Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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Face of Australia Not Just A Pretty Face, Show ‘Em Your Sparkle!, Don’t Judge Me! & Miss Congeniality from the Miss Universe Iconic Collection and chevron negative space nail art

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Hello! I recently heard about a collaboration collection between Face of Australia and Miss Universe Australia (yes, the pageant) and I knew I would be interested in some of its polishes. Altogether there are 16 polishes to choose from in three finishes: cremes, glitter toppers and a clear top coat. Today I’ve got four to show you that I recently bought from my local Big W, the only shop I’ve seen them at even though apparently they’re meant to be available at Priceline, too.

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

I love this polish but I hate its name, I just find it so sexist. In the bottle, this has a gorgeous pink shimmer but it didn’t translate onto the nail for me. Instead, I found this to be a really wearable pink creme that complimented my skin tone. The formula is a bit sheer but it does build up nicely and what you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche.

SHOW ‘EM YOUR SPARKLE!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Show ‘Em Your Sparkle! is one of the glitter toppers. It’s made up of tiny multi-coloured glitter (kinda iridescent, but kinda not, if that makes sense!) in a pink base. In the bottle it looks really dense and the base colour brighter than what it appears on the nail, so I would recommend wearing undies with this one. What you see here is one dabbed coat over Not Just A Pretty Face with a top coat of Seche. My bottle is incorrectly labelled as It’s My Universe, another one of the glitter toppers.

DON’T JUDGE ME!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!
Don’t Judge Me! is a black creme. It was almost a one-coater for me, but I found the formula to be a bit too thin. It’s got a lovely shine to it and what you see here is two coats without top coat. I stuffed up my ring finger a bit so that’s why is looks a little bumpy.

MISS CONGENIALITY

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Miss Congeniality is a wonderful white creme. If you’re better at applying nail polish than me, you could get away with this as a one-coater, as it’s got the formula and consistency to to achieve that, but I found it a bit streaky at one coat. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I’ve read a few reviews saying this would be good for nail art and I’m assuming by that they mean stamping, but I’m not too sure as I haven’t tried. It would be great if true though!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Big W (I bought mine at Channel Court, Kingston)
  • Cost: AU$4
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See individual polish descriptions above

I couldn’t help but try and do some nail art with Don’t Judge Me! and Miss Congeniality. So I decided to do a negative space design. Sorry about how crappy these pictures are with the light glare. I had the wrong setting selected on my camera and I only realised how bad it was when I was editing.

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Overall, I enjoyed these polishes and I think I’ll pick up a couple more. There was a red and coral I thought looked pretty but I probably wouldn’t buy all 16. I don’t like how some of them have white lids and some have black lids, I think I would prefer one or the other. Also, I’m pretty sure the brush is attached the square lid. I tried to pull the lid away from the brush but it wouldn’t budge. Not a problem if you’re used to applying polish, but for the casual user it might be tricky dealing with the square lid as an applicator. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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essence Be Berry Now! inverted half moon nail art

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Hello! It’s good to be back blogging after such a long unannounced hiatus. To get back into the swing of things, I just wanted to show you some nail art I wore last month that I thought turned out alright – inverted half moons. Pretty much meaning I used chevron tape the “down” way rather than the “up” way – the pictures show what I mean!

essence Be Berry Now! half moon nail art

essence Be Berry Now! half moon nail art

I used essence Be Berry Now! and then the silver striper from my Kiss striper set. For the area where there’s no coloured polish, apart from using a chevron tip guide , the only thing I did was polish with base coat and top coat like usual. You could probaby used a nude if your fingers are stained. You will see some silver specks from the silver striper I used that I just couldn’t get off my nails! Grr.

essence Be Berry Now! half moon nail art

essence Be Berry Now! half moon nail art

I really liked this look. Half moon designs have always intrigued me so doing it inverted was a bit like “woo, look what I can do”. Not that I invented it or anything, but it’s new for me. I’ll see you later in the week, yay! Next time with a longer post. Thanks for reading!


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Chevron & dots nail art with Emily de Molly Devotion

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Hello! Just a quick update tonight. I wanted to show you the nail art I did to the Emily de Molly Devotion manicure I wore yesterday. I wanted to do something a bit clever, but unfortunately when I put the top coat on top it kind of ran a bit… not too bad from far away but in the pictures below you may notice some streaks, so I apologise.

Emily de Molly Devotion nail art

Emily de Molly Devotion nail art

Sorry about the poor lighting of the photos recently. Winter has been really dark so far! Here’s what it looks like with a flash:

Emily de Molly Devotion nail art

Ugh. Maybe I shouldn’t have included that photo, it looks so messy. But the other hand was worse! 😐 To do this look all I did was apply two coats of Models Prefer No Angel and used chevron guides to get the chevron shapes. Then I used a dotting tool and used Devotion to do the dotting. I really like it. I got a few compliments on them so that’s always nice.

Well, that’s all for tonight. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


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Nail Rock turquoise nail wraps

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Hello! Happy weekend! So as I mentioned in my last post I yesterday went to see my favourite AFL team play, Sydney Swans, at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. It is the first time they’ve played in Hobart, so it was very exciting! And the best news was they won! So it was definitely worth seeing. The team they beat, North Melbourne Kangaroos, did a very good job in the first half but Sydney was just too good and came back in the second half for a 39-point win. Anywho, here is my nail art I did for the occasion: I put three coats of Ulta3 Lily White over Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar and used Scotch tape to do a triangle shape at the top of the nail. Here’s what it looked like (the photo quality isn’t the best as it was taken with my phone):

Sydney Swans Nails

Unfortunately, even though I put three coats of Lily White on, for some reason the red still appeared to drag through the white to make the white look pink! It’s wasn’t noticeable from too far away, but I couldn’t stop staring at it and feeling a little disappointed, so I just had to take it off as soon as possible after the game. The thing is, it wasn’t until I put on the top coat it did this, I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, so maybe the red leeched through to the white as the top coat dried? I have no idea.

So, moving on, today I tried some turquoise nail wraps by Nail Rock. I bought these from Priceline for AU$13.99, but I have noticed this week they are on special for AU$11.89. I fell inΒ  love with the design of these, I mean, who could resist:

Nail Rock turquoise wraps

I very excited to try these wraps, I have tried two other brands before, Sally Hansen and Duuet (an Australian brand) and I was hoping these might be a successful as those two. Turns out no. I found these wraps so difficult to deal with! All bumpy and lumpy, which was a real shame.

Nail Rock turquoise wraps

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Sportsgirl Nail It! Moonlight Sparks & Revlon Knockout nail art

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So, the ever-difficult first post where unfortunately I feel like I’m writing to myself. Since my infatuation with nail polish began just over a year ago, I thought it was time to jump on the nail blog bandwagon.

My intention with this blog is to be different. I am in no way in a position to show off a new nail polish every day, but I am in a position to show you the trials and tribulations of the average Joanne living in Australia. Where beauty products not only cost a fortune, but we also usually get them up to six months AFTER their release in the USA or Europe. Anywho, back to my blog being different. Let’s say I hope to bring you more than swatches and NOTDs. I want to present you with my journey into the nail polish world with a lot of fun along the way!

To start Dry, Dammit! here’s what I’ve been wearing for the past couple of days. The base is Sportsgirl Nail It! Moonlight Sparks with Revlon Knockout tips. Moonlight Sparks has perfect application in just two coats and I didn’t struggle with any goopy-ness, which is what I’ve read is the biggest complaint about the Sportsgirl polishes. Knockout was perfect in one application for the tips, which I created using chevron nail guides. I know many might disagree with me, but I really like Revlon polishes. Not only are they easily accessible, but they’re usually good quality. Pity though they’re expensive (AU$15 a pop!) and have a excruciatingly slow-changing colour line.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Moonlight Sparks & Revlon Knockout

Sportsgirl Nail It! Moonlight Sparks & Revlon Knockout

So, what do you think? Let me know. Thanks for reading!