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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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Bettie Pain Polish Crystal and Gemstone Collection

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I love it when a collection is released and I can’t help but love every polish in it. This is the way I feel about Bettie Pain Polish’s latest collection called the Crystal and Gemstone Collection. I have all six polishes for you and I hope you’ll be as mesmerised by them as I am. I just can’t seem to get over how subtle yet vibrant the colours are! If you can’t guess, the collection is inspired by crystals and gemstones (you can see the inspo pics at Bettie Pain Polish’s IG) and includes thermals, shimmers and holo glitters – pretty much something for everyone to enjoy.

Bettie Pain Polish Crystal and Gemstone Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!PADPARADSCHA

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’ll start with my favourite, Padparadscha, which is inspired by the sapphire of the same name. It’s a sheer bright pink with a strong golden shimmer. This is such a delicate but strangely powerful polish and I’ve worn it a few times now. If you don’t mind a bit of VNL, you’ll really like this one. It’s great when you want something simply but a bit spesh at the same time. The formula was wonderful to work with, not overly streaky with the fine shimmer, but I would recommend making sure you apply it in thin coats. What you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!MOONSTONE

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This beauty is Moonstone (named after the stone of the same name). It’s a pale grey with a strong blue shimmer, a sprinkling of holo flakies and a subtle scattered holo finish. It’s a very eerie polish, very aptly named, and I just can’t get enough of those holo flakies. Again, I had a bit of VNL but that’s because I used really thin coats – three all up (with a top coat of Seche). You could get away with doing thicker coats and I reckon you wouldn’t have the VNL. I didn’t really notice it when I was wearing it.

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!GHOST

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Next up is Ghost, which is inspired by green phantom quartz. It’s the first thermal of the collection, and shifts from sage green (warm) to mint (cold). It also has gold flakies and gold microglitter. It’s a bit sheer, but I managed to get it opaque in three thin coats, with a top coat of Seche. It was really easy to work with and on me the thermal shift happens so fast that it was hard to accurately take a pic mid-action, so these pics aren’t really doing the polish much justice I’m afraid! Much more delicate and pretty in real life.

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!AMETHYST

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Amethyst is a purple crelly, filled with holo glitter, purple translucent glitter and a gold overlay. It’s a very pretty polish and the purple colour is really flattering for everyone. What you see is three thin coats with a top coat of Seche. I had absolutely no problems with the formula on this one – it was just divine to work with!

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!QUARTZ

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The second thermal of the collection, Quartz is inspired by the pink shades of rose quartz. It shifts from a pale baby pink (warm) to a bright pink (cold) and has green translucent flakies and a subtle holo shimmer. This is a close second favourite of mine from the collection – I just can’t help but love that bright pink! What you see here is three thin coats with a top coat of Seche. Again, VNL is present on me but I didn’t mind at all, but if you do, you could try thicker coats.

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!PEACOCK

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Last up is Peacock, named after peacock ore (bornite). It’s a blurple crelly with a strong blue shimmer and tiny silver flakies throughout. It’s a really fun colour to wear and I used three thin coats to achieve what you see here, along with a top coat of Seche. I can’t help but really love the macro of this polish; I just love that blue shimmer!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$9.75-AU$11
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

What do you think of Bettie Pain Polish’s Crystal and Gemstone Collection? Are there any here you’d like to try? The standout for me is definitely Padparadscha, followed closely by Quartz. Thanks for reading!Save

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Glittering Elements birthday releases

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I love birthdays and what better way to celebrate four years of Glittering Elements than with swatches of a handful of its wonderful polishes released especially for the milestone? Casey, the owner and creator at Glittering Elements, has released 10 new colours, two birthday exclusives and a one-off release called Dragonborn to celebrate the occasion. Phew! I also think it’s Casey’s birthday in there somewhere along the way, so happy birthday Casey!

Anywho, I have five of the new colours to show you so let’s jump in!

Glittering Elements Jawbreaker swatched by Dry, Dammit!JAWBREAKER

Glittering Elements Jawbreaker swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Jawbreaker is a bright pink scattered holo with purple sparks. If you’re thinking the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s inspired by the film Mean Girls. This polish is really fun to wear and my favourite from the five I’m showing you. You just can’t go wrong with a scattered holo. Formula-wise, this was a dream to apply and just glided on. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Darkside swatched by Dry, Dammit!DARKSIDE

Glittering Elements Darkside swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Darkside is another scattered holo stunner, this time a charcoal/purple base with a blue shift and purple sparks. It’s mesmerising; that’s really the only way I can accurately describe the colour, especially in that macro. Like Jawbreaker, Darkside applied like a dream. I’m wearing two coats plus a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Fantasy Island swatched by Dry, Dammit!FANTASY ISLAND

Glittering Elements Fantasy Island swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Fantasy Island is a turquoise scattered holo. So pretty! It also has the same great formula as the others, so what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!RAINBOW CRATERS

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Ah, Rainbow Craters. It’s a grey scattered holo with holo glitter. It’s listed as an “oops” because the rainbow from the holo doesn’t translate on the nail as much as it does in the bottle. I tried a million combinations of polish/top coats and even took pics of it without top coat – for some reason that holo just wouldn’t play! I even had harsh sun and flash on it, but nope! In terms of its formula though it’s lovely (just like the others) and what you see in my pics is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Blue Blood swatched by Dry, Dammit!BLUE BLOOD

Glittering Elements Blue Blood swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Blue Blood is a blue scattered holo with pink glass flecks. I love the macro of this so much. It’s my second favourite polish from the five I’m showing you. And just one last time – yes, the formula of this was easy as well, with what you see here being two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glittering Elements
  • Cost: Older stock starts at AU$5 and goes through to newer stock at AU$12.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See descriptions above

These polishes (and the others I’ve mentioned) are available until 6pm AEST on Sunday, June 4. Plus, you can get 21% off your order total with the code FOREVER21 (no minimum spend required! :D). If you’re keen to see what else Casey gets up to, why not join the Glittering Elements Nail Lacquer Facebook group? There’s lots of fun and competitions currently going on to celebrate Glittering Elements’ fourth birthday. Thanks for reading!Save

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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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Celestial Cosmetics March 2017 LEs

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My second post in one day! I must have missed blogging, ha ha. But I wanted to quickly show you more goodness from Celestial Cosmetics: the March 2017 LEs. These LEs are inspired by the film Dirty Dancing and yes, I’ve had the song Hungry Eyes in my head pretty much this whole month.

Celestial Cosmetics Be My Baby and Hungry Eyes swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Here’s the inspiration picture for the polishes (as voted by the members of Celestial’s Stars Facebook group. If you’re not a member, I highly recommend joining!).

Iconic final dance in Dirty Dancing. Image credit.

Celestial Cosmetics Be My Baby swatched by Dry, Dammit!BE MY BABY

Celestial Cosmetics Be My Baby swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Be My Baby is a simple, but classic, deep pink creme. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere and getting amped up for summer, then I think you’ll love wearing this colour. This is two easy coats with a top coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Be My Baby swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Hungry Eyes swatched by Dry, Dammit!HUNGRY EYES

Celestial Cosmetics Hungry Eyes swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Hungry Eyes is a pink-based jelly packed with colour-shifting flakes. The flakes payoff is brilliant, it coats really well and the polish doesn’t look sheer at all. I wore this all week and got many compliments on how it looks, so I think it’ll be a go-to polish for many. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year. On my ring finger though I have one coat over two coats of Be My Baby with a top coat of Light Year. I think it looks great both ways.

Celestial Cosmetics Hungry Eyes swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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So they’re this month’s LEs from Celestial. I can see myself wearing Hungry Eyes so much. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Femme Fatale Cosmetics November Fiends exclusives & COTM

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Hello, hello! I bring to you today some swatches of Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ November colour of the month (COTM) polish and the November Fiends exclusives (Fiends is Femme Fatale’s very own group on Facebook, so go check it out if you haven’t already). I want to start with the exclusives as they’re a lot of fun and also inspired by pictures the members of the Fiends group submitted, which I think is lovely. Let’s dive in.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CLOSE YOUR EYES

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I don’t know why this is called Close Your Eyes because I think most people will want to stare at this polish (geez, how tacky did that sound? But true!). This polish was inspired by the puffed chest colour of a bird image submitted by a Fiends member. It’s a blue-leaning-turquoise crelly with holo glitter, purple shimmer and green iridescent glitter. Because it is a crelly, you can see the tips and edges of the nail, but I actually don’t mind this. A warning though – this polish is a stainer. My nails were blue for a while after wearing and because I also wore some studs on the top of a few nails after taking these photos, you could still definitely see the shape of the studs on my nails once I removed the polish. So please do wear a good base coat. I’m wearing two coats here, but I think a third coat would look good as well, if you wanted to see what that looked like. I’ve topped it with Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Close Your Eyes Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

SEEING YOUR SOUL

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Here we have Seeing Your Soul, which is inspired by a pop art image suggest by a Fiends member. The base is a soft pink-beige crelly, which I adore. I would just love a polish like this: muted, yet insightful. Anyhow, the polish has a gold shimmer and glitter added in white, baby yellow, silver holo, aqua, fuchsia and yellow of various sizes. I found it hard to make the application look like how it looks in the bottle, but somehow I don’t mind the sparseness. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Seeing Your Soul Fiends exclusive swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

ENTWINED IN DUST (NOVEMBER COTM)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Entwined In Dust, the November 2016 COTM. It has a burgundy base and a soft bright pink to gold shine, along with some micro gold holo glitter (as seen in the macro image). It’s a bit more reserved than Femme Fatale’s usual COTM offering, but for traditional polish lovers this will go down a treat. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Entwined In Dust November 2016 COTM swatched by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of the November offering from Femme Fatale Cosmetics? Which is your favourite? 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!