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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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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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Nail polish

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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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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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Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone

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Hello! I’ve been cleaning up some of my random polish-related things lately and have come across a stash of pics I haven’t uploaded to my blog. So, over the next few weeks, if you see my nail length change from short to long and vice versa, it’s because I’m just putting some “older” pics up, not because my nails grow incredibly fast. Ha! I wish they would though.

So today I have Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone to show you. It’s one of the many polishes from the Post Apocalyptic Princess Collection (of which I also own An Uzi From Daddy) and it’s a lot of fun – like all polishes from Pretty Serious. Read on for more!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Forbidden Zone is a deep red jelly base with gold shimmer and gold and red glitter. It’s a very pretty polish but it’ll eat your top coat like nothing else. So you have to use at least two layers of a good, thick top coat. I’m wearing two thin coats with two coats of Seche on top. I reckon this would make a great base for some Christmas nail art.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Forbidden Zone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Have you tried any polishes from the Post Apocalyptic Princess Collection? Which one is your favourite? Let me know your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!

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Femme Fatale Cosmetics October COTM Duo

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Hi there! Today I bring you the Femme Fatale Cosmetics COTM Duo for October. Usually the COTM is just one polish, but I think with October being such a great time of year for inspiration (think Halloween and all things gory in general) it would be hard for anyone to keep it to just one polish when inspired by Stephen King’s novel The Shining. So this is what Sophie (the creator and owner of Femme Fatale) has done. The COTM Duo is currently available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Australian site in a 48-hour presale and it will be heading to the Femme Fatale Cosmetics international site in mid-October. Let’s take a look.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

CABIN FEVER

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Cabin Fever stole my heart straight away. If you like Femme Fatale’s Liquid Pearl (from last year’s The Midsummer Night’s Dream Collection), then you’ll also be a fan of Cabin Fever. It has a milky base with red shimmer, red iridescent glitter and black holo glitter. It can be worn alone (as my pictures show) or layered over another polish. I just love the red shimmer! I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE OVERLOOK

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The other stunner from this duo is The Overlook. The Overlook is a bright, rich red-magenta linear holo with silverΒ holo microglitter. This polish was a lot of fun to wear and I think it’s pretty work appropriate, too, even though it’s inspired by The Shining. This is two easy coats with a top coat of Seche.

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Now, I kind of think Cabin Fever and The Overlook are made to go with each other, so here’s a couple of pics of Cabin Fever over The Overlook. An interesting combo indeed!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook topped with Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Femme Fatale October COTM Duo 2016 The Overlook topped with Cabin Fever swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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Even though these are a duo, you’ll notice you can buy these polishes individually, which is great news in case you like one and not the other, for example. Also, if you like the look of both but don’t have the budget this month, both polishes will be back in the Femme Fatale Cosmetics December presale. So, plenty of time to save. Thanks for reading!


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Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection

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Hi there. Tonight I bring you swatches and my thoughts on the Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection, which launches tomorrow on both the Australian and international Celestial sites. It’s inspired by the costumes from the 1992 movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula and is a collaboration collection for Nicki’s birthday (the maker behind Celestial). Every birthday Nicki does a collaboration collection and this year it’s with one of her good friends. Read on for more!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE DEVIL’S CONCUBINE

The Devil’s Concubine is a stunning orange linear holo that has a gorgeous flame. It’s my favourite from the collection and inspired by the vibrant orange clothes the character Lucy Westenra once she’s a vampire. It was so smooth to apply and I really think this would make an awesome summer polish – especially on the toes! I’m becoming more and more a fan of orange so I was pretty pleased this vibrant colour was included in the collection. This is just two easy coats with one coat of Celestial Cosmetics Light Year Quick Dry Top Coat.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Devil's Concubine swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE BRIDES

The Brides is a dark gold base with gold colour-shifting flakes and green shimmer. This one’s based on the clothes of the brides of Dracula. It looks like it would be a bit bumpy once applied, but it was actually so smooth. It reminds me of a pot of gold. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Brides swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE

The Blood Is The Life – wowsers! Look at that intense red. I can definitely see blood here; can you? This has a slight duochrome effect, going from a dark red to a copper. It’s quite a slight shift, but I think I was able to capture it well. The inspiration behind this one is drawn from the battle armour Prince Vlad wears, the gown Mina wears when she dines with the Count and the blood Dracula requires to remain alive. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection The Blood is the Life swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

GOD’S MADMEN

God’s Madmen is a really interesting polish. It looks much more vibrant in real life, more like in the macro shot below. It’s a metallic grey with gold flakes and gold holo microglitter. I found it to look quite metallic on, so if you’re not the biggest fan of that finish you may not like this one. Nevertheless it does apply easily – and without noticeable brush strokes, too. This one is inspired by the dark clothes the men wear when they hunt the Count. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection God's Madmen swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

OCEANS OF TIME

Oceans of Time is a dark blue base with silver shimmer and silver flakes. I really like how the flakes look in this one. They’re quite delicate yet edgy and I think it matches the inspiration of Dracula’s blue lenses of the glasses he wears in London very well. Plus, it’s a bit different too in terms of the match up for a Dracula-inspired polish. My “original” idea would have been red or black. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Oceans of Time swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

MINA

Finally we have Mina, a light mint holo with white sparks. In fact, I found this colour to be almost a neon pastel. If you’re a lover of green then you’ll think this is divine. Mina is inspired by the clothes of the character Wilhelmina Murray. It applied like butter but it does need to build up gradually, so I’d recommend thin coats. This is three coats with a top coat of Light Year.

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Love Never Dies Collection Mina swatched by Dry, Dammit!

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I’m a big fan of this collection – it’s surprisingly bright and cheerful for a collection inspired largely by a horror film. I’ve never actually watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula so I’m thinking I probably should now. If you can only get one from the collection I recommend The Devil’s Concubine, for sure! What’s you’re favourite from the collection? Let me know your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!


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Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder and contrasting stamping nail art

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Hiya! Tonight’s a quick post to show you the lovely Gloss ‘n Sparkle Rose Madder as well as a bit of stamping I did over it. I was so sad when Angela, the creator and owner of Gloss ‘n Sparkle, announced she was officially closing the brand earlier this year. It’s a real shame for the Australian indie polish community as Angela’s creations included the awesome Unicorn Droppings and Fruit Tingle. But onto the stunner that is Rose Madder!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Rose Madder is (I think) from the Hail to The King Collection, which was inspired by the author Stephen King. It’s a red – almost pink – jelly full of holographic and iridescent multi-coloured glitter. I love looking at that macro! Such depth and a lot of love in it. It was super easy to apply in just two coats – but for extra depth you could easily do three and still not worry about it being thick. I topped it with a coat of Seche.

Below is the stamping I popped on top – I can’t remember which plate I used though, but I do remember I used one of Emily de Molly’s stamping polishes, which was Dark Pink. This was a lot of fun to wear! What do you think?

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Gloss 'n Sparkle Rose Madder with stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

You can still buy Rose Madder at Color 4 Nails. If you’re looking for an Australian stockist, you’re out of luck unfortunately, butΒ Femme Fatale Cosmetics does have some of its Gloss ‘n Sparkle stock left at sale prices you may like to check out. Thanks for reading!