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Funky French nail art with MODE Bling It On & Fresh Melon

*Nothing to disclose

Good evening! Tonight I bring you a quick post to show you the nail art I’m currently wearing. I call it “funky French”. I really love how simple but striking it is.

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The polishes I used are two I’ve recently bought from MODE – Bling It On (gold) and Fresh Melon (red). They’re both metallic polishes and I was pleasantly surprised to find they applied perfectly opaque in one application, which was good news considering my design was done freehand. I’m very happy with how my lines came out. I especially like Bling It On. It has a really nice consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin.

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Funky French nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I’m loving this colour combo, too. There was another polish, a deeper red one, that I wish I had also bought. Oh well, something to get next time. 😛 Thanks for reading!


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Edgy nail art inspired by SoNailicious

*Nothing to disclose

Hiya! So while I’ve been quiet over the past few months on the blog front, I’ve been able to still see so much great nail art about. I’m always amazed by what people come up with! So when Maria at SoNailicious posted her edgy spring nails I knew I would have to recreate it. Maria used three polishes from the new OPI New Orleans Collection, but I used three polishes I thought “popped” together well. They are: W7 Barbie Pink, Essie Saturday Disco Fever and Models Prefer Teal Ya Later. Plus, I am stoked to say I freehand drew all the lines! Check it out below.

SoNailicious-inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

SoNailicious-inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

SoNailicious-inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Maria also had a pretty cool looking thumb nail but I didn’t end up recreating that, even though I think it’s awesome. To get the striping right I finally invested in some good-quality striping brushes, which you can find here. I’ll have to do a review on just those! If you’re keen to recreate Maria’s look, visit her website for a tutorial on how to do it. It’s really simple and fun. 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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Delicate square nail art

Hello! I’m bringing you some nail art inspired by The Illustrated Nail’s Easter nail art menu (the top row, second from right). I wanted it to have a higher contrast like The Illustrated Nail, but I didn’t choose the right colours for this to happen, unfortunately. Still, I quite like it subtle as well, but I definitely think it needed the silver outline I added around the squares. Take a look!

Delicate square nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Delicate square nail art by Dry, Dammit!

As my base colour I used essence Cotton Candy. I then applied tape around the sides of my nails to create squares and applied essence Ice, Ice Baby to colour in the square. At this stage it was looking a bit flat so I used one of my Kiss stripers in silver to outline the squares. That gave it a bit more life. I then applied my trusty Rimmel London Matte Finish Mattifying Topcoat (that’s almost run out!) and voila! A half-decent attempt at recreating a pretty coolio look by The Illustrated Nail.

Delicate square nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Delicate square nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So there we go! Another attempt at something a bit different. I hope you like it. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Frail Promise with geometric nail art

Evening! Tonight I bring you a polish I recently bought in a destash sale: Emily de Molly Frail Promise. I bought it with a handful of other indies, including my first KBShimmers, so I can’t wait to show them to you as well. Like a lot of polishes I’ve been buying recently, I’ve wanted Frail Promise for a while now, but every time I bought some from the Emily de Molly store it always managed to miss my cart. And just as a treat, below are also a few pics of the geometric design I did on top of Frail Promise, too, so keep on reading!

Emily de Molly Frail Promise by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Frail Promise by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Frail Promise by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Frail Promise by Dry, Dammit!

Frail Promise is a really beautiful light grey with a sprinkling of neon pink, black, white, gold and mint glitters with a subtle gold shimmer, which was such a nice surprise when I put it on. Application was a cinch; what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche. The glitters are a reasonable size so I didn’t have any problems getting them to lay flat or the fishing for pieces when applying.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$10
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I really wanted to highlight the mint and neon pink in this polish, so I used Australis Sweetpea and MODE Love Me to create a geometric design on top of Frail Promise. The lines are courtesy of my black KISS branded striper (so annoying it doesn’t have a name!). I like the “random” result, but if I were to do it again I think I would make the geometric print smaller to match the delicacy of the polish.

Emily de Molly Frail Promise geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Frail Promise geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Frail Promise geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

And of course when I applied top coat (Seche) it smudged a little, even though I waited for it to dry! Still, I can claim that as intentional, can’t I? 😉 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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Evil clown nails Halloween nail art

Hiya! For ages now I have been wanting to do some kind of Halloween nail art and I figured I should get something in quickly before Halloween. The problem for me was, there are just so many great Halloween-themed designs out there I didn’t know what to do without really doing what had already been done, if you know what I mean. And I wanted to do something a bit different as there are only so many pumpkins and spiders that can be done uniquely, I think. So I thought, if I actually were dressing up for Halloween, what would I dress as? An evil clown of course – I especially dislike clowns! I don’t know, they all just look so freaky to me.

Evil clown nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The end result was some “evil clowns” that look kinda evil, but not overly, however I still had a lot of fun creating them. I wanted to keep the design as simple as possible – minimal colours, details etc so if somebody took any inspiration from them it would be easy to recreate. It’s one time I wished my top coat had smeared the colours underneath more when I put it on – so as to create a streaky, make-up running effect – but oh well. I just used a red polish and its normal brush and my BYS nail striper in black for the eyebrows, eyes and mouth. Underneath is a white polish in a sort of semi-circle look, I’m not sure what to call it, an inversed half moon?

Evil clown nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Evil clown nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Evil clown nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out overall, but if I did it again I would probably put more detail in the mouth – maybe give them some sharp teeth? Or just do what I had to do on my pinky – just have a nose and eyes peeping out.

So, are you going to be doing any Halloween nail art? Got any thrilling plans? Apart from it falling on a Friday, which is great anyway, I don’t really celebrate it, where I live it hasn’t seemed to pick up in popularity. Thanks for reading!