 thin coats for all of these, though you could get away with two thicker ones for most of them. I personally like to use thin coats to ensure it dries smooth and quickly!
Polish Me Silly – Legacy
Polish Me Silly – Legacy: First up is Legacy which is a beautiful green multichrome. Head on it’s a warm golden yellow then it shifts to a bright grass green then to blue. It’s really vibrant and the shift is nice and strong!
Polish Me Silly – Dreamer
Polish Me Silly – Dreamer: Next up is dreamer which is also a green multichrome! It’s a lot darker and more bluish though. It goes from a vibrant grass green to a dark green to blue and you can even see the purple shift right at the end. It’s really pretty!
Polish Me Silly – Justice
Polish Me Silly – Justice: This one is a gorgeous royal blue that shifts to a dark deep blue to purple. It’s more vibrant in person, my photo doesn’t show it off to the fullest. It’s stunning, I really love this one even though the shift is a little more subtle. The colour is just so vibrant!
Polish Me Silly – Envy
Polish Me Silly – Envy: This one shifts from a pale blue to a dark royal blue to purple and to pink. It’s the slightly softer and more muted version of Paradise. Super gorgeous nonetheless!
Polish Me Silly – Paradise
Polish Me Silly – Paradise: This one is my close second favourite! It goes from a gorgeous vibrant teal green to turquoise to blue to purple and to pink. It shows A LOT of colours in one glance and my photo doesn’t even begin to translate how gorgeous this one is. I love it!
Polish Me Silly – Vixen
Polish Me Silly – Vixen: Next is this beautiful purple multichrome that shifts to a deep fuchsia and pink and orange. It’s quite feminine and again the colours are so vibrant!
Polish Me Silly – Mystery
Polish Me Silly – Mystery: This one I really love! It has a super unique shift and goes from a warm pink to orange to green! It’s really strong, you can catch almost all the colours on your nails quite easily.
Polish Me Silly – Rebel
Polish Me Silly – Rebel: This one is fairly similar to Mystery only that it starts from a red rather than a pink. Also really stunning!
Polish Me Silly – Dynamite
Polish Me Silly – Dynamite: Obviously I saved the best till last! This one is absolutely mindblowing. Super strong and vibrant and it shifts from a red to a golden orange to green. You have to see this one in person! I’m not a fan of orange or red usually but this one blew my mind!
As I mentioned above, I just three thin coats for all of these but you could get away with two thicker ones. Application was really good and smooth. They all dry very glossy so I didn’t need any top coat.
The Polish Me Silly Cloud 9 collection will be released next Wednesday 5PM PST and will be available for purchase from their official Etsy store. Make sure to keep an eye out on their social media to check out more swatches!
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Today I have another Nail Art Society post to share with you. This time I have the Festival Princess kit which was the April kit I believe. Let’s take a look!
Inside the Festival Princess kit there was:
- NCLA Nail Polish in Santa Monica Shore Thing OR I’m With The Band OR AM Beauty Sleep PM Shopping Spree
- NCLA Nail Wraps in Summer Of Love
- Marquise shaped gold studs
As always the kit came packaged in a cute drawstring bag with the logo on it, an instructional card and an orange wood stick. The NCLA wraps also come with a very handy file so you can file down the excess wraps along the edge of your nail.
This is the look I created with the kit! I really wanted to use the chevron design of the wraps but they sadly didn’t fit my nails! Sad panda! I had a bit of trouble with the sizing and the wraps also didn’t fit the sides of my square nails. I think these might be a nicer fit if you have almond or rounded nails.
On my nails I’m wearing the coral shade, Santa Monica Shore Thing. The NCLA formula is very smooth and easy to apply! I believe I used two coats for this. I added three for the beautiful gold studs for some detail. I really love the shape of the studs! Super elegant and they lay nice and flat too.
This kit was a lot of value for money and a great introduction to NCLA. I love the designs of the wraps but sadly the fit wasn’t perfect for me. Alternatively you can cut them up into a long vertical strip or you could even cut along the edges of the design like so to still be able to use them.
The Festival Princess is sadly no longer available for purchase. However you can subscribe to Nail Art Society and get awesome kits delivered to your doorstep each month! Kits are $11.95 + shipping. Right now they are still US-only but I hope they will expand soon.
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Today I have some Femme Fatale Cosmetics swatch spam for you! I have 8 of the new shades, all of which are gorgeous and complex shimmers with a holo finish. At the end of this post (after the jump) I have bonus shots of what they look like in direct light, so make sure to keep scrolling!
Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Gentlemen’s Scuffle
Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Gentlemen’s Scuffle: First up is this gorgeous dark teal blue polish. It has gorgeous depth and is super vibrant. Application (on all of these!) was absolutely flawless. They were so easy to apply and a real pleasure to work with. This was two coats with top coat.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Chrysoprase
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Chrysoprase: Next is this amazing dusty teal with a golden green hue. It’s very complex and quite tricky to describe. It has a ton of shimmer that make up the unique colour in this, the base itself is more of a teal. Again a flawless formula, I needed just two thin coats.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Apothecary
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Apothecary: This stunning mint shimmer with gold flakes is without a second of a doubt my favourite Femme Fatale polish ever. It is truly mindblowing! It’s so shimmery and reflective and bold and vibrant and… just utterly stunning! It’s very mermaid-y to me somehow. What do you think?! I used two coats and top coat.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Falling Glacier
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Falling Glacier: Next is this gorgeous pale blue shimmer with a subtle duochrome finish. There’s blue and pink hues in here, it’s a very delicate polish. I was expecting this to be sheer but there’s a lot of pigment in this and I was pleasantly surprised that it covered very nicely. It has a pearly quality but not the kind we all like to avoid. It’s truly unlike anything else I own. I used three thin coats.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Shadeling
Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Shadeling: This is a beautiful dusty blue with a pink sheen. Very beautiful and elegant! Again quite complex and interesting. I really love Sophie’s creations, they are some of the most unique and surprising shades I’ve tried over the past few years. This was two coats.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Maddening Whispers
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Maddening Whispers: How stunning is this one?! A gorgeous dark dusty purple with green shimmer. It also has a subtle duochrome finish and shifts to pink. I just can’t.. No words! Just look at how gorgeous it is! This was two easy coats.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Ruby Hare
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Ruby Hare: Next is this beautiful dark fuchsia pink with gorgeous reflective shimmer. It’s very eye catching and feminine. I used two easy coats.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Etherium
Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Etherium: And finally we have Etherium which is a soft pink with bright turquoise shimmer. It’s super sparkly! This one was also two coats.
That concludes my Femme Fatale swatches. I hope you enjoyed these! I am a huge fan of Sophie’s polishes. All of these really reminded me of gemstones and also reminded me of her complex eyeshadows. She sent me a ton of samples which I will be swatching and sharing with you soon. Make sure to keep an eye out!
You can purchase these from Femme Fatale Cosmetics in Australia. She also has some international stockists which you can find here at the bottom of the page (including Mei Mei’s Signatures). The formula on all of these was absolutely flawless and such a pleasure to work with. I can highly recommend them! Especially my favourite, Apothecary, one of the most gorgeous polishes I’ve ever seen.
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Today it’s time for my favourite post of the week, nail art Monday! I have a simple but fun nail art to show you featuring mainly black and white poklishes, and my piCture pOlish collaboration shade Eerie. Let’s take a look!
This look, especially the bow nails were inspired by Japanese nail art. On my pointer and pinkie I went for a geometric design. Not sure if this look ties perfectly together but I still like it. What do you think?
On my pointer and pinkie I started with a white base using Essence Hattrick!, then freehanded a geometric design using ORLY Instant Artist striper in Jet Black. On my pinkie I created a line effect going from thick to thin stripes.
Then for the bow nails I started with a base of Rimmel Let’s Get Nude, then used Essence Hattrick! on my ring finger and piCture pOlish Eerie on my middle finger to cover about 2/3 of the nail. I then placed some gold striping tape along the edge, painted two hearts in the middle using the ORLY striper to form a bow. To finish I placed a gold half pearl in the middle and Seche Vite to seal everything in place.
By the way, I’ve closed this weekends poll and would like to thank you all for your answers and input! I’ve decided to leave things as they are for the time being and not change the aspect ratio of my photos. Thanks again!
Today I have a Starrily swatch for you and there’s also a poll at the end of this post. I would love for you to answer if you can spare a few seconds! More details below. First let’s take a look at some pretty glitters!
Starrily – When Pigs Fly: Today I have this awesome glitter bomb to show you which I used for a glitter gradient manicure. Mawi told me she loves nude glitter gradients so I went ahead and used When Pigs Fly for this! It features mainly pink and blue glitters, ranging from tiny glitters to XL circles.
I did use a base colour as I have some staining to hide (life of a nail blogger, haha!), I used Rimmel Let’s Get Nude. Then I applied thin coats of Starrily When Pigs Fly on the tips of my nails. I also sponged on some of the glitters to create a denser effect. All in all this look took only a few minutes to create. Of course don’t forget to finish with top coat to smooth everything out, I used Seche Vite.
Formula was very nice to work with and this one is really packed with glitters. I really loved it!
You can purchase When Pigs Fly from the official website for $10. It’s currently in stock and I’m happy to say the previous Starrily colours I shared with you that were out of stock at the time of writing are back too!
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Today I have another Nail Art Society post for you. This time featuring the Denim Blues kit which was released in March I believe. One of my favourite kits from the year so far! Let’s take a peek.
The Nail Art Society Denim Blues kit featured:
- One nail polish by Habit Cosmetics in either Belle Epoque or Blue Velvet
- Zipper water decals in Gold and Silver
And as always there’s an instructional card and orange wood stick. This kit also came wrapped in this awesome jeans print tissue paper. I had to use it as a background for the shot above! How cute is that?!
This is the look I created with my kit. I was kindly sent both colour options so I could show the two polishes to you! Habit cosmetics are genuinely some of the best quality polishes I’ve ever tried. Both of them were one coaters and applied really smoothly. Not “almost-one-coaters” but genuine one coaters! For all my nails I used one coat of each colour except for my ring finger where I created a saran wrap print using both shades.
I used a nifty little trick to figure out how to line up the decal perfectly with my polish base for my pointer finger and pinkie. I used a clear plastic baggie and placed it on top of the decal and traced it with an ink pen. Then I placed it in reverse on my nail so it left a slight print. Then I went over it with polish, waited for the polish to dry then applied the decal on top. Perfect match!
I really love how these turned out! These decals are so cute and fun but especially the Habit polishes left me so impressed. I need to try more of them! The quality is so good and I really love both of these colours. Let me know what you think in the comments! Have you tried or heard of this brand before?
The Denim Kit is sadly no longer available for purchase. However you can subscribe to Nail Art Society and get awesome kits delivered to your doorstep each month! Kits are $11.95 + shipping. Right now they are still US-only but I hope they will expand soon.
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