Airwick Multicolour Black Edition Candle Review {sponsored}

Airwick Multicolour Black Edition Candle Review

Hey Beauty Babes!

This is my very first every sponsored post! No, I don’t get money for this, just a pretty sweet new candle. And I know it seems weird that I’m blogging about a candle, but hear me out, I wouldn’t be blogging about it if I didn’t like it (plus, it’s black, and you know how I like my black stuff).

So first, on to the facts. The candle I received is the crackling fire and cinnamon spice scented one. The other scented candles in the range are purple blackberry fig, and golden winter woods.

Discover a rich blend of cinnamon and nutmeg, finished with sensual amber and warm woods

As far as the scent goes, I had this burning for around half an hour, in a small-ish room, and it was kind of faint. Not that that is a bad thing of course. This is clearly not meant to be an over-powering scent, which is great. Nothing worse than only being able to burn a candle for a short amount of time because the scent is too strong. I think if you left it going for longer, the scent would build within the room.

Unlit candle

Unlit candle

The “multi-colour” aspect comes in with the candles colour changing ability. I have NO idea how this works, but it has something to do with the heat I’m presuming, as the colours change when the candle is lit. I managed to get photos of 4 discernable colours, although there is probably more as it shifts through the spectrum.

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greeny-blue

Blue

Blue

Purple

Purple

 

Orangey-red

Orangey-red

 

Overall, I do like this candle. It’s not necessarily something I would have purchased on my own, but now that I have it I will probably use it occasionally in the bedroom (not like that – dirty minded people).

The candle is available at most supermarkets, for around $12-ish dollars. It varies from store to store, which is why I refrained from list a price at the top.

Let me know in the comments section below if you enjoy reading me review things OTHER than the stock standard makeup stuff. I will happily review more “lifestyle” items if requested.

 

 

My Skin Care Routine Blog Hop/ Lush review

My Skin Care Routine/ Lush Review

Hey Beauty Babes! This post is a bit of a two-fer. Not only am I participating in a blog-hop with these wonderful ladies on Facebook about our skincare routines, but this gives me a chance to show of my lush haul that I got ages ago and never ended up posting about! I have kept using all the products as part of my skin car routine, so pretty happy to post what I originally intended to.

Mask: BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask, $16.95 75g

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Relaxing and reviving, mineral-rich mask to cleanse, soften and beautify all skins. This blend, inspired by the sea, contains fresh and nutritious seaweed and seaweed absolute. Cleansing kaolin, antiseptic honey, calming aloe vera and rose absolute make this a great mask for everyone. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for five to ten minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Keep chilled

This is the perfect start to a beauty routine, especially if you have been out of it for a while. I use this before I go for a shower, a couple of times a week, and I am loving it! Previously I had preferred using peel-off or clay masks, but I think my skin feels so much better after using this! It’s good for many different skin types, so a safe bet if you want to order it online because you can’t get into the store.

Cleanser: Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser $16.95 100g

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Angelic, medieval cleansing wash with rose and lavender. Angels on Bare Skin is the Lush version of an expensive medieval skincare recipe. Rare, precious essential oils were first brought to Europe by the crusaders who encountered Arabian medicine. The church immediately banned them because their ability to alter states of mind was considered the devil’s work! But the final result was Cosmetics 1, Church 0. Rose oil and lavender oil were discovered to do wonderful things for the skin, too. Almost a thousand years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a better all round cleanser and exfoliator than Angels.

I freaking LOVE this cleanser. I actually use this in the shower, as it is the most convenient time for me to cleanse my face. It has lasted me good couple of months, and the minute it runs out I am buying some more.

Just one tip I have learnt – Always double cleanse! Not just with this cleanser, but with all cleansers. Trust me, your skin feels amazing after you have double cleansed, and sometimes it takes two goes to really get rid of all that icky stuff on your face. On the second time around, I will usually use a cleanser that I am reviewing (so one that came out of my Lust Have It box), unless it really messes with my skin.

Toner: Breathe of Fresh Air, $9.95 100g

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Softening toner to soothe and revitalise the skin. Breath of Fresh Air is one of our seaside products, inspired by the Dorset beach coastline. You don’t have to live by the sea to appreciate it; all you have to do is get up in the morning! Sea water is full of mineral salts. Breath of Fresh Air makes your skin feel extra fresh and healthy because we add soothing aloe vera gel, rejuvenating rosemary and calming rose. Use it after cleansing, or refresh yourself at any time of day.

I will never be able to use any sort of harsh, chemical filled toner ever again. I use this twice during my routine – once after using the mask or cleanser (more about that later), and again to set my moisturiser (as suggested by the helpful guy at Lush).

Moisturiser: Imperialis Moisturiser $33.95 45g

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Imperialis is a finely crafted moisturiser for all kinds of skin. It’s made with lavender infusion to balance the skin’s sebum production. Lavender encourages dry skin to produce more natural oils and discourages oily skin from overdoing it. Imperialis has loads of helpful plant ingredients, like orange blossom water to tone your skin and St John’s wort to soothe irritations. It’s whipped up with a collection of butters and natural oils to make it not too heavy and not too light, bordering on perfect. If you’re not sure which moisturiser is for you, start here.

I tossed up between this one, and Vanishing Cream, and ultimately decided on this one. This one is great if you like that feeling of locked in moisture, almost like a film. The only downside is it doesn’t have SPF in it – which in the Australian summer is seriously needed! So I prefer to use my Sunsense moisterizer during the day, and let Imperialis do it’s magic at night. I will probably start using this full time in the winter (ha! winter! what is that!).

So that’s it beauty babes. If theres anything you think I may have missed in my review please comment below.

Also, please visit all these lovely ladies to see what they do for their skin:

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case Review

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Beauty Bay

RRP $62.30 AUD

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Hey Beauty Babes!

This is the second item that I got in my Beauty Bay haul. I decided that I needed a new palette, and this seemed like a great place to start with the Urban Decay palettes (eventually I’ll buy a “Naked” palette). It has everything you need in one totally awesome package.

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case is a badass and truly deluxe makeup palette which is packed with all the essentials for a range of complete makeup looks.

Urban Decay has done face cases before but NEVER like this! Shattered Face Case is a dual layered faceted case which features five new and exclusive eye shadows, 6 blushes and a highlighter. Shattered Face Case also includes a travel sized version of the renowned Zero 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil and a full sized Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour.

The top tier holds the eyeshadows and eyeliner with a full sized mirror whilst the lower tier contains the blushes, highlighter and lip colour with another full sized mirror. Specially designed to give Urban Decay fans a really versatile, all in one kit which can be used for travelling and to create a complete look.

This thing is honestly pretty awesome. It is perfectly compact – in fact it fit’s inside the little makeup bag I usually keep with me in my car to do my makeup before work. Every colour in the kit has been perfectly selected to help create an everyday look – or go all out and create a super bold look. The possibilities are endless!

So on to the swatches.

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Tier 1 – Eyeshadows

Shakedown

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Shakedown is described as a smokey grey. There is a little bit of shimmer to it, making a great colour to include in a smokey look, either in the crease or just under the waterline. It can be a little heavy for everyday use, but otherwise is a pretty awesome colour.

Remix

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Remix is described as a bold violet shimmer. And just like the 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Riot, I’m in love. I use this on over Riot on my lower lash line, to add a nice pop of colour to a usually quite tame office look (yeah my bosses are pretty understanding). It performs quite well, and I will be very sad when it runs out (all the colours are exclusive to this face case I think).

Nameless

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Nameless is described as a muted chocolate. I feel like this pairs perfectly with the other two nude colours in the palette, to make  smokey-eyed look that isn’t overbearing. Normally I’m not into brown colours, but this one is rather versatile.

Minor Sin

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Minor sin is described as a champagne shimmer, and is currently my go-to lid colour. It’s such a nice feminine colour, without being too “girly”. It looks like it would be at home on the Naked 3 palette with it’s almost rose -gold tinge to it. This can definitely be worn everyday, for any situation!  My second favourite colour in the set.

Bleach

 

Bleach is described as a matte biege, and is a perfect contrast against Minor sin. It works perfectly as a highlight colour along the brow bone, and the colour itself isn’t too intense, and both complements and contrasts all the other colours  in the palette.

The top tier also features the eyeliner for the set – 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Zero (same travel-size on the ones in the Black Market set). This is a true black – or as described by Urban Decay, a “Classic Zealous Black”. Mine is already at the point that it needs sharpening, I use it so much!

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Tier Two – Blushes/Highlighter

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I tried getting photos of the swatches I really did, but the lighting was terrible  (too warm) so nothing was showing up nice enough

Overexposed (Blush)

Overexposed is described as a nude cheek colour. This is a much more toned down  blush colour than I am used to, but I think this may be what I have been searching for. Some days my skin looks a little “ruddy” and a proper pink just does not suit it. This is a nice alternative.

Temper (Blush)

Temper is described as a timeless pink cheek colour. It’s appears to be the quintessential pink colour. If I get my foundation pale enough (which I actively try to I must admit), then this may suit me. It may be the colour to suit everyone (but don’t hold me to that).

Glint (Highlighter) 

Glint is described as a highlighter with a touch of champagne shimmer. I have to admit to being one of those people who doesn’t know how to highlight properly, so I don’t feel like I could give a fair assessment of it. However, it is still a really beautiful colour. There is just enough of a shimmer to it that it catches the light, but doesn’t make it look like you have a face covered in glitter!

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The second tier also has a Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour in Lovechild. It is described as  a dusky pink lip colour. In some lights, this looks like a muted pink, in other lights it looks waaaaaaaaay too pink for me. I do like the formula though, so I’m thinking my next Beauty bay order will include a colour that I like and I will swap them over.

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Overall, this is an amazing palette. It is the perfect size to carry with you, and contains the colours to create everything from everyday looks to bold and smouldering evening looks. I am definitely impressed with it (even if i’m not too keen on the lipcolour).

Do you guys have this palette or any of the other Urban Decay palettes? Tell me what you think below!

 

Urban Decay Black Market 24/7 Glide on Pencils review

Urban Decay Black Market 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil 6 Piece collection

Beauty Bay

RRP $54 AUD

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Hey Beauty Babes!

Late last year, I took the plunge and finally decided to invest in some Urban Decay products. I wanted to get the best value for my money, so I decided to buy this awesome kit of travel sized eyeliners (because you can never have enough eyeliners). You can’t buy Urban Decay here in Australia (and apparently you can’t buy stuff from their website and have it sent to Australia), so I had to venture to one of their genuine stockists – BeautyBay.com. I believe they are based in the UK, and deliver took around 3 weeks (but that’s just due to Christmas). Here is the description for this kit from Beauty Bays website:

Urban Decay Black Market 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil 6 Piece Collection is a must have collection of travel sized eyeliners. Featuring five exclusive shades and one core hue in better than basic deep, smokey shades, Black Market 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil 6 Piece Collection is the ultimate eyeliner collection for every woman. 24/7 Glide On Pencils are created with 50% moisturising ingredients including Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Cottonseed Oil, suspended in a waterproof formula for long lasting colour and a comfortable and smooth application.

The eyeliners are presented in a foam casing of some sorts – it looks pretty cool but they are a pain to get out (as you might be able to tell from the damage I have inflicted on the poor thing).

On to the swatches!

West

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West is described as a “dark brown pearl”. It’s a nice classic brown for the days when black is a little too dark, but greys or taupes feel a little too boring. Perfect for everyday use.

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Desperation

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Desperation is described as a deep taupe/matte grey. You could almost go as far as saying it’s a mushroom-y colour (or is that just me? I’m weird I know). This is also a great colour for everyday, especially in an office environment when you can’t be bothered with black

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Black Market

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Black Market is our “black” colour for this set, it’s described as a charcoal black satin This is a perfect everyday colour and it’s not as dark and intimidating as some other black eyeliners out there. Although if you are looking for a super dark black eyeliner, then this may not be dark enough for you.

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Riot

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Now on to the bolder half of the set. Riot is described as a Smokey grey matte with violet and fuchsia micro sparkle, but honestly it comes across as just being a super awesome  purple. I personally use this everyday as I like to spice up my “office” makeup with this, but it may not be appropriate for all work-places! I’m pretty sure this is my favourite colour from the set, and once my little pencil runs out I will be buying a full sized one!

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Apathy

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Apathy is described as a metallic olive green shimmer. I must admit this is really a beautiful colour. It would be perfect if you are doing a green and gold eye look and want to add some class. Definitely a colour to use when you want to step out of the norm.

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Ink

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Ink is a deep navy blue satin. And it’s gorgeous. Even though it’s not a colour I would wear all the time, it’s certainly a handy colour to have (Doctor Who makeup anyone?). It is such a fun colour, and you could pair it will a dark black eyeliner to create an interesting doubled layer look that will have everyone talking.

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Overall, I am totally in love with this set. I love how you have your perfect everyday colours teamed with some bold and exciting colours. This is a perfect place to start if you are looking to get your feet wet in the massive Urban Decay eyeliner pool, or just want to start up your eyeliner collection. They work out to be $9 each, which is honestly not that bad for something as high market as Urban Decay. Also, I have listed the RRP, but Beauty Bay usually has sales on (currently they have 25% off), so you can grab a bargain – plus free shipping to Australia!

Do you guys own any of the 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils? What is your favourite shade? Comment below.

Concrete Minerals Haul/Review

Concrete Minerals

$7.95 1.5gms ($8.95 for pro matte eyeshadow)

Available from Beserk

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Hey Beauty Babes! I have finally had a chance to do some on-line shopping, and decided to dive into a new brand (seeing as I own pretty much all of the Sugarpill stuff now). I say new, new for me that is. Concrete Minerals has a HUGE selection of colours, and I picked 5 that  I plan on using in looks pretty soon.

Concrete Minerals are 100% Vegan and cruelty-free, and made in the USA.

Blitzkrieg

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Blitzkrieg is a warm, neutral with plenty of shimmer. Makes a great accent but looks equally stunning alone. We like to refer to neutrals as “office-friendly” but that doesn’t mean they can’t be sexy! That’s where Blitzkrieg steps in…

Blitzkrieg is a beautiful shimmery bronzy-brown. It goes on quite well with minimal fallout. If you want this to be really punchy, I recommend using it over a white base, but it does work beautifully on it’s own.

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The Vaccine

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A brilliant accent, looks incredible foiled! Voted a fan-favorite from the limited edition Zombie Girl collection!

The vaccine is described as a Steel blue-grey with bright green duochrome. It looks much blue-er than I expected. This one could definately be improved with a primer, or using a damp brush for a “foiled” effect. You could wear this on it’s on for a light, spring look.

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Taken in natural light – no base

Souljourner

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The only thing better than makeup as far as we’re concerned is music, and this rich midnight blue was inspired by prog-rock band Souljourners! Designed to be worn by a total rockstar, this color holds its own as a contour and creates an ultra-sultry smoky eye!

Souljourner is a midnight blue with copper sparkle, but its a little matte as well – and fallout CRAZY! you need to pat this on carefully over a sticky base if you want it to be completely opaque, but you can use it just as nice smokey colour with a twist.

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Black Metal

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Whether you’re from the grim and frostbitten forests of Norway, or you just really dig a good, sultry black, this colour will not disappoint! Best used as a contour. 

Black metal is a nice black with silver sparkle – again, kind of matte underneath and fairly heavy with the fallout. This is definitely better suited as a contour colour than an all over the lid colour. It’s pretty similar to Souljourner, just a bit darker.

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Bulletproof (Pro Matte Collection)

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Part of the Concrete Minerals line of Pro Matte Eyeshadows, an entire line designed with the color-lovers in mind! Built on a deluxe base, these matte shades offer superior adhesion and blend like a dream!

Simply described as an electric, matte blue, I may be in love with this colour.  I am officially dubbing this T.A.R.D.I.S blue (although it may need a touch of purple). Unbelievably fallout-heavy, but if you pat it on nicely over a sticky base then it works well.

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Overall, pretty impressed with the Concrete Minerals so far. Yes, they work best with a primer or sticky base, but the amazing selection of colours and general formula really sells it for me. This may become my new addiction.

Any else had any experience with Concrete Minerals? Recommendations for the next colours I should get? Comment below.

Review – Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

Review – Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

$39, Beserk Clothing

4 x 3.5gms pans.

Hey Beauty Babes! This has been around for like 3 weeks now and mine has FINALLY arrived! I had to order mine direct from Sugarpill, but Beserk is now selling it in their store.

You can get this as the full palette, or as always, you can buy the colours individually.

A luxury eyeshadow collection created in collaboration with Amelia Arsenic, designer of cult fashion and art brand A is for Arsenic London.

This dark collision of glamour and nocturnal worlds features four richly pigmented, shimmering meteoric shades which blend seamlessly together. The collection combines Amelia’s dark aesthetic with Sugarpill’s trademark velvety smooth eyeshadow formula.

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The case is so awesome, with each colour represented in some way. The “shattered” design is pretty cool. It has a magnetic lid so it wont accidentally open in your purse or something.

On the back you will find each of the colours listed in their own little diamond.

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Inside, you have a “shard” of mirror plus each of the colours in their pan. Overall its a nice slimline shape that will fit easily into your handbag, or not take up too much space with the rest of your makeup.

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Now on to the colours!

Soot and Stars

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Metallic gunmetal with prismatic sparkle.

This swatches almost matte, with a nice bit of sparkle. Nothing over the top. You can definitely build the sparkle by building up the colour.

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Diamond Eyes

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Satin white with a crystalline sheen

I think i like this better as a brow highlight than lumi! The shimmer in this is consistent, and you don’t need to worry about any “glitter” fallout. I love that they included this so that you can create a whole look from this one palette.

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Elemental Chaos.

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Deep grape shimmer with blue undertones

Love. Love Love! I think this is one of my favourites. I used this on my recent masquerade look and it worked a treat. It is almost metallic with a small amount of shimmery glittery goodness.

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Subterranean

Lustrous peacock green with navy blue undertones

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This deep metallic green is to die for. Even though we are going into spring and all the lighter colours are coming out, I can still see this as the perfect spring evening look.

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Overall, I adore this palette. Up until this was launched I owned every Sugarpill pigment and presses colour they had! If i didn’t get this I’m pretty sure some sort of OCD would have kicked in.

Review – Pretty Serious Cosmetics Nail Polish

Pretty Serious Cosmetics – Nail Polish

$9.95 each

Beserk Cothing or direct from Pretty Serious

Hey Beauty Babes, today I have a review of some pretty awesome nail polishes for you.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics is an Australia brand that makes Nail Polishes, some loose pigments and lip glosses. They don’t sell “seasonal” or “on-trend” colours, just whatever they feel like, and with some pretty awesome names. Their products are vegan and cruelty free.

I’ve got 5 colours to review today out of their VERY extensive range. As always, I’ve purchased these myself, and intend to buy a whooole lot more.

88MPH

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You’re about to see some serious shit! 88mph is our tribute to the Delorean from Back to the Future. It is a metallic foil mixed with gold, copper and silver with a touch of holographic, time ripping sparks. Great Scott!

This is a pretty spectacular colour. It is jam packed full of glitter – some of it microfine, others much larger – which makes for an interesting texture. This really comes alive with 2-3 coats. One coat would look great over a darker base.

Atomic Brain

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Harness the atomic power of this amazing purple foil multichrome! Experience the wonder of plum, gold, pink and purple dancing on your nails all at once! Resist the urge to transplant your brain into the body of your sexy foreign housekeeper!

Again, awesome colour. This also only needs 2-3 coats. Filled with microfine glitter, the shimmer is amazing – it almost looks holographic in the bottle. I do feel like this needs maybe a green shift to it as well, but I’m sure they already have one that does.

BSOD (Blue Screen of Death)

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All your friends will stop and stare at this beautiful blue jelly packed to bursting with blue glitter. Don’t make the critical error of passing this one up!

Disclaimer: Any instance of Blue Screen of Death while purchasing this product is a complete coincidence. Quite possibly the coolest coincidence ever, but still a coincidence.

So….many…puns! I work in I.T. so I couldn’t go past this one. The picture doesn’t capture the true amazing-ness of this. In just 2-3 coats you have a beautiful blue filled with microfine glitter that sparkles so brightly. Unfortunately, this doesn’t actually match the true colour of a BSOD (trust me, I know). I think this might be one of my favourites.

Cybernetic

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In the year 2165, a cybernetic nail polish goes back in time to 2013 with a mission to assimilate the nails of all the ladies into the Pretty Serious network with it’s advanced nanotech. Will you fight assimilation? Do you want to?

I would say that this is like a party on you nails – but they already have one of those! This is a purple-ish blue with blue, purple and green glitter. This is somewhere between the microfine glitter of BSOD and the chunky glitter of 88MPH. One of my favourites, even though it takes closer to 4 coats to achieve true opaqueness. Try a think layer over black for a different look.

Nightmaren

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There is a Ying to every Yang, and a Nightmaren to every Nightopian. This glowing, warm golden red giggles fiendishly though the night. Will you give in to it?

This is a gorgeous metallic red with microfine gold shimmer to it. This is the easiest colour to work with (and honestly, probably is easiest to get away with wearing) with only 1-2 coats needed, if that. Even though it’s not technically “seasonal”, this would work great leading up to Christmas.

It’s hard to pick a favourite out of all of them, as they are so freaking sweet. So I’m not. This may just be my new favourite brand of nail-polish, and reasonably priced for something that could be consider an “alt” brand. The Pretty Serious website includes collections of 5 nail polishes for less than it costs to purchase all 5 individually.

I would recommend using a top coat for these, as like most glitter nail polishes they do chip earlier than I would like (or is that just me? I have terrible luck with nail polish chipping)

So which of these is you favourite? Have you tried Pretty Serious before? Comment Below.