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Textured cross nail art with P2 Opulent & Australis Indie

Evening! Today I have a quick nail art design to show you – yes, with textured nail polish! Surprise, surprise. It’s a beautiful green / purple polish I picked up in Europe by P2. The base is one coat of Australis Indie.

Textured nail art with P2 Sand Style Opulent and Australis Indie by Dry, Dammit!

Textured nail art with P2 Sand Style Opulent and Australis Indie by Dry, Dammit!

Textured nail art with P2 Sand Style Opulent and Australis Indie by Dry, Dammit!

This was a really fun design to wear. You can’t really tell in natural light but this has a purple / green tinge to it. I captured it as best I could in the photo below with flash. Ahh! Still green.

Textured nail art with P2 Sand Style Opulent and Australis Indie by Dry, Dammit!

This is one coat of Australis Indie with two coats of P2 Opulent with a cross nail design. I found the tape to peel off quite smoothly when I used it. I think I picked two colours that matched well. What do you think?

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Australis In the Navy

Hiya! Today I bring you a lovely polish from an Australian brand called Australis. It’s called In the Navy and it’s a beautiful navy creme with a slight shimmer to it, which can be best seen when out in the sun. I found In the Navy in a clearance bin at my local Priceline, it’s in an older bottle that’s square and I don’t think Australis make these bottles anymore. I am glad I found In the Navy though, it’s really a gorgeous navy creme and if you ever stumble upon it I say buy, buy, buy!

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

The formula of In the Navy was beautiful; very easy to apply and perfectly opaque in two coats. Also, when I removed it, there was no horrible blue staining around the edges of my nails and on my cuticles! I was very happy about that as staining is a huge pet peeve for me with blue polishes.

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

And here is a better picture of the blue shimmer in the polish: *drool*

Australis In the Navy by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$7.95 (that’s the usual price for Australis polishes, but I think you’d find these cheaper in clearance bins)
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I really love this polish! It’s quickly become my go-to navy. Plus it’s the one of the few times this winter I’ve worn a season-appropriate colour. Thanks for reading!


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Australis Indie & Australis K-Pop colour block nail art from the Australis Rockstar Collection

Hello! Today I have to show you some nail art I did with Australis Indie and Australis K-Pop, which I think are also from the new Australis Rockstar Collection. In my past post about Australis Frisky Feathers, which is part of the collection as well, I said there are four polishes in this collection. I now happen to think there are seven; four cremes and three glitters. However I still can’t find much about the collection so I could be wrong.

Australis K-Pop & Australis Indie colour block nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Both Indie (green) and K-Pop (pink) are opaque cremes perfect in two coats. They’re really groovy colours too… I found them in the regular nail polish rack rather than the Rockstar Collection’s stand itself, but they stood out for being so different.

Australis K-Pop & Australis Indie colour block nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Australis K-Pop & Australis Indie colour block nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Australis K-Pop & Australis Indie colour block nail art by Dry, Dammit!

To get this look I started with K-Pop on one side of the nail as it’s the lighter colour of the two, and then added Indie over on the other side; no tools apart from the nail polish brushes used. As you can see I added some studs for extra bling. I really like how it turned out! What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Australis Frisky Feathers & July What’s In-die Box?

Evening! So today I have to show you Australis Frisky Feathers. But before I do, I got the most amazing nail mail: my July What’s In-die Box?!

July What's In-die Box? by Dry, Dammit!

Don’t they look gorgeous? This month is inspired by the Little Miss series (which I am actually not a fan of… I hate the honourific Miss). It’s a really colourful collection. In case you’re not aware, What’s In-die Box? is a subscription box that features five unique Australian indies every month. It really is a great idea. Below I have some bottle shots and my first impressions. I will be swatching them for you over the weekend.

July What's In-die Box Mckfresh Nail Attire Whoops! by Dry, Dammit!

Mckfresh Nail Attire Whoops!

How cool does this look? A sheer purple base with iridescent glitters and large pink dots, large white rectangles, black hexes and black bar glitter.

July What's In-die Box Glam Polish Little Miss Naughty by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Little Miss Naughty

A purple base with iridescent glitters and neon pink, green and silver squares. I love this purple base!

July What's In-die Box Shades of Phoenix Little Miss Bad by Dry, Dammit!

Shades of Phoenix Little Miss Bad

A pastel blue base with pink and blue iridescent glitters and pink and blue dots. Also throw in some black and silver squares for good measure!

July What's In-die Box Peita's Polish I'm a Chatterbox by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish I’m a Chatterbox

Blue, pink, yellow matte glitter in a clear base. I can’t wait to wear this!

July What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer I Am Miss Haughty Taughty by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer I Am Miss Haughty Taughty

Clear base with blue and green iridescent glitters and light green hexes, dark green squares, yellow hexes and large pink hexes. I am very impressed with this polish. Such a surprise from Lilypad Lacquer.

Now, moving on from the What’s In-die Box? and onto Australia Frisky Feathers. I stumbled upon this polish yesterday at my local Priceline. It featured in a larger Rockstar Collection display, but when I searched the internet I couldn’t find anything on this collection, not even on the Australis website. But I took a pic of it in my local Priceline just to prove it actually exists!

Australis Rockstar Collection by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see from the photo, there are four polishes with this collection. One is a black creme, one is Frisky Feathers and the other two are more generic multi-coloured glitters, which I didn’t think were all too impressive, hence why I didn’t buy them, ha ha.

Australis Frisky Feathers by Dry, Dammit!

Frisky Feathers is a clear base with orange and gold small bar glitters, very similar to the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Collection (I showed you All Yarned Up here). Actually, incredibly similar except sparklier, if that is even a word.

Australis Frisky Feathers by Dry, Dammit!

Australis Frisky Feathers by Dry, Dammit!

Australis Frisky Feathers by Dry, Dammit!

I decided to layer Frisky Feathers over one coat of Models Prefer Little Black Dress to replicate the look I assumed Australis wanted people to wear when they popped a black creme in with three glitters. It looked awesome. What you see is two coats of Frisky Feathers over one coat of Models Prefer Little Black Dress. I found the application to be easy, but I would suggest not getting any of the bar glitters to hit your free edge – it’s just annoying when it dries and scratches your clothes!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$7.95 (I got mine on special for AU$6.36)
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter top coat, so wear some undies!

Well this has been a long post but I hope you have enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks & Persian carpet nail art

Hello! Today I want to show you a beautiful Sportsgirl Nail It! polish that can be bought from Sportsgirl stores. It’s called Volcanic Sparks and it’s a gorgeous metallic red in a black base. In the light it really shimmers; this is definitely a nice polish to have in your collection.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

This is three coats of Volcanic Sparks; as you can see it’s a very deep polish and I just felt so fancy wearing it. I also own Sportsgirl Nail It! Moonlight Sparks, which is the same metallic formula except gold in a black base. I used it in my first ever post here, but I intend on dedicating a post just to that one, too. Formula-wise this was perfect; I could have used two coats but I like to sometimes double make sure I put enough on!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

Look at this outdoors shot – isn’t it incredible? The polish really came to life outside.

The night after I put the polish on I thought I should do some nail art on top. I spent a good 20 minutes looking at my polishes and then thinking I might use some cling wrap and sponge it onto my nails to get a speckled look. So I did that and you could hardly see the black polish! It mixed in with Volcanic Sparks far too well. So then I did the same thing with a deep red polish – and the same thing kept happening again! In the end I put all kinds of colours over the top of Volcanic Sparks and finally ended up with what you see below, which I was pretty happy with. I thought my nails looked like mini Persian carpets! What do you think?

Persian carpet

Persian carpet photo from Wikipedia.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

I can’t remember all the polishes I used, but I can remember I used Australis Speck-tacular (a flakie) over the top of the colour and then over that, a matte top coat. This ‘look’ was a complete mistake but I couldn’t have been more happier with the result. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails all day, there was so much going on, especially thanks to the wonderful colours from the flakies!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$7.99
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

So what do you think of my Persian carpet nails? And of Volcanic Sparks? I think for a complete accident I did a good job on the nail art. I wonder what I would of actually done if I had set out to do that kind of design – it would probably come out terrible! Ha ha. Thanks for reading!


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Purple & silver nail art & the curious case of the bubbling top coat

Tonight I have a mystery for you and you may be able to help me solve the case! I did some pretty standard nail art where you paint one end of your nail one colour and the other end another colour and mix it in the middle with a little brush to get a blurred look. I used Sinful Colors Fig (purple) and Australis Foil Spoil (silver). Pretty straightforward you might think. But then after applying Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat – which I always use – this happened:

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Ah! What is that evil bubbling? I hear you scream. That is some baaaaaad bubbling. And to be honest, I don’t know how it happened. When I applied the top coat it didn’t bubble, it was only when it started to dry that it happened.

I have looked up bubbling and so far all the reasons for bubbling don’t apply to me. My nails were clean, I only used one thin coat of each colour, I didn’t shake my bottles and I was just doing my nails at room temperature in my lounge room! I just don’t get it. It happened to every nail.

Anywho, regardless of the bubbles, I really liked this nail art look so here’s some more photos!

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Has bubbling happened to you before? Do you have any ideas on why my nails might have bubbled? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!