17 September, 2020

OPALLAC GEL POLISH PASTEL PALETTE - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Spring is here, which means it's time to bring out the pastels! Treat yourself to a lavish pastel mani with the NEW Opallac pastel palette!

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! Opallac is also proudly Vegan, Cruelty free and 10-free!!

I have the NEW Opallac Pastel Palette, made up of four perfectly pastel gel polish shades, to review for you today :)


 FROSTED 
Frosted is a pastel blue gel polish shade.
Who doesn't love a dreamy pastel blue? I can't think of anyone who wouldn't be obsessed with this shade. Gorgeous!


 MARSHMALLOW 
Marshmallow is a pastel pink gel polish shade.
Nothing too unique about the colour, but you can NEVER go wrong with a pastel pink, and this is a good one! So pretty!!


 LOVENDER 
Lovender is a pastel purple gel polish shade.
It's pastel. It's purple. Need I say more?.. You need it!


 BUTTERMILK 
Buttermilk is a pastel yellow gel polish shade.
Now, I don't generally rock yellow nails, as I personally think they make me look jaundice, but this one is super wearable! Such a lovely tone of yellow and has an amazing formula! I suspect this shade will be a favourite for many. Would also look great on darker skin. 

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I am OBSESSED with this palette! Opallac have seriously nailed it again with these perfectly plush pastels. 

As per usual, the formulas of these lavish pastels are lovely. I love how smooth and evenly Opallac polishes apply as well as how easily opaque they are - you would think that these kinds of lighter pastel shades would be difficult to apply, but all four pastels apply beautifully, are opaque in two thin easy coats, and cure perfectly under the Opallac LED nail lamp.

As always, I highly recommend trying out Opallac and I am not being paid to do so! I just genuinely rate their products. 
A fantastic option if you're looking for a quick and easy salon-quality DIY gel manicure you can do at home - literally no skills required for application or removal!

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 manicure at home, linked here - I wrote that review in 2016, and maintain every word! 

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RRP: $58 for the set (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).

The Pastel Palette is available NOW on the Opallac website, and will be released in Priceline stores in mid October!

ORDER THE PALETTE ON THE OPALLAC WEBSITE AND RECEIVE A CUTE PRINTED DRAWSTRING BAG

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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.


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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03 September, 2020

JESSICA COSMETICS PHENOM SWEET TALK SPRING TREATS 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 Sweet Talk collection to try and review for you today :)



  U HAD ME AT HELLO  
U Had Me at Hello is a coral pink nail polish shade.
I say you can never go wrong with pink nails. This one is perfect for the warmer weather. Would also make for a cute pedicure. 

Opaque in one thin coat!


  SMOOTH TALKER  
Smooth Talker is a baby blue nail polish shade.
I always enjoy this tone of blue. The formula of this one is quite possibly the best I've tried for this kind of shade. A crowd pleaser for sure!

Opaque in one - two thin coats.


  TELL ME MORE  
Tell Me More is a a taupe grey/purple nail polish shade with a super fine pink-blue shimmer scattered throughout it.
Now this one has me starstruck! Super pretty! The shimmer is definitely apparent in person and literally glows off the nails.

Opaque in one - two thin coats.


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As per usual, JESSICA Cosmetics have nailed this collection - 
the colour selection and formulas of these polishes are simply perfection!

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 do not hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day, 
Doni x 



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06 August, 2020

OPALLAC GEL POLISH DARK PALETTE - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Add luxury to your next manicure withe the new deliciously rich and enticing Opallac dark gels!

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! Opallac is also proudly Vegan, Cruelty free and 10-free!!

I have the NEW Opallac Dark Palette four-pack to review for you today :)



SAPPHIRE
Sapphire is an inky sapphire blue gel polish shade.
There's something unique about this particular tone of blue. It's kind of jelly-like / see-through and looks squishy, in a good way. Very cool! Who doesn't love a good blue? 

Opaque in one - two thin easy* coats.
(It looks fine with one, looks even better with two).
*I'd like to note that the formula of this one is slightly thicker than the rest, but it's still super easy to apply.


CAVIAR
Caviar is a deep plum purple gel polish shade.
So dark it will most probably look black from afar, but up close you can definitely see the plum purple colour. 
I'm always such a huge fan of almost-black nails. So sexy!

My swatch shows ONE easy coat! 
You could possibly need a second coat if your nails are longer than mine.


GRANITE
Granite is a dark grey gel polish shade.
Darker then the tone of grey I tend to wear, but still such a pretty shade. I'm surprised with how much I liked this one. So luxe!

My swatch shows ONE easy coat!


EMERALD
Emerald is a deep emerald-teal green gel polish shade.
Now this is a hard one to describe - it literally looks different depending on the lighting. I want to say its more of a teal green then emerald. Either way it's beautiful. Possibly my favourite from the lot! So pretty!

Opaque in one - two thin easy coats.
(It looks fine with one, looks even better with two).


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Let's be honest, wearing dark polish comes with it's hassles. As much as I LOVE rocking a good blue and basically any almost-black shade, I always question whether the application struggle is worth it. 

"I'm going to make a mess", "It's going to bleed into my cuticles", "My skin is going to stain", "I'm going to be stuck with Smurf hands", "This is not good for my OCD", "Oh the horror!!!", "Messy manicures are so much more obvious with dark polish!", "If you look at it from afar it's not that bad right?...Right??" - I literally think these things over and over again during application of dark polish, but because I love dark nails, I put up with the torture.

Although I can never fault Opallac, I was genuinely worried that I'd really struggle with these and potentially hate them. I mean I'm scared of applying regular dark polish, Gel polish is a whole different ball game because, well, it sticks! My biggest concern was "What happens if I cure a messy dark gel manicure?".

Well, well, well... let me tell you, without a word of a lie, I have never had such a pleasant manicure experience. I don't think I have applied dark polish quite as effortlessly as I did with these dark gels! 

These dark shades have the same perfect Opallac gel formula we have become accustomed to. They are super pigmented and apply so smooth and evenly. The amazing Opallac wide brush also perfectly contours to the nail for easy, mess-free application in three easy strokes! Cure under the Opallac LED nail lamp and you're good to go!

As always, I highly recommend trying out Opallac!
A fantastic option if you're looking for a quick and easy salon-quality DIY gel manicure you can do at home - literally no skills required for application or removal!

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 manicure at home, linked here.

Don't let Winter suppress your inner goddess, treat yourself to a luxurious Opallac Gel mani today! You deserve it!

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RRP: $58 for the set (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).

ORDER THE PALETTE ON THE OPALLAC WEBSITE AND RECEIVE A CUTE PRINTED DRAWSTRING BAG

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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.


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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19 June, 2020

OPALLAC GEL POLISH NUDE PALETTE - SWATCHES & REVIEW

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! Opallac is also proudly Vegan, Cruelty free and 10-free!!


Indulge in the perfect neutral palette of gel polish shades, designed to suit and compliment all skin tones with the new dreamy Opallac nudes!

I have the four-pack Nude Palette to review for you today :)



 SMOKE & MIRRORS 
Smoke & Mirrors is a chocolate brown gel polish shade.
I don't usually like brown nails, but I genuinely like this one.
Such a pretty and wearable shade of brown. 


 MAUVE ASIDE 
Mauve Aside is a deep nude gel polish shade.
I wouldn't necessarily call it a mauve, but each to their own.
This is giving me serious Soy Capp vibes (which I'm not mad about, it's one of my favourite Opallac shades!), it's just a tad deeper in colour. I love it! 


 OVER THE TAUPE 
Over The Taupe is a rosy nude gel polish shade. 
This reminds me of one of my favourite polishes of life OPI "My Very First Knockwurst" - I have wanted a gel equivalent forever and I think I have finally found it! It's the best! I just love it so much! 


 TRUTH OR BARE 
Truth or Bare is a light taupe gel polish shade.
Elegant and fresh. A crowd pleaser for sure! So so beautiful!
I think this would make a lovely pedicure colour too! 


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As per usual, Opallac have absolutely nailed it - I've come to expect nothing less!

These new nudes are stunning and right up my alley!
The formulas are simply perfection! I love how smooth and evenly Opallac polishes apply as well as how easily opaque they are - you would think that these kinds of lighter shades would be difficult to apply / require multiple coats, but they all apply beautifully in one - two easy coats, and cure perfectly under the Opallac LED nail lamp.

Let's be honest, not all nude shades tend to suit every skin tone. But I can guarantee you that at least one of these new neutral shades will suite you - and if for some bizarre reason these particular shades don't tickle your fancy / suite you, Opallac have a massive range of other neutral shade options available. It's time to release the nudes!

As always, I highly recommend trying out Opallac!
A fantastic option if you're looking for a quick and easy salon-quality DIY gel manicure you can do at home - literally no skills required for application or removal!

Pick your new nude, grab a drink, and give yourself that Opallac mani you deserve!

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 manicure at home, linked here.

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RRP: $58 for the set (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).

ORDER THE PALETTE ON THE OPALLAC WEBSITE AND RECEIVE A CUTE PRINTED DRAWSTRING BAG 

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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.


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


Follow me on Instagram for more swatches & nail art - @donsnailobsession

29 February, 2020

JESSICA COSMETICS CALIFORNIA GIRL SUMMER COLLECTION 2019 - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Feel flirty and cool this Summer with the refreshing new JESSICA Cosmetics California Girl collection.

I have all 6 polishes from the Summer 2019 California Girl collection to review for you today :)



OCEAN WAVES 
Ocean Waves is a teal green nail polish shade.
I love this tone of green! So fun!

The formula is PERFECT! It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels nicely. 

It's SUPER vibrant and pigmented*, covers amazingly 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 green 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!)


VALLEY GIRL
Valley Girl is a taffy pink nail polish shade. 
I'm a sucker for pink! This is a good one!

The formula is FANTASTIC! It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels nicely. 

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


COOL IN THE POOL
Cool in the Pool is a pastel mint blue-green nail polish shade.
A crowd pleaser for sure! So pretty!

The formula is FANTASTIC! It applies slightly patchy but is still easy to work with and self-levels nicely. 

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


MALIBU BARBIE
Malibu Barbie is a shimmery pink nail polish shade with fine pink and gold shimmers scattered throughout it.
STUN-NING!

The formula is very sheer, but buildable (don't be deceived by the first coat!) The colour builds up really nice and easily.

I guess this one comes down to personal preference and nail length, as to how many coats will give you your desired effect / matches what you see in the bottle. My swatch shows two thin coats (which is how I'd personally wear it), but I also like the delicate shimmery effect in just one coat. 

This one would also be sheer enough to layer over another colour as a shimmer effect top coat - I think it would look SUPER cool over black.


DESERT SUNSET
Desert Sunset is a lemonade pink nail polish shade.
Oh, I like this one a lot!

The formula is good! It applies slightly patchy but is still easy to work with and self-levels nicely. 

It covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two - three thin coats. 
(My swatch shows two coats).


POPSICLE KISSES
Popsicle Kisses is a watermelon pink nail polish shade.
It's lovely! I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did. 
Would look spectacular with a tan! 

The formula is FANTASTIC! It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels nicely. 

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



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As per usual, JESSICA Cosmetics have nailed this collection! The colour selection is absolutely PERFECT for Summer and the warmer weather at the beach or down by the pool.

It's hard to choose a favourite from this collection, but my personal picks (right now) are; Ocean Waves, Valley Girl & Desert Sunset. I am sure if you were to ask me tomorrow, my picks would be different...they are all just such pretty colours! 
JESSICA gets an A++ for the colour selection!

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 do not hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day, 
Doni x 




Follow me on Instagram for more swatches & nail art - @donsnailobsession