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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art

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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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Nicole Diary floral water decals

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Hi there! Tonight I have some water nail decals to show you from Nicole Diary. I was approached by the Nicole Diary team to test run a few of its water decals and I have to say – they’re a lot of fun to wear! I have two designs to show you, but I still have more that I’ll post as I wear them. Before we begin, a note on the pics. Sorry about how they look a bit off, when I took the photos I was trialling my new nighttime set up and some of the lighting is a bit “extreme” to say the least. Let’s go!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So the two designs I have are both floral because I’m a sucker for the floral look as I am so incredibly bad at doing flowers freehand. My nail polish bases were Femme Fatale Cosmetics Horae Awaits (in the top pics) and Emily de Molly LE30 (in the bottom pics). In both instances, I had to cut the decal to my rough nail shape, soak in water for about 10 seconds and then apply to the nail. I then used a brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the edges – the decals melted away just like magic, which was wonderful, and I found them to work just like MILV water decals, to be honest. I then added a top coat of Seche Vite.

The downside of these decals is that in some of the packs, one side has a clear backing and the other side has a (usually white) opaque backing. I now like to wear decals over some kind of funky polish so they stick out rather than just white, so I found this to be annoying – and there’s no indication of such on the packaging so I only found out after competing one full hand! Otherwise, I thought these decals were great. Like all decals on me, even after a day (and going hard on wrapping my tips) the decals somehow seemed to pull from the nail edges, but I reckon I could get a few good days’ worth of use out of these. Removal is simple – just with acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: AliExpress
  • Cost: US99c each
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals enough for 10 nails

There are some lovely decals to choose from at AliExpress, so I recommend you take a peek, even if you hadn’t thought of buying. I’ll bring you some more pics on Instagram, so pop by my account and follow me if you’d like to see more. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection

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Why hello! Today I bring you swatches and my thoughts on Celestial Cosmetics’ latest collection, the We Breathe Fire Collection, which also launched today. This collection has a beautiful origin story. It came about when Nicki (the mastermind behind Celestial) and her son got together to bring Nicki’s interest of dragons and her son’s favourite book series (the Inheritance Cycle) together. How lovely! I hope my son and I will work as collaboratively when he’s older. But, before I start, there’s good news for Celestial’s international fans – there’s a whole new international site with a whole new address: celestialcosmetics.com. It’s definitely worth checking out. Now let’s jump right in!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen nail art by Dry, Dammit!

First up I wanted to show you some nail art I did with two of the polishes – Firnen and Thorn – because I’m so super proud of it. How I didn’t smudge the polish when I applied Thorn on top of Firnen I have no idea, but I so love this look! Really easy and all I used was some eBay nail tip guides and gold studs.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

FIRNEN

Firnen is a forest green polish with a sprinkling of holo and green-gold colour-shifting flakes. I found it had a stunning blue overlay as well in some lighting. As you know, I’m not the biggest green nail polish fan (yes, I pretty much say this every time I wear a green polish) but Firnen is incredible. I love its depth and delicacy. So much so I used it for my nail art above, ha ha. In these swatches though I wore two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

GLAEDR

Wow, Glaedr. This is my favourite from the collection. I really love its strong copper lean. It’s a linear holo with bronze flakes and holo orange microglitter. The microglitter in this is a bit bumpy so you’ll definitely need a top coat. The microglitter also a bit awkwardly noticeable in the sun – breaking up the linear look a bit – but it’s not disastrous. The formula on this one was the thickest from the collection for me and you need a steady hand when applying. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THORN

As the name suggests, Thorn is a polish that packs a punch. It’s a dark purple linear holo with rose flakes and red sparks. To me it’s definitely more purple, but to others it’s a black base. The flame on Thorn is lovely and really makes it appear “softer” than what it is. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

JARNUNVOSK

Ah, Jarnunvosk. So very delicate and so very difficult to capture! It is a soft gold nude with gold flakes and shimmer, as well as the tiniest bit of holo. It’s a lot more delicate than what you see, that’s for sure! I love the gold flakes in this one, it really makes it a bit different. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SAPHIRA

This is Saphira, a mid-tone blue linear holo with blue flakes. It’s close to purple for me in some lights and it’s a darling up close – you can see the teal really pop. This suits my interest in blue a lot – blue, but not too blue. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SHRUIKAN

Last up is Shruikan. A black linear holo! Wowsers. Plus, it also has some freaking fantastic colour-shifting flakes. There are some lovely green flakes in there that I wish I could eat! The holo in this one is pretty incredible and I think it’s the first indie polish I have that’s a black holo. We need more of these, please! This is two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

The formula on these were consistent, bar Glaedr that needed a little bit of extra care. Glaedr is still my favourite though, so don’t let that deter you if you like the look of it. This is a moody collection, but there’s a lot to love. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store holographic and paisley nail foils

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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!

DETAILS

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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 youโ€™re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper review

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Hiya! Tonight I bring you a post that has been in the making for a few months now – the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper in purple. I say it’s been in the making for a few months because as soon as I got it for review from Born Pretty Store it’s become my go-to stamper. Sure, the tube isn’t clear, but for me that’s no biggie. The impressive feature of the stamper for me is its squishiness and purpleness (as a huge purple fan!). Read on for more!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Can we all take a minute to be amazed at the wonderful pick-up this stamper has?

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Here’s what it looks like down the tube of the stamper.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see from the pictures above, this jelly stamper picks up images pretty well. I was totally skeptical when I received the stamper, so to actually have photographic evidence it picks up images is incredible to me. Although I will admit it does struggle with finer images. With those you’re either really lucky or it simply doesn’t pick up. ๐Ÿ˜ Which may come down to how the stamper head is primed. Yes, you do have to prime it (well, I did anyway). I washed it in dishwashing detergent and warm water and then used my nail file to gently rub the surface of the stamper head a bit. Once I had done that it was good to go for me. I would recommend you try washing in dishwashing detergent first and then stamping before going to the nail file as I found this made the stamper head a bit cloudy.

As you can see in my pictures, I’ve made a few scrapes to the stamper head. So a warning – be very careful! It’s quite sensitive and since it’s so squishy, once it’s “attacked” it’ll seem to totally crumble away in the area affected. Luckily for me that was only one or two spots. I really liked the squishiness of the stamper head and even with my huge C-curve nails it had no problem wrapping around it quickly and efficiently. I found it was easier to figure out where you wanted the image placed (by looking down the tube) and then smooshing right into your nail – not rolling from one side to another as you would do with a harder stamper head.

The stamper also comes with a purple plastic scraper. I didn’t used this as I used some former plastic gift cards to scrape with, but from sight it does look like it would do the job without damaging the plate you were working with.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

To stamp with I used Konad White Special Nail Polish over the top of Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Apple. The plate I used was one I received free from Emily de Molly in my last order as it was slightly damaged. I love the combination!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: 1 clear jelly stamper and 1 scraper (both purple)

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So, what do you think of the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper? Born Pretty Store has other colours available too if you’re not keen on purple, plus I even think it has a stamper now where the tube is also translucent. It’s fun to just check it out anyway. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if youโ€™re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!


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Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder and contrasting stamping nail art

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Hiya! Tonight’s a quick post to show you the lovely Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder as well as a bit of stamping I did over it. I was so sad when Angela, the creator and owner of Gloss ‘n Sparkle, announced she was officially closing the brand earlier this year. It’s a real shame for the Australian indie polish community as Angela’s creations included the awesome Unicorn Droppings and Fruit Tingle. But onto the stunner that is Rose Madder!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Madder is (I think) from the Hail to The King Collection, which was inspired by the author Stephen King. It’s a red – almost pink – jelly full of holographic and iridescent multi-coloured glitter. I love looking at that macro! Such depth and a lot of love in it. It was super easy to apply in just two coats – but for extra depth you could easily do three and still not worry about it being thick. I topped it with a coat of Seche.

Below is the stamping I popped on top – I can’t remember which plate I used though, but I do remember I used one of Emily de Molly’s stamping polishes, which was Dark Pink. This was a lot of fun to wear! What do you think?

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

You can still buy Rose Madder at Color 4 Nails. If you’re looking for an Australian stockist, you’re out of luck unfortunately, butย Femme Fatale Cosmetics does have some of its Gloss ‘n Sparkle stock left at sale prices you may like to check out. Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red and metallic stamping nail art

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Hello! Gah, I have been away from my blog for too long! So glad to be back. Tonight I bring you Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red, which is from its recent stellar 22-piece Enchanted Fables Collection released last month. I’ve also got some stamping I did with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes. Take a look!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Red is my favourite from the Enchanted Fables Collection, from which I bought seven polishes. It’s simple yet complex, pretty yet not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s what I love about Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ polishes. It’s a pink-leaning red creme with a blue overlay. Totally gorgeous and nice and buttery to apply, with my application here being two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

I decided to stamp over Rose Red with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes I’ve bought recently: Metallic Teal and Metallic Purple. I think the stamping plate I used was also from Emily de Molly (EDM18). I thought the whole combo looked wonderful together!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Sadly, if you like the look of Rose Red, it was only available during April as a once-off release. You could try searching on destash sites and such but lately I’ve noticed a huge surge in the following of Femme Fatale Cosmetics so there may be some resistance by collectors to let their pretties go! (I know as I’m one of them). In the meantime, visit Femme Fatale Cosmetics and take a look about; it’s worth it. Thanks for reading!