Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Stop Collaborate and Listen Part 2

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have swatches of the newest additions to Pretty Serious Cosmetics' Stop Collaborate and Listen line, which are collaboration polishes with some of their favorite bloggers. These three polishes couldn't be more different, but they are all truly stunning!

Kashmir is a burgundy leaning purple jelly packed with golden/bronzey microflake shimmer  with a sprinkle of blue/violet sparkle and and red flakies. Formula was a dream to work with and it was fully opaque in 2 easy coats. Kashmir is all sorts of stunning and I adore the red flakes that peek out here and there. This polish was a collaboration with Christine from Serenity Nails and her inspiration was the song Kashmir by Led Zeppelin and it lead to her finding wonderful inspiration from the Kashmir Valley in South Asia which was the inspiration for the song (she explains her full vision for the polish in her post about Kashmir, so be sure to check it out!).

Iktsuarpok is a medium grey jelly filled with silvery white flake shimmer. Formula was great with full opacity in 3 thin coats. The delicate flakes are SO gorgeous in this polish and I love that in some lights this one almost looks like a blue-grey. This was a collaboration with Polly Polish and according to her blog post the name Iktsuarpok is an Icelandic word that "describes the feeling of anticipation of a visitor arriving imminently, thus leading you to keep looking outside to see if they're there yet". That is SUCH a perfect name for a polish because that is exactly how most of us feel when we are expecting nail mail, and that is exactly where her inspiration came from for this polish name. Be sure to read her post about Iktsuarpok to see her full inspiration for the polish!

Herald of the Skeleton War  has a blackened green jelly base (think Nars Zulu) with medium purple glitters, purple and green microglitter, as well as iridescent blue glitters flakies. The formula was on the thicker side and very glittter-dense. I made sure to wipe off one side of the brush before applying to avoid overloading my brush with glitter and it applied pretty well that way, but I was careful to use thin coats to avoid getting too much glitter on my nail. It was quite opaque, so it was perfect in 2 coats. I did use a thicker topcoat to smooth it out and give it a glassy finish (I used KBShimmer Clearly On Top). The glitters and flakies really sparkled in this deep jelly base and the color combo is fab. Herald of the Skeleton War is a collaboration with the amazing Scrangie (yes, I am geeking out a bit that I get to swatch a polish that she collaborated on!). She has always been a blogger that I greatly admire and often use her blog as a reference for older mainstream collections because it is THE BEST. She isn't blogging regularly now, but she does have a fairly active personal Instagram (it's not a nail account, but she does share manis sometimes).

Also, I was sent a bottle of Pretty Serious's cuticle oil in Cute Cuticles Cupcake to try out. This has a soft, sweet vanilla scent that is light and refreshing (definitely not a heavy, overwhelming vanilla scent). It has a nice blend of oils including jojoba, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E oil (full list can be found here). It also has Parafin Liquidum (liquid paraffin) which acts more as a barrier to keep moisture in vs moisturizing. I've been using this oil a good bit in my swatch sessions and I really enjoy it! It has jojoba, which you guys know is my favorite oil, so I'm digging it. Their Cute Cuticles line comes in a variety of other scents to choose from including: Peach Danish, Bubblegum, Bumblebee Bait (sweet and floral), Purity (nut and fragrance-free), Sweet Lemonade, and Tropicana (Pina Colada), so there is something that everyone will enjoy!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics products are available from Pretty Serious's shop. Pretty Serious polishes are also stocked with these other stockists within Australia and internationally. Be sure to follow them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and their blog for updates and swatches.

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