Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Femme Fatale Spam!

Hey everyone!  Long time, no blog!  I apologize for my recent absence/hiatus.  The hubby and I were puppy-sitting for my brother-in-law while he was away for three weeks...so having two dogs around when I don't normally have any around was an adjustment and I was so beat that I never felt like polishing while they were here.

Anyway, to make amends, I am offering up some Femme Fatale spam!  Huzzah!  I was recently lucky enough to be sent a Femme Fatale press kit for review, so that's what I'll be doing right now.

Apologies in advance for my mediocre pictures today...I had the absolute worst time keeping my hand still when was taking these photographs.  All of the pictures were taken in indirect daylight with my indoor light on (no flash).

First up is Snowy Bramble from Femme Fatale's new holiday collection.  Snowy Bramble is inspired by the holiday and winter season and it's a good representation of that encompassed in polish form.  It features silver, magenta and aqua circle glitters (some of which are also holographic), aqua star glitters, matte white bar glitters and some iridescent green/blue shimmery glitter in a clear base.  I'm generally not big on circle OR bar glitters (save for a few exceptions...like Femme Fatale Nightsong Grotto - love!), so this one wasn't my favorite of the four I was sent.  It's a fine polish, just not my cup of tea.  I will say that my favorite part of Snowy Bramble was the iridescent glitter/shimmer.  It was really beautiful and eye-catching!

As far as formula and application goes, Snowy Bramble was a bit finicky for me to work with.  Getting the larger circle glitters out of the bottle and on to the nail was a bit of a challenge but I found that it helps to tip the bottle on to its side or upside down just prior to application.  The circle glitters also required a bit of placement with the brush once they were on the nail so that they didn't all stick together.


Here's Snowy Bramble (one coat) over Joe Fresh Wave (two coats):


Isn't that shimmer just lovely??

Next up is The Other Side of the World, which was released this past summer along with a plethora of other lovely polishes, like Vortex Remnants, which I wore recently.  The Other Side of the World (TOSotW for short lol) features pink, purple and red hex glitters and teeny tiny black glitters in a sheer magenta shimmer base.

Application on TOSotW was ok.  Its formula seemed a bit on the thick side and it was a little bit drag-y for me, but nothing too cumbersome to work with.  I found I also had better luck getting glitters out of this polish by laying the bottle down on its side or tipping it upside down prior to application.  I really like the concept of this polish and how nice the glitters in it look together.  I wasn't really too thrilled with my options for underwear, though.  That's more to do with how woefully inadequate my stash is and less to do with the polish though haha.  I may put it on again sometime with some different undies (suggestions welcome).

Here's The Other Side of the World (one coat) over Joe Fresh Ultraviolet (two coats):


The third polish up is Lime Thief.  This is a fun polish!  It's not the kind of polish I'd normally go for but I loved how cute it was.  Lime Thief has some lovely teal, poppy red (almost orange) matte hex glitters and teal holographic hex glitters in a milky lime green base.  This polish can be worn commando (without undies) and is almost opaque in three coats.  I prefer to layer most glitters though, so that's what I did.

Application and formula for Lime Thief were both good.  It went on smoothly and I didn't have to fuss around with dabbing or glitter placement.

Here's Lime Thief (one coat) over Joe Fresh Lime Juice (three coats):


Kinda looks like a jelly sandwich here...yum!

Last, but certainly not least, is Hydraxia!  I actually purchased my own full sized bottle of Hydraxia ages ago but hadn't gotten around to wearing it yet.  This was a good kick in the pants to get me to wear it haha.  This polish is beautiful and right up my alley!  Hydraxia features predominately teal square and hex glitters with a few yellowy/gold hex glitters thrown in for good measure.  It also has a really lovely blue microshimmer that probably won't be apparent in my picture because I layered it over a foily/glass fleck-y polish.

Application and formula on Hydraxia were fine.  Because this polish is so packed with glitter, the glitters did tend to pile on and goop together on the brush.  A bit of patience may be required when working with this polish but it doesn't seem unmanageable to me and the end result is worth it.

Here's Hydraxia (one coat) over OPI Catch Me in Your Net (two coats):


Oh my goodness, please excuse the state of my cuticles here.  Yikes.

Femme Fatale polishes can be purchased directly through their site here.  You can also find them at the following online retailers: Harlow & Co., Color4Nails and Norway Nails.

Hope you enjoyed the spam, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Femme Fatale Vortex Remnants

Ahoy everyone, happy Hump Day!

Today I have Femme Fatale's Vortex Remnants to share with you.  This polish is yet another lovely glitter bomb from Femme Fatale.  It features star, diamond and hex glitters in a purple jelly base.  I am such a sucker for polishes with diamond glitters in them that I couldn't resist getting my mitts on this polish. 

Vortex Remnants is gorgeous!  I adore how the red diamond glitters in this polish really stand out.  I decided to layer Vortex Remnants over one of my all-time favorite cremes: Essie No More Film (an excellent one-coater).  This polish has so much depth; it's mesmerizing.  The formula was really nice and smooth for a glitter bomb.  I occasionally tipped the bottle upside down between coats so that I could fish out the red diamond glitters.  It was SO worth the effort though!  A little dabbing/placing of glitters is required with this polish as well, but I don't mind doing that.  You might not like this polish though if you're not in to putting a bit of extra effort in to application.

Sadly, I was running out of proper day light to photograph this beauty, so you'll have to make do with my "lightbox" pic.

Here's Femme Fatale's Vortex Remnants (two coats) over Essie No More Film (one coat) in artificial light, no flash:


You can pick up your very own bottle of Vortex Remnants at the following sites: Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Color4Nails, and Norway Nails.

Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Color Club Port-folio

Hey everyone!

Welcome to yet another edition of Purple Shimmer Sunday.  This week, I am featuring Color Club Port-folio.  Remember to check out what Jenny and Kristy are up to this week.

I am not sure if featuring Port-folio is technically considered "cheating" or not for Purple Shimmer Sunday since it is somewhat of a duochromatic polish.  Nevertheless, I am going to use it!

Port-folio was released as part of Color Club's fall 2012 collection.  The name of that collection escapes me, but I recall that Port-folio was a definite standout from that collection.  Port-folio is such a weird polish.  In the bottle it looks most definitely like a plummy purple, with a hint of green duochrome.  However, on the nail, this polish is more predominantly green with a hint of purple, if you ask me.

Anyhoo, no issues to report regarding Port-folio and its formula.  It went on very smoothly.  It was a bit sheer on the first coat but was nicely opaque by the third coat.  I loved the brush too, for what it's worth haha.

Here's Color Club Port-folio (three coats) in natural indirect day light, no flash:


So what do you guys make of Port-folio?  It's kind of weird, but overall I rather like it!

As always, thanks for coming by!