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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Native War Paints Labyrinth Collection Swatches & Review

Hey friends! I hope your week is going well! I've been a little under the weather, boo. Summer sickness might be the worst, because it's so damn hot! Today I have the Native War Paints Labyrinth collection to show you. Labyrinth is totally childhood nostalgia for me, I can remember watching it over and over with my siblings as a kid. So naturally I was excited to see colors inspired by the movie! And David Bowie is in it, so it's of course a win. Also, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the film, so it's as old as I am, yay!

You Have No Power Over Me has a silver holographic base with silver flakie shards, holo bits, and a purpley-red duochrome flash. This is pretty gorgeous, it has a very strong color flash in real life, harder to capture in a photo. Applied easily, seemed sheer on the first coat but I only needed two for full coverage.
Native War Paints You Have No Power Over Me

I Will Be There For You has a scattered holographic teal base with a pinky orangey purple duochrome flash and tiny baby microglitter. This was on the thinner side and a bit sheer, but not difficult to apply. I used three coats here but you might get away with two.
Native War Paints I Will Be There For You

Dance Magic has a scattered holographic metallic purple base with large silver flakie shards, purple flakies, and micro holo shreds. This applied nicely, it was a little thicker than the previous shades. Two coats.
Native War Paints Dance Magic

Chilly Down With The Fire Gang is a vibrant fuchsia pink metallic with pink flakies and a slight red to gold duochrome. This one felt a teeny bit gummy, but applied pretty well overall. I used two coats here. Fun fact, the song the Fire Gang sings is my favorite in the movie, and I actually knew a girl in school who looked exactly like one of them. O_O
Native War Paints Chilly Down With The Fire Gang

Bog Of Eternal Stench has a murky green gold metallic base, microglitters in various colors, and a gold-green duochrome flash. This one is the sparkliest in the collection and I love it! Easy application and opaque in two coats.
Native War Paints Bog of Eternal Stench

Sir Didymus has a vibrant blue metallic base with red, blue, and gold multichrome flakies and a slight red to blue duochrome flash. This seemed a bit runny to me, I had to make sure not to overload my brush. This is two coats.
Native War Paints Sir Didymus

Hoggle and Ludo, Friends has a glassy red base filled with multichrome flakies as well as red and bronze flakies. I found this one a little runny as well, but not terribly so. Two coats.
Native War Paints Hoggle and Ludo Friends

Goblin King has a black base filled with shifting purple flakies, multichrome flakies and a purple to blue to red duochrome flash. This obviously has the strongest duochrome effect in the collection, as they show up best against black. Easy application, two coats!
Native War Paints Goblin King

These are all available for pre-order on the Native War Paints website now for $9.50 each until July 2nd, then the price will increase a bit to $10 each when they go up as regular stock. Let me know what you think about this collection! I liked that these didn't dry as matte as most of the shades I've tried from NWP, but I'd still say you'd need top coat for them. Are you a Labyrinth fan? How about a shimmer/duochrome fan? Talk to you again soon!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Glam Polish Forever After Collection [Partial] Swatches & Review

Hellooooo polish enthusiasts! Today I have an upcoming Glam Polish collection to show you, called Forever After! This is a massive collection, the biggest I've seen from them I think, at 12 shades. I have six of them for you today, and they're all amazing! “Adventure through an Enchanted Kingdom with our twelve bright and sparkly shades inspired by the Magic of Fairytales.”

Someday My Prince Will Come is a bright blue scattered holographic with ultra holo glitter. This had a good formula, thick in a good way, not too thick. Opaque in two coats. Dries slightly bumpy from the glitter, but just one layer of top coat smoothed them all out for me.
Glam Polish Someday My Prince Will Come

A Little Bit Of Magic is a bright lemon chartreuse scattered holographic with ultra holo glitter. This one was a tiny bit streaky, due to the neon shade I'm sure, but I still only needed two coats.

Happily Ever After is a bright watermelon coral scattered holographic with ultra holo glitter. This was a little less thick than the blue, and applied super easily. The almost neon, coral/pink/orange base shade is my favorite color ever and I'm so happy to see it from one of my favorite indie brands. Two coats here as well.
Glam Polish Happily Ever After

Slay The Dragon is a bright lime green scattered holographic with ultra holo glitter. This guy applied similarly to the blue shade, thick but good, and opaque in two coats.
Glam Polish Slay The Dragon

Her Own Kingdom is a bright magenta pink scattered holographic with ultra holo glitter. This one was not as thick, like the coral shade, and was opaque on one coat! I did two however, as I always do.
Glam Polish Her Own Kingdom

Once Upon A Time is a bright amethyst purple scattered holographic with ultra holo glitter. Great formula, same as the blue shade, a little thicker but easy to apply. Two coats here.
Glam Polish Once Upon A Time

The other half of the collection includes: Never Grow Up - matte rainbow glitter bomb with holo base and ultra holo glitter; Love Always Finds A Way - bright lilac scattered holo with ultra holo glitter; True Love’s Kiss - bright pink scattered holo with ultra holo glitter; Fairest of Them All - bright periwinkle scattered holo with ultra holo glitter; Enchanted Forest - bright jade scattered holo with ultra holo glitter; and Far Far Away - bright orange scattered holo with ultra holo glitter. You can see bottle shots and swatches on the Glam Polish facebook and instagram pages.

I went a little crazy pants and did some nail art with the shades I received, insanity! I did a simple rainbow-ish vertical gradient using a latex-free makeup sponge and dabbing on the polish until it became opaque. My trusty latex skin barrier Liquid Palisade helped me keep the polish off my skin (though some green is still visible around my cuticle, ugh). I used a thicker topcoat, Glitter Glaze by Girly Bits, to help smooth the multiple glittery coats. Not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with it!
Glam Polish Forever After Collection #nailart

This collection will be available this Friday, July 1st at 2pm EST on the Glam Polish website. I'm pretty dang in love with these shades, they are so nice to put on, they're bright and summery, and they're sooo glittery without being super gritty. And they're themed for fairy tales which is adorable! Tell me what you think!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cirque Colors Vice 2016 Collection Swatches & Review

Hi friends! New York based indie brand Cirque Colors has a new collection for Summer out now, the 2016 edition of the Vice Collection! You remember last year's Vice colors? They were hot, but these might be even hotter!

Plastik is a brilliant magenta purpley pink crème. This leans a little purple, and is incredibly bright. Opaque in two easy coats. Dries a little satiny, so you'll want a top coat for shine.
Cirque Colors Plastik

Rehab is a bright blue-purple crème. Not neon, but really saturated and it fits in with the other summery shades nicely. Excellent formula, two coats.
Cirque Colors Rehab

Electric Daisy is a neon chartreuse yellow crème. Intensely bright, you practically need shades to look at it! I was almost able to get this opaque in two but I needed three for complete coverage. But look ma, no white base!
Cirque Colors Electric Daisy

High Roller is a bright mint-turquoise crème. I don't know if this type of color is possible to get neon, but this is pretty close. A great, easy formula. Two coats.
Cirque Colors High Roller

Sin City is a sizzling neon flamingo pinky coral-red crème. This is so super vivid and my lame camera absolutely refused to show it's true intensity. You'll just have to believe me, it's CRAZY neon! A little on the thin side, a tad runny, but opaque on two coats. You'll want a top coat for shine.
Cirque Colors Sin City

We Trippy is a sparkly linear holographic top coat, the only comeback shade from last year's Vice collection. I loved it last year and I love it this year! I layered one coat over all the shades, turning them into holo babes!
Cirque Colors We Trippy - Vice 2016 Collection

This limited edition collection is available now on the Cirque Colors website. They're offering special pricing until July 1st (or while supplies last), you can purchase all five Vice 2016 crèmes for $55 (which is $10 off - originally $65). Individually they are priced at $13 each, along with We Trippy. What do you think of this scorching set? My friend Ida over at Ida Nails It did an awesome watermarble with these, check it out! Talk to you again soon! :)

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Zoya Summer 2016 Seashells Collection Swatches & Review

I've got the second Zoya collection for the summer to show you today, a group of six glittery textured polishes called Seashells! (Click to see the other summer collection, the Sunsets!) This is the first reemergence of the PixieDust series since the Holiday Wishes collection in 2014. And more specifically the first return to the original PixieDust formula since Fall 2013. I was very excited to see these when I heard about them, so let's see how they turned out!

Tilly is described as a "starry grey, textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal." I'd say at first glance that it was silver with muted dark purple glitter, but I can see the grey/gunmetal thing too haha. This applied wonderfully, the glitter was easy to spread over the nail and I got full coverage in two coats.
Zoya Tilly

Zooey is a "classic pink, textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium sized holographic hexes for an added layer of dimension." This looks like a textured version of Zoya Harper from their 2014 Tickled & Bubbly collection and I love it! Two easy coats.
Zoya Zooey

Levi is a "beige gold, textured PixieDust with medium holographic hex glitter." Zoya says they created this color to give an updated glam look of one of the classic PixieDusts, so I'm thinking they're talking about Godiva. This is pretty different though so I can't be sure. I love how the holo glitter catches the light and brings green hints to the gold base! Two coats, flawless formula.
Zoya Levi

Bay is a "sky blue, textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter." This one was a little more sheer than the others, I needed three coats to completely cover my nail. I didn't experience any staining though, which is nice. I can't help but think they named this in a way after Beyonce, considering her daughter's name haha.
Zoya Bay

Linds is a "cherry red, textured PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar." Linds has a creamier, more pigmented type of base like Tilly and Levi, lending it to be more opaque. This was almost a one coater, but I used two to get 100% coverage.
Zoya Linds

Cece is a "full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect." I used two coats here but almost wish I'd have done one more, though in the photo it looks pretty good. Seemed more sheer, like Bay. Awesome color though, I totally needed a texture in this shade of green!
Zoya Cece

This collection is available now on the Zoya website for $10 each. I am pretty in love with these, I am really happy they went back to their roots and made more of the original type PixieDust formula textures. I thought the texture trend was over, but this kinda re-lit my passion for them! I would be pleased to see more!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Zoya Summer 2016 Sunsets Collection Swatches & Review

One of the two newest Zoya collections on the scene for Summer 2016 is called Sunsets, six bright crèmes advertised as one-coaters. I've got them for you today, shall we see if they live up to the one-coat hype? Let's take a look!

Cam is a medium orange crème. I found this to be a little streaky, and I needed three coats to cover them completely. I love this tone of orange, but sad to see it was less opaque than I expected.
Zoya Cam

Liv is a mid-tone orchid-y purple crème. This was closer to being one coat, but I needed a second layer to get full coverage. I don't love this shade on me, but I know it's pretty popular.

Ness is a soft jade green crème. This had a similar formula to Liv, very close to being opaque in just one coat, but I needed a second for complete opacity. (Does anyone else think maybe they named this after the Lochness Monster?)
Zoya Ness

Brynn is a magenta pink crème. Lovely and bright, but unfortunately a little streaky. This is three coats. Not really a remarkable shade, but pretty just the same.
Zoya Brynn

Dory is a vibrant cornflower blue crème. Perfect color and aptly named, presumably, for that lil' blue fish we all know and love. This had a nice, smooth formula, but again, needed two coats for complete opacity. This also smelled a bit skunky, as some blue polishes seem to.
Zoya Dory

Dixie is described as a watermelon red crème. A fabulous formula, but two coats were still necessary to cover the nail line. This is SO my type of color, I love it!
Zoya Dixie

This collection is available now on the Zoya website for $10 each. How do you like the look of these polishes? I'm disappointed they were marketed as one-coat crèmes, which I suppose they could be if one's application differed significantly from mine, but I didn't experience them to live up to that. Had they left out the "one coat" claim, I believe I would've enjoyed them more as the formulas are pretty much on par with most of Zoya's normal crème polishes. What do you think?

See the second Zoya Summer collection swatches! ---> Seashells collection

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Powder Perfect Bermuda Triangle Trio Swatches & Review

Hi there :) Today I have three new polishes from Australian indie brand Powder Perfect to share, called the Bermuda Triangle trio! Three intense summer crèmes to flaunt on the beach, at the pool, or wherever you are living it up this season!

Bermuda is a super bright teal crème. It leans more green in real life but my camera couldn't deal. This was lovely to apply and opaque in two coats. This kind of color tends to stain, so I'd double up on your base coat just in case. However, I didn't notice any staining personally. I really enjoy the Powder Perfect bottle and brush, the design makes it very easy to polish with.
Powder Perfect Bermuda

Florida is a striking coral crème, kind of a mix between a neon and a pastel, but not really either one of those haha. This one was a touch on the streaky side, which I have noticed in a lot of coral polishes in this tone. It may be something to do with the pigment type? I used three coats here to cover the streaks but you may get away with two.
Powder Perfect Florida

Puerto Rico is a summery vibrant purple crème. This formula was really easy and smooth for me, no issues. Opaque in two coats. I am in love with this color! I need to put it on my toes right away!
Powder Perfect Puerto Rico

I was also able to try out their new glossy, quick dry top coat, Lightning Lady. It has a thinner consistency than I'm used to seeing from indies, but it dries pretty quickly and gives a really shiny and hard finish to a manicure. Most of my more plush top coats tend to dry faster, but they don't give me that rock hard surface that this does. Another plus to this gal was zero shrinkage! No matter what I do, with absolutely all my quick dry top coats for the last few years, I seem to experience shrinkage at my cuticles after a few hours of wear. Not the case with Lightning Lady! When I have a bit longer to wait for a perfectly tuned mani, I'll be using this!

You can purchase these at their Australian site, or their US site The polishes sell for $10.50 each and the top coat is $11. There is a sale right now where you can get the trio for $29.70 if purchased as a set. And as a special treat, I have a discount code for you (non-affiliate), if you put in KELLIE at checkout on, you can save 10% off your entire purchase! Valid through 7/31/16. Let me know what you think of these pretty bright shades!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Guest Post for Very Emily

Hello my friends! It's my birthday today and I'm celebrating by doing NOTHING! :) I'm 30 years old today and it's blowing my mind!

One of my internet besties, Emily of Very Emily is on vacation and I was lucky enough to be asked to do a post for her. If you don't already know, her blog is incredible and you should be following her! For my guest post, I've done a swatch of Emily's Picture Polish collab shade, Eerie (seen in a teaser shot below). And there might be something extra in there too, but I won't spoil it haha. Click HERE to go to the post!

Love ya and see ya again soon!

❤ Kellie

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Essie Resort 2016 Collection Swatches & Review

Hey, what's up, hello :) I hope you've been having a nice weekend my friends! I bought this mini set from Essie a while ago, their Resort collection for 2016, and I figured I would show them to you today! There are four colors in the set, influenced by "the magnificent fashion, diverse culture and sheer beauty of India."

Delhi Dance is a slightly dusty bubblegum pink crème. I usually seem to struggle with shades like this but it went on really easily and was streak-free! I needed just two coats.
Essie Delhi Dance

Going Guru is a warm spring mint green crème. There's a lot of yellow in this, different from most of the "mint" polishes in my collection. This is so my type of color, swoon! Another surprisingly great formula, though I needed three coats for this guy to cover 100%.
Essie Going Guru

Taj-Ma-Haul is a unique shade of orange, more of a pale terracotta clay. I was in love with this in the bottle and fell even harder for it when I put it on my nails. Amazing application for this one, it was almost a one coater, but I opted for two to get a little richer color payoff.
Essie Taj-Ma-Haul

Nama-Stay The Night is that sexy bright pigmented blue that everyone goes gaga for, I know I did! Absolutely wonderful to apply, almost a one coater again but I chose to do two to get the color in the bottle. I didn't wear this for long, but I didn't have any staining to speak of. However, I would recommend two coats of base and careful removal anyway just to be safe.
Essie Nama-Stay The Night

I purchased this mini set from Transdesign online, but you can also find Essie polishes in drugstores like CVS and Target, as well as Ulta. What do you think of this set? I am honestly in love! I'm looking forward to trying more Essies soon, as my tiny town is finally getting an Ulta store so the new colors will be more accessible, wahoo! Have a great day!

❤ Kellie

Friday, June 17, 2016

Celestial Cosmetics The Valyrio Collection and More Swatches & Review

Good day to you my friends, how's it going? I've had an interesting week, but things are hopefully calming down now haha. I've got a bunch of polishes from Celestial Cosmetics to show you today, courtesy of Color4Nails online nail polish store.

The first six polishes make up the Valyrio collection, inspired by Game of Thrones and designed by my awesome fellow blogger Chris from Serenity Nails! If you want to learn more about her inspirations for the polishes and what their names mean, please check out her post on the collection here.

Dracarys is a red linear holographic with golden highlights and red microglitter. This applied really well and was opaque in two coats. It's super fiery with the glitters and intense holo flame!
Celestial Cosmetics Dracarys

Kastamiro Damior is a blackened teal blue with shifting sparkle that ranges from teal to blue to purple. This one was thin and slightly runny, so I had to be slightly more careful with my application. Two coats. I have seen similar polish shades, but I think the twinkling of the glimmer bits in this makes it stand out.
Celestial Cosmetics Kastamiro Damior

Kirimvos is a slightly turquoise-y emerald green linear holographic with green opal translucent flakies. Ahh the good ol' days of flakies, we need more of them! This applied easily, but seemed a bit sheer on the first coat. But even so I just needed one more to get the depth of color in the bottle on my nails.
Celestial Cosmetics Kirimvos

Daria Zaldrizoti is a vibrant pink to red to orange shimmer duochrome. This didn't have the most obvious shift in bright light, but it is apparent in lower light. This one was on the thinner side but I only needed two coats for opacity.
Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti

Lilagon is an earthy green shimmer metallic with gold to green duochrome properties. Another one I didn't find to be as shifty as one would normally imagine for a duochrome, but still quite beautiful. Slightly runny, but not as much as the teal shimmer. I will never not like this color of polish, it's so gorgeous to me!
Celestial Cosmetics Lilagon

Sesir Kipi is a gleaming mid-tone cobalt blue with green/gold shimmer and green flakes. Another awesome formula, two coats for full coverage. This is stunning, insanely pretty! Just a note, I had the slightest bit of a blue tinge on my cuticles when I removed this so it's possible it may stain. I always double up on my base coat for blues like this just in case.
Celestial Cosmetics Sesir Kipi

The next three polishes are limited edition shades released a while ago, so you may not be able to find them as easily, my apologies.

Sweet Pea was the polish of the month shade for April 2016. This is a deep robust grape linear holographic with red to purple to gold shifting pigment, green shimmer, and scattered blue and green flakie bits. Fabulous formula, no issues at all, opaque in two coats.
Celestial Cosmetics LE April 2016 Sweet Pea

Hawthorn is the LE edition shade for May 2016. It's a pearly pale pink holo with rose gold flakes and subtle red shimmer. This had really great opacity, quite surprising for such a light shade. Opaque in two coats, went on without fuss or streaks!
Celestial Cosmetics LE May 2016 Hawthorn

Celestial Dream is a summery purple linear holographic with pink microflake shimmer. Another fabulous formula, two coats. This shade was created for the brand's three year celebration, yay!
Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream

You can purchase Celestial Cosmetics nail polishes on the Color4Nails website. They range in price from $7 to $11.50. Let me know what you think of these lovely lacquers! And be sure to give Serenity Nails some love if you are digging the Valyrio shades! Happy Friday cookies :)

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.
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