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A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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OPI Vesper

Hello hello! Today I’m bringing you OPI Vesper, which is from the 2013 Bond Girls Collection – a collection full of textured polishes (or, as OPI calls them, “Liquid Sands”). But first, I wanted to thank you for your patience over the past month or so. On February 1 my husband and I welcomed our baby boy Archer into the world. I’ve posted a photo of him here on IG. He’s five weeks old now and the time has gone so fast! I’m really loving being a mother and I can’t believe how lucky I am to have this little guy in my life. I’m actually typing this post up with him wrapped around my front, snoozing. So cute.

Anywho, I bought Vesper when it was on special once from Catch of the Day before the site was revamped and now always seems to have a continuous OPI sale. I had wanted it for ages and while I’m glad I now own it, it hasn’t lived up to my expectations – it’s much more black than I thought. I wanted it to be a bit more purple. In the bottle if you hold it up to the light it has a really nice purple “glow”, I thought.

OPI Vesper by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Vesper by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Vesper by Dry, Dammit!

Vesper is a purple jelly base with black glitter – I’ve applied two coats and it looks a bit patchy in the light but I liked that you could tell it was purple. Otherwise I would have used three coats, but I had a feeling it would go really dark. Obviously I haven’t used a top coat. When cleaning this up I found the little gritty bits to be so difficult to remove from my cuticle area! They loved to just stick in there, so I cleaned up as best I could and washed my hands as soon as possible after, which got rid of most of the grit.

OPI Vesper by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Vesper by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Catch of the Day, Glow Cosmetics
  • Cost: Depends on sale on Catch of the Day, AU$16 at Glow Cosmetics
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two, but I would recommend three

These pictures are really old (from last year) so I want to wear Vesper again now to see how I feel about it, maybe I’ll grow to like it more. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Nail polish haul & Look by BIPA Glitter Coral

Hello! Finally after settling back into home life and work I’m ready to blog! I have a pretty big post for you tonight but I’m sure you won’t mind considering it’s mostly pictures of my haul from the past week – and who doesn’t like looking at people’s hauls?

It turns out while I was away I missed out on quite a bit of nail polish news. Over the weekend I went to my local Target and what was there but a brand spanking new Nicole by OPI stand! Wha? Little ol’ Target and Nicole by OPI? I noticed the polishes were AU$12.95 each. Also in Target was a massive Sinful Colors display with what I think are some holiday polishes. Also Sinful Colors is now AU$4 at Target, down by AU.95c. I went into my local Kmart and there was no more Sinful Colors! I was sad about that.

Anywho, while at Target I couldn’t help but pick up three Sinful Colors polishes (and still cheaper than just one Nicole by OPI!). You can see them below.

Sinful Colors mini haulFrom left: Super Star, Pinky Glitter and Triple Platinum.

Then I was in a chemist near my work and I spotted the Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book so I just had to buy it… there goes AU$24.95! But totally worth it, I think, as I didn’t think I would find it considering it’s limited edition. I can’t wait to do a proper post on this and show you some awesome looks!

The Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book

Here’s some peeks of the polishes and caviar beads inside:

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Crush, Rock Candy, Gingerbread and Sugar Coated.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Sour Grape, Gumball, Fairy Floss and Peach Pie.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Blue, Toffee Apple, Min-tea and Lemon Drop.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Caviar beads 100s & 1000s, Lotsa Liquorice, Mini Musks and Sugar Sprinkles.

I also bought a few assorted Ulta3s, I haven’t seen Lucky Bamboo before so that’s why I picked it up, even though the colour doesn’t really do much for me. That’s the good thing about Ulta3, at AU$2 you can give any colour a try without feeling guilty! Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me are all from Ulta3’s recent Colour Game Collection. I also picked up the other two polishes from the Colour Game Collection from another chemist, Emerald Inten-ciy and Block It Out, but I don’t have their photos here sorry.

Ulta3 mini haulFrom left: Jelly, Citrus, Lucky Bamboo, Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me.

And finally, if that wasn’t enough for you, I also stopped by my favourite Priceline and bought some new Savvy by DBs and one of the Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes, which were on special.

Savvy by DB polishesFrom left: Sally Hansen Bubble Plum, Savvy by DB Under the Sea, Savvy by DB Surfer Girl and Savvy by DB Cruise.

But wait, there’s more! I was at The Reject Shop and saw some really cute nail polish highlighters (OK, so they’re highlighters in the shape of nail polish bottles, not highlighters made from nail polish) and I bought them too, just a novelty really, but I thought it would be fun to show you. The second photo is how the highlighters work. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to last long, but oh well.

Nail polish highlighters

Nail polish highlighters

Phew! Now that I’ve shown you all that I can finally concentrate on Look by BIPA Glitter Coral. Look by BIPA is a home brand to a company called BIPA; it’s very similar to Priceline here in Australia. I bought this in Austria, I’m not sure if that’s only where BIPAs are but it’s the only country I saw them. I was in Vienna actually when I picked this up and thought it would be perfect from summer when I returned home. And I was not disappointed! This is an orange polish with tiny gold flecks through it and a really nice, even textured effect. I think this is a great summer polish and the textured effect of it just makes it even more perfect for the season.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

I wore this over the weekend and it started chipping after two days, but it was still a lot of fun to wear. What you see is two coats; it was so easy to apply and dried so fast! Double good considering then you don’t have to worry about a top coat unless you really want to. It’s a very pretty polish and that’s saying a lot for me considering I’m not the biggest fan of orange polishes. Removal was a cinch too – I just used cotton balls, but if you’re not sure you could use the foil method.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

It’s such a pity this polish can’t be bought in Australia, or something similar at least. Maybe a clever person mix a few textured polishes together and get the same result? If only it were that easy, hey? Thanks for reading!


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OPI The Impossible

Hello! Today I bring you another OPI liquid sand polish called The Impossible. I know these were all the rage at the beginning of the year, but I still really like the textured look. I still don’t own any other brands’ textured polishes, but I would love to try them out, if I ever spotted them around.

Anywho, moving on. The Impossible is from the OPI Mariah Carey Collection and is a wonderful red polish with glitter throughout and some larger hexes. It’s not a deep red, it’s closer to pink I think, but it’s a great pop of colour in winter.

OPI The Impossible

As you can see, I have one of the teeny tiny bottles, which is part of my mini set of the liquid sand polishes from the Mariah Carey Collection. I used three coats to achieve what you see here – I would have done two but I thought it looked a little sheer when I applied it. It dries thicker though.

OPI The Impossible

OPI The Impossible

OPI The Impossible

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: (For the mini set) eBay or Myer
  • Cost: AU$24.95 at Myer, best find on eBay
  • Volume: 3.75ml (mini)
  • Coats to opacity: Three

Like the rest of the liquid sand polishes I’ve tried, I’m really a fan of the textured feel. This is different to just putting glitter onto went nail polish; it’s actually designed for everyday wear and tear, whereas with just applying glitter to a colour, there’s no real engineering behind it.

What I will say about The Impossible though is that the larger hex glitters annoyed me. They just seemed out of place and too sparse for my liking.

Let me know what you think of The Impossible. I really like it, as you can tell. Thanks for reading!


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OPI Get Your Number

Hello! Today I have OPI Get Your Number to show you. I know the liquid sand polishes have been done to death now but I wanted to show you how textured the polish actually is on the nail.

I got Get Your Number as part of a mini pack on eBay at the beginning of the year. It came with all the liquid sand polishes form the Mariah Carey Collection – Get Your Number, Can’t Let Go, The Impossible and Stay the Night. I know now you can find the mini pack at Myer, too.

OPI Get Your Number

The texture on this polish is incredible. It’s deep yet matte and sparkly yet still really gritty. But not gritty in that it grips to your clothes of hair, just bumpy. I used three coats to get this to opacity, but you could do two thick coats. When applying it to the nail it doesn’t go gritty until it starts drying, so the polish application is quite smooth. I haven’t tried this with a top coat, but from what I’ve seen on other blogs I actually like the liquid sand polishes without a top coat.

OPI Get Your Number

OPI Get Your Number

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: eBay or Myer
  • Cost: AU$24.95 at Myer, on eBay it’s anything goes!
  • Volume: 3.75ml (mini)
  • Coats to opacity: Three

Do you see the sparkly textured greatness? I really like the liquid sand polishes. I like that cosmetic companies are trying to come up with different things instead of just standard polishes. So what do you think of the liquid sand polishes? Let me know below. Thanks for reading!