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Sayuri Nail Lacquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art inspired by Very Emily

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Hello! A quick post to show you Sayuri Nail Lacquer Tamu Massif and some nail art inspired by Very Emily (last design in link). I actually wore this ages ago (as in, October last year!) and kept the pics and details in a folder on my computer. I also have a heap of other stuff in there, so you may see some of it coming out and about sometime soon.

Sayuri Nail Laquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Nail Laquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Tamu Massif is a red shimmer with orange iridescent glitter and tiny red holo and copper glitter. It’s from Sayuri’s Mesozoic Collection (I only own this one from the collection). It’s a gorgeous red polish with a brilliant formula. I used two coats here and a top coat of Seche Vite.

For the nail art, I can’t actually remember the red stamping polish I used or the base colour underneath… If I do remember I promise to come back and edit this page. πŸ˜‰ I did use a stamping plate I was sent from Born Pretty Store for review though. I received a five-piece set of small round nail plates and I used number 08 (link to set is below). I found the plate easy to work with and the designs flowery, but not super flowery, if you know what I mean? I thought the red stud just suited the whole look well but looking at it now it might be a bit too big. Oh well.

Sayuri Nail Laquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sayuri Nail Laquer Tamu Massif with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

Nail polish

Stamping plate

Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re thinking of purchasing from Born Pretty Store.

So what do you think of this nail art look? I really like it. (Obviously or I wouldn’t have recreated Very Emily’s!) I’m so used to thinking you need to do every single finger when stamping that I forget how elegant just a couple of decorated nails can be. I need to think more minimalist; what about you? Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper review

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Hiya! Tonight I bring you a post that has been in the making for a few months now – the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper in purple. I say it’s been in the making for a few months because as soon as I got it for review from Born Pretty Store it’s become my go-to stamper. Sure, the tube isn’t clear, but for me that’s no biggie. The impressive feature of the stamper for me is its squishiness and purpleness (as a huge purple fan!). Read on for more!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Can we all take a minute to be amazed at the wonderful pick-up this stamper has?

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Here’s what it looks like down the tube of the stamper.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see from the pictures above, this jelly stamper picks up images pretty well. I was totally skeptical when I received the stamper, so to actually have photographic evidence it picks up images is incredible to me. Although I will admit it does struggle with finer images. With those you’re either really lucky or it simply doesn’t pick up. 😐 Which may come down to how the stamper head is primed. Yes, you do have to prime it (well, I did anyway). I washed it in dishwashing detergent and warm water and then used my nail file to gently rub the surface of the stamper head a bit. Once I had done that it was good to go for me. I would recommend you try washing in dishwashing detergent first and then stamping before going to the nail file as I found this made the stamper head a bit cloudy.

As you can see in my pictures, I’ve made a few scrapes to the stamper head. So a warning – be very careful! It’s quite sensitive and since it’s so squishy, once it’s “attacked” it’ll seem to totally crumble away in the area affected. Luckily for me that was only one or two spots. I really liked the squishiness of the stamper head and even with my huge C-curve nails it had no problem wrapping around it quickly and efficiently. I found it was easier to figure out where you wanted the image placed (by looking down the tube) and then smooshing right into your nail – not rolling from one side to another as you would do with a harder stamper head.

The stamper also comes with a purple plastic scraper. I didn’t used this as I used some former plastic gift cards to scrape with, but from sight it does look like it would do the job without damaging the plate you were working with.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

To stamp with I used Konad White Special Nail Polish over the top of Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Apple. The plate I used was one I received free from Emily de Molly in my last order as it was slightly damaged. I love the combination!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: 1 clear jelly stamper and 1 scraper (both purple)

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So, what do you think of the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper? Born Pretty Store has other colours available too if you’re not keen on purple, plus I even think it has a stamper now where the tube is also translucent. It’s fun to just check it out anyway. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!


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Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder and contrasting stamping nail art

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Hiya! Tonight’s a quick post to show you the lovely Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder as well as a bit of stamping I did over it. I was so sad when Angela, the creator and owner of Gloss ‘n Sparkle, announced she was officially closing the brand earlier this year. It’s a real shame for the Australian indie polish community as Angela’s creations included the awesome Unicorn Droppings and Fruit Tingle. But onto the stunner that is Rose Madder!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Madder is (I think) from the Hail to The King Collection, which was inspired by the author Stephen King. It’s a red – almost pink – jelly full of holographic and iridescent multi-coloured glitter. I love looking at that macro! Such depth and a lot of love in it. It was super easy to apply in just two coats – but for extra depth you could easily do three and still not worry about it being thick. I topped it with a coat of Seche.

Below is the stamping I popped on top – I can’t remember which plate I used though, but I do remember I used one of Emily de Molly’s stamping polishes, which was Dark Pink. This was a lot of fun to wear! What do you think?

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

You can still buy Rose Madder at Color 4 Nails. If you’re looking for an Australian stockist, you’re out of luck unfortunately, butΒ Femme Fatale Cosmetics does have some of its Gloss ‘n Sparkle stock left at sale prices you may like to check out. Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red and metallic stamping nail art

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Hello! Gah, I have been away from my blog for too long! So glad to be back. Tonight I bring you Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red, which is from its recent stellar 22-piece Enchanted Fables Collection released last month. I’ve also got some stamping I did with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes. Take a look!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Red is my favourite from the Enchanted Fables Collection, from which I bought seven polishes. It’s simple yet complex, pretty yet not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s what I love about Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ polishes. It’s a pink-leaning red creme with a blue overlay. Totally gorgeous and nice and buttery to apply, with my application here being two coats plus a top coat of Seche.

I decided to stamp over Rose Red with two Emily de Molly stamping polishes I’ve bought recently: Metallic Teal and Metallic Purple. I think the stamping plate I used was also from Emily de Molly (EDM18). I thought the whole combo looked wonderful together!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Rose Red with Emily de Molly stamping polishes by Dry, Dammit!

Sadly, if you like the look of Rose Red, it was only available during April as a once-off release. You could try searching on destash sites and such but lately I’ve noticed a huge surge in the following of Femme Fatale Cosmetics so there may be some resistance by collectors to let their pretties go! (I know as I’m one of them). In the meantime, visit Femme Fatale Cosmetics and take a look about; it’s worth it. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection & a bit of nail art

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Hello! Tonight I have another wonderful collection from Celestial Cosmetics to show you called the Unicorns and Rainbows Collection. If you love the look of old-school holos before they became mainstream and experimented with, then you’re going to love this collection. It’s five simply stunning and elegant linear holos that just scream when in the sun. Let’s take a look! (Oh, and I also have a bit of nail art at the end. Enjoy!).

UNICORN FIELDS

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Unicorn Fields swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Unicorn Fields swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Unicorn Fields swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Wowsers, what a polish to start with! Unicorn Fields is an amazing polish. While I’m not big on green polishes, I have to say this is lovely. It’s a vibrant green linear holo and totally different to the other colours in this collection. I would have prefered a pastel green/mint to match the other colours, but if you love greens this is a nice surprise. This is two coats without top coat. If you apply your nail polish thick this could be a one-coater – the formula was that easy!

SNOW UNICORN

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Snow Unicorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Snow Unicorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Snow Unicorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Snow Unicorn is a traditional light grey linear holo. In the shade it has a strong steel grey colour, so it’s not overly “flat” when not in direct light. Application was wonderful, but I did find this more sheer than the other polishes in the collection. This is three coats without top coat.

RAINBOWS AND UNICORNS UNITE

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Rainbows and Unicorns Unite swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Rainbows and Unicorns Unite swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Rainbows and Unicorns Unite swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Rainbows and Unicorns Unite swatched by Dry, Dammit!Inside in natural light

Rainbows and Unicorns Unite is my favourite from the collection. It’s a soft lavender linear holo with a green overlay, which creates a duochrome effect when not in direct light of purple to steel blue (I tried to show it in the last photo. Fail!). This is two coats without top coat and like the others, the formula was divine!

CAKES AND RAINBOWS

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Cakes and Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Cakes and Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Cakes and Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Cakes and Rainbows is a gold linear holo. It’s a very neutral gold and it could even be a “nude” holo. It was so easy to apply as well! This is two coats without top coat. It really is a beautiful polish!

FARTING RAINBOWS

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows swatched by Dry, Dammit!Outside in full sun

Farting Rainbows could be a one-coat wonder if I could apply my polish better. πŸ™‚ It’s a periwinkle blue linear holo with a soft purple overlay. Very similar to Rainbows and Unicorns Unite but you still need them both I think! Personally, I don’t like the name of this polish but I can see the humour factor to it. This is two coats without top coat and let me tell you – this definitely has the standout formula of the collection. It just glides onto the nail so smoothly.

I also did a little bit of nail art with Farting Rainbows. Using Emily de Molly stamping plate EDM18 and white stamping polish by Konad, I stamped a quick design onto half of my nails and then added some silver dot studs from the essence Dark Romance Nail Art Decoration Kit to the border of the stamping. I quite like how it came out! See what you think:

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Unicorns and Rainbows Collection Farting Rainbows nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

The Unicorns and Rainbows Collection launches mid-March. A date will be confirmed once polishes have been received in the US for the international site. If you want to keep track of that, I suggest you join the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group to keep up to date. Let me know what you think of this collection. Will you be buying any polishes? Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly The Devil’s Advocate and DIY nail decals nail art

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Good evening! Tonight I bring you Emily de Molly The Devil’s Advocate and some DIY nail decals I made using my UberChic Beauty Uber Mat. I’m sorry I didn’t take any photos of the mat in action but I will soon! In the meantime, enjoy this amazing Emily de Molly polish (and my decals!).

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The Devil’s Advocate is – yes, it is! – a bright red linear holo with a beautiful gold flame. For some reason I just couldn’t get this to its true red in my photos. It kept looking like pink. So while the holo effect is there, the actual colour of this polish is best shown in my photos of the DIY nail decals. I think I couldn’t get an accurate red colour because on the day I took the photos of The Devil’s Advocate, the sun was pretty strong and it brought out the pink highlights of the polish too much. Anywho, what you see is two easy coats and a top coat of Seche. This was a lovely polish to wear, be you a red or a pink fan!

DETAILS

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

Now, on to my DIY nail decals! I’ve never made decals before so please be nice. I used Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-L002 and stamped onto clear coats of polish on the Uber Mat. Then I filled in the designs using a bunch of ulta3 polishes, but I forget their names now. Then, after the decals were dry, I lifted the decals off the Uber Mat and onto my nails, sealing with a coat of Seche. It was really, really painless and I can’t wait to make more!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly The Devil's Advocate with DIY nail polish decals by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of my decals? I’ve read a few articles now about making batches in advance and then using them as you need, which I think is a great idea. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review

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Hello hello! I’m really excited to bring you tonight’s post because I haven’t stamped in such a long time and this stamping plate from Born Pretty Store (provided for review) has made me excited about it again. It even makes my effort look half decent, if I do say so myself!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

The stamping plate itself is a bit odd to me, in terms of its images. It has Ms on it with lace – what an unusual combo! However, I probably could have done with it when I did my M&M’s nails. I think I would have prefered something more floral, like a flower, to go with the overall delicate lace theme. But that’s just a slight thought and not really a big issue, I don’t think.

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Now, the plate comes with blue film on both sides, so you have to remove it before you use it for stamping (I only removed the film from the front). Be careful though because those edges are sharp! Once uncovered the plate is beautiful and shiny – however it won’t stay that way long! Mwahaha!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

So this is the plate next to a Konad plate I own (m64). And just look a the image size difference! I measured one of the images and its dimensions are: 1.5cm wide by 2cm high. Significantly more massive-er than the Konad plate, but that is obvious even visually. My nails aren’t super big but they do have a really high annoying C curve so the bigger the better for me, really. I chose to use the more flowery design (the one closest to the right in the picture above).

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

And just look at that! The design fits my nail – yay! Win. Also, I was quite impressed with the crispness of the transferred image. I used Sinful Colors Fig to stamp with and thought maybe it would be a bit too thin, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem at all. Phew! Good for me considering I don’t own any proper stamping polish… something I should really get onto, hey!?

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

This is the end result. I am so chuffed with it! The colour below the stamping is OPI My Vampire is Buff (two coats) and it is topped with one coat of Seche. I just cannot believe I was able to create this look, especially since I’ve been MIA in the stamping world for probably a year or more. On my ring finger I included two rhinestones in the centre of the flowers, just to add a bit of sparkle and an accent (I also received them from Born Pretty Store for review but I’ll show you in more detail in another post).

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: One octagonal-shaped stamping plate with lace designs and various size Ms

So, what do you think? I am really impressed by this stamping plate. Considering how inexpensive it is and its payoff, I just think you can’t go wrong. And as a bonus it has helped me get back into the world of stamping. I hope you like it, too! If you’re keen to buy the plate or another item from Born Pretty Store, make sure you use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order (Born Pretty also has free shipping – just a reminder). Thanks for reading!