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Funky French nail art with MODE Bling It On & Fresh Melon

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Good evening! Tonight I bring you a quick post to show you the nail art I’m currently wearing. I call it “funky French”. I really love how simple but striking it is.

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The polishes I used are two I’ve recently bought from MODE – Bling It On (gold) and Fresh Melon (red). They’re both metallic polishes and I was pleasantly surprised to find they applied perfectly opaque in one application, which was good news considering my design was done freehand. I’m very happy with how my lines came out. I especially like Bling It On. It has a really nice consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin.

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I’m loving this colour combo, too. There was another polish, a deeper red one, that I wish I had also bought. Oh well, something to get next time. πŸ˜› Thanks for reading!


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Pink blobbicure nail art

Hello! Ever since I saw Pshiiit’s blobbicure nail art I have wanted to try it myself. I’m not sure if Camille is the creator of the look, but whoever it is I am very thankful they thought of it! I think it looks so fun and spontaneous.

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For my blobbicure I’ve gone a bit fluro and used MODE Love Me as the base and Peita’s Polish Pink Blitz from the June 2014 What’s In-die Box? as the blobs. Pink Blitz “blobbed” really well and while I stuffed up a few fingers and had to retry, I got there in the end. I found the trick was not to put on a heavy base polish, otherwise the top polish is too runny and pools together, rather than in blobs.

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really want to try this look again soon! Believe it or not it’s very quick to do, so if you’re stuck for time but want to try something different for nail art, give it a go. Thanks for reading!


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New MODE polishes swatches and review: Love Me, Pocket Rocket, Nail-Holic and Influential Miss

Hello! Yes, I am still alive, ha ha. Last week I bought an Opallac gel nail polish kit so I’ve been playing around with that. Follow me on Instagram for my updates!

MODE polishes: (from left) Nail-Holic, Love Me, Pocket Rocket and Influential Miss by Dry, Dammit!

Anywho, I did these swatches of the new MODE polishes I bought last week (above), so this post is a little overdue. In the past I’ve called MODE, Mode Cosmetics. With its new packaging the name Mode Cosmetics is removed and it’s just MODE as the name, so that’s why I’m referring to these as MODE… if you wanted to know that. I tend to over-explain some things! But let’s get into it! I have four polishes to show you and I explain each below.

Love Me

MODE Love Me by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Love Me by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Love Me by Dry, Dammit!

Now, let me tell you first I couldn’t capture the brightness of this pink very well. In person it is much more bright, almost neon. This is a beautiful creme polish opaque in two coats and I’ve topped it with Seche. The formula is a bit on the thick side, but it self-levels nicely. I’m surprised I didn’t need a white base to get such a vibrant colour.

Pocket Rocket

MODE Pocket Rocket by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Pocket Rocket by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Pocket Rocket by Dry, Dammit!

Pocket Rocket is clear-based glitter topper with holo flecks and pink, blue, silver and gold hearts, as well as pink and silver stars. What you see is two dabbed coats over Love Me above with a top coat of Seche. I had to really fish for this glitter though!

Nail-Holic

MODE Nail-Holic by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Nail-Holic by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Nail-Holic by Dry, Dammit!

This is one coat over one coat of ulta3 Lily White with Seche and GOSH Matt Effect Top Coat. The matte is one the middle and pinky fingers and the Seche is on the pointer and ring fingers. Nail-Holic has a great glitter pay off; I was quite impressed. It’s a clear-based glitter topper with hex glitters of three sizes in pink, orange, silver, blue, green and teal.

Influential Miss

MODE Influential Miss by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Influential Miss by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Influential Miss by Dry, Dammit!

I was looking forward to Influential Miss the most, but it turns out the formula is really runny. I have curved nails so it would slide down the sides of my nails making clean-up really difficult! The second layer was OK though as it would “stick” to the first layer, I guess. But anyway this is three coats with Seche. On my ring finger I did three coats over one coat ulta3 Glamourpuss with Seche. As it’s a fine silver glitter in a clear base I found it difficult to clean-up in general, hence why there’s some random glitter pieces about!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics
  • Cost: AU$2.45 or two for AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml

So have you seen these MODE polishes about? There’s a few more too that I didn’t pick up, but I might next time. Thanks for reading!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 8: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nails & September What’s In-die Box? nail mail

Whoa! Long title, hey? Today I bring you day eight ofΒ The Cuteberry Nail Challenge, which is your favourite album cover. My all-time favourite band is The Beatles. I have always loved The Beatles, but it wasn’t until university when I started to fully appreciate their greatness. My favourite album by far is Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I’m not totally sure why either… there’s just something about it that appeals to me. I mean, this album started the whole concept album trend that was made big by other bands such as Pink Floyd and Genesis.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band albumThe Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

So I took the inspiration for my nail art from the cover of the album, namely the colours John, Ringo, Paul and George are wearing as well as the white button-y things on the front of their clothes.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Polishes I used:

  • Ulta3 Pink Hibiscus (pink)
  • Ulta3 Coral reef (orange)
  • Revlon Love Hurts (the green side called Love)
  • Mode Cosmetics Hook Me Up (blue)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint striper in white

I really liked this nail design, even if it may be a little abstract. But there was no way I could replicate the whole album; I’m not even sure if the best nail artists could!

Anywho, this week I also received some awesome nail mail: my September What’s In-die Box?! This month’s theme is Sex and the City. I will be able to give you more information when I swatch them on the weekend, but at this stage I have to say I am a little underwhelmed by the polishes. I love Sex and the City and none of them lived up to my expectations apart from one from Peita’s Polish. I have below the packaging and some bottle shots for you.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 by Dry, Dammit!

It came in perfect packaging, as always! Very exciting to unwrap each polish.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 by Dry, Dammit!

Here they all are, from left to right, Lilypad Lacquer City Lights, Glam Polish Carrie Me Away!, Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement, Peita’s Polish Labels or Love and Celestial I Miss New York.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Lilypad Lacquer City Lights by Dry, Dammit!

A close-up of Lilypad Lacquer City Lights. (I’ll give detailed descriptions of the polishes when I swatch them over the weekend.)

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Glam Polish Carrie Me Away! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Carrie Me Away!

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Peita's Polish Labels or Love by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish Labels or Love.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Celestial I Miss New York by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial I Miss New York.

So, that’s it for me. Sorry about another long post but I just have so much to post about lately! By the way, my favourite Beatle is Ringo, if you were wondering. Thanks for reading!


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Nail mail & nail art with Mode Cosmetics & Sally Hansen

Hello! Today I have some nail mail to show you and what I did to my Mode Cosmetics Fashionista manicure.

Nail Mail frankens Revlon China Glaze

Look at these beauties! I recently bought some polishes from the lovely Nat at No Holos! Frankens and Nail Art‘s blog sale. From left we have China Glaze Material Girl, Revlon Whimsical, Nat’s franken Raspberry-Putina, Nat’s franken I ❀ Unicorns and Nat’s franken Playing in the Rain. I am yet to try any but I am very excited! I am especially looking forward to trying I ❀ Unicorns and Whimsical.

Anywho, I couldn’t help myself but add onto Mode Cosmetics Fashionista with some Sally Hansen First Blush French tips inspired by this post from Flight of Whimsy.

Fancy French manicure Sally Hansen Mode Cosmetics

I really like this look! Unfortunately for some reason the top coat I used (Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat) made a few bubbles. I will try again with a different colour combination soon though.

This look was created with just some nail art tape and then two coats of polish over the top. Very simple.

Also, I want to apologise to everyone about me changing the layout of the blog recently. It seems WordPress themes and I are having an argument about how my blog should look. I will decide soon, I promise!

Let me know of what you think about the French tips. Thanks for reading!


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Mode Cosmetics Fashionista

Hello! First up I want to say I have cracked the 10 follower mark. Thank you so much for following me. I hope I am interesting enough for you. It’s been less than two weeks so I think I’m doing a good job, right?

Today I have a beautiful pink creme to show you, Mode Cosmetics Fashionista. I found out through Vibrant Point of View it’s a shade of cerise. My photos below really do not accurately show the pink of this colour, it shows up more of a red.

Mode Cosmetics FashionistaStupid camera and lighting! Grrr. Anywho, application was extremely easy, to be honest you could nearly get away with it in one coat, but I put two on. However, by the end of the day I had a chip on my right pointer finger! I have not had a chip with polishes in ages so I was dumbstruck.

Mode Cosmetics Fashionista

Mode Cosmetics FashionistaI can’t believe I still can’t get the colours right! Believe me this is not a red! Vibrant Point of View‘s review has much more accurate colour pictures.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Amcal Pharmacy
  • Cost: AU$2.45 or two for AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, what do you think? Let me know below. Thanks for reading and thank you to my followers!