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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01 June, 2019

SALLY HANSEN INSTA DRI X CRAYOLA SCHOOL'S OUT COLLECTION - SWATCHES & REVIEW #THROWBACK

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

The limited edition Sally Hansen x Crayola Insta Dri School's Out collection (released in 2018) transports you back to that care-free time of colouring with crayons and sketching out vibrant creations.

I have the 6 polishes from the collection to review for you today :)



WILD WATERMELON
Wild Watermelon is a coral "watermelon" pink nail polish shade.
A very pretty shade of pink!

The formula is absolutely 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 really well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one thin coat! 


ATOMIC TANGERINE
Atomic Tangerine is a classic orange nail polish shade.
Perfect for Summer! 

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 really well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats! 


INCHWORM
Inchworm is a chartreuse green nail polish shade.
Some may call this an "ugly-pretty colour". 

The formula is amazing for this type of colour! 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 really well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats! 


BLUETIFUL
Bluetiful is a cobalt blue nail polish shade.
Very SH "Pacific Blue"-esque, but it's not a dupe *cries*. 
A lovely shade of blue nonetheless. 

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 extremely pigmented*, covers really well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one thin coat!  
*It's so pigmented I would definitely recommend wearing a couple of coats of base coat to avoid blue staining. For the record, it didn't stain my nails, but I would still wear base coat just to be safe (no one likes Smurf hands!) 


RAZZLE DAZZLE ROSE
Razzle Dazzle Rose is a fuchsia pink nail polish shade.
OBSESSED with this shade of pink! Always have been, always will be!

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.

It's super pigmented, covers really well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one thin coat! 


APRICOT
Apricot is a peach nail polish shade. 
I LOOOVE this colour!

The formula is great especially for the type of colour it is! The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It's slightly patchy but it self-levels nicely.

It's super pigmented, covers really well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two - three thin coats! 


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This collection is super cool! I really like the colours and formulas.
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.

Sally Hansen have these Insta Dri polishes labelled as "1 stroke. 1 coat. [And] Dry in 60 seconds."
I will say, these polishes do have an amazing wide brush that contours to the nail for smooth and easy application, which I love. They are also really good quality nail polishes and dry super fast. I disagree that they are all opaque in one coat though - I mean most of them are definitely pigmented and 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 cannot wait for the Sally Hansen Insta Dri range to expand - I am especially excited for the Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly collection to launch in Australia!!!

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 in 2018, 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 :)
Have a fabulous day,
Doni x


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12 January, 2019

NAILS INC LONDON SPARKLE LIKE A UNICORN NAIL POLISH DUO - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Give your hooves a unicorntastic makeover with the Nails Inc "Sparkle Like A Unicorn" nail polish duo. Featuring two mesmerising shades, this must-have duo will have you embracing your inner unicorn. Whether you opt for the magical violet and aquamarine shade-shifter shade or stunningly sparkling rose gold shimmer, both shades in this dynamic duo will take your mani to mythical heights.

I have the beautiful Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn duo to review for you today :)
*Spoiler: I. AM. O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D!*



 RAINBOW WISHES 
Rainbow Wishes is a delicate purple nail polish shade, with a stunning aqua blue shimmery sheen scattered throughout it.
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! So pretty!!

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


 DREAM DUST 
Dream Dust is a sparkly rosey pink-purple nail polish shade with gold micro glitter particles scattered throughout it - essentially "rose gold".
It's GLORIOUS! There is something so regal about this colour. I LOVE IT!

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 also dries down nicely with no gritty glitter texture.

It covers beautifully and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats, depending on personal preference. 
(It's technically opaque in one coat, but I personally like the way the colour becomes more vibrant in two.)

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I am literally OBSESSED OBSESSED OBSESSED with the Sparkle Like A Unicorn duo!! 
The duo is made up of a unique combination of dreamy and delicate, colour-shifting, and blinding shimmery goodness; to have your nails glistening in every light, and keep you on-trend with your nail game strong - it's pure unicorn magic!

The formulas are simply perfection, and I am LIVING for the amazing wide brush - it makes flawless application absolutely effortless! 

It's a HUGE HUGE HUGE thumbs up from me! I am in awe!
I definitely recommend trying the stunning stunning STUNNING Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo.

I pride myself in giving completely authentic and honest reviews, so when I say you NEED these polishes in your life, I genuinely mean it!

Try the duo today and sparkle like a Unicorn!


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RRP: Approximately $30 (AUD)

Nails Inc nail polish is available at David Jones, eBay stores and selected Online E-tailers, including sonailiciousboutique.com.

This Duo is super hard to get your hands on! 
Mine were purchased off an online eBay store in the US.
Happy Hunting!

For more information, head on over to www.nailsinc.com.

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**Disclaimer: I purchased these products Online 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 2019! Happy New Year!
Doni x


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23 December, 2018

BY CINDY SOCIETAL (BY CS) VEGAN AND BREATHABLE NAIL POLISH - SWATCHES & REVIEW

By Cindy Societal (By CS) is an up-and-coming Independently run Australian beauty brand specialising in 10-free, Vegan and Cruelty Free nail polish and nail water decals.

I have 4 introductory shades from the brand to review for you today :)
*Spoiler*: they are really really good!



CONNOISSEUR
Connoisseur is a deep ox-blood red nail polish shade. 
So Vampy and sexy! I love it!

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

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


HAVING AN ARIEL MOMENT
Having an Ariel Moment is a really *really* pale / sheer pink (hardly even noticeable) nail polish shade with TONS of AMAZING gold-green lustre shimmers scattered throughout it. 
The shimmer is so reflective and blinding on the nails that it looks metallic.
OBSESSED with the colour AND the name! So Cool!

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

It covers amazingly well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two - three thin coats.
(My swatch shows two thin coats, and it looks perfectly opaque to me, but I could see you potentially needing three coats if you have longer nails.)


GLACIER
Glacier is a powder blue nail polish shade with a silver pearlescent shimmer scattered throughout it. So lovely! A crowd pleaser for sure!

The polish is easy to apply and effortlessly glides onto the nail. It isn't streaky or patchy and self-levels well. The formula is great - (much better than I was expecting, considering these kinds of colours tend to apply patchy and unevenly). 

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


SNOW ANGEL 
Snow Angel is a periwinkle blue nail polish shade with a silver pearlescent shimmer scattered throughout it. Very similar to Glacier, but with a hint of purple. So beautiful!

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


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


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These are the first By Cindy Societal polishes that I have tried and I really liked them! 

The colours are beautiful, formulas are literally flawless, they're easily opaque, and apply effortlessly with the AMAZING wide brush (seriously obsessed with the brush more than anything!). They are vibrant on the nail, fast drying, and pretty chip-resistant - what more could you really want in a nail polish? The general quality of these polishes is exceptional!

I absolutely LOVE that By CS polishes are a healthier nail polish choice containing no nasty chemicals, are Vegan and Cruelty Free AND I also really like the concept of the nail polish being breathable.


By CS nail polish is available in an expanding range of pretty and on-trend colour options.
I can't wait to try out some more colours! 
I definitely recommend trying the brand out for yourself!

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RRP: $20 each (AUD)

Find these beautiful polishes and more online at www.bycindysocietal.com.au.


Purchase ANY 3 By CS polishes for $50, just use the code "BUNDLE" at check out!

* Spend $100 or more to receive free express shipping!

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**Disclaimer: By Cindy Societal kindly sent me these products for review. All opinions expressed in this Blog post are honest and based on my personal experiences 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 very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year, 
Doni x


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16 November, 2018

OPALLAC LIMITED EDITION JUICY JELLY COLLECTION - SWATCHES & REVIEW

"Jelly nails" are the HOTTEST new Summer nail trend, and if you're undecided as to whether it's cool or not, wait until you see the new limited-edition Juicy Jelly Gel Polish collection 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!

I have all 5 of the Limited-Edition Opallac Jelly gel polishes to review for you today :)


I feel like I need to make a quick disclaimer here, and acknowledge that typically, the trendy "Jelly" nail look, is achieved by applying a clear acrylic nail tip / clear sculpting gel over your natural nail, then adding a coat of transparent colour-tinted (jelly) polish over top - just Google it! I have swatched these Jelly polishes on my natural nubbins, to give you an idea of how these Jelly's look on shorter nails, as I'm sure not everyone wants to commit to false nails. So just bare that in mind.

Now, let's get into the swatches...



JELLY FROSÉ
Jelly Frosé is a jelly neon pink gel polish shade.

It applies really nice and evenly.
My swatch shows one thin coat on my natural nails.


JELLY MANGO TANGO
Jelly Mango Tango is a jelly orange gel polish shade.

It applies really nice and evenly.
My swatch shows one thin coat on my natural nails.


JELLY PIÑA COLADA 
Jelly Piña Colada is a jelly yellow gel polish shade.

It applies really nice and evenly.
My swatch shows one thin coat on my natural nails.


JELLY LIME MOJITO
Jelly Lime Mojito is a jelly green gel polish shade.

It applies really nice and evenly.
My swatch shows one thin coat on my natural nails.


JELLY MALIBLUE
Jelly Maliblue is a jelly blue gel polish shade. 

It applies really nice and evenly.
My swatch shows one thin coat on my natural nails.

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I think Opallac have seriously nailed the Jelly trend!
I love how vibrant, bright and glossy these jelly polishes are.
I especially love that you can achieve jelly nails at home!

Clearly, the jelly effect is not as obvious on my short nubbins as compared to longer / false nails, but I'm still digging the squishy jelly look. It just goes to show that you can still enjoy the jelly trend with shorter nails.
(Not going to lie, I do think it looks much cooler on longer nails though). 

Do you dig the Jelly nail trend?
I think it's pretty cool!


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RRP: $16.95 each (AUD)

These super limited-edition Jelly polishes are EXCLUSIVELY available for purchase online at www.opallac.com
HURRY and don't miss out!

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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, don't hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day,
Doni x


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