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Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder and contrasting stamping nail art

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Hiya! Tonight’s a quick post to show you the lovely Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder as well as a bit of stamping I did over it. I was so sad when Angela, the creator and owner of Gloss ‘n Sparkle, announced she was officially closing the brand earlier this year. It’s a real shame for the Australian indie polish community as Angela’s creations included the awesome Unicorn Droppings and Fruit Tingle. But onto the stunner that is Rose Madder!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Madder is (I think) from the Hail to The King Collection, which was inspired by the author Stephen King. It’s a red – almost pink – jelly full of holographic and iridescent multi-coloured glitter. I love looking at that macro! Such depth and a lot of love in it. It was super easy to apply in just two coats – but for extra depth you could easily do three and still not worry about it being thick. I topped it with a coat of Seche.

Below is the stamping I popped on top – I can’t remember which plate I used though, but I do remember I used one of Emily de Molly’s stamping polishes, which was Dark Pink. This was a lot of fun to wear! What do you think?

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

You can still buy Rose Madder at Color 4 Nails. If you’re looking for an Australian stockist, you’re out of luck unfortunately, butΒ Femme Fatale Cosmetics does have some of its Gloss ‘n Sparkle stock left at sale prices you may like to check out. Thanks for reading!


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Gloss ‘n Sparkle One Step Beyond

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Hello! Tonight I’m bringing you a polish from a great Aussie indie brand called Gloss ‘n Sparkle. The polish is called One Step Beyond and it’s a real stunner. But you’ll be convinced by the pictures I’m sure!

Gloss 'n Sparkle One Step Beyond by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle One Step Beyond by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle One Step Beyond by Dry, Dammit!

The base is a deep purple jelly (blurple in some lights) and it’s packed full of pink, purple, blue and teal glitters in circles and squares of all sizes. It’s a really fun polish and I enjoyed wearing it. It built up to have a lovely depth at three coats (as shown with a thick coat of Seche), but I’ve read elsewhere you could use the dabbing method to apply it in one thick coat. I found it easy to apply as three coats and I got this look without needing to fish. Be careful though – if you don’t wear a base coat it will stain your nails! And that’s not a good look.

Gloss 'n Sparkle One Step Beyond by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle One Step Beyond by Dry, Dammit!

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I really think the blue does it for me, it just adds something else to the polish. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set (Mad Alchemist, Witching Grimoire & Time for Slime) – including Emily de Molly studs & Gloss ‘n Sparkle cuticle oil

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*Deep, mysterious voice* Good evening. Tonight I bring you the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set. This boxed set was limited to 25 available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics store and when I heard about it I just figured why not? I’ve never really been that much into Halloween polishes but I think this boxed set has changed my mind! It’s nice to have such a “dark” theme to work with instead of the usual bright and cheerful stuff I find myself going for. Plus, I’ve never tried a Femme Fatale Cosmetics nail polish before and this set (three polishes, one top coat, one cuticle oil, nail studs and few yummy lollies) was just AU$30.80. That is crazy for nail polish in Australia.

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set by Dry, Dammit!

And here is the cute packaging. It came beautifully wrapped in its own little black box (you can see on IG here – I opened it at work and once it was open I couldn’t get it looking perfect again) complete with shredded black paper and spooky sequins in stars, spiders and bats. I kept finding these sequins in the most random places during the week! Probably the most random was a bat in the bathtub. How did it get there? You can see from my photos that Femme Fatale Cosmetics polishes come individually boxed, which I think is very cute. The top coat is by Femme Fatale Cosmetics as well and is called Fast Dry Top Coat. The cuticle oil by Gloss ‘n Sparkle is called Candy Haul and the Emily de Molly nail studs are in holographic silver. As I present the polishes to you I’ll also share my experiences on all three of these extra goodies.

Mad Alchemist (with Emily de Molly holographic silver studs)

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Mad Alchemist by Dry, Dammit!Mad Alchemist was the exclusive polish to the Halloween Boxed Set and it didn’t disappoint. It’s made up of tiny maroon, pink and iridescent glitters. In the photos you see two coats with Emily de Molly holographic silver studs and Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat. I cannot believe the great coverage this had in two coats; it was very easy to apply. The studs were also easy to use – I just used a wax pencil to apply. For me though, the studs are a bit too big for my nails, I should have just used one per nail instead of doing three on the ring finger and thumb. The top coat is quite thin, but for a polish like this that’s a good thing. Although it’s called Fast Dry Top Coat it didn’t dry all too fast (I blame Seche for setting me up with high expectations!) but it does dry to a slightly tacky “touch dry” feel in a reasonable amount of time (about five minutes). I’m just not sure how long you would have to wait for it to dry completely, I’m thinking at least 20 minutes? I’m not sure if it was due to the top coat not being fully dry but I was able to remove this polish with no problem without using the foil method (including studs). If you wanted, you could probably use the studs again but I decided not to because there were a lot of small glitter pieces attached to them that I couldn’t be bothered removing.

Witching Grimoire

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Witching Grimoire by Dry, Dammit!

Witching Grimoire is a purple jelly with all kinds of glitter through it. There are stars, holo dots, orange bars, holo moons, black hexes and all kinds of glitters – it’s very difficult to describe! What you see is two dabbed coats on my thumb, pointer and middle fingers and two dabbed coats over black on my ring and pinky fingers topped with Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat. I think it looks better over back because otherwise it’s too sheer for me. I don’t have a polish with moons in it so this polish was a real novelty for me, albeit a bit difficult to apply due to the copious amounts of glitter shapes and the formula being slightly goopy, but at least I didn’t have to fish! If you think my nails look textured that’s because the top coat is not heavy enough for this polish. It doesn’t have the strength behind it to smooth out a heavy glitter like this, which is a bit disappointing. Some may prefer that look but for me I like it to appear smooth. Removal of this polish was again achieved without the foil method so I’m thinking it’s because the top coat failed to be completely dry before I removed it.

Time for Slime

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Halloween Boxed Set Time for Slime by Dry, Dammit!I have saved my favourite for last. As soon as I saw Time for Slime I thought I could love it and thankfully I do! It’s a sheer neon yellow jelly with white and yellow dots, yellow hexes and lots of iridescent glitter. I’ve layered two coats over Bourjois Sunny Sunday, but I’ve seen swatches of it over white and black and they look fab as well. I think this will be a great summer polish – it’s a lot of fun. The only downside for me was the goopy formula, yes, I could apply it like normal nail polish but it did drag a bit and I had to be patient. So either be careful or do it in dabbed coats, I say. I used Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat again and it was a lot better over this polish, probably because the glitter was smaller and sat flatter. Once again I could also remove Time for Slime without using the foil method. I think for the same reason I said about Witching Grimoire. I also used Gloss ‘n Sparkle Candy Haul cuticle oil and I loved it – it wasn’t nearly as oily as some other cuticles oils I’ve tried and them smell was super yummy, exactly like lollies. I didn’t like the brush however because I think it’s a bit too stiff for a cuticle oil. As opposed to gliding over your nails it scratches along. But I can live with that.

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Overall I really love the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set. It was great value for money and also a lot of fun. Even though the boxed set is sold out, you can still buy Witching Grimoire and Time for Slime from the Femme Fatale Cosmetics store (linked above). So you don’t have to completely miss out. What do you think of these Halloween polishes? Will you be buying any specific Halloween polishes this year? Let me know. Thanks for reading!


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August What’s In-die Box? swatches & review – Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Sayuri Nail Lacquer & Gloss ‘n Sparkle

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Happy weekend! I have so far had a great weekend and today I swatched the August What’s In-die Box?. If you’re unfamiliar with What’s In-die Box?, it’s a collection of five Australian indie nail polish makers collaborating to make on collection of polishes a month based on a particular theme. This month’s theme is Wreck-It Ralph. I had no idea what this was but I Googled it and it turns out it’s a Disney children’s film that was released last year. So let’s start!

Oh, before we do, I probably should mention I have a cut on my ring finger from chopping vegetables. See this is why I shouldn’t cook!

Lilypad Lacquer Vanellope by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer Vanellope by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer Vanellope by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer Vanellope

This is two coats without top coat. This is such a gorgeous mint linear holo with a gold, purple and blue shift. The second photo you see is with flash. For a holo is was very easy to apply, no balding, but with one coat it’s quite sheer so you definitely need to coats to get opacity. Lilypad Lacquer should so put this in its line-up of polishes to buy, I’m sure it would be such a best seller!

Also a note on my outside finger shot for this polish and the next. When I swatched my first two polishes a horrible shadow would cast no matter where I seemed to put my hands so I finally found a way to hold them, but it’s made my pointer finger shorter than my ring finger, which is not the case at all! It’s just because I had to lean over awkwardly.

Glam Polish King of all the Candy!!! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish King of all the Candy!!! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish King of all the Candy!!!

This is two dabbed coats over two coats of Vanellope with no top coat. This is just an incredible glitter polish in a clear base. Glitters include red diamond hexes, fine gold glitter and dots in two sizes, white diamonds and dots and purple hexes and small dots. I had to fish for the large dots, especially the white ones for some reason. I recommend turning the bottle upside down before using the polish. I really love this top coat, I love the dots and diamonds and it’s such a dense polish!

Sayuri Fro Cone by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Fro Cone by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Nail Lacquer Fro Cone

This is two coats with a top coat. It’s a glitter polish in a purple base. The glitters include purple stars, hexes and squares, fine purple and silver glitters and red hexes in three sizes. Looking at the bottle I didn’t realise there were stars in it, so that was a nice surprise. However I did have to fish for the stars once I knew they were there. This is a very subtle polish as the purple glitters are a very close colour to the purple base. It’s also very gritty without a top coat, so I put one coat of top coat on, but this might even need two or more to smooth out all the bumps.

Gloss 'n Sparkle Bad Anon by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Bad Anon by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss ‘n Sparkle Bad Anon

This is three coats without top coat. A black jelly base with multi-coloured iridescent glitters. I could see hints of orange, blue, green, gold and purple squares, hexes and fine glitter. This was very easy to apply and it was not gritty at all in finish like Fro Cone is.

Peita's Polish Ralph by Dry, Dammit!

Peita's Polish Ralph by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish Ralph

Two coats over one coat of Models Prefer Little Black Dress without top coat. This is another clear base polish with glitters including large orange hexes, smaller green hexes and orange, gold and iridescent mini hexes. It’s not as dense as King of all the Candy!!! but it builds up nicely.

So that’s the August box! For me it’sΒ Glam Polish King of all the Candy!!! that has won me over and suits the theme of the box the best. Next month’s theme is Sex and the City and the participating indie polish makers are Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Emily de Molly and Celestial Cosmetics. Oh my gosh I’m so looking forward to it. I hope the inspiration is Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda and Mr Big! I can’t wait to see what is thought of.

If you’re interested in purchasing next month’s What’s In-die Box? head over to Peita’s Polish and take a look. The cost is AU$55.94 including shipping. Unfortunately at this time it’s only open to Australian residents. Thanks for reading!


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Entry for Nails by Kayla Shevonne’s indie nail art contest

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Hello! Today I have something a bit different for you – my entry into a Indie Polish Nail Art Contest hosted by Nails by Kayla Shevonne.

The whole idea of the contest – if you haven’t gathered from the name – is to create a nail art design with indie nail polish(es). This is very challenging considering most indies are glitters as opposed to a solid colour. You can use non-indie polishes but they mustn’t be the ‘star’ of the show, if you know what I mean.

Indie nail art contest entry

Indie nail art contest entry

Indie nail art contest entry

As you can see, I decided to go with skittle design also incorporating a diamond shape on top in a complementary colour. The polishes I used were:

  • Pointer finger – Gloss ‘n Sparkle Fruit Tingle and Alanna Renee Purple Addiction
  • Middle finger – Emily de Molly Ego Friendly and Ador Beauty Supplies Kokomo
  • Ring finger – WingDustCollections Hope and Ador Beauty Supplies Lux
  • Pinky – Love Thy Polish Peppermint Patty and Emily de Molly Stuck on Blue
  • I used a black Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen to outline the diamonds

I’m very excited about this competition! There’s a few entries now and the calibre is high, so I’ve got my fingers crossed. There’s three prizes up for grabs and they all sound great.

So, what do you think of my design? Reckon it’s a winner? Thanks for reading!


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Gloss ‘n Sparkle Fruit Tingle

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So today I decided to wear Gloss ‘n Sparkle Fruit Tingle I bought as part of Erin’s blog sale. Fruit Tingle is a beautiful purple creme base with black, pink and blue hex glitters. There are also some smaller silver glitters that really catch the sunlight.

Gloss 'n sparkle Fruit Tingle

I found with this polish you definitely need a top coat to smooth out the glitters. Once a top coat is on,Β  there’s perfect smoothness. Now I don’t know if this is just me, but whenever I put on glitter polishes sometimes the glitters seem to stay in a clump together on the nail. I can break them up by usually stabbing at my nail, but is this normal? Or am I applying glitter polishes wrong?

Gloss 'n sparkle Fruit Tingle

Gloss 'n sparkle Fruit Tingle

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You’ll also notice I’ve added a new tab linking to my stash and wish list. Check it out! I love reading other wish lists and stashes. If you could help me out with any of my lemmings then that would also be much appreciated, hint hint, nudge nudge. Thanks for reading!


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Nail mail & WingDustCollections Save a Life

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Hello! So today I received the best type of mail – nail mail! About a week ago I bought some polish from ErinZi’s Nails through Erin’s blog sale. Erin’s blog is fantastic by the way, if you have not visited it you should, Erin does the most outstanding nail art and she also makes her own nail sets, which she can custom make for you as well. So yeah, totally talented. And I am totally jealous. *Sigh*

Anyway, in the blog sale I bought four polishes. Well, one’s not really a polish but more of a pack. I purchased WingDustCollections Save a Life, a beautiful delicate lilac jelly with some small holo glitters, larger purple hexes and the occasional large white hex. I also bought WingDustCollections Hope, which is a white shimmery base with small holo glitters and then some large silver, white and pink square glitters. Two very subtle polishes.

I also bought a Sally Hansen Gem Crush minis set, which includes Big Money, Be-Jeweled, Bling-tastic and Lady Luck. This was such a great find as I was considering buying some of the Gem Crush polishes, but thought I would wait until I decided which ones! So four for AU$4 was perfect.

Finally, I bought Gloss ‘n Sparkle Fruit Tingle. I have been wanting to get my hands on this polish for so long that I could barely believe Erin had it for sale! It is truly better in person. It is a bold purple creme with small silver and pink glitters and larger blue and black hexes, with the black hexes two different sizes. I cannot wait to wear it.

Here’s a picture of my nail mail, which includes the four peach gummy candy lollies Erin included in my pack as an extra surprise!

April 10 nail mail

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