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Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamels- review and swatches

The Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel’s are new to Australia and well worth checking out. You might be sceptical the way I was but these are not the scented polishes of your youth which came in tacky shades and bubblegum sweet smells. These Revlon polishes come in 24 sophisticated and fun shades which match perfectly with their complimentary scent. The scents aren’t discernible until the polish dries but once they do they reveal subtle and complex scents which last for about 3 days even under a top coat.

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The scents are divided into fruits & florals, sweets & spices and the freshes. It didn’t surprise me that the fruits and florals range were the colours and scents that I was drawn to the most. My next favourite were the sweets and spices range because the shades in this range were so lovely and I liked the scents more than I expected. The freshes range was full of scents that sounded lovely but the shades didn’t draw me in as much so I didn’t really try out this range.

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Before I begin with swatches, I feel like I need to add my disclaimed. I am not a nail blogger so I apologise for the messy polish application!

Pink Pineapple (fruit and floral)- This scent smells the way you’d hope it would but the formula is not ideal. As a white based shade, this does tend to go on streaky and even after 4 coats (yes I said 4!) the colour still isn’t even as you can see below. The shade itself isn’t unique and I really only bought it because the scent drew me in.

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Apricot Nectar- (fruit and floral). Another shade and scent which are perfectly named! The shade is a lovely peachy shade which is perfect for spring. The formula had similar issues as Pink Pineapple but, as it’s more pigmented, the streakiness wasn’t as noticeable.

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Ginger Melon- (fruit and floral). Loved this scent and the shade is perfect for summer! It’s a lovely bright coral shade but it took me 3-4 coats to get the colour to sit evenly.

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African Tea Rose- (fruit and floral). This is a straight up rose scent but it smells of fresh roses instead of potpourri roses which I liked. The shade is a mid tone pink with a blue iridescence through it. I usually don’t like pinks which have this frostiness to them but I really liked the way this looked in person. The formula was a little watery but applied smoothly.

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China Flower- (fruit and floral). I have no idea what a China flower is or what it’s meant to smell like but this had an almost musk like/incense scent to me. I liked it and it was a nice change to the sweeter scents. The colour is what really drew me in though and this gorgeous orangey-red shade is so sophisticated. The formula was a but thin but it reached full opacity in 2 to 3 coats.

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Bordeaux- (sweets and spices)- This shade looks and smells like Sangria! It’s a really lovely rich burgundy shade. The formula was more on the watery side but was easy to apply. The first coat seemed almost red but the plum tones started to come through as I added each coat.

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Autumn Spice- (sweets and spices). This has to be the perfect fall shade! The scent smells like pumpkin pie and has discernable scents of nutmeg and cinnamon.  Those are usually smells I stay away from but this was not overpowering and I actually found it quite comforting! The star here though is the shade which is a gorgeous rich warm chocolatey base which has a shimmer through it which shifts from bronze to copper to burgundy depending on the light. This is my recommendation if you only buy one shade because it’s actually unique!

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Lime Basil- (fruit and floral). Love this shade of green and the scent is also lovely and sweet yet refreshing. The formula though is a bit thick and uneven.

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Balsam Fir- (sweets and spices). This is another great fall shade with a scent that I was surprised I liked. The scent had an almost pine scent to it and reminded me of the outdoors. The shade is a slightly greyed out forest green and is very chic.

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Italian Leather- (sweets and spices). Yet another perfect for fall shade which seems to be the trend with the sweets & spices range! This is another complex shade that changes depending on the light. It’s a slightly green toned grey which has a gold shimmer running through it which shifts from icy gold to a warmer gold. I don’t love this shade on my skin tone but the colour itself is lovely. The scent is meant to be leather but it just smells sort of sweet to me but from time to time I can pick up a whiff of the leather tones in this.

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Beachy- (freshes). This shade is a bright metallic coppery bronze. As is the issue with  most metallics, the brush strokes are visible when this dries. The formula was watery but easy to work with. The scent on this disappointed me but that’s probably because I was expecting it to smell more like the ocean instead of like the sand.

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I loved the bottles these come in and think they’re lovely to display but, apart from the novelty of the scents, most of these shades can probably be found in much better formulas from other brands. There are some gems in here though so they’re definitely worth checking out.

These sell for $16AUD or $6USD each. If you live in Australia and have been wanting to try these out, this is the perfect time to try them out since Chemist Warehouse is selling them for 50% off (until 29 May 2014) and Priceline is having a ‘two for $16’ (which is the same as 50% off and runs until 28 May 2014) sale.

Have you tried any of these perfumed polishes yet? What do you think of them?

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Glittery Holiday Nails with Deborah Lippmann

With the holiday season fast approaching, I’ve been drawn to all things gold and glittery (as if I’m not already drawn to them all year round). Glitter nail polishes are an easy way to get into the season without too much effort and there are few people who do glitter better than Deborah Lippmann.

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I’ve referred to Deborah Lippmann’s glitter polishes as ‘grown up glitter’ in the past but most of the shades I’m showing you today are really more whimsical than grown up. The 4 shades shown below are Fall 2013 releases and they’re all packed with huge chunky glitters. They are very attention grabbing but it can take a bit of effort to get the glitter sitting right on the nail.

2From left to right: Va Va Voom, Stronger, Shake Your Moneymaker & Glitter and be Gay

First up is Glitter and be Gay which is made up mainly of yellow-gold glitter with holographic and blue glitter peppered throughout. The glitters sit in a very sheer yellow base which makes it perfect for layering over other shades.

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I swatched it below on its own and also layered over other polishes. The first nail is layered over China Glaze Trendsetter (metallic mustard), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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Next up is Stronger which is a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson. It’s a sheer violet base filled with blue, silver and red glitter. This is also a layering polish but, because of its blue base, it will change the shade of the polish below.

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Swatched below on the first nail, it’s layered over the Face Shop BL607 (midnight blue), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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Shake your Money Maker is appropriately named as it’s reminiscent of money with its green and gold glitter mix. It has a sheer grey base. I can see this being perfect for a St Patrick’s day manicure.

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I swatched it below. The first nail is layered over China Glaze Custom Kicks (metallic teal), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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Last up for the Fall 2013 releases is Va Va Voom. This is a sheer blue based filled with sapphire glitter. I think this one may actually be my favourite because I love all things blue and I love glitter. I also found this one the easiest to apply out off all the glitters for some reason.

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Swatched below, the first nail is layered over Essie Butler Please (bright Cobalt blue), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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The last polish for the post is a classic Lippmann shade and cult beauty favourite, Ruby Red Slippers. Say the name and you can see many a beauty blogger and youtuber sigh just thinking about how lovely this shade is. Did I oversell it? Judge for yourself!

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The polish is made up of small and large ruby glitter suspended in a black jelly base. It’s the ruby version of Bad Romance, another of my favourite Lippmann polishes. I swatched it below with the first nail layered over China Glaze Ruby Pumps ( red glitter), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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I have so many polishes in my collection that could be suitably festive but I know that my christmas nails will be one of (or a combo of) the two stunning ruby shades below. China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers are both polishes that you have to see in person to appreciate just how stunning they are.

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Lippmann polishes aren’t sold in Australia so unfortunately you’re going to have to track them down online. I purchase mine from Revolve Clothing for about $18US. They aren’t cheap but when you consider that OPI sells for $22 in Australia (crazy, I know!) that $18 doesn’t seem so bad. What is bad is the time you have to spend removing these babies but the effort is worth having your nails look like they’re covered in jewels for a few days!

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What will you be wearing on your nails this holiday season?

Swatchfest: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polishes

I love Deborah Lippmann polishes and looking at the bottles below, I’m sure it’s not hard to tell why. I hadn’t tried any of the non-glitter polishes until I picked up Nefertiti and, while I do like it, glitters are where Deborah excels. I’m going to include links to swatches from Temptalia for some shades because there is a skill to photographing nail polishes that I just haven’t mastered!

From left to right: Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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Without flash:  Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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With flash: Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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Swatch links:  Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

From left to right: Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti, Happy Birthday

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Without flash:  Happy Birthday, Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti

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With flash:  Happy Birthday, Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti

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from left to right: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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Without flash: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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With flash: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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swatch link: Bad Romance

Where to buy:

I used to get mine online at Kissandmakeupny.com but they’ve stopped shipping these to Australia so I’ve just started buying mine from the Revolve clothing website. They’re not cheap at $16-$18 each but I think most of them are unique enough to spend the money on.

Essie Haul

Beautybay.com has been offering free shipping for a few weeks now and I’ve been taking advantage of this (probably a little too much) and picking up items I’ve been eyeing for a while. First up was my Essie haul full of beautiful bright shades from the Spring 2012 Navigate Her collection and some past collections.
From left to right are Haute as Hello, Ole Caliente, Watermelon and Splash of Grenadine. 

Haute as Hello is a really pretty coral-peach that is a bright pastel (if that makes sense!).

Ole Caliente is from the Spring 2012 collection and is this amazingly bright coral red that I love! I’m wearing this on my toes right now and it’s such a fun colour.

Watermelon is a gorgeous bright pink toned red.

Splash of Grenadine is a beautiful pink/purple mixture that leans warm.

I also picked up (from left to right) Navigate Her, Turquoise & Caicos, Lapis of Luxury and Mesmerize.

Navigate Her is from the Spring 2012 collection and is a beauitful lightened apple green. It has too much yellow in it to be a mint green. I’m wearing it on my nails right now and I am loving it! It looks great with my skin tone and I highly recommend it.

Turquoise & Caicos is a turquoise shade that is summer in a bottle. I loved this shade when it first came out but couldn’t imagine wearing blues and greens so I passed but I’m glad I finally have it.

Lapis of Luxury is a lightened purple toned blue which I love! I’ve been craving a periwinkle type shade and this almost hits the spot.

Mesmerize is a true blue that looks amazing when applied.

Essie makes one of my favourite nail polish formulas as they generally apply really well with minimal coats. Some of the brighter shades require at least 2 coats but they dry down well. Essie retails for $8 in the US and about $20 in Australia. I bought mine for about $11 from Beauty Bay. I think the free shipping is still running so go check it out if you’re eyeing any of these shades.

Have you tried Essie before? What’s your favourite Essie polish?

Relive the 90’s with OPI Black Shatter nail polish

It hit 39 degrees (102 degrees fahrenheit) in Melbourne yesterday and with the sun shining so brightly I felt like it was the perfect day for my NARS Schiap lipstick to make its public debut and I really wanted nails to match. I pulled out OPI I’m Indi-a Mood for Love which is a really pretty bright pink. I love this polish because it’s a bright happy colour but for some reason I only ever use it on my toes.

I looked at my nails again this morning and I thought that it really needed a little something extra so I pulled out my OPI Black Shatter polish. I bought this about 3 weeks ago and I just keep forgetting to post on it. I’m sure you’ve all seen polishes like this before which seperate as they dry to make a shatter pattern.

This shatter polish can be a little tricky to work with because its success relies on using it under the correct conditions. First make sure you shake the bottle well because this polish can clump up and I usually have to shake it up after doing a few nails. You also need to make sure that whatever polish you apply it over is completely dry or this will not work properly and sometimes won’t really seperate.

The amount of product you use also really affects how this polish seperates. You can only use one coat and if you use alot then the cracks will be quite thick and you end up with big blocks of black on your nails. If you use less then the shatter pattern is alot more delicate looking. I applied a bit more product in the photo above which is why there is so much pink visible in between the black. When you use less then the result looks more like this picture below which is how the polish looks like on one of my toe nails. It’s applied over OPI Bring on the Bling glitter polish. This polish looks the best when you finish it off with a top coat and I use 2 coats of Seche Vite to get it as smooth as possible plus without a top coat the black can flake off sometimes.

This is the only shatter polish I’ve tried so I don’t know how it compares to the others that are on the market but Barry M and BYS make cheaper alternatives. The Barry M seems to shatter into more rectangular shards and the BYS is a more subtle shatter pattern that is also available in different colours. Based on pictures I’ve seen, I have to say that I prefer the shatter pattern that results from the OPI more than the others because it looks like a more organic pattern if that makes sense.

I think that this polish is okay but it’s definitely a trend polish so if you’re not a big nailpolish fanatic or if you don’t love the look then I say skip it because you probably won’t get much use out of it. I’ll probably end up using it once every blue moon but it’s definitely not a must have for me. It’s perfect for a 90’s themed party though and it definitely makes me feel nostalgic when I wear it and reminds me of simpler times of slap bands and elastics and cross colours.

What do you think of OPI Black Shatter? Can you see yourself rocking this look on your nails or will you be passing?

Happy New Year (and nails)!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe and fun new years eve and are ready for 2011.

I’ve already mentioned how I love matching my nailpolish to whatever the occasion is so of course I had to go with silver glitter nails for New Years eve. I used 2 coats of OPI DS Radiance which is part of OPI’s designer series (hence the DS in the name) and is basically a very shiny foil like silver. I topped it off with two coats of Deborah Lippmann’s Today was a fairytale nailpolish. I love this colour! It’s a sheer cornflower blue/grey base with both small round glitter flecks and bigger hexagonal silver glitter pieces.

The OPI nail polish on its own is a very bright silver but the Deborah Lippmann polish on top toned down the brightness slightly and added the pretty glitter. I think the final result was very space agey and definitely very New Years appropriate. I was getting compliments on this combo the whole week I was wearing it so check them out if you’re on the hunt for a good silver look. I will say that the even though the Lippmann polish is pretty on its own, because the base is so sheer I do prefer to layer it over something else. I think it would look awesome on top of a light grey or sky blue nail polish.