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Bettie Pain Polish Bipolar Pony

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Hello! I recently picked up some Bettie Pain Polish polishes (seems a bit funny to write that!) in its recent 20% off sale. Along with Bipolar Pony that I’m going to show you below, I also picked up Poison Berry, Jazz and Breathe, Just Breathe. I also received a free mini of Stolen, which I’m very happily surprised with and am looking forward to trying out. You can see a flatlay of my purchases on my IG. But for now, let’s take a closer look at Bipolar Pony!

Bettie Pain Polish Bipolar Pony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Bipolar Pony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bipolar Pony is a thermal, which changes from silver when warm to dark grey when cold. There’s a scattering of holo in there, too, and it also has these really lovely gold microflakes and some colour-changing flakes in a few colours; I see red and purple mainly. I didn’t actually realise when I bought it, but Bipolar Pony is part of Bettie Pain Polish’s Unicorn Collection. I’ve looked up the other colours in the collection and now realised I should have bought more, as they’re right up my alley. 😐 But oh well, there’s always next time, right? I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche. The formula was really lovely on this one, not difficult to work with at all, but it does go on a bit sheer. I reckon next time I would do three thin coats instead of just two.

It’s also seems bizarre to say (given at times it can look a bit dark), but I found this to be a really delicate polish. I think it’s do to with all the stuff going on in it besides the thermal effect. And maybe because of the fact that it’s a bit sheer when it goes into its warm mode? Or it could just be all in my head!

Bettie Pain Polish Bipolar Pony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

I’ve really enjoyed wearing Bipolar Pony and having a good chuckle at its name as well. In fact, the name was one of the reasons why I bought it. I felt like it was a nice lighthearted way to move on from my past few undesirable months with a smile. Thanks for reading!

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Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection & September LE 2016

*Press sample

Hiya! Today I bring you one of the trios from Celestial Cosmetics in time for Halloween, as well as the September LE. The trio is called The Curse Of Miss Ives and is a collaboration between Nicki (the mastermind behind Celestial) and her social media maven, Jacq. I love the name of the trio, which is inspired by a character of the TV show Penny Dreadful named Vanessa Ives. The polishes are inspired by Vanessa’s costumes worn in the show.

The September LE 2016 is at the end, so read on for more!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!SEANCE

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Seance is a deep purple linear holo with gold shimmer. The formula on this one was truly fabulous – buttery and self-levelling. The gold really does stand out in person, so if you like gold polishes you’d probably really like this as a unique polish to add to your stash. This is my favourite from the collection; it’s such a stunner. Pictured is two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Seance swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!LITTLE SCORPION

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Little Scorpion is a black-based scattered holo with silver flakes and black holo microglitter. I love the intricate colours of this one up close! We need more black holos in our lives. Plus, the formula was smooth and easy, which is always a good thing. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Little Scorpion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!DEMIMONDE

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Demimonde is a soft grey linear holo. The grey is very faint and you’ll need to get a good light to see the holo. The formula on this one was a bit sheer (yet manageable) and you’ll most likely need three coats like me. This is three coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics The Curse of Miss Ives Collection Demimonde swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!SEPTEMBER LE 2016

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The September LE 2016 is based on the flower the morning glory (inspiration picture below). The picture was chosen in the Celestial’s Stars Facebook group; if you haven’t joined I recommend you do! It’s a lot of fun in there. Nicki used the centre of the flower for inspiration, which translated to a bright magenta pink holo base with purple, blue and indigo flakes. I love, love, love this polish! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

morning-gloryMorning glory. Photo credit.

Celestial Cosmetics September LE 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

If you like the look of any of these polishes – good news! They’re available from tomorrow (25 September in Australia and 24 September at the international store). If you can pick up Seance or the September LE 2016 I highly recommend it. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection

*Press sample

Why hello! Today I bring you swatches and my thoughts on Celestial Cosmetics’ latest collection, the We Breathe Fire Collection, which also launched today. This collection has a beautiful origin story. It came about when Nicki (the mastermind behind Celestial) and her son got together to bring Nicki’s interest of dragons and her son’s favourite book series (the Inheritance Cycle) together. How lovely! I hope my son and I will work as collaboratively when he’s older. But, before I start, there’s good news for Celestial’s international fans – there’s a whole new international site with a whole new address: celestialcosmetics.com. It’s definitely worth checking out. Now let’s jump right in!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen nail art by Dry, Dammit!

First up I wanted to show you some nail art I did with two of the polishes – Firnen and Thorn – because I’m so super proud of it. How I didn’t smudge the polish when I applied Thorn on top of Firnen I have no idea, but I so love this look! Really easy and all I used was some eBay nail tip guides and gold studs.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

FIRNEN

Firnen is a forest green polish with a sprinkling of holo and green-gold colour-shifting flakes. I found it had a stunning blue overlay as well in some lighting. As you know, I’m not the biggest green nail polish fan (yes, I pretty much say this every time I wear a green polish) but Firnen is incredible. I love its depth and delicacy. So much so I used it for my nail art above, ha ha. In these swatches though I wore two coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Firnen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

GLAEDR

Wow, Glaedr. This is my favourite from the collection. I really love its strong copper lean. It’s a linear holo with bronze flakes and holo orange microglitter. The microglitter in this is a bit bumpy so you’ll definitely need a top coat. The microglitter also a bit awkwardly noticeable in the sun – breaking up the linear look a bit – but it’s not disastrous. The formula on this one was the thickest from the collection for me and you need a steady hand when applying. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Glaedr swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THORN

As the name suggests, Thorn is a polish that packs a punch. It’s a dark purple linear holo with rose flakes and red sparks. To me it’s definitely more purple, but to others it’s a black base. The flame on Thorn is lovely and really makes it appear “softer” than what it is. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Thorn swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

JARNUNVOSK

Ah, Jarnunvosk. So very delicate and so very difficult to capture! It is a soft gold nude with gold flakes and shimmer, as well as the tiniest bit of holo. It’s a lot more delicate than what you see, that’s for sure! I love the gold flakes in this one, it really makes it a bit different. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Jarnunvosk swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SAPHIRA

This is Saphira, a mid-tone blue linear holo with blue flakes. It’s close to purple for me in some lights and it’s a darling up close – you can see the teal really pop. This suits my interest in blue a lot – blue, but not too blue. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Saphira swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SHRUIKAN

Last up is Shruikan. A black linear holo! Wowsers. Plus, it also has some freaking fantastic colour-shifting flakes. There are some lovely green flakes in there that I wish I could eat! The holo in this one is pretty incredible and I think it’s the first indie polish I have that’s a black holo. We need more of these, please! This is two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics We Breathe Fire Collection Shruikan swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

The formula on these were consistent, bar Glaedr that needed a little bit of extra care. Glaedr is still my favourite though, so don’t let that deter you if you like the look of it. This is a moody collection, but there’s a lot to love. Thanks for reading!


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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

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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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essence Caught in the Middle from the Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition

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Evening! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the essence Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition has hit the shelves of Priceline. There are eight polishes with different finishes to choose from, four being “good” and the other four being “bad”. Tonight I’m bringing you Caught in the Middle from the “bad” side. Before I show you the photos, I just want to let you know I think the label on the polish is wrong. It says it is “leather effect” but I think it’s meant to be the “snake effect” that’s on Once I Was An Angel (a pink creme that’s also from the “bad” side). Searching other blogs has confirmed this for me, with many others thinking the same thing as well, because I will tell you now, I don’t think this polish has a leather effect at all! But a snake effect would be more appropriate. Check out the pics and you’ll see what I mean.

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

Caught in the Middle is hard to describe for me, so I will do the best I can! :\ It’s a charcoal black base with iridescent flakes and various multi-coloured tiny glitter pieces… and I think it has a textured effect. So what you see here is two coats of Caught in the Middle without top coat. This is a really complex polish that I’m glad I bought. Sometimes I think black is too basic but this adds a little something more, while still being moody (in my opinion). It was easy to apply, but for the first coat just wait until it’s semi-dry before going in for the second coat otherwise it creates bald patches.

Now, I was curious to see what this polish looked like with top coat so here it is with a coat of Seche:

essence Caught in the Middle with top coat by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle with top coat by Dry, Dammit!

Wowza! I think I like it both with top coat and without.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$4.10
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Have you seen the Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition about? Tried any of the other polishes in the collection? I like the look of It Wasn’t Me! (glitter effect) but haven’t bought it yet. Thanks for reading!


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Black & nude outline / border nail art

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Hiya! A quick post tonight to show you some nail art I had been wearing last week. I’m calling it “black and nude outline / border nail art” because I’m really not sure how else to describe it. I don’t know who started the outline craze, but I really like it, albeit finding it difficult for me to do! It was my first attempt, so I think I did OK enough.

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Black & nude outline / border nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I first applied two coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff (after base coat) and then got out my trusty BYS black nail striper and drew the middle lines. I was going to stop there – originally going for a chic simplistic look – but then figured “Hey, why not try doing an outline of my nails, too?” So as you can probably tell I was exceptionally messy and had to do a vigorous acetone clean-up afterwards. Once that was done I applied a thick coat of Seche. It was the first time in a while I had properly put on a thick coat of Seche and I now remember why it’s so beneficial to do so – this design lasted ages on my nails. I wore it to work all week with no problems. I’m looking forward to perfecting this outline look and wearing the design again soon. Have you tried this look? What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Blackboard-inspired nail polishes & nail art stripers by ulta3

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Evening! So I know what I’m showing you today has been out for a while now, but I’ve only recently been able to get my hands on the polishes to try them myself. Today’s post is more of a review of the product itself, as opposed to great nail art… he he I didn’t even try to do a school theme or something fancy to show you, just a few stripes and that’ll do me! Anywho, I bought these products individually, but I know there is a kit about that you can buy for I believe AU$10 that has the matte black polish, double-sided dotting tool and all five nail art stripers. It was my intention to buy that, but they were all sold out at the store I found the polishes at. 😦 Better luck next time!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

This “blackboard” trend is not new, as far as I’m aware Ciate started it with its chalkboard kit, but instead of stripers it used nail art pens, which I think would be easier than stripers, but depends how confident with stripers you are, I guess. So I bought the Matte Black Base Coat, Matte Top Coat and three of the five stripers in blue, purple and white. The other colours of the stripers are yellow and pink. I was excited about the stripers because I don’t have any in colours other than white, black and silver but the brushes made the stripers a let down for me. I think next time I use them I will trim the tips with scissors. Not a big deal but enough to be annoying.

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

The bottles have a cool matte finish (rather than a glossy finish), which I think is a nice touch. The Matte Black Base Coat is very opaque and with one good coat you can consider your nails done. I would be careful though as I found this polish to stick to my cuticles like anything! It was so hard for me to remove, even with pure acetone. So sorry, that’s why my cuticles look a bit dark in the pictures. I’m looking forward to trying this polish in stamping, actually. If I have any luck I’ll let you know.

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

ulta3 blackboard matte polish and nail art stripers by Dry, Dammit!

The Matte Black Base Coat dries super fast so I was able to use the stripers on it almost straight away and I have to say I liked how the colours came out – not too bright, not too pale. I used two coats of the striper colours and added a few dots using the tip of the white striper to prove to myself I wasn’t just going to be lazy and only do obvious stripes with the stripers. I used the Matte Top Coat on top – it was a little runny – so I would suggest using two coats or one really heaped brush because it kind of streaks otherwise and has an uneven finish. All in all though every polish was easy to use and had great drying times, which is a bonus of matte polishes.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse (I got mine near Woolworths in Hobart’s CBD)
  • Cost: AU$2 each
  • Volume: Polishes: 13ml, stripers: 7ml

I really like that there’s a reasonably priced matte top coat available now that is quite good and I’m glad I bought the black matte base for its stamping potential, but I don’t think you need all these things to make a “blackboard” design – you just need a matte top coat, really. I wonder if whitebaord nails will become a thing in a few years’ time? I guess there’s nothing stopping people now from doing it, but I don’t think it would have the same effect as blackboard nails somehow. Thanks for reading!