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Monochrome squares nail art

*Press sample

Hello hello! I hope your weekend has been enjoyable. Today I’m bringing you a look I wore more than a month ago now as I forgot I had photographed it. I hope you like it! It’s more nail art; this time I’ve used some square vinyls I bought from Emily de Molly and sponged a gradient of black and white on the vinyls and Celestial Cosmetics Candy Boat. I’m still working on my “lines” with vinyls, so excuse the uneven line widths (I find I can get a bit heavy-handed and then polish goes under the vinyl)!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Monochrome squares nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The polishes I used for the black and white are both from Sinful Colors’ Sinful Shine Collection: Wisp (white) and Dark Room (black). I find with these two polishes you only need a little on the nail because they become opaque pretty easily. I tried to do four splotches in each corner, but looking at them now it looks like I just went from white to black in the middle and then back to black. Oh well. Like always with any design made with vinyls, these were a lot of fun to wear and so I’m looking forward to trying a few other shapes in the future. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics Game of Thrones Collection swatches, review and nail art

Hiya! I’m bringing you a big post tonight: Celestial Cosmetics Game of Thrones Collection! As you can guess it’s inspired by the TV show Game of Thrones and it launched on June 26 so it’s just over a week old. There was a flurry of blog posts, pictures, etc on its launch that were so amazing I decided to wait a little while before posting my pics as I’m not sure I’ve done it justice! This collection has two parts. One part is cremes and the other part is holos. I’m bringing you both parts tonight. I found this adorable gif I thought was appropriate to celebrate this collection, so once you’ve had a giggle let’s move on to the polishes!

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HOLOS

Just a note on the application of the holos so I’m not repeating myself. I found them all super easy to apply with a wonderful, buttery formula. Also, they all dried so incredibly fast. Very impressive.

YOU WIN OR YOU DIE

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection You Win Or You Die by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Another extraordinary holo blue by Celestial Cosmetics! This is a bright blue linear holo and it has the same wow effect that On Your Left from the Avenge the Earth Collection has. This has a really strong rainbow to it and I loved wearing it. This is two coats without top coat.

DANCE WITH DRAGONS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dance With Dragons by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Dance With Dragons also has this incredible rainbow like You Win Or You Die, much stronger than what I could capture. This is a dark green linear holo that leans blue. This polish is very limited because of the ingredients required and I think it’s already sold out (only 18 bottles available!). I can see why! This is two coats without top coat.

KINGSROAD

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Kings Road by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Kingsroad is another limited polish because of its ingredients (also just 18 bottles). A linear green holo like Dance With Dragons, this time more of a lime-yellow combo. The rainbow through this one was very yellow toned, which made a nice change. What you see is two coats without top coat.

GARDEN OF BONES

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Garden of Bones by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Garden of Bones is a light brown linear holo. It’s quite neutral indoors but when you’re outside: WOWZA! That’s when it really comes to play, even though I couldn’t catch it that well. This is two coats without top coat.

FIRE & BLOOD

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Fire & Blood by Dry, Dammit!Inside (no flash)

Fire & Blood is the surprising favourite of mine from the collection. Surprising because in the bottle I wasn’t moved by it, but once on my nails I loved it. It’s a pinky-red linear holo that seems more pink to me, and a really beautiful shade of pink, too. The holo effect on this is stunning and lives up to its name – very fiery! This is two coats without top coat.

Now, I couldn’t help but try to do some nail art with these holos, so I laid down a base of Kingsroad, added random pieces of striping tape and then sponged Garden of Bones, Fire & Blood and You Win Or You Die on top. I removed the tape and added some brown holographic studs as some of my make-up sponge left pieces on my nails.

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection holo tape and studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

CREMES

MYHSA

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Myhsa by Dry, Dammit!

I love this colour, it’s totally a shade of nail polish I am drawn to for some reason. Myhsa is described as a plum red creme, but in some lights it looks more pink than red. This was super shiny by itself and so what you see is two coats without top coat. Also, this was surprisingly easy to clean-up around the cuticles for a darker shade. I don’t know if my application is getting better or if it’s just a really manageable formula, but I was happy!

A GOLDEN CROWN

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection A Golden Crown by Dry, Dammit!

A Golden Crown is a lovely mustard yellow creme. I found application to be a bit difficult as it was patchy. It built up fine but you do really need a steady hand. What you see here is three thin coats but I found that still a bit sheer so on my ring finer I applied one coat of ulta3 Lily White and then two coats of A Golden Crown, which fixed up the sheerness. All nails were topped with Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray Quick Dry Top Coat.

THE NIGHT LANDS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection The Night Lands by Dry, Dammit!

The Night Lands is a coffee brown creme. It’s a bit sheer in application but like A Golden Crown it builds up nicely. This is three thin coats with a top coat of Solar Ray.

DARK WINGS, DARK WORDS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Dark Wings, Dark Words by Dry, Dammit!

Dark Wings, Dark Words is a dark green creme. This is a green I really enjoy wearing, it feels more “adult” than other shades of green to me. Again, this was super shiny by itself, so what you see is two thin coats without top coat. If you were better than me at applying nail polish you could even try applying this in one thick coat.

BREAKER OF CHAINS

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection Breaker of Chains by Dry, Dammit!

Breaker of Chains is a dark blue creme. I impressed myself with it because what you see is just one coat. It’s very opaque. Also, it was really shiny so no top coat. Just like Dark Wings, Dark Words, this blue feels more “adult” than other shades, I felt like a fashionista wearing it.

I also decided to do some nail art with the cremes. I put on a base of The Night Lands, applied long triangle vinyls and did a gradient of A Golden Crown, The Night Lands and Myhsa on top. I removed the vinyls and voila! I’m really happy with how this turned out.

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Iron Throne Collection creme gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Holos are AU$12 each, cremes are AU$9 each
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

Phew! Sorry about the long post, but I think you’ll agree with me that it was definitely worth it. What do you think about this collection? Or my nail art, for that matter? Thanks for reading!

*I received the products (excluding studs and vinyls) in this review free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion.


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My first ever gradient nail art

Hiya! So, I have a confession: Apart from my Sally Hansen Sugar Coat gradient nails I’ve never actually been successful at a gradient before. I think for me it was because I didn’t realise that a) You need a base colour and b) You need to sponge the colour on repeatedly, rather than just once. I know, I know, silly! But now I’ve actually given it a good try and I’m quite happy with the outcome; I think it’s perfect for this time of year, even if the weather doesn’t agree with me.

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The colours I used were from ulta3’s Candy Couture polishes: Lemon Drop (yellow), Fairy Floss (pink) and Peach Pie (orange). It’s a bit Halloween-esque (candy corn) so maybe my subconscious was wanting Halloween to not stop with my evil clown nail art, hey? Of course, I had to fiddle with it after a few days so I added OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat from the 2013 Mariah Carey Christmas Collection and a matte top coat. I really like how it turned out! Quite subtle I think.

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

I’m really looking forward to doing another lot of gradient nails, maybe with darker colours. That could be challenging though due to the clean-up involved. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Sally Hansen Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat Collection & textured gradient nail art

OK, so by now you probably get that I am loving textured polishes at the moment. If you’re not a fan, sorry! But I can’t help it. Today I have for you Sally Hansen Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat Collection. I really like this collection because they’re all just pretty much textured solid colours. To me that equals simple and easy!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sugar Fix is a milky white. What you see is two coats with no top coat. I really enjoyed wearing it but only could wear it for a day because I found since it’s white, textured and has no top coat, it picks up stains like anything. 😦 I could have re-applied a new coat, but I didn’t want it to be too scratchy, if you know what I mean.

Look at how massive the bottle is! It’s only 11.8ml, so I’m not sure why it looks so massive like that in my hand. The bottle is quite nice, pretty thick glass, so obviously that has something to do with it – my hands haven’t shrunk anyway!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95
  • Volume: 11.8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I used Sugar Fix as the base for some gradient nail art for a competition on Instagram for Priceline. If you follow me (Please do! Click the link or search for @drydammit) you would have seen these nails a couple of weeks ago. Well, I thought I share the love here too. Along with Sugar Fix, I used Bubble Plum (purple) and Cotton Candies (pink) also from the Sugar Coat Collection to create a textured gradient. It didn’t come out too bad.

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat textured gradient by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat textured gradient by Dry, Dammit!I didn’t win any days of the competition unfortunately. Clearly I was robbed. 😛 Still, it was fun and I’m curious to see what other textured gradients look like now, too. Thanks for reading!