Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kester Black - New Summer Colours + Trophy Wife Collab!

One of my favourite nail polish brands, Kester Black has released 4 new shades to her Summer Collection and 2 new collaboration shades with Trophy Wife Nail Art. Today I will be reviewing all 6 shades. I cannot get over how amazing the photos to show case them are! For me, the image below evokes so much imagination and inspiration and I love the style a lot. If you wanna see more photos of the new summer collection check it out here. Each photo shows 2 coats of each polish (unless stated) with no top coat. I also have to mention that the brushes are really good and thick, making it so much easier to give you that perfect arch around the cuticle. Check it out below!

Acid Nail Polish 

Summer Collection Shades:


Acid - a gorgeous acid yellow/slightly chatreuse creme that only need 2 coats for full opacity. Such a cool, bright colour in person! Love this one!

Blush - A very soft pale pink/peach creme. Perfect formula.

Sky - A very light blue sky creme. This is such a dreamy shade and perfect for spring.

Violet - A bright pink toned mid purple creme. Arghh purples are so hard to photograph but this colour is more a lighter lavender/pink colour IRL. It remind me of Sation's - Love At First Lavender but just a tad darker.

Trophy Wife Collabaration Shades:


Sugar Daddy - A super dense, highly pigmented silver glitter polish. The first photo shows 1 coat and the second photo shows 2 coats. I could have easily gotten away with 1 coat! So pretty and sparkly in person.


Prenup - A pale purple/periwinkle creme. This colour was also very difficult to capture accurately. It's less blue and slightly more purple. It's so pretty.

These polishes are beyond amazing and I'm so excited to do some nail art with them - using inspiration from those amazing photographs I linked above! Which Kester Black polish is your favourite? I love Acid the most from these new colours as it's so different to anything I own! Thanks for reading and talk soon!



Monday, August 18, 2014

Colour Blocking Nails

Hi guys! Hope you had a great weekend! Today I have a quick post featuring some nail art I did a few weeks ago. I used 2 coats of OPI - My favourite Ornament and then I taped off some lines and used the colours China Glaze - Too Yacht To Handle and Kester Black - Parrot. I topped it all off with 1 coat of G&G. I love this mani a lot! Let me know if you like this too :)



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Orly - Smokey Collection

Hi guys! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Today I will be showing you 2 colours from Orly's new Smokey collection. This collection features 6 dusty shades inspired by the smokey eye. The two colours i'll be showing you are Edgy; an antique bronze shimmer and Darkest Shadow; a black with red shimmer. I used 2 coats for each and applied SV topcoat. All formulas were a little on the thin/watery side but nothing a couple of thin coats can't fix! Orly retails for $18.95 and are available from selected pharmacies and salons nation wide, as well as online at www.orlybeauty.com.au. Hope you like these!

Edgy
Darkest Shadow
Also, here's some nail art I did using Edgy and two striping polishes (yellow and white). They all went so well together!
 

Will you be picking up any polishes from this collection? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

China Glaze Nail Art

Hey everyone! How is your week going so far? Time is flying by as usual. . before we know it Christmas will be around the corner! Today I have some simple nail art to show you using some new colours from China Glaze's Summer 2014 Off Shore Collection, as well as a glitter from their Surprise Collection. Here's a look at the nail art! I used 2 coats of I Sea The Point; a gorgeous navy blue creme, on the pinkie and ring finger, Feel The Breeze; a soft pastel pink creme, on the middle and pointer finger and added dots of the opposite colour on each. Then on my accent finger I dabbed on 1 coat of Don't Be A Flake; a really gorgeous large hex glitter mix of rose gold, baby blue and black. Hope you like it! :)





Monday, August 4, 2014

Gelicious Hybrid Gel Nail Kit Review

Hi guys! Hope you are well and had a great weekend! Today I am doing a post on the Gelicious Hybrid Gel Nail Kit for you. I've tried a lot of gel kits, some last quite well and some last not so well. I have a very descriptive, detailed blog post here that tells you about the different types of gels and how to get maximum wear out of your gel manis! This gel kit differs from regular ones because it is a soft gel that does not require a base coat or a maximum 3 minute cure time for each layer. 

This is one of the faster gel kits i've used and only requires the gel colour you want to use, the top coat and 30 seconds for each curing layer! I really enjoyed using this product because not only do you not have to do a base coat (which saves you almost 9 minutes alone from ordinary soft gel kits) but you apply your chosen colour straight away (only taking 1 minute in total - I managed to cure all 8 fingers at once in the lamp, then the thumbs separately) and then your top coat (another 1 minute) and if you plus on the painting time and removing the tacky layer at the end it only really takes like 7 minutes in total! This product is definitely for people who don't like waiting for polish to dry or need a last minute manicure before an event or something! 

Now for me, the time wear is never really that great because my current job entails a lot of peeling, lifting, pulling - pretty much any hand/nail activity you can think of so i'm lucky to just have length on my nails at all! And my hands/nails get extremely dirty from all the boxes i'm touching so I wash them at least 6 times a day! So yes, ideally, for a day to day basis this product is not good for me as it chipped and lifted after 2 days BUT, I am confident that if I wore this on a holiday or a weekend off work it would not fail to stay and look flawless! 

This is the kit I tried out, it came with the lamp, top coat and my choice of colour (I chose Little Prince George, a super gorgeous periwinkle baby blue with white matte glitters through it). For $129 this is really cheap! There are so many different colours to choose from and they currently have 50% off their UV LED lamp so I highly recommend checking them out! Their website is http://gelicious-store.com/.

Here's a look at my nails during the week.

Day 1
Day 2
Lifting on my thumb after 2 days.
Have you tried Gelicious? How does it last on you! I'm eager to know if anyone else who has a hand/nail heavy job has better wear or it's just me! Thanks for reading and speak soon!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

OPI - Nordic Collection Review & Swatches

Hey everyone! Today I have the latest OPI Nordic collection to show you! I have 6 out of the 12 colours to show you today so let's jump right in! All photos are shown with 2 coats and no topcoat and applied effortlessly. OPI retails for $19.99 and is available at Myer (as of the 15th of August), David Jones (as of the 1st of August), online here and at selected salons nationally. Here's a quick look at the whole collection.


http://missmerxtumbls.tumblr.com/post/84413987716/sneak-peek-of-the-release-for-opi-a-w-nordic

Do You Have This Colour In Stock-Holm - A blue toned violet creme that is ridiculously hard to photograph. The first image is without the flash on but when I took a photo with the flash on it looked so inaccurate! It's a really lovely vibrant purple IRL.



Skating On Thin Ice-Land - A black cherry creme. A simple wintery shade with an amazing formula.


Suzi Has A Swede Tooth - A super girly pink creme.


My Dogsled Is A Hybrid - A sea foam green creme


Thank Glogg It's Friday - A really pretty magenta berry shimmer. The shimmer is not noticeable in the bottle but looks so well on your nails!


Viking In A Vinter Vonderland - Is the perfect dark purple ink creme colour. I love the name of this the best!

Will you be picking up any of the colours from this collection? Let me know what colours are your favourite!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Makeup Review

Hey everyone! How are you going? Today I have some make up to show you from the brand Dusty Girls which is a natural mineral make up company that uses clay and minerals from the earth to improve skintone. It is farmed by the brand MooGoo, that also has many skincare products available for skin that is prone to problems or sensitive. I'm very intruiged by this make up line so let's have a look at the products I received!


Dusty Girls - Natural Mineral Foundation SPF15 in the shade "Fair Minerals with Sunset Tones" (RRP $29.00 available online here) and Kabuki Brush (RRP $12.50, available online here) - I was very excited to try a powder foundation as i've only had the chance to try liquids and find they can look very cakey and unnatural. When I first tried the powder foundation it was very subtle and needed a few layers for it to even out my skintone. I applied it using the super soft Kabuki brush which is the perfect size for the face. I wore the foundation all day and it stayed really well and didn't cause any breakouts! One thing I don't like about this product is, because of the SPF, when it photographs you can see a white cast on your face (see below). But this is a minor problem for me!
White cast most visible on cheeks and around nose area
Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Mascara in the shade "Night Fall (RRP $18.50, available online here) and Natural Mineral Lip Gloss in the shade "Sun Shower" (RRP $14.50, available online here). Ever since I ran out of my holy grail everyday mascara I was on the search for a new one, and now I have! This jet black mascara gives you beautiful, natural looking eyelashes but makes them look so much darker. It has a really nice formula and did not cause any irritations when using it! The mineral lip gloss in the shade sun shower is pretty much a clear gloss with a very subtle wash of coral that brightens up your lips. It is super moisturising for a gloss and will be perfect over matte lipsticks to give them a nice shiny finish!

Left Eye: No Mascara    Right Eye: 1 coat of Mascara
1 coat of gloss over bare lips
Have you tried this brand out? Let me know if you do and what your thoughts are of it! Thanks for reading and speak soon.