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3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don’t have

Hello! Today I bring you a post I hope will help a lot of people by providing three different ways to create textured polish in a colour you don’t have. It’s no secret I quite like textured polish, but I don’t see the point in buying every single one – especially the ones that are just plain colours – so I’ve had a bit of fun experimenting with different combinations to see what’s possible. Let’s get started! (I’ll also just say sorry here for the different nail lengths – I did this over a number of weeks when I had time and consequently my nails went through length changes).

USING A NEUTRAL TEXTURED POLISH AS A BASE

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Face of Australia My Island Home covered by Revlon All Fired Up by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

What I’ve done is use a base of Face of Australia My Island Home (a nude textured polish) and then painted Revlon All Fired Up on top of it in two coats. You can see my review of My Island Home here. This was suggested by one of my IG followers and it’s a brilliant idea and I think creates the best result from the three ways I’m showing you. I think the texture looks really nice and it gets away as a red textured polish. In terms of wear, by the end of my full first day I had some noticeable tip wear of the red coming off, but I just repainted the tips and all was solved! So definitely give this a go.

USING A TEXTURED TOP COAT

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

essence Purple Sugar covered by essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

So this is a look that’ll cost you money. I’m not sure if there are other textured top coats on the market; I’ve only seen the one I’m using here and it’s essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty! While it says on the bottle to use with any essence polish, it’ll work with any polish you own. To be fair to the product though, I followed its instructions and tried it over essence Purple Sugar. One coat didn’t do it for me – you could tell there was something over Purple Sugar but it wasn’t necessarily textured (and sorry I didn’t take a pic) – so I added a second coat but I think it looks like a bit of overkill now. Maybe next time I just need to use one thick or dabbed coat of I Feel Gritty! Also, I’m not really into the “sparkle” effect of this top coat; I guess I prefer my textured polishes to be a bit more low key. Purple Sugar is a creme polish so I’m wondering what effect would be created if this went over a glitter or shimmer, etc. My guess is (because I Feel Gritty! doesn’t alter what is below it, it only covers it) it wouldn’t be that great as the polish would just cover up the base effect. But it’s still something to try! In terms of wear, this just acted like normal polish for me so after about two days my problem areas were showing some tip wear.

DETAILS

  • What: essence Sparkle Sand I Feel Gritty!
  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$4.10
  • Volume: 8ml

USING FLOUR

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

Ciate Ivory Queen and flour to get textured effect by Dry, Dammit! 3 ways to create textured nail polish in a colour you don't have

So this is inspired by a tutorial I found on the Dutch blog Beauty Ill. While Helen tried all kinds of different household products, I stuck with her recommendation of using flour. She has a picture tutorial at the end of her post so if you’d like to give this a try I’d suggest you take a look at that for clarity, but it is pretty simple. I put on a coat of Ciate Ivory Queen and then while it was still tacky, dipped my fingers into a bowl of flour. I dusted off the excess (without applying too much pressure) and then put another coat of Ivory Queen on top – some areas did need a few extra strokes here and there. I do like how subtle this looks but I had trouble with getting it to look as textured as what Helen achieves, even after two attempts. And also even after washing my hands some of the flour continued to hang about my cuticles. I just tried this quickly one weekend so I can’t give a full picture of how it wore, but I’ll just say that although it feels a bit weird to have flour sandwiched in your nail polish it seems to act just like normal when dry. If anything it’s a creative use for flour!

So, what do you think? Do any of these ways help you at all? I hope this post doesn’t seem too weird, but I just think for most it’s a bit unrealistic to buy every textured polish, especially if you’re only following a fad. Plus this way you get to experiment with the polishes you already have and I think that’s great. Thanks for reading!


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Born Pretty Store rhinestone studs for nail art review

Evening! Tonight I bring you another Born Pretty Store product I was sent for review: rhinestone studs. My pictures are just to illustrate what the studs look like, but I’ve also worn a few in different designs I didn’t photograph and I can tell you for certain that once these stud are down with top coat, it’s like they’re stuck to your nails. So you really don’t have to worry about them falling off if you think they look too precarious in the pictures!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

So the rhinestones come in this circular container that flips open. I thought they would fly everywhere and while it’s a slightly difficult to get the right movement to open the container with, I was able to do it and maintain all the rhinestones in their little segments. What’s inside are roughly 400 rhinestones in squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and paisleys ranging 2mm-3mm. I really liked the mixture, especially the paisleys as you don’t see them about too often. Once the container’s closed the rhinestones are sealed in and don’t cross-contaminate, which I liked.

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review by Dry, Dammit!

As you can see I’ve just done some random designs on each of my nails, but it’s really simple to make anything with the variety of rhinestones you get. My rhinestones were placed over Revlon Copa Sunset and topped with a coat of Seche. I used a wax pencil to pick up the studs and it worked perfectly. Also, I have good news about removal. All it takes is the foil method! I was very happy with that. In terms of re-using the studs, I’m sure you probably could, but you might need to not use pure acetone on top of them otherwise they lose too much of their shine. I’m also happy to say these rhinestones don’t look at all tacky. I had thought they might, but when wearing them I found them really classy instead. I’m sure if you went overboard though it could be too much (like anything) – but whatever floats your boat!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$3.40 (here)
  • What you get: Roughly 400 rhinestones in squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and paisleys in a circular flip container

I’m really happy with these rhinestones and I look forward to using them in more designs. It’s a very simple way to glam up your look due to their “bling” look. If you buy the studs (or anything else for that matter) from Born Pretty Store, make sure you use my 10% off code, HVX31, for 10% off your next order. Thanks for reading!

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


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Revlon Rio Rush Collection: Oi Beautiful, Carioca Crush, Copa Sunset & Gold Goddess

Hello hello! Tonight I’m bringing you a collection I’ve wanted ever since it came out, but since Revlon is so expensive in Australia, I just never bought it. It’s the Rio Rush Collection by famous make-up artist Gucci Westman. Recently my local Priceline had a ridiculous clearance sale and these polishes were just AU$.99 each. For AU$3.96 for the whole collection – how could I not buy them all? It’s cheaper than a coffee. In Australia these polishes were released in the middle of winter – I’m sure to coincide with the World Cup – but they just didn’t sell. In the northern hemisphere it would have been perfect timing, but people usually stay away from bright colours in winter – and these colours are very summery.

Revlon Rio Rush Collection by Dry, Dammit!

From left: Gold Goddess, Carioca Crush, Oi Beautiful and Copa Sunset.

Oi Beautiful

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Oi Beautiful by Dry, Dammit!

Oi Beautiful is a true purple creme – in fact, all the polishes but Gold Goddess are cremes. It’s got a wonderful pigmentation and it could be a one-coater, but here I’ve done two with Seche. On my ring and pinky fingers I’ve done one dabbed coat of Gold Goddess to show you what it looks like. I think the combo is quite nice.

Carioca Crush

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Carioca Crush by Dry, Dammit!

Carioca Crush is a bright dark blue creme (does that make sense?) and while I did two coats with top coat, I think I could have used a third. It was quite a good blue for my skin tone, but it’s my least favourite of the collection. And a major warning – this polish stains. Bad. So remember a good base coat and try not to hit your cuticles like I did so your fingers look blue. Again, Gold Goddess is on my ring and pinky fingers. Another good pairing.

Copa Sunset

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Copa Sunset by Dry, Dammit!

Copa Sunset is my favourite creme from the collection. I wouldn’t call it coral, but it’s definitely an orange-leaning red. It’s slightly sheer so I’ve done three coats with Seche. This best paired with Gold Goddess (on pinky and ring fingers).

Gold Goddess

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

Revlon Rio Rush Collection Gold Goddess by Dry, Dammit!

This is a great glitter top coat; the glitter pieces are tight and it’s quite subtle on the nail in some cases. I read a few reviews that said it was thick and a bit goopy, but I found my bottle to be quite smooth. The only issue I had was if you didn’t roll the bottle before you used it, some of the polish would settle at the base and be difficult to get on the brush. The glitter pieces are small and manageable and sit flat on the nail with no sticky-uppy bits. On my pinky and ring fingers I’ve done one dabbed coat over black and on the other fingers, one dabbed coat over white.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Target
  • Cost: AU$16.95 each (I got mine for just AU$.99 each! Woo!)
  • Volume: 14.7ml

I really, really like this collection. I know it’s just basic cremes but the colours are perfect for summer and each is a slight twist on standard summer colours. Plus Gold Goddess is a great topper. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Rainbow nail art & I’m off to Europe for 3 months

Hello! Sorry I have been MIA this past week but I’ve been so unbelievably crazy getting ready to go away to Europe that I haven’t even really had time to do my nails this week – I even went a couple of days without anything on! Argh!

Anwho, while I am meant to be getting ready I figured I just had to do one last update and show you a design I wore last week: rainbow nails! I was inspired from this pin I found on Pinterest, but I decided to add a blue background so it would be a full nail design. I still think the rainbow over the bare nails looks pretty cute, too. I used Revlon Blue Lagoon as the blue background and in some pictures you can see its pretty slight sparkle.

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For the rainbow I used Ulta3 Exotic Canary (yellow), Revlon Posh (green), Sinful Colors Boom Boom (pink) and Love Thy Polish Miss Priss (purple). I tried a group shot below of the polishes, but it looks a little messy! It’s hard to fit that many polishes elegantly in your hand. Oh, for the clouds I used Models Prefer No Angel.

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Rainbow nail art by Dry, Dammit!

So you might be wondering what’s going to happen with Dry, Dammit! while I’m away. I will be endeavouring to update my blog at least once a week, and hopefully with some cool travel pics, so please don’t don’t stop following me! I promise when I return I will be back to my regular updating. I would love to share my European holiday with you. Thanks for reading and see you in Europe (with a Dubai stop along the way!)!


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OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane & diagonal nail art

Hello! So in a few of my blog posts this week I have mentioned I visited my family last weekend. They live about four hours’ drive away from where I live so me and my husband typically make a weekend of it. So, as you do when in a different town, I went shopping and picked up two polishes: LA Colors Expressionism, dual-ended neon pink and multi-glitter polish from the Flash Pop! Collection, and OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane, a beautiful deep burgundy polish from OPI’s recent San Francisco Collection.

I was drawn to In the Cable Car-Pool Lane instantly; I had seen a few swatches of the polishes on some other blogs but I didn’t realise how gorgeous In the Cable Car-Pool Lane was! I took my pictures in my grandparents’ sun room so you might notice a different background with the photos below.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is more a dark red jelly rather than a creme; it even looks a bit purple in some light. In the photos I have two coats on, but I really think I could have used a third coat. Application was easy as usual with OPI polish.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

While seeing my family I also did my grandmother’s and mum’s nails. We did the obligatory nail shot below. My mum’s nails are left (you will see I recreated the nail art I showed you earlier this week), my hand is in the middle (wearing In the Cable Car-Pool Lane) and my grandmother’s nails are metallic pink using Ulta3 Celebutant!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane by Dry, Dammit!

I wore In the Cable Car-Pool Lane for a couple of days and then decided to do a little diagonal nail art design. I don’t know what else to call it. I used two dabbed coats of Revlon Brilliant Bordeaux and then used a black striper from BYS to mark off the diagonal lines.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane nail art by Dry, Dammit!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics
  • Cost: AU$16
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

You may notice my nails are a bit more square shaped than my usual squoval shape. This is because I have decided to try out the square trend. I quite like it. As my nails are short, I have to wait until they grow a bit for some of the edging to have more impact, but it’s a start! Thanks for reading!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 8: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nails & September What’s In-die Box? nail mail

Whoa! Long title, hey? Today I bring you day eight ofย The Cuteberry Nail Challenge, which is your favourite album cover. My all-time favourite band is The Beatles. I have always loved The Beatles, but it wasn’t until university when I started to fully appreciate their greatness. My favourite album by far is Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I’m not totally sure why either… there’s just something about it that appeals to me. I mean, this album started the whole concept album trend that was made big by other bands such as Pink Floyd and Genesis.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band albumThe Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

So I took the inspiration for my nail art from the cover of the album, namely the colours John, Ringo, Paul and George are wearing as well as the white button-y things on the front of their clothes.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Polishes I used:

  • Ulta3 Pink Hibiscus (pink)
  • Ulta3 Coral reef (orange)
  • Revlon Love Hurts (the green side called Love)
  • Mode Cosmetics Hook Me Up (blue)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint striper in white

I really liked this nail design, even if it may be a little abstract. But there was no way I could replicate the whole album; I’m not even sure if the best nail artists could!

Anywho, this week I also received some awesome nail mail: my September What’s In-die Box?! This month’s theme is Sex and the City. I will be able to give you more information when I swatch them on the weekend, but at this stage I have to say I am a little underwhelmed by the polishes. I love Sex and the City and none of them lived up to my expectations apart from one from Peita’s Polish. I have below the packaging and some bottle shots for you.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 by Dry, Dammit!

It came in perfect packaging, as always! Very exciting to unwrap each polish.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 by Dry, Dammit!

Here they all are, from left to right, Lilypad Lacquer City Lights, Glam Polish Carrie Me Away!, Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement, Peita’s Polish Labels or Love and Celestial I Miss New York.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Lilypad Lacquer City Lights by Dry, Dammit!

A close-up of Lilypad Lacquer City Lights. (I’ll give detailed descriptions of the polishes when I swatch them over the weekend.)

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Glam Polish Carrie Me Away! by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Carrie Me Away!

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Peita's Polish Labels or Love by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish Labels or Love.

What's In-die Box? September 2013 Celestial I Miss New York by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial I Miss New York.

So, that’s it for me. Sorry about another long post but I just have so much to post about lately! By the way, my favourite Beatle is Ringo, if you were wondering. Thanks for reading!


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The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 6: Winter nails

Hello! Today I bring you day six ofย The Cuteberry Nail Challenge. This day’s theme is your favourite season. My favourite season is winter. I’m not sure why, I think it’s because I’ve always preferred to be really cold than really hot. My skin is quite pale and I am very prone to sunburn!

Instead of just doing large snowflakes on my fingers, which I did consider as I thought it might be relatively simple, I decided to do a more true-to-life representation of what winter is like where I live. In Hobart, Tasmania, there is a large mountain called Mt Wellington (its indigenous names are Unghbanyahletta, Poorawetter, or Kunanyi). It can pretty much be seen from wherever you are in the city and in winter it’s snow-capped one day and then dry the next. So I decided to do a little tribute to Mt Wellington when it is snow-capped.

Mt WellingtonMt Wellington, also known as Unghbanyahletta, Poorawetter, or Kunanyi. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Winter nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Winter nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Winter nails nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Now I know my version of the mountain is lusher than the picture, but I took creative licence! I am actually proud of the little clouds. Also, I am sorry about the messiness around my cuticles! I swear when I looked at my fingers they were perfect. Isn’t it funny what the camera will pick up and really highlight? Grrr and also sorry about my stupid annoying cut still!

Polishes I used:

  • Revlon Posh (green)
  • Revlon Dreamer (blue)
  • Ulta3 Exotic Canary (yellow)
  • Ulta3 Sea Breeze Swirl (light green)
  • Sinful Colors Nirvana (brown)
  • BYS white nail striper

The next day of The Cuteberry Nail Challenge is your favourite celebrity… I don’t really have one so that will be interesting! I might just take inspiration from a picture of someone famous who is half decent, I guess. Thanks for reading!