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Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection

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So, you’ve probably noticed there’s been a revival in all things 90s lately. This works well for me as I’m a 90s child and it’s made me rediscover my love for pretty much everything from my childhood – tattoo chokers, boy bands and all things iridescent. The latest collection by Bettie Pain Polish is inspired by the 90s and – lucky you 😉 – I have all 10 polishes to share! So sit back and take a walk down memory lane with me as we look at the Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection.

Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!WE ARE THE WEIRDOS MISTER

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’m starting with my favourite: We Are The Weirdos Mister. Inspired by the film The Craft, this is a stunning multichrome that goes from deep pink to copper to gold and to green. It also has a bit of holo thrown in for good measure. It’s simply DIVINE and if you can only get one polish from the collection I’ve just got to recommend this one. It’s like an oil slick on your nails! Formula-wise it’s also perfect and what you see here are two easy coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Are The Weirdos Mister swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!WE WERE ON A BREAK

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

You most likely know I’m not the biggest blue polish fan but We Were On A Break just spoke to me and was my initial favourite from the collection (from just looking at the bottles). It’s inspired by the TV show Friends (I never actually got into it as a kid!) and it’s so bright and quirky that it’ll just cheer you up by looking at it. It’s a bright aqua blue with green shimmer and tiny green flakies and iridescent glitter… in fact, in my swatch notes I’ve described the glitter as “subtle” – but it’s there! This is two easy coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish We Were On A Break swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The sole thermal in the collection, Bittersweet Symphony is inspired by the song of the same name by The Verve and it’s just impossible to either not sing the song in your head or play it on YouTube when wearing it! It’s a vibrant blue when warm and a dark indigo when cold. Chuck in some tiny blue sparks and iridescent flakes and you have one pretty moody polish. This is two coats with a top coat; as with the others there wasn’t a problem with application.

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!Bittersweet Symphony in its warm state.

Bettie Pain Polish Bittersweet Symphony swatched by Dry, Dammit!Bittersweet Symphony in its cold state.

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!HEART-SHAPED BOX

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Le sigh. Heart-Shaped Box is inspired by the one-and-only Kurt Cobain and his grandpa cardi worn during the unplugged sessions. I just think it’s just fantastic! It’s a grey subtle scattered holo with strong green shimmer. I found on application it has a tendency to be streaky, so just make sure you do light, steady strokes in thin coats. I’m wearing two thin coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Heart-Shaped Box swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!DREAMS

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

If you love The Cranberries, you’ll love Dreams, which is inspired by the song of the same name. Like the song, it’s an ethereal pale purple with blue shimmer and silver holo glitter. It’s dainty yet full-on at the same time. Application was great and what you see are two easy coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Dreams swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!BACKSTREET’S BACK

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

If you can’t tell from the name, Backstreet’s Back is inspired by the film clip of Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). This is a BRIGHT purple with a strong green shimmer – basically a purple lover’s dream! Very, very easy to apply and I reckon you could get away with one coat if you were careful in application. I’m wearing two thin coats with top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Backstreet's Back swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!DOWNWARD SPIRAL

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Inspired by the Nine Inch Nails album The Downward Spiral, Downward Spiral is a soft, creamy pale grey with red shimmer and purple flecks. It reminds me a bit of Celestial Cosmetics’ Android Tears, but softer. Application was just perfect and I’m wearing two coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Downward Spiral swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!DREW

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Oh, Drew. WOWSERS. This is a bright rose creme with a pink/red shimmer. Just perfect. Oh, and the inspiration? Drew Barrymore of course! I’m wearing just ONE coat with a top coat – yes, the formula’s that great that you can get spot-on application in just one go.

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Drew swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE LOST BOYS

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So this one’s inspired by the film of the same name from 1987 – yes, cheating the 90s theme but I reckon it can hold a bit of resonance due to other popular vampire-themed stuff going on in the 90s such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and I agree, the film is TOTALLY different to the TV series!). The Lost Boys is a dark charcoal base with small flecks of purple and red flakes with a subtle scattered holo. I did three thin coats here with a layer of top coat and I think it worked out pretty well for me.

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Lost Boys swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Have you guessed what Spice Up Your Life is inspired by? Yep, The Spice Girls and their single of the same name. I think I watched this about a million times as a kid! So catchy. Spice Up Your Life is a bright silver holo packed with blue, purple and green microglitter. You don’t need any undies, this polish does all the work for you. It does dry grainy due to lots of glitter, so a good thick top coat is needed. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat.

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Spice Up Your Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$10.50-AU$11.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

Again, if you can only pick one polish from the collection, I recommend We Are The Weirdos Mister. Otherwise, also We Were On A Break and Spice Up Your Life are definites. What do you think? The Bettie Pain Polish 90s Collection launches on Saturday 13 January AEDT, so make sure to have a look. Thanks for reading!

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Bettie Pain Polish Crystal and Gemstone Collection

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I love it when a collection is released and I can’t help but love every polish in it. This is the way I feel about Bettie Pain Polish’s latest collection called the Crystal and Gemstone Collection. I have all six polishes for you and I hope you’ll be as mesmerised by them as I am. I just can’t seem to get over how subtle yet vibrant the colours are! If you can’t guess, the collection is inspired by crystals and gemstones (you can see the inspo pics at Bettie Pain Polish’s IG) and includes thermals, shimmers and holo glitters – pretty much something for everyone to enjoy.

Bettie Pain Polish Crystal and Gemstone Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!PADPARADSCHA

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’ll start with my favourite, Padparadscha, which is inspired by the sapphire of the same name. It’s a sheer bright pink with a strong golden shimmer. This is such a delicate but strangely powerful polish and I’ve worn it a few times now. If you don’t mind a bit of VNL, you’ll really like this one. It’s great when you want something simply but a bit spesh at the same time. The formula was wonderful to work with, not overly streaky with the fine shimmer, but I would recommend making sure you apply it in thin coats. What you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!MOONSTONE

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This beauty is Moonstone (named after the stone of the same name). It’s a pale grey with a strong blue shimmer, a sprinkling of holo flakies and a subtle scattered holo finish. It’s a very eerie polish, very aptly named, and I just can’t get enough of those holo flakies. Again, I had a bit of VNL but that’s because I used really thin coats – three all up (with a top coat of Seche). You could get away with doing thicker coats and I reckon you wouldn’t have the VNL. I didn’t really notice it when I was wearing it.

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!GHOST

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Next up is Ghost, which is inspired by green phantom quartz. It’s the first thermal of the collection, and shifts from sage green (warm) to mint (cold). It also has gold flakies and gold microglitter. It’s a bit sheer, but I managed to get it opaque in three thin coats, with a top coat of Seche. It was really easy to work with and on me the thermal shift happens so fast that it was hard to accurately take a pic mid-action, so these pics aren’t really doing the polish much justice I’m afraid! Much more delicate and pretty in real life.

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!AMETHYST

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Amethyst is a purple crelly, filled with holo glitter, purple translucent glitter and a gold overlay. It’s a very pretty polish and the purple colour is really flattering for everyone. What you see is three thin coats with a top coat of Seche. I had absolutely no problems with the formula on this one – it was just divine to work with!

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!QUARTZ

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The second thermal of the collection, Quartz is inspired by the pink shades of rose quartz. It shifts from a pale baby pink (warm) to a bright pink (cold) and has green translucent flakies and a subtle holo shimmer. This is a close second favourite of mine from the collection – I just can’t help but love that bright pink! What you see here is three thin coats with a top coat of Seche. Again, VNL is present on me but I didn’t mind at all, but if you do, you could try thicker coats.

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!PEACOCK

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Last up is Peacock, named after peacock ore (bornite). It’s a blurple crelly with a strong blue shimmer and tiny silver flakies throughout. It’s a really fun colour to wear and I used three thin coats to achieve what you see here, along with a top coat of Seche. I can’t help but really love the macro of this polish; I just love that blue shimmer!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$9.75-AU$11
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

What do you think of Bettie Pain Polish’s Crystal and Gemstone Collection? Are there any here you’d like to try? The standout for me is definitely Padparadscha, followed closely by Quartz. Thanks for reading!Save

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Glittering Elements birthday releases

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I love birthdays and what better way to celebrate four years of Glittering Elements than with swatches of a handful of its wonderful polishes released especially for the milestone? Casey, the owner and creator at Glittering Elements, has released 10 new colours, two birthday exclusives and a one-off release called Dragonborn to celebrate the occasion. Phew! I also think it’s Casey’s birthday in there somewhere along the way, so happy birthday Casey!

Anywho, I have five of the new colours to show you so let’s jump in!

Glittering Elements Jawbreaker swatched by Dry, Dammit!JAWBREAKER

Glittering Elements Jawbreaker swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Jawbreaker is a bright pink scattered holo with purple sparks. If you’re thinking the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s inspired by the film Mean Girls. This polish is really fun to wear and my favourite from the five I’m showing you. You just can’t go wrong with a scattered holo. Formula-wise, this was a dream to apply and just glided on. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Darkside swatched by Dry, Dammit!DARKSIDE

Glittering Elements Darkside swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Darkside is another scattered holo stunner, this time a charcoal/purple base with a blue shift and purple sparks. It’s mesmerising; that’s really the only way I can accurately describe the colour, especially in that macro. Like Jawbreaker, Darkside applied like a dream. I’m wearing two coats plus a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Fantasy Island swatched by Dry, Dammit!FANTASY ISLAND

Glittering Elements Fantasy Island swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Fantasy Island is a turquoise scattered holo. So pretty! It also has the same great formula as the others, so what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!RAINBOW CRATERS

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Ah, Rainbow Craters. It’s a grey scattered holo with holo glitter. It’s listed as an “oops” because the rainbow from the holo doesn’t translate on the nail as much as it does in the bottle. I tried a million combinations of polish/top coats and even took pics of it without top coat – for some reason that holo just wouldn’t play! I even had harsh sun and flash on it, but nope! In terms of its formula though it’s lovely (just like the others) and what you see in my pics is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Blue Blood swatched by Dry, Dammit!BLUE BLOOD

Glittering Elements Blue Blood swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Blue Blood is a blue scattered holo with pink glass flecks. I love the macro of this so much. It’s my second favourite polish from the five I’m showing you. And just one last time – yes, the formula of this was easy as well, with what you see here being two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glittering Elements
  • Cost: Older stock starts at AU$5 and goes through to newer stock at AU$12.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See descriptions above

These polishes (and the others I’ve mentioned) are available until 6pm AEST on Sunday, June 4. Plus, you can get 21% off your order total with the code FOREVER21 (no minimum spend required! :D). If you’re keen to see what else Casey gets up to, why not join the Glittering Elements Nail Lacquer Facebook group? There’s lots of fun and competitions currently going on to celebrate Glittering Elements’ fourth birthday. Thanks for reading!Save

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Moonstone Nail Polish Purple People Eater custom

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Hello there! Tonight I have a special polish to show you from Moonstone Nail Polish. It’s a custom polish called Purple People Eater (I chose the name! It was the first thing that came into my head, but I think it suits the polish nicely). I was the highest bidder in a Moonstone listing in an annual nail polish auction fundraiser organised by Theresa of Grace-full Nail Polish for International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in October. As part of my winning bid I received a polish called Shining Star (a gorgeous baby blue creme with blue shimmer) and the opportunity to work with the owner of Moonstone, Caitlin, on a custom polish. Read on for more!

Moonstone Nail Polish Purple People Eater custom nail polish swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Moonstone Nail Polish Purple People Eater custom nail polish swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Purple People Eater is a purple linear holo with a smattering of tiny iridescent glitter and small gold hexes. I really enjoyed the process of “making” this polish, but I think I was one of those horror customers for Caitlin as I was a bit indecisive about a few things. Caitlin was amazing though in providing me both pics and video of the polish as it was being designed. I totally didn’t expect that! I absolutely love the look of the gold hexes. The formula of Purple People Eater is also amazing – very easy to apply and not too thick at all. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Moonstone Nail Polish Purple People Eater custom nail polish swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Moonstone Nail Polish Purple People Eater custom nail polish swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of Purple People Eater? Have you considered making a custom before? I must confess, now that I’ve got one I want another! It’s also a great idea for a special gift, now that I think of it. Hmm. Thanks for reading!

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Emily de Molly Empty Journal

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Hello there. Another polish from the vault of my computer’s desktop today: Empty Journal by Emily de Molly. As you can see, it’s a rather gorgeous polish (even for not blue fans like myself) so why I kept pics away for so long… goodness only knows, really.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken in lightbox.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken in lightbox.

Empty Journal is a bright blue foil with blue to purple shimmer, which you can see in the macro above. I received so many compliments when wearing this polish. Everyone wanted to know where it came from – I reckon I generated a lot of sales for Emily de Molly the days I wore it! Well, it felt like that anyway. Formula-wise, it was easy to apply and manageable. I was careful with application otherwise I found it did tend to leave some brush strokes, so nice and slow is best. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite. Also – no staining once I removed it! It’s so great to wear such a potent polish without it staining for once.

Emily de Molly Empty Journal swatched by Dry, Dammit!Photo taken outside.

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So, what do you think of Empty Journal? I know for some the fact it’s a shimmer will turn people off, but I actually like the look of it. Thanks for reading!

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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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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!

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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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