Cuccio – Accent Colour Kit

Today I have a new-to-me brand to share with you, Cuccio Colour. It’s a salon brand from the US that has professional products, as well as a regular nail polish line. I was introduced to this brand by my dear friend Kelli from The Nail Polish Challenge. She sent me one of the Cuccio Accent Colour Kits for my birthday! <3

Cuccio Colour – Jamaica Me Crazy

Cuccio Colour – Jamaica Me Crazy

The kit comes with a full size colour and a mini shade. The full size in this case is a perfect lavender (Kelli knows me well!!). I was completely blown away by the formula. This is two easy coats though you could almost get away with one. It’s buttery smooth and it dried to a beautiful shiny glossy finish. I wore this one on its own and it lasted FOUR DAYS without chips. Impressive is the least I could say!

Cuccio Colour – Illumination

Cuccio Colour – Illumination

The mini accent polish is Illumination which has two sizes of blue hex glitter and teeny tiny bar glitters. It also has a gorgeous glass fleck duochrome finish which shifts from blue to purple and pink. The shift is nice and strong!

These Cuccio Accent Colour Kits are sold via HB Beauty Bar. As I mentioned I got mine as a bday gift from Kelli aka The Nail Polish Challenge. Be sure to check out her swatches and review of this kit as well! Thanks so much again Kelli <3

28th January, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

My Top 10 Polishes of 2014

Today I have a bit of a different post, a round-up of my favourite and most memorable polishes I swatched this year. While it was a tough year for me personally, it was a great year for my blog. I got to work with some incredible people this year, met some amazing new friends in the nail community and even had the opportunity to create my own nail polish. Without further ado, here is my top 10 of 2014!

#10 I Love Nail Polish – Black Orchid (review here)

In tenth place I have ILNP Black Orchid. I honestly could have picked any ILNP because Barbra did an awesome job this year and created some gorgeous shades. Black Orchid is so rich in colour and the formula is amazing. Vampy and classy!

#9 Girly Bits Cosmetics – Seriously Sassy (review here)

I have a ton of purples in my top ten, this one by Girly Bits simply had to be included. Impossible to accurately capture in photos, this one you have to see to believe. The jelly base and sparkly glitters make this a stand out and must-have for purple lovers.

#8 Lilypad Lacquer – Envy Me (review here)

Next I have a shade that really took me by surprise. I was absolutely in awe of it when I first unwrapped it and I still love it so much. This green holo by Lilypad Lacquer has gorgeous vibrant fuchsia shimmer. One of the more unique polishes I tried this year.

#7 Cirque Colors – NYFW (review here)

I could have listed any of the Cirque Metropolis cremes but NYFW is definitely my favourite. I swooned over it for weeks before I finally got my hands on it. And it didn’t disappoint! So gorgeous and so pure.

#6 piCture pOlish – Moody Blues (review here)

Next we have Moody Blues which was created by my friend Hannah. The unique shade of blue and stunning red glitters blew me away. Though it wasn’t released this year, it’s one of my favourite polishes I own so I had to include it in my list.

#5 Spell Polish – Wool Of Bat (review here)

In fifth place is this gorgeous purple by Spell Polish. Spell is one of my favourite indie brands of the year and this was the stand out shade for me. Wool Of Bat, an almost-black matte purple with rich purple shimmer. Gorgeous! While matte shades tend to chip the same day, this one lasted three days for me so that’s an extra bonus!

#4 Polish My Life – Muscat Martini (review here)

I have a big weakness for pastel shades but they are notorious for their streaky formulas. None of that with Polish My Life! An indie with a real knack for creating cremes and pastels. Muscat Martini is the most perfect pastel purple with a flawless formula. A shade I went back to several times this year and wore it again and again. I can’t get enough!

#3 Renaissance Cosmetics – Kensington (review here)

In third place I have Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington. Yes, another purple! :D The formula is so buttery smooth and I love the rich shimmer. Shown here in its true matte state, but it looks gorgeous with top coat too. It truly blew me away.

 #2 Kaleidoscope By El Corazon – First Snowdrop (review here)

In second place, First Snowdrop by Kaleidoscope. This polish blew my mind, so much so that I bought three more from the same collection. The formula, coverage and unique speckled effect is just right up my alley. These also have the bonus of easy removal and almost ridge filler-like smooth finish. Love love love!

#1 piCture pOlish – Eerie (review here)

And… what else could be my number one than my very own shade, Eerie. It is everything I dreamt and more. piCture pOlish did an awesome job at translating my vision. Eerie still is without a doubt the most beautiful polish ever to me. I’d be quite happy to wear only this polish for the rest of my life. Lucky I have some back-ups!

What were your favourite polishes of the year? Do you like my picks? Let me know in the comments! I also want to thank you all for sticking with me this year. Your support is what keeps me going! Thank you so much. I hope you all have a wonderful 2015. See you then!

31st December, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 29 Comments

Dance Legend – TermoTrio 1

Everyone is busy with the Holidays so I took a short blogging break but I am back! My posting still may be irregular, trying to take a bit of pressure off and focus on the enjoyment part of blogging. It is a hobby after all… :)

Today I’m really excited to share my swatch of Dance Legend TermoTrio in the shade 1. I had this unique three-colored thermal polish on my wishlist for a long time and out of the blue, Maria from Hypnotic Polish decided to send it to me. Needless to say I was pretty excited!

As I mentioned, Dance Legend TermoTrio shows not two but three colours. This particular one, shade 1, shifts from a light periwinkle blue when hot to a fuchsia in mid-transition and a deep dark purple when cold. You won’t always see all three shades on your nails but i had no trouble capturing this effect. It looks so cool doesn’t it?! Shown above is two coats and Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat.

You can purchase Dance Legend TermoTrio shade 1 from Hypnotic Polish who offers worldwide shipping. It sells out quickly so be sure to grab it while you can!

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30th December, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 13 Comments

Rimmel – Velvet Matte & Glitter Bomb Swatches + Giveaway

I have a big swatch post to share with you today featuring two new Rimmel London collections, and a giveaway at the end! I have the new Velvet Matte collection which features five gorgeous matte shades and the Glitter Bomb collection which has five sparkly glitter toppers. Let’s take a look!

Rimmel London – Matte-itude: First up is the Velvet Matte collection. This is a true matte black. Great for nail art or just on its own if you like the matte look. This was two coats.

Rimmel London – Velvet Touch: Next up is a grey matte. It’s fairly dark but still really beautiful. I liked this one a lot! This was two coats.

Rimmel London – Midnight Kiss: Next is Midnight Kiss which is a deep royal blue matte. This one looks amazing with top coat too! I used two coats.

Rimmel London – Purple Opulence: There’s also a deep purple matte in this collection. I think this might be my favourite out of the set! Very pretty. I used two coats.

Rimmel London – Sumptuous Red: Finally the last shade in this collection is unlike the name suggests a deep raspberry. I’d say this is the most unique shade out of the collection. This was two coats.

I really loved the Velvet Matte collection. They dry to a true matte finish and cover nicely. I do have to add that I use China Glaze Ridge Filler base coat for every single swatch. Mattes tend to highlight the imperfections of your nail plate so for a flawless finish, use a ridge filler base coat. They come with a wide rounded brush which I’m not a huge fan of but I know many people do like them! Now on to the Glitter Bomb collection!

Rimmel London – Midnight Mistletoe

Rimmel London – Midnight Mistletoe: First up is this red/green glitter topper. Well this one just screams Christmas doesn’t it? There’s a few sizes of hex glitters as well as some holographic hex glitter for added sparkle. I layered one coat over Rimmel Matte-itude and added top coat.

Rimmel London – Disco Fever

Rimmel London – Disco Fever: Secondly is Disco Fever which is a square holographic glitter topper. This one is quite versatile as it will look great over different base colours. They are well suspended and easy to apply. I used one coat over Rimmel Velvet Touch and added top coat.

Rimmel London – Bling Thing

Rimmel London – Bling Thing: Next is Bling Thing which is a gold hex glitter topper. There’s also some sparse holographic stars in it! Very cute! I layered one coat over Rimmel Midnight Kiss and added top coat. (mine seems to be missing a label on the front haha!)

Rimmel London – Bedazzle 

Rimmel London – Bedazzle: Next we have Bedazzle which features pink, periwinkle and turquoise glitter. It’s a cheeky dupe for OPI Polka.com. This one is a little sparser than the OPI counterpart but apart from that it’s a perfect match. I layered one coat over Rimmel Purple Opulence and added top coat.

Rimmel London – Disco Diva

Rimmel London – Disco Diva: Finally we have Disco Diva which has light pink hex glitter as well as fine holographic glitter. It’s super sparkly! The holo effect of the fine glitter is so amazing. Really loved this one! I layered one coat over Rimmel Sumptuous Red and added top coat.

These glitters are definitely fun and they work perfectly with the Velvet Matte polishes as a base. They were easy to apply, had a nice distribution of glitter and most of them feature holographic glitter which adds a lot of sparkle. Perfect for the Holiday season!

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7th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 78 Comments

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You Swatches

When I first saw swatches of China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You I knew I had to have it! I recently saw my chance and added it into my cart when I was buying the Kaleidoscope polishes from Hypnotic Polish. It seems like my friend Deborah from Love Varnish had the same idea! She’s sharing swatches of this beauty on her blog today as well as I asked her to team up with me and link our posts. She’s one of my favourite swatchers, her photos are just impeccable. Make sure to check out her swatch!

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You

It’s near impossible to describe this shade! It’s a real chameleon. In the bottle it looks more purple-blue based but on the nail you get a dark taupe with rich colour shifting shimmer. The shimmer is pretty much exactly like Clarins 230 or Max Factor Fantasy Fire. It shifts from a red to gold and bright green. It’s a jelly formula but it covered nicely. You could get away with two thicker coats but I prefer to use thinner coats so I used three.

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You

In the second close-up you can see it shifts to a bright green. It’s very beautiful though overall it’s quite a muted shade. It didn’t blow me away as much as I was hoping but I don’t regret buying it. I had to get it for the name alone (a Simpsons reference)! Did you pick up this shade? Let me know in the comments what you think! And be sure to check out Deborah from Love Varnish’ swatches of this polish.

6th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 23 Comments

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