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Evil clown nails Halloween nail art

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Hiya! For ages now I have been wanting to do some kind of Halloween nail art and I figured I should get something in quickly before Halloween. The problem for me was, there are just so many great Halloween-themed designs out there I didn’t know what to do without really doing what had already been done, if you know what I mean. And I wanted to do something a bit different as there are only so many pumpkins and spiders that can be done uniquely, I think. So I thought, if I actually were dressing up for Halloween, what would I dress as? An evil clown of course – I especially dislike clowns! I don’t know, they all just look so freaky to me.

Evil clown nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The end result was some “evil clowns” that look kinda evil, but not overly, however I still had a lot of fun creating them. I wanted to keep the design as simple as possible – minimal colours, details etc so if somebody took any inspiration from them it would be easy to recreate. It’s one time I wished my top coat had smeared the colours underneath more when I put it on – so as to create a streaky, make-up running effect – but oh well. I just used a red polish and its normal brush and my BYS nail striper in black for the eyebrows, eyes and mouth. Underneath is a white polish in a sort of semi-circle look, I’m not sure what to call it, an inversed half moon?

Evil clown nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Evil clown nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Evil clown nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out overall, but if I did it again I would probably put more detail in the mouth – maybe give them some sharp teeth? Or just do what I had to do on my pinky – just have a nose and eyes peeping out.

So, are you going to be doing any Halloween nail art? Got any thrilling plans? Apart from it falling on a Friday, which is great anyway, I don’t really celebrate it, where I live it hasn’t seemed to pick up in popularity. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Tread Lightly

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Hello! Another Emily de Molly for you today, this one is called Tread Lightly. I really love how dramatic some of the Emily de Molly polish names are.

Emily de Molly Tread Lightly by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Tread Lightly by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Tread Lightly by Dry, Dammit!

The base is a green-leaning light blue creme and in it is packed large silver and purple dots, smaller silver and purple dots, purple and silver hexes and some tiny silver and purple glitters. The purple lover in me loves this, obviously. What you see is two coats topped with Seche. To remove I used the foil method. Really, this is a pretty simple polish and that’s probably why it’s so well executed: because of its simplicity. The creme base is thin so you just need to make sure when you apply your second coat it doesn’t drag and create bald spots. You can avoid this by waiting for the first layer to be fully dry or dab on the second coat. I chose to dab and it turned out fine for me.

Emily de Molly Tread Lightly by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Tread Lightly by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

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

Now there’s just one more of my new Emily de Mollys to show you, which I’ll show you next week. Usually I wouldn’t bombard you with so many polishes from the same maker in a row, but I just love Emily de Molly if you can’t tell. Thanks for reading!


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Black & nude outline / border nail art

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Hiya! A quick post tonight to show you some nail art I had been wearing last week. I’m calling it “black and nude outline / border nail art” because I’m really not sure how else to describe it. I don’t know who started the outline craze, but I really like it, albeit finding it difficult for me to do! It was my first attempt, so I think I did OK enough.

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I first applied two coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff (after base coat) and then got out my trusty BYS black nail striper and drew the middle lines. I was going to stop there – originally going for a chic simplistic look – but then figured “Hey, why not try doing an outline of my nails, too?” So as you can probably tell I was exceptionally messy and had to do a vigorous acetone clean-up afterwards. Once that was done I applied a thick coat of Seche. It was the first time in a while I had properly put on a thick coat of Seche and I now remember why it’s so beneficial to do so – this design lasted ages on my nails. I wore it to work all week with no problems. I’m looking forward to perfecting this outline look and wearing the design again soon. Have you tried this look? What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips

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Hello, hello! Today I want to show you some nail stickers I wore recently and got quite a few compliments on. I’ll explain further below but for now let’s just say I struggled with keeping these stickers on all day without wanting to remove them!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can see these are French nail tips essentially, although essence calls them nail lace tips. You get 28 stickers all up in two different designs. I put them on over two coats of ulta3 Coral Silk from its new Spring / Summer Collection and then topped it off with a coat of Seche. The Bloom Me Up! Collection does include four pastel polishes, but I haven’t bought any because I feel like I’ve already got those colours in my collection. The nail lace tips are called Bloomylicious but since there’s only one variety I’m not sure why essence even bothered giving them a name other than nail lace tips.

Now, I’m not sure if it was the Seche but after my nails dried I noticed the tips moved away from the edge of my nail, leaving a very noticeable gap, probably about 1mm. I was like, “Argh!” and wanted to remove them straight away because I just thought it looked stupid but for the benefit of the blog I persevered. You should also note the shape of the nail lace tips is not really compatible with square nails, as I have. They are more suited to squoval nails. And, although I thought my nails were pretty small, it turns out they’re quite massive as I couldn’t find a sticker that matched up exactly to my nail size.

I applied these stickers at night-time and went to bed afterwards (as you normally do) and I found even though I wrapped my tips with Seche some of my nails had dirty sticky bits on them from where the sticker pulled up as it dried. So that was annoying. I had to keep wiping the tips of my nails remove the sticky bits. I will say though from afar my nails looked pretty decent and I got a few compliments and people wanting to know where I got my nails done. That was nice.

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

I should probably mention the actual application. I used a combination of tweezers and my fingers to remove the stickers from their backing and I’ve got to say you have to be a bit rough because they’re stuck on tight! But not too rough otherwise the sticker might tear, so it’s a delicate balance. To place the stickers I just ended up using my fingers as opposed to tweezers, but that’s just what was comfortable for me.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • What you get: 28 lace nail tip stickers in two designs

Overall I don’t think this product worked too well on me – I found the shrinking and small sticker sizes really annoying. However, in another review I was reading the blogger used the stickers at the curves of her cuticles, so maybe that would be a better look to try. On the positive side it was a relatively simple process and easy nail art without a lot of effort if you want to give it a go. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces

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Hello! Tonight I’m bringing you the one and only Cosmic Forces by Emily de Molly. Put simply, pretty much everyone raves about this polish and I totally understand why. For me, it was the first time I’d seen large dots in a polish when I first saw it earlier last year. Now I see dots all the time. Cosmic Forces is part of a “Forces” trio that includes Oceanic Forces and Dark Forces, which are similar in execution except with a teal / black base. But Cosmic Forces is what started it all for many.

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces by Dry, Dammit!

Cosmic Forces is a dark purple jelly base with large purple holo dots, hexes and smaller pink dots. I’ll admit I did have to fish a bit for the large dots, but they were really easy to get on the brush. I’ve just used two coats with Seche and I’m super impressed with the depth of this polish – it looks like many more layers! For removal I used the foil method and it worked like a charm.

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

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

I know this post is short and sweet, but there’s really not a lot to add that others have not already said about this polish. I would consider it a must-have for any glitter or purple loving polish addict, for sure. Thanks for reading!