Leopard vs Zebra nails

A few weeks ago I decided to recreate the nails my friend Kelli aka The Nail Polish Challenge did for a guest post she did for me last Summer. I was looking for a quick mani fix and thinking leopard nails are always fast and easy I started this mani with high hopes. After painting half a nail in teeny tiny black leopard print I quickly realized this would be taking quite a while! :D I didn’t end up creating the design on my right hand since I’m not crazy so I did some quick zebra nails! Let’s take a look.

I used the same base as Kelli did in her original nail art. I Love Nail Polish Mega (L). The painstakingly painted on fine black leopard print using my favourite ORLY Instant Artist striper in Jet Black. Finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat.

And on my right hand (which barely ever makes its appearance on my blog haha!) I used the same products to create a zebra print. Much quicker and easier! But just as fun in my opinion.

Which one is your favourite out of the two? Let me know in the comments below!

23rd January, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 12 Comments

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Winter 2014

Today I have swatches of the new Femme Fatale Cosmetics collection. They’ve been absent for a while but they are back with seven new shades in total for Winter 2014. They also revamped the bottles and website. Let’s take a look!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Brain Link

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Brain Link

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Brain Link: First up is Brain Link, a juicy vibrant pink jelly with iridescent blue flakes. I’m not a pink lover but I can see this appealing to many people. I used three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Touch Of Madness

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Touch Of Madness

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Touch Of Madness: Next up is this fuchsia jelly with multicolored fine microglitter. Sparkly but subtle. I used three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Under The Waters

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Under The Waters

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Under The Waters: Next up is this shimmery blue with a subtle duochrome shift. This one is a little prone to brushstrokes but it wasn’t too obvious. It has a very slight textured finish so this one needs some top coat. I used three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Stand In The Clouds

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Stand In The Clouds

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Stand In The Clouds: Next up is this beautiful turquoise jelly with golden shimmer and gold glitter. Very mermaid-y! I loved this one but I did have some VNL sadly. I used three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – All Sanity Is Lost

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – All Sanity Is Lost

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – All Sanity Is Lost: Next up is this blue jelly with colour shifting flakes and silver shards. This is one of the more unique ones in the collection but it was a bit sheer for me, perhaps partly due to my application. I used three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Alone In The Darkness

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Alone In The Darkness

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Alone In The Darkness: Next up is a teal jelly with colour shifting microglitter. Beautiful mix of colours! Be sure to let it dry thoroughly between coats or it may shrink away from your tips as it did a bit for me. I used three coats and top coat.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – In His House He Waits Dreaming

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – In His House He Waits Dreaming

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – In His House He Waits Dreaming: Finally is this brown jelly with teal glitter and gold shimmer. This one was the most unique one out of the collection for me as it looks teal in the bottle. The brown jelly base is a bit of a surprise but the overall effect is just gorgeous! I used three coats and top coat.

You can purchase these from Femme Fatale Cosmetics in Australia (currently sold out from the website) or from one of the international stockists (see them at the bottom of the page).

Connect with Femme Fatale Cosmetics: Official Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

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21st January, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 8 Comments

Celestial Cosmetics – January Release

Today I’m sharing swatches of four shades from the new Celestial Cosmetics January release. Each month owner Nicki is going to be releasing some new colours. I’ll be sharing some February shades soon as well so be sure to keep an eye out!

*For various reasons my review policy states that I do not accept mini size bottles for review. Due to some miscommunication on my part this post may contain mini size samples. Thanks for understanding!

Celestial Cosmetics – Solar Flare (natural daylight)

Celestial Cosmetics – Solar Flare (natural daylight)

Celestial Cosmetics – Solar Flare (direct light)

Celestial Cosmetics – Solar Flare (direct light)

Celestial Cosmetics – Solar Flare: First up is Solar Flare which is a beautiful lavender holo. I think it’s no secret that I love lavender polishes so I immediately gravitated toward this one. The holo finish is very strong which is something I’ve come to expect from Celestials! I used three coats.

Celestial Cosmetics – Silent Night (natural daylight)

Celestial Cosmetics – Silent Night (natural daylight)

Celestial Cosmetics – Silent Night (direct light)

Celestial Cosmetics – Silent Night (direct light)

Celestial Cosmetics – Silent Night: Next up is Silent Night which is a gorgeous almost-black holo. I believe this is from the Christmas collection rather than the January release. This doesn’t completely satisfy my need for a true black holo but it’s pretty close! I used 3 coats but you could get away with two.

Celestial Cosmetics – Ocean Of Storms (natural daylight)

Celestial Cosmetics – Ocean Of Storms (natural daylight)

Celestial Cosmetics – Ocean Of Storms (direct light)

Celestial Cosmetics – Ocean Of Storms (direct light)

Celestial Cosmetics – Ocean Of Storms: Next up is this grassy green holo. Super strong holo rainbow as well as a very glossy finish. No top coat! I used three coats.

Celestial Cosmetics – Galactic Aura (natural daylight)

Celestial Cosmetics – Galactic Aura (natural daylight)

Celestial Cosmetics – Galactic Aura (direct light)

Celestial Cosmetics – Galactic Aura (direct light)

Celestial Cosmetics – Galactic Aura: Finally we have this silver glass fleck with fine blue flakes and a holo finish. This is the more unique one out of the four I was sent. Because of the blue flakes it has an overall icy blue colour which is very pretty. Very shimmy! I used two coats.

You can purchase Celestial Cosmetics from the official site based in Australia or from one of the international stockists.

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19th January, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 13 Comments

Il Était Un Vernis – License To Polish Collection

I’m very excited to share my swatches of the new Il Était Un Vernis collection, called License To Polish. I was really impressed by their first collection, Once Upon A Time, so I jumped at the chance to review for them again. These have some seriously flawless formulas. Let’s take a look!

But first, you can also check out swatches of the License To Polish collection over at my friends’ blog, Deborah from Love Varnish. I absolutely adore her swatches and she has the most perfect nails so be sure to check out her post as well and send her some love!

Il Était Un Vernis – Juggling Glass Balls (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Juggling Glass Balls (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Juggling Glass Balls (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Juggling Glass Balls (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Juggling Glass Balls: First up is this gorgeous silver holographic shade. It is very delicate and beautiful. It is meant for layering but you can easily wear it on its own. I used three thin coats and top coat.

Il Était Un Vernis – Something To Remember (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Something To Remember (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Something To Remember (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Something To Remember (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Something To Remember: Next up is this gorgeous mauve with pink shimmer and a holo finish! I think this is my favourite out of the set just because it is so unique. I found it to be extremely flattering! My photos don’t show off the holo finish as much as I hoped, it is truly sparkly in person! This was two easy-peasy coats and top coat.

Il Était Un Vernis – In Teal We Trust (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – In Teal We Trust (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – In Teal We Trust (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – In Teal We Trust (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – In Teal We Trust: Next up is another gem in this collection, a gorgeous teal blue with holo finish. It has an almost duochrome effect to it, it’s very multi-dimensional. It truly blew me away! The formula was in one word, flawless. I used two coats and top coat.

Il Était Un Vernis – We Want You For NPA Army (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – We Want You For NPA Army (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – We Want You For NPA Army (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – We Want You For NPA Army (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – We Want You For NPA Army: Next is this gorgeous mossy camo green holo. Very rich and very very sparkly and shimmery. It has some beautiful golden shimmer to it as well! I also have to mention that the name of this polish is absolutely hilarious and brilliant! (In case you are wondering, NPA = Nail Polish Addict! Haha!). I used two coats and top coat.

Il Était Un Vernis – Drop Dead Gorgeous (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Drop Dead Gorgeous (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Drop Dead Gorgeous (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Drop Dead Gorgeous (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Drop Dead Gorgeous: Finally the fifth shade in this collection is this warm golden brown holo. I’ll admit I rarely wear brown shades on their own but this one is just beautiful enough to almost persuade me. It has an almost greenish tone to it because of the rich golden shimmer. Very unique! I used two easy coats and top coat.

You can purchase the License To Polish collection by Il Était Un Vernis from their official online shop. They offer worldwide shipping. I’m also happy to add they will be available from tomorrow at Hypnotic Polish! My favourite online shop here in Europe (with worldwide shipping as well!).

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14th January, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 8 Comments

piCture pOlish – Collab Shades Nail Art

Today I’m showing four new piCture pOlish shades. These were released just before the new year. I have four shades to show you from this release. But instead of regular swatches I’ve done some simple nail art manicures with all four colours. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish – Holiday

piCture pOlish – Holiday

piCture pOlish – Holiday: Holiday is a special limited edition polish. Only 1000 bottles were made so I suspect you will need to grab one while you still can. It’s a holographic topper with gorgeous multicolored flakies. I think it shows up best over black so I layered one coat of piCture pOlish Holiday over Cirque Colors Memento Mori. I used Starburst NailVinyls to create my mani, and finished it off with matte top coat.

piCture pOlish – Escapades

piCture pOlish – Escapades

piCture pOlish – Escapades: Next I have Escapades which is a collaboration with blogger Malene aka Nail Escapades. I can’t lie, this is one of my favourite collab shades in a long time. It’s a deep dark emerald green with scatter holo. The jelly base sandwiches the scatter holo creating a gorgeous multi dimension effect. I used two coats of piCture pOlish Escapades then I jazzed it up with a simple stamping design using MoYou Fashionista 04 stamped with A England Excalibur Renaissance. Finished with piCture pOlish Gloss On Top.

piCture pOlish – Dragonfly

piCture pOlish – Dragonfly

piCture pOlish – Dragonfly: The second collab shade is one created by Lucie aka Lucy’s Stash. Dragonfly is a gorgeous teal blue with bijou holo finish and fine multicolored flakes. This one also covered nicely in two coats though I do recommend using a base coat to avoid staining. I realize dragonflies aren’t butterflies but I couldn’t resist stamping it with a monarch print. I used MoYou Pro XL 05 stamped in black then added white dots using a dotting tool. Finished with piCture pOlish Gloss On Top.

piCture pOlish – Hercynia

piCture pOlish – Hercynia

piCture pOlish – Hercynia: Finally we have Hercynia which is a collaboration with the lovely Karine aka Nailderella. It’s a vibrant forest green with bijou holo and multicolored flakes. Formula was flawless once again, two coats give great coverage. Using Chevron NailVinyls and Cirque Colors Memento Mori I created a Harlequin-esque manicure. Finished with piCture pOlish Gloss On Top.

You can purchase the new piCture pOlish collaboration shades from the official website (AU) or from one of the many international stockists. Select MoYou London stamping plates and NailVinyls are also available from the official PP website!

Connect with piCture pOlish: Official Site – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Pinterest

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12th January, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 10 Comments

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