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Hello lovelies,

 

I'm very happy to say that Barry M has released a new Gelly collection for Autumn/Winter season and I have swatches! It consists of six new shades in mostly Autumn colours and is available right now.

 

So without further ado let's have a look at them!

 

Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches
Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches

 

 

Mustard - mustard or ochre (if you wish) yellow creme. When else to wear mustard yellow other than in the Autumn, right? Two coats were fully opaque and the formula was easy to apply. Not like some other older Gelly shades, this one didn't dry too fast so I didn't experience any patching. I'm wearing a coat of topcoat.

Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches
Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches

 

 

Cardamom - moss green creme. Cardamom reminds me of the fading colour of the leaves just before they turn yellow...very interesting. It's a shame it's didn't suit my skin tone. The formula was easy to apply and all I needed were two coats for full coverage. The polish dried fast and glossy but I still applied topcoat.

Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches
Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches

 

 

Chai - medium grey creme. Chai is definitely a colour for the Winter season and it will also be perfect for nail art. It applied well and I needed just two coats. As all the other polish, it dried fast and glossy and I applied topcoat as well.

Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches
Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches

 

 

Paprika - rusty brown creme. This is not true paprika colour but it's quite close so I'll take it ;) I'm wearing two coats and topcoat. The formula was good to apply and fast drying.

Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches
Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches

 

 

Chilli - dark red creme with brown undertones. Such a gorgeous and rich colour, one of my favourites in this collection! It applied nicely and pigmentation was good too. I'm wearing just two regular coats and no topcoat with this one.

Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches
Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches

 

 

Cocoa - dark chocolate/cocoa brown creme. Wow, this brown is super dark and rich! Two regular coats were fully opaque and Cocoa dried very glossy. It went on very nicely as well.

Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches
Barry M Gelly Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 - Review & Swatches

 

 

I think this collection was much needed in the Barry M Gelly line. The Autumn/Winter shades are perfect and I can't wait to so some nail art with them! My absolute favourites are Chilli, Chai and Mustard. They all had easy-flowing and fast-drying formula and all were opaque in two coats. Even though they dried glossy I usually added topcoat as it prolongs the wear and protects against chipping.

 

Barry M polishes are available at Barry M website, in Superdrug and Boots.

 

Hope you like this collection, I know I do ;) Let me know what you think in the comments! Have a nice day! Lucie x

 

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Hello lovelies,

 

Today, yes, today, Illamasqua is releasing a new collection called Once. For now the collection is only available in stores but I would expect it to be online soon as always.

 

About Once: The beauty of old and new endures with Once. Decadent & lavish, dabble with rich textures and autumnal, delicate colours, which are conveyed in this exquisite & harmonious fall collection.

 

"Once is the beauty of the burnished, eroded and erudite. A palette inspired by the gentle and exquisite point when a flower starts to fade and becomes impossibly beautiful in its complex decline. Combined with the subtle opulence of faded gilt layers that reveal themselves the more you blend and search. She is an incandescent moment, a poem alive and a light within a pallet of decaying decadence." Alex Box, Creative Director for Illamasqua

 

Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose

 

Once collection consists of:

  • three shades of new Vintage Metallix Eye Shadow (Courtier - dusky rose, Embellish - rich cocoa, Bibelot - rustic golden teal)
  • two new shades of Sheer Gloss (Exquisite - pink oyster, Opulent - rainbow beige)
  • Powder Blusher (Naked Rose)
  • Nail Varnish (Melange - antique teal)

 

And of course the first thing I'll show you is the new nail polish shade! It's called Melange and it's antique teal leaning heavily towards moss green and with gold and copper metallic particles.

 

I know that Illamasqua strives for the best possible formulas in all of their products and this polish is excellent as the other ones. It applied like butter and was almost opaque in one coat. I've applied two coats just to achieve absolutely perfect finish. It also dried fast and I've applied one coat of topcoat.

 

Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose
Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose
Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose
Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose
Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose

 

 

Another product from this collection I've tried is the Vintage Mettalix Eye Shadow in Courtier. Courtier is described as dusky rose and leans a bit towards bronze shades. It is very soft and creamy and it seems to have some sparkly particles in it. When I was removing it I found that it didn't want to go off so I would think it might have a good staying power. I'll have to test it more first :) I also want to mention that it comes in a beautiful packaging with copper coloured lid and print as opposed to the classic black.

 

Then I have here another new product - Sheer Lipgloss in Exquisite. Exquisite is a pink oyster shade full of gold particles. It's very sheer and glossy and it applied nicely and didn't feel overly sticky.

 

Lastly, the collection includes a Powder Blusher in Naked Rose which is not a new shade. I didn't receive the blush in the package but I already own it so I've swatched it for you too. It is a soft neutral pink that can be built up or you can just have a light flush of colour. it is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way.

 

Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose
Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose
Illamasqua Once Collection - Review & swatches of Melange, Courtier, Exquisite and Naked Rose

 

My favourite piece is of course the nail polish! I don't have any other colour like this, I think it's very unique and definitely 'vintage'. I also love my blusher in Naked Rose and it has been a great companion on my holiday.

 

As I've mentioned in the beginning, the Once collection is available from today in the UK Illamasqua stores and counters and hopefully will be available online soon.

 

What do you think of this collection and of the new polish Melange? Let me know in the comments!

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

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Hello lovelies,

 

I've got here some Femme Fatale minis I want to show you. Femme Fatale is and Australian indie brand with international stocklists. Today's polishes are all beautiful holographic shades and some of them are even on sale right now! Here they are:

 

Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥

 


Femme Fatale Steamy Romance - berry pink holographic shade. This rich and stunning colour is jam packed with holo particles. The formula is really nice and easy to apply and pigmentation is also good. I've applied two regular coats and topcoat.

Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥
Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥

 


Femme Fatale Gentlemen’s Scuffle - dusty teal holographic shade. Another beautiful shade with great formula - how do you do that!? All I needed were two coats for perfect coverage and the polish applied so easily. I've applied topcoat but polish itself dries smooth and quite glossy.

Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥
Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥

 


Femme Fatale Midnight Haze - eggplant purple holographic shade. Why are you doing this to me FF? I can't just say 'beautiful' and 'stunning' to every shade you send me! But this is yet another one! Minight Haze would be perfect for winter as it's rich and dark. I've applied two coats and topcoat again. It applied nicely and dried fast.

Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥
Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥

 


Femme Fatale Mr Pinchy - peachy pink holographic shade. I wouldn't necessarily reach out for colour like this but it looks nice and subtle for me. Definitely an office friendly shade. It applied easily but it was a bit sheerer so I've applied two thicker coats.

Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥
Review of 4 Femme Fatale Holographic Shades ♥

 

 

I'm definitely loving the colours and formulas of these, I am yet to come across a bad FF polish. If you would like to see some past swatches of Femme Fatale polishes, you can find them here.

 

Femme Fatale is available at their website and at their various international stocklists.

 

Which one is your favourite? Do you already own some Femme Fatale polishes?

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

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