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Geometric negative space nail art using essence Purple Sugar, Hello Hipsters & Grab This Hype

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Evening! Tonight is a quick post just to show off some nail art I recently wore, I’m calling it “geometric negative space” purely because I didn’t know what else to describe it as, feel free to let me know a better name. Anywho, it features two polishes from essence’s Yes, We Pop! trend edition: Grab This Hype (almost a mint green) and Hello Hipsters (almost a pale blue). I say “almost” in those brackets because I think they’re still relatively bright enough not to be labelled as pastels. I guess that’s why they’re from a collection called Yes, We Pop! πŸ™‚ I’m also using another essence polish called Purple Sugar, which is a muted purple with pink undertones. I hope you like it!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

To achieve this look I used nail art tape to segment off a T shape on my nails (I had a base coat on). I then carefully applied each polish randomly to one area of the created T section with the brushes of the polishes. Luckily these polishes were pigmented enough that they really only required one thick coat. After filling all the gaps in, I pulled off the nail art tape with tweezers and topped with a thick coat of Seche.

I’m really happy with the result and reckon I’ll be doing another negative space design again soon, it seems to be all the rage at the moment. I just realised I did a negative space design in May last year but just didn’t call it negative space. I’m ahead of my time, ha ha. Thanks for reading!


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Savvy by DB swatches & review – Confetti, Outburst & Carnivale with starburst nail art

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Hello! I’ve been meaning to post about these Savvy by DB polishes for a while now – if you follow me on IG you’ll remember I showed them to you last month. The three polishes below appeared at my local Priceline with two others, but I think they’re repeats of past Savvy by DB polishes – 100’s & 1000’s (yes, the apostrophes annoy me, too) and Razzle & Dazzle (that’s been rebadged as High Voltage) so I didn’t buy them. Also, these new polishes are in square bottles at 12ml, rather than round bottles at 10ml, so you get a bit more.

Because I found application the same with all three – even though they’re glitters – I’m just going to make a statement here to say I found them really easy and manageable. I didn’t have to fish or dab, which is a nice change for a mainstream-branded polish. Also, unlike my dubious experience earlier in the year with other Savvy by DB brushes, I found the brushes to be great; nice and wide without any flyaways. Phew! On with the polishes!

Confetti

Savvy by DB Confetti by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Confetti by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Confetti by Dry, Dammit!

This is just one coat of Confetti over two coats OPI My Vampire is Buff on my thumb, pointer and middle fingers and one coat over one coat Models Prefer Little Black Dress on my ring finger and pinky, all topped with Seche. As you can see, Confetti is made up of pink, white and orange matte glitters in a clear base. I’m so surprised by this polish! I thought for sure it would be thick and clumpy. I really like how with just one stroke it’s got a thorough coverage. I thought layering it over My Vampire is Buff might be weird, but I think it’s a winner, it really makes the white glitters pop.

Outburst

Savvy by DB Outburst by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Outburst by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Outburst by Dry, Dammit!

I really like Outburst, although I do wish its base were more of a creme and less a jelly. This is two coats without undies on my thumb, pointer and middle fingers and two coats over two coats Max Factor Candy Blue on my ring finger and pinky, all topped with Seche. There are lovely dark blue, light blue, silver and pink glitters throughout a blue jelly base. I’m not sure how well this one would work without undies, unless you’re happy with seeing your nail line. At three or four coats I worry the glitter with look too thick on the nail, if that makes sense. But I’m loving my Candy Blue and Outburst combo. You can thank my husband for suggesting Candy Blue as a base.

Carnivale

Savvy by DB Carnivale by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Carnivale by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Carnivale by Dry, Dammit!

I saved my favourite from the three for last. Would you believe this is just two coats? Sure, it’s not full coverage, but I think it comes close, especially from afar. This is another clear base with tiny glitters in gold, pink, purple, green and some iridescent pieces, too. I’ve topped it here with Seche. This sparkles so much! There’s really not a lot more to say as I found this lovely to apply (and even removal wasn’t overly difficult) and it wore really well. I wore this for a couple of days before wanting to nail art it up (below) by using it as a base for starbursts.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 12ml

To create my starbursts I just cut pieces of Scotch blue painters’ tape into long skinny triangles and placed them on my fingers in random patterns, followed by topping with one coat of Models Prefer Little Black Dress and Seche. I really like the result.

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Starburst nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Starburst nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Starburst nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of the polishes? I’m very impressed and happy with my purchases. I wish there was more to choose from. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Baby’s Got a Temper

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Hiya! Tonight I wanted to bring you a bigger look at some polishes I recently bought at Priceline, but it was just getting too late and I remembered I hadn’t shown you my last polish from my Emily de Molly haul. It’s called Baby’s Got a Temper and – as with pretty much every Emily de Molly polish – it’s perfect!

Emily de Molly Babys Got a Temper by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Babys Got a Temper by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Babys Got a Temper by Dry, Dammit!

Baby’s Got a Temper is a beautiful pink/cherry creme base (sometimes it looks almost red, depending on your lighting) with black, red, orange and purple glitter throughout. I would buy this polish for the base colour alone, to be honest. But the quirky mix of glitter makes it very appealing. What you see is two coats with Seche on top. While I think the finish is a bit squishy looking, I don’t think it’s a jelly. Maybe layered over an undie it would look even more squishy? Application was easy and because the glitters aren’t on the big side, you don’t have to fish for anything. I used the foil method for removal and that worked very well.

Emily de Molly Babys Got a Temper by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Babys Got a Temper by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

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

I think this is a really fun polish that still has the trademark Emily de Molly edge people enjoy. This would look good as an accent nail or incorporated into some kind of nail art, too. Well, that’s the last of my new Emily de Molly polishes to show you so hopefully my next post will be what I had planned to upload today but then got too lazy, ha ha. Thanks for reading!


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October Holo-ween What’s In-die Box? swatches & review – Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Emily de Molly & PrettyPots Polish

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Hello there! Today is a long post because I’m showing you my swatches and review of the October What’s In-die Box? I wanted to get this to you sooner but we’ve had some pretty overcast days and I’ve been missing out on catching the sun. The reason this is important because it’s a holographic-themed box – Holo-ween – and I wanted to get natural, sunny pictures instead of ones with flash. I haven’t bought a What’s In-die Box? for a while now but I’m super glad I bought this one! I’m impressed by all the polishes, so let’s start!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish Ghost Gutz

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Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish Ghost Gutz by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish Ghost Gutz by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish Ghost Gutz by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish Ghost Gutz by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

From the inspiration picture I was expecting a fluro green polish. Thank goodness it wasn’t overly fluro or I don’t think I would have liked this polish at all. I like that it’s a subtle fluro green with a subtle holographic shift in the light. This is two coats without top coat. I did find the formula on the second coat to be a bit gluggy and pull the polish underneath, so I would suggest waiting for the coats to fully dry. You can see some pull on my pinky. This polish came with the cutest little ghost bow tie that matched the polish perfectly, I just had to leave it on for the photos. I really like this detail as it shows the maker cares about their product.

Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? inspiration picture 2

Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

This one was a surprise for me. In the bottle, I thought I would hate it. On my nails however, I’m really liking it! I don’t wear orange a lot so maybe it’s something I should get more used to. This is a beautiful deep orange holo peppered with black flakes. I’m wearing just one coat without top coat. Yes, that’s right, one coat. The application was super easy and it didn’t pull at all.

Emily de Molly Night Terrors

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? inspiration picture 4

Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Emily de Molly Night Terrors by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Emily de Molly Night Terrors by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Emily de Molly Night Terrors by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Emily de Molly Night Terrors by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

So there’s some serious holographic goodness going on here. I mean, look at that picture of it just in outdoor light in focus – wowza! This polish was the most holographic of them all and just a breeze to apply. I would describe this as a dark blue / grey stone colour. I’ve used two coats without top coat. As soon as I headed outdoors the sun bounced off my nails like anything!

PrettyPots Polish Bewitchery

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? inspiration picture 1

Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Pretty Pots Polish Bewitchery by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Pretty Pots Polish Bewitchery by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Pretty Pots Polish Bewitchery by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Pretty Pots Polish Bewitchery by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

This is my first polish by PrettyPots Polish and I am happy with it, but I do already own two other similar purple holos: Emily de Molly Devotion and Lilypad Lacquer Stretch for the Stars. I do think this has a fiercer strength to it though. And luckily for me, purple is my favourite colour and this holo is divine so I think it’ll get a nice workout like the others. I’m thinking you can never have too many purple holos! I’ve applied two coats without top coat and formula-wise this was buttery and excellent as well.

Glam Polish Paranormal

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Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Glam Polish Paranormal by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Glam Polish Paranormal by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Glam Polish Paranormal by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Glam Polish Paranormal by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

The reason why these photos are slightly different (you can also tell I have slightly longer nails) is because I put this on as soon as I got the box, I was that excited. I’ve just never seen a holo teal like this! I really love the colour and everything about it; it’s my favourite from the box. Application was easy and I’m really glad to finally get to try a Glam Polish holo as it’s been producing some amazing holos lately from what I see on IG. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I was really happy with the strength of the holo even with a top coat – sometimes adding a top coat dulls the effect. I also love how it looks indoors, too. I wore this while I visited my parents’ place and it lasted wonderfully for four days – and it would have lasted longer had I left it on I’m guessing.

Phew! Sorry about the massive post, but I think it was well worth it, I’m glad I can finally bring it to you. While November’s box has already been sent out (its theme was Pokemon), the December box pre-order is now open with the theme of Aussie Christmas and can be purchased from Peita’s Polish Big Cartel store. The cost is AU$49.99 excluding shipping, with international shipping available. But before you order your box, let me know what you think of this one. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!


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My first ever gradient nail art

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Hiya! So, I have a confession: Apart from my Sally Hansen Sugar Coat gradient nails I’ve never actually been successful at a gradient before. I think for me it was because I didn’t realise that a) You need a base colour and b) You need to sponge the colour on repeatedly, rather than just once. I know, I know, silly! But now I’ve actually given it a good try and I’m quite happy with the outcome; I think it’s perfect for this time of year, even if the weather doesn’t agree with me.

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The colours I used were from ulta3’s Candy Couture polishes: Lemon Drop (yellow), Fairy Floss (pink) and Peach Pie (orange). It’s a bit Halloween-esque (candy corn) so maybe my subconscious was wanting Halloween to not stop with my evil clown nail art, hey? Of course, I had to fiddle with it after a few days so I added OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat from the 2013 Mariah Carey Christmas Collection and a matte top coat. I really like how it turned out! Quite subtle I think.

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

I’m really looking forward to doing another lot of gradient nails, maybe with darker colours. That could be challenging though due to the clean-up involved. What do you think? Thanks for reading!