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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art

Today is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I’ve never commemorated it before on my nails, but this year I really wanted to make sure I did. As a relatively new mum, I’m extremely fortunate to have my son in my life. I look at him every day and think the world’s just that little bit better for him being in it. I know a small handful of people who have experienced loss now. So I think it’s lovely this day exists for everyone to honour babies who have died from miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

During October, Theresa, of Grace-full Nail Polish, encourages everyone to paint their nails blue and pink to show support and raise awareness of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. You can participate too by using the hashtags #pregnancyandinfantlossawareness and #waveofpolish. She also hosts an auction of nail polish (now closed) that raises funds for Sands, the miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death charity in Australia. Theresa’s auction raises a lot of much-needed funds for this great cause. Read on for more details of my nails.

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I wanted something simple and I think I got that. Using a base of Femme Fatale Heart of the Mountain, I then used some nail art tape to mark off the top of my nails – a bit like how you’d do French tips. I then applied a couple of coats of SinfulColors Cinderella and while it was drying, I added two pink studs to each nail. I then applied a coat of Seche Vite. I think all the colours work well together and I must admit, I’m impressed that I didn’t stuff up applying the nail art tape straight across my nail. I always seem to apply it wrong!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

 

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

This design was lovely to wear and I received a few compliments on how it looked, which was nice. I also realised I hadn’t worn a light blue polish in ages, so I thought I’d have to pull another one out soon, especially since pastel colours look so good in spring. I would love to hear if you commemorated International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on your nails. Let me know – or even better, show me! Thanks for reading!


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Monochrome squares nail art

Hello hello! I hope your weekend has been enjoyable. Today I’m bringing you a look I wore more than a month ago now as I forgot I had photographed it. I hope you like it! It’s more nail art; this time I’ve used some square vinyls I bought from Emily de Molly and sponged a gradient of black and white on the vinyls and Celestial Cosmetics Candy Boat*. I’m still working on my “lines” with vinyls, so excuse the uneven line widths (I find I can get a bit heavy-handed and then polish goes under the vinyl)!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The polishes I used for the black and white are both from Sinful Colors’ Sinful Shine Collection: Wisp (white) and Dark Room (black). I find with these two polishes you only need a little on the nail because they become opaque pretty easily. I tried to do four splotches in each corner, but looking at them now it looks like I just went from white to black in the middle and then back to black. Oh well. Like always with any design made with vinyls, these were a lot of fun to wear and so I’m looking forward to trying a few other shapes in the future. Thanks for reading!

*I received Celestial Cosmetics Candy Boat free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion in this review here.


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Sinful Colors Dazzle

Hello hello! First thing’s first. I want to let you know I have updated my blog sale page. So if there is anything you’ve had your eye on, go take another look as now I have also reduced prices and am happy to do a deal if you buy a lot of polishes. Check it out, you know you want to!

Today I bring you Sinful Colors Dazzle from the 2012 Holiday Shimmers Collection. You know when you’re at Chemist Warehouse waiting for a script to be filled and you just start looking at all the random reduced items? Yeah, that’s what I did. And I’m so happy with this find! There were a few other polishes I wouldn’t have minded taking home with me but I was using cash and could only pick one. But I think I picked right – take a look.

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Dazzle is a bright raspberry with pink and gold shimmer, which you can see best in the bottle shot in the pic above. It looks better on the nails than in the photos, I think. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. Application was super easy and I had no issues with cleaning up afterward. Sometimes with these little shimmer flecks they go everywhere – but not this time.

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I’ve never seen a Sinful Colors stand in Chemist Warehouse so I’m not actually not sure if these are available everywhere. I’ve only ever seen them reduced and some of them have the older barcodes on them. Still, worth checking out if you can. Thanks for reading!


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One year blogaversary featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and nail art

Evening! Before April ticks over into May (gah! Who else cannot believe that!?) I want to celebrate my one year blogaversary with you. The actual date of this momentous occasion was April 8. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed my first year of blogging. I’ve really had a ball and I want to thank you so much for sharing it with me. I created this blog mainly to document my nail polish journey, but it’s turned into more than that I think. You’ve been with me travelling Europe, adopting the beautiful Shelbs – thank you so much for following me! Altogether I have 154 wonderful followers from both WordPress and Bloglovin’. Thank you again! 🙂

Looking back at Dry, Dammit! I can safely say I am getting better at this blogging thing. My photos are the most noticeable difference. I think they are waaaay better than what I was taking when I first started. Then there’s the actual nail polish application itself. Still room for improvement, but definitely more consistent than when I first started. What do you think?

So tonight I am featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and then a re-do of some nail art I originally did in April 2013. To be honest, I haven’t featured too much nail art on this blog, so I’d like to get into that more – especially more complex nail art. That and tutorials. You can never read too many tutorials!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Easy Going is just a fantastic pale pink / eggshell (depending on the light) creme polish. This is definitely a polish everyone should own, it looks great and I reckon because it’s not a true nude, it would go with most skin types. On me it looked a bit fluro! What you see here is three coats with Seche. I used three coats as I wanted to see how much more of an impact three coats would have rather than two; but two would be sufficient for sure. This polish would be great at work, on the weekend, at a party… basically anywhere! I had been wanting it for ages and I had recently read a few reviews about it. I figured for AU$4 I should finally try it out myself. I’m so glad I have!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Target, Priceline or Big W
  • Cost: Target and Priceline AU$4.95, Big W AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, onto the nail art inspired by a French tip design I did way back in April 2013. I wanted to do this design so show you how far I’d come overall, but when I put the top coat on top (Seche)… well, you can guess what happened. Yes, some of it dragged! So even after a year I still have to learn to be patient and wait longer for the polish to dry. But from afar it looks great so I hope you still like it.

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

On top of Easy Going I have used one coat of Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from its Screen Siren Collection. I love the look, way more than my April 2013 design! Plus it’s slightly neater too, which helps. The fact there is only one photo in the original post is proof enough that I didn’t want to show you the rest of my design due to its messiness. He he.

Is there anything you would like to see different about Dry, Dammit!? Any post I could do or themes I could do that would make it more interesting for you? A change of blog layout? Pictures of Shelbs? I have a few ideas myself, but I’d love to hear your feedback. Eventually I’d like to do a giveaway… but I’m figuring out the logistics of it. As always, thanks for reading!


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Rainbow nail art & I’m off to Europe for 3 months

Hello! Sorry I have been MIA this past week but I’ve been so unbelievably crazy getting ready to go away to Europe that I haven’t even really had time to do my nails this week – I even went a couple of days without anything on! Argh!

Anwho, while I am meant to be getting ready I figured I just had to do one last update and show you a design I wore last week: rainbow nails! I was inspired from this pin I found on Pinterest, but I decided to add a blue background so it would be a full nail design. I still think the rainbow over the bare nails looks pretty cute, too. I used Revlon Blue Lagoon as the blue background and in some pictures you can see its pretty slight sparkle.

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For the rainbow I used Ulta3 Exotic Canary (yellow), Revlon Posh (green), Sinful Colors Boom Boom (pink) and Love Thy Polish Miss Priss (purple). I tried a group shot below of the polishes, but it looks a little messy! It’s hard to fit that many polishes elegantly in your hand. Oh, for the clouds I used Models Prefer No Angel.

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So you might be wondering what’s going to happen with Dry, Dammit! while I’m away. I will be endeavouring to update my blog at least once a week, and hopefully with some cool travel pics, so please don’t don’t stop following me! I promise when I return I will be back to my regular updating. I would love to share my European holiday with you. Thanks for reading and see you in Europe (with a Dubai stop along the way!)!


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Sally Hansen Lava from the Lustre Shine Collection & stamping nail art

Hello! Tonight I bring you one of the polishes from the Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Collection. It’s the only one I found to be a bit different from the others in the collection, to me the rest of the colours are typical in what you see with duochrome / multichrome polishes. It’s called Lava and suffice to say it’s gorgeous!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Lava has a really beautiful pink / orange / gold shift. I’m not much of an orange fan but this deep orange I really love, it’s not so in your face. Sometimes when I’ve worn orange my fingers look like I’ve stuck them in a pumpkin. Not a good look. What you see on me are three coats; the formula’s a bit sheer so I would say stick with the three coats, but maybe two thick coats would work, too.

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

I found Lava to have a really nice shine (as the name of the collection would suggest) both indoors and outside. Plus it’s a fun colour to wear without being too over the top.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

I liked the look of Lava so much I decided to use it as a base for some stamping. I decided on a simple design from plate VL007 by Vivid Lacquer; a stripe pattern, which I’m sure has a fancier name than that. I used Sinful Colors Island Coral for stamping, which worked perfectly I am happy to say.

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really like the stamping. I think it’s subtle. It had been a while since I did some stamping so I probably should have done something a bit more experimental, but oh well. In the meantime, have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!


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Sinful Colors Queen of Deco

Hello! Tonight I have a pretty Sinful Colors to show you. It’s called Queen of Deco and it is a wonderful glitter top coat. I’ve only just seen it at Kmart so far, not in any of the Targets or Pricelines that stock Sinful Colors. Queen of Deco is part of the Diamond Lust Collection, which includes seven other glitter toppers. What caught my eye was the intense sparkle as well as the silver caps on the bottles instead of black.

Sinful Colors Queen of Deco over Ulta3 Spring Break by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Queen of Deco over Ulta3 Spring Break by Dry, Dammit!

Because it’s a glitter topper, I used two coats of Ulta3 Spring Break and then two coats of Queen of Deco. The clear base is full of micro purple and silver glitters and a few purple holographic diamond glitters that I had to fish for. In fact, I think I placed the diamond glitters on my other hand only because I actually wasn’t too keen on how sparse the diamonds looked.

Sinful Colors Queen of Deco over Ulta3 Spring Break by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Queen of Deco over Ulta3 Spring Break by Dry, Dammit!

Application was quite simple; I found the trick is to put down a normal coat and then dab on the second coat so you can guarantee getting some diamonds. This also dried smooth and not rough like I thought it might. For removal I used the foil method, but there were no major problems, I just did what I usually do.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: Kmart AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Clear topper, so use with an undie

So what do you think of Queen of Deco? Have tried any polishes from the Diamond Lust Collection? I also got Scene Stealer, which is similar to Queen of Deco but with red and gold glitter instead. Thanks for reading!