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A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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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!


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Ciate Chinchilla & waterfall nail art featuring polishes from Ciate Mini Mani Month S

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Hello! Last week Catch of the Day had some Ciate Mini Mani Month sets available and I bought the “S” version, which you can see on my Instagram here. From what I know, the Ciate Mini Mani Month is quite big in the US and Europe during the Christmas period – essentially it’s an advent calendar for nail polish lovers! Each day in the lead up to Christmas you open one of the days and have a brand new mini Ciate polish (in some of the kits they also have cute little files and nail polish accessories, too). My kit came with all the polishes I show you today as well as some caviar beads and loose glitter (so a total of 24 nail polish and nail polish items altogether). As you can probably guess, it’s quite popular so I was ecstatic to be able to purchase it in Australia and had to have one right away! (Mwahahaha!).

Before I begin, is anyone able to fill me in regarding the pronunciation of Ciate? I go between “key-ate” and “see-ate”, but I’m not sure if either is correct! I’ve heard “chee-ate” on YouTube so I am confused! While I think the name may have some kind of French connection, I’m pretty sure Ciate is from the UK (but made in USA) – am I correct?

Anywho, today I bring you Chinchilla, a lovely grey/blue creme. The formula was wonderful and although it is a mini polish, I found the brush to be of a nice size for my nails. In fact, comparing it to my one and only full-size Ciate (Pepperminty), I’d say they have a very similar lid/bottle proportion (and therefore brush). What you see below is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Ciate Chinchilla by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla by Dry, Dammit!

 

Ciate Chinchilla by Dry, Dammit!

This formula is really wonderful, as far as I’m concerned Ciate means premium polish and that’s what you should get. I loved this polish so much I decided to add some nail art to it. I decided to take inspiration from The Nailasaurus and create a waterfall design. It’s my first try at doing a waterfall design but I think I got the hang of it pretty quickly. What do you think?

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Ciate Chinchilla waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

As you can tell by the crazy amount of pictures I really loved the look of this. The Ciate polishes I used were: Pillow Fight, Fit For a Queen, Starlet and Sugar Plum. How awesome is this look!? I used Rimmel London Matte Finish for the top coat as well, rather than leave it glossy. I just thought it would add another dimension and I think it’s fab!

Have you tried this nail art by The Nailasaurus? All you need is a striper, so it’s pretty easy. I would love to hear your thoughts about my waterfall nail art and Chinchilla. Thanks for reading!