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Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder and contrasting stamping nail art

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Hiya! Tonight’s a quick post to show you the lovely Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder as well as a bit of stamping I did over it. I was so sad when Angela, the creator and owner of Gloss ‘n Sparkle, announced she was officially closing the brand earlier this year. It’s a real shame for the Australian indie polish community as Angela’s creations included the awesome Unicorn Droppings and Fruit Tingle. But onto the stunner that is Rose Madder!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Madder is (I think) from the Hail to The King Collection, which was inspired by the author Stephen King. It’s a red – almost pink – jelly full of holographic and iridescent multi-coloured glitter. I love looking at that macro! Such depth and a lot of love in it. It was super easy to apply in just two coats – but for extra depth you could easily do three and still not worry about it being thick. I topped it with a coat of Seche.

Below is the stamping I popped on top – I can’t remember which plate I used though, but I do remember I used one of Emily de Molly’s stamping polishes, which was Dark Pink. This was a lot of fun to wear! What do you think?

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

You can still buy Rose Madder at Color 4 Nails. If you’re looking for an Australian stockist, you’re out of luck unfortunately, but Femme Fatale Cosmetics does have some of its Gloss ‘n Sparkle stock left at sale prices you may like to check out. Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red and metallic stamping nail art

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Hello! Gah, I have been away from my blog for too long! So glad to be back. Tonight I bring you Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red, which is from its recent stellar 22-piece Enchanted Fables Collection released last month. I’ve also got some stamping I did with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes. Take a look!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Red is my favourite from the Enchanted Fables Collection, from which I bought seven polishes. It’s simple yet complex, pretty yet not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s what I love about Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ polishes. It’s a pink-leaning red creme with a blue overlay. Totally gorgeous and nice and buttery to apply, with my application here being two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

I decided to stamp over Rose Red with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes I’ve bought recently: Metallic Teal and Metallic Purple. I think the stamping plate I used was also from Emily de Molly (EDM18). I thought the whole combo looked wonderful together!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Sadly, if you like the look of Rose Red, it was only available during April as a once-off release. You could try searching on destash sites and such but lately I’ve noticed a huge surge in the following of Femme Fatale Cosmetics so there may be some resistance by collectors to let their pretties go! (I know as I’m one of them). In the meantime, visit Femme Fatale Cosmetics and take a look about; it’s worth it. Thanks for reading!


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Sayuri Nail Lacquer Alfheim Collection: Third Space of Heaven, Exalted Empire, Luminous Beings & Fairer Than The Sun

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Good evening! And happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there; I hope it’s been a lovely day for you all. Tonight I’m bringing you some polishes from a collection I’ve wanted to show you since I first bought them a couple of months ago but you know how it goes! I’m just far too important and busy, ha ha. Below are some polishes from the most recent collection (I think!) of Sayuri, which is called the Alfheim Collection. I don’t own any other Sayuri polishes apart from one from a What’s In-die Box?, which I quite liked, so read on to see what I thought about these new polishes I own.

Oh, and just a note on the pictures. I took these in a huge rush so some of the pics are really red and splotchy – sorry! I didn’t have time to finesse the light all too much.

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Third Space Of Heaven swatched by Dry, Dammit!THIRD SPACE OF HEAVEN

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Third Space Of Heaven swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I think Third Space Of Heaven is the only other thermal polish I own that’s not a Femme Fatale Cosmetics polish. And I really like it. In the cold it’s purple and when warm it’s blue. The gold sparks throughout make this polish sing though as the gold goes so well with both the purple and blue. I looked at other bloggers’ swatches of this one and I noticed their swatches seem much more vibrant than mine, so maybe they wore some undies? What you see with my swatch is two coats without top coat. I reckon I’d do three thin coats next time to try and pick up the vibrancy I saw in other swatches.

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Third Space Of Heaven swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Fairer Than The Sun swatched by Dry, Dammit!FAIRER THAN THE SUN

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Fairer Than The Sun swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Fairer Than The Sun is a pink-leaning-to-coral creme with a vibrant blue shimmer, holo glitter and rose glitter. This is two coats and it was a really lovely formula, just drying a bit gritty so you will need a top coat. I added a top coat of Seche. In person the blue is much more prominent – it seems it went into hiding in my pictures! Well, you can see it in the bottle in the first pic.

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Fairer Than The Sun swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Exalted Empire swatched by Dry, Dammit!EXALTED EMPIRE

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Exalted Empire swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I loved wearing Exalted Empire. I wore it for about a week and got so many compliments on it! Exalted Empire is a lilac crelly with violet and aqua shimmer and tiny microglitter of blue and purple. It’s such an easy-going polish – if that can be a thing – and I found two coats with top coat was perfect for me. Although a purple polish with a lot going on, I found it very neutral, so this would be a good one if you needed something work friendly.

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Exalted Empire swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Luminous Beings swatched by Dry, Dammit!LUMINOUS BEINGS

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Luminous Beings swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gosh I love metallic polishes. Luminous Beings is metallic silver with purple shimmer and tiny holo glitter. This has got such an interesting effect when dry. It looks a bit bumpy, but it’s not. I liked that, so I kept it on like that. What you see is just two coats without top coat.

Sayuri Alfheim Collection Luminous Beings swatched by Dry, Dammit!
DETAILS
  • Where to buy: Sayuri
  • Cost: Ranging from AU$10.95 to AU$12.95 each
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See individual polish descriptions above

I’m so glad I finally brought these swatches to you, even if the lighting’s a bit dodgy. They were a lot of fun to wear and I hope you think the same, too. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art

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Happy May Day! We don’t commemorate it in the state of Australia I live in, but I know other states and countries do, so it’s nice to mention it, I thought. Plus, who doesn’t like a good rhyme?

Anywho, today I bring you some Born Pretty Store sticker stencils I was sent for review. In the following photos I am so sorry about my dry fingers! Usually I put a handcream on before taking photos but I was in a rush… you know the drill.

Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I actually really like the idea behind these stickers; kind of like a vinyl but without having to add nail polish. The thing I found difficult was trimming the edges. The stickers are generously sized so you have to use nail scissors to cut them to your nail shape. They stick down fine, but only for an hour or so, so you have to add top coat (or at least I did) if you really want the stickers to stay down. When I added top coat the majority of the sticker adhered well, but over time the sides of the stickers would pop out, become a bit spiky and create a heavy, unpleasant feeling on my nails. It’s why I would suggest to use these stickers for special occasions only; not as everyday wear. Still, I have read other reviews that show people using the stickers as a vinyl. Obviously you could do that, but (although I haven’t shown it very well) these stickers are holographic, so I feel that would be a waste and you’d be better off just using vinyls that aren’t as sticky.

The sheet of stickers you get comes with 12 stickers, which means just one use, really (for both hands). However, if your nails are small, you could get away with doing two per sticker – the stickers are that big! I tried doing that with my pinky and my index finger. It worked quite well. As a base I used Glam Polish Unicorn Sparkles! that is definitely an oldie but a goodie polish to wear and I liked the detail of it you could see peeking out under the sticker.

Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.59 (here)
  • What you get: 1 sheet of 12 holographic stencil stickers

BPS-HVX31

So there you are. If you like to experiment with new nail art supplies, then these stencil stickers are definitely worth checking out. If anything, they’re a bit of fun. Also, although I’m doing a bad job of representing it in the post, the holo effect is really pretty. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re considering purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!