01 January, 2020

SALLY HANSEN INSTA DRI X CRAYOLA METALLIC GLAM ROCK COLLECTION - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Sally Hansen have collaborated with Crayola again to create specially designed nail polish shades inspired by the amazing metallic Crayola crayon colours we all know and love. 

The limited-edition Sally Hansen x Crayola Insta Dri range pairs bright colours with metallic finishes for shades that go beyond the usual silver and gold, to keep us right on the metallic beauty trend. 


I have all 12 polishes from the limited-edition collection to review for you today :)



RAZZMIC BERRY
Razzmic Berry is a violet purple nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


SHIMMERING BLUSH
Shimmering Blush is a raspberry pink-red nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


BIG DIP O'RUBY
Big Dip O'Ruby is a brick red nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


BITTERSWEET SHIMMER
Bittersweet Shimmer is an apple red-orange nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


ALLOY ORANGE
Alloy Orange is a pumkin orange nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


METALLIC SUNBURST
Metallic Sunburst is a yellow gold nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


SHEEN GREEN
Sheen Green is a green nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


METALLIC SEAWEED
Metallic Seaweed is a teal green nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


B'DAZZLED BLUE
B'Dazzled Blue is an indigo blue nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


SONIC SILVER
Sonic Silver is a grey-led silver nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


DEEP SPACE SPARKLE
Deep Space Sparkle is a gunmetal nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


BLAST OFF BRONZE
Blast Off Bronze is a chocolate brown nail polish shade with silver metallic shimmer scattered throughout it. 


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This collection is SUPER cool - I'm a sucker for metallic nail polish! 

The formula of the polishes in this collection are pure perfection! All 12 polishes are super easy to apply and effortlessly glide onto the nail, just like butter. They are not streaky or patchy and self-level SO well.
They are ALL SUPER pigmented, cover amazingly well and build up to full opacity nice and easily in ONE THIN COAT!!! That's right, ONE COAT!

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Sally Hansen have their Insta Dri polishes labelled as "1 stroke. 1 coat. [And] Dry in 60 seconds." These polishes have an amazing wide brush that contours perfectly to the nail for smooth and easy application, which I love. They are also really good quality nail polishes and dry super fast. They are definitely pigmented and considered opaque enough for a quick and easy out-the-door mani, but I would personally add a second coat for a flawless manicure (and my OCD). 

I love that Sally Hansen has collaborated with Crayola and that the Insta Dri range has made a comeback here in Australia, after being discontinued years ago.I cannot wait for the Sally Hansen Insta Dri range to expand further - I am especially excited to get my hands on the newly released Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly collection!

Have you tried the Insta Dri range yet?
What are your thoughts?
Leave a comment below - 


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RRP: $8.95 each (AUD)

The Sally Hansen Insta Dri range is available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and Select Pharmacies nationally (Australia). 
For details on retail stockists please call 1800 812 663.

*This limited-edition collection was released earlier this year, so you might struggle to find them in store - you may get lucky and find them on clearance at Chemist Warehouse (like I did) or on online nail polish de-stash pages. Happy Hunting!


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**Disclaimer: I purchased these products from Chemist Warehouse with my own money. All opinions expressed in this Blog post are mine based on what I have experienced through trialling these products.


Thank you for taking the time to read this review
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask :)
Wishing you a fabulous 2020! Happy New Year!!!
Doni x


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24 December, 2019

JESSICA COSMETICS TEA PARTY SPRING COLLECTION 2019 - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Grab a sweet treat to celebrate the warmer weather with the delightful new JESSICA Cosmetics Tea Party collection.

I have all 6 polishes from the Spring 2019 Tea Party collection to review for you today :)



BLUEBERRY CREAM 
Blueberry Cream is a pastel cornflower blue nail polish shade. 
SO pretty! 

The formula is FANTASTIC! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's pigmented, covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two thin coats.


PUMPKIN SPICE 
Pumpkin Spice is a bright-pastel orange nail polish shade. 
It's pastel toned, but also so bright its *almost* neon! My swatch photo seriously does no justice! I hardly ever wear orange on my nails but I'll be rocking this all Summer, maybe even on my toes! Love it!

The formula is AMAZING! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well. 

It's SUPER pigmented, covers amazingly well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two thin coats.


YELLOW MERINGUE 
Yellow Meringue is a pastel yellow nail polish shade.
Very pretty! I could see this one looking stunning on darker /  tanned skin tones.

SO impressed with the formula of this one! Yellow nail polish (especially pastel yellows) are notorious for having bad formulas.This one is AMAZING! It glides onto the nails really nicely and evenly.

It builds up to full opacity in two - three thin coats, depending on application and personal preference (my swatch shows two coats).


EARL GREY 
Earl Grey is a pale grey nail polish shade.
I don't wear grey on my nails very often but I really enjoy this one. 

The formula is (surprise, surprise) FANTASTIC! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's SUPER pigmented, covers AMAZINGLY well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats.


LOVE YOU VERY MATCHA  
Love You Very Matcha is a pastel sea-foam green nail polish shade. 
So pretty!

The formula is (yet again) FANTASTIC! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's pigmented, covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two thin coats.


LAVENDER LOVE  
Lavender Love is a pastel lavender purple nail polish shade. 
THIS COLOUR IS EVERYTHING! I LOVE IT!

The formula of this one is different to the rest - it's a little weird - it's sheer / crelly-like (not what I was expecting). It's still a dream to work with and self-levels well nonetheless.

It builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two thin coats.

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I think JESSICA have smashed it out of the park (YET AGAIN!!!) with this collection! The colour selection is PERFECT for Spring and the warmer months - I do maintain that pastel nails are ALWAYS a good idea, so I'll be rocking these all year round!

Pastel nail polish formulas have a tendency to be bad (apply sheer, patchy and require multiple coats to look decent). JESSICA Cosmetics really have a way of creating amazing quality nail polish, and this collection is no different. The formulas of these pastel polishes are simply flawless - they apply beautifully and dry relatively fast! 
I am in awe!

My personal favourites from the collection are; Pumpkin Spice, Earl Grey & Lavender Love

I love that JESSICA nail colours are Cruelty Free, Vegan and 7-Free which means they are free from nasty chemicals like Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Xylene and Ethyl Tosylamide - so they are gentle on you and the environment!

JESSICA polishes are available in classic and trend-setting shades with a huge variety of finishes including; creme, matte, metallic, glitter, opalescent, sheer and frost.
I cannot wait to try out some more! Definitely recommend! 


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RRP: $19.95 each (AUD)

JESSICA Cosmetics are available for purchase at www.jessicacosmetics.com.au (Australia). 

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*Disclaimer: JESSICA Cosmetics Australia kindly sent me these products for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this Blog post are mine based on my personal experiences through trialling these products.


Thanks for taking the time to read this review
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask :)
Have a very Merry Christmas and fabulous New Year, 
Doni x 



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23 November, 2019

JESSICA COSMETICS PHENOM BLUSHING BEAUTY COLLECTION - SWATCHES & REVIEW

A 'phenomenal' evolution in polish technology, exclusively formulated for salon professionals, PHENOM is JESSICA Cosmetics' answer to gel nails with no UV / LED light; promising up to 10 days of lasting colour and gel-like shine.
It's fast, it shines, it lasts and it can be achieved in in 3 easy steps.  
Here's how it works - 

STEP 1: BASE COAT

Apply two thin coats of any JESSICA base coat to prepared nails (nails completely free of polish, oils, etc) - this will ensure maximum adhesion and wear.

STEP 2: PHENOM COLOUR
Apply two thin coats of your desired JESSICA Phenom colour - apply just like regular nail polish. 

STEP 3: FINALE SHINE
Apply one thin coat of the JESSICA Finale Shine top coat over the colour - this sets and cures the colour giving it a gel-like shine (no lamp needed! It hardens with natural light exposure!)


*APPLICATION TIPS: Apply thin coats of polish and ensure each coat is fully dry before applying the next coat. 


All JESSICA nail colours are Cruelty Free, Vegan and 7-Free which means they are free from nasty chemicals like Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Xylene and Ethyl Tosylamide - so they are gentle on you and the environment!


I have the JESSICA Phenom Blushing Beauty collection to try and review for you today :)



 SWEET KISS 
Sweet Kiss is a nice rosy pink-toned neutral nail polish shade.
Not your typical bright bubblegum pink. It looks pink, no matter how you look at it, but it's muted and more subdued - I like this one...a lot! 

The formula is perfect! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's pigmented, covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats, depending on personal preference.

 YOU MAKE ME BLUSH 
You Make Me Blush is a light caramel nude nail polish shade. 
A classic and crowd-pleaser for sure!

The formula is great! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. 

It applies slightly patchy on the first coat, but builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two thin coats.


 CHOCOLATE BRONZE 
Chocolate Bronze is a deep rosy neutral nail polish shade.
I always enjoy deeper neutrals like this. My favourite of the collection for sure!

The formula, yet again, is perfect! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's pigmented, covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats, depending on personal preference.


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These are the first Phenom polishes I have tried and I quite like them. 
The formulas are lovely, and the quality is amazing (as you would expect from JESSICA polishes). I appreciate that they are long-lasting and dry relatively fast.

I really enjoy these kind of neutral shades for everyday wear.
Let's be honest, not all neutral nail polish shades suit every skin tone, but I can guarantee you that at least one of these beautiful blush-toned neutrals will suite you! 

JESSICA polishes are available in classic and trend-setting shades with a huge variety of finishes including; creme, matte, metallic, glitter, opalescent, sheer and frost.
I cannot wait to try out some more! Definitely recommend! 


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RRP: $21.95 each (AUD)

JESSICA Cosmetics are available for purchase at www.jessicacosmetics.com.au (Australia). 

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*Disclaimer: JESSICA Cosmetics Australia kindly sent me these products for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this Blog post are mine based on my personal experiences through trialling these products.


Thanks for taking the time to read this review
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day, 
Doni x 



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14 October, 2019

OPALLAC NEW SHEER SHADES - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Turn your simple mani into something sheerly stunning with the new luxurious sheer gel nail colours by Opallac.

Opallac is the Australian gel nail innovation promising glamorous salon quality gel nail colour; designed to last up to 14 days. The unique Opallac Gel formula glides on like normal nail polish and sets instantly like gel when cured by the revolutionary Opallac LED nail lamp. 

NO dry time! NO chipping! NO smudges! It's easy, AND it can be done at home! 
What more could you want? 


I have the 3 new Opallac sheer shades to review for you today :)


  DEAR SHEER  
Dear Sheer is a classic sheer pink gel nail polish shade.
I love this one! Could not stop staring at my nails when I wore it! So SO pretty!

The formula is great and it applies effortlessly! 
It isn't streaky or patchy, self-levels well, and builds up to full opacity nicely in two thin coats. Lovely!


  BARELY THERE  
Barely There is a sheer peachy nude gel nail polish shade.
A classic neutral. A crowd pleaser for sure!

The formula is great and it applies effortlessly! 
It isn't streaky or patchy, self-levels well, and builds up to full opacity nicely in two thin coats.


  FLUFFY BUNNY  
Fluffy Bunny is a milky white gel nail polish shade.
I love that this isn't your typical stark white-out white - It's so much more wearable! 

The formula of this one is slightly thicker than the rest, so it's important to apply the thinnest coats possible. It isn't streaky or patchy though, self-levels well, and builds up to full opacity nicely in two thin coats.


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I have been on the hunt for some good natural / sheer everyday, work appropriate polishes. In my pursuit I have noticed sheer polishes tend to apply unevenly and require lots of coats to look nice. 

I can wholeheartedly say that Opallac have nailed the sheer nail trend!
The new Opallac sheers are elegant, and the formulas are lovely (I always adore Opallac gel polish formulas, and how perfectly they cure under the Opallac LED nail lamp!)

Let's be honest, not all neutral nail polish shades suit every skin tone. But I can guarantee you that at least one of these new neutral sheers will suite you!


As per usual, I definitely recommend trying out Opallac!
For more information on Opallac, I have an honest and detailed Blog Post reviewing the Gel System, along with some of my tips and tricks to achieving the perfect gel mani at home, linked here.

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RRP: $19.95 each (AUD)

Opallac products are exclusively available for purchase online at www.opallac.com and www.priceline.com.au, as well Selected Priceline stores nationally (Australia).

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*Disclaimer: Opallac kindly sent me the products mentioned in this Blog Post for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine based on what I have experienced through trialling these products.


Thanks for taking the time to read this review!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day,
Doni x


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16 August, 2019

JESSICA COSMETICS AUTUMN ROMANCE COLLECTION - SWATCHES & REVIEW

After dominating the US nail market JESSICA cosmetics is finally available here in Australia! Great news for us Aussie nail polish addicts! 

JESSICA Custom Nail Colours are labeled as "iconic, indulgent and best in class"; exclusively formulated to the highest industry standards.

All JESSICA nail colours are Cruelty Free, Vegan and 7-Free which means they are free from nasty chemicals like Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Xylene and Ethyl Tosylamide - so they are gentle on you and the environment!

I have the 6 piece Autumn Romance collection to try and review for you today :)

*Spoiler alert: They. Are. I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E!!!*



WINE COUNTRY
Wine Country is a deep red wine nail polish shade.
I feel like you could take over the world with nails this colour!

The formula is perfect! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It applies slightly patchy but self-levels nicely.

It's super pigmented, covers well and builds up to full opacity in two thin easy coats.


NATURAL SPLENDOR 
Natural Splendor is a peachy nude nail polish shade.
I never tire from this kind of colour. It's a go-to and one of my favourite shades of nude.

The formula is perfection!!! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well. So so good, especially for a nude!

It's pigmented, covers REALLY well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats, depending on personal preference - it looks perfectly fine in one coat!


TOASTED PECANS
Toasted Pecans is a brown nail polish shade.
I don't typically wear brown, but now I just might! This is super pretty and flattering!

The formula, yet again, is perfect! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's super pigmented, covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats, depending on preference - I think it looks better in two coats.


FALLEN LEAVES
Fallen Leaves is a brick red nail polish shade.
It's not your typical red shade. There's something special about this one.

The formula is literally perfection!!! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's vibrant, covers amazingly well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one thin coat! One coat! 

I sound like a broken record, but these polishes are seriously AMAZING!


MORNING HAZE
Morning Haze is a grey nail polish shade with copper shimmer scattered throughout it.

I love the combination of the grey and copper, in theory, BUT once you add a second coat of this polish, the amazing shimmer you see in the bottle becomes virtually non existent on the nail. I mean you can sort of see a glow if you look really closely, but it's not as vivid as I would have liked it to be. That being said, I still really like this shade of grey.

The formula of this one is thinner, but still easy to work with. It covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two thin coats.


MAUVE-LOUS NIGHTS
Mauve-lous Nights is a plum purple nail polish shade.
This was the first one I tried from the collection, and as soon as I applied the first stroke I gasped! 

The formula, again, is perfect! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's super vibrant, covers really well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats, depending on preference - I think it looks better in two coats.



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I topped off all of these swatches with the JESSICA Brilliance High Gloss top coat
THIS. STUFF. IS. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! 
SO glossy and dries in a flash. Truely a stroke of brilliance! 


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These are the first polishes I have tried from JESSICA Cosmetics and I am so OBSESSED with them!

I think JESSICA have smashed it out of the park with this collection! The colour selection is spot on and perfect for Autumn. The formulas are literally flawless, and the quality is amazing - they are super pigmented and vibrant, they're long-lasting and they dry relatively fast.  
I seriously cannot find any faults with these polishes!
It's a big A+ from me JESSICA!

My personal favourites from the collection are; Natural Splendor, Fallen Leaves & Mauve-lous Nights

JESSICA Custom Nail Colours are available in classic and trend-setting shades with a huge variety of finishes including; creme, matte, metallic, glitter, opalescent, sheer and frost.
I cannot wait to try out some more! Definitely recommend! 


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RRP: $17.95 each (AUD)

JESSICA Cosmetics are available for purchase at www.jessicacosmetics.com.au (Australia). 

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*Disclaimer: JESSICA Cosmetics Australia kindly sent me these products for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this Blog post are mine based on my personal experiences through trialling these products.


Thanks for taking the time to read this review
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day, 
Doni x 


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