Lacquester – Summer 2015

Today I’m sharing a new-to-the-blog brand, Lacquester, an indie that hauls from The Netherlands. I have the new shades released for Summer to share with you today. Let’s take a look!

Lacquester – Pearl Grey First Pick (natural daylight)

Lacquester – Pearl Grey First Pick (natural daylight)

Lacquester – Pearl Grey First Pick (direct light)

Lacquester – Pearl Grey First Pick (direct light)

Lacquester – Pearl Grey First Pick: First up is this unique sheer grey with flakes and holo. I chose to show it to you layered over black but my lovely friend Deborah showed this on her blog layered on its own (it’s been renamed since), be sure to take a look! I have a quite opaque free edge so I couldn’t get this to show up with no VNL.

Lacquester – Lime Lizard Larry (natural daylight)

Lacquester – Lime Lizard Larry (natural daylight)

Lacquester – Lime Lizard Larry (direct light)

Lacquester – Lime Lizard Larry (direct light)

Lacquester – Lime Lizard Larry: Next is this blindingly bright neon green holo. This is so incredibly gorgeous! I love it! This was three coats and top coat.

Lacquester – Twister Start Knee On Green

Lacquester – Twister Start Knee On Green

Lacquester – Twister Start Knee On Green: Next up is this pastel green neon. I featured another neon like this on my blog recently, Cirque Colors C.R.E.A.M.. In terms of how they compare, the Cirque Colors has more of a neon and this more of a pastel lean, this was also a bit trickier to work with. I used three coats and top coat.

Lacquester – Prima Celadona

Lacquester – Prima Celadona

Lacquester – Prima Celadona: Next is this gorgeous minty green creme. I just live for colours like this! Absolutely beautiful. This was three thin coats but you may get away with two. I also added top coat.

Lacquester – You’ll Meet A Dark Blue Stranger

Lacquester – You’ll Meet A Dark Blue Stranger

Lacquester – You’ll Meet A Dark Blue Stranger: Next up is this incredible royal ink blue. I had some issues with the formula bubbling but Caroline the owner kindly informed me it was a very small batch that had problems, and that she is sending me a replacement. Love it when indies have great service like this! Aside from the bubbling issues it is a gorgeous colour. I used three thin coats but you may get away with two thicker ones. I also added top coat for an even glossier shine.

Lacquester – Power To The Purple

Lacquester – Power To The Purple

Lacquester – Power To The Purple: Next up is this gorgeous purple creme. It is so bright, it really packs a punch. I love it! This was three thin coats but again you may get away with two. I also added top coat.

Lacquester – The Purpletraitor (natural daylight)

Lacquester – The Purpletraitor (natural daylight)

Lacquester – The Purpletraitor (direct light)

Lacquester – The Purpletraitor (direct light)

Lacquester – The Purpletraitor: Next up is this beautiful warm purple holo. Gorgeous rich colour and the holo is strong. This was two easy coats and top coat.

Lacquester – Feela Mah Lila

Lacquester – Feela Mah Lila

Lacquester – Feela Mah Lila: Next up is this cute pastel lilac with subtle shimmer. This was quite streaky on me and didn’t self-level. I’m not sure if it was my bottle or just the formulation. I used three coats and top coat.

Lacquester – Katy Did Pink

Lacquester – Katy Did Pink

Lacquester – Katy Did Pink: Next up is this beautiful peachy pink with golden shimmer. Such a pretty shade! I used three coats and top coat.

Lacquester – Pink Cadillacquester

Lacquester – Pink Cadillacquester

Lacquester – Pink Cadillacquester: Finally we have this crazy neon pink. This is about as neon as it gets! It’s insane in person and so much fun. My mom instantly demanded me to paint her toes with this when it arrives so her wish was my command. It looks super cute! This was three thin coats but you may get away with two. I also added top coat.

You can purchase Lacquester via their website based in The Netherlands, worldwide shipping is available. Caroline also has an online supply store for nail polish making supplies! My favourites from the ones I’ve shown today are Power To The Purple and Prima Celadona. The formula on most of these is on the thicker side but are still easy to work with overall. Bottles hold 10ml and have a slightly wider flat brush.

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4th August, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

piCture pOlish – New Shades

One of my favourite Aussie brands piCture pOlish recently released a new shade as well as four new collab shades. I was kindly sent these by the sweet Petra from Pretty Polish to review. She is one of the EU-based stockists for piCture pOlish. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish – Bardot (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Bardot (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Bardot (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Bardot (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Bardot: First up is Bardot, a lovely pastel peachy pink scatter holo. The true colour is sort of in between my daylight and direct light swatches, but this shade will naturally look a bit different depending on what light setting you’re in. This was three thin coats but you may get away with two thicker ones. I also added the new piCture pOlish top coat Looking Glass for all my swatches (full review coming soon).

piCture pOlish – Allure (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Allure (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Allure (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Allure (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Allure: Next up is Allure, a collab shade with Instagrammer Nina_D83, you can check out her swatch of her shade here. It’s a lovely fuchsia/orchid scatter holo. Very bright and bold! This was two easy coats and top coat.

piCture pOlish – Autumn (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Autumn (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Autumn (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Autumn (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Autumn: Next up is Autumn, a collab shade created with Alena aka The Polishing Life. You can read her full post here and admire her beautiful photography and swatches. Autumn is a deep reddish orange scatter holo, exactly what you would expect from a shade called Autumn but with enough punch to make it appropriate for other seasons too. This was three thin coats and top coat.

piCture pOlish – Calm (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Calm (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Calm (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Calm (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Calm: Next up is Calm, a collaboration with Rafi Nails. You can check out her swatches and post here, you may need to use Google Translate to read the post. This is a really tropical vibrant blue with a hint of teal and the famous piCture pOlish scatter holo finish. Very pretty but a tad sheer for me. I used three coats and still had some VNL. I also added top coat.

piCture pOlish – Magic (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Magic (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Magic (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Magic (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Magic: Next up is Magic by LakkomLakkom, you can find her swatch reveal post here with some drool worthy pics and a behind the scenes post here. I’m not quite sure how to describe this shade, it’s a duochrome that shifts from metallic pink to yellow with some scatter holo thrown in. Not sure I love this on my skintone but it’s unique for sure! This was three coats and top coat.

You can purchase the new piCture pOlishes from the official website (AU) or from one of the many international stockists including Pretty Polish based in The Netherlands. My favourite from this set is actually Bardot, I just love how soft it is! What’s yours?

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3rd August, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 14 Comments

Femme Fatale – Mad Tea-Party

Today I’m back with a brand new collection from Femme Fatale. The latest 8-piece collection by this Australian indie is inspired by Alice In Wonderland, named Mad Tea-Party. Let’s take a look!

Femme Fatale – Always Tea-Time

Femme Fatale – Always Tea-Time

Femme Fatale – Always Tea-Time: First up is this unique (and unique is often the key word with Femme Fatale I think) mauve/brown base with fuchsia glitter. Very pretty combination of colours. This was three thin coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale – Two Days Wrong 

Femme Fatale – Two Days Wrong 

Femme Fatale – Two Days Wrong: Next we have Two Days Wrong which as you might have guessed is a thermal polish. It changes colour depending on whether your hands are hot or cold. It goes from almost clear when warm to the rich fuchsia you see in the bottle when cold. It has pretty pink shimmer and iridescent flakies. As it’s almost clear when hot it does show some VNL when your hand is completely warm. This was three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale – Up Above The World You Fly

Femme Fatale – Up Above The World You Fly

Femme Fatale – Up Above The World You Fly: Next is this interesting blue. It has a grey/brownish base (which you can kind of see in the macro close-up) and rich turquoise shimmer as well as sparse silver microglitter. It has a lot of depth to it. It does remind me a lot of Hundred Years Winter from the last collection. Coverage was good as I used two coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale – Wonderland

Femme Fatale – Wonderland

Femme Fatale – Wonderland: Next up is Wonderland. It’s a crazy blue mix with multichrome flakies and vibrant fuchsia shimmer. For some odd reason I couldn’t get behind this one once I saw it on my nails, though I liked it in the bottle. Maybe I would have liked it better without the fuchsia shimmer?! Or it just doesn’t suit my skintone? I don’t know! This was two coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale – Twinkle Twinkle

Femme Fatale – Twinkle Twinkle

Femme Fatale – Twinkle Twinkle: Next is this amazing blue jelly with fine turquoise, purple and pink glitter. It’s really gorgeous! It did shrink a bit even though I used thin coats and let them dry properly in between the layers. This was three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale – Mad As A Hatter

Femme Fatale – Mad As A Hatter

Femme Fatale – Mad As A Hatter: Next we have Mad As A Hatter which is a green jelly with flakies that shift from red to green as well as red microglitter I believe. It’s very pretty but I still had some VNL at three coats so I wish the base was a tad more opaque. I would say this is the green brother of Lantern Waste from the previous collection. This was three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale – Infamous Riddle

Femme Fatale – Infamous Riddle

Femme Fatale – Infamous Riddle: Next up is this unique camo/olive green base with strong peach/orange shimmer. A very unique polish! I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did. This was two easy coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale – March Hare

Femme Fatale – March Hare

Femme Fatale – March Hare: Finally is March Hare, a brown with rich green shimmer and holographic gold glitter. Very sparkly and rich! The strong shimmer gives it an almost duochrome appearance. This was two coats and top coat.

The new Femme Fatale Mad Tea-Party collection will be available during the pre-sale August 1st-5th via the website. They will be available at select stockists soon. My favourites from this collection were Two Days Wrong and Infamous Riddle. Let me know your picks in the comments!

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31st July, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 11 Comments

Powder Perfect – Wasted Heart & Sweet Nothings

I have some pretty Powder Perfects to share with you today! These are a new exclusive duo available via Mei Mei’s Signatures. Let’s take a look!

Powder Perfect – Sweet Nothings

Powder Perfect – Sweet Nothings

Powder Perfect – Sweet Nothings: First up is Sweet Nothings, a pretty pastel peach jelly base with fuchsia circle glitter, tiny red hex glitters, and green large and small hex glitter. A beautiful delicate Spring mix. What I love about Powder Perfect polishes such as this one is that they’re opaque! This was just two coats and top coat.

Powder Perfect – Wasted Heart (natural daylight)

Powder Perfect – Wasted Heart (natural daylight)

Powder Perfect – Wasted Heart (direct light)

Powder Perfect – Wasted Heart (direct light)

Powder Perfect – Wasted Heart: And then we have Wasted Heart, a pink holo with rich silver flakes. The silver flakes are so pretty and really work well with the holo in my opinion. This was two easy coats and top coat.

You can purchase this Powder Perfect duo exclusively via Mei Mei’s Signatures.

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30th July, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 8 Comments

Girly Bits – Defying Gravity

I’m back today with swatches and nail art featuring a new Girly Bits release! I have Defying Gravity to show you which was created with beauty blogger Phyrra for her 7th blog anniversary (what an amazing feat!). Let’s take a look!

Girly Bits – Defying Gravity (natural daylight)

Girly Bits – Defying Gravity (natural daylight)

Girly Bits – Defying Gravity (direct light)

Girly Bits – Defying Gravity (direct light)

Girly Bits – Defying Gravity: Defying Gravity is a gorgeous warm medium purple with heavy turquoise blue shimmer and a soft holo finish. I often see colours like this that looks gorgeous in the bottle but the shimmer completely disappears on the nail, that’s definitely NOT the case here! The shimmer is so strong it almost makes this a duochrome. You’ll be staring at your nails all day while wearing this that’s for sure! Perfect formula but what else can you expect from Pam. I used two easy coats and top coat.

I also did some simple nail art with Defying Gravity as my base. I wasn’t sure exactly what to create but I wanted something to bring out the shimmer. I used Serum No. 5 La Vie En Rose nail vinyls to create the roses, which I sponged on with white polish Cirque Colors Carpe Diem. Then I used China Glaze Isle See You Later (a super sheer blue) to layer some colour and depth in the rose. Finished the look with some blue Born Pretty Store square rhinestones.

You can purchase Girly Bits Defying Gravity via the official website, available now. She is currently only offering US & Canada shipping due to changes in the Canadian postal service so be sure to check out the website for international stockists if you are based elsewhere.

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29th July, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 10 Comments

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