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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!

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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 holographic and paisley nail foils

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Hello! Tonight I bring you some foils I received from Born Pretty Store for review. I haven’t had a lot of experience with nail foils and I wanted to see what these deigns would look like on my nails. I think it came out reasonably well – read on for more!

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I have two nail foils to show you. One is a holographic foil and it’s on my thumb, index and middle fingers. The other is a paisley print and it’s on my ring and little fingers.

I used a base of Pretty Serious Cosmetics Irresistibly Pink and applied a top coat of Seche. When fully dry I then added a thin coat of foil glue (which I think is just PVC glue with water and maybe glycerin; I got mine from a Ciate kit I bought), waited until clear and then placed the foil on top and in one smooth(ish) move ripped it off the nail. Now, the thing I found with both foils is that it’s hard to know which side is the side that applies the pattern to the nail, so unless you test beforehand and make a mark on the foil, it’s 50/50 in working, really. I stuffed up a few times and had to rub off the glue and go again, which isn’t too bad but not very neat or fun.

The better the glue the better the application of the foil, I think. My glue was getting a bit old and you can see – especially on the holo fingers – that the foil is a bit stripey. I think if my glue wasn’t so old it would be better. The holo effect is striking but the paisley print would look better on a darker base colour, although it does look good in full sun. The amount of foil you get is pretty good. With the other foils I own, they’re just small squares whereas both of these nail foils are 1m long and 4cm wide. That’s a lot of nail art!

Once I had all my fingers foiled I then applied one thick coat of Seche, just to seal it all in properly. You can’t really go without top coat on a foil design because the glue will just rub off.

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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I think out of the two foils I like the holo effect one the most. It really looks good in the sun and I like that it has quite a decent flame to it. The paisley print is pretty, but my nails are too small to get a good sized pattern. If you have wide nail beds I reckon they would look great on you. Feel free 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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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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Born Pretty Store sticker stencils nail art

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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!


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Born Pretty Store mixed size rhinestone nail art

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Hello! I bring you a simple post tonight to show you some nail art I wore recently using some Born Pretty Store rhinestones. Every time I do a stud nail art design I think “Ooh I should so do this again soon!” and never do. This time it’s no exception; I really enjoyed wearing these studs and loved the overall look, too!

Born Pretty rhinestone nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty rhinestone nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I started with two coats of Bella Belle Nail Couture My Blu Suede Shoes and then – while still tacky – placed the rhinestones down in the order I wanted. I usually do this with my finger. I do have one of those wax picker pencil thingos, but I find mine so temperamental! Grr. There are four sizes of rhinestones in this little kit, but because I have such a pronounced C curve, the biggest rhinestone doesn’t fit correctly even on my “flattest” nail. So I used the three smallest studs. I like the simple look of this with three studs on my middle finger and thumb and then one on the rest. I topped it with one thick coat of Seche and voila! Done and done.

Born Pretty rhinestone nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty rhinestone nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.59 (here)
  • What you get: 1 container of mixed size rhinestones (130 studs)

As mentioned above, I enjoyed wearing this and want to wear more studs and accents real soon. Although I couldn’t capture it as much as I liked, I was quite impressed by the sparkle of these studs. If you’re looking for some studs that are less tacky and a bit more refined, then I reckon you’ll like these, too. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if you’re considering purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store water decals & half moon nail art

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Hello! Tonight I have some more Born Pretty Store goodies to bring you: water decals! I’m seeing water decals everywhere now and they really have come a long way since I first started blogging (and that’s nearly three years, so not all that long at all!). These decals from Born Pretty are just lovely and very easy to use. I recently saw a design by Zlata on IG (@de_briz) and knew I had to recreate this look for this Born Pretty water decal post; take a look below.

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals by Dry, Dammit!

He he he – I just had to have the instructions in there too so you could see. I just love Engrish! You can still interpret the instructions though, even though they are a little confusing. Regardless of the packaging, these “worked” like every other kind of decals I’ve used. Cut, soak in water for about 10-15 seconds and then apply to a (usually) white-painted nail. The decals were a bit narrow, which I did struggle with sometimes to smooth out the sides after they’d curled from being in the water. But this wasn’t with every decal.

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty decals in half moon design by Dry, Dammit!

Instead of using silver studs I wanted to use sequins, which would be closer to Zlata’s original look, but the only sequins I have are really transparent and it looked a bit messy where the half moon started. The pink holo polish underneath is Emily de Molly Poser, which I bought in its Boxing Day sale. It’s my first time wearing it and I love it, too!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$1.50 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals in two designs enough for 20 nails

What do you reckon? Are you a fan of water decals? Do you love Engrish as much as me? If you’re considering purchasing from Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store nail art stencils & Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental

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Evening! I’m really excited to show you some stencils from Born Pretty Store tonight. I’m calling them stencils rather than vinyls as I think they’re a little too flimsy to be a vinyl. To me, a vinyl is a bit more rigid. Still, as you’ll see below, they work wonderfully so perhaps it’s just semantics. The polish I’ve used under the stencil design is Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental, which I was lucky enough to pick up at its last sample sale in November. There’s more pictures of Ornamental after my blurb about the Born Pretty Store stencils.

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

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

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

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

The stencils are so pretty, aren’t they? I really love how the edges came off so neat. When I applied these onto my nail, it wasn’t difficult, but I thought they hadn’t stuck properly. It definitely looks like that wasn’t the case! I used a dabbed coat of Celestial Cosmetics Heart of Asta (the pink) and then while still wet, removed the stencil. Just as you would with a vinyl or nail art guide I guess. The downside is that they come in two designs over six stencils. Meaning you either have to purchase two of the same pack to get enough stencils for both hands or just use the stencils as an accent nail every now and again. I found a way to overcome this (and sorry I don’t have a packet shot! If you follow the link below to the stencils you’ll be able to see exactly what I’m talking about if you’re curious). Because – luckily – my nails are quite narrow and short I was able to flip the stencils onto their long side and use them twice on one nail, which means I have a convenient one stencil left over! All I did was do one hand first and then wait for the polish to dry on the used stencils. Then when the polish was dry, I just used the stencil as I normally would. Problem solved.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.30 (here)
  • What you get: 1 packet of nail art stencils in two designs, which is meant to cover 12 nails

Now onto Ornamental! As I said above this was a sample sale polish from last year. As soon as I saw it I loved it, so I’m so happy to be able to call it my own. You could use this as a topper, but instead I used two thick coats with a top coat of Seche and wore it a la naturale. I loved it! Plus it ended up making an interesting base for the stencils.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Ornamental swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Ornamental is a bit hard to describe but I’ll try my best. It’s a clear-based polish with a gunmetal shimmer throughout and packed with all kinds of iridescent and matte glitter. I saw stars, hexes, dots and shards. There’s a lot going on, hey? And surprisingly it was easy to apply. My biggest fear was that it would just be a gloop monster. I would provide purchase details but unfortunately this was just a once off.

So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Remember – if you purchase from Born Pretty Store, use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your order. Thanks for reading!