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Savvy by DB swatches & review – Confetti, Outburst & Carnivale with starburst nail art

Hello! I’ve been meaning to post about these Savvy by DB polishes for a while now – if you follow me on IG you’ll remember I showed them to you last month. The three polishes below appeared at my local Priceline with two others, but I think they’re repeats of past Savvy by DB polishes – 100’s & 1000’s (yes, the apostrophes annoy me, too) and Razzle & Dazzle (that’s been rebadged as High Voltage) so I didn’t buy them. Also, these new polishes are in square bottles at 12ml, rather than round bottles at 10ml, so you get a bit more.

Because I found application the same with all three – even though they’re glitters – I’m just going to make a statement here to say I found them really easy and manageable. I didn’t have to fish or dab, which is a nice change for a mainstream-branded polish. Also, unlike my dubious experience earlier in the year with other Savvy by DB brushes, I found the brushes to be great; nice and wide without any flyaways. Phew! On with the polishes!

Confetti

Savvy by DB Confetti by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Confetti by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Confetti by Dry, Dammit!

This is just one coat of Confetti over two coats OPI My Vampire is Buff on my thumb, pointer and middle fingers and one coat over one coat Models Prefer Little Black Dress on my ring finger and pinky, all topped with Seche. As you can see, Confetti is made up of pink, white and orange matte glitters in a clear base. I’m so surprised by this polish! I thought for sure it would be thick and clumpy. I really like how with just one stroke it’s got a thorough coverage. I thought layering it over My Vampire is Buff might be weird, but I think it’s a winner, it really makes the white glitters pop.

Outburst

Savvy by DB Outburst by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Outburst by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Outburst by Dry, Dammit!

I really like Outburst, although I do wish its base were more of a creme and less a jelly. This is two coats without undies on my thumb, pointer and middle fingers and two coats over two coats Max Factor Candy Blue on my ring finger and pinky, all topped with Seche. There are lovely dark blue, light blue, silver and pink glitters throughout a blue jelly base. I’m not sure how well this one would work without undies, unless you’re happy with seeing your nail line. At three or four coats I worry the glitter with look too thick on the nail, if that makes sense. But I’m loving my Candy Blue and Outburst combo. You can thank my husband for suggesting Candy Blue as a base.

Carnivale

Savvy by DB Carnivale by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Carnivale by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Carnivale by Dry, Dammit!

I saved my favourite from the three for last. Would you believe this is just two coats? Sure, it’s not full coverage, but I think it comes close, especially from afar. This is another clear base with tiny glitters in gold, pink, purple, green and some iridescent pieces, too. I’ve topped it here with Seche. This sparkles so much! There’s really not a lot more to say as I found this lovely to apply (and even removal wasn’t overly difficult) and it wore really well. I wore this for a couple of days before wanting to nail art it up (below) by using it as a base for starbursts.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 12ml

To create my starbursts I just cut pieces of Scotch blue painters’ tape into long skinny triangles and placed them on my fingers in random patterns, followed by topping with one coat of Models Prefer Little Black Dress and Seche. I really like the result.

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Starburst nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Starburst nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Starburst nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So, what do you think of the polishes? I’m very impressed and happy with my purchases. I wish there was more to choose from. Thanks for reading!


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essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips

Hello, hello! Today I want to show you some nail stickers I wore recently and got quite a few compliments on. I’ll explain further below but for now let’s just say I struggled with keeping these stickers on all day without wanting to remove them!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can see these are French nail tips essentially, although essence calls them nail lace tips. You get 28 stickers all up in two different designs. I put them on over two coats of ulta3 Coral Silk from its new Spring / Summer Collection and then topped it off with a coat of Seche. The Bloom Me Up! Collection does include four pastel polishes, but I haven’t bought any because I feel like I’ve already got those colours in my collection. The nail lace tips are called Bloomylicious but since there’s only one variety I’m not sure why essence even bothered giving them a name other than nail lace tips.

Now, I’m not sure if it was the Seche but after my nails dried I noticed the tips moved away from the edge of my nail, leaving a very noticeable gap, probably about 1mm. I was like, “Argh!” and wanted to remove them straight away because I just thought it looked stupid but for the benefit of the blog I persevered. You should also note the shape of the nail lace tips is not really compatible with square nails, as I have. They are more suited to squoval nails. And, although I thought my nails were pretty small, it turns out they’re quite massive as I couldn’t find a sticker that matched up exactly to my nail size.

I applied these stickers at night-time and went to bed afterwards (as you normally do) and I found even though I wrapped my tips with Seche some of my nails had dirty sticky bits on them from where the sticker pulled up as it dried. So that was annoying. I had to keep wiping the tips of my nails remove the sticky bits. I will say though from afar my nails looked pretty decent and I got a few compliments and people wanting to know where I got my nails done. That was nice.

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

essence Bloom Me Up! nail lace tips by Dry, Dammit!

I should probably mention the actual application. I used a combination of tweezers and my fingers to remove the stickers from their backing and I’ve got to say you have to be a bit rough because they’re stuck on tight! But not too rough otherwise the sticker might tear, so it’s a delicate balance. To place the stickers I just ended up using my fingers as opposed to tweezers, but that’s just what was comfortable for me.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • What you get: 28 lace nail tip stickers in two designs

Overall I don’t think this product worked too well on me – I found the shrinking and small sticker sizes really annoying. However, in another review I was reading the blogger used the stickers at the curves of her cuticles, so maybe that would be a better look to try. On the positive side it was a relatively simple process and easy nail art without a lot of effort if you want to give it a go. Thanks for reading!


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essence A Hint of Love

Hiya! Looking back at my last post featuring Fox & Owl Snow Leopard I realised I didn’t tell you how many coats I used to achieve the look. The answer is two with a top coat of Seche. I’ve updated the post so that’s included now – phew! I know a lot of people were panicking (tongue in cheek).

Anywho, today I bring you essence A Hint of Love. I’ve looked this one up a bit to see whether the consensus is either that it’s a red-leaning pink shimmer or pink-leaning red shimmer, but it seems anything goes. I thought it looked pinker, but most seem to call it red so I’ll leave the deciding of that up to you! Maybe the polish is red and the specks pink? Outside it definitely looks pinker, as you’ll see below.

essence A Hint of Love by Dry, Dammit!

essence A Hint of Love by Dry, Dammit!

essence A Hint of Love by Dry, Dammit!

What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. I was really impressed with the formula. Smooth, easy to apply and even though it does contain the “specks” it was very manageable. A simple swipe on the nail, really. I removed it just as you would a creme polish and had no problems. On to more photos!

essence A Hint of Love by Dry, Dammit!

essence A Hint of Love by Dry, Dammit!

essence A Hint of Love by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I really love everything about this polish; it truly lives up to the sticker on its lid. It’s girly-girly while still be a bit different. I might convince my mum to give it a go – I think she would really like it. Thanks for reading!


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essence It’s Raining Men!

Hello! A quick post tonight to show you essence It’s Raining Men! This is one of the new essence polishes in its core line, it’s not part of any of the limited edition collections. It’s a classic blue / purple-ish glitter combo in a sheer blue base but builds up to a nice navy with a couple of coats. It kind of reminds me of W7 Twilight, but less intense.

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

In my pictures I tried to capture the purple, but my camera (or just the polish itself) found it difficult to capture. What you see here is two coats with Seche; as I said above, while a sheer base it still builds up nicely. It’s a very neat looking polish I think. Application was easy. I think it looks heaps better in the sunlight.

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

essence It's Raining Men! by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I have a few other new essence polishes I picked up – I look forward to showing them to you. I just don’t know how essence (or any polish company, really) can come up with so many colours so often! Incredible. Thanks for reading!


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essence Steel-ing the Scene gold topper from the Metal Glam Collection

Hello, tonight I have for you a glitter top coat by essence that I wore for about four or five days last week. It’s from the latest limited edition collection called Metal Glam. Before I get into it though I want to say sorry about not posting for almost a week. I have big news though – my husband and I got a dog! Her name is Shelby and she is a six-year-old collie staffie cross who was surrendered to an animal sanctuary where we got her from. We are in love! See my Instagram account for pictures! But now back to the nails! Scroll down for pictures and more information.

essence Steel-ing the Scene gold topper from the Metal Glam Collection by Dry, Dammit!

essence Steel-ing the Scene gold topper from the Metal Glam Collection by Dry, Dammit!

essence Steel-ing the Scene gold topper from the Metal Glam Collection by Dry, Dammit!

essence Steel-ing the Scene gold topper from the Metal Glam Collection by Dry, Dammit!

So the gold topper from the Metal Glam Collection is called Steel-ing the Scene and what you see is one dabbed coat with Seche. In the collection there are also four “liquid metal effect” polishes – the purple one you see above (called Petal to the Metal), a green one, a gold one and more a bronze one. Petal to the Metal is the only one that really appealed to me, and I’m so glad I got it because it’s just one coat! Plus I’m sure it will be great with stamping, too. But back to the topper. I am super impressed with it. While it’s not actually real 18k gold like OPI The Man with the Golden Gun, it did remind me of this and I think it’s killed my lemming for wanting to buy it. And it’s a bargain too at AU$3.50! Much cheaper, ha ha.

essence Steel-ing the Scene gold topper from the Metal Glam Collection by Dry, Dammit!

essence Steel-ing the Scene gold topper from the Metal Glam Collection by Dry, Dammit!

This is one dabbed coat of Steel-ing the Scene over two coats of W7 Sky Pearl with Seche. I love how the glitters flash so beautifully! A word of warning though – make sure to lay the glitter down flat. If you’re not careful some bits will stick out (even with a thick top coat) due to the fact the glitter is cut into shards. However, removal was surprisingly easy. I thought it would be too scratchy with a cotton ball, but using the foil method it came off perfectly in a couple of minutes.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$$3.50
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter topper, so wear some undies!

Just yesterday my 1 year blogaversary ticked over, so I’ll be doing special post soon to celebrate, so please keep and eye out. Thanks for reading!


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essence Dopey from the Snow White Collection

Hiya! Tonight I have a really quick update with you to show you a polish I wore before I went away but totally forgot to post about. I remember how nice it was wearing it because at the time I thought it was a bit bright for the season (coming out of winter)… looking back at it now it’s really not!

essence Dopey by Dry, Dammit!

Yes, it’s Dopey from essence’s Snow White Collection that I believe it had about a year ago. I grabbed Dopey and Snow White (a red jelly in a slightly larger 7ml bottle) for clearance both for AU$2 from a Priceline I don’t usually visit, so I was just lucky.

Dopey is a beautiful pastel blue creme with fine silver glitter throughout – it’s not gritty at all though. I used two coats and top coat in what you see here, I think I should have used three through because it’s a bit thin up near my cuticles and at the free edge. I wore this for a couple of days only and the wear was decent, not really any noticeable wear, and I found removal to be easy peasy.

essence Dopey by Dry, Dammit!

essence Dopey by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.95 (I got mine for AU$2 reduced, I think only a few in random stores now)
  • Volume: 5ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

I really love essence’s Snow White Collection so I’m happy I was able to find Dopey, I mean, he was sitting there pretty much alone on the shelf so I had to take him home! I’ve noticed in Priceline the new essence collection called Ticket to Paradise recently. I saw this when in Europe and I didn’t like the look of it then and I still don’t really like the look of it now (apart from maybe the lipglosses, which I’m a sucker for!). I guess you win some and lose some. Thanks for reading!


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Savvy by DB swatches in Surfer Girl, Cruise and Under the Sea

Hello! Tonight I have three swatches to show you of some Savvy by DB polishes; in one of my initial ventures to Priceline when I arrived back in Australia I noticed the Savvy by DB polish stand had completely changed. It’s no longer got a mish-mash of polishes, there’s (I think) 12 new colours all with a summer theme, obviously to match the season. These are the ones that took my fancy.

Surfer Girl

Savvy by DB Surfer Girl by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Surfer Girl by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Surfer Girl by Dry, Dammit!

What you see here is two coats with Seche on top. A lovely pigmented creme, you could probably get away with one coat if you weren’t in the habit of doing two like me. It’s purple-leaning pink I think, but I’m willing to hear what you think. This was very easy to apply.

Cruise

Savvy by DB Cruise by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Cruise by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Cruise by Dry, Dammit!

A pale blue creme; this is two coats with a top coat of Seche. Again, you could get away with one coat. Application was just as easy as Surfer Girl.

Under the Sea

Savvy by DB Under the Sea by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Under the Sea by Dry, Dammit!

Savvy by DB Under the Sea by Dry, Dammit!

This is a lovely light blue shimmer with pink, purple and blue flecks that is best seen in the sun. What you see is two coats with Seche, while on my ring finger is two coats over one coat of Cruise with Seche. I think I definitely prefer this polish over Cruise rather than on its own.

Now, a note on the brushes. I’m not sure if they’re designed this way or it’s just dodgy manufacturing, but I found with both Surfer Girl and Cruise the brushes were cut to an angle. This is fine for someone who is confident in polishing, I didn’t find it too much of a problem for example, but I think for a casual polisher it might seem a bit daunting and difficult. And then, the brush on Under the Sea was super thick! So maybe check that out before you buy. Below is a photo of the different brushes, see for yourself.

Savvy by DB brushes by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 10ml

So, have you seen these polishes and the others at your local Priceline? What do you think of my choices? Thanks for reading!