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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

BPS-HVX31

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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Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser!

Hello! Tonight I bring you a quick swatch of a Glam Polish I wore ages ago now. This is an oldie way back from 2013 that I think has been discontinued. It’s called She Had A Lipstick Taser! and it was part of the Mayhem & Madness Collection (inspired by the movie Despicable Me 2).

Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser by Dry, Dammit!

She Had A Lipstick Taser! is a light blue crelly base with multi-sized white and pink hexes and dots. I had a little trouble applying it as the glitter moved about as I applied each layer. It also seemed a tad bit sheer at two coats so what you see is three coats with a top coat of Seche. It dried smooth though despite my troubles. Because this polish leans a bit sheer I reckon it would look good over some undies and it would make the blue brighter, too.

Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish She Had A Lipstick Taser by Dry, Dammit!

Sorry about the short post tonight but I had these photos sitting about for a while and I figured I just had to use them. Like I said above, I think this polish has been discontinued, but you may be able to find it about in some destash sales. Thanks for reading!


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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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Glam Polish Bubble Berry

Evening! Tonight I bring you Glam Polish Bubble Berry, which I think I am lucky to own as what I have read about it says it was limited edition. I got mine through a destash sale (woot!) but I think it’s hard to find anywhere else. I believe it was released in 2013 so if anyone know where you can buy it from now let me know.

Glam Polish Bubble Berry by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Bubble Berry by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Bubble Berry by Dry, Dammit!

Bubble Berry is a pink jelly with glitter that is opaque in two coats. Glitter includes holo dots in large and small sizes as well as holo microglitter. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. This was very easy to apply and I had a lot of fun wearing it.

Glam Polish Bubble Berry by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Bubble Berry by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think? Are you a fan of this polish by Glam Polish? Thanks for reading!


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Glam Polish UFO Oh No!!!

Hello! Today I bring you one of Glam Polish’s older polishes called UFO Oh No!!! It’s from the Intergalactic Collection and I love it. Lately Glam Polish has been pumping out some awesome holos and flakies – so it’s been a long time since a glitter polish – but I love polishes in a white base. These are the kind of polishes I wish there was more of.

Glam Polish UFO Oh No!!! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish UFO Oh No!!! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish UFO Oh No!!! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish UFO Oh No!!! by Dry, Dammit!

Looking at it, it’s quite a simple polish, but maybe this is why I like it so much. It’s a white creme base with large neon green and purple hexes with tiny pink and blue glitters. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I had no problems with application. It wasn’t too thin or too thick, it was just right (yes, like Goldilocks).

Unfortunately I think now you can only buy this polish from blog sales (like what I did) or some international sites. So if you’re interested in it I wish you well in your search. Thanks for reading!


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October Holo-ween What’s In-die Box? swatches & review – Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Emily de Molly & PrettyPots Polish

Hello there! Today is a long post because I’m showing you my swatches and review of the October What’s In-die Box? I wanted to get this to you sooner but we’ve had some pretty overcast days and I’ve been missing out on catching the sun. The reason this is important because it’s a holographic-themed box – Holo-ween – and I wanted to get natural, sunny pictures instead of ones with flash. I haven’t bought a What’s In-die Box? for a while now but I’m super glad I bought this one! I’m impressed by all the polishes, so let’s start!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish Ghost Gutz

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? inspiration picture 5

Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish Ghost Gutz by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish Ghost Gutz by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish Ghost Gutz by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish Ghost Gutz by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

From the inspiration picture I was expecting a fluro green polish. Thank goodness it wasn’t overly fluro or I don’t think I would have liked this polish at all. I like that it’s a subtle fluro green with a subtle holographic shift in the light. This is two coats without top coat. I did find the formula on the second coat to be a bit gluggy and pull the polish underneath, so I would suggest waiting for the coats to fully dry. You can see some pull on my pinky. This polish came with the cutest little ghost bow tie that matched the polish perfectly, I just had to leave it on for the photos. I really like this detail as it shows the maker cares about their product.

Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? inspiration picture 2

Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer Skulloween by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

This one was a surprise for me. In the bottle, I thought I would hate it. On my nails however, I’m really liking it! I don’t wear orange a lot so maybe it’s something I should get more used to. This is a beautiful deep orange holo peppered with black flakes. I’m wearing just one coat without top coat. Yes, that’s right, one coat. The application was super easy and it didn’t pull at all.

Emily de Molly Night Terrors

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? inspiration picture 4

Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Emily de Molly Night Terrors by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Emily de Molly Night Terrors by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Emily de Molly Night Terrors by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Emily de Molly Night Terrors by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

So there’s some serious holographic goodness going on here. I mean, look at that picture of it just in outdoor light in focus – wowza! This polish was the most holographic of them all and just a breeze to apply. I would describe this as a dark blue / grey stone colour. I’ve used two coats without top coat. As soon as I headed outdoors the sun bounced off my nails like anything!

PrettyPots Polish Bewitchery

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? inspiration picture 1

Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Pretty Pots Polish Bewitchery by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Pretty Pots Polish Bewitchery by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Pretty Pots Polish Bewitchery by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Pretty Pots Polish Bewitchery by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

This is my first polish by PrettyPots Polish and I am happy with it, but I do already own two other similar purple holos: Emily de Molly Devotion and Lilypad Lacquer Stretch for the Stars. I do think this has a fiercer strength to it though. And luckily for me, purple is my favourite colour and this holo is divine so I think it’ll get a nice workout like the others. I’m thinking you can never have too many purple holos! I’ve applied two coats without top coat and formula-wise this was buttery and excellent as well.

Glam Polish Paranormal

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? inspiration picture 3

Inspiration picture. Courtesy: What’s In-die Box?

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Glam Polish Paranormal by Dry, Dammit!

Outside in focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Glam Polish Paranormal by Dry, Dammit!

Outside out of focus.

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Glam Polish Paranormal by Dry, Dammit!

October Holo-ween What's In-die Box? Glam Polish Paranormal by Dry, Dammit!

Indoor lighting.

The reason why these photos are slightly different (you can also tell I have slightly longer nails) is because I put this on as soon as I got the box, I was that excited. I’ve just never seen a holo teal like this! I really love the colour and everything about it; it’s my favourite from the box. Application was easy and I’m really glad to finally get to try a Glam Polish holo as it’s been producing some amazing holos lately from what I see on IG. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I was really happy with the strength of the holo even with a top coat – sometimes adding a top coat dulls the effect. I also love how it looks indoors, too. I wore this while I visited my parents’ place and it lasted wonderfully for four days – and it would have lasted longer had I left it on I’m guessing.

Phew! Sorry about the massive post, but I think it was well worth it, I’m glad I can finally bring it to you. While November’s box has already been sent out (its theme was Pokemon), the December box pre-order is now open with the theme of Aussie Christmas and can be purchased from Peita’s Polish Big Cartel store. The cost is AU$49.99 excluding shipping, with international shipping available. But before you order your box, let me know what you think of this one. 🙂 Thanks for reading!


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January What’s In-die Box? swatches & review – Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Glittering Elements & Alanna Renee

Hello! Tonight I bring you January’s What’s In-die Box? I’ve missed bringing you my monthly reviews of these, to be honest. I still think What’s In-die Box? is such a fun thing to look forward to every month, especially if you love indie polishes, but I’ve got to say it’s hard buying them every month! The wallet does get a bit tight, if you know what I mean. So with that in mind I’ve decided to skip February’s box (which is such a shame actually because it sounds great!).

Anywho, January’s theme is The Muppets and I think it’s been very well executed overall. The bright colours make the polishes perfect for summer, too.

Lilypad Lacquer It’s Not Easy Being Green

January What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer It's Not Easy Being Green by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer It's Not Easy Being Green by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Lilypad Lacquer It's Not Easy Being Green by Dry, Dammit!

This is two coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is two coats over one coat Ulta3 Lagoon with Seche (although you can’t really tell). This is an impressive green jelly with iridescent gold glitters and looks amazing in the sun. It is of course based on Kermit and while I am happy with this polish, I do think it a pity that it’s not one of Lilypad’s signature holos.

Glam Polish The Great Gonzo!

January What's In-die Box? Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! by Dry, Dammit!

This is two coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is two coats over one coat Revlon Royal with Seche. This purdy looking polish is based on Gonzo, the loveable Muppet stuntman. It is a blue jelly with small iridescent glitters, small and medium iridescent dots and iridescent diamonds. Unfortunately I had to fish for the glitter in this polish; I’ve found that with all of the Glam Polishes I own, the glitters always seem to love sticking to the side of the bottle. With all of its iridescent-ness, this one looks especially great outdoors, which the obligatory blurred photo below shows.

January What's In-die Box? Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! by Dry, Dammit!

Alanna Renee Mee-Meep

January What's In-die Box? Alanna Renne Mee-Meep by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Alanna Renne Mee-Meep by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Alanna Renne Mee-Meep by Dry, Dammit!

This is two coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is two coats over one coat Sinful Colors Be Happy with Seche. This is a light green jelly with gold iridescent hexes and specks (almost flakies!). I’m slightly disappointed with the formula as I found it to be a bit goopy; so unusual for Alanna Renee polishes. This I think is based on Beaker and the noise he makes when he’s nervous. I love the colour but at two goopy coats you can still see the nail line. 😦

Glittering Elements Party Animal

January What's In-die Box? Glittering Elements Party Animal by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Glittering Elements Party Animal by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Glittering Elements Party Animal by Dry, Dammit!

This is three coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is three coats over one coat Essence Fame Fatal with Seche. This is an orange jelly with iridescent glitter, small and large black hexes and assorted coloured hexes and squares. In the bottle it looks a bit murky but it has a nice orange colour when on the nail; a lovely surprise. This is of course based on the much-loved Animal, the crazy drummer.

Peita’s Polish It’s All About Moi!

January What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish It's All About Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish It's All About Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

January What's In-die Box? Peita's Polish It's All About Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

This is three coats with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; ring finger is three coats over two coats Ulta3 Pale Dahlia with Seche. This is a sheer pink polish with iridescent glitter, medium pink circles and small white hexes. Based on the one and only Miss Piggy, this is a lovely polish, albeit a bit thick. Miss Piggy would be happy, I think.

For me the outstanding polish this month has to be Glam Polish The Great Gonzo! I think it looks great both by itself and over Royal. Next month’s What’s In-die Box? theme is bakery delights, so I’m expecting some yummy treats for fingers! The What’s In-die Box? can be purchased from Peita’s Polish Big Cartel store. The cost is AU$55.94 including shipping, with limited international shipping available for an extra AU$21 I believe. Thanks for reading!