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Australis In the Navy

Hiya! Today I bring you a lovely polish from an Australian brand called Australis. It’s called In the Navy and it’s a beautiful navy creme with a slight shimmer to it, which can be best seen when out in the sun. I found In the Navy in a clearance bin at my local Priceline, it’s in an older bottle that’s square and I don’t think Australis make these bottles anymore. I am glad I found In the Navy though, it’s really a gorgeous navy creme and if you ever stumble upon it I say buy, buy, buy!

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

The formula of In the Navy was beautiful; very easy to apply and perfectly opaque in two coats. Also, when I removed it, there was no horrible blue staining around the edges of my nails and on my cuticles! I was very happy about that as staining is a huge pet peeve for me with blue polishes.

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

And here is a better picture of the blue shimmer in the polish: *drool*

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$7.95 (that’s the usual price for Australis polishes, but I think you’d find these cheaper in clearance bins)
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I really love this polish! It’s quickly become my go-to navy. Plus it’s the one of the few times this winter I’ve worn a season-appropriate colour. Thanks for reading!


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Savvy by DB Grapetini

Evening! Tonight I have a quick post for you to show you a polish I wore ages ago by Savvy by DB. It’s called Grapetini and it’s a straight up creme, perfect in two coats.

Savvy by DB Grapetini by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Grapetini by Dry, Dammit!

To be honest, there’s not really much to say about this polish. It applied well and it’s a really nice simple colour. The purple is in no way unique, but it makes a nice change for more compared to glitters and other more complex polishes I wear.

Savvy by DB Grapetini by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Grapetini by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Grapetini by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I think when I wore this I was going to use it as a base for some kind of nail art, but I didn’t in the end. Looking at it again now maybe I should have. Maybe next time. Thanks for reading and sorry this is such a quick post!


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W7 Moondust

Hiya! Hope your weekend was great. Today I bring you another W7 polish called Moondust. It kind of reminds me a bit of BYS Glitter Crystal that I showed you last week, but less blingy though. Take a look and see!

W7 Moondust by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Moondust by Dry, Dammit!

Moondust is a silver metallic base with numerous fine coloured glitters: blue and pink are the main colours. What you see is two coats. It built up to opacity very well and I found the formula to be very manageable. I used the foil method for removal and I didn’t find it to be any more difficult than other glitter polishes. What I do find difficult about these metallic base polishes is the fact they leave tiny bits of glitter around the outside of your nail that are a pain to get off the skin! Grr.

W7 Moondust by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Moondust by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Moondust by Dry, Dammit!DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$2.99
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

This is another great polish from W7. I’m glad Chemist Warehouse is getting in the newer polishes from W7, instead of just those older ones with the terrible formula and very depressing colours. Thanks for reading!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 6: Winter nails

Hello! Today I bring you day six of The Cuteberry Nail Challenge. This day’s theme is your favourite season. My favourite season is winter. I’m not sure why, I think it’s because I’ve always preferred to be really cold than really hot. My skin is quite pale and I am very prone to sunburn!

Instead of just doing large snowflakes on my fingers, which I did consider as I thought it might be relatively simple, I decided to do a more true-to-life representation of what winter is like where I live. In Hobart, Tasmania, there is a large mountain called Mt Wellington (its indigenous names are Unghbanyahletta, Poorawetter, or Kunanyi). It can pretty much be seen from wherever you are in the city and in winter it’s snow-capped one day and then dry the next. So I decided to do a little tribute to Mt Wellington when it is snow-capped.

Mt WellingtonMt Wellington, also known as Unghbanyahletta, Poorawetter, or Kunanyi. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Winter nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Winter nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Winter nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Now I know my version of the mountain is lusher than the picture, but I took creative licence! I am actually proud of the little clouds. Also, I am sorry about the messiness around my cuticles! I swear when I looked at my fingers they were perfect. Isn’t it funny what the camera will pick up and really highlight? Grrr and also sorry about my stupid annoying cut still!

Polishes I used:

  • Revlon Posh (green)
  • Revlon Dreamer (blue)
  • Ulta3 Exotic Canary (yellow)
  • Ulta3 Sea Breeze Swirl (light green)
  • Sinful Colors Nirvana (brown)
  • BYS white nail striper

The next day of The Cuteberry Nail Challenge is your favourite celebrity… I don’t really have one so that will be interesting! I might just take inspiration from a picture of someone famous who is half decent, I guess. Thanks for reading!


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W7 Mauve Suede

Hello! Today I bring you W7 Mauve Suede after I saw it during one of my searches at Chemist Warehouse. I said to myself, “I wonder what suede nails look like?”. And according to W7 suede is another word for matte, so Mauve Suede is essentially a purple matte nail polish – just to clear that up. However I will say it’s a very nice matte polish due to the fact there are also fine silver flecks through it, which when worn outside the sun really catches. It also becomes more prominent with a top coat on, which you can see at the end of the post.

W7 Mauve Suede by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Mauve Suede by Dry, Dammit!

Mauve Suede is from W7’s Suede Effects Collection, which features four other polishes in blue, pink, gold and silver. I didn’t see any others though when I was going through the basket at Chemist Warehouse though. I think this shade is certainly less mauve and more purple, too. What you see on my fingers is two coats, which was very easy to apply. If you were a neater polisher you could even get away with just one coat. This polish dries super fast. You can even see it drying before your eyes and it’s actually quite interesting to watch. After about five minutes you can fully go about your day! Talk about polish on the run! Perfect for when you don’t have much time.

W7 Mauve Suede by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Mauve Suede by Dry, Dammit!

And here are a couple of pictures of Mauve Suede with a top coat. Like I said above the silver flecks suddenly seem to have a life of their own (in the second picture I’m holding my hand in direct sunlight to make the silver fleck look more obvious). This polish is definitely “deeper” with a top coat.

W7 Mauve Suede by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Mauve Suede by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$2.99
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I’m glad I found Mauve Suede. It’s a nice polish to have and I personally love the purple and silver combination. I have read other reviews of the polish that have said the wear time is pretty bad. I would say this is due to the lack of a top coat. I only wore Mauve Suede for a couple of days but I did notice some very obvious tip wear on the second day. You shouldn’t have a problem with putting another thin layer over the top though if you want to wear it for longer, or alternatively wear it with top coat because it’s pretty like that, too. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Nephew’s first birthday nail art

Hello! It’s my nephew’s first birthday this week so I took some time out to do birthday nails based on him. I am not disappointed with how it turned out, but I am also not over the moon either. For some reason on my thumb and little finger I thought it would be a good idea to put on OPI Get Your Number… but the textured look is just a massive clash I’m afraid. Oh well, lesson learnt, so let’s just concentrate on my other nails, shall we?

Nephew's first birthday nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Nephew's first birthday nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Nephew's first birthday nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So, on the index finger we have a baby complete with blushed cheeks and a red hair curl (Alec, my nephew, has the most beautiful red hair). It doesn’t look like much of an curl though, hey!? I need a thinner striper brush; my trusty eBay one is just too thick. Either that or I need to learn to use it better. On the middle finger is a birthday cake with a single candle to represent the first birthday. And on the ring finger is a blue balloon. That is not so symbolic; it’s just a balloon.

Now I also thought it would be a good idea to just paint the design straight onto my nails instead of putting down a colour first. Looking at it now it probably wouldn’t be a problem if my nails weren’t so stained but because they are I should have probably put a sheer nude coat on first. Again, lesson learnt! So please forgive that as well.

I used a heap of polishes so here they all are:

  • Revlon All Fired Up (red)
  • Maybelline Party Blue (blue)
  • Ulta3 Tangerine Tango (orange)
  • Revlon Steamy Affair (“Steamy” side in beige)
  • Max Factor Cactus Green (green)
  • Models Prefer No Angel (white)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint Black (nail striper in black)
  • I made the pink cheeks by combining the red and white polishes

So this is my little tribute to my nephew for his first birthday. Of course, he will get a real life present, too! And lots of cuddles. Thanks for reading!


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BYS Glitter Crystal from the Diamond Glitter Collection

Hello! I had this polish on ages ago and I’ve only just realised today that I haven’t posted it. It’s BYS Glitter Crystal and it’s from Ulta3’s Diamond Glitter Collection, which I think was released in 2011. I’m not actually sure if the name is just Crystal or Glitter Crystal, but because it says Glitter Crystal at the bottom of the bottle that’s what I’m going with.

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can probably tell Diamond Glitter Collection features sparkly polishes based on precious stones, this one being crystal. Glitter Crystal is a scattered silver holo and has a heap of glitters in it; it’s a very dense polish. Here I have layered two coats over a silver Girlfriend polish (it has no name), but you could probably get full opacity with four coats. I didn’t want to do that many coats though.

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

This is one sparkly polish! But just to prove it to you, here’s the obligatory out-of-focus shot for sparkly polishes:

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

I wore this polish in winter but I think it would be so fun to wear outside in summer so you have super sparkling fingers. Or just imagine it on your toes! Even better idea, if I do say so myself. If you’re wondering about the removal, I found it relatively simple. I did use the foil method but there was certainly no scrubbing of the nail to remove the glitters. I’m not sure if this is because I wore undies or because the formula is that way, so it may be different if you’ve used Glitter Crystal by itself.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: AU$4
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: Four, but you could layer over a silver glitter in two coats like me

Well that’s me for tonight but let me know what you think, as always. Thanks for reading!