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I Heart Nail Art water decals new formula review

*Press sample

Hello! You might remember last year I showed you some Lichtenstein water decals from I Heart Nail Art. After posting, I was contacted by Julia who creates the decals. She has very kindly sent me four water decal sets in I Heart Nail Art’s new formula and I will show you three below.

I Heart Nail Art decals package by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art decals package by Dry, Dammit!

The nail decals come in these really cute individual packets with instructions as well. As you can see from above I received some sail boat decals, Mark Rothko decals, bunting decals and Sweet Valley High decals. Yes, that’s right. Sweet Valley High. Who doesn’t love SVH from the ’80s and ’90s?

I Heart Nail Art decals package by Dry, Dammit!

So above is a comparison look between the old formula decals (right) and new formula decals (left). The new formula is better designed to the natural nail shape and there are less designs in number than the old formula. However, if you actually compare the application of both, I think you’ll agree with me that the new decals are much better.

I’ll show you all the pictures of the different decals and then do an overall application summary, as I found both the full nail decals and partial decals to have a similar application.

Boat Nail Decals

I Heart Nail Art sail boat decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art sail boat decals by Dry, Dammit!

These water decals are so cute, I had to put them on over a blue polish to suit its nautical-ness. The polish is Savvy by DB Cruise. I topped it with Seche.

Bunting Flag Nail Decals

I Heart Nail Art bunting decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art bunting decals by Dry, Dammit!

How cute would these be for a party? These decals are over two coats of Models Prefer No Angel with a top coat of Seche.

Sweet Valley High Nail Decals

I Heart Nail Art Sweet Valley High decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art Sweet Valley High decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art Sweet Valley High decals by Dry, Dammit!

So with the full nail water decals, you put them over a white or light base. I chose Models Prefer No Angel and topped with Seche. I received so many compliments on these decals! I loved them, they brought back some nice memories. And I couldn’t help but take a leaf out of The Bookish Manicurist‘s book (ha ha! Pun!) and do a nail and book shot, below. Ahh, so much teenage angst in those illustrations!

I Heart Nail Art Sweet Valley High decals by Dry, Dammit!

So now onto the application. As water decals, I came in with the assumption that they would be very difficult to manage. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they were very easy to work with, I used tweezers but I also used my fingers too to push the decals onto my nail. With both the full nail design and partial nail design you need to cut out the shape, I just used regular-size scissors to do this (not nail scissors) and I didn’t have a problem.

After cutting to your desired shape, you pop the decal into a bowl of water for about five seconds and then pluck it out with tweezers or your fingers. I rubbed the paper side of the decal and it slid right off, leaving just the thin plastic decal. This is what makes the new formula a lot better than the old formula; they’re actually plastic now rather than a plastic/papery formula.

Once the paper backing is off, you just slide the design onto your nail in the area you want it. If it sticks to a spot where you don’t want it, just put a bit of water on it and it’ll move around again. Too easy! After waiting for the water to dry off the nail, I filed the excess decal from the free edge and put on a coat of Seche and I was done! I wore my full nail decals for two days and I didn’t have any of them peel off or start to come off.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: I Heart Nail Art
  • Cost: AU$8.19
  • What you get: 18 water nail decals (with the partial decals you get about 40-45)

So what do you think of the new decal formula? I like it much better than the older formula, especially that you can get a better looking free edge, it just tidies the look up so much. Thanks for reading!


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Dry, Dammit! is now on Instagram @drydammit

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Are you on Instagram? Enjoy my blog? Then why not combine the two and follow me on Instagram! One of my New Year resolutions was to put a bit more finesse into my blog this year and one way I’ve decided to do that is through Instagram. In the past few weeks I’ve joined and just put up a few images so far; it’s actually been quite a learning curve! But I’m enjoying it so I would love for you to follow me.

I figure Instagram is more of a natural extension of Dry, Dammit! rather than setting up a Facebook or Twitter account. As a visual medium, it suits me better at this stage. If anyone knows of any handy Instagram tricks of the trade I’d love to hear them! Also let me know your Instagram name if you’d like me to follow you.

You can find me by searching for @drydammit in Instagram or clicking the link to your right I’ve made up (right at the bottom if you’re reading on a mobile!) Thanks for reading!


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January What’s In-die Box? swatches & review – Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Glittering Elements & Alanna Renee

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Hello! Tonight I bring you January’s What’s In-die Box? I’ve missed bringing you my monthly reviews of these, to be honest. I still think What’s In-die Box? is such a fun thing to look forward to every month, especially if you love indie polishes, but I’ve got to say it’s hard buying them every month! The wallet does get a bit tight, if you know what I mean. So with that in mind I’ve decided to skip February’s box (which is such a shame actually because it sounds great!).

Anywho, January’s theme is The Muppets and I think it’s been very well executed overall. The bright colours make the polishes perfect for summer, too.

Lilypad Lacquer It’s Not Easy Being Green

January What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer It's Not Easy Being Green by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer It's Not Easy Being Green by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer It's Not Easy Being Green by Dry, Dammit!

This is two coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is two coats over one coat Ulta3 Lagoon with Seche (although you can’t really tell). This is an impressive green jelly with iridescent gold glitters and looks amazing in the sun. It is of course based on Kermit and while I am happy with this polish, I do think it a pity that it’s not one of Lilypad’s signature holos.

Glam Polish The Great Gonzo!

January What's In-die Box? Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! by Dry, Dammit!

This is two coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is two coats over one coat Revlon Royal with Seche. This purdy looking polish is based on Gonzo, the loveable Muppet stuntman. It is a blue jelly with small iridescent glitters, small and medium iridescent dots and iridescent diamonds. Unfortunately I had to fish for the glitter in this polish; I’ve found that with all of the Glam Polishes I own, the glitters always seem to love sticking to the side of the bottle. With all of its iridescent-ness, this one looks especially great outdoors, which the obligatory blurred photo below shows.

January What's In-die Box? Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! by Dry, Dammit!

Alanna Renee Mee-Meep

January What's In-die Box? Alanna Renne Mee-Meep by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Alanna Renne Mee-Meep by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Alanna Renne Mee-Meep by Dry, Dammit!

This is two coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is two coats over one coat Sinful Colors Be Happy with Seche. This is a light green jelly with gold iridescent hexes and specks (almost flakies!). I’m slightly disappointed with the formula as I found it to be a bit goopy; so unusual for Alanna Renee polishes. This I think is based on Beaker and the noise he makes when he’s nervous. I love the colour but at two goopy coats you can still see the nail line. 😦

Glittering Elements Party Animal

January What's In-die Box? Glittering Elements Party Animal by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Glittering Elements Party Animal by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Glittering Elements Party Animal by Dry, Dammit!

This is three coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is three coats over one coat Essence Fame Fatal with Seche. This is an orange jelly with iridescent glitter, small and large black hexes and assorted coloured hexes and squares. In the bottle it looks a bit murky but it has a nice orange colour when on the nail; a lovely surprise. This is of course based on the much-loved Animal, the crazy drummer.

Peita’s Polish It’s All About Moi!

January What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish It's All About Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish It's All About Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish It's All About Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

This is three coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is three coats over two coats Ulta3 Pale Dahlia with Seche. This is a sheer pink polish with iridescent glitter, medium pink circles and small white hexes. Based on the one and only Miss Piggy, this is a lovely polish, albeit a bit thick. Miss Piggy would be happy, I think.

For me the outstanding polish this month has to be Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! I think it looks great both by itself and over Royal. Next month’s What’s In-die Box? theme is bakery delights, so I’m expecting some yummy treats for fingers! The What’s In-die Box? can be purchased from Peita’s Polish Big Cartel store. The cost is AU$55.94 including shipping, with limited international shipping available for an extra AU$21 I believe. Thanks for reading!


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Ulta3 Tahiti & abstract nail art

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Hello! I have a very summery polish to show you today called Tahiti. It’s made by Ulta3 and apparently it’s been around for a while. In fact I think I saw on Ulta3’s Facebook page that it’s one of Ulta3’s best sellers, so maybe that’s why I haven’t seen it before; too many people are snatching it up! No wonder, it’s a beautiful colour.

I saw Tahiti simply glowing out of the nail polish bins they keep at selected chemists, and as soon as I saw it I thought, I haven’t saw you before. Tahiti is a neon orange creme, you could simply just do two coats or do two coats over one coat of white, which is what you see below. Sorry about being able to see some of the white polish close to the cuticle and the dodgy cuticle on the ring finger, it only really showed when I was uploading the photos.

Ulta3 Tahiti by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Tahiti by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Tahiti by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Tahiti by Dry, Dammit!

I am so surprised I loved this colour, as I usually avoid oranges, but ever since I tried Look by BIPA Glitter Coral I’m getting more into them, especially for the beautiful weather we’ve been having recently. I think it would look great on toes as well!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Guardian Pharmacy, Terry White Chemists, Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$2
  • Volume: 13ml

So after a couple of days of wearing Tahiti I decided to do some kind of nail art. I sat about wondering what to do and then just got out some stripers from BYS in white and black and started what seemed to be a zebra look. I decided it needed a bit more and added some stripes of Ulta3 Block It Out for contrast and then Tahiti again for good measure. I think it turned out quite well! A bit animal print, a lot of random; hence the name abstract.

Ulta3 Tahiti and abstract nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ulta3 Tahiti and abstract nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So what do you think of Tahiti? Do you like neon polishes? I think I’m a fan. Thanks for reading!


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Nail polish haul & Look by BIPA Glitter Coral

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Hello! Finally after settling back into home life and work I’m ready to blog! I have a pretty big post for you tonight but I’m sure you won’t mind considering it’s mostly pictures of my haul from the past week – and who doesn’t like looking at people’s hauls?

It turns out while I was away I missed out on quite a bit of nail polish news. Over the weekend I went to my local Target and what was there but a brand spanking new Nicole by OPI stand! Wha? Little ol’ Target and Nicole by OPI? I noticed the polishes were AU$12.95 each. Also in Target was a massive Sinful Colors display with what I think are some holiday polishes. Also Sinful Colors is now AU$4 at Target, down by AU.95c. I went into my local Kmart and there was no more Sinful Colors! I was sad about that.

Anywho, while at Target I couldn’t help but pick up three Sinful Colors polishes (and still cheaper than just one Nicole by OPI!). You can see them below.

Sinful Colors mini haulFrom left: Super Star, Pinky Glitter and Triple Platinum.

Then I was in a chemist near my work and I spotted the Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book so I just had to buy it… there goes AU$24.95! But totally worth it, I think, as I didn’t think I would find it considering it’s limited edition. I can’t wait to do a proper post on this and show you some awesome looks!

The Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book

Here’s some peeks of the polishes and caviar beads inside:

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Crush, Rock Candy, Gingerbread and Sugar Coated.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Sour Grape, Gumball, Fairy Floss and Peach Pie.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Blue, Toffee Apple, Min-tea and Lemon Drop.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Caviar beads 100s & 1000s, Lotsa Liquorice, Mini Musks and Sugar Sprinkles.

I also bought a few assorted Ulta3s, I haven’t seen Lucky Bamboo before so that’s why I picked it up, even though the colour doesn’t really do much for me. That’s the good thing about Ulta3, at AU$2 you can give any colour a try without feeling guilty! Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me are all from Ulta3’s recent Colour Game Collection. I also picked up the other two polishes from the Colour Game Collection from another chemist, Emerald Inten-ciy and Block It Out, but I don’t have their photos here sorry.

Ulta3 mini haulFrom left: Jelly, Citrus, Lucky Bamboo, Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me.

And finally, if that wasn’t enough for you, I also stopped by my favourite Priceline and bought some new Savvy by DBs and one of the Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes, which were on special.

Savvy by DB polishesFrom left: Sally Hansen Bubble Plum, Savvy by DB Under the Sea, Savvy by DB Surfer Girl and Savvy by DB Cruise.

But wait, there’s more! I was at The Reject Shop and saw some really cute nail polish highlighters (OK, so they’re highlighters in the shape of nail polish bottles, not highlighters made from nail polish) and I bought them too, just a novelty really, but I thought it would be fun to show you. The second photo is how the highlighters work. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to last long, but oh well.

Nail polish highlighters

Nail polish highlighters

Phew! Now that I’ve shown you all that I can finally concentrate on Look by BIPA Glitter Coral. Look by BIPA is a home brand to a company called BIPA; it’s very similar to Priceline here in Australia. I bought this in Austria, I’m not sure if that’s only where BIPAs are but it’s the only country I saw them. I was in Vienna actually when I picked this up and thought it would be perfect from summer when I returned home. And I was not disappointed! This is an orange polish with tiny gold flecks through it and a really nice, even textured effect. I think this is a great summer polish and the textured effect of it just makes it even more perfect for the season.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

I wore this over the weekend and it started chipping after two days, but it was still a lot of fun to wear. What you see is two coats; it was so easy to apply and dried so fast! Double good considering then you don’t have to worry about a top coat unless you really want to. It’s a very pretty polish and that’s saying a lot for me considering I’m not the biggest fan of orange polishes. Removal was a cinch too – I just used cotton balls, but if you’re not sure you could use the foil method.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

It’s such a pity this polish can’t be bought in Australia, or something similar at least. Maybe a clever person mix a few textured polishes together and get the same result? If only it were that easy, hey? Thanks for reading!


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The trip part 4: Back in Australia & P2 Sand Style in Seductive and Precious

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I’m back Down Under and I’m glad to be home after travelling for 24 hours on planes! I had an absolutely incredible time away for the past three months, everything has gone just too fast. My highlight of the trip is when we went to Italy. If you’ve never been I would definitely recommend you visiting, it’s got something for everyone.

If you’ve been reading my other posts, you would know I was just about to leave Greece and head to Macedonia. Here’s where we went after Macedonia: Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland and England. Whew! All up in our trip my husband and I travelled to 12 countries, which was roughly a country a week! But anyway, onto the more interesting nail stuff. Below is a picture of all the polishes I bought while abroad – 68 in total! I love them all.

Final collection of European polishes

I would love to bore you with a more detailed picture, but for now with getting back and returning to work you might have to wait until I review them, ha ha. If I can I will try and take some quick pics of them sometime. But here are two lots of polish I especially do want to show you: OPI Pure (a 18k white gold and silver top coat from the Mariah Carey Collection) and Ciate Colourfoil (a foil manicure kit). I’ve tried both and I love them; I can’t wait to show you.

Final collection of European polishes - OPI Pure (18k white gold and silver top coat) from the Mariah Carey Collection

Final collection of European polishes - Ciate Colourfoil

I told you previously I was going to have my nails done at WAH Nails at its store in Topshop, London. I’ve been a huge fan of WAH Nails for a long time, I own the store’s first book and I was so looking forward to my appointment! Here I am getting nails done (the picture is blurry, you can thank my husband for that).

Haylee getting her nails done by WAH Nails at Topshop in London

I enjoyed getting my nails done, but I was disappointed with the little things, like for example when my nail artist was filing and buffing my nails she went back and forth rather than in one direction. Also, my tips weren’t wrapped. And finally, when the top coat was applied (WAH Nails uses Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) it wasn’t applied to the full edge of the nail and some of it ended up bubbling. I feel like I’m being picky but for AU$58 I think there should be a little more finesse! Maybe I had built it up too much in my mind? Anywho, here is the design that I chose, it’s called art deco, it was suggested to me by the nail artist to do the stripes rather than the full art deco design on every nail. I went with their idea, but I wish now I had said no because I’m actually not too keen on how the stripes also don’t have black with them.

Nail art by WAH Nails at Topshop in London

But it was all an experience and nonetheless I’m glad I went. Like my husband said, if I hadn’t of gone to get my nails done at WAH Nails I probably would be kicking myself later.

Now I have to show you some polishes I wore while in Berlin. I bought these from a store called DM, which is quite similar to Priceline here in Australia. The brand is P2, which I think could be a budget-type brand for all types of cosmetics. But obviously I was drawn to the polishes. The two I am wearing are called Seductive (purple) and Precious (gold). Both are what P2 calls Sand Style, which is simply another name for textured polish. I wore these two together because I thought the colours were quite complimentary. Each polish is two coats.

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

I am so impressed with these two polishes. I wore them for about four days and there was no chipping at all. I did use the foil method to remove the polish, but I think you could get away with just using a cotton ball. Also the texture on them was perfect, there was no pulling on clothes or anything. Definitely a good budget polish!

Well, I am now off to see if I can get some sleep. So far so good with the jetlag. I’m looking forward to updating much more frequently now. It’s great to be back. Thanks for reading!


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The trip part 3: A quick update

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Hello! I thought I should do a quick update to let you know I’m still about and having fun travelling with the husband. I was looking back at a past post where I said I would try to post at least once a week… Well, clearly that hasn’t happened so I apologise, but I re-promise to update as soon as I am on Australian soil again. Thankfully that will be in less than a week’s time as we are arriving back in Oz on January 13.

Until then we have one more full day in London tomorrow (where we’ve been for the past four days) and I have an appointment with WAH Nails at its store in Topshop along Oxford St. Suffice to say I’m excited! Obviously I’ll get nail art done, which is what WAH is known for, but I found out you can just get a regular manicure or acrylics done, too. In my next post I’ll have pics and more details about the appointment for you.

In my next post I’ll also detail the rest of the polishes I’ve bought in Europe, and show you a design I wore while in Berlin. So I have a lot for you. I really appreciate all my readers following me during my holiday and I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Thanks for reading!