Cirque Colors – Vice 2016

Today I’m back sharing my swatches of the new Cirque Colors Vice 2016 collection. This five-piece collection features gorgeous brights and neons for Summer, plus the return of We Trippy, a holographic top coat. If you recall, last year Cirque also released a Vice collection (check out my swatches here!). While at first glance this collection looks similar, the shades are all completely different. Let’s jump right in and take a look!

Before we start, I have to quickly mention how utterly flawless the formulas were on all of these. They applied like a dream, buttery smooth and self-leveling, not to mention very opaque. The Cirque cremes are honestly my favourite formula of all time. So good!

Cirque Colors – Sin City

Cirque Colors – Sin City

Cirque Colors – Sin City: First up is the flawless Sin City, which could not have been a trickier shade to capture so alas, my photo is not 100% colour accurate. It’s the most incredible neon coral pink creme. I’ve been wearing this non-stop on my toes. I’m serious, I wore it on my toes for like three weeks, took it off and just reapplied it (something I never do) just because it looks so fantastic. It makes my Summer tan look even better. You need this one in your life! I used two easy coats and top coat.

Cirque Colors – Plastik

Cirque Colors – Plastik

Cirque Colors – Plastik: Next up is Plastik, a stunning super bright (not neon) orchid pink creme. I love the name of this one, these are so smooth and flawless they really do make you think of plastic (if that makes any sense? LOL). A shade I would personally not wear because I don’t feel like pinks suit my style but it applied like a dream! Two easy coats and top coat.

Cirque Colors – Rehab

Cirque Colors – Rehab

Cirque Colors – Rehab: Next up is Rehab, a gorgeous blurple (blue/purple) creme. It’s a bright shade yet has a gorgeous dusty quality to it. Again, applied like a dream. Two easy coats and top coat.

Cirque Colors – High Roller

Cirque Colors – High Roller

Cirque Colors – High Roller: Next up is this incredible neon mint creme. I LIVE! This shade is utter perfection, in every single way. I honestly don’t need words to describe this one, just look at it… And buy it, LOL!  This was two easy coats and top coat.

Cirque Colors – Electric Daisy

Cirque Colors – Electric Daisy

Cirque Colors – Electric Daisy: Finally we have this incredible neon chartreuse creme. Chartreuse meaning it’s not quite yellow and not quite green, but rather in between those two. This one packs a real punch, it looks even more incredible in person as my camera sort of freaked out from the neon finish. This was the only one I felt needed an extra coat, so I used three thin coats. However with shorter nails, or a thicker coat you can easily get away with two. Finished with top coat.

Cirque Colors – We Trippy

Cirque Colors – We Trippy

Cirque Colors – We Trippy: Of course I couldn’t leave you without some nail art featuring We Trippy. The mani I did last year with We Trippy was such a huge success, I obviously had to recreate it. I started by applying a coat of Cirque Colors Carpe Diem, then sponged on all five shades in a vertical gradient, before finishing with a coat of We Trippy and finally top coat.

The Cirque Colors Vice 2016 collection is available now at CirqueColors.com. You may also find these via the international stockists. My favourites from this collection are High Roller, Sin City and Electric Daisy but let’s be honest, you need them all!

Connect with Cirque Colors: Official site – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Pinterest

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Friday, 22 July 2016 - 8 Comments

Potion Polish – Summer In New York

Today I’m excited to bring you the upcoming Potion Polish Summer In New York collection. I’m excited for not one but three different reasons, I have always loved working with Courtney so I am really thrilled to work with her again, I love Potion Polish and they never disappoint and finally, I’m teaming up with several of my blogger friends to bring you our swatches today. Make sure to keep reading, you will find their links at the bottom!

The polishes came packaged very securely and were presented in these beautiful boxes, so I had to include a picture. I really love attention to detail and always enjoy some pretty packaging.

Potion Polish – Coney Island Coaster

Potion Polish – Coney Island Coaster

Potion Polish – Coney Island Coaster: First up is this gorgeous aqua creme/jelly with holo microglitter and glass fleck shimmer that shifts from pink to gold. It’s a very mermaid-y shade, super sparkly and really gorgeous. I used three thin coats here but you may get away with two depending on your polishing style. This one wasn’t very self-leveling so I finished with some glossy top coat to smooth it out.

Potion Polish – Times Square

Potion Polish – Times Square

Potion Polish – Times Square: Next up we have Times Square, a medium blue jelly packed with holo microglitter and a beautiful shimmer flash. This one really packs a punch and is very bold. As it’s a jelly I needed three thin coats but you may get away with two. Finished with glossy top coat.

Potion Polish – Manhattan Skyline

Potion Polish – Manhattan Skyline

Potion Polish – Manhattan Skyline: Next up is this stunning indigo with strong pink shimmer and colour shifting flakes. This one really blew me away! It is simply incredible! Make sure to wait sufficiently between coats to avoid dragging. It needs a little more work but it’s SO worth it! I used three thin coats but again, two may suffice if you use thicker coats than I do, or have shorter nails. Finished with some glossy top coat.

Potion Polish – Rooftop Movies

Potion Polish – Rooftop Movies

Potion Polish – Rooftop Movies: Next up is this stunning blurple (blue/purple) with pink shimmer and scatter holo flakes. I really love the dusty quality this shade has, it is simply stunning. Applied effortlessly. I used two coats and top coat.

Potion Polish – Central Park Peonies

Potion Polish – Central Park Peonies

Potion Polish – Central Park Peonies: Finally we have this stunning watermelon pink with scatter holo flakes. Stunning Summer colour with a great formula. I needed two coats and top coat.

As I mentioned at the top of this post, I am teaming up with three of my blogger friends. We’re all posting this collection simultaneously, so make sure to head over to their blogs to check out their posts! Sit back, enjoy and head over to Emiline’s blog at Nail Polish Society, Kellie’s blog at Kellie Gonzo and Valesha’s blog at Peachy Polish. These ladies are not only all great friends of mine but post the most drool-worthy swatches so you don’t want to miss them!

You can purchase the new Potion Polish Summer In New York collection via their website, they launch on Friday July 22nd at 1PM EST. Polishes hold 12ml and are 5-free. My favourites from this collection are Manhattan Skyline and Rooftop Movies but I really enjoyed them all!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 4 Comments

Dance Legend – Gel Polish Swatches

I’m back today sharing a whole bunch of Dance Legend soak-off gel polishes I’ve had the pleasure of trying. My experience with their gels has been great so I was thrilled to pick out a couple more from their many collections. Let’s take a look!

Dance Legend – Orion

Dance Legend – Orion

Dance Legend – Orion: First up is Orion from the Galaxy Gel collection which features six gorgeous multichromes with scatter holo. This one has a mixture of scatter holo and holo microglitters. It’s sheer on the first coat but builds nicely in three thin coats. The opacity is not the same as the regular nail polish counterparts but I was very pleased with it – plus you could always layer them over black if you so desired. Orion shifts from a blue to purple and pink. Three coats and top coat.

Dance Legend – Pulsar

Dance Legend – Pulsar

Dance Legend – Pulsar: Next up we have Pulsar, another beautiful multichrome from the Galaxy Gel collection. This one also has that scatter holo and holo microglitter finish. It shifts from purple to pink to orange and gold. While it looks similar to Pulsar at first glance, their shift is dramatically different so I love both for that reason. This was also three thin coats and top coat.

Dance Legend – Cyberpunk

Dance Legend – Cyberpunk

Dance Legend – Cyberpunk: Next up is Cyberpunk from the Prism Gel collection which holds 12 holographic gel shades. I was over the moon to finally get my hands on some holographic gels as I didn’t own any yet. I chose this teal, but in hindsight I’m not quite sure why. It didn’t really excite me very much in person and the holo finish is not as strong. A beautiful colour but not for me. This was two thin coats and top coat.

Dance Legend – Telekinesis

Dance Legend – Telekinesis

Dance Legend – Telekinesis: Next up we have another Prism Gel shade. This is a beautiful lavender/lilac holo. The holo finish here is much stronger and if you know me, this colour is more my cup of tea as well. Great opacity for a shade like this as I was expecting it to be sheerer. I used two coats and top coat here.

Dance Legend – Prophecy

Dance Legend – Prophecy

Dance Legend – Prophecy: Next up is Prophecy, from the Evening Time collection which holds 12 shades in total. This is a beautiful dark purple jelly with pink microglitter. A beautiful sparkly shade with tons of depth! I used two coats and top coat for this one.

Dance Legend – Numb

Dance Legend – Numb

Dance Legend – Numb: Next up is another Evening Time collection shade. This is a dark midnight blue with holo microglitter. The holo particles get sandwiched in the blue jelly base which created a beautiful effect with tons of depth. I ended up layering three thin coats for maximum effect but you may get away with two. Finished with top coat.

Dance Legend – Under Black (thermal top coat)

Dance Legend – Under Black (thermal top coat)

Dance Legend – Under Black: Finally we have my favourite, an (almost) clear to black thermal top coat. This can be layered over any shade, or worn on its own in two-three coats. The dramatic colour difference really blew me away, while it’s not 100% clear when warm, it goes completely black when cold. Very impressive! Here I’m wearing two coats and top coat.

You can purchase Dance Legend gel polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia but I recommend using one of the stockists if you are based elsewhere. Near me that’s the lovely Maria from Hypnotic Polish who kindly passed these onto me.

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram
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Friday, 15 July 2016 - 8 Comments

Essie – Summer 2016

Today I’m showing you the gorgeous new Essie Summer 2016 collection. Rather than post swatches (there’s many great ones out there already) I decided to share two nail art looks with you. Let’s take a look!

From left to right: Berried Treasures – Hiking Heels – Coconut Cove – Viva Antiqua! – Loot The Booty – Tribal Text-Styles

The collection holds 6 shades in total and features a somewhat unique mix of shades for Summer. My first instinct was that they don’t really scream Summer, especially those two shades on the right. What do you think?! I came up with two different nail art looks, the first using the three shades on the left and the second look using the three shades on the right. Let’s check them out!

For my first look I sponged on a gradient of Essie Berried Treasures, Essie Hiking Heels and Essie Coconut Cove. Using Coconut Cove and a nail art brush I roughly drew on a grid design. Finished up with top coat.

I’ve worn Coconut Cove several times since I received this collection. It’s definitely my favourite! A gorgeous off-white with an ever-so-subtle pink hue. On your nails it almost looks like a white, but it’s not as harsh. Opaque in two easy coats too, it’s a real stunner!

For my second look I went with a super simple turquoise stone style design. This is basically a cheaters turquoise stone nail, because all you need is some cling film (saran wrap). I started with a base of Essie Viva Antiqua!, a gorgeous shimmer-y turquoise that sadly stains so beware! I then dabbed a ball of clingfilm into Essie Loot The Booty, before dabbing it on the nail. I did the same with Essie Tribal Text-Styles. To create some depth I painted on some lines using Tribal Text-Styles but it didn’t really need it, so this step is optional. Finished with glossy top coat and a stud from Born Pretty Store.

Here in Belgium can purchase Essie via Kruidvat, Di and Inno stores for €12,49 a piece. Check the official website for local availability near you. I really enjoyed this collection, especially Coconut Cove is a real beauty! The formula and opacity was on point for every single shade.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - 10 Comments

Sienna Byron Bay – Swatches & Review

Today I have an exciting post to share with you, featuring a new-to-me brand, Sienna Byron Bay. This lovely brand based in Byron Bay, Australia is all about the eco-friendly life. Produced from start to finish in Australia, they are vegan and cruelty free and boast a 7-free formula. Their bottles jumped out at me instantly with the gorgeous wooden caps, sourced from sustainable local timber. But of course the question is, are they as wonderful to apply as they sound? Let’s take a look!

I was sent a sampling of four shades to try out. Owner Danielle asked me what sort of shades I gravitate towards and picked these out for me. If you’re not new here then I am sure you will agree that she did a great job! I’m all about nudes, pastels and soft shades and these are exactly that. However the Sienna Byron Bay range includes many different shades that will please anyone!

Sienna Byron Bay – Ambrosia

Sienna Byron Bay – Ambrosia

Sienna Byron Bay – Ambrosia: First up is the shade Ambrosia, a gorgeous warm pastel pink. It’s not quite pink, not quite peach and not quite nude but rather a mix of all of the above. A really beautiful soft shade that looks extremely flattering. I used three thin coats, as per my preferred polishing style, although you can easily get away with two thicker coats, the opacity is amazing especially for such a soft shade! I finished with top coat.

Sienna Byron Bay – Harmony

Sienna Byron Bay – Harmony

Sienna Byron Bay – Harmony: Next up is Harmony, a gorgeous pastel peach. This shade is SO  “me”, I get so happy whenever I wear shades like this. As you may have noticed I slightly tweaked my regular pose to show off the entire bottle, that cap is just so pretty! For this one I used three thin coats but again you can get away with two. Finished with glossy top coat.

Sienna Byron Bay – Utopia

Sienna Byron Bay – Utopia

Sienna Byron Bay – Utopia: Next up is this gorgeous pastel mint green. I was expecting this one to be patchy as it is so pale but it was smooth, opaque and a dream to apply. Absolute perfection! I used two coats and top coat.

Sienna Byron Bay – Wategos

Sienna Byron Bay – Wategos

Sienna Byron Bay – Wategos: Finally we have Wategos, a gorgeous pastel baby blue. Another very pale shade that is super gorgeous. I used three thin coats and top coat.

You can purchase Sienna Byron Bay through their official website. As I mentioned above, they are 7-free, vegan and cruelty free. Bottles contain 10ml and have a gorgeous wooden cap. I was impressed not just by the gorgeous bottles and great philosophy behind this brand but especially by the easy to apply formula. These are high quality in every single way!

Connect with Sienna Byron Bay: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram

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Monday, 11 July 2016 - 18 Comments

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