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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 8: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nails & September What’s In-die Box? nail mail

Whoa! Long title, hey? Today I bring you day eight of The Cuteberry Nail Challenge, which is your favourite album cover. My all-time favourite band is The Beatles. I have always loved The Beatles, but it wasn’t until university when I started to fully appreciate their greatness. My favourite album by far is Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I’m not totally sure why either… there’s just something about it that appeals to me. I mean, this album started the whole concept album trend that was made big by other bands such as Pink Floyd and Genesis.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band albumThe Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

So I took the inspiration for my nail art from the cover of the album, namely the colours John, Ringo, Paul and George are wearing as well as the white button-y things on the front of their clothes.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Polishes I used:

  • Ulta3 Pink Hibiscus (pink)
  • Ulta3 Coral reef (orange)
  • Revlon Love Hurts (the green side called Love)
  • Mode Cosmetics Hook Me Up (blue)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint striper in white

I really liked this nail design, even if it may be a little abstract. But there was no way I could replicate the whole album; I’m not even sure if the best nail artists could!

Anywho, this week I also received some awesome nail mail: my September What’s In-die Box?! This month’s theme is Sex and the City. I will be able to give you more information when I swatch them on the weekend, but at this stage I have to say I am a little underwhelmed by the polishes. I love Sex and the City and none of them lived up to my expectations apart from one from Peita’s Polish. I have below the packaging and some bottle shots for you.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 by Dry, Dammit!

It came in perfect packaging, as always! Very exciting to unwrap each polish.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 by Dry, Dammit!

Here they all are, from left to right, Lilypad Lacquer City Lights, Glam Polish Carrie Me Away!, Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement, Peita’s Polish Labels or Love and Celestial I Miss New York.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Lilypad Lacquer City Lights by Dry, Dammit!

A close-up of Lilypad Lacquer City Lights. (I’ll give detailed descriptions of the polishes when I swatch them over the weekend.)

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Glam Polish Carrie Me Away! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Carrie Me Away!

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Peita's Polish Labels or Love by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish Labels or Love.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Celestial I Miss New York by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial I Miss New York.

So, that’s it for me. Sorry about another long post but I just have so much to post about lately! By the way, my favourite Beatle is Ringo, if you were wondering. Thanks for reading!


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August What’s In-die Box? swatches & review – Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Sayuri & Gloss ‘n Sparkle

Happy weekend! I have so far had a great weekend and today I swatched the August What’s In-die Box?. If you’re unfamiliar with What’s In-die Box?, it’s a collection of five Australian indie nail polish makers collaborating to make on collection of polishes a month based on a particular theme. This month’s theme is Wreck-It Ralph. I had no idea what this was but I Googled it and it turns out it’s a Disney children’s film that was released last year. So let’s start!

Oh, before we do, I probably should mention I have a cut on my ring finger from chopping vegetables. See this is why I shouldn’t cook!

Lilypad Lacquer Vanellope by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer Vanellope by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer Vanellope by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer Vanellope

This is two coats without top coat. This is such a gorgeous mint linear holo with a gold, purple and blue shift. The second photo you see is with flash. For a holo is was very easy to apply, no balding, but with one coat it’s quite sheer so you definitely need to coats to get opacity. Lilypad Lacquer should so put this in its line-up of polishes to buy, I’m sure it would be such a best seller!

Also a note on my outside finger shot for this polish and the next. When I swatched my first two polishes a horrible shadow would cast no matter where I seemed to put my hands so I finally found a way to hold them, but it’s made my pointer finger shorter than my ring finger, which is not the case at all! It’s just because I had to lean over awkwardly.

Glam Polish King of all the Candy!!! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish King of all the Candy!!! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish King of all the Candy!!!

This is two dabbed coats over two coats of Vanellope with no top coat. This is just an incredible glitter polish in a clear base. Glitters include red diamond hexes, fine gold glitter and dots in two sizes, white diamonds and dots and purple hexes and small dots. I had to fish for the large dots, especially the white ones for some reason. I recommend turning the bottle upside down before using the polish. I really love this top coat, I love the dots and diamonds and it’s such a dense polish!

Sayuri Fro Cone by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Fro Cone by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Fro Cone

This is two coats with a top coat. It’s a glitter polish in a purple base. The glitters include purple stars, hexes and squares, fine purple and silver glitters and red hexes in three sizes. Looking at the bottle I didn’t realise there were stars in it, so that was a nice surprise. However I did have to fish for the stars once I knew they were there. This is a very subtle polish as the purple glitters are a very close colour to the purple base. It’s also very gritty without a top coat, so I put one coat of top coat on, but this might even need two or more to smooth out all the bumps.

Gloss 'n Sparkle Bad Anon by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Bad Anon by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss ‘n Sparkle Bad Anon

This is three coats without top coat. A black jelly base with multi-coloured iridescent glitters. I could see hints of orange, blue, green, gold and purple squares, hexes and fine glitter. This was very easy to apply and it was not gritty at all in finish like Fro Cone is.

Peita's Polish Ralph by Dry, Dammit!

Peita's Polish Ralph by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish Ralph

Two coats over one coat of Models Prefer Little Black Dress without top coat. This is another clear base polish with glitters including large orange hexes, smaller green hexes and orange, gold and iridescent mini hexes. It’s not as dense as King of all the Candy!!! but it builds up nicely.

So that’s the August box! For me it’s Glam Polish King of all the Candy!!! that has won me over and suits the theme of the box the best. Next month’s theme is Sex and the City and the participating indie polish makers are Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Emily de Molly and Celestial Cosmetics. Oh my gosh I’m so looking forward to it. I hope the inspiration is Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda and Mr Big! I can’t wait to see what is thought of.

If you’re interested in purchasing next month’s What’s In-die Box? head over to Peita’s Polish and take a look. The cost is AU$55.94 including shipping. Unfortunately at this time it’s only open to Australian residents. Thanks for reading!


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Australis Frisky Feathers & July What’s In-die Box?

Evening! So today I have to show you Australis Frisky Feathers. But before I do, I got the most amazing nail mail: my July What’s In-die Box?!

July What's In-die Box? by Dry, Dammit!

Don’t they look gorgeous? This month is inspired by the Little Miss series (which I am actually not a fan of… I hate the honourific Miss). It’s a really colourful collection. In case you’re not aware, What’s In-die Box? is a subscription box that features five unique Australian indies every month. It really is a great idea. Below I have some bottle shots and my first impressions. I will be swatching them for you over the weekend.

July What's In-die Box Mckfresh Nail Attire Whoops! by Dry, Dammit!

Mckfresh Nail Attire Whoops!

How cool does this look? A sheer purple base with iridescent glitters and large pink dots, large white rectangles, black hexes and black bar glitter.

July What's In-die Box Glam Polish Little Miss Naughty by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Little Miss Naughty

A purple base with iridescent glitters and neon pink, green and silver squares. I love this purple base!

July What's In-die Box Shades of Phoenix Little Miss Bad by Dry, Dammit!

Shades of Phoenix Little Miss Bad

A pastel blue base with pink and blue iridescent glitters and pink and blue dots. Also throw in some black and silver squares for good measure!

July What's In-die Box Peita's Polish I'm a Chatterbox by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish I’m a Chatterbox

Blue, pink, yellow matte glitter in a clear base. I can’t wait to wear this!

July What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer I Am Miss Haughty Taughty by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer I Am Miss Haughty Taughty

Clear base with blue and green iridescent glitters and light green hexes, dark green squares, yellow hexes and large pink hexes. I am very impressed with this polish. Such a surprise from Lilypad Lacquer.

Now, moving on from the What’s In-die Box? and onto Australia Frisky Feathers. I stumbled upon this polish yesterday at my local Priceline. It featured in a larger Rockstar Collection display, but when I searched the internet I couldn’t find anything on this collection, not even on the Australis website. But I took a pic of it in my local Priceline just to prove it actually exists!

Australis Rockstar Collection by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see from the photo, there are four polishes with this collection. One is a black creme, one is Frisky Feathers and the other two are more generic multi-coloured glitters, which I didn’t think were all too impressive, hence why I didn’t buy them, ha ha.

Australis Frisky Feathers by Dry, Dammit!

Frisky Feathers is a clear base with orange and gold small bar glitters, very similar to the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Collection (I showed you All Yarned Up here). Actually, incredibly similar except sparklier, if that is even a word.

Australis Frisky Feathers by Dry, Dammit!

Australis Frisky Feathers by Dry, Dammit!

Australis Frisky Feathers by Dry, Dammit!

I decided to layer Frisky Feathers over one coat of Models Prefer Little Black Dress to replicate the look I assumed Australis wanted people to wear when they popped a black creme in with three glitters. It looked awesome. What you see is two coats of Frisky Feathers over one coat of Models Prefer Little Black Dress. I found the application to be easy, but I would suggest not getting any of the bar glitters to hit your free edge – it’s just annoying when it dries and scratches your clothes!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$7.95 (I got mine on special for AU$6.36)
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter top coat, so wear some undies!

Well this has been a long post but I hope you have enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!


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What’s In-die Box? & Alanna Renee Lenny

Hello! Today I have to show you some wonderful nail mail I received yesterday – What’s In-die Box!

What's In-Die Box

What is What’s In-die Box!? It’s a great idea by Glam Polish where you receive five unique Australian indie nail polishes at the beginning of the month. You don’t need to do a yearly subscription or anything, you just subscribe to each month separately, so you can pick and choose what you want. The first month was June and the theme was Toy Story! Talk about awesome.

In the photo above there are the five polishes by the five indie polish makers. From left: Glam Polish Ahhhh… Aliens!, Peita’s Polish Hello! I’m Trixie, Lilypad Lacquer Stretch for the Stars, Love Thy Polish How Do You Spell FBI? and Alanna Renee Lenny.

When I received What’s In-die Box I couldn’t believe how beautifully presented it was – it came in its own box (pictured above) and each polish was individually wrapped, plus there was information on all five polishes. At this stage What’s In-die Box is only available in Australia; but there are plenty of other kinds of these subscriptions for other countries if you’re interested.

I have swatched below my favourite polish from the lot – Alanna Renee Lenny. It is based on the character Lenny from Toy Story, if you can’t tell.

LennyLenny photo courtesy Pixar Wiki.

Alanna Renee Lenny

Alanna Renee Lenny

Isn’t Lenny amazing? It’s definitely not a polish I would choose to buy but I’m so glad it came as part of What’s In-die Box? The reason why I wouldn’t normally choose to buy it is because of the large black glitters. But seeing them in person and then wearing the polish – I’m in love! I think this could very well be one of my favourites. How weird is that? I’ve had two awesome nail polishes in less than a week.

Alanna Renee Lenny

Lenny is a white jelly-like base with orange, red and blue hexes and large black circle glitters. I’ve worn two coats to achieve what you see here. For such a squishy base the white is very opaque; I thought it would be quite sheer. I just love how the white covers the first coat of polish without cancelling it out and how the large black circle glitters are slightly covered by the white base, yet you can still see them… ahh.

Alanna Renee Lenny

If you’re interested in being part of What’s In-die Box? I suggest you go to Glam Polish and check it out. Including shipping it’s AU$55.94, which is great value for five unique indie polishes. July’s theme is Little Miss and the participating indie polishes are Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Shades of Phoenix and Mckfresh Nail Attire.

So what do you think of Lenny? Do you like the larger black glitters? Just FYI I plan to have swatches of all the other polishes of the June box in a post over the weekend. Thanks for reading!


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Savvy by DB 100’s & 1000’s & Emily de Molly nail mail

Hello! Before I talk about Savvy by DB 100’s & 1000’s I want to first show you my Emily de Molly nail mail! Very exciting. Recently Emily de Molly had its one-year anniversary and to celebrate Hayley had 25% off all purchases for (I think) one day only. How could I resist?

Emily de Molly nail mail

From left we have: Devotion, Monet’s Garden, Steeling Diamonds, Block Party, Serenity and Candy Coated. Aren’t they pretty? You might notice that the bottle tops are different. I think this is to make way for a new brush, which is wider than the old ones.

Emily de Molly nail mail

In the above picture you can see the new brush on the left and the older brush on the right. Much wider. I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve tried it!

Anywho, moving on, today I bring you another Savvy by DB polish. My husband actually asked me, what, are you be paid by this company to do this? So I think my next few polishes won’t be by Savvy by DB so people don’t get overwhelmed by it.

100’s & 1000’s is a multi-coloured glitter in a clear base. It’s got small and large glitters of blue, green, gold, pink, silver orange – it’s got whatever you want! Apart from the misuse of apostrophes, this is actually a nice glitter top coat. I wore two coats over two coats of Ulta3 Lily White.

Savvy by DB 100's & 1000's

Once again I did what I love doing with glitter and that is put a matte top coat on top. To me it just makes the glitter pop more.

Savvy by DB 100's & 1000's

Savvy by DB 100's & 1000's

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter top coat only

I found the next day of wearing this the white polish underneath 100’s & 1000’s went a bit off-colour. I don’t know if it’s something with the polish or whether it was the Lily White, but it was just weird, that’s never happened to me before. Do you know what that might be? Has it happened to you? Thanks for reading!


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Nail mail & nail art with Mode Cosmetics & Sally Hansen

Hello! Today I have some nail mail to show you and what I did to my Mode Cosmetics Fashionista manicure.

Nail Mail frankens Revlon China Glaze

Look at these beauties! I recently bought some polishes from the lovely Nat at No Holos! Frankens and Nail Art‘s blog sale. From left we have China Glaze Material Girl, Revlon Whimsical, Nat’s franken Raspberry-Putina, Nat’s franken I ❤ Unicorns and Nat’s franken Playing in the Rain. I am yet to try any but I am very excited! I am especially looking forward to trying I ❤ Unicorns and Whimsical.

Anywho, I couldn’t help myself but add onto Mode Cosmetics Fashionista with some Sally Hansen First Blush French tips inspired by this post from Flight of Whimsy.

Fancy French manicure Sally Hansen Mode Cosmetics

I really like this look! Unfortunately for some reason the top coat I used (Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat) made a few bubbles. I will try again with a different colour combination soon though.

This look was created with just some nail art tape and then two coats of polish over the top. Very simple.

Also, I want to apologise to everyone about me changing the layout of the blog recently. It seems WordPress themes and I are having an argument about how my blog should look. I will decide soon, I promise!

Let me know of what you think about the French tips. Thanks for reading!


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Nail mail & WingDustCollections Save a Life

Hello! So today I received the best type of mail – nail mail! About a week ago I bought some polish from ErinZi’s Nails through Erin’s blog sale. Erin’s blog is fantastic by the way, if you have not visited it you should, Erin does the most outstanding nail art and she also makes her own nail sets, which she can custom make for you as well. So yeah, totally talented. And I am totally jealous. *Sigh*

Anyway, in the blog sale I bought four polishes. Well, one’s not really a polish but more of a pack. I purchased WingDustCollections Save a Life, a beautiful delicate lilac jelly with some small holo glitters, larger purple hexes and the occasional large white hex. I also bought WingDustCollections Hope, which is a white shimmery base with small holo glitters and then some large silver, white and pink square glitters. Two very subtle polishes.

I also bought a Sally Hansen Gem Crush minis set, which includes Big Money, Be-Jeweled, Bling-tastic and Lady Luck. This was such a great find as I was considering buying some of the Gem Crush polishes, but thought I would wait until I decided which ones! So four for AU$4 was perfect.

Finally, I bought Gloss ‘n Sparkle Fruit Tingle. I have been wanting to get my hands on this polish for so long that I could barely believe Erin had it for sale! It is truly better in person. It is a bold purple creme with small silver and pink glitters and larger blue and black hexes, with the black hexes two different sizes. I cannot wait to wear it.

Here’s a picture of my nail mail, which includes the four peach gummy candy lollies Erin included in my pack as an extra surprise!

April 10 nail mail

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