Dry, Dammit!

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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Happy New Year & nail art with OPI White Shatter

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is well and rested after the festive season, I can definitely say I am. I’m loving the time I have away from work right now. A lot of lazing about, mostly doing nothing. Wonderful!

I want to share with you two things today: 1. Some nail art I wore earlier in December using OPI White Shatter and 2. The way overdue news of me being pregnant. I’m about 36 weeks along now so that’s why lately I’ve had a lot of interruptions on the blog. Some days (OK, a lot of days!) I just didn’t feel like posting so I didn’t. But I wanted you all to know before bub arrived as I’ve been wanting to tell you all for ages now! I just felt a bit weird about randomly announcing it in a post, that’s all. My husband and I are super excited and we’re looking forward to meeting our little one. My pregnancy has gone quite smoothly and I still feel pretty good, although the fatigue is getting to me now. I really do have a better appreciation for my body and what it can do, it’s incredible.

Now, moving on to the nails! OPI White Shatter is what got me really into nail polish. I was just so amazed that a polish could change right before my eyes. I didn’t realise there could be so many finishes to polishes. So, after wearing Ciate Main Stage for a few days and getting some chips on the tips, I decided to utilise White Shatter.

OPI White Shatter nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI White Shatter nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI White Shatter nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI White Shatter nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I taped off my nails into an inverted V and then applied one coat of White Shatter, then I removed the tape and used my Kiss nail striper in silver to outline the V shape. I was going to leave it just as White Shatter and Main Stage but I felt it needed something else. I really enjoyed my walk down memory lane with White Shatter. I think I caught the end of the shatter craze (2011-2012?) and can still enjoy it every now and then. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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OPI Dutch Tulips

Hello! Recently Priceline has been selling a very limited number of OPIs (I think they’re all from the core collection) for AU$10, which is a steal for OPI in Australia. I’ve never heard of Dutch Tulips before (I’d only heard of Kiss Me On My Tulips from the Holland Collection) but when I saw it was a beautiful cherry red in the bottle, I bought it straight away. I don’t think I’ve been so captivated by a red before.

OPI Dutch Tulips by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Dutch Tulips by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see, it’s a classic red colour – leaning more pink than blue – and has a wonderful “cherry” look about it. This is two coats with Seche on top. Application was easy and really quick with a steady hand. I haven’t worn a red polish in a long time so I felt very grown up. I think this kind of red goes better with my skin tone than other reds, so if you’re a pale white like me this could be the red polish for you.

OPI Dutch Tulips by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Dutch Tulips by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Dutch Tulips by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$10
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

If only every day OPI could be AU$10. I would have a heap more in my collection, that’s for sure. I also think Dutch Tulips would be lovely on your toes for summer, since it is such a classic-looking colour. Thanks for reading!


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My first ever gradient nail art

Hiya! So, I have a confession: Apart from my Sally Hansen Sugar Coat gradient nails I’ve never actually been successful at a gradient before. I think for me it was because I didn’t realise that a) You need a base colour and b) You need to sponge the colour on repeatedly, rather than just once. I know, I know, silly! But now I’ve actually given it a good try and I’m quite happy with the outcome; I think it’s perfect for this time of year, even if the weather doesn’t agree with me.

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art by Dry, Dammit!

The colours I used were from ulta3’s Candy Couture polishes: Lemon Drop (yellow), Fairy Floss (pink) and Peach Pie (orange). It’s a bit Halloween-esque (candy corn) so maybe my subconscious was wanting Halloween to not stop with my evil clown nail art, hey? Of course, I had to fiddle with it after a few days so I added OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat from the 2013 Mariah Carey Christmas Collection and a matte top coat. I really like how it turned out! Quite subtle I think.

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

Gradient nail art topped with OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat by Dry, Dammit!

I’m really looking forward to doing another lot of gradient nails, maybe with darker colours. That could be challenging though due to the clean-up involved. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review

Hello hello! I’m really excited to bring you tonight’s post because I haven’t stamped in such a long time and this stamping plate from Born Pretty Store (provided for review) has made me excited about it again. It even makes my effort look half decent, if I do say so myself!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

The stamping plate itself is a bit odd to me, in terms of its images. It has Ms on it with lace – what an unusual combo! However, I probably could have done with it when I did my M&M’s nails. I think I would have prefered something more floral, like a flower, to go with the overall delicate lace theme. But that’s just a slight thought and not really a big issue, I don’t think.

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Now, the plate comes with blue film on both sides, so you have to remove it before you use it for stamping (I only removed the film from the front). Be careful though because those edges are sharp! Once uncovered the plate is beautiful and shiny – however it won’t stay that way long! Mwahaha!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

So this is the plate next to a Konad plate I own (m64). And just look a the image size difference! I measured one of the images and its dimensions are: 1.5cm wide by 2cm high. Significantly more massive-er than the Konad plate, but that is obvious even visually. My nails aren’t super big but they do have a really high annoying C curve so the bigger the better for me, really. I chose to use the more flowery design (the one closest to the right in the picture above).

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

And just look at that! The design fits my nail – yay! Win. Also, I was quite impressed with the crispness of the transferred image. I used Sinful Colors Fig to stamp with and thought maybe it would be a bit too thin, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem at all. Phew! Good for me considering I don’t own any proper stamping polish… something I should really get onto, hey!?

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

This is the end result. I am so chuffed with it! The colour below the stamping is OPI My Vampire is Buff (two coats) and it is topped with one coat of Seche. I just cannot believe I was able to create this look, especially since I’ve been MIA in the stamping world for probably a year or more. On my ring finger I included two rhinestones in the centre of the flowers, just to add a bit of sparkle and an accent (I also received them from Born Pretty Store for review but I’ll show you in more detail in another post).

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store QA94 lace stamping plate review by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$2.99 (here)
  • What you get: One octagonal-shaped stamping plate with lace designs and various size Ms

So, what do you think? I am really impressed by this stamping plate. Considering how inexpensive it is and its payoff, I just think you can’t go wrong. And as a bonus it has helped me get back into the world of stamping. I hope you like it, too! If you’re keen to buy the plate or another item from Born Pretty Store, make sure you use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order (Born Pretty also has free shipping – just a reminder). Thanks for reading!

*I received the product (stamping plate) in this post free of charge by the distribution company for my honest opinion.


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OPI Excuse Moi! from the 2011 Muppets Collection

Hello! Sorry about the week-and-a-bit hiatus – I went away for work and didn’t have the internet where I was staying. Well, you could have have Wi-Fi at an exorbitant price but I just wasn’t going to pay it! Catch of the Day recently had another nail polish sale on, this time with free shipping, so I picked up some more polish. Duh. One of them was OPI Excuse Moi! from the 2011 Muppets Collection. Now, with all the hype around the latest Muppets collection I thought why not post this? It’s kind of relevant, ha ha.

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

Excuse Moi! is a red jelly base with multi-coloured hex glitter and fine silver glitter throughout. I’ve never come across a polish like this before. Its jam packed with glitter yet it was so easy to apply and remove! What you see is just two coats with Seche. I just don’t know how OPI has been able to produce something this manageable without it being gluggy and thick. It was so sparkly on I couldn’t help but look at my hands all day! Whoops.

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Excuse Moi! by Dry, Dammit!

Overload of pictures! I’m sorry but the sparkle was just too overpowering. 🙂

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics (Not sure if they have this one in at the moment, but one can always hope!)
  • Cost: AU$16 (I got mine from Catch of the Day for AU$8.99 I think)
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Now, I was wondering if I could get your opinion. I put the “details” section above with – obviously – further details about the product. Do people find this relevant? For me the hardest part is the price and where to buy part. Where I live is so hit and miss, plus if you’re not in Tassie (and even Australia) you’re probably reading it and thinking “Wha..?”. So, do you think it’s a keeper? Does the information help anyone? I’m happy to keep it if at least one person is benefiting. Thanks for reading!


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OPI Push and Shove & Lay Down That Base from the Gwen Stefani Collection

Evening! Tonight I have for you one of the polishes from the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection: Push and Shove. With this polish OPI has a specially designed base coat to wear called Lay Down That Base. Now, I’ve been seeing a few reviews on Push and Shove so when I saw it (to my complete surprise!) at my local Glow Cosmetics I snatched it straight up to try it.

Thankfully because OPI recommends the base coat with the polish it’s included a teeny tiny (3.75ml) bottle; the same size as the minis you’d usually buy from OPI. I have yet to see a full size bottle for sale, which I find a bit weird because obviously if it’s a base coat for Push and Shove how is is meant to last as long as a full size bottle of Push and Shove?

OPI Push and Shove by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Push and Shove by Dry, Dammit!

So above is what the packaging looks like together. This is my first chrome polish, which is the main reason why I bought it, so I was actually interested to read the bit about Push and Shove being “intended for One Night Only wear”. I didn’t know that about chrome polishes. Now I do.

In the reviews I have been reading I’ve discovered that Lay Down That Base isn’t a good ridge filler. So before I applied it I put a layer of my usual base coat on and then Lay Down That Base. Lay Down That Base is incredibly sticky and hard to manage, I don’t really like it to be honest, and then you need to put down two coats because you get worried about it being patchy.

After putting the base coats on I then did two coats of Push and Shove and I struggled, I’ve got to tell you. I don’t think adding the extra base really helped either, sadly, you could still see all the ridges on my nails. I tried to make my layers as even as I could, but when the brush even crossed over an area already polished by the tiniest bit it would go bald. Argh! So be careful!

OPI Push and Shove by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Push and Shove by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Push and Shove by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Push and Shove by Dry, Dammit!

OPI Lay Down That Base and Push and Shove by Dry, Dammit!

I did really like the shine on this though and I did enjoy wearing the polish once the ordeal of application was over. The polish dried super fast and because you don’t need a top coat, you’re pretty much good to go in no time at all. I thought the wear time would be terrible because that’s what the packaging implied, but after a day and a bit of wear I had minimal tip wear/chips so I decided to see what it would look like with a top coat. I just used one coat of Seche and I found it to look exactly the same, as you can see below. I wore it like this for a couple of extra days and the wear wasn’t too bad at all.

OPI Push and Shove by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics
  • Cost: AU$16
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two
  • What you get: A large bottle of Push and Shove and a 3.75ml bottle of Lay Down That Base, the recommended base coat

Have you seen any of the Gwen Stefani Collection about? I’m keen on a few of the other p0lishes, but considering they’re so expensive I’ll have to choose wisely. I’ve got my eye on Love.Angel.Music.Baby., a gold matte/satin. It just looks incredible I think. Thanks for reading!