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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set (Mad Alchemist, Witching Grimoire & Time for Slime) – including Emily de Molly studs & Gloss ‘n Sparkle cuticle oil

*Deep, mysterious voice* Good evening. Tonight I bring you the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set. This boxed set was limited to 25 available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics store and when I heard about it I just figured why not? I’ve never really been that much into Halloween polishes but I think this boxed set has changed my mind! It’s nice to have such a “dark” theme to work with instead of the usual bright and cheerful stuff I find myself going for. Plus, I’ve never tried a Femme Fatale Cosmetics nail polish before and this set (three polishes, one top coat, one cuticle oil, nail studs and few yummy lollies) was just AU$30.80. That is crazy for nail polish in Australia.

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set by Dry, Dammit!

And here is the cute packaging. It came beautifully wrapped in its own little black box (you can see on IG here – I opened it at work and once it was open I couldn’t get it looking perfect again) complete with shredded black paper and spooky sequins in stars, spiders and bats. I kept finding these sequins in the most random places during the week! Probably the most random was a bat in the bathtub. How did it get there? You can see from my photos that Femme Fatale Cosmetics polishes come individually boxed, which I think is very cute. The top coat is by Femme Fatale Cosmetics as well and is called Fast Dry Top Coat. The cuticle oil by Gloss ‘n Sparkle is called Candy Haul and the Emily de Molly nail studs are in holographic silver. As I present the polishes to you I’ll also share my experiences on all three of these extra goodies.

Mad Alchemist (with Emily de Molly holographic silver studs)

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!Mad Alchemist was the exclusive polish to the Halloween Boxed Set and it didn’t disappoint. It’s made up of tiny maroon, pink and iridescent glitters. In the photos you see two coats with Emily de Molly holographic silver studs and Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat. I cannot believe the great coverage this had in two coats; it was very easy to apply. The studs were also easy to use – I just used a wax pencil to apply. For me though, the studs are a bit too big for my nails, I should have just used one per nail instead of doing three on the ring finger and thumb. The top coat is quite thin, but for a polish like this that’s a good thing. Although it’s called Fast Dry Top Coat it didn’t dry all too fast (I blame Seche for setting me up with high expectations!) but it does dry to a slightly tacky “touch dry” feel in a reasonable amount of time (about five minutes). I’m just not sure how long you would have to wait for it to dry completely, I’m thinking at least 20 minutes? I’m not sure if it was due to the top coat not being fully dry but I was able to remove this polish with no problem without using the foil method (including studs). If you wanted, you could probably use the studs again but I decided not to because there were a lot of small glitter pieces attached to them that I couldn’t be bothered removing.

Witching Grimoire

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Witching Grimoire is a purple jelly with all kinds of glitter through it. There are stars, holo dots, orange bars, holo moons, black hexes and all kinds of glitters – it’s very difficult to describe! What you see is two dabbed coats on my thumb, pointer and middle fingers and two dabbed coats over black on my ring and pinky fingers topped with Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat. I think it looks better over back because otherwise it’s too sheer for me. I don’t have a polish with moons in it so this polish was a real novelty for me, albeit a bit difficult to apply due to the copious amounts of glitter shapes and the formula being slightly goopy, but at least I didn’t have to fish! If you think my nails look textured that’s because the top coat is not heavy enough for this polish. It doesn’t have the strength behind it to smooth out a heavy glitter like this, which is a bit disappointing. Some may prefer that look but for me I like it to appear smooth. Removal of this polish was again achieved without the foil method so I’m thinking it’s because the top coat failed to be completely dry before I removed it.

Time for Slime

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!I have saved my favourite for last. As soon as I saw Time for Slime I thought I could love it and thankfully I do! It’s a sheer neon yellow jelly with white and yellow dots, yellow hexes and lots of iridescent glitter. I’ve layered two coats over Bourjois Sunny Sunday, but I’ve seen swatches of it over white and black and they look fab as well. I think this will be a great summer polish – it’s a lot of fun. The only downside for me was the goopy formula, yes, I could apply it like normal nail polish but it did drag a bit and I had to be patient. So either be careful or do it in dabbed coats, I say. I used Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat again and it was a lot better over this polish, probably because the glitter was smaller and sat flatter. Once again I could also remove Time for Slime without using the foil method. I think for the same reason I said about Witching Grimoire. I also used Gloss ‘n Sparkle Candy Haul cuticle oil and I loved it – it wasn’t nearly as oily as some other cuticles oils I’ve tried and them smell was super yummy, exactly like lollies. I didn’t like the brush however because I think it’s a bit too stiff for a cuticle oil. As opposed to gliding over your nails it scratches along. But I can live with that.

DETAILS

Overall I really love the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set. It was great value for money and also a lot of fun. Even though the boxed set is sold out, you can still buy Witching Grimoire and Time for Slime from the Femme Fatale Cosmetics store (linked above). So you don’t have to completely miss out. What do you think of these Halloween polishes? Will you be buying any specific Halloween polishes this year? Let me know. Thanks for reading!


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Golden Rose 105 from the Jolly Jewels Collection

Heya! Today I bring you one of my exotic Golden Rose polishes I bought last year in Europe… I think this specific one came from a Golden Rose store in Skopje, Macedonia. Ahh, how I remember walking up to the Millennium Cross in the snow and rain – good times! The name of the polish is actually a number, 105, so to classify it I’ll also add it’s from Golden Rose’s Jolly Jewels Collection. I think it’s the Australian coming out in me when I say “jolly jewels” and can’t help but giggle.

Golden Rose 105 from the Jolly Jewels Collection by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose 105 from the Jolly Jewels Collection by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose 105 from the Jolly Jewels Collection by Dry, Dammit!

105 is a sheer purple base with large green hexes and smaller purple hexes. It’s a brilliant combination. What you see here is two coats of 105 over one coat of Sinful Colors Cupid’s Arrow with a matte top coat. I opted for a matte top coat because while I didn’t have any problem with application, the glitters do tend to poke up a bit and I find matte really makes it appear flatter. Also, who doesn’t like matte over glitter? Cupid’s Arrow and the base colour of this polish go together nicely, too, I think.

Golden Rose 105 from the Jolly Jewels Collection by Dry, Dammit!

Golden Rose 105 from the Jolly Jewels Collection by Dry, Dammit!

If you’re looking for this polish in Australia you can find it on eBay (I found a bottle for AU$4.50 with AU$4.50 postage), otherwise I definitely suggest you travel to Europe and grab a bottle. 🙂 I would love for Golden Rose to be sold in Australia; the few Golden Stores I went to were brilliant and just jam-packed with all kinds of nail polish with lovely service – nothing I’ve experienced before. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Absent Minded

Hiya! Tonight I have another amazing Emily de Molly polish for you called Absent Minded, which really sums me up lately! Plus it’s purple and just overall lovely. I bought this recently along with four other Emily de Mollys; I showed you The Unloved here. I’ll be showing you the rest of my new Emily de Mollys over the next week.

Emily de Molly Absent Minded by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Absent Minded by Dry, Dammit!

Absent Minded is a purple jelly base with copper hexes, blue, red and green squares and iridescent glitter. I really like the combination, it’s quite sweet. The formula is really smooth and what you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. Removal was easy due to the relatively small glitter pieces and I was able to use the foil method with no problem. Looking at the polish on the nail I really like how the red, blue and green squares retain their colouring but have the tinge of purple as well due to the jelly base.

Emily de Molly Absent Minded by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Absent Minded by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Absent Minded by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

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

You get some great wear from this polish as well if paired with the right top coat. I wore this polish for about five days with minimal wear. Let me know what you think of Absent Minded. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store rhinestone studs for nail art review

Evening! Tonight I bring you another Born Pretty Store product I was sent for review: rhinestone studs. My pictures are just to illustrate what the studs look like, but I’ve also worn a few in different designs I didn’t photograph and I can tell you for certain that once these stud are down with top coat, it’s like they’re stuck to your nails. So you really don’t have to worry about them falling off if you think they look too precarious in the pictures!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

So the rhinestones come in this circular container that flips open. I thought they would fly everywhere and while it’s a slightly difficult to get the right movement to open the container with, I was able to do it and maintain all the rhinestones in their little segments. What’s inside are roughly 400 rhinestones in squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and paisleys ranging 2mm-3mm. I really liked the mixture, especially the paisleys as you don’t see them about too often. Once the container’s closed the rhinestones are sealed in and don’t cross-contaminate, which I liked.

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see I’ve just done some random designs on each of my nails, but it’s really simple to make anything with the variety of rhinestones you get. My rhinestones were placed over Revlon Copa Sunset and topped with a coat of Seche. I used a wax pencil to pick up the studs and it worked perfectly. Also, I have good news about removal. All it takes is the foil method! I was very happy with that. In terms of re-using the studs, I’m sure you probably could, but you might need to not use pure acetone on top of them otherwise they lose too much of their shine. I’m also happy to say these rhinestones don’t look at all tacky. I had thought they might, but when wearing them I found them really classy instead. I’m sure if you went overboard though it could be too much (like anything) – but whatever floats your boat!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$3.40 (here)
  • What you get: Roughly 400 rhinestones in squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and paisleys in a circular flip container

I’m really happy with these rhinestones and I look forward to using them in more designs. It’s a very simple way to glam up your look due to their “bling” look. If you buy the studs (or anything else for that matter) from Born Pretty Store, make sure you use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order. Thanks for reading!

*I received the product (rhinestones) in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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Revlon Rio Rush Collection: Oi Beautiful, Carioca Crush, Copa Sunset & Gold Goddess

Hello hello! Tonight I’m bringing you a collection I’ve wanted ever since it came out, but since Revlon is so expensive in Australia, I just never bought it. It’s the Rio Rush Collection by famous make-up artist Gucci Westman. Recently my local Priceline had a ridiculous clearance sale and these polishes were just AU$.99 each. For AU$3.96 for the whole collection – how could I not buy them all? It’s cheaper than a coffee. In Australia these polishes were released in the middle of winter – I’m sure to coincide with the World Cup – but they just didn’t sell. In the northern hemisphere it would have been perfect timing, but people usually stay away from bright colours in winter – and these colours are very summery.

Revlon Rio Rush Collection by Dry, Dammit!

From left: Gold Goddess, Carioca Crush, Oi Beautiful and Copa Sunset.

Oi Beautiful

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Oi Beautiful is a true purple creme – in fact, all the polishes but Gold Goddess are cremes. It’s got a wonderful pigmentation and it could be a one-coater, but here I’ve done two with Seche. On my ring and pinky fingers I’ve done one dabbed coat of Gold Goddess to show you what it looks like. I think the combo is quite nice.

Carioca Crush

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Carioca Crush is a bright dark blue creme (does that make sense?) and while I did two coats with top coat, I think I could have used a third. It was quite a good blue for my skin tone, but it’s my least favourite of the collection. And a major warning – this polish stains. Bad. So remember a good base coat and try not to hit your cuticles like I did so your fingers look blue. Again, Gold Goddess is on my ring and pinky fingers. Another good pairing.

Copa Sunset

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Copa Sunset is my favourite creme from the collection. I wouldn’t call it coral, but it’s definitely an orange-leaning red. It’s slightly sheer so I’ve done three coats with Seche. This best paired with Gold Goddess (on pinky and ring fingers).

Gold Goddess

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

This is a great glitter top coat; the glitter pieces are tight and it’s quite subtle on the nail in some cases. I read a few reviews that said it was thick and a bit goopy, but I found my bottle to be quite smooth. The only issue I had was if you didn’t roll the bottle before you used it, some of the polish would settle at the base and be difficult to get on the brush. The glitter pieces are small and manageable and sit flat on the nail with no sticky-uppy bits. On my pinky and ring fingers I’ve done one dabbed coat over black and on the other fingers, one dabbed coat over white.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Target
  • Cost: AU$16.95 each (I got mine for just AU$.99 each! Woo!)
  • Volume: 14.7ml

I really, really like this collection. I know it’s just basic cremes but the colours are perfect for summer and each is a slight twist on standard summer colours. Plus Gold Goddess is a great topper. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Blackboard-inspired nail polishes & nail art stripers by ulta3

Evening! So I know what I’m showing you today has been out for a while now, but I’ve only recently been able to get my hands on the polishes to try them myself. Today’s post is more of a review of the product itself, as opposed to great nail art… he he I didn’t even try to do a school theme or something fancy to show you, just a few stripes and that’ll do me! Anywho, I bought these products individually, but I know there is a kit about that you can buy for I believe AU$10 that has the matte black polish, double-sided dotting tool and all five nail art stripers. It was my intention to buy that, but they were all sold out at the store I found the polishes at. 😦 Better luck next time!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

This “blackboard” trend is not new, as far as I’m aware Ciate started it with its chalkboard kit, but instead of stripers it used nail art pens, which I think would be easier than stripers, but depends how confident with stripers you are, I guess. So I bought the Matte Black Base Coat, Matte Top Coat and three of the five stripers in blue, purple and white. The other colours of the stripers are yellow and pink. I was excited about the stripers because I don’t have any in colours other than white, black and silver but the brushes made the stripers a let down for me. I think next time I use them I will trim the tips with scissors. Not a big deal but enough to be annoying.

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

The bottles have a cool matte finish (rather than a glossy finish), which I think is a nice touch. The Matte Black Base Coat is very opaque and with one good coat you can consider your nails done. I would be careful though as I found this polish to stick to my cuticles like anything! It was so hard for me to remove, even with pure acetone. So sorry, that’s why my cuticles look a bit dark in the pictures. I’m looking forward to trying this polish in stamping, actually. If I have any luck I’ll let you know.

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

The Matte Black Base Coat dries super fast so I was able to use the stripers on it almost straight away and I have to say I liked how the colours came out – not too bright, not too pale. I used two coats of the striper colours and added a few dots using the tip of the white striper to prove to myself I wasn’t just going to be lazy and only do obvious stripes with the stripers. I used the Matte Top Coat on top – it was a little runny – so I would suggest using two coats or one really heaped brush because it kind of streaks otherwise and has an uneven finish. All in all though every polish was easy to use and had great drying times, which is a bonus of matte polishes.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse (I got mine near Woolworths in Hobart’s CBD)
  • Cost: AU$2 each
  • Volume: Polishes: 13ml, stripers: 7ml

I really like that there’s a reasonably priced matte top coat available now that is quite good and I’m glad I bought the black matte base for its stamping potential, but I don’t think you need all these things to make a “blackboard” design – you just need a matte top coat, really. I wonder if whitebaord nails will become a thing in a few years’ time? I guess there’s nothing stopping people now from doing it, but I don’t think it would have the same effect as blackboard nails somehow. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly The Unloved

Hello! So, if you follow me on IG you would know last week I received some nail mail from the one and only Emily de Molly. One of the polishes I bought is The Unloved. I really enjoy Emily de Molly’s reds, I always find them so deep and moody (I’m thinking of another I own called No Love Lost). The Unloved hasn’t disappointed me at all. And its depth is reminiscent of Monet’s Garden, so if you like that polish you’ll probably like The Unloved, too.

Emily de Molly The Unloved by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Unloved by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Unloved by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can see The Unloved is dark red jelly base with some really beautiful glitters throughout including: large holo dots (squee!), holo hexes, pink and red squares and iridescent glitter. It’s a beautiful combination and even at two coats, it looks quite deep, I think. I used two coats with a top coat of Seche, but you could use three if you wanted more depth. Removal-wise, I would definitely suggest the foil method, but just a bit longer than usual as because of the larger glitter it takes a bit longer to soak off. I did notice on removal unfortunately some slight red staining – and I even used a base coat – so just be aware of that.

Emily de Molly The Unloved by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Unloved by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

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

I really love how this polish looks in the sunlight. I tried to capture a blurry shot of the glitters, but it just didn’t work out. You might have to buy it yourself and see! Also, good news as well for all Emily de Molly fans – Hayley’s shop is back up and running so now instead of browsing you can also buy, he he. I’ll be showing you the other Emily de Molly polishes I bought throughout the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled. Thanks for reading!