Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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One year blogaversary featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and nail art

Evening! Before April ticks over into May (gah! Who else cannot believe that!?) I want to celebrate my one year blogaversary with you. The actual date of this momentous occasion was April 8. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed my first year of blogging. I’ve really had a ball and I want to thank you so much for sharing it with me. I created this blog mainly to document my nail polish journey, but it’s turned into more than that I think. You’ve been with me travelling Europe, adopting the beautiful Shelbs – thank you so much for following me! Altogether I have 154 wonderful followers from both WordPress and Bloglovin’. Thank you again! 🙂

Looking back at Dry, Dammit! I can safely say I am getting better at this blogging thing. My photos are the most noticeable difference. I think they are waaaay better than what I was taking when I first started. Then there’s the actual nail polish application itself. Still room for improvement, but definitely more consistent than when I first started. What do you think?

So tonight I am featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and then a re-do of some nail art I originally did in April 2013. To be honest, I haven’t featured too much nail art on this blog, so I’d like to get into that more – especially more complex nail art. That and tutorials. You can never read too many tutorials!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Easy Going is just a fantastic pale pink / eggshell (depending on the light) creme polish. This is definitely a polish everyone should own, it looks great and I reckon because it’s not a true nude, it would go with most skin types. On me it looked a bit fluro! What you see here is three coats with Seche. I used three coats as I wanted to see how much more of an impact three coats would have rather than two; but two would be sufficient for sure. This polish would be great at work, on the weekend, at a party… basically anywhere! I had been wanting it for ages and I had recently read a few reviews about it. I figured for AU$4 I should finally try it out myself. I’m so glad I have!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Target, Priceline or Big W
  • Cost: Target and Priceline AU$4.95, Big W AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, onto the nail art inspired by a French tip design I did way back in April 2013. I wanted to do this design so show you how far I’d come overall, but when I put the top coat on top (Seche)… well, you can guess what happened. Yes, some of it dragged! So even after a year I still have to learn to be patient and wait longer for the polish to dry. But from afar it looks great so I hope you still like it.

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

On top of Easy Going I have used one coat of Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from its Screen Siren Collection. I love the look, way more than my April 2013 design! Plus it’s slightly neater too, which helps. The fact there is only one photo in the original post is proof enough that I didn’t want to show you the rest of my design due to its messiness. He he.

Is there anything you would like to see different about Dry, Dammit!? Any post I could do or themes I could do that would make it more interesting for you? A change of blog layout? Pictures of Shelbs? I have a few ideas myself, but I’d love to hear your feedback. Eventually I’d like to do a giveaway… but I’m figuring out the logistics of it. As always, thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly The Fifth Element

Hiya! I have a quick post tonight to show you a gorgeous Emily de Molly I wore last week called The Fifth Element. Emily de Molly is a wonderful Australian indie polish company, it always has such a reliable formula. The Fifth Element was perfect in two coats – you’ve just got to love that! I’m also wearing one coat of Seche on top.

Emily de Molly The Fifth Element by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Fifth Element by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Fifth Element by Dry, Dammit!

The Fifth Element is an almost teal base with red and blue hexes throughout with a sprinkling of iridescent glitter. I love how when you layer this the red and blue hexes look sandwiched and squishy. It reminds me of the sea for some reason, when really it should probably be reminding me of the film The Fifth Element, given its namesake (I’m not sure if this was intentionally named after the film).

Emily de Molly The Fifth Element by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Fifth Element by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Fifth Element by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see, I loved taking photos of this polish! I think it’s great for this time of weather when there needs to be something bright about. I always love wearing colourful nail polish in the cooler months.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$10
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I thought The Fifth Element was one of Emily de Molly’s discontinued polishes, but it turns out it’s not! So you can still buy it if you like. However its creator, Hayley, will be taking an undetermined amount of time off to have a baby soon so the shop will be closed for a while. It’s open until the end of this week if you want to buy something. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store pink dotting tools for nail art review

Hello! Tonight I bring you another product Born Pretty Store sent me for review: its pink double-ended dotting tools in five pieces with container. I already own dotting tools, so I was interested to see how these were different. They’re not really different, to be honest, but how can you go wrong with dotting tools, really? These tools are pink with BAO WANG written on them in small diamontes. I’m not sure what BAO WANG means, so it confused me a little, even after a Google search yielded no results. If you know what it means, let me know! I’d like to know if it has anything to do with nail art.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

What I did like about these tools is that one of them is a curved tool (on both ends) so if you need something a bit tricksy done, you can reach it better. However, be careful! When I used one end of mine the dotting part fell off! I could plug it back in but it was annoying midway through dotting! Altogether there are 10 types of “dot” you can create with these tools, so there is a wide variety for all sorts of nail art. I should mention the container as well, which is pretty convenient. It fits all the dotting tools perfectly, with room for more supplies if you wanted. It also has soft padding in the lid so the dotting tools don’t hit the plastic (plus it reduces the rattle noise).

Now, here are three looks I created below. All are simple, but that’s how I’ve been wearing my nail art lately.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For this half moon design I created the dots and the half moon with just one dotting tool. Too easy!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For this design I layered two bright colours over black using two different sizes. I think the black base makes this really work.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, I attempted a dotted gradient here, but it didn’t pan out, as you can see. I still like it though! I’ll be trying this again.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$18.22 (here)
  • What you get: Five double-ended dotting tools in container

All in all I think these dotting tools are handy, but if you already own some you probably don’t need to go out and buy them. I’ll spruik it again – just in case you didn’t know, ha ha – but I now have my own Born Pretty Store code, HVX31, so please use it if you would like to get 10% off your next Born Pretty order (Born Pretty also has free shipping)! Thanks for reading!

*I received the products in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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Face of Australia My Island Home from the Carnivale Collection

Hiya! A quick post tonight to show you another – yes, another – textured polish. This time it’s by an Australian brand called Face of Australia. The name of this polish is My Island Home and it’s from the Carnivale Collection, which came out late last year. I’ve picked up My Island Home and a few other polishes from the collection on special for roughly AU$3, but otherwise it’s AU$5.95 – that is, if they’re still being sold! I notice that the Carnivale Collection is being phased out to make way for the Siren Collection in most stores.

Anywho, My Island Home is such a groovy polish, I really enjoyed wearing it. It’s a brown-leaning nude, but the textured finish makes it a bit playful. And the texture is really lovely. It’s not thick at all, but it’s definitely noticeable, as my last photo in the sun shows. I like that it’s not scratchy. What you see here is two thin coats and it still took ages to dry, so that was a big downside for me, seeing as I usually wear textured polishes when I need to do my nails in a rush.

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Another problem I had with this polish is that after a while (just a day of wear) it actually gets dirty. I’m assuming this is due to the fact that it’s textured, is a light colour and has no top coat. I found the same with Sally Hansen Sugar Fix. For me, wearing it for just one day is fine but I don’t know how other people would feel about wearing dirty-looking polish. But, as an upside, I do like the new bottle Face of Australia is using for collection polishes now. The bottle reminds me of piCture pOlish bottles – in fact, I think they might just be the same! Really comfortable lid and the bottle is just so convenient for neat storage! 🙂

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline or Big W
  • Cost: AU$5.95
  • Volume: 13ml

So, what do you think of My Island Home? I don’t usually wear nudes so this was a nice change for me. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art studs review

Evening! Today is Easter and I’m just getting to the computer now to put up a post I’ve been meaning to all day. I did some Easter nails, but since I did them in such a rush this morning they’re nothing overly spesh. If you do want to check them out head to my IG page where I picture them with my all-time favourite Easter egg: the Red Tulip Humpty Dumpty.

Anywho, I’ve been meaning all week to show you some nail art studs that I was sent from Born Pretty Store for review. These studs are probably the most “3D” I’ve ever been with my nails, and the way I wore them I think it would only work as one-night-only special. First up I have to show you some medium-sized gold / iridescent bows that I teamed with a gold polish by W7… sorry I don’t know its name as when I bought it, it didn’t come with a label. Oops. There is no top coat over the bows. As you can see, the bows are a nice size for wearing on each finger… but since you only get five per pack you’ll probably have to buy two packs for both hands, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

The second lot of bows I have are larger and a black / silver combo. In this pack you only get two, so I’m figuring you use these more as accent pieces, which I have done below. The polish I have on is essence Prom-berry with Seche. There is no top coat over the bow.

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

Now, what I really like about both of these bows is that they are curved to suit the natural nail shape. I found this didn’t affect the application at all. Usually for nail art studs I use a wax pencil to apply them, but in this instance as the bows are so big I just used my fingers. Sure, you have to be accurate, but it was relatively easy. Here’s what the bows look like underneath:

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

With the black / silver bows I found them a bit heavy on my finger. Honestly as well, they weren’t as flush as I would of liked on the nail and a bit “stick-y out-y”. This had its upside though because when I was finished with the stud I could just peel it off and use it again. Even the polish wasn’t overly disturbed!

Born Pretty Store 3D rhinestone bow nail art decoration review by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

I also have my own Born Pretty Store code now, HVX31, so please use it if you would like to get 10% off your next Born Pretty order! Born Pretty also has free shipping, which makes it even worse for your bank account, ha ha. If you check out both of the products on Born Pretty, you’ll see there are some other stud shapes to choose from in both sizes like anchors, hearts and butterflies. Thanks for reading!

*I received the products in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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essence It’s Raining Men!

Hello! A quick post tonight to show you essence It’s Raining Men! This is one of the new essence polishes in its core line, it’s not part of any of the limited edition collections. It’s a classic blue / purple-ish glitter combo in a sheer blue base but builds up to a nice navy with a couple of coats. It kind of reminds me of W7 Twilight, but less intense.

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

In my pictures I tried to capture the purple, but my camera (or just the polish itself) found it difficult to capture. What you see here is two coats with Seche; as I said above, while a sheer base it still builds up nicely. It’s a very neat looking polish I think. Application was easy. I think it looks heaps better in the sunlight.

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I have a few other new essence polishes I picked up – I look forward to showing them to you. I just don’t know how essence (or any polish company, really) can come up with so many colours so often! Incredible. Thanks for reading!


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W7 Mauve Debris

Evening! Tonight a quick post to show you another W7 polish I picked up from Chemist Warehouse. It’s called Mauve Debris and there’s a few other “debris” polishes by W7 you can pick up too. I bought a blue one and a bronze one. Same general idea behind each polish, a mixture of tiny glitter with larger glitter pieces. Mauve Debris, as the name suggests, is predominately purple with green bar glitters and hexes and gold hexes. I think I prefer how it looks in the bottle, it looks more complex than what it shows on the nail, and this is two dabbed coats with top coat.

W7 Mauve Debris over Models Prefer No Angel by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Mauve Debris over Models Prefer No Angel by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Mauve Debris over Models Prefer No Angel by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Mauve Debris over Models Prefer No Angel by Dry, Dammit!

W7 Mauve Debris over Models Prefer No Angel by Dry, Dammit!

As a glitter topper you need to wear it with some undies; with it I have two coats of Models Prefer No Angel. Wearing a glitter over white nails tones the whiteness down (obviously), which is what I like sometimes with white nails because they can be too white sometimes, you know? It had quite a nice sparkle in natural light as you can see in my outdoor photos.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$2.99
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter topper so wear undies!

Do you own any of the “debris” polishes from W7? What do you think? Thanks for reading!