Femme Fatale Cosmetics Beauty So Fly Exclusives - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Tomorrow Femme Fatale Cosmetics have their presale happening for their April shades which I am dying to get my hands on (and extremely nervous that I will miss out on the limited editions).  I thought today would be a good time to break out their latest additions to my collection - the two exclusives which are only sold at Beauty So Fly

Before I jump into my review of the polishes I thought it would be good to talk about my experience shopping at Beauty So Fly.  This store is new to me.  In fact, I had never heard of it until I saw in the Femme Fatale facebook that there were two exclusives.  I found the turn around time from ordering to them being shipped quite long (it was just over a week).  I found this quite long particularly if you compare it to the other international stockists.  As for price, these polishes are roughly $15 each (before postage) so rather high.  I would definitely recommend group buys for these ones if you can.  Now onto the polishes.

Glass Carnival is a shimmering blue jelly with pink accents and silver holo.  I think this is a really pretty polish and it is super sparkly.  I found the application of this one quite easy.  Looking that the pictures it looks are those you can see the tips of my nails but this isn't noticeable in person.  I used three coats for my swatch.  

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Sideshow Sparkler has a rich purple base with soft green shimmer and multi coloured glitters and flakes.  This one is definitely my favorite of the two, although I was a little disappointed with the application of this one.  I find the brush tends to drag the polish off so the first coat I needed to use a semi dabbing technique to get the colour to stay on my nails.  I needed three coats for full coverage.

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I do love both of these polishes.  In my perfect world I would have the old Femme Fatale bottles and brushes (application of all the polishes was so much better in these bottles) and I would have these polishes as collaborations rather than exclusives so the price of these isn't as high and are more accessible to us Australian customers.

Now these polishes are currently sold out on Beauty So Fly but I don't think they are limited edition so will hopefully return in the future.

China Glaze Electric Nights Collection - Swatches & Review

When you hear the words "new China Glaze collection" you get excited but when you hear that the new China Glaze collection is a neon collection you stalk every possible online store that you can think of until you find it.  As soon as I saw it on head2toe beauty I purchased it without a moment of thought.  Usually orders to me from the US to me take about two weeks so you can imagine my surprise when I came home one rainy day to find not one but two large boxes (and a couple of small packages) with so much neon goodness!  It was a polish lovers dream.  Anyway, I am obviously extremely excited to share with you the new China Glaze Electric Nights Collection.  Let's jump right in shall we?

Can I Get An Untz Untz is a clear based polish with neon green, blue and purple glitters in various sizes.  I found this polish (and the other two glitter polishes in this collection) to be very base heavy.  To test them I used a semi dabbing technique but for future use I plan on sponging it on.  I think it will give a better glitter payoff and won't end up bubbling because of the thick base.  All that being said I do love this glitter.  I think it's really cool.  I used two coats over white for my swatch.

Daisy Knows My Name? is described as a hi-light yellow creme.  I always like to test out my neon polishes without white undies to start with because I like to see how bright that are without it.  Sadly this polish isn't as bright, is quite streaky and is slow drying so a white base is definitely need (I have a comparison post coming up which compared this polish with the white base and without).  I used four coats for my swatch.

DJ Blue My Mind is a vivid blue creme and it is stunning.  I love this blue.  It's still not my perfect neon blue that I am looking for but I do still love it.  It's easy to work with and only requires two coats to be opaque.

Glow With The Flow is an ultra bright pink creme.  Stunning colour.  The formula is easy to work with and it does look opaque in two coats.  I did use three coats for my swatch because a couple of my nails looked slightly uneven.  I am not sure if it was because of the lighting or because of how I applied it.

Home Sweet House Music is a neon orange creme.  I found the application of this one to be slightly patchy and needed three coats to even out.  Gorgeous colour.

Let The Beat Drop is a clear base polish with hot pink, orange and purple glitters in various sizes.  The purple glitters were actually a surprise to me as you can't really see them in my bottle.  I love the mix of colours in this one.  The formula is very similar to Can I Get An Untz Untz although I think this one has more glitter (or less base).  I used two coats over white for my swatch.

Plur-ple is a blue toned vibrant purple.  I love this one!  This was actually the first polish I used from the collection and it was instant love.  The formula is great too, it's easy to use and is opaque in two coats.

Point Me To The Party is a neon green, orange, pink, purple, blue and yellow matte multi-sized glitter topper.  I adore this one.  There is so many colours so you can mix and match it with different colours.  I love it as an accent nail.  The formula is the same as Can I Get An Untz Untz.  I used two coats over white for my swatch.

Red-y To Rave is a neon red creme.  Another great formula.  It's easy to use and is opaque in two coats.

Treble Maker is described as a glowing green creme.  I had a lot of compliments when I wore this colour (including from males who have no interest in nail polish).  Super easy formula to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

UV Meant To Be is described as a tranquil baby blue creme.  I love this colour too.  It's still not my perfect neon blue (it's just not bright enough).  The formula is fantastic and needs two coats to be opaque.

Violet-Vibes is the other purple in this colour and no surprises I love this one.  It's described as a ultra-violet purple creme.  I imagine it will be extra bright over white but for my swatch I used two coats by itself.

Overall, my thoughts - I love this collection!  I love the formulas, the colours, the glitter mixes.... I have zero complaints about this collection.  I would love to pick out some favorites but really I love them all.  I have started preparing a swatch comparison post to post in a couple of days so if there are any polishes you would like me to compare just let me know.

I am not entirely sure which stores carry this collection but I do know that head2toe beauty have them.  Which ones will you be picking up?

Bella Belle Nail Couture Bridal Collection - Swatches & Review

I'm back with some more Bella Belle Nail Couture polishes.  Today I am going to share with you four of the polishes from the Bridal Collection.  These are super pretty and all apply really well.  I love how girly and princess like these are.  Now let's get into the pictures.

Blushing Bride is a blush toned nude base with subtle holographic, rose gold dust and iridescent pink flakies throughout.  I was so surprised at how much I love this one on the nail.  I was worried it wouldn't look good with my skin tone but I think it looks really pretty. I used three thin coats for my swatch.

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Kiss The Bride is a deep pink holographic with rose gold dust and iridescent pink flakies.  Yet another gorgeous polish.  I found this one to be more opaque than the other the other holographic polishes in this collection but I think that is purely because it is a darker polish.  The formula was super easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Put A Ring On It is a clear based polish with fine white glitter, micro gold glitter and smaller silver glitter.  I think this glitter is so sparkly as a full mani worn by itself but will also look awesome layered over a base colour or worn on an accent nail.  I can see me using it a lot.  I used three coats for my swatch.

Something Blue is a blue creme with subtle holographic, blue dust and iridescent blue flakies.  This polish reminds me of Cinderella.  I love it and so does my princess obsessed daughter.  The formula was easy to use.  I used three thin coats for my swatch.

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I have now officially tried seven polishes and a quick dry top coat from Bella Belle and I am totally in love with them all.  The colours are beautiful and the formulas are easy to work with.  I can't wait to get my hands on more.

This collection along with some other gorgeous colours are available from Belle Bella Nail Couture.  Also make sure you are following their facebook page here because there are some sneak peeks of the upcoming Autumn collection.

Grace-Full Nail Polish The Peacock Collection - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Grace-Full Nail Polish is back with another stunning collection of polishes - The Peacock Collection.  This collection has a range of polishes from cremes to jellies to glitters and are all in peacock colours with names inspired by Katy Perry's Peacock song.  Today I am going to share with you eleven of the thirteen polishes from the collection.  Brace yourself because this is going to be a bit of a long post.

Amazin' is a difficult one to describe because it looks so different in different lights.  It can be a dark periwinkle, a slate blue, or a deep lilac.  For the most part to me it looks more lilac but my camera wanted to change it blue and not a blue that I had seen the polish look in any light.  I did alter my picture so make the polish more colour accurate.  Now the formula of this one is amazing.  It's so easy to use and is super opaque.  I think with careful application you could probably get away with one coat.  I used two for my swatch.

Body Shakin' is a Kelly green base with micro super holographic lime/gold glitter.  And boy oh boy does this baby sparkly.  The formula was easy to work with (I semi dabbed on the first coat and brushed on the second coat).  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Eye Poppin' is a deep purple creme.  Theresa did mention that this polish is thin and is best to apply thin coats to build up the colour. I used two normal thickness coats and found that it built up in two coats nicely.  It does look a sheer on the first coat but it's nothing to be worried about.  The formula is easy to use.

Ground Shakin' is a light teal jelly base filled with three different sized teal glitters.  This polish is absolutely gorgeous and so sparkly.  I used two semi dabbed coats (the glitters like to stick together so they needed a little guiding and separation) and two coats of top coat to give it a perfectly smooth finish.

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Head Turnin' is a deep green based filled with metallic emerald fine glittters and a sprinkle of lime/gold super holohgraphic glitter.  The formula was easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Heart Throbbin' has a aqua jelly base with aqua glitter with a green shimmer in it.  This polish is stunning and easily one of my favorites in the collection.  Even my partner stopped to comment how nice and sparkly this polish is.  The formula was easy to work with.  I believe this polish is a two coater but I did do three because I really couldn't tell with all the sparkle if it was opaque or not.  But you can never have too much sparkle can you? 

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Jaw Droppin' is a beautiful bright blue creme.  It applies easily (although looks a little sheer on the first coat) and builds up perfectly in two coats.

Mister Mystery is a purple shimmer with micro flakies in hot pink, blue and violet.  I can't even begin to tell you how gorgeous this polish is in real but how difficult it is to photograph.  My camera changed it to a completely blue polish so I have had to alter my picture so please ignore the weird hand colour in my lightbox picture.  It was the best I could do to get the polish accurate (which is more important than my hand colour).  The formula on this is super easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Rainbow Looking is a deep blurple base jelly with small glitters in bright gold, teal, evergreen, aqua, turquoise, purple, sapphire, lime green and navy.  Such a pretty polish and the formula was easy to work with.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Show Stoppin' is a metallic sapphire glitter of different sizes in a blue jelly base.  Stunning polish.  I don't think how gorgeous it is really translates into pictures.  It's definitely one that you must see in person to really appreciate its beauty.  The formula is great too.  It appears a little sheer on the first coat but builds up perfectly in two coats.

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Walk The Walk is a glitter bomb with a deep blue base, filled with glitters in green, aqua, bright blue, silver, emerald, sapphire and purple in dots, hexes and triangle shapes.  I found the base to be a little on the sheer side and the larger glitters tended to stick together so needed to be placed.  A dabbing technique is definitely better for this polish.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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I think this is a fantastic collection with a great mix of polishes.  My personal favorites are Heart Throbbin', Ground Shakin', Mister Mystery and Amazin'.

The Peacock Collection is now available from Grace-Full Nail Polish

Flakie Friday - Emily de Molly Sample 66

Friday, 27 March 2015

Oh Fridays, how I love you.  As a stay at home mum I don't really have a "weekend" as such but I do get to have more family time which is a huge plus.  And what better way to wrap up the week and kick start the weekend than with some untried flakie goodness?  I don't think there is.

This week I decided to pull out Sample 66 which I received as a gift with purchase from Emily de Molly. Now I do apologize that this isn't a regular release polish but it's just so pretty that I couldn't help but share.  For my swatch I needed three coats for it to be opaque.  I think next time either using a base colour or sponging it on could be the way to go.

And of course with all flakie manis you must add a matte top coat.  I used OPI Matte Top Coat.

I love everything about this polish.  The colours in it, the colour shifts, the flakies... so much love.  I am really not sure why this polish was never released.  Speaking of unreleased/sample polishes, Emily de Molly is having a sample and limited edition sale this Sunday March 29th at 11am.  I have seen a couple of swatches of some of the limited editions and I desperately want them.  Fingers crossed everyone can get what they want in this sale.  I sense it is going to be a mad house.