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Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb from the Red Carpet Collection

Hello! I’m bringing you a new love tonight – Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb from the Red Carpet Collection. I really like this collection, but so far this is the only polish I have bought from it. Hopefully the pictures convince you to buy it, too!

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

Glitter Bomb is a beautiful gold shimmer base with lilac hexes. It looks so nice in the sun! I’ve teamed one coat with two coats of Ciate Sugar Plum and a top coat of Seche *swoon*. I like how this all seems to just work. Glitter Bomb has a very nice payoff, with one stroke providing great coverage without fishing. You could build this up to be opaque – probably three dabbed coats to get it two what it looks like in the bottle – but I think it works well with a base. I’ve seen other blogs try it with a darker base and that has worked nicely as well.

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95 (on special at Priceline)
  • Volume: 14.7ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter top coat, so use an undie! Otherwise probably three dabbed coats

So what do you think about Glitter Bomb? While I do like the name, I feel it doesn’t “go” with the polish, like it needed something more regal. But that’s just me. Thanks for reading!


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Sally Hansen Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat Collection & textured gradient nail art

OK, so by now you probably get that I am loving textured polishes at the moment. If you’re not a fan, sorry! But I can’t help it. Today I have for you Sally Hansen Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat Collection. I really like this collection because they’re all just pretty much textured solid colours. To me that equals simple and easy!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sugar Fix is a milky white. What you see is two coats with no top coat. I really enjoyed wearing it but only could wear it for a day because I found since it’s white, textured and has no top coat, it picks up stains like anything. 😦 I could have re-applied a new coat, but I didn’t want it to be too scratchy, if you know what I mean.

Look at how massive the bottle is! It’s only 11.8ml, so I’m not sure why it looks so massive like that in my hand. The bottle is quite nice, pretty thick glass, so obviously that has something to do with it – my hands haven’t shrunk anyway!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95
  • Volume: 11.8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I used Sugar Fix as the base for some gradient nail art for a competition on Instagram for Priceline. If you follow me (Please do! Click the link or search for @drydammit) you would have seen these nails a couple of weeks ago. Well, I thought I share the love here too. Along with Sugar Fix, I used Bubble Plum (purple) and Cotton Candies (pink) also from the Sugar Coat Collection to create a textured gradient. It didn’t come out too bad.

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat textured gradient by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat textured gradient by Dry, Dammit!I didn’t win any days of the competition unfortunately. Clearly I was robbed. πŸ˜› Still, it was fun and I’m curious to see what other textured gradients look like now, too. Thanks for reading!


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Nail polish haul & Look by BIPA Glitter Coral

Hello! Finally after settling back into home life and work I’m ready to blog! I have a pretty big post for you tonight but I’m sure you won’t mind considering it’s mostly pictures of my haul from the past week – and who doesn’t like looking at people’s hauls?

It turns out while I was away I missed out on quite a bit of nail polish news. Over the weekend I went to my local Target and what was there but a brand spanking new Nicole by OPI stand! Wha? Little ol’ Target and Nicole by OPI? I noticed the polishes were AU$12.95 each. Also in Target was a massive Sinful Colors display with what I think are some holiday polishes. Also Sinful Colors is now AU$4 at Target, down by AU.95c. I went into my local Kmart and there was no more Sinful Colors! I was sad about that.

Anywho, while at Target I couldn’t help but pick up three Sinful Colors polishes (and still cheaper than just one Nicole by OPI!). You can see them below.

Sinful Colors mini haulFrom left: Super Star, Pinky Glitter and Triple Platinum.

Then I was in a chemist near my work and I spotted the Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book so I just had to buy it… there goes AU$24.95! But totally worth it, I think, as I didn’t think I would find it considering it’s limited edition. I can’t wait to do a proper post on this and show you some awesome looks!

The Ulta3 Candy Couture nail book

Here’s some peeks of the polishes and caviar beads inside:

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Crush, Rock Candy, Gingerbread and Sugar Coated.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Sour Grape, Gumball, Fairy Floss and Peach Pie.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Berry Blue, Toffee Apple, Min-tea and Lemon Drop.

Polishes from the Ulta3 Candy Couture nails bookFrom left: Caviar beads 100s & 1000s, Lotsa Liquorice, Mini Musks and Sugar Sprinkles.

I also bought a few assorted Ulta3s, I haven’t seen Lucky Bamboo before so that’s why I picked it up, even though the colour doesn’t really do much for me. That’s the good thing about Ulta3, at AU$2 you can give any colour a try without feeling guilty! Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me are all from Ulta3’s recent Colour Game Collection. I also picked up the other two polishes from the Colour Game Collection from another chemist, Emerald Inten-ciy and Block It Out, but I don’t have their photos here sorry.

Ulta3 mini haulFrom left: Jelly, Citrus, Lucky Bamboo, Palette Play, Tone It Up and Bright Me.

And finally, if that wasn’t enough for you, I also stopped by my favourite Priceline and bought some new Savvy by DBs and one of the Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes, which were on special.

Savvy by DB polishesFrom left: Sally Hansen Bubble Plum, Savvy by DB Under the Sea, Savvy by DB Surfer Girl and Savvy by DB Cruise.

But wait, there’s more! I was at The Reject Shop and saw some really cute nail polish highlighters (OK, so they’re highlighters in the shape of nail polish bottles, not highlighters made from nail polish) and I bought them too, just a novelty really, but I thought it would be fun to show you. The second photo is how the highlighters work. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to last long, but oh well.

Nail polish highlighters

Nail polish highlighters

Phew! Now that I’ve shown you all that I can finally concentrate on Look by BIPA Glitter Coral. Look by BIPA is a home brand to a company called BIPA; it’s very similar to Priceline here in Australia. I bought this in Austria, I’m not sure if that’s only where BIPAs are but it’s the only country I saw them. I was in Vienna actually when I picked this up and thought it would be perfect from summer when I returned home. And I was not disappointed! This is an orange polish with tiny gold flecks through it and a really nice, even textured effect. I think this is a great summer polish and the textured effect of it just makes it even more perfect for the season.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

I wore this over the weekend and it started chipping after two days, but it was still a lot of fun to wear. What you see is two coats; it was so easy to apply and dried so fast! Double good considering then you don’t have to worry about a top coat unless you really want to. It’s a very pretty polish and that’s saying a lot for me considering I’m not the biggest fan of orange polishes. Removal was a cinch too – I just used cotton balls, but if you’re not sure you could use the foil method.

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

Look by BIPA Glitter Coral textured polish by Dry, Dammit!

It’s such a pity this polish can’t be bought in Australia, or something similar at least. Maybe a clever person mix a few textured polishes together and get the same result? If only it were that easy, hey? Thanks for reading!


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Sally Hansen Lava from the Lustre Shine Collection & stamping nail art

Hello! Tonight I bring you one of the polishes from the Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Collection. It’s the only one I found to be a bit different from the others in the collection, to me the rest of the colours are typical in what you see with duochrome / multichrome polishes. It’s called Lava and suffice to say it’s gorgeous!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Lava has a really beautiful pink / orange / gold shift. I’m not much of an orange fan but this deep orange I really love, it’s not so in your face. Sometimes when I’ve worn orange my fingers look like I’ve stuck them in a pumpkin. Not a good look. What you see on me are three coats; the formula’s a bit sheer so I would say stick with the three coats, but maybe two thick coats would work, too.

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava by Dry, Dammit!

I found Lava to have a really nice shine (as the name of the collection would suggest) both indoors and outside. Plus it’s a fun colour to wear without being too over the top.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

I liked the look of Lava so much I decided to use it as a base for some stamping. I decided on a simple design from plate VL007 by Vivid Lacquer; a stripe pattern, which I’m sure has a fancier name than that. I used Sinful Colors Island Coral for stamping, which worked perfectly I am happy to say.

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Lava stamping nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really like the stamping. I think it’s subtle. It had been a while since I did some stamping so I probably should have done something a bit more experimental, but oh well. In the meantime, have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!


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Sally Hansen All Yarned Up from the Fuzzy Coat Collection

Hello! Today I have to show you a polish I picked up last week. Yes, finally the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Collection has hit the shelves in Australia (well, Tasmania at least). I’m not as excited about the collection as I thought I would be, mainly because I’ve seen plenty of swatches and read many reviews and I’m a bit ho-hum on the overall look. Looking at all the polishes in the collection, there was really only one I thought would be worth getting and that’s All Yarned Up. The reason why I deemed this ‘buy-worthy’ is because it’s the only multi-coloured polish out of the collection and also the one with the most interesting colours.

Sally Hansen All Yarned Up by Dry, Dammit!

Essentially, the Fuzzy Coat Collection is a collection of small matte bar glitter toppers in different colour combinations, such as black and white, navy blue and white and orange and yellow. All Yarned Up is made up of pastel blue, orange and yellow matte bar glitters. What you see on my nails is two coats over two coats of the Steamy side of Revlon Steamy Affair from the Nail Art Break-Up Collection. I found the application to be easy, however I don’t think you would achieve opacity until at least three or four coats. Also, removal was way easier than other glitter polishes – maybe because the glitter is so fine?

Sally Hansen All Yarned Up by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen All Yarned Up by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$9.95 (but I got mine on special for AU$7.96)
  • Volume: 9.17ml
  • Coats to opacity: It’s a glitter top coat, so you’ll need to put it over some undies!

I really like the look but I only like it enough to wear for a couple of days. This is a trend polish I think. Not as cringe-worthy as crackle (but I like crackle polishes, so now I feel a bit contradictory) but I think its popularity will pass. However, it does look fuzzy on the nail, doesn’t it? I was quite impressed with that. I think the delicacy of the small matte glitters works really well. I thought this might be really cool with some kind of Muppets nail art… maybe though it’s the term ‘Fuzzy’ that’s making me think of that because of Fozzie Bear? Anywho, let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


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Sinful Colors Boom Boom & Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink nail art

Hello! So a few days ago I did some nail art with Sinful Colors Boom Boom and it absorbed into the nail polish underneath it. It still looked alright, but you didn’t get to truly appreciate what Boom Boom looks like. So I decided to wear it by itself.

Sinful Colors Boom Boom by Dry, Dammit!

Boom Boom is a pink creme, which is opaque in two coats. I first thought it was a bit watery, but then as soon as the second coat was put on top it just became really opaque – isn’t it weird how nail polishes do that sometimes?

Sinful Colors Boom Boom by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Boom Boom by Dry, Dammit!

The pink looks quite bright in the bottle but to be honest, once on the nail it’s not all that bright at all. Maybe with a white base it would become brighter. Not sure if I want neon nails in winter though!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart or Target
  • Cost: Kmart AU$4, Target AU$4.95
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

The next day wearing Boom Boom I decided to put a thick stripe of Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink on top with a matte top coat. I don’t really think this is proper nail art, but what else can you call it? Rockstar Pink is a super dense glitter with fine multi-coloured pink, blue and silver glitters. The stripes on my nails are just two coats.

Sinful Colors Boom Boom with Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Boom Boom with Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink by Dry, Dammit!

So what do you think? Simple but I really liked it, especially the matte and glitter combo, I know, I know, I go on about it all the time. Thanks for reading!


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Entry for Nails by Kayla Shevonne’s indie nail art contest

Hello! Today I have something a bit different for you – my entry into a Indie Polish Nail Art Contest hosted by Nails by Kayla Shevonne.

The whole idea of the contest – if you haven’t gathered from the name – is to create a nail art design with indie nail polish(es). This is very challenging considering most indies are glitters as opposed to a solid colour. You can use non-indie polishes but they mustn’t be the ‘star’ of the show, if you know what I mean.

Indie nail art contest entry

Indie nail art contest entry

Indie nail art contest entry

As you can see, I decided to go with skittle design also incorporating a diamond shape on top in a complementary colour. The polishes I used were:

  • Pointer finger – Gloss ‘n Sparkle Fruit Tingle and Alanna Renee Purple Addiction
  • Middle finger – Emily de Molly Ego Friendly and Ador Beauty Supplies Kokomo
  • Ring finger – WingDustCollections Hope and Ador Beauty Supplies Lux
  • Pinky – Love Thy Polish Peppermint Patty and Emily de Molly Stuck on Blue
  • I used a black Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen to outline the diamonds

I’m very excited about this competition! There’s a few entries now and the calibre is high, so I’ve got my fingers crossed. There’s three prizes up for grabs and they all sound great.

So, what do you think of my design? Reckon it’s a winner? Thanks for reading!