Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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

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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. πŸ˜› Thanks for reading!


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Edgy nail art inspired by SoNailicious

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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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essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips

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Hello, hello! Today I want to show you some nail stickers I wore recently and got quite a few compliments on. I’ll explain further below but for now let’s just say I struggled with keeping these stickers on all day without wanting to remove them!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can see these are French nail tips essentially, although essence calls them nail lace tips. You get 28 stickers all up in two different designs. I put them on over two coats of ulta3 Coral Silk from its new Spring / Summer Collection and then topped it off with a coat of Seche. The Bloom Me Up! Collection does include four pastel polishes, but I haven’t bought any because I feel like I’ve already got those colours in my collection. The nail lace tips are called Bloomylicious but since there’s only one variety I’m not sure why essence even bothered giving them a name other than nail lace tips.

Now, I’m not sure if it was the Seche but after my nails dried I noticed the tips moved away from the edge of my nail, leaving a very noticeable gap, probably about 1mm. I was like, “Argh!” and wanted to remove them straight away because I just thought it looked stupid but for the benefit of the blog I persevered. You should also note the shape of the nail lace tips is not really compatible with square nails, as I have. They are more suited to squoval nails. And, although I thought my nails were pretty small, it turns out they’re quite massive as I couldn’t find a sticker that matched up exactly to my nail size.

I applied these stickers at night-time and went to bed afterwards (as you normally do) and I found even though I wrapped my tips with Seche some of my nails had dirty sticky bits on them from where the sticker pulled up as it dried. So that was annoying. I had to keep wiping the tips of my nails remove the sticky bits. I will say though from afar my nails looked pretty decent and I got a few compliments and people wanting to know where I got my nails done. That was nice.

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

I should probably mention the actual application. I used a combination of tweezers and my fingers to remove the stickers from their backing and I’ve got to say you have to be a bit rough because they’re stuck on tight! But not too rough otherwise the sticker might tear, so it’s a delicate balance. To place the stickers I just ended up using my fingers as opposed to tweezers, but that’s just what was comfortable for me.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • What you get: 28 lace nail tip stickers in two designs

Overall I don’t think this product worked too well on me – I found the shrinking and small sticker sizes really annoying. However, in another review I was reading the blogger used the stickers at the curves of her cuticles, so maybe that would be a better look to try. On the positive side it was a relatively simple process and easy nail art without a lot of effort if you want to give it a go. Thanks for reading!


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One year blogaversary featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and nail art

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Evening! Before April ticks over into May (gah! Who else cannot believe that!?) I want to celebrate my one year blogaversary with you. The actual date of this momentous occasion was April 8. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed my first year of blogging. I’ve really had a ball and I want to thank you so much for sharing it with me. I created this blog mainly to document my nail polish journey, but it’s turned into more than that I think. You’ve been with me travelling Europe, adopting the beautiful Shelbs – thank you so much for following me! Altogether I have 154 wonderful followers from both WordPress and Bloglovin’. Thank you again! πŸ™‚

Looking back at Dry, Dammit! I can safely say I am getting better at this blogging thing. My photos are the most noticeable difference. I think they are waaaay better than what I was taking when I first started. Then there’s the actual nail polish application itself. Still room for improvement, but definitely more consistent than when I first started. What do you think?

So tonight I am featuring Sinful Colors Easy Going and then a re-do of some nail art I originally did in April 2013. To be honest, I haven’t featured too much nail art on this blog, so I’d like to get into that more – especially more complex nail art. That and tutorials. You can never read too many tutorials!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going by Dry, Dammit!

Easy Going is just a fantastic pale pink / eggshell (depending on the light) creme polish. This is definitely a polish everyone should own, it looks great and I reckon because it’s not a true nude, it would go with most skin types. On me it looked a bit fluro! What you see here is three coats with Seche. I used three coats as I wanted to see how much more of an impact three coats would have rather than two; but two would be sufficient for sure. This polish would be great at work, on the weekend, at a party… basically anywhere! I had been wanting it for ages and I had recently read a few reviews about it. I figured for AU$4 I should finally try it out myself. I’m so glad I have!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Target, Priceline or Big W
  • Cost: Target and Priceline AU$4.95, Big W AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, onto the nail art inspired by a French tip design I did way back in April 2013. I wanted to do this design so show you how far I’d come overall, but when I put the top coat on top (Seche)… well, you can guess what happened. Yes, some of it dragged! So even after a year I still have to learn to be patient and wait longer for the polish to dry. But from afar it looks great so I hope you still like it.

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Easy Going nail art by Dry, Dammit!

On top of Easy Going I have used one coat of Face of Australia Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from its Screen Siren Collection. I love the look, way more than my April 2013 design! Plus it’s slightly neater too, which helps. The fact there is only one photo in the original post is proof enough that I didn’t want to show you the rest of my design due to its messiness. He he.

Is there anything you would like to see different about Dry, Dammit!? Any post I could do or themes I could do that would make it more interesting for you? A change of blog layout? Pictures of Shelbs? I have a few ideas myself, but I’d love to hear your feedback. Eventually I’d like to do a giveaway… but I’m figuring out the logistics of it. As always, thanks for reading!


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Love Thy Polish Drained & nail art

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Good evening! Today I have a really stunning indie polish to show you by Australian indie label Love Thy Polish. It’s called Drained and it’s an intense red glitter polish in a red base. You can wear it without a polish underneath, but I used Revlon Knockout (which is black) just to make it a bit more deeper for my liking.

Love Thy Polish Drained

Love Thy Polish Drained

Love Thy Polish Drained

I really enjoyed wearing this polish. The red glitters make it more than just another dark polish; when in the sun they were very glittery, if that is even a word. The formula is terrific, it just glided on and was very easy to clean up. I bought the smaller bottle of Drained, which is 8ml, so the brush is pretty basic, but it still is fine for application.

Love Thy Polish Drained

See the glitter goodness above!? I thought the sun glint on my pointer finger was picture perfect, if I do say so myself. Because I loved this polish so much I decided I wanted to do some nail art over it, and of course with me working a bit longer at work recently I wasn’t able to sit down properly and do something ‘big’, so I simply added some French tips, which I am including as nail art. He he. And they’re not ‘just’ French tips, they’re quite chunky too. For the tips I used Essence Fame Fatal, which turned out a lot more darker than I would have liked, to be honest. But maybe that’s because of the darkness underneath?

Love Thy Polish Drained

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Love Thy Polish website
  • Cost: AU$6 for 8ml or AU$9 for 12ml
  • Volume: 8ml or 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Along with Drained, I also bought Royalty, Peppermint Patty and Miss Priss. So keep an eye out for those soon! In the meantime let me know what you think of Drained. Thanks for reading!


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Nail mail & nail art with Mode Cosmetics & Sally Hansen

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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!