Anna Gorelova By Dance Legend – Swatches

Today is my final post before my mini vacation! I’m not going away on holiday but I just felt like I needed a little break from blogging. A week off will do me good has life has been extra stressful lately and just need to collect myself a bit and relax. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have seven super talented ladies that agreed to guest post for me and show their support this upcoming week. I can’t wait to show you what they’ve all created!

Without further ado, I have three gorgeous polishes to show you by another talented lady I’ve admired for a long time, Ukranian blogger Anna Gorelova. She created a beautiful 12-piece collection with Russian brand Dance legend and I have three shades to show you. Let’s take a look!

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Змей Горыныч

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Змей Горыныч: First up is this gorgeous black jelly with multicolored flakies. I e-mailed the lovely Anna and she was kind enough to translate the names from Russian to English for me. All shades in this collection are inspired by Slavic fairy tales. This black flakie is named Zmei Gorinich after a 3-headed Slavic dragon. I love how complex yet subtle this one is. From a distance it will look like you’re wearing plain black nails but up close you get a wonderful surprise. This was three thin coats on its own, and top coat. 

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Кощей Бессмертный

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Кощей Бессмертный: Next we have Koschei Bessmertni which means Bag of Bones. This complex multichrome with scattered holo flakes is inspired by Scrag The Immortal King. I own quite a few multichromes but nothing like this one. It shifts from a muted copper to a mossy green and then it shifts to a bright blue to purple. It’s very interesting and the scattered holo flakes really add a lot of interest too. I tried capturing hem in direct light but the outcome wasn’t too colour accurate. You’ll have to see this one in person to get the full effect! I used three thin coats but you could get away with two. 

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Мавка

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Мавка: Finally we have this awesome green glitter called Mavka, inspired by Forest Nymphs. It’s a deep green jelly with three different sizes of bright greenish gold glitter. The glitters somehow appear curly but it’s merely reflection. On the nails they lay flat so it didn’t give me any trouble whatsoever. Application was good, I used three thin coats and glossy top coat.

You can purchase the Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia or from one of the international stockists. I personally recommend the last option to avoid any issues with shipping. You can catch swatches of the full collection over at Anna’s blog. Be prepared to swoon!

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram

// Provided for Honest Review

17th August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 3 Comments

Nail Art Society – Pedi Proper

Today I have another Nail Art Society post to share with you. This one’s from last months kit, June. The theme was pedicures which I thought was really perfect for Summer. I have nail polish on my toes 365 days a year and lately I really love having nail art on my toes too. I was wearing a gorgeous pedi nail art (which I wasn’t ready to take off!) when I was playing with this kit, so there will be no feet photos in this post (those with feet phobias, you’re welcome! :D). Instead I’m showing the colours of this kit on my nails. Let’s take a look!

The June kit was called Pedi Proper and was packed with pedi essentials:

  • Ciaté mini nail polish in 5 possible colour options
  • Large hex glitter in a cute jar in a colour that coordinates with your Ciaté polish
  • Nail Clippers
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Dust brush
  • Toe separators
  • Emery board
  • Buffer Sponge
  • Trilipiderm Sample

As always it came with an instructional card. I believe those are owner Tia’s feet on the front of the card, she has such elegant feet! Everything also came in a cute drawstring bag with the NAS logo and was shipped to subscribers in a branded box. I have four of the possible Ciaté colour options to show you. Let’s take a peek!

Ciaté – Mistress / red hex glitter: First up is Mistress which is a gorgeous red jelly. For me personally this is the best pedi colour out of the four I have. Red is always a good option! This one applied nicely but as I mentioned it’s a jelly so there was a tiny bit of VNL but it wasn’t as noticeable in person. I used two coats!

Ciaté – Access All Areas / silver hex glitter: Next is this cute coral which is also a great pedi shade in my book. It came with sparkly silver hex glitter.  This one also had a squishy jelly finish and needed two coats.

Ciaté – Pucker Up / pink hex glitter: Next is Pucker Up which is an awesome texture glitter! It has a very unique rose/lilac shade. It also has lots of gold flakes and lavender shimmer which made this one really stand out to me. I think it’s such a unique colour. I wouldn’t personally wear a texture polish on my toes but this one makes an awesome accent nail! I used two coats.

Ciaté – Naughty Or Nice? / holographic gunmetal hex glitter: Finally we have this glitter shade from an older Ciaté Holiday collection. This one has fine hex glitter in pink, green and blue and was more of a glitter topper. Though you can get it fairly opaque with three coats. I would use this for a glitter gradient over black!

All in all I thought this was a nice kit. Not one of my favourites but still pretty fun. I have to give a special mention for the Trilipiderm sample. I was very impressed with it, especially ingredient-wise it’s is a great product and one I would gladly purchase. It was nice and moisturizing and just great for your skin!

The Pedi Proper 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.

Connect with Nail Art Society: Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

// Provided for Honest Review

1st August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 2 Comments

Catrice – Eletrix Blue Swatch

I have a swatch post for you today featuring Catrice! Let’s take a look.

This is Catrice Eletrix Blue from the Haute Future collection. That’s not a typo, it says “Eletrix” on the bottle which I thought was a little strange but oh well. I’m fairly sure this collection is from a few months back but I found this one at a discount at my local drugstore and decided to pick it up.

I’m really glad I did, this holographic muted blue is such a beauty. Application was great too, it dried very quickly and extremely glossy. It was very self levelling and smooth, I’m impressed Catrice! I believe I used two coats so coverage was nice too.

This is what it looks like in direct light. Sadly this shot doesn’t do it justice! The holo is much stronger in person and really beautiful. I personally feel like Catrice (and Essence) tend to bring out fairly uninteresting limited editions nail polish-wise, but this one truly impressed me. The holo is gorgeous!

The only thing I disliked was the wide brush but I’m happy to overlook that with a polish this gorgeous. It’s such a unique shade too. I loved it!

Did you manage to pick these up when they were released? I’m afraid they are no longer available but hopefully Catrice will bring out some similar holos in their core collection (one can always hope…).

31st July, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 15 Comments

Maybelline Bleached Neons Review

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! :D 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?

22nd July, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 13 Comments

Polish Me Silly – Cloud 9

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!

Connect with Polish Me Silly: Etsy – Facebook – Instagram

18th July, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 22 Comments

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