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Haul: From Mum and Dad

Despite being 25 years old, I am not too old for care parcels sent from home! It was an awesome surprise when mum and dad sent me some goodies recently. Here are some pics of what I got!

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These handmade soaps remind me of licorice allsorts.

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Neon earrings!

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A ten pack of lip and eye pencils from the brand The Art of Make-Up. The eye ones are great as eyeshadow bases!

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Nail polish!

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More nail polish!

I also took some macros of some of the glittery polishes:

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Eclipse 604

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Eclipse PK15 - star glitters!

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Eclipse 502

Thanks mum and dad!

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#haul #nail polish haul #beauty haul #jewellery haul

NOTD: Pahlish Armor Falling Down

Today’s NOTD is a slighty older Pahlish called Armor Falling Down. Unfortunately it’s no longer stocked in the Pahlish store, but if you keep an eye out for blog sales you may get lucky! Armor Falling Down is a deep grey-purple base with tons of gold microshimmer. I originally thought this would be similar to Zoya Neeka, but it’s actually very different.

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NOTD: Hits Cha Cha Cha

Do you remember a couple of years ago when Hits was the ‘it’ brand in the polish world? Everyone wanted everything they released, from the glitters to the holos to the flakies. To be honest I had almost completely forgotten about my Hits flakies until this mani was born! In the photos above I layered one coat of Hits Cha Cha Cha over two coats of China Glaze Liquid Leather, and then finished with a matte top coat. I love the look of matte flakies - I think it makes the duochrome effect more pronounced.

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#NOTD #Hits #China Glaze

NOTD: Star Kin Burganberry

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This is a polish I’ve shown before on LCC, but it’s so ridiculously gorgeous that it deserves a second post! I also wanted to re-do my swatches of it as I have changed my lighting set-up since my first set of photographs. I have actually tweaked it a little more since these pics! Anyway, this is Star Kin Burganberry. The last photo is taken with flash to show off the holo sparkle, as the sun wasn’t cooperating the day I wore this mani. This is such a stunning polish!

Star Kin have just announced a coupon code for 30% off orders of $10 or more - valid until July 24th! Unfortunately Burganberry has been discontinued but there are lots of other pretties up for grabs. Check out the details here!

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Haul: Kmart Sugarcoat Nail Polishes

You might remember my post from a few days ago about the Feather polishes I picked up from Kmart. Today’s post is on the other five polishes I bought, the Sugarcoat range.

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When I first saw these, I got really excited because I thought they might dry to a textured finish. Unfortunately, once I read on the packaging that you should “apply topcoat” to them, I realised they were simply pretty shimmers.

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That’s totally OK, though - I love shimmers! And these ones do not disappoint.

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Cherry Bomb - gold shimmer in a red base.

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Star Lit - silver microglitter in a black base.

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Spash - pink, purple, and green shimmer in a blue base. My camera really didn’t photograph this one well!

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Sugar High - I’m not too sure how to describe this polish. It’s very unique! It’s almost a golden silver.

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Candy Bar - pink shimmer in a pink base.

And here are your quick and dirty nail wheel swatches:

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From left to right: Sugar High, Candy Bar, Cherry Bomb, Splash, and Star Lit. All show two coats with no top coat.

Just from swatching these on a nail wheel, I can already see that Candy Bar, Cherry Bomb, and Splash are too sheer to wear on their own. They will need ‘undies’ to look their best! This isn’t an issue for me as I regularly layer polishes but for some of you who just want a quick fix, this may be something to consider. Sugar High and Star Lit are opaque on their own, though. Also, these polishes really do require topcoat to look as amazing as they do in the bottle. A glossy finish brings out the sparkles in these! And, like the Feather polishes, these ones do smell strongly, so sensitive noses beware!

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NOTD: Essie Chubby Cheeks

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Following on from my Twinsy Thursdays post the other day, I wanted to share a couple more photos of my mani! I really loved this combination and thought it deserved it’s own post. I recently acquired Essie Chubby Cheeks and couldn’t wait to get it on my nails. I used three coats for opacity - as you can probably tell from the bottle the formula is a little thin, but it’s perfectly self-levelling with a coat of Seche Vite. For accent nails I used one coat of I Love Nail Polish Goldie Boo Boo. I think this is a super cute combination, and it matched the lippie I wore on the day too!

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#NOTD #Essie #I Love Nail Polish

Twinsy Thursdays: Maybelline Coral Fire

Another Thursday, another twin post! This week Lani and I are showcasing Maybelline Coral Fire, a red-orange lippy from the Colorsensational line. Lani actually bought me this for my birthday - how sweet is she?

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Despite what it looks like in these photos, my foundation matched the colour of my neck a lot better than it seems! I think my powder is a tad too pink for my skintone, but in person, it was not very noticeable at all. If you squiz at my outfit photos later in this post it looks just fine! I think the lighting was playing tricks on my camera… sigh. Just to be sure, though, I’ve swapped back to a translucent powder and purchased a new foundation.

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Eyes: NYX High Definition eyeshadow base, left hand browbone shade and left hand crease shade from the Wet n Wild Nude Awakening Palette, Milani Liquid Eye eyeliner in Graphite, and Australis Lash Blast Extensions mascara

Lips: Maybelline Coral Fire

Face: Australis primer, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, and Australis Fresh and Flawless pressed powder

I absolutely love this lippie! It’s a little bit sheer, so it looks very soft on the lips. An easy way to wear coral everyday!

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Dress: Garage @ The Warehouse

Tights: Garage @ The Warehouse

Shoes: Garage @ The Warehouse

Necklace: eBay

Earrings: eBay

Nails: Essie Chubby Cheeks and I Love Nail Polish Goldie Boo Boo

I went for an all-black outfit because it’s winter and black is easy to style! I’m not completely sold on this dress, though. I can’t put my finger on it but something about it just doesn’t quite work for me. It actually has sheer sleeves so it may look better in the spring when I don’t have to wear a top underneath.

Be sure to check out Lani’s post to see how she used her Maybelline lippie!

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#twinsy thursdays #FOTD #daily outfit #OOTD #NOTD

NOTD: Pahlish Mystery

Let me begin this post by saying that I’m not usually a fan of black polishes. I do have some nice ones in my collection, but it takes a lot for me to love a black. That being said - I think that this Mystery Polish by Pahlish is absolutely fan-freaking-tastic! It’s right up there in my favourite polishes of all time. It’s that amazing! Look at those photos - do you see that glitter and that shimmer? Woooow. For this mani, I layered two coats of Mystery over two coats of China Glaze Liquid Leather (a plain black creme). The black jelly base in Mystery is quite sheer and I’m not sure you could reach opacity in anything less than maybe four or five coats.

The only bad thing about this polish is that it’s not part of the Pahlish line as such. Shannon sells prototypes, failed batches, and one-of-a-kind polishes through her store as ‘Mystery Pahlishes’. It’s a fun concept where you end up with a surprise polish chosen at random. I really wish this one had made the cut - it’s ridiculously pretty and needs to be available to the masses!

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#NOTD #Pahlish #China Glaze

NOTD: Green Gradient

I was in the mood for green recently and I thought that a gradient would be fun, so this mani was born! I started with two coats of China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint as a base and then I created the gradient effect with Re-Fresh Mint and Zoya Wednesday. To finish, I added a coat of Catrice Gold Leaf Top Coat because gradients are always better with glitter!

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#NOTD #China Glaze #Zoya #Catrice

Haul: Kmart Feather Nail Polishes

Kmart is quickly becoming one of my favourite places to shop. They have a great range of clothing, footwear, and accessories, and it’s all so inexpensive! My local store has recently revamped their cosmetic section, and while browsing there a couple of weeks ago I found a range I hadn’t seen before, called Lips and Tips. It is a Kmart house brand - that is, the products are produced by Kmart themselves. Everything was NZ$4 an item. I grabbed ten nail polishes and some lippies. Today I have some photos of the Feather polishes!

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The polishes come on cards, with holes to hang them on the display. My photos of the front of the packaging didn’t come out, but the polish is held in place with clear plastic so you can clearly see the bottle and its contents. Here is a pic of the back (I thought this might be particularly useful for anyone interested in what ingredients are used):

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The bottles themselves are quite sturdy, which is awesome considering the price. The large square tops actually lift off so you can use the smaller brush lid for easier control.

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Now, for their close up! All of these polishes feature bar glitter in a clear base.

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Bird Bird - holo pink, metallic pink, and matte white glitter.

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Peacock - matte pale green, and matte white glitter.

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Flamingo - matte pale pink, and matte white glitter.

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Seabird - metallic blue, and matte white glitter.

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Oriole - matte orange, and matte white glitter.

I also have some quick and dirty swatches I did on a nail wheel:

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From left to right: Seabird, Flamingo, Oriole, Peacock, Big Bird. All show one coat over a black creme base.

While I haven’t used these polishes for a full mani yet, I can tell you that they stink - as in, Kleancolor level stink. They smell very heavily like chemicals, which I guess is to be expected from cheap polish. The smell doesn’t bother me too much but I know there are some of you out there who are sensitive to this kind of thing, so these polishes may not be for you. Something else I noticed - and this is a point in their favour, in my opinion - is that the base on these pretties is very thin. Not pooling-in-your-cuticles thin, but the kind of level that is very easy to manage. I really hate it when a lovely glitter polish is goopy and thick and you spend most of your time wrestling with the brush, trying to get the glitter to go where you want it, and in the end, your nails are covered in two inches of base and three pieces of glitter. Not these! I can see these polishes being an absolute breeze to apply.

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#haul #nail polish haul #Kmart