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BYS Holographic nail polishes | Potion, Transcend, Unicorn Magic & Whimsical

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It’s been a while since I’ve bought some mainstream polishes, so when I first saw these polishes from BYS I was excited. Mainstream, affordable holos! But sadly no, while these are labelled holographic, they aren’t. However, four of the seven do have my favourite finish (foil) and were even duochromes, so I figured why not pick them up and see what they’re like? As you’ll find out, I’m really glad I purchased these beauties. Let’s take a look!

POTION

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Potion is a deep purple-green duochrome with green flecks. It’s a very moody polish. When I first looked at it I thought maybe I wouldn’t get this one, as it looked a bit brown to me, but on the nail it definitely looks better than in the bottle. Application was easy peasy – what you see here is just two coats without top coat. So as you can see, the formula builds up well, even though it was a bit watery and sheer when applying the first coat (the same applies for the other polishes, too). The second coat makes all the difference. In fact, because the formula is thin, even if you did do a third coat I don’t think it would be too much of a biggie as it’s not like it would be too heavy on the nail. You’re going to get sick of me saying it, but the brushes on these polishes are AMAZING. I’m very happy with the brushes – just a good, solid size that I think will work well with any nail shape.

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!TRANSCEND

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Transcend is lovely neutral polish I think many will enjoy. It’s a soft pink-silver duochrome with pink flecks. It’s not my favourite from the bunch, but I think it’s a close second. Again, the formula was a bit sheer but it’s buildable. Especially with that freaking awesome brush! This is two coats with no top coat – I think some people might have to do a third coat because even though my nails are very short at the moment, I could still see the tiniest of VNL.

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!UNICORN MAGIC

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Unicorn Magic is my favourite; I’m a sucker for purple and with that foil finish, how could I resist? Unicorn Magic is a purple-blue duochrome with blue flecks. Like the others, this builds up really easily (dat BRUSH!) but I think it’s like Transcend in that it may need three coats on some people. What you see on me is two coats without top coat.

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!WHIMSICAL

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Whimsical probably has the most subtle duochrome effect, but it’s there. It’s a bright pink-blue duochrome with pink and blue flecks. Like Potion, Whimsical builds up well and I don’t think you’d need any more than two coats, which is what I’ve shown here (with no top coat). This one I think is especially lovely up close and thanks to its awesome brush, there are no visible brush marks, even given the foil finish. Mind you, the other three polishes also didn’t show brush marks either, so it’s a pretty consistent formula.

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: BYS
  • Cost: AU$4.95
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

Just looking at the pics again now – please forgive the random flecks on my skin. That’s one peeve of mine about the foil finish. It seems to always leave behind flecks when I clean up, which usually wear off within a day, but when swatching, I just couldn’t get them all to budge! Also, in case you were wondering, the other three polishes in the collection are more of straight-up shimmers. Maybe a bit duochrome-y; I can’t remember. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll but them, but I might just to have the complete collection. Thanks for reading!

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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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Dance Legend Royal Blood negative space nail art inspired by Mari Lumme

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I love taking inspiration from other bloggers, so when I saw these designs by Mari Lumme I knew I wanted to copy them! And the best thing of all is, I had a Dance Legend I bought in a destatsh I wanted to try, so below I’ve recreated Mari’s second look using Dance Legend Royal Blood from the Sparky Collection.

Dance Legend Royal Blood negative space nail art inspired by Mari Lumme by Dry, Dammit!

Dance Legend Royal Blood negative space nail art inspired by Mari Lumme by Dry, Dammit!

Sadly, my lines aren’t as sharp as Mari’s, but from a distance it looks OK! ๐Ÿ˜€ I just love how simple it is. And all I did was apply Royal Blood with a nail tip guide and then use BYS nail art striper in black for the lines – too easy!

Royal Blood is a deep red jelly with a scattered holo. It’s very pretty on and I’m so glad I got around to finally wearing it. This is just two coats as well, so you can see it builds up quite nicely. If you leave it at one coat it definitely looks more squishy.

Dance Legend Royal Blood negative space nail art inspired by Mari Lumme by Dry, Dammit!

What do you think? You may also notice my black line is not-quite-centre on my ring finger… oops. Still gotta practice my striping skills. Thanks for reading!

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Nicole Diary floral water decals

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Hi there! Tonight I have some water nail decals to show you from Nicole Diary. I was approached by the Nicole Diary team to test run a few of its water decals and I have to say – they’re a lot of fun to wear! I have two designs to show you, but I still have more that I’ll post as I wear them. Before we begin, a note on the pics. Sorry about how they look a bit off, when I took the photos I was trialling my new nighttime set up and some of the lighting is a bit “extreme” to say the least. Let’s go!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Nicole Diary water decals swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So the two designs I have are both floral because I’m a sucker for the floral look as I am so incredibly bad at doing flowers freehand. My nail polish bases were Femme Fatale Cosmetics Horae Awaits (in the top pics) and Emily de Molly LE30 (in the bottom pics). In both instances, I had to cut the decal to my rough nail shape, soak in water for about 10 seconds and then apply to the nail. I then used a brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the edges – the decals melted away just like magic, which was wonderful, and I found them to work just like MILV water decals, to be honest. I then added a top coat of Seche Vite.

The downside of these decals is that in some of the packs, one side has a clear backing and the other side has a (usually white) opaque backing. I now like to wear decals over some kind of funky polish so they stick out rather than just white, so I found this to be annoying – and there’s no indication of such on the packaging so I only found out after competing one full hand! Otherwise, I thought these decals were great. Like all decals on me, even after a day (and going hard on wrapping my tips) the decals somehow seemed to pull from the nail edges, but I reckon I could get a few good days’ worth of use out of these. Removal is simple – just with acetone.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: AliExpress
  • Cost: US99c each
  • What you get: 1 packet of water decals enough for 10 nails

There are some lovely decals to choose from at AliExpress, so I recommend you take a peek, even if you hadn’t thought of buying. I’ll bring you some more pics on Instagram, so pop by my account and follow me if you’d like to see more. Thanks for reading!


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I’ve updated my blog sale

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Evening! A quick post to let you know today I completed something I have been wanting to do for ages: update my blog sale page. Nothing is over $4! I’ve got mostly mainstream polishes, so it might be good for someone starting out or just wanting to see what’s about (I know I always like looking).

I have a range of brands including: Sally Hansen, OPI, Catrice, essie, essence, SinfulColors, ulta3 and Revlon. And I’ve kept my section at the end with free polishes and expanded it!

Shipping is within Australia only with postage starting at AU$8.25 for 500g or less. Go and check out my blog sale page now! Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store holographic and paisley nail foils

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Hello! Tonight I bring you some foils I received from Born Pretty Store for review. I haven’t had a lot of experience with nail foils and I wanted to see what these deigns would look like on my nails. I think it came out reasonably well – read on for more!

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I have two nail foils to show you. One is a holographic foil and it’s on my thumb, index and middle fingers. The other is a paisley print and it’s on my ring and little fingers.

I used a base of Pretty Serious Cosmetics Irresistibly Pink and applied a top coat of Seche. When fully dry I then added a thin coat of foil glue (which I think is just PVC glue with water and maybe glycerin; I got mine from a Ciate kit I bought), waited until clear and then placed the foil on top and in one smooth(ish) move ripped it off the nail. Now, the thing I found with both foils is that it’s hard to know which side is the side that applies the pattern to the nail, so unless you test beforehand and make a mark on the foil, it’s 50/50 in working, really. I stuffed up a few times and had to rub off the glue and go again, which isn’t too bad but not very neat or fun.

The better the glue the better the application of the foil, I think. My glue was getting a bit old and you can see – especially on the holo fingers – that the foil is a bit stripey. I think if my glue wasn’t so old it would be better. The holo effect is striking but the paisley print would look better on a darker base colour, although it does look good in full sun. The amount of foil you get is pretty good. With the other foils I own, they’re just small squares whereas both of these nail foils are 1m long and 4cm wide. That’s a lot of nail art!

Once I had all my fingers foiled I then applied one thick coat of Seche, just to seal it all in properly. You can’t really go without top coat on a foil design because the glue will just rub off.

Born Pretty Store foils swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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I think out of the two foils I like the holo effect one the most. It really looks good in the sun and I like that it has quite a decent flame to it. The paisley print is pretty, but my nails are too small to get a good sized pattern. If you have wide nail beds I reckon they would look great on you. Feel free to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if youโ€™re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper review

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Hiya! Tonight I bring you a post that has been in the making for a few months now – the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper in purple. I say it’s been in the making for a few months because as soon as I got it for review from Born Pretty Store it’s become my go-to stamper. Sure, the tube isn’t clear, but for me that’s no biggie. The impressive feature of the stamper for me is its squishiness and purpleness (as a huge purple fan!). Read on for more!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Can we all take a minute to be amazed at the wonderful pick-up this stamper has?

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!Here’s what it looks like down the tube of the stamper.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

So, as you can see from the pictures above, this jelly stamper picks up images pretty well. I was totally skeptical when I received the stamper, so to actually have photographic evidence it picks up images is incredible to me. Although I will admit it does struggle with finer images. With those you’re either really lucky or it simply doesn’t pick up. ๐Ÿ˜ Which may come down to how the stamper head is primed. Yes, you do have to prime it (well, I did anyway). I washed it in dishwashing detergent and warm water and then used my nail file to gently rub the surface of the stamper head a bit. Once I had done that it was good to go for me. I would recommend you try washing in dishwashing detergent first and then stamping before going to the nail file as I found this made the stamper head a bit cloudy.

As you can see in my pictures, I’ve made a few scrapes to the stamper head. So a warning – be very careful! It’s quite sensitive and since it’s so squishy, once it’s “attacked” it’ll seem to totally crumble away in the area affected. Luckily for me that was only one or two spots. I really liked the squishiness of the stamper head and even with my huge C-curve nails it had no problem wrapping around it quickly and efficiently. I found it was easier to figure out where you wanted the image placed (by looking down the tube) and then smooshing right into your nail – not rolling from one side to another as you would do with a harder stamper head.

The stamper also comes with a purple plastic scraper. I didn’t used this as I used some former plastic gift cards to scrape with, but from sight it does look like it would do the job without damaging the plate you were working with.

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper by Dry, Dammit!

To stamp with I used Konad White Special Nail Polish over the top of Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Apple. The plate I used was one I received free from Emily de Molly in my last order as it was slightly damaged. I love the combination!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: 1 clear jelly stamper and 1 scraper (both purple)

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So, what do you think of the Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper? Born Pretty Store has other colours available too if you’re not keen on purple, plus I even think it has a stamper now where the tube is also translucent. It’s fun to just check it out anyway. Remember to use my discount code, HVX31, for 10% off your order if youโ€™re purchasing from Born Pretty Store. Thanks for reading!