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piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art

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It’s been a while since I wore some nail art, so I recently decided to do something simple using piCture pOlish Alive and some water decals I had. I bought Alive along with a swag of other piCture pOlish polishes in its recent stocktake sale (see my haul pic on IG) and thought Alive might go nicely with the decals I chose. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Alive is a deep fuchsia scattered holo with magenta hexes. It’s a simple polish, which I like, so I thought it would go well with some jazzing up, hence the gold studs. Can’t have too much bling! πŸ˜€ With the water decals, I didn’t realise until I cut it out ready for my ring finger that it was going to be mostly green thanks to the leaf – obviously I think it would have been better as pink/orange you see in the decal on my middle finger.

With Alive, I found the polish to be very smooth and easy to apply. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite to all fingers, including on top of the studs. I find it easier to seal studs in with a good top coat than use nail glue (aside the fact that I don’t actually own nail glue!) and I’ve never had a problem with any falling off prematurely.

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: piCture pOlish
  • Cost: AU$11 (retiring shade)
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I think I bought the water decals from Born Pretty Store and the studs were part of an essence trend collection, but I forget which one. Thanks for reading!

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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. πŸ™‚

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 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 theΒ 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’llΒ 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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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!