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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fatal Attraction

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Hiya! Today I bring you a gorgeous polish I was wearing for most of the past week: Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fatal Attraction.

Femme Fatale Fatal Attraction by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Fatal Attraction by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Fatal Attraction by Dry, Dammit!Outside out of focus.

As you can see, this is a stunning burgundy base with magenta glitter and magenta holo glitter. The scattered holo effect of this was a bit hard for me to capture, hence the blurry photo above and the couple below. It really is almost like two different nail polishes in and out of sunlight. I’ve applied three coats with a top coat of Seche, although this does dry a bit gritty so I probably should have used two coats of Seche. Also I found when cleaning up the little gritty bits were hard to remove from the cuticle area, so be weary of that, too.

Femme Fatale Fatal Attraction by Dry, Dammit!Outside but less blurry.

Femme Fatale Fatal Attraction by Dry, Dammit!Inside with flash.

Femme Fatale Fatal Attraction by Dry, Dammit!I’m really glad I was able to get this polish, it’s been on my wish list for a while now so I can finally cross it off. I’m thinking it would have looked good with a bit of nail art as well but I just couldn’t be bothered! Not even sticking on a few studs. Oh well – next time!

DETAILS

The Femme Fatale Cosmetics shop has had a facelift since the last time I bought from it, so you might have to be patient to get your hands on this one while the site is being updated. However, while you’re there you might as well check out the other polishes on offer – ahh, so many to choose from. Definitely worth a browse. Thanks for reading!


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I’m having a blog sale

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Hiya! This is more a “housekeeping” post but I wanted to let you know I’m having a blog sale! (The link is also in the top right corner of the blog or under Menu on a device). It’s been a long time coming and with my time off recently preparing for the baby (I’m now past 40 weeks!) I have plenty of time on my hands. Obviously with a baby on the way I’ll need you to be a bit patient with me in terms of turnaround time, but I promise to keep you updated along the way.

Pretty much what you need to know is it’s just shipping within Australia with postage starting at AU$8.50 for 500g or less or if you’re in the Hobart area I’m happy to meet up to avoid the shipping cost. There’s a selection of mainstream brands, a few Aussie indies and some cheapie nail art supplies. So go and check out my blog sale page now (it has more details). The photo below is a peek of what I have for sale.

GlamGlam Polish

(From left) Little Miss Naughty (SS, S1, July 2013 What’s In-die Box?) $6, Ahhhh… Aliens!!! (SS, S1, June 2013 What’s In-die Box?) $6

Lilypad Lacquer

(From left) It’s Not Easy Being Green (SS, S1, January 2014 What’s In-die Box?) $8, Skulloween (SS, S1, October 2014 What’s In-die Box?) $8

Also I’ve updated my where I shop page. I’ve added more shops and more details, so if you’re curious about where I buy my polishes from or nail art supplies from, then take a look. More shops are still to come. Thanks for reading!


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Drips and stripes nail art

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Hello! Earlier this month while I was looking to buy a new case for my mobile phone (here’s one I ended up buying and I love it!) I discovered mobile phone cases make perfect nail art inspiration. I had been wanting to try out some new stripers I bought from The Nail Shop so when I saw the picture of the cases below I knew I had to give it a whirl!

Drips and stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Mobile phone case inspiration pic

My inspiration. Image courtesy head_case_designs-au / eBay

Drips and stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Drips and stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Drips and stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!
I used Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend (pink) and Isn’t It Delicious (green) for the stripes and drips over a coat of Sinful Colors Sinful Shine Wisp. My stripes are a bit dodgy as I’m still getting used to them, but I’m really happy with the striper set I bought. I might even do a separate review of them, if anyone’s interested? (To see what I’m talking about check out a post I made about them on IG here). The drips, well yes, I could probably have made them more “drippy” but I wanted the lines to be prominent.

Now a note on the photos. I’ve upped the size of them by 200 pixels. So my landscape pictures are 900 pixels and my portrait pictures are 800 pixels. Too big? I don’t mind what the portrait pictures look like but I thought the landscape picture looks a bit cumbersome so I reduced its display setting to 700 pixels and when clicked, it shows at the full size of 900 pixels. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I hope that train of thought is not too difficult to follow. Thanks for reading!


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3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don’t have

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Hello! Today I bring you a post I hope will help a lot of people by providing three different ways to create textured polish in a colour you don’t have. It’s no secret I quite like textured polish, but I don’t see the point in buying every single one – especially the ones that are just plain colours – so I’ve had a bit of fun experimenting with different combinations to see what’s possible. Let’s get started! (I’ll also just say sorry here for the different nail lengths – I did this over a number of weeks when I had time and consequently my nails went through length changes).

USING A NEUTRAL TEXTURED POLISH AS A BASE

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

What I’ve done is use a base of Face of Australia My Island Home (a nude textured polish) and then painted Revlon All Fired Up on top of it in two coats. You can see my review of My Island Home here. This was suggested by one of my IG followers and it’s a brilliant idea and I think creates the best result from the three ways I’m showing you. I think the texture looks really nice and it gets away as a red textured polish. In terms of wear, by the end of my full first day I had some noticeable tip wear of the red coming off, but I just repainted the tips and all was solved! So definitely give this a go.

USING A TEXTURED TOP COAT

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

So this is a look that’ll cost you money. I’m not sure if there are other textured top coats on the market; I’ve only seen the one I’m using here and it’s essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! While it says on the bottle to use with any essence polish, it’ll work with any polish you own. To be fair to the product though, I followed its instructions and tried it over essence Purple Sugar. One coat didn’t do it for me – you could tell there was something over Purple Sugar but it wasn’t necessarily textured (and sorry I didn’t take a pic) – so I added a second coat but I think it looks like a bit of overkill now. Maybe next time I just need to use one thick or dabbed coat of I Feel Gritty! Also, I’m not really into the “sparkle” effect of this top coat; I guess I prefer my textured polishes to be a bit more low key. Purple Sugar is a creme polish so I’m wondering what effect would be created if this went over a glitter or shimmer, etc. My guess is (because I Feel Gritty! doesn’t alter what is below it, it only covers it) it wouldn’t be that great as the polish would just cover up the base effect. But it’s still something to try! In terms of wear, this just acted like normal polish for me so after about two days my problem areas were showing some tip wear.

DETAILS

  • What: essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty!
  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$4.10
  • Volume: 8ml

USING FLOUR

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

So this is inspired by a tutorial I found on the Dutch blog Beauty Ill. While Helen tried all kinds of different household products, I stuck with her recommendation of using flour. She has a picture tutorial at the end of her post so if you’d like to give this a try I’d suggest you take a look at that for clarity, but it is pretty simple. I put on a coat of Ciate Ivory Queen and then while it was still tacky, dipped my fingers into a bowl of flour. I dusted off the excess (without applying too much pressure) and then put another coat of Ivory Queen on top – some areas did need a few extra strokes here and there. I do like how subtle this looks but I had trouble with getting it to look as textured as what Helen achieves, even after two attempts. And also even after washing my hands some of the flour continued to hang about my cuticles. I just tried this quickly one weekend so I can’t give a full picture of how it wore, but I’ll just say that although it feels a bit weird to have flour sandwiched in your nail polish it seems to act just like normal when dry. If anything it’s a creative use for flour!

So, what do you think? Do any of these ways help you at all? I hope this post doesn’t seem too weird, but I just think for most it’s a bit unrealistic to buy every textured polish, especially if you’re only following a fad. Plus this way you get to experiment with the polishes you already have and I think that’s great. Thanks for reading!


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Happy New Year & nail art with OPI White Shatter

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone is well and rested after the festive season, I can definitely say I am. I’m loving the time I have away from work right now. A lot of lazing about, mostly doing nothing. Wonderful!

I want to share with you two things today: 1. Some nail art I wore earlier in December using OPI White Shatter and 2. The way overdue news of me being pregnant. I’m about 36 weeks along now so that’s why lately I’ve had a lot of interruptions on the blog. Some days (OK, a lot of days!) I just didn’t feel like posting so I didn’t. But I wanted you all to know before bub arrived as I’ve been wanting to tell you all for ages now! I just felt a bit weird about randomly announcing it in a post, that’s all. My husband and I are super excited and we’re looking forward to meeting our little one. My pregnancy has gone quite smoothly and I still feel pretty good, although the fatigue is getting to me now. I really do have a better appreciation for my body and what it can do, it’s incredible.

Now, moving on to the nails! OPI White Shatter is what got me really into nail polish. I was just so amazed that a polish could change right before my eyes. I didn’t realise there could be so many finishes to polishes. So, after wearing Ciate Main Stage for a few days and getting some chips on the tips, I decided to utilise White Shatter.

OPI White Shatter nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI White Shatter nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI White Shatter nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI White Shatter nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I taped off my nails into an inverted V and then applied one coat of White Shatter, then I removed the tape and used my Kiss nail striper in silver to outline the V shape. I was going to leave it just as White Shatter and Main Stage but I felt it needed something else. I really enjoyed my walk down memory lane with White Shatter. I think I caught the end of the shatter craze (2011-2012?) and can still enjoy it every now and then. What do you think? Thanks for reading!