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Nicole Diary floral water decals

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Hi there! Tonight I have some water nail decals to show you from Nicole Diary. I was approached by the Nicole Diary team to test run a few of its water decals and I have to say – they’re a lot of fun to wear! I have two designs to show you, but I still have more that I’ll post as I wear them. Before we begin, a note on the pics. Sorry about how they look a bit off, when I took the photos I was trialling my new nighttime set up and some of the lighting is a bit “extreme” to say the least. Let’s go!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So the two designs I have are both floral because I’m a sucker for the floral look as I am so incredibly bad at doing flowers freehand. My nail polish bases were Femme Fatale Cosmetics Horae Awaits (in the top pics) and Emily de Molly LE30 (in the bottom pics). In both instances, I had to cut the decal to my rough nail shape, soak in water for about 10 seconds and then apply to the nail. I then used a brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the edges – the decals melted away just like magic, which was wonderful, and I found them to work just like MILV water decals, to be honest. I then added a top coat of Seche Vite.

The downside of these decals is that in some of the packs, one side has a clear backing and the other side has a (usually white) opaque backing. I now like to wear decals over some kind of funky polish so they stick out rather than just white, so I found this to be annoying – and there’s no indication of such on the packaging so I only found out after competing one full hand! Otherwise, I thought these decals were great. Like all decals on me, even after a day (and going hard on wrapping my tips) the decals somehow seemed to pull from the nail edges, but I reckon I could get a few good days’ worth of use out of these. Removal is simple – just with acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: AliExpress
  • Cost: US99c each
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals enough for 10 nails

There are some lovely decals to choose from at AliExpress, so I recommend you take a peek, even if you hadn’t thought of buying. I’ll bring you some more pics on Instagram, so pop by my account and follow me if you’d like to see more. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Carve My Initials

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Good evening! Tonight’s a short and sweet post to bring you Emily de Molly Carve My Initials. You probably know I’m not the biggest green fan but this polish looks so complex when it’s on – I love it!

Emily de Molly Carve My Initials swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Carve My Initials swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Carve My Initials swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I just love that macro shot, don’t you!? Carve My Initials has a teal jelly base that’s packed with green and purple flakies and microglitter. It’s very easy to apply and I love that it’s not an over-the-top green. It’s classy without looking like alien fingers, ha! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Emily de Molly Carve My Initials swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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I really like the contrast of the purple in this polish; green and purple are just so lovely together, don’t you reckon? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store water decals & half moon nail art

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Hello! Tonight I have some more Born Pretty Store goodies to bring you: water decals! I’m seeing water decals everywhere now and they really have come a long way since I first started blogging (and that’s nearly three years, so not all that long at all!). These decals from Born Pretty are just lovely and very easy to use. I recently saw a design by Zlata on IG (@de_briz) and knew I had to recreate this look for this Born Pretty water decal post; take a look below.

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals by Dry, Dammit!

He he he – I just had to have the instructions in there too so you could see. I just love Engrish! You can still interpret the instructions though, even though they are a little confusing. Regardless of the packaging, these “worked” like every other kind of decals I’ve used. Cut, soak in water for about 10-15 seconds and then apply to a (usually) white-painted nail. The decals were a bit narrow, which I did struggle with sometimes to smooth out the sides after they’d curled from being in the water. But this wasn’t with every decal.

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Instead of using silver studs I wanted to use sequins, which would be closer to Zlata’s original look, but the only sequins I have are really transparent and it looked a bit messy where the half moon started. The pink holo polish underneath is Emily de Molly Poser, which I bought in its Boxing Day sale. It’s my first time wearing it and I love it, too!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.50 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals in two designs enough for 20 nails

What do you reckon? Are you a fan of water decals? Do you love Engrish as much as me? If you’re considering purchasing from Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Major Themes

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Good evening! Tonight I have a new polish from Emily de Molly to bring you. It’s called Major Themes and if you love orange or a foil look then this will be one for you. I am really growing fond of oranges and corals. As it’s summer in Australia at the moment, it’s also a great time of year to wear such a vibrant colour. Read on for more!

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in shade

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Emily de Molly Major Themes swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

It’s so unique, isn’t it? Major Themes is an orange foil with a strong golden shimmer – simply stunning in full sun. I also like how it looks in the shade; the foil just leaps out so wonderfully. The formula is nice and buttery and you’ll get away with two easy coats. I then topped mine with a coat of Seche. There’s really not a lot to add – it’s a beautiful polish to look at and it really is a little bit different. I can’t remember the last time I saw some foil finishes come out. Either foil finishes aren’t overly popular or I’m totally missing out on some great collections.

DETAILS

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

On my IG I have posted a macro shot of my ring finger. You should check out the close up and see what you reckon about it. Let me know, of course. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly The Devil’s Advocate and DIY nail decals nail art

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Good evening! Tonight I bring you Emily de Molly The Devil’s Advocate and some DIY nail decals I made using my UberChic Beauty Uber Mat. I’m sorry I didn’t take any photos of the mat in action but I will soon! In the meantime, enjoy this amazing Emily de Molly polish (and my decals!).

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The Devil’s Advocate is – yes, it is! – a bright red linear holo with a beautiful gold flame. For some reason I just couldn’t get this to its true red in my photos. It kept looking like pink. So while the holo effect is there, the actual colour of this polish is best shown in my photos of the DIY nail decals. I think I couldn’t get an accurate red colour because on the day I took the photos of The Devil’s Advocate, the sun was pretty strong and it brought out the pink highlights of the polish too much. Anywho, what you see is two easy coats and a top coat of Seche. This was a lovely polish to wear, be you a red or a pink fan!

DETAILS

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

Now, on to my DIY nail decals! I’ve never made decals before so please be nice. I used Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-L002 and stamped onto clear coats of polish on the Uber Mat. Then I filled in the designs using a bunch of ulta3 polishes, but I forget their names now. Then, after the decals were dry, I lifted the decals off the Uber Mat and onto my nails, sealing with a coat of Seche. It was really, really painless and I can’t wait to make more!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of my decals? I’ve read a few articles now about making batches in advance and then using them as you need, which I think is a great idea. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus

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Good evening! Tonight I bring you a recent release by Emily de Molly called Fergi and Jesus. Interesting name, hey? I’d be interested in hearing the story behind it. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the seven Emily de Molly polishes I bought recently. My plan is to slowly get through them all and show you along the way.

Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Fergi and Jesus is a lovely lilac subtle scattered holo packed with colour-shifting flakies that glow from gold through to green. I found this polish super fun to wear and I like how the flakies look against the lilac. I used two coats with a top coat of Seche. On the first coat I was worried it would be a bit sheer, but when I put the second coat down it really came to life. I removed this just like a creme polish and I had no issues.

Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Fergi and Jesus swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$11
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Also – good news USA friends! Emily de Molly has launched a USA website where you can buy polishes in US dollar and have it shipped to you from a warehouse in North Carolina. Check it out here. I believe it’s just a limited amount of polishes to begin with and stamping plates and nail art supplies still need to be purchased through the Australian website. Still, I think it’s awesome Hayley (the creator of Emily de Molly) has been able to expand like this. Go Aussie indies! Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Soon

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Hello! Tonight I’ve got an Emily de Molly I picked up a while ago in a destash sale called Soon. I’ve wanted this one for a while so I was happy when I picked it up. The pics are from when I wore it a couple of months ago. Let’s take a look!

Emily de Molly Soon by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Soon by Dry, Dammit!

Soon is a blue-grey crelly base with green, pink, and blue hexes. It’s a pretty delicate polish I found, with the glitter pieces not overpowering at all. Even in application, with all the glitter, it wasn’t difficult. I’ve applied two coats with a top coat of Seche. This is a great everyday polish as the base colour doesn’t clash with too many things.

Emily de Molly Soon by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Soon by Dry, Dammit!

I don’t think you can buy this from the Emily de Molly website anymore unfortunately, so you’ll have to be on the hunt for this one. And while I’m talking about Emily de Molly I should probably mention Hayley has launched a new website. It’s worth having a browse, it’s more user friendly and there’s a newsletter you can sign up to. The next big Emily de Molly release is on July 23, I think, so pop over then to see what’s available. Thanks for reading!