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piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art

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It’s been a while since I wore some nail art, so I recently decided to do something simple using piCture pOlish Alive and some water decals I had. I bought Alive along with a swag of other piCture pOlish polishes in its recent stocktake sale (see my haul pic on IG) and thought Alive might go nicely with the decals I chose. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Alive is a deep fuchsia scattered holo with magenta hexes. It’s a simple polish, which I like, so I thought it would go well with some jazzing up, hence the gold studs. Can’t have too much bling! πŸ˜€ With the water decals, I didn’t realise until I cut it out ready for my ring finger that it was going to be mostly green thanks to the leaf – obviously I think it would have been better as pink/orange you see in the decal on my middle finger.

With Alive, I found the polish to be very smooth and easy to apply. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite to all fingers, including on top of the studs. I find it easier to seal studs in with a good top coat than use nail glue (aside the fact that I don’t actually own nail glue!) and I’ve never had a problem with any falling off prematurely.

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: piCture pOlish
  • Cost: AU$11 (retiring shade)
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I think I bought the water decals from Born Pretty Store and the studs were part of an essence trend collection, but I forget which one. Thanks for reading!

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piCture pOlish Grace

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Hello! Tonight I’m bringing you piCture pOlish Grace, a lovely polish I’ve been eyeing off for ages and one I finally bought at the beginning of the year. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!Inside with flash.

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!Outside blurry.

Grace is a lovely blush pink scattered holographic polish. It’s very light and delicate ad I’m wearing three coats here with Seche as top coat. Application was a bit of a poo. Even though I waited a good few minutes for the base to dry, when I applied my second coat it still dragged the first coat. So this is a polish you’re going to have to be patient with when applying. Also, in my first time wearing this polish it chipped a lot but then in my second go it lasted for ages… so I’m not sure what went on there? Perhaps it just needs a good coating of top coat to protect it. I found the holo finish difficult to photograph because it is so subtle, even the outdoor blurry shot couldn’t catch it properly! Definitely a polish to see in real life.

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: piCture pOlish
  • Cost: AU$13
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

Do you like subtle holos? Or would you prefer something with more bang? I think I like both kinds, each have their place. Thanks for reading!


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piCture pOlish Cosmos & The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 5: Whale nails

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Hello! Today I bring you one of my two piCture pOlishes: Cosmos. Cosmos was released last year and it was all the rave for a while. It’s one of the collaboration shades piCture pOlish produces and it was made in conjunction with the very talented nail artist Camille of Pshiiit. I bought it after reading so many wonderful reviews and just from looking at the photos you can see why! It’s stunning.

piCture pOlish Cosmos by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Cosmos by Dry, Dammit!

Cosmos is a navy scattered holographic. piCture pOlish says it contains no glitter and from what I remember when I first wore it, it was a breeze to remove. Just like a creme nail polish. However, I want to warn you to be very careful about staining! The blue in this polish will and does latch on to your cuticles and will even stain down the sides of your nail so be careful. I am a lot neater now, but when I first used it, I had blue stains on my fingers for a while. That is the only real downside I can think of.

Can you believe this is only two coats? And it is just so complex, I look down at my nails and just see more and more detail.

piCture pOlish Cosmos by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Cosmos by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Cosmos by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: piCture pOlish
  • Cost: AU$12
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I decided to use Cosmos as a base for day five ofΒ The Cuteberry Nail Challenge. This day’s theme is your favourite sea creature. I chose whales! I love whales, they are beautiful mammals. I did two attempts of the whales, my first attempt turned out pretty badly as I did the eyes too big and the whale looked a bit freaky… but then the second time around I used a smaller dotting tool and it was much better! I put a matte top coat on and I thought I waited plenty long enough for the polish to dry, but it turns out my middle finger didn’t agree with me and the whale looks as if it’s crying.

Whale nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Whale nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Whale nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Polishes I used:

  • piCture pOlish Cosmos
  • Chi Chi I Don’t Gossip So Listen (grey)
  • Models Prefer No Angel (white)
  • Models Prefer Little Black Dress (black)

I am really pround of my little whales, especially their little tails! I did whales on both hands and I am impressed with how neat I did both hands, to be honest. Although I don’t think Cosmos looks all that good matte. I guess the matte top coat removed all the holographic-ness of the polish. Thanks for reading!