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I’ve updated my blog sale

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Evening! A quick post to let you know today I completed something I have been wanting to do for ages: update my blog sale page. Nothing is over $4! I’ve got mostly mainstream polishes, so it might be good for someone starting out or just wanting to see what’s about (I know I always like looking).

I have a range of brands including: Sally Hansen, OPI, Catrice, essie, essence, SinfulColors, ulta3 and Revlon. And I’ve kept my section at the end with free polishes and expanded it!

Shipping is within Australia only with postage starting at AU$8.25 for 500g or less. Go and check out my blog sale page now! Thanks for reading!

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I’m having a blog sale

Hiya! This is more a “housekeeping” post but I wanted to let you know I’m having a blog sale! (The link is also in the top right corner of the blog or under Menu on a device). It’s been a long time coming and with my time off recently preparing for the baby (I’m now past 40 weeks!) I have plenty of time on my hands. Obviously with a baby on the way I’ll need you to be a bit patient with me in terms of turnaround time, but I promise to keep you updated along the way.

Pretty much what you need to know is it’s just shipping within Australia with postage starting at AU$8.50 for 500g or less or if you’re in the Hobart area I’m happy to meet up to avoid the shipping cost. There’s a selection of mainstream brands, a few Aussie indies and some cheapie nail art supplies. So go and check out my blog sale page now (it has more details). The photo below is a peek of what I have for sale.

GlamGlam Polish

(From left) Little Miss Naughty (SS, S1, July 2013 What’s In-die Box?) $6, Ahhhh… Aliens!!! (SS, S1, June 2013 What’s In-die Box?) $6

Lilypad Lacquer

(From left) It’s Not Easy Being Green (SS, S1, January 2014 What’s In-die Box?) $8, Skulloween (SS, S1, October 2014 What’s In-die Box?) $8

Also I’ve updated my where I shop page. I’ve added more shops and more details, so if you’re curious about where I buy my polishes from or nail art supplies from, then take a look. More shops are still to come. Thanks for reading!


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3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don’t have

Hello! Today I bring you a post I hope will help a lot of people by providing three different ways to create textured polish in a colour you don’t have. It’s no secret I quite like textured polish, but I don’t see the point in buying every single one – especially the ones that are just plain colours – so I’ve had a bit of fun experimenting with different combinations to see what’s possible. Let’s get started! (I’ll also just say sorry here for the different nail lengths – I did this over a number of weeks when I had time and consequently my nails went through length changes).

USING A NEUTRAL TEXTURED POLISH AS A BASE

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

What I’ve done is use a base of Face of Australia My Island Home (a nude textured polish) and then painted Revlon All Fired Up on top of it in two coats. You can see my review of My Island Home here. This was suggested by one of my IG followers and it’s a brilliant idea and I think creates the best result from the three ways I’m showing you. I think the texture looks really nice and it gets away as a red textured polish. In terms of wear, by the end of my full first day I had some noticeable tip wear of the red coming off, but I just repainted the tips and all was solved! So definitely give this a go.

USING A TEXTURED TOP COAT

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

So this is a look that’ll cost you money. I’m not sure if there are other textured top coats on the market; I’ve only seen the one I’m using here and it’s essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! While it says on the bottle to use with any essence polish, it’ll work with any polish you own. To be fair to the product though, I followed its instructions and tried it over essence Purple Sugar. One coat didn’t do it for me – you could tell there was something over Purple Sugar but it wasn’t necessarily textured (and sorry I didn’t take a pic) – so I added a second coat but I think it looks like a bit of overkill now. Maybe next time I just need to use one thick or dabbed coat of I Feel Gritty! Also, I’m not really into the “sparkle” effect of this top coat; I guess I prefer my textured polishes to be a bit more low key. Purple Sugar is a creme polish so I’m wondering what effect would be created if this went over a glitter or shimmer, etc. My guess is (because I Feel Gritty! doesn’t alter what is below it, it only covers it) it wouldn’t be that great as the polish would just cover up the base effect. But it’s still something to try! In terms of wear, this just acted like normal polish for me so after about two days my problem areas were showing some tip wear.

DETAILS

  • What: essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty!
  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$4.10
  • Volume: 8ml

USING FLOUR

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

So this is inspired by a tutorial I found on the Dutch blog Beauty Ill. While Helen tried all kinds of different household products, I stuck with her recommendation of using flour. She has a picture tutorial at the end of her post so if you’d like to give this a try I’d suggest you take a look at that for clarity, but it is pretty simple. I put on a coat of Ciate Ivory Queen and then while it was still tacky, dipped my fingers into a bowl of flour. I dusted off the excess (without applying too much pressure) and then put another coat of Ivory Queen on top – some areas did need a few extra strokes here and there. I do like how subtle this looks but I had trouble with getting it to look as textured as what Helen achieves, even after two attempts. And also even after washing my hands some of the flour continued to hang about my cuticles. I just tried this quickly one weekend so I can’t give a full picture of how it wore, but I’ll just say that although it feels a bit weird to have flour sandwiched in your nail polish it seems to act just like normal when dry. If anything it’s a creative use for flour!

So, what do you think? Do any of these ways help you at all? I hope this post doesn’t seem too weird, but I just think for most it’s a bit unrealistic to buy every textured polish, especially if you’re only following a fad. Plus this way you get to experiment with the polishes you already have and I think that’s great. Thanks for reading!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 11: Michael Jackson Thriller nail art

Hiya! I know it’s been a while but I wanted to post another Cuteberry Nail Challenge post. This is why I will never do another nail challenge, I am just not dedicated enough! (I’ve been doing this challenge for about, what, five months now!?) So this is day 11 and it’s inspired by your favourite music video. I’ve always loved Michael Jackson so deciding to do something inspired by Thriller was pretty obvious for me.

Thriller nail art by Dry, Dammit!MJ photo courtesy of mjworld.net

Thriller nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Thriller nail art by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see I’ve done it a bit “abstract” again, but that’s the way I roll. So my thumb and pinky are inspired by MJ’s eyes at the end of the Thriller video and the red and black design on my pointer, middle and ring fingers are inspired by the red jacket with deep V MJ wears. I get it, I hope you do too!

Polishes I used:

  • Revlon All Fired Up (red)
  • essence Little Miss Sunrise (yellow)
  • BYS nail striper in black

So what do you think? Too far out? I just don’t think I could have managed to draw little Michaels on all my fingers though, sorry. Thanks for reading!


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Dry, Dammit! is now on Instagram @drydammit

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Are you on Instagram? Enjoy my blog? Then why not combine the two and follow me on Instagram! One of my New Year resolutions was to put a bit more finesse into my blog this year and one way I’ve decided to do that is through Instagram. In the past few weeks I’ve joined and just put up a few images so far; it’s actually been quite a learning curve! But I’m enjoying it so I would love for you to follow me.

I figure Instagram is more of a natural extension of Dry, Dammit! rather than setting up a Facebook or Twitter account. As a visual medium, it suits me better at this stage. If anyone knows of any handy Instagram tricks of the trade I’d love to hear them! Also let me know your Instagram name if you’d like me to follow you.

You can find me by searching for @drydammit in Instagram or clicking the link to your right I’ve made up (right at the bottom if you’re reading on a mobile!) Thanks for reading!


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Nail polish haul & Look by BIPA Glitter Coral

Hello! Finally after settling back into home life and work I’m ready to blog! I have a pretty big post for you tonight but I’m sure you won’t mind considering it’s mostly pictures of my haul from the past week – and who doesn’t like looking at people’s hauls?

It turns out while I was away I missed out on quite a bit of nail polish news. Over the weekend I went to my local Target and what was there but a brand spanking new Nicole by OPI stand! Wha? Little ol’ Target and Nicole by OPI? I noticed the polishes were AU$12.95 each. Also in Target was a massive Sinful Colors display with what I think are some holiday polishes. Also Sinful Colors is now AU$4 at Target, down by AU.95c. I went into my local Kmart and there was no more Sinful Colors! I was sad about that.

Anywho, while at Target I couldn’t help but pick up three Sinful Colors polishes (and still cheaper than just one Nicole by OPI!). You can see them below.

Sinful Colors mini haulFrom left: Super Star, Pinky Glitter and Triple Platinum.

Then I was in a chemist near my work and I spotted the Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book so I just had to buy it… there goes AU$24.95! But totally worth it, I think, as I didn’t think I would find it considering it’s limited edition. I can’t wait to do a proper post on this and show you some awesome looks!

The Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book

Here’s some peeks of the polishes and caviar beads inside:

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Crush, Rock Candy, Gingerbread and Sugar Coated.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Sour Grape, Gumball, Fairy Floss and Peach Pie.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Blue, Toffee Apple, Min-tea and Lemon Drop.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Caviar beads 100s & 1000s, Lotsa Liquorice, Mini Musks and Sugar Sprinkles.

I also bought a few assorted Ulta3s, I haven’t seen Lucky Bamboo before so that’s why I picked it up, even though the colour doesn’t really do much for me. That’s the good thing about Ulta3, at AU$2 you can give any colour a try without feeling guilty! Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me are all from Ulta3’s recent Colour Game Collection. I also picked up the other two polishes from the Colour Game Collection from another chemist, Emerald Inten-ciy and Block It Out, but I don’t have their photos here sorry.

Ulta3 mini haulFrom left: Jelly, Citrus, Lucky Bamboo, Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me.

And finally, if that wasn’t enough for you, I also stopped by my favourite Priceline and bought some new Savvy by DBs and one of the Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes, which were on special.

Savvy by DB polishesFrom left: Sally Hansen Bubble Plum, Savvy by DB Under the Sea, Savvy by DB Surfer Girl and Savvy by DB Cruise.

But wait, there’s more! I was at The Reject Shop and saw some really cute nail polish highlighters (OK, so they’re highlighters in the shape of nail polish bottles, not highlighters made from nail polish) and I bought them too, just a novelty really, but I thought it would be fun to show you. The second photo is how the highlighters work. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to last long, but oh well.

Nail polish highlighters

Nail polish highlighters

Phew! Now that I’ve shown you all that I can finally concentrate on Look by BIPA Glitter Coral. Look by BIPA is a home brand to a company called BIPA; it’s very similar to Priceline here in Australia. I bought this in Austria, I’m not sure if that’s only where BIPAs are but it’s the only country I saw them. I was in Vienna actually when I picked this up and thought it would be perfect from summer when I returned home. And I was not disappointed! This is an orange polish with tiny gold flecks through it and a really nice, even textured effect. I think this is a great summer polish and the textured effect of it just makes it even more perfect for the season.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

I wore this over the weekend and it started chipping after two days, but it was still a lot of fun to wear. What you see is two coats; it was so easy to apply and dried so fast! Double good considering then you don’t have to worry about a top coat unless you really want to. It’s a very pretty polish and that’s saying a lot for me considering I’m not the biggest fan of orange polishes. Removal was a cinch too – I just used cotton balls, but if you’re not sure you could use the foil method.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

It’s such a pity this polish can’t be bought in Australia, or something similar at least. Maybe a clever person mix a few textured polishes together and get the same result? If only it were that easy, hey? Thanks for reading!


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The trip part 4: Back in Australia & P2 Sand Style in Seductive and Precious

I’m back Down Under and I’m glad to be home after travelling for 24 hours on planes! I had an absolutely incredible time away for the past three months, everything has gone just too fast. My highlight of the trip is when we went to Italy. If you’ve never been I would definitely recommend you visiting, it’s got something for everyone.

If you’ve been reading my other posts, you would know I was just about to leave Greece and head to Macedonia. Here’s where we went after Macedonia: Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland and England. Whew! All up in our trip my husband and I travelled to 12 countries, which was roughly a country a week! But anyway, onto the more interesting nail stuff. Below is a picture of all the polishes I bought while abroad – 68 in total! I love them all.

Final collection of European polishes

I would love to bore you with a more detailed picture, but for now with getting back and returning to work you might have to wait until I review them, ha ha. If I can I will try and take some quick pics of them sometime. But here are two lots of polish I especially do want to show you: OPI Pure (a 18k white gold and silver top coat from the Mariah Carey Collection) and Ciate Colourfoil (a foil manicure kit). I’ve tried both and I love them; I can’t wait to show you.

Final collection of European polishes - OPI Pure (18k white gold and silver top coat) from the Mariah Carey Collection

Final collection of European polishes - Ciate Colourfoil

I told you previously I was going to have my nails done at WAH Nails at its store in Topshop, London. I’ve been a huge fan of WAH Nails for a long time, I own the store’s first book and I was so looking forward to my appointment! Here I am getting nails done (the picture is blurry, you can thank my husband for that).

Haylee getting her nails done by WAH Nails at Topshop in London

I enjoyed getting my nails done, but I was disappointed with the little things, like for example when my nail artist was filing and buffing my nails she went back and forth rather than in one direction. Also, my tips weren’t wrapped. And finally, when the top coat was applied (WAH Nails uses Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) it wasn’t applied to the full edge of the nail and some of it ended up bubbling. I feel like I’m being picky but for AU$58 I think there should be a little more finesse! Maybe I had built it up too much in my mind? Anywho, here is the design that I chose, it’s called art deco, it was suggested to me by the nail artist to do the stripes rather than the full art deco design on every nail. I went with their idea, but I wish now I had said no because I’m actually not too keen on how the stripes also don’t have black with them.

Nail art by WAH Nails at Topshop in London

But it was all an experience and nonetheless I’m glad I went. Like my husband said, if I hadn’t of gone to get my nails done at WAH Nails I probably would be kicking myself later.

Now I have to show you some polishes I wore while in Berlin. I bought these from a store called DM, which is quite similar to Priceline here in Australia. The brand is P2, which I think could be a budget-type brand for all types of cosmetics. But obviously I was drawn to the polishes. The two I am wearing are called Seductive (purple) and Precious (gold). Both are what P2 calls Sand Style, which is simply another name for textured polish. I wore these two together because I thought the colours were quite complimentary. Each polish is two coats.

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

I am so impressed with these two polishes. I wore them for about four days and there was no chipping at all. I did use the foil method to remove the polish, but I think you could get away with just using a cotton ball. Also the texture on them was perfect, there was no pulling on clothes or anything. Definitely a good budget polish!

Well, I am now off to see if I can get some sleep. So far so good with the jetlag. I’m looking forward to updating much more frequently now. It’s great to be back. Thanks for reading!