Shades of Phoenix 'Bloggers Who Inspire' Collection: Swatch & Review

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Long time, no blog! Sorry I've been so slack with post over the last couple of...months (eek!). I've been so preoccupied with uni and Moonstone that I've only had time to make my nails barely presentable, let alone indulge in blogging and nail art.

But I'm back with swatches of an awesome new collection from Shades of Phoenix! The collection is titled 'Bloggers Who Inspire'. For the past few months, Teneil has been working with myself and 5 other Aussie polish bloggers to create a collaboration collection! The bloggers featured in this collection are amongst some of my personal favourites so I'm glad to be in such good company! :)

The featured bloggers include:
Kierra from Look What the Bats Dragged In
Relle from Lazy Lacquerista 
Kaz from Pretty Random / Pretty Serious Cosmetics
Cassandra from Reluctant Femme / Femmecraft 
Bettina from Bettina's Nails
andddd myself!

First up is 'Bat in a Blender' - made in collaboration with Look What the Bats Dragged In. A jelly glitter bomb with teal tinted base, it has turquoise, blue, black, in matte and holo hex and black holo dots. It has a ton of glitter so would recommend the 'dabbing' method (check out this tutorial from Reluctant Femme). I used 3 dabbed coats and then went back to fill in any patched I missed. Swatches show two coats of top coat.

Next is 'Medusa in the Morning' - made in collaboration with Lazy Lacquerista. This shade has a really unique base/glitter combination but it totally works! It's a slate blue crelly with caramel, brown, gold, and red hex and dots. It applied like a dream and was the perfect crelly formula - sheer enough to show the glitter between layers and opaque in three coats! Swatches show one coat of top coat.

'The Secret of the Ooze' - made in collaboration with Pretty Random. Although it may appear black in some light/photos, it is actually a really dark olive green jelly. This unusual combo has lots of tiny coloured flakies - I could pick out pink, blue, orange, green. I used 4 thin coats but you could get away with 3 on shorter nails. There's more than enough flakes in one coat to be used over a base colour and still get a similar look. 

One of my favourites from the collection, 'Paint It Blue' - made in collaboration with Reluctant Femme. This one is a lovely teal leaning blue crelly with silver, blue, green, and holo squares and hex. It has a ton of glitter, especially for a crelly. I used three coats and two coats of top coat.

'The Impossible Planet' - made in collaboration with Bettina's Nails. This one gets bonus points from me because the name is a Doctor Who reference! It's a squishy raspberry red jelly with silver and black tiny hex and small silver holo stars. The stars do take some coaxing to come out of the bottle even though theres so many in there so I would suggest inverting the bottle 15 mins prior to application. As with all of Shades of Phoenix's red jellies, it has a lot of depth and sparkle. I used three coats and one coat of top coat.

and lastly is my own glitter baby! This is 'Iridescent Adolescent'When discussing the creation of this polish with Teneil, I essentially gave her two requirements. 1. Purple. 2. ALL the iridescent glitter. And that is exactly what she's delivered! It's basically a representation of my two favourite polish elements. It's a purple crelly with lots of little blue/green iridescent hex, as well as some shards. The shards can be a little tricky to apply but I found that if you get any that won't lay flat, simply pat them down with your fingertip while the polish is still tacky. I used three super then coats because I wanted the glitters to show through but you could easily get opacity in two coats. Swatches show one coat of top coat.

This collection is available now from Shade of Phoenix. You can get the full set of mini bottles (9ml) for $42 or full size for $54. They are also available individually. Plus, Teneil has just added three new shades to the store tonight! They are blue, green, and orange versions of the gorgeous Wildfire. Check them all out here -> Shades of Phoenix store

Thanks for reading!
Caitlin, xo


Moonstone Nail Polish/Shades of Phoenix 'Weird & Wonderful Flavours Collection' Swatches & Giveaway!!

Hi ladies!
For the past few months, Moonstone Nail Polish (my own indie brand) and Shades of Phoenix (glitterbaby of Teneil) have been working on a very special project. Teneil approached me with the idea of a Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans inspired collection and, being the massive Harry Potter and Shades of Phoenix fan that I am, of course I said yes!

So, after many brainstorming sessions, we came up with the idea that each shade will have two names. It's based around the concept of Bertie Bott's and how you never know what flavour you're gonna get! We have created 3 shades each which all have a 'good' and a 'bad/weird' flavour/name. Half of the bottles of each shade will be given the 'wonderful' flavour/name and the other half, the 'weird'! You won't know which one you're gonna get until you get your open your parcel!

The collection  will be released Monday the 9th of June at 7pm! To celebrate the release, we're having an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!! The prize is the complete 'Weird & Wonderful Flavours Collection' as well as 20% off vouchers from each store. Entries close Monday the 9th of June at 6pm.

and now for my swatches!! All photos are taken outside in indirect sunlight unless stated otherwise in the caption.

Moonstone Nail Polish - 'Bacon' or 'Strawberry Jam'
A deep, rich red jelly with tiny gold and gold holo hex with gold flakies and a subtle gold/red shimmer. You can reach opacity with this one in two coats but a third coat will add more depth.

Swatch shows 3 coats with top coat.

direct sunlight

Moonstone Nail Polish - 'Sugared Violet' or 'Red Cabbage'
A vibrant red-violet shimmer shade with iridescent and silver holo dust and a purple shimmer.
Swatches show 3 coats with top coat

direct sunlight

direct sunlight

Moonstone Nail Polish - 'Aubergine' or 'Boysenberry'
A deep purple/eggplant jelly blue flakies and a violet shimmer.

Swatches show 2 coats with top coat.

and now for the three pretties from Shades of Phoenix!

Shades of Phoenix - 'Earl Grey' or 'Sardine'
Unlike any other polish I have seen, this silvery grey creme with warm undertones has a blue/green shimmer with blue and gold flakies.

Swatches show 2 coats with top coat.

in lightbox/artificial light

in lightbox/artificial light

Shades of Phoenix - 'Blueberry' or 'Pixie Snot'
A deep indigo jelly with blue, purple, pink, and iridescent hex in various sizes.

Swatches show 3 coats with top coat

Shades of Phoenix - 'Spinach' or 'Mint Leaf'
An epic glitter bomb with green glitter in every size! The base is lightly tinted green but the opacity comes from the glitter.

Swatches show 2 dabbed/patted coats with a generous amount of top coat.

The complete 6 shade collection will be available at both www.shadesofphoenix.bigcartel.com and www.moonstonenailpolish.com at the discounted price of $51.30 (a saving of 10%). Individual shades will also be available from their respective creators stores at $9.50 each.

and now for the giveaway!! Enter now for your chance to win :)

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Caitlin, xo


Mckfresh Nail Attire Goosbumps Collection: Swatch & Review

Today I have another Mckfresh Nail Attire collection to show you! This spooky collection is inspired by poplar 90's book series, Goosebumps! Goosebumps were hugely popular when I was at primary school but I must admit that I was too much of a scary cat to read them >.< I was more of a Saddle Club girl haha. When Kate contacted me and told me about the new collection, I was super excited because I knew the theme would produce some beautiful, dark shades and she has delivered!

The Goosebumps Collection
Consisting of 6 shades, this collection is mostly made up of rich, blackened colours with lots of interesting shimmers, sparks, and flakies. There's also a lovely glitter topper as well :)

Dead House
A dark navy shimmer with blue and pink sparks. Application was good with 3 easy coats. The pink sparks are much more evident in real life.

Swatches show 3 coats with top coat.

Be Careful What You Wish For
This one is a gorgeous duochrome that shifts from blue to purple and to pink at some angles. It applied smoothly and didn't leave brushstrokes like some chromes tend to do. You can reach opacity on its own with 2-3 coats but I decided to apply it over black to intensify the shift. I used two coats over black but adding the second coat didn't make much of a difference so I would recommend just one coat over black. It also has some subtle blue sparks through it that makes it extra special!

Swatches show 2 coats over black with top coat.

Vampire Breath
A glitter topper with lots of iridescent hex and flakies plus a scattering of holo. One coat is all you need and it gives an even distribution of glitter. This is a really versatile topper as it would look beautful over any colour but the iridescent glitter really pops over darker colours.

Swatches shows 1 coat over a subtle purple>blue>black gradient.

The next 3 shades are the shimmery flakie shades and they all have identical formulas. They all needed 3 easy coats to reach a nice even opacity.

A blackened blue base with blue flakies and shimmer with subtle pink and gold sparks.

Swatches show 3 coats with top coat

Camp Nightmare
A blackened green base with green flakies and shimmer as well as some red and gold sparks that pop in the sun.

Swatches show 3 coats with topcoat.

Haunted Mask
A blackened purple based polish with purple glimmers and flecks, blue sparks, gold shimmer and iridescence.

Swatches show 3 coats with top coat.

I was really pleased with this collection with it's really complex combinations of shimmers, sparks and flakies (I was having trouble identifying them at times!). If you're someone who likes to match their nail polish to the season, this collection is perfect for winter!

The Mckfresh Nail Attire Goosebumps Collection is available now from their etsy store. International buys can message Kate through the store to discuss international shipping options.

*Products provided to me for my honest review. Read my Disclosure Policy here.
Caitlin, xo