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Emily de Molly Change of Pace & geometric nail art

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Hello! So recently I bought a few new Emily de Molly polishes after a WHOLE YEAR of buying nothing. Yup, that’s how long I’ve been out of the nail polish game for. 😦 Although I do have an order with Pretty Serious that we’re now coming up to 3 months of waiting… to be honest I’m not happy it’s taken so long but what am I meant to do?

Anyway, one of the Emily de Mollys I bought is called Change of Pace and it’s rocked my world. It’s a really humble polish, but it packs a punch – as you’ll see! I have no idea when it was released but you need it in your life!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Change of Pace is a pale pink with the must stunning purple shimmer, copper flakes and holo micro glitter. It’s so easy to wear! I feel like this would look brilliant on all skin tones; probably better n darker skin tones because it wouldn’t appear washed out. But that’s what I love about this polish on me. Formula-wise it’s also easy, two coats is all I needed with top coat.

I loved it so much it inspired me to do some nail art – and stamping at that! I also added some holo studs because it seems to be what I do when I have no other ideas.

Emily de Molly Change of Pace geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I used Color4Nails and Celestial Cosmetics collab stamping polish in Amethyst, Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L060 and holo studs I must of bought years and years ago! I used the Rainbow Sticky Stamper from Emily de Molly and it’s very sticky, which will take me some getting used to I think. I’m in no way a seasoned stamper, but I was pretty happy with the result.

DETAILS

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

So whaddaya think? Do you like my attempt at “geometric” nail art? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Oh, and tell me what you think about Change of Pace, of course. Thanks for reading!

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Bettie Pain Polish Spring 2018 Collection

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Hello, hello! I have a wonderful six-piece collection by Bettie Pain Polish to show you, which is being released this Saturday. The collection is simply named Spring 2018 and I found the polish names to be very curious. Instead of things like “Sunflower” and “Rainbows” we have “Neon Graveyard” and “Psyche”. But then I thought maybe it’s a bit of a tribute to Halloween as here in Australia we have Halloween in spring.

But that’s enough musing about the names. If you love flakies you’re going to LOVE this collection as each polish has its own take on flakies. I haven’t been this excited about flakies in a long time, let me tell you! I think in about 2014/15 there were heaps of flakies going on but I could be wrong… anyway, on to the polish!

Bettie Pain Polish Spring Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Spring 2018 Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Jet Stream swatched by Dry, Dammit!JET STREAM

Bettie Pain Polish Jet Stream swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This is probably going to be pretty obvious to everyone when I say Jet Stream is my favourite from the collection, if you know about my love for blurples. It’s a dark blue/purple base with a lots of micro holo glitter, pink/red shimmer and gold and red flakies. This polish really comes out to play in the sun or strong lighting. Formula-wise it’s glides on like butter and what you see here are two coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Neon Graveyard swatched by Dry, Dammit!NEON GRAVEYARD

Bettie Pain Polish Neon Graveyard swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Neon Graveyard is a very close second favourite from this collection. It’s a neon pink with purple flakies and crystal purple microglitter. When are neons never favoured? I feel like this is going to be a nice polish to wear now and in summer as well (but let’s face it, I’m just going to wear it whenever I want, no matter the time of year). The formula is slightly sheer but builds up easily, although I did find the polish in the bottle got thicker towards the last coat. This is three coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Enigma swatched by Dry, Dammit!ENIGMA

Bettie Pain Polish Enigma swatched by Dry, Dammit!

At first I thought Enigma was a thermal, but after mucking about with it under water I soon realised it wasn’t. Which is maybe why it’s called Enigma? Because looking at the pics I still think it looks like it’s doing its own subtle transition? It’s a navy blue jelly with an emerald overlay and bright green flakies. Like Neon Graveyard, I found the formula on this one a bit sheer, so I had to use three coats. I probably could have used four! I also added top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Psyche swatched by Dry, Dammit!PSYCHE

Bettie Pain Polish Psyche swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I think Megan of Bettie Pain Polish does the best blue polishes, hands down. I mean, Psyche is just so gorgeous, how could even a not-a-blue-lover like me not like it? See also We Were on a Break from Bettie Pain Polish’s 90s Collection as another case in point. Psyche is a bright blue with green shimmer, silver holo glitter and flakies of purple, green and gold. Another sheer one, I’m wearing three coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Eden transition swatched by Dry, Dammit!EDEN

Bettie Pain Polish Eden transition swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Eden is the only thermal from the collection and I’m soooo glad it’s in it. My favourite colour is when it’s cold – it’s a striking vibrant pinkish red and when warm, it’s a more neutral dusty purple. How thermals are made I’m quite ignorant about but it truly is like a dark art to me. It’s got a scattering of holo throughout and has flakies of purple, green and red. I’m wearing three coats here with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Eden cold swatched by Dry, Dammit!Eden in its cold state

Bettie Pain Polish Eden cold swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Eden warm swatched by Dry, Dammit!Eden in its warm state

Bettie Pain Polish Eden warm swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Trance swatched by Dry, Dammit!TRANCE

Bettie Pain Polish Trance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Trance is a bit weird to me. I just can’t put my finger on what base colour it is. I think it’s like a slate grey/blue; it’s very muted. It also has the best-looking flakies in it – true opal ones that just make you drool. I did find this one a little sheer too, so here I’m wearing three coats with top coat.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$10.50-AU$12.75
  • Volume: 9ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

If you like what you see here, make sure you check out the Spring 2018 Collection when it launches this Saturday 29 September AEST. Jet Stream is my pick! What’s yours? Thanks for reading!

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Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection

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So, you’ve probably noticed there’s been a revival in all things 90s lately. This works well for me as I’m a 90s child and it’s made me rediscover my love for pretty much everything from my childhood – tattoo chokers, boy bands and all things iridescent. The latest collection by Bettie Pain Polish is inspired by the 90s and – lucky you 😉 – I have all 10 polishes to share! So sit back and take a walk down memory lane with me as we look at the Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection.

Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!WE ARE THE WEIRDOS MISTER

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’m starting with my favourite: We Are The Weirdos Mister. Inspired by the film The Craft, this is a stunning multichrome that goes from deep pink to copper to gold and to green. It also has a bit of holo thrown in for good measure. It’s simply DIVINE and if you can only get one polish from the collection I’ve just got to recommend this one. It’s like an oil slick on your nails! Formula-wise it’s also perfect and what you see here are two easy coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!WE WERE ON A BREAK

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

You most likely know I’m not the biggest blue polish fan but We Were On A Break just spoke to me and was my initial favourite from the collection (from just looking at the bottles). It’s inspired by the TV show Friends (I never actually got into it as a kid!) and it’s so bright and quirky that it’ll just cheer you up by looking at it. It’s a bright aqua blue with green shimmer and tiny green flakies and iridescent glitter… in fact, in my swatch notes I’ve described the glitter as “subtle” – but it’s there! This is two easy coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The sole thermal in the collection, Bittersweet Symphony is inspired by the song of the same name by The Verve and it’s just impossible to either not sing the song in your head or play it on YouTube when wearing it! It’s a vibrant blue when warm and a dark indigo when cold. Chuck in some tiny blue sparks and iridescent flakes and you have one pretty moody polish. This is two coats with a top coat; as with the others there wasn’t a problem with application.

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!Bittersweet Symphony in its warm state.

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!Bittersweet Symphony in its cold state.

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!HEART-SHAPED BOX

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Le sigh. Heart-Shaped Box is inspired by the one-and-only Kurt Cobain and his grandpa cardi worn during the unplugged sessions. I just think it’s just fantastic! It’s a grey subtle scattered holo with strong green shimmer. I found on application it has a tendency to be streaky, so just make sure you do light, steady strokes in thin coats. I’m wearing two thin coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!DREAMS

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

If you love The Cranberries, you’ll love Dreams, which is inspired by the song of the same name. Like the song, it’s an ethereal pale purple with blue shimmer and silver holo glitter. It’s dainty yet full-on at the same time. Application was great and what you see are two easy coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!BACKSTREET’S BACK

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

If you can’t tell from the name, Backstreet’s Back is inspired by the film clip of Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). This is a BRIGHT purple with a strong green shimmer – basically a purple lover’s dream! Very, very easy to apply and I reckon you could get away with one coat if you were careful in application. I’m wearing two thin coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!DOWNWARD SPIRAL

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Inspired by the Nine Inch Nails album The Downward Spiral, Downward Spiral is a soft, creamy pale grey with red shimmer and purple flecks. It reminds me a bit of Celestial Cosmetics’ Android Tears, but softer. Application was just perfect and I’m wearing two coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!DREW

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Oh, Drew. WOWSERS. This is a bright rose creme with a pink/red shimmer. Just perfect. Oh, and the inspiration? Drew Barrymore of course! I’m wearing just ONE coat with a top coat – yes, the formula’s that great that you can get spot-on application in just one go.

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE LOST BOYS

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So this one’s inspired by the film of the same name from 1987 – yes, cheating the 90s theme but I reckon it can hold a bit of resonance due to other popular vampire-themed stuff going on in the 90s such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and I agree, the film is TOTALLY different to the TV series!). The Lost Boys is a dark charcoal base with small flecks of purple and red flakes with a subtle scattered holo. I did three thin coats here with a layer of top coat and I think it worked out pretty well for me.

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Have you guessed what Spice Up Your Life is inspired by? Yep, The Spice Girls and their single of the same name. I think I watched this about a million times as a kid! So catchy. Spice Up Your Life is a bright silver holo packed with blue, purple and green microglitter. You don’t need any undies, this polish does all the work for you. It does dry grainy due to lots of glitter, so a good thick top coat is needed. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$10.50-AU$11.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

Again, if you can only pick one polish from the collection, I recommend We Are The Weirdos Mister. Otherwise, also We Were On A Break and Spice Up Your Life are definites. What do you think? The Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection launches on Saturday 13 January AEDT, so make sure to have a look. Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy & mermaid nail art

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Ages ago (July!) I did a big Born Pretty Store purchase and picked up one of the duochrome flakie polishes I’d been seeing everywhere. I really like the effect of this polish, but I didn’t pick up its partner (called Eternal Life) as that was just a straight up duochrome and I have A LOT of those.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The polish I bought is called Destiny Fairy and it’s a stunner. It’s a clear base with purple-to-green shifting glitter, so delicate that they’re pretty much flakies. I decided to pop mine over white undies (I forgot the polish! I wore this yonks ago!) so you can see some of the individual bits. I really like this look, but you could get full opacity with this polish in about two or three coats. What you see here is two coats; the second coat I carefully chose where to dab the polish. Then I gave it a top coat of Seche Vite. It didn’t eat the top coat.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Now, this is my attempt at some mermaid-inspired nail art. I wore it a while ago but I remember really liking it when I did. I used a wavy line image and stamped that onto my nails and then applied rhinestones to my middle finger and index finger. I thought it looked somewhat fishy with the base of Destiny Fairy but didn’t want to call it fish fingers so mermaid nail art it is.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy mermaid nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy mermaid nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$3.69
  • Volume: 9ml
  • Coats to opacity: See description above

What are your thoughts on Destiny Fairy? Do you like seeing the white undies or do you prefer full coverage? Looking at the full coverage pics on the Born Pretty listing, I do prefer how I’ve done it, if I do say so myself. Thanks for reading!

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KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails

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I’ve never tried false nails before, so when I was approached by Key Sun to try out some of its KISS brand false nails, I was excited to try them. I guess I’d always thought they’d just be a nightmare to apply and uncomfortable to wear. I’m not sure where I got that idea from – most likely my own self-talk – but I decided I’d keep an open mind. Read on for my experience with KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

KISS Salon Acrylic kit in French by Dry, Dammit!

What you get in the pack is comprehensive, in fact, you don’t need to use any other tools if you don’t really want to (the ony exception is acetone to wipe oils off your nails before adding the glue and also to remove the nails BUT I reckon if you didn’t do the former it wouldn’t be a big deal). Included in the pack of KISS Salon Acrylic French were 28 nails in 14 sizes, nail glue, a nail file, a cuticle pusher and an instruction pamphlet. The nails I received were in medium length and oval shaped. Looking at the other KISS products, you can get shorter nails and ones in different shapes, like square. I probably would’ve prefered the square nails on me (as oval nails are so far from what I’m used to and it seemed like that made it more obvious they were fake) but I’m glad I tried something out of my comfort zone nonetheless.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

Applying the nails was incredibly easy, but I was incredibly slow. This doesn’t help when applying false nails – so remember that! Speed is the key but the only way to get faster is to practice and the only way to practice is to apply the nails, so it’s a vicious circle. I managed to get all on with only my middle finger looking obviously wonky, but it wasn’t too noticeable. The instructions are easy to understand and the longest part of the process was choosing which nails best suited my fingers. I decided to choose the nails beforehand instead of per each finger; I just thought it would be easier that way. The instructions said you could use the nail file to trim the false nails to the right size if need be, but I didn’t do this. Once my nails were chosen, it was pretty much add glue to the false nail, add glue to my real nail and press the false nail onto my real nail starting from the cuticle. I held it for a few seconds but the glue was so quick drying that I’m sure it didn’t need it. I did manage to get glue all over my fingers a couple of times though (I had to get my hubby to apply acetone to dissolve it), hence why speed and precision is your friend. Once the nails were on, I filed the tips to remove the stub I believe the nails were attached to during their making. The acrylic was easy to file and you didn’t need to press hard or be overly vigorous to remove the unwanted bits.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

I did notice on some of the nails I had a little bubbling – the pack claims the nails are “no bubbles” – so either that’s false or it was user error. Probably me, given I had a hard time with that super quick drying glue! All in all, once the nails were on I was pretty happy with how they looked. They were sleek and bright. Not bright as in being close to neon, but bright in that the white tip was so white. When I do French nails I’ll usually add a sheer nude over the tip so the tip isn’t so obviously white, so it was weird to have these stark white tips looking at me whenever I looked at my hands. But that’s just my personal preference. Also, the instructions said to apply a top coat of polish to the nails once they were on, which I did (I used Seche Vite), but I’m not sure why this is recommended. By the end of the first full day of wear the top coat was peeling from the nails. I did add more top coat, but by the second full day when more started peeling (I can’t help it! I’m a picker!) I just wiped acetone over all the false nails and went sans top coat. To me it looked much better. In my 10 days of wear, the false nails didn’t seem to get scuffed/scratched/ruined at all because of a lack of top coat.

One odd thing I noticed one my first full day of wearing the false nails is that my nails hurt. Not all, maybe two or three on each hand, but for a few hours there was some slight pain that I’m not sure how describe. Obviously it wasn’t that bad that I felt like I needed to remove the false nails, but it was uncomfortable. And as suddenly as it came it just stopped, so I’m still not 100% sure if it was only a coincidence that I was wearing the nails or if the nails were causing it. One thing I thought is that maybe the false nails were “stretching” (for lack of better word) the skin around the false nail because the nails were very slightly wider than my nail bed… but I really have no idea. Also, the instructions advise to not wear beyond 10 days but it doesn’t say why. I wore the nails for 10 days with no problems and so felt sad that I’d have to remove them as I thought if you were on holidays or something they might be a good way to have your nails done without any maintenance, but 10 days isn’t even a fortnight! Still, I figured it better to be safe than sorry so removed them on the tenth day of wear.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 10 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Day 10 of wearing KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

Now, removal. I found it really difficult. Even though the instructions say “do not force or pull nails off” I found I had to do a bit of that because they just wouldn’t budge otherwise! And this was even after trimming and filing the surface to get through the top of the false nails. Perhaps I just didn’t wait long enough when soaking in acetone though. But the wait time for their removal seemed to take ages, even longer than when removing glitter polish. When I did manage to finally get the nails off, my real nails were slightly damaged. The top layers of some nails had peeled off with the false nails, leaving noticeable indentations that needed to be filed. It wasn’t a massacre, but it wasn’t pretty either so I’ll use a ridge-filling base coat for a little while. I think the takeaway message here is to soak, soak, soak your nails for as long as possible and then remove. And if you were hoping to keep some false nails to reuse later, well, acetone takes care of that for you. Pretty much the nails shrivel up and they are definitely not reusable.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 10 swatched by Dry, Dammit!My natural nails after removal. You can see a bit of damage close to the tips of my nails.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Key Sun, Big W or Priceline
  • Cost: AU$15.99
  • What you get: 28 nails in 14 sizes, nail glue, a nail file, a cuticle pusher and an instruction pamphlet

I quite enjoyed wearing the KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails. During my 10 days of wear I had no problems, it was really the application and removal that caught me up, but I reckon now I know what I’m doing it’ll be much easier next time. I’d like to find out why it’s not recommended to wear the nails beyond 10 days; actually, I’ll email Key Sun to ask and then add the reply to this post. Because the real downside to these nails are the limited wear time. EDIT: I received a reply from Key Sun and was told the 10-day wear time is a “precaution as the chemicals from the glue can make some people’s nails weaker the longer they have been exposed to them – others can endure for longer periods. It really depends on your nail health and strength”. So it sounds like you can wear the nails longer; you just need to take into account the health of your nails. The wearing of the nails is really enjoyable and because there’s so many nails, you can at least get two wears out of each pack (maybe some filing needed on the second go). What do you think? Have you tried false nails before? If you have any questions or want to know anything else about wearing them, feel free to ask below. Thanks for reading!

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BYS Holographic nail polishes | Potion, Transcend, Unicorn Magic & Whimsical

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It’s been a while since I’ve bought some mainstream polishes, so when I first saw these polishes from BYS I was excited. Mainstream, affordable holos! But sadly no, while these are labelled holographic, they aren’t. However, four of the seven do have my favourite finish (foil) and were even duochromes, so I figured why not pick them up and see what they’re like? As you’ll find out, I’m really glad I purchased these beauties. Let’s take a look!

POTION

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Potion is a deep purple-green duochrome with green flecks. It’s a very moody polish. When I first looked at it I thought maybe I wouldn’t get this one, as it looked a bit brown to me, but on the nail it definitely looks better than in the bottle. Application was easy peasy – what you see here is just two coats without top coat. So as you can see, the formula builds up well, even though it was a bit watery and sheer when applying the first coat (the same applies for the other polishes, too). The second coat makes all the difference. In fact, because the formula is thin, even if you did do a third coat I don’t think it would be too much of a biggie as it’s not like it would be too heavy on the nail. You’re going to get sick of me saying it, but the brushes on these polishes are AMAZING. I’m very happy with the brushes – just a good, solid size that I think will work well with any nail shape.

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!TRANSCEND

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Transcend is lovely neutral polish I think many will enjoy. It’s a soft pink-silver duochrome with pink flecks. It’s not my favourite from the bunch, but I think it’s a close second. Again, the formula was a bit sheer but it’s buildable. Especially with that freaking awesome brush! This is two coats with no top coat – I think some people might have to do a third coat because even though my nails are very short at the moment, I could still see the tiniest of VNL.

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!UNICORN MAGIC

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Unicorn Magic is my favourite; I’m a sucker for purple and with that foil finish, how could I resist? Unicorn Magic is a purple-blue duochrome with blue flecks. Like the others, this builds up really easily (dat BRUSH!) but I think it’s like Transcend in that it may need three coats on some people. What you see on me is two coats without top coat.

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!WHIMSICAL

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Whimsical probably has the most subtle duochrome effect, but it’s there. It’s a bright pink-blue duochrome with pink and blue flecks. Like Potion, Whimsical builds up well and I don’t think you’d need any more than two coats, which is what I’ve shown here (with no top coat). This one I think is especially lovely up close and thanks to its awesome brush, there are no visible brush marks, even given the foil finish. Mind you, the other three polishes also didn’t show brush marks either, so it’s a pretty consistent formula.

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: BYS
  • Cost: AU$4.95
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

Just looking at the pics again now – please forgive the random flecks on my skin. That’s one peeve of mine about the foil finish. It seems to always leave behind flecks when I clean up, which usually wear off within a day, but when swatching, I just couldn’t get them all to budge! Also, in case you were wondering, the other three polishes in the collection are more of straight-up shimmers. Maybe a bit duochrome-y; I can’t remember. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll but them, but I might just to have the complete collection. Thanks for reading!

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piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art

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It’s been a while since I wore some nail art, so I recently decided to do something simple using piCture pOlish Alive and some water decals I had. I bought Alive along with a swag of other piCture pOlish polishes in its recent stocktake sale (see my haul pic on IG) and thought Alive might go nicely with the decals I chose. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Alive is a deep fuchsia scattered holo with magenta hexes. It’s a simple polish, which I like, so I thought it would go well with some jazzing up, hence the gold studs. Can’t have too much bling! 😀 With the water decals, I didn’t realise until I cut it out ready for my ring finger that it was going to be mostly green thanks to the leaf – obviously I think it would have been better as pink/orange you see in the decal on my middle finger.

With Alive, I found the polish to be very smooth and easy to apply. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite to all fingers, including on top of the studs. I find it easier to seal studs in with a good top coat than use nail glue (aside the fact that I don’t actually own nail glue!) and I’ve never had a problem with any falling off prematurely.

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: piCture pOlish
  • Cost: AU$11 (retiring shade)
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I think I bought the water decals from Born Pretty Store and the studs were part of an essence trend collection, but I forget which one. Thanks for reading!

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