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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art

Today is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I’ve never commemorated it before on my nails, but this year I really wanted to make sure I did. As a relatively new mum, I’m extremely fortunate to have my son in my life. I look at him every day and think the world’s just that little bit better for him being in it. I know a small handful of people who have experienced loss now. So I think it’s lovely this day exists for everyone to honour babies who have died from miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

During October, Theresa, of Grace-full Nail Polish, encourages everyone to paint their nails blue and pink to show support and raise awareness of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. You can participate too by using the hashtags #pregnancyandinfantlossawareness and #waveofpolish. She also hosts an auction of nail polish (now closed) that raises funds for Sands, the miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death charity in Australia. Theresa’s auction raises a lot of much-needed funds for this great cause. Read on for more details of my nails.

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I wanted something simple and I think I got that. Using a base of Femme Fatale Heart of the Mountain, I then used some nail art tape to mark off the top of my nails – a bit like how you’d do French tips. I then applied a couple of coats of SinfulColors Cinderella and while it was drying, I added two pink studs to each nail. I then applied a coat of Seche Vite. I think all the colours work well together and I must admit, I’m impressed that I didn’t stuff up applying the nail art tape straight across my nail. I always seem to apply it wrong!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

 

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

This design was lovely to wear and I received a few compliments on how it looked, which was nice. I also realised I hadn’t worn a light blue polish in ages, so I thought I’d have to pull another one out soon, especially since pastel colours look so good in spring. I would love to hear if you commemorated International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on your nails. Let me know – or even better, show me! Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art

Happy May Day! We don’t commemorate it in the state of Australia I live in, but I know other states and countries do, so it’s nice to mention it, I thought. Plus, who doesn’t like a good rhyme?

Anywho, today I bring you some Born Pretty Store sticker stencils I was sent for review. In the following photos I am so sorry about my dry fingers! Usually I put a handcream on before taking photos but I was in a rush… you know the drill.

Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I actually really like the idea behind these stickers; kind of like a vinyl but without having to add nail polish. The thing I found difficult was trimming the edges. The stickers are generously sized so you have to use nail scissors to cut them to your nail shape. They stick down fine, but only for an hour or so, so you have to add top coat (or at least I did) if you really want the stickers to stay down. When I added top coat the majority of the sticker adhered well, but over time the sides of the stickers would pop out, become a bit spiky and create a heavy, unpleasant feeling on my nails. It’s why I would suggest to use these stickers for special occasions only; not as everyday wear. Still, I have read other reviews that show people using the stickers as a vinyl. Obviously you could do that, but (although I haven’t shown it very well) these stickers are holographic, so I feel that would be a waste and you’d be better off just using vinyls that aren’t as sticky.

The sheet of stickers you get comes with 12 stickers, which means just one use, really (for both hands). However, if your nails are small, you could get away with doing two per sticker – the stickers are that big! I tried doing that with my pinky and my index finger. It worked quite well. As a base I used Glam Polish Unicorn Sparkles! that is definitely an oldie but a goodie polish to wear and I liked the detail of it you could see peeking out under the sticker.

Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.59 (here)
  • What you get: 1 sheet of 12 holographic stencil stickers

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So there you are. If you like to experiment with new nail art supplies, then these stencil stickers are definitely worth checking out. If anything, they’re a bit of fun. Also, although I’m doing a bad job of representing it in the post, the holo effect is really pretty. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re considering purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!

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


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Monochrome squares nail art

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!

*I received Celestial Cosmetics Candy Boat free of charge by the manufacturer for my honest opinion in this review here.


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Face of Australia Not Just A Pretty Face, Show ‘Em Your Sparkle!, Don’t Judge Me! & Miss Congeniality from the Miss Universe Iconic Collection and chevron negative space nail art

Hello! I recently heard about a collaboration collection between Face of Australia and Miss Universe Australia (yes, the pageant) and I knew I would be interested in some of its polishes. Altogether there are 16 polishes to choose from in three finishes: cremes, glitter toppers and a clear top coat. Today I’ve got four to show you that I recently bought from my local Big W, the only shop I’ve seen them at even though apparently they’re meant to be available at Priceline, too.

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Not Just A Pretty Face by Dry, Dammit!

I love this polish but I hate its name, I just find it so sexist. In the bottle, this has a gorgeous pink shimmer but it didn’t translate onto the nail for me. Instead, I found this to be a really wearable pink creme that complimented my skin tone. The formula is a bit sheer but it does build up nicely and what you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche.

SHOW ‘EM YOUR SPARKLE!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Show 'Em Your Sparkle! by Dry, Dammit!

Show ‘Em Your Sparkle! is one of the glitter toppers. It’s made up of tiny multi-coloured glitter (kinda iridescent, but kinda not, if that makes sense!) in a pink base. In the bottle it looks really dense and the base colour brighter than what it appears on the nail, so I would recommend wearing undies with this one. What you see here is one dabbed coat over Not Just A Pretty Face with a top coat of Seche. My bottle is incorrectly labelled as It’s My Universe, another one of the glitter toppers.

DON’T JUDGE ME!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Don't Judge Me! by Dry, Dammit!
Don’t Judge Me! is a black creme. It was almost a one-coater for me, but I found the formula to be a bit too thin. It’s got a lovely shine to it and what you see here is two coats without top coat. I stuffed up my ring finger a bit so that’s why is looks a little bumpy.

MISS CONGENIALITY

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection Miss Congeniality by Dry, Dammit!

Miss Congeniality is a wonderful white creme. If you’re better at applying nail polish than me, you could get away with this as a one-coater, as it’s got the formula and consistency to to achieve that, but I found it a bit streaky at one coat. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I’ve read a few reviews saying this would be good for nail art and I’m assuming by that they mean stamping, but I’m not too sure as I haven’t tried. It would be great if true though!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Big W (I bought mine at Channel Court, Kingston)
  • Cost: AU$4
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See individual polish descriptions above

I couldn’t help but try and do some nail art with Don’t Judge Me! and Miss Congeniality. So I decided to do a negative space design. Sorry about how crappy these pictures are with the light glare. I had the wrong setting selected on my camera and I only realised how bad it was when I was editing.

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Face of Australia Miss Universe Iconic Collection negative space chevron nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Overall, I enjoyed these polishes and I think I’ll pick up a couple more. There was a red and coral I thought looked pretty but I probably wouldn’t buy all 16. I don’t like how some of them have white lids and some have black lids, I think I would prefer one or the other. Also, I’m pretty sure the brush is attached the square lid. I tried to pull the lid away from the brush but it wouldn’t budge. Not a problem if you’re used to applying polish, but for the casual user it might be tricky dealing with the square lid as an applicator. What do you think? 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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Holographic swirl nail art

Hiya! I wasn’t sure what to call this post so I hope holographic swirl nail art will do. I wore this a while ago and posted it to Instagram, but thought I needed to do a blog post on it too as I loved wearing it. The base is Glam Polish Without Love from this year’s Hairspray Collection and the purple on top is ulta3 Radiant Orchid. I bought swirl vinyls recently from Emily de Molly and wanted to try them – I think it’s a great result!

Swirl nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Swirl nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Swirl nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Swirl nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I haven’t used vinyls before and so was really surprised with how easy they were to use. They have much better sticking power than nail stickers. I bought some other vinyls as well (squares and long triangles) that I’ll have to use now after the success of this attempt. I love this look with the holo peeking through. It looks more difficult than what it really is. 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!