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Born Pretty Store peacock water decals

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Hello, hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful festive season so far. Mine time has been busy full of family, work and just life in general. Because of this, I pretty much haven’t changed my nail polish for about a week! (I know, right!?). To fill the void I’ve been wearing a lot of bright lipsticks as I feel this is an easy and fun way to add some colour to my day. I’ve got a nice little stash going now, too! So much so I’ve bought a beauty bag specifically for lipsticks… it’s all a bit of fun! At least my husband hopes so.

Anywho, for the past week I’ve been wearing some peacock water decals from Born Pretty Store. There are four designs you can pick from, some a little more abstract than just an actual peacock, but I played it safe and got C197 – the most realistic-looking design to me. Plus, I do love the overall colouring of the design. Also, I just want to say warning about my dry cuticles up ahead. I was going to put some hand cream on before I started taking photos but there was a crying baby and a shot amount of time and all that jazz. So dry it is!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see above, the bottom half of the decals is where all the good stuff is, I think. However, annoyingly for me, the bottom decals had to go on my Cinderella hand as that’s the way they best fitted. So that’s why in my pics it’s all just feathers. On my IG I showed my followers a macro of the peacock head on my Cinderella hand and I think it looks pretty good!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store peacock water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I really enjoyed these decals. They were really simple to put on once cut to fit your cuticle line. I find that the most difficult part, actually cutting each individual decal to fit your nail. This is probably because I use large, awkward scissors and not little cuticle scissors. I just know how to use scissors better, if that makes sense? Oh well, I think I did a decent job, only my ring finger had a bit of the white base showing. The white polish I used was one coat of Face of Australia Miss Congeniality as I just needed a general base for it to be placed on. I didn’t think the decals would look too good just applied to the nail as the white areas were slightly see through. I did find these decals a bit difficult to trim when once on the nail though. And when I did trim them, it would stretch some of the decals, making them look as if my nails had a slight white tip (such as my index finger). I think I just need to practice more, personally. Once the decal was on the nail I applied two coats of Seche. And then it was as simple as that, really. A week later the decals were still going strong and it was only when I did my friend’s nails for her wedding when they started to come off a bit as I was using a lot of acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.67 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of peacock water decals of your choice, which is enough for 10 nails

I really enjoyed these decals and I do think they’re such fun. I actually wouldn’t mind trying out C199 as I think that looks really psychedelic. Plus you could probably use them here and there as accent nails rather than a whole nail art look if you prefered. If you’re going to check out Born Pretty Store, use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order. Thanks for reading!


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Face of Australia Not Just A Pretty Face, Show ‘Em Your Sparkle!, Don’t Judge Me! & Miss Congeniality from the Miss Universe Iconic Collection and chevron negative space nail art

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Hello! I recently heard about a collaboration collection between Face of Australia and Miss Universe Australia (yes, the pageant) and I knew I would be interested in some of its polishes. Altogether there are 16 polishes to choose from in three finishes: cremes, glitter toppers and a clear top coat. Today I’ve got four to show you that I recently bought from my local Big W, the only shop I’ve seen them at even though apparently they’re meant to be available at Priceline, too.

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

I love this polish but I hate its name, I just find it so sexist. In the bottle, this has a gorgeous pink shimmer but it didn’t translate onto the nail for me. Instead, I found this to be a really wearable pink creme that complimented my skin tone. The formula is a bit sheer but it does build up nicely and what you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche.

SHOW ‘EM YOUR SPARKLE!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Show ‘Em Your Sparkle! is one of the glitter toppers. It’s made up of tiny multi-coloured glitter (kinda iridescent, but kinda not, if that makes sense!) in a pink base. In the bottle it looks really dense and the base colour brighter than what it appears on the nail, so I would recommend wearing undies with this one. What you see here is one dabbed coat over Not Just A Pretty Face with a top coat of Seche. My bottle is incorrectly labelled as It’s My Universe, another one of the glitter toppers.

DON’T JUDGE ME!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!
Don’t Judge Me! is a black creme. It was almost a one-coater for me, but I found the formula to be a bit too thin. It’s got a lovely shine to it and what you see here is two coats without top coat. I stuffed up my ring finger a bit so that’s why is looks a little bumpy.

MISS CONGENIALITY

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Miss Congeniality is a wonderful white creme. If you’re better at applying nail polish than me, you could get away with this as a one-coater, as it’s got the formula and consistency to to achieve that, but I found it a bit streaky at one coat. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I’ve read a few reviews saying this would be good for nail art and I’m assuming by that they mean stamping, but I’m not too sure as I haven’t tried. It would be great if true though!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Big W (I bought mine at Channel Court, Kingston)
  • Cost: AU$4
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See individual polish descriptions above

I couldn’t help but try and do some nail art with Don’t Judge Me! and Miss Congeniality. So I decided to do a negative space design. Sorry about how crappy these pictures are with the light glare. I had the wrong setting selected on my camera and I only realised how bad it was when I was editing.

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Overall, I enjoyed these polishes and I think I’ll pick up a couple more. There was a red and coral I thought looked pretty but I probably wouldn’t buy all 16. I don’t like how some of them have white lids and some have black lids, I think I would prefer one or the other. Also, I’m pretty sure the brush is attached the square lid. I tried to pull the lid away from the brush but it wouldn’t budge. Not a problem if you’re used to applying polish, but for the casual user it might be tricky dealing with the square lid as an applicator. What do you think? 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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Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection watercolour nail art

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Hello! Yesterday I showed you four polishes I bought from Face of Australia’s latest collection called Screen Siren: No Angel, Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. Well, I decided to do a quick post tonight to show you some nail art I did with all the colours, one of my favourite techniques called watercolouring, where you essentially dilute the nail polish with acetone and paint it onto your nails. Admittedly, this is not my best watercolour – I wanted the Screen Siren colours to be a bit more prominent rather than blend together in a smoosh like they did – but I still really like it! I also added black square studs (from essence’s Dark Romance stud set) on my ring, middle and pointer fingers.

I used No Angel as the base and layered Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend on top with a top coat of Seche.

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection waterfall nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Actually, I am impressed with the variety of colours that came from just three coloured polishes – very pretty if I do say so myself. What do you think? Let me know. Thanks for reading!


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Face of Australia No Angel, Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot & Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from the Screen Siren Collection

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Good evening! Tonight I bring you four polishes from Face of Australia’s latest collection called Screen Siren. As I love Marilyn Monroe (which this collection is based upon) I love the premise of this collection, however, I’m not that much into its execution unfortunately. I just think there should have been one deep red. Sorry, I’m so stereotypical!

Face of Australia Screen Siren Collection by Dry, Dammit!

Anywho, I have four of its polishes to show you: No Angel, Isn’t it Delicious, Some Like it Hot and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. The collection overall consists of eight polishes, which includes a matte top coat, but in my swatches below I show you both glossy via Seche and matte thanks to my trusty Rimmel London Matte Top Coat – so far the best matte I’ve found! Quick drying and it actually looks matte. Also in the collection there are four nudes – but I have just one, No Angel, because I felt that it suited me best. And then (if you’re counting with me) there are three colours, which I have all of. Yay! Let’s get to it.

Face of Australia No Angel matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia No Angel matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia No Angel matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia No Angel gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia No Angel gloss by Dry, Dammit!

No Angel

So in case you don’t get it the first three are with a matte top coat and the final two pictures are with Seche. I really liked this polish because it’s a pink-toned nude creme and I don’t really have anything like it. The rest of the nudes in the collection are darker and I wasn’t into them. What you see is two coats. A bit streaky on first coat, but perfect in two.

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Isn't it Delicious gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Isn’t it Delicious

This is a bright green creme. I really love it, as it’s not a true green (green doesn’t do much for me). It’s definitely got a lot of blue in it. Again, two coats. I should also let you know that during my time of wearing these colours I got a few cuts on my index finger and ring finger so I apologise for that.

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Some Like it Hot gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Some Like it Hot

This is a pumpkin-like orange creme. I found that it stained my cuticles, as you can clearly see… clearly you need to be neater than me! What you see is two coats. I personally preferred this one matte. The colour did seem to change ever so slightly.

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend matte by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend gloss by Dry, Dammit!

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

A vivid fuchsia creme. Probably the standout polish for most I reckon. I preferred it glossy, but matte is OK… maybe with some stamping? What you see is two coats.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline or Big W
  • Cost: AU$5.95
  • Volume: 13ml

The Screen Siren Collection is again in the awesome piCture pOlish-like bottles, which I give 10/10. The colours (and nude) I own are really pretty but to be honest, as a nail polish collector I would just be recommending Isn’t it Delicious. Face of Australia has done a good job, creating polishes reminiscent of Marilyn’s love of colour and sleeping in the nude (apparently), but I think for the average nail polish purchaser this might go over your head. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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One year blogaversary featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and nail art

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Evening! Before April ticks over into May (gah! Who else cannot believe that!?) I want to celebrate my one year blogaversary with you. The actual date of this momentous occasion was April 8. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed my first year of blogging. I’ve really had a ball and I want to thank you so much for sharing it with me. I created this blog mainly to document my nail polish journey, but it’s turned into more than that I think. You’ve been with me travelling Europe, adopting the beautiful Shelbs – thank you so much for following me! Altogether I have 154 wonderful followers from both WordPress and Bloglovin’. Thank you again! 🙂

Looking back at Dry, Dammit! I can safely say I am getting better at this blogging thing. My photos are the most noticeable difference. I think they are waaaay better than what I was taking when I first started. Then there’s the actual nail polish application itself. Still room for improvement, but definitely more consistent than when I first started. What do you think?

So tonight I am featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and then a re-do of some nail art I originally did in April 2013. To be honest, I haven’t featured too much nail art on this blog, so I’d like to get into that more – especially more complex nail art. That and tutorials. You can never read too many tutorials!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Easy Going is just a fantastic pale pink / eggshell (depending on the light) creme polish. This is definitely a polish everyone should own, it looks great and I reckon because it’s not a true nude, it would go with most skin types. On me it looked a bit fluro! What you see here is three coats with Seche. I used three coats as I wanted to see how much more of an impact three coats would have rather than two; but two would be sufficient for sure. This polish would be great at work, on the weekend, at a party… basically anywhere! I had been wanting it for ages and I had recently read a few reviews about it. I figured for AU$4 I should finally try it out myself. I’m so glad I have!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Target, Priceline or Big W
  • Cost: Target and Priceline AU$4.95, Big W AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, onto the nail art inspired by a French tip design I did way back in April 2013. I wanted to do this design so show you how far I’d come overall, but when I put the top coat on top (Seche)… well, you can guess what happened. Yes, some of it dragged! So even after a year I still have to learn to be patient and wait longer for the polish to dry. But from afar it looks great so I hope you still like it.

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

On top of Easy Going I have used one coat of Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from its Screen Siren Collection. I love the look, way more than my April 2013 design! Plus it’s slightly neater too, which helps. The fact there is only one photo in the original post is proof enough that I didn’t want to show you the rest of my design due to its messiness. He he.

Is there anything you would like to see different about Dry, Dammit!? Any post I could do or themes I could do that would make it more interesting for you? A change of blog layout? Pictures of Shelbs? I have a few ideas myself, but I’d love to hear your feedback. Eventually I’d like to do a giveaway… but I’m figuring out the logistics of it. As always, thanks for reading!


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Face of Australia My Island Home from the Carnivale Collection

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Hiya! A quick post tonight to show you another – yes, another – textured polish. This time it’s by an Australian brand called Face of Australia. The name of this polish is My Island Home and it’s from the Carnivale Collection, which came out late last year. I’ve picked up My Island Home and a few other polishes from the collection on special for roughly AU$3, but otherwise it’s AU$5.95 – that is, if they’re still being sold! I notice that the Carnivale Collection is being phased out to make way for the Siren Collection in most stores.

Anywho, My Island Home is such a groovy polish, I really enjoyed wearing it. It’s a brown-leaning nude, but the textured finish makes it a bit playful. And the texture is really lovely. It’s not thick at all, but it’s definitely noticeable, as my last photo in the sun shows. I like that it’s not scratchy. What you see here is two thin coats and it still took ages to dry, so that was a big downside for me, seeing as I usually wear textured polishes when I need to do my nails in a rush.

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia My Island Home by Dry, Dammit!

Another problem I had with this polish is that after a while (just a day of wear) it actually gets dirty. I’m assuming this is due to the fact that it’s textured, is a light colour and has no top coat. I found the same with Sally Hansen Sugar Fix. For me, wearing it for just one day is fine but I don’t know how other people would feel about wearing dirty-looking polish. But, as an upside, I do like the new bottle Face of Australia is using for collection polishes now. The bottle reminds me of piCture pOlish bottles – in fact, I think they might just be the same! Really comfortable lid and the bottle is just so convenient for neat storage! 🙂

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline or Big W
  • Cost: AU$5.95
  • Volume: 13ml

So, what do you think of My Island Home? I don’t usually wear nudes so this was a nice change for me. Thanks for reading!