Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


The trip part 2: Italy, Greece & HEMA Holographic Blue

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Hi out there! Yes, I’m still around, I’m loving travelling so much. I know I said I would post once a week while I was away… well, it turns out it’s pretty hard to get a decent WiFi connection in Europe in a hotel. Gosh I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post.

Since my last post, my husband and I have travelled from Holland into France, Switzerland, Italy and now Greece, where we are at the moment. Yesterday we took a train from Athens to Thessaloniki. In two days’ time we take a bus to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. We’re heading back towards western Europe now be in Germany in time for Christmas; we have a couple of friends we’re catching up with there.

Nail polish shopping was not so good for me in France or Switzerland. I found both countries to be very expensive and there wasn’t a lot of variety. Even in Rennes, a city in Brittany, France, you were paying Parisian prices. I know I go on a lot about the prices, but I don’t see the point of paying more or the same for a polish I can buy in Australia; I want to buy European polishes, dammit!

But the good news is once we entered Italy I found Kiko. Oh, Kiko! Kiko is an Italian brand (Milan), but strangely enough the nail polish is made in France. I know France manufactures a lot of nail polish, but so too does Italy. I resisted and just bought two, which I have worn and love, you can see them below, as well as two polishes I bought in Rome. The polishes in Rome are from a brand called Lilla, but I haven’t had a lot of luck finding a lot of information out about it. I think it’s a brand from an Italian chain called Beauty Point.

Italy haul

My nail polishes from Italy (from left): Kiko 245, Kiko 242, Lilla 12 and Lilla 53. Yes, all numbers sadly, not names. Oh, and sorry for the blurry photo!

Since entering Greece I’ve been overwhelmed with nail polishes, but they’re pretty basic, if that makes sense. There’s a department store everywhere called Hondos Center where there’s a combination of current mainstream brands, but then also a heap of ’80s looking nail polishes at very cheap prices. There’s a decent chain called Stop to Shop, but that’s like Hondos Center, but on a smaller scale. I’ve bought a few Essence polishes in Greece, you can see them below.

Greece haul

Nail polishes from Greece (from left): GoldenRose 111 from the Jolly Jewels Collection, Essence Ultimate Pink, Essence Sparkling Water Lily, Essence Oh My Glitter! and Essence Take a Ride on Pegasus from the Fantasia Collection.

But for now I want to show you HEMA Holographic Blue, which I showed you I bought in my last post. To be honest, I didn’t think it would be so holographic. But it’s incredible. I would very much compare it to an indie formula more than a mainstream formula, it’s that good. Buttery and consistent, what you see is just two coats. If you can get your hands on any of the polishes from the HEMA Special Effect Holographic Collection, I say do so!

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

See what I mean? The colours in the holo are beautiful and as I recall I wore this polish for about four days without any chipping. I haven’t tried Holographic Bordeaux yet, but I can’t wait to.

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

So I hope to update sooner rather than later next time, but we’ll see I guess. All I can say is thanks for bearing with me. I promise when I return to Australia I’ll be posting more regularly. But for now, here is a photo of me in Athens at a rooftop bar with the Acropolis in the background. Thanks for reading!

Haylee in Greece