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Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone

Hello! I’ve been cleaning up some of my random polish-related things lately and have come across a stash of pics I haven’t uploaded to my blog. So, over the next few weeks, if you see my nail length change from short to long and vice versa, it’s because I’m just putting some “older” pics up, not because my nails grow incredibly fast. Ha! I wish they would though.

So today I have Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone to show you. It’s one of the many polishes from the Post Apocalyptic Princess Collection (of which I also own An Uzi From Daddy) and it’s a lot of fun – like all polishes from Pretty Serious. Read on for more!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Forbidden Zone is a deep red jelly base with gold shimmer and gold and red glitter. It’s a very pretty polish but it’ll eat your top coat like nothing else. So you have to use at least two layers of a good, thick top coat. I’m wearing two thin coats with two coats of Seche on top. I reckon this would make a great base for some Christmas nail art.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Have you tried any polishes from the Post Apocalyptic Princess Collection? Which one is your favourite? Let me know your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store holographic and paisley nail foils

Hello! Tonight I bring you some foils I received from Born Pretty Store for review. I haven’t had a lot of experience with nail foils and I wanted to see what these deigns would look like on my nails. I think it came out reasonably well – read on for more!

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I have two nail foils to show you. One is a holographic foil and it’s on my thumb, index and middle fingers. The other is a paisley print and it’s on my ring and little fingers.

I used a base of Pretty Serious Cosmetics Irresistibly Pink and applied a top coat of Seche. When fully dry I then added a thin coat of foil glue (which I think is just PVC glue with water and maybe glycerin; I got mine from a Ciate kit I bought), waited until clear and then placed the foil on top and in one smooth(ish) move ripped it off the nail. Now, the thing I found with both foils is that it’s hard to know which side is the side that applies the patter to the nail, so unless you test beforehand and make a mark on the foil, it’s 50/50 in working, really. I stuffed up a few times and had to rub off the glue and go again, which isn’t too bad but not very neat or fun.

The better the glue the better the application of the foil, I think. My glue was getting a bit old and you can see – especially on the holo fingers – that the foil is a bit stripey. I think if my glue wasn’t so old it would be better. The holo effect is striking but the paisley print would look better on a darker base colour, although it does look good in full sun. The amount of foil you get is pretty good. With the other foils I own, they’re just small squares whereas both of these nail foils are 1m long and 4cm wide. That’s a lot of nail art!

Once I had all my fingers foiled I then applied one thick coat of Seche, just to seal it all in properly. You can’t really go without top coat on a foil design because the glue will just rub off.

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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I think out of the two foils I like the holo effect one the most. It really looks good in the sun and I like that it has quite a decent flame to it. The paisley print is pretty, but my nails are too small to get a good sized pattern. If you have wide nail beds I reckon they would look great on you. Feel free to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!

*I received the nail foils in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.

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Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea

Hello! Today I have Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea to show you. I bought it over the weekend along with nine other Ulta3 nail polishes as one of my favourite places to shop for Ulta3, Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse in Hobart’s CBD, had got new stock in. Sure, the collections are pretty behind, but it’s the first time I’d ever seen them so I just had to have them. Here’s what I got:

Ulta3 haul

From left: Enchanted, Antique Gold, Cocoa, Jade, Shiraz and Copper, all from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection. I think I’m missing a couple so I may be back for more. These are also different to normal Ulta3 polish bottles in that they have black lids. I don’t know if I like it. I suppose it was done to match the deep colours of the polishes.

Ulta3 haul

From left: Corsican Rose and Soft Hydrangea from the 2012 Pastel Collection and English Rose and Foxy Russet. Both English Rose and Foxy Russet are from when Ulta3 still manufactured in Australia, so I was lucky with those two purchases.

Anyway, after that detour, back to Soft Hydrangea. It’s a beautiful pastel blue creme with just a hint of pink shimmer. I found it easy to apply and used two coats for full opacity.

Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea

Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea

It’s really pretty, isn’t it? I was surprised with how much I liked it. Pity we’re going into winter and this will make my hands look like they’re freezing off! I thought it would look good with some nail art so I added Pretty Serious BSOD to it. BSOD stands for blue screen of death, named after what happens on the monitor when a PC dies sometimes. I’ve never had to happen to me though! BSOD is an intense blue glitter in a blue base that just looks so deep when on the nail.

Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea Pretty Serious BSOD nail art

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