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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! πŸ˜€ 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 back line is not-quite-centre on my ring finger… oops. Still gotta practice my striping skills. Thanks for reading!

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Moonstone Nail Polish Purple People Eater custom nail polish

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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!


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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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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Total Recall Collection

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Tonight I have the stunning December 2016 collection to bring you from Femme Fatale Cosmetics called Total Recall, inspired by the film of the same name. Luckily, while this collection was launched in December, you will be able to get your hands on it again one last time next month in May when Femme Fatale has its final presale on the collection. Let’s take a look!

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Ego Trip swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE EGO TRIP

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Ego Trip swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I want to start with my favourite: The Ego Trip. This is a clear base with pink shimmer, chrome flakes and golden holo glitter. It’s such a dense polish, but I love it. You could probably wear it as a topper, but I like it as it is, personally. I’ve done three coats here, and as such it does become top coat-hungry, so you’re going to need a good, thick top coat for this polish. I used one thick coat of Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Clever Girl swatched by Dry, Dammit!CLEVER GIRL

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Clever Girl swatched by Dry, Dammit!You can kind of see the transition here – it moved so fast!

I really love the sharp contrast that makes up Clever Girl. It’s a thermal polish that transitions from clear (warm) to magenta (cold) with gold glitter and holo, of course! This polish was very manageable and I really like how the gold glitter looks in both states. This is another three-coater, but I think it’s worth it for the final effect. I’ve used a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Turbinium swatched by Dry, Dammit!TURBINIUM

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Turbinium swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Turbinium has a purple base with turquoise shimmer, green-gold-orange shifting flakes, a scattering of holo and green iridescent microglitter. For me, I applied two thick coats and I didn’t get any VNL, but you may need to keep an eye on this one just in case. Turbinium is the limited edition colour in the collection, so I don’t think it will be available when the next presale for Total Recall is on in May, unfortunately. I’ve topped it with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection 2084 swatched by Dry, Dammit!2084

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection 2084 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

2084 is a soft grey creme with a mauve and red overlay. It’s a very neutral colour and I think one many have and will flock to because of its wearability. The formula is quite generous on this one, being on the thick side, so what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Ready for Dreamland? swatched by Dry, Dammit!READY FOR DREAMLAND?

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Ready for Dreamland? swatched by Dry, Dammit!The polish looks grainy because I didn’t add top coat; silly me.

Ready for Dreamland? is a pale lavender-grey with fine silver flecks and pink sparks. It self-levelled really well and I remember I didn’t add a top coat for this swatch; I just left it at two coats because… well, I actually can’t remember why! I’m sure there was a good reason. I would recommend a top coat though because as you can see in the macro, it does dry a little grainy.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Last Resort swatched by Dry, Dammit!THE LAST RESORT

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection The Last Resort swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The Last Resort is a burgundy creme base with a slight orange shift and scattered holo. It’s quite a pretty polish and can look quite deep depending on your lighting. I found the formula super easy to work with and what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Venusville swatched by Dry, Dammit!VENUSVILLE

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Venusville swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Venusville is the second thermal in the collection. It’s clear (warm) to pink (cold) with blue shimmer and silver holo microglitter. I really like the look of the warm state when you can see all the shimmer and microglitter. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Welcome to Mars swatched by Dry, Dammit!WELCOME TO MARS

Femme Fatale Total Recall Collection Welcome to Mars swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Welcome to Mars. It’s a orange-red duochrome with gold glitter and chrome flakes. I really like how this one is complex and quirky at the same time. It’s my second favourite from the collection. The formula was great to work with and this is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Phew! There we have it. Do any of these polishes look like they might call your name in May? I highly recommend The Ego Trip! It’s just a lot of fun. 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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