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Pond manicure nail art featuring essence Bubble Gum

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Good evening! A quick post tonight to show you some nail art I wore earlier this week. I finally tried my hand at the “pond manicure” that was apparently started by Olive View Fashion. I think it’s an awesome look and it was reasonably easy to do as well. There’s a great tutorial by Adventures in Acetone here if you’d like to try it yourself. Essentially you need a really good jelly polish. And I found a great jelly recently by essence called Bubble Gum, which is a pink jelly with pink shimmer. Take a look.

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might notice I’ve rarely – if ever – used the word manicure. I don’t know why, but for some reason it grinds my gears! But I don’t think just calling it pond nail art would be the same, do you?

Also, I found because you need so many layers of the polish to create the “pond” look, you go through a bit of polish. You’ll see in the second photo above the fill line is reasonable low – but that’s just one use! The 8ml won’t go far if you like doing this nail art. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Delicate square nail art

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Hello! I’m bringing you some nail art inspired by The Illustrated Nail’s Easter nail art menu (the top row, second from right). I wanted it to have a higher contrast like The Illustrated Nail, but I didn’t choose the right colours for this to happen, unfortunately. Still, I quite like it subtle as well, but I definitely think it needed the silver outline I added around the squares. Take a look!

Delicate square nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Delicate square nail art by Dry, Dammit!

As my base colour I used essence Cotton Candy. I then applied tape around the sides of my nails to create squares and applied essence Ice, Ice Baby to colour in the square. At this stage it was looking a bit flat so I used one of my Kiss stripers in silver to outline the squares. That gave it a bit more life. I then applied my trusty Rimmel London Matte Finish Mattifying Topcoat (that’s almost run out!) and voila! A half-decent attempt at recreating a pretty coolio look by The Illustrated Nail.

Delicate square nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Delicate square nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So there we go! Another attempt at something a bit different. I hope you like it. Thanks for reading!


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essence Caught in the Middle from the Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition

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Evening! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the essence Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition has hit the shelves of Priceline. There are eight polishes with different finishes to choose from, four being “good” and the other four being “bad”. Tonight I’m bringing you Caught in the Middle from the “bad” side. Before I show you the photos, I just want to let you know I think the label on the polish is wrong. It says it is “leather effect” but I think it’s meant to be the “snake effect” that’s on Once I Was An Angel (a pink creme that’s also from the “bad” side). Searching other blogs has confirmed this for me, with many others thinking the same thing as well, because I will tell you now, I don’t think this polish has a leather effect at all! But a snake effect would be more appropriate. Check out the pics and you’ll see what I mean.

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

Caught in the Middle is hard to describe for me, so I will do the best I can! :\ It’s a charcoal black base with iridescent flakes and various multi-coloured tiny glitter pieces… and I think it has a textured effect. So what you see here is two coats of Caught in the Middle without top coat. This is a really complex polish that I’m glad I bought. Sometimes I think black is too basic but this adds a little something more, while still being moody (in my opinion). It was easy to apply, but for the first coat just wait until it’s semi-dry before going in for the second coat otherwise it creates bald patches.

Now, I was curious to see what this polish looked like with top coat so here it is with a coat of Seche:

essence Caught in the Middle with top coat by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle with top coat by Dry, Dammit!

Wowza! I think I like it both with top coat and without.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$4.10
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Have you seen the Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition about? Tried any of the other polishes in the collection? I like the look of It Wasn’t Me! (glitter effect) but haven’t bought it yet. Thanks for reading!


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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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essence Hello Rosy

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Evening! Sorry from my “break” from posting recently, but I’m back with a polish I really enjoyed wearing: essence Hello Rosy (I can’t help but not love a good textured polish!).

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

This is currently part of essence’s standard line-up of polishes, even though it is a “sparkle sand effect”. What you see is two coats, at one coat I was thinking it might be a three-coater but the second coat is perfectly thick, I think. The colour is really pretty but hard to capture on camera. It’s more of a dusty pink and less red than what you see in the photos. There is also fine pink glitter throughout, which I think softens it nicely.

In the past I’ll admit I’ve had a few problems with the drying time of some of essence’s textured polishes, but not this one. I hope it means essence has upped its game for future textured polishes. I used the foil method for removal, just a couple of minutes, and that worked fine.

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

My only critique is the colour in some lighting looks a bit “mumsy”, but since Pantone announced its colour of the year as Marsala (“A subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth“) I think it could be on trend for 2015. Thanks for reading!


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Geometric negative space nail art using essence Purple Sugar, Hello Hipsters & Grab This Hype

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Evening! Tonight is a quick post just to show off some nail art I recently wore, I’m calling it “geometric negative space” purely because I didn’t know what else to describe it as, feel free to let me know a better name. Anywho, it features two polishes from essence’s Yes, We Pop! trend edition: Grab This Hype (almost a mint green) and Hello Hipsters (almost a pale blue). I say “almost” in those brackets because I think they’re still relatively bright enough not to be labelled as pastels. I guess that’s why they’re from a collection called Yes, We Pop! πŸ™‚ I’m also using another essence polish called Purple Sugar, which is a muted purple with pink undertones. I hope you like it!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Geometric negative space nail art by Dry, Dammit!

To achieve this look I used nail art tape to segment off a T shape on my nails (I had a base coat on). I then carefully applied each polish randomly to one area of the created T section with the brushes of the polishes. Luckily these polishes were pigmented enough that they really only required one thick coat. After filling all the gaps in, I pulled off the nail art tape with tweezers and topped with a thick coat of Seche.

I’m really happy with the result and reckon I’ll be doing another negative space design again soon, it seems to be all the rage at the moment. I just realised I did a negative space design in May last year but just didn’t call it negative space. I’m ahead of my time, ha ha. Thanks for reading!


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essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips

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Hello, hello! Today I want to show you some nail stickers I wore recently and got quite a few compliments on. I’ll explain further below but for now let’s just say I struggled with keeping these stickers on all day without wanting to remove them!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can see these are French nail tips essentially, although essence calls them nail lace tips. You get 28 stickers all up in two different designs. I put them on over two coats of ulta3 Coral Silk from its new Spring / Summer Collection and then topped it off with a coat of Seche. The Bloom Me Up! Collection does include four pastel polishes, but I haven’t bought any because I feel like I’ve already got those colours in my collection. The nail lace tips are called Bloomylicious but since there’s only one variety I’m not sure why essence even bothered giving them a name other than nail lace tips.

Now, I’m not sure if it was the Seche but after my nails dried I noticed the tips moved away from the edge of my nail, leaving a very noticeable gap, probably about 1mm. I was like, “Argh!” and wanted to remove them straight away because I just thought it looked stupid but for the benefit of the blog I persevered. You should also note the shape of the nail lace tips is not really compatible with square nails, as I have. They are more suited to squoval nails. And, although I thought my nails were pretty small, it turns out they’re quite massive as I couldn’t find a sticker that matched up exactly to my nail size.

I applied these stickers at night-time and went to bed afterwards (as you normally do) and I found even though I wrapped my tips with Seche some of my nails had dirty sticky bits on them from where the sticker pulled up as it dried. So that was annoying. I had to keep wiping the tips of my nails remove the sticky bits. I will say though from afar my nails looked pretty decent and I got a few compliments and people wanting to know where I got my nails done. That was nice.

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

I should probably mention the actual application. I used a combination of tweezers and my fingers to remove the stickers from their backing and I’ve got to say you have to be a bit rough because they’re stuck on tight! But not too rough otherwise the sticker might tear, so it’s a delicate balance. To place the stickers I just ended up using my fingers as opposed to tweezers, but that’s just what was comfortable for me.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • What you get: 28 lace nail tip stickers in two designs

Overall I don’t think this product worked too well on me – I found the shrinking and small sticker sizes really annoying. However, in another review I was reading the blogger used the stickers at the curves of her cuticles, so maybe that would be a better look to try. On the positive side it was a relatively simple process and easy nail art without a lot of effort if you want to give it a go. Thanks for reading!