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Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer

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Hello there! Today I bring you Pretty Serious Cosmetics’ Wish You Were Beer. Since wearing this polish I just can’t get Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here out of my head! I believe this polish is limited edition and originally sold at the polish conventions Pretty Serious Cosmetics attended over the past year, including Aussie Indie Con, which I was devastated I couldn’t attend (damn baby!). But Wish You Were Beer is now up on Pretty Serious Cosmetics’ website so even if you didn’t attend the cons, you can still get your hands on it, which is what I did. 🙂

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Wish You Were Beer is a gold glitter base with holo glitter. The holo is really divine and just transforms this polish into something else. I’m love wearing it; usually I’m not the biggest gold fan, but this is such an intricate polish. It looks pretty stunning as soon as any source of light hits it. I reckon even if you’re not a gold lover (like me) you could come to love this polish. What you see is just two coats, but I found with the second coat the polish got a bit gluggy, so you do need to be patient and apply it quickly. Otherwise, put the lid back on, shake it and wait until it’s runny again. I’ve topped it with a coat of Seche Vite.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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What do you think of Wish You Were Beer? Let me know below. In the meantime, I’d recommend you at least look at Pretty Serious Cosmetics’ site as all its polishes are currently reduced to clear as it’s rebranding its polish bottles and other collateral. Thanks for reading!Save

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Bettie Pain Polish Breathe, Just Breathe

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Hi there! A quick post tonight to show you a polish I bought recently called Breathe, Just Breathe by Bettie Pain Polish. It’s from Bettie Pain’s Ever After Collection, which is inspired by the film of the same name. Let’s have a look!

Bettie Pain Polish Breathe, Just Breathe swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Breathe, Just Breathe swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Breathe, Just Breathe is a silver linear holo base with multicoloured flakies, red shimmer and small holo glitter. I just love the red shimmer! Although there’s a lot going on in the polish the formula was very manageable and easy to work with. I’m quite impressed this is two coats, actually. I thought I might need three, but I didn’t! I’ve topped it with Seche Vite.

Bettie Pain Polish Breathe, Just Breathe swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Breathe, Just Breathe has an elegant look to it that I’m sure a lot of people will love. I really love the macro photo – I can’t stop staring! What do you think? Thanks for reading!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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