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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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BYS Ladies That Lunch

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Hello! I have another BYS polish to show you today that I wore ages ago so you’ll still see the cut on my ring finger. This is Ladies That Lunch, another great colour from the Neon Pastels Collection.

BYS Ladies That Lunch by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Ladies That Lunch by Dry, Dammit!

Ladies That Lunch is a lavender frost. What you see is two coats, but I probably could’ve used three as it’s still a bit sheer, especially when outside. When applying it, it does go a bit streaky because it is so frosty. Depending what your top coat is like this can be reduced, but you may still see some brush strokes, which is a shame because otherwise it’s a nice polish. I’ve done a Google search for the Neon Pastels Collection and from the limited information I can find about, I find it odd that this frost has been included because the others are all cremes. I’ve shown you Prima Ballerina from the collection but I don’t own any of the others.

BYS Ladies That Lunch by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Ladies That Lunch by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Ladies That Lunch by Dry, Dammit!

This is a really pretty polish, but I am disappointed by its streakiness. Still, it’s so cheap how can you complain!? I quite like the colour of it as well, very work acceptable.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart and The Reject Shop
  • Cost: Kmart AU$4 and The Reject Shop AU$3
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Well, that’s me for tonight. Thanks for reading!


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BYS Glitter Crystal from the Diamond Glitter Collection

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Hello! I had this polish on ages ago and I’ve only just realised today that I haven’t posted it. It’s BYS Glitter Crystal and it’s from Ulta3’s Diamond Glitter Collection, which I think was released in 2011. I’m not actually sure if the name is just Crystal or Glitter Crystal, but because it says Glitter Crystal at the bottom of the bottle that’s what I’m going with.

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can probably tell Diamond Glitter Collection features sparkly polishes based on precious stones, this one being crystal. Glitter Crystal is a scattered silver holo and has aΒ heap of glitters in it; it’s a very dense polish. Here I have layered two coats over a silver Girlfriend polish (it has no name), but you could probably get full opacity with four coats. I didn’t want to do that many coats though.

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

This is one sparkly polish! But just to prove it to you, here’s the obligatory out-of-focus shot for sparkly polishes:

BYS Glitter Crystal by Dry, Dammit!

I wore this polish in winter but I think it would be so fun to wear outside in summer so you have super sparkling fingers. Or just imagine it on your toes! Even better idea, if I do say so myself. If you’re wondering about the removal, I found it relatively simple. I did use the foil method but there was certainly no scrubbing of the nail to remove the glitters. I’m not sure if this is because I wore undies or because the formula is that way, so it may be different if you’ve used Glitter Crystal by itself.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: AU$4
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: Four, but you could layer over a silver glitter in two coats like me

Well that’s me for tonight but let me know what you think, as always. Thanks for reading!


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BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen & how-to tutorial

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Hello! Tonight I bring you a special post. When I first started blogging I showed you BYS Glitter Dust for Nails Feeling the Spark-le (please forgive my terrible photos and crappy clean-up in that post!) and tonight I’m bringing you another nail kit from BYS that I thought I would never try. Caviar beads. But the kit was AU$3 from Kmart; how could I say no? Never say never, hey!

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

So BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen is, as you can tell from the name, a caviar bead kit so you can re-create the very on trend caviar bead look, as you see above (and what you get when you use the kit). I think BYS has quite a few of these kits in all kinds of colours, but I was drawn to Prom Queen for its bright multi-coloured beads and also its absolutely stunning Prima Ballerina, the neon pink pastel creme that is included in the kit. Prima Ballerina is from the BYS Neon Pastels Collection that was released in 2011. I am completely in love with this colour. So much so it is now gracing my toes even though it’s winter!

But moving on. So today I want to show you how I applied the beads to my ring finger. I called it a ‘how-to tutorial’, because I didn’t know what else to call it. Sorry if it’s a bit deceptive.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

So here is the kit. You get a pot of caviar beads (10g), a nail polish and a small brush to wipe away excess caviar beads once applied.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

What I did was keep the pot of caviar beads in the packaging it came in, this little plastic holder thingo, but to be honest you don’t have to do that. It doesn’t move around all that much I found. I also suggest you pull off any excess bristles from the brush before you begin as the brush can sometimes drop bristles onto your nail.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

So here I have applied two coats of Prima Ballerina to each nail, doing my ring finger last so it is wet when I dip it into the caviar beads. If you’re going to be doing a full hand of caviar beads, I would suggest doing each nail separately so the nail polish doesn’t dry.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

Here we go! As you can see (a bit) I moved the caviar beads to one side of the pot so it was easier to put my finger in.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

And the ring finger is in! I just lightly pressed it against the caviar beads, there’s no need to really force it into the mix, the nail polish makes it grip quite well.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

So when you have finished dipping your finger you may have some caviar beads underneath your nail. I just used the brush to lightly wipe these away, as well as any on the top of the nail that weren’t adhered to the nail polish. To be honest, if this didn’t happen at all I reckon you wouldn’t even need the little brush.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

Yay! And then this is what it should look like! I found this much more simpler than the BYS glitter kit.

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Caviar for Nails Prom Queen by Dry, Dammit!

Like I said before, the end result it so much better than what I thought it would be! I’m pleasantly surprised with how easy the whole process was, as well as the overall look. I would only wear caviar beads as a special occasion thing, but I think for its point of different it’s worth it. I can’t believe I wasn’t a fan! Don’t get me wrong though, this doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and buy every caviar nail kit around. But it’s nice to know the option has been opened up for me.

When I removed the caviar beads, all I did was put a piece of cotton ball soaked in acetone on top of it for about a minute – and it just peeled off perfectly. I think because it’s placed on top of the nail polish this is why it’s so easy to remove.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: AU$3
  • What you get: A 14ml polish, 10g caviar bead pot and a small brush

So let me know what you think of this ‘how-to tutorial’. Is there anything I have missed? What do you think if this look? Thanks for reading!


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BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter & stripes nail art

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Happy Saturday! Today I have to show you a colour changing nail polish by BYS. I’ve noticed lately that colour changing nail polish, or thermal nail polish, is all the rage on the internet (especially Etsy) but before I bought any expensive ones, I wanted to try out some cheapies from Kmart.

Enter BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter. I liked the look of the glitter so I figured even if it didn’t work I would still have a decent glitter – a purple base with tiny silver glitters. I’m surprised to say Purple Glitter actually worked though! The change wasn’t as dramatic as the sticker on the bottle, but it still changes.

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter

So in the above photo is what my nails look like when they are ‘hot’. You can see closer to the free edge of the nail my tips are darker – I found when wearing the polish my tips would change from hot and cold all day; it’s like a French manicure without the hassle.

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter

Above is what the polish looks like on my nails ‘cold’. On the BYS pack it says the nail polish changes with your mood. Not so. It just changes when you wash your hands or if you’re really hot or cold. Application was really easy too; just two coats to achieve what you see here and even the removal was a breeze, it just came off, I didn’t use the foil method at all (I guess though it’s not a dense glitter anyway). I must say though when it dried it doesn’t dry glossy so you do need a top coat (which doesn’t affect the colour change).

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter

My preference is for the polish in its cold state though, I just love this shade of purple. Look how pretty it is.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: Kmart AU$4
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I liked Purple Glitter (original name, hey?) so much that I decided to do some nail art on top of it. I couldn’t think of what to call it, I just call it stripes, which I achieved using a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in black and some new polishes I picked up from Woolies, MUD Electrify It and MUD Hypnotise Me, and Ulta3 Pink Peony. What do you think?

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter nail art

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter nail art

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter nail art

It was so damn hard freehand drawing those black stripes on! But I’m happy with how they turned out.

You may have noticed that I’ve made my pictures a bit bigger and put my URL at the bottom of the photos. I upload my images to Pinterest so I’m hoping it might create a bit more traffic to my blog. Wish me luck. Thanks for reading!


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BYS Glitter Dust for Nails Feeling the Spark-le

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Heya! As I mentioned yesterday I ventured into town today to check out butter LONDON at City Organics. And I found it and I was so surprised how tiny the bottle actually is! I’ve only seen the bottles on Pinterest or nail blogs, so I guess I made it bigger in my mind. I didn’t end up buying anything, but it’s good to know that if I want to add a butter LONDON to my stash I easily can now.

Today I tried out BYS Glitter Dust for Nails Feeling the Spark-le, a purple polish and glitter kit. I don’t know if you’ve seen kits like this before, but essentially you get a nail polish, a pot of glitter and small brush. You apply the polish, dip your wet finger into the glitter, wait five minutes for the polish to dry and then brush the excess glitter away. And the result is really amazing! Total coverage in just one application. Talk about a glitter bomb. And the sparkle. Incredible! Now, I need to apologise for the pictures of my fingers – you can see dryness around my cuticles from where I tried to clean-up quickly! But you get the idea. (Sorry I forgot to take pictures with a flash!)

BYS Glitter Dust Feeling the Spark-le

BYS Glitter Dust Feeling the Spark-le

BYS Glitter Dust Feeling the Spark-le

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