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Pond manicure nail art featuring essence Bubble Gum

*Nothing to disclose

Good evening! A quick post tonight to show you some nail art I wore earlier this week. I finally tried my hand at the “pond manicure” that was apparently started by Olive View Fashion. I think it’s an awesome look and it was reasonably easy to do as well. There’s a great tutorial by Adventures in Acetone here if you’d like to try it yourself. Essentially you need a really good jelly polish. And I found a great jelly recently by essence called Bubble Gum, which is a pink jelly with pink shimmer. Take a look.

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pond manicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might notice I’ve rarely – if ever – used the word manicure. I don’t know why, but for some reason it grinds my gears! But I don’t think just calling it pond nail art would be the same, do you?

Also, I found because you need so many layers of the polish to create the “pond” look, you go through a bit of polish. You’ll see in the second photo above the fill line is reasonable low – but that’s just one use! The 8ml won’t go far if you like doing this nail art. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection swatches and review & blobbicure nail art

*Press sample

Hiya! I’ve got another collection from Celestial Cosmetics to show you tonight, which has been inspired by Tim Burton’s film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The collection is aptly called The Chocolate Factory and is launching this Friday, August 28 at 3pm ACST. I also wanted to try some nail art with the polishes so at the end of the post you’ll see another blobbicure look! My first attempt can be seen here. Enjoy reading about the collection!

WINNER 5/5

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Winner 5/5 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Winner 5/5 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Winner 5/5 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I want to start with the most unusual colour of the collection, Winner 5/5. It’s inspired by Charlie’s winning golden ticket. It’s a soft brown/golden linear holo that has a beautiful blue shimmer overlay, which I tried to capture, but it just wouldn’t come out to full effect on camera, even indoors! This is three thin coats with no top coat. Although I required three coats, the polish was very smooth to apply.

YOU CAN EAT THE GRASS?

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection You Can Eat The Grass? swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection You Can Eat The Grass? swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection You Can Eat The Grass? swatched by Dry, Dammit!

You Can Eat The Grass? is a bright green linear holo with green shimmer inspired by the edible grass in the chocolate river room. This is a really pretty green and while it’s bright, it’s not fluro, which is nice. This is two coats with no top coat. A lovely buttery formula.

CHOCOLATE RIVER

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Chocolate River swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Chocolate River swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Chocolate River swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Chocolate River is a brown linear holo, inspired by (as the name suggests) the river of chocolate. This is a gorgeous, true-to-looking-like-chocolate shade, and I’m not a lover of browns. What you see is two coats with no top coat. Once again, a buttery formula.

OOMPAS

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Oompas swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Oompas swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Oompas swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’m so glad Oompas was part of this collection – it’s a vibrant red scattered holo with red sparks that just dance when in the sun. This polish is inspired by the Oompa Loompas’ red costumes. I’m wearing two coats without top coat and once again this formula was a dream to work with.

CANDY BOAT

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Candy Boat swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Candy Boat swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Candy Boat swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Ah, Candy Boat. This is a real bubblegum pink linear holo, which leans to purple, and is inspired by the boat the characters ride on the chocolate river. I’m wearing two coats with no top coat and yes, the formula was wonderful.

THE VELVET JACKET

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection The Velvet Jacket swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection The Velvet Jacket swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection The Velvet Jacket swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Be still my beating heart! I love The Velvet Jacket a lot. It’s a dark berry linear holo with a hint of red that is just so deep and moody to me. It’s inspired by Willy Wonka’s velvet jacket – how original is that? The formula on this was divine and could easily be a one-coater, but I did two coats anyway (no top coat).

EYE ON THE PRIZE

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Eye On The Prize swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Eye On The Prize swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Eye On The Prize swatched by Dry, Dammit!

He he, the name of this polish is so apt! Eye On The Prize is a bright blue linear holo with blue sparks and is inspired by Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry after eating the three-course-meal chewing gum. This is two coats without top coat and again, a wonderful formula to work with. I found this colour to be close to On Your Left from Celestial’s Avenge the Earth Collection, but Eye On The Prize is much brighter and has a less foil-like finish.

Now, onto the blobbicure. I used a base of Eye On The Prize and then blobbed Winner 5/5 on top – pretty simple, really! I found these polishes complemented each other due to their similar blue colourings. In fact, in the indoor pictures below you can kind of get the idea of the blue shimmer overlay I wrote about in the description of Winner 5/5.

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Individual prices are AU$12, otherwise the full set is available and will be discounted by 10% in its first week (AU$75.60) and full price thereafter
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

The Chocolate Factory Collection launches Friday, August 28 at 3pm ACST. Remember too that Celestial Cosmetics also ships internationally so it’s not just us Aussies who get to enjoy Nicki’s creations. My pick is The Velvet Jacket, which is yours? Thanks for reading!


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Pink blobbicure nail art

Hello! Ever since I saw Pshiiit’s blobbicure nail art I have wanted to try it myself. I’m not sure if Camille is the creator of the look, but whoever it is I am very thankful they thought of it! I think it looks so fun and spontaneous.

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For my blobbicure I’ve gone a bit fluro and used MODE Love Me as the base and Peita’s Polish Pink Blitz from the June 2014 What’s In-die Box? as the blobs. Pink Blitz “blobbed” really well and while I stuffed up a few fingers and had to retry, I got there in the end. I found the trick was not to put on a heavy base polish, otherwise the top polish is too runny and pools together, rather than in blobs.

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really want to try this look again soon! Believe it or not it’s very quick to do, so if you’re stuck for time but want to try something different for nail art, give it a go. Thanks for reading!


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Drips and stripes nail art

Hello! Earlier this month while I was looking to buy a new case for my mobile phone (here’s one I ended up buying and I love it!) I discovered mobile phone cases make perfect nail art inspiration. I had been wanting to try out some new stripers I bought from The Nail Shop so when I saw the picture of the cases below I knew I had to give it a whirl!

Drips and stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Mobile phone case inspiration pic

My inspiration. Image courtesy head_case_designs-au / eBay

Drips and stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Drips and stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Drips and stripes nail art by Dry, Dammit!
I used Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend (pink) and Isn’t It Delicious (green) for the stripes and drips over a coat of Sinful Colors Sinful Shine Wisp. My stripes are a bit dodgy as I’m still getting used to them, but I’m really happy with the striper set I bought. I might even do a separate review of them, if anyone’s interested? (To see what I’m talking about check out a post I made about them on IG here). The drips, well yes, I could probably have made them more “drippy” but I wanted the lines to be prominent.

Now a note on the photos. I’ve upped the size of them by 200 pixels. So my landscape pictures are 900 pixels and my portrait pictures are 800 pixels. Too big? I don’t mind what the portrait pictures look like but I thought the landscape picture looks a bit cumbersome so I reduced its display setting to 700 pixels and when clicked, it shows at the full size of 900 pixels. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I hope that train of thought is not too difficult to follow. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store pink dotting tools for nail art review

Hello! Tonight I bring you another product Born Pretty Store sent me for review: its pink double-ended dotting tools in five pieces with container. I already own dotting tools, so I was interested to see how these were different. They’re not really different, to be honest, but how can you go wrong with dotting tools, really? These tools are pink with BAO WANG written on them in small diamontes. I’m not sure what BAO WANG means, so it confused me a little, even after a Google search yielded no results. If you know what it means, let me know! I’d like to know if it has anything to do with nail art.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

What I did like about these tools is that one of them is a curved tool (on both ends) so if you need something a bit tricksy done, you can reach it better. However, be careful! When I used one end of mine the dotting part fell off! I could plug it back in but it was annoying midway through dotting! Altogether there are 10 types of “dot” you can create with these tools, so there is a wide variety for all sorts of nail art. I should mention the container as well, which is pretty convenient. It fits all the dotting tools perfectly, with room for more supplies if you wanted. It also has soft padding in the lid so the dotting tools don’t hit the plastic (plus it reduces the rattle noise).

Now, here are three looks I created below. All are simple, but that’s how I’ve been wearing my nail art lately.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For this half moon design I created the dots and the half moon with just one dotting tool. Too easy!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For this design I layered two bright colours over black using two different sizes. I think the black base makes this really work.

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store dotting nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, I attempted a dotted gradient here, but it didn’t pan out, as you can see. I still like it though! I’ll be trying this again.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$18.22 (here)
  • What you get: Five double-ended dotting tools in container

All in all I think these dotting tools are handy, but if you already own some you probably don’t need to go out and buy them. I’ll spruik it again – just in case you didn’t know, ha ha – but I now have my own Born Pretty Store code, HVX31, so please use it if you would like to get 10% off your next Born Pretty order (Born Pretty also has free shipping)! Thanks for reading!

*I received the products in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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Rainbow nail art & I’m off to Europe for 3 months

Hello! Sorry I have been MIA this past week but I’ve been so unbelievably crazy getting ready to go away to Europe that I haven’t even really had time to do my nails this week – I even went a couple of days without anything on! Argh!

Anwho, while I am meant to be getting ready I figured I just had to do one last update and show you a design I wore last week: rainbow nails! I was inspired from this pin I found on Pinterest, but I decided to add a blue background so it would be a full nail design. I still think the rainbow over the bare nails looks pretty cute, too. I used Revlon Blue Lagoon as the blue background and in some pictures you can see its pretty slight sparkle.

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For the rainbow I used Ulta3 Exotic Canary (yellow), Revlon Posh (green), Sinful Colors Boom Boom (pink) and Love Thy Polish Miss Priss (purple). I tried a group shot below of the polishes, but it looks a little messy! It’s hard to fit that many polishes elegantly in your hand. Oh, for the clouds I used Models Prefer No Angel.

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So you might be wondering what’s going to happen with Dry, Dammit! while I’m away. I will be endeavouring to update my blog at least once a week, and hopefully with some cool travel pics, so please don’t don’t stop following me! I promise when I return I will be back to my regular updating. I would love to share my European holiday with you. Thanks for reading and see you in Europe (with a Dubai stop along the way!)!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 7: Sarah Jessica Parker nails

Evening! Today I bring you day seven of The Cuteberry Nail Challenge; your favourite celebrity. I thought for ages what who would be my celebrity inspiration, thinking that I didn’t really have a favourite celebrity, but then I realised I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Sarah Jessica Parker so who else better to replicate? Granted, this is SJP as Carrie, but it’s still technically SJP!

Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw nail art by Dry, Dammit!

My nails are of the pink dress Carrie wears in the first Sex and the City film where she calls Samantha to tell her about her engagement to Big. I kept it simple and just took the main colours and shapes from her dress, those being pink, black and white, as well as the stripe for the belt and the dots for the studs. The next day after doing this design, a pack of 2mm silver studs came in the mail, which would have been so perfect for the studs over the black! Oh well.

Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I was really happy with this design. My boss even noticed this design, which is a first for him. That then got me going on a bit about nail polish, which I think he got bored of pretty quick though unfortunately.

Polishes I used:

  • Ulta3 Pink Hibiscus (pink)
  • Models Prefer No Angel (white)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint striper in black

So, what do you think? I tried to be as neat as possible but I think there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Still, it looked good from a distance, ha ha. Thanks for reading!