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Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing & studs nail art

Evening! Usually I like to bring you a nail polish and then add some nail art to it afterwards but as soon as I put Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing on I knew I wanted to add an accent nail that captured the fluro colours. White Icing is a gorgeous polish from Sportsgirl that I picked up when I bought Chunky Fluro. This one has glitters in a creamy white base though, rather than it being just a glitter topper. Oh how I am loving glitters in white bases!

What you see below is two coats of White Icing with Seche and two coats of MODE Love Me with some neon studs I bought off eBay topped with Seche. I did a post about the studs here, if you want some more info. The formula of White Icing was pretty good. I was a bit nervous the second coat would cancel out the neon bits from the first coat, but it didn’t at all, it had a really good level of opacity (or transparency?). The neon glitters themselves are small pink hexes, medium green hexes and blue bars. Simple – yet effective – and looks like icing! I just realised I should do some cupcake nail art with it. Why didn’t I think of that earlier?

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! White Icing and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

MODE Love Me was again difficult to photograph – in real life it looks much more fluro. Removal of White Icing was easy – I just used cotton buds for a few minutes, but if you used the foil method it would go faster.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$8.95
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I want to also apologise to my followers for not updating as regularly as I used to before my trip. I admit I have been totally lazy and I promise to kick things up a notch now that I’ve properly settled back into home and work life. My passion for all things nails is still going strong and I love hearing from you all so thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! Chunky Fluro

Hiya! Tonight I have for you Chunky Fluro, another great find from Sportsgirl. What I can’t get over with this polish is how much of an indie it looks. I mean, doesn’t this just remind you of Polish Me Silly (formerly Lush Lacquer) Clowning Around? I think so.

Anywho, Chunky Fluro is – as the name suggests – a polish with chunky fluro hexes and squares through it of different shapes and sizes. The colours are blue, pink, green and red. Like all my Sportsgirl polishes I found application to be a breeze. The photos below show two dabbed coats over ulta3 Citrus on my pointer finger and middle finger and then two dabbed coats over ulta3 White Lily on my ring finger and pinky.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Chunky Fluro by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Chunky Fluro by Dry, Dammit!How freaking awesome does it look in the bottle!?

Sportsgirl Nail It! Chunky Fluro by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Chunky Fluro by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Chunky Fluro by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$8.95
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter topper

I really love this for summer, it’s such a fun look I think. I wore it to work though and it was a tad too bright. I think it looks better over white than over yellow, you get to see all the colours better. Have a great weekend guys and thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! Blue & Pink

Hiya! I just want to let you know first up that Blue and Pink are actually the names of the polishes that are on the bottles; I’m not just making it up. Now that’s out of the way I want to show you these awesome polishes that I found recently at Sportsgirl. I think they were released with a couple of other newbies, but I didn’t get those. Blue and Pink are totally on trend right now I think: a creme base with multi-sized black glitters. Take a look.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Blue by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Pink by Dry, Dammit!

I’ve decided to pair the photos together as to be honest, I think the formula of both is the same: wonderful. The only difference is the creme base, with Pink having (you guessed it!) a bright, nearly neon, pink base and Blue having (right again!) a bright light blue base. Both have multi-sized black glitters, large hexes and smaller flecks. Application was so easy too, I didn’t have to fish for any of the glitter. Removal-wise, I used the foil method and it came off perfectly. Yay!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Blue by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Blue by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Blue by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Blue by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Pink by Dry, Dammit!

I wore these polishes on different days and I was really happy with both of their wear times. Neither chipped or got massive tip wear after two days and I only use a regular top coat, nothing special. I can’t wait to do a design with both and just having the other colour as an accent. I really love these polishes, I think they’re so on trend from Sportsgirl. Good job Sportsgirl.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$8.95
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Oh! Before I forget! I was walking into my local Priceline the other day and guess what I saw? This!

Essie display | Dry, Dammit!

Yes, that’s right, an Essie stand! I kind of did a little dance and then checked out the prices. For the polishes they were AU$16.95 and for the top coats, base coats etc they were AU$17.95. 😦 So, as you can see, not an everyday polish to buy, but a sometimes polish. The polishes available were pretty much all the Essie classics. On the top of the stand there was a collection called Best Of Collection, which reminds me a bit of an album name than a nail polish collection.

Then, when I turned around, I saw this in the Essence stand:

Essence display | Dry, Dammit!

It’s the Essence Me & My Ice Cream Collection! I picked up Ice, Ice Baby straight away and also the nail stickers. I’ll be able to show you those in the next couple of days as I’ve already worn them, he he. Well, that’s it for tonight, thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Mint

Hello! Today I have to show you the second Sportsgirl Nail It! polish I picked up more than a week back. The first one I showed is called Speckled Lilac, which I showed you here.  Like Speckled Lilac, Speckled Mint is a creme base with glitter in it. It’s pretty much a dupe for Speckled Lilac, except that Speckled Mint is a green base (I am confusing myself with the two similar names!).

Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Mint by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Mint by Dry, Dammit!

This polish has a very summery feel to it, which I think I mentioned with Speckled Lilac, so I find it strange Sportsgirl has released it in the middle of winter. Maybe for like me it doesn’t care about what gets worn when? Speckled Mint the exact same multi-coloured square glitters of blue, red, yellow and green and teeny tiny purple-ish/pink-ish iridescent glitter like Speckled Lilac and is opaque in two coats. Did Sportsgirl say, “Hey! This looks great. Why not make it both lilac and mint? But let’s not change the glitter”.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Mint by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Mint by Dry, Dammit!DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$8.95
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Just like Speckled Lilac, I had no problems with Speckled Mint’s removal. So, what do you think of Speckled Mint? Too much like Speckled Lilac? Thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Lilac

Hiya! Over the weekend I stopped by Sportsgirl to see if it had any new polishes. Turns out I must psychic as it had four new polishes that I could see. I got two, Speckled Lilac and Speckled Mint, as they were creme bases with glitter in them, while the other two were clear bases with glitter. The one that I remember is just your average multi-coloured glitter in a clear base. As you can tell the other two weren’t groundbreaking.

But the two I did get are really lovely. Today I’ll just show you Speckled Lilac. It’s only going first because it’s purple, ha ha.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Lilac by Dry, Dammit!

How pretty is it!? I love the shade of purple, it’s definitely on the spot with the name lilac. As I mentioned before, Speckled Lilac is a purple creme base with multi-coloured square glitters of blue, red, yellow and green and teeny tiny purple-ish/pink-ish iridescent glitter. In the photo above the polish looks a bit matte, but I can assure you it’s sparkly when in the light. I used two coats to achieve what you see here.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Lilac by Dry, Dammit!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Lilac by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$8.95
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

In some ways, this is an odd polished to be released in winter as it’s such a summer colour. But I love wearing colour during winter, it shakes things up so much, especially at my workplace. Oh, and removal was a cinch too with this, the little glitters didn’t stick at all.

So, have you been in Sportsgirl recently? Notice any other new polishes? Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! I Art Nails! 3 in 1 DIY Nail Pen in blue

Hello. Tonight I have to show you a Sportsgirl Nail It! I Art Nails! 3 in 1 DIY Nail Pen. It doesn’t have a name, so I haven’t bothered to name it, but the one I’m showing you is blue, so I’ll just call it blue nail art pen, ha ha. The pack came with two pens, one blue and one purple/blue, but my post today just focuses on the blue pen.

Sportsgirl Nail It glue glitter nail art pen

Pen sets like these are a good idea. The 3 in 1 refers to the fact it has a brush for the nail polish, a pen where you can squeeze the tube where the nail polish is and just apply the polish straight to the nail and the end bit has a whole section of coloured rhinestones, in this case in blue. I bought this at the beginning of the year, so I’ve had it for a while now, and at the time it was the only one like it I had seen. I’ve now seen other brands such as Manicare release sets like this.

Sportsgirl Nail It glue glitter nail art pen

This is the brush. It’s a really nice brush, can’t complain. Smooth and easy application.

Sportsgirl Nail It glue glitter nail art pen

Here is the pen. Again, can’t complain. The glitter comes out nice and evenly. I should say while the glitter looks really dense, it’s actually not once applied to the nail, but you will see that below on my nails.

Sportsgirl Nail It glue glitter nail art pen

So here is the design I did using the brush for the large chunks of glitter, the pen for the lines of glitter and the rhinestones on the ring finger (and thumb in the next picture). I used one coat of Sinful Colors Savage as a base, which dries matte, so I applied a matte top coat to it.

I have to say, I hated wearing this! As soon as I put it on I wanted it off. I don’t think this was because of the colour or the glitter, I think it was because of the rhinestones. I just think they’re so ugly. The top coat held them in perfectly, but I couldn’t help but fiddle with them all the time when I wore them, they were just so annoying. I’m not sure this is the case with all rhinestones, these are the only I have used, but these were really high on the nail and just stuck out too much for my liking. I ended up ripping off the rhinestones as I was driving home from work!

Sportsgirl Nail It glue glitter nail art pen

Sportsgirl Nail It glue glitter nail art pen

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$12.95 (although I think now most have been reduced in sales)
  • What you get: Two nail art pens in assorted colour combinations

Hmm, I feel like this is a pretty crappy review of the nail art pen. But to be honest, you could take it or leave it I think. The rhinestones I definitely don’t think I will use again, they were simply too annoying and a bit cheap looking, actually. You can’t see it in the pictures but there’s a little ‘bit’ on the side of the rhinestones where I think they have been cut off from a holder or something.

So, what do you think? have you tried one of these 3in 1 nail art pens before? Let me know. Thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks & Persian carpet nail art

Hello! Today I want to show you a beautiful Sportsgirl Nail It! polish that can be bought from Sportsgirl stores. It’s called Volcanic Sparks and it’s a gorgeous metallic red in a black base. In the light it really shimmers; this is definitely a nice polish to have in your collection.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

This is three coats of Volcanic Sparks; as you can see it’s a very deep polish and I just felt so fancy wearing it. I also own Sportsgirl Nail It! Moonlight Sparks, which is the same metallic formula except gold in a black base. I used it in my first ever post here, but I intend on dedicating a post just to that one, too. Formula-wise this was perfect; I could have used two coats but I like to sometimes double make sure I put enough on!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

Look at this outdoors shot – isn’t it incredible? The polish really came to life outside.

The night after I put the polish on I thought I should do some nail art on top. I spent a good 20 minutes looking at my polishes and then thinking I might use some cling wrap and sponge it onto my nails to get a speckled look. So I did that and you could hardly see the black polish! It mixed in with Volcanic Sparks far too well. So then I did the same thing with a deep red polish – and the same thing kept happening again! In the end I put all kinds of colours over the top of Volcanic Sparks and finally ended up with what you see below, which I was pretty happy with. I thought my nails looked like mini Persian carpets! What do you think?

Persian carpet

Persian carpet photo from Wikipedia.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

I can’t remember all the polishes I used, but I can remember I used Australis Speck-tacular (a flakie) over the top of the colour and then over that, a matte top coat. This ‘look’ was a complete mistake but I couldn’t have been more happier with the result. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails all day, there was so much going on, especially thanks to the wonderful colours from the flakies!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$7.99
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

So what do you think of my Persian carpet nails? And of Volcanic Sparks? I think for a complete accident I did a good job on the nail art. I wonder what I would of actually done if I had set out to do that kind of design – it would probably come out terrible! Ha ha. Thanks for reading!