Dry, Dammit!

A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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Monochrome squares nail art

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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!


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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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Smitten Polish I Never Drink… Wine

Hello! Continuing my latest obsession with holographic polishes, I bring you Smitten Polish I Never Drink… Wine. My one and only Smitten Polish, it is a beauty! I believe it’s from the 2013 Turning Leaves Tree-o. I wore this a while ago – hence no cut on my middle finger – but I’m going to have to wear it again soon. I bought mine in a destash sale, but read on and I’ll let you know where you can pick yours up from!

Smitten Polish I Never Drink... Wine by Dry, Dammit!Inside with flash

Smitten Polish I Never Drink... Wine by Dry, Dammit!Outside in natural light

As you can probably tell by the name, I Never Drink… Wine is a red wine linear holo. It’s better in person and applying it was a breeze, I was really surprised. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche. You could wear it without top coat as it dries glossy but I always apply top coat for that extra shine. It’s got this incredible depth to it – perfect for winter! The holo is amazing, a beautiful rainbow of colours. Unfortunately again for me when I wore this Tasmanian weather had to play its part and block the sun from shining. While I’ve taken the holo shots with a flash, I can assure you it looks just as good in the sun, too.

Smitten Polish I Never Drink... Wine by Dry, Dammit!Inside with flash

Smitten Polish I Never Drink... Wine by Dry, Dammit!Inside with flash

Luckily, you can buy this polish at Femme Fatale Cosmetics. I say it’s well worth it if you’re looking for a warming wintery holo.

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So, what do you think of I Never Drink… Wine? I have to admit I love the name. What are wearing on your fingers this winter? Thanks for reading!


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Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend

Evening! Tonight I bring you a beautiful polish from Enchanted Polish. It’s my one and only Enchanted Polish and I’m so lucky I got it in a giant grab bag I bought from a nail polish sales group I’m in on Facebook. It’s called Time to Pretend and it’s from the 2013 Collection of the same name; Time to Pretend. I haven’t been able to find out much information about the collection but the photos are jaw-dropping so let’s see them!

Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend by Dry, Dammit!

Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can tell Time to Pretend is a purple linear holographic polish with a striking holo effect. But it’s also a duochrome polish, which shifts from purple to copper / gold. It’s a beautiful polish and while I was lucky to capture the holo effect, I didn’t get the duochrome effect that well, sorry! Application was two exceptionally easy coats with a top coat of Seche. I was so surprised by how easy this polish was to apply. I’ve read so much about how great Enchanted Polish is in application, but until now I didn’t 100% believe it!

Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend by Dry, Dammit!

Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend by Dry, Dammit!

I unfortunately think this polish is discontinued now. I tried to look for it on Enchanted Polish’s website but no luck. So unless you stumble upon a bottle, you’ll just have to gawk at my photos, ha ha. 🙂 Thanks for reading!


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The trip part 2: Italy, Greece & HEMA Holographic Blue

Hi out there! Yes, I’m still around, I’m loving travelling so much. I know I said I would post once a week while I was away… well, it turns out it’s pretty hard to get a decent WiFi connection in Europe in a hotel. Gosh I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post.

Since my last post, my husband and I have travelled from Holland into France, Switzerland, Italy and now Greece, where we are at the moment. Yesterday we took a train from Athens to Thessaloniki. In two days’ time we take a bus to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. We’re heading back towards western Europe now be in Germany in time for Christmas; we have a couple of friends we’re catching up with there.

Nail polish shopping was not so good for me in France or Switzerland. I found both countries to be very expensive and there wasn’t a lot of variety. Even in Rennes, a city in Brittany, France, you were paying Parisian prices. I know I go on a lot about the prices, but I don’t see the point of paying more or the same for a polish I can buy in Australia; I want to buy European polishes, dammit!

But the good news is once we entered Italy I found Kiko. Oh, Kiko! Kiko is an Italian brand (Milan), but strangely enough the nail polish is made in France. I know France manufactures a lot of nail polish, but so too does Italy. I resisted and just bought two, which I have worn and love, you can see them below, as well as two polishes I bought in Rome. The polishes in Rome are from a brand called Lilla, but I haven’t had a lot of luck finding a lot of information out about it. I think it’s a brand from an Italian chain called Beauty Point.

Italy haul

My nail polishes from Italy (from left): Kiko 245, Kiko 242, Lilla 12 and Lilla 53. Yes, all numbers sadly, not names. Oh, and sorry for the blurry photo!

Since entering Greece I’ve been overwhelmed with nail polishes, but they’re pretty basic, if that makes sense. There’s a department store everywhere called Hondos Center where there’s a combination of current mainstream brands, but then also a heap of ’80s looking nail polishes at very cheap prices. There’s a decent chain called Stop to Shop, but that’s like Hondos Center, but on a smaller scale. I’ve bought a few Essence polishes in Greece, you can see them below.

Greece haul

Nail polishes from Greece (from left): GoldenRose 111 from the Jolly Jewels Collection, Essence Ultimate Pink, Essence Sparkling Water Lily, Essence Oh My Glitter! and Essence Take a Ride on Pegasus from the Fantasia Collection.

But for now I want to show you HEMA Holographic Blue, which I showed you I bought in my last post. To be honest, I didn’t think it would be so holographic. But it’s incredible. I would very much compare it to an indie formula more than a mainstream formula, it’s that good. Buttery and consistent, what you see is just two coats. If you can get your hands on any of the polishes from the HEMA Special Effect Holographic Collection, I say do so!

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

See what I mean? The colours in the holo are beautiful and as I recall I wore this polish for about four days without any chipping. I haven’t tried Holographic Bordeaux yet, but I can’t wait to.

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

HEMA Holographic Blue by Dry, Dammit!

So I hope to update sooner rather than later next time, but we’ll see I guess. All I can say is thanks for bearing with me. I promise when I return to Australia I’ll be posting more regularly. But for now, here is a photo of me in Athens at a rooftop bar with the Acropolis in the background. Thanks for reading!

Haylee in Greece


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The trip part 1: Dubai, Holland & DA Magic Mauve

Hello from Veenendaal, Holland! It’s taken me a little while to get this first post out because someone (AKA my husband) packed the wrong cord for the camera to the tablet we are using to access the internet while we’re away. So we had to buy an SD card reader, but can you believe that we had such great difficulty finding one? Oh well. We have been having a great time and I have a few interesting photos to show you, so I will start at the beginning: Dubai!

After our 14-hour flight from Melbourne (and before that a one-hour flight from Hobart) we arrived in Dubai. It was so extremely hot! I knew it would be but I still wasn’t prepared for it. One of our first stops was the Dubai Mall, which is huge. We spent a good few hours there just looking at things until I found a Konad stand. It turns out there’s actually two stands; one on the lower level and the other near where you catch the metro. The photo below is the stand on the way to the metro station. I was in heaven but ended up buying just two polishes (not stamping polish, but normal polish that I didn’t realise Konad made).

Konad store in Dubai

Now, a note on the photos. My husband said it would be a good idea to not bring my DSLR, but a smaller digital camera so we would have to carry less. Turns our his camera is falling apart and takes pictures to only 10 megapixels! So the quality of my photos are not at their usual, unfortunately.

Also in Dubai we went to another mall (Dubai is great if you’re into shopping) called Mall of the Emirates. Aside from its indoor ski slope, it was hosting a fashion week called World of Fashion and people were receiving free manicures. My husband and I both had our nails done and I was also given the nail polish they used on my nails, a purple creme (my husband’s nails were just filed and buffed).

Haylee and Steve nails by Dry, Dammit!

The nail company doing the free manicures was called Nailstation Paris. I’d never heard of the company before and the lady who did my nails did an OK job, but to be honest I could have done better. She got a bit of polish on my cuticles and told me that my nails were too short to file and buff! I have never heard of that before. Mind you, the night before I had to cut my nails back as many of them had sadly broke, but still, I was looking forward to having them shaped nicely by someone who knew what they were doing.

After three nights in Dubai we flew to Amsterdam. I was hoping the nail polish would be cheap, but so far it’s been very expensive. Only the cheap brands are cheap, if that makes sense. I’ve bought a few Essence polishes and some other Dutch cheap brands such as HEMA and DA, which I was excited about because DA is made in my grandmother’s hometown, Zwolle.

We are now in Veenendaal, which is where my grandfather comes from and where a lot of my family still lives. For five days we’ve been staying with my grandfather’s sister and tomorrow we will head off to Rotterdam and then Paris by train. I have been having such a good time just relaxing; it has been lovely. Holland is such a beautiful country and so flat! Bike riding has been a breeze.

Dubai haul

My nail polishes from Dubai (from left): Konad Love Holic, Konad Blue Mountain and Nailstation Paris World of Fashion.

Holland haul

Nail polishes from Amsterdam (from left): Essence Me & My Lover, Essence Glitter On Me, Catrice Genius in the Bottle and Catrice Denim Moore.

Holland haul

Nail polishes from in and around Veenendaal (from left): Essence Chic Reloaded, HEMA Holographic Bordeaux, HEMA Holographic Blue, HEMA Chameleon Purple and DA Magic Mauve.

I also did my grandfather’s sister’s nails. I said she could pick any colour she wanted and she decided on OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane, one of the few polishes I bought with me. Below is her hand and mine (with DA Magic Mauve on my nails).

Haylee and Tineke nails by Dry, Dammit!

So now I will show you DA Magic Mauve. I wanted to show you this one because I was so surprised I found a polish from Zwolle. It’s a beautiful duochrome polish, which is either a purple or greenish-blue, depending how you look at it.

DA Magic Mauve by Dry, Dammit!

DA Magic Mauve by Dry, Dammit!

What you see here is two coats, but I probably could have done another coat because for some reason in the sunlight it looked a bit thin. I’ve had this with other duochromes before, so I’m not sure if it’s just what they do. The formula otherwise was great and so far I’ve had this polish on for three days without a chip!

DA Magic Mauve by Dry, Dammit!

DA Magic Mauve by Dry, Dammit!

I’m more than a week into the trip and so far I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m pretty sure it’s only going to get better as well. I hope I find more great polish. I’m looking forward to seeing if France is cheaper for nail polish and what brands it has. Thanks for reading!


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An oldie but a goodie: Revlon Polar Pink

Hello! Today, as the title suggests, I bring you my oldest nail polish: Revlon Polar Pink. This was part of a Christmas present from my sister one year… I think it was perhaps 1999? It used to be my second oldest nail polish, I had a brown-nudeish Covergirl nail polish given to me by my aunty one year, but I threw it out. That’s right, I threw it out! Why would I do that? I guess because I was just a kid. But moving on.

Revlon Polar Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Polar Pink is a sheer pink with a blueish holographic shift. It’ll require undies so what you see is two coats of Polar Pink over two coats of Sally Hansen First Blush. It’s a stunning polish. When I was younger I wore it without undies and it’s really pretty without a colour underneath, but looking at the pictures now I think I prefer it with undies.

Revlon Polar Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Polar Pink by Dry, Dammit!

See its cool bottle? You don’t see Revlon bottles like that anymore. Those rings on the lid are long gone. And while it says “top speed” I didn’t find it all that speedy.

Revlon Polar Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Polar Pink by Dry, Dammit!

While I can’t exactly catch it in my photos, the holographic blue in the polish is really pretty. Every time I looked down at my nails they were looking up at me saying, “Hello Haylee, aren’t I gorgeous?”.

I’m glad I got to show you this polish. If you ever stumble upon it, I say it’s worth a try! Thanks for reading!