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Emily de Molly Change of Pace & geometric nail art

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Hello! So recently I bought a few new Emily de Molly polishes after a WHOLE YEAR of buying nothing. Yup, that’s how long I’ve been out of the nail polish game for. 😦 Although I do have an order with Pretty Serious that we’re now coming up to 3 months of waiting… to be honest I’m not happy it’s taken so long but what am I meant to do?

Anyway, one of the Emily de Mollys I bought is called Change of Pace and it’s rocked my world. It’s a really humble polish, but it packs a punch – as you’ll see! I have no idea when it was released but you need it in your life!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Change of Pace is a pale pink with the must stunning purple shimmer, copper flakes and holo micro glitter. It’s so easy to wear! I feel like this would look brilliant on all skin tones; probably better n darker skin tones because it wouldn’t appear washed out. But that’s what I love about this polish on me. Formula-wise it’s also easy, two coats is all I needed with top coat.

I loved it so much it inspired me to do some nail art – and stamping at that! I also added some holo studs because it seems to be what I do when I have no other ideas.

Emily de Molly Change of Pace geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Change of Pace geometric nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I used Color4Nails and Celestial Cosmetics collab stamping polish in Amethyst, Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L060 and holo studs I must of bought years and years ago! I used the Rainbow Sticky Stamper from Emily de Molly and it’s very sticky, which will take me some getting used to I think. I’m in no way a seasoned stamper, but I was pretty happy with the result.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$10
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So whaddaya think? Do you like my attempt at “geometric” nail art? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Oh, and tell me what you think about Change of Pace, of course. Thanks for reading!

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Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy & mermaid nail art

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Ages ago (July!) I did a big Born Pretty Store purchase and picked up one of the duochrome flakie polishes I’d been seeing everywhere. I really like the effect of this polish, but I didn’t pick up its partner (called Eternal Life) as that was just a straight up duochrome and I have A LOT of those.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The polish I bought is called Destiny Fairy and it’s a stunner. It’s a clear base with purple-to-green shifting glitter, so delicate that they’re pretty much flakies. I decided to pop mine over white undies (I forgot the polish! I wore this yonks ago!) so you can see some of the individual bits. I really like this look, but you could get full opacity with this polish in about two or three coats. What you see here is two coats; the second coat I carefully chose where to dab the polish. Then I gave it a top coat of Seche Vite. It didn’t eat the top coat.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Now, this is my attempt at some mermaid-inspired nail art. I wore it a while ago but I remember really liking it when I did. I used a wavy line image and stamped that onto my nails and then applied rhinestones to my middle finger and index finger. I thought it looked somewhat fishy with the base of Destiny Fairy but didn’t want to call it fish fingers so mermaid nail art it is.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy mermaid nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy mermaid nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$3.69
  • Volume: 9ml
  • Coats to opacity: See description above

What are your thoughts on Destiny Fairy? Do you like seeing the white undies or do you prefer full coverage? Looking at the full coverage pics on the Born Pretty listing, I do prefer how I’ve done it, if I do say so myself. 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! 😀 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! 😀 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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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. 😉 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!

DETAILS

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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!


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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art

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Today is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I’ve never commemorated it before on my nails, but this year I really wanted to make sure I did. As a relatively new mum, I’m extremely fortunate to have my son in my life. I look at him every day and think the world’s just that little bit better for him being in it. I know a small handful of people who have experienced loss now. So I think it’s lovely this day exists for everyone to honour babies who have died from miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

During October, Theresa, of Grace-full Nail Polish, encourages everyone to paint their nails blue and pink to show support and raise awareness of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. You can participate too by using the hashtags #pregnancyandinfantlossawareness and #waveofpolish. She also hosts an auction of nail polish (now closed) that raises funds for Sands, the miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death charity in Australia. Theresa’s auction raises a lot of much-needed funds for this great cause. Read on for more details of my nails.

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I wanted something simple and I think I got that. Using a base of Femme Fatale Heart of the Mountain, I then used some nail art tape to mark off the top of my nails – a bit like how you’d do French tips. I then applied a couple of coats of SinfulColors Cinderella and while it was drying, I added two pink studs to each nail. I then applied a coat of Seche Vite. I think all the colours work well together and I must admit, I’m impressed that I didn’t stuff up applying the nail art tape straight across my nail. I always seem to apply it wrong!

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

 

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day nail art by Dry, Dammit!

This design was lovely to wear and I received a few compliments on how it looked, which was nice. I also realised I hadn’t worn a light blue polish in ages, so I thought I’d have to pull another one out soon, especially since pastel colours look so good in spring. I would love to hear if you commemorated International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on your nails. Let me know – or even better, show me! 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!