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LA Colors Expressionism from the Flash Pop! Collection

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Hiya! Tonight is just a quick update as with less than a week to go before jetting off to Europe for three months with the husband I’ve been a bit crazy trying to get stuff done! But onto the polish! I have to show you LA Colors Expressionism from its Flash Pop! Collection. I bought it after wandering about Glow Cosmetics and spotting a giant LA Colors display during my recent trip to northern Tassie to visit my family. This collection is very similar to the Revlon Moon Candy collection (I showed you Milky Way here) in that it’s a dual-ended polish with a pretty opaque creme one end and then a multi-coloured glitter in a clear base in the other end, which you can wear together or separately. I found the glitter pieces to be much prettier in the Flash Pop! Collection than in the Moon Candy Collection though.

LA Colors Expressionism by Dry, Dammit!

LA Colors Expressionism by Dry, Dammit!

LA Colors Expressionism by Dry, Dammit!

One end of Expressionism is neon pink that is easy to apply in two coats. Quite a nice pink if you like pinks. The other end is multi-coloured glitter with large blue hexes, smaller pink and purple hexes, smaller pink glitter pieces and holographic glitter flakes – but these are not flakies! What you see is two dabbed coats on top of the neon pink so it’s not a dense glitter by any means. I really enjoyed applying the glitter though; I felt like I was making my own little masterpiece and it was way easier than when I wrestled with Milky Way! Speaking of which, I should note there was a Flash Pop! colour very similar to Milky Way. So if you can’t afford Milky Way maybe this collection’s for you.

LA Colors Expressionism by Dry, Dammit!

LA Colors Expressionism by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

I wore this for three days and on the third day it started chipping on my dominant right hand, so you may want to use some extra top coat with this. Some of the other colours in the Flash Pop! Collection included neon green, neon blue, a dark grey (a la Milky Way) so there’s some other nice polishes that will be tempting me before I leave! *Must not buy nail polish* Thanks for reading!


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OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane & diagonal nail art

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Hello! So in a few of my blog posts this week I have mentioned I visited my family last weekend. They live about four hours’ drive away from where I live so me and my husband typically make a weekend of it. So, as you do when in a different town, I went shopping and picked up two polishes: LA Colors Expressionism, dual-ended neon pink and multi-glitter polish from the Flash Pop! Collection, and OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane, a beautiful deep burgundy polish from OPI’s recent San Francisco Collection.

I was drawn to In the Cable Car-Pool Lane instantly; I had seen a few swatches of the polishes on some other blogs but I didn’t realise how gorgeous In the Cable Car-Pool Lane was! I took my pictures in my grandparents’ sun room so you might notice a different background with the photos below.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is more a dark red jelly rather than a creme; it even looks a bit purple in some light. In the photos I have two coats on, but I really think I could have used a third coat. Application was easy as usual with OPI polish.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

While seeing my family I also did my grandmother’s and mum’s nails. We did the obligatory nail shot below. My mum’s nails are left (you will see I recreated the nail art I showed you earlier this week), my hand is in the middle (wearing In the Cable Car-Pool Lane) and my grandmother’s nails are metallic pink using Ulta3 Celebutant!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

I wore In the Cable Car-Pool Lane for a couple of days and then decided to do a little diagonal nail art design. I don’t know what else to call it. I used two dabbed coats of Revlon Brilliant Bordeaux and then used a black striper from BYS to mark off the diagonal lines.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics
  • Cost: AU$16
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

You may notice my nails are a bit more square shaped than my usual squoval shape. This is because I have decided to try out the square trend. I quite like it. As my nails are short, I have to wait until they grow a bit for some of the edging to have more impact, but it’s a start! Thanks for reading!


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W7 Pink Suede

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Hello! Today I bring you another polish fromΒ W7’s Suede Effects Collection: Pink Suede. After showing you Mauve Suede I couldn’t resist picking up Pink Suede when I saw it. As with Mauve Suede, this is nice matte polish that has a really lovely sparkle to it, even though this time I didn’t put a top coat on top to show you, sorry!

W7 Pink Suede by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Pink Suede by Dry, Dammit!

What you see is two coats, if you had better application than me you could get away with one coat as these polishes are thick and very opaque. It’s a matte pink creme that has a golden sparkle, most noticeable in natural light I found. Again, this polish dried fast. I also had a little more difficulty with the application: sometimes when I went back over the polish for the second coat it would pull the polish underneath it, so I recommend waiting a couple of minutes before applying a second coat.

W7 Pink Suede by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Pink Suede by Dry, Dammit!W7 Pink Suede by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

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

Thanks for putting up with my two posts in one day today; I guess there’s just a lot things I want to say! Thanks for reading!


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Versatile Blogger Award & Liebster Award nominations

Versatile Blogger Award / Liebster Award

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Lately I have been very lucky that four bloggers have nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Liebster Award. It’s lovely to be recognised by your fellow bloggers, especially considering I haven’t really been doing anything all that special – well, at least I don’t think so!

I don’t want to sound ungrateful but I do want to tell the truth. I consider these awards to be virtual chain letters, considering there isn’t really an “award” and you have to then nominate usually a crazy amount of people (AKA forwarding). So this is just a quick post to say thank you to those who have nominated me and give them some link love and then answer a few of their questions. But I won’t be forwarding these awards on.

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by The Mind of an Eclecticist. I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Ginger Loves Makeup, Taken at Face Value and Bubbles & Blush. Please visit these sites and have a look around!

And now, here are seven interesting (well, I don’t necessarily think they’ll be fascinating!) things about myself, as per the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • I am vegetarian
  • my favourite food is capsicum
  • my favourite band is The Beatles; favourite song is The Long and Winding Road
  • I do not have any pets, although I would love to!
  • I am going travelling in Europe for three months starting October 6
  • while I love nail polish, on a day-to-day basis I only wear mascara and lip gloss, no other make-up at all apart for special events.

I’ve made a mish-mash of 10 questions from the three Liebster Award nominations, as I don’t know how I would go answering 30 questions! Talk about the Spanish Inquisition!

  1. If you only had time to see ONE animal at the zoo, which would it be?Β Elephants. My favourite animals.
  2. What is the inspiration behind your blog name? I decided on Dry, Dammit! because I am so impatient when it comes to nail polish drying time!
  3. Chocolate or biscuits? Chocolate! I dislike the texture of biscuits.
  4. What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self? Don’t be scared of the unknown.
  5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Europe, somewhere. Probably Holland.
  6. If you could learn another language what would it be? Dutch. My family is Dutch.
  7. Would you prefer coffee or tea? Coffee! I drink tea, but only occasionally.
  8. If you had to nameΒ one essential beauty product, what would it be? Lip gloss. You can never have too many lip glosses. Oh, and nail polish!
  9. What is your favourite season of the year and why? Winter as I get to rug up and wear fun things like tights with dresses and big jackets.
  10. If you could do any job in the world, what would you choose? Editor of a weekly national newspaper. I used to work as a sub-editor and now work privately in comms, so I’d like to get back into newspapers, be it hard copy or online.


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Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs

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Hiya! Today I just want to quickly show you an accent nail I wore last week with my new 2mm round studs from eBay. I bought two new Essence polishes, Free Hugs and Nude Glam Cotton Candy, and while they’re not “new” I had been eying them off for a while in their display. I decided to buy them when I noticed the Essence stand at my Priceline had changed tickets so that some polishes were half price – Cotton Candy being one of them. (Good news! This means new Essence polishes are on the way!).

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

Cotton Candy is a pink-leaning creme nude polish; on my skintone it looks very pink. I teamed it with Free Hugs on my ring fingers; a bubblegum pink creme. I used three coats of Cotton Candy and two coats of Free Hugs to achieve what you see here. As usual, the application was perfect and I am in love with the Essence brushes. So easy to use and wide! I decided to place the studs in a kind of sideways diamond and I really like the look of it. (I actually recreated this look on my mum’s nails over the weekend – I will show you very soon!). I placed the studs with a wax pencil, also bought off the ever-wonderful eBay.

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

Accent nail with studs nail art using Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy & Essence Free Hugs by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Nail polishes

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three for Cotton Candy, two for Free Hugs

Studs

  • Where to buy: eBay from this seller
  • Cost: AU$2.81
  • What you get: About 1000 studs

I really liked this design. It was a bit simple, a bit fun and bit girly all in one. I wouldn’t mind trying Cotton Candy on all my nails and seeing what it looked like, it’s a nice nude but it’s not nude enough, if that makes sense. I need more nudeness in my nudes! Ha ha. Thanks for reading!


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WingDustCollections Hope

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Happy Sunday! I travelled up to the north of Tasmania this weekend to visit my side of the family before I leave for overseas in just two weeks from today! How exciting. Anywho, it’s just a quick update tonight now I’m back home to show you a polish I wore earlier this week. It’s WingDustCollections Hope. I’ve had a look at other blogs and I think the polish is meant to be more manageable than I found it; I bought my mini below from a blog sale so it was already partially used, so maybe that’s why is was a bit difficult to apply.

WingDustCollections Hope by Dry, Dammit!

WingDustCollections Hope by Dry, Dammit!

WingDustCollections Hope by Dry, Dammit!

I wore Hope because I wanted to wear a light coloured polish and I thought “Hey, why not a white?”.Β Hope is a milky white base with blue, pink and holo squares and fine holo glitter throughout. It’s quite sheer, so what you see on my nails is two coats of Hope over one coat of Models Prefer No Angel. It is quite a pretty polish – and quite stark – but I found it difficult to apply in that the square glitters just wouldn’t budge out of the bottle. I found it so hard to try and swivel the little brush around in the little bottle! Even when I tipped it upside down it and the glitters sank to the “top” I had a hard time getting out the glitter.

WingDustCollections Hope by Dry, Dammit!

WingDustCollections Hope by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: WingDustCollections store (on holidays at the moment)
  • Cost: US$8.50
  • Volume: 15ml (I have a mini bottle)
  • Coats to opacity: Sheer, so I used two coats over white

Well, I’m off to get some R&R; all that sitting a car is hard work. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 10: Favourite polish – OPI It’s My Year

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Hello! This is kind of an easy day of The Cuteberry Nail Challenge today. It’s your favourite nail polish. I didn’t really have to think twice about which polish I would use, with OPI It’s My Year being so awesome and all. Plus a bonus was I hadn’t featured it on the blog yet. Score! It’s My Year is from the Miss Universe Collection that came out in 2011. It’s just an amazing polish with a wonderful finish.

OPI It's My Year by Dry, Dammit!

OPI It's My Year by Dry, Dammit!

It’s My Year is a purple crelly-like formula with a really fine gold glitters through it. It is unfortunately one of those polishes that when you get it on your skin around your nail the fine glitter sticks to your skin like nothing else, but the overall finish of this polish makes it so worth it! If I were a neater polisher I guess that wouldn’t be a problem, ha ha. What you see here is three coats. It really has a great look both indoors and outside.

OPI It's My Year by Dry, Dammit!

OPI It's My Year by Dry, Dammit!

Looking at that picture above, it does still look a bit sheer with the light in it. I’ll let you know now in real life I didn’t notice that, so it must be something the camera picked up. 😐

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics
  • Cost: AU$16
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

Looking at my pictures of It’s My Year now makes me yearn for more OPIs. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up some more at cheaper prices in Europe when I go there in October. The countdown is on! Thanks for reading!