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A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection watercolour nail art

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Hello! Yesterday I showed you four polishes I bought from Face of Australia’s latest collection called Screen Siren: No Angel, Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. Well, I decided to do a quick post tonight to show you some nail art I did with all the colours, one of my favourite techniques called watercolouring, where you essentially dilute the nail polish with acetone and paint it onto your nails. Admittedly, this is not my best watercolour – I wanted the Screen Siren colours to be a bit more prominent rather than blend together in a smoosh like they did – but I still really like it! I also added black square studs (from essence’s Dark Romance stud set) on my ring, middle and pointer fingers.

I used No Angel as the base and layered Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend on top with a top coat of Seche.

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Actually, I am impressed with the variety of colours that came from just three coloured polishes – very pretty if I do say so myself. What do you think? Let me know. Thanks for reading!


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Face of Australia No Angel, Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot & Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from the Screen Siren Collection

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Good evening! Tonight I bring you four polishes from Face of Australia’s latest collection called Screen Siren. As I love Marilyn Monroe (which this collection is based upon) I love the premise of this collection, however, I’m not that much into its execution unfortunately. I just think there should have been one deep red. Sorry, I’m so stereotypical!

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection by Dry, Dammit!

Anywho, I have four of its polishes to show you: No Angel, Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. The collection overall consists of eight polishes, which includes a matte top coat, but in my swatches below I show you both glossy via Seche and matte thanks to my trusty Rimmel London Matte Top Coat – so far the best matte I’ve found! Quick drying and it actually looks matte. Also in the collection there are four nudes – but I have just one, No Angel, because I felt that it suited me best. And then (if you’re counting with me) there are three colours, which I have all of. Yay! Let’s get to it.

Face of Australia No Angel matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia No Angel matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia No Angel matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia No Angel gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia No Angel gloss by Dry, Dammit!

No Angel

So in case you don’t get it the first three are with a matte top coat and the final two pictures are with Seche. I really liked this polish because it’s a pink-toned nude creme and I don’t really have anything like it. The rest of the nudes in the collection are darker and I wasn’t into them. What you see is two coats. A bit streaky on first coat, but perfect in two.

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Isn’t it Delicious

This is a bright green creme. I really love it, as it’s not a true green (green doesn’t do much for me). It’s definitely got a lot of blue in it. Again, two coats. I should also let you know that during my time of wearing these colours I got a few cuts on my index finger and ring finger so I apologise for that.

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Some Like it Hot

This is a pumpkin-like orange creme. I found that it stained my cuticles, as you can clearly see… clearly you need to be neater than me! What you see is two coats. I personally preferred this one matte. The colour did seem to change ever so slightly.

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

A vivid fuchsia creme. Probably the standout polish for most I reckon. I preferred it glossy, but matte is OK… maybe with some stamping? What you see is two coats.

DETAILS

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

The Screen Siren Collection is again in the awesomeΒ piCture pOlish-like bottles, which I give 10/10. The colours (and nude) I own are really pretty but to be honest, as a nail polish collector I would just be recommendingΒ Isn’t it Delicious. Face of Australia has done a good job, creating polishes reminiscent of Marilyn’s love of colour and sleeping in the nude (apparently), but I think for the average nail polish purchaser this might go over your head. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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OPI Excuse Moi! from the 2011 Muppets Collection

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Hello! Sorry about the week-and-a-bit hiatus – I went away for work and didn’t have the internet where I was staying. Well, you could have have Wi-Fi at an exorbitant price but I just wasn’t going to pay it! Catch of the Day recently had another nail polish sale on, this time with free shipping, so I picked up some more polish. Duh. One of them was OPI Excuse Moi! from the 2011 Muppets Collection. Now, with all the hype around the latest Muppets collection I thought why not post this? It’s kind of relevant, ha ha.

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

Excuse Moi! is a red jelly base with multi-coloured hex glitter and fine silver glitter throughout. I’ve never come across a polish like this before. Its jam packed with glitter yet it was so easy to apply and remove! What you see is just two coats with Seche. I just don’t know how OPI has been able to produce something this manageable without it being gluggy and thick. It was so sparkly on I couldn’t help but look at my hands all day! Whoops.

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

Overload of pictures! I’m sorry but the sparkle was just too overpowering. πŸ™‚

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics (Not sure if they have this one in at the moment, but one can always hope!)
  • Cost: AU$16 (I got mine from Catch of the Day for AU$8.99 I think)
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Now, I was wondering if I could get your opinion. I put the “details” section above with – obviously – further details about the product. Do people find this relevant? For me the hardest part is the price and where to buy part. Where I live is so hit and miss, plus if you’re not in Tassie (and even Australia) you’re probably reading it and thinking “Wha..?”. So, do you think it’s a keeper? Does the information help anyone? I’m happy to keep it if at least one person is benefiting. Thanks for reading!


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Fox & Owl Purrrr

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Hello! Tonight I have another Fox & Owl polish for you after I showed you Kitsune in my last post. Like I said before, this is one of four Fox & Owl polishes I bought during Fox & Owl’s Easter free shipping sale. The polish today is called Purrrr and I’ve just realised today it is part of a Fox & Owl’s Pastel Collection along with Kitsune and another polish I bought, Snow Leopard! Err, So I was wrong about them not being of the same theme like I said in my last post, but I will still show them to you separately anyway.

Fox & Owl Purrrr, by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Purrrr, by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Purrrr, by Dry, Dammit!

Purrrr is a pastel pink neon-like creme with aqua and light blue dots, hexes and stars. In the bottle it looked so packed with glitter just wanting to come out, but I found it hard to get out the glitter pieces, especially the stars, so I did have to fish to get what you see. I was a bit disappointed it wasn’t “chunkier”. But, in saying that, the actual formula of the creme was lovely, it’s just the glitter that didn’t want to cooperate! What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Fox & Owl Purrrr, by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Purrrr, by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Purrrr, by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Fox & Owl
  • Cost: AU$9.98
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I think once again I got into a photo frenzy. It’s not my fault! The polish is just so pretty! I really like the shade of pink in this, it’s not over-the-top girly I don’t think. Thanks for reading!


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Fox & Owl Kitsune

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Evening! Tonight I have a new Australian indie brand to introduce to you and one of its polishes. I bought the following polish (as well as three others) during Fox & Owl’s Easter free shipping sale. I was going to bring them to you in one post but I realised that because I chose randomly, the polishes aren’t really of the same theme and so I’ll bring them to you separately over the coming week. The polish is called Kitsune and it’s a gorgeous polish, my favourite from the bunch I bought, which is why I’m showing it to you first! πŸ™‚

Fox & Owl Kitsune by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Kitsune by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Kitsune by Dry, Dammit!

Kitsune is off-white creme base with yellow and neon pink glitters – shapes of diamonds, hexes and finer glitter. What you see is three coats. I was happy at two, but I wanted to see how much more it would build up with three, and I quite like the look. I have a coat of Seche on top. The formula was wonderful and actually, I would compareΒ  it to an Emily de Molly. It was like butter and the glitters didn’t stick up at all. The brush is round, not wide, but it’s decent to work with, I didn’t have a hard time.

Fox & Owl Kitsune by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Kitsune by Dry, Dammit!

Fox & Owl Kitsune by Dry, Dammit!

I loved taking photos of this colour! Such a fun polish and I think because of its off-white base it’s pretty neutral, too. The one thing I did find peculiar about the bottles I ordered is that they are not labelled with names. Not very handy for nail polish lovers like me, I need things named, he he.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Fox & Owl
  • Cost: AU$9.98
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, what are your initial thoughts? I’ll bring you the rest during the week! In the meantime, check out my original nail mail post on Instagram. Thanks for reading!


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Ciate Chinchilla & waterfall nail art featuring polishes from Ciate Mini Mani Month S

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Hello! Last week Catch of the Day had some Ciate Mini Mani Month sets available and I bought the “S” version, which you can see on my Instagram here. From what I know, the Ciate Mini Mani Month is quite big in the US and Europe during the Christmas period – essentially it’s an advent calendar for nail polish lovers! Each day in the lead up to Christmas you open one of the days and have a brand new mini Ciate polish (in some of the kits they also have cute little files and nail polish accessories, too). My kit came with all the polishes I show you today as well as some caviar beads and loose glitter (so a total of 24 nail polish and nail polish items altogether). As you can probably guess, it’s quite popular so I was ecstatic to be able to purchase it in Australia and had to have one right away! (Mwahahaha!).

Before I begin, is anyone able to fill me in regarding the pronunciation of Ciate? I go between “key-ate” and “see-ate”, but I’m not sure if either is correct! I’ve heard “chee-ate” on YouTube so I am confused! While I think the name may have some kind of French connection, I’m pretty sure Ciate is from the UK (but made in USA) – am I correct?

Anywho, today I bring you Chinchilla, a lovely grey/blue creme. The formula was wonderful and although it is a mini polish, I found the brush to be of a nice size for my nails. In fact, comparing it to my one and only full-size Ciate (Pepperminty), I’d say they have a very similar lid/bottle proportion (and therefore brush). What you see below is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Ciate Chinchilla by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla by Dry, Dammit!

 

Ciate Chinchilla by Dry, Dammit!

This formula is really wonderful, as far as I’m concerned Ciate means premium polish and that’s what you should get. I loved this polish so much I decided to add some nail art to it. I decided to take inspiration from The Nailasaurus and create a waterfall design. It’s my first try at doing a waterfall design but I think I got the hang of it pretty quickly. What do you think?

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

As you can tell by the crazy amount of pictures I really loved the look of this. The Ciate polishes I used were: Pillow Fight, Fit For a Queen, Starlet and Sugar Plum. How awesome is this look!? I used Rimmel London Matte Finish for the top coat as well, rather than leave it glossy. I just thought it would add another dimension and I think it’s fab!

Have you tried this nail art by The Nailasaurus? All you need is a striper, so it’s pretty easy. I would love to hear your thoughts about my waterfall nail art and Chinchilla. Thanks for reading!


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ulta3 Hippidy Hop, Hop Pink & Egg-cellent from the Speckled Egg Collection

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Hello! I know the ulta3 Speckled Egg Collection has been out for a while now, but I only recently found a stockist near me and figured I’ll still share it with you anyway. I bought Hippidy Hop, Hop Pink and Egg-cellent. I love the names! Such fun Easter names, it’s one of the things I really like about ulta3 – it has fun with its names and thinks a bit outside the box. I did notice this collection has been made in China (PRC) again, which is strange as only recently ulta3 changed its production to Taiwan. I’m not sure if this is a permanent thing, but I thought it interesting to point out. See the photo below of Hippidy Hop with a polish that says is made in Taiwan.

ulta3 Speckled Egg Collection by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Speckled Egg Collection by Dry, Dammit!

But, moving on to Hippidy Hop! From the bottle it looks fantastic but sadly the glitters just don’t want to come out! The polish itself is also really thick for glitter to be suspended in, so I think this has something to do with it. I couldn’t really fish for the glitter either, so it’s not as speckled as what I would like. But in saying that there were no actual problems with the polish, it applied fine. What you see is two coats with Seche. A purple creme-like base with large and small black glitters.

ulta3 Hippidy Hop by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hippidy Hop by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hippidy Hop by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hippidy Hop by Dry, Dammit!

This was after I removed Hippidy Hop from a couple of my nails – if only it looked like that on the nail!

Next up is Hop Pink. I thought this would have the same issues as Hippidy Hop, but not at all. Everything is perfect – application was a cinch and the glitters knew what they were doing in this one. What you see is two coats with Seche. A hot pink creme-like base with large and small black glitters.

ulta3 Hop Pink by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hop Pink by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Hop Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Lastly, Egg-cellent. This is my favourite, which is strange for me as I’m not a fan of green polishes but this dusty pastel green really won me over. It was just like Hop Pink as well, which was a massive relief. What you see is two coats with Seche. Like the others, it contains both large and small black glitters.

ulta3 Egg-cellent by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Egg-cellent by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 Egg-cellent by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Guardian Pharmacy (where I bought mine, you might have a hard time finding a stockist like me!)
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 13ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Also with this collection ulta3 has upped the price to AU$3 (usually AU$2). I am not sure if this is to maybe get us ready for a price hike in the future? This collection is being sold as a “limited edition” so maybe that’s the difference? Buy up I say while ulta3s are AU$2! Also, I should mention that there are three other colours to the collection:Β Blue Bunny,Β Bunny Bloom and Hot Cross Fun. From what I’ve read these are getting mixed reviews, too. Thanks for reading!